Working Party
Working Party on Noise
60th session | Geneva | 1-3 Sep 2014 Download Copy
Agenda Item 4. | Regulation No. 51 (Noise of M and N categories of vehicles)
Documentation
GRB-60-01 | Proposal for additional amendments to the draft the 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 51
GRB-60-10/Rev.1 | China Proposal for treatment of Micro-Van and Micro-Truck classes under UN R51 (CATARC)
GRB-60-15 | China Proposal for a harmonized M1 classification and limits (CATARC)
GRB-60-17 | ISO 10844: Comparison of 2014 version against 2011 version (ISO)
GRB/2014/5 | Proposal for the 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 51
WP.29/2011/64 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 51
Related pages: UN R51 Vehicle Noise

5. On behalf of the Informal Working Group (IWG) on UN Regulations Nos. 51 and 59, the expert from OICA introduced a revised proposal for the 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 51 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2014/5). He explained that the text of this proposal was harmonized, as far as possible, with European Union (EU) Regulation No. 540/2014 on the sound level of motor vehicles and of replacement silencing systems, including a three-phase reduction of the sound level limits. GRB noted that, following the entry into force of phase 2 for new types of vehicles, EU would undertake a detailed study to review the limits of phase 3 and to correct these values, if deemed to be necessary. Other Contracting Parties were invited to conduct similar studies in the future and to transmit their outcomes to GRB. GRB stressed the importance of aligning the timeline for introduction of phases 1-3 of the 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 51 with the step-by-step entry into force of the above EU Regulation. For this reason, GRB agreed that all transitional provisions of paragraph 11. of the proposal should refer to specific dates(i.e., dates identical to those of the EU phase-in). Finally, GRB adopted the proposal, as amended by Annex III to this report, and mandated the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2015 sessions.

6. The expert from Japan suggested that references to ISO 10844:2011 be put in square brackets for the time being and requested GRB to revert to this issue at the next session.

7. The expert from OICA briefly introduced some additional elements which had been identified by IWG on UN Regulations Nos. 51 and 59 for further consideration and possible inclusion into the 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 51 (GRB-60-01). The expert from ISO informed GRB about a new version of ISO 10844:2014 which added a few editorial modifications to the previous version ISO 10844:2014 without changes in the fundamental requirements (GRB-60-17). The expert from China introduced GRB-60-10-Rev.1 and GRB-60-15 in which he suggested higher limit values and a new classification for vehicles of a specific category available on the Chinese market. GRB requested the IWG on UN Regulations Nos. 51 and 59 to consider all these additional aspects and to prepare proposals for the next session, if necessary.

8. GRB noted that the additional sound emission provisions contained in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/64 had been incorporated into the revised proposal for the 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 51 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2014/5) and decided to remove ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/64 from the agenda.

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World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations | Session 154 | 21-24 Jun 2011

4. The provisional annotated agenda for the session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1090) was adopted with the amendments noted below:

(a) Addition and amendments of agenda items:
8.9. Safer vehicles: Third pillar of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety
8.10. United Nations Development Account (UNDA) project for CO2 emissions from Inland Transport
8.11. Exchange of information on enforcement of issues regarding defects and not compliance
18.1. Proposal to develop amendments to UN GTR No. 5 (On-Board Diagnostic (OBD))
19. Informal document WP.29-153-34, submitted by CLEPA/MEMA/JAPIA

(b) Addition and correction of document references for items:
2.3. Add the reference to document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/90
3.4. For ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/53 read ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/51, and add the reference to document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/51/Corr.1
4.4. Add the reference to document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/48/Add.1 and delete the reference to document WP.29-153-02
4.8.3. Add the reference to document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/60/Corr.1
4.16.3. Add the reference to documents ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/89 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/91

© Items or documents postponed for a further session:
4.16.1. Proposal for a Regulation on Light Emitting Diode
4.16.2. Proposal for a Regulation on Pedestrian Safety
4.16.3. Proposal for a Regulation on Line Departure Warming Systems

(d) Items deleted from the agenda:
4.2 and 4.2.1.

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5. The 106th session of WP.29/AC.2, considering the coordination and organization of work of the World Forum, was held on 20 June 2011 chaired by Mr. B. Gauvin (France) and was attended, in accordance to Rule 29 of the terms of reference and rules of procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.1), by the Chairs of WP.29 (Russian Federation), GRB (Germany), GRE (Canada), GRPE (Germany), GRRF (United Kingdom), GRSG (Italy), GRSP (United States of America), the Administrative/Executive Committees of the three agreements administered by WP.29, by the representatives of the European Union, Japan and the United States of America and by the Vice-Chair of WP.29 (France).

6. WP.29/AC.2 considered the provisional agenda for the current session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1090) and recommended the modifications mentioned in paragraph 4 above.

7. The Administrative Committee WP.29/AC.2 noted that FIA Foundation, on behalf of the Asian Injury Prevention (AIP) and in the framework of the Global Helmet Vaccine Initiative (GHVI), had given a presentation to GRSP at its December 2010 session on the need to develop a new UN Resolution of light helmets to increase its ventilation and reduce price as a way to introduce the use of helmets in the humid and hot countries of Asia. It was also noted that GRSP experts had raised concerns on the introduction of less stringent requirements than those of UN Regulation No. 22 that would compromise safety and could lead to a false sense of protection by consumers. WP.29/AC.2 was informed that GRSP had requested a concrete proposal and some helmets produced in accordance to the GHVI specifications in order to verify their protection performance. No replies were received to these requests. With regard to the recent development of the work of the IWVTA informal group, according to which former versions of the UN Regulations might be legally used in countries that feel it appropriate for their safety or environmental needs, the Committee recommended that the countries interested in the GHVI project check if the provisions of the 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 22, which seems to be compatible with ventilated, low price and good protection helmets could respond to their needs. The Administrative Committee also recommended WP.29 representatives provide technical assistance to these countries in seeking solution.

8. The secretariat informed the Committee WP.29/AC.2 about possible measures to simplify the administrative procedures for Corrigenda and Amendments and to simplify the procedures for their adoption. In addition to the presentation of Corrigenda by the secretary as a package, it was recommended as the best practice: (a) to circulate the proposal before the session to the GRs experts, (b) to revise the text of the proposals adopted by the GRs before submitting them to the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) and © to inform the GR about an upcoming proposal in a session, to present an informal document at the following session and finally, to transmit an official proposal to a further session of the GR.

9. The Committee considered harmonization of the terms used in the legal texts of the agreements administered by WP.29. It recommended referring to the Regulations annexed to the 1958 Agreement as “UN Regulation”, the global technical regulations under the 1998 Agreement as “UN Global Technical Regulation (UN GTR)” and the Rules annexed to the 1997 Agreement as “UN Rule”. It was also recommended to only use in the UN Regulations the terms “Contracting Party”, “Type Approval Authority”, “Technical Service” and “UN type approval” for approvals granted in accordance with the UN Regulations.

10. WP.29/AC.2 discussed the issue of Supplements to series of amendments during the transitional period of new series of amendments. The Committee recommended the experts of the GRs and the secretariat to pay attention in these cases, to clarify to which series of amendments the provisions of the Supplement should apply. The introduction of requirements for automatic levelling for headlamps with transitional provisions of 90 months was also considered. WP.29/AC.2 recommended transmitting the proposal adopted by GRE as a Supplement to the current series of amendments for consideration by WP.29 and by the Administrative Committee of the 1958 Agreement (AC.1) at their November 2011 sessions instead of a new series of amendments that could interfere with new series of amendments adopted during the 90 month transitional period.

11. The secretariat informed WP.29/AC.2 about the need to revise the mandates of the Subsidiary Bodies of the Inland Transport Committee, which needed reconfirmation every 5 years in accordance to the Executive Committee of the Commission (ECE/EX/1). He added that the biennial programme of work and the four years programme were also requested. WP.29/AC.2 noted that the necessary documents would be prepared by secretariat, for consideration and adoption by WP.29 at its November 2011 session.

12. WP.29/AC.2 reviewed the draft agenda of the 154th session of the World Forum and recommended the amendments mentioned in paragraph 4 above. It was also recommended that agenda item 5.1 be considered by the World Forum and the rest of the agenda items regarding the 1998 Agreement be considered by the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement (AC.3).

13. WP.29/AC.2 reviewed the draft agenda for the 155th session of the World Forum, scheduled to be held in Geneva from 15 – 18 November 2011. It was noted that a proposal for a new UN Regulation on Automatic Emergency Braking System and a draft UN GTR on location and identification of motorcycle controls would be included in the agenda.

14. WP.29/AC.2 requested the secretariat to inform WP.29 about the new structure of the section and about the solution for the delay in publishing legal documents. The secretariat informed WP.29/AC.2 about its concern to accomplish in future its numerous tasks due to a continuous increase of workload that could hamper good quality services to WP.29. WP.29/AC.2 acknowledged that the secretariat was able to perform its tasks only by working constantly extra time during the recent years.

15. The secretariat informed WP.29/AC.2 about the new UNECE website and recommended that users communicate to the secretariat all related problems to correct them.

16. The World Forum adopted the report of the Administrative Committee on its 106th session and its recommendations.

17. The World Forum noted the programme of work and availability of documentation (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/1/Rev.1). WP.29 representatives were requested to revise the programme of work and to communicate to the secretariat any amendment deemed necessary. The secretariat presented the draft calendar of sessions for 2012 (WP.29-154-16) to be confirmed by Conference Services. Following the request by WP.29/AC.2 (see para. 14 above), the secretariat presented the structure of the Vehicle Regulations and Technical Innovations Section and the solutions taken to eliminate the delay in the availability of UN Regulations and UN GTRs (WP.29-154-17). WP.29 noted that, according to the instructions of the Director of the Transport Division (see para. 3 above, the secretariat would prepare the text of the working documents and of the legal decisions (UN Resolutions and UN GTRs) in English only. The French and Russian texts would be prepared by DMS and would be available some months later. The WP.29 Chair expressed concerns regarding the late availability of the legal texts of the UN Regulations and UN GTRs in French and Russian, which should be made available, for legal reasons, at the same time as the English version and as soon as possible after their entry into force.

18. The representative of ITU informed the World Forum about the possible collaboration between the secretariat of its organization and the WP.29 secretariat on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). Accordingly, he announced that a draft memorandum of understanding on this collaboration would be finalized in short time.

19. WP.29 was informed about the latest developments of UNECE activities on ITS. The secretariat reported that the public consultation on the strategic package on ITS deployment received several comments from a broad range of stakeholders. WP.29 noted that upon consolidation of all the comments, the strategic package would be complemented by a road map to be presented and endorsed at the February 2012 session of the Inland Transport Committee (ITC). WP.29 requested the secretariat to make publicly available on the UNECE ITS website the comments received.

20. The World Forum adopted the guidelines on establishing requirements for highpriority warning signals (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/90) concerning ITS and requested the secretariat to distribute it as an annex to the report of the current session (as ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1091/Add.1).

21. The secretariat reported on the relevant decisions taken by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) at its sixty-fourth session (29-31 March 2011). The World Forum noted that the report of the UNECE session would be available at www.unece.org/commission/2011/64th_index.htm.

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22. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRSP, given during the 153rd session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1089, paras. 28 – 33) and approved the report.

23. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRPE, given during the 153rd session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1089, paras. 34 – 37) and approved the report.

24. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRRF, given during the 153rd session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1089, paras. 38 – 40) and approved the report.

25. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRB, given during the 153rd session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1089, para. 41) and approved the report.

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26. The Chair of GRE reported on the results of the sixty-fifth session of GRE (for details see the report of the session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/65) available at www.unece.org/trans/main/wp29/wp29wgs/wp29gre/grerep.html.

27. Regarding the 1998 Agreement, he reported that although most lamps installed on today’s motor vehicles satisfy all regulations in force around the world, no Contracting Party had proposed development of a gtr in the area of lighting and light-signalling.

28. He informed WP.29 that GRE had agreed on a new series of amendments requiring mandatory installation of automatic headlamp levelling systems on all M and N vehicles. GRE had also agreed on a 90 month transitional provisions allowing for further research and possible amendment of the related requirements. GRE sought WP.29’s advice on the numbering of this series of amendments if subsequent series of amendments with shorter transitional period would be adopted.

29. WP.29 agreed that the provisions for mandatory fitting of automatic levelling of headlamps on category M and N vehicles should be adopted as a supplement and could be transformed into a new series of amendments later on.

30. Finally, the Chair of GRE reported that, in view of the progress made by the informal group on DETA, GRE had requested GTB to renew its work on simplifying marking of lighting and light-signalling devices. GRE had noted that the new marking system would work only if all Contracting Parties to the 1958 Agreement would agree and use the database system developed by DETA informal group.

31. The GRSG Chair informed WP.29 about the results made by GRSG during its 100th session (for more details see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/79).

32. He reported that, subject to the consent of the World Forum, GRSG had agreed to extend the mandate of the informal group on Service Doors, Windows and Emergency Exits in buses and coaches (SDWEE) for an additional year, to complete the work on a number of pending issues. WP.29 endorsed this proposal.

33. The new Chair of GRRF, Mr. S. Sopp (United Kingdom), informed WP.29 about the results achieved by GRRF during its seventieth session (for more details see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/70).

34. He announced that GRRF had agreed to send, for consideration by WP.29 at its November 2011 session, a proposal for a UN Regulation on Advanced Emergency Braking Systems (AEBS) in two steps: collision mitigation braking systems (step 1) and draft 01 series of amendments to this new UN Regulation dealing with collision avoidance systems (step 2). He mentioned that WP.29 would have to discuss, at its November 2011 session, the unresolved issues in square brackets in the draft text, in particular, which vehicles should be excluded from advanced emergency braking system (AEBS) requirements and the appropriate transitional provisions that should apply between the above mentioned step 1 and 2.

35. On behalf the Chair of GRSP, the representative of the United States of America informed WP.29 about the results made by the Working Party during its forty-ninth session (for more details see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/49).

36. Concerning the 1998 and 1958 Agreements she reported that GRSP agreed to seek the consent of WP.29 and AC.3 to mandate a new informal group to solve the pending issues for the incorporation of the Flex-PLI in Phase 2 of the UN GTR No. 9 and in the draft UN Regulation on pedestrian safety in the same time. The World Forum agreed to set up this informal group, subject to the submission to WP.29 of the appropriate terms of references.

37. She also reported that regarding UN Regulation No. 94 (Frontal collision), GRSP had agreed to seek the consent of WP.29 for a six months extension (until December 2011) of the mandate of the informal group on frontal collision. The World Forum gave its consent.

38. Regarding electric vehicles she reported that GRSP had adopted the terms of reference of the group of interested experts on Rechargeable Energy Storage Systems (RESS), reproduced in Annex VI of the GRSP report (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/49). She added that, subject to the consent of WP.29, GRSP had also agreed on a request to extend the mandate (reproduced in Annex VII of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/49) of the informal group on electric safety (ELSA) until December 2012. The World Forum endorsed in principle the above mentioned terms of references, pending the adoption of the report of the May 2011 session of GRSP and gave its consent to extending of the mandate of ELSA.

39. She also informed WP.29 that GRSP had adopted the new terms of reference of the informal group on Child Restraint Systems (CRS), as reproduced in Annex IX of the GRSP report (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/49). The World Forum endorsed in principle the terms of references, pending the adoption in November 2011 of the report of the May 2011 session of GRSP.

40. The GRPE Chair reported on the results made by GRPE during its sixty-second session (for details see report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/62). The representative of OICA expressed his appreciation that, for the first time, the relationship between vehicle emission performance and market fuel specifications is recognized in the UN ECE regulatory framework. At the same time, he deplored that the result of these activities falls very short of what could have been expected if all the stakeholders had been more positively involved. He expressed the hope that the current results only constitute a first step and that further review of the fuel performance would be conducted in a later phase.

41. With regard to the informal groups on Mobile Air Conditioning Test Procedure (MACTP) and on Gaseous Fuelled Vehicles (GFV), GRPE had agreed to seek the consent of WP.29 to extend the mandate of both informal groups for an additional 3 years period until the sixty-eighth GRPE session (June 2014). WP.29 endorsed that request.

42. WP.29 noted that Mr. C. Albus (Germany) was unanimously re-elected as a Chair of the GRPE sessions in 2012.

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43. The World Forum noted WP.29-154-01 comprising the list of modifications to the status of the 1958 Agreement since 22 February 2011. The secretariat suggested no longer preparing the amendments to the status document at the June and November sessions but continuously updating the status document on the basis of an informal consolidated version together with an additional document listing the details of the amendments, including links to the updated status document. This document is available at: www.unece.org/trans/main/wp29/wp29wgs/wp29gen/wp29fdocstts.html. Several representatives highlighted the potential value of this initiative and the clever use of the hyperlinks to simplify access to the numerous regulatory texts. Taking note of these comments, the World Forum congratulated the secretariat for this initiative and underlined that this system would improve the effectiveness of the Agreement and its related activities.

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44. The World Forum agreed to remove this agenda item.

45. The representative of France, chairing the informal group on IWVTA, reported on the work progress made during the meeting of the informal group, held in Paris on 17 June 2011 prior to the WP.29 session. He stated that a part of the efforts of the group was dedicated to the revision of the 1958 Agreement, among others, to make the Agreement more attractive to emerging countries. He informed WP.29 about the intention of the informal group to present at the November 2011 session of WP.29 an interim report showing a possible road map identifying the changes needed. Accordingly, if an agreement would be achieved in that session he expected that the group would submit a draft revision for adoption at the June 2012 session of WP.29 if so requested. The World Forum noted that the informal group would meet again on 28 September 2011 and 10 November 2011 in Paris.

46. WP.29 noted the support of its subsidiary bodies on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/48. The representative of EU recalled his intention to send additional comments for the November 2011 session of WP.29. The World Forum confirmed that the proposal could be adopted at its November 2011 session and that further amendments linked to the revision of the 1958 Agreement, presently discussed by the IWVTA, could be incorporated in a second step. WP.29 requested the secretariat to include, wherever possible, the amendments proposed by the EU and OICA (WP.29-154-05) in a consolidated proposal, keeping in mind the present text of the 1958 Agreement.

47. The World Forum was informed that the informal group on the development of DETA would meet again on Friday morning, 24 June 2011. WP.29 noted that, during that meeting, DETA experts would consider particularly the ongoing progress of the try-out phase, a study on the eventual future administration of the database by UNECE and the financing scheme of DETA (more detailed information is made available on: http://www.unece.org/trans/main/wp29/wp29wgs/wp29gen/gendeta12.html).

48. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.6.1 and 4.6.2, and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the corrections mentioned in para. 49 below. WP.29 requested the secretariat to distribute WP.29-154-03 with an official symbol for its consideration at its November 2011 session.

49. Agenda item 4.6.1, Regulation No. 14, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/54, page 2, paragraph 5.3.8.4.(c), correct the reference to footnote 1 and footnote 1 to read 3, and page 3, add new paragraphs 14.17 to 14.19, to read:

“14.17. As from the official date of entry into force of Supplement 2 to the 07 series of amendments, no Contracting Party applying this Regulation shall refuse to grant UNECE type approval under this Regulation as amended by Supplement 2 to the 07 series of amendments.

14.18. As from 12 months after the official date of entry into force of Supplement 2 to the 07 series of amendments, Contracting Parties applying this Regulation shall grant UN type approvals only to those types of vehicle which comply with the requirements of this Regulation as amended by Supplement 2 to the 07 series of amendments.

14.19. Contracting Parties applying this Regulation shall not refuse to grant extensions of approvals, even if Supplement 2 to the 07 series of amendments is not fulfilled."

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50. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.7.1 and 4.7.2, and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

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51. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.8.1 to 4.8.4, and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

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See agenda item 4.8.

1. The World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) held its 154th session from 21–24 June 2011 chaired by Mr. B. Kisulenko (Russian Federation). The following countries were represented, following Rule 1(a) of the Rules of Procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.1): Australia; Belarus; Belgium; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Canada; People’s Republic of China; Czech Republic; Estonia; Finland; France; Germany; Hungary; India; Italy, Japan; Latvia; Luxemburg; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Portugal; Republic of Korea; Romania; Russian Federation; Serbia; Slovakia; Republic of South Africa; Spain; Switzerland; Thailand; Ukraine; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; United States of America. Representatives of the European Union (EU) participated. The following intergovernmental organization was represented: International Telecommunications Union (ITU). The following nongovernmental organizations were also represented: International Organization for Standardization (ISO); International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA); European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA; Representing also the Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) and Japan Auto Parts Industries Association (JAPIA)); Working Party “Brussels 1952” (GTB); Association for Emission Control by Catalyst (AECC); the Foundation for the Automobile and Society (FIA Foundation); the International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA). At the invitation of the secretariat, the European Tyre and Rim Technical Organization (ETRTO) also participated.

2. The Director of the Transport Division welcomed the participants and made a reference that in March 2010, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2011–2020 to be the Decade of Action for Road Safety. In its “Resolution on Improving Road Safety”, the General Assembly called for intensive work to reduce road fatalities by increasing activities at national, regional and global levels. The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe has been pioneering Road Safety in the UN system covering a wide range of activities. She invited the World Forum to contribute to the success of the Decade of Action, especially under pillar 3 on “Safer vehicles”. Furthermore, she underlined the importance of the development of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) horizontal activities, of sustainable development and transport, and of the For Future Inland Transport Systems (ForFITS) project on inland transport CO2 emissions supported by the United Nations Development Account (UNDA).

3. The Director announced that the new P3 staff member is to start on 1 July 2011 and that he would be responsible for Fuel Quality, GRPE, Environmentally Friendly Vehicles and UNDA project. She informed WP.29 that to solve the backlogs/delays in the availability of amendments and consolidated versions of UN Regulations, all administrative staff of the Division would help out, as well as engaging a temporary G staff. Finally, she informed WP.29 that, beginning of 2012, the secretariat would prepare only the English version of the working documents and legal texts of UN Regulations and UN Global Technical Regulations (UN GTRs). She said that the French and Russian versions would be prepared by the Document Management Section (DMS). In this regard, the Chair of WP.29 pointed out the importance to have the three versions of the legal texts before their entry into force.

52. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.9.1, 4.9.2 and 4.9.4, and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the corrections mentioned in para. 53 below:

53. Agenda item 4.9.1, Regulation No. 41, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/62, page 11, paragraph 12.2, correct to read:
“12.2. As from 1 January 2014, Contracting Parties applying this Regulation …”

page 12, paragraph 12.4, correct to read:
“12.4. Contracting Parties … of amendments until the date in paragraph 12.2.”

page 12, paragraph 12.7, correct to read:
“12.7. As from 1 January 2017, Contracting Parties applying this Regulation …”

The World Forum recommended submission of the proposal to AC.1 for voting.

54. Regarding document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/64, under agenda item 4.9.3 (Regulation No. 51), the World Forum noted the document submitted by GRB. It was agreed to postpone the voting of the document to a further session, awaiting the proposal for limit values to be submitted by GRB.

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55. The World Forum considered the draft corrigenda under agenda items 4.10.1 to 4.10.5, and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

See agenda item 4.10.

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56. The World Forum considered the draft corrigenda under agenda item 4.11.1 and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting.

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57. The World Forum considered the draft corrigenda under agenda items 4.12.1 to 4.12.4, and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

See agenda item 4.8.

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58. The World Forum considered the draft corrigenda under agenda item 4.13.1 and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting.

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59. The World Forum considered the draft corrigenda under agenda item 4.14.1 and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting.

60. Regarding document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/77, under agenda item 4.14.2 (UN Regulation No. 19), the World Forum agreed to defer consideration of the document to its November 2011 session, subject to a final review by GRE at its October 2011 session.

61. The World Forum noted that no document had been submitted.

62. The representative of EU explained the institutional reasons for delay of voting and expected to be in the position to vote in November 2011. The World Forum agreed to refer items 4.16.1 to 4.16.3 to its November 2011 session.

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63. The World Forum noted the amendments to the status of the Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.4/Amend.1) and of the priorities and items on which the exchange of views should continue (WP.29-154-08).

64. The World Forum agreed that agenda items 5.2 to 5.5 should be considered by the Executive Committee (AC.3).

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See agenda item 16.6.

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65. WP.29 noted that no new information was given under this agenda item.

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66. The World Forum noted the revised document on the status of the Agreement and that Kazakhstan acceded to the Agreement, effective date 23 May 2011 (see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1074/Rev.2/Amend.1 for more detailed information).

67. The secretariat suggested that, after the adoption of UN Rule No. 2, two options could be considered for the future development of the Agreement: (a) Update UN Rule Nos. 1 and 2 to the same level of the corresponding EU Directives, or (b) to keep the UN Rules at a lower level that could allow developing an adequate level of Periodical Technical Inspections (PTI) to those countries without a PTI system. It was reminded that, at the March 2011 session, WP.29 representatives were invited to define their strategic position on this matter (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1089, para 83).

68. The representative of the Russian Federation recalled the importance of harmonized requirements for the construction of vehicles and, as a consequence, also of technical provisions for PTI. Both set of requirements contribute to improved road safety. He expressed his preference for a harmonized approach and insisted on the urgency to adopt UN Rule No. 2.

69. It was recalled that the World Forum had agreed to transmit the proposal (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2009/135) to the Administrative Committee (AC.4) at its June 2011 session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1089, para. 74).

70. The representative of the EU regretted that the secretariat had addressed a letter to the member States of the EU Parties to the Agreement inviting them to participate at AC.4 for the voting of the proposal of UN Rule No. 2 without sending a copy to the European Commission for information.

71. The World Forum noted that, at its March 2011 session, the World Forum agreed to consider the possible need to update Rules Nos. 1 and 2 on the extension of their scope to M1 and N1 vehicles and to align them to the corresponding EU Directive (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1089, para. 75).

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72. No new information on the subject was given during the session.

73. The representative of India informed WP.29 about the result of the EFV Task Force meeting held on 22 June 2011. He recalled that the initial intention of the informal group was to examine the feasibility of developing an EFV evaluation concept. He also recalled that during the discussions of the informal group on EFV, since 2007, limitations in developing a single EFV assessment had emerged because of: (a) the different consumer’s needs and market situations around the world, (b) the different focus areas depending upon regional requirements and © the different possible solutions like electric, hybrid, gaseous vehicles, etc. The EFV Task Force agreed that a report would be transmitted to WP.29 at its November 2011 session on the limitations of pursuing an EFV assessment tool and on the possible need for harmonized definitions of the different types of EFVs and technologies. In addition, the representative noted a discussion at the Task Force meeting on a proposal to develop a report detailing the substantial progress since the first EFV conference in 2003. This will be further discussed by the Task Force and a proposal presented to the World Forum in November 2011. The representative of Germany added that the conclusion of the EFV Task Force was to withdraw the development of a single assessment criterion for evaluation of EFVs. The World Forum agreed to continue consideration of this item at its next session.

74. The representative of United States of America informed WP.29 about the organization of the next EFV conference to be held in the United States in 2012. She added that a steering committee was considering possible speakers, exhibitors, venue and date, to be confirmed before the next session of WP.29. Finally, she invited WP.29 representatives to inform her about possible speakers for the Conference.

75. The secretary of the Working Party on Road Safety (WP.1) reported on the consideration, at the sixty-first session of WP.1 (ECE/TRANS/WP.1/131), of the proposal for amendments to the 1968 Vienna Convention transmitted by WP.29 on the basis of an informal document. WP.29 pointed out that an official proposal (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/47) had been transmitted to WP.1 before its March 2011 session. He mentioned that the proposal would continue to be considered at the next session of WP.1 in September 2011. He also reported that an informal group of WP.1 was considering the driver’s assistance concept.

76. The representative of the United Kingdom pointed out that the draft UN Regulation on Advanced Emergency Braking System (AEBS), recently adopted by GRRF, should be considered by WP.1, because it could be inconsistent with the provision of permanent control of the vehicle by the driver and could also affect the driver’s assistance concept. He invited the secretary of WP.1 to transmit the proposal for the driver’s assistance concept for consideration to WP.29 before its adoption by WP.1. The Chair of WP.29 stated that cooperation between the representatives of WP.1 and WP.29 was essential for being well informed about possible inconsistencies and solutions to them.

77. The World Forum noted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/84, and adopted the proposal of the publication (WP.29-154-06) as amended by WP.29-154-09/Rev.2. The secretariat announced that contributions from Contracting Parties regarding their national legislative process could be submitted until 29 July 2011. The secretariat was requested to prepare the new publication based on the adopted documents.

78. The EU representative informed WP.29 that the European Commission had prepared the annual programme of work on the activities of the World Forum, available at: http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/sectors/automotive/files/unece/sec-2011-0689_en.pdf

79. The World Forum agreed that ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/85 would represent considerable advantages for the harmonization and simplification of the legislative activity. Nevertheless, no agreement was reached on the solution to incorporate the protocol in the framework of the 1958 and 1998 Agreements. The representative of the United States of America did not support the proposal to incorporate the specifications of the tools in a common resolution, to which UN Regulations and UN GTRs could refer. She preferred, instead, to develop a new UN GTR. The World Forum considered that there were two possible options for incorporating the protocol into the existing framework: either incorporate it into the Consolidated Resolution of the Construction of Vehicles (R.E.3) or into both R.E.3 and in a new UN GTR. The World Forum agreed to continue consideration of this matter at its November 2011 session.

80. The World Forum agreed that AC.3 should consider this matter.

81. The World Forum agreed that AC.3 should consider this matter.

85. The World Forum adopted the report, together with the annexes, on its 154th session.

86. Of the 49 Contracting Parties to the Agreement, 37 were represented and established AC.1 for its forty-eighth session held on 22 June 2011.

87. AC.1 invited Mr. B. Kisulenko, Chair of WP.29, to chair the session.

88. The results of voting on the submitted documents are found in the voting table (click the tab at left).

89. The thirty-second session of the Executive Committee (AC.3) was held on 22 and 23 June 2011, chaired by Mr. Onoda (Japan). The representatives of 25 of the 31 Contracting Parties to the Agreement attended or were represented.

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90. Submitted for consideration and vote, the proposed Amendment 2 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/79) to gtr No. 2 was established in the Global Registry on 22 June 2011 by consensus vote of the following Contracting Parties present and voting:

Australia, Canada, People’s Republic of China, European Union (voting for Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom), India, Japan, Norway, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, South Africa and United States of America.

91. The technical report (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2009/133) and the adopted proposal for the development of the gtr (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/19) would be appended to the established amendment to the gtr.

92. Submitted to consideration and vote, the proposed Corrigendum 2 to Global Technical Regulation No. 2 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/80) was established in the Global Registry on 22 June 2011 by consensus vote of the following Contracting Parties present and voting:

Australia, Canada, People’s Republic of China, European Union (voting for Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom), India, Japan, Norway, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, South Africa and United States of America.

93. Submitted to consideration and vote, the proposed Corrigendum 2 to Global Technical Regulation No. 8 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/81) was established in the Global Registry on 22 June 2011 by consensus vote of the following Contracting Parties present and voting:

Australia, Canada, People’s Republic of China, European Union (voting for Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom), India, Japan, Norway, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, South Africa and United States of America.

94. Submitted to consideration and vote, the proposed Corrigendum 1 to Global Technical Regulation No. 11 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/82) was established in the Global Registry on 22 June 2011 by consensus vote of the following Contracting Parties present and voting:

Australia, Canada, People’s Republic of China, European Union (voting for Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom), India, Japan, Norway, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, South Africa and United States of America.

95. AC.3 noted that no proposal was submitted.

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96. AC.3 agreed to consider this subject under agenda item 16.6.

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97. The representative of the United States of America informed AC.3 that the discussion on the draft amendments to the gtr was deferred to the December 2011 session of GRSP awaiting a proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No. 11 for a simultaneous, full alignment of the UN GTR and of the UN Regulation at the same time.

98. The representative of the European Union, technical sponsor of the gtr, informed AC.3 that the work progress of the GRPE informal group on heavy duty hybrids was well on track. He recalled that a proposal could result in either an amendment to UN GTR No. 4 or a new UN GTR. AC.3 noted that GRPE had submitted a proposal to correct editorial errors in UN GTR No. 4 for consideration at its November 2011 session.

99. The representatives of the United Kingdom and of the United States of America, on behalf of the Chair of the informal group, reported on the work progress of the group. They explained that the group was working, on the basis of the revised authorization to develop the amendments (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/25/Rev.1), on pending issues concerning: (i) technical specifications and calibration of the biofidelic rear impact dummy II and (ii) injury criteria. AC.3 adopted the second progress report of the informal group (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/86).

100. The representative of the United States of America informed AC.3 that, as an outcome of a research study conducted in her country, concerns were expressed by her delegation at the May 2011 session of GRSP on the readiness of the Flex-PLI as a test tool. She added that GRSP had agreed that pending issues should be addressed by a reconstituted informal group. The representative of Germany clarified that the informal group would be co-chaired and co-sponsored by Germany and Japan with the secretariat tasks assigned to OICA. AC.3 gave consent to mandate the informal group subject to the submission to WP.29 and AC.3 of appropriate terms of references (see para. 36).

101. The representative of Germany introduced the work progress of the HFCV subgroup on safety (SGS). He informed AC.3 that the next meeting of the informal group SGS was scheduled to be held in Paris in the last week of June 2011. He announced that the submission of the final proposal was expected at the December 2011 session of GRSP.

102. Concerning the subgroup on environmental issues (SGE) he introduced WP.29-154-14 referring to the technical report adopted by GRPE at its June 2011 session and endorsed by GRB at its February 2011 session. He stated that a conclusion of this report recommended waiving the development of a stand-alone gtr for environmental related provisions for HFCV. He concluded that it was preferable to amend case-by-case existing UN Regulations or GTRs to accommodate vehicle categories or to consider HFCV directly during the developing process of new UN Regulations. AC.3 requested the secretariat to distribute WP.29-154-14 with an official symbol for consideration as a summary report at its November 2011 session.

103. The representative of France informed AC.3 that the informal group would meet again during the September 2011 session of GRRF and that a gtr proposal could be transmitted to AC.3 for its consideration and possible voting at its March or June 2012 sessions. AC.3 agreed to include the provisions for rolling resistance (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2010/80) in a second phase of the UN GTR. AC.3 continued consideration of the placement of the wet grip adhesion provisions either in the mandatory module or on one of the optional modules of the UN GTR, as requested by the representatives of China and India. No agreement was reached. AC.3 noted that article 7.6 of the Agreement could provide the necessary flexibility for Parties to the Agreement to resolve their concerns when transposing the UN GTR into their national law. The representatives of China and India were invited to consider article 7.6 and to define their position on this issue at the next session of the informal group.

Note: Article 7.6 reads, in part, “A Contracting Party that has adopted into its own laws or regulations an established global technical regulation may decide to rescind or amend the adopted Regulation.”

104. The representative of Italy informed AC.3 that GRSG had recommended the adoption of the draft UN GTR and that a proposal and a technical report had been transmitted to AC.3 for their consideration and possible voting at its November 2011 session.

105. The representative of Germany, Chair of GRPE, informed AC.3 about the good progress made by the WLTP subgroups. Despite the complexity of this matter, he confirmed that the work progress on the development of the new test procedure and the harmonized cycle was on schedule. He reported on the decision of GRPE to set up a steering group to better coordinate the activities of all the subgroups. AC.3 endorsed this decision.

106. The representative of Australia, chairing the informal group on PSI, informed AC.3 about the outcome of the third meeting of the group held in Washington D.C. on 9 June 2011. He stated that the group had considered a large amount of background material and research and worked on the safety need case. He added that Australia and Canada were currently conducting a joint crash program testing matched pairs of vehicles in oblique and perpendicular tests. He reported that Australia was also conducting a major research project through the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) including consideration of the effectiveness of airbags. He invited the representatives of WP.29 to provide access to their in-depth crash investigation data. He announced that the Republic of Korea was considering hosting the next meeting of the informal group, to be held in October 2011. AC.3 adopted the terms of reference of the informal group including its first progress report (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/87).

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107. No new information was provided for this agenda item.

108. AC.3 noted that this subject was considered under agenda item 2.3 (see paras. 18 to 20 above).

109. No new information was provided for this agenda item.

110. The representative of the United States of America informed AC.3 about the outcome of the last meeting of the informal group on harmonization of side impact dummies, held in Washington D.C. on 8 June 2011. Concerning the harmonization activity of the 50th percentile dummy, she stated that the group was finalizing the harmonization work of the thorax deflection criteria and of the three dimensional measurement of the thorax. She added that this last activity was also in progress for the 5th percentile female dummy. She underlined that the current activities of the informal group were conducted closely to those of the PSI informal group. AC.3 adopted the second progress report of the informal group (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/88).

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112. In addition to the informal documents from the previous sessions, three programmes of work were presented to AC.3. The representative of Japan introduced the Japanese future measures for vehicle safety for a society with no traffic accidents (WP.29-154-10), the representative of the EU presented the European Commission programme of work for 2011 – 2012 (WP.29-154-19) and the representative of the United States of America presented the USA Rulemaking and Research Priorities of the USA National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (WP.29-154-20). AC.3 noted that, among others, electric vehicles, including electric storage systems, e-mobility, protection to vulnerable user, and audibility of quiet vehicles were common priorities in the presentations and that they could be considered as priorities for future development of UN GTRs. The Chair of GRB said that the informal group on quiet vehicles would meet on 31 August 2011 in Japan. He requested guidance, pending a formal proposal, on to whether the informal group should proceed on the basis that a potential UN GTR be developed by the informal group. AC.3 endorsed this approach. Regarding batteries and electric vehicles, discussion took place regarding the importance of early coordination of research and regulatory activities and the possibility of devising a road map for a potential UN GTR similar to that developed early on for hydrogen vehicles. AC.3 also discussed the possibility of revising the terms of reference of the existing informal group on batteries and electric vehicles under GRSP instead of creating a new one. The Chair of AC.3 invited the representatives of EU, Japan and the Unites States of America to coordinate formal proposals for inclusion in the programme of work by AC.3 at its November 2011 session. The Chair also invited other Contracting Parties to present their priorities or to consider supporting the common priorities mentioned above. The representative of Australia raised the issue of motorcycles safety and recommended considering the possibility of making the installation of ABS mandatory in motorcycles. He suggested defer this matter to the November 2011 session of AC.3.

113. AC.3 noted that Mr. A. W. Jonas (Australia) would retire after 13 years of participation in the meetings of WP.29 and 23 years in the Ministry in charge of transport matters in his country. AC.3 thanked him for having been a non-official ambassador of WP.29 in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and wished him a long and happy retirement.

114. AC.3 noted that Mr. H. Kubota, Director of the Japan Automobile Standards Internationalization Centre (JASIC) office in Geneva, would take on new responsibilities in his country. AC.3 recognized his valuable contribution to the work of the World Forum and its subsidiary bodies and wished him a successful career in his new function.

115. The eighth session of the Administrative Committee (AC.4) was held on 23 June 2011. The representatives of 8 of the 12 Contracting Parties to the Agreement attended.

116. Upon the proposal of the secretariat, Mr. B. Kisulenko (Russian Federation) was unanimously elected Chair for 2011.

117. Submitted to consideration and vote, the proposed UN Rule No. 2 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2009/135) was adopted on 23 June 2011 by consensus vote of the following Contracting Parties present and voting:

Belarus, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Netherlands, Romania, Russian Federation and Ukraine.

118. The representative of Belarus welcomed the adoption of the UN Rule No. 2 underlying its importance for road traffic safety and stated the effort of its country to enforce the UN Rule the fastest possible. AC.4 expressed appreciation for the contribution of Belarus to the activities of the Agreement and encouraged its active participation to those of the 1958 and 1998 Agreements because of its important role played in the field of vehicle safety.

119. No subject was raised under this item.

82. The secretariat recalled that WP.29 should decide on the suggestions by the secretariat to: (a) identify those areas of third pillar activities under the responsibility of WP.29, (b) mandate the subsidiary bodies of WP.29 to address their tasks in those areas where outcomes are expected and © recommend the secretariat to participate in the meetings of the Evaluation Working Group that will be set up within the framework of the Global Plan. The representative of OICA suggested amendments to WP.29-154-18. The World Forum agreed to continue consideration of this matter at its next session and requested the secretariat to distribute an updated version of WP.29-154-18 with an official symbol.

83. WP.29 noted the presentation by the secretariat on the progress made on the UNDA project (WP.29-154-13). The secretariat recalled that a questionnaire had been sent to the different stakeholders and invited them to return their replies by 31 July 2011 at the latest.

84. The World Forum agreed in principle with proposal by the representative of the United States of America for setting up an informal group for governmental representatives only to exchange views on enforcement issues regarding procedures and actions related to safety and environmental defects and not compliance. Government representatives were invited to confirm their intention to participate in such an informal group by the end of July 2011, in order to determine the number of participants and decide where the meeting could be convened and the contents. (ezana.wondimneh@dot.gov).

111. The EU representative proposed an amendment to UN GTR No. 5 clarifying the provisions on heavy-duty on-board diagnostic (OBD) systems. AC.3 gave its consent and requested the secretariat to distribute WP.29-154-07 with an official symbol (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/30).

The World Forum recommended the submission of the proposal to AC.1 for voting.

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Working Party on Noise | Session 54 | 19-21 Sep 2011

2. GRB considered and adopted the agenda ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2011/9, including Add.1, and amended agenda item 13:

  • “13. Other business
  • Definitions and acronyms in Regulations under GRB responsibilities on the basis of an initiative of the Working Party on Pollution and Energy"

3. GRB noted the update of the references to ISO standards into the Regulation and agreed to defer discussion at its February 2012 session (see para. 4 of this report).

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10. The expert from CLEPA introduced GRB-54-09 proposing the inclusion of the additional sound emission provisions (ASEP) also into Regulation No. 59. The proposal received comments from GRB experts, such as the deletion of the proposed tolerance of 4 dB(A), unless technical rationales are provided for justification. GRB agreed to resume discussion at its February 2012 session on the basis of a revised proposal tabled by the expert from CLEPA.

11. Referring to the discussion at its previous GRB session, the expert from Italy introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2011/10, proposing a revised version of Regulation No. 92 taking into account the recent revisions of Regulations Nos. 9, 41 and 63. GRB adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2011/10 (amended by GRB-54-04), as amended by Annex II of this report. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposal to WP.29 and AC.1, for consideration and vote at their March 2012 sessions, as draft 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 92.

12. The expert from the Russian Federation introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2011/11, aimed at improving the test provisions for measuring the rolling resistance of tyres. The proposal received several comments (GRB-54-02, GRB-54-08 and GRB-54-10 amongst others). The Chair of GRB introduced GRB-54-12-Rev.1 proposing to amend ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2011/11. He clarified that the proposal did not affect the existing methods but result in a further option to the deceleration method. GRB adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2011/11 as reproduced by Annex III to this report. However, some GRB experts suggested further technical assessment of the proposed alternative method to the next GRB sessions. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposal to WP.29 and AC.1, for consideration at their March 2012 sessions, as draft Supplement 1 to the 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 117.

13. GRB noted also the work progress of the Working Party on Brakes and Running Gear (GRRF) on matters of common interest with GRB (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2011/12, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2011/29, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2011/30, GRRF-69-23, GRRF-71-29 and GRRF-71-31). Particularly, GRB endorsed ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2011/30, inserting a new definition of C3 class tyres adopted by GRRF at its September session.

14. GRB agreed to defer discussion on this agenda item to its February 2012 session, awaiting a concrete proposal from the expert of the Netherlands to harmonize the terminology used in the Regulations concerned.

15. The expert from the Netherlands introduced GRB-54-11, showing a research initiative in his country on a road side noise inspection test with a roller-bench. The expert from FIM expressed concerns on the legal implications of this type of inspection test. The expert from IMMA supported the initiative as a contribution to possible pragmatic and successful law enforcement to cope moped noise issues, such as tampering. GRB agreed to resume consideration on this matter at its next session and expected to receive also information from the expert of Finland on a similar initiative in progress in her country.

16. GRB noted that no new information had been given under this agenda item.

17. The Chair of the informal working group on Quiet Road Transport Vehicles (QRTV), reported on the good progress (GRB-54-18) made by the group at its sixth and seventh meetings held in San Diego, California, USA on 15 May 2011 and in Osaka, Japan on 31 August 2011. He announced that the next meeting of the group was planned to be held in Baltimore, Maryland, USA on 18 October 2011. He clarified that the group was focusing on key elements such as definitions, applicability, type of sound produced, etc. He underlined the need of benchmarking on silent vehicles (i.e. establishing maximum sound level at speeds below 30 to 20 km/h). He added that vehicle speed and tires were fundamental in this process. Referring to the discussion during the last session of the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement (AC.3) (see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1091, para. 112), the expert from the United States of America informed GRB that his country will co-sponsor, with Japan, a proposal for developing a UN GTR (through GRB/QRTV) to ensure harmonization with the current development of a proposed regulation in his country. He added that according to the notice of intent (NOI) of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an environmental assessment, together with a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) would be published in July 2012 (www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-07-12/pdf/2011-17341.pdf). The Chair of the GRB presented his understanding of the USA timeline and questioned the very short time to finalize the performance requirements of the USA regulation and the UN GTR. The expert from the United States of America stated that the development of the draft UN GTR should follow the timeline of NHTSA rulemaking process and that probably the broad range of options that he believes will be initially proposed in the NPRM, would be reduced in the rulemaking process, easing GRB’s task. The Chair of QRTV suggested that his understanding of the USA regulation process, meaningful discussions and alignment of the USA regulation and the UN GTR may be precluded by USA law regarding ex-parte discussions once the NPRM is issued.

18. The WBU expert, informed GRB about the perception needs of visually impaired people to locate a vehicle, its direction and speed. He added that specific noises (i.e.: acceleration, deceleration and idling) of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles were important information in identifying vehicle distance, as is also the case for vulnerable road users such as children and elderly people. In this respect, the Chair of QRTV informed GRB that his group was identifying criteria to have the most informative audible warning device.

19. The expert from the United Kingdom informed GRB about the project report of the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) on the assessment of perceived safety risk from quiet electric and hybrid vehicles to vision-impaired pedestrians (www.dft.gov.uk/publications/trl-report-ppr525). Finally GRB noted an article (GRB-54-07) submitted by the expert from the Netherlands on effects of electric vehicles on road safety.

20. GRB agreed to resume discussion of this agenda item at its February 2012 session, awaiting the proposal for developing a UN GTR by Japan and United States of America and the outcome of the next meeting of informal working group on QRTV.

21. GRB noted the discussion on this subject held at the June 2011 session of WP.29 (see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1091, para. 74) and that the venue and date of the next EFV conference would be confirmed at the November session of WP.29.

22. In compliance with Rule 37 of the Rules of Procedure (TRANS/WP.29/690 and Amend.1), GRB elected its officers on Wednesday afternoon. Mr. C. Theis (Germany) was unanimously re-elected Chair of GRB for the sessions scheduled in 2012.

Definitions and acronyms in Regulations under GRB responsibilities on the basis of an initiative of the Working Party on Pollution and Energy

23. GRB was informed about the current intention of GRPE to list all definitions and acronyms currently in the Regulations on noise emissions under its responsibility to avoid misconception when used in other Regulations. In this respect it was noted that RESS acronym (Replacement Exhaust Silencing Systems) was also used by the Working Party on Passive Safety (GRSP) for Rechargeable Energy Storage Systems. GRB agreed to resume discussion at its February 2012 session on the basis of a proposal voluntarily prepared by the experts from OICA and ISO.

24. The expert from the Russian Federation introduced GRB-54-05, proposing a revision of the titles of Regulations under GRB responsibilities. The proposal received comments from GRB experts, such as to replace the word “noise” with “sound” in all the texts of Regulations. GRB agreed to resume discussion on this subject on the basis of a proposal jointly prepared by the experts from the Russian Federation and the Netherlands.

25. GRB also agreed to revise the scope of noise Regulations annexed to the 1958 Agreement, shown by categories of vehicles in the Consolidated Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles (R.E.3) with the intention to include especially L6 and L7 categories. Accordingly it was agreed to introduce a new agenda item on this subject in the agenda of the February 2012 session of GRB.

1. The Working Party on Noise (GRB) held its fifty-fourth session from 19 (afternoon) to 21 (morning) September 2011 in Geneva, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Ch. Theis (Germany). Experts from the following countries participated in the work following Rule 1(a) of the Rules of Procedure of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) (TRANS/WP.29/690 and Amend.1): Belgium; Canada; China; Czech Republic; France; Germany; India; Italy; Japan; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Republic of Korea; Russian Federation; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and United States of America (USA). Experts from the following non-governmental organizations also participated: European Association of Automobile Suppliers (CLEPA); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA); International Organization for Standardization (ISO); International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA). Upon the special invitation of the Chair, experts from the following non-governmental organizations participated: European Federation for Transport and Environment (T&E); European Tyre and Rim Technical Organization (ETRTO); International Motorcycling Federation (FIM); World Blind Union (WBU).

4. The expert from ISO introduced GRB-54-06 on the review of ISO 362-1:2007 and ISO 10844:2011 standards. He sought cooperation with other GRB experts to prepare amendments to a number of Regulations under GRB responsibility, to adapt them to the technical progress and to insert proper transitional provisions. The Chair of GRB suggested that this update should concern Regulation Nos. 9, 41, 51, 59, 63, 92 and 117. GRB noted a number of comments and agreed to resume discussion on this agenda item at its February 2012 session on the basis of a concrete proposal including transitional provisions.

5. The expert from the Netherlands recalled the information (GRB-54-13) given at the thirty-sixth session of GRB concerning the significant site to site variation of low noise ISO tracks.

6. GRB noted the final report commissioned by the European Commission on vehicle noise limit values (VENOLIVA: GRB-54-01). The expert from Germany introduced GRB-54-03, proposing three stages of reducing vehicle noise limit values for measurement method B, linked to categories of vehicles and transitional provisions. He explained that the proposal was a compromise among environmental benefits, technical feasibility for vehicle manufacturers and cost burden for consumers. The expert from Austria on behalf of the expert from Germany fully supported the proposal. The expert from Norway requested efforts for more ambitious targets and that the Working Group on Pollution and Energy (GRPE) should provide clarification on the noise effects of cold start engine test requirements for the next session of GRB. The expert from Italy supported in principle the proposal. However, he stated that: (i) the additional transitional period in stage 1 for new vehicle registration would be an unnecessary burden for type approval authorities and (ii) for stage 3 a revision clause on limit values would be needed due to its long time span. Moreover, the expert from the United Kingdom also supported the proposal and underlined that the long time period between stages was welcome on the condition of respect to the high power sport cars where platform life is longer than conventional cars. The expert from the Netherlands welcomed the proposal (including vehicle classification) as a good basis for discussion and envisaged particularly stage 3. However, he added that further discussion was needed on limit values and proper time schedule for heavy duty vehicles. The experts from France and Sweden also supported the proposal as a first approach. Finally, the proposal tabled by the expert from Germany received in principle support from GRB experts as a realistic first step of discussion.

7. The expert from Japan introduced GRB-54-14 and GRB-54-16 proposing a review of subcategories of vehicles with respect to the new limit values. He also introduced GRB-54-15 proposing a categorization of Kei N1 vehicles. GRB agreed to resume discussion on this subject at its February 2012 session on the basis of a revised proposal by the expert from Japan. Finally, the expert from the Netherlands volunteered, with the assistance of the expert from OICA, to prepare an informal consolidated version of Regulation No. 51 for the next GRB session, to facilitate future discussions on new limit values and subcategories of vehicles concerning measurement method B.

8. GRB noted the decision of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) at its June 2011 session, to postpone the voting of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/64 (superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2011/2 and GRB-53-27) to a further session, awaiting a proposal for limit values to be submitted by GRB (see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1091, para. 54).

9. The expert from the Netherlands, Chair of the informal working group on Additional Sound Emission Provisions (ASEP), introduced GRB-54-17 to recognize the work done by the group. He concluded that further efforts should be made to solidify a policy proposal on limit values, as with the intended purpose.

World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations | Session 155 | 15-18 Nov 2011

11. The provisional annotated agenda for the session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1092) was adopted with the amendments noted below:

(a) Addition and amendments of agenda items:
4.2.1. Guidance requested by the Chair of GRRF regarding references to UN Regulations;
4.2.2. Guidance requested by the Chairs of GRRF and GRE regarding the reference and transposition of private standards;
4.14.1. Proposal for Corrigendum 1 to Revision 2 to Regulation No. 13-H (Brakes of M1and N1 vehicles) document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/153;
8.11. Proposal to develop a new Regulation on recyclability of M1 and N1 vehicles;
8.12. Proposal for amendments to the Terms of Reference and Rules of Procedure of WP.29;
8.13. United Nations Development Account (UNDA) project.
8.14. Tribute to Ms. Enonler and Mr. Van West.
13.4. Proposal for a new annex to the Special Resolution No. 1 (S.R.1) document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/127;
17.5. Quiet Road Transport Vehicles.

(b) Additions and corrections to document references for items:
3.1. Add ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/65/Corr.1;
4.4. Add ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/152;
4.6.2. Add ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/150;
4.6.4. Add ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/151;
4.6.5. Add ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/99/Corr.1;
4.7.5. Add ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/110/Corr.1;
4.10.1. Add ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/94/Amend.1;
4.12.4. Add ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/137/Corr.1;
4.15.4. Add ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/92/Amend.1;
4.16.1. Add ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/93/Amend.1

(c) Items or documents postponed for a later session:
4.15.1. to 4.16.1.

(d) The list of informal documents is reproduced in Annex I to this report.

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12. The 107th session of WP.29/AC.2, considering the coordination and organization of work of the World Forum, was held on 14 November 2011 chaired by Mr. B. Gauvin (France) and was attended, in accordance to Rule 29 of the terms of reference and rules of procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.1), by the Chairs of WP.29 (Russian Federation), GRB (Germany), GRE (Canada), GRPE (Germany), GRRF (United Kingdom), GRSG (Italy), the Administrative/Executive Committees of the three agreements administered by WP.29, by the representatives of the European Union, Japan and the United States of America and by the vice-Chair of WP.29 (France).

13. WP.29/AC.2 considered the provisional agenda for the current session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1092) and recommended the modifications mentioned in paragraph 11 above. It was also recommended that agenda item 5.1 be considered by the World Forum and the rest of the agenda items regarding the 1998 Agreement be considered by the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement (AC.3).

14. WP.29/AC.2 noted that due to budget constraints, the WP.29 secretariat had lost a General staff post in a period where revision of UN Regulations had a six-months delay. It also noted that, to recover the delay, the Transport Division engaged a temporary staff member and that other staff members of the Division also partially contributed. It was recalled that the secretariat will prepare only the English text of the WP.29 working documents and the legal text of UN Regulations, UN Global Technical Regulations (GTRs) and UN Rules and that the French and Russian versions of these documents would be prepared by the Document Management Section (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1091, paragraph 3).

15. WP.29/AC.2 noted that, following the adoption of the amendments to the UN Regulations in June 2011, the Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) informed the secretariat that, according to the practice of the UN Secretary-General as depositary, proposals of amendments (and new regulations) must be circulated in the three authentic languages of the Agreements. OLA had stated that no Depositary Notifications would be issued until the three official versions of the UN Regulations and UN Rules were available. The same principle should also apply the UN GTRs. Since the documents in the three authentic languages were not always available on time for the sessions of the World Forum, WP.29/AC.2 estimated that the entry into force of any new UN Regulations, UN GTRs, UN Rules and their amendments could have significant delays.

16. WP.29/AC.2 considered possible negative impacts of this delay (i.e. EU legislation referring to the UN Regulations, transposition of UN Regulations and UN GTRs into national law of the Contracting Parties to the Agreement, Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety, etc.). Possible permanent solutions were considered by WP.29/AC.2, such as the request to translate into the Russian language the working documents of the Working Parties subsidiary to the World Forum and reinforcing the secretariat with two new G positions. These two measures would make the Russian version of the proposals available earlier and allow the secretariat to prepare the working documents for WP.29 and the text of the adopted proposals in the three authentic languages for their submission to OLA.

17. WP.29/AC.2 noted the proposal by the secretariat to amend the three Agreements administered by WP.29 in such a way that only the text of the Agreements in English, French and Russian would be equally authentic. The UN Regulations, UN Global Technical Regulations (UN GTRs) and UN Rules, related to each Agreement would be in English only. At the same time, the Agreements should contain a clause requesting the UN Secretary-General to prepare an authoritative translation of the annexes into French and Russian languages as attachments to the certified true copies of the Agreements. WP.29/AC.2 noted that the amendments to the Agreements required consensus and that the amendment to the three Agreements, if unanimously accepted by all the Contracting Parties, could only be a long-term solution.

18. Finally, WP.29/AC.2 recommended, as an initial short-term solution, to request the Russian translation of the working documents submitted to its subsidiary Working Parties (GRs). Furthermore, it was recommended to include, in the parts of the WP.29 reports referring to the sessions of AC.1, AC.3 and AC.4, the following paragraph: “AC.1/AC.3/AC.4 requested OLA/the secretariat to proceed with notifications of the adopted proposals for new regulations and/or their amendments in English only”. WP.29/AC.2 invited the representatives and the secretariat to propose other possible measures, including simplification measures, to ensure the availability in due time of the three authentic languages.

19. WP.29/AC.2 noted that OLA had informed the secretariat that Corrigenda should aim at correcting, without modifying the meaning or substance of the text of the treaty, (a) physical errors on typing, printing, spelling…., (b) lack of conformity of the treaty with the official records, and/or (c) lack of concordance between the texts of the different authentic languages. OLA had indicated that the depositary has the responsibility to scrutinize each apparent error in order to determine whether it does fall into one of the above categories and that it does not have the effect of modifying the meaning or substance of the text of the treaty. OLA had noted that some of the corrections submitted did not necessarily represent “corrections of errors”, but rather affect the substance of the text. WP.29/AC.2 recommended that from this session onward, careful attention should be made to ensure that the Corrigenda adopted in the framework of the Agreements, respond to the criteria expressed by OLA modifying, if necessary, the corresponding proposals to be submitted to vote during the current session of the corresponding Committees. WP.29/AC.2 recommended the secretariat to prepare written instructions on this matter for the GRs, to ensure that the adopted Corrigenda fully meet with the OLA criteria.

20. WP.29/AC.2 noted that OLA had indicated that the terms “UN Regulations”, “UN Global Technical Regulations (UN GTRs)” and “UN Rules” could not be used in legal documents, taking into account the current text of the 1958, 1998 and 1997 Agreements. Nevertheless, these terms could be used in administrative and informative documents in anticipation of the amendments to the Agreements. WP.29/AC.2 recommended using the next occasion for amending the Agreements to introduce the above-mentioned terms.

21. WP.29/AC.2 was informed about a proposed Corrigendum to the 1997 Agreement aligning the French version to the English and Russian texts. It was recommended to convene the Administrative Committee (AC.4) for the adoption of the Corrigendum.

22. WP.29/AC.2 was informed by the Director of the Transport Division about the revision of the UNECE reform and about the agenda of the meeting of Chairs of the ITC subsidiary bodies (sixty-fifth session, 28 February – 1 March 2012). Moreover, WP.29/AC.2 noted that, in the framework of the reform review, the Chairs of the ITC subsidiary bodies are expected to present their priorities concerning UNECE activities at the next session of the Inland Transport Committee (ITC) for transmission to the Executive Committee of the UNECE (EXCOM). The representative of the United States of America stated that current constraints of the WP.29 secretariat were of considerable concern for his administration and that the availability of translated documents in due time was a priority. Moreover, he added that, notwithstanding the translation activities which are not performed by WP.29 secretariat, the scrutiny review of technical contents of the documents was essential for the accuracy of the three authentic languages of the Agreements administered by WP.29. The representative of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, while recognizing the value of regional and bi-lateral collaboration, emphasized the value of focusing resources and harmonization efforts in the World Forum where all the experts from Contracting Parties meet regularly. The representative of the European Union recognized the high value of UN Regulations developed by the World Forum, which had allowed replacing the EU Directives by direct reference to the UN Regulations. He underlined the need for his institution to have the UN Regulations available on time to avoid distortions in the regulatory system of the European Union. The representative of Japan underlined that the important role of the World Forum was politically relevant and explained his administration’s promotion of WP.29 activities in the Asian region. The representative of Italy suggested reinforcing the WP.29 secretariat, even at the G level, through the reallocation of UNECE resources from activities of lower priority. WP.29/AC.2 recommended rejecting any possible reduction of its current activities as this would negatively affect the proper functioning of the Agreements administered by WP.29.

23. WP.29/AC.2 reviewed the draft agenda for the 156th session of the World Forum, scheduled to be held in Geneva from 13 – 16 March 2012.

24. The World Forum adopted the report of the Administrative Committee on its 107th session and its recommendations.

25. The World Forum noted the calendar of sessions for the year 2012 (WP.29-154-16) as reproduced in Annex II to this report. The World Forum noted the programme of work and availability of documentation (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/1/Rev.2). WP.29 representatives were requested to revise the programme of work and to communicate to the secretariat any amendment deemed necessary.

26. The secretariat presented the “UNECE roadmap on ITS – 20 global actions to deploy ITS 2012-2020” (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/114 and WP.29-155-24), part of the UNECE strategy package on ITS. The package consisted of:

  • (a) A background paper with the primary objective of sharing information (including best practices) and raising awareness about the values that ITS solutions could deliver;
  • (b) A strategic note identifying the main gaps and impediments for a broader use and faster dissemination of ITS applications; and
  • (c) A roadmap outlining the areas and tasks that UNECE could undertake either as a continuation of on-going tasks or as new initiatives.

27. Furthermore, the secretariat informed WP.29 that the roadmap had been presented to and endorsed by the Working Party on Transport Trends and Economics (WP.5), the Working Party on Road Traffic Safety (WP.1), the Working Party on Inland Water Transport (SC.3), the Working Party on Road Transport (SC.1), the Working Party on Intermodal Transport and Logistics (WP.24), the Working Party on Rail Transport (SC.2) and the Working Party on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (WP.15) before final submission to and adoption by the seventy-fourth session of the Inland Transport Committee (ITC). Implementation and its impact would be regularly monitored and the secretariat would report to its governing bodies. Therefore, monitoring indicators would be developed and agreed on. The secretariat informed WP.29 that the policy segment of the seventy-fourth session of the ITC would be dedicated to ITS. This event would take place in Geneva on 28 February 2012 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The World Forum endorsed ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/114.

28. The representative of OICA requested availability of the feedback received by the secretariat during the consultation process of the strategic note on the Transport Division website.

29. The representative of the EU reported that WP.29-155-25 contained the framework for ITS deployment in Europe.

30. The representative of the United States of America announced the ongoing research on vehicle to vehicle communication that could result in a decision by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2013, to take further action on either research or take steps to approach the rulemaking process within the United States. The representative of Japan informed WP.29 that the ITS informal group would meet in conjunction with the March 2012 session of WP.29.

31. The World Forum considered and adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/144 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/145. The secretariat was requested to submit them to ITC for formal endorsement.

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32. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRE, given during the 154th session (ECE/TRANS)WP.29/2011/1091, paras. 26–30) and approved the report.

34. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRRF, given during the 154th session (ECE/TRANS)WP.29/2011/1091, paras. 33–34) and approved the report.

33. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRSG, given during the 154th session (ECE/TRANS)WP.29/2011/1091, paras. 31–32) and approved the report.

35. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRSP, given during the 154th session (ECE/TRANS)WP.29/2011/1091, paras. 35–39) and approved the report.

36. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRPE, given during the 154th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/1091, paras. 40–42) and approved the report.

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37. The GRRF Chair, Mr. Sopp (United Kingdom), informed WP.29 about the results achieved by GRRF during its seventy-first session (for more details see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/71).

38. The World Forum noted that Mr. Sopp had been elected GRRF Chair for the 2012 sessions.

39. The GRRF Chair reported that a number of open issues in the new Regulation on AEBS had been resolved by GRRF at its September 2011 session. However, he sought guidance on three pending proposals: (i) voluntary approval with non-pneumatic rear suspension (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/92/Amend.1), (ii) removing the square brackets of paragraph 12.2. and add the text as a footnote, and (iii) note approach with M2 and N2 ≤ 8 tonnes vehicle categories (table of Annex 3 of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/93/Amend.1). WP.29 did not support the additional text on voluntary approval in proposal (i), endorsed solution (ii) and agreed to resume discussion of (iii) at the next WP.29 session with the goal that GRRF and the informal working group on AEBS should start the necessary initiatives to ensure that the AEBS requirements for such vehicles would be finalized by the end of 2013.

40. The GRB Chair reported on the results achieved by GRB during its fifty-fourth session (for details see report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/52).

41. Regarding Regulation No. 117 (Tyre rolling resistance, rolling noise and wet grip), he clarified that GRB adopted a Supplement to the Regulation that will not affect the existing test methods but will rather constitute an alternative to improve the accuracy of the deceleration method.

42. The World Forum noted that Mr. Ch. Theis (Germany) had been re-elected as GRB Chair for the 2012 sessions.

43. The Chair of GRE reported on the results of the sixty-sixth session of GRE (for details see the report of the session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/66).

44. Mr. Gorzkowski (Canada) was re-elected as GRE Chair for the year 2012.

45. The Chair of GRSG informed WP.29 about the results made by GRSG during its 101st session (for more details see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/80).

46. Mr. Erario (Italy) was re-elected as Chair of GRSG for 2012 and Mr. Matolscy (Hungary) as Vice-Chair.

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47. The World Forum noted that the secretariat no longer prepared a list of the modification to the status of the 1958 Agreement, but rather continuously updating the status document on the basis of an informal consolidated version available at: [link to the WP.29 website page]. It was recommended to consult this document to confirm the exact date of the entry into force of new UN Regulations, their Supplements and Corrigenda.

48. The Chair of GRRF stressed the need for clarifying the referencing of UN Regulations (WP.29-155-05). He underlined that both, static and dynamic, references were currently used in UN Regulations. He suggested considering this issue in detail with the Chairs of the other Working Parties. The Chair of GRPE welcomed this initiative and suggested also adding this subject to the agenda of the forthcoming sessions of GRSP, GRPE and GRB for detailed consideration. The representatives of CLEPA and OICA underlined the importance of this matter, with the representative of OICA indicating that this issue was reviewed in detail internally, resulting in the recommendation that a case by case approach would be appropriate in view of the difficulty of defining a universal solution. WP.29 agreed to resume consideration of this issue at its next session in March 2012 and to keep WP.29-155-05 on the agenda as a reference document.

49. The Chair of GRRF also added that the reproduction of parts of standards and the use of references in UN Regulations to private standards should be clarified, especially for those standards which were not freely available (WP.29-155-33). The representative of the United States of America stated that in references to private standards in the US legislation, these standards have to be made freely available. The World Forum agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session and invited the secretariat to contact the different standardization bodies for their positions.

50. The representative of France as Chair of the informal group on IWVTA, informed the World Forum about the group’s progress during the recent sessions held in Tokyo and Paris. He underlined the need to amend the 1958 Agreement and that one of the aims of the group was to provide a basis for facilitating the accession of emerging economies to the Agreement. The representative of Japan outlined the inventory for the review of the 1958 Agreement and a possible road map (WP.29-155-32). Contracting Parties were invited to ensure broader participation in the work of the informal group. The representative of France proposed to the World Forum:

  • • to endorse the road map and the inventory listed in WP.29-155-27.
  • • to add to the agenda of the March 2012 session, an item specifying the way to involve GRs in developing the IWVTA concept.
  • • to extend the informal group’s mandate in order to prepare a revision of the 1958 Agreement, including a report to WP.29 for its March 2013 session.

In addition, he raised two questions for answers from WP.29 at its March 2012 session:

  • • how to keep previous series of amendments of the UN Regulations available for the CPs and emerging countries desiring to use them.
  • • how to add in the Agreement, a new administrative disposition which should apply to all CPs but be decided and amended by the Administrative Committee AC.1 by unanimity of present and voting CPs.

The World Forum endorsed these proposals.

51. The World Forum adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/152, WP.29-155-03 and WP.29-155-37. The secretariat was requested to issue them as a basic document for the drafting of UN Regulations, with an official symbol.

52. The World Forum noted the good progress made by the informal working group on DETA. The informal working group sought the advice of WP.29 on a number of issues (WP.29-155-31) at the March 2012 session. In this respect, the Chair of DETA announced the intention of the group to submit a detailed roadmap for consideration by WP.29. The World Forum requested the secretariat to distribute WP.29-155-31 with an official symbol.

53. The World Forum considered the draft amendment under agenda items 4.6.1 to 4.6.4 and items 4.6.6 to 4.6.11 and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting.

54. Under agenda item 4.6.2, UN Regulation No. 19 document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/150, paragraph 14.2. for Supplement 3, read Supplement 2. The World Forum agreed to refer WP.29-155-30 to GRE for further consideration.

55. Under agenda item 4.6.5 (UN Regulation No. 48), the World Forum agreed to defer consideration of document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/99 and Corr.1 to its June 2012 session, subject to a final review by GRE at its March 2012 session.

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54. Under agenda item 4.6.2, UN Regulation No. 19 document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/150, paragraph 14.2. for Supplement 3, read Supplement 2.

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56. The World Forum considered the draft amendment under agenda items 4.7.1 to 4.7.8 and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the corrections mentioned in paras. 57-59 below:

57. Agenda item 4.7.2, UN Regulation No. 58, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/107,

Paragraph 2.3., correct to read

“2.3. Any vehicle in one of the categories M1, M2, M3, N1, O1 or O2 shall be deemed …

  • Where there is more than one rear axle, the width to be considered is that of the widest.
  • The requirements of paragraphs 2.3.(b) and 2.3.(c) above shall be satisfied at least on a line:
  • (i) At a distance of not more than 450 mm from the rear extremity of the vehicle;
  • (ii) That may have interruptions totalling not more than 200 mm."

Paragraph 24.1., correct to read:

“24.1. If the vehicle submitted for approval pursuant to this Regulation meets the
requirements of paragraph 2.3.(b) or paragraph 2.3.(c) or paragraph 25 and has been tested following the conditions set out in paragraph 2.2., approval of that vehicle type shall be granted.”

Paragraph 31.5., correct to read:

“31.5. As from 48 months …

  • (a) … meets the requirements of paragraph 2.3.(b) or paragraph 2.3.(c) or Part III of this Regulation as amended by the 02 series of amendments;
  • (b) ….the requirements of paragraph 2.3.(b) or paragraph 2.3.(c) or Part III of this Regulation as amended by the 02 series of amendments.
    …."

Annex 3, correct to read:

"Annex 3


….
of a type of a vehicle with regard to its rear underrun protection (RUP) pursuant to paragraph 2.3.(b) / paragraph 2.3.(c)/ Part III 2/ of Regulation No. 58.

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2/ Strike out what does not apply."

58. Agenda item 4.7.3, Regulation No. 67, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/108, Paragraphs 2.20 and 2.21, should be deleted.

Paragraph 17.11.5, correct to read:
“17.11.5. Vehicles with more than one fuel system shall have a fuel selection system.”

Paragraph 17.11.6, should be deleted.

59. Under agenda item 4.7.3 (UN Regulation No. 67), the World Forum agreed to refer WP.29-155-23 to GRSG for further consideration of the document.

Note: The 03 series of amendments includes the provisions for camera monitor systems.

57. Agenda item 4.7.2, UN Regulation No. 58, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/107,

Paragraph 2.3., correct to read

“2.3. Any vehicle in one of the categories M1, M2, M3, N1, O1 or O2 shall be deemed …

  • Where there is more than one rear axle, the width to be considered is that of the widest.
  • The requirements of paragraphs 2.3.(b) and 2.3.(c) above shall be satisfied at least on a line:
  • (i) At a distance of not more than 450 mm from the rear extremity of the vehicle;
  • (ii) That may have interruptions totalling not more than 200 mm."

Paragraph 24.1., correct to read:

“24.1. If the vehicle submitted for approval pursuant to this Regulation meets the
requirements of paragraph 2.3.(b) or paragraph 2.3.(c) or paragraph 25 and has been tested following the conditions set out in paragraph 2.2., approval of that vehicle type shall be granted.”

Paragraph 31.5., correct to read:

“31.5. As from 48 months …

  • (a) … meets the requirements of paragraph 2.3.(b) or paragraph 2.3.(c) or Part III of this Regulation as amended by the 02 series of amendments;
  • (b) ….the requirements of paragraph 2.3.(b) or paragraph 2.3.(c) or Part III of this Regulation as amended by the 02 series of amendments.
    …."

Annex 3, correct to read:

"Annex 3


….
of a type of a vehicle with regard to its rear underrun protection (RUP) pursuant to paragraph 2.3.(b) / paragraph 2.3.(c)/ Part III 2/ of Regulation No. 58.

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2/ Strike out what does not apply."

58. Agenda item 4.7.3, Regulation No. 67, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/108, Paragraphs 2.20 and 2.21, should be deleted.

Paragraph 17.11.5, correct to read:
“17.11.5. Vehicles with more than one fuel system shall have a fuel selection system.”

Paragraph 17.11.6, should be deleted.

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60. The World Forum considered the draft amendment under agenda items 4.8.1 to 4.8.9 and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the corrections mentioned in para. 61 below:

61. Agenda item 4.8.6, Regulation No. 94, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/120, add the following paragraphs 11.1 and 11.2, to read:

“11.1. As from the official date of entry into force of Supplement 4 to the 01 series of amendments, no Contracting Party applying this Regulation shall refuse to grant UNECE approval under this Regulation as amended by Supplement 4 to the 01 series of amendments.

11.2. As from 23 June 2013, Contracting Parties applying this Regulation shall grant UNECE approvals only to those types of vehicles which comply with the requirements of this Regulation as amended by Supplement 4 to the 01 series of amendments."

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61. Agenda item 4.8.6, Regulation No. 94, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/120, add the following paragraphs 11.1 and 11.2, to read:

“11.1. As from the official date of entry into force of Supplement 4 to the 01 series of amendments, no Contracting Party applying this Regulation shall refuse to grant UNECE approval under this Regulation as amended by Supplement 4 to the 01 series of amendments.

11.2. As from 23 June 2013, Contracting Parties applying this Regulation shall grant UNECE approvals only to those types of vehicles which comply with the requirements of this Regulation as amended by Supplement 4 to the 01 series of amendments."

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62. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.9.1 to 4.9.3 and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting.

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63. The World Forum considered the draft amendment under agenda item 4.10.1 and agreed to postpone the voting of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/94 and Amend.1 to its March 2012 session. WP.29 referred WP.29-155-06, WP.29-155-19 and WP.29-155-20 to GRRF for detailed consideration of the documents at the February 2012 session.

63. The World Forum considered the draft amendment under agenda item 4.10.1 and agreed to postpone the voting of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/94 and Amend.1 to its March 2012 session. WP.29 referred WP.29-155-06, WP.29-155-19 and WP.29-155-20 to GRRF for detailed consideration of the documents at the February 2012 session.

64. The World Forum considered the draft corrigenda under agenda items 4.11.1 to 4.11.6, and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the corrections mentioned in paras. 65-70 below:

65. Agenda item 4.11.1, Regulation No. 6, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/128, amend the title of the document to read:

“Supplement 22 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 6”.

66. Agenda item 4.11.2, Regulation No. 10, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/129, amend the title of the document to read:

“Supplement 1 to the 04 series of amendments to Regulation No. 10”.

67. Agenda item 4.11.3, Regulation No. 19, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/130, amend the title of the document to read:

“Supplement 2 to the 04 series of amendments to Regulation No. 19”.

68. Agenda item 4.11.4, Regulation No. 48, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/131, amend the title of the document to read:

“Supplement 8 to the 04 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48”.

69. Agenda item 4.11.5, Regulation No. 48, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/132, amend the title of the document to read:

“Supplement 8 to the 04 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48”.

70. Agenda item 4.11.6, Regulation No. 104, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/133, amend the title of the document to read:

“Supplement 7 to Regulation No. 104”.

65. Agenda item 4.11.1, Regulation No. 6, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/128, amend the title of the document to read:

“Supplement 22 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 6”.

66. Agenda item 4.11.2, Regulation No. 10, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/129, amend the title of the document to read:

“Supplement 1 to the 04 series of amendments to Regulation No. 10”.

67. Agenda item 4.11.3, Regulation No. 19, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/130, amend the title of the document to read:

“Supplement 2 to the 04 series of amendments to Regulation No. 19”.

68. Agenda item 4.11.4, Regulation No. 48, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/131, amend the title of the document to read:

“Supplement 8 to the 04 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48”.

69. Agenda item 4.11.5, Regulation No. 48, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/132, amend the title of the document to read:

“Supplement 8 to the 04 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48”.

70. Agenda item 4.11.6, Regulation No. 104, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/133, amend the title of the document to read:

“Supplement 7 to Regulation No. 104”.

71. The World Forum considered the draft corrigenda under agenda item 4.12.1 to 4.12.5, and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the corrections mentioned in paras. 72 and 73 below:

72. Agenda items 4.12.1 and 4.12.2, Regulation No. 34, documents ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/134 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/135, amend the titles of the documents to read:

“Supplement 4 to the 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 34”.

73. Agenda item 4.12.5, Regulation No. 125, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/138, amend the title of the document to read:

“Supplement 4 to Regulation No. 125”.

72. Agenda items 4.12.1 and 4.12.2, Regulation No. 34, documents ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/134 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/135, amend the titles of the documents to read:

“Supplement 4 to the 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 34”.

72. Agenda items 4.12.1 and 4.12.2, Regulation No. 34, documents ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/134 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/135, amend the titles of the documents to read:

“Supplement 4 to the 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 34”.

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73. Agenda item 4.12.5, Regulation No. 125, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/138, amend the title of the document to read:

“Supplement 4 to Regulation No. 125”.

74. The World Forum considered the draft corrigendum under agenda item 4.13.1 and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the corrections mentioned in para. 75 below:

75. Agenda item 4.13.1, Regulation No. 22, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/139, amend the title of the document to read:

“Supplement 2 to the 05 series of amendments to Regulation No. 22”.

75. Agenda item 4.13.1, Regulation No. 22, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/139, amend the title of the document to read:

“Supplement 2 to the 05 series of amendments to Regulation No. 22”.

76. The World Forum considered ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/53 and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the correction mentioned below:

Page 2, item 21, correct “with and ESC” to read “with an ESC”.

77. The World Forum agreed to defer consideration of the draft regulations under agenda items 4.15.1 to 4.15.4 to the next session of WP.29.

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78. The World Forum agreed to defer consideration of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/93 and Amend.1 to the next session of WP.29.

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79. The World Forum agreed to defer consideration of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/64 to a future session of WP.29 awaiting the submission by GRB of a proposal to insert new limit values.

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80. The World Forum noted the amendments to the status of the Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.4/Amend.2) as well as the status of the priorities and items on which the exchange of views should continue (WP.29–155–07).

81. The World Forum agreed that agenda items 5.2 to 5.5 should be considered by the Executive Committee AC.3.

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82. Mr. N. Koba, Director General for Engineering Affairs of the Road Transport Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan, presented the Japanese action plan for internationalization of the regulation and vehicle certification system (WP.29-155-17). The plan consisted of four pillars focused on: (i) the state-of-the-art technologies in regulations and international standards, (ii) the development of partnerships with other Asian countries, (iii) the establishment of an international whole vehicle type approval system and (iv) the enhancement resources in response to the globalization of regulation and certification system.

83. The representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina gave an overview on the vehicle type approval system carried out in his country (WP.29-155-36), based on best practices and information technologies.

84. Mr. A. Rakhmanov, Director of the Department of Motor Vehicles and Agricultural Machinery of the Russian Federation presented the governmental priorities and policies in his country (WP.29-155-39). He explained the key principles of the technical regulation concerning safety of wheeled vehicles and on the development of regulations in the Custom Union between Belarus, Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation. He also added the efforts of his administration for future introduction of an emergency call system and its harmonization with the corresponding e-call system of the European Union, but he stressed that it was necessary to have the corresponding infrastructure.

85. The representative from South Africa informed WP.29 about the acting role of its delegation in promoting the use of UN Regulations by African countries and fostering their accession to the 1958 Agreement. He added that the Group on the Harmonization of Motor Vehicle Regulations of South African Development Community (SADC), joined with the other regional bodies of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and East African Community (EAC) to be part of the Tripartite Group on the Harmonization of Motor Vehicle Regulations. He said that the first meeting of this group was held in Kampala, Uganda on 4-5 July 2011 and that, although some nations were members of more than one of these regional bodies, the group counted a total of 26 country members. He informed WP.29 that he made a presentation that was for many participants a first introduction to the activities of WP.29 and he intended to revisit the subject at the next group meeting which would possibly be held in the first quarter of 2012. He mentioned the possibility that, in the future, if representative of member States of the Tripartite Group could not participate at WP.29 sessions, the regional bodies could consider being represented either by their own regional body (COMESA, EAC, SADC), or as a combined tripartite group. WP.29 expressed appreciation for the efforts made by the South African representative and suggested more frequent updates on the progress of these activities.

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86. The World Forum noted the amendments to the status of the Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1074/Rev.2/Amend.2). WP.29 noted the delay in issuing the Depositary Notification of Rule No. 2, due to the pending correction of an error in the French text of the Agreement.

87. The World Forum noted that no progress was made by the Working Party on Road Safety (WP.1) at its September 2011 session on the link between the 1968 Vienna Convention and the 1997 Agreement. The representative of the Russian Federation underlined the importance of UN Rule No. 2 for road traffic safety and stated the wish of his country to enforce at it the earliest possible (time/date). In the meantime, he invited WP.1 to revise the Consolidated Resolution on Road Safety to take into account the roadworthiness provisions of UN Rule No. 2. Finally, he suggested contacting CITA representatives to ask their collaboration for a possible revision of the UN Rules.

88. The World Forum agreed to transmit the proposal for the Corrigendum (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/149) to the Administrative Committee (AC.4) recommending its adoption by voting.

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89. No new information on the subject was given during the session.

90. The representative of India reported on the progress made by the EFV Task Force group during the last session in June 2011 (WP.29-155-16). He outlined the group’s decision to withdraw the original plan to develop a single evaluation concept for EFV and to freeze the activities of the EFV informal group related to the approach of a single score assessment. He sought WP.29s confirmation on that conclusion. He presented the group’s recommendation to develop a progress report listing innovative technologies and their advancements as well as the EFV implementation progress made since the first EFV conference in 2003. He added that the group had identified the need to develop uniform definitions for the new EFV technologies such as different stages of hybrid, electric, hydrogen, other gas powered or dual fuel vehicles. Such an activity could be undertaken in WP.29 with the involvement of different GR groups to develop uniform definitions for the new EFV vehicle technologies such as different stages of hybrid, electric, hydrogen or other gas powered or dual fuel vehicles.

91. WP.29 endorsed the outcome of the EFV Task Force. It was recommended that the progress report should be finalized in due time to become a basic document for exploring the potentials for future regulations at the next EFV Conference. WP.29 agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next sessions on the basis of a concrete document.

92. The representative of US announced the progress in organizing the fifth international EFV conference. She informed WP.29 that the conference with sponsorship including Canada, would be held in Baltimore (Maryland, US) on 10-12 September 2012. She invited all interested WP.29 delegates to attend the conference and, in preparation, requested representatives to share ideas and suggest potential speakers, noting the conference [theme]: “Driving the future today: Innovation, investment and opportunity”.

93. The secretary of the Working Party on Road Safety (WP.1) informed the World Forum that the proposal for amendments to the 1968 Convention on Road Traffic. (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/47) submitted by WP.29 on March 2011 to WP.1, and presented to WP.1 as ECE/TRANS/WP.1/2011/4, was not considered by WP.1 at its September 2011 session. The WP.29 proposal addressed the inconsistencies on matters related to lighting and light signalling devices.

94. The secretariat of WP.1 also informed WP.29 about the issue related to the provision of Article 8 of the 1968 Convention on Road Traffic, which stipulated that every driver shall at all times be able to control his vehicle, was still under consideration by an ad hoc group of experts. He reported that this group had not reached an agreement on the concept of Driver Assistance Systems and that there was no document available yet.

95. The World Forum considered the inconsistencies regarding lighting as the most urgent matter and invited the WP.1 secretary to provide updated information at its next session in March 2012.

96. The secretariat informed the World Forum that the text of the revised publication was in the administrative authorization process for its submission for publication.

97. The Chair of the informal group on the development of UN Global Technical Regulation No. 7 (Head restraints) recalled the purpose of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/85. The World Forum agreed with the approach for indexing the information for test devices, (as indicated in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/85), as Addenda to the Consolidated Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles (R.E.3). The World Forum invited the Chair to develop further the proposal in cooperation with the secretariat.

98. The representative of the United Sates of America confirmed the need of his country on having the information related to test devices as a UN GTR in the framework of the 1998 Agreement.

99. The GRPE Chair suggested introducing into R.E.3, a new annex containing key parameters on market fuel quality (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/127). The secretariat proposed to also amend Annex 3 to take into account the accession of Albania (WP.29-155-15). The World Forum adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/127, as amended below:

  • Annex 2, the title, correct to read:
  • “Guidelines on measures ensuring the audibility of hybrid and electric vehicles”.
  • Annex 3, second paragraph, amend to read:
  • “1 for Germany, …, 53 for Thailand, 54 for Albania, 55 … .”.

100. The secretariat of WP.1 introduced WP.29-155-14 containing a table for monitoring the actions of the Transport Division in the framework of the global plan for the UN decade of action for road safety. He invited the World Forum either to endorse the actions related to WP.29 or to propose modifications. The World Forum delegated the Chair, assisted by the secretariat, to take detailed consideration of the activities of WP.29 and to communicate either amendments to or endorsement of the document.

101. The World Forum agreed to continue consideration of WP.29-155-13 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/146 at its March 2012 session and invited the secretariat to update them, if necessary.

102. The World Forum noted that the informal working group on enforcement of issues regarding defects would have a preparatory session dedicated, to an exchange of information in the afternoon of 17 November 2011 and that its agenda and the presentation of the US enforcement and compliance programme was available from www.unece.org/trans/main/wp29/wp29wgs/wp29gen/ewg1.html.

[On GAR, see Enforcement Working Group pages for more information.]

103. Mr. Boris Kisulenko (Russian Federation) and Mr. Bernard Gauvin (France) were unanimously re-elected Chair and Vice-Chair of WP.29 for the year 2012 in accordance with Rule 13 of the Rules of Procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.1).

109. The World Forum adopted the report, together with the annexes, on its 155th session.

110. Of the 50 Contracting Parties to the Agreement, 35 were represented and established AC.1 for its forty-ninth session held on 16 November 2011.

111. AC.1 invited Mr. B. Gauvin, Vice-Chair of WP.29, to chair the session.

112. The result of the voting on the documents submitted is reflected in the table reproduced under the voting tab.

113. AC.1 requested the Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) to proceed with the notifications of the adopted proposals on the basis of their English versions only.

114. The thirty-third session of the Executive Committee (AC.3) was held on 17 November 2011. The representatives of 25 of the 32 Contracting Parties to the Agreement attended or were represented at the session of AC.3.

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115. Submitted for consideration and vote, the proposed draft UN Global Technical Regulation (UN GTR) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/140, as amended by WP.29-155-09, as reproduced in Annex III to this report) was established in the UN Global Registry on 17 November 2011 by consensus vote of the following Contracting Parties present and voting: Australia, Canada, People’s Republic of China, European Union (voting for Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom), India, Japan, Norway, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, South Africa and United States of America.

116. The technical report (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/141, amended by WP.29-155-10 as reproduced in Annex III to this report) and the adopted proposal for the development of the UN GTR (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/22) would be appended to the established amendment to the UN GTR. The representative of IMMA emphasized the importance of adopting the UN GTR for real global harmonization

117. Submitted for consideration and vote, the proposed Corrigendum 1 to Amendment 1 to the UN Global Technical Regulation No. 4 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/142) was established in the UN Global Registry on 17 November 2011 by consensus vote of the following Contracting Parties present and voting: Australia, Canada, People’s Republic of China, European Union (voting for Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom), India, Japan, Norway, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, South Africa and United States of America.

118. Submitted for consideration and vote, the proposed Corrigendum 2 to the UN Global Technical Regulation No. 11 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/143) was established in the UN Global Registry on 17 November 2011 by consensus vote of the following Contracting Parties present and voting: Australia, Canada, People’s Republic of China, European Union (voting for Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom), India, Japan, Norway, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, South Africa and United States of America.

119. AC.3 requested the secretariat to proceed with the notifications of the adopted proposals on the basis of their English versions only.

121. The representative of the US introduced the Heavy Duty National Program for greenhouse gas emissions and fuel efficiency standards for medium and heavy duty engines (WP.29-155-11) and a further programme for new fuel economy and environment labels for a new generation of vehicles (WP.29-155-12), both for inclusion in the Compendium of Candidate Global Technical Regulations. The representative of the Russian Federation welcomed the initiative and added that his government had started to consider a similar legislation.

122. AC.3 requested the secretariat to distribute informal documents WP.29-155-11 and WP.29-155-12 as official documents for consideration at the next session. The representative of the US would provide the secretariat with the text of the above-mentioned final rules to be listed in the Compendium.

123. AC.3 noted that no guidance was requested.

124. An updated table of priorities and items to be addressed during an exchange of views on the development of UN GTRs is reproduced in Annex IV to this report. The most important information provided during the consideration of the items is reproduced below.

125. The US representative informed AC.3 that discussion on the draft amendments to the UN GTR would be resumed at the December 2011 session of GRSP.

126 No new information was provided for this agenda item.

127. No new information was provided for this agenda item.

128. The Chair of the informal group on Phase II of UN GTR No. 7, introduced the third status report of the informal group (WP.29-155-40). He reported that the group had met seven times and that the last meeting was held in Washington, D.C. on 10 June 2011. He informed that the group had been addressing the head restraint height issue in two parts: (i) the procedure for measuring and determining effective height of the head restraint rather than physical height, and (ii) recommendations for the height requirement. He said good progress has been made on evaluating the rear impact dummy (BIORID II) device, although he explained that an issue relating reproducibility has been highlighted and that this was currently being investigated further. Notwithstanding unforeseeable delays, he underlined that the group had still been working to provide recommendations to GRSP at its 2012 sessions. He concluded that the next meetings of the informal group were scheduled in Geneva on 5-6 December 2011, prior to the GRSP session and in London during the week beginning 19 March 2012, in conjunction with the informal groups on harmonization of side impact dummies and Pole Side Impact. AC.3 requested the secretariat to distribute WP.29-155-40 with an official symbol.

129. The representative of Germany informed AC.3 about the ongoing activities of the informal group on UN GTR No. 9 Phase II, to solve the pending issues for the incorporation of the flexible legform impactor (Flex-PLI) in the Phase II of the UN GTR No. 9 and in the draft UN Regulation on pedestrian safety (WP.29-155-35). He announced that the first meeting of the informal group was planned to be held on 1 and 2 December 2011 tostart (i) the technical discussion, (ii) to finalize the draft terms of references and (iii) the work plan for submission to the December 2011 session of GRSP.

130. AC.3 agreed to develop an amendment to the UN GTR No. 9 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/148) sponsored by the Netherlands. The secretariat was requested to prepare a corresponding AC.3 document and to transmit it to GRSP for consideration.

131. The Chair of GRPE presented an executive summary of the Technical Report prepared by the informal working group on HFCV Subgroup Environment (HFCV-SGE) that included the outcome of discussions and recommendations available in the different regions in support of the harmonization process (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/147). The full technical report was made available as ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2011/13. He outlined the group’s recommendation to waive the development of a stand-alone UN GTR for environmental related provisions for HFCV and its preference to amend case by case existing UN Regulations or GTRs to accommodate such vehicles or to consider them during the developing process of new Regulations. He concluded that the work of the SGE subgroup had been finalized. AC.3 endorsed the conclusions as reflected in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/147. Concerning the safety related issues, he reported on the good progress made by the informal group HFCV-SGS. The draft UN GTR with safety related requirements was transmitted to GRSP for consideration at the December 2011 session. Depending on the resolution of some outstanding issues, the three co-sponsors anticipated that the draft GTR would be submitted to WP.29/AC.3 for adoption in 2012.

132. The Chair of the informal working group reported about the progress made by the group after 15 sessions. He added that the addition of technical issues (i.e. rolling resistance, modification of the scope) had resulted in a certain delay in the development of Phase I of the UN GTR (WP.29-155-41), which would have also an effect in the development of Phase II. He requested to extend the timeline for Phase I by 12 months, until June 2013 and added than an estimation for the completion of Phase II would be made at a later stage. AC.3 gave its consent for this extension.

133. The Chair of GRPE reported on the progress of work made by the two WLTP subgroups on the development of the harmonized cycle (DHC) and of the test procedures (DTP). He informed AC.3 that DHC had finalized a first version of the test cycle (WLTC) in July 2011, and that the first phase of the validation had been conducted during August and September 2011. He mentioned that the European Commission had sent a letter to Japan, as co-sponsor, with a number of concerns and suggesting a delay of about three months for the start of validation Phase II. He mentioned a further concern raised by India that the proposed test cycle was not appropriate for low powered vehicles. He stated that the concerns were currently discussed amongst the stakeholders. He expected that a solution could be validated by GRPE in January 2012, including a revised WLTP roadmap. AC.3 noted that the European Commission would sponsor a drafting manager to support and coordinate the process of the UN GTR development. AC.3 welcomed the information and agreed to resume consideration of this important subject at its March 2012 session.

134. The representative of Australia, chairing the informal working group on PSI, informed AC.3 about the outcome of the fourth meeting of the group held in Seoul on 27-28 October 2011. He stated that the group considered an initial text of a draft UN GTR and a revised version of this text had been circulated for comments by 20 January 2012. He clarified that the primary focus of the draft GTR was to establish a test procedure involving a WorldSID 50th percentile male. However, he underlined that the group considered providing for a second phase of development of the UN GTR to include a WorldSID 5th percentile female. In this respect, the terms of reference of the group would have to be modified and that this matter would be addressed in the next progress report. He added that other activities were being conducted by the group, such as consideration of possible exemptions for Category 1-2 and Category 2 vehicles. Moreover, he reported that Australia was continuing research on the effectiveness of airbags and on the benefits of the UN GTR through the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC), and that it would liaise with other countries on benefits and with the industry for cost data. Moreover, he concluded that his country and Canada were continuing with their joint crash test programme and that other members of the group, including Japan, were conducting test programmes to assist the development of the UN GTR.

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135. No new information was provided for this agenda item.

136. No new information was provided for this agenda item.

137. No new information was provided for this agenda item.

138. The representative of the US informed AC.3 about the outcome of the last meeting of the informal working group on harmonization of side impact dummies, held in Seoul on 26 October 2011. He announced that the work programme concerning the 50th percentile dummy was near completion. He mentioned that ISO was close to recommending injury criteria and that the group could begin consideration on this subject. He added that one of themajor pending issues was the measurement of thorax deflection. Moreover, he informed that recent testing with two and three dimensional devices indicated that additional capabilities might be necessary to predict chest injuries and that likely additional biofidelity assessment would be needed. He also added that delays in testing and the receipt of dummy parts may extend the timeline for the 5th percentile female dummy. However, he underlined that the group was trying to maintain the original 2013 timeline for the completion of the biofidelity evaluation. He also informed that the group approved a technical evaluation group to focus on the 5th percentile female dummy. He concluded that the group was working closely with the pole side impact group to synchronize timelines and that the next meeting was expected in March 2012.

139. The representative of the United Kingdom expressed concerns for the unavailability of certain material of dummy components, subject to environmental law restriction. He mentioned that this could result in hampering availability of test tools. AC.3 agreed to add a specific agenda item on this subject for consideration at its March 2012 session.

141. NHTSA Chief Council, Mr. K. Vincent, introduced a joint proposal by Japan, US and EU (WP.29-155-38) requesting the authorization for establishing two informal working groups that would address the safety and environmental requirements for electric vehicles and develop a UN GTR on electric vehicles. He complemented the request with a presentation (WP.29-155-43). The proposal received general support from AC.3. As a timeline, he proposed (i) March 2012 for the adoption of the authorization by AC.3, (ii) spring 2012 for the adoption of the terms of reference for each group, and (iii) 2014 as a possible date for the adoption of the UN GTR. The Chair of GRPE suggested considering the terms of reference of environmental requirements already at the next GRPE session, in January 2012. AC.3 requested the secretariat to distribute WP.29-155-38 with an official symbol for its consideration at the March 2012 session.

142. AC.3 noted that no new proposals were presented for consideration at this session.

143. No new business was raised.

144. Due to the lack of quorum, the Administrative Committee of the 1997 Agreement was not convened.

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76. The World Forum considered ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/53 and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the correction mentioned below:

Page 2, item 21, correct “with and ESC” to read “with an ESC”.

104. The World Forum agreed, in principle, with the proposal by OICA to initiate the work to a new UN Regulation on recyclability of M1 and N1 vehicles to be annexed to the 1958 Agreement. WP.29 invited the representative of OICA to elaborate a detailed proposal for consideration at the March 2012 session. The representative of Japan recommended verifying if this proposal was covered by the scope of the 1958 Agreement.

105. The Chair of the World Forum presented a proposal for amendments to its Terms of Reference and Rules of Procedure (WP.29-155-34). It was agreed to continue consideration of this proposal at the March 2012 session, on the basis of an official proposal to be prepared by the secretariat.

140. The representative of the US introduced a proposal to develop a UN GTR on quiet road transport vehicles (WP.29-155-42) and indicated that his country and Japan had volunteered to be the technical sponsors, with the US chairing the informal working group under GRB. He indicated that the EU has been invited to co-sponsor the UN GTR. He proposed to update the proposal before submitting it for consideration at the March 2012 session of AC.3. The proposal, which would cover the presence, location, direction and operation of vehicles for visually impaired road users, received general support. The Chair of GRB stated that GRB expertise did cover all the above-mentioned matters with the exception of safety related matters. The representative of the US suggested that the group of GRB experts could be completed by adding safety experts from GRRF, GRSG and GRSP, if necessary. AC.3 agreed to inform the experts of these Working Parties about the development of the UN GTR, inviting them to participate at its sessions.

1. The World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) held its 155th session from 15–18 November 2011, chaired by Mr. B. Kisulenko (Russian Federation). The following countries were represented, following Rule 1(a) of the Rules of Procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.1): Australia; Belgium; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Canada; People’s Republic of China; Czech Republic; Estonia; Egypt; Finland; France; Germany; Hungary; India; Italy, Japan; Latvia; Luxembourg; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Republic of Korea; Romania; Russian Federation; Serbia; Slovakia; Slovenia; Republic of South Africa; Spain; Switzerland; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; United States of America. Representatives of the European Union (EU) participated. The following non-governmental organizations were also represented: International Organization for Standardization (ISO); International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA); European Association of Automotive Suppliers(CLEPA, representing itself and the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) and the Japan Auto-Parts Industries Association (JAPIA)); Working Party “Brussels 1952” (GTB); Association for Emission Control by Catalyst (AECC); the Foundation for the Automobile and Society (FIA Foundation); the International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA); Union of Technical Assistance for Motor Vehicle and Road Traffic (UNATAC); FIA Foundation for the Automobile and Society and FIA Mobility (FIA); Consumers International (CI); SAE International (SAE). At the invitation of the secretariat, the European Tyre and Rim Technical Organization (ETRTO) and Integer Research (INTEGER) also participated.

2. The Executive Secretary of the UNECE welcomed the participants and confirmed the high importance of the World Forum for the UNECE. He underlined that the worldwide relevance of WP.29 was recently confirmed by the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministerial declaration at its seventh session, which strongly encouraged economies to participate in the World Forum WP.29. The Executive Secretary stressed the crucial role of WP.29 in the framework of the third pillar of the Global Plan of Action for Road Safety concerning safer vehicles.

3. The Executive Secretary welcomed the decision of the World Forum to amend the 1958 Agreement to make it more attractive for emerging economies and to insert the international whole vehicle type approval concept. He also welcomed the completion of the 1997 Agreement through the recent adoption of Rule No. 2 on roadworthiness and further underlined the need to define the future of the Agreement. He expressed his wish that new UN Global Technical Regulations (UN GTRs) on innovative technologies would be incorporated into the programme of work of the 1998 Agreement, especially the development of UN GTRs on electric vehicles and on the audibility of quiet road transport vehicles.

4. The vice-Chair of the World Forum underlined the social, political and economic importance of the work of the World Forum. As a fact, he reminded WP.29 that they, in fact, adopted more than 100 amendments annually, adapting the current 138 vehicle regulations to technical progress. He stressed the need to have on time, the amendments in the three authentic languages of the amendments to allow the Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) to issue the Depositary Notifications for the entry into force of the new regulations and their amendments. He informed the Executive Secretary that more details regarding this important issue would be addressed to him through a letter by the Chair and himself. He explained that, in the framework of the review of the UNECE reform, the administration of the three Agreements cannot be reduced as it depends not on the secretariat of the UNECE, but on the political needs of Contracting Parties and of technical progress. He added that, for the required efficiency of the World Forum, its secretariat should be given absolute priority to perform the tasks of WP.29.

5. The representative of the United States of America (US) stated that for his country the World Forum in general and the 1998 Agreement in particular, had a very high value for developing Global Technical Regulations for Vehicle. He recalled the position of his government preferring to concentrate the efforts in WP.29, currently situated in UNECE, instead of creating new regional organizations for developing vehicle regulations. Furthermore, he stated that resource reduction within the secretariat may impact mission essential functions of the 1998 Agreement and urged the Executive Secretary to consider this in future decision-making.

6. The representative of the European Union (EU) confirmed the trust of his organization in the work of the World Forum demonstrated by the direct application of the UN Regulations in the legislation of the EU. He pleaded for maintaining the high level of quality and efficiency by the secretariat.

7. The representative of Japan supported the positions of the US and the EU. He added that Japan had participated in the work of World Forum for more than 20 years and had dedicated huge quantities of resources. He affirmed the high political, social and economic importance for his country of the work of WP.29. Finally, he explained Japan’s activities in the Asian region aiming at promoting the accession of its countries to the 1958 Agreement. He reminded WP.29 that China, India, Korea and other Asian countries regularly participated in the work of the World Forum.

8. The representative of France stressed the importance of the revision of the UNECE reform and expressed the valuable results of the World Forum for his country. He further expressed the need to have an adequate notification system for the regulatory work of the World Forum, including the translations of the authentic versions of the Agreements.

9. The President of OICA underlined that the automotive industry was facing technological challenges regarding environment and safety, among them the development of electric vehicles. He added that WP.29 was a crucial platform for vehicle manufacturers and their suppliers to develop in time the necessary legal framework to allow the introduction of innovative technologies into the market. He offered the full support of OICA to the World Forum.

10. The Executive Secretary expressed his appreciation for the comments received and expressed his hope that, in the current process of the review of the UNECE reform, the essential role of the World Forum would not only be reconfirmed but reinforced. He indicated that improvement of the conditions for an efficient notification system would be carefully considered. Finally, he expressed his appreciation to the WP.29 secretariat for its expertise and performance.

106. Upon the request of the representative of Canada, the secretariat reported on the work progress made by the Transport Division on the UNDA project aimed at developing an assessment tool for inland transport CO2 emissions. More detailed information is available at: www.unece.org/trans/theme_forfits.html.

107. The World Forum noted that Ms. N. Enonler was retiring after more than 30 years of work in the United Nations System, 20 of which were in the vehicle regulation unit. WP.29 representative thanked Ms. N. Enonler for her support and willingness to help them with a long applause and whished her a long and happy retirement.

108. Mr. F. Van West informed WP.29 that he was participating at his last session of WP.29 due to his retirement. The World Forum thanked him for his cooperation and wished him a long, happy retirement.

120. The representative of Canada presented WP.29-155-22 proposing to add to S.R.1 the recommendations on market fuel quality (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/127) introduced into R.E.3 as a new annex. AC.3 expressed its agreement to the proposal with an indicative vote and referred the final approval to its next session in March 2012.

55. Under agenda item 4.6.5 (UN Regulation No. 48), the World Forum agreed to defer consideration of document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/99 and Corr.1 to its June 2012 session, subject to a final review by GRE at its March 2012 session.

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5. The provisional annotated agenda for the session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1094) was adopted with the amendments noted below:

  • (a) Addition of agenda items:
    • Regarding informal document WP.29-153-34
    • 4.2.4. Request for guidance regarding the non-conformity of after-market light-sources
    • 4.13.1. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/29 ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/29/Corr.1, Corrigendum 1 to Revision 6 to Regulation No. 37 (Filament lamps)
    • 4.13.2. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/38 Proposal for Corrigendum 1 to Revision 2 to Regulation No. 51 (Noise emissions)
    • 4.13.3. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/39 Proposal for Corrigendum 1 to Revision 5 to Regulation No. 49 (Emissions of C.I. and P.I. (LPG and CNG) engines)
    • 4.13.4. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/40 Proposal for Corrigendum 2 to Revision 2 of Regulation No. 13-H (Brakes of M1 and N1 vehicles)
    • 8.11 ISO Brochure
    • 8.12 Establishment of an informal working group under GRPE to develop a frame system of terms, definitions and classifications regarding vehicle propulsion systems
  • (b) Addition and correction of document references for items:
    • 2.2. Add ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1093/Corr.2
    • 3.3. Add ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/66/Corr.1
    • 4.10.3. Replace “Annex x” by “Annex III
    • 4.11. Add ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/27/Corr.1
    • 5.1. Delete ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.5 – Status of 1998 Agreement
    • 8.8. Add ECE/TRANS/2012/4
    • 18.1. Add ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/36/Corr.1
    • 19. Regarding informal document WP.29-152-18 ForCLEPAReadCLEPA/MEMA/JAPIA
    • 19. Regarding informal document WP.29-153-34 ForCLEPAReadCLEPA/MEMA/JAPIA
  • (c) Items or documents postponed for a further session:
    • 4.14.3. to 4.16.3.

6. The informal documents distributed during the session are listed in Annex I to this report.

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13. The World Forum noted the programme of work and availability of documentation (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/1). WP.29 representatives were invited to revise the programme of work and to communicate to the secretariat any amendment deemed necessary.

14. The secretariat informed the World Forum about some corrections to the calendar of sessions for 2012 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1093/Corr.3). The World Forum noted a draft calendar of sessions for the year 2013 (WP.29-156-01). The Chair of GRSG suggested advancing the April 2013 session by one week. The secretariat was invited to submit to WP.29 the final calendar of sessions for 2013 when Conference Services confirms the availability of meeting rooms.

15. The World Forum noted the list of informal working groups of the World Forum and its subsidiary Working Parties (WP.29-156-02). The Chair of GRB indicated that the informal working group on motorcycle noise emissions had concluded its work and that a new mandate was in the process of adoption for the informal working group on Quiet Road Transport Vehicles.

16. The World Forum adopted the instructions of the GRs for preparing Corrigenda (WP.29-156-03) as reproduced in Annex II to this report. The secretariat was requested to transmit the instructions to all subsidiary Working Parties.

17. The World Forum noted that the “UNECE Road Map for promoting Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) – 20 global actions 2012 – 2020” was adopted by the Inland Transport Committee during its seventy-fourth session.

18. The secretariat reported on the special policy segment on ITS that was held in the framework of the ITC session. During the first-of-its-kind ITS kick-off event, more than 140 government participants, industry experts and academia came together to mark UNECE’s launch of the ITS strategy embodied by the UNECE publication “ITS for sustainable mobility”. The event showcased that ITS deployment was on track in many places, although high-level speakers from the European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Russian Federation, South Africa and the United Kingdom outlined that more work was needed.

19. WP.29 noted that UNECE had received valued support from governments and stakeholders in its efforts to put ITS on the global agenda and to identify issue areas with UNECE possibly taking the leading role in areas such as solving liability problems, developing a common definition of ITS, advancing initiatives on variable message signs (VMS), further developing regulations that touch ITS standards, delivering research and data, as well as best practices, workshops and capacity-building.

20. The World Forum acknowledged the Road Map on ITS, which is the UNECE’s work plan for the next several years. The three main objectives are:

  • (1) To endorse the actual work of UNECE Working Parties on ITS, to foster the promotion of discussion between the Working Parties and to respond to the pledge of participating delegates to bring these discussion to their ministries;
  • (2) To offer analytical work in areas where direct links to the UNECE legal instruments/ conventions and to partner with relevant ITS stakeholders exist; and
  • (3) To deliver capacity-building, to spread news on ITS and to enhance extra opportunities.

21. WP.29 welcomed the initiative of the UNECE to host annual round tables on ITS. These will unbundle the various issues around ITS and dig deeper into the subject matter. The first round table was expected to take place in 2013. WP.29 noted the lack of an institutional forum on ITS at a global level, where transport policymakers could meet and discuss policy frameworks.

22. The GRE Chair informed WP.29 about the forthcoming Vision Congress 2012 on adaptive lighting and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). The event, organized by the French Society of Automotive Engineers (SIA), would be held in the “Palais des Congrès” in Versailles (France), on 9-10 October 2012 (see detailed information at: SIA Vision Conference 2012 details).

23. The World Forum noted that the next meeting of informal working group in ITS was scheduled to be held on Friday, 16 March 2012 from 9.30 to 11.00 a.m. It was agreed that WP.29-156-14, WP.29-156-15 and WP.29-156-16 be considered during that meeting.

24. The Chair of the World Forum reported on his participation in the meeting of the Chairs of the subsidiary bodies of Inland Transport Committee (ITC). Complementing the information provided above (paras. 2, 3, and 16 to 21), the secretariat reported on the main decisions taken by ITC (WP.29-156-12). The secretariat pointed out that ITC had agreed to request the UNECE Executive Committee to reinforce the secretariat of WP.29 (see also para. 26 below).

25. The World Forum noted that the list of main decisions adopted by the Committee was distributed as ITC informal document No. 15.

26. Recalling discussions on this matter at the previous session of WP.29 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1093, paras. 2 to 10 and 14 to 18), the secretariat provided the World Forum with updated information. WP.29 noted that no new staff had been reassigned to the Vehicle Regulations and Technical Innovations Section (VRTIS). WP.29 representatives were invited to contact their missions in Geneva to support the request for additional resources to the VRTIS at the next session of EXCOM (see para. 2 above).

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27. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRRF, given during the 155th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1093, paras. 37 to 39) and approved the report.

28. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRB, given during the 155th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1093, paras. 40 to 42) and approved the report.

29. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRE, given during the 155th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1093, paras. 43 and 44) and approved the report.

30. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRSG, given during the 155th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1093, paras. 45 and 46) and approved the report.

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31. The representative of the United States of America on behalf of the Chair of GRSP informed WP.29 about the results made by the group during its fiftieth session (for more details see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/50).

32. Concerning the 1998 and 1958 Agreements, he informed WP.29 that GRSP had adopted the terms of reference of the informal working group to incorporate the Flex-PLI in Phase 2 of the UN GTR and in the draft UN Regulation on pedestrian safety as reproduced in Annex II of the GRSP report (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/50). The World Forum endorsed in principle the above mentioned terms of references, pending the adoption of the report of the December 2011 session of GRSP.

33. Concerning the development of UN GTR on pole side impact, the representative of the United States of America reported that GRSP had adopted the revised terms of reference of the informal working group, as reproduced in Annex III of the GRSP report (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/50). The World Forum endorsed in principle the above mentioned terms of references, pending the adoption of the report of the December 2011 session of GRSP.

34. He mentioned that the special group safety (SGS) needed more time to finalize a proposal for a UN GTR on hydrogen and fuel cell vehicles (HFCV) and that GRSP had agreed to seek consent for a six months extension of the mandate of the informal working group at the March 2012 sessions of WP.29 and AC.3. The World Forum agreed that AC.3 should consider this matter (see para. 120 below).

35. Concerning the issue of a belt guide device type approved by Hungary, he informed that GRSP had agreed on the principle that a guide strap was meant as a part of Child Restraint System (CRS) and, therefore, could not be individually approved as a CRS under UN Regulation No. 44. He also informed that the guidance provided in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1059 (resolving interpretation issues and requirements for the Technical Services in the framework of the 1958 Agreement) had been noted and GRSP had agreed that it could offer clarity regarding the technical requirements associated with a particular UN Regulation to assist in disputes among technical services of Contracting Parties to the Agreement. WP.29 endorsed the decisions of GRSP on this issue.

36. Regarding Regulation No. 94 (Frontal collision), he informed WP.29 that GRSP had adopted the new terms of references of the informal group, as reproduced in Annex V of the GRSP report (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/50). The World Forum endorsed in principle the above mentioned terms of references, pending the adoption of the report of the December 2011 session of GRSP.

37. The representative of the United Kingdom supported the comments of the GRSP Chair on the discussion relating to child restraint systems. WP.29 concluded the discussion by reminding delegations of the need to promote a friendly and harmonious spirit of cooperation in all our discussions and to demonstrate a high level of mutual respect to other delegations.

38. The Chair of GRPE reported on the results achieved during its sixty-third session (for more details, see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/63).

39. He informed WP.29 about the progress made to develop the UN GTR on WLTP (Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure). He added that ongoing discussions about the test cycle development would cause a time delay in the finalization of validation Phase 1 (driveability) and the start of validation Phase 2 (practicability and repeatability). He reported that, at the GRPE session in January 2012, the WLTP secretary had presented a revised Road Map and a proposal on how to organize future WLTP work (GRPE-63-28).

40. With regard to the informal working group on Retrofit Emissions Control devices (REC), WP.29 noted the intention of the informal working group to introduce two levels of stringency. GRPE had agreed to seek the consent of WP.29 for an extension of the mandate of the informal working group for another two years. The World Forum gave its consent.

41. The GRB Chair reported on the results achieved by GRB during its fifty-fifth session (for more details, see report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/53).

42. Concerning the new provisions for the audibility of quiet road transport vehicles, he informed that GRB had adopted the revised terms of reference of the informal working group aiming at developing a UN GTR on this subject (see Annex II to the GRB report). The World Forum agreed that AC.3 should consider in detail this matter (see para. 134).

43. The World Forum noted that Mr. S. Ficheux (France) had been elected as GRB Vice-Chair for the 2012 sessions.

44. The representative of EU made a presentation on the new EU Commission legislative proposal for reducing noise emissions from motor vehicles (WP.29-156-28) in a two-step approach. He indicated that the intention of EU was to align the provisions of UN Regulation No. 51 with the future EU Regulation.

45. The GRRF Chair, informed WP.29 about the results achieved by GRRF during its seventy-second session (for more details, see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/72).

46. The GRRF Chair reported that a number of open issues in the new Regulation on AEBS had been solved by GRRF. It was recommended that the delegates of WP.29 and WP.1 should coordinate their positions regarding potential conflicts with the text of the Vienna Convention.

47. He reported that GRRF had adopted the terms of reference and rules of procedure for the new informal working group on Automated Connections between Vehicles (ACV) and the establishment of an informal working group on UN Regulation No. 55 (mechanical coupling). The World Forum endorsed the establishment of these two informal working groups pending the adoption of their terms of references.

48. He informed WP.29 that, for the November 2012 session of WP.29, GRRF would adopt several amendments to Regulation No. 117 (Tyre rolling noise, wet grip adhesion, rolling resistance) aimed at: appending, amongst others, a new test method for tyres class C2, and amending the definition of C1, C2 and C3 tyres. These amendments would have to be reviewed by GRB at its September 2012 session. The World Forum endorsed this approach.

49. He added that the draft UN GTR on tyres was still in progress within the informal working group, but could be finalized during 2012 so that a final draft UN GTR would be submitted to WP.29 for consideration at its March 2013 session.

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50. The World Forum took note of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/343/Rev.20, reflecting the status of the 1958 Agreement as of 22 February 2012. The World Forum noted that the status document was being constantly updated by the secretariat, by the preparation of two documents: one containing the list of the amendments to the status document, the other containing an informal consolidated version of the status document, both documents available here.

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51. The Chair of GRRF informed the World Forum that the pending issues had been resolved.

52. The Chair of GRRF reported that he, in consultation with the Chairs of the other GRs, had decided to use static or dynamic references to other UN Regulations on a case by case basis. WP.29 endorsed this approach.

53. WP.29 noted the replies received by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) (WP.29-156-09) and by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) (WP.29-156-19) regarding the availability of private standards referenced in the UN Regulations, UN Global Technical Regulations and UN Rules. The representative of IEC informed WP.29 that his organization authorized the reproduction of a maximum of 10 per cent of its standards. In the case of exceeding this percentage, a reference to the standard was made.

54. The representative of United States of America informed WP.29 about the ongoing process of making publicly available, parts of standards which had been incorporated into Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). He indicated that a possible solution could be to make available, free of charge, the concerned part of the standard (read only). He volunteered to keep the World Forum informed at its next session in June 2012.

55. The World Forum noted that this matter not only affected technical issues, but also had legal and economic implications. It was agreed to continue consideration of this subject at the next session of WP.29, awaiting ISO’s position.

57. The representative of France, chairing the informal group on IWVTA, reported on the good work progress made by the group since the November 2011 session of WP.29. Referring to WP.29-156-21, he informed WP.29 that IWVTA had agreed on Annexes 2, 3 and 4, while consideration of Annex 1 was still ongoing. WP.29 noted that two subgroups would start drafting the revision to the 1958 Agreement (chaired by the European Commission) and the text of UN Regulation No. 0 (chaired by Japan). He stressed the need to clarify by June 2012 the incorporation into the Agreement of new provisions for the application by Contracting Parties of former versions of UN Regulations and to add in the Agreement a new administrative disposition (see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1093, para. 50).

58. The representative of Japan, vice-chairing the informal group on IWVTA, introduced WP.29-156-22 proposing the candidate items for technical regulations applicable to IWVTA as well as a guideline for the subsidiary Working Parties (GR) to review the technical regulations applicable to IWVTA. He added the need to nominate IWVTA ambassadors to explain the guideline at the forthcoming sessions of each GR, to assist the GR and monitor the work progress made. He announced that his country was prepared to take over the position of IWVTA ambassador to GRSP. The World Forum welcomed that initiative and invited all delegates to consider the possibility of such roles in one of the other GRs. The World Forum noted that IWVTA would meet again in Paris on 22 June 2012 and its two drafting subgroups on 20 and 21 June 2012, respectively.

59. The representative of Japan presented his country’s position on the review of some technical regulations mentioned in Annex 1 of document WP.29-156-25.

60. The World Forum agreed to consider this subject in detail at its next session on the basis of a first proposal for amendments to the Agreement.

61. The Chair of the informal group on developing DETA reported on the work progress made by the group at its meeting held in Geneva, on 12 March 2012. Referring to the discussion at the November 2011 session of WP.29, he reiterated the need for consent or a decision from WP.29 on a number of administrative and legal issues listed in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/35. He introduced WP.29-156-24 proposing a feasible roadmap for the further development of DETA. The representative of the Netherlands recalled that the initial goal of DETA was aimed at simplifying the markings of components and, therefore, especially invited CLEPA and GTB to participate in the informal meetings. The representative of United States of America raised concerns on the prioritization of requested financing scheme for DETA, given the limited resources of the WP.29 secretariat.

62. The representative of OICA announced that a draft UN Regulation on recyclability of M1 and N1 vehicles would be transmitted at the next WP.29 session. The representatives of the Russian Federation and the European Union supported the initiative. The representative of Japan stated that he was not in the position to contribute to the discussion on the proposal because, in his opinion, recyclability is not covered by the 1958 Agreement. The World Forum agreed to resume consideration at its next session in June 2012 on the basis of a concrete proposal by OICA.

63. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.7.1 to 4.7.3, and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the corrections mentioned in paras. 64 and 65 below.

[Adopted by AC.1.]

64. Agenda item 4.7.2, UN Regulation No. 90, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/4,
Page 11, Annex 11, paragraph 4.2.2.2.2., amend to read:

“4.2.2.2.2. Test programme (brake drum high load test).

Table A11/4.2.2.2.2.











Test provisionHigh load test
“Bedding in” procedure 200 brake applications
Initial speed: 60 km/h
Final speed: 5 km/h
dm alternating between 1 m/s2 and 2 m/s2
Initial temperature: ≤ 200 °C (beginning at room temperature)
Alternatively bedding may be omitted if the applicant for approval does not consider it to be necessary
Type of brakingBraking to less than 5 km/h
Total number of brake applications150
Initial brake drum temperature at each brake application ≤ 100 °C
Brake applications
from
to
60 km/h
≤ 5 km/h
Brake torque set to produce a deceleration of6 m/s²
Cooling (also deviating from paragraph 3.2.3. of this annex)Permitted

65. Agenda item 4.7.3, UN Regulation No. 117, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/2,
Page 10, paragraph 4.1.7.2., in the formula G1, correct “x10-2” to read “x10-2”.
Page 14, paragraph 4.2.7.1.4., correct “points 4 and 5 of section 3.1” to read
“paragraphs 3.1.4. and 3.1.5.”.
Page 16, paragraph 4.2.8.5., in the formula G(t), correct “x10-2” to read “x10-2”.
Page 17, Annex 5 – Appendix, Example 1, correct “μ peak (SRTT14E 1136)” to read “μ peak (SRTT14 E1136)”.
Page 18, Annex 5 – Appendix, Example 2, correct “BFC reference tyre (SRTT16E)” to read “BFC reference tyre (SRTT16)”.
Page 19, Annex 7, paragraph 3.4.3.6., renumber as paragraph 4. and correct to read:
“4. Acceleration method for Class C3 tyres
4.1. According to the definition of C3 tyres reported into paragraph 2.4.3., the additional classification for the purpose of this test method only applies:
…”
Page 25, Annex 7, paragraph 4.8.5., correct “Snow performance Index” to read “Snow Grip Index”.

66. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.8.1 and 4.8.2, and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the corrections mentioned in para. 67 below:

67. Agenda item 4.8.1, UN Regulation No. 92, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/5,
Through the whole document, replace the word “must” to read “shall”;
Page 5, in footnote 3 to paragraph 5.4., correct the reference “TRANS/WP.29/78/Rev.2” to read “ECE/TRANS/WP.29/78/Rev.2”.

[Adopted by AC.1.]

68. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda item 4.9.1 to 4.9.13 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

[Adopted by AC.1.]

[Adopted by AC.1.]

[Adopted by AC.1.]

[Adopted by AC.1.]

[Adopted by AC.1.]

[Adopted by AC.1.]

[Adopted by AC.1.]

[Adopted by AC.1.]

[Adopted by AC.1.]

[Adopted by AC.1.]

[Adopted by AC.1.]

[Adopted by AC.1.]

[Adopted by AC.1.]

69. The World Forum considered the draft corrigenda under agenda item 4.10.1 to 4.10.7 and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting.

[Adopted by AC.1.]

[Adopted by AC.1.]

[Adopted by AC.1.]

[Adopted by AC.1.]

[Adopted by AC.1.]

[Adopted by AC.1.]

[Adopted by AC.1.]

70. The World Forum considered the draft corrigenda under this agenda item and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting.

[Adopted by AC.1.]

71. The World Forum considered the draft corrigenda under this agenda item and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting.

[Adopted by AC.1.]

72. The World Forum considered the draft corrigenda under agenda items 4.13.1 to 4.13.4, and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the corrections mentioned in para. 73 below:

[Adopted by AC.1.]

74. The World Forum considered the draft Regulations under agenda items 4.14.1 and 4.14.2, and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting. The World Forum agreed to defer consideration of the draft regulations under agenda items 4.14.3 and 4.14.4 to its next session.

75. The representative of the EU welcomed the adoption of the new UN Regulation on LED. This UN Regulation would be included in the EU law as part of the exercise to replace EU legal acts by UN Regulations. He announced the full support of the EU for the development of UN Regulations as they are accepted on a wider basis than Europe.

76. Moreover, he proposed changing from the current prescriptive UN Regulations to a more performance based requirements. Therefore, he invited delegates to reflect on a new approach to lighting regulations which would make them less design restrictive. In his opinion, such an approach would also reduce the number of amendments and corrigenda to lighting Regulations.

77. The representative of Japan stated that his country would abstain from the voting of the new UN Regulation on LED because Japan needed some time to study how to transpose the current prescriptive and not performance based UN Regulation into its national regulatory system. The representative of Japan welcomed the possible establishment of the new UN Regulation on Pedestrian Safety and hoped this would accelerate consideration of UN GTR No. 9 Phase 2. The representative of Japan informed WP.29 that Japan would introduce a national regulation on AEBS as explained in the last GRRF session. He indicated that this national regulation is in consistent with the draft UN Regulation on AEBS and he hoped that the draft UN Regulation would be adopted as early as possible.

[Japan will abstain from the vote on this new regulation pending its consideration for transposition into national law.

EU will vote to adopt and will integrate into EU law; however, the EU wishes to see further development to increase the emphasis on performance-based requirements and make the regulation less design-restrictive.

Adopted by AC.1.]

[Japan hopes the adoption of this new regulation will add momentum to the work on phase 2 of the pedestrian safety GTR and UN Regulation.

Adopted by AC.1.]

[EU has begun the process of integrating the provisions of this new regulation into EU law; however, certain steps must be taken internally to establish the legal basis for its implementation. Therefore, the EU requests postponement of this vote at least until June and most probably until the November WP.29 session.]

[This regulation proposal is complete and the EU intends to develop companion regulations for AEBS for lighter vehicles to be put forward in the future. Nonetheless, as is the case for lane departure warning systems, work remains to be completed towards establishing the legal basis for adoption of AEBS, including its potential conflict with the current interpretation of the 1968 Vienna Convention which requires a driver to be in complete control of a vehicle at all times. Therefore, the vote on this regulation is remanded to the June WP.29 session and likely will not be voted upon until the November 2012 WP.29 session.

Japan will introduce AEBS legislation into its national law from April 2012.]

78. The World Forum agreed to defer consideration of the amendments to draft Regulations under agenda item 4.15.1 to the next session of WP.29.

[Deferred to the June session of WP.29.]

79. The World Forum agreed to defer consideration of the amendments to Regulations under agenda items 4.16.1 to 4.16.3 to the next session of WP.29.

[In view of updates expected to EU noise regulations, the vote on this proposal is deferred to the June session of WP.29.]

[Proposal intended for consideration at the June 2012 WP.29 session.

The EU notes issues that may delay its ability to support the proposal. First, the EU wonders why the proposal contains an unusually long 90 month transition period. If more than seven years is needed before its application, are the provisions really needed? Similarly, the EU wishes to further consider the cost-benefit of the proposed provisions.]

[Proposal intended for consideration at the June 2012 WP.29 session.]

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80. The World Forum noted the status of the priorities of the 1998 Agreement and items on which the exchange of views should continue (WP.29-156-13). It was also noted that the consolidated version of the status of the Agreement was not available at this session due to a total revision by the secretariat for simplification.

81. The World Forum agreed that agenda items 5.2 to 5.5 should be considered by the Executive Committee (AC.3).

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82. WP.29 noted that no new information was given under this agenda item.

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83. The World Forum noted the revised document on the status of the Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1074/Rev.3) including: (i) the reference to the notifications with the entry into force of UN Rule No. 2 (2 February 2012) and to the Corrigendum to the French version of the Agreement and (ii) the last version of the national periodical inspection certificate used in the Russian Federation as an alternative to the International Technical Inspection Certificate (see Appendix 2, para. 2 of the 1997 Agreement).

84. As a follow-up of the completion of the Agreement with the entry into force of UN Rule No. 2, WP.29 agreed to extend the scope of UN Rule Nos. 1 and 2 to cover vehicles of categories M1, N1 and O1 making the Agreement more useful for emerging economies and for those countries not having a periodical technical inspection (PTI) system. Accordingly, WP.29 agreed to defer at a later stage the alignment of the provisions of both UN Rules to the corresponding EU Directive.

85. The World Forum noted the offer by the International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA) for a continued cooperation on the development of the 1997 Agreement, in particular for the extended scope of both UN Rules.

86. Information on the subject was provided under agenda item 7.1. (see para. 83).

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87. No new information on the subject was given during the session.

88. The representative of India informed WP.29 about the progress made by the task force group of the EFV informal working group concerning the preparation of the report covering the automotive technology progress on EFV since 2003. He announced that this report would be presented at the fifth EFV Conference, scheduled to be held in Baltimore (USA). He suggested a time line for the elaboration of the report (WP.29-156-17) and proposed that the task force group should have a final session in conjunction with the EFV Conference to conclude the report.

89. The representative of United States of America provided additional information about the organization of the EFV conference that would be held in Baltimore (Maryland, USA) on 10-12 September 2012. He invited WP.29 representatives to register for the conference at: www.efv2012.com.

90. The World Forum noted that the Secretary of the Working Party on Road Safety (WP.1) had informed the secretariat of WP.29 that no new information was available regarding the proposal by WP.29 to eliminate inconsistencies on lighting and lightsignalling devices since the proposal was transmitted following the March 2011 session of WP.29. Moreover, no new information was available on the progress of the work of the virtual group of experts of WP.1 concerning the obligation that “every driver shall at all times be able to control his vehicle” (Articles 8.(5) and 13.(1) of the 1968 Vienna Convention) and on the development of the driver’s assistance concept.

91. It was also noted that a Round Table concerning the “consistency between the 1968 Convention on Road Traffic and other legal instruments” was scheduled for 19 March 2012 with the participation of the WP.29 secretariat. The Round Table programme is available here. The WP.29 secretariat was requested to provide WP.1 representatives with information regarding the functioning of WP.29 and how the decisions are taken for the adoption of UN Regulations and UN Global Technical Regulations as well as on the main provisions of draft UN Regulation on Advanced Emergency Braking Systems (AEBS). The representative of EU stated that from an analysis of the draft UN Regulation, no inconsistency was found with, amongst others, the provisions of the 1968 Vienna Convention.

92. The World Forum agreed with the modifications to the publication contained in WP.29-156-23 and requested the secretariat to proceed with its publication in the six official languages of the United Nations.

93. The representative of the United Kingdom presented informal document WP.29-156-18 proposing to amend the Consolidated Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles (R.E.3) and to introduce discrete addenda as a repository for each specified test device. Following extensive discussion, the World Forum agreed that the development of a Special Resolution (S.R.2) could provide greater certainty for Contracting Parties to the 1998 Agreement on the definition of test devices or equipment used to determine compliance with particular requirements of UN GTRS. The representatives of the United States of America and the United Kingdom agreed to work together with the secretariat to bring forward a revised proposal for consideration at the 157th session of WP.29.

94. Concerning the monopoly of Q dummies (referred [to] as test tools in the draft UN Regulation on CRS), the representative of the United Kingdom informed WP.29 that the only manufacturer of Q dummies had provided drawings to the secretariat on condition of the presence of a disclaimer sentence on each of them. Until such time that the adoption of the dummies into Regulations is complete. He reported that the manufacturer had advised that it would retain the patent rights associated with the product once that the draft UN Regulation on CRS would be adopted by WP.29, but that the disclaimer sentence could be removed. He asked whether this arrangement could conflict with the legal position established between the manufacturer and others Contracting Parties (i.e. United States of America) or would introduce limitations to the free use of specifications of these dummies by Contracting Parties.

95. The representative of the United States of America stated that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) had agreed to a similar statement on manufacturers’ rights to drawings only in the context of those used in the United States of America proposed rule for the Q3s dummy. The agreement allows for the removal of the statements for the final rule. He indicated that NHTSA does not have an agreement for including a similar statement for drawings used for any other dummy types regardless of whether the rulemaking is in the proposal or the final stage. Further, although the United States of America Government is prohibited by statute from depriving manufacturers from exercising their rights to any background patents they may own, the agency has not yet evaluated any such claims.

96. WP.29 agreed to resume consideration on this issue at its June 2012 session and requested the secretariat to seek advice from the UN Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) on this issue. In the meantime, the World Forum invited its representatives to seek the advice of their domestic legal affairs offices.

97. The World Forum noted ECE/TRANS/2012/4, introduced at the seventy-fourth 2012 session of the ITC, in which UNECE presented its Action Plan for the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011–2020). The secretariat introduced WP.29-156-05 as an excerpt from ECE/TRANS/2012/4, to monitor the progress of the activities of WP.29 in the framework of the Decade of Action. The World Forum requested the secretariat to distribute updated versions of WP.29-156-05 for consideration and comments at each of its November sessions for the length of the decade. These documents will be transmitted to the ITC secretariat.

98. The representative of the United States of America reported on the first meeting of the informal working group, held in Geneva on 17 November 2011. The meeting was widely attended by governmental delegates and allowed for the exchange of information on various enforcement systems. Presentations on the United States system are available here. WP.29 noted that the second meeting of the informal working group is scheduled for the afternoon of 28 June 2012 in conjunction with the 157th session of WP.29. This session, which is open to governmental and non-governmental representatives, will continue discussions and exchanges of information on enforcement issues from around the world. WP.29 further noted that Terms of Reference for the informal working group will be developed and presented to WP.29 by its November 2012 session.

99. WP.29 adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/31, amended as reproduced below and requested the secretariat to publish it with the symbol ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.2.

Paragraph 1 © (new), amend to read:
“© Foster … Database for the Exchange of Certification Documentation.”

102. The World Forum adopted the report, together with the annexes, on its 156th session.

103. Of the 50 Contracting Parties to the Agreement, 36 were represented and established AC.1 for its fiftieth session held on 14 March 2012.

104. AC.1 invited Mr. B. Gauvin, Vice-Chair of WP.29, to chair the session.

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106. The thirty-fourth session of the Executive Committee (AC.3) was held on 15 March 2012. The representatives of 25 of the 33 Contracting Parties to the Agreement attended or were represented. The required quorum to take decisions was reached.

107. Upon the proposal by the secretariat, Mr. T. Onoda (Japan) was unanimously re-elected Chair of AC.3 for the year 2012. Representatives of EU and the United States of America were unanimously elected Vice-Chairs for the year 2012.

108. AC.3 noted that no proposal had been submitted for voting.

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109. Submitted for consideration and vote, the request (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/32) was listed in the Compendium of Candidates on 15 March 2012 by an affirmative vote of Australia, Canada, People’s Republic of China, European Union (voting for Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom), India, Japan, Norway, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, South Africa and United States of America. The documentation submitted jointly with the request would be appended to the listed technical regulation.

110. Submitted for consideration and vote, the request (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/33) was listed in the Compendium of Candidates on 15 March 2012 by an affirmative vote of Australia, Canada, People’s Republic of China, European Union (voting for Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom), India, Japan, Norway, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, South Africa and United States of America. The documentation submitted jointly with the request would be appended to the listed technical regulation.

111. No new information was provided under this agenda item.

112. An updated table of priorities and items to be addressed during an exchange of views on the development of gtrs is reproduced in Annex III to this report. The most important information provided during the consideration of the items is reproduced below.

113. The representative of United States of America informed AC.3 that GRSP, at its December 2011 session recommended the proposal for Amendment 1 to UN GTR No. 1 be submitted to AC.3 for consideration at its June 2012 session.

114. The representative of EU informed AC.3 that the work of the GRPE informal working group on heavy duty hybrids (HDH) was delayed but still within the overall time line. He added that a final proposal was expected to be submitted to GRPE for consideration at its June 2013 session.

115. No new information was provided for this agenda item.

116. The Chair of the informal working group on Phase 2 of UN GTR No. 7 introduced the third status report of his group (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/34). He reported that the group was focusing its efforts on the two most relevant issues: (i) a new height requirement for head restraints and (ii) a utilization procedure for the rear impact dummy (BIORID II). Concerning the height requirement, he informed AC.3 that the group would likely introduce a proposal at the May 2012 session of GRSP to discuss, amongst others, the limits associated to the test procedure. Concerning the BIORID II dummy, he expressed two major concerns related to: (i) the reproducibility of the dummy performance results and (ii) availability of the injury criteria. He announced that this would likely lead requesting an extension of the group’s mandate at the June 2012 session of AC.3.

117. He announced that the next meeting of the informal working group was scheduled on 22 and 23 of March 2012 (London) in conjunction with the informal working groups on harmonization of side impact dummies and pole side impact. AC.3 adopted the third progress report (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/34).

118. The representative of Germany introduced the first progress report of the informal working group (WP.29-156-11) on UN GTR No. 9 Phase 2, focusing on incorporating the flexible legform impactor (Flex-PLI). He informed AC.3 that the group was chaired by Germany, vice-chaired by Japan and that the secretariat tasks were performed by OICA. He reported that the first meeting of the informal working group was held in Geneva prior to the December 2011 session of GRSP and that the next meetings were scheduled on 28-29 March 2012 (Osaka, Japan) and on 29-30 May 2012 (Paris). The representative of United States of America reported that NHTSA was continuing the validation process of the Flex-PLI.

119. AC.3 endorsed, in principle, the terms of reference of the informal working group (see para. 32) and requested the secretariat to distribute (WP.29-156-11) with an official symbol.

120. The representative of Germany informed AC.3 that the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Vehicles (HFCV) subgroup on safety (SGS) would submit to GRSP a revised UN GTR proposal for consideration and adoption at its May 2012 session. He sought AC.3’s endorsement for a six month extension of the mandate of SGS activity. AC.3 endorsed this request.

121. The representative of France reported on the progress made by the informal working group. He added that only three issues were still pending: (i) the assignment of a US reference code to tyre manufacturers not producing tyres in USA territory, (ii) the inclusion into the scope of tyres with a tread depth exceeding 14.3 mm and (iii) the inclusion into the scope of tyres for specific trailers. He indicated that hopefully these matters could be resolved by the informal working group before the September 2012 session of GRRF. The text of the draft UN GTR would be submitted to AC.3 for consideration and voting at its March 2013 session.

122. The representative of the United States of America reported that (i) two possible solutions were under consideration for resolving the issue of reference code, (ii) specific provisions for tyres with a tread depth exceeding 14.3 mm could be incorporated into the UN GTR and (iii) to exclude from the scope of the UN GTR the special tyres for specific trailers. He mentioned that the text of the section dealing with Wet Grip provision needed updating to avoid references to “Type approval”. Finally, he suggested that Contracting Parties review the full document to help speed the adoption.

123. The Chair of the informal working group confirmed that his group would meet again on 29 June 2012 at the Palais des Nations linked to the 157th session of WP.29. He anticipated the text of the draft UN GTR would be submitted to GRRF at its September 2012 session. He invited WP.29 representatives to participate at that meeting to reach an agreement and to allow the adoption of the UN GTR at the March 2013 session of AC.3.

124. On behalf of the technical sponsors, the Chair of GRPE reported on the progress made by the two subgroups on the Development of the Harmonized driving Cycle (DHC) and on the Development of the Test Procedure (DTP). He informed AC.3 that the ongoing discussions on developing the Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure led to a delay of 4 months and a revised roadmap for the development of the UN GTR. He announced that this could require a special GRPE session in autumn 2012.

125. The representative of Australia, chairing the informal working group on PSI, presented the second progress report of the group (WP.29-156-29).

126. He clarified that this report sought a change in the terms of reference of the informal working group to allow for a second phase of work on the world side impact dummy (WorldSID) 5th percentile female. He reported that this change was endorsed by GRSP at its December 2011 session. He stated that the informal working group had not met since he reported on its activities at the November 2011 session of AC.3. However, he announced that the fifth meeting of the informal working group would be held on 22-23 March in London (see para. 113), focusing on a revised draft UN GTR in detail, with the aim of submitting an initial draft to the May 2012 session of GRSP. He added that several presentations would be made during the meeting, including further crash tests undertaken
by a number of countries. He specified that the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) would give a presentation of its research, including on injury types, effectiveness of different airbag combinations and the benefits of a regulation. He clarified that, while pole side impacts were not as common as other crashes, they were frequently lethal. He said that MUARC’s work also revealed that injuries in pole side impacts involved very high societal costs frequently involving serious head injuries. He reported that a final first phase UN GTR would be presented to WP.29 and AC.3 for consideration and vote at their June 2013 sessions. He concluded that the sixth meeting of the informal working group was scheduled in the week before the June 2012 session of WP.29 in Munich.

127. The representative of The United States of America supported the revised terms of references for a two stage approach for developing the UN GTR to address the widest range of vehicle occupants.

128. AC.3 endorsed, in principle, the revised terms of references of the informal working group (see para. 32) and requested the secretariat to distribute WP.29-156-29 with an official symbol.

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129. The representative of United States of America recommended keeping this item in the agenda of future sessions of AC.3 to report on compatibility issues referred to bumpers or other vehicle attributes. He announced an update on the ongoing activities in his country on this subject.

130. Referring to the November 2011 session of AC.3, the representative of the United States of America confirmed NHTSA’s ongoing research on vehicle to vehicle communication. He further stated that NHTSA will make an agency decision in 2013 that will consider either additional research or to proceed to rulemaking. He announced an update on this activity at the June 2012 session of AC.3.

131. No new information was provided for this agenda item.

[GRE chair expresses disappointment that no sponsors for GTR given that lighting exhibits multiple markings that might be harmonized. In response to WP.29 co-chair inquiry whether to maintain item on future agendas, GRE chair urges to keep this as a reminder. US supports this position.]

132. The representative of the United States of America informed AC.3 that the next meeting of the informal working group was scheduled to be held in London on 22 and 23 March 2012. He expressed concerns about the development of certain dummies, due to environmental law restriction. He announced updated information on this issue for the June 2012 session of AC.3.

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133. The representative of the United States of America introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/36 and its Corr.1, containing a proposal by the European Union, Japan and the United States for establishing two informal working groups on Electric Vehicles Safety (EVS) as well as on Electric Vehicles and Environment (EVE). These would report to GRSP and GRPE, respectively. The representative of China offered to co-sponsor the initiative. AC.3 adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/36 and its Corr.1 and welcomed the co-sponsorship of China. The secretariat was requested to prepare the corresponding AC.3 document. The representative of the United States of America offered to chair while China and EU offered to Vice-Chair the EVS group. Japan committed itself to take over the secretarial tasks. The representative of the United States of America also offered to chair the EVE group, vice-chaired by China and Japan, while Canada would take over the secretarial tasks. AC.3 noted that the first meeting of EVS was tentatively scheduled for 23-25 April 2012 in Washington DC, USA, and that the first meeting of EVE would take place in Geneva, on Friday 8 June 2012, starting at 11.30 a.m. in conjunction with the GRPE session.

134. The representative of the United States of America, Chair of the informal working
group on quiet road transport vehicles (QRTV), introduced a proposal for a revised
mandate of his group (WP.29-156-07) to develop a UN GTR on this subject. He announced
that the next meetings of the QRTV may be scheduled in May 2012 in Germany, in
July 2012 in the United States of America and later at the year in Japan. The representative
of Germany announced that the final report on QRTV under the previous mandate would be
transmitted for consideration at the June 2012 sessions of WP.29 and AC.3. Moreover,
AC.3 noted that Japan would take over the Vice-Chairmanship of QRTV while the secretariat tasks would be performed by the EU. Finally, AC.3 agreed on a two stage approach for developing the UN GTR, including in a first phase electric and hybrid vehicles and, in a second phase, quiet vehicle with internal combustion engines and possible inclusion of safety related matters. Accordingly, the Chair of QRTV announced a revised proposal of the terms of reference and development of the UN GTR for consideration by AC.3 at its June 2012 session.

[AC.3 will decide on future of this agenda item at its next session in June.]

136. AC.3 adopted the proposal for recommendations for market fuel quality (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/127) and requested the secretariat to include the adopted proposal into S.R.1.

137. No other business was raised.

138. In accordance with the recommendation made by WP.29/AC.2, AC.4 did not hold its session (see para. 8 above).

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73. Agenda item 4.13.4, UN Regulation No. 13-H document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/40,

Annex 1, item 21, add at the end of the two sub–items, the reference to footnote2 (English and French only).

Annex 6, paragraph 5.3.2., last line, correct the reference to footnote8 to read footnote9.

Annex 9, Appendix 4, the figure, insert at the end of the x axle “time[s]” (English and French only).

[Adopted by AC.1.]

101. WP. 29 endorsed the proposal of the Chair of GRPE for establishing an informal working group on Vehicle Propulsion System Definitions (VPSD), under the chairmanship of Germany (WP.29-156-26). The World Forum approved the terms of reference of the informal working group as reproduced below:
(a) VPSD under GRPE will be chaired by Germany, participation is open for everybody.
(b) VPSD will work in close cooperation with the informal working group on Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedures, subgroup on the Development of the Test Procedure (WLTP-DTP) and the WLTP drafting manager.
(c) VPSD shall:

  • (i) Review existing UN Regulations and UN GTRs concerning terms, definitions and classifications regarding vehicle propulsion systems.
  • (ii) Review the related definitions in the current draft of the WLTP GTR.
  • (iii) Develop a proposal for a frame system of terms, definitions and classifications regarding vehicle propulsion systems for the introduction into the Consolidated Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles (R.E.3) and on the Special Resolution No. 1 (S.R.1).

56. The representative of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) presented, on behalf of GTB, WP.29-156-08 dealing with replacement light sources and LED retrofit light sources for vehicles not in conformity with the provisions of UN Regulations. The representative of the Russian Federation underlined the high value of the presentation and the risks of low-quality after market products including for the new LED light sources. He added that the development of technical provisions for lighting devices was an ongoing activity of the IEC, including procedures for the conformity assessment. He suggested sending the presentation to IEC for further consideration at its Conformity Assessment Board. The cooperation and support of IEC on this matter would help in finding an acceptable market solution to prevent hazardous lighting devices. WP.29 acknowledged the importance of this issue to ensure vehicles and road safety and agreed to consider, at a future session, possible actions linked to the type approval procedure or periodical technical inspections ensuring the conformity of after market light sources.

[Adopted by AC.1.]

100. Due to the absence of representative of ISO, the secretariat made the ISO brochure available.

1. The World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) held its 156th session from 13 to 16 March 2012, chaired by Mr. B. Kisulenko (Russian Federation). The following countries were represented, following Rule 1(a) of the Rules of Procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.1): Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, People’s Republic of China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Republic of South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America. Representatives of the European Union (EU) participated.

The following non-governmental organizations were also represented:

  • International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA)
  • International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA)
  • European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA/MEMA/JAPIA)
  • Working Party “Brussels 1952” (GTB)
  • Association for Emission Control by Catalyst (AECC)
  • International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA)
  • FIA Foundation for the Automobile and Society and FIA Mobility (FIA)
  • Consumers International (CI)

At the invitation of the secretariat, the European Tyre and Rim Technical Organization (ETRTO) and the University of Sao Paolo also participated.

2. The Director of the Transport Division welcomed the participants. She reported on the results of the seventy-fourth session (28 February – 1 March 2012) of the Inland Transport Committee (ITC). She mentioned that the strategic note and the road map on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) were adopted. Speaking about the review of the ECE reform by the ECE Executive Committee (EXCOM) and her expectations to obtain additional resources for the Transport Division, she offered the opportunity to the government representatives of the World Forum to make comments on the documents to be presented at EXCOM. She mentioned that a strategic paper on the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety was adopted by ITC. Finally, she congratulated the representative of Italy for his election into the ITC Bureau.

3. She pointed out the contributions of the UNECE to the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development and requested the support of WP.29 representatives for establishing a Sustainable Development Goal on Transport. She also informed WP.29 about a round table scheduled for the 19 March 2012, addressing inconsistency issues between the 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Traffic and the vehicle regulations adopted in the framework of the 1958 and 1998 Agreements. Finally, she invited interested representatives to attend the meeting of experts, scheduled for the 24 of April 2012, on the development of the UN Development Account (UNDA) project on transport and climate change for future inland transport systems (ForFITS), which addresses CO2 reduction in inland transport.

4. The representative of the United States of America stated that his country values the work of WP.29 and the 1998 Agreement. He expressed his support for the work of the World Forum and emphasized the need for the UNECE Transport Division to allocate sufficient resources to the work of WP.29 during this difficult time of budget evaluations.

To that end, he asked that the documentation being prepared by the secretariat be shared with WP.29 governmental delegates prior to the meeting of the UNECE Executive Committee. The Director of the Transport Division responded positively to the request. The Director of the Automotive Industry Department of the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade, Mr. A. Rakhmanov, underlined the high importance of WP.29 activities for Russian Federation and Custom Union in general. He expressed concerns regarding the reduction of staff at the WP.29 secretariat.

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2. GRB considered and adopted the agenda ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2012/4 and its Add.1 including new agenda items 15(a), 15(b), 17 and 18.

3. GRB noted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2012/5, tabled by the expert from the Russian Federation, to provide harmonized definitions on vehicle type concerning noise, the terms noise and sound. The expert from IMMA expressed a reservation (GRB-56-08) on the proposal as a whole arguing that the introduction of new definitions would be premature, taking into account the recent publication of Revision 2 of UN Regulation No. 41. GRB agreed to resume consideration on this proposal at its February 2013 session on the basis of further information provided by the expert from the Russian Federation.

4. GRB considered GRB-56-04, introduced by the expert from ISO, updating the text concerning the test site of the UN Regulation with the latest amendment of ISO Standard 5130:2012. The proposal received comments from the expert by Germany who suggested more objective criteria in verifying the level of porosity of the test site. GRB agreed to resume consideration on this subject on the basis of a revised proposal voluntarily prepared by the expert from ISO.

5. The expert from IMMA sought GRB’s clarification on paragraph 8.2. on the conformity of production tests, specifically: whether the 1 dBA allowance was applicable to the maximum A-weighted sound pressure level representing urban driving (Lurban) and to the sound pressure level in wide open throttle (Lwot). GRB agreed that currently paragraph 6.2.3. (specification regarding sound levels) clearly stated that the difference between Lwot shall not exceed the limit value for Lurban by more than 5 dB and if the +1dB was applied to Lurban, as given in Annex 6, then this additional +1 dB allowance was automatically also applicable to Lwot value.

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6. See also, para. 20, concerning the updating of the requirements on the noise test track from ISO 10844:1994 to ISO 10844:2011, GRB agreed to defer discussion on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2012/16 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2012/17 to its February 2013 session.

7. The expert from OICA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2012/8, consolidating a proposal of 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 51. The proposal received comments from the expert of ETRTO (GRB-56-16) proposing to change the vehicle test conditions of Annex 10 of UN Regulation No. 51. GRB noted that the proposed changes (GRB-56-16) have already been adopted as Supplement 8 to the 02 series of amendments and agreed to amend ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2012/8 accordingly. Moreover, the expert from the Netherlands introduced GRB-56-12 proposing a new layout for the communication form. GRB agreed to resume consideration at its February 2013 session on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2012/8 on the basis of a revised document prepared by the expert from the Netherlands in cooperation with the experts from CLEPA and OICA. GRB recommended experts to provide detailed comments.

8. GRB considered and adopted GRB-56-03 as reproduced in Annex II to this report, amending the figure for measuring positions of vehicles in motion. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposal to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2013 session as Supplement 9 to the 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 51.

9. Finally GRB considered GRB-56-06, tabled by the expert from China, introducing amendments to the test method. He introduced GRB-56-09 for information, showing the difference among the test methods in UN Regulation No. 51, ISO 362 and the Chinese standard (GBI1495-2002) and GRB-56-22 as a justification to the proposed amendments to the test. The expert from OICA suggested that such relevant outcome of research should be brought together with those from other Contracting Parties to the 1958 Agreement (i.e. European Union) to keep UN Regulation No. 51 relevant worldwide. GRB agreed to resume discussion at the February 2013 session on a possible official proposal (based on GRB-56-06) tabled by the expert from China in cooperation with the expert from ISO.

10. The EC expert informed GRB on the work progress of the European Union (EU) institutions on the EC proposal on vehicle noise. He added that at this stage no political agreement on new limits had been reached at the EU level.

11. The expert from China introduced GRB-56-07, proposing a different scheme to identify vehicle categories. He also added that his proposal would offer an option to cover needs of a broader range of countries. The experts from Japan and OICA endorsed the Power to Mass Ratio index (PMR) as a tool to link noise emission and vehicle performance. The EC expert recalled that to overcome the different national political priorities/classifications, the discussion should be focused on the mutual recognition principle of the 1958 Agreement, i.e. the vehicle complying with the lowest noise level would be accepted everywhere. He recalled that this would not prevent Contracting Parties from having less stringent requirements in their national law for their internal markets. Finally GRB agreed to resume consideration of GRB-56-07 at its February 2013 session to provide study time for experts.

12. GRB considered GRB-56-01 and GRB-56-05 supplementing ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2012/7 tabled by the expert from Japan. He explained that the proposal was based on GRB-55-01, including limit values with some modification of the threshold of subcategories, as a basis for a common position with the proposal tabled by the expert from Germany (GRB-54-03). Moreover, he made a presentation (GRB-56-21) concerning rationales for the proposed Stage 3 of limit values. The EC expert stated that the review of vehicle classification should not only consider the proposals tabled by the experts from Germany and Japan, but also the present vehicle classification in UN Regulation No. 51 and in the EC proposal and verify the rationales for the changes proposed by the experts from Germany and Japan.

GRB recalled that the EC proposal was available at: http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/sectors/automotive/documents/proposals/index_en.htm#h2-1

13. Upon the suggestion of the Chair, GRB agreed to verify data and provide a basis for analysis for a power reference value of 160 kW in vehicle category M3 and for the reference value of 140 kW in vehicle category N2. Finally, GRB agreed to resume consideration on this subject at its February 2013 session on the basis of the above test data, if available, and on those existing provided by the experts from China, Japan and EC.

14. GRB noted that no new information had been given under this agenda item.

15. The expert from CLEPA introduced GRB-56-17 listing further test results of four vehicles performed by his organization on additional sound emission provisions (ASEP) of replacement silencing systems. GRB noted that as an outcome of the test, two possible alternatives were possible to introduce ASEP provisions into UN Regulation No. 59: (i) the test should be carried out back to back to the original equipment and replacement system (ii) the manufacturer of the replacement system should perform the test with the same acceptance criteria as for the original equipment. GRB, in principle, agreed to follow option (ii) and to resume consideration on this subject at its February 2013 session on the basis of a concrete proposal tabled by the expert from CLEPA.

16. GRB noted that no new information had been given under this agenda item.

17. Referring to the report of the Working Party on Brakes and Running Gear (GRRF) (see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/72, paras. 25 and 32-34), GRB considered ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/54 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/55, proposing to add specific performance requirements for C2 snow tyres and amending the definition of the measuring rim for C1, C2 and C3 tyres. GRB endorsed ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/55 without amendment, scheduled to be considered by WP.29 and AC.1 at their November 2012 sessions. Concerning ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/54, GRB considered GRB-56-15 tabled by the expert from Germany, proposing to introduce the inscription “M+S” or “M.S” or “M&S” only in combination with the “Alpine” symbol on a mandatory basis, if the tyre be classified as a “snow tyre for use in severe snow conditions”. Accordingly, GRB endorsed ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/54, as amended by Annex III to this report and agreed to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1, for consideration at their November 2012 sessions as draft Supplement 2 to the 02 series of amendments, subject to a final review by GRRF at its September 2012 session.

18. The expert from ETRTO introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2012/10 aligning the text of Annex 6 of the UN Regulation to ISO Standard 28580. GRB adopted the proposal not amended and agreed to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1, for consideration at their March 2013 session as draft Supplement 3 to the 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 117, also subject to a final review by GRRF at its September 2012 session (see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2012/18).

19. The expert from ETRTO proposed to amend the snow test method for C3 tyres (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2012/11). However, GRB argued that some of the proposed amendments could conflict with the recommended introduction of blocking differential on driven axle as increasing repeatability in the test. GRB agreed to resume consideration of the proposal at its next session on the basis of an official document submitted to the March 2013 sessions of WP.29 and AC.1, incorporating possible changes (see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2012/19) agreed by GRRF at its September 2012 session.

20. The expert from the Netherlands introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2012/15 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2012/18 updating the test track provisions to ISO 10844:2011. The expert from ETRTO introduced similar amendments (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2012/9) but without transitional provisions. GRB agreed that the introduction of new provisions for the test track should refer to a new series of amendments of the UN Regulation. Following the suggestion of the Chair and Vice-Chair, GRB considered GRB-56-20 (superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2012/15, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2012/18 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2012/9) drafted in accordance with ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1044/Rev.1 “Guidelines on the scope, administrative provisions and alternative requirements in Regulations annexed to the 1958 Agreement”. GRB requested the secretariat to distribute GRB-56-20 with an official symbol at its February 2013 session and agreed to refer to it as a basis to continue discussion on this subject.

21. Finally, GRB considered GRB-56-02 tabled by the expert from the Russian Federation aimed at providing detailed elaboration of the concept of tyre deceleration (dω/dt) in the test technology. The secretariat was requested to distribute it with an official symbol at its February 2013 session, pending the clarification of the reference to the “deceleration calculator” mentioned in the proposal.

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22. GRB noted that no new information had been given under this agenda item.

23. The expert from IMMA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2012/13 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2012/14 respectively amended by GRB-56-10 and GRB-56-11. He clarified that both proposals were aimed at introducing into UN Regulations Nos. 9 and 63 new requirements for improved noise control of motorcycles and anti-tampering measures, but not yet ASEP provisions. GRB adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2012/13 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2012/14 as amended by Annex IV to this report. The secretariat was requested to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2013 sessions: ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2012/13 as draft 07 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 9 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2012/14 as draft 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 63.

24. The expert from Japan introduced GRB-56-18 providing an overview of the current framework of vehicle noise regulation in his country. Upon the suggestion of the GRB Chair, it was agreed to continue an exchange of information on the basis of data concerning noise values declared by manufacturers for each different tyre classes.

25. The expert from ETRTO gave a presentation (GRB-56-14), on a holistic approach for rolling noise mitigation. For an efficient decrease of rolling noise he underlined the need to take into account road construction. GRB invited the expert from ETRTO to develop studies on this subject and to inform experts at further sessions.

26. The expert from EC, secretary of the informal working group on Quiet Road Transport Vehicles (QRTV), reported on the outcome of the first meeting of the group held on 18-20 July 2012 in Washington D.C., United States of America (USA). He added that the next meeting of the group was planned for the beginning of December 2012. GRB noted that the publication of the New Proposal of Rule Making (NPRM) to which the development of the UN GTR on QRTV was linked, was not yet publicly available in the United States of America. Finally, the GRB Chair invited all experts to provide comments to the NPRM as soon as it was be published.

27. The expert from OICA introduced GRB-56-13, providing an overview of the current definitions in UN Regulations under the responsibilities of GRB. However, GRB agreed to resume discussion at its February 2013 session on the basis of informal documents listing all acronyms associated to the UN Regulations concerned. Accordingly, GRB agreed to follow the layout of GRSP-51-03, considered during the May 2012 session of the Working Party on Passive Safety (GRSP), designed for this purpose. Finally, it was agreed that the informal documents would list the acronyms of: (i) UN Regulation No. 51 by the expert from OICA, (ii) UN Regulations Nos. 59 and 28 by the expert from CLEPA and (iii) UN Regulation Nos. 9, 41, 63 and 92 by the expert from IMMA for consideration at the next session of GRB.

28. The expert from the Russian Federation introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2012/12 aimed at revising the Consolidated Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles (R.E.3). GRB decided to resume discussion on this subject at its February 2013 session, awaiting revised proposals tabled by the expert from the Russian Federation and reproducing the different subjects proposed by ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2012/12 (e.g. interior noise level). In the meantime, it was requested that the experts from ISO and OICA provide their comments on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2012/12 to the expert from the Russian Federation to finalize the revised proposals.

29. The Chair informed GRB that the next Environmental Friendly Vehicle conference (EFV) would be held in Baltimore, USA, from 10 to 12 September 2012. GRB would be updated on the outcome accordingly, in February 2013.

30. GRB considered document WP.29-156-21-Rev.1 and nominated the delegation of the European Commission to ensure the task of Ambassador for GRB on IWVTA activities of WP.29.

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33. In compliance with Rule 37 of the Rules of Procedure (TRANS/WP.29/690 and Amend.1), GRB elected its officer on Tuesday afternoon. Mr. S. Ficheux (France) was unanimously elected Chair of GRB for the sessions scheduled in 2013.

1. The Working Party on Noise (GRB) held its fifty-sixth session from 3 (afternoon) to 5 (afternoon) September 2012 in Geneva. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Ch. Theis (Germany). Experts from the following countries participated in the work following Rule 1(a) of the Rules of Procedure of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) (TRANS/WP.29/690 and Amend.1): Belgium; Brazil; Czech Republic; China; France; Germany; Hungary; India; Italy; Japan; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Republic of Korea; Russian Federation; Serbia; South Africa; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Experts from the European Commission (EC) participated. Experts from the following non-governmental organizations also participated: European Association of Automobile Suppliers (CLEPA); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA); International Organization for Standardization (ISO); International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA). Upon the special invitation of the Chair, experts from the following non-governmental organization participated: European Tyre and Rim Technical Organisation (ETRTO).

31. Referring to the request of WP.29 agreed at its June 2012 session (see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1097, para. 14), GRB considered a proposal (WP.29-157-06) on design/control principles of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems to harmonize minimum guidelines tabled by the informal working group on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and adopted it without comments.

32. GRB noted the request of WP.29 at its June 2012 session (see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1097 para. 12) to its representatives and experts to use the template contained in WP.29-157-07-Rev.1 when preparing official documents for the World Forum and its subsidiary bodies.

34. Learning that Mr. C. Theis would no longer participate in future sessions of GRB, the group acknowledged his valuable contribution to the work of GRB and wished him all the best in his future activities.

35. For its fifty-seventh session, scheduled to be held in Geneva from 5 (starting at 2.30 p.m.) to 7 (concluding at 5.30 p.m.) February 2013, GRB noted that the deadline for submission of official documents to the secretariat was 9 November 2012, twelve weeks prior to the session. Moreover, the following provisional agenda was adopted:

1. Adoption of the agenda.
2. Regulation No. 41 (Noise of motorcycles): Development.
3. Regulation No. 51 (Noise of M and N categories of vehicles):
(a) Development;
(b) New limit values;
© Additional sound emission provisions.
4. Regulation No. 59 (Replacement silencing systems).
5. Regulation No. 92 (Replacement exhaust silencing systems for motorcycles).
6. Regulation No. 117 (Tyre rolling noise and wet grip adhesion).
7. Collective amendments:

  • (a) Regulation Nos. 41, 51 and 59;
  • (b) Regulation Nos. 9 and 63.
    8. Exchange of information on national and international requirements on noise levels.
    9. Influence of road surface on tyre rolling sound emissions.
    10. Quiet Road Transport Vehicles.
    11. Definitions and acronyms in Regulations under GRB responsibilities.
    12. Proposal for amendments to Consolidated Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles.
    13. Environmentally Friendly Vehicles.
    14. Development of the International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA) system and involvement of the Working Parties (GRs) in it
    15. Other business.
    16. Provisional agenda for the fifty-eighth session
World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations | Session 158 | 13-16 Nov 2012

5. The provisional annotated agenda for the session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1098) was adopted with the amendments noted below:

  • (a) Additions and amendments of agenda items:
    • 4.12.3 ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/127 Proposal for Corrigendum 2 to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 83 (Emissions of M1 and N1 vehicles)
    • 8.13 Proposal for establishing an informal working group addressing environmental and propulsion performance requirements for vehicles of category L
    • 8.14 Elections of officers for the year 2013
    • 20. Reports on the transposition of UN GTRs and their amendments into national/regional law
  • (b) Addition and correction of document references for items:
    • 3.4 add ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/64/Add.1/Corr.1
    • 4.7.2 correct the title to read:
      • Proposal for Supplement 16 to Regulation No. 4 …
    • 4.7.12 add ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/73/Corr.1
    • 4.9.7 add ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/102/Corr.1
    • 4.10.1 add ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/103/Corr.1
    • 4.11.1 add ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/110/Corr.1
    • 4.13.3 add ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/53/Corr.1
    • 7.1 replace ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1074/Rev.3/Amend.1 by ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1074/Rev.3
    • 16.6 add ECE/TRANS//WP.29/2012/125
  • (c) Items or documents postponed for a further session:
    • 4.16.2
  • (d) Items deleted from the agenda:
    • 20. (Replaced by the new agenda item 20 under paragraph (a) above)
  • (e) The list of informal documents is reproduced in Annex I to this report.
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6. The 110th session of WP.29/AC.2, considering the coordination and organization of work of the World Forum was held on 12 November 2012, chaired by Mr. B. Gauvin (France) and was attended, in accordance to Rule 29 of the terms of reference and rules of procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.1 and Amend.2), by the Chairs of WP.29 (Russian Federation), GRB (France), GRE (Canada), GRPE (Germany), GRRF (United Kingdom), GRSG (Italy), the Administrative/Executive Committees of the three agreements administered by WP.29, by the representatives of the European Union, Japan and the United States of America and by the Vice-Chair of WP.29 (France).

7. The Committee reviewed the draft agenda of the 158th session of the World Forum and recommended the amendments to it, as indicated in para. 5 above. The Committee also recommended that agenda item 5.1 be considered by the World Forum and the rest of the agenda items concerning the 1998 Agreement be considered by the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement (AC.3). It was also recommended that the Administrative Committee of the 1997 Agreement (AC.4) should not be convened.

8. WP.29/AC.2 reviewed the draft agenda for the 159th session of the World Forum, scheduled to be held in Geneva on 12–15 March 2013.

9. The Administrative Committee noted that the GRRF had elected Mr. B. Frost (United Kingdom) as Chair for the September 2012 and for the two sessions of 2013. It was also noted that the GRB had elected Mr. S. Ficheux (France) as Chair of GRB for the 2013 sessions. The Administrative Committee recommended that a representative of the Russian Federation be proposed as Vice-Chair of GRB.

10. The Administrative Committee noted the status of the ongoing review of the ECE reform by the ECE Executive Committee (EXCOM) and that the Commission was expected to conclude its deliberation at its April 2013 session. WP.29/AC.2 recommended that transport activities, especially those of the World Forum, be supported by the representatives of the member States.

11. The Administrative Committee noted the request of the Transport Division to provide technical contribution in order to comment on the results of a study done by the World Health Organization (WHO) on the carcinogenicity of diesel exhaust emissions. WP.29/AC.2 acknowledged the substantive work already done since 2001, even in the absence of medical evidence, on the measurement and limitation of diesel particulates and on the corresponding evolution of the UN Regulation on diesel emissions. It was recommended that GRPE should provide detailed inputs on this issue, which would be included on the agenda for the January 2013 session of GRPE.

12. The Committee considered the issue of a belt guide device type approved by Hungary as a Child Restraint System (CRS) in accordance with UN Regulation No. 44. It was noted that GRSP agreed on the principle that a guide strap was meant as a part of a CRS and, therefore, could not be individually approved as a CRS. It was also noted that WP.29 endorsed the decisions of GRSP on this issue (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1095, para. 35). The representative of Germany proposed consideration of this issue during the December 2012 session of GRSP with the Type Approval Authority of Hungary, with the aim of withdrawing the type approved granted to this device. The Committee recommended following this approach.

13. The Committee noted that the drawings and technical specifications of the Q dummies used for the testing requirements of the draft UN Regulations on CRS were posted on the webpage of the informal working group on CRS
(www2.unece.org/wiki/display/trans/Q-Dummy+drawings). At the time of the adoption of the Regulation by the World Forum, the text restricting the use of the drawings and technical specifications should be removed from the individual pages and reloaded onto the above mentioned website. They were being revised by the informal working group to cover the development of phase 2 of the UN Regulation and to adapt it to the structure of the new Mutual Resolution for a protocol to manage drawings, calibration and maintenance procedures associated with test tools referenced by UN Regulations and UN Global
Technical Regulations. The Committee recommended that the footnote of the draft UN Regulation be amended to reflect this situation.

14. The secretariat reported on the reception of a letter from the “Fédération Européenne de la Manutention” indicating its wish to incorporate special provisions for mobile cranes into some UN Regulations. The request was linked to the general approach of the EU replacing technical directives by direct reference to UN Regulations. For the time being,
most of the UN Regulations do not cover Non Road Mobile Machinery (NRMM). The introduction of NRMM in the UN Regulations would increase the workload of the World Forum and its secretariat. The representative of the EU informed the Committee that this matter had been highlighted to the European Commission and was being considered.

15. The World Forum adopted the report of the Administrative Committee on its 110th session and its recommendations.

16. The World Forum noted the revised programme of work and availability of documentation (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/1/Rev.2). WP.29 representatives were requested to revise it and to communicate to the secretariat any amendments deemed necessary. The secretariat presented the draft calendar of sessions for 2013 (WP.29-158-01). The Chair of GRE requested a one day delay of the October 2013 session of GRE. The secretariat indicated that the request has been transmitted to the Conference Services for confirmation. (Note by the secretariat: The change was not possible.) The definitive calendar of sessions for 2013 is reproduced in Annex II to this report. The secretariat presented WP.29-158-02 containing the list of informal working groups of WP.29 and its GRs. The secretary invited the Chairs of the GRs and informal working groups to update the document with respect to the expiration date of the mandate for each informal working group.

17. The co-Chair of the informal working group reminded WP.29 that WP.29-157-06, dealing with design/control principles of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems to harmonize minimum guidelines was referred to the subsidiary bodies for detailed consideration. The World Forum noted that no meeting of the informal working group on ITS was scheduled for this session. Upon the request of the Chair of GRSG, the World Forum agreed to postpone the final review of the revised document to its June 2013 session.

18. The secretariat informed the World Forum about the situation of the consolidated versions (Revisions) of the UN Regulations (WP.29-158-03). It was noted that, due to the lack of resources, there is a delay of about three-months in the publication of the Revisions. The Chair invited all representatives to assist the secretariat on this matter.

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19. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRE given during the 157th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1097, paras. 21-23) and approved the report.

20. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRSG given during the 157th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1097, para. 24) and approved the report.

21. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRSP given during the 157th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1097, paras. 25-29) and approved the report.

22. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRRF given during the 157th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1097, paras. 30-35) and approved the report.

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23. The GRB Chair reported on the results achieved by GRB during its fifty-sixth session (for details see the session report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/54).

24. He reported that GRB nominated the expert from the European Commission to ensure the task of Ambassador for GRB on IWVTA activities of WP.29.

25. The World Forum noted that Mr. S. Ficheux (France) was elected as GRB Chair for the 2013 sessions.

26. The newly elected Chair of GRRF, Mr. B. Frost (United Kingdom), informed WP.29 about the results achieved by GRRF during its seventy-third session (for more details see the session report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/73).

27. The World Forum noted that Mr. Frost (United Kingdom) was elected GRRF Chair for the 2013 sessions and that Mr. Kubota (Japan) was elected GRRF Vice-Chair for the same period of time. The GRRF Chair reported that GRRF had nominated the expert from Spain to cover the task of Ambassador for GRRF on IWVTA activities of WP.29.

28. He informed WP.29 about the presentation by Japan to GRRF with the aim to introduce new provisions for “Lane Keeping Assist Systems (LKAS)” and “Parking Assist Systems (PAS)”, which would amend UN Regulation No. 79 (Steering equipment) or to establish a new UN Regulation. No formal proposal was made yet and the issue will be further reviewed by GRRF on the basis of a concrete proposal.

29. The GRSG Chair informed WP.29 about the results achieved during the 103rd session of GRSG (for more details see the session report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/82).

30. The GRSG Chair reported that GRSG nominated the expert from OICA to cover the task of Ambassador for GRSG on IWVTA activities of WP.29.

31. WP.29 noted that Mr. Erario (Italy) was re-elected Chair of GRSG for 2013 and Mr. Matolscy (Hungary) Vice-Chair.

32. The GRE Chair reported on the results of the sixty-eighth session of GRE (for details see the session report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/68). The GRE Chair drew attention to the work led by the International Automotive Lighting and Light-Signalling Expert Group (GTB) on simplification of regulatory provisions regarding lighting and light-signalling devices and their installation as well as on resolving the glare versus night-time distance visibility issue and resulting need for automatic headlamp levelling.

33. He informed WP.29 that the Secretary of WP.1 reported to GRE on the progress of GRE’s proposal (adopted and submitted by WP.29 to WP.1 several sessions ago) to amend the 1968 Vienna Convention. The GRE Chair added that to date, WP.1 had not taken a position on the proposal and was redrafting the proposal. He underlined the concern by GRE that the delay in adopting some of the latest provisions of UN Regulations might potentially create obstructions in international vehicle traffic.

34. WP.29 noted that GRE nominated the expert from the European Commission as its IWVTA ambassador and re-elected Mr. Gorzkowski (Canada) as Chair of GRE for 2013.

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35. The World Forum noted the status of the 1958 Agreement. A list of modifications to the original status document (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/343/Rev.20) is available in the document: “Related list of modifications of the informal updated version of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/343/Rev.20”. Both documents are available on the WP.29 website.

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36. The representative of the United States of America reported that the process to make standards referenced in regulations publicly available was not yet resolved. She offered to provide an update at the next session of WP.29.

37. The representative of GTB introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/119 reflecting the new approach for to the UN Regulations on lighting and light-signalling. Taking advantage of the introduction of the Horizontal Reference Document (HRD) under discussion in GRE and the Database for the Exchange of Type Approvals (DETA) being developed by the DETA informal working group, GTB was studying the possibility of reducing the workload of GRE and WP.29. By consolidating several UN Regulations, GRE may be able to focus its work on only 11 UN Regulations instead of 41 to date. WP.29 endorsed the principles proposed by GTB. Following the discussion, WP.29 mandated GRE to move forward and focus on performance-oriented requirements. WP.29 asked GRE to develop a road map, taking into consideration the resources of GRE.

38. The representative of France, chairing the informal group on IWVTA, reported on the good progress made by IWVTA and its subgroups on the revision to the 1958 Agreement and the development of UN Regulation No. 0. He announced the intention of both subgroups to meet again in Japan on 22-24 January 2013 to conclude a first draft of the amendments to the 1958 Agreement for consideration at the March 2013 session of WP.29. The World Forum noted the nomination of IWVTA ambassadors by GRB, GRE, GRSP, GRSG, GRRF and GRPE.

The representative of Japan, chairing the IWVTA subgroup on Regulation No. 0, informed WP.29 about the outcome of the discussions on the flexible scheme and the two proposals presented, differing substantially in the degree of flexibility offered. The representative of OICA added that, while the IWVTA informal group confirmed the need for flexibility in the IWVTA concept, both approaches discussed in the informal group were in line with the contemplated revision of the 1958 Agreement. The representative of OICA preferred to go forward with one of the proposals offering a high flexibility. The IWVTA Chair concluded that both options would need further consideration depending on the need for flexibility of all Contracting Parties and potential new Contracting Parties to the Agreement.

The representative of the EU underlined the need to stick to the time schedule.

39. The representative of Japan introduced WP.29-158-26 proposing amendments to UN Regulations Nos. 4, 34, 46 and 79. Following the discussion, WP.29 agreed that, in general, as a first step, the UN Regulations to be included in IWVTA, should be those not needing any or only minor amendments to reach consensus, while taking into account the importance of
the respective amendments. As a second step, WP.29 agreed to focus on those needing major amendments to reach consensus. The representative of Japan announced that any concrete proposal would need to be justified.

40. The representative of France reported that the IWVTA subgroup on the 1958 Agreement agreed on the main objectives. He stated that only the remaining issue on the safeguard clause would need to be resolved by March 2013.

41. The Chair of the informal working group on DETA reported on the progress made by the group at its meeting held in Geneva on 12 November 2012. He withdrew ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/35 and WP.29-156-24. He announced the intention of the informal group to present an interim report, including an updated road map, on the way to move forward with the establishment of DETA, for consideration by WP.29 at its March 2013 session. He expressed the intention of DETA to submit in due time proposals to both subgroups of IWVTA for consideration in January 2013. The representative of OICA referred to informal document WP.29-150-20 and to document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2010/143, referring to a possible simplification of marking.

42. The Chair of the group informed WP.29 that the testing phase was launched and that all interested Contracting Parties could now have access to the DETA database.

43. The representative of the EU introduced WP.29-158-24 and WP.29-158-25 containing amendments to the draft UN Regulation (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/116). He considered the proposal consistent with the scope of the 1958 Agreement and aligned with the interest of other Contracting Parties, including the Russian Federation. He wished to adopt this proposal after detailed consideration by GRPE at its next session in January 2013. The representative of Japan expressed his opinion that this Regulation was not covered by the scope of the 1958 Agreement. Nevertheless, he informed the World Forum that Japan would not oppose the proposal.

44. The Chair of GRPE suggested considering ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/116, including WP.29-158-24 and WP.29-158-25, at the next session of GRPE. The World Forum agreed on this procedure.

45. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.7.1 to 4.7.24, and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

Proposal adopted.

Proposal adopted.

Proposal adopted.

Proposal adopted.

Proposal unanimously adopted.

Proposal unanimously adopted.

Proposal unanimously adopted.

Proposal unanimously adopted.

49. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.9.1 to 4.9.7, and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the corrections mentioned in para. 50 (agenda item 4.9.7) below.

Proposal unanimously adopted.

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52. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.10.1 to 4.10.6, and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

Proposal unanimously adopted.

OICA expressed reservations over informal document WP.29-158-06. OICA received the document shortly before the WP.29 session and has only been able to get initial reactions based on a superficial reading of the text, but the document did raise a need for further consideration. The document will be voted upon nonetheless, but OICA may submit a future proposal to address its eventual concerns.

Proposal unanimously adopted.

50. Agenda item 4.9.7, Regulation No. 100, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/102 (see WP.29-158-06):
Page 5, the inserted new paragraph 3.1, correct to read:
“3.1.Part I: Approval of a vehicle type with regard to its electrical safety, including the High Voltage System"
51. The representative of OICA raised possible concerns on the insertion of this correction.

Proposal unanimously adopted.

Proposal unanimously adopted.

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47. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.8.1 to 4.8.10, and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the corrections mentioned in para. 48 below (Agenda item 4.8.2).

Proposal unanimously adopted.

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Proposal unanimously adopted.

Proposal unanimously adopted.

Proposal unanimously adopted.

Proposal unanimously adopted.

53. The World Forum considered the draft corrigenda under agenda items 4.11.1 and 4.11.2 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

54. The World Forum considered the draft corrigenda under agenda items 4.12.1 to 4.12.3 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the corrections mentioned under Agenda Item 4.12.1 (para. 55).

Proposal unanimously adopted.

The European Commission did not receive document WP.29-158-07 in time to arrange for internal approvals; therefore, the EC cannot vote on this correction. This document deletes a redundant paragraph and a paragraph from the meeting report mistakenly copied into the draft text. These are not critical corrections and so the documents WP.29/2012/73 and its Corrigendum 1 will be voted and the editorial mistakes corrected at the March WP.29 session.

The formal proposal (WP.29/2012/73 and corrigendum) unanimously adopted.

46. Under agenda item 4.7.12, UN Regulation No. 48, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/73, page 3, paragraph 6.21.4.2.1., delete the sentence in brackets; paragraph 6.21.4.2.2.1., first line, delete “excluding the cab,”. WP.29 requested the secretariat to distribute WP.29-158-07 with an official symbol for detailed consideration (as a corrigendum) at its next session.

Proposal unanimously adopted.

Proposal unanimously adopted.

The European Commission did not received the informal document WP.29-158-10 in time to arrange for internal legal approvals and therefore does not have authorization to vote to adopt the proposed editorial corrections. The corrections will be adopted at the March WP.29 session.

WP.29/2012/76 unanimously adopted.

46. Under agenda item 4.7.15 (UN Regulation No. 53), WP.29 requested the secretariat to distribute WP.29-158-10 with an official symbol for detailed consideration (as a corrigendum) at its next session.

Proposal unanimously adopted.

Proposal unanimously adopted.

Proposal unanimously adopted.

Proposal unanimously adopted.

Proposal unanimously adopted.

Proposal unanimously adopted.

Proposal unanimously adopted.

48. Agenda item 4.8.2, UN Regulation No. 46, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/87 (see WP.29-158-08):

Paragraph 15.2.1.1.1, the table (rows for vehicles of category N2 and N3), columns of exterior mirrors of Classes IV, V and VI, insert to read (3 times):
“In addition according to paragraphs 15.2.4.5.6 to 15.2.4.5.11 for vehicles with a mounting height of the Class V mirror of not less than 2.4 m (see paragraph 15.2.4.5.12): the required field of vision (paragraphs 15.2.4.5.6 to 15.2.4.5.9) may be viewed using a combination of direct view and indirect vision devices (of Class IV, V, VI).

Add new paragraphs 21.16 and 21.17, to read:



"21.16.Notwithstanding paragraph 21.15., type approvals granted to the preceding series of amendments to the Regulation, which are not affected by the 04 04 series of amendments, shall remain valid and Contracting Parties applying this Regulation shall continue to accept them.
21.17.Contracting Parties applying this Regulation shall not refuse to grant extensions of type approvals for existing types of vehicles or devices, which are not affected by the 04 series of amendments, granted according to the 03 03 series of amendments to this Regulation."

Proposal unanimously adopted.

Proposal unanimously adopted.

Proposal unanimously adopted.

Proposal unanimously adopted.

Proposal unanimously adopted.

Proposal unanimously adopted.

Proposal unanimously adopted.

Proposal unanimously adopted.

Proposal unanimously adopted.

Proposal unanimously adopted.

Proposal unanimously adopted.

Proposal unanimously adopted.

Proposal unanimously adopted.

Proposal unanimously adopted.

Proposal unanimously adopted.

55. Agenda item 4.12.1, Regulation No. 90, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/117:
Annex 11, paragraph 4.2.1.2.1.2, correct the paragraph number to read: 4.2.1.2.1.2.
Annex 12, paragraph 4.2.1.2.1.2, correct the paragraph number to read: 4.2.1.2.1.2.

Proposal unanimously adopted.

56. The World Forum considered the draft UN Regulations under agenda items 4.13.1 to 4.13.3 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

57. Under agenda items 4.13.2 (draft UN Regulation on AEBS), the representative of the Russian Federation withdrew WP.29-158-12.

58. Under agenda item 4.13.3 (draft UN Regulation on CRS), WP.29 requested the secretariat to distribute WP.29-158-27 as a corrigendum, with an official symbol for detailed consideration at its next session in March 2013 and agreed to refer WP.29-158-22 to GRSP for a detailed consideration at the next session in December 2012.

59. The representative of Japan stated that a further proposal to include test provisions allowing the use of acceleration sled devices had been submitted to facilitate the application of this UN Regulation by his country. The representative of the EU congratulated GRSP for the work done elaborating the draft UN Regulation. Referring to WP.29-158-31, the representative of Consumers International welcomed the adoption of the draft UN Regulation and offered her support in further developments.

Proposal unanimously adopted.

The informal document WP.29-158-12 was withdrawn by Russia.

The proposed regulatory text still includes bracketed text that was presented for review and guidance by the Contracting Parties. These passages were addressed in the 155th WP.29 session and resolved in paragraph 39 of the session report (document WP.29/1093). The request is for the Secretariat to make these changes prior to submitting the text to the UN Office of Legal Affairs for approval following the expected vote of the Forum to adopt the new regulation.

Proposal as stipulated above unanimously adopted.

The European Commission received the informal documents WP.29-158-22 and 27 too late to arrange for internal legal approval to enable vote at this session. In any case, France explains that document 22 would benefit from further review, so this document is sent back to GRSP for refinement.

Japan also explains that its proposal to permit acceleration sled testing has been passed by GRSP and so an amendment proposal is pending.

In sum, the new regulation will be voted as it exists in documents WP.29/2012/53 and its corrigendum while the corrigendum in document 22 will pass to the March session. The Japan acceleration sled amendment and a refined version of document 27 will also likely make the March agenda.

Proposal unanimously adopted.

60. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda item 4.14.1, and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting. With respect to the text in square brackets in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/93 and its Amendment 1, WP.29 requested the secretariat to follow the agreement reached by the World Forum at its 155th session (see report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1093, para. 39). The representative of the Russian Federation withdrew WP.29-158-12.

See agenda item 4.13.2 above.

Proposal unanimously adopted.

61. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.15.1 and 4.15.2 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

Proposal unanimously adopted.

Proposal unanimously adopted.

62. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.16.1 and 4.16.2 and agreed to defer their adoption to the next session. WP.29 considered the draft amendments under agenda item 4.16.3 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the corrections mentioned under Agenda Item 4.16.3 (para. 63) below.

Consideration postponed.

Consideration postponed to allow GRRF development of companion amendments to UN R13 to be finalized and the two proposals to be voted upon together.

The amendments to paragraph 4.2.6, shall be deleted.

The new paragraph 4.2.6.1, shall be renumbered as paragraph 4.2.6 and amended to read:

4.2.6. The “Alpine” symbol (“3-peak-mountain with snowflake” conforming to the symbol described in Annex 7, Appendix 1) shall be added if the snow tyre is classified as “snow tyre for use in severe snow conditions”."

Paragraphs 6.1.2 and 6.1.3, the tables, remove the square brackets and keep the figures.

Annex 7, the amendment to Appendix 1, correct to read:
“Minimum 15 mm base and 15 mm height.”

Proposal unanimously adopted with these amendments.

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64. The World Forum noted the amendments to the status of the Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.5/Amend.1) as well as the status of the priorities of the 1998 Agreement and items on which the exchange of views should continue (WP.29-158-05).

65. The World Forum agreed that agenda items 5.2 to 5.5 should be considered by the Executive Committee AC.3.

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93. Submitted for consideration and vote, the proposed Corrigendum 2 to Amendment 1 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/112) to UN GTR No. 4 was established in the Global Registry on 15 November 2012 by consensus vote of the following Contracting Parties present and voting: Australia, Canada, China, European Union (voting for Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom), India, Japan, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, South Africa, Turkey and United States of America.

94. Submitted for consideration and vote, the proposed Amendment 1
(ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/113) to UN GTR No. 5 was established in the Global Registry on 15 November 2012 by consensus vote of the following Contracting Parties present and voting: Australia, Canada, China, European Union (voting for Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom), India, Japan, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, South Africa, Turkey and United States of America.

95. The technical report (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/118) and the adopted proposal for the development of the UN GTR (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/30) will be appended to the established amendment to the UN GTR.

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66. The representative of the United States of America introduced WP.29-158-29 providing information on the state of research conducted in the United States with regard to the so-called “Strikeable Surrogate Vehicle (SS_V)”. She added that this research was justified by the need to assess advanced active safety systems by testing the subject vehicle crashing into a substitute lead vehicle; this helps to eliminate the target as a source of variability in testing at reasonable cost. Comments on the possible cooperation and worldwide harmonization were made. The representative of the United States of America finally invited interested parties to provide further comments or suggestions.

67. The representative of the EU introduced the Action Plan for a competitive and sustainable automotive industry in Europe (WP.29-158-30). He added that this Action Plan was based on four pillars: investing in advanced technologies and financing innovation; improving market conditions; enhancing global competitiveness; and investing in human capital and skills and softening the social impacts of restructuring. He underlined the importance of promoting the internationalization of the car industry, reciprocal effective access to markets, harmonization of vehicle regulations. Accordingly, he proposed to focus on: (i) intensifying further international harmonization of vehicle regulations among others the revision of the UN 1958 Agreement, (ii) the accommodation of the needs of emerging economies, (iii) the mutual recognition of international whole vehicle type approvals (IWVTA) and (iv) the strong participation in the subsidiary bodies of WP.29 to increase the environmental and safety performance of road vehicles (CO2 targets for cars and vans, emissions, electric vehicles, hydrogen vehicles, E-call, safety-belt reminder, etc.).

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68. The World Forum noted that a revised document on the status of the Agreement was not needed because the status of the Agreement, its UN Rules annexed to it, the list of Contracting Parties to the Agreement and their Administrative Departments had not been changed since the previous session of the World Forum (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1074/Rev.3).

69. The representative of the Russian Federation introduced WP.29-158-18 proposing, in cooperation with the representative of CITA, a road map as a way forward to update the UN Rules annexed to the 1997 Agreement. He also introduced another joint proposal (WP.29-158-21) for amendments to UN Rule No. 2 (Roadworthiness) that would reduce differences with the corresponding EU Directives. On the request of the representatives of the Netherlands and Finland, WP.29 agreed to remove the O1 category of vehicles from WP.29-158-18 and WP.29-158-21, thus keeping them in line with the ongoing update of the above-mentioned Directives. Accordingly, it was agreed to resume consideration of the road map (WP.29-158-18) on the basis of a revised document with a less challenging timeline and a focus on vehicles, equipment and parts currently covered by UN Regulations. Finally, WP.29 agreed to refer WP.29-158-21 to its subsidiary bodies (GRE, GRSP, GRRF and GRSG) for detailed consideration at their next sessions.

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70. No new information on the subject was given during the session.

71. The representatives of India and the United States of America introduced a summary report of the WP.29 work on Environmentally Friendly Vehicles between 2003 and 2012 (WP.29-158-17) and briefly illustrated the process followed by the EFV Task Force Group for its preparation (WP.29-158-16).

72. The World Forum requested the secretariat to distribute WP.29-158-17 with an official symbol at the March 2013 session for consideration and possible adoption. The Chair of GRPE suggested discontinuing the activities of the EFV informal working group and the EFV Task Force Group. The World Forum agreed to consider this suggestion at its March 2013 session.

73. The representative of the United States reported on the success of the fifth EFV Conference, held in Baltimore (Maryland, USA) on 10-12 September 2012. He invited WP.29 delegates to consult the information available on the conference website: www.efv2012.com. The Chair of GRPE congratulated the representatives of Canada and the United States of America for the excellent organization of the Conference. He reported that, for the time being, the organization of a further EFV conference was not foreseen.

74. In the absence of the Secretary of the Working Party on Road Safety (WP.1), the World Forum reiterated its encouragement to WP.1 to conclude, in reasonable time, its deliberation and to follow the WP.29 proposal (ECE/TRANS/WP.1/2012/8).

75. The Secretary informed WP.29 about the availability of the publication in English. He mentioned that the Russian version had been revised by the secretariat and that the Arabic and French versions had just been received for revision. He expected to receive the Chinese and Spanish versions soon. The secretariat offered to send the English version of the publication to the representatives upon request.

76. The representative of the United Kingdom presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/124 and WP.29-158-19 proposing to develop a Mutual Resolution applicable for both the 1958 and 1998 Agreements, in which the drawings and technical specifications of any test device used in UN Regulations and UN GTRs could be incorporated as addenda. WP.29 adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/124 as amended by Annex III to this report and requested the secretariat to submit this proposal for consideration and vote to AC.3 (see para. 117 below).

77. The World Forum noted WP.29-158-04, containing the actions taken by WP.29 for making vehicles safer in the framework of the UN Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011-2020). WP.29 expected to receive an updated version of this document at each November session during the full length of the decade. Finally, WP.29 requested the secretariat to reproduce WP.29-158-04 in Annex IV to this report and to transmit it to ITC.

78. The representative of the United States of America, chairing the informal working group on enforcement of issues regarding defects and non-compliance, gave a quick summary of the second meeting. He indicated that a good exchange of information had taken place and mentioned that the session reports would be available on the website. He presented the agenda
for the third meeting of the group (WP.29-158-13) and encouraged the participants to attend the third meeting scheduled for the current week.

79. The representative of Canada informed WP.29 that a list of contacts of enforcement for a global compliance network had been established and invited the representatives to submit to Environment Canada relevant information, including the e-mail address, to complete the list. The representative of the EU confirmed that the activity of the group was an essential element for the correct functioning of the World Forum activities.

80. The Chair of GRE introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/114, proposing a definition of the “manufacturer” to be included in R.E.3. WP.29 adopted this proposal, not amended.

81. The Chair of WP.29 reported on the presentation (WP.29-157-03) he had given at the sixteenth Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Auto Dialogue (Kazan, 28-29 May 2012) in which he presented the World Forum as the recognized leader in the development of harmonized requirements on road vehicle safety and environmental protection.

82. The representative of the Russian Federation reported on the presentation (WP.29-158-14) given at the seventeenth APEC Automotive Dialogue (St. Petersburg, 30-31 October 2012) in which he underlined the role played by WP.29 on the harmonization of vehicle regulations.

83. WP.29 noted that APEC Auto Dialogue could be an excellent platform for promoting the activities of WP.29, could encourage the accession of APEC countries to the Agreements administered by the World Forum and offered its cooperation with APEC Auto Dialogue.

84. The representative of the United States of America informed the World Forum about the research of his country in this matter and concluded that this issue should be resolved in another forum. The representatives of OICA and CLEPA pointed out that their members needed to know the provisions for the transport of batteries in all transport modes. They stated that the banning of the transport of batteries could seriously compromise the deployment of electric vehicles. WP.29 confirmed that this matter was outside of its mandate.

85. The secretariat informed WP.29 that the World Forum activities had been selected for a self-evaluation process, for the period March 2012 – June 2013: conducted by the secretariat and concluded by internal auditors. The World Forum noted that, given the scale of the task for evaluating all WP.29 activities, it was proposed to focus on vehicle safety only and that the corresponding terms of reference for this evaluation were still under consideration. The secretariat offered to keep WP.29 informed.

88. The World Forum adopted the report, together with the annexes, on its 158th session.

89. Of the 50 Contracting Parties to the Agreement, 35 were represented and established AC.1 for its fifty-second session held on 14 November 2012.

90. The AC.1 invited Mr. B. Gauvin, Vice-Chair of WP.29, to chair the session.

The results of the voting can be found in the voting table.

92. The thirty-sixth session of the Executive Committee (AC.3) was held on 15 November 2012. The representatives of 25 of the 33 Contracting Parties to the Agreement attended or were represented.

96. AC.3 noted that no request was submitted for consideration.

97. AC.3 noted that no guidance was requested.

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Electric Vehicles and the Environment (EVE)

113. The representative of Canada informed AC.3 that the informal working group on Electric Vehicles and the Environment (EVE) had met in Baltimore (United States of America), in September 2012, after the fifth EFV conference. He recalled that the group made progress on the working group’s objectives. Several presentations had been given during the meeting. He also reported that the terms of reference (EVE-02-23) had been updated and accepted by the group. He concluded that the next meeting of this group was planned to be held in conjunction with the GRPE session in January 2013.

114. Expressing his appreciation for that work, the representative of the United States of America proposed to insert, under this agenda item, a new item on the activities of the EVE informal group. AC.3 endorsed this proposal. He announced that draft terms of reference of the group would be submitted to AC.3 for consideration at its March 2013 session.

115. The representative of the EU stated that the credibility of the 1998 Agreement concerning the implementation of the UN GTRs, was based on two pillars: (i) the capacity of adopting regulations and the implementation of them, and (ii) following the rules of the Agreement. He considered that the monitoring of the implementation of the UN GTRs was not completely satisfactory and, in order to improve the situation, he offered as an example to present at the next session of AC.3 the state of the art of the status of the Agreement in the EU regarding their transposition, including the difficulties encountered during this process. He suggested giving this presentation at every AC.3 session. He requested that all the sessions include the monitoring as an agenda item. He asked for comments from the other Contracting Parties. The representative of the United Kingdom questioned the feasibility, in terms of workload and time, to perform this exercise three times a year. He suggested that AC.3 requests Contracting Parties to produce annual status reports instead. The secretariat informed AC.3 that the current status document of the 1998 Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.5) contained all the information on the implementation, which had been reported by the Contracting Parties for each of the UN GTRs. This status document clearly shows that the obligation of annual information given by all Contracting Parties had not been properly fulfilled by some Contracting Parties. The Chair invited the Contracting Parties to check the information available in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.5 and its Amendment 1. AC.3 delegates were urged to provide updated information to the secretariat. As a further possible solution, the representative of the Russian Federation suggested laying out the situation on the progress of transposition of all UN GTRs into the national legislation as done by his country in one single status report sent through the electronic system.

116. The secretariat invited the Contracting Parties to use, for the transmission of notifications in the framework of the 1998 Agreement, the existing communication system through their Permanent Missions in Geneva, which had been developed following the instructions provided by the Office of Legal Affairs (OLA). AC.3 noted that all the notifications were available on line.

117. AC.3 adopted the proposal for a protocol (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/124, as amended by WP.29-158-19) to manage drawings, calibration and maintenance procedures associated with test tools referenced by UN Regulations and UN GTRs in the framework of the 1958 and 1998 Agreements, as a Mutual Resolution for both Agreements.

118. Following the recommendation made by the Administrative Committee WP.29/AC.2 for the coordination of work, AC.4 did not hold its session (see para. 7 above).

119. No other business was raised.

108. No new information was provided for this agenda item.

109. No new information was provided for this agenda item.

110. No new information was provided for this agenda item.

111. The representative of the United States of America informed AC.3 about the ongoing activities of the informal working group. She underlined that the concern expressed in the previous session of AC.3 on environmental restrictions of certain components of the 5th percentile World Side Impact Dummy (World SID) had been solved thanks to the availability of replacement materials. She added that the validation work on the 50th percentile male was almost concluded. She announced that the group was planning to submit to GRSP, for consideration at its May 2013 session, a proposal of addenda to the Mutual Resolution including the specifications of this dummy to complement the draft pole side impact UN GTR. Finally, she added that due to design issues of the pelvis of the 5th percentile female dummy, the group was assuming a delay until late 2014 or early 2015 to finalize the development of this dummy.

98. The representative of EU informed AC.3 that, despite some delay in the work of the GRPE informal working group on heavy duty hybrids, the activities on the further development of UN GTR No. 4 were expected to remain within the overall time line. The text of the UN GTR should be ready by end of 2013 and, as anticipated, adopted by 2014.

99. The representative of the United Kingdom, chairing the informal working group, reported on the work progress. He informed AC.3 that the group agreed that substantive progress on this matter would depend on the definition of injury criteria and that such criteria should match the appropriate test tool. He added that since the last meeting held on June 2012 in Munich, the group convened six times through the Webex system for developing the test tool. He indicated that the next meeting of the group would be held on 10-11 December 2012 prior to the GRSP session to work on the injury criteria. He announced a progress report for the March 2013 session of AC.3. Finally, he expressed the intention of the group to submit a draft UN GTR to GRSP at its December 2013 session, and to transmit it to AC.3 for consideration and possible adoption at its June 2014 session.

100. The representative of Germany, co-Chair of the informal working group on UN GTR No. 9, introduced the third progress report (WP.29-158-28). He confirmed that the schedule of the group was unchanged and that drawings of the test tool were already under examination by the experts for their inclusion in the Mutual Resolution once the draft UN GTR would be adopted. He announced the intention of the group to start the examination of injury criteria at the next meeting scheduled on 5-6 December 2012 in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany. AC.3 requested the secretariat to distribute WP.29-158-28 with an official symbol for consideration at the next session and adopted the second progress report (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/120).

101. AC.3 adopted a proposal to develop amendments to UN GTR No. 12 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/123). The secretariat was requested to prepare the corresponding AC.3 document and to transmit it to GRSG for consideration.

102. The representative of Germany informed AC.3 about the work progress made by the HFCV subgroup on safety (SGS). The Chair of GRSP confirmed, that the Working Party would likely recommend the draft UNGTR for the June 2013 session of AC.3.

103. The representative of France introduced a preliminary report on the activities of the informal working group (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/125). He reported that half of the draft text of the UN GTR had been considered in detail by GRRF at its September 2012 session. He indicated that the consideration of the draft UN GTR would be completed at a further informal working group meeting linked to the next session of GRRF (19-22 February 2013). He expected that the draft UN GTR would be submitted to AC.3 for final consideration and possible adoption at the June 2013 session. AC.3 adopted the preliminary report (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/125).

104. The Chair of GRPE informed AC.3 about the group’s activities on Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedures (WLTP). He reported that there were still several difficult issues to be resolved. If these issues could not be resolved at GRPE level, guidance would be requested from AC.3 at its March 2013 session. He expected the submission of the draft UN GTR to AC.3 for consideration at the March 2014 session.

105. The representative of Australia, chairing the informal working group on PSI, informed AC.3 that since his last update at the June 2012 session of AC.3, the group had held a meeting in September 2012 in Washington, D.C. in conjunction with the meeting of the group on the harmonization of side impact dummies. He added that the meeting had been highly productive with significant progress across a range of issues and that the next meeting of both PSI and side impact dummies informal working groups would be held in Paris (OICA premises) in the week of 18-23 November 2012. He informed AC.3 that the PSI group would submit a draft UN GTR to GRSP in December 2012, together with its third progress report. He confirmed the objective of the group to submit an official draft UN GTR for consideration at the November 2013 session of AC.3. To secure thefinalization of work, allowing possible delays, he sought the consent of AC.3 to fix the mandate of the group until March 2014. He recalled that it was intended to undertake a second phase of development of the UN GTR, to incorporate into the UN GTR, amongst other things, the WorldSID 5th percentile female. However, he concluded that the timetable for the second phase was currently unclear, given the pending issues on the validation of the WorldSID 5th percentile female. He suggested that a proposal for the deadline of the second phase would be brought forward separately. AC.3 endorsed the mandate for the phase 1 of the group until March 2014.

106. The representative of the United States of America, on behalf of the Chair of the informal working group on electric safety, informed AC.3 about the second meeting of the group held in Bonn, Germany, on 23-25 October 2012. She outlined that the main items of discussion were about: (i) the updated standard and regulation activities undertaken by
Contracting Parties and manufacturers, (ii) UN GTR outline, roadmap of work and timeline. She added that, on the basis of a proposal from OICA, AC.3 representatives had been encouraged to continue to share research, analysis and test data to provide scientific basis and justifications to the UN GTR. AC.3 adopted the terms of reference of the informal working group on electric safety (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/121) and the first progress report (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/122).

107. The representative of the United States of America, Chair of the informal working group on Quiet Road Transport Vehicles (QRTV), reported on the progress of the group. He informed AC.3 that the first meeting of the group took place in Washington, D.C. during 18-19 July 2012 at the NHTSA headquarters and that the discussion highlights included:
(i) a review of testing methodology for alert sound used in his country,
(ii) a presentation by the expert from EC on CARS 21 activities and
(iii) detailed look at the draft ISO 16254 (measurement of minimum noise emitted by road vehicles).

He added that the next meeting of the group was planned to take place in Berlin during 5-7 December 2012 to begin developing the UN GTR considering:
(i) the recommendation of the previous informal working group on QRTV,
(ii) the UN guidelines for alert sounds contained in R.E.3 and
(iii) the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) expected to be published soon in his country.

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112. The representative of Japan proposed some minor amendments to UN GTR No. 2. The Chair of GRPE supported the proposal and sought the consent of AC.3 to develop the amendment. AC.3 gave its consent and requested the secretariat to distribute WP.29-158-11 with an official symbol.

86. The representative of the EU introduced WP.29-158-15, containing a proposal for setting up, under GRPE, of an informal working group on Environmental and Propulsion Performance Requirements (EPPR) for L-category vehicles. The World Forum endorsed the proposal to establish the informal working group, with a mandate up to November 2016, under the chairmanship of Mr. P. Asman (Sweden) and with secretariat services provided by IMMA. The World Forum also agreed to confirm this decision with the approval of the mandate document at its next session, following the meeting of the group during the January 2013 session of GRPE.

87. At the proposal of the representative of the United Kingdom, WP.29 elected Mr. B. Gauvin (France) as Chair and Mr. B. Kisulenko (Russian Federation) as Vice-Chair of the World Forum for 2013.

1. The World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) held its 158th session from 13–16 November 2012 chaired by Mr. B. Kisulenko (Russian Federation).

The following countries were represented, following Rule 1(a) of the Rules of Procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.1 and Amend.2): Australia; Belgium; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Canada; People’s Republic of China; Colombia; Czech Republic; Finland; France; Germany; Hungary; India; Italy, Japan; Latvia; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Netherlands; Republic of Korea; Romania; Russian Federation; Slovakia; Republic of South Africa; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Turkey; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; United States of America. Representatives of the European Union (EU) participated.

The following non-governmental organizations were also represented: Association for Emission Control by Catalyst (AECC); Consumers International (CI); International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA); European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA/MEMA/JAPIA)1; Foundation for the Automobile and Society (FIA Foundation); Working Party “Brussels 1952” (GTB); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA); International Organization for Standardization (ISO); International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA); Union of Technical Assistance for Motor Vehicle and Road Traffic (UNATAC). At the invitation of the secretariat, the European Tyre and Rim Technical Organization (ETRTO) also participated.

2. The Director of the Transport Division welcomed the representatives, especially Mr. Torres, Director of Economic Regulations, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism of Colombia, participating for the first time in the World Forum WP.29. She introduced Mr. F. Guichard as a new professional staff member. The Director informed WP.29 about the ongoing review of the ECE reform (see para. 10 below) and expressed her hope that the Transport Division resources would be reinforced. She reported on the follow-up to Rio +20 and on the preparations for post-2015, among them the wish for a Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on transport. The Director also informed WP.29 about the World Health Organization press release concerning diesel exhaust emissions and reiterated her request to provide inputs to the secretariat (see para. 11 below) for a comprehensive experts’ paper.

3. The Director reminded the group that the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) strategy package was on the Inland Transport Committee (ITC) agenda and invited all WP.29 representatives to participate in the Round Table jointly organized with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in June 2013. She reported on the nineteenth ITS World Congress held in Vienna in October 2012 and the ministerial session. She informed WP.29 about the lack of budget to cover the fourth year of Ms. D. Schramm’s contract. She added that, despite the efforts made by the secretariat to fund the post using extra-budgetary resources, these efforts were not successful. She invited the representatives of WP.29 to consider providing assistance.

4. Concerning the project “For Future Inland Transport Systems (ForFITS)” on the development of a tool for the assessment of inland transport CO2 emissions with a transport policy converter, the Director informed WP.29 that the tool would be completed by the end of January 2013 and that the pilot phase would start immediately afterwards. She invited all representatives to participate in the second UN Global Road Safety Week from 6 to 12 May 2013. There will be several events in the “Palais” and cooperation has been initiated in this respect with WP.29 Working Parties, as well as other interested partners. She encouraged the adoption of the three new UN Regulations listed in the current agenda. Finally, she also invited the Chair and representatives of WP.29 to participate in the forthcoming session of ITC and the Second Meeting for Transport Ministers of the Euro-Asian region countries.

52. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.10.1 to 4.10.6, and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations | Session 159 | 12-15 Mar 2013

5. The provisional annotated agenda for the session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1100 and Add.1) was adopted with the amendments noted below:

(a) Addition and amendments of agenda items:

4.9.14. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/39 Proposal for Supplement 16 to Regulation No. 77 (Parking lamps)
4.9.15. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/40 Proposal for Supplement 15 to Regulation No. 91 (Side mark lamps)
8.6. Organization by the Republic of Korea of the twenty-third ESV Conference (27-30 May 2013).
8.7. e-Call administrative provisions in the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation.

(b) Addition and correction of document reference for items:
2.2. add ECE/TRANS/2013/15
2.5. add ECE/TRANS/2012/9/Rev.1 and ECE/TRANS/2012/10/Rev.1
4.1. add ECE/TRANS/WP.29/343/Rev.21
4.8.1. for based on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2010/26, read based on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/26
4.9.6. delete ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/18
8.3. add ECE/TRANS/WP.1/2011/4/Rev.1
13.1. for ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/AC.3/35, read ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/35

(c) Items or documents postponed for a further session: 4.11.5.

(d) Items deleted from the agenda: 15.1.

6. The list of informal documents is reproduced in Annex I to this report.

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7. The 111th session of WP.29/AC.2 — the Committee that examines the coordination and organization of World Forum’s work — was held on 11 March 2013, chaired by Mr. B. Gauvin (France) and was attended, in accordance to Rule 29 of the terms of reference and rules of procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.1 and Amend.2), by the Chairs of WP.29 (France), GRB (France), GRE (Canada), GRSP (United States of America), GRPE (Germany), GRRF (United Kingdom), GRSG (Italy), the Administrative/Executive Committees of the three agreements administered by WP.29, by the representatives of the European Union, Japan and the United States of America and by the Vice-Chairs of WP.29 (Russian Federation), GRPE (India), and GRSP (Republic of Korea).

8. The Committee reviewed the draft agenda of the 159th session of the World Forum and recommended the amendments as indicated in para. 5 above. The Committee also recommended that agenda item 5.1 be considered by the World Forum and that the rest of the agenda items regarding the 1998 Agreement be considered by the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement (AC.3). It was also recommended that the Administrative Committee of the 1997 Agreement (AC.4) not hold its session. WP.29/AC.2 reviewed the draft agenda for the 160th session of the World Forum, scheduled to be held in Geneva from 25 to 28 June 2013.

9. The Administrative Committee noted that GRPE, GRRF, GRSG and GRSP had elected Vice-Chairs for the year 2013. The Committee reconfirmed the recommendation made at the last session that a representative of the Russian Federation be proposed for Vice-Chair of GRB (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1099, para. 9). It was also noted that GRE did not have a Vice-Chair.

10. The Administrative Committee noted that the Executive Committee of ECE (EXCOM) had concluded the revision of the ECE reform and invited the secretariat to report to the World Forum under agenda item 2.4 (see para. 17 below).

11. The Administrative Committee was briefed about the ongoing process for providing the Transport Division with technical contributions on diesel exhaust emissions. It was noted that GRPE had considered this issue at its January 2013 session and had agreed that experts should provide comments to the secretariat by the end of March 2013. These comments should be considered by GRPE at its forthcoming session and the conclusion(s) examined by the World Forum at its June 2013 session. The Committee recommended following this schedule and requested the secretariat to include this matter under a new agenda item for the June 2013 session of the World Forum. The Committee also recommended that WP.29 representatives already provide comments, if any, to the GRPE secretariat.

12. The Chair of GRB suggested that the informal group on developing the UN GTR on Quiet Road Transport Vehicles (QRTV) should take into consideration the new noise limits under consideration by GRB. The Committee recommended following this approach and expected that GRB would find a proper balance for noise limit values and minimum sound
levels for QRTV equipped with advanced vehicles alert systems.

13. The World Forum adopted the report of the Administrative Committee on its 111th session and its recommendations.

14. The World Forum noted the programme of work and documentation (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/1). WP.29 representatives were invited to revise the document and to communicate to the secretariat any amendments deemed necessary. The secretariat presented WP.29-159-01 on the list of informal working groups of WP.29 and its subsidiary Working Parties (GRs). WP.29 agreed to fix 31 December 2015 as the expiry date of the groups not having an agreed date. The World Forum noted that the list of publications for the biennium 2014-2015 for the Transport Subprogramme (ECE/TRANS/2013/15) contained a slot for updating the publication “WP.29, how it works, how to join it” in order to incorporate the revised 1958 Agreement.

15. The co-Chair of the informal working group reminded WP.29 that WP.29-157-06, dealing with design/control principles of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems to harmonize minimum guidelines was postponed for the final review, including the comments by the GRs at its June 2013 session. The World Forum noted that the informal group was expected to meet on Friday, 15 March 2013, starting at 9.30 a.m.

18. The Secretary reported that ITC had approved guidelines for the biennial evaluation and the programme of work (ECE/TRANS/2010/10/Rev.1, ECE/TRANS/2012/9/Rev.1). He announced that ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/5 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/38 would be ready for a further session following these guidelines.

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19. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRB given during the 158th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1099, paras. 23 – 25) and approved the report.

20. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRRF given during the 158th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1099, paras. 26 – 28) and approved the report.

21. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRSG given during the 158th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1099, paras. 29 – 31) and approved the report.

22. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRE given during the 158th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1099, paras. 32 – 34) and approved the report, adding the following paragraph under a new agenda item “XXII. Tributes”:

“50. GRE was informed about the difficulties experienced by the secretariat in preparing the working documents for this GRE session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1097, para. 6) and, therefore, thanked Mr. E. Gianotti for his support as without his positive attitude the GRE session could have been cancelled.”

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23. The Chair of GRSP reported on the results achieved by GRSP during its fifty-second session (for details, see the session report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/52).

24. Concerning the development of Phase 2 of the UN GTR on pedestrian safety, she informed WP.29 that GRSP had adopted the revised terms of reference of the informal working group as reproduced in Annex II to the GRSP report. She sought the consent of WP.29 and AC.3 including the extension of the mandate of the informal working group until June 2014. The World Forum endorsed the extension of the mandate of the informal working group and, in principle, the above-mentioned terms of references, pending the adoption of the GRSP report of its December 2012 session.

25. Regarding the harmonization of side impact dummies, she informed WP.29 that the informal working group was finalizing the validation of the 50th percentile of the World Side Impact Dummy (World SID) but that validation of 5th percentile dummy would need more time than expected. Accordingly, she sought the consent of WP.29 and AC.3 to fix the deadline of the mandate for the informal working group for December 2015. The World Forum agreed that AC.3 should consider this matter (see paras. 109 to 111 below).

26. Concerning the activities of the informal working group of interested experts on Rechargeable Energy Storage Systems (RESS), she informed the World Forum that GRSP had agreed to convert it to a new informal working group and adopted its terms of references as reproduced in Annex VII to the GRSP report. Accordingly, she sought the consent of WP.29 including the deadline of the mandate for the proposed informal working group at November 2014. The World Forum endorsed the establishment of this informal working group and the above-mentioned mandate.

27 The World Forum noted that Ms. M. Versailles (United States of America) had been re-elected GRSP Chair and Mr. Jae-Wan Lee (Republic of Korea) had been elected as Vice-Chair of GRSP for the year 2013 sessions.

16. The secretariat reported on the ITC session (see also para. 4 above). The ITC had requested closer cooperation between WP.1 and WP.29 to solve the inconsistencies between the legal instruments administrated by both bodies and on ITS activities and it was noted that the Bureau of ITC would consider this matter at its June 2013 session on the basis of a report by the Chairs of WP.1 and WP.29. The World Forum agreed that Mr. A. Erario, Chair of GRSG and member of the ITC Bureau, should represent WP.29 in that session. The list of the main decisions adopted by ITC is available at: www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/trans/doc/2013/itc/InfDoc13e.pdf. The report of the ITC session will be available here.

17. The Chair reported that EXCOM had agreed that two professional posts shall be assigned primarily to the activities of the World Forum and that the Commission was considering this decision at its forthcoming session (9-11 April 2013). He invited the representatives to inform their Permanent Missions participating in the Commission session to support this assignment, which is necessary for the completion by the secretariat of the present and future tasks of the World Forum (see para. 31. of the outcome of the review of the 2005 reform of the ECE. Available here.

28. The Chair of GRPE informed WP.29 about the results achieved by GRPE during its sixty-fifth session (for more details, see the session report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/65).

29. Concerning the work on the worldwide harmonized light vehicles test procedures (WLTP), the Chair of GRPE informed WP.29 that the submission of a draft UN GTR during the special GRPE session of November 2013 was considered feasible.

30. He informed the World Forum that GRPE had agreed that the adoption of the summary report by WP.29 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/33) shall conclude the activities of the informal working group and task force group on Environmentally Friendly Vehicles (EFV). The World Forum endorsed the decision of GRPE (see para. 76 below).

31. Concerning the activities of the subgroup on Electric Vehicles and the Environment (EVE), he informed the World Forum that GRPE had adopted the updated terms of reference as reproduced in Annex V to the GRPE report (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/65). The World Forum agreed that AC.3 should consider this matter (see para. 112 below).

32. WP.29 noted that GRPE nominated the expert from Spain to the task of Ambassador for GRPE on the International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA) activities of WP.29.

33. The GRPE Chair reported on the discussion that took place on the draft document prepared by the secretariat related to the carcinogenicity of diesel exhaust emissions and the positive comments received. He added that interested stakeholders had been invited to send their comments to the GRPE secretariat by the end of March 2013. He also reported that GRPE agreed to limit the scope of the document to technical aspects of engines and vehicles, without questioning the conclusions of the experts from the International Agency on Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organization (WHO). The World Forum endorsed this approach.

34. The representative of the Russian Federation brought to the attention of the World Forum that particulate emissions from vehicles not only originated from the engine, but also from tyres wear. He added that the latter ones could significantly exceed those of the engine exhausts.

35. The GRB Chair informed WP.29 about the results achieved during the fifty-seventh session of GRB (for more details, see the session report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/55).

36. He informed WP.29 that GRB had agreed to establish a group of interested experts on vehicle noise, led by the expert from the European Commission (EC), with the main goal of finalizing a proposal for the 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 51, including limit values and vehicle classification. The World Forum endorsed the establishment of this group of interested experts.

37. He reported that GRB had agreed to candidate UN Regulations Nos. 28 and 51 applicable to IWVTA, excluding UN Regulation No. 117 in view of the possible development by GRRF of a UN Regulation covering the installation of tyres on vehicles.

38. The GRRF Chair reported on the results of the seventy-fourth session of GRRF (for details, see the session report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/74).

39. He informed WP.29 that GRRF had agreed on comments to WP.29-157-06 on the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems guidelines.

40. He informed WP.29 that the GRRF Ambassador had presented the relevant paragraphs and tables of WP.29-156-21-Rev.1 on IWVTA. GRRF had addressed the necessary tasks to the experts and agreed to upgrade the priority of the work on a new UN Regulation for tyre installation.

41. He sought guidance from WP.29 on the use of references to private standards, which were not publicly available (see para. 44. under agenda item 4.2.1).

42. WP.29 noted the intention of GRRF to reconsider the proposal by Japan to amend UN Regulation No. 79 (Steering) or to establish a new UN Regulation for “Lane Keeping Assist Systems (LKAS)” and “Parking Assist Systems (PAS)” on the basis of a presentation of the benefits of such systems.

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43. The World Forum noted the status of the 1958 Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/343/Rev.21) at 15 February 2013. From that date, a list of modifications to the original status document would be available in the document: “Related list of modifications of the informal updated version of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/343/Rev.21”. Both documents will be available on the WP.29 website. The World Forum acknowledged the considerable work done by Ms. L. Bachelard in keeping the status document updated, which is important for the well-functioning of the Agreement. WP.29 noted the unilateral application of certain UN Regulations by Canada (WP.29-159-03), as well as the communications concerning Technical Services of the Slovak Republic (WP.29-159-05), of the Czech Republic (WP.29-159-09) and of Belgium (WP.29-159-23). The secretariat reported that the European Union had initiated the process for the application of UN Regulations Nos. 29 and 61 and that the Republic of Korea was in the process of ceasing the application of the UN Regulations in force. As soon as the Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) had issued the corresponding Depositary Notifications, the status of the Agreement document would be updated consequently.

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44. The representative of the United States of America reported that OMB Circular No. A-199 which establishes policies when third party standards are referenced into national legislation is currently being
revised. Following the suggestion of the Chair of GRRF, the World Forum agreed to discuss this issue with all the Chairs of the GRs at the next session of AC.2.

45. Mr. S. Kiyotani, Director-General for Engineering Affairs of the Road Transport Bureau of Japan, gave a presentation on the importance of the future establishment of the IWVTA system and highlighted Japan’s contributions and activities on this subject including Japan’s initiatives, if agreed by WP.29, to review several technical regulations (WP.29-159-18). He underlined that the IWVTA system would be beneficial (i) for all governments in delivering transparent, robust and reliable processes for vehicle type approvals, (ii) for the industry in an efficient type approval procedure for vehicles and (iii) for consumers who benefit from lower vehicle prices. His presentation was well received by WP.29.

46. The representative of France, chairing the informal group on IWVTA, reported that good progress was made in this respect by the group during the meetings held in Paris prior to the WP.29 session. The representative of EU, chairing the IWVTA subgroup on the 1958 Agreement, presented a first draft proposal of the revised 1958 Agreement (WP.29-159-19). He recalled the main purpose of that revision and outlined the remaining issues for which the group members seek the advice of WP.29: (i) level of ambition with respect to the list of 50 action items previously endorsed by WP.29 as well as concerns and questions raised when discussing this list (one of these questions raised by the group is the legal status of the so-called placeholder specifying the administrative provisions for the type approval procedure), (ii) the possible reduction of the notification procedure by a Contracting Party from six months to three months and the possible need to change the condition of the formal adoption of a new Regulation or an amendment to an existing Regulation, (iii) the exchange of Type-approval data and the role of DETA in this process and (iv) the application of the Regulations annexed to the 1958 Agreement for self-certification purposes.

47. The representative of Japan expressed his preferences that (i) the amendments to the Agreement be as simple as possible to ease domestic procedures, (ii) the new provisions specified in the placeholder should not be part of the Agreement itself, but be referenced or annexed to the 1958 Agreement to simplify their future amendments and (iii) the possible revision of conditions for the formal adoption of a new Regulation or an amendment to an existing Regulation be considered taking into account some Asian countries’ opinion to change it from two-third to four-fifth majority of the Contracting Parties (CPs). On the latter, the representatives of India and the Republic of Korea expressed their support and stressed the need for further considerations. The representative of the Republic of Korea underlined the need to review the proposed provisions of the 1958 Agreement to allow the application of the UN Regulations annexed to the 1958 Agreement for self-certification purposes. He stated that his country can only adopt the technical provisions with the exception of other administrative procedures, including Conformity of Production (CoP), of the Regulations because of significant different procedures between self-certification and type-approval systems.

48. The Vice-Chair of WP.29 (Russian Federation) reminded the World Forum that 1998 Agreement was developed parallel to the 1958 Agreement and that the 1998 Agreement had only technical provisions to better cover the needs of countries applying self-certification procedures.

49. The secretariat reported on its exchange of views with OLA on possibly reducing the entry into force period of new Regulations or new amendments to existing Regulations by simplifying the first notification procedure after the adoption by WP.29/AC.1. The World Forum welcomed this initiative and requested the secretariat to further investigate with OLA the legal possibility to simplify the notification procedures.

50. The representative of the United Kingdom stressed the importance of retaining in the Agreement the overriding principle of the mutual recognition of the type approvals that helps and facilitates open markets between the Contracting Parties. This position was shared by the majority of the Contracting Parties to the Agreement.

51. The representative of Japan, chairing the IWVTA subgroup on the development of UN Regulation No. 0, informed WP.29 about the work progress made and announced the group’s intention to further develop, at its June 2013 meeting, the explanatory note on the flexible scheme for IWVTA. He added that the subgroup expected to consider the procedure on how to upgrade Regulation No. 0, to clarify the so-called IWVTA step 1 and to clarify the crucial question if a Contracting Party applying it would have to apply and recognize all individual Regulations listed in Regulation No. 0. He announced the subgroup’s intention to finalize a first proposal on Regulation No. 0 for consideration by WP.29 at its November 2013 session.

52. The World Forum acknowledged the progress made by the IWVTA subgroup. The Chair expected the informal group to submit the final draft revision of the 1958 Agreement for consideration at the November 2013 session on the basis of an official document. He underlined the need of the readiness by a Contracting Party to initiate the official procedure with OLA for the submission of the amendment to the 1958 Agreement. He invited the delegates from the Contracting Parties to the Agreement to be in the position, at the forthcoming session in June 2013, to give information on their national/regional procedures for the adoption and transposition of the revised Agreement, and on the time needed for the completion of this procedure.

53. WP.29 noted that this subject was considered under agenda item 4.3.

54. The Chair of the informal group on DETA presented an interim report and informed WP.29 that his group had concluded, at its meeting held in Geneva on 11 March 2013, the first stage. He introduced WP.29-159-21 proposing an updated roadmap on the implementation procedure for a database facilitating the exchange of type approval documentation, including IWVTA. He sought the endorsement by WP.29 on the proposed approach, if possible for the June 2013 session in order to be in the position to insert the appropriate amendments into the revision of the 1958 Agreement. Some concerns were raised and the Chair of the informal group announced that a revised document would be transmitted to the secretariat for its distribution with an official symbol at the June 2013 session.

55. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.6.1 to 4.6.3, and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

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56. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.7.1 and 4.7.2, and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

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57. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.8.1 to 4.8.5, and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the corrections mentioned in paras. 58 and 59 below:

58. Agenda item 4.8.1, UN Regulation No. 43, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/8: Annex 12, paragraph 2.2, correct “the a-nominal width” to read “the nominal width”.

59. Agenda item 4.8.3, UN Regulation No. 60, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/10 (see WP.29-159-04):
Paragraph 2.23., correct “Combined service brake” to read “Combined brake”; Paragraph 5.2.5.3., correct “Iidentifies” to read " Identifies";
Paragraph 11., shall be deleted.

58. Agenda item 4.8.1, UN Regulation No. 43, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/8: Annex 12, paragraph 2.2, correct “the a-nominal width” to read “the nominal width”.

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59. Agenda item 4.8.3, UN Regulation No. 60, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/10 (see WP.29-159-04):
Paragraph 2.23., correct “Combined service brake” to read “Combined brake”; Paragraph 5.2.5.3., correct “Iidentifies” to read " Identifies";
Paragraph 11., shall be deleted.

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60. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.9.1 to 4.9.15, and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the corrections mentioned in para. 61 below:

61. Agenda item 4.9.11, Regulation No. 87, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/23:
Through the whole document, correct “must” to read “shall” (3 times).

62. Under agenda items 4.9.8 to 4.9.10 (UN Regulation No. 48), the representative of OICA suggested to avoid, for the sake of simplicity and avoid confusion, preparing amendments to subsequent series of amendments to a UN Regulation, since requirements and test procedures, as long as they are not amended in subsequent series of amendment, remain valid and, therefore, do not need to be repeated each time. WP.29 noted that, in this case, the documents tabled under these agenda items were justified. The Chair of GRE announced that GRE was expected to consider, at its forthcoming session in April 2013, a concrete proposal prepared by GTB and OICA to clarify the transitional provisions of parallel series of amendments in force at the same time. He also indicated GRE’s willingness to avoid such amendments in future. It was suggested considering this horizontal issue also at the forthcoming session of AC.2.

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61. Agenda item 4.9.11, Regulation No. 87, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/23:
Through the whole document, correct “must” to read “shall” (3 times).

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63. The World Forum considered the draft corrigenda under agenda items 4.10.1 and 4.10.2, and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

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64. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.11.1 to 4.11.4, and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the corrections mentioned in paras. 65 and 66 below:

65. Agenda item 4.11.2, Regulation No. 53, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/29 (see WP.29-159-02):
Paragraph 6.2.6.1., correct to read:
“6.2.6.1. …
However, the additional light source(s) or additional lighting unit(s) shall not be activated when the bank angle is less than 5 degrees.
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66. Agenda item 4.11.3, Regulation No. 69, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/30, correct to read:
Annex 6, paragraph 2.1.1., for 0.3 read 0.03.

67. Under agenda item 4.12.1 (Regulation No. 51), WP.29 agreed to defer consideration of this item to its November 2013 session.

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65. Agenda item 4.11.2, Regulation No. 53, document ECE/TRANS/WP.2 /2013/29 (see WP.29-159-02):
Paragraph 6.2.6.1., correct to read:
“6.2.6.1. …
However, the additional light source(s) or additional lighting unit(s) shall not be activated when the bank angle is less than 5 degrees.
…”

66. Agenda item 4.11.3, Regulation No. 69, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/30, correct to read:
Annex 6, paragraph 2.1.1., for 0.3 read 0.03.

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67. Under agenda item 4.12.1 (Regulation No. 51), WP.29 agreed to defer consideration of this item to its November 2013 session.

68. Under agenda item 4.12.2 (Regulation No. 121), WP.29 agreed to defer this item, to its March 2014 session, and to consider it together with a concrete proposal by GRRF amending Regulations Nos. 13 and 13-H.

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69. The World Forum noted the consolidated document containing the status of the Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.6) as well as the status of the priorities of the 1998 Agreement and items on which the exchange of views should continue (WP.29-159-15). The secretariat encouraged the Contracting Parties to send, in due time, their status
reports and final reports informing on the progress on transposition of the UN GTRs into the domestic law. The World Forum noted that the monitoring of the 1998 Agreement would be considered under agenda item 20 (see paras. 115 to 118 below).

70. The World Forum agreed that agenda items 5.2 to 5.5 should be considered by the Executive Committee AC.3.

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71. No new information was provided under this agenda item.

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72. The World Forum noted the revised document on the status of the Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1074/Rev.4), including the last version of the national periodical inspection certificate used in the Russian Federation as an alternative to the International Technical Inspection Certificate (see Appendix 2, para. 2 of the 1997 Agreement). WP.29 noted that the notifications regarding the Administrative Authorities and Technical Services were not sent by all the Contracting Parties to the Agreement. Concerned CPs were invited to send the above-mentioned notifications to the secretariat at their earliest convenience.

73. The representative of the Russian Federation introduced WP.29-159-10 proposing a revised road map, developed in cooperation with the representative of CITA, as a way forward to update the UN Rules annexed to the 1997 Agreement. The World Forum adopted WP.29-159-10 as reproduced in Annex II to the report. The representative of the Russian Federation presented WP.29-159-13 proposing amendments to Rule No. 1 (Environment protection) to harmonize the provisions with those of the latest UN Regulations annexed to the 1958 Agreement and the EU Directives. WP.29 agreed to refer WP.29-159-13, with an official symbol, to its subsidiary Working Parties for detailed consideration at their next sessions.

74. Referring to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/32, WP.29 noted that the GRs were in the process of revising the proposal for amendments to UN Rule No. 2.

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75. No new information on the subject was given during the session.

76. The World Forum considered and adopted the final report (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/33) of ten years of activities in evaluating the concept of Environmentally Friendly Vehicles (EFV). WP.29 noted that the work completed during the decade was very positive, being the basis for the current development of UN Regulations and GTRs. It was agreed to freeze the activities of the EFV informal working group and the EFV Task Force, which could be re-activated in future, if needed.

77. In the absence of the Secretary to WP.1, the secretariat informed the World Forum that documents ECE/TRANS/WP.1/2012/8 and ECE/TRANS/WP.1/2011/4/Rev.1, dealing with the inconsistencies on lighting and light-signalling provisions as well as on the issue of ADAS in relation with the provision of the 1968 Vienna Convention on the driver’s control of the vehicle, were under consideration by WP.1. The GRE Chair expressed the concerns of GRE on the amendments by WP.1, which are still under consideration, on the proposal transmitted by WP.29 in March 2011 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/47). WP.29 agreed with his suggestion requesting WP.1 to revert to the original proposal of WP.29 and to follow ITC’s advice (see para. 4 above) to accelerate deliberations on the issue of the control of the vehicle by the driver and to increase the cooperation between WP.1 and WP.29. The GRE Chair concluded that the elimination of the inconsistencies could avoid possible technical barriers to trade.

78. The Vice-Chair recommended that WP.29 representatives should coordinate with their national representatives in WP.1 to accelerate progress on this issue.

79. The Chair of the Enforcement Working Group reported on the session held on 15 November 2012, particularly on the presentations made on counterfeit parts in the automotive sector. He reminded the World Forum that the next informal meeting was scheduled to be held during the next session of WP.29 (27 June 2013 at 3.30 p.m.) and that no meeting was scheduled in November 2013.

80. Recalling the information provided by the secretariat at the previous session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1099, para. 85), the World Forum noted the decision by the Director of the Transport Division to extend the scope of the self-evaluation to the secretariat servicing of WP.29 by focusing on the assessment of the main administrative procedures. WP.29 requested the secretariat to submit for consideration, at its forthcoming session in June 2013, the Terms of Reference for the self-evaluation and a draft assessment document.

83. The World Forum adopted the report and its annexes on the basis of a draft prepared by the secretariat.

120. Following the recommendation made by the Administrative Committee WP.29/AC.2 for the coordination of work, AC.4 did not hold its session (see para. 8 above).

121. No other business was raised.

115. Recognizing the value of the status document of the 1998 Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.6), the representative of EU stated that more information should be provided. He introduced WP.29-159-08, in which the EU reported on the details of the transposition of UN GTRs Nos. 2 and 8 into EU law. He suggested that the Contracting Parties to the Agreement should provide such kinds of information, which could help other Parties in the process of transposing the UN GTRs. He would provide, for the June 2013 session, a similar report covering the transposition of other UN GTR. Finally, he indicated that the Annex to WP.29-159-08 contained an example of the reports to be provided to the secretariat in accordance to Article 7 of the 1958 Agreement.

116. The representative of the Russian Federation introduced WP.29-159-07 containing the notification of the status report on the transposition of UN GTRs into the Russian law. He explained AC.3 that the first priority in his country was to transpose the UN GTR through UN Regulations annexed to the 1958 Agreement and, only in the case of the absence of UN Regulations, UN GTRs would be applied directly. He announced that this system would also be applied by the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation.

117. The Chair reminded the Contracting Parties of their obligation to send to the secretariat, the mandatory reports on the transposition process through their Permanent Missions in Geneva via the “1998 AGREEMENT-MISSIONS List” electronic system. If assistance is needed, they may contact the secretariat (Mr. F. Guichard).

118. The notifications sent by CPs and by the secretariat are available on the Forum website here, while the status of the 1998 Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.6) is available on the Forum website here.

114. The representative of Canada mentioned the possible need of regulatory actions linked to the development of new technologies. He suggested starting the worldwide harmonization process before completing the national regulations. The representative of Japan supported the suggestion, in principle, and indicated that some of the technologies mentioned were already regulated in the framework of the 1958 Agreement. The representative of the United States of America stated that it was easier to harmonize new provisions than existing regulations. The representative of EU agreed with the previous speakers. However, he proposed to give priority to finalizing the UN GTR in development rather than initiating new ones. AC.3 requested the secretariat to include a new agenda item 17.6 for the exchange of views on new vehicle technologies.

113. No new information was provided for this agenda item.

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84. Of the 51 Contracting Parties to the Agreement, 36 were represented and established AC.1 for its fifty-third session held on 13 March 2013.

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87. The thirty-seventh session of the Executive Committee (AC.3) was held on 13 and 14 March 2013. The representatives of 11 of the 33 Contracting Parties to the Agreement attended or were represented.

88. At the proposal of the EU representative, Mr. K. Simon (United States of America) was unanimously elected Chair for 2013.

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89. AC.3 noted WP.29-159-16 supplementing the draft Amendment 1 to UN GTR No. 12 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/34) and recommended to further consider, at its June 2013 session, the proposed amendments listed in WP.29-159-16 on the basis of an official document, subject to a detailed review by GRSG at its session in April 2013. AC.3 agreed to defer the vote on draft Amendment 1 to UN GTR No. 12 to its June 2013 session.

90. AC.3 noted that no request was submitted for consideration.

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91. AC.3 noted that guidance was not requested at this session. The Chair of GRPE clarified that guidance may be needed in the June 2013 session of AC.3 to address eventual, open issues that remain unresolved in developing the GTR on WLTP.

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104. The representative of the United States of America, on behalf of the Chair of the informal working group on Quiet Road Transport Vehicles (QRTV), reported on the progress made by the group. He informed AC.3 that the last informal meeting took place in Berlin in December 2012. He added that the group had started examining amongst others: (i) a proposal tabled by Japan, (ii) the United States notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on this subject, and (iii) the recommendation and approach undertaken by the EC. He announced that the next informal meeting was scheduled to be held in Brussels on 16-18 April 2013 and that the group intended to prepare the outline of the UN GTR as well as to examine possible interactions with the provisions of UN Regulations Nos. 41 and 51. The representative of EU emphasized that the QRTV was the most appropriate group to develop global legislation on this matter. AC.3 noted the complexity of this subject and the group’s tight time schedule. AC.3 endorsed the recommendation by GRB to maintain consistency between the provisions of the future advanced vehicle alert systems with those of existing noise regulations.

103. The representative of the United States of America, on behalf of the Chair of the informal working group on electric vehicle safety, informed AC.3 about the outcome of the last meeting of the group held in Bonn. She outlined that the discussion mainly focused on examining existing technical requirements used by Contracting Parties and on the group’s roadmap of work activities. She announced that the next informal meeting was scheduled to be held on 16-18 April 2013 in Tokyo.

102. The representative of the United States of America, on behalf of the Chair of the informal working group on PSI, informed AC.3 about the work progress of the eighth meeting of the informal working group (Paris, 20-21 November 2012) held in conjunction with a meeting of the group on the harmonization of side impact dummies. She added that, as an outcome of this meeting, the third progress report of the informal working group and a draft UN GTR were submitted (GRSP-52-07) to the December 2012 session of GRSP. Moreover, she clarified that the informal working group met virtually through WebEx on 7 February 2013 to consider comments and some additions to the text. Finally, she stated that the draft UN GTR (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2013/7) would be considered at the May 2013 session of GRSP. She added that the draft UN GTR could be recommended to AC.3 for consideration and vote at its November 2013 session. She concluded that comments and questions, if any, should be addressed to the Chair of the informal working group on PSI.

101. The Chair of GRPE informed AC.3 about the group’s activities on Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedures (WLTP). He reported that there were several difficult issues to be resolved. If these remain unresolved at the informal working group level or at the GRPE level, guidance would be requested from AC.3 at its June 2013 session. He added that the recommendation for establishing a draft UN GTR was considered feasible for the special GRPE session of November 2013. He expected that AC.3 could consider the draft UN GTR at its March 2014 session.

98. The Chair of the informal group on Tyre GTR reported that GRRF had recommended the draft GTR containing six pending questions. He announced that the draft gtr will be distributed for consideration at the June 2013 session with the pending questions in square brackets, which are still under consideration by a group of interested experts. He said that, if these issues were unresolved by June 2013, AC.3 would be requested to provide guidance to GRRF at that session. In such a case, GRRF should confirm the definitive text at the September 2013 session, in order to enable AC.3 to vote on the text of the UN GTR at the November 2013 session.

99. The representative of the United States of America stated that in addition to the six issues noted by the Chair of the informal working group there also were some minor technical issues under consideration by his country. In addition, he noted that some validation work would be conducted by his country in the summer of 2013. He agreed to communicate with interested CPs via e-mail on progress in these issues to facilitate the adoption of the UN GTR at the November 2013 session of AC.3.

100. The representative of EU recognized the existence of remaining minor issues that could complicate the adoption of the UN GTR in November 2013 and offered full collaboration in solving them. He outlined that the adoption of this UN GTR is one of the highest priorities for the EU.

92. The Chair of GRPE informed AC.3 that a proposal for Amendment 3 to UN GTR No. 2, correcting the units used in some equations and modifying a figure on the gear use during acceleration phases, was expected to be considered at the June 2013 session of AC.3.

93. The Chair of GRPE (Germany) and the representative of the EU informed AC.3 that an updated time schedule for the submission of the deliverables by the informal working group on Heavy Duty Hybrids (HDH), in charge of modifications to UN GTR No. 4, would be considered at the next GRPE session (June 2013). AC.3 noted that the first meeting of the editorial group was scheduled on 19 March 2013 and that the submission of the draft amendment to the UN GTR was expected for the GRPE session of June 2014.

94. The representative of the United Kingdom, chairing the informal working group on UN GTR No. 7 Phase 2, gave an oral report on the work progress. He informed AC.3 that the group had made good progress on developing a proposal to redefine the height of the head restraints in terms of its “effective” rather than “absolute” height and was ready to deliver a new procedure for its measurement at the May 2013 session of GRSP. Regarding the dynamic test to assess the risk of whiplash injury, he confirmed that the group was working on an agreement to select only the Biofidelic Rear Impact Dummy (BioRID II) within the UN GTR rather than to propose it as an alternative to the current reference to the Hybrid III dummy. He added that the development of injury criteria was of critical importance for the use of BioRID, but unfortunately, research in this area had not progressed as expected. Accordingly, he doubted that the informal working group would be in a position to recommend the draft UN GTR to AC.3 for consideration and possible adoption at its June 2014 session as announced at the previous session. He announced that a full report would be provided at the session in June 2013.

95. The representative of Germany, co-Chair of the informal working group on Phase 2 of UN GTR No. 9, recalled that the third progress report (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/36) had been adopted, as amended by WP.29-159-20, at the December 2012 session of GRSP. AC.3 adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/36, as amended by Annex III of the session report.

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81. The representative of the Republic of Korea informed the World Forum about the forthcoming Enhanced Safety of Vehicles (ESV) Conference to be held in Seoul from 27 to 30 May 2013 (WP.29-159-17-Rev.1), and invited all WP.29 representatives to participate.

82. Mr. A. Zazgigalkin, Deputy Head of the Federal Agency for Standardization and Metrology, and Head of the Administrative Type Approval Authority (22/A) of the Russian Federation, gave a presentation (WP.29-159-22) on the implementation of global satellite navigation systems (GLONASS), including in-vehicle emergency call systems. He announced his intention to propose, at the next session in June 2013, either a new UN Regulation or amendments to UN Regulations Nos. 12, 94 and 95 introducing harmonized crashworthiness requirements to foster a reliable global implementation of the e-call system. The representative of the European Commission recognized the potential safety benefits of e-call systems. He announced intentions to report, at the next session, on the progress of the discussion on e-call in the European Union and offered his support and cooperation to develop a new UN Regulation on this subject.

96. The representative of United States of America, Chair of GRSP, informed AC.3 that the HFCV subgroup on safety (SGS) had concluded its work and that GRSP had recommended the UN GTR for vote at the June 2013 session of AC.3 (WP.29-159-06). She underlined that parts of this draft UN GTR would be the basis for developing the UN GTRs on electric vehicle safety (EVS) and pole side impact. She clarified that the schedule and terms of references of Phase 2 of the GTR would follow the development of the UN GTR on EVS, whose experts were the same in both groups. She announced that more information would be provided at the June 2013 session of AC.3, following the outcome of the informal group meeting in April 2013.

97. The representative of Japan welcomed the progress made by GRSP on this subject and stated that many stakeholders were expecting the completion of this UN GTR at the earliest to foster the imminent deployment of hydrogen vehicles. The representative of EU announced that information on the effective transposition of the UN GTR in the EU would be provided. AC.3 acknowledged the work done by Mr. Albus (Germany) and endorsed his intention to step down as project manager of the activities of the HFCV. Finally, representatives were invited to be ready for the vote at the June 2013 session and, in the case they were unable to attend the session, to ensure their countries’ representation by their Permanent Missions. AC.3 requested the secretariat to distribute the draft UN GTR with an official symbol, the technical report adopted by GRSP and the authorization to develop the UN GTR.

112. The representative of Canada, on behalf of the Chair of EVE, reported on the work progress of the informal working group. She informed AC.3 that the main objective of EVE was to develop a regulatory reference guide for electric vehicle technologies taking into account attributes that characterize electric vehicles, batteries, charging infrastructure and market deployment support mechanisms, with specific attention to their interaction with the environment. She invited all interested stakeholders that had not yet contributed to the guide to provide information through the specific questionnaire already circulated by the EVE informal working group.

109. The Chair of GRSP reported that the informal working group had met twice since the November 2012 session of WP.29. She confirmed that the technical work for the 50th percentile World SID dummy was ready for incorporation into the draft UN GTR on PSI and that work was in progress for the inclusion of its technical specifications as well as drawings into the Mutual Resolution M.R.1. She informed AC.3 that ISO had expressed its preference to make a reference to the ISO standard allowing its availability free of charge. She informed AC.3 that some technical issues on the 5th percentile female were pending and requested the extension of the informal working group’s mandate until December 2015. AC.3 endorsed that request.

110. The representative of the United Kingdom recalled that one of the main purposes of M.R.1 was to ensure consistency in both the development and regulatory assessment of vehicles and systems. He added that this would enhance confidence for the mutual recognition of type approvals that underpins the 1958 Agreement. He suggested caution when considering the use of third party documentation to define a tool within M.R.1.

111. The Chair of the AC.3 stated that for the sake of transparency, all details of the tools shall be included in the M.R.1 instead of a reference. AC.3 agreed to consider this issue at the next session of AC.2 and that the group should think about guiding principles to facilitate the session.

1. The World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) held its 159th session from 12–15 March 2013 chaired by Mr. B. Gauvin (France). The following countries were represented, following Rule 1(a) of the Rules of Procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.1 and Amend.2):

Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Canada; People’s Republic of China; Colombia; Croatia; Finland; France; Germany; Hungary; India; Italy; Japan; Latvia; Luxembourg; Netherlands; Norway; Republic of Korea; Romania; Russian Federation; Slovakia; Republic of South Africa; Spain; Switzerland; Turkey; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; United States of America. Representatives of the European Union (EU) participated.

The following non-governmental organizations were also represented: Association for Emission Control by Catalyst (AECC), Consumers International (CI), the International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA), European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA/MEMA/JAPIA)1; Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA); the Foundation for the Automobile and Society (FIA Foundation), Working Party “Brussels 1952” (GTB); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA); International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA). At the invitation of the secretariat, the European Tyre and Rim Technical Organisation (ETRTO) and the University of Sao Paolo (Brazil) also participated.

2. The Director of the Transport Division welcomed the representatives and presented the strategic orientation of the Inland Transport Committee (ITC) and the Transport Division’s activities emphasizing the global outreach, especially in the field of vehicle regulations, transport of dangerous goods, border crossing facilitation and road safety.

3. She underlined the increasing demand for mobility that in the future cannot be met in the old, traditional ways. The Director stressed the importance of transport for achieving the Millennium Development Goals even though none of the MDGs deal specifically with transport. MDGs are planned to be achieved by 2015 and the preparation has started to address the post -2015 agenda; discussions are ongoing about potential future Sustainable Development Goals. She referred to the recent study of UNECE titled “Transport for Sustainable Development in the ECE region” and pointed out the importance of the three pillars of sustainability: economic, social and environmental. With this approach, road safety, as well as security, are part of sustainable development. Delegates of WP.29 were invited to support SDGs on transport.

4. She reported on the highlights of the seventy-fifth session of the ITC as well as the signing of two Ministerial Declarations: one on Euro-Asian Transport links and one on Unified Railway Law. She informed the World Forum that the second UN Road Safety Week will be from 6 to 12 May, UNECE will organize several high profile events first of all on 6 and 7 May in the Palais des Nations. She invited the delegates to participate and asked for support on the possible demonstration of vehicle safety and autonomous driving. The Director concluded that ITC had requested closer cooperation among all the Working Parties to better address cross cutting issues, like Intelligent Transport Systems and Services, road safety, etc. In this regard WP.1 and WP.29 were asked to accelerate their deliberations on “consistency”, i.e. on driver’s control of the vehicle.

105. No new information was provided for this agenda item.

106. The representative of Japan, co-Chair of the ITS informal working group, recalled the information provided under agenda item 2.3 (see para. 15 above). He indicated that the agenda as well as the working papers for the meeting scheduled on 15 March 2013 were available on the World Forum website.

107. He informed AC.3 that the informal working group would consider the comments received from the GRs on the proposal for the design principles for control systems of ADAS (WP.29-157-06). He expected to conclude the final review of the document including the consideration of all comments from the GRs during the June 2013 session of WP.29.

108. No new information was provided for this agenda item.

119. No other business was raised.

World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations | Session 160 | 25-28 Jun 2013

22. The World Forum noted the final draft (WP.29-160-15) of the design principles for control systems for Advanced Diver Assistance Systems (ADAS), which included the comments received by GRE (WP.29-160-03), GRSG (WP.29-160-10), GRB and GRSP (WP.29-160-23) and GRRF (WP.29-160-24). The World Forum adopted WP.29-160-15 with the modifications indicated below. WP.29 agreed to transmit it to the Working Party on Road Safety (WP.1). It was also agreed that the World Forum would decide, at its next session, how the adopted design principles would be published, either as an annex to R.E.3 and to S.R.1 or as a final document.

  Throughout the text for “minimum [provisions/recommendations]” read “main recommendations”.

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26. The Secretary reported that ITC had approved guidelines for the biennial evaluation and the programme of work (ECE/TRANS/2010/10/Rev.1, ECE/TRANS/2012/9/Rev.1). On the basis of these documents, he had prepared the biennial evaluation and the programme of work of the World Forum (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/5 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/38). WP.29 agreed in general with the proposals and requested the secretariat to update both documents with the decisions taken during the current session and those expected for the November 2013 session. WP.29 noted that the biennial evaluation and the programme of work should be transmitted to the Inland Transport Committee (ITC) for final approval.

27. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRSP given during the 159th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1102, paras. 23–27) and approved the report.

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28. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRPE given during the 159th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1102, paras. 28-34) and approved the report.

29. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRB given during the 159th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1102, paras. 35-37) and approved the report.

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64. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.6.1 to 4.6.6 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

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103. Submitted for consideration and vote, the proposed Amendment 1 to UN Global Technical Regulation (UN GTR) No. 12 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/34, Amend.1, and Amend.1/Corr.1) was established in the UN Global Registry on 27 June 2013 by consensus vote of the following Contracting Parties present and voting: Australia, Canada, China, European Union (voting for Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom), India, Japan, Norway, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, South Africa, Turkey and United States of America.

104. The technical report (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/35) and the adopted proposal for the development of the UN GTR (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/35) will be appended to the established amendment to the UN GTR.

98. Submitted for consideration and vote, the proposed draft UN Global Technical Regulation (UN GTR) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/41) was established in the UN Global Registry on 27 June 2013 by consensus vote of the following Contracting Parties present and voting: Australia, Canada, China, European Union (voting for Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom), India, Japan, Norway, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, South Africa, Turkey and United States of America.

99. The technical report (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/42) and the adopted proposal for the development of the UN GTR (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/17) will be appended to the established UN GTR.

30. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRRF given during the 159th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1102, paras. 38-42) and approved the report.

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69. The World Forum considered the draft corrigendum under agenda item 4.10.1 and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting.

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72. The World Forum agreed that the draft Regulation on recyclability under agenda item 4.13.1 would be reconsidered, at its November 2013 session, for a possible adoption. It was noted that the amendments to the draft Regulation included in informal document GRPE-66-41 needed to be reviewed by the Contracting Parties. The representative of EU confirmed that the draft proposal (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/50) as amended by GRPE-66-41 is also acceptable for the EU. The secretariat was requested to consolidate both documents for consideration and voting at the November 2013 session.

66. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda item 4.8.1 and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the correction mentioned in para. 67 below.

67. Agenda item 4.8.1, Regulation No. 117, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/55, add at the end:

Annex 4, the title, insert the reference to footnote 1 and footnote 1, to read:
1 The specifications for the test site reproduced in this annex are valid until the end of the period indicated in paragraph 12.9.”

74. The representative of the Russian Federation gave a presentation (WP.29-160-35) justifying the proposal for a new UN Regulation on e-call systems (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/67). The representative of EU informed WP.29 that the European Commission had presented a proposal to develop a regulation on this matter. He welcomed the idea to develop an international regulation in this area. He suggested that GRSG be in charge of the development of such a Regulation, to be annexed to the 1958 Agreement, and supported the establishment on an IWG. The representative of the United Kingdom expressed his willingness to support this initiative, but stated that the provisions of the UN Regulation should be technologically neutral to allow innovation. The delegation of Japan stated that, although his country was in the research phase, he supported the observations made by the representative of the United Kingdom and added that the solutions should be applicable worldwide.

75. The representative of OICA noted that various countries and regions had already expressed interest for emergency call systems. Therefore, OICA generally welcomes any effort to reach harmonized provisions in the framework of the 1958 Agreement, including a detailed analysis of the appropriate scope and technical requirements by an expert group, taking also into account that a number of the technical specifications and test procedures needed to be developed. He added that OICA was prepared to actively contribute to the development of the UN Regulation as proposed by the Russian Federation. He pointed out that other stakeholders needed to be consulted, since not only motor vehicles are involved. Finally, he invited Contracting Parties to review and possibly adapt their regulatory plans to avoid the introduction of non-harmonized specifications and stressed the urgency to finalize the UN Regulation.

76. WP.29 agreed that GRSG should develop the new UN Regulation and, given the time constraints, authorized that an IWG on automatic emergency call system start work on this subject under the chairmanship of the Russian Federation, Mr. Denis Zagarin (e-mail: Zagarin@autorc.ru). WP.29 invited all interested experts to inform Mr. Kaganov (Deputy Director of Department, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Russian Federation) (e-mail: Kaganov@minprom.gov.ru) on their interest and intention to participate in the IWG and to provide him detailed information on the subject as soon as possible.

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65. The World Forum considered the draft amendment under agenda item 4.7.1 and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting.

68. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.9.1 to 4.9.3 and 4.9.5 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting. The proposal under agenda item 4.9.4 should be considered at the November 2013 session.

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70. The World Forum considered the draft corrigenda under agenda items 4.11.1 and 4.11.2 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

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71. The World Forum considered the draft corrigendum under agenda item 4.12.1 and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting.

[The World Forum agreed to keep this proposal on the agenda for consideration at its November 2013 session.]

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[The World Forum agreed to keep this proposal on the agenda for consideration at its November 2013 session pending reconfirmation of the proposed limit values by GRRF at its September 2013 session.]

78. The World Forum noted the consolidated document containing the status of the Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.7) as well as the status of priorities of the 1998 Agreement and items on which the exchange of views should continue (WP.29-160-04). The secretariat encouraged the Contracting Parties to send, in due time, their status reports and final reports on the progress of transposition of the UN GTRs into domestic law. The World Forum noted that the monitoring of the 1998 Agreement would be considered under agenda item 20 (see paras. 96 and 97 below).

79. The World Forum agreed that agenda items 5.2 to 5.5 should be considered by the Executive Committee AC.3.

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82. The representative of Italy, Chair of GRSG, informed the World Forum that his group had endorsed two corrigenda to the draft amendments of UN Rules Nos. 1 and 2, respectively WP.29-160-11 to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/64 (UN Rule No. 1–environment) and WP.29-160-12 to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/32 (UN Rule No. 2–roadworthiness). The representative of the United Kingdom, Chair of GRRF, recalled that his group recommended deferring the adoption of the amendment to UN Rule No. 2 awaiting the final revision of the corresponding EU Directive 2010/48/EU to fully harmonize them. The representative of the Russian Federation noted that other GRs endorsed, in principle, the two proposals. He volunteered to update them in cooperation with CITA and other CPs to the Agreement, integrating the comments received.

84. Referring to WP.29-160-19-Rev.1, the secretariat informed the World Forum on the emissions of air pollutants due to vehicles and engines, focusing on diesel exhaust emissions and providing an overview of the WP.29 activities carried out in this field. Following a recommendation by WP.29 in November 2012, GRPE had considered earlier versions of this document in January and June 2013. The secretariat clarified that WP.29-160-19-Rev.1 incorporates and addresses additional comments received after the June 2013 session of GRPE. The GRPE Chair supported the document. The World Forum endorsed WP.29-160-19-Rev.1 and agreed that the document should become part of the contribution of the Transport Division to the UNECE position on diesel exhaust emissions.

85. The Secretary of the Working Party on Road Safety (WP.1) informed the World Forum that his group continued considering WP.29 proposals to amend the 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Traffic in view of aligning its provisions with those of the vehicle regulations developed in the framework of the 1958 and 1998 Agreements. Referring to Annex V to the Convention, he added that WP.1 would consider an updated version of ECE/TRANS/WP.1/2011/4/Rev.1 at its September 2013 session. He expected that WP.1 would continue consideration of the requirement specifying that “every driver shall at all
times be able to control his vehicle” as well as the “Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS)” definition on the basis of ECE/TRANS/WP.1/2012/8 and the documents submitted by Germany (WP.29-160-31) and by Belgium, France, Italy, Sweden and the United States (WP.29-160-32). The latter contained the result of the discussion of the WP.1 informal expert group. The representative of OICA introduced a proposal (WP.29-160-16) on the subject of the driver’s control, converging in principle with WP.29-160-31. Therefore, the World Forum invited the representatives of Germany and OICA to submit a joint proposal for consideration at the September 2013 session of WP.1.

86. WP.29 noted the agenda of the meeting of the IWG (WP.29-160-28) scheduled to be held in the afternoon of 27 June 2013.

87. The secretariat introduced the terms of reference (WP.29-160-06) and the draft self-evaluation on the activities of the Vehicle Regulations and Transport Innovations Section of the UNECE Transport Division servicing the World Forum, covering the period January 2012–30 June 2013 (WP.29-160-07). WP.29 congratulated the secretariat for the detailed self-evaluation and approved it. The World Forum requested the secretariat to annex the adopted self-evaluation document to the session report as an addendum.

88. The representative of the Republic of Korea reported on the results of the twenty-third Enhanced Safety of Vehicles (ESV) Conference held in Seoul from 27 to 30 May 2013. The theme of the Conference was research collaboration to benefit safety of all users. Details of the Conference results are in WP.29-160-25. He informed WP.29 that the next ESV Conference would be hosted by Sweden from 8–11 June 2015 in Goteborg. The Chair offered the cooperation of WP.29 representatives for the preparation of this Conference.

89. WP.29 considered and adopted the proposal by GRPE for Amendment 4 to R.E.3 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/52) and requested the secretariat to publish it. WP.29 noted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/78/Rev.2/Amend.3 updating the list of Contracting Parties to the 1958 Agreement as well as their corresponding E symbols.

95. The thirty-eighth session of the Executive Committee (AC.3) was held on 27 June 2013. The representatives of 12 of the 33 Contracting Parties to the Agreement attended or were represented.

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100. The representative of the United Kingdom, Chair of the IWG on the UN GTR on Tyres, informed AC.3 that five questions were still unresolved. He confirmed that two Contracting Parties were still in the process of reviewing the text of the draft UN GTR. Referring to the final report on the development of the UN GTR (WP.29-160-09), he stated that, in the case of disagreement at the September 2013 session of GRRF, an optional test procedure should be included in addition to the two optional modules.

101. The representative of EU stated that a really long list of controversial provisions had been solved by March 2013 and, due to the five remaining unresolved questions, the UN GTR could not be adopted during the current session. He urged the Contracting Parties to make an effort to solve the pending issues at the September 2013 session of GRRF, thus allowing for voting on the draft UN GTR at the November 2013 session of AC.3.

102. The secretariat was requested to distribute WP.29-160-09 with an official symbol for consideration at the November 2013 session of AC.3.

105. Submitted for consideration and vote, the proposed Amendment 1 to UN Global Technical Regulation (UN GTR) No. 2 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/53) was established in the UN Global Registry on 27 June 2013 by consensus vote of the following Contracting Parties present and voting: Australia, Canada, China, European Union (voting for Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom), India, Japan, Norway, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, South Africa, Turkey and United States of America.

106. The technical report (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/54) and the adopted proposal for the development of the UN GTR (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/34) will be appended to the established amendment to the UN GTR.

130. The representative of the Republic of Korea presented WP.29-160-38 on including a new priority in the AC.3 programme of work for developing a new UN GTR on Vehicle Indoor Air Quality. Due to the lack of time, AC.3 agreed to continue consideration of this matter at its next session in November 2013.

126. Referring to the discussion on the draft UN GTR on Electric Vehicles, the Chair of GRPE (Germany) recalled that the mandate of the IWG on EVE did not foresee the drafting of a UN GTR, but the development of a regulatory reference guide on electric vehicle technologies. The representative of China supported this statement, adding that the regulatory reference guide was expected at the June 2014 session of GRPE. AC.3 agreed that future developments of the UN GTR would be possible, subject to a revised mandate. She mentioned that at the sixth meeting of the IWG the reference items to develop a UN GTR were discussed and invited interested parties to provide research data. Finally, she informed AC.3 that the seventh meeting of the IWG was scheduled in Beijing on 17 October 2013.

125. The United States representative informed AC.3 about the IWGs work progress. He clarified that the IWG believed that a main conclusion of its activity was that the WorldSID 50th percentile male dummy would be ready for incorporation into the PSI UN GTR as a reliable test tool.

124. No new information was provided for this agenda item.

123. No supplementary information was provided beyond agenda item 2.3 (see paras. 22 to 24 above).

122. No new information was provided for this agenda item.

120. The representative of the United States, Chair of the IWG on Quiet Road Transport Vehicles (QRTV), reported on the progress made by the group. He informed AC.3 that the third meeting of the group had been held at the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) offices in Brussels on 16-18 April 2013. He added that the American expert had presented a complete proposal that covered many of the key elements necessary for mitigating the risks to pedestrians that quiet EV and hybrid electric vehicles present. A key part of that proposal (Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)) was being contemplated by the United States for a minimum sound requirement. He added that the IWG had discussed several questions that car manufacturers had raised.

121. The representative of the United States added that the blind community had raised concerns on the perception of moving vehicles and had suggested solutions to allow precautionary measures to protect themselves. He added that industry had argued that it was not possible to determine the influence of background noise during a test run and those heavy vehicles and motorcycles might be excluded by the scope of the QRTV IWG. He finally announced that the next meeting would take place at the US Department of Transportation (DOT), NHTSA Head Quarter in Washington, D.C. on 16-18 July 2013.

117. The representative of Japan, Secretary of the IWG on electric vehicle safety (EVS), informed AC.3 that the group had agreed on an outline of the draft UN GTR to address all safety issues. He added that two options were considered: (i) a two-step approach or (ii) a single step approach on the road map to have a comprehensive UN GTR covering a broader range of technologies. He finally announced that a draft road map would be provided at the November 2013 session of AC.3.

118. The representative of EU stated that further research was still needed in the field of the safety of batteries. The representative of OICA stated that, in view of the growing importance of new propulsion systems, in particular electric vehicles, OICA strongly supported the development of a UN GTR on Electric Vehicle Safety as currently conducted by the IWG. He stated that, while the goal was to complete the development of the GTR by the end of 2014, some Contracting Parties were in the process of conducting further research, and consequently feared that this would compromise the timely completion of all the work. Therefore, OICA had proposed a two-step approach, with a quick completion of the GTR in step 1, using the available work, knowledge and experience gained from the development of UN Regulation No. 100 under the 1958 Agreement. The UN GTR could then be further developed in step 2 on the basis of the research currently conducted in some Contracting Parties on issues that they consider as insufficiently addressed in step 1. He asked for a renewed commitment by all parties to complete the work before the end of 2014 and to agree on a two-step approach, if necessary. The representative of Italy agreed with a two-step approach.

119. AC.3 agreed to resume discussion on this subject on the basis of a progress report and timeline plan drafted by the IWG on EVS.

115. The representative of Australia, Chair of the IWG, informed AC.3 that GRSP at its May 2013 session had recommended the draft UN GTR and the final report (see Annex 2 of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/53) for adoption by AC.3 at its November 2013 session. He clarified that the draft UN GTR (WP.29-160-14) was submitted to the current session of AC.3 to initiate consideration for voting at the next session. Accordingly, he encouraged AC.3 representatives to undertake all preparations necessary to ensure a unanimous vote for the establishment of the UN GTR at the November 2013 session. He informed AC.3 that his country had already initiated the task of transposing the UN GTR into a UN Regulation, pending clarification from GRSP in December 2013, whether the UN GTR would be part of an amendment to UN Regulation No. 95 or a new UN Regulation.

116. The representative of Australia informed AC.3 (see para. 44 of this report), that the secretariat had prepared WP.29-160-36-Rev.1 amending the draft UN GTR, suggesting the removal of ISO references and other related changes, and recommended its adoption. AC.3 requested the secretariat to distribute WP.29-160-14 with an official symbol at its November 2013 session for consideration and vote, as amended by WP.29-160-36-Rev.1.

114. The Chair of GRPE (Germany) reported on behalf of the other two co-sponsors (Japan and European Union) on the development of the WLTP UN GTR. He added that work was progressing successfully, and that GRPE had considered the draft GTR on the basis of an informal document (GRPE-66-02) at its June 2013 session. He said that the subgroup for the development of the test procedure (DTP) was still working on some of the open issues and that the drafting group would further work on improvements of the text of the UN GTR until the deadline for submission of the working document by the end of August. He added that the technical report would be available, as an informal document, at the November session 2013 of GRPE. He mentioned that this approach had been agreed by the Contracting Parties in GRPE. AC.3 noted, that an adoption of the first version of the WLTP UN GTR was expected at the extraordinary GRPE session in November 2013 and finally at the session of AC.3 in March 2014.

113. The representative of OICA indicated that Phase 2 of the UN GTR should still address some open issues such as electric safety. The representative of EU announced that actions were already underway at the European level for the effective transposition of the UN GTR in the EU. The representative of Germany confirmed his intention to step down as project manager of the IWG on HFCV activities and clarified that only the safety part would need a road map for further development. The representative of China requested an increase in the number of technical sponsors for developing Phase 2 of the UN GTR. The representative of the United States of America requested that the consideration of new Terms of Reference for the IWG, sponsors and the way forward be included in the agenda of the next session of AC.3. AC.3 finally agreed to resume consideration on this subject at its November 2013 session.

112. The representative of Japan, Vice-Chair of the IWG on Phase 2 of UN GTR No. 9, introduced the fourth progress report of the group (WP.29-160-13) together with a presentation (WP.29-160-37). He explained that the IWG had made good progress and that an official proposal for incorporating the flexible pedestrian legform impactor would be submitted to the December 2013 session of GRSP. AC.3 adopted the fourth progress report and requested the secretariat to distribute it with an official symbol at its November 2013 session.

111. The representative of the United Kingdom, on behalf of the Chair of the IWG on UN GTR No. 7 Phase 2, gave an oral report on the work progress. He informed AC.3 that, as a result of its activities, the group had agreed on: (i) an effective head restraint height measurement procedure and (ii) an appropriate dynamic test, including the test procedure and the associated corridors for the Biofidelic Rear Impact Dummy (BioRID II). However, he added that the development of injury criteria for the use of the BioRID II was at a critical point, because medical research in the United States was still progressing but not as rapidly as was expected. As the deadline of the IWG is December 2013, he sought AC.3 guidance on whether the upcoming proposal of UN GTR could be delayed by more than one year to encompass as a whole the two above-mentioned issues or to proceed in two steps: adopt (i) the measurement of height of head restraint and then (ii) the dynamic test procedure with the dummy and the associated injury criteria. AC.3 preferred to proceed in a one-step approach, to consider a complete proposal, including a draft Addendum to M.R.1 and agreed to extend the mandate of the IWG until the end of 2015.

110. The representative of EU reported that a drafting group for the work on UN GTR No. 4 had been established. He expected that GRPE would submit, at its January 2014 session, a draft amendment to UN GTR No. 4, including the draft report on the work undertaken. Consideration by WP.29 was foreseen for November 2014.

108. AC.3 noted that guidance was not requested.

38. The Chair of GRSG, Mr. Erario, informed WP.29 about the results achieved during the 104th session of GRSG (for more details see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/83).

42. On behalf of Ms. Versailles, Chair of GRSP, the representative of the United States of America informed WP.29 about the results made by GRSP during its fifty-third session (for details see the session report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/53).

45. The Chair of GRPE reported on the results of the sixty-sixth session of GRPE (for details, see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/66).

No report

53. The World Forum noted that the update of the status of the 1958 Agreement and the list of modifications to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/343/Rev.21 were available on the WP.29 website. The secretariat informed the World Forum that an updated informal version of the status document would be available as soon as OLA issues the Depositary Notifications regarding the entry into force of the new Regulations and amendments to existing ones adopted at the November 2012 session.

56. The representative of France, chairing the IWG on IWVTA, reported on the outcome of the meetings held in Paris prior to the WP.29 session. On behalf of the Chair of the IWVTA subgroup on the 1958 Agreement, the representative of EU presented the status on the review of the revised 1958 Agreement (WP.29-160-27). He outlined that the main part of the Agreement would remain unchanged and highlighted the new elements of the revision. He announced the intention of the informal group to finalize, at its forthcoming session in September 2013, the draft Revision 3 of the Agreement for consideration by WP.29 at the November 2013 session. WP.29 noted that it would be proposed that the current text of the Agreement on self-certification would remain unchanged. The representative of the Russian Federation expressed concerns on the new safeguard in view of the lack of objective criteria.

57. The World Forum noted that some remaining open issues have still to be resolved by the IWG on IWVTA: (i) level of ambition with respect to the “substantial and editorial” amendments to the Agreement and (ii) the legal status of the so-called placeholder specifying the administrative and procedural provisions applicable to all UN Regulations annexed to the 1958 Agreement.

58. WP.29 urged the IWVTA subgroup on the 1958 Agreement to resolve the open issues and agreed to have a detailed discussion on this subject at the November 2013 session. In this respect, the Chair invited all interested delegates from the Contracting Parties to the Agreement to participate in the subgroup’s forthcoming meeting in September 2013.

62. WP.29 noted that this matter had been considered under agenda item 4.3.

63. The Chair of the IWG on DETA presented an interim report (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/65) and recalled that his group had concluded the first stage. WP.29 agreed on the need to establish the DETA database following the principles of the above-mentioned document, excluding those related to the Unique Identifier as well as all the questions related to the IWVTA and the UN Regulation No. 0, which would be considered instead by the IWG on IWVTA. The secretariat stated that the final decision for hosting the DETA server was still under consideration by UNECE.

129. The representative of Italy introduced a proposal to amend UN GTR No. 3 (WP.29-160-22) and offered to be the sponsor for this amendment. The representative of Canada raised concerns related to some new provisions to be incorporated in the amended UN GTR that could not be applied in a self-certification system. The representative of IMMA supported the proposal. AC.3 requested the secretariat to distribute WP.29-160-22 with an official symbol at its next session for a detailed consideration.

77. The World Forum agreed that the proposal for Supplement 3 to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48 (WP.29-160-21) should be considered at its November 2013 session and requested the secretariat to distribute it with an official symbol.

127. The representative of EU reported that the IWG on environmental and propulsion performance requirements (EPPR) for L-category vehicles had met three times before this session. He introduced WP.29-160-18 containing a request for a mandate to amend UN GTR No. 2 (including its scope and purpose, if necessary) and to develop one or more new UN GTRs within the terms of reference of the EPPR group. He stressed the importance of developing UN Regulations and UN GTRs as well as transposing them into domestic law.

128. The representative of IMMA expressed his support for this proposal. AC.3 requested the secretariat to distribute WP.29-160-18 with an official symbol at its next session for further consideration.

2. The Director of the Transport Division welcomed the representatives and presented the strategic orientation of the Division. She provided an outlook on the development of transport to 2020–2030 and the projected global increase of the middle class population, which would result in an increasing demand for individual mobility. She, therefore, welcomed the work done by the World Forum and encouraged the adoption of the UN GTR on Hydrogen and Fuel Cell vehicles as a sustainable solution to address these future needs. She reported on the outcome of the second UN Global Road Safety Week (6-12 May 2013, Geneva). She informed WP.29 about on-going activities to increase the safety at road/railway crossings, about cooperation with the insurance industry and, finally, welcomed the work of the World Forum on e-call systems.

3. Addressing especially the Asian delegations, the Director invited the representatives to attend the session of the Working Party on Road Safety (WP.1) in New Delhi on 4-6 December 2013. She added that WP.1 continues to address the real or perceived issue of “consistency”, i.e. relation between the provisions of the 1968 Vienna Conventions and the vehicle regulations developed in the framework of the 1958 and 1998 Agreements. She also reported on on-going activities in Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). She recalled the workshop on “Intelligent transport systems in emerging markets” jointly organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) which will take place in the ITU Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, on 27 June 2013. Finally, she underlined the importance of transport for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and that the World Forum representatives were invited to support the establishment of a Sustainable Development Goal on transport in the post 2015 process.

4. Mr. Pérez Cajilema, Deputy Secretary of Rail and Road Transportation, Ministry of Transport and Public Works, Ecuador informed WP.29 about the intention of his country to participate to the activities of the World Forum. He stated that his government had recently decided to undertake regulatory activities to increase vehicle safety on the basis of international regulations, including those developed by the World Forum. He, thus, indicated that his country would prioritize these initiatives, especially on passive and active safety. WP.29 welcomed the initiative and wished a fruitful collaboration in view of a possible accession to the Agreements under its responsibility.

5. Mr. Calleja-Crespo, Director General of DG Enterprise and Industry of the European Commission (EC), confirmed the commitment of the EC to contribute to the global and challenging tasks of the World Forum. He underlined the importance of the regulatory activities of WP.29 as a platform for gathering contributions from all countries worldwide, the automobile industry and many other stakeholders. He stated that a strong industry policy results in an enhanced competiveness and in a dynamic industry. He added that the industry, especially the automotive sector, had a strategic role to play to overcome crisis, by contributing to the economic growth and fostering employment. On the need for future mobility, he recalled the Cars 2020 strategy for a competitive and sustainable automotive industry in Europe based on the four pillars: innovative technologies, international cooperation, good skills and smart regulations. He added that in the latter one, WP.29 was at the centre of this strategy: providing worldwide harmonized regulations, integrating in a neutral way the technological development and better promoting the dialogue between countries and industry. He recognized the success of WP.29 through the past years, in anticipating regulatory needs such as regulations on Electric Vehicles as well as Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Vehicles. He underlined that future challenges would be of a higher complexity and that WP.29 is the proper forum to deliver a regulatory framework for technical solutions.

6. Mr. David Strickland, Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), addressed the World Forum. He acknowledged the sustained international collaboration of all members of WP.29 and AC.3 as well as the expertise of its subsidiary Working Parties in the global harmonization of vehicle regulations involving safety, fuel efficiency, and environmental protection. He emphasized his organization’s commitment to the World Forum. He underscored the role of WP.29 in the development of the new draft UN GTR on hydrogen and fuel cell vehicles. Furthermore, he thanked both Germany and Japan for co-sponsoring the GTR with the United States of America as well as their industry for their contributions.

7. Closing his address, Mr. Strickland recognized the work done by the WP.29 secretariat and presented Mr. Ramos, Chief of the WP.29 secretariat, with a commemorative NHTSA award “in recognition of the outstanding contribution of the Secretariat of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, to the advancement of global technical regulations for motor vehicle safety under the 1998 Global Agreement”. His presentation is reproduced in Annex I to this report. WP.29 representatives welcomed his remarks.

8. On behalf of the current and former members of the WP.29 secretariat, Mr. Ramos thanked Mr. Strickland for the appreciation and expressed the sustained commitment of the secretariat to serve the World Forum.

9. The provisional annotated agenda for the session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1103, Adds.1–2) was adopted with the amendments noted below:

(a) Addition of agenda items:
4.16.WP.29-160-21Proposal for Supplement 3 to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48
8.8.Meeting of the Informal Working Group on UN lithium battery testing requirements
19.1.Proposal to develop amendments to gtr No. 2 (Worldwide Motorcycle emission Test Cycle (WMTC)
WP.29-160-18
19.2.Proposal to develop amendments to gtr No. 3 (Motorcycle brakes)
WP.29-160-22
(b) Addition and correction of document references for items:
2.3.WP.29-160-03Comments by GRs on WP.29-157-06, for GRs read GRE
2.5.add ECE/TRANS/2012/9/Rev.1 and ECE/TRANS/2012/10/Rev.1
4.5.add ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/65/Corr.1 (E only)
4.15.add ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/67
8.7.for Proposal for Amendment 5
read Proposal for Amendment 4 (twice)
add ECE/TRANS/WP.29/78/Rev.2/Amend.3
14.1.for ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/47
read ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/147
14.3.add ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/34/Amend.1/Corr.1
for ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/AC.3/35
read ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/35
14.4.for ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/AC.3/34
read ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/34

10. The list of informal documents is reproduced in Annex II to the session report.

11. The 112th session of WP.29/AC.2 was held on 24 June 2013, chaired by Mr. B. Gauvin (France) and was attended, in accordance to Rule 29 of the terms of reference and rules of procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690 and Amends.1-2), by the Chairs of WP.29 (France), GRB (France), GRE (Canada), GRSP (United States of America), GRPE (Germany), GRRF (United Kingdom), GRSG (Italy), the Administrative/Executive Committees of the three agreements administered by WP.29 (France, Russian Federation and the United States of America), by the representatives of the European Union, Japan and the United States of America and by the Vice-Chairs of WP.29 (Russian Federation), GRSG (Hungary) and GRSP (Republic of Korea).

12. The Committee reviewed the provisional agenda of the 160th session of the World Forum and recommended the amendments as indicated in para. 9 above. The Committee also recommended that agenda item 5.1 be considered by the World Forum and that the rest of the agenda items regarding the 1998 Agreement be considered by the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement (AC.3). It was also recommended that the Administrative Committee of the 1997 Agreement (AC.4) not hold its session. WP.29/AC.2 reviewed the draft agenda for the 161st session of the World Forum, scheduled to be held in Geneva from 12 to 15 November 2013.

13. The Administrative Committee reconfirmed the recommendation made at the last sessions that a representative of the Russian Federation be proposed as Vice-Chair of GRB (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1099, para. 9). WP.29/AC.2 also noted that GRE did not have, at the moment, any candidates for Chair or Vice-Chair for 2014, and that efforts were being made to resolve the issue.

14. The Administrative Committee noted that the ECE had approved the revision of the ECE reform and invited the secretariat to report to the World Forum under agenda item 2.4 (see para. 25 below).

15. The Administrative Committee considered the guidelines and procedures for ECE bodies, and recommended continuing their detailed consideration at its next session in November 2013. AC.2 underlined the need of having well-experienced Chairs and Vice-Chairs to correctly fulfil the tasks of WP.29 and its subsidiary Working Parties.

16. The Administrative Committee considered a secretariat document on possible solutions for amendments to UN Regulations when there are several series of amendments simultaneously in force due to a long period of transitional provisions. It was noted that several similar amendments had been adopted on previous occasions (i.e. UN Regulations Nos. 48 (June 2012), 19, 48 and 94 (November 2011), 83 (November 2010) and 48 (March 2010)). The Committee also noted that the Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) had requested the secretariat to be sufficiently clear for the application of amendments to different series of amendments and requested a document for each amendment. AC.2 considered that a common position should be taken in all the GRs and recommended resuming consideration of this issue at its next session.

17. The Administrative Committee noted the intention of GRSP to submit an amendment to UN GTR No. 9 (Pedestrian safety) for Phase 1 and another amendment for Phase 2 at the same session of the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement (AC.3). WP.29/AC.2 was of the opinion that this procedure could be followed.

18. The representative of the Russian Federation introduced a document (WP.29-160-39) containing data on release of particulates by transport vehicles that included not only engine emissions, but also tyre wear and brake pads wear. The Committee recommended referring this document to GRPE for consideration by its IWG on Particulate Matter Programme (PMP) and to GRB and GRRF for information and requested the secretariat to take the necessary actions.

19. The Committee continued consideration of simplifying the insertion of provisions for granting revisions and extensions to type approvals in the UN Regulations. WP.29/AC.2 invited the Chairs of the GRs to find a common solution. As a result, the Chairs of the GRs suggested inserting the new provisions on revisions and extensions into the consolidated Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles (R.E.3) and referring in UN Regulations to that part of R.E.3.

20. The World Forum adopted the report of the Administrative Committee on its 112th session and its recommendations.

21. The World Forum noted the revised programme of work and documentation (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/1/Rev.1). WP.29 representatives were invited to review the document and to communicate to the secretariat any amendments deemed necessary. The secretariat presented the list of informal working groups of WP.29 and its subsidiary Working Parties (GRs) (WP.29-160-01). WP.29 agreed to fix 31 December 2015 as the expiry date of the groups not having an agreed upon date. The secretariat presented the draft calendar of sessions for the year 2014 (WP.29-160-02). The World Forum agreed with the proposal to modify the autumn session of GRSG (30 September–3 October 2014). It was noted that the proposed calendar should be confirmed by UNOG Conference Services.

25. The secretariat reported on the ECE session (9-11 April 2013). The World Forum noted with satisfaction that ECE had decided to reinforce the Transport Division with two professional (P) posts (one at P2 and one at P4 level) to work primarily for the secretariat of WP.29. The secretariat thanked the representatives of the World Forum for their support. WP.29 noted that the ECE report would be made available at the UNECE website.

59. The representative of Japan, chairing the IWVTA subgroup on the development of UN Regulation No. 0, reported on the work progress made by the group. He highlighted that the subgroup had been discussing, among others, three very important issues; obligation of CPs applying the UN Regulation No. 0 to apply all the UN Regulations listed in UN Regulation No. 0, right of the CPs to issue IWVTA if such CPs are not applying all the UN Regulations listed in UN Regulation No. 0, and the treatment of optional requirements in UN Regulations listed in UN Regulation No. 0 within the scope of IWVTA. He sought the advice of WP.29 on the principles of mutual recognition of IWVTAs granted by Contracting Parties applying the future UN Regulation No. 0, even if they do not apply all the UN Regulations listed in the annex of UN Regulation No. 0. Finally, he announced the subgroup’s intention to resume, at the forthcoming meeting in September 2013, its deliberation with a view to solve all the three issues in its session so that the subgroup could finalize a first proposal on UN Regulation No. 0 for consideration by WP.29 at its November 2013 session, and encouraged all CPs and potential new CPs to contribute to and participate in the next subgroup meeting.

60. Following further observations, it was agreed that a full discussion would be arranged at the next session of the World Forum and delegates were requested to consider the issue with their administrations in preparation to provide their views on this important topic.

61. The World Forum acknowledged the progress made by the IWVTA and its subgroups. The secretariat was requested to further clarify with the above-mentioned principles of rights and obligations of CPs applying the future UN Regulation No. 0.

1. The World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) held its 160th session from 25–28 June 2013 chaired by Mr. B. Gauvin (France). The following countries were represented, following Rule 1(a) of the Rules of Procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.1 and Amend.2):

AustraliaBelgiumBosnia and Herzegovina
CanadaChinaColombia
Czech RepublicEcuadorFinland
FranceGermanyHungary
IndiaIndonesiaItaly
JapanLatviaLuxembourg
MalaysiaNetherlandsNorway
Republic of KoreaRomaniaRussian Federation
SerbiaSlovakiaSouth Africa
SwitzerlandThailandTurkey
United Kingdom of Great Britain
and Northern Ireland
United States of AmericaViet Nam

Representatives of the European Union (EU) participated.

The following intergovernmental organization (IGOs) also participated: International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

The following nongovernmental organizations were also represented:
Association for Emission Control by Catalyst (AECC)
European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association (ETRMA);
European Tyre and Rim Technical Organisation (ETRTO);
International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA);
European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA/MEMA/JAPIA)2;
International Automotive Lighting and Light-Signalling Expert Group (GTB);
Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA);
Foundation for the Automobile and Society (FIA Foundation);
International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA);
International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA);
International Organization for Standardization (ISO);
Union of Technical Assistance for Motor Vehicle and Road Traffic (UNATAC).

23. The representative of ITU informed WP.29 about the upcoming joint ITU/UNECE workshop on “Intelligent transport Systems in emerging markets – drivers for safe and sustainable growth”, scheduled to be held on Wednesday 27 June 2013 at the ITU premises in Geneva. He underlined the importance of vehicle to vehicle communication systems in reducing a large proportion of road accidents as well as the relevance of driver distractions. Therefore, he encouraged cooperation among ITS stakeholders, ITU and the automotive industry. Moreover, he added that the use of mobile devices by drivers in moving vehicles creates risks of vehicle accidents; while mobile devices continued to increase in numbers and capabilities, this trend increased the risk of driver distraction issues in moving vehicles. He stated that ITU would expect that the issues of driver distraction by mobile devices be addressed by: (i) legal promulgations in various jurisdictions prohibiting certain actions by drivers with their mobile devices, (ii) regulations by various vehicle and mobile regulators to prescribe requirements for new vehicles and new mobile devices, and (iii) technical implementations to enforce legal prescriptions and regulations covering the use of mobile devices by drivers in moving vehicles. He expressed his wish for a fruitful cooperation with WP.29.

24. The representative of the United States informed the World Forum that his country had developed extensive research on vehicle to vehicle communication systems and that regulatory initiatives would likely follow. He introduced WP.29-160-34 on NHTSA’s driver distraction guidelines showing the serious consideration taken by his country to consider this issue. He concluded with appreciation for ITUs perspective and offered his cooperation. However, he underlined that developing solutions involving smart phone applications that prevent crashes fell within the framework of regulatory activities of vehicle safety regulators in his country. He also informed the World Forum about the status of potential national regulatory activities on automatic crash notification systems.

31. On behalf of Mr. Gorzkowski, Chair of GRE, the representative of Canada reported on the results of the sixty-ninth session of GRE (for details see the report of the session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/69). He drew attention to the on-going discussion on new concepts of direction indicators with expanding apparent surfaces and the challenge to preserve uniformity and clarity of light signals.

32. [The GRE chair’s representative] informed WP.29 about the report made by the Secretary of WP.1 to GRE on the progress made by WP.1 in reviewing GREs proposal (adopted and submitted by WP.29 to WP.1 several sessions ago) to amend the 1968 Vienna Convention. WP.1 had finished the first reading of this proposal and would proceed to its second reading at its sixty-sixth session scheduled for September 2013.

33. [The GRE chair’s representative] announced that GRE had agreed to establish a Special Interest Group (SIG) to work on simplifying UN Regulations on lighting and light-signalling. The European Commission would chair the group and GTB would provide secretarial support. WP.29 endorsed this proposal.

34. [The GRE chair’s representative] confirmed that GRE fully endorsed the establishment of the electronic Database for the Exchange of Type Approval documentation (DETA) as this system would be essential for simplifying the marking provisions on lighting and light-signalling.

35. [The GRE chair’s representative] reported that GRE had proposed establishing an IWG to amend UN Regulation No. 86 on the installation of lighting and light-signalling devices for agricultural tractors to improve the conspicuity of such vehicles on public roads. The group would be co-chaired by Germany and the Netherlands. CEMA had volunteered for the secretariat functions. WP.29 endorsed the establishment of this IWG.

36. [The GRE chair’s representative] informed WP.29 that GRE had supported the proposals tabled by the Russian Federation amending UN Rules Nos. 1 and 2. He announced that GRE had endorsed the comments made by OICA on the guidelines for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).

37. Finally, [the representative of Canada] announced that Canada would no longer support the chairmanship of GRE. Therefore, GRE would need to find a Chair for 2014. The representative of EU acknowledged Mr. Gorzkowski’s valuable contributions and his successful chairmanship during the recent years on improving and simplifying UN Regulations on lighting and light-signalling.

39. [The chair of GRSG] added that several amendments concerning Regulations Nos. 67, 107 and 110, had been adopted and would be submitted to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2013 sessions. In particular, he underlined the importance of the amendment to Regulation No. 110, which would allow the approval of vehicles using Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) in their propulsion system.

40. [The GRSG chair] also informed WP.29 about the on-going activities of the IWG on Plastic Glazing and requested the extension of its mandate until October 2014.

41. WP.29 noted the report of Mr. Erario and agreed to this extension.

43. [The representative of the GRSP chair] informed WP.29 that GRSP expected to recommend that Amendment 2 (Phase 2) of the UN GTR on pedestrian safety, aimed at including the Flex-PLI and the definition of the head form impact point be included into the UN GTR No. 9 test. These provisions would also be included into UN Regulation No. 127. He also announced the submission of an Amendment 1 (Phase 1) to the UN GTR on pedestrian safety on an updated definition of the head form impact point.

44. [The GRSP chair’s representative] informed the World Forum that GRSP had recommended a proposal and a final report to AC.3 for consideration and vote at its November 2013 session on the development of a UN GTR on pole side impact (PSI). However, he added that a parallel proposal for Addendum 2 to Mutual Resolution No. 1 (M.R.1) introducing drawings and specifications of the World Side Impact Dummy (WorldSID) 50th percentile male would be submitted at a later stage to GRSP and to WP.29 for adoption. Finally, he added that GRSP had agreed, as an interim solution, to reference these specifications to the pertinent website of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Accordingly, he sought the guidance of WP.29 and AC.3 on this subject and to find a solution for the location of the dummy specifications until the addendum to M.R.1. could be approved (see para. 116 below).

46. [The GRPE chair] reminded the World Forum about the extraordinary session of GRPE in November 2013 on finalizing the work on the UN GTR on the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP).

47. [The GRPE chair] informed WP.29 that the terms of reference, timelines, and rules of procedures of the Particle Measurement Programme (PMP) and Environmental and Propulsion Performance Requirements (EPPR) for L-category vehicles informal working groups had been approved by GRPE and annexed to the GRPE report.

48. [The GRPE chair] added that GRPE had decided to develop a new UN Regulation for heavy-duty dual-fuel retrofit instead of amending UN Regulation No. 115.

49. [The GRPE chair] sought WP.29’s endorsement to extend the mandate of the IWG on Vehicle
Propulsion System Definitions (VPSD) until June 2014. WP.29 consented.

50. [The GRPE chair] announced the intention of the Republic of Korea to propose developing a new UN GTR on Vehicles Indoor Air Quality (VIAQ) for consideration by WP.29 and AC.3 (see paras. 130 below).

51. WP.29 noted that Mr. C. Albus (Germany) had been re-elected as Chair of GRPE for the sessions of 2014 and that Mr. S. Marathe, nominated by the government of India, had been re-elected as Vice-Chair.

52. The representative of the Russian Federation underlined the importance of atmospheric pollution in urban areas due to the emission particles caused by tyre use and brake wear. WP.29 endorsed the recommendation by WP.29/AC.2 (see para. 18 above).

54. The representative of the United Kingdom reminded the World Forum that GRRF had sought guidance about referencing private standards in UN Regulations, UN Global Technical Regulations and UN Rules. He stated that the non-availability of former and draft versions of such standards as well as the non-availability of the referenced standards free of charge, would affect the transparency of the regulations. He encouraged dialogue with major international standard organizations in addressing these issues. WP.29 shared these concerns.

55. The Chair of WP.29 requested the secretariat to contact the concerned organizations to consider this issue. He suggested that the Chair of ISO/TC 22 on Road vehicles should be involved in this process. WP.29 agreed to continue consideration of this matter at its November 2013 session.

73. The World Forum considered the pending proposals for amendments to existing Regulations under agenda items 4.14.1 to 4.14.3 and agreed to keep them on the agenda for consideration at its November 2013 session.

80. No new information was provided under this agenda item.

81. The World Forum noted the updated document on the status of the Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1074/Rev.4/Amend.1), including the status of the UN Rules annexed to the Agreement, the list of the Contracting Parties to the Agreement and of their Administrative Departments. WP.29 noted that the notifications regarding the Administrative Authorities and Technical Services were not sent by all the Contracting Parties (CPs) to the Agreement. Concerned CPs were invited to send these notifications to the secretariat at their earliest convenience.

83. No new information on the subject was given during the session.

90. Interested WP.29 representatives were invited to participate in the IWG meeting on UN lithium battery testing requirements, scheduled to be held in Washington, D.C. on 2–4 October 2013. More details about the meeting are available at the UNECE website. WP.29 representatives were informed that before registering for the meeting, they should get in touch with the Head of delegation of their country at the ECOSOC Sub-Committee. Upon request, the list of participants for the session of the ECOSOC Committee, with the head of delegations, could be obtained from the secretariat of the Transport of Dangerous Goods and Special Cargoes section. The secretariat was requested to transmit this information to the GRSP experts.

91. The World Forum adopted the report and its annexes on the basis of a draft prepared by the secretariat.

92. Of the 51 Contracting Parties to the Agreement, 38 were represented and established AC.1 for its fifty-fourth session held on 26 June 2013.

93. AC.1 invited Mr. B. Gauvin, Chair of WP.29, to chair the session.

96. AC.3 noted the information, as of 13 June 2013, regarding the status of the 1998 Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.7). It was noted that WP.29-160-29 and WP.29-160-30 updated the information of the United States and the Republic of Korea respectively. The representatives of the Contracting Parties were reminded of their obligation to send to the secretariat, the mandatory reports on the transposition process through their Permanent Missions in Geneva via the “1998 AGREEMENT-MISSIONS List” electronic system to ensure updating of the status document which is the monitoring tool of the Agreement. Assistance may be obtained from the secretariat (Mr. F. Guichard). It was indicated that WP.29-159-07 and WP.29-159-08 could be taken as examples of simplified ways to notify the information on the transposition of the UN GTRs into the national laws of the Parties.

107. AC.3 noted that no request was submitted for consideration.

109. AC.3 noted that this matter had been considered under agenda item 14.2 (see paras. 100–102 above).

131. No other business was raised.

132. Following the recommendation made by the Administrative Committee WP.29/AC.2 for the coordination of work, AC.4 did not hold its session (see para. 12 above).

133. No other business was raised.

Oral statement of the Honorable David Strickland before the Executive Committee (AC.3) of the 1998 Agreement

Thank you, Chairman, ladies and gentlemen. It is my honor and privilege to join you today at the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29). Before we proceed with today’s session of the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement and voting, it is my great pleasure to acknowledge the dedication and hard work of the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Vehicle GTR Working Group.

Your collective skills, knowledge, and efforts have enabled you to overcome extremely complex challenges and advance the important work of our community. Your contribution is a shining example of international collaboration at its very best. There is no doubt in my mind that sustained collaboration is the most powerful tool available to our global community for advancing our shared interest in harmonization, across all borders and among all nations.

Under the auspices of WP.29, we all benefit from the contributions of technical experts from all the contracting parties and from the industry-including automakers, component manufacturers, and safety standard experts. Our alliance is stronger and more effective because our member nations share data and science-based knowledge, rather than expending resources on efforts to develop standards and regulations individually.

In the broadest sense, research and data-sharing shape every aspect of vehicle innovation. At the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, I have seen the benefits of collaboration and transparency in our long-term work with research partners to increase fuel efficiency, enhance the crash-worthiness of vehicles, and advance both vehicle-tovehicle and vehicle-to infrastructure technologies.

Sharing data internationally is even more important now that many countries in the increasingly motorized world are seeing more vehicles on the road and a rise in highway fatalities and injuries. Through our work with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, I have been privileged to collaborate with representatives of most APEC member Economies in workshops designed to enable them to build a strong foundation of traffic safety, including data collection and analysis.

The commitment to share data, experience, ideas, and expertise is a powerful resource that is moving our international community toward many common goals, including the vital work to establish a comprehensive set of global technical vehicle regulations.

When fully realized, these regulations will help to inform and enable consumers throughout the world: In every country it will be clear that vehicles produced under the regulations are the most advanced in terms of safety, fuel efficiency, and environmental protection.

The hydrogen and fuel cell vehicle Global Technical Regulation, sponsored by Germany, Japan, and the United States is an excellent example of the power of collaboration. The hard work and cooperative spirit among contracting parties and industry have produced a GTR that is performance- and science-based, well-supported by excellent research, and grounded in credible scientific data. The GTR will advance development and international deployment of safe hydrogen and fuel cell vehicles, and ultimately enable our community to achieve its shared goals of decreasing our dependence on fossil fuel, reducing carbon emissions, and enabling clean, reliable power generation.

As you know, in the United States we have entered a transitional period which will bring new leadership to the Department of Transportation in the near future. I want to emphasize that during the transition and going forward that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will remain fully and enthusiastically engaged in the vital work of WP.29.

It is my pleasure to extend special thanks to our co-sponsor nations, Germany and Japan, especially Mr. Christoph Albus, the Task Manager, and Mr. Kazuyuki Narusawa, the co-chair of the Informal Working Group, for their consistent and invaluable contributions.

But our work would not be complete without the hard work of another team: the UNECE WP.29 Secretariat. On a daily basis, this team of dedicated individuals provides their support and expertise to the meetings of all GRs and Working Groups. And when our work is done, theirs continues: They are the ones who format, edit, and translate the texts of every report and GTR.

It is now my pleasure and honor to acknowledge the enormous and important work that this relatively small team does with a small token of appreciation:

“In recognition of the outstanding contribution of the Secretariat of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, to the advancement of global technical regulations for motor vehicle safety under the 1998 Global Agreement,” it is my honor to present this plaque to the WP.29 Secretariat.

Thank you."

97. The representative of EU provided an example of how the new UN GTR on Hydrogen and Fuel-cell vehicles, once adopted, would be transposed into EU legislation (WP.29-160-26): through a new UN Regulation annexed to the 1958 Agreement and amendments to UN Regulations Nos. 12, 94 and 95. He expected to conclude this process by the June 2014 session of WP.29 at the earliest. He announced that Annex 4 to the framework Directive 2007/47/EC would be modified accordingly.

Working Party on Noise | Session 59 | 28-30 Jan 2014

1. The Working Party on Noise (GRB) held its fifty-ninth session from 28 (afternoon) to 30 (morning) January 2013 in Geneva. The meeting was chaired by Mr. S. Ficheux (France). Experts from the following countries participated in the work following Rule 1(a) of the Rules of Procedure of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) (TRANS/WP.29/690, Amend.1 and Amend.2): Belgium; China; France; Germany; Hungary; India; Italy; Japan; Latvia; Netherlands; Norway; Russian Federation; Serbia; South Africa; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Turkey; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Experts from the European Commission (EC) participated. Experts from the following non-governmental organizations also participated: European Tyre and Rim Technical Organisation (ETRTO); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA); International Organization for Standardization (ISO); International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA) and World Blind Union (WBU).

2. GRB considered and adopted the agenda (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2014/1 and Corr.1) proposed for the fifty-ninth session with the new agenda items 16(a) “Regulation No. 28 (Audible warning devices)”, 16(b)“Exchange of views for the future programme of work of GRB” and 16© “Provisional agenda for the sixtieth session”.

3. GRB resumed consideration of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2012/5, tabled by the expert from the Russian Federation. The expert from IMMA stated that, although he supports the objective of correct usage of the terms “noise” and “sound” as well as clarifications in terminology related to noise reduction systems, IMMA wishes to avoid confusion with different application of these terms in UN Regulations Nos. 9, 41, 63 and 92, if the proposed amendments were approved. He added that in regards to the proposed reference in the type approval documentation to the type of catalyst, he was awaiting from the Russian experts the evidence in test results showing the influence of the catalyst type on the level of noise of L category vehicles.

4. The expert from the Russian Federation referred to his informal discussion with IMMA, where it was concluded that it would be more appropriate to introduce the amendments similar to those presented in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2012/5 together in all UN Regulations related to noise of L category vehicles and to incorporate such amendments together with other proposals which are expected to be prepared following the development of the relevant legislation of the European Union. Taking this into account, the expert from the Russian Federation withdrew ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2012/5 for the time being, bearing in mind the introduction of similar proposals into all UN Regulations related to L category vehicle noise in the future.

5. GRB resumed discussion on the issue of transitional provisions, as contained in GRB-58-11-Rev.1, aligning the earlier adopted draft Supplement 1 to the 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 41 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/57, Annex II) to the General Guidelines for UN Regulatory Procedures and Transitional Provisions in UN Regulations (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1044/Rev.1). GRB agreed to wait for the revision of the 1958 Agreement which would also introduce new rules for transitional provisions. Meanwhile, GRB agreed to keep this issue as a reference in its agenda for the future sessions.

6. The Chair of GRB proposed to transform the expert group on UN Regulation No. 51 into an informal working group (IWG) by preparing and adopting its Terms of Reference (ToR) which should focus on harmonizing the current proposal of 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 51 with the provisions of the proposal of the Parliament and the Council of EU1, as well as including additional aspects concerning the Chinese and Japanese markets. To this end, a working document would be drafted by the IWG for consideration by GRB at its sixtieth session. The IWG should also address additional amendments by preparing an informal document for consideration by GRB at its sixtieth or sixty-first sessions. The experts from France, Germany, Netherlands and EC supported this initiative. It was suggested that ToR should also cover UN Regulation No. 59 (Replacement silencing systems). The experts from France, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, EC, CLEPA, ETRTO and OICA announced their intention to participate to the work of the IWG. Finally, based on a draft prepared by the Expert Group, GRB adopted the ToR (GRB-59-10-Rev.1), of the IWG on UN Regulation No. 51 and UN Regulation No. 59, as reproduced in Annex II to this report, subject to WP.29 consent.

1The “Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the sound level of motor vehicles” (2011/0409 (COD)) and related documents are available on the EC Enterprise web site: Reference documents – Legislative proposals: Sound level of motor vehicles. However, the last revision of this document was still in process as of this GRB session and not yet available to the public.

7. The expert from EC informed GRB about the work progress of the EU regulation on the noise emission and introduced a revised proposal for the 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 51 submitted by the GRB Expert Group on UN Regulation 51 (GRB-59-04-Rev.1). He clarified that the proposal was based on GRB-58-17-Rev.1, outcome of the GRB expert group meeting and on the latest update of the EU regulation. He clarified that one of the major modifications introduced was the deletion of Annex 11 on the Audible Vehicle Alerting System (AVAS) which should become part of the UN GTR on Quiet Road Transport Vehicles (QRTV) and come into force in due course. The experts from EC and OICA pointed out the difficulties in aligning the texts of the draft EU regulation on the noise emission and UN Regulation No. 51, due to different definitions and legal languages used.

8. The experts from Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Switzerland, EC, ETRTO, OICA as well as the Chair addressed the issue whether or not to delete the footnote after the table with sound level limits in paragraph 6.2.2.1. of GRB-59-04-Rev.1 which refers to the last column “Phase 3” and reads as follows: “To be reviewed and confirmed or modified at the latest one year after entry”. GRB noted that this provision corresponds to Article 7 of the draft EU regulation on the noise emission and aims to review the appropriateness of the noise limits in the future. However, the legal implications of the footnote seemed unclear. GRB invited the expert from EC to clarify this issue with the EU legal services. In the meantime, GRB agreed to put the footnote in square brackets and resume consideration at a later stage. GRB also extensively discussed the wording of paragraph 6.2.2.1 (sound limit values and categories of vehicles) introducing exceptions for limit values applicable to certain categories of vehicles.

9. GRB resumed consideration of the limit values for certain vehicle categories on the basis of a presentation by the expert from Japan (GRB-59-09) on flat front light vehicles of category N1. The experts from France, Germany, Italy and OICA supported GRB-59-09. The expert from EC stated that a common EU position on this issue, as well as on M3 buses, was expected at the beginning of 2014.

10. Thus, GRB recalled GRB-58-08, GRB-58-09 and GRB-58-10 tabled by the expert from China in which he suggested higher limit values for vehicles of a specific category on the Chinese market. Referring to the above proposal by Japan, GRB invited the expert from China to explain and further justify his proposal in a similar way, possibly at the next sessions of the IWG on UN Regulation No. 51 and UN Regulation No. 59 in March and May 2014. GRB agreed to refer GRB-59-04-Rev.1 to the IWG incorporating all the changes agreed during the session, including GRB-59-09. GRB also agreed to resume discussion on the 03 series of amendments at its September 2014 session on the basis of an official proposal submitted by the IWG.

11. GRB adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2014/2, not amended, tabled by the expert from OICA to update the requirements on the noise test track from ISO 19844:1994 (i.e. Annex 8 of this Regulation) to ISO 10844:2011, as well as to incorporate transitional provisions to allow repaving of existing, non-complying test tracks with the ISO 10844:2011 standards. The secretariat was requested to submit ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2014/2 to WP.29 and the Administrative Committee of the 1958 Agreement (AC.1), for consideration and vote at their June 2014 sessions as draft Supplement 10 to the 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 51.

12. GRB resumed discussions on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2013/4 and GRB-57-13 proposing amendments to improve the test method of the 02 series of amendments to the UN Regulation, as well as an amendment to the acceleration test value proposed by the expert from China in GRB-58-07. GRB noted that the Chinese concerns had been taken into account by ISO Working Group 42 when revising Standard ISO 362-1:2007, referred in the current test method of the UN Regulation. The expert from China withdrew ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2013/4, GRB-57-13 and GRB-58-07 and announced a possible future proposal as a result of further exchange of views with ISO.

13. GRB noted that this agenda item was de facto covered in the framework of the discussion under agenda item 3(a). Thus, GRB agreed that, for its next session, agenda items 3(a) and 3 (b) should be combined and mention as references only GRB-59-04-Rev.1 and GRB-59-10-Rev.1. Finally, GRB agreed to remove ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2012/7, GRB-58-08, GRB-58-09, GRB-58-10, GRB-58-14 and GRB-58-17-Rev.1 from the agenda of the next session.

14. GRB recalled its intention to review the Additional Sound Emission Provisions (ASEP) and to refine the purpose of the new noise limit values (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/52, paras. 8–9). As no new information had been given under this agenda item, GRB agreed to keep it on the agenda for the next session.

15. In the absence of the expert from CLEPA, GRB agreed to defer discussion on this subject to its September 2014 session and to keep ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2013/8 and GRB-58-05 as references in the agenda of the next meeting, awaiting the outcome of discussion of the IWG on UN Regulations Nos. 51 and 59.

16. No new information was given under this agenda item.

17. The experts from France, the Russian Federation and ERTRO informed GRB (GRB-59-07 and GRB-59-08) about the outcome of their ad hoc meeting on testing the “Deceleration Calculator” software proposed by the Russian Federation for the deceleration test method using the dω/dt form for measuring rolling resistance. GRB noted that the ad hoc meeting had been hosted by the Technical Union for the Automobile, Motorcycle and Cycle Industries (UTAC), and generally included both theoretical justification of the method and its experimental assessment by determining rolling resistance of a sample tyre of class C1 using two test machines of different types. GRB also noted that the obtained data, its processing and statistical assessment had demonstrated good adaptability of the software to the tyre test machines and satisfactory reproducibility of deceleration data. Moreover, the algorithm of the “Deceleration Calculator” practically provides independence of the measured deceleration from the test speed range in span from 4 to 20 km/h.

18. Therefore the expert from the Russian Federation proposed GRB-59-02 superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2013/10, as an alternative for measurements and data processing for deceleration value obtaining in differential form dω/dt.

19. GRB agreed in principle with the proposed method. However, given the late availability of GRB-59-02, GRB suggested that this document, accompanied by other supporting materials (GRB-59-07 and GRB-59-08), be first submitted to the forthcoming February 2014 session of GRRF for discussion and then, together with GRRF comments, transmitted as an official document to the next GRB session in September 2014 for final consideration. In the meantime, it was noted that results of testing tyres of commercial vehicles (classes C2 and C3) could also become available for that session of GRB. Finally, GRB invited experts to provide comments, if any, to the secretariat before the next GRB session.

20. The expert from ERTRO introduced GRB-59-03 containing a revised proposal for new time measurement accuracy for instrumentation involved in the rolling resistance method, with the aim to correct inconsistencies in Annex 6 to the UN Regulation. The proposal text was also supported by the experts from the Russian Federation. The expert from Japan raised a study reservation to verify the consequences of the change of accuracy. The expert of the European Commission raised similar concerns and stated that he would need first to discuss this matter with ERTRO on a bilateral basis. GRB agreed to resume consideration on this subject at its September 2014 session and requested the secretariat to distribute GRB-59-03 with an official symbol

21. The expert from EC informed GRB that EU intended to apply to these Regulations, but would need additional research, in particular with regard to tampering of silencers. To this end, a study would be launched before the next session of GRB in September 2014. Pending EU contributions, GRB decided to keep this issue on the agenda. The expert of IMMA made note that anti-tampering provisions were already introduced in the last amendments of these UN Regulations. Finally, GRB agreed to change the title of this agenda item to “additional provisions”, to distinguish it from agenda item 3© and to resume discussion on this subject at its September session on the basis of new information provided by the expert from EC.

22. GRB agreed to delete this item to the agenda of its next session [and/or] until a new proposal by the expert from OICA was submitted.

23. GRB noted that no new information had been given under this agenda item.

24. GRB welcomed a presentation by the expert from the Foundation for Scientific and Industrial Research (SINTEF, Norway) outlining the first results of a study concerning the
influence of the road surface on tyre rolling sound emission. The expert from SINTEF clarified that the main objective of the project was to investigate the noise performance of normal passenger car tyres on typical road surfaces in the Nordic countries (Denmark, Norway and Sweden) and to clarify which combinations of road surfaces and tyres will yield the lowest tyre/road noise levels. GRB noted that the results of this investigation had demonstrated the variation in noise levels of tyres around 4 dB(A) and the same variation between average of road surfaces. It was also noted that the difference between the most noisy tyre on the most noisy surface and the most quiet tyre on the quietest road surface had been found to be 11 dB(A). Finally, the expert from SINTEF informed GRB that during 2014, the project would be extended to truck tyres.

25. The expert from EC, secretary of IWG for QRTV, informed GRB about the outcome of its last meeting held in Tokyo (10 – 12 December 2013). He also announced that the next meetings of the IWG were scheduled to take place from 7 to 9 April as well as from 13 to 15 May, 2014 in Washington, D.C. He clarified that the IWG activities were focused on cleaning up the draft text of the UN GTR on QRTV as well as on addressing technical and policy issues. The expert from EC thus invited GRB experts from Contracting Parties to the 1998 Agreement to provide before April 2014 their comments on the various policy options, provided by a working paper of the IWG (AVAS conditions 27.01.14). GRB also noted the decision of the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement (AC.3) (see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1106, para. 106) to extend the mandate of IWG until November 2015. Therefore, GRB expected to discuss a concrete proposal at its next sessions in September 2014 and January 2015.

26. The expert from WBU highlighted three key elements of AVAS, from the point of view of people with impaired vision: (i) alert sound should be of a sufficient volume and its composition (frequency, etc.) should allow for location and movement of the vehicle; (ii) the system should be active on stationary vehicles; and (iii) the driver should not be in a position to switch it off, as this safety feature should be active all the time. The expert from EC informed GRB that the EU Regulation on noise would require an automatic setting of AVAS and since this Regulation was at the latest stage of the co-decision process, this provision would hardly change. The Chair of GRB clarified that the pause-switch function would be part of the discussion of GRB. He added that the provisions of the UN GTR should conjugate the safety effectiveness of AVAS and the reduction of parasite noise. Finally, GRB agreed to resume discussion on this subject at its September 2014 session.

27. GRB resumed consideration of definitions and acronyms in UN Regulations and UN Global Technical Regulations under the responsibility of GRB on the basis of GRB-57-12 and GRB-57-18. The Chair of GRB stressed the importance of preparing a full and consistent list of acronyms and abbreviations with a view to avoiding any ambiguity in this area. It was agreed that this list covering both the 1958 and 1998 Agreements would then be submitted to WP.29 for approval and would be updated from time to time. GRB reiterated its invitation to all experts to provide their contributions, if any, so that the final document could be approved at the September 2014 session of GRB.

28. GRB considered document GRB-59-01 in which the secretariat proposed to correct the reference to Annex 3 of UN Regulation No. 41 in paragraph 8.8.2.1.2. of the Consolidated Resolution (R.E.3) as well as to draw the attention of the Working Party to the fact that the margin of 5 dB(A) defined in paragraph 8.8.2.2., in order to take into account the possible instrumental and measurement errors, substantially exceeds the respective margins of 1 or 3 dB(A) set out in Regulations No. 51, 41 and 63. The experts from France, Germany, Sweden, IMMA, ISO and OICA pointed out that the figure of 5 dB(A) in paragraph 8.8.2.2. takes into account the disturbances and scatter of measurements performed under real-life conditions, in uncertain acoustic environment (e.g. side of a road) and by untrained staff (e.g. road police), while the margin of 3 dB(A) is intended for laboratory conditions and trained staff. GRB decided to leave the figure of 5 dB(A) in paragraph 8.8.2.2. of R.E.3 unchanged.

29. Finally, GRB considered ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2013/9 tabled by the expert from the Russian Federation. GRB agreed, as proposed by the expert from IMMA, to delete, in the new paragraph 8.8.2.1.2., the references to new categories of vehicles L 6 and L 7 which are not yet covered by UN Regulation No. 9. Finally, GRB adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2013/9, as amended by Annex III to this report. The secretariat was requested to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their June 2014 session as draft Amendment 5 to R.E.3.

30. GRB noted the good progress made by the WP.29 IWVTA informal groups on the Revision of the 1958 Agreement (SG58) and on the development of UN Regulation No. 0 (SGR0) at their recent informal meetings held in Sendai (Japan) in January 2014. It was noted that SG58 considered the unresolved issues (kept in square brackets) of the draft Revision 3 to the 1958 Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/26) and had agreed on the final text. The final text of the draft Revision 3 to the 1958 Agreement will be submitted to WP.29 for consideration at its March 2014 session, on the basis of an informal document supplementing the official document.

31. SGR0 finalized a first draft of UN Regulation No. 0 on IWVTA, which will be presented at the forthcoming session of WP.29 in March 2014 as an informal document. GRB noted that UN Regulations Nos. 28, 51 (either in its current form or 03 series of amendments) and 117, would be included in IWVTA. Concerning the need to develop a new UN Regulation dedicated to tyre installation, GRB noted that this issue would be dealt with by GRRF. Finally, the Chair of GRB suggested that the following experts sponsor the above-mentioned UN Regulations in the IWVTA: (i) CLEPA (UN Regulation No. 28), (ii) OICA (UN Regulation No. 51) and (iii) ETRTO (UN Regulation No. 117).

GRB decided to delete this issue from the agenda.

33. The Secretary reported on the highlights of the 161st session of WP.29 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1106).

34. The expert from OICA introduced GRB-59-06-Rev.1 to update the test conditions and provisions of UN Regulation No. 28: (i) to allow the test of the audible warning devices on the vehicle with its engine warmed-up and at idle and (ii) to reduce the prescribed sound level from 93 to 90 dB(A). He justified the second point because this reduced level was audible far enough to instantaneously warn pedestrians and other road users, including drivers, as it was typically 20 dB to 40 dB higher compared to typical traffic noise and could also contribute to lowering the noise pollution. The experts from Italy and ISO supported this proposal. The expert from France underlined that the whole text should be revised to update the test methods and that the limit proposed by OICA should be discussed. GRB agreed to resume discussion on this issue and requested the secretariat to distribute GRB-59-06-Rev.1 with an official symbol at its September 2014 session.

35. At Chair’s invitation, GRB had a brief exchange of views on issues which should be included in the future work of GRB. The expert from ISO pointed out that, to update the test methods set out in UN Regulations Nos. 41 and 51, the following ISO activities may be relevant: revisiting ISO 362-1:2007, development of part III of this standard with a specification how to perform tests in indoor facilities and updating the requirements on the noise test track from ISO 10844:1994 to ISO 10844:2011. The expert from France mentioned UN Regulation No. 51, ASEP, QRTV, ongoing technological improvements, indoor approvals, addressing sirens (ambulances, etc.) in UN Regulation No. 28, noise pollution caused by loading and unloading of deliveries in cities. The expert from the Netherlands presented a graph (GRB-59-11) showing a general improvement in tyre noise data for C1 tyres in 2007-2013 and informed GRB about his intention to bring similar graphs for C2 and C3 tyres for the attention of GRB at its next session, with the aim to study if the current noise limits for tyres can be further reduced. With support from the experts from EC and OICA, he also suggested studying the correspondence between the labelling system on tyres and their actual performance. The expert from Switzerland was of the opinion that noise pollution, its benchmarking and new technologies emerging on the market should be looked at. The expert from ERTRO proposed to address the issue of road surfaces, as the third main contributor to noise pollution after vehicles and tyres. However, the Chair and the expert from EC pointed out that this issue is very complex and it goes beyond the competence of GRB and type approvals. The expert of EC proposed to revisit the noise emission of agricultural vehicles and update the underlying test methods which had been developed 40 years ago.

World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations | Session 163 | 24-27 Jun 2014

52. The World Forum agreed to refer ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/34 (agenda item 4.6.1) back to GRSP for further consideration.

The decision to postpone was due to a European Commission identification of a possible inconsistency in text with regard to paragraph 5.3.8.2.

No objections to the proposal which is passed for consideration to adopt during the AC.1 session.

No objections to the proposal which is passed for consideration to adopt during the AC.1 session.

No objections to the proposals which are passed for consideration to adopt during the AC.1 session.

No objections to the proposals which are passed for consideration to adopt during the AC.1 session.

No objections to the proposal which is passed for consideration to adopt during the AC.1 session.

No objections to the proposal which is passed for consideration to adopt during the AC.1 session.

No objections to the proposals which are passed for consideration to adopt during the AC.1 session.

No objection to the proposal which is passed for consideration to adopt during the AC.1 session.

No objections to the proposal which is passed for consideration to adopt during the AC.1 session.

No objections to the proposal which is passed for consideration to adopt during the AC.1 session.

European Commission unable to formally consider the editorial correction proposed by the WP.29 secretariat. Therefore, the EC does not have authority to approve the combined package of proposals. Therefore, the vote on adoption must be postponed.

European Commission unable to formally consider the editorial correction proposed by the WP.29 secretariat. Therefore, the EC does not have authority to approve the combined package of proposals. Therefore, the vote on adoption must be postponed.

European Commission unable to formally consider the editorial corrections proposed by the WP.29 secretariat for the GRRF revisions to the two braking regulations above. Therefore, the EC does not have authority to approve the combined package of proposals. Since this proposal is part of a package, including the braking proposals considered under the review of the GRRF amendments, this proposal along with the related GRRF proposals are postponed to the November 2014 session.

No objections to the proposal which is passed for consideration to adopt during the AC.1 session.

No objections to the proposal which is passed for consideration to adopt during the AC.1 session.

No objections to the proposal which is passed for consideration to adopt during the AC.1 session.

European Commission unable to formally consider the editorial correction proposed by the WP.29 secretariat. Therefore, the EC does not have authority to approve the combined package of proposals. Therefore, the vote on adoption must be postponed until the November 2014 session.

No objections to the proposal which is passed for consideration to adopt during the AC.1 session.

As planned, consideration of this proposal remains pending for a future WP.29 session.

74. The World Forum adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/52 and requested the secretariat to publish the corresponding document.

1. The World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) held its 163rd session from 24-27 June 2014, chaired by Mr. B. Gauvin (France). The following countries were represented, following Rule 1(a) of the Rules of Procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.1 and Amend.2): Australia; Belgium; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Brazil; Canada; China; Colombia; Czech Republic; Finland; France; Germany; Hungary; India; Italy; Japan; Latvia; Luxembourg; Malaysia; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Portugal; Republic of Korea; Romania; Russian Federation; Serbia; Slovakia; South Africa; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Thailand; Turkey; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; United States of America; Uruguay. Representatives of the European Union (EU) participated. The following governmental organizations were represented: International Finance Corporation (IFC); International Telecommunication Union (ITU); World Bank (WB). The following non-governmental organizations were also represented: Association for Emission Control by Catalyst (AECC); European Tyre and Rim Technical Organisation (ETRTO); European Association of Automotive Suppliers (representing CLEPA/MEMA/JAPIA); the Foundation for the Automobile and Society (FIA Foundation); Global New Car Assessment Programme; International Automotive Lighting and Light Signalling Expert Group (GTB); International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA); International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA).

2. Mr. A. Morozov, Director of the Department of Transport and Special Engineering Industry, Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, underlined the relevance of their domestic automotive market. He recalled the Russian Federation’s support of the Type Approval system, the 1958 Agreement and the work of the World Forum. He added that most of their national vehicle regulations were based on UN Regulations, UN GTRs and UN Rules and that the Customs Union would follow the same approach from January 2015. He announced that the Accident Emergency Call Systems (AECS) would be mandatory at the beginning of 2015 and that a decision on the entry into force of Euro 6 emission levels would be taken. He recalled the subjects which were successfully sponsored by his country. He announced the future contributions by his country on the WP.29 activities related to air pollution from tyre and brake wear as well as the vehicle indoor air quality. He concluded that the Russian Federation appreciated the results achieved by the World Forum and stressed the willingness of the Russian Federation to further cooperate.

3. The provisional annotated agenda for the session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1109) was adopted with the amendments noted below:

a) Addition of agenda items:
4.2.3. Guidance regarding the draft Regulation on Pole Side Impact (PSI);
8.5. General Assembly Resolution on Improving the Global Road Safety – Reference to the work of WP.29.
8.6. Accident Emergency Call Systems.

b) Correction of document references for item:
3.4. Add reference to document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/76/Add.1

c) Deletion of agenda items:
4.13.1. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/64 – Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 51

4. The list of informal documents is reproduced in Annex I to the session report.

5. The 115th session of WP.29/AC.2 was held on 23 June 2014, chaired by Mr. B. Gauvin (France) and was attended, in accordance to Rule 29 of the terms of reference and rules of procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690 including its Amends.1 and 2), by the Chairs of WP.29 (France), GRB (France), GRE (Canada), GRSP (United States of America), GRPE (Germany), GRRF (United Kingdom), GRSG (Italy), the Administrative/Executive Committees of the three agreements administered by WP.29 (France (AC.1), Russian Federation (AC.4) and the United States of America (AC.3)), by the representatives of the European Union, Japan and the United States of America and by the Vice-Chairs of WP.29 (Russian Federation), GRSG (Hungary), GRPE (India) and GRSP (Republic of Korea).

6. The Committee reviewed the draft agenda of the 163rd session of the World Forum and recommended the amendments as indicated in para. 3 above. The Committee also recommended that agenda item 5.1 be considered by the World Forum and that the remaining agenda items on the 1998 Agreement be considered by the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement (AC.3). The Committee noted WP.29-163-17, transmitted by the representative of the Russian Federation, proposing amendments to the draft amendments to UN Rules Nos. 1 and 2 annexed to the 1997 Agreement. The Committee was of the opinion that full consideration of the informal document should be made by WP.29 under agenda item 7.2. The Committee recommended not to hold the session of the Administrative Committee of the 1997 Agreement (AC.4) until after a full consideration of WP.29-163-17 has been concluded by WP.29.

7. The Committee was informed by the secretariat about a letter to the acting Executive Secretary of the UNECE from the European Commission (EC) on the delay of availability of the French version of the amendments, consolidations and new UN Regulations. In the letter, EC stressed the importance of having the French version available as soon as possible in order to be in a position of implementation. WP.29 noted that Switzerland had addressed a similar letter of concern to UNECE. The representative of the Russian Federation stressed the importance of having the Russian version of the UN Regulations for the Russian Federation and also for the Custom Union countries. The Committee recommended the representatives of the Contracting Parties to take similar actions requesting the availability of the three official languages of the Agreement and of its annexed UN Regulations.

8. The Committee also reviewed the draft agenda for the 164th session of WP.29 scheduled to be held from 11 to 14 November 2014. WP.29/AC.2 noted the concerns raised by the secretariat on the possible adoption of a new UN Regulation on Pole Side Impact and its 01 series of amendments at the same session. This procedure would not be accepted by the UN Office of Legal Affairs and that the legal procedure for the entry into force of the 01 series of amendments would be launched only after the entry into force of the original version of the UN Regulation.

9. The Committee considered the possible application of national provisions for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Vehicles for matters not covered by the new draft UN Regulation. The Committee recommended considering this issue at its November 2014 session and invited the representative of Japan to prepare a document on this issue for further consideration.

10. The Committee noted that a special session on Air Pollution and Transport had been organized by the UNECE Environment Division on 2 July 2014. It also noted that the WP.29 secretariat had been invited to make presentations on the air pollution activities of the World Forum including Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). The Committee invited the secretariat to report back on the results of the special session at the November 2014 session of WP.29.

11. The World Forum adopted the report of the Administrative Committee on its 115th session and its recommendations.

12. The World Forum noted the revised programme of work and documentation (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/1). WP.29 representatives were invited to review the document and to communicate to the secretariat any amendments deemed necessary. The secretariat presented the draft calendar of sessions for the year 2015 (based on WP.29-163-01 as reproduced in Annex II to the session report) and announced that a request to advance the May session of GRSG by two weeks would be transmitted to the Conference Services.

13. The secretariat presented the list of the GRs, Informal Working Groups (IWGs) and the list of the Administrative and Executive Committees (WP.29-163-02-Rev.1). At the request of the Chair of GRPE, WP.29 agreed to extend the mandate of the Gaseous Fuelled Vehicles (GFV) IWG until June 2016. The representative of the United States of America pointed out that the Chair of the IWG on Harmonization of Side Impact Dummies was Ms. M. Medri (United States of America).

14. The secretariat also presented the distribution of tasks in the secretariat (WP.29-163-11-Rev.1). WP.29 noted that two of the three vacancies were assigned on temporary basis. The Chair of GRPE thanked Mr. F. Guichard for ensuring the secretariat of GRPE on a temporary basis. Nevertheless and due to the workload, he stressed the importance of finalizing the selection process of the secretary of GRPE as a matter of urgency with a permanent staff member. The representative of Italy stated that the selection of the new Chief of Section should be made with the technical continuity in mind.

15. The World Forum noted that the Informal Working Group (IWG) on ITS would convene again on Friday, 27 June 2014 from 9.30 to 10.30 a.m. He announced that the secretariat would present a document on automated driving at the IWG meeting on 27 June 2014. The representative of Belgium announced that an ITS round table was scheduled to take place in Brussels on 17-18 November 2014.

113. No subject was raised under this item.

112. No supplementary information was provided beyond agenda item 7.2. (see paras. 70 and 71 above).

111. Following the recommendation of WP.29, the Administrative Committee AC.4 did not convene (see para. 6 above).

110. No new information was provided for this agenda item.

16. The representative of Japan, Co-Chair of IWG on ITS, referred to the discussion on this item at the previous session and recalled that several presentations on concept models including advanced automations had already been presented at several motor shows. He recalled that the Working Party on Road Traffic Safety (WP.1) had agreed, at its April 2014 session, to amend the 1968 Vienna Convention. Taking into account the significance of the developments, he proposed that the role of the IWG should be refocused to reflect the rapid technological development. He suggested that the group take forward the challenges and coordinate the work of WP.29 and its subsidiary Working Parties (GRs) on issues related to automated driving. The representative of EU expressed his support for the analysis presented by the Co-Chair of IWG. WP.29 endorsed the IWG Co-Chair’s proposal.

17. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRSP given during the 162nd session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1108, paras. 23-25) and approved the report.

18. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRPE given during the 162nd session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1108, paras. 26-31) and approved the report.

19. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRB given during the 162nd session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1108, paras. 32-33) and approved the report, including the Terms of Reference of the Informal Working Group on UN Regulations Nos. 51 and 59 (Annex II to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/57).

20. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRRF given during the 162nd session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1108, paras. 34-36) and approved the report.

21. The representative of Canada, on behalf of the Chair of GRE, reported on the results of the seventy-first session of GRE (for details, see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/71).

22. The representative of Canada, on behalf of the Chair of GRE, informed WP.29 about the deliberations of GRE and its Special Interest Group (SIG) on the simplification of UN Regulations and the reduction of amendments, in particular, by preparing a horizontal reference document which would contain a set of common provisions for those UN Regulations. These activities will be pursued in the framework of the recently established IWG (see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1106, para. 40).

23. Finally, The representative of Canada, on behalf of the Chair of GRE, reported that GRE had identified the need to amend the Consolidated Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles (R.E.3) to include new categories of vehicles such as agricultural trailers and towed machinery.

24. The GRSG Chair informed WP.29 about the results achieved during the 106th session of GRSG (for more details see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/85).

25. The GRSG Chair announced the submission by GRSG of the Terms of Reference and Rules of Procedures of the informal group on Accident Emergency Call Systems (AECS) as reproduced in the annex of the session’s report.

26. On behalf of GRSG, the GRSG Chair sought the consent of WP.29 to extend the mandate of the informal group on Camera-Monitor Systems (CMS) by one year (end of 2015) to finalize its tasks. WP.29 endorsed the request.

27. The representative of the United States of America, on behalf of the Chair of GRSP, informed WP.29 about the results made during its fifty-fifth session (for details see the session report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/55).

28. The representative of the United States of America, on behalf of the Chair of GRSP, informed the World Forum that GRSP had adopted a new UN Regulation on Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Vehicles (HFCV) for consideration and vote at the November 2014 sessions of WP.29 and AC.1. He sought the guidance of WP.29 on the issue raised by Japan on matters already regulated by national legislation that are beyond the scope of UN Regulations. The representative of Japan explained that his country had legislation on HFCV matters already in force that were not covered by the scope of the new draft UN Regulation. The representative of the Russian Federation recalled Article 3 of the 1958 Agreement, stating that a vehicle type approved according to a UN Regulation is deemed to be in conformity with national legislation of the Contracting Parties applying that UN Regulation. WP.29 agreed to further discuss this issue at its November 2014 session on the basis of a document prepared by the representative of Japan (see para. 9 above).

29. The representative of the United States of America, on behalf of the Chair of GRSP, informed WP.29 that GRSP had adopted a new UN Regulation for transposing into the 1958 Agreement the UN GTR on pole side impact as well as a new series of amendments for consideration in parallel at the November 2014 sessions of WP.29 and AC.1. However, he sought guidance from the World Forum on: (i) reference to ISO standard (WorldSID) instead of an Addendum to M.R.1 and on (ii) transitional provisions of the 01 series of amendments. Moreover, he sought consent from WP.29 and AC.3 on establishing an IWG to harmonize the 3-D H point machine specifications. The World Forum agreed to resume discussion of issues (i) and (ii) under agenda item 4.2.3 (see paras. 42-44 below). WP.29 gave its consent to set up the IWG awaiting the adoption of the terms of references.

32. The representative of Germany, Chair of GRPE, informed WP.29 about the results achieved by GRPE during its sixty-ninth (June 2014) session (for more details, the session report will be published as ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/69).

33. The representative of Germany, Chair of GRPE, informed WP.29 that GRPE had adopted a proposal from the IWG on Heavy Duty Hybrids (HDH). He added that it would be submitted to WP.29 and AC.3 at their November 2014 sessions for consideration as draft Amendment 3 to UN GTR No. 4 (WHDC), together with the corresponding technical report.

34. The representative of Germany, Chair of GRPE, reported that GRPE had endorsed the PMP status report and the road map proposal addressing separately both exhaust and non-exhaust particulate emissions in response to the concern raised by the Russian Federation on tyre and brake wear.

35. The GRPE Chair added that GRPE had adopted a proposal for a new supplement to UN Regulation No. 49 and announced the submission of a further document amending the proposed transitional provisions for the consideration of WP.29 and AC.1 at their November 2014 sessions.

36. The GRPE Chair concluded that GRPE had adopted the proposed Electric Vehicle Reference Guide developed by the IWG on Electric Vehicles and the Environment (EVE) for consideration by WP.29 at its November 2014 session.

37. The secretariat informed the World Forum about the latest update of the status of the 1958 Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/343/Rev.22) containing the information received by the secretariat until 20 June 2014, which was available on the WP.29 website at: www.unece.org/trans/main/wp29/wp29wgs/wp29gen/wp29fdocstts.html. WP.29 noted that the two new UN Regulations Nos. 132 on Retrofit Emission Control devices and 133 on the recyclability of vehicles, adopted by AC.1 in November 2013, had entered into force on 17 June 2014 for all the Contracting Parties to the 1958 Agreement with the exception of Australia and Japan. WP.29 also noted that Japan would apply UN Regulations Nos. 43, 60, 64 and 79 as from 16 August 2014.

38. This item was discussed with the agenda item 4.2.3 below.

39. Upon the request of WP.29 at its previous session, the secretariat presented the guidelines on amendments to UN Regulations (WP.29-163-10) with several proposals on the administrative proceedings of the secretariat under the current version and the future Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement. WP.29 welcomed the proposal and referred the document to IWVTA and its subgroups for detailed consideration at their next meetings. WP.29 invited all interested delegates to transmit their comments to the secretariat and agreed to resume consideration on this subject at its next session on the basis of a revised document, taking into account the comments received.

40. Concluding the discussion, WP.29 requested the secretariat to participate in all forthcoming meetings of IWVTA.

41. The representative of Australia introduced the draft UN Regulation (WP.29-163-14) as well as a draft 01 series of amendments (WP.29-163-15) to receive guidance (see para. 29 above). He explained that a revised version of WP.29-163-14 would be submitted for consideration and vote to the November 2014 session of WP.29 on appropriately addressing the reference to the ISO standard. He indicated that in the framework of the IWG activities on side impact dummies, work was adequately progressing on including the 50th percentile WorldSID into the draft Addendum 2 to M.R.1. He added that, as a result of recent negotiations, ISO would provide the specifications needed. Therefore, he announced that a draft Addendum 2 would be ready for consideration and vote by the end of 2015 or beginning 2016. The representative of the United States of America confirmed this schedule.

42. WP.29 noted the information by OLA that the legal notification procedure for any amendment to a UN Regulation which was not in force would be initiated only after the entry into force of that UN Regulation. Therefore, WP.29 agreed that the draft 01 series of amendments, even if adopted at its November 2014 session, would await the entry into force of the draft UN Regulation. WP.29 noted that a revised version of WP.29-163-15 would be submitted by Australia, with new transitional provisions in line with the general guidelines ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1044/Rev.1.

43. The representative of FIA Foundation underlined the importance of this draft UN Regulation to mitigate the consequences of tree/pole side impacts on vehicle occupants. He encouraged a rapid adoption and hoped that administrative issues such as the reference to dummy specifications would not delay the adoption. The representatives of Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America also encouraged the adoption of the UN Regulation to supplement impact safety measures, where warranted.

44. However, the representatives of Germany and the United Kingdom underlined the importance of appropriate referencing of dummy specifications in the UN Regulation as a basis of cooperation with ISO. They indicated that further consideration should be given to the method of referencing the ISO standard in this draft UN Regulation. Subsequently they jointly reflected on a revised proposal with Australia and other interested delegates from WP.29 and, as reported to WP.29, on an approach to develop Addendum 2 to Mutual Resolution No. 1.

45. The representative of Japan, Vice-Chair of the IWG on IWVTA, reported on the work progress made during the meetings held in Moscow prior to the WP.29 session (WP.29-163-19). He underlined the need to distribute a questionnaire to be sent to all countries/REIO (regional economic integrated organizations) participating in WP.29 on the difficulty with the proposed UN Regulations included in UN R0 and on the procedure for spare parts (WP.29-163-20 and WP.29-163-21). He proposed the insertion of a new column in the status document of the Agreement to list minimum acceptable versions of UN Regulations by Contracting Parties which accept the IWVTA of limited recognition. He sought the consent of WP.29 to use English as the only language for the application of type approvals and the accompanying documentation.

46. The World Forum welcomed the work done by IWVTA and endorsed the proposed procedures above.

47. WP.29 noted the revised text of draft Revision 3 to the 1958 Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/53) reflecting the discussion of the March 2014 session. The World Forum requested the secretariat to reintroduce the provisions of the equal authenticity of English, French and Russian languages which existed in the first unamended text of the Agreement. WP.29 decided to freeze the draft revision and requested the Contracting Parties to clarify their political and legal views on this draft revision. WP.29 agreed to resume consideration of the revision of the Agreement at its November 2014 session, awaiting the appropriate political and legal guidance.

48. The representative of the Russian Federation supported the initiative and proposed an amendment to the voting procedure by increasing the current threshold of two-thirds to a minimum of three-quarters majority as this would strengthen the rule making procedures of Contracting Parties. She voiced legal objections to the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations on the proposed proxy voting. WP.29 noted that, according to OLA, the proxy voting procedure was legally acceptable in the context of the United Nations (WP.29-163-24).

49. The representative of Japan announced that the draft Revision 3 was satisfactory for his country. He expressed his preference for a four-fifths majority and stated that this view was shared by a number of Asian Contracting Parties as well as by some potential Contracting Parties to the Agreement. He announced the preparation of a concrete proposal on raising the voting majority threshold, for consideration at the November 2014 session. The representative of EU supported draft Revision 3 and recommended Contracting Parties to also initiate their procedures for legal and political assessment. The representative of Australia indicated his country’s support for a four-fifths majority and that Australia would be a co-sponsor of Japan’s proposal. He also indicated Australia’s support for proxy voting, citing the tyranny of distance as a reason some delegations had difficulty in attending WP.29.

50. The World Forum agreed to launch the procedure for a new edition of the so-called Blue Book “WP.29: How it works – How to join it” and requested the secretariat to initiate the necessary administrative steps to publish it, in the period of 2016-2017, in all official languages of the UN.

51. The secretariat recalled the decision by WP.29 at the March 2014 session on the deadline (end of 2016) by which DETA should operate within the premises of UNECE. He informed WP.29 that the software provider indicated a possible delay of several months. He added that Germany had offered to provide, if necessary, an interim solution on the basis of the piloting out version.

66. The World Forum noted the consolidated document containing the status of the Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.10). WP.29 also noted that Slovenia would be a Contracting Party to the Agreement, effective on 7 July 2014. The secretariat reported that some Contracting Parties had fulfilled their obligation to send their status and final reports, on the progress of transposition of the UN GTRs and their amendments into their domestic law. The representatives of the other Contracting Parties were reminded of their obligation to send the reports on the transposition process through their Permanent Missions in Geneva via the “1998 AGREEMENT-MISSIONS List” electronic system, as mandatorily requested by UN OLA. The World Forum noted that these reports could not be processed if submitted by e-mail to the secretariat.

67. WP.29 agreed that agenda items 5.2 to 5.5 should be considered by AC.3.

68. No new information was provided under this agenda item.

69. The secretariat presented to the World Forum the consolidated document (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1074/Rev.5) with the status of the Agreement including the status of the UN Rules annexed to the Agreement, the list of the Contracting Parties to the Agreement and of their Administrative Departments.

70. The representative of the Russian Federation introduced WP.29-163-17, containing amendments to the proposed amendments to UN Rules 1 and 2 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/132 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/133). WP.29 agreed on a detailed discussion of WP.29-163-17 at its next session in November 2014 and requested the secretariat to distribute it with an official symbol. The representative of CITA was invited to prepare a document with the differences between the proposals for amendments to UN Rules Nos. 1 and 2, as modified by WP.29-163-17, and the recently adopted EU Directive (2014/45/EU) on this matter. The representatives of Finland and the Netherlands expressed their preference for aligning the date of entry into force of both the EU Directive and the draft amendments to UN Rules Nos. 1 and 2. The Vice-Chair proposed to investigate the use of transitional provisions addressing the comment expressed above.

71. WP.29 considered the future of the Agreement. The Chair recalled that six out of the twelve Contracting Parties to the Agreement were EU member States and that any divergence between the UN Rules and the corresponding EU Directive would not be acceptable for them. He noted that, out of the non-EU Contracting Parties, only the Russian Federation regularly attended the session of WP.29, and that this situation was reflected by the problems of regular quorum at the Administrative Committee (AC.4). He echoed the discussion on item 4.4 and commented that this experience should be taken into account when defining a position on the proxy vote in the draft Revision 3 to the 1958 Agreement. Finally, he invited the EU to clarify its position concerning this Agreement. The representative of EU answered that the European Commission had clarified five years ago its position against the ratification of this Agreement, justified by the divergence between the juridical consequences of the 1997 Agreement and the European Union legislation. The Chair proposed to investigate possibilities to revise the 1997 Agreement. WP.29 requested CITA to investigate possible improvements of the Agreement.

72. WP.29 noted that the next IWG meeting would be held during the afternoon session of WP.29 on 13 November 2014. No further information was reported under this agenda item.

73. In the absence of the Secretary of the Working Party on Road Traffic Safety (WP.1), the WP.29 secretariat reported on the recent session of WP.1 held from 24 to 26 March 2014. WP.29 noted that, based on a proposal submitted by Austria, Belgium, France, Germany and Italy, WP.1 had adopted amendments to the 1968 Vienna Convention as indicated in the report of its session (ECE/TRANS/WP.1/145, para. 21 and Annex). WP.29 requested the WP.1 secretariat to keep WP.29 informed on the legal evolution of the adopted amendments.

The Secretary of WP.1 subsequently made remarks during the Intelligent Transport Systems informal working group session following the WP.29 meetings.

75. The secretariat introduced the letter from the Government of Ecuador requesting written support from WP.29 and vehicle manufacturers on the application of UN Regulations and UN GTRs listed in Ecuador’s future national legislation (WP.29-163-03).

76. The World Forum supported this action towards vehicle safety. WP.29 noted the great effort of Ecuador to introduce the UN Regulations and UN GTRs in its vehicle legislation. WP.29 encouraged Ecuador to continue these efforts as a first step to the important objective of acceding to the 1958 and 1998 Agreements. The representative of FIA Foundation and Global New Car Assessment Programme (GlobalNCAP) recalled the efforts of GlobalNCAP and of the WP.29 secretariat to foster the accession of Latin American countries to the 1958 and 1998 Agreements to reduce road casualties. He underlined the relevant expectations from stakeholders concerning this accession and expressed his encouragement to not miss this opportunity. The representative of EU recalled the participation of his organization in these efforts which also aim at minimizing trade issues and supported the above-mentioned statements. The representative of Germany suggested inviting a delegation from Ecuador to the November 2014 session of WP.29 to participate to bilateral meetings with concerned Contracting Parties, stakeholders and type approval authorities. He explained that the meetings would provide the opportunity to share information and solve remaining issues. This invitation could also be extended to other interested parties.

77. WP.29 noted that, on 10 April 2014, the United Nations General Assembly had adopted the Resolution on improving global road safety (A/RES/68/269) which recognized the work of the World Forum and stressed the importance of the 1958 and 1998 Agreements.

78. The representative of OICA presented WP.29-163-12, reporting on difficulties faced by the IWG on AECS in the process of developing new provisions and wondered whether communication network protocols could be regulated under the 1958 Agreement. How this issue may be resolved may become a basis for future vehicle connectivity regulatory work and, therefore, needs to be carefully addressed. He concluded his intervention by asking WP.29 representatives to review these issues at the November 2014 session to prepare guidance for the future work of the IWG. The representative of the Russian Federation agreed that this subject was a new challenge and proposed to continue consideration of these issues within the IWG. The representative of ITU recalled the recently agreed collaboration between WP.29 and ITU for addressing these types of issues. He also recalled the scope of activities of his organization, producing recommendations on satellite, navigation and communication that can be implemented in regulations and proposed to strengthen the collaboration on this matter. WP.29 agreed to follow up on this issue and requested the secretariat to keep this item on the agenda of its November 2014 session.

79. The representative of India, Mr. S. Marathe, announced his upcoming retirement and recalled the beginning of India’s participation in WP.29 and acknowledged the progress that had enabled the accession by his country to the 1998 Agreement. As Vice-Chair of GRPE, he wished for a continued cooperation and introduced his successor, Mrs. R. Urdhwareshe. Speaking on behalf of all delegates, the Chair wished Mr. Marathe a long and happy retirement and welcomed his successor.

80. Learning that Mr. M. Sakai (Japan) would no longer participate in the work of WP.29, the World Forum acknowledged his active contributions to the activities of WP.29 and its subsidiary Working Parties. WP.29 wished him all the best and success in his new responsibilities.

81. Mr. Juan Ramos-Garcia (Chief of Section of the UNECE Vehicle Regulations and Transport Innovations Section (VRTIS)) informed WP.29 about his upcoming retirement at the end of June 2014. WP.29 wished all the best to Mr. Ramos who was the Secretary for the last eleven years. The Chair thanked him cordially for all his efforts as well as his outstanding personal commitment and contributions to the global recognition of WP.29’s activities. Expressing the opinion of all members, the Vice-Chair thanked Mr. Ramos and wished him all the best for a long and happy retirement. The World Forum honoured him with a long-standing ovation. Mr. Ramos thanked the WP.29 delegates and wished a continued successful future to WP.29. He recalled the challenges of his section and thanked his colleagues in VRTIS who would carry on the secretarial work. On behalf of WP.29, the representative of IMMA awarded Mr. Ramos with a commemorative photograph of the session’s participants.

82. The World Forum adopted the report and its annexes on the basis of a draft prepared by the secretariat. The report includes the sections related to the Administrative Committee of the 1958 Agreement and to the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement.

83. Of the 51 Contracting Parties to the Agreement, 41 were represented and established AC.1 for its fifty-seventh session, held on 25 June 2014.

84. AC.1 invited Mr. B. Kisulenko, Vice-Chair of WP.29, to chair the session.

86. The forty-first session of the Executive Committee (AC.3) was held on 26 June 2014 and chaired by the representative of the United Kingdom. The representatives of 11 of the 33 Contracting Parties to the Agreement attended: Australia, Canada, China, the European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Norway, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, South Africa, Turkey and the United States of America.

87. AC.3 noted the information, as of 16 June 2014, on the status of the Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.10) as well as the status of the priorities (based on WP.29-163-18 as reproduced in Annex III to the WP.29 session report) of the Agreement and items on which the exchange of views should continue. AC.3 also noted that assistance may be obtained from the secretariat (Mr. E Gianotti) concerning the obligations of Contracting Parties on the transposition process. Updated information on the status of the priorities is reproduced in Annex III to the report.

88. AC.3 noted that no draft UN GTR or draft amendments to established UN GTR were submitted.

89. AC.3 noted that no requests for listing were submitted.

90. AC.3 noted that no guidance was requested.

91. The representative of EU, on behalf of the Chair of the IWG on Environmental and Propulsion Performance Requirements (EPPR) for L-category vehicles, summarized the work progress of the IWG. The Chair of AC.3 questioned whether the IWG should work on establishing a new GTR dealing with onboard diagnostic (OBD) requirements when UN GTR No. 5 already addressed OBD in a generic structure. AC.3 agreed to resume discussion on this specific question at its March 2015 session under the agenda item on guidance (item 16 above).

92. The representative of Italy reported on the status of activities of GRRF on parallel amendments to UN GTR No. 3 and UN Regulation No. 78, introducing provisions for new types of Combined Braking Systems (CBS) and clarifying existing provisions. He also reported that GRRF would resume consideration of this item at its September 2014 session.

93. The representative of EU reported on the IWG which had completed its mandate in due time. The representative of the United States of America proposed that some additional work should be envisaged. AC.3 agreed to first consider, at its November 2014 session, the draft Amendment 3 adopted by GRPE in June 2014 and, then, to investigate remaining issues to define a mandate for a second phase for the IWG. AC.3 reconfirmed the adoption of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/38 on the extension of the IWG mandate.

94. The representative of the United Kingdom reported on the work progress of the IWG on Phase 2 of UN GTR No. 7 (WP.29-163-23). He recalled the main challenges of the IWG: (i) the effective and absolute height measurement of the head restraint and (ii) the introduction of the BioRID dummy in the UN GTR as a test tool. He clarified that the effective height measurement method of the head restraints had been finalized, based on a repeatable geometric process that excluded styling features with no restraining purposes. The IWG concluded that, concerning the establishment of a maximum absolute height value of the head restraints, the ultimate decision could only be taken by Contracting Parties during GRSP proper sessions. He informed AC.3 that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) had extensively conducted cadaver testing to allow the IWG to correlate cadaver response with performance of BioRID and establish injury criteria. However, he said that reproducibility of dummy performances were critical, because of the need to replace banned chemical materials used in dummy components. He added that this issue could delay the delivery of a complete proposal. However, he stated that the IWG was expected to submit an informal draft proposal at the December 2014 session of GRSP and complete discussion on the basis of an official document at the May 2015 session of GRSP. He suggested that AC.3 consider the possibility to separate the BioRID issue and head restraint height measurement from the proposal of amendment to the UN GTR. The representative of OICA recalled that AC.3 had already decided to request GRSP to recommend a proposal including both issues. AC.3 agreed to defer decision on this issue to its November 2014 session. The secretariat was requested to distribute WP.29-163-23 with an official symbol at the November 2014 session of AC.3.

95. The representative of the United States of America informed AC.3 that more time was needed to finalize studies on the Injury Assessment Reference Values (IARVs) for the flexible lower legform (FlexPLI) to bumper test of the proposal for amendments to the UN GTR. AC.3 agreed to defer the decision on the extension of the mandate of the IWG to its November 2014 session on the basis of the outcome of research undertaken by NHTSA.

96. AC.3 noted that a proposal of authorization to develop the Phase 2 of the UN GTR, including the terms of reference (ToR) of a new IWG, needed the feedback of the transposing processes of UN GTR No. 13, which were in progress in a number of Contracting Parties. Therefore, the representative of the United States of America stated that so far it was not possible to design a comprehensive outline of Phase 2 of the UN GTR. For the agenda of the next session, AC.3 agreed to move this matter to item 18 on exchange of views.

97. The representative of Australia informed AC.3 that the development of Phase 2 of the UN GTR was subject to the finalization of work on the 5th percentile female dummy of the IWG on harmonization of side impact dummy. AC.3 agreed to move this matter also to agenda item 18 on exchange of view.

98. The representative of Germany summarized the work progress of the IWG, informing that it was on schedule, but that some challenges were expected. He informed AC.3 about the intention of EU to first transpose UN GTR No. 15 (established in March 2014) in the EU legislation and then through amendments to UN Regulations Nos. 83 and 101 or a new UN Regulation.

99. The representative of the United States of America, on behalf of the co-sponsors of the UN GTR, informed AC.3 through the second progress report (WP.29-163-22) on the fifth meeting of the IWG (13-15 May 2014, Washington D.C.). He outlined the main items of discussion on: (i) research and rulemaking activities of Contracting Parties, (ii) UN GTR outline, road map of work and timeline, (iii) development of the UN GTR in one phase and, (iv) establishment of a new Task Force to investigate a possible extension of the UN GTR scope to include buses and trucks. He sought AC.3 endorsement of this extension until December 2015 to complete research and submit a draft UN GTR to GRSP at that time. He finally informed AC.3 on the next meeting of the IWG scheduled on 18-20 November 2014 in the Republic of Korea. AC.3 endorsed the extension of the mandate and requested the secretariat to distribute WP.29-163-22 at its November 2014 session with an official symbol.

100. The representative of the United States of America informed the Committee that, since the previous session of AC.3 in March 2014, there had not been any meeting of the IWG on Quiet Road Transport Vehicles (QRTV). He added that the technical sponsors (EU, Japan and United States of America), in cooperation with the Chair of GRB, were considering a proposal to extend the Terms of Reference to also cover the development of a draft UN Regulation on QRTV under the 1958 Agreement in parallel, with the aim to finalize both draft documents by November 2015.

101. The representative of the United Kingdom recalled that an additional session of GRRF would be held in the afternoon of Thursday, 26 June 2014, to conclude the pending issues of the draft UN GTR on Tyres (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/63, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/122) for an expected adoption at the November 2014 session.

102. No new information was provided for this agenda item.

103. No supplementary information was provided beyond agenda item 2.3 (see para. 15 above).

104. No new information was provided for this agenda item.

105. AC.3 agreed to separate this agenda item to include matter of pole side impact. Moreover, AC.3 agreed on establishing an IWG to harmonize the 3-D H point machine specifications (see para. 29 above) and to add a new agenda item on this subject under the section on exchange of views.

106. The representative of Canada recalled the progress made by the IWG on Electric vehicles and the environment. He added that GRPE had endorsed the Electric vehicle reference guide, which would be submitted to WP.29 for consideration at its November 2014 session. Following these activities, the IWG developed a draft document (WP.29-163-13) proposing the extension of IWG mandate, proposing potential new UN GTRs on Electric vehicles. AC.3 agreed to revise consideration of this item and requested the secretariat to distribute WP.29-163-13 with an official symbol.

107. No new information was provided for this agenda item.

108. No new proposal was raised.

109. The representative of Korea recalled the discussion on this item at the previous session of AC.3. She clarified that WP.29 was the only Forum to discuss vehicle regulations including Vehicle Indoor Air Quality (VIAQ). The Chair of GRPE proposed to: (i) clarify, in this respect, the mandate of GRPE at the November 2014 session and (ii) investigate the development of a recommendation to be annexed to R.E.3 and/or Special Resolution No. 1 or a new GTR on VIAQ at the GRPE session in January 2015.

58. Agenda item 4.7.5, Regulation No. 132, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/43, correct the title of the proposal to read “Proposal for the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 132 (Retrofit Emissions Control (REC) devices)” and replace in Annex 4 the figures “[nnn]” by “132” (3 times).

57. Agenda item 4.7.3, Regulation No. 83, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/41, correct Annex 4a, Appendix 7, paragraph 4.1.2., to read:

"4.1.2. Tyres

The choice of tyres shall be based on the rolling resistance. The tyres with the highest rolling resistance shall be chosen, measured according to ISO 28580.

If there are more than three tyre rolling resistances, the tyre with the second highest rolling resistance shall be chosen.

The rolling resistance characteristics of the tyres fitted to production vehicles shall reflect those of the tyres used for type approval."

54. Agenda item 4.6.4, Regulation No. 127, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/37, insert amendments to Annex 5, paragraph 3.2.1., to read:

“3.2.1.The velocity of the headform impactor shall be measured at some point during the free flight before impact, in accordance with the method specified in ISO 3784:1976. The measured velocity …… calculated or measured.”

55. Agenda item 4.6.5, Regulation No. 127, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/38, insert the following amendments:

Paragraphs 11.1. to 11.4., amend to read:

"11.1.As from the official date …… by the 01 series of amendments.
11.2.As from 1 September 2017, Contracting Parties applying …… the 01 series of amendments.
11.3Contracting Parties applying this Regulation shall not refuse to grant extensions of type approvals for existing vehicle types which have been granted according to the preceding series of amendments to this Regulation.
11.4Contracting Parties applying this Regulation shall continue to accept type approvals to the preceding series of amendments to the Regulation."

Annex 4, paragraphs 1.1. and 1.4., square brackets shall be removed.

Annex 5, paragraph 3.2.1., amend to read:

“3.2.1.The velocity of the headform impactor shall be measured at some pointduring the free flight before impact,in accordance with the method specified in ISO 3784:1976.”

Annex 5, Figure 5, amend to read:

“Figure 5
Example of marking of HIC1000 zone and HIC1700 zone
See document WP.29/2014/38 for the drawing accompanying the revised title.

Annex 6, paragraph 2.2.4., amend to read:

“2.2.4.The relative humidity and temperature of the certification area shall be measured at the time of certification, and recorded in the certification report.”

Annex 6, Figure 5, the title, amend to read:
“Figure 5
Flexible lower legform impactor: Test set-up for the knee joint in the static certification test (see paragraph 1.2.5. of this Annex) …”

Annex 6, Figure 6, the title, amend to read:
“Figure 6
Flexible lower legform impactor: Test set-up for the dynamic lower legform impactor certification test (pendulum test, see paragraph 1.3.3.1. of this Annex) …”

Annex 6, Figure 7, the title, amend to read:
“Figure 7
Flexible lower legform impactor: Test set-up for the dynamic lower legform impactor certification test (inverse test, see paragraph 1.4.3.1. of this Annex) …”

Working Party on Noise | Session 61 | 27-29 Jan 2015

1. The Working Party on Noise (GRB) held its sixty-first session from 27 to 29 January 2015 in Geneva. The meeting was chaired by Mr. S. Ficheux (France). Experts from the following countries participated in the work following Rule 1(a) of the Rules of Procedure of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) (TRANS/WP.29/690, Amend. 1 and Amend. 2): Austria; Belgium; China; France; Germany; Hungary; India; Italy; Japan; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Republic of Korea; Russian Federation; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Expert from the European Commission (EC) participated. Experts from the following non-governmental organizations also participated: Conference of European Directors of Roads (CEDR); European Association of Automobile Suppliers (CLEPA); European Tyre and Rim Technical Organisation (ETRTO); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA); International Organization for Standardization (ISO); International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA) and World Blind Union (WBU).

2. In her opening statement Ms. Eva Molnar, Director, UNECE Transport Division, informed GRB about the recent appointment of Mr. Walter Nissler as Chief, Vehicle Regulations and Transport Innovations Section. She also mentioned the ongoing global negotiations on the Sustainable Developments Goals (SDG), which should replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) as of 2016, and argued in favour of including transport related goals into SDG. In this context, she introduced a new edition of the UNECE publication “Transport for Sustainable Development” addressing issues of transport safety, security and environmental performance of vehicles. Finally, she briefed GRB on the highlights of the forthcoming session of the Inland Transport Committee (24-26 February 2015).

3. GRB considered and adopted the agenda.

4. GRB resumed discussion on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2014/4 by OICA proposing amendments to UN Regulation No. 28, in particular, a reduction in the prescribed sound level of the audible warning device from 93 to 87 dB(A). The expert from IMMA suggested further changes to this proposal (GRB-61-07). GRB adopted the proposal, as amended by Annex II to this report, and mandated the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and the Administrative Committee of the 1958 Agreement (AC.1) for consideration and vote at their June 2015 sessions as draft Supplement 4 to the original series of amendments to Regulation No. 28. GRB noted that the adopted modification of the prescribed sound level makes this requirement less stringent and, thus, does not need a new series of amendments with transitional provisions.

5. The expert from the Russian Federation pointed out that Regulation No. 28 had not been updated for a long time and proposed a number of editorial modifications (GRB-61-12). GRB welcomed this initiative and decided to consider it at the next session, based on an official document to be submitted by the expert from the Russian Federation.

6. The expert from IMMA proposed to introduce the calculated engine speed for various types of transmission into Regulation No. 41 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2015/2 and Corr. 1, Corr. 2). GRB adopted the proposal and mandated the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their June 2015 sessions as a draft Supplement to Regulation No. 41.

7. The expert from IMMA also proposed to amend paragraph 8.2. of Regulation No. 41 on the conformity of production (GRB-61-11). GRB decided to address this issue at the next session on the basis of an official document by IMMA.

8. On behalf of the Informal Working Group (IWG) on UN Regulations Nos. 51 and 59, the expert from OICA introduced further proposals for amendments to the 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 51 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2015/3 and Corr.1). The expert from Japan expressed concerns about a relaxation clause for a specific category of vehicles included in these proposals (GRB-61-05) and proposed an alternative wording. Further corrections were suggested by the experts from the Netherlands (GRB-61-08), Spain, the European Commission and OICA. Finally, GRB adopted the proposals, as amended by Annex III to this report.

9. GRB recalled that, at its previous session, it had adopted the draft 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 51 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2014/5, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/58, para. 5 and Annex III) which had subsequently been submitted to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2015 sessions as document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/3. With regard to the additional proposals adopted at this session (para. 8 above and Annex III to this report), GRB noted two options for their processing:

  • (i) submit them separately to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their June 2015 session as a draft Supplement 1 to the 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 51; or
  • (ii) combine them with the 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 51 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/3) in a single document and submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their June 2015 sessions. In this case, WP.29 and AC.1 would be requested not to consider document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/3 in March 2015.

10. GRB supported option (ii) and mandated its Chair to report about this decision to WP.29, AC.1 and the Administrative Committee for the Coordination of Work (AC.2) at their sessions in March 2015. GRB also noted that IWG on UN Regulations Nos. 51 and 59 had completed its tasks and that the extension of its mandate was not necessary.

11. No new information was reported under this item.

12. GRB considered additional proposals for the 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 59 prepared by IWG on Regulations Nos. 51 and 59 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2015/4). GRB adopted these proposals, as amended by Annex IV to this report, and mandated the secretariat to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their June 2015 sessions as a draft Supplement 1 to the 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 59.

13. No new information was given under this agenda item.

14. GRB continued its consideration of the revised proposal for new time measurement accuracy for the rolling resistance method (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2014/8). The expert from Japan introduced several modifications to this proposal (GRB-61-06). GRB adopted the proposal, as contained in Annex V to this report, and mandated the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their June 2015 sessions as a draft Supplement 8 to the 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 117. GRB also noted that the Working Party on Brakes and Running Gear (GRRF), at its February 2015 session, would consider a corrigendum to Supplement 6 to the 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 117 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2015/9).

15. The expert from France presented the results of testing tyres of commercial vehicles (classes C2 and C3) for the deceleration test method using the dω/dt form for measuring rolling resistance (GRB-61-09). The aim of this study was to compare the measurements obtained at a dedicated and non-dedicated rolling resistance machine. The results at the non-dedicated rolling resistance machine demonstrated a poor repeatability of the measurements, thus leaving open the question whether or not such machines are suitable for the proposed deceleration test method. GRB was of the view that further studies would be necessary and encouraged other laboratories to conduct such tests.

16. The expert from ETRTO referred to the ongoing work of updating references to the new version of ISO standard 10844:2014 (see para. 17 below) and proposed similar amendments to Annex 3 of Regulation No. 117 (GRB-61-14). The expert of ISO recalled his presentation on the comparison between the 2014 and 2011 versions of ISO 10844 (GRB-60-17) and confirmed that only editorial modifications had been introduced without any technical changes. Thus, GRB agreed that no transitional provisions were required in this case. GRB adopted the proposal, as contained in Annex VI to this report, and mandated the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their June 2015 sessions as a draft supplement to Regulation No. 117.

17. The expert from IMMA proposed collective amendments to Regulations Nos. 9, 41 and 63 to introduce the recently published standard ISO 10844:2014 and to align the transition provisions for new type approvals and extension to approvals (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2015/5 and GRB-61-13). GRB adopted these proposals, as contained in Annexes VII, VIII and IX to this report, and mandated the secretariat to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their June 2015 sessions.

18. The expert from the Netherlands recalled the two studies presented at the previous session of GRB and introduced further arguments for tightening tyre noise limits in Regulation No. 117, together with the text of draft amendments (GRB-61-03 and Add.1). The expert from ETRTO questioned if the pool of tyres selected for the Dutch studies had indeed been a representative sample (GRB-61-18). He further pointed out that, for the time being, the tyre industry was busy meeting the requirements of 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 117 which had recently come into force, in November 2012. According to him, until the completion of this process by 2018-2020, it would be premature to consider further reducing of tyre noise limits. The experts from China, Norway and Switzerland agreed that the proposal by the Netherlands needed further study. The experts from France and Germany pointed out various problems with labelling of tyres. GRB invited experts to provide their comments on the Dutch proposal and decided to revert to this issue at the next session on the basis of a new informal document containing the draft amendment proposals tabled by the expert from the Netherlands in GRB-61-03.

19. The expert from the Russian Federation presented historical developments of health standards and regulations on internal noise in the former Soviet Union and the Russian Federation (GRB-61-17). He also informed GRB that, as from 1 January 2015, a new regional regulation had come into force in the Customs Union establishing obligatory values for internal noise. He further clarified that his presentation was only for information purposes and that any concrete proposals could only be submitted to GRB when standard ISO-5128 on measuring internal noise, dated back to 1980, would be updated. The expert from ISO reported on ISO activities in this respect. The Chair proposed to keep this issue in the agenda and, as a first step, to consider if the methods for measuring inside noise in the Consolidated Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles (R.E.3) should be updated.

20. The expert from the Netherlands presented a discussion paper (GRB-61-01 and Add.1) exploring the possibility of introducing a noise label system for vehicles and providing an initial model for such labelling. In particular, he suggested that a labelling system for private cars rely on scores for interior noise, powertrain noise (engine and exhaust system), and tyre noise. The experts from Austria, France, Germany and OICA raised practical questions regarding the potential advantages of such a labelling system for customers. The expert from the European Commission pointed out that labelling falls under the competence of the Community and that the EU internal procedures should be followed. GRB decided to come back to this issue at the next session.

21. The expert from CEDR presented the experiences of his organization and its members regarding the use of noise reducing pavements (GRB-61-16). Such pavements were found to be more cost-effective than noise barriers and to reduce noise levels with 2 to 3 dB (max. 6 dB). On the other hand, the lifetime of noise reducing pavements is less than the one of non-noise reducing pavements and the investment costs of noise reducing pavements is higher than the costs of non-noise reducing pavements.

22. GRB noted that three factors contribute to the overall noise production: vehicles, tyres and road surfaces. Thus, a holistic approach should be followed to reduce sound emissions. The Chair recalled that, at present, UN Regulations do not address the issue of road surfaces and that GRB has no mandate for regulating pavements. GRB agreed to continue this discussion at its next session and looked forward to new studies and presentations on the issue.

23. The expert of WBU presented a position paper (GRB-61-15) with concerns about an Audible Vehicle Alert System (AVAS) of Quiet Road Transport Vehicles (QRTV). He stressed that AVAS must fulfil four criteria, namely presence, direction, location and operation of a hybrid electric or electric vehicle. He further explained that the AVAS sound must be detectable and locatable, AVAS must be on while the vehicle is stationary and that the driver should not be able to switch off (or pause) AVAS.

24. The experts from France and Germany, co-chairing IWG QRTV for a UN Regulation, briefed GRB on the progress in preparing a draft UN Regulation on QRTV under the 1958 Agreement and on its key aspects (GRB-61-02, GRB-61-10). GRB noted that a draft Regulation would be officially submitted to the next session of GRB in September 2015, as foreseen by the IWG mandate. The Chair invited GRB experts to provide IWG with their comments on a draft QRTV regulation as soon as possible and/or to take part in the work of IWG.

25. GRB confirmed that, for the time being, a new QRTV Regulation would cover electric and hybrid electric vehicles of categories M and N only. GRB agreed that stationary noise and the pause-switch function would be optional in stage 1. GRB also agreed that a maximum AVAS sound level should be introduced into a QRTV Regulation, with a view to protecting environment. The expert of WBU concurred with this view.

26. The Chair recalled that IWG QRTV for a UN Regulation should be working in close cooperation with IWG QRTV for GTR. He also pointed out that IWG QRTV for GTR would ask WP.29 to extend its mandate for one year.

27. GRB noted that, in line with the WP.29 decision, the secretariat was preparing a concept of a central register in which acronyms used by WP.29 as well as definitions used in UN Regulations and UN GTRs would be listed. In this context, GRB reiterated its request to OICA and IMMA to update documents GRB-57-12 and GRB-57-18 containing definitions and acronyms in Regulations under the responsibility of GRB.

28. GRB was informed that the Working Party on Lighting and Light-Signalling (GRE) had approved draft definitions for agricultural trailers and towed machinery, to be included into the Consolidated Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles (R.E.3) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/35). GRB invited experts to transmit their comments and suggestions, if any, to the secretariat.

29. The secretariat informed GRB about the current situation in Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement, development of IVWTA and the Database on Exchange of Type Approval documentation (DETA) and highlighted the recent changes in the draft text of Revision 3 made at the November 2014 session of WP.29 as well as the remaining outstanding issues (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/53, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/82). GRB requested the secretariat to deliver, at its next session, a detailed presentation on Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement. The Chair pointed out that Regulations Nos. 28, 51 and 117 under the responsibility of GRB had been recently amended and are ready for the inclusion in the IVWTA listing.

30. The secretariat reported on the highlights of the 164th session of WP.29 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1112, GRB-61-04).

31. Following the adoption of major amendments to several Regulations, GRB resumed its exchange of views on issues that should be included in the future work. The expert from France was of the view that GRB would be occupied with updating Regulation No. 28 (see para. 5 above). The expert from Germany pointed out that backing alarms for QRTV could cause problems at night and volunteered to prepare an informal document on this issue for the next session.

32. GRB was informed that Mr. Pieter Steenackers (CLEPA) would no longer attend its sessions. GRB thanked him for his contributions and wished him success in his new career.

33. The secretariat reported on best practices for using private standards in Regulations managed by WP.29 (WP.29-164-26).

34. The expert from IMMA informed GRB of his intention to submit, to the next session, proposals for amendments to Regulation No. 41 for hybrid vehicles. He invited GRB experts to provide comments, if any, before the next session.

35. For its sixty-second session, scheduled to be held in Geneva from 1 (starting at 2.30 p.m.) to 3 (concluding at 5.30 p.m.) September 2015, GRB noted that the deadline for the submission of official documents to the secretariat was 5 June 2015, twelve weeks prior to the session. The following provisional agenda was adopted:
1. Adoption of the agenda.
2. Regulation No. 28 (Audible warning devices).
3. Regulation No. 41 (Noise of motorcycles): Development.
4. Regulation No. 51 (Noise of M and N categories of vehicles):
(a) Development;
(b) Additional sound emission provisions.
5. Regulation No. 59 (Replacement silencing systems).
6. Regulation No. 92 (Replacement exhaust silencing systems for motorcycles).
7. Regulation No. 117 (Tyre rolling noise and wet grip adhesion).