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Explanation: There are many different types of trucks (one-tons, semis, tractor trailers, etc.), but to my knowledge there is no such thing as a "heavy weight" truck (and I worked in transportation for 6 years). According to my Harper Collins dictionary a "Poids-lourd" vehicle is just a truck.
Julia Bogdan Rollo United States Local time: 13:32 Works in field Native speaker of: Romanian, English
Explanation: There is a couple of problems with both, though. Poids Lourd,I suspect, may be a bus or something other than a truck. OTOH, "heavy vehicle" has a definition in the US (4.5+ t gross?, and a French definition (if any) may be different.
Explanation: not necessarily a bib, heavy one. The opposition is not between different categories of trucks (heavy versus light ones) but betwen "véhicule léger" (car, van) et "poids lourd" (truck, lorry). In "gendarmes'" records they are VL and PL.