Vehicle Inspection Agency

Vehicle Inspection Agency

VCA Inspection


VCA is abbreviated form Vehicle Certificate Agency, is a designated UK Vehicle Type Approval authority and with more than 30 years experience supports industry by providing internationally recognised testing and certification for vehicles, their systems and components. They provide their services of type approval and certification of all types of vehicles, and has offices located in UK, North America, Brazil, Japan (Asia Pacific), Korea, China, Italy, Malaysia, India, and Australia. 

VCA are also responsible for the production of the New Car Fuel Consumption and Emission Figures CD ROM, published annually and available free of charge from all new car dealers, or direct from VCA. They also manage an online database containing the latest fuel consumption and emissions data for new cars. The site also includes tools to help users to calculate vehicle tax. 

VCA Asia Pacific is centered on VCA's office in Nagoya, Japan. 


VCA Inspection:

The vehicles are subject to a number of inspections and checks to check if their performance and specifications are as per the requirements of the regulatory authorities of importing countries. The services of VCA are divided into following categories:

  • Vehicle Type Approval

  • Legislation

  • Fuel Consumption and CO2

  • Vehicle Importing

  • SVA (Single Vehicle Approval) scheme developed in collaboration with Maltese Government for vehicle import in Malta.


Vehicle Type Approval:

VCA is the designated UK Approval Authority and Technical Service for type approval to all automotive European Community (EC) Directives and the equivalent United Nations Economic Community for Europe (ECE) Regulations.

Vehicle Type Approval is the confirmation that production samples of a design will meet specified performance standards or not. 



In addition to providing type approval technical and approval authority services, VCA can also provide copies of all automotive European Community and UNECE legislation in a number of ways. The information is available either as 'one-off' individual Word or PDF formatted documents or as part of an integrated library package - VISTA (VCA's Information Service for Type Approval).  On top of this, we are now able to supply interested customers with up to the minute information on key dates associated with the legislation through our LegStat system.


Fuel Consumption:

Climate Change is recognised as one of the greatest environmental threats facing the World today and it has long been appreciated by governments that reducing the impact of the motor vehicle has an important part to play in addressing this threat.

VCA has developed databases listing most of the cars and new vans available for sale in the UK.


Vehicle Importing:

This service will be of interest to individuals wishing to permanently import a car, motorcycle, or goods vehicle into the UK.

Please note that VCA is receiving a high volume of applications at this time. While we endeavour to process all applications within 5 to 10 working days, please allow 10 working days before contacting us.


SVA Scheme for Malta:

VCA has worked alongside the Maltese government to develop a scheme whereby second-hand cars due for export from Japan to Malta are inspected at source prior to shipping, so ensuring that the quality of used vehicles entering Malta is properly controlled. This scheme is known as the "Single Vehicle Approval", or SVA scheme.

The scheme works on what might loosely be called a "type approval" basis. A representative vehicle is subject to a number of checks and inspections.


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