No, crash tested seating is only a legal requirement in a pre-registered vehicle e.g. a new unregistered vehicle that does not yet have a registration plate.
In a post registered vehicle, adding rear seating is classed as a modification and is therefore a DVLA issue and does not require any further testing by VOSA.
DVLA require the seating to be MOT compliant.
It means that the seat belts have been certified and that the seating is fixed to the body of the vehicle, thus being able to be tested the same as regular vehicle seating and pass through the next MOT.
Yes it is legal as long as it is fixed solidly to the body of the vehicle by the manufacturer or by using a substantial fixing kit which includes spreader plates, supplied by the manufacturer.
No, a certificate is only supplied with a M1 crash/pull tested bed. You will receive a receipt stating the bed is MOT compliant. When the vehicle has gone through the next MOT, this is effectively your certificate.
The obvious difference is that one has been tested under extreme conditions and the other hasn’t. As previously mentioned, one carries a certificate and the other does not.
Both are legal to carry passengers, so it is therefore a personal choice as to which you decide to buy.
The main differences between our M1 tested beds and our MOT compliant beds are:
- Different thickness of steel; 2 to 2.5mm on MOT compliant and 3mm on M1 tested
- Different style frame; square on MOT compliant and curved on M1 tested
- Different locking mechanism; spring bolts on MOT compliant and 5 point reclining ratchet system on the M1 tested. However, the very heavy duty side and top hinge systems used is identical on both beds.
- Fitted to vehicle differently; spreader plates on MOT compliant and H frame on the M1 tested
Our MOT compliant beds are easy to fit by just following the instructions and diagram provided. You will need to have basic DIY skills and be able to use a drill & spanners. It is a 2 person job.
We do not recommend fitting M1 beds yourself unless you have previously fitted one.
Sorry we don’t work weekends. Weekends are family time for most of our team who work hard throughout the week.
Yes we have standard set colours in stock to choose from, but if you need a bespoke non-standard colour we can order this in for a small fee.
We do not embroider the VW logo into any of our upholstery due to it is classed as counterfeiting of a trademarked logo. The penalties for this are quite severe and are classed by the police as proceeds of crime. Normal penalties for this are fines of £50,000. It is known as intellectual property crime and infringement
Yes you are welcome to view by appointment only Monday to Friday 9am to 5.30pm. Please be aware that if you turn up without an appointment we may not have anyone available to spend time with you.
You can order via our online shop, eBay or you can call us directly.
Tel: 01902 866828
Monday to Friday: 9am to 6pm.
Payments can be taken by credit or debit card over the phone. We send an email to confirm your order. Please note that during our busy periods there may be a delay in your confirmation email, but please feel free to give us a call if you do not receive one.