Road Transport. Trucks. A truck (North. Driving. In the United. In Australia. There is also a heavy vehicle transmission condition for a licence class HR. Cab. The cab is an enclosed space where the driver is seated. There are several possible cab configurations Cab over engine (COE) or flat nose. Engine. The oldest truck was built in 1896 by Gottlieb Daimler. Drivetrain. Small trucks use the same type of transmissions as almost all cars. Common North American. Frame. A truck frame consists of two parallel boxed (tubular) or C-shaped rails. Environmental effects. Trucks contribute to. Tracking accidents. In 2004, there were over 5,000 fatalities related to trucking accidents. The End.