STAND. COM. REP. NO. 474________

                                 Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                   , 1999

                                 RE: H.B. No. 1034

Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twentieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 1999
State of Hawaii


     Your Committee on Transportation, to which was referred H.B.
No. 1034 entitled: 


begs leave to report as follows:

     The purpose of this bill is to enable the Public Utilities
Commission (PUC) to respond to urgent and immediate needs for
public transportation services.

     Your Committee finds that the PUC faces delays in providing
public transportation services to areas where the number of
certified carriers is insufficient or nonexistent, causing
inconvenience for residents of the area where the emergency

     Your Committee further finds that these delays were caused
by an amendment to section 271-16, Hawaii Revised Statutes, which
requires that every application for temporary authority be in
writing and notarized, and requires the PUC to provide proof of
service of the application upon every current holder of an
operating authority in the classification for which the temporary
authority is applied.

     This bill proposes to restore the flexibility of the PUC in
responding immediately to emergency requests for public carrier
service, by deleting the provisions that other holders of an
operating authority be notified, and that applications be in
writing and notarized.

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     Testimonies in support of this bill were received from the
Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs and the PUC.

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your
Committee on Transportation that is attached to this report, your
Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No.
1034 and recommends that it pass Second Reading and be referred
to the Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce.

                                   Respectfully submitted on
                                   behalf of the members of the
                                   Committee on Transportation,

                                   KENNETH T. HIRAKI, Chair