HOUSE BILL 2417






                        52nd Legislature

                      1992 Regular Session

Passed by the House February 17, 1992

  Yeas 98   Nays 0




Speaker of the

       House of Representatives


Passed by the Senate March 6, 1992

  Yeas 46   Nays 0



I, Alan Thompson, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is HOUSE BILL 2417 as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.




President of the Senate

                               Chief Clerk



Approved Place Style On Codes above, and Style Off Codes below.





Governor of the State of Washington

                        Secretary of State

                       State of Washington



                                  HOUSE BILL 2417



                     Passed Legislature - 1992 Regular Session



State of Washington              52nd Legislature             1992 Regular Session


By Representatives R. Fisher, Prentice, Bowman and Carlson


Read first time 01/16/92.  Referred to Committee on Transportation.Allowing the department of licensing to issue special disabled parking permits and license plates to boarding homes.

     AN ACT Relating to the use of disabled parking spaces by boarding homes; and amending RCW 46.16.381.




     Sec. 1.  RCW 46.16.381 and 1991 c 339 s 21 are each amended to read as follows:

     (1) The director shall grant special parking privileges to any person who has a disability that limits or impairs the ability to walk and meets one of the following criteria, as determined by a licensed physician:

     (a) Cannot walk two hundred feet without stopping to rest;

     (b) Is severely limited in ability to walk due to arthritic, neurological, or orthopedic condition;

     (c) Is so severely disabled, that the person cannot walk without the use of or assistance from a brace, cane, another person, prosthetic device, wheelchair, or other assistive device;

     (d) Uses portable oxygen;

     (e) Is restricted by lung disease to such an extent that forced expiratory respiratory volume, when measured by spirometry is less than one liter per second or the arterial oxygen tension is less than sixty mm/hg on room air at rest;

     (f) Impairment by cardiovascular disease or cardiac condition to the extent that the person's functional limitations are classified as class III or IV under standards accepted by the American Heart Association; or

     (g) Has a disability resulting from an acute sensitivity to automobile emissions which limits or impairs the ability to walk.  The personal physician of the applicant shall document that the disability is comparable in severity to the others listed in this subsection.

     (2) Persons who qualify for special parking privileges are entitled to receive from the department of licensing a removable windshield placard bearing the international symbol of access.  The department shall design the placard to be displayed when the vehicle is parked by suspending it from the rearview mirror, or in the absence of a rearview mirror the card may be displayed on the dashboard of any vehicle used to transport the disabled person.  Instead of regular motor vehicle license plates, disabled persons are entitled to receive special license plates bearing the international symbol of access for one vehicle registered in the disabled person's name.  Disabled persons who are not issued the special license plates are entitled to receive a second special placard.  Persons who have been issued the parking privileges and who are using a vehicle or are riding in a vehicle displaying the special license plates or placard may park in places reserved for mobility disabled persons.  The director shall adopt rules providing for the issuance of special placards and license plates to public transportation authorities, nursing homes licensed under chapter 18.51 RCW, boarding homes licensed under chapter 18.20 RCW, senior citizen centers, and private nonprofit agencies as defined in chapter 24.03 RCW that regularly transport disabled persons who have been determined eligible for special parking privileges provided under this section.  The director may issue special license plates for a vehicle registered in the name of the public transportation authority, nursing home, boarding homes, senior citizen center, or private nonprofit agency if the vehicle is primarily used to transport persons with disabilities described in this section.  Public transportation authorities, nursing homes, boarding homes, senior citizen centers, and private nonprofit agencies are responsible for insuring that the special placards and license plates are not used improperly and are responsible for all fines and penalties for improper use.

     (3) Whenever the disabled person transfers or assigns his or her interest in the vehicle, the special license plates shall be removed from the motor vehicle.  If another vehicle is acquired by the disabled person and the vehicle owner qualifies for a special plate, the plate shall be attached to the vehicle, and the director shall be immediately notified of the transfer of the plate.  If another vehicle is not acquired by the disabled person, the removed plate shall be immediately surrendered to the director.

     (4) The special license plate shall be renewed in the same manner and at the time required for the renewal of regular motor vehicle license plates under this chapter.  No special license plate may be issued to a person who is temporarily disabled.  A person who has a condition expected to improve within six months may be issued a temporary placard for a period not to exceed six months.  The director may issue a second temporary placard during that period if requested by the person who is temporarily disabled.  If the condition exists after six months a new temporary placard shall be issued upon receipt of a new certification from the disabled person's physician.  The parking placard of a disabled person shall be renewed, when required by the director, by satisfactory proof of the right to continued use of the privileges.

     (5) Additional fees shall not be charged for the issuance of the special placards.  No additional fee may be charged for the issuance of the special license plates except the regular motor vehicle registration fee and any other fees and taxes required to be paid upon registration of a motor vehicle.

     (6) Any unauthorized use of the special placard or the special license plate is a misdemeanor.

     (7) It is a traffic infraction, with a monetary penalty of not less than fifteen and not more than fifty dollars for any person to park a vehicle in a parking place provided on private property without charge or on public property reserved for physically disabled persons without a special license plate or placard.  If a person is charged with a violation, the person shall not be determined to have committed an infraction if the person produces in court or before the court appearance the special license plate or placard required under this section.

     (8) It is a misdemeanor for any person to willfully obtain a special license plate or placard in a manner other than that established under this section.