This permit is intended to help balance the risks associated with allowing drivers to take a minimum of three 24-hour periods off duty every 24 days instead of following Cycle 1 or 2 under Section 63 of the regulations.
Because of the serious nature of this permit, it is expected that all permit holders will take all steps necessary to ensure they are meeting the requirement. The driver must complete training directly related to safety requirements associated with operating within the field services sector of the oil or natural gas industry. The training is to include, but not limited to the following:
- Carrier Fatigue Management Program;
- Federal Hours of Service Regulation; and one of the following:
a) Oilfield Driver Awareness Program
b) Resource Industry Driver Enhancement
c) Integrated Transportation Training
d) Other approved alternate training (certified by a safety consultant).
Permit holders must train all drivers prior to operating under the permit, however, drivers may be on the Driver’s List and not yet have completed the training, as long as they do not operate under the permit until they are fully trained.
Holders need to successfully develop and operate a fatigue management program.
They must have policies written into their safety program regarding compliance to the permit and have an active and effective “monitoring” program in place to ensure all drivers are complying to Federal Hours of Service Regulations.