Articles by Joan Lowy

Delay in Drone Rules Jeopardizes Research, Competitiveness, Congress Told

Commercial drone flights are taking off in other countries while the U.S. lags behind in developing safety regulations that would permit unmanned aircraft operations by a wide array of industries, witnesses told a House panel this week. The Federal Aviation …

Drone Use Takes Off Despite Safety Concerns, Restrictions

The government is getting near-daily reports — and sometimes two or three a day — of drones flying near airplanes and helicopters or close to airports without permission, federal and industry officials told The Associated Press. It’s a sharp increase …

Safety Board Says Rail Oil Tanker Rules Should Be Put on Washington Fast Track

Spurred by a series of fiery train crashes, a push by government and industry to make safer tank cars used for shipping crude oil and ethanol has bogged down in squabbling and finger-pointing over whether they’re needed and if so, …

Grandpa and Grandma Much Safer Behind the Wheel Than Predicted

Safety researchers expressed concern a decade ago that traffic accidents would increase as the nation’s aging population swelled the number of older drivers on the road. Now, they say they’ve been proved wrong. Today’s drivers aged 70 and older are …

U.S., Canada Officials Say Tougher Oil Train Safety Rules Needed

Warning that a “major loss of life” could result from an accident involving the increasing use of trains to transport large amounts of crude oil, U.S. and Canadian accident investigators urged their governments to impose new safety rules. The unusual …

New Federal Safety Rules Target Bus, Truck Firms with Repeat Violations

Intercity bus and truck companies with a continuing history of safety problems will be easier to shut down under regulations published online last Friday by the Federal Motor Carrier Administration, an agency under fire for its oversight of the industries. …

Seat Belts to Be Required on Tour, Intercity Buses Starting in 2016

New tour buses and buses that provide service between cities must be equipped with seat belts starting in late 2016 under a federal rule issued Wednesday, a safety measure sought by accident investigators for nearly a half century. Beginning in …

Railroad Industry Wants Delay in Safety Technology Requirement

Despite a rash of deadly train crashes, the railroad industry’s allies in Congress are trying to push back the deadline for installing technology to prevent the most catastrophic types of collisions until at least 2020, half a century after accident …

New Safety Recommendations for School Buses Weighed

Federal accident investigators are considering new safety recommendations for school buses, large trucks and commercial drivers based on two similar fatal crashes in New Jersey and Florida last year. The National Transportation Safety Board was meeting this week to consider …

Safety Board Recommends ‘Talking Vehicles’ Technology in New Models

The government should set performance standards for new safety technology that allows cars and trucks to talk to each other and then require the technology be installed in all new vehicles, a federal accident investigation board recommended this week. The …