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SB 5429 - Concerning a motor carrier’s ability to access restroom facilities required by rules authorized under chapter 49.17 RCW.


Section 1

  1. The definitions in this subsection apply throughout this section unless the context clearly requires otherwise.

    1. "Motor carrier" includes "common carrier," "contract carrier," and "private carrier" as defined in RCW 81.80.010.

    2. "Receiver" means a person or business who takes delivery of property, cargo, or materials transported in interstate or intrastate commerce from a motor carrier.

    3. "Restroom" means a bathroom facility as required by rules authorized under chapter 49.17 RCW, located on the premises of, and operated by, a shipper or receiver and that is intended for use by customers or employees of the shipper or receiver.

    4. "Shipper" means a person or business who tenders property, cargo, or materials to a motor carrier for transportation in interstate or intrastate commerce.

  2. A shipper or receiver required to provide a restroom by rules authorized under chapter 49.17 RCW must allow a motor carrier delivering goods to or picking goods up from a shipper or receiver to use that restroom during normal business hours if:

    1. The restroom is located in an area where providing access would not create an obvious health or safety risk to the motor carrier; and

    2. Allowing the motor carrier to access the restroom does not pose an obvious security, health, or safety risk to the shipper, receiver, or its employees.

  3. A shipper or receiver is not required to make any physical changes to a restroom under this section and may require that an employee accompany a motor carrier to the restroom.

  4. A shipper or receiver or an employee of a shipper or receiver is not civilly liable for any act or omission in allowing a motor carrier to use a restroom if the act or omission:

    1. Is not willful or grossly negligent;

    2. Occurs in an area of the shipper or receiver facility that is not accessible to the public; and

    3. Results in an injury to or death of the motor carrier or any individual other than an employee accompanying the motor carrier.

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    1. The department of health and the department of labor and industries have jurisdiction to enforce this section.

    2. The department of health may issue a warning letter to a shipper or receiver for a first violation of this section, informing the shipper or receiver of the requirements of this section. A shipper or receiver that violates this section after receiving a warning letter is guilty of a class 2 civil infraction under chapter 7.80 RCW.

    3. Failure of a shipper or receiver to comply with this section is a violation of chapter 49.17 RCW.

    4. The department of labor and industries and the department of health may not take duplicate enforcement actions against an individual or business for violations arising from the same conduct.

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