HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
TWENTY-NINTH LEGISLATURE, 2017
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
relating to motor vehicles.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. Section 286-2, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended as follows:
1. By amending the definition of "vehicle identification number" to read:
""Vehicle identification number"
means the unique series of letters and numerals assigned to a vehicle either by
the vehicle manufacturer or incomplete vehicle manufacturer as required by
federal law, or by the county director of finance to identify a [
vehicle,] special interest vehicle[ ,] or motorcycle."
2. By repealing the definition of "reconstructed vehicle".
means a vehicle that is registered to be operated on a public highway, and that
is: (1) Assembled from new or used parts by a
person other than a recognized manufacturer of new vehicles; (2) Modified to the extent that the
identity of the vehicle's make, model, or type is obscured by material changes
in its appearance; or (3) Modified by the removal, addition,
alteration, or substitution of other than original replacement essential parts,
including the vehicle's body, power train, steering system, suspension system,
exhaust system, intake system, or bumper system; excluding ordinary body repair that does not
change the exterior structure of the vehicle. The term does not include a
special interest vehicle or a motorcycle."]
SECTION 2. Section 286-41, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (c) to read as follows:
"(c) If the vehicle to be registered is
, reconstructed,] or rebuilt; is a special
interest vehicle; or is an imported vehicle, this fact shall be stated in the
application and upon the registration of the special interest motor vehicle and
imported motor vehicle, which has been registered until that time in any other
state or county, and the owner shall surrender to the director of finance the
certificates of registration or other evidence [ of such form] of
registration as may be in the applicant's possession or control. The director
of finance shall grant full faith and credit to the currently valid
certificates of title and registration describing the vehicle, the ownership
thereof, and any liens noted thereon, issued by any title state or county in
which the vehicle was last registered. The acceptance by the director of
finance of a certificate of title or of registration issued by another state or
county, as provided in this subsection, in the absence of knowledge that the
certificate is forged, fraudulent, or void, shall be a sufficient determination
of the genuineness and regularity of the certificate and of the truth of the
recitals therein, and no liability shall be incurred by any officer or employee
of the director of finance by reason of so accepting the certificate."
SECTION 3. Section 286-42, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended as follows:
1. By amending subsection (a) to read:
"(a) The county director of finance shall
examine and to the best of the director's ability determine the genuineness and
regularity of every registration and transfer of registration of a vehicle pursuant
to this part to ensure that every certificate issued for a vehicle contains
true statements of the ownership of the vehicle and to prevent the registration
of a vehicle by any person not entitled to the vehicle. The director of
finance may require any applicant to furnish information, in addition to that
contained in the application, that is necessary to satisfy the director of
finance of the truth and regularity of the application. The director of
finance may accept any county certificate of title issued for a vehicle as
prima facie evidence of ownership for registration and transfer of
registration. The director may issue vehicle identification numbers for [
vehicles,] special interest vehicles[ ,] or motorcycles that do not
have vehicle identification numbers if the director determines that the requirements
of this section have been met.
The county director of finance may register a
motorcycle with an aftermarket motorcycle frame, using the number of the frame
as issued by the manufacturer of the frame, the vehicle identification number
on the certification label, or a vehicle identification number assigned by the
director of finance. A bill of sale and Manufacturer's Statement of Origin for
the frame, engine, and transmission must be presented and retained as a part of
the permanent county registration records. If a Manufacturer's Statement of
Origin is not available for the engine and transmission due to the use of a
or reconstructed] engine, transmission, or both, then a bill of
sale or other proof of ownership, satisfactory to the director of finance must
be presented. Except for motorcycles that are built on an aftermarket
motorcycle frame[ ,] and special interest vehicles, [ and
reconstructed vehicles,] any motor vehicle or device that is not certified
by the manufacturer to be in compliance with all applicable Federal Motor
Vehicle Safety Standards as of the date of [ manufacture[ ]]
shall not be registered."
2. By amending subsection (e) to read:
"(e) The county finance director, upon
being notified by the designated county department that a vehicle is a special
interest vehicle [
or that a vehicle has been inspected and approved as a
reconstructed vehicle], shall cause that fact to be shown upon the
registration and title certificates for that vehicle."
SECTION 4. Section 286-85, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is repealed.
§286-85 Reconstructed vehicles,
approval required. (a) No person shall operate a reconstructed
vehicle upon a public highway unless it has been inspected and certified by the
designated county agency as meeting the specifications and requirements
established in rules and regulations adopted by the state director of
transportation. (b) This section shall not apply to any
vehicle which is subject to the rules and regulations of the public utilities
commission governing safety of operation and equipment. (c) Each county through its chief executive
officer, shall designate a county department, whose responsibilities shall
include the inspection of reconstructed vehicles and the issuance of permits to
operate reconstructed vehicles pursuant to standards established by the state
director of transportation. (d) The state director of transportation
shall adopt rules pursuant to chapter 91, establishing the fees an inspector
may charge for the inspection of a reconstructed vehicle. (e) The department designated pursuant to
subsection (c) shall identify to the county director of finance every vehicle
that has been inspected and approved as a reconstructed vehicle. (f)
This section shall not apply to any privately owned reconstructed vehicle in a
county with a population of less than 500,000."]
SECTION 5. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 6. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
Motor Vehicles; Reconstructed; Special Inspection and Certification Requirement; Repealed
Repeals the requirement for special inspection and certification of reconstructed vehicles prior to operation upon a public highway.
The summary description of legislation appearing on this page is for informational purposes only and is not legislation or evidence of legislative intent.