Working Party on General Safety | Session 106 | 5-9 May 2014
Geneva
REPORT
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Agenda Item 2. (a)
Proposals for further amendments

5. The expert from Germany introduced GRSG-106-23 superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2013/14 and proposing new requirements to prevent accidents in the case of an open engine access panel. GRSG noted a number of comments. GRSG adopted the proposal, as reproduced below, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2014 sessions, as draft Supplement 2 to the 05 series of amendments and as draft Supplement 1 to the 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 107.

Annex 3, insert a new paragraph 7.3.1., to read:

“7.3.1.If the engine compartment of a vehicle is located to the rear of the driver’s compartment, it shall not be possible to start the engine from the driver’s position when the main engine access panel located in the rear face of the vehicle is open and which provide direct access to parts that represent a hazard when the engine is running (e.g. pulley of belt drives).”

6. The expert from Germany introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2014/2 clarifying the technical provisions for low floor vehicles. GRSG adopted the proposal, as reproduced below, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2014 sessions, as a part (see para. 5 above) of draft Supplement 2 to the 05 series of amendments and of draft Supplement 1 to the 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 107.

Annex 8, paragraph 3.1., amend to read:

"3.1.Steps
The height of the first step …… of Class II, III and B. In the case where only one service door meets this requirement there shall be no barrier or sign which prevents that door from being used as both an entrance and an exit.

As an alternative for vehicles of Class I and A, the first step from the ground shall not exceed 270 mm in two door openings, one entrance and one exit.

In low floor vehicles only, a kneeling system, but not a retractable step, may be engaged.

In other vehicles either a kneeling system and/or a retractable step may be engaged.

The height of steps in ……"

7. The expert from Germany presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2014/3 proposing to introduce the automatic activation of the hazard warning lights upon detection of excess temperatures in the engine and/or the heater compartment. The expert from OICA stressed the need to insert transitional provisions and announced the preparation of a concrete proposal for consideration at the next session. GRSG adopted the proposal, as reproduced below, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2015 sessions, as draft Supplement 3 to the 05 series of amendments and as draft Supplement 2 to the 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 107. GRSG underlined the need that WP.29 shall adopt these amendments together with an parallel amendments to UN Regulation No. 48 to be submitted by the Working Party on Lighting and Light-signalling (GRE). The expert from Germany volunteered to submit an official document for consideration by GRE at its October 2014 session.

Annex 3, paragraph 7.5.1.5., amend to read:

“7.5.1.5.In the case of vehicles having the engine located to the rear of the driver’s compartment, the compartment shall be equipped with an alarm system providing the driver with both an acoustic and a visual signal, and activating the hazard warning signal in the event of excess temperature in the engine compartment and in each compartment where a combustion heater is located.”

Annex 3, paragraph 7.5.6.2., amend to read:

“7.5.6.2.Upon detection, the system given in paragraph 7.5.6.1. shall provide the driver with both an acoustic and a visual signal in the driver’s compartment and shall activate the hazard warning signal.

8. The expert from Hungary introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2014/4 proposing to simplify the current provisions of paragraph 7.6.8.2. in Annex 3 of the Regulation. GRSG adopted the proposal, as reproduced below, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2014 sessions, as a part (see paras. 5 and 6 above) of draft Supplement 2 to the 05 series of amendments and of draft Supplement 1 to the 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 107.

Annex 3, paragraphs 7.6.8.2. and 7.6.8.2.1., amend to read:

"7.6.8.2.Every emergency window shall either:
7.6.8.2.1.Be capable of being easily and instantaneously operated from inside and from outside the vehicle by means of a device recognised as satisfactory. This provision includes the possibility of using e.g. panes of laminated glass or plastic material, or"

9. The expert from OICA introduced GRSG-106-19 supplementing his proposal ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2014/5 to clarify the current transitional provisions of UN Regulation No. 107. Finally, GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2014/5, as amended below, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2014 sessions, as a part (see paras. 5, 6 and 8 above) of draft Supplement 2 to the 05 series of amendments and of draft Supplement 1 to the 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 107.

Paragraph 10.24., amend to read:

“10.24.Notwithstanding paragraphs 10.22. and 10.23., Contracting Parties applying this Regulation shall continue to accept type approvals granted to the preceding series of amendments, which are not affected by the 05 series of amendments.”

Add a new paragraph 10.25., to read:

10.25.Contracting Parties applying this Regulation shall not refuse to grant extensions of approval for vehicles which are not affected by the 05 series of amendments.

10. Recalling her presentation at the previous GRSG session (GRSG-105-32), the expert from Sweden introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2014/6 proposing new test requirements for automatic fire suppression systems in the engine and/or heater compartment of buses and coaches. GRSG welcomed the document and noted general support. Following the discussion on the scope and purpose of the new requirements, GRSG agreed to have a final review of this subject at its next session in October 2014. In this respect, the Chair invited all experts to reflect on the possible adoption of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2014/6 as optional requirements through a Supplement to the 06 series of amendments or as mandatory requirements through a new series of amendments together with appropriate transitional provisions, including amendments to the markings.

11. The expert from Belgium presented GRSG-106-28 superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2014/19 and amending the safety prescriptions for trolleybuses to update these according to the respective electrical standard EN 50502. The expert from the Russian Federation introduced GRSG-106-09 listing a number of suggestions to improve the proposed text. GRSG adopted the document, as reproduced in Annex II to this report, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2014 sessions, as a part (see paras. 5, 6, 8 and 9 above) of draft Supplement 1 to the 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 107, subject to a final review by GRSG at its next session in October 2014.

12. The expert from EU presented GRSG-106-25 proposing to align the provisions of UN Regulation No. 107 on the loading conditions of the baggage compartment with those of the corresponding EU Regulation. GRSG noted general support on the proposal and requested the secretariat to distribute GRSG-106-25 with an official symbol for further consideration at its next session.

Documentation
GRSG-105-32 | Fire suppression systems in bus and coach engine and heater compartments (STA)
GRSG-106-09 | Comments on proposed new requirements for trolleybuses under Regulation No. 107 (Russia)
GRSG-106-19 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 107 (OICA)
GRSG-106-23 | Proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No. 107 (Germany)
GRSG-106-25 | Proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No. 107 (EC)
GRSG-106-28 | Proposal for a Supplement to the 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 107
GRSG-106-28/Rev.1 | Proposal for a Supplement to the 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 107
GRSG/2014/2 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 107 (Germany)
GRSG/2014/3 | Proposal for Supplements to the 05 and 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 107 (Germany)
GRSG/2014/4 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 107 (Hungary)
GRSG/2014/5 | Proposal for Supplements to the 05 and 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 107 (OICA)
GRSG/2014/6 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 107 (Sweden)
GRSG/2014/19 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 107 (Belgium)