Vehicle Weight Ordinance

 

An ordinance to regulate the weight of vehicles operated on the streets, throughways, and alleyways of the City of Caspian.

 

The City of Caspian Ordains:

1.      No single-axis vehicle weighing over 16,000 pounds, or any tandem-axle vehicle weighing over 26,000 pounds, may be operated upon any street, throughway, or alleyway within the City of Caspian, other than on Caspian Avenue, Route 424/Brady Avenue, the Caspian Cut-Off Road, or East First Street, for any purpose, except to make a pick-up from, or delivery to, a specified location, of manufactured products, materials, foods, wares, or merchandise, and then only by using the shortest route from the nearest of Caspian Avenue, Route 424/Brady Avenue, the Caspian Cut-Off Road, or East First Street, to the point of pick-up or delivery.

2.      Caspian Avenue, Route 424/Brady Avenue, the Caspian Cut-Off Road, and East First Street shall be designated as the only permissible truck routes within the City of Caspian, and the City Manager and/or the Chief of Police shall post official signs indicating permissible truck routes within the City and the fact that the weights of vehicles operated upon all other streets within the City is restricted.

3.      Upon Caspian Avenue, Route 424/Brady Avenue, the Caspian Cut-Off Road, and East First Street, when the space between axles is greater than or equal to 9 feet, maximum axle load shall not exceed 16,000 pounds for vehicles equipped with solid rubber tires and shall not exceed 18,000 pounds for vehicles equipped with pneumatic tires; when the distance between axles is greater than 3 ½ feet, the combined axle load shall be considered as a single-axle load for purposes of this Ordinance. Provided, however, that in no case may wheel load for any wheel exceed 700 pounds per inch of width of tire.

4.      During the months of March, April and May, the maximum axle loads for vehicles using Caspian Avenue, Route 424/Brady Avenue, that Caspian Cut-Off Road, or East First Street shall be reduced by 25% for those road surfaces with a concrete pavement or base, provided, however, during March, April and May maximum wheel load shall not exceed 525 pounds per inch of tire width. During March, April and May, for vehicles using Caspian Avenue, Route 424/Brady Avenue, the Caspian Cut-Off Road, or East First Street, the maximum axle load shall be reduced by 35% upon those road surfaces not having a concrete pavement or concrete base construction, provided, however, that the maximum wheel load shall not exceed 450 pounds per inch of tire width. The City Manager may suspend the restrictions contained in this section of this Ordinance, during the months of March, April and May, when, and where, in his/her discretion, street conditions of Caspian Avenue, Route 424/Brady Avenue, the Caspian Cut-Off Road, or East First Street so warrant.

5.      When operating a vehicle, which by its weight is restricted to operation upon Caspian Avenue, Route 424/Brady Avenue, the Caspian Cut-Off Road, or East First Street, upon any street, throughway, or alleyway within the City of Caspian, the operator shall have in his or her possession a certificate of truck weight and load in transport.

6.      Reference to weight of any vehicle shall include the weight of the vehicle, and any load carried upon the vehicle.

7.      Violation of any provisions of this Ordinance by a person, corporation, partnership, or other entity of any sort, is a misdemeanor, and shall be punished by a fine of not more than $200.00, imprisonment in the Iron County Jail for not more than 60 days, or both such fine and imprisonment, plus all costs of prosecution.

8.      This Ordinance shall take effect 20 days from the date of publication of this ordinance.