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Inside Story: School Plan May Delay Safety Improvements

From Phil Williams:

There are not many of us who drive around in cars made back in 1989.

But if some lawmakers get their way, your children could soon be getting on school buses that are almost two decades old.

Right now, state law specifies that school buses can be used for 12 years without a problem.

Schools can get a waiver, if the buses pass inspection, to use them for another three years.

Fifteen years is the maximum.

But with schools facing their own budget crises, several Tennessee lawmakers have introduced bills to let schools keep those buses on the road for 20 years.

The problem, critics say, is a lot can change in two decades.

These days, school buses are being built with seat belts, higher seat backs to cushion children in case of a crash and safer exhaust systems to protect kids on the ride to and from school.

So, if the new law passes, advocates say the safest buses may not be on the road until your children have their own children.

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