Trucking gains attention from NTSB

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — A third of the National Transportation Safety Board’s 12-item list, dubbed “Most Wanted Transportation Safety Improvements” involve trucking.

Commercial Truck and Bus Safety, added for the first time last year, actually covers several items: carrier rating standards, Hours-of-Service regulations and vehicle standards.

A sub-item entitled the occupant safety has also been added this year. The NTSB calls on the U.S. Department of Transportation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Highway Administration to take action to address these concerns.

The board also asks to see studies done and regulations updated regarding operator fatigue in transportation operations, not only truck and bus drivers, but all modes of transport, including air, rail and sea. The safety wish list additionally calls for the introduction of automatic information recording devices on trucks and buses. These so-called “black boxes” would aid in accident reconstruction.

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