Type Approval and IVA Tests for Trailers in the UK
Type Approval and IVA Tests for Trailers in the UK: What You Need to Know
If you're planning to build a trailer in the UK it's important to understand the regulations around Type Approval and Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) tests. Whether it's braked or un-braked it must be put through an IVA test. These tests are designed to ensure that all trailers meet the necessary safety standards and are roadworthy before they can be used on public roads.
Type Approval is a process by which trailers are certified as meeting specific standards and regulations set by the UK government. The IVA test is a specific type of Type Approval test
The IVA test is a comprehensive inspection of the trailer's design and construction. The test covers a wide range of areas, including lighting, brakes wheels and tyres etc.
If you're building a trailer from scratch you'll need to have it tested and certified before you can use it on public roads legally. This means that you'll need to go through the IVA test process and there is a link to the application form and the Guidance Notes which help to avoid some of the errors that can be made.
If the trailer to be presented for an IVA test has brakes you will need to provide type approval documents for the coupling, for the brakes and most importantly a Certificate of Compatibility" which would be obtained from the manufacturer of the coupling.
However, it's important to remember that the IVA test is designed to ensure your safety and that of other road users. By complying with the regulations and having your trailer tested and certified, you can have peace of mind knowing that your trailer is roadworthy and safe to use.