STAND. COM. REP. NO. 3354

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

                  

 

RE:    H.B. No. 1706

       H.D. 1

       S.D. 1

 

 

 

Honorable Donna Mercado Kim

President of the Senate

Twenty-Seventh State Legislature

Regular Session of 2014

State of Hawaii

 

Madam:

 

     Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred H.B. No. 1706, H.D. 1, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO ILLEGAL PARKING UPON BIKEWAYS,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

     The purpose and intent of this measure is to increase the minimum penalty for driving or parking a motor vehicle on a bicycle lane or path.

 

     Your Committee received written comments in support of this measure from the City and County of Honolulu Department of Transportation Services.

 

     Your Committee finds that motorists who park on bicycle lanes or paths are becoming an increasing and persistent problem for cyclists and law enforcement officers.  Illegally obstructing a bicycle lane or path creates a safety hazard for bicyclists and neighborhood residents.  Your Committee finds that fines from tickets rarely exceed the $35 minimum or increase with subsequent offenses.  Increasing the minimum fine to $200 will provide a sufficient disincentive to illegally obstruct a bicycle lane or path and will help to keep bicycle lanes and paths clear and safe for cyclists.

 

     Your Committee has amended this measure by:

 

(1)  Specifying that the changes made by this measure do not affect the rights and duties that matured, penalties that were incurred, and proceedings that were begun before the effective date;

 

(2)  Changing the effective date to July 1, 2050, to facilitate further discussion on the measure; and

 

(3)  Making technical nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of style, clarity, and consistency.

 

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Ways and Means that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1706, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1706, H.D. 1, S.D. 1.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,

 

 

 

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DAVID Y. IGE, Chair