NTSB releases list of most wanted safety improvements

Most wanted listWASHINGTON, D.C. – The NTSB is calling for greater adherence to safety practices in the commercial trucking industry.

The U.S. government agency has released its annual list of most wanted life-saving safety improvements, and one of them speaks specifically to attitudes toward safety in the world of commercial trucking.

“Crashes, injuries and deaths involving commercial trucks have been increasing over the past several years,” the list states. “The NTSB has a long history of calling on the regulators to improve their oversight of operators, drivers, and vehicles.”

The board says trucking companies must go beyond securing regulatory compliance and proactively identify operational hazards and potential solutions.

The board’s annual list highlights safety issues identified from accident investigations, and is intended to be a roadmap for legislators and innovators.

The top item calls on operators of commercial vehicles need to unplug from portable electronic devices, and anything else that can distract their attention while on the job.

“All modes of transportation need to rise to today’s distraction challenges,” the board says. “The first step toward removing deadly distractions will be to disconnect from non-mission-critical information.”

In second place, is an end to substance impairment in transportation.

“Complex machinery such as cars, planes, trains, ships, and pipelines require operators to be at their best – not impaired by alcohol or drugs,” the list says, as it calls for stronger laws, swifter enforcement, and expanded use of technology to end substance impairment.

Here’s the full list:


NTSB’s 2015 Most Wanted List of Safety Improvements

  • Disconnect from Deadly Distractions
  • End Substance Impairment in Transportation
  • Enhance Public Helicopter Safety
  • Implement PTC in 2015
  • Improve Rail Tank Car Safety
  • Make Mass Transit Safer
  • Prevent Loss of Control in General Aviation
  • Require Medical Fitness For Duty
  • Strengthen Commercial Trucking Safety
  • Strengthen Procedural Compliance




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