NTSB Unveils New "Most Wanted List" of Safety Improvements
June 26, 2011
The National Transportation Safety Board released a new list of the nation's most critical transportation safety issues.
The new Most Wanted List highlights 10 safety issues that impact transportation nationwide.
"The NTSB's ability to influence transportation safety depends on our ability to communicate and advocate for changes," said NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman. "The Most Wanted List is the most powerful tool we have to highlight our priorities."
NTSB began issuing an annual Most Wanted List in 1990. This newest list is the first one produced under a revised format developed by the agency over the past several months in an effort to modernize and streamline the list. This year's list features 10 broad issue areas that the NTSB will highlight in its advocacy efforts during the next year. The list can be found on the NTSB's recently remodeled website.
"Our new website, with a landing page dedicated to the Most Wanted List issues, provides pertinent, easy-to-find information along with videos and NTSB recommendations that support all of the issues on the list," Hersman said.
The new list covers a spectrum of transportation issues:
* Promote pilot and air traffic controller professionalism
* Address human fatigue
* Promote teen driving safety
* Improve general aviation safety
* Improve motorcycle safety
* Require safety management systems
* Improve runway safety
* Address alcohol-impaired driving
* Improve bus occupant safety
* Require image and onboard data recorders
ATA President and CEO Bill Graves praised the NTSB's efforts in the new list.
"I commend Chairman Hersman and the other members of the National Transportation Safety Board on modernizing the recent Most Wanted List," said Graves. "In particular, I was pleased to see the Board and ATA share some of the same views on ways to make highways safer for all motorists."
Graves specifically acknowledged the NTSB's focus on alcohol impaired driving and human fatigue. He agreed with members of the board that while hours of service regulations are important, alone they are insufficient in solving the problem. Graves cited the organizations' support of EOBRs.
For more information: www.ntsb.gov