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Truck-Weight Education Program

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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 and tire size, makes a difference.

Dates, Locations, and Registration

This workshop is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (registration begins at 8:30 a.m.) at the specified location on each of the dates listed below.

Topics Covered

  • An update of road weight limits and differences between the state and local systems
  • Laws governing gross weights, axle weights, tire weights, road-restriction weights, and seasonally increased (winter and harvest) weights
  • Road damage issues: how overweight trucks cost us all
  • Overweight truck issues go beyond just gross and axle weights
  • Classroom exercises to help you identify concerns in your own trucks
  • What's different between axle spacing? Do I have the right tires for the weight?
  • Issues to consider when purchasing a new truck, or altering a current truck
  • Professional, easy-to-understand "take-home" materials to assist you with your own configurations and options

Who Should Attend

Trucking entities who want to load to the maximum legal weight possible. Scale operators, farm truck owners and operators, aggregate haulers, truck manufacturers who configure truck axles and tires, township and county authorities who influence truck route weights, any company representative who influences the purchase or alteration of new trucks, out-of-state companies who need to understand and comply with Minnesota's legal weight limits, and truck driving students.

Please Note: This is not a “permitting” class for those who haul over-dimensional or overweight equipment that requires an oversize permit from either the state or county agencies. The class does cover the permit requirement for harvest and timber commodities and the 10 percent winter-load-increase (WLI) permit for trucks operating on Interstate highways.

Course Instructors

This program will be presented by the Alexandria Technical and Community College. Instructors include:

  • Greg Hayes, Program Developer, Coordinator, and Instructor
  • Paul Robischon, Instructor
  • Keith Williamson, Instructor

The course was developed by Greg Hayes in 2001 to help anyone understand the technical criteria of the truck weight laws in Minnesota. Greg’s career in law enforcement was continually focused on the truck weight issues and the need to work with the industry to share the knowledge necessary to get the most possible legal weight from various truck configurations.

Credit

Informational Contact

For questions regarding course content, please contact course instructor Greg Hayes at 218-684-1764 or GAHayes@gmail.com.

Sponsors

This program is funded by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), in cooperation with Alexandria Technical College and the University of Minnesota. Facilitated by the College of Continuing Education, University of Minnesota.

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