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OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR — News Release — Governor Ige signs bills to protect bicyclists, rid public roads of abandoned vehicles

Posted on Jun 20, 2018 in Latest Department News, Office of the Governor Press Releases

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige signed the following bills at ceremonies held at the Office of the Governor on June 20:


HB 2215 (Act 47), which requires drivers to allow at least three feet of separation between the driver’s vehicle and the bicycle when passing or overtaking the bicyclist.


“The passage of this bill highlights our commitment to ensuring that cyclists are safe on our roads, and that Hawai‘i becomes a more bicycle friendly community. I am happy to sign this bill and make Hawai‘i the 37th state in the nation to make this commitment,” said Gov. Ige.


Act 47 takes effect on July 1, 2018.


HB 2442, (Act 48), which requires counties to take into custody any abandoned vehicle on a public roadway within 10 business days.


This new law removes the requirement that abandoned vehicles be sold at public auction, which in turn allows the vehicles to be disposed of more efficiently. The law also makes it easier to classify vehicles as “derelict” instead of abandoned, which eliminates the storage requirement and frees up space at tow yards. Ultimately, the new law will help keep public streets safe and clear.


Act 48 takes effect upon approval.


HB 2596, (Act 46), which requires certain vessel owners to apply for certificates of title within 20 days of becoming an owner, or establishing principal use of a vessel.


This system will operate the same way that automobiles are issued certificates of title. This law will help the state quickly verify ownership and therefore reduce the number of stolen vessels being fraudulently registered with the state.


Act 46 takes effect on July 1, 2018.


Media Contacts:

Jodi Leong

Deputy Communications Director/Press Secretary

Office of the Governor

Office: 808-586-0043

Mobile: 808-798-3929

[email protected]


Cindy McMillan

Communications Director

Office of the Governor

Office: 808-586-0012

Mobile: 808-265-7974

[email protected]