WSR 12-11-026




[ Filed May 8, 2012, 10:38 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 12-06-050.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: Chapter 392-143 WAC, Transportation -- Specifications for school buses.

Hearing Location(s): Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), Wanamaker Conference Room, 600 South Washington Street, Olympia, WA 98504-7200, on July 5, 2012, at 10:00 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: July 5, 2012.

Submit Written Comments to: Allan J. Jones, OSPI, Student Transportation, P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200, e-mail, fax (360) 586-6124, by July 3, 2012.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Wanda Griffin by July 3, 2012, TTY (360) 664-3631 or (360) 725-6132.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: Revisions to chapter 392-143 WAC will provide clarification to school districts on the process to license a school bus. Currently a school district is required to submit a copy of the school bus operation permit (issued by OSPI) to the county auditor or license agent to obtain an exempt plate. This change would eliminate that requirement and result in a reduction in the paperwork collected by the county auditor or license agent.

In addition, the changes proposed will include clarification to the process for obtaining a school bus operations permit.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 46.61.380.

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

Name of Proponent: OSPI, governmental.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting and Implementation: Allan J. Jones, OSPI, (360) 725-6122; and Enforcement: JoLynn Berge, OSPI, (360) 725-6301.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW.

A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328.

May 8, 2012

Randy Dorn

State Superintendent

of Public Instruction


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 12-01-075, filed 12/19/11, effective 1/19/12)

WAC 392-143-032   School bus operation permit.   The superintendent of public instruction shall issue school bus operation permits as follows:

(1) School buses owned or operated by a school district or owned by a private contractor under contract to a school district shall be issued a school bus operation permit on receipt of the following electronic files or documents for each new school bus or used school bus not previously issued a school bus operation permit in Washington state:

(a) SPI Form 1020A, School Bus Acquisition Report; and

(b) SPI Form 1029, Initial School Bus Inspection.

(2) A school bus operation permit shall be reissued on receipt of the following electronic files or documents for school buses previously licensed in Washington state:

(a) SPI Form 1020A, School Bus Acquisition Report, from the school district acquiring the school bus; and

(b) SPI Form 1029, Initial School Bus Inspection, if the most recent school bus inspection was more than twelve months prior to the date of acquisition.

(3) A copy of the operation permit shall be retained by the school district and a copy shall be placed in the permit holder in the school bus.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.61.380. 12-01-075, 392-143-032, filed 12/19/11, effective 1/19/12; 04-08-117, 392-143-032, filed 4/6/04, effective 5/7/04; 91-23-069 (Order 22), 392-143-032, filed 11/19/91, effective 11/19/91.]


     The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed:
WAC 392-143-030 School buses -- School bus operating permit and license.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office