Session 163 | Geneva | 24-27 Jun 2014
Agenda Item 4.2.3. Request for guidance regarding the draft UN Regulation on pole side-impact protection
Working Party on Passive Safety | Session 55 | 19-23 May 2014

34. The expert from Australia summarized (GRSP-55-16) the work of transposing UN GTR No. 14 (Pole Side Impact) into a draft new UN Regulation (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2014/9). The experts from the Netherlands and France questioned the inclusion of N1 category of vehicles into the UN Regulation since it was not justified by national data. The expert from the United Kingdom supported this conclusion. The expert from EU informed GRSP that a cost benefit analysis by his organization would better identify the category of vehicles to be addressed. GRSP noted that the specifications of the three-dimensional H-point machine (3-D H machine) of the draft UN Regulation differed from those of the 3-D H machine of the Consolidated Resolution No. 3 (R.E.3). The expert from France, supported by the expert from Italy, questioned the reference to the ISO standard, concerning drawings and dummy specifications instead of a reference to an addendum to the M.R.l. Following the suggestion of the expert from the Netherlands, GRSP also noted that a possible development of the UN Regulation (in parallel to the future Phase 2 of the UN GTR No. 14) could be to include the viscous criteria (VC) and the thorax deflection limit. Moreover, GRSP considered GRSP-55-45 incorporating the amendments to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2014/9 agreed during the session.

35. GRSP adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2014/9, as amended by Annex VII to this report and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2014/12, not amended, this last introducing a vehicle-to-pole impact speed of 32 ± 1 km/h regardless to the vehicle width. The secretariat was requested to submit ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2014/9 as draft UN Regulation on Pole Side Impact and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2014/12 as draft 01 series of amendments to the UN Regulation to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their November 2014 sessions. However, GRSP requested the expert from Australia to send the proposals to WP.29 at its June 2014 session on a preliminary basis and to seek guidance from WP.29/AC.2 on: (i) Reference to ISO STD (WorldSID) instead of an Addendum to M.R.1. and (ii) transitional provisions of the 01 series of amendments simultaneously adopted with the original version of the UN Regulation.

36. Finally, GRSP agreed to seek consent from WP.29 and AC.3 at their June 2014 sessions on mandating an IWG to harmonize the 3-D H point machine specifications.

World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations | Session 163 | 24-27 Jun 2014

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.

WP.29-163-14 | Draft new Regulation No. [X] concerning the approval of vehicles with regard to their Pole Side Impact performance (Australia)
WP.29-163-15 | Draft 01 series of amendments to the draft new Regulation No. [X] concerning the approval of vehicles with regard to their Pole Side Impact performance (Australia)
WP.29-163-16 | Issues referred by GRSP regarding a draft new Regulation on the approval of vehicles with regard to Pole Side Impact performance (Australia)
WP.29/1044/Rev.1 | General Guidelines for UN regulatory procedures and transitional provisions in UN Regulations