NTSB Issues Safety Recommendations

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommends the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) take immediate action to address critical questions in motorcycle safety by carrying out comprehensive, in-depth studies such as those documented in the National Agenda for Motorcycle Safety. The NTSB also recommends that:

  • all states provide information to the NHTSA on the effectiveness of their motorcycle safety efforts.
  • the NHTSA implement an action plan for states and others to carry out those recommendations determined to be of high priority.
  • the Federal Highway Administration develop guidelines for states to use to gather accurate motorcycle registrations and motorcycle vehicle miles traveled data, including information on various methods to collect such data and how these methods can be put into practice.
  • all states without helmet laws for all operators and passengers enact mandatory helmet laws for all riders and that all state helmet laws require helmets to be FMVSS #218 compliant.

  • The NTSB made the recommendations during its board meeting Sept. 11. Although NTSB does not have the power to promulgate regulations, it has referred to its role as a "bully pulpit" and board members and staff can testify in state legislatures.

    The safety recommendations come in the wake of the NTSB Public Forum on Motorcycle Safety, held in September 2006. The forum included participants representing government, motorcycle manufacturers, rider groups, trauma physicians, law enforcement and insurance companies.