DVSA Approval procedure

STATUTORY VEHICLE TESTING APPROVAL PROCEDURE FOR TEST EQUIPMENT TO BE USED FOR TESTING VEHICLES CLASSES I to VII and HEAVY GOODS VEHICLES

1. INTRODUCTION
The DVSA is responsible for the management of the statutory annual testing of all vehicles in accordance with the Motor Vehicle (Tests) Regulations 1981, as amended, and where applicable, with the Goods Vehicle (Plating and Testing) Regulations 1988, as amended. DVSA has responsibility for controlling the overall standard of the statutory annual test and within that duty; a procedure for the approval of test equipment suitable for statutory MOT testing has been established. This document details the procedure to be followed by manufacturers who wish to gain approval of test equipment intended to be used for statutory MOT testing.

2. SPECIFICATIONS
A list of Specifications detailing the precise requirements to be met for each type of test equipment is shown in Annex A. Assessment of the suitability of test equipment for statutory MOT testing shall be based on the latest version of the relevant Specification. It should be noted however that for Wheel Turning Plates, prospective applicants for carrying out MOT Testing will only be recommended to select Wheel Turning Plates that meet the Specification; as the equipment does not measure, use of approved Wheel Turning Plates will not be a mandatory requirement.

3. APPROVAL PROCEDURE
Responsibility for managing the approval procedure for the majority of equipment listed in Annex A, including the issue of Certificates of Acceptance, has been contracted out by DVSA to the Garage Equipment Association (GEA).

The separate Oil Temperature Measurement (OTM) devices used with early designs of diesel smoke meter were originally approved by manufacturers on a self-certification basis. The OTM devices were introduced on 1 September 1995 to meet the new test requirements but also from that date any new design of diesel smoke meter had to have a means of OTM incorporated within the meter thus the need for approval of separate OTM devices will become obsolete. A separate
specification is no longer available. As Wheel Turning Plates do not measure, a self-assessment declaration form is all that is required from the manufacturer to gain approval.

3.1. Exhaust Emission Equipment
Because of the special skills and equipment needed, Exhaust Gas Analysers (for petrol engines) and Diesel Smoke Meters (for diesel engines) are tested by third party organisations and the cost of the  work shall be arranged and paid direct by the applicant. When a new design of exhaust emission equipment has completed the specified acceptance tests, a report certifying the result will be issued by the test house. When a successful test report and the other relevant items listed in Section 4.1 below have been received by GEA, a Certificate of Acceptance will be issued and arrangements made to add the make and model number of the new equipment to the list of approved equipment. It should be noted that Diesel Smoke Meters require two reports, one for the correlation of smoke measurement with the standard and one for environmental acceptance.

3.2. Other Equipment
Assessment tests can be carried out at any suitable premises nominated by the applicant. Alternatively, small free standing equipment can be delivered to the GEA or other nominated address. Equipment shall be installed at the expense of the applicant and any alterations to the equipment or manuals required to achieve compliance with the relevant Specification shall also be at the applicant’s expense. Any alterations necessary must be completed and approval in writing by the GEA must be received before the equipment can be used for MOT Testing. When a piece of equipment has met all requirements of the relevant Specification and approval has been granted, the GEA will issue a Certificate of Acceptance and ensure that the make and model number of the equipment is added to the list of approved equipment issued. The GEA will provide a table of fees for approval of different types of equipment at different
locations.

3.3. General
If, as an alternative or addition to the original manufacturer’s marking, the basic equipment may be marked with a name or model number specified by a supplier or agent, full details of any variations from the original manufacturer’s specification, if any, shall be supplied to the GEA (as applicable), at the time of application for approval. The information will be assessed and the applicant will be advised whether a separate application for approval will need to be made for the additional type. If there are no variations other than cosmetic, approval may be granted under more than one make and/or model number. In the future, if any change is made to the company name or model number stated in the original approval application, the GEA (as applicable) should be informed together with details of any
manufacturing changes. If there are no differences to the manufacturing specification, the revised name may be added to the list of approved equipment. A declaration that current production conforms or will conform to the specification submitted for approval.
Note: Once approval has been granted a declaration of conformity shall be required on an annual basis.

4. APPROVAL REQUIREMENTS
Note: All written documentation shall be submitted in English

4.1. Exhaust Emission Equipment
The items listed in the relevant section below shall be supplied to GEA with each application for approval.

4.1.1. Exhaust Gas Analyser (EGA)
a. A copy of the test reports (via relevant test house).
b. A copy of the User Manual.
c. Photographs of the EGA.
d. Any declaration made under paragraph 6.5 of the Specification VPB/07/24/20.
e. A declaration that any changes required to obtain approval, as listed in the pattern approval report, shall be made to all production models.
f. A declaration that no changes have been or will be made to the EGA software which will affect any part of the measurement procedure for the purposes of MOT testing.
g. A declaration that any proposed future design modifications will be notified to GEA  and the original test house prior to introduction.
h. A declaration of which calibration interval will be applicable under Appendix 7A of the Specification VPB/07/24/20.
i. A note defining the EAL test house or ISO accreditation body which has been nominated to carry out conformity of production checking.
j. If applicable, a copy of the OMIL report.
k. If applicable, a declaration from the original certification holder to advise that the EGA has been released to be sold in an alternative trim format.
l. If re-badging is required, a request for the issue of alternative certification giving details of the original certification and the new identifying information.

4.1.2. Diesel Smoke Meter (DSM)
a. A copy of the test reports (via the relevant test house).
b. A copy of the User Manual to meet the requirements specified under paragraph 5.8
of the Specification MOT/05/01/01/SMOKE.
c. Photographs of the DSM.
d. Any declaration made under paragraph 5.10 of the Specification MOT/05/01/01/SMOKE.
e. A declaration of the categories of vehicle to be tested.
f. A declaration that any changes required to obtain approval, as listed in the pattern approval report, will be made to all production models.
g. A declaration that no changes have been or will be made to the DSM software which will affect any part of the measurement procedure for the purposes of MOT testing.
h. A declaration that any proposed future design modifications will be notified to GEA and the original test house prior to introduction. i. If applicable, a declaration from the original certification holder to advise that the DSM has been released to be sold in an alternative trim format.
j. If re-badging is required, a request for the issue of alternative certification giving details of the original certification and the new identifying information.

4.2. Other Equipment
The following items shall be supplied to the GEA with each application for approval:
a. A completed application form.
Note: A separate form should be used for each item of equipment.
b. For the Test equipment: a detailed specification colour photograph(s) or brochure dimensioned assembly drawings two copies of the User Manual
c. For the Calibration equipment: a detailed specification (if applicable) colour photograph(s) dimensioned assembly drawings two copies of the User Manual
d. Certification of the traceability of the Calibration equipment and any other part of the test equipment defined in the relevant Specification.
e The relevant fee based on the current GEA list of fees.

4.3. QUERIES
Queries regarding the Specifications, approval procedure and all applications for approval of test equipment for MOT Testing, should be addressed to:

The Chief Executive
Garage Equipment Association
2/3 Church Walk
Daventry
NORTHANTS
NN11 4BL
Tel. 01327 312616

Annex A SPECIFICATIONS FOR TEST EQUIPMENT

The following Specifications are available:
Aiming Screens for testing Class I & II Vehicles
Decelerometers for testing all Classes of Vehicle
Diesel Smoke Meters (for diesel engined vehicles)
Exhaust Gas Analysers (for petrol engined vehicles)
Headlamp Beam Testers for testing all Classes of Vehicle (Including ATL use)
Plate Brake Testers for testing Class I & II Vehicles
Plate Brake Testers for testing Class III & IV Vehicles
Plate Brake Testers for testing Class VII Vehicles
Roller Brake Testers for testing Class I & II Vehicles
Roller Brake Testers for testing Class III & IV Vehicles
Roller Brake Testers for testing Class VII Vehicles
Roller Brake Testers for testing Class V Vehicles
(Suitable also for Class VI vehicles & HGVs)
Tyre Tread Depth Gauges for testing all Classes of Vehicle
Wheel Turning Plates for testing Class III, IV & VII Vehicles *
Speed Limiter Testing Devices for testing Class VI and Heavy Goods Vehicles
Steering and Suspension Play Detectors (ATL)
Roller Brake Testers for testing Class III & IV Vehicles (with ATL annex)
Roller Brake Testers for testing Class VII Vehicles (with ATL annex)
Brake Pedal Application Device (ATL)
* Recommended only (see paragraph 2 of the Approval Procedure notes)