Proposal aims to have abandoned vehicles removed quicker — but some officials point to problems with the plan

  • Vehicles are scrapped at Big Island Scrap Metal. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Vehicles are scrapped at Big Island Scrap Metal. (Photos by Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • An unofficial abandoned vehicle in Holualoa is marked by duct tape.

  • An abandoned vehice notice is taped to a vehicle on the side of Mamalahoa Highway in Honaunau. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • A stripped, abandoned vehicle sits on the side of Mamalahoa Highway in Honaunau. (Photos by Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — A bill aimed at getting abandoned vehicles off public roads quicker in Hawaii passed a state Senate committee this week with overwhelming support.