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Vehicle Type Approval

VCA is the designated UK Approval Authority and Technical Service for type approval to all automotive European Community (EC) Directives and the equivalent United Nations Economic Community for Europe (ECE) Regulations. Vehicle Type Approval is the confirmation that production samples of a design will meet specified performance standards. Click on the relevant link for more specific information by vehicle type approval and ways in which VCA can help you.

Follow this link to some Frequently Asked Questions for this subject: FAQ's - Type Approval

Following the recent ECWVTA seminars, copies of the presentations can be found here: ECWVTA presentations. Some questions that you might ask can be found here - ECWVTA - commonly asked questions


Type Approval for Cars

Toyota Prius

European Whole Vehicle Type Approval for Cars More...


Type Approval for Motorcycles

Motorcycle - Triumph Rocket

European Whole Vehicle Type Approval for Motorcycles More...


Bus & Coach Certification


Plans for European Bus and Coach Whole Vehicle Type Approval More...


System & Component Approval


Information on System and Component Type Approval More...


Type Approval for Goods Vehicles

Goods Vehicle

Important Information on Goods Vehicle Type Approval More...




CEN Standards for Ambulances More...


Trailer Certification


Type Approval Requirements for Trailers More...


Motor Caravan Certification

Motor Caravan

Future Type Approval Standards for Motor Caravans - includes draft of new proposed Framework Directive More...


Agricultural and Forestry Tractors

CNH tractor

Type Approval and OECD for Agricultural and Forestry Tractors More...


Vehicle Importing

Vehicle Importing (Mutual Recognition Scheme)

Bringing a vehicle into the UK from another European member state (the Mutual Recognition agreement). More...


National Small Series Type Approval (NSSTA)

Small Series

Details of the UK Small Series Type Approval scheme More...