City of Harrisonville, MO
Cass County
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Section 395.010 Definitions.

[CC 1977 §33-361; Ord. No. 845 §1, 12-3-1969]
For the purposes of this Chapter, the following terms, phrases, words and their derivations shall have the meanings given herein:
AXLE LOAD
The total load transmitted to the road by all wheels whose centers are included between two (2) parallel transverse vertical planes forty (40) inches apart, extending across the full width of the vehicle.
DEVIATING TRUCK
A truck which leaves and departs from a truck route while traveling inside the City.
TANDEM AXLE
A group of two (2) or more axles, arranged one behind another, the distance between the extremes of which is more than forty (40) inches and not more than ninety-six (96) inches apart.
TRUCK
Any vehicle designed or operated for the transportation of property or persons and whose body weight or whose combined body and load weight exceeds twelve thousand (12,000) pounds.
TRUCK ROUTE
A way over certain streets, as designated herein, over and along which trucks coming into and going out of the City must operate.

Section 395.020 Application.

[CC 1977 §33-362; Ord. No. 845 §2, 12-3-1969]
A. 
All trucks within the City shall be operated only over and along the truck routes herein established and on the other designated streets over which truck travel is permitted; provided however, this Chapter shall not prohibit:
1. 
Generally. The operation of trucks with a twelve thousand (12,000) pound capacity whether loaded or unloaded on any street within the City.
2. 
Operation on street of destination. The operation of trucks upon any street where necessary to the conduct of business at a destination point, provided streets upon which such traffic is permitted are used until reaching the intersection nearest the destination point.
3. 
Emergency vehicles. The operation of emergency vehicles upon any street in the City.
4. 
Public utilities. The operation of trucks owned or operated by the City, public utilities, any contractor or materialman while engaged in the repair, maintenance or construction of streets, street improvements or street utilities within the City.
5. 
Detoured trucks. The operation of trucks upon any officially established detour in any case where such truck could lawfully be operated upon the street for which such detour is established.

Section 395.030 Established.

[CC 1977 §33-363; Ord. No. 900 §1, 12-16-1970]
A. 
All trucks shall confine and restrict their movements to the designated truck routes as marked and shall not enter upon the streets and alleys of the City, except vehicles making deliveries to businesses and residences in the City or vehicles returning to their home or branch office, which office is located in a properly zoned area which does not abut a truck route, may travel over the streets and alleys of the City by the shortest route available between the nearest truck route and the point of delivery.
B. 
All trucks entering the City for multiple destination points shall proceed only over established truck routes and shall deviate only at the intersection with the street, upon which such traffic is permitted, nearest to the first (1st) destination point. Upon leaving the first (1st) destination point, a deviating truck shall proceed to other destination points by the shortest direction and only over streets upon which such traffic is permitted. Upon leaving the last destination point, a deviating truck shall return to the truck route by the shortest permissible route. The following truck routes are hereby established:
1. 
All Federal and State highways.
2. 
Commercial Street.

Section 395.040 Signs.

[CC 1977 §33-364; Ord. No. 845 §4, 12-3-1969; Ord. No. 2754 §5, 2-4-2002]
The Chief of Police shall cause all truck routes to be properly marked and a sign placed at all entrances to the City advising that trucks over twelve thousand (12,000) pounds are prohibited from traveling upon other than marked truck routes.

Section 395.050 Regulations As To Weight — Axle Load, Tandem Axle Defined.

A. 
Subject to the limit upon the weight imposed upon a highway of this state through any one axle or on any tandem axle, the total gross weight with load imposed by any group of two or more consecutive axles of any vehicle or combination of vehicles shall not exceed the maximum load in pounds as set forth in the following table:
Distance in feet between the extremes of any group of two (2) or more consecutive axles, measured to the nearest foot, except where indicated otherwise.
Maximum load in pounds
Feet
2 axles
3 axles
4 axles
5 axles
6 axles
4
34,000
5
34,000
6
34,000
7
34,000
8
34,000
34,000
More than 8
38,000
42,000
9
39,000
42,500
10
40,000
43,500
11
40,000
44,000
12
40,000
45,000
50,000
13
40,000
45,500
50,500
14
40,000
46,500
51,500
15
40,000
47,000
52,000
16
40,000
48,000
52,500
58,000
17
40,000
48,500
53,500
58,500
18
40,000
49,500
54,000
59,000
19
40,000
50,000
54,500
60,000
20
40,000
51,000
55,500
60,500
66,000
21
40,000
51,500
56,000
61,000
66,500
22
40,000
52,500
56,500
61,500
67,000
23
40,000
53,000
57,500
62,500
68,000
24
40,000
54,000
58,000
63,000
68,500
25
40,000
54,500
58,500
63,500
69,000
26
40,000
55,500
59,500
64,000
69,500
27
40,000
56,000
60,000
65,000
70,000
28
40,000
57,000
60,500
65,500
71,000
29
40,000
57,500
61,500
66,000
71,500
30
40,000
58,500
62,000
66,500
72,000
31
40,000
59,000
62,500
67,500
72,500
32
40,000
60,000
63,500
68,000
73,000
33
40,000
60,000
64,000
68,500
74,000
34
40,000
60,000
64,500
69,000
74,500
35
40,000
60,000
65,500
70,000
75,000
36
60,000
66,000
70,500
75,500
37
60,000
66,500
71,000
76,000
38
60,000
67,500
72,000
77,000
39
60,000
68,000
72,500
77,500
40
60,000
68,500
73,000
78,000
41
60,000
69,500
73,500
78,500
42
60,000
70,000
74,000
79,000
43
60,000
70,500
75,000
80,000
44
60,000
71,500
75,500
80,000
45
60,000
72,000
76,000
80,000
46
60,000
72,500
76,500
80,000
47
60,000
73,500
77,500
80,000
48
60,000
74,000
78,000
80,000
49
60,000
74,500
78,500
80,000
50
60,000
75,500
79,000
80,000
51
60,000
76,000
80,000
80,000
52
60,000
76,500
80,000
80,000
53
60,000
77,500
80,000
80,000
54
60,000
78,000
80,000
80,000
55
60,000
78,500
80,000
80,000
56
60,000
79,500
80,000
80,000
57
60,000
80,000
80,000
80,000
B. 
Notwithstanding the above table, two (2) consecutive sets of tandem axles may carry a gross load of thirty-four thousand (34,000) pounds each if the overall distance between the first and last axles of such consecutive sets of tandem axles is thirty-six (36) feet or more.

Section 395.060 Variations.

[CC 1977 §33-366; Ord. No. 845 §6, 12-3-1969]
A. 
The City Administrator, whenever by thawing of frost, rains or soft conditions due to construction, reconstruction and maintenance, adverse critical weather conditions or other causes detrimental to the surface or physical condition of such highways, streets and alleys in the City, is hereby authorized to limit such weights described under Section 395.050(A) to such an amount and in such a manner as will preserve the economical use of such highways, streets and alleys by the general public.
B. 
When posted or marked, it shall be unlawful to transport any gross load in excess of the posted notice and, in addition to conviction and punishment for a misdemeanor, the registered owner thereof shall be held liable in any court of competent jurisdiction for destructive damages to the resulting surface and physical conditions by an action of the State, County or other interested person.

Section 395.070 Enforcement.

[CC 1977 §33-367; Ord. No. 845 §§7 — 8, 12-3-1969; Ord. No. 2754 §5, 2-4-2002]
A. 
It shall be the duty of the Chief of Police and any member of the Police Department of the City to arrest on sight or upon a warrant any person found violating or having violated the provisions of this Chapter.
B. 
Such Police Officer shall stop any truck thought to be violating the terms of this Chapter for the purpose of determining whether such vehicle is loaded in excess of the provisions of Section 395.050 and if he/she finds such vehicle loaded in violation of the provisions hereof, he/she shall have a right at that time and place to cause the excess load to be removed from such vehicle. When only an axle or a tandem axle group of a vehicle is overloaded, the operator shall be permitted to shift the load, if this will not overload some other axle, without being charged with a violation. The operator of any vehicle shall be permitted to back up and reweigh or to turn around and weigh from the opposite direction. Any operator whose vehicle is weighed and found to be within five percent (5%) of any legal limit may request and receive a weight ticket, memorandum or statement showing the weight on each axle or any combination of axles. Once a vehicle is found to be within the limits of this Chapter after having been weighed on any State scale and there is no evidence that any cargo or fuel has been added, no violation shall occur, but a presumption shall exist that cargo or fuel has been added if upon reweighing on another State scale the total gross weight exceeds the applicable limits of this Chapter.
C. 
The Chief of Police or a member of the Police Department shall have the authority to require any person driving or in control of any truck which he/she believes to be overweight for that particular road to proceed to any public or private scale available for the purpose of weighing and determining whether this Chapter has been complied with.