Tuesday, 30 September 2014 (Week 39)
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Quiet Road Transport Vehicles | GTR Project

Formal title to be determined.

Road transport vehicles that rely, in whole or in part, on electric drive trains are reducing air and noise pollution. However, such “hybrid” or “pure electric” vehicles also remove a source of audible signals used by pedestrians (most keenly by the visually impaired) and cyclists to detect the presence and direction of road vehicles. Consequently, quiet vehicles, especially given the current levels of roadway noise, can present dangers to such vulnerable road users.

Following a research and feasibility phase, a group has been established to draft a new global technical regulation for audible vehicle alerting systems under the sponsorship of the United States, Japan, and China. A final draft regulation is expected to be submitted for Forum consideration at its November 2014 session.

GTR Project currently consists of the following published text(s), including any revisions, amendments, or corrections where applicable:
Please note that previous versions of regulations can be accessed via the UN Official Document System.
Below are the most recent documents concerning QRTV-GTR. Please sign in to access the full database.
Posted Document No. Description
11 Sep GTRQRTV-TF-05-04 Quiet Road Transport Vehicles QRTV-GTR Formal title to be determined. Quiet Road Transport Vehicles QRTV-UNR Uniform provisions for the approval of quiet road transport vehicles
06 Sep GTRQRTV-TF-05-02 Quiet Road Transport Vehicles QRTV-GTR Formal title to be determined. Quiet Road Transport Vehicles QRTV-UNR Uniform provisions for the approval of quiet road transport vehicles
29 Aug GTRQRTV-TF-05-01/Rev.3 Quiet Road Transport Vehicles QRTV-GTR Formal title to be determined.
27-29 Sep 2010 Quiet Road Transport Vehicles Group | Session 4 | Berlin QRTV-4 ["QRTV"] 27 Sep 2010
17-19 Jan 2011 Quiet Road Transport Vehicles Group | Session 5 | Munich QRTV-5 ["QRTV"] 17 Jan 2011
6-8 Sep 2010 Noise | Session 52 | Geneva GRB-52 ["GRB"] 6 Sep 2010
19-21 Sep 2011 Noise | Session 54 | Geneva GRB-54 ["GRB"] 19 Sep 2011
15-18 Nov 2011 World Forum (WP.29) | Session 155 | Geneva WP.29-155 ["WP.29"] 15 Nov 2011
6-9 Dec 2011 Passive Safety | Session 50 | Geneva GRSP-50 ["GRSP"] 6 Dec 2011
15 Feb 2010 Quiet Road Transport Vehicles Group | Session 1 | Geneva QRTV-1 ["QRTV"] 15 Feb 2010
3-4 May 2010 Quiet Road Transport Vehicles Group | Session 2 | Washington, DC QRTV-2 ["QRTV"] 3 May 2010
13-15 Jul 2010 Quiet Road Transport Vehicles Group | Session 3 | Tokyo QRTV-3 ["QRTV"] 13 Jul 2010
1-3 Sep 2008 Noise | Session 48 | Geneva GRB-48 ["GRB"] 1 Sep 2008
16-18 Feb 2009 Noise | Session 49 | Geneva GRB-49 ["GRB"] 16 Feb 2009
1-3 Sep 2009 Noise | Session 50 | Geneva GRB-50 ["GRB"] 1 Sep 2009
17-19 May 2011 Quiet Road Transport Vehicles Group | Session 6 | San Diego QRTV-6 ["QRTV"] 17 May 2011
19-21 Feb 2008 Noise | Session 47 | Geneva GRB-47 ["GRB"] 19 Feb 2008
31 Aug-2 Sep 2011 Quiet Road Transport Vehicles Group | Session 7 | Osaka QRTV-7 ["QRTV"] 31 Aug 2011
18-20 Oct 2011 Quiet Road Transport Vehicles Group | Session 8 | Baltimore QRTV-8 ["QRTV"] 18 Oct 2011
7-9 Feb 2012 Noise | Session 55 | Geneva GRB-55 ["GRB"] 7 Feb 2012
13-16 Mar 2012 World Forum (WP.29) | Session 156 | Geneva WP.29-156 ["WP.29"] 13 Mar 2012
21-25 May 2012 Passive Safety | Session 51 | Geneva GRSP-51 ["GRSP"] 21 May 2012
26-29 Jun 2012 World Forum (WP.29) | Session 157 | Geneva WP.29-157 ["WP.29"] 26 Jun 2012
3-5 Sep 2012 Noise | Session 56 | Geneva GRB-56 ["GRB"] 3 Sep 2012
13-16 Nov 2012 World Forum (WP.29) | Session 158 | Geneva WP.29-158 ["WP.29"] 13 Nov 2012
11-14 Dec 2012 Passive Safety | Session 52 | Geneva GRSP-52 ["GRSP"] 11 Dec 2012
5-7 Dec 2011 Quiet Road Transport Vehicles Group | Session 9 | Bonn QRTV-9 ["QRTV"] 5 Dec 2011
6-7 Feb 2012 Quiet Road Transport Vehicles Group | Session 10 | Geneva QRTV-10 ["QRTV"] 6 Feb 2012
19 Sep 2011 Quiet Road Transport Vehicles Group | Session 0 | Geneva QRTV-0 ["QRTV"] 19 Sep 2011
18-20 Jul 2012 GTR for Quiet Road Transport Vehicles | Session 1 | Washington, DC GTRQRTV-1 ["GTRQRTV"] 18 Jul 2012
5-7 Feb 2013 Noise | Session 57 | Geneva GRB-57 ["GRB"] 5 Feb 2013
12-15 Mar 2013 World Forum (WP.29) | Session 159 | Geneva WP.29-159 ["WP.29"] 12 Mar 2013
13-17 May 2013 Passive Safety | Session 53 | Geneva GRSP-53 ["GRSP"] 13 May 2013
25-28 Jun 2013 World Forum (WP.29) | Session 160 | Geneva WP.29-160 ["WP.29"] 25 Jun 2013
2-4 Sep 2013 Noise | Session 58 | Geneva GRB-58 ["GRB"] 2 Sep 2013
12-15 Nov 2013 World Forum (WP.29) | Session 161 | Geneva WP.29-161 ["WP.29"] 12 Nov 2013
17-20 Dec 2013 Passive Safety | Session 54 | Geneva GRSP-54 ["GRSP"] 17 Dec 2013
5-7 Dec 2012 GTR for Quiet Road Transport Vehicles | Session 2 | Berlin GTRQRTV-2 ["GTRQRTV"] 5 Dec 2012
16-18 Apr 2013 GTR for Quiet Road Transport Vehicles | Session 3 | Brussels GTRQRTV-3 ["GTRQRTV"] 16 Apr 2013
16-18 Jul 2013 GTR for Quiet Road Transport Vehicles | Session 4 | Washington, DC GTRQRTV-4 ["GTRQRTV"] 16 Jul 2013
28-30 Jan 2014 Noise | Session 59 | Geneva GRB-59 ["GRB"] 28 Jan 2014
11-14 Mar 2014 World Forum (WP.29) | Session 162 | Geneva WP.29-162 ["WP.29"] 11 Mar 2014
24-27 Jun 2014 World Forum (WP.29) | Session 163 | Geneva WP.29-163 ["WP.29"] 24 Jun 2014
1-3 Sep 2014 Noise | Session 60 | Geneva GRB-60 ["GRB"] 1 Sep 2014
11-14 Nov 2014 World Forum (WP.29) | Session 164 | Geneva WP.29-164 ["WP.29"] 11 Nov 2014
5-6 Sep 2013 QRTV GTR- Task Force | Session 1 | Rolle GTRQRTV-TF-1 ["GTRQRTV-TF"] 5 Sep 2013
10-12 Dec 2013 GTR for Quiet Road Transport Vehicles | Session 5 | Tokyo GTRQRTV-5 ["GTRQRTV"] 10 Dec 2013
8-10 Oct 2013 QRTV GTR- Task Force | Session 2 | Brussels GTRQRTV-TF-2 ["GTRQRTV-TF"] 8 Oct 2013
27-28 Jan 2014 QRTV GTR- Task Force | Session 3 | Geneva GTRQRTV-TF-3 ["GTRQRTV-TF"] 27 Jan 2014
7-9 Apr 2014 QRTV GTR- Task Force | Session 4 | Washington, DC GTRQRTV-TF-4 ["GTRQRTV-TF"] 7 Apr 2014
4-5 Sep 2014 QRTV GTR- Task Force | Session 5 | Geneva GTRQRTV-TF-5 ["GTRQRTV-TF"] 4 Sep 2014
28 Oct 2014 QRTV GTR- Task Force | Session 6 | Paris GTRQRTV-TF-6 ["GTRQRTV-TF"] 28 Oct 2014

Changes to GAR

21 September 2014
GAR completed an upgrade of some of the application coding that runs the site and also made a few changes to the content presentation in order to speed things up for some of the more complex rulemaking areas. We have also added some additional options for registered users. More

Site maintenance

16 September 2014
GAR expects to conduct some maintenance and upgrades to its site next weekend, Saturday-Sunday, 20-21 September. This work will include periodic downtimes where access to the site will not be possible. We hope to keep these interruptions of service to a minimum, but wanted GAR users to be aware that the site may be down periodically over the weekend.

1958 Agreement Status update

23 April 2014
A new informal update to the “Status of the 1958 Agreement” (document WP.29/343/Rev.22) has been published. The Status report provides the listings of regulations, their application by country, type approval authorities, and technical testing services. This informal update notes changes since the publication of Revision 22 last February. The formal revision and this informal update can be found on the 1958 Agreement rule page.

GTRQRTV-6 postponed

16 April 2014
The sixth session of the informal working group on the development of a global technical regulation for quiet road-transport vehicles (GTRQRTV) has been indefinitely postponed following discussions at the April session of its GTR drafting task force. The drafting group participants concluded that the current prospects for agreement on the text were too low to justify holding a full session of the informal group as planned for May in Baltimore. More

1958 Agreement (almost) ready

11 April 2014
The informal working group on the International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA) system has presented its ultimate proposal for a revised 1958 Agreement. The draft text is “final” with the exception of the one issue that is arguably the most important to the future of the global type-approval system: the voting threshold for establishing regulations. More

Mea Culpa...

31 January 2014
This is a note for Internet Explorer users who may have encountered problems with the new site. A comma (yes, just one) included in the program code caused many of the tables to break. In addition, the new code does not play well with earlier IE versions. So I provide an explanation and suggestions. More

GAR 4.0

30 January 2014
Today marks a big step in the evolution of GlobalAutoRegs.com with the release of its fourth version. The new design splits the site content into a basic open version and a “professional” version for those who who want more information. To be or not to be, that is the question…. More

QRTV GTR progresses

28 January 2014
The task force assigned to prepare drafts of the proposed new global technical regulation on quiet road transport vehicles (QRTV) wrapped up its third session today. More

Latest version of RE3 posted

27 January 2014
The latest version of the Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles (R.E.3) has been published. RE3 provides a common reference for information pertinent to UN Regulations and the 1958 Agreement (e.g., type approval system) such as vehicle categories and certain terminology used across the regulations. More

New GAR coming soon

26 January 2014
In the next few days, the fourth generation GlobalAutoRegs.com will launch. The new site is a complete redesign with new features to serve the automotive regulatory community. But it is also designed to answer a fundamental question: Should GAR continue? And that is a question only GAR users can answer. More