WSR 13-05-057

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

UTILITIES AND TRANSPORTATION

COMMISSION

[ Docket TV-130079 -- Filed February 14, 2013, 2:57 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: The commission is considering whether to streamline its procedures and associated rules for common carriers (chapter 480-14 WAC) and household goods carriers (chapter 480-15 WAC) when the commission receives notice that a carrier's liability insurance is scheduled to lapse. Instead of providing multiple notices that the carrier's operating authority will be canceled, the commission is considering providing only one notice. In addition, the commission is considering whether to make revisions to correct and clarify certain household goods carrier rules in chapter 480-15 WAC.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 80.01.040, 81.01.010, and 81.80.130.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Streamlining the insurance and cancellation procedures for common carriers and household goods carriers will benefit both the industry and the commission. The industry will receive less paperwork from the commission and the commission will reduce staff time, paper and mailing costs now expended on multiple notices to carriers.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: No other federal or state agencies regulate this subject.

Process for Developing New Rule: The commission will ask stakeholders to file written comments at least two times during the rule-making process. If initial or subsequent comments so indicate, the commission will ask for additional written comments and/or hold a stakeholder workshop to discuss the comments received.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. Interested persons may file written comments with the Executive Director and Secretary, Utilities and Transportation Commission, P.O. Box 47250, 1300 South Evergreen Park Drive S.W., Olympia, WA 98504-7250, phone (360) 664-1174, fax (360) 586-1150, by 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 19, 2013.

WRITTEN COMMENTS: Written comments may be submitted to the commission at the address given above and should be filed with the commission no later than March 19, 2013.

Electronic copies. The commission requests that comments be provided in electronic format to enhance public access, for ease of providing comments, to reduce the need for paper copies, and to facilitate quotations from the comments. Comments may be submitted via the commission's web portal at www.utc.wa.gov/e-filing or by electronic mail to the commission's records center at records@utc.wa.gov. Please include:


The docket number of this proceeding (TV-130079).
The commenting party's name.
The title and date of the comment or comments.

An alternative method for submitting comments may be by mailing/delivering an electronic copy on a 3 1/2 inch, IBM-formatted, high-density disk, in .pdf Adobe Acrobat format or in Word 97 or later. Include all of the information requested above. The commission will post on the commission's web site all comments that are provided in electronic format. The web site is located at http://www.utc.wa.gov/130079. If you are unable to file your comments electronically or to submit them on a disk, the commission will always accept a paper document.

Opportunity for further comment is anticipated. Information about the schedule and other aspects of the rule making, including comments, will be posted on the commission's web site as it becomes available. If you wish to receive further information on this rule making you may (1) call the commission's records center at (360) 664-1234, (2) e-mail the commission at records@utc.wa.gov, or (3) mail written comments to the address above to the attention of Steven V. King, acting executive director and secretary. When contacting the commission, please refer to Docket TV-130079 to ensure that you are placed on the appropriate service list. Questions may be addressed to Suzanne Stillwell, licensing services manager, at (360) 664-1224 or e-mail sstillwe@utc.wa.gov.

NOTICE

TO CONTINUE RECEIVING NOTICES AND INFORMATION ABOUT THIS RULE MAKING -- The commission wants to ensure its mailings are sent to persons who are interested in the topic and want to receive that information. ANY PERSON WHO COMMENTS will continue to receive notices and information. If you do not submit comments but wish to remain on the mailing list for this rule making, please advise the records center by any one of the following methods: (1) Send a note with your name, address (or a copy of your mailing label), and telephone and fax numbers referencing Docket TV-130079, and the words "Please keep me on the mailing list"; or (2) e-mail your name, address, telephone and fax numbers, referencing Docket TV-130079, and the words "Please keep me on the mailing list" to <records@utc.wa.gov>. Please note that all information in the mailings will be accessible through the commission's internet web site at <http://www.utc.wa.gov/130079>. THOSE INTERESTED PERSONS WHO DO NOT RESPOND MAY NOT RECEIVE FURTHER MAILINGS OR INFORMATION ON THE RULE MAKING.

February 14, 2013

David W. Danner

Executive Director

and Secretary