STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2592
RE: S.B. No. 2849
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Twenty-Ninth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2018
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Transportation and Energy, to which was referred S.B. No. 2849 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATION,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to classify certain former military vehicles as special interest vehicles and enable owners of former military vehicles to apply for registration.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from Hawaiian Surfing Adventures and two individuals. Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from the Department of Transportation.
Your Committee finds that former military vehicles have been registered and driven on roadways in the past, and only recently have counties not allowed for re-registration. Your Committee also finds that residents use former military vehicles to safely transport large groups of people and their belongings over rough terrain that requires a vehicle with four-wheel drive. Your Committee notes that several states permit the titling and registration of former military vehicles, and that certain former military vehicles must satisfy military standard equipment requirements, which are equivalent to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.
With that being said, your Committee notes the concerns raised by the Department of Transportation that pertain to road degradation due to the weight of the former military vehicles.
Your Committee has amended this measure by clarifying that former military vehicles are prohibited from transporting persons or property when the former military vehicle is hired for that purpose.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Transportation and Energy that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2849, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2849, S.D. 1, and be placed on the calendar for Third Reading.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Transportation and Energy,
LORRAINE R. INOUYE, Chair