WSR 97-07-037



[Filed March 14, 1997, 10:27 a.m.]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 97-03-043.

Title of Rule: Chapter 204-41 WAC, Seat belt exemptions.

Purpose: To allow seat belt exemptions to meter readers, similar to rural United States postal carriers and rural newspaper carriers.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 46.37.005 and 46.37.510.

Summary: Adopt new section to allow meter readers, who are in and out of their vehicles an average of 400 times daily, an exemption from seat belt use while on their routes.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: The amendment to this rule will allow seat belt exemptions to meter readers, with certain conditions explained in the amendment.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Ms. Carol Morton, P.O. Box 42635, Olympia, WA, (360) 412-8934; Implementation and Enforcement: Captain Tim Erickson, P.O. Box 42614, Olympia, WA, (360) 753-0350.

Name of Proponent: Washington State Patrol, governmental.

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

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: Adoption of new section will allow meter readers an exemption from seat belt use while on their routes.

Proposal does not change existing rules.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. There is no impact on any small businesses.

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

Hearing Location: State Patrol, Commercial Vehicle Division, Conference Room, Ground Floor, General Administration Building, Olympia, Washington, on April 22, 1997, at 10 a.m.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Kendra Hensley by April 15, 1997, (360) 753-0678.

Submit Written Comments to: Carol Morton, P.O. Box 42635, Olympia, WA 98504-2635, FAX (360) 493-9090, by April 15, 1997.

Date of Intended Adoption: April 29, 1997.

March 13, 1997

Annette M. Sandberg



WAC 204-41-060 Utility meter readers. Meter readers may be exempted from the seat belt requirements only during the time they are reading meters in residential areas and are continually in and out of their vehicles. Seat belt use is required when traveling to and from their actual route, or when on other utility business.


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