Bus Accident – Safety Guidelines Under Review
A recent Texas bus accident is leading many to question the safety laws regarding public transportation. With two killed and as many as 23 injured, bus safety laws, and the speed at which those laws are enacted, must be reevaluated. New legislation to prevent fatal bus wrecks passed June 2012. The Motorcoach Enhanced Safety Act of 2012 calls the Department of Transportation to upgrade federal safety standards such as requiring seatbelts, crush-resistant roofs designed to withstand rolls, tire pressure monitoring systems, anti-ejection window glazing and new fire prevention standards. Unfortunately, these laws do not require older buses to be retrofitted, instead only new buses must meet these standards. The bus involved in Thursday’s fatal crash did not have seatbelts. The National Transportation Safety Board estimates a full investigation on the fatal accident to take 12 to 18 months. In that time we can only speculate how these new safety measures could have prevented this bus crash.