HPD ticketing drivers abusing loading zones in Waikiki

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Johnny Cheng of Honolulu Airport Express says he is not the only one who got ticketed recently he says other drivers were also cited for similar offenses.

He mostly drives visitors to and from the Honolulu airport and Waikiki seven days a week.

“Actually we are not parking we just unloading passenger and then we’re leaving right away I don’t know why we get a ticket like that,” Cheng said.

Saturday, he got a $50 ticket after dropping off guests in front of the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach hotel.

“A lot of hotel in Waikiki no lobby if we cannot drop off passenger by the hotel where can we drop off?,” Cheng said.

And, Cheng is not the only driver who got a ticket.

Steven Wong is a supervisor for Hawaii Blue Sky Limousine.

His driver got a ticket totaling $85 for dropping off passengers near the duty-free shop on Seaside Avenue.

“We are in business to unloading the customer in the hotel or in the shop in Waikiki so where can we do it?,” Hawaii Blue Sky Limousine supervisor Steven Wong said.

Cheng admits he doesn’t have a loading zone permit, but says he’s never had to have one before.

“I don’t think the permit will help because that area just like people park on the side always drive on the right side,” Cheng said.

Honolulu Police say they’ve been keeping a closer eye on loading zones because of complaints about some drivers abusing the zone.

They were seen staying longer than the 3-minute time limit causing a traffic backup onto Kalakaua Avenue.

Some were even seen waiting and not actively loading or unloading passengers.

Cheng says he wasn’t one of the people abusing the loading zone rules.

“We never had problem getting a ticket like that because we not leave our car here away just few minute drop off and then unloading, loading customer in a few minute and then we pull out after that,” Cheng said.

Cheng says he may have to refuse business to dropping off passengers in certain areas of Waikiki because he doesn’t want to get another ticket.

“We have to be really careful right now because we had a confusing we don’t really know what the law allow us to drop off and pick up passengers right now,” Cheng said.

Johnny Cheng says he’s already written a letter contesting the ticket.

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