The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) began in 1966 and since 1990 it has announced a Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements. Its recently released list for 2019-2020 includes 46 recommendations.
Bruce Landsberg, the board’s vice chairman, is our special guest on this week’s episode of The Weekly Driver Podcast.
Landsberg, the former president of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, was confirmed last summer to his position as one of five board members of the independent investigative agency based in Washington, D.C.
A former co-chairman of the runway safety program for the Federal Aviation Administration, Landsberg, will serve a five-year term. He was nominated to the position by the current White House administration.
During The Weekly Driver Podcast’s 35-minute interview, co-hosts Bruce Aldrich and James Raia discuss with Landsberg many of the top-10 recommendations that affect the automotive industry. We also talk with Landsberg about other current important issues facing the automotive industry.
Here’s the Most Wanted List, among the 267 changes, 46 in the next two years, the NTSB is seeking:
* Eliminating distractions;
* Ending alcohol and drug impairment;
* Ensuring the safe shipment of hazardous materials;
* Fully implementing positive train control;
* Implementing a comprehensive strategy to reduce speeding-related crashes;
* Improving the safety of Part 135 aircraft flight operations;
* Increasing implementation of collision avoidance systems in all new highway vehicles;
* Reducing fatigue-related accidents;
* Requiring medical fitness screening for and treating obstructive sleep apnea, and
Strengthening occupant protection;
The NTSB’s biennial list serves an agency’s primary advocacy tool to help save lives, prevent injuries, and reduce property damage resulting from transportation accidents.
To learn more about the NTSB’s current transportation safety improvements or the NTSB safety recommendations associated with the list, visit: https://go.usa.gov/xEXR8.
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Article Last Updated: February 15, 2019.
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A sports, travel and business journalist for more than 45 years, James has written the new car review column The Weekly Driver since 2004.
In addition to this site, James writes a Sunday automotive column for The San Jose Mercury and East Bay Times in Walnut Creek, Calif., and a monthly auto review column for Gulfshore Business, a magazine in Southwest Florida.
An author and contributor to many newspapers, magazines and online publications, James has co-hosted The Weekly Driver Podcast since 2017.