New Mexico Bill (HB265) Would Require Seat Belts On All New School Buses

Ensuring the safety of New Mexico’s students is the goal of House Bill 265 (HB 265) introduced by Representative Jack Chatfield (R-Mosquero) and Representative Bill Rehm (R-Albuquerque). HB 265 would require that all new school buses purchased after January 2020 must come equipped with seat belts. Additionally, more safety features will be required including stability control systems and collision avoidance systems.

“My children are expected to be safely buckled when they’re in a personal vehicle, it should be no different for a school bus,” said Rep. Chatfield. “Every parent deserves to know we are doing all we can to keep our children safe when they are on the bus.”