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WAC 480-30-246

Sanctions for operating without a valid certificate.

(1) Operating without a certificate - Auto transportation companies.
(a) If a representative of the commission or other law enforcement agency observes a company operating as a passenger transportation company without a certificate from the commission, that company is subject to a gross misdemeanor citation, for which the company must appear in court.
(b) If the commission receives information that a company is operating as a passenger transportation company without a certificate, and a commission representative or other law enforcement agency has not observed those operations, the commission may:
(i) Issue a citation through the court; or
(ii) Contact the company and provide education and technical assistance concerning applicable regulations. This includes giving the company a copy of the applicable laws, rules, and certificate application forms.
(c) If the company continues to operate without a certificate after commission education and technical assistance is offered, the commission may begin an administrative proceeding to classify the company as a regulated company under RCW 81.04.510. If, as a result of that proceeding, the commission formally classifies the company as an auto transportation company or a charter and excursion carrier operating without the required certificate, the commission will issue a cease and desist order under RCW 81.04.510.
(d) If a company operates in violation of a commission order, the commission may impose penalties and/or take legal action in court.
(2) Operating without a certificate – Charter and excursion service carriers.
(a) For the purposes of this section, "engage in the business of a charter party carrier or excursion service carrier" includes advertising or soliciting, offering or entering into an agreement to provide such service.
(b) Each advertisement reproduced, broadcast or displayed via a particular medium constitutes a separate violation.
(c) Any person who engages in the business of a charter party carrier or excursion service carrier in violation of (a) of this subsection is subject to a penalty of up to five thousand dollars per violation.
(3) Operating while certificate is suspended - Auto transportation company. A company that operates after the commission suspends the company's certificate is subject to:
(a) Misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor citations, for which the company must appear in district court;
(b) Monetary penalty assessments or other commission administrative actions; or
(c) Commission proceedings to cancel the company's certificate.
(4) Operating after certificate is canceled - Auto transportation company. A company that continues to operate after the commission cancels the company's certificate is subject to:
(a) Misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor citations, for which the company must appear in district court; and
(b) Enforcement proceedings in superior court.
(5) Operating while certificate is suspended or canceled - Charter party or excursion service carriers.
(a) Operations includes advertising or soliciting, offering or entering into an agreement to provide such service.
(b) Each advertisement reproduced, broadcast, or displayed via a particular medium constitutes a separate violation.
(c) Any person who engages in the business of a charter party carrier or excursion service carrier in violation of subsection (2)(a) of this section is subject to a penalty of up to five thousand dollars per violation.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040, 80.04.160, 80.54.020, and 80.54.060. WSR 16-02-076 (Docket TE-151080, General Order R-583), § 480-30-246, filed 1/4/16, effective 2/4/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040, 81.04.160, 81.12.050, 81.68.030, and 81.70.270. WSR 06-13-006 (General Order No. R-533, Docket No. TC-020497), § 480-30-246, filed 6/8/06, effective 7/9/06.]
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