List of truck types

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This List of truck types is intended to classify trucks and to provide links to articles on the various types. The three main classifications for road truck by weight are light trucks, medium trucks, and heavy trucks. Above this there are specialised very heavy trucks and transporters such as heavy haulers for moving oversized loads, and off-road heavy haul trucks used in and mining which are too large for highway use without escorts and special permits.

In the UK, trucks (lorries) are defined by the driving licence required. Heavy Goods Vehicles is a term normally applied to vehicles greater than 7½ tonnes. Drivers who passed their car test before 1997 can drive vehicles up to 7½ tonnes (8¼ tonnes combined with trailer), whereas car drivers who passed their test on or after 1 January 1997 are limited by EU Directive 91/439/EEC to "Category B" vehicles (having a Maximum Authorised Mass of 3½ tonnes).

Small trucks[edit]

Light trucks[edit]

A pickup truck is a popular light truck

Light trucks are larger than mini trucks but smaller than medium trucks. In the US, they are defined as weighing between 00001–14000 lb (0001–6350 kg). There is no smaller classification.

Medium trucks[edit]

Ford F-650 flatbed

Medium trucks are larger than light but smaller than heavy trucks. In the US, they are defined as weighing between 14001–26000 lb (6351–11793 kg). In North America, a medium-duty truck is larger than a heavy-duty pickup truck or full-size van.Some trucks listed as medium also are made in heavy versions.

The following are not types of trucks but types of use of the trucks listed above:

Heavy trucks[edit]

Peterbilt 386 tractor, a popular tractor unit for pulling semi-trailers

Heavy trucks are heavier than medium trucks. They weigh between 26001 to over 33000 lb (11794 to over (14969 kg). There is no higher on-road classification.

Many heavy trucks listed are also made in medium duty versions:

Very heavy trucks and transporters[edit]

Haul truck
ALMA Transporter.[1]

Vehicles in this category are too large for highway use without escorts and special permits.

  • ALMA transporter is used for transportation of ALMA transporter antenae.
  • Ballast tractor, a very heavy weight power source for towing and pulling exceptional loads
  • Heavy hauler, a combination of power source and very heavy weight transporter
  • Haul truck, an exceptionally large off-road dump truck, common in mining operations

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "High and Mighty". Retrieved 8 February 2016.