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What is Type Approval?

Type Approval refers to a range of regulations in place to ensure quality, safety and reliability of products and installations. The Type Approval Authority, run by the official Government body The Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA), operate the Vehicle Type Approval scheme Europe-wide.

For vehicles going through multi-stage builds, Type Approval is needed for each stage of the build, without it, your vehicle may not be authorised for the road.
An example of the multiple stage build

DAF Prepped for HGV Package at SM UK Tamworth

Stage 1: Manufacturer

Such as Scania or MAN, who build a rigid vehicle or tractor unit.

DAF Concrete Mixer at SM UK Leeds Workshop

Stage 2: Bodybuilder

Companies who tailor the vehicle for specific use, such as Curtainside, Tipper etc.

DAF HGV lineup at SM UK Tamworth

Stage 3: Post Manufacturer Installations

Specialists such as SM UK who install safety systems for fleets.

What does Type Approval
Certification mean for you?

When working with SM UK for your safety equipment installation, we are able to work on the vehicle pre-registration, as the VCA knows our work will meet all relevant standards and regulations. You can be assured of the quality of your installation, as SM UK will fit our equipment to manufacturer specifications, leaving you with a vehicle that would meet factory standards. We also have Stage 2 Type Approval, meaning our equipment can be installed alongside the bodybuilder.

Ultimately, using an approved installer such as SM UK will save you time, money and effort when it comes to adding our safety systems onto your fleet vehicles.

Saving you time

Working with a Type Approved installer means you will avoid unnecessary vehicle downtime. As SM UK can carry out our installations pre-registration, you can bypass buying and registering a vehicle, only then to have to take it to a workshop for it’s safety equipment to be installed. You will receive your vehicle with all equipment installed, approved and ready for the road.

Save you effort

SM UK can help you avoid the drawn-out process of collecting your new vehicle from your dealer, taking it somewhere else to have its safety equipment installed, then collecting once installed. Our type approved installations mean that you can specify exactly what you need with the dealer, and receive your vehicle which is ready to go from day one!

Saving you money

Working on vehicles pre-registration saves the dealer and end user money.
Dealers can hold off on paying manufacturers as soon as the vehicle is registered, as well as the storage charges involved whilst waiting for the camera systems etc. to be installed.

End Users can avoid paying up front for vehicles, as well as the tax and insurance on a vehicle that isn’t yet ready for the road, helping you to save money that would otherwise be wasted, and manage your cash flow much easier.

When adding several vehicles to your fleet, working with Type Approved installers is a much more cost effective than taking each vehicle down the Individual Vehicle Approval route.

SM UK vehicle pre-registration services

SM UK hold type approval for DAF, Volvo, MAN, Renault, Scania and Mercedes Benz vehicles.
These include Stage Two Type Approvals for 2 & 3 Axle Tractor Units and Stage Three Type Approvals for 3 & 4 Axle Rigid Vehicles.

Work carried on on vehicles from these manufacturers include:

  • Camera & recording systems
  • Side Scan with left turn warning
  • Beacons and lighting
  • Blind Spot Windows
  • SM UK Halo®
  • Parking Sensors
  • Step Sensors
  • Reverse Sensors
  • Reverse Alarms
  • Tracking
  • Hand Brake Warning Systems
  • Radar
  • Microwave Units
  • Anderson Sockets
  • Inverters
  • Battery Guard
  • Cycle Illuminated Sign
MAN Van conversions by SM UK Leeds External

Van Conversion Type Approval

SM UK also hold a National Small Series Type Approval, meaning we can carry out van conversions pre-registration; including professional racking solutions and additional lighting. This means you will have your customised vehicle ready for the road. No downtime fitting out the racking once you have received your vehicles, just your fleet out on the roads, doing what they need to do, wherever they need to be, making you money.

Whether you’re looking to save time by creating bespoke storage, create mobile work stations for your drivers, or improve the safety of the vehicle by installing crash tested racking, SM UK can create a customised solution for you.

Need help with type approval?

If you’re adding any trucks and vans to your fleet, speak with SM UK’s specialists to find out more about our Type Approved installations, and save yourself lots of time, money and effort.