THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

761

THIRTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2021

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

RELATING TO MOPEDS.

 

 

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

 


SECTION 1. The legislature finds that noise pollution is a serious problem affecting quality of life, particularly in urban areas. Loud internal combustion engine mopeds are significant contributors to noise, and have been a source of ongoing concerns in communities throughout the State. Unlike many larger motorcycles with greater engine displacement and robust exhaust baffling, even mopeds with factory mufflers can still be many times louder than most vehicles on the road.

The legislature also finds that loud internal combustion engine mopeds, particularly those with extremely inefficient two-stroke engines, compose a small fraction of all vehicles but can produce pollution at factors thousands of times higher than other vehicle classes. The particulate matter they produce reduces urban air quality, damages health, and contributes to climate change.

The legislature further finds that cities around the world have already begun to phase out noisy and polluting internal combustion engine mopeds in favor of clean and quiet electric mopeds. Cities as large as Beijing, China, have already completed the conversion, which has significantly reduced urban noise pollution and visibly increased air quality.

Clean and quiet electric mopeds without complicated internal combustion engines also allow drivers to reduce their cost of maintenance and, with the ability to recharge the hand-held portable batteries of mopeds at any regular wall outlet, reduce the cost of fuel and operation for drivers compared to internal combustion engines.

The purpose of this Act is to follow the countless cities that have addressed urban noise pollution, environmental pollution, and health impacts caused by noisy and polluting internal combustion engine mopeds by transitioning to clean and quiet electric mopeds.

SECTION 2. The Hawaii Revised Statutes is amended by adding a new chapter to title 17 to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"Chapter

MOPEDS

   -1 Definitions. For purposes of this chapter:

"Moped" shall have the same meaning as that term is defined in section 286-2.

"Retailer" means a person or entity that engages in the practice of selling mopeds to consumers.

   -2 Sale of new combustion engine-powered mopeds; prohibited. (a) Beginning January 1, 2023, no retailer shall sell or offer for sale any combustion engine-powered moped unless the moped was purchased in a consumer transaction prior to January 1, 2023.

(b) This section shall not be construed to prohibit any individual or retailer from reselling, renting, or offering for resale or rent a combustion engine‑powered moped that was purchased in a consumer transaction prior to January 1, 2023."

SECTION 3. This Act does not affect rights and duties that matured, penalties that were incurred, and proceedings that were begun before its effective date.


SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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Report Title:

Combustion Engine-Powered Mopeds; Sale; Prohibition

 

Description:

Requires a transition to silent, clean electric mopeds by prohibiting a retailer from selling or offering for sale combustion engine-powered mopeds after 12/31/2022.

 

 

 

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