The Minnesota Truck-Weight Education Program has provided the trucking industry with training and tools to assist in complying with Minnesota's truck-weight limits for the past 18 years. Many program workshops have been attended by various road authority and law enforcement staff who wish to become more knowledgeable in truck-weight laws and regulatory options. These attendees expressed the need for an educational class designed specifically for their needs.
This course was developed and designed to provide specialized training to enforcement and road authority regulatory staff. The course features many elements of the traditional truck-weight course as well as more specific information needed for successful prosecution of violators. It includes explanations of specific statutes governing road weight and a weighing demonstration with portable scale weighing guidance. When possible, loaded trucks of various combinations may be used in the weighing demonstration.
Recent legislation has authorized road authorities to increase load limits on roads within their highway network. This training explains the new legislation, gives statute guidance, and offers resources for dealing with options under the new legislation.
This training is conducted in partnership with the Department of Public Safety Commercial Vehicle Section to allow new law enforcement officers to meet the training requirements of state law. It also serves as a refresher course for those who want updated information since previous training sessions.
Dates & Locations
Not currently scheduled.
- 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
- What's the difference between axle weights? What are the legal tire weights?
- Classroom exercises to help identify issues and concerns with take home materials
- New legislation explaining weight increases for raw or unprocessed agricultural products, construction materials, and dairy
- A demonstration of the new truck weight calculator to assist in vehicle weight computation
Who Should Attend
Any enforcement or regulatory staff who may be asked to enforce or implement Minnesota truck-weight limits.
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.
The training is approved for POST credits through the Alexandria Technical and Community College.
- Tom Nelson, Training Coordinator, Thomas.Nelson@alextech.edu, 320-828-1809
- Tim Smith, Department of Public Safety State Patrol Commercial Vehicle District, Timothy.Smith@state.mn.us, 320-515-9443
- Greg A. Hayes, Program Development and Program Support, GAHayes@gmail.com, 218-684-1764
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 and Professional Studies, University of Minnesota.