WSR 05-03-075

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION


[ Filed January 14, 2005, 2:10 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Rules governing appurtenances designated as measurement exclusive devices located on vehicles operating on state highways.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 46.44.090.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The administrative rule will provide a more efficient method of administering and enforcing federal and state vehicle size and weight parameters. The category of measurement exclusive devices can be very dynamic with changes occurring frequently. By using WAC the department can provide for timely compliance with federal changes and provide timely updates as state requirements change.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: Washington State Patrol; Federal Highways - Office of Freight Management.

Process for Developing New Rule: Adoption of federal rule and inclusion of current office policy. Some minor negotiated rule making will also occur.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Barry Diseth, Commercial Vehicle Services, Department of Transportation, P.O. Box 47367, Olympia, WA 98504-7367, phone (360) 705-7805, fax (360) 705-6836, e-mail disethb@wsdot.wa.gov.

January 14, 2005

John F. Conrad

Assistant Secretary

Engineering and Regional Operations

Washington State Code Reviser's Office