NEW YORK – Megabus.com, the popular city-to-city, express bus company with fares from $1, has praised action by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to require lap/shoulder seat belts for each passenger in all new city-to-city (“over-the-road”) buses.
“Megabus.com has equipped every bus purchased since 2006 with three-point lap/shoulder seat belts, providing the top safety standard for megabus.com’s 30 million passengers in more than 120 cities across North America,” said Dale Moser, President & COO of megabus.com. “Megabus.com is pleased that NHTSA has taken action to require similar lap/shoulder seat belts, providing the same level of belt safety on all new city-to-city buses in the future.”
NHTSA said their standards – schedule to be published in the Federal Register on November 25 – take effect in 3 years for all new buses sold, and do not include retrofit requirement for existing buses.
The Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released the long-awaited seat belt Final Rule. The rule (docket no. NHTSA-2013-0121) amends the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) on occupant protection to require lap/shoulder seat belts for each passenger seating position in: (a) all new over-the-road buses; and (b) in new buses other than over-the-road buses with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of greater than 26,000 pounds. The effective date of the rule is three years and one day after the date of publication in Federal Register, which is scheduled for 11/25/2013.
NHTSA estimates that installing lap/shoulder seat belts on covered new buses will save 1.7 to 9.2 lives per year. It further estimates the cost of adding lap/shoulder belts as $2,110 per vehicle, with lifetime fuel costs due to increased weight of the bus as an additional $794 to $1,077 per vehicle.
Publication of the regulation (Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards: Occupant Crash Protection) in the Federal Register is scheduled on November 25, 2013. Visit http://federalregister.gov/a/2013-28211