Working Party
Working Party on Lighting and Light-signalling
76th session | Geneva | 25-28 Oct 2016 Download Copy
Agenda Item 4. | Simplification of lighting and light-signalling Regulations
Documentation
GRE/75 | Report of the GRE on its 75th session
GRE-75-06 | Status of pending GRE proposals with regard to the simplification of lighting regulations
GRE-76-07 | Correction to document GRE/2016/31 (GTB)
GRE-76-11 | Exchange of communications between the secretariat and OLA
GRE-76-13 | Upcoming changes to Regulation No. 128 related to LED Light Sources for Forward Lighting Applications (GTB)
GRE-76-22/Rev.1 | Revision of document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/31 (GTB)
GRE-76-23 | Simplification of Lighting and Light-Signalling Regulations: status update and next steps
GRE-76-24/Rev.1 | Simplification of Lighting and Light-Signalling Regulations: application of the Unique Identifier (UI) (GTB)
GRE/2013/55/Rev.1 | Proposal for collective amendments to Regulations Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 19, 23, 38, 50, 77, 87, 91, 98, 104, 112, 113, 119 and 123 (Italy)
GRE/2014/3 | Proposal for Collective amendments to Regulations Nos. 4, 6, 7, 19, 23, 38, 45, 50, 65, 77, 87, 91, 98, 104, 112, 113, 119 and 123 (GTB)
GRE/2015/7 | Proposal for Supplement 27 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 6 (GTB)
GRE/2015/16 | Proposal for Supplement 7 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 112 (GTB)
GRE/2015/23 | Proposal for a corrigendum to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 112 (France)
GRE/2016/11 | Proposal for Supplement 26 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 6 and Supplement 24 to the 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 7 (GTB)
GRE/2016/14 | Proposal for a collective amendment to Regulations Nos. 19, 45, 98, 112, 113 and 123 (GTB)
GRE/2016/25 | Proposal for a collective amendment to Regulations Nos. 98, 112 and 123 (GTB)
GRE/2016/30 | Proposal for a collective amendment to Regulations Nos. 4, 6, 7, 23, 38, 50, 77, 87, 91 and 119 (GTB)
GRE/2016/31 | Proposal for a collective amendment to Regulations Nos. 7, 23, 38, 48, 77, 91 and 119 (GTB)
GRE/2016/32 | Proposal for a collective amendment to Regulations Nos. 19, 98, 112, 113 and 123 (GTB)
GRE/2016/34 | Proposal for a collective amendment to Regulations Nos. 19, 98, 112, 113 and 123 (GTB)
WP.29/2013/68 | Proposal for Supplement 15 to the 02 series of amendments to Regulation 3
WP.29/2013/69 | Proposal for Supplement 17 to Regulation No. 4
WP.29/2013/71 | Proposal for Supplement 25 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 6
WP.29/2013/72 | Proposal for Supplement 23 to the 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 7
WP.29/2013/75 | Proposal for Supplement 6 to the 04 series of amendments to Regulation No. 19
WP.29/2013/76 | Proposal for Supplement 20 to Regulation No. 23
WP.29/2013/79 | Proposal for Supplement 17 to Regulation No. 38
WP.29/2013/83 | Proposal for Supplement 17 to Regulation No. 50
WP.29/2013/85 | Proposal for Supplement 6 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 69
WP.29/2013/86 | Proposal for Supplement 9 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 70
WP.29/2013/87 | Proposal for Supplement 17 to Regulation No. 77
WP.29/2013/88 | Proposal for Supplement 18 to Regulation No. 87
WP.29/2013/89 | Proposal for Supplement 16 to Regulation No. 91
WP.29/2013/90 | Proposal for Supplement 5 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 98
WP.29/2013/92 | Proposal for Supplement 5 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 112
WP.29/2013/93 | Proposal for Supplement 3 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 113
WP.29/2013/94 | Proposal for Supplement 4 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 119
WP.29/2014/31 | Proposal for the new 04 series of amendments to Regulation No. 27
WP.29/2014/32 | Proposal for Supplement 9 to Regulation No. 65

8. GRE recalled the phased approach to simplifying the lighting and light-signalling Regulations (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/75, paras. 9-12) and noted that the United Nations Office for Legal Affairs (OLA) had not identified any problems with this approach and that WP.29 had endorsed it at the June 2016 session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1123, para. 44 and GRE-76-11).

9. On behalf of the Informal Working Group ‘Simplification of the Lighting and Light-Signalling Regulations’ (IWG SLR), the expert from GTB reported on the progress and schedule of IWG SLR (GRE-76-23).

10. GRE reviewed and unanimously adopted the pending amendment proposals so as to consolidate the existing Regulations before they are frozen and superseded by three new Regulations that are in drafting:

  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/68,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/ 2013/69,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/71,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/72,
  • ECE/TRANS/ WP.29/2013/751,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/76,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/79,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/83,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/85,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/ 2013/86,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/87,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/88,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/89,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/902,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/ 2013/923,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/934,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/94,
  • ECE/TRANS/ WP.29/2014/31,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/32,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/ GRE/2013/55/Rev.1,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/3,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/7,
  • ECE/TRANS/ WP.29/GRE/2015/16,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/23,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/ GRE/2016/11,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/145
  • and Annex IV to ECE/TRANS/ WP.29/GRE/75.
The secretariat was requested to consolidate these proposals, according to the principle ‘one WP.29 document per Regulation’, and to submit them to WP.29 and the Administrative Committee of the 1958 Agreement (AC.1) for consideration and vote at their March 2017 sessions. The experts from GTB, IEC and SAE volunteered to assist the secretariat by verifying the consolidated amendment proposals.

1Except for the part which was already adopted by WP.29 as ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/75/Rev.1 and Add.1 (note by the secretariat).
2Except for the part which was already adopted by WP.29 as ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/90/Rev.1 (note by the secretariat).
3Except for the part which was already adopted by WP.29 as ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/92/Rev.1 (note by the secretariat).
4Except for the part which was already adopted by WP.29 as ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/93/Rev.1 (note by the secretariat).
5Except for Section B on Regulation No. 45 which was already submitted to WP.29 as ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/77 (note by the secretariat).

11. GRE had a first exchange of views on the need to streamline approval markings of lighting and light-signalling devices as part of the SLR process. The expert from GTB reported on their participation in the WP.29 Informal Working Group on the Database for the Exchange of Type Approval (IWG DETA) and the future application of the Unique Identifier (UI) and DETA in accordance with Schedule 5 of the revised 1958 Agreement (GRE-76-24-Rev.1). GRE was of the view that UI and DETA would be indispensable for the purposes of SLR and called for their introduction without delay. At the same time, GRE experts pointed out that the application of UI for new series of amendments and for extensions of existing type approvals should be clarified. GRE noted that IWG DETA would soon publish guidelines (a ‘questions and answers’ document) which should address these issues.

12. The expert of GTB introduced a proposal for amendments to Regulations Nos. 98, 112 and 123 to delete the measurement at the HV point during the test for stability of photometric performance of the passing beam (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/25). GRE adopted the proposals as draft supplements and decided to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2017 sessions as part of the consolidated amendment proposals (see para. 10 above).

13. The expert of GTB presented a proposal for amendments to Regulations Nos. 4, 6, 7, 23, 38, 50, 77, 87, 91 and 119 to harmonize the requirement for the marking of wattage for signal lighting functions with the requirement for lighting functions (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/30). GRE adopted the proposals and decided to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2017 sessions as part of the consolidated amendment proposals (see para. 10 above). During the adoption, the expert from the UK questioned the urgency of the proposal.

14. The expert of GTB proposed to update the requirements on light source failure in lamps equipped with multiple light sources in Regulations Nos. 7, 23, 38, 48, 77, 91 and 119 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/31, GRE-76-07 and GRE-76-22-Rev.1). The proposal received comments from the experts of Italy, UK and OICA. GRE agreed to take out the amendment proposal to Regulation No. 48 and to consider it separately at the next GRE session. GRE adopted the remaining proposals, as amended by Annex II to the report, and requested the secretariat to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2017 sessions as part of the consolidated amendment proposals (see para. 10 above).

15. The expert from GTB proposed to clarify the heat test cycle relating to the movement of the passing beam cut-off in Regulations Nos. 19, 98, 112, 113 and 123 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/32). The experts from EC and UK expressed concerns that the proposals would modify the performance requirements and might have safety implications. Therefore, these experts felt that the proposals should be formulated in the form of new series of amendments to the above Regulations, rather than supplements. The experts from Finland, France, Germany, Japan, GTB and OICA advocated for supplements and pointed out that the proposed amendments would neither raise the required level of stringency nor have safety implications. Finally, GRE adopted the proposals and requested the secretariat to include them into the package for submission to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2017 sessions (see para. 10 above).

16. The expert from GTB proposed to introduce into Regulations Nos. 19, 98, 112, 113 and 123 provisions for standardized replaceable light emitting diode (LED) light sources approved according to Regulation No. 128 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/34). He also outlined the upcoming amendment proposals to Regulation No. 128, including the introduction of ‘thermal grade’ as a new characteristic of LED light sources (GRE-76-13). The experts from France, Germany, Italy and UK indicated the far-reaching character and scale of the proposed amendments, and the need to study them in detail. They also expressed a preference for considering the proposed amendments simultaneously with proposals for amendments to Regulation No. 128. Some experts pointed out that the thermal behaviour of LEDs could depend on their installation and the temperature in the engine compartment, and were of the view that the provisions of Regulations Nos. 48 and 85 should be taken into account as well. GRE invited experts to consider these issues before the next session.

Previous Discussion(s)

World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations | Session 159 | 12-15 Mar 2013

5. The provisional annotated agenda for the session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1100 and Add.1) was adopted with the amendments noted below:

(a) Addition and amendments of agenda items:

4.9.14. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/39 Proposal for Supplement 16 to Regulation No. 77 (Parking lamps)
4.9.15. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/40 Proposal for Supplement 15 to Regulation No. 91 (Side mark lamps)
8.6. Organization by the Republic of Korea of the twenty-third ESV Conference (27-30 May 2013).
8.7. e-Call administrative provisions in the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation.

(b) Addition and correction of document reference for items:
2.2. add ECE/TRANS/2013/15
2.5. add ECE/TRANS/2012/9/Rev.1 and ECE/TRANS/2012/10/Rev.1
4.1. add ECE/TRANS/WP.29/343/Rev.21
4.8.1. for based on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2010/26, read based on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/26
4.9.6. delete ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/18
8.3. add ECE/TRANS/WP.1/2011/4/Rev.1
13.1. for ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/AC.3/35, read ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/35

(c) Items or documents postponed for a further session: 4.11.5.

(d) Items deleted from the agenda: 15.1.

6. The list of informal documents is reproduced in Annex I to this report.

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7. The 111th session of WP.29/AC.2 — the Committee that examines the coordination and organization of World Forum’s work — was held on 11 March 2013, chaired by Mr. B. Gauvin (France) and was attended, in accordance to Rule 29 of the terms of reference and rules of procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.1 and Amend.2), by the Chairs of WP.29 (France), GRB (France), GRE (Canada), GRSP (United States of America), GRPE (Germany), GRRF (United Kingdom), GRSG (Italy), the Administrative/Executive Committees of the three agreements administered by WP.29, by the representatives of the European Union, Japan and the United States of America and by the Vice-Chairs of WP.29 (Russian Federation), GRPE (India), and GRSP (Republic of Korea).

8. The Committee reviewed the draft agenda of the 159th session of the World Forum and recommended the amendments as indicated in para. 5 above. The Committee also recommended that agenda item 5.1 be considered by the World Forum and that the rest of the agenda items regarding the 1998 Agreement be considered by the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement (AC.3). It was also recommended that the Administrative Committee of the 1997 Agreement (AC.4) not hold its session. WP.29/AC.2 reviewed the draft agenda for the 160th session of the World Forum, scheduled to be held in Geneva from 25 to 28 June 2013.

9. The Administrative Committee noted that GRPE, GRRF, GRSG and GRSP had elected Vice-Chairs for the year 2013. The Committee reconfirmed the recommendation made at the last session that a representative of the Russian Federation be proposed for Vice-Chair of GRB (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1099, para. 9). It was also noted that GRE did not have a Vice-Chair.

10. The Administrative Committee noted that the Executive Committee of ECE (EXCOM) had concluded the revision of the ECE reform and invited the secretariat to report to the World Forum under agenda item 2.4 (see para. 17 below).

11. The Administrative Committee was briefed about the ongoing process for providing the Transport Division with technical contributions on diesel exhaust emissions. It was noted that GRPE had considered this issue at its January 2013 session and had agreed that experts should provide comments to the secretariat by the end of March 2013. These comments should be considered by GRPE at its forthcoming session and the conclusion(s) examined by the World Forum at its June 2013 session. The Committee recommended following this schedule and requested the secretariat to include this matter under a new agenda item for the June 2013 session of the World Forum. The Committee also recommended that WP.29 representatives already provide comments, if any, to the GRPE secretariat.

12. The Chair of GRB suggested that the informal group on developing the UN GTR on Quiet Road Transport Vehicles (QRTV) should take into consideration the new noise limits under consideration by GRB. The Committee recommended following this approach and expected that GRB would find a proper balance for noise limit values and minimum sound
levels for QRTV equipped with advanced vehicles alert systems.

13. The World Forum adopted the report of the Administrative Committee on its 111th session and its recommendations.

14. The World Forum noted the programme of work and documentation (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/1). WP.29 representatives were invited to revise the document and to communicate to the secretariat any amendments deemed necessary. The secretariat presented WP.29-159-01 on the list of informal working groups of WP.29 and its subsidiary Working Parties (GRs). WP.29 agreed to fix 31 December 2015 as the expiry date of the groups not having an agreed date. The World Forum noted that the list of publications for the biennium 2014-2015 for the Transport Subprogramme (ECE/TRANS/2013/15) contained a slot for updating the publication “WP.29, how it works, how to join it” in order to incorporate the revised 1958 Agreement.

15. The co-Chair of the informal working group reminded WP.29 that WP.29-157-06, dealing with design/control principles of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems to harmonize minimum guidelines was postponed for the final review, including the comments by the GRs at its June 2013 session. The World Forum noted that the informal group was expected to meet on Friday, 15 March 2013, starting at 9.30 a.m.

18. The Secretary reported that ITC had approved guidelines for the biennial evaluation and the programme of work (ECE/TRANS/2010/10/Rev.1, ECE/TRANS/2012/9/Rev.1). He announced that ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/5 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/38 would be ready for a further session following these guidelines.

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19. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRB given during the 158th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1099, paras. 23 – 25) and approved the report.

20. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRRF given during the 158th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1099, paras. 26 – 28) and approved the report.

21. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRSG given during the 158th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1099, paras. 29 – 31) and approved the report.

22. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRE given during the 158th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1099, paras. 32 – 34) and approved the report, adding the following paragraph under a new agenda item “XXII. Tributes”:

“50. GRE was informed about the difficulties experienced by the secretariat in preparing the working documents for this GRE session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1097, para. 6) and, therefore, thanked Mr. E. Gianotti for his support as without his positive attitude the GRE session could have been cancelled.”

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23. The Chair of GRSP reported on the results achieved by GRSP during its fifty-second session (for details, see the session report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/52).

24. Concerning the development of Phase 2 of the UN GTR on pedestrian safety, she informed WP.29 that GRSP had adopted the revised terms of reference of the informal working group as reproduced in Annex II to the GRSP report. She sought the consent of WP.29 and AC.3 including the extension of the mandate of the informal working group until June 2014. The World Forum endorsed the extension of the mandate of the informal working group and, in principle, the above-mentioned terms of references, pending the adoption of the GRSP report of its December 2012 session.

25. Regarding the harmonization of side impact dummies, she informed WP.29 that the informal working group was finalizing the validation of the 50th percentile of the World Side Impact Dummy (World SID) but that validation of 5th percentile dummy would need more time than expected. Accordingly, she sought the consent of WP.29 and AC.3 to fix the deadline of the mandate for the informal working group for December 2015. The World Forum agreed that AC.3 should consider this matter (see paras. 109 to 111 below).

26. Concerning the activities of the informal working group of interested experts on Rechargeable Energy Storage Systems (RESS), she informed the World Forum that GRSP had agreed to convert it to a new informal working group and adopted its terms of references as reproduced in Annex VII to the GRSP report. Accordingly, she sought the consent of WP.29 including the deadline of the mandate for the proposed informal working group at November 2014. The World Forum endorsed the establishment of this informal working group and the above-mentioned mandate.

27 The World Forum noted that Ms. M. Versailles (United States of America) had been re-elected GRSP Chair and Mr. Jae-Wan Lee (Republic of Korea) had been elected as Vice-Chair of GRSP for the year 2013 sessions.

16. The secretariat reported on the ITC session (see also para. 4 above). The ITC had requested closer cooperation between WP.1 and WP.29 to solve the inconsistencies between the legal instruments administrated by both bodies and on ITS activities and it was noted that the Bureau of ITC would consider this matter at its June 2013 session on the basis of a report by the Chairs of WP.1 and WP.29. The World Forum agreed that Mr. A. Erario, Chair of GRSG and member of the ITC Bureau, should represent WP.29 in that session. The list of the main decisions adopted by ITC is available at: www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/trans/doc/2013/itc/InfDoc13e.pdf. The report of the ITC session will be available here.

17. The Chair reported that EXCOM had agreed that two professional posts shall be assigned primarily to the activities of the World Forum and that the Commission was considering this decision at its forthcoming session (9-11 April 2013). He invited the representatives to inform their Permanent Missions participating in the Commission session to support this assignment, which is necessary for the completion by the secretariat of the present and future tasks of the World Forum (see para. 31. of the outcome of the review of the 2005 reform of the ECE. Available here.

28. The Chair of GRPE informed WP.29 about the results achieved by GRPE during its sixty-fifth session (for more details, see the session report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/65).

29. Concerning the work on the worldwide harmonized light vehicles test procedures (WLTP), the Chair of GRPE informed WP.29 that the submission of a draft UN GTR during the special GRPE session of November 2013 was considered feasible.

30. He informed the World Forum that GRPE had agreed that the adoption of the summary report by WP.29 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/33) shall conclude the activities of the informal working group and task force group on Environmentally Friendly Vehicles (EFV). The World Forum endorsed the decision of GRPE (see para. 76 below).

31. Concerning the activities of the subgroup on Electric Vehicles and the Environment (EVE), he informed the World Forum that GRPE had adopted the updated terms of reference as reproduced in Annex V to the GRPE report (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/65). The World Forum agreed that AC.3 should consider this matter (see para. 112 below).

32. WP.29 noted that GRPE nominated the expert from Spain to the task of Ambassador for GRPE on the International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA) activities of WP.29.

33. The GRPE Chair reported on the discussion that took place on the draft document prepared by the secretariat related to the carcinogenicity of diesel exhaust emissions and the positive comments received. He added that interested stakeholders had been invited to send their comments to the GRPE secretariat by the end of March 2013. He also reported that GRPE agreed to limit the scope of the document to technical aspects of engines and vehicles, without questioning the conclusions of the experts from the International Agency on Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organization (WHO). The World Forum endorsed this approach.

34. The representative of the Russian Federation brought to the attention of the World Forum that particulate emissions from vehicles not only originated from the engine, but also from tyres wear. He added that the latter ones could significantly exceed those of the engine exhausts.

35. The GRB Chair informed WP.29 about the results achieved during the fifty-seventh session of GRB (for more details, see the session report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/55).

36. He informed WP.29 that GRB had agreed to establish a group of interested experts on vehicle noise, led by the expert from the European Commission (EC), with the main goal of finalizing a proposal for the 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 51, including limit values and vehicle classification. The World Forum endorsed the establishment of this group of interested experts.

37. He reported that GRB had agreed to candidate UN Regulations Nos. 28 and 51 applicable to IWVTA, excluding UN Regulation No. 117 in view of the possible development by GRRF of a UN Regulation covering the installation of tyres on vehicles.

38. The GRRF Chair reported on the results of the seventy-fourth session of GRRF (for details, see the session report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/74).

39. He informed WP.29 that GRRF had agreed on comments to WP.29-157-06 on the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems guidelines.

40. He informed WP.29 that the GRRF Ambassador had presented the relevant paragraphs and tables of WP.29-156-21-Rev.1 on IWVTA. GRRF had addressed the necessary tasks to the experts and agreed to upgrade the priority of the work on a new UN Regulation for tyre installation.

41. He sought guidance from WP.29 on the use of references to private standards, which were not publicly available (see para. 44. under agenda item 4.2.1).

42. WP.29 noted the intention of GRRF to reconsider the proposal by Japan to amend UN Regulation No. 79 (Steering) or to establish a new UN Regulation for “Lane Keeping Assist Systems (LKAS)” and “Parking Assist Systems (PAS)” on the basis of a presentation of the benefits of such systems.

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43. The World Forum noted the status of the 1958 Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/343/Rev.21) at 15 February 2013. From that date, a list of modifications to the original status document would be available in the document: “Related list of modifications of the informal updated version of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/343/Rev.21”. Both documents will be available on the WP.29 website. The World Forum acknowledged the considerable work done by Ms. L. Bachelard in keeping the status document updated, which is important for the well-functioning of the Agreement. WP.29 noted the unilateral application of certain UN Regulations by Canada (WP.29-159-03), as well as the communications concerning Technical Services of the Slovak Republic (WP.29-159-05), of the Czech Republic (WP.29-159-09) and of Belgium (WP.29-159-23). The secretariat reported that the European Union had initiated the process for the application of UN Regulations Nos. 29 and 61 and that the Republic of Korea was in the process of ceasing the application of the UN Regulations in force. As soon as the Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) had issued the corresponding Depositary Notifications, the status of the Agreement document would be updated consequently.

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44. The representative of the United States of America reported that OMB Circular No. A-199 which establishes policies when third party standards are referenced into national legislation is currently being
revised. Following the suggestion of the Chair of GRRF, the World Forum agreed to discuss this issue with all the Chairs of the GRs at the next session of AC.2.

45. Mr. S. Kiyotani, Director-General for Engineering Affairs of the Road Transport Bureau of Japan, gave a presentation on the importance of the future establishment of the IWVTA system and highlighted Japan’s contributions and activities on this subject including Japan’s initiatives, if agreed by WP.29, to review several technical regulations (WP.29-159-18). He underlined that the IWVTA system would be beneficial (i) for all governments in delivering transparent, robust and reliable processes for vehicle type approvals, (ii) for the industry in an efficient type approval procedure for vehicles and (iii) for consumers who benefit from lower vehicle prices. His presentation was well received by WP.29.

46. The representative of France, chairing the informal group on IWVTA, reported that good progress was made in this respect by the group during the meetings held in Paris prior to the WP.29 session. The representative of EU, chairing the IWVTA subgroup on the 1958 Agreement, presented a first draft proposal of the revised 1958 Agreement (WP.29-159-19). He recalled the main purpose of that revision and outlined the remaining issues for which the group members seek the advice of WP.29: (i) level of ambition with respect to the list of 50 action items previously endorsed by WP.29 as well as concerns and questions raised when discussing this list (one of these questions raised by the group is the legal status of the so-called placeholder specifying the administrative provisions for the type approval procedure), (ii) the possible reduction of the notification procedure by a Contracting Party from six months to three months and the possible need to change the condition of the formal adoption of a new Regulation or an amendment to an existing Regulation, (iii) the exchange of Type-approval data and the role of DETA in this process and (iv) the application of the Regulations annexed to the 1958 Agreement for self-certification purposes.

47. The representative of Japan expressed his preferences that (i) the amendments to the Agreement be as simple as possible to ease domestic procedures, (ii) the new provisions specified in the placeholder should not be part of the Agreement itself, but be referenced or annexed to the 1958 Agreement to simplify their future amendments and (iii) the possible revision of conditions for the formal adoption of a new Regulation or an amendment to an existing Regulation be considered taking into account some Asian countries’ opinion to change it from two-third to four-fifth majority of the Contracting Parties (CPs). On the latter, the representatives of India and the Republic of Korea expressed their support and stressed the need for further considerations. The representative of the Republic of Korea underlined the need to review the proposed provisions of the 1958 Agreement to allow the application of the UN Regulations annexed to the 1958 Agreement for self-certification purposes. He stated that his country can only adopt the technical provisions with the exception of other administrative procedures, including Conformity of Production (CoP), of the Regulations because of significant different procedures between self-certification and type-approval systems.

48. The Vice-Chair of WP.29 (Russian Federation) reminded the World Forum that 1998 Agreement was developed parallel to the 1958 Agreement and that the 1998 Agreement had only technical provisions to better cover the needs of countries applying self-certification procedures.

49. The secretariat reported on its exchange of views with OLA on possibly reducing the entry into force period of new Regulations or new amendments to existing Regulations by simplifying the first notification procedure after the adoption by WP.29/AC.1. The World Forum welcomed this initiative and requested the secretariat to further investigate with OLA the legal possibility to simplify the notification procedures.

50. The representative of the United Kingdom stressed the importance of retaining in the Agreement the overriding principle of the mutual recognition of the type approvals that helps and facilitates open markets between the Contracting Parties. This position was shared by the majority of the Contracting Parties to the Agreement.

51. The representative of Japan, chairing the IWVTA subgroup on the development of UN Regulation No. 0, informed WP.29 about the work progress made and announced the group’s intention to further develop, at its June 2013 meeting, the explanatory note on the flexible scheme for IWVTA. He added that the subgroup expected to consider the procedure on how to upgrade Regulation No. 0, to clarify the so-called IWVTA step 1 and to clarify the crucial question if a Contracting Party applying it would have to apply and recognize all individual Regulations listed in Regulation No. 0. He announced the subgroup’s intention to finalize a first proposal on Regulation No. 0 for consideration by WP.29 at its November 2013 session.

52. The World Forum acknowledged the progress made by the IWVTA subgroup. The Chair expected the informal group to submit the final draft revision of the 1958 Agreement for consideration at the November 2013 session on the basis of an official document. He underlined the need of the readiness by a Contracting Party to initiate the official procedure with OLA for the submission of the amendment to the 1958 Agreement. He invited the delegates from the Contracting Parties to the Agreement to be in the position, at the forthcoming session in June 2013, to give information on their national/regional procedures for the adoption and transposition of the revised Agreement, and on the time needed for the completion of this procedure.

53. WP.29 noted that this subject was considered under agenda item 4.3.

54. The Chair of the informal group on DETA presented an interim report and informed WP.29 that his group had concluded, at its meeting held in Geneva on 11 March 2013, the first stage. He introduced WP.29-159-21 proposing an updated roadmap on the implementation procedure for a database facilitating the exchange of type approval documentation, including IWVTA. He sought the endorsement by WP.29 on the proposed approach, if possible for the June 2013 session in order to be in the position to insert the appropriate amendments into the revision of the 1958 Agreement. Some concerns were raised and the Chair of the informal group announced that a revised document would be transmitted to the secretariat for its distribution with an official symbol at the June 2013 session.

55. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.6.1 to 4.6.3, and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

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56. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.7.1 and 4.7.2, and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

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57. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.8.1 to 4.8.5, and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the corrections mentioned in paras. 58 and 59 below:

58. Agenda item 4.8.1, UN Regulation No. 43, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/8: Annex 12, paragraph 2.2, correct “the a-nominal width” to read “the nominal width”.

59. Agenda item 4.8.3, UN Regulation No. 60, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/10 (see WP.29-159-04):
Paragraph 2.23., correct “Combined service brake” to read “Combined brake”; Paragraph 5.2.5.3., correct “Iidentifies” to read " Identifies";
Paragraph 11., shall be deleted.

58. Agenda item 4.8.1, UN Regulation No. 43, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/8: Annex 12, paragraph 2.2, correct “the a-nominal width” to read “the nominal width”.

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59. Agenda item 4.8.3, UN Regulation No. 60, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/10 (see WP.29-159-04):
Paragraph 2.23., correct “Combined service brake” to read “Combined brake”; Paragraph 5.2.5.3., correct “Iidentifies” to read " Identifies";
Paragraph 11., shall be deleted.

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60. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.9.1 to 4.9.15, and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the corrections mentioned in para. 61 below:

61. Agenda item 4.9.11, Regulation No. 87, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/23:
Through the whole document, correct “must” to read “shall” (3 times).

62. Under agenda items 4.9.8 to 4.9.10 (UN Regulation No. 48), the representative of OICA suggested to avoid, for the sake of simplicity and avoid confusion, preparing amendments to subsequent series of amendments to a UN Regulation, since requirements and test procedures, as long as they are not amended in subsequent series of amendment, remain valid and, therefore, do not need to be repeated each time. WP.29 noted that, in this case, the documents tabled under these agenda items were justified. The Chair of GRE announced that GRE was expected to consider, at its forthcoming session in April 2013, a concrete proposal prepared by GTB and OICA to clarify the transitional provisions of parallel series of amendments in force at the same time. He also indicated GRE’s willingness to avoid such amendments in future. It was suggested considering this horizontal issue also at the forthcoming session of AC.2.

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61. Agenda item 4.9.11, Regulation No. 87, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/23:
Through the whole document, correct “must” to read “shall” (3 times).

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63. The World Forum considered the draft corrigenda under agenda items 4.10.1 and 4.10.2, and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

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64. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.11.1 to 4.11.4, and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the corrections mentioned in paras. 65 and 66 below:

65. Agenda item 4.11.2, Regulation No. 53, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/29 (see WP.29-159-02):
Paragraph 6.2.6.1., correct to read:
“6.2.6.1. …
However, the additional light source(s) or additional lighting unit(s) shall not be activated when the bank angle is less than 5 degrees.
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66. Agenda item 4.11.3, Regulation No. 69, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/30, correct to read:
Annex 6, paragraph 2.1.1., for 0.3 read 0.03.

67. Under agenda item 4.12.1 (Regulation No. 51), WP.29 agreed to defer consideration of this item to its November 2013 session.

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65. Agenda item 4.11.2, Regulation No. 53, document ECE/TRANS/WP.2 /2013/29 (see WP.29-159-02):
Paragraph 6.2.6.1., correct to read:
“6.2.6.1. …
However, the additional light source(s) or additional lighting unit(s) shall not be activated when the bank angle is less than 5 degrees.
…”

66. Agenda item 4.11.3, Regulation No. 69, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/30, correct to read:
Annex 6, paragraph 2.1.1., for 0.3 read 0.03.

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67. Under agenda item 4.12.1 (Regulation No. 51), WP.29 agreed to defer consideration of this item to its November 2013 session.

68. Under agenda item 4.12.2 (Regulation No. 121), WP.29 agreed to defer this item, to its March 2014 session, and to consider it together with a concrete proposal by GRRF amending Regulations Nos. 13 and 13-H.

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69. The World Forum noted the consolidated document containing the status of the Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.6) as well as the status of the priorities of the 1998 Agreement and items on which the exchange of views should continue (WP.29-159-15). The secretariat encouraged the Contracting Parties to send, in due time, their status
reports and final reports informing on the progress on transposition of the UN GTRs into the domestic law. The World Forum noted that the monitoring of the 1998 Agreement would be considered under agenda item 20 (see paras. 115 to 118 below).

70. The World Forum agreed that agenda items 5.2 to 5.5 should be considered by the Executive Committee AC.3.

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71. No new information was provided under this agenda item.

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72. The World Forum noted the revised document on the status of the Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1074/Rev.4), including the last version of the national periodical inspection certificate used in the Russian Federation as an alternative to the International Technical Inspection Certificate (see Appendix 2, para. 2 of the 1997 Agreement). WP.29 noted that the notifications regarding the Administrative Authorities and Technical Services were not sent by all the Contracting Parties to the Agreement. Concerned CPs were invited to send the above-mentioned notifications to the secretariat at their earliest convenience.

73. The representative of the Russian Federation introduced WP.29-159-10 proposing a revised road map, developed in cooperation with the representative of CITA, as a way forward to update the UN Rules annexed to the 1997 Agreement. The World Forum adopted WP.29-159-10 as reproduced in Annex II to the report. The representative of the Russian Federation presented WP.29-159-13 proposing amendments to Rule No. 1 (Environment protection) to harmonize the provisions with those of the latest UN Regulations annexed to the 1958 Agreement and the EU Directives. WP.29 agreed to refer WP.29-159-13, with an official symbol, to its subsidiary Working Parties for detailed consideration at their next sessions.

74. Referring to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/32, WP.29 noted that the GRs were in the process of revising the proposal for amendments to UN Rule No. 2.

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75. No new information on the subject was given during the session.

76. The World Forum considered and adopted the final report (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/33) of ten years of activities in evaluating the concept of Environmentally Friendly Vehicles (EFV). WP.29 noted that the work completed during the decade was very positive, being the basis for the current development of UN Regulations and GTRs. It was agreed to freeze the activities of the EFV informal working group and the EFV Task Force, which could be re-activated in future, if needed.

77. In the absence of the Secretary to WP.1, the secretariat informed the World Forum that documents ECE/TRANS/WP.1/2012/8 and ECE/TRANS/WP.1/2011/4/Rev.1, dealing with the inconsistencies on lighting and light-signalling provisions as well as on the issue of ADAS in relation with the provision of the 1968 Vienna Convention on the driver’s control of the vehicle, were under consideration by WP.1. The GRE Chair expressed the concerns of GRE on the amendments by WP.1, which are still under consideration, on the proposal transmitted by WP.29 in March 2011 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/47). WP.29 agreed with his suggestion requesting WP.1 to revert to the original proposal of WP.29 and to follow ITC’s advice (see para. 4 above) to accelerate deliberations on the issue of the control of the vehicle by the driver and to increase the cooperation between WP.1 and WP.29. The GRE Chair concluded that the elimination of the inconsistencies could avoid possible technical barriers to trade.

78. The Vice-Chair recommended that WP.29 representatives should coordinate with their national representatives in WP.1 to accelerate progress on this issue.

79. The Chair of the Enforcement Working Group reported on the session held on 15 November 2012, particularly on the presentations made on counterfeit parts in the automotive sector. He reminded the World Forum that the next informal meeting was scheduled to be held during the next session of WP.29 (27 June 2013 at 3.30 p.m.) and that no meeting was scheduled in November 2013.

80. Recalling the information provided by the secretariat at the previous session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1099, para. 85), the World Forum noted the decision by the Director of the Transport Division to extend the scope of the self-evaluation to the secretariat servicing of WP.29 by focusing on the assessment of the main administrative procedures. WP.29 requested the secretariat to submit for consideration, at its forthcoming session in June 2013, the Terms of Reference for the self-evaluation and a draft assessment document.

83. The World Forum adopted the report and its annexes on the basis of a draft prepared by the secretariat.

120. Following the recommendation made by the Administrative Committee WP.29/AC.2 for the coordination of work, AC.4 did not hold its session (see para. 8 above).

121. No other business was raised.

115. Recognizing the value of the status document of the 1998 Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.6), the representative of EU stated that more information should be provided. He introduced WP.29-159-08, in which the EU reported on the details of the transposition of UN GTRs Nos. 2 and 8 into EU law. He suggested that the Contracting Parties to the Agreement should provide such kinds of information, which could help other Parties in the process of transposing the UN GTRs. He would provide, for the June 2013 session, a similar report covering the transposition of other UN GTR. Finally, he indicated that the Annex to WP.29-159-08 contained an example of the reports to be provided to the secretariat in accordance to Article 7 of the 1958 Agreement.

116. The representative of the Russian Federation introduced WP.29-159-07 containing the notification of the status report on the transposition of UN GTRs into the Russian law. He explained AC.3 that the first priority in his country was to transpose the UN GTR through UN Regulations annexed to the 1958 Agreement and, only in the case of the absence of UN Regulations, UN GTRs would be applied directly. He announced that this system would also be applied by the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation.

117. The Chair reminded the Contracting Parties of their obligation to send to the secretariat, the mandatory reports on the transposition process through their Permanent Missions in Geneva via the “1998 AGREEMENT-MISSIONS List” electronic system. If assistance is needed, they may contact the secretariat (Mr. F. Guichard).

118. The notifications sent by CPs and by the secretariat are available on the Forum website here, while the status of the 1998 Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.6) is available on the Forum website here.

114. The representative of Canada mentioned the possible need of regulatory actions linked to the development of new technologies. He suggested starting the worldwide harmonization process before completing the national regulations. The representative of Japan supported the suggestion, in principle, and indicated that some of the technologies mentioned were already regulated in the framework of the 1958 Agreement. The representative of the United States of America stated that it was easier to harmonize new provisions than existing regulations. The representative of EU agreed with the previous speakers. However, he proposed to give priority to finalizing the UN GTR in development rather than initiating new ones. AC.3 requested the secretariat to include a new agenda item 17.6 for the exchange of views on new vehicle technologies.

113. No new information was provided for this agenda item.

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84. Of the 51 Contracting Parties to the Agreement, 36 were represented and established AC.1 for its fifty-third session held on 13 March 2013.

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87. The thirty-seventh session of the Executive Committee (AC.3) was held on 13 and 14 March 2013. The representatives of 11 of the 33 Contracting Parties to the Agreement attended or were represented.

88. At the proposal of the EU representative, Mr. K. Simon (United States of America) was unanimously elected Chair for 2013.

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89. AC.3 noted WP.29-159-16 supplementing the draft Amendment 1 to UN GTR No. 12 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/34) and recommended to further consider, at its June 2013 session, the proposed amendments listed in WP.29-159-16 on the basis of an official document, subject to a detailed review by GRSG at its session in April 2013. AC.3 agreed to defer the vote on draft Amendment 1 to UN GTR No. 12 to its June 2013 session.

90. AC.3 noted that no request was submitted for consideration.

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91. AC.3 noted that guidance was not requested at this session. The Chair of GRPE clarified that guidance may be needed in the June 2013 session of AC.3 to address eventual, open issues that remain unresolved in developing the GTR on WLTP.

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104. The representative of the United States of America, on behalf of the Chair of the informal working group on Quiet Road Transport Vehicles (QRTV), reported on the progress made by the group. He informed AC.3 that the last informal meeting took place in Berlin in December 2012. He added that the group had started examining amongst others: (i) a proposal tabled by Japan, (ii) the United States notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on this subject, and (iii) the recommendation and approach undertaken by the EC. He announced that the next informal meeting was scheduled to be held in Brussels on 16-18 April 2013 and that the group intended to prepare the outline of the UN GTR as well as to examine possible interactions with the provisions of UN Regulations Nos. 41 and 51. The representative of EU emphasized that the QRTV was the most appropriate group to develop global legislation on this matter. AC.3 noted the complexity of this subject and the group’s tight time schedule. AC.3 endorsed the recommendation by GRB to maintain consistency between the provisions of the future advanced vehicle alert systems with those of existing noise regulations.

103. The representative of the United States of America, on behalf of the Chair of the informal working group on electric vehicle safety, informed AC.3 about the outcome of the last meeting of the group held in Bonn. She outlined that the discussion mainly focused on examining existing technical requirements used by Contracting Parties and on the group’s roadmap of work activities. She announced that the next informal meeting was scheduled to be held on 16-18 April 2013 in Tokyo.

102. The representative of the United States of America, on behalf of the Chair of the informal working group on PSI, informed AC.3 about the work progress of the eighth meeting of the informal working group (Paris, 20-21 November 2012) held in conjunction with a meeting of the group on the harmonization of side impact dummies. She added that, as an outcome of this meeting, the third progress report of the informal working group and a draft UN GTR were submitted (GRSP-52-07) to the December 2012 session of GRSP. Moreover, she clarified that the informal working group met virtually through WebEx on 7 February 2013 to consider comments and some additions to the text. Finally, she stated that the draft UN GTR (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2013/7) would be considered at the May 2013 session of GRSP. She added that the draft UN GTR could be recommended to AC.3 for consideration and vote at its November 2013 session. She concluded that comments and questions, if any, should be addressed to the Chair of the informal working group on PSI.

101. The Chair of GRPE informed AC.3 about the group’s activities on Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedures (WLTP). He reported that there were several difficult issues to be resolved. If these remain unresolved at the informal working group level or at the GRPE level, guidance would be requested from AC.3 at its June 2013 session. He added that the recommendation for establishing a draft UN GTR was considered feasible for the special GRPE session of November 2013. He expected that AC.3 could consider the draft UN GTR at its March 2014 session.

98. The Chair of the informal group on Tyre GTR reported that GRRF had recommended the draft GTR containing six pending questions. He announced that the draft gtr will be distributed for consideration at the June 2013 session with the pending questions in square brackets, which are still under consideration by a group of interested experts. He said that, if these issues were unresolved by June 2013, AC.3 would be requested to provide guidance to GRRF at that session. In such a case, GRRF should confirm the definitive text at the September 2013 session, in order to enable AC.3 to vote on the text of the UN GTR at the November 2013 session.

99. The representative of the United States of America stated that in addition to the six issues noted by the Chair of the informal working group there also were some minor technical issues under consideration by his country. In addition, he noted that some validation work would be conducted by his country in the summer of 2013. He agreed to communicate with interested CPs via e-mail on progress in these issues to facilitate the adoption of the UN GTR at the November 2013 session of AC.3.

100. The representative of EU recognized the existence of remaining minor issues that could complicate the adoption of the UN GTR in November 2013 and offered full collaboration in solving them. He outlined that the adoption of this UN GTR is one of the highest priorities for the EU.

92. The Chair of GRPE informed AC.3 that a proposal for Amendment 3 to UN GTR No. 2, correcting the units used in some equations and modifying a figure on the gear use during acceleration phases, was expected to be considered at the June 2013 session of AC.3.

93. The Chair of GRPE (Germany) and the representative of the EU informed AC.3 that an updated time schedule for the submission of the deliverables by the informal working group on Heavy Duty Hybrids (HDH), in charge of modifications to UN GTR No. 4, would be considered at the next GRPE session (June 2013). AC.3 noted that the first meeting of the editorial group was scheduled on 19 March 2013 and that the submission of the draft amendment to the UN GTR was expected for the GRPE session of June 2014.

94. The representative of the United Kingdom, chairing the informal working group on UN GTR No. 7 Phase 2, gave an oral report on the work progress. He informed AC.3 that the group had made good progress on developing a proposal to redefine the height of the head restraints in terms of its “effective” rather than “absolute” height and was ready to deliver a new procedure for its measurement at the May 2013 session of GRSP. Regarding the dynamic test to assess the risk of whiplash injury, he confirmed that the group was working on an agreement to select only the Biofidelic Rear Impact Dummy (BioRID II) within the UN GTR rather than to propose it as an alternative to the current reference to the Hybrid III dummy. He added that the development of injury criteria was of critical importance for the use of BioRID, but unfortunately, research in this area had not progressed as expected. Accordingly, he doubted that the informal working group would be in a position to recommend the draft UN GTR to AC.3 for consideration and possible adoption at its June 2014 session as announced at the previous session. He announced that a full report would be provided at the session in June 2013.

95. The representative of Germany, co-Chair of the informal working group on Phase 2 of UN GTR No. 9, recalled that the third progress report (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/36) had been adopted, as amended by WP.29-159-20, at the December 2012 session of GRSP. AC.3 adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/36, as amended by Annex III of the session report.

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81. The representative of the Republic of Korea informed the World Forum about the forthcoming Enhanced Safety of Vehicles (ESV) Conference to be held in Seoul from 27 to 30 May 2013 (WP.29-159-17-Rev.1), and invited all WP.29 representatives to participate.

82. Mr. A. Zazgigalkin, Deputy Head of the Federal Agency for Standardization and Metrology, and Head of the Administrative Type Approval Authority (22/A) of the Russian Federation, gave a presentation (WP.29-159-22) on the implementation of global satellite navigation systems (GLONASS), including in-vehicle emergency call systems. He announced his intention to propose, at the next session in June 2013, either a new UN Regulation or amendments to UN Regulations Nos. 12, 94 and 95 introducing harmonized crashworthiness requirements to foster a reliable global implementation of the e-call system. The representative of the European Commission recognized the potential safety benefits of e-call systems. He announced intentions to report, at the next session, on the progress of the discussion on e-call in the European Union and offered his support and cooperation to develop a new UN Regulation on this subject.

96. The representative of United States of America, Chair of GRSP, informed AC.3 that the HFCV subgroup on safety (SGS) had concluded its work and that GRSP had recommended the UN GTR for vote at the June 2013 session of AC.3 (WP.29-159-06). She underlined that parts of this draft UN GTR would be the basis for developing the UN GTRs on electric vehicle safety (EVS) and pole side impact. She clarified that the schedule and terms of references of Phase 2 of the GTR would follow the development of the UN GTR on EVS, whose experts were the same in both groups. She announced that more information would be provided at the June 2013 session of AC.3, following the outcome of the informal group meeting in April 2013.

97. The representative of Japan welcomed the progress made by GRSP on this subject and stated that many stakeholders were expecting the completion of this UN GTR at the earliest to foster the imminent deployment of hydrogen vehicles. The representative of EU announced that information on the effective transposition of the UN GTR in the EU would be provided. AC.3 acknowledged the work done by Mr. Albus (Germany) and endorsed his intention to step down as project manager of the activities of the HFCV. Finally, representatives were invited to be ready for the vote at the June 2013 session and, in the case they were unable to attend the session, to ensure their countries’ representation by their Permanent Missions. AC.3 requested the secretariat to distribute the draft UN GTR with an official symbol, the technical report adopted by GRSP and the authorization to develop the UN GTR.

112. The representative of Canada, on behalf of the Chair of EVE, reported on the work progress of the informal working group. She informed AC.3 that the main objective of EVE was to develop a regulatory reference guide for electric vehicle technologies taking into account attributes that characterize electric vehicles, batteries, charging infrastructure and market deployment support mechanisms, with specific attention to their interaction with the environment. She invited all interested stakeholders that had not yet contributed to the guide to provide information through the specific questionnaire already circulated by the EVE informal working group.

109. The Chair of GRSP reported that the informal working group had met twice since the November 2012 session of WP.29. She confirmed that the technical work for the 50th percentile World SID dummy was ready for incorporation into the draft UN GTR on PSI and that work was in progress for the inclusion of its technical specifications as well as drawings into the Mutual Resolution M.R.1. She informed AC.3 that ISO had expressed its preference to make a reference to the ISO standard allowing its availability free of charge. She informed AC.3 that some technical issues on the 5th percentile female were pending and requested the extension of the informal working group’s mandate until December 2015. AC.3 endorsed that request.

110. The representative of the United Kingdom recalled that one of the main purposes of M.R.1 was to ensure consistency in both the development and regulatory assessment of vehicles and systems. He added that this would enhance confidence for the mutual recognition of type approvals that underpins the 1958 Agreement. He suggested caution when considering the use of third party documentation to define a tool within M.R.1.

111. The Chair of the AC.3 stated that for the sake of transparency, all details of the tools shall be included in the M.R.1 instead of a reference. AC.3 agreed to consider this issue at the next session of AC.2 and that the group should think about guiding principles to facilitate the session.

1. The World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) held its 159th session from 12–15 March 2013 chaired by Mr. B. Gauvin (France). The following countries were represented, following Rule 1(a) of the Rules of Procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.1 and Amend.2):

Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Canada; People’s Republic of China; Colombia; Croatia; Finland; France; Germany; Hungary; India; Italy; Japan; Latvia; Luxembourg; Netherlands; Norway; Republic of Korea; Romania; Russian Federation; Slovakia; Republic of South Africa; Spain; Switzerland; Turkey; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; United States of America. Representatives of the European Union (EU) participated.

The following non-governmental organizations were also represented: Association for Emission Control by Catalyst (AECC), Consumers International (CI), the International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA), European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA/MEMA/JAPIA)1; Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA); the Foundation for the Automobile and Society (FIA Foundation), Working Party “Brussels 1952” (GTB); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA); International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA). At the invitation of the secretariat, the European Tyre and Rim Technical Organisation (ETRTO) and the University of Sao Paolo (Brazil) also participated.

2. The Director of the Transport Division welcomed the representatives and presented the strategic orientation of the Inland Transport Committee (ITC) and the Transport Division’s activities emphasizing the global outreach, especially in the field of vehicle regulations, transport of dangerous goods, border crossing facilitation and road safety.

3. She underlined the increasing demand for mobility that in the future cannot be met in the old, traditional ways. The Director stressed the importance of transport for achieving the Millennium Development Goals even though none of the MDGs deal specifically with transport. MDGs are planned to be achieved by 2015 and the preparation has started to address the post -2015 agenda; discussions are ongoing about potential future Sustainable Development Goals. She referred to the recent study of UNECE titled “Transport for Sustainable Development in the ECE region” and pointed out the importance of the three pillars of sustainability: economic, social and environmental. With this approach, road safety, as well as security, are part of sustainable development. Delegates of WP.29 were invited to support SDGs on transport.

4. She reported on the highlights of the seventy-fifth session of the ITC as well as the signing of two Ministerial Declarations: one on Euro-Asian Transport links and one on Unified Railway Law. She informed the World Forum that the second UN Road Safety Week will be from 6 to 12 May, UNECE will organize several high profile events first of all on 6 and 7 May in the Palais des Nations. She invited the delegates to participate and asked for support on the possible demonstration of vehicle safety and autonomous driving. The Director concluded that ITC had requested closer cooperation among all the Working Parties to better address cross cutting issues, like Intelligent Transport Systems and Services, road safety, etc. In this regard WP.1 and WP.29 were asked to accelerate their deliberations on “consistency”, i.e. on driver’s control of the vehicle.

105. No new information was provided for this agenda item.

106. The representative of Japan, co-Chair of the ITS informal working group, recalled the information provided under agenda item 2.3 (see para. 15 above). He indicated that the agenda as well as the working papers for the meeting scheduled on 15 March 2013 were available on the World Forum website.

107. He informed AC.3 that the informal working group would consider the comments received from the GRs on the proposal for the design principles for control systems of ADAS (WP.29-157-06). He expected to conclude the final review of the document including the consideration of all comments from the GRs during the June 2013 session of WP.29.

108. No new information was provided for this agenda item.

119. No other business was raised.

Working Party on Lighting and Light-signalling | Session 69 | 8-11 Apr 2013

38. The expert from CEMA introduced GRE-69-02 proposing several amendments to the Regulation No. 86. GRE agreed to set up an informal group on Agricultural Vehicle Lighting Installation (AVLI) to deal with this item. The experts from Germany and the Netherlands were proposed to serve as co-Chair. The expert from CEMA was proposed to serve as the Secretary to the informal group. The first session of the AVLI informal group was scheduled to be held in Bonn, Germany, on 19 June 2013. GRE requested the AVLI informal group to draft a proposal for the Terms of Reference of the informal working group for its October 2013 session and to consider GRE-69-02, GRE-69-03 and GRE-69-21.

2. GRE noted GRE-69-01-Rev.1, including all the informal documents and the amendments of the provisional agenda. GRE adopted the agenda proposed for the sixtyninth session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/1 as amended by Add.1 and GRE-69-1 Rev. 1). The informal documents distributed during the session are listed in Annex I of the meeting report.
3. The list of the GRE informal groups is contained in Annex II of the meeting report.

4. GRE noted that proposals on this subject are awaited and agreed to defer discussion to its October 2013 session.

5. The expert from GTB introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/6 and the expert from IEC introduced GRE-69-05. GRE adopted both documents, agreed to delete the square brackets and requested the secretariat to submit the proposals to WP.29 and to the Administrative Committee of the 1958 Agreement (AC.1) for consideration at their November 2013 session as draft Supplement 42 to the 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 37.

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28. Following the decision to suspend the work of the informal working group (see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/67, para. 34), GRE had agreed that this subject might be resumed in the framework of the future activities on the International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA) and the development of the “Regulation No. 0” (if needed) and to keep as reference ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2008/32, GRE-66-13 GRE-66-14 and GRE-69-14 on the agenda.

29. The expert from the EC introduced GRE-69-14 proposing a new approach for the Lighting and Light-Signalling Regulations, which is inspired by the former idea of a horizontal reference document and the proposal made by GTB at the 158th WP.29 session. GRE agreed to create a Special Interest Group, which shall define the terms of reference of a new Informal Working Group.

30. GRE considered GRE-69-31 tabled by the expert from China, agreed to resume consideration on this matter and requested the secretariat to distribute GRE-69-31 with an official symbol at its October 2013 session.

31. In the absence of revised proposal from the GTB expert, GRE agreed to delete this agenda item.

39. In the absence of proposals, GRE agreed to postpone this discussion to its October 2013 session.

37. GRE reconsidered ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2011/48 tabled by the expert of SAE, clarifying the execution of the design and test requirements. The expert from SAE confirmed that SAE is cooperating with GTB on this issue. GRE agreed to resume consideration on this subject at its October 2013 session.

36. The expert from GTB informed GRE about the work progress made by its organization on this matter, combining the approach from CLEPA (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/25) and GTB (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2011/46). GRE agreed to reconsider this agenda item at its October 2013 session on the basis of a formal document that the expert from Germany volunteered to prepare.

35. The expert from the Netherlands withdrew ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/4. GRE agreed to delete this agenda item.

32. GRE reconsidered ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2011/35 tabled by the expert from China. The expert from SAE reported on the work progress of his organization on this matter. GRE agreed to resume discussion on this item at its October 2013 session awaiting the work outcome of SAE.

33. The expert from OICA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/3 and Corr. 1 proposing to update the electromagnetic compatibility requirements for electrical vehicles. It was noted the absence of justification for raising the COP tolerance. GRE adopted the proposal ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/3 as amended by its Corr. 1 and a correction noted below. GRE requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2013 sessions as draft 05 series of amendments to Regulation No. 10.

Appendix 8, figure 1, HV artificial network, R2 value in the table, amend to read:
“R2: 1 MΩ 100kΩ (discharging C2 to < 50 Vdc within 60 s)”

34. The Expert from OICA introduced GRE-69-26 Rev.1 proposing corrections to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/3 and its Corr. 1. GRE agreed to resume consideration of GRE-69-26 Rev.1 on the basis of a revised document that the expert from OICA volunteered to prepare for the October 2013 session of GRE.

56 The Chairman of GRE, Mr. M. Gorzkowski (Canada), informed GRE about the intention of Canada to no longer chair GRE. He invited the GRE experts to apply as Chair or vice-Chair to GRE for 2014. In case a new Chair would be elected, he would volunteer to be candidate as a vice-Chair.

57. GRE was informed that Mr. A Burrows would no longer attend GRE. GRE thanked him for his excellent contributions and wished him all the best in his new responsibilities.

6. The expert from GTB introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/7, amended by GRE-69-08, proposing to allow a reduction of the minimum mounting height of front position lamps. GRE adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/7 (not amended) and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2013 sessions as draft:
(a) Supplement 12 to the 04 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48,
(b) Supplement 5 to the 05 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48,
(c) Supplement 3 to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48.

8. The expert from GTB introduced GRE-69-17 amended by GRE-69-36 superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/9, clarifying the transitional provisions of Regulation No. 48. The proposal solved the situation set before the adoption of the guidelines on transitional provisions as set in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1044/Rev.1. The experts confirmed that the specificities of Regulation No. 48 required a small deviation from the transitional provisions’ guideline. GRE adopted the proposal as reproduced in Annex III to the report. GRE requested the secretariat to submit the proposal to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2013 sessions as draft Supplement 3 to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48 (see paras. 6 and 7).

14. GRE reconsidered ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/39 tabled by the proposal from Germany, deleting the exemption for vehicles of category M1 and N1 on the separation of the position lamps. GRE agreed to continue the discussion on this matter and requested the secretariat to provide a specific agenda item “vehicle signature” for the October 2013 GRE session.

17. The expert from GTB reported on the work progress of the informal group on Database for the Exchange of Type Approval documentation (DETA). The informal working group on DETA sought endorsement of WP.29 for its proposal to establish the DETA proposal as defined in its preliminary report. GRE endorsed the establishment of such a Database, as a condition sine qua none for simplifying of the approval marking and agreed to keep this item on the agenda.

18. The expert from Germany reported on progress in research on the above subject. GRE agreed to defer discussion on this subject to its October 2013 session, on the basis of official proposals.

19. The expert from Germany introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/17, proposing requirements on the use of non-replaceable filament lamps in light sources modules and signalling lamps and referencing to paragraph 2.11 of the IEC 60809, Edition 3 standard. The Chair noted that this standard was not final. He recalled GRE-68-06 reproducing the relevant part of the draft standard. The expert from IEC confirmed that the IEC standard was now final and the proposed text was in compliance with the final text of the standard. The Chair reminded experts of their responsibility to ensure proper use of standards covered by copyrights in their proposals. GRE adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/17 (not amended) and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2013 session as draft:

(a) Supplement 17 to the 00 series of amendments to Regulation No. 4;
(b) Supplement 25 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 6;
(c) Supplement 23 to the 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 7;
(d) Supplement 20 to the 00 series of amendments to Regulation No. 23;
(e) Supplement 17 to the 00 series of amendments to Regulation No. 38;
(f) Supplement 17 to the 00 series of amendments to Regulation No. 50;
(g) Supplement 17 to the 00 series of amendments to Regulation No. 77;
(h) Supplement 17 to the 00 series of amendments to Regulation No. 87;
(i) Supplement 17 to the 00 series of amendments to Regulation No. 91;
(j) Supplement 4 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 119.

20. The expert from Germany introduced the documents listed above, proposing simplifications of Conformity of Production (COP) requirements for these Regulations. The expert from the Netherlands expressed concerns that these proposals might introduce excessive tolerances by deleting the statistical confidence of 95 per cent requirement. The expert from Germany introduced GRE-69-33, GRE-69-34 and GRE-69-35 respectively amending ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/23, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/24 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/31, as reproduced in Annex V. GRE adopted these three proposals as amended by Annex V to the report as well as the remaining proposals (not amended), and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2013 sessions as draft (see para. 19 item (a) to (j)):

(a) Supplement 15 to the 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 3,
(b) Supplement 17 to the 00 series of amendments to Regulation No. 4,
(c) Supplement 25 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 6,
(d) Supplement 23 to the 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 7,
(e) Supplement 6 to the 04 series of amendments to Regulation No. 19,
(f) Supplement 20 to the 00 series of amendments to Regulation No. 23,
(g) Supplement 27 to the 00 series of amendments to Regulation No. 38,
(h) Supplement 9 to the 00 series of amendments to Regulation No. 65,
(i) Supplement 6 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 69,
(j) Supplement 9 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 70,
(k) Supplement 17 to the 00 series of amendments to Regulation No. 77,
(l) Supplement 17 to the 00 series of amendments to Regulation No. 87,
(m) Supplement 17 to the 00 series of amendments to Regulation No. 91,
(n) Supplement 5 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 98,
(o) Supplement 3 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 113,
(p) Supplement 4 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 119,
(q) Supplement 5 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 112.

26. GRE considered two proposals introduced by the experts of France and Germany, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/13 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/14, introducing provisions for variations of the apparent surface of direction indicators. The expert from OICA introduced amendments to the proposals (GRE-69-27 and GRE-69-28). Introducing GRE-69-18 and GRE-69-19, the expert from the Netherlands expressed the concern about the lack of signal uniformity that this proposal would create. GRE requested an assessment of impact upon safety relating to direction indicators with variable apparent surface. The majority of experts from Contracting Parties opposed the proposal made by Germany and France but agreed to resume consideration on this issue on the basis of a revised proposal by the experts from France and Germany. GRE agreed to keep GRE-69-17, GRE-69-18 and GRE-69-30 on the agenda of its October 2013 session.

21. The expert from Germany introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/19 deleting remaining provisions regarding distributed lighting systems (DLS) to avoid potential misinterpretations of the provisions. France and Italy expressed their objections to this proposal. The expert from Austria introduced GRE-69-32-Rev. 1 amending the proposal from Germany. GRE adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/19 as amended by Annex VI to the report and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2013 sessions as draft (see paras. 6, 7, 9, 11, 15 and 16):

(a) Supplement 6 to the 04 series of amendments to Regulation No. 19,
(b) Supplement 3 to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48,
(c) Supplement 5 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 98.

22. The expert from GTB introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/5, proposing to cease the granting of new type approvals to the “Sealed Beam” headlamps and to correct the title of Regulation No. 31. The expert from Italy introduced GRE-69-37 amending the original proposal. He also introduced GRE-69-38 proposing similar amendments to Regulations Nos. 53 and 74. GRE requested the secretariat to distribute GRE-69-38 with an official symbol at its October 2013 session. GRE adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/5 as amended by Annex VII to the report and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2013 sessions as draft (see paras. 6, 7, 9, 11, 15 and 16):

(a) new 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 5;
(b) new 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 31;
(c) Supplement 3 to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48.

23. The expert from Germany introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/18 aiming to avoid intentional (voltage) variation of passing beam, using halogen light sources. Agreeing that the proposed wording would be in contradiction with adaptive front light systems, the expert agreed to update his proposal. GRE agreed to resume consideration on this matter on the basis of an updated formal proposal, which the expert from Germany volunteered to prepare for the October 2013 session of GRE.

24. The expert from GTB introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/10, updating the heat resistance test requirements. GRE adopted this proposal (not amended) and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2013 sessions as draft (see paras. 20 and 21):

(a) Supplement 5 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 98,
(b) Supplement 5 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 112,
(c) Supplement 5 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 123.

25. GRE considered ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/16, introduced by the experts from Austria and Poland, clarifying the obligation of compliance with the installations requirements of devices which obtained type approval according to the component regulations. The expert from Italy introduced GRE-69-20, providing an alternative wording. GRE didn’t support ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/16. GRE agreed to resume consideration on this matter on the basis of a revised proposal, which the expert from Italy volunteered to prepare on the basis of GRE-69-20, for the October 2013 session of GRE.

27. In the absence of new documents, GRE agreed to delete this agenda item.

40. The Secretary of the Working Party on Road Traffic Safety (WP.1) reported on the progress made by WP.1 during its March 2013 session, particularly on updating the new draft Annex 5 to the Vienna Convention, dealing with vehicle lighting and light-signalling. The first reading of this draft was finalized. WP.1 was expected to finish the second reading within the next two or three sessions. GRE offered its assistance to WP.1, if needed, concluding its reading and deliberations. GRE noted the brief notes (GRE-69-22) on this matter provided by the expert from Germany.

41. Referring to the request of WP.29 at its June 2012 session (see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1097, para. 14) to provide comments on WP.29-157-06 (Design principles for control systems of ADAS), GRE endorsed GRE-68-23.

42. The Secretary to WP.1 informed GRE about the second United Nation Global Road Safety Week scheduled from 6 to 12 May 2013 in Geneva. He announced the highlights prepared for the week: 4 events, an exhibition, a poster as well as a simulator on the effect of fatigue on drivers. He invited GRE experts to attend to the United Nation Global Road Safety Week.

43. The GRE Ambassador on IWVTA activities introduced GRE-69-15 and GRE-69-16 on how GRE shall address the IWVTA related items. GRE noted that some of the component regulations were missing in the list proposed in GRE-69-15. GRE requested its Ambassador to submit an updated presentation for its October 2013 session.

46. The expert from the Russian Federation introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/32 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/64 proposing amendments to UN Rule No. 1 and UN Rule No. 2. GRE supported both documents without amendments.

Please see the meeting report for paragraphs 47-53.

54. The work task of GRE was discussed in conjunction with Item 6.

55. The expert from GTB introduced GRE-69-39, reporting on the exchange of view between GTB and the National Highway Traffic Safety Agency (NHTSA) on new headlighting technologies. He introduced GRE-69-40, a status report of the activities of the GTB task force dealing with COP requirements and Regulation No. 123. He introduced GRE-69-41 reporting on the feasibility study on performance based requirements and the rationales for excluding the Light Source Regulations from the study. He also reported on the feasibility of LED retrofit, listing the challenges expected and calling for input and guidance by GRE.

1. The Working Party on Lighting and Light-Signalling (GRE) held its sixty-ninth session from 8 to 11 April 2013 in Geneva, under the chairmanship of Mr. M. Gorzkowski (Canada). 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 and Amend. 1): Austria; Belgium; Canada; China; Czech Republic; Finland; France; Germany; Hungary; India; Italy; Japan; Luxembourg; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Republic of Korea; Russian Federation; Serbia; Spain; South Africa; Thailand and United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. An expert from the European Commission (EC) participated. Experts from the following non-governmental organizations also took part in the session: European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA); International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA); International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA) and Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).

Upon the special invitation of the Chair, the experts from the International Automotive Lighting and Light Signalling Expert Group (GTB) and the European Committee of Associations of Manufacturers of Agricultural Machinery (CEMA) participated.

7. GRE considered ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/8 on replacing of light sources introduced by the expert from GTB. GRE adopted this proposal (not amended) and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2013 sessions as draft (see para. 6):
(a) Supplement 12 to the 04 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48,
(b) Supplement 5 to the 05 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48,
(c) Supplement 3 to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48.

9. The expert from GTB introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/11 proposing to clarify the general provision determining the mounting height of the lamp in paragraph 5.28.4. GRE adopted this proposal (not amended) and, in effort to have this document considered at their June 2013 sessions as draft Supplement 3 to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48 (see paras. 6, 7 and 8), requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as an informal document. Alternatively, this document would be converted into an official proposal for consideration at their November 2013 sessions.

10. The expert for the Netherlands introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/2 amending the tale tells requirements. GRE agreed to resume consideration on the basis of a revised document at its October 2013 session.

11. The expert from Germany introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/20 on Light Emitting Diodes (LED) modules producing the principal passing beam: to be wired so that the failure of one does not cause all of them to stop emitting light. The expert from OICA introduced GRE-69-29, proposing an alternative proposal. GRE adopted the proposal as reproduced in Annex IV to the report and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2013 sessions as draft Supplement 3 to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48 (see paras. 6, 7, 8 and 9).

12. The expert from Poland introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/15 proposing an alternative to the existing initial aiming provisions. The experts from France and the United Kingdom requested the author to clarify the aspect linked to the measurements and to specify the measurement method as well as the tools to be used. The expert from the Netherlands supported, in general, the proposal but questioned waiving automatic levelling as an incentive to use this alternative method. GRE agreed to resume consideration on this matter at its October 2013 session on the basis of an updated proposal prepared by the expert from Poland in collaboration with experts from France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

13. GRE agreed to defer consideration of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/99 and Corr.1 (referred back by WP.29) at its October 2013 session.

15. GRE noted GRE-69-09 proposing to correct a reference to paragraph 6.22 in paragraph 6.6.7.2. GRE adopted this proposal as reproduced below and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2013 sessions as draft (see paras. 6, 7, 8, 9 and 11):
(a) Supplement 12 to the 04 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48,
(b) Supplement 5 to the 05 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48,
(c) Supplement 3 to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48.

Paragraph 6.6.7.2., amend to read:
“6.6.7.2. The hazard warning signal may be activated automatically in the event of a vehicle being involved in a collision or after the de-activation of the emergency stop signal, as specified in paragraph 6.22. 6.23. In such cases, it may be turned “off” manually."

16. GRE noted GRE-69-25, proposing to correct the reference to Lamps of category IVA instead of category IV, which doesn’t exist. GRE adopted this proposal as reproduced below and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2013 sessions as draft (see paras. 6, 7, 8, 9, 11 and 15):
(a) Supplement 12 to the 04 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48,
(b) Supplement 5 to the 05 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48,
(c) Supplement 3 to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48.

Paragraph 6.21.1.2.5., amend to read:
“6.21.1.2.5. …
Where partial fulfilment is deemed acceptable, retro-reflective devices like retro-reflectors of class IV class IVA of Regulation No. 3 …”

44. The expert from Japan introduced GRE-69-23 proposing amendments to Regulation No. 4 taking into account national specificities of the Japanese registration plate. GRE wondered if it was necessary to add a new specific plate category into Regulation No. 4 or if an amendment of the existing dimensions would solve Japan’s issue. GRE agreed to revisit this item at its October session, based on an updated proposal that the expert from Japan volunteered to prepare.

45. The expert from Japan introduced GRE-69-24 proposing amendments to Regulation No. 48 taking into account specificities of the Japanese climate and Daytime Running Lamps (DRL), Rear Fog Lamps (RFL) and Headlamp cleaners (HLC) mandatory fitment. GRE noted that Regulation No. 48 already contained a provision in Footnote 14 allowing Contracting Parties not applying Regulation No. 87 (DRL) to prohibit the installation of DRL. GRE agreed to reconsider this subject at its October 2013 session on the basis of a revised proposal that the expert from Japan volunteered to prepare.

Working Party on Lighting and Light-signalling | Session 70 | 21-23 Oct 2013

1. The Working Party on Lighting and Light-Signalling (GRE) held its seventieth session from 21 to 23 October 2013 in Geneva, under the chairmanship of Mr. M. Gorzkowski (Canada). 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 and Amend. 1): Austria; Belgium; Canada; China; Czech Republic; Finland; France; Germany; Hungary; India; Italy; Japan; the Netherlands; Poland; the Republic of Korea; the Russian Federation; Serbia; Spain; South Africa and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK). An expert from the European Commission (EC) participated. Experts from the following non-governmental organizations also took part in the session: European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA); International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA); International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA) and Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). Upon the invitation of the Chair, the experts from the International Automotive Lighting and Light Signalling Expert Group (GTB) and the expert from the International Association of the Body and Trailer Building Industry (CLCCR) participated.

2. GRE considered and adopted the agenda proposed for the seventieth session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/40, its Add.1 and 2).

56. In compliance with Rule 37 of the Rules of Procedure (TRANS/WP.29/690 as amended by Amend. 1 and 2) GRE called the election of officers. Mr. M. Gorzkowski (Canada) was unanimously elected Chair of GRE for the sessions scheduled for the year 2014. Mr. D. Rovers (Netherlands) was unanimously elected Vice-Chair of GRE for the year 2014.

55. The expert from GTB reported on the progress made on the subject of LED retrofit.

54. The expert from GTB presented a status report of the GTB Mirror Working Group SAE activities (GRE-70-44).

53. GRE agreed to defer consideration of this item to its next session.

52. The expert from the UK, introduced GRE-70-39, proposing amendments to the ten documents listed above in reply to European Commission letter (GRE-70-22) stating concerns with GRE documents submitted for WP.29 adoption. GRE agreed on the proposed corrections and requested the secretariat to submit the document as an informal document for consideration at the November 2013 session of WP.29.

51. The expert from GTB proposed to clarify the requirements related to testing of the resistance to mechanical deterioration of the plastic lens surface (GRE-70-06). GRE adopted this proposal as reproduced in Annex IX to the report and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2014 sessions as Supplement 4 to the 01 Series of Regulation No. 113.

50. The secretariat presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/75/Add.1, clarifying the context of the amendments to Regulation No.19 introduced by ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/75. GRE endorsed and adopted this addendum.

3. GRE also adopted GRE-70-37, the updated agenda including the informal documents distributed during the session.

4. The list of informal documents is reproduced in Annex I to the report. The list of GRE informal groups is reproduced in Annex XI to the session report.

5. In absence of new proposal, GRE agreed to defer consideration of this agenda item to its next session.

6. In absence of new proposal, GRE agreed to defer consideration of this agenda item to its next session.

7. In absence of new proposal, GRE agreed to defer consideration of this agenda item to its next session.

8. The expert from GTB introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/50 as amended by GRE-70-27 and GRE-70-35, clarifying definitions and requirements associated with the installation of “single lamps”, “lamps marked D” and “interdependent lamps”. GRE-70-20 was not discussed as the subject was covered by the two informal documents. GRE agreed to revisit this subject at its next session on the basis of a revised document, which the expert from GTB volunteered to prepare.

9. The expert from GTB introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/51 amending activation criteria for Class “E” passing beam of an Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS). GRE adopted this proposal, not amended, and requested the secretariat to submit the proposal to WP.29 and the Administrative Committee of the 1958 Agreement (AC.1) for consideration at their March 2014 sessions as draft Supplement 4 to the 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48. GRE agreed to reconsider GRE-70-28, provided that a Contracting Party supporting it would justify the need for introducing the amendment to 04 and 05 series of amendments.

10. GRE agreed to defer discussion on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/99 and Corr.1 to its next session, awaiting the results of a study conducted by GTB.

11. The expert from the Netherlands introduced GRE-70-09, GRE-70-10 and GRE-70-11 superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/2 on tell-tales associated with operation of lighting and light signalling devices. The proposal received some comments (GRE-70-36). GRE supported the proposal and agreed to revisit this subject at its next session on the basis of a revised document, which the expert from the Netherlands volunteered to prepare.

12. The expert from Poland presented GRE-70-41, introducing ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/57 and proposing performance based requirements on initial aiming of dipped-beam headlamps as an alternative to the existing requirements. The proposal received some comments (GRE-70-42). The expert from France requested adding proper tolerances from the Conformity of Production provisions. GRE agreed to revisit this subject (on initial aiming and considering the original 50 m visibility distance requirement) at its next session on the basis of a revised document, which the expert from Poland volunteered to prepare.

20. The expert from Germany, referring to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/18, introduced a revised proposal (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/62) on avoiding intentional voltage variation of a passing beam using halogen light sources. The expert from the Netherlands proposed clarifications to this proposal (GRE-70-17). The expert from IEC proposed an alternative to this proposal (GRE-70-34). The expert from France requested to simplify this proposal. The expert from Austria expressed reservations about the test procedure proposed in this proposal. The expert from Germany clarified that his proposal addressed and superseded the proposal ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/44 under agenda item 8 below. GRE agreed to revisit this subject at its next session on the basis of a revised document, which the expert from Germany volunteered to prepare, in coordination with the experts from France and IEC.

30. The expert from Germany confirmed that ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/44 was addressed by ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/62 (see agenda item 5(d)) and withdrew this document.

31. The expert from SAE introduced GRE-70-18 providing comments on the proposal by the expert from China (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2011/35). The expert from China withdrew this proposal.

34. The expert from GTB introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/49 as amended by GRE-70-03 and GRE-70-25, updating tests requirements of UN Regulation No. 27. GRE adopted this proposal as amended by Annex VII to the session report. GRE requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2014 sessions as part of the draft 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 27.

35. The expert from Germany introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/58, amending the Conformity of Production requirements. GRE adopted this proposal. GRE requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2014 sessions as part of the draft 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 27.

13. The expert from CLCCR introduced GRE-70-19 amending provisions relevant for vehicles of Category O. GRE supported most of the proposed changes and agreed to revisit this subject at its next session on the basis of a revised document (addressing the comments received), which the expert from CLCCR volunteered to prepare in cooperation with the experts from CLEPA and the UK.

14. The expert from Germany introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/39 on the separation of position lamps. GRE agreed to revisit this subject at its next session on the basis of a revised document concentrating on the separation of front position lamps, which the expert from Germany volunteered to prepare in collaboration with OICA, CLEPA and the expert from Japan.

15. GRE agreed on the necessity to implement the “unique identifier” function into the Database for the Exchange of Type Approval documentation (DETA) in order to proceed with the simplification of the approval markings.

16. The expert from GTB briefly reported that the activities on this matter that were still ongoing.

17. The expert from Italy introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/43, on obsolete references in UN Regulations Nos. 53 and 74. GRE agreed to revisit this subject at its next session on the basis of a revised document, which the expert from Italy volunteered to prepare.

18. The expert from IMMA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/56 as amended by GRE-70-32. GRE adopted this proposal as reproduced in Annex II to the session report and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2014 sessions as draft Supplement 8 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 74.

19. The expert from France proposed the following correction to the French version of paragraph 5.15.5. in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/56. GRE requested the secretariat to take this correction into account when preparing the corresponding document for WP.29.

For “Alerte en cas de danger”, read “Signal de détresse”

21. The expert from Italy introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/55 as amended by GRE-70-12 on the compliance obligation of lighting components with installation requirements. The proposal received some comments (GRE-70-21). GRE agreed to finalize this subject at its next session on the basis of a revised document, which the expert from Italy volunteered to prepare.

22. The expert from GTB introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/45 as amended by GRE-70-02 clarifying the “type” definition with regard to manufacturer, trade name and marks. GRE adopted this proposal 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 November 2014 sessions, as part of upcoming amendments to the corresponding UN Regulations, awaiting the adoption of the revised version of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/55.

23. The expert from GTB introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/47 as amended by GRE-70-05, introducing “interdependent lamps” into Regulation No. 6. GRE adopted this proposal as amended in Annex IV to the session report, but refused the amendment proposed in GRE-70-24. GRE requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2014 sessions as draft Supplement 26 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 6 and as draft Supplement 4 to the 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48.

24. The expert from France proposed the correction noted below to the French version of para. 5.6. of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/47. GRE requested the secretariat to take this correction into account when preparing the corresponding WP.29 document.

For “feux arrière de position”, read “feux arrière de direction”

25. The expert from Germany presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/60 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/61, two revised proposals by France and Germany introducing provisions of direction indicators with variable apparent surface. He gave a practical demonstration supporting the proposal. The expert from OICA presented a study supporting the benefits of such systems (GRE-70-16). The expert from France proposed amendments (GRE-70-43) to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/61, addressing comments received during the session. GRE noted the intention to only allow the principle of variable apparent surface for direction indicators. GRE agreed on and adopted these proposals as amended by Annex V to the session report and requested the secretariat to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2014 sessions as draft Supplement 26 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 6, as draft Supplement 13 to the 04 series of amendments and as draft Supplement 6 to the 05 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48.

26. GRE agreed to revisit this item at its next session and consider the prohibition of variable apparent surface direction indicators for a hazard warning signal and may consider its adoption at its next session for the 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48.

27. GRE noted the endorsement by WP.29 of the establishment of a Special Interest Group as proposed in GRE-69-14. The expert from the European Commission announced that he would send invitations for the first meeting scheduled in February 2014. During the meeting the Terms of Reference would be established and a Chair and a secretariat of the informal group would be selected. The GRE chair recalled the purpose of GRE-66-13 and GRE-66-14 and suggested that the group consider these documents.

28. The expert from China introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/42 to correct the maximum intensity limit of front position lamps in case the front position lamps are reciprocally incorporated with front fog lamps. GRE agreed and adopted this proposal. GRE requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their
March 2014 sessions as part of the draft Supplement 24 to the 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 7.

29. The expert from GTB introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/48 as amended by GRE-70-07. GRE agreed and adopted this proposal as amended by Annex VI to the session report. GRE requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2014 sessions as part of the draft Supplement 24 to the 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 7.

32. The expert from OICA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/41 as amended by GRE-70-14 and GRE-70-33 correcting ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/73. The expert from IEC recalled the purpose of GRE-70-13, containing amendments adopted at the sixty-ninth GRE session. The expert from OICA offered to consolidate all corrections agreed (GRE-70-15-Rev.2). GRE preferred to postpone the vote by WP.29 and AC.1 on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/73 and requested the secretariat to submit GRE-70-15-Rev.2 to AC.1 and WP.29 as a revision to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/73.

33. The expert from France introduced GRE-70-31 proposing a correction to the French version of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/41. GRE requested the secretariat to take the correction, reproduced below, into account when preparing the corresponding WP.29 document as revision to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/73.

Page 3,
ForAnnexe 4, tableau 1, et annexe 5, tableau 1, ainsi qu’annexe 7, tableau 1, modifier la
note comme suit:
modification sans objet en français”

Read:Annexe 4, tableau 1, et Annexe 5, tableau 1, ainsi qu’annexe 7, tableau 1, modifier
la note comme suit:
si l’on utilise un spectre si un analyseur de spectre est utilisé

and

ForAnnexe 8, tableau 1, annexe 13, tableau 1, annexe 14, tableau 1, annexe 19, tableau 1,
et annexe 20, tableau 1,
modifier la note comme suit: modification sans objet en français”

Read:Annexe 8, tableau 1, annexe 13, tableau 1, annexe 14, tableau 1, annexe 19, tableau
1, et annexe 20, tableau 1,
modifier la note comme suit: si l’on utilise un spectre si un
analyseur de spectre est utilisé

36. The expert from GTB introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/52 as amended by GRE-70-04, harmonizing special warning lamps requirements with those prescribed by SAE. GRE agreed to keep the text and delete the square brackets in paragraph 5.1. and adopted this proposal as amended by Annex X to the session report. GRE requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2014 sessions as part of Supplement 9 to UN Regulation No. 65.

37. The expert from Germany introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/59, amending the Conformity of Production requirements. GRE adopted this proposal. GRE requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2014 sessions as part of Supplement 9 to UN Regulation No. 65.

38. The expert from the Netherlands, chairing the informal Group on Agricultural Vehicle Lighting Installation (AVLI) introduced GRE-70-01, proposing the terms of reference and the rules of procedures of the group. GRE agreed on this proposal, reproduced in Annex VIII to the session report.

39. In absence of any new proposal, GRE agreed to defer consideration of this agenda item to its next session.

40. The expert from Germany introduced GRE-70-23, providing a summary report on the progress of the Working Party on Road Traffic Safety (WP.1) on lighting and light-signalling related amendments to the Convention on Road Traffic.

41. GRE agreed to defer this item to its next session.

42. The expert from EC, recalling the purpose of WP.29-156-21, introduced GRE-69-15-Rev.1 on the candidate items to be incorporated in IVWTA and UN Regulation No. 0. The proposal received some comments (GRE-70-08 and GRE-70-29). GRE endorsed GRE-70-45 and requested the secretariat to submit it to the IWVTA informal group.

43. The expert from Japan presented GRE-70-38, supporting GRE-70-30 amending Regulation No. 4 for the purpose of IVWTA. The proposal received some comments. GRE agreed to revisit this item at its next session on the basis of a revised proposal, which the expert from Japan volunteered to prepare.

44. The expert from GTB introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/46 proposing to delete the shape requirements of retro-reflecting devices. GRE adopted this proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2014 sessions as Supplement 16 to the 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 3.

45. The expert from GTB introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/53 proposing accuracy improvements of the photometric performance stability test. GRE adopted this proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2014 sessions as Supplement 4 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 113.

46. The expert from GTB introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/54, updating photometric test requirements relating to the type approval of Adaptive Front-lighting Systems (AFS). GRE adopted this proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2014 sessions as Supplement 6 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 123.

47. The expert from Germany introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/63, clarifying the text of Regulation No. 123. GRE adopted this proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2014 sessions as Supplement 6 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 123.

48. The expert from CLEPA presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/64 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/65, introducing requirements for a new class 5 of devices into Regulation No. 70 and requirements and for a new class F of devices into Regulation No. 104. GRE agreed to revisit this subject at its next session on the basis of revised documents, which the expert from CLEPA volunteered to prepare.

49. The expert from France presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/66, introducing the 04 series of amendments for replacement parts in the transitional provisions of Regulation No. 19. GRE adopted this proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2014 sessions as Supplement 7 to the 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 19.

World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations | Session 161 | 12-15 Nov 2013

73. The World Forum noted that the secretariat had not been notified of any modifications on the status of the Agreement since the June 2013 session. The secretariat recalled that the notifications concerning the Administrative Authorities and Technical Services had not been sent by all CPs to the Agreement. CPs were invited to send these notifications to the secretariat at their earliest convenience.

[Proposal returned to GRE for further consideration.]

[Proposal returned to GRE for further consideration.]

[Proposal returned to GRE for further consideration.]

[Proposal returned to GRE for further consideration.]

57. For agenda item 4.6.6, Regulation No. 10, the World Forum requested the secretariat to incorporate the corrections of WP.29-161-04 into ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/73 for consideration at its March 2014 session.

[Proposal returned to GRE for further consideration.]

[Proposal returned to GRE for further consideration.]

[Proposal returned to GRE for further consideration.]

[Proposal returned to GRE for further consideration.]

[Proposal returned to GRE for further consideration.]

[Proposal returned to GRE for further consideration.]

[Proposal returned to GRE for further consideration.]

[Proposal returned to GRE for further consideration.]

[Proposal returned to GRE for further consideration.]

[Proposal returned to GRE for further consideration.]

[Proposal returned to GRE for further consideration.]

[Proposal returned to GRE for further consideration.]

[Proposal returned to GRE for further consideration.]

[Proposal returned to GRE for further consideration.]

[Proposal adopted.]

[Proposal adopted.]

[Proposal adopted.]

[Proposal adopted.]

[Proposal adopted.]

[Proposal adopted.]

[Proposal adopted.]

[Proposal adopted.]

[Proposal adopted.]

[Proposal adopted.]

[Proposal adopted.]

[Proposal adopted.]

68. Agenda item 4.13.1, new Regulation on uniform provisions concerning the approval of Retrofit Emission Control Devices (REC), document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/119:

Page 45, Annex 8, paragraph 1., the second diagram, replace the wording “Incremental increase of NO2, not more than 20% (30%)” by “Incremental increase of NO 2, not more than 30 %”.

Page 55, Annex 10, paragraphs 6.1.1. and 6.1.2., correct to read:

“6.1.1.The operator warning system shall be activated in accordance with paragraphs 4.3. to 4.7. of this annex.
”6.1.2.The operator inducement system shall be activated in accordance with paragraphs 5.2. and 5.3. of this annex, 20 hours after detection of the malfunction in paragraph 6.1.1. of this annex."

[Japan abstained from this vote, which generally signals the intention not to adopt and/or transpose the new regulation into national legislation.]

[Proposal adopted. Japan abstains signaling likely intention not to adopt and/or transpose the new regulation into its national legislation.]

[Decision postponed until the June 2014 WP.29 session.]

[Decision postponed until the June 2014 WP.29 session.]

[Decision postponed until the June 2014 WP.29 session.]

[Proposal adopted.]

[Proposal adopted.]

[Proposal adopted.]

56. Agenda item 4.6.11, Regulation No. 37, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/78, correct on page 5, sheet WT21/7W, the dimensions “E” and “F” to read “e” and “f” respectively. [Proposal adopted as amended.]

[Proposal adopted.]

[Proposal adopted.]

[Proposal adopted.]

[Proposal adopted.]

86. Submitted for consideration and vote, the proposed draft UN GTR (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/120) was established in the UN Global Registry on 13 November 2013 by consensus vote of the following Contracting Parties present and voting: Australia, China, European Union (voting for Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom), India, Japan, Norway, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, South Africa and Turkey.

87. The technical report (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/121) and the adopted proposal for the development of the UN GTR (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/28) will be appended to the established UN GTR.

88. The representative of the United States of America abstained from voting because of the existence of a national pole side impact regulation that incorporates both the 50th percentile and the 5th percentile test dummy in his country. He added that the United States of America was not in a position to commit to proposing the GTR domestically because it included only a 50th percentile test dummy. In addition, the test procedure and injury criteria in the proposed UN GTR had yet to be demonstrated as at least as effective as the existing American standard. The representative of Canada also abstained from voting and gave a similar statement.

89. The representative of the EU volunteered to review the proposed amendments by the United States of America contained in WP.29-161-07 and to provide a written statement for the next session of GRSP that the EU is committed to discuss and, if possible, to address the issues at stake in the second phase of the programme.

90. The representative of India recognized the contribution of Australia in developing the UN GTR. However, he indicated that some areas of improvement need to be addressed, such as the harmonization of the World Side Impact Dummy (WorldSID) and impact test speeds with adequate tolerances.

91. A statement given by the representative of Australia is reproduced in Annex V to this report.

[Russia noted that its transposition of the regulation will be undertaken once its UN Regulation counterpart has been finalized.]

92. The representative of the United Kingdom, Chair of the IWG on the Tyre GTR, informed AC.3 that the draft proposal ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/63 was not recommended for vote at this session because GRRF at its September 2013 session had not resolved the pending issues. He expressed his disappointment that it had not been possible to resolve these detailed points but remained optimistic that the GRRF session in February 2014 would finalise the GTR. He therefore, proposed to extend the mandate of IWG until June 2014. The representative of the United States of America clarified that some necessary research in his country had not be concluded on time and therefore supported the proposal to extend the mandate. AC.3 gave its consent for the extension of the mandate.

[US government shutdown delayed research on the proposed wet grip test procedures necessary before the United States can commit to the new GTR. As a result, US position should only be ready in time for discussion and finalization of draft GTR within GRRF in February 2014. This time-line suggests a vote on the GTR at the June 2014 WP.29 session.]</

61. Agenda items 4.8.8 and 4.8.9, Regulation No. 100, documents ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/109 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/135:

Page 3, Annex 6, item 2.5., correct the reference to “RESSS” to read “REESS”.

[Proposal adopted.]

[Proposal adopted.]

[Proposal adopted.]

[Proposal adopted.]

[Proposal adopted.]

[Proposal adopted.]

[Proposal adopted.]

[Proposal adopted.]

[Proposal adopted.]

[Proposal adopted.]

62. Agenda item 4.8.10, Regulation No. 129, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/110 (see WP.29-161-02):

Page 4, paragraph 6.3.5., renumber the reference to footnote 1 and the footnote 1 to read footnote 2.

Page 6, the amendment to paragraph 7.1.2.5. (former) shall be deleted.

Page 16, Annex 21, the second table, last column and last row, correct the figure “1600 mm” to read “160 mm”.

59. Agenda item 4.7.5., Regulation No. 110, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/101, (see WP.29-161-05):
Page 12, definitions 4.70. to 4.76., renumber as definitions 4.68. to 4.74.

Page 13, paragraph 5.3.1. (including footnote 10), amend the footnote 10 to read:
“10 [n] stands for the sample size and shall be determined by the Type Approval Authority.”

Page 16, paragraph 8.13.1., amend to read:

“8.13.1.The LNG tank shall be equipped at least with the following components, which may be either separate or combined (special care shall be taken to prevent LNG trapping):”

Page 16, insert a new paragraph 8.13.1.3., to read:

“8.13.1.3.Automatic valve;”

Page 16, paragraph 8.13.1.3. (former), renumber as paragraph 8.13.1.4.

Page 16, paragraph 8.13.3., correct to read:

“8.13.3.The components mentioned in paragraphs 8.13.1.1. to 8.13.1.4. (above) shall be type approved pursuant to the provisions laid down in Annex 4 to this Regulation.”

Page 24, insert new paragraphs 18.6.1. to 18.6.1.2., to read:

“18.6.1.Automatic valve
18.6.1.1.An automatic valve shall be installed in the fuel supply line, directly on every LNG tank (in a protected position).
18.6.1.2.The automatic valve shall be operated such that the fuel supply is cut off when the engine is switched off, irrespective of the position of the ignition switch, and shall remain closed while the engine is not running. A delay of 2 seconds is permitted for diagnostic.”

Page 24, paragraphs 18.6.1. to 18.6.3. (former), renumber as paragraphs 18.6.2. to 18.6.4.

Page 25, paragraph 18.6.4. (former), renumber as paragraph 18.6.5. and amend to read:

“18.6.5.Manual fuel shut off valve
The manual fuel shut off valve shall be mounted directly on the LNG tank (in a protected position). It should be readily accessible. The manual fuel shut off valve can be integrated into the automatic valve.”

Page 25, paragraphs 18.6.5. to 18.6.7. (former), renumber as paragraphs 18.6.6. to 18.6.8.

Page 26, paragraph 18.10.3., correct the reference to “Annex 4F1” to read “Annex 4F”.

Page 28, insert a new paragraph 24.3., to read:

“24.3.Type approvals of components other than fuel rail, as defined in paragraph 4.74., granted according to the original version of this Regulation, shall remain valid and shall be accepted for the purpose of their installation on vehicles.”

Page 28, paragraphs 24.3. to 24.5. (former), renumber as paragraphs 24.4. to 24.6.

Page 28, paragraph 24.6. (former), renumber the as paragraph 24.7. and amend the references to paragraphs 24.4. and 24.5. to read paragraphs 24.5. and 24.6.

Pages 40 and 41, Annex 1B, items 1.2.4.5.18. to 1.2.4.5.29.2., correct the footnote 1 (former) to read footnote 2 and footnote 2 (former) to read footnote 1.

Page 48, Annex 2B – Addendum, paragraphs 1.22.2., 1.23.2., 1.24.2., 1.25.2., 1.26.2., 1.27.2., 1.28.2., 1.29.2., 1.30.2. and 1.31.2., correct the wording “Working pressure(s)1:” to read “Material:”.

Page 53, Annex 3A, paragraphs 2. and 3., correct the references to “page 6” and “page 12”
to read “page 2” and “page 7” respectively.

Page 68, Annex 3A, Table 6.7, first column, tenth row, correct the wording “Working
pressure change ≤ 20 per cent” to read “Working pressure change ≤ 20 per cent @” (inserting a reference to note @).

Page 86, paragraphs A.22. to A.24., correct the references (3 times) to “Annex 3” to read
“Annex 3A”.

Page 91, the numbering of the annex, correct “Annex 3 – Appendix D” to read “Annex 3A – Appendix D”.

Page 96, Annex 3A – Appendix F, the note to paragraph F.2.2., correct the figure “36 MPa” to read “26 MPa”.

Page 103, Annex 3A – Appendix H, paragraph H.6.(a), correct to read:

“(a)Pressure cycle
As defined in the test sequence, cylinder shall be hydraulically pressure cycled between not less than 2 MPa and not more than 26 MPa. The total cycle shall be …”

Page 109, Annex 3B, paragraph 4.1., correct to read (re-insert paragraph numbering 4.2.):

“4.1.General
The design of tanks shall cover all relevant aspects that are necessary to ensure that every tank produced according to the design is fit for its purpose for the specified service life.
4.2.Design
This Regulation does not provide …”

Page 110, Annex 3B, paragraph 4.6.(b), correct the wording “the external vessel surfaces” to read “the external tank surfaces”.

Page 112, Annex 3B, paragraph 4.15.1., correct the reference to paragraph 6.11. to read paragraph 4.11.

Page 118, Annex 3B – Appendix C, paragraph C.5., correct the wording “to cause cylinder material damage” to read “to cause tank material damage”.

Page 119, Annex 3B – Appendix D, item 6., correct the wording “Serial number: from to inclusive” to read “Serial number: from …… to …… inclusive ……”.

Page 122, Annex 4A, paragraph 7.3., correct the reference to paragraph 2 to read paragraph 3.

Page 142, Annex 4B, paragraph 4.3.1.3., correct the reference to paragraph 1.3.1.1. to read paragraph 4.3.1.1.

Page 143, Annex 4B, paragraph 4.3.2.3., correct the reference to paragraph 1.3.2.1. to read paragraph 4.3.2.1.

Page 143, Annex 4B, paragraph 4.4.1.3., correct the reference to paragraph 1.4.1.1. to read paragraph 4.4.1.1.

Page 144, Annex 4B, paragraph 4.4.2.3., correct the reference to paragraph 1.4.2.1. to read paragraph 4.4.2.1.

Page 151, Annex 4F, footnote 1, correct “Road vehicles Compressed Natural Gas” to read “Road vehicles Compressed Natural Gas”.

Page 158, Annex 4J, paragraph 3.1.4.3., correct the wording “completion of the room temperature cycles” to read “completion of the high temperature cycles”.

Page 165, Annex 4N, paragraph 6.4., correct the wording “The LNG non-return valve” to read “The LNG manual valve”.

Page 176, Annex 5E, paragraph 2., correct the reference to “ISO CD 15500-2” to read “ISO 15500-2”.

[The proposal in document WP.29/2013/101 was adopted pursuant to the corrections specified in the informal document WP.29-161-05, including the specification for the installation of an automatic shut-off valve on LNG tanks.]

1. The World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) held its 161st session from 12 to15 November 2013, chaired by Mr. B. Gauvin (France). The following countries were represented, following Rule 1(a) of the Rules of Procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.1 and Amend.2): Australia; Belgium; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Canada; China; Czech Republic; Finland; France; Germany; Hungary; India; Italy; Japan; Latvia; Luxembourg; Netherlands; Norway; Philippines; Republic of Korea; Romania; Russian Federation; Serbia; Slovakia; South Africa; Spain, Sweden, Switzerland; Turkey; Ukraine, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK); United States of America. Representatives of the European Union (EU) participated. The following non-governmental organizations were also represented: Association for Emissions Control by Catalyst (AECC), Consumers International (CI); European Tyre and Rim Technical Organisation (ETRTO); European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA/MEMA/JAPIA),1 the Foundation for the Automobile and Society (FIA Foundation); International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA); The International Automotive Lighting and Light Signalling Expert Group (GTB); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA); International Organization for Standardization (ISO); International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA).

1. The World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) held its 161st session from 12 to15 November 2013, chaired by Mr. B. Gauvin (France). The following countries were represented, following Rule 1(a) of the Rules of Procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.1 and Amend.2): Australia; Belgium; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Canada; China; Czech Republic; Finland; France; Germany; Hungary; India; Italy; Japan; Latvia; Luxembourg; Netherlands; Norway; Philippines; Republic of Korea; Romania; Russian Federation; Serbia; Slovakia; South Africa; Spain, Sweden, Switzerland; Turkey; Ukraine, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK); United States of America. Representatives of the European Union (EU) participated. The following non-governmental organizations were also represented: Association for Emissions Control by Catalyst (AECC), Consumers International (CI); European Tyre and Rim Technical Organisation (ETRTO); European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA/MEMA/JAPIA),1 the Foundation for the Automobile and Society (FIA Foundation); International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA); The International Automotive Lighting and Light Signalling Expert Group (GTB); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA); International Organization for Standardization (ISO); International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA).

2. The Director of the Transport Division welcomed the WP.29 representatives. She underlined the importance of the ongoing revision of the 1958 Agreement, which can be taken as an example for other legal instruments. She encouraged the World Forum to adopt the draft UN Regulations on recyclability of motor vehicles and retrofit emissions control devices. She invited countries to accede to the 1997 Agreement as a relevant indicator in the framework of the decade of action for road safety.

3. The Director of the Transport Division announced that, as a continuation of the UNECE road map on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), a round table on ITS synergies to improve road safety would be organized in Belgium. She invited the representatives to attend the Europe–Asia Road Safety Forum to be held in New Delhi on 4-6 December 2013 during the session of the Working Party on Road Safety (WP.1).

4. Mr. J. Bucayan, Undersecretary of the Department of Transportation and Communications of the Philippines, underlined that the participation of his country in WP.29 was in view of finalising the mutual recognition arrangements (MRA) of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on type approval for automotive products. He stated that the MRA was anchored to the principle of the 1958 Agreement and that signature was expected for implementation by ASEAN member States by 2015. He informed WP.29 that his country was taking the necessary steps to ensure the technical capability of carrying out automotive testing, inspections and certifications according to international safety standards. He added that the national committee on the harmonization of vehicle standards and regulations was aligning their standards and technical regulations with the provisions of UN Regulations. He acknowledged the assistance of Japan in the preparation of the Philippines to accede to the 1958 Agreement, as well as in the formulation of a road map for accession to the 1958 Agreement and in the introduction of the type approval system in his country. Finally, he stated that with the above-mentioned road map and a better understanding of the significance of the 1958 Agreement, the accession of the Philippines to the 1958 Agreement would be ensured in the near future.

5. Mr. S. Bandopadhyaya, Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways of India, confirmed his country’s interest in the harmonizing activities of the World Forum. He recalled the active participation of delegates of India in the work of WP.29. He announced that India was considering its accession to the 1958 Agreement, subject to the modification of the rule for adopting new UN Regulations and amendments to existing ones from the current two-thirds majority to a higher one.

6. The provisional annotated agenda for the session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1105 and its Add.1) was adopted with the amendments noted below:

  • (a) Addition of agenda items:
    • 8.5. Election of officers for 2014
  • (b) Addition and correction of document references for items:
    • 3.2. Add the reference to document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/83/Add.1
    • 18.5. for (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/33), read (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/32)

7. The list of informal documents is reproduced in Annex I to the session report.

8. The 113rd session of WP.29/AC.2 was held on 11 November 2013, chaired by Mr. B. Gauvin (France) and was attended, in accordance to Rule 29 of the terms of reference and rules of procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690 and Amends.1 and 2), by the Chairs of WP.29 (France), GRB (France), GRE (Canada), GRSP (United States of America), GRPE (Germany), GRRF (United Kingdom), GRSG (Italy), the Administrative/Executive Committees of the three agreements administered by WP.29 (France, the Russian Federation and the United States of America), by the representatives of the European Union, Japan and the United States of America and by the Vice-Chairs of WP.29 (Russian Federation), GRSG (Hungary), GRPE (India) and GRSP (Republic of Korea).

9. The Committee reviewed the draft agenda of the 161st session of the World Forum and recommended the amendments as indicated in para. 6 above. The Committee also recommended that agenda item 5.1 be considered by the World Forum and that the rest of the agenda items of the 1998 Agreement be considered by the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement (AC.3). It was also recommended that the Administrative Committee of the 1997 Agreement (AC.4) not convene. WP.29/AC.2 also reviewed the draft agenda for the 162nd session of the World Forum, scheduled to be held in Geneva from 11 to 14 March 2014.

10. The Administrative Committee AC.2 noted that all the GRs had elected Chairs and Vice-Chairs for the year 2014.

11. The Administrative Committee noted the recent adoption by the ECE of guidelines and procedures for ECE bodies and for the election of the Chairs and Vice-Chairs for the Bureau (E/ECE/1464, Appendix V, available here). AC.2 recalled that the election of officers for WP.29 and its GRs were made in conformity with the Terms of Reference and Rules of Procedures of WP.29. Therefore, no change to the current election process was deemed necessary. AC.2 underlined the need of having well-experienced Chairs and Vice-Chairs to correctly fulfil the tasks of WP.29 and its subsidiary Working Parties.

12. The Chairs of the GRs considered the possible granting of revisions and extensions of the Type Approvals granted in conformity with the UN Regulations annexed to the 1958 Agreement. It was recommended to delete the part related to revisions and extensions from ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/126 awaiting the final Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement to maintain consistency.

13. AC.2 noted the outcome of the joint International Telecommunication Union (ITU)/ECE workshop on “Intelligent transport systems in emerging markets – drivers for safe and sustainable growth” (27 June 2013, ITU Headquarters, Geneva), as noted in the report of the previous session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1103, paras. 23-24) and the Action Plan).

14. AC.2 welcomed this action plan that highlights the role of globally harmonized standards and the importance of this work to improve road safety. To ensure the continued engagement between WP.29 (and its subsidiary bodies) with the ITU, AC.2 recommended that WP.29 extends an open invitation to the ITU to attend future sessions of WP.29 as a means of collaborating in the pursuit of closer alignment of future standards and regulations.

15. The Committee considered the issue of patented technologies. AC.2 agreed that patented technologies could improve vehicles safety and reduce emissions, but that in principle patented technologies should not be incorporated, as such, in the UN Regulations, UN GTRs and UN Rules. The Committee recommended to overcome this situation by continuing efforts to prescribe performance based requirements in the framework of UN Regulations, UN GTRs and UN Rules.

16. The Committee noted the delay on the translation of the legal text of UN Regulations, UN GTRs and UN Rules and their amendments, as well as the report of the June 2013 session of WP.29 in French.

17. The World Forum adopted the report of the Administrative Committee on its 113th session and its recommendations.

18. The World Forum noted the revised programme of work and documentation (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/1/Rev.2). The secretariat was requested to include, under the subjects under consideration by GRE, para. 3.1.2, the work in progress on merging some UN Regulations under the responsibility of GRE. WP.29 representatives were invited to review the document and to communicate to the secretariat any amendments deemed necessary. The secretariat presented the draft calendar of sessions for the year 2014 (WP.29-161-01). The World Forum agreed with the calendar as reproduced in Annex II to the session report.

19. The World Forum agreed that the design principles for control systems for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), adopted at its June 2013 session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1104, para. 22), be published as an annex to R.E.3.

20. WP.29 noted that the informal working group (IWG) on ITS was not holding its meeting during this session, but had agreed that the next session be during the March 2014 session of WP.29.

122. No other business was raised.

121. Following the recommendation of AC.2, the Administrative Committee AC.4 did not convene (see para. 9 above).

120. No other business was raised.

117. The representative of the Republic of Korea presented WP.29-161-12 and WP.29-161-13 complementing his presentation on Vehicle Indoor Air Quality (VIAQ) given at the previous session of WP.29 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1104, para. 130). He invited AC.3 to evaluate the possibility of establishing an IWG with the aim to develop a new UN GTR by 2017. He added that Korea would be committed to chairing such a group.

118. The representative of EU appreciated the presentations, but advised to complete first the development of current tasks before starting new activities. He indicated that this issue may already have been addressed by current legislation. The representative of Canada underlined the importance of addressing potential health impacts related with VIAQ. He supported the idea to work in this area taking into consideration the advice of the EU. He suggested focusing on the identification of best practices and the collection of information before undertaking regulatory work. The Chair of GRPE (Germany) supported the considerations of EU and Canada. He stressed the need to collect information and to analyse the subject before deciding upon the need to develop a UN GTR, if CPs see the need for such a step. Recalling the purpose of WP.29-160-38, the representative of the Russian Federation underlined the importance of the impact of pollutants emitted in the atmosphere on VIAQ. He introduced information through document WP.29-161-22, and expressed readiness to present additional information to the March 2014 session of WP.29. He evoked the need of regulatory initiatives aiming at establishing environmental requirements for vehicle design with respect to ventilation, heating, air conditioning and cabin filters. He recalled the work on tyre and brake wear, which he had introduced in WP.29 in earlier sessions, and underlined the importance of taking a holistic approach. The representative of the United States of America stressed the need to distinguish between emissions from materials used in vehicle construction, which were the responsibility of another agency of his country, and emissions due to vehicle propulsion systems.

119. AC.3 invited all participants to collect information on this topic and requested the secretariat to keep this item on the agenda of the March 2014 session for further discussion.

116. No new proposal was raised.

113. The representative of the United States of America gave a presentation on the approach of his Administration concerning the five possible levels of vehicle automation (WP.29-161-18). He stated that although a lot of progress had been accomplished so far by manufacturers in his country and around the world on this subject, his Administration considered this technology not mature [enough] to be regulated at this time. He stated that NHTSA was taking into account several areas of technology and provided definitions to provide a better understanding on how the United States of America was approaching this subject. Therefore, he invited AC.3 representatives to participate in a workshop organized by his country in the Vehicle Research Test Center (VRTC) of NHTSA in Columbus, in the spring or summer of 2014, to share research progress.

114. The representative of the United Kingdom stated that the timely initiation of this discussion could lead the way for a possible start in a harmonized approach worldwide. He underlined that the issue of acronyms designated by manufacturers for individual technological solutions could create confusion for customers and prevents a future performance-based approach. He suggested that the WP.29 IWG on ITS would be the best place to continue and develop discussions on a harmonized approach on this matter. The representative of Germany endorsed this statement. He informed AC.3 that similar discussions were taking place in his country and that a forum had been established dealing with three different groups of interests: (i) research, (ii) vehicle and liability and (iii) the driver. Finally, he raised concerns on the different levels of automation and the responsibility (manufacturer or driver) associated to them. He concluded that liability issues should be prioritized before starting discussion on definitions and invited AC.3 to establish a round table to develop discussions. The representative of Japan endorsed the statement by the United Kingdom. He informed that his country had also been studying vehicle automation and could present the approach of his Ministry at the next IWG on ITS.

115. AC.3 requested the secretariat to insert a specific agenda item on this matter.

111. The representative of Canada reported on the success of the seventh meeting of the IWG on Electric Vehicles and the Environment (EVE), held on 17 and 18 October in Beijing, at the invitation of the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. She reported that a draft Electric Vehicle (EV) reference guide was further elaborated. She added that the draft guide would be presented, as an informal document, at the January 2014 session of GRPE for comments. An updated version of the draft would be submitted as an official document at the June 2014 session of GRPE. AC.3 was expected to consider the reference guide at its November 2014 session.

112. The representative of EU underlined the importance of coordinating EVE with other IWG for subjects not only relevant for light vehicles, but also for other categories, such as heavy duty vehicles and motorcycles. The representative of Canada confirmed that the reference guide would be finalized with these considerations in mind. AC.3 agreed with the proposal, made by the Chair of GRPE, to organize a meeting among the leaders of the IWGs on WLTP and EVE. This meeting could improve the cooperation in drafting proposals for the possible development of a UN GTR on environment-related aspects of electric vehicles.

110. The representative of the United States of America reported on the activities of the IWG. He indicated that work was adequately progressing to include the 50th percentile dummy into the M.R.1. He added that some parts of the 5 th percentile female dummy would need to be redesigned.

109. No new information was provided for this agenda item.

108. No supplementary information was provided beyond agenda item 2.3 (see paras. 19 and 20 above).

107. No new information was provided for this agenda item.

106. The representative of the United States of America informed AC.3 that the last meeting of the IWG was held at NHTSA headquarters on 16-19 July 2013. He indicated that the main objective of the meeting had been to complete the first draft of the UN GTR. He reported that the draft had mainly been based on the United States of America Notice of Proposal of Rulemaking (NPRM) for QRTV. He explained that the IWG had also considered different approaches to go forward taking into account the provisions of Japan, the guidelines listed on the R.E.3 and the final report of the former IWG on QRTV. He stated that the IWG had completed half of the draft UN GTR. The remaining half was expected to be completed within a few more meetings of the IWG. He announced that the next meeting of the IWG was scheduled to be held in Tokyo in December 2013. Finally, he sought the consent of AC.3 to extend for one year the mandate of the IWG to recover delays in the publication of the United States of America’s final rule on QRTV, which was expected to be published by the end of 2014 or beginning of 2015. AC.3 agreed to extend the mandate of the IWG to November 2015.

103. The representative of Japan, Secretary of the IWG on electric vehicle safety (EVS), informed AC.3 about the outcome of the fourth meeting recently held in Beijing. He reported that the IWG had made progress in developing the outline of the UN GTR along with a draft UN GTR proposal submitted by the United States of America, Canada and Japan. During the technical discussion, the IWG had decided to establish seven task forces dedicated to specific issues to increase progress efficiency. He added that consolidated results were expected by the next IWG meeting. He also informed AC.3 that it had yet to decide on developing the UN GTR in either a single step or in two steps. He concluded that the IWG would provide a status report by the March or June 2014 session of AC.3 and that the fifth meeting of the group was scheduled in Washington D.C. in April 2014.

104. The representative of the United States of America confirmed his country’s commitment to the successful establishment of a UN GTR on electric vehicle safety. Although the IWG had made some good progress, the United States of America requested that the development of the UN GTR should be based on research evidence. He added that his administration was investing a considerable amount of money to develop a full research-based UN GTR and that a single-phase approach would only delay the work [by] 6-8 months over choosing a two-phase approach [that would first aim] to take into consideration the provisions of UN Regulation No. 100, which were considered by NHTSA as not evidence based. Therefore, he supported a one-phase approach only.

105. The representative of EU underlined the importance of the work of the IWG. He reminded AC.3 about the time needed for EU member States to adapt current EU regulations on electrical safety with the future requirements of the UN GTR. He volunteered to provide evidence that proceeding by phases in the development of a UN GTR leads to its more rapid development. Finally, AC.3 agreed to resume consideration on this subject in the case that consensus could not be reached in the IWG.

101. The Chair of GRPE (Germany) reported on behalf of the two co-sponsors (Japan and EU) on the development of the UN GTR on WLTP. He explained that the remaining open issues had been resolved. He confirmed that the consideration of the draft UN GTR would take place in the extraordinary GRPE session, scheduled to be held in Geneva on 14 November 2013. He expected that both the draft UN GTR and the Technical Report be recommended and transmitted to AC.3 for final consideration and possible adoption at its March 2014 session.

102. The representative of EU introduced a proposal to amend the UN GTR on WLTP (WP.29-161-14) and to extend the mandate of the IWG until the end of 2015. The proposal contained an outline of the forthcoming activities, a road map and the structure of the WLTP IWG. The representative of Japan, co-sponsor of this activity, corroborated the proposal. AC.3 supported the activities for the development of the first amendment to the UN GTR and authorized the IWG to initiate its tasks. AC.3 requested the secretariat to distribute an updated version of WP.29-161-14, including the recommendations to be made in the extraordinary session of GRPE, with an official symbol for consideration at the March 2014 session of AC.3.

100. The representative of the United States of America informed AC.3 that the three co-sponsors (EU, Japan and the United States of America) for the development of the UN GTR would resume discussions for the development of Phase 2. He added that a working plan would be transmitted to the December 2013 session of GRSP.

99. The representative of Germany, on behalf of the Chair of the IWG on Phase 2 of the UN GTR No. 9, introduced the fifth progress report of the group (WP.29-161-21). He informed AC.3 that the last meeting of the IWG was held in Paris, on 9-10 September 2013. Experts considered open issues such as injury criteria and femur certification corridors. He added that the IWG had submitted an official proposal for amendments to the UN GTR to incorporate the flexible pedestrian legform impactor (FlexPLI) to the December 2013 session of GRSP. A further proposal had been transmitted to introduce the FlexPLI into M.R.1 as an addendum. He finally announced that the ninth meeting of the IWG would take place in Geneva, on 16-17 December 2013, prior to the GRSP proper session. He expected that the official draft amendment to the UN GTR could be considered by GRSP at its December 2014.

98. The representative of Japan reported on the work progress (WP.29-161-19) of the IWG on UN GTR No. 7 Phase 2. The representative of the United Kingdom, chairing the group, informed AC.3 that the injury criteria for the use of the Biofidelic Rear Impact Dummy (BioRID II) were still pending due to constraints of medical research in the United States of America. Nevertheless, he reported that his group had made good progress in drafting the UN GTR for consideration at the December 2013 session of GRSP. He added that the draft UN GTR would be supplemented with an addendum to the Mutual Resolution No. 1 (M.R.1) that could also be useful as a model for future addenda developed by other IWGs. He finally suggested that a complete discussion of the proposals would take place during the 2014 sessions of GRSP, leaving Contracting Parties with a final decision concerning the removal of the current Hybrid III dummy from the dynamic test.

97. The representative of EU confirmed that a drafting group for the work on UN GTR No. 4 had been established to develop a draft amendment to UN GTR No. 4 for submission to and consideration by AC.3 at its November 2014 session.

96. The representative of Italy introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/128, requesting the authorization for developing amendments to UN Regulation No. 3, taking into consideration (i) the state of the art technologies on Combined Braking Systems (CBS), (ii) a new K-method for the determination of the Peak Braking Coefficient (PBC) and (iii) the option of a representative vehicle for testing. AC.3 agreed to develop such an amendment to UN GTR No. 3 and requested the secretariat to prepare, on the basis of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/128, an AC.3 document for transmission to GRRF.

95. The representative of EU reported on the work progress of the IWG on Environmental and Propulsion Performance Requirements (EPPR) for L-category vehicles. He introduced a proposal to develop amendments to UN GTR No. 2 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/127), aimed at inserting environmental and propulsion performance requirements and at extending the scope to three-wheeled vehicles. He added that the proposal also aimed at developing new UN GTRs and Regulations on environmental and propulsion performance requirements for light vehicles, specifying new provisions on (i) crank case and evaporative emissions, (ii) On Board Diagnostic Systems (OBD) and (iii) propulsion unit performances (i.e. power, torque and maximum speed). He concluded his report indicating that the terms of reference and rules of procedures of EPPR had been annexed to the GRPE report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/66. AC.3 endorsed the proposal and requested the secretariat to prepare a corresponding AC.3 document for transmission to GRPE. The Representative of IMMA stated the industry’s support to the IWG EPPR and emphasized the importance of the decision taken in the IWG to give priority to the work on two-wheelers, in particular L3 vehicles. He also emphasized the high ambition of the IWG to deliver the results and final report in 2016.

94. The Executive Committee noted that no requests for guidance were submitted.

93. The Executive Committee noted that no requests for listing were submitted.

Annex V

Oral statements by the representative of Australia during the Executive Committee (AC.3) of the 1998 Agreement concerning the establishment of the gtr on pole side impact in the Global Registry

A. Pre-Vote

It is my great pleasure to bring forward the draft UN GTR on Pole Side Impact (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/120) for voting by AC.3. This UN GTR represents the culmination of over three years of work by the informal working group, by GRSP, WP.29 and AC.3.

A number of Contracting Parties, organizations and individuals have played large roles in the process of developing the UN GTR and if there is opportunity I will comment on this further after the vote.

This UN GTR is a life-saving and injury reducing legislation, and one of which I hope all members of WP.29 will be proud. It will save lives in both pole side impacts and other side impacts, including vehicle to vehicle crashes. It will reduce serious injuries, in particular brain injuries which are common in both pole side and other side impacts and which have enormous societal impact and high cost.

Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) has estimated that in Australia the UN GTR will save nearly 700 lives over a 30 year period and avert or diminish some 800 severe or serious brain injuries. MUARC estimates suggest the benefit cost ratio is likely to be at least 7:1 for Australia. MUARC final report on the benefits of the UN GTR can now be found at the GRSP Pole Side Impact website.

The incidence of side impacts and costs and benefits will vary from country to country, but overall the UN GTR will save many lives and be highly beneficial.

Two points are worth stressing in conclusion: first, that while the costs of implementation may be higher in some countries, where airbag fitment is low, benefits will be correspondingly higher. Second, benefit cost analysis should take full account of the cost of severe and serious brain injuries, which are much more costly than the average figures generally used for severe and serious brain injuries.

I commend the UN GTR to you.

B. Post-Vote

With the vote now taken, I would like to make some additional comments.

In particular, I would like to provide my thanks, starting with the members of the informal working group: Canada, China, the European Commission, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, the Republic of Korea, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA). Germany, the European Commission, the United States of America, the Republic of Korea, the United Kingdom, BMW and OICA all hosted informal working group meetings.

To Canada which cooperated with Australia in a large crash programme, to other countries that undertook crash programmes and to the United States of America for its leadership on development of the WorldSID, I say additional thanks.

Finally, to some key inviduals, and I am sorry for leaving anyone out but there are limits of time: I thank Mr. Ian Yarnold, Dr. Lee and his colleagues from the Republic of Korea and Mr. Onoda for their strong early encouragement; Mr. Richard Damm from Germany, Ms. Suzanne Tylko from Canada, Ms. Mary Versailles and Mr. Steve Ridella from the United States of America, Mr. Hans Ammerlann from the Netherlands, Mr. Peter Broertjes from the EC and our many industry colleagues for their assistance on drafting and technical questions; and Mr. Edoardo Gianotti for all his assistance.

Last but not least, I would like to thank my Australian colleagues: Mr. Mark Terrell and especially Mr. Thomas Belcher, who is here today, for their outstanding work and dedication.

Australia has been transposing the UN GTR into a UN Regulation and will present a draft to GRSP in December 2013.

Thank you.

85. The Executive Committee noted the information, as of 28 October 2013, on the status of the 1998 Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.8). AC.3 also noted that some Contracting Parties had not voted on a UN GTR but had voted on its Corrigenda or Amendments. AC.3 agreed to further clarify, at the next session, the notification obligations of the Contracting Parties. Representatives were reminded of their obligation to send the mandatory reports on the transposition process through their Permanent Missions in Geneva via the “1998 AGREEMENT-MISSIONS List” electronic system to the secretariat to ensure updating of the status document which is the monitoring tool of the Agreement. Assistance may be obtained from the secretariat. AC.3 considered WP.29-161-20, containing communication information from the secretariat to the Missions and to the AC.3 Heads of Delegations to new Contracting Parties to the Agreement.

84. The thirty-ninth session of the Executive Committee (AC.3) was held on 13 November 2013. The representatives of 12 of the 33 Contracting Parties to the Agreement attended: Australia, Canada, China, the European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Norway, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, South Africa, Turkey and the United States of America.

83. The results of the voting on the documents submitted are found in the session report from page 22.

81. Of the 51 Contracting Parties to the Agreement, 39 were represented and established AC.1 for its fifty-fifth session held on 13 November 2013.

82. AC.1 invited Mr. B. Gauvin, Chair of WP.29, to chair the session.

80. The World Forum adopted the report and its annexes on the basis of a draft prepared by the secretariat. The report includes the sections related to the Administrative Committee of the 1958 Agreement and to the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement.

79. In compliance with Rule 37 of the Rules of Procedure (TRANS/WP.29/690 as amended by Amends. 1 and 2), the World Forum called for the election of officers on 12 November 2013. At the proposal of the representatives of Italy and the United States of America, WP.29 unanimously elected Mr. B. Gauvin (France) as Chair and Mr. B. Kisulenko (Russian Federation) as Vice-Chair of the World Forum for 2014.

78. The secretariat presented a proposal (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/126) for amending R.E.3 by adding the new UN Regulations in force and a new annex with the concept of Revisions and Extensions to type approvals granted in the framework of the 1958 Agreement. Following the recommendation by AC.2 (see para. 12), WP.29 adopted the proposal, with the deletion of the proposed Annex 5, and requested the secretariat to publish it.

77. The secretariat presented the results of the World Forum for 2012 on the development of UN Regulations and UN GTR to make vehicles safer (WP.29-161-10) in 2012. WP.29 adopted WP.29-161-10 and requested the secretariat to reproduce it as Annex III to this report and to transmit it to the Inland Transport Committee (ITC).

76. In absence of the secretariat of the Working Party on Road Safety (WP.1), the representative of Germany informed WP.29 about the progress of work on Advance Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) as an outcome of the last session of WP.1 (23-26 September 2013, Geneva). He reported that a proposal to amend the 1968 Vienna Convention would be considered at the next session of WP.1, scheduled to be held in New Delhi on 4-6 December 2013.

75. The representative of the United States of America reported on the outcome of the fourth meeting of the IWG on enforcement issues (27 June 2013, Geneva) which was chaired by the Senior Associate Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Mr. D. Smith. He informed WP.29 that, among others, the European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association (ETRMA) had presented a case study on the need for enforcement efforts based on tyre defects, while the Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) had discussed their continued efforts to battle counterfeit air-bags. He also informed WP.29 that the representatives of Australia, the United Kingdom and the European Union had explained their approaches to addressing safety defects and recalls, enforcement policies and development of type approval legislation by incorporating dedicated market surveillance provisions. He announced that the next meeting of the IWG was scheduled to be held during the June 2014 session of WP.29.

74. The representative of the Russian Federation presented proposals to the World Forum for amending UN Rules Nos. 1 and 2 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/132 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/133). WP.29 agreed to transmit the proposals to AC.4 for consideration at the March 2014 session.

72. No new information was provided under this agenda item.

69. The World Forum considered the pending proposals for amendments to existing Regulations under agenda items 4.14.1 to 4.14.3 and agreed to keep them on the agenda for consideration at its June 2014 session.

21. The World Forum adopted the evaluation for 2012–2013 and the programme of work for 2014–2015 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/123) as well as its programme of work for 2014–2018 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/124). In the latter document, in the ‘outputs expected …’ under sections 02.4.2 (d) and (e), amend the date “2015” to read “2016” (twice). The World Forum requested the secretariat to transmit the documents to the Inland Transport Committee (ITC) for consideration at its February 2014 session.

22. The secretariat informed the World Forum about the implementation of the ECE reform, particularly about the assignation of new professionals to work primarily at the WP.29 secretariat. The additional posts (one P4 and one P2) were expected to take up their new functions in January 2014. The World Forum invited the secretariat to present the distribution of tasks of the secretariat at its next session in March 2014.

23. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRE given during the 160th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1104, paras. 31–37) and approved the report.

24. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRSG given during the 160th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1104, paras. 38-41) and approved the report.

25. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRSP given during the 160th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1104, paras. 42-44) and approved the report.

26. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRPE given during the 160th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1104, paras. 45-52) and approved the report.

27. Mr. S. Ficheux, Chair of GRB, reported on the results achieved by GRB during its fifty-eighth session (for more details, see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/56).

28. He informed WP.29 that GRB would need further discussion to clearly indicate the way forward on the mandatory activation of Audible Vehicle Alerting System (AVAS) in stationary position and in starting the vehicle motion. He encouraged delegates to participate in the next meetings of the informal group on Quiet Road Transport Vehicles (QRTV).

29. The World Forum noted that Mr. Ficheux (France) had been re-elected GRB Chair and Mr. A. Bocharov (Russian Federation) had been elected as Vice-Chair of GRB for the 2014 sessions.

30. The Chair of GRRF, Mr. B. Frost, informed WP.29 about the results achieved by GRRF during its seventy-fifth session (for more details, see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/75).

31. The Chair of GRRF reported on the progress made by GRRF to completely redraft the transitional provisions of Regulations Nos. 13 and 13-H and to harmonize them with the corresponding guidelines.

32. The Chair of GRRF reported that GRRF was still seeking a consensus proposal on new wet grip limits for tyres of category C3 in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/66 (Supplement 5 to the 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 117) and proposed WP.29 and AC.1 to defer the vote.

33. The Chair of GRRF requested authorization for the informal working group on the Tyre GTR to hold an additional meeting for consideration of a proposal by the experts from China on the “bead unseating test” and of potential findings from research associated with the wet grip test performed by the United States of America. WP.29 gave its consent to that request, subject to the confirmation by AC.3 (see para. 92).

34. The World Forum noted that Mr. Frost (UK) and Mr. Kubota (Japan) had been re-elected Chair and Vice-Chair of GRRF for the sessions in 2014.

35. The GRSG Chair, Mr. A. Erario, informed WP.29 about the results achieved during the 105th session of GRSG (for more details, see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/84).

36. The GRSG Chair sought the consent of WP.29 to re-establish the informal group on Camera-Monitor Systems (CMS). WP.29 gave its consent.

37. The representative of the Russian Federation, Chair of the IWG on Automatic Emergency Call System (AECS), reported on the progress made during its first meeting.

38. The World Forum noted that Mr. A. Erario (Italy) and Mr. M. Matolcsy (Hungary) had been re-elected Chair and Vice-Chair of GRSG for the sessions in 2014.

39. The GRE Chair, Mr. M. Gorzkowski, informed WP.29 about the results achieved during the seventieth session of GRE (for more details, see the report of the session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/70).

40. The GRE Chair informed WP.29 that the Special Interest Group (SIG) considering simplification of UN Regulations on lighting and light-signalling would meet during February 2014 to establish the terms of reference for the future IWG. The chairmanship and secretariat of this IWG would be decided at that meeting. WP.29 gave its consent.

41. The World Forum noted that Mr. M. Gorzkowski (Canada) was unanimously re-elected as Chair and that Mr. D. Rovers (Netherlands) was unanimously elected as Vice-Chair for the GRE sessions scheduled for the year 2014.

42. The World Forum noted that the last update of the status of the 1958 Agreement and the list of modifications to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/343/Rev.21 were available on the WP.29 website. The secretariat informed the World Forum that some Type Approval Authorities (TAA) had communicated the categories of the designated Technical Services (TS). The secretariat explained that incorporating the category of TS in the status document would result in thousands of additional entries and, therefore, would make it difficult to handle. The World Forum agreed not to insert the categories of the TS. WP.29 noted that Japan would apply UN Regulations Nos. 125, 130 and 131 from 5 January 2014.

43. The secretariat reported on the meeting organized with the ISO secretariat to consider the issues raised during the 160th session of WP.29 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1104, paras. 54-55) on the non-availability of former and draft versions of such standards as well as the non-availability of the referenced standards free of charge, affecting the transparency of the UN Regulations, UN GTRs and UN Rules.

44. The representative of ISO noted the issues raised and agreed to consider them with WP.29 and its secretariat.

45. The representative of the United States of America referred to the guidelines OMB Circular No. A-199. He added that the background material used for supporting the redaction and establishment of a standard was a key element for the assessment of the standard prior to its incorporation by reference into a regulation and should, therefore, be available to regulatory bodies. He added that the intellectual property restrictions on private standards should not apply when governments were participating in the funding or research for the establishment of a private standard.

46. WP.29 noted that the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) had announced on 28 October 2013 the official launch of the ANSI IBR Portal, a free online tool with read-only access to standards that have been incorporated by reference into federal laws.

47. WP.29 also noted that an International Conference on “Standards and Regulatory Frameworks” would be held on 19 November 2013 in the framework of the session of the Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies (WP.6 of the UNECE Trade Division). The Conference would present global best practices in the use of standards in regulatory work and review, in particular, the Recommendation D on “Reference to Standards” (ECE/TRADE/C/WP.6/2013/5). The World Forum requested the secretariat to represent WP.29 in the noted conference to: (i) share the experience of WP.29 on the incorporation by reference of private standards into regulations, (ii) stress the need of cooperation of standards developing organizations with regulatory bodies to ensure regulatory transparency, and (iii) suggest the “read-only” access of standards referenced in the regulations through “reading rooms” (similar to the ANSI IBR portal referenced above) hosted by trusted organizations, such as the United Nations.

48. The representative of France, chairing the IWG on IWVTA, gave a general overview of the outcome of the two meetings held in Paris and Bonn prior to the WP.29 session. The representative of Japan, chairing the IWVTA subgroup on the development of UN Regulation No. 0, reported on the group’s work progress (WP.29-161-17). He recalled that the main objective of the IWVTA was the extension of the mutual recognition of vehicle systems and components to whole vehicles. He added that the subgroup recognized that this objective could not be achieved in a single step. UN Regulation No. 0 would thus allow, in a first step, a partial IWVTA limited to M1 category of vehicles. This partial type approval would need completion by national or regional approvals. At a future point, a complete whole vehicle approval would be possible. He described the working assumptions concerning the rights and obligations of the Contracting Parties (CPs) applying UN Regulation No. 0 and that it was foreseen to annually update UN Regulation No. 0. He presented the structure of UN Regulation No. 0 and two tentative lists with UN Regulations for further review that would need to be complied with for obtaining a Whole Vehicle Type Approval. List A contained thirty-nine UN Regulations that could already be included in the first step of the partial IWVTA. List B contained fourteen UN Regulations that would need amendment before their inclusion into list A. The representative of Japan also reported on the foreseen evolution of UN Regulation No. 0 and highlighted that the ultimate goal of IWVTA was the universal Whole Vehicle Type Approval mutually recognized by all CPs applying UN Regulation No. 0 without any additional national requirements. An additional further step would include vehicle categories other than M1. He concluded his presentation by indicating that the subgroup intended to complete the drafting of the partial IWVTA requirements by March 2016 and announced that the next meeting of the subgroup was scheduled to be held in Japan on 21-23 January 2014. He added that the latest version of draft UN Regulation No. 0 was available.

49. The representative of EU supported this process and the efforts achieved. He underlined the need for agreement on the list of UN Regulations to be included in UN Regulation No. 0. The representative of OICA joined the EU in this support and added that the IWVTA was of the highest importance for the automotive industry.

50. The representative of the EU, chairing the IWVTA subgroup on the review of the 1958 Agreement, informed the World Forum that a first proposal for amendments to the 1958 Agreement had been completed by the subgroup (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/134). He indicated that, after transmitting the proposal, the subgroup had convened again prior to the WP.29 session and that the majority of the pending issues had been solved (WP.29-161-15 superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/134). He provided WP.29 with a general overview on the development of the proposal (WP.29-161-16) and recalled certain major features aimed to increase the attractiveness of the revised 1958 Agreement: (i) the possibility to grant and recognize type approvals according to previous series of amendments to UN Regulations, (ii) the possibility of a CP to delegate its voting right to another CP and (iii) the possibility for a CP to vote in favour of a new UN Regulation but to apply the UN Regulation at a later time point. He reported that the main pending issue for WP.29 to consider was the need to modify the two-third majority threshold for adopting new UN Regulations and amendments to existing UN Regulations. He concluded his presentation by inviting all the CPs to analyse the proposal and to provide their feedback at the next session of WP.29 in March 2014. The subgroup should resolve the issues by the November 2014 session of WP.29. At the March 2015 session, WP.29 should be in a position to identify if unanimity can be achieved to amend the Agreement and to launch the formal procedure for the amendment of the Agreement by a CP. Revision 3 to the 1958 Agreement would then enter into force on March 2016.

51. WP.29 noted a general support on the development of the amendments to the Agreement and requested the secretariat to distribute WP.29-161-15 with an official symbol for consideration at its next session. WP.29 also noted that further amendments to WP.29-161-15 to resolve the pending issues, would be presented at the March 2014 session as an informal document.

52. The secretariat pointed out that the DETA concept had already been incorporated into draft Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement. He reported that several UNECE internal meetings had been held concerning the hosting of DETA within the United Nations. He added that a request had been transmitted to the relevant UNECE Committee to secure the necessary budget for the second half of 2015. He informed WP.29 that this matter was still under consideration by UNECE and that for 2016–2017, it would be necessary to include the funding of DETA in the general budget of the UNECE for its approval by the General Assembly. He added that the WP.29 secretariat was targeting March 2016 for the final implementation of DETA.

53. The secretariat suggested limiting the maintenance services (i.e., user support) for DETA that would be provided by the United Nations, to the normal Geneva office working hours. WP.29 agreed with this proposal.

54. The World Forum, in considering informal documents WP.29-161-06 and WP.29-161-11, agreed to refer the official documents listed under agenda items 4.6.1, 4.6.2, 4.6.4, 4.6.5, 4.6.8, 4.6.9, 4.6.12, 4.6.16, 4.6.17, 4.6.18, 4.6.19, 4.6.20, 4.6.21, 4.6.22, 4.6.23, 4.6.25, 4.6.26 and 4.6.27 back to GRE for further consideration.

55. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.6.3, 4.6.7, 4.6.10, 4.6.11, 4.6.13 to 4.6.15, 4.6.24, 4.6.28 as well as 4.6.29, and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the corrections of para. 56 below.

58. The World Forum considered the draft amendment under agenda items 4.7.1 to 4.7.5 and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the corrections of para. 59 below.

60. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.8.1 to 4.8.10 and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the corrections of paras. 61 and 62 below.

63. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.9.1 to 4.9.5 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

65. The World Forum considered the draft corrigenda under agenda items 4.11.1 and 4.11.2, and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

66. The World Forum considered the draft amendment under agenda item 4.12.1, and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting.

67. The World Forum considered the draft Regulations under agenda items 4.13.1 and 4.13.2 and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the corrections of para. 68 below.

70. The World Forum noted the consolidated document containing the status of the Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.8). WP.29 noted that some Contracting Parties had fulfilled their obligation to send their status and final reports on the progress of transposition of the UN GTRs and their amendments into their domestic law. The representatives of the Contracting Parties were reminded of their obligation to send the mandatory reports on the transposition process through their Permanent Missions in Geneva via the “1998 AGREEMENT-MISSIONS List” electronic system to the secretariat. The World Forum agreed that a more detailed consideration of the monitoring of the 1998 Agreement, including details of the notification obligation would be considered under agenda item 13 of the Executive Committee AC.3 session (see para. 85 below). The representative of Japan stated that his country would transpose UN GTR No. 13 (Hydrogen and Fuel-cell vehicles) into its national legislation and confirmed that listing No. 10 of the Compendium of Candidates could be deleted as a candidate UN GTR.

71. WP.29 agreed that agenda items 5.2 to 5.5 should be considered by AC.3.

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61. No new information was provided under this agenda item.

79. Submitted for consideration and vote, the proposed draft UN GTR on WLTP (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/27 and its Corr.1) was established in the UN Global Registry on 12 March 2014 by consensus vote of the following Contracting Parties present and voting: Australia, China, European Union (voting for Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Norway, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, South Africa and Turkey.

80. The technical report (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/28) and the adopted proposal for the development of the UN GTR (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/26 and its Add.1) will be appended to the established UN GTR.

81. The representative of the Republic of Korea welcomed this new UN GTR which is closely related to fuel efficiency. He stated that his country was making every effort to provide consumers with accurate information. He announced that his country would contribute in the work of the IWG for developing Phase 2 of the UN GTR.

82. The representative of the United States of America abstained. He explained that the existing requirements in his country provided significant controls, covered many different operating systems and applied to various pile requirements. It was also explained that his
country still needed to verify the equivalence of the provisions of the UN GTR with their current national regulations. However, he stated that his country supported the UN GTR and looked forward to further contributing to aligning the two sets of regulations as part of future WLTP work. The representative of Canada also abstained providing similar justifications.

83. The representative of Germany welcomed the establishment of the UN GTR on WLTP which completes the emissions requirements for all categories of vehicles covered by UN GTRs. He thanked the co-sponsors of the UN GTR, all experts of GRPE, WLTP informal groups and task forces for their longstanding efforts.

84. The Chair of GRRF informed AC.3 that the draft proposal ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/63 was not recommended for vote at this session. He noted that WP.29 has approved an extraordinary session of GRRF during the June 2014 session of WP.29 to address remaining issues (see para. 36 above). AC.3 welcomed this information and expected consideration and vote on this proposal at its November 2014 session.

1. The World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) held its 162nd session from 11-14 March 2014 chaired by Mr. B. Gauvin (France). The following countries were represented, following Rule 1(a) of the Rules of Procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP .29/690 and ECE/TRANS/WP .29/690/Amend.1 and Amend.2): Australia; Belgium; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Brazil; Canada; China; Colombia; Croatia; Czech Republic; Estonia; Finland; France; Germany; Hungary; India; Italy; Japan; Latvia; Luxembourg; the Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Portugal; Republic of Korea; Republic of Moldova; Romania; Russian Federation; Serbia; Slovakia; Slovenia; South Africa; Spain; Switzerland; Turkey; Ukraine; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; United States of America. Representatives of the European Union (EU) participated. The following governmental organization was also represented: International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The following non-governmental organizations were also represented: Association for Emission Control by Catalyst (AECC); Consumers International (CI); European Tyre and Rim Technical Organisation (ETRTO); European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA, representing also MEMA and JAPIA); the Foundation for the Automobile and Society (FIA Foundation); International Automotive Lighting and Light Signalling Expert Group (GTB); International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA); International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA); International Organization of Standardization (ISO).

2. The provisional annotated agenda for the session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1107 and its Add.1 and Add.2) was adopted with the amendments noted below:

(a) Addition of agenda items:
7.2. Update of UN Rules Nos. 1 and 2.
Documentation
ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/132Proposal for draft amendments to Rule No. 1
ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/133Proposal for draft amendments to Rule No. 2
8.3. Presentation of the results of the GlobalNCAP in India;
8.4. Amendments to UN Regulations Nos. 94 and 95;
8.5. Defect investigation on panorama sunroof.
(b) Correction of document references for item:
4.4. For “WP.29-162-03” read “WP.29-162-04”
(c) Documents to be referred back to GRE for items:
4.9.6. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/31
4.9.10. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/32
(d) Items to be deferred to a further session: 4.12.1, 4.12.2, 4.13.1 to 4.13.5.

3. The list of informal documents is reproduced in Annex I to this report.

4. The 114th session of WP.29/AC.2 was held on 10 March 2014, chaired by Mr. B. Gauvin (France) and was attended, in accordance to Rule 29 of the terms of reference and rules of procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690 and Amends.1 and 2), by the Chairs of WP.29 (France), GRB (France), GRE (Canada), GRSP (United States of America), GRPE (Germany), GRRF (United Kingdom), GRSG (Italy), the Administrative/Executive Committees of the three agreements administered by WP.29 (France, Russian Federation and the United States of America), by the representatives of the European Union, Japan and the United States of America and by the Vice-Chairs of WP.29 (Russian Federation), GRSG (Hungary), GRPE (India) and GRSP (Republic of Korea).

5. The Committee reviewed the draft agenda of the 162nd session of the World Forum and recommended the amendments as indicated in paragraph 2 above. The Committee also recommended that agenda item 5.1 be considered by the World Forum and that the rest of the agenda items regarding the 1998 Agreement be considered by the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement (AC.3). The insertion of agenda item 7.2 was recommended to allow consideration of the position of some Contracting Parties to the 1997 Agreement regarding the voting procedure on the proposals for amendments to UN Rules Nos. 1 and 2. Following discussion in WP.29, the session of the Administrative Committee of the 1997 Agreement (AC.4) would be either held or postponed. WP.29/AC.2 also reviewed the draft agenda for the 163rd session of the World Forum, scheduled to be held in Geneva from 24 to 27 June 2014.

6. WP.29/AC.2 noted the progress of work made by the informal group on the revision of the 1958 Agreement and on the development of UN Regulation No. 0. The Committee noted the concerns raised by the Russian Federation at the February 2014 session of the Inland Transport Committee (ITC) regarding the proposals for proxy voting and the conditions for the adoption of new UN Regulations and amendments to existing ones. The Vice-Chair of WP.29 (i.e., the representative of Russia) was invited to clarify these matters in his capital (i.e., within his government). WP.29/AC.2 recalled the decision by the World Forum at its November 2013 session to dedicate a half-day session to consider in detail, Revision 3 to the 1958 Agreement and the draft UN Regulation No. 0 under agenda items 4.3. and 4.4.

7. The secretariat informed the Committee about the delay, of one year in some cases, in the translation into French and Russian of the Amendments and Revisions of UN Regulations, which had entered into force. He added that an explanatory Memorandum would be transmitted by the Transport Division to the Documents Management Section explaining the need of having these translations urgently to avoid the delay in applying the provisions. AC.2 noted that the European Union needed, in due time, the translations into French of UN Regulations as reference in the EU legislation. The Committee invited the delegations concerned to take the necessary actions to support the need of the translations on time.

49. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.8.1 to 4.8.6 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

8. The Committee considered how to develop amendments to different phases of UN Global Technical Regulations (GTRs). The Committee was of the opinion that this matter should be considered by AC.3 during this session and by AC.2 at its June 2014 session.

9. The Committee reviewed a first draft calendar of sessions for 2015 and invited the secretariat to transmit it, with some amendments, to the Conference Services. The Committee requested the secretariat to submit the draft calendar for consideration by the World Forum at its June 2014 session.

10. The World Forum adopted the report of the Administrative Committee on its 114th session and its recommendations.

11. The World Forum noted the revised programme of work and documentation (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/1). WP.29 representatives were invited to review the document and to communicate to the secretariat any amendments deemed necessary. The secretariat presented the list of informal working groups (WP.29-162-01), which was presented at the last session of ITC (25-27 February 2014). An updated list of the informal working groups will be transmitted for consideration at the June 2014 session of WP.29, including the names of Vice-Chair of the GRs.

12. The World Forum noted that at the February 2014 session of ITC, a policy oriented segment on “Innovations for sustainable inland transport and mobility” was organized, with special attention on autonomous vehicles. WP.29 also noted that some ITC delegates requested detailed information on the activities of WP.29 on ITS and that a round table on ITS would be organized by Belgium under the auspices of ITC. WP.29 recommended that Mr. Guichard of the WP.29 secretariat should be proposed to the Director of the Transport Division as focal point on ITS to coordinate all ITS activities of the Division and to report to ITC.

13. WP.29 noted that the Informal Working Group (IWG) on ITS is scheduled to hold its meeting during this session of WP.29 in the morning of 14 March 2014. WP.29 considered the future of the IWG on ITS, especially the meeting frequency and venue to allow the Co-Chairs to report to WP.29 and to include the conclusions in the report of WP.29.

14. The representative of ITU informed the World Forum about main discussions at the symposium on the Future Networked Car, organized by UNECE and the ITU on 5 and 6 March 2014. He reported that delegates of WP.29 participated in the “Human factors and regulatory requirements for the introduction of automated driving” and in “Automated emergency calls – Cars and roadside connected” sessions. He added that the deployment of autonomous vehicles was estimated to be earlier than expected. Development of regulatory strategies on the adoption of automated driving and ITS in China, the EU, Japan, Korea and the United States of America have started. Finally, he stated that standards were identified as means through which the automotive industry and regulators meet. He noted the lack of standards in the area of automated driving. The representative of the United Kingdom endorsed the comments of ITU and suggested that WP.29 should consider developing a road map to identify the regulatory work on autonomous vehicles to ensure their safe use in condition of future mixed traffic. WP.29 thanked Mr. Rakhmanov (Russian Federation) and Mr. Yarnold (United Kingdom) for their excellent contributions as moderators during the above-mentioned symposium.

55. The World Forum considered the pending proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 117 listed under agenda item 4.12.3 (document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/66) and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the correction of para. 47 below (see WP.29-162-05).

56. Page 1, the title, replace “Supplement 5” by “Supplement 6”. Page 2, paragraph 6.2.3, correct the wet grip index G for normal tyres other than traction tyres to read 0.80.

[The proposal was adopted as amended as “Supplement 6 to the 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 117” by a vote of 36 in favor and none either opposed or abstaining.]

50. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.9.1 to 4.9.13 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

51. The World Forum agreed to refer ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/31 (agenda item 4.9.6) and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/32 (agenda item 4.9.10) back to GRE for further consideration.

52. The World Forum considered the draft corrigenda under agenda items 4.10.1 to 4.10.3 and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting.

53. The World Forum noted that no draft corrigenda were submitted.

54. The World Forum agreed to keep ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/64 (agenda item 4.12.1) and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/30 (agenda item 4.12.2) on the agenda for consideration at its June 2014 session.

57. The World Forum considered the proposals for amendments to existing Regulations under agenda items 4.13.1 to 4.13.5 and agreed to keep them on the agenda for consideration at its June 2014 session.

58. The World Forum considered the draft amendment under agenda item 4.14.1 and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting.

59. The World Forum noted the consolidated document containing the status of the Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.9). WP.29 further noted that some Contracting Parties had fulfilled their obligation to send their status and final reports, on the progress of transposition of the UN GTRs and their amendments into their domestic law. The representatives of the other Contracting Parties were reminded of their obligation to send the mandatory reports on the transposition process through their Permanent Missions in Geneva via the “1998 AGREEMENT-MISSIONS List” electronic system to the secretariat. The World Forum agreed that a more detailed consideration of the monitoring of the 1998 Agreement, including details of the notification obligation would be considered under agenda item 13 of the Executive Committee AC.3 session (see para. 78 below).

60. WP.29 agreed that agenda items 5.2 to 5.5 should be considered by AC.3.

62. The World Forum noted that the secretariat had not been notified of any modifications on the status of the Agreement since the November 2013 session, therefore ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1074/Rev.5 had not been prepared. WP.29 noted that ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1074/Rev.4 and its Amend.1 still reflected the current status of the Agreement.

63. The representatives of Estonia, Finland, Hungary, the Netherlands and Romania noted the parallel development of amendments to the UN Rules annexed to the 1997 Agreement and the corresponding EU Directive. They requested to delay (WP.29-162-09) the submission of the proposed amendments to UN Rules Nos. 1 and 2 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/132 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/133) to the Administrative Committee of the 1997 Agreement (AC.4), making sure that their obligations would not conflict with the EU Directive. Theye stated that if the amendments to UN Rules Nos. 1 and 2 are adopted, they would not be harmonized with the current EU Directive. The Chair of GRRF recalled the discussion outcome at GRRF that the most pragmatic approach would be to consider aligning the amendments to the 1997 Agreement and the EU Directive as much as possible as these activities were progressing nearly in parallel.

64. The representative of the Russian Federation noted that WP.29 at its 156th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1095, para 84) had confirmed the importance of Periodical Technical Inspection (PTI) of vehicles for road safety and had agreed to extend the scope of UN Rules Nos. 1 and 2 to cover vehicles of categories M1, N1 and O1 making the 1997 Agreement more useful for emerging economies and for those countries not having a PTI system. He added that, accordingly, WP.29 had agreed to defer to a later stage the alignment of the provisions of both UN Rules to the corresponding EU Directive. He expressed the wish that the submission of the proposal for amendments to UN Rules Nos. 1 and 2 should not be further delayed, given the safety and environmental implications of these amendments.

65. After examination with the Contracting Parties present, WP.29 saw no possibility to organize the vote on the amendments to the UN Rules and recommended not to hold the AC.4 session.

66. Following the decision to dedicate the afternoon session of WP.29 on 26 June 2014 to an additional session of GRRF (see paras. 36 and 79), WP.29 also noted that the next IWG meeting would be held during the afternoon session of WP.29 on 13 November 2014.

67. The secretariat of the Working Party on Road Safety (WP.1) informed WP.29 about the recent session of WP.1 (4-6 December 2013, New Delhi). She stated that some progress had been made in updating the 1968 Vienna Convention on lighting issues and in defining Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), which could resolve the issue of permanent control of the vehicle by the driver. She clarified that the legal concerns expressed in para. 20 of the WP.1 report (ECE/TRANS/WP.1/143) referred to the mandatory recognition of the UN Regulations and UN GTRs by Contracting Parties to the 1968 Vienna Convention, if any such reference was to be made in the text of the Convention. The representative of the United Kingdom reported that many presenters at the recent ITU symposium on the Future Networked Car expressed concerns that the current text of the 1968 Convention could stifle future transport development. He added that further delay in this issue could begin to reflect poorly on the UNECE. The representative of OICA highlighted the importance of finding a solution to this matter. Upon the request by the representative of Germany on how to solve the legal issues mentioned in the WP.1 report (ECE/TRANS/WP.1/143, paras. 20 and 21, available at: www.unece.org/trans/roadsafe/wp1rep.html), the secretariat of WP.1 reported that WP.1 had initiated a search for external legal advice, but that the lack of funding was delaying the legal consultation. The representative of the Russian Federation indicated that the legal instruments administered by WP.1 and WP.29 had different Contracting Parties. He hoped that the Contracting Parties to both these legal instruments could contribute to resolve this issue.

68. The representative of the FIA Foundation introduced WP.29-162-21 presenting the results of a Global NCAP research project “Safer cars for India” on the passive safety performance of the most popular vehicle models in India. WP.29 noted that Global NCAP recommended: (i) to apply UN Regulation No. 94 for all passenger cars, (ii) to mandate the use of Child Restraint Systems (CRS) and (iii) to promote collaboration between governments, manufacturers, their suppliers, automobile clubs and consumer organizations in order to improve adult and child protection in road vehicles.

69. The representative of India informed WP.29, that following these recommendations, actions had already been taken in his country to increase the stringency of vehicle regulations on passive safety. However, a transitional time would be necessary to develop the technical services capacity to perform the related tests. The representative of OICA welcomed these indications but stressed that a holistic approach was needed in order to further improve road safety, taking into account that the individual road transport conditions in the countries were different. He said that, in his opinion, focusing all efforts on vehicle specifications only, thereby making them unaffordable for a large proportion of the population, might in the end be counterproductive in that consumers would find it more difficult to move to safer transportation modes.

70. The representative of the Russian Federation introduced WP.29-162-19 proposing to insert new test provisions for in-vehicle emergency call systems into UN Regulations Nos. 94 and 95. The representative of EU acknowledged this proposal and offered to continue the discussion in the IWG and in GRSG as, in his view, it is not yet sufficiently clear how the test should be conducted. The representative of OICA supported the statements of the EU. The representative of the Russian Federation, Chair of the IWG on AECS, clarified that the purpose of the IWG was the development of a new UN Regulation which should cover the majority of the issues concerning accident emergency call system and its components. He added that, currently, this work was concluded but experts still need to reach consensus on some open issues. He clarified that the progress report of the IWG would be presented at the May 2014 session of GRSG. The Chair of GRSG noted that the IWG on AECS would provide results to GRSG two weeks before the May 2014 session of GRSP and that these results could also be then addressed in GRSP. Finally, the World Forum endorsed this approach.

71. Mr. Sokchang Kwon, Director General of the Motor Vehicles Policy Division of the Ministry of Land, Transportation and Maritime Affairs of the Republic of Korea gave a presentation on the results of their national defect investigations on panoramic sunroofs (WP.29-162-15). The Chair of GRSG suggested that this topic be investigated further by GRSG experts to determine whether it is necessary to adjust the relevant UN Regulation No. 43 and UN GTR No. 6 on glazing. Thus, he invited the representative of the Republic of Korea to share these findings with GRSG experts during the forthcoming session in May 2014. The representative of the Republic of Korea (Korea Automobile Testing and Research Institute (KATRI)) introduced WP.29-162-22 showing the detailed results of their investigations on safety issues with panoramic sunroofs. The representative of Japan agreed with the suggestion by the Chair of GRSG. Finally, the World Forum requested GRSG to discuss this issue at its forthcoming session in April 2014.

72. The World Forum adopted the report and its annexes on the basis of a draft prepared by the secretariat. The report includes the sections related to the Administrative Committee of the 1958 Agreement and to the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement.

73. Of the 51 Contracting Parties to the Agreement, 39 were represented and established AC.1 for its fifty-sixth session held on 12 March 2014.

74. AC.1 invited Mr. B. Gauvin, Chair of WP.29, to chair the session.

76. The fortieth session of the Executive Committee (AC.3) was held on 12-13 March 2014. The representatives of 13 of the 19 Contracting Parties to the Agreement attended: Australia, Canada, China, the European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Norway, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, South Africa, Turkey and the United States of America.

77. At the proposal of the representative from Germany, Mr. K. Simon (United States of America) was unanimously elected Chair and Mr. I. Yarnold (EU) was unanimously elected Vice-Chair for 2014.

78. AC.3 noted the information, as of 25 February 2014, on the status of the 1998 Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.9). AC.3 also noted WP.29-162-13 and WP.29-162-14 submitted respectively by the representatives of EU and the Republic of Korea, containing the status of the transposition of UN GTRs in their national legislations. AC.3 reiterated the notification obligations of the Contracting Parties. Representatives were also reminded of their obligation to send the mandatory reports on the transposition process through their Permanent Missions in Geneva via the “1998 AGREEMENT-MISSIONS List” electronic system to the secretariat to ensure updating of the status document which is the monitoring tool of the Agreement. The secretariat announced that it would contact each Contracting Party with pending notifications in order to facilitate the notification process.

85. AC.3 noted that no requests for listing were submitted.

86. Upon the request of the representative of the United States of America, AC.3 agreed to discuss WP.29-162-03 under agenda item 17.5 (see paras. 91 and 92 below).

87. The representative of EU summarized the work progress of the IWG on Environmental and Propulsion Performance Requirements (EPPR) for L-category vehicles. He reported on meetings and indicated that the work on amending UN GTR No. 2 had started. He informed AC.3 that the highest priority had been given to the elaboration of draft UN GTRs on the evaporative emissions and on OBD. The other two draft UN GTRs on durability requirements of pollutant control devices and on propulsion unit performance requirements would be developed later. He added that the seventh meeting of EPPR would take place in conjunction with the June session of GRPE and that the eighth meeting was tentatively planned to be held in Brussels in October 2014. AC.3 requested the secretariat to modify the title of this agenda item as follows: Gtr No. 2 and other gtrs on environmental and propulsion unit requirements for L category of vehicles.

88. The representative of Italy gave a status report on the activities of GRRF on parallel amendments to UN GTR No. 3 and UN Regulation No. 78, introducing provisions for new types of Combined Braking Systems (CBS). The Chair of GRRF added that the group precisely clarified its intentions during the February 2014 session and was targeting the completion of the work for the September 2014 session of GRRF.

89. The representative of EU confirmed that the IWG would present a formal proposal for amendments to the UN GTR for consideration by GRPE at its June 2014 session and expected that AC.3 would adopt it at its November 2014 session. He presented WP.29-162-08 requesting an extension of the GRPE mandate on developing amendments to the UN GTR including the alignment of UN GTRs Nos. 4 and 11. AC.3 adopted the request and invited the secretariat to prepare the corresponding AC.3 authorization.

90. The representative of the United Kingdom reported on the work progress of the IWG on Phase 2 of UN GTR No. 7. He informed AC.3 that the validation of Biofidelic Rear Impact Dummy II (BioRID II) was well advanced and that the IWG would submit to the May 2014 session of GRSP, an informal document complementing the official proposal for amendments to the UN GTR. He clarified that GRSP was expected in December 2014 to recommend the amendments for consideration by AC.3 at its June 2015 session. He added that a proposal for Addendum 1 to the Mutual Resolution No. 1 (M.R.1) would also be submitted to that session of GRSP to incorporate a complete set of drawings and specifications of BioRID II. He finally thanked the manufacturer of the dummy for the close cooperation, the support in delivering all the specifications mentioned above and the removal of restrictions for their use.

91. The representative of the United States of America, on behalf of the Chair of GRSP, introduced WP.29-162-03 (seeking guidance on issues not solved at the December 2013 session of GRSP), concerning the Injury Assessment References Values (IARVs) for the flexible lower legform (FlexPLI) to bumper test of the proposal for amendments to the UN GTR. He clarified that the text of the amendment to UN GTR No. 9 had been recommended by GRSP to the June 2014 session of AC.3. He reported that during the December 2013 session of GRSP, the expert from the United States of America had submitted informal document GRSP-54-32 stating that it was not in a position to agree with the proposed IARVs. He added that the proposed compromise solution of a footnote had been made by Germany at GRSP to allow other injury thresholds for Contracting Parties that do not have existing pedestrian protection regulations. He concluded that, at that session of GRSP, the expert from OICA had observed that this would compromise harmonization.

92.The representative of the United States of America proposed referring the document back to GRSP for consideration at its May 2014 session, which would delay the establishment of the UN GTR to a later session of AC.3. The representative of Germany noted that if the establishment of the amendments to the UN GTR would be delayed, the corresponding amendments to UN Regulation No. 127 should be transmitted to AC.1 for consideration at its June 2014 session. Furthermore, he sought the consent of AC.3 to extend the mandate of the IWG until November 2014. The representative of OICA added that amending UN Regulation No.127 would be perfectly possible since the needed transitional provisions would maintain the desired alignment with the current GTR No.9, thereby granting time for the research conducted in the United States of America. He also suggested consideration of yet another approach, by proceeding with the amendment of GTR No. 9 without the proposed footnote, but with a review clause for the IARV. AC.3 gave its consent to extending the mandate of the IWG and requested GRSP to further revise the compromise proposal at its May 2014 session based on the cost-benefit analysis.

93. The representative of the United States of America, on behalf of the co-sponsors, provided an oral report on this matter. He informed AC.3 that his country had begun the process of transposing the UN GTR and that a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) was expected in 2015. He clarified that his country and the co-sponsors (Germany and Japan) were expected to submit draft terms of references (ToR) to the May 2014 session of GRSP and to the June 2014 session of AC.3 on Phase 2 of the UN GTR. He also anticipated that topics for Phase 2 would include: (i) potential harmonization of crash test specifications, (ii) potential scope revision to address additional vehicle categories, (iii) refinement of test procedures and correction of errors, (iv) material compatibility and hydrogen embrittlement, (v) evaluation of performance test and stress rupture proposed in Phase 1, (vi) electric barrier enclosure and (vii) consideration of research results reported after completion of Phase 1. AC.3 agreed that due to the complexity of the proposed Phase 2, a proposal of authorization to develop it, including the ToR and a new IWG mandate would be submitted as soon as possible to GRSP and AC.3.

94. AC.3 noted that GRSP had not yet received any further proposal for amendments to the UN GTR related to the issues raised by the United States of America at the November 2013 session of AC.3.

95. The representative of the United States of America informed AC.3 about the progress made by the IWG in developing the outline of the UN GTR along with a draft UN GTR submitted by Canada, Japan and the United States of America. He announced that the IWG would provide a status report at the June 2014 session of AC.3 based on the results of the fifth meeting of the IWG scheduled to be held in May 2014 in Washington, D.C.

96. The representative of EU underlined the importance of a quick outcome of the IWG activities. He urged delegates to overcome the disagreements that still remain on developing the draft UN GTR, especially the issue of whether to draft the UN GTR in one or two phases. He recommended considering this subject prior to the May 2014 meeting of the IWG. AC.3 welcomed this recommendation. The representative of OICA also supported these statements and added that the suggestion for a two-phase approach was linked to the urgency of completing harmonized requirements in a first phase, based on available knowledge, while future research results could be considered in a second phase.

97. AC.3 noted that an extension of the mandate of the IWG could be needed given the current schedule of development of the UN GTR. AC.3 expected to further discuss this topic at the June 2014 session.

98. The representative of the United States of America informed AC.3 on the outcome of the fifth meeting of the IWG on Quiet Road Transport Vehicles (Tokyo, 10-12 December 2013), which was attended by stakeholders from governments, consumer advocacy groups and industry. He added that the IWG had addressed each element of the draft UN GTR and had identified difficulties in a number of areas. He reported that various views and positions had been explained in a document that facilitated discussions and decision-making at GRB or AC.3. He concluded that several smaller and more focused task force meetings had been conducted to consider all views and positions and that the results of these meetings would be consolidated in a document for consideration at the next session of the IWG (Washington, D.C., 13-15 May 2014).

99. The secretariat reported on the outcome of the discussions on this matter by GRB at its February 2014 session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/57, paras. 25 and 26). He added that during that GRB session, the expert from the World Blind Union (WBU) had highlighted three key elements of Audible Vehicle Alerting System (AVAS) for people with impaired vision: (i) the alert sound should be of a sufficient volume and its composition (frequency, etc.) should allow for location and identification of the movement of the vehicle; (ii) the system should be active on stationary vehicles; and (iii) the AVAS should not be switched off.

100. On behalf of the GRPE Chair, the representative of EU introduced a proposal requesting authorization to amend UN GTR on WLTP, just adopted (see para. 77 above), and to extend the mandate of the IWG to June 2016 in order to develop Phase 1(b) of the UN GTR (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/30). The proposal included an outline of the forthcoming activities, a road map and the structure of the IWG on WLTP. He explained that the remaining open issues had been resolved at the GRPE session held in Geneva on 14 November 2013. AC.3 adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/30 and extended the mandate of the IWG until June 2016. AC.3 requested the secretariat to prepare the corresponding AC.3 authorization to amend the UN GTR and to transmit it to GRPE.

101. The representative of the EU stated that, due to the high number of priorities listed under agenda item 17, no new priorities should be incorporated into the programme of work.

102. No new information was provided for this agenda item.

103. No supplementary information was provided beyond agenda item 2.3 (see paras. 12-14 above).

104. No new information was provided for this agenda item.

105. The representative of the United States of America reported on the activities of the IWG. He indicated that work was adequately progressing on including the 50th percentile world side impact dummy (WorldSID) into the draft Addendum 2 to M.R.1. He added that some parts of the 5 percentile female dummy needed to be redesigned and that the resulting delay would likely be to the end of 2015 after which the 5th percentile female dummy could be included into M.R.1. The representative of the United Kingdom underlined that the lack of free access to drawings and specifications of the WorldSID by ISO would affect the good work results for UN GTR No. 7 (Phase 2), UN GTR No. 9 (Phase 2) as well as future ones. He considered that a reference in the UN GTRs to the ISO standards should not be accepted. He invited the representative of the United States of America to inform AC.3 on the manner in which his administration was managing such access restrictions to the corresponding standards on side impact dummies. AC.3 agreed to resume consideration on this issue at its next session.

106. The representative of Canada reported on the results of the eighth and ninth meeting of the IWG on Electric Vehicles and the Environment (EVE) (Geneva, 7 January 2014 and Ann Arbor, United States of America, 17-18 February 2014). She added that the draft Electric Vehicle Regulatory Reference Guide had been presented as an informal document, at the January 2014 session of GRPE and that the draft guide had been agreed on, in principle, at the subsequent meeting of the IWG. An updated version of the draft guide had been submitted as an official document for consideration at the June 2014 session of GRPE. AC.3 was expected to consider the reference guide at its November 2014 session. She reported that during the ninth EVE meeting the group decided to pursue a request for a new mandate post-2014 which would be considered informally at the June 2014 GRPE session. She announced that the next meeting of the IWG would be held in Geneva on 2 June 2014 in conjunction with the June 2014 session of GRPE.

107. The representative of OICA introduced WP.29-162-20 proposing a classification system with six levels of automation in vehicles. He highlighted the importance of harmonizing such a classification system and the related definitions at an international level. The secretariat indicated that the OICA proposal included an additional definition of step of autonomy compared with the NHTSA classification system presented in November 2013 (WP.29-161-18). The representative of Germany underlined the importance of the harmonization of legal frameworks for future vehicle automation. He added that WP.29-162-20 focused on the role of the driver. He was of the opinion that, from a legal perspective, the World Forum should concentrate on the performance requirements of automated vehicles. The representative of Japan affirmed the necessity to also take into account the driver’s role. He announced a presentation, at the next meeting of the ITS IWG, with only two types of automation –with the driver “in the loop” or “out of the loop”. The representative of the United Kingdom noted the challenges remaining on the transition between autonomous driving and the driver resuming control of the vehicle. However, he emphasized that a classification system and the corresponding definitions should first be established.

108. No new information was provided for this agenda item.

109. No new proposal was raised.

110. The representative of the Republic of Korea presented WP.29-162-16 complementing his presentations on Vehicle Indoor Air Quality (VIAQ) given at the previous session of WP.29 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1106, para. 117). He invited AC.3 to evaluate the possibility of establishing an IWG under GRPE with the aim to develop a new UN GTR. He added that his country would be committed to chair such a group.

111. The representative of Canada recalled her statement made at the previous session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1106, para. 118). She suggested focusing on the identification of best practices and the collection of information before undertaking regulatory work. The representative of the Russian Federation indicated that his country was concerned by air quality issues and announced an active participation in this work, if included in the programme of work. The representative of EU expressed his concern to involve the proper experts from the European Commission on this topic. The representative of OICA stated that work in this area may be, instead, based on an international standard and be addressed in the Consolidated Resolution for the Construction of Vehicles (R.E.3) and the Special Resolution S.R.1.

112. Before taking a decision on including this matter into the programme of work, AC.3 requested the secretariat to provide information, if any, on activities in this area within the UN and to report back to AC.3 at the next session in June 2014.

113. The World Forum noted that Mr. Doornheim (the Netherlands) would no longer attend the WP.29 sessions and thanked him for his very valuable contributions to the activities of WP.29 and its subsidiary bodies. WP.29 wished him all the best for his retirement.

114. Following the recommendation of WP.29, the Administrative Committee AC.4 did not convene (see paras. 63-65 above).

[Proposal and corrigendum adopted.]

Working Party on Lighting and Light-signalling | Session 71 | 31 Mar-3 Apr 2014

21. The expert from Germany presented GRE-71-25 introducing flashing side marker lamps for vehicles of categories N2, N3, O3 and O4, aimed at informing vulnerable road users about the intention of a heavy goods vehicle to make a turn. The experts from Italy, Netherlands and CLEPA delivered a number of comments, in particular suggesting the extension of this proposal to M2 and M3 buses. The expert from Germany volunteered to submit a revised official document for the next session of GRE.

11. The expert from GTB introduced the results of their studies on visibility and glare (GRE-71-15 and GRE-71-32). The study concentrated on levelling in relation to load and its major objectives were to improve the understanding of different factors that influence visibility and glare and to identify results of the study that might reveal alternatives for automatic static levelling. The expert from OICA recalled their presentations on loading definitions and achievable aiming tolerances (see also GRE-67-27 and GRE-68-20).

12. The expert from Poland introduced a revised proposal ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/11 on initial aiming of dipped-beam headlamps and considering the original 75 +/-25 m visibility distance requirement.

13. GRE was of the view that the study had pointed out that the type of light source and its luminous flux are not the deciding factors in headlamp glare. Instead, the most important factors seem to be the vehicle pitch angle, loading conditions and initial headlamp aim. Therefore, the light source choice (LED) and the light source 2,000 lm criteria in UN Regulation No. 48 were found unnecessarily restrictive and creating barriers to new technologies. Different views were expressed whether automatic levelling should become a requirement for all categories of vehicles and light sources. Operating voltage was also mentioned as an additional factor of glare.

14. GRE invited the experts from Poland, GTB and OICA to submit one coherent proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No. 48 addressing the visibility distance and glare issuto the next GRE session.

5. In absence of new proposals, GRE agreed to defer consideration of this agenda item to its next session.

6. The expert from IEC presented GRE-71-06 with the aim to introduce proper references to the IEC cap sheet numbers, in accordance with IEC Publication 60061, for new categories of light sources WT21W, WTY21W, WT21/7W and WTY21/7W which have been introduced into United Nations (UN) Regulation No. 37. A similar request (GRE-71-07) was also made for new light source category LW2 which had been previously inserted in UN Regulation No. 128.

7. The experts from Germany and UK expressed their concerns that, in the past, GRE had approved the respective amendment proposals without the relevant references (i.e. blanks in square brackets) which were not available at that time and which de facto required the adoption of an additional supplement for inserting the proper reference at a later stage.

8. GRE adopted both proposals and requested the secretariat to submit them to WP.29 and the Administrative Committee of the 1958 Agreement (AC.1) for consideration at their November 2014 sessions as draft Supplement 43 to the 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 37 and draft Supplement 3 to the original series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 128.

9. For the future, GRE decided that amendment proposals introducing new light sources into UN Regulations could only be adopted when completed (i.e. accompanied by the relevant complete reference to the corresponding standard).

10. The expert from GTB introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/6 to clarify the definitions and requirements associated with the installation of “single lamps”, “lamps marked D” and “interdependent lamps”. GRE adopted this proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2014 sessions as draft supplements to the 04, 05 and 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48.

15. The expert from the Netherlands recalled the GRE considerations, at its sixty-ninth and seventieth sessions, of tell-tale requirements and the possible need for aligning UN Regulation No. 48 with relevant requirements contained in UN Regulation No. 121. Given the complexity of the issue, he suggested continuing with more in-depth discussions on these issues in a smaller group of interested experts (GRE-71-11). Following this request, GRE consented to establishing a taskforce on tell-tale requirements, for which the expert from the Netherlands would act as Chair and OICA as secretary. GRE decided to keep this issue on the agenda and requested the task force to report on its findings at the next session of GRE.

16. The secretariat proposed a correction to para. 6.2.7.6.1. of Revision 8 of UN Regulation No. 48 (GRE-71-03). The Chair also proposed the replacement in para. 6.6.7.2. of the incorrect reference to para. 6.22. by para. 6.23. GRE adopted the proposal amended by the Chair and decided to defer the submission of this proposal to WP.29 and AC.1 awaiting the adoption of further corrections that the expert from Italy volunteered to prepare (see para. 17 below).

17. The expert from Italy informed the GRE that he had found a number of errors in Regulation No. 48. GRE invited the expert from Italy to submit a document for the next session (see para. 16 above).

18. GRE noted that the Working Party on General Safety Provisions (GRSG), at its forthcoming session in May 2014, would consider ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2014/3 by Germany proposing to insert into UN Regulation No. 107 (M 2 and M 3 buses) a new requirement to automatically activate hazard warning lights when excess temperature is detected in a rear engine and/or in a heater compartment. The Chair expressed his concern that this signal may be misused unnecessarily in case of heat excess not leading to fire. GRE noted that the right term should be “hazard warning signal”. Should this proposal be adopted by GRSG, UN Regulation No. 48 would have to be amended accordingly. Thus, GRE decided to await the outcome of discussion in GRSG and to revert to this issue at the next session on the basis of a proposal for amending UN Regulation No. 48 which the expert from Germany volunteered to submit.

19. The expert from France introduced GRE-71-18 proposing two amendments to series 04 and 05 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48:

(a) The first amendment introduced interdependent lamp systems in para. 5.18.4. (b) and was based on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/21 adopted during March 2014 session as a new supplement for 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48.

(b) The second amendment suggested that the speed limit in paragraph 6.22.7.4.3 was reduced from 70 to 60 km/h and the requirements of paragraph 6.22.7.4.3(a) was amended to indicate a clear alternative to either detect the motorway conditions with sensors or only activate the E mode above a speed of 110 km/h. The objective of this amendment proposal was to improve the performance of the system by avoiding unnecessary on-off activation of the motorway light.

20. GRE adopted proposal (a) above and requested the secretariat to transmit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2014 sessions as draft supplement to the 04 and 05 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48. GRE decided to come back to proposal (b) at its next session.

1. The Working Party on Lighting and Light-Signalling (GRE) held its seventy-first session from 31 March to 3 April 2014 in Geneva, under the chairmanship of Mr. M. Gorzkowski (Canada). 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, Amend. 1 and 2): Austria; Belgium; Canada; China; Czech Republic; Finland; France; Germany; Hungary; India; Italy; Japan; the Netherlands; Poland; the Republic of Korea; the Russian Federation; Serbia; Spain; Turkey and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK). Experts from the European Commission (EC) participated. Experts from the following non-governmental organizations also took part in the session: European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA); International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC); International
Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA) and International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA). Upon the invitation of the Chair, the experts from the International Automotive Lighting and Light Signalling Expert Group (GTB) and from the European Committee of Associations of Manufacturers of Agricultural Machinery (CEMA) participated.

2. GRE considered and adopted the agenda proposed for the seventy-first session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/1 and Add.1) as reproduced in GRE-71-01-Rev.3 (including the informal documents distributed during the session).

3. GRE also adopted the running order for the session as proposed in GRE-71-08.

4. The list of informal documents is reproduced in Annex I to the report. The list of GRE informal groups is reproduced in Annex V to the report. GRE took note of the official document submission deadline (GRE-71-20) for the October 2014 session of GRE.

22. The expert from OICA introduced GRE-71-29 proposing the simultaneous lightning of both cornering lamps for slow manoeuvres in forward motion, in order to increase safety. GRE requested the secretariat to distribute this proposal at the next session with an official symbol.

23. GRE noted that the expert from Germany had withdrawn ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/39 on the separation of position lamps.

24. The secretariat delivered a presentation (GRE-71-21) outlining the progress made in establishing the Database for the Exchange of Type Approval documentation (DETA) which, inter alia, would allow the simplification of the approval markings by implementing the “unique identifier” (UI) function. GRE noted that, until all Contracting Parties adopt the DETA marking scheme, the use of UI may remain optional, unless stated otherwise in a given UN Regulation. GRE agreed to resume consideration of this item at its October 2014 session.

25. GRE noted that the activities by GTB on this matter were still ongoing and that their results would soon be submitted to GRE for consideration.

26. The expert from Italy introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/43/Rev.1 proposing to delete obsolete references in UN Regulations Nos. 53 and 74. The proposal received some comments. The expert from Italy volunteered to provide a revised proposal to GRE at its October 2014 session.

27. The expert from Germany proposed the deletion of the reference to Class B headlamps. Several delegations pointed out that the deletion of Class B headlamps could entail problems for some markets and that transitional provisions would need to be foreseen. GRE agreed to address this issue at its next session on the basis of a written proposal, which the expert from Germany volunteered to prepare.

28. The expert from IEC introduced GRE-71-13 proposing alternatives to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/62 on electronic light source control gear:

(a) Restricting the voltage range for (halogen) filament light sources, to avoid (semi-)permanent too low or too high luminous intensity of the headlamp and subsequent shorter lifetime of the filament light source and;

(b) Inserting a lower voltage limit and verifying that the headlamp performance, in terms of luminous intensity, under the normal operating conditions of the vehicle’s electrical system is still compliant with the requirements of UN Regulation No. 112.

29. A number of experts delivered remarks on this document. GRE invited other experts to transmit their comments, if any, to IEC and decided to revert to this issue on the basis of a revised document to be prepared by IEC.

30. Based on an updated proposal tabled by the expert from Italy (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/55/Rev.1), GRE resumed consideration of the insertion of compliance obligations with installation requirements, at the time of type approval of lighting components, according to the component UN Regulations. While several experts supported the proposal, some others were of the view that the underlying issue might go beyond the competence of GRE and that WP.29 should be asked for guidance. The Chair suggested clarifying and possibly rephrasing the wording “UN Regulations … and their series of amendments in force at the time of application for type approval”. GRE agreed to continue this discussion at the next session and decided that this proposal would become part of a horizontal document collecting common provisions of UN lighting and light-signalling Regulations (see agenda item 6 below).

31. The expert from GTB presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/3 clarifying the definition of “type” with regard to manufacturer, trade names and marks and to introduce editorial improvements to the requirements for markings. This document superseded ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/45 and GRE-70-02 adopted by GRE at its seventieth session. Various experts identified a number of issues which would require further consideration and clarification. GRE agreed to continue this discussion at the next session and suggested that ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/3 become part of a horizontal document collecting common provisions of UN lighting and light-signalling Regulations (see agenda item 6 below).

32. Having recalled its deliberations at the previous session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/70, paras. 25 and 26) on direction indicators with variable apparent surface, GRE agreed not to prohibit the use of such indicators for a hazard warning signal and decided to extend the adopted proposals (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/60 as amended at the seventieth GRE session) to the 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48. The secretariat was mandated to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2014 sessions as a new Supplement to the 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48.

33. Having pointing out that the European Union (EU) refers to UN Regulations in its legislation, the expert from EC informed GRE about three concerns that EC and some EU member States have with regard to the GRE scope of activities:

a) A large number of GRE-related UN Regulations (forty-one) and their constant updating are a serious burden for the efficient management of the system, both for the United Nations and EU. Consequently, around one third of all documents under the WP.29 umbrella are from GRE. A lot of resources are required for their official translation into various languages, and there is a considerable backlog in this area. Thus, according to the expert from EC, the incurred costs should be minimized by simplifying and streamlining the documentation originating from GRE;

b) Some UN Regulations prepared and/or amended by GRE in the past were rather descriptive and not enough performance based. According to the expert from EC, descriptive provisions could, in some cases, distort the market competition and impede new technologies and innovations;

c) Too prescriptive and descriptive approach could make UN Regulations less attractive to countries outside the ECE region. According to the expert from EC, probably for this reason two years ago Japan had not adhered to UN Regulation No. 128. Moreover, the United States of America, who has only one regulation related to lighting and light signalling, would oppose developing multitude UN GTRs in this area, given the present number of UN Regulations on this subject. As an alternative example, he mentioned the area of fuel efficiency and emissions where there were fewer documents, that were not too prescriptive, and where the Asian countries supported a new UN GTR which had recently been adopted.

34. The expert from EC was also confident that GRE had all the necessary competencies to address these concerns and urged GRE to do so without delay.

35. The expert from GTB contributed to the discussion by presenting GRE-71-17 and GRE-71-24 containing some ideas on simplification of lighting and light-signalling UN Regulations. According to him, these UN Regulations are at present a mix of regulatory (legal) and technical aspects which should be separated in the future. A solution could be found in creating a three-level documentation structure, as proposed in GRE-71-24, where provisions common for different UN Regulations would be put in a single document similar to Consolidated Resolution R.E.3.

36. GRE took note of the outcome of the first session of the Special Interest Group (SIG) which had taken place in Brussels on 12 February 2014 and had been attended by 20 experts (GRE-71-16). In particular, SIG was of the view that priority should be given to reducing the administrative burden presented by the numerous collective amendments. To achieve this, SIG proposed to reactivate the GRE Horizontal Reference Document (HRD) Informal Group and to update its Terms of Reference (ToR).

37. On behalf of SIG, the expert from EC presented draft ToR of a new informal working group (IWG) (GRE-71-22) and stated that EC would be prepared to act as Co-Chair of IWG. Regarding the position of Chair, he suggested that an EU member State or another Contracting Party assume this role. Before IWG becomes operational, SIG would continue its activities. In this respect, the expert from EC informed GRE that the second meeting of SIG would take place in Brussels during the week 9-13 June 2014.

38. GRE had a first exchange of views on the proposed ToR with a particular focus on paras. 2, 3 and 4 of GRE-71-22.

39. GRE addressed the issue of the legal implications of placing the common requirements into a horizontal reference document, such as R.E.3 managed by WP.29. The expert from EC and the secretariat pointed out that, if needed, they would seek legal advice from, respectively, EU and United Nations legal services. The secretariat informed GRE that R.E.3 had proved to be very instrumental for all UN Regulations, in particular, with regard to common definitions. In this context, the secretariat also drew the attention of GRE to the work undertaken by the secretariat to harmonize the definitions in lighting and light-signalling UN Regulations (GRE-71-23). GRE requested the SIG to consider this document and consolidate harmonized definitions into the horizontal document.

40. The Chair invited experts to consider the underlying issues, in particular the draft ToR of IWG in GRE-71-22 to be discussed at the next SIG session, and to report back to GRE at its next session. He also suggested that the newly proposed IWG take into due consideration ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2008/32, GRE-59-01, GRE 63-27, GRE-66-13 and GRE-66-14.

41. GRE noted that the expert from GTB had withdrawn its document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/5 amending the requirements to clarify the “n-1 rule” provisions in relation to an interdependent lamp system.

42. The secretariat informed GRE about complaints on the intensity of (LED) stop lamps which had been reviewed by the secretariat, GRE Chair and Vice-Chair (GRE-71-02). These complaints mainly related to situations such as “stop and go” or standstill at traffic lights where the driver of the following vehicle experienced discomfort and glare due to the high intensity of stop lights. No one seemed to dispute the need for a high intensity light-signal in case of an emergency.

43. The Chair recalled that GRE, at its sixty-sixth and sixty-seventh sessions, had already discussed a proposal by GTB to allow for reducing the intensity of stop lamps when the vehicle speed was below 20 km/h. Due to lack of consensus, this proposal had been withdrawn at that time. GRE was of the view that no study proved any blinding or glare effect specific to LED stops lamps and that the reported complaints were probably related to discomfort problems in a narrow range of urban traffic conditions and that stop lamps were so far performing very well their most important safety function. Therefore, no further action was foreseen by GRE.

44. No new proposals were submitted under this item. GRE noted that the first part of the proposals for the new 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 27 adopted at the previous session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/70, para. 34 and Annex VII) had been subsequently approved by WP.29 and AC.1 at their March 2014 sessions (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1108, paras. 50 and 75). At the same time, the other part of the proposals dealing with the Conformity of Production requirements adopted at the previous session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/70, para. 35) had been referred by WP.29 back to GRE for further considerations (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1108, para. 51). GRE noted that these proposals would be discussed under agenda item 12 (d) together with other documents returned by WP.29 to GRE for further consideration.

45. No new proposals were submitted under this item. GRE noted that the first part of the proposals for the new 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 65 adopted at the previous session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/70, para. 36 and Annex X) had been subsequently approved by WP.29 and AC.1 at their March 2014 sessions(ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1108, paras. 50 and 75). At the same time, the other part of the proposals dealing with the Conformity of Production requirements adopted at the previous session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/70, para. 37) had been referred by WP.29 back to GRE for further considerations (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1108, para. 51). GRE noted that these proposals would be discussed under agenda item 12 (d) together with other documents returned by WP.29 to GRE for further consideration.

70. GRE was informed about the new responsibilities of Ms. Darnoux, Mr. Sakai and Mr. Tsuburai who would no longer attend the GRE sessions. GRE thanked them for their contributions and wished them all the best in their new responsibilities.

71. GRE was informed about the new responsibilities of Mr. Guichard, who would no longer be the GRE Secretary. GRE thanked Mr. Guichard for his contributions and wished him all the best in his new responsibilities. GRE also welcomed Mr. Glukhenkiy (konstantin.glukhenkiy@unece.org) as new Secretary to GRE.

69. The expert from GTB presented a status report of the GTB Working Group activities (GRE-71-33, GRE-71-34, GRE-71-35 and GRE-71-36).

68. GRE agreed to deal with this agenda item together with item 6.

46. The expert from the Netherlands, chairing the informal Group on Agricultural Vehicle Lighting Installation (AVLI), introduced ECE/TRANS/GRE/2014/2 containing the AVLI proposals to update and revise UN Regulation No. 86 with a view to improving the visibility of agricultural vehicles. In particular, the proposals provided for updating the present UN Regulation No. 86 provisions ; optional installation of “innovative” lamps (e.g. daytime running lamps, cornering lamps etc.); aligning, where appropriate, the requirements with the corresponding provisions of UN Regulation No. 48.

47. To ensure an earlier revision of UN Regulation No. 86, the Chair of AVLI suggested splitting its work into two phases and, to this end, proposed to revise the ToR and rules of procedures of the Group (GRE-71-19). According to the revised ToR, while the first phase should focus on updating the present UN Regulation No. 86 in order to improve the visibility of existing agricultural tractors, the second phase could address extending the scope of the present UN Regulation No. 86 to new categories of vehicles such as agricultural trailers and towed machinery.

48. GRE stressed the urgent need for modification of UN Regulation No. 86, which had not been updated for fifteen years, and agreed with the proposed two-phase approach. GRE adopted the revised terms of reference and the rules of procedures of AVLI, reproduced in Annex IV to the report. To avoid the need for transitional provisions, GRE decided to remove the square brackets in paragraphs 6.4.1., 6.10.1. and 6.19.1. of ECE/TRANS/GRE/2014/2, thus making reversing lamps, rear fog-lamps and daytime running lamps optional. GRE requested AVLI to submit to its next session, a revised document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/2/Rev.1 which would address comments made during the discussion, in particular by the expert from Italy (GRE-71-14).

49. GRE noted that, in order to introduce new categories of vehicles into UN Regulation No. 86, the Consolidated Resolution (R.E.3) should be amended accordingly to include such categories. In this context, the expert from IMMA also pointed out differences between the definitions of the L categories of vehicles in R.E.3 and in the EU legislation To inform WP.29 and other GR’s about these intentions, GRE mandated its Chair to orally raise these issues at the June 2014 session of WP.29 as well as requested the secretariat to prepare a proposal as soon as possible to ensure their early distribution to other GR’s.

50. In absence of any new proposal, GRE agreed to defer consideration of this agenda item to its next session.

51. GRE noted that the Working Party on Road Traffic Safety (WP.1) had adopted the definition and allowance for the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). WP.1 had not yet concluded its consideration of the GRE draft proposals for amendments to the 1968 Vienna Convention regarding lighting and light-signalling (ECE/TRANS/WP.1/2011/4/Rev.3) and had postponed this issue to the next session of WP.1 in September 2014.

52. As no information was reported under this item, GRE agreed to defer it to the next session.

53. The Secretary to AC.1 reported on the progress in preparing Revision 3 of 1958 Agreement, including UN Regulation No. 0 on IWTA (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/53 and WP.29-162-04), as well as the proposed revised guidelines for supplements and series of amendments to UN Regulations (WP.29-162-18) whose main elements are as follows:

a) Contracting Parties may apply former versions of UN Regulations, “engraved in stone”;

b) establish common date (e.g. 1 September each year) of entry into force of new series of amendments to UN Regulations;

c) only one new series of amendments per year would be allowed;

d) in case of several series of amendments in force, for every supplement the respective GR and WP.29 should indicate the series of amendments it refers to. The secretariat should prepare separate documents for each series of amendments for adoption by WP.29 and AC.1;

f) the guidelines for transitional provisions established by WP.29 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1044/Rev.1) would be amended accordingly.

54. GRE took note of the above information and expressed no objections to setting the common annual date of entry into force of new series of amendments on 1 September.

55. The experts from Finland and Japan presented ECE/TRANS/GRE/2014/12 amending UN Regulation No. 4 (Rear registration plate lamps) for the purposes of IVWTA and introducing provisions for illuminating registration plates of five different sizes (categories) which are currently used around the world. When applying for the first approval or at a later stage, the applicant should indicate the category(ies) which the device is intended to illuminate. GRE adopted the proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2014 sessions as draft Supplement 18 to UN Regulation No. 4.

56. The expert from GTB introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/4 proposing to amend the requirements of failure indication by removing the differentiation between filament and LED light sources. GRE adopted this proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2014 sessions as draft Supplement 26 to the 01 Series of UN Regulation No. 6.

57. The expert from IMMA presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/7 with a proposal to amend UN Regulation No. 50, as further corrected by GRE-71-04 and GRE-71-12-Rev.1, introducing the possibility of interdependent lamps for dedicated motorcycle lamps. The expert from India also presented GRE-71-30 containing an amendment to this proposal. GRE generally supported the proposal but, given the late submission of GRE-71-30, decided to revisit this issue at its next session on the basis of a revised document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/7/Rev.1 to be prepared by IMMA.

58. The expert from IMMA proposed ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/8 to introduce the possibility of installing interdependent lamps for L3 category vehicles in UN Regulation No. 53, together with additional editorial corrections. GRE felt that these amendment proposals should be aligned with the proposed amendments to UN Regulation No. 48 (agenda item 4 (a)) and decided to revert to this issue at its next session on the basis of a revised document to be prepared by IMMA.

59. The expert from IMMA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/9 with a proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No. 53 to allow for the use of different brake lamp activation methods for Powered Two Wheelers (PTWs) as well as to introduce the concept of a high-mounted stop lamp to PTWs to improve the conspicuity of the vehicles during stopping. GRE adopted this proposal, as amended by Annex II to this report and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2014 sessions as a new Supplement to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 53.

60. The expert from IMMA presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/10 with a proposal to correct typographical errors introduced during the previous amendment to UN Regulation No. 113 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/83). GRE adopted this proposal as a new Supplement to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 113 and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2014 sessions.

61. The expert from CLEPA presented revised proposals ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/64/Rev.1 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/65/Rev.1, introducing requirements for a new class 5 of devices into UN Regulation No. 70 and requirements and for a new class F of devices into UN Regulation No. 104. GRE adopted this proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2014 sessions as a new Supplement to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 70 and as a new Supplement to the original text of UN Regulation No. 104.

62. The expert from CLEPA also proposed ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/13 introducing a new class F of retro-reflecting materials into UN Regulation No. 48, to be applied to special utility vehicles or trailers not regularly covered by standard contour marking materials. GRE adopted this proposal, as amended by Annex III to this report and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2014 sessions as a new Supplement for the 04, 05 and 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48.

67. The expert from France introduced GRE-71-09 and GRE-71-10 proposing to delete an unjustified design restrictive requirement of a minimum luminous flux of 1,000 lm for LED’s in UN Regulations Nos. 112 and 123. While several experts supported this proposal, some others pointed out that those alternative criteria should be developed to guarantee a minimum performance of LED light sources. GRE decided to revert to this issue at the next session and requested the secretariat, in cooperation with the expert from France, to re-issue GRE-71-09 and GRE-71-10 as official documents.

66. GRE noted that WP.29, at its November 2013 and March 2014 sessions, had referred back to GRE a number of documents due to concerns over the conformity of production (CoP) provisions in the proposed amendments to UN Regulations Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 19, 23, 27, 38, 50, 65, 69, 70, 77, 87, 91, 98, 112, 113 and 119 (see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1106, para. 54 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1108, para. 51). GRE reviewed the common wording of these documents and agreed to delete the text in parenthesis mentioning “light sources manufacturers” (e.g. see para. 10.3 in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/79) To make progress, GRE agreed to take the CoP provisions out from these documents and put them in a horizontal document (see paras. 31-38 above) for further consideration. The secretariat was requested to delete the proposed amendments to the CoP provisions and CoP annexes of these documents. If any of these documents contained also other amendments, the secretariat was requested to prepare revisions of these documents and to re-submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 at their November 2014 sessions. Experts were invited to verify the content of the revised documents in advance and report on identified problems, if any, at the next session GRE session in October 2014. The experts from Austria and CLEPA expressed concerns that referring the extracted CoP provisions to a horizontal document might lead to a substantial delay in their adoption.

63. The expert from Japan introduced GRE-71-27 and GRE-71-28, proposing to insert a new footnote to read “The Contracting Parties applying this UN Regulation may prohibit the use of Retro-Reflecting materials approved as Class F on the basis of national regulations.” GRE concluded that it is obvious even without such a footnote that the Contracting Parties may prohibit the use of such materials. As a result of discussion, these informal documents were withdrawn.

64. The secretariat proposed editorial changes to Amendment 3 to Revision 5 of UN Regulation No. 6, as contained in GRE-71-05. GRE adopted this proposal and requested the secretariat to take this editorial correction into consideration when issuing Revision 6 to the UN Regulation.

65. The expert from Belgium introduced GRE-71-26 proposing amendments to UN Regulation No. 10 with regard to electromagnetic compatibility of trolleybuses, with a view to aligning the additional safety prescriptions for trolleybuses (Annex 12 to UN Regulation No. 107) with the corresponding electrical standards (see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2013/16). GRE invited the expert from Belgium to re-submit his contribution as official document for consideration at the next session.

Working Party on Lighting and Light-signalling | Session 72 | 20-22 Oct 2014

25. The expert from GTB proposed to correct an error introduced by Supplement 21 to the 02 series of Regulation No. 7 (GRE-72-11). GRE adopted the proposed correction and requested the secretariat to identify the proper legal form (supplement or corrigendum) and submit to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2015 sessions the following amendment:

Paragraph 1.6., subparagraph (c), amend to read:
“© The variable intensity control, if any”.

1. The Working Party on Lighting and Light-Signalling (GRE) held its seventy-second session from 20 to 22 October 2014 in Geneva, under the chairmanship of Mr. M. Gorzkowski (Canada). Experts from the following countries participated in the work according to Rule 1 (a) of the Rules of Procedure of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) (TRANS/WP.29/690, Amend. 1 and 2): Austria; Belgium; Canada; China; Czech Republic; Finland; France; Germany; Hungary; India; Italy; Japan; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Republic of Korea; Russian Federation; Serbia; Spain; Sweden; Turkey and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK). Experts from the European Commission (EC) participated. Experts from the following non‑governmental organizations also took part in the session: European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA); International Automotive Lighting and Light Signalling Expert Group (GTB); International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA); International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA) and Vehicle Lighting Association. Upon invitation of the Chair, the experts from the European Committee of Associations of Manufacturers of Agricultural Machinery (CEMA) participated.

2. GRE considered and adopted the agenda proposed for the seventy-second session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/14 and Add.1) as reproduced in GRE-72-01 (including the informal documents distributed during the session).

3. GRE also adopted the running order for the session as proposed in GRE-72-13.

4. The list of informal documents is reproduced in Annex I to the session report. The list of GRE informal groups is reproduced in Annex XIII to the report. GRE took note of the official document submission deadline of 16 January 2015 for the April 2015 session of GRE (GRE-72-18).

5. In absence of new proposals, GRE agreed to defer consideration of this item to its next session. GRE noted that the United States of America may be interested in developing a GTR in the future, given the ongoing activities on simplification of lighting and light-signalling Regulations and the EU-USA trade negotiations.

6. No new information was reported under this agenda item.

7. The expert from GTB proposed to introduce new categories of light sources and minor corrections into Regulations Nos. 37, 99 and 128 (ECE/TRANS/GRE/2014/20, ECE/TRANS/GRE/2014/24 and ECE/TRANS/GRE/2014/29), as well as to update references to IEC cap sheets in these Regulations (GRE-72-08). GRE adopted all three proposals as respectively amended by Annexes II, III and IV to this report and requested the secretariat to submit them to WP.29 and the Administrative Committee of the 1958 Agreement (AC.1) for consideration and vote at their March 2015 sessions as draft Supplement 44 to the 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 37, draft Supplement 10 to the original series of Regulation No. 99 and draft Supplement 4 to the original series of amendments to Regulation No. 128.

8. The expert from OICA pointed out the need to indicate the required voltage range for light sources introduced in the above Regulations. GRE decided to address this issue at its next sessions.

9. Taking into account the recent GTB study (GRE-71-32), the expert from France proposed to delete a design restrictive requirement for an automatic levelling device for all headlamps with LED light sources, irrespective of their luminous flux (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/34). GRE agreed that this proposal should be tackled at the next session, in conjunction with the GTB proposals on visibility and glare issues (see para. 14 below).

10. The expert from Germany introduced a proposal on the activation of a hazard warning signal in case of excess temperature in certain compartments of M2 and M3 buses (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/39). The expert from OICA introduced an alternative proposal (GRE-72-17). GRE adopted the text as contained in Annex V to the report and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2015 sessions as draft Supplements to the 04, 05 and 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48.

11. The expert from OICA presented a proposal to allow the cornering lamps, used during reversing manoeuvres, to remain ‘ON’ until the vehicle’s forward speed is 10 km/h (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/40). GRE adopted this proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2015 sessions as a draft Supplements to the 04, 05 and 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48.

12. The expert from Germany presented a revised proposal to require side marker lamps to flash together with direction indicators on heavy goods vehicles and buses (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/33, GRE-72-22) as well as additional transitional provisions (GRE-72-05 and GRE-72-06). Following an in-depth discussion, GRE adopted this proposal as contained in Annex VI to the report and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2015 sessions as draft Supplement 5 to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48. GRE agreed not to include any specific transitional provisions, because the transitional provisions for the 06 series of amendments would also apply to this proposal.

13. The expert from GTB proposed to remove a conflict with the text of Regulation No. 19 on markings of front fog lamps that are reciprocally incorporated with the main beam (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/22, GRE-72-10). GRE adopted this proposal as contained in Annex VII to the report and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2015 sessions as a draft Supplements not only to the 06, but also to the 04 and 05 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48.

14. The expert from GTB recalled the outcome of the GTB study on visibility and glare (GRE-71-32) and presented a first draft of amendments to Regulation No. 48 addressing the visibility distance and glare issues (GRE-72-07). This proposal received comments by the expert from Poland (GRE-72-23-Rev.1). Various experts generally agreed that the current requirement for automatic levelling in Regulation No. 48 (2,000 lm luminous flux of the light source) should be replaced by other deciding factors for headlamp glare, such as the vehicle pitch angle, loading conditions and initial headlamp aiming. However, no consensus was reached on exact replacement criteria. The expert from UK suggested that an informal group be established to speed up the finalization of the amendment proposal. The experts from France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands were of the view that GTB should be tasked to submit a concrete proposal to the next session of GRE. GRE invited GTB, OICA and interested Contracting Parties to organize a meeting with the aim to elaborate a revised proposal. The experts from France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland and UK expressed their interest in participating in this meeting.

15. The expert from the Netherlands, in his capacity of Chair of the task force on tell-tale requirements, reported on the progress made by the task force. GRE noted that the task force would submit its proposals to the next session of GRE.

16. The expert from Italy introduced proposals for correction related to several series of amendments to Regulation No. 48 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/37). GRE adopted these proposals and requested the secretariat to combine them with the proposal adopted at the previous session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/71, para. 16) and then submit to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2015 sessions as separate draft Supplements to the 04, 05 and 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48.

17. GRE noted that the expert from France had withdrawn its proposal to modify the speed threshold in paragraph 6.22.7.4.3. (GRE-71-18).

18. No new information was reported under this agenda item. The Chair proposed to remove it from the agenda of the next session.

19. The expert from EC recalled his statement at the previous session (GRE-72-03) and highlighted the importance that EU attaches to the simplifications of lighting and light-signalling Regulations.

20. The Chair introduced GRE-72-20 proposing the terms of reference and rules of procedure of the Informal Working Group “Simplification of the Lighting and Light-Signalling Regulations” (IWG SLR). Having introduced minor editorial corrections, GRE adopted the proposal as reproduced in Annex VIII to this report. GRE also agreed that IWG SLR superseded the Horizontal Reference Document Informal Group which ceased to exist.

21. GRE requested IWG SLR to consider GRE-71-23 and to consolidate into a horizontal document, harmonized definitions in lighting and light-signalling Regulations. For the same purpose, GRE referred to IWG SLR collective proposals, such as compliance obligations with installation requirements, definition of “type” with regard to the manufacturer and trade names/marks and provisions for the conformity of production, including those that had been referred back by WP.29 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/55/Rev.1, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/68, ECE/TRANS/ WP.29/2013/69, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/71, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/72, ECE/ TRANS/WP.29/2013/76, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/79, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/83, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/84, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/85, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/ 2013/86, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/87, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/88, ECE/TRANS/ WP.29/2013/89, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/94, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/3).

22. The expert from Germany presented a joint proposal by Germany, the Netherlands and IEC, introducing into Regulations Nos. 48 and 112 requirements to avoid intentional non-approved voltage variation of the passing and driving beam for halogen light sources (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/31, GRE-72-14). The experts from France, Italy, Sweden and UK expressed some concerns and were not in a position to agree to this proposal. GRE decided to revert to this issue at its next session on the basis of a revised proposal to be submitted by the expert from Germany.

23. GRE took note of a revised proposal tabled by the expert from Italy, deleting obsolete references in Regulations Nos. 53 and 74 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/38). For Regulation No. 53, the expert from Germany also suggested deleting references to headlamps of Class B of Regulation No. 113 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/32), due to their poor performance and related road safety issues. The expert from IMMA pointed out the industry’s need for transitional provisions and presented a first draft of them in GRE-72-19. GRE invited all stakeholders to re-discuss the issues in the above three documents and to transmit a single revised document for consideration at the next session.

24. GRE recalled the presentation on simplifying the approval markings by implementing the “unique identifier” function in the envisaged Database for the Exchange of Type Approval documentation (GRE-71-21) and requested IWG SLR to pursue this issue.

26. No new proposals were submitted under this item.

27. No new proposals were submitted under this item. For both Regulations Nos. 27 and 65, GRE agreed to remove them from the agenda until new developments emerge.

52. In compliance with Rule 37 of the Rules of Procedure (TRANS/WP.29/690 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.1), GRE called for the election of officers. The representatives of the Contracting Parties, present and voting, elected unanimously Mr. Michel Loccufier (Belgium) as Chair and Mr. Derwin Rovers (Netherlands) as Vice-Chair for the sessions of GRE scheduled in the year 2015. GRE paid public tribute to Mr. Marcin Gorzkowski who had chaired GRE in 2002-2014.

30. In absence of new proposals, GRE agreed to delete this item from the agenda of its next session.

28. The expert from the Netherlands, chairing the informal Group on Agricultural Vehicle Lighting Installation (AVLI), introduced a revised proposal to update Regulation No. 86 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/30, GRE-72-02 and GRE-72-12) as well as informed GRE about ongoing activities of AVLI according to Phase II of its mandate. GRE adopted this proposal, as amended by Annex IX to the report, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2015 sessions as draft Supplement 6 to the original series of amendments to Regulation No. 86.

29. GRE took note of the activities of other WP.29 Working Parties (GRs) to introduce new definitions for agricultural trailers and towed machinery into the Consolidated Resolution (R.E.3) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2014/25) and considered two alternative proposals submitted by the expert from the European Commission (GRE-72-04). GRE expressed preference for the first option and adopted the proposal as contained in Annex X to the report. The secretariat was requested to submit it to WP.29 for consideration at its June 2015 session as well as to inform other GRs about this proposal.

31. The Secretary to the Working Party on Road Traffic Safety (WP.1) informed GRE that WP.1, at its September 2014 session, had continued consideration of the draft proposals for amendments to the Vienna 1968 Convention regarding lighting and light-signalling (ECE/TRANS/WP.1/2011/4/Rev.3). He reported that a new consolidated revision would be prepared for the next session of WP.1 in April 2015, which would inter alia take into account further proposals by IMMA (GRE-72-15). Once finalized and approved by WP.1, the amendment proposals should be officially forwarded to the UN Secretary-General, in his capacity of depository, by one of the Contracting Parties to the 1968 Convention. The WP.1 Secretary invited GRE experts to discuss this issue at the national level, with a view to finding a volunteer country. The GRE Chair stated that he would also raise this issue at the session of the Administrative Committee for the Coordination of Work (AC.2) in November 2014.

32. GRE noted that, on 10 April 2014, the United Nations General Assembly had adopted the Resolution on improving global road safety (A/RES/68/269) which recognized the work of WP.29 and highlighted the importance of the 1958 and 1998 Agreements.

33. The Secretary to WP.29 reported on the progress made on Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement and on the development of Regulation No. 0. At its June 2014 session, WP.29 had agreed to freeze the work on Revision 3 and to resume its consideration in November 2014 on the basis of political and legal guidance that the Contracting Parties had been requested to provide, in particular, on outstanding issues of proxy voting and the three-fourth or the four-fifth majority required for taking decisions. WP.29 had also approved a questionnaire on IWVTA, which was subsequently distributed. The latest draft of Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement is available in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/53 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/82.

34. GRE recalled the draft guidelines on amendments to UN Regulations (WP.29-163-10) and a recommendation to limit the submission of a set of amendments to an existing Regulation to only one session of WP.29 per year, in order to reduce the administrative burden. GRE noted that, in the future, it could continue approving amendments to a specific Regulation at each session, but their subsequent submission to WP.29 and AC.1 would be done only once a year.

35. GRE recalled that, for the purposes of IVWTA, it had amended Regulation No. 4, but Regulation No. 48 also needs amendment due to the existing footnote that Contracting Parties not applying Regulation No. 87 may prohibit the presence of daytime running lamps (DRL) on the basis of national regulations. As one Contracting Party prohibits the use of DRL on the basis of national regulations and would not accept the deletion of this footnote, GRE brainstormed on various options on how to amend Regulation No. 48 to ensure that it is included in Regulation No. 0. GRE encouraged GTB to try to elaborate a draft consensus proposal for the next session, with a view to finalizing it at the October 2015 session. Meanwhile, GRE mandated its Chair to raise this issue at the AC.2 session in November 2014.

36. The expert from IMMA presented a revised proposal to introduce the possibility of interdependent lamps for dedicated motorcycle lamps into Regulation No. 50 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/15, GRE-72-16). GRE adopted the proposal, as amended by Annex XI to this report, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2015 sessions as draft Supplement 17 to the original version of Regulation No. 50.

37. The expert from IMMA introduced a revised proposal allowing for the possibility of installing interdependent lamps for L3 category vehicles in Regulation No. 53 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/16). GRE adopted this proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2015 sessions as draft Supplement 15 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 53.

38. The expert from GTB introduced a proposal to clarify the testing procedures in Regulation No. 3 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/17). GRE adopted this proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2015 sessions as draft Supplement 16 to the 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 3.

39. The expert from GTB proposed to amend the requirements for marking, colour management and ultraviolet testing of light emitting diodes (LED) in Regulation No. 19 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/18). GRE adopted this proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2015 sessions as draft Supplement 7 to the 04 series of amendments to Regulation No. 19, subject to the following amendment: Annex 5, paragraph 1.2.1.2., new subparagraph (f), amend to read: “(f) 2±1 parts by weight of surface-actant5”.

40. The expert from GTB proposed to amend photometric stability requirements in Regulations Nos. 23 and 119 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/19, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/ GRE/2014/27). GRE adopted these proposals and requested the secretariat to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2015 sessions as draft Supplement 20 to the original series of amendments to Regulation No. 23 and draft Supplement 4 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 119, respectively.

41. The expert from GTB proposed to amend the requirements for the mixture in the dirt test in Regulations Nos. 45, 98, 112, 113 and 123 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/21, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/23, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/25, ECE/TRANS/ WP.29/GRE/2014/26, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/28). For Regulations Nos. 112, 113 and 123, the proposal also aimed to simplify measuring the objective luminous flux of LED modules (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/26, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/28).

42. GRE noted that, in principle, the provisions amended by GTB are very similar and should become part of a horizontal reference document in the future. Nevertheless, GRE was of the view that the amendment process should not be blocked, pending the outcome of activities of IWG SLR. Thus, GRE adopted the above proposals and requested the secretariat to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2015 sessions as, respectively, draft Supplement 9 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 45, draft Supplement 5 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 98, draft Supplement 5 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 112, draft Supplement 5 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 113 and draft Supplement 7 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 123, subject to the following amendments:

ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/21
Annex 4, paragraph 2.1.1., last line, replace “mS/m” with “µS/m”.
Annex 4, paragraph 2.1.1., subparagraph (e), amend to read:
“(e) 13 parts by weight of distilled water with a conductivity of ≤ 1 µS/m, and 2 ±1 parts by weight of surface-actant2.”

ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/23, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/25 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/26
Annex 4, paragraphs 1.2.1.1.1. and 1.2.1.1.2., replace “mS/m” with “µS/m”.

ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/28
Annex 4, paragraphs 1.2.1.1. and 1.2.1.2., replace “mS/m” with “µS/m”.

43. The expert from France proposed to delete a design restrictive requirement of a minimum luminous flux of 1,000 lm for LED in Regulations Nos. 112 and 123 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/35, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/36, GRE-72-25). The expert from Poland proposed an alternative definition of photometric requirements (GRE-72-24). GRE supported the deletion of the 1,000 lm requirement, but could not agree with the requirement for light distribution of the beam pattern proposed as an alternative. GRE invited the expert from France, in cooperation with the expert from Poland, to prepare a revised proposal for consideration at the next session. All GRE experts were invited to contribute.

44. The expert from Belgium introduced a proposal to amend Regulation No. 10 with prescriptions for electromagnetic compatibility of trolleybuses (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/41). GRE noted that this amendment had been originally prepared for Regulation No. 107 (General construction of buses and coach), but the Working Party on General Safety Provisions (GRSG) felt that the prescriptions for electromagnetic compatibility of trolleybuses belong to Regulation No. 10 which is under the auspices of GRE. The experts from the Russian Federation and OICA pointed out that the proposed prescriptions for electromagnetic compatibility of trolleybuses do not fit Regulation No. 10, as they are substantially different from the current provisions in this Regulation and would require different testing methods and equipment that are not easily available. GRE agreed to solicit the expert opinions on this issue and to revert to it at its next session. Meanwhile, GRE invited its Chair to bilaterally discuss the issue with the GRSG Chair and, if necessary, to raise it at the November 2014 session of AC.2.

45. GRE recalled a number of documents referred back by WP.29 and agreed with the content of four revised documents re-submitted by the secretariat to the November 2014 session of WP.29 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/75/Rev.1, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/ 90/Rev.1, ECE/TRANS/ WP.29/2013/92/Rev.1, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/93/Rev.1).

46. The expert from GTB proposed to correct an error introduced by Supplement 16 to the original series of Regulation No. 38 (GRE-72-09). GRE adopted this proposal, as contained in Annex XII to the report, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2015 sessions as a draft Supplement to Regulation No. 38.

47. The expert from Poland proposed to introduce a new “side illuminating lamp” into Regulations Nos. 119 and 48 (GRE-72-21, GRE-72-21-Add.1). GRE delivered a number of preliminary remarks and invited the expert from Poland to submit a revised proposal as an official document for consideration at the next session.

48. The Chair invited GRE experts to take part in the third International Forum on Automotive Lighting (IFAL 2015, China) (GRE-72-26 and Add.1).

49. GRE dealt with this issue together with item 4 (c) of the agenda (paras. 19-24 above).

50. The experts from GTB presented status reports of the GTB Working Group activities (GRE-72-27, GRE-72-28, GRE-72-29, GRE-72-30). Concerning the GTB activities to improve the situation with non-approved LED retrofit light sources used as replacement parts for filament light source, the experts from France and Italy were of the view that such replacement should be prohibited on safety concerns.

Working Party on Lighting and Light-signalling | Session 73 | 13-17 Apr 2015

1. The Working Party on Lighting and Light-Signalling (GRE) held its seventy-third session from 14 to 17 April 2015 in Geneva, under the chairmanship of Mr. M. Loccufier (Belgium). Experts from the following countries participated in the work according to Rule 1 (a) of the Rules of Procedure of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) (TRANS/WP.29/690, Amends. 1 and 2): Austria; Belgium; Canada; China; Czech Republic; Finland; France; Germany; Hungary; India; Italy; Japan; Luxemburg; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Republic of Korea; Russian Federation; Spain; Sweden and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK). An expert from the European Commission (EC) participated. Experts from the following non‑governmental organizations also took part in the session: European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA); International Automotive Lighting and Light Signalling Expert Group (GTB); International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA); International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA) and Vehicle Lighting Association. Upon invitation of the Chair, the experts from the European Committee of Associations of Manufacturers of Agricultural Machinery (CEMA) participated.

2. GRE considered and adopted the agenda proposed for the seventy-third session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/1 and Add.1) as reproduced in GRE-73-01-Rev.1 (including the informal documents distributed during the session). GRE also adopted the running order for the session (GRE-73-07).

3. The list of informal documents is contained in Annex I to the report. The list of GRE informal groups is reproduced in Annex III to the report. GRE noted the official document submission deadline of 24 July 2015 for the October 2015 session of GRE (GRE-73-08).

4. GRE took note of the highlights of the November 2014 and March 2015 sessions of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) (GRE-73-08). In this context, the expert from EC recalled that, at the March 2015 session of WP.29, the representative of European Union had expressed concerns about the large number of supplements submitted by GRE and that WP.29 had requested GRE to address this issue.

5. No proposals were introduced under this agenda item.

6. No new information was reported under this agenda item.

7. GRE took note of the progress of the Informal Working Group on “Simplification of the Lighting and Light-Signalling Regulations” (IWG SLR) and three possible timelines for completing its activities (GRE-73-22). On behalf of IWG SLR, the expert from Germany proposed a concept for simplification based on the introduction of a new part B into Regulation No. 48 and using it as a Horizontal Reference Document (HRD) to which the common provisions of the individual device Regulations would be moved (GRE-73-05-Rev.1). The individual device Regulations would only contain references to part B of Regulation No. 48. A revised Regulation No. 48 and an example of a revised device Regulation were also presented (GRE-73-03 and GRE-73-04). IWG SLR requested GRE to provide guidance on the proposed simplification approach.

8. Various experts reiterated their support to the simplification of the lighting and light-signalling Regulations, but pointed out that, before providing guidance to IWG SLR, they would need more time to study the proposed approach and its consequences. In particular, GRE identified the following issues that would need to be addressed:
a) The impact of amendments (supplements or new series of amendments) to part A and/or part B of Regulation No. 48 on individual device Regulations and vice versa;
b) Some Contracting Parties do not apply Regulation No. 48, but apply specific device Regulations. If the common provisions of these Regulations are included in Regulation No. 48, such Contracting Parties would not be in a position to vote on amendments to these common provisions or object to their adoption;
c) The issues under (a) and (b) above could be solved by moving the common provisions of the device Regulations into a special Resolution similar to R.E.3, rather than to Regulation No. 48. Referencing this Resolution in the device Regulations would make its provisions legally binding;
d) Use of dynamic or static references to HRD in the device Regulations: dynamic references could provide more benefits in terms of simplifying the text, but some Contracting Parties might prefer static references for legal reasons.

9. GRE noted that some of these issues would require guidance from the United Nations Office for Legal Affairs (OLA) and/or WP.29. GRE invited all experts to transmit to the secretariat their comments and questions on the proposed approach before 24 April 2015. The secretariat was requested to seek advice from OLA on legal issues. GRE agreed that the Chair would report to WP.29, at its June 2015 session, on the progress in the simplification of the lighting and light-signalling Regulations and would ask WP.29 to provide guidance on the approach proposed by IWG SLR and, if required, to extend the mandate of the IWG SLR. Meanwhile, IWG SLR was requested to continue its activities to revise device Regulations with a view to preparing a full package for the next session of GRE, bearing in mind that a final decision with regard to HRD (a new part of Regulation No. 48, a new Resolution, etc.) would be taken at a later stage depending on the guidance provided by WP.29 and OLA.

10. On behalf of IWG SLR, the expert from IEC proposed, for the purposes of simplification, to separate data sheets for various light sources from Annex 1 of Regulations Nos. 37, 99 and 128 and to include them in a repository document (resolution) administered by WP.29 (GRE-73-23). GRE noted that this approach had already been endorsed by WP.29 at its November 2014 session and that official documents with amendment proposals would be submitted to the next session of GRE.

11. The expert from GTB proposed to introduce a new category ‘D9S’ of light sources with dual-level operation into Regulation No. 99 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/2) as well as to amend the testing and approval provisions in Regulation No. 98 to take into account the multi-level aspects of D9S (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/15).

12. Several experts pointed out that the lower level of operation of D9S provide for the objective luminous flux of 2000  300 lm, thus avoiding the need for headlamps with such light sources to be equipped with cleaning devices and automatic levelling. GRE recalled that, according to paragraph 6.2.9. of Regulation No. 48, these additional requirements only apply to headlamps with lights sources whose objective luminous flux exceeds 2,000 lm without taking into account the tolerances specified on the relevant data sheet. GRE agreed that, in the future, headlamps with any new light sources could only be exempted from these additional requirements if their objective luminous flux, together with any tolerance, is below 2,000 lm. GTB was requested to prepare a respective proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 48.

13. Upon this understanding, GRE adopted the above proposals and requested the secretariat to submit them to WP.29 and the Administrative Committee of the 1958 Agreement (AC.1) for consideration and vote at their November 2015 sessions as draft Supplement 11 to the original series of Regulation No. 99 and draft Supplement 7 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 98, respectively.

14. The expert from GTB proposed to clarify the application of paragraph 5.7.1.3. on separating the rear direction indicator lamps and stop lamps (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/3 and GRE-73-15). The experts of France, Germany, Japan and UK did not support this proposal and pointed out that it was not sufficiently clear and allowed different interpretations. GRE invited GTB to revise the proposal based on the comments received.

15. The expert of GTB presented a proposal to introduce optional variable intensity Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) into Regulations No. 48 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/4), together with a proposal to introduce these DRL into Regulation No. 87 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/13) (agenda item 7 (g)). Compared to the current DRL with one level of performance between 400 and 1,200 cd for all ambient conditions, the variable intensity DRL were proposed to have several levels of performance between 200 and 2,000 cd, depending on ambient light conditions.

16. The experts from France and Italy were not in a position to accept this proposal. The experts from Germany, Finland, Netherlands, Poland and UK supported the basic concept of variable DRL and suggested some modifications. GRE also recalled that WP.29 urged GRE to find, in close cooperation with all stakeholders, a solution for DRL for the purpose of listing Regulation No. 48 in an annex to UN Regulation No. 0 (IVWTA) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1112, para. 43). In this context, the expert from Japan informed GRE that his country was not in a position to support the GTB proposal on road safety concerns for motorcycles, because the figure of 2,000 lm was too high. He also stated that Japan did not want to impede IVWTA and had launched a study on DRL whose outcome would be reported to GRE at the next session. GRE invited GTB to take into account the comments received and to prepare, in cooperation with Japan and other stakeholders, a revised proposal for the next session of GRE.

17. The experts from OICA and GTB proposed to introduce new criteria on the automatic levelling of headlamps based on the outcome of the GTB glare and visibility studies (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/5). The expert from Poland suggested further modifications to this proposal (GRE-73-28). The experts from Germany and Japan proposed to impose automatic levelling in all cases, in order to reduce glare problems for drivers (GRE-73-18). Following an in-depth exchange of views on these three documents, GRE realized that no consensus could be found as long as there was no single proposal.

18. To make progress on this issue and prepare a comprising proposal, GRE decided to establish an Informal Working Group with a draft title “on Visibility, Glare and Levelling” (IWG VGL), for which the experts from Germany and Poland agreed to act as Chair and Secretary, respectively. GRE requested IWG VGL to submit its terms of reference for consideration at the next session of GRE and mandated the Chair to obtain, in June 2015, the consent of WP.29 for the establishment of this IWG.

19. The expert from Poland proposed to introduce optional ‘side illuminating lamps’ into Regulations Nos. 48 and 119 (agenda item 7 (l)) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/6, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/19, GRE-73-12, GRE-73-13, GRE-73-27) with the aim to increase the visibility of pedestrians, animals, etc. for glared drivers. The expert from India suggested corrections to this proposal (GRE-73-19). GRE was of the view that this proposal would not bring additional benefits for road safety and was not in a position to support it.

20. The expert from France proposed to delete a design restrictive requirement in Regulation No. 48 for an auto-levelling device for low beam produced by any LED light sources, while for other light sources this requirement exists only if their reference luminous flux exceeds 2,000 Lm (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/21 and GRE-73-25). According to the expert, should LED be treated in the same way as other lights sources, this would lead to more LED headlamps fitted on new vehicles, thus improving road safety and reducing CO2 emissions. The experts from Belgium, Germany, Japan and UK were of the view that this issue should be first referred to IWG VGL and be considered in one package with other proposals regarding levelling (see paras. 17 and 18 above), upon the understanding that a final solution developed by IWG VGL should be technology neutral. The experts from Italy, Spain, EC, CLEPA and OICA not only supported the French proposal as removing discrimination between various technologies of light sources, but also called for its adoption without delay, irrespective of the IWG activities. GRE agreed that the Chair would submit this issue to the June 2015 session of WP.29 for guidance and to report back to GRE at its next session.

21. GTB proposed to correct an error in Regulation No. 6 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/7). GRE approved this proposal, but agreed to postpone to the next session a decision to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote, awaiting other possible proposals for amendments to this Regulation in the course of the simplification process.

22. The expert from EC pointed out the administrative burden and legal uncertainty imposed by numerous supplements to lighting and light-signalling Regulations and requested that such amendments be limited to one per year per Regulation. He also expressed concerns about a large number of official documents with amendments proposals submitted by GTB without their prior consideration as informal documents. The expert from GTB stated that his organization would consider how to improve transparency of its work and submissions to GRE. The secretariat clarified that all submissions received earlier than twelve weeks before the session are submitted as official documents for translation, in line with the Rules of Procedure. The expert from UK, chairing the Working Party on Braking and Running Gear (GRRF), informed GRE about the GRRF experiences in dealing with documentation and limiting the number of amendment proposals transmitted to WP.29. Various experts generally supported the idea to collect proposals for amendments to the same Regulation during several sessions of GRE and then to submit them to WP.29 once a year. At the same time, experts called for flexibility and exceptions to this practice, should this be justified by urgent needs of Contracting Parties and/or industry or by emerging new technologies.

23. The Chair drew the following conclusions:
a) Proposals for amendments submitted before the twelve week deadline would continue to be issued as official documents;
b) Official documents submitted to this session of GRE (e.g. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/7) could be adopted in principle, but put on hold until the next session, pending the outcome of the IWG SLR activities;
c) GRE would collect adopted proposals for amendments to the same Regulation to submit them all together to WP.29 at a certain stage. This general rule should be without prejudice to submitting adopted proposals without delay, based on the grounds of urgency and innovation;
d) The provisional agenda would include a new agenda item for pending amendment proposals.

24. The expert of GTB introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/8 with a proposal to update the provisions relating to failure of light sources when an operating tell-tale is installed. GRE noted that this document was part of collective amendments to various Regulations (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/10, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/11, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/12, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/14, ECE/TRANS/ WP.29/GRE/2015/18). Following comments from the experts of Germany and the Netherlands, GRE requested GTB to revise the proposal and submit a new document to the next session.

25. The expert of OICA proposed to allow the designation of manufacturer’s laboratories as approved test laboratories for Regulation No. 10 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/9). GRE was not in a position to support this proposal.

26. The expert from Belgium referred to their proposal for amendments on the electromagnetic compatibility of trolleybuses (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/41) and asked GRE to postpone the consideration of this issue to the next session, due to the ongoing consultations with OICA. The expert from the Russian Federation proposed corrections to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/41 (GRE-73-20). The expert from Canada, who had chaired GRE in 2014, reported on his bilateral consultations with the Chair of the Working Party on General Safety Provisions (GRSG) and their agreement that this issue belongs to the scope of Regulation No. 10 and, thus, should be dealt with by GRE. GRE decided to revert to this matter at the next session and invited the experts from Belgium, the Russian Federation and OICA to submit a joint proposal.

27. GRE noted that this proposal would be considered at the next session in conjunction with a similar proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 7 (see para. 24 of this report).

28. GRE noted that this proposal would be considered at the next session in conjunction with a similar proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 7 (see para. 24 of this report).

29. GRE noted that this proposal would be considered at the next session in conjunction with a similar proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 7 (see para. 24 of this report).

30. This issue was considered in conjunction with agenda item 6 (a) (see paras. 15 and 16 above).

31. GRE noted that this proposal would be considered at the next session in conjunction with a similar proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 7 (see para. 24 of this report).

32. This issue was considered in conjunction with agenda item 5 (see paras. 11-13 above).

33. The expert from GTB proposed to correct editorial errors in the approval markings of Annex 2 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/16). GRE approved this proposal, but agreed to postpone to the next session a decision to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote, awaiting other possible proposals for amendments to this Regulation in the course of the simplification process.

34. The expert from France proposed to delete a design restrictive requirement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/22 and GRE-73-26). This proposal received comments from the experts of Germany and the Netherlands. The expert from Poland suggested a different approach on this issue (GRE-73-21). The Chair invited the experts from France, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, CLEPA and IEC to prepare a revised proposal for the next session.

35. The expert from France proposed to correct an inconsistency in Annex 3 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/23). GRE approved this proposal, but agreed to postpone to the next session a decision to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote, awaiting other possible proposals for amendments to this Regulation in the course of the simplification process.

36. At request of the expert from GTB, GRE decided to postpone consideration of this issue to the next session.

37. GRE noted that ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/18 would be considered at the next session in conjunction with a similar proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 7 (see para. 24 of this report).

38. GRE recalled that a proposal by the expert from Poland to introduce ‘side illuminating lamps’ into Regulation No. 119 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/19, GRE-73-13, GRE-73-27) was considered in conjunction with agenda item 6 (b) (see para. 19 above).

39. The expert from GTB withdrew ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/20.

40. The Secretary to the Working Party on Road Traffic Safety (WP.1) informed GRE that WP.1, at its March 2015 session, had continued considering the amendment proposals on Article 32 and Chapter II of Annex 5 of the Vienna 1968 Convention regarding lighting and light-signalling. The secretariat had been requested to prepare, for the next session, a new revision by incorporating amendment proposals submitted by IMMA. GRE recalled that, once finalized and approved by WP.1, these amendment proposals should be officially forwarded to the UN Secretary-General by one of the Contracting Parties to the 1968 Convention. The WP.1 Secretary reiterated his invitation to GRE experts to discuss this issue at the national level, with a view to finding a volunteer country.

41. No new information was reported under this agenda item.

42. The expert from EC, in his capacity of GRE Ambassador, and the secretariat informed GRE about the progress in preparing Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement and developing Regulation No. 0 on IWVTA and DETA database. The latest draft of Regulation No. 0 was available in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/68. GRE also noted that IWG IWVTA had proposed to move the installation requirements for DRL from Regulation No. 48 into Regulation No. 87 and that WP.29, at its November 2014 session, urged GRE to find the best solution in close cooperation with the stakeholders. In this respect, GRE discussed whether a new IWG was needed to tackle this issue. Having recalled its earlier considerations (see paras. 15 and 16 above), GRE decided against a new IWG for the time being.

43. No proposals were submitted under this agenda item.

44. The expert from the Netherlands, chairing the informal Group on Agricultural Vehicle Lighting Installation (AVLI), informed GRE about the progress made by AVLI under Phase II of its mandate and introduced a draft proposal for the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 86 (GRE-73-02). The experts from Austria, France, Italy and UK commented on this proposal and, in particular, on remaining square brackets in paragraph 6.5.1. and paragraph 3. of Annex 6. GRE invited AVLI to take these comments into account when finalizing the proposal for official submission to the next session of GRE. GRE also noted that Mr. Gerd Kellermann (Germany) would no longer be in a position to co-Chair AVLI and that this position would be taken over by Mr. Timo Kärkkäinen (Finland). GRE thanked that Mr. Kellermann for his contributions and welcomed Mr. Kärkkäinen.

49. The secretariat proposed to correct an error introduced by Supplement 8 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 74 (GRE-73-10). GRE adopted the proposed correction as contained in Annex II, requested the secretariat to identify its proper legal form (supplement or corrigendum) and submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their June 2015 session.

45. GRE took note that WP.29, at its March 2015 session, had approved the new definitions of agricultural trailers and towed machinery proposed by GRE for the inclusion into the Consolidated Resolution (R.E.3) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1114, para. 67).

46. At the GRSG request, GRE considered proposals for amendments to Regulations Nos. 97 and 116 stipulating that, to provide information on the status of the vehicle alarm system and/or immobilizer, optical displays outside the passenger compartment can be used and that such displays should fulfil the requirements of Regulation No. 48 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/36, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/37). Some experts expressed concerns that optical displays are not defined in Regulation No. 48. GRE noted that these provisions were intended to prohibit lights that are not in conformity with Regulation No. 48 and did not see the need to intervene with GRSG on this subject.

47. At the GRRF request, the secretariat presented the idea of introducing a warning lamp into Regulations Nos. 79 and 13 to light up at any brake application and to indicate the proper functioning of the trailer electrical braking system on some trailers (GRE-73-09). GRE agreed that such lamps do not fall under the scope of Regulation No. 48 and, if required, such an exemption could be introduced explicitly into the definitions of Regulation No. 48.

48. GRE took note of the WP.29 request to complement a list of acronyms/abbreviations (WP.29-165-17) with those used in lighting and light-signalling Regulations. The expert from the Netherlands volunteered to assist the secretariat in this regard. GRE also noted that acronym “REESS” and its definition in Regulation No. 10 might need correction.

50. On behalf of the Task Force on Tell-Tales, the expert from the Netherlands proposed amendments to Regulations Nos. 7, 87 and 48 regarding tell-tales indicating a failure (GRE-73-11). To prepare an official document for the next session, he invited GRE experts to send their comments by email.

51. The expert from IMMA proposed to modify the provisions on the angle of incidence in Annex 5 to Regulation No. 50 (GRE-73-16). GRE noted that this issue should be considered in conjunction with possible changes to Regulation No. 4 and invited CLEPA to look into this issue. IMMA was requested to submit an official document to the next session.

52. GRE addressed this item in conjunction with agenda item 4 (paras. 7-10 of this report).

53. GRE took note of a status report of the GTB Working Group on Light Sources (GRE-73-24), including the outcome of the GTB LED retrofit feasibility study. Some LED retrofit samples were showcased to demonstrate the equivalence criteria.

54. GRE decided to keep the same structure of the provisional agenda for the next session, subject to the inclusion of a new item “Pending amendment proposals”. For the 1958 Agreement, the expert from Italy requested a sub-item on Regulation Nos. 53 and 74 be included in the agenda.

Working Party on Lighting and Light-signalling | Session 74 | 20-23 Oct 2015

1. The Working Party on Lighting and Light-Signalling (GRE) held its seventy-fourth session from 20 to 23 October 2015 in Geneva, under the chairmanship of Mr. M. Loccufier (Belgium). Experts from the following countries participated in the work according to 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/Amends. 1 and 2): Austria; Belgium; Canada; China; Czech Republic; Finland; France; Germany; Hungary; India; Italy; Japan; Luxemburg; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Republic of Korea; Russian Federation; Spain; Sweden and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK). An expert from the European Commission (EC) participated. Experts from the following non‑governmental organizations also took part in the session: European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA); International Automotive Lighting and Light Signalling Expert Group (GTB); International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA); International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA). Upon invitation of the Chair, the experts from the European Committee of Associations of Manufacturers of Agricultural Machinery (CEMA) participated.

2. GRE considered and adopted the agenda proposed for the seventy-fourth session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/24), as reproduced in GRE-74-01-Rev.1 (including the informal documents distributed during the session).

3. The list of informal documents is contained in Annex I to the session report. The list of GRE informal groups is reproduced in Annex VI to the session report.

4. GRE took note of the highlights of the June 2015 session of WP.29 and the official document submission deadline of 8 January 2016 for the April 2016 session of GRE (GRE-74-13).

5. No proposals were introduced under this agenda item.

6. No new information was reported under this agenda item.

7. GRE took note of the progress of the Informal Working Group “Simplification of the Lighting and Light-Signalling Regulations” (IWG SLR) and of its forthcoming meetings. The secretariat informed GRE about the guidance provided by the United Nations Office for Legal Affairs (OLA) and WP.29 on different options for the so-called Horizontal Reference Document (HRD) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1116, WP.29-166-18 and GRE-74-15). In particular, OLA had pointed out that using a new part B of Regulation No. 48 as HRD would contradict the terms of the 1958 Agreement. With regard to establishing a new Resolution, OLA had indicated that Regulations can only be amended in accordance with the procedure set out in Article 12 of the Agreement and that a Resolution cannot be employed to amend a Regulation. OLA had also proposed, as an alternative solution, to amend the 1958 Agreement with a specific procedure applicable in those cases when an amendment to one Regulation would affect the application of other Regulations.

8. The expert from EC was of the view that the alternative solution proposed by OLA would bring no results, in view of its complexity and the advanced stage of work on Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement. He also expressed concerns about the regulatory status of a new Resolution outside the legal text of the 1958 Agreement. The expert from UK shared these concerns. Various experts raised questions on using dynamic or static references to HRD in the individual device Regulations. GRE noted that dynamic references could provide more benefits in terms of simplifying the text, but some Contracting Parties might prefer static references for legal reasons. GRE also wondered about the correlation between amendments to HRD and supplements or new series of amendments to individual device Regulations, including transitional provisions. GRE requested IWG SLR to address the identified issues and to report to the next session on its findings.

9. On behalf of IWG SLR, the expert from IEC introduced a draft Resolution on the common specification of light source categories (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/28 and GRE-74-06), proposals for simplifying Regulations Nos. 37, 99 and 128 by moving data sheets for various light sources from these Regulations to the Resolution as well as some further modifications (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/25, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/ 2015/26, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/27, GRE-74-03, GRE-74-04, GRE-74-05, GRE-74-17, GRE-74-18 and GRE-74-24). The experts from Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands and EC delivered a number of remarks on these proposals, mainly of a terminology nature. The expert from France also requested that all modifications to Regulations Nos. 37, 99 and 128 be clearly explained in the “Justification” section of the respective documents.

10. GRE stressed the need to ensure the high quality of these documents before submitting them to WP.29 and requested IWG SLR to update the proposals based on the comments received and to submit a revised package for consideration at the next session. Some experts pointed out that the guidance by OLA on establishing a new HRD Resolution (see para. 7 above) was also applicable to the draft Resolution on light sources. GRE recalled that this approach had already been endorsed by WP.29 at its November 2014 session. Nevertheless, GRE requested its Chair to ask WP.29, at its forthcoming session in November 2015, to reconfirm this mandate in the light of the OLA guidance.

11. The expert from GTB proposed to phase out a set of light source categories in Regulation No. 37 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/29). GRE agreed that this proposal should be incorporated into the revised draft Resolution on the common specification of light source categories (see paras. 9 and 10 above). GRE also discussed whether phasing out of light source categories could be done only by amending the Resolution or specific transitional provisions should also be introduced into Regulation No. 37. GRE decided to revert to this issue at a later stage.

12. The expert from GTB proposed to introduce new light source categories into Regulation No. 128 and to align some drawings (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/30). GRE agreed that, bearing in mind its importance for the industry, this proposal should be treated separately from the draft Resolution on light sources. GRE adopted the proposal and requested the secretariat to submit them to WP.29 and the Administrative Committee of the 1958 Agreement (AC.1) for consideration and vote at their March 2016 sessions as draft Supplement 5 to the original series of Regulation No. 128.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

20. The expert from Germany, in his capacity of Chair of IWG VGL, reported on the activities of the Informal Working Group and presented its draft terms of reference (ToR). GRE adopted ToR of IWG VGL (Annex III).

21. GRE noted that this issue was discussed together with document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/31 (para. 13 above).

22. GRE considered a proposal transmitted by GRSG to align the provisions of Regulation No. 10 with the proposed amendments to Regulation No. 46 (Devices for indirect vision) to optionally replace rear-view mirrors by camera-monitor systems (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/35). GRE adopted this proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2016 sessions as draft Supplement 3 to the 04 series of amendments and draft Supplement 1 to the 05 series of amendments to Regulation No. 10.

23. The expert from the Russian Federation introduced amendment proposals on the electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) of trolleybuses (GRE-74-12) with the intention to replace ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/41. The expert from Belgium commented on these proposals. The expert from China proposed a set of amendments to different provisions of Regulation No.10 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/36). This proposal received preliminary comments from Finland. Various GRE experts pointed out that, before taking a position on the Chinese and Russian proposals, they had to consult national EMC experts who do not normally attend GRE sessions.

24. To make further progress on the above proposals, GRE decided to create a task force (TF EMC) and invited GRE participants and experts on EMC to take part in this work. OICA volunteered to act as secretary of the task force. GRE agreed that TF EMC should start its activities as soon as possible to address the electromagnetic compatibility of trolleybuses.

25. The expert from IMMA proposed to introduce sequential activation of light sources of direction indicators (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/37). GRE adopted this proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2016 sessions as draft Supplement 18 to the original series of amendments to Regulation No. 50.

26. The expert from IMMA introduced a proposal amending the angle of incidence for the rear registration plate illuminating device (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/38). The experts from Austria, Germany, France and the Netherlands commented on this proposal. GRE invited the expert from IMMA to take these comments into consideration and to submit a revised proposal to the next session.

27. The expert from IMMA proposed to allow the installation of light-signalling devices with light sources that can be sequentially activated (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/39). GRE adopted this proposal as amended by Annex IV and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2016 sessions as draft Supplement 18 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 53.

28. The expert from IMMA presented a proposal introducing an emergency stop signal on motorcycles with the aim to increase safety (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/40). GRE adopted this proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2016 sessions as draft Supplement 18 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 53, subject to the following modification:

Paragraph 5.8., amend to read:
“5.8. In the absence of specific instructions, no lamps other than direction indicator lamps, and the vehicle-hazard warning signal lamps and the emergency stop signal shall be flashing lamps.”

29. The experts from Germany and IMMA proposed to delete in Regulation No. 53 the references to headlamps of Class B of Regulation No. 113 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/41 and GRE-74-09). GRE adopted this proposal as contained in Annex V and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2016 sessions as draft 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 53.

30. The expert from IMMA introduced a proposal allowing for the use of different brake lamp activation methods and aligning the brake lamp provision with those applicable for four-wheelers (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/42). The experts of France, Germany, Italy and Japan delivered remarks. GRE noted that this proposal might need to be accompanied by a modification of Regulation No. 78 under the responsibility of the Working Party on Braking and Running Gear (GRRF). IMMA was invited to contact GRRF and to present an updated document for the next session.

31. The expert from Finland, co-chairing the informal Group on Agricultural Vehicle Lighting Installation (AVLI), introduced a draft proposal for the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 86 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/43 and GRE-74-02). GRE noted that the only outstanding issue was the text in square brackets in paragraph 6.8.1. on the front position lamps. Following an in-depth discussion, GRE decided to delete this text.

32. The expert from EC pointed out the need to analyse, together with the EC legal services, the consistency between the EU legislation and the proposed draft of the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 86. Therefore, he reserved his position and suggested that the adoption of the proposal be postponed to the next session. GRE agreed with his suggestion.

33. GRE noted that document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/33 on tell-tales was discussed together with ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/31 (para. 13 above).

34. The expert from Japan presented the outcome of a study on daytime running lamps (DRL) (GRE-74-20). The purpose of the study was to verify the effects of DRL on road traffic in Japan from the perspectives of other road users (glare and visibility for pedestrians and oncoming vehicle drivers) as well as to check the conspicuity of a motorcycle in front of the four-wheeled vehicle with DRL. The test conditions included different levels of sky illuminance and DRL intensity. According to the expert, the study did not identify negative effects of DRL. He also pointed out that, based on the study results, legal consultations had started in Japan with the aim to find a solution for DRL for the purposes of listing Regulation No. 48 in an annex to UN Regulation No. 0. GRE commended Japan for such a comprehensive study and welcomed its outcome.

35. GRE considered a pending proposal submitted by the expert from GTB to align the requirements on moving the cut-off line after heat test with those adopted in Regulations Nos. 98, 112 and 123 and to correct an error in the provisions on the use of light-emitting diode modules (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/17). The experts from Austria, Germany and the Netherlands stressed the urgency of this proposal. GRE adopted the proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2016 sessions as draft Supplement 6 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 113.

36. GRE recalled that, at the previous session, it approved several amendment proposals to various Regulations, but agreed to postpone a decision to submit them to WP.29 for consideration, awaiting other possible proposals for amendments to the same Regulations in the course of the simplification process (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/73, paras. 21, 33 and 35). GRE decided to keep these amendment proposals pending.

37. The Secretary to the Working Party on Road Traffic Safety (WP.1) informed GRE that WP.1, at its October 2015 session, had continued considering the amendment proposals on Article 32 and Chapter II of Annex 5 of the Vienna 1968 Convention regarding lighting and light-signalling. In particular, WP.1 had discussed ECE/TRANS/WP.1/2011/4/Rev.5 which included several proposals made by IMMA. WP.1 agreed to several changes and requested the secretariat to prepare ECE/TRANS/WP.1/2011/4/Rev.6 to reflect these changes. At the same time, Italy, France and Laser Europe had proposed to rearrange the text of the Convention, including Chapter II of Annex 5. Their proposal would be considered at the next session of WP.1.

38. The secretariat informed GRE that the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had appointed Mr. Jean Todt, President of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), as Special Envoy for road safety. Substantive and technical support to the functions of the Special Envoy will be provided by UNECE, and the direct costs of the provision of secretariat support and other logistical costs are to be met from extrabudgetary funding to be mobilised by the Special Envoy.

39. The expert from EC, in his capacity of GRE Ambassador, informed GRE about the progress in preparing Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement and developing Regulation No. 0 on IWVTA. The latest draft of Regulation No. 0 had been presented to the June 2015 session of WP.29 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/68). GRE recalled its discussion on DRL (para. 16 above) and hoped that a solution would soon be found for the purposes of listing Regulation No. 48 in an annex to Regulation No. 0 on IWVTA.

40. The expert from Germany informed GRE about an ongoing study and that a proposal would be submitted to the next session of GRE.

41. The expert from GTB introduced a final consolidated version of the former 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48 (GRE-74-08) which could still be of assistance to the industry and type approval authorities. GRE noted that, under Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement, a series of amendments to a Regulation, together with all subsequent supplements, would be called “a version of a UN Regulation” and that no further modifications could be made to former versions of a Regulation (“frozen” text). GRE invited experts to verify the consolidation by GTB and to report on any possible inconsistencies. Following such verification, the secretariat was requested to publish the consolidated version of the 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48 under an appropriate number.

42. The expert from Poland proposed to introduce a new optional “Class B1” headlamp into Regulation No. 112 (GRE-74-11, GRE-74-23). The experts from Germany, Finland and the Netherlands supported the idea of the Polish proposal and posed clarifying questions. The Chair encouraged all experts to send their comments, if any, to the expert from Poland, with a view to discussing an updated proposal at the next session.

43. GRE took note of a draft list of acronyms/abbreviations used in Regulations under the responsibility of GRE, which had been prepared by the secretariat with the assistance of the experts from the Netherlands and IEC (GRE-74-14). GRE invited experts to send to the secretariat their comments on this list.

44. GRE was informed that Mr. Marcin Gorzkowski (Canada), who had chaired GRE in 2002-2014, would no longer attend its sessions. GRE expressed its high appreciation of Mr. Gorzkowski’s contributions to the work of GRE and wished him success in his future activities.

45. GRE also took note that Mr. Masahito Yamashita (Japan) would no longer attend its sessions. GRE thanked him for his contributions and wished him success in the future.

46. GRE addressed item (a) in conjunction with agenda item 4 (paras. 7-10 of this report).

47. GRE noted that a status report of the GTB Working Groups would be presented at the next session.

48. GRE decided to keep the same structure of the provisional agenda for the next session.

49. In compliance with Rule 37 of the Rules of Procedure (TRANS/WP.29/690 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.1), GRE called for the election of officers. The representatives of the Contracting Parties, present and voting, elected unanimously Mr. Michel Loccufier (Belgium) as Chair and Mr. Derwin Rovers (Netherlands) as Vice-Chair for the sessions of GRE scheduled in the year 2016.

Working Party on Lighting and Light-signalling | Session 75 | 5-8 Apr 2016

1. The Working Party on Lighting and Light-Signalling (GRE) held its seventy-fifth session from 5 to 8 April 2016 in Geneva, under the chairmanship of Mr. M. Loccufier (Belgium). Experts from the following countries participated in the work according to 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/Amends. 1 and 2): Austria; Belgium; China; Czech Republic; Finland; France; Germany; Hungary; India; Italy; Japan; Latvia; Luxemburg; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Republic of Korea; Russian Federation; Spain and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK). An expert from the European Commission (EC) participated. Experts from the following non‑governmental organizations also took part in the session: European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA); International Automotive Lighting and Light Signalling Expert Group (GTB); International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA); International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA).

2. GRE considered and adopted the agenda proposed for the seventy-fifth session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/1), as reproduced in GRE-75-01-Rev.1 (including the informal documents distributed during the session).

3. The list of informal documents is contained in Annex I to the report. The list of GRE informal groups is reproduced in Annex V to the 75th GRE session report.

4. GRE took note of the highlights of the November 2015 and March 2016 sessions of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) and the official document submission deadline of 29 July 2016 for the October 2016 session of GRE (GRE-75-07).

5. No proposals were introduced under this agenda item.

6. No new information was reported under this agenda item.

7. On behalf of the Informal Working Group “Simplification of the Lighting and Light-Signalling Regulations” (IWG SLR), the expert from IEC introduced a revised proposal for the draft Resolution on the common specification of light source categories (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/5 and Corr.1, GRE-75-02, GRE-75-03 and GRE-75-04), together with proposals for simplifying Regulations Nos. 37, 99 and 128 by moving light sources data sheets from Annex 1 to these Regulations to the Resolution (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/2, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/3 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/4). The experts from Germany, France, Italy, UK, CLEPA, GTB and OICA commented on the proposals, in particular on phasing out of light source categories and on the legal form of amendments to Regulations Nos. 37, 99 and 128 (supplements or new series of amendments).

8. GRE adopted the draft Resolution on the common specification of light source categories (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/5 and Corr.1), as amended by Annex II, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 for consideration at its November 2016 session. GRE also adopted proposals for amendments to Regulations Nos. 37, 99 and 128 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/2, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/3 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/4) not amended and requested the secretariat to submit them to WP.29 and the Administrative Committee of the 1958 Agreement (AC.1) for consideration and vote at their November 2016 sessions as, respectively, draft Supplement 45 to the 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 37, draft Supplement 12 to the original version of Regulation No. 99 and draft Supplement 6 to the original version of Regulation No. 128. The expert of Germany reserved his position on the adopted proposals.

9. The expert from GTB, in his capacity of Secretary of IWG SLR, reported on the progress of IWG SLR and a new phased approach to simplification of the lighting and light-signalling Regulations developed by IWG SLR (GRE-75-05). The proposed approach would include the following major steps:

a) Review and adoption of pending amendment proposals to consolidate the existing Regulations;
b) Freeze of the existing Regulations which would be superseded by three new Regulations (see point c) below);
c) Establishment of three new Regulations on road illumination devices, light-signalling devices and retro-reflective devices based on the text of existing Regulations;
d) Further amendment of the new Regulations and Regulation No. 48 to introduce technologically neutral and performance-based requirements.

10. According to IWG SLR, the proposed approach would not only simplify the Regulations and provide legal certainty, but would also remove unnecessary barriers to innovations and promote worldwide application of lighting and light-signalling Regulations, for example, through the development of GTRs in this area and/or more countries joining the 1958 Agreement.

11. A vast majority of GRE experts expressed their support to the proposed approach and activities of IWG SLR. The expert from Germany reserved his position. The experts of Japan and OICA stressed the need to find a way to introduce new technologies, should they emerge during a transition period between the freeze of the current Regulations and the entry into force of the three new ones. The experts from Belgium and UK were of the view that the United Nations Office for Legal Affairs (OLA) should be requested to provide guidance on the approach. The Chair invited experts to submit further comments, if any, before 29 July 2016.

12. To seek the consent of WP.29 on the proposed concept, GRE requested the Chair to present it at the June 2016 meeting of the World Forum as well as to ask WP.29 to extend the mandate of IWG SLR. GRE also took note of a list of pending proposals, which had been referred to IWG SLR in 2014-2015 (GRE-75-06), and decided to consider them at the next session under agenda item “Pending proposals”.

13. The expert from GTB informed GRE about activities of the GTB Working Group Light Sources and its plans to extend Regulation No. 128 to light sources for forward lighting applications covered by Regulations Nos. 19, 98, 112, 113 and 123 (GRE-75-14). Proposals for amendments to Regulation No. 128 would include performance-based requirements for visibility and glare as well as introduce thermal grades for light emitting diodes (LED) light sources which could be subject to heat from a combustion engine. Forward lighting Regulations Nos. 19, 98, 112, 113 and 123 would need to be amended to accept LEDs of Regulation No. 128 and their thermal grades. GRE took note that amendment proposals would be submitted to the next session. A number of experts posed questions on the thermal grade concept proposed by GTB and were of the view that a detailed clarification should be included in the justification part of future documents.

14. The expert from GTB briefed GRE on activities of the GTB Task Force Conformity of Production (GRE-75-15) and its intention to submit a formal document to the next session of GRE with a view to harmonizing the conformity of production provisions of Regulation No. 123 with those of other headlamp Regulations (e.g. No. 112), for the sake of simplification. The experts from France and UK requested GTB to include a solid justification in their future submission.

15. The expert from GTB proposed to clarify the interpretation of the specifications of filament lamp category H19 in Regulation No. 37 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/6). GRE adopted this proposal and agreed that it should be incorporated into the draft Resolution on the common specification of light source categories (see para. 8 above) and submitted to WP.29 for consideration at its November 2016 session.

16. The expert from the Netherlands, in his capacity of Chair of the Task Force on Tell-Tales (TF TT), introduced revised proposals for amendments to Regulations Nos. 48, 7 and 87 on tell-tales which indicate a failure (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/7, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/12 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/17). GRE adopted the proposals and decided to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their November 2016 sessions as draft Supplement 17 to the 04 series of amendments, draft Supplement 10 to the 05 series of amendments and draft Supplement 8 to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48, draft Supplement 25 to the 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 7 and draft Supplement 18 to Regulation No. 87.

17. Several experts pointed out that the adopted amendments might also require an amendment to paragraph 5.4. of Regulation No. 121 (Identification of controls, tell-tales and indicators), but no consensus was reached on this issue. GRE invited the Working Party on General Safety Provisions (GRSG), which deals with Regulation No. 121, to address this matter.

18. To improve road safety, the expert from Germany proposed to reduce the intensity of a daytime running lamp (DRL) in situations where a direction indicator is activated during the functioning of DRL (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/8). The document also proposed amendments to Regulation No. 87. The expert from OICA suggested an alternative wording (GRE-75-11, GRE-75-11-Rev.1). The experts from France, the Netherlands and UK supported the proposal of Germany. The expert from Italy was of the view that the proposal should be accompanied with transitional provisions. GRE decided to continue its deliberations at the next session based on a revised document to be submitted by the expert from Germany.

19. The expert from GTB proposed to clarify the text of paragraph 6.21.1.2.4. of Regulation No. 48 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/9). GRE adopted the proposal and decided to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their November 2016 sessions as draft Supplement 17 to the 04 series of amendments, draft Supplement 10 to the 05 series of amendments and draft Supplement 8 to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48

20. The expert from GTB proposed modifications to the transitional provisions of various series of amendments to allow for optional installation of new equipment on a vehicle, which had already been approved to an earlier series of amendments, by extending the existing approval, rather than requesting a new approval based on the latest series of amendments (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/10). The expert from OICA advocated the proposal and pointed out that it would contribute to increasing traffic safety (GRE-75-12). The experts from Finland, Italy and Netherlands also supported the proposal. The experts from Austria, France and UK expressed concerns about too many series of amendments to Regulation No. 48 in force and were not convinced that the earlier series should be amended. GRE decided to continue this discussion at the next session.

21. The expert from Poland, in his capacity of Co-Chair of the Informal Working Group on Visibility, Glare and Levelling (IWG VGL), reported on the IWG activities and requested GRE to provide guidance on a number of issues, including but not limited to:

a) Which factors with potential impact on visibility and glare should be addressed by IWG;
b) Whether the work should focus only on Regulation No. 48 (i.e., M and N categories of vehicles) or other categories (L and T) should be considered as well;
c) Whether the requirement for periodic technical inspections (PTI) should be included in the scope;
d) To which extent the available studies and previous GRE documents should be taken into account;
e) Whether IWG or GRE should vote on issues for which no consensus had been found.

22. Various experts stressed the complexity of these issues and called for a pragmatic approach that would rely on the available studies and proposals. The experts from Germany and Japan were of the view that automatic levelling should be taken out of the scope of IWG VGL and addressed by GRE directly. The experts from France and Italy felt that both manual and automatic levelling should be considered by IWG VGL.

23. Based on the above discussion, GRE requested IWG VGL to review its Terms of Reference and prepare modifications for adoption by GRE, as may be necessary. GRE also agreed that, for the time being, IWG VGL should focus on Regulation No. 48 and vehicle categories M and N only, leaving aside the PTI requirements. Finally, GRE stressed the need to follow a consensus approach rather than to vote on controversial points. GRE noted that the expert from Germany would no longer be in a position to co-Chair IWG VGL and encouraged other experts to volunteer for this post.

24. The expert from GTB proposed to align the requirements of paragraph 6.1. with the definition of “single lamp”. A similar proposal was prepared for Regulation No. 7. (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/11). GRE approved this proposal, but agreed to postpone to the next session a decision to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration, in order to collect other proposals for amendments into a single package.

25. The expert from Germany invited GRE to consider interpretation of the “One Continuous Line” requirement in paragraph 5.6. c) of Regulation No. 6 (GRE-75-10). To this end, he proposed to establish a Task Force. Following support of the experts from France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and UK, GRE agreed to establish a Task Force. The experts from Finland and GTB volunteered to act as Chair and Secretary of the Task Force, respectively.

26. GRE recalled that ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/12 had been discussed and adopted together with ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/7 (see para. 16 above).

27. GRE noted that ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/11 had been adopted under agenda item 7 (a) (see para. 24 above).

28. The expert from GTB withdrew ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/13 with proposals for amendments to Regulations Nos. 6, 23, 38, 77, 91 and 119. GRE noted that this document also contained an additional proposal of the secretariat to correct a mistake that had been introduced by Supplement 22 to the 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 7. GRE adopted a correction, as laid down in Annex III of the GRE-75 session report, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their November 2016 sessions.

29. On behalf of the Task Force on Electromagnetic Compatibility (TF EMC), the expert from OICA reported on the activities of TF EMC (GRE-75-13, GRE-75-18). As a first step, TF EMC clarified the operating modes of trolleybuses and the applicable EMC Regulations or standards. According to Regulation No. 107, trolleybuses are dual-mode vehicles operating either: (a) in the trolley mode, when connected to the overhead contact line (OCL), or (b) in the bus mode when not connected to OCL. When not connected to OCL, they can also be (c) in the charging mode. The expert from OICA pointed out that for mode (a) the railway EMC standard IEC 62236-3-1 was applicable, while for modes (b) and (c) Regulation No. 10 should apply. TF EMC had also identified that, in the bus mode with a diesel engine, other Regulations (e.g. Nos. 13, 49, 51, 89 and 100) could be affected. TF EMC recommended seeking guidance from WP.29 on how to proceed with the treatment of trolleybuses in the framework of various Regulations and WP.29 Working Parties. To this end, the expert from OICA offered to produce an informal document for the June 2016 session of WP.29. He also stated that OICA would submit an informal document on this issue to GRSG and possibly to other WP.29 Working Parties.

30. The experts from France and the Russian Federation were of the view that Regulation No. 10 would be the best place to include the EMC provisions for trolleybuses. The expert from Germany felt that Regulation No. 10 could not be amended to incorporate the railway EMC standards for the trolley mode. The expert from the Russian Federation informed GRE about recent testing of the disturbances caused by trolleybuses and requested exclusion of the low-frequency range from 9 to 150 kHz from consideration, due to the very low level of detected disturbances and expensive measurement equipment required for this range.

31. GRE noted that the Chair would consider asking guidance of WP.29 and/or AC.2 at their June 2016 sessions and decided to continue the discussion at its next session.

32. The expert from GTB proposed to correct the specifications of the mixture for the dirt test. Similar proposals were also prepared for Regulations Nos. 45, 98, 112, 113 and 123 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/14). GRE adopted these proposals, as contained in Annex IV of the GRE-75 session report, but agreed that only the amendment to Regulation No. 45 should be submitted to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their November 2016 sessions as draft Supplement 10 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 45. For the amendment proposals to Regulations Nos. 19, 98, 112, 113 and 123, GRE postponed to the next session a decision to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration, in order to collect other proposals for amendments into a single package.

33. The expert from GTB withdrew their proposal to update the provisions on failure of light sources when a tell-tale indicating failure is installed (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/13).

34. See para. 33 under agenda item 7.(e) Regulation No. 23 (Reversing lamps) above.

35. The expert from GTB proposed to correct the specifications of the mixture for the dirt test. Similar proposals were also prepared for Regulations Nos. 45, 98, 112, 113 and 123 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/14). GRE adopted these proposals, as contained in Annex IV of the GRE-75 session report, but agreed that only the amendment to Regulation No. 45 should be submitted to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their November 2016 sessions as draft Supplement 10 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 45. For the amendment proposals to Regulations Nos. 19, 98, 112, 113 and 123, GRE postponed to the next session a decision to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration, in order to collect other proposals for amendments into a single package.

36. The expert from IMMA recalled their earlier proposal to amend the angle of incidence for the rear registration plate illuminating device (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/38) and requested GRE to postpone consideration of this issue to the next session.

37. The expert from GTB proposed to allow the activation of additional lighting units, in conjunction with the driving beam, to improve illumination when the motorcycle is banking (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/15). GRE adopted the proposal and decided to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their November 2016 sessions as draft Supplement 19 to the 01 series of amendments and draft Supplement 1 to the 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 53.

38. The expert from IMMA recalled their earlier proposal to allow for the use of different brake lamp activation methods and to align the brake lamp provisions with those applicable for four-wheelers (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/42) and requested GRE to postpone consideration of this issue to the next session.

39. The expert from Japan proposed to automatically switch from the daytime running lamp (DRL) to the headlamp at night. The experts from Austria, France, Germany, India, Netherlands, UK and IMMA commented on the proposal. GRE encouraged all experts to study the proposal and to provide their comments, if any, by the end of June 2016. GRE also invited the expert from Japan to take these comments into consideration and to submit an official document to the next session.

40. The expert from GTB withdrew their proposal to update the provisions on failure of light sources when a tell-tale indicating failure is installed (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/13).

44. The expert from GTB withdrew their proposal to update the provisions on failure of light sources when a tell-tale indicating failure is installed (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/13).

49. The expert from GTB withdrew their proposal to update the provisions on failure of light sources when a tell-tale indicating failure is installed (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/13).

59. GRE noted that the status reports of the GTB Working Groups were presented under agenda item 4 (paras. 13 and 14 above).

60. GRE decided to keep the same structure of the provisional agenda for the next session, except for the deletion of item 11 (a) (para. 58 above).

58. GRE addressed this item in the framework of simplification of lighting and light-signalling Regulations (paras. 7-14 above) and decided not to include it in the agenda of the next session.

56. GRE took note that WP.29, at its March 2016 session, had referred ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/24 on Regulation No. 113 back to GRE. The expert from GTB clarified that this was due to unclear provisions for the cut-off line in Annexes 4 and 5. He further pointed out that similar provisions had already been introduced in Regulations Nos. 98, 112 and 123, and that GTB would prepare collective amendments to all these Regulations for consideration at the next session of GRE. At the same time, GRE noted that the remaining provisions of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/24 did not seem to create any problem and requested the secretariat to issue them as a separate document and to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote, possibly already at their June 2016 sessions. [Note: The remaining provisions were reintroduced in document WP.29/2016/74 for the June 2016 WP.29 session.]

57. Mr. Walter Nissler, Chief, Vehicle Regulations and Transport Innovations Section (VRTIS), informed GRE about the abolishment of several General Service (G) posts within the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) as decided by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2015. He further explained that one of these G posts had been cut in VRTIS as of 1 January 2016, due to the imminent retirement of the current incumbent. He pointed out that UNECE was reallocating staff resources to accommodate this cut and that, during this period, a lower level of services provided by the Section might be expected. He also informed GRE about the new UNECE publications on child restraint systems and motorcycle helmets. Finally, Mr. Nissler reported on the efforts of UNECE to include the costs of hosting the DETA database in the UNECE regular budget, following a decision of the Inland Transport Committee at its February 2016 session.

55. The expert from Germany informed GRE about the progress on the test method for the sun load impact on stop lamps and direction indicators (so-called “phantom effect”) (GRE-75-16).

54. The secretariat briefed GRE on the progress in preparing Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement, Regulation No. 0 on IWVTA and an electronic database for the exchange of type approval documentation (DETA). The expert from Japan pointed out that his Government had decided to accept DRLs and was preparing for their introduction, thus paving the way for including Regulation No. 48 in an Annex to UN Regulation No. 0. The expert from EC informed GRE about internal consultations with the aim to decide whether or not he could continue to act as GRE ambassador to IWVTA.

53. The secretariat informed GRE about a statement of Mr. Jean Todt, United Nations Special Envoy for Road Safety, at the March 2016 session of WP.29 in which he had encouraged vehicle manufacturers to commit to better safety standards for developing and least developed countries. GRE also noted that the United Nations General Assembly was expected to adopt in April 2016 a new resolution on road safety.

52. The secretariat informed GRE that the Working Party on Road Traffic Safety (WP.1), at its March 2016 session, had continued considering amendment proposals on Article 32 and Chapter II of Annex 5 of the Vienna 1968 Convention regarding lighting and light-signalling. In particular, WP.1 started discussing a proposal by Italy, France and Laser Europe to rearrange the text of the Convention, including Chapter II of Annex 5 (ECE/TRANS/WP.1/2015/2/Rev.2). The discussion would continue at the next session of WP.1.

51. GRE recalled a number of pending amendment proposals to various Regulations adopted at this (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/11, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/14 and Annex IV) and previous sessions (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/7, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/16, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/23), as well as the proposals which had been referred to IWG SLR in 2014-2015 (GRE-75-06, see para. 12 above). GRE decided to review all these proposals at the next session in order to submit a comprehensive package to WP.29 for consideration at its March 2017 session. Following that, the Regulations concerned would be frozen until the finalization of the simplification process (see para. 9 above).

50. The expert from GTB proposed to correct the specifications of the mixture for the dirt test. Similar proposals were also prepared for Regulations Nos. 45, 98, 112, 113 and 123 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/14). GRE adopted these proposals, as contained in Annex IV of the GRE-75 session report, but agreed that only the amendment to Regulation No. 45 should be submitted to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their November 2016 sessions as draft Supplement 10 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 45. For the amendment proposals to Regulations Nos. 19, 98, 112, 113 and 123, GRE postponed to the next session a decision to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration, in order to collect other proposals for amendments into a single package.

48. The expert from GTB proposed to correct the specifications of the mixture for the dirt test. Similar proposals were also prepared for Regulations Nos. 45, 98, 112, 113 and 123 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/14). GRE adopted these proposals, as contained in Annex IV of the GRE-75 session report, but agreed that only the amendment to Regulation No. 45 should be submitted to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their November 2016 sessions as draft Supplement 10 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 45. For the amendment proposals to Regulations Nos. 19, 98, 112, 113 and 123, GRE postponed to the next session a decision to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration, in order to collect other proposals for amendments into a single package.

45. The expert from GTB proposed to correct the specifications of the mixture for the dirt test. Similar proposals were also prepared for Regulations Nos. 45, 98, 112, 113 and 123 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/14). GRE adopted these proposals, as contained in Annex IV of the GRE-75 session report, but agreed that only the amendment to Regulation No. 45 should be submitted to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their November 2016 sessions as draft Supplement 10 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 45. For the amendment proposals to Regulations Nos. 19, 98, 112, 113 and 123, GRE postponed to the next session a decision to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration, in order to collect other proposals for amendments into a single package.

41. The expert from the Netherlands, on behalf of the Informal Working Group on Agricultural Vehicle Lighting Installation (AVLI), recalled considerations at the previous session of GRE (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/74, paras. 31 and 32) and introduced a revised proposal for the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 86 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/16). GRE adopted the proposal and decided to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their November 2016 sessions. GRE also noted that the EU member States would check the consistency between the EU legislation and the proposed 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 86.

42. GRE recalled that a proposal by the expert from Germany to improve road safety in situations where a direction indicator is activated during the functioning of a DRL (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/8) was addressed under agenda item 6 (a) (see para. 18 above).

43. GRE noted that ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/17 was discussed and adopted together with ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/7 (see para. 16 above).

46. The expert from Poland proposed to introduce a new optional “Class B1” headlamp (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/18). The proposal received remarks from the experts of Germany, Netherlands, UK, CLEPA, GTB and OICA. Some experts pointed out that they would need more time to study the proposal and that it could be considered by IWG SLR when developing performance-based requirements in the future (para. 9 (d) above). GRE invited all experts to send their comments to the expert from Poland and decided to keep this issue on the agenda of the next session.

47. GRE recalled that ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/14 with the proposal of GTB to correct the specifications of the mixture for the dirt test was considered under agenda item 7 (d) (see para. 32 above).

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149. Following the recommendation of WP.29, the Administrative Committee (AC.4), did not convene.

113. Submitted for consideration and vote, the proposal for a new UN GTR on crankcase and evaporative emissions from two- or three-wheeled motor vehicles equipped with a combustion engine (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/66, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/67, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/36/Rev.1) was established in the UN Global Registry on 17 November 2016 by consensus vote of the following Contracting Parties present and voting: Australia, Canada, China, European Union (voting for Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Norway, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, South Africa, Tunisia and United States of America.

114. Submitted for consideration and vote, the proposal for Amendment 1 to UN GTR No. 15 on WLTP (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/68, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/69, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/39) was established in the UN Global Registry on 17 November 2016 by consensus vote of the following Contracting Parties present and voting: Australia, China, European Union (voting for Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Norway, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, South Africa and Tunisia.

115. The representatives of Canada and the United States of America abstained from voting.

116. Submitted for consideration and vote, the proposal for Amendment 1 to UN GTR on Tyre (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/117, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/71, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/42) was established in the UN Global Registry on 17 November 2016 by consensus vote of the following Contracting Parties present and voting: Australia, Canada, China, European Union (voting for Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Norway, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, San Marino, South Africa, Tunisia and United States of America.

117. Submitted for consideration and vote, the proposal for a new UN GTR on the measurement procedure for two- or three-wheeled motor vehicles with regard to on-board diagnostics (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/112, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/113, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/36/Rev.1) was established in the UN Global Registry on 17 November 2016 by consensus vote of the following Contracting Parties present and voting: Australia, Canada, China, European Union (voting for Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Norway, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, San Marino, South Africa, Tunisia and United States of America.

1. The World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) held its 170th session from 15 to 18 November 2016, chaired by Mr. B. Kisulenko (Russian Federation). The following countries were represented, following Rule 1(a) of the Rules of Procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.1 and Amend.2): Algeria; Australia; Austria; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Brazil; Canada; China; Croatia; Czech Republic; Egypt; Finland, France; Germany; Hungary; India; Israel; Italy; Japan; Jordan; Latvia, Luxembourg; Malaysia; Netherlands; Norway, Pakistan; Poland; Portugal; Republic of Korea; Romania; Russian Federation; San Marino; South Africa; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Tunisia; Turkey, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; United States of America and Uruguay. Representatives of the European Union (EU) participated. The following governmental organization was represented: International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The following non-governmental organizations were also represented: Association for Emissions Control by Catalyst (AECC); Consumers International (CI); Euro NCAP; European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA/MEMA/JAPIA); European Tyre and Rim Technical Organisation (ETRTO); Foundation for the Automobile and Society (FIA Foundation); Global New Car Assessment Programme (Global NCAP); International Automobile Federation (FIA); International Automotive Lighting and Light Signalling Expert Group (GTB); International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA) and the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA). Other entities represented were: EuroMed Road, Rail and Urban Transport project.

2. The Chair of the World Forum welcomed the representatives to the World Forum and introduced the opening speakers: the two representatives of the EuroMed Road, Rail and Urban Transport (EuroMed) project a representative of of Israel; and a representative of Tunisia.

3. A representative of the EuroMed project introduced the project, the countries taking part and the activities carried out within its scope (reproduced in WP.29-170-34 and WP.29-170-35). He emphasized the relevance of numerous United Nations Agreements and Conventions in the field of inland transport for the EuroMed project and described the participating countries’ scope of accession to these legal instruments.

4. A representative of the EuroMed project highlighted the synergies between the work of WP.29 and activities undertaken in the EuroMed project. He presented the status of implementation of UN Vehicle Regulations in the countries participating in the EuroMed project.

5. In his statement, the representative of Israel highlighted that the State of Israel is participating in WP.29 meetings for the first time at this 170th session of the World Form, and expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to take part. He stated that although Israel is not part of the 1958 and 1997 agreements the Israel’s Ministry of Transport (MoT) decided years ago to follow and implement European Union legislation on vehicle homologation, vehicle registration and periodic technical inspection. Israel permitted the import of vehicles built according to European Union legislation with an updated WVTA certificate and a valid COC. Israel’s MoT follows European Union legislation on periodic technical inspections.

6. He stated that a couple of years ago the Israeli Government decided to also allow the import of vehicles certified according to the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) of the United States of America. This had created some hurdles due to distinctions between the European and American standards (e.g. front lighting standards), resulting in the country experiencing difficulties on the implementation level.

7. The representative of Israel asserted that his country had closely followed the activities of the World Forum, including those in the development of autonomous vehicles. Smart technologies and systems for autonomous vehicles were already being developed in Israel. He emphasized the need for the development of a comprehensive regulatory framework within WP.29 and its Working Parties in order to promote autonomous vehicles.

8. He concluded his statement by expressing his commitment to strengthening cooperation between the Israel’s MoT and WP.29.

9. In his statement, the representative of Tunisia, described his country’s participation in the EuroMed Transport Project. He informed the World Forum that Tunisia was already Contracting Party to the 1958 and the 1998 Agreement. He concluded that Tunisia was preparing for the accession to the 1997 Agreement which would help to further develop their system on periodic technical inspection.

10. The Director of the UNECE Sustainable Transport Division welcomed the representatives to the World Forum. She praised the World Forum for its work and emphasized the importance of continuing and strengthening activities related to new and emerging technologies that are being embedded in vehicles, especially with regard to connectivity and automation of vehicles.

11. The Director updated the World Forum about the activities of the Sustainable Transport Division in preparation for the 70th anniversary session of the Inland Transport Committee (ITC), which will take place on 21-24 February 2017. The Division is preparing a draft Resolution for the Ministerial Meeting that will take place at the ITC on 21 February 2017. The objectives of the Resolution are to increase the visibility and understanding of the work of the ITC and its subsidiary bodies, and emphasize the global reach of United Nations Transport Conventions and Agreements developed in the work of the Committee, to promote broader accession to and implementation of these legal instruments thereby improving the governance of inland transport systems and inland transport safety the world over. The Resolution will invite the Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) to propose to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) to introduce parallel reporting of ITC to the ECE and the ECOSOC on an annual basis. The parallel reporting will not have financial implications for United Nations Member States nor create any extra workload for the Division staff. The Division Director invited delegates of the World Forum to review the draft Resolution and urged them to support the proposal for dual reporting contained in it.

12. The Director informed the World Forum that the seventieth anniversary session of ITC will kick off with a keynote address followed by three parallel panels, including one on technology changes and what steps the ITC can take to improve and develop legislation in this context. The Director concluded her statement by inviting delegates of the World Forum to the ITC seventieth anniversary session.

13. The annotated provisional agenda for the session was adopted without amendments.

14. The list of informal documents is reproduced in Annex I [of the session report].

15. The 122th session of WP.29/AC.2 was held on 14 November 2016, chaired by Mr. B. Kisulenko (Russian Federation) and was attended, in accordance to Rule 29 of the terms of reference and rules of procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690 and Amends.1–2), by the Chairs of GRB (France), GRSG (Italy) and GRRF (United Kingdom), the Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee (AC.3) of the 1998 Agreement (Japan), by the representatives of Canada, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the United States of America, the European Union, and by the Vice-Chairs of WP.29 (Italy), GRPE (India), GRRF (Japan) and GRSP (Republic of Korea).

16. The WP.29/AC.2 reviewed and adopted the agenda of the 170th session of the World Forum. WP.29/AC.2 also reviewed the draft agenda for the 171st session of the World Forum, scheduled to be held in Geneva from 14 to 17 March 2017.

17. AC.2 discussed the importance for WP.29 to address cyber security as well as Over-The-Air (OTA) software updates of vehicle systems and their implications for the type approval system. AC.2 considered this topic as a priority for future work of WP.29 and recommended it for the 2017 programme of work and in the allocation of resources.

18. The secretariat updated AC.2 about the situation of staff resources following the post cut and its impact on the services provided to WP.29. The representatives of Contracting Parties expressed their concern about the current situation related to the secretariat’s human resource situation and expressed their full support for overcoming these resource constraints.

19. The representative of Japan reported on the progress of the Informal Working Group (IWG) on International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA), including the progress and major results of the pre-testing programme, the list of UN Regulations applicable to IWVTA and the Questions and Answers (Q&A) documents, both on IWVTA and on Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement. AC.2 reflected on future possibilities to continue this important work, once UN Regulation No. 0 on IWVTA would be established.

20. The representative from the United Kingdom reported on a first ad hoc informal meeting of WP.29/GRRF, Intelligent Transport Systems/Automated Driving (ITS/AD) and WP.1 experts. This meeting was very useful both for participants from WP.29/GRRF and WP.1 to reach common understanding. AC.2 recommended WP.29 to facilitate the organization of such meetings more regularly in the future.

21. AC.2 discussed and confirmed the need to continue the general discussion on the performance of automotive systems in conditions other than those tested in the framework of type-approval or self-certification at WP.29 based on WP.29-169-13.

22. The secretariat reminded GRs to inform them about any new abbreviations brought into use in their documents.

23. The World Forum noted the revised programme of work and documentation (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/1/Rev.2). The representatives of the United Kingdom and the European Union requested the introduction of the main strategic areas of work into the next year’s programme of work. Among others, these elements would be related to over the air updates of vehicle operational software, cyber security and data protection. Following these priorities, resources need to be allocated accordingly. This could be done by establishing task forces on these issues.

24. The secretariat presented the list of Working Parties, Informal Working Groups and Chairs (based on WP.29-170-01), and the draft calendar of meetings of WP.29, GRs and Committees for 2017 (based on WP.29-170-02). The World Forum noted WP.29‑170‑01 on the Informal Working Groups and Chairs of WP.29 and its subsidiary bodies as well as WP.29‑170‑02 on the calendar of meetings.

25. The representatives of Japan and the United Kingdom, co-chairing the IWG on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), gave a status report on the group’s activities. The IWG:

  1. Convened on Wednesday, 16 November 2016 from 2.30 to 4.45 p.m.;
  2. Received information on the relevant activities of WP.29 subsidiary bodies’ activities;
  3. Adopted guidelines on cybersecurity and data protection;
  4. Agreed to organize an ad hoc meeting in conjunction with GRRF to continue work on Automated Driving Technology definitions;
  5. Agreed to establish a United Nations Task Force on Cybersecurity and Over-The-Air [Update] Issues; and
  6. Agreed to update the guidance document on Automated Driving Technologies to GRs, to address automation levels 3 and 4.

26. The representative of the United States of America spoke about the Federal Automated Vehicles Policy issued in September 2016.

27. The representative of Sweden volunteered to prepare a document on software security for the next session.

28. The World Forum agreed to consider, at its next session, the drafted guidelines on cyber security and data protection, based on an official document and endorsed the proposal to establish a United Nations Task Force on Cyber Security and Over-The-Air Issues. The World Forum also agreed to modify its running order to provide more time to the IWG on ITS/AD.

29. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRE given during the 169th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1123, paras. 28-30) and approved the report.

30. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRSG given during the 169th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1123, paras. 31-32) and approved the report.

31. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRSP given during the 169th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1123, paras. 33-34) and approved the report.

32. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRPE given during the 169th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1123, paras. 35-42) and approved the report.

33. The Chair of GRB (France) reported on the results achieved by GRB during its sixty-fourth session (for details, see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/62).

34. The Chair of GRB further informed WP.29 that GRB had decided to establish a new IWG on Additional Sound Emission Provisions (ASEP); the Terms of Reference are reproduced in Annex III to the GRB report. WP.29 gave its consent for establishing this IWG.

35. The Chair of GRB also pointed out that, due to the late publication in the United States of America of the National Rule on Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System (AVAS), IWG on Quiet Road Transport Vehicles (QRTV) GTR would need more time to fulfil its mandated tasks. WP.29 agreed to extend the mandate of IWG QRTV GTR until December 2018.

36. WP.29 noted that GRB had re-elected Mr. S. Ficheux (France) as Chair and Mr. A. Bocharov (Russian Federation) as Vice-Chair for the year 2017.

37. The Chair of GRRF (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) informed WP.29 about the results achieved by GRRF during its eighty-second session (for more details see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/82).

38. The Chair of GRRF reported that GRRF had drafted a proposal for a Supplement 6 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 79 (Steering equipment) containing provisions for two categories (A and B1) of Automatically Commanded Steering Functions (ACSF) with safety requirements and the corresponding testing procedures for lane keeping systems, corrective steering functions and remote controlled parking. He informed WP.29 about the need to extend the mandate of the IWG by one year. WP.29 endorsed that request and agreed to extend the mandate until September 2017.

39. The Chair of GRRF also reported on an ad hoc informal meeting of experts from the Working Parties on Road Traffic Safety (WP.1), the IWG on ITS/AD and GRRF in which they exchanged views on automated driving. WP.29 considered such meetings valuable and recommended continuity of such meetings.

40. The Chair of GRRF informed WP.29 that GRRF had reviewed WP.29-168-16 and would address one of both suggestions at its January 2017 session, on the basis of a formal proposal.

41. WP.29 noted that GRRF had re-elected Mr. B. Frost as Chair and Mr. A. Murai (Japan) as Vice-Chair for the year 2017.

42. The GRSG Chair reported on the results achieved during the 111th session of GRSG (for more details see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/90).

43. The GRSG Chair informed WP.29 about the work progress of the IWG on Panoramic Sunroof Glazing (PSG) and the need to extend the mandate of the