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CHAPTER 380: VEHICLE EQUIPMENT
SECTION 380.010: MECHANICALLY DEFECTIVE MOTOR VEHICLES
No person shall drive on the streets of the City, a motor vehicle which is in such defective mechanical
condition as to be reasonably likely, because of such defective mechanical condition, to cause damage to
persons or property while being so driven.
SECTION 380.020: LIGHTS─GENERAL REQUIREMENTS
For the purpose of revealing its position and direction, a motor vehicle, while in operation on a street during
the nighttime and all times when fog or other atmospheric conditions render the operation of motor vehicles
dangerous on the street, shall carry lighted lamps and red reflectors as required by Sections 307.020 through
307.127 RSMo., as amended, and shall not use any other than the depressed beam of the headlights while
operating on the streets of the City.
SECTION 380.030: SAFETY GLASS
No motor vehicle shall be operated upon any street unless the vehicle is equipped with safety glass as
required by Sections 304.490 through 304.550, RSMo., 1959, as amended.
SECTION 380.040: HORNS AND WARNING DEVICES
A. Every motor vehicle shall be equipped with a horn, bell, or similar warning device in good working order
and capable of emitting sound audible under normal conditions from a distance of not less than two hundred
(200) feet; but no horn, bell, or other warning device shall emit an unreasonably loud or harsh sound or
whistle. The driver of a motor vehicle shall, when reasonably necessary to insure safe operation, give audible
warning with his horn but shall not otherwise use such horn when upon any street.
B. No vehicle shall be equipped nor shall any person use upon a vehicle any siren, whistle, or bell, except
as otherwise permitted.
SECTION 380.050: EXCESSIVE NOISE
No person shall operate any automobile, motorcycle, or vehicle so out of repair, or loaded in such manner, as
to create unreasonably loud or unnecessary grating, grinding, rattling, or other noise.
SECTION 380.060: MUFFLERS, PREVENTION OF NOISE, SMOKE, FUMES OR FLAME
A. Every motor vehicle shall at all times be equipped with a muffler in good working order and in constant
operation to prevent excessive or unusual noise and annoying smoke, and no person shall use a muffler
cutout, bypass, or similar device upon a motor vehicle.
B. The engine and power mechanism of every motor vehicle shall be so equipped and adjusted as to
prevent the escape of excessive fumes or smoke.
C. No person operating a motor vehicle shall permit the same to operate in such manner as to emit an
unduly great amount of steam, smoke, flame, or products of combustion from exhaust pipes or openings.
D. No person shall operate or drive a vehicle on which the exhaust system has been modified in a
manner which will amplify or increase the noise emitted by the motor of such vehicle above that emitted by the
muffler originally installed on the vehicle, and such original muffler shall comply with all the requirements of
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SECTION 380.070: MIRRORS
Every motor vehicle shall be equipped with a rear-view mirror, and if so constructed or loaded as to obstruct
the driver's view to the rear thereof from the driver's position, shall be equipped with mirror on each side so
located as to reflect to the driver a view of the highway for a distance of at least two hundred (200) feet to the
rear of such vehicle.
SECTION 380.080: BRAKES
All motor vehicles, except motorcycles, shall be provided at all times with two (2) sets of adequate brakes kept
in good working order, and motorcycles shall be provided with one set of adequate brakes kept in good
.1. Adequacy of brakes. Every bus, truck, truck-tractor, tractor-trailer, and combination of motor vehicles,
shall be equipped with brakes adequate to control the movement of and to stop and to hold such vehicle or
combination of vehicles. Two (2) separate means of brake application shall be provided. One such braking
means shall be a mechanical parking brake which shall employ a ratchet and pawl or other suitable locking
and releasing mechanism. If these two (2) separate means of applying the brakes are connected in any way,
they shall be so constructed that failure of any one (1) part of the operating mechanism shall not leave the
vehicle without operative brakes.
.2. Parking brakes. Every bus, truck, truck-tractor, or tractor-trailer shall be equipped with parking brakes
capable of locking the rear driving wheels and adequate under any condition of loading to hold, to the limit of
traction, of such braked wheels, such vehicle or combination of vehicles to which such motor vehicle may be
attached on any grade on which said vehicle or combination of vehicles is to be operated. The operating
controls of such parking brakes shall be independent of the operating controls of the service brakes.
SECTION 380.090: WINDSHIELDS MUST BE UNOBSTRUCTED AND EQUIPPED WITH WIPERS─MINIMUM
A. No person shall drive any motor vehicle with any object suspended or mounted in any manner between
the driver and the front windshield or with any sign, poster, snow, ice, or other non-transparent material upon
the front windshield, side wings, or side or rear windows of such vehicle, which obstructs or interferes with
the driver's clear view of the street or which might divert his attention from the street.
B. The windshield on every motor vehicle shall be equipped with a device for cleaning rain, snow, or other
moisture from the windshield, which device shall be so constructed as to be controlled or operated by the
driver of the vehicle, and shall be maintained in good working order.
C. No person shall operate a four-wheeled motor vehicle on any street or thoroughfare of this City of which
the top of the windshield is not at least forty-two (42) inches from the ground, unless said vehicle is equipped
with a panel plainly visible to others using the streets, said panel to extend to a height of at least four (4) feet
and be at least four (4) feet wide.
D. No person shall operate any motor vehicle upon which any manufactured vision reducing material is
applied to any portion of the motor vehicle's windshield, side wings, or windows located immediately to the
right and left of the driver which reduces visibility from within or without the motor vehicle, provided however,
nothing in this Subsection shall prohibit any label, sticker or informational sign required by law, ordinance or
regulation which is applied as directed by same, nor to prohibit any tinting material applied to the uppermost
portion of the motor vehicle's windshield which is normally tinted by the manufacturer of motor vehicle safety
E. No person shall apply any manufactured vision reducing material which reduces visibility from within or
without the motor vehicle to any motor vehicle's windshield, side wings, or windows located immediately to
the right and left of the driver, provided however, that tinting material may be applied to the uppermost portion
of the motor vehicle's windshield which is normally tinted by the manufacturer of motor vehicle safety glass.
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SECTION 380.100: LAMP OR FLAG ON PROJECTING LOAD
Whenever the load upon any vehicle extends to the rear beyond the bed or body of such vehicle five (5) feet or
more, there shall be displayed at the extreme ends of the load, during the nighttime, a red light or lantern
plainly visible from a distance of at least five hundred (500) feet to the sides and rear. The red light or lantern
required under this Section shall be in addition to the red rear light required upon every vehicle. At any other
time there shall be displayed at the extreme rear end of such load a red flag or cloth not less than twelve (12)
inches square and so hung that the entire area is visible to the driver of a vehicle approaching from the rear.
SECTION 380.110: RESTRICTIONS AS TO TIRE EQUIPMENT
A. Every solid rubber tire on a vehicle shall have rubber on its entire traction surface at least one (1) inch
thick above the edge of the flange of the entire periphery.
B. No person shall operate or move on any street any motor vehicle, trailer, or semi-trailer having any
metal tire in contact with the roadway.
C. No tire on a vehicle moved on a street shall have on its periphery any block, flange, cleat, or spike, or
any other protuberance of any material other than rubber which projects beyond the tread of the traction
surface of the tire, except that it shall be permissible to use tire chains and studded snow tires of reasonable
proportions upon any vehicle between November first (1st) and March thirtieth (30th), when required for safety
because of snow, ice, or other conditions tending to cause a vehicle to skid.
SECTION 380.120: COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT IN MOTOR VEHICLES
A. No person shall equip any motor vehicle with a communications device tuned or fixed to receive or
transmit messages on any frequency used by the Police Department, or have or use the same in any motor
vehicle within the City limits, unless such motor vehicle is used or owned by the City of Lawson, Missouri, or
other publicly owned and controlled law-enforcement agencies, without first securing a permit so to do from
the Chief of Police upon application made to him.
B. In any application so made, it shall be shown to the said Chief of Police that the use of the appliance or
equipment herein is required by the applicant in his business, occupation or employment, or will be available
as an aid in enforcement work in case of public emergency.
SECTION 380.130: MOTOR VEHICLE ELEVATION
A. No person shall operate any motor vehicle on the streets 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
operator's vision of the street in front or to the rear of the vehicle.
B. Every motor vehicle which is licensed in this State and operated upon the streets of this City shall be
equipped with front and rear bumpers if such vehicle was equipped with bumpers as standard equipment.
The lowest point on the front and rear bumper of any motor vehicle shall not be raised by modification or
replacement of parts or accessories so as to be higher than six (6) inches from the original manufactured
bumper height for that vehicle. In no event shall the bumper height exceed thirty (30) inches. Such
modification or replacement of parts shall include, but shall not necessarily be limited to, an adjustment to the
suspension system, a different type of tire, or other modification from original manufacturer which would
result in the front or rear bumper of the motor vehicle being raised more than the allowed distance. This
Subsection shall not apply to motor vehicles designed or modified primarily for off-road 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 or to vehicles used for agricultural
purposes which are so designated by the vehicles' license plates nor shall the provisions of this Subsection
prohibit the use of drop bumpers.
C. Violations of this Section will be determined based on bumper standards established by rule or
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the Superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol pursuant to Section 307.172, RSMo.
D. Unless the context specifically indicates otherwise, the following terms as used in this Section, are
defined as follows:
BUMPER: A device of at least four and one-half (4½) inches in vertical height constructed of metal, wood or
other durable material capable of absorbing shock and mounted on the front or rear of a motor vehicle. Each
bumper must be made of a strength equal to a stock bumper.
DROP BUMPER: A bumper which may be mounted not more than three (3) inches below the original
manufacturer's mounting with heavy metal by bolting or welding to the motor vehicle frame.
E. Measurements shall be taken with the motor vehicle in an unloaded condition on a level surface.
Measurements shall be taken from the surface on which the vehicle stands to the lowest point of the bumper
excluding any bumper attachments. If the vehicle is equipped with a non-stock type bumper, the
measurement shall be taken from a point not more than five (5) inches below the centerline of the bumper
mounting bracket on vehicles with a manufacturers' gross vehicle weight rating of eleven thousand (11,000)
pounds or less, and the measurement shall be taken not more than eight (8) inches below the centerline of
the bumper mounting bracket on vehicles with a manufacturers' gross vehicle weight rating of over eleven
thousand (11,000) pounds.
SECTION 380.140: TRAILERS AND TOWED VEHICLES
A. When one (1) vehicle is towing another, the drawbar or other connection shall be of sufficient strength
to pull all weight towed thereby, and said drawbar or other connection shall not exceed fifteen (15) feet from
one (1) vehicle to the other, except the connection between any two (2) vehicles transporting poles, pipe,
machinery, or other objects or structural nature which cannot readily be dismembered.
B. When one (1) vehicle is towing another and the connection consists of a chain, rope, or cable, there
shall be displayed upon such connection a white flag or cloth not less than twelve (12) inches square.
C. During the time lights are required, the required lights shall be displayed on both vehicles.
SECTION 380.150: MECHANICAL OR ELECTRICAL SIGNAL DEVICES REQUIRED
All motor vehicles, so constructed and equipped that the hand and the arm signals cannot be given or seen
from the rear and which are owned by residents of the City, shall be equipped with a mechanical or electrical
device which shall display a signal plainly visible from the rear and indicating an intention to turn or stop, or
that the speed of the motor vehicle is being slowed.