Why Don’t School Buses Have Seat Belts? The Reason Might Surprise You

As safe as school buses are, it’s important to note that most school buses don’t have seat belts. While seat belts are an absolute necessity in most cars and have been since 1968, that’s not always the case with school buses. And if you’re wondering why? It’s because seat belts just aren’t necessary for school buses, the NHTSA reports.

“There is no question that seat belts play an important role in keeping passengers safe in these vehicles. But school buses are different by design, including a different kind of safety restraint system that works extremely well,” the NHTSA explains.

And that safety restraint system? It’s all in how school buses are designed. In fact, remember that term compartmentalization? It’s why school buses don’t have seat belts. “Through compartmentalization, children are protected from crashes by strong, closely-spaced seats that have energy-absorbing seat backs,” the NHTSA added.