WSR 11-17-020

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING


[ Filed August 5, 2011, 8:01 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 11-13-116.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: Chapter 308-96A WAC, Vehicle licenses, to include but not limited to WAC 308-96A-161 Fleet registrations.

Hearing Location(s): Department of Licensing, Conference Room 303, 1125 Washington Street S.E., Olympia, WA 98507, on September 27, 2011, at 10:00 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: September 28, 2011.

Submit Written Comments to: Debra Then, P.O. Box 9037, Mailstop 48205, 1125 Washington Street S.E., Olympia, WA 98501-9037, e-mail dthen@dol.wa.gov, fax (360) 570-3706, by September 12, 2011.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Debra Then by September 12, 2011, TTY (360) 664-0116.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: To clarify the requirements for registering a fleet, and reducing the number of required vehicles in a permanent fleet.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: Reducing the number of vehicles required in a permanent fleet allows more fleet owners the option to register as a permanent fleet.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 46.01.110.

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

Name of Proponent:

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Debra Then, 1125 Washington Street S.E., Olympia, WA, (360) 902-4094; Implementation and Enforcement: Toni Wilson, 1125 Washington Street S.E., Olympia, WA, (360) 902-3673.

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.

August 5, 2011

Ben Shomshor

Rules Coordinator

OTS-4104.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 02-11-079, filed 5/14/02, effective 6/14/02)

WAC 308-96A-161   Fleet registration.   (1) What is the purpose of the fleet program? The department recognizes and understands that there are businesses and individual registered owners within the state of Washington that have a valid need to license all their vehicles on the same date and receive a single billing notice. The purpose of the fleet program is to provide such a process.

(2) What types of fleet programs are available? There are two types of fleet programs:

(a) Regular fleet - To participate in the regular fleet program, the owner(s) must:

(i) Have five or more vehicles, all currently registered for highway use; and

(ii) All vehicles participating must be titled and registered in exact name agreement (letter for letter and space for space); and

(iii) All vehicles participating will be assigned a December 31 annual expiration. Monthly gross weight license may be purchased for vehicles participating in the regular fleet program; and

(iv) A fleet account will be established by the department and a fleet identifier code issued to the participant.

(b) Permanent fleet - To participate in the permanent fleet program, the owner must:

(i) Have ((one hundred)) fifty or more vehicles all currently registered for highway use; and

(ii) Have all participating vehicles titled and registered in exact name agreement (letter for letter and space for space); and

(iii) Have all participating vehicles assigned a December 31 annual expiration. Monthly gross weight license may not be purchased for vehicles participating in the permanent fleet program however, gross weight increase can be purchased throughout the year.

A fleet account will be established by the department and a fleet identifier code issued to the participant.

(3) Who does a fleet owner contact to join the fleet program? Any owner who meets the qualifications may contact the department or your local Washington vehicle licensing office.

(4) Are there any vehicles that may not be part of a fleet? Yes, there are vehicles that may not be part of a fleet. Those vehicles include:

(a) Snowmobiles;

(b) Trailers with plates issued a permanent license plate under RCW ((46.16.068)) 46.16A.450;

(c) ((Vehicles licensed as daily rental under RCW 82.44.023)) Rental vehicles as defined in RCW 46.04.465; or

(d) Any vehicle not required to annually renew. ((())Prorate vehicles registered under ((the international registration program ()) proportional registration as defined in chapter 46.87 RCW(())) cannot be part of this fleet program(())).

(5) Will the department remove me from the fleet program? Yes, the department will remove a participant from the fleet program at their request or if the required minimum number of currently registered vehicles is not maintained for the chosen fleet program. The fleet identifier code will be automatically canceled and will cause removal of all of the participant's vehicles from the chosen fleet program.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.01.110 and 46.01.100. 02-11-079, 308-96A-161, filed 5/14/02, effective 6/14/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 46.01.110, 46.01.100 and 46.16.060. 99-19-026, 308-96A-161, filed 9/8/99, effective 10/9/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 46.01.110. 97-10-003, 308-96A-161, filed 4/24/97, effective 5/25/97; 92-15-025, 308-96A-161, filed 7/6/92, effective 8/6/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 46.01.110 and 46.16.335. 91-15-006, 308-96A-161, filed 7/8/91, effective 8/8/91.]

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