Compartmentalization Compartmentalized

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The new Secretary of Transportation of Ray LaHood is about to throw the commercial motor coach manufacturer's favorite non-safety strategy off the bus. The Detroit News reported yesterday that NHTSA will be moving to require seat belts on motor coaches - a long overdue improvement. Bus manufacturers have fended off regulations for decades, arguing that occupants were adequately protected from crash forces by compartmentalization - the space around them enclosed by the seat backs behind and in front of them and the side structure.