STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1066
RE: H.B. No. 1062
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2021
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Transportation, to which was referred H.B. No. 1062, H.D. 2, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO COMMERCIAL DRIVER'S LICENSES,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to amend section 286-236, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to comply with title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, part 380 subpart F, which requires entry level driver training for certain applicants for a commercial driver's license or endorsement.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Transportation and Hawaii Transportation Association.
Your Committee finds that effective February 7, 2022, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will require states to comply with federal entry-level driver training regulations for certain first-time commercial driver license applicants. Failure to comply with the federal mandate could result in millions of dollars being withheld from the State from the federal Highway Trust Fund. Your Committees further note that approximately two-thirds of all states have already implemented this requirement. Considering the exceptional penalties that would be assessed against the State for failure to comply, this measure is important to keep the State in compliance and to continue to receive the full apportioned amounts from the federal Highway Trust Fund.
Your Committee has amended this measure by making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Transportation that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1062, H.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1062, H.D. 2, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committees on Commerce and Consumer Protection and Ways and Means.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Transportation,
CHRIS LEE, Chair