Clarification of rules for MB and MD classes
|MB (Forward control
|A passenger vehicle (other than a Class MC vehicle):
(a) that has not more than nine seating positions
(including the driver’s seating position); and
(b) in which the centre of the steering wheel is in the
forward quarter of the vehicle’s total length
A van-type vehicle with 10 seats falls into the MD Class, which is not required to have ESC. MD Class is defined as:
|MD 1||An omnibus that has a gross vehicle mass not exceeding 3.5 tonnes and not more than 12 seating positions|
Please note: Due to their design, van-type vehicles (like the Toyota Hiace) can only be classified as a Class NA or MB, and therefore never classed as MA.
For any questions, please contact VIA Technical Manager Malcolm Yorston on 0800 VIA VIA (842 842) or email email@example.com.