Type Approval

Type Approval

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

  • Stage 1: Manufacturer - such as Scania or MAN, who build a rigid vehicle or tractor unit
  • Stage 2: Bodybuilder - companies who tailor the vehicle for specific use, such as Curtainside, Tipper etc.
    Stage 2 can also refer to Tractor Units having vehicle safety systems installed, as there is no bodybuild stage
  • Stage 3: Post Manufacturer Installations - specialists such as SM UK who install safety systems for fleets

 Cement Mixer with camera safety equipment fitted

What does Type Approval Certification mean for you?

When working with SM UK for your safety equipmment installation, we are able to work on the vehicle pre-registration, as the VCA know 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.

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.

Saving 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!

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What vehicles can we work on pre-registration?

SM UK hold type approval for DAF, Volvo, MAN, Renault, Scania and Mercedes Benz vehicles.

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These include Stage 2 Type Approvals for Tractor Units and Stage 3 Type Approvals for Rigid Vehicles.

What  work can be carried out?

• Camera Systems including recording systems
• Side Scan with left turn warning
• Beacons and lighting 
• Blind Spot Windows
• SMUK 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

 SM UK installer working on a Scania HGV

Van Conversion Type Approval

For customers wanting van conversions; including professional racking solutions and additional lighting, SM UK can also complete these installations pre-registration under our Type Approval. 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.

Several vans having professional racking installed by SM UK

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.

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, visit our Contact Us page, call us on 0845 388 3816 or email 'enquiries@smfleet.co.uk'.