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Legislation

Oklahoma State Laws & Regulations


Biofuels Development and Promotion

The Oklahoma Biofuels Development Act was created to encourage the processing, market development, promotion, distribution, and research of fuels derived from grain, ethanol or ethanol components, biodiesel, bio-based lubricants, co-products, or by-products. The Oklahoma Biofuels Development Advisory Committee conducted a systematic review and study of the ethanol and biodiesel industry in Oklahoma and other states, study the feasibility of developing and enhancing the ethanol and biodiesel industry in Oklahoma, and otherwise encourage market development, promotion, distribution, and research on products derived from grain, ethanol or ethanol components, bio-based products, co-products, or by-products. (Oklahoma Statutes 2-1950.10 and 2-1950.11)


Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Acquisition Requirements

Under the Alternative Fuels Conversion Act, all school and government vehicles may be converted to operate on an alternative fuel, and all school districts should consider only purchasing school vehicles which have the capability to operate on an alternative fuel. The Act also requires all school and government vehicles capable of operating on an alternative fuel to use the fuel whenever a refueling station is in operation within a five-mile radius of the respective department or district and the price of the alternative fuel is cost competitive. If school and government vehicles must be refueled outside the five-mile radius and no refueling station is reasonably available, the school and government vehicles are exempt from this requirement. (Oklahoma Statutes 74-130.3)


Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) Access to Roadways

NEVs manufactured in compliance with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration standards for low-speed vehicles in Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, section 571.500, are allowed to operate on Oklahoma streets and highways with a posted speed limit of 35 miles per hour or less. (Oklahoma Statutes 47-11-805.1)


Alternative Fuel Labeling Requirement

In lieu of the motor fuel excise tax, Oklahoma imposes an annual flat fee on motor vehicles including passenger automobiles, pickup trucks, vans and heavy-duty vehicles using liquefied petroleum gas, compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), methanol, or blends of 85% methanol and 15% gasoline (M85). CNG, LNG, methanol, and M85 vehicles weighing less than one ton gross vehicle weight are taxed at a rate of $100 per vehicle per year, and vehicles weighing more than one ton gross vehicle weight are taxed at a rate of $150 per vehicle per year. Vehicles must display a decal issued on a yearly basis by the Oklahoma Tax Commission. (Oklahoma Statutes 68-723)


Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Technician Training

The Alternative Fuels Technician Certification Act regulates the training, testing, and certification of technicians who install, modify, repair, or renovate equipment used in the fueling of AFVs and the conversion of any engine to an alternative fueled engine. This includes Original Equipment Manufacturer engines dedicated to operate on an alternative fuel. Electric vehicles (EVs), electric charging stations, and EV technicians must also comply with the rules and regulations of this Act. (Oklahoma Statutes 74-130.11 through 74-130.24)