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Become a UTAC-qualified HGV coachbuilder

Are you a coach builder and would like to become a qualified operator?

Our teams are here to explain the specifications, answer your questions with regard to setting up your quality system and then to assess it.

Specifications: know the regulatory provisions 

The decree of 18 November 2005 amended by the decree of 14 May 2014 changed the provisions for supplementary bodywork approval for heavy goods vehicles over 3.5 tonnes and trailers and semi-trailers (international categories N2, N3, O3 and O4).

This decree amends appendices VII (vehicle approval decree of 19 July 1954) and enables coachbuilders who are qualified operators to certify the compliance of the vehicles they manufacture.

This qualification is based on:
• the setting up of a simplified quality system
• knowledge of and compliance with the Highway Code

Assess your quality system 

At your request, our teams will come to your site and check compliance with these conditions and draw up a report. This highlights any discrepancy with the selected standard. Any such discrepancies will require you to set up a corrective action plan.

Validate your qualification: various cases 

Analysis of this corrective action plan enables us to validate your qualification for a period of one year, followed by two and then three years which may be renewed. If your plan is deemed insufficient, we will send the application to a committee which will rule on how to proceed:

  • Qualification for the intended period
  • Qualification for a reduced period
  • Supplementary examination
  • Non-qualification

In the latter case, you must have the vehicles produced approved under single vehicle approval (SVA) and start new proceedings to become a qualified operator.