Maui mayor announces Uber needs license to operate in the county

Q&A with Maui mayor: Maui County Code does not regulate this type of motor carrier. Instead, the service falls under the jurisdiction of the State’s Public Utilities Commission, commonly known as the PUC. According to HRS 271-8, persons transporting passengers… for compensation or hire are required to have a “certificate of public convenience and necessity” issued by the PUC. The commission investigates all instances of illegal operations under its jurisdiction, and is authorized to issue citations in the amount of $1,000, plus $500 for each day the violation continues, to transportation companies that fail to obtain certificates prior to providing transportation services.