Annual report critical of Alpine School District bus safety 09

A school bus drives around the Alpine School District Transportation Depot in American Fork on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. The district's 6 technicians are tasked with maintaining 311 buses. SPENSER HEAPS, Daily Herald

SALT LAKE CITY — New school buses in Utah would have to have seat belts for children under a bill advanced by a Utah legislative panel.

Republican Rep. Craig Hall of West Valley, the sponsor of the measure, told the House Transportation Committee on Thursday that he hopes people will think back one day with wonder about times when school buses didn't have seat belts.

The Deseret News reports the committee passed the bill, HB132, and it now goes to the full House.

Utah is one of at least 17 U.S. states where lawmakers are considering school bus seat belt legislation.

Hall says six states already have some sort of school bus seat belt requirement.

Hall says he's not calling for retrofitting existing school bus fleets because the expense would be prohibitive.

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Information from: Deseret News, http://www.deseretnews.com