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PDFWAC 480-70-201

Vehicle and driver safety requirements.

(1) Companies must comply with all state and local laws and rules governing vehicle and driver safety. Companies must also comply with the parts of Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations (49 C.F.R.) shown in the following chart, that are adopted by reference. Information about 49 C.F.R. regarding the version adopted and where to obtain copies is set out in WAC 480-70-999.
49 C.F.R. Part
Part 40 -
Procedures for Transportation Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs
Part 379 -
Preservation of Records
Part 380 -
Special Training Requirements
Part 382 -
Controlled Substance and Alcohol Use and Testing
Part 383 -
Commercial Driver's License Standards; Requirements and Penalties
Part 385 -
Safety Fitness Procedures
Part 390 -
Safety Regulations, General
The terms "motor vehicle," "commercial motor vehicle," and "private vehicle" are not adopted. Instead, where those terms are used in Title 49 C.F.R., they shall have the meanings assigned to them in WAC 480-70-041 (private vehicle) and WAC 480-70-196 (commercial motor vehicle).
Whenever the term "director" is used in Title 49 C.F.R., it shall mean the commission.
Part 391 -
Qualification of Drivers
A driver who operates exclusively within the state of Washington is not subject to the provisions of Part 391.49 (waiver of certain physical defects), if that driver has obtained from the Washington department of licensing a driver's license with endorsements and restrictions allowing operation of the motor vehicle being driven.
A driver who operates exclusively in intrastate commerce is not subject to the provisions of Part 391.11(b)(1) (general qualifications – age). A driver operating exclusively in intrastate commerce may drive a motor vehicle if he or she is at least 18 years of age.
Part 392 -
Driving of Motor Vehicles
Part 393 -
Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation
Part 395 -
Hours of Service of Drivers
Part 396 -
Inspection, Repair, and Maintenance
Part 397 -
Transportation of Hazardous Materials, Driving and Parking Rules
(2) Companies must:
(a) Maintain all motor vehicles in a safe and sanitary condition;
(b) Ensure that vehicles are free of defects likely to result in an accident or breakdown; and
(c) Make vehicles available for inspection by commission representatives at any time upon request.
(3) All motor vehicles and drivers operating under the provisions of this chapter and used to provide certificated services are always subject to inspection by the commission or its duly authorized representatives. The commission will place out-of-service for the provision of solid waste collection service any motor vehicle or the driver of that vehicle if the vehicle or driver meets any condition listed in the North American Uniform Out-of-Service Criteria. A company must not require or permit a vehicle or driver that has been placed out-of-service to operate until the condition(s) causing the out-of-service violation is corrected. Information about the North American Uniform Out-of-Service Criteriais set out in WAC 480-70-999.
(4) All motor vehicles must be equipped with fenders, covers, mud flaps, or splash aprons which effectively reduce the spray or splash of water from the road. All such devices must be as wide as the tires on which they are mounted, and must extend from the top of the tires down to at least the center of the axle.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040, 81.01.010, 81.04.160, 81.80.290, and 81.77.030. WSR 23-15-054 (Docket T-220252, General Order R-607), § 480-70-201, filed 7/13/23, effective 8/13/23. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.10.040, 80.04.160, 81.04.160, and 34.05.353. WSR 18-13-106, § 480-70-201, filed 6/19/18, effective 7/20/18. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040, 80.04.160, 81.04.160, and 34.05.353. WSR 11-04-041 (Docket A-101466, General Order R-562), § 480-70-201, filed 1/25/11, effective 2/25/11. Statutory Authority: RCW 81.04.160, 81.77.030 and 80.01.040. WSR 01-08-012 (Docket No. TG-990161, General Order No. R-479), § 480-70-201, filed 3/23/01, effective 4/23/01.]
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