PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 468-300-040.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 47.56.030, 47.60.315, section 205(1), chapter 247, Laws of 2010.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: WAC 468-300-040 currently includes a commercial vehicle reservation fee for Washington state ferries' (WSF's) routes in the San Juan Islands. WSF's proposed new reservation system includes the Port Townsend/Coupeville and Anacortes/Sidney, B.C. routes, and commercial vehicles for the domestic San Juan Islands routes. The new reservation system is anticipated to become effective in May 2012. In accordance with the guiding principle in the new system that reservations should not result in total cost above what that customer would have paid without reservations, the transportation commission proposes to delete a section in WAC 468-300-040 that requires a vehicle reservation fee for ferry routes in the San Juan Islands.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.
Process for Developing New Rule: Negotiated rule making.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Mr. Ray Deardorf, Planning Director, WSDOT Ferries Division, 2901 Third Avenue, Suite 500, Seattle, WA 98121-3014, phone (206) 515-3491, fax (206) 515-3499.
January 17, 2012