ACE reported in July 2009 that concerns were raised about the requirement, for BIVA, that vehicles be fitted with ECE 43 spec windscreen glass and the difficulties that would be faced in replacing such glass on a ‘Production’ car that was submitted for the test.
When we first published this piece, a 12 month concession had been granted to allow projects that were in the final stages of completion to be put through the test with BS (British Standards) marked glass. This was later extended for a further 12 months to April 2011.
After extensive work and negotiation by ACE and other parties we can announce that we have secured a further two year extension on the ECE 43 concession.
The extension runs from April 2011 to April 2013 and means that vehicles submitted for BIVA tests will not fail if the glass is BS not ECE 43 marked.
This concession only applies to vehicles in the A, C and S categories
– “Kit cars”
– “Vehicle built using parts (e.g. engine) of a registered vehicle”.
ACE are still in negotiations with Dft and VOSA with a view to gaining a permanent exemption for these classes.
If a vehicle is in category V (very low volume, 300 max per year) it is deemed to be brand new and therefore should have compliance with the latest requirements.Share