Governor's Traffic Safety Committee

School Bus Safety

Introduction | Programs & Solutions | FAQs | Safety Tips for Drivers | Safety Tips for Kids
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National School Bus Safety Week is October 21 - 25, 2019. The theme for 2019 is "My School Bus, The Safest Form of Student Transportation!" More information is available at the National Association for Pupil Transportation.

Programs & Solutions

Operation Safe Stop is a program that seeks to educate the public about the dangers of illegally passing a stopped school bus. Operation Safe Stop Education and Enforcement Day is Thursday, May 2, 2019.

According to New York State law, any child under 4 years of age, must be in a federally approved child safety seat, even if the child is riding in a school bus.  Vehicles of these types include school cars, vans, suburbans and SUVs.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the law regarding seat belt use on school buses?

New York State's school bus seat belt law requires all school buses manufactured after July 1, 1987 to be equipped with seat belts. New York State does not currently mandate seat belt use on school buses, but rather, leaves the a decision to each school district.

If you are unsure whether or not the use of seat belts on school buses is mandated by your locality, check with you school board.

Are children under the age of four required to be restrained in a car seat while riding on a school bus?

Yes. The law states that children under the age of four must be restrained in a federally approved car seat while riding on a school bus.

Is advertising allowed on school buses?

Yes, if the school bus is operating in a city with a population of one million or more.

What is "Operation Safe-Stop"?

Operation Safe-Stop is a law enforcement and education initiative addressing the problem of motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses. This ongoing program takes a two-pronged approach, coordinating enforcement activities and public information efforts to target drivers who violate the law and to educate the motoring public that passing a stopped school bus with its red lights flashing is both illegal and dangerous to the students who ride school buses.

General School Bus Safety: