Kokua Line

By Gregg K. Kakesako

Wednesday, September 4, 1996

Moped license requires different test

How do you go about getting a license to drive a moped?

To take the initial written test to drive either a moped or a passenger car, you have to be at least 15 years old. To operate a moped you need either a motor vehicle, motorcycle or motor scooter operator's license. The written and road tests to drive a passenger car are different from the tests for motor scooters and motorcycles.

You can take the written and road tests for a passenger motor vehicle operator's license at the Pearl City, Wahiawa, Kaneohe and Kalihi police substations. The Waianae substation administers those tests only on Mondays and Wednesdays.

To be tested just for motor scooters and motorcycles, go to the city vehicle licensing main station at 1370 Mauna Kea St.

Mopeds create traffic hazards by not being able to keep up with the flow of traffic.

The police simply seem to be ignoring them while ticketing drivers for lesser offenses. Why is that? I am sure many of these moped drivers are underage or driving without a license.

HPD Sgt. Clyde Yamashiro said anyone operating a moped must have a passenger car operator's license or a license to drive a motorcycle or motor scooter. "Unless the driver does something wrong, a police officer cannot stop him," Yamashiro said. "The officer needs probable cause."


"To Kelly Koga of Alamo rental on Kauai. On Aug. 16 she made our trip to Kauai a very memorable one. Even though our credit card had been denied, she refused to let us go without a car. After 20 minutes of paperwork and magic, she pulled a car out of the bag for us." - Freddie & Hannah.


"To the group of Honolulu Police officers on the H-1 freeway Ewa-bound who appeared to be training with laser guns on Aug. 20. What bothered me is that one of the officers walked onto the freeway and stood in front of the vehicle he wanted to stop. Not only did he cause a number of cars to brake suddenly, some cars didn't see him and continued on. Though nothing happened, what would have happened if the truck couldn't or wouldn't stop? What if his actions caused an accident? What if someone swerved to avoid other vehicles and hit the officers on the side of the road?"

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