The National Transportation Safety Board has scheduled a truck and bus safety forum next Tuesday and Wesnesday that will be open to the public and available via webcast.
Board member Robert L. Sumwalt will chair the forum, which will discuss progress on truck and bus safety that has occurred in the last 10 years and new actions that could make improvements.
Some topics on the agenda include driver safety; driver health and wellness; technology that can help drivers avoid crashes; and federal and state regulations of buses and trucks.
Recent deadly highway bus accidents have revived efforts in Congress to require seat belts, stronger roofs, better windows and electronic stability controls on buses, which carry 750 million passengers a year.
In March there were three high-profile bus accidents. A bus returning from a Connecticut casino slammed into a guard rail on Interstate 95 in the Bronx, N.Y., and a signpost sliced through as it rolled onto its right side, killing 15 passengers.
Two days later, a bus headed south on the New Jersey Turnpike struck a wall and an embankment, killing the driver and one passenger while injuring more than 40 others on board.
A week after that, 25 passengers were injured when a Boston-bound bus rolled down an embankment and onto its left side in New Hampshire.
The forum will be held at the NTSB’s conference center at L’Enfant Plaza both days. The sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday and 8 a.m. on Wednesday and run until late afternoon. It will be available online at ntsb.gov.