Washington HB 1614 – Requiring certain traffic lane merge education and testing
Requiring certain traffic lane merge education and testingFull Bill Text
UPDATE January 13, 2020: By resolution, HB 1614 was reintroduced in the new legislative session and referred to the House Rules Committee.
UPDATE June 17, 2019: 2019 Legislative session is in recess until January 13, 2020. Odd-number year sessions carry over to even-number years.
UPDATE March 21, 2019: Referred to Rules 2 Consideration
UPDATE March 5, 2019: Rules Committee relieved of further consideration. Placed on second reading.
HB 1614 was introduced on January 25, 2019. The bill was referred to the House Transportation Committee which held a public hearing on February 20th. The status of the bill has not been updated by the Committee since that hearing.
The NMA supports passage of HB 1614, which requires the curriculum of driver education programs to include training on the principle of zipper merging where drivers use both lanes of merging traffic until the merge point of the lanes at which time vehicles alternate merging in “zipper” fashion into the single remaining traffic lane. The bill would also information about zipper merging to the written examination portion of the driver’s license application process.