Andy Kim is a former GOVERNING staff writer.
In Hawaii, if a driver of a rental car gets a parking ticket and doesn’t turn it in to the rental company, the state’s Judicary must track down the ticket. And if the car in question has outstanding fines, the vehicle may be towed, making the rental company pay additional fees. To help rental car companies keep track of their fleet, the state launched an online monitoring system to keep track of any violations filed against their cars in the past 31 days. The Kia’i Ka’a – Vehicle Watcher e-mails weekly reports to subscribers—who must pay $3 per detected violation. Although the program is geared toward monitoring fleets of vehicles, anyone—such as parents with rookie-driver teenagers—can subscribe. Soon, the service will also be able to notify owners of blocks on their registration, accept online violation payments and renew tags.