Answer by y0himba · Sep 08, 2010 at 12:15 AM
I have been a school bus driver for 13 years. I have 62 children on my bus. Imagine trying to cut all those seat belts in an accident. If the bus is on it's side, how will they get to the escape hatches? If the doors are blocked, hopefully I am not injured so I can cut their belts. The children are much more safe with the padded seats, and no belts. Originally the seats were to be 'compartments' complete with side panels. That did not come to fruition, for whatever the reason.
Over and above the safety factor, we would need to hire additional adults to check compliance and to prevent any impropriety and to keep unruly kids from using them as weapons. So there is cost involved. Also, injuries from wearing belts would most likely be worse due to the type of vehicle and impact.
This is a large, slow moving solid vehicle. It is also one of the safest methods of travel. Seat belts would greatly hinder the safety of the children.
Answer by kevin · Sep 08, 2010 at 12:01 AM
People thought that the bus being taller and heavier than most traffic and generally travel at moderate speeds that are slower than cars on the road, it wont change the velocity that quick upon impact and thought it was safe enough to not need seat belts.
Although some districts plans or implanted seat belts on school buses
Answer by Phoenix7 · Sep 08, 2010 at 12:13 AM
It's not that they're to cheap to buy seatbelts, it's that they're not necessary, that's what a bus driver told me many many years ago when I asked him this very same things. You have to compare it to a car, you are only required by law to wear a seatbelt while sitting in the front seat. Why just in the front seat? Because the main purpose of them is to stop you from flighting out of your sit and right out the window. If you're in the back seat, you aren't going to be flighting out of the window in a front end or back end crash because the seat will stop you, therefore, the seatbelt is not necessary. Same applies to the bus. The first seat, and maybe the second seat, always have seatbelts. But after that, they don't integrate them because as long as your sitting down you will be stopped from being flown forward or backwards by the seats themselves.
Answer by PCLinux7 · Nov 16, 2011 at 10:14 PM
My school has buses with both seatbelts and no seatbelts. The one I ride on has half the seats with seatbelts and half the seats without them. Even though the seatbelts are there, students aren't required to use them.