Scania Product is supplied with either a ‘Complete’ or ‘Incomplete’ COC. Complete COC’s are usually issued to Tractor unit types and provided no further work has been carried out on the vehicle that could affect any of the individual system or component approvals, the vehicle can be registered. Rigid type vehicles are issued with ‘Incomplete’ COC’s. Where an incomplete COC is issued, the vehicle will require further work to ‘complete’ the approval and cannot be registered until this is completed. Final approval can be through the following options:
1. European Whole Vehicle Approval - In this case, the body builder will hold an approval with an EU approval authority which is audited and checked on a regular basis. The holder may issue a ‘Completed’ COC once the vehicle is deemed to comply with all the required systems and components.
2. National Type Approval - This is the same as 1 above but there are limits on the number of bodies that can be produced on a type of vehicle. Also, the final product may only be registered in the UK unlike above where the final product can be registered within any EU Member State.
3. Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) - With this option, a body builder ‘Completes’ the vehicle by building it in compliance with the requirements of the IVA inspection manual. The vehicle is then presented for a test at a DVSA inspection site where compliance is checked and if confirmed to comply, an IVA certificate is issued for the vehicle.
In all three options above, once the certification has been issued, the vehicle can be registered.