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(A) No vehicle shall be operated or caused to enter the streets of the village in violation of the limits herein established.
(B) The word LOAD , when used in this section means the weight transmitted to the road by the wheels of a vehicle being the weight of such vehicle plus the weight of its contents, if any.
(C) The maximum gross weight of a vehicle on the road surface through any two wheels on the same axle of any vehicle shall not exceed 16,000 pounds, nor shall the gross weight exceed 800 pounds per inch in width of tire upon such wheels; provided further, that the gross weight, including the weight of the vehicle and maximum load, shall not exceed 24,000 pounds.
(D) Any peace officer having reason to believe that the weight of a vehicle and its load is in excess of the limits allowed by this section is authorized to require the driver to stop and submit to a weighing of the same, either by means of a portable or stationary scale. The officer may require that such vehicle be driven to the nearest scale. Whenever an officer, upon weighing a vehicle and load, determines that the weight is in excess of the limits prescribed by this section, the officer shall require that the driver of the vehicle stop the vehicle in a suitable place and that the vehicle remain standing until such portion of the load is removed as may be necessary to effect compliance with the limits established by this section. Any vehicle so unloaded shall be cared for by the owner or operator of the vehicle at the sole risk of the owner or operator.
(E) No vehicle shall be operated at any time over or upon the streets of the village if such vehicle has the periphery of any of the road wheels any block, stud, flange, cleat, ridge, lug or any projection of metal or wood radially beyond the tread or traffic surface of the tire. However, this section shall not be construed to prohibit the use of tire chains during the months of December, January, February, or March.
(G) The Village Administrator shall erect, or cause to be erected and maintained, signs designating the weight limitations at each end of that portion of any street affected by this section.
(H) The Superintendent of Village Operations, in his discretion, may issue a special permit in writing authorizing the applicant to operate or move a vehicle of a size, weight or load exceeding the limits established by this section. When such permit is sought for overweight, the application shall describe the load to be moved and the vehicle to be used therefor, and shall state with reasonable specificity, the reason why the load cannot be moved in compliance within the limits of this section. The Superintendent of Village Operations is authorized to limit the number of trips and specific streets on which the load and vehicle or vehicles may be transported and may otherwise prescribe the limits of operation of the vehicle when necessary to insure against damage to the street, foundations, surfaces, or structures. The Superintendent of Village Operations may require a bond, undertaking, or other security as may be necessary to compensates the village for injury or damage to any street or road structure.
(I) The weight limits established by this section shall be in effect at all times; provided, however, that any vehicle exceeding 16,000 pounds gross weight required to make a delivery or pick-up at a place of residence or business along said streets may do so, but said vehicle shall move along the streets from the nearest point of entry to the place of pick-up or delivery and shall leave said street at the nearest intersecting street to said point of delivery or pick-up. The load limitations herein prescribed shall not pertain to public passenger vehicles or common carriers.
(J) Any person driving any vehicle, object, or contrivance upon any streets of the village shall be liable for all damages which the street or structure may sustain as a result of any violation of this section.
(1) Whenever the operator or driver of the vehicle is not the owner thereof, but is driving or moving the same with the express or implied permission of the owner, the owner and driver or operator shall be jointly and severally liable for any damages.
(2) Damages may be recovered in a civil action brought by the village.
(Ord. 79-30, passed 10-9-79) Penalty, see § 70.99