(1) Before accepting an application for an annual vehicle registration renewal for a vehicle that both (a) uses at least one method of propulsion that is capable of being reenergized by an external source of electricity and (b) is capable of traveling at least thirty miles using only battery power, 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 vehicle that is designed to have the capability to drive at a speed of more than thirty-five miles per hour.
(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
(iii) Fifteen percent to the rural arterial trust account created in RCW 36.79.020
(4)(a) In addition to the fee established in subsection (1) of this section, before accepting an application for an annual vehicle registration renewal for a vehicle that both (i) uses at least one method of propulsion that is capable of being reenergized by an external source of electricity and (ii) is capable of traveling at least thirty miles using only battery power, the department, county auditor or other agent, or subagent appointed by the director must require the applicant to pay a fifty dollar fee.
(b) The fee required under (a) of this subsection must be distributed as follows:
(i) The first one million dollars raised by the fee must be deposited into the multimodal transportation account created in RCW 47.66.070
(ii) Any remaining amounts must be deposited into the motor vehicle fund created in RCW 46.68.070
(5) This section applies to annual vehicle registration renewals until the effective date of enacted legislation that imposes a vehicle miles traveled fee or tax.
[2015 3rd sp.s. c 44 § 203; 2012 c 74 § 10.]
Application—2015 3rd sp.s. c 44 § 203: "Section 203 of this act applies to vehicle registrations that are due or become due on or after July 1, 2016." [2015 3rd sp.s. c 44 § 204.]
Effective date—2015 3rd sp.s. c 44:
See note following RCW 46.68.395
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