World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations | Session 160 | 25-28 Jun 2013
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Agenda Item 2.1.
Report of the session of the Administrative Committee for the Coordination of Work (WP.29/AC.2)

11. The 112th session of WP.29/AC.2 was held on 24 June 2013, chaired by Mr. B. Gauvin (France) and was attended, in accordance to Rule 29 of the terms of reference and rules of procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690 and Amends.1-2), by the Chairs of WP.29 (France), GRB (France), GRE (Canada), GRSP (United States of America), GRPE (Germany), GRRF (United Kingdom), GRSG (Italy), the Administrative/Executive Committees of the three agreements administered by WP.29 (France, Russian Federation and the United States of America), by the representatives of the European Union, Japan and the United States of America and by the Vice-Chairs of WP.29 (Russian Federation), GRSG (Hungary) and GRSP (Republic of Korea).

12. The Committee reviewed the provisional agenda of the 160th session of the World Forum and recommended the amendments as indicated in para. 9 above. The Committee also recommended that agenda item 5.1 be considered by the World Forum and that the rest of the agenda items regarding the 1998 Agreement be considered by the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement (AC.3). It was also recommended that the Administrative Committee of the 1997 Agreement (AC.4) not hold its session. WP.29/AC.2 reviewed the draft agenda for the 161st session of the World Forum, scheduled to be held in Geneva from 12 to 15 November 2013.

13. The Administrative Committee reconfirmed the recommendation made at the last sessions that a representative of the Russian Federation be proposed as Vice-Chair of GRB (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1099, para. 9). WP.29/AC.2 also noted that GRE did not have, at the moment, any candidates for Chair or Vice-Chair for 2014, and that efforts were being made to resolve the issue.

14. The Administrative Committee noted that the ECE had approved the revision of the ECE reform and invited the secretariat to report to the World Forum under agenda item 2.4 (see para. 25 below).

15. The Administrative Committee considered the guidelines and procedures for ECE bodies, and recommended continuing their detailed consideration at its next session in November 2013. AC.2 underlined the need of having well-experienced Chairs and Vice-Chairs to correctly fulfil the tasks of WP.29 and its subsidiary Working Parties.

16. The Administrative Committee considered a secretariat document on possible solutions for amendments to UN Regulations when there are several series of amendments simultaneously in force due to a long period of transitional provisions. It was noted that several similar amendments had been adopted on previous occasions (i.e. UN Regulations Nos. 48 (June 2012), 19, 48 and 94 (November 2011), 83 (November 2010) and 48 (March 2010)). The Committee also noted that the Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) had requested the secretariat to be sufficiently clear for the application of amendments to different series of amendments and requested a document for each amendment. AC.2 considered that a common position should be taken in all the GRs and recommended resuming consideration of this issue at its next session.

17. The Administrative Committee noted the intention of GRSP to submit an amendment to UN GTR No. 9 (Pedestrian safety) for Phase 1 and another amendment for Phase 2 at the same session of the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement (AC.3). WP.29/AC.2 was of the opinion that this procedure could be followed.

18. The representative of the Russian Federation introduced a document (WP.29-160-39) containing data on release of particulates by transport vehicles that included not only engine emissions, but also tyre wear and brake pads wear. The Committee recommended referring this document to GRPE for consideration by its IWG on Particulate Matter Programme (PMP) and to GRB and GRRF for information and requested the secretariat to take the necessary actions.

19. The Committee continued consideration of simplifying the insertion of provisions for granting revisions and extensions to type approvals in the UN Regulations. WP.29/AC.2 invited the Chairs of the GRs to find a common solution. As a result, the Chairs of the GRs suggested inserting the new provisions on revisions and extensions into the consolidated Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles (R.E.3) and referring in UN Regulations to that part of R.E.3.

20. The World Forum adopted the report of the Administrative Committee on its 112th session and its recommendations.

WP.29-160-39 | Real release of particulates by transport vehicles (Russia)