OIG reiterates air, surface safety recommendations

March 13, 2013

Washington – The Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General’s top 10 open recommendations for transportation agencies include both air and surface safety improvements.

DOT Inspector General Calvin L. Scovel III testified (.pdf file) March 5 before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the recommendations. He praised the Federal Aviation Administration for enhancements to its voluntary safety reporting system and pilot rest requirements, but recommended the administration further its data collection efforts on pilot fatigue by tracking how far pilots commute to work.

Scovel said OIG also recommends that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration publish a final rule on passenger carrier leasing (.pdf file) requirements to reduce the ability of banned carriers or drivers to continue operating.

According to Scovel, FMCSA has concurred with OIG’s safety recommendation and plans to issue a proposed rule in 2013. OIG is waiting for an update from FAA on its recommendation.