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The term "Light Truck" covers great variety of vehicles, such as vans, SUV's and light duty pickup trucks. This is one of the reasons why the tires are labeled in many ways.

It is also important to know what sizing system is applied in a tire designation.

There are several sizing systems for the light truck tire designations currently in use:

Before we begin to discuss about the tire sidewall informations it's important to know standard which was used for designation.

light truck tire size designation and service description

1 - MAX. LOAD SINGLE 1549 kg (3415 lbs) AT 550kPa (80 psi) MAX. PRESS. COLD

2 - MAX. LOAD DUAL 1399 kg (3085 lbs) AT 550kPa (80 psi) MAX. PRESS. COLD

What is a light truck?

A light truck is a United States federal classification for trucks or truck-based vehicles with a payload capacity of under 4,000 pounds (1,815 kg). Light truck class includes:

  • Vans - most mini vans and full sized vans.
  • SUV's – Mini SUV's, Compact SUV's, Mid size SUV's, Full size SUV's, Extended length SUV's.
  • Light duty pickup trucks.

In other countries words usage and meanings are quite different.

Mini van


Two types of the tyre size designation can be found on a tyre sidewall, a tyre width expressed in mm and the tyre width expressed in inches.

1. The tyre width expressed in mm

All tyres for the commercial vehicles must be marked with a Service Description located after the size designation (European regulation ECE-R54). The service description consists of load index and speed rating (e.g. 156/150 L).

Listed below are a few examples of the truck/bus tyre size designations.

Here is an example of the tyre size designation for commonly used truck tyre:

Truck tire size designation

Tyre size designation can be found on the tyre's sidewall with information about tyre:

  • Tyre width in inches or mm
  • Aspect ratio – ratio of height to width
  • Construction type
  • Speed index - Maximum allowed speed
  • Rim diameter
  • Load index - Maximum load capacity

1. Radial motorcycle tyres - designation in mm

Metric tyre size designation is the most common designation system. For example:

Motorcycle tyre size designations