This Agency of the Department for Transport provides testing and certification to internationally recognised standards. If a conversion company is VCA approved then you can be sure that the whole vehicle including the interior fixtures has been through a rigorous testing procedure – and passed! The Whole Vehicle Type Approval scheme (WVTA) provides testing, certification and production conformity assessment by an independent body. Once a campervan or motorhome has passed Type Approval the conversion company is regularly visited and audited to ensure that all future production meets the required standards.
When you purchase a from a company that has Whole Vehicle Type Approval you can be assured that safety concerns such as seat belts and fixings, crash testing of the rear travelling bed/seats, habitation and gas safety have been certified.
Even something as simple as adding electrical accessories to the conversion could potentially interfere with the vehicles base safety features. ABS breaking or Stability Controls are just an example of safety features that need to be re-tested once accessories are fitted. Selecting a company that has been certified by The Whole Vehicle Type Approval scheme is one of your major considerations when selecting a campervan converter.
If you would like to read more, please take a look at the government website regarding Vehicle Type Approval.