NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


March 11, 1999

***Please Note: the new dates are April 14 - 16, 1999***

Washington D.C. - As part of its year long focus on heavy vehicle safety, the National Transportation Safety Board will convene a public hearing on April 14 - 16, 1999, in Washington D.C. to review truck and bus safety. During the hearing, chaired by NTSB Chairman Jim Hall, the Safety Board will review the conditions and causes of truck-and bus-related crashes and evaluate the effectiveness of federal, state and industry oversight of heavy-vehicle safety.

"We have seen an increasing number of truck and bus related deaths in recent years and we need to make sure that every effort is made to ensure the safety of our citizens on our highways," Chairman Hall said. He added that truck and bus safety was chosen as a Safety Board focus in 1999 because, "The Safety Board is committed to working with the industry, the Department of Transportation and safety advocacy groups to develop realistic and effective solutions to the current truck and bus safety issues."

Discussion panels at the hearing will include representatives from the NTSB, the United States Department of Transportation, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, United Motorcoach Association, American Bus Association, the American Trucking Associations, Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways (C.R.A.S.H.), Parents Against Tired Truckers, and others.

The Safety Board will convene the hearing at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 14, 1999 at the Georgetown University Conference Center located on the Georgetown University campus at 3800 Reservoir Road, N.W., Washington D.C. For more information see News & Events at our website http://www.ntsb.gov.

NTSB Office of Public Affairs: (202) 314-6100



The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency charged with determining the probable cause
of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.