These workshops teach attendees how to haul the most legal weight without violating truck-weight laws. The workshops explain road weights during various times of the year, including the winter load increase and spring load restrictions. How trucks are configured — with proper axle spacing and tire size — makes a difference.  

Professional, easy-to-understand take-home materials to assist you with your own configurations and options will be provided. The program is updated as needed to reflect changes in truck-weight legislation.

Dates & Locations

This workshop is scheduled from 9:00 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.

  • September 27, 2018—MnDOT District 2, 3920 Highway 2 West, Bemidji, MN 56601
  • October 3, 2018—MnDOT District 6 West, 1010 21st Avenue NW, Owatonna, MN 55060
  • October 4, 2018—MnDOT District 3, 3725 12th Street North, St. Cloud, MN 56303 [FULL]


  • Register online
  • Registration contact: or 612-625-2900 (fax: 612-624-5359)
  • Cost: There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Coffee breaks and program materials will be provided.
  • Please note: Registration of more than three members from the same company requires instructor approval.
  • Cancellation policy: Due to high demand, we ask that you contact our office as soon as possible if you will be unable to attend so others on the waiting list will have an opportunity to attend. Please email (include name and class date) or call 612-625-2900.

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.

Topics Covered

  • 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 gross and axle weights
  • Classroom exercises to help you identify concerns in your own trucks
  • What’s different in axle spacing? Do I have the right tires for the weight?
  • Issues to consider when purchasing a new truck or altering a current truck

Course Instructors

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

  • Greg Hayes, Program Development and Support
  • Tom J. Nelson, Training Coordinator and Instructor
  • Paul Robischon, Instructor
  • Keith Williamson, Instructor

This educational course was developed by Greg A. Hayes in 2001 to help anyone understand the technical criteria of the truck weight laws in Minnesota. For questions regarding course content, please contact course instructor Greg Hayes at 218-684-1764 or


Informational Contact

For questions regarding course content, please contact course instructor Greg Hayes at 218-684-1764 or


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.