STAND. COM. REP. NO. 3-02
RE: H.B. No. 1722
Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Transportation, to which was referred H.B. No. 1722 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this bill is to reduce the motor vehicle safety inspection requirement for heavy commercial vehicles from every six months to once a year.
Testimony in support of this measure was received from the Department of Transportation, Hawaiian Electric Company, Maui Electric Company, Hawaii Electric Light Company, and the Hawaii Transportation Association.
Your Committee notes that under federal and state motor vehicle safety regulations, detailed safety inspections of commercial vehicles are required on an annual basis.
Moreover, your Committee finds that commercial motor vehicles are also subjected to:
(1) Daily inspections performed by the operators of commercial vehicles, both prior to and after the vehicle has been driven, which are required to be documented for possible inspection by federal and state motor carrier enforcement agencies;
(2) Preventive maintenance, with specific services and inspections being performed on a periodic, systematic, basis; and
(3) Roadside vehicle inspections.
Accordingly, your Committee feels that a reduction of the state-required safety inspections for commercial vehicles to once a year would not jeopardize safety and is prudent since stringent regulations are already in place to address any concerns.
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. 1722 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,
JOSEPH M. SOUKI, Chair