Truck Driving in the Eagle Ford Shale Play

Is it a good career move?
Mission Well Services Frac Spread

Hundreds of trucks used in oil & gas operations | Click to Enlarge

Even those who are not in the trucking industry have an inkling of an idea about the driver shortage. Ads for jobs for holders of commercial driver’s licenses pepper the newspaper classifieds. Recruitment ads fill television and computer screens not to mention the Job Board on this site, suggesting to even the casual viewer that drivers are in demand. [Read more…]

Give Me Some Space! Trucks Need More Room

Sharing the Road With Large Vehicles

In July of 2013, the Houston Chronicle reported that 12 people had died in Eagle Ford Shale area traffic accidents, an increase of 12 times the number of fatalities reported to the Texas Department of Transportation. This past spring, the San Antonio Express reported that Texas Department of Transportation data showed a 40 percent increase in fatal traffic accidents in the Eagle Ford Shale region last year. [Read more…]

Hours of Service “Merry Go Round”

Keeping Track of Time in the Eagle Ford Shale Play, Part Two
Running Clock

Hours of Service

On July 1, 2013, hours of service (HOS) regulations went into effect that had been published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration as a final rule in December of 2011. The implementation was despite a lawsuit that was submitted by American Trucking Associations, a lawsuit that’s still pending.

Read the first part of this two part series in the article Riding the Hours of Service “Merry Go Round”

To recap, as of July 1, 2013 commercial drivers are only allowed one 34-hour restart per seven days. Further, they must take an additional three-minute break when driving for eight consecutive hours. This must include two periods between 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. home terminal time and may only be used once per week. [Read more…]

Driver Safety, The Law, and Cellular Based Devices In The Eagle Ford – Press Release

Two-Way Radio Units Are Exempt From Many Mobile Phone Laws
Wireless Communication in South Texas

Wireless Communications in South Texas | Click to Enlarge

The ongoing national campaign against the use of cellular devices while operating a motor vehicle has sent out a plethora of mixed messages. Nearly 1 in 5 crashes in Texas occur while using cellular devices. On January 3, 2012 the US Department of Transportation (DOT) adopted a ban to restrict the use of mobile devices while operating a commercial motor vehicle.

The “Distracted Driver” campaign has established partial or total bans on texting while driving in over forty states, and heavy fines and civil penalties will be imposed on commercial drivers who use any hand-held device that has a phone number (FCC definition for mobile telephone) while driving. Violations will incur federal civil penalties of up to $27,750 for each offense and multiple offenses can ultimately lead to driver license disqualification. [Read more…]

Training To Drive In The Eagle Ford – Part II

Part Two of Two
DMC Instructor & Student

DMC Instructor & Student | Click to Enlarge

Truck drivers with commercial driver’s licenses are in high demand in the Eagle Ford Shale Play. However, getting that CDL license could get much more difficult in the near future. If you’re planning on getting, or offering, training, you need to keep an eye on the proposed regulations for entry level driver training. (ELDT).

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding ELDT. If this becomes a final rule, all CDL training programs will have to meet those standards.

Last month we reviewed the long history of mandatory training standards proposals. What does the current NPRM mean for prospective drivers and for those in the training industry? [Read more…]

Lake Truck Lines Moves from Houston to San Antonio

Lake Truck Lines moved its offices from Houston to San Antonio as business shifted to the Eagle Ford Shale. The company quickly added 30 trucks and expects to be up to 100 trucks by next year.

The company’s trucks haul oilfield equipment, drilling fluids, and cement. Watch the story at