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Working Party on Passive Safety
56th session | Geneva | 9-12 Dec 2014 Download Copy
Agenda Item 15. | Regulation No. 100 (Battery electric vehicle safety)
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GRSP-56-17 | Proposal for Supplement 4 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 100 (Germany)
GRSP-56-18 | Proposal for Supplement 2 to the 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 100 (Germany)

31. The expert from Germany introduced GRSP-56-17 and GRSP-56-18 aimed at clarifying the provisions for connectors of electric vehicles. GRSP adopted both proposals, as reproduced in Annex IV to the session report. The secretariat was requested to submit GRSP-56-17 and GRSP-56-18 to WP.29 and AC.1, for consideration and vote at their June 2015 sessions, respectively as: (i) draft Supplement 4 to the 01 series of amendments and as (ii) draft Supplement 2 to the 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 100.

Previous Discussion(s)

Working Party on Passive Safety | Session 55 | 19-23 May 2014

13. The expert from the United States of America gave an update on the activity of the IWG on Electric Vehicle Safety (EVS) UN GTR. The last meeting was held in Washington, D.C. on 13-15 May 2014 where participants continued to share information on research and rulemaking activities as in the United States of America and Canada. He clarified that these activities would provide regulatory recommendations for the draft UN GTR, its test procedures as well as supporting technical data. He mentioned that the IWG had been briefed on the progress of the seven Task Force (TF) groups set up to analyse and research specific topics, such as State of Charge (SOC), fire resistance, water immersion, etc. He announced that the IWG agreed: (i) to develop the UN GTR in one phase and (ii) to establish a new TF group to investigate on possible extension of the UN GTR scope to include buses and trucks. He finally invited the OICA experts from the bus and heavy truck manufacturers to attend GRSP and to participate in the activities of this new TF group.

4. The expert from the United Kingdom, on behalf of the Chair of the Informal Working Group (IWG) on the UN Global Technical Regulation (UN GTR) No. 7 Phase 2, informed GRSP about the work progress of the IWG. He clarified that notwithstanding the progress of the last meeting held in February 2014, outstanding points remained, i.e. on injury criteria. He added that the next meeting had been scheduled on early September 2014, in Berlin. He stated that the IWG had suggested that the issue of the head restraint height would be resolved by GRSP rather than the IWG. He finally announced that a revised official proposal for a UN GTR would be submitted by the IWG at the December 2014 session of GRSP as well as a final draft addendum to the Mutual Resolution No. 1 (M.R.1), to incorporate the Biofidelic Rear Impact Dummy (BioRID II).

5. Finally, GRSP agreed to resume consideration of the draft UN GTR (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2013/24) on the basis of final proposals submitted by the IWG and to resume discussion on the height of the head restraints (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2013/17) at its December 2014 session.

12. The Chair of GRSP, also chairing of the IWG on harmonization of side impact dummies, reported on the work progress of the IWG. She informed GRSP about an upcoming meeting with ISO (23 May 2014) to reach an agreement on the availability of the full set of drawings and specifications including the user manual of the 50th percentile World Side Impact dummy (WorldSID) for the final draft addendum to the M.R.1. She also informed GRSP that the 5th percentile female WorldSID dummy needed to be redesigned more than expected.

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.

29. The expert from France, Chair of the IWG on Enhanced Child Restraint Systems (ECRS), introduced: (i) the status report of the progress of his group (GRSP-55-34-Rev.1) and (ii) the latest update of the draft 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 129 that incorporates provisions for booster seats (GRSP-55-08, superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2014/7). The expert from OICA gave a presentation (GRSP-55-35) on a possible child restraint fixture, covering booster seats for children older than 4 years. GRSP agreed to refer GRSP-55-08 back to the IWG and to resume consideration of this agenda item at its December 2014 session on the basis of an updated proposal submitted by the IWG on ECRS.

30. Finally, GRSP considered GRSP-55-37 and GRSP-55-38 tabled by the expert from CLEPA, as a basis for a draft brochure, in the framework of a coordinated information campaign on UN Regulation No. 129. GRSP requested its experts to provide a final text for the December 2014 session of GRSP.

27. GRSP resumed consideration on the remaining issues of the proposed 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 127 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/38), such as the tolerances of the flexible pedestrian legform impactor (FlexPLI). GRSP finally adopted GRSP-55-14-Rev.3 (incorporating GRSP-55-24), as reproduced in Annex V to this report. GRSP requested the secretariat to send the proposal (WP.29-163-06) to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their June 2014 sessions as a draft amendment to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/38. GRSP also adopted GRSP-55-44, as reproduced in Annex V to this report, to introduce a parallel correction to Supplement 1 of the original version of the UN Regulation (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/37). GRSP requested the secretariat to send the proposal (WP.29-163-07) to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their June 2014 sessions as a draft amendment to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/37.

28. GRSP agreed to resume consideration at its December 2014 session of this agenda item based on a possible proposal of an Addendum to the M.R.1 to incorporate the FlexPLI.

6. GRSP noted that the Administrative Committee of the 1998 Agreement (AC.3) at its March 2014 referred WP.29-162-03 to GRSP, concerning the Injury Assessment References Values (IARVs) for the flexible lower legform (FlexPLI) to bumper test, of the proposal for amendments to the UN GTR. It was also noted that referring this document back to GRSP, the establishment of the UN GTR would be delayed until an agreement on the IARVs would be reached by GRSP (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1108, paras. 91 and 92). Therefore, the expert of the United States of America introduced GRSP-55-36, suggesting to amend the preamble of the draft UN GTR to allow Contracting Parties to choose appropriate values based on their cost and benefit studies and the existing injury risk curves. He concluded that establishing premature values, without the research results would introduce risks of dis-harmonization. The expert from Germany, supported by the expert from OICA, argued that this approach would not be, however, the most favourable one for harmonization. He suggested to put the development of UN GTR No. 9 – Phase 2 on hold until the expert from the United States of America completed his research and to concentrate the work on the corresponding UN Regulation No. 127.

7. Finally, GRSP agreed to resume discussion at its December 2014 session, based on further research results and requested the secretariat to distribute GRSP-55-40, GRSP-54-33-Rev.2 (draft UN GTR) and GRSP-54-34-Rev.1 (draft final report of the IWG) with official symbols.

8. GRSP noted a presentation (GRSP-55-09), tabled by the expert from OICA, showing new examples of how the current headform test method created issues for the determination of the test zone or the test execution. The expert from the United States of America announced that the Notice of Proposal of Regulation Making (NPRM), aimed at transposing as a first step UN GTR No. 9 Phase 1, would be published in 2014.

47. GRSP agreed to defer consideration of this agenda item to its December 2014 session due to lack of time and requested the secretariat to distribute GRSP-55-06 with an official symbol.

1. The Working Party on Passive Safety (GRSP) held its fifty-fifth session in Geneva from 19 to 23 May 2014, chaired by Ms. M. Versailles (United States of America). 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):

Australia; Belgium; Brazil; Czech Republic; China; France; Germany; Hungary; India; Italy; Japan; Netherlands; Norway; Republic of Korea; Russian Federation; South Africa; Spain; Sweden; Turkey; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (United Kingdom) and United States of America. An expert from the European Commission (EC) participated.

Experts from the following non-governmental organizations participated:

Consumers International (CI); European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA) and International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA). Upon the special invitation of the Secretariat, the session was also attended by an expert from the Association of the European Bicycle Industry (COLIBI) and the Association of the European Two-Wheeler Parts and Accessories Industries (COLIPED).

2. The informal documents distributed during the session are listed in Annex I to the GRSP 55th session report.

3. GRSP considered and adopted the agenda (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2014/1 and Add.1) proposed for the fifty-fifth session with the new agenda items 23(e) to 23(k) and 24 as well as the running order (GRSP-55-05). The list of GRSP informal working groups is contained in Annex VIII to the GRSP 55th session report.

9. Moreover, the expert from OICA gave a presentation (GRSP-55-40) on the work progress of the Task Force Bumper Test Area (TF-BTA), a subgroup of the IWG on UN GTR No. 9 – Phase 2 and proposing an amendment (GRSP-55-41) to the provisions of the bumper test.

10. GRSP agreed to resume consideration of this agenda item at its December 2014 session, awaiting the outcome of research on this issue from Contracting Parties concerned. GRSP requested the secretariat to distribute GRSP-55-41 with an official symbol at its next session. Finally, it was agreed to consider GRSP-55-24 under agenda item 17.

11. GRSP noted that no new information were provided by the co-sponsors of the UN GTR No. 13 (Germany, Japan and United States of America) on a proposal of authorization to develop Phase 2 of the UN GTR, including the terms of references (ToR) and a mandate for a new IWG. GRSP agreed to remove this item from the agenda of its December 2014 session, awaiting further information.

14. No new information was provided for this agenda item and GRSP agreed to delete it from the agenda of its further sessions.

15. GRSP resumed consideration on a proposal tabled by the expert from Germany (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2014/13), aimed at ensuring that no vehicle occupants would be unintentionally fully locked inside the vehicle. The expert from OICA, in cooperation with the expert from France, introduced GRSP-55-10-Rev.3 on allowing occupants to manually activate, from the interior of the vehicle, an acoustic warning in case the ignition is switched off. Finally, GRSP adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2014/13, as amended by Annex II to the GRSP 55th session report. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposal to WP.29 and AC.1, for consideration and vote at their November 2014 sessions as draft 04 series of amendments to the UN Regulation.

16. GRSP resumed consideration of paragraph 5.3.8.2. of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2013/15, concerning exemption to the mandatory installation of an ISOFIX position anchorages in vehicles with one seat row. However, the expert from OICA showed (GRSP-55-32) differences between sport cars unfitted for the transport of children and conventional cars with one seat row. Therefore, he proposed GRSP-55-31 which introduces a geometric criteria (R- point height above the ground less than 450 mm) to exempt such sport cars. The expert from Germany raised a study reservation on this proposal. GRSP agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its December 2014 session and requested the secretariat to distribute GRSP-55-31 with an official symbol.

17. GRSP did not resume discussion on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2012/25 and GRSP-54-03, awaiting the adoption of the amendment to the 1958 Agreement and the future requirements on transitional provisions.

18. GRSP resumed consideration on a proposal tabled by the expert from CLEPA (GRSP-55-15), aimed at introducing provisions to define the moment of inertia of the luggage impact test. The expert from Japan reminded GRSP of his previous proposal (GRSP-54-20) to regulate only the lower limit of the moment of inertia of the test blocks and proposed further consultation with the expert from CLEPA. Finally, GRSP agreed to resume discussion at its December 2014 session and requested the secretariat to distribute GRSP-55-15 with an official symbol.

19. The expert from Germany introduced GRSP-55-19 to extend the prohibition of installation of side-facing seats to all categories of commercial vehicles (N). The expert from Turkey raised a study reservation and the expert from OICA argued that this extension should be carefully examined for special vehicles (e.g. ambulances, hearses). GRSP agreed to resume consideration of this agenda item at its December 2014 session and requested the secretariat to distribute GRSP-55-19 with an official symbol.

20. Finally GRSP considered GRSP-55-30-Rev.1, proposing editorial amendments to the UN Regulation. GRSP agreed to resume consideration of this issue at its December 2014 session and requested the secretariat to distribute GRSP-55-30-Rev.1 with an official symbol.

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

22. The expert from OICA introduced GRSP-55-11 updating his original proposal ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2014/3, aimed at removing contradictory provisions for components to be simultaneously type approved to more than one UN Regulation. GRSP adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2014/3 as amended by Annex III to the GRSP 55th session report. The secretariat was requested to submit ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2014/3 to WP.29 and AC.1, for consideration and vote at their November 2014 sessions as draft Supplement 1 to the 04 series of amendments to the UN Regulation.

23. The expert from the Russian Federation introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2014/4, proposing that during a pendulum impact test the cab should remain attached to the chassis frame at no fewer than three points. The expert from Sweden argued that the current text of the Regulation was enough to guarantee the aimed level of safety.

24. GRSP considered and adopted GRSP-55-01-Rev.1, GRSP-55-02 and GRSP-55-33, as reproduced in Annex IV to the GRS 55th session report, updating provisions of UN Regulation No. 44. The secretariat was requested to submit the three proposals combined, to WP.29 and AC.1, for consideration and vote at their November 2014 sessions as draft Supplement 9 to the 04 series of amendments to the UN Regulation.

25. The expert from France gave a presentation (GRSP-55-39) to inform GRSP about the outcome of tests made on Child Restraint Systems (CRS), equipped with a shield cushion instead of harnesses to subdue the movement of children during collisions. He added that these tests showed that the shield system did not restrain the children in the geometry of the CRS, thus, compromising their full protection. The expert from Japan informed GRSP that some experimental data were available on the kinds of CRS in his country. The expert from Germany, on behalf of the European Enhanced-safety Vehicle Committee (EEVC), announced the intention of his organization to carry out further tests aimed at proposing amendments to the UN Regulation and reduce the risks by using these CRS. He added that every manufacturer producing CRS with a shield system should take note of the potential risk of ejection under specific circumstances and should investigate the safety level accordingly. Following the request of the expert from France, GRSP agreed to resume consideration of this issue by an exchange of information at its December 2014 session.

26. The expert from France, Chair of the frontal impact (FI) IWG, introduced a proposal of amendment to update the UN Regulation (GRSP-55-21-Rev.1 superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2014/6) in view of the new draft UN Regulation (full-width frontal collision) on improving the protection of older occupants. GRSP agreed to resume consideration of this agenda item at its December 2014 session and requested the secretariat to distribute GRSP-55-21-Rev.1 with an official symbol.

31. The expert from OICA introduced the last draft UN Regulation on hydrogen and fuel cell vehicles (HFCV) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2014/8) prepared with the expert of EC and transposing UN GTR No. 13 (HFCV) into the 1958 Agreement. The expert from the Republic of Korea introduced GRSP-55-23, proposing the deletion of any reference to liquefied hydrogen that is not yet covered by the draft UN Regulation. The expert from OICA argued that UN GTR No. 13 also mentioned liquefied hydrogen technology, and that it could be kept as an optional basis for further development. However, he agreed to bring the technology back to the UN Regulation at a later stage when it was ready for regulation.

32. Moreover, the expert from Japan reminded GRSP that his country already legislated Hydrogen Fuelled Vehicles and requested further guidance. GRSP experts noted that Contracting Parties may continue to apply requirements that were in force at the time of accession to this UN Regulation on aspects not currently regulated by the UN Regulation: (i) the electrical safety of electric power train, (ii) the material compatibility and hydrogen embrittlement of the vehicle fuel system and (iii) the post-crash fuel system integrity in the event of full width frontal impact and rear impact. However, the expert from the Netherlands expressed concerns because UN Regulations Nos. 12, 94 and 95 were addressed in the draft UN Regulation to verify post-crash fuel tank integrity. Inversely, he noted that in UN Regulations Nos. 67 (Liquefied Petroleum Gas vehicles) and 110 (Compressed Natural Gases vehicles), reference was not made to such post-crash UN Regulations. Accordingly, it was agreed to insert a footnote in the draft UN Regulation to specify those aspects not yet regulated as a reminder for future development of the UN Regulation and seek further harmonization (GRSP-55-28-Rev.2). However, GRSP agreed to seek guidance from the Administrative Committee for the Coordination of Work (WP.29/AC.2) at its June 2014 session as the issue raised by the expert from Japan would affect a number of UN Regulations.

33. Finally, GRSP adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2014/8, as amended by Annex VI to the GRSP 55th session report. The secretariat was requested to submit ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2014/8 to WP.29 and AC.1, for consideration and vote at their November 2014 sessions, as draft UN Regulation on hydrogen and fuel cell vehicles.

37. The expert from France, Chair of the FI IWG, introduced the status report of the group (GRSP-55-43) as well as the latest amendments (GRSP-55-20-Rev.1) to the official proposal (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2014/10) of a new UN Regulation on frontal impact with focus on the restraint system. He added that the IWG focused on two possible scenarios for the threshold of front passenger’s thorax compression criteria:
(a) thorax compression criteria (Thcc) of ≤ 34 mm (considering the injury risk curve for the elderly 5th percentile female);
(b) Thcc ≤ 42 mm (considering the injury risk curve for the 5th percentile female).

38. He asked GRSP for guidance on choosing the scenario to be addressed by the draft UN Regulation. The expert from EC suggested that the first scenario complemented by an additional test (e.g. sled test) with a 95th percentile male dummy. However, the expert from France reminded GRSP that the proposal aimed to reduce the number of tests. The expert from OICA presented a recommendation (GRSP-55-42) for a Thcc ≤ 42 mm to address the 5th percentile female because a Thcc of ≤ 34 mm would only address a limited percentage of the population and because the test tool variations need to be taken into account. He remarked that the higher injury risk for elderly occupants would be considered by a reduced Thcc threshold of 42 mm for the 50th percentile male dummy Hybrid III as was also proposed for UN Regulation No. 94. GRSP finally agreed to resume consideration of this agenda item at its December 2014 session and requested its experts to provide clear guidance on the two above-mentioned scenarios. The secretariat was requested to distribute GRSP-55-20-Rev.1 with an official symbol at the next session of GRSP.

39. The expert from Germany, Chair of the IWG on Rechargeable Energy Storage System (REESS) made a presentation (GRSP-55-29) to introduce ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2014/11, aimed at proposing a draft UN Regulation on safety requirements with respect to the electric power train of vehicles of categories L1 with a maximum design speed exceeding 6 km/h. The expert from IMMA proposed some amendments (GRSP-55-07) to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2014/11. The majority of the Contracting Parties (Australia, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom) rejected the introduction of additional provisions (para. 12 of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2014/11) in the text of the draft UN Regulation, to allow Contracting Parties to continue requiring the proof of compliance for post-crash requirements as proposed by the expert from Japan. GRSP referred GRSP-55-25-Rev.1 back to the IWG (including GRSP-55-22 proposed by the expert from Japan) and agreed to resume consideration of this agenda item at its December 2014 session, on the basis of an updated proposal submitted by the IWG. Finally, GRSP agreed to seek consent from WP.29 at its June 2014 session to extend the mandate of the IWG until June 2015.

40. The expert from Turkey informed GRSP about the next inauguration of a National Centre for Passive Safety.

41. GRSP agreed to resume consideration of this agenda item at its December 2014 session on the basis of an updated provisional list of acronyms (GRSP-51-03) to include those of UN Regulation No. 129, from the expert of France.

42. GRSP noted that the consideration of draft Revision 3 to the 1958 Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/53) was scheduled for the June session of WP.29 as well as other pending issues such as: (i) proxy vote, (ii) the final list A of draft UN Regulation No. 0 and (iii) common commencement dates for new series of amendments to UN Regulations. GRSP noted WP.29-162-18 introducing principles for supplements, series of amendments and Revisions to UN Regulations. GRSP finally agreed to move UN Regulation No. 16 to the final list A, while UN Regulation No. 14 should be moved to list B.

43. Moreover, GRSP noted GRSP-55-17, indicating possible scenarios for the introduction of different propulsion tractions into the UN Regulation in view of IWVTA. The expert from OICA stated that UN Regulations should be considered technologically and fuel neutral. The expert from Germany indicated that the solution of developing specialized Annexes, each dedicated to specific fuel systems, could facilitate Contracting Parties when applying preceding series of amendments. However, he suggested that GRSP-55-17 would be further discussed and referred to the IWG on IWVTA to verify if such a solution would be viable for all UN Regulations. He also envisaged that the issue of cross referencing to other UN Regulations should be further developed by the IWG. GRSP agreed to resume discussion on this issue and to refer in the meantime GRSP-55-17 to the IWVTA IWG for consideration.

44. The Secretary reported on the highlights of the 162nd session of WP.29 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1108).

45. GRSP noted GRSP-55-03, showing a number of inconsistencies between some of the definitions used in UN Regulations from the “UN Vehicle Regulations Dictionary”, as prepared by a former intern of the UNECE secretariat. GRSP agreed to resume consideration of this agenda item at its December 2014 session.

46. The expert from the Netherlands introduced GRSP-55-04 to clarify that the adjustment device for the height of the effective upper anchorage (introduced recently for buses) might be part of the anchorage or of the safety-belt requirements. The expert from Germany raised a study reservation on the proposal. Finally, GRSP agreed to resume consideration of this agenda item at its December 2014 session of the basis of a revised proposal prepared by the expert from the Netherlands and to keep GRSP-55-04 on the agenda for reference.

48. The expert from OICA introduced GRSP-55-12 and GRSP-55-13 to clarify provisions for connectors. The expert from Germany agreed with the technical contents of the proposal but suggested a clearer wording. GRSP agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its December 2014 session.

49. The expert from Germany introduced GRSP-55-18 to clarify provisions for the banned installation of side-facing seats. GRSP agreed to resume discussion at its December 2014 session and requested the secretariat to distribute GRSP-55-18 with an official symbol.

50. The expert from Japan presented a survey (GRSP-55-26-Rev.1) on the safety of four-wheeled vehicle whose unladen mass was not more than 400 kg, (category L6 and L7); these were shown to be very similar to passenger vehicles (M1) identified in Japan as “New Mobility Vehicles”. He added that these vehicles might be in conformity with a number of safety requirements (i.e. full width frontal collision, UN Regulation No. 95) currently required for passenger vehicles in Japan. He concluded that his country aimed at achieving regulatory harmonization of these vehicles and sought information and comments from Contracting Parties. The expert from EC informed GRSP that his organization was conducting similar safety investigations on L7 vehicles and offered to cooperate with the expert from Japan, and exchange data on cost benefit analysis. GRSP agreed to continue sharing information on this issue at its December 2014 session.

51. GRSP noted GRSP-55-27, or the possible insertion of new categories of vehicles (e.g. agricultural trailers and towed machinery) into the Consolidated Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles (R.E.3). It was noted that the proposal had been designed by the Working Party on Lighting and Light-Signalling (GRE) in updating UN Regulation No. 86 (Installation of lighting and light-signalling devices for agricultural tractors) and that GRE agreed to circulate the proposal to all Working Parties for comments. GRSP invited its experts to provide comments on the proposal to the secretariat, before the October 2014 session of GRE.