Nebraska - Transportation Safety—safety equipment: Program Requirement

Program Requirement
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State law addresses bus safety equipment by authorizing the use of either stop-arm cameras or the installation of school bus seat belts.

Nebraska Administrative Code Title 92 Chapter 92 Section 005. Minimum Equipment Standards and Safety Inspection Criteria for Pupil Transportation Vehicles

005.44 Seat Belts/Occupant Protection Systems.

  • 005.44A A Type 2 lap belt/shoulder harness seat belt shall be provided for the driver and must meet FMVSS in effect on date of manufacture.

    • 005.44A1 In addition, the assembly shall be equipped with an emergency locking retractor for the continuous belt system. On all buses except Type A equipped with standard chassis manufacturer's driver's seat, the lap portion of the belt shall be guided or anchored so as to prevent the driver from sliding sideways under it.

    • 005.44A2 Each bus shall be equipped with a durable webbing cutter (belt cutter) having a full width handgrip and a protected, replaceable or noncorrodible blade. The belt cutter shall be mounted in a location accessible to the seated driver.

  • 005.44B Type A buses shall have seat belts/occupant protection systems for all passengers and shall comply with FMVSS in effect on date of manufacture. In Type A buses, children shall be required to use child passenger restraint systems or occupant protection systems as required by Section 60-6,267 R.R.S.

005.45 Seats and Restraining Barriers.

  • 005.45A All seats shall have a minimum depth of 15 inches and must comply with all requirements of FMVSS No. 222, School Bus Passenger Seating and Crash Protection. School bus design capacities shall be in accordance with 49 CFR, Part 571.3 and FMVSS No. 222.

    • 005.45A1 Each seat leg shall be secured to the floor by a minimum of two bolts, washers and nuts. Flange-head nuts may be used in lieu of nuts and washers, or seats may be track-mounted in conformance with FMVSS No. 222, School Bus Passenger Seating and Crash Protection. If track seating is installed, the manufacturer shall supply minimum and maximum seat spacing dimensions applicable to the bus, which comply with FMVSS No. 222. This information shall be on a label permanently affixed to the bus.

    • 005.45A2 All seat frames shall be fastened to the seat rail with a minimum of two (2) bolts, washers and nuts or flange-headed nuts.

    • 005.45A3 No bus shall be equipped with jump seats, portable seats, or other auxiliary seating.

    • 005.45A4 All restraining barriers, upholstered areas, driver and passenger seats, including seat bottom, shall be covered with a material that meets the criteria contained in the School Bus Seat Upholstery Fire Block Test. (See Appendix D of this Chapter.)

    • 005.45A5 Seat belts/occupant protection systems installed by retrofits must be installed on seats that meet FMVSS No. 222.

    • 005.45A6 All school buses (including Type A) shall be equipped with restraining barriers which conform to FMVSS No. 222.

  • 005.45B The driver's seat supplied by the body company shall be a high back seat with a head restraint to accommodate a 95th percentile adult male, as defined in FMVSS No. 208, Occupant Crash Protection, and with a minimum seat back adjustable to 15 degrees. The driver's seat shall be secured with nuts, bolts, and washers or flanged-head nuts.

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