Why do public busses have no seat belts?


Why do public busses have no seat belts?

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You don’t really need them in a bus because of how big slow and heavy they are, the bus is the one that’s gonna be doing the damage to the other vehicle

If the bus allows people to stand, then it isn’t logical to enforce a seatbelt policy since it simply wouldn’t apply to those standing. It would be an unreasonable policy to enforce.

This is why long distance coaches which do not allow standing typically do have to have seat belts.

Because city Buses are really big and heavy, and they also rarely get going that fast, since they are stopping at least every few blocks to pick people up and at red lights.

These things combine to create a really really low chance anyone is going to get seriously hurt on an accident using a bus.

The weight of the bus means it has a lot of momentum, so if it is going 20 miles an hour and a car pulls out infront of it, that car is only going to slow the bus down a little bit, the buses momentum will keep the bus moving forward, which means no one on the bus is going to experience a super sudden stop or g-force.

Or alternatively, if the bus is stationary and a car hits it going 20 miles an hour, that car is going to stop very fast very suddenly, while the bus might just start to lurch and roll and little bit.

Also, you have to consider the User.

Why spend money putting seat belts on busses that next to no one will ever use? Many people riding public buses are riding them for a short distance where even if they were offered a seatbelt, they wouldn’t plug it in. Some people don’t even bother sitting down at all.

A number of reasons:

1. Physics. Most vehicular collisions isn’t really going to transfer a lot of inertia to the bus. A fully loaded bus is between 20,000 and 30,000 pounds. A SUV, comparatively, is maybe 4 to 5,000 pounds. Unless that SUV is traveling at *grossly* excessive speeds, a collision isn’t going to cause the bus to do anything much more than jolt a bit.

2. Bus speed. Related to the above, most city buses don’t go on highways, so speeds are generally confined to 45 MPH or lower.

3. Ease of evacuation. If something does go wrong, then it’s easier for everyone to get out quickly.

4. Passenger arrangement. Non-school public buses aren’t just sitting only, many have both seats and poles/handstraps for standing passengers. So you’re already not securing every passenger.

City buses (at least in europe) have roughly the same amount of standing vs. sitting people. If they have to use seatbelt, they could not allow standing passengers, reducing capacity and flexibility of use, thus making it less attractive and less financially viable. It would also be impossible to enforce the rule!

Intercity buses, where there is no space (nor is allowed) to stand, seatbelts are in fact provided and, in theory, compulsory. But in reality I never saw many people wear them.