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VIRM: In-service certification (WoF and CoF) update –
effective 14 October 2013

List of changes

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Section Change description

Introduction

3-3 Establishing whether the vehicle requires a WoF or CoF

  • Clarify under 3.3.2.6. that heavy motorhomes with an original GVM not exceeding 3750kg only qualify for WoF if they were registered as motorhomes before 1 January 1992.
  • Under 3.3.2., add all-terrain vehicles to the table so that those that require a WoF only need to meet requirements as far as practicable for design and type (they will be inspected under the Unclassified vehicles section).

3-4 Establishing whether the vehicle may be inspected for a WoF or CoF

  • Amend table to clarify that any all-terrain vehicle does not require entry certification and may therefore be inspected for WoF.
3-8 Issuing the WoF or CoF label evidence of vehicle inspection
  • Clarify how to calculate WoF/CoF expiry dates for vehicles that have been issued with pink or green stickers or that have had their WoF, CoF or temporary permit revoked.
  • Clarify that a WoF, CoF or temporary permit DOES NOT cease to be current where the vehicle is issued with a ‘G2’ green sticker.

6 Appointments

  • 'Three years recent relevant work experience' - 'recent' deleted
  • 'five years continuously' changed to 'five years cumulatively'.
Section Change description

General vehicles

1-1 VIN and chassis number

  • Clarify the process for dealing with a vehicle that had its VIN or chassis number tampered with.

2-1 External projections

  • In the modification table, add new requirements for A-frames fitted to vehicles that are required to comply with frontal impact.
3-1 Structure (incl frontal impact)
  • In the modification table, add new requirements for A-frames fitted to vehicles that are required to comply with frontal impact.

7-1 Seats and seat anchorages

  • Add new Note 5 to clarify that seat covers over seats with integrated airbags are allowed.
8-1 Service brake and parking brake
  • Under performance, add new Note 4 to refer to Technical bulletin 10, which covers specific brake test procedures for specific vehicles to avoid vehicle damage.

9-1 Steering and suspension systems

  • RfR 13, refer to Technical bulletin 9 on leaking/misting shock absorbers.
  • In modification table, clarify that springs and spring seats must not be height-adjustable by any means (unless OE).
Section Change description

Heavy vehicles

1-1 VIN and chassis number

  • Clarify the process for dealing with a vehicle that had its VIN or chassis number tampered with.

2-1 External projections

  • In the modification table, add new requirements for A-frames fitted to vehicles that are required to comply with frontal impact.
4-8 Side marker lamps
  • Correct requirement to allow only amber light to the front for vehicle manufactured from 1 January 2006. This is retrospective. Before this date, light to the front may be amber or white.

9-1 Steering and suspension systems

  • Clarify definition and requirements for axle stop devices.
Section Change description

Light PSV

1-1 VIN and chassis number

 

  • Clarify the process for dealing with a vehicle that had its VIN or chassis number tampered with.

2-1 External projections

  • In the modification table, add new requirements for A-frames fitted to vehicles that are required to comply with frontal impact.

7-1 Seats and seat anchorages

  • Add new Note 5 to clarify that seat covers over seats with integrated airbags are allowed.

8-1 Service brake and parking brake

  • Under performance, add new Note 4 to refer to Technical bulletin 10, which covers specific brake test procedures for specific vehicles to avoid vehicle damage.
Section Change description

Heavy PSV

1-1 VIN and chassis number

  • Clarify the process for dealing with a vehicle that had its VIN or chassis number tampered with.

2-1 External projections

  • In the modification table, add new requirements for A-frames fitted to vehicles that are required to comply with frontal impact.

4-8 Side marker lamps

  • Correct requirement to allow only amber light to the front for vehicle manufactured from 1 January 2006. This is retrospective. Before this date, light to the front may be amber or white.
Section Change description

Motorcycles

9-1 Steering and suspension systems

  • RfR 4, refer to Technical bulletin 9 on leaking/misting shock absorbers.
Section Change description

General trailer

5-1 Service brake, parking brake, emergency brake and breakaway brake
  • Note 5 added to clarify process for dealing with a trailer that has a laden weight of 2000kg or less when presented (usually without a load), but is likely to have a laden weight greater than 2000kg when carrying its normal load (such as a boat, car or horse trailer).

6-1 Steering and suspension systems

  • RfR 7, refer to Technical bulletin 9 on leaking/misting shock absorbers.
8-1 Light trailer drawbar and kingpin
  • Note 2 added to clarify process for dealing with a trailer that has a laden weight of 2000kg or less when presented (usually without a load), but is likely to have a laden weight greater than 2000kg when carrying its normal load (such as a boat, car or horse trailer).
  • Note 3 added to provide information for helping identify maximum strength of trailer safety chains and shackles.
  • Add to RfR 4 that a missing or significantly corroded coupling locking pin must result in a fail.
Section Change description

Heavy trailer

4-8 Side marker lamps

  • Correct requirement to allow only amber light to the front for vehicle manufactured from 1 January 2006. This is retrospective. Before this date, light to the front may be amber or white.

6-1 Steering and suspension systems

  • Clarify definition and requirements for axle stop devices.
Section Change description

Forklifts

9-1 Steering and suspension systems

  • RfR 14, refer to Technical bulletin 9 on leaking/misting shock absorbers.
Section Change description

Tractors

9-1 Steering and suspension systems

  • RfR 13, refer to Technical bulletin 9 on leaking/misting shock absorbers.
Section Change description

Unclassified vehicles

Introduction

  • Add all-terrain vehicles to the list of vehicles inspected under this section.

9-1 Steering and suspension systems

  • RfR 14, refer to Technical bulletin 9 on leaking/misting shock absorbers.
Section Change description

Technical bulletins

Technical bulletin 9 Shock absorbers – misting vs excessive leakage

  • New Technical bulletin 9 providing guidance for assessing shock absorber leakage (previously covered in WoF news 17).

Technical bulletin 10 Brake test procedures for specific vehicles

  • New Technical bulletin 10 providing specific procedures for testing brakes on certain vehicles, eg BMWs with electro-mechanical parking brakes, to avoid damaging the vehicle.
HV certifier code changes

Updates are throughout the VIRM and are highlighted where the changes occur.

Old code

New code

HVMC

HMCD

HVMK

HMKD

HVML

HMLD

HVMT

HMTD

HVMA

HMAD

HVIA Deleted
HVIC
HVIK
HVIL
HVIT