Here’s one small silver lining to the COVID-19 crisis for some Hawaii residents: Any expired vehicle safety checks will now remain valid through May 31.

That’s because the state’s annual safety check program has been suspended, so no checks will be done through April, according to the state Department of Transportation.

The DOT has asked local law enforcement not to cite any expired safety checks until after the emergency situation, according to agency spokeswoman Shelly Kunishige.

Zipmobile zipper lane closes the lane near Aiea.

The state is suspending all contraflow operations including its Zipper lane on the H-1 freeway during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Furthermore, the state is invoking a 90-day waiver on all expired driver’s licenses and state identification cards, according to a DOT press release. Any licenses and state IDs that expire between March 23 and May 15 will be considered valid for an additional 90 days, the release stated.

State and county officials are also suspending their contraflow operations, as traffic plunges across Oahu amid attempts to stop COVID-19’s spread.

The city will be suspending contraflow on Kapiolani Boulevard and Ward Avenue starting Friday through April 30, according to deputy Transportation Services Department Director Jon Nouchi.

The state also suspended indefinitely on Wednesday its use of contraflow lanes, including the eastbound morning Zipper lanes on the H-1 freeway.

The Zipper lane contractor will use the time to run maintenance on its ZipMobiles, according to a press release.

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