Whole Vehicle Type Approval (WVTA)

Changes in Legislation to European Whole Vehicle Type Approval (EWVTA)

Our industry is heavily regulated and every European country had its own rules and regulations regarding approval schemes for fitting a vehicle body onto a truck.

From 29th April 2009 this all changed and by 29th October 2014 all vehicle body builders will have to conform to new legislation.

To see full size PDF image of key dates timeline, please click on the image below to open in a new window.

WVTA Department of Transport Image

There is now one standard regulation that has to be adhered to by every European vehicle body builder. Under new European Rules, all bodywork and any related work will have to be Type Approved and conform to strict regulations. The following categories have to conform to the ECWVTA:

Category N1:       Vehicles designed and constructed for the carriage of goods and
                               having a maximum mass not exceeding 3,5 tonnes.

Category N2:       Vehicles designed and constructed for the carriage of goods and
                               having a maximum mass exceeding 3,5 tonnes but not exceeding 12 tonnes.

Category N3:       Vehicles designed and constructed for the carriage of goods and
                               having a maximum mass exceeding 12 tonnes.

If a vehicle bodybuilder in the UK does not conform to Whole Vehicle Type Approval then they will be unable to carry out business because the vehicle cannot be registered.

To see full size PDF imageof our Conformity of Production letter please click on the image below to open in a new window.

For more detailed information about ECWVTA, please click on the following Government website or download the Department of Transport PDF.

VCA Type Approval Services
Department of Transport PDF