Each year, truck traffic is increasing in Minnesota. Recently new legislation has changed some long standing truck weight laws. Additional gross weights are possible for several commodities providing the trucks are configured correctly and the additional weight is authorized by the regulating road authority. The Minnesota Truck Weight Education Program, funded through 2016, addresses concerns from state, county, city, and township transportation authorities regarding damage from heavy trucks. Explanations are provided which explain road weights during various times of the year including the winter load increase and spring load restrictions. The program promotes voluntary compliance to reduce damage to public roads and highways from overweight vehicles. The goal is to provide information and explanations to attendees on how to haul the most legal weight, without violating the truck weight laws. How you configure your truck, with proper axle spacing, tire size makes a difference.
The resources found here may be especially useful to trucking entities, scale operators, farm truck owners and operators, aggregate haulers, truck manufacturers, township and county authorities, new truck dealers, out-of-state companies bound by Minnesota’s legal weight limits, and truck driving students.
Greg Hayes is a retired state patrol regional supervisor, focused on truck weight enforcement and education. He worked with bordering states and provinces on weight-related issues and has been the the developer and coordinator of the Minnesota Statewide Truck-Weight Education Program since 2001. He currently works with road authorities, enforcement, and industry to gain mutual understanding of the very technical truck weight laws. For questions about the program or course content, please contact Greg at 218-684-1764 or GAHayes@gmail.com.
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