Project: A comparison of Vehicle National Construction Standards for vehicles in other EEA States with British SVA - Phases 1 and 2

Reference: S0412/V6

Last update: 19/12/2008 12:24:32


The objective of the first two phases was to ascertain whether the national construction standards of other European states for category M1 passenger cars, category N1 goods vehicles and category L two/three wheeled vehicles (including quad bikes) were compliant with the GB SVA schemes and therefore, whether they should be accepted under the terms of the Mutual Recognition Agreement.


New passenger cars and motorcycles are required to be type approved prior to being placed on the road. However, the Department recognised that a small percentage of vehicles are unable to gain type approval and implemented Single Vehicle Approval (SVA) schemes, allowing vehicles to be approved individually for national use. This offers a cost effective route to registration for small volume manufacturers and some importers.

On occasions the importers from countries within the European Economic Area (EEA) seek "mutual recognition" to the exporting country's national technical construction standards. Under European Union provisions the responsibility for assessing whether the construction standards are equivalent to the national requirements is placed on the importing Member State. However, unless the standards and the means of certification in the exporting country are known, it is difficult to make accurate assessments. At present, the Department has very limited data upon which to base such assessments. This project is expected to provide the necessary information with regards to the technical construction standards of the countries of EEA.

Phase 1 of the project covered the national construction standards for vehicles in eight European Member States: Belgium, Cyprus, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands and Spain.

Phase 2 of the project covered the national construction standards for vehicles in a further seven European Member States: Czech Rep, Denmark, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Portugal and Sweden.


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Contract details

Cost to the Department: £70,000.00

Actual start date: 12 January 2005

Actual completion date: 01 January 2008


A Comparison of Vehicle Construction Standards with GB National Requirements for various classes of vehicles
Author: MIRA
Publication date: 09/01/2008
ISBN: MIRA Final Report