No doubt you've noticed the cold weather we've had the past two weeks or so.  While it can be uncomfortable to deal with and brings higher heating bills, there is an upside - at least to those who make their living driving truck.

December 30 brings Winter Truck Load increases for the central, south, south-east, and metro parts of Minnesota - joining the increases already in effect for the northern part of the state.  Officials with the Minnesota Department of Transportation released the increases for unrestricted highways in the area covered.

The new limits mean that vehicles will be allowed to operate up to 10% over the standard legal maximum;  however, trucks most still comply with current registration weight laws and not exceed their registered gross weight tolerances.  Operators should also check with local agencies in regards to city, county, and township routes.