Safety board recommends trucks be connected to avoid crashes

| July 26, 2013

On the heels of a report released this week on an investigation into a truck and school bus crash that happened in February of 2012, the National Transportation Safety Board has made several recommendations to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and other groups based on its findings, with the biggest recommendation being that all trucks and cars become equipped with what it calls “connected vehicle technology,” to allow the vehicle to determine if a vehicle is coming in an intersection.

This recommendation was made to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, suggesting that NHTSA develop minimum standards for connected vehicle technology for all highway vehicles.

NTSB recommended to FMCSA that it require all persons applying for inclusion in the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners to have “both a thorough knowledge of pharmacology and current prescribing authority.”

The crash that spurred the recommendations occurred in Chesterfield, N.J. A school bus carrying 25 kindergarten through 6th grade students was turning into an intersection and failed to yield to a truck hauling a dump container. The bus rotated 180 degrees after being hit and hit a pole. One bus passenger was killed, and five sustained serious injuries. The truck driver was uninjured.

NTSB also recommended to NHTSA that it develop standards for and mandate use of onboard vehicle weighing systems for trucks that have a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 pounds or more and are used in hauling aggregates, earthen construction materials, raw natural resources, garbage and refuse or used in logging, timber or agricultural operations.

Click here to see NTSB’s full report and its other recommendations. 

  • Rob Barry

    hell with outher trucks, how about emergency equipment that just blows though RED lights.

  • john

    They can’t seem to find the money to fix the roads, so where is the money coming from to pay for this worthless addition?

  • martymarsh

    Here is a thought that I bet they never thunk, how about you actually teach people how to drive. Just because someone can move a vehicle means absolutely nothing. But no, we will just make the equipment, which cost a lot more, do the work for the joker sitting in the seat.

  • Wade

    John raises a good point. The recommendation is trying to spend a huge amount of money to solve a problem caused by the judgement error of a school bus driver. Notice that the proposed solution is aimed at the truck, not the school bus or school bus driver training, or eliminating distractions for the school bus driver, or increasing school bus driver pay to hire and retain more experienced school bus drivers. Perhaps they should have recommended that the driver be isolated from the sight and sound of the students so he/she could focus on driving. They could force school bus companies to hire a second person to supervise the children on the bus. Much less expensive than their proposed solution aimed at trucks.

  • Jon McLaughlin

    I agree with the last four comments, but, what everybody neglected to mention: WHY put weighing devices on dump trucks hauling aggregates and such. There was no mention that the truck was overweight or they would have found that the driver of the truck was at fault. Think about it. These people in NTSB are real geniuses.

  • martymarsh

    I think the answer to that is pretty simple, MONEY. If they could actually catch everyone that was ever over weight this wouldn’t even be mentioned, simply because the money would be rolling in. They prove all the time this is not about safety. If they are to make scales on trucks mandatory, bingo, you are spending money. A dump trailer is no different than any other trailer, you put a load on it and then weigh it, and the best part is most quarries won’t let you out over weight.
    Here is another reason this is about nothing more than the buck, on Long Island, the people with dump trailers pay for a special permit to gross 120,000, it’s been so long I don’t know if that is the exact number but I know it’s over 100,000. So what does that tell you, as long as you pay for the permit you are being safe, and they are running on one of the busiest freeways in the country, the Long Island Expressway.
    We have nothing but a pack of corrupt liars in Washington.

  • Chris Kaiser GoodWin

    So, the bus driver screws up and the trucker has to have more regulation? Sure, that makes sense…

  • No Reform

    Yes the truck driver is always to blame. Always refer to this Rule when in doubt. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.