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(a) Through Truck Traffic Prohibited.
(1) No person, partnership, firm, corporation, or association shall drive or operate a truck weighing ten tons or more, including its load, upon any of the streets in the Municipality, with the exception only of state routes, unless the journey of such truck originates or terminates upon such a municipal street, or unless the truck must stop on such a municipal street for the purpose of picking up or making delivery of a shipment or partial load or unless the driver of the truck must stop to refuel, eat, or conduct other necessary business.
(2) In order to notify truck drivers of the existence of this section, the City shall post signs in proper places warning drivers of trucks as to the provisions of this section, but if for any reason there are no such signs posted or if such signs are posted and the same are removed, broken, or destroyed, the absence of such signs shall not relieve any truck driver of the responsibility of complying with the terms of this section and shall not prevent the driver of such truck, if he does not comply with the terms of this section, of being found guilty of a violation of this chapter.
(1993 Code 72.55)
(b) Local Permit and Conditions. Upon application and for good cause, the Police Chief may issue a local permit authorizing an applicant to move an oversize or overweight vehicle or combination of vehicles upon local streets.
No permittee shall be required to obtain a special permit from the Ohio Director of Transportation for the movement of the vehicle or combination of vehicles on streets or highways under local jurisdiction; however, the approval of the Ohio Director of Transportation shall be required for movement upon State routes as provided in Section 339.01.
The Police Chief may grant a permit for a single or round trip, or for such period of time, not to exceed one year, as the Police Chief in his discretion deems advisable, or for the duration of any construction project. The Police Chief may limit or prescribe terms or conditions of operation for such vehicle or combination of vehicles by designating the route, hours, speed or such other restrictions as may be necessary for the preservation of the public peace, property, health and safety. The Police Chief may require the posting of bond or other security necessary to compensate for any damage to a roadway or road structure.
For each such permit, the Police Chief shall charge ten dollars ($10.00), and for each hour of time or any part thereof spent by each police officer in supervising the movement of such vehicle, the applicant shall pay the sum of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) per hour per officer. The charge can be prorated into fifteen minute increments.
Signs shall be posted indicating "no thru trucks - gross weight 10 tons" or words of similar import to apprise drivers of the limitations imposed by this section. No driver shall disobey the instructions indicated on any such sign.
Violation of any of the limitations, terms or conditions of the permit granted by the Police Chief shall be cause for immediate revocation or suspension of such permit, and denial of request for any future permit. Such violation shall also subject the violator to the penalty prescribed by subsection (c) hereof.
(c) Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor. If, within one year of the offense, the offender previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to one predicate motor vehicle or traffic offense, whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree. If, within one year of the offense, the offender previously has been convicted of two or more predicate motor vehicle or traffic offenses, whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the third degree.