Highlighting its continued interest in large truck and bus safety, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will convene a public forum May 10–11, 2011, in Washington, DC. The forum will review the progress since a series of public hearings on the same topic in 1999–2000 and discuss the actions that would further improve truck and bus safety. The forum will be open to the public and also available by webcast.
Board Member Robert L. Sumwalt will chair the forum. Day 1 will include sessions on (1) carrier oversight and the determination of carrier safety fitness by Federal, state, and industry organizations; (2) carrier operations, to include such topics as electronic onboard recorders, hours of service, safety culture, and vehicle size and weight; and (3) training and licensing of commercial drivers, to include commercial learner's permits, employer notification systems, graduated licensing, and data collection.
Day 2 will focus on (1) driver safety, covering driver crash risk factors and approaches for increasing driver safety; (2) the state of driver health and wellness programs and progress toward comprehensive medical oversight for interstate commercial drivers; (3) the state of enhanced vehicle technologies, to include crash avoidance technologies such as electronic stability control and collision avoidance systems; and (4) advances in crash mitigation, such as passenger restraints, vehicle crashworthiness, vehicle compatibility, and highway barrier systems.