As a rule, a commercial vehicle transports passengers or hauls cargo from one destination to another, though the definition may vary from state to state or from community to community.

In some areas, a commercial vehicle is any vehicle operated by a commercial or industrial enterprise, and this may include a pick-up truck with a magnetized sign on its doors. Definitions will also vary according to tonnage and running weight.

In Kansas, statutes define a “commercial motor vehicle” as a motor vehicle designed or used to transport passengers or property, if:

  • The vehicle has a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 or more pounds;
  • the vehicle is designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver; or
  • the vehicle is transporting hazardous materials and is required to be placarded.


In Missouri, a "commercial motor vehicle" is a motor vehicle designed or regularly used for carrying freight and merchandise, or more than eight passengers. This definition doesn't include vanpools or shuttle buses.

Commercial vehicles spend more time on the road than do most other cars and trucks. They weigh more and often are driven in inclement weather. It’s not unusual to see them being operated at unsafe speeds by drivers who may be working overly long hours. Additionally, they require more tire and brake maintenance.

For all these reasons, commercial trucks are often involved in worse accidents than regular trucks.

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