Applying for type approval for vehicle parts

Service Description

If components have been converted or fitted to a vehicle, the vehicle may only be used on public roads if a valid operating permit has been issued for these vehicle parts. This applies, for example, to rims, special wheels, parking heaters, trailer couplings and many other parts.

A number of requirements must be observed to ensure that the vehicle's operating license does not expire.

Conversions that affect the type of vehicle, modifications that worsen the exhaust performance or increase the noise level or modifications that could endanger other road users regularly lead to the vehicle's operating license expiring.

If the parts form a technical unit that can be dealt with independently in the approval procedure, the requirement for an operating license can be checked.

An operating permit may be restricted in such a way that the use of the parts is only permitted on vehicles of a certain type, of a certain type or only for a certain type of installation or attachment. The validity of the type approval can be made dependent on an installation/attachment approval by an officially recognized expert, an authorized person of a technical service or a test engineer of an officially recognized monitoring organization.

It is generally recommended that only parts for which a type approval for vehicle parts in accordance with § 22 a of the Road Traffic Licensing Regulations (StVZO), a general type approval for vehicle parts in accordance with § 22 StVZO or equivalent approval on the basis of EC directives or ECE regulations are installed or fitted on vehicles. It may also be necessary for the installation or fitting of parts for which a certificate exists to be approved. The certificate for the part indicates whether this is necessary. In addition, an operating permit for vehicle parts or the certificate must indicate for which vehicle types the part is suitable and how it must be fitted. Many technical modifications must be entered in the vehicle documents (registration certificate part I) by the registration office.

Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Thüringen (Linie6PLus)

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