Minnesota Truck-Weight Education Program
About the Program
Each year, truck traffic increases in Minnesota. The Truck-Weight Education Program promotes voluntary compliance to reduce damage to public roads and highways from overweight vehicles. The program’s goal is to provide information and explanations to attendees on hauling the greatest legal weight without violating truck-weight laws, making transportation of heavy trucks legal and safe and extending road infrastructure.
The program also addresses issues and concerns from state, county, city, and township transportation authorities regarding truck weight. Information is provided that explains road weight regulations during various times of the year, including the winter load increase and spring load restrictions.
What started as a class to help the trucking industry understand regulations and truck configurations has become a resource to all levels of government, industry, trade associations, and other stakeholders. As truck-weight laws continue to change, so do the options for legal weight distribution, and the program is valued as a trusted resource on this topic for all of Minnesota and beyond.
- Free statewide truck-weight workshops for industry and state and local agencies
- Truck-weight workshops for law enforcement
- A clickable, county-level Minnesota state map for finding basic county-level truck weight information, including restrictions for bridges and seasonal loads
- An online truck-weight calculator and other tools and resources on load restrictions, permits, and regulations
- Training and informational videos
- Technical assistance with law interpretation, configurations, and best practices
- Customized presentations for various events and conferences
The resources found here may be especially useful to industry haulers, truck manufacturers, equipment suppliers, vendors, scale operators, farm truck owners and operators, local road (city, county, and township) authorities, freight system planners and routers, safety coordinators, driving instructors, new truck dealers, mechanics, truck driving students, and out-of-state companies bound by Minnesota’s legal weight limits.
- Tom J. Nelson, Technical Program Manager and Instructor, 320-828-1809, email@example.com
- Paul Robischon, Instructor/Portable Scale Weighing
If you have taken the training and have statute or configuration questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for technical support.
The Truck-Weight Education Program was developed by Greg A. Hayes to help anyone understand the technical criteria of the truck-weight laws in Minnesota. Greg’s career in law enforcement continually focused on truck-weight issues and the need to work with the industry to share the knowledge necessary to get the greatest possible legal weight from various truck configurations. He works with bordering states and provinces on weight-related issues, stays current with all truck-weight laws, and serves on committees to develop new tools such as the Truck-Weight Calculator and the Unified Permitting Process. He currently works with road authorities, enforcement, and industry to gain mutual understanding of the very technical truck-weight laws.
The program is funded by the Minnesota Department of Transportation and administered by the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota.