need for data recorders, a reduction in human fatigue, improved
quality of truck fitness and enhanced medical certification of drivers
were among the National Transportation Safety Board's "Most
Wanted" safety improvements for 2003.
wants data recording devices required for all commercial vehicles
to improve the quality and quantity of information available, it
also wants to find a way to prevent medically unfit drivers from
getting behind the wheel. It said the Federal Motor Carrier Safety
Administration should develop a comprehensive medical oversight
program for interstate commercial drivers.
board also recommended that FMCSA change the safety fitness rating
methodology so that adverse vehicle and driver performance-based
data alone could result in an overall unsatisfactory rating for
carriers. According to NTSB, FMCSA's system of selecting carriers
for safety fitness evaluation does not give sufficient priority
to driver and vehicle performance data in determining overall safety
addition, NTSB recommended that the FMCSA study the relationship
between fatigue and wrecks.