Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2002

RE: S.B. No. 2422

S.D. 2



Honorable Robert Bunda

President of the Senate

Twenty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2002

State of Hawaii


Your Committee on Judiciary, to which was referred S.B. No. 2422, S.D. 1, entitled:


begs leave to report as follows:

The purpose of this measure is to increase the time period between mandatory safety inspections for most vehicles that require such an inspection.

Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from Hawaiian Electric Company, Hawaii Transportation Association, and Roberts Hawaii. Testimony in opposition to this measure was submitted by the Department of Transportation (DOT), the City and County of Honolulu Department of Customer Services, the Hawaii Automotive Repair and Gasoline Dealers Association, Legislative Information Services of Hawaii, and a Shell Service Station proprietor.

Your Committee finds that under existing law, the frequency of motor vehicle safety inspections is unnecessarily burdensome, particularly when applied to users who inspect their vehicles regularly in the course of business.

Therefore, your Committee supports this measure to increase the time between inspections for rental and U-drive cars under two years old, for taxicabs, for heavy trucks, and for buses run by businesses regulated by chapter 271, Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS).

However, with regard to other vehicles, including passenger cars, your Committee believes that it is prudent to retain the annual inspection requirement, rather than requiring an inspection only every two years. Your Committee has amended this measure accordingly.

Your Committee also amended this measure to exempt passenger vehicles that are less than two years old from the inspection requirement. As amended by your Committee, most cars shall require no inspection for two years from the date on which the car was first sold.

Finally, your Committee included an amendment to section 286-209, HRS, for consistency and accuracy.

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2422, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2422, S.D. 2.

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary,