Transition Period

This page was last updated on 14th October 2020

Transition Period – after 31 January 2020

The purpose of this section of our website is to provide industry and other stakeholders with information concerning the type approval of vehicles, their components and non-road mobile machinery during the Transition Period.

The Government has published guidance to help businesses, citizens and consumers which can be found at:

The UK Transition

During the Transition Period the EU type approval legislation will still apply to and in the UK up until 1 January 2021. Therefore, the VCA will continue to act as an EU Technical Service and EU Type Approval Authority. This means that the VCA can continue to issue EU approvals (‘e11’) and they will continue to be accepted in the EU.

It should be noted that UNECE type approvals are not affected in any case; all products (systems and components) with type approval and markings in accordance with UNECE type approval regulations will continue to be accepted by both EU and UK. The VCA will continue to be able to issue approvals in accordance with UNECE regulations (‘E11’).

It should also be noted that UK National Small Series Type Approvals (NSSTA) for vehicles remain valid. The current UK IVA and MSVA schemes will also continue.

Regarding the previously proposed Provisional UK Type Approval Scheme, the VCA will be keeping the ShareFile system open during this year and retain the information you may have previously submitted.

The VCA will be on hand to support you if you have any questions. You can contact us via

1 January 2021 onwards

Issuing GB Type Approval from 1 January 2021