National Transportation Safety Board- Public Meeting of September 11, 2007, Motorcycle Safety Recommendation Letters

Today the Board issued the following safety recommendations:

SAFETY RECOMMENDATION

National Agenda for Motorcycle Safety

To the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

1) Reprioritize the National Agenda for Motorcycle Safety recommendations based on objective criteria including known safety outcomes.

2) Following completion of the reprioritization of the National Agenda for Motorcycle Safety requested in Safety Recommendation H-07-XX, implement an action plan for states and others, such as federal agencies, manufacturers, insurance organizations, and advocacy groups to carry out those recommendations that are determined to be of high priority.

To the 50 states and the District of Columbia:

3) Provide information to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on the effectiveness of your motorcycle safety efforts to assist NHTSA with its effort to reprioritize the National Agenda for Motorcycle Safety recommendations.

Motorcycle Safety Data

To the Federal Highway Administration:

4) Following the 2007 Motorcycle Travel Symposium, develop guidelines for the states to use to gather accurate motorcycle registrations and motorcycle vehicle miles traveled data. The guidelines should include information on the various methods to collect registrations and vehicle miles traveled data and how these methods can be put into practice.

Motorcycle Helmets

To the three states without motorcycle helmet laws:

5) Require that all persons shall wear a Department of Transportation Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 218-compliant motorcycle helmet while riding (operating), or as a passenger on any motorcycle.

To the 27 states and 1 territory with partial helmet laws:

6) Amend current laws to require that all persons shall wear a Department of Transportation Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 218-compliant motorcycle helmet while riding (operating), or as a passenger on any motorcycle.

To the 8 states, the District of Columbia, and the 4 territories that have universal motorcycle helmet laws but do not specifically require FMVSS 218-compliant helmets:

7) Amend current laws to specify that all persons shall wear a Department of Transportation Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 218-compliant motorcycle helmet while riding (operating), or as a passenger on any motorcycle.