KITV4: Lawmakers push to end ‘recon’ inspections of modified vehicles 2/23/21

[Note: The following article, published by KITV4 on 23 Feb. 2021, is about a bill, SB57, introduced by Senator Shimabukuro, to eliminate the Reconstructed car inspection requirement.]

O’ahu’s “Recon” inspection program could be coming to an end.

State senators are pushing to eliminate the special inspection requirement for modified vehicles.

The State Department of Transportation supports the call and testified that current crash data indicate reconstructed vehicles do not pose a safety problem on Hawaii’s roads.

According to the HDOT, its staff also lack the expertise needed to properly inspect these types of vehicles. The measure would keep the current “street rod” exemption for vehicles older than 1968 which allows those vehicles to undergo a less stringent safety inspection.

SB57 also has support from the Honolulu Police Department.

The bill passed its final Senate committee Tuesday.

It’s a full senate vote away from being sent to the House to be voted on by representatives.