17311 Equestrian Trail
Odessa, FL 33556
Dear Ms. Moffitt:
This responds to your letter to this office in which you stated that your son, a 9th grade student, rides a 65-passenger school bus in which he must sit on the edge of the seat such that only half his body is on the seat.
We recently addressed this issue in an October 26, 1994, letter to Ms. Debra Platt of Stuart, Florida, and have enclosed a copy of our response for your information. We have also enclosed a copy of Highway Safety Program Guideline No. 17, Pupil Transportation Safety, a copy of a report prepared by this agency entitled School Bus Safety Report, and a copy of a Report Summary prepared by the Transportation Research Board in May, 1989. The latter two reports give a good overview of the issues connected with school bus safety, and they and Guideline 17 contain recommendations to the various states in developing their own pupil transportation safety programs.
I hope the enclosed information is helpful to you. Should you have any other questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact Walter Myers of my staff at this address or at (202) 366-2992.
Philip R. Recht Chief Counsel