HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

1836

THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2020

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

relating to transportation.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. Chapter 286, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"286-   Electric rickshaws. (a) Every electric rickshaw, as described in paragraph (3) of the definition of "motorcycle" in section 286-2, operated in this State shall first be registered as a motor vehicle as provided in section 286-41.

(b) No person shall operate an electric rickshaw on a public street, road, or highway in this State unless the person possesses a valid type 3 driver's license pursuant to section 286-102(b)(3) and the electric rickshaw has been duly registered pursuant to subsection (a).

(c) Occupants in an electric rickshaw not equipped with a front windshield shall use eye protection.

(d) All occupants in an electric rickshaw shall comply with the seat belt requirements under section 291-11.6."

SECTION 2. Section 286-2, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending the definition of "motorcycle" to read as follows:

""Motorcycle" means:

(1) Every motor vehicle that has a handlebar and seating that requires the operator to straddle or sit astride on it and is designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground, but excludes a farm tractor and a moped; [or]

(2) Every motor vehicle that has a steering wheel and seating that does not require the operator to straddle or sit astride on it, and is designed to travel on three wheels in contact with the ground, called an autocycle which is certified by the manufacturer to comply with all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards as of the date of manufacture[.]; or

(3) Every motor vehicle that has a handlebar as its steering mechanism and seating that does not require the operator to straddle or sit astride on it, is designed to travel on three wheels in contact with the ground, exclusively uses a motor operated by electricity, is a zero-emission vehicle, called an electric rickshaw which is certified by the manufacturer to comply with all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards as of the date of manufacture, has a maximum speed of fifty-five miles per hour, has an overall gross weight of 3,000 pounds or less, and is equipped with seating for one driver and six passengers."

SECTION 3. Section 286-102, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (b) to read as follows:

"(b) A person operating the following category or combination of categories of motor vehicles shall be examined as provided in section 286-108 and duly licensed by the examiner of drivers:

(1) Mopeds;

(2) Motorcycles, except for autocycles as described in paragraph (2) of the definition of "motorcycle" in section 286-2, electric rickshaws as described in paragraph (3) of the definition of "motorcycle" in section 286-2, and motor scooters;

(3) Passenger cars of any gross vehicle weight rating, buses designed to transport fifteen or fewer occupants, trucks and vans having a gross vehicle weight rating of eighteen thousand pounds or less, [and] autocycles as described in paragraph (2) of the definition of "motorcycle" in section 286-2[;], and electric rickshaws as described in paragraph (3) of the definition of "motorcycle in section 286-2; and

(4) All of the motor vehicles in category (3) and any vehicle that is not a commercial motor vehicle.

A school bus or van operator shall be properly licensed to operate the category of vehicles that the operator operates as a school bus or van and shall comply with the standards of the department of transportation as provided by rules adopted pursuant to section 286-181."

SECTION 4. Section 291C-152, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsections (a) to (c) to read as follows:

"(a) A person operating a motorcycle, except for an electric rickshaw, shall ride only upon the permanent and regular seat attached thereto, and such operator shall not carry any other person nor shall any other person ride on a motorcycle unless the motorcycle is designed to carry more than one person, in which event a passenger may ride upon the permanent and regular seat if designed for two persons, or upon another seat firmly attached to the motorcycle at the rear or side of the operator. A person operating an electric rickshaw shall ride only upon the permanent and regular seat attached thereto, and such operator shall not carry any other person nor shall any other person ride on an electric rickshaw unless the passenger rides upon a seat firmly attached to the electric rickshaw at the rear of the operator.

(b) A person shall ride upon a motorcycle, except for an autocycle[,] or electric rickshaw, only while sitting astride the seat, facing forward, with one leg on each side of the motorcycle. A person shall ride upon an autocycle only while sitting in the seat and facing forward. A person shall ride upon an electric rickshaw only while sitting in a seat and facing forward or backward.

(c) No person shall operate a motorcycle or electric rickshaw while carrying any package, bundle, or other article which prevents the person from keeping both hands on the handlebars or, for an autocycle, on the steering wheel."

SECTION 5. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 6. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2020.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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Report Title:

Electric Rickshaw; Transportation; Registration; Operation

 

Description:

Establishes registration requirements and driver's licensing requirements for operation of electric rickshaws. Defines electric rickshaw.

 

 

 

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