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Motor truck and trailer to be marked, how.

braking device required to be used on any vehicle shall not be such as will cause a deadlock of the wheels when applied.

SEC. 5. Every motor truck and trailer which shall be operated upon the public highways shall have printed on each side in letters and numerals at least one inch in height, the following information: Weight of vehicle

pounds. Rated carrying capacity..

pounds.

Rated carrying capacity, how determined, etc.

The rated carrying capacity for which a motor truck or trailer shall be registered, may in the discretion of the board, be determined at a weight in excess of the weight for which such motor truck or trailer is required to be registered under the provisions of section 8 of chapter 98 of the general laws, and whenever the rated carrying capacity of any vehicle is determined under the authority of this section, such rated carrying capacity shall be used in computing the registration fee to be paid for such vehicle. No motor truck or trailer shall transport upon or over the public highways a load in excess of the rated carrying capacity for which such motor truck or trailer shall be registered by the board.

SEC. 6. Every vehicle while upon the public highways having a load any part of which load projects four feet or more beyond the outside length of such vehicle shall, during the period from one-half hour before sunrise until one-half after sunset, have displayed at the outside extremity of such load a red flag which shall be not less than twelve inches in its shortest dimension, and during the period from onehalf hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise a red light, said flag or light to be so placed that they shall display to the unobstructed view of the opera

Red flag or red light to be carried, when.

tors or drivers of approaching vehicles said overhanging load.

SEC. 7. No motor vehicle shall draw or propel Trailers. upon the public highways more than two trailers, and the total length of such drawing or propelling motor vehicle and trailers shall not exceed eighty-five feet. Trailers shall be attached to the drawing or propelling motor vehicle and to each other by a coupling device which shall prevent their deviation from the track of the propelling or drawing motor vehicle by more than six inches measured horizontally, except at sharp curves. In addition to said coupling devices, the said trailers shall be connected to the drawing or propelling motor vehicle and to each other by safety chains which shall be capable of holding the loads being carried in the event of breaking of the coupling devices. No motor vehicle shall draw or propel one trailer at a rate of speed in excess of fifteen miles per hour, and no motor vehicle shall draw or propel two trailers at a rate of speed in excess of ten miles per hour.

SEC. 8. Notwithstanding anything in this act Speed limit of otherwise prescribed, the speeds of motor trucks and and trailers. trailers shall not exceed the rates of speeds as given in the following table:

motor

Gross weight of vehicle and load.

Pneumatic tires

on all wheelsmiles per hour.

Wheels equipped

with solid rub-
ber tires-miles
per hour.

Wheels equipped
with steel tires

miles per
hour.

25

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25

20

12

4,000 pounds or less
More than 4,000 but not

than 6,000
pounds...
More than 6,000 but not

more than 13,500

pounds.. More than 13,500 pounds

25
20

20
15

10
6

Motor truck
to be equipped
with mirror.

Damage to þighway or bridge, how recoverable.

Nothing contained in this section, however, shall be construed to permit the operation of motor trucks in excess of the speed limits provided for in section 16 of chapter 98 of the general laws.

SEC. 9. Every motor truck shall be equipped with a mirror or reflector attached to and so located and adjusted on such motor truck as to give the operator thereof a clear reflected view of the highway directly to the rear on a line parallel to the side of the body of such motor truck.

SEC. 10. Any damage which may occur to any public highway or bridge by reason of the violation of any provision of this act shall be recoverable to its full amount from the owner of the vehicle involved, and the attorney general on behalf of the state, and the proper legal officer on behalf of any city or town, shall bring such civil action or actions against the owner of the vehicle involved as may be necessary to recover to said state or said city or town the cost of repairing such damage.

SEC. 11. Any proper officer shall have power to challenge the amount of load carried upon any vehicle, may demand information concerning the same, may take measurements of any vehicle and load, and may compel the person in charge of such vehicle and load to proceed to the nearest available scales capable of weighing such load, as said officer may direct, for the purpose of having said vehicle and load weighed, and said vehicle may be weighed by said officer or any public weigher, and said officer shall have power to enforce any provision of any permit issued under section 3 of this act.

SEC. 12. Any person who shall operate a vehicle contrary to any provision of this act, or who shall otherwise violate any provision of this act or any provision of any permit issued under section 3 of this

Amount of load carried may be challenged, how.

Penalties.

for fines and

to be paid and

act or who shall refuse to give information to a proper officer, or who shall refuse or neglect to comply with any proper order of such officer, shall be punishable by a fine of not more than one hundred dollars or imprisonment for not more than thirty days or by both such fine and imprisonment.

SEC. 13. All sums collected under the provisions $ums collected of this act for fines and damages, except damages damages, how obtained in behalf of any city or town, shall be paid applied. into the general treasury of the state, and all such sums are hereby appropriated to be expended by the board for the repair and maintenance of state roads, highways and bridges, and the state auditor is authorized and directed to draw his order upon the general treasurer for the payment of such sums so appropriated upon receipt by him of vouchers signed by the chairman and secretary of the board.

SEC. 14. No city or town shall have power to City or town make any ordinance, by-law, or resolution respecting Ordinances, the sizes and weights of loads carried upon any to weights of vehicle and the speeds at which said loads may be transported, and no ordinance, by-law, or resolution heretofore or hereafter made by any city or town in respect to the sizes and weights of loads carried upon any vehicle or the speeds at which such loads shall be transported shall have any force or effect; provided however, that city and town councils of the several City protowing cities and towns may prohibit the use of motor trucks trucks or or trailers on such public highways in their respective cities or towns, other than state highways and main highways leading from town to town, as they shall designate by conspicuous signs placed on such highways.

SEC. 15. The board shall have power to prohibit roads may the use of motor trucks or trailers on such state motor trucks highways as it shall designate by conspicuous signs where.

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placed upon such highways, at such seasons as it
shall deem necessary, or may limit the weights to be
transported over such highways at its discretion.
SEC. 16. This act shall take effect upon

its

passage and sections 31 to 38 inclusive of chapter 98 of the general laws, and all other acts and parts of acts inconsistent herewith are hereby repealed.

CHAPTER 444.

(2329)

H 733 A
Approved
May 14, 1923.

AN ACT IMPOSING AN ADDITIONAL TAX FOR THE PUR

POSE OF PROVIDING FUNDS FOR STATE HIGHWAYS
AND ASSENTING TO THE PROVISIONS OF THE
“FEDERAL HIGHWAY ACT AND MAKING AN APPRO-
PRIATION THEREOF.

Additional state tax of three cents on

assessed and collected for the year 1924.

It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:

SECTION 1. In addition to any other state taxes each stot to be that are or may be authorized to be assessed and

collected, a tax of three cents on each one hundred dollars of the ratable property of the several towns, as such ratable property is fixed and determined by sections 1 and 2 of chapter 37 of the general laws, entitled “Of the revenue of the state,” shall be assessed, collected and paid by the several towns to the general treasurer for and during the year 1924, one-half thereof on or before the fifteenth day of April, A. D. 1924, and one-half thereof on or before the fifteenth day of October, A. D. 1924; such tax to be assessed and collected in the same manner as other state taxes are assessed and collected by the several towns.

SEC. 2. In addition to any other state taxes that are or may be authorized to be assessed and collected,

Also for the year 1925.

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