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IVA guides published to help customers get a pass

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Between June and October 2015, DVSA published a series of Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) ‘help to get a pass’ guides. We’ve done this to help give you a better chance of meeting the required standards and getting a first time pass at an IVA inspection.

An IVA inspection is for vehicles that are required to be registered in the UK that don’t have a Certificate of Conformity. The inspection is mostly used for one-off builds or small production runs.

Individual Vehicle Approval - Help to get a pass

Avoiding the top 10 fail items

The guides help by telling you how to avoid the top 10 reasons that vehicles fail the IVA inspection, showing clear visual examples. They cover things like headlamp aim, brakes, general construction, rear fog lamps and loads more.

Take a look at our range of IVA ‘help to get a pass’ guides on GOV.UK:

They’ve proven so far to be very popular. In one month alone the guides have been looked at over 4000 times online with viewings continuing to rise.

Reducing time and resource

At a recent Mercedes Benz Bodybuilder Engineering conference, the lorries guide was used as the basis for presenting to delegates. Feedback was very positive and the guides were considered effective tools in communicating practical advice on how to prepare vehicles to improve pass rates, and reduce time and resource for the industry and DVSA.

Feedback from DVSA Examiners has also been excellent. Paul Lane (Vehicle Examiner in the Midlands) said “these guides have increased customer awareness of the scheme giving them an insight into the standards that DVSA require when a vehicle is presented for inspection. They are certainly effective”.

But it’s not a guaranteed pass

Please remember that these guides are for helping you understand the standards required, but full compliance with them won’t guarantee a pass.

You’ll need to read the IVA inspection manuals for the full requirements and testing procedures needed to get your vehicle passed.

You can read all the IVA forms and guidance on GOV.UK.

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