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tod701 last won the day on October 8 2009

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  1. The on-the-ground folks seem to see things differently than leadership and many are very supportive. Maybe because they know that many of their jobs depend on the funding we bring. The last time the NOVA funds were stolen it cost the DNR the equivelent of 35+ full time employees. All from the recreation side of the house.
  2. Back when Sutherland was the Commissioner we used to chat frequently. Maybe that made me an automatic enemy for the next two Commissioners?
  3. Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands. hilary.franz@dnr.wa.gov Let me know if you get a reply, she has never answered any of my emails or letters.
  4. For now, they good bigger fish to fry - income tax, carbon tax, toll roads, etc. As they work their way down the list they'll get to us too. We are just not at the top of the priority list yet.
  5. If I was a dealership I would be very hesitant to cut corners on the inspection due to liability exposure. If someone splats themselves out on a converted bike and the lawyers jump on board looking someone to blame not being able to demonstrate that the conversion inspection met the letter of the law would leave the dealership very exposed.
  6. They don't have to prove damages or quantify the issue. There are plenty of members of the Legislature that don't like dirt bikes or motorcyclists in general. Just look at them blocking the motorcycle sharing parking spot legislation this year and the slow speed lane sharing last year. If one of them gets spooled up over the concept that the non-WSP inspections are following the legal requirements it would not be difficult to garner support for revoking the law.
  7. The DOT marking is only a component level approval. It does not mean that as installed it meets the requirements of the law. It is the legal requirement of the inspecting entity to now how to find compliance. Not knowing how or not having the appropriate tools to find compliance are not a legally valid reasons to justify falsifying compliance documents.
  8. Problem is people are signing off on a form that says the bike complies with the law, not it's spirit.
  9. Because I would hate to see us losing the opportunity to plate our bikes because of repeated and blatant ignoring of the law. There are members of the Legislature that would love to grab that excuse and run with it.
  10. By standing 'x' feet away.
  11. The check list is just that, a check list. It does not define the specifics of the requirements. They do sign a statement that the bike complies with applicable State laws. If they sign off and do not verify that the bike complies with the requirements specified in RCW46.61.705(2) isn't that fraud pursuant RCW46.16A.435(3)(a)? http://app.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=46.61.705 http://app.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=46.16A.435
  12. While nobody likes a hall monitor, this is the deal we cut to get plates. We would have not gotten anywhere if we asserted that current laws that apply to all other motor vehicles were too "overly anal" for our liking.
  13. While in is not rocket surgery, it does take some effort to meet the legal requirements. Let’s take brakes for an example. It would be interesting to learn how to find compliance with RCW46.37.527, RCW46.37.528 and RCW46.37.529 in under five minutes. http://app.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=46.37.527 http://app.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=46.37.528 http://app.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=46.37.529
  14. In 5 minutes I am guessing that they didn't actually check whether or not the brakes and lights actually complied with the law.
  15. Thank goodness that has not happened (and legally it should not). I deal with FAA stuff at work and would dread the added complexity of federal DoT drama.