Corrected! The Hawaii legislature has introduced a
bill resolution that would require aftermarket car audio retailers to educate their customers about local noise ordinances.
The resolution HR 107 also requests that local police “vigorously enforce” local noise ordinances. These local laws state that a car radio shouldn’t be audible from 30 to 50 feet away (depending on the locale).
As a resolution, HR 107 apparently does not carry the weight of law.
The resolution, along with a companion bill HCR 123, specifically calls for the state’s Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs to require businesses that sell and install mobile electronics to educate customers on noise laws.
To be proactive, a Hawaii rep, Edric Taira of Foresight Industries has already launched a grass roots “Sensible Sound” campaign. It includes printed fliers for retailers to hand out to customers and stickers for windows and cars. One of the fliers explains the local ordinances and another asks customers to “Practice Sensible Sound.”
Taira said some retailers are already participating and suppliers including Alumapro, Kinetik, Digital Designs and Zapco have voiced their support. A Web site is under construction at www.sensiblesound.org. You can email Taira for more info at [email protected]
Earlier this year, Hawaii introduced bills that would have crippled the car audio and car security business in the state. Both bills were deferred for the time being. The car audio bill sought to ban aftermarket speakers over 6.5 inches and any aftermarket speaker over 100 watts in capability. A separate car alarm bill sought to ban the installation of car security systems in the state and called for existing car alarms to be uninstalled or disabled.
This new bill on educating retailers was introduced on March 15, about a week after the car alarm bill was deferred. It must get through two committees by April 25, said Taira, or it will not be heard for the rest of the year.
The spate of anti car audio legislation in Hawaii has spurred the creation of a local Electronics Assocation-Hawaii, to act as a watch dog group and advocate for car stereo retailers. The group held a meeting on March 24 and elected Marco Colindres of Pride of Hawaii as president. The group will file incorporation papers no later than April 1, said Carmina Ahmed of Car Stereo Express. Seventeen retailers and 6 reps have committed to joining the group, she said.