The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration refused last week to make changes to a regulatory guidance document it published last year allowing some specialty truck drivers at oil and gas exploration sites to extend their workdays.
FMCSA said the hours-of-service exception cannot be used by drivers hauling sand and water in oil field hauling.
In the Aug. 12 notice published in the Federal Register, FMCSA said that after opening the issue to public comment and holding hearings, it will not change its interpretation that the waiting-time exception for oil-field workers can apply only to specially trained drivers with specially constructed equipment.
“Following a review of all comments, the agency has determined that no further elaboration on the regulatory guidance is needed, at this time,” FMCSA said in its notice.
Under a 1962 regulation, some truck drivers who serve oil- and gas…
By Timothy Cama, Staff Reporter for TT