I would not remove them. They are part of the strength of our buses.
Like one of the other members mentioned, non school type buses use less, some use more. All depends on what options were ordered when the bus was purchased.
I'm even adding more rub rails in the sections of new metal I added after the roof raise. I'm keeping the spacing close to what the factory did on the ones below the windows.
"Don't argue with stupid people. They will just drag you down to their level, and beat you up with experience."
Patently waiting for the apocalypses to level the playing field in this physiological game of life commonly known as Civilization