Federal Seat Belt Law for Buses to Change in 2016

5 years 5 months 2 days ago Thursday, November 21 2013 Nov 21, 2013 Thursday, November 21, 2013 2:40:00 PM CST November 21, 2013 in News
By: Melissa Helm, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - Large buses traveling between cities will require lap-shoulder seat belts to be installed when a new federal law goes into effect in 2016.

After November 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will require new coaches and large buses to have three-point lap-shoulder belts. The new law will not apply to school or city transit buses.

According to the NHTSA, an average of 21 people in large buses are killed and nearly 8,000 others are injured annually from crashes. The administration believes the addition of seat belts to all large buses could reduce fatalities and injuries by nearly half.

Columbia's Mo-X shuttle service runs locally to and from the Saint Louis and Kansas City airports. 

"We are currently up to the federal standards with lap belts on our buses. Come 2016, we'll be changing out the belts to be up to regulation," said Norm Ruebling, president of Mo-X.

With an influx of people using different transportation methods around the holidays, shuttle services are a common choice.

"Safety is our number one concern, especially around our peak holiday seasons. Our buses are equipped with what's required," said Ruebling.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, all seats will have seat belts with under seat retractors for each location. Belts will have a minimum 60" usable length measured from the seat cushion to the buckle and need to include three 12" lap belt extensions with each vehicle.

Megabus is another shuttle service that offers local bus routes from Kansas City to Chicago, stopping in Columbia and Saint Louis.

"Each Megabus has been equipped with lap-shoulder belts since 2006. We pushed for those a few years ago for safety reasons, so I think the federal change is a good one," said Don Carmichael, executive vice president of Coach USA.

Comfort is also a factor for bus riders, like Nicholas Akins, when on the seven hour Megabus ride from Columbia to Chicago.

"I approve of the change and I would definitely wear it, since it's a lot more comfortable," said Akins.

Aditi R. Avhad, 25, a University of Missouri graduate student, was headed to Columbia on Aug. 3, 2012 when a Megabus slammed into a concrete pillar. The crash, which happened on I-55 in Litchfield, Ill., sent more than 40 passengers to the hospital. The Megabus crash reportedly happened due to a flat tire. 

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri legislators are working on a tax incentive in hopes of bringing movie production back to the... More >>
41 minutes ago Thursday, April 25 2019 Apr 25, 2019 Thursday, April 25, 2019 2:48:00 PM CDT April 25, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Hundreds of veterans gathered at the Capitol Thursday to be honored 50 years after the Vietnam War.... More >>
2 hours ago Thursday, April 25 2019 Apr 25, 2019 Thursday, April 25, 2019 12:37:00 PM CDT April 25, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - As bargaining negotiations between MU and its maintenance workers approach, one local union plans to call on the... More >>
12 hours ago Thursday, April 25 2019 Apr 25, 2019 Thursday, April 25, 2019 3:07:00 AM CDT April 25, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Former Mizzou head football coach Gary Pinkel formally announced the launch of his foundation, called “GP M.A.D.E.” Wednesday... More >>
17 hours ago Wednesday, April 24 2019 Apr 24, 2019 Wednesday, April 24, 2019 9:47:00 PM CDT April 24, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The city's Airport Advisory Board met Wednesday for the first time since Columbia Regional Airport had to close... More >>
19 hours ago Wednesday, April 24 2019 Apr 24, 2019 Wednesday, April 24, 2019 8:01:00 PM CDT April 24, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA- A proposed wind project in Harrisburg is now getting the local government involved. The Boone County planning and... More >>
19 hours ago Wednesday, April 24 2019 Apr 24, 2019 Wednesday, April 24, 2019 7:55:00 PM CDT April 24, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - People gathered in downtown Jefferson City Wednesday evening to walk for Rape and Abuse Crisis Service or... More >>
19 hours ago Wednesday, April 24 2019 Apr 24, 2019 Wednesday, April 24, 2019 7:48:00 PM CDT April 24, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri House will hold a public hearing Thursday morning to allow people with disabilities to renew... More >>
20 hours ago Wednesday, April 24 2019 Apr 24, 2019 Wednesday, April 24, 2019 7:29:00 PM CDT April 24, 2019 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - The Missouri House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday that allows the state to sell Rice Hall,... More >>
20 hours ago Wednesday, April 24 2019 Apr 24, 2019 Wednesday, April 24, 2019 7:25:00 PM CDT April 24, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Cancer patients could receive health insurance coverage for dental and fertility preservation procedures if two Missouri House... More >>
22 hours ago Wednesday, April 24 2019 Apr 24, 2019 Wednesday, April 24, 2019 5:26:00 PM CDT April 24, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Jefferson City Police are trying to figure out what happened at a big fight near Lincoln University's... More >>
23 hours ago Wednesday, April 24 2019 Apr 24, 2019 Wednesday, April 24, 2019 4:04:00 PM CDT April 24, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - People wanting to draw attention to sexual violence made more than a fashion statement by wearing denim on... More >>
23 hours ago Wednesday, April 24 2019 Apr 24, 2019 Wednesday, April 24, 2019 3:45:00 PM CDT April 24, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Public Schools provided additional information Wednesday amid a legal dispute over collective bargaining with the Columbia Missouri... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, April 24 2019 Apr 24, 2019 Wednesday, April 24, 2019 3:18:00 PM CDT April 24, 2019 in News
FULTON - The Fulton Fire Department is starting the process to carry and use Narcan, or the generic Naloxone, during... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, April 24 2019 Apr 24, 2019 Wednesday, April 24, 2019 3:03:00 PM CDT April 24, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA – The Missouri River Relief, a nonprofit organization, met with Columbia Public Schools to use their new boat, “Lucia,”... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, April 24 2019 Apr 24, 2019 Wednesday, April 24, 2019 3:00:00 PM CDT April 24, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – A new bill is designed to simplify the tax process by cutting the number of income tax... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, April 24 2019 Apr 24, 2019 Wednesday, April 24, 2019 2:14:00 PM CDT April 24, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is seeking a major disaster declaration in response to severe flooding in... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, April 24 2019 Apr 24, 2019 Wednesday, April 24, 2019 10:52:00 AM CDT April 24, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA – Several community members joined Columbia Police Interim Chief Geoff Jones and committee panel members Tuesday to discuss racial... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, April 23 2019 Apr 23, 2019 Tuesday, April 23, 2019 7:21:00 PM CDT April 23, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 67°
4pm 70°
5pm 70°
6pm 68°
7pm 65°