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Has anyone had experience of this? I'm importing my LHD Chausson Flash 03 soon. Things have change since the last time I did this (10 years ago) I'm aware of what I need to do (I think) But I was wondering if anyone has gone through the process recently and has any advice. Thanks.
 

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Thanks Colin. I have that info already, but kind of you to point me there. I was more wondering if anyone had completed it and if there were any pitfalls/problems etc.
 

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Yes, I brought in a Flash 22 last year (New). You have another thread running on this subject. Is your's already registered. If so with BF plates or german plates?
The trickiest thing to do, imo is to get the various items changed from LHD to RHD, so dipped headlamps need to point to the left (you don't necessarily need to change the lamps entirely) speedo needs to read MPH, rear fog lamp must be on the right (offside) of the vehicle and this must all be checked and certificated by a registered MOT testing station.
Apart from that you need to prove that VAT has been paid somewhere and that you have valid UK insurance, though it's possible that BF insurance will suffice (not sure).
I found everything pretty easy except for the vehicle mods. A friendly MOT testing station can be a great help!
 

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Just seen your posts on the other thread.
As far as Safeguard is concerned, they will insure on a VIN. Believe me they were very helpful to me and I can definitely say that they will do it.
On the subject of time, officially they say 30 days, but if you keep them posted on your efforts to get compliance they are very flexible. It took me 3 months to get a UK registration and Safeguard said to me that that is not a problem, on condition that you regularly keep them updated on progress. If you say nothing then the insurance will lapse.
 

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Hi Poulbot,Thanks for your comments. I'm on bfg plates at moment. I have discussed with bfg and dvla and am not too worried about the actual registration it's getting mutual recognition that's a pain. Lights are ok but I'm a bit daunted by the speedo conversion. Did you do your own or get a garage to do it? Is your 22 Ford Transit 2.2 TDCi?
Many thanks for your help
 

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Yes, I have a Ford Transit base vehicle.
If you Google overlays for the Transit speedo there are many variations available. However, technically VOSA do not permit overlays as the MPH marking should be under the plastic screen, but..............
To be honest, once the testing station has done it's inspection, most people seem to remove the overlay and just have a sheet in the cab to remind them of the KPH / MPH conversion figures. I would not recommend replacing the speedo with a UK version. It's a real grind of a job. That's why I say, it's a real help if you have a friendly testing station. I made a few enquiries at the time and it is almost unknown for an inspector to visit from VOSA, so all you really need to do is convince the testing station that you have made a reasonable effort. It's not my intention to break the law, but it does seem that a degree of tolerance is shown by testing stations when implementing the rules.
As far as the lights are concerned, at the back, if your lights are individual rather than in a single cluster, all you need to do is swap the reversing light and fog light with a little modification of the wiring. For the front, I have looked at the requirements on a MOT testing station diagnostic screen and it is not necessary that the lights point left on dip. It is just a requirement that the lights do not dazzle oncoming traffic when on dip beam, so it is acceptable to use tape or deflectors. However enough light must shine out to provide sufficient light to drive in the dark.
 

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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.
 

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On the point about speedo scales. I have a vehicle originaly imported to UK with the main scale in white in MPH and an inner scale in orange in KPH.

Is such a scale acceptable in either UK or any other EU regime?

If not why not?

Geoff
 

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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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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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