WSR 00-18-080



[ Filed September 5, 2000, 8:46 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 00-15-008.

Title of Rule: WAC 204-41-070 Refuse and recycling collectors.

Purpose: Will allow refuse and recycling collectors to be exempt from wearing seat belts while on their designated routes.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 46.37.510.

Summary: Refuse and recycling collectors are in and out of their vehicle repeatedly while on a route and request to be exempt from the seat belt law during that time. Seat belts would be required while traveling to and from a collection route.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: Speeds on collection routes are minimal and the time spent latching and unlatching seat belts only adds to the time the vehicle is in the roadway as a hazard.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting and Implementation: Ms. Carol Morton, P.O. Box 42614, Olympia, WA 98504, (360) 753-3697; and Enforcement: Commander Tom Robbins, P.O. Box 42600, Olympia, WA 98504, (360) 586-2340.

Name of Proponent: Refuse Collectors, private.

Agency Comments or Recommendations, if any, as to Statutory Language, Implementation, Enforcement, and Fiscal Matters: Approve of the amendment.

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

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: The rule allows refuse and recycling collectors to work on their route making pick-ups without having to latch and unlatch a seat belt. While traveling to and from the route a seat belt would be required. This should speed up the route and clear the road sooner of a large potentially hazardous vehicle.

Proposal does not change existing rules.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. This amendment assists business.

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 October 10, 2000, at 9:00 a.m.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Mr. Gene McDaniel by October 6, 2000, TDD (253) 536-4270, or (360) 753-0658.

Submit Written Comments to: Ms. Carol Morton, Washington State Patrol, P.O. Box 42614, Olympia, WA 98504-2614, fax (360) 586-8233, by October 6, 2000.

Date of Intended Adoption: October 11, 2000.

August 31, 2000

Annette M. Sandberg



WAC 204-41-070
Refuse and recycling collectors.

Refuse and recycling collectors are not required to wear a seat belt system while performing collections on their designated collection routes. Seat belt use is required when traveling to and from the collection route.


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