Ask a Trooper: When to enter a weigh station
ASK A TROOPER” by Sgt. Jesse Grabow of the Minnesota State Patrol
Question: I was wondering who is required to stop at weigh stations. Next month I will be taking a trip up north pulling a 20 foot trailer, fully loaded with my ATVs on it. My truck is a 2004 F350 dually crew cab – long box. I was wondering if I’m required to pull through or not when coming upon a weigh station.
Answer: In Minnesota the signs on the roadway say “all trucks over 10,000 lbs. must enter when open.” By law, you must enter Minnesota weigh stations when they’re open with the vehicles you described as I would say that would be over 10,000 lbs. Also as mentioned in this situation that most of the Commercial Motor Vehicle requirements (log books, health cards, etc.) would likely not apply since it’s for “personal use.” A good reminder that every driver is responsible for securing their entire load/cargo.
The State Patrol is the sole agency having statewide jurisdiction in vehicle size and weight enforcement. The Commercial Vehicle Section staffs highway weigh stations at Erskine, Lakeland, Moorhead, Ramsey, Saginaw, and Worthington. In addition, all commercial vehicle enforcement personnel carry low profile portable scales for roadside weighing statewide.
A portion of state statutes were used with permission from the Office of the Revisor of Statutes. If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota, send your questions to Trp. Jesse Grabow – Minnesota State Patrol at 1000 Highway 10 West, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501-2205. You can follow him on Twitter @MSPPIO_NW or reach him at [email protected].