If you work on a service rig can you claim meal expenses

In chapter 4 of T4044 regarding meal expenses it states "You can deduct food and beverage expenses if your employer requires you to be away for at least 12 consecutive hours from the municipality and the metropolitan area (if there is one) of your employer's location where you normally report for work." I work on a service rig that regularly moves around. We have been issued TL2's for meal expenses in the past, and now we have a new secretary who says we cannot do that because the location we normally report for work at is considered the rig itself, and not our shop. (I meet all other requirements.) So which is considered the location we normally report for work? The rig or the shop? The rig moves to different locations so how can it be considered the place I normally report to for work? 

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The TL2 form is strictly for Transport employees (Truck/Bus drivers, rail employees, etc.).  If your employer requires you to pay expenses in order to earn income you should use Form T777 Employment Expenses.  Does your employer not provide meals for employees at your rig camps?  Unfortunately the term "where you normally report for work" may say it all.  You can contact CRA to get a ruling on your specific situation. 1-800-959-8281.

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