Chapter 10.12   WEIGHT LIMITS

Sections:


10.12.010   Maximum gross weight.

Except as permitted in Section 10.12.020, it is unlawful for any person to operate upon a city street, road, or alley other than Third Avenue (State Route 169), Lawson Street, or Roberts Drive a vehicle whose registered gross weight equals or exceeds ten tons.

(Ord. 584 § 1 (part), 1996)

(Ord. No. 878, § 1, 11-20-2008; Ord. No. 903, § 1, 4-23-2009)

10.12.020   Exceptions to maximum gross weight.

The following vehicles shall be exempt from the weight limitations imposed in Section 10.12.010:

A.

Vehicles owned and operated by the city;

B.

School buses;

C.

Emergency vehicles:

D.

Trucks transporting perishable commodities or commodities necessary for the health and welfare of local residents;

E.

Garbage trucks;

F.

Vehicles making deliveries to destinations located on city streets; and

G.

Vehicles transporting materials, such as rock and gravel, that are mined, manufactured or created within the city limits for transport to locations within or outside of the city.

(Ord. 584 § 1 (part), 1996)

(Ord. No. 896, § 1, 4-2-2009)

10.12.030   Liability of owner and others for violation.

Whenever an act or omission is declared to be unlawful in this chapter, the owner or lessee of any vehicle involved shall be responsible therefore. Any person knowingly and intentionally participating in creating an unlawful condition of use, shall also be subject to the penalties prescribed in Section 10.12.070.

(Ord. 584 § 1 (part), 1996)

10.12.040   Enforcement—Weighing.

Any police officer is authorized to require the driver of any vehicle to stop and submit to a weighing either by means of a portable or stationary scale and may require that the vehicle be driven to the nearest public scale.

(Ord. 584 § 1 (part), 1996)

10.12.050   Enforcement—Lightening.

A.

Whenever a police officer, upon weighing a vehicle and load, determines that the weight is unlawful, the officer may require the driver to stop the vehicle in a suitable location and remain standing until such portion of the load is removed as may be necessary to reduce the gross weight of the vehicle to the limit permitted by Section 10.12.010.

B.

If the vehicle is loaded with grain or other perishable commodities, the driver shall be permitted to proceed without removing any of the load, unless the gross weight of the vehicle and load exceeds by more than ten percent the limit permitted by this chapter. The owner or operator of the vehicle shall care for all materials unloaded at the risk of the owner or operator.

(Ord. 584 § 1 (part), 1996)

10.12.060   Special permits.

A.

A special permit may be obtained from the city administrator upon application in writing and for good cause being shown therefor, authorizing the applicant to operate or move a vehicle whose gross weight, including load, exceeds the limit imposed in Section 10.12.010, upon a city street or alley.

B.

Application shall be made in writing on special forms furnished by the city administrator and shall be submitted at least twenty-four hours in advance of the proposed movement.

C.

The city administrator may issue or withhold said permit at its discretion, although where a mobile home is being moved, the verification of a valid license under RCW Chapter 46.70, as a mobile home dealer or manufacturer, or under RCW Chapter 46.76, as a transported shall be done by the building inspector.

D.

If the permit is issued, the city administrator may limit the number of trips, establish seasonal or other limitations within which the vehicle may be operated, or otherwise limit or prescribe conditions of operation of the vehicle when necessary to assure against undue damage to road foundations, surfaces or structures or the safety of traffic and may require such undertaking or other security as may be deemed necessary to compensate for injury to any roadway or road structure.

E.

Every special permit issued under this section shall be carried in the vehicle to which it applies.

(Ord. 584 § 1 (part), 1996)

10.12.070   Enforcement—Penalties.

Any person violating a provision of this chapter shall be deemed to have committed a civil infraction and shall be assessed a fine not to exceed three hundred fifty dollars for each such violation.

(Ord. 584 § 1 (part), 1996)