Minor Modifications Won’t Require Approval
In a move that represents a strong step towards common sense and that will save countless hours for all who would have been involved, the Vehicle Certification Agency has agreed to re-work the wording and requirements of the European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval (ECWVTA) process. As originally written, the code required that any modification made to an LCV, no matter how minor the job, would require vetting. But thanks to lobbying on the part of the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA), as well as a collaborative effort on the part of vehicle manufacturers, professionals in the body modification industry and the Department for Transport, a more workable solution has been devised.
The BVRLA’s actions on this issue has cleared the way for modifications such as ply-lining and racking, non-factory items that many new Transit Van owners often require, to fall outside of the requirement to get an individual vehicle certificate. The new regulations, which will be going into effect in April of 2013, would have created tremendous bottlenecks and an administrative nightmare for both those who buy and lease commercial vehicles and those who were responsible for administration of the program. The modifications that fell under its wording were so minor that nearly every vehicle in a fleet would have fallen under its description.
The change has also made it simpler for those who need more complicated modifications to go to an approved vendor to have it done, thus avoiding having to go through the inspection and certification process. This would include tail lift and roof beacon modifications. Fleet owners are strongly encouraged to ensure that the company or professional that they are taking their vehicles to for modification is VCA-approved. Any work that is not either done by one of these approved vendors or has not received Type Approval will be subject to fines and penalties.