Today Congressman Kevin Cramer co-sponsored legislation, introduced by Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), reversing federal agency penalties against fracking related truck drivers. In 2012 the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued regulatory guidance requiring oil and sand delivery trucks to log "waiting time" as "on duty" time. Some stakeholders argue that, due to this new agency position, more drivers will be needed to complete the same task, negatively affecting public safety and infrastructure due to increased traffic.
"As the citizens of North Dakota are well aware, our oil industry is heavily dependent upon the thousands of hard working truck drivers operating every day, not only counted on to help facilitate drilling, but deliver final product to the marketplace," Cramer said. "The FMCSA reversed 50 years of their own precedent, without clearly demonstrating a need or benefit," Cramer continued. "Because the typical driver utilizes their "waiting time' to rest, designation of such activities as "on duty' doesn't seem to conform with common sense. It is unfortunate that Congressional action is now required, considering the harmful effects the FMCSA's action has had since its inception last year."
Both Congressman Kevin Cramer (R-ND) and Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) serve on the Natural Resources committee together. Congressman Kevin Cramer also serves on the Science, Space and Technology House Congressional Committee, including the Energy Subcommittee of Science, Space and Technology, and both the Energy and Environmental Regulations Subcommittees of Natural Resources.