Government of Canada and Government of British Columbia begin school bus seatbelt pilot tests
“I would like to commend the Government of British Columbia and the school districts involved for their leadership in joining with the Government of Canada to conduct this pilot project involving seatbelts on school buses. School buses are the safest way to transport children to and from school, but we are always looking at ways to make them even safer. This pilot is an important step in this direction.”
Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau
“We’re pleased to partner in a student safety pilot project that will provide new school buses equipped with seat belts and other safety features to Nanaimo-Ladysmith and Fraser-Cascade school districts,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Education. “I look forward to the additional safety knowledge that will be gained from this pilot program.”
Minister of Education, the Honourable Rob Fleming
Government of British Columbia
Each day, Canadian children travel to and from school on 51,670 school buses.
School buses have an excellent safety record in Canada, owing largely to the extensive suite of protective safety features built into the bus (e.g. high roof crush standards, window retention, and compartmentalization – padded, high-backed seats, spaced closely together).
In January 2019, the federal, provincial, territorial Council of Ministers Responsible for Transportation and Highway Safety established a special Task Force to carefully examine the issue of school bus safety, both inside and outside the bus, with an emphasis on seatbelts.
In February 2020, the Task Force published its report on Strengthening School Bus Safety in Canada.
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