Lawmakers ask Secretary Chao for timeline for bus rules

Provisions of MAP-21 were never completed, letter cites

Posted March 7, 2017

The tragic circumstances surrounding a fatal bus crash in March 2007 continue to serve as a reminder of the need to improve bus safety, according to Representative John Lewis (D-GA) and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH).

In a letter to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, the two legislators called upon the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to implement provisions of the “Motorcoach Enhanced Safety Act.” The bipartisan bill calls for new regulations requiring seatbelts, increased roof strength, anti-ejection measures, and rollover avoidance. It was signed into law in 2012 as a part of the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).”

Lewis and Brown voiced concerns over missed Congressional deadlines for new regulations, and call upon DOT to provide a clear timeline to fulfill its obligations under MAP-21.

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