PDFRCW 46.81A.020

Powers and duties of director, department.

(1) The director shall administer and enforce the law pertaining to the motorcycle skills education program as set forth in this chapter.
(2) The director may adopt and enforce reasonable rules that are consistent with this chapter.
(3) The director shall revise the Washington motorcycle safety program to:
(a) Institute separate novice and advanced motorcycle skills education courses for both two-wheeled and three-wheeled motorcycles that are each a minimum of eight hours;
(b) Encourage the use of loaned or used motorcycles for use in the motorcycle skills education course if the instructor approves them;
(c) Require all instructors for two-wheeled motorcycles to conduct at least three classes in a one-year period, and all instructors for three-wheeled motorcycles to conduct at least one class in a one-year period, to maintain their teaching eligibility.
(4) The department may enter into agreements to review and certify that a private motorcycle skills education course meets educational standards equivalent to those required of courses conducted under the motorcycle skills education program. An agreement entered into under this subsection must provide that the department may conduct periodic audits to ensure that educational standards continue to meet those required for courses conducted under the motorcycle skills education program, and that the costs of the review, certification, and audit process will be borne by the party seeking certification.
(5) The department shall adopt rules to establish a motorcycle operator subsidy program, which may address testing costs, offer financial need-based subsidies for motorcycle training, and employ other strategies to improve access to motorcycle ridership.
(6) The department shall obtain and compile information from applicants for a motorcycle endorsement regarding whether they have completed a state approved or certified motorcycle skills education course.
[ 2019 c 65 § 2; 2013 c 33 § 1; 2007 c 97 § 2; 2003 c 41 § 5; 2002 c 197 § 2; 1998 c 245 § 91; 1993 c 115 § 2; 1988 c 227 § 3.]


Finding2019 c 65: "The legislature finds that target zero is Washington's strategic highway safety plan of zero traffic fatalities by 2030 and the number of motorcycle involved fatalities has doubled since the 1990s and remains at a high level. Motorcycles are involved in nearly twenty percent of fatal and serious injury crashes while they make up only three percent of the total registered vehicles. Motorcyclists are also at fault in seventy-five percent of motorcycle fatalities. In order to move Washington closer to target zero, the department of licensing is updating its motorcycle safety program with feedback from the national highway traffic safety administration, the Washington traffic safety commission, and other stakeholders. These changes will improve public safety by creating a more meaningful and comprehensive motorcycle endorsement test, providing training programs greater flexibility, increasing penalties to discourage unendorsed riders, and focusing motorcycle subsidies on expanding access to motorcycle ridership." [ 2019 c 65 § 1.]
Effective date2019 c 65: "This act takes effect January 1, 2020." [ 2019 c 65 § 8.]
Effective date2013 c 33: "This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and takes effect July 1, 2013." [ 2013 c 33 § 2.]
Short titleEffective date2003 c 41: See notes following RCW 46.20.500.