City of Oak Grove, MO
Jackson County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Article I Light Regulations
Article II Other Vehicle Equipment
A. 
"When lighted lamps are required" means at any time from a half (½) hour after sunset to a half (½) hour before sunrise and at any other time when there is not sufficient light to render clearly discernible persons and vehicles on the highway at a distance of five hundred (500) feet ahead.
B. 
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 hereinafter in this Article required. 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.
Except as in this Article provided, 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.
A. 
Except as hereinafter provided, the headlamps or the auxiliary driving lamp or the auxiliary passing lamp or combination thereof on motor vehicles other than motorcycles or motor-driven cycles shall be so arranged that the driver may select at will between distributions of light projected to different elevations and such lamps may, in addition, be so arranged that such selection can be made automatically, subject to the following limitations:
1. 
There shall be an uppermost distribution of light, or composite beam, so aimed and of such intensity as to reveal persons and vehicles at a distance of at least three hundred fifty (350) feet ahead for all conditions of loading.
2. 
There shall be a lowermost distribution of light, or composite beam, so aimed and of sufficient intensity to reveal persons and vehicles at a distance of at least one hundred (100) feet ahead; and on a straight level road under any condition of loading none of the high-intensity portion of the beam shall be directed to strike the eyes of an approaching driver.
Every person driving a motor vehicle equipped with multiple-beam road lighting equipment, during the times when lighted lamps are required, shall use a distribution of light, or composite beam, directed high enough and of sufficient intensity to reveal persons and vehicles at a safe distance in advance of the vehicle, subject to the following requirements and limitations: Whenever the driver of a vehicle approaches an oncoming vehicle within five hundred (500) feet, or is within three hundred (300) feet to the rear of another vehicle traveling in the same direction, the driver shall use a distribution of light or composite beam so aimed that the glaring rays are not projected into the eyes of the other driver, and in no case shall the high-intensity portion which is projected to the left of the prolongation of the extreme left side of the vehicle be aimed higher than the center of the lamp from which it comes at a distance of twenty-five (25) feet ahead, and in no case higher than a level of forty-two (42) inches above the level upon which the vehicle stands at a distance of seventy-five (75) feet ahead.
[Ord. No. 1814 §15, 4-8-2015 § 15]
A. 
Every motor vehicle and every motor-drawn vehicle shall be equipped with at least two (2) rear lamps, not less than fifteen (15) inches or more than seventy-two (72) inches above the ground upon which the vehicle stands, which when lighted will exhibit a red light plainly visible from a distance of five hundred (500) feet to the rear. Either such rear lamp or a separate lamp shall be so constructed and placed as to illuminate with a white light the rear registration marker and render it clearly legible from a distance of fifty (50) feet to the rear. When the rear registration marker is illuminated by an electric lamp other than the required rear lamps, all such lamps shall be turned on or off only by the same control switch at all times.
B. 
Every motorcycle registered in this State, when operated on a highway, shall also carry at the rear, either as part of the rear lamp or separately, at least one (1) approved red reflector, which shall be of such size and characteristics and so maintained as to be visible during the times when lighted lamps are required from all distances within three hundred (300) feet to fifty (50) feet from such vehicle when directly in front of a motor vehicle displaying lawful undimmed headlamps. A motorcycle may be equipped with a means of varying the brightness of the vehicle's brake light for a duration of not more than five (5) seconds upon application of the vehicle's brakes.
C. 
Every new passenger car, new commercial motor vehicle, motor-drawn vehicle and omnibus with a capacity of more than six (6) passengers registered in this State after January 1, 1966, when operated on a highway shall also carry at the rear at least two (2) approved red reflectors, at least one (1) at each side, so designed, mounted on the vehicle and maintained as to be visible during the times when lighted lamps are required from all distances within five hundred (500) to fifty (50) feet from such vehicle when directly in front of a motor vehicle displaying lawful undimmed headlamps. Every such reflector shall meet the requirements of this Article and shall be mounted upon the vehicle at a height not to exceed sixty (60) inches nor less than fifteen (15) inches above the surface upon which the vehicle stands.
D. 
Any person who knowingly operates a motor vehicle without the lamps required in this Section in operable condition is guilty of an infraction.
Any motor vehicle may be equipped with not to exceed three (3) auxiliary lamps mounted on the front at a height not less than twelve (12) inches nor more than forty-two (42) inches above the level surface upon which the vehicle stands.
Any motor vehicle may be equipped with not more than two (2) side cowl or fender lamps which shall emit a white or yellow light without glare. Any motor vehicle may be equipped with not more than one (1) running board courtesy lamp on each side thereof which shall emit a white or yellow light without glare. Any motor vehicle may be equipped with a backup lamp either separately or in combination with another lamp; except that no such backup lamp shall be continuously lighted when the motor vehicle is in forward motion.
Any motor vehicle may be equipped with not to exceed one (1) spotlamp but every lighted spotlamp shall be so aimed and used so as not to be dazzling or glaring to any person.
Headlamps, when lighted, shall exhibit lights substantially white in color; auxiliary lamps, cowllamps and spotlamps, when lighted, shall exhibit lights substantially white, yellow or amber in color. No person shall drive or move any vehicle or equipment, except a school bus when used for school purposes or an emergency vehicle, upon any street or highway with any lamp or device thereon displaying a red light visible from directly in front thereof.
Any lighted lamp or illuminating device upon a motor vehicle other than headlamps, spotlamps, front direction signals or auxiliary lamps which projects a beam of light of an intensity greater than three hundred (300) candlepower shall be so directed that no part of the beam will strike the level of the roadway on which the vehicle stands at a distance of more than seventy-five (75) feet from the vehicle. Alternately flashing warning signals may be used on school buses when used for school purposes and on motor vehicles when used to transport United States mail from post offices to boxes of addressees thereof and on emergency vehicles as defined in Section 300.010 of this Title, and on buses owned or operated by churches, mosques, synagogues, temples or other houses of worship, but are prohibited on other motor vehicles, motorcycles and motor-drawn vehicles except as a means for indicating a right or left turn.
At the times when lighted lamps are required, at least two (2) lighted lamps shall be displayed, one (1) on each side of the front of every motor vehicle except a motorcycle and except a motor-drawn vehicle except when such vehicle is parked subject to the provisions governing lights on parked vehicles. Whenever a motor vehicle equipped with headlamps as in this Article required is also equipped with any auxiliary lamps or a spotlamp or any other lamp on the front thereof projecting a beam of an intensity greater than three hundred (300) candlepower, not more than a total of four (4) of any such lamps on the front of a vehicle shall be lighted at any one time when upon a highway.
All vehicles, including agricultural machinery or implements, road machinery, road rollers, traction engines and farm tractors not in this Article specifically required to be equipped with lamps, shall be equipped during the times when lighted lamps are required with at least one (1) lighted lamp or lantern exhibiting a white light visible from a distance of five hundred (500) feet to the front of such vehicle and with a lamp or lantern exhibiting a red light visible from a distance of five hundred (500) feet to the rear, and such lamps and lanterns shall exhibit lights to the sides of such vehicle.
Any person who shall place or drive or cause to be placed or driven upon or along any State highway of this City any animal-driven vehicle whatsoever, whether in motion or at rest, shall after sunset to one-half (½) hour before sunrise have attached to every such vehicle at the rear thereof a red taillight or a red reflecting device of not less than three (3) inches in diameter of effective area or its equivalent in area. When such device shall consist of reflecting buttons, there shall be no less than seven (7) of such buttons covering an area equal to a circle with a three (3) inch diameter. The total subtended effective angle of reflection of every such device shall be no less than sixty degrees (60°) and the spread and efficiency of the reflected light shall be sufficient for the reflected light to be visible to the driver of any motor vehicle approaching such animal-drawn vehicle from the rear of a distance of not less than five hundred (500) feet. In addition, any person who operates any such animal-driven vehicle during the hours between sunset and one-half (½) hour before sunrise shall have at least one (1) light flashing at all times the vehicle is on any highway of this City. Such light or lights shall be amber in the front and red in the back and shall be placed on the left side of the vehicle at a height of no more than six (6) feet from the ground and shall be visible from the front and the back of the vehicle at a distance of at least five hundred (500) feet. Any person violating the provisions of this Section shall be guilty of an ordinance violation.
A. 
Signaling Devices. 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.
B. 
Muffler Cutouts. 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.
C. 
Brakes. All motor vehicles, except motorcycles, shall be provided at all times with two (2) sets of adequate brakes kept in good working order, and motorcycles shall be provided with one (1) set of adequate brakes kept in good working order.
D. 
Mirrors. 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.
E. 
Projections On Vehicles. 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.
F. 
Towlines. When one 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, RSMo., 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. The provisions of this Subsection shall also not apply to farm implements or to any vehicle which is not required to be registered.
G. 
Commercial Motor Vehicles And Trailers. When being operated on any highway, street or road of this City, 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 Section 307.360, RSMo.
H. 
Devices attached to or towed by motor vehicles for the purpose of transporting hay shall have the protruding parts raised or retracted when not in use to a position which will not cause injury or damage to persons or property in the vicinity of such device when on the highways, streets or roads of this City.
A. 
All motor vehicles and every trailer and semi-trailer operating upon the public highways, streets or roads 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.
B. 
Operation of a motor vehicle, trailer or semi-trailer in violation of this Section shall be an ordinance violation, and any person convicted thereof shall be punished as provided by Section 100.220 of this Code.
A. 
As used in this Section, the term "truck" means a motor vehicle designed, used or maintained for the transportation of property.
B. 
As used in 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; except that the term "passenger car" shall not include motorcycles, motorized bicycles, motortricycles and trucks with a licensed gross weight of twelve thousand (12,000) pounds or more.
C. 
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 passengers of a passenger car manufactured after January 1, 1968, operated on a street or highway in the City, and persons less than eighteen (18) years of age operating or riding in a truck, as defined in Subsection (A) of this Section, on a street or highway of this City shall wear a properly adjusted and fastened safety belt that meets Federal National Highway, Transportation and Safety Act requirements; except that, a child less than four (4) years of age shall be protected as required in Section 380.170 of this Chapter. No person shall be stopped, inspected or detained solely to determine compliance with this Subsection. 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 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. Each person found guilty of violating the provisions of this Section is guilty of an infraction for which a fine not to exceed ten dollars ($10.00) may be imposed. All other provisions of law and court rules to the contrary notwithstanding, no court costs shall be imposed on any person due to a violation of this Section.
D. 
Each driver of a motor vehicle transporting a child four (4) years of age or more, but less than sixteen (16) years of age, shall secure the child in a properly adjusted and fastened safety belt.
E. 
If there are more persons than there are seat belts in the enclosed area of a motor vehicle, then the driver and passengers are not in violation of this Section.
[Ord. No. 1537 §2, 9-5-2006]
A. 
Every person transporting a child under the age of sixteen (16) years 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 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 tall, 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 a 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. This Subsection shall only apply to the use of a child passenger restraint system or vehicle safety belt for children less than sixteen (16) years of age being transported in a motor vehicle.
B. 
Any person found guilty of violating any of the provisions of this Section shall be subject to a fine of not more than fifty dollars ($50.00) plus court costs. If a driver receives a citation for violating this Section, the charges shall be dismissed or withdrawn if the driver prior to or at his or her hearing provides evidence of acquisition of a child passenger restraint system or child booster seat which is satisfactory to the court or the party responsible for prosecuting the driver's citation.
C. 
This Section shall not apply to any public carrier for hire. The provisions of this Section shall not apply to students four (4) years of age or older who are passengers on a school bus designed for carrying eleven (11) passengers or more and which is manufactured or equipped pursuant to Missouri Minimum Standards for School Buses as school buses are defined in Section 301.010, RSMo.
D. 
As used in this Section, the following terms shall mean:
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
A person who is in actual physical control of a motor vehicle.
A. 
Any person may 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 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 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 glazing material, which permits less light transmission and luminous reflectance than allowed under the requirements of this Subsection may be issued by the 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 Department of Public Safety shall promulgate rules and regulations for the issuance of the permit. The 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 informational 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.
A. 
Every person operating or riding as a passenger on any motorcycle or motortricycle, as defined in this Title, upon any highway of this City shall wear protective headgear at all times the vehicle is in motion. The protective headgear shall meet reasonable standards and specifications established by the Director of Revenue.
B. 
The penalty for failure to wear protective headgear as required by Subsection (A) of this Section shall be deemed an infraction for which a fine not to exceed twenty-five dollars ($25.00) may be imposed. Notwithstanding all other provisions of law and court rules to the contrary, no court costs shall be imposed upon any person due to such violation. No points shall be assessed pursuant to Section 302.302, RSMo., for a failure to wear such protective headgear.
No person shall operate any motor vehicle upon any road or highway of this City between the first (1st) day of April and the first (1st) day of November while the motor vehicle is equipped with tires containing metal or carbide studs.
A. 
No metal-tired vehicle shall be operated over any of the improved highways of this City, 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.
B. 
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.
C. 
Any person violating this Section, whether operating pursuant to a permit or not, or who shall willfully 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.
A. 
As used in this Section, the term "truck" means a motor vehicle designed, used or maintained for the transportation of property.
B. 
No person shall operate any truck, as defined in Subsection (A) of this Section, with a licensed gross weight of less than twelve thousand (12,000) pounds on any highway which is part of the State or Federal highway system or when such truck is operated within the corporate limits of the City when any person under eighteen (18) years of age is riding in the unenclosed bed of such truck. No person under eighteen (18) years of age shall ride in the unenclosed bed of such truck when the truck is in operation.
C. 
The provisions of this Section shall not apply to:
1. 
Any employee engaged in the necessary discharge of the employee's duties where it is necessary to ride in the unenclosed bed of the truck;
2. 
Any person while engaged in agricultural activities where it is necessary to ride in the unenclosed bed of the truck;
3. 
Any person riding in the unenclosed bed of a truck while such truck is being operated in a parade, caravan or exhibition which is authorized by law;
4. 
Any person riding in the unenclosed bed of a truck if such truck has installed a means of preventing such person from being discharged or such person is secured to the truck in a manner which will prevent the person from being thrown, falling or jumping from the truck;
5. 
Any person riding in the unenclosed bed of a truck if such truck is being operated solely for the purpose of participating in a special event and it is necessary that the person ride in such unenclosed bed due to a lack of available seating. "Special event", for the purposes of this Section, is a specific social activity of a definable duration which is participated in by the person riding in the unenclosed bed;
6. 
Any person riding in the unenclosed bed of a truck if such truck is being operated solely for the purposes of providing assistance to, or ensuring the safety of, other persons engaged in a recreational activity; or
7. 
Any person riding in the unenclosed bed of a truck if such truck is the only legally titled, licensed and insured vehicle owned by the family of the person riding in the unenclosed bed and there is insufficient room in the passenger cab of the truck to accommodate all passengers in the truck. For the purposes of this Section, the term "family" shall mean any persons related within the first degree of consanguinity.
A. 
No vehicle operated upon the highways of this City shall have a width, including load, in excess of ninety-six (96) inches, except clearance lights, rearview mirrors or other accessories required by Federal, State or City law or regulation; except that, vehicles having a width, including load, not in excess of one hundred two (102) inches, exclusive of clearance lights, rearview mirrors or other accessories required by law or regulations, may be operated on the interstate highways and such other highways as may be designated by the Highways and Transportation Commission for the operation of such vehicles plus a distance not to exceed ten (10) miles from such interstate or designated highway. Provided however, a recreational vehicle, as defined in Section 700.010, RSMo., may exceed the foregoing width limits if the appurtenances on such recreational vehicle extend no further than the rearview mirrors. Such mirrors may only extend the distance necessary to provide the required field of view before the appurtenances were attached.
B. 
No vehicle operated upon the interstate highway system or upon any route designated by the Chief Engineer of the State Transportation Department shall have a height, including load, in excess of fourteen (14) feet. On all other highways, no vehicle shall have a height, including load, in excess of thirteen and one-half (13½) feet, except that any vehicle or combination of vehicles transporting automobiles or other motor vehicles may have a height, including load, of not more than fourteen (14) feet.
C. 
No single motor vehicle operated upon the highways of this City shall have a length, including load, in excess of forty-five (45) feet, except as otherwise provided in this Section.
D. 
No bus, recreational motor vehicle or trackless trolley coach operated upon the highways of this City shall have a length in excess of forty-five (45) feet, except that such vehicles may exceed the forty-five (45) feet length when such excess length is caused by the projection of a front safety bumper or a rear safety bumper or both. Such safety bumper shall not cause the length of the bus or recreational motor vehicle to exceed the forty-five (45) feet length limit by more than one (1) foot in the front and one (1) foot in the rear.
The term "safety bumper" means any device which may be fitted on an existing bumper or which replaces the bumper and is so constructed, treated, or manufactured that it absorbs energy upon impact.
E. 
No combination of truck-tractor and semitrailer operated upon the highways of this City shall have a length, including load, in excess of sixty (60) feet; except that in order to comply with the provisions of Title 23 of the United States Code (Public Law 97-424), no combination of truck-tractor and semitrailer operated upon the interstate highway system of this City shall have an overall length, including load, in excess of the length of the truck-tractor plus the semi-trailer, the length of which shall not exceed fifty-three (53) feet.
F. 
In order to comply with the provisions of Title 23 of the United States Code (Public Law 97-424), no combination of truck-tractor, semitrailer and trailer operated upon the interstate highway system of this State shall have an overall length, including load, in excess of the length of the truck-tractor plus the semitrailer and trailer, neither of which semitrailer or trailer shall exceed twenty-eight (28) feet in length, except that any existing semitrailer or trailer up to twenty-eight and one-half (28½) feet in length actually and lawfully operated on December 1, 1982, within a sixty-five (65) foot overall length limit in any State may continue to be operated upon the interstate highways of this State. On those primary highways not designated by the State Highways and Transportation Commission as provided in Subsection (J) of this Section, no combination of truck-tractor, semi-trailer and trailer shall have an overall length, including load, in excess of sixty-five (65) feet; provided however, the State Highways and Transportation Commission may designate additional routes for such sixty-five (65) foot combinations.
G. 
Automobile transporters, boat transporters and truck-trailer boat transporter combinations having a length not in excess of sixty-five (65) feet and stinger-steered combination automobile transporters and stinger-steered combination boat transporters having a length not in excess of seventy-five (75) feet may be operated on the interstate highways of this State and such other highways as may be designated by the Highways and Transportation Commission for the operation of such vehicles plus a distance not to exceed ten (10) miles from such interstate or designated highway. All length provisions regarding automobile or boat transporters, truck-trailer boat transporter combinations and stinger-steered combinations shall include a semitrailer length not to exceed fifty-three (53) feet and are exclusive of front and rear overhang, which shall be no greater than a three (3) foot front overhang and no greater than a four (4) foot rear overhang.
H. 
Driveaway saddlemount combinations having a length not in excess of seventy-five (75) feet may be operated on the interstate highways of this State and such other highways as may be designated by the Highways and Transportation Commission for the operation of such vehicles plus a distance not to exceed ten (10) miles from such interstate or designated highway. Saddlemount combinations must comply with the safety requirements of Section 393.71 of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations and may contain no more than three (3) saddlemounted vehicles and one (1) fullmount.
I. 
No truck-tractor semitrailer-semitrailer combination vehicles operated upon the interstate and designated primary highway system of this State shall have a semitrailer length in excess of twenty-eight (28) feet or twenty-eight and one-half (28½) feet if the semitrailer was in actual and lawful operation in any State on December 1, 1982, operating in a truck-tractor semitrailer-semitrailer combination. The B-train assembly is excluded from the measurement of semitrailer length when used between the first (1st) and second (2nd) semitrailer of a truck-tractor semitrailer-semitrailer combination, except that when there is no semitrailer mounted to the B-train assembly, it shall be included in the length measurement of the semitrailer.
J. 
The Highways and Transportation Commission has been authorized to designate routes on the State highway system other than the interstate system over which those combinations of vehicles of the lengths specified in Subsections (E), (F), (G), (H) and (I) of this Section may be operated. Combinations of vehicles operated under the provisions of Subsections (E), (F), (G), (H) and (I) of this Section may be operated at a distance not to exceed ten (10) miles from the interstate system and such routes as designated under the provisions of this Subsection.
K. 
Except as provided in Subsections (E), (F), (G), (H) and (I) of this Section, no other combination of vehicles operated upon the primary or interstate highways of this State plus a distance of ten (10) miles from a primary or interstate highway shall have an overall length, unladen or with load, in excess of sixty-five (65) feet or in excess of fifty-five (55) feet on any other highway, except the State Highways and Transportation Commission may designate additional routes for use by sixty-five (65) foot combinations, seventy-five (75) foot stinger-steered combinations or seventy-five (75) foot saddlemount combinations. Any vehicle or combination of vehicles transporting automobiles, boats or other motor vehicles may carry a load which extends no more than three (3) feet beyond the front and four (4) feet beyond the rear of the transporting vehicle or combination of vehicles.
L. 
Except as hereinafter provided:
1. 
These restrictions shall not apply to agricultural implements operating occasionally on the highways for short distances, or to self-propelled hay-hauling equipment or to implements of husbandry, or to vehicles temporarily transporting agricultural implements or implements of husbandry or roadmaking machinery, or road materials or towing for repair purposes vehicles that have become disabled upon the highways, or to implement dealers delivering or moving farm machinery for repairs on any State highway other than the interstate system.
2. 
Implements of husbandry and vehicles transporting such machinery or equipment may be operated occasionally for short distances on State highways when operated between the hours of sunrise and sunset by a driver licensed as an operator or chauffeur.
M. 
As used herein, the term "implements of husbandry" means all self-propelled machinery operated at speeds of less than thirty (30) miles per hour, specifically designed for, or especially adapted to be capable of, incidental over-the-road and primary off-road usage and used exclusively for the application of commercial plant food materials or agricultural chemicals, and not specifically designed or intended for transportation of such chemicals and materials. No implement of husbandry may exceed a width of eleven (11) feet, six (6) inches.
N. 
The purpose of this Section is to permit a single trip per day by the implement of husbandry from the source of supply to a given farm.
O. 
Sludge disposal units may be operated on all State highways other than the interstate system. Such units shall not exceed one hundred thirty-eight (138) inches in width and may be equipped with over-width tires. Such units shall observe all axle weight limits. The Chief Engineer of the State Transportation Department shall issue special permits for the movement of such disposal units and may by such permits restrict the movements to specified routes, days and hours.
A. 
No vehicle or combination of vehicles shall be moved or operated on any primary or interstate highway in this State plus a distance not to exceed ten (10) miles from such highways, having a greater weight than twenty thousand (20,000) pounds on one (1) axle, no combination of vehicles operated by transporters of general freight over regular routes as defined in Section 390.020, RSMo., shall be moved or operated on any highway of this State having a greater weight than the vehicle manufacturer's rating on a steering axle with the maximum weight not to exceed twelve thousand (12,000) pounds on a steering axle, and no vehicle shall be moved or operated on any primary or interstate highways of this State having a greater weight than thirty-four thousand (34,000) pounds on any tandem axle; the term "tandem axle" shall mean 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 and further provided, however, that when any vehicle or combination of vehicles with six (6) axles which includes a tandem axle group as above defined and a group of three (3) axles which are fully equalized, automatically or mechanically, and the distance between the center of the extremes of which does not exceed one hundred ten (110) inches, the Chief Engineer of the Missouri State Transportation Department shall issue a special permit for the movement thereof, as provided in Section 304.200, RSMo., for twenty thousand (20,000) pounds for each axle of the tandem axle group and for sixteen thousand (16,000) pounds for each axle of the group of three (3) fully equalized axles which are equalized, automatically or mechanically, when said vehicle or combination of vehicles is used to transport excavation or construction machinery or equipment, roadbuilding machinery or farm implements over routes in the primary system and other routes that are not a part of the interstate system of highways; provided further, that the Chief Engineer of the Missouri State Transportation Department may issue permits on the interstate system.
B. 
An "axle load" is defined as 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.
C. 
Subject to the limit upon the weight imposed upon a primary or interstate highway through any one (1) axle or on any tandem axle, the total gross weight with load imposed upon a primary or interstate highway, plus a distance not to exceed ten (10) miles from such highways, by any group of two (2) 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
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 (1st) and last axles of such consecutive sets of tandem axles is thirty-six (36) feet or more.
D. 
Subject to the limit upon the weight imposed upon a supplementary highway through any one (1) axle which shall not have a weight greater than eighteen thousand (18,000) pounds or on any tandem axle which shall not have a weight greater than thirty-two thousand (32,000) pounds, the total gross weight with load imposed upon the supplementary highway by any vehicle or combination of vehicles shall not exceed the gross weight given for the respective distance between the first (1st) and last axle of a single motor vehicle or by the first (1st) axle of a motor vehicle and the last axle of the last vehicle in any combination of vehicles measured longitudinally to the nearest foot as set forth in the following table:
Distance in Feet Between
the Extreme Axles
Maximum Load in Pounds
4
32,000
5
32,000
6
32,000
7
32,000
8
33,200
9
34,400
10
35,600
11
36,800
12
38,000
13
39,200
14
40,400
15
41,600
16
42,800
17
44,000
18
45,200
19
46,400
20
47,600
21
48,800
22
50,000
23
51,000
24
52,000
25
53,000
26
54,000
27
55,000
28
56,000
29
57,000
30
58,000
31
59,000
32
60,000
33
61,100
34
62,200
35
63,500
36
64,600
37
65,900
38
67,100
39
68,300
40
69,700
41
70,800
42
72,000
43 or over
73,280
E. 
Provided however, subject to the limit upon the weight imposed through any one (1) axle, through any tandem axle, as provided in Subsection (D) of this Section, the total gross weight with load imposed upon any bridges generally considered by the State Highways and Transportation Commission to be on the supplementary system or upon any bridges which are under the jurisdiction of and maintained by counties, townships or cities shall not exceed the gross weight given for the respective distance between the first (1st) and last axle of the total group of axles measured longitudinally to the nearest foot as set forth in the following table:
Distance in Feet Between
the Extreme Axles
Maximum Load in Pounds
4
32,000
5
32,000
6
32,000
7
32,000
8
32,610
9
33,580
10
34,550
11
35,510
12
36,470
13
37,420
14
38,360
15
39,300
16
40,230
17
41,160
18
42,080
19
42,990
20
43,900
21
44,800
22
45,700
23
46,590
24
47,470
25
48,350
26
49,220
27
50,090
28
50,950
29
51,800
30
52,650
31
53,490
32
54,330
33
55,160
34
55,980
35
56,800
36
57,610
37
58,420
38
59,220
39
60,010
40
60,800
41
61,580
42
62,360
43
63,130
44
63,890
45 or over
64,650
F. 
Nothing in this Section shall be construed as permitting lawful axle loads, tandem axle loads or gross loads in excess of those permitted under the provisions of Section 127 of Title 23 of the United States Code.
G. 
Notwithstanding the weight limitations contained in this Section, any vehicle or combination of vehicles operating on highways other than the interstate highway system may exceed single axle, tandem axle and gross weight limitations in an amount not to exceed two thousand (2,000) pounds. However, total gross weight shall not exceed eighty thousand (80,000) pounds.
[Ord. 1098 §12, 3-21-94]
A. 
The State Highways and Transportation Commission, with respect to streets and highways under their jurisdiction, may in their discretion, upon application in writing and good cause being shown therefor, issue a special permit in writing authorizing the applicant to operate or move a vehicle or combination of vehicles of a size or weight of vehicle or load exceeding the maximum specified in this Article or otherwise not in conformity with the provisions of this Article upon any street or highway under the jurisdiction of the party granting such permit and for the maintenance of which said party is responsible.
B. 
The application for any such permit shall specifically describe the vehicle or vehicles and load to be operated or moved and the particular street or highway for which permit to operate is requested, and whether such permit is requested for a single trip or for continuous operation.
C. 
The State Highways and Transportation Commission is authorized to issue or withhold such permit at their discretion; or if such permit is issued, to limit the number of trips or to establish seasonal or other time limitations within which the vehicles described may be operated on the streets or highways indicated, or otherwise to limit or prescribe conditions of operation of such vehicle or vehicles when necessary to protect the safety of street and highway users, or to protect the efficient movement of traffic from unreasonable interference, or to protect the street or highway from undue damage to the road foundations, surfaces or structures; and they may require such undertaking or other security as may be deemed necessary to compensate for any injury to any street, highway or street or highway structure.
D. 
Every such permit shall be carried in the vehicle or combination of vehicles to which it refers and shall be open to inspection by any Police Officer or authorized agent of any authority granting such permit, and no person shall violate any of the terms or conditions of such special permit.
[Ord. No. 1098 §13, 3-21-1994]
A. 
Any person driving any vehicle upon any street or highway or highway structure shall be liable for all damage which said street, highway or structure may sustain as a result of any illegal operation, driving or moving of such vehicle or as a result of operating, driving or moving any vehicle weighing in excess of the maximum weight in this Article but authorized by a special permit issued as provided in this Article.
B. 
Whenever such driver is not the owner of such vehicle but is so operating, driving or moving the same with the express or implied permission of said owner, then said owner and driver shall be jointly and severally liable for any such damage.
C. 
Such damage may be recovered in a civil action brought by the City Attorney in behalf of the City or by authorities in control of such streets or highways or highway structures.