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STANDARDIZING GAUGE OF VEHICLES.

An Act to standardize the gauge of vehicles to be used on the publiu

highways of this state and to regulate the manufacture, sale and use thereof.

[Act 73, P. A. 1919.)

gauge.

The People of the State of Michigan enact: (563) SECTION 1. On and after the first day of January, Standard nineteen hundred twenty-one, the standard gauge for all vehicles to be used on the public highways of this state shall be fifty-six inches from center to center of tread and it shall thereafter be unlawful to use on any of the public highways of this state or to manufacture, sell or offer for sale, for use on any of the public highways of this state any vehicle of other than standard gauge except such vehicles as are used for extraordinary purposes. For the purposes of construing this Exceptions. act, motor trucks, moving vans, logging sleighs, with a wider draft than above standard gauge, cutters and light delivery sleighs shall be conclusively presumed to be vehicles used for extraordinary purposes : Provided, however, That nothing Proviso. in this act contained shall be construed to prohibit the use or sale of any vehicle owned in this state at the time this law goes into effect.

(564) SEC. 2. Any person, firm or corporation, violating Penalty for the provisions of this act shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction, shall be fined in the sum of not less than five dollars nor more than twenty-five dollars, or be confined in the county jail for not less than five days nor more than twenty-five days, or both such fine and imprisonment in the discretion of the court.

USE OF BICYCLES, ETC., ON SIDEWALKS.

An Act to prohibit the use of bicycles, motor cycles or other motor

vehicles, on sidewalks in unincorporated villages, or plat or plats not in any incorporated village or city.

[Act 38, P. A. 1917.)

The People of the State of Michigan enact: (565) SECTION 1. It shall be unlawful for any person or Certain use persons to operate or ride a bicycle, motor cycle or other

prohibited. motor driven vehicle upon that part of the street or highway where sidewalks have been regularly laid out and constructed for the use of pedestrians, not including cross walks, in any unincorporated village, or plat or plats, not in any incorporated village or city,

Penalty.

(566) SEC. 2. Any person or persons who shall violate the provisions of this act, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine not exceeding fifty dollars, or be confined to the county jail for a period not exceeding thirty days or both in the discretion of the court.

OPERATION OF MOTOR TRUCKS ON HIGHWAYS.

An Act to regulate the operation and use of vehicles on the highways.

[Act 132, P. A. 1917.)

Maximum weight.

Maximum wheel loads.

The People of the State of Michigan enact: (567) SECTION 1. It shall be unlawful to operate any vehicle upon the public highways of this state, the gross weight of which exceeds fifteen tons.

(568) SEC. 2. It shall be unlawful to operate any vehicle, except motor driven vehicles, upon the highways of this state, the gross weight on any wheel of which exceeds that given in the schedule under section three, this act.

(569) Sec. 3.

Schedule.

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Tire gauge.

Brakes, type (570) Sec. 4. In case a vehicle is equipped with a brakof.

ing device said brakes shall be of a friction type and not of a type that will cause a deadlock of the wheels when applied.

(571) Sec. 5. No motor trucks or trailers, hereafter operating upon the public highways of the state, shall have a gauge of more than seventy-five inches measured from center of tire to center of tire, and shall not be more than ninetysix inches wide over all nor over twelve feet six inches in

height. Metal tires on (572) SEC. 6. No motor trucks or trailers, hereafter when unlaw. operating upon the public highways of this state, shall be

equipped with driving wheels the tires of which are of metal that may come in contact with the surface of the road, or which have a partial contact of the metal with the surface

of the road, except where chains or other non-skidding devices Proviso. are used : Provided, That motor trucks or trailers may be

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used on any road or highway which are not part of the state
reward system: Provided, That should any improved high- Proviso;
way be damaged by the use of chains or other non-skidding damage.
devices, the person, company or corporation owning or operat-
ing such vehicle, shall be liable to arrest and penalties as
hereinafter provided.

(573) Sec. 7. All motor trucks or trailers, now. operat- to display ining or hereafter placed in operation, upon the public highways formation as of this state, shall have placed upon them information relative to their height of wheel, width of tire, gauge, width over all, weight and carrying capacity. This information shall be conspicuously placed upon the vehicle.

(574) Sec. 8. On the rear axle three-quarters of the Rear, laule, gross weight of a motor truck or trailer, and its respective capacity. carrying capacity, must be within the limits of the schedule of the respective diameters of wheel, size of tire, and speed per mile, as shown in the schedule under section fourteen, this act: Provided, That trailers having two wheels, at least Proviso. three-quarters of the gross weight of the trailer and its respective load shall be upon the axle of the trailer.

(575) SEC. 9. The front axle shall carry the remainder Front axle. of the weight of a motor truck or trailer and load combined, and must be within the limits of the schedule of the respective diameter of wheel, size of tire and speed per mile, as shown in the schedule for single tires, under section fourteen, this act.

(576) Sec. 10. This act shall apply to motor trucks or Busnes. trailers used as busses for carrying passengers.

(577) Sec. 11. This act shall not apply to farm imple- Implements ments or machinery used in road construction.

(578) Sec. 12. The size of tire and height of wheel shall Size of tire, be taken as that size printed upon a tire by the manufacturer.

(579) Sec. 13. When a truck is hauling a trailer, the speed bow speed shall be governed by the vehicle having the lowest mile per hour rating.

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When maxi. mum limited.

For a thirty-four-inch wheel, multiply the above maximum wheel load figures by one and one-tenth.

For a thirty-six-inch wheel, multiply the above maximum wheel load figures by one and two-tenths.

For a thirty-eight-inch wheel, multiply the above maximum wheel load figures by one and three-tenths.

For a forty-inch wheel, multiply the above maximum wheel load figures by one and four-tenths.

For a forty-two-inch wheel, multiply the above maximum wheel load figures by one and five-tenths.

For a forty-four-inch wheel, multiply the above maximum wheel load figures by one and six-tenths.

(581) SEC. 15. Whenever by reason of the thawing of frost, or rains, the roads are in soft condition, the maximum carrying capacity of tires on all vehicles shall be limited to one-half the carrying capacity of tires as provided in this act.

(582) SEC. 16. Any person, firm or corporation which moves, or causes to be moved any vehicle over or along the public highways contrary to the provisions of this act, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof before a justice of the peace or other court having competent jurisdiction, shall be subject, for each offense, to a fine of not less than five dollars nor more than fifty dollars, or imprisonment in the county jail for not to exceed thirty days, or both such fine and imprisonment at the discretion of the court: Provided, That the provisions of this act shall not apply to the moving of any vehicle, for which a permit has been

Misdemeanor, what deemed.

Proviso, permits.

granted by the highway officials having jurisdiction. Any permit so given shall state all conditions thereto, shall be in writing, and shall have effect not longer than thirty days from the date when issued.

(583) Sec. 17. It shall be the duty of the sheriff of each Deputy county to cause to be made as his deputies all county, dis- power of. trict and township highway commissioners, and others where necessary, and these deputies shall have power to arrest on sight or upon a warrant any person having violated any provisions of this act. Any such deputy who shall wilfully disregard enforcing the provisions of this act shall be guilty of neglect of duty. (584) SEC. 18. This act shall not apply to public high- Wherea

applicable. ways in cities or villages, except as to state rewarded roads.

REGULATION OF TRAILERS.

An Act to regulate the hauling of trailers upon the public highways of

this state by or with any motor truck or other motor propelled vehicle, and to provide a penalty for the violation hereof.

[Act 8, (ex. sess.), P. A. 1919.)

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The People of the State of Michigan enact: (585) SECTION 1. It is hereby declared to be unlawful to Non-complihaul any trailer or trailers by or with any motor truck, or ful. other motor propelled vehicle, on any of the public highways of this state, except in compliance with the provisions of this act. In no case shall any trailer carrying a load in excess Certain loads

probibited. of that provided in act one hundred thirty-two of the public acts of nineteen hundred seventeen, be so hauled on any such highway; nor shall any person haul, or cause to be hauled, imit trailers, by or with any motor truck, or other motor propelled vehicle, more than two trailers. In any case the aggregate length Aggregate of the propelling truck, or other vehicle, and the trailers as width. loaded, shall not exceed sixty feet; nor shall the width of the load carried by any such trailer exceed eight feet and six inches: Provided, That with the permission in writing of the proviso,

poles. highway commissioner of the township, or the public highway officials of the city or village, poles having a greater length than sixty feet, may be hauled on trailers, subject to such reasonable conditions as such commissioner or municipal authorities may prescribe.

(586) SEC. 2. All trailers hauled by or with any motor Coupling truck, or other motor propelled vehicle, must be so attached to such truck or vehicle, and to each other if more than one trailer is hauled, with such form of coupling device as will prevent such trailer or trailers from being deflected more than

devices.

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