PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 204-24 WAC, Traction tires.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 46.37.005 and 46.37.420.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: We have received information for an alternative traction tire device company requesting [request] which would require changes to the traction tire WAC in order to allow for this product to be used in the state of Washington.
Current WAC 204-24-070 outlines that a device must be "certified for compliance by any recognized organization such as but not limited to ..." There are no United States standards that we are aware of regarding alternative traction tire devices. This particular company has provided certification from ONORM and DIN.
In review of the standards and state laws it was determined that the WAC pertaining to traction tires would need to be amended so that it more clearly outlined the process for alternative traction devices.
Process for Developing New Rule: Agency initiated.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Melissa Van Gorkom, Washington State Patrol, P.O. Box 42600, Olympia, WA 98504-2600, (360) 596-4017, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 3, 2010
John R. Batiste