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Working Party on General Safety
111th session | Geneva | 11-14 Oct 2016 Download Copy
Agenda Item 12. | Regulation No. 121 (Identification of controls, tell-tales and indicators)
Documentation
GRSG-111-14 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 121 (OICA)
GRSG-111-37 | Proposal for Supplement 1 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 121 (OICA)
GRSG/2016/17 | Proposal for Supplement 1 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 121 (Russia)
GRSG/2016/26 | Proposal for Supplement 1 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 121 (OICA)

41. The expert from the Russian Federation recalled that the purpose of document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/17 was to insert into UN Regulation No. 121 a new symbol for the emergency call control and tell-tale. GRSG noted an editorial correction to footnote 21 (replace ‘reoriented’ by ‘re-orientated’) and agreed to submit it to WP.29 in parallel with the new draft Regulation on AECS (paras. 44-48 below).

42. The expert from OICA presented GRSG-111-37 (superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/26) aimed at aligning the provisions of UN Regulation No. 121 to those of the 07 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 16 on safety-belts.

43. The expert from OICA suggested aligning the text of item No. 31 with that of standard ISO 2575 (GRSG-111-14). GRSG generally supported the proposal with a study reservation on GRSG-111-37 from the expert from Germany. GRSG decided to resume consideration of the proposals at its next session in April 2017 and requested the secretariat to circulate both documents (GRSG-111-14 and GRSG-111-37) with an official symbol.

Previous Discussion(s)

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

62. The expert from Germany informed GRSG about the outcome of a study carried out by the Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt) on blind spot accidents of heavy goods vehicles. GRSG welcomed the information and the results of the study. GRSG noted general support to develop a new regulation on the installation on heavy goods vehicles of driver assistance systems to avoid blind spot accidents.

63. The expert from Germany announced his intention to submit to GRSG a proposal for such a new regulation, for consideration at the next GRSG session. GRSG agreed to keep GRSG-109-19 as a reference document under a new agenda item on the development of a new regulation on Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS).

1. The Working Party on General Safety Provisions (GRSG) held its 109th session from 29 September to 2 October 2015 (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, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK). An expert from the European Commission (EC) also participated. Experts from the following non-governmental organizations participated: European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA), European Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (AEGPL), International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA), International Road Transport Union (IRU), International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA), International Organization for Standardization (ISO), International Road Transport Union (IRU) and International Association for Natural Gas Vehicles (NGV Global). Upon the special invitation of the Chair, an expert from the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), the International Association of the Body and Trailer Building Industry (CLCCR) and the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) participated.

2. GRSG considered and adopted the agenda proposed for the 109th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/19 and Add.1).

3. GRSG also adopted the running order for the session as proposed by the Chair in GRSG-109-01. GRSG noted the main decisions of the World Forum WP.29 taken during its session of June 2015 (report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1116).

4. The informal documents distributed during the session are listed in Annex I of the 109th session report. The GRSG informal working groups are listed in Annex VIII of the report.

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.

7. The expert from Germany introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/20 clarifying the provisions on the height of steps in vehicles which comply to Annex 8. GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/20 as reproduced in Annex III 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 Supplement 5 to the 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 107.

8. The expert from Romania introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/21 proposing to clarify the requirements on seat spacing. GRSG noted study reservations by the experts from the Czech Republic and Germany. The expert from OICA announced to further clarify the provisions of the measurement method. The Chair invited all experts to send their comments to the expert from Romania who volunteered to submit to the secretariat a revised proposal for a final review at the next GRSG session.

9. The expert from Germany also introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/31 correcting an error in the text of Regulation No. 107 and restricting the mandatory application of the requirements on pram spaces to vehicles of Class I. GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/31 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 para. 7 above) of draft Supplement 5 to the 06 series of amendments and draft Supplement 5 to the 05 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 107.

10. The expert from OICA presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/33 proposing amendments to the provisions on the activation of a fire alarm system. GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/33 as reproduced in Annex III 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 and 9 above) of draft Supplement 5 to the 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 107.

11. The expert from UK presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/34 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. The expert from CLCCR underlined the need to also clarify the provisions for standing passengers. The experts from Canada and OICA endorsed that position. Following the discussion, GRSG noted general support on the proposal. GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/34 as reproduced in Annex III 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 and 10 above) of draft Supplement 5 to the 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 107. GRSG agreed to resume, at its next session, consideration of updated provisions for standing passenger on the basis of a proposal by the expert from CLCCR.

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.

13. GRSG welcomed a presentation by the expert from Hungary on the importance of statistical studies and the collection and evaluation of information on bus accidents (GRSG-109-03 and GRSG-109-26).

14. Recalling the purpose of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/18 presented at the previous GRSG session, the expert from Germany introduced GRSG-109-11 proposing revised provisions on emergency controls at service doors, specifically on the deactivation of emergency door controls when the vehicle moves to prevent doors from being opened. GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/18 as reproduced in Annex III to the report and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2016 sessions, as part (see paras. 7, 9, 10, 11 and 12 above) of draft Supplement 5 to the 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 107.

15. The expert from Japan presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/25 amending the requirements for fire prevention under certain conditions in the event of a rear collision. GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/25 as reproduced below and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2016 sessions, as draft Supplement 1 to the 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 34.

Annex 4, paragraph 2.5.4., amend to read:
“2.5.4. At the moment of collision the velocity of the centre of percussion of the pendulum shall be between 48 and 52 km/h.”

16. The expert from India introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/26 proposing to harmonize the scope of UN Regulation No. 34 and to amend the total permissible mass limit to read “2.5 tonnes” instead of “2.8 tonnes”. The expert from Japan raised concerns in the absence of evidence on the need for such an amendment. GRSG endorsed the suggestion by the expert from EC to review the proposal by India, once the application of the 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 34 would become mandatory in the European Union. GRSG agreed to remove, in the meantime, this item from the agenda.

17. Referring to the role of his organization, the expert from FIA recalled the purpose of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/16 proposing further provisions on the protection against mileage fraud. He introduced GRSG-109-04 justifying the need to establish an informal working group (IWG) on anti-tampering measures for electronic vehicle interfaces, such as odometer, and underlining the need to cope, in a more general manner, with risks of in-vehicle technologies and cyber security. His proposal to set up an IWG received the support of a number of experts. However, some other experts felt it was too premature to set up such an IWG as WP.29 already established, under its IWG on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), a subgroup on “Automated Driving” dealing with this subject among others. Therefore, they preferred to start on the basis of an expert group first. The expert from FIA volunteered to organize in the near future a Task Force meeting in Paris. Thus, he invited all interested experts to contact him (lpascotto@fia.com).

18. The expert from EC presented GRSG-109-13 proposing to amend the requirements for numeric displays of speedometers. GRSG noted general support of the proposal. The expert from UK stated that some vehicles of category L should be added. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session on the basis of an official document to be submitted by the expert from EC, taking into account the comments received.

19. Recalling the discussion on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/3 at the previous GRSG session, the expert from CLEPA announced his intention to submit, jointly with OICA and for consideration at the next GRSG session, a revised set of provisions for a well-defined vision zone of vehicles of categories M and N other than M1, aimed at allowing a better transmission of electromagnetic signals.

20. The expert from Hungary presented GRSG-109-10 justifying the amendments to UN Regulation No. 43, proposed in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/4 and aimed at clarifying the use of thick glass panes for multiple glazed units. He especially wondered why the headform test was applicable for multiple glazing, but not necessarily for single pans. The expert from Germany explained that the mechanical properties of single pans of safety glazing were different than those of multiple-glazed pans and, therefore, the single pans did not necessarily need to be tested for critical values in case of head impacts. Following the discussion, GRSG agreed to remove ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/4 from its agenda.

21. Referring to the discussion at the previous session of GRSG, the expert from Hungary introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/22 clarifying the requirements on the abrasion test machine. The experts from Germany informed GRSG about the status of work in ISO and announced that the corresponding ISO standard was in the process of being finalized and would hopefully be published by the end of the year. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/22 at its next session in April 2016.

22. GRSG noted that the draft amendments to UN Regulation No. 46 introducing the optional replacement of mirrors of Classes I to IV by camera-monitor systems has been submitted as ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/84 to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2015 sessions. Thus, the secretariat reported that the Working Party on Passive Safety (GRSP) considered and adopted the proposal for corresponding amendments to UN Regulation No. 94 (Frontal collision protection) and its submission to WP.29 and AC.1 at their November 2015 sessions. GRSG also noted that the Working Party on Brakes and Running Gear (GRRF) considered and adopted the proposal for corresponding amendments to UN Regulation No. 79 (Steering equipment) and its submission to WP.29 and AC.1 at its March 2016 sessions and that the Working Party on Lighting and Light-Signalling (GRE) was expected to consider ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/35 proposing amendments to UN Regulation No. 10 (Electromagnetic compatibility) at its forthcoming session in October 2015.

23. The expert from OICA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/23 proposing to clarify the provisions for fully integrated surveillance mirrors. GRSG adopted the proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2016 sessions, as draft Supplement 3 to the 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 46.

24. The expert from Japan gave a presentation on the results of a national study on fatal accidents of pedestrians with motor vehicles at low speed (GRSG-109-20). He concluded that a possible solution to avoid such accidents could be new requirements to ensure the driver’s view on the proximity area of his vehicle. On behalf of the Task Force (TF) on UN Regulation No. 46, he reported on the progress made during the recent TF meeting held prior to the GRSG session. He informed GRSG about the TF decision to go forward with a two-step approach: (i) fully harmonize UN Regulation No. 46 without the close proximity vision area and (ii) subsequently develop new requirements for the close proximity vision area. He announced the intention of Japan to continue to further study accident data and to share the results with the TF. GRSG welcomed the detailed information received. GRSG endorsed the decision of the TF and agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session in April 2016.

25. The expert from UK recalled the purpose of GRSG-108-32 on exemptions in UN Regulations Nos. 58 and 73. He announced to revert back to GRSG at its next session with a concrete proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No. 73 to ensure that as many vehicles as possible were fitted with rear underrun protection and side guards. GRSG agreed to remove the agenda item and to resume, at the next session, consideration of this subject under the corresponding agenda item on UN Regulation No. 73.

26. Recalling the discussion on this subject (GRSG-108-47) at the previous session of GRSG, the expert from IMMA introduced GRSG-109-18 amending the requirements for the identification of controls, tell-tales and indicators on two-wheeled motorcycles and mopeds. He underlined the urgent need to align in this way the provisions of UN Regulation No. 60 with those of UN Regulation No. 121. On an exceptional basis, GRSG adopted the proposal as reproduced in Annex V to the report and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their June 2016 sessions, as draft Supplement 5 to UN Regulation No. 60, subject to a final review by GRSG at its next session in April 2016.

27. The expert from AEGPL gave a presentation (GRSG-109-15) justifying the insertion into UN Regulation No. 67 of new provisions to prevent a flow of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) into the petrol or diesel tank, and vice versa (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/35). The expert from Spain raised concerns on the possible interpretation of the new provisions and preferred clear test requirements. The experts from France and Sweden endorsed that position. The expert from Germany introduced GRSG-109-12 proposing some improved text to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/35. He raised concerns on the possible leakage of the different fuel types and questioned the need to install redundant valves.

28. Following the discussion, the expert from AEGPL introduced GRSG-109-21 superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/35. The experts from France and Spain raised a study reservation. Thus, GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session on the basis of a revised proposal by AEGPL, taking into account the comments received.

29. The expert from ISO presented GRSG-109-14 on the progress of work within the ISO working group on refueling connector and fuel components for vehicles propelled by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). He underlined the request from original equipment manufacturers to update UN Regulation No. 67 with respect to LPG fuel lines and welding requirements.

30. Recalling the purpose of GRSG-108-32 presented at the previous session of GRSG as well as the discussion of GRSG under agenda item 7 (para. 24 above) on UN Regulation No. 58, the expert from UK introduced GRSG-109-17 proposing to delete paragraph 1.2.2. from the scope of the Regulation to ensure that as many vehicles as possible were fitted with a lateral protection device. The proposal received general support on the principles. However, a number of experts raised concerns on the application of a number of exemptions for special purpose vehicles listed in the Regulation. GRSG noted that such vehicles could be exempted by national/regional legislation.

31. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session and requested the secretariat to circulate GRSG-109-17 with an official symbol.

32. Referring to his presentation (GRSG-109-14) given under agenda item 8 (para. 28 above), the expert from ISO volunteered to submit for the next GRSG session an official document proposing to amend the provisions of Annex 4B of UN Regulation No. 110, including the correction of some errors in Annexes 4A and 4H.

33. The expert from Japan introduced GRSG-109-08 (superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/27) proposing to remove from UN Regulation No. 110 the provisions for welded constructions of compressed natural gas (CNG) cylinders or metal liners, including high-strength steel CNG cylinders. The proposal received a number of comments on the need for performance oriented requirements and the transitional provisions. Instead of adopting the proposal as a new 03 series of amendments, GRSG preferred to defer the adoption by WP.29 of the draft 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 110 (currently on the agenda of the November 2015 session of WP.29 as ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/90) to its March 2016 session to insert the amendments proposed by Japan. GRSG endorsed the submission of a new consolidated proposal for the 02 series of amendments as reproduced in GRSG-109-22-Rev.1.

34. In this respect, GRSG adopted the proposed text as reproduced in Annex VI 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 a new draft 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 110 (superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/90).

35. The expert from OICA shortly introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/36 on autonomous CNG heaters for the heating of the engines, but he preferred to have a detailed consideration of the proposal at the next session of GRSG. GRSG endorsed that suggestion.

36. GRSG noted that the draft amendments to UN Regulations Nos. 97 and 116, aimed at removing additional vehicle lighting not in compliance with UN Regulation No. 48, had been submitted as ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/87 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/91 to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2015 sessions.

37. Recalling the purpose of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/7 tabled at the previous GRSG session, the expert from OICA announced his intention to provide further evidence on this subject for consideration at the next session of GRSG. GRSG agreed to reconsider GRSG-108-49 under agenda item 17 (para. 51 below).

38. The expert from Germany introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/29 and Corr.1 aimed at clarifying the scope and updating the reference to ISO standards as well as the test requirements for electric cables in UN Regulation No. 118. The expert from Finland proposed to correct a reference error in Annex 4, Appendix 1 (GRSG-109-06).

39. GRSG adopted both proposals and requested the secretariat to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2016 sessions, as draft Supplement 2 to the 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 118.

40. The expert from Germany also introduced GRSG-109-09 (superseding document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/28) proposing to insert, as a further improvement of the provisions of UN Regulation No. 118, new test requirements for electric cables sleeves and cable conduits. The proposal received a general support. The expert from OICA suggested clarifying the proposed text of paragraph 1.2. GRSG agreed to have a final review of the proposed transitional provisions at the next session of GRSG and requested the secretariat to circulate GRSG-109-09, as revised, with an official symbol.

41. The expert from OICA withdrew ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2014/12.

42. On behalf of the IWG on Accident Emergency Call Systems (AECS), the expert from the Russian Federation introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/24 proposing to insert into UN Regulation No. 121 a new symbol for the emergency call control and tell-tale. The expert from OICA announced his intention to submit, for consideration at the next GRSG session, a clarification of the proposed symbol.

43. GRSG agreed to keep the document on the agenda and to have a final review of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/24 at the April 2016 session. It was also agreed to submit the proposal to amend UN Regulation No. 121 in parallel with the new draft Regulation on AECS (para. 50 below).

44. Referring to GRSG-108-33, the expert from UK announced to present, at the next session of GRSG, the results of an investigation on the in-use provisions and the absence of an appropriate field of view requirement for drivers of N1 vehicles. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session.

45. The expert from Germany presented GRSG-109-23-Rev.1 (superseding document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/8) introducing new requirements for the indirect view of the driver in case vehicles were equipped with camera-monitor systems. GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/8 as reproduced in Annex VII and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2016 sessions, as draft Supplement 1 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 125.

46. In this respect, GRSG intended to promote the introduction of camera-monitor systems (CMS) in vehicles of category M1 also by allowing for a temporary period an obstruction in the direct field of view of the driver by the installation of a monitor in place of a mirror. GRSG agreed to remove this temporary exemption such that the Contracting Parties shall not be obliged to accept, as from 1 September 2021, approvals based on the new paragraph 5.1.3.2. of UN Regulation No. 125.

47. The expert from the Russian Federation, chairing the IWG on AECS, reported on the work results achieved by the group (GRSG-109-24). He informed GRSG about the decision of the IWG to limit the scope of the new draft UN Regulation on AECS, not covering the telecommunication functionalities. He added that the IWG would resume consideration of the manual triggering of the AECS. In this respect, he sought the advice of GRSG on the possibility to switch-off AECS and to mandate or permit in the installation requirements a switch-off button. He announced the intention of the IWG to submit a first proposal of the draft UN Regulation at the next GRSG on the basis of an informal document.

48. With respect to the possibility to switch-off AECS, GRSG was of the opinion to permit the installation of a switch-off button only in very limited cases, e.g. maintenance purposes, and not directly accessibly from the passenger compartment. The expert from EC informed GRSG on the still ongoing discussion in his organization on the same question but related to the European Union “eCall” system. He offered to keep GRSG and AECS informed once an agreement was found in Brussels.

49. 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 AECS Chair requested an extension of the mandate by one year, until October 2016. GRSG endorsed that request. The Chair of GRSG announced his request to seek the endorsement of WP.29 at the forthcoming November session.

50. GRSG recalled its discussion under agenda item 14 (paras. 42-43 above) on a new symbol for the emergency call control and tell-tale. Finally, GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session, awaiting a first proposal of the draft UN Regulation on AECS.

51. The expert from OICA, in his capacity of GRSG Ambassador to the IWG on IWVTA, informed GRSG about the progress made during the recent meetings of the IWGs (GRSG-109-25). He recalled the remaining open issue of the clarification of the scope of UN Regulation No. 116 (GRSG-104-39-Rev.3 and GRSG-108-49).

52. A number of experts were of the opinion that the installation on vehicles of categories M1 and N1 of an immobilizer or antitheft devices was mandatory, but the installation of the alarm systems was considered as optional. As paragraph 1.8. of UN Regulation No. 116 (including its recommendation under footnote 3/) was subject to the choice of application by the Contracting Parties and therefore not clear, GRSG welcomed the suggestion by the expert from OICA to set up a specific Task Force to clarify this subject. The Chair invited all interested experts to contact the GRSG Ambassador (e-mail: ofontaine@oica.net). GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session in April 2016.

53. The expert from IMMA rapidly introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/30 proposing to insert into the R.E.3 a definition of “twinned wheels”. He added that his organization was still considering the categories of vehicles concerned and he suggested deferring the discussion on this subject. He announced the submission of an informal document with further details for consideration at the next GRSG session.

54. Recalling the discussion on this subject at the previous GRSG session, the expert from UK acknowledged that the use of Event Data Recorder was probably not the correct terminology and could be misleading. GRSG noted the ongoing discussions in WP.29 on “autonomous vehicles” and the progress of work done by the IWG on ITS and specifically by its subgroup on Automated Driving (ITS/AD). The expert from Germany underlined the importance to exchange view in GRSG on this specific subject. He stressed the need to develop a new Regulation on optional installation on vehicles of such devices and to define the technical parameters to be stored, including the access and security of the data. GRSG endorsed that position and agreed that such an activity should be coordinated with ITS/AD and other Working Parties involved in automated driving activities, such as GRRF.

55. The expert from UK volunteered to prepare a concrete proposal on the possible distribution of these tasks within the subsidiary bodies of WP.29, for consideration at the next GRSG session. GRSG noted that the forthcoming meeting of ITS/AD was scheduled to be held in Geneva on 3 November 2015 (afternoon only).

56. The expert from the Republic of Korea, chairing the IWG on Panoramic Sunroof Glazing (PSG), reported on the outcome of the second meeting held in Geneva on 28 September 2015. He added that all the working papers as well as the meetings minutes were available on the website (www2.unece.org/wiki/display/trans/2nd+PSG+meeting). He informed GRSG that the group had agreed to supplement the Terms of Reference (adopted by GRSG at its previous session and reproduced in Annex V of the report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/88) as follows:
Paragraph 3.1.(d), amend to read:

“(d) Develop amendments to UN GTR No. 6 and a complementing proposal to UN Regulation No. 43 in order to further clarify appropriate methods of testing and evaluating the mechanical strength of toughened glass with a focus on safety glazing and to specify the full scope of glass applications.”

57. GRSG welcomed the progress of work done by the IWG on PSG and endorsed the above-mentioned amendment to the Terms of Reference. Thus, GRSG agreed to only clarify the current scope of the Global Technical Regulation (GTR) and that there was no intention to enlarge the scope of the GTR, e.g. to include plastic glazing.

58. GRSG noted the intention of the IWG to convene again on 24 February 2016. It was agreed to resume consideration of this subject at the next GRSG session.

59. The expert from Germany informed GRSG about recent negotiations with the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) to obtain detailed drawings and technical specifications referred to in UN regulations. He added that a further meeting was scheduled to be held in October 2015 and that he would keep WP.29 informed about the final conclusion at its November 2015 session. He concluded that GRSP would resume, at its December 2015 session, consideration on harmonized specifications of the 3D H-point machine and that he would report back to GRSG on this subject at its next session.

60. 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 Wednesday afternoon, 1 October 2015. Mr. A. Erario (Italy) was unanimously re-elected as Chair and Mr. K. Hendershot (Canada) was unanimously elected as Vice-Chair for the GRSG sessions scheduled for the year 2016.

61. GRSG noted the information by the secretariat about the forthcoming workshop for sustainable mobility and the mitigation of climate change, scheduled to be held in Bordeaux (France) on 7 October 2015 (GRSG-109-07).

64. GRSG noted that Mr. Masahito Yamashita (Japan) would no longer attend the sessions and acknowledged his continued support during the recent years of participation in GRSG. GRSG wished him all the best for his future activities.

65. Learning that Mr. Matyas Matolcsy (Hungary) was retiring, GRSG thanked him for his considerable contributions over the last four decades to the activities of GRSG and especially his dedication since 2001 as Vice-Chair of GRSG. GRSG recognized his commitments with a long applause and wished him a long and happy retirement.

Working Party on General Safety | Session 110 | 25-29 Apr 2016

1. The Working Party on General Safety Provisions (GRSG) held its 110th session from 26 to 29 April 2016 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, China, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK). An expert from the European Commission (EC) also participated. Experts from the following non-governmental organizations participated: European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA), European Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (AEGPL), International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA), International Road Transport Union (IRU), International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA), International Organization for Standardization (ISO), International Road Transport Union (IRU), International Association for Natural Gas Vehicles (NGV Global) and the International Association of Public Transport (UITP). Upon the special invitation of the Chair, an expert from the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and the International Association of the Body and Trailer Building Industry (CLCCR) participated.

2. GRSG considered and adopted the agenda proposed for the 110th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/1 and Add.1).

3. GRSG also adopted the running order for the session as proposed by the Chair in GRSG-110-01. GRSG noted the main decisions of the World Forum WP.29 taken during its sessions of November 2015 and March 2016 (reports ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1118 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1120). GRSG experts expressed their concerns about the cut of a G-post in the vehicle regulations section and underlined the importance of the secretariat services to the World Forum WP.29 and its six subsidiary bodies. GRSG requested the UNECE management to find a quick solution to ensure the proper administration of the three agreements under the responsibility of WP.29.

4. The informal documents distributed during the session are listed in Annex I to this report. The GRSG informal working groups are listed in Annex V of the 110th session report.

67. GRSG noted that Mr. Louis-Sylvain Ayral (CLEPA) also decided to retire and no longer attend the sessions. GRSG acknowledged his continued support during all the years of participation in the sessions. GRSG recognized their commitments with a long applause and wished both of them a long and happy retirement.

66. Learning that Dr. Klaus Preusser (Germany) was retiring, GRSG thanked him for his considerable contributions over the last decades to the activities of GRSG and especially his dedication, since 2011, as Chair of the GRSG IWG on Plastic Glazing.

64. The secretariat informed GRSG about the notice of proposed rulemaking in the United States of America on the safety of buses and coaches initiated the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

65. GRSG welcomed the information and noted that more detailed information was available on the NHTSA website.

62. Referring to the decision of WP.29 at its March 2016 session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1120, para. 38), the Secretary of GRRF reported on a discussion that took place at GRRF in the context of IWVTA (WP.29-168-15) and on the issue of the performance of automotive systems (e.g. Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems) in conditions other than those tested according to the regulated test procedures. He added that some safety systems, especially those relying on software, could be designed to only work in limited conditions corresponding to those tested rather than in all the relevant driving conditions.

63. GRSG noted the information and agreed on the need to discuss in the Working Parties subsidiary to the World Forum the possible risks of such systems. However, GRSG was of the opinion that type approval authorities should rely on the test provisions of the UN Regulations in force and should not perform a “fishing expedition” during the type approval procedure.

60. The expert from Israel gave a presentation (GRSG-110-19) on the need and global support to develop new technical provisions for blind spot detection and warning systems as well as the installation of such collision avoidance systems on heavy duty vehicles. Referring to GRSG-109-19 presented at the previous session, the expert from Germany introduced GRSG-110-18-Rev.1 on the current status of development on test procedures for a new draft regulation on Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) to avoid such blind spot accidents through a driver information and warning system. He reported on the results of several test scenarios of a heavy goods vehicle with a proposed test dummy. He concluded that further investigations were still in progress. GRSG welcomed the presentations and noted a number of comments.

61. Following the discussion, GRSG decided to go forward in a two-step approach: (i) to develop new requirements for driver warning systems and (ii) to investigate subsequently the possibility to develop further requirements for automatic braking systems. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session on the basis of first draft of the new UN Regulation on ADAS expected to be submitted by Germany.

59. The expert from Germany informed GRSG about outcome of the recent negotiations with the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) to obtain detailed drawings and technical specifications referred to in UN regulations. He added that he had already reported to WP.29 at the November 2015 session (see report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1118, para. 42). GRSG welcomed the information and agreed to remove this item from the agenda.

57. The expert from the Republic of Korea, chairing the IWG on Panoramic Sunroof Glazing (PSG), reported on the outcome of the fourth meeting held in Geneva prior to the GRSG session on 25 April 2016. He added that the IWG had decided to stop its research activities and had considered a first proposal for the limitation of ceramic printed areas. He announced the intention of the IWG to convene again in Gilching (Germany) on 28 June 2016 to finalize the proposal for amendments to the UN regulations on safety glazing.

58. GRSG welcomed the good progress of work done by the IWG and agreed to resume consideration of this subject at the next GRSG session on the basis of a concrete proposal for amendments to be submitted by the IWG.

54. Recalling the discussion on this subject at the previous GRSG session, the expert from UK reported that the IWG on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and specifically its subgroup on Automated Driving (ITS/AD) had not yet discussed in detail the need to develop a new Regulation on the optional installation on vehicles of Event Data Recorder (EDR) taking into account technical parameters to be stored as well as the access and security of the data. The expert from Germany informed GRSG that the GRRF IWG on Automatically Commanded Steering Function (ACSF) had a preliminary discussion on the need of installation on automated vehicle of the so-called Data Storage System for ACSF (DSSA). The expert from OICA added that ACSF was currently considering the type of data necessary to be recorded and/or stored. He recommended distinguishing the data collected in the existing “regular” EDR, the data collected and sent out for AECS and those to be collected in the framework of ACSF.

55. GRSG reiterated its position to seek the advice of WP.29 on how to go forward 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, steering functions and emergency call systems. The Chair of GRSG announced his intention to seek the advice of WP.29 on this subject at the June 2016 session.

56. The expert from UK offered his commitment to prepare for the next GRSG session a proposal on a possible way forward, taking into account the advice of WP.29. GRSG welcomed that offer and agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session.

5. Recalling the discussion on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/21 at the previous GRSG session, the expert from Romania introduced GRSG-110-03 clarifying the requirements on seat spacing and superseding the official document. The expert from OICA introduced GRSG-110-09 amending the provisions on the use of the gaging devices in the case of monitor or display devices mounted at the ceiling of buses and coaches. The expert from Italy presented GRSG-110-21 to align the 05, 06 and 07 series of amendments of UN Regulation No. 107 with the requirements of Supplement 4 to the 04 series of amendments concerning barriers in the gangway and the amount of priority seats in buses and coaches. GRSG adopted the proposals as reproduced in Annex II to the report and requested the secretariat to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2016 sessions, as draft Supplements to the 04, 05, 06 and 07 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 107.

6. The expert from Belgium presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/5 proposing to remove the new safety prescriptions for trolleybuses from UN Regulation No. 107 and insert them into UN Regulation No. 100 on electric power trained vehicles. The expert from UK raised concerns about the differences in the scopes of both Regulations and their application to trolleybuses. GRSG noted the comments by the Working Party on Lighting and Light-Signalling (GRE) about possible alignments of UN Regulations Nos. 107 and 116 with UN Regulation No. 10 on electromagnetic-compatibility (GRSG-110-04). The expert from OICA introduced GRSG-110-08-Rev.1 on the applicability of UN Regulation No. 100 versus Annex 12 of UN Regulation No. 107 with respect to electrical safety provisions. The expert from France explained that the origin of the current problem of trolleybuses was linked to the application of the European Union (EU) legislation on whole vehicle type approval. The expert from Japan informed GRSG about the intention of the Chair of GRE to seek the advice of WP.29 on this subject at the forthcoming session in June 2016. The GRSG Chair questioned the need to also involve the experts of the Working Party on Passive Safety (GRSP) in charge of UN Regulation No. 100. A number of experts expressed their preference to keep the electric safety provisions within UN Regulation No. 107. Thus, GRSG agreed that the experts of the Working Parties concerned should work on a simple solution avoiding further burden for public transport operators. The expert from Belgium volunteered to conduct a more detailed analysis on the compatibility or incompatibility of the scopes and technical provisions for trolleybuses of UN Regulations Nos. 10, 100 and 107.

7. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session in October 2016 awaiting the outcome of the analysis by Belgium. GRSG requested the secretariat to keep ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/5 on the agenda as a reference document.

8. GRSG noted no new proposal under this item and agreed to remove it from the provisional agenda of the next session.

9. Recalling the purpose of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/16 presented at the previous session of GRSG, the expert from FIA reiterated his position on the need to protect odometer equipment against mileage fraud and, therefore, to place the subject in a broader context. He introduced GRSG-110-17 on the current status of the discussion on cybersecurity in the subgroup Autonomous Driving of the WP.29 informal working group on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS-AD). He proposed to further discuss with OICA experts the security and functional safety specifications of ISO standards 26262 and 15408 on cybersecurity, data protection and remote access to in-vehicle data. The expert from OICA announced his intention to coordinate, in the near future, a common position from his stakeholder and volunteered to report back to GRSG at the forthcoming session.

10. The GRSG Chair suggested resuming consideration of this subject at the next session of GRSG and invited the expert from FIA to get in contact with OICA.

11. The expert from EC recalled the discussion of GRSG at its previous session on GRSG-109-13 proposing to amend the requirements for numeric displays of speedometers. The expert from France underlined the need to also indicate on the speedometer the corresponding speed units. The expert from OICA volunteered to prepare, together with the expert from EU, a joint proposal for consideration at the next GRSG session. The expert from IMMA reminded GRSG that some vehicles of category L should be added.

12. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session on the basis of an official document to be jointly prepared by the experts from EC, IMMA and OICA taking into account the comments received.

13. The expert from CLEPA withdrew ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/3.

14. The expert from Hungary introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/22 clarifying the technical requirements on the abrasion test machine. The expert from Germany informed GRSG about the status of work in ISO on abrasion test machines. He expected that the corresponding ISO standard would hopefully be published by the end of 2016. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/22 at its next session in October 2016, awaiting the publication of the ISO standard.

15. The expert from the Russian Federation introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/12 proposing to correct editorial errors in the Russian version of UN Regulation No. 46. GRSG adopted the proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2016 sessions, as Corrigenda to the 03 and 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 46.

16. The expert from Germany proposed to also correct the provisions of paragraph 6.2.1.2. on the latency of devices for indirect vision with those of paragraph 6.2.2.3.4.3. on camera monitor systems (GRSG-110-28). GRSG endorsed the proposed text as reproduced below:

Paragraph 6.2.1.2., amend to read:
“6.2.1.2. If a device for indirect vision …… the total process of scanning, rendering and reset to its initial position together shall not take more than 200 milliseconds at room temperature of 22 °C ±5 °C.”

17. The secretariat was requested to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2016 sessions, as draft Supplement 4 to the 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 46, subject to a final review by GRSG at its next session in October 2016.

18. On behalf of the Task Force (TF) on UN Regulation No. 46, the expert from Japan reported on the progress made by the group during the recent meeting held prior to the GRSG session. He gave a presentation on detailed results of a national study on fatal accidents of pedestrians with motor vehicles at low speed (GRSG-110-10). He invited GRSG experts to provide the results of similar studies in their country, if available. He concluded that a possible solution to avoid such accidents could be new requirements to ensure the driver’s view on the proximity area of the front and rear surroundings of the vehicle (GRSG-110-11). He referred to GRSG-110-12 proposing a first set of amendments to UN Regulation No. 46. GRSG welcomed the detailed information from Japan.

19. The expert from Germany reported on some investigations in his country on such accident types and expressed his preference to address this problem through a driver warning system, such as the driver assist systems so as to avoid blind spot accidents referred to in item 22 (see paras. 60-61 below), instead of a close-proximity and rear-view device proposed in GRSG-110-12. The expert from UK informed GRSG about a study of his department on the detection of vulnerable road users by vehicle sensors. He underlined that there was still a challenge to give the driver enough time for reaction to avoid a collision. The expert from Canada reported on some investigations in his country during the last five years on accidents of heavy goods vehicles with pedestrians or cyclists and expressed his full support to the GRSG activities on this subject. The expert from France endorsed the comments received and expressed his preference for a detection and driver warning system. Taking a broader view on the discussion, the expert from OICA stated that the Working Party on Brakes and Running Gears (GRRF) had already detailed considerations of obstacle detection systems when developing provisions for UN Regulation No. 131 on Advanced Emergency Brake Systems (AEBS).

20. Following the discussion, GRSG recommended the TF to go forward stepwise and to resume discussion on this subject in a broader view for light- and heavy-duty vehicles. Thus, the Chair of GRSG invited all experts to participate in the activities of the TF and to provide detailed data on accidents of such vehicles with pedestrians and cyclists in their country. GRSG agreed to resume consideration at its next session and to keep GRSG-110-12 on the agenda as a reference document.

21. The expert from Poland informed GRSG about the purpose of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/4, proposing to insert into UN Regulation No. 55 an amendment imposing a new general constraint for granting component type-approval for mechanical coupling devices dedicated to category M1 vehicles only if they were designed to tow trailers. He announced the submission of the document to GRRF for consideration at its next session in September. GRSG endorsed that position and agreed to remove the agenda item.

22. Recalling its decision at the previous session, GRSG reviewed the proposal by IMMA on the identification of controls, tell-tales and indicators on two-wheeled motorcycles and mopeds. GRSG reconfirmed the adoption of the proposed amendments to UN Regulation No. 60 as reproduced in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/27 and its submission to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their forthcoming sessions in June 2016.

23. The expert from OICA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/11 proposing to amend the provisions of UN Regulation No. 66 with respect to intrusion into residual space during the roll over test. The expert from UK presented GRSG-110-16 suggesting an alternative text.

24. GRSG endorsed in general the proposal but noted concerns about the wordings “no risk of contact”. GRSG invited the experts from UK and OICA to review the proposed text and agreed to resume consideration of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/11 at its next session and to keep both documents on the agenda as reference documents.

25. The expert from AEGPL introduced GRSG-110-13, superseding his proposal ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/35 and proposing new provisions to prevent a flow of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) into the petrol or diesel tank, and vice versa. GRSG noted general support on the updated proposal. Following a study reservation by the expert from France, GRSG decided to have a final review of the proposal at its next session in October 2016 and requested the secretariat to circulate GRSG-110-13 with an official symbol.

26. Recalling the purpose of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/7, the expert from the Netherlands presented GRSG-110-25 amending the provisions of UN Regulation No. 67 on LPG vehicles to allow Class 0/I hoses with couplings using gas tubes other than seamless material. GRSG noted a number of comments on the need for detailed testing specifications for type approval purposes and for clarification of the responsibilities. The Chair of GRSG invited all experts to send their written comments to the expert from the Netherlands. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session in October 2016 on the basis of an updated official document by the Netherlands taking into account the comments received.

27. The expert from UK reminded GRSG about the purpose of document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/2 (based on GRSG-109-17) amending the scope of the Regulation to ensure that as many vehicles as possible were fitted with a lateral protection device. The expert from CLCCR supported the proposal in principle, but preferred to insert derogations for some niche products (GRSG-110-20-Rev.1). GRSG noted a number of comments.

28. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session and requested the secretariat to keep ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/2 and GRSG-110-20-Rev.1 on the agenda as reference documents. Thus, the expert from UK volunteered to prepare a revised document for a final review at the forthcoming GRSG session, taking into account the comments received.

29. GRSG noted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/13 (tabled by the secretariat) to align the provisions of UN Regulation No. 105 with those of the new 2017 edition of the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR). The expert from the Netherlands presented GRSG-110-07 proposing some further corrections to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/13.

30. GRSG adopted the proposal 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 November 2016 sessions, as draft 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 105, subject to a final review by the Working Party on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (WP.15) at its May 2016 session and GRSG at its next session in October 2016. (Note by the secretariat: WP.15 endorsed the proposed amendments.)

31. The expert from OICA recalled the discussion at the previous GRSG session on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/36 proposing to amend the provisions of UN Regulation No. 67 to allow the installation of autonomous CNG heaters for the heating of the engine. The expert from Germany presented GRSG-110-27 further clarifying the text of paragraph 18.5.1.3.

32. GRSG adopted the proposal as reproduced below and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2016 sessions, as draft Supplement 5 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 110.

Paragraph 18.5.1.3., amend to read:
“18.5.1.3. Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph 18.5.1.2.
(a) the automatic cylinder valve may stay in an open position during commanded stop phases, and
(b) in the case where a fire alarm system is installed in the compartment where a CNG combustion heater is located, the automatic cylinder valve(s) may be opened by an electronic control unit for the purpose of permitting its operation to warm the engine coolant.

33. Reminding GRSG experts about the purpose of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/6, the expert from ISO introduced GRSG-110-05 proposing further amendments to UN Regulation No. 110 aimed at harmonizing the requirements for CNG cylinders with those of standard ISO 11439:2013. GRSG welcomed the work done by ISO. GRSG noted a number of study reservations and the request for a detailed justification of only referencing to ISO standards instead of reproducing the testing provisions. Following the recommendation by WP.29, GRSG underlined the need to have a static referencing of the international standards referred to in the proposal. A number of experts requested to have free access to these standards. The secretariat offered the possibility to make a copy of these standards available on the GRSG website, but protected by a password which will be circulated to the GRSG experts prior to the forthcoming GRSG session.

34. Following the discussion, the expert from ISO announced his intention to provide the secretariat with a copy of the most important standards referenced to in his proposal. He volunteered to submit in due time a revised official document for amending UN Regulation No. 110, taking into account the comments received.

35. The expert from the Netherlands introduced GRSG-110-26 (superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/8) proposing an amendment to UN Regulation No. 110 to allow Class 0 hoses with couplings using sealing technologies other than those with a 45° cone and, thus, to avoid design restrictive requirements. The proposal received a number of comments.

36. GRSG adopted the proposal as reproduced below and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2016 sessions, as part (see para. 32 above) of draft Supplement 5 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 110.

Annex 4B, paragraph 1.6.2.2., amend to read:

“1.6.2.2. The interface type for the hose coupling shall be:

(a) sealing cone of swivel-nut type of the type with a half vertical angle of 45°, or
(b) other couplings complying with the tests described in paragraph 1.7., as well as the tests mentioned in Annexes 5A and 5B.

In the case of an interface type using a soft seal body (e.g. O-ring), the type of material chosen shall be tested in accordance with Annexes 5D, 5F and 5G.

Couplings shall have complementary counterparts."

37. The expert from the Netherlands presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/9 aimed at correcting a typographical error and clarifying the current provisions of the Regulation. He also introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/10 proposing to insert provisions for LNG fuel connector as specified in ISO 12617:2015. Both documents received a number of comments. The expert from France raised a study reservation on the reference to the ISO standard in paragraph 2.2. of Annex 4J. Following the discussion, GRSG adopted both proposal as reproduced below and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2016 sessions, as part (see paras. 32 and 36 above) of draft Supplement 5 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 110:

Paragraph 7.1., correct “paragraphs 8.12. to 8.21.” to read “paragraphs 8.12. to 8.22.”.

Annex 4A, paragraph 4.2.4., correct “of Class 1 and Class 2” to read “of Class 2”.

Annex 4H, paragraph 2.2., correct “than 5 seconds” to read “than 2 seconds”.

Annex 4J
Paragraph 2.2.
, shall be deleted.

Paragraph 3.1.6., correct “shall be not be” to read “shall not be”.

Insert new paragraphs 4. and 4.1., to read:
4. LNG filling receptacle dimensions
4.1. Figure 1 shows the dimensions of the LNG filling receptacle.

Figure 1
Dimensions of the receptacle
[Figure provided in the session report.]
"

38. GRSG agreed to resume consideration at the next session of GRSG on the ISO reference on the basis of a revised proposal jointly prepared by the Netherlands and NGV Global, taking into account the comments received.

39. The expert from France presented GRSG-110-23 introducing new provisions for the use of natural gas refrigeration systems to vehicles propelled by natural gas (CNG or LNG). GRSG noted general support on the proposal and agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session in October 2016. For that purpose, the secretariat was requested to circulate GRSG-110-23 with an official symbol.

40. Recalling the purpose of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/7, the expert from OICA informed GRSG that there was no new information on this subject. He suggested resuming consideration of this subject at the next session of GRSG and volunteered to prepare a revised document. GRSG endorsed that suggestion and agreed to keep document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/7 on the agenda as a reference document.

41. GRSG reconsidered GRSG-107-08 on the possible use of innovative system which enable opening of a vehicle via smartphone and on the question if a silent alarm to a security service via the internet might be subject to type approved system. The expert from OICA clarified that experts should differentiate between immobilizers and door locking systems. Following the discussion, GRSG endorsed the position of Germany that, according to the current definition of “key” in the provisions of UN Regulation No. 116, such systems could not yet be type approved. It was agreed that, in the case of evidence of the need to allow the use of such innovative systems for the purpose of activation or deactivation of immobilizers and door locking systems on vehicles, UN Regulation No. 116 would have to be amended first.

42. Recalling the discussion on this subject at the previous GRSG session, the expert from Germany introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/3 proposing updated test requirements for electric cables sleeves and cable conduits. The expert from Finland suggested amending also the test provisions of Annex 8 on the test apparatus and the sample dimensions (GRSG-110-02).

43. Following the discussion, GRSG could not give full consent to the proposals and agreed to have a final review of the proposals at the next session of GRSG. Thus, the secretariat was requested to keep both documents on the agenda unless a revised proposal would be submitted.

44. The expert from the Russian Federation recalled that the purpose of documents ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/24 and GRSG-110-14 was to insert into UN Regulation No. 121 a new symbol for the emergency call control and tell-tale. The proposal received the full support of GRSG. However, it was agreed to submit it in parallel with the new draft Regulation on AECS (para. 47 below). Thus, GRSG preferred to keep the document on the agenda and requested the secretariat to circulate GRSG-110-14 with an official symbol.

45. GRSG noted the outcome of the recent session of GRE (GRSG-110-04) and the request to align UN Regulation No. 121. In this respect, the expert from Italy presented GRSG-110-06 aimed at clarifying the provisions of UN Regulation No. 121 with respect to the indication of the failure of a light source.

46. GRSG adopted the proposal as reproduced in Annex IV to this report and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2016 sessions, as draft Supplement 9 to the original version of UN Regulation No. 121 and as draft Supplement 1 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 121.

47. The expert from the Russian Federation, chairing the IWG on AECS, reported on the progress of work made by the group (GRSG-110-22). He drew the attention of GRSG to the controversial discussion of the experts on the performance requirements in the case of testing the resistance of accident emergency call devices to mechanical impact (pulse test). He presented the new draft UN Regulation on AECS (GRSG-110-15) and stated that this proposal was not yet the final version. He informed GRSG about the group’s decision to go forward in a two-step approach and announced the intention of the IWG to finalize the basic proposal by mid-July 2016 for submission to and adoption by GRSG at its next session in October 2016 on the basis of an official document.

48. GRSG welcomed the proposal submitted by the IWG. The expert from EC informed GRSG that the EU legislation on emergency call systems (eCall) had been based on an acceleration/deceleration of 65g. The expert from the Netherlands underlined the importance of AECS as a vehicle safety feature and the need to ensure their functionality in case of severe crashes. Thus, he expressed his preference to align the performance requirements of draft UN Regulation on AECS with those of the EU regulation. The experts from Japan and the Russian Federation raised their concern about the considerable costs of test equipment performing such acceleration/declaration of 65g. They were of the opinion that GRSG should take into account the economic burden for technical services. As a compromise solution, the expert from OICA suggested going forward in a two-step approach and adopting the new UN Regulation with the 60g value and subsequently to adopt the more stringent performance value of 65g as new series of amendments to the Regulation. The expert from CLEPA endorsed that position.

49. As GRSG could not find an agreement on this subject, the Chair of GRSG invited all experts to check on their national level the feasibility and durability of the 65g pulse test equipment and to send their comments including justifications on GRSG-110-15 at the latest by the end of June 2016 to the Secretary/Chair of the IWG. He also invited the experts from the EC, Japan and the Russian Federation to find compromise agreement on the performance value for the pulse test considering the real benefit in life savings between the two pulses. GRSG endorsed that suggestion and agreed to resume discussion at the forthcoming session of GRSG on the basis of an official document.

50. The expert from OICA, in his capacity of GRSG Ambassador to the IWG on IWVTA, informed GRSG about the progress made during the recent meetings of the IWGs (WP.29-168-12). As an outcome of the task force set up by GRSG at the previous session, he introduced GRSG-110-24 proposing several solutions to clarify the scope of UN Regulation No. 116. GRSG welcomed the document and noted a number of comments.

51. Following the discussion, GRSG agreed to follow the idea of having in future three separate UN Regulations on (i) anti-theft devices, (ii) alarm systems and (iii) immobilizers. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session in October 2016 on the basis of concrete proposals and requested the secretariat to keep GRSG-110-24 on the agenda as a reference document.

52. Recalling the purpose of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/30, the expert from IMMA announced his intention to submit, for consideration at the forthcoming GRSG session, a revised proposal on a definition of “twinned wheels”, taking into account the comments received by the members of his organization.

53. GRSG welcomed the information and agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session in October 2016 on the basis of an updated official document by IMMA.

Working Party on General Safety | Session 112 | 24-28 Apr 2017

1. The Working Party on General Safety Provisions (GRSG) held its 112th session from 24 to 28 April 2017 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, China, Czechia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (United Kingdom) 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 Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA), European Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (AEGPL), International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA), International Road Transport Union (IRU), International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA), International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Association for Natural Gas Vehicles (NGV Global).

2. GRSG considered and adopted the agenda proposed for the 112th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/1 and Add.1).

3. GRSG also adopted the running order for the session as proposed by the Chair in GRSG-112-01-Rev.1. GRSG noted the main decisions and recommendations of the World Forum WP.29 taken during its November 2016 and March 2017 sessions (see reports ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1126 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1129).

4. The informal documents distributed during the session are listed in Annex I to the session report. The GRSG informal working groups are listed in Annex V.

5. Recalling the discussion at the previous GRSG session on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/20, the expert from Switzerland presented GRSG-112-02-Rev.1 proposing to simplify the provisions of UN Regulation No. 107 by inserting references to parts 1 and 2 of the forthcoming updated European standards EN 16584:2015 on railway applications for persons with reduced mobility (GRSG-112-03 and GRSG-112-04). The expert from France preferred to leave these requirements out of the Regulation to avoid possible inconsistencies with existing national requirements. A number of experts preferred to keep some of the requirements proposed in GRSG-111-35 within the Regulation, but to improve the wording of the provisions concerned. Following the discussion, GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/20 as amended by GRSG-112-35 and agreed to submit it to WP.29 as a new 08 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 107. Thus, the expert from OICA volunteered to prepare, in due time, a revised official document for consideration and final adoption at the next GRSG session, including the proposed transitional provisions (i.e. June 2020 for new types of vehicles and June 2022 for all existing types).

6. The expert from the Czech Republic introduced GRSG-112-16 to improve the safety requirements for trolleybuses, particularly the double insulation of circuits directly connected to the overhead lines. GRSG welcomed the proposal and agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session on the basis of an official document.

7. The expert from Spain sought the advice of GRSG experts on how to approve a vehicle with no standing passengers (GRSG-112-17). He was of the opinion that, according to UN Regulation No. 107, such a vehicle should be considered as a Class III vehicle only. GRSG endorsed that position.

8. The expert from OICA recalled the purpose of GRSG-111-09 aligning the provisions of UN Regulation No. 107 with those of the European Union (EU) Regulation 1230/2012 on masses and dimensions in the definition of the ‘mass in running order’. He volunteered to prepare, jointly with the expert from EC, a concrete document for consideration at the next GRSG session in October 2017.

9. Referring to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/5, the expert from Belgium recalled the detailed analysis on the technical requirements for trolley buses presented at the previous session (GRSG-111-21). She confirmed that the work to fully align the provisions of UN Regulations Nos. 100 and 107 was still in progress. She announced her intention to submit concrete proposals for consideration at the next GRSG sessions.

10. GRSG noted that no new proposal had been provided on this subject and agreed to remove the item from the agenda of the next session.

11. The expert from Germany introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/6 to fully align (a) the provisions for the headform test with deceleration measurement and (b) the test of resistance to abrasion with those of the corresponding standard ISO 15082:2016-11. He added that the main amendments according to this standard were the addition or modification of important test details, the correction of the headform calibration values and the introduction of abrasion reference materials; the latter combined with an abrasive-wheel qualification and a correction calculation (for plastic materials only). GRSG welcomed the proposal and noted some minor editorial corrections. Following the discussion, GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/6 and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft Supplement 6 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 43 for consideration at their November 2017 sessions.

12. The expert from CLEPA presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/8, proposing to clarify in Figure 2a of Annex 21 the lateral limits of any opaque obscuration. GRSG noted general support and adopted the proposal. The secretariat was requested to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as part (see para. 11 above) of draft Supplement 6 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 43 for consideration at their November 2017 sessions.

13. The expert from France proposed to align the French and English version of Revision 3 of UN Regulation No. 43 (GRSG-112-07-Rev.1). GRSG adopted the proposal as reproduced in Annex II to this report and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as Corrigendum 6 to Revision 3 and as Corrigendum 1 to Revision 4 of UN Regulation No. 43 for consideration at their November 2017 sessions.

14. The expert from OICA introduced GRSG-112-29 to correct some inconsistencies in Annex 21, Table 2 and to align it with Global Technical Regulation No. 6 on safety glazing. GRSG welcomed the proposal and agreed to resume its consideration at the next session on the basis of an official document.

15. The expert from France reported on the work progress of the task force to align the French and English versions of UN Regulation No. 43. He volunteered to submit concrete proposals at the next GRSG sessions.

16. The expert from Japan, chairing the new Informal Working Group (IWG) on awareness of Vulnerable Road Users proximity in low speed manoeuvres (VRU-Proxi), reported on the progress made by the group during its meeting in Brussels on 23-24 March 2017 (GRSG-112-13). GRSG welcomed the updated draft terms of reference and rules of procedure for the IWG on VRU-Proxi (GRSG-112-14-Rev.1 superseding GRSG-111-29). GRSG noted the overlap of the IWG activities with agenda item 16 on a new draft UN Regulation on Blind Spot Information Systems (BSIS). GRSG underlined the urgent need to adopt the new UN Regulation and agreed that the IWG on VRU-Proxi shall consider ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/11 (tabled by Germany) as a first priority at its forthcoming meeting, scheduled to be held in Paris on 3-4 July 2017. In this respect, GRSG adopted the terms of reference and rules of procedure for the IWG on VRU-Proxi as reproduced in Annex III to this report. The GRSG Chair announced his intention to inform WP.29 at its June 2017 session about the terms of reference of the above-mentioned IWG.

17. Recalling the discussion in GRSG at its previous session, the expert from Germany introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/2 proposing to correct the provisions of paragraph 16.1.3.1. on the magnification factor. He also introduced GRSG-112-30 correcting a reference error in paragraph 6.3.3.2. The expert from France proposed to insert an editorial amendment to the communication form in Annex 4 (GRSG-112-08). GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/2 as amended below and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft Supplement 5 to the 04 series of amendment to UN Regulation No. 46 for consideration at their November 2017 sessions.

Paragraph 6.3.3.2., correct the reference to “paragraph 6.1.3.” to read “paragraph 6.1.1.3.”.
Annex 4, item 4., amend to read:
“4. Category of vehicle: (M1, M2, M3, N1, N2 ≤ 7.5 t, N2 > 7.5 t, N3, L) 2

18. The expert from Germany sought the advice of GRSG on the default mode in case of dual function systems for camera-monitor systems (CMS) which can be set by the driver. The expert from OICA stated that the former IWG on CMS did not discuss the default mode for such systems. GRSG invited the expert from Germany to prepare a proposal for consideration at the next session of GRSG in October 2017.

19. The expert from OICA withdrew ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/11 and informed GRSG that the concern with UN Regulation No. 66 was resolved with an interim solution. GRSG agreed to remove this item from the agenda of its next session.

55. Learning that M. Pascal Devigne (France) would be retiring, GRSG acknowledged his continued support during the last decades of participation in the sessions. The GRSG Chair thanked him for his commitment and excellent contributions. GRSG wished him a long and happy retirement.

20. Referring to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/15, the expert from AEGPL recalled the purpose of his proposal to insert new safety provisions into UN Regulation No. 67 on Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) systems having hydraulic interconnections with the petrol or diesel fuelling system through which inter-flows of fuels might occur. He confirmed that he had received in the meantime valuable feedback from a number of GRSG experts. He volunteered to prepare a revised proposal for consideration at the next session.

21. The expert from the Netherlands presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/3 amending the provisions of UN Regulation No. 67 to use non-seamless gas tubes in LPG vehicles. The expert from AEGPL presented GRSG-112-19 inserting some improvements to the proposed provisions. GRSG noted general support and a number of comments. The expert from Germany raised a study reservation. Following the discussion, GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session in October 2017. In this respect, GRSG invited the experts from the Netherlands and AEGPL to prepare a combined document (see para. 20 above), taking into account the comments received and to submit it, in due time, to the secretariat for consideration and final review at the next GRSG session in October 2017.

22. The expert from Poland gave a presentation (GRSG-112-37) justifying his proposal ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/10 to clarify the provisions for type approved accessories fitted to LPG containers. The proposal received some support. The expert from AEGPL presented GRSG-112-20 proposing, as an alternative, the additional marking of the accessories with the number of type approval extension. Following a controversial discussion, the expert from Poland proposed to set up either a task force or a new informal working group on gaseous fuelled vehicles to work on the best solution. His proposal to establish an IWG did not receive full support. Finally, GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session in October 2017 on the basis of a new proposal jointly prepared by Poland and AEGPL. Thus, GRSG invited all interested experts to send them, in due time, their written comments.

23. The expert from AEGPL presented GRSG-112-21 introducing tolerances for the dimensions of some filling units. A number of experts preferred to insert the corresponding specifications into the text of the UN Regulation instead of a reference to standard EN 22768-1. GRSG invited the expert from AEGPL to submit, in due time, an updated proposal for consideration at the next session of GRSG in October 2017.

24. The expert from Turkey introduced GRSG-112-22 proposing to develop new provisions on the location on the vehicle of the filling unit and a limitation of the service life of containers. A number of experts welcomed the initiative. GRSG invited the expert from Turkey to prepare a proposal for consideration at the next session of GRSG in October 2017.

25. Reporting on a severe incident which happened in 2014 (GRSG-112-31), the expert from Germany proposed a new series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 67 to enhance the specifications for the LPG multi-valve. The experts from Italy, the Netherlands and Poland confirmed such risks and endorsed the need to adopt such new provisions. The expert from Germany volunteered to submit an official document for consideration at the next GRSG sessions, including transitional provisions.

26. The expert from Germany proposed to also strengthen the requirements in UN Regulation No. 67 for the installation and inspection of LPG-containers and their accessories (GRSG-112-32). GRSG welcomed the proposal. The Chair invited all GRSG experts to send their comments, in due time, to the expert from Germany and proposed to resume consideration of this subject at the next session of GRSG on the basis of combined (see para. 25. above) proposal.

27. In the absence of an expert from Transport and Environment, GRSG agreed to keep the item on the agenda of its next session, awaiting a concrete proposal.

28. The expert from ISO presented GRSG-112-38 justifying the need to harmonize the requirements on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and/or Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) vehicles in UN Regulation No. 110 with those in the latest version of ISO 11439:2013 (as proposed in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/22). He recalled the comments received by GRSG experts during the last sessions (mainly on GRSG-111-02-Rev.1 and GRSG-112-05) and announced his intention to prepare, in due time, a revised official document for consideration at the next GRSG sessions, including transitional provisions.

29. The expert from the Netherlands introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/4 aimed at correcting an error in the definitions related to the manual valve. GRSG noted a number of comments and adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/4 as reproduced below. The secretariat was requested to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft Supplement 7 to the 01 series of amendment and as draft Supplement 1 to the 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 110, for consideration at their November 2017 sessions.

Paragraph 4.16.1., amend to read:
“4.16.1. “Manual valve”: as defined in paragraph 4.22. that is rigidly fixed to the cylinder or tank."
Paragraph 4.16.3., amend to read:
“4.16.3. “Excess flow valve”: as defined in paragraph 4.21."
Paragraph 4.22., amend to read:
“4.22. “Manual valve” means a valve which is operated manually."

30. The expert from France introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/9 incorporating provisions concerning refrigeration systems for cooling the cargo compartment which were connected to the CNG and/or LNG system. GRSG noted general support. GRSG adopted document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/9 as amended below. The secretariat was requested to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as part (see para. 29 above) of draft Supplement 1 to the 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 110 for consideration at their November 2017 sessions.

In paragraph 18.5.1.3., replace “GNC/GNL” to read “CNG/LNG” (twice).

31. The expert from the International Association of Fire and Rescue Services (CTIF) gave a presentation (GRSG-112-06) on the need to harmonize the identification of propulsion and energy storage systems in vehicles to reduce the risks for rescuers during their interventions in case of severe road accidents. He informed GRSG about their cooperation with ISO on this subject and the work progress done. He expected that the new standard ISO 17840‐4 would be published in near future. He underlined that the location or position of labels on the vehicle or in the emergency response guide was outside the scope of the ISO standard. Thus, he sought the advice of GRSG experts on how to address this problem within the UN vehicle regulations. GRSG welcomed the information and had a detailed exchange of views on the best way to move forward, either as amendments to existing UN regulations or as a new guideline document to be annexed to one or the other resolutions on the construction of vehicles. Following the discussion, GRSG preferred to wait for the final publication of the ISO standard and invited the expert from CTIF to prepare in the meantime concrete proposals for possible amendments to UN Regulations Nos. 67 (LPG vehicles), 100 (Electric power trained vehicles), 110 (CNG/LNG vehicles), 134 (Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Vehicles) and the new UN Regulation on AECS. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this item at its next session in October 2017.

32. Reporting on some cases of structural failures of cylinders in his country, the expert from Italy proposed amendments to Annex 3A on the test requirements for the periodic requalification of cylinders (GRSG-112-28). The expert from Finland stated that these test requirements on periodical inspections of CNG/LNG vehicles in use were only recommendations to be taken into account during the type approval procedure of a new type of vehicle. GRSG noted that Contracting Parties were used to perform on their national level the periodical technical inspections in different ways. Referring to GRSG-112-32 presented under agenda item 7 (see para. 26 above), the expert from Germany introduced GRSG-112-33 proposing to also strengthen the requirements in UN Regulation No. 110 for the installation on vehicles of CNG-cylinders, LNG-tanks and their accessories as well as for their subsequent inspection of without the need of disassembling the containers.

33. GRSG noted general support on the proposals. The Chair invited all GRSG experts to send their comments, in due time, to the experts from Germany and Italy. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session on the basis of official documents, prepared by Germany and Italy, taking into account the comments received.

34. As GRSG ambassador on the International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA), the expert from OICA presented the proposals on the splitting of the provisions of UN Regulation No. 116 into three separate Regulations (see para. 43 below), allowing the Contracting Parties to apply them on an optional or mandatory basis at their national/regional level. He briefly introduced (i) GRSG-112-39 containing the prescriptions for devices against unauthorized use as an amendment to UN Regulation No. 116, (ii) GRSG-112-40 as a new draft UN Regulation on vehicle alarm systems and (iii) GRSG-112-41 as a new draft UN Regulation on vehicle immobilizers. He added that the purpose of the exercise was only the splitting of the provisions without changes to the technical requirements. He sought the advice of GRSG on the need to insert transitional provisions for the amendments to UN Regulation No. 116 (as a Supplement or as a new series of amendments). The Chair invited all GRSG experts to send, in due time, their comments on the three documents to the GRSG ambassador.

35. GRSG acknowledged the work done and agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session in October 2017 on the basis of official documents to be submitted by the GRSG ambassador, including transitional provisions.

36. The expert from the Russian Federation reminded GRSG about the purpose of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/17 to insert into UN Regulation No. 121 a new symbol for the emergency call control and tell-tale. GRSG recalled its decision at its previous session to submit the proposal in parallel with the new draft UN Regulation on Accident Emergency Call Systems (AECS) (paras. 40 and 41 below) and requested the secretariat was to submit document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/17, as amended below, to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft Supplement 2 to the 01 series of amendment to UN Regulation No. 121 for consideration at their November 2017 sessions.

In Table 1, footnote 21, replace ‘reoriented’ by ‘re-orientated’.

37. The expert from OICA presented GRSG-112-23 (superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/5) to align the provisions of UN Regulation No. 121 to those of the 07 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 16 on safety belts. GRSG adopted the proposal as reproduced in Annex IV to the session report and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as part (see para. 36 above) of draft Supplement 2 to the 01 series of amendment to UN Regulation No. 121 for consideration at their November 2017 sessions.

38. The expert from the Russian Federation underlined the need to correct the Russian version of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/5 in line with the English text (GRSG-112-25). GRSG requested the secretariat to take into account the correction of the Russian translation when preparing the above mentioned official document.

39. The expert from OICA introduced GRSG-112-24 to clarify the application of footnote 18 in the case where tell-tales Nos. 1 and 19 were combined. Some experts were of the opinion that footnote 12 already offers that possibility and that the proposed amendment was superfluous. GRSG agreed to take a final position on this subject at its next session and requested the secretariat to circulate GRSG-112-24 with an official symbol.

40. The expert from the Russian Federation, chairing the IWG on AECS, presented an updated proposal of draft UN Regulation on AECS (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/12). As Secretary of the IWG on AECS, the expert from OICA introduced GRSG-112-15 proposing some further editorial corrections to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/12. The expert from the Russian Federation introduced GRSG-112-27 clarifying mainly the scope and definitions of the draft UN Regulation. She informed GRSG that from, a technical point of view, the corridor of sled pulse (60g) specified in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/12 was severe enough, but taking into account the importance and urgency for the adoption of the new UN Regulation by all Contracting Parties, the Russian Federation would support the more stringent corridor (65g) in line with the EU legislation. The expert from OICA reiterated a concern about the economic burden for technical services and laboratories offering the more stringent tests due to the considerable costs of test equipment performing such acceleration/declaration of 65g.

41. Following a detailed consideration of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/12, GRSG adopted the new UN Regulation on AECS as reproduced in GRSG-112-42, subject to a final review at its October 2017 session of the official translations into the French and Russian languages. The GRSG Chair thanked again for the excellent work done by the IWG and for the acceptance by the Russian Federation to support the final proposal. The secretariat was requested to submit the adopted proposal to WP.29 and AC.1 as new draft UN Regulation on AECS for consideration at their November 2017 sessions, subject to a final review at the forthcoming GRSG session.

42. GRSG noted that Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement was in the notification process and that it was expected to enter into force in mid-September 2017. GRSG also noted that the World Forum WP.29 was considering to adopt a first version of draft UN Regulation No. 0 on IWVTA at its November 2017 session. The secretariat highlighted the availability on the WP.29 website of a number of useful guidelines and Question & Answer documents related to Revision 3 and IWVTA.

43. The Chair recalled GRSG’s discussion under agenda item 10 (see paras. 34 and 35 of the session report) on the splitting of UN Regulation No. 116 and suggested resuming the discussion of this subject at the next GRSG session in October 2017.

44. The secretariat reported on the recent adoption by WP.29 of the guideline on cybersecurity and data protection (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/46), submitted by the IWG on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and on its decision to include the guideline as a new annex to the Consolidated Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles (R.E.3.). In this respect, GRSG noted draft Revision 5 of R.E.3 (GRSG-112-18) and endorsed it.

45. GRSG considered ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/7 (submitted by the IWG on Panoramic Sunroof Glazing (PSG)) to clarify the scope and the technical rationale of UN Global Technical Regulation No. 6. GRSG recommended the document for their establishment in the global registry. The secretariat was requested to submit it to WP.29 and to the Executive Committee AC.3 of the 1998 Agreement (AC.3) as Corrigendum 2 to Global Technical Regulation No. 6 for consideration at their November 2017 sessions.

46. The expert from the Republic of Korea, chairing the IWG on PSG, reported on the work progress of the Group during its seventh meeting (GRSG-112-34). He added that the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (US-NHTSA) was expected to complete the ongoing research and that the IWG had decided to wait for the updated research data and the final status report. GRSG welcomed the information and agreed to resume consideration of this subject at the next session.

47. The expert from Germany presented GRSG-112-36 on the development of test procedures for a new draft UN Regulation on Blind Spot Information Systems (BSIS). He reported on the research results, the derivation of test cases and the new technical requirements on the conduction of test for such BSIS. He introduced a proposal for a new draft UN Regulation on BSIS (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/11). GRSG welcomed the detailed information and the proposal by Germany.

48. The expert from Israel recommended to extend the scope also to categories of vehicles other than N2 and N3. He added to even insert provisions on aftermarket BSIS for the purpose of retrofitting vehicles already in service. A number of experts underlined their preference to adopt, in a first step, the new UN Regulation and then to extend the scope in a further stage.

49. During a first reading of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/11, the document received a number of comments on the definitions and cross-references to other UN Regulations. Following the discussion, GRSG agreed that the IWG on VRU-Proxi (see para. 16 under agenda item 5) shall resume consideration of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/11 as a first priority at its forthcoming meetings.

50. GRSG agreed to, at its next session, have a further review of draft UN Regulation on BSIS and to resume consideration of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/11 on the basis of the detailed feedback by the IWG on VRU-Proxi.

51. The expert from France introduced GRSG-112-09 to align the English version to the French text of the Regulation with respect to the test provisions for side impacts. The expert from the Russian Federation confirmed that the Russian version of the text concerned would have to be aligned too. Referring to GRSG-112-26, the expert from OICA suggested introducing further improvements to the proposed amendments. GRSG noted some general support. The expert from Japan raised a study reservation. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session in October 2017 on the basis of a revised official document jointly prepared by the experts from France and OICA.

52. The expert from France presented GRSG-112-10 aimed at clarifying the application of annexes on heaters located outside the passenger compartment and using water as a transfer medium. GRSG agreed to take a final position on this subject at its next session. Thus, the secretariat was requested to circulate GRSG-112-10 with an official symbol.

53. The expert from the Russian Federation introduced GRSG-112-11 on a proposal endorsed by the Working Party on Noise (GRB) to adapt in R.E.3 the measuring units for vehicle masses from tonnes to kilograms. GRSG endorsed the proposal in principle. The secretariat suggested to also aligning in R.E.3 some sub-categories of vehicles, such as L1A for powered cycles and L1B for two-wheeled mopeds. The expert from EC volunteered to prepare a comparison document between the categories listed in EU Regulation No. 168/2013 and those in Revision 5 of R.E.3. GRSG noted general support and agreed to circulate GRSG-112-11 with an official symbol for consideration at its next session.

54. The expert from Germany proposed to align in UN Regulation No. 118 the wording for the upper boundary surface by replacing “roof” by “ceiling” (GRSG-112-12). GRSG noted general support and agreed to resume consideration at its next session on the basis of an official document.