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Revised ECWVTA Framework Directive

Current Status of the Directive

The ECWVTA Directive 2007/46/EC has now been published.

Council Directive 2007/46/EC on TYPE APPROVAL.  OJL.***, p.1, /10/07

Published at last, and earlier than expected, here is the 'Recast' new Framework Directive to extend the European type approval scheme to all of categories M, N and O, thus covering all sorts of vehicles from motor caravans to mobile cranes. 70/156/EEC (the old Framework Directive) is repealed with effect from 29/4/09. The first stages of application start to work in 2009, with voluntary whole vehicle approvals being available for all types of vehicle at that time. Mandatory Approval will follow over the next few years, starting with buses and coaches (on the same date in 2009), with Whole Vehicle Approval for trailers bringing up the rear in 2013. The table from Annex 19 of the Directive explains in full:

Enforcement dates

Categories New type - Optional New type - Mandatory Existing type - Mandatory

M1

NA

29 April 2009

NA

M1 Special Purpose

29 April 2009

29 April 2011

29 April 2012

N1 - Incomplete & Complete

29 April 2009

 29 October 2010

29 October 2011

N1 - Completed

29 April 2009

29 October 2011

29 April 2013

N2, N3, O1, O2, O3, O4 - Incomplete & Complete

29 April 2009

29 October 2010

29 October 2012

M2 & M3 - Incomplete & Complete

29 April 2009

29 April 2009 (1)

29 October 2010

N1, N2, N3, M2, M3, O1, O2, O3, O4 - Special Purpose

29 April 2009

29 October 2012

29 October 2014

N2, N3 - Completed

29 April 2009

29 October 2012

29 October 2014

M2, M3 - Completed

29 April 2009

29 April 2010 (1)

29 October 2011

O1, O2, O3, O4 - Completed

29 April 2009

29 October 2011

29 October 2013

 

Note (1): National approval available for a further 12 months subject to Art 45(4)

VCA NA VCA East Asia VCA UK