Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff.
Dear Mayor Alan Arakawa,
Q: My question is regarding window stickers on the rear windows of vehicles. Vehicle inspection stations are now ordering the public to remove their rear window stickers in order to pass inspection. I tried researching the Hawaii State law online regarding this matter, but the only thing I could find were the restrictions and size of stickers on front windshields, not the rear. I talked to a Maui Police Officer and he said that stickers are allowed on the rear windows of pick-up trucks but not on cars. I own a Toyota Tacoma truck and have three small stickers on the rear windshield. They are about three to four inches in diameter, each of them behind rear seat head rests so they do not block my rear view at all. Is this legal? If not, can you please tell me the reason for this law if they do not block my rear view. Thank you very much!
A: Thank you for your inquiry. Stickers on the rear window are prohibited by County Code, which is upheld by State regulation. SUVs and light trucks such as your Toyota Tacoma are not exempt. Maui County Code 10.20.420 states that stickers, posters or opaque signs front windshield must not exceed 24 square inches in total area, but stickers, posters or opaque signs of any description are not allowed on the rear window or windows. Signs or stickers on the front windshield must be placed only in the lower right-hand corner, as seen from inside the vehicle. The State Dept. of Transportation’s manual for inspectors of passenger cars and light trucks specifies that the vehicle should fail inspection if the glazing has a decal or sticker that does not comply with county Ordinance. Ordinances differ from county to county, and no historical basis was available for Maui County’s law.
Q: I am aware of the County’s abandoned vehicle ordinance: vehicles parked over 24 hours can be abandoned, causing a nuisance. However, what about when you have large boats, trailers, school buses, or commercial vehicles (i.e. a lunch wagon) parked on the streets for days, weeks or months? This is occurring in our neighborhood. Are you allowed to park a boat on the street/shoulder and leave it there?
A: No, those vehicles are considered abandoned because they have been left unattended on a public highway for more than 24 hours (Maui County Code 10.48.200). Additionally, Maui County Code 10.48.210 specifies that police and property owners are authorized to move any vehicle left unattended on a street, and is parked illegally, as to constitute a hazard or obstruction to the normal movement of traffic.
Q: Is there any consideration of a traffic light going up at Maui Lani Parkway and South Kamehameha Avenue near Pomaikai Elementary School? I suspect that 90 percent of the drivers who use the four-way stop there cannot properly recite the rules of a four-way stop, and traffic on Maui Lani Parkway regularly gets backed up 30 cars deep.
A: Yes, Maui Lani has initiated design of a traffic signal system for this intersection in accordance with the traffic master plan agreement the County has with them. The intersection is still privately owned, but Maui Lani has dedicated the portion of Maui Lani Parkway from the intersection to Kuikahi to the County. While the process is lengthy, Maui Lani is moving ahead with dedicating the remaining portion of Maui Lani Parkway and Kamehameha to the County, so the intersection will be under full County control.
Want to Ask the Mayor?
Submit your questions about County of Maui programs, services, operations or policies to Mayor Alan Arakawa via email: AskTheMayor@mauicounty.gov, phone: 270-7855 or mail: 200 S. High Street, 9th Floor, Wailuku, Hawaii 96793. Questions submitted will be considered for inclusion in the Ask the Mayor column.