THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

544

THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2019

 

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. The legislature finds that the State's current electronic safety inspection program for motor vehicles is fraught with problems. For example, the printing on the new safety inspection decals are easily wiped away by common household cleaners such as rubbing alcohol and nail polish wipe, increasing the chance for fraud or abuse. In addition, the electronic safety inspection system, requiring the use of iPads, has increased the time it takes for Hawaii residents to do their safety inspection, making the process less efficient.

The legislature further finds that thirty-five states do not require safety inspections, including California, Florida, Oklahoma, and New Jersey. In addition, the federal government stopped requiring motor vehicle safety inspections in the 1970s. Some studies indicate that there is no clear cut correlation between safety inspections and greater vehicle safety on the roads, noting that crash rates do not differ greatly in states with safety inspections compared to those without inspections. In fact, according to the Automotive Maintenance and Repair Association, safety inspections give a false sense of security. Also, safety inspections do not keep illegally modified vehicles off the road.

The purpose of this Act is to repeal the requirement of a safety inspection for passenger cars.

SECTION 2. Section 249-5.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (c) to read as follows:

"(c) As a condition precedent to the removal of the vehicle from storage, if a certificate of inspection is required pursuant to section 286-26, the owner of the vehicle shall present to the director of finance a certificate of inspection that was issued after the recording of the storage with the director of finance if the certificate of inspection expired during the period of storage."

SECTION 3. Section 286-22, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"286-22 Inspection by officers of the police department. (a) The chief of police or any police officer of any county may, at any time when the chief of police or police officer has reasonable cause to believe that a vehicle or moped is unsafe or not equipped as required by law, require the owner or driver of the vehicle or moped to submit the vehicle or moped to an inspection or make the necessary corrections or repairs.

(b) If the vehicle or moped is found to be in an unsafe condition or if any required part or equipment is not present or if any required part or equipment is present but not in proper repair, the officer shall issue a citation to the owner or driver stating the reasons that the vehicle or moped is deemed unsafe or is not equipped as required and shall require that a new certificate of inspection as provided in section 286-26 be obtained within five days or that the defect be cured.

(c) If upon inspection, the chief of police or any police officer determines that any vehicle or moped is in such unsafe condition as to constitute a menace to the public or is not equipped as required and cannot reasonably be restored to a safe condition as required in this part, the chief of police or police officer shall remove the sticker which signifies the certificate of inspection and inform the director of finance who shall immediately suspend the registration of the vehicle or moped and give notice of the suspension to its owner. Whenever the director of finance has suspended the registration of any vehicle or moped under this part, the owner of the vehicle or moped shall immediately surrender and forward to the director of finance the certificate of registration and the license plates last issued upon registration of the vehicle for the current year.

(d) Any person aggrieved by this section shall have the right to a hearing before a district judge of the circuit in which the person is cited within five days. The judge shall determine whether the chief of police or any police officer reasonably performed the chief of police's or police officer's duties hereunder and shall make any appropriate order.

(e) This section shall not apply to passenger cars."

SECTION 4. Section 286-26, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (h) to read as follows:

"(h) This section shall not apply to:

(1) Any motor vehicle which is covered by part XI, governing safety of motor carrier vehicle operation and equipment; provided that the rules adopted pursuant to part IA impose standards of inspection at least as strict as those imposed under subsection (g) and that certification is required at least as often as provided in subsections (a), (b), (c), and (d);

(2) Aircraft servicing vehicles that are being used exclusively on lands set aside to the department of transportation for airport purposes; [and]

(3) Tractor trucks, forklifts, and top picks being used as marine terminal equipment temporarily moving in or between terminals at Sand Island and along Sand Island Parkway and Sand Island Access Road[.]; and

(4) Passenger cars."

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.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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Report Title:

Motor Vehicles; Passenger Cars; Certificate of Inspection

 

Description:

Repeals the requirement that passenger cars obtain a certificate of inspection.

 

 

 

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