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“Bill Seeks to Reverse Federal Oil-Field Trucking Rule”

Filed by KOSU News in State Impact.
March 19, 2013

An ally of oil-field truckers, U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin, has filed a resolution to reverse a rule that would allow drivers to exempt downtime at oil and gas sites in in “workday” calculations.

Oil patch truck drivers are frustrated by a federal rule implemented in June. For 50 years, truckers driving to distant wellheads were allowed an exception to the 14-hour workday limit to account for downtime spent waiting, sometimes for hours, in remote areas. The exception allowed meant they didn’t have to count the hours spent waiting as part of the workday, but the rule change took that away.

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