RULES & REGULATIONS * USA
* DC - Feds finalizing new rules that include bus seat belts
Washington,DC,USA -The Detroit News, by DAVID SHEPARDSON -14 June 2012:: -- Requirement would take effect in 3 years, according to NHTSA. National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator David Strickland says the auto safety agency hopes to finalize several key regulations by the end of 2013, including a long-delayed proposal to require safety belts on commercial buses... In an interview at the North American International Auto Show, Strickland said the agency expects to issue the rule "very soon" ... NHTSA, which has been debating requiring seat belts on motor coaches since 1977, has said the requirement would take effect three years after a final version is published... The agency won't require the nation's current fleet of 29,000 commercial buses to be retrofitted with seat belts because that may not be "economically feasible" for many small carriers. But NHTSA isn't ruling out taking the action at a later date... NHTSA said its seat belt proposal will cost $25 million annually — or about $13,000 per bus — and will save as many as eight lives a year, depending on the rate of seat belt usage...
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