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Sunday's bus crash in Oregon raises questions about whether seatbelts in buses should be mandatory.
TransLink's issued a statement saying Coast Mountain buses are exempt under the Motor Vehicle Act from having to provide seatbelts for passengers, with the exception of a belt for the wheelchair position and driver.
The reason? It's the 'job' transit buses do: generally providing short trips with passengers frequently getting on and off and many of them standing.
The seatbelt exemption is dependent on buses having 'hand-holds and seat bars.'
Standees also increase bus capacity by about two times the number of seats.