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Updates to truck regulations

Published (6/1/2010)
By Lee Ann Schutz
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Trucks, trucks transporting other trucks, truck weights and lengths are addressed in state law; however, some changes are needed to conform the state’s regulations to those of the federal government.

A new law, sponsored by Rep. Melissa Hortman (DFL-Brooklyn Park) and Sen. Rod Skoe (DFL-Clearbrook), cleans up statute that, in some cases, goes back to 1980. With the increase in truck weight and length, some permitting and fee adjustments are also needed. The changes laid out in the law could have a positive impact of $22,000 to the state’s Trunk Highway Fund.

The law, effective Aug. 1, 2010, also addresses how new trucks are hauled to dealerships. It establishes a maximum length of 97 feet for saddlemount combinations where one truck-tractor tows other truck-tractors in a series.

HF3029/ SF2846*/CH320

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