We Finally Know Why Buses Don’t Have Seatbelts

We Finally Know Why Buses Don’t Have Seatbelts


Everywhere you drive, there are constant reminders to buckle up. That’s what makes it so strange that when kids get on a school bus, there are no seatbelts to be found. How can that be legal? Here are the details you need to know about why buses don’t have seatbelts.

Parents should breathe a big ol’ sigh of relief at the fact that, statistically, school buses are the safest vehicles on the road. And it isn’t even close. These things are like yellow tanks, minus the weaponry. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, kids are 70 times more likely to get to school safely when they take the school bus instead of a car. So no matter how much parents brag about their driving skills, the bus is still a whole lot safer.

There are several reasons why buses are so safe. For one, they’re decked out with neat features like cross-view mirrors and flashing red lights. Plus, there’s that infamous traffic law regarding how passing a stopped school bus is akin to throwing your driver’s license into a bonfire. Buses are also heavier than cars, and distribute crash forces in a different way. The most important feature of all, though, is something called “compartmentalization.” Basically, this refers to how the seats are strong, closely spaced, and have raised, energy-absorbing backs. So when kids get flung forward, they safely bump into the tall seat in front of them, instead of being thrown through a window.

Watch the video for more about Why Buses Don’t Have Seatbelts!

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Buses are super safe | 0:14
State by state differences | 1:13
Easier evacuation | 1:58
The cost factor | 2:33
Seating availability | 3:37

100 Comments on "We Finally Know Why Buses Don’t Have Seatbelts"


  1. I live in Louisiana and I don’t know about other parishes but in terrebone we don’t have seatbelts on buses.

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  2. so basically.. money.. other then the 1 instant of, it is easier to evacuate if no one is buckled.. all the other reasons are simply.. the people that care have too little money, and the rich people that have plenty of money don't care enough. and it is safer for me to drive my children then them ride the bus. 1st off, i live in the middle of nowhere.. the main cause of accidents around here is deer jumping out in front of people. i have a very large pickup that weighs in at over 9k pounds with a very large steel bumper so i can litterly deflect deer and keep driving. and by deflect i mean splatter all over the road and truck. also, i have nearly 20 years of driving experience with litterly 0 traffic tickets. i obey all traffic laws. only time i am speeding is i might get 5mph over the speed limit while going down a hill.. but that is normal, the hills around here are so crazy that everyone is used to traveling from 5 over to 10 under at any given moment, fluctuating every couple seconds or so..

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  3. 3 kids can’t sit in a seat unless it’s elementary school, cause in high school and middle school you physically can’t sit 3 to a seat

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  4. It’s all down to money, the argument of school buses are so safe you don’t need seat belt is something only a self-interest-forward politician would say. Planes are the safest way to travel yet you damn well still need to wear seatbelts🙄🙄🙄 when I heard someone explain to me like that I just can’t believe how stupid they are for believing that as a justified rational excuse for not having seat belts for a metal can full of vulnerable children.

    But again this country also have mass shootings on the daily so why is anyone surprised

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  5. Texas doesn't have any seat belts on their busses I ride one to school and to go home I'm in texas

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  6. Depends on whose driving them…y'all hear about that Catherine chick?? (I think that's her name) She's psychotic. Check it out!
    https://youtu.be/q56bYke4W24

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  7. I'm not even going to watch this but if it says that it's a safety hazard then we already knew a looong time ago buddy

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  8. Nevada busses do not have seat belts. Lived here my whole life and have never seen seatbelts on any of the busses other than the special needs ones. Idk if Vegas has them, but the northern part of the state does not.

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  9. In Arkansas, I have been to two city’s. Pochohantas and Springdale, correct me if I’m wrong but I think Arkansas doesn’t have seat belts

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  10. Anybody else remember falling asleep on the bus and the bus hitting a speedbump, then your head hits the window super fking hard but you couldn't feel it because you were sleeping? 🤦‍♂️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏼‍♂️🤦🏽‍♂️🤦🏾‍♂️🤦🏿‍♂️🤦🏿‍♀️🤦🏾‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️

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  11. I don’t know about if the school bus is safe or not. Recently some school bus driver was drunk and driving the school bus.

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  12. Lol we had seatbelts but almost never used them and when we did it was to make fun of the whole scenario. Pine Bush High School ny

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  13. I recently went on a field trip with my class and we rode a seatbelt bus, but there are so many kids at our school we had to fit 4 to a seat so kids were uncomfortably seating on the buckles not even wearing the seatbelt

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  14. Some school buses have set belts but buses like that is mostly for the Speshl Ed kids and my bff is special ed

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  15. In Nevada we dont have seat beats on our bus so not Nevada and i know im right cause i lived all over Nevada

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  16. My school bus crashed last year
    My driver also drives like a mad man
    I kinda like my mom's car more

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  17. That's not so much the case here in the UK. BY UK law all School buses are meant to have seatbelts in case the vehicle rolls over or stops quite suddenly.

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  18. 1:07
    Yes. Because you always get flung forward in a crash

    One time I got flung to a seat right next to me during a turn. You dont even need to crash for someone to get hurt on a bus.

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  19. School Buses are NOT that strong, and it doesn’t fucking matter if they are built like tanks, there is still force from when a car hits the bus.

    Heres some fucking logic you dumbasses don’t know, seatbelts and strength play hand in hand.

    The only reason buses don’t have seatbelts is because they are too fucking cheap to do so.
    That bus is NOT the safest.

    There are videos all over of several kids getting flung out of seats etc. due to no seatbelts

    It would also help if the drivers weren’t old ass cranky fucks that could pass away at any time.

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  20. These are all bullshit excuses, not to be rude to you. This society is complete bullshit. Children don't have money, you can't fine them. That's why they're not mandated to put on their seat belts for their 'safety'. I remember how safe school buses are and I have the brain injuries to prove it. I just feel shitty about this whole society, all we do is spend money on murder, if it's to protect, not a dime. We pay all our money, but unless it kills someone it's probably not going to get done. Fuck this place.

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  21. This video popped out of nowhere but I always wonder why school buses don't have them or even transit city buses I don't understand they say it's more safe how can that be possible they say it's more safe like a accident can't happen on a bus I think they should and always thought they should have seatbelts they have some crazy drivers out here in the world not saying that in a bad way because they really have some people that take driving safe seriously in the world but they have drunk drivers out on the road everyday and that's a accident waiting to happen plus people that be on cellphones in their car nowadays too but I think they should put seatbelts in every motorized vehicle no matter as long as it move seatbelts period my opinion

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