SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE

 

STATEMENT TO

 

SENATE, No. 2638

 

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

 

DATED:  MAY 18, 2017

 

     The Senate Education Committee favorably reports Senate Bill No. 2638.

This bill requires school buses that provide transportation for students using wheelchairs to be equipped with a four-point securement system for each student using a wheelchair on the school bus. A four-point securement system is defined as a complete four-point system that includes four wheelchair restraints to secure a wheelchair to the vehicle floor; a lap and shoulder belt that integrates to the rear wheelchair restraints; and floor anchorages installed in the vehicle floor. Under the bill, students using wheelchairs are required to be secured using the four-point securement system at all times while the bus is in operation.