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Working Party on Brakes and Running Gear
79th session | Geneva | 16-20 Feb 2015 Download Copy
Agenda Item 7. (b) | Regulation No. 117
Document(s)
GRRF-79-19 | Proposal for Supplement 8 to the 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 117 (Russia)
GRRF-79-33 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 117 (Russia and ETRTO)
GRRF/2015/9 | Proposal for a corrigendum of Supplement 6 to the 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 117 (ETRTO)
WP.29/2015/5 | Proposal for Supplement 7 to the 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 117

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28. The Secretary presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/5 based on the proposals adopted by GRRF and the Working Party on Noise (GRB) and containing a correction introduced by the secretariat. GRRF endorsed the correction proposed (see para. 2.16.).

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29. The expert from ETRTO introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2015/9 proposing the reintroduction of the transitional provisions related to Supplement 4 to the 02 series of Amendments to Regulation No. 117 (paras. 12.8. and 12.9.) and deleted unintentionally. GRRF recognized that the deletion was not the original intention of the Contracting Parties. The expert from the Russian Federation proposed (GRRF-79-19) to reinstate the Transitional Provisions as well as the reference to Annex 4 in paragraph 2.1. of Annex 3. Based on GRRF-79-19, the Secretariat and the expert from the Russian Federation proposed GRRF-79-33 with amendments aligning the original transitional provisions with the guidelines on Transitional Provisions.

30. GRRF adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2015/9 as amended by Annex II to the session report, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their June 2015 sessions as draft Supplement 8 to 02 series of Regulation No. 117.

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Previous Discussion(s)

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.

Proposal adopted.

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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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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).

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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 60 | 1-3 Sep 2014

1. The Working Party on Noise (GRB) held its sixtieth session from 1 to 3 September 2014 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. 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.

3. Through a presentation (GRB-60-16), the expert from OICA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2014/4 proposing amendments to UN Regulation No. 28, in particular, a reduction the prescribed sound level of the audible warning device from 93 to 87 dB(A). While the expert from the Republic of Korea supported this proposal, the experts from India and IMMA requested a study reservation. GRB agreed to revert to this issue at its January 2015 session.

4. The expert from IMMA proposed to complete a table containing all symbols used in this UN Regulation with the symbols related to the additional sound emission provisions (ASEP) test (GRB-60-06). GRB adopted this proposal as reproduced in Annex II to this report and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and the Administrative Committee of the 1958 Agreement (AC.1) for consideration and vote at their March 2015 sessions.

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.

9. On behalf of the IWG on UN Regulations Nos. 51 and 59, the expert from OICA presented a revised proposal for the 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 59 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2014/6 and GRB-60-01). He pointed out that this proposal was also aligned with EU Regulation No. 540/2014 on the sound level of motor vehicles and of replacement silencing systems. GRB adopted this proposal, as amended by Annex IV to the present report, and mandated the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2015 sessions.

10. No new information was given under this agenda item.

11. The expert from the Russian Federation introduced some clarifications to be included in UN Regulation No. 117, on data processing for the measurement method of tyre deceleration value obtained in differential form dω/dt (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2014/7). GRB adopted this proposal, as amended by Annex V to this report, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2015 sessions.

12. The expert from ERTRO introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2014/8 to propose new time measurement accuracy for instrumentation involved in the rolling resistance method (Annex 6 to the UN Regulation). The expert from Japan reiterated his reservation that the proposed accuracy might be too strict and asked GRB to postpone the consideration of this item to the next session. The expert from the Russian Federation agreed with this suggestion. GRB recalled that this issue had already been discussed several times and felt that a final decision should be taken at the next session. Meanwhile, experts from Japan, Russian Federation, ETRTO, as well as from other Contracting Parties were invited to finalize their consultations.

13. The expert from IMMA proposed to include the latest version of ISO 10844 on test tracks in UN Regulations Nos. 9, 41 and 63 and to introduce transitional provisions for passing from ISO 10844:1994 to ISO 10844:2011 (GRB-60-07). GRB supported the objective of this proposal and noted that new test tracks based on ISO 10844:2011 could also be used for extension of approvals granted under the previous series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 41. GRB invited IMMA, with the assistance of the secretariat, to revise this proposal using ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2014/2 as an example and to re-submit it as an official proposal to the January 2015 session of GRB.

14. The expert from the Netherlands presented the outcome of a study (GRB-60-08 and Add.1) of the shifts in tyre sound emission levels in his country between 2007 and 2013, i.e. before and after the revision of tyre noise limits in 2009 (EC/661/2009 and UN Regulation No. 117). The study addressed the most common C1, C2 and C3 tyres in terms of size and manufacturer. The reductions in tyre sound levels between 2007 and 2013 were found to be respectively 1.5, 1.4 and 1.1 dB(A) for C1, C2 and C3 tyres.

15. The expert from the Netherlands informed GRB about the results of two studies (GRB-60-03, GRB-60-13, GRB-60-14) commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment with a view to assessing cost savings that could be achieved in the Netherlands and EU by a switch from currently used tyres to high-performance tyres with A-labels on each parameter of the EU tyre label: energy efficiency, wet grip and noise (so called ‘triple-A’ tyres). According to the studies, moving towards ‘triple-A’ tyres could bring considerable potential benefits for the society in terms of energy, safety and noise reduction, which were estimated to be around 1 billion Euros in the Netherlands and 34 billion Euros in EU per year. In addition, individual consumers could also benefits from substantial fuel cost savings.

16. As a first reaction, the experts from ETRTO and OICA pointed out the rather theoretical character of some assumptions used for these studies, as well as the fact that ‘triple-A’ tyres were not yet available on the market. The expert from the Netherlands added that a common objective of these studies, together with the one mentioned in paragraph 22 above, was to shift the society to better tyres, either by introducing stricter limits or by raising the awareness of tyre labels. Finally, GRB agreed to include this issue in the agenda of its next session and invited experts to submit their comments for discussion.

17. The expert from the Russian Federation informed GRB that, as from January 2015, a new regional regulation on internal noise would come into force in the Russian Federation and other countries of the Customs Union. Detailed information on this regulation, together with the internal noise limits, will be presented at the next session of GRB. He recalled a GRB recommendation to develop, with ISO, a test method for interior noise and pointed out that this work had not yet started due to a lack of financing. GRB took note of this information.

18. The expert from the Netherlands introduced GRB-60-04 and Add.1 in which he pointed out that, under urban driving conditions, the rolling noise dominates the overall noise production and is influenced by the properties of the road surface (like surface texture, acoustical absorption and air‐pumping). Thus, improving the surface properties would result in a lower rolling noise level. According to the expert, quiet road surfaces are a valuable measure to reduce traffic noise, either on their own or in combination with other noise reducing strategies, and generally demonstrate a positive cost/benefit ratio.

19. The Chair stressed the importance of the tyre-road interaction for sound emissions and noted that, for the time being, GRB has no mandate for regulating road surfaces. GRB agreed to resume this discussion at its next session and looked forward to new studies and presentations on the issue.

20. The Chair informed GRB about the proposal of the technical sponsors of IWG on Quiet Road Transport Vehicles (QRTV) for GTR to develop a draft UN Regulation on QRTV under the 1958 Agreement in parallel to a draft GTR on QRTV (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1110, para. 100). GRB agreed with this proposal and decided, subject to WP.29 consent, to establish an IWG to develop a UN Regulation on QRTV under the 1958 Agreement and adopted the Terms of Reference (ToR) (GRB-60-11-Rev.1), as reproduced in Annex VI to this report. The new IWG should work in close cooperation with IWG QRTV for GTR, with the aim to draft the above mentioned UN Regulation based on audible alerts for the safety of vulnerable road users. GRB agreed that the scope of a new UN Regulation would initially cover electric and hybrid electric vehicles of categories M and N. In a second phase, the scope may be extended.

21. GRB reviewed GRB-57-12 and GRB-57-18 containing definitions and acronyms in Regulations under the responsibility of GRB and requested OICA and IMMA to update these documents based on the 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 51 and the 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 59 adopted at the present session (see paras. 5 and 9 above), so that the final versions could be approved at the January 2015 session of GRB.

22. GRB was informed that the Working Party on Lighting and Light-Signalling (GRE) had identified the need to introduce definitions for new categories of vehicles into the Consolidated Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles (R.E.3), such as agricultural trailers and towed machinery. GRB noted several alternative proposals for the new definitions (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2014/25 and GRB-60-02) and invited experts to transmit their comments and suggestions, if any, to the secretariat.

23. On behalf the GRB Ambassador to IWVTA, the expert from EC reported on the progress made on Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement and on the development of UN Regulation No. 0. At its June 2014 session, WP.29 had agreed to freeze the work on Revision 3 and to resume its consideration in November 2014 on the basis of political and legal guidance that the Contracting Parties had been requested to provide, in particular, on outstanding issues of proxy voting and the three-fourth or the four-fifth majority required for taking decisions. WP.29 had also approved a questionnaire on IWVTA which was subsequently distributed. The latest draft of Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement is contained in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/53 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/82.

24. The secretariat presented draft guidelines on amendments to UN Regulations (WP.29-163-10), including a new term “version of a UN Regulation” and a common commencement date (1 September each year) recommended for new series of amendments to all UN Regulations listed in the annex of UN Regulation No. 0. In this respect, the Chair recalled that for the 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 51, the date of entry into force of phase 1 was fixed on 1 July 2016, in order to synchronize it with the entry into force of EU Regulation No. 540/2014 on the sound level of motor vehicles and of replacement silencing systems (see para. 5 above).

25. The secretariat reported on the highlights of the 162nd and 163rd sessions of WP.29 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1108, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1110, GRB-60-05).

26. The expert from ISO informed GRB about a new standard ISO 362-3 on indoor testing of pass-by noise (GRB-60-09). The objective of this new standard is to provide a basis for the official recognition of an indoor-pass-by-test for type approval of road vehicles of categories M and N. GRB noted that the indoor testing according to ISO 362-3 does not depend on climatic conditions and could become an alternative to the outdoor testing as described in ISO 362-1. GRB decided to revert to this issue at the next session and invited all experts of GRB, as well as of the IWG on UN Regulations Nos. 51 and 59, to consider if a reference to ISO 362-3 could be incorporated into UN Regulation No. 51.

27. No issues were considered under this agenda item.

28. For its sixty-first session, scheduled to be held in Geneva from 27 (starting at 2.30 p.m.) to 29 (concluding at 5.30 p.m.) January 2015, GRB noted that the deadline for the submission of official documents to the secretariat was 31 October 2014, twelve weeks prior to the session.

29. In compliance with Rule 37 of the Rules of Procedure (TRANS/WP.29/690 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.1), GRB called for the election of officers. The representatives of the Contracting Parties, present and voting, elected unanimously Mr. Serge Ficheux (France) as Chair and Mr. Andrei Bocharov (Russian Federation) as Vice-Chair for the sessions of GRB scheduled in the year 2015.

Working Party on Brakes and Running Gear | Session 78 | 16-19 Sep 2014

1. The Working Party on Brakes and Running Gear (GRRF) held its seventy-eighth session from 16 to 19 September 2014 in Geneva. The meeting was chaired by Mr. B. Frost (United Kingdom). 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, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.1 and Amend. 2): Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) and the United States of America (USA). An expert from the European Commission (EC) also participated. Experts from the following non-governmental organizations (NGOs) participated: the European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA), the European Tyre and Rim Technical Organisation (ETRTO), the International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA) and Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA). Upon the special invitation of the Chair the following NGOs participated: Bureau International Permanent des Associations de Vendeurs et Réchappeurs de Pneu (BIPAVER), Imported Tyre Manufacturers Association (ITMA) and SAF-HOLLAND GmbH.

2. GRRF considered and adopted the agenda prepared for the seventy-eighth session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2014/18 and Add.1).
3. GRRF also adopted the running order for the session as proposed in GRRF-78-01 and the updated consolidated agenda GRRF-78-02-Rev.2, including all informal documents considered at the session’s starting date.
4. The informal documents distributed during the session are listed in Annex I of the session report.

5. The expert from OICA introduced GRRF-78-30, GRRF-78-32, GRRF-78-33, GRRF-78-34, GRRF-78-35, GRRF-78-36 and GRRF-78-37. The documents presented two sets of proposals amending the introduction and scope of UN Regulations Nos. 130 and 131 exploring possibilities of exemption for specific vehicle applications (e.g. off-road vehicles).

6. Several Contracting Parties (CPs) expressed extensive concerns on these proposals. The expert from OICA expressed his intention to develop other options for consideration at the seventy-ninth GRRF session.

7. GRRF discussed this item in conjunction with item 10(c) (see para. 49).

8. The Chair of the informal working group (IWG) on ACV introduced GRRF‑78‑17 reporting on the outcome of the group’s recent meetings, recalling the completion of the work on ACV and proposing to focus on Modular Vehicle Combinations (MVC).

9. GRRF noted the proposed updated Terms of Reference of the IWG (GRRF‑78‑16), converting its denomination to MVC and expanding its mandate. Following the concerns expressed by the expert from Germany on potential work conflict and/or overlap between the IWG on Regulation No. 55 and the IWG on MVC, GRRF agreed to monitor both informal groups’ progress to avoid such redundancy. Finally, GRRF adopted GRRF‑78‑16 as reproduced in Annex II of the GRRF-78 report.

10. The Chair of GRRF recalled the purpose of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2013/13, adopted during the seventy-fifth GRRF session. The document remained on the agenda of GRRF, pending submission to WP.29 and AC.1 of the adopted text for UN Regulations Nos. 13 (Heavy vehicle braking), 13-H (Brakes of M1 and N1 vehicles), 79 (Steering equipment) and 89 (Speed limitation devices) and the new UN Regulations on Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) and Parking Assist System (PAS).

11. The expert from IMMA presented GRRF-78-52 addressing GRRF concerns about the absence of Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) requirements in to UN Regulation No. 78. GRRF agreed to resume consideration of this matter at its February 2015 session awaiting a presentation by IMMA on the difficulties at referring to the EMC requirements of UN Regulation No. 10 for vehicles of L-category.

12. The expert from Germany introduced GRRF-78-40 based on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2013/29 which detailed proposed amendments to UN Regulation No. 13 on provisions for electro-mechanical braking systems. GRRF acknowledged the status report. The experts from Germany and the Netherlands volunteered to prepare a revised proposal for consideration at the February 2015 session, addressing the remaining open issues.

13. The expert from Germany questioned the decision of GRRF taken in 2004 to exclude the use of the overrun brake for a full trailer (TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2004/11) and not extended to electrical brakes according to Annex 14. The expert from the Netherlands noted that the conscious decision in 2004 to exclude overrun brakes for full trailers was design restrictive. He suggested that the corresponding provisions should be replaced by performance requirements.

14. The expert from OICA announced that ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2014/12 and GRSG‑106‑35 had been withdrawn from the agenda of the 107th GRSG session. GRRF agreed on the removal of the item from the agenda.

15. The expert from CLEPA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2014/27, proposing amendments to Annexes 10 and 13 of UN Regulation No. 13. GRRF adopted the proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2015 sessions as draft Supplement 13 to the 11 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 13.

16. The Chair of the IWG on UN Regulation No. 55 introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2014/28 (based on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2014/14) and deleting references to the standard ISO 7641/1‑2012 as contained in the original proposal.

17. The chair of the IWG on UN Regulation No. 55 introduced GRRF-78-23 explaining the differences between standards ISO 7641:1983 and ISO 7641:2012. He reported on the meeting minutes (GRRF‑78‑25) and on the meetings status on Task Force Agricultural Couplings (TFAC) (GRRF‑78‑26). Finally he presented GRRF‑78-24 as a complete revision of UN Regulation No. 55. GRRF agreed to resume consideration of this proposal at its February 2015 session.

18. GRRF adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2014/28 and requested the secretariat to submit the proposal to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2015 sessions as draft Supplement 4 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 55.

19. The expert from IMMA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2014/21 based on GRRF‑76‑45, proposing general clarifications to UN Regulation No. 78 and specific requirements for the use of Combined Braking Systems (CBS) and the parking brake. He added that the amendments contained in the proposal have been aligned with those proposed for the Global Technical Regulation No. 3 below. GRRF adopted this proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2015 sessions as draft Supplement 2 to the 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 78.

20. The expert from EC introduced GRRF-78-06, supplementing document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2014/21, aimed at establishing technical requirements for ABS systems that are temporarily disabled e.g. in off-road conditions. The expert from Australia offered to provide further data from their current study on this issue. Following the discussion, GRRF agreed to revisit this item at its February 2015 session on the basis of a revised proposal jointly prepared by EC and IMMA.

21. The expert from Italy introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2014/22 based on GRRF‑76‑44, proposing to align the provisions with those proposed for UN Regulation No. 78 (see para. 19). GRRF adopted the proposal, as amended below. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposal to WP.29 and AC.3 for consideration at their March 2015 sessions as draft Amendment 2 to the GTR No. 3. The expert from Italy agreed to submit the corresponding technical report for consideration at the AC.3 session in March 2015. GRRF would have the opportunity to review it at its February 2015 session.

Paragraph 5.3., amend to read:

“…
d)Brake actuation force:
The control force that achieves the maximum vehicle deceleration rate as defined in paragraph 6.5.1.(c).
…”

22. The expert from EC introduced GRRF-78-07, amending document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2014/22, proposing to align the provisions with those proposed for Regulation No. 78 (see para. 20). GRRF agreed to revisit the document at its February 2015 session on the basis of a revised proposal by EC in collaboration with IMMA.

23. The expert from Italy presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2014/23 proposing new requirements for the approval of replacement brake discs for L-category vehicles, taking into consideration the latest technologies available in the market.

24. The proposal received some comments. The expert from Spain recalled the work done on this matter by the informal group on UN Regulation No. 90. GRRF requested that an overview of the differences between this proposal and the outcome of the IWG in 2009. GRRF agreed to revisit this item on the basis of this document or a revised proposal submitted by the expert from Italy taking into account all the comments received.

25. The Chair of GRRF recalled the purpose of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/63 (Draft UN GTR on tyres), amended by ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2014/20 (adopted at the seventy-seventh session of GRRF), and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/122 (the corresponding technical report).

26. The expert from France presented GRRF-78-18 introducing minor updates to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/63 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/122. He added that the timeline for further development of the gtr had to be updated, taking into account the delay to adopt phase I. GRRF adopted GRRF-78-18 as amended by GRRF-78-47 and as reproduced in Annex III to this report. GRRF requested the secretariat to submit the proposal to WP.29 and AC.3 for consideration at their November 2014 sessions.

27. GRRF reviewed the ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2014/20 containing the amendments defined at the seventy-seventh GRRF session. The Chair recalled that GRRF previously agreed that updates to the UN GTR on tyres would be proposed after its establishment in the global registry by AC.3 to keep it in line with the latest regulatory developments.

28. Finally, the expert from France advised GRRF that his country would not be able to sponsor phase 2 of the UN GTR on tyres once phase 1 was concluded.

29. The expert from ETRTO introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2014/25 concerning snow tyres for use in severe snow conditions, specifically the items to be listed in the communication form of Annex 1 to UN Regulation No. 117.

30. The expert from ETRTO presented GRRF-78-13 proposing a corrigendum to Supplement 2 to 02 series of UN Regulation No. 117. The proposal noted that the Supplement to UN Regulation No. 117 introducing limits for C2 tyres in paragraph 6.4.1.1. had been adopted after the parallel proposal introducing those for C3 tyres. It highlighted an unintended consequence whereby the limits for C3 tyre had been deleted. Following the discussion, GRRF agreed that, while the consequence was an error, it was not appropriate to correct the regulation using corrigenda and agreed to consider the proposal as a Supplement.

31. GRRF adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2014/25 as reproduced in Annex IV to this report, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2015 sessions as draft Supplement 7 to 02 series of UN Regulation No. 117.

32. The expert from the Russian Federation, Vice-Chair of the Working Party on Noise (GRB), informed GRRF that a revised version of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2014/7, including some minor editorial amendments, had been submitted by GRB to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2015 sessions.

33. GRRF agreed to defer consideration of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2014/26 and GRRF‑78‑12 to its February 2015 session.

34. The expert from ETRTO presented GRRF-78-42 supporting ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2013/20 as amended by GRRF-76-06 as well as ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2013/22 aimed at inserting All Terrain (AT) tyres in UN Regulation No. 75.

35. The expert from IMMA recalled GRRF‑76‑38 analysing the possible alternatives to type approve AT tyres, taking into account the technical requirements in UN Regulations Nos. 54, 75 and 106. He introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2014/24 proposing the insertion of AT tyres in UN Regulation No. 106 as an alternative to the ETRTO proposal above.

36. Following the discussion GRRF adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2013/22 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2013/20 as amended by GRRF-76-06, GRRF-78-45 and GRRF‑78-46 and as reproduced in Annex V. The secretariat was requested to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2015 sessions as draft Supplement 12 to UN Regulation No. 106 and Supplement 15 to UN Regulation No. 75, respectively.

37. The expert from France presented GRRF-78-10 proposing to introduce a new annex on snow tyre for use in severe snow conditions in to UN Regulation No. 109. GRRF agreed to revisit the document at its February 2015 session and requested the secretariat to distribute GRRF-78-10 with an official symbol at that GRRF session.

38. The secretariat introduced GRRF-78-08 on ITS related activities conducted in 2014. He informed GRRF about the coming meetings of the IWG on ITS in Geneva on 11 November 2014 and the ITS round table in Brussels on 17 and 18 November 2014.

39. The expert from Japan presented GRRF-78-22 amending Annex 5 to the Consolidated Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles (R.E.3), to insert provisions for Remote Controlled Parking (RCP) systems. GRRF noted some comments and requested the secretariat to distribute GRRF-78-22 with an official symbol for consideration at the next GRRF session.

40. At the request of the authors of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2014/19, GRRF agreed to withdraw the document. Instead, the expert from CLEPA introduced GRRF-78-44 supporting GRRF-78-27 on requirements to be met in cases where braking and steering systems have the same energy source. The proposed amendment attempted to clarify and align the wording of this UN Regulation No. 79 with that of UN Regulation No. 13-H. Following the discussion, GRRF agreed to revisit this subject at its February 2015 session on the basis of a revised proposal by CLEPA taking into account the comments received.

41. The expert from CLEPA, on behalf of CLCCR, introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2014/8 aimed at removing a design restriction from UN Regulation No. 79 that prevents the approval of new technologies. He explained that the proposal was not intended for immediate adoption and he invited all interested experts to send him their comments (colin.ross@meritor.com). GRRF agreed to resume consideration of this matter on the basis of a revised proposal by CLEPA.

42. The expert from Sweden presented GRRF-78-43, supporting GRRF-78-05 submitted by the LKAS small drafting group, introducing definitions and related LKAS requirements in to UN Regulation No. 79. The expert from OICA introduced GRRF-78-11 amending GRRF‑78‑05 and revising the warning requirements for the driver in the case that their attention to the task of steering could not be assured. GRRF agreed to resume discussion at its February 2015 session based on revised proposals.

43. The experts from Japan and Sweden presented GRRF-78-14 amending UN Regulation No. 79 aimed at (i) starting a discussion on the removal of the speed limitation for the Automatically Commanded Steering Function, (ii) introducing safety functions such as warnings and (iii) introducing On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) requirements permitting to verify the correct operational status of Electronic Systems assisting the steering. A number of GRRF experts considered some of those requirements to be design-restrictive. The Chair noted that the proposal was beyond the usual mandate of GRRF and he announced his intention to seek the guidance of WP.29 at its November 2014 session.

44. GRRF requested the secretariat to keep GRRF-78-14 as a reference document on the agenda, inform the IWG on ITS about this proposal and distribute GRRF-78-05 with an official symbol for consideration at the next GRRF session.

45. The secretariat reported on the activities of the IWG on IWVTA and its subgroups. GRRF noted that IWVTA was one of the main objectives associated with Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement which is expected to entry into force in March 2016. It was also noted that the GRRF actions related to IWVTA should ideally be completed in February 2015.

46. The GRRF Ambassador to IWTVA introduced GRRF-78-49 containing the highlights of the work progress of the IWVTA, the list of key documents and the calendar of meetings and actions.

47. The expert from OICA presented GRRF-78-28 amending ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2014/13 on the tyre installation for M1 vehicles. The proposal received some comments. GRRF agreed to revisit this item at its next session on the basis of a revised proposal by OICA.

48. The expert from OICA announced that GRRF-76-13, GRRF-76-14, GRRF-76-18, GRRF-76-22 and GRRF-76-23 had been replaced by GRRF‑78‑19, GRRF‑78‑20 and GRRF‑78‑21.

49. The expert from OICA introduced the new documents as well as the proposals for separate UN Regulations on Brake Assist Systems (BAS) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2014/11) and on Electronic Stability Control (ESC) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2014/12) extracted from UN Regulation No. 13‑H (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2014/10). The Chair recalled the purpose of GRRF-76-33 and GRRF-76-34. OICA stated that GRRF-76-34 had been taken into account when drafting the proposals above. He introduced GRRF-78-29 proposing to delete the k-test method prescribed in Annex 7 and only keep the method prescribed in Appendix 2 to Annex 6 to align the UN Regulation with GTR No. 8. GRRF agreed to reconsider this proposal at its seventy-ninth session.

50. The expert from CLEPA introduced GRRF‑78‑41 proposing text addressing the specific question of how to deal with the original Annex 8 of UN Regulation No. 13‑H following splitting of the UN Regulation. The expert from OICA proposed some alternative wording (GRRF‑78‑50). GRRF agreed to reconsider at its February 2015 session the way to address the subject related to Annex 8.

51. GRRF agreed to resume consideration of this agenda item at its February 2015 session, based on three revised proposals by OICA and CLEPA.

52. The expert from OICA introduced GRRF-78-39 proposing a separate UN Regulation dedicated to Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). He presented GRRF-78-48 proposing the corresponding amendments to Regulation No. 64, removing the provisions related to TPMS. He also presented GRRF-78-38, the corresponding consolidated version (based on UN Regulation No. 64 without the TPMS provisions). GRRF agreed to split UN Regulation No. 64 in two parts and to keep both proposals (GRRF-78-38 and GRRF‑78‑39) on the agenda of the seventy-ninth GRRF session.

53. The secretariat introduced GRRF-78-09, reporting on the highlights of the February 2014 session of ITC.

54. The expert from CLEPA introduced GRRF-78-31 on Advanced Driving Assist Systems (ADAS) and their levels of vehicle automation. He presented new technologies, such as Highway Autopilots and Valet Parking, which were under development and would require amendments to UN Regulations for vehicles to be type approved. GRRF welcomed this presentation. The Chair of GRRF encouraged all experts to continue sharing information on these types of innovations at the following GRRF session.

55. The secretariat introduced GRRF-78-15 reporting on the highlights of the 162nd (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1108) and 163rd (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1110) sessions of WP.29.

56. The secretariat introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2014/25 (initially proposed by the Working Party on Lighting and Light-Signalling (GRE)), as amended by GRRF‑78‑03 and introducing in to R.E.3, new categories of agricultural vehicles. The expert from the Russian Federation commented that the definitions proposed may create overlap especially when an agricultural vehicle could be classified as a Non Road Mobile Machinery (NRMM) and vice versa. The Chair of GRRF requested the experts to send their comments on this proposal to the secretariat.

57. Following the suggestion of the WP.29, the secretariat introduced GRRF-78-04 containing a list of definitions in the Regulations under the responsibility of GRRF. The Chair of GRRF recalled GRRF‑76‑03 and noted that no follow-up action was defined. The secretariat announced that it was looking for a central and suitable location on the website to collect this useful information.

58. Learning that Mr. Masashi Ishihara (Japan) and Mr. Jürgen Bräuninger (CLEPA) would retire and, therefore, no longer attend the sessions, GRRF acknowledged their considerable contributions to the activities of the group. GRRF wished them long and happy retirements.

59. The expert from CLEPA introduced GRRF-78-51 on difficulties linked to the definition of “variant” of brake disc/drum in UN Regulation No. 90. The expert informed that a proposal to UN Regulation No. 90 would be submitted to GRRF for consideration at its next session.

60. In compliance with Rule 37 of the Rules of Procedure (TRANS/WP.29/690 and Amends. 1 and 2), GRRF called for the election of officers on Tuesday afternoon. Mr. B. Frost (United Kingdom) was unanimously elected Chair of GRRF for the sessions scheduled for the year 2015. Mr. H. Kubota (Japan) was elected Vice-Chair of GRRF for the same period.

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).