Truck Classification Guide

commercial truck

All trucks, from a Chevy S-10, to the largest, heavy-duty trucks on the road, are classified into categories. Trucks are categorized by weight into classifications 1-9, and each grade comes with its own set of regulations and license requirements. Here’s a quick guide, from ABC Drive Train in Lancaster.

Class 1
Light truck 0 - 6,000 pounds

Class 2
Light truck 6,001 - 10,000 pounds

Class 3
Light truck 10,001 - 14,000 pounds

Class 4
Medium truck 14,001 - 16,000 pounds

Class 5
Medium truck 16,001 - 19,500 pounds

Class 6
Medium truck 19,501 - 26,000 pounds

Class 7
Heavy truck 26,001 - 33,000 pounds

Class 8
Heavy truck 33,001 pounds

Class 9
Super-heavy / special duty truck 33,001 pounds

While any truck can be a commercial truck, a special license isn’t required until a truck exceeds 26,000 pounds, loaded. Classes 7 and 8 require a CDL, and class 9 is typically reserved for large specialty trucks, for use in mining and logging operations. Trucks falling in classes 1-6 don’t require special permits; just a normal driver’s license.

Whatever size truck you drive, ABC Drive Train has you covered for all your repair and maintenance needs. From oil testing and tire replacements to diagnostics and major engine repair, our expert mechanics have the knowledge and ability necessary to keep your truck reliably on the road. Call or come by today.


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