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BULLET St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 17.52 Division II Vehicle Licenses

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Division II. MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS
 
Chapter 17.52
Vehicle Licenses
 
Sections:

17.52.020 Display of registered numbers for vehicles other than motor vehicles.
17.52.040A Motor vehicle license tax.
17.52.040B License fees for motor vehicles and trailers.
17.52.050 Motor vehicle license--Fees prorated.
17.52.060 Motor vehicle license--Application.
17.52.070 State registration number plate--Required.
17.52.080 State registration number plate--Counterfeiting.
17.52.090 Motor vehicle license emblem--Issuance--Specifications.
17.52.100 Motor vehicle license emblem--Display.
17.52.110 Motor vehicle license emblem--Use of stolen emblem.
17.52.120 Motor vehicle license emblem--Not affixed--Penalty.
17.52.130 Motor vehicle license emblem--Destruction upon sale or transfer of motor vehicle.
17.52.140 Motor vehicle license emblem--Nontransferable.
17.52.150 Motor vehicle license emblem--New--Issuance.
17.52.160 Motor vehicle license emblem--New--Cost.
17.52.170 Counterfeiting emblems and plates.
17.52.180 Motorcycle licenses.
17.52.190 Exception to Sections 17.52.090--17.52.180.
17.52.200 Dealer plates--Application.
17.52.210 Dealer plates--Issuance.
17.52.220 Motor vehicle license violation notices--Issuance.
17.52.230 Motor vehicle license violation notices--Contents.
17.52.240 Motor vehicle license violation notices--Fines.
17.52.250 Motor vehicle license violation notices--Penalty for violation.
17.52.260 Penalty for violation.
17.52.270 Operation of motor vehicle without proper license prohibited--Motorcycles special license.
17.52.280 Exemptions from license law.
17.52.285 Driving while license or driving privilege is canceled, suspended or revoked.
17.52.290 State vehicle license plates required.
17.52.300 Method of displaying license plates.
17.52.310 State motor vehicle safety inspection required.
17.52.320 Unauthorized plates, tags, stickers, signs.
17.52.330 Loads of cargo on motor vehicles.
17.52.340 Commercial motor vehicles licensed for 12,000 pounds or less--Owner's name displayed--When.
17.52.350 Colors of various lamps--Restriction of red lights.
17.52.360 Penalty for violation.

City Counselor Ops.: 8763

17.52.020 Display of registered numbers for vehicles other than motor vehicles.

A. There shall be kept in a conspicuous place on every vehicle mentioned in this chapter, the registered number of such vehicle, so that it can be read easily from the sidewalk. Such numbers shall be in plain, distinct and legible figures, each plate to be not less than one, two or three inches in width, and placed on each vehicle in the following manner:

1. On drays and carts, the number shall be cast on metallic plates and placed on the outer side of the right shaft three inches in front of the body or bed of the cart or the dray;

2. On wagons, the number shall be cast on metallic plates and placed on the hind axle, or, where a body is used on such wagons, such numbers shall be placed on the right outer side thereof;

3. On baggage wagons and furniture cars, the number shall be cast or painted on metallic plates and placed on the right outer side of the body;

4. On hackney carriages and cabs that occupy stands, the number shall be painted on the outer glass of the lamps in red color not less than two inches in length, and on omnibuses, the number shall be placed on some conspicuous place on the right outer side of the body thereof, so that it can be easily read from the sidewalk; and

5. On private carriages, barouches and buggies, and on vehicle kept by livery stables for private orders, the numbers shall be cast or painted on neat metallic plates and placed upon such vehicles upon the spring bar, footboard or rear end of such vehicles, or owners of vehicles so desiring it may place the number plate on the outer side of the trace of the off horse, not more than ten inches from the collar of the horse, the same to be kept conspicuously to view.

B. Painting or covering over the plates, or placing the plate upon any other vehicle than the one for which the same was issued, except as hereinafter provided, shall be deemed a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction, the owner of the vehicle shall be fined as provided in Chapter 1.12. A copy of this section shall be furnished by the License Collector to each and every person taking out a license under the provisions of this chapter. The owner of more than one vehicle belonging to either class aforesaid and who shall use but one of such vehicles at any one time upon the streets of the City, and who shall have complied with the provisions of this chapter, and in accordance therewith paid his license under such classification, shall be permitted to place the number of such license upon the harness of the horse intended to be used in connection with such vehicle, and a registered number of a higher grade may be used on or for a vehicle taxed for a less amount by the same person; provided, that all vehicles kept at hotels for the use of hotel patrons shall be exempt from the provisions of this section, and all vehicles belonging to the City, or claimed as exempt from license by reason of being in the service of the City, shall have the word "city" painted on both sides of the outside of the bed or body of vehicle.
(1948 C. Ch. 42 46: 1960 C. 615.020.)

17.52.040A Motor vehicle license tax.

A. At the first primary, general or special election held throughout the City following the effective date of this ordinance, there shall be submitted to the qualified voters the following proposition:

Shall a motor vehicle license tax be levied and collected from the owners of motor vehicles residing in the City of St. Louis, at the rates of eight dollars per year per passenger car, ten dollars per year per truck, and six dollars per year per motorcycle, such tax being payable in advance on or before December 31 of each year for the succeeding year and calculated on the basis of vehicles owned as of January 1 of the year in which such tax is billed, instead of the present City motor vehicle license ("sticker") taxes?

Yes________
No________

B. The qualified voters may, at such election, vote a ballot in substantially the following form:

Shall a motor vehicle license tax be levied and collected from the owners of motor vehicles residing in the City of St. Louis, at the rates of eight dollars per year per passenger car, ten dollars per year per truck, and six dollars per year per motorcycle, such tax being payable in advance on or before December 31 of each year for the succeeding year and calculated on the basis of vehicles owned as of January 1 of the year in which such tax is billed, instead of the present City motor vehicle license ("sticker") taxes?

Yes____
No____

C. The Board of Election Commissioners of the City of St. Louis shall provide the ballots or voting machines, or both, and conduct the election at which the proposition set forth in subsection B of this section is submitted and shall ascertain the results thereof according to the laws regulating such elections. Upon approval of this ordinance it shall be published once in the City Journal. Proof of publication of this ordinance shall be made by affidavit of the City Register and such affidavit shall be filed in the office of the City Register and a copy of such publication shall be attached thereto.

D. If such proposition shall receive in its favor the votes of the majority of the voters voting thereon, the motor vehicle license tax, at the rates of eight dollars per year per passenger car, ten dollars per year per truck, and six dollars per year per motorcycle, shall take effect on the first day of the following October and be due and payable for the succeeding year on or before December 31 of the year in which the election thereon is held, if such election is held not later than the Tuesday following the first Monday in August; if such election is held later than the Tuesday following the first Monday in August, such motor vehicle license tax at such rates shall take effect on the first day of October of the year following the year in which such election is held and be due and payable for the succeeding year on or before December 31 of the year in which such tax takes effect. In each year after the year in which such tax takes effect, such tax shall be due and payable for the succeeding year on or before December 31.

E. The motor vehicle license tax hereunder for each year shall be included as a charge on the personal property tax bills for the preceding year. Payments of the motor vehicle license tax shall be made with and in the same payment as personal property taxes for the preceding year, and shall be collected by the Collector of Revenue. Billing for and collection of the motor vehicle license tax hereunder shall be done in a manner consistent with the provisions of Section 301.340 R.S.Mo. Supp. 1985 and this ordinance. The Collector of Revenue shall collect delinquent receipts of motor vehicle license taxes hereunder, and penalties thereon, in the same manner and form as provided by law for the collection of delinquent ad valorem property taxes.

F. The motor vehicle license tax payable hereunder by a vehicle owner shall be calculated on the basis of the motor vehicles owned by such owner as of January 1 of the year in which such tax is billed.

G. The Collector of Revenue shall not issue a receipt for payment of personal property taxes until all motor vehicle license taxes hereunder due and owing by the taxpayer have been paid.

H. It is a violation of this ordinance to fail to pay all or any part of any motor vehicle license tax due and owed hereunder by December 31 of the year in which such tax is billed.

I. Upon the effective date of the motor vehicle license tax under subsection D of this section hereof, and thereafter for so long as such tax remains in effect at the rates specified in subsection D of this section, the following ordinances which are presently codified in whole or part in the St. Louis Revised Code, 1980, under the section numbers indicated in parentheses, shall not be applied, administered, or enforced: Ordinance 39570 ( 17.52.040); Ordinance 29898 ( 17.52.050); Ordinance 40441 ( 17.52.060); Ordinance 40457 ( 17.52.080, 17.52.090, 17.52.130, 17.52.140, 17.52.150, 17.52.160, 17.52.170, 17.52.180, and 17.52.190); Ordinance 52099 ( 17.52.100); Ordinance 55358 ( 17.52.110 and 17.52.260); Ordinance 57729 ( 17.52.120); and Ordinance 55408 ( 17.52.220, 17.52.230, 17.52.240 and 17.52.250).

J. On and after the effective date of the motor vehicle license tax under subsection D of this section, no person subject to such tax and delinquent in any payment thereof shall drive, operate or park upon the streets of the City, or cause to be driven, operated or parked upon the streets of the city, any motor vehicle owned solely or partially by such person. As used in this subsection and in subsection L of this section, "person" means individuals, corporations, partnerships and any legal entity of any kind.

K. On and after the effective date of the motor vehicle license tax under subsection D, subsections D, E, H and J of this section shall not apply to manufacturers or dealers in motor vehicles, duly licensed by the City, except as to vehicles used by such manufacturers, dealers or their employees for private purposes.

L. On and after the effective date of the motor vehicle license tax under subsection D of this section, and in addition to any penalty for late payment of such tax hereunder, any person who violates any provision of this ordinance, or of Chapter 17.52 of the St. Louis Revised Code, 1980, as amended hereby, shall upon conviction thereof be punished by a fine of not less than twenty-five dollars ($25.00) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) or by imprisonment for not more than ninety (90) days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

M. The Collector of Revenue is authorized and directed to promulgate regulations consistent with the provisions of Section 301.340 R.S.Mo. Supp. 1985 and this ordinance as necessary for the administration of this ordinance.

N. The compensation payable to the Collector of Revenue for collecting the motor vehicle license tax hereunder shall be that commission allowed by Section 82.650 R.S.Mo. 1978.

O. The several subsections and parts of sections or portions hereof shall be severable. In the event any part, section, or portion of this ordinance is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be void, invalid, or unconstitutional, the remaining parts, sections or portions of this ordinance are intended to have legal effect and be valid unless the court finds the valid parts, sections or portions hereof are so essentially and inseparably connected with, and so dependent upon the void part, section or portion that it cannot be presumed that the Board of Aldermen would have enacted the valid parts, sections or portions without the void matter or unless the court finds that the valid parts, sections or portions, standing alone, are so incomplete as to be incapable of being executed in accordance with the legislative intent.

P. This ordinance shall not affect or impair any act done or right vested or accrued, or any proceeding, suit or prosecution had or commenced in any cause before the effective date of the tax provided for by this ordinance; but every act done, or right vested or accrued, or proceeding, suit or prosecution had or commenced shall remain in full force and effect to all intents and purposes as if the prior law had remained in full force and effect. No offense committed and no liability, penalty or forfeiture either civilly or criminally incurred prior to the effective date of the tax provided for by this ordinance, shall be discharged or affected by this ordinance; but prosecutions and suits for such offenses, liabilities, penalties or forfeitures shall be instituted and proceeded with in all respects as if the tax provided for by this ordinance had not taken effect.
(Ord. 59754 1--16, 1986.)

Editor's Note:

Ordinance 59754 was approved March 4, 1986.

17.52.040B License fees for motor vehicles and trailers.

There shall be annually levied and collected on all motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers, a license fee in accordance with the following schedules:

For motor vehicles other than commercial motor vehicles:

Less than 12 horsepower....$ 2.50

12 horse power and less than 24 horsepower....3.50

24 horsepower and less than 36 horsepower....5.50

36 horsepower and less than 48 horsepower....7.50

48 horsepower and less than 60 horsepower....8.50

60 horsepower and less than 72 horsepower....10.50

72 horsepower and more....12.50

Motorcycles....2.00

Motortricycles....2.50

For commercial motor vehicles having a capacity of:

Less than 2 tons

$ 3.50

2 tons and less than 5 tons

6.00

5 tons and less than 6 tons

9.00

6 tons and less than 7 tons

10.00

7 tons and less than 8 tons

12.00

8 tons

17.00

and for every ton or major fraction thereof in excess of 8 tons, per ton

5.00

For each trailer there shall be paid a fee equal to one-half of that provided for commercial motor vehicles, and for each semitrailer there shall be paid a fee equal to one-quarter of that provided for commercial motor vehicles, according to the live load capacity of such trailer or semi-trailer. Such license shall be due and payable on the first day of February of each year.
(1948 C. Ch. 42 48: 1960 C. 615.040, 615.050.)

V.A.M.S.:

301.260 Municipally owned vehicles

301.340 Municipal licenses--fees

City Counselor Ops.: 8079, 8887

Editor's Note:

See 301.340 Revised Statutes Missouri 1985.

Cases:

The words "residing in such municipalities" within statute providing that municipalities may by ordinance levy and collect license taxes from motor vehicle owners held to apply to any owner whose truck was regularly engaged in business in such municipality. City of St. Louis v. Temples, 149 S.W. 2d 888 (1941).

A license fee for commercial vehicles having a capacity of two tons or less is not an "occupation tax" but a "license tax" on the vehicle. City of St. Louis v. Temples, 149 S.W. 2d 888 (1941).

McQuillin:

26.158 et seq. Licensing of vehicles and their drivers

17.52.050 Motor vehicle license--Fees prorated.

If application for a license for a motor vehicle is made during the period beginning on the first day of August and ending on the last day of October, one-half of the annual license fee only shall be levied and collected. If application is made during the period beginning on the first day of November and ending on the last day of January, one-fourth of the annual fee shall be levied and collected.
(1948 C. Ch. 42 49: 1960 C. 615.060.)

Editor's Note:

See 17.52.040A, supra.

17.52.060 Motor vehicle license--Application.

It shall be the duty of the License Collector, when application is made to him for the issuance of any license on a motor vehicle, to require such application to be made in writing, in duplicate, and to contain the name and address of the owner of the motor vehicle, the trade name of such motor vehicle and its body style, year of manufacture and its horsepower, and, if such motor vehicle be a truck, its tonnage. The originals of such application shall be retained by the License Collector, for his records, and the duplicate copies thereof shall be transmitted daily by the License Collector to the Assessor of the City. It shall be the further duty of the License Collector, upon receiving such application, to satisfy himself that such application covers the kind of motor vehicle for which application is made, and to this end he shall require the applicant for such license to present to him, at the time of filing such application for such license, the ownership certificate, describing the motor vehicle to be licensed, as issued by the Secretary of State; or, in lieu thereof, such other evidence as is sufficient to satisfy the License Collector that such application properly and accurately covers the kind of motor vehicle for which a license is intended to be issued. It shall be the further duty of the License Collector, when the annual tax on any vehicle mentioned in this chapter has been paid, to register the same, and give the party applying for the license the number to be put thereon.
(1948 C. Ch. 42 50: 1960 C. 615.070.)

Editor's Note:

See 17.52.040A, supra.

17.52.070 State registration number plate--Required.

No person shall drive, operate or park any motor vehicle upon the public streets, alleys or other public commons of the City, or cause any motor vehicle to be driven, operated or parked upon the public streets, alleys or other public commons of the City, unless a current state registration number plate is affixed thereon in the manner provided by law.
(Ord. 55230 1, (part), 1969: 1948 C. Ch. 42 51: 1960 C. 615.080.)

17.52.080 State registration number plate--Counterfeiting.

A. No person shall make a replica, facsimile or counterfeit of any number plate or temporary number tag issued by the State of Missouri or any other state, nor shall any person erase, change or alter the number on any such plate or temporary number tag or knowingly use or display on any motor vehicle a replica, facsimile or counterfeit number plate or temporary number tag or any plate or temporary number tag on which the number has been erased, changed or altered.

B. Any person found to be in violation of subsection A of this section shall be assessed a fine of not less than two hundred and fifty dollars ($250.00) or a term of imprisonment of not less than ninety (90) days or both a fine and a term of imprisonment.

C. Any vehicle displaying a replica, facsimile or counterfeit of any number plate or temporary number tag or a plate or temporary number tag which has been erased, changed or altered in violation of subsection A of this section shall be subject to towing by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. The police officer shall provide for the towing of the vehicle to a facility controlled by the City or its agents. The vehicle shall be held until the owner of such vehicle provides proof of a valid title registration and a certificate of financial responsibility for such vehicle. In addition the owner shall be liable for the scheduled fees for the towing and storage of the vehicle. When the vehicle is towed, the police officer shall notify the person who is found to be in control of the vehicle at the time of the alleged violation, if there is such a person, of the fact of the towing and of the vehicle owner's right to appeal the towing under the provisions of this section.

Any person, firm or corporation or other legal entity aggrieved by any decision of the Metropolitan Police Department to remove a vehicle pursuant to the provisions of this section may request a hearing before the Director of Streets or his designee. Such hearings shall be conducted as soon as possible after the removal has occurred.

Any person, firm or corporation or other legal entity aggrieved by any decision of the Director of Streets may appeal such decision to the Board of Public Service within seven (7) days after receiving a written notice of such decision by filing a written appeal with the Secretary of the Board of Public Service. A hearing officer appointed by the Board of Public Service shall, within fourteen (14) days after receiving notice of such appeal, hear the appeal and thereafter render a decision affirming, modifying or reversing the decision of the Director of Streets and to such end shall possess all the powers on appeal granted the Director of Streets under the provisions of this chapter. Such decision shall be subject to the procedures and review provided by Section 536 RSMo., 1978, as amended.
(Ord. 67074 1, 2006: Ord. 64710 1, 1999: 1948 C. Ch. 42 52: 1960 C. 615.090.)

Editor's Note:

See 17.52.040A, supra.

17.52.090 Motor vehicle license emblem--Issuance--Specifications.

Upon the issuance of a license for a motor vehicle, other than a motorcycle, the License Collector shall deliver to the applicant a transparent sticker license emblem, approximately three and one-half inches in size which shall bear the words, "motor vehicle tax," and the numerals designating the year for which the license is issued a reproduction of the corporate seal of the City and a number identical with the number of such license. This emblem shall be impervious to the weather, and its border shall be of adhesive material of such strength and composition that it cannot be removed without being mutilated or destroyed. The predominant background color of this emblem shall be changed annually.
(1948 C. Ch. 42 54: 1960 C. 615.110.)

City Counselor Ops.: 9643

Editor's Note:

See 17.52.040A, supra.

17.52.100 Motor vehicle license emblem--Display.

The applicant shall affix the emblem to the lower right-hand corner of the inside of the glass part of the windshield of the motor vehicle for which the same was issued, approximately one inch from the right lower section of the frame of the windshield. No person shall drive, operate, or park, upon the streets of the City, cause to be driven, operated, or parked, upon the streets of the City, any motor vehicle owned solely or partially by a resident of the City, or any motor vehicle owned solely or partially by any business establishment located within the City, without the emblem being affixed to the windshield in the manner herein prescribed. Motorcycles shall be excepted from the requirements of this section.
(Ord. 52099 1, 1963: 1948 C. Ch. 42 55: 1960 C. 615.120.)

City Counselor Ops.: 8887, 8898, 9319, 9643

Editor's Note:

See 17.52.040A, supra.

17.52.110 Motor vehicle license emblem--Use of stolen emblem.

No person shall use or have in his possession any City vehicle license sticker not lawfully procured from the License Collector, nor use or have in his possession a stolen or counterfeit City vehicle license sticker.
(Ord. 55358 1, 1969: 1948 C. Ch. 42 53: 1960 C. 615.100.)

Editor's Note:

See 17.52.040A. supra.

17.52.120 Motor vehicle license emblem--Not affixed--Penalty.

A. Whenever any vehicle required to display the motor vehicle license emblem required under Section 17.52.040, in the manner described under Section 17.52.020, shall be found parked on any public highway, street, alley or other public place without such emblem affixed according to law, the police, in addition to and not by way of limitation of the authority of the License Collector to issue motor vehicle license violation notices under Sections 17.52.220 through 17.52.250, shall likewise be empowered to issue such notices of violations which shall also conform to the provisions set forth in Sections 17.52.220 and 17.52.230.

B. Violators given notices by the police under the aforesaid authority may elect to satisfy such offense as provided under Section 17.52.240(A), otherwise such violators shall be proceeded against through a court summons or arrest.

C. Whenever any vehicle while being driven or operated on any public highway, street or alley without an emblem affixed in the manner described under Sections 17.52.020 and 17.52.040, the police shall proceed against such violators through a court summons or arrest.

D. Any person who wrongfully violates the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a municipal misdemeanor and upon conviction be punished not less than twenty-five (15) dollars or imprisoned not more than thirty (30) days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
(Ord. 57729 1, 1979: 1960 C. 615.222.)

Editor's Note:

See 17.52.040A, supra.

17.52.130 Motor vehicle license emblem--Destruction upon sale or transfer of motor vehicle.

In the event the owner of any motor vehicle, except a motorcycle, shall sell or dispose of the vehicle, to the windshield of which has been affixed a license emblem, the owner shall destroy and remove the emblem before delivering or disposing of the vehicle.
(1948 C, Ch. 42 56: 1960 C. 615.130.)

Editor's Note:

See 17.52.040A, supra.

17.52.140 Motor vehicle license emblem--Nontransferable.

No motor vehicle license emblem shall be transferred to any other person, nor shall it be used for any vehicle other than the one for which it was issued.
(1948 C. Ch. 42 57: 1960 C. 615.140.)

Editor's Note:

See 17.52.040A, supra.

17.52.150 Motor vehicle license emblem--New--Issuance.

Whenever a license emblem has been lost or destroyed, or the owner shall sell or dispose of such vehicle and shall have destroyed the license emblem and desires to procure a new license emblem for the same or another vehicle, he shall deliver to the License Collector, under oath, satisfactory proof of its loss or destruction, and he shall produce his license receipt. Upon receipt of such proof, the License Collector shall issue and deliver to the applicant a new license emblem.
(1948 C. Ch. 42 58: 1960 C. 615.150.)

City Counselor Ops.: 9643

Editor's Note:

See 17.52.040A, supra.

17.52.160 Motor vehicle license emblem--New--Cost.

The applicant shall pay the sum of one dollar for each new license emblem issued. In the event such new license emblem is to be issued for a motor vehicle of horsepower requiring a higher rate than the one for which the original emblem was issued, the owner shall be required to pay for the additional horsepower.
(1948 C. Ch. 42 59: 1960 C. 615.160.)

Editor's Note:

See 17.52.040A. supra.

17.52.170 Counterfeiting emblems and plates.

No person shall make a replica, facsimile or counterfeit of any plate, tag or emblem issued by any officer of the City, evidencing the issuance of any license for a vehicle; nor shall anyone erase or change the numbers on any license plate, tag or emblem, or display on any vehicle any replica, facsimile, counterfeit, changed or altered license tag, plate or emblem while the vehicle is on the streets of the City.
(1948 C. Ch. 42 60: 1960 C. 615.170.)

Editor's Note:

See 17.52.040A, supra

17.52.180 Motorcycle licenses.

Upon the issuance of a license for a motorcycle, the License Collector shall deliver to the applicant, without charge, a metal license plate, not to exceed three inches in diameter, having thereon the number of the plate, the word "St. Louis," and the year for which the license is issued. No person shall drive or operate, or cause to be driven or operated, any motorcycle upon the streets of the City without having displayed on the front of such motorcycle the license plates provided for herein.
(1948 C. Ch. 42 61: 1960 C. 615.180.)

Editor's Note:

See 17.52.040A, supra.

17.52.190 Exception to Sections 17.52.090--17.52.180.

Sections 17.52.090 through 17.52.180 shall not apply to manufacturers or dealers in motor vehicles, duly licensed by the City, except as to vehicles used by such manufacturers, dealers or their employees for private purposes.
(1948 C. Ch. 42 62: 1960 C. 615.190.)

Editor's Note:

See 17.52.040A, supra.

17.52.200 Dealer plates--Application.

Every person, agent or subagent manufacturing, dealing in, selling or offering for sale, motor vehicles, shall make annually a verified application to the License Collector upon a blank to be furnished by such License Collector, for a general distinctive number for all motor vehicles owned or controlled by such manufacturer or dealer, such application to contain:

A. A brief description of each style or type of motor vehicle manufactured or dealt in by such dealer; and

B. The name and business address of such dealer.
(1948 C. Ch. 42 63: 1960 C. 615.200.)

17.52.210 Dealer plates--Issuance.

On payment to the License Collector of a registration fee of five dollars, such application shall be filed and registered in the office of the License Collector, who shall thereupon assign and issue to such dealer a general distinctive number and without expense to the applicant, issue and deliver to the applicant, a certificate of registration in such form as the City Register shall prescribe, together with two metallic plates with a number thereon corresponding to the number of such certificate of registration. Such plates shall bear the number thereon in Arabic numerals, together with the letter "D," the words "St. Louis," and the year for which the same are issued. The form of such plates shall be designated by the City Register, and they shall be of such size as to admit of being easily carried upon the person of the operator of every motor vehicle or the manufacturer or dealer when the same is operated or driven in the public highways of the City, and they shall be exhibited by such operator whenever required by any officer of the Police Department.

Such dealer may obtain as many duplicates of such number plates as may be desired upon payment to the License Collector of two dollars and fifty cents for each duplicate.
(1948 C. Ch. 42 64: 1960 C. 615.210.)

17.52.220 Motor vehicle license violation notices--Issuance.

The License Collector of the City and his designated employees are hereby empowered upon observation of circumstances which cause them to reasonably believe a violation has occurred, to issue motor vehicle license violation notices to persons suspected of having failed to lawfully procure and affix a City motor vehicle license to a vehicle, and to persons operating a motor vehicle which is not lawfully licensed or does not have a lawfully issued license properly displayed. Such notices shall be delivered to the violator personally if present or securely affixed to the windshield of the vehicle on the driver's side.
(Ord. 55408 1 (part), 1969: 1960 C. 615.220 (1).)

Editor's Note:

See 17.52.040A, supra.

17.52.230 Motor vehicle license violation notices--Contents.

Motor vehicle license violation notices shall recite thereon the identity of the vehicle by make, year, model and state of Missouri motor vehicle registration number (viz. license plate number), the time of day, date and location of the vehicle at issuance and shall identify the operator if applicable. The person delivering or affixing such notice shall sign his name in a legible manner with an indication of his official employment. The Collector's employees are empowered to secure the identity of an operator by demanding to inspect his Missouri state operator's or chauffeur's license, and upon such demand every operator shall deliver his or hers operator's or chauffeur's license. Such notice shall be prepared in sufficient copies as may be determined by the License Collector as necessary for administrative processing and bear an official serial number.
(Ord. 55408 1 (part), 1969: 1960 C. 615.220 (2).)

Editor's Note:

See 17.52.040A. supra.

17.52.240 Motor vehicle license violation notices--Fines.

Violators given notice may elect to satisfy such offense in the following manner:

A. Owners shall within five (5) days secure a proper City motor vehicle license and pay a penalty of ten dollars ($10.00) at the Traffic Violation Bureau;

B. All others shall within five (5) days pay a penalty of ten dollars ($10.00) at the Traffic Violation Bureau.

Violators electing to not satisfy such violations in this section shall be proceeded against through a court summons or arrest.
(Ord. 55408 1 (part), 1969: 1960 C. 615.220(3).)

Editor's Note:

See 17.52.040A, supra.

17.52.250 Motor vehicle license violation notices--Penalty for violation.

Any person who wrongfully violates the provisions of Sections 17.52.220 through 17.52.240 shall be guilty of a municipal misdemeanor and upon trial and conviction be punished not less than twenty-five (25) dollars or imprisoned not more than thirty (30) days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
(Ord. 55408 1 (part), 1969: 1960 C. 615.220(4).)

Editor's Note:

See 17.52.040A, supra.

17.52.260 Penalty for violation.

Any person who violates the provisions of this chapter shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine of not less than twenty-five dollars ($25.00) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500.00), or by imprisonment for not more than ninety (90) days or by both such fine and imprisonment.
(Ord. 55358 2, 1969.)

Editor's Note:

See 17.52.040A, supra.

17.52.270 Operation of motor vehicle without proper license prohibited--Motorcycles special license.

It shall be unlawful for any person to:

A. Operate any motor vehicle while a resident of the State of Missouri, as a chauffeur or nonchauffeur, upon any street or highway of this City, unless such person has procured a valid driver's license of the type and class as required by the State of Missouri for the type of vehicle operation activity involved. It shall also be unlawful for any person who operates a commercial motor vehicle to have more than one driver's license.

B. Operate any motor vehicle while a resident of the State of Missouri, upon any street or highway of this City, unless such nonresident has on his/her person a valid and proper operator or class license required by his/her home resident state or country, for the type of vehicle being operated, and the particular vehicle activity involved, unless such person is expressly exempted by the provisions of Section 17.52.280. It shall also be unlawful for any person who operates a commercial motor vehicle to have more than one driver's license.

C. Operate a motorcycle or motor-driven cycle upon any street or highway of this City as a resident of the State of Missouri, unless such person has procured the proper class license or permit required by this operation. In the case of a nonresident of this state, said nonresident shall have on his/her person a valid and proper operator or class license required by his/her home resident state or country, for the type of vehicle being operated, unless such person is expressly exempted by the provisions of Section 17.52.280.

D. Authorize or knowingly permit a motorcycle or motor-driven cycle owned by or under his/her control to be operated upon any street or highway of this City by any person who does not hold the proper class or type of license for the operation of a motor cycle or motor-driven cycle, or has been issued a valid instruction permit therefor, unless the operator is expressly exempted by the provisions of Section 17.52.280.

E. Display or represent as one's own, or operate a motor vehicle with, an instruction permit or chauffeur's or operator's license issued to another person.

F. Display or cause or permit to be displayed or have in his possession any canceled, revoked, suspended, fictitious or fraudulently altered instruction permit, operator's or chauffeur's license.

G. Lend his instruction permit, operator's or chauffeur's license to any other person or knowingly permit the unlawful use thereof by another.

H. Operate a motor vehicle in any manner in violation of the restrictions imposed in a restricted license.

I. Use a false or fictitious name in any application for an instruction permit, operator's or chauffeur's license or any renewal or application for a duplicate thereof, or to otherwise commit a fraud in any such application.

J. Refuse to write his name and address in the presence of a police officer, court official or any other duly authorized person, in order that identity of the licensee may be determined.

K. Fail to carry his 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 his instruction permit or license as aforesaid shall be presumptive evidence that said person is not a duly licensed operator or chauffeur.

L. Employ as a chauffeur any person without first ascertaining that such person has complied with or is not in violation of the provisions of Sections 17.52.270 through 17.52.360.

M. Authorize, order or consent to the operation of any motor vehicle owned by him or under his control by any person, when he has knowledge that such person has no legal right to do so.

N. Fail or refuse to surrender to a proper authority upon its lawful demand any instruction permit, operator's or chauffeur's license which has been suspended, revoked or cancelled.
(Ord. 62068 1, 1990; Ord. 58900 1, 1983.)

17.52.280 Exemptions from license law.

The following persons are exempt from the operator's and chauffeur's license requirements of this article:

A. All persons while driving or operating any road machine, farm tractor, or implement of husbandry temporarily operated or moved on a street or highway.

B. A nonresident who is at least sixteen years of age, and who has in his immediate possession a valid operator's license issued to him in his home state or country may operate a motor vehicle in this City only as an operator.

C. A nonresident who is at least sixteen years of age and has in his possession a valid operator's license issued to him in his home state or country may operate a motorcycle or motor-driven cycle in this City, without being qualified by examination to operate a motorcycle or motor-driven cycle, provided such qualification is not required by his home state or country.

D. A nonresident who is at least eighteen years of age, and who has in his immediate possession a valid chauffeur's license issued to him in his home state or country may operate a motor vehicle in this City, either as an operator or chauffeur.

E. A nonresident who is at least eighteen years of age, whose home state or country does not require the licensing of operators may operate a motor vehicle as an operator only, in this City, for a period of not more than sixty days in any calendar year, if the motor vehicle so operated is duly registered in the home state or country of such nonresident.

F. Any person holding a valid operator's license shall not be required to procure a chauffeur's license while operating, for official use, any motor vehicle owned by the United States, the state, or by any municipality or political subdivision in this state, except that any person operating a school bus carrying more than ten (10) pupils shall be required to procure a chauffeur's license.
(Ord. 58900 2, 1983.)

17.52.285 Driving while license or driving privilege is canceled, suspended or revoked.

No person shall operate any motor vehicle on a street, alley, roadway, highway or parking lot open to the public while that person's driver's license or driving privilege has been canceled, suspended or revoked by the State of Missouri, whether that person's license and driving privilege is that of a resident or a nonresident, with knowledge or constructive knowledge of the fact his driving privilege has been canceled, suspended or revoked.

Any person who actually knows or who was mailed an official notice, delivered to his last address on file with the Director of Revenue of the State of Missouri, that his/her driver's license or driving privilege has been canceled, suspended or revoked by the Director of Revenue of the State of Missouri shall be deemed to have knowledge or constructive knowledge that his/her driver's license or driving privilege has been canceled, suspended or revoked for purpose of this section.

Every person who pleads guilty to or is found guilty for the first time of a violation of this section shall be punished by a fine of not less than $200 nor more than $500 and/or imprisonment for a term not to exceed 90 days. Every person who pleads guilty to or is found guilty for a second or subsequent violation of this section shall be punished by a fine of not less than $500 and/or imprisonment for a term not to exceed 90 days. A judge may suspend the execution of the jail term but not the fine. A judge may not enter a "suspended imposition" of any sentence.
(Ord. 67592 1--3, 2007.)

17.52.290 State vehicle license plates required.

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 and proper license plate or plates or temporary permit required by Department of Revenue issued to the lawful owner of the vehicle by the Department of Revenue of the state, except that any person who is a nonresident of the state 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.

A. A person who is a resident of the State of Missouri shall not operate or park any motor vehicle or trailer upon any street or highway of this City, unless such motor vehicle or trailer has a valid and proper license plate or plates required by the Missouri Department of Revenue for the type of vehicle involved, lawfully issued to the vehicle displayed thereon, and displayed in the manner required by law.

B. A person who is a nonresident of the State of Missouri shall not operate or park any motor vehicle or trailer upon any street or highway of this City, unless such motor vehicle or trailer has the valid and proper license plate or places required by the resident state or country of such nonresident, for the vehicle type involved, lawfully issued to the vehicle displayed thereon, and displayed on the vehicle in the manner required by law. In the case of commercial motor vehicles, they shall be properly licensed for the total gross vehicle weight of the vehicle or combination of motor vehicles.

C. Vehicle(s) shall be exempt from Sections A and B providing a valid temporary permit authorized by the Department of Revenue is being displayed properly and lawfully in the case of Missouri residents; or in the case of nonresidents, a valid temporary permit is being lawfully displayed for the vehicle involved in the manner required by the laws of such state.
(Ord. 62053 1, 1990; Ord. 58900 3, 1983.)

17.52.300 Method of displaying license plates.

The required license plate(s) or temporary permit shall be fastened to a vehicle in such a manner as to be entirely unobscured, unobstructed, all parts thereof plainly visible and kept reasonably clean, fastened so that the letters or numerals are right side up and the plates do not swing. On all motor vehicles, one plate shall be displayed on the front and the other on the rear of such motor vehicle, not less than eight (8) or more than forty-eight (48) inches above the ground, except that on trailers, motorcycles and motor-driven cycles one plate shall be so displayed on the rear thereof. At nighttime, the rear plate shall be illuminated with a white light so as to be clearly visible from a distance of fifty (50) feet to the rear.
(Ord. 58900 4, 1983.)

17.52.310 State motor vehicle safety inspection required.

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 certificate of inspection issued by the state, except that any person who is a nonresident of the state 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.
(Ord. 58900 5, 1983.)

17.52.320 Unauthorized plates, tags, stickers, signs.

No person shall operate or park any motor vehicle or trailer on any street or highway of this City on which there is displayed a plate, tag, sticker, sign or placard bearing the words "license lost," "license applied for" or words of similar import, as a substitute for a valid license plate or temporary permit.
(Ord. 58900 6, 1983.)

17.52.330 Loads of cargo on motor vehicles.

A. No vehicle shall be driven or moved on any street or highway unless such vehicle is so constructed or loaded as to prevent any of its load from dropping, sifting, leaking or otherwise escaping therefrom, provided that this section shall not prohibit the necessary spreading of any substance in street or highway maintenance or construction operations.

B. No persons shall operate on any street or highway any vehicle with any load unless said load and covering thereon is securely fastened so as to prevent said covering or load from becoming loose, detached or in any manner a hazard to other users of the street or highway.

C. Any vehicle operating on a street or highway with a load of dirt, sand, gravel, garbage or any other material susceptible to being blown, dropped, spilled, leaked or which otherwise may escape therefrom, shall be covered so as to prevent spillage except that this provision shall not prohibit the necessary spreading of any substance connected with street or highway maintenance, construction, or snow removal.

D. All trucks, truck tractors, semitrailers, and all other trailer combinations, and construction vehicles must, when transporting cargo, be loaded and equipped to prevent the loss, shifting, or falling of the cargo as required by The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, Part 393, Subpart I, "Protection Against Shifting or Falling Cargo," Code of Federal Regulations, as amended, a copy of which is on file in the Office of the City Register and is incorporated herein by reference.
(Ord. 60293 1, 1987: prior Ord. 58900 7, 1983.)

17.52.340 Commercial motor vehicles licensed for 12,000 pounds or less--Owner's name displayed--When.

Each commercial motor vehicle except those licensed under State Law based on a gross weight of twelve thousand pounds or less and which are not regularly used for actual commercial purposes shall have displayed thereon in a conspicuous place:

A. The name of the owner;

B. The address from which the motor vehicle is operated or the number issued to a motor carrier by the public service commission;

C. The gross weight for which the vehicle is licensed; and each local commercial vehicle in addition shall have displayed in a conspicuous place the word "local."
(Ord. 58900 8, 1983.)

17.52.350 Colors of various lamps--Restriction of red lights.

Headlamps, when lighted, shall exhibit lights substantially white in color; auxiliary lamps, cowllamps and spotlamps, when lighted, shall exhibit lights substantially white, yellow or amber in color. No person shall drive or move any vehicle or equipment, except a school bus when used for school purposes or an emergency vehicle upon any street or highway with any lamp or device thereon displaying a red light visible from directly in front thereof.
(Ord. 58900 9, 1983.)

17.52.360 Penalty for violation.

Violation of any section of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be punishable by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) or imprisonment in the medium security institution for not more than ninety days, or both such fine and imprisonment. Each day's violation of this section shall constitute a separate offense.
(Ord. 58900 10, 1983.)

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