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smaller elementary students or two larger high school students to a seat, means districts should not lose capac- ity. He noted that a 84-passenger bus, as long as it’s not already overcrowded, largely remains an 84-passenger bus when the seatbelts are installed. Washoe County’s Martin shared that mechanics


should also be made aware of lap/shoulder belt mainte- nance. If a repair is needed, the bus must be placed out of service. But all school bus seatbelt and seating man- ufacturers provide training guides and videos on their websites on installing and maintaining the products. SynTec Seating Solutions works directly with Thomas


Built Buses and its dealers to provide installation infor- mation of the three-point belts on existing buses. Shane Wright, the dealer account manager for Syntec, said the company “encourages drivers and aides to do visual inspections of all belts on a regular basis for any signs of wear or any type of issues.” C.E. White manufacturer HSM Transportation Solutions did note respond to a request for information at press time. Meanwhile, Washoe County implemented the


restraints in 2016 on seven school buses as a pilot program, before Nevada began mandating the occu-


pant restraints for the 2019-2020 school year. Martin said he wanted to work through the anticipated challenges beforehand. Now, the district has 51 of its 360 buses with the lap/


shoulder seatbelts. Martin said the district orders 10 to 15 new school buses a year, which will be equipped with


Readers say their operations currently utilize lap/shoulder seatbelts in school buses. (Out of 279 responses.)


Are younger students experiencing difficulties securing the safety restraints themselves?


No | Yes | I don’t know (Out of 70 responses.)


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