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Knowledgebase RSS (SVA (Single Vehicle Approval)) (Everything you need to know about getting your kit car through the SVA examination) http://www.madabout-kitcars.com/kb/?CategoryID=1 Do I need windscreen wipers? http://www.madabout-kitcars.com/kb/?View=entry&EntryID=20 If you have a windscreen and it is above the ‘horizontal plane’ as described in this then yes you will need windscreen wipers as well as windscreen washers. SVA (Single Vehicle Approval)/Interior Glass Mirrors Thu, 20 Mar 2008 20:40:47 +0000 Do I need a particular type of steering wheel? http://www.madabout-kitcars.com/kb/?View=entry&EntryID=61 Yes, the steering wheel must be type approved and bear a type approval stamp or bear an equivalent approval stamp with documentary evidence to prove the wheel meets type approval standards.   The steering wheel must also have an energy... SVA (Single Vehicle Approval)/Wheels, Tyres and Steering Thu, 20 Mar 2008 20:36:23 +0000 Do tyres have to display any markings to pass SVA? http://www.madabout-kitcars.com/kb/?View=entry&EntryID=54 Yes.   Tyres should show an ‘e’ or ‘E’ approval mark or British Standard mark for re-tread tyres. If the tyres don’t show any recognised approval marking but display other approval marks then it is up to the... SVA (Single Vehicle Approval)/Wheels, Tyres and Steering Wed, 12 Mar 2008 18:01:27 +0000 Can I have different makes of tyres on the car? http://www.madabout-kitcars.com/kb/?View=entry&EntryID=55 Yes, as long as they are of the same construction type, ie all radial and of the same size and ratio on each axle. SVA (Single Vehicle Approval)/Wheels, Tyres and Steering Wed, 12 Mar 2008 18:01:27 +0000 Can I have different tyre sizes on the front of the car compared to the back? http://www.madabout-kitcars.com/kb/?View=entry&EntryID=56 Yes, but make sure that the two tyres on each axle match with regard to nominal size, construction and ratio. SVA (Single Vehicle Approval)/Wheels, Tyres and Steering Wed, 12 Mar 2008 18:01:27 +0000 Other tyre considerations http://www.madabout-kitcars.com/kb/?View=entry&EntryID=57 When completing form SVA1 you have to state the axle weights and top speed of your car. Ensure that your tyre selection meets or exceeds these criteria.   Ensure the speed rating of the tyres you choose are sufficient for the top speed... SVA (Single Vehicle Approval)/Wheels, Tyres and Steering Wed, 12 Mar 2008 18:01:27 +0000 What about the steering column? http://www.madabout-kitcars.com/kb/?View=entry&EntryID=63 Most kit cars utilise a donor steering column of some sort, and most of these will be collapsible types so you are already onto a winner here as SVA will be looking for Type approved steering columns.   The steering column must use either the... SVA (Single Vehicle Approval)/Wheels, Tyres and Steering Wed, 12 Mar 2008 18:01:27 +0000 What about the steering rack? http://www.madabout-kitcars.com/kb/?View=entry&EntryID=64 The design and location of the steering rack should have been a primary consideration of the kit car manufacturer when designing the car.   In most cases the steering rack should be behind the centre line of the front axle and in the case of... SVA (Single Vehicle Approval)/Wheels, Tyres and Steering Wed, 12 Mar 2008 18:01:27 +0000 Can I use a wood rim steering wheel? http://www.madabout-kitcars.com/kb/?View=entry&EntryID=65 SVA states that the wheel should not splinter or fragment when deformed.   It will need to be Type Approved (or demonstrate equivalent standard), else it might be easier to put the car through SVA with the donor (non-airbagged) steering... SVA (Single Vehicle Approval)/Wheels, Tyres and Steering Wed, 12 Mar 2008 18:01:27 +0000 Test lock to lock http://www.madabout-kitcars.com/kb/?View=entry&EntryID=68 The SVA will test that from lock to lock your wheels, brakes or steering components don’t foul any part of the vehicle. SVA (Single Vehicle Approval)/Wheels, Tyres and Steering Wed, 12 Mar 2008 18:01:27 +0000 What characteristics should I look for when purchasing mirrors? http://www.madabout-kitcars.com/kb/?View=entry&EntryID=53 All mirrors must show either an E mark or equivalent standard. The mark must be permanent.   The mirror must be enclosed in a protective housing.   The external mirrors must be able to deflect inwards when a force of 10kg is... SVA (Single Vehicle Approval)/Interior Glass Mirrors Wed, 12 Mar 2008 17:36:08 +0000 What do I have to do to ensure the speedometer complies with SVA http://www.madabout-kitcars.com/kb/?View=entry&EntryID=87 The speedometer has to be….   Fitted Operational Show MPH increments Increments cannot be greater than 20mph each Has to be capable of displaying up to the maximum stated speed of the vehicle Must be visible at all times (ie view... SVA (Single Vehicle Approval)/Interior Glass Mirrors Wed, 12 Mar 2008 17:14:15 +0000 Do I have to fit a speedometer? http://www.madabout-kitcars.com/kb/?View=entry&EntryID=86 Yes, it is an SVA fail if your kit car has not got a working speedometer SVA (Single Vehicle Approval)/Interior Glass Mirrors Wed, 12 Mar 2008 17:13:09 +0000 Do I need to fit my kit car with a catalytic converter? http://www.madabout-kitcars.com/kb/?View=entry&EntryID=85 As a general rule, if your donor car was fitted with a catalytic converter and the effective date of registration (engine date) is after 1st of August 1992 then yes your kit car will also need to be fitted with one. SVA (Single Vehicle Approval)/Exhaust / Emissions Wed, 12 Mar 2008 17:11:55 +0000 Emission levels that your kit car must meet (Petrol Engines) http://www.madabout-kitcars.com/kb/?View=entry&EntryID=84 Petrol engines   Based on effective date of registration for your engine. In all cases we are assuming that the manufactured date of your engine is not in question.   CO = Carbon Monoxide HC = Hydrocarbons   Effective date... SVA (Single Vehicle Approval)/Exhaust / Emissions Wed, 12 Mar 2008 17:10:51 +0000