Chapter 10.24


10.24.010    Unlawful use of low-speed vehicles.

10.24.020    Low-speed vehicle permits.

10.24.030    Fine schedule for traffic offenses in this chapter.

10.24.105    Headlights.

10.24.010 Unlawful use of low-speed vehicles.

Except as may be provided otherwise in this chapter, low-speed vehicles may not be operated on streets. (Ord. 1760 § 40, 2014; Ord. 1637 § 2, 2010; Ord. 1616 § 1, 2009; Ord. 1553 § 2, 2006. Formerly 10.24.220)

10.24.020 Low-speed vehicle permits.

(a)    No person shall operate or permit the operation of a low-speed vehicle owned or controlled by that person upon the streets within the city without having first obtained a low-speed vehicle permit from the city.

(b)    The city manager or the manager’s designee may issue a low-speed vehicle permit subject to the following terms and conditions:

(1)    A permit application in the form specified by the city manager and a nonrefundable application fee of $25.00 shall be submitted to the office of the city manager;

(2)    Subject to a maximum cumulative total of 15 low-speed vehicles allowed to be operated within the city by persons holding permits, the number of low-speed vehicles operated by any one permit holder will be at the discretion of the city manager;

(3)    The permitted low-speed vehicles may only operate in areas where the established speed limit is 25 miles per hour or less and may not be operated upon any city port facilities;

(4)    The permitted low-speed vehicles may only be operated on streets designated by the city manager or the manager’s designee in writing; and

(5)    The permitted low-speed vehicles shall not be operated as a public vehicle as defined by KMC 5.40.010.

(c)    All low-speed vehicle permits issued by the city manager shall expire on October 1st of each calendar year and shall not be renewed or extended beyond that date.

(d)    In addition to any other penalties imposed by law, a permit issued under this section may be revoked by the city manager for any violation of the terms and conditions of the permit imposed under subsection (b) of this section by the permit holder or any person operating the low-speed vehicle with the permission of the permit holder.

(e)    Denial of a permit application or revocation of a permit used under this section may be appealed to the city council by filing a written appeal with the office of the city manager within five calendar days of the date of denial or revocation and shall be heard at the next regular city council meeting occurring at least 10 calendar days after the appeal is filed.

(f)    Only one permit may be issued to each holder, and no permit shall be issued to an immediate family member of the holder or any business, partnership, corporation, limited liability company or other entity in which the holder or any immediate family member of the holder has a financial interest. For purposes of this section, “immediate family” means:

(1)    The spouse of the person;

(2)    A regular member of the person’s household;

(3)    A child, including a stepchild and an adoptive child, of the person and the spouse of any such child;

(4)    A parent, sibling, grandparent, aunt or uncle of the person; and

(5)    A parent or sibling of the person’s spouse.

(g)    No person shall operate a low-speed vehicle anywhere other than those streets designated in writing pursuant to subsection (b)(4) of this section. (Ord. 1760 §§ 40, 41, 2014; Ord. 1637 § 2, 2010; Ord. 1631 § 1, 2009; Ord. 1616 § 2, 2009. Formerly 10.24.230)

10.24.030 Fine schedule for traffic offenses in this chapter.

Pursuant to KMC 1.02.110, the following fine schedule is established for violation of this chapter. In accordance with AS 28.05.151(a), citations for the following offenses may be disposed of as provided in AS 12.25.195 through 12.25.230, without a court appearance, upon payment to the court of the fine amounts listed below plus the state surcharge required by AS 12.55.039 and 29.25.074. The Rules of Minor Offense Procedure in the Alaska Rules of Court apply to all offenses listed below. Citations charging these offenses must meet the requirements of Minor Offense Rule 3. If a person charged with one of these offenses appears in court and is found guilty, the penalty imposed for the offense may not exceed the fine amount for that offense listed below. If an offense in this chapter is not listed on the fine schedule, the defendant must appear in court to answer to the charges. These fines may not be judicially reduced.

The fine amounts listed below are doubled for motor vehicle or traffic offenses committed in a highway work zone or traffic safety corridor, as those terms are defined in AS 28.90.990 and 13 AAC 40.010(b).

An offense listed in this schedule may not be disposed of without court appearance if the offense is in connection with a motor vehicle accident that results in the death of a person.





Unlawful use of low-speed vehicles



Low-speed vehicle permits


(Ord. 1951 § 5, 2022; Ord. 1760 § 42, 2014)

10.24.105 Headlights.

(a)    A motorcycle must be equipped with multibeam road lighting equipment meeting the requirements of 13 AAC 04.020(a) and (e).

(b)    A motor-driven cycle must have at least one headlight mounted at a height of not more than 54 inches and not less than 24 inches, and of sufficient intensity to reveal persons and vehicles at a distance of at least 100 feet when the motor-driven cycle is operated at a speed of 20 or less miles per hour, at a distance of at least 200 feet when the motor-driven cycle is operated at a speed between 20 and 30 miles per hour, and at a distance of at least 300 feet when the motor-driven cycle is operated at a speed of 30 or more miles per hour.

(c)    The lights required by this section for a motor-driven cycle must be turned on at all times when the vehicle is driven upon a highway or vehicular way or area. (Ord. 1235 § 4, 1992)