The National Transportation Safety Board
today revealed its revised Most Wanted safety
recommendations list. The new list is a result of the
overhaul of the Most Wanted program that was requested by
the Board in May.
As a result of the review, the Board decided to
consider Most Wanted issues in separate meetings in order to
maximize effectiveness of the list as a safety tool. The
meeting today considered recommendations to federal agencies
including the Department of Transportation (DOT), DOT modal
administrations and the US Coast Guard. Recommendations to
states and industry will be reviewed in a separate meeting
next fall. Additionally, issues were assigned a red, yellow
or green classification to indicate action and timeliness of
progress. Red indicates a classification of "unacceptable
response;" yellow denotes "acceptable response, but
progressing slowly;" and green marks recommendations with an
acceptable response and timely progress.
"The Most Wanted List includes safety issues that we
believe will make the greatest impact on transportation
safety," said Chairman Engleman, "The Board will use this
revised safety tool
to aggressively pursue safety and
achieve safety results."
Under the leadership of the Board, NTSB staff joined
with federal agencies to create teams called SWAT (Safety
With A Team) to address all of the open recommendations.
Under the SWAT approach instrumental members of the Safety
Board and the appropriate federal agency work in cooperation
to implement needed safety improvements. Since March 2003
teams have discussed implementation or compliance with 94
recommendations, and progress continues. As a result of the
new focus the Board has closed 111 recommendations since
April 1, 2003. "Issuing recommendations is not enough,"
said Chairman Engleman," "Implementation is the key and the
Board will work with its partners in safety to clear