Moped noise is a significant problem in our neighborhoods, with many complaints stemming from mopeds with illegally modified engines and exhaust systems. Numerous residents have reported that the excessive noise emitted from these illegally modified mopeds have compromised their health and well-being, and are looking to their legislators to provide relief.
In October, the McCully Neighborhood Board hosted a meeting to discuss moped and scooter noise, and Councilmember Kobayashi and I introduced Bill 83 (Relating to the Inspection of Motor Vehicles and Mopeds) to set rules for annual inspections of mopeds. This bill seeks to reduce moped noise by using the safety check inspection process to identify modified mufflers and issue citations; however, the bill was deferred in response to concerns raised by Departments of Customer Services and Transportation Services in committee. Moped noise legislation is receiving considerable support from various neighborhood boards – Liliha/Puunui/Alewa NB #14, Diamond Head/Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights NB #5, Kailua NB #31, McCully NB #5 and Pearl City NB #21 have adopted resolutions expressing support for moped noise legislation at this year’s State Legislature and in the Honolulu City Council.