STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1007

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2019

 

RE: H.B. No. 754

H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Judiciary, to which was referred H.B. No. 754, H.D. 1, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO ELECTRIC FOOT SCOOTERS,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to regulate the operation of electric foot scooters in the State by:

 

(1) Granting operators of electric foot scooters the same duties and rights of riders of bicycles under the Statewide Traffic Code, with some exceptions;

 

(2) Establishing a framework for the Department of Transportation and the counties to regulate the use of electric foot scooters;

 

(3) Prohibiting persons under eighteen years of age from operating electric foot scooters;

 

(4) Exempting electric foot scooters from the definitions of "moped," "motor vehicle," and "vehicle" for the purposes of the Vehicle Weight Tax, Rental Motor Vehicle Tax, Motor Carrier Law, and Hawaii Highway Safety Act; and

 

(5) Prohibiting the use of a lamp, reflector, or illumination device that appears to be the color blue, or colors blue and red on electric foot scooters unless they are factory-installed.

 

The Department of Transportation, County of Kauai Department of Planning, City and County of Honolulu Department of Transportation Services, Hawaii Bicycling League, and Lime testified in support of this measure. An individual testified in opposition to this measure.

 

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 H.B. No. 754, H.D. 1, and recommends that it pass Third Reading.

 

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

 

 

 

 

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CHRIS LEE, Chair