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41 Entry certification procedures for certain modified vehicles


Certain modifications to vehicles that have been certified overseas to a process accepted by the Transport agency do not need specialist inspection and certification.

Important: Exhaust emissions compliance isn’t guaranteed and must be verified by one of the methods specified in Technical Bulletin 28.

Applicable legislation: Land Transport Rule Vehicle Standards Compliance 2002 6.5(3).

Overseas modification certification that can be accepted without referral to a specialist certifier

The following European, Australian and United States certifications can be accepted if no subsequent modifications have been made. Check for subsequent modifications and check the details on the Certificate of Conformity, ADR SSM label/plate or FMVSS label/plate against the vehicle. If there are any differences, eg the number of seats or subsequent modifications, then the overseas certification cannot be accepted – refer to a specialist certifier.

For heavy vehicles, the final stage manufacturer is to be considered the de facto manufacturer. While some modifications are allowed, any items generally requiring heavy vehicle specialist certification (eg logging bolster attachments, towing connections, stockcrate anchorage points, load anchorage points, conversion of a vehicle to right-hand drive, conversion of a vehicle to dual steering, etc.) are not excepted from the requirement to be certified by a specialist certifier.

Ratings such as GVM given by the final stage manufacturer under the accepted certification are to be used.

European vehicles

Any vehicle, including a motorhome, that has been modified and type certified to the European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval”(ECWVTA) system. The vehicle must have an ECWVTA Certificate of Conformity (CoC) and a corresponding label/plate on the vehicle.

Note 1

A motorhome may have final stage approval to 2001/116/EC provided it was approved to 2007/46/EC at an earlier approval stage (ie there is a base or second stage approval label listing 2007/46/EC in addition to the 2001/116/EC final stage label).

Note 2

If the vehicle doesn’t have a first (or second - only in the case of the final stage being the third stage) approval to 2007/46/EC, it must be referred to a specialist certifier.

sample plate

Australian vehicles

Any vehicle, including a motorhome, that has been modified and type certified to the Australian Motor Vehicle Certification Board Second Stage of Manufacture (also called ADR second stage of manufacture, ADR SSM). The vehicle must have a corresponding plate/label affixed.

The plate/label must be silver in colour. If the word ‘nonstandard’ or the phrase 'low volume’ appears on the plate/label the certification cannot be accepted, refer to a specialist certifier.

SSM plate

United States vehicles

Note: some United States vehicles covered by this bulletin (eg motorhomes and stretched limousines less than 20 years old) may require RHD conversion, and this will require low volume vehicle or heavy vehicle specialist certification. Purpose-built hearses are able to remain in LHD form.

Motorhomes

Any used imported motor home (previously registered in the USA) that has an FMVSS approval plate (fitted by the motor home manufacturer). If there is any doubt, refer to vehicles@nzta.govt.nz to get confirmation of acceptance of the certification, providing photos of the VIN, all FMVSS plates/labels (first and second stage) and photos of the vehicle layout and features (beds, seats, tables, cooking and washing facilities).

Any new motor home that has an FMVSS approval plate (fitted by the motor home manufacturer), provided there are original documents confirming the motor home was manufactured for the US market and would be permitted for use on public roads in the US.

Note: Conversion vans (aka day vans) are not motorhomes as they are not a dwelling place. If there is any doubt, refer to vehicles@nzta.govt.nz to get confirmation of the classification, providing photos of the VIN, all FMVSS plates/labels (first and second stage) and photos of the vehicle layout and features (beds, seats, tables, cooking and washing facilities).

Hearses or limousines

A vehicle modified or partially manufactured by a coachbuilder recognised and authorised by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) under either the Cadillac Master Coachbuilder or Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier programmes. The vehicle must have a corresponding plate/label affixed. Refer to Appendix 2 for details of qualifying vehicles.

FMVSS

IVCERT vehicle certification screen

The modification certification must be entered into the IVCERT screen as below.

Field name

Enter

Description

Type

ECTA

European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval (ECWVTA)

ADR2

Australian Motor Vehicle Certification Board Second Stage of Manufacture, also called ADR second stage of manufacture

USMH

A vehicle converted into a motorhome that has an FMVSS second stage of manufacture plate/label

USCB

A vehicle modified or partially manufactured by a coachbuilder recognised and authorised by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) under either the Cadillac Master Coachbuilder or Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier programmes

Number

For ECTA

The approval numbers unique 4 digit code and 2 digit suffix.

eg if the number on the plate/ label is “e11*2007/46*0851*01” enter 085101

For ADR2

The 5 digit approval number on the plate/label

For USMH and USCB

The date of manufacture of the completed vehicle from the FMVSS label.  In MMYYYY format

Issue ID

The entry certifiers ID

Issue Date

Date of entry certification

Comments

Description of the modifications observed and the modifications recorded on the CoC and labels/plates.

Include the coachbuilders or second stage manufacturers name if applicable.

Where appropriate use the abbreviations listed below.

IVCERT screen example

IVERT screen

Abbreviations

ADJ

Adjustable

BDYKT

Body kit

CHASS

Chassis

CLMN

Column

CONV

Conversion

CUST

Custom

CYL

Cylinder

DR

Door

ENG

Engine

EXTN

Extension

F

Front

F-GLASS

Fibreglass

GVM

GVM Increase

H-D/DUTY

Heavy duty

HNDLS

Handles

HYD

Hydraulic

L

Left

MAN

Manual

M-Home

Motorhome

OE

Original equipment

PWR

Power

POS

Position

RHD

Right hand drive conversion

R

Right

Rr

Rear

RMP

Ramp

RSTRNTS

Restraints

S-BELT

Seatbelt

STNWGN

Station wagon

SYS

System

TNK

Tank

WCH

Wheelchair

X-MEM

Crossmember

Appendix 1: EC Certificate of conformity

COC 1COC 2
Coc 2.2CoC 2.3

Appendix 2 : Information on Recognised Coachbuilt Vehicles

FMVSS acceptance for GM Cadillac and Ford Lincoln Conversion Chassis.

Ford and GM partner with selected approved modifiers, providing them with specific part-built vehicles and incomplete FMVSS compliance, to be completed as a hearse or stretched limousine.

Overseas modification certification that can be accepted without referral to a specialist certifier

Master Coachbuilders modify XTS Professional Vehicle Chassis that are specifically engineered, designed and built for heavy-duty application and coachbuilder conversion. The conversions must be completed by a certified Cadillac Master Coachbuilder. To find a list of Cadillac Master Coachbuilders go to: www.gmfleet.com/resources/cadillac-master-coach-builders.

Cadillac models covered by this program are:

  • W30 Extended Sedan
  • V4U Limousine
  • B9Q Hearse

Ford Motor Company Qualified Vehicle Modifiers (QVM) Program assists approved manufacturers in developing a high-quality conversion process, the Ford and Lincoln conversion chassis are specifically designed by Ford to meet rigorous industry requirements. The conversions must be completed by a Ford Motor Company Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM). To find a list of Qualified Vehicle Modifiers go to: www.fleet.ford.com/showroom/limo-livery-and-funeral/qualified-vehicle-modifiers.

Ford Motor Company models covered by this program are:

  • Lincoln MKT Towncar Hearse
  • Lincoln MKT Towncar Limousine

The models listed above, when modified or partially manufactured under their respective recognised coachbuilder programs, are accepted without need for specialist certification provided that:

a) compliance with FMVSS is confirmed by a valid FMVSS plate or label which, incorporates the vehicle chassis number, the approved company’s name, is permanently attached to the vehicle (refer image above); and

b) the modifications made to the vehicle which are approved under the FMVSS are recorded in Landata, in the manner prescribed above; and

c) The vehicle complies with applicable requirements for LHD vehicles. A hearse manufactured by a recognised coachbuilder under this regime is able to remain in LHD form as a Category C4 Specialist Vehicle.

d) the vehicle has not been further modified since the issue of FMVSS compliance. In the event that the vehicle has undergone conversion to RHD, this aspect of the vehicle will require specialist certification (Note 2).

Note 1

Such approval is an alternative to the low volume vehicle certification process, and any vehicle to which FMVSS applies must meet all other normal compliance requirements so as to enable the vehicle to be entry certified.

Note 2

Further modified, in relation to this technical bulletin, means modified beyond those modifications listed within the LVVTA LVV Modification Threshold Schedule.

Page amended 1 November 2017 (see amendment details).