STAND. COM. REP. NO.8-02
RE: H.B. No. 1726
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. 1726 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO DRIVER'S LICENSE INSTRUCTION PERMIT,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this bill is to allow the examiner of drivers to waive the ninety-day waiting period for the driver's license examination if the applicant obtained a new driver's license instruction permit within thirty days of the expiration date of the previously issued instruction permit.
Testimony in support of this measure was submitted by the Department of Transportation and the Department of Customer Services of the City and County of Honolulu.
Current law requires that a minor must hold a valid instruction permit no fewer than ninety days and must complete a certified driver's education course before the minor is allowed to take the road test. These requirements were initiated to ensure that minors receive some sort of driver training. It appears to your Committee that, if a minor meets these requirements, but inadvertently allows the one-year instruction permit to expire, an additional waiting period of ninety days would be unnecessary. Nevertheless, the Office of the Attorney General has ruled that if a minor allows the one-year permit to expire, a new ninety-day waiting period would be required upon the issuance of a new permit. Indeed, your Committee understands that this has been a problem for teen applicants seeking their first driver's license.
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. 1726 and recommends that it pass Second Reading and be referred to the Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Transportation,
JOSEPH M. SOUKI, Chair