European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval (ECWVTA)
Whole Vehicle Type Approval is a European scheme to ensure all 2nd stage converted or ‘incomplete’ vehicles are built to meet specific criteria covering all major aspects of the conversion. This process provides a mechanism for ensuring that completed vehicles meet relevant environmental, safety and security standards that are universally applied throughout the EU.
As part of our service level to all of our customers not just the major fleet, contract hire and rental companies, Alloy Bodies have taken the ‘European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval’ route for most of our mainstream volume product lines. This means we are not restricted by volumes as with some approval routes (IVA & NSSTA), giving us the flexibility to work with ever expanding fleets of vehicles.
In certain circumstances it is beneficial for us to opt for NSSTA above ECWVTA as this route can offer greater flexibility where the volumes are smaller.
In a small number of cases where volumes are minimal or demand for a certain body and chassis combination are low we have chosen only the Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) route. This is purely to offer the most cost effective type approval route for our customers with the only restriction being the timescale for an IVA inspection at a dedicated VOSA site.
VCA is the designated UK Vehicle Type Approval authority and with more than 30 years experience supports industry by providing internationally recognised testing and certification for vehicles, their systems and components. Alloy Bodies Ltd have worked closely with the VCA to achieve N1 , N2 and N3 approvals across 35 different chassis makes and models, maintaining our commitment to build high quality, well engineered bodywork for many years to come.
Since the introduction of Whole Vehicle Type Approval we have made huge investments to ensure we can offer our bodywork across a wide spectrum of manufacturers. Much of this investment is driven by demand for our products on certain chassis and there are a small number of chassis manufacturers on which we only offer the IVA option.