The Free Press, Mankato, MN

February 20, 2014

Ask a Trooper: Pickups with snowplow blades

By Jacalyn Sticha
Minnesota State Patrol

— Can pickups drive with snowplow blades attached all the time? One almost nicked me when I wasdriving past on a residential road.

The snow removal blades you see attached to pickups are allowed and are not to exceed 102 inches (MSS. 169.80 Sub. 2), unless they have applied and received an annual permit. With the permit, they can go up to --- but not exceed --- 10 feet, 120 inches (MSS. 169.86 Sub. 1b), between October 1 and April 1 each year.

We all share the road with necessary vehicles of all shapes and sizes, as well as with pedestrians and bicyclist. The key is being aware of each other, and working/driving with mutual respect.