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Agenda Item 4. (d) | Regulation No. 7 (Position, stop and end-outline lamps)
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GRE-72-11 | Proposal for Supplement 24 to the 02 series of Regulation No. 7 (GTB)

GRE-72 Discussion

25. The expert from GTB proposed to correct an error introduced by Supplement 21 to the 02 series of Regulation No. 7 (GRE-72-11). GRE adopted the proposed correction and requested the secretariat to identify the proper legal form (supplement or corrigendum) and submit to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2015 sessions the following amendment:

Paragraph 1.6., subparagraph (c), amend to read:
“© The variable intensity control, if any”.

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Previous Discussion(s)

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.