Hours of Service of Drivers: American Trucking Associations (ATA); Application for Exemption
Notice of application for exemption; request for comments.
FMCSA announces that it has received an application from the ATA for an exemption from the 14-hour provision of the Agency's hours- of-service regulations to enable certain drivers to exclude waiting time at a natural gas or oil well site from their calculations of on- duty time. Currently, only specially trained drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) that are specially constructed to service oil and natural gas extraction sites may employ this provision. ATA proposes that FMCSA by a limited 2-year exemption that may be renewed, permit exclusion of such waiting time by drivers of CMVs who are exclusively engaged in servicing oil and natural gas extraction sites and have the opportunity to obtain rest while waiting at such sites. FMCSA requests public comment on ATA's application for exemption.