The Code of the City of Prairie Village specifically designates certain routes within the City as truck routes in order to keep commercial vehicles on streets in neighborhoods that can better accommodate this type of traffic. Typically, these are four-lane thoroughfares (although some two lane roads are also included) leading to and from the business districts. Article 7 "Local Traffic Regulations" of Chapter XI "Public Offenses and Traffic" defines the type of vehicles affected by this ordinance and the designated routes. Below is a summary of the ordinance with some examples of the different types of vehicles referenced. A full version is available for download here (PDF).
Truck Traffic Definitions
(Images are provided as examples, and are not all inclusive)
“Bus” shall mean a motor vehicle designed or used to carry 10 or more passengers, other than vehicles commonly referred to as passenger vans, full size vans or minivans.
“Commercial vehicle” shall mean any motor vehicle other than bus or a passenger vehicle (as each is defined in this article) or a recreational vehicle (as defined in Section 11-1501 of Article 15 of this Chapter).
“Passenger vehicle” means a motor vehicle designed primarily for the transportation of people as opposed to equipment, freight or other vehicles, and sold primarily to individuals for personal use, and includes cars, except as excluded below, vehicles commonly referred to as passenger vans, full size vans or minivans (whether or not seats have been removed to allow the carrying of cargo), and, except as excluded below, vehicles commonly referred to as pickup trucks.
A motor vehicle shall not be excluded from the definition of “passenger vehicle” (a) because such vehicle is carrying items commonly found in residential areas, such as ladders, saw horses, or building materials, or (b) because accessories, such as racks, storage boxes or shells have been added to the vehicle, provided that the original exterior walls of the vehicle remain intact.
The following vehicles are excluded from the term “passenger vehicle” (images below are examples and not completely inclusive):
- Pickup trucks that do not have the traditional pickup bed and side walls;
- Vans that have extended height or width and are primarily designed to carry cargo instead of passengers;
- Vehicles with aerial buckets or platforms (e.g. "cherry pickers"), welding equipment, mechanical lifts or arms designed to assist in loading and unloading freight; and
- Vehicles commonly referred to as step vans, box vans, flatbed trucks, buses, as defined in this article, semi-tractors and trailers, former military vehicles, cement mixers, construction equipment, and any vehicle with dual rear axles.
“Truck” means any bus or commercial vehicle as defined in this article.
Truck Traffic Regulation & Map
No truck as defined in this article (except those owned and/or operated by the City, emergency vehicles, or those operated by public utilities and engaged in repair, maintenance or construction of utilities, and buses picking up and dropping off passengers in residential areas) shall be allowed to enter upon any of the streets of the city except the following named streets:
(a) 75th Street;
(b) 95th Street;
(c) Nall Avenue;
(d) State Line, from 75th Street to 79th Street;
(e) Mission Road from Tomahawk to 95th Street;
provided, that at the time of any alleged violation of these restrictions, there shall be posted upon the streets of the city, signs indicating streets which allow truck traffic. Trucks delivering or receiving goods or merchandise to or from any house or premises within the city shall be permitted to enter thereon while delivering the goods or merchandise, provided that the trucks travel as close to their destination point as is reasonably possible on the closest designated truck route, then from that truck route using the most direct route to the point of pick up or delivery and shall return to the nearest designated truck route after the delivery as is reasonably possible.