This agenda item relates to UN R107 Coach and Bus Construction.
Working Party on General Safety | Session 108 | 4-8 May 2015

5. Recalling the discussion at the previous GRSG session, the expert from Sweden introduced a revised proposal for the introduction of automatic fire suppression systems in the engine and/or heater compartment of buses and coaches (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2014/6/Rev.1). The expert from OICA raised concerns and presented GRSG-108-45 proposing further improvements to the revised text. The expert from Hungary introduced GRSG-108-10 on statistical information about fires in different categories and classes of buses and coaches.

6. Following a controversial discussion on the scope of the new test requirement for automatic fire suppression systems, GRSG agreed to go forward with the following compromise stages: (i) to agree during the current session on the mandatory installation of such systems on vehicles of Class III (as a Supplement to the 06 series of amendments) taking into account the transitional provisions (i.e. June 2018 for new types of vehicles and June 2019 for all existing types) as reflected in GRSG-108-51 and (ii) to reach a consensus at the forthcoming session of GRSG on the mandatory installation of automatic fire suppression systems on vehicles of Classes I and II. Thus, GRSG already committed to the following dates for the transitional provisions of stage (ii) mentioned above: at the latest 2020 for new types and 2022 for all types.

7. Finally, GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2014/6/Rev.1, as amended as reproduced in GRSG-108-51, and requested the secretariat to submit the proposal to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2015 sessions, as draft Supplement 4 to the 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 107.

8. The expert from Germany introduced GRSG-108-16 clarifying the provisions on the height of steps in vehicles which comply to Annex 8. GRSG noted a number of comments and requested the secretariat to distribute GRSG-108-16 with an official symbol for further consideration at its next session.

9. The expert from UK presented GRSG-108-31 amending the safety prescriptions for buses and coaches to ensure that all occupants of exposed seats, and not just those at risk of being thrown forward into a step well, were provided with a means of protection. GRSG noted general support on the proposal. The Chair invited all experts to send their comments to the expert from UK who committed to submit to the secretariat a revised proposal for consideration at the next GRSG session as an official document.

10. The expert from Romania introduced GRSG-108-35 proposing to clarify the requirements on seat spacing. GRSG noted general support on the proposal and invited the secretariat distribute GRSG-108-35 with an official symbol, for further consideration at the next GRSG session.

23. Referring to the final report GRSG-108-23, the expert from the Netherlands, chairing the Informal Working Group (IWG) on Camera-Monitor Systems (CMS), informed GRSG that his group had finalized the draft amendments to Regulation No. 46 to introduce the optional replacement of mirrors of Classes I to IV by camera-monitor systems (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/2). He added that all ISO standards referred to in the proposed text were accessible for GRSG experts as informal documents GRSG-108-03 and GRSG-108-20. On behalf of the informal group on CMS, he presented GRSG-108-21 incorporating further amendments to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/2. He proposed to insert supplementary information on camera-monitor systems of classes I to IV into the existing information documents required for type-approval procedure (GRSG-108-22).

24. GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/2, amended as reproduced in GRSG-108-46-Rev.2 (including the modified scope proposed in GRSG-108-17-Rev.1 and adopted under para. 22 above). The secretariat was requested to submit the adopted proposal to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2015 sessions, as draft Supplement 2 to the 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 46.

27. The expert from the Netherlands presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/10 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/11 proposing to align the provisions of UN Regulations Nos. 26 (External projections) and 61 (External projections of commercial vehicles) with the adopted new CMS provisions in UN Regulation No. 46 (para. 24 above). GRSG adopted both documents and requested the secretariat to submit them (together with ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/2, as amended) to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2015 sessions, as draft Supplement 3 to the 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 26 and as draft Supplement 3 to UN Regulation No. 61 respectively.

30. Referring to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/14, the expert from the Netherlands proposed to also align the provisions of UN Regulation No. 107 with the adopted CMS provisions. The secretariat was requested to submit a proposal, as amended below, to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2015 sessions, as draft Supplement 4 to the 05 series of amendments and as part (see para. 7 above) of draft Supplement 4 to the 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 107.

Paragraph 7.7.1.8.4., amend to read:
“7.7.1.8.4. When the seat …… opposite side of the vehicle or through the centre of any display used as device for indirect vision within the scope of Regulation No. 46, whatever applicable.”

44. The expert from OICA presented GRSG-108-29 on the use of autonomous CNG heaters for the heating of the engines before the entry into service of the vehicle. The document received general support and a number of comments. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session on the basis of an official document. The expert from OICA volunteered to submit in due time a revised proposal taking into account the comments received.

Working Party on General Safety | Session 109 | 29 Sep-2 Oct 2015

5. Recalling the adoption at the previous GRSG session of a revised proposal for the introduction of automatic fire suppression systems in the engine and/or heater compartment of buses and coaches and its submission to WP.29 for consideration at the November 2015 session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/88), the expert from Sweden introduced GRSG-109-02 and GRSG-109-05 proposing to correct some editorial corrections. GRSG endorsed the proposed corrections.

6. Upon the request of GRSG at its previous session, the expert from OICA presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/32 aimed at mandating fire suppression systems on vehicles of Classes I and II as a new 07 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 107. GRSG noted a number of concerns by France, Germany, Italy, Poland, United Kingdom, IRU and UITP on the scope and the proposed transitional provisions. Recalling its commitment of the last session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/87, para. 6), GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/32 as reproduced in Annex II to the report and requested the secretariat to submit the proposal to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2016 sessions, as draft 07 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 107.

12. The expert from Germany introduced GRSG-109-16 amending the requirements concerning the driver’s view on devices for indirect visions and permitted intrusions, based ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/14. GRSG adopted the proposed text as reproduced in Annexes III and IV to the report. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposal to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2016 sessions, as part (see paras. 7, 9, 10 and 11 above) of draft Supplement 5 to the 06 series of amendments and as part (see para. 9) of draft Supplement 5 to the 05 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 107.

World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations | Session 167 | 10-13 Nov 2015
Documentation
GRSG-109-02 | Corrigendum to the proposed Supplement 4 to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 107 (Sweden)
GRSG-109-03 | Brief introduction to statistical study of bus accidents (Hungary)
GRSG-109-05 | Proposal for the 07 series of amendments to Regulation No. 107 (Sweden)
GRSG-109-16 | Proposal for amendments to the 05 and 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 107 (Germany)
GRSG-109-26 | Introduction to the statistical study of bus accidents-Are the buses safe or not? (Hungary)
GRSG/2015/14 | Proposal for Supplement 3 to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 107 (Netherlands)
GRSG/2015/20 | Proposal for amendments to the 05 and 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 107 (Germany)
GRSG/2015/21 | Proposal for amendments to the 05 and 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 107 (Romania)
GRSG/2015/31 | Proposal for a Corrigendum to the 05 series of amendments to Regulation No. 107 (Germany)
GRSG/2015/32 | Proposal for the 07 series of amendments to Regulation No. 107 (OICA)
GRSG/2015/33 | Proposal for amendments to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 107 (OICA)
GRSG/2015/34 | Proposal for amendments to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 107 (UK)
WP.29/2015/88 | Proposal for Supplement 4 to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 107