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The Motor Vehicles (Approval) Regulations 1996

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14.—(1) Subject to paragraph (2) below, this regulation applies to all relevant goods vehicles and relevant passenger vehicles.

(2) This regulation does not apply—

(a)to any motor ambulance or a motor caravan;

(b)to any vehicle that meets the requirements of paragraph 2 of Schedule 1 to these Regulations and is a vehicle to which section 47 of the 1988 Act(1) applies; or

(c)to any registered vehicle.

(3) The day appointed for the purposes of section 63(1) of the Road Traffic Act 1988 in relation to every vehicle—

(a)to which this regulation applies; but

(b)which is not of a class for which a day has previously been appointed for those purposes,

is 1st July 1997.

(4) Without prejudice to any other regulations having effect by virtue of section 63(1) of the 1988 Act, all vehicles to which this regulation applies are vehicles of a prescribed class for the purposes of that section.

(5) The type approval requirements prescribed for the purposes of section 63(1) of the 1988 Act, in relation to every vehicle to which this regulation applies, are the approval requirements.

(6) Section 63(1) of the 1988 Act shall not apply to the use of a relevant passenger vehicle or a relevant goods vehicle—

(a)for the purpose of submitting it (by previous arrangement for a specified time on a specified date) before it is registered for an examination pursuant to an application under these Regulations;

(b)for the purpose of bringing it away, before it is registered, from such an examination;

(c)by an authorised person for the purpose of—

(i)taking it to, or bringing it away from, a place where a part of such an examination is to be, or has been, carried out, or

(ii)carrying out a part of such an examination, or

(iii)warming up its engine in preparation for such an examination, before it is registered;

(d)where an application under regulation 7 is refused following such an examination, for the purpose of—

(i)delivering it (by previous arrangement for a specified time on a specified date) at a place where relevant work is to be done on it, or

(ii)bringing it away from a place where relevant work has been done on it,

before it is registered.

(7) In this regulation—

“authorised person” means an examiner appointed under section 66A of the 1988 Act or a person carrying out such an examination under the direction of such an examiner;

“registered” means registered under the Vehicle Excise and Regulation Act 1994;

“relevant work” means work done or to be done to remedy the defects on the ground of which the application was refused (including work to alter the vehicle in some aspect of design, construction, equipment or marking on account of which the certificate was refused).


Section 47 was amended by the Finance Act 1994 (c. 9), Schedule 2, paragraph 25 and by the Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994 (c. 22), Schedule 3, paragraph 24(2).

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