NHTSA Proposes New Safety Regulation To Protect Bus Passengers

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has proposed a new regulation that would require structural changes in motorcoach and large passenger bus design to help keep passengers better protected in rollover accidents.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Fox. “I want passengers to know that when this Department sees opportunities to make their travel safer … we are going to do just that and we believe this proposal is a step in that direction.”

The proposed standard is closely modeled after current European regulations for large buses. The NHTSA proposed standard would:

  • Require that there is space around seating positions following a crash test;
  • Require that overhead luggage racks, seats and window glazing stay attached and intact after a crash test, and;
  • Require that emergency exits remain operable after a rollover test.

The NHTSA is in the process of finalizing requirements that motorcoaches and large buses have stability control technologies that will prevent rollovers from happening in the first place.

The bus accident attorneys at Farah & Farah in Jacksonville believe that any regulation that can make bus travel safer for passengers can only be a good thing. If you have been injured in a bus accident, call us directly at (800) 533-3555 or contact us online to learn about your legal rights. Find out if you have a case today.