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Notice #: 0001308960-01
Public Hearings


Pursuant to Chapter 91, Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS), notice is hereby given that the State of Hawaii, Department of Transportation, Highways Division, will hold a public hearing to consider the proposed amendment and compilation of Chapter 19-108, Hawaii Administrative Rules, “High Occupancy Vehicle Lanes”.

The purpose of the proposed rules is to implement Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS) section 291C-222 which requires the Director of Transportation to amend and compile rules to:

a. Sections 19-108-1 to 19-108-8 amend clarification and formatting.

b. Section 19-108-2
The proposed amendment will add definition of “Electric Vehicle” (EV) means a vehicle as defined in HRS §291-71.

c. The proposed amendment to include EVs in the vehicle exceptions.

d. Compile the sections of the chapter.

Act 168 Session Laws of Hawaii enacted in 2012 was repealed on June 30, 2020, due to the sunset clause. Part of Act 168 allowed EVs to use a HOV lane regardless of the number of persons in the vehicle. The Department of Transportation supports the continued exception for EVs to use HOV lanes and proposes to amend and compile Chapter 19- 108.

A virtual public hearing will be held on February 9, 2021, at 9:00 am using Microsoft Teams. To request an invitation to the hearing please email at least 10 days prior to the hearing.

Interested persons are invited to present their views on the proposed rules at the virtual public hearing or by submittal of comments through one of the methods below:

Hard copy comments addressed to:

Hawaii Department of Transportation
Highways Division Traffic Branch
601 Kamokila Boulevard, Room 602
Kapolei, Hawaii 96707

Electronic submittal through email to or our public feedback page at

A copy of the proposed rules may be requested by calling 692-7695, emailing or writing to the address above. Upon receiving such a request, a copy will be mailed at no cost to the requestor. The proposed rules may also be viewed online at business/hawaii-administrative-rules/

Language interpretation, auxiliary aids, or special services (e.g. sign language interpreter, materials in alternate format) may be requested prior to virtual public hearing. Please submit requests in a timely manner to allow an adequate period to fulfill requests.

Text telephone (TTY) users may use the telecommunication relay service (TRS) to contact HDOT.

Upon request, this notice and the proposed rules are available in alternate formats such as large print, braille, or electronic copy.

Director of Transportation
(SA1308960 1/3, 2/3, 2/7/21)