City of Blue Springs, MO
Jackson County
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[R.O. 1996 § 385.010]
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.
[R.O. 1996 § 385.020]
All motor vehicles, except motorcycles, shall be provided at all times with two sets of adequate brakes, kept in good working order, and motorcycles shall be provided with one set of adequate brakes kept in good working order.
[R.O. 1996 § 385.030; CC 1968 § 20-33]
Every person driving a motor vehicle in the City equipped with multiple-beam road lighting equipment, during all times when lighted lamps are required, 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.
[R.O. 1996 § 385.040]
Trucks, semitrailers, and trailers, except utility trailers, without rear fenders, attached to a commercial motor vehicle registered for over twenty-four thousand (24,000) pounds shall be equipped with mud flaps for the rear wheels when operated on the public highways of this City. If mud flaps are used, they shall be wide enough to cover the full tread width of the tire or tires being protected; shall be so installed that they extend from the underside of the vehicle body in a vertical plane behind the rear wheels to within eight (8) inches of the ground; and shall be constructed of a rigid material or a flexible material which is of a sufficiently rigid character to provide adequate protection when the vehicle is in motion. No provisions of this Section shall apply to a motor vehicle in transit and in process of delivery equipped with temporary mud flaps, to farm implements, or to any vehicle which is not required to be registered.
[R.O. 1996 § 385.050; CC 1968 § 20-38; Ord. No. 2030 § 1, 3-4-1991; Ord. No. 2045 § 1, 4-1-1991; Ord. No. 2539 § 1, 2-6-1995; Ord. No. 3015 § 2, 10-6-1997; Ord. No. 3994 § 1, 10-16-2006]
A. 
Except as otherwise provided in this Section, each driver and front seat passenger of a car manufactured after January 1, 1968, operated on a street or highway in this City shall wear a properly adjusted and fastened safety belt that meets Federal National Highway Transportation Act requirements, except that a child less than sixteen (16) years of age shall be protected as required in Section 385.051.
1. 
With respect to Subsection (A) of this Section:
a. 
No person shall be stopped, inspected or detained solely to determine compliance with Subsection (A) of this Section.
b. 
The provisions of Subsection (A) 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 or to any person employed by the United States Postal Service while performing duties for that Federal agency which requires the operator to service postal boxes from their vehicles or which requires frequent entry into and exit from their vehicles.
c. 
As used in Subsection (A) of 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 gross weight of twelve thousand (12,000) pounds or more.
2. 
Each driver who violates the provisions of Subsection (A) of this Section shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine not to exceed ten dollars ($10.00) in amount. All other provisions of law and court rules to the contrary notwithstanding, no court costs may be imposed if court costs have been assessed on any other charge arising out of the same occurrence.
B. 
The provisions of Subsection (A) of this Section shall not apply to any public carrier for hire. In addition, the provisions of Subsection (A) 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.
[R.O. 1996 § 385.050; CC 1968 § 20-38; Ord. No. 2030 § 1, 3-4-1991; Ord. No. 2045 § 1, 4-1-1991; Ord. No. 2539 § 1, 2-6-1995; Ord. No. 3015 § 2, 10-6-1997; Ord. No. 3994 § 1, 10-16-2006]
A. 
Every person transporting a child under the age of sixteen (16) years on the streets or highways of this City shall be responsible for transporting 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 weighs 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 who weigh 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. 
Children eight (8) years of age, but less than sixteen (16) years of age, regardless of weight or height, shall be secured by a vehicle safety belt or restraint system appropriate for that child.
6. 
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.
7. 
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.
B. 
Any person who violates Subsection (A) shall be guilty of an infraction and, upon conviction, may be punished by a fine of not more than fifty dollars ($50.00) and court costs. If a driver receives a citation for violating Subsection (A)(1), (2) or (3) of this Section, the charges shall be dismissed or withdrawn if the driver prior to or at their 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. 
The provisions of Subsection (A) of this Section shall not apply to any public carrier for hire. In addition, the provisions of Subsection (A) 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.
[R.O. 1996 § 385.050; CC 1968 § 20-38; Ord. No. 2030 § 1, 3-4-1991; Ord. No. 2045 § 1, 4-1-1991; Ord. No. 2539 § 1, 2-6-1995; Ord. No. 3015 § 2, 10-6-1997; Ord. No. 3994 § 1, 10-16-2006]
No person shall operate any truck, as defined in Section 301.010, RSMo., with a licensed gross weight of less than twelve thousand (12,000) pounds when such truck is operated within the corporate limits of this 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 truck is in operation. Any person who operates a truck with a licensed gross weight of less than twelve thousand (12,000) pounds in violation of this Section shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine of not more than twenty-five dollars ($25.00), plus court costs. The provisions of this Section shall not apply to:
A. 
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;
B. 
Any person while engaged in agricultural activities where it is necessary to ride in the unenclosed bed of the truck;
C. 
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;
D. 
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;
E. 
Any person riding in the unenclosed bed of a truck if such truck is being operated solely for the purposes of participating in a special event and it is necessary that the person ride in such enclosed bed due to the 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;
F. 
Any person riding in the unenclosed bed of a truck if such truck is being operated solely for the purpose of providing assistance to, or ensuring the safety of, other persons engaged in a recreational activity; or
G. 
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 such truck. For the purposes of this Subsection, the term "family" shall mean any persons related within the first degree of consanguinity.
[R.O. 1996 § 385.060; CC 1968 § 20-39; Ord. No. 2058 § 1, 5-6-1991; Ord. No. 3015 § 1, 10-6-1997; Ord. No. 3456 § 1, 2-4-2002; Ord. No. 3611 § 1, 10-6-2003]
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 by 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 shall be punished pursuant to Section 100.080 of this Code.
[R.O. 1996 § 385.070; CC 1968 § 20-40; Ord. No. 2057 § 1, 5-6-1991]
A. 
No person shall operate any passenger motor vehicle upon the public streets or highways of this City, the body of which has been altered in such a manner that the front or rear of the vehicle is raised at such an angle as to obstruct the vision of the operator of the street or highway in front or to the rear of the vehicle.
B. 
Every motor vehicle which is licensed in this State and operated upon the public streets or highways of this City shall be equipped with front and rear bumpers if such vehicle was equipped with bumpers as standard equipment. This Subsection shall not apply to motor vehicles designed or modified primarily for off-highway purposes, while such vehicles are in tow, or to motorcycles or motor-driven cycles, or to motor vehicles registered as historic motor vehicles when the original design of such vehicles did not include bumpers nor shall the provisions of this Subsection prohibit the use of drop bumpers. Maximum bumper heights of both the front and rear bumpers of motor vehicles shall be determined by weight category of gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) measured from a level surface to the highest point of the bottom of the bumper when the vehicle is unloaded and the tires are inflated to the manufacturer's recommended pressure. Maximum bumper heights are as follows:
Type of Vehicle
Maximum Front Bumper Height
(inches)
Maximum Rear Bumper Height
(inches)
Motor vehicles except commercial motor vehicles
22
22
Commercial motor vehicles (GVWR):
4,500 lbs. and under
24
26
4,501 lbs. through 7,500 lbs.
27
29
7,501 lbs. through 9,000 lbs.
28
30
9,001 lbs. through 11,500 lbs.
29
31
C. 
A person knowingly violating the provisions of this Section shall be punished pursuant to Section 100.080 of this Code.
[R.O. 1996 § 385.080; CC 1968 § 20-8]
No person shall operate any motor vehicle, horse-drawn vehicle, motorcycle or bicycle between the time of thirty (30) minutes after sunset and thirty (30) minutes before sunrise unless such vehicle, horse-drawn vehicle, motorcycle or bicycle is equipped with and operating the lighting equipment as prescribed and required in Chapter 307, RSMo., as amended.
[R.O. 1996 § 385.090; Ord. No. 3650 § 1, 2-2-2004]
It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a motor vehicle while the motor vehicle is in such defective mechanical condition as to be reasonably likely, because of such condition, to cause damage to persons or property while being so operated or which does not contain those parts or is not at all times equipped with such lamps, brakes, tires and other equipment in proper condition and adjustment as required in this Title or State law or which is equipped in any manner in violation of this Title or State law.