Brexit and Type Approval of Motor Vehicles


With effect from 31 January 2020 the UK is no longer a member of the EU.

This Information Note is provided to industry in particular to provide some clarification in respect of Brexit the United Kingdom’s (UK) withdrawal from the European Union (EU).  It specifically concerns the type approval of Category M (passenger vehicles), N (goods vehicles), O (their trailers) and L (two and three-wheeled motor vehicles, e.g. motorcycles and mopeds).

Since 29 March 2017, negotiations have been underway between the EU and UK with the aim of arriving at a withdrawal agreement.  While the UK will no longer participate in any of the European institutions, EU law will continue to apply to the UK until the end of what is known as the transition period.

During this transition period, the EU and the UK will engage in negotiations to determine their future relationship. The current rules around type approval will continue for the duration of the transition period, which, unless extended is due to end on the 31 December 2020. i.e. businesses and manufacturers will be able to operate under the same trading rules as they currently do with respect to type approval.

Refer to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for more details.