PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Helmet exemption.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 46.37.005 and 46.37.320.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: With the passage of HB 1328, the legislature clarified when helmet requirements are temporarily suspended. Changes to chapter 204-53 WAC may include, but may not be limited to updating the language to mirror the language recently amended in RCW 46.61.613.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Process for Developing New Rule: The changes are necessary to ensure that the rules correspond with the RCW requirements for vehicles. Stakeholders will have the opportunity to review the proposed changes and provide comments.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Melissa Van Gorkom, Washington State Patrol, Equipment Standards Unit, P.O. Box 42600, Olympia, WA 98504, fax (360) 596-4015, phone (360) 596-4017, WSPRules@wsp.wa.gov.
September 14, 2011
John R. Batiste