Bill 9 right to urge repeal of outdated transit ordinances

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Honolulu City Council on July 10, 2024.

July 10, 2024, 10 a.m.
Honolulu Hale

To: Honolulu City Council
      Tommy Waters, Chair
      Esther Kiaʻāina, Vice-Chair

From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii
           Ted Kefalas, Director of Strategic Campaigns


Aloha Chair Waters, Vice-Chair Kiaʻāina and other members of the Council,

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii would like to offer its support for Bill 9 (2024), which would repeal sections of the Revised Ordinances of Honolulu relating to rental cars and tour vehicles.

Regarding rental cars, Chapter 36, Article 2 of the revised ordinances concerns issuing licenses to U-drive vehicles. However, as Bill 9 notes, the state Legislature in 1988 put the state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs in charge of regulating businesses that lease or rent motor vehicles for periods of six months or less, including U-drive vehicles, so Article 2 is no longer relevant.

Regarding tour vehicles, Chapter 36, Article 3 was enacted in 1937 to set maximum rates for certain touring automobile services, but as Bill 9 also notes, this article has likely been preempted by state law regulating tour companies operating on public highways, and the city no longer enforces it anyway.

Grassroot welcomes this move to repeal both of these articles, and hopes enacting Bill 9 will be the first step toward removing more outdated parts of the city code.

Thank you for the opportunity to testify.

Ted Kefalas
Director of Strategic Campaigns
Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

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