Oregon Statutes - Chapter 682 - Regulation of Ambulance Services and Emergency Medical Personnel - Section 682.079 - Authority to grant exemptions or variances; rules.

(1) The Department of Human Services may grant exemptions or variances from one or more of the requirements of ORS 820.330 to 820.380 or this chapter or the rules adopted thereunder to any class of vehicles if it finds that compliance with such requirement or requirements is inappropriate because of special circumstances which would render compliance unreasonable, burdensome or impractical due to special conditions or cause, or because compliance would result in substantial curtailment of necessary ambulance service. Such exemptions or variances may be limited in time or may be conditioned as the department considers necessary to protect the public welfare.

(2) In determining whether or not a variance shall be granted, the advice of the State Emergency Medical Service Committee shall be received and in all cases the equities involved and the advantages and disadvantages to the welfare of patients and the owners of vehicles shall be weighed by the department.

(3) Rules under this section shall be adopted, amended or repealed in accordance with ORS 183.330. [Formerly 682.285]

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