- Learn how NHTSA regulations define a school bus, school-related event, and much more in its Frequently Asked Questions about School Buses.
- School buses are designed to be safer than passenger vehicles in avoiding crashes and preventing injury.
- School buses are the safest mode of transportation for getting children back and forth to school.
- School buses keep an annual estimated 17.3 million cars off roads surrounding schools each morning
- Proper Use of Child Safety Restraint Systems in School Buses - Designed to assist in correctly securing pre-school age children in child safety restraint systems and properly securing the system to a school bus seat.
- The re-use of child restraint systems in school buses after crashes - NHTSA recommends that child restraint systems be replaced following a crash in order to ensure a continued high level of crash protection for child passengers.
- School Bus Seat Belts and Carryover Effects in Elementary School Children - Explores the proposition that the lack of seat belts on school buses increases the likelihood that elementary school children will not use seat belts in personal vehicles.
- Seat Belts on School Buses - NHTSA’s answers to often-asked questions about seat belts on large (over 10,000 lb GVWR) school buses.
School Transportation-Related Crashes
A school-transportation-related crash is a crash that involves, either directly or indirectly, a school bus body vehicle, or a non-school bus functioning as a school bus, transporting children to or from school or school-related activities. Click here for the latest information on school bus crash data.
Selecting School Bus Stop Locations: A Guide for School Transportation Professionals
Steps for the designation of school bus stops and strategies to support safe pedestrian behavior by students between their homes and their bus stops.
Use Of Nonconforming Vehicles For School Transportation
Federal regulations do not prohibit the use of vans by schools, but require any van (with a capacity of more than 10) sold or leased for use as a school bus to meet the safety standards applicable to school buses.