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NAPT and NSTA issue joint response to NTSB recommendations

As most of you are aware, the National Transportation Safety Board recently made two important recommendations to our industry based on their investigations of school bus crashes in Chesterfield, N.J., and Port St. Lucie, Fla.

We are pleased to let you know that NAPT and NSTA were able to work together and submit joint comments to the NTSB.

We believe our response to NTSB's recommendations documents a position that seeks the clarity and facts your community and state policymakers demand when making important decisions affecting school bus operations.

We urge you to read this letter carefully to fully understand the professional concerns we raised on your behalf, and our reasons for doing so.

NSTA and NAPT intend to work collaboratively on this matter from this point forward. We will next seek input from our members, who are the front line responsible for safely transporting nearly 26 million children to and from school every school day, to identify best practices for the proper use of safety belts in buses and thereafter develop recommended policies and procedures that can be implemented locally and nationally well before the 2015 National Congress of School Transportation.

NAPT and NSTA believe research and its results, rather than emotion, should guide decisions about the use of safety belts on buses.

We look forward to your support as we make this happen. more

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