First DAF dealer obtains VCA Stage Two approvals

Ford & Slater has become the first DAF dealer in the UK to obtain Stage Two approvals from the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA).

With 11 locations throughout eastern and central England, Ford & Slater is one of the largest DAF dealership groups in the UK, delivering 2,000 new vehicles each year.

The dealership obtained CoP (conformity of production) accreditation from VCA in 2018 as a precursor to applying for Stage Two approvals.

The approvals apply to items installed on new vehicles prior to registration, such as camera systems, anti-siphon devices and proximity sensors, and cover the fitment of 100-plus commonly specified components across the DAF LF and DAF XF ranges.

They ensure the dealership can maintain consistency, traceability and quality of installations without the need for individual vehicle approvals.

Tim Strevens, joint managing director of Ford & Slater, says: “We have always had the highest confidence in the quality control and working methods of our technicians, so obtaining CoP and [Stage Two] approvals is really about having those standards accredited and recognised.”

He adds: “We have been very fortunate to have received excellent support from TruckCert, VCA and DAF trucks throughout the accreditation and application processes.”

Ford & Slater is now applying for nine further Stage 2 approvals.

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