THIRTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2021
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
RELATING TO VEHICLE INSPECTIONS.
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 part II to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:
"§286- Vehicle inspector; certification; renewal. (a) The director shall supervise and certify all inspectors authorized to conduct vehicle inspections at official inspection stations. The director shall:
(1) Determine minimum standards and application criteria for inspectors;
(2) Administer written and performance examinations for all applicants;
(3) Issue official inspector certificates;
(4) Monitor inspection activities of inspectors; and
(5) Conduct investigations of reported or suspected improper inspection activities.
(b) Inspector certificates shall expire four years from the date of issuance, unless revoked or suspended by the director.
(c) Recertification of inspectors shall follow the application process for initial certification."
SECTION 2. Section 286-42, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (e) to read as follows:
"(e) The county finance director, upon being notified
by the designated county department that a vehicle is a special interest
or that a vehicle has been inspected and approved as a reconstructed
vehicle], shall cause that fact to be shown upon the registration and title
certificates for that vehicle."
SECTION 3. Section 286-209, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (b) to read as follows:
"(b) The director shall adopt rules pursuant to chapter 91 for motor carrier vehicle safety inspections, the issuance of certificates of safety inspection, the affixing of motor carrier vehicle safety inspection decals, and the acceptance of certificates of safety inspection issued in other jurisdictions. The rules adopted pursuant to this section for motor carrier vehicle safety inspections shall include exhaust noise tests as part of the safety inspection process and that the exhaust noise be no louder than ninety-five decibels at max revolutions per minute to pass the inspection."
SECTION 4. Section 286-85, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is repealed.
§286-85 Reconstructed vehicles, approval required. (a) No
person shall operate a reconstructed vehicle upon a public highway unless it
has been inspected and certified by the designated county agency as meeting the
specifications and requirements established in rules and regulations adopted by
the state director of transportation. (b) This section shall not apply to any vehicle
which is subject to the rules and regulations of the public utilities
commission governing safety of operation and equipment. (c) Each county through its chief executive
officer, shall designate a county department, whose responsibilities shall
include the inspection of reconstructed vehicles and the issuance of permits to
operate reconstructed vehicles pursuant to standards established by the state
director of transportation. (d) The state director of transportation shall
adopt rules pursuant to chapter 91, establishing the fees an inspector may charge
for the inspection of a reconstructed vehicle. (e) The department designated pursuant to
subsection (c) shall identify to the county director of finance every vehicle
that has been inspected and approved as a reconstructed vehicle. (f) This section shall not apply to any privately
owned reconstructed vehicle in a county with a population of less than 500,000."]
SECTION 5. The director of transportation shall amend the uniform standard and procedures for motor vehicle inspections prescribed under section 286-16, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to include exhaust noise tests as part of the safety inspection process and require that the exhaust noise be no louder than ninety-five decibels at max revolutions per minute to pass the inspection.
SECTION 6. This Act does not affect rights and duties that matured, penalties that were incurred, and proceedings that were begun before its effective date.
SECTION 7. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 8. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
Vehicle Safety Inspections; Inspectors; Reconstructed Vehicles; Special Inspection and Certification Requirement
Codifies certain certification, renewal, and violation processes of vehicle inspectors who conduct vehicle safety inspections under the department of transportation. Repeals requirement for reconstructed vehicles to obtain a special inspection and certification. Requires the director of transportation to include in the administrative rules governing motor carrier vehicle safety inspections and uniform standard and procedures for motor vehicle inspections to require exhaust noise checks as part of the safety inspection process and require that the exhaust noise be no louder than ninety-five decibels to pass the inspection check. (SD1)
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