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RCW 46.17.323

Electric vehicle registration renewal fee. (Contingent expiration date.)

(1) Before accepting an application for an annual vehicle registration renewal for an electric vehicle that uses propulsion units powered solely by electricity, the department, county auditor or other agent, or subagent appointed by the director must require the applicant to pay a one hundred dollar fee in addition to any other fees and taxes required by law. The one hundred dollar fee is due only at the time of annual registration renewal.

     (2) This section only applies to:

     (a) A vehicle that is designed to have the capability to drive at a speed of more than thirty-five miles per hour; and

     (b) An annual vehicle registration renewal that is due on or after February 1, 2013.

     (3)(a) The fee under this section is imposed to provide funds to mitigate the impact of vehicles on state roads and highways and for the purpose of evaluating the feasibility of transitioning from a revenue collection system based on fuel taxes to a road user assessment system, and is separate and distinct from other vehicle license fees. Proceeds from the fee must be used for highway purposes, and must be deposited in the motor vehicle fund created in RCW 46.68.070, subject to (b) of this subsection.

     (b) If in any year the amount of proceeds from the fee collected under this section exceeds one million dollars, the excess amount over one million dollars must be deposited as follows:

     (i) Seventy percent to the motor vehicle fund created in RCW 46.68.070;

     (ii) Fifteen percent to the transportation improvement account created in RCW 47.26.084; and

     (iii) Fifteen percent to the rural arterial trust account created in RCW 36.79.020.

[2012 c 74 § 10.]

Notes:

     Contingent expiration date -- 2012 c 74 § 10: "Section 10 of this act expires on the effective date of legislation enacted by the legislature that imposes a vehicle miles traveled fee or tax." [2012 c 74 § 11.]

     Notice of expiration date--2012 c 74 § 10: "The department of licensing must provide written notice of the expiration date of section 10 of this act to affected parties, the chief clerk of the house of representatives, the secretary of the senate, the office of the code reviser, and others as deemed appropriate by the department." [2012 c 74 § 12.]

     Effective date -- 2012 c 74 §§ 1-12: See note following RCW 46.17.100.