PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 204-91A WAC, Towing businesses.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 46.37.005 and 46.55.115.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: To update and clarify specific sections in chapter 204-91A WAC. The anticipated effect[s] of the amendments are clarification of the procedures for screening employees of companies who tow on a rotational basis for Washington state patrol (WSP); streamline the disqualifiers of individuals wanting to tow for WSP; company personnel requirements; truck identification/markings; addition of informal settlement language; cleaning up spills/debris from collision sites; updating some equipment standards; and some language clean up.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: Department of licensing - provided Mr. Dale Brown, WAC coordinator, with copy of proposed updates.
Process for Developing New Rule: Worked with the towing industry, WSP inspectors, and assistant attorney general to update the current WAC to reflect how the towing industry has changed and further define expectations of the industry.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Washington State Patrol, Equipment and Standards Review Unit, P.O. Box 42614, Olympia, WA 98504-2614, firstname.lastname@example.org, (360) 753-3697, fax (360) 586-8233. Review proposed language at www.wsp.wa.gov under Rules Assistance Center, WACs.
August 21, 2006
Paul S. Beckley
for John R. Batiste