New Bill Requires All California School Buses To Have Seat Belts

By Admin on August 29, 2018
California School buses, California school bus seat belt bill (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

When I first think about seat belts on a bus, it sounds like a dumb idea. But, that’s little Jenna reflected back on her grade school days. You know, the ones where buses only had seat belts in the first few rows? That might just be an Indiana thing, but California school buses will ALL have shoulder and lap belts by 2035. And older Jenna thinks this is a good idea.

According to Sac Bee, Governor Jerry Brown just singed AB 1798 this week. The bill requires all school buses in California to have shoulder and lap belts by 2035.I mean, we’re required to wear them in our cars, why wouldn’t we want our kids to wear them on a giant vehicle? Plus, buses are way more likely to roll. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather be strapped in at all times.

Many school buses already have seat belts, but older ones manufactured after 1999 weren’t required to. If they are still in operation in 2035, they will need to be retrofitted with them, though. Because buses have a general lifespan of 30 years, many will already be out of service by this date. So, the good news is, this new bill won’t cost a lot.

What do you think about seatbelts on California school buses?

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