The first of the city’s new fleet of Handi-Vans hit the road last month, but since then, only 10 of the 99 new vans have been put into service.
The city says it’s because inspectors have found numerous issues with the vans when they arrive here from the mainland, so they want to make sure the vans are perfectly safe before putting them in to service.
“We hope that some of these problems, now that they’ve been reoccurring, will be done on the mainland at the facility that is making these vans before they arrive here,” said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell. “We’re not going to accept a van until it’s in perfect safe working order.”
The company bringing in the vans says the city hired an inspector on the mainland who says all the vans are built to code.
An inspector with Oahu Transit Services does an entirely new inspection once the vans arrive.