[CC 1988 §26-321.1; Ord. No. 87-1939, §§1, 2, 3-9-1987; Ord. No. 86-1921 §1, 11-10-1986; Ord. No. 2006-2749 §I, 11-28-2006]
No motor vehicle or trailer shall be operated on any street, alley or highway of this City unless it shall have displayed thereon the current license plate or set of license plates issued by the Director of Revenue and authorized by Section 301.140, RSMo. Each such plate shall be securely fastened to the motor vehicle in a manner so that all parts thereof shall be plainly visible and reasonably clean so that the reflective qualities thereof are not impaired. License plates shall be fastened to all motor vehicles except trucks, tractors, truck tractors or truck-tractors licensed in excess of twelve thousand (12,000) pounds on the front and rear of such vehicles not less than eight (8) nor more than forty-eight (48) inches above the ground with the letters and numbers thereon right side up. The license plates on trailers, motorcycles, motortricycles and motor scooters shall be displayed on the rear of such vehicles with the letters and numbers thereon right side up. The license plate on trucks, tractors, truck tractors or truck-tractors licensed in excess of twelve thousand (12,000) pounds shall be displayed on the front of such vehicles not less than eight (8) nor more than forty-eight (48) inches above the ground with the letters and numbers thereon right side up.
All those found in violation of any part of this Section shall be fined an amount for each such offense of not less than one dollar ($1.00) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500.00).
[CC 1988 §26-322; Ord. No. 86-1921 §1, 11-10-1986]
All motor vehicles, except motorcycles, shall be provided at all times with two (2) sets of adequate brakes, kept in good working order. Motorcycles shall be provided with one (1) set of adequate brakes kept in good working order.
[CC 1988 §26-323; Ord. No. 86-1921 §1, 11-10-1986]
All motor vehicles which are so constructed or loaded that the operator cannot see the road behind such vehicle by looking back or around the side of such vehicle shall be equipped with a mirror so adjusted as to reveal the road behind and be visible from the operator's seat.
[CC 1988 §26-324; Ord. No. 86-1921 §1, 11-10-1986]
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 this Chapter, 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.
When one (1) vehicle is towing another, the connecting device shall not exceed fifteen (15) feet. During the time that lights are required by Sections 307.020 to 307.120, the required lights shall be displayed by both vehicles. Every towed vehicle shall be coupled to the towing vehicle by means of a safety chain, cable, or equivalent device in addition to the primary coupling device, except that such secondary coupling device shall not be necessary if the connecting device is connected to the towing vehicle by a center-locking ball located over or nearly over the rear axle and not supported by the rear bumper of the towing vehicle. Such secondary safety connecting devices shall be of sufficient strength to control the towed vehicle in the event of failure of the primary coupling device. The provisions of this Subsection shall not apply to wreckers towing vehicles or to vehicles secured to the towing vehicle by a fifth-wheel type connection.
[CC 1988 §26-326; Ord. No. 86-1921 §1, 11-10-1986]
When being operated on any highway, commercial motor vehicles and trailers shall be equipped with adequate and proper brakes, lighting equipment, signaling devices, steering mechanisms, horns, mirrors, windshield wipers, tires, wheels, exhaust system, glazing, air pollution control devices, fuel tank, and any other safety equipment required by the State in such condition so as to obtain a certificate of inspection and approval as required by the provisions of RSMo., Section 307.360.
[Code 1972, §21-11; CC 1988 §26-327; Ord. No. 86-1921 §1, 11-10-1986]
Every motor vehicle shall be equipped with a horn, directed forward, or whistle in good working order, capable of emitting a sound adequate in quantity and volume to give warning of the approach of such vehicle to other users of the highway and to pedestrians. Such signaling device shall be used for warning purposes only and shall not be used for making any unnecessary noise, and no other sound-producing signaling device shall be used at any time.
[Code 1972, §21-12; CC 1988 §26-328; Ord. No. 86-1921 §1, 11-10-1986]
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.
[Code 1972, §21-14; CC 1988 §26-329; Ord. No. 86-1921 §1, 11-10-1986]
Except as provided in RSMo., Chapter 307, every motor vehicle other than a motor-drawn vehicle and other than a motorcycle shall be equipped with at least two (2) approved headlamps mounted at the same level with at least one (1) on each side of the front of the vehicle. Every motorcycle shall be equipped with at least one (1) and not more than two (2) approved headlamps. Every motorcycle equipped with a sidecar or other attachment shall be equipped with a lamp on the outside limit of such attachment capable of displaying a white light to the front.
[Code 1972, §21-10; CC 1988 §26-330; Ord. No. 86-1921 §1, 11-10-1986]
No metal-tired vehicle shall be operated over any of the improved highways except over highways constructed of gravel or claybound gravel, if such vehicle has on the periphery of any of the road wheels any lug, flange, cleat, ridge, bolt or any projection of metal or wood which projects radially beyond the tread or traffic surface of the tire, unless the highway is protected by putting down solid planks or other suitable material, or by attachments to the wheels so as to prevent such vehicles from damaging the highway, except that this prohibition shall not apply to tractors or traction engines equipped with what is known as caterpillar treads, when such caterpillar does not contain any projection of any kind likely to injure the surface of the road. Tractors, traction engines and similar vehicles may be operated which have upon their road wheels V-shaped, diagonal or other cleats arranged in such manner as to be continuously in contact with the road surface if the gross weight on the wheels per inch of width of such cleats or road surface, when measured in the direction of the axle of the vehicle, does not exceed eight hundred (800) pounds.
No tractor, tractor engine or other metal-tired vehicle weighing more than four (4) tons, including the weight of the vehicle and its load, shall drive onto, upon or over the edge of any improved highway without protecting such edge by putting down solid planks or other suitable material to prevent such vehicle from breaking off the edges of the pavement.
Any person violating this Section, whether operating under a permit or not, or who shall wilfully or negligently damage a highway, shall be liable for the amount of such damage caused to any highway, bridge, culvert or sewer, and any vehicle causing such damage shall be subject to a lien for the full amount of such damage, which lien shall not be superior to any duly recorded or filed chattel mortgage or other lien previously attached to such vehicle; the amount of such damage may be recovered in any action in any court of competent jurisdiction, in the name of the City.
[Ord. No. 93-2111 §1, 6-14-1993; Ord. No. 2006-2749 §I, 11-28-2006; Ord. No. 2009-2829 §1, 4-28-2009]
Except as otherwise provided in this Section, each driver and front seat passenger of a passenger car manufactured after January 1, 1968, operated on a street or highway in this City shall wear a properly adjusted and fastened safety belt that meets Federal Highway and Transportation Act requirements, except that a child less than four (4) years of age shall be protected as required in Subsection (E) of this Section.
Each driver of a motor vehicle transporting a child four (4) years of age or more, but less than sixteen (16) years of age, in the front seat of a motor vehicle shall secure the child in a properly adjusted and fastened safety belt.
The provisions of Subsections (A) and (B) of this Section shall not be applicable to persons having a medical reason for failing to have a seat belt fastened about his/her body or 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 their vehicles, or which require frequent entry into and exit from their vehicles.
As used in Subsections (A) and (B) of this Section, the term "passenger car" means every motor vehicle designed for carrying ten (10) persons or less and used for the transportation of persons and trucks with extended or "crew" cabs with a rear seat; except that the term "passenger car" shall not include motorcycles, motorized bicycles, motortricycles and trucks other than those aforementioned.
Each person who violates the provisions of Subsections (A) or (B) of this Section after June 14, 1993, shall upon conviction be subject to a fine not to exceed ten dollars ($10.00) in amount. All other provisions of law and court rules to the contrary notwithstanding, no court costs may be imposed if court costs have been assessed on any other charge arising out of the same occurrence.
Every person transporting a child under the age of four (4) years residing in this State shall be responsible, when transporting such child in a motor vehicle operated by that person on the streets or highways of this City, for providing for the protection of such child. When traveling in the front seat of a motor vehicle, the child shall be protected by a child passenger restraint system approved by the Missouri Department of Public Safety. When the number of child passengers exceeds the number of available passenger positions, and all passenger positions are in use, remaining children shall be transported in the rear seat of the motor vehicle.
With respect to Subsection (E) of this Section:
Subsection (E) of this Section shall not apply to motor vehicles registered in another State or to a temporary substitute vehicle.