Apparently seat belts on buses were recommended long ago after a Transport Canada investigation confirmed the fact that occupants are at unnecessary risk when riding on a large bus. Doesn’t this seem like a no brainer? It sure does to me. I’m also pretty sure it must be to the parents of the hockey players killed in the Humboldt Saskatchewan crash last April.
The results of this investigation were kept under wraps for years, but recently outed by The Fifth Estate. Why the delay? They (Transport Canada) were waiting for the USA to change their laws so we could just follow suit. Why does Canada have to wait for the USA to update their laws? Good question, we shouldn’t.
School buses, coach buses, and possibly even city buses (although their use would be much harder to enforce) should be equipped with seat belts. We could then add another step to train drivers that their vehicle must not (even cannot) operate unless occupants are compliant. Surely with the technology available today sensors are available to monitor such things. Retrofitting buses currently in use might be expensive, but one taxpayers might be willing to swallow.
I can vouch for the fact I would rather pay for that than the expense accounts of former Governors General and the pensions of former politicians. Are you with me?