Function of Motor Vehicle Safety Office

Directs, coordinates, and administers the State’s motor carrier safety programs and highway safety programs, activities and research to meet the requirements of the State and the Federal Highway Safety Program standards and regulations.

  1. Establishes, revises, and updates motor carrier and highway safety standards and regulations, subject to Chapter 91, HRS including those for motor carrier vehicles and drivers.
  2. Coordinates all non-engineering highway safety programs, activities, and research in the State; reviews all non-engineering highway safety projects, programs, and requests for federal highway safety funds.
  3. Recommends and aids in the preparation of proposed legislation to implement State motor carrier safety and highway safety programs.
  4. Coordinates all motor carrier safety programs and highway safety programs with county agencies.
  5. Recommends preparation of proposed legislation to implement the State Highway Safety Program.
  6. Makes available to all concerned agencies and groups in the State, guidelines, standards, directives and other information relating to highway safety.
  7. Evaluates highway safety programs and activities in the State and makes recommendations.
  8. Provides for all required statistical, status, and other informational reports.
  9. Maintains an informational exchange program with other State and Federal governments as related to highway safety.

Statistical Services
Collects data, analyzes the data, and prepares required statistical reports for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program; updates and maintains the Fatal Accident Reporting System and the SAFETYNET System; prepares other statistical reports as required.

Clerical Services
Provides the Motor Vehicle Safety Office with clerical services; develops and maintains a record management system for the proper retention and disposal of records; provides stenographic, typing, filing, and other clerical services.

Motor Carrier Safety Staff

  1. Establishes rules and regulations, subject to Chapter 91, HRS promoting the safety of operations, motor vehicle and equipment of motor carriers; coordinates the various motor carrier safety programs in the State, including the formulation of statewide standards.
  2. Coordinates and directs public information services relating to the motor carrier safety program.
  3. Develops and implements standards relating to the qualification of motor carrier drivers.
  4. Establishes and implements standards for continuous driver training and periodic evaluation of the performance of motor carrier vehicle drivers.
  5. Establishes and implements standards for motor carrier vehicle safety inspection; motor carrier vehicle inspection stations, and motor carrier vehicle inspection personnel.
  6. Revises and updates the standards relating to motor carrier vehicle maintenance and establishes a system for the enforcement of such standards.
  7. Develops the standards for size and weight of vehicles; establishes standards for the issuance of special permits to carry oversized and weight loads on the highway.
  8. Enforces standards relating to motor carrier for the transportation of hazardous materials on the highways.
  9. Develops comprehensive regulations governing the modification of motor carrier vehicles which will at any time be operated on the highway.
  10. Reviews and approves all plans and specifications for construction and modification of motor carrier vehicles in the State which will at any time be operated on the highway.
  11. Investigates all motor carrier vehicle accidents resulting in death of a human being or other accidents as necessary to advance the motor carrier safety program.
  12. Establishes rules and regulations for physical examination of motor carrier drivers.
  13. Establishes rules and regulations, subject to chapter 91, HRS promoting the safe operation of school buses.
  14. Develops and implements standards relating to the qualification and training of school bus drivers.
  15. Develops standards for school vehicles and school vehicle equipment design, construction and identification.

Highways Safety Staff

  1. Coordinates all non-engineering highway safety programs, activities and research in the State and its political subdivisions.
  2. Provides coordination and liaison services for the State in transactions with agencies of the federal government; provides advisory and consultative services to the Governor, Legislature, State and County agencies, community and special interest groups on all matters pertaining to highway safety.
  3. Implements State and Federal highway safety programs.
  4. Reviews all non-engineering highway safety projects, programs, and requests for funds to ascertain that they comply with established guidelines and with the overall program.
  5. Coordinates and directs public information services relating to highway safety in the State; makes available to all concerned agencies and directs public information services relating to highway safety in the State.
  6. In cooperation with its political subdivisions, develops and administers a statewide integrated traffic records system; prepares a highway safety plan for submittal to the Federal Highway Safety Administrator and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
  7. Directs intra-state and inter-state participation in the driver license compact.
  8. Implements and coordinates a statewide traffic code and changes.
  9. Approves all vehicle safety equipment for use within the State of Hawaii.
  10. Establishes guidelines and standards for driver licenses.

Contact Person:
Scott Haneberg
Motor Vehicle Safety Administrator
601 Kamokila Boulevard, Room 511
Kapolei, Hawaii 96707
Phone: (808) 692-7650
Fax: (808) 692-7665