June 5, 2006

Transport Canada announces safer school buses

Ottawa, Ontario – Transport Canada has announced that as of April 1, 2007, all new school buses will be safer for small children; depending on the size of the bus, between two and eight seats will be fitted with tether and lower universal anchorages on bench seats to accommodate child seats.

“Small children are now riding on school buses more frequently and need to be better protected,” says Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. “School buses are already a very safe way for children to travel, and allowing the use of child seats will make it even safer for children weighing less than 18 kg.”

Transport Canada requires school bus seats to be made of energy-absorbing materials, but the department’s research has shown that while bus seats effectively protect school-age children, small or pre-school-aged children would benefit from a properly-installed infant or child seat. Other changes are being made to existing regulations, including specifications that infant and child seat anchorage systems must not be installed next to emergency exits.

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