58th Legislature
2003 Regular Session

Passed by the House April 21, 2003
  Yeas 96   Nays 1

Speaker of the House of Representatives

Passed by the Senate April 15, 2003
  Yeas 48   Nays 0

President of the Senate

I, Cynthia Zehnder, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is HOUSE BILL 1088 as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.

Chief Clerk

Governor of the State of Washington

Secretary of State
State of Washington




Passed Legislature - 2003 Regular Session
State of Washington58th Legislature2003 Regular Session

By Representatives Fromhold and Moeller

Read first time 01/15/2003.   Referred to Committee on Transportation.

     AN ACT Relating to removal of illegally parked vehicles; and amending RCW 46.55.113.


Sec. 1   RCW 46.55.113 and 1998 c 203 s 4 are each amended to read as follows:
     Whenever the driver of a vehicle is arrested for a violation of RCW 46.61.502 ((or)), 46.61.504 ((or of RCW)), 46.20.342, or ((46.20.420)) 46.20.345, the vehicle is subject to impoundment, pursuant to applicable local ordinance or state agency rule at the direction of a law enforcement officer. In addition, a police officer may take custody of a vehicle and provide for its prompt removal to a place of safety under any of the following circumstances:
     (1) Whenever a police officer finds a vehicle standing upon the roadway in violation of any of the provisions of RCW 46.61.560, the officer may provide for the removal of the vehicle or require the driver or other person in charge of the vehicle to move the vehicle to a position off the roadway;
     (2) Whenever a police officer finds a vehicle unattended upon a highway where the vehicle constitutes an obstruction to traffic or jeopardizes public safety;
     (3) Whenever a police officer finds an unattended vehicle at the scene of an accident or when the driver of a vehicle involved in an accident is physically or mentally incapable of deciding upon steps to be taken to protect his or her property;
     (4) Whenever the driver of a vehicle is arrested and taken into custody by a police officer;
     (5) Whenever a police officer discovers a vehicle that the officer determines to be a stolen vehicle;
     (6) Whenever a vehicle without a special license plate, card, or decal indicating that the vehicle is being used to transport a disabled person under RCW 46.16.381 is parked in a stall or space clearly and conspicuously marked under RCW 46.61.581 which space is provided on private property without charge or on public property;
     (7) Upon determining that a person is operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver's license in violation of RCW 46.20.005 or with a license that has been expired for ninety days or more;
     (8) When a vehicle is illegally occupying a truck, commercial loading zone, restricted parking zone, bus, loading, hooded-meter, taxi, street construction or maintenance, or other similar zone where, by order of the director of transportation or chiefs of police or fire or their designees, parking is limited to designated classes of vehicles or is prohibited during certain hours, on designated days or at all times, if the zone has been established with signage for at least twenty-four hours and where the vehicle is interfering with the proper and intended use of the zone. Signage must give notice to the public that a vehicle will be removed if illegally parked in the zone
     Nothing in this section may derogate from the powers of police officers under the common law. For the purposes of this section, a place of safety may include the business location of a registered tow truck operator.

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