Transportation committee decides against calling for seatbelts in Canadian school buses
|Toronto Star 12 Jun 2019 at 13:48|
OTTAWAâ€”A committee of MPs who conducted a probe into bus passenger safety in Canada has decided not to call for seatbelts to be installed in Canadian school buses, urging instead the need for further study.
The House of Commons transportation committee launched an investigation into bus safety, including school buses, following the deadly Humboldt Broncos crash in Saskatchewan that killed 16 people and injured 13 others.
The committeeâ€™s final report included a number of recommendations to beef up safety requirements for passenger buses, including motor coaches and transit buses.
But the committee says conflicting evidence from experts about seatbelts on school buses points to the need for further study.
The MPs say school bus seatbelts are neither a panacea nor the only solution to increasing school bus safety while acknowledging they do prevent certain types of injuries.
Gary Lillico, a school bus driver in British Columbia who has been pushing for seatbelts in school buses, says he is disappointed MPs are pushing this aside despite the ample evidence they heard.