State Board Adopts New School Bus Rules

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa State Board of Education has adopted new rules that would require lap-shoulder seat belts on all new buses bought by school districts and state-accredited nonpublic schools.

The administrative rules adopted Thursday are still subject to legislative review. Other safety equipment required includes one additional stop arm per bus, hand rails, exterior boarding lights and fire-resistant crash barriers between the front bus seats and the bus drivers.

Districts won’t have to retrofit their current fleets. The rules apply to new buses manufactured on or after October 2nd – that’s the date the new rules are scheduled to take effect.