1930 – The first all-steel body bus is built by Wayne Works.

1939 – The National Conference on School Transportation meets for the first time, producing “Minimum Standards for School Buses” and sets “National Chrome Yellow” as the standard school bus color.

1945 – Most states have laws requiring cars to stop for school buses as they load and unload passengers.

1956 – The number of school children transported to school at public expense passes the 10 million mark.

1957 – A school bus designed to accommodate wheelchairs begins transporting special needs students to school in San Lorenzo, CA.

1966 – The Highway Safety Act and the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act mark federal government entry

into school bus regulation.

1975 – The Education for All Handicapped Children Act expands the role of those who transport special-needs students.

1977 – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) sets new safety, performance and design
standards the school bus

1991 – Stop arms are required on all new school buses, minimizing the risk of vehicles passing a stopped school bus and striking pedestrians.

1992 – Commercial Driver’s Licensing is required for all school bus drivers.

1996 – Federal drug and alcohol testing is required for all school bus drivers.

1998 – NHTSA creates new guidelines for transporting toddlers and pre-K children.

2008 – NHTSA requires higher seat backs, lap and shoulder belts on small school buses, performance requirements for compartmentalization standards and improved safety to belted occupants.

2010 – New school buses run 95% cleaner than their predecessors due to Environmental Protection Agency standards.

2011 – NHTSA reports that adding seat belts on school buses are decisions that state and local governments should make for themselves.

2014 – Over 26 million students depend on the school bus to get to and from school each day.

2015 – NHTSA Administrator encourages the use of three-point seat belts on all new school buses.