WSR 97-03-043

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

WASHINGTON STATE PATROL

(Commission on Equipment)

[Filed January 10, 1997, 8:54 a.m.]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 204-41 WAC, Seat belt exemptions, adopt new section to allow meter readers, who are in and out of their vehicles an average of four hundred times daily, an exemption from seat belt use while on their routes.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 46.37.005 and 46.37.510.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The amendment to this rule will allow seat belt exemptions to meter readers, with certain conditions explained in the amendment.

Process for Developing New Rule: Request from a utility district's safety coordinator.

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 204-41-060 Utility meter readers. Meter readers may be exempted from the seat belt requirements only during the time they are reading meters in residential areas and are continually in and out of their vehicles. Seat belt use is required when traveling to and from their actual route, or when on other utility business.

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