WSR 00-06-037



[ Filed February 28, 2000, 10:57 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 00-02-026.

Title of Rule: Accident-reporting threshold.

Purpose: To update the accident-reporting threshold from $500 to $700, as economic times have changed.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 46.52.030.

Summary: RCW 46.52.030 requires the agency to adopt rules to update the accident-reporting threshold. The threshold has not changed in ten years. Using Office of Financial Management growth factors the estimated threshold in 1999 was $699. Starting January 1, 2000, the agency intends to raise the threshold to $700.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: Economic growth.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Mr. Gene McDaniel, P.O. Box 42600, Olympia, WA 98504, (360) 753-0658; Implementation and Enforcement: Commander Jim LaMunyon, P.O. Box 42600, Olympia, WA 98504, (360) 586-2340.

Name of Proponent: State Patrol, governmental.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: The accident-reporting threshold rule establishes the dollar amount at which motor vehicle property damage accidents must be reported to the state. The amount was established from OFM growth factors and set at $700. The increase from $500 will allow police officers more time for more serious crime investigation.

Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: Current RCW sets the threshold at $500. Per the RCW an agency rule is being implemented to update the threshold to $700.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. The reporting threshold does not impact small business. Motor vehicle damage repair is not tied to the accident-reporting threshold.

Section 201, chapter 403, Laws of 1995, does not apply to this rule adoption.

Hearing Location: Commercial Vehicle Division Conference Room, Ground Floor, General Administration Building, 210 11th S.W., Olympia, WA 98504, on April 4, 2000, at 9:00 a.m.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Gene McDaniel by March 31, 2000, (360) 753-0658.

Submit Written Comments to: Mr. Gene McDaniel, P.O. Box 42600, Olympia, WA 98504, fax (360) 753-0770, by March 31, 2000.

Date of Intended Adoption: April 4, 2000.

February 28, 2000

Annette M. Sandberg



Chapter 446-85 WAC


WAC 446-85-005

By authority of RCW 46.52.030(5), the chief of the Washington state patrol hereby establishes the following rule for the accident-reporting threshold based on the inflationary index as recommended by the office of financial management.


WAC 446-85-010
Accident-reporting threshold.

Beginning January 1, 2000, the accident-reporting threshold for property damage accidents shall be seven hundred dollars.


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