New 2018 California Seat Belt Law for Buses

Beginning July 1, 2018, California Law requires a passenger on a bus equipped with seat belts to be properly restrained by a safety belt. This law also requires children who are at least 8 years of age but under 16 years of age to be properly restrained by a safety belt or an appropriate child passenger restraint system that meets federal safety standards.

The new law was posted on the California DMV Website on December 21, 2017 and is a result of California Sentate Bill #20, also known as SB20. A violation of these provisions is an infraction punishable by a fine.

To learn more about appropriate child passenger restraint systems, see the current California Car Seat Laws.


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