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post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-03-2015, 10:19 Thread Starter
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Thanks for your reply, very helpful. Gradually getting there............
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I've just done this on a new personal import Carado (Fiat Ducato chassis).
I bought a speedo dial overlay from Lockwood's and the guy who fitted myTracker fitted it for me as he had the dash apart at the time. Lockwood provide full instructions and it was a 10 minute job.
I booked it into the local Fiat MH specialist who ordered and fitted a pair of UK-spec headlights and swapped the rear foglight to the other side. They gave me a one-page statement of work done (exactly per the VCA Guidance notes).
I sent the required paperwork off to VCA on a Monday and received the UK Conformance cert on Thursday of the same week. Outstanding service by a government department, praise where praise is due.
If you RTFM it really is dead simple.

I wouldn't do what the previous poster seems to have done, as the VCA guidance specifically excludes speedo overlays that you stick on the plastic screen, it really isn't difficult or expensive to do the job properly.
Can anyone recommend a MOT garage for mutual recognition documentation for the VCA form?
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We are planning to visit the Caravan Salon and a few dealers and the plan is to buy and import a motorhome to the UK. We have worked very hard following all the advice on importing but one issue remains.

Please can anyone recommend MOT garage for mutual recognition VCA compliance?
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You don't say which area you live in. We went through all this last year and the one thing to remember is that HMRC requires you to tell them within so many days when the vehicle has arrived in the UK otherwise you are fined per day, as we were and it cost us 155 which due to an error on their part was refunded yesterday. When the modifications are done and you have the statement from the garage then you need to send all information to NOVA with a cheque for 100. When you get their certificate only then can you apply to DVLA for the new registration. We had problems with NOVA as they said that we had 2 VIN numbers, the girl on the phone hadn't realised that the 3rd VIN plate had a build number on but she was mistaking it for the VIN.
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Speedo does'nt need to read mph. Neither do the lights need to be adjusted. My French Hymer went straight through mot with no problem.
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Speedo does'nt need to read mph. Neither do the lights need to be adjusted. My French Hymer went straight through mot with no problem.

Ours is a French Pilote but it still needed headlights, reversing light and overlay for MPH from Lockwoods before they would issue the certificate.
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Which all goes to show how the interpretation of the rules can vary from each testing station. My own experience is that main dealers are not prepared to risk their testing station licence and will therefore implement the rules to the very last degree. Private garages who are licensed to carry out MOT's seem to exercise a degree of tolerance when interpreting the rules and so long as you have made a reasonable attempt to comply, they will issue a 'Pass Certificate'.
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Which all goes to show how the interpretation of the rules can vary from each testing station. My own experience is that main dealers are not prepared to risk their testing station licence and will therefore implement the rules to the very last degree. Private garages who are licensed to carry out MOT's seem to exercise a degree of tolerance when interpreting the rules and so long as you have made a reasonable attempt to comply, they will issue a 'Pass Certificate'.
Our van was done at a private local garage and wasn't at a main dealer so your reasoning doesn't always work.
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