[R.O. 2007 §395.010; Ord. No. 4488 §1, 3-3-2003]
It shall be unlawful for any person to drive, park, operate or move on, upon or across or for the owner to cause or knowingly permit to be parked, driven, operated or moved on, upon or across any street or highway under the jurisdiction of the City any vehicle or combination of vehicles exceeding the size and weight limitations stated herein.
The size and weight limitations stated herein shall not apply to the following:
Any vehicle or fire apparatus which is designed for use and used by a Fire Department, Fire Protection District or Volunteer Fire Protection Association or when being operated by a fire apparatus manufacturer or sales organization for the purpose of sale, demonstration, exhibit or delivery to a Fire Department, Fire Protection District or Volunteer Fire Protection Association.
Any vehicle used for snow or ice removal operations and owned or operated by or for any governmental body.
Any farm equipment or other implements of husbandry temporarily operated or towed in a combination in the furtherance of a farm or agricultural endeavor.
Any wrecker or tow truck performing a wrecker or towing service, or if a disabled or wrecked vehicle cannot be moved by a wrecker or tow truck, a roll back or car carrier, as defined in Section 301.001 RSMo., 2000, may be used, so long as it is operated by a bona fide wrecker operator or owner.
Nothing contained in this Section shall restrict the weight of road machines, oilers, traction engines, tractors, rollers, power shovels, dump trucks, trucks or other construction or maintenance equipment when used by the City in the construction or the maintenance of any street or highway, provided that such construction or maintenance is performed by persons employed by or under contract with such City for such purpose. However, any operation of the foregoing equipment or vehicles used in construction work contracted by the City or by the City using its own equipment or vehicles shall be unrestricted as to weight only within a construction area.
Whenever any vehicle or combination of vehicles is operated in violation of this Section, the owner and/or the driver of such vehicle shall be deemed guilty of such violation and either or both the owner and driver of such vehicle or combination of vehicles may be prosecuted for such violation.
[R.O. 2007 §395.020; Ord. No. 4488 §2, 3-3-2003]
The following weight and size limitations shall be in place on all streets, highways and bridges which are under the jurisdiction of the City, unless otherwise stated herein:
The maximum width of any vehicle or combination of vehicles, including load, shall be ninety-six (96) inches. Clearance lights, rearview mirrors and other accessories that are required by law or regulations shall not be included in calculating the width of any vehicle.
The maximum height of any vehicle or combination of vehicles, including load, shall be 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.
The maximum length of a single motor vehicle, including load, is forty-five (45) feet, except as otherwise provided in this Chapter.
The maximum length for truck-tractor and semitrailer or truck-tractor equipped with dromedary and semitrailer, including load, shall be sixty (60) feet.
The maximum weight of any vehicle or combination of vehicles shall be twenty thousand (20,000) pounds for a each axle. The maximum total weight for any vehicle or combination of vehicles shall be eighty thousand (80,000) pounds. The maximum total gross weight with load imposed by any group of two (2) or more consecutive axles of any vehicle or combination of vehicles shall be as set forth in the table below:
The Director of Community Development is hereby authorized to designate different size and weight limitations for particular streets, highways and bridges as he or she deems appropriate. A list of the limitations shall be kept on file with the Director of Community Development and with the City Clerk.
[R.O. 2007 §395.030; Ord. No. 4488 §3, 3-3-2003]
A permit shall be required for the movement of any vehicle or combination of vehicles with a non-divisible load on streets, highways and bridges within the City which exceeds the size and weight permitted for the particular streets, highways and bridges.
The City, with respect to any street or highway under its jurisdiction, may, upon application to the Director of Community Development on forms provided by the Director of Community Development and for good cause shown, issue a special permit authorizing the applicant to operate or move a vehicle or combination of vehicles of a size and/or weight exceeding the maximum stated herein. The applicant shall furnish the following information in the special permit application:
The name and address of the owner or lessee of the vehicle.
Description of the object or vehicle to be moved.
The number of axles of the vehicle or combination of vehicles.
The maximum axle weights of all single, tandem or series axles.
Maximum gross weight of the vehicle.
The maximum width, length and height of the vehicle and load.
A valid certificate of insurance from an insurance company authorized to do business in Missouri in an amount equal to or exceeding one million dollars ($1,000,000.00).
Requested routing over City streets to and from a specific location.
Permits are valid only for the day or dates specified on the permit and for the specific vehicle, load and routing as established by the Director of Community Development or his or her designee. No substitution vehicle, load or routing is permitted without the expressed written permission by the Director of Community Development or his or her designee and the permit must be carried in the vehicle to which the permit applies.
The permit fee shall be seventy-five dollars ($75.00).
The Director of Community Development or his or her designee is authorized to approve the application for approved routes. Upon approval and payment of all required fees, the Director of Community Development shall issue a permit allowing passage of the oversize and/or overweight vehicle or combination of vehicles over City streets. The permit shall be specific and shall contain the following information:
The date or dates when the permit is valid.
The description of the vehicle and/or object to be moved.
Authorized gross weight, axle weights, width, length and height.
The authorized routing over City streets including the origin and termination point within the City.
That the fee was paid.
The date and signature of the Director of Community Development or his or her designee.
In addition, the permit will specify general conditions that the permitee must comply with that are consistent and reasonable for the protection of the general public and the City streets.
A copy of all permits issued will be provided to the City Administrator for informational purposes.
It is the duty of the permitee to read and familiarize himself or herself with the permit provisions upon receipt. Undertaking of the permit move is deemed prima facie evidence of acceptance of the permit and that:
The permitee is in compliance with all operation requirements;
All dimension and weight limitations specified in the permit will not be exceeded;
All operation, registration and license requirements have been complied with;
All financial responsibilities, obligations and other legal requirements have been complied with; and
The permitee assumes all responsibilities for injury or damage to persons or to public or private property, including his or her own, or to the object being transported, caused directly or indirectly by the transportation or movement of vehicles and objects authorized under the permit. He or she agrees to hold the City harmless from all suits, claims, damages or proceedings of any kind and indemnify the City for any claim it may be required to pay arising from the movement.
The permit shall be carried in the vehicle to which the permit applies at all times while operating on streets or highways within the City and shall be exhibited upon demand to any Law Enforcement Officer, Police Officer or authorized official of the City.
Whenever any vehicle is operated in violation of the provisions of a City permit whether it be by size, weight or general provisions, and either or both the owner or driver of such vehicle shall be deemed guilty and either or both the owner or the driver of such vehicle may be prosecuted for such violation.
[R.O. 2007 §395.040; Ord. No. 4488 §4, 3-3-2003]
Temporary weight restrictions can be applied to any bridge, street or highway under the jurisdiction of the City by the Director of Community Development based on weather-related circumstances which are of a temporary and special nature. Such a restriction shall not exceed a three (3) month period.
[R.O. 2007 §395.050; Ord. No. 4488 §5, 3-3-2003]
Either or both the owner or driver of any vehicle which collides with a lawfully established bridge or viaduct shall be liable for all damage and injury resulting from a collision caused by the height of the vehicle, whether the clearance of the bridge or viaduct is posted or not.