WSR 04-19-091

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING


[ Filed September 20, 2004, 2:08 p.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 04-09-030.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 308-96A-078 Professional fire fighters and paramedics special vehicle license plate series.

Hearing Location(s): Department of Licensing, Conference Room 107, 1125 Washington Street S.E., Olympia, WA 98507, on October 26, 2004, at 10:30 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: November 23, 2004.

Submit Written Comments to: Dale R. Brown, P.O. Box 2957, 1125 Washington Street S.E., Olympia, WA 98507-2957, e-mail dbrown@dol.wa.gov, fax (360) 902-3827, by October 25, 2004.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Dale R. Brown by October 25, 2004, TTY (360) 664-8885.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The purpose is to establish terms and conditions for the use of professional fire fighters and paramedics special vehicle license plate series license plates. It will provide what is needed for an applicant to qualify for these plates.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: The legislature has authorized law enforcement memorial special plate. Rules are needed to effectively administer the law allowing for these license plates.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 46.16.316.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 46.16.316.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Katherine Iyall Vasquez, 1125 Washington Street S.E., Olympia, WA, (360) 902-3718; Implementation and Enforcement: Jennifer Dana, 1125 Washington Street S.E., Olympia, WA, (360) [902-]3710.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. A small business economic impact statement is not required pursuant to RCW 19.85.030 (1)(a). The proposed rule making does not impose more than a minor cost on businesses in the industry.

A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. The contents of the proposed rules are explicitly and specifically dictated by statute.

September 20, 2004

Steve Boruchowitz

Policy and Projects Office

OTS-7566.1


NEW SECTION
WAC 308-96A-078   Professional fire fighters and paramedics special vehicle license plate series.   (1) Who may apply for the professional fire fighters and paramedics (PFFP) license plate(s)? Only members of the Washington state council of fire fighters who are indicated on the vehicle record as a registered or coregistered owner of a vehicle may apply. The professional fire fighters and paramedics license plate(s) will be issued upon proof of eligibility and receipt of all applicable fees.

(2) What must be provided as proof that the applicant is a current member to the Washington state council of fire fighters (WSCFF)? A member of the Washington state council of fire fighters must provide a current letter from the WSCFF and either a valid Washington state drivers license or identification card, or International Federation of Fire Fighters identification showing current membership.

(3) When is proof of WSCFF membership required? Upon initial application or vehicle registration renewal.

(4) When ownership of a vehicle issued professional fire fighters and paramedics license plate(s) is transferred, what happens to the plate(s)? The special license plate owner must remove the plate(s) from the vehicle. The plate owner may transfer the special plate(s) to a replacement vehicle. License plate transfer fees apply.

(5) Will any new fees be charged when the professional fire fighters and paramedics license plate(s) are sold, traded, or otherwise transferred? If the registration expiration date for the new vehicle is later than registration expiration date of the previous vehicle, an abated fee for the professional fire fighters and paramedics license plate will be charged at the rate of one-twelfth of the annual professional fire fighters and paramedics license plate(s) fee for each succeeding month and partial month. If the new registration expiration date is sooner than the previous registration expiration date, a refund will not be made for the remaining registration period.

(6) Will professional fire fighters and paramedics license plate(s) ever need replacing? Yes, the professional fire fighters and paramedics license plate(s) are subject to the mandatory vehicle license plate replacement schedule.

(7) When replacing professional fire fighters and paramedics license plate(s), is same license plate number/letter combination issued? Yes. If the vehicle owner requests and pays the fees described in RCW 46.16.233, the professional fire fighters and paramedics license plate(s) may be replaced with the same number/letter combination as shown on the vehicle computer record.

(8) Will my license plates that have been reported stolen be replaced with new license plates with the same number/letter combination? If the license plate(s) has been reported as stolen or if the department record indicates the plate has been stolen, the same number/letter combination will not be issued. This is a law enforcement issue and is for the protection of the public.

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