Having regular passenger cars with engines more than 50 BHP was a backward step for energy economy, but that's the way the world moved .......For me, it's a no thanks. With cameras and screens instead of mirrors to me is a backward step for the sake of styling/aerodynamics.
UK law currently mirrors (sorry ) EU law on this, and Honda and Audi have models of cars in these markets without conventional mirrors but that have type approval so the legislation must exist although I cannot point you to it. In the UK you can modify cars without gaining homologation for the parts concerned, and this is commonly done with things such as non-standard wheels. Where the check on this comes is with vehicle insurance and the potential liability of the user if said component contributes towards an accident. The law in states such as Germany is considerably different where in theory all such components should be TUV approved and as supplied by the original manufacturer.AFAIK the regulations only allow trucks to have these, in the UK it is a legal requirement to have two mirrors to the rear. Happy to be directed to the relevant legislation on that if I need updating.
Ah, I see. I am from New Mexico where it is legal to do something like this, and if I had wanted to drive out to California, the laws do not require me to have the mirrors if my vehicle is registered out of state. So far, interstate travel has not been an issue for me.Unfortunately for the OP, we cannot simply add parts to cars without homologation and appropriate approvals, at least not legally, and that's unlikely to happen to aftermarket mirrors.
If it is a business thing you are trying to do then (as well as be clear on your interests here) you may approach the VCA and ask them, there may be some homologation route to make it a legal fit. Probably excessively expensive, but no-one in the UK would be able to get legitimate insurance for their car unless there was a nod from the VCA, and even then it would be problematic.Ah, I see. I am from New Mexico where it is legal to do something like this, and if I had wanted to drive out to California, the laws do not require me to have the mirrors if my vehicle is registered out of state. So far, interstate travel has not been an issue for me.
'Fraid my knowledge ended at knowing the VCA were the people you will have to talk with.Thanks, this is good information. I'll take a look at the Vehicle Certification Agency I think y'all are talking about and see if there are some modifications that can be done to be compliant. Are there any explicit requirements for external mirrors? I wonder if there could be potentially some type of internal mirror that could work on the driver side that wouldn't affect drag, since the central rearview mirror will still be in its place.
What rubbish.Unfortunately for the OP, we cannot simply add parts to cars without homologation and appropriate approvals, at least not legally, and that's unlikely to happen to aftermarket mirrors.
I found the ones in the Audi eTron to be very good.Edited to add - as a stuck in my ways old fart I'm not convinced that I will ever make the change to screens rather than mirrors and would find the need to change focal length more often an issue.
You can replace it with what you like, but whoever you bought it from might get into bother if you have a crash and the mirrors are considered inadequate, unhomologated and contributory to the accident.What rubbish.
So are you saying if I replace my rear view mirror with a different one I will fail the MOT?
Can you point to the legal wording that would forbid this type of mod?