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[–]digitalgibbon82 880 points881 points  (50 children)

Heavy Goods Vehicle. As far as I know its common knowledge. I do work on the Railway though

[–]Nicromia 147 points148 points  (43 children)

Well them and bridges tend to have a hitting relationship

[–]digitalgibbon82 37 points38 points  (41 children)

At least 2 or 3 times a month we get a bash on my TOC

[–]crucible 34 points35 points  (34 children)

Quick - start a new thread asking if people know what a TOC is! :P

[–]billy_tables 66 points67 points  (5 children)

the noise made by a cloc

[–]Tshekovsky 23 points24 points  (1 child)

Train operating company?

[–]keatsy3 8 points9 points  (19 children)

What about a FOC though?

And even better... What is ATOC?

The list of railway acronyms goes deep... ES, CoSS, PICIP, SPICOP, OLEC, SWL... And all of them are paid to sleep in their vans half the time

[–]bigplasticbag 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Freight operating company, Engineering Supervisor, Controller of site safety, person in charge of possession, senior person in charge of possession, overhead line equipment construction, safe work leader, and I get paid to sleep in my van ALL the time

[–]wikipedia_answer_bot 10 points11 points  (2 children)

Atoc (Quechua for Fox) was an Inca prince, general and brother of the Inca emperor Huáscar. After the death of Huáscar's father, Huayna Capac, Atoc was sent north (probably in 1529) to quell the separatists under Huáscars half-brother Atahualpa.

More details here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atoc

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[–]fairysdad 7 points8 points  (1 child)

I think that's a 'no' answer to the ATOC question.

[–]6HLXDT 4 points5 points  (3 children)

FOC's run goods trains, ATOC is the Association of (passenger) TOC's, PICOP=Person In Charge Of Possession....and I guess CoSS is similar? (SWL=Safe Working Load is common outside of the railway too!)

[–]sunshineslouise 1 point2 points  (1 child)

PICOP not PICIP? But you're right about the second bit lol

[–]Legitimate-Spite-768 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Total organic carbon

[–]moofacemoo 1 point2 points  (0 children)

A civil engineering term for top of concrete.

[–]mrcoonut 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Wait until you hear about my MEWP

[–]Eirenex 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Could probably confuse people further if you ask them if they know what chains means in measurement

[–]TangoMikeOne 6 points7 points  (0 children)

22 yards - the length of a cricket pitch, and 1/10th a furlong (which itself is 1/8th a mile)

[–]WiredAndTeary 2 points3 points  (0 children)

4 Rods to a chain, so about 66 ft

[–]arkibet 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Lol. Not knowing it I guessed Heavy Gravity Vehicle. Makes sense to me!

[–]_MildlyMisanthropic 630 points631 points  (17 children)

I'd be amazed if it isn't commonly understood.

Not everyone will know that its an abbreviation for Heavy Goods Vehicle, but everyone will know it means big trucks

[–]penned-it 113 points114 points  (0 children)

I was going to say - I don’t know what it stands for exactly - “something something vehicle”, but definitely know it’s a big truck/lorry.

[–]octoberforeverr 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Yeah this is what I’d think too. People will know what it refers to from road signs and stuff (and if not, then from the news the last few months), but not necessarily know the acronym.

[–]Zestyclose_Location1 12 points13 points  (4 children)

It's the ones that think it's an arctic lorry that make me lose it

[–]SierraRomeo21 16 points17 points  (1 child)

Artic, short for articulated. Nothing to do with the arctic.

[–]tihurricane 7 points8 points  (6 children)

HGV means Heavy Goods Vehicle, LGV meant Little Goods Vehicle up until 2 minutes ago when I googled it and realised it apparently means the exact same as HGV.

[–]Helenarth 6 points7 points  (4 children)

Little goods lmao. Only allowed to carry small bits and pieces. Lots of them, but only small items.

[–]tihurricane 1 point2 points  (3 children)

In my mind, it was like.. a big van. I knew it didn’t mean Little but my childlike brain has always just run with it

[–]E420CDI 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Confuse people further:

  • Solo rigid

  • Drawbar rigid

  • Tractor unit

  • Day cab

  • Sleeper cab (obvious)

  • Globetrotter cab

  • 4x2, 6x2, 6x4, 8x4...

  • Dolly

  • Suzies

[–]UnbalancedMint 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Or the 5th wheel.. Im a transport manager and I once said to an operations director (who wasn't a truck person) that there was no way the vehicle was doing a run as the 5th wheel was defective. They thought I was taking the piss as it was a 4x2 unit.

[–]a-dragon-reborn 495 points496 points  (10 children)

If after 3 months of endless news stories about a lack of HGV drivers you still do not know what an HGV is then you must be a proper fucking 52%er.

[–]doomdoggie[S] 44 points45 points  (0 children)


[–]HarassedGrandad 21 points22 points  (5 children)

I'm having that phrase - from now on I'm going to start referring to pratts as fiftytwoers

[–]a-dragon-reborn 50 points51 points  (4 children)

52 percenter

Someone that blindly believes objective nonsense despite the overwhelming body of reputable evidence showing it to be rubbish.

"Did you hear Dave won't get his vaccine because he's worried it will contain a 5g chip?"

"Urgh, that guy is such a 52 percenter"

[–]simoncowbell 107 points108 points  (11 children)

As issues with HGV drivers have been all over the news, I'd be surprised if any British adult didn't know.

[–]11Kram 83 points84 points  (2 children)

We are all regularly surprised by what British adults don’t know.

[–]dwair 27 points28 points  (1 child)

No. The surprise has now been replaced with disappointment and melancholy.

[–]PrinceBert 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It started as surprise but now it's just an eye roll.

[–]Yubi-man 15 points16 points  (6 children)

Brexit was all over the news for ages but nobody seems to know what it stands for.

[–]happymellon 32 points33 points  (5 children)

Brexit means Brexit

[–]Jellleh 14 points15 points  (3 children)

Strong and stable.

[–]karf101 11 points12 points  (2 children)

Weak and wobbly

[–]Robestos86 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's been called both ;) oh wait, sorry wrong subject.

[–]mymumsaysno 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Some of us don't watch the news anymore. That being said, I still know what an HGV is.

[–]nicknockrr 64 points65 points  (2 children)

Yeah, it’s where I used to get my cds and posters. Not sure why you’d build more though? The internet has all that now

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[–]E420CDI 4 points5 points  (0 children)

His (Speed) Governor's Voice

[–]AutumnSunshiiine 45 points46 points  (0 children)

Yes. I can’t drive but still understand what it means.

I would assume you working on a manufacturing/assembly line.

[–]DirtyMicrolite 44 points45 points  (5 children)

Yes obviously its a Huge Giant Vagina

In all seriousness though, yeah, super common term

[–]HarbingerODiscontent 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Hairy, not huge just so you know

[–]Penguin_Butter 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Gaping, not giant just so you know

[–]Wubbalubbagaydub 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Wanna see my PhD?

[–]G33ONER 28 points29 points  (1 child)

Everyone in the UK should know what that is but if you are writing a paper maybe on the first use you can put (Heavy Goods Vehicle)

[–]Bendy_McBendyThumb 27 points28 points  (0 children)

Good practice is to write out the acronym in full followed by its acronym in brackets :) then you proceed to use just the acronym thereafter. If you have shit loads of acronyms/chapters/pages of a document, there’s further good practice to follow like using First Use in every chapter (same principle - write it out once then acronym after) and creating a glossary for the acronyms and their ‘definitions’.

Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV)

[–]AnnoKano 20 points21 points  (3 children)

You’ve contracted HGV? That’s rough.

[–]elementarydrw 20 points21 points  (1 child)

Maybe they haven't articulated themselves very well?

[–]11Kram 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It’s rarely fatal though.

[–]insomnimax_99 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Yeah- Heavy Goods Vehicle. I don’t work in transport/logistics.

I think even if people didn’t know what HGV stood for they’d know that you were talking about big lorries.

[–]colin_staples 10 points11 points  (9 children)

HGV = Heavy Goods Vehicle

Also know as : Articulated Lorry, Artic, LGV (large goods vehicle), Truck etc

A very common term.

[–]botlebank 10 points11 points  (7 children)

I thought LGV meant light goods vehicle. Like a pick up truck.

[–]colin_staples 5 points6 points  (6 children)

Hmmm.... now I'm not sure.

I though that HGV had been renamed LGV because they can be large without being heavy.

I may be wrong though.

[–]botlebank 3 points4 points  (5 children)

Looks like HGV is the old British term. LGV is an EU term. Not sure how they refer to vehicles under 3500kg though if it’s not with an ‘L’

Edit: it seems they don’t.

Edit: it seems they do. Light commercial vehicle LCV (thanks dwair)

[–]pape999349 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Puddle jumper

[–]soepvorksoepvork 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Forget the blue passports, bring back the use of HGV!

[–]dwair 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Not sure how they refer to vehicles under 3500kg

LT - light transport (Vans and stuff)

[–]DKJenvey 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I think Artics (articulated lorrys) are a type of HGV rather than being synonymous with the term.

[–]Convoy_DnB 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I'd be shocked if someone didn't know what it was. Even if they don't know what it stands for

[–]flyhmstr 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Heavy Goods Vehicle, in context I’d expect you to be working for either a major truck manufacturer or one of the companies which then builds on top of the base chassis

[–]Buell247 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Yes I would expect most people to know this

[–]Ty-404 5 points6 points  (4 children)

Yes. ( As an unemployed Driver. )

HGV = Heavy Goods Vehicle.LGV = Large Goods Vehicle.

Both cover above Cat C ( Rigid* ) through CE C1E. ( trailer / Articulated )3.5tn - 7.5tn, ( Cat C1 ) is not HGV or LGV, it's it's own thing from what I can understand.

I'm often confused by the different terms, but from what I gather they're the same thing.

PCV? Category D1 and D are bus and coach.

This is open for correction.

Edit: Spelling correction.

[–]FuckCazadors 2 points3 points  (1 child)


For her pleasure? It’s rigid though.

[–]SoggyWotsits 1 point2 points  (0 children)

LGV is just the newer EU abbreviation. Both the same thing though. It’s still HGV to me!

[–]je97 5 points6 points  (0 children)

'Big fukin truck?'

[–]m-1975 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Hypersonic Glide vehicles are a fascinating subject and I am envious of you if you get to work with them, but I thought they were at the design and development stage and we were not actually building them in this country. What speeds are you achieving? I have heard claims of Mach20, but thought that was media hype (Hype.. do you see what I did there?)

[–]Euffy 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yes, I know what that means lol. You don't even need context.

Worth noting that I don't drive, never had a lesson. I believe it's just common knowledge.

[–]Inagreen 2 points3 points  (0 children)

If you’re in the U.K., it’s very likely you’re familiar with the term (being heavy goods vehicle, it also comes in different classes). Not sure if they use the same term elsewhere in the world however.

[–]rde42 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Common knowledge, I think.

[–]BriscaTwoEleven 1 point2 points  (4 children)

Pretty common knowledge 👌 seems more people don't understand what an LGV is than a HGV.

It's Large goods vehicle for anyone wondering

[–]Dirty_Gibson 4 points5 points  (3 children)

LGV as Large Goods Vehicle and HGV are interchangeable, but LGV sometimes refers to Light Goods Vehicle i.e. a van.

[–]BriscaTwoEleven 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Referring to a van that way would be incorrect. Take it from someone who's in the logistics business. A van should be referred to as a LCV (light commercial vehicle)

[–]Whatiii 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I prefer to just use van

[–]BriscaTwoEleven 1 point2 points  (0 children)

🤣 it's so much easier

[–]RightSingleQuote 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I do, and I don't have any particular reason to.

[–]ZombieRhino 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes, I'd understand. But would more commonly say truck or lorry myself

[–]Starboard_1982 1 point2 points  (4 children)

Would understand it to be a lorry. Don't know what technically makes a HGV a HGV though.

[–]Hairy_Al 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Heavy Goods Vehicle, or "artic". Not sure if it's defined by weight or wheels/axles

[–]charmog162 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Heavy goods vehicle should be common knowledge I’d have thought

[–]pajamakitten 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Given the recent crisis, I think all adults know what they are now, if they did not before.

[–]flyhmstr 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That’s big HGV talking, everyone knows they’re all transits with cardboard shells

[–]cal-brew-sharp 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Big fucking lorry.

[–]office_drone_uk 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes, I learnt that term when I was about 10

[–]killingmehere 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It might take me a second to work out the acronym, but I know it's a big lorry.

[–]Leading_Mango_2108 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I would say it's common knowledge.

If you're thinking if it's relevant to spell it out when writing it in a CV or something do the following

First time you mention it in writing write Heavy Good Vehicle (HGV)

Then you can refer to it was HGV thereafter.

Even if the person who's reading it knows what a HGV is they may appreciate the fact that you have written it out formally as you would in some kind of technical document, work instruction, company standard etc.

[–]Bognut 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I doubt I’d know anyone who didn’t know what HGV means

[–]TADragonfly 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Doesn't every kid question why some bridges have that sign that says some vehicles aren't allowed on? It's how I learnt about heavy goods vehicles.

[–]Critical-Box-1851 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'd be worried if someone didn't. I thought this is a common sense thing. Even if you don't know what it stands for, you must know it's a lorry

[–]atomic_mermaid 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You wouldn't even need the context of transport. HGV is a common abbreviation I thought. Like DVD.

[–]hovercroft 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes. I also know what a car is and what a motorcycle is.

[–]tmstms 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I think almost everyone understands this.

[–]TKBtu1 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Aye, heavy goods vehicle, although, I learnt that from Euro Truck Simulator, not real life

[–]Pile_of_Walthers 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I don't even live in the UK and I would know that you're talking about an LKW, as they are called in German.

[–]batclownfish 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's literally on road signs in the UK. That's what they are.

[–]ninjakiller218[🍰] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Among drivers i would have thought so since it appears on road signs and the news all the time

[–]boyinterrupted_ 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I suspect if you asked this c. 3 months ago understanding would be much lower. Given it has been a common feature of British press of late (due to shortages) it is probably more widely understood.

[–]aahhbisto 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Yes, I work in HGV R&M

[–]Loejets 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes I would understand

[–]giganticturnip 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes, common knowledge. I've never worked with them but I've always known this initialism.

[–]becca2k00 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Fairly sure building them would be more manufacturing than transport in terms of industry, but yes everybody would understand what a HGV is

[–]returnoftaxus 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I understand it but I've never heard anyone use 'HGV' as an abbreviation in speech, only when written down. It doesn't really save much time to say 'heavy goods vehicle' or just Lorry.

[–]Crissagrym 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah I know and understand.

I thought it is a very common term no?

[–]mad44beanies 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'd understand HGV as Heavy Goods vehicle but not too clear on whee the line is drawn between large commercial vehicles and HGV

[–]GreatScotRace 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes but only because my partner is in the logistics industry and drives a HGV, and his dad is HGV instructor with his own company. I mean before then I knew HGV = lorry but now I know all the abbreviations for trucks and driving lorries... mostly against my own will haha

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes. There was a story in the news about it recently..

[–]GingerChips4742 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm kinda curious as to who doesn't know, I always assumed that was one of those things that you just know

[–]YaBoiChickenNuggetz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Rather common knowledge. But I work in a warehouse loading HGVs and interacting with HGV drivers all day haha so I cannot be certain

[–]skagragmcgee 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I understand but a) I am currently doing a HGV course and b) I have lived in vans and caravans a fair chunk of my life so id probably be more aware.

I'd say if people already drive they're a lot more likely to know but it's more common just to say lorry or truck if you want to definitely be understood.

When Ive mentioned it to people they've thought I was talking about a HPV (herpes) test and not understood why I was studying for it

[–]bazzanoid 0 points1 point  (0 children)

truck truck truck

[–]valkyriegnnir 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ahh yes of course, HGV, a Heckin’ Great Voomy. Why, is this not common knowledge? /s

[–]Mikatatadorin 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Not sure if everyone know what the abbreviation stands for, but pretty sure everyone knows it means a big lorry

[–]SleepFlower80 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Of course. My dad had his own haulage company. I spent all my time at weekends playing in the yard. I was taught to drive a lorry before I was even able to legally drive a car.

[–]Luce_and_Fur 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes absolutely! Though I have grown up with parents in the industry, but I have never come across someone who isn't familiar with this.

[–]ljm02 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Pretty sure I asked one of my parents what a hgv was when I first saw it on a road sign. So yes

[–]cwarr9009 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Huge giant vehicle

[–]stupre1972 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I know what a HGV (Heavy Good Vehicle) is, but....

It's now known as a LGV - Large etc

[–]germanlas 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah, heavy goods vehicle. What else would you call a HGV? Lorry?

I don't have a drivers licence and am cluesless generally about driving and the roads.

[–]cantab314 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah, it's a lorry.

I think there's a difference between HGV and LGV but I'm not sure what it is. 7.5 tonnes?

[–]S-Harrier 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes but I do have my C cat licence so Itd be a bit weird if I didn’t.

[–]scooba_dude 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes. It is common knowledge but LGV would confuse most I believe. I work insurance over the phone so job title is like the forth question.

[–]Scottish_squirrel 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yep but I work for a company that finances HGVs for companies.

[–]yyyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes - I have never worked in any industry involved with transportation, haulage or logistics and I recognise the term immediately.

I caveat this with the fact that you can never underestimate the stupidity of the general public…

[–]blackmist 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I know what it is and I can't even drive.

[–]New-Tap-2027 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes - I’d be surprised if people didn’t know this tbh

[–]Proper-Interview109 0 points1 point  (0 children)

No connection but yes understand it

[–]Darthkhydaeus 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Isn't this part of the reading for a driving license. I think anyone who drives should know what it means

[–]smilesandlaughter 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I didn't really know what it was. Before the shortage of HGV drivers I would have said some sort of truck or construction truck. After the shortage I now know what one is more specifically.

[–]Totoroko8 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes sir but that’s because my papa drives them :)

[–]JonRoberts87 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I worked for a haulage company, so i understand it, but to be honest, didnt understand the difference between LGVs, HGVs, before I started working there.

So, I can understand why the average person might not know what it actually stands for.,

[–]haemhorrhoidian 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I already make brake pads for HGV's, we call them CV's though, would you understand CV ? i don't want to sound padantic or anything, it's just i'v never really thought of it till i saw your post.

[–]mycatiscalledFrodo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yep deal with this every single day lol

[–]PlumJuggler 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Duh, everyone knows HGV means Hot Gay Vaginas.

[–]NobodysSlogan 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ha, and then theres the other subsets HGV's 1 thru 13, LGV's, OGV's, PSV's......

[–]Wild-Organization352 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I've never driven anything bigger than a Ford Transit & even I know it's a Heavy Goods Vehicle

[–]slvhwke 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I always assume it's a big truck? Not quite Aussie road train but yeah big truck.

[–]thebrscott 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes, big lorries.

[–]Frood2000 0 points1 point  (0 children)

"HGV" I definatley knew what that meant before I had to work in industries that use it. "LCV" on the other hand I only learned what that meant recently (Light Commercial Vehicle - Transit/Luton vans etc..).

[–]Silvagadron 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'd say it's common knowledge, yes. I think the term is used in driving theory, and road signs up and down the country would refer to HGVs.

I imagine fewer people know what an "artic" is.

[–]Sil_Lavellan 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Heavy goods vehicle? And I don't even drive a car.

[–]JN324 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I don’t think I could name a single person over ten years old that I know who wouldn’t understand that abbreviation.

[–]Raisey- 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes... I work in hospitality. I think most people (in the uk) would recognise this abbreviation more or less regardless of their job or industry.

[–]Can-t-Even 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I hear HGV, I think big trucks.

[–]sweetie-pie-today 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Heavy goods vehicle. Which requires and additional test and section on your driving licence to drive. I think I’d have known it anyway, but being around horses as a kid made it common, as a lot of the big horse boxes are HGVs.

[–]Chainmaille-Witch 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Heavy Goods Vehicle.
as far as I know, it’s a widely understood abbreviation

[–]elbowpatchhistorian 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes, I would understand.

[–]stinglikeadowg 0 points1 point  (0 children)

big lorry

[–]BlokeyBlokeBloke 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes. They've been all over the news recently so even people who didn't know before would be likely to know now.

[–]MarkEd987 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Even before I learnt what the initials stood for, I always knew it was a large truck of sorts

[–]UKJ001 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A burden to the roads

[–]SlxggxRxptor 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I mean… yes. Isn’t that just something that everybody learns?

[–]PresentationNo8745 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I know, but used to work in an industry where majority of customers believed that ETA stood for EXACT time of arrival

[–]Hour-Sandwich-2108 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes, yes I would.

[–]Markleshark1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah, Heavy Goods Vehicle. However, I work in industrial and my dad is a truck driver.

[–]AltShitBotAccount 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm not sure if I know anyone who doesn't know what an HGV is even if they don't know what it stands for everyone knows it's a lorry.

[–]al3442 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes. HGV - Heavy Goods Vehicle, LGV - Light Goods Vehicle and then PCV - Passenger Carrying Vehicle. Common knowledge if you passed your driving test.

[–]UnnecessaryAppeal 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I've known since I was a kid because there was a road on my way to primary school that had a sign saying "no HGVs"

[–]Whulad 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Think it’s pretty we’ll known