Alaska Laws and Incentives

Listed below are the summaries of all current Alaska laws, incentives, regulations, funding opportunities, and other initiatives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, advanced technologies, or air quality. You can go directly to summaries of:

Laws and Regulations

Alternative Fuel Vehicle Acquisition Requirement

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (Department) must evaluate the cost, efficiency, and commercial availability of alternative fuels for automotive purposes every five years, and purchase or convert to vehicles that operate using alternative fuels whenever practical. The Department may participate in joint ventures with public or private partners to foster the availability of alternative fuels for consumers. (Reference Alaska Statutes 44.42.020)

Ethanol Fuel Blend Tax Rate

The tax rate on fuel containing ethanol is $0.06 per gallon less than the tax rate on other motor fuels in certain geographic areas. This reduced rate is in effect during months in which fuel containing ethanol must be sold, transferred, or used to operate motor vehicles in an effort to reduce carbon monoxide emissions and attain federal or state air quality standards. (Reference Alaska Statutes 43.40.010)

Low-Speed Vehicle Access to Roadways

Low-speed vehicles are only permitted on highways with speed limits up to 35 miles per hour (mph), or up to 45 mph in some municipalities or boroughs. Low-speed vehicles may cross highways that have maximum speed limits greater than 35 mph at an intersection with a highway that allows low-speed vehicle use. Operators of low-speed vehicles are subject to all traffic laws and other laws applicable to operators of passenger vehicles, including a biennial registration fee. For purposes of this regulation, a low-speed vehicle is a motor vehicle that has four wheels, can achieve speeds greater than 20 mph but not more than 25 mph, and meets state and federal weight, equipment, and safety requirements. (Reference Alaska Statutes 28.01.010, 28.35.261, and 28.90.990)

State Energy Policy

As part of its state energy policy, Alaska must promote energy efficiency in the transportation sector. (Reference Alaska Statutes 44.99.115)

State Incentives

Idle Reduction Weight Exemption

A commercial vehicle equipped with qualified idle reduction technology may exceed the state's gross, total axle, or bridge formula vehicle weight limits by up to 400 pounds to compensate for the additional weight of the idle reduction technology. Upon request, vehicle operators must provide proof that the idle reduction technology is fully functional. (Reference 17 Alaska Administrative Code 25.013)