HYVA UK: INTRODUCING WHOLE VEHICLE TYPE APPROVAL IN THE MOST PRACTICAL AND EFFICIENT WAY POSSIBLE
Whole Vehicle Type Approval (WVTA) is one of the most comprehensive and complex pieces of legislation yet introduced into the commercial vehicle industry. One of the ways to fulfill the requirements of WVTA is via the National Small Series Type Approval (NSSTA) route. By adopting this course, Hyva (UK) Ltd has achieved compliance in a typically efficient and pragmatic fashion.
What is NSSTA?
In contrast to the extensive and often restrictive European WVTA route, the NSSTA is a scheme for vehicles that will operate only in the UK, and where annual sales volumes per manufacturer vehicle type will not be over 250. Hyva skiploaders and hookloaders therefore meet the key conditions of NSSTA perfectly.
As an added advantage, the level of technical requirements to meet NSSTA provide increased flexibility and scope, as Hyva (UK)’s Senior Engineer John Gerrard explains:
“Our NSSTA project has been a Systems – based approach, with a key advantage being that Type Approval is granted to individual vehicle components and systems specific to our skiploader and hookloader product range.
The NSSTA – based approach we’ve adopted in developing our approvals and integrated quality processes are the things that really count. The resulting whole vehicle approvals we get then apply to all vehicles within a certain class of chassis and give us extensive scope on our approvals for 2, 3 and 4 axle vehicles.
Significantly, each of these approvals covers both Hyva skiploaders and hookloaders.”
In similar fashion to full European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval, once a general approval is granted under NSSTA, individual vehicles do not need to be examined.
However, every vehicle does need to display a statutory plate showing the Type Approval Number, the chassis VIN Number and Hyva Serial Number inside its cab. In addition, every vehicle will be issued with its own completed Certificate of Conformity to enable it to be first registered.
Physical Changes to Vehicles
Despite the administrative complexities, the physical changes to NSSTA vehicles are few. Above 12,000kgs gvw, the two key vehicle classes are N3 (on road) and N3G (off road). For normal operation, both will be fitted with Rear Under-Run Protection System, as well as vehicle wings that must comply with the Spray Suppression Regulations.
Spray absorption mudflaps are also required for on-road N3 trucks, though not for N3G off-road types. Protective guards to rear lamps cannot now be fitted by a bodybuilder, although they may be retro-fitted later by the vehicle operator if required.
For Hyva skiploaders, the rear under-run bar is already incorporated within the rear end body assembly. For hookloaders, a separate under-run bar is now included in the standard specification (including those vehicles fitted with couplings for drawbar operation).
As an individual but important point, the Hyva AutoSheet system already supplied on the majority of skiploaders and hookloaders is now fully included in the Type Approved specifications.
Overall Impact of Type Approval
Commenting on the latest legislation, National Sales Manager Mike Taylor says : “95% of what Type Approval is all about happens before the customer gets his truck. Actual changes in vehicle operation will be few. The long term aim is to produce trucks that offer higher quality, improved performance as well as being safer for everyone in the wider road transport environment.
Introducing Type Approval with minimal impact to the operator is essentially another example Hyva’s on-going commitment to delivering first class engineering solutions.”