This agenda item relates to GTR No. 9 Pedestrian Safety (GTR).
Working Party on Passive Safety | Session 54 | 17-20 Dec 2013

7. The expert from Germany, co-Chair of the IWG on pedestrian safety introduced the draft UN GTR No. 9 Phase 2 (GRSP-54-33) to incorporate the flexible pedestrian legform impactor (FlexPLI), as a result of the last meeting of the IWG held on 16 and 17 December 2013, prior to the GRSP proper session. He explained that the proposal superseded ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2011/13, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2013/25 and GRSP-54-08, leaving pending the issues of the Injury Assessment Reference Values (IARVs) for the flexible lower legform to bumper test (para. 5.1.1) and for the tolerance of the FlexPLI mass (paras. and The proposal received comments from the expert of the United States of America (GRSP-54-32) who questioned the lack of information concerning the above-mentioned IARVs. He stated that the draft UN GTR could not be recommended unless Contracting Parties would be allowed to choose appropriate IARVs when transposing the UN GTR into their national legislations. In response, the expert from Germany introduced GRSP-54-33-Rev.2 addressing this concern. The expert from OICA regretted the lack of agreement on this last issue which would result in a number of options, thus hampering harmonization.

8. GRSP recommended ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2013/25, as amended by Annex II to the session report and adopted the final progress report of the IWG (GRSP-54-34-Rev.1), as reproduced in Annex II. GRSP agreed to seek guidance of the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement (AC.3) at its March 2014 session concerning IARVs of para. 5.1.1. and seek endorsement of AC.3 to extend the mandate of the IWG until November 2014 to complete the addendum to M.R.1 to incorporate the FlexPLI. Finally, GRSP requested the secretariat to submit the proposal as draft Amendment 2 to UN GTR No. 9 and its final progress report to AC.3 for consideration and vote at its June 2014 session.

Working Party on Passive Safety | Session 56 | 9-12 Dec 2014

8. The expert from EC introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2014/17 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2014/30, submitted by the Task Force on Bumper Test Area (TF-BTA), a subgroup of the Informal Working Group on global technical regulation No. 9 – Phase 2, and proposing an amendment to the provisions of the bumper test. He explained that the current provisions allow the area to be narrower than intended in the provisions of the UN GTR. He added that ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2014/17 was proposing a new method by introducing a practical determination of angle surfaces, to be tested with the FlexPLI, by using a corner gauge. Moreover, he explained that ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2014/30 was proposing the introduction of the definition of rigid bumper beam in the test area in addition to the above-mentioned new test method. He finally informed GRSP that a test report on research conducted by EC on this issue was available. The expert from Japan gave a presentation (GRSP-56-03) to support ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2014/17. The expert from Korea presented GRSP-56-20 supporting ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2014/30. The expert from OICA introduced GRSP-56-30, supporting the new method as proposed by ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2014/17, because the test is less sensitive to specific design features and it could be performed without disassembling parts. Moreover, GRSP discussed GRSP-56-38 and GRSP-56-39, superseding respectively ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2014/17 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2014/30.

9. GRSP endorsed GRSP-56-39, but did not support GRSP-56-38. The secretariat was requested to distribute GRSP-56-39 with an official symbol for consideration at its May 2015 session. It was agreed that this proposal would be discussed further by the Contracting Parties under the 1998 Agreement and by GRSP at its next session as a full package with: (i) an updated draft proposal of Phase 2 of the UN GTR (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2014/15) and (ii) an updated final report of the IWG (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2014/16).

10. Finally, the expert from the Republic of Korea introduced GRSP-56-21 for information only. He explained that pedestrian safety was a relevant road safety issue in his country, causing more than 2000 casualties each year and stated the availability of his delegation to prepare proposals concerning tests of active devices to further improve vehicle performances.

Working Party on Passive Safety | Session 58 | 8-11 Dec 2015

10. The experts from the Republic of Korea and OICA introduced a proposal of amendments to UN GTR (GRSP-58-31), to incorporate provisions for active deployable systems in the bonnet area. The expert from OICA clarified that the proposal aimed to use a well-established procedure that had been presented several years ago and that had been recommended to Contracting Parties (CPs) for consideration. The Chair of GRSP informed the Group that he would be able to provide some NHTSA research information on pedestrian safety active systems at the national level to GRSP at its May 2016 session.

11. GRSP agreed to resume consideration on these matters at its May 2016 session and to keep GRSP-58-31 as an informal document for further development.

Informal Group on Pedestrian Safety | Session 8 | 5-8 Apr 2005
GRSP-58-31 | Proposal for the amendments to Global Technical Regulation No. 9 (OICA and Korea)
GRSP-59-16 | Request for authorization to develop an amendment to global technical regulation No. 9 (Korea)
GRSP/2014/15 | Draft Amendment 2 to Global Technical Regulation No. 9
GRSP/2014/16 | Fifth progress report of the informal group on Phase 2 of GTR No. 9
GRSP/2015/2 | Proposal for amendments to global technical regulation No. 9