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MAKE SURE YOU KNOW THE DIFFERENCES
Comparing Minibus Lite to other school minibuses European Type Approval v IVA
On the surface of it one minibus looks very much like another. But go beyond the salesmen's convincing sounding argument and all you can truly rely on are the facts.
Every minibus has to meet certain requirements before it can be type approved and registered on the road. But there are different levels of testing that set them apart.
What is Type Approval?
Type Approval is granted to a product that meets a minimum set of regulatory, technical and safety requirements. Generally, type approval is required before a product is allowed to be sold in a particular country, so the requirements for a given product will vary around the world.
What is European Whole Vehicle Type Approval?
European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval (ECWVTA) is a European approval scheme which is based on the concept of ‘type approval’ and put simply; this process provides a mechanism for ensuring that vehicles meet relevant environmental and safety standards. It allows a vehicle of a type to be approved for use across all member states in the EU without the need for further testing in each country. It creates a single market by ensuring a common standard of vehicle that is secure, safe to use on the road and has a lower impact on the environment.
To achieve full ECWVTA requires extensive, rigorous and expensive testing to gain approval
What is an "IVA" Type Approval?
IVA stands for Individual Vehicle Approval and is a UK approval scheme for vehicles and trailers imported, assembled or manufactured in very small numbers or as individual vehicles e.g. amateur built cars, bespoke trailers etc.
It is a means of checking that vehicles broadly meet the technical requirements laid out in European legislation, ensuring that they have been designed and constructed to modern safety and environmental standards.
Compared to ECWVTA and NSSTA, the IVA scheme is the least onerous certification route in terms of compliance and is less costly.