Legislative guide to Vehicle Type Approval

Some of the main Entry into Service and Type Approval Legislation relevant to vehicles and their systems, components and separate technical units.

This content is for information purposes only.  It does not purport to set out all legal obligations relating to the entry into service or type approval of motor vehicles and their systems, components and separate technical units.   It is not, nor should it be treated as, a definitive or legal interpretation of the applicable law and its requirements.

Legal Instruments Description Who it primarily applies to

S.I. No. 158 of 2009(PDF) - European Communities (Road Vehicles: Type- Approval) Regulations 2009

as last amended by S.I. No. 280 of 2017 (PDF)

and

S.I. No. 157 of 2009(PDF) - European Communities (Road Vehicles: Entry into Service) Regulations 2009

As last amended by S.I. No. 279 of 2017 (PDF)

Since April 29th 2009, S.I. No. 158 of 2009 introduced in Ireland the system of type approval as set out in 2007/46/EC. Originally applying only to cars, the system of type approval has now extended to introduce a mandate that all new vehicle now require type approval certification. This certification shall be passed on by the manufacturer (through his authorised distributor for example) in order to facilitate registration through the Revenue Commissioners in the case of mechanically propelled vehicles, or at the local motor tax office in the case of heavy trailers (>3.5t). Also since October 29th 2014, it is a requirement that all new light trailers (<3.5t) have a type approval certificate at the point of sale.  The following are the certificates of approval which are acceptable:

  • An EC Certificate of Conformity (EC CoC).  This certificate is issued in respect of a vehicle that meets the European Communities Whole Vehicle Type Approval (ECWVTA) requirements.  This certificate allows the vehicle to enter into service in any Member State of the European Union.

 

  • An Irish National Small Series Type Approval Certificate of Conformity (NSSTA CoC).  This certificate is issued in respect of a vehicle that meets Ireland’s National Small Series Type Approval requirements. Upon purchasing a vehicle, the NSSTA CoC is issued by the manufacturer to the purchaser and signifies that the vehicle is of a type which has been approved by the NSAI.   The number of vehicles which can be approved as part of a small series are limited to the following:

Categories

Units

M1

100

M2/M3

250

N1

250

N2/N3

250

O1/O2

500

O3/O4

250

 

  • An Irish Individual Vehicle Approval Certificate (IVA Certificate). This certificate is issued in respect of a vehicle that meets Ireland’s Individual Vehicle Approval requirements, a scheme suited for vehicles imported or manufactured in very small numbers or as individual vehicles. Each vehicle is examined individually and when the technical requirements are met, an IVA Certificate is issued by the NSAI to the owner or manufacturer.
Manufacturers, convertors, importers and distributors of new vehicles of categories M1, M2, M3, N1, N2, N3, O1, O2, O3 and O4 and the systems, components or separate technical units intended for such vehicles.