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Agenda Item 4.6.23. | Proposal for Supplement 5 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 98 (Headlamps with gas-discharge light sources)
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WP.29/2013/90 | Proposal for Supplement 5 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 98

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Working Party on Lighting and Light-signalling | Session 69 | 8-11 Apr 2013

38. The expert from CEMA introduced GRE-69-02 proposing several amendments to the Regulation No. 86. GRE agreed to set up an informal group on Agricultural Vehicle Lighting Installation (AVLI) to deal with this item. The experts from Germany and the Netherlands were proposed to serve as co-Chair. The expert from CEMA was proposed to serve as the Secretary to the informal group. The first session of the AVLI informal group was scheduled to be held in Bonn, Germany, on 19 June 2013. GRE requested the AVLI informal group to draft a proposal for the Terms of Reference of the informal working group for its October 2013 session and to consider GRE-69-02, GRE-69-03 and GRE-69-21.

2. GRE noted GRE-69-01-Rev.1, including all the informal documents and the amendments of the provisional agenda. GRE adopted the agenda proposed for the sixtyninth session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/1 as amended by Add.1 and GRE-69-1 Rev. 1). The informal documents distributed during the session are listed in Annex I of the meeting report.
3. The list of the GRE informal groups is contained in Annex II of the meeting report.

4. GRE noted that proposals on this subject are awaited and agreed to defer discussion to its October 2013 session.

5. The expert from GTB introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/6 and the expert from IEC introduced GRE-69-05. GRE adopted both documents, agreed to delete the square brackets and requested the secretariat to submit the proposals to WP.29 and to the Administrative Committee of the 1958 Agreement (AC.1) for consideration at their November 2013 session as draft Supplement 42 to the 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 37.

No report

28. Following the decision to suspend the work of the informal working group (see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/67, para. 34), GRE had agreed that this subject might be resumed in the framework of the future activities on the International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA) and the development of the “Regulation No. 0” (if needed) and to keep as reference ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2008/32, GRE-66-13 GRE-66-14 and GRE-69-14 on the agenda.

29. The expert from the EC introduced GRE-69-14 proposing a new approach for the Lighting and Light-Signalling Regulations, which is inspired by the former idea of a horizontal reference document and the proposal made by GTB at the 158th WP.29 session. GRE agreed to create a Special Interest Group, which shall define the terms of reference of a new Informal Working Group.

30. GRE considered GRE-69-31 tabled by the expert from China, agreed to resume consideration on this matter and requested the secretariat to distribute GRE-69-31 with an official symbol at its October 2013 session.

31. In the absence of revised proposal from the GTB expert, GRE agreed to delete this agenda item.

39. In the absence of proposals, GRE agreed to postpone this discussion to its October 2013 session.

37. GRE reconsidered ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2011/48 tabled by the expert of SAE, clarifying the execution of the design and test requirements. The expert from SAE confirmed that SAE is cooperating with GTB on this issue. GRE agreed to resume consideration on this subject at its October 2013 session.

36. The expert from GTB informed GRE about the work progress made by its organization on this matter, combining the approach from CLEPA (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/25) and GTB (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2011/46). GRE agreed to reconsider this agenda item at its October 2013 session on the basis of a formal document that the expert from Germany volunteered to prepare.

35. The expert from the Netherlands withdrew ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/4. GRE agreed to delete this agenda item.

32. GRE reconsidered ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2011/35 tabled by the expert from China. The expert from SAE reported on the work progress of his organization on this matter. GRE agreed to resume discussion on this item at its October 2013 session awaiting the work outcome of SAE.

33. The expert from OICA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/3 and Corr. 1 proposing to update the electromagnetic compatibility requirements for electrical vehicles. It was noted the absence of justification for raising the COP tolerance. GRE adopted the proposal ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/3 as amended by its Corr. 1 and a correction noted below. GRE requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2013 sessions as draft 05 series of amendments to Regulation No. 10.

Appendix 8, figure 1, HV artificial network, R2 value in the table, amend to read:
“R2: 1 MΩ 100kΩ (discharging C2 to < 50 Vdc within 60 s)”

34. The Expert from OICA introduced GRE-69-26 Rev.1 proposing corrections to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/3 and its Corr. 1. GRE agreed to resume consideration of GRE-69-26 Rev.1 on the basis of a revised document that the expert from OICA volunteered to prepare for the October 2013 session of GRE.

56 The Chairman of GRE, Mr. M. Gorzkowski (Canada), informed GRE about the intention of Canada to no longer chair GRE. He invited the GRE experts to apply as Chair or vice-Chair to GRE for 2014. In case a new Chair would be elected, he would volunteer to be candidate as a vice-Chair.

57. GRE was informed that Mr. A Burrows would no longer attend GRE. GRE thanked him for his excellent contributions and wished him all the best in his new responsibilities.

6. The expert from GTB introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/7, amended by GRE-69-08, proposing to allow a reduction of the minimum mounting height of front position lamps. GRE adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/7 (not amended) and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2013 sessions as draft:
(a) Supplement 12 to the 04 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48,
(b) Supplement 5 to the 05 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48,
(c) Supplement 3 to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48.

8. The expert from GTB introduced GRE-69-17 amended by GRE-69-36 superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/9, clarifying the transitional provisions of Regulation No. 48. The proposal solved the situation set before the adoption of the guidelines on transitional provisions as set in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1044/Rev.1. The experts confirmed that the specificities of Regulation No. 48 required a small deviation from the transitional provisions’ guideline. GRE adopted the proposal as reproduced in Annex III to the report. GRE requested the secretariat to submit the proposal to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2013 sessions as draft Supplement 3 to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48 (see paras. 6 and 7).

14. GRE reconsidered ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/39 tabled by the proposal from Germany, deleting the exemption for vehicles of category M1 and N1 on the separation of the position lamps. GRE agreed to continue the discussion on this matter and requested the secretariat to provide a specific agenda item “vehicle signature” for the October 2013 GRE session.

17. The expert from GTB reported on the work progress of the informal group on Database for the Exchange of Type Approval documentation (DETA). The informal working group on DETA sought endorsement of WP.29 for its proposal to establish the DETA proposal as defined in its preliminary report. GRE endorsed the establishment of such a Database, as a condition sine qua none for simplifying of the approval marking and agreed to keep this item on the agenda.

18. The expert from Germany reported on progress in research on the above subject. GRE agreed to defer discussion on this subject to its October 2013 session, on the basis of official proposals.

19. The expert from Germany introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/17, proposing requirements on the use of non-replaceable filament lamps in light sources modules and signalling lamps and referencing to paragraph 2.11 of the IEC 60809, Edition 3 standard. The Chair noted that this standard was not final. He recalled GRE-68-06 reproducing the relevant part of the draft standard. The expert from IEC confirmed that the IEC standard was now final and the proposed text was in compliance with the final text of the standard. The Chair reminded experts of their responsibility to ensure proper use of standards covered by copyrights in their proposals. GRE adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/17 (not amended) and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2013 session as draft:

(a) Supplement 17 to the 00 series of amendments to Regulation No. 4;
(b) Supplement 25 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 6;
(c) Supplement 23 to the 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 7;
(d) Supplement 20 to the 00 series of amendments to Regulation No. 23;
(e) Supplement 17 to the 00 series of amendments to Regulation No. 38;
(f) Supplement 17 to the 00 series of amendments to Regulation No. 50;
(g) Supplement 17 to the 00 series of amendments to Regulation No. 77;
(h) Supplement 17 to the 00 series of amendments to Regulation No. 87;
(i) Supplement 17 to the 00 series of amendments to Regulation No. 91;
(j) Supplement 4 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 119.

20. The expert from Germany introduced the documents listed above, proposing simplifications of Conformity of Production (COP) requirements for these Regulations. The expert from the Netherlands expressed concerns that these proposals might introduce excessive tolerances by deleting the statistical confidence of 95 per cent requirement. The expert from Germany introduced GRE-69-33, GRE-69-34 and GRE-69-35 respectively amending ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/23, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/24 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/31, as reproduced in Annex V. GRE adopted these three proposals as amended by Annex V to the report as well as the remaining proposals (not amended), and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2013 sessions as draft (see para. 19 item (a) to (j)):

(a) Supplement 15 to the 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 3,
(b) Supplement 17 to the 00 series of amendments to Regulation No. 4,
(c) Supplement 25 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 6,
(d) Supplement 23 to the 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 7,
(e) Supplement 6 to the 04 series of amendments to Regulation No. 19,
(f) Supplement 20 to the 00 series of amendments to Regulation No. 23,
(g) Supplement 27 to the 00 series of amendments to Regulation No. 38,
(h) Supplement 9 to the 00 series of amendments to Regulation No. 65,
(i) Supplement 6 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 69,
(j) Supplement 9 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 70,
(k) Supplement 17 to the 00 series of amendments to Regulation No. 77,
(l) Supplement 17 to the 00 series of amendments to Regulation No. 87,
(m) Supplement 17 to the 00 series of amendments to Regulation No. 91,
(n) Supplement 5 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 98,
(o) Supplement 3 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 113,
(p) Supplement 4 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 119,
(q) Supplement 5 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 112.

26. GRE considered two proposals introduced by the experts of France and Germany, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/13 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/14, introducing provisions for variations of the apparent surface of direction indicators. The expert from OICA introduced amendments to the proposals (GRE-69-27 and GRE-69-28). Introducing GRE-69-18 and GRE-69-19, the expert from the Netherlands expressed the concern about the lack of signal uniformity that this proposal would create. GRE requested an assessment of impact upon safety relating to direction indicators with variable apparent surface. The majority of experts from Contracting Parties opposed the proposal made by Germany and France but agreed to resume consideration on this issue on the basis of a revised proposal by the experts from France and Germany. GRE agreed to keep GRE-69-17, GRE-69-18 and GRE-69-30 on the agenda of its October 2013 session.

21. The expert from Germany introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/19 deleting remaining provisions regarding distributed lighting systems (DLS) to avoid potential misinterpretations of the provisions. France and Italy expressed their objections to this proposal. The expert from Austria introduced GRE-69-32-Rev. 1 amending the proposal from Germany. GRE adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/19 as amended by Annex VI to the report and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2013 sessions as draft (see paras. 6, 7, 9, 11, 15 and 16):

(a) Supplement 6 to the 04 series of amendments to Regulation No. 19,
(b) Supplement 3 to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48,
(c) Supplement 5 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 98.

22. The expert from GTB introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/5, proposing to cease the granting of new type approvals to the “Sealed Beam” headlamps and to correct the title of Regulation No. 31. The expert from Italy introduced GRE-69-37 amending the original proposal. He also introduced GRE-69-38 proposing similar amendments to Regulations Nos. 53 and 74. GRE requested the secretariat to distribute GRE-69-38 with an official symbol at its October 2013 session. GRE adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/5 as amended by Annex VII to the report and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2013 sessions as draft (see paras. 6, 7, 9, 11, 15 and 16):

(a) new 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 5;
(b) new 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 31;
(c) Supplement 3 to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48.

23. The expert from Germany introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/18 aiming to avoid intentional (voltage) variation of passing beam, using halogen light sources. Agreeing that the proposed wording would be in contradiction with adaptive front light systems, the expert agreed to update his proposal. GRE agreed to resume consideration on this matter on the basis of an updated formal proposal, which the expert from Germany volunteered to prepare for the October 2013 session of GRE.

24. The expert from GTB introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/10, updating the heat resistance test requirements. GRE adopted this proposal (not amended) and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2013 sessions as draft (see paras. 20 and 21):

(a) Supplement 5 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 98,
(b) Supplement 5 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 112,
(c) Supplement 5 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 123.

25. GRE considered ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/16, introduced by the experts from Austria and Poland, clarifying the obligation of compliance with the installations requirements of devices which obtained type approval according to the component regulations. The expert from Italy introduced GRE-69-20, providing an alternative wording. GRE didn’t support ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/16. GRE agreed to resume consideration on this matter on the basis of a revised proposal, which the expert from Italy volunteered to prepare on the basis of GRE-69-20, for the October 2013 session of GRE.

27. In the absence of new documents, GRE agreed to delete this agenda item.

40. The Secretary of the Working Party on Road Traffic Safety (WP.1) reported on the progress made by WP.1 during its March 2013 session, particularly on updating the new draft Annex 5 to the Vienna Convention, dealing with vehicle lighting and light-signalling. The first reading of this draft was finalized. WP.1 was expected to finish the second reading within the next two or three sessions. GRE offered its assistance to WP.1, if needed, concluding its reading and deliberations. GRE noted the brief notes (GRE-69-22) on this matter provided by the expert from Germany.

41. Referring to the request of WP.29 at its June 2012 session (see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1097, para. 14) to provide comments on WP.29-157-06 (Design principles for control systems of ADAS), GRE endorsed GRE-68-23.

42. The Secretary to WP.1 informed GRE about the second United Nation Global Road Safety Week scheduled from 6 to 12 May 2013 in Geneva. He announced the highlights prepared for the week: 4 events, an exhibition, a poster as well as a simulator on the effect of fatigue on drivers. He invited GRE experts to attend to the United Nation Global Road Safety Week.

43. The GRE Ambassador on IWVTA activities introduced GRE-69-15 and GRE-69-16 on how GRE shall address the IWVTA related items. GRE noted that some of the component regulations were missing in the list proposed in GRE-69-15. GRE requested its Ambassador to submit an updated presentation for its October 2013 session.

46. The expert from the Russian Federation introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/32 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/64 proposing amendments to UN Rule No. 1 and UN Rule No. 2. GRE supported both documents without amendments.

Please see the meeting report for paragraphs 47-53.

54. The work task of GRE was discussed in conjunction with Item 6.

55. The expert from GTB introduced GRE-69-39, reporting on the exchange of view between GTB and the National Highway Traffic Safety Agency (NHTSA) on new headlighting technologies. He introduced GRE-69-40, a status report of the activities of the GTB task force dealing with COP requirements and Regulation No. 123. He introduced GRE-69-41 reporting on the feasibility study on performance based requirements and the rationales for excluding the Light Source Regulations from the study. He also reported on the feasibility of LED retrofit, listing the challenges expected and calling for input and guidance by GRE.

1. The Working Party on Lighting and Light-Signalling (GRE) held its sixty-ninth session from 8 to 11 April 2013 in Geneva, under the chairmanship of Mr. M. Gorzkowski (Canada). Experts from the following countries participated in the work following Rule 1(a) of the Rules of Procedure of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) (TRANS/WP.29/690 and Amend. 1): Austria; Belgium; Canada; China; Czech Republic; Finland; France; Germany; Hungary; India; Italy; Japan; Luxembourg; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Republic of Korea; Russian Federation; Serbia; Spain; South Africa; Thailand and United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. An expert from the European Commission (EC) participated. Experts from the following non-governmental organizations also took part in the session: European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA); International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA); International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA) and Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).

Upon the special invitation of the Chair, the experts from the International Automotive Lighting and Light Signalling Expert Group (GTB) and the European Committee of Associations of Manufacturers of Agricultural Machinery (CEMA) participated.

7. GRE considered ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/8 on replacing of light sources introduced by the expert from GTB. GRE adopted this proposal (not amended) and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2013 sessions as draft (see para. 6):
(a) Supplement 12 to the 04 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48,
(b) Supplement 5 to the 05 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48,
(c) Supplement 3 to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48.

9. The expert from GTB introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/11 proposing to clarify the general provision determining the mounting height of the lamp in paragraph 5.28.4. GRE adopted this proposal (not amended) and, in effort to have this document considered at their June 2013 sessions as draft Supplement 3 to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48 (see paras. 6, 7 and 8), requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as an informal document. Alternatively, this document would be converted into an official proposal for consideration at their November 2013 sessions.

10. The expert for the Netherlands introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/2 amending the tale tells requirements. GRE agreed to resume consideration on the basis of a revised document at its October 2013 session.

11. The expert from Germany introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/20 on Light Emitting Diodes (LED) modules producing the principal passing beam: to be wired so that the failure of one does not cause all of them to stop emitting light. The expert from OICA introduced GRE-69-29, proposing an alternative proposal. GRE adopted the proposal as reproduced in Annex IV to the report and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2013 sessions as draft Supplement 3 to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48 (see paras. 6, 7, 8 and 9).

12. The expert from Poland introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/15 proposing an alternative to the existing initial aiming provisions. The experts from France and the United Kingdom requested the author to clarify the aspect linked to the measurements and to specify the measurement method as well as the tools to be used. The expert from the Netherlands supported, in general, the proposal but questioned waiving automatic levelling as an incentive to use this alternative method. GRE agreed to resume consideration on this matter at its October 2013 session on the basis of an updated proposal prepared by the expert from Poland in collaboration with experts from France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

13. GRE agreed to defer consideration of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/99 and Corr.1 (referred back by WP.29) at its October 2013 session.

15. GRE noted GRE-69-09 proposing to correct a reference to paragraph 6.22 in paragraph 6.6.7.2. GRE adopted this proposal as reproduced below and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2013 sessions as draft (see paras. 6, 7, 8, 9 and 11):
(a) Supplement 12 to the 04 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48,
(b) Supplement 5 to the 05 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48,
(c) Supplement 3 to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48.

Paragraph 6.6.7.2., amend to read:
“6.6.7.2. The hazard warning signal may be activated automatically in the event of a vehicle being involved in a collision or after the de-activation of the emergency stop signal, as specified in paragraph 6.22. 6.23. In such cases, it may be turned “off” manually."

16. GRE noted GRE-69-25, proposing to correct the reference to Lamps of category IVA instead of category IV, which doesn’t exist. GRE adopted this proposal as reproduced below and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2013 sessions as draft (see paras. 6, 7, 8, 9, 11 and 15):
(a) Supplement 12 to the 04 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48,
(b) Supplement 5 to the 05 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48,
(c) Supplement 3 to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48.

Paragraph 6.21.1.2.5., amend to read:
“6.21.1.2.5. …
Where partial fulfilment is deemed acceptable, retro-reflective devices like retro-reflectors of class IV class IVA of Regulation No. 3 …”

44. The expert from Japan introduced GRE-69-23 proposing amendments to Regulation No. 4 taking into account national specificities of the Japanese registration plate. GRE wondered if it was necessary to add a new specific plate category into Regulation No. 4 or if an amendment of the existing dimensions would solve Japan’s issue. GRE agreed to revisit this item at its October session, based on an updated proposal that the expert from Japan volunteered to prepare.

45. The expert from Japan introduced GRE-69-24 proposing amendments to Regulation No. 48 taking into account specificities of the Japanese climate and Daytime Running Lamps (DRL), Rear Fog Lamps (RFL) and Headlamp cleaners (HLC) mandatory fitment. GRE noted that Regulation No. 48 already contained a provision in Footnote 14 allowing Contracting Parties not applying Regulation No. 87 (DRL) to prohibit the installation of DRL. GRE agreed to reconsider this subject at its October 2013 session on the basis of a revised proposal that the expert from Japan volunteered to prepare.

Working Party on Lighting and Light-signalling | Session 76 | 25-28 Oct 2016

1. The Working Party on Lighting and Light-Signalling (GRE) held its seventy-sixth session from 25 to 28 October 2016 in Geneva. Experts from the following countries participated in the work according to 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/Amends. 1 and 2): Austria; China; Czech Republic; Finland; France; Germany; Hungary; India; Italy; Japan; Latvia; Luxemburg; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Republic of Korea; Russian Federation; Spain and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK). An expert from the European Commission (EC) participated. Experts from the following non‑governmental organizations also took part in the session: European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA); International Automotive Lighting and Light Signalling Expert Group (GTB); International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA); International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA); Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).

2. GRE was informed that Mr. M. Loccufier (Belgium), Chair, could not attend the session for medical reasons. GRE noted that Mr. D. Rovers (Netherlands), Vice-Chair, would take over, pursuant to the Rules of Procedures of WP.29. GRE wished Mr. Loccufier a fast recovery.

3. GRE considered and adopted the agenda proposed for the seventy-sixth session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/19), as reproduced in GRE-76-01-Rev.1 together with the informal documents distributed during the session.

4. The list of informal documents is contained in Annex I to the session report. The list of GRE informal groups is reproduced in Annex VI to the report.

5. GRE took note of the highlights of the June 2016 session of WP.29 and the official document submission deadline of 9 January 2017 for the April 2017 session of GRE (GRE-76-02).

6. No proposals were introduced under this agenda item.

7. No new information was reported under this agenda item.

8. GRE recalled the phased approach to simplifying the lighting and light-signalling Regulations (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/75, paras. 9-12) and noted that the United Nations Office for Legal Affairs (OLA) had not identified any problems with this approach and that WP.29 had endorsed it at the June 2016 session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1123, para. 44 and GRE-76-11).

9. On behalf of the Informal Working Group ‘Simplification of the Lighting and Light-Signalling Regulations’ (IWG SLR), the expert from GTB reported on the progress and schedule of IWG SLR (GRE-76-23).

10. GRE reviewed and unanimously adopted the pending amendment proposals so as to consolidate the existing Regulations before they are frozen and superseded by three new Regulations that are in drafting:

  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/68,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/ 2013/69,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/71,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/72,
  • ECE/TRANS/ WP.29/2013/751,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/76,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/79,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/83,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/85,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/ 2013/86,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/87,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/88,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/89,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/902,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/ 2013/923,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/934,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/94,
  • ECE/TRANS/ WP.29/2014/31,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/32,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/ GRE/2013/55/Rev.1,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/3,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/7,
  • ECE/TRANS/ WP.29/GRE/2015/16,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/23,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/ GRE/2016/11,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/145
  • and Annex IV to ECE/TRANS/ WP.29/GRE/75.
The secretariat was requested to consolidate these proposals, according to the principle ‘one WP.29 document per Regulation’, and to submit them to WP.29 and the Administrative Committee of the 1958 Agreement (AC.1) for consideration and vote at their March 2017 sessions. The experts from GTB, IEC and SAE volunteered to assist the secretariat by verifying the consolidated amendment proposals.

1Except for the part which was already adopted by WP.29 as ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/75/Rev.1 and Add.1 (note by the secretariat).
2Except for the part which was already adopted by WP.29 as ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/90/Rev.1 (note by the secretariat).
3Except for the part which was already adopted by WP.29 as ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/92/Rev.1 (note by the secretariat).
4Except for the part which was already adopted by WP.29 as ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/93/Rev.1 (note by the secretariat).
5Except for Section B on Regulation No. 45 which was already submitted to WP.29 as ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/77 (note by the secretariat).

11. GRE had a first exchange of views on the need to streamline approval markings of lighting and light-signalling devices as part of the SLR process. The expert from GTB reported on their participation in the WP.29 Informal Working Group on the Database for the Exchange of Type Approval (IWG DETA) and the future application of the Unique Identifier (UI) and DETA in accordance with Schedule 5 of the revised 1958 Agreement (GRE-76-24-Rev.1). GRE was of the view that UI and DETA would be indispensable for the purposes of SLR and called for their introduction without delay. At the same time, GRE experts pointed out that the application of UI for new series of amendments and for extensions of existing type approvals should be clarified. GRE noted that IWG DETA would soon publish guidelines (a ‘questions and answers’ document) which should address these issues.

12. The expert of GTB introduced a proposal for amendments to Regulations Nos. 98, 112 and 123 to delete the measurement at the HV point during the test for stability of photometric performance of the passing beam (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/25). GRE adopted the proposals as draft supplements and decided to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2017 sessions as part of the consolidated amendment proposals (see para. 10 above).

13. The expert of GTB presented a proposal for amendments to Regulations Nos. 4, 6, 7, 23, 38, 50, 77, 87, 91 and 119 to harmonize the requirement for the marking of wattage for signal lighting functions with the requirement for lighting functions (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/30). GRE adopted the proposals and decided to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2017 sessions as part of the consolidated amendment proposals (see para. 10 above). During the adoption, the expert from the UK questioned the urgency of the proposal.

14. The expert of GTB proposed to update the requirements on light source failure in lamps equipped with multiple light sources in Regulations Nos. 7, 23, 38, 48, 77, 91 and 119 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/31, GRE-76-07 and GRE-76-22-Rev.1). The proposal received comments from the experts of Italy, UK and OICA. GRE agreed to take out the amendment proposal to Regulation No. 48 and to consider it separately at the next GRE session. GRE adopted the remaining proposals, as amended by Annex II to the report, and requested the secretariat to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2017 sessions as part of the consolidated amendment proposals (see para. 10 above).

15. The expert from GTB proposed to clarify the heat test cycle relating to the movement of the passing beam cut-off in Regulations Nos. 19, 98, 112, 113 and 123 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/32). The experts from EC and UK expressed concerns that the proposals would modify the performance requirements and might have safety implications. Therefore, these experts felt that the proposals should be formulated in the form of new series of amendments to the above Regulations, rather than supplements. The experts from Finland, France, Germany, Japan, GTB and OICA advocated for supplements and pointed out that the proposed amendments would neither raise the required level of stringency nor have safety implications. Finally, GRE adopted the proposals and requested the secretariat to include them into the package for submission to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2017 sessions (see para. 10 above).

16. The expert from GTB proposed to introduce into Regulations Nos. 19, 98, 112, 113 and 123 provisions for standardized replaceable light emitting diode (LED) light sources approved according to Regulation No. 128 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/34). He also outlined the upcoming amendment proposals to Regulation No. 128, including the introduction of ‘thermal grade’ as a new characteristic of LED light sources (GRE-76-13). The experts from France, Germany, Italy and UK indicated the far-reaching character and scale of the proposed amendments, and the need to study them in detail. They also expressed a preference for considering the proposed amendments simultaneously with proposals for amendments to Regulation No. 128. Some experts pointed out that the thermal behaviour of LEDs could depend on their installation and the temperature in the engine compartment, and were of the view that the provisions of Regulations Nos. 48 and 85 should be taken into account as well. GRE invited experts to consider these issues before the next session.

17. The expert from GTB proposed to clarify provisions in Regulation No. 99 for testing of the run-up of dual level gas-discharge light sources (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/26). GRE adopted the proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2017 sessions.

18. The experts from Germany and OICA proposed to define and describe the operation of the external status indicator for vehicle alarm systems, alarm systems and immobilizers, as contained in Regulations Nos. 97 and 116 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/33 and GRE-76-17). Some experts raised technical concerns about the size and colour of the external indicator as well as legal doubts on whether Regulation No. 48 could include provisions on devices which do not fall into its scope. GRE agreed to revert to this issue at the next session and invited the authors to prepare a revised proposal.

19. The expert from Spain invited GRE to provide guidance on the possible use of a rear registration plate the digits of which emit the light themselves by means of light-emitting diodes (LED) (GRE-76-12). He recalled that this issue had been already raised in 2004, when GRE agreed that such a light-emitting rear registration plate was not a lamp and, therefore, did not fall within the scope of Regulation No. 48. GRE reconfirmed its position of 2004 and was of the view that requests for application of such light-emitting rear registration plates should be addressed under the national legislation of Contracting Parties. In this context, the experts from Italy and the Netherlands pointed out that light-emitting rear registration plates are prohibited in their countries.

20. Due to lack of time, GRE agreed to postpone consideration of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/24 to the next session.

21. The expert from Poland, in his capacity of Chair of the Informal Working Group on Visibility, Glare and Levelling (IWG VGL), reported on the IWG activities (GRE-76-19). The expert from OICA, Secretary to IWG VGL, proposed to modify the Terms of Reference (ToR) of IWG VGL (GRE-76-20-Rev.1). GRE adopted the revised ToR, as laid down in Annex III to the report.

22. On behalf of the Task Force on Sequential Activation (TF-SA), the expert from Finland reported on its activities and proposed to clarify the requirements for direction indicators with sequential activation in Regulations Nos. 6 and 50 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/20 and GRE-76-10). The proposals received written comments from the experts of France, India and OICA (GRE-76-05, GRE-76-09 and GRE-76-16). Following an extensive discussion, GRE adopted the amended proposals, as laid down in Annex IV. At the same time, GRE was not in a position to reach consensus on whether or not the proposals would require a new series of amendments and/or transitional provisions. GRE decided to come back to this issue at the next session in April 2017. Meanwhile, the secretariat was requested to issue the adopted text (Annex IV) as a document for the June 2017 session of WP.29, upon the understanding that any possible amendments, to be decided by GRE in April 2017, could exceptionally be submitted to WP.29 as a corrigendum or addendum to this document.

23. The expert from GTB proposed to make a direct reference to Regulation No. 48 on the categories of direction indicators and to align the maximum luminous intensity values for the different categories (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/21). Following comments by the experts of EC, Germany, Japan, Italy and UK, the expert from GTB withdrew the proposal for revision.

24. The expert of GTB proposed editorial corrections to Regulation No. 7 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/22 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/23). GRE adopted the proposals and requested the secretariat to include them into the package for submission to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2017 sessions (see para. 10 above).

25. On behalf of the Task Force on Electromagnetic Compatibility (TF EMC), the expert from OICA reported on the activities of TF EMC (GRE-76-18). According to the expert, TF EMC would submit an informal document with a draft supplement to the 05 series of amendments to Regulation No. 10 to the next GRE session in April 2017. The experts from EC and OICA also proposed to clarify the transitional provisions for the 04 series of amendments. GRE noted that TF EMC mainly consisted of technical experts who could not necessarily address legal issues, such as transitional provisions, and called for wider participation of Contracting Parties in the activities of the Task Force.

26. GRE noted that the proposal to clarify the requirements for direction indicators with sequential activation (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/20) was considered in conjunction with Regulation No. 6 (para. 22 above).

27. The expert from IMMA proposed to introduce specific requirements for failure detection in case of direction indicators with multiple light sources (GRE-76-15). The experts of Italy, Japan and UK supported the proposal. GRE agreed to postpone the submission of this proposal to WP.29 and to forward it to IWG SLR for inclusion into the new consolidated Regulations.

34. GRE addressed this issue in conjunction with agenda item 4 (para. 10 above).

28. The expert from Japan introduced a proposal for the 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 53 with a new requirement for automatic switching from the daytime running lamp (DRL) to the headlamp (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/35, Informal document GRE-76-03). The experts of Finland, Germany and EC supported the proposal. The experts of France, Italy and UK identified technical issues which would need further attention. GRE agreed to revert to this issue at the next session. GRE also noted proposals by the expert from India (GRE-76-06). GRE invited experts to review these proposals and to send their comments to the author before the next session.

29. The expert from Poland introduced a slightly revised proposal for a new optional ‘Class B1’ headlamp (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/18 and GRE-76-26). The expert of CLEPA expressed a number of concerns over the proposal and pointed out that more time would be needed to analyse it in detail. The expert of IEC pointed out that the proposed measurement procedures should be clarified and that the proposal could benefit from editorial improvements. The expert of SAE supported the performance-based approach of the Polish proposal and offered to work with the expert from Poland on alternative requirements and evaluation methods for headlamps. GRE agreed that this issue should be dealt with by IWG SLR (stage 2 of the simplification process to introduce technologically-neutral and performance-based requirements), possibly through the establishment of a task force.

30. The expert of GTB presented the results of their study of minimum levels of flux projected in critical zones of the passing beam distribution of a H4 halogen reflector headlamp and a representative LED headlamp (GRE-76-25). Based on these results, he proposed to remove the design-specific requirement of a minimum objective flux (1,000 lm) for LED and halogen light sources and to replace it with a technology-neutral and performance-based requirement (GRE-76-04-Rev.1). The proposal received comments by the experts from France, Germany, Italy, Poland, UK, EC, OICA. As there was no unequivocal support to the proposal, GRE decided to keep it on the agenda of the next session and to pass it to IWG SLR at a later stage.

31. GRE adopted a proposal by the expert from GTB to delete a redundant paragraph (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/27) and requested the secretariat to include it into the package for submission to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2017 sessions (see para. 10 above).

32. The expert from GTB proposed to align the conformity of production procedures in Regulation No. 123 with the other headlamp Regulations and to simplify the AFS test methods and requirements relating to conformity of production (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/28 and GRE-75-15). Given the significant volume of the proposed amendment, the experts from UK and EC requested more time to study it. GRE invited experts to send their comments to GTB and agreed to revert to the proposal at the next session upon understanding that, if adopted, it would become part of the new front-lighting Regulation.

33. The expert from GTB proposed to correct inconsistencies and to allow for adapting of the passing-beam class C to foggy weather conditions (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/29, GRE-76-14-Rev.1). The experts from UK and EC were of the view that the proposed amendments for foggy conditions would change performance requirements and, thus, should be introduced by a new series of amendments. The experts of Austria, Finland, Italy, Japan and OICA felt that a new supplement would be sufficient. The expert from France pointed out that the definition of the passing-beam class W for use in adverse weather conditions should be clarified to indicate that it includes only rainy, rather than foggy, conditions. The experts of Germany and OICA stated that foggy conditions would need a separate solution at a later stage. GRE agreed to take out the fog-related provisions from the amendment proposals and to address them at the next session. GRE adopted the remaining proposals, as amended by Annex V to the report, and requested the secretariat to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2017 sessions as part of the consolidated amendment proposals (see para. 10 above). GRE also agreed to consider in detail, at its next session, the issue of supplements, new series of amendments and transitional provisions.

35. The secretariat informed GRE that the Working Party on Road Traffic Safety (WP.1), at its September 2016 session, had started discussing document ECE/TRANS/WP.1/2015/2/Rev.3 prepared by France, Italy and Laser Europe and containing amendment proposals to Article 32 and Chapter II of Annex 5 on lighting and light-signalling. At its next session, WP.1 would continue its considerations of ECE/TRANS/WP.1/2015/2/Rev.3.

36. GRE took note that, in April 2016, the United Nations General Assembly had adopted a Resolution ‘Improving global road safety’ (A/70/L.44). The Resolution had requested the United Nations Secretary-General to establish a Road Safety Trust Fund to support Member States to halve the global number of deaths and injuries from traffic accidents by 2020, as set out in target 3.6 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

37. GRE was informed that the 2017 Global Road Safety Film Festival, coorganized by the UNECE Sustainable Transport Division and Laser International Foundation Europe, would take place on 20 and 21 February 2017 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, in conjunction with the seventieth anniversary of the Inland Transport Committee. The Festival’s jury would be chaired by Mr. Jean Todt, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety. More information is available on the film festival’s website at www.roadsafetyfilmfestival.org.

38. GRE was informed that WP.29, at its June 2016 session, had noted no objection to Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement from the Contracting Parties and that the European Union had offered to formally transmit the revised Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/2) to the United Nations Office for Legal Affairs (OLA). The secretariat also briefed GRE on the recent activities of the WP.29 Subgroup on UN Regulation No. 0 (IWVTA) and about the development of an electronic database for the exchange of type approval documentation (DETA).

39. The GRE Ambassador to IWVTA (EC) informed GRE about two questions on lighting and light-signalling Regulations that had been addressed to GRE by the WP.29 Subgroup on UN Regulation No. 0 (IWVTA):

(1) Does Regulation No. 48 require all lighting and light-signalling devices within its scope to be type approved pursuant to relevant UN Regulations?
(2) Does each of UN Regulations on lighting devices require light sources to be type approved pursuant to relevant UN Regulations?

40. For question (1), the experts from OICA, Italy and France indicated that, in principle, the answer should be ‘yes’; however, cosmetic changes to Regulation No. 48 would be needed to fully confirm this reply in legal terms. For question (2), the expert of IEC pointed out that this requirement exists in case of replaceable light sources. GRE invited the IWVTA Ambassador to pass these replies to the Subgroup on UN Regulation No. 0 (IWVTA).

41. GRE noted that the progress report on this topic would be provided at the next session.

42. GRE was informed that WP.29, at its March and June 2016 sessions, had had a discussion on the performance of automotive systems, in particular the ones relying on software, in conditions other than those tested during the type approval test procedures (WP.29-168-15 and WP.29-169-13). WP.29 had requested its subsidiary Working Parties to give feedback on the issue. GRE invited its experts to provide comments and decided to revert to this matter at the next session.

43. The expert of SAE informed GRE about the Fifth International Forum on Automotive Lighting (IFAL) that would take place in China in March 2017 (GRE-76-08).

44. GRE took note that Mr. Christian Pichon (France) would no longer attend its sessions, due to retirement. GRE thanked him for his extensive contributions to the GRE work over many years and wished him a happy retirement.

45. GRE was informed that Mr. Pierre Laurent (CLEPA) would retire and no longer attend its sessions. GRE acknowledged his contributions and wished him a happy retirement.

46. GRE noted that the status reports of the GTB Working Groups would be presented at the next session.

47. GRE decided to keep the same structure of the provisional agenda for the next session. Under agenda item 9 © ‘Development of an International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA)’, GRE decided to consider the use of the Unique Identifier (see para. 11 above) and the issue of supplements, new series of amendments and transitional provisions (para. 33 above).

48. In compliance with Rule 37 of the Rules of Procedure (TRANS/WP.29/690 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.1), GRE called for the election of officers. The representatives of the Contracting Parties, present and voting, elected unanimously Mr. Michel Loccufier (Belgium) as Chair and Mr. Derwin Rovers (Netherlands) as Vice-Chair for the sessions of GRE scheduled in the year 2017.