Hawaii proposes safety inspection fee increase

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - It could cost nearly $5 more to get a vehicle safety inspection as Hawaii moves to an electronic system.

The state Department of Transportation proposes increases the safety inspection fee by $4.49 by the end of the year, after public hearings are held on each island.

Department spokeswoman Caroline Sluyter says vehicle inspection fees haven't increased since the 1980s.

West Hawaii Today reports some local inspection station owners are leery of the proposed changes, fearing problems including equipment and training.

The state says an electronic system will make the process more streamlined and will reduce paperwork.

The changes would bring the cost of inspecting an automobile or truck to $19.19. Motorcycle or trailer inspections would cost $13.24.

Public hearing dates haven't been set.

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