Hawaii Introduces HMV Registration Bill

Legislation (S.B. 2849) to allow owners of former military vehicles the opportunity to register their vehicles as special interest vehicles was introduced. S.B. 2849 allows former military vehicles to be registered as special interest vehicles. The bill is currently in the Senate Committees on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs and on Transportation and Energy. 

The summary description of legislation appearing on this page is for informational purposes only and is not legislation or evidence of legislative intent:

A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATION. 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 be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

“§286-Special interest vehicles; former military vehicles.  (a)  Any person who is the owner of a former military vehicle may apply for registration with the director of finance of the county in which the former military vehicle resides.

(b)  A former military vehicle may be used as other vehicles of the same type, including to transport the owner’s own property where the transportation is in furtherance of a primary business purpose or enterprise of that owner or to transport passengers without charge in motor vehicles owned or operated by the owner, where the transportation is provided in conjunction with and in furtherance of a related primary business purpose or enterprise of that owner, and the transportation is provided only directly to and from the place of business of the owner; provided that a former military vehicle shall not:

(1)  Be used for transportation of persons or transportation of property, as those terms are defined in section 271-4; or

(2)  Carry material weighing more than 500 pounds, not including the weight of a camper, lid, or cap that is mounted on the former military vehicle; the weight of a trailer or load drawn by the former military vehicle; or the weight of any persons riding within the driver’s compartment.

(c)  As used in this section, “former military vehicle” means any of the following vehicles, if the vehicle is at least twenty-five years old:

(1)  A high-mobility, all-terrain, four-wheel or six-wheel drive vehicle originally manufactured for military use and commonly known by the trade name of “Pinzgauer”;

 (2)  A vehicle commonly known by the name of “Kaiser Jeep M715”;

(3)  A high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle originally manufactured for use by the U.S. military forces and commonly known by the name of “Humvee”; or

(4)  A six-wheel drive utility vehicle originally manufactured for use by the U.S. military forces during World War II, known by the acronym of “DUKW” and commonly referred to by the name of “Duck”.”

SECTION 2.  Section 286-2, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended as follows:

1.  By adding two new definitions to be appropriately inserted and to read:

“’Collector’ means an owner of one or more special interest vehicles, including parts vehicles, who collects, purchases, acquires, trades, or disposes of a vehicle or its parts, for the owner’s own use, to preserve, restore, and maintain the vehicle or another vehicle for hobby or historical purposes.

Parts vehicle’ means a vehicle that is owned by a collector to furnish parts for the restoration or maintenance of a special interest vehicle.”

2.  By amending the definition of “special interest vehicle” to read:

“‘ means a vehicle of any age that, because of its significance, is being collected, preserved, restored, or maintained by a collector.  The term includes a street rod vehicle and a street rod replica vehicle, as those terms are defined in section 286-26.5; a vehicle manufactured before 1968; [and] a vehicle manufactured after 1967 to resemble a vehicle manufactured before 1968[.]; and a former military vehicle, as that term is defined in section 286-   .”

     SECTION 3.  Section 286-26.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending its title and subsection (a) to read as follows:

“§286-26.5  Special interest vehicles[.]; street rod replica vehicles; street rod vehicles.  (a)  As used in this section:

‘Collector’ [means an owner of one or more vehicles, including parts vehicles, who collects, purchases, acquires, trades, or disposes of a vehicle or its parts, for the owner’s own use, to preserve, restore, and maintain the vehicle or another vehicle for hobby or historical purposes.] shall have the same meaning as in section 286-2.

‘Parts vehicle’ [means a vehicle that is owned by a collector to furnish parts for the restoration or maintenance of a special interest vehicle.] shall have the same meaning as in section 286-2.

‘Street rod replica vehicle’ means a vehicle that was assembled from a manufactured kit, either as:

(1)  A complete kit to construct a new vehicle consisting of a prefabricated body and chassis;

(2)  Components manufactured before 1968; or

3)  Components manufactured after 1967 to resemble a vehicle manufactured before 1968;

and that has been modified in its body style or design through the use of non-original or reproduction components, such as the frame, engine, drive train, suspension, or brakes, in a manner that does not adversely affect its safe performance as a motor vehicle or render the vehicle unlawful for use on public highways.

 ‘Street rod vehicle’ means a vehicle that was:

(1)  Manufactured before 1968; or

(2)  Manufactured after 1967 to resemble a vehicle manufactured before 1968;

and that has been modified in its body style or design through the use of non-original or reproduction components, such as the frame, engine, drive train, suspension, or brakes, in a manner that does not adversely affect its safe performance as a motor vehicle or render the vehicle unlawful for use on public highways.  The term does not include a motorcycle, an antique vehicle, or a restored vehicle.”

SECTION 4.  Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken.  New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 5.  This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

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