286202  General duties and powers of the director.  The general duties and powers of the director shall be:

Terms Used In Hawaii Revised Statutes 286-202

  • Director: means the director of transportation. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 286-201
  • Motor carrier: as used in this part means any person who owns a motor vehicle used in, or engages in the transportation of persons or property by motor vehicle on the public highways in the furtherance of any commercial, industrial, or educational enterprise. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 286-201
  • Motor carrier vehicle: means any motor vehicle or vehicle, including integrally mounted equipment and specially constructed motorized equipment, used by a motor carrier to transport passengers or property on the public highways. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 286-201

     (1)  To establish rules promoting the safety of operations, motor vehicle and equipment of motor carriers; provided that the maximum hours of service to be performed by an operator of a motor carrier vehicle shall be determined by the director based on conditions existing in the State or in particular sections of the State and shall be compatible with those prescribed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety regulations of the United States Department of Transportation.

     (2)  To coordinate the various motor carrier safety programs in the State including the formulation of statewide standards as necessary.

     (3)  To develop and implement, on a priority basis, a recordkeeping and information system for the motor carrier safety program.

     (4)  To develop standards relating to the qualification of motor carrier vehicle drivers.

     (5)  To establish standards for continuous driver training and periodic evaluation of the driver performance of motor carrier vehicle drivers.

     (6)  To establish standards for motor carrier vehicle safety inspection, motor carrier vehicle inspection stations, and motor carrier vehicle inspection personnel.

     (7)  To revise and update the standards relating to motor carrier vehicle maintenance and establish a system for the enforcement of such standards.

     (8)  To develop the standards for size and weight of vehicles, including motor carrier vehicles, pursuant to chapter 291.

     (9)  To establish standards for the issuance of special permits to carry oversized and overweight loads on the highway.

    (10)  To establish standards for the transportation of hazardous materials on the highways.

    (11)  To develop comprehensive rules governing the modification of motor carrier vehicles which will at any time be operated upon the highway.

    (12)  To review and approve all plans and specifications for construction in the State or modification of motor carrier vehicles which will at any time be operated upon the highway.

    (13)  To adopt rules pursuant to chapter 91 necessary for the purposes of this part.

    (14)  To investigate all motor carrier vehicle accidents under this part resulting in death of a human being or other accidents as the director determines necessary to advance the motor carrier safety program.