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European Whole Vehicle Type Approval


From 29th April 2013 every new N1 vehicle (freight vehicle not exceeding 3.5 tonne GVW) that is built for use within Europe will require a Type Approval Certificate to be registered.

These are rules that ensure that each vehicle is built to conform to a strict set of guidelines governing everything from lighting to vehicle mass.

TRUCKSMITH® have successfully achieved European Whole Vehicle Type Approval (EWVTA) for their complete standard product range of LoLoaders®, from 3.8m to 5m length bodies and from 2.2m to 2.565m interior height; a full six months ahead of schedule.

TRUCKSMITH®’s approval numbers, issued by the VCA, are:



Variants of the LoLoader® that are required outside of the EWVTA framework can be built subject to an Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) inspection. Under an IVA, vehicles have to be inspected by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) on an individual basis.  This is a service that TRUCKSMITH® are delighted to offer.

Without at least one of these approvals, EWVTA or IVA, new N1 vehicles are not permitted to be registered or used on the road.

For further information on EWVTA and how it may affect you, contact the TRUCKSMITH® Sales Department on 01884 33001 option 1, via, or follow the link on the Department for Transport website