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thus covering all sorts of vehicles from motor caravans to mobile cranes. 70/156/EEC (the old Framework Directive) is repealed with effect from 29/4/09.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:
Note (1): National approval available for a further 12 months subject to Art 45(4)
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