STAND. COM. REP. NO. 17

                                 Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                   , 1999

                                 RE: H.B. No. 167
                                     H.D. 1




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

Sir:

     Your Committee on Transportation, to which was referred H.B.
No. 167 entitled: 

     "A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLE DRIVER
     LICENSING,"

begs leave to report as follows:

     The purpose of this bill, as received by your Committee, is
to establish a graduated driver licensing procedure for persons
under eighteen years of age.

     Your Committee finds that an applicant for a driver's
license, fifteen through seventeen years of age, may qualify for
a driver's license after holding an instruction permit for a
period of ninety days.  Your Committee further finds that lack of
experience, supervision, and mature judgment on the part of
youthful drivers account for many highway accidents.

     This bill proposes to establish a graduated licensing
procedure that will improve the driving practices of drivers,
fifteen through seventeen years of age, by controlling their
progression toward a full licensing privilege.  It will do this
through education, both on and off the highway; by always having
a supervising licensed adult in the vehicle; by restricting the
time of day when they may drive; and by requiring passengers to
wear seat belts.

 
 
 
 
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     Testimonies in support of this bill were heard from the
Department of Transportation, the City and County of Honolulu,
the Keiki Injury Prevention Coalition, the Hawaii Insurers
Council, and an insurance company.  The Department of
Transportation and the City and County of Honolulu expressed a
preference for the wording in a senate bill.

     Your Committee has amended this bill by deleting its
effective date.

     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.
167, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second
Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 167, H.D. 1, and
be referred to the Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs.

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



                                   ______________________________
                                   KENNETH T. HIRAKI, Chair