So here's what the new Low-Speed Vehicle plate looks like:
Notice that the number is less than 100. This is pretty unusual for Alaskan plates on the road today; only the Prisoner of War and Alaska Childrens' Trust ("KID") plates start at zero.
According to Alaska DMV Standard Operating Procedure No. R-465 (hmm ... I wonder what the other 464 are about?):
The SOP goes on to say:
"A low-speed vehicle (LSV) or neighborhood electric vehicle (NEV) is a passenger vehicle that meets the following criteria:
- Four wheels
- Maximum GVWR of 3,000 pounds
- Manufactured to be capable of propelling itself
- Maximum speed of 25 miles an hour
- Has not been modified to have a maximum speed greater than 25 miles an hour
"The operator of a low-speed vehicle is subject to all the traffic and other laws applicable to operators of passenger vehicles. A low-speed vehicle may not be operated on a highway that has a maximum speed of more than 35 miles an hour; however, a low-speed vehicle may cross a highway that has a maximum speed limit of more than 35 miles an hour if the crossing is made at the intersection with a highway that is authorized for low-speed vehicles.
I have yet to spot one in the wild, so I trundled down to the Benson office. The nice folks at the DMV got one out for me for a quick photo.
Now I just need to find someone looking to unload a cheap golf cart ...