An essential mode of transportation, lorries are large vehicles used for transporting commodities and people, usually from the warehouse to the customer or vice versa. However, different types of lorries are designed for different purposes and carrying capacities. Hence, it is crucial to select the appropriate vehicle for your transportation needs carefully.
Think One is an established commercial vehicle rental company in Singapore, and we discuss the various types of lorries and their appropriate uses in this article. Keep reading to learn more.
Goods-cum-Passenger Vehicles (GPVs)
Goods-cum-Passenger Vehicles (GPVs) are a highly versatile type of vehicle that can serve as both a mode of transportation for goods and people. With a maximum laden weight of up to 5,000kg, GPVs come in various sizes and shapes to cater to different functions. Depending on their MLW, they can either be categorised as Light Goods Vehicles (LGVs) or Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs).
It is worth noting that while lorries are the most commonly associated vehicles with the transportation of goods, vehicles such as buses, vans, and trucks can also be classified as GPVs. This is as long as they have proper seating, seat belts, and fall under the permitted maximum laden weight.
GPVs are a practical choice for transporting small quantities of goods, and can also easily accommodate larger items such as bicycles or motorcycles in the back. Additionally, their spacious interior and easy-to-access cargo area make them ideal for home relocation and office furnishing purposes.
Light Goods Vehicles (LGVs)
Light Goods Vehicles, or LGVs, are lorries that have a MLW of up to 3,500kg and designed to transport goods or carry a number of passengers with a seating capacity of 15 people. These include small vans, pickup trucks, and larger box vans that are ideal for transporting small loads such as parcels, boxes, and other goods that can fit within their carrying capacity. Easy to drive and navigate narrow streets and alleys, LGVs are fuel-efficient vehicles, making them ideal for small businesses and individuals who require transportation for goods.
Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs)
Heavy Goods Vehicles, or HGVs, are lorries that have a MLW of 3,501kg to 16,000kg. HGVs are used for transporting large and heavy loads commonly used in industries such as construction, logistics, and manufacturing. In terms of size, this is a much larger vehicle that requires a specific licence and driving skills.
When it comes to identifying Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs), their vehicle registration number typically begins with the Y prefix, similar to LGVs. However, it is important to note that the rules for entering Malaysia are stringent, and G and Y plate vehicles are only permitted entry with registered Malaysian businesses, valid insurance coverage, and approved inspections by Malaysian authorities.
The versatility of HGVs means that they can be customised to meet various commercial needs. Moving a large piece of furniture or an appliance? Consider the option of canopy truck rental services to provide adequate weather protection, allowing for a quicker relocation process. Bear in mind that parking an HGV with a maximum laden weight over 5,000kg requires a valid Vehicle Parking Certificate (VPC) to park in designated areas located away from residential spaces in Singapore.
Very Heavy Goods Vehicles (VHGVs)
Very Heavy Goods Vehicles (VHGVs) are a class of trucks with a maximum laden weight (MLW) exceeding 16,000kg. VHGVs are used for a variety of purposes, such as towing and recovery vehicles like tow trucks and cranes, tankers for transporting liquids, and prime movers for hauling trailers. As with HGVs, VHGVs require a valid Vehicle Parking Certificate (VPC) to park in designated spaces, which are often located away from residential areas. Additionally, if the vehicle exceeds a height of 4.5 metres, you may need to obtain an oversized vehicle movement (OVM) permit and police escort, depending on the width of the vehicle and the roads it will travel on.
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Lorries offer an excellent solution for transporting both goods and people. They provide ample space, and can cater to different sizes of cargo. Whether it be for personal or business use, we hope this article has provided useful insight into selecting the right transportation method.
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