Brexit and Type Approval of Motor Vehicles

    

On 29 March 2017, the UK submitted the notification of its intention to withdraw from the EU pursuant to Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. 

This Information Note is provided to industry in particular to provide some clarification in respect of Brexit  the United Kingdom’s (UK) future 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).

IN THE EVENT OF A BREXIT WHERE A DEAL IS REACHED BETWEEN THE EU AND UK

Since 29 March 2017, negotiations have been underway between the EU and UK with the aim of arriving at a withdrawal agreement.  Should a withdrawal agreement be ratified by the EU and UK, it is likely that current rules around type approval will remain in place up to 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. 

IN THE ABSENCE OF A WITHDRAWAL AGREEMENT A SO-CALLED ‘NO DEAL BREXIT’ WILL APPLY FROM 12 APRIL 2019; HOW WILL THIS EFFECT LEGISLATION?

All EU law will cease to apply to the UK from the Brexit date.  This includes EU law relating to type approval of motor vehicles.

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