Training Videos & Presentations
Minnesota Truck-Weight Education Program: Special Products Presentation (2020)
This virtual training presentation offers an overview of the most frequently requested information from the Minnesota Truck-Weight Education Program and reflects legislative changes to specific commodities. The video is not intended to replace the in-person workshops. Instead, it is a temporary resource to provide immediate information necessary to abide by current legislation related to truck-weight regulations.
Topics covered (click each link to go directly to that section of the video):
- Civil liability for excess weight
- Current road weight limits
- Damage factors
- Tires & options
- Gross vehicle weight
- Winter load increase
- Restricted axle weight limits
- Agricultural weight increases
- Unfinished forest products
- Road construction material permit
- Contact information
Truck Weight Calculator Training (2020)
This video tutorial explains how to use the Minnesota Truck Weight Calculator. The calculator provides a convenient way to determine the maximum legal weight that any set of axles on a vehicle/vehicle combination may carry on Minnesota highways. The allowable weight on a vehicle/vehicle combination may increase by either adding additional axles or by increasing the distance between axles. The formula for the calculator is a weight-to-length ratio.
Truck-Weight Education Program: Overview
An overview video of the program, from late 2016.
Roads and Loads: Finding a Balance
(Minnesota Local Road Research Board, 2006)
Roads and Loads: Finding a Balance illustrates what is gained by increasing load limits, and how present laws may not always be fair due to special exemptions. The video also examines the need to look at the economic issues caused by different weight laws. This video supports review of current weight laws and considers allowing additional weight.
How Heavy Is Too Heavy for the Roads of South Dakota
(South Dakota Department of Transportation)
How Heavy Is Too Heavy for the Roads of South Dakota provides a great example of truck-weight issues and damage done as a result of overloading. It shows heavy trucks damaging a highway, and it explains axle spacings and the number of axles used relate to weight carried on vehicles. It also dispels the rumor of driving slower during road restriction does less damage.
Minnesota educational presentation to safeguard public roadways through voluntary vehicle weight compliance.