In response to strong support from Neighborhood Boards around Oahu, Honolulu Councilmembers and state legislators have introduced bills to curb excessive moped noise, which can be attributed to mopeds that have been illegally modified. The State Senate will vote on its amendments to HB 1753, HD3, SD1 on Tuesday, April 12th, while the Council has been reviewing Bill 83 (deferred in the Transportation Committee).
HB 1753, HD3, SD1 sets up a procedure for moped registration, license plates, and annual recertification in order to reduce the amount of illegally modified mopeds on the road and make it easier for police and citizens to identify moped owners in violation. It also gives county police the authority to conduct inspections on potentially unsafe mopeds, which may deter owners from making illegal modifications to their mopeds.
Councilmember Kobayashi and I co-sponsored Bill 83 (2015) to require safety checks for mopeds. It establishes a permitting process that ensures each station would have the proper equipment to conduct safety checks and establishes procedures to penalize negligent inspection stations. Transportation Committee Chair Councilmember Manahan recommended deferral of the Council bill to await further legislative action on HB 1753.