Starting Nov. 1, more than 700 safety check stations across the state will be required by law to conduct vehicle safety checks via a new, high-tech system that includes an iPad, wireless router, and printer.
"We would have to take the insurance and registration from the customer and manually fill out the form," said Dereck Bradley, Goodyear Service Center.
After that, the forms would then travel to California to be inputted in the state Department of Transportation website back in Hawaii -- sometimes taking longer than a month. The new system is much faster.
"I would say it speeds the thing up in half, so it's probably twice as fast," Bradley said.
As part of the new state program, each safety check garage will get a free iPad, printer, and wireless system, along with training.
"It's about time, actually. It's better [because] all of our diagnostic equipment is all high-tech already. And now, finally the safety check caught on, came on board," Bradley said.
The Bradley Goodyear Service Center in Waipio is one of the test bed sites for the new system. Technicians are already doing safety checks with the iPad and say it's a lot easier.
The cost of the safety check at Bradley's Service Center will go up about $4 per vehicle to $19.19.
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