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Displaying a ‘for sale’ sign on parked car can be illegal

By June Watanabe


Question: Is it unlawful to post a “For Sale” sign on a private automobile when parked on a public street? My friend had a traffic citation for having a “For Sale” sign on his car when he was parked on the street in a legal parking space. He was visiting someone who lives in a condominium that has no visitor parking stalls.

Answer: There is a city law — Section 15-14.7 of the Revised Ordinances of Honolulu — that prohibits parking for “certain purposes.”

Among them, “No person shall park a vehicle upon any roadway for the principal purpose of … displaying such vehicle for sale … or washing, greasing or repairing such vehicle, except repairs necessitated by an emergency.”

“Yes, a vehicle that is parked on a public roadway and displaying a ‘For Sale’ sign could be cited,” said Capt. Andrew Lum, spokesman for the Honolulu Police Department.

It wouldn’t appear your friend’s main intention was to sell his car when he parked on the street. HPD says his recourse is to tell that to the judge.

“The vehicle’s owner could go to court to defend against the assertion their vehicle was parked on the roadway for the principal purpose of selling it,” Lum said.


To a speeding police officer and the Honolulu Police Department. At about 12:05 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, a police car was speeding on two-lane East Manoa Road, going mauka on the wrong side of the street with its siren blasting, passing cars on the right. It scared and upset the heck out of a lot of people around Manoa Marketplace. When I went home, I called 911 saying I wanted to report an officer driving very dangerously and recklessly. The dispatcher said, “OK, we’ll send a policeman up to your house.” I explained why I didn’t want an officer to come to my house and asked if I could just give a report, and she said, “No, either we have to send somebody out to your house or you have to come down to the Police Department.” What an incredible disservice it is to someone who wants to report a dangerous incident to be told they can’t do it unless an officer comes to the house or they have to go to the police station. — Upset in Manoa

In response to your criticism about the officer in the vehicle, HPD said that he was one of several who responded to “a burglary that had just been committed,” indicating a sense of urgency at the time.

The officers “located and arrested several suspects, and the investigation is ongoing.”

However, the response did not address the issue of whether the officer might have endangered people in rushing to the scene, as you indicated.

Regarding why you have to file a complaint in person, an HPD spokesman said that for issues of misconduct, “a formal complaint requires it to be notarized.”

We’re told the purpose of meeting with an officer at a complainant’s home or at the police station is to verify the complainant’s identification.


Seniors are invited to get help enrolling in or changing their Medicare Supplemental Health Care Plans at two free “Medicare Checkup” events on Nov. 17:

» 9 a.m. to noon, Filipino Community Center, 94-428 Mokuola St., Waipahu
» 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Kalihi Waena Elementary School, 1240 Gulick Ave.

People wishing to have individual counseling after the initial 75-minute presentation are advised to bring a current health insurance card, letters from their insurance company and a list of medications.

Language assistance in Ilocano and Tagalog will be available for those who need it.

The events are free, but to register, go to himedicare.eventbrite.com or call 545-6004.

AARP and SagePLUS are sponsoring the events.

Write to “Kokua Line” at Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 7 Waterfront Plaza, Suite 210, 500 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu 96813; call 529-4773; fax 529-4750; or email kokualine@staradvertiser.com.

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bwaikiki wrote:
Want NOTHING to do with AARP.
on November 9,2011 | 05:45AM
cojef wrote:
Im with you!! AARP many years ago became a political action organization taken over by the liberal left and have started to get radicalized.
on November 9,2011 | 05:03PM
KekoaBradshaw wrote:
So a police officer driving fast, with siren blasting, "scared and upset a lot of people at the Manoa Marketplace" and this person wants to file a complaint? Isn't speeding with siren blasting just what the police are SUPPOSED to do when responding to an emergency? Hey, Upset in Manoa, the blasting siren is to alert drivers to get out of the way. Haven't you noticed that fire engines and ambulances do the same thing in an emrgency? If people were "scared and upset" at the Manoa Marhetplace because of a police siren , I can only ask what planet they're from. Manoa is part of Honolulu--it's a big city, and at times the HPD has to respond to emergencies. I am NOT a police officer and have nothing to do with the HPD, but I'm happy to hear that the officer you're so upset with was responding appropriately to a call of a burglary in progress.
on November 9,2011 | 06:49AM
abird808 wrote:
Like the comment KekoaBradshaw!! I totally agree! And in most instances...people don't even bother getting out of the way of an emergency vehicle with their sirens on! It amazes me that people will not move and I am not sure why...are they afraid they are going to get a ticket if they have to pull into an intersection to get out of the way of the emergency vehicle? People move! That fire truck could be trying to get to your house to put out a fire...or your loved one is in that ambulance....or the police could be heading to your house to catch the bad guys!!
on November 9,2011 | 11:26AM
Pacej001 wrote:
For Sale sign in parked car illegal: More government by nanny.
on November 9,2011 | 08:44AM
ManoaHi wrote:
Auwe! I would like to complain that Kokua Line should not publish these kind of complaints when the police are doing proper procedure. This just shows lack of common sense on both "Upset in Manoa" and Kokua Line. I live in Manoa too. I get scared when I hear the ambulance because it means one of my neighbors (and possibly my friend) is in serious trouble. We watch out for each other and we want prompt response from emergency and law enforcement agencies. "Upset in Manoa" you seem to be selfish, only concerned about yourself. I bet you're one of those that don't pull over when you hear a siren.
on November 9,2011 | 01:37PM
stanislous wrote:
AARP is in business to sell insurance...Duh... they are an insurance company. Also their political leanings are a little to far LEFT for my tastes.
on November 9,2011 | 03:32PM
cojef wrote:
Auwe: Seems all the comments are against the writer for wanting to report a police driving on the wrong side the street with sirens blowing. Guess I'm with the majority, and it looks like all are males. Emergency vehicles responding to a burglary in progress or any other crime has to proceed with caution, the quickest way possible. This means pronto!!!! You dumb -ss pull over to side and stop if possible and give the right-of-way to the emergency vehicle. Most males understand this, cuz it's common sense.
on November 9,2011 | 05:01PM
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