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(a) A special permit shall be required of any person seeking authority to operate under the streets, alleys, sidewalks or public ways of the city any motor vehicles, machinery or equipment which run upon lugs, treads, cleats or other forms of metal, prior to the actual operation of such motor vehicles, machinery or equipment. Such special permit shall be granted by the city engineer, only if it is clearly demonstrated that the public convenience and necessity demands it. Such permits shall be granted for operations limited as to period of operation, and limited as to streets, alleys, sidewalks or ways upon which such vehicles may operate. A separate special permit shall be required for such vehicle so operated, and same shall be kept within the cab of the vehicle, or upon the person of the operator, who shall display it upon demand of the police department.
(b) Such special permits shall not be granted under any circumstances unless the applicant therefor shall have been given bond with approved surety in an amount specified by the city to cover each such motor vehicle for which a permit or permits are sought. Bond shall be for the purpose of indemnity to the city against any damage to such streets, alleys, sidewalks or public ways resulting from the operation of any vehicle under authorization of such permit. The amount of the bond, per vehicle, shall not be less than one thousand dollars ($1,000.00).
(c) No person shall operate any vehicle, machinery, or equipment run upon lugs, treads, cleats or other metal upon the streets, alleys, sidewalks or public ways of this city, unless he shall have first obtained the special permit required in subsection (a).
(Code 1977, § 11.520)
State law reference--Chains and lugs on wheels, thickness of solid rubber tires, KRS 189.190.