Arlington, Va. — The new head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reviewing the government’s longtime opposition to mandating safety belts on school buses and is looking at the issue on commercial buses.
In a Detroit News interview after an event on school bus safety at an elementary school here, NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind said he has convened a group within the agency to study the issue that NHTSA has been reviewing since 1977.
“It’s absolutely appropriate for us to look at every possible way we could make things safer,” Rosekind said. “It’s very clear there’s a safety issue, and then there’s an economic one — and that’s the discussion everyone has. …. We’ve already put a group together that is now examining this issue about safety belts on school buses.”