HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

1894

TWENTY-SEVENTH LEGISLATURE, 2014

H.D. 2

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

RELATING TO A CAR-SHARING VEHICLE SURCHARGE TAX.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. The legislature finds that car-sharing is a green transportation innovation that can significantly reduce vehicle miles traveled, oil imports, greenhouse gas emissions, and household transportation costs for Hawaii residents. Car-sharing is a fairly new transportation innovation in the United States that has emerged only in the last ten years. Unlike traditional car rentals, car-sharing is not aimed at tourists or individuals who are getting a personal vehicle repaired. Car-sharing is rented by the minute or by the hour, rather than by the day. Car-sharing members are persons who either cannot afford to or prefer not to own their own vehicles but occasionally need access to vehicles to run errands. Car-sharing enables them to enjoy the benefits of automobile access without the high fixed costs and other concerns that come with car ownership.

The purpose of this Act is to create a car-sharing vehicle surcharge tax.

SECTION 2. Chapter 251, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"251- Car-sharing vehicle surcharge tax. There is levied and shall be assessed and collected a car-sharing vehicle surcharge tax of $         per day for each vehicle available for use or partially available for use during each month by members of a car-sharing organization. The car-sharing vehicle surcharge tax shall be levied upon the car-sharing organization."

SECTION 3. Chapter 251, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending its title to read as follows:

"[[]CHAPTER 251[]]

RENTAL MOTOR VEHICLE [AND], TOUR VEHICLE, AND CAR-SHARING VEHICLE SURCHARGE TAX"

SECTION 4. Section 251-1, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new definition to be appropriately inserted and to read as follows:

""Car-sharing organization" means an organization that operates a membership program in which:

(1) Self-service access to a fleet of vehicles is provided, with or without requiring a reservation, exclusively to members of the organization who have paid a membership fee;

(2) Members are charged a usage rate, either hourly or by the minute, for each use of a vehicle;

(3) Members are not required to enter into a separate written agreement with the organization each time the member reserves and uses a vehicle; and

(4) The average paid use period for all vehicles provided by the organization during any calendar year is four hours or less."

SECTION 5. Section 251-3, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (a) to read as follows:

"(a) Each person as a condition precedent to engaging or continuing in the business of providing rental motor vehicles to the public or engaging or continuing in the tour vehicle operator business or a car-sharing organization business shall register with the director. A person required to so register shall make a one-time payment of $20, upon receipt of which the director shall issue a certificate of registration in such form as the director determines, attesting that the registration has been made. The registration shall not be transferable and shall be valid only for the person in whose name it is issued and for the transaction of business at the place designated therein. The registration, or in lieu thereof a notice stating where the registration may be inspected and examined, shall at all times be conspicuously displayed at the place for which it is issued."

SECTION 6. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 7. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2030.


 


 

Report Title:

Car-sharing Vehicle Surcharge Tax

 

Description:

Establishes a car-sharing vehicle surcharge tax. Effective July 1, 2030. (HB1894 HD2)

 

 

 

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