September 2, 2009

Bill targets public transport odors

Officials in Honolulu said a bill proposed to the City Council would make it illegal to ride public transportation while smelly.

The bill, which is co-sponsored by Councilmen Rod Tam and Nestor Garcia, would make it illegal for passengers to bring onto transit property odors that unreasonably disturb others or interfere with their use of the transit system, whether such odors arise from one's person, clothes, articles, accompanying animal or any other source.

Tam and Garcia said the bill comes as Honolulu prepares for the construction of its first commuter rail line.

As we become more inundated with people from all over the world, their way of taking care of their health is different. Some people, quite frankly, do not take a bath every day and therefore they may be offensive in terms of their odor, Tam said.

The bill states people found to be violating the ordinance could be ordered to leave transit property and citations issued by police officers under the bill could result in a maximum $500 fine and six months in jail.