NTSB’s “Most Wanted” Safety Improvement List

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has announced its 2019-2020 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements .

The list contains 46 specific safety recommendations that the Board says should be implemented over the next two years.

NTSB Chairman, Robert Sumwalt, said, “It also features broad, longstanding safety issues that still threaten the traveling public.”

The list serves as NTSB’s primary tool to help save lives, prevent injuries, and reduce property damage by increasing transportation safety and reducing the number of accidents.

The agency’s 2019-2020 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements consists of the following:

  • Eliminate distractions;
  • End alcohol and other drug impairment;
  • Ensure the safe shipment of hazardous materials;
  • Fully implement Positive Train Control;
  • Implement a comprehensive strategy to reduce speeding-related crashes;
  • Improve the safety of Part 135 aircraft flight operations (business aircraft);
  • Increase implementation of collision avoidance systems in all new highway vehicles;
  • Reduce fatigue-related accidents;
  • Require medical fitness—screen for and treat obstructive sleep apnea; and
  • Strengthen occupant protection.

The majority of the recommendations seek to improve critical safety by means other than regulation.

Twenty of the 46 safety recommendations the board wants to see implemented during the next two years, seek improvements to transportation safety via regulatory action.