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  1. Stephanie says:

    Hey Scott,

    I remember when I was in Elementary School and had to take the bus to and from school everyday. We actually had seat belts on our bus, but were told that we didn’t have to use them. I never understood why. The first thing I do when I get in my car is put my seat belt on. I couldn’t imagine driving without it.

    • safedriver says:

      It should be a habit for all passengers to put on their seatbelt, but we first have to make sure a setbelt is available.

  2. All buses. School buses are a priority of course, but all buses need them. You can be on a tour bus for hours, or a commuting bus from one city to another, school buses are generally only a 15-20 minute ride, over an hour in rare cases.

    What would a kid do in a rollover? Hopefully hang on the seat in front with all their grip, then when it stopped rolling letting go would land on the padded parts. I know its not enough. It’s probably a financial thing to add belts to 40 plus seats, and until its made a law, the manufacturers of the buses are not going to install them.

    As for Stephanie’s bus, I’d like to know which school bus company did have them. I’ve certainly never seen any.

  3. marshmat says:

    Every small school bus I’ve seen (“small” being under ~4.5 tonnes) had lap belts at all seating positions.
    The big ones usually don’t, and the debate on whether they should has been going on for a while.
    It comes up often enough that the NHTSA has an FAQ page about the studies they’ve done on the subject:
    http://www.nhtsa.gov/Vehicle+Safety/Seat+Belts/Seat+Belts+on+School+Buses+–+May+2006
    Compartmentalization, in a heavy vehicle, works a lot better than might intuitively be expected.

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