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Working Party on Lighting and Light-signalling
77th session | Geneva | 4-7 Apr 2017 Download Copy
Agenda Item 5. | Regulations Nos. 37, 99, 128 and RE5
Document(s)
GRE-77-02 | Equivalence criteria for LED substitute light source categories as equivalents for corresponding filament light source categories (GTB)
GRE-77-03 | Substitute light sources: equivalence reports for C5W, PY21W, and R5W (GTB)
GRE-77-04 | GTB guidelines for introduction and evaluation of LED light source categories intended for forward lighting applications (GTB)
GRE-77-07 | Request for guidance concerning proposals for road llumination devices, lighti-signalling devices, and COP for adaptive front lighting (GTB)
GRE-77-12 | Revision of GRE/2017/5 (Proposal for Supplement 7 to the original version of Regulation No. 128) (GTB)
GRE-77-13 | Revised proposal for amendments to the Consolidated Resolution on the common specification of light source categories (Revision of GRE/2017/6) (GTB)
GRE-77-14 | Incorporation of LED light sources in the new Regulation for Road Illumination Devices (RID) (GTB)
GRE-77-15 | Proposal to introduce requirements for the use of LED substitute light sources in the new Regulation for “Light-signalling devices” (GTB)
GRE-77-22 | Introduction into Regulation 128 of LED Substitute Light Sources (GTB)
GRE-77-29 | Comments from Germany on GRE/2017/2 (Proposal for Supplement 7 to the original version of Regulation No. 128) (Germany)
GRE/2017/2 | Proposal for Supplement 7 to the original version of Regulation No. 128 (GTB)
GRE/2017/3 | Proposal for amendments to the original version of the Consolidated Resolution on the common specification of light source categories (GTB)
GRE/2017/4 | Proposal for a collective amendment to Regulations Nos. 48, 53, 74, and 86
GRE/2017/5 | Proposal for Supplement 7 to the original version of Regulation No. 128 (GTB)
GRE/2017/6 | Proposal for amendments to the original version of the Consolidated Resolution on the common specification of light source categories (GTB)
WP.29/2016/111 | Proposal for a draft Resolution on the common specification of light source categories (R.E.5)
WP.29/2016/111 | Proposal for a draft Resolution on the common specification of light source categories (R.E.5)

GRE-77 Discussion

11. GRE took note that WP.29, at its November 2016 session, adopted the Consolidated Resolution on the common specification of light source categories (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/111) and assigned it number R.E.5. This Resolution would enter into force in June 2017, simultaneously with the corresponding amendments to Regulations Nos. 37, 99 and 128.

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12. The expert from GTB presented proposals for amendments to Regulation No. 128 and to the Consolidated Resolution (R.E.5) which introduce requirements and test specifications for light emitting diode (LED) substitute light sources as well as several new LED substitute light source categories (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2017/2, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2017/3, GRE-77-02, GRE-77-03, GRE-77-15, GRE-77-22). These proposals were accompanied by collective amendments to Regulations Nos. 48, 53, 74, 86 with the requirements for LED substitute light sources (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2017/4). The expert from GTB explained that the proposed approach was based on the following principles:

  • Lamps may be approved with a filament light source and its corresponding LED substitute light source, when fitting in the same holder, and providing an equivalent photometric performance;
  • Lamps equipped with LED substitute light sources should be tested with both the filament lamp and the LED substitute light source.

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13. GRE also noted the proposal by GTB to introduce requirements for the use of LED substitute light sources in the new LSD Regulation (GRE-77-15).

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14. The expert of Germany commented on the GTB proposals (GRE-77-29). GRE generally advocated the idea of allowing for LED substitute lights sources, given their high energy efficiency. At the same time, the experts from France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain and UK pointed out the risks associated with the improper use of aftermarket LED products in lamps, which were not approved for such light sources, and called for developing a set of preventive measures, including raising public awareness and giving warnings to consumers. Several technical issues were also questioned, in particular, the proposed G-marking for LEDs with a correlated colour temperature below 3,000 K. GRE invited GTB to address the comments received and agreed to continue the consideration of this issue at the next session on the basis of revised documents to be prepared by GTB.

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15. The expert from GTB presented proposals for amendments to Regulation No. 128 and to the Consolidated Resolution (R.E.5) that introduce a new LED light source category for forward lighting applications (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2017/5, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2017/6, GRE-77-04, GRE-77-12, GRE-77-13). He explained that GTB had abandoned the concept of “thermal grade” and instead proposed the introduction of a maximum test temperature to ensure interchangeability between approved light sources from different manufacturers. GRE also noted the proposal by GTB to incorporate LED light sources into the new RID Regulation (GRE-77-14).

16. The expert from UK requested more time to study the proposals. The expert of Germany proposed modifications to the notion of “maximum test temperature”. GRE decided to revert to this issue at the next session and invited GRE experts to study the proposals and to send their comments to GTB and IWG SLR.

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Previous Discussion(s)

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.

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 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.