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European Motor Vehicle Emission Groups (MVEG)


There has been a European wide consensus that people buy large vehicles out of necessity: large families, child minders and youth groups, which in themselves fulfil society needs (the well balanced young workforce pays for the aging population, even though the elderly have already paid for their retirement... supposedly); emergency and rescue vehicles, and four wheel drive vehicles that are popular in rural farming communities and remote mountainous regions.

Thus, a slight realignment of the vehicle groupings takes effect from 1st September 2009 to coincide with the Euro 5 emissions standard for new vehicles, a sizeable reduction of the sulphur content in road fuel and the improved availability of renewable biofuels. Although designed for newly built vehicles from September 2009, the new groupings cancel out all previous tables upon which current legislation has been passed, rendering all current legislation, based on previous studies, to be a poor reflection of the state of play when the new measures kick in.

The Groups

MVEG N

Category N1: Light Duty Goods Vehicles up to 3500kg GVW (MOT Classes IV -upto 3000kg and VII - 3000kg to 3500kg)
  • N1-I - goods vehicles with an unladen weight not exceeding 1305 kg.
  • N1-II - goods vehicles with an unladen weight exceeding 1305 kg, but not exceeding 1760 kg.
  • N1-III - goods vehicles with an unladen weight exceeding 1760 kg.
I note that Transport For London continue to use the starting point for Large Vans as 1205kg, when MVEG N1-1 for small car derived vans finishes at 1305kg. Why?


MVEG M

Category M1: Vehicles designed and constructed for the carriage of passengers and comprising of no more than eight seats in addition to the driver's seat. Passenger Vehicles with up to eight passenger seats are basically in MOT Class IV, as are all Motor Caravans, provided they fit on the ramp. (M2 minibuses with 9 to 12 passenger seats that have had a previous Class IVa seat belt installation check are also included in MOT Class IV - provided they fit on the ramp).

Currently, there is a clause in the rules that allows for all M1 category vehicles (including cars) with a gross vehicle weight of more than 2500kg to meet the less stringent emissions limits that apply to N1 category vehicles, as is currently the case. However, the decision has recently been made to phase this out with the advent of the Euro 5 standard in 2009, so all M1 vehicles that have CO2 emissions data will be grouped together - as they should be.

Click here for a comprehensive list of T4 CO2 emissions data

However, the "relaxed" rules will continue to apply to the following diesel engined M1 category vehicles "designed to fulfil specific social needs" (It appears that these vehicles - mainly coachbuilt or converted models - fall outside the current EU Whole Vehicle Type Approval rules):
  • Special purpose vehicles, as defined in 70/156/EEC (i.e. ambulances, motor caravans, hearses and armoured vehicles), with a reference weight exceeding 2000 kg, or
  • Vehicles with a reference weight exceeding 2000 kg which are designed to carry seven or more occupants, including the driver, or
  • Vehicles with a reference weight exceeding 1760 kg which are type approved to accommodate a wheelchair inside the vehicle.
"Motor Caravan" means a special purpose M category vehicle constructed to include living accommodation which contains at least the following equipment:
  • seats and table,
  • sleeping accommodation which may be converted from the seats,
  • cooking facilities, and
  • storage facilities.
  • this equipment shall be rigidly fixed to the living compartment. However, the table may be designed to be easily removable.
What does reference weight mean, and can it be safely applied to unladen weight, given the different methods of calculation and the different terms used for it (dry weight, kerbside weight, etc) over the years?

With the introduction of the Euro 6 requirements from 1st September 2014, all of these concessions will cease for newly built vehicles.

Category M2: Vehicles designed and constructed for the carriage of passengers, comprising more than eight seats in addition to the driver's seat, and having a maximum mass not exceeding 5 tonnes. (This relates to the Class V Mot Test.)

How are the T3 / T4 / T5 ranges affected by this 2009 reclassification?


MVEG N1 (Light Duty Goods Vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes).
Class N1-11 and N1-111 includes:
  • Transporter Panel Van, Chassis Cabs and Pick-Ups (WV1 and WV3 chassis types, although some WV3 chassis types have Motor Caravan bodies and will be counted in class M1 from 2014 under the new amendment).
  • All WV2 Caravelle and Transporter Window Van based Motor Caravans, Ambulances and Rescue Vehicles a Gross Vehicle Weight in excess of 2500kg and an unladen weight of more than 2000kg are to be considered as fulfilling "specific social needs" and as such remain in this Light Duty Goods Vehicle class until 2014, when they will revert to class M1...
MVEG M1 (Passenger Vehicles up to 8 passenger seats):
  • Caravelles, Multivans and Window Vans with up to 8 passenger seats (with chassis numbers beginning WV2), which are currently classed as N1-11 and N1-111 for emissions purposes along with all other Heavy Passenger Cars over 2500kg GVW up to the 1st September 2009 rule realignment.
  • Motor Caravans derived from Panel Vans (with chassis numbers beginning WV1) correctly reregistered as Motor Caravans with DVLA.
  • Caravelle and Window Van (WV2 chassis numbers) derived Motor Caravans, Ambulances and Rescue Vehicles with a reference weight of less than 2000kg are to be included in this group from 1st September 2009.
  • Caravelle and Window Van (WV2 chassis numbers) derived Motor Caravans, Ambulances and Rescue Vehicles with a reference weight of more than 2000kg are to be included in this group from 1st September 2014 only.
  • Caravelle and Transporter (WV1 and WV2) models that have been adapted to carry wheel chairs with a reference weight exceeding 1760kg are to be included in this group from 1st September 2014 only.
MVEG M2 (Passenger Vehicles with more than 8 passenger seats up to 5 tonnes GVW):
  • Under the new amendment that includes Motor Caravans and minibuses with 7 or more passenger seats it is unclear whether lwb Caravelles and Window vans with more than 9 seats are to considered as Class M2 vehicles or as Class N1-11 and N1-111 vehicles for both Car Tax / Vehicle Excise Duty and Emissions purposes.
The Window Van is classed as a M1 Passenger Car and as such is liable for Car Tax at the higher rate if it was first registered on or after 1st March 2001, and so by definition does a Transporter Panel Van with windows fitted after manufacture (retrofitted) become liable for Car Tax rather than Vehicle Excise Duty that is applied to Goods Vehicles?

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for a comprehensive list of T4 unladen weights and gross vehicle weights.
 
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