Session 74 | Geneva | 20-23 Oct 2015
Agenda Item 6. (a) Proposals for amendments to the 05 and 06 series of amendments

13. The expert from the Netherlands, in his capacity of Chair of the Task Force on Tell-Tales (TF TT), reported on the progress made by the Task Force. The expert from OICA, Secretary of TF TT, proposed amendments to Regulations Nos. 7, 87 and 48 on tell-tales indicating a failure (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/31, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/ 2015/32, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/33 GRE-74-16). He pointed out that the proposed amendments would also require an amendment to Regulation No. 121 and, to this end, a separate proposal would be submitted to the Working Party on General Safety Provisions (GRSG). GRE requested TF TT to specify the legal form of the proposed amendments and to submit revised proposals for consideration at the next session.

14. GRE reverted to the proposal by the expert from France to delete a design restrictive requirement in Regulation No. 48 for an auto-levelling device for low beam produced by light emitting diodes (LED) light sources (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/21 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/73, para. 20). The secretariat informed GRE about the discussion on this issue at the June 2015 session of WP.29. The World Forum had stressed that Regulations should be technologically neutral and invited GRE to adopt the French proposal and to submit it to WP.29 for consideration (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1116, paras. 50 and 51).

15. GRE was not in a position to reach a consensus on this matter. The experts from Germany and Japan did not support the French proposal and suggested that it first be referred to the Informal Working Group on Visibility, Glare and Levelling (IWG VGL) and considered in one package with various other proposals. The experts from Belgium, Italy, Finland, France, Spain, EC, CLEPA and OICA supported the French proposal and called for its adoption independently from the IWG VGL activities. The experts from Austria and Poland reserved their positions. Finally, in view of the WP.29 guidance, GRE agreed to adopt the proposal in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/21 and to submit it to the March 2016 session of WP.29 for a final decision. The Chair was also requested to brief WP.29 on the different views expressed by experts in GRE.

16. To improve road safety, the expert from Germany proposed to reduce the intensity of a daytime running lamp (DRL) in situations where a direction indicator is activated during the functioning of DRL (GRE-73-14). The experts from Canada, France, Netherlands, UK and OICA supported the idea of the proposal, but pointed out the need to further discuss its technical details. GRE invited experts to transmit their comments, if any, to the expert from Germany and requested him to submit an official document for consideration at the next session.

17. The expert from Germany presented a proposal on fitting end-outline marker lamps when a device for indirect vision is installed (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/34 and GRE-74-22-Rev.1). GRE adopted this proposal, as contained in Annex II, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and the Administrative Committee of the 1958 Agreement (AC.1) for consideration and vote at their March 2016 sessions as draft Supplement 9 to the 05 series of amendments to and draft Supplement 7 to the 06 series of amendments Regulation No. 48.

18. The experts form the Czech Republic and OICA proposed to add a new transitional provision for the 06 series of amendments (GRE-74-10). This proposal received comments from the experts from Italy and EC. The experts from France and Germany requested more time to study the proposal. GRE decided to come back to this issue at the next session on the basis of an official document to be prepared by OICA.

19. The expert from OICA identified a possible conflict between the provisions of Regulation No. 48 and the rule to switch off lamps for circulation inside refineries (GRE-74-19). GRE was of the view that this issue should be addressed in the framework of the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR) and invited OICA to contact the respective ADR bodies.

GRE-73-14 | Proposal for Supplement 6 to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48 (Germany)
GRE-74-10 | Proposal for a Supplement to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48 (Czech Republic and OICA)
GRE-74-16 | Revised proposal to amend malfunction/failure telltale requirements under UN R48
GRE-74-19 | Lamp switch-off requirement in refineries (OICA)
GRE-74-22/Rev.1 | Proposal for a supplement to Regulation No. 48 (Italy and Germany)
GRE/2015/21 | Proposal for Supplements to the 04, 05 and 06 series of amendments to Regulations No. 48 (France)
GRE/2015/31 | Proposal to amend the requirements of Regulation No. 48 on tell-tales indicating a failure
GRE/2015/32 | Proposal to amend the requirement of Regulations No. 7 on tell-tales indicating a failure
GRE/2015/33 | Proposal to amend the requirements of Regulation No. 87 on tell-tales indicating a failure
GRE/2015/34 | Proposal for a Supplement to Regulation No. 48 (Germany)