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ATA asks FMCSA for waiting time exemption for certain drivers at oil, gas sites

ATA is asking FMCSA for a limited, two-year exemption that can be renewed. It would apply to CMV drivers who exclusively work in servicing oil and natural gas extraction sites and who have the opportunity to rest while waiting at the sites.

The Trucker News Services

5/22/2014

The American Trucking Associations has asked the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to allow certain drivers at natural gas or oil extraction sites to be able to exclude their waiting time from 14-hour provision of the Hours of Service.

ATA’s application for the exemption will be announced in Friday’s Federal Register.

ATA is asking FMCSA for a limited, two-year exemption that can be renewed. It would apply to CMV drivers who exclusively work in servicing oil and natural gas extraction sites and who have the opportunity to rest while waiting at the sites.

The lobbying group suggested in its request that those trucks equipped with sleeper berths and on-site bunking facilities would meet the “opportunity to rest” standards and stated that the exemption would “encourage these drivers to obtain quality rest at extraction sites and would provide an improved standard for state officials enforcing waiting time requirements.”

FMCSA can only grant an exemption if a rule prevents a motor carrier from “implementing more efficient or effective operations that would maintain a level of safety equivalent to, or greater than” the current rule.

FMCSA is requesting public comments on the ATA exemption application and the comments must be received on or before 45 days after the Federal Register notice is published.

Comments must be identified by Federal Docket Management System Number FMCSA-2013-0470 by:

• Federal eRulemaking Portal: www.regulations.gov (follow the online instructions for submission)

• Fax (202) 493-2251

• Mail to Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington DC 20590-0001, or

• Hand deliver or by courier to West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday except federal holidays.

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