Light Commercial Vehicles - An Overview

A light commercial vehicle, as the name suggests, is a relatively light commercial vehicle. This official term of light commercial vehicle is used within the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, and occasionally in both Canada and Ireland. These are also the countries where the commercial van is more frequently used.

Light commercial vehicles are commercial carriers that have a gross vehicle weight of less than 3.5 tonnes. The term light goods vehicle (LGV) can be often confused with Large goods vehicle (also called 'LGV'). The latter is the official EU term used for vehicles that have gross weight of over 3.5 tonnes.

The light commercial vehicles usually are pickup trucks, vans and three-wheelers that are all commercial goods or passenger carriers. The LCV concept was usually devised for a compact truck that is generally ruggedly built. The LCVs are popular due to their low operating costs and powerful yet fuel efficient engines. LCVs are used mainly in intra-city operations.