Minnesota Truck-Weight Education Program
About the Program
Each year, truck traffic is increasing in Minnesota. Recent legislation has changed some long-standing truck-weight laws, allowing some commodities additional weights. With proper vehicle configurations and, when needed, permits, gross weights can increase beyond the normal 80,000 pounds. Understanding the terms and conditions of these statutes are important.
The statewide training of the Minnesota Truck-Weight Education Program addresses issues and concerns of the industry and all levels of road authority regarding truck-weight issues. The training provides information that explains the road weight regulations during various times of the year, including the winter load increase (WLI) and spring load restrictions (SLR). The program promotes voluntary compliance to reduce damage to public roads and highways from overweight vehicles. Its goal is to provide voluntary compliance by helping attendees understand all options and regulations, which may, in some cases, allow additional legal weight by understanding the benefits of a properly configured vehicle. How you configure your truck, with proper axle spacing and tires size, makes a difference.
- A clickable, county-level Minnesota state map for finding basic county-level truck weight information, including restrictions for bridges and seasonal loads
- A schedule for upcoming Minnesota Truck-Weight Compliance Training workshops
- Links to key resources for state and national information on load restrictions, permits, and regulations
- Sample truck-weight calculations
- Training videos Roads and Loads: Finding a Balance and How Heavy Is Too Heavy
- Minnesota educational presentation (1.30 MB PDF) to safeguard public roadways through voluntary vehicle weight compliance
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.
- Tom J. Nelson, Training Coordinator and Instructor
- Paul Robischon, Instructor
- Keith Williamson, Instructor
If you have taken the training and have statute or configuration questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for technical support.