Washington Passes Bathroom Access for Truckers Law

Washington Passes Toilet Entry for Truckers Legislation

A truck driver lounge at a journey plaza on the Ohio Turnpike. (Gary Kicinski/Transport Matters)

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Beginning July 23, a brand new legislation within the state of Washington will grant truck drivers expanded entry to current loos operated by shippers and receivers, plus the flexibility to file complaints that would end in fines for violators.

Gov. Jay Inslee signed into legislation Home Invoice 1457 (an act regarding a motor service’s potential to entry restroom services) after it handed each the Home and Senate in the course of the current common 2023 session of the 68th Legislature.

The laws obtained broad bipartisan help as evidenced by its lead sponsor, state Rep. Eric Robertson (R), and co-sponsors Reps. Liz Berry, Sharon Tomiko Santos, Julia Reed and Mary Fosse, all Democrats. The Home invoice succeeded over an analogous companion invoice launched in the course of the session within the Senate.

The brand new legislation stipulates that truck drivers be allowed to make use of an current lavatory facility situated both on the premises of or operated by a shipper or consignee (receiver) if the restroom is meant for use by their workers or prospects.

The language of the legislation defines consignees as an individual or enterprise that takes supply of property, cargo or supplies transported in interstate or intrastate commerce from a motor service.

Loos should not be situated in an space the place offering entry would create an apparent well being or security danger to the motor service, the shipper, receiver or workers.

Different phrases of the brand new legislation say shippers/receivers will not be required to make any bodily modifications to a restroom and should have an organization worker accompany a motor service to the restroom.

Liable for enforcement, the state division of well being could subject a warning letter to a shipper/receiver for a primary violation and may impose for subsequent violations a Class 2 civil infraction with a $250 tremendous.

Sheri Name, president and CEO of Washington Trucking Associations, spearheaded the profitable laws that constructed on one other legislation enacted final 12 months giving truckers entry to loos at ports.

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She mentioned final 12 months’s port lavatory entry laws didn’t go far sufficient in serving to truckers and “drivers had been complaining that it didn’t do what it wanted to do because it bought scaled again a bit an excessive amount of” by omitting retail, hospitality and different companies.

“We’re not requiring restroom entry the place restrooms don’t exist. It’s not like we’re asking for restrooms to be constructed. We’re simply saying if there’s a restroom you have already got to offer to your worker at a location, that restroom ought to truly be accessible by truck drivers as properly,” Name famous.

She famous that the state well being division’s “Truck Driver Restroom Entry at Ports” web site hyperlink (with on-line and printed types) for truckers to file complaints about lavatory denial allegations can be revised given the expanded lavatory entry that can be obligatory.

“There’s a number of complaints from drivers about this stuff. At the least the web site portal will give them a possibility to lodge a criticism, and whether or not it will likely be acted on or investigated is but to be decided. We’ll see how issues go shifting ahead,” Name added.

She mentioned enabling larger lavatory entry to truck drivers is important because the trade strives to diversify and rent extra ladies drivers.

“Our hope is it’ll make life higher, perhaps a bit simpler or perhaps ship a sign that our truckers should be taken care of. If we’re going to be attracting ladies to the trade, we have to do higher within the trade to make sure security and lodging for girls within the trade,” Name mentioned. “We’ve bought to have the ability to do higher for drivers on the market on the highway, recognizing that rest room entry is a giant deal.”

One other precedence for WTA is working to extend truck parking in Washington state. U.S. Bureau of Transportation statistics for 2014, the newest figures out there, point out Washington has 69 parking areas per 100,000 day by day truck automobile miles traveled and 78 areas per 100 miles of truck journey on the nationwide freeway system. “Washington is method behind on the truck parking subject,” she famous.

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