A guard barrier, constructed
and thickly padded so as to provide head, knee and leg protection, shall be
installed in front of each forward facing passenger seat that does not
directly face the rear surface of another passenger seat. The barrier must
measure the same height as the passenger seat back directly behind that
barrier. (49 CFR 571.222).
In a bus manufactured in
January 1988 or later, guard barriers must measure the same height required
of the seat back directly behind that barrier.
Exception: In a bus
manufactured from July 1, 1987, to December 31, 1987, the barrier may measure
less than the seat back behind the barrier.
Exception: In a bus with
chassis (incomplete vehicle) manufactured in March 1977 or earlier, the
barrier may consist of a floor-to-ceiling vertical stanchion, padded to
within three inches of ceiling and floor, and a stanchion-to-wall, fully
padded, horizontal guard rail. However, if located adjacent to stepwell,
this type barrier shall include a stepwell guard panel that extends from the
stanchion to the wall and from the guard rail to within two inches of the
Exception: All buses
manufactured prior to September 1974 are exempt from padding on stanchions
and guard rails.
Exception: See 92 Ill. Adm.
Code 445.APPENDIX A (Inspection Procedures for Special Education School
Buses) for possible exception.