As from 29 October 2013, trailers in European Categories O1 to O4 will require a type approval inspection from VCA, the UK approval authority for type approval.
The European Type Approval scheme for cars known as European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval (ECWVTA) was amended by Directive 2007/46/EC back in October 2007, to cover vehicles such as light weight trailers. This now effects multi stage built trailers.
We realise that there are a significant number of light trailer manufacturers in the UK that build in small volumes or on an individual basis that do not export them to Europe thus making it cost prohibitive to adopt ECWVTA in full.
That leaves manufacturers and converters with two other routes:
- National Schemes for Small Series Approval operated by VCA
- Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) operated by VOSA
The IVA Inspection retains the same technical standards from the EC Directive but aims to keep the cost of compliance affordable. The IVA Inspection Manual contains all the detailed requirements.
VOSA offers the IVA scheme at eighteen IVA test stations around the UK for trailers up to 3500kgs, and at five locations for trailers over 3500kgs
VOSA also actively promote the take up of Privately Owned Test Facilities (POTF) which enables us to taking testing closer to the customer.
Please visit www.gov.uk/vehicle-approval for more information on our approval schemes.