Bill aims to mitigate abandoned cars
LIHUE New legislation that could potentially help mitigate the unsightly, rising issue of abandoned and derelict vehicles on Kauai was recently introduced by Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami.
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I have to take issue with Chief Todd Raybuck’s plan…do you realize how onerous it is to have to steal a new license plate with current registration sticker EVERY year??
That won’t work. Nobody registers their vehicles on Kauai. It’s too expensive to do even that.
People are gonna complain about having to go to the DMV. Although I applaud the mayor for trying to do something on a county level. Perhaps the state should use the resources we already have in place. Every island has multiple “Safety Check Stations” spread across the state. Since this is a state wide problem why not just make it mandatory for both parties to go to a safety check station sign over title and take a picture of the vehicle. Make a charge available to pay the station for itʻs services. Seemʻs like a simple solution. The new owner is now liable for towing services
Our county leaders can’t even do their job and remove clearly destroyed vehicles like the Suburu wagon sitting at least a month covered in Abandoned Vehicle stickers near Kealia. Or how about the roll over with no tires sitting by Haena? It’s been there all summer! It’s not like there’s dozens and dozens of cars- you’re simply not doing your job.
Cars have VIN numbers all over them. Why aren’t the car dumpers found and charged?
Another approach would be to include the cost of disposal with the import of a vehicle to the island. That way it doesn’t matter if the car is sold. When it’s time to retire the vehicle, the fee has already been paid.
Can the County provide a FREE TOWING service island-wide to get derelict vehicles over to Puhi Metals w/o delay?
According to this website, people can junk 3 vehicles per year free of charge. Is this common knowledge? Send out a flyer island-wide…put an ad in TGI….display signs at the lifeguard towers & county parks…don’t rely on websites for people to get this information b/c not everyone has internet access.
Providing a free County-wide tow service for derelict vehicle owners who want to get rid of one, two or three is a great investment not un-like a free bus service. Getting cars off the road whether derelict or not is the ultimate goal & this type of service is obviously in need.