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End of series vehicles

What end of series vehicles are and the rules and regulations that apply to them. 

By law, when a vehicle is first manufactured it must meet all of the necessary safety and quality standards before it can be sold throughout Europe i.e. European type approval. However, these standards change over time so a vehicle manufactured a year or two ago may now not meet the latest standard. This vehicle is still new, as it has never been sold, so it is referred to as an ‘end of series’ i.e. last of its type. Manufacturers facing economic or technical difficulties in complying with the new standards can apply for an end of series ‘derogation’. This allows them extra time to sell off any stock of vehicles that were manufactured to previous standards. 

How end of series derogations are granted 

The granting of end of series derogations is at the discretion of each EU member state. For vehicles in category M, N and O, end-of-series derogations are restricted in one of the following ways: 

  1. Vehicles for which a valid certificate of conformity was issued on or after the date of manufacture of the vehicle and which remained valid for at least three months after its date of issue. There is no limit on the number of vehicles, provided the certificate of conformity remained valid for at least three months after its date of issue. 
  2. The maximum number of vehicles of one or more types that can be derogated is based on the overall percentage of those vehicles that entered into service during the previous years. Should this number be less than 100 vehicles, then a maximum of 100 vehicles may be allowed to enter into service. the certificate of conformity may be issued up until the date before the new legislation applies.

Applying for an end of series derogation 

Applications can only be made by a vehicle distributor or manufacturer. 

To apply for an end of series derogation: 

  1. Download the relevant application form below and the accompanying vehicle list spreadsheet. 
  2. Complete both the application form and vehicle list spreadsheet in full (incomplete applications will not be processed)  
  3. Email both documents to [email protected]

Please note that we may seek copies (or originals) of a vehicle’s certificate of conformity (COC). 

 

Passenger and goods vehicles 

End of Series Application Form passenger and goods vehicles - October 2021 docx | 60 KB End of Series Vehicle List - Step E Application Form - October 2021 xls | 103 KB End of Series Vehicle List - Passenger and Goods Vehicles Template - UNECE R16 - August 2021 xls | 46 KB End of Series Vehicle List - Rear Underrun UNECE R58 August 2021 xls | 36 KB End of Series Vehicle List - Vehicles Steering UNECE 79 August 2021 xls | 36 KB End of Series Vehicle List - AVAS June 2021 xls | 36 KB End of Series Vehicle List - Passenger and Goods Vehicles Template - April 2021 xls | 44 KB

 

Motorcycles, mopeds, trikes and quadbikes 

End of Series application form Motorcycles_ Mopeds_ Trikes and Quads - Dec 2020 docx | 48 KB End of Series Vehicle List - Motorcycles Mopeds Trikes and Quads Template - Nov 2016 xlsx | 22 KB

Important notice regarding end of series vehicles

Owing to the continued impact COVID-19 is having on the economy, a 12 month extension for end-of-series commercial vehicles (M2, M3 and N) which have derogations that were due to expire in February 2021 is available under certain conditions.

See our  Information Note for further details on this extension.


Upcoming changes

From January 2022

From 1st January 2022, two new requirements apply

  • Light duty vehicles of category N1 Class II and N1 Class III are required to be fitted with on-board fuel and/or energy consumption monitors (OBFCM)
  • Heavy duty vehicles are required to comply with the Euro VI Step E emission requirements.

The RSA is granting end-of-series derogations to vehicles that meet the requirements in the table below. For heavy duty vehicles, the RSA will request details of the number of vehicles of that type registered in the previous year.

Emissions categoryStandard (until 31 December 2021)Standard (from 1 January 2022)Applicable end-of-series derogation
Light duty vehicle emissions: N1 Class II

CH:  Euro 6d-TEMP-EVAP-ISC

AN: Euro 6d-ISC

AQ: Euro 6d-ISC-FCM

CoC issue date no later than 30 September 2021

Light duty vehicle emissions: N1 Class III

CI: Euro 6d-TEMP-EVAP-ISC

AO: Euro 6d-ISC

AR: Euro 6d-ISC-FCMCoC issue date no later than 30 September 2021
Heavy duty vehicle emissionsEuro VI Step DEuro VI Step E30% of the vehicles of all types concerned registered in the previous year or 100 vehicles, whichever is greater


From September 2021

From 1 September 2021, 3 new requirements apply

  • UN Regulation No. 16.07
  • UN Regulation No. 79.03
  • UN Regulation No. 58.03

The RSA will be granting derogations for vehicles subject to conditions outlined in the table below. In addition, vehicles must have a valid certificate of conformity issued on or after the date of manufacture, and that remained valid for at least 3 months before the new requirement applies.

Regulation numberTitleEnd of Series Derogation
UN Regulation No. 16.07Safety-belts and restraint systemsSee note for UN Regulation 16.07
UN Regulation No. 79.03Steering equipmentSee note for UN Regulation 79.03
UN Regulation No. 58.03Rear underrun protection devicesThe RSA will grant an end-of-series derogation for vehicles that don’t comply with UN Regulation No. 58.03, but that comply with UN Regulation No. 58.02.

Since 1 January 2021, vehicle manufacturers of passenger cars and some light-duty goods vehicles are required to meet stricter emission standards. In addition, manufacturers are required to fit on-board fuel and/or energy consumption monitoring (OBFCM) devices to these vehicles.

The RSA will be granting derogations for vehicles with emission characters DG and AM that had a valid certificate of conformity issued on or after the date of manufacture, and that remained valid for at least 3 months before the new requirement applies.

Since 1 January 2021, vehicle manufacturers of L category vehicles (two-wheel, three-wheel vehicles and quads) are required to meet stricter emission standards. The RSA has prepared a note that explains these changes. This note is available here. The RSA is granting a derogation for vehicles that don’t comply with Euro 5 emission standards.

Refer to the End of Series application form for the full list of derogations that the RSA will be granting.


Legislation on end of series vehicles 

The legislation for motor vehicles, trailers and for L category vehicles allows member states to grant end-of-series derogations, provided these vehicles meet the criteria set out in the following tables. 


Passenger & goods vehicles (category M, N, O)

Van and light truck
EU legislation EU reference National legislation 
Framework regulation 2018/858 S.I. No. 556/2020 
 Single stage (completed) Multi-stage (completed) 

Restriction type 

We will decide which restriction applies We will decide which restriction applies 
COC issue date Must be issued by the manufacturer at least three months before the new legislation applies Must be issued by the manufacturer at least three months before the new legislation applies 
Maximum number of M1 vehicles

The maximum number of vehicles of one or more types may not exceed 10% of the vehicles of all types concerned entered into service during the previous year 

or 

100 vehicles  

The COC must be issued by the manufacturer up until the day before the new legislation applies 

The maximum number of vehicles of one or more types may not exceed 10% of the vehicles of all types concerned entered into service during the previous year 

or 

100 vehicles  

The COC must be issued by the manufacturer up until the day before the new legislation applies 

The maximum number of M2, M3, N category vehicles and O category trailers 

The maximum number of vehicles of one or more types may not exceed 30% of the vehicles of all types concerned entered into service during the previous year 

or 

100 vehicles  

The COC must be issued by the manufacturer up until the day before the new legislation applies

The maximum number of vehicles of one or more types may not exceed 30% of the vehicles of all types concerned entered into service during the previous year 

or 

100 vehicles  

The COC must be issued by the manufacturer up until the day before the new legislation applies

Length of derogation 12 months 18 months 

 

Motorcycles, mopeds, trikes, quads (category L) 

EU legislation EU referenceNational legislation 
Framework regulation 168/2013S.I. No. 614/2015 

 

 Single stage (completed) Multi-stage (completed) 
COC Must be issued by the manufacturer up until the day before the new legislation applies Must be issued by the manufacturer up until the day before the new legislation applies 
Length of derogation 24 months 30 months 
Additional requirements 

Must not exceed 10% of the number of vehicles registered in the two preceding years or 100 vehicles, whichever is higher 

Must not exceed 10% of the number of vehicles registered in the two preceding years or 100 vehicles, whichever is higher 



Future proposals 

These are the upcoming UN and European directives and regulations impacting entry into service for vehicles.  Upcoming Changes to EC Directives or Regulations with effect on Registration - Entry into Service March 2021 pdf | 267 KB

Frequently asked questions

This content is for general information only. It does not, and is not intended to, provide legal or technical advice or to represent a legal interpretation of the matters it addresses.

End of series derogations come with a cut-off date e.g., 12 months from when the vehicle lost its type-approval validity.

You should allow a maximum of 10 working days. This is provided that both the application form and spreadsheet have been completed correctly, otherwise processing will not commence. 

TypeDescription

Complete vehicles.

Built in a single stage by the manufacturer and requires no further work.

Completed or multi-stage vehicles.

Built in multi stages involving more than one manufacturer.

Incomplete vehicles.

Any vehicle which has yet to undergo one or more stages.