A lawmaker has proposed the creation of a new transportation body similar to the National Transportation Safety Board of the United States to handle investigations, analysis, evaluation and prevention of air, highway and marine transportation accidents, a press release from Congress said.
Rep. Nelson Dayanghirang (1st District, Davao Oriental), author of House Bill 2463, said the proposed National Transportation Safety Board shall conduct regular studies of transportation safety procedures and making improvement suggestions to transportation officials and Congress when necessary.
Dayanghirang said the NTSB would be the primary government body to investigate aircraft, highway, railway and marine transportation accidents including passenger train, pipeline accidents in which there are fatalities.
The bill will create the Office of the Aviation Safety, the primary task of which is to conduct investigation of all aviation accidents, determine the probable cause of accidents, and initiate safety recommendation to prevent future accidents, as well as conduct special investigations into selected aviation accidents involving safety issues of concerns.
It will also create the Office of Surface Transportation Safety, which shall conduct investigations of highway, railroad, marine, pipelines and hazardous materials accidents, determine the probable cause of accidents and to initiate recommendations to prevent future transportation accidents.
The bill will also ensure that the survivors and families of the victims of transportation accidents receive timely assistance from the operators, other government agencies, the press release said.*