DfT reveals new strategy for GB Type Removal


The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced its strategy for GB Type Approval.

In a written statement to Parliament, transport secretary Mark Harper, said: “Following our departure from the EU, we have the freedom to rethink the ‘type approval’ rules which apply to all cars, vans, motorcycles and other vehicles sold in the UK.

“Whilst maintaining our high standards of safety and environmental protection, wherever possible we will reduce the administrative burden of demonstrating compliance with regulations.”

The type approval process ensures that vehicles meet safety and environmental standards before being placed on the market.

Before Brexit, type approval was administered by the EU Commission. Now, the framework for type approval regulatory framework is under the jurisdiction of the UK government. 

The DfT says it will build the framework based on three key principles: use international standards wherever possible – making regulation cheaper to follow for importers and exporters; deregulate low risk areas and accept alternative national standards where international standards do not exist or aren’t suitable; and introduce UK-specific rules only where necessary. 

Sue Robinson, chief executive of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), which represents car and commercial retailers across the UK, added: “It is crucial that the Government works closely with key industry stakeholders on GB Type Approval to ensure a fine balance is struck particularly addressing the delicate position of Northern Ireland and ensuring the UK market remains attractive to European car manufacturers."