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Safety Recommendation H-89-001
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Synopsis: ABOUT 10:55 P.M. EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME ON MAY 14, 1988, A PICKUP TRUCK TRAVELING NORTHBOUND IN THE SOUTHBOUND LANES OF INTERSTATE 71 STRUCK HEAD-ON A CHURCH ACTIVITY BUS TRAVELING SOUTHBOUND IN THE LEFT LANE OF THE HIGHWAY NEAR CARROLLTON, KENTUCKY. AS THE PICKUP TRUCK ROTATED DURING IMPACT, IT STRUCK A PASSENGER CAR TRAVELING SOUTHBOUND IN THE RIGHT LANE NEAR THE CHURCH BUS. THE CHURCH BUS FUEL TANK WAS PUNCTURED DURING THE COLLISION SEQUENCE, AND A FIRE ENSUED, ENGULFING THE ENTIRE BUS. THE BUSDRIVER AND 26 BUS PASSENGERS WERE FATALLY INJURED. THIRTY-FOUR BUS PASSENGERS SUSTAINED MINOR TO CRITICAL INJURIES, AND SIX BUS PASSENGERS WERE NOT INJURED. THE PICKUP TRUCK DRIVER SUSTAINED SERIOUS INJURIES, BUT NEITHER OCCUPANT OF THE PASSENGER CAR WAS INJURED.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE GOVERNORS OF THE 50 STATES AND THE MAYOR OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: PROPOSE LEGISLATION ESTABLISHING A DATE BY WHICH SCHOOL BUSES MANUFACTURED BEFORE APRIL 1977 WILL BE PHASED OUT OF USE FOR TRANSPORTATION OF PASSENGERS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Highway
Location: Carrollton, KY, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA88MH004
Accident Reports: Pickup Truck/Church Activity Bus Head-on Collision and Fire
Report #: HAR-89-01
Accident Date: 5/14/1988
Issue Date: 5/25/1989
Date Closed: 3/8/2000
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Commonwealth of Kentucky (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Commonwealth of Massachusetts (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (Closed - Unacceptable Action - No Response Received)
Commonwealth of Virginia (Closed - Acceptable Action)
District of Columbia (Closed - Acceptable Action)
State of Alabama (Closed - Acceptable Action)
State of Alaska (Closed - Acceptable Action)
State of Arizona (Closed - Acceptable Action)
State of Arkansas (Closed - Acceptable Action)
State of California (Closed - Unacceptable Action - No Response Received)
State of Colorado (Closed - Acceptable Action)
State of Connecticut (Closed - Acceptable Action)
State of Delaware (Closed - Acceptable Action)
State of Florida (Closed - Acceptable Action)
State of Georgia (Closed - Acceptable Action)
State of Hawaii (Closed - Acceptable Action)
State of Idaho (Closed - Unacceptable Action - No Response Received)
State of Illinois (Closed - Acceptable Action)
State of Indiana (Closed - Acceptable Action)
State of Iowa (Closed - Acceptable Action)
State of Kansas (Closed - Acceptable Action)
State of Louisiana (Closed - Unacceptable Action - No Response Received)
State of Maine (Closed - Acceptable Action)
State of Maryland (Closed - Acceptable Action)
State of Michigan (Closed - Acceptable Action)
State of Minnesota (Closed - Acceptable Action)
State of Mississippi (Closed - Acceptable Action)
State of Missouri (Closed - Acceptable Action)
State of Montana (Closed - Unacceptable Action - No Response Received)
State of Nebraska (Closed - Unacceptable Action - No Response Received)
State of Nevada (Closed - Acceptable Action)
State of New Hampshire (Closed - Acceptable Action)
State of New Jersey (Closed - Acceptable Action)
State of New Mexico (Closed - Acceptable Action)
State of New York (Closed - Acceptable Action)
State of North Carolina (Closed - Acceptable Action)
State of North Dakota (Closed - Unacceptable Action - No Response Received)
State of Ohio (Closed - Unacceptable Action - No Response Received)
State of Oklahoma (Closed - Unacceptable Action - No Response Received)
State of Oregon (Closed - Acceptable Action)
State of Rhode Island (Closed - Acceptable Action)
State of South Carolina (Closed - Acceptable Action)
State of South Dakota (Closed - Unacceptable Action - No Response Received)
State of Tennessee (Closed - Acceptable Action)
State of Texas (Closed - Unacceptable Action - No Response Received)
State of Utah (Closed - Acceptable Action)
State of Vermont (Closed - Acceptable Action)
State of Washington (Closed - Unacceptable Action - No Response Received)
State of West Virginia (Closed - Acceptable Action)
State of Wisconsin (Closed - Acceptable Action)
State of Wyoming (Closed - Unacceptable Action - No Response Received)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: State of Hawaii
Date: 11/3/1989
Response:

From: State of Hawaii
To: NTSB
Date: 8/17/1989
Response: WE WILL BE INQUIRING AS TO THE NUMBER OF PRESTANDARD 1977 SCHOOL BUSES THAT ARE IN USE WITHIN THE STATE AND WILL ALSO BE REVIEWING THE ACCIDENT REPORTS INVOLVING THESE TYPES OF BUSES. IF THERE IS A SUBSTANTIAL NUMBER OF PRESTANDARD 1977 BUSES IN USE, WE WILL TAKE STEPS TO PHASE THEM OUT.

From: NTSB
To: State of Hawaii
Date: 7/27/1989
Response:

From: State of Hawaii
To: NTSB
Date: 6/15/1989
Response: IN APRIL, OUR STATE DEPT. OF TRANSPORTATION ADOPTED RULES TO SET SAFETY REQUIREMENTS TO ENSURE SAFE TRANSPORTATION FOR STUDENTS. THE RULES, AS ADOPTED, INCLUDE THE FEDERAL MOTOR SAFETY VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARDS OF APRIL 1, 1977. THE RECENTLY ADOPTED RULES WILL BE INCLUDED IN OUR FUTURE PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENT TRANSPORTATION CONTRACTS.

From: NTSB
To: State of Hawaii
Date:
Response: At the 1990 Board meeting addressing the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), the Board voted to place Safety Recommendations H-89-01, H-89-04 through H-89-06, and H-90-74 on the state MWL under the issue category “School Bus Safety.” This category was removed from the MWL in 1998.

From: NTSB
To: State of Illinois
Date: 8/8/1989
Response:

From: State of Illinois
To: NTSB
Date: 6/26/1989
Response: THE ILLINOIS DOT NEEDS TO STUDY THIS ISSUE BEFORE MAKING A RECOMMENDATION TO THE GOVERNOR. OUR STUDY MUST INCLUDE THE SAFETY RECORD OF THESE VEHICLES COMPARED TO OTHER VEHICLES THAT WOULD BE USED IN LIEU OF THE PRE-1977 STANDARD BUSES, IF LEGISLATION WERE PASSED PROHIBITING THE USE OF BUSES MANUFACTURED AS SCHOOL BUSES PRIOR TO APRIL 1, 1977. WE WILL KEEP THE BOARD ADVISED ONCE THE DEPT.'S DIVISION OF TRAFFIC SAFETY HAS COMPLETED ITS STUDY AND WE ARE IN A POSITION TO MAKE A RECOMMENDATION TO GOVERNOR THOMPSON.

From: NTSB
To: State of Illinois
Date:
Response: At the 1990 Board meeting addressing the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), the Board voted to place Safety Recommendations H-89-01, H-89-04 through H-89-06, and H-90-74 on the state MWL under the issue category “School Bus Safety.” This category was removed from the MWL in 1998.

From: NTSB
To: State of Maryland
Date: 7/19/1989
Response:

From: State of Maryland
To: NTSB
Date: 6/13/1989
Response: UNDER EXISTING LAW, PRE-APRIL 1977 CONVENTIONAL SCHOOL BUSES WILL BE PHASED OUT OF USE FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF PUBLIC SCHOOL PUPILS BY JULY 1990, ALTHOUGH APPROXIMATELY 10 FORWARD-CONTROL (PUSHERS/PULLERS) MAY REMAIN IN USE FOR AN ADDITIONAL 2 OR 3 YEARS. PLEASE BE ASSURED THAT FULL CONSIDERATION IS BEING GIVEN TO PHASING OUT THESE OTHER PERMITTED USES AS WELL--LIKELY THIS WOULD BE ACCOMPLISHED THROUGH REGISTRATION DENIAL AND POSSIBLY OCCUR OVER A LONGER PERIOD OF TIME.

From: NTSB
To: State of Maryland
Date:
Response: At the 1990 Board meeting addressing the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), the Board voted to place Safety Recommendations H-89-01, H-89-04 through H-89-06, and H-90-74 on the state MWL under the issue category “School Bus Safety.” This category was removed from the MWL in 1998.

From: NTSB
To: District of Columbia
Date:
Response: At the 1990 Board meeting addressing the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), the Board voted to place Safety Recommendations H-89-01, H-89-04 through H-89-06, and H-90-74 on the state MWL under the issue category “School Bus Safety.” This category was removed from the MWL in 1998.

From: NTSB
To: State of Nevada
Date: 8/7/1989
Response:

From: State of Nevada
To: NTSB
Date: 6/22/1989
Response: BE ASSURED, THAT THROUGH OUR OFFICE OF TRAFFIC SAFETY, WE MAINTAIN CONTACT WITH EACH OF OUR SCHOOL DISTRICTS REGARDING SCHOOL SAFETY. THIS ISSUE WILL BE SHARED WITH THE 17 SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN OUR STATE AND AN EVALUATION WILL BE MADE AS TO THE PROBABILITY OF PROPOSING LEGISLATION DURING THE NEXT LEGISLATIVE SESSION IN 1991.

From: NTSB
To: State of Nevada
Date:
Response: At the 1990 Board meeting addressing the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), the Board voted to place Safety Recommendations H-89-01, H-89-04 through H-89-06, and H-90-74 on the state MWL under the issue category “School Bus Safety.” This category was removed from the MWL in 1998.

From: NTSB
To: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Date: 5/29/1998
Response: THE BOARD UNDERSTANDS THAT THE PENNSYLVANIA BUREAU OF DRIVER LICENSING WILL DISCUSS THE ISSUE OF PRESTANDARD BUSES AT THE NEXT MEETING OF THE PUPIL TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE & WILL NOTIFY THE STATE'S NETWORK OF SCHOOL BUS INSTRUCTOR/COORDINATORS ABOUT THE ISSUE. THE BOARD SUPPORTS THE EFFORTS OF THE PENNSYLVANIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO ACCELERATE THE DISPOSAL OF PRESTANDARD SCHOOL BUSES & WOULD APPREICATE BEING KEPT INFORMED OF PROGRESS CONCERNING THIS IMPORTANT SAFETY EFFORT. IN THE MEANTIME, H-89-1 REMAINS CLASSIFIED "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE."

From: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
To: NTSB
Date: 4/14/1998
Response: (Letter Mail Controlled 4/27/98 3:51:30 PM MC# 980532) THANK YOU FOR SENDING THIS RECOMMENDATION TO US. LEGISLATION TO MANDATE PHASING OUT THESE SCHOOL BUSES WILL REQUIRE ACTION THROUGH OUR GENERAL ASSEMBLY. IN THE MEANTIME, WE WILL DISCUSS THIS ISSUE AT THE NEXT MEETING OF OUR PUPIL TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE & STRONGLY SUGGEST THAT THIS RECOMMENDATION BE COMPLIED WITH VOLUNTARILY, WE WILL ALSO NOTIFY OUR NETWORK OF SCHOOL BUS INSTRUCTOR/COORDINATORS OF THE ISSUE.

From: NTSB
To: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Date: 3/17/1998
Response: THE BOARD BELIEVES THAT THE EXTRA PROTECTION THAT POSTSTANDARD SCHOOL BUSES OFFER (WHICH THE FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARDS RELATING TO SCHOOL BUSES REQUIRES) SAVES LIVES & REDUCES THE NUMBER OF SERIOUS INJURIES. THEREFORE, THE BOARD IS SENDING H-89-1 TO YOU AGAIN & STRONGLY URGES PENNSYLVANIA TO PHASE OUT PRESTANDARD SCHOOL BUSES.

From: NTSB
To: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Date: 8/8/1989
Response:

From: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
To: NTSB
Date: 6/13/1989
Response: BEYOND THE ECONOMIC IMPACT, WE MUST ALSO EXAMINE THE ACTUAL EXPOSURE RISK. TO THAT END, WE WOULD BE MOST APPRECIATIVE OF ANY STATISTICAL DATA YOU COULD PROVIDE, IN ADDITION TO ANY INFORMATION THAT MAY HAVE BEEN PROVIDED TO YOU BY OTHER STATES. WE WOULD ALSO BE INTERESTED IN GAINING A SENSE OF THE REACTION OF OTHER STATES TO YOUR PROPOSAL. A PENN. LAW WOULD NOT AFFECT BUSES SOLD AND USED IN NEIGHBORING STATES OR STATE BUSES USED BY PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS. ENTRANCE OF SUCH BUSES INTO PA. WOULD PRESENT THE POSSIBILITY OF UNSAFE VEHICLES OPERATING LEGALLY ON OUR HIGHWAYS.

From: NTSB
To: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Date:
Response: At the 1990 Board meeting addressing the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), the Board voted to place Safety Recommendations H-89-01, H-89-04 through H-89-06, and H-90-74 on the state MWL under the issue category “School Bus Safety.” This category was removed from the MWL in 1998.

From: NTSB
To: Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Date:
Response: At the 1990 Board meeting addressing the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), the Board voted to place Safety Recommendations H-89-01, H-89-04 through H-89-06, and H-90-74 on the state MWL under the issue category “School Bus Safety.” This category was removed from the MWL in 1998.

From: NTSB
To: State of Mississippi
Date: 8/8/1989
Response:

From: State of Mississippi
To: NTSB
Date: 6/27/1989
Response: WE ARE NOW IN THE PROCESS OF PROPOSING A SET OF RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE LEGISLATURE WHICH WILL ADDRESS NEEDED EDUCATIONAL CHANGE FOR THE STATE. YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS RELATED TO PHASING OUT PRE-1977 BUSES WILL BE SERIOUSLY CONSIDERED AS PART OF THESE RECOMMENDATIONS.

From: NTSB
To: State of Mississippi
Date:
Response: At the 1990 Board meeting addressing the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), the Board voted to place Safety Recommendations H-89-01, H-89-04 through H-89-06, and H-90-74 on the state MWL under the issue category “School Bus Safety.” This category was removed from the MWL in 1998.

From: NTSB
To: State of Wyoming
Date: 5/29/1998
Response: THE BOARD UNDERSTANDS THAT A SMALL NUMBER OF WYOMING STUDENTS TRAVEL IN PRESTANDARD BUSES. ADDITIONALLY, WE NOTE THAT DURING THE 1998 LEGISLATIVE SESSION, A BILL WAS PASSED TO HELP REPLACE ANY PRESTANDARD BUSES STILL IN THE 48 SCHOOL DISTRICT FLEETS & THE BOARD COMMENDS WYOMING FOR DEVELOPING NEW STANDARDS FOR FUNDING. WE AGREE WITH THE WYOMING DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION THAT GIVEN THE PROPER FUNDING INCENTIVES, ALL PRESTANDARD BUSES WILL BE REPLACED IN LESS THAN 3 YEARS. THE BOARD WOULD APPRECIATE BEING KEPT INFORMED OF THE PROGRESS CONCERNING THIS IMPORTANT SAFETY EFFORT. IN THE MEANTIME, H-89-1 REMAINS CLASSIFIED "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE."

From: State of Wyoming
To: NTSB
Date: 4/16/1998
Response: (Letter Mail Controlled 4/20/98 4:34:52 PM MC# 980497) IN YOUR LETTER YOU STATE THAT WYOMING IS "STILL TRANSPORTING MANY OF ITS CHILDREN IN PRESTANDARD BUSES." WHILE WE ALL STILL SHOWING 1% OF OUR FLEET AS PRESTANDARD, MANY OF THESE VEHICLES ARE SPARE BUSES. A VERY SMALL MINORITY OF OUR STUDENTS IS TREVELING IN PRESTANDARD BUSES. DURING THE 1998 LEGISLATIVE SESSION, A BILL WAS PASSED TO HELP REPLACE ANY PRESTANDARD BUSES STILL IN THE 48 SCHOOL DISTRICT FLEETS. AS WE DEVELOP THE NEW STANDARDS FOR FUNDING, A TOP PRIORITY WILL BE TO REPLACE THESE VEHICLES. SCHOOL DISTRICTS HAVE BEEN MAKING AN EFFORT TO REPLACE THESE BUSES FIRST OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS. AS YOU CAN SEE, THERE IS NOT A DATE SET IN THE LEGISLATION PASSED. WE BELIEVE THAT WITH THE PROPER FUNDING INCENTIVES WE WILL BE ABLE TO REPLACE THE PRESTANDARD BUSES IN LESS THAN THREE YEARS.

From: NTSB
To: State of Wyoming
Date: 3/17/1998
Response: THE BOARD BELIEVES THAT THE EXTRA PROTECTION THAT POSTSTANDARD SCHOOL BUSES OFFER (WHICH THE FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARDS RELATING TO SCHOOL BUSES REQUIRES) SAVES LIVES & REDUCES THE NUMBER OF SERIOUS INJURIES. THEREFORE, THE BOARD IS SENDING H-89-1 TO YOU AGAIN & STRONGLY URGES WYOMING TO PHASE OUT PRESTANDARD SCHOOL BUSES.

From: NTSB
To: State of Wyoming
Date: 8/31/1989
Response:

From: State of Wyoming
To: NTSB
Date: 6/9/1989
Response: THE STATE OF WYOMING HAS THE CONCERN THAT THESE VEHICLES BE RETIRED FROM SERVICE AND ARE WORKING TOWARD THAT GOAL AS RAPIDLY AS FUNDS ALLOW. A TIME TABLE MANDATING THE RETIREMENT OF THESE VEHICLES IN THREE OR FOUR YEARS WOULD RESULT IN THE REPLACEMENT OF THE VEHICLES WITHOUT UNDUE STRAIN ON THE RESOURCES OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS.

From: NTSB
To: State of Wyoming
Date:
Response: At the 1990 Board meeting addressing the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), the Board voted to place Safety Recommendations H-89-01, H-89-04 through H-89-06, and H-90-74 on the state MWL under the issue category “School Bus Safety.” This category was removed from the MWL in 1998.

From: NTSB
To: State of Connecticut
Date:
Response: At the 1990 Board meeting addressing the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), the Board voted to place Safety Recommendations H-89-01, H-89-04 through H-89-06, and H-90-74 on the state MWL under the issue category “School Bus Safety.” This category was removed from the MWL in 1998.

From: NTSB
To: State of Iowa
Date: 9/15/1998
Response: MIKE O'NEILL MET WITH IOWA GOVERNOR'S HIGHWAY SAFETY REPRESENTATIVE & REQUESTED UPDATED RESPONSE.

From: NTSB
To: State of Iowa
Date: 9/28/1989
Response:

From: State of Iowa
To: NTSB
Date: 8/4/1989
Response: THANK YOU FOR WRITING TO SUGGEST THAT IOWA PROPOSE LEGISLATION ESTABLISHING A DATE BY WHICH SCHOOL BUSES MANUFACTURED BEFORE APRIL 1977 BE PHASED OUT OF USE FOR TRANSPORTATION OF PASSENGERS. WE SHARE YOUR CONCERN ABOUT THIS ISSUE, AND I HAVE ASKED THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND TRANSPORTATION TO PROVIDE ME THEIR ASSESSMENT. THE IOWA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION IS SURVEYING ALL SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN IOWA TO DETERMINE THE NUMBER OF PRE-1977 SCHOOL BUSES IN THEIR FLEETS. THE RESULTS OF THAT SURVEY WILL BE KEY IN HELPING US DECIDE HOW TO PROCEED. HOWEVER, SCHOOL DISTRICTS OFTEN SELL THEIR USED BUSES TO CHURCHES AND SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCIES, AND I HAVE ASKED THE DOT TO REVIEW OPTIONS IN THESE SITUATIONS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN THE SAFETY OF IOWANS.

From: NTSB
To: State of Iowa
Date:
Response: At the 1990 Board meeting addressing the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), the Board voted to place Safety Recommendations H-89-01, H-89-04 through H-89-06, and H-90-74 on the state MWL under the issue category “School Bus Safety.” This category was removed from the MWL in 1998.

From: NTSB
To: State of Arkansas
Date: 10/5/1989
Response:

From: State of Arkansas
To: NTSB
Date: 8/22/1989
Response: THE TRANSPORTATION COORDINATOR OF THE ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION HAS ESTABLISHED GOALS OF REDUCING PRE-1977 ROUTE UNITS TO 435 OR 10% OF ITS FLEET BY THE END OF SCHOOL YEAR 1989-90 AND PHASING OUT ALL PRE-77 ROUTE UNITS BY THE END OF SCHOOL YEAR 1992-93. CURRENTLY, THE TRANSPORTATION COORDINATOR OF THE ARKANSAS DEPT. OF EDUCATION IS RECOMMENDING THAT SCHOOL DISTRICTS "PART-OUT" OR "JUNK OUT" PRE-1977 UNITS SO THEY NOT BE ROAD WORTHY AS ACTIVITY BUSES FOR CHURCHES, ETC.

From: NTSB
To: State of Arkansas
Date: 8/8/1989
Response:

From: State of Arkansas
To: NTSB
Date: 6/14/1989
Response: IN ORDER TO BALANCE THE SAFETY OF SCHOOL CHILDREN WITH SHRINKING REVENUE, THE ARKANSAS DEPT. OF EDUCATION AND SCHOOL DISTRICTS OF ARKANSAS HAVE BEGUN A COOPERATIVE EFFORT TO VOLUNTARILY PHASE OUT RESTANDARD BUSES. THE DEPT. OF EDUCATION REQUIRES THAT ONLY BUSES MANUFACTURED AFTER 1977 BE USED FOR ACTIVITY TRIPS.

From: NTSB
To: State of Arkansas
Date:
Response: At the 1990 Board meeting addressing the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), the Board voted to place Safety Recommendations H-89-01, H-89-04 through H-89-06, and H-90-74 on the state MWL under the issue category “School Bus Safety.” This category was removed from the MWL in 1998.

From: NTSB
To: State of Rhode Island
Date:
Response: At the 1990 Board meeting addressing the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), the Board voted to place Safety Recommendations H-89-01, H-89-04 through H-89-06, and H-90-74 on the state MWL under the issue category “School Bus Safety.” This category was removed from the MWL in 1998.

From: NTSB
To: State of New Mexico
Date: 3/8/1990
Response:

From: State of New Mexico
To: NTSB
Date: 12/14/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: State of New Mexico
Date:
Response: At the 1990 Board meeting addressing the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), the Board voted to place Safety Recommendations H-89-01, H-89-04 through H-89-06, and H-90-74 on the state MWL under the issue category “School Bus Safety.” This category was removed from the MWL in 1998.

From: NTSB
To: State of Ohio
Date: 3/17/1998
Response: THE BOARD BELIEVES THAT THE EXTRA PROTECTION THAT POSTSTANDARD SCHOOL BUSES OFFER (WHICH THE FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARDS RELATING TO SCHOOL BUSES REQUIRES) SAVES LIVES & REDUCES THE NUMBER OF SERIOUS INJURIES. THEREFORE, THE BOARD IS SENDING H-89-1 TO YOU AGAIN & STRONGLY URGES OHIO TO PHASE OUT PRESTANDARD SCHOOL BUSES.

From: NTSB
To: State of Ohio
Date:
Response: At the 1990 Board meeting addressing the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), the Board voted to place Safety Recommendations H-89-01, H-89-04 through H-89-06, and H-90-74 on the state MWL under the issue category “School Bus Safety.” This category was removed from the MWL in 1998.

From: NTSB
To: State of Washington
Date: 6/4/1998
Response: THE BOARD UNDERSTANDS THAT AS OF 4/15/98, THE NUMBER OF PRESTANDARD BUSES THAT WERE REGULARLY BEING USED TO TRANSPORT STUDENTS STATEWIDE HAD DECLINED TO 251. THE BOARD SUPPORTS THE EFFORTS OF THE WASHINGTON OFFICE OF SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION TO ACCELERATE THE DISPOSAL OF PRESTANDARD SCHOOL BUSES & WOULD APPRECIATE BEING KEPT INFORMED OF PROGRESS CONCERNING THIS IMPORTANT SAFETY EFFORT. IN THE MEANTIME, H-89-1 REMAINS CLASSIFIED "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE."

From: State of Washington
To: NTSB
Date: 4/16/1998
Response: (Letter Mail Controlled 4/20/98 4:43:41 PM MC# 980499) I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO CORRECT THE STATISTICS REPORTED BY SCHOOL BUS FLEET MAGAZINE. AT THE BEGINNING OF SCHOOL YEAR 1995/96, WE HAD A TOTAL OF 1,089 OR 13.4 PERCENT PRE-'77 SCHOOL BUSES IN THE STATE. AT THE BEGINNING OF THE 1996/97 SCHOOL YEAR, THAT NUMBER WAS REDUCED TO 848 BUSES FOR 10.3 PERCENT; & AT THE BEGINNING OF THE 1997/98 SCHOOL YEAR THERE WERE 739 BUSES FOR 8.89 PERCENT. AS OF 4/15/98, THERE ARE 723 BUSES WHICH IS 8.59 PERCENT OF THE STATEWIDE FLEET. OF THE 723 BUSES, 251 WERE REPORTED TO THE OFFICE OF SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION AS BEING USED REGULARLY TO TRANSPORT STUDENTS. DURING THE EARLY 90'S PROPOSALS WERE MADE BY THE OFFICE OF SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION TO ACCELERATE THE DISPOSAL OF PRE-'77 BUSES. THESE PROPOSALS FAILED TO PASS THE WASHINGTON STATE LEGISLATURE. MORE RECENTLY, THE USEFUL LIFETIMES HAVE BEEN REDUCED FOR THE DEPRECIATION OF SCHOOL BUSES THAT IN EFFECT WILL ACCELERATE THE RETIREMENT OF NON-STANDARD BUSES. CURRENTLY, THE OFFICE OF SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION IS WORKING WITH THE WASHINGTON STATE TRAFFIC SAFETY COMMISSION ON STRATEGIES THAT WILL FURTHER ACCELERATE THE DISPOSAL OF PRE-'77 SCHOOL BUSES.

From: NTSB
To: State of Washington
Date: 3/17/1998
Response: THE BOARD BELIEVES THAT THE EXTRA PROTECTION THAT POSTSTANDARD SCHOOL BUSES OFFER (WHICH THE FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARDS RELATING TO SCHOOL BUSES REQUIRES) SAVES LIVES & REDUCES THE NUMBER OF SERIOUS INJURIES. THEREFORE, THE BOARD IS SENDING H-89-1 TO YOU AGAIN & STRONGLY URGES WASHINGTON TO PHASE OUT PRESTANDARD SCHOOL BUSES.

From: NTSB
To: State of Washington
Date:
Response: At the 1990 Board meeting addressing the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), the Board voted to place Safety Recommendations H-89-01, H-89-04 through H-89-06, and H-90-74 on the state MWL under the issue category “School Bus Safety.” This category was removed from the MWL in 1998.

From: NTSB
To: State of Delaware
Date: 9/28/1989
Response:

From: State of Delaware
To: NTSB
Date: 8/15/1989
Response: THE STATE OF DELAWARE HAS NO SCHOOL BUS MANUFACTURED PRIOR TO APRIL 1977 IN ITS STUDENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM. THERE ARE, HOWEVER, BUSES OWNED AND OPERATED BY CHURCHES AND SPECIAL ACTIVITIES GROUPS THAT WERE MANUFACTURED PRIOR TO APRIL OF 1977. LEGISLATION WILL BE PRESENTED IN THE NEXT LEGISLATIVE SESSION THAT WILL PROHIBIT TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP OF THESE VEHICLES AND PROHIBITED THE REGISTRATION OF PRESTANDARD BUSES AFTER 1993.

From: NTSB
To: State of Delaware
Date:
Response: At the 1990 Board meeting addressing the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), the Board voted to place Safety Recommendations H-89-01, H-89-04 through H-89-06, and H-90-74 on the state MWL under the issue category “School Bus Safety.” This category was removed from the MWL in 1998.

From: NTSB
To: State of New Jersey
Date:
Response: At the 1990 Board meeting addressing the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), the Board voted to place Safety Recommendations H-89-01, H-89-04 through H-89-06, and H-90-74 on the state MWL under the issue category “School Bus Safety.” This category was removed from the MWL in 1998.

From: NTSB
To: State of Indiana
Date:
Response: At the 1990 Board meeting addressing the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), the Board voted to place Safety Recommendations H-89-01, H-89-04 through H-89-06, and H-90-74 on the state MWL under the issue category “School Bus Safety.” This category was removed from the MWL in 1998.

From: NTSB
To: State of Maine
Date: 9/28/1989
Response:

From: State of Maine
To: NTSB
Date: 6/12/1989
Response: THE STATE OF MAINE HAS BEEN AWARE OF AND CONCERNED WITH THE SAFETY ISSUE RELATED TO PRE-1977 SCHOOL BUSES, PRIOR TO THE UNFORTUNATE KENTUCKY ACCIDENT THIS DEPARTMENT TOOK STEPS TO BEGIN ELIMINATING THOSE BUSES FROM SERVICE. WE FEEL THAT DUE TO OUR ON-GOING POLICY TO ELIMINATE PRE-1977 BUSES AND THE RELATIVE SHORT LIFE EXPECTANCY OF OUR VEHICLES, WE ARE WELL ON OUR WAY TO ELIMINATING THESE BUSES FROM SERVICE. USE OF OLDER BUSES BY CHURCH AND OTHER GROUPS IS NOT UNDER THE CONTROL OF THIS DEPARTMENT, BUT I HAVE ADVISED ALL SCHOOL UNITS, TO AVOID WHENEVER POSSIBLE, SELLING OR GIVING THEIR PRE-1977 BUSES TO SUCH GROUPS.

From: NTSB
To: State of Maine
Date:
Response: At the 1990 Board meeting addressing the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), the Board voted to place Safety Recommendations H-89-01, H-89-04 through H-89-06, and H-90-74 on the state MWL under the issue category “School Bus Safety.” This category was removed from the MWL in 1998.

From: NTSB
To: State of California
Date: 6/24/1998
Response: THE BOARD NOTES THAT OLDER CALIFORNIA SCHOOL BUSES ARE EQUIPPED WITH A LEFT-SIDE, FLOOR-LEVEL EMERGENCY DOOR & SIDE WINDOWS THAT OPEN VERTICALLY. THE BOARD FURTHER NOTES THAT DURING THE 1998 LEGISLATIVE SESSION, CALIFORNIA ASSEMBLY MEMBER ALQUIST INTRODUCE A BILL (AB 26663) THAT WOULD MANDATE REPLACEMENT OF ANY PRESTANDARD BUSES STILL IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT FLEETS. WE APPLAUD CALIFORNIA'S COMMITMENT TO REPLACE THESE OLDER SCHOOL BUSES AS QUICKLY AS PUBLIC FUNDS ALLOW. WE AGREE WITH THE CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL'S ESTIMATE THAT GIVEN PROPER FUNDING INCENTIVES, ALL PRESTANDARD BUSES ARE LIKELY TO BE REPLACED IN LESS THAN 5 YEARS. THE BOARD WOULD APPRECIATE BEING KEPT INFORMED OF THE PROGRESS CONCERNING THIS IMPORTANT SAFETY EFFORT. IN THE MEANTIME, H-89-1 REMAINS CLASSIFIED "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE."

From: State of California
To: NTSB
Date: 5/22/1998
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 6/12/98 9:40:35 AM MC# 980704

From: State of California
To: NTSB
Date: 4/22/1998
Response: (Letter Mail Controlled 4/27/98 4:06:23 PM MC# 980529) CONSIDERING THE NUMBER OF SCHOOLS THAT EXISTED IN CALIFORNIA IN 1977, THE DEPARTMENT BELIEVED IT WAS INEVITABLE THAT CALIFORNIA WOULD BE AMONG THE LAST STATES ABLE TO RETIRE ALL OF ITS PRESTANDARD SCHOOL BUSES, & WE BELIEVE NOW REPLACEMENT EFFORTS ARE REASONABLY ON TRACK. AS A FINAL PUSH IN THIS REGARD, ON 2/23/98, CALIFORNIA ASSEMBLY MEMBER ALQUIST INTRODUCED AB 2663 . THAT BILL WOULD REQUIRE THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO REVISE ITS REGULATIONS TO MANDATE THE REPLACEMENT OF ALL SCHOOL BUSES THAT WERE MANUFACTURED PRIOR TO 4/1/77. THE CHP SUPPORTS THIS BILL. YOU CAN MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF THIS BILL ON THE INTERNET AT HTTP://WWW.LEGINFO.CA.GOV. CALIFORNIA IS WORKING TO REPLACE THESE OLDER SCHOOL BUSES AS QUICKLY AS PUBLIC FUNDS ALLOW. THE DEPARTMENT ESTIMATES THAT BACK IN 1988, APPROXIMTELY 43 PERCENT OF OUR LARGE (OVER 16 PASSENGER) SCHOOL BUSES WERE PRESTANDARD MODELS. TODAY, ESTIMATES SHOW THAT APPROXIMATELY 13 PERCENT OF ALL SCHOOL BUSES OF ANY SIZE, PUBLIC & PRIVATE, ARE PRESTANDARD MODELS. AT THAT RATE OF REPLACEMENT, IT WILL PROBABLY BE APPROXIMATELY FIVE YEARS BEFORE THE ENTIRE CALIFORNIA FLEET HAS BEEN REPLACED WITH SCHOOL BUSES THAT WERE MANUFACTURED UNDER THE FEDERAL STANDARDS.

From: NTSB
To: State of California
Date: 3/16/1998
Response: THE BOARD BELIEVES THAT THE EXTRA PROTECTION THAT POSTSTANDARD SCHOOL BUSES OFFER (WHICH THE FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARDS RELATING TO SCHOOL BUSES REQUIRES) SAVES LIVES & REDUCES THE NUMBER OF SERIOUS INJURIES. THEREFORE, THE BOARD IS SENDING H-89-1 TO YOU AGAIN & STRONGLY URGES CALIFORNIA TO PHASE OUT PRESTANDARD SCHOOL BUSES.

From: NTSB
To: State of California
Date:
Response: At the 1990 Board meeting addressing the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), the Board voted to place Safety Recommendations H-89-01, H-89-04 through H-89-06, and H-90-74 on the state MWL under the issue category “School Bus Safety.” This category was removed from the MWL in 1998.

From: NTSB
To: State of Wisconsin
Date: 9/28/1989
Response:

From: State of Wisconsin
To: NTSB
Date: 6/21/1989
Response: CHAPTER MVD 17, WISCONSIN ADMINISTRATIVE RULES, EFFECTIVE AS EARLY AS AUGUST 1967, INCLUDES MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR SCHOOL BUS BODY CONSTRUCTION TO PROVIDE PROTECTION FROM IMPACT, RESISTANCE TO PENETRATION INTO THE PASSENGER COMPARTMENT AND PROTECTION FROM COLLAPSE IN THE EVENT OF A ROLL OVER. IN LIGHT OF THE INCREASED PROTECTION HISTORICALLY BY THE WISCONSIN RULES GOVERNING SCHOOL BUS CONSTRUCTION, WE FEEL THAT SCHOOL BUS SAFETY WOULD NOT BE BENEFITED BY PHASING OUT SCHOOL BUSES MANUFACTURED PRIOR TO THE APRIL 1977, EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARDS FOR BUSES.

From: NTSB
To: State of Wisconsin
Date:
Response: At the 1990 Board meeting addressing the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), the Board voted to place Safety Recommendations H-89-01, H-89-04 through H-89-06, and H-90-74 on the state MWL under the issue category “School Bus Safety.” This category was removed from the MWL in 1998.

From: NTSB
To: Commonwealth of Virginia
Date: 1/9/1997
Response: THE BOARD IS PLEASED TO LEARN THAT STATE BOARD REGULATIONS & THE SUPERINTENDENT'S REGULATORY MEMORANDUM MANDATED REPLACEMENT OF ALL "PREDOT" (MANUFACTURED BEFORE APRIL 1, 1977) SCHOOL BUSES, INCLUDING SPARE SCHOOL BUSES, DECEMBER 31, 1991. BOTH THE VIRGINIA ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS & DEPARTMENT OR SOCIAL SERVICES HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED OF THIS RECOMMENDATION. ACCORDINGLY, H-89-1 HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: Commonwealth of Virginia
To: NTSB
Date: 3/25/1996
Response: STATE BOARD REGULATIONS & SUPERINTENDENT'S REGULATORY MEMO MANDATED REPLACEMENT OF ALL "PREDOT" (MANUFACTURED PRIOR TO APRIL 1, 1977) SCHOOL BUSES, INCLUDING SPARE SCHOOL BUSES, BY DECEMBER 31,1991. THE ORDER FOR REPLACEMENT HAD TO BE PLACED BY JUNE 30, 1991. BOTH THE VIRGINIA ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS & THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES WILL BE NOTIFIED OF THIS RECOMMENDATION.

From: NTSB
To: Commonwealth of Virginia
Date: 8/8/1989
Response:

From: Commonwealth of Virginia
To: NTSB
Date: 6/19/1989
Response: I AM PLEASED TO ADVISE YOU THAT THE VIRGINIA BOARD OF EDUCATION, THROUGH REGULATIONS, HAS ESTABLISHED JUNE 30, 1991, AS THE DATE BY WHICH ALL PUBLIC SCHOOL BUSES MANUFACTURED BEFORE APRIL 1, 1977, WILL BE REPLACED. LEGISLATIVE ACTION THEREFORE IS NOT REQUIRED.

From: NTSB
To: Commonwealth of Virginia
Date:
Response: At the 1990 Board meeting addressing the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), the Board voted to place Safety Recommendations H-89-01, H-89-04 through H-89-06, and H-90-74 on the state MWL under the issue category “School Bus Safety.” This category was removed from the MWL in 1998.

From: NTSB
To: State of Colorado
Date:
Response: At the 1990 Board meeting addressing the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), the Board voted to place Safety Recommendations H-89-01, H-89-04 through H-89-06, and H-90-74 on the state MWL under the issue category “School Bus Safety.” This category was removed from the MWL in 1998.

From: NTSB
To: State of South Dakota
Date: 3/17/1998
Response: THE BOARD BELIEVES THAT THE EXTRA PROTECTION THAT POSTSTANDARD SCHOOL BUSES OFFER (WHICH THE FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARDS RELATING TO SCHOOL BUSES REQUIRES) SAVES LIVES & REDUCES THE NUMBER OF SERIOUS INJURIES. THEREFORE, THE BOARD IS SENDING H-89-1 TO YOU AGAIN & STRONGLY URGES SOUTH DAKOTA TO PHASE OUT PRESTANDARD SCHOOL BUSES.

From: NTSB
To: State of South Dakota
Date:
Response: At the 1990 Board meeting addressing the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), the Board voted to place Safety Recommendations H-89-01, H-89-04 through H-89-06, and H-90-74 on the state MWL under the issue category “School Bus Safety.” This category was removed from the MWL in 1998.

From: NTSB
To: Commonwealth of Kentucky
Date: 9/28/1989
Response:

From: Commonwealth of Kentucky
To: NTSB
Date: 7/13/1989
Response: LAST JULY, I REALIZED THE NEED FOR A THOROUGH REVIEW OF ALL ASPECTS OF PUPIL, PUBLIC, AND PRIVATE BUS TRANSPORTATION AND CREATED THE BUS SAFETY TASK FORCE. THIS TASK FORCE PERFORMED EXTENSIVE RESEARCH INTO BUS TRANSPORTATION AND HAS MADE 18 RECOMMENDATIONS THAT I FULLY ENDORSE. FOUR RECOMMENDATIONS DEAL WITH PRE-APRIL 1977 BUSES. EARLIER THIS MONTH, THE BUS SAFETY TASK FORCE MET AGAIN. A TOTAL OF ALL SCHOOL BUSES IN OPERATION WAS A REQUEST THAT CAME OUT OF THAT MEETING. FROM THAT LIST, THE TASK FORCE WILL BEGIN TO REVIEW HOW THE 100 TO 150 REGULAR RUN PRE-APRIL 1, 1977 SCHOOL BUSES CAN BE PHASED OUT.

From: NTSB
To: Commonwealth of Kentucky
Date:
Response: At the 1990 Board meeting addressing the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), the Board voted to place Safety Recommendations H-89-01, H-89-04 through H-89-06, and H-90-74 on the state MWL under the issue category “School Bus Safety.” This category was removed from the MWL in 1998.

From: NTSB
To: State of Utah
Date:
Response: At the 1990 Board meeting addressing the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), the Board voted to place Safety Recommendations H-89-01, H-89-04 through H-89-06, and H-90-74 on the state MWL under the issue category “School Bus Safety.” This category was removed from the MWL in 1998.

From: NTSB
To: State of Nebraska
Date: 3/17/1998
Response: THE BOARD BELIEVES THAT THE EXTRA PROTECTION THAT POSTSTANDARD SCHOOL BUSES OFFER (WHICH THE FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARDS RELATING TO SCHOOL BUSES REQUIRES) SAVES LIVES & REDUCES THE NUMBER OF SERIOUS INJURIES. THEREFORE, THE BOARD IS SENDING H-89-1 TO YOU AGAIN & STRONGLY URGES NEBRASKA TO PHASE OUT PRESTANDARD SCHOOL BUSES.

From: NTSB
To: State of Nebraska
Date: 11/16/1989
Response:

From: State of Nebraska
To: NTSB
Date: 9/13/1989
Response: AFTER A REVIEW OF THE VEHICLE RECORD FILE, A DETERMINATION WILL BE MADE REGARDING THE NUMBER OF PRE-1977 BUSES IN NEBRASKA. IF THIS REVEALS SIGNIFICANT NUMBERS OF THESE VEHICLES, LEGISLATION TO PROHIBIT THEIR USE MAY THEN BE CONSIDERED.

From: NTSB
To: State of Nebraska
Date: 8/29/1989
Response:

From: State of Nebraska
To: NTSB
Date: 6/15/1989
Response: THIS NTSB RECOMMENDATION WILL BE GIVEN SERIOUS CONSIDERATION AS ALWAYS. ANY DECISION REGARDING THIS ACTION WILL REQUIRE A CURRENT REVIEW OF EXISTING SCHOOL BUS INVENTORY AND PLANNED REPLACEMENT SCHEDULES. IF PLANNED REPLACEMENT SCHEDULES DON'T EXCEED A REASONABLE PERIOD OF TIME THEN LEGISLATION MAY NOT BE NECESSARY.

From: NTSB
To: State of Nebraska
Date:
Response: At the 1990 Board meeting addressing the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), the Board voted to place Safety Recommendations H-89-01, H-89-04 through H-89-06, and H-90-74 on the state MWL under the issue category “School Bus Safety.” This category was removed from the MWL in 1998.

From: NTSB
To: State of Kansas
Date:
Response: At the 1990 Board meeting addressing the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), the Board voted to place Safety Recommendations H-89-01, H-89-04 through H-89-06, and H-90-74 on the state MWL under the issue category “School Bus Safety.” This category was removed from the MWL in 1998.

From: NTSB
To: State of Florida
Date:
Response: At the 1990 Board meeting addressing the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), the Board voted to place Safety Recommendations H-89-01, H-89-04 through H-89-06, and H-90-74 on the state MWL under the issue category “School Bus Safety.” This category was removed from the MWL in 1998.

From: NTSB
To: State of North Dakota
Date: 3/17/1998
Response: THE BOARD BELIEVES THAT THE EXTRA PROTECTION THAT POSTSTANDARD SCHOOL BUSES OFFER (WHICH THE FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARDS RELATING TO SCHOOL BUSES REQUIRES) SAVES LIVES & REDUCES THE NUMBER OF SERIOUS INJURIES. THEREFORE, THE BOARD IS SENDING H-89-1 TO YOU AGAIN & STRONGLY URGES NORTH DAKOTA TO PHASE OUT PRESTANDARD SCHOOL BUSES.

From: NTSB
To: State of North Dakota
Date:
Response: At the 1990 Board meeting addressing the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), the Board voted to place Safety Recommendations H-89-01, H-89-04 through H-89-06, and H-90-74 on the state MWL under the issue category “School Bus Safety.” This category was removed from the MWL in 1998.

From: NTSB
To: State of Alaska
Date:
Response: At the 1990 Board meeting addressing the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), the Board voted to place Safety Recommendations H-89-01, H-89-04 through H-89-06, and H-90-74 on the state MWL under the issue category “School Bus Safety.” This category was removed from the MWL in 1998.

From: State of North Carolina
To: NTSB
Date: 9/1/1995
Response:

From: NTSB
To: State of North Carolina
Date: 9/28/1989
Response:

From: State of North Carolina
To: NTSB
Date: 6/16/1989
Response: FUNDS HAVE BEEN REQUESTED IN THE 1989-91 BIENNIUM CONTINUATION BUDGET TO REPLACE ALL SCHOOLBUSES MANUFACTURED BEFORE APRIL 1977 CURRENTLY BEING USED FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION PURPOSES. THIS LEGISLATION IS PENDING. HOUSE BILL 1582, PENDING IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, PROVIDES THAT SCHOOLBUSES MANUFACTURED PRIOR TO APRIL 1977, AND TURNED OVER TO THE DEPT. OF ADMINISTRATION AS OBSOLETE EQUIPMENT MAY NOT BE SOLD OR TRANSFERED TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC FOR USE AS A MOTOR VEHICLE.

From: NTSB
To: State of North Carolina
Date:
Response: At the 1990 Board meeting addressing the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), the Board voted to place Safety Recommendations H-89-01, H-89-04 through H-89-06, and H-90-74 on the state MWL under the issue category “School Bus Safety.” This category was removed from the MWL in 1998.

From: NTSB
To: State of Oklahoma
Date: 3/17/1998
Response: THE BOARD BELIEVES THAT THE EXTRA PROTECTION THAT POSTSTANDARD SCHOOL BUSES OFFER (WHICH THE FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARDS RELATING TO SCHOOL BUSES REQUIRES) SAVES LIVES & REDUCES THE NUMBER OF SERIOUS INJURIES. THEREFORE, THE BOARD IS SENDING H-89-1 TO YOU AGAIN & STRONGLY URGES OKLAHOMA TO PHASE OUT PRESTANDARD SCHOOL BUSES.

From: NTSB
To: State of Oklahoma
Date:
Response: At the 1990 Board meeting addressing the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), the Board voted to place Safety Recommendations H-89-01, H-89-04 through H-89-06, and H-90-74 on the state MWL under the issue category “School Bus Safety.” This category was removed from the MWL in 1998.

From: NTSB
To: State of Montana
Date: 5/29/1998
Response: THE BOARD UNDERSTANDS THAT THE STATE OF MONTANA PROMOTES THE ADOPTION OF HIGHER SAFETY STANDARDS OF SCHOOL BUSES & THAT THE MONTANA OFFICE OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION CONTINUALLY INFORMS SCHOOL DISTRICTS OF THE NEED TO UPGRADE SHOOL BUSES & TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEMS OF FINANCING NEW BUSES. THE BOARD SUPPORTS MONTANA'S EFFORTS TO ACCELERATE THE DISPOSAL OF PRESTANDARD SCHOOL BUSES & WOULD APPRECIATE BEING KEPT INFORMED OF PROGRESS CONCERNING THIS IMPORTANT SAFETY EFFORT. IN THE MEANTIME, H-89-001 REMAINS CLASSIFIED "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE."

From: State of Montana
To: NTSB
Date: 4/22/1998
Response: (Letter Mail Controlled 4/28/98 5:14:01 PM MC# 980539) WE DO PROMOTE ADOPTING HIGHER STANDARDS & USING NEWER BUSES. WE'VE ESTABLISHED IN LAW THE ADOPTION OF THE NATIONAL STANDARDS FOR SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION. REGULARLY WE DISTRIBUTE BUS SAFETY INFO PROVIDED THE NTSB, NHTSA & OTHER EXPERTS & SPECIALISTS IN PUPIL TRANSPORTATION SERVICES. THE MONTANA HIGHWAY PATROL INSPECTS SCHOOL BUSES EACH YEAR FOR ANY SAFETY-RELATED CONCERNS. I WILL CONTINUE TO URGE REPRESENTATIVES OF OUR PUBLIC & PRIVATE SCHOOLS TO ELIMINATE THE USE ALL SCHOOL BUSES BUILT BEFORE APRIL 1977.

From: NTSB
To: State of Montana
Date: 3/16/1998
Response: THE BOARD BELIEVES THAT THE EXTRA PROTECTION THAT POSTSTANDARD SCHOOL BUSES OFFER (WHICH THE FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARDS RELATING TO SCHOOL BUSES REQUIRES) SAVES LIVES & REDUCES THE NUMBER OF SERIOUS INJURIES. THEREFORE, THE BOARD IS SENDING H-89-1 TO YOU AGAIN & STRONGLY URGES MONTANA TO PHASE OUT PRESTANDARD SCHOOL BUSES.

From: NTSB
To: State of Montana
Date:
Response: At the 1990 Board meeting addressing the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), the Board voted to place Safety Recommendations H-89-01, H-89-04 through H-89-06, and H-90-74 on the state MWL under the issue category “School Bus Safety.” This category was removed from the MWL in 1998.

From: NTSB
To: State of Missouri
Date:
Response: At the 1990 Board meeting addressing the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), the Board voted to place Safety Recommendations H-89-01, H-89-04 through H-89-06, and H-90-74 on the state MWL under the issue category “School Bus Safety.” This category was removed from the MWL in 1998.

From: NTSB
To: State of New Hampshire
Date:
Response: At the 1990 Board meeting addressing the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), the Board voted to place Safety Recommendations H-89-01, H-89-04 through H-89-06, and H-90-74 on the state MWL under the issue category “School Bus Safety.” This category was removed from the MWL in 1998.

From: NTSB
To: State of West Virginia
Date:
Response: At the 1990 Board meeting addressing the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), the Board voted to place Safety Recommendations H-89-01, H-89-04 through H-89-06, and H-90-74 on the state MWL under the issue category “School Bus Safety.” This category was removed from the MWL in 1998.

From: NTSB
To: State of Louisiana
Date: 3/17/1998
Response: THE BOARD BELIEVES THAT THE EXTRA PROTECTION THAT POSTSTANDARD SCHOOL BUSES OFFER (WHICH THE FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARDS RELATING TO SCHOOL BUSES REQUIRES) SAVES LIVES & REDUCES THE NUMBER OF SERIOUS INJURIES. THEREFORE, THE BOARD IS SENDING H-89-1 TO YOU AGAIN & STRONGLY URGES LOUISIANA TO PHASE OUT PRESTANDARD SCHOOL BUSES.

From: NTSB
To: State of Louisiana
Date:
Response: At the 1990 Board meeting addressing the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), the Board voted to place Safety Recommendations H-89-01, H-89-04 through H-89-06, and H-90-74 on the state MWL under the issue category “School Bus Safety.” This category was removed from the MWL in 1998.

From: NTSB
To: State of Vermont
Date:
Response: At the 1990 Board meeting addressing the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), the Board voted to place Safety Recommendations H-89-01, H-89-04 through H-89-06, and H-90-74 on the state MWL under the issue category “School Bus Safety.” This category was removed from the MWL in 1998.

From: NTSB
To: State of Arizona
Date:
Response: At the 1990 Board meeting addressing the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), the Board voted to place Safety Recommendations H-89-01, H-89-04 through H-89-06, and H-90-74 on the state MWL under the issue category “School Bus Safety.” This category was removed from the MWL in 1998.

From: NTSB
To: State of Tennessee
Date:
Response: At the 1990 Board meeting addressing the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), the Board voted to place Safety Recommendations H-89-01, H-89-04 through H-89-06, and H-90-74 on the state MWL under the issue category “School Bus Safety.” This category was removed from the MWL in 1998.

From: State of Idaho
To: NTSB
Date: 4/10/1998
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 4/15/98 4:31:28 PM MC# 980481

From: NTSB
To: State of Idaho
Date: 3/17/1998
Response: THE BOARD BELIEVES THAT THE EXTRA PROTECTION THAT POSTSTANDARD SCHOOL BUSES OFFER (WHICH THE FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARDS RELATING TO SCHOOL BUSES REQUIRES) SAVES LIVES & REDUCES THE NUMBER OF SERIOUS INJURIES. THEREFORE, THE BOARD IS SENDING H-89-1 TO YOU AGAIN & STRONGLY URGES IDAHO TO PHASE OUT PRESTANDARD SCHOOL BUSES.

From: NTSB
To: State of Idaho
Date:
Response: At the 1990 Board meeting addressing the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), the Board voted to place Safety Recommendations H-89-01, H-89-04 through H-89-06, and H-90-74 on the state MWL under the issue category “School Bus Safety.” This category was removed from the MWL in 1998.

From: NTSB
To: State of Alabama
Date:
Response: At the 1990 Board meeting addressing the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), the Board voted to place Safety Recommendations H-89-01, H-89-04 through H-89-06, and H-90-74 on the state MWL under the issue category “School Bus Safety.” This category was removed from the MWL in 1998.

From: NTSB
To: State of New York
Date: 9/9/1998
Response: THE BOARD UNDERSTANDS THAT NEW YORK LAW MANDATES THAT PRESTANDARD SCHOOL BUSES BE PHASED OUT OF USE IN SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION WITHIN NEW YORK STATE. THE BOARD IS PLEASED TO LEARN THAT AT LEAST HALF OF THE FEW REMAINING PRESTANDARD BUSES STILL IN SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION SERVICE WERE PHASED OUT BEFORE THE PREVIOUS SCHOOL YEAR BEGAN, & THAT THE REMAINING VEHICLES WILL BE PHASED OUT BEFORE THIS SCHOOL YEAR BEGINS. THE BOARD APPLAUDS THE NEW YORK DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION'S EFFORTS TO ACCELERATE THE DISPOSAL OF ALL PRESTANDARD SCHOOL BUSES. BASED ON THIS INFO, H-89-1 IS CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: State of New York
To: NTSB
Date: 5/21/1998
Response: CHAPTER 545 OF THE LAWS OF 1994, WHICH BECAME EFFECTIVE ON 9/24/94, MANDATES THAT SCHOOL BUSES EITHER BUILT PRIOR TO 4/1/77, OR WHICH DO NOT MEET THE FEDERAL SAFETY STANDARDS THAT BECAME EFFECTIVE ON 4/1/77, SHALL BE PHASED OUT OF USE IN SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION WITHIN NEW YORK STATE. UNDER THIS LAW, AT LEAST HALF OF THE FEW REMAINING VEHICLE STILL IN SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION SERVICE WERE PHASED OUT PRIOR TO THE START OF THE CURRENT SCHOOL YEAR, & THE BALANCE WILL BE PHASED OUT PRIOR TO THE BEGINNING OF THE 1998-99 SCHOOL YEAR, UNLESS THE COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION GRANTS, ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS, AN ECONOMIC HARDSHIP WAIVER FOR A VEHICLE DETERMINED TO BE IN GOOD WORKING ORDER.

From: NTSB
To: State of New York
Date: 3/17/1998
Response: THE BOARD BELIEVES THAT THE EXTRA PROTECTION THAT POSTSTANDARD SCHOOL BUSES OFFER (WHICH THE FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARDS RELATING TO SCHOOL BUSES REQUIRES) SAVES LIVES & REDUCES THE NUMBER OF SERIOUS INJURIES. THEREFORE, THE BOARD IS SENDING H-89-1 TO YOU AGAIN & STRONGLY URGES NEW YORK TO PHASE OUT PRESTANDARD SCHOOL BUSES.

From: NTSB
To: State of New York
Date: 11/3/1989
Response:

From: State of New York
To: NTSB
Date: 9/13/1989
Response: CHAPTER 731 OF THE LAWS OF 1988 WAS ENACTED CONTAINING A PROVISION PRECLUDING THE USE OF SCHOOL BUSES MANUFACTURED OR ASSEMBLED PRIOR TO APRIL 1, 1977 FOR THE TRANSPORT OF PUPILS, TEACHERS AND OTHER PERSONS ACTING IN A SUPERVISORY CAPACITY TO AND FROM SCHOOL ACTIVITIES. WHILE THIS STATUTORY PROVISION DOES NOT RESTRICT THE CONTINUED USE OF THESE BUSES IN PROVIDING TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM SCHOOL, IT IS AN IMPORTANT STEP TOWARD IMPROVED PROTECTION.

From: NTSB
To: State of New York
Date:
Response: At the 1990 Board meeting addressing the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), the Board voted to place Safety Recommendations H-89-01, H-89-04 through H-89-06, and H-90-74 on the state MWL under the issue category “School Bus Safety.” This category was removed from the MWL in 1998.

From: NTSB
To: State of Georgia
Date: 8/8/1989
Response:

From: State of Georgia
To: NTSB
Date: 6/30/1989
Response: EACH YEAR, OUR STATE'S DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION UTILIZES APPROXIMATELY 10,800 LARGE SCHOOL BUSES, INCLUDING 8,500 THAT ARE ON THE ROAD DAILY, TRAVELING OVER 90 MILLION ROUTE MILES, TO TRANSPORT OVER 840,000 STUDENTS. LESS THAN 10 PERCENT OF THESE ROUTE BUSES ARE PRE-1977 VEHICLES, AND THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION HAS ALREADY UNDERTAKEN AN ANNUAL SCHEDULE OF RETIRING THE REMAINING VEHICLES.

From: NTSB
To: State of Georgia
Date:
Response: At the 1990 Board meeting addressing the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), the Board voted to place Safety Recommendations H-89-01, H-89-04 through H-89-06, and H-90-74 on the state MWL under the issue category “School Bus Safety.” This category was removed from the MWL in 1998.

From: NTSB
To: State of Oregon
Date:
Response: At the 1990 Board meeting addressing the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), the Board voted to place Safety Recommendations H-89-01, H-89-04 through H-89-06, and H-90-74 on the state MWL under the issue category “School Bus Safety.” This category was removed from the MWL in 1998.

From: NTSB
To: State of Michigan
Date: 9/28/1989
Response:

From: State of Michigan
To: NTSB
Date: 7/25/1989
Response: THE DEPT. OF EDUCATION IMPLEMENTED AN ANNUAL SCHOOL BUS INSPECTION PROGRAM IN THE LATE 1960'S. ALL EQUIPMENT ON A SCHOOL BUS MUST FUNCTION AS IF IT WERE NEW. SCHOOL BUSES ARE USUALLY KEPT IN THE FLEET FOR 7 TO 10 YEARS. TWELVE TO FIFTEEN HUNDRED NEW SCHOOL BUSES ARE PURCHASED ANNUALLY. WHEN SCHOOL STARTS IN SEPT. 1989, THERE WILL BE BETWEEN 500 AND 750 PRE-1977 SCHOOL BUSES IN THE FLEET. THEY ARE RAPIDLY BEING RETIRED, BUT ARE NOT BEING NEGLECTED.

From: NTSB
To: State of Michigan
Date: 7/8/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: State of Michigan
Date:
Response: At the 1990 Board meeting addressing the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), the Board voted to place Safety Recommendations H-89-01, H-89-04 through H-89-06, and H-90-74 on the state MWL under the issue category “School Bus Safety.” This category was removed from the MWL in 1998.

From: NTSB
To: State of Minnesota
Date:
Response: At the 1990 Board meeting addressing the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), the Board voted to place Safety Recommendations H-89-01, H-89-04 through H-89-06, and H-90-74 on the state MWL under the issue category “School Bus Safety.” This category was removed from the MWL in 1998.

From: NTSB
To: State of South Carolina
Date:
Response: At the 1990 Board meeting addressing the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), the Board voted to place Safety Recommendations H-89-01, H-89-04 through H-89-06, and H-90-74 on the state MWL under the issue category “School Bus Safety.” This category was removed from the MWL in 1998.

From: NTSB
To: State of Texas
Date: 6/24/1998
Response: THE BOARD NOTES THAT SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN TEXAS HAVE SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED THE NUMBER OF PRESTANDARD BUSES USED TO TRANSPORT SCHOOL CHILDREN EVEN THOUGH THE TEXAS LEGISLATURE HAS NOT NOT ENACTED LEGISLATION TO SPECIFY A DATE BY WHICH SCHOOL DISTRICTS MUST PHASE OUT THESE BUSES. WE APPLAUD TEXAS' COMMITMENT TO REPLACE THESE OLDER SCHOOL BUSES AS QUICKLY AS PUBLIC FUNDS ALLOW, & WE UNDERSTAND THAT A COPY OF OUR SAFETY RECOMMENDATION WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO SCHOOL DISTRICTS THROUGHOUT THE STATE. THE BOARD WOULD APPRECIATE BEING KEPT INFORMED OF THE PROGRESS CONCERNING THIS IMPORTANT SAFETY EFFORT. IN THE MEANTIME, H-89-1 REMAINS CLASSIFIED "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE."

From: State of Texas
To: NTSB
Date: 4/30/1998
Response: (Letter Mail Controlled 5/8/98 3:33:49 PM MC# 980598) THE TEXAS LEGISLATURE HAS NOT ENACTED LEGISLATION TO SPECIFY A DATE FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO CEASE OPERATION OF SCHOOL BUSES MANUFACTURED BEFORE APRIL 1977, WHEN NEW FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARDS FOR SCHOOL BUSES WENT INTO EFFECT. STATE LAW REQUIRES THAT SCHOOL DISTRICTS PURCHASE NEW BUSES WHICH MEET THE NEW STANDARDS. OVER TIME, SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN TEXAS HAVE SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED THE NUMBER OF PRESTANDARD BUSES USED TO TRANSPORT SCHOOL CHILDREN. I HAVE FORWARDED YOUR LETTER TO DR. MIKE MOSES, TEXAS' COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION, SO THAT HE CAN COMMUNICATE YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS TO SCHOOL DISTRICTS THROUGHOUT THE STATE. INDIVIDUAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS ARE BEST ABLE TO MAKE DECISIONS ON WHEN TO PHASE OUT PRESTANDARD BUSES, FOR THEY ARE MOST DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE HEALTH & SAFETY OF THE CHILDREN IN THEIR CARE.

From: NTSB
To: State of Texas
Date: 3/17/1998
Response: THE BOARD BELIEVES THAT THE EXTRA PROTECTION THAT POSTSTANDARD SCHOOL BUSES OFFER (WHICH THE FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARDS RELATING TO SCHOOL BUSES REQUIRES) SAVES LIVES & REDUCES THE NUMBER OF SERIOUS INJURIES. THEREFORE, THE BOARD IS SENDING H-89-1 TO YOU AGAIN & STRONGLY URGES TEXAS TO PHASE OUT PRESTANDARD SCHOOL BUSES.

From: NTSB
To: State of Texas
Date:
Response: At the 1990 Board meeting addressing the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), the Board voted to place Safety Recommendations H-89-01, H-89-04 through H-89-06, and H-90-74 on the state MWL under the issue category “School Bus Safety.” This category was removed from the MWL in 1998.