The recommendation originally was issued Dec. 13, following NTSB’s meeting on a multi-vehicle Missouri accident.
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NTSB’s recommendation would have to be adopted separately by each U.S. state since states have authority over driver behavior.
Board recommended banning the use of mobile phones by commercial drivers except in emergencies.
The intent is to gain a more accurate accounting of the distribution of hazardous materials-hauling cargo tanks on the road.
The truck pulling hopper trailers reportedly skidded more than 300 feet before crashing through crossing gates.
Hours of service and electronic onboard recorders are among topics listed for the National Transportation Safety Board’s public forum on truck safety.
Highway fatalities, which account for nearly 95 percent of all transportation deaths, decreased from 37,423 in 2008 to 33,808 in 2009.
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