School Bus Safety

Revised and approved by the ACEP Board of Directors June 2013
Reaffirmed by the ACEP Board of Directors October 2006
Revised and approved by the ACEP Board of Directors, titled, “School Bus Safety” March 2000
Originally approved as a Board Motion April 1985 titled, “School Buses”

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) supports a comprehensive approach to school bus safety. Government regulators, investigators, manufacturers, and standards organizations should carefully consider the following:

  • Increased visibility of stopped school buses, especially when passengers are loading or unloading;
  • Continued examination of the role of passenger-dependent personal restraint systems including belts;
  • Improved testing and standards for school bus crash worthiness;
  • Improved seating design and passenger compartmentalization that is effective and independent of a passenger's positioning or compliance with other safety equipment;
  • Improved school bus design that enhances visibility of pedestrians in the proximate vicinity of the bus;
  • Improved engineering at school bus stops, including permanent bus stops, shelters, and marked crosswalks at all stops;
  • Measures to improve the safety of primary school children at or near bus stops such as crossing guards/patrol guards; and
  • Driver education of school bus-related safety at license renewal.



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