Travel by bus in the U.S.: Driving to extremes

Greenberg asked Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., who helped draft the new law, why after 40 there were still no seat belts in buses.

"What we've seen in a very safe bus industry, motor coach industry today - they are moving towards with their new buses getting seat belts on - but to retrofit them costs thousands of dollars," Shuster said. "The cost benefit is just not there."

"The retrofitting bothers you because of the cost?" asked Greenberg,

"Well, it's a huge cost," said Shuster. "I used to have that number off the top of my head, but it's several thousands of dollars for each bus. And what you have out here are small business owners that run a very safe business, 99 percent of them, and we're going to have the federal government come in and mandate something that is probably not going to save any more lives."

Mike Fullington's namesake company has been in business for more than a hundred years, with a solid safety record. What he hasn't seen is a demand for seatbelts.

He told Greenberg that if seatbelts were put into a bus, "People aren't going to wear them. They don't wear them. We have five or six motor coaches that have seat belts, and we look to see if they're wearing them. And we ask them to wear them, and they don't put them on."

Seatbelts or not, there's no sign of slowdown in the bus industry, or with the people whose job it is to keep up with it.

"Every life counts," said FMCSA Administrator Ferro. "We have to continue to work to make sure that every company operating out there, moving passengers, puts safety as their top priority. That's our focus."

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