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DOT Response to the Most Wanted List

About this Requirement

Ever year the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) releases its Most Wanted List, which represents the NTSB’s advocacy priorities. Pursuant to 49 United States Code § 1135(e) – Secretary of Transportation’s Responses to Safety Recommendations, the Secretary is required to prepare a report to Congress and the NTSB containing the regulatory status of each recommendation made by the NTSB to the Secretary (or to an Administration within the Department of Transportation) that is on the NTSB’s “Most Wanted List.”

2015 NTSB Most Wanted List

In 2015, NTSB released its Most Wanted List, which included the following issue areas:

  1. Disconnect from Deadly Distractions
  2. End Substance Impairment in Transportation 
  3. Enhance Public Helicopter Safety
  4. Implement Positive Train Control in 2015
  5. Improve Rail Tank Car Safety
  6. Make Mass Transit Safer
  7. Prevent Loss of Control in Flight in General Aviation
  8. Require Medical Fitness for Duty
  9. Strengthen Commercial Trucking Safety
  10. Strengthen Procedural Compliance

Per the statutory requirements the Office of Undersecretary for Policy coordinated the Department’s response and prepared a report highlighting recent DOT actions that pertain to the 2015 Most Wanted List. Below is the DOT response to the NTSB’s Most Wanted List:

2015 Annual Report

2016 NTSB Most Wanted List

In January of 2016 the NTSB released its annual Most Wanted List, which included the following issue areas:

  1. Disconnect From Deadly Distractions;
  2. End Substance Impairment in Transportation;
  3. Promote Completion of Rail Safety Initiatives;
  4. Improve Rail Transit Safety Oversight;
  5. Prevent Loss of Control in Flight in General Aviation;
  6. Require Medical Fitness for Duty;
  7. Promote Availability of Collision Avoidance Technologies in Highway Vehicles;
  8. Strengthen Occupant Protection;
  9. Expand Use of Recorders to Enhance Transportation Safety; and
  10. Reduce Fatigue-Related Accidents.

Comparing the 2016 Most Wanted List to the 2014 and 2015 lists, there is overlap in issue areas:

Same as 2015 Most Wanted List issue area

  1. Disconnect From Deadly Distractions;
  2. End Substance Impairment in Transportation;
  3. Prevent Loss of Control in Flight in General Aviation; and
  4. Require Medical Fitness for Duty;

Similar to 2014 or 2015 Most Wanted List issue area

  1. Strengthen Occupant Protection;
  2. Promote Completion of Rail Safety Initiatives; and
  3. Improve Rail Transit Safety Oversight;

New Most Wanted List issue area

  1. Promote Availability of Collision Avoidance Technologies in Highway Vehicles;
  2. Expand Use of Recorders to Enhance Transportation Safety; and
  3. Reduce Fatigue-Related Accidents.

Below is the DOT response to the 2016 NTSB’s Most Wanted List:

2016 Annual Report

Last updated: Friday, April 15, 2016