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Washington Regulations
Chapter 480-51 WAC Commercial ferries

Last Update: 2/11/04


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480-51-010
General.
(1) Commercial ferries shall comply with the terms of this chapter in addition to rules prescribed by the commission for public service companies in general.

(2) This chapter is subject to such exceptions as the commission may consider just and reasonable in individual cases.

(3) Application for exception to any of the rules of this chapter shall be made in accordance with the following:

(a) Application must be directed to the commission at its Olympia headquarters office;

(b) The application must be legibly presented on 8-1/2 inch by 11 inch paper, on one side of each sheet only;

(c) The applicant must identify the rule to which exception is sought and give a full explanation of the reasons for requesting the exception.



[Statutory Authority: RCW 81.84.070, 1993 c 427, 1995 c 361 and RCW 80.01.040(4). 95-22-001 (Order R-435, Docket No. TS-941485), 480-51-010, filed 10/18/95, effective 11/18/95.]




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480-51-020
Definitions.
For the purposes of these rules, the following definitions shall apply:

(1) The term "commercial ferry" means every corporation, company, association, joint stock association, partnership and person, their lessees, trustees or receivers, appointed by any court whatever, owning, controlling, leasing, operating or managing any vessel over and upon the waters of this state.

(2) The term "certificated commercial ferry" means a person required by chapter 81.84 RCW to obtain a certificate of public convenience and necessity before operating any vessel upon the waters of this state.

(3) The term "common carrier ferry vessel" means a vessel primarily engaged in transporting freight other than vehicles, whose gross earnings from the transportation of passengers and/or vehicles are not more than ten percent of the total gross annual earnings of such vessel.

(4) The term "vessel" includes every species of watercraft, by whatever power operated, for public use in the conveyance of persons or property for hire over and upon the waters within this state, excepting all towboats, tugs, scows, barges, and lighters, and excepting rowboats and sailing boats under twenty gross tons burden, open steam launches of five tons gross and under, and vessels under five tons gross propelled by gas, fluid, naphtha, or electric motors.

(5) The term "transportation of property" includes any service in connection with the receiving, delivery, elevation, transfer in transit, ventilation, refrigeration, icing, storage and handling of the property transported, and the transmission of credit.

(6) The term "transportation of persons" includes any service in connection with the receiving, carriage and delivery of the person transported and that passenger's baggage and all facilities used, or necessary to be used in connection with the safety, comfort and convenience of the person transported.

(7) The term "for hire" means transportation offered to the general public for compensation.

(8) The term "transfer" means sale, assignment, mortgage, lease or any other voluntary or involuntary conveyance of an interest in a certificate by the entity owning a certificate.

(9) The term "launch service" means transportation of passengers and/or freight to or from a vessel under way, at anchor or at a dock.

(10) The term "person" means any natural person or persons or any entity legally capable of taking any action.

(11) The term "published schedule" means a time schedule that is published by the certificate holder and filed with the commission in accordance with the provisions of WAC 480-51-090.

(12) For the purposes of these rules, where the terms "United States Coast Guard" and/or "Coast Guard" are used, the term "Washington state department of labor and industries, marine division" shall be substituted if the commercial ferry boat operates on Washington state waterways not subject to Coast Guard regulation or if the vessel itself is subject to department of labor and industries, marine division, rules and regulations rather than those of the United States Coast Guard.

(13) The term "excursion service" means the carriage or conveyance of persons for compensation over the waters of this state from a point of origin and returning to the point of origin with an intermediate stop or stops at which passengers leave the vessel and reboard before the vessel returns to its point of origin.

(14) The term "charter service" means the hiring of a vessel, with captain and crew, by a person or group for carriage or conveyance of persons or property.



[Statutory Authority: RCW 81.84.070, 1993 c 427, 1995 c 361 and RCW 80.01.040(4). 95-22-001 (Order R-435, Docket No. TS-941485), 480-51-020, filed 10/18/95, effective 11/18/95.]




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480-51-022
Exempt vessels and operations.
The rules of this chapter do not apply to the following vessels or operations:

(1) Charter services;

(2) Passenger-carrying vessels that depart and return to the point of origin without stopping at another location within the state where passengers leave the vessel;

(3) Vessels operated by not-for-profit or governmental entities that are replicas of historical vessels or that are recognized by the United States Department of the Interior as national historical landmarks;

(4) Excursion services that:

(a) Originate and primarily operate at least six months per year in San Juan County waters and use vessels less than sixty-five feet in length with a United States Coast Guard certificate that limits them to forty-nine passengers or less;

(b) Do not depart from the point of origin on a regular published schedule;

(c) Do not operate between the same point of origin and the same intermediate stop more than four times in any month or more than fifteen times during any twelve-month period;

(d) Use vessels that do not return to the point of origin on the day of departure; or

(e) Operate vessels upon the waters of the Pend Oreille River, Pend Oreille County, Washington.



[Statutory Authority: RCW 81.84.070, 1993 c 427, 1995 c 361 and RCW 80.01.040(4). 95-22-001 (Order R-435, Docket No. TS-941485), 480-51-022, filed 10/18/95, effective 11/18/95.]




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480-51-025
General operation.
(1) Commercial ferries must comply with all pertinent federal and state laws, chapter 81.84 RCW, and the rules of this commission.

(2) No certificated commercial ferry shall provide service subject to the regulation of this commission without first having obtained from the commission a certificate declaring that public convenience and necessity require, or will require, that service.

(3) No company may operate any vessel providing excursion service subject to the regulation of this commission over the waters of this state without first having obtained a certificate of public convenience and necessity as provided in RCW 81.84.010.

(4) Any operator holding unrestricted commercial ferry authority may provide excursion service on an existing route without the need to obtain additional authority. The commission may restrict grants of commercial ferry authority to operations in excursion service.

(5) Any certificate of public convenience and necessity obtained by any false affidavit, statement or misrepresentation shall be subject to revocation and cancellation by this commission.



[Statutory Authority: RCW 81.84.070, 1993 c 427, 1995 c 361 and RCW 80.01.040(4). 95-22-001 (Order R-435, Docket No. TS-941485), 480-51-025, filed 10/18/95, effective 11/18/95.]




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480-51-030
Applications.
(1) Any person desiring to operate a commercial ferry which is required by the provisions of chapter 81.84 RCW to be certificated, to acquire a controlling interest in, or to acquire by transfer any certificate, shall file with the Washington utilities and transportation commission an application for a certificate of public convenience and necessity on a form furnished by the commission. Applications shall include, but are not limited to the following:

(a) Pro forma financial statement of operations;

(b) Ridership and revenue forecasts;

(c) The cost of service for the proposed operation;

(d) An estimate of the cost of the assets to be used in providing service;

(e) A statement of the total assets on hand of the applicant that will be expended on the proposed operation; and

(f) A statement of prior experience, if any, in providing commercial ferry service.

(2) Certificate holders wishing to issue stocks and stock certificates, or other evidences of interest or ownership, and bonds, notes, and other evidences of indebtedness and to create liens on their property in this state shall comply with chapter 81.08 RCW, as amended, and with all pertinent commission rules.

(3) Application fees:

Original application for certificate . . . . . . . . . . . . $200.00
Application for extension of certificate . . . . . . . . . . . . 200.00
Application to transfer a certificate . . . . . . . . . . . . 200.00
Application for issuance of a duplicate certificate . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.00
Application for temporary certificate . . . . . . . . . . . . 200.00




[Statutory Authority: RCW 81.84.070, 1993 c 427, 1995 c 361 and RCW 80.01.040(4). 95-22-001 (Order R-435, Docket No. TS-941485), 480-51-030, filed 10/18/95, effective 11/18/95.]




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480-51-040
Notice of application Protests Contemporaneous applications.
(1) The commission shall send a notice of each application for certificated commercial ferry service and each application to operate vessels providing excursion service, with a description of the terms of that application, to all persons presently certificated to provide service; all present applicants for certificates to provide service; the department of transportation; affected cities and counties; and any other person who has requested, in writing, to receive such notices. Interested persons may file a protest with the commission within thirty days after service of the notice. The protest shall state the specific grounds for opposing the application and contain a concise statement of the interest of the protestant in the proceeding. A person who is eligible to file a protest and fails to do so may not participate further in the proceeding in any way, unless it can be demonstrated that failure to file a protest was due to an omission by the commission in providing proper notification of the pending application.

(2) If any person wishes to seek authority which overlaps, in whole or in part, with that sought in any pending application, it must apply for that authority within thirty days following mailing of the notice of filing of the initial application in order for the applications to be considered jointly. During the thirty-day period, pending applications will be on file and available for inspection in the commission's headquarters office in Olympia.

(3) The commission may consolidate overlapping pending applications, pursuant to WAC 480-07-320, for joint consideration.

(4) Overlapping applications which are not filed within thirty days of the initial application will not be jointly considered with the initial application and will not be decided until after the conclusion of proceedings resolving the initial application and any other application qualifying for joint consideration.

(5) The commission may consider and decide, on any schedule, portions of an overlapping application when:

(a) The portions to be heard do not overlap a prior pending application; and

(b) The overlapping portions may appropriately be severed from the portions to be heard.



[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040 and 80.04.160. 03-24-028 (General Order R-510, Docket No. A-010648), 480-51-040, filed 11/24/03, effective 1/1/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 81.84.070, 1993 c 427, 1995 c 361 and RCW 80.01.040(4). 95-22-001 (Order R-435, Docket No. TS-941485), 480-51-040, filed 10/18/95, effective 11/18/95.]




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480-51-050
Waiver of ten-mile restriction.
(1) Application. An application to provide service otherwise forbidden by the ten-mile restriction in RCW 47.60.120 shall include a request for waiver of that restriction.

(2) Notice -- Protests. The commission shall send a notice of each application for waiver of the ten-mile restriction pursuant to WAC 480-51-030. Interested persons shall have twenty days from the date of mailing of the notice in which to file a protest with the commission stating opposition to the waiver petition and application. Protests should set forth specifically the grounds upon which they are made and contain a concise statement of the interest of the protestant in the proceeding.

(3) Standards. In determining whether to grant or deny a waiver, the commission shall consider, but is not limited to, the impact of the waiver on:

(a) Transportation congestion mitigation;

(b) Air quality improvement; and

(c) The Washington state ferry system.

(4) Resolution -- Hearing. The commission shall act upon a request for a waiver of the ten-mile restriction within ninety days after the conclusion of the hearing. The commission may in its discretion separate the request for a waiver of the ten-mile restriction from other issues in the application when necessary to comply with the statutory ninety-day deadline.

(5) Effective period of waiver.

(a) A waiver granted to an applicant or certificate holder under RCW 47.60.010(3) shall be effective for a period of five years from the date of grant of the waiver.

(b) Pursuant to RCW 47.60.010(3), the waiver shall automatically become permanent unless appealed to the commission, or unless reviewed by the commission upon its own motion, no later than thirty days after the fifth anniversary of the effective date of the waiver as set forth in (a) of this subsection. The commission will issue no notice of the expiration date of the five-year period. The burden of proof to show that the waiver should not become permanent shall be upon the party who files the appeal or upon the commission, if the review is on the commission's own motion. Persons who may appeal include the department of transportation, affected cities and counties, and any interested party. An interested party, for the purposes of this rule, means any party to the proceeding in which the application was granted, any person certificated to provide service possessing overlapping authority, and any applicant for overlapping authority.

(c) Upon receipt of an appeal of a waiver and the holder's answer, if any, the commission shall set the matter for adjudication. The commission may, in its discretion, on the request of a party, or on its own motion, order a brief adjudicative proceeding on the appeal. WAC 480-07-610 governs applications for and procedures in brief adjudicative proceedings.

(6) Certificates containing waiver. Certificates granted in conjunction with the grant of a waiver shall include the following proviso:



"Pursuant to RCW 47.60.010(3), the waiver of the ten-mile restriction granted in this certificate is effective until (DATE). This waiver shall become permanent if not appealed within thirty days after this date."




[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040 and 80.04.160. 03-24-028 (General Order R-510, Docket No. A-010648), 480-51-050, filed 11/24/03, effective 1/1/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 81.84.070, 1993 c 427, 1995 c 361 and RCW 80.01.040(4). 95-22-001 (Order R-435, Docket No. TS-941485), 480-51-050, filed 10/18/95, effective 11/18/95.]




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480-51-060
Temporary certificates.
(1) The commission may issue temporary certificates for authority to provide service for a period not to exceed one hundred eighty days.

(2) The commission shall not issue a temporary certificate to operate on a route for which a certificate has been issued or for which an application is pending.

(3) The commission shall only issue temporary certificates upon finding that the issuance is due to an urgent and immediate need and is otherwise consistent with the public interest. In determining whether to grant the requested temporary certificate, the commission will consider evidence of the following factors:

(a) An immediate and urgent need for the requested service;

(b) Any available service capable of meeting the need;

(c) The fitness of the applicant; and

(d) Any other circumstance indicating that a grant of temporary authority is consistent with the public interest.

(4) An application for a temporary certificate shall be completed legibly on a form furnished by the commission, giving all information requested and accompanied by:

(a) The application fee;

(b) A copy of a certificate or letter from the United States Coast Guard certifying that any vessel to be used under that temporary certificate has been inspected by the United States Coast Guard and is safe and seaworthy for the intended operation;

(c) Evidence of proper insurance as required by WAC 480-51-070;

(d) Statements from potential customers, riders, shippers or interested parties demonstrating that there is an immediate and urgent need for the requested service.

(5) The commission shall send a notice of each temporary certificate granted, with a description of the temporary certificate's terms, to all persons presently certificated to provide service; all present applicants for certificates to provide service; the department of transportation; affected cities and counties; and any other person who has requested, in writing, to receive such notices. Interested persons may file a protest with the commission within twenty days after service of the notice. The protest shall state the specific grounds for opposing the application and contain a statement of the interest of the protestant in the proceeding.

(6) The commission may grant or deny the protest without hearing. The commission may, in its discretion, on the application of a party, or on its own motion, order a brief adjudicative proceeding on the protest. WAC 480-07-610 governs applications for and procedures in brief adjudicative proceedings.

(7) The commission may impose special terms and conditions in connection with the grant of any temporary certificate.

(8) If the holder of temporary authority files a valid application for parallel permanent certificated authority within thirty days after the grant of temporary authority, that temporary authority shall continue in force until the commission grants or denies the application for the permanent certificate authority, or until the temporary certificate is otherwise cancelled pursuant to law, whichever occurs first.



[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040 and 80.04.160. 03-24-028 (General Order R-510, Docket No. A-010648), 480-51-060, filed 11/24/03, effective 1/1/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 81.84.070, 1993 c 427, 1995 c 361 and RCW 80.01.040(4). 95-22-001 (Order R-435, Docket No. TS-941485), 480-51-060, filed 10/18/95, effective 11/18/95.]




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480-51-070
Insurance.
(1) Liability and property damage insurance or surety bond.

(a) Prior to the commission issuing a certificate, and prior to the commission issuing a registration to a common carrier ferry operating passenger-carrying vessels, each applicant shall file with the commission evidence of currently effective liability and property damage insurance or a surety bond, the form of which is set out below, written by a company authorized to write such insurance or bond in the state of Washington, covering each vessel to be used under the certificate or registration granted. Coverage shall be for not less than the following amounts:


$100,000 for any recovery for personal injury by one person, and
$1,000,000 for all persons receiving personal injury and property damage by reason of one act of negligence, and
$50,000 for damage to property of any person other than the insured, or
$1,000,000 combined bodily injury and property damage liability insurance.


(b) Evidence of insurance shall be submitted on either a certificate of insurance, filed in triplicate with the commission, or a written binder issued by an insurance agent or insurance company evidencing the coverage as required above. If a binder is submitted, it shall be effective for not longer than sixty days, during which time the operator must file the required certificate of insurance.

(c) Form of surety bond.



"Know all persons by these presents:
That we of the City of , State of Washington, as principal, and , a corporation organized and existing under and by virtue of the Laws of the State of Washington under the laws thereof, as surety, are held and firmly bound unto the State of Washington, in the just and full sum or lawful money of the United States of America, upon each and every vessel operated by the principal herein in the amounts as set out in the schedule above for the payment of which well and truly to be made, do hereby bind ourselves, or heirs, executors, administrators, successors and assigns, severally by these presents.
Signed, sealed and dated this day of 19 .
This bond is written in pursuance of and is to be construed in accordance with chapter 81.84 RCW, and the rules and regulations of the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, adopted thereunder; is to be filed with the State for the benefit of persons who sustain damage or injury from the negligent operations of any and all vessels operated by the company (principal herein) under and by virtue of its certificate or registration granted by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, and Tariffs and Time Schedules filed thereunder.
SCHEDULE
$100,000 for any recovery for personal injury by one person and
$1,000,000 for all persons receiving personal injury and property damage by reason of one act of negligence, and
$50,000 for damage to property of any person other than the insured, or
$1,000,000 combined bodily injury and property damage liability.
Now, therefore, the condition of this obligation is such that if the said principal in accordance with the provision of chapter 81.84 RCW, shall pay all damages for personal injuries which may be sustained by any person or any damage to property of any person other than the assured, by reason of any act of negligence on the part of the said principal, its agents or employees in the operation of vessels in transporting persons and property for compensation, under its Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity or registration issued by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, and Tariffs and Time Schedules filed thereunder, then this obligation to be void, otherwise to remain in full force and effect.
This bond may be cancelled by the surety at any time by filing written notice with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission stating when the cancellation shall be effective, but in no case shall such cancellation notice be effective until thirty (30) days after the receipt of such notice by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission.

Principal

Surety"


(2) Insurance, continuance of. Proper evidence of continued insurance or surety bond shall be filed with the commission not less than ten days prior to the termination date of coverage then on file so there is no question of continuous coverage as required by law.

(3) Insurance termination.

(a) All insurance policies issued under the requirements of chapter 81.84 RCW shall provide that the coverage shall continue in full force and effect unless and until cancelled by at least thirty days' written notice served on the insured and the Washington utilities and transportation commission by the insurance company. The thirty days' notice period runs from the date the notice is actually received by the commission. Exception: Binders may be cancelled on ten days' written notice.

(b) Notice of cancellation or expiration shall be submitted in duplicate and shall not be submitted more than sixty days before the intended termination date, except that binders may be cancelled by written notification from the insurance agency or insurance company on ten days' written notice.

(4) Involuntary suspension -- Cancellation.

(a) Involuntary suspension. No certificate holder and no registered passenger-carrying common carrier may operate in this state without the required insurance. Any certificate holder or registered passenger-carrying common carrier who fails to maintain evidence that its insurance is in current force and effect shall have its certificate or registration suspended by operation of law beginning with the time of the failure.

(i) A person whose certificate or registration is suspended may secure reinstatement of the same by correcting conditions leading to suspension.

(ii) A certificate or registration holder may contest suspension by requesting a brief adjudication or an adjudication.

(iii) The suspension shall last until the cause of the suspension is cured and the certificate or registration is reinstated or until the certificate or registration is cancelled.

(b) Cancellation.

(i) The commission may cancel a certificate or registration for failure to demonstrate that the holder has corrected the conditions leading to suspension with the time defined in the order of suspension.

(ii) The commission will hold a hearing prior to canceling a certificate or registration, except when cancellation results from failure to correct causes of a suspension in which an adjudicative or brief adjudication was held or was available to the certificate or registration holder.

(5) All persons holding certificates on the effective date of this rule shall, within sixty days of the effective date, file evidence of proper insurance with the commission.



[Statutory Authority: RCW 81.84.070, 1993 c 427, 1995 c 361 and RCW 80.01.040(4). 95-22-001 (Order R-435, Docket No. TS-941485), 480-51-070, filed 10/18/95, effective 11/18/95.]




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480-51-075
Safety.
(1) No commercial ferry shall operate any vessel that has not been inspected by the United States Coast Guard and certified to be safe and seaworthy for its intended operation.

(2) Each commercial ferry shall maintain in its main office a copy of the most current certificate issued for each vessel operated.

(3) The commission may periodically require commercial ferry operators to provide proof that each vessel operated has been inspected and found to be safe and seaworthy. Such proof may be contained on the annual report form required by WAC 480-51-100.

(4) No commercial ferry shall augment its fleet with a vessel leased, borrowed, or obtained from another party unless the commercial ferry operator first obtains proof that the vessel has been inspected within the past twelve months and found to be safe and seaworthy for its intended purpose. A copy of the inspection certificate must be maintained in the commercial ferry operator's files for a period of not less than twelve months following use of such vessel.



[Statutory Authority: RCW 81.84.070, 1993 c 427, 1995 c 361 and RCW 80.01.040(4). 95-22-001 (Order R-435, Docket No. TS-941485), 480-51-075, filed 10/18/95, effective 11/18/95.]




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480-51-077
Operators of common carrier ferry vessels Registration Regulations.
(1) No person shall operate a common carrier ferry vessel without first having registered with the commission and filing a tariff in accordance with the provisions of WAC 480-51-080. Registration to be made on forms supplied by the commission. Operators of passenger-carrying common carrier ferry vessels must provide evidence of insurance as required by WAC 480-51-070.

(2) Any person who operates a common carrier ferry vessel shall be required to submit annual reports and regulatory fees in accordance with the provisions of WAC 480-51-100.

(3) Operators of common carrier ferry vessels shall maintain accounts in accordance with the provisions of WAC 480-51-110.

(4) Any person operating a common carrier ferry vessel on the date this rule is adopted must file a registration application within sixty days of the effective date of the rule.



[Statutory Authority: RCW 81.84.070, 1993 c 427, 1995 c 361 and RCW 80.01.040(4). 95-22-001 (Order R-435, Docket No. TS-941485), 480-51-077, filed 10/18/95, effective 11/18/95.]




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480-51-080
Tariffs.
(1) All commercial ferries shall file with the commission tariffs containing fair, just and reasonable rates governing the transportation services to be provided.

(a) Pursuant to Article 12, section 12 of the Washington Constitution and RCW 81.28.180 and 81.28.190, rates contained in commercial ferry tariffs must be nondiscriminatory and nonpreferential.

(b) Tariffs may provide for variations within a band of rates, and may provide for exceptions and conditions in defined circumstances.

(2) Operators of commercial ferries shall prepare, publish, file and reissue their tariffs in accordance with the provisions of the commission's Tariff Circular No. 6.

(3) Tariffs must be issued in the registered name of the operator and must show its certificate or registration number.

(4) Tariffs must contain a title page which identifies the name of the company; its business name, if any; its business address; its business telephone number; and the name, address and business telephone number of the issuing agent.



[Statutory Authority: RCW 81.84.070, 1993 c 427, 1995 c 361 and RCW 80.01.040(4). 95-22-001 (Order R-435, Docket No. TS-941485), 480-51-080, filed 10/18/95, effective 11/18/95.]




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480-51-090
Time schedules.
Each certificate holder, excluding launch services, shall publish and file with the commission, time schedules showing all service given under their certificate and the manner in which it is available, as follows:

(1) Time schedules shall be typewritten or printed on 8-1/2 x 11 inch paper.

(2) The title page of each time schedule must show the following (see sample time schedule in subsection (8) of this section):

(a) A consecutive number in the upper right hand corner, indicating the number of the current version of the time schedule (beginning with Number 1), and must show the number of the time schedule cancelled thereby, if any.

(b) The name of the certificate holder, approved trade name under which operation is conducted, and the number of the certificate.

(c) The termini or points between which the time schedule applies, briefly stated.

(d) A definite statement of the regular route or routes traversed including all intermediate stops and the names and locations of all docks and landings used along the route.

(e) The date when the time schedule is issued, posted and filed with the commission and the date when the time schedule is to become effective.

(f) The name, title and address (including both street address and mailing address, if different from street address) of the official issuing the time schedule.

(3) Time schedules must show (see sample time schedule in subsection (8) of this section):

(a) The time of Arrival and Departure at and from all Points Served.

(b) The Days upon which each trip will be given.

(c) The Distance between all points shown in the schedule.

(e) Any limitations of service contained in the certificate and any restriction or limitation of the service given at or between the points shown as served.

(4) At least one copy of each time schedule shall be posted on or before the date shown as the date of its issuance, in a conspicuous place, easily accessible for public inspection, at each dock, waiting room and regular stopping place on the route and on each vessel used.

(5) Two copies of each time schedule shall be filed with the commission at its Olympia headquarters on or before the date shown as the date of its issuance.

(6) Changes in the operation under a certificate which affect in any way the information or service shown in the time schedule then in effect must be made only after a new time schedule has been issued and been made effective as follows:

(a) A new time schedule must be issued, bearing the next consecutive number, and stating the number of the time schedule cancelled thereby as provided in subsection (2) of this section, as for example:


"Time Schedule No. 2

cancels

Time Schedule No. 1"


(b) Notice period required. Copies of the new time schedule shall be posted and filed, in accordance with subsections (3) and (4) of this section, at least fifteen days before the effective date thereof. Exception: If the sole change accomplished by a new time schedule is to increase the number of runs on an established route currently operated, and no change is otherwise made in existing schedules, the filing must be made with the commission not less than one full day before the effective date and advance notice to the public will not be required.

(c) After such fifteen days, the new time schedule will be considered in full force and effect, unless ordered withdrawn, modified or suspended.

(d) The commission may, prior to the effective date of a new time schedule, on its own motion or on the filing of a sufficient protest by any person or persons affected, order the time schedule withdrawn, modified or suspended.

(e) In case of actual emergency or when real merit is shown, the commission may, in its discretion, permit a time schedule to become effective on less than fifteen days notice.

(7) Time schedules as filed with the commission and posted for the information of the public must be adhered to.

(8) Sample time schedule:













[Statutory Authority: RCW 81.84.070, 1993 c 427, 1995 c 361 and RCW 80.01.040(4). 95-22-001 (Order R-435, Docket No. TS-941485), 480-51-090, filed 10/18/95, effective 11/18/95.]




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480-51-100
Annual reports Regulatory fees.
(1) Each person operating a commercial ferry shall after the close of each year file with the commission reports covering its operations during the preceding calendar year containing the information required by the commission. The annual report must be prepared on forms furnished by the commission and must be filed, along with the regulatory fee, not later than May 1st of each year.

(2) The commercial ferry regulatory fee is set by statute at two-fifths of one percent of gross intrastate operating revenue.

(a) The maximum regulatory fee is assessed each year, unless the commission issues an order establishing the regulatory fee at an amount less than the statutory maximum.

(b) The minimum regulatory fee that a commercial ferry must pay is twenty dollars.

(c) The twenty dollar minimum regulatory fee is waived for any commercial ferry with less than five thousand dollars in gross intrastate operating revenue.

(d) The commission does not grant extensions for payment of regulatory fees.

(e) If a company does not pay its regulatory fee by May 1, the commission will assess an automatic late fee of two percent of the amount due, plus one percent interest for each month the fee remains unpaid.

(f) The commission may take action to suspend or cancel a certificate, if a company fails to pay its regulatory fee.

(3) When a certificate is transferred or cancelled or for any reason a certificate holder ceases its operation under a certificate, an annual report must be filed with the commission within fifteen days after the certificate operator ceases operation and must cover the period from the first day of the year to the date operations ceased.



[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040, 80.04.160, 81.04.160, and 2003 c 296. 04-05-031 (Docket No. A-031232, General Order No. R-512), 480-51-100, filed 2/11/04, effective 3/13/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 81.84.070, 1993 c 427, 1995 c 361 and RCW 80.01.040(4). 95-22-001 (Order R-435, Docket No. TS-941485), 480-51-100, filed 10/18/95, effective 11/18/95.]




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480-51-110
Accounts.
(1) The accounts and records of certificate holders shall be kept in accordance with the commission's "uniform classification of accounts and statistics for water transportation companies" including all current supplements, amendments, revisions and reissuances.

(2) The accounts, records and statistics of certificate holders must be kept reasonably up-to-date to disclose at all times the information and data required to be kept.

(3) Operators of common carrier ferry vessels shall maintain accounts, books and records sufficient to allow calculation of the gross revenue earned in providing passenger and vehicle water transportation services and sufficient to complete annual reports as required in WAC 480-51-100.



[Statutory Authority: RCW 81.84.070, 1993 c 427, 1995 c 361 and RCW 80.01.040(4). 95-22-001 (Order R-435, Docket No. TS-941485), 480-51-110, filed 10/18/95, effective 11/18/95.]




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480-51-120
Failure to initiate service Extensions of time to initiate service Progress reports.
(1) Progress reports.

(a) If a certificate holder has not initiated service to all or any portion of the route or routes granted in its certificate, the certificate holder must, during the first five years after obtaining the certificate, and during each twelve-month extension period granted by the commission, file written progress reports with the commission every six months after the certificate is granted.

(b) For purposes of these rules the following definitions shall apply:

(i) The term "portion of a route or routes" means service to any named point or points along a route, and service between two or more points named in a certificated commercial ferry certificate; and

(ii) The term "initiating service" means providing regular, ongoing service to all points and between all points granted in a certificated commercial ferry certificate.

(c) Progress reports must include a statement of progress toward overcoming impediments to initiating service, including, but not limited to, the following information: The progress of environmental impact, parking, local government land use, docking, and financial considerations, the purchase or lease of a vessel or vessels, hiring of employees, advertising, and the ability to handle proposed traffic.

(2) Extensions of time to initiate service.

(a) If a certificate holder has not initiated all or any portion of the route or routes granted in its certificate during the first five years after obtaining the certificate, the certificate holder may petition the commission to extend the certificate on a twelve-month basis for up to three years.

(b) If a certificate holder obtained its certificate prior to July 25, 1993, and is not providing service on all or any portion of the route or routes granted in its certificate during the first five years after obtaining its certificate, and has not initiated service during the three-year extension period discussed above in (a) of this subsection, the certificate holder may petition the commission to extend its certificate on a twelve-month basis for up to an additional two years.

(c) The term "providing service" means operating to all points and between all points granted in a certificate by the commission. In determining whether a certificated commercial ferry which operates in on-call service, such as launch service or service to flag stops, is providing service, the commission shall consider whether the certificated commercial ferry is ready, willing, and able to provide the service when requested, and makes a reasonable effort to obtain traffic.

(d) For purposes of these rules, the term "not providing service on all or any portion of the route or routes" does not include:

(i) Service discontinued by grant of the commission under WAC 480-51-130; or

(ii) Temporary interruptions of regular service reported promptly to the commission in accordance with WAC 480-51-140.

(e) In determining whether to grant an extension of time in which to initiate service, the commission will consider whether:

(i) The certificate holder has submitted timely progress reports during the first five years after obtaining the certificate and during any extension period; and

(ii) The progress reports indicate significant advancement toward initiating service.

(3) Failure to initiate service. Certificates, or portions thereof, are subject to cancellation, alteration or amendment by the commission under the provisions of RCW 81.84.060(1) if:

(a) A certificate holder has not initiated all or a portion of the route or routes granted in its certificate during the first five years after obtaining its certificate, and has not submitted timely progress reports to the commission as required in RCW 81.84.010(2);

(b) The commission has denied a certificate holder's request for an extension of time to initiate service and the certificate holder has not initiated service within thirty days of the denial; or

(c) A certificate holder has not initiated all or a portion of the route or routes granted before the expiration of any extensions of time to initiate service, and the certificate holder has not timely filed for an additional extension.

(4) Petitions for extension of time to initiate service.

(a) A certificate holder must file a petition with the commission seeking an extension of time to initiate service no later than ninety days prior to:

(i) The date upon which the five-year period following the grant of the certificate expires; or

(ii) The date upon which the current twelve-month extension period expires.

(b) Petitions for extension of time to initiate service shall be legibly prepared on forms to be furnished by the commission, giving all information requested.

(c) The commission may grant or deny petitions for extension without hearing. The grant or denial of extensions will be issued by letter of the secretary of the commission. A certificate holder aggrieved by the denial of an extension petition may seek review of the denial by filing a request for review of the decision within twenty days after service of the letter notifying the certificate holder of the denial. Within thirty days after receipt of the request for review, the commission shall schedule an adjudicative proceeding, and provide at least twenty days notice of the proceeding to the certificate holder requesting review. The commission may, in its own discretion, on the request of the aggrieved certificate holder, or on its own motion, order a brief adjudicative proceeding on the petition. WAC 480-07-610 governs applications for and procedures in brief adjudicative proceedings.



[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040 and 80.04.160. 03-24-028 (General Order R-510, Docket No. A-010648), 480-51-120, filed 11/24/03, effective 1/1/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 81.84.070, 1993 c 427, 1995 c 361 and RCW 80.01.040(4). 95-22-001 (Order R-435, Docket No. TS-941485), 480-51-120, filed 10/18/95, effective 11/18/95.]




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480-51-130
Indefinite discontinuance of service.
No certificate holder shall discontinue the service authorized under its certificate and set forth in its filed time schedule without first having given to the commission and to the public, at least fifteen days' notice, in writing, of its intention to discontinue such service, and without having secured the commission's permission. The commission shall not grant permission for discontinuance of service for periods exceeding twelve months.



[Statutory Authority: RCW 81.84.070, 1993 c 427, 1995 c 361 and RCW 80.01.040(4). 95-22-001 (Order R-435, Docket No. TS-941485), 480-51-130, filed 10/18/95, effective 11/18/95.]




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480-51-140
Temporary interruptions of service Suspension of service.
(1) Certificate holders shall report promptly in writing to the commission, and to the public along the route, all interruptions of regular service, where such interruptions are likely to continue for more than twenty-four hours. Said report to include a full statement of the cause of such interruption and its probable duration.

(2) Discontinuance or suspension of service by a certificate holder for a period of five consecutive days without notice to the commission shall be deemed a forfeiture of all right secured under and by virtue of any order or permission to operate, issued by the commission: Provided, however, That the commission may permit the resumption of operation after such five-day discontinuance or suspension, on proper showing that the certificate holder was not responsible for the failure to give service or notice.



[Statutory Authority: RCW 81.84.070, 1993 c 427, 1995 c 361 and RCW 80.01.040(4). 95-22-001 (Order R-435, Docket No. TS-941485), 480-51-140, filed 10/18/95, effective 11/18/95.]




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480-51-150
Certificates, involuntary cancellation, revocation, suspension, alteration or amendment by the commission.
(1) Upon complaint by an interested party, or upon its own motion after notice and opportunity for hearing, the commission may cancel, revoke, suspend, alter, or amend a certificate issued under this chapter for any of the following grounds:

(a) Violation of an order, decision, rule, regulation, or requirement established by the commission or the requirements of law;

(b) Failure of the certificate holder to initiate service by the conclusion of the fifth year after the certificate has been granted or by the conclusion of an extension granted under RCW 81.84.010 (2) or (3), if the commission has considered the progress report information required under RCW 81.84.010 (2) or (3);

(c) Failure of the certificate holder to file an annual report;

(d) Filing by the certificate holder of an annual report that shows no revenue in the previous twelve-month period after service has been initiated;

(e) Violation of any provision of this chapter;

(f) Violation of or failure to observe the provisions or conditions of the certificate, tariffs or filed time schedule;

(g) Failure of the certificate holder to maintain the required insurance coverage in full force and effect; or

(h) Failure or refusal to furnish reasonable and adequate service after initiating service.

(2) The commission shall institute an investigation upon receipt of a complaint by an interested party to determine whether the complaint has merit.

(3) Within thirty days of a finding that a complaint filed by an interested party has merit and that the certificate holder is in violation, or upon its own finding that the certificate holder is in violation, as described in subsection (1)(a) through (h) of this section, the commission shall take appropriate action to cancel, revoke, suspend, alter or amend the certificate. The commission shall notify the certificate holder of the action to be taken, and shall at the same time offer the certificate holder an opportunity for hearing through an adjudication or brief adjudication.



[Statutory Authority: RCW 81.84.070, 1993 c 427, 1995 c 361 and RCW 80.01.040(4). 95-22-001 (Order R-435, Docket No. TS-941485), 480-51-150, filed 10/18/95, effective 11/18/95.]