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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 axle weight limits 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 must be 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.

Axle Weight Limits
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 any combination of vehicles having a total of 2 or
more axles
consecutive axles of a 3-axle vehicle or any 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 34,000
8 34,000 34,000
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)
52 (76,500)
53 (77,500)
54 (78,000)
55 (78,500)
56 (79,500)
57 (80,000)

(b) The maximum gross weight on a group of three consecutive axles, where the distance between centers of foremost and rearmost axles of any axle group is seven feet or eight feet, is 34,000 pounds, except for vehicles manufactured before August 1, 1991. Notwithstanding any lesser weight shown in the axle weight limits table, for vehicles manufactured before August 1, 1991:

(1) the maximum gross weight on a group of three consecutive axles, where the distance between centers of foremost and rearmost axles of any axle group is seven feet, is 37,000 pounds; and

(2) the maximum gross weight on a group of three consecutive axles, where the distance between centers of foremost and rearmost axles of any axle group is eight feet, is 38,500 pounds.

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

Axle Weight Limits (continued)
Maximum gross weight in pounds on a group of
5 6 7 8
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 6-axle vehicle or any combination of vehicles having a total of 6 or more axles consecutive axles of a 7-axle vehicle or any combination of vehicles having a total of 7 or more axles consecutive axles of an 8-axle vehicle or any combination of vehicles having a total of 8 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 (80,500) (86,000)
36 70,500 76,000 (81,000) (86,500)
37 71,500 76,500 (81,500) (87,000)
38 72,000 77,000 (82,000) (87,500)
39 72,500 77,500 (82,500) (88,500)
40 73,000 78,000 (83,500) (89,000)
41 74,000 79,000 (84,000) (89,500)
42 74,500 79,500 (84,500) (90,000)
43 75,000 80,000 (85,000) (90,500)
44 75,500 (80,500) (85,500) (91,000)
45 76,500 (81,000) (86,000) (91,500)
46 77,000 (81,500) (87,000) (92,500)
47 77,500 (82,000) (87,500) (93,000)
48 78,000 (83,000) (88,000) (93,500)
49 79,000 (83,500) (88,500) (94,000)
50 79,500 (84,000) (89,000) (94,500)
51 80,000 (84,500) (89,500) (95,000)
52 (80,500) (85,000) (90,500) (95,500)
53 (81,000) (86,000) (91,000) (96,500)
54 (81,500) (86,500) (91,500) (97,000)
55 (82,500) (87,000) (92,000) (97,500)
56 (83,000) (87,500) (92,500) (98,000)
57 (83,500) (88,000) (93,000) (98,500)
58 (84,000) (89,000) (94,000) (99,000)
59 (85,000) (89,500) (94,500) (99,500)
60 (85,500) (90,000) (95,000) (100,500)
61 (95,500) (101,000)
62 (96,000) (101,500)
63 (96,500) (102,000)
64 (97,000) (102,500)
65 (103,000)
66 (103,500)
67 (104,500)
68 (105,000)
69 (105,500)
70 (106,000)
71 (106,500)
72 (107,000)
73 (107,500)
74 (108,000)

(d) The gross weights shown without parentheses in the axle weight limits table are allowed on unpaved streets and highways, unless posted to a lesser weight under section 169.87, subdivision 1. The gross weights shown in this table, whether within or without parentheses, are allowed on paved streets and highways, unless posted to a lesser weight under section 169.87, subdivision 1. Gross weights in excess of 80,000 pounds require an overweight permit under this chapter, unless otherwise allowed under section 169.826.

(e) Notwithstanding any lesser weight shown in the axle weight limits 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.

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 streets and highways, unless posted at a lower axle weight under section 169.87, subdivision 1; and

(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 (j).

Subd. 3.Weight limit credits; idle- and emissions-reduction technology; natural gas vehicles.

(a) Notwithstanding the maximum weight provisions of this section, the maximum gross vehicle weight limits and the axle weight limits for any motor vehicle subject to sections 169.80 to 169.88 that is equipped with idle-reduction technology or emissions-reduction technology are increased by the amount of weight necessary to compensate for the weight of the idle-reduction technology or emissions-reduction technology, not to exceed 550 pounds.

(b) Notwithstanding the maximum weight provisions of this section, the maximum gross vehicle weight limits and the axle weight limits for any motor vehicle that is a natural gas vehicle and subject to sections 169.80 to 169.88 are increased by the amount of weight calculated as provided under United States Code, title 23, section 127(s), not to exceed 2,000 pounds.

(c) The weight limit increases under paragraphs (a) and (b) are cumulative.

(d) At the request of an authorized representative of the Department of Transportation or the Department of Public Safety, the vehicle operator must provide proof through documentation or demonstration that the vehicle meets the requirements of this subdivision.

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