Proposal would require new Nebraska school buses to have seat belts

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    A bill proposed in the Nebraska Legislature would change the way school buses need to be equipped across the state, requiring each student to have their own seat belt.

    LB634 states that "any vehicle, regardless of the manufacturer's rated seating capacity, used by or on behalf of a school district or educational service unit for the transportation of students shall be equipped with three-point safety belt systems as defined in section 60-6,265 sufficient to allow each passenger, including the operator, to use a separate three-point safety belt system."

    There are several exceptions included in the bill, which only applies to new vehicle purchases.

    School boards can also vote to decide whether their budget allows them to add seat belts when purchasing a new vehicle, providing another exception.

    For the full language of the bill, click here.

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