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BULLET St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 17.30 Division I Trucks

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DIVISION I. TRAFFIC CODE

Chapter 17.30
Trucks

Sections:

17.30.010 Truck traffic prohibited--Exceptions.
17.30.020 Parking.
17.30.021 Prohibited in certain area.
17.30.025 Parking--Noncommercial pickup truck.
17.30.030 Size and weight limits.
17.30.040 Special permits.
17.30.045 Oversize load signs to be removed when.
17.30.050 Projecting treads on metal tired vehicles.
17.30.060 Lift gates in retracted position.
17.30.070 Transportation of hazardous materials.

17.30.010 Truck traffic prohibited--Exceptions.

A. All truck traffic, except as herein provided, is prohibited while loading, unloading or servicing on those streets and alleys set forth in the schedule thereof on file in the Office of the Register and the Traffic and Transportation Administrator, which schedule is available for examination. Signs shall be erected designating the provisions of this chapter.

B. The prohibition contained herein shall not apply to the noncommercial pickup trucks as defined in Section 17.30.025.

C. This section shall not be construed as a prohibition against any truck which is traveling directly to a destination for loading, unloading or servicing, if there is no alternative route to said destination on streets and alleys where truck traffic is not prohibited.
(Ord. 62926 1, 1993: prior Ord. 57831 1 (part), 1979: 1960 C. 834.010.)

Editor's Note:

The following amendment to Section 17.30.010 was proposed as a nonbinding expression of preferential voting by Ordinance 59973, approved July 30, 1986:

Section 820.140, 820.420 and Section 820.530 of Ordinance 57831 enacted April 19, 1979, is hereby amended to read as follows:

Section 820.010: Truck Traffic Prohibited--Any truck over 3/4- ton used for commercial purposes is prohibited except while loading, unloading, or servicing, on those streets and alleys set forth in schedule of thereof on file in the Office of the Register and the Traffic and Transportation Administrator, which schedule is available for examination. Signs shall be erected designating the provisions of this section.

Nothing herein shall prohibit the parking of vehicles defined by Sections 820.140, 820.420 and 820.530 provided the vehicles described by the said stated Sections do not exceed in weight three-quarter (3/4) tons and meet the following conditions:

A) The bed of the vehicle shall be clear of all trash, debris, or material.

B) If there is any material in the bed of the truck, then there shall be a cover over said bed, form fit, which shall cover the material stored therein.

C) The cover called for above may be a camper shell or a canvass cover; and if a canvass cover it shall not be higher than the bottom of the rear window of the cab of said vehicle.

Ordinance 60027 was a correction to Board Bill 71 (approved July 30, 1986 as Ordinance 59973). The corrected nonbinding preferential proposal was to read as follows:

Should the Board of Aldermen adopt an Ordinance to permit a pick-up truck used non-commercially to park on a residential street, provided that the bed of said truck is:

A) clear of trash, debris or material or

B) is otherwise covered and

C) the vehicle has no advertisement displayed thereon.

Ordinance 60027 was not submitted to voters.

17.30.020 Parking.

A. No truck or bus shall be parked upon any public street where the abutting land is in the "A," "B," "C," "D," "E" or "F" use zoning district as established by ordinance; any such vehicle so parked is declared to be a nuisance and an unlawful obstruction of the street. These provisions shall not apply to vehicles used for commercial purposes which are parked in an "F" use zoning district and are within fifty (50) feet of the commercial business which owns or leases such vehicle, or any trailers which is rendering service or loading or unloading merchandise.

B. No tractors, truck-tractors, or trailers, coupled or uncoupled, or construction equipment, shall be placed, stored, or parked upon any public street or alley unless due to special circumstances a permit therefore shall have been issued by the Director of Streets. Any such vehicles so placed, stored, parked or interfering with traffic is declared to be a nuisance and an unlawful obstruction of the street.

These provisions shall not apply to any tractor, truck-tractor, trailer, coupled or uncoupled, or construction equipment, or combination vehicles which are (1) parked at a loading dock or terminal during the time when it is engaged in the loading or unloading of merchandise, (2) which are rendering service, loading or unloading merchandise, (3) or in the case of construction equipment, rendering service which has a valid permit issued by, a City Agency and provided that any such vehicles exempted in subsections (1), (2) and (3) above such vehicle(s) are not interfering with the flow or movement of traffic. Notwithstanding the provisions of any other ordinance, any person, firm, or corporation convicted of violating this ordinance shall be punished by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars ($100.00) or imprisonment for not more than ninety (90) days in jail or both such fine or imprisonment.

C. Any truck or bus parked on any private street where said abutting land is in the "A," "B," "C," "D," "E," or "F" use zoning district as established by ordinance, is hereby declared to be a nuisance and in unlawful obstruction of the street.
(Ord. 64881 1, 2, 2000; prior Ord. 60152 1, 1986; prior: Ord. 58681 2, 1982; Ord. 57831 1 (part), 1979: 1960 C. 834.020.)

Editor's Note:

The following amendment to Section 17.30.020 was proposed as a nonbinding expression of preferential voting by Ordinance 59973 approved July 30, 1986:

Section 834.020--Parking--No trucks over 3/4-ton used for commercial purposes or uses designated to carry 20 or more persons shall be parked upon any public street when the abutting land is in the "A," "B," "C," "D," or "E" use zoning district as established by ordinance: any small truck 3/4-ton or less which is used for commercial purposes, parked on said residential street and any vehicle in excess of 23 feet from end to end, or which is used for storage of goods, materials, or equipment other than items considered to be a part of the unit or essential for its immediate use, is declared to be a nuisance and an unlawful obstruction of the street. These provisions shall not apply to any tractor or truck which is rendering service, loading or unloading merchandise.

17.30.021 Prohibited in certain area.

A. No person shall drive, tow, or move any commercial truck, truck-tractor, tractor, or commercial trailer on the public streets in any area bounded by the south curb line of Gravois Street from Interstate Highway 55 to Sidney Street, the south curb line of Sidney Street from Gravois Street to Interstate Highway 55, and the west boundary of Interstate Highway 55 from Sidney Street to Gravois Street between the hours of eight p.m. (8:00 p.m.) and seven a.m. (7:00 a.m.) each day of the week.

B. The provisions of subsection A of this section shall not apply to emergency vehicles, including privately owned tow trucks when providing emergency service to non-commercial vehicles.
(Ord. 63976 1, 2, 1997.)

17.30.025 Parking--Noncommercial pickup truck.

A. Definition. Pickup truck "noncommercial" means a four-wheel motor vehicle, having an enclosed cab and an open body with low sides and tailgate, used or maintained privately for the transportation of property solely for personal use.

B. All such vehicles shall have no advertisement or writing displayed thereon except that which the truck manufacturer, or the dealer who sold the truck, routinely places on trucks; and provided further that the sides of any such vehicles shall have no stakes inserted therein and provided further that no such vehicles shall have been modified to raise the bumpers over twenty-six (26) inches from the street;

C. Notwithstanding Section 17.30.020 pickup trucks which are not used for commercial purposes shall be and are hereby, permitted to park on residential streets provided that the bed of said truck is:

1. Clear of trash, debris or other materials, except for factory installed equipment, or

2. The bed of said truck is covered by a factory design cover in good repair.
(Ord. 60168 1--3, 1986.)

17.30.030 Size and weight limits.

A. No motor vehicle, unladen or with load, shall exceed one hundred eight (108) inches in width, fifteen (15) feet in height, forty (40) feet in length, or sixty-five (65) feet in length when in combination of two (2) or more vehicles coupled together (including coupling); except that any vehicle or combination of vehicles transporting automobiles or other vehicles may carry a load which extends no more than three (3) feet beyond the front and four (4) feet beyond the rear of the transporting vehicle or combination of vehicles on streets designated by the Director of Streets.

B. No motor vehicle shall have a greater weight than 22,400 pounds on one axle.
(Ord. 61185 1, 1989: prior: Ord. 57831 1 (part), 1979: 1960 C. 834.030.)

17.30.040 Special permits.

A. The Director of Streets may, at his discretion issue special permits for the operation of vehicles, the measurements of weights of which exceed the limits specified in the foregoing sections, but such permits shall be issued for a single trip or for a definite period not to exceed one year duration, and shall designate the streets which may be used under authority of such permit.

B. The Director of Streets may, with the approval of the Alderman of the ward, issue a special permit with a fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) for the parking of truck tractors and coupled trailers in a zoned Industrial Area if said area is not contiguous to a residence(s); said permit may be revoked at any time, and such permit shall not exceed one (1) year, and shall designate the location which shall be used under authority of such permit. Nothing herein shall license the parking of such a truck tractor and coupled trailer in violation of any parking ordinance.
(Ord. 62530 1, 1992; prior: Ord. 57831 1 (part), 1979: 1960 C. 834.040.)

17.30.045 Oversize load signs to be removed when.

A. 1. Any motor vehicle which is not currently being used to convey or escort an oversized load, a movement for which a permit has been issued by the Director of Streets as provided for in Section 17.30.040, shall not display the words "oversize load," "wide load," or any similar warning signs so as to indicate an oversize load movement, unless the vehicles are so engaged in such movement and have obtained the required permit(s).

2. If permanent signs are installed on vehicles with the above working thereon, all such signs shall be covered in such a manner that it will not appear to be an oversized load movement unless the vehicle is operating as authorized above.

B. Any person, firm or corporation violating the provisions of this section shall be deemed guilty of class I General Offense.
(Ord. 60291 1, 2, 1987.)

17.30.050 Projecting treads on metal tired vehicles.

No metal-tired vehicle shall be operated over any streets of the City if such vehicle has on the periphery of any road wheels, any lug, flange, cleat, ridge, bolt or any projection of metal or wood which projects radially beyond the tread or traffic surface of the tire, unless the street is protected by putting down solid planks or other suitable material, or by attachments to the wheels so as to prevent such vehicle from damaging the street, except that this prohibition shall not apply to traction engines equipped with what is known as caterpillar treads, when such caterpillar does not contain any projection of any kinds likely to damage the surface of the street; provided, however, that tractors and traction engines and similar vehicles may be operated which have upon their wheels "V" shaped, diagonal or other cleats arranged in such manner as to be continuously in contact with the road surface; provided, that the gross weight on the wheels per inch of width of such cleats or road surface, when measured in the direction of the axle of such vehicle, does not exceed 800 pounds.
(Ord. 57831 1 (part), 1979: 1960 C. 834.050.)

17.30.060 Lift gates in retracted position.

No truck shall be operated on City streets equipped with a lift gate, unless the lift gate is retracted in stored position.
(Ord. 57831 1 (part), 1979: 1960 C. 834.060.)

17.30.070 Transportation of hazardous materials.

A. It is unlawful for any person to operate a bus, truck, truck-tractor and trailer combination(s) or any other commercial motor vehicle, trailer, or self propelled construction equipment upon any highway, street, or alley in the City, unless the vehicle is equipped with the equipment required by and operated in accordance with Title 49 Subchapter C and Part 397, of the code of Federal Regulations, as amended, pertaining to the transportation of hazardous materials as defined and classified by said regulations. Additionally, this section shall also apply to all vehicles operated intrastate, as well as those operated solely within the federal commercial zone, as defined in the Code of Federal Regulations mentioned herein.

B. In addition, the following regulations shall apply:

1. The hazardous material may not be moved unless the vehicle is marked and placarded in accordance with Section 177.823 of the Department of Transportation Hazardous Material Regulations.

2. a. No motor vehicle shall be operated on any tire that has fabric exposed to the tread or sidewall.

b. Any tire on the front wheels of a truck or truck-tractor shall have a tread groove pattern depth of at least 4/32 of an inch when measured at any point on a major tread groove. The measurements shall not be made where tie bars, humps, or fillets are located.

3. No person may smoke or carry a lighted cigarette, cigar, or pipe on or within twenty-five (25) feet of (i) a motor vehicle which contains explosives, oxidizing materials, or flammable materials, or; (ii) an empty tank motor vehicle which has been used to transport flammable liquids or gases and which, when so used, was required to be marked or placarded in accordance with Section 177.823 of Title 49 of the code of Federal Regulations.

4. When transporting property consisting of hazardous materials of a type and quantity that requires the vehicle to be marked or placarded under Section 177.823 of Hazardous Material Regulations and that weighs two thousand five hundred (2500) pounds or more in the case of one (1) dangerous article or an empty tank motor vehicle which has been used to transport flammable liquids or gases and which, when so used, was required to be marked or placarded in accordance with the rules in Section 177.823 of the Hazardous Material Regulations:

a. The vehicle must at all times be equipped with the applicable emergency equipment required by the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49, part 393, Subpart H and any driver shall not fail to use or make use of such emergency equipment when and as needed.

b. A motor vehicle must not be parked on or within five (5) feet of the traveled portion of public streets except for brief periods when the necessities of operation require the vehicle to be parked and make it impracticable to park the vehicle in any other place.
(Ord. 60290 2, 1987: prior Ord. 57831 1 (part), 1979: 1960 C. 834.070.)

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