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Introduction

Freightliner M2 dump truck

A truck or lorry is a motor vehicle designed to transport cargo. Trucks vary greatly in size, power, and configuration; smaller varieties may be mechanically similar to some automobiles. Commercial trucks can be very large and powerful, and may be configured to mount specialized equipment, such as in the case of fire trucks, concrete mixers, and suction excavators.

Modern trucks are largely powered by diesel engines, although small to medium size trucks with gasoline engines exist in the US, Canada, and Mexico. In the European Union, vehicles with a gross combination mass of up to 3.5 t (7,700 lb) are known as light commercial vehicles, and those over as large goods vehicles.

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The hours of service limit the driving hours of truck and bus drivers

The hours of service (HOS) are regulations issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration governing the working hours of anyone operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in the United States for the purpose of interstate commerce. This includes truck drivers and bus drivers who operate CMVs for motor carriers (their employers). These rules limit the number of daily and weekly hours spent driving and working, and regulate the minimum amount of time drivers must spend resting between driving shifts. The driver of a CMV is required to keep a record of working hours using a log book, outlining the total number of hours spent driving and resting, as well as the time at which the change of duty status occurred. In lieu of a log book, a motor carrier may keep track of a driver's hours using an electronic on-board recorder, which automatically records the amount of time spent driving the vehicle. The HOS's main purpose is to prevent accidents caused by driver fatigue. This is accomplished by limiting the number of driving hours per day, and the number of driving and working hours per week. Enforcement of the HOS is generally handled by DOT officers of each state, and are sometimes checked when CMVs pass through weigh stations. Requests to change the HOS are a source of contentious debate, and many surveys indicate some drivers get away with routinely violating the HOS.

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Hummer was a brand of trucks sold by General Motors that marketed three vehicles: the original Hummer H1, based on the military High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV, or Humvee), along with the Hummer H2 and the Hummer H3 — based on other, smaller civilian-market vehicles.

The brand was not transferred to Motors Liquidation Company as part of the GM bankruptcy; instead, it was retained by GM in order to investigate selling the brand.

Chinese automaker Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery Company announced in 2009 that it would acquire the Hummer brand, pending government approvals. However, the Chinese industrial equipment maker withdrew its bid after failing to win approval from Chinese regulators. According to Reuters, the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China rejected the deal on February 24, 2010, but a spokesperson for ministry denies that it rejected the application that has been stalled for eight months.

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Vehicles

Modeles
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truck, B-Train, concrete mixer, dump truck, dumper, fire apparatus, forklift truck, garbage truck, heavy equipment, large goods vehicle, longer Heavier Vehicle, oversize load, road train, self-propelled modular transporter, semi-trailer, snow blower, snowplow, tailgating, tank truck, tautliner, tractor, tractor unit, trailer, truck racing, monster truck, water tender, Box truck, Cab over, Flatbed truck

Manufacture
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DAF Trucks, Freightliner Trucks, Hino Motors, Iveco, Kenworth, MAN SE, Mack Trucks, Navistar International, Oshkosh Corporation, Peterbilt, Renault Trucks, Scania AB, Tata Motors, Volvo Trucks

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Bedford Vehicles, Bristol Commercial Vehicles, Guy Motors, Hanomag, Leyland Motors, Pegaso, Saurer, Scammell, Seddon Atkinson, Sentinel Waggon Works, White Motor Company

truck driver
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Ari Behn, Lindsay Booth, Lindsay Fox, Lisa Kelly, Luella Bates, Mike Davis, Tom Kruse

Technology

Mechanical
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air brake, air suspension, axle, battery pack, brake, bullbar, chassis, clutch, compression release engine brake, dashboard, Diesel engine, differential, double clutch, engine braking, exhaust system, fifth wheel coupling, frame, glowplug, ignition system, live axle, non-synchronous transmission, piston, radiator, steering, suspension, tire, transmission, Fifth wheel coupling, Ballast tractor

Regulation
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CMR Convention, commercial driver's license, common carrier, contract of carriage, environmental impact of roads, European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road, European emission standards, gross vehicle weight rating, incoterms, intelligent transportation system, intermodal container, intermodal freight transport, TIR Treaty, tachograph, transport law, vehicle inspection, Trade, Drivers' working hours, Hours of service

Security
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ice road, jackknifing, rest area, road transport, runaway truck ramp,

Energy

biodiesel, carbon monoxide, Diesel fuel, fuel oil, liquefied petroleum gas, methane, natural gas, propane, vegetable oil fuel,

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