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World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations
171st session | Geneva | 14-17 Mar 2017 Download Copy
Agenda Item 4.2.2. | Guidance on amendments to Regulations annexed to the 1958 Agreement
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WP.29-171-13 | Proposal to amend the Draft General Guidelines for UN regulatory procedures and transitional provisions in UN Regulations (WP.29/2017/53) (EU)
WP.29-171-24 | Draft General Guidelines for UN regulatory procedures and transitional provisions in UN Regulations
WP.29/2017/53 | Draft General Guidelines for UN regulatory procedures and transitional provisions in UN Regulations
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WP.29-171 Discussion

58. The representative of Japan, on behalf of the Chair of the Informal Working Group (IWG) on International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA), presented the draft General Guidelines for UN regulatory procedures and transitional provisions in UN Regulations (ECE/TRANS/2017/53). He underlined that the aim of the document is to streamline the future work in the subsidiary bodies, to clarify the procedures following Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement and to ensure “good regulatory practice” by providing clarifications to avoid divergence in the understanding of Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement and the application of UN Regulations. He informed the World Forum that the IWG on IWVTA had considered the proposed amendments in WP.29-171-13. He concluded that all amendments agreed by the IWG had been reproduced in WP.29-171-24. He informed WP.29 that the forthcoming meeting of the IWG would be held in Madrid on 16 June 2017. The representative of the Russian Federation raised a study reservation on the revised text. The Chair of WP.29 invited all delegates to send their comments on WP.29-171-24 to the Secretary of the IWG on IWVTA by mid of June 2017 at the latest.

59. WP.29 agreed to resume, at its June 2017 session, consideration of ECE/TRANS/2017/53 as reproduced in WP.29-171-24 and to approve it at the November 2017 session when Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement entered into force.

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World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations | Session 170 | 15-18 Nov 2016

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 IWG by one and a half years. WP.29 and AC.3 (see para. 129 below) endorsed the request and agreed to extend the mandate of the IWG until June 2018.

44. WP.29 acknowledged the work done by GRSG on further amendments to UN Regulation No. 46 (Devices for indirect vision) and its request to set up a new IWG on close proximity vision and obstacle detection systems to broaden the participation of other Contracting Parties in the discussion on this subject. WP.29 gave its consent to establish the new IWG on close proximity vision and obstacle detection systems.

45. WP.29 noted the controversial discussion in GRSG on the draft UN Regulation on Accident Emergency Call Systems (AECS), especially on performance of the mechanical solidity. The IWG on AECS had concluded that the corridor of the sled pulse of 60g (as specified in the draft UN Regulation) was severe enough for real world crashes. However, the European Commission (EC) did not support the proposal, as the EU legislation required a pulse peak of 65g. Japan expressed its intention to resolve this issue in cooperation with the EC on the basis of a technical discussion. WP.29 invited all Contracting Parties to consider possible solutions to resolve the incoherence of positions on the pulse peak of 60g versus 65g.

46. WP.29 noted that GRSG had re-elected Mr. A. Erario (Italy) as Chair and Mr. K. Hendershot (Canada) as Vice-Chair for the year 2017.

47. On behalf of the Chair of GRE, the Secretary reported on the results of the seventy-sixth session of GRE (for details, see the report in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/76).

48. On behalf of the Chair of GRE, the Secretary informed WP.29 that, in line with the endorsed phased approach for the simplification of lighting and light-signalling Regulations, GRE had focused on the final update, consolidation and stabilization of the existing Regulations before their upcoming freeze next year. The adopted amendment proposals would be submitted to the March 2017 session of WP.29.

49. WP.29 was informed that GRE had adopted amendment proposals to clarify the requirements for direction indicators with sequential activation in Regulations Nos. 6 and 50, but still would finalize, at its next session in April 2017, the discussion on whether or not these proposals would require a new series of amendments and transitional provisions. WP.29 took note that the final wording would be submitted to its June 2017 session.

50. WP.29 noted that GRE had revised the Terms of Reference of the IWG on Visibility, Glare and Levelling (VGL), which would be submitted in due course to WP.29 for endorsement, and that GRE had re-elected Mr. M. Loccufier (Belgium) as Chair and Mr. D. Rovers (Netherlands) as Vice-Chair for the year 2017.

51. The representative of EU called upon GRE to carefully consider the level of stringency and new requirements of the proposed amendments, with a view to taking legally sound decisions on their classification as supplements or new series of amendments to Regulations. She added that the correct classification would enable the EU member States to take, prior to the WP.29 session, a coordinated decision on voting on the amendment proposals.

52. The secretariat informed the World Forum about the latest update of the status of the 1958 Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/343/Rev.24) containing the information received by the secretariat up to 21 October 2016. WP.29 noted that Contracting Parties shall notify the secretariat about any amendments needed to the status document.

53. The secretariat presented the architecture of a proposed online database that was being developed to streamline the updating of the status document of the 1958 Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/343/Rev.24). The World Forum welcomed the proposal to establish the database and endorsed the secretariat’s continued work on the development of the online system.

54. The secretariat introduced WP.29-170-05 on new transitional provisions in UN Regulations Nos. 83 and 101 as requested by WP.29 at its last session (see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1123, para. 41). The provisions specified that Contracting Parties applying UN Regulations Nos. 83 and 101 and also applying WLTP as defined in UN GTR No. 15 (such as EU) would have no obligation to accept type approvals granted according to UN Regulations Nos. 83 and 101 as of September 2017. The secretariat recalled the urgency of this proposal and stressed that it should be an official document for the March 2017 WP.29 session, subject to the endorsement by GRPE in January 2017.

55. The representative of OICA agreed in general with the text of the proposal. He suggested a few improvements in the wording, that he would submit to the secretariat. The representative of EU agreed on the approach to the proposal and she conveyed that some changes may be forwarded to the secretariat in the following days.

56. WP.29 noted WP.29-170-05 and requested the secretariat to issue it as an official document for the next session in March 2017. The secretariat requested the representatives of OICA and EU to provide their comments by 5 December 2016 at the latest, so that they can be taken into account when preparing the official document.

57. The secretariat introduced WP.29-170-27 on ITU activities that affect the framework of the 1958 Agreement and other frameworks such as the IEC System for Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components, which is a multilateral certification system with elements of mutual recognition. He drew the attention of WP.29 delegates to the potential legal uncertainty for authorities or manufacturers in case technical requirements would be incorporated in two certification processes in accordance with two multilateral frameworks, each with mutual recognition provisions.

58. WP.29 noted the progress made by the IWG on IWVTA in updating the general guidelines for United Nations regulatory procedures and transitional provisions in UN Regulations (WP.29-170-03). The World Forum agreed to consider this subject at its next session in March 2017 and requested the secretariat to circulate WP.29-170-03 with an official symbol.

152. No subject was raised under this agenda item.

151. No supplementary information was provided beyond agenda item 7.3. (see para. 92 above).

59. The representative of Japan, Chair of the IWG on IWVTA, presented WP.29-170-10-Rev.1 on the progress in the recent meetings of the group and its subgroups on the development of draft UN Regulation No. 0 on IWVTA (WP.29-170-08). He announced the intention of the IWG to submit a final proposal of the draft UN Regulation for consideration at the June 2017 session of WP.29.

60. The Chair of the IWG on IWVTA reported that the IWG had completed the drafting of the Q&A document to explain UN Regulation No. 0 and IWVTA. The World Forum welcomed the proposal and agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session in March 2017. The secretariat was requested to circulate WP.29-170-09 with an official symbol.

61. On behalf of the IWG, the Chair of the IWG on IWVTA sought the consent of WP.29 to extend the mandate of the IWG on IWVTA by six months until December 2017. The World Forum endorsed the request.

62. The World Forum noted the request by the IWG on IWVTA to clarify the individual Regulations on lighting and light-signalling devices with a requirement that light sources in these devices should be type approved pursuant to UN Regulations Nos. 37, 99 or 128. WP.29 invited GRE in cooperation with the IWG to consider how to better address this issue, taking into account the IWVTA objectives, the ongoing process of the simplification of lighting and light-signalling Regulations and the fact that not all light sources were covered by UN Regulations Nos. 37, 99 and 128.

63. WP.29 noted the request by the IWG on IWVTA for a common position by the Contracting Parties (according to Article 15.3 of the 1958 Agreement) on the follow-up of administrative procedures (SG58-22-05). Thus, the IWG on IWVTA had recommended also for existing UN Regulations to follow the new procedures (in particular the conformity of production) of Revision 3, once it entered into force. Contracting Parties with concerns about this approach were invited to send their comments to the secretariat.

64. The World Forum welcomed the information by the representative of EU that the notification to the United Nations Secretary-General on Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement had recently been sent out by the EU President. The secretariat informed the World Forum that the process for the entry into force of Revision 3 would take another nine months.

65. WP.29 welcomed the draft of the Q&A document on Revision 3 submitted by the IWG on IWVTA. The World Forum agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session in March 2017and requested the secretariat to circulate WP.29-170-21 with an official symbol.

66. The secretariat informed WP.29 about developments related to the establishment and hosting of DETA by UNECE. The Director of the UNECE Program Management Unit (PMU) informed the World Forum that, due to the upcoming budget cuts s, the establishment and hosting of DETA could not be financed from the UNECE biennial Regular Budget. The Director of the Sustainable Transport Division emphasized that the Division services 70 per cent of the meetings and produces 40 per cent of all parliamentary documents of UNECE. Therefore, it cannot absorb additional work within existing resources which have been further reduced in the 2016-2017 biennium.

67. The Director of PMU proposed an alternative option of submitting Programme Budgetary Implications (PBI) on the decision for establishing DETA under the UNECE auspices. She stated that the process would require patience and firm commitment from the Contracting Parties, since the decision-making process on budgetary issues is lengthy and depends on the Member States both in Geneva and New York.

68. The representative of IEC stated that the current simplification process at GRE for lighting and light-signalling will crucially depend on DETA. The development of its new Regulations would not be possible without the Unique Identifier feature provided by DETA. He stressed the need for UNECE to provide DETA to the Contracting Parties.

69. The World Forum requested the Secretariat to share information on the PBI process in writing as it would be very useful for the capitals and reaching out to the delegates in New York.

70. The World Forum underscored that text of the revised 1958 Agreement, expected to enter into force in August 2017, would require UNECE to host DETA and to undertake new activities related to the provisions of this Agreement.

71. WP.29 reaffirmed its decision that DETA should be hosted by the UNECE Secretariat. It requested the Secretariat to initiate the necessary steps for securing adequate resources from the United Nations Regular Budget for this new activity.

72. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda item 4.6.1 to 4.6.12 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

73. The World Forum considered the draft amendment under agenda item 4.7.1 to 4.7.9 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

74. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.8.1 to 4.8.10 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting subject to the editorial correction below:

75. Agenda item 4.8.1, in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/98, paragraph 12.1, correct "granted/refused/extended/withdrawn,2 " to read: "granted/extended,2 ".

76. The representative of Consumers International (CI) welcomed the adoption of the 02 series of amendments of UN Regulation No. 129, which can be seen as a next milestone in the development of this Regulation. He highlighted that by extending the i-Size concept to children up to 135cm, several consumer issues will be addressed and that also bigger children now will benefit from higher levels of protection. He hoped that the corresponding amendment of UN Regulation No. 16 will be implemented in the short term, allowing it to be operational simultaneously with phase 2 of Regulation No. 129. Finally, he offered the support of CI in the further development of the regulation.

77. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under items 4.9.1 and 4.9.2 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

78. No corrigenda have been submitted by the secretariat for this session.

79. No pending proposal has been deferred for consideration by WP.29 to its November 2016 session.

80. The World Forum considered the proposal for a new Regulation under agenda item 4.12.1 and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting.

81. The representative of Japan announced abstention from voting on the proposal at AC.1.

82. The World Forum considered the draft proposal for amendments to existing Regulations under agenda item 4.13.1 and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting subject to the amendments below:

83. Agenda item 4.13.1, in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/114, new paragraph 5.1.16, items (e) and (f), amend to read:
New paragraph 5.1.16, item (e) and (f), amend to read:

“(e) The disablement of the antilock brake system function shall be indicated by the activation of symbol B.18 as specified in ISO 2575:2010 (ISO 7000-2623) or any other equivalent unequivocal indication of the disabled antilock brake system state. Alternatively, the warning lamp referred to in paragraph 5.1.13. shall be continuously activated (i.e. lit or flashing); and

(f) Prohibition of any software and/or hardware defeat device compromising or allowing to circumnavigate one or more of the requirements set out in points (a) to (e); and"

84. The World Forum agreed that agenda item 5.1 should be considered in detail by the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement (AC.3).

85. The World Forum agreed that agenda items 5.2 to 5.6 should be considered in detail by the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement (AC.3).

86. The representative of Euro NCAP presented the development and outcome of their crash tests campaign with L7 category vehicles. He stated that four vehicles had been displayed on the grounds of the Palais de Nations in an exposition organized with the support of the secretariat. He presented (WP.29-170-38) the results of crash tests on eight different models of L7 category vehicles and highlighted the reasons why these vehicles received low ratings (between zero and two stars on the five-star scale). He stressed that the crash-worthiness of L7 vehicles was substandard and that more stringent regulations on the safety and the construction of these types of vehicles would be justified.

87. The representative from India, highlighted in his intervention the role and positive impact of India’s automotive sector on the country’s strong economic growth. He expressed his satisfaction that major vehicle manufacturers had invested in his country. He informed WP.29 that with the significant achievements resulting from India’s 2006 – 2016 automotive mission plan, the Indian Government has recently finalized its Mission plan for the next ten years. The country expects growth in all road categories of road vehicles manufactured, significant progress in application of green technologies as a result of dedicated actions to mitigate environmental concerns, and important progress in the sphere of road safety. He reported that vehicle standards in India were recently subjected to legislative amendments that provide for a leapfrogging to the latest emission standards and the introduction of crashworthiness requirements and norms for pedestrian safety. The representative from India closed his deliberation by emphasizing India’s commitment to transpose GTRs adopted under the 1998 agreement into national regulations. The complete statement of the representative of India is available in Informal document WP.29-170-37.

88. The secretariat presented the consolidated document (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1074/Rev.7) on the status of the Agreement including the status of the UN Rules annexed to the Agreement, the list of the Contracting Parties to the Agreement and of their Administrative Departments. The secretariat informed WP.29 that the notifications from Kazakhstan and the Netherlands on technical inspection certificates were included. The Contracting Parties were reminded to notify the secretariat of any relevant update.

89. The representative of the Russian Federation, Co-Chair of the IWG on Periodical Technical Inspection (PTI) updated World Forum on the work of the group. He thanked the Romanian Automotive Register for arranging the fifth meeting of IWG on PTI in Bucharest. He introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/87 superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/132/Rev.1 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/88 superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/133/Rev.1, by presenting WP.29-170-23.

90. The representatives of Romania and of the Russian Federation informed WP.29 that some Contracting Parties to the 1997 Agreement would not be in the position to vote on these documents at this session, to avoid conflicting dates of entry into force of similar requirements in other regulatory frameworks. WP.29 agreed to not convene the Administrative Committee of the 1997 Agreement (AC.4).

91. The secretariat agreed to provide assistance to the IWG on PTI, to propose transitional provisions addressing the potential issue of conflicting dates of entry into force mentioned above.

92. The representative of the Russian Federation, Co-Chair of the IWG on PTI, presented WP.29-170-19 introducing the informal documents that the IWG on PTI had prepared: WP.29-170-14 and WP.29-170-15 which propose amendments to the 1997 Agreement and a draft Resolution with requirements for testing equipment, skills and training for inspectors and supervision of test centres. He announced that the draft proposals on provisions for the inspection of gas-fuelled vehicles would be presented at the next session of WP.29.

93. WP.29 agreed to resume consideration of these proposals and requested the secretariat to issue WP.29-170-14 and WP.29-170-15 with official symbols at the next session.

94. No IWG on enforcement was held to report to this session.

95. The secretariat of the Working Party on Road Traffic Safety (WP.1) informed the World Forum about the outcome of the October 2016 session of WP.1, in particular, on issues of common interest for WP.1 and WP.29. He mentioned that the amendment to the 1968 Convention had only limited progress on matters related to light installation for vehicles.

96. On the topic of automated driving, the secretariat of WP.1 reported on the joined informal session of WP.29/GRRF, IWG on ITS/AD and WP.1 experts which had been received as very useful from the WP.1 perspective. He expressed the wish of WP.1 to arrange such meetings on regular basis. Furthermore, he stated that additional amendments of the 1968 Conventions were needed to cover additional automated driving functionalities such as remote controlled parking. He also informed WP.29 about a study trip of WP.1 experts to a conference organized by NHTSA in California.

97. The Chair of GRRF, informed the secretariat of WP.1 on the decision taken by WP.29 to mandate regular joined meetings of WP.29/GRRF, IWG on ITS/AD and WP.1 experts (see para 39).

98. No new proposals had been submitted under this agenda item.

99. The secretariat informed the World Forum about the proposal for a draft Consolidated Resolution on the common specification of light source categories (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/111). The World Forum adopted the draft Consolidated Resolution with the assigned number R.E.5. WP.29 noted that this Resolution should enter into force on the same date as Supplement 45 to the 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 37 (Filament lamps), Supplement 12 to the original version of Regulation No. 99 (Gas-discharge light sources) and Supplement 6 to the original version of Regulation No. 128 (Light Emitting Diode (LED) light sources) (agenda items 4.6.1, 4.6.11 and 4.6.12 above).

100. The secretariat presented the results of the World Forum for 2016 on the development of UN Regulations, UN GTRs and related activities to make vehicles safer (WP.29-170-17) in 2016. WP.29 adopted WP.29-170-17 and requested the secretariat to reproduce it as Annex III to the session report and to transmit it to the Inland Transport Committee (ITC).

101. The secretariat informed the participants about an initiative of the Special Envoy for Road Safety of the United Nations Secretary-General for a voluntary commitment from the automotive industry to only market vehicles fulfilling a minimum set of United Nations vehicle safety regulations.

102. The World Forum took note of the progress on translating the authentic texts of Regulations adopted by WP.29 in June 2016 and entering into force in February 2017.

103. The representative from Global NCAP, presented the 2016 Consumer Champion Award to the Chair and Vice-Chair of WP.29 in recognition of the work of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations.

104. In accordance with the terms of reference and the rules of procedure, the World Forum elected Mr. A. Erario (Italy) as Chair and Mr. B. Kisulenko (Russian Federation) as Vice-Chair for the years 2017 and 2018.

105. WP.29 noted that Mr. P Laurent (CLEPA) would retire and no longer attend the sessions. The World Forum acknowledged his continued support and highly valuable contributions during the decades of participation and wished him all the best in his future activities.

106. The World Forum adopted the report on its 170th session and its annexes on the basis of a draft prepared by the secretariat. The report includes the sections related to the sixty-fourth session of the Administrative Committee (AC.1) of the 1958 Agreement and to the forty-eight session of the Executive Committee (AC.3) of the 1998 Agreement.

107. Of the 53 Contracting Parties to the Agreement, 39 were represented and established AC.1 for its sixty-fourth session held on 16 November 2016.

108. AC.1 invited the Vice-Chair of WP.29, to chair the session.

110. The forty-eighth session of the Executive Committee (AC.3) was held on 17 November 2016 and chaired by the representative of the United Kingdom. The representatives of 14 of the 36 Contracting Parties to the Agreement attended: Australia, Canada, China, the European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Norway, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, South Africa, Tunisia, and the United States of America.

111. AC.3 noted the information, as of 15 June 2015, on the status of the Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.17), the status of the priorities (based on WP.29-170-16 as reproduced in Annex II to this report) of the Agreement and items on which the exchange of views should continue. AC.3 also noted that assistance could be obtained from the secretariat about the obligations of Contracting Parties in the transposition process. 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.

112. AC.3 noted, for information only, WP.29-170-18 submitted by the representative of the Russian Federation that reproduces the status report on implementation of UN Global Technical Regulations in the Russian Federation as a possible example for other Contracting Parties to the Agreement.

118. AC.3 reminded the representatives of Contracting Parties about the possibility to propose their national standards in the Compendium as Candidates in view of future development of UN Global Technical Regulations. AC.3 also reminded the representatives that a listed technical regulation would be removed from the Compendium of Candidates, either:

  1. upon establishment in the Global Registry of a UN GTR,
  2. at the end of a five-year period following the regulations listing, unless by affirmative vote of AC.3, or
  3. in response to a written request from the Contracting Party (see section IV of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.17).

119. No guidance was requested by Contracting Parties under this agenda item.

147. AC. 3 decided to defer all items envisaged for discussion under this agenda item to the next AC.3 session in March 2017.

148. The representative of OICA invited AC.3 representatives to send to OICA their comments to informal document WP.29-170-33. OICA will include the received comments, revise the informal document accordingly and submit it for the next AC.3 session.

150. No supplementary information was provided beyond agenda item 7.2. (see para. 89 above).

146. No subject was raised under this agenda item.

145. AC.3 noted that Spain proposed Mr. L. Martinez as Chair of the IWG on harmonization of the 3-D H point machine and to resume the work of the IWG. AC.3 supported the recommendation from Spain.

143. The representative of the United States of America informed AC.3 about the final results of part A of the mandate of the IWG on Electric Vehicles and the Environment (EVE) on data and information gathering (WP.29-170-31). He referred to the model that had been developed to evaluate the energy consumption of a particular vehicle (WP.29-170-30 and WP.29-170-29). He presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/116 on the request for authorization to develop amendments to UN GTR No. 15 and continue certain research items on environmental requirements for electric vehicles. He explained that the authorization request in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/116 corresponded to part B of the original mandate (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/40). He informed AC.3 about the request under each of the areas of work:

  1. develop an amendment to UN GTR No. 15 to establish a procedure for determining the powertrain performance of electrified vehicles;
  2. continue research on the topic of battery performance and durability with the aim of returning to AC.3 seeking authorization for relevant activities once this additional research would be completed;
  3. approach the Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency (GEEE) and possibly the Executive Secretary of UNECE to request that they continue work on the method of stating energy consumption with the support of the IWG on EVE.
He mentioned that under the proposal, the recyclability topic would be removed from the mandate.

144. AC.3 adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/116 on the authorization to develop amendments to UN GTR No. 15 and continue certain research items on environmental requirements for electric vehicles, and requested the secretariat to submit it as an AC.3 official document.

142. No subject was raised under this agenda item.

140. The representative of the United States of America informed AC.3 about the recent publication of the national rule on Minimum Sound Requirements for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles. AC.3 recalled that WP.29 agreed to extend the mandate of IWG QRTV GTR until December 2018 (see para. 35 above).

141. He clarified that under the new rule, all hybrid and electric light vehicles will be required to make audible noise when travelling in reverse or forward at speeds up to 30 kilometres per hour (about 19 miles per hour). He added that at higher speeds, the sound alert is not required because other factors, such as tire and wind noise, provide adequate audible warning to pedestrians. He clarified that manufacturers had until 1 September 2019, to equip all new hybrid and electric vehicles with sound emitting devices that meet the new federal safety standard. Half of new hybrid and electric vehicles must be in compliance one year before the final deadline. Finally, he stated that with the publication of this standard, NHTSA was now in a position to resume discussion of the draft UN GTR on quiet road transport vehicles.

126. Following the authorization to develop Amendment 2 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/43), the representative of EU informed AC.3 that a concrete proposal would be considered by GRSP at its December 2016 session to fully align the UN GTR with UN Regulation No. 11.

127. As technical sponsor for these activities, the representative of EU explained that the IWG on Environmental and Propulsion Performance Requirements (EPPR) under GRPE had already started working on the revision of GTR No. 2. She informed AC.3 that it was agreed to use Euro 5 emissions limits as a baseline.

120. The Chair of AC.3 thanked the secretariat for reordering the agenda to provide adequate time to discuss the priorities and the future programme for GTR development. He noted the adoption of Special Resolution No. 2 and discussions at previous session, in particular at the forty-seventh session in June 2016 where he asked delegations to present ideas and suggestions at the current session.

121. The representative of the European Union informed AC.3 of informal discussions with Japan and the United States of America in order to assist this process. The EU expects to present a document to the March 2017 session, and invited all Contracting Parties to provide their contributions to the process.

122. The Chair welcomed this initiative but urged the Contracting Parties to recognize the rapid development that was taking place in the vehicle and component industries and that the opportunity for globally harmonized regulations would be increasingly difficult without rapid development of new regulatory measures.

123. In order to stimulate discussion, the Chair identified a number of technologies such as vehicle automation, communications into the vehicle, Lane Keeping Assist Systems, Data Storage Systems for Automated Driving, Automated Emergency Braking for light duty vehicles and, potentially, a GTR for Automatically Commanded Steering Functions.

124. The representative of FIA recommended prioritizing the work on cybersecurity and data protection while also highlighting the need to address automation, hybrid and electric vehicles. The representative of OICA generally agreed with the suggestions of the Chair on the issues of Lane Keeping Assist Systems and Automated Emergency Braking for light duty vehicles, and added that attention could also be given to the global harmonization of the specifications of Event Data Recorders, taking into account the expected revision of the EU General Safety Regulation, where several of these technologies are under consideration. He, however, also stressed the need to avoid existing work at GRRF being slowed down, since this ongoing work is of very high importance. He also highlighted the challenges of developing regulations for very advanced technologies that are still evolving, especially when they address high levels of vehicle automation.

125. In noting the document deadline of 5 December 2016, the Chair invited all participants to contribute their thoughts and suggestions as a matter of urgency to the secretariat in anticipation of a meaningful discussion at the March 2017 session. He concluded by inviting the secretariat to carry forward the same agenda structure for the next session.

128. The representative of Italy presented WP.29-170-07 proposing that AC.3 authorize the development of an amendment to GTR No. 3 under the sponsorship of his country, in order to align the provisions of GTR No. 3 and those of Regulation No. 78, to ensure electromagnetic immunity of ABS-systems, introduce ABS performance requirements for category 3-5 vehicles (three-wheelers), ensure uniform requirements for equipment such as Electronic Stop Signal System and the means to disable the ABS, if equipped on. AC.3 agreed with the proposal, invited GRRF to start working on these issues and requested the secretariat to distribute WP.29-170-07 with an official symbol for formal adoption at its March 2017 session.

129. The representative of the Republic of Korea reported on the progress of work of the IWG on Panoramic Sunroof Glazing (PSG) in developing an amendment to GTR No. 6. She added that the IWG would need more time to perform some additional research work. As the mandate of the IWG was limited to October 2016, she underlined the need to extend the mandate of the IWG until June 2018. AC.3 endorsed that request.

130. The representative of Japan gave a status report on the work of the IWG.

131. Since the IWG last met in September 2015, studies on Post Mortem Human Subjects (PMHS) by NHTSA showed an inability to identify a strong correlation to establish injury criteria. Based on this evidence, and uncertainty about the timeline to conduct further tests, the IWG considered the use of empirical data to establish pass/fail criteria for Bio Rear Impact Dummy (BioRID).

132. He further informed AC.3 that the IWG was waiting for further study results on PMHS conducted by NHTSA, expected by spring 2017. He clarified that these results might help the full incorporation of BioRID into the GTR and avoid the adoption of empirical values instead. He concluded that the IWG would provide an update on the progress of work at the March 2017 session of AC.3 to seek consent for a revised timetable for the delivery of the proposed amendment to UN GTR No. 7.

133. AC.3 adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/115, submitted by the representative of the Republic of Korea, on the authorization to develop an amendment to the UN GTR to provide the test procedure for deployable systems of the outer surface to ensure an adequate protection of pedestrians. The secretariat was requested to prepare the corresponding AC.3 document.

134. The representative of the United States of America reported that they had begun discussions with the Chair of the IWG on a way forward for Phase 2. He informed AC.3 that the cost benefits analysis in his country continued to be delayed, but NHTSA was hopeful that during the December 2016 session of GRSP, he would be able to provide a path towards completion of Phase 2. Finally, he suggested an extension of the mandate for the IWG to allow time for completion of this phase of the GTR until December 2017. AC.3 endorsed this request.

135. As Vice-Chair of GRPE, the representative of India reported on the activities of the IWG on WLTP. She informed AC.3 that a new UN GTR on WLTP evaporative emissions and new amendments to UN GTR No. 15 would be considered at the next GRPE session in January 2017 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2017/3 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2017/7).

136. The representative of the Russian Federation introduced WP.29-170-13, proposing that AC.3 authorized the development of an amendment to GTR No. 16 in two phases (Phase 2A and Phase 2B) under the sponsorship of his country. He also introduced WP.29-170-12 proposing Terms of Reference for the IWG on Tyre GTR. AC.3 welcomed the proposal, invited the IWG to start working and requested the secretariat to distribute WP.29-170-13 with an official symbol for formal adoption at its March 2017 session.

137. The representative of the European Commission recommended prioritizing the work, especially on marking provisions, thus adequately taking account of the challenge it represented.

138. The representative from the United States of America reported that the IWG is aiming to submit a draft gtr as an informal document to GRSP at the December 2016 session (as mandated). He informed AC.3 that the IWG had been making good progress and was currently in the drafting/editing stage. However, he clarified there were still some challenging technical issues to resolve: (i) water exposure; (ii) thermal propagation, and (iii) provisions for heavy vehicles and buses. He concluded that the IWG expected to resolve all these technical issues at the next meeting (28 November – 2 December 2016) which will be hosted by China.

139. The representative of the EU mentioned that there is high urgency for finding a compromise during the last IWG meeting scheduled for the end of November in Shanghai, as the IWG Chair will have only one week to finalise the draft GTR text and to submit it to the GRSP in Geneva. Also, the EC would like to propose to launch Phase 2 already in 2017, with a view to continuing the work on thermal propagation and some other technical aspects without any interruption.

Working Party on Passive Safety | Session 60 | 13-16 Dec 2016

1. The Working Party on Passive Safety (GRSP) held its sixtieth session in Geneva from 13 to 16 December 2016, chaired by Mr. Nha Nguyen (United States of America). 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 Amend.2): Australia; Belgium; Canada; China; Denmark; France; Germany; India; Italy; Japan; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Republic of Korea; Russian Federation; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (United Kingdom) and United States of America. An expert from the European Commission (EC) participated. Experts from the following non-governmental organizations participated: Consumers International (CI); European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA) and International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA). At the invitation of the secretariat, an expert from the Confederation of the European Bicycle Industry (CONEBI) also attended.

2. The informal documents distributed during the session are listed in Annex I of the session report.

3. GRSP considered and adopted the agenda (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2016/16 and Add.1) proposed for the sixtieth session with the new agenda items 27(g), 27(h) and 28 and the running order (GRSP-60-03). The list of GRSP informal working groups are listed in Annex VI of the session report.

4. GRSP noted a proposal of amendment to GTR No. 1 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2016/17) submitted by the expert from EC which aligns the text of the global technical regulation (GTR) to a corresponding amendment to Regulation No. 11. The expert from EC introduced a final report on the development of the amendment (GRSP-60-23). GRSP recommended the draft amendment (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2016/17) not amended and the final report (GRSP-60-23 and reproduced in Annex II to the session report), for their establishment in the Global Registry. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposal and its final report for consideration and vote at the June 2017 sessions of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) and of the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement (AC.3), as draft Amendment 2 to the GTR.

5. The expert from the United Kingdom, on behalf of the Chair of the Informal Working Group (IWG) on GTR No. 7 – Phase 2, clarified that the IWG was following a more empirical approach to determine pass/fail criteria for the Bio Rear Impact Dummy (BioRID). He reported that the IWG expected to resume discussion at the beginning of 2017 and to finalize proposals by the end of 2017 on GTR No. 7 and on Addendum 1 to Mutual Resolution No. 1 (M.R.1) to incorporate Bio Rear Impact Dummy (BioRID) specifications. He concluded that an extension of the mandate of the IWG until December 2017 was needed to complete the final proposals. GRSP agreed to seek endorsement of this request at the March 2017 session of AC.3.

6. The expert from the United States of America announced that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) had agreed to accept Injury Assessment Reference Values (IARVs) to move Phase 2 forward and to incorporate the flexible pedestrian legform impactor (FlexPLI). He added that IARVs could change as a result of cost benefits analysis conducted during the adoption process of the GTR when transposed into the national legislation of Contracting Parties. Accordingly, he proposed GRSP-60-17 to amend Part A of the statement of technical rationale and to justify of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2014/15. Moreover, he reported that his administration had not yet completed its cost-benefit analysis, but the United States of America New Car Assessment Programme was already using the FlexPLI and the new improved bumper test proposed by the Task Force on Bumper Test Area (TF-BTA) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2015/2). He concluded that for the new proposed requirements for the head form tests (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2014/5) some more analysis would be needed.

7. Referring to the statement of the expert from the United States of America, GRSP noted that at its May 2017 session it would likely be in the position to recommend the Phase 2 of the GTR as a full package: ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2014/15, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2015/2 and GRSP-60-17. The expert from the United States of America announced that a meeting of the IWG in Washington, D.C. would be scheduled at the beginning of 2017. Thus, GRSP recommended for its May 2017 session:

  1. IWG to provide a final report of the development of Phase 2 (update of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2014/16, fifth status report of the IWG),
  2. IWG to finalise the analysis because the new headform test were incorporated as well (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2014/5) and
  3. the secretariat to distribute GRSP-60-17 with an official symbol.

8. As a follow-up of the adoption of the authorization to develop an amendment to the GTR at the November 2016 session of AC.3 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/45), the expert from the Republic of Korea informed GRSP (GRSP-60-16) about the progress of work of the task force to develop provisions for active deployable systems in the bonnet area. GRSP noted that: (i) the secretariat service of the task force would be ensured by OICA and (ii) the first meeting had been scheduled on 7 and 8 February 2017, in Paris (OICA premises).

9. GRSP agreed to dissolve the activities to update Phase 1 of the GTR and to focus efforts on Phase 2 and on future amendments (e.g. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2014/5, see para. 6). Thus, it was agreed to remove ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2014/2 from the agenda and to keep ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2012/2 (progress report) which would be updated, once that the activity on the head form tests would be finalized (see agenda item 4(a), para. 6).

10. The expert from EC introduced GRSP-60-24, on behalf of the experts from Japan and the Republic of Korea which co-sponsoring the proposal for amendments to Phase 2 of the GTR. He explained that GRSP-60-24 was a draft request to develop Phase 2 and which listed the main items to complete GTR No. 13. GRSP endorsed GRSP-60-24, as reproduced in Annex III to the session report. The secretariat was requested to submit it as an official request to develop Phase 2 of GTR No. 13 at the March 2017 sessions of WP.29 and AC.3 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/56).

11. The expert of the United States of America informed GRSP about the work progress of the IWG. He stated that the plan to finalize a draft addendum to the M.R.1 to incorporate specifications of the 50th percentile World Side Impact dummy (SID) had had delays. Finally, GRSP agreed to seek endorsement of WP.29 and AC.3 at their March 2017 sessions to extend the mandate of the IWG until December 2017.

12. The expert from the United States of America informed GRSP with a presentation (GRSP-60-20) on the progress of work of the IWG on Electric Vehicle Safety (EVS) and to introduce draft GTR on electric vehicle safety. The expert from OICA in principle supported the draft GTR. However, he raised a reservation on the provisions addressing heavy-duty vehicles and announced new comments shortly. All GRSP experts were invited to send their comments on GRSP-60-13 by mid-January 2017 to the secretariat so as to have an earlier submission to ensure proper translations by the May 2017 session of GRSP. The secretariat was requested to distribute GRSP-60-13 with an official symbol at the next session of GRSP which incorporates the comments received. Finally, GRSP agreed to seek endorsement of WP.29 and AC.3 at their March 2017 sessions to extend the mandate of the IWG until December 2017.

13. The expert from France introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2016/20 on the introduction of “Booster Seat” fixtures (ISO/B2 and ISO/B3) and “Reduced-Size Rearward Facing toddler CRS” fixture (ISO/R2x) added to Regulation No. 16 which corresponds with the implementation of Phase 2 of Regulation No. 129. GRSP adopted the proposal, not amended. The secretariat was requested to submit ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2016/20 for consideration and vote at the June 2017 sessions of WP.29 and the Administrative Committee of the 1958 Agreement (AC.1) as draft Supplement 8 to the 07 series of amendments to Regulation No. 14.

14. The expert from OICA introduced two proposals: (a) GRSP-60-04 to remove ISOFIX anchorages from the Regulation and (b) GRSP-60-05 to incorporate them into a new one dedicated to these anchorages only. He explained that, in his opinion, the two proposals constitute the most viable solution aimed at solving the incompatibility of the requirements of the Regulation with the existing designs of Child Restraint Systems (CRS) in Australia and including Regulation No. 14 into Annex 4 of the future Regulation No. 0 on the International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA). The expert from Australia supported the solution proposed by the expert from OICA as well as the experts from Italy, Japan and Sweden. However, the experts from the Netherlands and EC argued that the improvement proposed by Australia and covering harmonization issues should not be disregarded. The experts from France and the United Kingdom supported the splitting of Regulation No. 14 and urged that some improvements on ISOFIX provisions were needed once that the new Regulation was established.

15. GRSP agreed to resume discussion on this subject at its May 2017 session, on the basis of revised proposals tabled by OICA including the replacement of dynamic with static references in Regulation No. 14 and in a number of other Regulations. In the meantime, it was agreed to keep GRSP-58-13 on the next GRSP agenda for future development of ISOFIX provisions.

16. The expert from Australia introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2016/13 aimed at introducing provisions for airbag deactivation devices (where fitted). The expert from France argued that the proposed requirements should provide the right information for airbag deactivation and avoid [erroneous] reactivation of the airbag when e.g. a rearward-facing CRS is installed on the front passenger seat. Finally, he required data rationales to justify the proposal. GRSP agreed to resume discussion on this subject at its May 2017 session and requested experts to provide their comments on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2016/13 to the expert from Australia.

17. The expert from France introduced GRSP-60-11-Rev.1 amending ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2016/21 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2016/24 as amended by GRSP-60-10. He added that both proposals introduced provisions for Phase 2 of Regulation No. 129 (see para. 13 above). He also explained that ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2016/24 also aligned the 07 series with the 06 series of amendments to the Regulation. The expert from EC introduced GRSP-60-22, improving the provisions concerning contact of the head or of the chest with any rigid part of the vehicle (para. 6.4.1.4.1.2. of the Regulation). GRSP noted that the use of transitional provisions in supplements should be limited as much as possible and only in special cases as indicated by ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1044/Rev.1 (General Guidelines for UN Regulatory Procedures and Transitional Provisions in UN Regulations). Finally, GRSP adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2016/21 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2016/24, as amended by Annex IV to the session report. The secretariat was requested to submit: (i) ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2016/21 as draft Supplement 9 to the 06 series of amendments and (ii) ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2016/24 as draft Supplement 1 to the 07 series of amendments to Regulation No. 16, for consideration and vote at the June 2017 sessions of WP.29 and AC.1.

18. The expert from OICA introduced GRSP-60-12, proposing a re-numbering of the transitional provisions and clarifying for extensions of approvals according to the 07 series of amendments to the Regulation. GRSP adopted GRSP-60-12 as reproduced in Annex IV to this report. The secretariat was requested to submit GRSP-60-12 as part of (see para. 17 above) Supplement 1 to the 07 series of amendments to Regulation No. 16, for consideration and vote at the June 2017 sessions of WP.29 and AC.1.

19. The expert from the Netherlands informed GRSP on the progress of work of the “Task Force (TF) on Energy absorption of seats” (former group of interested experts on new restraint system technology). He clarified that the group had decided that eventually there was no need to develop further amendments to the Regulation. He added that Supplement 8 to the 06 series amendments to Regulation No. 16 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/98), adopted by WP.29 at its November 2016 session, was sufficient to cover the energy absorption requirements of the rear part of seat backs. Accordingly, he announced that the activity of the TF was dissolved. GRSP agreed to remove ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2015/27 from its agenda.

20. GRSP resumed discussion on GRSP-57-23 showing three different seat test scenarios. The expert from CLEPA reminded GRSP that the proposal aimed at clarifying which testing scenario should be used and if more than one could be allowed. The expert from EC suggested that test method B indicated in GRSP-57-23 would be more suitable. The expert from the Netherlands agreed with the comments made by the expert from EC and he suggested the inclusion of method C as well.

21. GRSP agreed to resume discussion on this subject at its May 2017 session on the basis of a revised proposal prepared by the expert from CLEPA.

22. Referring to agenda item 19, the expert from the Netherlands suggested removing this subject and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2015/28 from the agenda of the next sessions of GRSP, because it was covered by the work mandate of the “TF on Energy absorption of seats”. GRSP endorsed that suggestion.

23. The expert from Germany announced that the presentation of an analysis on issues such as type approval markings would be deferred to the May 2017 session of GRSP.

24. GRSP resumed discussion on the issue of safety users of two-wheeler user safety, including riders of bikes assisted by an electric engine (pedalex) and the implications on drivers of the mandatory wearing by the driver of helmets that are type approved according to Regulation No. 22. The expert from France expressed concerns on viable enforcement rules if helmets with lower safety performances would be for ride two-wheelers at high speed. The expert from EC reiterated his statement that green alternatives such as electric bikes should be encouraged and not stifled by the use of bulky helmets. The expert from the Netherlands informed GRSP about a national initiative aimed at developing a standard on helmets dedicated to pedalex. He clarified that such a standard would promote helmets with higher level of safety than bike helmets and clear identification. He finally announced to provide full information would be provided at the May 2017 session of GRSP. The expert from the Russian Federation supported the comment of the experts from EC and the Netherland. The expert from Sweden suggested a more active participation from helmet manufacturers in the discussion so as to explain rationales to develop proper requirements for pedalex bike helmets. The expert from the United Kingdom clarified that motorcyclists make up 1 per cent of road traffic but 20 percent of fatalities in his country. He shared concerns on the enforceability of an alternative standard. He opposed the incorporation of alternative set of requirements in Regulation No. 22 as the existing requirements were technology neutral and already offered appropriate flexibility. The experts from Denmark, Italy and Poland argued that helmet safety should be independent of the propulsion type but rather focus on speed: the severity of injuries above 25 km/h is the same for pedalex as for motorcycles.

25. Finally, GRSP agreed to encourage the participation of helmet experts from the industry to adapt the design requirements of Regulation No. 22. At the same time, it was agreed to resume consideration of this agenda item at its May 2017 session including the harmonization of head-forms in the Regulation.

26. GRSP agreed to defer discussion on this agenda item to its May 2017 session of GRSP, awaiting new justification on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2015/22 provided by the expert from the Netherlands.

27. The expert from the Netherlands introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2016/14 aimed at excluding dangerous interpretations on the installation of CRS and proposing an angle limit for the lap belts of minimum of 10°. The expert from Japan raised a reservation to the proposed value. The expert from the Netherlands also introduced GRSP-60-15 (superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2016/18) and gave a presentation (GRSP-60-19) to avoid diverging interpretation of the Regulation. GRSP agreed to resume discussion on this subject at its May 2017 session and requested the secretariat to distribute GRSP-60-15 with an official symbol at its May 2017 session.

28. The expert from France introduced a presentation on inflatable booster showing test results that he had conducted. The expert from Canada informed GRSP about an additional testing requirement in his country that limits the importation and sale of current designs of this type of booster (GRSP-60-25). The limitation results from a Quasi-Static test that is noted in Section 408 of Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (CMVSS) 213.2 and Section 4 of Test Method 213.2.

29. The expert from the Netherlands presented GRSP-60-14 on the description of the “new-born” manikins Q0 and P0. GRSP agreed to resume discussion on this subject at its May 2017 session on the basis of a revised proposal tabled by the expert from the Netherlands.

30. Finally, GRSP noted GRSP-60-02, tabled by the expert from the Netherlands, to prevent the use of a Unique Identifier (UI), as allowed in future Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement, since the type approval mark carries relevant information for the users. GRSP requested the secretariat to distribute GRSP-60-02 with an official symbol at its May 2017 session.

31. GRSP resumed consideration of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2015/23, which proposes to update cross references to Regulation No. 25. GRSP adopted the proposal, as amended below. The secretariat to submit ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2015/23 as draft Supplement 3 to the 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 80, for consideration and vote at the June 2017 sessions of WP.29 and AC.1.

Paragraph 5.5., amend to read:
“5.5. … Regulation No. 25, as amended by the 04 series of amendments”

32. GRSP noted the results of crash tests of L7 categories of vehicles performed by the Euro New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP), as had been exhibited by four models on the grounds of the Palais of the Nations (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1126, para. 86) during the November 2016 session of WP.29. The Chair of GRSP stressed the need to address the performances of such vehicles and encouraged GRSP experts to submit proposal for amendments to Regulations addressing collisions (e.g. Regulation No. 94) to improve their safety. The expert from the Republic of Korea informed GRSP that his country had experienced certification issues in frontal impact and pedestrian protection of L7 quadricycles. He announced that the results of a research to develop possible proposals would be provided by his country at the May 2017 session of GRSP.

33. In absence of the expert from Belgium, the expert from France informed GRSP that the Working Party on General Safety Provisions (GRSG), would consider ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2016/7 at its April 2017 session, which discusses additional safety provisions for electrical safety of trolleybuses addressed in UN Regulation No. 107 (M2 and M3 vehicles) instead. Therefore, GRSP agreed to defer discussion to its May 2017 session awaiting the outcome of GRSG at its next session and possible requests of adapting Regulation No. 100.

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

35. The expert from France, Chair of the IWG on Enhanced Child Restraint Systems (ECRS), introduced a presentation (GRSP-60-18) on the work progress of the IWG. He also introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2016/19, that aligns the provisions on toxicity and flammability of materials used to manufacture CRS and that updates the test provisions of the 02 series of amendments to the Regulation. GRSP adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2016/19 not amended, and requested the secretariat to submit it as draft Supplement 1 to the 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 129, for consideration and vote at the June 2017 sessions of WP.29 and AC.1.

36. The expert from France also furthermore introduced two parallel amendments to the 01 and 02 series of amendments to the Regulation that provide editorial corrections to the text (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2016/22 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2016/23). GRSP adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2016/22, as amended by Annex V to this report (GRSP-60-09-Rev.2) and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2016/23, as amended by Annex V to the report (GRSP-60-08-Rev.1). The secretariat was requested to submit: (a) ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2016/22, as Supplement 2 to the 01 series of amendments and (b) ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2016/23, as part of (see para. 35) draft Supplement 1 to the 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 129, for consideration and vote at the June 2017 sessions of WP.29 and AC.1. Referring to the discussion held under agenda item 14 (see para. 30 above), GRSP requested the secretariat to distribute GRSP-60-02 with an official symbol at its May 2017 session, and specifically for the text dedicated to Regulation No. 129. Finally, GRSP agreed to seek the endorsement of WP.29 at its March 2017 sessions to extend the mandate of the IWG until December 2017.

37. GRSP noted GRSP-60-07 tabled by the expert from Japan which proposes improvements to the test requirements. GRSP agreed to resume discussion on this subject at its May 2017 session and requested the secretariat to distribute it with an official symbol at its next session.

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

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

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

41. Referring to agenda item 9 (see para. 17 above), the expert from EC clarified that ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2016/21 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2016/24 would supersede GRSP-58-03-Rev.1, solving the “plug-and-play” concept of i-Size child restraint systems (to reduce misuse of CRS). GRSP agreed to remove this item from the agenda of its May 2017 session.

42. In absence of new information, GRSP agreed to defer discussion on this subject to its May 2017 session.

43. In compliance with Rule 37 of the Rules of Procedure (TRANS/WP.29/690, Amendments.1 and 2), GRSP called for the election of officers. The representatives of the Contracting Parties, present and voting, unanimously re-elected Mr. N. Nguyen (United States of America) as Chair and Mr. J.W. Lee (Republic of Korea) as Vice-Chair for the sessions of GRSP scheduled in the year 2017.

44. The expert from EC gave a presentation (GRSP-60-21), to inform GRSP about the draft revision of the General Safety Regulation (EC) No 661/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council. GRSP noted that many of the items listed in the review of the General Safety Regulation coincide with those priorities of work administer by WP.29 under the Agreements it administers (including the 1998 Agreement). The expert from EC confirmed the importance to continue consultation with main stakeholders to ensure consistency with common work goals.

45. As a follow-up of a presentation given at the December 2015 session of GRSP (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/58, para. 48), the expert from Japan announced his intention to submit a proposal for a new draft Regulation on hydrogen and fuel cell motorcycles.

46. GRSP Chair reminded the Group to keep updating abbreviations and symbols of UN Regulations and UN GTRs, listed in the excel files, that are permanently appended to its website. He would also announced to provide a list of those abbreviations and acronyms under the 1998 Agreement.

47. GRSP noted the progress of ratifying of the adopted Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1126, paras. 64 and 65) supported by the EU. It was noted that in absence of objections the date of entry into force of Revision 3 would be scheduled for August 2017. The expert from Japan, ambassador of IWVTA to GRSP, informed the group that a proposal concerning UN Regulation No. 0 would be submitted by the IWG to the June 2017 session of WP.29. It was also noted that at the March 2017 session of WP.29 would be discussed the following documents:

  1. a revised guideline for UN Regulatory Procedures and Transitional Provisions in UN Regulations (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/53),
  2. an explanatory document on UN Regulation No. 0 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/54) and
  3. a questions and answers document on Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/55).

48. The Secretary reported on the highlights of the 169th and 170th sessions of WP.29 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1123 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1126).

49. GRSP noted that Mr. L. Martinez had been appointed Chair of the IWG on the harmonization of specifications of the 3-D H point machine (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1126, para.  145). Experts from GRSP were invited to contribute to the activity of the IWG to solve, as soon as possible, this relevant issue which involved a number of UN regulations under the 1958 and 1998 Agreements. GRSP agreed to resume discussion on this matter at its May 2017 session and asked to be informed about the work progress of the IWG.

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

51. The secretariat presented informal document WP.29-169-13 regarding cycle beating by software based systems, with TPMS as an example. The expert from EC noted a general concern about test optimisation, not only linked to software-based systems, but instead from the utilisation of certain tolerances or corridors that were provided in testing provisions for conventional product performance checks. He added that, for instance, a type-approval test should be considered valid when a deceleration pulse trace was close to the lower boundary of a corridor, but this should not mean that a re-test would be invalid for conformity of production or for market surveillance checks when a product fails performance requirements if the deceleration pulse trace would be toward the upper boundary of the corridor. Thus, he concluded that the requirements should be met regardless of the tolerances provided (e.g. deceleration, temperature, pressure, speed).

52. The expert from OICA introduced GRSP-60-06-Rev.1, to provide alternative testing for some specifications in accordance with Regulation No. 94 and also with Regulation No. 137 (Frontal impact with focus on restraint systems). The secretariat was requested to distribute GRSP-60-06-Rev.1 with an official symbol at the May 2017 session of GRSP.