FMCSA urges seat belt use on motorcoaches
Posted August 30, 2016
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is amending its pre-trip safety guidance recommending that the motorcoach industry encourage all passengers to use lap/shoulder seat belts.
The agency is recommending that pre-trip safety materials include a message directing all passengers to buckle up if a safety belt is available. Under FMCSA regulations, seat belt use is optional for bus passengers and pre-trip materials are recommended but not required for motorcoach operators.
The amended guidance is provided in response to National Transportation Safety Board recommendations and a National Highway Transportation Safety Administration rule published in 2013 which requires new over-the-road buses to be equipped with lap/shoulder belts starting in November 2016.
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