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ESC rules for vans and mini buses

Clarification of rules for MB and MD classes
Reminder: all used MA vehicles (passenger cars) with engine capacity greater than 2 litres, border-checked on or after 1 March, will be required to have ESC as OEM equipment. 
To clarify the status of van-type vehicles equipped with seats (e.g. Toyota Hiace), MB Class vehicles do not require ESC until 1 March 2020.The definition of an MB Class vehicle is as follows:

MB (Forward control
passenger vehicle)
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


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Huge demand for used commericals

Sales of used commercial vehicles have continued their massive increase on last year’s figures, with 1129 units registered during June.

This is a remarkable 30.7 per cent rise on June 2016’s sales figure of 864 units. A total of 6362 used commercials have been sold year to date, compared with 4905 during the first half of 2016 – up 29.7 per cent.

The popularity of the Toyota Hiace continues, with 423 units registered in June, a large rise of 38.7 per cent on the same month last year which had 305 unit sales. The Hiace accounted for 37.5 per cent of the total sales last month.

The Nissan Caravan continues to hold its place in second with 82 sales, a 4.7 decrease on June 2016 when 86 were sold, and it holds 7.3 per cent of the monthly market registrations. It is followed by the Mazda Bongo with 51 sales, up 10.9 per cent on June 2016, and it has a 4.5 per cent market share. As a result, these three models helped their respective brands take the same top three sales positions.

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