EC Whole Vehicle Type Approval (ECWVTA) and National Approval of Motor Vehicles

Type approval helps remove barriers to trade for manufacturers and ensures that new vehicles are manufactured to prescribed safety and environmental standards.

Most new vehicles require type approval in order to be sold or registered, see our ECWVTA implementation dates table for more information on the approval dates affecting various vehicle types. From October 29th 2014, all new vehicles (including trailers but excluding agricultural vehicles) will require type approval certification in order to be sold or registered in Ireland or any EU Member State.

 

Upcoming & recent type approval dates

New Completed Heavy Commercial Vehicles
(EU Classification N2 & N3
Gross Vehicle Design Weight in excess of 3,500kg)
and
Special Purpose Vehicles (categories N1, N2, N3, M2, M3, O1, O2, O3 and O4)

From October 29th type approval will extend to include the last remaining categories of vehicles, multi stage built HCVs and Special Purpose Vehicles. 

A stakeholder information note is available to down load from here.

New completed Heavy Goods Trailers (Gross Vehicle Design Weight in excess of 3,500kg)

Since the October 29th 2012, the system of trailer licensing at your local authority motor tax office has changed in order to capture the type approval data for relevant heavy goods trailers.

A Heavy Goods Trailer Type Approval Information Note is available for download which provides guidance to trailer owners on how the system of trailer licensing at your local authority motor tax office has changed.

Since 29th of October 2012 type approval has applied to new Heavy Goods trailers manufactured in a single stage (‘complete’).

From the 29th of October 2013 onwards, type approval will also apply to new Heavy Goods trailers manufactured as part of a multi-stage build (‘completed’).

New completed Light Trailers (trailers with a Gross Vehicle Design Weight (GVDW) of 3,500kg or less)

Since the 29th of October 2012, manufacturers and retailers are required to have type approval certification for new trailers (built in a single stage)  placed on sale.

From the 29th October 2013 onwards,  type approval will also apply to new  light trailers manufactured as part of a multi-stage build (‘completed’).
Please see our Light Trailer Approval Information Note for more details.

New Light Goods Vehicles
(EU classification N1;  vehicles designed and constructed for the carriage of goods and having a maximum mass not exceeding 3.5 tonnes)

From the 29th of April 2013 onwards, all new N1’s (including multi-stage built) will require approval certification in order to be registered.
(Since October 2011 type approval has applied to new N1’s manufactured in a single stage).

A stakeholder information note is available to download here(PDF).

New Heavy Goods Vehicles (Gross Vehicle Design Weight in excess of 3,500kg)

From October 29th 2012 onwards, the registration system used by the Revenue Commissioners and Applus+  has changed in order to capture the type approval data for relevant HGV’s.

A HGV Type Approval Information Note is available for download which provides further clarification on the system of type approval applicable to these vehicles from  the 29th of October 2012 onwards.

Special Purpose M1 (Passenger Cars)

From the 29th of April 2012 onwards, all NEW special purpose M1’s must have proof of approval before the Revenue Commissioners will register the vehicle for use on Irish roads. 

A Special Purpose M1 Leaflet (PDF) is available for download which provides further information on how these categories of vehicles are affected from the 29th of April 2012 onwards and an overview of the approval system.

Buses, Mini buses & Light Goods Vehicles

Since 29th of October 2011, all NEW buses and mini-buses are required to have proof of approval before the Revenue Commissioners will register the vehicle for use on Irish roads.

A Bus, Mini-Bus and LGV Type Approval Leaflet(PDF) is available for download which provides information on how these categories of vehicles are affected since the 29th of October 2011 and an overview of the approval system.

 

Mandatory Compliance Dates for ECWVTA and its related national approval schemes

Vehicle Category Date for obligatory approval for vehicles entering into service
M1 29 Apr 2009
Incomplete and complete vehicles of categories M2, M3 29 Oct 2010
Completed vehicles of categories M2, M3  29 Oct 2011
Incomplete and complete vehicles of category N1 
Special- purpose vehicles of category M1 
29 Apr 2012
Incomplete and complete vehicles of categories N2, N3, O1, O2, O3, O4  29 Oct 2012
Completed vehicles of category N1  29 Apr 2013
Completed vehicles of categories O1, O2, O3, O4  29 Oct 2013
Special- purpose vehicles of categories N1, N2, N3, M2, M3, O1, O2, O3, O4  29 Oct 2014

Completed vehicles of categories N2, N3

Please see our vehicle categories section for EU definitions of the various vehicle categories. Further information on obtaining type approval is available in our obtaining type approval section

Currently all new passenger cars are required to have type approval in the form of either ECWVTA, NSSTA (National Small Series Type Approval) or IVA (Individual Vehicle Approval) in order to be registered in Ireland.

Companies or individuals involved in the manufacture or registration of new passenger cars are required to have an EC or NSSTA Certificate of Conformity (CoC) or an IVA certificate for each new vehicle presented for registration.

The Framework Directive (2007/46/EC) was negotiated over several years and extends whole vehicle type approval (at various implementation dates) from passenger cars to include all other motor vehicle categories including:

  • vans
  • minibuses
  • buses
  • coaches
  • heavy goods vehicles
  • caravans
  • light and heavy trailers
  • horseboxes

Up until the future mandatory approval dates, these vehicles must meet with our current entry into service regulations. 

You can view a legislative guide which provides an overview of the current type approval and entry into service legislation which is applicable 

 

Further Information

Queries with regard to type approval and entry into service legislation can be sent to ecwvta@rsa.ie or alternatively telephone 096 - 25040/25014 

The NSAI (National Standards Authority of Ireland) is Ireland’s approval authority and are responsible for issuing all national approvals (IVA or NSSTA) for vehicles in Ireland. For more information on making an application for approval, please visit www.nsai.ie or phone 01‐8073919 or 01‐8073832.”