REVIEWING DRIVER LICENSE RENEWAL FAIRNESS
WHAT: Renewal extension explored for certain seniors
WHEN: Starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020
WHERE: Honolulu Hale, Council Chamber, Third Floor
Councilmember Kym Pine’s resolution to urge the state to increase the driver license renewal period for certain senior drivers will be heard. “This is the number-one complaint received at the DMV,” said Councilmember Pine. Under current law, driver licenses issued to those 71 years old and under are valid for eight years. “We are aging better and staying youthful longer and drivers who are 72 and older are having to renew their driver licenses every two years. They feel discriminated against,” Pine said.
A study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reported that the number of drivers aged 70 and older killed in traffic crashes has dropped 18 percent over the past 20 years. The study also found, among other trends, that older drivers today are involved in fewer crashes per-mile-traveled than those of previous generations. “Resolution 19-309 will start a conversation with the state about extending the renewal period for active kupuna.”
Urges the Legislature of the State of Hawaii is to enact legislation to increase the driver license renewal period for seniors 72 years of age or older from every two years to every four years under certain conditions.
Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine represents residents of District One (ʻEwa, ʻEwa Beach, Kapolei, Honokai Hale, Ko ʻOlina, Nānākuli, Mā‘ili, Wai‘anae, Mākaha, Kea‘au, Mākua) and is chair of the City Council’s Committee on Business Economic Development and Tourism.
Councilmember Kymberly Pine
Honolulu City Council, District One
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