WSR 00-14-001

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION


[ Filed June 22, 2000, 8:18 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Amending WAC 468-38-100 Escort car requirements.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 46.44.090.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Current rule provides inconsistent requirements for when an escort vehicle is required when compared with neighboring jurisdictions, with no overriding justification for the inconsistency. In addition, current rule is silent with regards to when an escort vehicle would be necessary for an overheight load, resulting in inconsistent treatment by different permit sales locations.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The WAC is enforced by the Washington State Patrol.

Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study, a review of best practices by other jurisdictions and the recommendations of the WASHTO Committee on Highway Transport.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Barry Diseth, Motor Carrier Services, P.O. Box 47367, Olympia, WA 98504-7367, fax (360) 664-9440.

June 21, 2000

Gerald E. Smith

Deputy Secretary, Operations

Washington State Code Reviser's Office