Police on Lookout for Oversized Vehicles 03-21-01

HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
TRAFFIC SERVICES SECTION
SERGEANT RANDY K. APELE
PHONE: 961-2305
MARCH 21, 2001

MEDIA RELEASE

In response to public complaints, Big Island police are cracking down on illegal oversized vehicles.

Sergeant Randy K. Apele of the Traffic Services Section said altering vehicles to make them higher off the ground make them out of balance, harder to control and present a danger to the drivers, their passengers and other vehicles on the road.

Section 291-35.1 of the Hawaii Revised Statutes regulates maximum bumper heights of bumpers according to the vehicles’ weight.

Under the statute, the maximum heights, measured from a level surface to the highest point on the bottom of the bumper, are:

Gross Vehicle Weight

Front

Rear

Passenger vehicles

22 inches

22 inches

4,500 lbs. and under

29 inches

29 inches

4,501 lbs. to 7,500 lbs.

33 inches

33 inches

7,501 lbs to 10,000 lbs.

35 inches

35 inches

The state transportation or county engineer may issue written permits exempting certain vehicles, particularly farm equipment, from the regulation.

Violators are subject to a fine of up to $600.

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