Type Approval

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During October 2007, the approval framework was amended by Directive 2007/46/EEC and as such, a European-wide approach will apply to vehicles not previously covered (including buses, coaches, vans, trucks, trailers and some other special-purpose vehicles).

The new arrangements started in April 2009 (on a voluntary basis) and will be phased in to cover various categories up to October 2014

The change is important to you if you manufacture, import or convert the vehicles listed above. If you buy or sell vehicles, you need to understand this too. Remember that when the legislation applies for your vehicle type, NO APPROVAL MEANS NO SALE!!

However, the legislation recognizes that full European type approval will not suit everyone and as such some alternatives will exist, including an Individual Vehicle Approval scheme.

Type Approval In A Nutshell

Whole Vehicle Type Approval authorizes a manufacturer to:

  • Produce vehicles to a proven specification and
  • Self-Certify these as compliant with relevant legislation

Two fundamental requirements are:

  • Meeting the technical and administrative requirements and capturing the design
  • Ensuring that subsequent production vehicles are manufactured in conformance with the approved design

Three Approval Routes

Each of the following approval routes have their own merits:

ECWVTA - European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval
NSSTA - National Small Series Type Approval
IVA - Individual Vehicle Approval

We hold a large data-base of "E" approval certification covering the following product ranges, which are available upon request:

  • Conspicuity Tape
  • Exterior Lighting
  • Marker Boards
  • Spray Suppression
  • Lateral Protection Systems (Side-Guards)
  • Reflectors

Helpful Links For Assistance

Each of the following approval routes have their own merits:

DfT (Department for Transport)
VCA (Vehicle Certification Agency)
SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders)
VBRA (Vehicle Builders and Repairers Association)

Compliance Guides

Conspicuity Tape

Download as a PDF (6.3 MB)

Click to view Regulation ECE104 information

Lateral Protection Systems (Side-Guards)

Download as a PDF (6.3 MB)