City of Louisiana, MO
Pike County
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[Ord. No. 14-2020, 11-23-2020]
The purpose of this Chapter is to develop regulations and requirements for the use of neighborhood vehicles on the public thoroughfares and streets of the City to better ensure the public safety of the residents of the City and provide for an additional method of safe and convenient transportation.
[Ord. No. 14-2020, 11-23-2020]
A. 
Neighborhood vehicles operated on public streets within the City shall be manufactured and equipped in accordance with all applicable requirements of Chapter 304, RSMo., including Sections 304.029 and 304.034, RSMo.
B. 
All neighborhood vehicles shall be registered with the City and issued a neighborhood vehicle permit. A sticker with identifying numbers shall be attached to the rear of registered neighborhood vehicles and be visible for inspection per request. This shall be done each calendar year or if there is a change in ownership.
C. 
Any individual operating a Neighborhood Vehicle shall be at least fifteen (15) years old and have a valid State-issued permit or driver's license, but is not required to pass an examination for the operation of a motorcycle.
D. 
All neighborhood vehicles shall be insured, and such proof of insurance shall specifically list the neighborhood vehicle as referenced by the serial number and year of model. The insurance shall be kept in the neighborhood vehicle or on the operator's person during operation and available for inspection upon request.
E. 
No person shall authorize or knowingly permit any neighborhood vehicle owned by him/her or under his/her control to be driven upon any roadway located inside the City limits by any person who is not authorized hereunder or in violation of any of the provisions of this Section.
F. 
At a minimum, all neighborhood vehicles shall have the following:
1. 
A steering wheel or handlebars;
2. 
Two (2) or more tires safe for use on City streets;
3. 
Functioning brakes;
4. 
A seat and/or place for the operator to put their feet while operating the vehicle, depending upon the vehicle's design;
5. 
At least one (1) rearview mirror or two (2) side mirrors;
6. 
Safety markings; and
7. 
Vehicle registration sticker prominently displayed on the rear of the vehicle.
G. 
Safety markings on neighborhood vehicles shall be attached to the rear of the vehicle. Examples of valid markings include:
1. 
A bicycle safety flag which extends not less than seven (7) feet above the ground. The flag shall be neon yellow or orange with an area not less than thirty (30) square inches.
2. 
A "slow-moving" or "slow-moving vehicle" emblem of not less than thirty (30) square inches.
H. 
A neighborhood vehicle operated during the day without brake lights or turn signals must make use of standard hand signals to communicate when other motor vehicles are near, in accordance with Section 304.019, RSMo.
I. 
Any neighborhood vehicle operated between sunset and dawn must also be equipped with taillights and headlights in compliance with the applicable Sections of Sections 307.040 and 307.185, et seq., RSMo.
J. 
Neighborhood vehicles shall not be subject to the equipment requirements applicable to motor vehicles in Louisiana Municipal Code Chapter 370, but shall be held responsible for having equipment prohibited by that Section, such as tires potentially destructive or unsafe on City streets, or use of lights that may distract or impinge upon the vision of other drivers.
K. 
All neighborhood vehicles shall be operated within municipal speed limits, and in no event at a speed higher than twenty (20) miles per hour.
L. 
Neighborhood vehicles may not be operated on City sidewalks, or in any other manner that might pose a danger to pedestrians.
[Ord. No. 14-2020, 11-23-2020]
A. 
No individual operating a neighborhood vehicle shall:
1. 
Operate in any careless or imprudent manner so as to endanger any person or the property of any person.
2. 
Operate while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance.
3. 
Operate between the hours of official sunset and sunrise, except with all required lights and signals.
4. 
Operate on any City street with a speed limit of thirty (30) miles per hour or higher.
5. 
Operate a neighborhood vehicle on any Federal, State or County highways, except to cross; or across any Federal or State highway at an intersection where the highway being crossed has a posted speed limit of more than forty-five (45) miles per hour.
6. 
Operate a neighborhood vehicle on Georgia Street between Route 54 and Third Street, on Third Street south of 54, or on Frankford Road northwest of the intersection with 7th Street, except to cross.
[Ord. No. 14-2020, 11-23-2020]
A. 
Neighborhood vehicles operating on public streets under the jurisdiction of the City shall be registered with the City Treasurer.
B. 
The City Treasurer shall charge a fee of twenty dollars ($20.00) for each permit, of which five dollars ($5.00) shall be remitted to the LPD and fifteen dollars ($15.00) to the City General Administration Fund.
C. 
Each neighborhood vehicle permit application shall include at least the following information:
1. 
Basic identifying information for the neighborhood vehicle (make, model, color and such other identifying information as the City Treasurer may deem advisable);
2. 
The name and address of the owner of the neighborhood vehicle;
3. 
A copy of proof of insurance; and
4. 
A certification by the owner that the neighborhood vehicle meets all requirements of this Chapter.
D. 
Upon submission of a completed neighborhood vehicle permit application and required fee to the City Treasurer, the Treasurer shall confirm whether the applicant is eligible to be issued a neighborhood vehicle permit, excepting the inspection of the vehicle. If the applicant is found eligible, the City Treasurer shall initial the form and redirect the applicant to the LPD.
E. 
An employee of the LPD shall perform an examination of the neighborhood vehicle to confirm that it satisfies the elements of the checklist and initial the form upon approval.
F. 
The judgment of the City Treasurer or LPD employee as to the satisfaction of these elements shall be conclusive unless upon application to the City Council it is found that the decision constituted an abuse of discretion.
G. 
Once the application has been approved and initialed by the City Treasurer and the designated official of the LPD, the City Treasurer shall issue a vehicle registration sticker with identifying numbers to the applicant.
H. 
This permit shall expire one (1) year after issue and the applicant and vehicle will be subject to reinspection each year.
[Ord. No. 14-2020, 11-23-2020]
No person shall operate any neighborhood vehicle as defined above upon the roadways of this City without a neighborhood vehicle permit except if owned and operated by a governmental entity for official use.
[Ord. No. 14-2020, 11-23-2020]
A. 
Any person violating this Chapter may be charged with such violation, and upon conviction may be fined according to the analogous provisions for other motor vehicles regarding moving and non-moving violations.
B. 
If a neighborhood vehicle is operated in derogation of the general traffic laws and regulations of the City of Louisiana or the State of Missouri, then the operator may be charged and sentenced as any other motorist in accordance with those laws and regulations.
[Ord. No. 14-2020, 11-23-2020]
Neither inspection of a neighborhood vehicle nor the issuance of a permit is an endorsement of the safety of a neighborhood vehicle, nor by reason of the issuance of a permit does the City of Louisiana accept any liability resulting from the use of neighborhood vehicles on the City streets. All operators of neighborhood vehicles must exercise the prudence and good judgment required of any other motor vehicle operator and must be especially mindful of their safety vis-a-vis larger road vehicles. By applying for a permit the operator acknowledges acceptance of this provision.
[Ord. No. 14-2020, 11-23-2020]
This Chapter will enter into effect on the date which it is passed by the Louisiana City Council (11-23-2020), except that no violations for operating a neighborhood vehicle on City streets without registration shall be charged until after one (1) month has elapsed.