IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
June 12, 2019
Mr. Menendez (for himself and Mr. Booker) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
To require the Secretary of Transportation to publish a notice of proposed rulemaking concerning seat belts on school buses, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Secure Every Child Under the Right Equipment Standards Act of 2019 or the
SECURES Act of 2019.
Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Transportation shall publish a notice of proposed rulemaking on new Federal standards for school bus seat belt requirements on all school buses, regardless of gross vehicle weight rating.
In the proposed rulemaking under subsection (a), the Secretary of Transportation shall consider—
the safety benefits of lap/shoulder belt system (also known as a
Type 2 seat belt assembly);
the conclusions of the National Transportation Safety Board that—
lap/shoulder belts provide the highest level of protection for school bus passengers; and
properly worn lap belts provide some benefit while
properly worn lap/shoulder belts provide greater benefit by reducing injuries related to upper body flailing;
the 2015 announcement by the Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Mark Rosekind, stating that the agency believes that
every child on every school bus should have a three-point seat belt;
any innovative approaches to seat belt detection, seat belt reminder systems, and seat belt violation alert systems that could be incorporated into school bus designs; and
existing experience from States that have already required school buses to be equipped with seat belts.