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Discussion in 'Motorcycle Talk' started by beansbaxter, Apr 2, 2005.

  1. Current Washington State Motorcycle Legislation

    http://www.leg.wa.gov/wsladm/billinfo1/dspBillSummary.cfm?billnumber=1149&year=2005
    HB 1149
    Preventing motorcycle profiling.

    Jan 17 First reading, referred to Criminal Justice & Corrections.

    Jan 27 Public hearing in committee.
    Tabled - no hearing

    http://www.leg.wa.gov/wsladm/billinfo1/dspBillSummary.cfm?billnumber=1176&year=2005
    HB 1176
    Allowing motorcycles between lanes during congestion.
    Jan 18 First reading, referred to Transportation.
    Feb 28 Public hearing in committee.
    2nd hearing? TBA

    http://www.leg.wa.gov/wsladm/billinfo1/dspBillSummary.cfm?billnumber=1257&year=2005
    SHB 1257
    Providing an opportunity to reject motorcycle or motor-driven cycle
    insurance coverage.
    Jan 19 First reading, referred to Financial Institutions &
    Insurance.
    Feb 1 Public hearing in committee.
    Feb 8 Executive session in committee.
    FII - Executive action taken by committee.
    Feb 9 FII - Majority; 1st substitute bill be substituted, do
    pass.
    Feb 10 Passed to Rules Committee for second reading.
    Feb 15 Made eligible to be placed on second reading.
    Feb 25 Placed on second reading by Rules Committee.
    Mar 3 1st substitute bill substituted.
    Rules suspended. Placed on Third Reading.

    Third reading, passed; yeas, 97; nays, 0; absent, 0; excused, 1. (
    http://flooractivityext.leg.wa.gov/rollcall/rollcall.aspx?id=5255 Roll
    Calls)
    Goes to Senate for Concurrence.

    http://www.leg.wa.gov/wsladm/billinfo1/dspBillSummary.cfm?billnumber=1258&year=2005
    HB 1258
    Meeting commute trip reduction goals by providing preferential motorcycle
    parking.
    Jan 19 First reading, referred to Transportation.
    Feb 28 Public hearing in committee.
    2nd Hearing ?

    http://www.leg.wa.gov/wsladm/billinfo1/dspBillSummary.cfm?billnumber=1466&year=2005
    HB 1466
    Allowing motorcycles to stop and proceed through traffic signals.
    Jan 25 First reading, referred to Transportation.
    Feb 28 Public hearing in committee.
    2nd Hearing ? TBA

    http://www.leg.wa.gov/wsladm/billinfo1/dspBillSummary.cfm?billnumber=1807&year=2005
    HB 1807
    Restricting motorcycle helmet requirements only to persons under twenty-one.
    Feb 7 First reading, referred to Transportation.
    Tabled - no hearing

    http://www.leg.wa.gov/wsladm/billinfo1/dspBillSummary.cfm?billnumber=2040&year=2005
    HB 2040
    Modifying the tax exemption for sales of motorcycles and off-road vehicles
    to nonresidents.
    Feb 15 Held on first reading.
    Feb 16 Referred to Finance.
    Mar 1 Public hearing in committee.
    Mar 7 Scheduled for executive session in committee. (Subject to
    change)

    http://www.leg.wa.gov/wsladm/billinfo1/dspBillSummary.cfm?billnumber=5280&year=2005
    SB 5280
    Requiring motorcycle safety courses to be approved by the director of
    licensing.
    Jan 19 First reading, referred to Transportation.
    Jan 31 Public hearing in committee.
    Feb 9 Executive session in committee.
    Feb 10 TRAN - Majority; do pass.
    Passed to Rules Committee for second reading.
    Feb 15 Made eligible to be placed on second reading.

    http://www.leg.wa.gov/wsladm/billinfo1/dspBillSummary.cfm?billnumber=5420&year=2005
    SB 5420
    Modifying restrictions on children riding motorcycles.
    Jan 25 First reading, referred to Transportation.
    Jan 31 Public hearing in committee.
    Mar 2 Executive session in committee.

    http://www.leg.wa.gov/wsladm/billinfo1/dspBillSummary.cfm?billnumber=5468&year=2005
    SB 5468
    Creating insurance requirements for motorcycles, motor-driven cycles, and
    mopeds.
    Jan 26 First reading, referred to Financial Institutions, Housing
    & Consumer Protection.
    Feb 10 Public hearing in committee - no progress.

    http://www.leg.wa.gov/wsladm/billinfo1/dspBillSummary.cfm?billnumber=5783&year=2005
    SB 5783
    Restricting motorcycle helmet requirements only to persons under twenty-one.

    Feb 7
    First reading, referred to Transportation - Tabled - no hearing.
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    ````Requiring proof of insurance for vehicle registration`````
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    HOUSE BILL 1454
    _____________________________________________

    State of Washington
    59th Legislature
    2005 Regular Session

    By Representatives Ahern, O'Brien, Roach, Serben, Holmquist, Kretz, Lovick, Walsh, Campbell, Rodne, Strow, McDonald, Condotta, Hasegawa, Williams, Chase, Upthegrove, Crouse, Haler, Pettigrew, Buri, Newhouse, P. Sullivan, Morrell, Moeller, Kristiansen, Tom and Sells

    Read first time 01/25/2005. Referred to Committee on Transportation.

    AN ACT Relating to the relationship between motor vehicle liability coverage and registration; adding new sections to chapter 46.16 RCW; and prescribing penalties.

    BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:

    NEW SECTION. Sec. 1 A new section is added to chapter 46.16 RCW to read as follows:
    To renew a vehicle license an applicant must provide proof of being insured under a motor vehicle liability policy with liability limits of at least the amounts provided in RCW 46.29.090, a self-insurance certificate as provided in RCW 46.29.630, or proof of coverage under a liability bond of at least the amounts provided in RCW 46.29.090.

    NEW SECTION. Sec. 2 A new section is added to chapter 46.16 RCW to read as follows:
    (1) Whenever the motor vehicle liability insurance policy, self-insurance certificate, or liability bond required under section 1 of this act is not renewed or is canceled, whether the nonrenewal or cancellation is initiated by the insured, the insurance company, or the bonding company, the registered owner of the vehicle or vehicles shall immediately notify the department. Failure to provide notice as required under this subsection is a misdemeanor.
    (2) Upon learning of or receiving notice that a registered owner no longer carries a liability insurance policy, self-insurance certificate, or liability bond, the department shall immediately notify the registered owner of the vehicle or vehicles formerly covered under the policy, certificate, or bond, that the registration for the vehicle or vehicles will be canceled within thirty days from the day of the notice unless the person in whose name the registration appears furnishes proof to the department within that time that replacement insurance has been obtained, or that the requirements of some other method of proof of financial responsibility allowed under RCW 46.30.020 have been met. If that proof is not timely supplied, the department shall immediately cancel the registration.
    (3) The department shall not refund any part of a registration fee in the event of a registration canceled under this section.
    __________________

    Modifying motor vehicle emission standards

    Companion to SB 5397
    _________________

    HOUSE BILL 1397
    _________________

    State of Washington
    59th Legislature
    2005 Regular Session

    By Representatives Murray, Jarrett, Morris, B. Sullivan, Anderson, Appleton, Wallace, P. Sullivan, Kenney, Campbell, Rodne, Hunt, Priest, Springer, Tom, Lovick, Quall, Pettigrew, Kirby, Clibborn, Kilmer, Dunshee, Dickerson, Ericks, Green, Sells, Hasegawa, Upthegrove, Williams, Moeller, McIntire, Chase, Simpson, McDermott, Hudgins and Wood

    Read first time 01/21/2005. Referred to Committee on Transportation.

    AN ACT Relating to vehicle emission standards; amending RCW 70.94.017, 46.68.020, and 70.120.170; amending 2003 c 264 s 9 (uncodified); adding a new section to chapter 46.16 RCW; adding a new chapter to Title 70 RCW; creating a new section; repealing RCW 70.120.200; repealing 1991 c 199 s 229 (uncodified); providing an effective date; providing expiration dates; and declaring an emergency.

    BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:

    NEW SECTION. Sec. 1 The legislature finds that:
    (1) Motor vehicles are the largest source of air pollution in the state of Washington, and motor vehicles contribute approximately fifty-seven percent of criteria air pollutant emissions, eighty percent of air toxics emissions, and fifty-five percent of greenhouse gas emissions;
    (2) Air pollution levels routinely measured in the state of Washington continue to harm public health, the environment, and the economy. Air pollution causes or contributes to premature death, cancer, asthma, and heart and lung disease. Over half of the state's population suffers from one or more medical conditions that make them very vulnerable to air pollution. Air pollution increases pain and suffering for vulnerable individuals. Air pollution imposes several hundred million dollars annually in added health care costs for air pollution-associated death and illness, reducing the quality of life and economic security of the citizens of Washington;
    (3) Reductions of greenhouse gas emissions from transportation sources are necessary, and it is equitable to seek such reductions because reductions in greenhouse gas emissions have already been initiated in other sectors such as power generation;
    (4) Reductions in greenhouse gas emissions made under this act should be credited toward any future federal, state, or regional comprehensive regulatory structure enacted to address reducing greenhouse gas emissions;
    (5) Under the federal clean air act, the state of Washington has the option to implement either federal motor vehicle emission standards or California motor vehicle emission standards for passenger cars, light duty trucks, and medium duty passenger vehicles;
    (6) Opting into the California motor vehicle standards will provide significant and necessary air quality benefits to residents of the state of Washington; and
    (7) Adoption of the California motor vehicle standards will increase consumer choices of cleaner vehicles, provide better warranties to consumers, and provide sufficient air quality benefit to allow additional business and economic growth in the key airsheds of the state while maintaining conformance with federal air quality standards.

    NEW SECTION. Sec. 2 (1) Pursuant to the federal clean air act, the legislature adopts the California motor vehicle emission standards in Title 13 of the California Code of Regulations, effective January 1, 2005. By December 31, 2005, the department of ecology shall adopt rules to implement the emission standards of the state of California for passenger cars, light duty trucks, and medium duty passenger vehicles, and shall amend the rules from time to time, to conform to the requirements of the federal clean air act. Rules shall be applicable to motor vehicles with a model year 2009 and later. This section does not limit the department of ecology's authority to regulate motor vehicle emissions for any other class of vehicle.
    (2) Motor vehicles with a model year equal to or later than the first model year for which new vehicles sold to Washington state residents are required to comply with California motor vehicle emission standards are exempt from emission inspections under chapter 70.120 RCW.

    Sec. 3 RCW 70.94.017 and 2003 c 264 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:
    (1) Money deposited in the segregated subaccount of the air pollution control account under RCW 46.68.020(2) shall be distributed as follows:
    (a) Eighty-five percent shall be distributed to air pollution control authorities created under this chapter. The money must be distributed in direct proportion with the amount of fees imposed under RCW 46.12.080, 46.12.170, and 46.12.181 that are collected within the boundaries of each authority. However, an amount in direct proportion with those fees collected in counties for which no air pollution control authority exists must be distributed to the department.
    (b) The remaining fifteen percent shall be distributed to the department.
    (2) Money distributed to air pollution control authorities and the department under subsection (1) of this section must be used as follows:
    (a) Eighty-five percent of the money received by an air pollution control authority or the department ((must be used)) is available on a priority basis to retrofit school buses with exhaust emission control devices or to provide funding for fueling infrastructure necessary to allow school bus fleets to use alternative, cleaner fuels. In addition, the director of ecology or the air pollution control officer may direct funding under this section for other public sector diesel equipment if the director of ecology or the air pollution control officer finds that funding for other public sector diesel equipment will provide public health benefits and further the purposes of this chapter.
    (b) The remaining fifteen percent may be used by the air pollution control authority or department to reduce ((vehicle)) transportation-related air contaminant emissions and clean up air pollution, or reduce and monitor toxic air contaminants.
    (3) Money in the air pollution control account may be spent by the department only after appropriation.
    (4) ((The department shall provide a report to the legislative transportation committees on the progress of the implementation of this section by December 31, 2004)) This section expires July 1, 2020.

    Sec. 4 RCW 46.68.020 and 2004 c 200 s 3 are each amended to read as follows:
    The director shall forward all fees for certificates of ownership or other moneys accruing under the provisions of chapter 46.12 RCW to the state treasurer, together with a proper identifying detailed report. The state treasurer shall credit such moneys as follows:
    (1) The fees collected under RCW 46.12.040(1) and 46.12.101(6) shall be credited to the multimodal transportation account in RCW 47.66.070.
    (2)(a) Beginning July 27, 2003, and until July 1, ((2008)) 2020, the fees collected under RCW 46.12.080, 46.12.101(3), 46.12.170, and 46.12.181 shall be credited as follows:
    (i) 58.12 percent shall be credited to a segregated subaccount of the air pollution control account in RCW 70.94.015;
    (ii) 16.60 percent shall be credited to the vessel response account created in RCW 90.56.335; and
    (iii) The remainder shall be credited into the transportation 2003 account (nickel account).
    (b) Beginning July 1, ((2008)) 2020, and thereafter, the fees collected under RCW 46.12.080, 46.12.101(3), 46.12.170, and 46.12.181 shall be credited to the transportation 2003 account (nickel account).
    (3) The fees collected under RCW 46.12.040(3) and 46.12.060 shall be credited to the motor vehicle account.

    Sec. 5 RCW 70.120.170 and 1998 c 342 s 4 are each amended to read as follows:
    (1) The department shall administer a system for emission inspections of all motor vehicles, except those described in RCW 46.16.015(2), that are registered within the boundaries of each emission contributing area. Under such system a motor vehicle shall be inspected biennially except where an annual program would be required to meet federal law and prevent federal sanctions. In addition, motor vehicles shall be inspected at each change of registered owner of a licensed vehicle as provided under RCW 46.16.015.
    (2) The director shall:
    (a) Adopt procedures for conducting emission inspections of motor vehicles. The inspections may include idle and high revolution per minute emission tests. The emission test for diesel vehicles shall consist solely of a smoke opacity test.
    (b) Adopt criteria for calibrating emission testing equipment. Electronic equipment used to test for emissions standards provided for in this chapter shall be properly calibrated. The department shall examine frequently the calibration of the emission testing equipment used at the stations.
    (c) Authorize, through contracts, the establishment and operation of inspection stations for conducting vehicle emission inspections authorized in this chapter. No person contracted to inspect motor vehicles may perform for compensation repairs on any vehicles. No public body may establish or operate contracted inspection stations. Any contracts ((must be let in accordance)) comply with the procedures established for competitive bids in chapter 43.19 RCW.
    (d) Beginning in 2012, authorize businesses other than those contracted to operate inspection stations under (c) of this subsection to conduct vehicle emission inspections. Businesses authorized under this subsection may also inspect and perform, for compensation, repairs on vehicles. The fee limitations under subsection (4) of this section do not apply to the fee charged for a vehicle emissions inspection by a business authorized to conduct vehicle emission inspections under this subsection. The director may establish by rule a fee to be paid to the department for the oversight costs for each vehicle emission inspection performed by a business authorized under this subsection (2)(d).
    (3) Subsection (2)(c) of this section does not apply to volunteer motor vehicle inspections under RCW 70.120.020(1) if the inspections are conducted for the following purposes:
    (a) Auditing;
    (b) Contractor evaluation;
    (c) Collection of data for establishing calibration and performance standards; or
    (d) Public information and education.
    (4)(a) The director shall establish by rule the fee to be charged for emission inspections. The inspection fee shall be a standard fee applicable statewide or throughout an emission contributing area and shall be no greater than fifteen dollars. Surplus moneys collected from fees over the amount due the contractor shall be paid to the state and deposited in the general fund. Fees shall be set at the minimum whole dollar amount required to (i) compensate the contractor or inspection facility owner, and (ii) offset the general fund appropriation to the department to cover the administrative costs of the motor vehicle emission inspection program.
    (b) Before each inspection, a person whose motor vehicle is to be inspected shall pay to the inspection station the fee established under this section. The person whose motor vehicle is inspected shall receive the results of the inspection. If the inspected vehicle complies with the standards established by the director, the person shall receive a dated certificate of compliance. If the inspected vehicle does not comply with those standards, one reinspection of the vehicle shall be afforded without charge.
    (5) All units of local government and agencies of the state with motor vehicles garaged or regularly operated in an emissions contributing area shall test the emissions of those vehicles annually to ensure that the vehicle's emissions comply with the emission standards established by the director. All state agencies outside of emission contributing areas with more than twenty motor vehicles housed at a single facility or contiguous facilities shall test the emissions of those vehicles annually to ensure that the vehicles' emissions comply with standards established by the director. A report of the results of the tests shall be submitted to the department.
    (6) This section expires January 1, 2020.

    NEW SECTION. Sec. 6 A new section is added to chapter 46.16 RCW to read as follows:
    After adoption of rules specified in section 2 of this act, no vehicle shall be registered in the state for model year 2009 or later unless the vehicle: (1) Is consistent with the vehicle emission standards adopted by the department of ecology; or (2) has seven thousand five hundred miles or more. The department of licensing, in consultation with the department of ecology, may adopt rules necessary to implement this section.

    Sec. 7 2003 c 264 s 9 (uncodified) is amended to read as follows:
    Section((s 1 and)) 3 of this act expires July 1, ((2008)) 2020.

    NEW SECTION. Sec. 8 RCW 70.120.200 (Engine conformance) and 1991 c 199 s 211 are each repealed.

    NEW SECTION. Sec. 9 1991 c 199 s 229 (uncodified) is repealed.

    NEW SECTION. Sec. 10 Section 2 of this act constitutes a new chapter in Title 70 RCW.

    NEW SECTION. Sec. 11 This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and takes effect July 1, 2005.
    _______________

    Modifying motor vehicle emission standards

    Companion to HB 1397
    _______________

    SENATE BILL 5397
    _______________

    State of Washington
    59th Legislature
    2005 Regular Session

    By Senators Rockefeller, Swecker, Poulsen, Oke, Kohl-Welles, Schmidt, Brown, Esser, Weinstein, Pridemore, Prentice, Keiser, Kline, Fairley, Regala, Fraser, Jacobsen, Shin and Spanel

    Read first time 01/24/2005. Referred to Committee on Water, Energy & Environment.

    AN ACT Relating to vehicle emission standards; amending RCW 70.94.017, 46.68.020, and 70.120.170; amending 2003 c 264 s 9 (uncodified); adding a new section to chapter 46.16 RCW; adding a new chapter to Title 70 RCW; creating a new section; repealing RCW 70.120.200; repealing 1991 c 199 s 229 (uncodified); providing an effective date; providing expiration dates; and declaring an emergency.

    BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:

    NEW SECTION. Sec. 1 The legislature finds that:
    (1) Motor vehicles are the largest source of air pollution in the state of Washington, and motor vehicles contribute approximately fifty-seven percent of criteria air pollutant emissions, eighty percent of air toxics emissions, and fifty-five percent of greenhouse gas emissions;
    (2) Air pollution levels routinely measured in the state of Washington continue to harm public health, the environment, and the economy. Air pollution causes or contributes to premature death, cancer, asthma, and heart and lung disease. Over half of the state's population suffers from one or more medical conditions that make them very vulnerable to air pollution. Air pollution increases pain and suffering for vulnerable individuals. Air pollution imposes several hundred million dollars annually in added health care costs for air pollution-associated death and illness, reducing the quality of life and economic security of the citizens of Washington;
    (3) Reductions of greenhouse gas emissions from transportation sources are necessary, and it is equitable to seek such reductions because reductions in greenhouse gas emissions have already been initiated in other sectors such as power generation;
    (4) Reductions in greenhouse gas emissions made under this act should be credited toward any future federal, state, or regional comprehensive regulatory structure enacted to address reducing greenhouse gas emissions;
    (5) Under the federal clean air act, the state of Washington has the option to implement either federal motor vehicle emission standards or California motor vehicle emission standards for passenger cars, light duty trucks, and medium duty passenger vehicles;
    (6) Opting into the California motor vehicle standards will provide significant and necessary air quality benefits to residents of the state of Washington; and
    (7) Adoption of the California motor vehicle standards will increase consumer choices of cleaner vehicles, provide better warranties to consumers, and provide sufficient air quality benefit to allow additional business and economic growth in the key airsheds of the state while maintaining conformance with federal air quality standards.

    NEW SECTION. Sec. 2 (1) Pursuant to the federal clean air act, the legislature adopts the California motor vehicle emission standards in Title 13 of the California Code of Regulations, effective January 1, 2005. By December 31, 2005, the department of ecology shall adopt rules to implement the emission standards of the state of California for passenger cars, light duty trucks, and medium duty passenger vehicles, and shall amend the rules from time to time, to conform to the requirements of the federal clean air act. Rules shall be applicable to motor vehicles with a model year 2009 and later. This section does not limit the department of ecology's authority to regulate motor vehicle emissions for any other class of vehicle.
    (2) Motor vehicles with a model year equal to or later than the first model year for which new vehicles sold to Washington state residents are required to comply with California motor vehicle emission standards are exempt from emission inspections under chapter 70.120 RCW.

    Sec. 3 RCW 70.94.017 and 2003 c 264 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:
    (1) Money deposited in the segregated subaccount of the air pollution control account under RCW 46.68.020(2) shall be distributed as follows:
    (a) Eighty-five percent shall be distributed to air pollution control authorities created under this chapter. The money must be distributed in direct proportion with the amount of fees imposed under RCW 46.12.080, 46.12.170, and 46.12.181 that are collected within the boundaries of each authority. However, an amount in direct proportion with those fees collected in counties for which no air pollution control authority exists must be distributed to the department.
    (b) The remaining fifteen percent shall be distributed to the department.
    (2) Money distributed to air pollution control authorities and the department under subsection (1) of this section must be used as follows:
    (a) Eighty-five percent of the money received by an air pollution control authority or the department ((must be used)) is available on a priority basis to retrofit school buses with exhaust emission control devices or to provide funding for fueling infrastructure necessary to allow school bus fleets to use alternative, cleaner fuels. In addition, the director of ecology or the air pollution control officer may direct funding under this section for other public sector diesel equipment if the director of ecology or the air pollution control officer finds that funding for other public sector diesel equipment will provide public health benefits and further the purposes of this chapter.
    (b) The remaining fifteen percent may be used by the air pollution control authority or department to reduce ((vehicle)) transportation-related air contaminant emissions and clean up air pollution, or reduce and monitor toxic air contaminants.
    (3) Money in the air pollution control account may be spent by the department only after appropriation.
    (4) ((The department shall provide a report to the legislative transportation committees on the progress of the implementation of this section by December 31, 2004)) This section expires July 1, 2020.

    Sec. 4 RCW 46.68.020 and 2004 c 200 s 3 are each amended to read as follows:
    The director shall forward all fees for certificates of ownership or other moneys accruing under the provisions of chapter 46.12 RCW to the state treasurer, together with a proper identifying detailed report. The state treasurer shall credit such moneys as follows:
    (1) The fees collected under RCW 46.12.040(1) and 46.12.101(6) shall be credited to the multimodal transportation account in RCW 47.66.070.
    (2)(a) Beginning July 27, 2003, and until July 1, ((2008)) 2020, the fees collected under RCW 46.12.080, 46.12.101(3), 46.12.170, and 46.12.181 shall be credited as follows:
    (i) 58.12 percent shall be credited to a segregated subaccount of the air pollution control account in RCW 70.94.015;
    (ii) 16.60 percent shall be credited to the vessel response account created in RCW 90.56.335; and
    (iii) The remainder shall be credited into the transportation 2003 account (nickel account).
    (b) Beginning July 1, ((2008)) 2020, and thereafter, the fees collected under RCW 46.12.080, 46.12.101(3), 46.12.170, and 46.12.181 shall be credited to the transportation 2003 account (nickel account).
    (3) The fees collected under RCW 46.12.040(3) and 46.12.060 shall be credited to the motor vehicle account.

    Sec. 5 RCW 70.120.170 and 1998 c 342 s 4 are each amended to read as follows:
    (1) The department shall administer a system for emission inspections of all motor vehicles, except those described in RCW 46.16.015(2), that are registered within the boundaries of each emission contributing area. Under such system a motor vehicle shall be inspected biennially except where an annual program would be required to meet federal law and prevent federal sanctions. In addition, motor vehicles shall be inspected at each change of registered owner of a licensed vehicle as provided under RCW 46.16.015.
    (2) The director shall:
    (a) Adopt procedures for conducting emission inspections of motor vehicles. The inspections may include idle and high revolution per minute emission tests. The emission test for diesel vehicles shall consist solely of a smoke opacity test.
    (b) Adopt criteria for calibrating emission testing equipment. Electronic equipment used to test for emissions standards provided for in this chapter shall be properly calibrated. The department shall examine frequently the calibration of the emission testing equipment used at the stations.
    (c) Authorize, through contracts, the establishment and operation of inspection stations for conducting vehicle emission inspections authorized in this chapter. No person contracted to inspect motor vehicles may perform for compensation repairs on any vehicles. No public body may establish or operate contracted inspection stations. Any contracts ((must be let in accordance)) comply with the procedures established for competitive bids in chapter 43.19 RCW.
    (d) Beginning in 2012, authorize businesses other than those contracted to operate inspection stations under (c) of this subsection to conduct vehicle emission inspections. Businesses authorized under this subsection may also inspect and perform, for compensation, repairs on vehicles. The fee limitations under subsection (4) of this section do not apply to the fee charged for a vehicle emissions inspection by a business authorized to conduct vehicle emission inspections under this subsection. The director may establish by rule a fee to be paid to the department for the oversight costs for each vehicle emission inspection performed by a business authorized under this subsection (2)(d).
    (3) Subsection (2)(c) of this section does not apply to volunteer motor vehicle inspections under RCW 70.120.020(1) if the inspections are conducted for the following purposes:
    (a) Auditing;
    (b) Contractor evaluation;
    (c) Collection of data for establishing calibration and performance standards; or
    (d) Public information and education.
    (4)(a) The director shall establish by rule the fee to be charged for emission inspections. The inspection fee shall be a standard fee applicable statewide or throughout an emission contributing area and shall be no greater than fifteen dollars. Surplus moneys collected from fees over the amount due the contractor shall be paid to the state and deposited in the general fund. Fees shall be set at the minimum whole dollar amount required to (i) compensate the contractor or inspection facility owner, and (ii) offset the general fund appropriation to the department to cover the administrative costs of the motor vehicle emission inspection program.
    (b) Before each inspection, a person whose motor vehicle is to be inspected shall pay to the inspection station the fee established under this section. The person whose motor vehicle is inspected shall receive the results of the inspection. If the inspected vehicle complies with the standards established by the director, the person shall receive a dated certificate of compliance. If the inspected vehicle does not comply with those standards, one reinspection of the vehicle shall be afforded without charge.
    (5) All units of local government and agencies of the state with motor vehicles garaged or regularly operated in an emissions contributing area shall test the emissions of those vehicles annually to ensure that the vehicle's emissions comply with the emission standards established by the director. All state agencies outside of emission contributing areas with more than twenty motor vehicles housed at a single facility or contiguous facilities shall test the emissions of those vehicles annually to ensure that the vehicles' emissions comply with standards established by the director. A report of the results of the tests shall be submitted to the department.
    (6) This section expires January 1, 2020.

    NEW SECTION. Sec. 6 A new section is added to chapter 46.16 RCW to read as follows:
    After adoption of rules specified in section 2 of this act, no vehicle shall be registered in the state for model year 2009 or later unless the vehicle: (1) Is consistent with the vehicle emission standards adopted by the department of ecology; or (2) has seven thousand five hundred miles or more. The department of licensing, in consultation with the department of ecology, may adopt rules necessary to implement this section.

    Sec. 7 2003 c 264 s 9 (uncodified) is amended to read as follows:
    Section((s 1 and)) 3 of this act expires July 1, ((2008)) 2020.

    NEW SECTION. Sec. 8 RCW 70.120.200 (Engine conformance) and 1991 c 199 s 211 are each repealed.

    NEW SECTION. Sec. 9 1991 c 199 s 229 (uncodified) is repealed.

    NEW SECTION. Sec. 10 Section 2 of this act constitutes a new chapter in Title 70 RCW.

    NEW SECTION. Sec. 11 This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and takes effect July 1, 2005.
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    Modifying motor vehicle emission standards
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    SENATE BILL 5099
    _________________

    State of Washington
    59th Legislature
    2005 Regular Session

    By Senators Poulsen, Fraser, Kline, Kohl-Welles and Brown; by request of Governor Locke

    Read first time 01/13/2005. Referred to Committee on Water, Energy & Environment.

    AN ACT Relating to motor vehicle emissions; adding a new section to chapter 70.120 RCW; adding a new section to chapter 46.16 RCW; creating a new section; and repealing 1991 c 199 s 229 (uncodified).

    BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:

    NEW SECTION. Sec. 1 The legislature finds that:
    (1) Global warming is a matter of increasing concern for public health and the environment, placing Washington's environment and economy at risk.
    (2) The risks from global warming include potential reductions in the state's water supply due to changes in snowpack levels and the timing of spring runoff; low river flows impacting energy generation, salmon recovery, and infrastructure for roads; a higher sea level resulting in increased beach erosion; increased risk of forest fires and forest disease and insect infestations; and more extreme weather events which will adversely impact agricultural production.
    (3) Although the reduction of greenhouse gases will require the action of all nations, it is the intent of the legislature that the overall greenhouse gas emissions attributed to Washington is reduced.
    (4) Motor vehicles are one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions in the state.

    NEW SECTION. Sec. 2 A new section is added to chapter 70.120 RCW to read as follows:
    On or before December 31, 2005, the department shall adopt rules, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 34.05 RCW, to implement the light duty motor vehicle emission standards of the state of California, and shall amend these rules from time to time, in accordance with changes in emission standards in California. These regulations shall be applicable to motor vehicles with a model year 2009 and later. Rules shall incorporate by reference the California motor vehicle emission standards set forth in final regulations issued by the California air resources board pursuant to title 13 of the California code of regulations and promulgated under the authority of division 26 of the California health and safety code, as may be amended from time to time. Nothing in this section limits the department's authority to regulate motor vehicle emissions for any class of vehicle.

    NEW SECTION. Sec. 3 A new section is added to chapter 46.16 RCW to read as follows:
    After adoption of rules specified in section 2 of this act, no vehicle shall be registered in the state for model year 2009 or later unless the vehicle: (1) Is consistent with the vehicle emission standards adopted by the department of ecology; or (2) has seven thousand five hundred miles or more. The department of licensing, in consultation with the department of ecology, may adopt rules necessary to implement this section.

    NEW SECTION. Sec. 4 1991 c 199 s 229 (uncodified) is repealed.
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    The 'Left Turn' - Sensored Signal Bill Passed the House 92-1, with 5
    excused.

    Now on to the Senate...

    HB 1466
    Allowing motorcycles to stop and proceed through traffic signals.

    Sponsors:
    Representatives Flannigan, Woods, Darneille, Condotta, Kirby, Orcutt, Simpson, Haigh, Nixon, Chase, Strow, Hunt, Blake, Campbell, Kagi

    -- 2005 Regular Session --

    Jan 25
    First reading, referred to Transportation. (Original Bill) (PDF Version)

    Feb 28
    Public hearing in committee.

    Mar 5
    Executive session in committee.

    TR - Executive action taken by committee.

    TR - Majority; do pass.

    Minority; do not pass.

    Mar 7
    Passed to Rules Committee for second reading.

    Mar 10
    Placed on second reading by Rules Committee.

    Mar 11
    Rules suspended. Placed on Third Reading.

    Third reading, passed; yeas, 92; nays, 1; absent, 0; excused, 5.

    Chamber: HOUSE
    2005 Regular Session

    Bill No.: HB 1466

    Description: FINAL PASSAGE

    Item No.: 43

    Transcript No.: 61
    Date: 3-11-2005

    Yeas: 92 Nays: 1 Absent: 0 Excused: 5


    Voting yea:
    Representatives Ahern, Alexander, Anderson, Appleton, Armstrong, Bailey, Blake, Buck, Buri, Campbell, Chandler, Chase, , Clements, Clibborn, Condotta, Conway, Cox, Crouse, Curtis, Darneille, DeBolt, Dickerson, Dunn, Dunshee, Ericks, Ericksen, Flannigan, Fromhold, Grant, Green, Haigh, Haler, Hankins, Hasegawa, Hinkle, Holmquist, Hudgins, Hunt, Hunter, Jarrett, Kagi, Kenney, Kessler, Kilmer, Kirby, Kretz, Kristiansen, Lantz, Linville, Lovick, McCoy, McCune, McDermott, Miloscia, Moeller, Morrell, Morris, Murray, Newhouse, Nixon, O'Brien, Orcutt, Ormsby, Pearson, Pettigrew, Priest, Quall, Roach, Roberts, Rodne, Santos, Schual-Berke, Sells, Serben, Shabro, Skinner, Sommers, Springer, Strow, B. Sullivan, P. Sullivan, Sump, Takko, Talcott, Tom, Upthegrove, Wallace, Walsh, Williams, Wood, Woods, and Mr. Speaker.

    Voting nay:
    Representative Simpson.

    Excused:
    Representatives Cody, Eickmeyer, McDonald, McIntire, and Schindler.
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    HB 1149: Motorcycle Profiling: Representative Steve Kirby has reintroduced this legislation this year. It precludes " using the fact that a person rides a motorcycle or wears motorcycle-related paraphernalia as a factor in deciding to stop and question, take enforcement action, arrest, or search a person or vehicle with or without legal basis under the United States Constitution or the Washington state Constitution." There is some rather impressive sponsorship for this bill, and Marty Horn from ABATE of Washington has done an excellent job of working the issue.
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    From "Texas" Larry Walker, Government Relations Specialist WRRA:

    Washington Road Riders Legislative Update

    We now have bill numbers for many of the motorcycling related pieces of legislation.

    HB 1257: Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Protection:

    Representative Dan Roach is the prime sponsor for this bill. There is already wide support for this issue, both in the house and the senate. I have assurances that there will be a hearing before the house Financial Institutions and Insurance committee.

    HB 1258: Motorcycles in the Commute Trip Reduction Act:

    Representative Geoff Simpson is priming this bill, and Representative Ed Murray (chair of house Transportation) has signed on.

    SB 5280: WMSP Language Cleanup: Senator Brian Weinstein, during our initial meeting, volunteered to prime this bill. My thanks go out to the Senator on his faith in our integrity.

    HB 1176: Lane Splitting: Representative Jeff Morris has reintroduced this legislation. It is still in rough form, and there are numerous implementation, education, and enforcement details to work out before this has much of a chance of becoming a reality.

    It is absolutely vital that riders begin communicating with their representation. We have set the stage for our issues, but it takes the reinforcement from the constituent base to get the job finished. I can only raise the issue in Olympia. It takes each and every rider's efforts to get issues on the radar so that they are not lost in the shuffle. Be sure to read these bills and be well versed on them when you are speaking with your state representatives. Check to see if they have signed on to the bills, and either thank them if they have or urge their support if not.

    From Calvin Amerdine, Bellingham Chapter:

    HB 1003 Allow off road vehicles on non highway roads under certain circumstances

    HB1029 Regulate ATVs with training and license requirements

    SB 5043 Increase penalty for excessive noise to $300

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    SENATE BILL REPORT SB 5335 As Reported By Senate Committee On: Highways & Transportation, February 25, 2003 Title: An act relating to the definition of a motorcycle helmet. Brief Description: Defining "motorcycle helmet."

    RCW 46.37.530. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON: Sec. 1. RCW 46.37.530 and 1997 c 328 s 4 are each amended to read as follows: (1) It is unlawful: (a) For any person to operate a motorcycle or motor-driven cycle not equipped with mirrors on the left and right sides of the motorcycle which shall be so located as to give the driver a complete view of the highway for a distance of at least two hundred feet to the rear of the motorcycle or motor- driven cycle: PROVIDED, That mirrors shall not be required on any motorcycle or motor-driven cycle over twenty-five years old originally manufactured without mirrors and which has been restored to its original condition and which is being ridden to or from or otherwise in conjunction with an antique or classic motorcycle contest, show, or other such assemblage: PROVIDED FURTHER, That no mirror is required on any motorcycle manufactured prior to January 1, 1931; (b) For any person to operate a motorcycle or motor-driven cycle which does not have a windshield unless wearing glasses, goggles, or a face shield of a type conforming to rules adopted by the state patrol; (c) For any person to operate or ride upon a motorcycle, motor- driven cycle, or moped on a state highway, county road, or city street unless wearing upon his or her head a motorcycle helmet except when the vehicle is an antique motor-driven cycle or automobile that is licensed as a motorcycle or when the vehicle is equipped with seat belts and roll bars approved by the state patrol. The motorcycle helmet neck or chin strap, must be fastened securely while the motorcycle or motor-driven cycle is in motion. Persons operating electric-assisted bicycles shall comply with all laws and regulations related to the use of bicycle helmets; (d) For any person to transport a child under the age of five on a motorcycle or motor-driven cycle; (e) For any person to sell or offer for sale a motorcycle helmet + that does not meet the requirements established by this section. (2) The state may adopt and amend rules, pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act, concerning standards for glasses, goggles and face shields (3) For purposes of this section, "motorcycle helmet" means a protective covering for the head consisting of a hard outer shell, padding adjacent to and inside the outer shell, and a neck or chin strap type retention system with a sticker indicating that the motorcycle helmet meets standards established by the United States Department of Transportation.
     
  2. Hey Beans,

    Any chance on making this a sticky for quick referencing for the links?

    Thanks.
     

  3. Done.
     
  4. We had better all pray for an overturning of the governor's race on grounds of serious voter fraud, (which can easily be proven BTW) if we don't want further restrictions on our driving and riding... you can thank the "demos"...the emissions stuff will be expanded to include earlier years just like the scumbags did in Cali, making kit cars and antiques subject to regular testing.. regardless of how many miles they are driven each year.. and further restrictions on our bikes too..it will never stop until we are all riding or driving electric vehicles that cannot exceed 60 MPH.. and chips are required equipment, that LE can use to shut us off at will. I'm not joking.
     
  5. OR.....

    We are incredibly lucky to have eeked out a dem victory over the conservative war machine keeping a last bastion of common sense in the US. If we are lucky enough, we will have restrictions placed on all vehicles to cali standards (as the big 3 already make them and wont require increased costs), not to mention the more restrictive they become against gasoline the more likelihood we will see change and less reliance on fuels that we cant get either in our own country or by far less invasive means. To change vehicles over to options like CNG, Biodiesel, and the best option available, hydrogen. Someday when we have the ability to get widespread H+ vehicles, youll be amazed at the performace per pound, usability, and massive reduction in fuel prices/emissions.

    On the voter fraud, its been shown that an equal number of the "missed" votes and the "felon" votes were R as well as D.

    Always nice to be able to think however you want in this country, I love it!

    E
     
  6. Hydrogen is not the best "new" fuel source. It's an energy carrier. The energy has to come from somewhere. There are designs for nuclear power plants that produce electrical energy as well as hydrogen, so that's a good idea if it can ever get off the ground.

    If we don't use a nuclear power plant, hydrogen comes from... fossil fuels! Which is... huh. Dead dinosaurs. Oil.

    We're still a long way from getting off sweet, sweet oil's teat, but there are more promising things than hydrogen.

    (check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrogen_car ).
     
  7. I have to disagree with you Skier or at least your thought process on it. I think hydrogen is a promising potential fuel source (since it's so readily available), it's just the way they are currently manufacturing hydrogen that I disagree with. For those who may not know, hydrocarbons are hydrogen saturated carbon molecules where the hydrogen can be easily removed (striped) from the carbon atom. This is a great source of hydrogen for the pocket-book since it’s loaded with hydrogen (costs are low to produce this potential source of energy). Until we come up with a cheaper and less hydrocarbon way of producing this potential source of energy, I'm still on the fence with it.
     
  8. We have to look more forward than current technology when it comes to H+ production. Look at the Swedes... IF they mate their sea swell electricity generation with an electrolysis plant, its a done deal. Zero hydrocarbons, zero emissions, no environmental conflict, and a pure energy source in hydrogen.

    We also have the fuel cell concept that local spokane companies are working on, but I have a severely limited amount of information on that, just taking that as it comes.

    Problem being, until we completely run OUT of dead dinosaurs, we are stuck with stagnant technological advacement because big oil stifles dollars that could go to educational institutions finding solutions. My solution? RIDE CONSTANTLY, buy big SUV's, buy as much $4 gas as you can get, and deplete the oil, theres only so much, and the sooner its gone, the sooner we can see change!

    E
     
  9. Maybe you should check into this and similar articles before you are certain that is the way to go...
    http://www.oralchelation.com/faq/wsj4.htm
     
  10. I'm pullin out my dictionary just to interpret your guys' posts...are you a poly-sci major, or an engineering major? And whatever you, make sure you scream REPUBLICANS RULE around fighterama, it makes him feel warm inside...stupid hippy :blah5:
     
  11. LOL, I have a BS (Bullsh*%% Degree, because thats all I do with it is BS about it) in Biochemistry from Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA.)... that was a few years ago though... :lol:
     
  12. Interesting article. Needs a bit of research to back it up but if it is the case, then we need to rethink the internal combustion engine to utilize oil more efficiently to make the most out of it. Even if oil continues to be the answer, do we all want to pay $3 a gallon this summer? Much to the profits of oil companies (3 year lag time between oil pumped from the hole to the gas falling into the tank in most cases) it seems to me that we are missing a few answers to a ton of questions, and keeping the middle east supplied with cash in the meantime.

    Oh, and on using the web for a sole source of information...

    http://www.r50rd.co.uk/research/internal/v2i/engin/

    E
     
  13. I try not to read to much into published opinions were I can't research their supporting documentation.

    but that's my .02
     
  14. This law would help prevent hopefully the speeding tickets we just received for 65 in a 60...sheesh:

    [​IMG]
     
  15. do you actually think that will change anything? I sure don't
     
  16. I did not know that I needed to know how to read when I joined this website. head hurts must drink beer.
     
  17. Djoplin

    Djoplin Investigates Alternative Destinations

    65 IN A 60?!?! :scratchea Geeze, I'm definitly not goin to your side of the mtns. I'd be gettin' tickets every day if that was the case. Either that or gettin' my happy a$$ run over by other traffic.

    Yeah, I would have to call that profiling. I haven't had any problems, well "yet" that is.
     
  18. At what cost? was it legitimate? I can think of a few ways of emitting fewer emissions and they are called "monday rides" or "tuesday rides" or "wednessday rides" or... ect...going nowhere and doing nothing but thinking about...whatever...and seeing some nice sceanery too....but definately not really benefitting society.
     
  19. One thing most riders havent taken into accound as far as this debate goes is that 100% of bikes imported to the USA are Cali emissioned, 50-state legal bikes that according to mileage meet ULEV standards. Your bikes already make the requisite mileage. This law only affects cages. Even when you do massive mods to your bike, your still within the 2008 emissions regs for cali, and the mileage of your bike FAR exceeds per-person standards that they want for vehicles. Its not the bike thats the issue, its the 6600lb Chevy Avalanche that one person drives everywhere getting 9 mpg while we on our bikes are getting 35-50 and only dragging 400lb of metal around with us instead of 3+ tons.

    PS; selling my truck, chev 2500HD, 6.0L engine, 57k miles

    E
     
  20. jabstar17

    jabstar17 Le Bitch

    Does anyone have an update on the lane sharing subject?
     
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