Information in this section explains how to become an approved speed limiter centre in the United Kingdom. We also clarify the key differences between independent and sponsored speed limiter centres.
So, what is a speed limiter centre and what do they do? The main purpose is to install (and adjust when necessary) a device that limits how fast vehicles can go.
There are two different methods used for becoming an approved speed limiter centre (SLC). You can either:
- Apply for approval from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to work as an independent and authorised SLC.
- Become sponsored by a vehicle or speed limiter maker or supplier approved by the DVSA.
Note: As a rule, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency will only grant approval to existing vehicle dealerships.
Independent Speed Limiter Centre
You must use the application form ASA2 to become an independent authorised sealer of road speed limiters. Fill in the form and send it by email or by post to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).
Staff members from the DVSA will want to inspect your premises. They will also check the facilities you have and the staff you employ. If they find everything to be in order they will approve your application to become a speed limiter centre.
Note: The DVSA will send you an authorisation letter if they grant approval for you to work as an independent speed limiter centre.
Sponsored Speed Limiter Centre
DVSA regulations on becoming a sponsored speed limiter centre are strict. As such, you would need to have a sponsored vehicle dealership to start the application process.
What Qualifies as a Sponsor?
Qualifying sponsors would be DVSA-approved dealerships that either make or supply:
- Motor vehicles
- Speed limiters
After approval, sponsors would be able to approve vehicle dealerships that they are already working with if they want to become speed limiter centres.
How to Get Sponsored?
Securing a sponsorship would depend on your vehicle dealership. You should contact them and ask whether they agree to you becoming a sponsored speed limiter centre (or not).
Important: The rules on becoming an approved speed limiter centre allow you to have more than one sponsor.
It is commonplace for sponsors to carry out regular checks on the equipment made or sold by their approved agents. In most cases, they will also provide:
- New equipment and software
- Specialist training
- Technical support
Approval from a Sponsor
Your sponsor would send you an authorisation letter if they approve to you becoming a sponsored speed limiter centre (SLC).
Finding an Approved Speed Limiter Centre
There is an easy way to search for a speed limiter centre if you need them to test or repair your vehicle speed limiter. The GOV.UK website also allows you to find your postcode using the Royal Mail postcode finder.
Note: It’s a good idea to contact the speed limiter centre beforehand to confirm they can work with the particular type of vehicle and speed limiter that you have.
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