Kokua Line

By June Watanabe

Recheck of car not needed
for stolen sticker

Question: During the month of October, I renewed my car safety sticker. In November, I parked my truck on Ukee Street in Waipio Gentry and went to work. After work, I noticed that some dirtbag had removed my safety sticker! I returned to the same station to replace the sticker, but I was told that another safety inspection had to be done even though I provided the safety check papers given to me a month earlier. Why should I pay for another safety check when my original tag was stolen? Why can't the inspection station just reissue the sticker?

Answer: You should go back to the inspection station and inform workers there about the state Department of Transportation's administrative rule covering the issuance of safety stickers.

According to Section 19-133 of the DOT's rules, you should have been given a replacement sticker without having to go through a re-inspection by the station that issued your original sticker.

However, the station is allowed to charge $5 to replace a stolen decal. The rule on the replacement of lost, stolen or destroyed stickers is that they "shall be replaced without re-inspection ... upon presentation of the vehicle's current certificate of inspection, provided that the current certificate of inspection and inspection sticker shall not have expired at the time replacement is requested."

A re-inspection is required if there is no evidence of a current inspection or certificate of inspection.

Once a sticker is reissued, the inspector has to record the serial number of the replacement on original copies of the inspection station's and vehicle owner's certificate of inspection and report the additional information to the DOT.


I live near Kamalii Park, beside the fire station on Beretania Street and Pali Highway. A sign there says the park is supposed to be closed 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Why don't police enforce this? Every night, a lot of homeless people sleep in there now. They came down from Fort Street Mall and Aala Park. They make a terrible mess there -- paper, clothes, trash and piles of human waste -- and every morning a cleaning crew has to go in and spend hours cleaning up. I feel sorry for this crew because they do such a good job every morning, but they wouldn't have to be doing all this work if the park were closed at night. Why don't police enforce the closing, so the guys can go down to the Institute for Human Services, which has beds for them? -- A.R.

(Kamalii Mini Park is regularly cleaned by a crew from the Division of Road Maintenance Mayor's Clean Team, according to Larry Leopardi, director of the Department of Facility Maintenance. He said the crew maintains the park "in a generally good condition," although at times people who sleep and camp out in the park overnight "considerably hamper their cleaning efforts."

(Leopardi said he would refer your concerns about enforcing the park's closing hours to police.)


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