Accessory fitment service vComms believes it will gain more work having secured accreditation under the Vehicle Certification Agency’s (VCA) approved converter scheme.

Accreditation means vComms, a division of vGroup International, and its partners are approved to undertake modification to N1 category vehicles (up to 3.5 tonnes), along with heavier vehicles, under European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval regulations.

vComms offers a wide range of accessories, from plylining and internal racking systems to roof vents and lighting and electrical accessories.

Among its range of accessories, the fitting of towbars as well as the fitment of pipe carriers and roof racks to some light commercial vehicles require installers to be VCA approved.

To achieve accreditation, vComms and its partners had to demonstrate that suitable processes, controls and documentation was in place to ensure the modification of vehicles in conformity with type approvals.

Head of vComms Ryan Godfrey said: “The regulations apply to only a handful of the accessories our installers fit. However, many fleets, leasing companies and dealers are taking the view that they will allow only VCA-approved businesses to undertake any van modifications.

“As a result, we believe many installers that have previously undertaken work will lose business and those jobs will migrate to vComms.”

To further publicise the accreditation, vComms will be making its debut appearance at the CV Show in April.

vGroup International managing director James Nash said: “We are continually looking for reasons for fleets, leasing companies and the wider motor industry to undertake business with the company.

VCA accreditation for vComms and its partners further underpins the company’s reputation as a trusted vehicle solutions provider.”