Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2021


RE:   H.B. No. 333

      H.D. 1





Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2021

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Transportation, to which was referred H.B. No. 333 entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to establish rules, regulations, and procedures for peer-to-peer car sharing.


     Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Transportation, Enterprise Holdings, Turo Inc., TechNet, Internet Association, Avail, and one individual.  Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from the Hawaii Association for Justice.  Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Department of Taxation, Insurance Division of the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Office of Consumer Protection of the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Tax Foundation of Hawaii, and one individual.


     Your Committee finds that peer-to-peer car-sharing programs provide an alternative form of transportation for persons who do not own a car, nor wish to use public transportation.  Peer-to-peer car-sharing has the potential to reduce traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions by encouraging individuals to share access to cars rather than owning one themselves.  However, currently, peer-to-peer car-sharing lacks certain protections for the car owner and drivers.  This measure will allow consumers to take full advantage of peer-to-peer car-sharing programs with assurances that certain safeguards are in place.


     Your Committee notes that existing law authorizes the Airport Division of the Department of Transportation to establish policies and rules governing use and access to the airports' premises.  As such, peer-to-peer car-sharing programs will be subject to these rules when operating at the airport.


     Your Committee recognizes the testimony of the Office of Consumer Protection regarding various consumer protection concerns.  Therefore, your Committee requests that should your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce hear this measure, that they work with the Office of Consumer Protection to address these concerns.


     Your Committee has amended this measure by:


     (1)  Changing its effective date to July 1, 2050, to encourage further discussion; and


     (2)  Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.


     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. 333, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 333, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce.



Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Transportation,