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Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) for lorries: help to get a pass

How to avoid the top 10 reasons lorries don't pass the Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) inspection.

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This guide tells you how to avoid the top 10 reasons that lorries and other heavy goods vehicles in the N2 and N3 inspection category fail the IVA inspection.

Full compliance with this guide doesn’t guarantee a pass. You’ll need to view the IVA Inspection manual for the full requirements and testing procedures needed to get your vehicle passed.

You must apply for vehicle approval if you’ve:

  • built a vehicle
  • rebuilt a vehicle
  • radically altered a vehicle
  • reconstructed a classic vehicle
  • imported a vehicle

Vehicles in the N2/3 categories are defined as:

  • N2 - vehicles used for the carriage of goods and having a maximum mass exceeding 3.5 tonnes but not exceeding 12 tonnes
  • N3 - vehicles used for the carriage of goods and having a maximum mass exceeding 12 tonnes
Published 25 June 2015
Last updated 9 March 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updated guidance on how to avoid the top 10 reasons lorries don't pass the Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) inspection.
  2. First published.