Working Party on General Safety | Session 105 | 8-11 Oct 2013
Geneva
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Agenda Item 2. (a)
Proposals for further amendments

5. The expert from Germany introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2013/14 proposing new requirements to prevent accidents in the case of an open engine access panel. The expert from OICA presented GRSG-105-14 improving the text of the proposal. GRSG noted a number of concerns and questioned the need to regulate the issues related to health and safety of maintenance staff. GRSG agreed to resume consideration, if deemed necessary, of a revised proposal by Germany.

6. The expert from Germany proposed reviewing the minimum number of priority seats in buses and coaches (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2013/15) in order to align the provisions of UN Regulation No. 107 with those of the corresponding EU Directive. GRSG also considered GRSG-105-15 (tabled by OICA) and adopted the proposal, as reproduced below, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2014 sessions, as draft Supplement 4 to the 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 107.

Annex 3, paragraph 7.7.8.5.3., amend to read:

“7.7.8.5.3.

The minimum number of priority seats complying with the requirements of Annex 8, paragraph 3.2. shall be four in Class I, two in Class II and one in Class A and B. In the case of vehicles of Class III or Class B subject to the requirements of Annex 8, the minimum number of priority seats shall be two in Class III and one in Class B.

A seat that folds out of the way when not in use shall not be designated as a priority seat.”

7. The expert from Germany introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2013/22 clarifying the technical provisions for gangway barriers in vehicles of Classes I and A. GRSG adopted the proposal, as reproduced below, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2014 sessions, as part (see para. 6 above) of draft Supplement 4 to the 04 series of
amendments to UN Regulation No. 107.

Annex 3, paragraph 7.7.5.1., amend to read:

“7.7.5.1.

The gangway(s) of a vehicle shall be so designed and constructed … the monitor or display device shall remain in the retracted position.

If a vehicle of Class I, II or A is fitted with a barrier, the gauging device according to Annex 4, Figure 6, may come into contact with the barrier provided that the maximum force necessary to move such barrier out of the way does not exceed 50 Newton measured at the point of contact between the gauging device according to Annex 4, Figure 6 and the barrier and applied perpendicular to the barrier.

The maximum force shall apply to both directions of movement of the gauging device.

If the vehicle is equipped with a lift adjacent to the barrier, the barrier may be temporarily blocked during the operation of the lift.

8. The expert from Belgium introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2013/16 amending the safety prescriptions for trolleybuses to update these according to the respective electrical standard EN 50502. The expert from the Russian Federation introduced GRSG-105-13 listing a number of suggestions to improve the proposed text. GRSG noted some comments supporting the proposals. The Chair invited all experts to send, in due time, their written comments to the expert from Belgium to allow him to prepare a revised proposal. GRSG agreed to resume consideration at its next session on the basis of a revised official document.

9. The expert from Germany presented GRSG-105-03 clarifying the requirements for low floor vehicles. GRSG noted general support on the proposal and requested the secretariat to distribute GRSG-105-03 with an official symbol for further consideration at its next session.

10. The expert from Germany suggested activating automatically the hazard warning lights in case of a detection of a temperature excess in the engine and/or heater compartment (GRSG-105-33). GRSG noted a number of concerns on the use of hazard warning lights specified in the 1968 Vienna Convention. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of the proposal at the next session on the basis of an official symbol.

11. The expert from Hungary proposed simplifying the current provisions of paragraph 7.6.8.2. in Annex 3 of UN Regulation No. 107 (GRSG-105-04-Rev.1). GRSG noted general support and agreed to resume for consideration of the proposal at its next session. Thus, the secretariat was requested to distribute GRSG-105-04-Rev.1 with an official symbol.

12. The expert from OICA introduced GRSG-105-16 clarifying the current transitional provisions of UN Regulation No. 107. GRSG requested the secretariat to distribute GRSG-105-16 (including all transitional provisions) with an official symbol for further consideration at the next session.

13. The expert from Sweden gave a presentation (GRSG-105-32) justifying the new test requirements for automatic fire suppression systems in the engine compartment of buses and coaches (GRSG-105-08). GRSG welcomed the proposal and noted general support. Following the discussion, GRSG agreed to have a detailed consideration of the proposal at its next session and requested the secretariat to distribute GRSG-105-08 with an official symbol.

Documentation
GRSG-104-04 | Proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No. 107 (Germany)
GRSG-104-08 | Proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No. 107 (Germany)
GRSG-104-10 | Proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No.107 (Hungary)
GRSG-105-03 | Proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No. 107 concerning low-floor vehicles (Germany)
GRSG-105-04 | Proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No.107 (Hungary)
GRSG-105-04/Rev.1 | Proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No. 107 (Hungary)
GRSG-105-08 | Proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No. 107 (Sweden)
GRSG-105-13 | Further proposals to amend Regulation No. 107 with regard to trolley-buses (Russia)
GRSG-105-14 | Proposal for amendments to document GRSG/2013/14 (OICA)
GRSG-105-15 | Proposal for amendments to document GRSG/2013/15 on bus priority seating (OICA)
GRSG-105-16 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 107 (OICA)
GRSG-105-32 | Fire suppression systems in bus and coach engine and heater compartments (STA)
GRSG-105-33 | Proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No. 107 (Germany)
GRSG/2013/14 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 107 (Germany)
GRSG/2013/15 | Proposal for further amendments to Regulation No. 107 (Germany)
GRSG/2013/16 | Proposal for further amendments to Regulation No. 107 (Belgium)
GRSG/2013/22 | Proposal for Supplement 3 to the 04 series of amendments to Regulation No. 107 (Germany)