STAND. COM. REP. NO.21-02
RE: H.B. No. 2581
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. 2581 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO COMMERCIAL DRIVER'S LICENSING,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this bill is to allow persons with a valid commercial driver's license (CDL) issued by another state or a Canadian province to obtain a CDL in Hawaii without having to take the CDL knowledge or skills test.
The Department of Transportation testified in support of this measure.
Currently, all states require that drivers with a CDL meet minimum federal requirements. As such, drivers with a CDL have already been tested, in both skill and knowledge, in accordance with federal standards. In fact, even the Federal Highway Administration expects states to accept Canadian CDLs because it has determined that Canada tests drivers and issues CDLs in accordance with federal standards. Therefore, the extension of this reciprocity regarding CDL licensing will have no effect upon the safety of our roadways.
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. 2581 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