City of St. Charles, MO
St. Charles County
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[R.O. 2009 §75.01; CC 1981 §18-130]
No person shall operate any motor vehicle upon any road or highway of this State between April first (1st) and November first (1st) while the motor vehicle is equipped with tires containing metal or carbide studs.
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State Law Reference—Similar provisions, §307.171, RSMo.
[R.O. 2009 §75.02; CC 1981 §18-131]
All vehicles carrying poles or other objects which project more than five (5) feet from the rear of such vehicle shall, during the period when lights are required by Section 355.040, carry a red light at or near the rear end of the pole or other object so projecting. At other times a red flag or cloth, not less than sixteen (16) inches square, shall be displayed at the end of such projection.
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State Law Reference—Similar provisions, §307.170(5), RSMo.
[R.O. 2009 §75.03; CC 1981 §18-132]
Muffler cutouts shall not be used and no vehicle shall be driven in such manner or condition that excessive and unnecessary noises shall be made by its machinery, motor, signaling device or other parts or by any improperly loaded cargo. The motors of all motor vehicles shall be fitted with properly attached mufflers of such capacity or construction as to quiet the maximum possible exhaust noise as completely as is done in modern gas engine passenger motor vehicles. Any cutout or opening in the exhaust pipe between the motor and the muffler on any motor vehicle shall be completely closed and disconnected from its operating lever and shall be so arranged that it cannot automatically open or be opened or operated while such vehicle is in motion.
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State Law Reference—Similar provisions, §307.170(2), RSMo.
No person shall drive, move, park or be in custody of any vehicle or combination of vehicles on any street or highway during the times when lighted lamps are required unless such vehicle or combination of vehicles displays lighted lamps and illuminating devices as Chapter 307, RSMo., requires. No person shall use on any vehicle any approved electric lamp or similar device unless the light source of such lamp or device complies with the conditions of approval as to focus and rated candlepower.
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State Law References—Lights generally, §§307.020 et seq., RSMo.
[R.O. 2009 §75.05; CC 1981 §18-450(a—c),(e),(f)(1); Ord. No. 84-27, 3-22-1984; Ord. No. 86-9, 1-8-1986; Ord. No. 01-99, 5-21-2001; Ord. No. 09-22, 2-5-2009]
A. 
Definitions. As used in Subsections (B) and (C) below, the following words have the following meanings:
CHILD BOOSTER SEAT
A seating system which meets the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards set forth in 49 C.F.R. 571.213, as amended, that is designed to elevate a child to properly sit in a federally approved safety belt system.
CHILD PASSENGER RESTRAINT SYSTEM
A seating system which meets the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards set forth in 49 C.F.R. 571.213, as amended, and which is either permanently affixed to a motor vehicle or is affixed to such vehicle by a safety belt or a universal attachment system.
DRIVER
The person who is in actual physical control of a motor vehicle.
PASSENGER CAR
Every motor vehicle designed for carrying ten (10) persons or less and used for the transportation of persons; except that the term shall not include motorcycles, motorized bicycles, motortricycles and trucks with a licensed gross vehicle weight of twelve thousand (12,000) pounds or more.
B. 
Each driver, except persons employed by the United States Postal Service while performing duties for that Federal agency which require the operator to service postal boxes from their vehicles, or which require frequent entry into and exit from their vehicles, and front seat passenger of a passenger car manufactured after January 1, 1968, operated on a street or highway in this State, and persons less than eighteen (18) years of age operating or riding in a truck, as defined in Section 301.010, RSMo., on a street or highway of this State shall wear a properly adjusted and fastened safety belt that meets Federal National Highway, Transportation and Safety Act requirements. No person shall be stopped, inspected, or detained solely to determine compliance with this Subsection. The provisions of this Section and Section 307.179, RSMo., shall not be applicable to persons who have a medical reason for failing to have a seat belt fastened about their body, nor shall the provisions of this Section be applicable to persons while operating or riding a motor vehicle being used in agricultural work-related activities. Non-compliance with this Subsection shall not constitute probable cause for violation of any other provision of law. The provisions of this Subsection shall not apply to the transporting of children under sixteen (16) years of age, as provided in Section 307.179, RSMo.
C. 
Each driver of a motor vehicle transporting a child less than sixteen (16) years of age shall secure the child in a properly adjusted and fastened restraint as follows:
1. 
Children less than four (4) years of age, regardless of weight, shall be secured in a child passenger restraint system appropriate for that child.
2. 
Children weighing less than forty (40) pounds, regardless of age, shall be secured in a child passenger restraint system appropriate for that child.
3. 
Children at least four (4) years of age but less than eight (8) years of age, who also weigh at least forty (40) pounds but less than eighty (80) pounds and who are also less than four (4) feet, nine (9) inches in height, shall be secured in a child passenger restraint system or booster seat appropriate for that child.
4. 
Children at least eighty (80) pounds or children more than four (4) feet, nine (9) inches in height shall be secured by a vehicle safety belt or booster seat appropriate for that child.
5. 
A child who otherwise would be required to be secured in a booster seat may be transported in the back seat of a motor vehicle while wearing only a lap belt if the back seat of the motor vehicle is not equipped with a combination lap and shoulder belt for booster seat installation.
6. 
When transporting children in the immediate family when there are more children than there are seating positions in the enclosed area of the motor vehicle, the children who are not able to be restrained by a child safety restraint device appropriate for the child shall sit in the area behind the front seat of the motor vehicle unless the motor vehicle is designed only for a front seat area. The driver transporting children referred to in this Subsection is not in violation of this Section.
D. 
No person shall be stopped, inspected or detained solely to determine compliance with the provisions contained in this Section.
E. 
The provisions of this Section shall not be applicable to persons who have a medical reason for failing to have a seat belt fastened about his/her body, to any person employed by the United States Postal Service while performing duties for that Federal agency which requires the operator to service postal boxes from a vehicle, to persons operating or riding a motor vehicle being used in agricultural work-related activities, to any person required to make frequent entry into and exit from a vehicle or to any public carrier for hire.
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State Law References—Passenger restraint system, §§307.178—307.179, RSMo.
[R.O. 2009 §75.06; Ord. No. 03-131, 6-4-2003]
A. 
No person shall operate a motorized bicycle on any street in this City unless it is equipped in accordance with the minimum requirements for construction and equipment of MOPEDS as required by Section 307.196, RSMo.
B. 
Every electric personal assistive mobility device (EPAMD) when in use on a roadway during the period from one-half (½) hour after sunset to one-half (½) hour before sunrise shall be equipped with the following:
1. 
A front-facing lamp on the front or carried by the rider which shall emit a white light visible at night under normal atmospheric conditions on a straight, level, unlighted roadway at five hundred (500) feet;
2. 
A rear-facing red reflector at least two (2) square inches in reflective surface area or a rear-facing red lamp on the rear which shall be visible at night under normal atmospheric conditions on a straight, level, unlighted roadway when viewed by a vehicle driver under the lower beams of vehicle headlights at six hundred (600) feet.
[Ord. No. 12-115 §1, 7-12-2012]
A. 
Any person may operate a motor vehicle with front sidewing vents or windows located immediately to the right of the driver that have a sun-screening device, in conjunction with safety glazing material, that has a light transmission of thirty-five percent (35%) or more plus or minus three percent (3%) and a luminous reflectance of thirty-five percent (35%) or less plus or minus three percent (3%). Except as provided in Subsection (C) of this Section, any sun-screening device applied to the front sidewing vents or windows located immediately to the left and right of the driver in excess of the requirements of this Section shall be prohibited without a permit pursuant to a physician's prescription as described below. A permit to operate a motor vehicle with front sidewing vents or windows located immediately to the left and right of the driver that have a sun-screening device, in conjunction with safety and glazing material, which permits less light transmission and luminous reflectance than allowed under the requirements of this Subsection may be issued by the State of Missouri's Department of Public Safety to a person having a serious medical condition which requires the use of a sun-screening device if the permittee's physician prescribes its use. The Director of the State of Missouri's Department of Public Safety shall promulgate rules and regulations for the issuance of the permit. This permit shall allow operation of the vehicle by any titleholder or relative within the second degree of consanguinity or affinity, which shall mean a spouse, each grandparent, parent, brother, sister, niece, nephew, aunt, uncle, child and grandchild of a person who resides in the household. Except as provided in Subsection (B) of this Section, all sun-screening devices applied to the windshield of a motor vehicle are prohibited.
B. 
This Section shall not prohibit labels, stickers, decalcomania or information signs on motor vehicles or the application of tinted or solar-screening material to recreational vehicles as defined in Section 700.010, RSMo., provided that such material does not interfere with the driver's normal view of the road. This Section shall not prohibit factory-installed tinted glass, the equivalent replacement thereof or tinting material applied to the upper portion of the motor vehicle's windshield which is normally tinted by the manufacturer of motor vehicle safety glass.
C. 
Any vehicle licensed with a historical license plate shall be exempt from the requirements of this Section.
D. 
Any person who violates the provisions of this Section is guilty of an ordinance violation.
[R.O. 2009 §75.15; CC 1981 §18-205]
It shall be unlawful for any person to operate, or for an owner to permit to be operated, a motor vehicle while such vehicle is unsafe and in a dangerous condition upon any public street within the City.
All motor vehicles, and every trailer and semi-trailer operating upon the public highways of this City and carrying goods or material or farm products which may reasonably be expected to become dislodged and fall from the vehicle, trailer or semi-trailer as a result of wind pressure or air pressure and/or by the movement of the vehicle, trailer or semi-trailer shall have a protective cover or be sufficiently secured so that no portion of such goods or material can become dislodged and fall from the vehicle, trailer or semi-trailer while being transported or carried.
[R.O. 2009 §75.17; CC 1981 §18-207]
A. 
No vehicle or combination of vehicles shall be moved or operated on any highway, street or alley in the City having a greater weight than that described under Section 304.180, RSMo., provided that the City Council and State Highway Commission or their legal agents for their respective jurisdictions, whenever by thawing or 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, are authorized to limit the weights described under this Section to such an amount and in such manner as will preserve their economical use by the general public. 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 of any such vehicle shall be held liable in any court of competent jurisdiction for destructive damages to the surface and physical conditions pertaining, by an action of the State, City or any interested person.
B. 
Any person violating any of the provisions of this Section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be punished in accordance with the provisions of Section 304.240, RSMo., and the same rates of punishment shall apply where weights are limited in excess of those posted as apply to those exceeded under Section 304.180, RSMo.
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State Law References—Vehicle weight regulations, §§304.180 et seq., RSMo.
[R.O. 2009 §75.18; CC 1981 §18-208; Ord. No. 75-35, 8-6-1975]
In cases where an equally direct and convenient alternate route is provided, an ordinance may describe and signs may be erected giving notice thereof that no persons shall operate any commercial vehicle upon streets or parts of streets so described except those commercial vehicles making deliveries thereon.
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State Law Reference—Similar provisions, §300.550, RSMo.