The chief executive of the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA), John Lewis, has urged those behind new approval rules against introducing regulations which are overly restrictive on van fleet operators set to be rolled out from April next year.
Under current proposals relating to the European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval (ECWVTA) scheme, which has been put forward by the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA), all panel vans in Dorset and elsewhere throughout the UK would have to undergo separate approval for any modifications which are made to them.
This is seen as potentially highly problematic by the BVRLA, as almost all light commercial vehicles undergo minor modifications at some point, such as the installation of side-steps, racking or ply-lining.
A solution may soon be at hand for businesses which rely on the Transit van, however, as the VCA has just revealed that it now plans to introduce a ‘light touch' system which should lead to a series of blanket approvals for common adjustments such as these.