The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is hosting listening sessions to gather information on possible changes to the hours of service rules regarding oil field exemptions.
The first listening sessions will be August 17, 2012, in Denver, Colorado, and the second session on August 21, 2012, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Both will begin at 1:00 p.m., local time, and end at 5:30 p.m. local time, or earlier if all participants wishing to comment have expressed their views. The third listening session will be held in September 2012, in Dallas, Texas, on a date to be determined. FMCSA will provide details of the third session by means of a notice in the Federal Register and on its Web site at www.fmcsa.dot.gov. Written comments to the docket must be received on or before October 5, 2012.
Find more information at this link regarding hours of service regulations and oil field exemptions.
The oil field exemption has been under fire over the last couple of years because of a mass increase of production and transporting of oil and gas products. The spike in production has also caused an even greater demand for qualified CDL drivers. See this related story on the driver shortage. (Thanks to Mike Green for passing along the link.)