SENATE BILL NO. 6464


                                                            AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE


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State of Washington                               51st Legislature                              1990 Regular Session


By Senators Patrick, Vognild, West, Rasmussen and Wojahn



Read first time 1/15/90 and referred to Committee on  Transportation.



AN ACT Relating to exemptions from commercial driver's licenses; and amending RCW 46.25.050.




        Sec. 1.  Section 7, chapter 178, Laws of 1989 and RCW 46.25.050 are each amended to read as follows:

          (1) Drivers of commercial motor vehicles shall obtain a commercial driver's license as required under this chapter by April 1, 1992.  The director shall establish a program to convert all qualified commercial motor vehicle drivers by that date.  After April 1, 1992, except when driving under a commercial driver's instruction permit and a valid automobile or classified license and accompanied by the holder of a commercial driver's license valid for the vehicle being driven, no person may drive a commercial motor vehicle unless  the person holds and is in immediate possession of a commercial driver's license and applicable endorsements valid for the vehicle they are driving.  However, this requirement does not apply to any person:

          (a) Who is the operator of a farm vehicle, and the vehicle is:

          (i) Controlled and operated by a farmer;

          (ii) Used to transport either agricultural products, farm machinery, farm supplies, or any combination of those materials to or from a farm;

          (iii) Not used in the operations of a common or contract motor carrier; and

          (iv) Used within one hundred fifty miles of the person's farm; ((and

          (v) Not transporting hazardous materials required to be identified by a placard;)) or

          (b) Who is a fire fighter or law enforcement officer operating emergency equipment, and:

          (i) The fire fighter or law enforcement officer has successfully completed a driver training course approved by the director; and

          (ii) The fire fighter or law enforcement officer carries a certificate attesting to the successful completion of the approved training course; or

          (c) Who is operating a recreational vehicle for noncommercial purposes.  As used in this section, "recreational vehicle" includes a vehicle towing a horse trailer for a noncommercial purpose.

          (2) No person may drive a commercial motor vehicle while his or her driving privilege is suspended, revoked, or canceled, while subject to disqualification, or in violation of an out-of-service order.  Violations of this subsection shall be punished in the same way as violations of RCW 46.20.342(1).

                                                                                                                           Passed the Senate March 3, 1990.


                                                                                                                                       President of the Senate.


                                                                                                                      Passed the House February 26, 1990.


                                                                                                                                         Speaker of the House.