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RCW 82.38.075

Natural gas, compressed natural gas, propane—Annual license fee in lieu of special fuel tax for use in motor vehicles—Schedule—Decal or other identifying device.

(1) To encourage the use of nonpolluting fuels, an annual license fee in lieu of the tax imposed by RCW 82.38.030 is imposed upon the use of liquefied natural gas, compressed natural gas, or propane used in any motor vehicle. The annual license fee must be based upon the following schedule and formula:
VEHICLE TONNAGE (GVW)
 
FEE
0
-
6,000
 
$ 45
6,001
-
10,000
 
$ 45
10,001
-
18,000
 
$ 80
18,001
-
28,000
 
$110
28,001
-
36,000
 
$150
36,001
and above
 
$250
(2) To determine the annual license fee for a registration year, the appropriate dollar amount in the schedule is multiplied by the fuel tax rate per gallon effective on July 1st of the preceding calendar year and the product is divided by 12 cents.
(3) The department, in addition to the resulting fee, must charge an additional fee of five dollars as a handling charge for each license issued.
(4) The vehicle tonnage fee must be prorated so the annual license will correspond with the staggered vehicle licensing system.
(5) A decal or other identifying device issued upon payment of the annual fee must be displayed as prescribed by the department as authority to purchase this fuel.
(6) Persons selling or dispensing natural gas or propane may not sell or dispense this fuel for their own use or the use of others into tanks of vehicles powered by this fuel which do not display a valid decal or other identifying device.
(7) Commercial motor vehicles registered in a foreign jurisdiction under the provisions of the international registration plan are subject to the annual fee.
(8) Motor vehicles registered in a foreign jurisdiction, except those registered under the international registration plan under chapter 46.87 RCW, are exempt from this section.
(9) Vehicles registered in jurisdictions outside the state of Washington are exempt from this section.
(10) Any person selling or dispensing liquefied natural gas, compressed natural gas, or propane into the tank of a motor vehicle powered by this fuel, except as prescribed in this chapter, is subject to the penalty provisions of this chapter.
NOTES:
Effective dateFindingsTax preference performance statement2014 c 216: See notes following RCW 82.38.030.
Effective date2013 c 225: See note following RCW 82.38.010.
Effective date1979 c 48: "This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, and safety, the support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and shall take effect July 1, 1979." [ 1979 c 48 § 2.]
Effective date1977 ex.s. c 335: "This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, and safety, the support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and shall take effect July 1, 1977." [ 1977 ex.s. c 335 § 2.]
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