Type approval

Type approval is the system whereby the vehicle, its components or systems can be tested and approved for compliance with standards. UK tests are done by or on behalf of the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA). Type approval schemes have been in force in parts of Europe for many years to check parts and systems on new vehicles before registration. The aim now is to produce a common European Union scheme with the same standards.

Information on the topics below is available to FTA members by clicking on any available links or by downloading the Type approval chapter of the Yearbook of Road Transport Law

  • ECE type approval regulations
  • EU type approval directives
  • Type approval marks
  • Application of type approval
  • Vehicle type approval
  • GB Goods Vehicle National Type Approval (GVNTA)
  • EC Whole Vehicle Type Approval (ECWVTA)
  • Requirements for trailers

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