PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 204-21 WAC, Flashing warning lamps.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 46.37.005 and 46.37.320.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: In review of WAC 204-21-140, it was determined that the term service vehicle which is used in the table for vehicle types, is not defined under chapter 204-21 WAC. This has caused confusion as nowhere under statute id [is] a "service vehicle" authorized to use flashing warning lamps.
The vehicles that are authorized are outlined under WAC 204-21-130 and defined under WAC 204-21-020. Therefore it was determined that the portion of the table under WAC 204-21-140 which outlines the requirements for emergency maintenance, volunteer figherfighter [firefighter] and service vehicle flashing warning lamps is not necessary and should be removed.
In addition, it was also determined that agricultural equipment and industrial equipment were not defined. Therefore, this request also proposes that we amend WAC 204-21-020 to add definitions for these.
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