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Just received my V5C registration certificate for my Oshkosh M1070 (quick within 4 working days from DVLA) I just wanted to let people know that did not know that the type approval exemption for wreckers and heavy haulage is stopping. From Wed 29th Oct 2014 vehicles designed to carry an abnormal indivisible load and road recovery vehicles over 12 tonnes will be subjected to type approval before registration.

 

From 29 Oct DVLA will expect to see an ec coc, nssta coc, or iva

 

EC COC is European community certificate of conformity

 

 

NSSTA COC is UK national small series type approval certificate of conformity

 

 

IVA is individual vehicle approval

 

 

So if you have a Foden wrecker or heavy haulage truck that is not age exempt now is the time to register it, as as usual things are only getting harder to do!

 

 

I have read that this means that heavy haulage vehicles with a big pin tow hook on the front bumper used for pulling/pushing trailers or braking will have to have rounded covers over them! So now we can expect to see nice fluffy environmentally pink heavy haulage vehicles....

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Hmmm interesting, does this apply to vehicles only being registered for the fisrt time with DVLA???

 

 

What if I was to be changing taxation class from snow plough to recovery vehicle (wrecker) on my Scammell S26 document/V5, would this type approval thing apply if I waited until after 29th oct 2014 or am I better off getting the paperwork sorted now while the type approval exemption is still in force??

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I think that you find that the problems arise when first registering. I don't think they get very excited about changes in taxation class unless the new class needs an MOT.

 

John

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Vehicles "designed and constructed for use by the armed forces, police and civil defence" will be exempt.

 

Also, will this apply retrospectively to vehicles built before type approval was needed?

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Vehicles "designed and constructed for use by the armed forces, police and civil defence" will be exempt.

 

Also, will this apply retrospectively to vehicles built before type approval was needed?

 

Ah - might this be one of those tricky grey areas? If it said 'designed and constructed for and used by the armed' etc, I suspect it might be more accurate?

 

I imagine the drafters of the wording never thought such vehicles might be used by private operators /preservers.

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Ah - might this be one of those tricky grey areas . . . .

 

I imagine the drafters of the wording never thought such vehicles might be used by private operators /preservers.

 

SSHH! Please stop giving 'Them' ideas ! :cry:

 

'Chas.'

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Ah - might this be one of those tricky grey areas? If it said 'designed and constructed for and used by the armed' etc, I suspect it might be more accurate?

 

I imagine the drafters of the wording never thought such vehicles might be used by private operators /preservers.

 

I don't think it's a tricky grey area, nothing's said about use.

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Type approval as it is drafted under 2007/46/EC should only be applied to the manufacturers of new vehicles.

 

A manufacturer can be the primary builder or anyone who adds to or modifies that originally approved vehicle.

 

EG Volvo may build an 8 wheel flat bed, and they would gain approval for it as an incomplete vehicle, but a secondary manufacturer adding a HIAB would need to gain their own approval before a Certificate of Conformity can be issued to allow that completed vehicle to be registered.

 

Clause 14 shows that:

 

The main objective of the legislation on the approval of vehicles is to ensure that new vehicles, components and separate technical units put on the market provide a high level of safety and environmental protection. This aim should not be impaired by the fitting of certain parts or equipment after vehicles have been placed on the market or have entered service. Thus, appropriate measures should be taken in order to make sure that parts or equipment which can be fitted to vehicles and which are capable of significantly impairing the functioning of systems that are essential in terms of safety or environmental protection, are subject to a prior control by an approval authority before they are offered for sale. These measures should consist of technical provisions concerning the requirements that those parts or equipment have to comply with.

 

The difficulty arises where an assumption is made that First registration of a vehicle, is deemed to be its first entry into service.

 

Any attempt to impose the same strictures on a heritage vehicle would be foolish and should be challenged.

 

However, the authorities (DfT/DVSA) have a duty of care to ensure that vehicles on the road today regardless of their age do not pose an undue risk to other road users, as such older vehicles have recently been required to have safety devices retrospectively fitted such as lateral protection frames and vision equipment and to this end it may be necessary to put the vehicle through an IVA process.

 

The IVA uses standards which are not dissimilar to those within the Whole vehicle Type approval process, but there are certain dispensations which are allowable, and sometimes negotiable.

 

With regard to exemptions for Military vehicles, the directive says,

 

Vehicles designed and constructed for use by the armed services, civil defence, fire services and forces responsible for maintaining public order.

 

The spirit of this part of the directive is designed to cover vehicles whose prime role sees them largely in work away from the general public, for example Specialist Fighting vehicles, etc where normal rules do not apply.

 

That said, these vehicles when working on the road must still comply with legislation such as the Road vehicle lighting regs etc . Vehicles which serve a dual role such as Trucks, and Trailers are largely type approved from new anyway.

 

So to summarise:, With older vehicles that are sold out of service and come up for first registration Whole vehicle Type approval cannot apply as the Owner will not be the Manufacturer. But it may be necessary to add some of the more modern safety features so that it can pass an IVA.

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The exemption wording has now been changed by DVSA to include "and used by the armed services"

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