SENATE BILL 5251
State of Washington 52nd Legislature 1991 Regular Session
By Senators Nelson, Vognild, Thorsness, Madsen, Patterson, Hansen, Oke, Saling, von Reichbauer, Barr, Snyder, Erwin, Bluechel and Murray.
Read first time January 24, 1991. Referred to Committee on Transportation.
AN ACT Relating to motor vehicle wreckers; amending RCW 46.80.030, 46.80.040, 46.80.050, 46.80.060, 46.80.080, 46.80.090, 46.80.100, 46.80.110, 46.80.130, 46.80.140, 46.80.150, and 46.80.170; adding new sections to chapter 46.80 RCW; and prescribing penalties.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1. RCW 46.80.030 and 1990 c 250 s 72 are each amended to read as follows:
Application for a motor vehicle wrecker's license or renewal of a vehicle wrecker's license shall be made on a form for this purpose, furnished by the department of licensing, and shall be signed by the motor vehicle wrecker or his authorized agent and shall include the following information:
(1) Name and address of the person, firm, partnership, association or corporation under which name the business is to be conducted;
(2) Names and residence address of all persons having an interest in the business or, if the owner is a corporation, the names and addresses of the officers thereof;
Certificate of approval of ((
the chief of police of any city or town having
a population of over five thousand persons and in all other instances)) a
member of the Washington state patrol certifying that:
(a) The applicant has an established place of business at the address shown on the application, and;
(b) In the case of a renewal of a vehicle wrecker's license, the applicant is in compliance with this chapter and the provisions of Title 46 RCW, relating to registration and certificates of title: PROVIDED, That the above certifications in any instance can be made by an authorized representative of the department of licensing;
(4) Any other information that the department may require.
Sec. 2. RCW 46.80.040 and 1971 ex.s. c 7 s 3 are each amended to read as follows:
application, together with a fee of ((
twenty-five dollars, and a surety bond
as hereinafter provided)) one hundred dollars and a surety bond as
provided in RCW 46.80.070, shall be forwarded to the department. Upon
receipt of the application the department shall, if the application be in
order, issue a motor vehicle wrecker's license authorizing him to do business
as such and forward the fee, together with an itemized and detailed report, to
the state treasurer, to be deposited in the motor vehicle fund. Upon receiving
the certificate the owner shall cause it to be prominently displayed in his
place of business, where it may be inspected by an investigating officer at any
Sec. 3. RCW 46.80.050 and 1985 c 109 s 7 are each amended to read as follows:
license issued on this application shall remain in force until suspended or
revoked and may be renewed annually ((
upon reapplication according to RCW
46.80.030)) before its expiration by filing with the department an
application containing the information the department may require and (( upon
payment of)) paying a fee of (( ten)) one hundred
dollars. Any motor vehicle wrecker who fails or neglects to renew (( his))
the license before the assigned expiration date shall be required to pay
the fee for an original motor vehicle wrecker license as provided in this
a motor vehicle wrecker ceases to do business as such or ((
license has been suspended or revoked, he or she shall immediately
surrender such license to the department.
Sec. 4. RCW 46.80.060 and 1961 c 12 s 46.80.060 are each amended to read as follows:
motor vehicle wrecker shall obtain a special set of license plates in addition
to the regular licenses and plates required for the operation of such vehicles
which shall be displayed on vehicles owned and/or operated by him and used in
the conduct of his business. The fee for these plates shall be twenty-five
dollars for the original plates and ((
two)) twenty-five dollars
for each additional set of plates bearing the same license number.
Sec. 5. RCW 46.80.080 and 1977 ex.s. c 253 s 6 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) Every motor vehicle wrecker shall maintain books or files in which he or she shall keep a record and a description of:
(a) Every vehicle wrecked, dismantled, disassembled, or substantially altered by him or her; and
Every major component part acquired by him or her; together with a bill
of sale signed by a seller whose identity has been verified and the name and
address of the person, firm, or corporation from whom he or she
purchased the vehicle or part((
: PROVIDED, That)). Major
component parts shall be further identified by the vehicle identification
number of the vehicle from which the part came.
The record shall also contain the following data regarding the wrecked
or acquired vehicle or vehicle which is the source of a major component part:
(a) The certificate of title number (if previously titled in this or any other state);
(b) Name of state where last registered;
(c) Number of the last license number plate issued;
(d) Name of vehicle;
(e) Motor or identification number and serial number of the vehicle;
(f) Date purchased;
(g) Disposition of the motor and chassis;
(h) Yard number assigned by the licensee to the vehicle or major component part which shall also appear on the identified vehicle or part; and
Other information as the department may require.
These records shall also contain a bill of sale signed by the seller for
other minor component parts acquired by the licensee, identifying the seller by
name, address, and date of sale.
These records shall be maintained by the licensee at (( his)) the
established place of business for a period of three years from the date of
These records shall be subject to inspection at all times during
regular business hours by members of the police department, sheriff's office,
members of the Washington state patrol, or officers or employees of the
department. For inspection purposes, business hours are between 10:00 a.m.
and 4:00 p.m. on weekdays, excluding legal holidays. When not open for
business during this period, business operators shall post their hours in a
plainly visible location at the established place of business.
(6) A motor vehicle wrecker shall also maintain a similar record of all disabled vehicles that have been towed or transported to the motor vehicle wrecker's place of business or to other places designated by the owner of the vehicle or his or her representative. This record shall specify the name and description of the vehicle, name of owner, number of license plate, condition of the vehicle and place to which it was towed or transported.
Sec. 6. RCW 46.80.090 and 1979 c 158 s 194 are each amended to read as follows:
thirty days after a vehicle has been acquired by the motor vehicle wrecker it
shall be the duty of such motor vehicle wrecker to furnish a written report to
the department on forms ((
furnished)) prescribed by the
department. This report shall be in such form as the department shall
prescribe and shall be accompanied by the certificate of title, if the vehicle
has been last registered in a state which issues a certificate, or a record of
registration if registered in a state which does not issue a certificate of title,
or other ownership documents as provided by rule. No motor vehicle wrecker
(( shall acquire)) may dismantle a vehicle without first obtaining
such record or title. (( It shall be the duty of)) The motor
vehicle wrecker (( to)) shall furnish a monthly report of all
vehicles wrecked, dismantled, disassembled, or substantially changed in form by
(( him)) the wrecker. This report shall be made on forms
prescribed by the department and contain such information as the department may
require. This statement shall be signed by the motor vehicle wrecker or his or
her authorized representative (( and the facts therein sworn to before a
notary public, or before an officer or employee of the department of licensing
designated by the director to administer oaths or acknowledge signatures,
pursuant to RCW 46.01.180)).
Sec. 7. RCW 46.80.100 and 1977 ex.s. c 253 s 8 are each amended to read as follows:
after issuing a motor vehicle wrecker's license, the bond is canceled by the
surety in a method provided by law, the department shall immediately notify the
principal covered by ((
such)) the bond by registered mail and
afford (( him)) the principal the opportunity of obtaining another
bond before the termination of the original (( and should such)). If
the principal fails, neglects, or refuses to obtain (( such))
a replacement bond or to maintain the required penalty value of the
bond, the (( director may cancel or suspend the)) motor vehicle
wrecker's license (( which has been issued to him under the provisions of
this chapter)) will be automatically canceled.
Sec. 8. RCW 46.80.110 and 1989 c 337 s 17 are each amended to read as follows:
The director or a designee may, pursuant to the provisions of chapter 34.05 RCW, by order deny, suspend, or revoke the license of any motor vehicle wrecker, or assess a civil fine of up to five hundred dollars for each violation, if the director finds that the applicant or licensee has:
Dismantled or sold a vehicle or major component part other than by first
obtaining title or other documentation as provided by this chapter;
(2) Willfully misrepresented the physical condition of any motor or integral part of a motor vehicle;
(3) Sold, had in his possession, or disposed of a motor vehicle or trailer or any part thereof when he knows that such vehicle or part has been stolen, or appropriated without the consent of the owner;
(4) Sold, bought, received, concealed, had in his possession, or disposed of a motor vehicle or trailer or part thereof having a missing, defaced, altered, or covered manufacturer's identification number, unless approved by a law enforcement officer;
(5) Committed forgery or misstated a material fact on any title, registration, or other document covering a vehicle that has been reassembled from parts obtained from the disassembling of other vehicles;
(6) Committed any dishonest act or omission which the director has reason to believe has caused loss or serious inconvenience as a result of a sale of a motor vehicle, trailer, or part thereof;
(7) Failed to comply with any of the provisions of this chapter or with any of the rules adopted under it, or with any of the provisions of Title 46 RCW relating to registration and certificates of title of vehicles;
(8) Procured a license fraudulently or dishonestly or that such license was erroneously issued;
(9) Been convicted of a crime that directly relates to the business of a vehicle wrecker and the time elapsed since conviction is less than ten years, or suffered any judgment within the preceding five years in any civil action involving fraud, misrepresentation, or conversion. For the purposes of this section, conviction means in addition to a final conviction in either a federal, state, or municipal court, an unvacated forfeiture of bail or collateral deposited to secure a defendant's appearance in court, the payment of a fine, a plea of guilty, or a finding of guilt regardless of whether the sentence is deferred or the penalty is suspended.
Sec. 9. RCW 46.80.130 and 1971 ex.s. c 7 s 9 are each amended to read as follows:
be)) is unlawful for any motor vehicle wrecker to keep any motor
vehicle or any integral part thereof in any place other than the established
place of business, designated in the certificate issued by the department,
without permission of the department. All premises containing such motor vehicles
or parts thereof shall be enclosed by a wall or fence of such height as to
obscure the nature of the business carried on therein. To the extent
reasonably necessary or permitted by the topography of the land, the department
shall have the right to establish specifications or standards for (( said))
the fence or wall(( : PROVIDED, HOWEVER, That such)). The
wall or fence shall be painted or stained a neutral shade which shall blend in
with the surrounding premises, and (( that such)) the wall or
fence must be kept in good repair. A living hedge existing on the effective
date of this act, of sufficient density to prevent a view of the confined
area may be substituted for (( such a)) the wall or fence. Any
dead or dying portion of (( such)) the hedge shall be replaced.
This section does not mean that parts cannot be displayed outside the fence or buildings during normal business hours if this is not in conflict with applicable county or city regulations. Entire cars may be displayed outside the fenced area, for sale complete, if parts are not being sold from these vehicles and there are no loose parts around the vehicles. A limit of five cars per location may be displayed at any one time.
Sec. 10. RCW 46.80.140 and 1967 c 32 s 104 are each amended to read as follows:
is hereby authorized to promulgate)) and the chief of the
Washington state patrol may jointly adopt reasonable rules (( and
regulations)) not in conflict with provisions (( hereof)) of this
chapter for the proper operation and enforcement of this chapter.
Sec. 11. RCW 46.80.150 and 1983 c 142 s 9 are each amended to read as follows:
shall be the duty of the chiefs of police, or the Washington state patrol, in
cities having a population of over five thousand persons, and in all other
cases)) The Washington state patrol(( , to)) shall make
periodic inspection of (( the)) a motor vehicle wrecker's licensed
premises and records provided for in this chapter during normal business hours,
and furnish a certificate of inspection to the department in such manner as may
be determined by the department(( : PROVIDED, That the above)). The
inspection in any instance (( can)) may also be made by an
authorized representative of the department.
Sec. 12. RCW 46.80.170 and 1977 ex.s. c 253 s 11 are each amended to read as follows:
shall be a gross misdemeanor for any person to violate any of the provisions))
A violation of this chapter or the rules (( and regulations
promulgated as provided under this chapter)) adopted under it is a
traffic infraction. A second or subsequent violation of this chapter or rules
adopted under it by the same person, at the same location, and within three
years of the previous violation is a gross misdemeanor, and any person so
convicted shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than thirty days or
more than one year in jail or by a fine of one thousand dollars.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 13. A new section is added to chapter 46.80 RCW to read as follows:
Whenever it appears to the director that a person has engaged in or is about to engage in an act or practice constituting a violation of this chapter or a rule adopted under it, the director may issue an order directing the person to cease and desist from continuing the act or practice. The director shall give reasonable notice of and opportunity for a hearing. The director may issue a temporary order pending a hearing. The temporary order remains in effect until ten days after the hearing is held and becomes final if the person to whom the notice is addressed does not request a hearing within fifteen days after the receipt of the notice.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 14. A new section is added to chapter 46.80 RCW to read as follows:
If a person whose license has previously been canceled for cause by the department files an application for a license to conduct business as a motor vehicle wrecker, or if the department is of the opinion that the application is not filed in good faith or that the application is filed by some person as a subterfuge for the real person in interest whose license has previously been canceled for cause, the department may refuse to issue the person a license to conduct business as a vehicle wrecker.