Ford & Slater has become the first DAF dealer in the UK to obtain Stage Two approvals from the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA).
The firm obtained CoP (conformity of production) accreditation from VCA in 2018 as a precursor to applying for Stage Two approvals. CoP is a means of evidencing the ability to produce a series of products that exactly match the specification, performance and marking requirements outlined in the type approval documentation.
The approvals apply to items installed on new vehicles prior to registration, such as camera systems, anti-siphon devices and proximity sensors, and cover the fitment of 100-plus commonly specified components across the LF and XF ranges. Tim Strevens, Joint Managing Director of Ford & Slater said: “We have always had the highest confidence in the quality control and working methods of our technicians, so obtaining CoP and Approvals is really about having those standards accredited and recognized.”
Stevens said obtaining the accreditation was important to ensure the dealership can maintain consistency, traceability and quality of installations without the need for costly and time consuming individual vehicle approvals (IVAs). “Customers will also benefit from all fitments being carried out in line with DAF’s recommended installation methods reducing the likelihood of any failures or rework post-delivery”, he added.
“We have been very fortunate to have received excellent support from TruckCert, VCA and DAF trucks throughout the accreditation and application processes.” Ford & Slater is in the process of applying for nine further Stage 2 approvals.