§287-1  Definitions.  As used in this chapter:

     "Administrator" means the chief of police of each county or the director of finance of each county and their authorized subordinates charged with the responsibility of administering this chapter;

     "Driver" means every person who is in actual physical control of a motor vehicle;

     "Judgment" means any judgment, order, or decree which has become final by expiration without appeal of the time within which an appeal might have been perfected, or by final affirmation on appeal, rendered by a court of competent jurisdiction of the United States or any territory or state thereof upon a cause of action arising out of the ownership, maintenance, or use of any motor vehicle for damages, including damages for care and loss of services, because of bodily injury to or death of any person, or for damages because of injury to or destruction of property, including the loss of use thereof, or upon a cause of action on an agreement of settlement for such damages;

     "Legal owner" has the same meaning prescribed by section 286-2;

     "License" means any license or permit issued or recognized under chapter 286 to operate motor vehicles;

     "Motor vehicle" has the meaning prescribed by section 286-2 and includes trailers and semitrailers designed for use by such vehicles, but does not include road rollers, farm tractors, tractor cranes, power shovels, and well drillers;

     "Nonresident" means every person who is not a resident of the State;

     "Nonresident's operating privilege" means the privilege conferred upon a nonresident by laws of the State pertaining to the operation by the nonresident of a motor vehicle, or the use of a motor vehicle owned by the nonresident in this State;

     "Owner" or "registered owner" has the meaning prescribed by section 286-2 to the term "owner";

     "Proof of financial responsibility" means proof of ability to respond in damages for liability, on account of accidents occurring subsequent to the effective date of such proof, arising out of the ownership, maintenance, or use of a motor vehicle, in the amounts prescribed by section 294-10(a);

     "Registration" means the certificate of registration issued pursuant to chapter 286;

     "State" except in reference to the State of Hawaii means any state, territory, or possession of the United States, the District of Columbia, or any province of the Dominion of Canada. [L 1949, c 393, pt of §1; RL 1955, §160-80; am L 1963, c 98, §1; am imp L 1967, c 214, §§2, 15; HRS §287-1; am L 1970, c 164, §3; am L 1980, c 84, pt of §1; am L 1982, c 210, §1; gen ch 1985]




  Section 294-10(a) referred to in text is repealed.  For present provision, see §431:10C-301.


Revision Note


  Definitions rearranged.


Case Notes


  Definition of "owner" may not have general application as used in private insurance policies.  230 F. Supp. 451 (1964).

  Definition of "owner" inapplicable in determining "owned automobile" as used in insurance policy.  349 F.2d 502 (1965), aff'g 230 F. Supp. 444 (1963).

  On applicability, see 146 F. Supp. 729 (1956).