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Agenda Item 4.4. | Consideration of amendments to the 1958 Agreement
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54. The Chair of the informal group on IWVTA reported on the outcomes of the last meeting. He reported that OICA had made a formal proposal to revise paragraph 3 of the frozen text of the revision of the 1958 Agreement. After discussions, the group decided not to change the frozen text, but to address the concern of OICA in the revised guidance document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1044/Rev.1 currently under development. This issue would be revisited at the September meeting of Subgroup for the 1958 Agreement. The representative of OICA clarified he had withdrawn his proposals so as not to risk delaying the final decision on the revision of the 1958 Agreement in many Contracting Parties. The Chair of IWVTA also reported that the decision of the informal group not to amend the current frozen text was also in line with the request from the Russian Federation to keep the frozen text unchanged.

55. The World Forum noted that the only remaining issue for decision was whether the majority threshold should be increased from two-thirds to four-fifths. This discussion would take place at the November session of WP.29, provided that EU would be able to provide their final view on the matter. The EU representative pointed out that at the level of the Commission the tasks were completed, but that additional time was needed to consult with the Council and the Parliament. She requested countries that were considering becoming a contracting party to the 1958 Agreement to signal this which might be a possible justification for EU member States to agree with an increase of the voting threshold.

Previous Discussion(s)

Database for the Exchange of Type Approval Information | Session 15 | 25 Jun 2012

The draft agenda has been supplemented by:

  • - working document DETA-15-06 for agenda item 4
  • - 9a) DETA access rights (presentation by OICA) (DETA-15-04)
  • - 9b) benefits by using DETA for the different user groups (presentation by OICA) (DETA-15-05) and
  • - 9c) new approach on lighting regulations.

This draft report has been adopted without amendments.

The secretariat of the UN reports that AC2 has decided to defer the decision on the questions raised in document (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/35) on the legal basis of DETA in the 1958 Agreement, the steering committee, implementing of DETA in different stages, financing, the server and unique identifier to the November meeting. Especially the European Commission needs more time to decide on the link with the International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA).

He also informed that the chairman and secretariat will get mandate to upload documents on the website of DETA in order to reduce the workload for the UN secretariat.

The secretariat gave feedback from the meetings on the IWVTA that were held on 20 to 22 June in Paris. The proposals from DETA (DETA-15-03) were not discussed in the 2 working groups but only in the informal group IWVTA, which expressed its concerns on the proposed mandatory use of DETA for all approvals.

DETA took note of a proposal (DETA-15-06) from the chairman and the secretariat for a more limited amendment of the 1958 Agreement, which has been changed during the meeting according DETA-15-06rev.1. In addition the UN secretariat suggested to align the wording with document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1044/Rev.1 and replace “ equipment” by “systems and components”.

After a discussion the DETA group concluded that the following approach could be suggested to IWVTA:

  • - a limited amendments to article 5 of the Agreement stating that the notification concerning approvals should be according the procedures in a new appendix (placeholder) with administrative provisions;
  • - the administrative provisions should give several options for the distribution of type approval data including the possibility of the use of a common secure electronic data exchange system (DETA),
  • - the specification in each regulation which procedure might or has to be used (for Regulation 0 the DETA system) and
  • - in cases where the Unique Identifier will be used or otherwise requested in a separate Regulation the DETA system shall be applied.

The ECE stressed this to be structured in the DETA meetings for showing the benefits of DETA.

To give further input to the next meetings of the two IWVTA subgroups all delegated will inform the secretariat before the end of August with topic that has to be dealt with in the relevant placeholder, which the chair and secretariat will convert into a proposal for IWVTA in September.

For the financing of DETA no resources are available at the industry, especially when there are no benefits for them.

For the approval authorities the only benefits exists for the IWVTA’s. As the EU has already a system available (ETAES) a similar system for DETA would not require high development costs. However, incorporating DETA under the licence for the European system is not possible.

The UN secretariat indicated that once the DETA system is in operation the costs for it, inclusive the human resources, server and licence, would be born by the ISU unit of the UN organisation. This would limit the problem to the development and server costs for the first three years. Further discussion is needed in November.

GTB will present an example how the regulations can be amended to facilitate the use of DETA and the Unique Identifier (or Unique Number).

The roadmap has been discussed and amended according document DETA-14-03-Rev1.

[Note: The revised version of the road map cited above has not been made publicy available to date.]

The chairman requests again the delegates to upload type approvals for the try-out of the system; a manual is available on the server as well.

The informal group noted two presentations by OICA on the rights (creating, reading, deleting) and the benefits of a DETA system for approval authorities, vehicle manufactures and part manufactures. A further discussion on both topics is needed in November.

Finally the informal group noted a clarification by GTB on its informal document 12 of the 157th meeting of WP.29. There are concerns in WP.29 that the present regulations are design restrictive and that many amendments are needed to facilitate innovations, very often for design reasons. Long procedures for implementing the amendments of the regulations in some countries prevent innovations to be quickly applied in those markets. Therefor GTB wants to make the regulations performance based what could result in grouping several individual device regulations into one regulation having general provisions and specific requirements for each device in an Annex. As the series of amendments will most likely be different for each device it is important to replace the approval marking by a unique identifier/number as foreseen by DETA.

All agenda items will be discussed again in the next meeting to be held in Room S4 on 12 November 2012, starting at 14:30 hours.

Name (Country / Organisation)
Frank Wrobel (Germany/KBA), chairman
Romain Hubert (UNECE/Transport division)
Gilles Fougere (France)
Stefan Wenger (Switzerland/FEDRO)
Tony Stenning (United Kingdom, VCA)
Harry Jongenelen (Netherlands/RDW), secretary
Martin Kulms (OICA/VDA)
Makoto Yoshida (JASIC)
Ushio Ueno (JASIC/Japan)
Naomi Mori (Japan/Jasic)
Bjorn Ziessler (Finland)
Ben van Assche (IMMA/Honda)
Edwin Bastiaensen (IMMA)
Geoff Draper (GTB)
Vladan Popovic (Serbia)
Ann Wilson (MEMA)
John Creamer (MEMA)

Working Party on General Safety | Session 102 | 16-20 Apr 2012

2. GRSG considered and adopted the agenda proposed for the 102nd session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/1) with the addition of the following agenda items:


  • 15(a) Controls, tell-tales and indicators for two-wheeled vehicles

  • 15(b) Regulation No. 118 (Burning behaviour of materials)

  • 15(c) International Whole Vehicle Type Approval

3. GRSG also adopted the running order for the session as proposed in GRSG-102-01.

4. The informal documents distributed during the session are listed in Annex I to this report.

5. The expert from EC reiterated his position on the need for an improved accessibility of prams as indicated at the previous session on the basis of GRSG-100-06 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2010/33. The expert from OICA proposed alternative provisions (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/2) to provide a specific area in vehicles of Class I. The expert from France suggested differentiating between small and larger vehicles of Class I as the latter vehicles allow additional space for special area dedicated for a pram or pushchair. GRSG supported in general that proposal, but noted a number of study reservations. The expert the EC volunteered to prepare a revised proposal for consideration at the next GRSG taking into account the comments received. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this matter at its October 2012 session and to keep ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/2 on the agenda as a reference document.

9. The Chair of the informal group on Service Doors, Windows and Emergency Exits in buses and coaches (SDWEE) reported on the progress made by the group at its meeting held in Bonn on 24-25 January 2012. As a result of the informal group’s activities, he introduced GRSG-102-02 proposing to insert into UN Regulation No. 107 new requirements for service doors, windows and emergency exits. He also presented GRSG-102-23 aligning the proposed text of the transitional provisions with the guidelines recently adopted by the World Forum WP.29.

10. GRSG acknowledged the work done by the informal group and noted a number of comments especially on the new provisions to add a film on the glazing of emergency exits as proposed in new paragraph 7.6.8.7. of Annex 3. The expert from Germany preferred to insert only a reference to UN Regulation No. 43. Following the discussion, GRSG agreed to resume consideration of the proposals at its next session in October 2012. The secretariat was requested to distribute GRSG-102-02 and GRSG-102-23 with an official symbol.

12. The expert from France introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/3 proposing to align the provisions for bumpers of certain vehicle types with the performance requirements of the new UN Regulation No. 128 on pedestrian safety. The expert from Germany presented GRSG-102-15 proposing to amend the definitions of bumpers. GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/3, as reproduced in Annex II to this report, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2012 sessions, as draft Supplement 2 to the 03 series of amendments of UN Regulation No. 26.

13. The expert from Germany reported on the work progress made by the informal group on plastic glazing (GRSG-102-14). He added that the group was still waiting for the results of the abrasion test still under discussion by the International Standard Organization (ISO) working group, especially with respect to the influence of the quality of the abrasion wheels. GRSG welcomed the information and noted some comments.

15. Referring to the discussion at the previous session of GRSG on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2010/29/Rev.1, the expert from the United Kingdom introduced GRSG-102-29 proposing to reduce the blind spot on the passenger side of N2 and N3 vehicles. GRSG noted a number of concerns by the experts from the Netherlands, France and OICA. Following the discussion, the expert from the United Kingdom presented a revised proposal (GRSG-102-29-Rev.1). GRSG adopted the proposal, as reproduced in Annex III of the meeting report, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2012 sessions, as draft 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 46.

18. The expert from Germany recalled the discussion at the previous session of GRSG on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2011/19 proposing to introduce, into UN Regulation No. 58, more stringent requirements for rear underrun protection devices. He reported on the outcome of the ad hoc expert meeting held in Bonn on 23 January 2012. As a result, he introduced GRSG-102-26 superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2011/19. The expert from OICA presented GRSG-102-32-Rev.1 containing preliminary comments to GRSG-102-26. GRSG welcomed the proposals and noted a number of comments, especially on the need to clarify the scope of the proposed amendments. The expert from France raised concerns on the interpretation of the text of the Regulation. He underlined the need to clarify the current provisions of the measurement method (static test). The expert from Japan introduced GRSG-102-34 commenting the proposal tabled by OICA.

19. Following the discussion, GRSG invited the interested experts to discuss, at a further meeting, the open issues taking into account the comments received. GRSG agreed to resume consideration on this subject at its next session in October 2012 on the basis of a revised proposal to be submitted by Germany as the outcome of the ad hoc expert group meeting. The expert from Germany volunteered to organize that event and invited all GRSG experts to attend the meeting.

21. The expert from France introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/6 proposing to insert into UN Regulation No. 61 an exemption from the geometric provisions for bumpers, when the vehicle comply with the performance requirements specified in the new UN Regulation No. 128 on pedestrian safety. The expert from Germany proposed further clarifications to the definitions in the Regulation (GRSG-102-17). GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/6, as reproduced in Annex V to this report, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2012 sessions, as draft Supplement 2 to UN Regulation No. 61.

22. The expert from Germany proposed to clarify the provisions of UN Regulation No. 67 and introduced GRSG-102-20 superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2011/26. The expert from AEGPL presented GRSG-102-33 and GRSG-102-13 containing additional amendments to the Regulation. The proposals received a number of comments. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session and requested the secretariat to distribute GRSG-102-13, GRSG-102-20 and GRSG-102-33 with official symbols.

24. The expert from the Czech Republic introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/9 proposing to clarify, in UN Regulation No. 110, the general test provisions on fuel rail. The expert from OICA welcomed the new provisions, but underlined the need to also insert transitional provisions as specified in GRSG-102-21. GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/9, as amended in Annex VII to this report, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2012 sessions, as a new draft 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 110.

26. Recalling the discussion on UN Regulation No. 121 at its previous session, GRSG agreed to remove ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2010/20 from the agenda. GRSG considered generic provisions for symbols of automatic systems and agreed on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/11. The expert from OICA introduced GRSG-102-22 superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2011/32 and proposing to extend symbol Nos. 25 and 28 to the logics of the ISO colour coding and its hierarchy of alerts to the danger. GRSG adopted both documents, as reproduced in Annex VIII to this report, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2012 sessions, as draft Supplement 8 to UN Regulation No. 121.

27. The expert from Japan introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/10 (superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2011/31) improving the perception by the driver of other road users. The expert from the United Kingdom raised concerns on the proposed text of paragraph 5.1.4. with respect to A pillars. Following the discussion, GRSG agreed on the proposal as amended in GRSG-102-30.

28. GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/10, as reproduced in Annex IX to the meeting report, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2012 sessions, as a new draft 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 125.

29. Referring to the discussion at the previous session of GRSG on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2011/28 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2011/29, the expert from Japan introduced GRSG-102-06 and GRSG-102-07, proposing to align, in UN Regulation Nos. 97 and 116, the reference to UN Regulation No. 10. GRSG adopted both documents, as reproduced in Annex X to this report, and requested the secretariat to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2012 sessions, as draft Supplement 7 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 97 respectively as draft Supplement 4 to UN Regulation No. 116.

32. Referring to the discussion at the previous session of GRSG on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2011/22, the expert from the Netherlands presented GRSG-102-28 (superseding GRSG-102-05) clarifying in UN Regulation No. 61 the communication form to include withdrawal and extension of approvals. GRSG adopted the proposal, as reproduced in Annex V to this report, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2012 sessions, as part (see para. 21 above) of draft Supplement 2 to UN Regulation No. 61. The Chair reminded GRSG experts to include, if appropriate, into their proposals provisions for the withdrawal and extension of approvals, when preparing an amendment to an existing UN Regulation.

33. The expert from the Russian Federation recalled the discussion at its previous session on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2011/30 proposing to amend the definition of N1 vehicles to take into account the special design of electric vehicles. The proposal received a number of concerns. Recognizing the efforts by the Russian Federation to foster new technologies, GRSG noted no support for the proposal and agreed to remove the document from the agenda.

34. The expert from IMMA presented GRSG-102-08 containing a consolidated version of UN Regulation No. 60 and aligning the text with new UN GTR No. 12 on motorcycle controls, tell-tales and indicators. He introduced GRSG-102-09 and GRSG-102-10 introducing editorial corrections to the revised text of UN Regulation No. 60 respectively UN GTR No. 12. GRSG noted some comments and agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session in October 2012. The secretariat was requested to distribute the three informal documents with an official symbol. In this respect, GRSG agreed to merge GRSG-102-08 and GRSG-102-09 in one official document.

35. The expert from Italy volunteered to prepare a proposal to develop Amendment 1 to UN GTR No. 12 for consideration at the next WP.29 and AC.3 sessions in June 2012.

36. The expert from Germany presented GRSG-102-11 aiming at clarifying the provisions of UN Regulation No. 118 concerning the interior materials which need to be tested. GRSG welcomed the proposals and noted a number of comments. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session. The secretariat was requested to distribute GRSG-102-11 with an official symbol.

1. The Working Party on General Safety Provisions (GRSG) held its 102nd session from 16 (afternoon) to 20 April 2012 (morning) in Geneva. The meeting was chaired by Mr. A. Erario (Italy). 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 TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.1): Canada, China, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and United States of America. An expert from the European Commission (EC) also participated. Experts from the following non-governmental organizations participated: European Association of Automobile Suppliers (CLEPA), European Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (AEGPL), International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA), International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA), International Road Transport Union (IRU) and Natural Gas Vehicles Association Europe (NGVA Europe). Upon the special invitation of the Chair, an expert from the International Association of the Body and Trailer Building Industry (CLCCR) participated.

6. Recalling the discussion at the previous GRSG session on GRSG-100-16, the expert from CLCCR introduced GRSG-102-12 on the lateral stability of rearward facing wheelchairs. GRSG welcomed the proposal and agreed to reconsider this matter at its next session. The secretariat was requested to distribute GRSG-102-12 with an official symbol.

7. The expert from IRU presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/12 proposing to install in urban buses of Class I driver seats without suspension systems. GRSG noted that the choice of driver seats with or without suspension should be made by the manufacturer and operator. The expert from France and Germany raised study reservations. GRSG could not find an agreement on the proposal and agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session.

8. The expert from the United States of America presented the status of the motor coach safety action plan in his country (GRSG-102-27). GRSG welcomed the presentation and noted the priorities of the action plan for new requirements on the installation of safety belts, stability control systems and the roof crush performance.

11. The expert from Hungary reported on the conclusions of a severe accident in Egypt (GRSG-102-03). GRSG welcomed the information and agreed on the need to find a better compromise of the glazing material used for emergency exits and study the effectiveness of safety belts in case of rollover accidents. The expert from Hungary volunteered to prepare a concrete proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No. 107.

14. The expert from Germany introduced GRSG-102-24 proposing to amend UN Regulation No. 43 to allow type approval of multiple-glazed units having more than two glass panes. GRSG noted a number of comments. The expert from CLEPA raised a study reservation and underlined the need to also align UN Global Technical Regulation (UN GTR) No. 6 on safety glazing. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session in October 2012 on the basis of an official document. GRSG invited the expert from Germany to transmit in due time to the secretariat an updated proposal taking into account the comments received and a proposal for transitional provisions, if necessary.

16. The expert from OICA presented GRSG-102-16 proposing the installation of a new generation of exterior and interior mirrors enclosed in a protective housing or holder. The proposal received a number of comments. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of the proposal at its next session in October 2012 on the basis of an official document.

17. Recalling the purpose of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2011/23, the expert from CLEPA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/4 and GRSG-102-04 improving the provisions on camera-monitor systems. GRSG noted a number of concerns on the approval marking. The expert from the EC underlined the importance of replacing all mirrors by camera-monitor systems. He volunteered to prepare for the next GRSG session a presentation on the impact of such systems on road safety. The expert from Germany reported (GRSG-102-31) on the work progress made by the ISO working group on the standardization of camera monitoring systems (ISO 16505). The expert from the Netherlands volunteered to prepare for the next session of GRSG a revised proposal taking into account the comments received and the outcome of the ISO working group.

20. The expert from Japan presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/5 clarifying the requirements on rear underrun protection devices. GRSG noted a number of amendments (GRSG-102-35) and adopted the proposal as reproduced in Annex IV to this report. GRSG requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2012 sessions, as draft Supplement 3 to the 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 58.

37. The secretariat informed GRSG about the work progress of the WP.29 informal group on International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA). GRSG acknowledged the leading role of Japan and the EC on this subject. Referring to WP.29-156-21, GRSG noted the following comments:

  • (a) item 55 on “Advance warning triangle” should be listed under the responsibility of the Working Party on Lighting and Light-Signalling (GRE);
  • (b) the purpose of item 41 (Engine and power-train system) should be clarified with more detailed information.

38. GRSG agreed to insert on its agenda a new item on IWVTA to discuss in detail future proposals on this subject. The expert from Japan volunteered to prepare concrete proposals on UN Regulation Nos. 34 (Fuel tanks) and 46 (Indirect vision devices) for consideration at the next GRSG session in October 2012. GRSG welcomed the IWVTA concept and the commitment of Mr. O. Fontaine (OICA) ensuring the task of the “IWVTA Ambassador” to GRSG.

30. GRSG noted that the revised general guidelines for UN regulatory procedures and transitional provisions in UN Regulations (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1044/Rev.1) were now available on the UNECE website.

31. The GRSG Chair invited all experts to use this document when preparing future proposals for amendments especially with respect to transitional provisions.

23. The expert from OICA presented GRSG-102-18-Rev.1 superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/7 aimed at correcting some erroneous prescriptions in UN Regulation No. 67. For the same purpose, he introduced GRSG-102-19 amending ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/8. GRSG adopted both documents, as reproduced in Annex VI to this report, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2012 sessions, as draft Supplement 11 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 67.

25. The expert from AEGPL reported on the outcome of the most recent expert meetings of the task force on Liquefied Natural Gas vehicles (LNG), held in Brussels in November 2011, February and March 2012. GRSG welcome the information presented in GRSG-102-25 and noted that the next LNG meeting was scheduled to be held in Geneva, on 6 June 2012. The expert from AEGPL announced the intention of the LNG task force to prepare a concrete proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No. 110, for consideration at the next GRSG session in October 2012. He added that more detailed informal documents were made available at LNG informal group session 4 web page.

Working Party on General Safety | Session 103 | 2-5 Oct 2012

2. GRSG considered and adopted the agenda proposed for the 103rd session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/13 and Add.1) with the addition of the following agenda items:

  • 14(a) Template for the submission of official documents
  • 14(b) Abbreviations and acronyms used in UN Regulations
  • 14(c) Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

3. GRSG also adopted the running order for the session as proposed in GRSG-103-01.

4. The informal documents distributed during the session are listed in Annex I to this report.

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5. Referring to the discussion on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/2 at the previous session of GRSG, the expert from EC introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/23 proposing updated provisions for vehicles of Class I to provide a specific area for prams or pushchairs. The expert from IRU introduced GRSG-103-08 raising a number of concerns. The experts from Poland, the United Kingdom, CLCCR and OICA supported the concerns raised. GRSG noted a number of comments. Following the discussion, the expert from Germany volunteered to prepare, jointly with the experts from EC, France, Sweden and Switzerland, a revised proposal for consideration at the next GRSG session in April 2013 taking into account the comments received. GRSG agreed to keep ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/2 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/23 on the agenda as reference documents.

6. The expert from the Netherlands withdrew GRSG-103-05. The expert from IRU recalled the purpose of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/12 proposing to install in urban buses of Class I driver seats without suspension systems. GRSG noted no support for the proposal and agreed to remove it from the agenda.

7. The expert from CLCCR introduced GRSG-103-16 superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/14 on the lateral stability of rear facing wheelchairs. GRSG noted a number of concerns. As the document did not receive any support, GRSG agreed to remove it from the agenda.

8. The expert from the Russian Federation presented GRSG-103-09 amending the provisions of the installation height of interior emergency controls in Class B vehicles. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of the proposal at its next session in April 2013 on the basis of an official document.

9. The expert from Sweden introduced GRSG-103-12 justifying the installation of automatic fire suppression systems in the engine compartment of buses and coaches. GRSG followed with interest a presentation by the expert from Sweden (GRSG-103-22) on a method for testing the performance of fire suppression systems. Following the discussion, GRSG noted general support on this subject. The expert from Sweden volunteered to prepare a concrete proposal for consideration at the next session of GRSG.

10. The Chair of the informal group on Service Doors, Windows and Emergency Exits in buses and coaches (SDWEE) introduced, as an outcome of the group’s work, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/15 proposing to insert into UN Regulation No. 107 new requirements for service doors, windows and emergency exits. The expert from Hungary presented GRSG-103-03 clarifying the proposed amendments. He informed GRSG about additional background information on the problems of emergency exists and on the ejection of passengers in buses (GRSG-103-02). Following the discussion, GRSG endorsed, in principle, the amendments of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/15, as reproduced in GRSG-103-29, and agreed to have a final review of the proposal at its next session. The expert from Poland volunteered to submit to the secretariat, in due time, a revised document taking into account the comments received.

11. The expert from Hungary proposed a number of possible solutions to avoid passenger ejection in case of a bus rollover accident (GRSG-103-04). He explained the problem of safety belt use in buses (GRSG-103-21). He gave a presentation on the need to install breakable emergency side windows on buses to evacuate passengers in case of an emergency (GRSG-103-25). GRSG welcomed the information and noted a number of comments. The expert from Hungary volunteered to prepare a concrete proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No. 107 for consideration at the next GRSG session.

12. The expert from OICA announced his intention to review Annex 12 of UN Regulation No. 107 on additional safety prescriptions for trolleybuses in order to adapt it to the technical progress. He invited all GRSG experts to send him (ofontaine@oica.net) their comments in due time to prepare a concrete proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No. 107.

13. The expert from Germany introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/26 proposing amendments to UN Regulation No. 43 to allow type approval of multiple-glazed units having more than two glass panes. GRSG adopted the proposal, as amended below, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2013 sessions, as draft Supplement 2 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 43.

Paragraphs 2.8.1. and 2.8.2., amend to read:

“2.8.1. “Symmetrical multiple-glazed unit” means a multiple-glazed unit where all component panes are identical (e.g. all uniform toughened glass).

2.8.2. “Asymmetrical multiple-glazed unit” means a multiple-glazed unit other than a symmetrical multiple-glazed unit."

Annex 12, paragraph 4.3.1., amend to read:

“4.3.1. The uniform toughened-glass pane(s) break(s);”

14. The expert from Germany, chairing the Informal group on Plastic Glazing (IGPG) reported on the work progress made by the group (GRSG-103-17). He introduced GRSG-103-20 proposing a first set of amendments to UN Regulation No. 43. The proposal received a number of comments. GRSG agreed on the need to review the abrasion test. GRSG noted the intention of IGPG to meet again in Brussels on 22-23 January 2013. The GRSG Chair agreed to revisit this subject at the next GRSG session on the basis of a revised document. GRSG agreed to keep ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/26 on the agenda as a reference document.

15. GRSG noted the request from a technical service having difficulties fulfilling the barometric pressure conditions required for the impact test, due to an altitude of about 2600 m (Bogota). The GRSG Chair questioned the need to insert into UN Regulation No. 43 and Global Technical Regulation No. 6 appropriate correction factors to resolve this problem. The expert from Germany volunteered to research this subject and prepare, if necessary, a concrete proposal for consideration at one of the next GRSG sessions.

16. The expert from OICA presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/16 proposing the installation of a new generation of exterior and interior mirrors enclosed in a protective housing or holder. GRSG adopted the proposal, without amendments, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2013 sessions, as draft Supplement 2 to the 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 46.

17. The expert from the Netherlands introduced a proposal (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2011/23/Rev.1) to allow replacement of all mirrors with camera-monitor systems. The expert from Germany informed GRSG (GRSG-103-19) about the work progress made by the ISO Task Force on the standardization of camera-monitor systems (ISO 16505). He added that a final proposal by ISO could be expected by the end of 2013 (GRSG-103-27-Rev.1). GRSG had an exchange of views on the optional/mandatory installation of camera-monitor systems and the need to insert fail-safe provisions. GRSG noted that such new vehicle systems would not only improve vehicle safety, but also the environmental protection (i.e. reduction of vehicle emissions). At its next session, GRSG expected to receive only a progress report and agreed to keep ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2011/23/Rev.1 on the agenda as a reference document awaiting the conclusion of the ISO Task Force.

18. Referring to the adoption of the draft 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 46 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/87) at the previous session of GRSG, the expert from OICA proposed to clarify the transitional provisions (GRSG-103-30). The expert from Germany added clarifications to the table listed in paragraph 15.2.1.1.1. (GRSG-103-31). Following the discussion, GRSG adopted both proposals, as reproduced in GRSG-103-31-Rev.1, and requested the secretariat to submit the document to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2012 sessions, together with ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/87, as draft 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 46 (see WP.29-158-08).

19. The expert from Germany recalled the discussion at the previous session of GRSG on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2011/19 proposing to insert into UN Regulation No. 58 more stringent requirements for rear under run protection devices. He reported on the outcome of the recent ad hoc group meeting and announced the intention to undertake, in early 2013, a cost-benefit analysis on this subject. GRSG agreed to resume consideration at its next session in April 2013, on the basis of a revised proposal to be submitted by Germany taking into account the results of the cost-benefit analysis.

20. The Chair recalled the purpose of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/17 (tabled by AEGPL) clarifying the provisions on the aerostatic pressure during the external leakage test of Class 0 components. The expert from Germany introduced GRSG-103-24 to amend and correct the current text of UN Regulation No. 67. GRSG adopted both documents, as reproduced in Annex II to this report, and requested the secretariat to submit the amendments to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2013 sessions as draft Supplement 12 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 67.

21. The expert from Germany presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/18 clarifying the provisions of UN Regulation No. 67 with respect to hose assemblies. The expert from AEGPL supplemented the proposal with additional amendments as listed in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/19. GRSG noted some concerns and decided on the need to further clarify the responsibility and conformity of production procedures. Following the discussion, GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session on the basis of a revised proposal by Germany. GRSG recommended keeping ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/18 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/19 on the agenda as reference documents.

22. The expert from CLEPA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/24 proposing new requirements for Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) fuel selection systems. The expert from AEGPL presented GRSG-103-06 amending the proposed paragraphs. GRSG noted general support and some comments. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session on the basis of a revised proposal by AEGPL/CLEPA, taking into the comments received.

23. As mentioned under paragraph 22 above, the expert from CLEPA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/25. Thus, GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session on the basis of a joint proposal by AEGPL, CLEPA and NGVA Europe.

24. The expert from the Netherlands reported on the outcome of the most recent expert meetings of the task force on Liquefied Natural Gas vehicles (LNG), held in Geneva on 1-2 October 2012 (GRSG-103-14). As the secretariat had not been in the position to prepare in due time the official document, he presented GRSG-103-11-Rev.1, proposing to insert into UN Regulation No. 110 new provisions for LNG vehicles. GRSG acknowledged the work done by the LNG task force and noted a number of comments. Following the discussion, the Chair invited all experts to send their written comments by the beginning of November 2012 to the LNG Secretary (jseisler@cleanfuelsconsulting.org). GRSG noted the intention of the LNG task force to present a revised proposal at the forthcoming session of the Working Party on Pollution and Energy (GRPE) in January 2013 and to consider it in detail at the next session of GRSG on the basis of an official document, taking into account the comments received.

25. The expert from Germany introduced GRSG-103-18, superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/22, and clarifying the current provisions on interior materials which shall be tested. GRSG adopted the document, as reproduced in Annex III to this report, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2013 sessions, as draft Supplement 1 to the 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 118.

26. Noting that no document had been provided for this session, GRSG agreed to remove this item from the agenda.

27. The expert from OICA presented GRSG-103-26, proposing to introduce the concept of “revision of approvals” into some Regulations under the responsibility of GRSG, especially UN Regulations Nos. 18, 26, 34, 35, 43, 58 and 61. GRSG welcomed the proposal and agreed to give a detailed consideration at its next session in April 2013. The expert from France stated that the provisions proposed for UN Regulations Nos. 26 and 61 could be removed from GRSG-103-26 in the event that the World Forum adopts, at its forthcoming session in November 2012, documents ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/86 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/89. The secretariat was requested to distribute GRSG-103-26 with an official symbol, taking into account the revised general guidelines for UN regulatory procedures (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1044/Rev.1).

28. The expert from IMMA recalled WP.29-157-10 (tabled by Italy in June 2012) proposing the development of an amendment to Global Technical Regulation (GTR) No. 12 on controls, tell-tales and indicators for motorcycles. He presented GRSG-103-10-Rev.1 amending ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/21 to introduce into the GTR editorial corrections and align the provisions with those of UN Regulation No. 60 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/20). The documents received some comments.

29. GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/20, as amended by Annex IV to this report, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2013 sessions, as draft Supplement 4 to UN Regulation No. 60.

30. GRSG also adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/21, as amended by Annex V to this report. The secretariat was requested to submit it to WP.29 and AC.3 for consideration at their March 2013 sessions, as draft Amendment 1 to UN GTR No. 12, including the technical report listed in Annex V.

31. The expert from OICA reported on the progress (GRSG-103-28) made by the Informal Group on International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA). As the IWVTA ambassador of GRSG, he announced his intention to prepare a position paper for each candidate Regulation listed in Annex 2 of WP.29-156-21-Rev.1 under the GRSG responsibility. GRSG noted a number of comments on the validity of some candidate Regulations applicable to the IWVTA. Following the discussion, the IWTA ambassador invited all governmental delegates to email him (ofontaine@oica.net) their comments well in advance of the deadline for submission of official documents.

32. The expert from Japan introduced GRSG-103-07, proposing a new series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 34 on fuel tanks. GRSG welcomed the proposal on fire prevention and agreed on the need to complement the proposal with a cost-benefit analysis. GRSG decided to resume consideration of the proposal at its next session on the basis of an official document under a specific agenda item.

33. The expert from Japan presented GRSG-103-23, justifying the need to improve the field of vision for drivers of larger vehicles. In this respect, he proposed amending the provisions of UN Regulation No. 46 on devices for indirect vision (GRSG-103-13). GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session and requested the secretariat to distribute GRSG-103-13 with an official symbol.

34. In compliance with Rule 37 of the Rules of Procedure (TRANS/WP.29/690 as amended by Amendments 1 and 2), GRSG called for the election of officers on 3 October 2012. Mr. A. Erario (Italy) was unanimously re-elected as Chair and Mr. M. Matolcsy (Hungary) as Vice-Chair for the GRSG sessions scheduled for the year 2013.

(a) Template for the submission of official documents

35. GRSG noted the new instructions adopted by WP.29 at its June 2012 session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1097, para. 12) and the updated template for the preparation and submission of official documents by WP.29 and its subsidiary bodies (WP.29-157-01-Rev.1). The secretariat invited all experts to use this template and to follow the instructions as listed on the website.

(b) Abbreviations and acronyms used in UN Regulations

36. GRSG noted that the same acronyms have been used in the past in different Working Parties with different meanings which led to confusion (e.g. “RESS”). WP.29 had recommended establishing a list of acronyms to avoid confusion. The Working Party on Passive Safety (GRSP) had started this work with GRSP-51-03. Following the discussion, the Chair suggested resuming discussion on this subject at the next session of GRSG under a specific agenda item. He invited all experts to think about their preparedness to take over part of this important task.

(c) Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

37. GRSG noted the request by WP.29 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1085, para. 19 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1097, para. 14) for consideration of harmonized requirements for high-priority warning signals (GRSG-103-15) and on design/control principles (WP.29-157-06) of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). GRSG agreed to give detailed consideration to this subject at its next session under a specific agenda item.

1. The Working Party on General Safety Provisions (GRSG) held its 103rd session from 2 (afternoon) to 5 October 2012 (morning) in Geneva. The meeting was chaired by Mr. A. Erario (Italy). 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): Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. An expert from the European Commission (EC) also participated. Experts from the following non-governmental organizations participated: the Association for Emissions Control by Catalyst (AECC), European Association of Automobile Suppliers (CLEPA), European Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (AEGPL), International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA), International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA), International Association for Natural Gas Vehicles (IANGV/NGV Global) and Natural Gas Vehicles Association Europe (NGVA Europe). Upon the special invitation of the Chair, an expert from the International Association of the Body and Trailer Building Industry (CLCCR), Hyundai Motor Company and The Hardstaff Group participated.

Working Party on Lighting and Light-signalling | Session 71 | 31 Mar-3 Apr 2014

21. The expert from Germany presented GRE-71-25 introducing flashing side marker lamps for vehicles of categories N2, N3, O3 and O4, aimed at informing vulnerable road users about the intention of a heavy goods vehicle to make a turn. The experts from Italy, Netherlands and CLEPA delivered a number of comments, in particular suggesting the extension of this proposal to M2 and M3 buses. The expert from Germany volunteered to submit a revised official document for the next session of GRE.

11. The expert from GTB introduced the results of their studies on visibility and glare (GRE-71-15 and GRE-71-32). The study concentrated on levelling in relation to load and its major objectives were to improve the understanding of different factors that influence visibility and glare and to identify results of the study that might reveal alternatives for automatic static levelling. The expert from OICA recalled their presentations on loading definitions and achievable aiming tolerances (see also GRE-67-27 and GRE-68-20).

12. The expert from Poland introduced a revised proposal ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/11 on initial aiming of dipped-beam headlamps and considering the original 75 +/-25 m visibility distance requirement.

13. GRE was of the view that the study had pointed out that the type of light source and its luminous flux are not the deciding factors in headlamp glare. Instead, the most important factors seem to be the vehicle pitch angle, loading conditions and initial headlamp aim. Therefore, the light source choice (LED) and the light source 2,000 lm criteria in UN Regulation No. 48 were found unnecessarily restrictive and creating barriers to new technologies. Different views were expressed whether automatic levelling should become a requirement for all categories of vehicles and light sources. Operating voltage was also mentioned as an additional factor of glare.

14. GRE invited the experts from Poland, GTB and OICA to submit one coherent proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No. 48 addressing the visibility distance and glare issuto the next GRE session.

5. In absence of new proposals, GRE agreed to defer consideration of this agenda item to its next session.

6. The expert from IEC presented GRE-71-06 with the aim to introduce proper references to the IEC cap sheet numbers, in accordance with IEC Publication 60061, for new categories of light sources WT21W, WTY21W, WT21/7W and WTY21/7W which have been introduced into United Nations (UN) Regulation No. 37. A similar request (GRE-71-07) was also made for new light source category LW2 which had been previously inserted in UN Regulation No. 128.

7. The experts from Germany and UK expressed their concerns that, in the past, GRE had approved the respective amendment proposals without the relevant references (i.e. blanks in square brackets) which were not available at that time and which de facto required the adoption of an additional supplement for inserting the proper reference at a later stage.

8. GRE adopted both proposals and requested the secretariat to submit them to WP.29 and the Administrative Committee of the 1958 Agreement (AC.1) for consideration at their November 2014 sessions as draft Supplement 43 to the 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 37 and draft Supplement 3 to the original series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 128.

9. For the future, GRE decided that amendment proposals introducing new light sources into UN Regulations could only be adopted when completed (i.e. accompanied by the relevant complete reference to the corresponding standard).

10. The expert from GTB introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/6 to clarify the definitions and requirements associated with the installation of “single lamps”, “lamps marked D” and “interdependent lamps”. GRE adopted this proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2014 sessions as draft supplements to the 04, 05 and 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48.

15. The expert from the Netherlands recalled the GRE considerations, at its sixty-ninth and seventieth sessions, of tell-tale requirements and the possible need for aligning UN Regulation No. 48 with relevant requirements contained in UN Regulation No. 121. Given the complexity of the issue, he suggested continuing with more in-depth discussions on these issues in a smaller group of interested experts (GRE-71-11). Following this request, GRE consented to establishing a taskforce on tell-tale requirements, for which the expert from the Netherlands would act as Chair and OICA as secretary. GRE decided to keep this issue on the agenda and requested the task force to report on its findings at the next session of GRE.

16. The secretariat proposed a correction to para. 6.2.7.6.1. of Revision 8 of UN Regulation No. 48 (GRE-71-03). The Chair also proposed the replacement in para. 6.6.7.2. of the incorrect reference to para. 6.22. by para. 6.23. GRE adopted the proposal amended by the Chair and decided to defer the submission of this proposal to WP.29 and AC.1 awaiting the adoption of further corrections that the expert from Italy volunteered to prepare (see para. 17 below).

17. The expert from Italy informed the GRE that he had found a number of errors in Regulation No. 48. GRE invited the expert from Italy to submit a document for the next session (see para. 16 above).

18. GRE noted that the Working Party on General Safety Provisions (GRSG), at its forthcoming session in May 2014, would consider ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2014/3 by Germany proposing to insert into UN Regulation No. 107 (M 2 and M 3 buses) a new requirement to automatically activate hazard warning lights when excess temperature is detected in a rear engine and/or in a heater compartment. The Chair expressed his concern that this signal may be misused unnecessarily in case of heat excess not leading to fire. GRE noted that the right term should be “hazard warning signal”. Should this proposal be adopted by GRSG, UN Regulation No. 48 would have to be amended accordingly. Thus, GRE decided to await the outcome of discussion in GRSG and to revert to this issue at the next session on the basis of a proposal for amending UN Regulation No. 48 which the expert from Germany volunteered to submit.

19. The expert from France introduced GRE-71-18 proposing two amendments to series 04 and 05 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48:

(a) The first amendment introduced interdependent lamp systems in para. 5.18.4. (b) and was based on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/21 adopted during March 2014 session as a new supplement for 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48.

(b) The second amendment suggested that the speed limit in paragraph 6.22.7.4.3 was reduced from 70 to 60 km/h and the requirements of paragraph 6.22.7.4.3(a) was amended to indicate a clear alternative to either detect the motorway conditions with sensors or only activate the E mode above a speed of 110 km/h. The objective of this amendment proposal was to improve the performance of the system by avoiding unnecessary on-off activation of the motorway light.

20. GRE adopted proposal (a) above and requested the secretariat to transmit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2014 sessions as draft supplement to the 04 and 05 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48. GRE decided to come back to proposal (b) at its next session.

1. The Working Party on Lighting and Light-Signalling (GRE) held its seventy-first session from 31 March to 3 April 2014 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, Amend. 1 and 2): Austria; Belgium; Canada; China; Czech Republic; Finland; France; Germany; Hungary; India; Italy; Japan; the Netherlands; Poland; the Republic of Korea; the Russian Federation; Serbia; Spain; Turkey and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK). Experts 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) and International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA). Upon the invitation of the Chair, the experts from the International Automotive Lighting and Light Signalling Expert Group (GTB) and from the European Committee of Associations of Manufacturers of Agricultural Machinery (CEMA) participated.

2. GRE considered and adopted the agenda proposed for the seventy-first session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/1 and Add.1) as reproduced in GRE-71-01-Rev.3 (including the informal documents distributed during the session).

3. GRE also adopted the running order for the session as proposed in GRE-71-08.

4. The list of informal documents is reproduced in Annex I to the report. The list of GRE informal groups is reproduced in Annex V to the report. GRE took note of the official document submission deadline (GRE-71-20) for the October 2014 session of GRE.

22. The expert from OICA introduced GRE-71-29 proposing the simultaneous lightning of both cornering lamps for slow manoeuvres in forward motion, in order to increase safety. GRE requested the secretariat to distribute this proposal at the next session with an official symbol.

23. GRE noted that the expert from Germany had withdrawn ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/39 on the separation of position lamps.

24. The secretariat delivered a presentation (GRE-71-21) outlining the progress made in establishing the Database for the Exchange of Type Approval documentation (DETA) which, inter alia, would allow the simplification of the approval markings by implementing the “unique identifier” (UI) function. GRE noted that, until all Contracting Parties adopt the DETA marking scheme, the use of UI may remain optional, unless stated otherwise in a given UN Regulation. GRE agreed to resume consideration of this item at its October 2014 session.

25. GRE noted that the activities by GTB on this matter were still ongoing and that their results would soon be submitted to GRE for consideration.

26. The expert from Italy introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/43/Rev.1 proposing to delete obsolete references in UN Regulations Nos. 53 and 74. The proposal received some comments. The expert from Italy volunteered to provide a revised proposal to GRE at its October 2014 session.

27. The expert from Germany proposed the deletion of the reference to Class B headlamps. Several delegations pointed out that the deletion of Class B headlamps could entail problems for some markets and that transitional provisions would need to be foreseen. GRE agreed to address this issue at its next session on the basis of a written proposal, which the expert from Germany volunteered to prepare.

28. The expert from IEC introduced GRE-71-13 proposing alternatives to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/62 on electronic light source control gear:

(a) Restricting the voltage range for (halogen) filament light sources, to avoid (semi-)permanent too low or too high luminous intensity of the headlamp and subsequent shorter lifetime of the filament light source and;

(b) Inserting a lower voltage limit and verifying that the headlamp performance, in terms of luminous intensity, under the normal operating conditions of the vehicle’s electrical system is still compliant with the requirements of UN Regulation No. 112.

29. A number of experts delivered remarks on this document. GRE invited other experts to transmit their comments, if any, to IEC and decided to revert to this issue on the basis of a revised document to be prepared by IEC.

30. Based on an updated proposal tabled by the expert from Italy (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/55/Rev.1), GRE resumed consideration of the insertion of compliance obligations with installation requirements, at the time of type approval of lighting components, according to the component UN Regulations. While several experts supported the proposal, some others were of the view that the underlying issue might go beyond the competence of GRE and that WP.29 should be asked for guidance. The Chair suggested clarifying and possibly rephrasing the wording “UN Regulations … and their series of amendments in force at the time of application for type approval”. GRE agreed to continue this discussion at the next session and decided that this proposal would become part of a horizontal document collecting common provisions of UN lighting and light-signalling Regulations (see agenda item 6 below).

31. The expert from GTB presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/3 clarifying the definition of “type” with regard to manufacturer, trade names and marks and to introduce editorial improvements to the requirements for markings. This document superseded ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/45 and GRE-70-02 adopted by GRE at its seventieth session. Various experts identified a number of issues which would require further consideration and clarification. GRE agreed to continue this discussion at the next session and suggested that ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/3 become part of a horizontal document collecting common provisions of UN lighting and light-signalling Regulations (see agenda item 6 below).

32. Having recalled its deliberations at the previous session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/70, paras. 25 and 26) on direction indicators with variable apparent surface, GRE agreed not to prohibit the use of such indicators for a hazard warning signal and decided to extend the adopted proposals (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/60 as amended at the seventieth GRE session) to the 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48. The secretariat was mandated to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2014 sessions as a new Supplement to the 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48.

33. Having pointing out that the European Union (EU) refers to UN Regulations in its legislation, the expert from EC informed GRE about three concerns that EC and some EU member States have with regard to the GRE scope of activities:

a) A large number of GRE-related UN Regulations (forty-one) and their constant updating are a serious burden for the efficient management of the system, both for the United Nations and EU. Consequently, around one third of all documents under the WP.29 umbrella are from GRE. A lot of resources are required for their official translation into various languages, and there is a considerable backlog in this area. Thus, according to the expert from EC, the incurred costs should be minimized by simplifying and streamlining the documentation originating from GRE;

b) Some UN Regulations prepared and/or amended by GRE in the past were rather descriptive and not enough performance based. According to the expert from EC, descriptive provisions could, in some cases, distort the market competition and impede new technologies and innovations;

c) Too prescriptive and descriptive approach could make UN Regulations less attractive to countries outside the ECE region. According to the expert from EC, probably for this reason two years ago Japan had not adhered to UN Regulation No. 128. Moreover, the United States of America, who has only one regulation related to lighting and light signalling, would oppose developing multitude UN GTRs in this area, given the present number of UN Regulations on this subject. As an alternative example, he mentioned the area of fuel efficiency and emissions where there were fewer documents, that were not too prescriptive, and where the Asian countries supported a new UN GTR which had recently been adopted.

34. The expert from EC was also confident that GRE had all the necessary competencies to address these concerns and urged GRE to do so without delay.

35. The expert from GTB contributed to the discussion by presenting GRE-71-17 and GRE-71-24 containing some ideas on simplification of lighting and light-signalling UN Regulations. According to him, these UN Regulations are at present a mix of regulatory (legal) and technical aspects which should be separated in the future. A solution could be found in creating a three-level documentation structure, as proposed in GRE-71-24, where provisions common for different UN Regulations would be put in a single document similar to Consolidated Resolution R.E.3.

36. GRE took note of the outcome of the first session of the Special Interest Group (SIG) which had taken place in Brussels on 12 February 2014 and had been attended by 20 experts (GRE-71-16). In particular, SIG was of the view that priority should be given to reducing the administrative burden presented by the numerous collective amendments. To achieve this, SIG proposed to reactivate the GRE Horizontal Reference Document (HRD) Informal Group and to update its Terms of Reference (ToR).

37. On behalf of SIG, the expert from EC presented draft ToR of a new informal working group (IWG) (GRE-71-22) and stated that EC would be prepared to act as Co-Chair of IWG. Regarding the position of Chair, he suggested that an EU member State or another Contracting Party assume this role. Before IWG becomes operational, SIG would continue its activities. In this respect, the expert from EC informed GRE that the second meeting of SIG would take place in Brussels during the week 9-13 June 2014.

38. GRE had a first exchange of views on the proposed ToR with a particular focus on paras. 2, 3 and 4 of GRE-71-22.

39. GRE addressed the issue of the legal implications of placing the common requirements into a horizontal reference document, such as R.E.3 managed by WP.29. The expert from EC and the secretariat pointed out that, if needed, they would seek legal advice from, respectively, EU and United Nations legal services. The secretariat informed GRE that R.E.3 had proved to be very instrumental for all UN Regulations, in particular, with regard to common definitions. In this context, the secretariat also drew the attention of GRE to the work undertaken by the secretariat to harmonize the definitions in lighting and light-signalling UN Regulations (GRE-71-23). GRE requested the SIG to consider this document and consolidate harmonized definitions into the horizontal document.

40. The Chair invited experts to consider the underlying issues, in particular the draft ToR of IWG in GRE-71-22 to be discussed at the next SIG session, and to report back to GRE at its next session. He also suggested that the newly proposed IWG take into due consideration ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2008/32, GRE-59-01, GRE 63-27, GRE-66-13 and GRE-66-14.

41. GRE noted that the expert from GTB had withdrawn its document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/5 amending the requirements to clarify the “n-1 rule” provisions in relation to an interdependent lamp system.

42. The secretariat informed GRE about complaints on the intensity of (LED) stop lamps which had been reviewed by the secretariat, GRE Chair and Vice-Chair (GRE-71-02). These complaints mainly related to situations such as “stop and go” or standstill at traffic lights where the driver of the following vehicle experienced discomfort and glare due to the high intensity of stop lights. No one seemed to dispute the need for a high intensity light-signal in case of an emergency.

43. The Chair recalled that GRE, at its sixty-sixth and sixty-seventh sessions, had already discussed a proposal by GTB to allow for reducing the intensity of stop lamps when the vehicle speed was below 20 km/h. Due to lack of consensus, this proposal had been withdrawn at that time. GRE was of the view that no study proved any blinding or glare effect specific to LED stops lamps and that the reported complaints were probably related to discomfort problems in a narrow range of urban traffic conditions and that stop lamps were so far performing very well their most important safety function. Therefore, no further action was foreseen by GRE.

44. No new proposals were submitted under this item. GRE noted that the first part of the proposals for the new 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 27 adopted at the previous session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/70, para. 34 and Annex VII) had been subsequently approved by WP.29 and AC.1 at their March 2014 sessions (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1108, paras. 50 and 75). At the same time, the other part of the proposals dealing with the Conformity of Production requirements adopted at the previous session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/70, para. 35) had been referred by WP.29 back to GRE for further considerations (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1108, para. 51). GRE noted that these proposals would be discussed under agenda item 12 (d) together with other documents returned by WP.29 to GRE for further consideration.

45. No new proposals were submitted under this item. GRE noted that the first part of the proposals for the new 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 65 adopted at the previous session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/70, para. 36 and Annex X) had been subsequently approved by WP.29 and AC.1 at their March 2014 sessions(ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1108, paras. 50 and 75). At the same time, the other part of the proposals dealing with the Conformity of Production requirements adopted at the previous session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/70, para. 37) had been referred by WP.29 back to GRE for further considerations (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1108, para. 51). GRE noted that these proposals would be discussed under agenda item 12 (d) together with other documents returned by WP.29 to GRE for further consideration.

70. GRE was informed about the new responsibilities of Ms. Darnoux, Mr. Sakai and Mr. Tsuburai who would no longer attend the GRE sessions. GRE thanked them for their contributions and wished them all the best in their new responsibilities.

71. GRE was informed about the new responsibilities of Mr. Guichard, who would no longer be the GRE Secretary. GRE thanked Mr. Guichard for his contributions and wished him all the best in his new responsibilities. GRE also welcomed Mr. Glukhenkiy (konstantin.glukhenkiy@unece.org) as new Secretary to GRE.

69. The expert from GTB presented a status report of the GTB Working Group activities (GRE-71-33, GRE-71-34, GRE-71-35 and GRE-71-36).

68. GRE agreed to deal with this agenda item together with item 6.

46. The expert from the Netherlands, chairing the informal Group on Agricultural Vehicle Lighting Installation (AVLI), introduced ECE/TRANS/GRE/2014/2 containing the AVLI proposals to update and revise UN Regulation No. 86 with a view to improving the visibility of agricultural vehicles. In particular, the proposals provided for updating the present UN Regulation No. 86 provisions ; optional installation of “innovative” lamps (e.g. daytime running lamps, cornering lamps etc.); aligning, where appropriate, the requirements with the corresponding provisions of UN Regulation No. 48.

47. To ensure an earlier revision of UN Regulation No. 86, the Chair of AVLI suggested splitting its work into two phases and, to this end, proposed to revise the ToR and rules of procedures of the Group (GRE-71-19). According to the revised ToR, while the first phase should focus on updating the present UN Regulation No. 86 in order to improve the visibility of existing agricultural tractors, the second phase could address extending the scope of the present UN Regulation No. 86 to new categories of vehicles such as agricultural trailers and towed machinery.

48. GRE stressed the urgent need for modification of UN Regulation No. 86, which had not been updated for fifteen years, and agreed with the proposed two-phase approach. GRE adopted the revised terms of reference and the rules of procedures of AVLI, reproduced in Annex IV to the report. To avoid the need for transitional provisions, GRE decided to remove the square brackets in paragraphs 6.4.1., 6.10.1. and 6.19.1. of ECE/TRANS/GRE/2014/2, thus making reversing lamps, rear fog-lamps and daytime running lamps optional. GRE requested AVLI to submit to its next session, a revised document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/2/Rev.1 which would address comments made during the discussion, in particular by the expert from Italy (GRE-71-14).

49. GRE noted that, in order to introduce new categories of vehicles into UN Regulation No. 86, the Consolidated Resolution (R.E.3) should be amended accordingly to include such categories. In this context, the expert from IMMA also pointed out differences between the definitions of the L categories of vehicles in R.E.3 and in the EU legislation To inform WP.29 and other GR’s about these intentions, GRE mandated its Chair to orally raise these issues at the June 2014 session of WP.29 as well as requested the secretariat to prepare a proposal as soon as possible to ensure their early distribution to other GR’s.

50. In absence of any new proposal, GRE agreed to defer consideration of this agenda item to its next session.

51. GRE noted that the Working Party on Road Traffic Safety (WP.1) had adopted the definition and allowance for the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). WP.1 had not yet concluded its consideration of the GRE draft proposals for amendments to the 1968 Vienna Convention regarding lighting and light-signalling (ECE/TRANS/WP.1/2011/4/Rev.3) and had postponed this issue to the next session of WP.1 in September 2014.

52. As no information was reported under this item, GRE agreed to defer it to the next session.

53. The Secretary to AC.1 reported on the progress in preparing Revision 3 of 1958 Agreement, including UN Regulation No. 0 on IWTA (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/53 and WP.29-162-04), as well as the proposed revised guidelines for supplements and series of amendments to UN Regulations (WP.29-162-18) whose main elements are as follows:

a) Contracting Parties may apply former versions of UN Regulations, “engraved in stone”;

b) establish common date (e.g. 1 September each year) of entry into force of new series of amendments to UN Regulations;

c) only one new series of amendments per year would be allowed;

d) in case of several series of amendments in force, for every supplement the respective GR and WP.29 should indicate the series of amendments it refers to. The secretariat should prepare separate documents for each series of amendments for adoption by WP.29 and AC.1;

f) the guidelines for transitional provisions established by WP.29 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1044/Rev.1) would be amended accordingly.

54. GRE took note of the above information and expressed no objections to setting the common annual date of entry into force of new series of amendments on 1 September.

55. The experts from Finland and Japan presented ECE/TRANS/GRE/2014/12 amending UN Regulation No. 4 (Rear registration plate lamps) for the purposes of IVWTA and introducing provisions for illuminating registration plates of five different sizes (categories) which are currently used around the world. When applying for the first approval or at a later stage, the applicant should indicate the category(ies) which the device is intended to illuminate. GRE adopted the proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2014 sessions as draft Supplement 18 to UN Regulation No. 4.

56. The expert from GTB introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/4 proposing to amend the requirements of failure indication by removing the differentiation between filament and LED light sources. GRE adopted this proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2014 sessions as draft Supplement 26 to the 01 Series of UN Regulation No. 6.

57. The expert from IMMA presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/7 with a proposal to amend UN Regulation No. 50, as further corrected by GRE-71-04 and GRE-71-12-Rev.1, introducing the possibility of interdependent lamps for dedicated motorcycle lamps. The expert from India also presented GRE-71-30 containing an amendment to this proposal. GRE generally supported the proposal but, given the late submission of GRE-71-30, decided to revisit this issue at its next session on the basis of a revised document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/7/Rev.1 to be prepared by IMMA.

58. The expert from IMMA proposed ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/8 to introduce the possibility of installing interdependent lamps for L3 category vehicles in UN Regulation No. 53, together with additional editorial corrections. GRE felt that these amendment proposals should be aligned with the proposed amendments to UN Regulation No. 48 (agenda item 4 (a)) and decided to revert to this issue at its next session on the basis of a revised document to be prepared by IMMA.

59. The expert from IMMA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/9 with a proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No. 53 to allow for the use of different brake lamp activation methods for Powered Two Wheelers (PTWs) as well as to introduce the concept of a high-mounted stop lamp to PTWs to improve the conspicuity of the vehicles during stopping. GRE adopted this proposal, as amended by Annex II to this report and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2014 sessions as a new Supplement to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 53.

60. The expert from IMMA presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/10 with a proposal to correct typographical errors introduced during the previous amendment to UN Regulation No. 113 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/83). GRE adopted this proposal as a new Supplement to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 113 and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2014 sessions.

61. The expert from CLEPA presented revised proposals ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/64/Rev.1 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/65/Rev.1, introducing requirements for a new class 5 of devices into UN Regulation No. 70 and requirements and for a new class F of devices into UN Regulation No. 104. GRE adopted this proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2014 sessions as a new Supplement to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 70 and as a new Supplement to the original text of UN Regulation No. 104.

62. The expert from CLEPA also proposed ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/13 introducing a new class F of retro-reflecting materials into UN Regulation No. 48, to be applied to special utility vehicles or trailers not regularly covered by standard contour marking materials. GRE adopted this proposal, as amended by Annex III to this report and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2014 sessions as a new Supplement for the 04, 05 and 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48.

67. The expert from France introduced GRE-71-09 and GRE-71-10 proposing to delete an unjustified design restrictive requirement of a minimum luminous flux of 1,000 lm for LED’s in UN Regulations Nos. 112 and 123. While several experts supported this proposal, some others pointed out that those alternative criteria should be developed to guarantee a minimum performance of LED light sources. GRE decided to revert to this issue at the next session and requested the secretariat, in cooperation with the expert from France, to re-issue GRE-71-09 and GRE-71-10 as official documents.

66. GRE noted that WP.29, at its November 2013 and March 2014 sessions, had referred back to GRE a number of documents due to concerns over the conformity of production (CoP) provisions in the proposed amendments to UN Regulations Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 19, 23, 27, 38, 50, 65, 69, 70, 77, 87, 91, 98, 112, 113 and 119 (see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1106, para. 54 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1108, para. 51). GRE reviewed the common wording of these documents and agreed to delete the text in parenthesis mentioning “light sources manufacturers” (e.g. see para. 10.3 in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/79) To make progress, GRE agreed to take the CoP provisions out from these documents and put them in a horizontal document (see paras. 31-38 above) for further consideration. The secretariat was requested to delete the proposed amendments to the CoP provisions and CoP annexes of these documents. If any of these documents contained also other amendments, the secretariat was requested to prepare revisions of these documents and to re-submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 at their November 2014 sessions. Experts were invited to verify the content of the revised documents in advance and report on identified problems, if any, at the next session GRE session in October 2014. The experts from Austria and CLEPA expressed concerns that referring the extracted CoP provisions to a horizontal document might lead to a substantial delay in their adoption.

63. The expert from Japan introduced GRE-71-27 and GRE-71-28, proposing to insert a new footnote to read “The Contracting Parties applying this UN Regulation may prohibit the use of Retro-Reflecting materials approved as Class F on the basis of national regulations.” GRE concluded that it is obvious even without such a footnote that the Contracting Parties may prohibit the use of such materials. As a result of discussion, these informal documents were withdrawn.

64. The secretariat proposed editorial changes to Amendment 3 to Revision 5 of UN Regulation No. 6, as contained in GRE-71-05. GRE adopted this proposal and requested the secretariat to take this editorial correction into consideration when issuing Revision 6 to the UN Regulation.

65. The expert from Belgium introduced GRE-71-26 proposing amendments to UN Regulation No. 10 with regard to electromagnetic compatibility of trolleybuses, with a view to aligning the additional safety prescriptions for trolleybuses (Annex 12 to UN Regulation No. 107) with the corresponding electrical standards (see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2013/16). GRE invited the expert from Belgium to re-submit his contribution as official document for consideration at the next session.

Working Party on Pollution and Energy | Session 69 | 5-6 Jun 2014

1. The Working Party on Pollution and Energy (GRPE) held its sixty-ninth session from 5 to 6 June 2014, with Mr. Christoph Albus (Germany) as Chair and Mr. Shrikant Marathe (India) as vice-Chair. 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, as amended): Austria; Belgium; Canada; China; France; Germany; Hungary; India; Italy; Japan; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Republic of Korea (Korea); Russian Federation; South Africa; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Turkey; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK); United States of America (USA). Experts from the European Commission (EC) also participated. Experts from the following non-governmental organizations took part in the session: Association for Emissions Control by Catalyst (AECC); Association of European Manufacturers of Internal Combustion Engines (EUROMOT); European Association of Automobile Suppliers (CLEPA/MEMA/JAPIA); European Garage Equipment Association (EGEA); European Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (AEGPL); European Federation for Transport and Environment (T&E); International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA); and International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA); Natural and bio Gas Vehicle Association (NGVA EUROPE); International Association for Natural Gas Vehicles (IANGV/NGV Global); Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association (EMA). Upon the special invitation of the Chair, the experts from the following entities also attended: European Association for Advanced Rechargeable Batteries (RECHARGE aisbl); European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers Association (ETRMA); Technical Committee of Petroleum Additive Manufacturers in Europe (CEFIC-ATC).

2. GRPE adopted the agenda (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2014/10 and Add.1), as consolidated in GRPE-69-01-Rev.2. GRPE noted GRPE-69-04-Rev.2, on the organization of GRPE informal working group (IWG) meetings.

3. The informal documents distributed during the GRPE session are listed in Annex I of the session report. Annex II contains a list of the informal meetings held in conjunction with the GRPE session. Annex III lists GRPE informal working groups, task forces and subgroups, giving details on their Chairs, secretaries, and the end of their mandates.

4. The secretariat introduced GRPE-69-05, announcing that the next GRPE session would take place on 13-15 January 2015 and recalling that the deadline for the submission of official documents is 17 October 2014. These dates may be reconfirmed by the secretariat. The chairs and secretaries of informal working groups were invited to approach the secretariat to define the calendar of meetings of informal working groups for the January 2015 GRPE session.

5. Introducing GRPE-69-06, the secretariat reported on relevant items discussed in the 162nd session of the World Forum. For more details, see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1108.

6. The GRPE Chair recalled the establishment in the Global Registry of UN Global Technical Regulation No. 15 on WLTP by WP.29 and AC.3.

7. Introducing GRPE-69-20, the Chair of the IWG on WLTP presented the work done since the last GRPE session and recalled the list of open issues that needed to be addressed by the IWG in Phase 1b. He reported that the task force dealing with coasting (sailing) might not be able to provide an acceptable proposal. He announced that the Drafting Coordinator had reported on a number of necessary corrections to UN GTR No. 15, and added that no Corrigendum would be proposed at this stage. The Group preferred to introduce them together with other amendments at the end of Phase 1b. He finally outlined the WLTP Phase 1b road map and announced the forthcoming WLTP IWG meetings scheduled in 2014 and 2015.

8. He concluded by informing GRPE about the next meetings of the group and requested the secretariat to reserve a room for a meeting prior to the January 2015 GRPE session.

9. GRPE acknowledged the status of these activities and agreed with the proposal.

10. The expert from EC reported (GRPE-69-17) on the ongoing work on the transposition of the GTR into the European Union (EU) legislation. He added that amendments to existing UN Regulations or new UN Regulation(s) would be developed in a second step. He introduced GRPE-69-16 providing a first draft retaining the UNECE formatting principles. At the request of the expert from Italy, he clarified that the weighting factors would not be transposed. The expert from OICA stated that further information on the transposition and whether WLTP would (i) become a new UN Regulation replacing existing Regulations or would (ii) amend UN Regulations Nos. 83 and 101. The GRPE Chair recalled that WLTP provisions were planned to be part of IWVTA and that the transposition process should take this aspect into consideration.

11. The Chair of the IWG on MACTP reported that the Group did not meet prior to the GRPE proper session because of delays in the development of this work in the EU. He reminded GRPE that the mandate had expired. He proposed halting the activities of the IWG and discussing further progress in the EU under item 16 (exchange of information on emission requirements) at next sessions, if needed. GRPE acknowledged the status of these activities and agreed with the proposal. GRPE thanked the Chair and secretariat for their work in the IWG.

12. The Chair of GRPE recalled the purpose of WP.29-163-05. The expert from OICA supported the document but noted that the bold font used in the document was misleading. GRPE endorsed the document and formally adopted its content as follows:

Annex 4a, Appendix 7, paragraph 4.1.2., amend to read:

"4.1.2.Tyres

The choice of tyres shall be based on the rolling resistance. The tyres with the highest rolling resistance shall be chosen, measured according to ISO 28580.

If there are more than three tyre-rolling resistances, the tyre with the second highest rolling resistance shall be chosen.

The rolling resistance characteristics of the tyres fitted to production vehicles shall reflect those of the tyres used for type-approval."

13. The expert from OICA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2014/14 and the proposed corrections in GRPE-69-13. GRPE noted that the proposals were not ready for endorsement and agreed to reconsider them at its January 2015 session on the basis of two revised proposals that the expert from EC volunteered to prepare.

14. The expert from the Netherlands introduced GRPE-69-15 proposing the deletion of the definition on “vehicle designed to fulfil specific social needs” in the 07 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 83, as the corresponding specific emission limits didn’t exist in these 07 series. GRPE agreed with this proposal and requested the secretariat to distribute this proposal with an official symbol at its January 2015 session.

15. The expert from Germany recalled its intervention during the previous GRPE session about the emission performance of approved replacement pollution control devices (see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/68, paras. 28-29 and GRPE-68-18). He announced that, given EU internal constrains, this subject had not progressed and he proposed to postpone the discussion of this item at a later stage. GRPE agreed with this proposal.

16. The secretary to the IWG on HDH introduced GRPE-69-12 and reported on the completion of the work. He presented GRPE-69-10 amending the proposal in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2014/11 introducing a novel approach for assessing the performance of the entire vehicle powertrain by a simulation (HILS) as well as the final technical report (GRPE-69-11) for the proposed Amendment 3 to UN GTR No. 4.

17. GRPE noted that the HILS method validation was only partially completed when applying the Japanese criteria but that none of the prerequisites were met for extending the mandate for further action by the IWG. Therefore, GRPE acknowledged the work done by the IWG and agreed to remove this item from the provisional agenda of the seventieth session of GRPE in January 2015.

18. GRPE adopted the proposal ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2014/11 as amended by GRPE-69-10 and GRPE-69-22 (Part A) as reproduced in Addendum 2 to the GPE 68th session report. GRPE also adopted the corresponding technical report (GRPE-69-11 as amended by GRPE-69-22 (Part B), reproduced in Addendum 2) and requested the secretariat to submit them as a proposal for draft Amendment 3 to UN GTR No. 4 to WP.29 and AC.3 at their November 2014 sessions.

19. Recalling the note by the secretariat in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1109, item 4.7.1, GRPE confirmed that ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/39 only applied to the 05 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 49.

20. The expert from OICA presented GRPE-69-08 introducing a proposal (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2014/12 as amended by GRPE-69-07-Rev.1) for a new Supplement to UN Regulation No. 49 (i) harmonizing the provisions on On Board Diagnosis Threshold Limits (OTLs) with those of the EU, (ii) deleting the urea consumption motoring obligation as well as improving definitions, (iii) modifying the operating sequence definition for stop-start and hybrid vehicles and (iv) introducing an alternative service mode for LNG dual-fuel vehicles. GRPE adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2014/12 as amended by GRPE-69-30 (containing GRPE-69-07-Rev.1 as well as the correction proposed by the expert from NGV Global) and reproduced in Addendum 1 to this report. GRPE requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1, for consideration at their November 2014 sessions as Supplement 8 to the 05 series of amendments to Regulation No. 49. The expert from the United Kingdom noted that the proposal didn’t comply with the transitional provisions guidelines by WP.29 and would have to be amended at a later stage accordingly.

21. GRPE did not receive any new proposal to amend UN GTRs Nos. 4, 5 and 10.

22. GRPE did not receive any new proposal to amend UN Regulations Nos. 85 and 115. The Chair noted that the activities of the IWG on WLTP on the rated power determination of hybrid vehicles could have some implications on Regulation No. 85 and could be taken into account at a later stage.

23. The expert from EUROMOT introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2014/15, a proposal to amend UN Regulation No. 96 aimed at allowing the engine manufacturers to obtain approvals also from Contracting Parties that apply more recent series of amendments, for engines that need to be marketed in countries applying previous series of amendments. He clarified that this proposal was harmonized with the provisions of UN Regulation No. 49.

24. GRPE adopted this proposal not amended and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1, for consideration at their November 2014 sessions as Supplement 1 to the 04 series of amendments to Regulation No. 96.

25. There were no proposals to amend UN GTR No. 11.

26. Recalling the submission of GRPE-65-20, WP.29-160-39, WP.29-161-22 and GRPE-68-10 on tyre and brake wear and vehicle indoor air quality, the expert from the Russian Federation introduced GRPE-69-03 with further test and research results. He underlined the evidence that tyre wear would contribute to air pollution not only with solid particulates but also with gaseous pollutants. He announced that, to address this issue, the standard GOST R 51206-2015 on cabin air filters and purifiers was under development.

27. The Chair of the IWG on PMP provided an overview of the latest activities of the IWG (GRPE-69-25) focusing (i) first on the exhaust emissions, in particular on the 23 nm cut-off size confirmation given the state of technology as well as the development of a robust procedure to measure particles down to 10 nm in case of future needs, (ii) then on the particle emissions during regeneration and the particle emissions from Non-Road Mobile Machinery. He reported that the Group had addressed (GRPE-69-24) the concerns expressed in GRPE-69-03 and proposed a possible road map on how to proceed further with the issue of particles from tyre and brake wear (GRPE-69-23).

28. GRPE acknowledged the information provided by the IWG and the Russian Federation, endorsed in principle the roadmap proposed and requested the secretariat to reserve a room for a meeting prior to the January 2015 GRPE session.

29. The Chair of the IWG on GFV reported on the work progress made by the Group (GRPE-69-27). He recalled the decision to develop a new UN Regulation for heavy duty dual fuel retrofit, he provided information on the recent development of this task by the IWG itself as well as the task force for the retrofit of heavy duty dual fuel and reporting that an informal document on the subject was expected for the January 2015 GRPE session. He expected that the official consideration by GRPE was scheduled for June 2015, and WP.29 consideration in November 2015. The Chair of the IWG concluded by requesting the secretariat to reserve a room for a brief meeting, during the January 2015 GRPE session.

30. GRPE acknowledged the progress made by the group.

31. Introducing GRPE-69-29, the Chair of the IWG on EPPR informed GRPE about recent meetings. He presented the structure of the upcoming proposal as well as the proposed road map, targeting the adoption of the proposal in 2016.

32. GRPE acknowledged the progress of the Group.

33. GRPE did not receive any new proposal to amend UN Regulations Nos. 40 and 47.

34. The expert from the Netherlands introduced GRPE-69-02, proposing the introduction of reference fuels E5 (petrol) and B5 (diesel fuel) into UN GTR No. 2. The Chair noted that this would require an authorization to develop an amendment by AC.3. The expert from Japan commented that the current reference fuels should remain as an alternative. The Chair proposed to report about this matter at the June 2014 sessions of WP.29 and AC.3. The expert from the Netherlands volunteered to prepare a request for authorization to amend UN GTR No. 2.

35. The Chair of the IWG on EVE introduced GRPE-69-26 on recent meetings. He provided information on the draft regulatory reference guide (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2014/13) and recommended its endorsement by GRPE. He reported that several minor changes had been suggested, but that the EVE leadership did not accept them. He presented GRPE-69-14-Rev.1 containing a proposal for a new mandate. GRPE endorsed the proposed Electric Vehicle Reference Guide, which would be submitted to WP.29 for consideration at its November 2014 session. Noting the concern raised by OICA about the wording “assuming that” as well as the position of the EC to be clarified at the June 2014 AC.3 session, GRPE welcomed in principle the proposal for the road map to develop a gtr by the EVE Group.

36. The Chair of the IWG on VPSD informed GRPE about remaining open issues and discussion items. He reported that the Group had started a fundamental concept discussion e.g. about batteries to be considered as energy converter or energy storage. He added that the group planned to submit a proposal at the June 2015 session. The WLTP and EPPR Chairs commented that their groups were waiting for the outcome of VPSD.

37. GRPE acknowledged the progress made by the group and requested the secretariat to reserve a room for a meeting prior to the January 2015 GRPE session.

38. The expert from OICA recalled the purpose of GRPE-68-16-Rev.1. She reported on ongoing discussions and an update at GRPE at its January 2015 session.

39. The IWVTA Ambassador reported on the progress made by the IWG on IWVTA and the availability of the draft UN Regulation No. 0 (WP.29-162-04). He highlighted the ongoing discussion on the relevant content of lists A and B for UN Regulation No. 0, noting that UN Regulation No. 85 was in list A and that both UN Regulation No. 101 and WLTP were listed in List B. He echoed the comments made by the Chair on WLTP (see para. 10 above).

40. The secretariat also reported on the progress made on draft Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/53) and referred to WP.29-162-12-Rev.1 as well as WP.29-162-18. He added that the draft Revision 3 of the Agreement included some new elements:

(a) Allowing Contracting Parties to grant type approvals according to former versions of UN Regulations;

(b) Triggering the mandatory application by Contracting Parties of new series of amendments to UN Regulations on a common commencement date (e.g. 1 September each year). These elements would permit to yearly collect into a single amendment to UN Regulation No. 0 all newly adopted amendments to existing UN Regulations and new UN Regulations;

41. The secretariat added that the Group was proposing to better follow the definitions of Supplements and series of amendments to ease the IWVTA process and that a set of amendments to a UN Regulation would only be permitted once a year. He concluded that guidelines for transitional provisions (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1044/Rev.1) would be amended accordingly.

42. The GRPE Chair clarified that no further action was needed from GRPE at the moment.

43. The expert from the Russian Federation introduced GRPE-69-03 while discussing item 7 on Particulate Measurement Programme (see para. 26).

44. Recalling the submission of GRPE-66-03, WP.29-160-38, WP.29-161-12 and WP.29-162-16, the expert from South Korea introduced GRPE-69-28 on (i) the Korean VIAQ guideline that had proved to be effective, (ii) the standards applied in various countries and (iii) the need to harmonize internationally the VIAQ requirements. He concluded his presentation by proposing that GRPE develop a VIAQ guideline, as a first step. GRPE agreed to report on this matter at the June sessions of WP.29 and AC.3 and to further discuss a possible strategy to tackle this issue at its January 2015 session.

45. GRPE did not receive any new proposal for amendments to UN Rule No. 1.

46. The expert from Sweden presented GRPE-69-19, reporting on the CCAC activities. He informed GRPE that he Coalition was focusing on methane, black carbon and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) with the objective to address short-lived climate pollutants by raising awareness, enhancing new actions, mobilizing support and improving scientific understanding of short-lived climate pollutant impacts and mitigation strategies. He reported, in particular, on one of the ten initiatives of the coalition, the heavy-duty diesel initiative with the objective to virtually eliminate fine particles and black carbon emissions from new and existing heavy duty diesel vehicles and engines (including marine vessels) by (i) steadily reducing sulphur in diesel fuel, (ii) establishing more stringent emission standards with interested nations and parties, (iii) cleaning up existing fleets, (iv) cleaning up ports and marine transport and (v) developing a global green freight initiative. GRPE commented that WP.29 was in a position to contribute to these objectives.

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

48. In compliance with Rule 37 of the Rules of Procedures (TRANS/WP.29/690, Amends 1 and 2.) GRPE elected Mr. Christoph Albus (Germany) as Chair and Ms. Rashmi Urdhwareshi (India) as Vice-Chair to GRPE for the sessions of GRPE in the year 2015.

49. The secretariat introduced GRPE-69-09 containing the definitions in UN Regulations under the responsibility of GRPE. He invited the experts to consult the document when issuing proposals with definitions, so that definitions remain harmonized. GRPE agreed to refer this document to the IWG on VPSD.

50. The secretariat introduced a draft proposal (GRPE-69-18) by GRE to introduce in the consolidated Resolution on the construction of vehicles (R.E.3) the following new vehicle categories: agricultural trailer and towed agricultural machinery. He reported that the GRE experts preferred to involve experts from other Working Parties subsidiary to WP.29 and requested the secretariat to circulate this first draft proposal. Comments may be submitted by email to the GRE secretary (GRE@unece.org)

51. On behalf of GRPE, the GRPE Chair made a tribute to Mr. Shrikant Marathe (Vice-Chair of GRPE, India), Mr. Masahiko Sakai (JASIC), Mr. Juergen Stein (OICA) and Mr. Meinrad Signer (OICA), who would no longer attend GRPE sessions, acknowledging their considerable contributions to the activities of the group.

World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations | Session 165 | 10-13 Mar 2015

Consideration of WP.29/2015/3 for adoption postponed at the request of the GRB.

[GAR note pending publication of official session report: Amendment 3 (documents WP.29/2014/84 and WP.29/2014/85) is unanimously adopted by the Contracting Parties present, including EU, USA, Japan, China, and others. US EPA notes a number of open issues concerning discrepancies in results achieved during extensive testing which will need to be resolved in the next phase of development. Nonetheless, the US reaffirms their belief that the test methodology is essentially sound and votes to adopt the amendment.]

1. The World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) held its 165th session from 10 to 13 March 2015, chaired by Mr. B. Kisulenko (Russian Federation). The following countries were represented, following Rule 1(a) of the Rules of Procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690 and Amends.1 and 2): Australia; Belgium; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Brazil; Canada; China; Croatia; Czech Republic; Ecuador; Finland; France; Germany; Hungary; India; Italy; Japan; Latvia; Luxembourg; Malaysia; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Portugal; Republic of Korea; Romania; Russian Federation; Serbia; Slovakia; South Africa; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Turkey; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; United States of America; Uruguay. Representatives of the European Union (EU) participated. The following governmental organization was represented: International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The following non-governmental organizations were also represented: Association for Emission Control by Catalyst (AECC); Consumers International (CI); European Tyre and Rim Technical Organisation (ETRTO); European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA, representing also the Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) and Japan Auto Parts Industries Association (JAPIA) ) ; the Foundation for the Automobile and Society (FIA Foundation); Global New Car Assessment Programme; International Automotive Lighting and Light Signalling Expert Group (GTB); International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA); International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA); International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA); Rubber Manufacturers Association; World Blind Union (WBU). At the invitation of the secretariat, the Eurasian Economic Commission and AGC Glass Europe, also participated.

2. The Executive Secretary of UNECE, Mr. C. Friis Bach, welcomed the participants, mentioning, in particular, the participants representing emerging economies at the session, and confirmed the high importance of the World Forum WP.29 for UNECE. He discussed the ongoing rapid technological development and underlined the importance of connected vehicles. He acknowledged the challenges remaining in the spread of the technology, mentioning in particular the challenges related to the transition period, when there are both connected and non-connected vehicles on the roads. He also mentioned the challenges related to cyber security. He noted the benefits that new technologies could yield, including mitigating climate change and reducing emissions. He emphasized the role of WP.29 in supporting the spread of technologies, while at the same time ensuring the reliability and safety of the technology. He expressed his appreciation for the work of WP.29.

3. The Executive Secretary informed the World Forum that the selection process for the vacant P-5 post in the Vehicle Regulations and Transport Innovations Section had been concluded and he introduced the new Chief of the Vehicle Regulations Section, Mr. W. Nissler. The Executive Secretary also thanked the secretariat for the excellent work during the transition period and especially Mr. R. Hubert as replacement for the Chief of Section. The World Forum noted that the new P-3 staff member, Mr. M. Gangonells, started his function at the beginning of March 2015 and that he will provide secretariat services mainly to the Working Party on Pollution and Energy (GRPE).

4. The provisional annotated agenda for the session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1113/Add.1) was adopted with the amendments below:
(a) Addition of document references for items:
4.9.8. Add the reference to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/21/Corr.1
4.9.9. Add the reference to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/22/Corr.1
4.9.10. Add the reference to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/23/Corr.1
4.9.12. Add the reference to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/25/Corrs.1 and 2
4.9.20. Add the reference to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/33/Corr.1
(b) Deletion of agenda items:
Remove agenda item 4.6.2

5. The list of informal documents is reproduced in Annex I to the session report (document WP.29/1114).

6. The 117th session of WP.29/AC.2 was held on 9 March 2015, chaired by Mr. B. Kisulenko (Russian Federation) 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 including Amends.1 and 2), by the Chairs of WP.29 (Russian Federation), GRB (France), GRE (Belgium), GRSP (United States of America), GRPE (Germany), GRRF (United Kingdom), GRSG (Italy), the Administrative/Executive Committees of the three agreements administered by WP.29 (Russian Federation (AC.1), Russian Federation (AC.4) and the United States of America (AC.3), by the representatives of the European Union, Japan and the United States of America and by the Vice-Chairs of WP.29 (Italy), GRSG (Hungary), GRPE (India) and GRSP (Republic of Korea).

7. The Committee reviewed the draft agenda of the 165th session of the World Forum and recommended the amendments as indicated in para. 3 above. The Committee also recommended that agenda item 4.3 be considered by the World Forum, that and items 4.6 to 4.15 be considered by the Administrative Committee of the 1958 Agreement (AC.1) and that the rest of the agenda items of 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 convene. WP.29/AC.2 also reviewed the draft agenda for the 166th session of the World Forum, scheduled to be held in Geneva from 23 to 26 June 2015.

8. WP.29/AC.2 noted the secretariat’s intention to include a new agenda item on documents for publication to resolve the problem of translation of documents into different languages.

9. WP.2/AC.2 considered WP.29-165-03 on further development of the 1997 Agreement and recommended that it be considered by the World Forum together with additional documents submitted by the representative of the Russian Federation under agenda item 7.

10. Given the importance of Intelligent Transport Systems and Automated Driving, WP.29/AC.2 was of the opinion that WP.29 could consider allocating more time in its schedule to this item to further develop the vision on how to tackle this item. WP.29/AC.2 also recommended the secretariat to strengthen the relationship with the Working Party on Road Traffic Safety for the sake of a better transparency.

11. The World Forum adopted the report of the Administrative Committee on its 117th session and its recommendations.

12. The World Forum noted the revised programme of work and proposed documentation (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/1). The secretariat presented the list of informal working groups (based on WP.29-165-01) and the distribution of tasks in the vehicle regulations and transport innovations section (based on WP.29-165-02). The World Forum noted WP.29-165-01 on the informal working groups and chairmanships of WP.29 and its subsidiary bodies as well as WP.29-165-02 on the current organization of the secretariat.

13. The representative of the European Union (EU) brought the situation of translation of legal documents to the attention of the World Forum. Since 2012, the secretariat has prepared legal documents in English only due to the resource constraints of the secretariat.

14. The representative of the EU expressed the importance of reintroducing the practice of preparing legal documents in all official languages, i.e. English, French and Russian. He added that as secretariat resources have been fully restored, the preparation of legal documents in all three official languages should be resumed. He pointed out that the concern on the delay in availability of translations puts at risk the legal approach agreed on in the EU to replace EU directives by UN Regulations; from a legal point of view the EU can only apply a UN Regulation and make it mandatory once it is formally adopted and the translations are made publicly available in the original languages of the UNECE at the date of entry into force.

15. The secretariat proposed these documents would be examined under a new agenda item for WP.29, thus giving them higher priority for translation. The representative of the EU did not object to this solution offered by the secretariat, and noted that a pragmatic solution should be found.

16. The representatives of Japan and the United Kingdom, co-chairing the IWG on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), gave a status report on the Group’s activities. They reported that the IWG convened on Tuesday, 10 March 2015 from 9.00 to 10.00 a.m. They added that the discussion on the guidance to be provided to Working Parties on this matter would also be continued in future IWG meetings. He also said that the Group wished to have longer meetings.

17. The representative of the United Kingdom underlined the importance of the issues discussed by the IWG and noted that this issue should be mainstreamed into the programme of work of WP.29. His proposal to move the meeting of the IWG on ITS/AD to take place on Wednesday at 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. has been agreed upon by WP.29.

17bis. The representative of the United Kingdom presented the terms of reference for the IWG on ITS/AD. WP.29 adopted the terms of reference as reproduced in Annex III of the session report.

18. The representative of ITU informed WP.29 about their work on defining levels of automated/autonomous driving and recalled their willingness to cooperate with WP.29 in this area.

19. The secretariat informed the World Forum about the relevant decisions – Nos. 20, 33, 34, and 35 – taken by the Inland Transport Committee at its seventy-seventh session (24 to 26 February 2015).

20. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRB given during the 164th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1112, paras. 29-31) and approved the report.

21. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRRF given during the 164th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1112, paras. 32-36) and approved the report.

22. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRSG given during the 164th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1112, paras. 37-40) and approved the report.

23. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRE given during the 164th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1112, paras. 41-44) and approved the report.

24. The representative of the United States of America [on behalf of the chair] of GRSP informed WP.29 about the results his Group during its fifty-sixth session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/56)

25. He reported on the development of Phase 3 of UN Regulation No. 129 (Enhanced Child Restraint Systems) which concerns Child Restraint Systems using adult safety-belts to restrain children; GRSP is expected to adopt a proposal at its December 2015 session. Accordingly, he sought consent from WP.29 for a one-year extension of the mandate of the Informal Working Group (IWG). WP.29 endorsed the request.

26. The World Forum noted that Mr. N. Nguyen (United States of America) had been elected as GRSP Chair and re-elected Mr. J. W. Lee (Republic of Korea) as Vice-Chair of GRSP for the sessions in 2015.

27. The Chair of GRPE, Mr. Albus (Germany), reported on the results of GRPE during its seventieth session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/70).

28. [The GRPE Chair] announced that the IWG on Vehicle Propulsion System Definitions (VPSD) would submit a formal proposal for a new Mutual Resolution on Vehicle Powertrain Definitions for the June 2015 session of GRPE.

29. He introduced the informal documents, which list the acronyms and abbreviations used in UN Regulations (WP.29-165-17) and highlighted the problem of using the acronym ‘RESS’ to describe both the ‘Non-original Replacement Exhaust Silencer System’ and the ‘Non-original Replacement Exhaust System and Rechargeable Energy Storage System’ (WP.29-165-16). The World Forum endorsed the content of document WP.29-165-16 and referred the choice to its subsidiary bodies. The secretariat added that the document WP.29-165-17 would be made available on the UNECE website and it would continue to be updated on a regular basis.

30. The Chair of GRPE informed WP.29 that GRPE had agreed to establish a new IWG on Vehicles Interior Air Quality (VIAQ) following the guidance of WP.29 and AC.3 at their November 2014 sessions, and adopted the Terms of Reference of the IWG on VIAQ. The representative of the Republic of Korea stated the satisfaction of his country for the adoption of the Terms of Reference of the IWG by GRPE. He announced that the next meeting of the Group was scheduled to be held in Paris on 17 March 2015.

31. The GRB Chair, Mr. S. Ficheux (France), reported on the results achieved by GRB during its sixty-first session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/59). In particular, he reported on the adoption of further amendments to the new 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 51 as well as on the progress in preparing a draft Regulation on Quiet Road Transport Vehicles (QRTV) under the 1958 Agreement.

32. He further informed the World Forum that GRB had decided to combine all amendment proposals for the 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 51 into a single document, which would be submitted to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their June 2015 sessions. GRB thus, recommended that WP.29 not consider the first set of proposals in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/3 at this session and to wait for the full package of 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 51 at the June 2015 session. WP.29 agreed with this recommendation.

33. The representative of the WBU recalled the specific needs of people with impaired vision and of other vulnerable road users for the audibility of electric and hybrid vehicles. He requested that the Audible Vehicle Alert System (AVAS) of QRTV fulfil the following conditions:
(a) an adequate level of sound allowing blind people to detect the presence, location and movement of a QRTV;
(b) that AVAS must be on while the vehicle is stationary; and
(c) that the driver would not be able to deactivate (or pause) AVAS.

WP.29 took note of this statement and invited GRB to take these three conditions into consideration when developing the QRTV Regulation.

34. The Chair of GRRF, Mr. B. Frost (United Kingdom), informed WP.29 about the results of GRRF during its seventy-ninth session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/79).

35. [The GRRF Chair] announced that GRRF had endorsed the proposed technical report corresponding to the draft Amendment 2 to UN GTR No. 3.

36. [The GRRF Chair] reported on the way GRRF received and addressed guidance from the IWG on ITS/AD on regulating vehicle automation.

37. [The GRRF Chair] informed WP.29 about the submission by GRRF of the Terms of Reference and Rules of Procedures of the IWG on Automatically Commended Steering Functions (ACSF) as reproduced in the annex of that session’s report. The World Forum endorsed the creation of the IWG on ACSF and agreed to review the draft Terms of Reference at its next session.

38. [The GRRF Chair] also announced that the IWG on the Revision of UN Regulation No. 55 (Coupling devices) would need one additional year to complete their tasks. WP.29 agreed to extend their mandate by one year.

39. He recalled the strategy previously agreed upon that an update to UN GTR No. 16 (Tyres) would be needed after its establishment in the global registry by AC.3, in order to keep the UN GTR in line with the latest regulatory developments, necessary to fulfil the objective of Phase 1 of the development of the UN GTR. The representative of the Russian Federation announced that his country would volunteer to act as the technical sponsor for this update as well as for the Phase 2 of the development of the UN GTR and to chair the corresponding informal group. WP.29 welcomed this proposal.

40. The secretariat informed the World Forum about the latest update of the status of the 1958 Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/343/Rev.23), containing the information received by the secretariat up to 20 February 2015 (available at WP.29 website). WP.29 noted that Contracting Parties should notify the secretariat about the amendments needed to the status document.

41. The secretariat reported on the progress in cooperation with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) on making the texts of private standards available to WP.29 representatives. The secretariat informed WP.29 that documents are now available, but password protected. He announced that further discussions were ongoing, investigating possibilities to share relevant standards through a virtual reading room.

42. The Chair of GRRF noted that experts from GRRF and the IWG on ITS/AD often referred to SAE standards defining different levels of automation. He questioned whether this standard could be made available to WP.29. The secretariat agreed to follow up on this matter. The World Forum agreed to continue discussing this subject at its next session.

43. The secretariat reported that the IWG on the International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA) considered WP.29-164-10 in detail during its recent meeting held in London (5-6 March 2015). WP.29 expected to receive an updated guidance document at its June 2015 session.

73. The representatives of Malaysia informed the World Forum on the role of the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) in coping road safety issues in the ASEAN region (WP.29-165-11 and WP.29-165-12-Rev.1). He added that MIROS had been appointed as the ASEAN Road Safety Centre (ARSC) to provide information and know-how among ASEAN member States, including the development of ASEAN NCAP with the support by Global NCAP (WP.29-165-10 and WP.29-165-13-Rev.1). In the view of the expansion of capacity-buildings activities of ARSC in the APEC region, the representative of Malaysia sought possible sponsorships from countries participating in WP.29 activities. The representative of the United States of America encouraged the initiative of Malaysia that could result in new countries’ accessions to the 1958 and 1998 Agreements. The representative of OICA also welcomed the creation of the ASEAN Road Safety Centre, stressing that improvements to road safety needed an integrated approach involving all stakeholders, including the driver and the infrastructure in general.

74. The representative of IMMA noted the role of two-wheelers in providing mobility in many regions in the world, with its consequent impact on road safety. He highlighted the importance of the integrated approach and reminded WP.29 about the recently published report from his organization on a global approach for safer motorcycling, which provides a number of best practices.

75. The representative of Brazil announced that his Government had officially started the internal process to accede to the 1958 Agreement and assured WP.29 that it would continue to be updated on the progress of this process at future sessions.

44. The representative of Japan, Chair of the IWG on IWVTA, reported on the meetings of the Group on the development of draft UN Regulation No. 0 (WP.29-165-14 and WP.29-165-15). He presented an outline of UN Regulation No. 0 (WP.29-165-15) and sought the advice of WP.29 on: (i) the number of months necessary for Contracting Parties to accept IWVTA pursuant to UN Regulation No. 0 after its entry into force, (ii) resolving the uncertainty in applying UN Regulation No. 116, and (iii) a common procedure for replacement spare parts for vehicles covered by an IWVTA. He presented two options for the spare parts: (a) Contracting Parties should accept original equipment spare parts covered by IWVTA; or (b) Contracting Parties should accept all spare parts having valid UN approvals for vehicles covered by IWVTA (original equipment and aftermarket spare parts). He underlined the possibility for Contracting Parties applying UN Regulation No. 0 to not to be bound by this clause.

45. The Chair of the IWG on IWVTA reported that the Group had nearly completed the draft UN Regulation No. 0 and that it would continue to work on remaining issues, such as the definition of vehicle type. He added that the subgroup on UN Regulation No. 0 would resume deliberations in June 2015 and that the results would be reported to WP.29 at its next session.

46. The representative of EU expressed his appreciation for the work of IWG. He informed WP.29 that the EU was flexible concerning the number of months needed to accept IWVTA after its entry into force so that a period up to twelve months would be acceptable. He supported the proposed request to GRSG to consider the uncertainty issue on UN Regulation No. 116. He finally expressed the support of the EU for option (b) for spare parts.

47. The representative of the Netherlands informed WP.29 that he also preferred a period of twelve months for Contracting Parties to accept IWVTA after its entry into force and that a period of nine months would be acceptable, pending the agreement of the majority of Contracting Parties. He also supported the option (b) for spare parts.

48. The Chair of GRSG confirmed that GRSG should consider the issue of UN Regulation No. 116 and clarify the text of the Regulation, if needed. He expected that this question would be addressed by GRSG at its May 2015 session.

49. The representative of Japan gave an overview of the discussions of the IWG on IWVTA. He referred to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/40 and recalled the discussion of WP.29 at its previous session on the voting majority threshold. He introduced WP.29-165-04 superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/41 aimed at amending Article 3 on special provisions. Noting that some critical comments had been received, he added that the IWG would resume discussions on this issue and report back to the June 2015 session of WP.29.

50. The representative of EU informed WP.29 that the EU Member States continue consultation on voting majority threshold and announced to provide more detailed information on a common position in the next sessions of WP.29. He raised concerns about the late submission of the amendments to Article 3 on special provisions and stressed the importance of freezing the text for the adoption process of the third Revision of the 1958 Agreement.

51. The World Forum agreed to defer discussion on this subject to its forthcoming session in June 2015. The secretariat was, thus, requested to circulate WP.29-165-04 with an official symbol.

52. The Secretary of the Informal Working Group on DETA reported on the meeting of the informal group held on 9 March 2015. He noted that the financing of DETA should be included in the regular budget of the UNECE. He added that the IWG on DETA would provide guidance on DETA and the use of the Unique Identifier. He informed WP.29 that a drafting group would meet in the beginning of April and WP.29 delegates were invited to participate in this meeting. He informed WP.29 that Mr. Guiting (Netherlands) had agreed to take over the tasks of the Secretary of the IWG as of June 2015.

53. The secretariat informed WP.29 that the financing of DETA was not covered by the draft regular budget 2016/2017 of the UNECE. The secretariat offered to explore options for financing DETA by extrabudgetary resources and to present them to WP.29 at the June 2015 session.

54. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.6.1, 4.6.3 and 4.6.4 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

55. WP.29 agreed to follow the recommendation of GRB on agenda item 4.6.2, and to resume consideration of the proposal for the 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 51 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/3) at the June 2015 session (see para. 32 above).

56. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under items 4.7.1 to 4.7.5 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the correction of para. 57 below.

57. Agenda item 4.7.4, Regulation No. 78, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/9, correct to read:

Paragraph 5.1.9., correct the wording “brake a common” to read “brake, a common”.

Annex 3, paragraphs 4.2.(c), 5.2.(c) and 9.3.1.(c), correct the wording "single control" to read "single brake control".

58. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under items 4.8.1 to 4.8.4 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

59. The representative of AGC Glass Europe expressed his concern on the number of test cycles for plastic glazing in item 4.8.1, Regulation No. 43, and the standard deviation of the measured delta haze. He proposed that GRSG extend the mandate of the IWG on Plastic Glazing to further consider these issues. The representative of OICA expressed his view that the amendments had thoroughly been considered by the IWG. The Chair of GRSG offered to revisit, at the forthcoming session of GRSG the concerns raised by AGC Glass Europe on Regulation No. 43 and, if necessary, to extend the mandate of the IWG. The representative of Germany endorsed the proposed procedure.

60. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under items 4.9.1 to 4.9.20 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the correction of para. 61 below.

61. Agenda item 4.9.11, Regulation No. 50, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/24, amend to read:

Page 3, table, paragraph 7.2.1., last column, replace “40” with “140”.

62. The representative of EU expressed concerns about the large number of supplements submitted by GRE to the present session of the World Forum. WP.29 requested GRE to address this issue. The Chair of GRE recalled the ongoing activities of the Informal Working Group on Simplification of the Lighting and Light-Signalling Regulations (SLR) whose main objective was to develop proposals on how to simplify and streamline the documentation submitted by GRE.

63. The World Forum considered the draft corrigenda under agenda item 4.10.1 and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting.

64. The World Forum considered the draft amendment under agenda item 4.11.1 and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting.

65. No amendment was submitted under this agenda item.

66. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under item 4.13.1 and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting.

67. The World Forum considered ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/35 (to insert new categories of vehicles such as agricultural trailers and towed machinery) and adopted the draft amendments to R.E.3 under item 4.14.1.

68. The Chair of GRSG introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/36 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/37. The World Forum decided to defer consideration of these documents to its June 2015 session.

69. The World Forum noted the consolidated document on the status of the Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.12). WP.29 also noted that Belarus became a Contracting Party to the Agreement, effective on 3 March 2015. The secretariat reported that some Contracting Parties had fulfilled their obligation to send their status reports and final notifications on the progress of transposition of the UN GTRs, and amendments into their domestic law. The representatives of the Contracting Parties were reminded about their obligation to send the reports and final notifications on the transposition process only through their Permanent Missions in Geneva via the “1998 AGREEMENT-MISSIONS List” electronic system, as mandated by UN OLA. The World Forum noted that these reports and notifications were not processed if submitted by e-mail to the secretariat.

70. WP.29 agreed that agenda items 5.2 to 5.5 should be considered by AC.3.

71. The representative of Ecuador informed the World Forum about the great importance given by his government on the development of policies, strategies, plans and actions to reduce traffic accidents and fatalities. He underlined that a regulatory framework on safer vehicles was considered, by his country, as one of the strategic elements to reduce accidents and fatalities, since road safety would require a holistic approach. Accordingly, he informed the World Forum that a number of UN Regulations and UN GTRs had been incorporated into the national legislation of Ecuador to fulfil the need of his country to harmonize standards on vehicle manufacturing.

72. The representatives of the European Union supported this action of vehicle safety and offered the expertise of his organization to help Ecuadorian authorities in this endeavour. The expert of the United States of America made a similar statement.

76. The secretariat presented the consolidated document (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1074/Rev.5) on the status of the Agreement 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 and noted that no changes had been made since June 2014.

77. The representative of the Russian Federation presented WP.29-165-07 and noted that the 1997 Agreement should not only increase safety but also eliminate the barriers for implementation of the international automobile carriages. He underlined the importance of international standards incorporating the best practices in the sphere of traffic safety. He noted that the 1958 Agreement and the 1997 Agreement were becoming more interlinked as several UN Regulations under the 1958 Agreement already contain provisions relevant for Periodic Technical Inspections (PTI). He, therefore, concluded that Contracting Parties to the 1958 agreement could become Contracting Parties to the 1997 Agreement.

78. The representative of CITA introduced informal document ITC (2015) No. 15, proposing the development of three additional rules to the 1997 Agreement: (i) requirements on the roadworthiness facilities and test equipment, (ii) requirements on the competence, training and certification of inspectors, and (iii) supervising bodies.

79. The secretariat presented WP.29-165-03 and proposed to align the 1997 Agreement and its annexed rules with the new European legislation, thus including the testing of electronic safety systems into PTI. The secretariat also proposed introducing additional element to the Agreement in line with the decisions taken at the seventy-seventh ITC: (i) new Rule 3 on the equipment to be used for PTI, (ii) new Rule 4 on skills and training of staff performing PTI, and (iii) new Rule 5 on supervision and quality control of PTI centres. The secretariat also suggested that an IWG on PTI could be created to provide a platform for PTI discussions, which should result in consensus on possible amendments to existing Rules as well as the envisaged new rules. The secretariat pointed that the drafting of Rules by the IWG would smooth the decision-making process in WP.29 and AC.4.

80. The representative of the Russian Federation stated that, in principle, his country would support the creation of an IWG. He expressed the willingness of his country to participate in its work and addressed organizational questions related to the establishment of terms of reference and whether it should be a permanent group. He noted that items to be covered by Rules are prescribed by the Agreement (Article 1) and include elements such as vehicle categories, the equipment and/or parts to be inspected, test methods, and conditions for granting inspection certificate. The certificate shall cover date of its issue, the Rules to which the inspected vehicle shall comply and date of the subsequent inspection. He elaborated that elements proposed by the secretariat should be reflected directly in the text of the Agreement, specifically in the provisions for conformity of periodical technical inspection process.

81. The representative of the Netherlands stated that his country agreed with the proposal from CITA and the secretariat to create an IWG. He expressed the willingness of his country to chair it.

82. The representative of Finland welcomed the initiatives and supported the proposal. He expressed the willingness of his country to participate in the work of the group.

83. The representative of Sweden stated that, as a Member State of the EU, his country was obliged to transpose EU directives. He stated that it would be interesting to learn more about the 1997 Agreement to assess if this would be a suitable platform to develop PTI Rules. He added that, as the 1968 Vienna Convention links the usage of vehicles with PTI, the 1997 Agreement could become a cooperation platform between WP.29 and WP.1. He expressed his support for the establishment of an IWG.

84. The representative of Romania supported the establishment of the IWG and expressed the hope that this proposal would address the challenges faced by WP.29 and AC.4.

85. The World Forum agreed to establish an IWG on PTI under the chairmanship of the Netherlands and that CITA would act as secretariat to the group. The World Forum requested the group to draft its Terms of Reference and submit them to the November 2015 session of WP.29.

86. The representative of the Russian Federation presented the informal documents that were prepared together with CITA. He proposed to include each of them in a separate Rule to be annexed to the 1997 Agreement.

87. The World Forum decided to refer both informal documents to the IWG on PTI and agreed that the proposals, once revised by the IWG, would be further considered at one of the next WP.29 meetings.

88. The representative of the United States of America informed the World Forum about the outcome of the last meeting of the Enforcement Working Group (EWG), (Geneva, 13 November 2014) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1112, para. 80) and announced that the next meeting of the EWG would be held on 25 June 2015 at 3:30 following the forty-fourth session of the Administrative Committee of the 1998 Agreement. He encouraged WP.29 representatives to participate actively at the EWG meeting, as already announced by Canada and the Netherlands.

89. The World Forum was informed by the secretariat of the Working Party on Road Safety (WP.1) about its work progress. She recalled her previous update on the status of proposal amendments related to Articles 8 and 39 of the 1968 Convention on Road Traffic. She added that the Secretary-General of the United Nations had issued a depositary notification on 23 September 2014 and that, if no objection was raised by the Contracting Parties, the proposed amendment would enter into force in the spring 2016. She reported that, at its upcoming seventieth session, WP.1 would resume consideration on amendment proposals related to lights and light-signalling (Chapter II of Annex 5 to 1968 Vienna Convention) and that as part of this discussion, WP.1 would also consider new proposals from IMMA and Laser Europe.

90. In response to questions, the secretariat of WP.1 clarified that Contracting Parties have 12 months to reject the amendments or propose a conference to discuss the issue. She added that if no more than 1/3 of the Contraction Parties object during the 12-month period, the amendment would come into force after a further six-month period. She noted that so far she was not aware of any objections, but that this information was with Office of Legal Affairs (OLA), who would report in due course. She also clarified that there was an item in the agenda of the next session of WP.1 to discuss steps to go even further in allowing automated driving (WP.1 Informal document No. 2).

91. The Chair of WP.29 recalled that WP.29/AC.3 had adopted the Electric Vehicle Reference Guide during its November 2014 session and had requested the secretariat, together with the lead team of EVE, to determine how to label and locate the document on the UNECE website. The secretary of GRPE informed the World Forum about the solution proposed to publish the adopted Electric Vehicle Reference Guide on the homepage of the UNECE/WP.29 website in the Reference Material section. WP.29 supported it.

92. The secretariat presented ECE/TRANS/2015/13, adopted by ITC at its February 2015 session. WP.29 noted that the document represents the midterm review of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011 to 2020, including the results of the World Forum on the development of UN Regulations and UN GTRs to make vehicles safer.

93. WP.29 noted the outcome of special session (Geneva, 2 July 2014) as reflected in Annex III to the report of the session ECE/EB.AIR/WG5/112 .

94. The World Forum adopted the report and its annexes on the basis of a draft prepared by the secretariat. The report includes the sections related to the Administrative Committee of the 1958 Agreement and to the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement.

95. Of the 51 Contracting Parties to the Agreement, 39 were represented and established AC.1 for its fifty-ninth session held on 11 March 2015.

96. AC.1 invited Mr. B. Kisulenko, Chair of WP.29, to chair the session.

98. The forty-third session of the Executive Committee (AC.3) was held on 12 March 2015 and chaired by the representative of the United Kingdom. The representatives of 14 of the 35 Contracting Parties to the Agreement attended: Australia, Azerbaijan, Canada, China, the European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Malaysia, Norway, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, South Africa and the United States of America.

99. At the proposal of the representative from the European Commission, Mr. I. Yarnold (EU) was unanimously elected as Chair; Japan and the United States of America were unanimously elected as Vice-Chairs for 2015.

100. AC.3 noted the information, as of 2 March 2015, on the status of the Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.12), the status of the priorities (based on WP.29-165-08 as reproduced in Annex II to this report) of the Agreement and items on which the exchange of views should continue. The secretariat reminded AC.3 that all communication regarding status reports on transposition of gtrs should be sent to the secretariat electronically. AC.3 also noted that assistance might be obtained from the secretariat (Mr. E. Gianotti) concerning the obligations of Contracting Parties on the transposition process.

101. Submitted for consideration and vote, the proposal for Amendment 2 to draft UN GTR on motorcycle braking (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/38, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/39, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/37) was established in the UN Global Registry on 12 March 2015 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, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Norway, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, South Africa and United States of America.

102. AC.3 adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/38 with the following typographical change by introducing a missing comma:

The amendments to page 5, para. 3.1.9, second line<§i>, correct to read:

“..may share a common break, a common transmission…”

103. Submitted for consideration and vote, the proposal for Amendment 3 to draft UN GTR on Worldwide Heavy-Duty Certification procedure (WHDC) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/84, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/85, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/29, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/38) was established in the UN Global Registry on 12 March 2015 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, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Norway, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, South Africa and United States of America.

104. The representative of the United States of America reported on the activities of his country on correlation verification between the two test procedures (in Annexes IX and X). He reported that, at this point, the EPA had completed the powertrain testing according to the procedures in the UN GTR, noting that additional work would be needed. He stated that appropriate support from manufacturers was critical for completing a proper correlation assessment and for future certification and type approval activities, as the Hardware In the Loop Simulation (HILS) testing required a significant amount of proprietary information. He added that in order for the procedure to be transparent and reproducible, the manufacturers would need to commit to providing support information including digital, analog and CAN signals, as well as the required hardware. He concluded that EPA would need to complete a full correlation study before undertaking the implementation process to address the identified questions. He expected this work to be done through the efforts at GRPE. He was confident that the powertrain procedure could produce repeatable and representative results.

105. The secretariat reminded AC.3 that a number of technical regulations listed in the Compendium of Candidate (see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.12, Chapter IV) should be voted on at its June 2015 session to determine whether they should be re-affirmed or removed from the Compendium.

106. The representative of the EU informed AC.3 that the IWG on Environmental and Propulsion Performance Requirements (EPPR) had reported to GRPE in January that EPPR preferred a stand-alone OBD regulation. He added that the main justification for this conclusion was based on five elements: (i) the transposition of the regulations of the 1998 Agreement into the regulations of the 1958 Agreement was deemed much more complex if the requirements would be integrated into UN GTR No. 5, (ii) Contracting Parties might find it less complicated to accede to a stand-alone UN GTR than a UN GTR including requirements and procedures for both Heavy Duty (HD) diesel OBD and Powered Two-Wheelers (PTWs), (iii) alignment with UN GTR No.5 would be difficult because EPPR is considering a staged OBD approach, (iv) the OBD concept in UN GTR No. 5 is different than the EPPR concept, and (v) interpretation on the use of OBD and priorities may be different for PTWs and HD diesel vehicles. He added that the conclusions from the IWG on EPPR were endorsed by GRPE at its January session.
107. The representative from IMMA fully supported the creation of a separate UN GTR.

108. The representative of the United Kingdom recalled that the structure of UN GTR No. 5 was designed in such a way that further vehicle categories could be included. He added that a generic protocol was chosen that could be used for various vehicle categories including low volume vehicle types with the intention to permit relevant economies of scale. He expressed the view that the motorcycle industry might lose this opportunity if a new separate UN GTR on OBD for Category 3 vehicles was chosen, depending on how much would be taken over from UN GTR No. 5.

109. The representative of Germany supported the creation of a new UN GTR, and added that a case-by-case assessment should be made to determine if the goal was to create gtrs based on vehicle category or on areas related to horizontal items.

110. The representatives of Japan expressed their country’s support for the proposal, anticipating that Contracting Parties might find it less complicated to accede to a stand-alone UN GTR for Category 3 vehicles than an amendment to UN GTR No. 5.

111. AC.3 recommended at this stage that the IWG continue to work on the creation of a new specific UN GTR.

112. The representative of the European Commission reminded AC.3 that the IWG on EPPR had a mandate to work both under the 1998 and the 1958 Agreement, and that in 2013 the Group had decided discuss the following five gtrs: (i) revision and update for technical progress in UN GTR No 2, (ii) a new UN GTR on test types III and IV (crank case emissions and evaporative emission), (iii) a new UN GTR on test type V (durability requirements of pollutant control devices), (iv) a new UN GTR on-board diagnostics, and (v) a new UN GTR on propulsion unit performance requirements regarding harmonized test methods with respect to measuring the maximum vehicle speed, maximum torque and power of the propulsion unit. He noted that the aim was to submit a final draft version as an informal document to the June GRPE session. He informed AC.3 that the discussions on amending UN GTR No. 2 had started and that priority had been given by the Group to amend test Types I, II and VII and dedicate separate sections to the topics that required a change in the current structure of the gtr. He noted that an extension of the mandate would be discussed at the next meeting. He added that, the tenth meeting of this IWG was scheduled to take place in Brussels on 18 -20 March 2015.

113. This agenda item was discussed with item 14.1, see paras. 101 and 102.

114. This agenda item was discussed with item 14.2, see paras. 103 and 104.

115. The representative of the Republic of Korea reported that the new IWG on Panoramic Sunroof Glazing (PSG) expected to convene on 4 May 2015 in conjunction with the forthcoming GRSG session. He announced the Group’s intention to finalize the Terms of Reference and Rules of Procedures. He confirmed that the Republic of Korea would chair the informal working group and act as a technical sponsor. He invited all interested delegates to participate in the informal meeting. AC.3 endorsed the request for authorization to develop an amendment to UN GTR No. 6 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/42).

116. The representative of the United Kingdom, Chair of the IWG on Phase 2 of UN GTR No. 7, informed AC.3 about the ongoing progress of his Group. He reported that, while good progress had been made on the performance of the anthropometric test device (ATD), more work was required to develop the correlation between the human and the ATD response in order to establish pass/fail criteria. He agreed to provide an official report to the June 2015 session of AC.3. He noted the good cooperation between the IWG and the ATD manufacturer in developing the complimentary entry to Mutual Resolution 1 (M.R.1). He confirmed that the proposal for Addendum 1 to M.R.1 would be provided in parallel with the proposal for Amendment 1 to UN GTR No. 7.

117. The representative of the United States of America informed AC.3 about phase 2 of the Pedestrian UN GTR. He indicated that his country preferred that the Injury Assessment Reference Values (IARV) remain optional so that Contracting Parties could develop appropriate values for their domestic regulations based on local injury risk curves. He informed the World Forum that his administration had published research on injury risk curves for probability of injury as a function of flexible lower legform (FlexPLI) ligament elongation. He clarified that this publication had been submitted to the IWG and can also be accessed directly from the NHTSA Docket (Docket number: NHTSA-2008-0145-0013). He reported that his administration had also begun development of a costs and benefits analysis that is expected to be completed in late 2015. Concerning the bumper test area, he informed AC.3 that the IWG agreed to accept a proposal tabled by the Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt) of Germany that would limit the minimum test area. The representative of the United States of America invited WP.29 representatives to provide comments on a new proposal on the headform test procedure that was expected to be issued prior to the upcoming June session of WP.29.

118. The representative of Germany, Chair of GRPE, reported that Phase 1b was under development and that an informal document was expected to be ready for consideration in June 2016. He noted the Group was well on schedule and that the next meeting would be held in Sweden in mid-April 2015. He added that the planning of Phase 2 had begun and that Japan had circulated a questionnaire to determine what items should be discussed in Phase 2. He added also that the European Union had started transposing the UN GTR No. 15 into EU regulation and would consequently propose introducing UN GTR No. 15 into a new UN Regulation under the 1958 agreement. He noted that the discussion would be continued in June and that he could report on further progress at the June session of AC.3.

119. The representative of the United States of America informed AC.3 that the IWG for Electric Vehicles Safety (EVS) last met in the Republic of Korea in November 2014 and that several web-conferences had been held for each of the eight Task Force (TF) groups. He clarified that each TF had provided updates on their activities: (i) Rechargeable Electrical Energy Storage Systems (REESS) in-use test protocol, (ii) Cell/Module/System test, (iii) state of charge of batteries (SOC), (iv) fire resistance, (v) protection against water intrusion, (vi) electrolyte leakage, (vii) low electric energy and (viii) inclusion of other vehicle classes). However, he clarified that not all TF had made equally good progress and there were still technical challenges to be addressed. He added that the IWG also endorsed a new TF to address the REESS and vehicle communication. He clarified that this TF would work on the proper warning to the driver in an event of battery management system failure, REESS safety issues such as thermal runaway, and charge level indicator. He also added that at this last meeting, the experts from Contracting Parties and the industry had provided updates on their research and analysis of EV and battery, specifically, on the ongoing research in the United States of America. He underlined the importance for experts of IWG to continue research and analysis to develop a robust draft UN GTR that is fully supported by science and technically justified. He finally announced that the next meetings of the IWG were scheduled for: (i) the week 16-20 of March 2015 in Paris, (ii) June 2015 in the United States of America and (iii) September 2015 in China.

120. The representative of the United States of America informed AC.3 that, pending the publication of a new USA Federal Standard on this issue, which was expected in the fall of 2015, the IWG on QRTV had not met. He added that, at the next session of WP.29 in June 2015, the World Forum might be requested to extend the mandate of this IWG that would expire in November 2015. The Chair of GRB recalled that GRB had established another IWG to draft a UN Regulation on QRTV under the 1958 Agreement. He informed the World Forum that IWG on QRTV Regulation was making good progress and that its next meeting was scheduled for May 2015 in the Republic of Korea. WP.29 noted that the draft UN GTR on QRTV would have to take into account both the draft QRTV Regulation under the 1958 Agreement and the new USA Federal Standard.

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

122. The Chair of AC.3 recalled the discussion of this week on this subject (see agenda item 2.3, paras. 16 to 18).

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

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

125. The representative of Canada informed AC.3 that since the last meeting of WP.29, one meeting of the IWG on EVE had taken place in January 2015 in conjunction with the GRPE session. She reported on the Part A work in each topic area of the new EVE mandate. China would lead the work item on the method of stating energy consumption, the United States of America and Canada would lead the work on the battery performance and durability provisions while Germany and the Republic of Korea would lead the work on the determination of the power of electric vehicles. The group was targeting fall 2015 to complete this phase of work. She added that good progress had been made on the first part of the EVE mandate, that all topic areas were being explored and that the next meeting would take place on 20 April 2015.

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

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

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

129. The representative of the United Kingdom recalled the ongoing discussion on UN GTR No. 16, to be updated taking into account the latest regulatory developments. He noted that UN GTR No. 16 lagged behind UN Regulation No. 117, and a formal request to further develop UN GTR No. 16 would be made at the June session of AC.3.

130. The representative of the Russian Federation announced their readiness to be the technical sponsors of the gtr. The representative of the United States of America recalled that several issues could be addressed either within Phase 1B or Phase 2 of the development of the UN GTR. He added that if the work on the gtr progressed, the United States of America would like to be involved in the work.

131. The Chair of AC.3 urged the representatives of the EU, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and industry to discuss what items should be included in each of the development phases for the gtr.

132. The Chair of AC.3 suggested that in the November session of AC.3, it would be good to take stock of work priorities and determine the relevant topics for the future.

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

134. Following the recommendation of WP.29, the Administrative Committee AC.4 did not convene (see para. 7).

135. No supplementary information was provided beyond agenda item 7.2. (see paras. 86 to 87 above).

136. No subject was raised under this item.

World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations | Session 167 | 10-13 Nov 2015

[Postponed until June 2016 session in order to integrate the contents with additional provisions under development within the GRSG.]

69. Agenda item 4.13.1, new Regulation on frontal impact, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/105, insert the following amendment to read:
Paragraph 5.2.8.2, amend the term “0.5 litres” to read “5.0 litres”.

[Postponed until June 2016 session in order to integrate the contents with additional provisions under development within the GRSG.]

Deleted from the agenda.

1. The World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) held its 167th session from 10 to 13 November 2015, chaired by Mr. B. Kisulenko (Russian Federation). The following countries were represented, following Rule 1(a) of the Rules of Procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.1 and Amend.2): Australia; Belgium; Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Canada; China; Czech Republic; Finland; France; Germany; Hungary; India; Italy; Japan; Kazakhstan, Latvia, Luxembourg; Netherlands; Norway; Pakistan; Poland; Portugal; Republic of Korea; Romania; Russian Federation; Serbia; South Africa; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Turkey; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; United States of America; Representatives of the European Union (EU) participated. The following governmental organization was represented: International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The following non-governmental organizations were also represented: Association for Emission Control by Catalyst (AECC); Consumers International (CI); European Tyre and Rim Technical Organization (ETRTO); European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA/MEMA/JAPIA);1 the Foundation for the Automobile and Society (FIA Foundation);; International Automotive Lighting and Light Signalling Expert Group (GTB); International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA); and International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA).

2. The Chair of the World Forum welcomed Pakistan, which participated in WP.29 for the first time. The representative of Pakistan addressed the World Forum and highlighted investment opportunities in the automobile sector of Pakistan in view of economic growth, construction of motorways, other infrastructure projects including the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and the establishment of numerous industrial estates in near future. He expressed his gratitude to the Government of Japan, Japanese Ministries, research organizations including JASIC and automobile producers for supporting Pakistan’s attendance at WP.29. He added that although Pakistan was an observer at this meeting, he hoped that later Pakistan could become a Contracting Party.

3. The secretariat gave an overview of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which had been adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015. Of the seventeen SDGs, five will directly and one indirectly involve transport and will be related to the work of the World Forum.

4. The secretariat also reminded the World Forum of the meeting of the Inland Transport Committee in February 2016 with special attention to its policy segment focusing on “Innovations for Sustainable Inland Transport with Special Attention to Information and Communication Technologies” and invited those interested to participate.

5. The provisional annotated agenda for the session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1117) was adopted with the amendments below:
Addition of agenda items:
2.4 Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011-2020);
4.2.3 Transposition of WLTP into UN Regulations;
18.3b UN GTR No. 6 (Safety glazing).

6. The list of informal documents is reproduced in Annex I to this report.

7. The 119th session of WP.29/AC.2 was held on 9 November 2015, chaired by Mr. B. Kisulenko (Russian Federation) and was attended, in accordance to Rule 29 of the terms of reference and rules of procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690 including its Amends.1 and 2), by the Chairs of WP.29 (Russian Federation), GRB (France), GRE (Belgium), GRSP (United States of America), GRPE (Germany), GRRF (United Kingdom), GRSG (Italy), the Administrative/Executive Committees of the three agreements administered by WP.29 (Russian Federation (AC.1), Russian Federation (AC.4) and the United Kingdom (AC.3)), by the representatives of the European Union, Japan and the United States of America and by the Vice-Chairs of WP.29 (Italy), GRSG (Hungary), GRPE (India) and GRSP (Republic of Korea). Canada, as recently new elected Vice-Chair of GRSG, participated on invitation by the secretariat.

8. The Committee reviewed the draft agenda of the 167th session of the World Forum and recommended the amendments as indicated in paragraph 5 above. The Committee recommended that the Administrative Committee of the 1997 Agreement (AC.4) not convene. WP.29/AC.2 also reviewed the draft agenda for the 168th session of the World Forum, scheduled to be held in Geneva from 8 to 11 March 2016.

9. The representative of Japan reported on the progress of the Informal Working Group on International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA-IG). He reported that IWVTA-IG would request WP.29 to extend the mandate of the group by 15 months, until June 2017. The representative of the United Kingdom reminded AC.2 that the extension of the mandate would affect the work of GRs, especially when preparing documents with transitional provisions that need to be aligned with the introduction of Regulation No. 0.

10. Following presentations from the secretariat, the Committee decided to continue discussions on the coordination work on ITS and revisions/recasts of UN regulations at the next AC.2 session in March 2016. The Committee noted concerns raised about the proposal tabled on market fuel quality.

11. The secretariat reminded GRs to inform the secretariat about any new abbreviations brought into use in their documents.

12. The secretariat informed GRs about the deadline of 7 December 2015 for the submission of documents for the 168th WP.29 (8-11 March 2016).

13. The Committee elected Mr. Boris Kisulenko (Russian Federation) as Chair of the AC.2 for the sessions of the year 2016.

14. The World Forum approved the draft programme of work and biennial evaluation (2016-2017) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/112) and asked the secretariat to submit them to the next meeting of the Inland Transport Committee in February 2016. The secretariat presented the confirmed calendar of sessions for the year 2016 (based on WP.29-167-01). The World Forum agreed with the calendar as reproduced in Annex II to this report. The World Forum noted WP.29‑167‑03 on the chairmanships of WP.29.

15. The representative of the United Kingdom, and Chair of the IWG on ITS/AD, summed up the outcome of the IWG session that took place from 2.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. on 11 November 2015 and reported that the work of the informal group had progressed well. He informed the World Forum about the items discussed at the meeting of the November 2015, including the relationship with WP.1 and how the 1968 Vienna Convention could be amended to ensure that automated driving systems were brought safely to the market. He added that the IWG would also discuss software and software security with special attention to ‘over-the-air’ software-updates.

16. The secretariat gave a status report to the World Forum on UNECE activities in the area of automated vehicles (WP.29-167-04). He informed WP.29 that (i) GRRF had discussed Automated Commanded Steering Functions (ACSF), Remote Control Parking systems (RCP) and cyber security issues, (ii) GRSG had focused on Event Data Recorders (EDR), (iii) that the amendment to Articles 8 and 39 of the 1968 Vienna Convention of Road Traffic would enter into force on 23 March 2016 and (iv) that WP.1 had established an informal group to deal with automated vehicles and the cooperation with WP.29.

17. The representative of ITU made an announcement on the “Future of the Networked Car Symposium” that is going to be co-organised with UNECE on Thursday, 3 March 2016 at the Geneva Auto Motor Show. The Symposium will focus on the area of software security and cyber-security.

18. The secretariat presented the midterm results of the World Forum on the development of UN Regulations and UN GTRs (WP.29-167-06) to make vehicle safer, in the framework of the Decade of Action for Road Safety. WP.29 adopted WP.29-167-06 and requested the secretariat to reproduce it as Annex III to this report and to transmit it to the Inland Transport Committee.

19. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRE given during the 166th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1116, paras. 23-25) and approved the report.

20. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRSG given during the 166th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1116, paras. 26-28) and approved the report.

21. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRSP given during the 166th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1116, paras. 29-34) and approved the report.

22. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRPE given during the 166th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1116, paras. 35-40) and approved the report.

23. The GRB Chair reported on the results achieved by GRB during its sixty-second session (for details, see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/60), in particular, the adoption of a draft Regulation on Quiet Road Transport Vehicles (QRTV) under the 1958 Agreement.

24. He further informed the World Forum that GRB agreed to continue its work on QRTV with a view to address concerns raised by the World Blind Union (WBU) and to finalize a UN GTR on QRTV. To this end, GRB requested the extension of the mandates of both IWG for a QRTV Regulation and IWG on QRTV for a UN GTR until December 2016. WP.29 gave its consent for both mandate extensions, subject to confirmation by AC.3 for the mandate extension of the IWG on QRTV for a UN GTR.

25. WP.29 noted that GRB had re-elected Mr. S. Ficheux (France) as Chair and Mr. A. Bocharov (Russian Federation) as Vice-Chair for the year 2016.

26. The Chair of GRRF, Mr. B. Frost (United Kingdom), informed the World Forum about the results achieved by GRRF during its eightieth sessions (for more details see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/80).

27. The GRRF chair informed WP.29 about the submission by GRRF of the revised Terms of Reference and Rules of Procedures of the informal group on Automatically Commanded Steering Functions (ACSF) as reproduced in the annex of the session’s report.

28. The representative of OICA wondered why the IWG on ACSF was prioritizing its work on the complex Category E ACSF systems instead of starting with the more basic categories, and using the experience so gained to develop the requirements for the higher categories. The Chair of GRRF answered that the IWG had chosen a top down approach, starting with the provisions for the Category E to make sure that the relevant requirements cascade down through the other ACSF Categories. The representative of Germany added that no delay was expected because of the approach chosen and that with this approach, all ACSF categories would be addressed.

29. WP.29 noted that GRRF had re-elected Mr. B Frost (United Kingdom) as Chair and Mr. A. Murai (Japan) as Vice-Chair for the year 2016.

30. The GRSG Chair informed WP.29 about the results achieved during the 109th session of GRSG (for more details see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/88 and Add.1).

31. The GRSG chair recalled that GRSG had already adopted at its previous session in May 2015 a new 02 series of amendments proposing provisions on a directional discharge of the pressure relief devices of CNG containers (submitted as ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/90 to the November 2015 session of WP.29). He added that GRSG had just adopted another amendment removing the provisions on welded cylinders and raising again the stringency of Regulation No. 110. Instead of adopting that amendment as a further new series of amendments, GRSG had agreed to remove ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/90 from the WP.29 agenda in November 2015 and to submit a new draft 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 110, incorporating both proposals (directional discharge and removal of welded cylinders) for consideration at the March 2016 session of WP.29.

32. The GRSG chair added that GRSG had considered the results of a study carried out by Germany on blind spot accidents of heavy goods vehicles and that GRSG had agreed on the need to develop a new regulation on the installation on heavy goods vehicles of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) to avoid such blind spot accidents.

33. The GRSG chair reported that GRSG had adopted a minor amendment to the Terms of Reference of the IWG on Panoramic Sunroof Glazing (PSG) to clarify the current scope of UN GTR No. 6.

34. As the mandate of the IWG on AECS was limited to October 2015 and due to the delay in the development of the new Regulation, the GRSG Chair sought the endorsement of WP.29 on the extension of the mandate of IWG by one year. WP.29 gave its consent to extend the mandate. The representative of the Russian Federation, chairing the informal group, reported on the progress made by the IWG. He pointed out that the IWG was working on new items. He did not exclude that other issues would arise. Such questions should be discussed at the stage of the work of IWG to avoid their consideration in the later stages in GRSG or WP.29. The representative of OICA underlined the urgent need to finalize the draft Regulation and to conclude consideration of the remaining open issues, without continuously adding new ones.

35. WP.29 noted that GRSG had re-elected Mr. A. Erario (Italy) as Chair and Mr. K. Hendershot (Canada) as Vice-Chair for the year 2016.

36. GRSG learned that Mr. Matyas Matolcsy (Hungary) was retiring at the end of this year and thanked him for his considerable contributions to the activities of GRSG over the last four decades and his dedication since 2001 as Vice-Chair of GRSG.

37. The Chairman of GRE reported on the results of the seventy-fourth session of GRE (for details, see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/74).

38. The GRE chair informed WP.29 about the ongoing activities of GRE on simplifying lighting and light-signalling Regulations, bearing in mind the guidance provided by WP.29 and the United Nations Office for Legal Affairs (OLA). The representative of IEC presented WP.29-167-19 recalling the approach proposed for the simplification of light sources regulations and the guidance provided by OLA. He invited WP.29 to reconfirm its earlier mandate (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1112, para. 42) to prepare a repository (resolution) on light sources and asked whether this repository could be in English only. The World Forum reconfirmed the approach for simplification of light source regulations but insisted on the need for the repository to be available in the three official languages English, French and Russian.

39. The Chair of GRE reported that at the last GRE session, Japan reported on its study of daytime running lamps (DRL) which did not identify negative effects of DRL on road traffic and informed the World Forum that these activities had started with the aim to include Regulation No. 48 into IWVTA.

40. WP.29 noted that GRE had re-elected Mr. M. Loccufier (Belgium) as Chair and Mr. D. Rovers (Netherlands) as Vice-Chair for the year 2016.

41. The secretariat informed the World Forum about the latest update of the status of the 1958 Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/343/Rev.23) containing the information received by the secretariat until 23 October 2015.

42. The secretariat reported on the efforts of the GRs to provide transparency when considering reference to a private standard in a Regulation. He invited the representative of Germany, Chair of the IWG on the of the three-dimensional “H” point machine (3-D H machine) to report on the negotiations with SAE regarding the use of SAE standards in the development of the 3-D H machine in June 2015. The representative of Germany informed the World Forum that the SAE J826 standard had been reviewed based on the information provided by SAE to be used for the WP.29’s purpose to determine what information would be needed. A table listing the parts of the standard needed for the purpose of the work of the IWG had been drafted and would be sent by the secretariat to SAE for review. He announced that, thanks to this progress, the IWG would be likely in the position to draft an Addendum to the Mutual Resolution No. 1 reproducing the specifications of the 3-D H machine.

43. No new material was presented under this agenda item.

44. The representative of the EU presented WP.29-167-20 detailing the following two possible routes for transposing the UN GTR on WLTP into a UN Regulation:

(a) UN Regulation on WLTP would fully reflect EU legislation, whereas non-EU Contracting Parties would need to draft their own national legislation. In this case, the UN Regulation would be drafted so that individual parts of it could be easily referred to in national legislation;

(b) With the second proposed route, a UN Regulation on WLTP would be developed in a hierarchical manner with different levels of stringency. The top level would correspond to the most stringent combination of regional requirements, whereas the levels below would correspond to a specific national or regional legislation in terms of emission limits and region-specific technical and administrative requirements. Non-EU Contracting Parties, such as Japan, having so far different emission legislation could apply the UN Regulation on WLTP. In this case, each Contracting Party applying the UN Regulation on WLTP would only have to accept type approval according to the top level but could also accept those corresponding to its own national or regional level of stringency. The Contracting Parties could issue type approval according to all levels.

45. The representative of the EU highlighted the advantages and drawbacks of each possible route. He expressed the preference of EU for the second option, since it could foster global harmonization at the mid- and long-term and would probably allow the inclusion of the UN Regulation on WLTP into the International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA). He sought the view and opinion of WP.29 on the two routes.

46. The representatives of Japan and Switzerland expressed their support for the second route, as it was the best one towards global harmonization despite of its complexity. The representative of OICA also agreed in principle, taking into account the apparent compatibility of route two with IWVTA.

47. WP.29 agreed to transpose the WLTP UN GTR into a UN Regulation according to the second route proposed by the representative of the EU.

48. The representative of Germany, Chair of GRPE, confirmed that GRPE would start work according to the second route at its January 2016 session.

49. The expert from OICA, however, informed WP.29 of the challenges related to route two, given the fact that experts had difficulties in determining worst-case scenarios due to the modular concept of WLTP. The EC representative replied that a hierarchy would only exist between the top level and the regional level alternatives. It was not the intention of route two to introduce hierarchy of testing or of test limits between the regional alternatives. The Chair of GRPE confirmed the complexity of the new UN Regulation following route two. Therefore, GRPE needs to start the work on the transposition of WLTP into a UN Regulation with consideration for the scope and structure.

50. The representative of OICA pointed out that, according to the IWVTA concept, only the highest level of stringency, covering all other levels, would be applicable for universal international whole vehicle type approvals once the new UN Regulation on WLTP is established and included in Annex 4 to UN Regulation No. 0. He, therefore, suggested that this matter needed very careful consideration in order to ensure that the highest level remained feasible in view of the IWVTA development.

51. The representative of Japan, on behalf of the co-Chair of the IWG on IWVTA, reported on the work progress made in the subgroup for the 1958 Agreement and the subgroup for Regulation No. 0 (WP.29-167-09). He reported that the subgroup for the 1958 Agreement still had to further review the general guideline document, and had considered some editorial issues and clarified the difference between revision and version. He also reported that the subgroup on Regulation 0 had agreed on almost all issues, except for the definition of vehicle type. He informed WP.29 that the subgroup had agreed to conduct a pre-testing of UN Regulation No. 0. He presented a document with questions and answers (WP.29-167-10), which aimed at promoting the understanding of UN Regulation No. 0 and IWVTA among existing and potential Contracting Parties to the 1958 Agreement. He sought the consent of WP.29 to extend the mandate of the IWG on IWVTA by fifteen months, until June 2017 (WP.29-167-11). The World Forum endorsed the extended terms of reference and rules of procedures, and agreed to extend the mandate.

52. The representative of OICA informed the World Form that the IWG had reviewed the proposal presented by the representative of the Russian Federation (WP.29-167-08) and considered that the issue raised had multiple implications. He added that the IWG, therefore, preferred to address the concerns of the Russian Federation in the above-mentioned question and answer document, in order to ensure that all possible scenarios are duly taken into account.

53. WP.29 recalled the work related to draft Revision 3 to the 1958 Agreement and the position of a number of Contracting Parties to increase the majority-voting threshold from two-thirds to four-fifths. The representative of EU gave an update on the progress of deliberation within the EU on the voting issue. She reported that the work at the EU level had progressed and that the draft proposal had entered in the decision-making process in the Council. She expected that a final position on this issue would be presented in March 2016.

54. The representative of the Russian Federation re-iterated his position in favour of the four-fifths voting threshold.

55. The World Forum agreed to seek, at its forthcoming session in March 2016, unanimity by the Contracting Parties to the 1958 Agreement on the final text of draft Revision 3. For that purpose, the secretariat was requested to prepare a final document, taking into account the editorial correction adopted by the IWG on IWVTA.

56. The representative of Germany reported on the progress of the DETA Informal Working Group on behalf of the Chair of the Group. He reported that the Group had convened on 4 November 2015 and discussed the different attributes and data formats for the database, taking into account Regulation No. 0 and IWVTA specifications of the Declaration of Conformance (DoC). He added that the discussion on rights and obligations of users had started. He reminded the World Forum that there was a testing version available, for which the Secretary of the Group would be available to provide login information. The next meeting of the Group would take place on 2 March 2016 in Paris.

57. The secretariat informed WP.29 that there were no specific relevant precedent cases for gaining extra regular budget and that the official budgetary procedures have to be followed. He added that, given the preference of WP.29 to opt for funding by the regular budget, the initiative should be taken by the Contracting Parties to request additional regular budget for the hosting and operation of DETA at UNECE.

58. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.6.1 to 4.6.3 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

59. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under items 4.7.1 to 4.7.8 and 7.9.10 to 4.7.11 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting subject to the corrections of para. 60. below.

60. Agenda item 4.7.4, Regulation No. 58, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/85, insert the following amendment to read:
Paragraph 31.4., correct the wording “of to the Regulation” to read “of the Regulation”.

61. The consideration of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/90 tabled under agenda item 4.7.9 was deferred to the March 2016 session of WP.29 (see para. 31 above).

62. The representative of OICA raised concerns on the amendments to Regulations Nos. 97 and 116 on vehicle alarm systems (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/87 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/91). He added that some further amendments to Regulation No. 48 were needed to fully clarify the purpose of these proposals. The representative of the EU saw no need to delay the vote and was in favour of going ahead with the adoption of both documents. The representative of Germany volunteered to prepare, together with the experts from OICA, a proposal for such amendments to Regulation No. 48 for consideration at the next GRE session.

62. The representative of OICA raised concerns on the amendments to Regulations Nos. 97 and 116 on vehicle alarm systems (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/87 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/91). He added that some further amendments to Regulation No. 48 were needed to fully clarify the purpose of these proposals. The representative of the EU saw no need to delay the vote and was in favour of going ahead with the adoption of both documents. The representative of Germany volunteered to prepare, together with the experts from OICA, a proposal for such amendments to Regulation No. 48 for consideration at the next GRE session.

63. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under items 4.8.1 to 4.8.8 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

64. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under items 4.9.1 to 4.9.4 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

65. The World Forum considered the draft amendment under item 4.10.1 and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting.

66. No corrigenda were submitted under this agenda item.

67. No pending proposal remained under this agenda item.

68. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under items 4.13.1 and 4.13.2 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the correction of para. 69. below.

70. No proposal for amendments was submitted under this agenda item.

71. WP.29 agreed that agenda items 5.1 to 5.5 should be considered by AC.3.

72. The representative of the Russian Federation presented WP.29-164-07 on the federal law on standardization. WP.29 noted that it would come into force in 2016.

73. The representative of India presented WP.29-164-25 on the National Automotive Testing and R&D Infrastructure Project (NATRIP) that is creating state of the art testing facilities both for vehicle and component certification as well as for vehicle inspection.

74. The secretariat recalled the consolidated document (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/ 1074/Rev.5) on the status of the Agreement 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.

75. The representative of the Netherlands notified the World Forum that the IWG on Periodical Technical Inspection (PTI) had started its work. He noted that the second meeting of the Group would be held on 18 November 2015 and invited the participants of WP.29 to join the meeting.

76. The representative of the Russian Federation, Co-chair of the IWG, presented WP.29-167-13 on the development of Agreement Concerning the Adoption of Uniform Conditions for Periodical Technical Inspections of Wheeled Vehicles and the Reciprocal Recognition of such Inspections, done in Vienna on 13 November 1997. He formulated principles for development of the Agreement based on the provisions of the international standards on quality and risk management, that allow improvement of the efficiency and quality of periodical technical inspection, to harmonize requirements and make the agreement attractive to a larger number of countries. It was also noted that the IWG on PTI would consider the principles and requirements for conformity of PTI system, including requirements for its technical and administrative support.

77. The World Forum agreed to defer consideration of this item, awaiting the outcome of the work of IWG on PTI.

78. The World Forum agreed to defer consideration of this item, awaiting the outcome of the work of IWG on PTI.

79. The representative of the European Commission (EC) expressed the extreme concern on what media refer to as the Volkswagen (VW) case. She informed WP.29 about the course of action taken by the EC. She reported that the EC had offered to coordinate the flow of information regarding national investigations, and had requested EU Member States (MS) to provide information on measures they planned to undertake or had already undertaken. She added that based on input from MS, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) would develop a common testing method and that the JRC had offered its services to MS who would request it. She informed WP.29 that the EU had already engaged in legislative and regulatory work before the case was revealed, including work on Real Driving Emissions (RDE) and work to reinforce the type approval system (revision of the framework Directive 2007/46/EC).

80. The representative of the United States of America reported that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (WP.29-167-31) had sent two Notices Of Violation (NOV) to VW alleging that vehicles sold in the United States included software that circumvent EPA regulations. He gave details on how the violation was committed, how much the emission level exceeds the limit values and the estimated number of vehicles concerned. He recalled the five key components of the compliance programme of EPA. He added that all manufacturers have been informed that, as a result of these alleged violations, EPA had increased their testing programme. He informed the World Forum about the outstanding collaboration with EPA of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and Environment Canada.

81. The representative of Canada added that they also had opened investigations on the issue and were closely collaborating with EPA.

82. The representative of Germany reported that an internal commission had been set up to investigate the VW situation in Germany and Europe. He added that a test procedure had been developed by the German type approval authority, Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (KBA), to identify whether a vehicle contained prohibited defeat device systems, including Type 1 tests in laboratories, Type 1 tests replicated on a test track with portable emission measurement systems, variations in the test cycles as well as RDE tests. So far, of the more than 50 tests that had been planned, half have been finalized, and evaluation of the test results was ongoing. He informed WP.29 that KBA decided officially on an additional assignment to the type approval, which will force VW to recall the vehicles. A software update for the vehicles equipped with 1.2L and 2.0L diesel engine and hardware and software update for vehicles equipped with 1.6L diesel engines, which would start in beginning of 2016 would be performed by the manufacturer and be supervised by KBA in Germany. He also informed WP.29 that the recently revealed issue of CO2 emissions was still under investigation. He concluded that these events might have an impact on WP.29, especially since approvals according to UN Regulations Nos. 83 and 101 were concerned.

83. The representatives of the Russian Federation announced the current status of internal activities dealing with the VW situation in the Russian Federation. He noted the importance of international information exchange and also the cooperation of VW with the Russian administration on the situation.

84. The representative of the UK explained his Government’s approach to testing vehicle emissions in response to the VW issue. He said that they had started a test programme investigating a range of Euro 5 and Euro 6 specification vehicles representing top selling products in the UK market from a number of manufacturers. He mentioned that his experts were in close contact with the German authorities to discuss test procedures and to coordinate their programmes where possible. The UK welcomed the European Commission’s coordination activities and involvement of JRC. He stressed that the testing would be done without manufacturer involvement by the UK approval authority (the Vehicle Certification Agency) at independent laboratories and on-road testing, and this could delay results until early 2016. He would provide information to the Working Party as soon as results would be published. He concluded by confirming that VW had engaged constructively with their UK agency handling the recall.

85. The representative of France reported on the initiated test programme which, in total would cover 100 vehicles representative of vehicle fleet in France. These tests were aimed at determining whether the fraud is limited to a few models of the Volkswagen group or if it extends to all models and other manufacturers. France has committed to publishing the test results. The test protocol would be implemented in France by the Union Technique de l’Automobile du motocycle et du Cycle (UTAC) under the control of the French authorities. He concluded that France considers that the VW case was an opportunity to improve the procedure and address past suspicions.

86. The representative of Australia noted that the VW case had revealed a gap in the international regulatory regime and that as it is an international problem, it could only be addressed internationally through a UN Regulation or UN GTR. He sought continued discussion of the issue at WP.29. The representative of Japan expressed his support for this view.

87. The representative of Spain also reported on the intention of his country to test vehicles according to the test procedure defined by Germany.

88. The representative of Italy informed the World Forum that testing had already started in his country in close cooperation with Germany and the European Commission.

89. The representative of OICA recalled that his organization represented the global automobile industry through the various national (or even regional) auto industry associations. He added that in this capacity OICA cooperates with Contracting Parties to develop and clarify regulatory requirements and test procedures so that they are clear, representative, scientific and reproducible. He stated that OICA could not and was not meant to verify whether and how manufacturers comply with the legislative acts, since this is the responsibility of individual manufacturers. He added that the ongoing particular issue should not be used as a pretext to cast suspicion on the entire automotive sector or on a particular technology. He concluded that OICA fully supports the activities in the various countries to solve this important ongoing issue.

90. The World Forum decided to keep this item on its agenda and continue discussions in upcoming sessions.

91. The Secretary of the Working Party on Road Traffic Safety (WP.1) reported on the entry into force on 23 March 2016 of the amendments to Articles 8 and 39 of the 1968 Vienna Convention and that a similar amendment was proposed for the 1949 Geneva Convention on Road Traffic. He also reported on the progress during its recent session, held on 5-7 October 2015, on substantive issues on the amendment to align the provisions on lighting and light-signalling with those of the 1958 Agreement. He informed the World Forum about the document tabled by the experts from Belgium and Sweden exploring the role of the driver in a vehicle with high levels of automation. He added that WP.1 discussed whether the Convention allows testing of autonomous vehicles on public roads and that the expert from Belgium volunteered to prepare an amendment to the Convention to clarify this issue. He concluded his report, informing WP.29 of the recent establishment of an IWG dealing with automated vehicles.

92. WP.29 recalled its wish to avoid task overlap and duplication between groups. The Chair informed the Secretary of WP.1 that the IWG on ITS/AD had elected the representative of Finland to act as ambassador between ITS/AD and the informal group of experts of WP.1. WP.29 decided that the IWG on ITS/AD would be mandated by WP.29 to be the interface with the informal group of experts of WP.1.

93. The representative of CONCAWE presented WP.29-167-27 to express the view of the International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA) and CONCAWE on the proposal to amend R.E.3 on market fuel quality (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/111). She stated that these organizations disagreed with the proposal since it included fuel properties not related to the proper functioning or durability of vehicles or after-treatment systems. She questioned whether R.E.3 was the right place for this purpose. She referred to WP.29-167-26 submitted by the African Refiners Association (ARA) which also supporting this position. She requested WP.29 to withdraw ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/111 from the agenda and to continue the work at GRPE to reach consensus for a proposal acceptable to all stakeholders.

94. The Chair of GRPE clarified that GRPE had discussed and considered the concerns of CONCAWE and IPIECA at the last June 2015 session. He mentioned that the Contracting Parties to the 1958 Agreement endorsed the proposal and it had been then submitted to the November 2015 session of WP.29 for further consideration. He doubted that further technical discussion would lead to a consensus. The representatives of the Netherlands, Sweden and EU agreed with the Chair of GRPE and supported the vote on the proposal.

95. The representative of CONCAWE reiterated the position of CONCAWE and IPIECA and strongly disagreed with the need to push the proposal forward. She expressed the fear of stakeholders that including this proposal in the framework of the 1958 Agreement would eventually lead to its introduction into the framework of the 1998 Agreement. The Chair of GRPE responded that given the position of Contracting Parties to the 1998 Agreement, he did not expect proposals to amend Special Resolution No. 1 (S.R.1) under the 1998 Agreement.

96. WP.29 adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/111 without objections or abstentions as an amendment to R.E.3.

97. The Chair of GRPE presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/110 on a new Mutual Resolution on vehicle propulsion system definitions. He underlined that the new Mutual Resolution would serve a basis for harmonization of definitions and terminology in all UN GTRs and UN Regulations. He clarified that the proposed M.R.2 would be further developed and could serve as a repository for definitions.

98. WP.29 adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/110 without objections or abstentions and passed the proposal to AC.3 for voting.

99. The secretariat introduced the document WP.29-167-15, listing the proposals adopted by WP.29 at its March 2015 session and the situation of their entry into force.

100. The representative of the World Blind Union introduced WP.29-167-23 and WP.29-167-28 presenting the concerns of his organization on the recent proposal for a new Regulation on QRTV adopted by GRB in September 2015. He kindly requested further consideration related to the provisions on Audible Vehicle Alerting System (AVAS) sound pressure levels, optional installation of AVAS pause switches and sound emissions when stationary.

101. The representative of the United States of America informed WP.29 about the finalization of national legislation and recalled the current work on a UN GTR on QRTV which would provide a basis for global harmonization in this area.

102. The Chair of WP.29 recalled the decision to extend the mandates of both IWGs (see paras 24. and 139.). Therefore, WP.29 agreed to consider the draft proposal for a Regulation on QRTV at its March 2016 session and also agreed to consider later amendments addressing the concerns raised.

103. WP.29 expressed its gratitude for the work done by the representative of Australia, Mr. Robert Hogan, the representative of Hungary, Mr. Matyas Matolscy and the representative of ETRTO, Mr. George Dimitri.

104. In compliance with Rule 37 of the Rules of Procedure (TRANS/WP.29/690 as amended by ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amends. 1 and 2), the World Forum called for the election of officers on 11 November 2015. At the proposal of the representative of EU, WP.29 unanimously elected Mr. B. Kisulenko (Russian Federation) as Chair and Mr. A. Erario (Italy) as Vice-Chair of the World Forum for 2016.

105. The World Forum adopted the report and its annexes on the basis of a draft prepared by the secretariat. The report includes the sections related to the Administrative Committee of the 1958 Agreement and to the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement.

106. Of the fifty-one Contracting Parties to the Agreement, thirty-nine were represented and established AC.1 for its sixty-first session held on 11 November 2015.

107. AC.1 invited Mr. B. Kisulenko, Chair of WP.29, to chair the session.

109. The forty-fifth session of the Executive Committee (AC.3) was held on 12 November 2015 and chaired by the representative of the United Kingdom. The representatives of 11 of the 35 Contracting Parties to the Agreement attended: Australia, Canada, the European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, South Africa, Turkey and the United States of America.

108. The results of the voting on the documents submitted can be found in the voting table of the session report.

110. The representative of the United States of America recalled the discussion on the trilateral white paper submitted by the representatives of Japan, the United States of America and the EU. He informed AC.3 that the original trilateral paper (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/108) had not changed since the June session of AC.3. He added that the comments received on the document were summarized in informal document WP.29-167-24 and that the authors of the trilateral white paper had addressed the comments received. AC.3 started considerations on the responses from the trilateral group to the comments presented in the informal document.

111. The representative of OICA welcomed the responses of the trilateral group to their comments. He suggested that items where mutual agreement existed could be reflected in the final document. He further noted that in practice the 98 Agreement and its UN GTRs do not offer the guarantee that products, complying with the UN GTR, are duly accepted in the markets of Contracting Parties, when the latter have not fully incorporated the UN GTR into their national law, as mandatory or alternative requirement.

112. AC.3 also considered WP.29-167-12 from MEMA/CLEPA/JAPIA. The representative of the three organizations made suggestions to define the programme of work, encouraged Contracting Parties to use domestic regulatory processes to communicate and share information for the sake of full transparency and public participation, such as “Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” in the United States of America. She also reiterated a recommendation to WP.29 and AC.3 to establish basic criteria to identify priorities to address the development of UN GTRs and identify possible barriers in developing them.

113. The Chair of AC.3 summed up the discussion by highlighting the fundamental aspects that can improve the good functioning of the 1998 Agreement: (i) negotiation capacity in order to reach harmonization of regulations is essential, (ii) the process of negotiation must be inclusive and (iii) impact assessment studies and related difficulties in a Country (Contracting Party) should not stop other Contracting Parties from proceeding further.

114. Based on his experience in chairing development of UN GTR No.14, the representative of Australia stressed the need for negotiation and compromise in the UN GTR and 1998 Agreement process.

115. AC.3 discussed the use of modules and options within UN GTRs. In addition to alternatives for testing procedures, the use of options and modules in the UN GTR may sometimes be needed on a case by case basis but should be avoided as much as possible in order to safeguard maximum global harmonization and to permit to have a single product that complies with the UN GTR. The expert from ETRTO, based on his experience with the Tyre UN GTR, stated that when starting to develop a UN GTR, Contracting Parties need to deal with existing, different level of technologies that may not be solved at an early stage of the UN GTR development. He added that removing the possibility of modules or options in future UN GTRs may create difficulties. The representative of OICA considered that, while modules may be acceptable in some cases in order to reach acceptable levels of harmonization, contradictory options at the choice of the Contracting Parties should be avoided as much as possible and, if unavoidable for the adoption of the UN GTR, should eventually be solved in a second phase aimed at having unique harmonized vehicle design worldwide.

116. AC.3 also emphasized the need to improve the transposition of UN GTRs in national legislation, which is one of the main points of the trilateral paper.

117. The representative of the EU, announced that considerations on comments received from Transport and Environment (T&E) will be handled bilaterally and reported to AC3 at the March 2016 session.

118. AC.3 decided to keep WP.29-167-12, WP.29-167-24 and WP.29-167-30 on the agenda and to form a drafting group with representatives of OICA, CLEPA/MEMA/JAPIA, the Chair of AC.3 and other interested parties, to review the trilateral white paper.

119. No new information was provided for this agenda item.1

120. The proposed Mutual Resolution No. 2 (M.R.2) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/110) was submitted for consideration and vote, and was adopted on 12 November 2015 by consensus vote of the following Contracting Parties present and voting: Australia, Canada, European Union (voting for Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, South Africa, Turkey and the United States of America.

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

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

123. The representative of the EU, on behalf of the Chair of the IWG on Environmental and Propulsion Performance Requirements (EPPR) for L-category vehicles, summarized the work progress of the group. He noted that progress had been made in two of the three priority subjects identified. He announced that EPPR IWG had submitted ECE/TRANS/GRPE/2016/2 on a new UN GTR on evaporative and crankcase emissions for consideration at the next GRPE session in January 2016. He added that this proposal would be submitted to the June 2016 session of AC.3, if adopted by GRPE in January 2016. He underlined that the IWG was already working on a new UN GTR on On-Board Diagnostics systems (OBD) with the intention to submit a first daft at the next GRPE session. He informed AC.3 that work on revising UN GTR No.2 would be resumed in 2016. He recalled the agreement by AC.3 at its last session with the extension of the mandate of the EPPR IWG until December 2020 as reproduced in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/113.

124. The representative of EU announced that Mr. P. Åsman would step down as Chair of EPPR IWG as of 18 November 2015. He expressed his gratitude to Mr. Åsman for his commitment and excellent work. He informed AC.3 that Mr. A. Perujo from the Joint Research Centre would be the candidate to replace Mr. Åsman.

125. The representative of IMMA expressed her support for the updated mandate and welcomed Mr. Perujo as the new Chair of EPPR IWG. She thanked Mr. Åsman for the excellent work done and assured AC.3 that IMMA would continue to support the work of EPPR IWG. She recalled the priority on two-wheeled vehicles, whereas progressively other vehicles categories could be considered to be included.

126. AC.3 adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/113 and requested the secretariat to convert it into an official AC.3 document.

127. The representative of Italy reported that an amendment to UN GTR No.3. had been adopted by AC.3 in March 2015. He announced that the activities on Regulation No. 78 would begin in GRRF. The secretariat added that informal discussions started on various subjects such as a scope extension, provisions for an ABS pause switch and the provisions for Emergency Stop Signal for motorcycles and that GRRF would have to come back to AC.3 to request authorization to amend UN GTR No. 3 as soon as the technical discussions became more substantial.

128. The representative of Germany, Chair of GRPE, reported that work was completed and that the amendment to UN GTR No. 4 had already been adopted by AC.3. AC.3 agreed to delete this agenda item and to continue technical discussion at the GRPE level as needed.

129. The representative of the Republic of Korea reported on the activities of the IWG on Panorama Sunroof Glazing (PSG) and announced that the next meeting of IWG would be held in February 2016 in Brussels.

130. AC.3 noted the report on the recent GRSG session (para.30) and agreed to endorse the revised Terms of Reference for the IWG together with the report of GRSG, at its March 2016 session.

131. The representative of Japan gave a status report of the work of the IWG. He reported that IWG had met on two occasions and had held one WebEx meeting to discuss primary injury criteria. He noted that the Group was waiting for output from Post Mortem Human Subjects (PMHS) studies conducted by NHTSA. He added that this work would help establish pass/fail criteria. He added that the study performed by NHTSA had provided good data on the reproducibility and repeatability of the Bio Rear Impact Dummy (BioRID), but it has not been possible to determine the correlation between the dummy and PMHS. Work would therefore, be needed to establish statistical significance. He also informed AC.3 that the IWG was pursuing a more empirical approach to determine biomechanical criteria and that alternative approaches were under study. He reported that the IWG has transmitted an updated draft amendment to the UN GTR to GRSP for discussion at its December 2015 session and that the details of the proposal would be refined during a WebEx meeting before December 2015. He added that he expected a final proposal in May 2016 on UN GTR No. 7 and M.R.1 and that these would be brought to WP.29 in November 2016.

132. The representative of Germany, Chair of the IWG on Phase II of the UN GTR, reported that the situation remains unchanged since the June 2015 session of AC.3. He added that the Group was still waiting for information from the United States of America. The representative of the United States of America confirmed that new information on cost benefit analysis on the “legform” would be available by the December 2015 GRSP session. AC.3 decided to continue discussion on this item at its March 2016 session.

133. The representative of Germany, Chair of GRPE, reminded AC.3 that UN GTR No. 15 had been adopted in March 2014 (Phase 1a) and since then GRPE had been working on delivering a proposal for the first amendment (Phase 1b). He reported that the IWG on WLTP had submitted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2016/3 corresponding to Phase 1b of its mandate for consideration at the next GRPE session in January 2016. He added that this proposal would be submitted to the June 2016 session of AC.3, if adopted by GRPE in January 2016. He presented WP.29-167-29, submitted by the representatives of Japan and EU as technical sponsors, requesting an extension of the mandate specifically for Phase 2. He informed AC.3 that this document had been endorsed at the last GRPE session in June 2015 and some minor amendments to the document were added.

134. AC.3 adopted WP.29-167-29 so that the IWG on WLTP can start Phase 2 activities immediately. AC.3 requested the secretariat to convert WP.29-167-29 into an official document for the March 2016 session of AC.3.

135. The representative of the Russian Federation informed AC.3 about the progress made by GRRF experts on the Phase 1b of the development of UN GTR No. 16 and that the goal was to complete work by November 2016.

136. The representative of the United States of America reported on the progress of the work by IWG on EVS (WP.29-167-21). He reminded AC.3 that this mandate was unique since four Contracting Parties to the Agreement have sponsored it. He underlined that the IWG faced difficulties on critical issues and areas where research was still ongoing. He explained that these issues include: (i) battery management system functionality, the water immersion test, the long-term fire resistance test, drop and rotation tests, the toxicity and corrosiveness of vented gas, thermal propagation in battery system, vehicle safety requirement during charging and scope expansion to the heavy duty vehicles. He added that, to complete this work and accomplish the original mandate, IWG had split the work into two phases. He explained that the Group would deliver what had been achieved so far in Phase 1 and would include the outcome of long-term research and future improvement in Phase 2. He finally asked AC.3 to grant extension of the mandate of the IWG until December 2016 to confirm the already scheduled work plan of the IWG which consists of three meetings in 2016 to complete Phase 1.

137. AC.3 endorsed the extension of the mandate and requested the secretariat to distribute WP.29-167-21 with an official symbol at its March 2016 session of AC.3.

138. The representative of France, as the Chair of GRB, reminded AC.3 that the mandate of the IWG on QRTV would expire at the end of November 2015. He asked for an extension of the mandate, so that the Group would have the opportunity to take in consideration the content of United States Rules that were expected to be published soon.

139. AC.3 adopted the proposal of the Chair of GRB to extend the mandate of the Group by one year.

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

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

142. AC.3 decided to remove this item from the agenda.

143. The representative of the United States of America informed AC.3 about the work progress of the IWG on this subject. He informed AC.3 about the change of the Chair of the IWG and about the issue of availability of specification of parts of the “5th percentile” female dummy and asked AC.3 for a further extension of the mandate.

144. AC.3 adopted the extension of the mandate of the IWG until December 2016 to allow completion of the IWG work plan.

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

146. The representative of Canada reported on the work progress made by the IWG on EVE in the following areas: (i) method of stating energy consumption led by China, (ii) battery performance and durability provisions led by Canada and the United States of America and (iii) determination of the power of electric vehicles led by Germany and the Republic of Korea. He informed AC.3 that the IWG had met on 19-20 October 2015 in Ottawa and will meet again in Geneva in January 2016. He underlined the good progress made by the IWG on EVE according to Part A of its mandate and noted that no guidelines were requested at this stage.

147. The representative of Germany, Chair of GRPE, clarified that guidelines will be requested from AC.3 in the future on the basis of the outcome of the investigation currently being carried out under Part A. He underlined the need to ensure a proper coordination between the IWGs on EVE and WLTP under GRPE to avoid any overlap of issues related to durability of vehicles and batteries.

148. The representative of Germany reminded AC.3 about the discussion held during WP.29 (see para. 42 above) and recommended to keep this agenda item in the March 2016 session of AC.3 for exchange of information.

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

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

151. No new proposal was raised.

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

154. Following the recommendation of WP.29, the Administrative Committee AC.4 did not convene (see para. 8 above).

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

155. No supplementary information was provided beyond agenda item 7.2. (see para. 77 above).

156. No supplementary information was provided beyond agenda item 7.2. (see para. 78 above)

157. No subject was raised under this item.

World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations | Session 169 | 21-24 Jun 2016

1. The World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) held its 169th session from 21 to 24 June 2016, chaired by Mr. A. Erario (Italy). The following countries were represented, following Rule 1(a) of the Rules of Procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.1 and Amend.2): Australia; Belgium; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Canada; China; Czech Republic; Finland; France; Georgia; Germany; Hungary; India; Italy; Japan; Kazakhstan; Luxembourg; Malaysia; Norway; Poland; Portugal; Republic of Korea; Romania; Russian Federation; San Marino; Slovakia; South Africa; Spain; Switzerland; Thailand; Turkey; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; United States of America and Viet Nam. Representatives of the European Union (EU) participated. The following intergovernmental organizations were represented: International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the International Transport Forum of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The following non-governmental organizations were also represented: Association for Emissions Control by Catalyst (AECC); European Association of Automotive Suppliers (representing CLEPA/MEMA/JAPIA); European Tyre and Rim Technical Organization (ETRTO); Foundation for the Automobile and Society (FIA Foundation); Global New Car Assessment Programme (Global NCAP); International Automotive Lighting and Light Signalling Expert Group (GTB); International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA); International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA); and the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).

2. The Vice-Chair of the World Forum, Mr. Erario, welcomed the representatives to the World Forum and introduced the opening speakers: H.E. Mr. Marco Arzilli, the Minister of Industry, Handicraft, Trade, Transport and Research of San Marino and Mr. Yongseog Kim, the Director General of the Motor Transport Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of the Republic of Korea. The Vice-Chair indicated the absence of the Chair of the World Forum, Mr. Kisulenko, due to medical reasons and that following the rules of procedures of WP.29, he would chair the 169th session.

3. In his opening statement, H.E. Mr. Marco Arzilli stated that San Marino is honoured and pleased to be part of the Community of the United Nations and to participate at the UNECE World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29). He reminded the World Forum that San Marino has a history of 1,715 years and, as such, is the oldest Republic in the world, stressing that it is ready to face this new challenge with the awareness of the great responsibility that derives from the UNECE agreements in this field. H.E. Mr. Arzilli emphasized that San Marino wants to convert this responsibility into constant attention and continuous updates, and that the Republic’s contribution to these international contexts will be always based on this precise commitment. Finally, His Excellency highlighted San Marino’s maximum availability to discuss and collaborate with each member country of UNECE, and declared that San Marino will be a strong and devoted supporter of the United Nations Programme on “Road Safety” (safer roads) and of all the initiatives related to environmental protection, sustainable transport and the increase of the safety systems in vehicle production.

4. The Director General of Motor Vehicles Management Bureau of Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of the Republic of Korea, Mr. Yongseog Kim, stated that the Republic of Korea has actively participated in the establishment and amendments of UN Regulations and UN GTRs in the framework of activities of WP.29. He further underlined its role of Vice-Chair in GRSP sessions since 2013 and its chairmanship of two Informal Working Groups (IWG) on “Vehicle Indoor Air Quality” and “Panoramic Sunroof Glazing”.

5. He particularly indicated that Republic of Korea suggested expanding the application of safety-belt warning devices from the current driving seat to all seats at the GRSP expert meeting in December 2014. The suggestion, backed by concerted efforts of France, Japan and the European Commission, have resulted in the agreement at the GRSP meeting in May 2016, and a proposal for submission to the November 2016 session of WP.29. He also reminded WP.29 that his country will request an authorization to develop an amendment to UN GTR No. 9 on evaluation methods concerning active device for pedestrian protection during the current session of the Administrative Committee of the 1998 Agreement (AC.3) and asked for support from representatives. He also indicated the intention of his country to actively participate in the development of the second phase of a UN GTR on hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles.

6. He informed WP.29 that Republic of Korea had been monitoring international trends on the establishment of international standards on autonomous vehicles and relevant technological development within Intelligent Transport Systems – Automated Driving (ITS-AD) IWG and in the same time is actively participating to the ITS-AD IWG. He added that his Government established “plans for commercialization of autonomous vehicles” in the first half of 2015 to support commercialization of autonomous cars and development of relevant technologies and standards.

7. According to this plan, its Government will actively work on various fields such as research and development for autonomous vehicle and its technologies, improving legal systems for allowing test-driving and improving communication-infrastructures and digital maps. He stated that the Republic of Korea is well aware that activities for enhancing automobile safety are carried out by discussion and international consensus at WP.29, the most prestigious international forum in the automotive sector.

8. Finally, he underlined that his country is ready to contribute to improving international standards on autonomous vehicles. As the Director General of Motor Vehicles Management Bureau of Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, responsible for automobile safety and relevant systems and policies of Republic of Korea, he stated that his country is ready to play bigger roles in various fields being discussed at WP.29 and receive cooperation and support in this endeavour.

9. The annotated provisional agenda for the session was adopted without amendments.

10. The list of informal documents is reproduced in Annex I to the session report.

143. No subject was raised under this agenda item.

142. No supplementary information was provided beyond agenda item 7.3 (see paras. 75 to 80 above).

141. No supplementary information was provided beyond agenda item 7.2 (see paras. 69 to 74 above).

69. The secretariat recalled the consolidated document (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1074/Rev.6) on the status of the Agreement 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.

70. The representative of Kazakhstan informed WP.29 about the new development in his country related to Periodic Technical Inspections (PTI) and referred to WP.29-169-14 which presents the PTI Certificate being issued in his country in lieu of the International PTI Certificate.

71. The Chair of WP.29 kindly asked the secretariat to distribute the information so that international traffic would be facilitated taking into account the notification of the PTI Certificate used in Kazakhstan.

72. The representative of the Russian Federation, Co-Chair of IWG on PTI, presented the revised proposal for Revision 2 to Rule No. 1 and draft amendments to Rule No. 2 developed by the group. He noted that the documents were harmonized with the provisions of the latest Regulations, annexed to the 1958 Agreement, and harmonized with the European Directive 2014/45/EU, Customs Union Regulation and other national legislations.

73. He explained that to ease the conditions for accession to the 1997 Agreement by the majority of Member States of the United Nations, the group proposed to exclude M1 and N1 vehicle categories from the scope of the Rules.

74. He, however, recalled that WP.29 at its 156th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1095, para 84), had decided to extend the scope of the UN Rules to M1 and N1 vehicle categories, which had been reconfirmed at its 162nd session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1108) and that the corresponding draft amendments (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/132/Rev.1 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/133/Rev.1) had been developed by the Russian Federation and CITA. He noted that a limited number of the Contracting Parties attended IWG on PTI and asked, therefore, for guidance by WP.29 on the subject.

75. The representative of Finland proposed to keep M1 and N1 vehicle categories in the scope of the Rules.

76. The representative from Hungary confirmed that for his country UN Rules covering M1 and N1 vehicle categories, harmonized with EU legislation, would be necessary.

77. WP.29 requested the IWG on PTI to continue the work on revising UN Rules Nos. 1 and 2 and to submit draft amendments, covering both M1 and N1 vehicle categories for the next session.

78. The representative of the Russian Federation, Co-Chair of IWG on PTI, presented the results of the fourth meeting of IWG on PTI. He thanked Automobile and Motorcycle Association of Serbia (AMSS) for arranging the last meeting.

79. He informed WP.29 that the group had agreed on requirements for test methods, test tools, devices and equipment to be used for demonstrating compliance with vehicle performance requirements for incorporation into UN Rules.

80. He added that the general obligations and responsibilities of the Contracting Parties necessary to arrange PTI would be inserted in the 1997 Agreement.

81. He reported that the IWG on PTI had decided to develop a Resolution for detailed recommendations ensuring the objectivity and the high quality of the technical inspections. Contracting Parties would refer to this Resolution when establishing the suitability of their PTI system for the assessment of compliance with the prescriptions of UN Rules in the framework of the 1997 Agreement.

82. He recalled that, according to the Terms of Reference of IWG on PTI, the draft proposals on conformity of PTI process incorporating the draft amendments to the 1997 Agreement and the draft Resolution should be submitted to WP.29 in November 2016. Submission of draft documents on minimum inspection requirements for Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)/Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles and electric and hybrid-electric vehicles to WP.29, was confirmed by the group for March 2017 and November 2017 accordingly.

83. The Co-Chair informed WP.29 that the next meeting had been scheduled for the beginning of September 2016 in Bucharest and invited the interested countries to take part.

140. Following the recommendation of WP.29, the Administrative Committee AC.4 did not convene (see para. 12).

139. No subject was raised under this agenda item.

136. The Chair initiated a discussion on the priorities of the strategy of future work, and referred to topics such as environmental protection, automation and cyber security. The representative of the European Union pointed out that these elements need to be reformulated into specific actions and in coherence with the agenda of the different organizations, so as to avoid duplication of work. She further referred to the implementation of S.R.2, aiming at a streamlining work and focusing on important areas. The agenda should be adjusted accordingly to provide discussion for this important topic.

137. The Chair recalled that in previous sessions the industry representatives, CLEPA, IMMA and OICA, had submitted ideas on elements of future work and invited them to consolidate their ideas. The representative of OICA stated that a consolidation would be difficult, however, an update of their document would be needed to take into account the activities of different regions.

138. The Chair concluded that it would be necessary to revise the agenda of the November 2016 session to allow for discussions on the programme of work and invited Contracting Parties to reflect on priorities in preparation for the next session.

135. No new proposal was provided for this agenda item.

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

133. The representative of the United States of America informed AC.3 that NHTSA was preparing an NPRM on the transposition of Phase 1 of the UN GTR, expected for the end of the 2016. On behalf of former sponsor and co-sponsor countries of Phase 1 of the UN GTR, he also added that their number would likely increase for Phase 2. He also announced that, as the programme of work of the Agreement is expected to be finalized in a near future, an informal proposal of authorization to develop Phase 2 of the UN GTR would then be presented for approval at AC.3.

132. AC.3 noted the representative of Germany from resigning as Chair of the IWG on the harmonization of specifications of the 3-D H machine. AC.3 thanked Mr. Damm for his contributions and underlined the importance of this activity. The Chair of AC.3 asked the representatives of WP.29 and AC.3 to find a new Chair for the IWG.

131. The representative of Canada informed AC.3 about the ongoing activities on data and information gathering. He mentioned that a draft report on the results of part A, as well as information about different options and recommendations on the way forward had been presented and discussed at GRPE in June 2016. He highlighted the good close cooperation between the IWGs on EVE and WLTP on the topic of determining powertrain performance. He informed AC.3 about the planning of part B of the mandate under each of the areas of work: (a) recyclability was expected to be removed from any subsequent mandate; (b) a model had been developed, as an information sharing activity, to evaluate the energy consumption of a particular vehicle; (c) research and literature review on battery performance and durability: research on a method of stating energy consumption may continue and could provide a basis for the development of a new UN GTR. The development of a new UN GTR may be initiated or research may continue; and then (d) development of a procedure for incorporation into the existing UN GTR No. 15 was expected to be recommended for the power-train performance determination, in accordance with the mandate. He mentioned that the IWG on EVE would meet in July 2016 to reach final consensus. He informed AC.3 that a request for developing UN GTRs may be submitted to the November 2016 session of AC.3 in order to initiate part B of the mandate.

130. The expert of the United States of America informed AC.3 about the work progress of the IWG. He announced that the group had planned to meet in September 2016 to finalize a draft addendum to the Mutual Resolution No. 1 to incorporate specifications of the 50th percentile World Side Impact dummy (SID). He confirmed that the harmonization activities of the 5th percentile World SID female dummy still needed revision and time.

109. A proposal for Special Resolution No. 2 (S.R.2) was submitted for consideration and vote (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/65) and adopted on 23 June 2016 by consensus vote of the following Contracting Parties present and voting: Australia, Canada, China, the European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Norway, the Republic of Korea, San Marino, South Africa, the Russian Federation, Turkey and the United States of America.

110. The representatives of Japan, the United States of America and the European Union, as sponsors to S.R.2, noted that S.R.2 constitutes additional efforts aimed at improving the implementation of the 1998 Agreement. A first set of follow-up actions were discussed, including increased transparency of the work, improving the website and meeting attendance opportunities, meeting management improvements and developing a revised work plan. Input and cooperation from the secretariat were noted and appreciated. It was also noted that this work could partially apply to WP.29 in general. Lastly, all Contracting Parties were asked to review the 1998 Agreement work plan and provide comments at the November 2016 meeting.

111. The representative of Japan stated their concurrence with the statements made by the representatives of the EU and the United States of America, and reiterated their support and dedication to the proposed process.

112. The Chair of AC.3 summarized the discussion highlighting the main points reflected upon by the representatives, highlighting transparency and the programme of work. He proposed to include an agenda item on the programme of work for the AC.3 session in November 2016.

113. The secretariat clarified that S.R.2 does not require implementation according to the provisions of Article 7 (adoption, and notification of application of established global technical regulations) of the Agreement. AC.3 requested the secretariat to inform Contracting Parties about the establishment of S.R.2 through the “1998 AGREEMENT-MISSIONS List” electronic system.

108. AC.3 agreed to defer this subject to its November 2016 session.

114. AC.3 reminded representatives of Contracting Parties that a listed technical regulation shall be removed from the Compendium of Candidates, either: (a) upon establishment in the Global Registry of a UN GTR, (b) at the end of five-year period following the regulation’s listing, unless by affirmative vote of AC.3 or (c) in response to a written request from the Contracting Party (see section IV of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.16).

115. No guidance was requested by Contracting Parties under this agenda item.

116. AC.3 adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/72 and requested the secretariat to submit it as an official AC.3 document.

117. The representative of IMMA reported on the significant progress made by the IWG on Environmental and Propulsion Performance Requirements (EPPR), particularly on the adoption at the seventy-third session of GRPE of a new global technical regulation on the measurement procedure for two- or three-wheeled motor vehicles with regard to on-board diagnostics. He mentioned that the next priority of the IWG on EPPR is to initiate the work on amendment to UN GTR No. 2.

118. The representative of Italy recalled the adoption of Supplement 3 to the 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 78 (Motorcycle braking) and proposed to amend GTR No. 3 in order to keep both regulations harmonized. He reported that GRRF would review this item at its September 2016 session and that Italy would then request the authorization to develop an amendment to UN GTR No. 3 at the November 2016 session of AC.3

119. The representative of the Republic of Korea presented the work development of the IWG on Panoramic Sunroof Glazing (PSG). The group had collected detailed data on glass breakage to clarify the reasons for breakage and to consider an amendment to GTR No. 6 (definition of toughened glass and test procedure). An analysis of the data ended further collection when a global investigation of the complaint data showed a low number of minor injuries such as scratches and cuts. The IWG on PSG met in April 2016 to discuss definitions of overhead glazing that represents all glazing on the roof of vehicles excluding buses; the area is delimited by ceramic print. The next meeting is scheduled for 28 June 2016 in Bonn, Germany. The IWG on PSG aims to submit a draft amendment to UN GTR No. 6 at the next GRSG meeting.

120. The representative of Japan informed AC.3 that the IWG expected to finalize a proposal for amendment to the UN GTR for the December 2016 session of GRSP. He concluded that the extension of the mandate until March 2017 would be aimed to complete the work of the IWG.

121. The expert from the United States of America reported that National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) had begun its cost-benefit analysis and hopes to present its results during the December 2016 session of GRSP. He also added that the Notice of Proposal of Regulation Making (NPRM) on pedestrian safety had some delays, and that NHTSA was addressing the process of transposition of both UN GTR Phases 1 and 2 in the United States of America.

122. The expert from the Republic of Korea introduced a proposal for authorization to amend UN GTR (WP.29-169-10), to incorporate provisions for active deployable systems in the bonnet area. AC.3 requested the secretariat to distribute it with an official symbol at its November 2016 session.

11. The 121st session of WP.29/AC.2 was held on 20 June 2016, chaired by Mr. A. Erario (Italy) 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 and 2), by the Chairs of GRB (France), GRE (Belgium), GRSP (United States of America), GRRF (United Kingdom), GRSG (Italy), the Executive Committee (AC.3) of the 1998 Agreement (United Kingdom), by the representatives of Belgium, Germany, Japan and the Republic of Korea, the United States of America and the European Union, and by the Vice-Chairs of WP.29 (Italy), GRPE (India) and GRSP (Republic of Korea).

12. The WP.29/AC.2 reviewed and adopted the draft agenda of the 169th session of the World Forum. It recommended that the Administrative Committee of the 1997 Agreement (AC.4) should not convene. WP.29/AC.2 also reviewed the draft agenda for the 170th session of the World Forum, scheduled to be held in Geneva from 15 to 18 November 2016.

13. The secretariat informed AC.2 about the staff resources following the post cut and its impact on the services provided to WP.29 including i) a partial discontinuation of the consolidation of UN Vehicle Regulations and Resolutions, ii) updating the status document of the 1958 Agreement prior to each WP.29 session only and iii) uploading on the website final texts of new regulations and of amendments to existing ones in English only.

14. AC.2 endorsed the proposal from Japan , the United States of America and the European Union, on actions by the secretariat to increase transparency in the World Forums activities by (a) easing participation of stakeholders by providing the related information on its website for individuals and NGOs, (b) proposing for improvements of the website access with, for example, a question and answers (Q&A) section, description of the regulatory processes and headings related to key topics such as electric vehicle, automated driving or ITS, (c) increasing the quality of minutes from IWG by establishing a standardised reporting template, (d) by including the deliverable of the statement of technical rational and justification for draft UN GTRs at an early stage in the terms of reference of the relevant body drafting the UN GTR, (e) reflecting on possibilities for stakeholder consultations prior to the establishment of UN GTRs and (f) defining and prioritizing the programme of work in a more strategic and inclusive manner.

15. The Representative of Japan reported on the progress of the IWG on International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA), including the progress and major results made in the pre-testing programme, the list of UN Regulations applicable to IWVTA and the Q&A document.

16. WP.29/AC.2 reflected on ways to streamline the completion of the session’s proceedings by identifying amendment proposals that could be immediately transferred to AC.1, as so called “A-points” in order to gain more time for substantial discussion.

18. The secretariat reminded GRs to inform the secretariat about any new abbreviations brought into use in their documents.

19. The World Forum noted the revised programme of work and documentation (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/1/Rev.1). The secretariat presented the list of working parties, informal working groups and chairmanship (based on WP.29-169-01) and the draft calendar of meetings of WP.29, GRs and committees for 2017 (based on WP.29-169-02). The World Forum noted WP.29‑169‑01 on the informal working groups and chairmanships of WP.29 and its subsidiary bodies as well as WP.29‑169‑02 on the calendar of meetings.

20. The secretariat was invited to consider rescheduling the March 2017 World Forum session to 14—17 March 2017 (see Annex III) to avoid overlap with the “Press Days” of the Geneva Motor show (7—8 March 2017)

21. The representatives of Japan and the United Kingdom, co-chairing the IWG on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), gave a status report on the group’s activities. The IWG had convened on Wednesday, 22 June 2016 from 2.30 to 5.15 p.m. and this rescheduling for Wednesday had been in principle welcomed, however, WP.29 was requested to consider streamlining its proceedings to allocate more time to discuss ITS and automated vehicles. Following the report by the representative of Finland, Ambassador of the IWG on ITS/AD and of the Informal Group of Experts on automated driving of WP.1, the group had finalized discussions on guidelines on measures for cyber security and data protection, to be presented to WP.29 at the November 2016 session.

22. The IWG continued discussions on the proposal for automation levels definitions.

23. The representatives present at the IWG agreed to meet again prior to the session of GRRF in Geneva on 19 September 2016.

24. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRSP given during the 168th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1120, paras. 25-28) and approved the report.

25. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRE given during the 168th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1120, para. 29) and approved the report and addenda 1, 2 and 3.

26. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRB given during the 168th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1120, paras. 30-33) and approved the report.

27. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRRF given during the 168th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1120, paras. 34-39) and approved the report.

28. The Chair of GRE informed WP.29 about the outcome of the seventy-fifth session of GRE (for details, see the session report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/75), including a new phased approach proposed by GRE for the simplification of lighting and light-signalling Regulations. WP.29 noted that this issue would be introduced in detail under agenda item 4.2 (para. 41. below).

29. The Chair of GRE also reported on a proposal to modify the transitional provisions of earlier series of amendments to Regulation No. 48 to allow for optional installation of new equipment, which is normally approved under the latest series of amendments, with a view to increasing traffic safety.

30. Finally, the Chair of GRE reported that GRE, when tackling the electromagnetic compatibility of trolleybuses in the framework of Regulation No. 10, had realized that trolleybuses are dual-mode vehicles which may also need to be addressed under other Regulations beyond the competence of GRE. WP.29 noted that the Working Parties concerned would be invited to consider this issue jointly with GRE.

31. The Chair of GRSG, Mr. Erario (Italy), reported to WP.29 about the results achieved by GRSG during its 110th session (for more details, see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/89).

32. The GRSG Chair also informed WP.29 that GRSG had discussed the cyber security, data protection and remote access to in-vehicle data in the context of protecting odometer equipment against mileage fraud. In a broader context of an exchange of views on In-vehicle Electronic Data Storage Systems, GRSG had reiterated its position to seek the advice of WP.29 on how to proceed with the coordination of the activities on data recording and data protection within the Working Parties subsidiary to WP.29 and their IWGs involved in automated driving (ITS/AD), Automated Commands Steering Functions (GRRF/ACSF) and Automated Emergency Call Systems (GRSG/AECS) and others (Event Data Recorder (EDR), odometer, etc.). WP.29 recommended that these activities be coordinated by ITS/AD and requested ITS/AD to set up common guidelines on cyber security, in-vehicle data recording and its protection.

33. The representative of the United States of America, on behalf of the Chair of GRSP informed WP.29 about the results made by his group during its fifty-ninth session (for details, see the session report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/59)

34. The GRSP Chair informed the World Forum that the expert from Belgium had introduced a proposal to transfer additional safety provisions for electrical safety of trolleybuses from UN Regulation No. 107 (M2 and M3 vehicles) to UN Regulation No. 100 (Electric Power Trained Vehicles). Thus, he announced that the expert from Belgium had volunteered to conduct a detailed analysis and to introduce a proposal on all related issues to GRSG and GRE.

35. The Vice-Chair of GRPE, Ms. R. Urdhwareshe (India), reported to WP.29 about the results achieved by GRPE during its seventy-third session (for more details, see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/73).

36. WP.29 was informed about the extension of the mandate of the IWG on PMP until June 2019 with two new specific objectives in the updated terms of reference and rules of procedure: (a) Perform a Round Robin test to demonstrate the feasibility to measure particles with a size below 23 nanometre with the existing PMP methodology properly modified; (b) Develop a suggested common test procedure for sampling and assessing brake wear particles both in terms of mass and number.

43. The secretariat informed the World Forum about the latest update of the status of the 1958 Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/343/Rev.24) containing the information received by the secretariat until 12 June 2016. WP.29 noted that Contracting Parties should notify the secretariat about any amendments needed to the status document.

44. The Chair of GRE introduced a new staged approach and timeline for the simplification of the lighting and light-signalling Regulations in the period of 2016-2019 (WP.29-169-04-Rev.1). He explained that Stage 1 would include consolidation and freeze of the existing Regulations and their gradual replacement by three new Regulations on road illumination devices, light-signalling devices and retro-reflective devices. Stage 2 would include further amending of the three new Regulations and Regulation No. 48 to introduce technology-neutral and performance-based requirements. WP.29 endorsed the proposed approach and extended the mandate of the Informal Working Group “Simplification of the Lighting and Light-Signalling Regulations” until 2018.

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

46. The representative of Japan, Chair of the IWG on IWVTA, reported on the good progress made during the meetings of the group on the development of draft UN Regulation No. 0 (WP.29-169-11) and of the Question and Answer document. He also outlined the positive outcome of the pretesting exercise by the group of draft UN Regulation No. 0, which will be made available to WP.29 delegates together with “the Question and Answer document”.

47. The Chair of the IWG on IWVTA announced the group’s intention to present the draft of UN Regulation No. 0 at the forthcoming session of WP.29 on the basis of an informal document.

48. The representative of EU informed WP.29 that following the decision by the European Council the EU was ready to endorse the text of draft Revision 3 to the 1958 Agreement as reflected in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/2. The representative of Australia stated that following notification by the UN Office for Legal Affairs (OLA), internal proceedings must be followed and he was hopeful to receive a positive outcome in the following six months.

49. The World Forum welcomed the good news and noted no objection from the represented Contracting Parties to the 1958 Agreement. Recalling the offer by EU at a former session of WP.29 (report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1112, para. 13), WP.29 invited the representative of EU to proceed with the notification process to OLA on Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement.

50. The secretariat informed WP.29 about the budget request on the costs for hosting DETA that had been submitted to the Executive Office, about the procedure for adopting the budget and that the tender procedure, according to the UN Rules, would start once the budget would be allocated.

51. On behalf of the Secretary of the IWG on DETA, the secretariat reported on the meeting of the informal group held on 15 June 2016 in London. He noted the election of Mr. S. Paeslack from Germany as the Chair of the IWG and that Germany would continue to host DETA as an interim solution. He also reported on the discussion related to the financing of DETA and the need for the software house to update the software in order to accommodate the additional specifications related to the Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement. He added that the software house estimated that such software modification would cost around 200,000 Euros. He concluded that the group requested a mandate extension of three years.

52. WP.29 agreed to extend the mandate of the IWG on DETA until June 2019.

53. The World Forum considered the draft amendment under agenda items 4.6.1 to 4.6.7 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

54. The World Forum considered the draft amendment under agenda items 4.7.1 to 4.7.5 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

55. The representative of OICA stated that the procedure to grant extensions of existing approvals, following the entry into force of a new supplement, is already addressed by the General Guidelines for United Nations Regulatory Procedures and Transitional Provisions in UN Regulations (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1044/Rev.1, para. 30). However, the representative of the EU was not in the position to confirm this statement in a general manner, as it is deemed to require further discussion and interpretation in its specific context.

56. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.8.1 to 4.8.4 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

57. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under items 4.9.1 to 4.9.12 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting subject to the editorial corrections noted under agenda items 4.9.4 and 4.9.8.

58. Agenda item 4.9.4., in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/52, amend the title of the document to read: “Proposal for Supplement 21 to Regulation No. 54”, amend the title on page 2, to read: “Supplement 21 to Regulation No. 54 (Tyres for commercial vehicles and their trailers)”

59. Agenda item 4.9.8, Regulation No. 78, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/56, amend to read:
Page 3, the proposed insertion of a new paragraph 5.1.16, shall be deleted.
Page 4, the proposed amendment to paragraph 9, shall be deleted.

60. No proposals were submitted by GRSG for this session.

61. No corrigenda had been submitted by GRRF for this session.

62. No corrigenda had been submitted by the secretariat for this session.

63. The World Forum considered the pending proposal for amendment under agenda item 4.13.1 and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting.

64. The World Forum considered the draft proposals for new Regulations under agenda items 4.14.1 to 4.14.4 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

65. The World Forum considered the pending proposal for amendment under agenda item 4.15.1 and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting.

66. The World Forum noted the consolidated document containing the status of the Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.16). The secretariat reported that some Contracting Parties had not fulfilled their obligation to send their status reports and final notifications on the progress of transposition of the UN GTRs and their amendments into their domestic law. The representatives of the Contracting Parties were reminded about their obligation to send the reports and final notifications on the transposition (explicitly specified in the document) only through their Permanent Missions in Geneva via the “1998 AGREEMENT-MISSIONS List” electronic system, as mandatorily requested by UN OLA. The World Forum noted that these reports and notifications were not processed if submitted by e-mail to the secretariat.

67. The World Forum agreed that agenda items 5.2 to 5.6 should be considered in detail by the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement (AC.3).

68. The representative of the Russian Federation informed the World Forum about a national Law on Standardization, which would come into force in full as of 1 July 2016. He outlined the objectives and main features of the new Law and its application, in particular the possibility of referencing to national and international standards in legal acts. Further details on the new Law and its implementation could be obtained at the website www.gost.ru. The representative of the United States of America showed interest to this initiative and asked further follow-up for the November 2016 session of WP.29.

68Bis. The representative of Global NCAP presented the outcome (WP.29-169-16) of their activities in India and crash test results with quadricycle, vehicles of category L7 performed by Euro NCAP.

84. The Enforcement Working Group did not convene and decided to defer a meeting to, possibly, the November 2016 session of WP.29.

85. The representative of the Russian Federation informed WP.29 about arrangements between manufacturers and the Government concerning recall systems. He explained that these arrangements are fixed in an agreed document, which is of both normative and recommendatory nature, and contains a road map for implementing of the necessary actions. He reiterated that this document complements the compulsory norms applicable in case non-compliances are detected.

86. The World Forum was informed by the secretariat of the Working Party of Road Safety (WP.1) about the outcome of the WP.1 March 2016 session on issues of common interest for WP.1 and WP.29. Focus had been on two issues (a) the ongoing amendment proposals to Annex 5 of the 1968 Convention on Road Traffic dealing with the provisions for the lighting and light-signaling devices to be harmonized with those under the 1958 Agreement and (b) the amendment proposals to the 1949 Convention on Road Traffic. As concerns the latter, WP.1 noted that, due to different legal procedures, the corresponding amendments to the 1949 Convention could not be successfully adopted; WP.29 was informed that WP.1 consequently might further review how the 1968 and 1949 Conventions can remain aligned, as needed.

87. The representative from Finland, ambassador of both the IWG on ITS/AD (see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1118 para. 92) and the new Informal Group of Experts on Autonomous Driving under WP.1 reported on the important progress achieved during the first meetings of this new Informal Group of Experts of WP.1. The Group had met three times as of April 2016. He reported that (a) the group had assessed that no amendment to the Convention(s) was necessary to allow for the testing of driverless vehicles on public roads, (b) discussions are continuing on the need to further amend the Conventions to address high levels of automation, and (c) the group was dealing with interpretations of road traffic conventions for new technologies already on the market, including remote controlled parking and semi-autonomous motorway driving.

88. No new proposals have been submitted under this agenda item.

89. The World Forum took note of the brief status report of the IWG on ITS/AD (see paras. 21 to 23).

90. The World Forum took note of the progress in translating the authentic texts of the Regulations adopted by WP.29 in November 2015 and their entry into force this month.

91. The secretariat informed the World Forum that the leaflets and brochures issued by the secretariat were also available in electronic form and encouraged Contracting Parties to use them for national road safety campaigns.

92. The secretariat introduced WP.29-169-13, recalling the discussion that took place at GRRF in the context of IWVTA (WP.29-168-15) and, separately, on the issue of the performance of automotive systems in conditions other than those tested according to the regulated test procedures as well as the fact that the new regulation on TPMS systems could serve as a case study for consideration by the Working Parties. He added that the document had listed the existing tools used to regulate the performance of automotive systems in conditions other than those tested in the framework of type-approval or self-certification.

93. The representative of the Russian Federation supported the document and noted that the importance of taking into consideration the wide variety of intelligent systems in vehicles. In his opinion, there should be requirements for the reliability of the vehicles and components and requirements for the performance of the vehicles in use. The first group of requirements could be covered by the methodology applied by the manufacturer to the design process and the information, which should be disclosed to the technical service, for type approval purposes.

94. He noted that the performance of vehicles “in service” differs from performance prescribed for a new motor vehicle in UN Regulations and referred to R.E.3, paragraphs. 8.1.1.1. and 8.1.1.2. According to these paragraphs, the braking performance may be verified by methods and at speeds different from those prescribed in the relevant UN Regulations No. 13 and 13-H. The representative of the Russian Federation proposed an approach to install limits for decreasing performance of vehicles in use and verify them in the frame of the 1997 Agreement Rules. He proposed that the task could be reviewed by IWG on PTI to develop related proposals.

95. The representative of the EU welcomes a discussion on this important topic on the basis of this document yet sees the need for further horizontal reflections at the level of WP.29.

96. The representative of the United Kingdom, Chair of GRRF stated that the matter might be considered under the PTI view point, but that the first priority would be to verify the fitness of UN Regulations with regard to the points raised in the document.

97. Following the intervention of the representative of EU, WP.29 welcomed the document and agreed that the Chairs of Working Parties should check the suitability of Regulations dealing with complex electronic systems and software and, specifically focus on the responsibilities of the approval applicant, the technical service and the Type Approval Authorities, the precision of the requirements and identify, if needed, provisions that could provide clarification to avoid ambiguity.

98. WP.29 noted that Mr. Kutenev (Russian Federation) and Mr. Ayral (CLEPA) would retire and no longer attend the sessions. The World Forum acknowledged their continued support and highly valuable contributions during the decades of participation and wished them all the best in their future activities.

99. The World Forum adopted the report on its 169th session and its annexes on the basis of a draft prepared by the secretariat. The report includes the sections related to the Administrative Committee of the 1958 Agreement and to the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement.

100. Of the 53 Contracting Parties to the Agreement, 27 were represented and established AC.1 for its sixty-third session held on 22 June 2016.

101. AC.1 invited Mr. A. Erario, Vice-Chair of WP.29, to chair the session.

102. The results of the voting on the documents submitted are reflected in the voting table.

103. The forty-seventh session of the Executive Committee (AC.3) was held on 23 June 2016 and chaired by the representative of the UK, Mr. I. Yarnold. The representatives of 14 of the 36 Contracting Parties to the Agreement attended: Australia, Canada, China, the European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Norway, the Republic of Korea, San Marino, South Africa, the Russian Federation, Turkey and the United States of America.

104. The secretariat presented informal document WP.29-169-05, entitled ‘Status of the 1998 Agreement of the global registry and of the compendium of candidates – Situation on priorities and proposals to develop UN GTRs as of 15 June 2016’.

105. In accordance with the agreement of Contracting Parties, the Chair proposed to defer the vote on proposals under agenda items 14.1, 14.2 and 14.3 to the forty-eighth session of the Executive Committee (November 2016).

106. AC.3 agreed to defer this subject to its November 2016 session.

107. AC.3 agreed to defer this subject to its November 2016 session.

123. The representative of the European Union reported on activities by the IWG on WLTP. She informed AC.3 that new UN GTR on evaporative emissions was expected in 2017.

124. AC.3 adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/73 on the authorization to develop Phase 2 of UN GTR No. 15 on WLTP and requested the secretariat to submit it as an AC.3 official document.

125. The Chair of AC.3 recalled that the proposal for amendment 1 to UN GTR No. 16 had been deferred to the November 2016 session of AC.3 (see para. 108). He invited the Contracting Parties to reflect on the possibility of developing Phase 2 of UN GTR No. 16 and the need for a technical sponsor for this work.

126. The representative from the United States of America reported on the activities of the IWG on developing the UN GTR for Electric Vehicle Safety. He stated that the IWG would submit a draft UN GTR as an informal document for the December 2016 session of the GRSP. He also informed AC.3 that the IWG had met last week (13-17 June 2016, Washington, D.C.), and had made good progress in finalizing Phase 1, however, some technical issues remained. He announced that if the IWG could not reach consensus on these issues, guidance would be requested from AC.3. He clarified that the remaining technical issues were development of the water exposure test, propagation test, and the Battery Management System (BMS) functionality tests at the vehicle level.

127. The representative of the United States of America, in his capacity of Chair of IWG on QRTV GTR, recalled his statement at the previous session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1120, para. 118) and informed AC.3 about a delay in the publication of the national Rule on QRTV. Following this publication, IWG on QRTV GTR would resume its activities.

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

129. No new information was provided for this agenda item. AC.3 agreed to delete this agenda item.