A class 6 truck is a medium-duty truck as classified by the Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration. Pages in category "Class 6 truck" The following 8 pages are in this category, out of 8 total.
The Class 8 truck gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) is a vehicle with a GVWR exceeding 33 000 lb (14 969 kg). These include tractor trailer tractors, single-unit dump trucks of a GVWR over 33,000 lb, as well as non-commercial chassis fire trucks; such trucks typically have 3 or more axles.
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Class 6 – GVWR ranges from 19,501 to 26,000 pounds (8,846 to 11,793 kg) Class 7 – GVWR ranges from 26,001 to 33,000 pounds (11,794 to 14,969 kg) Class 8 – GVWR is anything above 33,000 pounds (14,969 kg) Examples of commercial vehicles. Truck. Box truck (also known as a straight truck) Semi-trailer truck (articulated lorry) Van; Bus ...
This category page lists the classifications of trucks in the United States.Trucks are classed by the vehicle's gross vehicle weight. Subcategories. This category has the following 7 subcategories, out of 7 total.
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In the United States, commercial truck classification is determined based on the vehicle's gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR). The classes range from 1–8. Trucks are also classified more broadly by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), which groups classes 1–2 as light duty, 3–6 as medium duty, and 7–8 as heavy duty; a commercial driver's license (CDL) is generally required to operate heavy duty trucks. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a separate system of emissions classifications for trucks. The United States Census Bureaualso assigned classifications in its now-discontinued Vehicle Inventory and Use Survey (VIUS) (formerly Truck Inventory and Use Survey (TIUS)).
Vehicle classifications vary among provinces in Canada, due to "differences in size and weight regulations, economic activity, physical environment, and other issues".:3 While several provinces use their own classification schemes for traffic monitoring, Manitoba, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan have adopted the 13-class system from the United States' Federal Highway Administration—sometimes with modifications, or in Ontario's case, for limited purposes.:3–4[needs update] British Columbia and Ontario also distinguish between short- and long-combination trucks.:3–4[needs update] In accident reporting, eight jurisdictions subdivide trucks by GVWR into light and heavy classes at approximately 4500 kg (9921 lb).:6
Vehicle categories on a European driving licence include (among others) B for general motor vehicles, C for large goods vehicles, Dfor large passenger vehicles (buses), and are limited by the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating and number of passenger seats. The general categories are further divided as follows: 1. appending the number 1to the licence class C or D denotes the "light" versions of said class (e.g., Minibus, or medium truck). 2. appending the letter Eallows for trailers of larger Gross Trailer Weight Rating (GTWR) than permitted by the standard licence category. For the "trailer" categories, a separate driving test is generally required (e.g., "C", and "CE" require separate tests). The classifications used on the International Driving Permitare similar to the European model. The licence categories that deal with trucks are B and C:Class 1 Light duty Toyota TacomaClass 2 2001 Ford Excursion 4×4 (GVWR: 8,600 pounds (3.9 t)Class 3 Ford F-350Class 4 2008 Ford F-4504×4 pick-up truck (GVWR: 14,500 pounds (6.6 t))Reducing CO2 emissions from Heavy-Duty Vehicles (European Union)
Class 6 The Class 6 truck gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) ranges from 19501–26000 lb (8846– 11793 kg). Examples of trucks in this class include the International Durastar, GMC Topkick C6500. and the Ford F-650 Heavy duty Class 7 Vehicles in Class 7 and above require a Class B license to operate in the United States. These
C Car: A 'Class C' licence covers vehicles up to 4.5 tonnes (4.4 long tons; 5.0 short tons) gross vehicle mass (GVM) GVM is the maximum recommended weight a vehicle can be when loaded. A 'Class C' Licence allows the holder to drive cars, utilities, vans, some light trucks, car-based motor tricycles, tractors and implements such as graders.
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Weight: 6,000 lbs. and lighter Examples: Ford Ranger, Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, Dodge Dakota, Toyota Tacoma These are the smallest and lightest trucks. They’re not much use for towing or hauling, but if you’re a homeowner or do-it-yourselfer, Class 1 trucks will be enough for you. SUVs and small pickup trucks fall under this category, as do some types of cargo vans and minivans.
Weight: 6,001 – 10,000 lbs. Examples: Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Chevrolet Silverado 2500, Dodge Ram 1500, Dodge Ram 2500, Ford F-150, Ford F-250, GMC Sierra 1500, Nissan Titan Full-size or half-ton pickups are usually under Class 2. Class 2 trucks can haul between 2,000 and 3,000 pounds on their beds. Sometimes, this class is split into two more categories — Class 2a and 2b. Class 2a trucks have a GVWR of 6,001 to 8,500 pounds, while Class 2b trucks have a GVWR of 8,501 to 10,000 pounds.
Weight: 10,001 – 14,000 lbs. Examples: Chevrolet Silverado 3500, Dodge Ram 3500, Ford E-350, Ford F-350, GMC Sierra 3500 If you have a heavy-duty pickup truck, chances are it’s a Class 3 truck. Class 3 trucks are often used for “work truck” jobs, “contractor truck” jobs, and the like. You can also put certain types of walk-ins, city delivery trucks, and box trucks under this category.
Weight: 14,001 – 16,000 lbs. Examples: Dodge Ram 4500, Ford E-450, Ford F-450, GMC 4500 Of the medium duty trucks, Class 4 trucks are the lightest. You can spec them as you wish by adding “chassis cabs” to convert them into makeshift ambulances, box trucks, or wreckers. Bucket trucks, certain types of city delivery trucks, and large walk-ins belong to this category.
Weight: 16,001 – 19,500 lbs. Examples: Dodge Ram 5500, Ford F-550, Freightliner M2 GMC 5500, International TerraStar The job capabilities of Class 4 and Class 5 trucks tend to overlap a bit. Aside from Class 4 jobs, Class 5 trucks can also do construction and “fleet vehicle” work. This category includes all remaining bucket trucks, large walk-ins, and city delivery trucks.
Weight: 19,501 – 26,000 lbs. Examples: Chevrolet Kodiak (GMC TopKick) C6500, Ford F-650, Freightliner M2 106, International Durastar 4300 Beverage trucks, rack trucks, single-axle trucks, and school buses are some of the vehicles that fall under Class 6. They look and feel like Class 5 vehicles, except they can tow and haul heavier loads. In fact, you can spec Class 6 trucks to work almost as well as Class 7 and 8 vehicles.
Weight: 26,001 – 33,000 lbs. Examples: Ford F-750, GMC C7500, International WorkStar, Mack Granite If you want to drive a Class 7 truck, you need a Class-B commercial driver’s license (CDL) as Class 7 drivers mostly work in heavy duty industries like construction, garbage collection, and livestock transportation. Vehicles under this category include tractors and city transit buses. To get a CDL, visit your state’s DMV, ask for a Class-B CDL application form, and get ready for a written and a...
Weight: 33,001 lbs. and heavier Examples: Tractor Trailer, 18-Wheelers Of the trucks on this list, Class 8 trucks are one of the most common. Sleeper cabs, dump trucks, truck tractors, and cement trucks are examples of Class 8 vehicles. Since Class 8 trucks are the biggest and heaviest of their kind, they require drivers to get a Class-A or Class-B CDL. Class-A CDLs are for combination vehicles like tractor-trailers, while Class-B CDLs are for non-combination vehicles. There’s a lot of consid...
- Understanding Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
- Light-Duty Trucks
- Medium-Duty Trucks
- Heavy-Duty Trucks
- Vehicle Regulations
The GVWR is a safety standard used to prevent the overloading of trucks. It's the maximum safe operating weight of a vehicle, and it includes the net weight of the vehicle itself, plus passengers, drivers, fuel, and cargo. The GVWR of a truck does not change after a manufacturer determines it for a vehicle. The vehicle manufacturer determines the GVWR by considering the combined weight of the strongest weight-bearing components, such as the axles; and the weaker components, such as the body, frame, suspension, and tires. This determines the vehicle's class, which determines the regulations that it needs to follow. In some cases, drivers may need to obtain a certain type of license before driving a vehicle.
The light-duty trucks category includes commercial truck classes 1, 2, and 3. 1. Class 1: This class of truck has a GVWR of 0–6,000 pounds or 0–2,722 kilograms. 2. Class 2: This class of truck has a GVWR of 6,001–10,000 pounds or 2,722–4,536 kilograms.1
The medium-duty trucks category includes commercial truck classes 4, 5, and 6. 1. Class 3: This class of truck has a GVWR of 10,001–14,000 pounds or 4,536–6,350 kilograms. 2. Class 4: This class of truck has a GVWR of 14,001–16,000 pounds or 6,351–7,257 kilograms. 3. Class 5: This class of truck has a GVWR of 16,001–19,500 pounds or 7,258–8,845 kilograms. 4. Class 6: This class of truck has a GVWR of 19,501–26,000 pounds or 8,846-11,793 kilograms.1
The heavy-duty trucks category includes commercial truck classes 7 and 8. Drivers of vehicles in these classes are required to have a Class B commercial driving license (CDL) to operate the vehicle.2 1. Class 7: This class of truck has a GVWR of 26,001 to 33,000 pounds or 11,794–14,969 kilograms. 2. Class 8: This class of truck has a GVWR of greater than 33,001 pounds or 14,969 kilograms and includes all tractor-trailers.1
If a vehicle has a GVWR of more than 10,001 pounds and is used for a business, including nonprofits, then it is subject to federal and state safety regulations for the safe operation of commercial motor vehicles. Vehicles over this weight are required to stop at state weigh and inspection stations, and drivers must follow regulations concerning hours of service and medical examination. A driver does not need a CDL to operate vehicles in Class 1 through Class 6, but each one with a GVWR over 10,001 pounds has to be identified with the name of the company and the USDTnumber.3 It's important to remember to always check with the U.S. Department of Transportation and your state and local transportation authorities to ensure that you are in compliance with the most recent rules, regulations, and laws. If you're operating a commercial vehicle outside of the United States, then you'll need to contact the transportation authority of the county in which you plan to operate the vehicle.