STAND. COM. REP. NO.2273
RE: S.B. No. 2422
Honorable Robert Bunda
President of the Senate
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committees on Transportation, Military Affairs and Government Operations and Tourism and Intergovernmental Affairs, to which was referred S.B. No. 2422 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLE INSPECTIONS,"
beg leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to lengthen the time between mandatory motor vehicle safety inspections.
Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the Hawaii Transportation Association, Hawaiian Electric Company, and Charley's Taxi.
Your Committees find that while motor vehicle safety is a top priority for the State, the requirement of an annual (or more frequent) safety inspection is unduly burdensome. Therefore, your Committees agree with the intent of this measure, which lengthens the time between inspections for most vehicles to two years, and to one year for most vehicles that currently require inspection every six months.
Your Committees amended this measure to require inspection of commercial tour vehicles every year, rather than every six months. Your Committees find that commercial tour operators are especially conscientious in inspecting their vehicles on their own accord, and that the increased State oversight in unnecessary.
Similarly, motor vehicle rental companies testified that since most rental vehicles are under two years of age, those vehicles should not require inspection. Therefore, your Committees amended this measure to effectively exempt rental and U-drive vehicles under two years of age from inspection. Rental and U-drive vehicles older than two years will require an annual inspection.
As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Transportation, Military Affairs and Government Operations and Tourism and Intergovernmental Affairs that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2422, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2422, S.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Judiciary.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Transportation, Military Affairs and Government Operations and Tourism and Intergovernmental Affairs,
DONNA MERCADO KIM, Chair
CAL KAWAMOTO, Chair