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13 Acceptable overseas proof of modification

The table below lists the overseas certifications that are accepted in addition to New Zealand's low volume vehicle certification system.

Acceptable overseas certifications Specific evidence
Australia
ADR SSM: Australian Motor Vehicle Certification Board Second Stage of Manufacture
The plate/label is 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. See Figure 13-1-1 for a sample plate/label.
Europe
ECWVTA: European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval
  • 2007/46 OR 2001/116 in the Type Approval Number (eg e11*2007/46*0851*01 or e1*2001/116*0391*11 like in Figure 13-1-2)
  • 'Stage 2' or 'Stage 3' must also be on the label immediately below the type approval number.
    Note: The word 'Stage' may also be written in a different language, most commonly French (Etape) or German (Stufe). (eg 'Stage 2' or 'Stufe 2' like in Figure 13-1-3)
United States
FMVSS: Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards
Motorhomes, hearses and limousines with an FMVSS approval plate. See Figure 13-1-4 for a sample FMVSS approval plate.  
Note: Conversion vans (aka day vans) are not motorhomes as they are not a dwelling place. The Transport Agency requires these vehicles to be LVV certified.
Figure 13-1-1. ADR SSM plate/label

ADR SSM

Figure 13-1-2. Sample European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval - ECWVTA

Sample ECWVTA

Figure 13-1-3. Example of Stufe 2

Burstner

Figure 13-1-4. Sample FMVSS approval plate

FMVSS plate

Page amended 1 November 2017 (see amendment details).