Canada Transport Canada to require seatbelts on new buses

22:10  11 july  2018
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Transport Canada is proposing new guidelines for Canadian bus operators who want to install seatbelts on their buses . Currently, school buses aren’t required to have seatbelts installed. Transport Canada says without requirements for seatbelts

Larger buses may also be required to have seatbelts , depending on where you live. Eight states — Arkansas, California, Florida, Louisiana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York and Texas — have passed legislation requiring that seatbelts be installed on school buses

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OTTAWA - Transport Canada says they will soon require all newly built highway buses to have seatbelts.

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The federal department says they will make seatbelts mandatory on medium and large highway buses starting Sept. 1, 2020.

They say seatbelts have a strong and proven record of saving lives.

The department says it first proposed the change in 2017.

Mandatory seatbelts on buses has been discussed since April 6 when a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team collided with a semi-truck in rural Saskatchewan.

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Despite the cost and the fact that installing seatbelts is unlikely to add much in the way of safety improvements, in 2010, six states currently require seatbelts on school buses —California, Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, and

School buses can have lap-only seatbelts , but Transport Canada says they can raise the risk of injury compared to existing features on buses , which is why the agency is looking to require over-the-shoulder belts Top stories, delivered to your inbox. New newsletterheadlines.

Sixteen people were killed and 13 others were injured in the crash.

A lawsuit filed by the parents of one of the players this week asked for a court order requiring all buses carrying sports teams in Saskatchewan to be equipped with seatbelts.

Transport Canada says medium-sized buses are defined as having a weight over 4,536 kilograms.

They say small buses, with the exception of school buses, are already required to have lap and shoulder belts. The department says the new rules won't apply to school buses, because they are already designed to protect children in a crash.

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