City of Blue Springs, MO
Jackson County
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[R.O. 1996 § 380.010; CC 1968 § 20-60; Ord. No. 1146 § 1, 4-12-1982; Ord. No. 4373 § 1, 2-6-2012; Ord. No. 4574 § 10, 10-5-2015]
It shall be unlawful for any person to drive a vehicle in this City when their privilege to do so has been suspended, revoked or canceled.
[R.O. 1996 § 380.020; CC 1968 § 20-61; Ord. No. 1146 § 1, 4-12-1982; Ord. No. 3656 § 1, 2-2-2004]
A. 
Unless otherwise provided for by law, it shall be unlawful for any person, except those expressly exempted by Section 380.040, to:
1. 
Operate any vehicle upon any highway in this City unless they have a valid license;
2. 
Operate a motorcycle or motortricycle upon any highway of this City unless such person has a valid license that shows they have successfully passed an examination for the operation of a motorcycle or motortricycle as prescribed by the Director. The Director may indicate such upon a valid license issued to such person or shall issue a license restricting the applicant to the operation of a motorcycle or motortricycle if the actual demonstration, required by Section 302.173, RSMo., is conducted on such vehicle;
3. 
Authorize or knowingly permit a motorcycle or motortricycle owned by them or under their 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.
[R.O. 1996 § 380.025; Ord. No. 3651 § 1, 2-2-2004]
Unless otherwise provided by law, it shall be unlawful for a person with an expired operator's license to operate a motor vehicle in this City, except those expressly exempted by Section 380.040.
[R.O. 1996 § 380.027; Ord. No. 3653 § 1, 2-2-2004]
Unless otherwise provided by State law, it shall be unlawful for any person operating a motor vehicle in the City to refuse to write their name and address in the presence of a Police Officer, Court Official or any other duly authorized person in order that the identity of the licensee may be determined.
[R.O. 1996 § 380.030]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to:
1. 
Display or to permit to be displayed, or to have in their possession, any license knowing the same to be fictitious or to have been canceled, suspended, revoked, disqualified or altered;
2. 
Lend to or knowingly permit the use of by another any license issued to the person so lending or permitting the use thereof;
3. 
Display or to represent as one's own any license not issued to the person so displaying the same;
4. 
Fail or refuse to surrender to the Clerk of any Division of the Circuit Court or the Director, any license which has been suspended, canceled, disqualified or revoked, as provided by law;
5. 
Use a false or fictitious name or give a false or fictitious address on any application for a license, or any renewal or duplicate thereof, or knowingly to make a false statement;
6. 
Knowingly conceal a material fact, or otherwise commit a fraud in any such application;
7. 
Authorize or consent to any motor vehicle owned by them or under their control to be driven by any person, when they have knowledge that such person has no legal right to do so, or for any person to drive any motor vehicle in violation of any of the provisions of Sections 302.010 to 302.780, RSMo.;
8. 
Employ a person to operate a motor vehicle in the transportation of persons or property, with knowledge that such person has not complied with the provisions of Sections 302.010 to 302.780, RSMo., or whose license has been revoked, suspended, canceled or disqualified; or who fails to produce their license upon demand of any person or persons authorized to make such demand;
9. 
Operate a motor vehicle in any manner in violation of the restrictions imposed in a restricted license;
10. 
Fail to carry their instruction permit, operator's or chauffeur's license while operating a vehicle and to display instruction permit or said license upon demand of any Police Officer, Court Official or any other duly authorized person for inspection, when demand is made therefor. Failure to exhibit their instruction permit or license as aforesaid shall be presumptive evidence that said person is not a duly licensed operator or chauffeur.
A. 
For any person under the age of eighteen (18) years, it shall be unlawful for any person to:
1. 
Fail to carry their instruction permit or intermediate license while operating a vehicle and to display said instruction permit or intermediate license upon demand of any Police Officer, court official or any other duly authorized person for inspection, when demand is made therefor. Failure to exhibit said instruction permit or intermediate license as aforesaid shall be presumptive evidence that said person is not a duly licensed operator; or
2. 
Operate a motor vehicle in any manner in violation of the restrictions imposed in a permit or intermediate license.
[R.O. 1996 § 380.040]
A. 
The following persons are exempt from license hereunder:
1. 
Any person while operating any farm tractor or implement of husbandry temporarily operated or moved on a highway;
2. 
A non-resident who is at least sixteen (16) years of age and who has in their immediate possession a valid license issued to them in their home state or country;
3. 
A non-resident who is at least eighteen (18) years of age and who has in their immediate possession a valid license issued to them in their home state or country which allows such person to operate a motor vehicle in the transportation of persons or property as classified in Section 302.015, RSMo.;
4. 
Convicted offenders of the department of corrections who have not been convicted of a motor vehicle felony as follows — driving while intoxicated, failing to stop after an accident and disclosing their identity, or driving a motor vehicle without the owner's consent — may operate state-owned trucks for the benefit of the correctional facilities, provided that such offender shall be accompanied by a correctional officer or other staff person in such truck.
[R.O. 1996 § 380.050; CC 1968 § 20-63; Ord. No. 1146 § 1, 4-12-1982; Ord. No. 4288 § 1, 2-16-2010]
No person shall operate or park any motor vehicle or trailer upon any street or highway of this City, unless such motor vehicle or trailer has properly displayed a valid license plate or plates or temporary permit issued to the lawful owner of the vehicle by the Department of Revenue of the State of Missouri, except that any person who is a non-resident of the State of Missouri may operate or park any motor vehicle or trailer upon any street or highway of this City, provided the motor vehicle or trailer has been duly registered for the current year in the State, country, or other place of which the owner is a resident, provided that at all times such motor vehicle or trailer is being operated or parked upon the streets or highways of this City, the valid license plate or plates or temporary permit is properly displayed on such vehicle or trailer. In addition, it shall be unlawful to park a trailer or other motor vehicle on any street or highway of this City on which or in which is located an inoperable motor vehicle or an unlicensed motor vehicle that, if in an operable condition, is capable of being licensed. If this latter situation occurs, the owner or person parking said vehicle or trailer shall be given notice, by affixing said notice to the motor vehicle or trailer, which notice so affixed shall constitute constructive notice, that the offending situation must be corrected within the forty-eight (48) hours of said notice being affixed to the motor vehicle or trailer, or charges will be filed against the owner or person parking said vehicle or trailer for violation of this Section.
[R.O. 1996 § 380.051; Ord. No. 3652 § 1, 2-2-2004]
It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a motor vehicle with expired State license plates.
[R.O. 1996 § 380.052; Ord. No. 3654 § 1, 2-2-2004]
It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a motor vehicle with a State license plate or plates attached to the vehicle being operated, that are registered to a vehicle different than the one being operated or with a State renewal sticker registered to a vehicle different than the one being operated.
[R.O. 1996 § 380.053; Ord. No. 3648 § 1, 2-2-2004]
It shall be unlawful for any person to operate motor vehicle displaying a State license plate that has been altered.
[R.O. 1996 § 380.060]
No motor vehicle or trailer shall be operated on any highway of this City unless it shall have displayed thereon the license plate or set of license plates issued by the Director of Revenue or the State Highways and Transportation Commission and authorized by Section 301.140, RSMo. Each such plate shall be securely fastened to the motor vehicle or trailer 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) inches 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, autocycles, and motorscooters shall be displayed on the rear of such vehicles either horizontally or vertically, with the letters and numbers plainly visible. The license plate on buses, other than school buses, and 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) inches nor more than forty-eight (48) inches above the ground, with the letters and numbers thereon right side up, or if two (2) plates are issued for the vehicle pursuant to Subsection (3) of Section 301.130, RSMo., displayed in the same manner on the front and rear of such vehicles. The license plate or plates authorized by Section 301.140, RSMo., when properly attached, shall be prima facie evidence that the required fees have been paid.
[R.O. 1996 § 380.070; CC 1968 § 20-65; Ord. No. 1146 § 1, 4-12-1982]
No person shall operate a motor vehicle or trailer on which there is displayed on the front or rear thereof any other plate, tag or placard bearing any number except the plate furnished by the Director of Revenue or the placard herein authorized and the official license tag of any municipality of this State, nor shall there be displayed on any motor vehicle or trailer a placard, sign or tag bearing the words "license lost," "license applied for" or words of similar import as a substitute for such number plates or such placard.
[R.O. 1996 § 380.080; CC 1968 § 20-66; Ord. No. 1146 § 1, 4-12-1982]
No person shall show, exhibit, display or have in possession for the purpose of sale any motor vehicle bearing or displaying thereon any number or license plates, except those of the dealer or owner so displaying said motor vehicle; provided, however, that where the motor vehicle is placed on consignment with a dealer by the owner thereof, there may be displayed a number or license plate issued to the owner thereof.
[R.O. 1996 § 380.090; CC 1968 § 20-67; Ord. No. 1146 § 1, 4-12-1982]
It shall be unlawful for any person to operate in this City a motor vehicle or trailer required to be registered as provided by law unless a certificate of ownership has been applied for as provided in Section 301.190, RSMo.
[R.O. 1996 § 380.100; CC 1968 § 20-68; Ord. No. 1146 § 1, 4-12-1982]
It shall be unlawful for any person to buy or sell in this City any motor vehicle or trailer registered under the laws of this State unless at the time of delivery thereof there shall pass between the parties a certificate of ownership with assignment thereof as provided in Section 301.210, RSMo., as amended, and the sale of any motor vehicle or trailer registered under the laws of this State, without the assignment of such certificate of ownership, shall be fraudulent and void.
[R.O. 1996 § 380.110]
Upon the transfer of ownership of any motor vehicle or trailer, the certificate of registration and the right to use the number plates shall expire and the number plates shall be removed by the owner at the time of the transfer of possession, and it shall be unlawful for any person other than the person to whom such number plates were originally issued to have the same in their possession whether in use or not, unless such possession is solely for charitable purposes; except that the buyer of a motor vehicle or trailer who trades in a motor vehicle or trailer may attach the license plates from the trade-in motor vehicle or trailer to the newly purchased motor vehicle or trailer. The operation of a motor vehicle with such transferred plates shall be lawful for no more than thirty (30) days, or no more than ninety (90) days if the dealer is selling the motor vehicle under the provisions of Section 301.213, RSMo. As used in this Section, the term "trade-in motor vehicle or trailer" shall include any single motor vehicle or trailer sold by the buyer of the newly purchased vehicle or trailer, as long as the license plates for the trade-in motor vehicle or trailer are still valid.
[R.O. 1996 § 380.110; CC 1968 § 20-70; Ord. No. 1146 § 1, 4-12-1982]
Upon the sale of a motor vehicle or trailer by a dealer, a buyer who has made application for registration, by mail or otherwise, may operate the same for a period of thirty (30) days, or no more than ninety (90) days if issued by a dealer selling the motor vehicle under the provisions of Section 301.213, RSMo., after taking possession thereof if during such period the motor vehicle or trailer shall have attached thereto, in the manner required by Section 301.130, RSMo., number plates issued to the dealer. Upon application and presentation of proof of financial responsibility as required under Subsection (5) of Section 301.140, RSMo., and satisfactory evidence that the buyer has applied for registration, a dealer may furnish such number plates to the buyer for such temporary use. In such event, the dealer shall require the buyer to deposit the sum of ten dollars and fifty cents ($10.50), to be returned to the buyer upon return of the number plates, as a guarantee that said buyer will return to the dealer such number plates within thirty (30) days, or no more than ninety (90) days if issued by a dealer selling the motor vehicle under the provisions of Section 301.213, RSMo.
[R.O. 1996 § 380.130; CC 1968 § 20-71; Ord. No. 1146 § 1, 4-12-1982]
No dealer shall advise any purchaser of a motor vehicle or trailer that such purchaser may drive such a motor vehicle or trailer without compliance with the foregoing license requirements.
[R.O. 1996 § 380.140; CC 1968 § 20-74; Ord. No. 323 § 1, 7-5-1966; Ord. No. 2449 § 1 (20-74), 5-2-1994]
A. 
No owner of a motor vehicle registered in this State shall operate the vehicle, upon the streets or the alleys of this City, unless the owner maintains the financial responsibility as required in this Section. Furthermore, no person shall operate a motor vehicle owned by another with the knowledge that the owner has not maintained financial responsibility unless such person has financial responsibility which covers operation of vehicles owned by another person.
B. 
For purposes of this Section, the term "financial responsibility" shall mean the ability to respond in damages for liability occurring after the effective date of proof of said financial responsibility, arising out of the ownership, maintenance or use of a motor vehicle, in the amount of twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000.00) because of bodily injury to or death of one (1) person in any one (1) accident, and, subject to said limit for one (1) person, in the amount of fifty thousand dollars ($50,000.00) because of bodily injury to or death of two (2) or more persons in any one (1) accident, and in the amount of ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00) because of injury to or destruction of property of others in any one (1) accident.
C. 
Proof of financial responsibility may be shown by any of the following:
1. 
An insurance identification card issued by a motor vehicle insurer or by the Director of Revenue of the State of Missouri for self-insurance. A motor vehicle insurance policy, a motor vehicle liability insurance binder, or receipt which contains the name and address of the insurer, the name and address of the name insured, the policy number, the effective dates of the policy and a description by year and make of the vehicle, or at least five (5) digits of the vehicle identification number or the word "Fleet" if the insurance policy covers five (5) or more motor vehicles, shall be satisfactory evidence of insurance in lieu of an insurance identification card.
2. 
A certificate of the State Treasurer of a cash deposit according to the Section 303.240, RSMo.
3. 
A surety bond according to Section 303.230, RSMo.
D. 
Proof of financial responsibility shall be carried at all times in the insured motor vehicle or by the operator of the motor vehicle if the proof of financial responsibility is effective as to the operator rather than to the vehicle. The operator of the motor vehicle shall exhibit the proof of financial responsibility on the demand of any Peace Officer who lawfully stops such operator while that Officer is engaged in the performance of the duties of their office.
E. 
Any person who violates any provisions of this Section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine of not less than ten dollars ($10.00) nor more than two hundred twenty-five dollars ($225.00), including court costs when State law requires court costs to be included in such total fine for each and every violation.
[Ord. No. 4574 § 11, 10-5-2015; Ord. No. 4637 § 6, 12-19-2016]
[R.O. 1996 § 380.150; CC 1968 § 11-52; Ord. No. 327 § l(a), 7-18-1966; Ord. No. 1765 § 1, 7-18-1988]
Each resident of the City and business located within the City shall pay for annually a motor vehicle license which is valid from the first day of January to the 31st day of December for all motor vehicles that they own as of the first day of January of each year.
[R.O. 1996 § 380.160; CC 1968 § 11-56; Ord. No. 327 § 2(a), 7-18-1966; Ord. No. 764 § 1, 11-18-1974; Ord. No. 1765 § 2, 7-18-1988]
Per annum license fees (tax) for all motor vehicles shall be as follows:
Passenger cars: $2.50.
Trucks and recreational vehicles: $3.50.
Motorcycles: $2.00.
[R.O. 1996 § 380.170; CC 1968 § 11-58; Ord. No. 327 § 2(c), 7-18-1966; Ord. No. 375 § 1, 11-20-1967; Ord. No. 1765 § 3, 7-18-1988]
The Collector of Revenue of Jackson County shall include as a charge on bills issued for personal property taxes the charge for City motor vehicle licenses and collect the same with and in the same payment as personal property taxes. Such Collector shall collect delinquent charges pursuant to Section 301.340, RSMo.
[R.O. 1996 § 380.180; CC 1968 § 11-59; Ord. No. 327 § 2(d), 7-18-1966; Ord. No. 714 § 1, 11-5-1973; Ord. No. 1765 § 4, 7-18-1988]
No resident or business located within the City that owns a motor vehicle used exclusively outside of the City shall be required to pay for a motor vehicle license as set forth in Section 380.150. The fact that the motor vehicle is used exclusively outside of the City may be shown by an affidavit of the motor vehicle owner for the purpose of securing a State registration certificate without producing a receipt for municipal license taxes.
[R.O. 1996 § 380.190; CC 1968 § 11-62; Ord. No. 327 § 3, 7-18-1966; Ord. No. 1765 § 5, 7-18-1988]
It is not required that a City motor vehicle license be displayed on any vehicle for which one is required to be purchased. City motor vehicle licenses will be furnished on request by the City to those persons who have shown that they have paid for such license.