WSR 08-15-118



[ Filed July 21, 2008, 1:30 p.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 08-09-088.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 308-96A-175 Ride-sharing vehicles.

Hearing Location(s): Department of Licensing, Conference Room 108, 1125 Washington Street S.E., Olympia, WA 98507, on August 28, 2008, at 10:00 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: September 23, 2008.

Submit Written Comments to: Dale R. Brown, P.O. Box 2957, Mailstop 48205, 1125 Washington Street S.E., Olympia, WA 98507-2957, e-mail, fax (360) 902-7821 or 902-7822, by August 27, 2008.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Dale R. Brown by August 27, 2008, TTY (360) 664-8885.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: Rule making is required to change the requirement of providing a list of those using the ride share program to using an affidavit that the vehicle is being used as a ride-sharing vehicle.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: To provide equal reporting for all ride share program participants.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 46.01.110.

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

Name of Proponent: None.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Sadeeq Simmons, 1125 Washington Street S.E., Olympia, WA, (360) 902-3848; Implementation and Enforcement: Jennifer Dana, 1125 Washington Street S.E., Olympia, W [WA], (360) 902-4045.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. A small business economic impact statement is not required to pursuant to RCW 19.85.030 (1)(a). The proposed rule making does not impose more than a minor cost on businesses in the industry.

A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. The contents of the proposed rules are explicitly and specifically dictated by statute.

July 18, 2008

Mykel D. Gable

Assistant Director

Vehicle Services


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 04-18-023, filed 8/24/04, effective 9/24/04)

WAC 308-96A-175   Ride-sharing vehicles.   (1) When may the department issue a ride share special license plate? Ride share special license plates may be issued when:

The ((owner of a)) passenger motor vehicle is primarily used as a commute ride-sharing motor vehicle defined in RCW 46.74.010(1). The vehicle owner may be issued special ride-share license plates by satisfying the provisions of RCW 46.16.023. Any person desiring the special ride-share license plates must make application on a form approved by the department and pay all fees required by chapter 46.12 RCW and the special ride-share license plate fee required by RCW 46.16.023. The owner must then provide:

(a) For privately owned vehicles, a ((list of the riders registered to use the ride-sharing vehicle, including the names, addresses and signatures of the riders and driver. For five and six passenger vehicles being used in a commute trip reduction program, the list must be a copy of the certification of registration in a commute trip reduction program either with a public transportation agency or a major employer)) statement that the vehicle is being used as a ride-sharing vehicle; or

(b) For motor vehicles operated by public transportation agencies or by major employers defined in RCW 70.94.524 in commute trip reduction programs, a written statement that the motor vehicle is used as a commuter ride-sharing motor vehicle.

(c) A written statement that the motor vehicle is used for commuter ride-sharing if the passenger motor vehicle is owned, rented or leased by a government agency.

(2) Can the ride-share license plate be transferred to another motor vehicle? To transfer license plates to another motor vehicle, the owner must:

(a) Make application to and receive approval by the department for the replacement passenger motor vehicle; and

(b) Pay applicable fees stated in RCW 46.16.316.

(3) What happens when I remove or transfer special ride-share plates from my vehicle? When you remove or transfer special ride-share license plates from one motor vehicle to another, you must:

(a) Purchase replacement license plates if the motor vehicle will be operated on public highways; and

(b) Pay applicable ((RTA excise)) tax for the remaining license registration period for the vehicle((, if the registered owner resides in the RTA taxing district)).

(c) If use/sales tax was exempted but the vehicle was used less than thirty-six consecutive months as a ride-share motor vehicle, use tax is due and payable to the department of revenue.

(4) What happens when the ride-share motor vehicle is sold or transferred to another person?

(a) When a ride-share motor vehicle is sold or transferred to another person who will continue to use the passenger motor vehicle as a commuter ride-share vehicle, the new owner must:

(i) Apply for a certificate of ownership under chapter 46.12 RCW;

(ii) Apply for commuter ride-share exemption; and

(iii) Pay all required fees and taxes including the special license plate fee.

(b) Upon application for registration renewal, the owners of nongovernment ride-share plated vehicles must:

(i) ((Recertify)) Provide a statement that the motor vehicle is used as a commuter ride-share motor vehicle to continue to be exempt from chapters 82.08, 82.12, and 82.44 RCW; and

(ii) Submit a completed ((recertification form,)) statement approved by the department((, including names, addresses, and signatures of current passengers and drivers)) that the motor vehicle qualifies as a commuter ride-sharing motor vehicle. If the registered owner fails to file a completed recertification form, the department will cancel the special ride-share license plates and the registered owner will need to purchase replacement plates and pay applicable fees and taxes to complete registration renewal.

(5) Will I ever have to replace my ride-share vehicle license plate? Yes, the ride-share vehicle license plates are subject to the seven-year vehicle license plate replacement schedule.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.01.110 and 46.16.316. 04-18-023, 308-96A-175, filed 8/24/04, effective 9/24/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 46.01.110, 46.16.335, 46.16.276. 01-10-069, 308-96A-175, filed 4/30/01, effective 5/31/01. Statutory Authority: RCW 46.01.110 and 46.16.335. 98-09-024, 308-96A-175, filed 4/8/98, effective 5/9/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 46.01.110, 46.74.010 and 1996 c 244. 96-21-043, 308-96A-175, filed 10/11/96, effective 11/11/96. Statutory Authority: RCW 46.01.110, 1993 c 488 and chapter 46.12 RCW. 94-17-044, 308-96A-175, filed 8/10/94, effective 9/10/94. Statutory Authority: RCW 46.01.110, 46.16.276 and 1987 c 175 2. 88-01-010 (Order TL/RG 39), 308-96A-175, filed 12/7/87.]

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