WSR 97-03-042

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

WASHINGTON STATE PATROL

(Commission on Equipment)

[Filed January 10, 1997, 8:52 a.m.]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 204-10 WAC, Equipment standards, adopt new section to define acceptable standards for hands-free, wireless communication systems as enacted under chapter 34, Laws of 1996.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 46.37.005 and 46.37.480.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Recent legislation allows motorists to drive vehicles equipped with wireless communication systems. This rule will define acceptable standards.

Process for Developing New Rule: Surveyed communications industry for input.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Ms. C. Morton, Washington State Patrol, Equipment Review Unit, P.O. Box 42635, Olympia, WA 98504-2635, (360) 412-8934, FAX (360) 664-0657.

January 10, 1997

Annette M. Sandberg

Chief

NEW SECTION

WAC 204-10-045 Wireless communications systems. Hands-free, wireless communication systems may also refer to the use of cellular phone systems. These hands-free listening devices may be used by motorists while driving motor vehicles. Listening devices that include an earpiece shall cover only one ear.

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