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28th Legislature(2013-2014)

Bill Text 28th Legislature


00 Enrolled HB 19                                                                                                          
01 Relating to permanent motor vehicle registration in the unorganized borough and in a                                    
02 municipality that has elected to allow permanent registration; relating to the registration fee                         
03 for noncommercial trailers and to the motor vehicle tax for trailers; and providing for an                              
04 effective date.                                                                                                         
05                           _______________                                                                               
06    * Section 1.  AS 28.10.108(a) is amended to read:                                                                  
07            (a)  Except for a vehicle registered under AS 28.10.152 or 28.10.155, a vehicle                          
08       required to be registered under this chapter shall be registered under the procedures set                         
09       out in this section.                                                                                              
10    * Sec. 2. AS 28.10 is amended by adding a new section to read:                                                     
11            Sec. 28.10.155. Permanent motor vehicle registration. (a) The owner of a                                   
12       motor vehicle, other than a commercial motor vehicle, that is required to be registered                           
13       under this chapter may elect to register the motor vehicle permanently in lieu of                                 
14       registration under AS 28.10.108 if the vehicle is at least eight years old and the owner                          
01       resides in the unorganized borough or in a municipality that elects, by passage of an                             
02       appropriate ordinance, to allow the permanent registration of motor vehicles. The                                 
03       permanent registration expires when the owner transfers or assigns the owner's title or                           
04       interest in the vehicle. A permanent registration may not be renewed. On receiving the                            
05       proper application and fees, the department shall issue to the registered owner                                   
06       registration plates, tabs, and a permanent registration form.                                                     
07            (b)  The fees for permanent registration must equal the fees that would be                                   
08       applicable if the motor vehicle were registered under AS 28.10.108, plus a permanent                              
09       registration fee of $25. The motor vehicle registration tax for a permanently registered                          
10       vehicle is the rate established for permanent motor vehicle registration under                                    
11       AS 28.10.431(j). If a municipality has not established a tax for a permanently                                    
12       registered motor vehicle, the biennial rate established in AS 28.10.431(b) or (j), if any,                        
13       is levied upon the vehicle and is payable only once at the time a motor vehicle is                                
14       permanently registered. Except as provided in AS 28.10.423(b), the owner of a                                     
15       permanently registered motor vehicle is not required to pay other registration fees or                            
16       taxes under this chapter.                                                                                         
17    * Sec. 3. AS 28.10.411(f) is amended to read:                                                                      
18            (f)  A resident 65 years of age or older on January 1 of the year the vehicle is                             
19       registered or a resident with a disability that limits or impairs the ability to walk and                         
20       who provides proof of that disability as provided in 23 C.F.R. 1235.2 is entitled to an                           
21       exemption from the registration fee required under this section for one vehicle subject                           
22       to registration under AS 28.10.421(b)(1), (2), or (5), or (j) [(6)]. An exemption may                     
23       not be granted except upon written application for the exemption on a form prescribed                             
24       by the department.                                                                                                
25    * Sec. 4. AS 28.10.421 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:                                              
26            (j)  When a person registers a trailer not used or maintained for the                                        
27       transportation of persons or property for hire or for other commercial use, including a                           
28       boat trailer, baggage trailer, box trailer, utility trailer, house trailer, travel trailer, or                    
29       trailer rented or offered for rent, the person may choose to pay a biennial registration                          
30       fee of $30 or, if the person resides within the unorganized borough or in a                                       
31       municipality that elects, by passage of an appropriate ordinance, to allow the                                    
01       permanent registration of motor vehicles, to register the trailer permanently. If the                             
02       person permanently registers the trailer, the person shall pay the biennial registration                          
03       fee plus a permanent registration fee of $25. If the person permanently registers the                             
04       trailer, no additional registration fees are required if the same person who initially                            
05       registered the trailer continues to own the trailer. A new owner of a trailer previously                          
06       registered under this subsection shall register and pay the biennial registration fee or                          
07       the permanent registration fee as provided in this subsection. The motor vehicle                                  
08       registration tax for a permanently registered trailer is the rate established for                                 
09       permanent trailer registration under AS 28.10.431(j). If a municipality has not                                   
10       established a tax for a permanently registered trailer, the biennial rate established in                          
11       AS 28.10.431(b) or (j), if any, is levied upon the trailer and is payable only once at the                        
12       time a trailer is permanently registered. If the person pays the registration tax as                              
13       required by this subsection and AS 28.10.431, no additional registration taxes are                                
14       required if the same person who initially registered the trailer continues to own the                             
15       trailer.                                                                                                          
16    * Sec. 5. AS 28.10.423 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:                                              
17            (b)  In addition to the permanent registration fee established in AS 28.10.155, a                            
18       $2 fee is imposed on the owner of each permanently registered motor vehicle required                              
19       to be inspected under an emission control program established in AS 46.14.400 or                                  
20       46.14.510. That fee shall be collected biennially.                                                                
21    * Sec. 6. AS 28.10.431(b) is amended to read:                                                                      
22            (b)  The biennial tax is levied upon motor vehicles subject to the registration                              
23       fee under AS 28.10.411 and 28.10.421 and is based upon the age of vehicles as                                     
24       determined by model year in the first year of the biennial period, according to the                               
25       following schedule:                                                                                               
26                         Tax According to Age of                                                                         
27                               Vehicle                                                                                   
28                           Since Model Year:                                                                             
29                                                             8th                                                         
30                         1st  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th 7th or over                                                        
31     Motor Vehicle                                                                                                       
01     (1)  motorcycle    $ 17 $ 15 $ 13 $ 10 $ 7 $ 5 $ 4      $ 4                                                         
02     (2)  vehicles specified  121 99 77  55   39   28   19   16                                                          
03      in AS 28.10.421(b)(1)                                                                                              
04     (3) vehicles specified 121 99  77   55   39   28   19   16                                                          
05      in AS 28.10.421(b)(3)                                                                                              
06     (4) vehicles specified                                                                                              
07      in AS 28.10.421(c)(1)-(4)                                                                                          
08      5,000 pounds or less  121 99  77   55   39   28   19   16                                                          
09      5,001-12,000 pounds  198 154 121   99   77   55   33   22                                                          
10      12,001-18,000 pounds  447 392 348 304 260 227 205      194                                                         
11      18,001 pounds or over  546 469 403 348 304 260 216     194                                                         
12     (5) vehicles specified  198 154 121 99   77   55   33   22                                                          
13      in AS 28.10.421(b)(4)                                                                                              
14     (6) vehicles specified 17 15   13   10   7    5    4     4                                                          
15      in AS 28.10.421(j)                                                                                             
16      [AS 28.10.421(b)(6)]                                                                                               
17     (7) vehicles specified  121 99 77   55   39   28   19   16                                                          
18      in AS 28.10.421(d)(8)                                                                                              
19     (8) vehicles specified  121 99 77   55   39   28   19   16                                                          
20      in AS 28.10.421(b)(2)                                                                                              
21     (9) vehicles eligible  88                                                                                           
22      for dealer                                                                                                         
23      plates under                                                                                                       
24      AS 28.10.421(d)(9).                                                                                                
25    * Sec. 7. AS 28.10.431(j) is amended to read:                                                                      
26            (j)  A municipality that imposes a motor vehicle registration tax as described                               
27       under (a) of this section may also, by passage of an appropriate ordinance, increase                          
28       the scheduled amount of tax described under (b) or (l) of this section, establish a tax                       
29       for a motor vehicle that is permanently registered under AS 28.10.155, or                                     
30       establish a tax for a trailer that is permanently registered under AS 28.10.421(j)                            
31       [BY PASSAGE OF AN APPROPRIATE ORDINANCE]. A municipality that chooses                                             
01       to change the tax imposed under (b) or (l) of this section or establishes a tax for                           
02       permanently registered motor vehicles or trailers shall file a written notice of the                          
03       change with the department by January 1 of the year preceding the year in which the                               
04       change in tax is to take effect. A municipality may not change the amount of the tax                              
05       imposed under this section more than once every two years. The department may                                     
06       charge a municipality a one-time fee to cover the cost to the department of                                       
07       implementing a change under this subsection.                                                                      
08    * Sec. 8. AS 28.10.421(b)(6) is repealed.                                                                          
09    * Sec. 9. This Act takes effect January 1, 2015.                                                                   
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