The world of trucking is complicated, with various classifications and names for different types of trucks. Here’s what you need to know.
What are Heavy Trucks?
- A heavy truck is a vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of more than 10,000 pounds.
- Heavy trucks are also known as Class 8 vehicles.
Standard Classifications of Heavy-Duty Trucks
When it comes to the classification of heavy-duty trucks, there are several different standards that you need to be aware of.
The first type of classification is HV or Heavy-Duty Trucks, which refers to trucks with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) exceeding 26,000 pounds.
The second standard is Class 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8. This classification system was developed as an alternative to HV and is based on the number of axles on your vehicle instead of its GVWR. For example, if you have two axles with single tires each and a weight capacity of more than 10 tons per axle, this would put your vehicle into Class 8 and not HV nor any other classifications mentioned here so far!
Safety Standards of Heavy-Duty Trucks
To be a truck driver, you need to know about and follow the safety standards for heavy-duty trucks. Safety standards vary depending on the type of truck being driven. For example, a tractor-trailer may have different safety features than an interstate bus. The vehicle must also meet certain requirements before being used as a commercial vehicle, such as having air brakes and enough seat belts for everyone who rides in the cab.
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