STAND. COM. REP. NO. 181
RE: S.B. No. 766
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 S.B. No. 766 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR CARRIER PENALTIES,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to allow a penalty of up to $5,000 for repeat offenders of the motor carrier law.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Public Utilities Commission, Hawaii Transportation Association, and twenty-seven individuals. Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Department of Land and Natural Resources and one individual.
Your Committee finds that commercial Public Utilities Commission (PUC) motor carriers traditionally transport high numbers of tourists to many locations around the State. However, the trucking and tour vehicle industry have long had to contend with unlicensed and unregulated operators who seek to skirt the PUC requirements of motor carrier operations. This measure will strengthen the PUC's ability to punish those who repeatedly break the rules.
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 S.B. No. 766 and recommends that it pass Second Reading and be referred to your Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Transportation,
CHRIS LEE, Chair