Welcome to this, our first FleetForum enewsletter, our new way forward in discussing today’s key topics of industry with you and sharing some of our solutions to the ever growing list of challenges we all face and launched in tandem with the growth of our LCV Division. Each month we will share with you our views on the hot topics and this month we have decided to commence with the forthcoming legislation around European Whole Vehicle Type Approval and its impact upon all us moving forward. In addition to the topic of the month, we aim to update you on other areas of Prohire news, General industry wide news including new vehicle launches and other key supplier information. Against a backdrop of forecasts that weigh heavily on the shoulders of many, FleetForum is designed to be uplifting and informative, discussing the topics that are of real interest and offering you solutions to reduce fleet management burden. It’s an exciting journey that we are all on and I hope that you find this new forum of value and of interest.
ECWVTA – (EC Whole Vehicle Type Approval)
Many of us are aware of this but many Operators, Body Builders and Dealers alike, are still unaware of its potential impact later this year. EC Whole Vehicle Type Approval is a way of making sure vehicles are safe to use on the road, without having to inspect and test every single one. Under the vehicle type approval system, a prototype is tested. If it passes the tests and the production arrangements also pass inspection, then vehicles or components of the same type are approved for production and sale within Europe, without further testing. Simply put, unless the vehicle you are purchasing is compliant with the new law when it comes shortly into effect then it will not be able to go into service. This means that the choices of Body Builders and Converters will become ever more important and the costs associated with such conversions, likely to rise as well as lead times potentially lengthening too.
So what does the law require?
In addition to the ECWVTA, in order to satisfy local markets like the UK there are 2 other routes to conformity namely NSSTA and IVA (Individual Vehicle Approval), both of which are illustrated below.
National Small Series Type Approval (NSSTA)
If small numbers (up to around 500) of vehicles are made, NSSTA could be a potential option for vehicles being sold within the UK. Once a vehicle type has been approved, more vehicles of the same type can be sold across the UK without further inspection. Conformity of production requirements will be more reduced than for ECWVTA. Again, there will be initial high costs. It is possible to sell within the EU but an NSSTA will not automatically be recognised across Europe like ECWVTA will. Instead type approval authority would need to be sought in the particular country the vehicle was being sold to. There are limits set by the directive to the number of units of one type of vehicle which can be approved per year.
Approval unit limits for NSSTA route are as follows
Special Purpose Passenger vehicles – 75
Minibuses, buses and coaches and HGV’s over 3.5t – 250
Lights vans and trucks less than 3.5t and trailers not more than 3.5t – 500
Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA)IVA would be a suitable option for low volume production of vehicles sold in the UK as every vehicle needs to be inspected. There are no formal quality systems to demonstrate conformity of production as each vehicle specification will be different. It is possible for the vehicle to be sold in the EU but it would not be subject to the benefits offered by ECWVTA. Instead the vehicle would need to gain type approval authority from the country it was being sold to. IVA might be useful for body builders producing one-off trailers for example.
What is the likely impact?Potential increases in costs due to estimated costs for type approval, the selection of Body Builders to be used will be critical if vehicles are to be conforming with legislation, Finished vehicle lead times may increase and the choice of your supplier and their understanding of the legislation will be key in assisting you through the changes.
An old favourite comes of age
The all familiar Ford Transit range is soon to be going through its next generation change and certainly if the first pictures are anything to go by, it will see a radical departure away from its current guise with potentially different styles depending on the weight category. New more efficient and greener engines are promised building upon the already excellent credentials of the “Econetic” range where they already have the lowest CO2 rating of any 3.5tonne panel van. In addition to this, 2013 also sees the new Transit Connect coming to market with a completely different engine line up to the current model. A sample picture is shown below to gauge your views. As more information becomes available, rest assured, the Prohire LCV Division will be first on hand to share this with you.
Prohire News UpdateGrowth continues at a pace within Prohire PLC across all aspects of our Contract Hire and Fleet Management business with additional personnel being recruited as well as the winning of new clients. October and November 2012 will see our largest volume of vehicles in the last 3 years going on the road, many to core industry sectors like construction and the food distribution industries.
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