CERTIFICATION OF ENROLLMENT
ENGROSSED SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 2560
2002 Regular Session
Passed by the House March 13, 2002
Yeas 95 Nays 0
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Passed by the Senate March 12, 2002
Yeas 45 Nays 1
I, Cynthia Zehnder, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is ENGROSSED SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 2560 as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.
President of the Senate
Governor of the State of Washington
Secretary of State
State of Washington
ENGROSSED SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 2560
AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE
Passed Legislature - 2002 Regular Session
State of Washington 57th Legislature 2002 Regular Session
By House Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Representatives Quall, O'Brien, Lovick, Mitchell, Clements, Sump, Simpson, Sehlin, Cooper, Delvin, Boldt, Morell, Kessler, Buck, Hankins, Fisher, Armstrong, Mielke, Rockefeller, Haigh, Nixon, Kenney and Jackley)
Read first time . Referred to Committee on .
AN ACT Relating to driver training schools; amending RCW 46.20.100, 46.20.055, 46.20.070, and 46.82.300; and adding a new section to chapter 46.82 RCW.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1. RCW 46.20.100 and 1999 c 274 s 14 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) Application. The application of a person under the age of eighteen years for a driver's license or a motorcycle endorsement must be signed by a parent or guardian with custody of the minor. If the person under the age of eighteen has no father, mother, or guardian, then the application must be signed by the minor's employer.
(2) Traffic safety education requirement. For a person under the age of eighteen years to obtain a driver's license he or she must meet the traffic safety education requirements of this subsection.
(a) To meet the traffic safety education requirement for a driver's license the applicant must satisfactorily complete a traffic safety education course as defined in RCW 28A.220.020 for a course offered by a school district, or as defined by the department of licensing for a course offered by a driver training school licensed under chapter 46.82 RCW. The course offered by a school district or an approved private school must meet the standards established by the office of the state superintendent of public instruction. The course offered by a driver training school must meet the standards established by the department of licensing with the advice of the driver instructors' advisory committee, pursuant to RCW 46.82.300. The traffic safety education course may be provided by:
(i) A recognized secondary school; or
(ii) A ((
driving enterprise)) driver training school licensed under chapter 46.82
RCW that is annually approved by the (( office of the superintendent of
public instruction)) department of licensing.
(b) To meet the traffic safety education requirement for a motorcycle endorsement, the applicant must successfully complete a motorcycle safety education course that meets the standards established by the department of licensing.
(c) The department may waive the traffic safety education requirement for a driver's license if the applicant demonstrates to the department's satisfaction that:
(i) He or she was unable to take or complete a traffic safety education course;
(ii) A need exists for the applicant to operate a motor vehicle; and
(iii) He or she has the ability to operate a motor vehicle in such a manner as not to jeopardize the safety of persons or property.
The department may adopt rules to implement this subsection (2)(c) in concert with the supervisor of the traffic safety education section of the office of the superintendent of public instruction.
(d) The department may waive the traffic safety education requirement if the applicant was licensed to drive a motor vehicle or motorcycle outside this state and provides proof that he or she has had education equivalent to that required under this subsection.
Sec. 2. RCW 46.20.055 and 1999 c 274 s 13 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) Driver's instruction permit. The department may issue a driver's instruction permit with a photograph to an applicant who has successfully passed all parts of the examination other than the driving test, provided the information required by RCW 46.20.091, paid a five-dollar fee, and meets the following requirements:
(a) Is at least fifteen and one-half years of age; or
(b) Is at least fifteen years of age and:
(i) Has submitted a proper application; and
(ii) Is enrolled in a traffic safety education program offered, approved, and accredited by the superintendent of public instruction or offered by a driving training school licensed and inspected by the department of licensing under chapter 46.82 RCW, that includes practice driving.
(2) Nonphoto permit fee. An applicant who meets the requirements of subsection (1) of this section other than payment of the five-dollar fee may obtain a driver's instruction permit without a photograph by paying a fee of four dollars.
(3) Waiver of written examination for instruction permit. The department may waive the written examination, if, at the time of application, an applicant is enrolled in:
(a) A traffic safety education course as defined by RCW 28A.220.020(2); or
(b) A course of instruction offered by a licensed driver training school as defined by RCW 46.82.280(1).
The department may require proof of registration in such a course as it deems necessary.
(4) Effect of instruction permit. A person holding a driver's instruction permit may drive a motor vehicle, other than a motorcycle, upon the public highways if:
(a) The person has immediate possession of the permit; and
(b) An approved instructor, or a licensed driver with at least five years of driving experience, occupies the seat beside the driver.
(5) Term of instruction permit. A driver's instruction permit is valid for one year from the date of issue.
(a) The department may issue one additional one-year permit.
(b) The department may issue a third driver's permit if it finds after an investigation that the permittee is diligently seeking to improve driving proficiency.
Sec. 3. RCW 46.20.070 and 1999 c 6 s 13 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) Agricultural driving permit authorized. The director may issue a juvenile agricultural driving permit to a person under the age of eighteen years if:
(a) The application is signed by the applicant and the applicant's father, mother, or legal guardian;
(b) The applicant has passed the driving examination required by RCW 46.20.120;
(c) The department has investigated the applicant's need for the permit and determined that the need justifies issuance;
(d) The department has determined the applicant is capable of operating a motor vehicle without endangering himself or herself or other persons and property; and
(e) The applicant has paid a fee of three dollars.
The permit must contain a photograph of the person.
(2) Effect of agricultural driving permit. (a) The permit authorizes the holder to:
(i) Drive a motor vehicle on the public highways of this state in connection with farm work. The holder may drive only within a restricted farming locality described on the permit; and
(ii) Participate in the classroom portion of a traffic safety education course authorized under RCW 28A.220.030 or the classroom portion of a traffic safety education course offered by a driver training school licensed and inspected by the department of licensing under chapter 46.82 RCW offered in the community where the holder resides.
(b) The director may transfer the permit from one farming locality to another. A transfer is not a renewal of the permit.
(3) Term and renewal of agricultural driving permit. An agricultural driving permit expires one year from the date of issue.
(a) A person under the age of eighteen who holds a permit may renew the permit by paying a three-dollar fee.
(b) An agricultural driving permit is invalidated when a permittee attains age eighteen. In order to drive a motor vehicle on a highway he or she must obtain a motor vehicle driver's license under this chapter.
(4) Suspension, revocation, or cancellation. The director has sole discretion to suspend, revoke, or cancel a juvenile agricultural driving permit if:
(a) The permittee has been found to have committed an offense that requires mandatory suspension or revocation of a driver's license; or
(b) The director is satisfied that the permittee has violated the permit's restrictions.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 4. A new section is added to chapter 46.82 RCW to read as follows:
(1) Persons instructing students under eighteen years of age are required to have a background check through the Washington state patrol criminal identification system and through the federal bureau of investigation. The background check shall also include a fingerprint check using a fingerprint card.
(2) The cost of the background check shall be paid by the instructor.
(3) The department may waive the background check for any applicant who has had a background check within two years before applying to become an instructor.
Sec. 5. RCW 46.82.300 and 1984 c 287 s 93 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) The director shall be assisted in the duties and responsibilities of this chapter by the driver instructors' advisory committee, consisting of five members. Members of the advisory committee shall be appointed by the director for two-year terms and shall consist of a representative of the driver training schools, a representative of the driving instructors (who shall not be from the same school as the school member), a representative of the superintendent of public instruction, a representative of the department of licensing, and a representative from the Washington state traffic safety commission. Members shall be reimbursed for travel expenses in accordance with RCW 43.03.050 and 43.03.060. A member who is receiving a salary from the state shall not receive compensation other than travel expenses incurred in such service.
(2) The advisory committee shall meet at least semiannually and shall have additional meetings as may be called by the director. The director or the director's representative shall attend all meetings of the advisory committee and shall serve as chairman.
(3) Duties of the advisory committee shall be to:
(a) Advise and confer with the director or the director's representative on matters pertaining to the establishment of rules necessary to carry out this chapter;
(b) Review violations of this chapter and to recommend to the director appropriate enforcement or disciplinary action as provided in this chapter;
(c) Review and update
when necessary a curriculum consisting of a list of items of knowledge and the
processes of driving a motor vehicle specifying the minimum requirements
adjudged necessary in teaching a proper and adequate course of driver
(d) Review and update instructor certification standards to be consistent with RCW 46.82.330 and take into consideration those standards required to be met by traffic safety education teachers under RCW 28A.220.020(3); and
(e) Prepare the examination for a driver instructor's certificate and review examination results at least once each calendar year for the purpose of updating and revising examination standards.
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