City of Caruthersville, MO
Pemiscot County
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Editor's Note — Ord. no. 2006-25 §1, adopted December 4, 2006, amended article I of ch. 380 "licensing" by enacting the new provisions set out herein. Former sections 380.010 — 380.030 derived from CC 1983 §§17-64 — 17-65, 17-67.

Section 380.010 State Operator's License Required.

[Ord. No. 2006-25 §1, 12-4-2006]
A. 
Unless otherwise provided for by law, it shall be unlawful for any person, except those expressly exempted by Section 302.080, RSMo., to:
1. 
Operate any vehicle upon any highway in this City unless the person has a valid license;
2. 
Operate a motorcycle or motortricycle upon any highway in this City unless such person has a valid license that shows the person has successfully passed an examination for the operation of a motorcycle or motortricycle as prescribed by the Director;
3. 
Authorize or knowingly permit a motorcycle or motortricycle owned by such person or under such person's control to be driven upon any highway by any person whose license does not indicate that the person has passed the examination for the operation of a motorcycle or motortricycle or has been issued an instruction permit therefor;
4. 
Operate a motor vehicle with an instruction permit or license issued to another person.
B. 
Every person operating or riding as a passenger on any motorcycle or motortricycle, as defined in Section 301.010, RSMo., upon any highway in 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.
C. 
Any person convicted of violating Subdivisions (1) or (2) of Subsection (A) of this Section is guilty of an offense punishable as provided in Section 100.120. Violation of Subdivisions (3) and (4) of Subsection (A) of this Section is punishable by a fine not to exceed three hundred dollars ($300.00) and a term of imprisonment not to exceed fifteen (15) days, or both such fine and imprisonment, and the penalty for failure to wear protective headgear as required by Subsection (B) of this Section is 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 failure to wear protective headgear.

Section 380.015 Children Forbidden to Operate Motor Vehicle.

[Ord. No. 2006-25 §1, 12-4-2006]
No person shall cause or knowingly permit his child or ward under the age of sixteen (16) years to drive a motor vehicle upon any highway when such minor is not authorized hereunder or in violation of any of the provisions of Sections 302.010 to 302.260, RSMo.

Section 380.020 Unlicensed Person Operating Motor Vehicle Prohibited.

[Ord. No. 2006-25 §1, 12-4-2006]
No person shall authorize or knowingly permit a motor vehicle owned by him or under his control to be driven upon any highway by any person who is not authorized hereunder or in violation of any of the provisions of Sections 302.010 to 302.260, RSMo.

Section 380.025 Restricted License — Violation, Penalty.

[Ord. No. 2006-25 §1, 12-4-2006]
Any person who operates a motor vehicle in any manner in violation of the restrictions imposed in a restricted license issued to the person shall be deemed guilty of an offense punishable by a fine not to exceed three hundred dollars ($300.00) or imprisonment not to exceed fifteen (15) days, or both such fine and imprisonment.

Section 380.030 Driving While Revoked Penalty — Imprisonment Mandatory, Exception.

[Ord. No. 2006-25 §1, 12-4-2006]
A. 
A person commits the crime of driving while revoked if such person operates a motor vehicle on a highway when such person's license or driving privilege has been canceled, suspended or revoked under the laws of Missouri or any other State and acts with criminal negligence with respect to knowledge of the fact that such person's driving privilege has been canceled, suspended or revoked.
B. 
Any person convicted of driving while revoked is guilty of an offense punishable pursuant to Section 100.120 of this Code. The Municipal Court shall not suspend the imposition of sentence as to such a person nor sentence such person to pay a fine in lieu of a team of imprisonment, nor shall such person be eligible for parole or probation until such person has served a minimum of forty-eight (48) consecutive hours of imprisonment, unless, as a condition of such parole or probation, such person performs at least ten (10) days involving at least forty (40) hours of community service under the supervision of the court.
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Cross Reference — Motor vehicles and traffic, Title III.

Section 380.040 City License Required.

[CC 1983 §17-66]
Every person owning or operating any motor vehicle, used for either hire, private use or pleasure, upon the streets of the City, shall procure such license therefor as is required by the provisions of this Code and other ordinances of this City, and shall display the same on the front windshield of the vehicle.

Section 380.050 Tax — Levied. [1]

[Code 1961, §45.01; CC 1983 §16-137; Ord. No. 351 §1, 9-11-1967; Ord. No. 801 §1, 10-21-1996]
Every person residing within the City owning a motor vehicle used on the streets of the City shall pay an annual license tax for each motor vehicle in the amount of six dollars ($6.00). The full amount of such tax shall be waived for each motor vehicle lawfully registered and licensed within thirty (30) days of the date such license tax is due.
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Cross Reference — Taxation generally, ch. 145.

Section 380.060 License Tax — When Due.

[Code 1961, §45.02; CC 1983 §16-138]
The license tax imposed by this Article shall be paid to the City Collector on the first (1st) day of each calendar year. If a person becomes a resident of the City or acquires title to a motor vehicle after the first (1st) day of any calendar year, the license tax required to be paid by this Article shall be due on the date such person becomes a resident of the City or acquires title to a motor vehicle.

Section 380.070 Proration of License Tax.

[Code 1961, §45.04; CC 1983 §16-139]
The full annual rate for a motor vehicle license issued under this Article shall be charged between January first (1st) and June thirtieth (30th). One-half (½) of the annual license fee shall be charged for a license issued between July first (1st) and September thirtieth (30th). One-fourth (¼) of the annual license tax shall be charged between October first (1st) and December thirty-first (31st). This Section shall only apply to licenses lawfully due after January first (1st) of any year.

Section 380.080 Payment of Personal Property Taxes Prerequisite to Issuance.

[Code 1961, §45.05; CC 1983 §16-140]
No motor vehicle license shall be issued unless the applicant submits a tax receipt or statement certified by the City Collector showing that the City tangible personal property taxes for the preceding year have been paid by the applicant, or that no such taxes were due. Where no such taxes are due the City Collector shall, upon request, certify such fact and deliver such statement to the person making the request.

Section 380.090 Late Registration Fee.

[Code 1961, §45.06; CC 1983 §16-141]
In the event the motor vehicle license tax imposed by this Article is not paid within sixty (60) days after the date due, there shall be imposed, in addition to the license tax, a late registration fee in the amount of one dollar ($1.00) per month or portion of a month, for each month or portion thereof that the license tax is delinquent after the expiration of such sixty (60) days. This Section shall not be construed as a penalty, and the amount required to be paid hereunder shall be in addition to the penalties provided.

Section 380.100 Number Plates — Generally.

[Code 1961, §45.07; CC 1983 §16-142]
The City Collector shall assign each vehicle licensed under this Article a distinctive number, and shall issue and deliver to the owner a license plate containing the license number. The City Collector, at the expense of the City, shall purchase the license plates required for each calendar year which shall be in the form of a sticker or license emblem suitable for affixing to the inside windshield glass of the motor vehicles.

Section 380.110 Number Plates — to Be Attached to Vehicle.

[Code 1961, §45.08; CC 1983 §16-143]
The license plate shall be securely fastened to the inside of the glass of the windshield in the lower right hand corner of the windshield and shall be unobstructed and easily seen. No person shall own or operate a vehicle required to be licensed by this Article without having such vehicle license plate displayed upon such vehicle.

Section 380.120 Use of Number Plates.

[Code 1961, §45.09; CC 1983 §16-144]
No person shall use the vehicle license number plate issued under this Article, except upon the vehicle for which it is issued or transferred.

Section 380.130 Transfer.

[Code 1961, §45.10; CC 1983 §16-145]
The purchaser of any motor vehicle licensed under this Article, shall immediately remove the City vehicle license plate, and no person other than the person to whom the motor vehicle license plate was originally issued shall have the same in his/her possession. In case of a transfer of the owner of any motor vehicle licensed under this Article, the former owner may register another motor vehicle under the same number, upon the payment of a fee of twenty-five cents ($0.25) to the City Collector. Upon payment of the fee, the City Collector shall issue the new license. Vehicle licenses shall not be transferable from person to person.

Section 380.140 Register.

[Code 1961, §45.11; CC 1983 §16-146]
The City Collector shall maintain a motor vehicle license register in his/her office which shall contain the following information; the name of the owner, the description of the motor vehicle, the amount of the license tax, and the date such tax was paid.

Section 380.150 Expiration.

[Code 1961, §45.03; CC 1983 §16-147]
The licenses issued under this Article expire on the last day of the calendar year in which they are issued.

Section 380.160 Enforcement.

[Code 1961, §45.12; CC 1983 §16-148]
The City Marshal and each Policeman shall examine as often as may be necessary, all vehicles, and if, upon examination, any vehicle is found without a registered number thereon, or if the owner or driver of such vehicle shall not have complied with the provisions of this Chapter in any other respect the City Marshall or Policeman shall accordingly file complaint and cause the violator to be prosecuted.