STAND. COM. REP. NO.  16-12


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2012


RE:   H.B. No. 1743





Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Sixth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2012

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Transportation, to which was referred H.B. No. 1743 entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to increase the gross vehicle weight rating of vehicles that a category 3 licensee may operate to 18,000 pounds.


     The Department of Customer Services of the City and County of Honolulu provided comments on this measure.


     Currently, a standard driver's license, known as a category 3 license, allows individuals to operate passenger cars of any gross vehicle weight rating; buses designed to transport 15 or fewer occupants; and trucks and vans having a gross vehicle weight rating of 15,000 pounds or less.  However, manufacturers are producing newer trucks and vans that have increased gross vehicle weight ratings.  According to the Department of Customer Services of the City and County of Honolulu, some of these trucks and vans range in weight from 15,000 to 16,500 pounds.  Without the statutory amendments contained in this measure, individuals currently holding a category 3 license could not legally operate these vehicles without upgrading their 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. 1743 and recommends that it pass Second Reading and be referred to the Committee on Judiciary.



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