CSSB 68(L&C): "An Act requiring motor vehicle insurers to provide to the commissioner of administration vehicle insurance policy information to allow the commissioner to verify whether mandatory motor vehicle insurance has been obtained and limiting access to the information; requiring proof of mandatory insurance coverage when a person applies for or renews motor vehicle registration; and allowing the additional penalties of vehicle impoundment and forfeiture for failure to have mandatory motor vehicle insurance."
00 CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 68(L&C) 01 "An Act requiring motor vehicle insurers to provide to the commissioner of 02 administration vehicle insurance policy information to allow the commissioner to verify 03 whether mandatory motor vehicle insurance has been obtained and limiting access to 04 the information; requiring proof of mandatory insurance coverage when a person 05 applies for or renews motor vehicle registration; and allowing the additional penalties of 06 vehicle impoundment and forfeiture for failure to have mandatory motor vehicle 07 insurance." 08 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 09 * Section 1. AS 21.89.020 is amended by adding a new subsection to read: 10 (j) An insurer licensed to issue motor vehicle liability insurance shall provide 11 to the commissioner of administration or to a person designated by the commissioner 12 information that allows the commissioner to verify that a person has the mandatory 13 insurance required under AS 28.22.011.
01 * Sec. 2. AS 28.01.015(a) is amended to read: 02 (a) Notwithstanding other provisions in this title, a municipality may adopt an 03 ordinance providing for the impoundment or forfeiture of a 04 (1) motor vehicle, watercraft, or aircraft involved in the commission of 05 an offense under AS 28.35.030, 28.35.032, or an ordinance with elements substantially 06 similar to AS 28.35.030 or 28.35.032; 07 (2) motor vehicle involved in the commission of an offense under 08 AS 28.15.291 or an ordinance with elements similar to AS 28.15.291; 09 (3) motor vehicle used by a person whose license is suspended under 10 AS 28.22.041; [OR] 11 (4) motor vehicle used by a person who fails to carry proof of 12 insurance as required under AS 28.22.019; or 13 (5) motor vehicle for failure to have mandatory motor vehicle 14 insurance under AS 28.22.011. 15 * Sec. 3. AS 28.10.021(a) is amended to read: 16 (a) The owner of a vehicle subject to registration shall apply for registration 17 under this chapter by properly completing the form prescribed by the commissioner 18 under AS 28.05.041. Before the issuance of a certificate of registration by the 19 department, the owner shall 20 (1) pay all registration fees and taxes required under this chapter and 21 federal heavy vehicle use taxes required under 26 U.S.C. 4481 (Internal Revenue Code 22 of 1954); 23 (2) unless the owner qualifies as a self-insurer under AS 28.20.400 or 24 is exempted from obtaining liability insurance under AS 28.22.011, certify to the 25 department the existence of a motor vehicle liability policy that complies with 26 AS 28.22.011 for the vehicle being registered; in this paragraph, "certify" means to 27 provide proof, in a [INDICATE BY CHECK-OFF ON THE VEHICLE 28 REGISTRATION] form prescribed by the department, of the existence of a policy of 29 insurance that complies with AS 28.22.011, [IF A POLICY IS REQUIRED AT 30 THAT TIME,] and the intention to continue the policy [OR OBTAIN A POLICY AS 31 REQUIRED BY THIS SUBSECTION]; and
01 (3) comply with other applicable statutes and regulations. 02 * Sec. 4. AS 28.10.111(a) is amended to read: 03 (a) Application for the renewal of vehicle registration shall be made by 04 completing the proper form, providing proof, in a form prescribed by the 05 department, of the existence of a policy of insurance that complies with 06 AS 28.22.011 and the intention to continue the policy, and paying any required fee 07 and tax. 08 * Sec. 5. AS 28.22 is amended by adding a new section to read: 09 Sec. 28.22.035. Mandatory motor vehicle insurance verification. (a) The 10 department shall develop methods by which the department, a peace officer, court 11 personnel, and other persons with a need for the information, as determined by the 12 commissioner, may verify that an insurance policy complying with AS 28.22.011 has 13 been issued. 14 (b) The commissioner shall adopt regulations establishing methods for 15 determining whether a person has effective mandatory motor vehicle insurance, 16 including the use of an online, worldwide web-based system or service. 17 (c) Information available to the department under this section is not a public 18 record for purposes of AS 40.25.110 - 40.25.140 and shall be available only to the 19 department, peace officers, court personnel, and other persons with a need for the 20 information, as determined by the commissioner. 21 * Sec. 6. AS 28.22 is amended by adding a new section to read: 22 Sec. 28.22.042. Uninsured vehicle impoundment. In addition to the penalty 23 set out in AS 09.65.320, AS 28.22.041, AS 28.90.010, or other penalty, a motor 24 vehicle without the insurance required by AS 28.22.011 that is driven, moved, or 25 parked on a highway or vehicular way or area may be impounded by a peace officer or 26 an employee of the Department of Public Safety officially designated for that purpose. 27 The impounded motor vehicle shall be considered abandoned and disposed of under 28 AS 28.11. The motor vehicle may be redeemed from impoundment if 29 (1) the insurance required by AS 28.22.011 has been obtained; 30 (2) proof of insurance by a method set out in AS 28.22.031 is provided 31 to the department; and
01 (3) the costs of impounding and storing the vehicle have been paid.