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169.824 GROSS WEIGHT SCHEDULE.

Subdivision 1.Table of axle weight limits.

(a) No vehicle or combination of vehicles equipped with pneumatic tires shall be operated upon the highways of this state where the total gross weight on any group of two or more consecutive axles of any vehicle or combination of vehicles exceeds that given in the following table for the distance between the centers of the first and last axles of any group of two or more consecutive axles under consideration; unless otherwise noted, the distance between axles being measured longitudinally to the nearest even foot, and when the measurement is a fraction of exactly one-half foot the next largest whole number in feet shall be used, except that when the distance between axles is more than three feet four inches and less than three feet six inches the distance of four feet shall be used:

Maximum gross weight in pounds on a group of
2 3 4
Distances in feet between centers of foremost and rearmost axles of a group consecutive axles of a 2-axle vehicle or of any vehicle or combination of vehicles having a total of 2 or more axles consecutive axles of a 3-axle vehicle or of any vehicle or combination of vehicles having a total of 3 or more axles consecutive axles of a 4-axle vehicle or any combination of vehicles having a total of 4 or more axles
4 34,000
5 34,000
6 34,000
7 34,000 37,000
8 34,000 38,500
8 plus 34,000 42,000
(38,000)
9 35,000 43,000
(39,000)
10 36,000 43,500 49,000
(40,000)
11 36,000 44,500 49,500
12 45,000 50,000
13 46,000 51,000
14 46,500 51,500
15 47,500 52,000
16 48,000 53,000
17 49,000 53,500
18 49,500 54,000
19 50,500 55,000
20 51,000 55,500
21 52,000 56,000
22 52,500 57,000
23 53,500 57,500
24 54,000 58,000
25 (55,000) 59,000
26 (55,500) 59,500
27 (56,500) 60,000
28 (57,000) 61,000
29 (58,000) 61,500
30 (58,500) 62,000
31 (59,500) 63,000
32 (60,000) 63,500
33 64,000
34 65,000
35 65,500
36 66,000
37 67,000
38 67,500
39 68,000
40 69,000
41 69,500
42 70,000
43 71,000
44 71,500
45 72,000
46 72,500
47 (73,500)
48 (74,000)
49 (74,500)
50 (75,500)
51 (76,000)

The maximum gross weight on a group of three consecutive axles where the distance between centers of foremost and rearmost axles is listed as seven feet or eight feet applies only to vehicles manufactured before August 1, 1991.

"8 plus" refers to any distance greater than eight feet but less than nine feet.

Maximum gross weight in pounds on a group of
5 6 7
Distances in feet between centers of foremost and rearmost axles of a group consecutive axles of a 5-axle vehicle or any combination of vehicles having a total of 5 or more axles consecutive axles of a combination of vehicles having a total of 6 or more axles consecutive axles of a combination of vehicles having a total of 7 or more axles
14 57,000
15 57,500
16 58,000
17 59,000
18 59,500
19 60,000
20 60,500 66,000 72,000
21 61,500 67,000 72,500
22 62,000 67,500 73,000
23 62,500 68,000 73,500
24 63,000 68,500 74,000
25 64,000 69,000 75,000
26 64,500 70,000 75,500
27 65,000 70,500 76,000
28 65,500 71,000 76,500
29 66,500 71,500 77,000
30 67,000 72,000 77,500
31 67,500 73,000 78,500
32 68,000 73,500 79,000
33 69,000 74,000 79,500
34 69,500 74,500 80,000
35 70,000 75,000
36 70,500 76,000
37 71,500 76,500
38 72,000 77,000
39 72,500 77,500
40 73,000 78,000
41 (74,000) 79,000
42 (74,500) 79,500
43 (75,000) 80,000
44 (75,500)
45 (76,500)
46 (77,000)
47 (77,500)
48 (78,000)
49 (79,000)
50 (79,500)
51 (80,000)

The gross weights shown in parentheses in this table are permitted only on state trunk highways and routes designated under section 169.832, subdivision 11.

(b) Notwithstanding any lesser weight in pounds shown in this table but subject to the restrictions on gross vehicle weights in subdivision 2, paragraph (a), two consecutive sets of tandem axles may carry a gross load of 34,000 pounds each and a combined gross load of 68,000 pounds provided the overall distance between the first and last axles of the consecutive sets of tandem axles is 36 feet or more.

Subd. 2.Gross vehicle weight of all axles; credit for idle reduction technology.

(a) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 169.85, the gross vehicle weight of all axles of a vehicle or combination of vehicles must not exceed:

(1) 80,000 pounds for any vehicle or combination of vehicles on all (i) trunk highways as defined in section 160.02, subdivision 29, (ii) routes designated under section 169.832, subdivision 11, and (iii) paved nine-ton routes;

(2) 88,000 pounds for any vehicle or combination of vehicles with six or more axles while exclusively engaged in hauling livestock on all state trunk highways other than interstate highways, if the vehicle has a permit under section 169.86, subdivision 5, paragraph (k); and

(3) 73,280 pounds for any vehicle or combination of vehicles with five axles or less on all routes, other than routes identified in clause (1).

(b) Notwithstanding the maximum weight provisions of this section and section 169.85, and in order to promote the reduction of fuel use and emissions because of engine idling, the maximum gross vehicle weight limits and the axle weight limits for any motor vehicle subject to sections 169.80 to 169.88 and equipped with idle reduction technology must be increased by the amount of weight necessary to compensate for the weight of the idle reduction technology, not to exceed 400 pounds. At the request of an authorized representative of the Department of Transportation or the Department of Public Safety, the vehicle operator shall provide proof that the vehicle is equipped with this technology through documentation or demonstration.