Vehicle Type Approval
VCA is the designated UK Type Approval Authority for automotive products and also a designated Technical Service for type approval testing in the United Nations (UN) scheme. VCA is also responsible for certification under UK type approval schemes.
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Or please download our Type Approval application form to apply.
Vehicle Type Approval is the confirmation that production samples of a type of vehicle, vehicle system, component or separate technical unit will meet specified performance standards.
Information on National Type Approval routes available in the UK
Information on Type Approval for Tractors – T1 to T4
European Whole Vehicle Type Approval for Motorcycles.
Information on Type Approval of Motor Vehicles and Trailers
Information on Small Series Type Approval
Details for the implementation and operation of the GB type approval scheme VCA
Learn more about the different category of power-driven vehicles and trailers.
The European approval scheme is based on the concept of ‘type approval’ and put simply; this process provides a mechanism for ensuring that vehicles meet relevant environmental, safety and security standards.
We are authorised to designate laboratories to act as Technical Services for testing or supervising testing of vehicles, systems or components, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe 1958 Agreement.
In addition to the technical services provided by VCA at locations around the world, the following organisations have also been designated to carry out testing to the standards listed.
The Regulation requires that, in order to be first placed on the EU market, engines for use in non-road mobile machinery must be approved to demonstrate compliance with pollutant emission limits.
VCA became involved in the certification scheme after being appointed as the UK notified body for the dynamic testing requirements for the security of equipment
A list of the technical services that require a fee, which provides an overview of the costs involved for each service.
This guidance sets out how the UK’s type approval regime applies in Northern Ireland