GRE
Session 71 | Geneva | 31 Mar-3 Apr 2014
Agenda Item 12. (c) Development of an International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA)
Working Party on Lighting and Light-signalling | Session 69 | 8-11 Apr 2013

44. The expert from Japan introduced GRE-69-23 proposing amendments to Regulation No. 4 taking into account national specificities of the Japanese registration plate. GRE wondered if it was necessary to add a new specific plate category into Regulation No. 4 or if an amendment of the existing dimensions would solve Japan’s issue. GRE agreed to revisit this item at its October session, based on an updated proposal that the expert from Japan volunteered to prepare.

Working Party on Lighting and Light-signalling | Session 70 | 21-23 Oct 2013

43. The expert from Japan presented GRE-70-38, supporting GRE-70-30 amending Regulation No. 4 for the purpose of IVWTA. The proposal received some comments. GRE agreed to revisit this item at its next session on the basis of a revised proposal, which the expert from Japan volunteered to prepare.

World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations | Session 161 | 12-15 Nov 2013

50. The representative of the EU, chairing the IWVTA subgroup on the review of the 1958 Agreement, informed the World Forum that a first proposal for amendments to the 1958 Agreement had been completed by the subgroup (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/134). He indicated that, after transmitting the proposal, the subgroup had convened again prior to the WP.29 session and that the majority of the pending issues had been solved (WP.29-161-15 superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/134). He provided WP.29 with a general overview on the development of the proposal (WP.29-161-16) and recalled certain major features aimed to increase the attractiveness of the revised 1958 Agreement: (i) the possibility to grant and recognize type approvals according to previous series of amendments to UN Regulations, (ii) the possibility of a CP to delegate its voting right to another CP and (iii) the possibility for a CP to vote in favour of a new UN Regulation but to apply the UN Regulation at a later time point. He reported that the main pending issue for WP.29 to consider was the need to modify the two-third majority threshold for adopting new UN Regulations and amendments to existing UN Regulations. He concluded his presentation by inviting all the CPs to analyse the proposal and to provide their feedback at the next session of WP.29 in March 2014. The subgroup should resolve the issues by the November 2014 session of WP.29. At the March 2015 session, WP.29 should be in a position to identify if unanimity can be achieved to amend the Agreement and to launch the formal procedure for the amendment of the Agreement by a CP. Revision 3 to the 1958 Agreement would then enter into force on March 2016.

51. WP.29 noted a general support on the development of the amendments to the Agreement and requested the secretariat to distribute WP.29-161-15 with an official symbol for consideration at its next session. WP.29 also noted that further amendments to WP.29-161-15 to resolve the pending issues, would be presented at the March 2014 session as an informal document.

World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations | Session 162 | 11-14 Mar 2014
Documentation
GRE-70-30 | Proposal for Supplement 18 to the 00 series of amendments to Regulation No. 4 (Japan)
GRE/2014/12 | Proposal for Supplement 18 to Regulation No. 4 (Japan and Finland)
WP.29-162-04 | Proposal for Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement
WP.29-162-18 | Principles for Supplements, Series of amendments and Revisions to UN Regulations
WP.29/1044/Rev.1 | General Guidelines for UN regulatory procedures and transitional provisions in UN Regulations
WP.29/2014/53 | Proposal for Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement