2 Replies Latest reply on Apr 29, 2015 4:42 PM by Philippe Baronti

    School busses "16 times safer than travelling in family car"



      The Canada Safety Council states that it is 16 times safer for kids to travel via school bus than in a family car per passenger/kilometre of travel despite lack of seat belts.


      Safety experts, including the Canada Safety Council, do not believe seat belts on school buses would improve safety. There is no scientific evidence that lives would be saved. Transport Canada has applied approximately 40 safety standards to the design and construction of school buses made in and imported into Canada. These include specialized brake systems, lighting, emergency exits, escape hatches in the roof, and high padded seatbacks that cushion the impact of a crash.

      School buses are not passenger vehicles. They are built to rely on safety not on seat belts, and are designed and constructed differently from passenger cars. They are bigger, heavier, and higher so they have a body-on-frame design. Newer systems, such as an anti-lock braking system would be more beneficial.

      School buses protect passengers through “compartmentalization,” a design that includes:

      • Seats with high backs;
      • Seats filled with energy-absorbing material;
      • Seats placed close together to form compartments;
      • Strong seat anchorages.


      Although school buses have an excellent safety record, mishaps can happen. These mishaps can happen on the bus, however, it is more common for injuries to be sustained once outside the bus, including being hit by their own school bus or other vehicles.

      Children who walk to school or use other forms of transportation are exposed to higher risk than travelling on the school bus.


      Is there a need for seat belts on school buses? | Canada Safety Council / Conseil canadien de la sécurité