WSR 07-01-070

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING


[ Filed December 18, 2006, 12:03 p.m. , effective September 1, 2007 ]


Effective Date of Rule: September 1, 2007.

Purpose: Driver training school program -- Administration and enforcement, amends existing rules regarding curriculum standards for driver training school instructors and students.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 308-108-090 and 308-108-160.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 46.82.290.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 06-12-125 on June 7, 2006.

Changes Other than Editing from Proposed to Adopted Version: WAC 308-108-090 (2)(b)(iii)(A) is changed to require that instructors receive training in both education and special education. WAC 308-108-090(5) is changed to provide for consideration of alternative instructional methods and instruction providers.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 2, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: December 18, 2006.

Becky Loomis

Assistant Director

Driver Services


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 05-16-061, filed 7/29/05)

WAC 308-108-090   Instructing instructors in the training of drivers.   (1) The ((sixty-hour)) course of instruction approved by the director in the training of drivers required under RCW 46.82.330 (((3))) (2)(d) shall include instruction in driver education classroom methods and principles that prepare an instructor to provide traffic safety education as described in these rules and in state law.

(2) To ensure the quality of the training given, the instruction course must:

(a) Be provided by, and under the direct supervision of:

(i) An institution of higher learning accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges or by an accrediting association recognized by the higher education board;

(ii) A licensed private vocational school as that term is defined by RCW 28C.10.020(7); or

(iii) An instructor-trainer.

(b) Be not less than one hundred hours in total length and consist of:

(i) Not less than ((twelve)) fifty hours of instruction in behind the wheel teaching methods;

(ii) Not less than ((six)) ten hours of supervised practice in behind the wheel teaching of driving techniques;

(iii) Not less than ((thirty)) forty hours total of ((approved)) instruction ((covering each)) that includes all of the following areas:

(A) Education ((or)) and special education;

(B) Driver education teacher, instructor, or trainer skills training;

(C) Classroom teaching techniques; ((and))

(D) Communication skills; ((and))

(((iv) Not less than twelve hours of instruction that shall prepare the instructor to:))

(((A) Communicate)) (E) Teaching the concepts of driving and traffic safety to others;

(((B) Demonstrate)) (F) Educational methods, theories and concepts in teaching a driver education course, and knowledge of all aspects of the driving task;

(((C) Develop)) (G) Developing instructional materials and activities that aid student learning and performance;

(((D) Define)) (H) Defining and ((describe)) describing the nature of the driving task on public highways;

(((E) Establish)) (I) Establishing and ((maintain)) maintaining classroom organization;

(((F) Manage)) (J) Managing enrollment, student scheduling, student records, and required reports; and

(((G) Plan)) (K) Planning a course of student instruction with outlines, lesson plans, and student performance evaluation tools.

(3) ((Not less than thirty days prior to any instructor training being conducted by an instructor-trainer, the instructor-trainer or owner of the driver training school where the instructor-trainer is employed shall submit a course curriculum for department review and approval)) The department must approve an instructor training course curriculum before use by an instructor-trainer.

(4) Any revision to ((the)) an approved instructor training course curriculum used by an instructor-trainer must be submitted for review and approval by the department no less than thirty days prior to its use.

(5) The department may consider other instructional methods, instruction providers, or academic instruction in lieu of ((that)) those listed in subsection (2)(((b))) of this section.

(6) Before an instructor training course is given, the instructor-trainer or owner must submit a list of the dates, times, and locations for the training, the names of the persons to be trained, and the name of the instructor-trainer who will be providing training.

(7) The department may monitor instructor education courses at any time to ensure that the instructor training requirements of this section are being satisfied.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.82.290. 05-16-061, 308-108-090, filed 7/29/05, effective 8/29/05.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 05-16-061, filed 7/29/05)

WAC 308-108-160   Behind the wheel instruction and observation.   (1) Instruction provided to students under the age of eighteen must include:

(((1))) (a) Behind the wheel instruction consisting of:

(((a) Four or more)) (i) Not less than six hours of on-street behind the wheel vehicle operation under the direct supervision and direction of a licensed instructor; or

(((b))) (ii) ((Three)) Five or more hours of on-street behind the wheel vehicle operation and four or more hours of driving simulation instruction under the direct supervision and direction of a licensed instructor; and

(((2))) (b) One or more hours of additional in-vehicle driver observation.

(2) Behind the wheel instruction must be documented on a form provided or approved by the department, including the time the instruction was conducted, the signature of the instructor, and initials of the student.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.82.290. 05-16-061, 308-108-160, filed 7/29/05, effective 8/29/05.]

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