The recent influx of energy-related workers to our area has obviously created an influx of motorists on the roadway. In addition, construction and oil field-related commercial vehicles have increased their presence on city streets. It is inevitable that damage to the roadways will occur. Therefore, in an effort to protect the tax payer's investment of their roadways, the department now has a full-time truck regulatory officer patrolling the city streets in search of overweight and illegal commercial motor vehicles.

The duties of a truck regulatory officer are to enforce weight and dimension violations on city streets. The officer will also take a pro-active traffic enforcement roll, with concentration on red light and speeding violations.

The City of Dickinson adopted the same ordinance for overweight vehicles put forth in the North Dakota Century Code, Chapter 39-12-05. No vehicle may operate on city roadways with a gross weight of over 105,500 lbs. There are also per-axle limits which can put a vehicle overweight. Drivers of overweight vehicles can apply for a state-issued overweight permit, which the City of Dickinson accepts. It should also be noted that as of Summer 2014, all commerical truck traffic is restricted to operating on only the truck routes within the city, except for local deliveries. Violations of this ordinance is a $100 fine. See the map below for the designated truck routes.

Truck Regulatory Officers have received specialized training in detecting overweight vehicles. If they see a violation, a traffic stop is made and the truck is weighed using portable scales. If the vehicle is found to be overweight, civil monetary penalties are assessed.

Below is the fee schedule for overweight vehicles;

Amount OverweightFine
0 to 1,000 lbs $20
1,001 to 2,000 lbs $40
2,001 to 3,000 lbs $60
3,001 to 4,000 lbs $140
4,001 to 5,000 lbs $220
5,001 to 6,000 lbs $305
6,001 to 7,000 lbs $380
7,001 to 8,000 lbs $495
8,001 to 9,000 lbs $575
9,001 to 10,000 lbs $655
10,001 to 11,000 lbs $1100
11,001 to 12,000 lbs $1200
12,001 to 13,000 lbs $1300
13,001 to 14,000 lbs $1680
14,001 to 15,000 lbs $1800
15,001 to 16,000 lbs $1920
16,001 to 17,000 lbs $2550
17,001 to 18,000 lbs $2700
18,001 to 19,000 lbs $2850
19,001 to 20,000 lbs $3000
20,001 to 21,000 lbs $4200
21,001 to 22,000 lbs $4400
22,001 to 23,000 lbs $4600
23,001 to 24,000 lbs $4800
24,001 to 25,000 lbs $5000
25,001 to 26,000 lbs $5200
26,001 to 27,000 lbs $5400
27,001 to 28,000 lbs $5600
28,001 to 29,000 lbs $5800
29,001 to 30,000 lbs $6000
An additional charge of $200 for every 1,000 lbs increase over 30,000 lbs


Below are several documents related to truck regulatory enforcement.

Dickinson Functional Use Map Layout of city streets and their functions

Truck Route Map Map of the Dickinson Bypass/Truck Route


Questions or Comments?
Comments and questions regarding Truck Regulatory can be directed to Officer Tevin Rettig-Papineau at 701-456-7759 or by Clicking Here to email.