October Workshops: Truck-Weight Education Training

September 1, 2021

This training promotes voluntary compliance to reduce damage to public roads and highways from overweight vehicles. Its goal is to teach participants how to haul the most legal weight without violating truck-weight laws.

Attendees learn about road-weight regulations 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 training is updated frequently to reflect changes in truck-weight legislation.


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.

·        October 6, 2021—Olmsted County Public Works and Environmental Resources, 2122 Campus Drive SE, Suite 200, Rochester, MN 55904

·        October 7, 2021—City of Mankato Public Works, 501 S Victory Drive, Mankato, MN 56001

·        October 13, 2021—Grand Rapids Public Utilities Commission, 500 SE 4th Street, Grand Rapids, MN 55744

·        October 14, 2021—Becker County Courthouse, 913 Lake Avenue, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

·        October 20, 2021—Sherburne County, 138880 Business Center Drive NW, Suite 100, Elk River, MN 55330

We also offer on-site, on-demand training for organizations with 15 or more employees that would like to attend. Visit the workshop web page for more information.


·        Register

·        Registration contact: Kaydee Kirk, kkirk@umn.edu or 612-626-5854

·        Cost: There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Coffee breaks and program materials will be provided.

·        Please note: There is a limit of 25 students per class. Registration of more than three members from the same company requires instructor approval. Please call Tom Nelson, training coordinator, at 320-828-1809.


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.


·        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

·        Introduction and demonstration of the new Minnesota truck-weight calculator, an online resource to help training attendees determine weights based on vehicle configuration


·        Tom J. Nelson, Training Coordinator and Instructor

·        Paul Robischon, Instructor


1.0 Roads Scholar Program Maintenance Certificate credit, and 6.0 PDHs. See the workshop web page for more details.


This program is funded by the Minnesota Department of Transportation and administered by the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota.

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