Deadline looms for street food road safety

Suppliers and distributors involved in kitting out food trucks will see new European legislation come into force next month that affects the mobile catering industry.

The Individual Vehicle Approval Scheme, due to be introduced on October 28, marks a change in European legislation on vehicle approval.

Operators are being warned to plan ahead for the new rules to ensure their vehicles meet the necessary safety standards and are roadworthy.

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Insurance may be considered invalid if operators fail to comply with the regulations.

David Pedrette, managing director of Target Catering Equipment, said it was an important pending date for the industry to take note of.

“All commercial food and events operators should be aware of this and anyone towing a trailer will have to demonstrate roadworthiness with the new Individual Vehicle Approval Scheme,” he said.

Gloucester-based Target has already been involved in helping one customer prepare for the incoming rules.

“We have completed the first tested legal conversion of an old retro American Airstream trailer under the latest scheme, passing with flying colours at the new Avonmouth VOSA DVA test station,” said Pedrette. “It is specially kitted out for testing specialist vehicles and kit cars trailers and other vehicles the scheme applies to.”

Once the mandatory scheme is implemented at the end of October 2014, non-compliant vehicles and trailers face being taken off the road until they have passed the new IVA inspection and are certified as safe.

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