EU Exit – Technical Notice on Vehicle Type Approval Published

Over recent weeks you may have heard that the UK Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) has published a number of technical notices aimed at setting out what businesses and citizens will need to do if there is no deal when the UK exits the EU. We are writing to inform you that the UK Government has now published the technical notice on vehicle type-approval.

The notice relating to type-approval of vehicles and non-road mobile machinery has now been published and can be found at:

It is in the interests of both the UK and EU to make sure that an agreement is reached to enable businesses to continue to operate in each other’s market as easily as possible. That remains the goal on both sides and we remain optimistic of a deal. However, it is the job of a responsible Government to prepare for all scenarios, including the unlikely event that we reach March 2019 without agreeing a deal.

In the event of a no-deal scenario, EU approvals would no longer be recognised in the UK and manufacturers would need to obtain a UK type-approval before placing their products on the market. The type-approval technical notice outlines the basis of this process.

The Department for Transport and the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) will be working closely with manufacturers to ensure that approvals are in place and will be meeting with industry over the coming weeks to finalise the details of the proposed UK scheme.

Guidance is currently being developed for the specific steps that need to be taken to apply for provisional and full UK approvals in a ‘no deal’ scenario. We expect to issue definitive guidance in the early autumn, including a date from which applications to convert approvals can be submitted. In the meantime, we advise manufacturers to start preparing by compiling a list of EU approvals they want converted to provisional UK approvals to be used after we leave the EU and in the absence of another arrangement.

It should be noted that there will be no need to convert UN ECE approvals as they will remain valid both for UK and EU markets, as the UK will continue to be a contracting party to all UNECE agreements.

If you have any questions about this please talk to your usual VCA contact. Alternatively, you can send an enquiry to: [email protected]

Kind regards,

International Vehicle Standards Division
Department for Transport, UK

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