Bill would increase fine for not using 4×4 on Waipio Valley Road

  • Waipio Valley Road descends 900 feet in less than a mile and has an average grade of 25 percent, though some areas are steeper. Rep. Mark Nakashima (D-Hamakua, Hilo) has introduced a House bill that would assess a $250 fine for using any vehicle other than a low-grade, four-wheel-drive vehicle to traverse the access road between the lookout and valley floor. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • A vehicle makes its way down Waipio Valley Road in this image grab from YouTube video posted by Big Island Off Road Adventures. (Image grab from YouTube video posted by Big Island Off Road Adventures/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • A vehicle makes its way down Waipio Valley Road in this image grab from YouTube video posted by Big Island Off Road Adventures. (Special to West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — The fine for not using a four-wheel-drive vehicle on Waipio Valley Road could increase five-fold under a proposal moving through the state Legislature.