Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Fracking-Related Crashes

Some of the challenges related to CMV transport of fracking materials to and from fracking regions are (1) the increase in truck traffic surrounding areas that are not typically exposed to the conditions, and (2) the availability of hours-of-service (HOS) exceptions for oilfield operations. There have been concerns raised about the consistency of State-by-State enforcement of HOS rules for CMVs involved in the transport of fracking materials. For example, there is a 24-hour restart exemption for operators—with “highly specialized training”—of equipment constructed for oilfield operations. These operators are not required to count detention time at well sites as on-duty time. This exemption is sometimes applied to CMV drivers who are transporting fracking materials; however, CMV drivers who are simply transporting fracking materials do not have the “highly specialized training” that oilfield equipment operators have, thus they fall outside of the applicable status for use of the exception. In addition to identifying and analyzing fracking-related CMV crashes based on the region and the materials being transported, this project will also (1) evaluate the CMV hauling hazards of this sector based on safety impact, (2) recommend safety countermeasures, and (3) reconsider current exemptions based on risk.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $200000
  • Contract Numbers:

    DTMC7516N50024

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Michel, Nicole

  • Performing Organizations:

    John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142
  • Start Date: 20160725
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180724
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01625799
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
  • Contract Numbers: DTMC7516N50024
  • Files: RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 10 2017 2:55PM