Public school buses; seat belts. (HB1561)

Introduced By

Del. Paul Krizek (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patron Del. David Bulova (D-Fairfax)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Public school buses; seat belts. Requires the Board of Education to make regulations to require each new public school bus purchased for the transportation of students to be equipped with a seat belt in every seat. The bill requires each school board to ensure that no later than July 1, 2027, each school bus that it uses for the transportation of students is equipped with a seat belt in every seat. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/29/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102586D
12/29/2016Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/10/2017Assigned MPPS sub: #2
01/16/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB1561)
01/19/2017Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/07/2017Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety


Waldo Jaquith writes:

The NCSL provides extensive information about the debate over putting seat belts in school buses. School buses are extremely safe (there are six deaths each year, on average, in school bus crashes), so the tiny numbers make it difficult to determine whether seat belts make kids more or less safe. (The argument that they make kids less safe is based on the spinal injuries that result from wearing a seat belt improperly.)

walte Moore writes:

Should be now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!How long has it been. July 1, 2027????

Kristi Gross writes:

Seat belts on school buses won't add a great deal to children's safety. However, they can cause a lot of unnecessary problems: children will fling available objects around -- a heavy latch on the end of a strap will result in facial injuries. A driver must have discipline on the bus and monitor students, but their main job is to drive the bus safely. They don't need potentially dangerous objects attached to every seat. They also don't need the additional liability if a student decides to unlatch their belt during the drive.
If the belts added a lot to student safety, that would be most important. But since they do not, bus drivers and children do not need the additional problems they would invite.