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Information Notices on European and UK National Type Approval Legislation

This page includes information on current standards for Type Approval and forthcoming legislation. If you would like to access more detailed Type Approval legislation information, you may consider subscribing to the VISTA and Legstat Information Services.

VCA Newsletter on European, UNECE and UK Type Approval Legislation

The VCA Newsletter on European, UNECE and UK Type Approval Legislation (formerly the VCA’s Information Notice) is a bi-monthly publication that summarises news on changes to EC, UNECE and UK National Type Approval Legislation.

Adobe PDF document VCA Newsletter on European, UNECE and UK Type Approval Legislation – Latest Issue – April 2019 (PDF 127.8 KB)

Archived Legislation Notices

Status of the "1958" Agreement and UNECE Regulations

The 1958 Agreement is an agreement made under UNECE with the objective of establishing uniform standards for vehicles and their components relating to safety, environment, energy and anti-theft requirements.  The Regulations adopted under this Agreement are known as UNECE Regulations

Link to the signatories and the status of the UNECE regulations (UNECE website - opens a new window)

Status of EU Directive and EU Regulations

EC Directives have to be transposed into National Law.  EC Regulations are deemed to apply directly. 

The status of this legislation can be viewed by following the EC Automotive Industry link (Europa website - opens a new window)

Information on the ECWVTA Framework Directive

For information including categories of vehicle and enforcement dates, please go our ECWVTA Framework Directive page.

Type Approval Authority Meetings (TAAM)

Minutes of recent meetings can be found by following this link