Ride the Ducks

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State transportation officials have upgraded the Ride the Ducks amphibious vehicles from unsatisfactory to a 'conditional' safety rating.

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission decided on Wednesday the tour company may continue operating if they keep passing safety inspections.

The commission also approved the company's safety plan. Ride the Ducks Seattle restarted passenger service about two weeks ago.

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Ride the Ducks vehicles could be back on the road and in the water in Seattle as early as next month. This despite state investigators finding hundreds of safety violations by the tourist company, including many for bad record keeping.

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The Seahawks will be riding the Ducks in Wednesday’s parade through downtown Seattle, but there's no word yet on whether they’ll be issued quacker noisemakers.

City spokesman Kyle Moore says the players, coaches and dignitaries, including Gov. Jay Inslee, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine, will be in about two dozen amphibious Ride the Duck vehicles, which are more often associated with tourist excursions.