STAND. COM. REP. NO.813-02

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2002

RE: S.B. No. 2310

S.D. 1

H.D. 1




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 S.B. No. 2310, S.D. 1, entitled:


begs leave to report as follows:

The purpose of this bill is to allow custom-made motorcycles to be registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles by:

(1) Clarifying the definition of "vehicle identification number;" and

(2) Allowing the county director of finance to identify and register a reconstructed vehicle by assigning it an identification number other than the federal vehicle identification number.

The Chair of the Hawaii County Council, Na Kane O Ka Lio Hao Motorcycle Club, Street Bikers United-Hawaii, Vietnam Vets/Legacy Vets Motorcycle Club, Ellsworth Custom Cycles, and numerous motorcycle owners testified in support of this measure. The Department of Transportation (DOT) supported the intent of the bill. The Honolulu Police Department testified in opposition to this measure. The Department of Customer Services of the City and County of Honolulu and State Farm Insurance Companies commented on this measure.

The lack of a definition for "vehicle identification number" in section 286-45, Hawaii Revised Statutes, has disrupted the registration and taxing of custom motorcycles on the island of Hawaii, creating financial difficulties for motorcycle owners and some small businesses. Problems began when attempts were made by the County of Hawaii to comply with a DOT memo that interpreted the term "vehicle identification number" to mean the federal vehicle identification number. However, there is no requirement specified in current law.

Although several testifiers raised concerns regarding safety and theft issues, your Committee feels that utilization of unique Manufacturer's Statement of Origin (MSO) identification numbers for custom motorcycle frames, engines, and transmissions would be sufficient for vehicle registration and feels that adequate safeguards are in place to ensure the safety of after-market products.

However, your Committee feels that further clarification of the definition of "vehicle identification number" is needed and has amended this definition to apply to reconstructed vehicles, special interest vehicles, or motorcycles.

Other technical, nonsubstantive amendments were also made for style and consistency.

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 S.B. No. 2310, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2310, S.D. 1, 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,