Chapter 10.12


10.12.010    Load restrictions – Restricted vehicles.

10.12.020    Vehicle and vehicle weight restrictions – Exceptions.

10.12.030    Designation of restricted street use – Signs.

10.12.040    Truck routes.

10.12.050    Certain vehicles prohibited.

10.12.060    Repair of vehicles prohibited – Exception.

10.12.070    Enforcement – Penalty.

10.12.010 Load restrictions – Restricted vehicles.

When truck route signs are erected giving notice thereof, no person shall operate or park any vehicle specified in SMC 10.12.020, at any time, upon any of the streets, alleys, sidewalks, public rights-of-way or other public property not described in SMC 10.12.040, except as hereinafter provided. [Ord. 2103 § 1, 2005; Ord. 1495 § 2, 1985.]

10.12.020 Vehicle and vehicle weight restrictions – Exceptions.

A. Vehicle Restrictions. Except as provided in subsection (B) of this section, no person shall operate or park at any time upon any of the streets, parts of streets or right-of-way not described in SMC 10.12.040: (1) any vehicle consisting of a tractor-trailer, semi-tractor or truck, logging truck, pole trailer, or (2) any vehicle exceeding the weight limitations described below:

1. Any motor vehicle having a gross weight in excess of 12,000 pounds; or

2. Any motor vehicle having three or more axles with a gross weight in excess of 12,000 pounds; or

3. Any motor vehicle, trailer, pole trailer, truck, tractor, truck tractor, road tractor, bus, or semi-trailer used in combination when the gross weight of the combination exceeds 26,000 pounds combined gross weight.

“Gross weight” means the scale weight of the motor vehicle, motor truck, tractor or truck tractor, plus the scale weight of any trailer, semi-trailer, converter gear, or pole trailer to be towed thereby, to which shall be added the weight of the maximum load to be carried thereon or towed thereby as determined by records of registration pursuant to RCW Title 46 or other applicable law or regulation.

B. Exceptions.

1. Notwithstanding the above restrictions, any vehicle exceeding the applicable weight limitations described above may be operated on streets or rights-of-way not described in SMC 10.12.040 for the purposes of delivering or picking up material or merchandise, or obtaining service to said vehicle, and then only by entering such street at the intersection nearest the destination of the vehicle and proceeding thereon no further than the nearest intersection thereafter. Parking of any such vehicle in any area not described in SMC 10.12.040 shall not exceed the time actually necessary to accomplish the delivery or loading of the materials or merchandise, and in no event shall such parking exceed such time unless necessary to complete repairs to such vehicle to render such vehicle immediately operable.

2. Where the vehicle is a recreational vehicle, utility trailer, travel trailer, horse trailer or boat trailer for the recreational use of the owner, and not for sale or commercial purposes, travel within and upon the streets and rights-of-way not described in SMC 10.12.040 shall be permitted; provided, however, that such vehicles and trailers shall not be parked or stored within or upon any street, right-of-way, alleyway, sidewalk or other public property, except as provided in SMC 10.08.214.

3. The restrictions in subsection (A) of this section do not apply to vehicles owned or operated by the City or any of its contractors, franchisees or permittees, nor to vehicles or equipment operated by any other municipality, governmental agency or special purpose district when operated within the course and scope of the performance of their duties or employment, or pursuant to City-sanctioned public events. [Ord. 2103 § 1, 2005; Ord. 1495 § 2, 1985.]

10.12.030 Designation of restricted street use – Signs.

The City Manager or his designee is authorized to determine and designate appropriate signage to be posted to provide additional notice as deemed necessary or appropriate of the street restrictions of this chapter. [Ord. 2103 § 1, 2005; Ord. 1495 § 2, 1985.]

10.12.040 Truck routes.

Any and all vehicles subject to the restrictions in SMC 10.12.020 shall restrict their operation and travel to the following routes or areas while in the City:

A. Beginning at Yakima Valley Highway (Highway 12) and its intersection with First Street; thence South on First Street to Zillah Avenue; southeasterly on Zillah Avenue to its intersection with Edison Avenue; thence east on Edison Avenue to Fifth Street; thence south on South Fifth Street to Harrison Avenue; thence west on Harrison Avenue to South Fourth Street; thence south on South Fourth Street to Lincoln Avenue; thence west along Lincoln Avenue to South First Street; thence south along First Street to City limits.

B. All of Yakima Valley Highway through the City.

C. Lincoln Avenue/Factory Road from First Street to the easterly City limits.

D. The City Manager may designate from time to time such temporary alternate truck routes deemed necessary or appropriate to accommodate public safety and welfare. The City Manager will cause appropriate notice to such temporary truck route to be posted and communicated to affected agencies or persons. [Ord. 2103 § 1, 2005; Ord. 1495 § 2, 1985.]

10.12.050 Certain vehicles prohibited.

No person shall operate or cause to be operated on any street, alley or right-of-way a vehicle with traction devices made of or consisting of tracks, cleats, lugs or similar devices without first having received written authorization from the City Manager or his designee. In order for such person to receive written authorization, there shall be a showing of need which cannot be reasonably met through other methods. Because of the damage to streets from using such vehicles, the authorization may be conditioned on requirements for insurance bonding, cash deposit, or other security to provide reimbursement for costs of repairs in the event of such damage. [Ord. 2103 § 1, 2005; Ord. 1660 § 1, 1989.]

10.12.060 Repair of vehicles prohibited – Exception.

No person shall make, or cause to be made, any repairs to any motor vehicle, vehicle engine, transmission, or other vehicle part, or conduct oil changes or other vehicle fluid change or maintenance, upon any street, sidewalk, right-of-way or other public property; provided, however, this prohibition shall not apply to emergency repairs necessary to make the vehicle immediately operable. [Ord. 2103 § 1, 2005; Ord. 2076 § 1, 2004.]

10.12.070 Enforcement – Penalty.

This chapter shall be enforced by any authorized law enforcement officer and/or by the Property Maintenance Facilitator. Any person violating any provision of this chapter shall be liable for a civil infraction and subject to assessment of a penalty up to $500.00 per violation. Each day of violation shall constitute a separate offense. [Ord. 2103 § 1, 2005.]