Transport Canada said they will be making seat belts mandatory on newly built medium and large highway buses.
The announcement comes shortly after the first court appearance of Jaskirat Sidhu, who is charged in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash incident.
The call for mandatory seatbelts came shortly after the crash itself on April 6th.
The government is looking to make them mandatory by September of 2020.
“We’ve all heard the message to buckle up over the years, and I think it’s time we brought this approach to highway buses too,” Transport Minister Marc Garneau said in a statement. “By having seat belts on highway buses, we can help reduce injuries in severe collisions, such as rollovers, and improve safety for everyone.”
Federal government statistics reveal that the majority of bus occupant fatalities occur in rollover collisions.
The new requirements however, will not apply to school buses.