HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

105

THIRTY-SECOND LEGISLATURE, 2023

H.D. 2

STATE OF HAWAII

S.D. 1

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

RELATING TO LICENSE PLATES.

 

 

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

 


SECTION 1. Section 249-9, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (a) to read as follows:

"(a) The number plates hereinabove referred to shall be used upon all vehicles for which a tax has been paid pursuant to sections 249-1 to 249-13. All [such] number plates shall:

(1) [Bear] If issued before January 1, 2025, bear the word "Hawaii" along the upper portion of the plate and the words "Aloha State" along the lower portion of the plate;

(2) If issued on or after January 1, 2025, for affixture on:

(A) A zero-emission vehicle, bear the word "Hawaii" along the upper portion of the plate and the words "Aloha State" along the lower portion of the plate and contain a colorful design reflecting the State's unique environment;

(B) A hybrid vehicle, bear the word "Hawaii" along the upper portion of the plate and the words "hybrid vehicle" on any portion of the plate as may be determined by the directors of finance of each county through majority consent and use the rainbow design featured on number plates, except special number plates, issued in the State beginning in 1991; and

(C) A gasoline-powered vehicle, bear the word "Hawaii" along the upper portion of the plate and the words "gas vehicle" on any portion of the plate and use the rainbow design featured on number plates, except special number plates, issued in the State beginning in 1991;

[(2)] (3) Have a distinct contrast between the color of the plate and the numerals and letters thereon; and

[(3)] (4) Be of such shape, size, and color, and with such arrangements of letters and numbers as may, subject to sections 249-1 to 249-13, be determined by the directors of finance of each county through majority consent[.];

provided that effective January 1, 2025, all number plates issued pursuant to subsection (a)(2) shall bear the word "Hawaii" along the upper portion of the plate and the words "Aloha State" along the lower portion of the plate, and both "Hawaii" and "Aloha State" may either contain all uppercase or lowercase letters or have the first letter of each word be uppercase.

The numerals on all [such] number plates shall be not less than three inches in height and the strokes thereof not less than three-eighths inch in width, except in the case of motorcycles, in which case the numerals shall not be less than one inch in height and the strokes thereof not less than one-eighth inch in width.

The director of finance of the city and county of Honolulu shall contract annually on behalf of the counties for the purchase of all number plates, tags, or emblems required. The council of each county shall appropriate and cause to be paid over to the party with whom the director of finance of the city and county of Honolulu shall contract, or to the director of finance of the city and county of Honolulu as the director may direct, [such] the sum or sums as the director of finance of the city and county of Honolulu shall determine to be the county's proportionate share of the expense of [such] the contract and the charges connected therewith. The contract shall be made by the director of finance of the city and county of Honolulu as agent of the several counties, and the proportionate liability of each county shall be stated in the contract. Notwithstanding any other provision of the law, the contract shall constitute a valid obligation of each county for its proportionate share."

SECTION 2. The directors of finance of each county shall issue a new series of number plates for any number plates issued pursuant section 249-7, Hawaii Revised Statutes, for affixture to hybrid vehicles pursuant to section 249-9(a)(2)(B), Hawaii Revised Statutes, or gasoline-powered vehicles pursuant to section 249-9(a)(2)(C), Hawaii Revised Statutes.

SECTION 3. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect on June 30, 3000.


 


 

Report Title:

DOT; Number Plates; Zero-Emission Vehicles; Hybrid Vehicles; Okina; Gasoline-Powered Vehicles; Rules

 

Description:

Requires license plates to include okina in the word "Hawaii". Establishes requirements for number plates issued for zero-emission, hybrid, and gasoline-powered vehicles beginning 1/1/2025. Requires the continued use of the rainbow number plate design for hybrid and gasoline-powered vehicles. Effective 6/30/3000. (SD1)

 

 

 

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