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Party Bus Safety Rulemaking, Docket TE-151080

​ On June 17, 2015, the commission filed with the Code Reviser a Preproposal Statement of Inquiry (CR-101) to determine if a rulemaking is necessary for the sole purpose of implementing SSB 5362, passed and signed into law in the 2015 legislative session.  The potential rulemaking would affect WAC Chapter 480-30, relating to charter bus companies.  The rulemaking would be limited to the provision of SSB 5362.  By notice issued June 19, 2015, a list of provisions is available by clicking the link.

The 2015 Legislature passed legislation (SSB 5362) requiring RCW 81.70 to include transportation of persons by party bus over any public highway within the state as a charter party carrier.

Written comments on the CR-101 inquiry were due by July 20, 2015.

The commission issued a notice, on August 12, 2015, of the opportunity to file written comments on draft rules by interested persons.  Written comments on the draft rules were due September 11, 2015.

On October 21, 2015, the commission filed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (CR-102) with the Office of the Code Reviser.  Comments on the proposed rules were due by November 23, 2015.  The commission issued and served a notice to all interested persons on October 23, 2015

The commission held a public hearing for interested persons to make oral comments about the proposed rules on December 15, 2015, Commission's Hearing Room, Second Floor, Richard Hemstad Building, 1300 S. Evergreen Park Drive S.W., Olympia, Washington.

On January 4, 2016, the commission filed its Adoption Order and rules with the Code Reviser.  The rules will become effective on February 4, 2016.  the commission provided notice to stakeholders by letter issued on January 7, 2016.  Appendix A to the adoption order is available by clicking here.

The commission held a workshop on February 10, 2016, to discuss the rule changes affecting charter bus companies and party bus operations.  Links are available for 1) workshop agenda, 2) handout from the Liquor and Cannabis Board, and 3) summary of changes handout

Questions regarding this rulemaking may be directed to staff lead, Suzanne Stillwell, at (36) 664-1224 or by email at

TE-151080 - All documents

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