Project: Enhanced Single Vehicle Approval.

Reference: S240A/VA

Last update: 03/12/2003 12:25:01


The research will provide essential information to be incorporated in the Regulations and VI Inspection Manual to apply enhanced requirements for key items of SVA, whilst minimising trade barriers for commercially imported non-type approved cars and LGVs.

Without this research, it will not be possible to achieve the policy objective stated in the consultation document Review of SVA - to maintain high standard of safety, security against crime and environmental protection whilst removing trade restrictions, especially for independent importers, including both individuals and companies who, unlike manufacturers, are unable to obtain type approval.


The project will deliver a short report identifying existing non-European vehicle construction standards (e.g. US, Japanese) for cars and light goods vehicles which are broadly comparable to specified EC Directives and UNECE Regulations. It will comment on the main similarities and differences and the likely safety and environmental consequences of accepting these standards as alternatives to the European ones for the proposed enhanced Single Vehicle Approval (SVA) scheme. It will also identify practical ways of proving compliance to the UK authorities (VCA or VI), such as official certificates, marks/plates on vehicles or test reports from recognised laboratories.


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Contract details

Cost to the Department: £22,500.00

Actual start date: 01 January 1999

Actual completion date: 31 December 1999


MIRA-99-415203. Comparison of Non European with European Standards in Support of Enhanced Single Vehicle Assessment
Author: MIRA Ltd
Publication date: 31/10/1999
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Summary of results

  1. This project produced the desired outputs in the form of a report presenting a comparison of various national and international regulations and standards applying to passenger cars and light commercial vehicles, in order to support an enhanced single vehicle approval system currently proposed for the United Kingdom.