Christmas deadline for Under-Run Scheme

There are only a few weeks left to take up the special price offer on approved rear under-run device manufacturing specs from VBRA. Bodybuilders signing up to the VBRA RUPD manufacturing scheme before 20 December will pay just 900 for the annual licence while after that time the cost will be 1350 pa.

Bodybuilders who wish to continue selling vehicles when Whole Vehicle Type Approval comes into play within their sector will have to use rear under-run protective devices that are approved by VCA or another WVTA-recognised certification body. Such approval means not just submitting drawings but manufacturing the rear under run devices and testing them to destruction to prove that they are safe and fit for purpose. Once this is achieved, the bodybuilder has to demonstrate to VCA that each subsequent device will be built and fitted to the same parameters through their  own VCA-approved Conformity of Production and Quality Control procedures.

In order to save bodybuilders the time, hassle and expense of undertaking their own R&D, VBRA has put together a set of manufacturing drawings and specifications for rear under-runs that have been tested and approved already by VCA. Bodybuilders who sign up to the VBRA RUPD scheme then only have to show VCA that they will be made via approved CoP and QC processes.

Supertrucks of St Helens are specialist manufacturers of glass-carrying vehicles and a new range of low-access dry freight vans, popular with companies loading and unloading heavy items. Their designs are recognised around the world as technically excellent with a build quality second to none.

They were the first company to sign up to the RUPD scheme. Peter Wright, Managing Director of Supertrucks explains that it is imperative they continue to build vehicles that are legally compliant. 'It was convenient and economical for us to adopt the VBRA designs rather than undertaking the R&D ourselves. We could have done it of course but it would have taken us time and cost us a lot of money. It makes sense to use the VBRA scheme, and spread the R&D cost for this fundamental safety item across a group of like-minded bodybuilders. Doing this now will allow us to make a smooth transition into WVTA well before any legal deadlines and without any undue stress on our manufacturing team'.

There is an evaluation package available give interested bodybuilders details of what the RUPD Agreement to Self-Manufacture comprises. Using the VBRA under-run plans will enable bodybuilders to save manufacturing materials costs by minimising wasted metal as well as eliminating the underlying costs of R&D and destructive testing.

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