World Forum
World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations
Agenda Item 4.2.2. | Guidance on amendments to Regulations annexed to the 1958 Agreement
Document(s)
WP.29-172-11 | Proposal for amendments to General Guidelines for UN regulatory procedures and transitional provisions in UN Regulations
WP.29-172-16 | Proposed amendments to WP.29/2017/67 (Draft General Guidelines for regulatory procedures and transitional provisions in UN regulations) (EC)
WP.29/2017/67 | Draft General Guidelines for UN regulatory procedures and transitional provisions in UN Regulations
WP.29/2017/67/Corr.1 | Projet de Directives générales concernant l’élaboration des Règlements de l’ONU et les dispositions transitoires qu’ils contiennent - Rectificatif

WP.29-172 Discussion

53. The representative of Japan, on behalf of the Chair of the IWG on IWVTA, presented the draft General Guidelines for UN regulatory procedures and transitional provisions in UN Regulations (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/67). The document aimed to streamline the future work in the subsidiary bodies, to clarify the procedures following Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement and to ensure “good regulatory practice” by providing clarifications to avoid divergence in the understanding of Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement and the application of UN Regulations. The document also was largely based on the existing guidelines (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1044/Rev.1), but updated them in order to reflect Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement. Finally, the IWG on IWVTA was considering the possibility to transform, in the future, this guidance document into a new Schedule to the 1958 Agreement.

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54. WP.29 noted Corrigendum 1 to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/67 to align the French version to the English and Russian versions and endorsed the document. WP.29 further agreed to correct the current version of the guideline document, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1044/Rev.1, and requested the secretariat to publish a Corrigendum. The World Forum also noted other amendments submitted by the IWG on IWVTA (WP.29-172-11) and from the representative of EU (WP.29-172-16).

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55. Following the discussion, WP.29 did not fully endorse the proposed amendments and agreed to keep them in square brackets, subject to a final review by each Working Party that is subsidiary to WP.29, by the IWG on IWVTA, and by the secretariat. Each Working Party is invited to submit the result of final review to the Technical Secretary of IWG on IWVTA and UNECE Secretariat by the end of October 2017 at the latest. WP.29 agreed to consider ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/67 and Corr.1, with the proposed amendments contained in by WP.29-172-11 and WP.29-172-16, for adoption at its November 2017 session and requested the secretariat to circulate the proposal as a consolidated document with a new symbol by the end of June 2017.

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Previous Discussion(s)

Informal Group on a Database for the Exchange of Type Approval Information | Session 15 | 25 Jun 2012

The draft agenda has been supplemented by:

• - working document DETA-15-06 for agenda item 4
• - 9a) DETA access rights (presentation by OICA) (DETA-15-04)
• - 9b) benefits by using DETA for the different user groups (presentation by OICA) (DETA-15-05) and
• - 9c) new approach on lighting regulations.

This draft report has been adopted without amendments.

The secretariat of the UN reports that AC2 has decided to defer the decision on the questions raised in document (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/35) on the legal basis of DETA in the 1958 Agreement, the steering committee, implementing of DETA in different stages, financing, the server and unique identifier to the November meeting. Especially the European Commission needs more time to decide on the link with the International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA).

He also informed that the chairman and secretariat will get mandate to upload documents on the website of DETA in order to reduce the workload for the UN secretariat.

The secretariat gave feedback from the meetings on the IWVTA that were held on 20 to 22 June in Paris. The proposals from DETA (DETA-15-03) were not discussed in the 2 working groups but only in the informal group IWVTA, which expressed its concerns on the proposed mandatory use of DETA for all approvals.

DETA took note of a proposal (DETA-15-06) from the chairman and the secretariat for a more limited amendment of the 1958 Agreement, which has been changed during the meeting according DETA-15-06rev.1. In addition the UN secretariat suggested to align the wording with document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1044/Rev.1 and replace “ equipment” by “systems and components”.

After a discussion the DETA group concluded that the following approach could be suggested to IWVTA:

• - a limited amendments to article 5 of the Agreement stating that the notification concerning approvals should be according the procedures in a new appendix (placeholder) with administrative provisions;
• - the administrative provisions should give several options for the distribution of type approval data including the possibility of the use of a common secure electronic data exchange system (DETA),
• - the specification in each regulation which procedure might or has to be used (for Regulation 0 the DETA system) and
• - in cases where the Unique Identifier will be used or otherwise requested in a separate Regulation the DETA system shall be applied.

The ECE stressed this to be structured in the DETA meetings for showing the benefits of DETA.

To give further input to the next meetings of the two IWVTA subgroups all delegated will inform the secretariat before the end of August with topic that has to be dealt with in the relevant placeholder, which the chair and secretariat will convert into a proposal for IWVTA in September.

For the financing of DETA no resources are available at the industry, especially when there are no benefits for them.

For the approval authorities the only benefits exists for the IWVTA’s. As the EU has already a system available (ETAES) a similar system for DETA would not require high development costs. However, incorporating DETA under the licence for the European system is not possible.

The UN secretariat indicated that once the DETA system is in operation the costs for it, inclusive the human resources, server and licence, would be born by the ISU unit of the UN organisation. This would limit the problem to the development and server costs for the first three years. Further discussion is needed in November.

GTB will present an example how the regulations can be amended to facilitate the use of DETA and the Unique Identifier (or Unique Number).

The roadmap has been discussed and amended according document DETA-14-03-Rev1.

[Note: The revised version of the road map cited above has not been made publicy available to date.]

The chairman requests again the delegates to upload type approvals for the try-out of the system; a manual is available on the server as well.

The informal group noted two presentations by OICA on the rights (creating, reading, deleting) and the benefits of a DETA system for approval authorities, vehicle manufactures and part manufactures. A further discussion on both topics is needed in November.

Finally the informal group noted a clarification by GTB on its informal document 12 of the 157th meeting of WP.29. There are concerns in WP.29 that the present regulations are design restrictive and that many amendments are needed to facilitate innovations, very often for design reasons. Long procedures for implementing the amendments of the regulations in some countries prevent innovations to be quickly applied in those markets. Therefor GTB wants to make the regulations performance based what could result in grouping several individual device regulations into one regulation having general provisions and specific requirements for each device in an Annex. As the series of amendments will most likely be different for each device it is important to replace the approval marking by a unique identifier/number as foreseen by DETA.

All agenda items will be discussed again in the next meeting to be held in Room S4 on 12 November 2012, starting at 14:30 hours.

Name (Country / Organisation)
Frank Wrobel (Germany/KBA), chairman
Romain Hubert (UNECE/Transport division)
Gilles Fougere (France)
Stefan Wenger (Switzerland/FEDRO)
Tony Stenning (United Kingdom, VCA)
Harry Jongenelen (Netherlands/RDW), secretary
Martin Kulms (OICA/VDA)
Makoto Yoshida (JASIC)
Ushio Ueno (JASIC/Japan)
Naomi Mori (Japan/Jasic)
Bjorn Ziessler (Finland)
Ben van Assche (IMMA/Honda)
Edwin Bastiaensen (IMMA)
Geoff Draper (GTB)
Ann Wilson (MEMA)
John Creamer (MEMA)

Working Party on General Safety | Session 102 | 16-20 Apr 2012

2. GRSG considered and adopted the agenda proposed for the 102nd session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/1) with the addition of the following agenda items:

• 15(a) Controls, tell-tales and indicators for two-wheeled vehicles

• 15(b) Regulation No. 118 (Burning behaviour of materials)

• 15(c) International Whole Vehicle Type Approval

3. GRSG also adopted the running order for the session as proposed in GRSG-102-01.

4. The informal documents distributed during the session are listed in Annex I to this report.

5. The expert from EC reiterated his position on the need for an improved accessibility of prams as indicated at the previous session on the basis of GRSG-100-06 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2010/33. The expert from OICA proposed alternative provisions (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/2) to provide a specific area in vehicles of Class I. The expert from France suggested differentiating between small and larger vehicles of Class I as the latter vehicles allow additional space for special area dedicated for a pram or pushchair. GRSG supported in general that proposal, but noted a number of study reservations. The expert the EC volunteered to prepare a revised proposal for consideration at the next GRSG taking into account the comments received. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this matter at its October 2012 session and to keep ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/2 on the agenda as a reference document.

9. The Chair of the informal group on Service Doors, Windows and Emergency Exits in buses and coaches (SDWEE) reported on the progress made by the group at its meeting held in Bonn on 24-25 January 2012. As a result of the informal group’s activities, he introduced GRSG-102-02 proposing to insert into UN Regulation No. 107 new requirements for service doors, windows and emergency exits. He also presented GRSG-102-23 aligning the proposed text of the transitional provisions with the guidelines recently adopted by the World Forum WP.29.

10. GRSG acknowledged the work done by the informal group and noted a number of comments especially on the new provisions to add a film on the glazing of emergency exits as proposed in new paragraph 7.6.8.7. of Annex 3. The expert from Germany preferred to insert only a reference to UN Regulation No. 43. Following the discussion, GRSG agreed to resume consideration of the proposals at its next session in October 2012. The secretariat was requested to distribute GRSG-102-02 and GRSG-102-23 with an official symbol.

12. The expert from France introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/3 proposing to align the provisions for bumpers of certain vehicle types with the performance requirements of the new UN Regulation No. 128 on pedestrian safety. The expert from Germany presented GRSG-102-15 proposing to amend the definitions of bumpers. GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/3, as reproduced in Annex II to this report, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2012 sessions, as draft Supplement 2 to the 03 series of amendments of UN Regulation No. 26.

13. The expert from Germany reported on the work progress made by the informal group on plastic glazing (GRSG-102-14). He added that the group was still waiting for the results of the abrasion test still under discussion by the International Standard Organization (ISO) working group, especially with respect to the influence of the quality of the abrasion wheels. GRSG welcomed the information and noted some comments.

15. Referring to the discussion at the previous session of GRSG on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2010/29/Rev.1, the expert from the United Kingdom introduced GRSG-102-29 proposing to reduce the blind spot on the passenger side of N2 and N3 vehicles. GRSG noted a number of concerns by the experts from the Netherlands, France and OICA. Following the discussion, the expert from the United Kingdom presented a revised proposal (GRSG-102-29-Rev.1). GRSG adopted the proposal, as reproduced in Annex III of the meeting report, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2012 sessions, as draft 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 46.

18. The expert from Germany recalled the discussion at the previous session of GRSG on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2011/19 proposing to introduce, into UN Regulation No. 58, more stringent requirements for rear underrun protection devices. He reported on the outcome of the ad hoc expert meeting held in Bonn on 23 January 2012. As a result, he introduced GRSG-102-26 superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2011/19. The expert from OICA presented GRSG-102-32-Rev.1 containing preliminary comments to GRSG-102-26. GRSG welcomed the proposals and noted a number of comments, especially on the need to clarify the scope of the proposed amendments. The expert from France raised concerns on the interpretation of the text of the Regulation. He underlined the need to clarify the current provisions of the measurement method (static test). The expert from Japan introduced GRSG-102-34 commenting the proposal tabled by OICA.

19. Following the discussion, GRSG invited the interested experts to discuss, at a further meeting, the open issues taking into account the comments received. GRSG agreed to resume consideration on this subject at its next session in October 2012 on the basis of a revised proposal to be submitted by Germany as the outcome of the ad hoc expert group meeting. The expert from Germany volunteered to organize that event and invited all GRSG experts to attend the meeting.

21. The expert from France introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/6 proposing to insert into UN Regulation No. 61 an exemption from the geometric provisions for bumpers, when the vehicle comply with the performance requirements specified in the new UN Regulation No. 128 on pedestrian safety. The expert from Germany proposed further clarifications to the definitions in the Regulation (GRSG-102-17). GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/6, as reproduced in Annex V to this report, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2012 sessions, as draft Supplement 2 to UN Regulation No. 61.

22. The expert from Germany proposed to clarify the provisions of UN Regulation No. 67 and introduced GRSG-102-20 superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2011/26. The expert from AEGPL presented GRSG-102-33 and GRSG-102-13 containing additional amendments to the Regulation. The proposals received a number of comments. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session and requested the secretariat to distribute GRSG-102-13, GRSG-102-20 and GRSG-102-33 with official symbols.

24. The expert from the Czech Republic introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/9 proposing to clarify, in UN Regulation No. 110, the general test provisions on fuel rail. The expert from OICA welcomed the new provisions, but underlined the need to also insert transitional provisions as specified in GRSG-102-21. GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/9, as amended in Annex VII to this report, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2012 sessions, as a new draft 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 110.

26. Recalling the discussion on UN Regulation No. 121 at its previous session, GRSG agreed to remove ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2010/20 from the agenda. GRSG considered generic provisions for symbols of automatic systems and agreed on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/11. The expert from OICA introduced GRSG-102-22 superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2011/32 and proposing to extend symbol Nos. 25 and 28 to the logics of the ISO colour coding and its hierarchy of alerts to the danger. GRSG adopted both documents, as reproduced in Annex VIII to this report, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2012 sessions, as draft Supplement 8 to UN Regulation No. 121.

27. The expert from Japan introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/10 (superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2011/31) improving the perception by the driver of other road users. The expert from the United Kingdom raised concerns on the proposed text of paragraph 5.1.4. with respect to A pillars. Following the discussion, GRSG agreed on the proposal as amended in GRSG-102-30.

28. GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/10, as reproduced in Annex IX to the meeting report, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2012 sessions, as a new draft 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 125.

29. Referring to the discussion at the previous session of GRSG on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2011/28 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2011/29, the expert from Japan introduced GRSG-102-06 and GRSG-102-07, proposing to align, in UN Regulation Nos. 97 and 116, the reference to UN Regulation No. 10. GRSG adopted both documents, as reproduced in Annex X to this report, and requested the secretariat to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2012 sessions, as draft Supplement 7 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 97 respectively as draft Supplement 4 to UN Regulation No. 116.

32. Referring to the discussion at the previous session of GRSG on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2011/22, the expert from the Netherlands presented GRSG-102-28 (superseding GRSG-102-05) clarifying in UN Regulation No. 61 the communication form to include withdrawal and extension of approvals. GRSG adopted the proposal, as reproduced in Annex V to this report, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2012 sessions, as part (see para. 21 above) of draft Supplement 2 to UN Regulation No. 61. The Chair reminded GRSG experts to include, if appropriate, into their proposals provisions for the withdrawal and extension of approvals, when preparing an amendment to an existing UN Regulation.

33. The expert from the Russian Federation recalled the discussion at its previous session on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2011/30 proposing to amend the definition of N1 vehicles to take into account the special design of electric vehicles. The proposal received a number of concerns. Recognizing the efforts by the Russian Federation to foster new technologies, GRSG noted no support for the proposal and agreed to remove the document from the agenda.

34. The expert from IMMA presented GRSG-102-08 containing a consolidated version of UN Regulation No. 60 and aligning the text with new UN GTR No. 12 on motorcycle controls, tell-tales and indicators. He introduced GRSG-102-09 and GRSG-102-10 introducing editorial corrections to the revised text of UN Regulation No. 60 respectively UN GTR No. 12. GRSG noted some comments and agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session in October 2012. The secretariat was requested to distribute the three informal documents with an official symbol. In this respect, GRSG agreed to merge GRSG-102-08 and GRSG-102-09 in one official document.

35. The expert from Italy volunteered to prepare a proposal to develop Amendment 1 to UN GTR No. 12 for consideration at the next WP.29 and AC.3 sessions in June 2012.

36. The expert from Germany presented GRSG-102-11 aiming at clarifying the provisions of UN Regulation No. 118 concerning the interior materials which need to be tested. GRSG welcomed the proposals and noted a number of comments. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session. The secretariat was requested to distribute GRSG-102-11 with an official symbol.

1. The Working Party on General Safety Provisions (GRSG) held its 102nd session from 16 (afternoon) to 20 April 2012 (morning) in Geneva. The meeting was chaired by Mr. A. Erario (Italy). Experts from the following countries participated in the work, following Rule 1(a) of the Rules of Procedure of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) (TRANS/WP.29/690 and TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.1): Canada, China, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and United States of America. An expert from the European Commission (EC) also participated. Experts from the following non-governmental organizations participated: European Association of Automobile Suppliers (CLEPA), European Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (AEGPL), International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA), International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA), International Road Transport Union (IRU) and Natural Gas Vehicles Association Europe (NGVA Europe). Upon the special invitation of the Chair, an expert from the International Association of the Body and Trailer Building Industry (CLCCR) participated.

6. Recalling the discussion at the previous GRSG session on GRSG-100-16, the expert from CLCCR introduced GRSG-102-12 on the lateral stability of rearward facing wheelchairs. GRSG welcomed the proposal and agreed to reconsider this matter at its next session. The secretariat was requested to distribute GRSG-102-12 with an official symbol.

7. The expert from IRU presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/12 proposing to install in urban buses of Class I driver seats without suspension systems. GRSG noted that the choice of driver seats with or without suspension should be made by the manufacturer and operator. The expert from France and Germany raised study reservations. GRSG could not find an agreement on the proposal and agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session.

8. The expert from the United States of America presented the status of the motor coach safety action plan in his country (GRSG-102-27). GRSG welcomed the presentation and noted the priorities of the action plan for new requirements on the installation of safety belts, stability control systems and the roof crush performance.

11. The expert from Hungary reported on the conclusions of a severe accident in Egypt (GRSG-102-03). GRSG welcomed the information and agreed on the need to find a better compromise of the glazing material used for emergency exits and study the effectiveness of safety belts in case of rollover accidents. The expert from Hungary volunteered to prepare a concrete proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No. 107.

14. The expert from Germany introduced GRSG-102-24 proposing to amend UN Regulation No. 43 to allow type approval of multiple-glazed units having more than two glass panes. GRSG noted a number of comments. The expert from CLEPA raised a study reservation and underlined the need to also align UN Global Technical Regulation (UN GTR) No. 6 on safety glazing. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session in October 2012 on the basis of an official document. GRSG invited the expert from Germany to transmit in due time to the secretariat an updated proposal taking into account the comments received and a proposal for transitional provisions, if necessary.

16. The expert from OICA presented GRSG-102-16 proposing the installation of a new generation of exterior and interior mirrors enclosed in a protective housing or holder. The proposal received a number of comments. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of the proposal at its next session in October 2012 on the basis of an official document.

17. Recalling the purpose of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2011/23, the expert from CLEPA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/4 and GRSG-102-04 improving the provisions on camera-monitor systems. GRSG noted a number of concerns on the approval marking. The expert from the EC underlined the importance of replacing all mirrors by camera-monitor systems. He volunteered to prepare for the next GRSG session a presentation on the impact of such systems on road safety. The expert from Germany reported (GRSG-102-31) on the work progress made by the ISO working group on the standardization of camera monitoring systems (ISO 16505). The expert from the Netherlands volunteered to prepare for the next session of GRSG a revised proposal taking into account the comments received and the outcome of the ISO working group.

20. The expert from Japan presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/5 clarifying the requirements on rear underrun protection devices. GRSG noted a number of amendments (GRSG-102-35) and adopted the proposal as reproduced in Annex IV to this report. GRSG requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2012 sessions, as draft Supplement 3 to the 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 58.

37. The secretariat informed GRSG about the work progress of the WP.29 informal group on International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA). GRSG acknowledged the leading role of Japan and the EC on this subject. Referring to WP.29-156-21, GRSG noted the following comments:

• (a) item 55 on “Advance warning triangle” should be listed under the responsibility of the Working Party on Lighting and Light-Signalling (GRE);
• (b) the purpose of item 41 (Engine and power-train system) should be clarified with more detailed information.

38. GRSG agreed to insert on its agenda a new item on IWVTA to discuss in detail future proposals on this subject. The expert from Japan volunteered to prepare concrete proposals on UN Regulation Nos. 34 (Fuel tanks) and 46 (Indirect vision devices) for consideration at the next GRSG session in October 2012. GRSG welcomed the IWVTA concept and the commitment of Mr. O. Fontaine (OICA) ensuring the task of the “IWVTA Ambassador” to GRSG.

30. GRSG noted that the revised general guidelines for UN regulatory procedures and transitional provisions in UN Regulations (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1044/Rev.1) were now available on the UNECE website.

31. The GRSG Chair invited all experts to use this document when preparing future proposals for amendments especially with respect to transitional provisions.

23. The expert from OICA presented GRSG-102-18-Rev.1 superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/7 aimed at correcting some erroneous prescriptions in UN Regulation No. 67. For the same purpose, he introduced GRSG-102-19 amending ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/8. GRSG adopted both documents, as reproduced in Annex VI to this report, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2012 sessions, as draft Supplement 11 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 67.

25. The expert from AEGPL reported on the outcome of the most recent expert meetings of the task force on Liquefied Natural Gas vehicles (LNG), held in Brussels in November 2011, February and March 2012. GRSG welcome the information presented in GRSG-102-25 and noted that the next LNG meeting was scheduled to be held in Geneva, on 6 June 2012. The expert from AEGPL announced the intention of the LNG task force to prepare a concrete proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No. 110, for consideration at the next GRSG session in October 2012. He added that more detailed informal documents were made available at LNG informal group session 4 web page.

Working Party on General Safety | Session 103 | 2-5 Oct 2012

2. GRSG considered and adopted the agenda proposed for the 103rd session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/13 and Add.1) with the addition of the following agenda items:

• 14(a) Template for the submission of official documents
• 14(b) Abbreviations and acronyms used in UN Regulations
• 14(c) Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

3. GRSG also adopted the running order for the session as proposed in GRSG-103-01.

4. The informal documents distributed during the session are listed in Annex I to this report.

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5. Referring to the discussion on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/2 at the previous session of GRSG, the expert from EC introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/23 proposing updated provisions for vehicles of Class I to provide a specific area for prams or pushchairs. The expert from IRU introduced GRSG-103-08 raising a number of concerns. The experts from Poland, the United Kingdom, CLCCR and OICA supported the concerns raised. GRSG noted a number of comments. Following the discussion, the expert from Germany volunteered to prepare, jointly with the experts from EC, France, Sweden and Switzerland, a revised proposal for consideration at the next GRSG session in April 2013 taking into account the comments received. GRSG agreed to keep ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/2 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/23 on the agenda as reference documents.

6. The expert from the Netherlands withdrew GRSG-103-05. The expert from IRU recalled the purpose of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/12 proposing to install in urban buses of Class I driver seats without suspension systems. GRSG noted no support for the proposal and agreed to remove it from the agenda.

7. The expert from CLCCR introduced GRSG-103-16 superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/14 on the lateral stability of rear facing wheelchairs. GRSG noted a number of concerns. As the document did not receive any support, GRSG agreed to remove it from the agenda.

8. The expert from the Russian Federation presented GRSG-103-09 amending the provisions of the installation height of interior emergency controls in Class B vehicles. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of the proposal at its next session in April 2013 on the basis of an official document.

9. The expert from Sweden introduced GRSG-103-12 justifying the installation of automatic fire suppression systems in the engine compartment of buses and coaches. GRSG followed with interest a presentation by the expert from Sweden (GRSG-103-22) on a method for testing the performance of fire suppression systems. Following the discussion, GRSG noted general support on this subject. The expert from Sweden volunteered to prepare a concrete proposal for consideration at the next session of GRSG.

10. The Chair of the informal group on Service Doors, Windows and Emergency Exits in buses and coaches (SDWEE) introduced, as an outcome of the group’s work, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/15 proposing to insert into UN Regulation No. 107 new requirements for service doors, windows and emergency exits. The expert from Hungary presented GRSG-103-03 clarifying the proposed amendments. He informed GRSG about additional background information on the problems of emergency exists and on the ejection of passengers in buses (GRSG-103-02). Following the discussion, GRSG endorsed, in principle, the amendments of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/15, as reproduced in GRSG-103-29, and agreed to have a final review of the proposal at its next session. The expert from Poland volunteered to submit to the secretariat, in due time, a revised document taking into account the comments received.

11. The expert from Hungary proposed a number of possible solutions to avoid passenger ejection in case of a bus rollover accident (GRSG-103-04). He explained the problem of safety belt use in buses (GRSG-103-21). He gave a presentation on the need to install breakable emergency side windows on buses to evacuate passengers in case of an emergency (GRSG-103-25). GRSG welcomed the information and noted a number of comments. The expert from Hungary volunteered to prepare a concrete proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No. 107 for consideration at the next GRSG session.

12. The expert from OICA announced his intention to review Annex 12 of UN Regulation No. 107 on additional safety prescriptions for trolleybuses in order to adapt it to the technical progress. He invited all GRSG experts to send him (ofontaine@oica.net) their comments in due time to prepare a concrete proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No. 107.

13. The expert from Germany introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/26 proposing amendments to UN Regulation No. 43 to allow type approval of multiple-glazed units having more than two glass panes. GRSG adopted the proposal, as amended below, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2013 sessions, as draft Supplement 2 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 43.

Paragraphs 2.8.1. and 2.8.2., amend to read:

“2.8.1. “Symmetrical multiple-glazed unit” means a multiple-glazed unit where all component panes are identical (e.g. all uniform toughened glass).

2.8.2. “Asymmetrical multiple-glazed unit” means a multiple-glazed unit other than a symmetrical multiple-glazed unit."

Annex 12, paragraph 4.3.1., amend to read:

“4.3.1. The uniform toughened-glass pane(s) break(s);”

14. The expert from Germany, chairing the Informal group on Plastic Glazing (IGPG) reported on the work progress made by the group (GRSG-103-17). He introduced GRSG-103-20 proposing a first set of amendments to UN Regulation No. 43. The proposal received a number of comments. GRSG agreed on the need to review the abrasion test. GRSG noted the intention of IGPG to meet again in Brussels on 22-23 January 2013. The GRSG Chair agreed to revisit this subject at the next GRSG session on the basis of a revised document. GRSG agreed to keep ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/26 on the agenda as a reference document.

15. GRSG noted the request from a technical service having difficulties fulfilling the barometric pressure conditions required for the impact test, due to an altitude of about 2600 m (Bogota). The GRSG Chair questioned the need to insert into UN Regulation No. 43 and Global Technical Regulation No. 6 appropriate correction factors to resolve this problem. The expert from Germany volunteered to research this subject and prepare, if necessary, a concrete proposal for consideration at one of the next GRSG sessions.

16. The expert from OICA presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/16 proposing the installation of a new generation of exterior and interior mirrors enclosed in a protective housing or holder. GRSG adopted the proposal, without amendments, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2013 sessions, as draft Supplement 2 to the 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 46.

17. The expert from the Netherlands introduced a proposal (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2011/23/Rev.1) to allow replacement of all mirrors with camera-monitor systems. The expert from Germany informed GRSG (GRSG-103-19) about the work progress made by the ISO Task Force on the standardization of camera-monitor systems (ISO 16505). He added that a final proposal by ISO could be expected by the end of 2013 (GRSG-103-27-Rev.1). GRSG had an exchange of views on the optional/mandatory installation of camera-monitor systems and the need to insert fail-safe provisions. GRSG noted that such new vehicle systems would not only improve vehicle safety, but also the environmental protection (i.e. reduction of vehicle emissions). At its next session, GRSG expected to receive only a progress report and agreed to keep ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2011/23/Rev.1 on the agenda as a reference document awaiting the conclusion of the ISO Task Force.

18. Referring to the adoption of the draft 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 46 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/87) at the previous session of GRSG, the expert from OICA proposed to clarify the transitional provisions (GRSG-103-30). The expert from Germany added clarifications to the table listed in paragraph 15.2.1.1.1. (GRSG-103-31). Following the discussion, GRSG adopted both proposals, as reproduced in GRSG-103-31-Rev.1, and requested the secretariat to submit the document to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2012 sessions, together with ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/87, as draft 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 46 (see WP.29-158-08).

19. The expert from Germany recalled the discussion at the previous session of GRSG on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2011/19 proposing to insert into UN Regulation No. 58 more stringent requirements for rear under run protection devices. He reported on the outcome of the recent ad hoc group meeting and announced the intention to undertake, in early 2013, a cost-benefit analysis on this subject. GRSG agreed to resume consideration at its next session in April 2013, on the basis of a revised proposal to be submitted by Germany taking into account the results of the cost-benefit analysis.

20. The Chair recalled the purpose of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/17 (tabled by AEGPL) clarifying the provisions on the aerostatic pressure during the external leakage test of Class 0 components. The expert from Germany introduced GRSG-103-24 to amend and correct the current text of UN Regulation No. 67. GRSG adopted both documents, as reproduced in Annex II to this report, and requested the secretariat to submit the amendments to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2013 sessions as draft Supplement 12 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 67.

21. The expert from Germany presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/18 clarifying the provisions of UN Regulation No. 67 with respect to hose assemblies. The expert from AEGPL supplemented the proposal with additional amendments as listed in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/19. GRSG noted some concerns and decided on the need to further clarify the responsibility and conformity of production procedures. Following the discussion, GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session on the basis of a revised proposal by Germany. GRSG recommended keeping ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/18 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/19 on the agenda as reference documents.

22. The expert from CLEPA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/24 proposing new requirements for Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) fuel selection systems. The expert from AEGPL presented GRSG-103-06 amending the proposed paragraphs. GRSG noted general support and some comments. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session on the basis of a revised proposal by AEGPL/CLEPA, taking into the comments received.

23. As mentioned under paragraph 22 above, the expert from CLEPA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/25. Thus, GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session on the basis of a joint proposal by AEGPL, CLEPA and NGVA Europe.

24. The expert from the Netherlands reported on the outcome of the most recent expert meetings of the task force on Liquefied Natural Gas vehicles (LNG), held in Geneva on 1-2 October 2012 (GRSG-103-14). As the secretariat had not been in the position to prepare in due time the official document, he presented GRSG-103-11-Rev.1, proposing to insert into UN Regulation No. 110 new provisions for LNG vehicles. GRSG acknowledged the work done by the LNG task force and noted a number of comments. Following the discussion, the Chair invited all experts to send their written comments by the beginning of November 2012 to the LNG Secretary (jseisler@cleanfuelsconsulting.org). GRSG noted the intention of the LNG task force to present a revised proposal at the forthcoming session of the Working Party on Pollution and Energy (GRPE) in January 2013 and to consider it in detail at the next session of GRSG on the basis of an official document, taking into account the comments received.

25. The expert from Germany introduced GRSG-103-18, superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/22, and clarifying the current provisions on interior materials which shall be tested. GRSG adopted the document, as reproduced in Annex III to this report, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2013 sessions, as draft Supplement 1 to the 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 118.

26. Noting that no document had been provided for this session, GRSG agreed to remove this item from the agenda.

27. The expert from OICA presented GRSG-103-26, proposing to introduce the concept of “revision of approvals” into some Regulations under the responsibility of GRSG, especially UN Regulations Nos. 18, 26, 34, 35, 43, 58 and 61. GRSG welcomed the proposal and agreed to give a detailed consideration at its next session in April 2013. The expert from France stated that the provisions proposed for UN Regulations Nos. 26 and 61 could be removed from GRSG-103-26 in the event that the World Forum adopts, at its forthcoming session in November 2012, documents ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/86 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/89. The secretariat was requested to distribute GRSG-103-26 with an official symbol, taking into account the revised general guidelines for UN regulatory procedures (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1044/Rev.1).

28. The expert from IMMA recalled WP.29-157-10 (tabled by Italy in June 2012) proposing the development of an amendment to Global Technical Regulation (GTR) No. 12 on controls, tell-tales and indicators for motorcycles. He presented GRSG-103-10-Rev.1 amending ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/21 to introduce into the GTR editorial corrections and align the provisions with those of UN Regulation No. 60 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/20). The documents received some comments.

29. GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/20, as amended by Annex IV to this report, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2013 sessions, as draft Supplement 4 to UN Regulation No. 60.

30. GRSG also adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/21, as amended by Annex V to this report. The secretariat was requested to submit it to WP.29 and AC.3 for consideration at their March 2013 sessions, as draft Amendment 1 to UN GTR No. 12, including the technical report listed in Annex V.

31. The expert from OICA reported on the progress (GRSG-103-28) made by the Informal Group on International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA). As the IWVTA ambassador of GRSG, he announced his intention to prepare a position paper for each candidate Regulation listed in Annex 2 of WP.29-156-21-Rev.1 under the GRSG responsibility. GRSG noted a number of comments on the validity of some candidate Regulations applicable to the IWVTA. Following the discussion, the IWTA ambassador invited all governmental delegates to email him (ofontaine@oica.net) their comments well in advance of the deadline for submission of official documents.

32. The expert from Japan introduced GRSG-103-07, proposing a new series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 34 on fuel tanks. GRSG welcomed the proposal on fire prevention and agreed on the need to complement the proposal with a cost-benefit analysis. GRSG decided to resume consideration of the proposal at its next session on the basis of an official document under a specific agenda item.

33. The expert from Japan presented GRSG-103-23, justifying the need to improve the field of vision for drivers of larger vehicles. In this respect, he proposed amending the provisions of UN Regulation No. 46 on devices for indirect vision (GRSG-103-13). GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session and requested the secretariat to distribute GRSG-103-13 with an official symbol.

34. In compliance with Rule 37 of the Rules of Procedure (TRANS/WP.29/690 as amended by Amendments 1 and 2), GRSG called for the election of officers on 3 October 2012. Mr. A. Erario (Italy) was unanimously re-elected as Chair and Mr. M. Matolcsy (Hungary) as Vice-Chair for the GRSG sessions scheduled for the year 2013.

(a) Template for the submission of official documents

35. GRSG noted the new instructions adopted by WP.29 at its June 2012 session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1097, para. 12) and the updated template for the preparation and submission of official documents by WP.29 and its subsidiary bodies (WP.29-157-01-Rev.1). The secretariat invited all experts to use this template and to follow the instructions as listed on the website.

(b) Abbreviations and acronyms used in UN Regulations

36. GRSG noted that the same acronyms have been used in the past in different Working Parties with different meanings which led to confusion (e.g. “RESS”). WP.29 had recommended establishing a list of acronyms to avoid confusion. The Working Party on Passive Safety (GRSP) had started this work with GRSP-51-03. Following the discussion, the Chair suggested resuming discussion on this subject at the next session of GRSG under a specific agenda item. He invited all experts to think about their preparedness to take over part of this important task.

37. GRSG noted the request by WP.29 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1085, para. 19 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1097, para. 14) for consideration of harmonized requirements for high-priority warning signals (GRSG-103-15) and on design/control principles (WP.29-157-06) of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). GRSG agreed to give detailed consideration to this subject at its next session under a specific agenda item.

1. The Working Party on General Safety Provisions (GRSG) held its 103rd session from 2 (afternoon) to 5 October 2012 (morning) in Geneva. The meeting was chaired by Mr. A. Erario (Italy). Experts from the following countries participated in the work, following Rule 1(a) of the Rules of Procedure of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) (TRANS/WP.29/690, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.1 and Amend.2): Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. An expert from the European Commission (EC) also participated. Experts from the following non-governmental organizations participated: the Association for Emissions Control by Catalyst (AECC), European Association of Automobile Suppliers (CLEPA), European Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (AEGPL), International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA), International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA), International Association for Natural Gas Vehicles (IANGV/NGV Global) and Natural Gas Vehicles Association Europe (NGVA Europe). Upon the special invitation of the Chair, an expert from the International Association of the Body and Trailer Building Industry (CLCCR), Hyundai Motor Company and The Hardstaff Group participated.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1. The Working Party on Lighting and Light-Signalling (GRE) held its seventy-first session from 31 March to 3 April 2014 in Geneva, under the chairmanship of Mr. M. Gorzkowski (Canada). Experts from the following countries participated in the work following Rule 1(a) of the Rules of Procedure of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) (TRANS/WP.29/690, Amend. 1 and 2): Austria; Belgium; Canada; China; Czech Republic; Finland; France; Germany; Hungary; India; Italy; Japan; the Netherlands; Poland; the Republic of Korea; the Russian Federation; Serbia; Spain; Turkey and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK). Experts from the European Commission (EC) participated. Experts from the following non-governmental organizations also took part in the session: European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA); International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC); International
Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA) and International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA). Upon the invitation of the Chair, the experts from the International Automotive Lighting and Light Signalling Expert Group (GTB) and from the European Committee of Associations of Manufacturers of Agricultural Machinery (CEMA) participated.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Working Party on Pollution and Energy | Session 69 | 5-6 Jun 2014

1. The Working Party on Pollution and Energy (GRPE) held its sixty-ninth session from 5 to 6 June 2014, with Mr. Christoph Albus (Germany) as Chair and Mr. Shrikant Marathe (India) as vice-Chair. 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, as amended): Austria; Belgium; Canada; China; France; Germany; Hungary; India; Italy; Japan; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Republic of Korea (Korea); Russian Federation; South Africa; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Turkey; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK); United States of America (USA). Experts from the European Commission (EC) also participated. Experts from the following non-governmental organizations took part in the session: Association for Emissions Control by Catalyst (AECC); Association of European Manufacturers of Internal Combustion Engines (EUROMOT); European Association of Automobile Suppliers (CLEPA/MEMA/JAPIA); European Garage Equipment Association (EGEA); European Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (AEGPL); European Federation for Transport and Environment (T&E); International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA); and International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA); Natural and bio Gas Vehicle Association (NGVA EUROPE); International Association for Natural Gas Vehicles (IANGV/NGV Global); Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association (EMA). Upon the special invitation of the Chair, the experts from the following entities also attended: European Association for Advanced Rechargeable Batteries (RECHARGE aisbl); European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers Association (ETRMA); Technical Committee of Petroleum Additive Manufacturers in Europe (CEFIC-ATC).

2. GRPE adopted the agenda (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2014/10 and Add.1), as consolidated in GRPE-69-01-Rev.2. GRPE noted GRPE-69-04-Rev.2, on the organization of GRPE informal working group (IWG) meetings.

3. The informal documents distributed during the GRPE session are listed in Annex I of the session report. Annex II contains a list of the informal meetings held in conjunction with the GRPE session. Annex III lists GRPE informal working groups, task forces and subgroups, giving details on their Chairs, secretaries, and the end of their mandates.

4. The secretariat introduced GRPE-69-05, announcing that the next GRPE session would take place on 13-15 January 2015 and recalling that the deadline for the submission of official documents is 17 October 2014. These dates may be reconfirmed by the secretariat. The chairs and secretaries of informal working groups were invited to approach the secretariat to define the calendar of meetings of informal working groups for the January 2015 GRPE session.

5. Introducing GRPE-69-06, the secretariat reported on relevant items discussed in the 162nd session of the World Forum. For more details, see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1108.

6. The GRPE Chair recalled the establishment in the Global Registry of UN Global Technical Regulation No. 15 on WLTP by WP.29 and AC.3.

7. Introducing GRPE-69-20, the Chair of the IWG on WLTP presented the work done since the last GRPE session and recalled the list of open issues that needed to be addressed by the IWG in Phase 1b. He reported that the task force dealing with coasting (sailing) might not be able to provide an acceptable proposal. He announced that the Drafting Coordinator had reported on a number of necessary corrections to UN GTR No. 15, and added that no Corrigendum would be proposed at this stage. The Group preferred to introduce them together with other amendments at the end of Phase 1b. He finally outlined the WLTP Phase 1b road map and announced the forthcoming WLTP IWG meetings scheduled in 2014 and 2015.

8. He concluded by informing GRPE about the next meetings of the group and requested the secretariat to reserve a room for a meeting prior to the January 2015 GRPE session.

9. GRPE acknowledged the status of these activities and agreed with the proposal.

10. The expert from EC reported (GRPE-69-17) on the ongoing work on the transposition of the GTR into the European Union (EU) legislation. He added that amendments to existing UN Regulations or new UN Regulation(s) would be developed in a second step. He introduced GRPE-69-16 providing a first draft retaining the UNECE formatting principles. At the request of the expert from Italy, he clarified that the weighting factors would not be transposed. The expert from OICA stated that further information on the transposition and whether WLTP would (i) become a new UN Regulation replacing existing Regulations or would (ii) amend UN Regulations Nos. 83 and 101. The GRPE Chair recalled that WLTP provisions were planned to be part of IWVTA and that the transposition process should take this aspect into consideration.

11. The Chair of the IWG on MACTP reported that the Group did not meet prior to the GRPE proper session because of delays in the development of this work in the EU. He reminded GRPE that the mandate had expired. He proposed halting the activities of the IWG and discussing further progress in the EU under item 16 (exchange of information on emission requirements) at next sessions, if needed. GRPE acknowledged the status of these activities and agreed with the proposal. GRPE thanked the Chair and secretariat for their work in the IWG.

12. The Chair of GRPE recalled the purpose of WP.29-163-05. The expert from OICA supported the document but noted that the bold font used in the document was misleading. GRPE endorsed the document and formally adopted its content as follows:

Annex 4a, Appendix 7, paragraph 4.1.2., amend to read:

 "4.1.2. Tyres The choice of tyres shall be based on the rolling resistance. The tyres with the highest rolling resistance shall be chosen, measured according to ISO 28580. If there are more than three tyre-rolling resistances, the tyre with the second highest rolling resistance shall be chosen. The rolling resistance characteristics of the tyres fitted to production vehicles shall reflect those of the tyres used for type-approval."

13. The expert from OICA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2014/14 and the proposed corrections in GRPE-69-13. GRPE noted that the proposals were not ready for endorsement and agreed to reconsider them at its January 2015 session on the basis of two revised proposals that the expert from EC volunteered to prepare.

14. The expert from the Netherlands introduced GRPE-69-15 proposing the deletion of the definition on “vehicle designed to fulfil specific social needs” in the 07 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 83, as the corresponding specific emission limits didn’t exist in these 07 series. GRPE agreed with this proposal and requested the secretariat to distribute this proposal with an official symbol at its January 2015 session.

15. The expert from Germany recalled its intervention during the previous GRPE session about the emission performance of approved replacement pollution control devices (see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/68, paras. 28-29 and GRPE-68-18). He announced that, given EU internal constrains, this subject had not progressed and he proposed to postpone the discussion of this item at a later stage. GRPE agreed with this proposal.

16. The secretary to the IWG on HDH introduced GRPE-69-12 and reported on the completion of the work. He presented GRPE-69-10 amending the proposal in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2014/11 introducing a novel approach for assessing the performance of the entire vehicle powertrain by a simulation (HILS) as well as the final technical report (GRPE-69-11) for the proposed Amendment 3 to UN GTR No. 4.

17. GRPE noted that the HILS method validation was only partially completed when applying the Japanese criteria but that none of the prerequisites were met for extending the mandate for further action by the IWG. Therefore, GRPE acknowledged the work done by the IWG and agreed to remove this item from the provisional agenda of the seventieth session of GRPE in January 2015.

18. GRPE adopted the proposal ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2014/11 as amended by GRPE-69-10 and GRPE-69-22 (Part A) as reproduced in Addendum 2 to the GPE 68th session report. GRPE also adopted the corresponding technical report (GRPE-69-11 as amended by GRPE-69-22 (Part B), reproduced in Addendum 2) and requested the secretariat to submit them as a proposal for draft Amendment 3 to UN GTR No. 4 to WP.29 and AC.3 at their November 2014 sessions.

19. Recalling the note by the secretariat in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1109, item 4.7.1, GRPE confirmed that ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/39 only applied to the 05 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 49.

20. The expert from OICA presented GRPE-69-08 introducing a proposal (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2014/12 as amended by GRPE-69-07-Rev.1) for a new Supplement to UN Regulation No. 49 (i) harmonizing the provisions on On Board Diagnosis Threshold Limits (OTLs) with those of the EU, (ii) deleting the urea consumption motoring obligation as well as improving definitions, (iii) modifying the operating sequence definition for stop-start and hybrid vehicles and (iv) introducing an alternative service mode for LNG dual-fuel vehicles. GRPE adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2014/12 as amended by GRPE-69-30 (containing GRPE-69-07-Rev.1 as well as the correction proposed by the expert from NGV Global) and reproduced in Addendum 1 to this report. GRPE requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1, for consideration at their November 2014 sessions as Supplement 8 to the 05 series of amendments to Regulation No. 49. The expert from the United Kingdom noted that the proposal didn’t comply with the transitional provisions guidelines by WP.29 and would have to be amended at a later stage accordingly.

21. GRPE did not receive any new proposal to amend UN GTRs Nos. 4, 5 and 10.

22. GRPE did not receive any new proposal to amend UN Regulations Nos. 85 and 115. The Chair noted that the activities of the IWG on WLTP on the rated power determination of hybrid vehicles could have some implications on Regulation No. 85 and could be taken into account at a later stage.

23. The expert from EUROMOT introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2014/15, a proposal to amend UN Regulation No. 96 aimed at allowing the engine manufacturers to obtain approvals also from Contracting Parties that apply more recent series of amendments, for engines that need to be marketed in countries applying previous series of amendments. He clarified that this proposal was harmonized with the provisions of UN Regulation No. 49.

24. GRPE adopted this proposal not amended and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1, for consideration at their November 2014 sessions as Supplement 1 to the 04 series of amendments to Regulation No. 96.

25. There were no proposals to amend UN GTR No. 11.

26. Recalling the submission of GRPE-65-20, WP.29-160-39, WP.29-161-22 and GRPE-68-10 on tyre and brake wear and vehicle indoor air quality, the expert from the Russian Federation introduced GRPE-69-03 with further test and research results. He underlined the evidence that tyre wear would contribute to air pollution not only with solid particulates but also with gaseous pollutants. He announced that, to address this issue, the standard GOST R 51206-2015 on cabin air filters and purifiers was under development.

27. The Chair of the IWG on PMP provided an overview of the latest activities of the IWG (GRPE-69-25) focusing (i) first on the exhaust emissions, in particular on the 23 nm cut-off size confirmation given the state of technology as well as the development of a robust procedure to measure particles down to 10 nm in case of future needs, (ii) then on the particle emissions during regeneration and the particle emissions from Non-Road Mobile Machinery. He reported that the Group had addressed (GRPE-69-24) the concerns expressed in GRPE-69-03 and proposed a possible road map on how to proceed further with the issue of particles from tyre and brake wear (GRPE-69-23).

28. GRPE acknowledged the information provided by the IWG and the Russian Federation, endorsed in principle the roadmap proposed and requested the secretariat to reserve a room for a meeting prior to the January 2015 GRPE session.

29. The Chair of the IWG on GFV reported on the work progress made by the Group (GRPE-69-27). He recalled the decision to develop a new UN Regulation for heavy duty dual fuel retrofit, he provided information on the recent development of this task by the IWG itself as well as the task force for the retrofit of heavy duty dual fuel and reporting that an informal document on the subject was expected for the January 2015 GRPE session. He expected that the official consideration by GRPE was scheduled for June 2015, and WP.29 consideration in November 2015. The Chair of the IWG concluded by requesting the secretariat to reserve a room for a brief meeting, during the January 2015 GRPE session.

30. GRPE acknowledged the progress made by the group.

31. Introducing GRPE-69-29, the Chair of the IWG on EPPR informed GRPE about recent meetings. He presented the structure of the upcoming proposal as well as the proposed road map, targeting the adoption of the proposal in 2016.

32. GRPE acknowledged the progress of the Group.

33. GRPE did not receive any new proposal to amend UN Regulations Nos. 40 and 47.

34. The expert from the Netherlands introduced GRPE-69-02, proposing the introduction of reference fuels E5 (petrol) and B5 (diesel fuel) into UN GTR No. 2. The Chair noted that this would require an authorization to develop an amendment by AC.3. The expert from Japan commented that the current reference fuels should remain as an alternative. The Chair proposed to report about this matter at the June 2014 sessions of WP.29 and AC.3. The expert from the Netherlands volunteered to prepare a request for authorization to amend UN GTR No. 2.

35. The Chair of the IWG on EVE introduced GRPE-69-26 on recent meetings. He provided information on the draft regulatory reference guide (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2014/13) and recommended its endorsement by GRPE. He reported that several minor changes had been suggested, but that the EVE leadership did not accept them. He presented GRPE-69-14-Rev.1 containing a proposal for a new mandate. GRPE endorsed the proposed Electric Vehicle Reference Guide, which would be submitted to WP.29 for consideration at its November 2014 session. Noting the concern raised by OICA about the wording “assuming that” as well as the position of the EC to be clarified at the June 2014 AC.3 session, GRPE welcomed in principle the proposal for the road map to develop a gtr by the EVE Group.

36. The Chair of the IWG on VPSD informed GRPE about remaining open issues and discussion items. He reported that the Group had started a fundamental concept discussion e.g. about batteries to be considered as energy converter or energy storage. He added that the group planned to submit a proposal at the June 2015 session. The WLTP and EPPR Chairs commented that their groups were waiting for the outcome of VPSD.

37. GRPE acknowledged the progress made by the group and requested the secretariat to reserve a room for a meeting prior to the January 2015 GRPE session.

38. The expert from OICA recalled the purpose of GRPE-68-16-Rev.1. She reported on ongoing discussions and an update at GRPE at its January 2015 session.

39. The IWVTA Ambassador reported on the progress made by the IWG on IWVTA and the availability of the draft UN Regulation No. 0 (WP.29-162-04). He highlighted the ongoing discussion on the relevant content of lists A and B for UN Regulation No. 0, noting that UN Regulation No. 85 was in list A and that both UN Regulation No. 101 and WLTP were listed in List B. He echoed the comments made by the Chair on WLTP (see para. 10 above).

40. The secretariat also reported on the progress made on draft Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/53) and referred to WP.29-162-12-Rev.1 as well as WP.29-162-18. He added that the draft Revision 3 of the Agreement included some new elements:

(a) Allowing Contracting Parties to grant type approvals according to former versions of UN Regulations;

(b) Triggering the mandatory application by Contracting Parties of new series of amendments to UN Regulations on a common commencement date (e.g. 1 September each year). These elements would permit to yearly collect into a single amendment to UN Regulation No. 0 all newly adopted amendments to existing UN Regulations and new UN Regulations;

41. The secretariat added that the Group was proposing to better follow the definitions of Supplements and series of amendments to ease the IWVTA process and that a set of amendments to a UN Regulation would only be permitted once a year. He concluded that guidelines for transitional provisions (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1044/Rev.1) would be amended accordingly.

42. The GRPE Chair clarified that no further action was needed from GRPE at the moment.

43. The expert from the Russian Federation introduced GRPE-69-03 while discussing item 7 on Particulate Measurement Programme (see para. 26).

44. Recalling the submission of GRPE-66-03, WP.29-160-38, WP.29-161-12 and WP.29-162-16, the expert from South Korea introduced GRPE-69-28 on (i) the Korean VIAQ guideline that had proved to be effective, (ii) the standards applied in various countries and (iii) the need to harmonize internationally the VIAQ requirements. He concluded his presentation by proposing that GRPE develop a VIAQ guideline, as a first step. GRPE agreed to report on this matter at the June sessions of WP.29 and AC.3 and to further discuss a possible strategy to tackle this issue at its January 2015 session.

45. GRPE did not receive any new proposal for amendments to UN Rule No. 1.

46. The expert from Sweden presented GRPE-69-19, reporting on the CCAC activities. He informed GRPE that he Coalition was focusing on methane, black carbon and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) with the objective to address short-lived climate pollutants by raising awareness, enhancing new actions, mobilizing support and improving scientific understanding of short-lived climate pollutant impacts and mitigation strategies. He reported, in particular, on one of the ten initiatives of the coalition, the heavy-duty diesel initiative with the objective to virtually eliminate fine particles and black carbon emissions from new and existing heavy duty diesel vehicles and engines (including marine vessels) by (i) steadily reducing sulphur in diesel fuel, (ii) establishing more stringent emission standards with interested nations and parties, (iii) cleaning up existing fleets, (iv) cleaning up ports and marine transport and (v) developing a global green freight initiative. GRPE commented that WP.29 was in a position to contribute to these objectives.

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

48. In compliance with Rule 37 of the Rules of Procedures (TRANS/WP.29/690, Amends 1 and 2.) GRPE elected Mr. Christoph Albus (Germany) as Chair and Ms. Rashmi Urdhwareshi (India) as Vice-Chair to GRPE for the sessions of GRPE in the year 2015.

49. The secretariat introduced GRPE-69-09 containing the definitions in UN Regulations under the responsibility of GRPE. He invited the experts to consult the document when issuing proposals with definitions, so that definitions remain harmonized. GRPE agreed to refer this document to the IWG on VPSD.

50. The secretariat introduced a draft proposal (GRPE-69-18) by GRE to introduce in the consolidated Resolution on the construction of vehicles (R.E.3) the following new vehicle categories: agricultural trailer and towed agricultural machinery. He reported that the GRE experts preferred to involve experts from other Working Parties subsidiary to WP.29 and requested the secretariat to circulate this first draft proposal. Comments may be submitted by email to the GRE secretary (GRE@unece.org)

51. On behalf of GRPE, the GRPE Chair made a tribute to Mr. Shrikant Marathe (Vice-Chair of GRPE, India), Mr. Masahiko Sakai (JASIC), Mr. Juergen Stein (OICA) and Mr. Meinrad Signer (OICA), who would no longer attend GRPE sessions, acknowledging their considerable contributions to the activities of the group.

World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations | Session 166 | 23-26 Jun 2015

1. The World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) held its 166th session from 23-26 June 2015, 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): Australia; Belgium; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Brazil; Canada; China; Czech Republic; Egypt; Finland; France; Georgia; Germany; Hungary; India; Italy; Kazakhstan; Japan; Latvia; Luxembourg; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Portugal; Republic of Korea; Romania; Russian Federation; Serbia; Slovakia; South Africa; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Thailand; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; United States of America. Representatives of the European Union (EU) participated. The following governmental organization was also represented: International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The following non-governmental organizations were also represented: Association for Emission Control by Catalyst (AECC); European Tyre and Rim Technical Organisation (ETRTO); European Association of Automotive Suppliers (representing also the Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) and Japan Auto Parts Industries Association (JAPIA)); the Foundation for the Automobile and Society (FIA Foundation); Global New Car Assessment Programme; International Automotive Lighting and Light Signalling Expert Group (GTB); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA); International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA); Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International and International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA).

2. Ms. E. Molnar, Director of the Transport Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) announced the appointment of Mr. Jean Todt as the special envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for road safety. She informed the World Forum that the UNECE Transport Division would provide secretariat services for the special envoy. She noted that the UNECE secretariat welcomed the positive and proactive strategic development related to the 1998 Agreement as laid down in the Trilateral White Paper submitted by the European Union, Japan and the United States of America. She commended the good news on the revision of the 1958 Agreement, that there could be a possibility of reaching an agreement between Contracting Parties over the course of the year. She noted that Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement would be an important step forward in providing an introduction for the International Whole Vehicle Type Approval system. She also noted that with the recent establishment of the informal group on PTI; progress could be made soon in developing the 1997 Agreement to provide safe vehicles on our roads during their entire lifetime. She highlighted the importance of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) / Automated Driving (AD) as reflected in the UN regulatory framework as these new technologies would have huge potential in the areas of road safety and environmental protection.

3. WP.29 welcomed the participation for the first time of Egypt and Kazakhstan to the World Forum.

4. The provisional annotated agenda for the session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1115/Add.1) was adopted with the amendments noted below:

(a) Correction of reference to informal working group:

(b) Deletion of agenda items:
4.13.1. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/77 – Proposal for Supplement 2 to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 107

5. The list of informal documents is reproduced in Annex I to the session report (document WP.29/1116).

6. The 118th session of WP.29/AC.2 was held on 22 June 2015, 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 and 2), by the Chairs of WP.29 (Russian Federation), GRB (France), GRE (Belgium), GRSP (United States of America), GRPE (Germany), GRRF (United Kingdom), GRSG (Italy), the Administrative/Executive Committees of the three agreements administered by WP.29 (Russian Federation (AC.1), the Russian Federation (AC.4) and the United Kingdom (AC.3)), by the representatives of the European Union, Japan and the United States of America and by the Vice-Chairs of WP.29 (Italy), GRSG (Hungary), GRPE (India) and GRSP (Republic of Korea).

8. The Committee also reviewed the draft agenda for the 167th session of WP.29 scheduled to be held from 10 to 13 November 2015.

9. The representative of Japan briefed AC.2 on the progress of the International Whole Vehicle Type Approval System (IWVTA) Group. OICA had submitted a formal proposal to revise paragraph 3 of the frozen text of the revision of the 1958 Agreement. After discussions, the Group had decided not to change the frozen text, but to address the concern of OICA in the revised guidance document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1044 currently under development by the informal group. This issue would be revisited at the September meeting of Subgroup for the 1958 Agreement. The representative also briefed the Committee about the meeting of the Subgroup on UN Regulation No. 0. As a result of the discussions at their meeting, the small group on the definition of vehicle type agreed to introduce a new concept, ‘IWVTA type’ which would group vehicles of a type with the same level of conformity in one IWVTA type. The informal group on the Database for the Exchange of Type Approval (DETA) also agreed on a procedure to produce the relevant vehicle specific data for each vehicle.

10. The secretariat briefed AC.2 on the progress made in identifying a financing option for the DETA. AC.2 supported Germany’s offer to host DETA until the cost for DETA can be included in the UN regular budget. The Vice-Chair of WP.29 advised the Committee that the support of Contracting Parties at EXCOM was necessary in order to gain additional regular budget for financing DETA.

11. The secretariat presented a document providing guidance for preparing amendments to regulations. It furthermore clarified that only documents that have been voted on by AC.1 are legally binding. The representatives of the European Union (EU), Germany and the United Kingdom expressed their desire for further clarification on the definitions of version, revision, amendments as well as series of amendments, supplements and corrigenda.

12. AC.2 considered the possibility of establishing an Informal Working Group (IWG) on visibility, glare and levelling. Germany expressed its interest to chair the group, Poland to be Vice-Chair and OICA the secretary. WP.29 was requested to provide advice on this issue.

13. The secretariat informed AC.2 on the outcome of discussions between the secretariat and the Office of Legal Affairs (OLA).

14. The World Forum adopted the report of the Administrative Committee on its 115th session.

15. The World Forum noted the revised programme of work and documentation (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/1/Rev.1). WP.29 representatives were invited to review the document and to communicate to the secretariat any amendments deemed necessary. The secretariat presented the draft calendar of sessions for the year 2016 (WP.29-166-01) and announced that a request to move a half-day from the April session of GRSG to the October session would be transmitted to the Conference Services, (see Annex III).

16. The secretariat presented the list of GRs, Informal Working Groups (IWGs) and the list of the Administrative and Executive Committees (WP.29-166-03-Rev.1).

17. The secretariat informed the World Forum that the 2015 ITS flagship event would be jointly organized by France and UNECE in conjunction with the ITS World Congress in Bordeaux (France) on 7 October 2015.

18. The representative of EU informed the World Forum that the issue of autonomous vehicles was one of the priorities and high on the agenda of EU. She added that the topic would be discussed in the CARS 2020 high-level group, which consisted of stakeholders from the automotive sector, NGOs and policymakers. She explained that the purpose of CARS 2020 was to identify concrete priorities and sound objectives for policy activities and establish a medium term strategy for motor vehicles. She added that one of the main objectives of the strategy would be to ensure a solid, stable and predictable framework for automated/autonomous vehicles in the EU. She expressed the hope of EU that the outcomes of the discussions at WP.29 would feed into the work of EU and that the work among the various groups could be coordinated so as to avoid duplication and delays.

19. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRSP given during the 165th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1114, paras. 24-26) and approved the report.

20. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRPE given during the 165th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1114, paras. 27-30) and approved the report.

21. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRB given during the 165th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1114, paras. 31-33) and approved the report.

22. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRRF given during the 165th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1114, paras. 34-39) and approved the report.

23. The Chair of GRE reported on the results of the seventy-third session of GRE (for details, see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/73).

24. He informed WP.29 about the activities of GRE on simplifying of lighting and light-signalling Regulations and invited WP.29 to provide guidance on a number of legal and practical issues (see paras. 48 and 49 below). He also reported on GRE efforts to reach a consensus for amending the Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) provisions in Regulations Nos. 48 and 87, with the aim to include Regulation No. 48 into IVWTA.

25. Finally, WP.29 noted that, to prepare a consolidated proposal on new criteria for the automatic levelling of headlamps, GRE decided to establish a new Informal Working Group on Visibility, Glare and Levelling (IWG on VGL). WP.29 gave its consent for establishing the IWG.

26. The Chair of GRSG informed WP.29 about the results achieved during the 108th session of GRSG (for more, details see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/87).

27. He reported that GRSG had adopted the Terms of Reference of IWG on Panoramic Sunroof Glazing (PSG): annexed to the sessions report. He underlined the fact that sunroofs were not covered by the current scope of GTR No. 6 and that GRSG would need to review the scope. WP.29 recommended that AC.3 should consider the need to extend the scope of UN GTR. 6.

28. He informed WP.29 about discussions in GRSG on a new Regulation on Event Data Recorder (EDR) for automated vehicles. He sought guidance from WP.29 on the need to develop the new Regulation. WP.29 recommended that IWG on ITS/AD should be informed about this future activity by GRSG and then coordinate the work on automated vehicles within the subsidiary Working Parties. ITS/AD should consider the need to develop such a new Regulation on EDR and the extent of its content. The EU representative expressed a reservation on starting discussions and developments of this new Regulation on EDR. She informed WP.29 that a consultation of Council and Parliament was required before giving consent to start this activity.

29. The representative of the United States of America, on behalf of the Chair of GRSP, informed WP.29 about the results made by the group during its fifty-seventh session (for details, see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/57)

30. On Phase 2 of the UN GTR No. 7 (head restraints), he reported that GRSP was expected to consider a draft Addendum 1 of the Mutual Resolution No. 1 (M.R.1), along with the draft amendment to the UN GTR by the December 2015 session of GRSP, submitted by IWG. However, due to a possible delay in pending issues such as biomechanical criteria, he sought the consent of WP.29 and AC.3 to extend the deadline of the IWG mandate until December 2016. The World Forum agreed that AC.3 should consider this matter (see para. 111 below).

31. He sought the consent of WP.29 and AC.3 to extend the deadline of the IWG mandate on the draft Phase 2 of the UN GTR on pedestrian safety, aimed at including the Flex-PLI into the test of the UN GTR No. 9 until December 2016. WP.29 endorsed the request and requested AC.3 to consider this matter (see para. 112 below).

32. [The GRSP spokesman] reported that the IWG on the harmonization of side impact dummies, would continue discussions with ISO to incorporate the dummy improvements contained in the corresponding ISO standard into draft Addendum 2 to M.R.1. He, thus, sought the consent of WP.29 and AC.3 to extend the deadline of the IWG mandate until December 2016. WP.29 endorsed the request and requested AC.3 to consider this matter (see para. 123 below).

33. As concerns the development of UN Regulation No. 129 and the finalization of Phase I and Phase II for the inclusion of provisions covering booster cushion, [GRSP] informed that the IWG in charge of this issue would still need some time to address pending issues. Accordingly, he sought the endorsement of WP.29 to extend the mandate of the IWG until December 2016. WP.29 endorsed the request.

34. Finally, [GRSP] reported that the IWG on three dimensional “H” point machine (3-D H machine) was not yet in the position to draft the terms of reference because negotiations with the Society of Automotive Engineers International (SAE Int.) were required to obtain detailed drawings and technical specifications for the draft Addendum to the M.R.1. Therefore he sought guidance from WP.29 and AC.3 on how to proceed with the negotiations. WP.29 agreed to discuss this matter under agenda item 4.2.1 (see paras. 45-47 below).

35. The Chair of GRPE, reported on the results achieved by GRPE during its seventy-first session (for more details, see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/71 [once it has been published]).

37. He informed WP.29 that the IWG on Environmental and Propulsion Performance Requirements (EPPR) for L-category vehicles had requested an amendment to the existing mandate in order to extend the timeline until 2020 for continuation and completion of work (WP.29-166-20). The World Forum agreed with the proposed mandate extension and requested AC.3 to consider this matter (see para. 109 below).

36. [GRPE] informed WP.29 that the technical sponsors of the Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) GTR intended to submit a proposal to WP.29 and AC.3 at their November 2015 sessions in order to amend the mandate for Phase 2.

38. [GRPE] informed WP.29 that GRPE had adopted a new draft Mutual Resolution (draft M.R.2) containing ‘vehicle powertrain definitions’ that would be submitted to WP.29 in November 2015 for consideration. Thus, he announced that the IWG on Vehicle Propulsion System Definitions (VPSD) had concluded its activities.

39. [GRPE] informed WP.29 that the Contracting Parties under the 1958 Agreement had endorsed the proposed amendments by the industry to the Consolidated Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles (R.E.3) on recommendations on market fuel quality. He informed WP.29 that GRPE decided to submit the proposal to WP.29 for further consideration at its November 2015 session.

40. WP.29 noted that Mr. Christoph Albus (Germany) had been re-elected Chair of GRPE for the sessions of 2016 and that Ms. Rashmi Urdhwareshe (nominated by the Government of India), had been elected as Vice-Chair.

134. No subject was raised under this item.

133. No supplementary information was provided beyond agenda item 7.2. (see para. 82 above).

132. Following the recommendation of WP.29, the Administrative Committee AC.4 did not convene (see para. 7 above).

131. AC.3 expressed their gratitude for the work done by the representative of South Africa, Mr. S. J. Morgan, who would be retiring.

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

129. No new proposal was raised.

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

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

126. No supplementary information was provided beyond agenda item 4.2.1 (see paras. 45 – 47 above).

125. The representative of Canada informed AC.3 that since the last meeting of WP.29, two meetings of the IWG on EVE had taken place in April and June 2015. He reported on the activities on data and information gathering as Part A of the work. He informed AC.3 about the progress made in each topic area under the IWG: method of stating energy consumption led by China, battery performance and durability provisions led by Canada and the United States of America, and determination of the power of electric vehicles led by Germany and the Republic of Korea. He added that good progress had been made and that the next meeting would take place in Ottawa in mid-October.

124. The representative from Australia clarified that the activities related to UN GTR No. 14 were linked to those of the IWG on harmonization of side impact dummies and that results on this subject were awaited to establish the way forward.

123. The representative of the United States of America informed AC.3 that the IWG on harmonization of side impact dummies was in discussion with ISO on how to proceed with the drafting of Addendum 2 of M.R.1. He added that ISO had so far agreed to allow some parts of ISO 15830:2013 to be reproduced in the Addendum and other parts to be incorporated by reference; the IWG continues to work towards ensuring that the most recent build level of the dummy (build level F) is referenced in M.R.1. He stated that excluding a few minor issues, the WorldSID 50th percentile male dummy is essentially ready for incorporation into the GTR and that efforts on the 5th percentile female dummy are expected to be completed in late 2017. Finally, he announced that the respective WorldSID task groups plan to meet in Munich, Germany on 20 and 21 July 2015.

122. The representative of the United States of America informed AC.3 that work on this matter would continue in July and that the group would provide an update at the November 2015 session of WP.29.

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

120. No supplementary information was provided beyond agenda item 2.3 (see para. 16 above).

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

118. The representative of the United States of America informed AC.3 that the group was waiting for the United States final rule to be issued by November 2015, after which it would be brought to the attention of the group. He noted that the mandate of the group would expire in November 2015 and that the group may also need an extension. AC.3 decided to discuss this item further at the coming November session of WP.29.

41. The representative of Japan congratulated those who had been working on the update of the UN Regulations.

42. In March 2013, Japan identified 12 UN Regulations that may need to be revised in order to be included in the group of regulations applicable to IWVTA, and proposed that WP.29 work on the revision. Regulations Nos. 51 and 46 may be put on vote at this session and the November session of WP.29 respectively. This would finalise the activity on the 12 UN Regulations and contribute to the further progress of IWVTA. In addition, Contracting Parties would be enabled to apply additional UN Regulations. For example, Japan has notified the United Nations Secretary-General on their application of eight more UN Regulations in 2015, and that Japan now has transposed 63 UN Regulations into national regulations.

43. The secretariat informed the World Forum about the latest update of the status of the 1958 Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/343/Rev.23) containing the information received by the secretariat until 20 June 2015. The secretariat recalled the obligations for Contracting Parties to notify regulations not applied to the Secretary-General signed by persons with full powers and to provide information on their Type Approval Authorities and Technical Services to the WP.29 secretariat.

44. The secretariat reminded the World Forum that during its last session in March, WP.29 had requested the secretariat to update the document on the revised guidelines on amendments to UN Regulations following discussions in the Subgroup on Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement. The secretariat noted that it was currently discussing a possible simplification of symbols for documents with the Document Managements Services of UNOG with the goals of (i) replacing double-symbols by single symbols as of entry into force of Revision 3, (ii) indicating versions by an index-number attached to the original symbol, and (iii) introducing a modular concept for UN Regulation No. 0 which would show the applicable vehicle category already in the symbol. The WP.29 secretariat added that texts of Revisions include all previous amendments and corrections of a series of amendments approved by AC.1. The WP.29 secretariat informed WP.29 that previous versions would be made available electronically on the UNECE website at the request of Contracting Parties. The WP.29 Secretary also informed WP.29 that he had requested clarification by OLA on the legal status of documents and OLA had clarified that only the authentic texts that have been voted on by AC.1 were legally binding texts. Therefore from the date of entry into force of documents on 15 June 2015, the documents would bear a disclaimer with the symbols of the authentic texts on their front page. He reminded the World Forum to use static references to standards instead of dynamic ones in regulations.

45. The representative of Germany brought up the issue of private standards in regulations and gtrs with reference to the work done by the informal working group on the 3D-H-Point machine (see para. 34 above). He noted that a solution had been found with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and had enquired with SAE International to what extent their standards could be reproduced.

46. The representative of SAE International explained to the World Forum that SAE International owned the copyrights and the intellectual property rights on any standards they produce. He added that the standards are sold, which provides a revenue stream for the society. He expressed SAE International’s willingness to have an open discussion and dialogue on the issue.

47. The secretariat offered to organize any discussions to find a solution that is acceptable to all parties.

48. The Chair of GRE presented a concept for the simplification of lighting and light-signalling Regulations based on a Horizontal Reference Document (HRD) to which the common provisions of numerous individual device Regulations would be moved (WP.29-166-22). He introduced two options for HRD: (a) insert a new part B in Regulation No. 48 or (b) establish a new Resolution under WP.29, and invited the World Forum to provide guidance on the preferred option. He also mentioned that, as part of the simplification exercise, GRE had put on hold a number of adopted amendment proposals, awaiting consolidation with other amendment proposals for the same UN Regulations. WP.29 noted that OLA had pointed out legal implications, which the use of a new part B of Regulation No. 48 could entail, and called for seeking a general solution in the framework of the ongoing Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement (WP.29-166-18). The EU representative welcomed this explanation but added that this was a legal problem for which OLA should be requested to extend their analysis and to provide their preferred option. In case a Resolution is not the legally optimum solution OLA shall be requested to provide alternative solutions.

49. WP.29 was of the view that pending a recommendation from OLA a new Resolution seemed to be the preferable option for HRD. At the same time, WP.29 requested GRE and the secretariat to continue their consultations with OLA with the aim to identify any legal issues that might arise if a new Resolution is adopted for the purposes of simplifying lighting and light-signalling Regulations. If needed, WP.29 agreed to come back to this issue at its next session.

50. The representative of France proposed to delete a design restrictive requirement in Regulation No. 48 for auto-levelling of headlamps equipped with any Light Emitting Diodes (LED) light sources (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/21, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/73 and WP.29-166-23). The representative explained that, if LED were treated the same way as other lights sources, more LED headlamps would be fitted on new vehicles, and thus improving road safety and reducing CO2 emissions. WP.29 noted that recent studies indicate that the type of light source does not seem to be a major factor of headlamp glare, and that GRE had established an IWG to review all levelling requirements in Regulation No. 48 (para. 25 above). The EU representative stressed that also for this subject OLA should be involved to provide their analysis and preferred option.

51. WP.29 stressed that, in line with the text and spirit of the 1958 Agreement, Regulations should be technologically neutral and performance based. Therefore, WP.29 advocated the French proposal and invited GRE to adopt it and to submit it to WP.29 for consideration. WP.29 also pointed out the importance of the newly established IWG for finding a general solution for glare and visibility issues. WP.29 also instructed IWG and GRE to verify, as a matter of priority, that LED headlamps do not produce more glare compared to other light sources, to review all levelling requirements and to report back to WP.29.

52. The representative of Japan, Co-Chair of the IWG on IWVTA, reported on the progress at the eighteenth meeting of the group. He reported that IWG had introduced two definitions for type: vehicle type, which could contain all variants regardless of their level of conformity, and which corresponded to what we are used to; and IWVTA type, which defined one level of conformity within a vehicle type. He presented informal document WP.29-166-15 on the changes required to the draft UN Regulation No. 0. He clarified that these changes would be included in the text during the September session of the group and would further be included as Revision 1 to document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/68. He notified WP.29 that UN Regulation No. 0 would be pre-tested and that the contact point for pre-testing had been indicated in the informal document for anyone interested. The representative of the Russian Federation highlighted mutual proposal with the European Commission on the applicability of national and regional requirements in addition to IWVTA if there are no such requirements in the existing UN Regulations

53. The representative of Switzerland asked why the Unique Identifier could not replace the conventional type approval marking for UN Regulation No. 0. The representative of Japan replied that the use of the Unique Identifier as replacement for the conventional marking would have no added value. The representative of the Netherlands added that the standard marking of vehicles included the letter “U” for universal type approval or the letter “L” for limited international whole vehicle type approval, and that if the Unique Identifier were used there would be no indication of what approval is granted to the vehicle; there would be no distinction between limited and universal international whole vehicle type approval.

54. The Chair of the informal group on IWVTA reported on the outcomes of the last meeting. He reported that OICA had made a formal proposal to revise paragraph 3 of the frozen text of the revision of the 1958 Agreement. After discussions, the group decided not to change the frozen text, but to address the concern of OICA in the revised guidance document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1044/Rev.1 currently under development. This issue would be revisited at the September meeting of Subgroup for the 1958 Agreement. The representative of OICA clarified he had withdrawn his proposals so as not to risk delaying the final decision on the revision of the 1958 Agreement in many Contracting Parties. The Chair of IWVTA also reported that the decision of the informal group not to amend the current frozen text was also in line with the request from the Russian Federation to keep the frozen text unchanged.

55. The World Forum noted that the only remaining issue for decision was whether the majority threshold should be increased from two-thirds to four-fifths. This discussion would take place at the November session of WP.29, provided that EU would be able to provide their final view on the matter. The EU representative pointed out that at the level of the Commission the tasks were completed, but that additional time was needed to consult with the Council and the Parliament. She requested countries that were considering becoming a contracting party to the 1958 Agreement to signal this which might be a possible justification for EU member States to agree with an increase of the voting threshold.

56. The representative of Germany, as Chair of IWG on electronic Database for the Exchange of Type Approval documentation (DETA), reported on the meeting of the informal working group (Berlin, 16 June 2015). He informed WP.29 that a drafting group would prepare the performance specifications of the system and would determine who would have access to the system. The drafting group would meet with the informal group on International Vehicle Type Approval system (IWVTA) because many of the issues would be importantt to IWVTA. He highlighted the importance of having the system ready by 2017/2018, when IWVTA was expected to be implemented.

57. The secretariat presented informal document WP.29-166-07 detailing the different financing options for DETA. The secretariat explained that there were two options to cover financing: either by UN regular budget or by extra-budgetary funds. The secretariat noted that the option of establishing a trust fund (an example of extra-budgetary), would be the preferred option of the secretariat.

58. The representatives of Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland expressed their support of funding DETA by additional regular UN budget. The secretariat explained that the request for additional budget should come from the member States and that the secretariat was searching for precedent cases, so that the practical steps on how to proceed could be identified.

59. The representative of Germany offered to host DETA in the beginning by his country, if necessary, until UN financing issues are resolved.

60. The World Forum decided to continue discussions on the matter at the next session of WP.29.

61. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.6.1 to 4.6.10 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

62. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.7.1 to 4.7.4 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the corrections in paras. 63 and 64 below.

63. Agenda item 4.7.3, Regulation No. 83, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/57, correct Annex 11, para. 2.10 to read:
“2.10. A “driving cycle” consists of engine key-on, a driving mode where a malfunction would be detected if present, and engine key-off."

64. Agenda items 4.7.2 and 4.7.3, Regulation No. 83:
(a) In ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/57, for “Annex 11, paragraph 9.3.5.2.” read “Paragraph 9.3.5.2.”. Paragraph 9.3.5.2. shall be moved after the deletion of Footnote 3 (page 2).
(b) In ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/56, Paragraph 9.3.5.2. shall be moved after Paragraph 5.3.7.3. (page 4).

64 (bis). Agenda items 4.7.2 and 4.7.3, Regulation No. 83:
(a) In ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/57, for “Annex 11, paragraph 9.3.5.2.” read “Paragraph 9.3.5.2.”. Paragraph 9.3.5.2. shall be moved after the deletion of Footnote 3 (page 2).
(b) In ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/56, Paragraph 9.3.5.2. shall be moved after Paragraph 5.3.7.3. (page 4).

65. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.8.1 to 4.8.7 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting subject to the correction in para. 66 below. WP.29 noted the considerable work done by GRB experts on the preparation of a new series of amendments to Regulation No. 51 (agenda item 4.8.4) and congratulated them on this achievement.

66. Agenda item 4.8.7, Regulation No. 117, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/65, insert the following correction:
Annex 4, the title, footnote 1, shall read: “replace “paragraph 12.9” with “paragraph 12.8””

67. The representative of EU, Japan and the Chair of GRB welcomed the adoption of the 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 51 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/62) and acknowledged the work of GRB and its subsidiary bodies.

68. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.9.1 to 4.9.2 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting subject to the correction in para. 69 below.

69. Agenda item 4.9.2, Regulation No. 109, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/67,
Paragraph 6.4.4.2. subparagraph (c), correct to read:
“(c) a copy of the last report of the Conformity of Production as required in UN Regulation No. 117. "

70. No proposals were submitted by GRSG for this session.

71. No proposals were submitted by GRRF for this session.

72. The World Forum noted that no Corrigenda were submitted.

73. The World Forum noted that no proposals were submitted by the Working Parties.

74. The Chair of GRSP presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/69. The representative of Germany noted that the document contained square brackets. The World Forum agreed that they should be removed as follows and then be submitted to AC.1 for voting:

75. Through the document, replace “Rechargeable [Electrical] Energy Storage System” to read "Rechargeable Electrical Energy Storage System ".

76. The Chair of GRSG suggested that these two documents be removed from the agenda and that a new official document be discussed at the November session of WP.29.

77. The World Forum noted the consolidated document on the status of the Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.13).

78. The representative of the United States of America introduced informal document WP.29-166-17. He explained that the document intended to improve the implementation of the 1998 Agreement and not to amend it. To that end, he listed several initial ideas for the Forum’s consideration. The representatives of EU and Japan invited all stakeholders and Contracting Parties to provide comments on the document. The representative of EU further added that some of the suggestions in the document could be implemented instantaneously. That would be a first step to improve collective actions for the application of the Agreement. The representative from India underlined the role and the interest of her country in the Agreement and proposed to share their experience in implementing gtrs in national law. The representative of CLEPA/JAPIA/MEMA showed support for initiative to improve the good functioning of the 1998 Agreement. The representative of the United States of America volunteered to receive comments on the document so as to provide a revised version at the November 2015 session of AC.3. WP.29 decided that the document would be further discussed at AC.3 under item 13.

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

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

81. The secretariat presented the World Forum with the consolidated document (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1074/Rev.5) on the status of the Agreement including the status of the UN Rules annexed to the Agreement, the list of Contracting Parties to the Agreement and of their Administrative Departments.

82. The representative of the Netherlands presented the informal document WP.29-166-08, detailing the Terms of Reference for IWG on PTI. WP.29 adopted the Terms of Reference as reproduced in Annex IV of the WP.29-166 session report.

83. The World Forum agreed to defer consideration of this item, awaiting the outcome of the work of IWG on PTI.

84. The World Forum agreed to defer consideration of this item, awaiting the outcome of the work of IWG on PTI.

85. The representative of the United States of America informed the World Forum that the Enforcement IWG would not meet until November of this year.

86. In the absence of the Secretary of the Working Party on Road Traffic Safety (WP.1), the WP.29 secretariat informed the World Forum about the last session of WP.1 (23 to 26 March 2015). The secretariat reported that the amendments to the 1968 Vienna Convention are still in the one year period during which Contracting Parties to the 1968 Convention had the opportunity to communicate their support, rejection or request to convene a conference to discuss the proposed amendments to Articles 8 and 39 of the Vienna Convention. In addition, the secretariat reported that, at its seventieth session, WP.1 had discussed proposed amendments to Annex 5 on lighting and light-signalling and that they had made good progress, and would continue to discuss the proposals submitted by IMMA and Laser Europe at their seventy-first session.

87. The World Forum agreed to increase cooperation with relevant bodies within the UNECE Sustainable Transport Division (WP.29-166-09) to coordinate work, avoid duplication and create synergies in the various groups. WP.29 decided not to form new bodies for coordination, but to increase participation in the various sessions in order to enhance exchanges of information among the existing bodies, by exploring possibilities of inviting experts from other fora to attend sessions of IWG on ITS/AD.

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

89. The Chair of IWG on ITS/AD reported on the results of the fourth and fifth meetings of the group. He also presented informal document WP.29-166-21 for the endorsement of WP.29. He clarified that the document was not static and would be updated as necessary. The World Forum endorsed the document and decided to refer it to GRRF for review at its September 2015 session.

90. The secretariat presented document WP.29-166-10 for reflection on the existing autonomous/automated driving technologies and their application. The secretariat reiterated the importance of communication and collaboration on these issues.

91. The World Forum took note of the informal documents and expressed satisfaction that the secretariat had addressed the concerns expressed at former sessions of the World Forum and that all documents adopted at the November 2014 were already available in the three languages English, French and Russian. The World Forum welcomed the initiative presented by the secretariat proposing to install a document management system supporting the consolidation of documents and encouraged the secretariat to further proceed.

92. WP.29 expressed its gratitude for the work done by the representative of EU, Mr. P. Jean; the representative of the Netherlands, Mr. H. Jongenelen; and the representative of ETRTO, Mr. J. Almon.

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

94. Of the 52 Contracting Parties to the Agreement, 40 were represented and established AC.1 for its sixtieth session, held on 24 June 2015.

95. AC.1 invited Mr. B. Kisulenko, Chair of WP.29, to chair the session.

96. The results of the voting on the documents submitted to AC.1 can be found in the table on pages 22 and 23 of the session report.

97. The forty-fourth session of the Executive Committee (AC.3) was held on 25 June 2015 and chaired by the representative of the United Kingdom. The representatives of 12 of the 35 Contracting Parties to the Agreement attended: Australia, Canada, China, the European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Norway, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, South Africa and the United States of America.

98. AC.3 noted the information, as of 15 June 2015, on the status of the Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.13), the status of the priorities (based on WP.29-166-14 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 (Mr. E. Gianotti) on 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. It was also noted that the number of Contracting Parties to the Agreement had increased, which increases the threshold of minimum number of countries needed to establish the quorum of AC.3. Representatives of Permanent Mission of Contracting Parties to the Agreement, were thus recommended, to participate at AC.3 instead of representatives from the capital if needed.

99. AC.3 continued discussion on the Trilateral White Paper introduced by the European Union, Japan and the United States of America. The representative of India expressed her support for the efforts to improve the implementation of the 1998 Agreement. She added that India would be pleased to share any data or experiences, especially in the area of WLTP. She noted that, due to resource limitations, participation in all working groups was difficult, and a detailed survey assessing priority areas, focus and resource allocation of Contracting Parties might be worthwhile. She stated that India would be ready to assist in this effort. The representative of IMMA referred to the ongoing work on GTRs in the IWG on EPPR — further to the three existing motorcycle GTRs — and emphasized the importance of implementing GTRs. IMMA would provide a more detailed statement at the November WP.29 session. The representative of OICA also expressed their support for the paper and added that the 1998 Agreement was of great importance to the industry. He suggested that improving the functioning of the 1998 Agreement could be a dynamic process that could include a critical review of the Agreement on a periodic basis. The representative of Australia noted the option in the Trilateral paper to focus on prioritising items added to the programme of work on the basis of potential safety and/or environmental benefits.  He underlined this importance given the obligations of Contracting Parties under the 1998 Agreement to implement UN GTRs into domestic regulations. The representative of Germany had two suggestions to improve the document: (i) the current programme of work mentioned in the document could be updated to correspond with the latest status, (ii) a reference to the status of the agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.13) could be added. The representative of the United States of America requested that all comments on the document be sent to him in writing. He would then incorporate all the comments into another document. AC.3 was encouraged to review the document and discuss it with national administrations. AC.3 decided to establish the document as a formal document for submission to AC.3 and WP.29. The proposal of OICA to review the 1998 Agreement every five years would be discussed further at the November session of WP.29.

100. AC.3 noted that no draft UN GTR or draft amendments to established UN GTR were submitted.

101. The item was submitted for consideration and vote, and adopted on 25 June 2015 by Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Norway, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, South Africa and the United States of America. The European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom) abstained from voting. The documentation (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/72) submitted jointly with the request would be appended to the listed technical regulation.

102. The item was submitted for consideration and vote, and adopted on 25 June 2015 by Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Norway, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, South Africa and the United States of America. The European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom) abstained from voting. The documentation (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/73) submitted jointly with the request would be appended to the listed technical regulation.

103. The item was submitted for consideration and vote, and adopted on 25 June 2015 by Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Norway, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, South Africa and the United States of America. The European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom) abstained from voting. The documentation (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/74) submitted jointly with the request would be appended to the listed technical regulation.

104. The item was submitted for consideration and vote, and adopted on 25 June 2015 by Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Norway, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, South Africa and the United States of America. The European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom) abstained from voting. The documentation (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/75) submitted jointly with the request would be appended to the listed technical regulation.

105. The item was submitted for consideration and vote, and adopted on 25 June 2015 by Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Norway, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, South Africa and the United States of America. The European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom) abstained from voting. The documentation (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/76) submitted jointly with the request would be appended to the listed technical regulation.

106. The item was submitted for consideration and vote, and adopted on 25 June 2015 by Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Norway, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, South Africaand the United States of America. The European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom) abstained from voting. The documentation (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/77) submitted jointly with the request would be appended to the listed technical regulation.

107. The item was submitted for consideration and vote, and adopted on 25 June 2015 by Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Norway, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, South Africa, and the United States of America. The European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom) abstained from voting. The documentation (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/78) submitted jointly with the request would be appended to the listed technical regulation.

108. AC.3 noted that guidance had not been requested.

109. The representative of EU, on behalf of the Chair of the IWG on Environmental and Propulsion Performance Requirements (EPPR) for L-category vehicles, summarized the work progress of the IWG. He highlighted the progress made in the three priority subjects identified and selected for the first stage of work: a draft GTR on evaporative and crankcase emissions, a draft GTR on on-board diagnostics and an entire revision of GTR No. 2. He added that AC.3 could expect documents for consideration at the June and November 2016 sessions. He noted that there is limited time to complete all work and, therefore, requested an extension of the mandate. He reminded AC.3 of the survey conducted by EU as part of the Euro 5 impact study and encouraged all to take part in the survey. He noted that the next meeting of the IWG would be held in Brussels in September 2015. The representative of IMMA recalled the agreed priority on powered two wheelers, in particular two wheelers with petrol engines, to facilitate the coordination of work. AC.3 agreed to extend the mandate of the group until December 2020, as requested, and to establish WP.29-166-20 as ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/36/Rev.1.

110. The representative of Republic of Korea reported on activities of IWG on Panoramic Sun Roof Glazing. He reported that the draft Terms of Reference of the group would be submitted to WP.29 for adoption at its November session. The representative of Italy added that GRSG should consider extending the scope of GTR 6 to include panoramic sun roofs. AC.3 supported this initiative.

111. The representative of Japan reported on the work progress of the IWG on Phase 2 of UN GTR No. 7. He informed AC.3 that the IWG had not met as a group since February 2014 although discussions have taken place by WebEx. He clarified that during this period, improvements had been made to the reproducibility of the Bio Rear Impact Dummy (BioRID) tool and the laboratory work undertaken by NHTSA to correlate Post Mortem Human Subjects (PHMS) and BioRID responses. He added that NHTSA had reported that the matrix of seat tests that are intended to permit correlation between PMHS and BioRID have now been completed and data analysis is underway. He also informed AC.3 that the IWG would meet in early September to agree on BioRID pass/fail criteria and to agree on a draft document to be submitted at the December 2015 session of GRSP for initial consideration — aiming at an official proposal for final consideration by GRSP in May 2016. Finally, AC.3 agreed to extend the mandate of the IWG until December 2016 to allow the completion of the above-mentioned work plan.

112. The representative of Germany reported on the work progress of the IWG on Phase 2 of UN GTR No. 9. He noted that the group was still waiting for results of the cost benefit analysis that the United States of America was conducting. He requested an extension for the mandate of the group until December 2016. The representative of the United States of America informed AC.3 that the results of their analysis would be ready at the December 2016 session of GRSP. AC.3 agreed to extend the mandate and discuss the matter further in November 2016.

113. Following the verbal report of the representative of Australia, the representative of the United States of America informed AC.3 that they would report on impact dummies under agenda item 18.4.

114. The representative of Germany, Chair of GRPE, reported on the progress made by the IWG on Worldwide harmonized Light vehicle Test Procedures (WLTP) under Phase 1b. He added that AC.3 could expect a document to be submitted for its consideration in June 2016. He mentioned that the planning of Phase 2 had been presented at the last GRPE session. He noted that AC.3 could expect a proposal on the mandate for Phase 2 in November 2015. He added that GRPE had discussed the transposition of WLTP into UN Regulations and considered a modular approach as a possible solution. He added that he expects a more detailed presentation on this item, possibly by the two technical sponsors at the November 2015 session of WP.29. He noted that the next meeting of the IWG would be held in Tokyo in September 2015.

115. AC.3 adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/70 tabled by the representative of the Russian Federation to request authorization to start work on developing an amendment to UN GTR No. 16.

116. On behalf of the technical co-sponsors, China, Japan, the United States of America and the European Union, the representative of the United States of America provided a progress report of the IWG (WP.29-166-19) on EVS. He informed AC.3 that in addition to the IWG meetings, the task force teams have been conducting teleconferences and face-to-face meetings regularly to resolve complex technical issues. However, he added that significant technical challenges are still ahead. At the last IWG meeting, the representative of the United States of America had introduced proposals aimed at improving some of the current proposed requirements and at filling in some of the gaps. He added that the IWG also discussed development of a 2-phase approach, – pending an agreement from the expert of China – that would allow the UN GTR to be completed in Phase 1 and leave the long-term research items for Phase 2. To complete Phase 1, extending the mandate by one more year might be necessary. Accordingly, he clarified that the IWG would decide on the request for extension of the mandate at its next meeting in September and if needed, a request would be made at the November 2015 session of AC.3.

117. The representative of Germany drew attention to the possible overlap of work dealing with testing battery durability in the IWGs on Electric Vehicles and the Environment (EVE), EVS and WLTP, and he noted the need to consider the best approach to testing to avoid duplication and unnecessary burden on industry. AC.3 invited GRPE to think about the issue and decided to include it as an agenda item in the next session of WP.29. AC.3 requested the secretariat to distribute WP.29-166-19 with an official symbol at its November 2015 session.

World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations | Session 169 | 21-24 Jun 2016

1. The World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) held its 169th session from 21 to 24 June 2016, chaired by Mr. A. Erario (Italy). The following countries were represented, following Rule 1(a) of the Rules of Procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.1 and Amend.2): Australia; Belgium; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Canada; China; Czech Republic; Finland; France; Georgia; Germany; Hungary; India; Italy; Japan; Kazakhstan; Luxembourg; Malaysia; Norway; Poland; Portugal; Republic of Korea; Romania; Russian Federation; San Marino; Slovakia; South Africa; Spain; Switzerland; Thailand; Turkey; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; United States of America and Viet Nam. Representatives of the European Union (EU) participated. The following intergovernmental organizations were represented: International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the International Transport Forum of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The following non-governmental organizations were also represented: Association for Emissions Control by Catalyst (AECC); European Association of Automotive Suppliers (representing CLEPA/MEMA/JAPIA); European Tyre and Rim Technical Organization (ETRTO); Foundation for the Automobile and Society (FIA Foundation); Global New Car Assessment Programme (Global NCAP); International Automotive Lighting and Light Signalling Expert Group (GTB); International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA); International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA); and the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).

2. The Vice-Chair of the World Forum, Mr. Erario, welcomed the representatives to the World Forum and introduced the opening speakers: H.E. Mr. Marco Arzilli, the Minister of Industry, Handicraft, Trade, Transport and Research of San Marino and Mr. Yongseog Kim, the Director General of the Motor Transport Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of the Republic of Korea. The Vice-Chair indicated the absence of the Chair of the World Forum, Mr. Kisulenko, due to medical reasons and that following the rules of procedures of WP.29, he would chair the 169th session.

3. In his opening statement, H.E. Mr. Marco Arzilli stated that San Marino is honoured and pleased to be part of the Community of the United Nations and to participate at the UNECE World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29). He reminded the World Forum that San Marino has a history of 1,715 years and, as such, is the oldest Republic in the world, stressing that it is ready to face this new challenge with the awareness of the great responsibility that derives from the UNECE agreements in this field. H.E. Mr. Arzilli emphasized that San Marino wants to convert this responsibility into constant attention and continuous updates, and that the Republic’s contribution to these international contexts will be always based on this precise commitment. Finally, His Excellency highlighted San Marino’s maximum availability to discuss and collaborate with each member country of UNECE, and declared that San Marino will be a strong and devoted supporter of the United Nations Programme on “Road Safety” (safer roads) and of all the initiatives related to environmental protection, sustainable transport and the increase of the safety systems in vehicle production.

4. The Director General of Motor Vehicles Management Bureau of Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of the Republic of Korea, Mr. Yongseog Kim, stated that the Republic of Korea has actively participated in the establishment and amendments of UN Regulations and UN GTRs in the framework of activities of WP.29. He further underlined its role of Vice-Chair in GRSP sessions since 2013 and its chairmanship of two Informal Working Groups (IWG) on “Vehicle Indoor Air Quality” and “Panoramic Sunroof Glazing”.

5. He particularly indicated that Republic of Korea suggested expanding the application of safety-belt warning devices from the current driving seat to all seats at the GRSP expert meeting in December 2014. The suggestion, backed by concerted efforts of France, Japan and the European Commission, have resulted in the agreement at the GRSP meeting in May 2016, and a proposal for submission to the November 2016 session of WP.29. He also reminded WP.29 that his country will request an authorization to develop an amendment to UN GTR No. 9 on evaluation methods concerning active device for pedestrian protection during the current session of the Administrative Committee of the 1998 Agreement (AC.3) and asked for support from representatives. He also indicated the intention of his country to actively participate in the development of the second phase of a UN GTR on hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles.

6. He informed WP.29 that Republic of Korea had been monitoring international trends on the establishment of international standards on autonomous vehicles and relevant technological development within Intelligent Transport Systems – Automated Driving (ITS-AD) IWG and in the same time is actively participating to the ITS-AD IWG. He added that his Government established “plans for commercialization of autonomous vehicles” in the first half of 2015 to support commercialization of autonomous cars and development of relevant technologies and standards.

7. According to this plan, its Government will actively work on various fields such as research and development for autonomous vehicle and its technologies, improving legal systems for allowing test-driving and improving communication-infrastructures and digital maps. He stated that the Republic of Korea is well aware that activities for enhancing automobile safety are carried out by discussion and international consensus at WP.29, the most prestigious international forum in the automotive sector.

8. Finally, he underlined that his country is ready to contribute to improving international standards on autonomous vehicles. As the Director General of Motor Vehicles Management Bureau of Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, responsible for automobile safety and relevant systems and policies of Republic of Korea, he stated that his country is ready to play bigger roles in various fields being discussed at WP.29 and receive cooperation and support in this endeavour.

9. The annotated provisional agenda for the session was adopted without amendments.

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

143. No subject was raised under this agenda item.

142. No supplementary information was provided beyond agenda item 7.3 (see paras. 75 to 80 above).

141. No supplementary information was provided beyond agenda item 7.2 (see paras. 69 to 74 above).

69. The secretariat recalled the consolidated document (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1074/Rev.6) 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.

70. The representative of Kazakhstan informed WP.29 about the new development in his country related to Periodic Technical Inspections (PTI) and referred to WP.29-169-14 which presents the PTI Certificate being issued in his country in lieu of the International PTI Certificate.

71. The Chair of WP.29 kindly asked the secretariat to distribute the information so that international traffic would be facilitated taking into account the notification of the PTI Certificate used in Kazakhstan.

72. The representative of the Russian Federation, Co-Chair of IWG on PTI, presented the revised proposal for Revision 2 to Rule No. 1 and draft amendments to Rule No. 2 developed by the group. He noted that the documents were harmonized with the provisions of the latest Regulations, annexed to the 1958 Agreement, and harmonized with the European Directive 2014/45/EU, Customs Union Regulation and other national legislations.

73. He explained that to ease the conditions for accession to the 1997 Agreement by the majority of Member States of the United Nations, the group proposed to exclude M1 and N1 vehicle categories from the scope of the Rules.

74. He, however, recalled that WP.29 at its 156th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1095, para 84), had decided to extend the scope of the UN Rules to M1 and N1 vehicle categories, which had been reconfirmed at its 162nd session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1108) and that the corresponding draft amendments (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/132/Rev.1 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/133/Rev.1) had been developed by the Russian Federation and CITA. He noted that a limited number of the Contracting Parties attended IWG on PTI and asked, therefore, for guidance by WP.29 on the subject.

75. The representative of Finland proposed to keep M1 and N1 vehicle categories in the scope of the Rules.

76. The representative from Hungary confirmed that for his country UN Rules covering M1 and N1 vehicle categories, harmonized with EU legislation, would be necessary.

77. WP.29 requested the IWG on PTI to continue the work on revising UN Rules Nos. 1 and 2 and to submit draft amendments, covering both M1 and N1 vehicle categories for the next session.

78. The representative of the Russian Federation, Co-Chair of IWG on PTI, presented the results of the fourth meeting of IWG on PTI. He thanked Automobile and Motorcycle Association of Serbia (AMSS) for arranging the last meeting.

79. He informed WP.29 that the group had agreed on requirements for test methods, test tools, devices and equipment to be used for demonstrating compliance with vehicle performance requirements for incorporation into UN Rules.

80. He added that the general obligations and responsibilities of the Contracting Parties necessary to arrange PTI would be inserted in the 1997 Agreement.

81. He reported that the IWG on PTI had decided to develop a Resolution for detailed recommendations ensuring the objectivity and the high quality of the technical inspections. Contracting Parties would refer to this Resolution when establishing the suitability of their PTI system for the assessment of compliance with the prescriptions of UN Rules in the framework of the 1997 Agreement.

82. He recalled that, according to the Terms of Reference of IWG on PTI, the draft proposals on conformity of PTI process incorporating the draft amendments to the 1997 Agreement and the draft Resolution should be submitted to WP.29 in November 2016. Submission of draft documents on minimum inspection requirements for Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)/Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles and electric and hybrid-electric vehicles to WP.29, was confirmed by the group for March 2017 and November 2017 accordingly.

83. The Co-Chair informed WP.29 that the next meeting had been scheduled for the beginning of September 2016 in Bucharest and invited the interested countries to take part.

140. Following the recommendation of WP.29, the Administrative Committee AC.4 did not convene (see para. 12).

139. No subject was raised under this agenda item.

136. The Chair initiated a discussion on the priorities of the strategy of future work, and referred to topics such as environmental protection, automation and cyber security. The representative of the European Union pointed out that these elements need to be reformulated into specific actions and in coherence with the agenda of the different organizations, so as to avoid duplication of work. She further referred to the implementation of S.R.2, aiming at a streamlining work and focusing on important areas. The agenda should be adjusted accordingly to provide discussion for this important topic.

137. The Chair recalled that in previous sessions the industry representatives, CLEPA, IMMA and OICA, had submitted ideas on elements of future work and invited them to consolidate their ideas. The representative of OICA stated that a consolidation would be difficult, however, an update of their document would be needed to take into account the activities of different regions.

138. The Chair concluded that it would be necessary to revise the agenda of the November 2016 session to allow for discussions on the programme of work and invited Contracting Parties to reflect on priorities in preparation for the next session.

135. No new proposal was provided for this agenda item.

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

133. The representative of the United States of America informed AC.3 that NHTSA was preparing an NPRM on the transposition of Phase 1 of the UN GTR, expected for the end of the 2016. On behalf of former sponsor and co-sponsor countries of Phase 1 of the UN GTR, he also added that their number would likely increase for Phase 2. He also announced that, as the programme of work of the Agreement is expected to be finalized in a near future, an informal proposal of authorization to develop Phase 2 of the UN GTR would then be presented for approval at AC.3.

132. AC.3 noted the representative of Germany from resigning as Chair of the IWG on the harmonization of specifications of the 3-D H machine. AC.3 thanked Mr. Damm for his contributions and underlined the importance of this activity. The Chair of AC.3 asked the representatives of WP.29 and AC.3 to find a new Chair for the IWG.

131. The representative of Canada informed AC.3 about the ongoing activities on data and information gathering. He mentioned that a draft report on the results of part A, as well as information about different options and recommendations on the way forward had been presented and discussed at GRPE in June 2016. He highlighted the good close cooperation between the IWGs on EVE and WLTP on the topic of determining powertrain performance. He informed AC.3 about the planning of part B of the mandate under each of the areas of work: (a) recyclability was expected to be removed from any subsequent mandate; (b) a model had been developed, as an information sharing activity, to evaluate the energy consumption of a particular vehicle; (c) research and literature review on battery performance and durability: research on a method of stating energy consumption may continue and could provide a basis for the development of a new UN GTR. The development of a new UN GTR may be initiated or research may continue; and then (d) development of a procedure for incorporation into the existing UN GTR No. 15 was expected to be recommended for the power-train performance determination, in accordance with the mandate. He mentioned that the IWG on EVE would meet in July 2016 to reach final consensus. He informed AC.3 that a request for developing UN GTRs may be submitted to the November 2016 session of AC.3 in order to initiate part B of the mandate.

130. The expert of the United States of America informed AC.3 about the work progress of the IWG. He announced that the group had planned to meet in September 2016 to finalize a draft addendum to the Mutual Resolution No. 1 to incorporate specifications of the 50th percentile World Side Impact dummy (SID). He confirmed that the harmonization activities of the 5th percentile World SID female dummy still needed revision and time.

109. A proposal for Special Resolution No. 2 (S.R.2) was submitted for consideration and vote (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/65) and adopted on 23 June 2016 by consensus vote of the following Contracting Parties present and voting: 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, Norway, the Republic of Korea, San Marino, South Africa, the Russian Federation, Turkey and the United States of America.

110. The representatives of Japan, the United States of America and the European Union, as sponsors to S.R.2, noted that S.R.2 constitutes additional efforts aimed at improving the implementation of the 1998 Agreement. A first set of follow-up actions were discussed, including increased transparency of the work, improving the website and meeting attendance opportunities, meeting management improvements and developing a revised work plan. Input and cooperation from the secretariat were noted and appreciated. It was also noted that this work could partially apply to WP.29 in general. Lastly, all Contracting Parties were asked to review the 1998 Agreement work plan and provide comments at the November 2016 meeting.

111. The representative of Japan stated their concurrence with the statements made by the representatives of the EU and the United States of America, and reiterated their support and dedication to the proposed process.

112. The Chair of AC.3 summarized the discussion highlighting the main points reflected upon by the representatives, highlighting transparency and the programme of work. He proposed to include an agenda item on the programme of work for the AC.3 session in November 2016.

113. The secretariat clarified that S.R.2 does not require implementation according to the provisions of Article 7 (adoption, and notification of application of established global technical regulations) of the Agreement. AC.3 requested the secretariat to inform Contracting Parties about the establishment of S.R.2 through the “1998 AGREEMENT-MISSIONS List” electronic system.

108. AC.3 agreed to defer this subject to its November 2016 session.

114. AC.3 reminded representatives of Contracting Parties that a listed technical regulation shall be removed from the Compendium of Candidates, either: (a) upon establishment in the Global Registry of a UN GTR, (b) at the end of five-year period following the regulation’s listing, unless by affirmative vote of AC.3 or (c) in response to a written request from the Contracting Party (see section IV of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.16).

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

116. AC.3 adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/72 and requested the secretariat to submit it as an official AC.3 document.

117. The representative of IMMA reported on the significant progress made by the IWG on Environmental and Propulsion Performance Requirements (EPPR), particularly on the adoption at the seventy-third session of GRPE of a new global technical regulation on the measurement procedure for two- or three-wheeled motor vehicles with regard to on-board diagnostics. He mentioned that the next priority of the IWG on EPPR is to initiate the work on amendment to UN GTR No. 2.

118. The representative of Italy recalled the adoption of Supplement 3 to the 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 78 (Motorcycle braking) and proposed to amend GTR No. 3 in order to keep both regulations harmonized. He reported that GRRF would review this item at its September 2016 session and that Italy would then request the authorization to develop an amendment to UN GTR No. 3 at the November 2016 session of AC.3

119. The representative of the Republic of Korea presented the work development of the IWG on Panoramic Sunroof Glazing (PSG). The group had collected detailed data on glass breakage to clarify the reasons for breakage and to consider an amendment to GTR No. 6 (definition of toughened glass and test procedure). An analysis of the data ended further collection when a global investigation of the complaint data showed a low number of minor injuries such as scratches and cuts. The IWG on PSG met in April 2016 to discuss definitions of overhead glazing that represents all glazing on the roof of vehicles excluding buses; the area is delimited by ceramic print. The next meeting is scheduled for 28 June 2016 in Bonn, Germany. The IWG on PSG aims to submit a draft amendment to UN GTR No. 6 at the next GRSG meeting.

120. The representative of Japan informed AC.3 that the IWG expected to finalize a proposal for amendment to the UN GTR for the December 2016 session of GRSP. He concluded that the extension of the mandate until March 2017 would be aimed to complete the work of the IWG.

121. The expert from the United States of America reported that National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) had begun its cost-benefit analysis and hopes to present its results during the December 2016 session of GRSP. He also added that the Notice of Proposal of Regulation Making (NPRM) on pedestrian safety had some delays, and that NHTSA was addressing the process of transposition of both UN GTR Phases 1 and 2 in the United States of America.

122. The expert from the Republic of Korea introduced a proposal for authorization to amend UN GTR (WP.29-169-10), to incorporate provisions for active deployable systems in the bonnet area. AC.3 requested the secretariat to distribute it with an official symbol at its November 2016 session.

11. The 121st session of WP.29/AC.2 was held on 20 June 2016, chaired by Mr. A. Erario (Italy) and was attended, in accordance to Rule 29 of the terms of reference and rules of procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690 and Amends.1 and 2), by the Chairs of GRB (France), GRE (Belgium), GRSP (United States of America), GRRF (United Kingdom), GRSG (Italy), the Executive Committee (AC.3) of the 1998 Agreement (United Kingdom), by the representatives of Belgium, Germany, Japan and the Republic of Korea, the United States of America and the European Union, and by the Vice-Chairs of WP.29 (Italy), GRPE (India) and GRSP (Republic of Korea).

12. The WP.29/AC.2 reviewed and adopted the draft agenda of the 169th session of the World Forum. It recommended that the Administrative Committee of the 1997 Agreement (AC.4) should not convene. WP.29/AC.2 also reviewed the draft agenda for the 170th session of the World Forum, scheduled to be held in Geneva from 15 to 18 November 2016.

13. The secretariat informed AC.2 about the staff resources following the post cut and its impact on the services provided to WP.29 including i) a partial discontinuation of the consolidation of UN Vehicle Regulations and Resolutions, ii) updating the status document of the 1958 Agreement prior to each WP.29 session only and iii) uploading on the website final texts of new regulations and of amendments to existing ones in English only.

14. AC.2 endorsed the proposal from Japan , the United States of America and the European Union, on actions by the secretariat to increase transparency in the World Forums activities by (a) easing participation of stakeholders by providing the related information on its website for individuals and NGOs, (b) proposing for improvements of the website access with, for example, a question and answers (Q&A) section, description of the regulatory processes and headings related to key topics such as electric vehicle, automated driving or ITS, (c) increasing the quality of minutes from IWG by establishing a standardised reporting template, (d) by including the deliverable of the statement of technical rational and justification for draft UN GTRs at an early stage in the terms of reference of the relevant body drafting the UN GTR, (e) reflecting on possibilities for stakeholder consultations prior to the establishment of UN GTRs and (f) defining and prioritizing the programme of work in a more strategic and inclusive manner.

15. The Representative of Japan reported on the progress of the IWG on International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA), including the progress and major results made in the pre-testing programme, the list of UN Regulations applicable to IWVTA and the Q&A document.

16. WP.29/AC.2 reflected on ways to streamline the completion of the session’s proceedings by identifying amendment proposals that could be immediately transferred to AC.1, as so called “A-points” in order to gain more time for substantial discussion.

18. The secretariat reminded GRs to inform the secretariat about any new abbreviations brought into use in their documents.

19. The World Forum noted the revised programme of work and documentation (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/1/Rev.1). The secretariat presented the list of working parties, informal working groups and chairmanship (based on WP.29-169-01) and the draft calendar of meetings of WP.29, GRs and committees for 2017 (based on WP.29-169-02). The World Forum noted WP.29‑169‑01 on the informal working groups and chairmanships of WP.29 and its subsidiary bodies as well as WP.29‑169‑02 on the calendar of meetings.

20. The secretariat was invited to consider rescheduling the March 2017 World Forum session to 14—17 March 2017 (see Annex III) to avoid overlap with the “Press Days” of the Geneva Motor show (7—8 March 2017)

21. 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 had convened on Wednesday, 22 June 2016 from 2.30 to 5.15 p.m. and this rescheduling for Wednesday had been in principle welcomed, however, WP.29 was requested to consider streamlining its proceedings to allocate more time to discuss ITS and automated vehicles. Following the report by the representative of Finland, Ambassador of the IWG on ITS/AD and of the Informal Group of Experts on automated driving of WP.1, the group had finalized discussions on guidelines on measures for cyber security and data protection, to be presented to WP.29 at the November 2016 session.

22. The IWG continued discussions on the proposal for automation levels definitions.

23. The representatives present at the IWG agreed to meet again prior to the session of GRRF in Geneva on 19 September 2016.

24. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRSP given during the 168th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1120, paras. 25-28) and approved the report.

25. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRE given during the 168th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1120, para. 29) and approved the report and addenda 1, 2 and 3.

26. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRB given during the 168th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1120, paras. 30-33) and approved the report.

27. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRRF given during the 168th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1120, paras. 34-39) and approved the report.

28. The Chair of GRE informed WP.29 about the outcome of the seventy-fifth session of GRE (for details, see the session report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/75), including a new phased approach proposed by GRE for the simplification of lighting and light-signalling Regulations. WP.29 noted that this issue would be introduced in detail under agenda item 4.2 (para. 41. below).

29. The Chair of GRE also reported on a proposal to modify the transitional provisions of earlier series of amendments to Regulation No. 48 to allow for optional installation of new equipment, which is normally approved under the latest series of amendments, with a view to increasing traffic safety.

30. Finally, the Chair of GRE reported that GRE, when tackling the electromagnetic compatibility of trolleybuses in the framework of Regulation No. 10, had realized that trolleybuses are dual-mode vehicles which may also need to be addressed under other Regulations beyond the competence of GRE. WP.29 noted that the Working Parties concerned would be invited to consider this issue jointly with GRE.

31. The Chair of GRSG, Mr. Erario (Italy), reported to WP.29 about the results achieved by GRSG during its 110th session (for more details, see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/89).

32. The GRSG Chair also informed WP.29 that GRSG had discussed the cyber security, data protection and remote access to in-vehicle data in the context of protecting odometer equipment against mileage fraud. In a broader context of an exchange of views on In-vehicle Electronic Data Storage Systems, GRSG had reiterated its position to seek the advice of WP.29 on how to proceed with the coordination of the activities on data recording and data protection within the Working Parties subsidiary to WP.29 and their IWGs involved in automated driving (ITS/AD), Automated Commands Steering Functions (GRRF/ACSF) and Automated Emergency Call Systems (GRSG/AECS) and others (Event Data Recorder (EDR), odometer, etc.). WP.29 recommended that these activities be coordinated by ITS/AD and requested ITS/AD to set up common guidelines on cyber security, in-vehicle data recording and its protection.

33. The representative of the United States of America, on behalf of the Chair of GRSP informed WP.29 about the results made by his group during its fifty-ninth session (for details, see the session report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/59)

34. The GRSP Chair informed the World Forum that the expert from Belgium had introduced a proposal to transfer additional safety provisions for electrical safety of trolleybuses from UN Regulation No. 107 (M2 and M3 vehicles) to UN Regulation No. 100 (Electric Power Trained Vehicles). Thus, he announced that the expert from Belgium had volunteered to conduct a detailed analysis and to introduce a proposal on all related issues to GRSG and GRE.

35. The Vice-Chair of GRPE, Ms. R. Urdhwareshe (India), reported to WP.29 about the results achieved by GRPE during its seventy-third session (for more details, see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/73).

36. WP.29 was informed about the extension of the mandate of the IWG on PMP until June 2019 with two new specific objectives in the updated terms of reference and rules of procedure: (a) Perform a Round Robin test to demonstrate the feasibility to measure particles with a size below 23 nanometre with the existing PMP methodology properly modified; (b) Develop a suggested common test procedure for sampling and assessing brake wear particles both in terms of mass and number.

43. 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 until 12 June 2016. WP.29 noted that Contracting Parties should notify the secretariat about any amendments needed to the status document.

44. The Chair of GRE introduced a new staged approach and timeline for the simplification of the lighting and light-signalling Regulations in the period of 2016-2019 (WP.29-169-04-Rev.1). He explained that Stage 1 would include consolidation and freeze of the existing Regulations and their gradual replacement by three new Regulations on road illumination devices, light-signalling devices and retro-reflective devices. Stage 2 would include further amending of the three new Regulations and Regulation No. 48 to introduce technology-neutral and performance-based requirements. WP.29 endorsed the proposed approach and extended the mandate of the Informal Working Group “Simplification of the Lighting and Light-Signalling Regulations” until 2018.

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

46. The representative of Japan, Chair of the IWG on IWVTA, reported on the good progress made during the meetings of the group on the development of draft UN Regulation No. 0 (WP.29-169-11) and of the Question and Answer document. He also outlined the positive outcome of the pretesting exercise by the group of draft UN Regulation No. 0, which will be made available to WP.29 delegates together with “the Question and Answer document”.

47. The Chair of the IWG on IWVTA announced the group’s intention to present the draft of UN Regulation No. 0 at the forthcoming session of WP.29 on the basis of an informal document.

48. The representative of EU informed WP.29 that following the decision by the European Council the EU was ready to endorse the text of draft Revision 3 to the 1958 Agreement as reflected in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/2. The representative of Australia stated that following notification by the UN Office for Legal Affairs (OLA), internal proceedings must be followed and he was hopeful to receive a positive outcome in the following six months.

49. The World Forum welcomed the good news and noted no objection from the represented Contracting Parties to the 1958 Agreement. Recalling the offer by EU at a former session of WP.29 (report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1112, para. 13), WP.29 invited the representative of EU to proceed with the notification process to OLA on Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement.

50. The secretariat informed WP.29 about the budget request on the costs for hosting DETA that had been submitted to the Executive Office, about the procedure for adopting the budget and that the tender procedure, according to the UN Rules, would start once the budget would be allocated.

51. On behalf of the Secretary of the IWG on DETA, the secretariat reported on the meeting of the informal group held on 15 June 2016 in London. He noted the election of Mr. S. Paeslack from Germany as the Chair of the IWG and that Germany would continue to host DETA as an interim solution. He also reported on the discussion related to the financing of DETA and the need for the software house to update the software in order to accommodate the additional specifications related to the Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement. He added that the software house estimated that such software modification would cost around 200,000 Euros. He concluded that the group requested a mandate extension of three years.

52. WP.29 agreed to extend the mandate of the IWG on DETA until June 2019.

53. The World Forum considered the draft amendment under agenda items 4.6.1 to 4.6.7 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

54. The World Forum considered the draft amendment under agenda items 4.7.1 to 4.7.5 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

55. The representative of OICA stated that the procedure to grant extensions of existing approvals, following the entry into force of a new supplement, is already addressed by the General Guidelines for United Nations Regulatory Procedures and Transitional Provisions in UN Regulations (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1044/Rev.1, para. 30). However, the representative of the EU was not in the position to confirm this statement in a general manner, as it is deemed to require further discussion and interpretation in its specific context.

56. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.8.1 to 4.8.4 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

57. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under items 4.9.1 to 4.9.12 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting subject to the editorial corrections noted under agenda items 4.9.4 and 4.9.8.

58. Agenda item 4.9.4., in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/52, amend the title of the document to read: “Proposal for Supplement 21 to Regulation No. 54”, amend the title on page 2, to read: “Supplement 21 to Regulation No. 54 (Tyres for commercial vehicles and their trailers)”

59. Agenda item 4.9.8, Regulation No. 78, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/56, amend to read:
Page 3, the proposed insertion of a new paragraph 5.1.16, shall be deleted.
Page 4, the proposed amendment to paragraph 9, shall be deleted.

60. No proposals were submitted by GRSG for this session.

61. No corrigenda had been submitted by GRRF for this session.

62. No corrigenda had been submitted by the secretariat for this session.

63. The World Forum considered the pending proposal for amendment under agenda item 4.13.1 and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting.

64. The World Forum considered the draft proposals for new Regulations under agenda items 4.14.1 to 4.14.4 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

65. The World Forum considered the pending proposal for amendment under agenda item 4.15.1 and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting.

66. The World Forum noted the consolidated document containing the status of the Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.16). The secretariat reported that some Contracting Parties had not fulfilled their obligation to send their status reports and final notifications on the progress of transposition of the UN GTRs and their amendments into their domestic law. The representatives of the Contracting Parties were reminded about their obligation to send the reports and final notifications on the transposition (explicitly specified in the document) only through their Permanent Missions in Geneva via the “1998 AGREEMENT-MISSIONS List” electronic system, as mandatorily requested by UN OLA. The World Forum noted that these reports and notifications were not processed if submitted by e-mail to the secretariat.

67. 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).

68. The representative of the Russian Federation informed the World Forum about a national Law on Standardization, which would come into force in full as of 1 July 2016. He outlined the objectives and main features of the new Law and its application, in particular the possibility of referencing to national and international standards in legal acts. Further details on the new Law and its implementation could be obtained at the website www.gost.ru. The representative of the United States of America showed interest to this initiative and asked further follow-up for the November 2016 session of WP.29.

68Bis. The representative of Global NCAP presented the outcome (WP.29-169-16) of their activities in India and crash test results with quadricycle, vehicles of category L7 performed by Euro NCAP.

84. The Enforcement Working Group did not convene and decided to defer a meeting to, possibly, the November 2016 session of WP.29.

85. The representative of the Russian Federation informed WP.29 about arrangements between manufacturers and the Government concerning recall systems. He explained that these arrangements are fixed in an agreed document, which is of both normative and recommendatory nature, and contains a road map for implementing of the necessary actions. He reiterated that this document complements the compulsory norms applicable in case non-compliances are detected.

86. The World Forum was informed by the secretariat of the Working Party of Road Safety (WP.1) about the outcome of the WP.1 March 2016 session on issues of common interest for WP.1 and WP.29. Focus had been on two issues (a) the ongoing amendment proposals to Annex 5 of the 1968 Convention on Road Traffic dealing with the provisions for the lighting and light-signaling devices to be harmonized with those under the 1958 Agreement and (b) the amendment proposals to the 1949 Convention on Road Traffic. As concerns the latter, WP.1 noted that, due to different legal procedures, the corresponding amendments to the 1949 Convention could not be successfully adopted; WP.29 was informed that WP.1 consequently might further review how the 1968 and 1949 Conventions can remain aligned, as needed.

87. The representative from Finland, ambassador of both the IWG on ITS/AD (see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1118 para. 92) and the new Informal Group of Experts on Autonomous Driving under WP.1 reported on the important progress achieved during the first meetings of this new Informal Group of Experts of WP.1. The Group had met three times as of April 2016. He reported that (a) the group had assessed that no amendment to the Convention(s) was necessary to allow for the testing of driverless vehicles on public roads, (b) discussions are continuing on the need to further amend the Conventions to address high levels of automation, and (c) the group was dealing with interpretations of road traffic conventions for new technologies already on the market, including remote controlled parking and semi-autonomous motorway driving.

88. No new proposals have been submitted under this agenda item.

89. The World Forum took note of the brief status report of the IWG on ITS/AD (see paras. 21 to 23).

90. The World Forum took note of the progress in translating the authentic texts of the Regulations adopted by WP.29 in November 2015 and their entry into force this month.

91. The secretariat informed the World Forum that the leaflets and brochures issued by the secretariat were also available in electronic form and encouraged Contracting Parties to use them for national road safety campaigns.

92. The secretariat introduced WP.29-169-13, recalling the discussion that took place at GRRF in the context of IWVTA (WP.29-168-15) and, separately, on the issue of the performance of automotive systems in conditions other than those tested according to the regulated test procedures as well as the fact that the new regulation on TPMS systems could serve as a case study for consideration by the Working Parties. He added that the document had listed the existing tools used to regulate the performance of automotive systems in conditions other than those tested in the framework of type-approval or self-certification.

93. The representative of the Russian Federation supported the document and noted that the importance of taking into consideration the wide variety of intelligent systems in vehicles. In his opinion, there should be requirements for the reliability of the vehicles and components and requirements for the performance of the vehicles in use. The first group of requirements could be covered by the methodology applied by the manufacturer to the design process and the information, which should be disclosed to the technical service, for type approval purposes.

94. He noted that the performance of vehicles “in service” differs from performance prescribed for a new motor vehicle in UN Regulations and referred to R.E.3, paragraphs. 8.1.1.1. and 8.1.1.2. According to these paragraphs, the braking performance may be verified by methods and at speeds different from those prescribed in the relevant UN Regulations No. 13 and 13-H. The representative of the Russian Federation proposed an approach to install limits for decreasing performance of vehicles in use and verify them in the frame of the 1997 Agreement Rules. He proposed that the task could be reviewed by IWG on PTI to develop related proposals.

95. The representative of the EU welcomes a discussion on this important topic on the basis of this document yet sees the need for further horizontal reflections at the level of WP.29.

96. The representative of the United Kingdom, Chair of GRRF stated that the matter might be considered under the PTI view point, but that the first priority would be to verify the fitness of UN Regulations with regard to the points raised in the document.

97. Following the intervention of the representative of EU, WP.29 welcomed the document and agreed that the Chairs of Working Parties should check the suitability of Regulations dealing with complex electronic systems and software and, specifically focus on the responsibilities of the approval applicant, the technical service and the Type Approval Authorities, the precision of the requirements and identify, if needed, provisions that could provide clarification to avoid ambiguity.

98. WP.29 noted that Mr. Kutenev (Russian Federation) and Mr. Ayral (CLEPA) would retire and no longer attend the sessions. The World Forum acknowledged their continued support and highly valuable contributions during the decades of participation and wished them all the best in their future activities.

99. The World Forum adopted the report on its 169th session and its annexes on the basis of a draft prepared by the secretariat. The report includes the sections related to the Administrative Committee of the 1958 Agreement and to the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement.

100. Of the 53 Contracting Parties to the Agreement, 27 were represented and established AC.1 for its sixty-third session held on 22 June 2016.

101. AC.1 invited Mr. A. Erario, Vice-Chair of WP.29, to chair the session.

102. The results of the voting on the documents submitted are reflected in the voting table.

103. The forty-seventh session of the Executive Committee (AC.3) was held on 23 June 2016 and chaired by the representative of the UK, Mr. I. Yarnold. 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, Norway, the Republic of Korea, San Marino, South Africa, the Russian Federation, Turkey and the United States of America.

104. The secretariat presented informal document WP.29-169-05, entitled ‘Status of the 1998 Agreement of the global registry and of the compendium of candidates – Situation on priorities and proposals to develop UN GTRs as of 15 June 2016’.

105. In accordance with the agreement of Contracting Parties, the Chair proposed to defer the vote on proposals under agenda items 14.1, 14.2 and 14.3 to the forty-eighth session of the Executive Committee (November 2016).

106. AC.3 agreed to defer this subject to its November 2016 session.

107. AC.3 agreed to defer this subject to its November 2016 session.

123. The representative of the European Union reported on activities by the IWG on WLTP. She informed AC.3 that new UN GTR on evaporative emissions was expected in 2017.

124. AC.3 adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/73 on the authorization to develop Phase 2 of UN GTR No. 15 on WLTP and requested the secretariat to submit it as an AC.3 official document.

125. The Chair of AC.3 recalled that the proposal for amendment 1 to UN GTR No. 16 had been deferred to the November 2016 session of AC.3 (see para. 108). He invited the Contracting Parties to reflect on the possibility of developing Phase 2 of UN GTR No. 16 and the need for a technical sponsor for this work.

126. The representative from the United States of America reported on the activities of the IWG on developing the UN GTR for Electric Vehicle Safety. He stated that the IWG would submit a draft UN GTR as an informal document for the December 2016 session of the GRSP. He also informed AC.3 that the IWG had met last week (13-17 June 2016, Washington, D.C.), and had made good progress in finalizing Phase 1, however, some technical issues remained. He announced that if the IWG could not reach consensus on these issues, guidance would be requested from AC.3. He clarified that the remaining technical issues were development of the water exposure test, propagation test, and the Battery Management System (BMS) functionality tests at the vehicle level.

127. The representative of the United States of America, in his capacity of Chair of IWG on QRTV GTR, recalled his statement at the previous session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1120, para. 118) and informed AC.3 about a delay in the publication of the national Rule on QRTV. Following this publication, IWG on QRTV GTR would resume its activities.

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

129. No new information was provided for this agenda item. AC.3 agreed to delete this agenda item.

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

1. The Working Party on Passive Safety (GRSP) held its sixtieth session in Geneva from 13 to 16 December 2016, chaired by Mr. Nha Nguyen (United States of America). Experts from the following countries participated in the work following Rule 1(a) of the Rules of Procedure of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) (TRANS/WP.29/690, Amend.1 and Amend.2): Australia; Belgium; Canada; China; Denmark; France; Germany; India; Italy; Japan; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Republic of Korea; Russian Federation; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (United Kingdom) and United States of America. An expert from the European Commission (EC) participated. Experts from the following non-governmental organizations participated: Consumers International (CI); European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA) and International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA). At the invitation of the secretariat, an expert from the Confederation of the European Bicycle Industry (CONEBI) also attended.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“5.5. … Regulation No. 25, as amended by the 04 series of amendments”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations | Session 171 | 14-17 Mar 2017

1. The World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) held its 171st session from 14 to 17 March 2017, chaired by Mr. A. Erario (Italy). The following countries were represented, following Rule 1(a) of the Rules of Procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.1 and Amend.2): Australia; Austria; Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Brazil; Canada; China; Croatia; Czech Republic; France; Germany; Hungary; India; Italy; Japan; Latvia, Luxembourg; Malaysia; Netherlands; Norway, Pakistan; Poland; Portugal; Republic of Korea; Romania; Russian Federation; Slovakia; Singapore; South Africa; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Turkey; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and United States of America. Representatives of the European Union (EU) participated. The following governmental organizations were represented: World Health Organization (WHO), International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC).The following non-governmental organizations were also represented: Association for Emissions Control by Catalyst (AECC); Consumers International (CI); European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA, also representing MEMA and JAPIA); European Tyre and Rim Technical Organisation (ETRTO); Foundation for the Automobile and Society (FIA Foundation); Global New Car Assessment Programme (Global NCAP); International Automotive Lighting and Light Signalling Expert Group (GTB); International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA); International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA) and the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA).

2. The Chair of the World Forum welcomed the representatives to the World Forum and introduced the opening speakers: the Secretary of WP.29, the representative of the EEC and the representative of Malaysia.

3. In absence of the Director of the Sustainable Transport Division, the Secretary of the World Forum welcomed the delegates to the 171st session of the World Forum. He briefed the WP.29 on the 70th anniversary session of the Inland Transport Committee (ITC), held in February 2017, and on side events that took place during that session. He introduced the Ministerial declaration signed at the Ministerial Meeting which took place within the scope of the ITC. He also introduced the Strategy of the ITC, containing a reflection on the past 70 years of activities especially the role of the ITC in post-World War II Europe, as well as on all activities and the formation of various working parties, agreements and conventions defining its role today as being a global active body based within a Regional Commission.

4. All WPs were invited to reflect on the Strategy document through the four questions identified in para. 46 of this document: (i) What ways to go, which priorities to follow, how to stay and even increase dynamism ? (ii) What changes in the conventions will be warranted by 2030 and beyond, in terms of their regional and global scopes? (iii) How to further address the pressure between the regional status and the global role and relevance ? (iv) Are any changes warranted in the governance structure ? Any feedback to the ITC’s strategy is welcomed by end of April.

5. The representative of the EEC, introduced aims, scope of activities and membership structure of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and the EEC as the permanent regulatory body of the EAEU. He explained that the regulation of circulation of vehicles within the EAEU territory and the establishment of relevant requirements is of the highest importance among the Commission’s activities related to technical regulations.

6. He highlighted that three of five EAEU countries, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Belarus and the Republic of Kazakhstan, have acceded to all three agreements administered by the World Forum, the 1958, 1997 and 1998 Agreements. He explained that UN Regulations of the 1958 Agreement are the basis for the requirements of the EAEU technical regulation “On the Safety of Wheeled Vehicles” (CU TR 018/2011), covering all new cars, both produced within and imported to the single customs territory of the Eurasian Economic Union. He underlined that, in future, when establishing requirements for vehicles and their components, the EEC will direct its efforts towards implementation of the existing UN Regulations, as well as the application of the new UN Regulations for the relevant properties and components.

7. He concluded by wishing the World Forum a successful session and emphasizing the importance of strengthening the relations between the World Forum and the Eurasian Commission.

8. The representative of Malaysia introduced activities on safe and environmental friendly vehicles in his country. Malaysia has acceded to WP.29 in 2006 and during the same year Malaysia launched the National Automotive Policy, revised in 2009 and 2014. The key of the policy was aligning it with UN Regulations and making Malaysia the international hub for implementation of UN Regulations in the region. The purpose was to ensure harmonized standards throughout the region. Malaysia had stringent regulations, currently implementing 100 UN Regulations aiming to increase the number to 126 by 2020. He reported on an initiating at the Asian level to explore harmonization of application of UN Regulations throughout Asia. Since regulations were implemented, they have lowered technical barriers to trade among the countries of the region. The national auto policy, across its three revisions was making a requirement for cars to be qualified as energy efficient vehicles using UN Regulation 101. Malaysia is establishing a team of experts working group to cover the six Grs of WP.29 with the intent to participate actively. His country wants to establish a regional testing facility and seeks support from all Contracting Parties in assisting in their efforts.

9. The representative of OICA thanked the representatives of the EEC and of Malaysia on their opening statements. He stated that OICA welcomes the efforts that are taking place in their regions and countries, underlining that reduction of barriers to trade is benefiting consumers. He emphasized that the development of safe products with clear requirements ensures that all stakeholders can enjoy an equal competitive footing. Clear and defined rules to be met by all stakeholders ensure predictability and instate confidence that expectations based on such rules will be met, which is particularly important for progress in the fields of road safety and reduction of environmental impact from road vehicles.

10. The annotated provisional agenda for the session was adopted without amendments.

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

12. The 123rd session of WP.29/AC.2, held on 13 March 2017, was chaired by Mr. A. Erario (Italy) 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), GRE (Belgium), GRPE (Netherlands), GRRF (United Kingdom), GRSP (USA) and GRSG (Italy), the Chair of the Executive Committee (AC.3) of the 1998 Agreement (Japan), by the Vice-Chairs of WP.29 (Russia), and by the representatives of Germany, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the United States of America and the European Union (EU).

13. The WP.29/AC.2 reviewed and adopted the agenda of the 171st session of the World Forum. WP.29/AC.2 also reviewed the draft agenda for the 172nd session of the World Forum, scheduled to be held in Geneva from 20 to 23 June 2017.

14. AC.2 discussed the first UN Regulation covering automated driving functionalities. Automated Commanded Steering Functions were covered by the 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 79. The representatives of the Contracting Parties participating in AC.2 took the view that WP.29 would be an appropriate forum to discuss this issue and, in particular, the implementation dates to provide for highest level of safety. The representative of the EU expressed their preference that the transitional provisions take effect not later than 2021.

15. The representative of the United Kingdom, co-chair of the Informal Working Group (IWG) on / Intelligent Transport Systems and Automated Driving (ITS/AD) proposed that the WP.29 hold preliminary discussions on the issue of regulatory definition of “automated” vehicle, and discuss the issue in more detail during the WP.29 June 2017 session. The representative of the EU supported the proposal of the United Kingdom. AC.2 agreed to hold preliminary discussions on the matter on 14 March 2017 under WP.29 agenda item 2.3.

16. The representative of Japan reported on the progress of the IWG on International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA) highlighting 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 as well as on the amended Draft General Guidelines for UN regulatory procedures and transitional provisions in UN Regulations.

17. The secretariat informed AC.2 on the decisions of the Inland Transport Committee (ITC) relevant for the work of WP.29. The ITC decision No.22 requests that financing for the Database for the Exchange of Type Approval (DETA) must be secured through the regular UN budget. The Chair of the ITC will bring this request to the attention of EXCOM during the upcoming session on 24 March 2017.

18. The secretariat updated AC.2 on the situation related to the consolidation of regulations following the staff cut and its effect 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. The representatives of the Contracting Parties emphasized that the secretariat’s work on the consolidation of regulations is very important in order for national type approval authorities to interpret regulations correctly. The EU proposed to bring the need for overcoming this staff resources issue to the attention of the appropriate level of the United Nations.

19. The representative of the EU informed AC.2 that they are not in position to vote on technical regulations to be listed in the Compendium of Candidates for global technical regulations (WP.29 agenda item 5.3) because of a momentary lack of the necessary mandate.

20. The representative of the Russian Federation informed AC.2 that the ninth session of AC.4 would be held on 15 March 2017, if quorum can be established. The secretariat informed AC.2 that Contracting Parties should nominate the Chair and Vice-Chair of AC.4. The representative of the Russian Federation confirmed that their delegation would nominate a candidate.

21. The secretariat reminded GRs to inform them about any new abbreviations brought into use in their documents. The respective document on the WP.29 website would be updated by the end of March 2017.

22. The secretariat presented the program of work, with a strategic introductory part related to the main priorities for the work of WP.29 that were related to vehicle automation, powertrain electrification and enhancing of environmental protection. The priorities would include further development in the implementation of the 1958, 1997 and 1998 Agreements, main horizontal activities and the main topics being addressed by WP.29 subsidiary bodies (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/1). The World Forum noted the revised programme of work and documentation.

23. The secretariat presented the list of Working Parties, Informal Working Groups (IWG) and Chairs (based on WP.29-170-01). The World Forum noted WP.29-170-01 on the IWGs of WP.29 and its subsidiary bodies.

24. The representative of the United Kingdom, co-chair of the IWG on ITS/AD, proposed that the World Forum initiates activities towards the development of a strategic vision of an “automated vehicle”. He argued that societies and individuals tend to think of “automated vehicles” rather than of ordinary vehicles with automated functions such braking and/or steering systems, in the context of UN Vehicle Regulations Nos. 13-H and 79. He continued by highlighting that the issues extended beyond the conventional vehicle categories typically covered by the UN Regulations and this would be a new area to consider in the future.. He emphasized that the IWG on ITS/AD is ready to take the initiative in starting to discuss the development of such a strategic approach of an “automated” vehicle during the meeting of the IWG on 16 March 2017. He proposed that the World Forum consider holding an initial detailed discussion on the matter during the 172nd session of WP.29 in June 2017.

25. The representative of the European Union (EU) supported the proposal of the United Kingdom. He commended the idea and asserted that the WP.29 was the correct forum for taking this initiative and starting the discussions

26. The representative of Malaysia informed the WP.29 that they have developed a road map for automated vehicles until 2050. He asserted that Malaysia would like to be actively involved in this initiative.

27. The representative of Finland also expressed support the initiative. He proposed to invite WP.1 and the ITC to contribute to the discussions.
28. The representative of OICA conveyed support to the initiative, reiterating that WP.29 as the most suitable forum to address the technical requirements for automated vehicles and the general strategy to enable their introduction.

29. The World Forum requested that the secretariat revises the agenda for the 172nd session which will take place in June 2017 in order to include the proposed strategic discussion under agenda item 2.3.

30. Before closing the session, the Chair of WP.29 gave a brief report on the progress made during the 11th session of the IWG on ITS/AD on 16 March 2017. WP.29 noted that the IWG would dedicate a part of its next session in June 2017 to a brainstorming session on how to include all kinds of automated vehicles in the definitions of vehicles categories and that a questionnaire would be circulated prior to the meeting in order to facilitate the brainstorming session. WP.29 agreed with the decision of the IWG on ITS/AD that the regulatory work on vehicles with SAE Level 3 and 4 automations should start and that guidance to the subsidiary Working Parties of WP.29 would be defined in June 2017.

31. In addition to the information on the 70th anniversary of ITC at the opening, the secretariat informed the World Forum on the recommendation resulting out of the United Nations Environment – UNECE/ITC Conference related to the transfer of used vehicles from high income countries to low- and middle –income countries and the threat these vehicles pose to road safety and the environment. Here the provisions of the 1997 Agreement could be applied for technical inspections of such vehicles before they leave the countries of origin as well as periodic technical inspections within the countries of destination and thus sharing the burden between the countries. He further informed the World Forum on the relevant decisions (Nos. 13, 22 and 29) taken by the ITC at its seventy-ninth session (21 to 24 February 2017):

At its seventy-ninth session, the ITC:

1. 13. Welcomed the outcome and recommendations of the United Nations Environment – UNECE/ITC Conference which addressed the impact of used cars on air quality and climate emissions and requested ITC and its subsidiary bodies to consider these recommendations and to follow up towards a harmonized approach to overcome this increasing problem;

2. 22. Expressed its support for the most recent developments in the work carried out by the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) and its six subsidiary Working Parties, as well as  the Administrative Committee of the 1958 Agreement, the Administrative Committee of the 1997 Agreement, and the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement. Endorsed the activities listed in ECE/TRANS/2017/10.  Reiterated its support for hosting DETA at ECE. Requested the UNECE secretariat to allocate budget resources from the United Nations regular budget earmarked for hosting DETA, starting with the 2018-2019 biennium. The Committee instructed the Chair to add the issue of the financing of DETA from the regular budget (approximately USD 45,000 p.a.) in his report to EXCOM, and underline the legal obligations of the third revision of the 1958 Agreement and its possible negative impact on road safety, in case of any delays;

3. 29. Took note the initiative by the Special Envoy and ECE for a voluntary commitment from the automotive industry to only put vehicles on worldwide markets which comply with a defined minimum set of United Nations vehicle safety regulations.

32. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRB given during the 170th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1126, paras. 33-36) and approved the report.

33. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRRF given during the 170th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1126, paras. 37-41) and approved the report.

34. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRSG given during the 170th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1126, paras. 42-46) and approved the report.

35. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRE given during the 170th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1126, paras. 47-51) and approved the report.

36. The Chair of GRSP (United States of America) informed WP.29 about the results achieved by GRSP during its sixtieth session (for more details see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/60).

37. Referring to the work of the IWG on Harmonization of side-impact dummies, the GRSP chair sought consent of WP.29/AC.3 at their March 2017 session for the extension of the mandate of the IWG until December 2017.

38. The GRSP chair finally sought consent of WP.29, to extend the mandate of the IWG on Child restraint systems until December 2017.

39. The World Forum noted that Mr. N. Nguyen (United States of America) had been elected as GRSP Chair and re-elected Mr. J. W. Lee (Republic of Korea) as Vice-Chair of GRSP for the year 2017 sessions.

40. WP.29 endorsed the extension of the mandates of the IWG on Child restraint systems (CRS) and the IWG on Harmonization of Side Impact Dummies (SID) until December 2017.

41. The Chair of GRPE (Netherlands), reported to WP.29 on the results achieved by GRPE during its seventy-fourth session (for more details see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/74).

42. WP.29 acknowledged the outstanding contributions of Mr. C. Albus and Ms. R. Urdhwareshe to the fruitful work of GRPE within the last years as former Chair and Vice-Chair. WP.29 welcomed the newly elected GRPE Chair Mr. A. Rijnders (Netherlands).

43. The representative of Germany and former Chair of GRPE, Mr. C. Albus, congratulated the new GRPE Chair and emphasized the excellent collaboration he had with all GRPE members during his chairmanship.

44. The Chair of GRRF (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) reported on the results achieved during the eighty-third session of GRRF (for more details see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/83).

45. The GRRF chair informed that GRRF reconfirmed ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/10 proposing a new series of amendments to Regulation No. 79 (Steering equipment) with provisions for Corrective Steering Function (CSF) and Automatically Commanded Steering Function (ACSF), but proposed amendments and clarifications to the document as reproduced in WP.29-171-06. He highlighted that some dates were still in square brackets.

46. The GRRF chair reported that GRRF agreed to extend the mandate of Regulation No. 131 on Advanced Emergency Braking Systems (AEBS) on vehicles of categories M1 and N1. He added that GRRF requested the consent of WP.29 for the IWG on AEBS developing the corresponding provisions.

47. WP.29 endorsed the request of GRRF to reinstate the IWG on AEBS.

48. The GRRF chair reported that the mandate of the IWG on Modular Vehicle Combinations was expiring and informed about the need to extend the mandate of the IWG. WP.29 endorsed that request and agreed to extend the mandate of the IWG until February 2019.

49. The GRRF chair informed that GRRF reviewed WP.29-168-16 and addressed it at its January 2017 session. He added that the corresponding proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 13 would be submitted for consideration and vote at a next session of WP.29.

50. The Chair of GRB (France) reported on the results achieved during the sixty-fifth session of GRB (for more details see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/63).

51. In particular, the GRB chair reported that GRB had adopted amendment proposals to the Additional Sound Emission Provisions (ASEP) in Regulation No. 51 (Noise of M and N categories of vehicles) and that these amendments would be submitted to WP.29 and AC.1 in June 2017.

52. The GRB chair further informed that GRB had agreed to draft a new Regulation on reversing alarms and that the main issues for the future Regulation would be its scope (categories of vehicles), the possible existence of a pause switch and the alarm sound composition (sound levels and frequencies).

53. The secretariat informed the World Forum about the latest update of the status of the 1958 Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/343/Rev.25) containing the information received by the secretariat up to 20 February 2017. WP.29 noted that Contracting Parties should notify the secretariat about any amendments needed to the status document.

54. The secretariat presented the proposed online database for streamlining the updating of the status document of the 1958 Agreement (to date: ECE/TRANS/WP.29/343/Rev.25), and informed the World Forum that its initial development and preliminary testing is completed. The secretariat requested each head of delegation of the Contracting Parties to the 1958 Agreement to provide the contact data of the focal points of their countries in charge of sending information on technical services to the secretariat, if possible, during the 171st session of WP.29. The secretariat would contact the focal points and provided them with the credentials in order for them to be able to connect and introduce any relevant change into the database. The goal is that national focal points get familiar with the system and that all relevant information is collected through this online platform so that the secretariat can produce the next revision of the status document of the 1958 Agreement until the June 2017 session.

55. The World Forum welcomed the initiative of the secretariat and invited Contracting Parties to e-mail Mr. F. Guichard of the secretariat the contact details (e-mails) of the national focal points.

56. No new proposals have been submitted under this agenda item.

57. No new proposals have been submitted under this agenda item.

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

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

60. The representative of Japan, on behalf of the Chair of the IWG on IWVTA, presented WP.29-171-12, on the progress made by the group at the recent meetings on the development of draft UN Regulation No. 0 on IWVTA and seeking guidance from WP.29 the language for application for approval and accompanying documentation. Referring to WP.29-171-11, he reiterated the intention of the IWG to submit a final proposal of the draft UN Regulation for consideration at the November 2017 session of WP.29. The secretariat was requested to circulate WP.29-171-11 with an official symbol at the next session of WP.29.

61. The representative of Japan, on behalf of the Chair of the IWG on IWVTA requested guidance from WP.29 on the matter of streamlining the administrative procedures of type approval processes with the use of the English language as a common language, as proposed in paragraph 3.3 of the draft proposal for UN Regulation No. 0 (informal document WP.29-171-11). The representatives of France and the Russian Federation expressed their concerns about the expansion of this norm for other UN Regulations, which now use three languages as equals and requested additional time to reflect on this issue.

62. On behalf of the IWG on IWVTA, the IWVTA chair introduced WP.29-171-25 amending ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/54. The World Forum welcomed the explanation document to UN Regulation No. 0 and agreed to approve it at its November 2017 session when Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement entered into force. The Chair of WP.29 invited WP.29 delegates to send their comments on WP.29-171-25 to the Secretary of the IWG on IWVTA by mid of June 2017 at the latest.

63. The secretariat informed the World Forum that Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement was expected to enter into force in mid-September 2017.

64. The representative of Japan, on behalf of the Chair of the IWG on IWVTA, introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/55 including the editorial correction as reflected in IWVTA-SG58-23-07. The World Forum noted the “Question and answer” document on Revision 3 and agreed to approve it at its November 2017 session when Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement entered into force.

65. The secretariat informed WP.29 about developments in the hosting of DETA by UNECE. He mentioned the decision of ITC related to DETA’s financing.

66. On behalf of the Chair and the Secretary of the IWG on DETA, the representative of the EU conveyed the requests of the IWG. The IWG on DETA requested (i) WP.29 to request the Executive Committee (EXCOM) to endorse the decision of the ITC at its forthcoming March 2017 session, (ii) the WP.29 Secretariat to inform the permanent missions of Contracting Parties represented in EXCOM of the upcoming budget request and of the discussions on the DETA financing, (iii) WP.29 to advise on suitable options for extra-budgetary financing other than the proposed Trust Fund to finance the development costs of the new DETA functions, (iv) Delegations to consider potential pledges to contribute financially to the development costs of DETA and (v) WP.29 to consider their request presented in WP.29-171-16. WP.29 noted the justifications presented in WP.29-171-16 and endorsed the recommendation for the UN Secretariat to consider initiating a procedure in the best interest of the Contracting Parties especially addressing the tight time line so that DETA would be available when the Rev.3 of the 1958 Agreement would enter ito force such as the Sole Source purchase procedure as listed in the United Nations Procurement Manual.

67. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.6.1 to 4.6.6 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the following modification of the title on top of page 2 of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/7 (agenda item 4.6.6): “01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 138 (Quiet Road Transport Vehicles (QRTV))”.

68. The World Forum considered the draft amendment under agenda item 4.7.1 to 4.7.3 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to para. 70 below.

69. Concerning the proposal under item 4.7.3., WP.29 took note that the technical provisions were proposed to WP.29 and AC.1 on the basis of a consensus by GRRF. The Chair of GRRF informed WP.29 that GRRF did not conclude their discussion on the dates of the transitional provisions, necessary for the introduction of the technical requirements as the 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 79. WP.29, with the exception of Japan, agreed that this policy matter should be decided during this session. The representative from OICA introduced WP.29-171-28 proposing to align the transitional provisions on those in the guidelines proposed in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/53 as well as proposing alternative transitional provisions dates. The representative from Japan introduced WP.29-171-34 expressing concerns that the application date of the new technical requirements for all types of vehicles was decided without an ad hoc meeting of GRRF and that the application date could have some influence for existing models equipped with these functions being beneficial for safety that would need to be modified to comply with the 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No.79. He proposed to discuss this issue before next June session and introduce a footnote in the Regulation stating that the date mentioned in para. 12.3 (“[2021/2024]”) may be reassessed at the 172nd session of WP.29. The representative of OICA welcomed the statements by the representative of Japan and explained that the proposed 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 79 entailed far more than software changes and that the implications were far-reaching, as detailed in WP.29-171-28. The secretariat mentioned that the proposed footnote (if adopted) would not take effect before the potential entry into force of this 02 series, expected in January 2018 and proposed instead to insert the corresponding information in the session report, recalling the wish of Japan to reassess para. 12.3. at the June 2017 session of WP.29. The representative of EU mentioned that fatalities occurred in the past related to the misuse of these advanced technologies and informed about their mandate to vote in favour of the current proposed text at this session on the basis of the year 2021 as an application date.

70. Agenda item 4.7.3, Regulation No. 79, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/10, amend the document as reproduced in Annex IV to the session report.

71. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.8.1 to 4.8.8 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

72. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under items 4.9.1 – 4.9.20, 4.9.22 and 4.9.23 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

73. The representative of EU expressed concerns (WP.29-171-04) about the legal form of amendments relating to the heat test cycle requirement in Regulation No. 113, as contained in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/39 (agenda item 4.9.21). The World Forum decided to refer this document back to GRE for further consideration.

74. The World Forum also noted EU proposals for amendments to Regulations Nos. 4, 6, 7, 19, 23, 38, 48, 50, 77, 87, 91, 98, 112, 113, 119, 123, with the aim to clarify requirements for light sources in lighting and light-signalling Regulations listed in Annex 4 to UN Regulation No. 0 (IWVTA) (WP.29-171-03). The World Forum requested GRE to consider these proposals at its forthcoming session in April 2017.

75. The representative of the Netherlands, Chair of GRPE presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/42, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/43 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/44 on the introduction of transitional provisions in Regulations Nos. 83 and 101. He mentioned that GRPE endorsed the three documents at its January 2017 session. He recalled that the documents were prepared by the Secretariat at the request of WP.29 at its June and November 2016 sessions. He explained that the transitional provisions were an interim solution until a UN Regulation implementing WLTP was in place. He mentioned that the transitional provisions would prevent Contracting Parties that implement gtr No. 15 (WLTP) at an earlier stage to cease applying Regulations Nos. 83 and 101.

76. The representative of the Russian Federation introduced WP.29-171-27. He mentioned his understanding about the need of the proposal in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/42, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/43 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/44, but he expressed his concerns on whether the content was fully in line with the 1958 Agreement. He explained the need of the Russian Federation to consult with partners from Euroasian Economic Union before adopting these amendments.

77. The representative of the Euroasian Economic Commission (EEC) stated that EEC harmonizes legislation on transport in line with UN Regulations. He expressed his concerns on the tabled proposals (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/42, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/43 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/44) and he explained that previous consultation within EEC members before adoption of the proposals would be appreciated.

78. The Vice-Chair of WP.29 underlined that the introduction of such transitional provisions into Regulations Nos. 83 and 101 may lead to confusing situations and certain abuses.

79. The representative of OICA noted that the transitional provisions were expected to maintain the possibility to grant approvals according to UN R83.07 (or earlier version) and UN R101 even by Contracting Parties that would refuse those approvals after the introduction of mandatory application of emission legislation based on WLTP.

80. In this sense, he remarked that the derogation mentioned in the proposed transitional provisions in fact was referring to the obligation to refuse vehicles approved to the 07 series of amendments o Regulation No. 83 (or its 06 series of amendments) or Regulation No. 101 on the territory of the Contracting Party that already had implemented WLTP, and would not derogate to the possibility to grant approval according to the above UN Regulations for export to other countries. WP.29 confirmed this interpretation.

81. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under items 4.10.1 and 4.10.3 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

82. The World Forum considered the draft corrigenda under item 4.11.1 and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting.

83. No draft corrigenda have been submitted.

84. No proposals for new Regulations have been submitted.

85. The representative of the United Kingdom, Co-Chair of the IWG on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) presented to the World Forum for consideration the proposal titled “Guideline on cyber security and data protection” (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/46), for amendment to the Consolidated Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles (R.E.3).

86. WP.29 adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/46 without objections or abstentions and requested the secretariat to remove the word draft from the title and to include it as an annex in the R.E.3.

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

88. 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).

89. Global NCAP representative expressed its thanks to the UNECE Inland Transport Division and the UN Special Envoy for Road Safety for organizing the workshop in Buenos Aires (March 13-14) with Latin American governments to promote UN legal instruments to improve road safety in the region. He further highlighted that Global NCAP strongly encourages all countries from the region to become contracting parties to the 1958 and 1998 Agreements and apply the most important vehicle safety standards as per their recommended Road Map for Safer Vehicles 2020 including front and side impact and electronic stability control. One of the main conclusions from the Buenos Aires workshop was that Latin American governments were currently unable to run effective market surveillance programs to verify the compliance of local vehicles to the required regulations. For this reason, the Conformity of Production provisions included in the 1958 Agreement regulations were an attractive proposition. He addressed that it would also be very helpful if the World Forum for Harmonisation of Vehicle Regulations could promote the development of tools under the 1958 and 1998 Agreements aiming to group international regulations like front and side impact protection that combine key elements of both UN and US regulations. This could facilitate more engagement by counties from emerging markets in WP 29.

90. The secretariat presented the consolidated document (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1074/Rev.8) 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 Contracting Parties were reminded to notify the secretariat of any relevant update.

91. The secretariat informed the World Forum that Georgia had acceded to the 1997 Agreement. WP.29 congratulated the country for the accession.

92. The representative of the Russian Federation, Co-Chair of the IWG on Periodical Technical Inspection (PTI) updated the World Forum on the work of the group. He introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/47 amending ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/87 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/48 amending ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/88.

93. The World Forum considered the draft amendments and recommended their submission to AC.4 for voting.

94. The Co-Chair recalled that the mandate of the group would expire at the end of 2017. He consulted WP.29 on the future of the IWG and proposed the establishment of a working party that would deal with PTI.

95. The secretariat reminded that any new activities or Working Party under the World Forum would require resources. Because of current resource constraints and the general trend in recent years of repeated reductions, the secretariat stated that it would not be realistic to expect that additional resources could be secured for supporting a new Working Party under WP.29. He therefore suggested that, if WP.29 would agree with the establishment of a new Working Party on PTI, WP.29 would have to consider redeploying resources from other groups.

96. The representative of Finland stated that the idea for a new Working Party would be understandable from the perspective that PTI should have a more prominent role at WP.29. He suggested that an alternative proposal could be proposed and reported on discussions with the representative of Sweden and the Co-chairs of the informal group. He announced that the results of these consultations could possibly be brought to the attention of delegates at the next World Forum session.

97. The representative of the Russian Federation, Co-Chair of the IWG on PTI, presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/49 as amended by WP.29-171-20, proposing amendments to the 1997 Agreement and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/50, with a draft Resolution with requirements for testing equipment, skills and training for inspectors and supervision of test centres.

98. Concerning the proposed amendments to the 1997 Agreement, WP.29 agreed that the secretariat would prepare a consolidated document with all relevant amendments and that the consolidated document in order to resume consideration by the World Forum at the 172nd session in June 2017. The Co-Chair consulted WP.29 whether a Contracting Party would volunteer to submit these amendments to the United Nations Secretary General. The representative of the Russian Federation responded positively, envisaging that a group of several Contracting Parties could submit this amendment proposal.

99. The World Forum adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/50, a draft Resolution with requirements for testing equipment, skills and training for inspectors and supervision of test centres.

100. WP.29 took note of the progress made on the periodic technical inspection of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) vehicles as well as electric vehicles. WP.29 requested the secretariat to distribute WP.29-171-21 with an official document at its 172nd session in June 2017.

101. The representative of the Russian Federation informed WP.29 about the domestic system of recall. In 2016 about 90 recall campaigns including more than 1 million cars took place. In 2017 up to now there were 17 campaigns including more than 250 thousand units recalled. It was also stressed that according to the amendments to the UN Regulation No. 44, adopted during the June 2016 session, which excluded “Guide straps” from the definition of “Child restraint system”, the producer of the guide straps agreed with the special recall program in the Russian Federation in January 2017, adopted by the Russian administrative authorities.

102. The representative of the EU informed the WP.29 on enforcement activities, legislative measures and recalls actions. Last year and in the beginning of this year, the European Commission sent several requests for additional information to the Member States regarding follow up to their investigation reports. The EC also launched several EU Pilots (non-contentious part of the infringements procedure) to the Member States, requesting clarifications on implementation of rules on penalties as foreseen in Regulation 2007/715 and Directive 2007/46, and addressed Letters of Formal Notice (formal infringement procedure) to several Member States regarding remedial action taken with regard to the vehicles affected by the illegal defeat device. Analysis of the received information is ongoing. Regarding legislative measures, RDE Regulation 2 (NOx) and RDE 3 (PM) have been adopted (RDE 2 applicable since May 2016, RDE 3 currently under scrutiny by co-legislators). The adoption of RDE 4 – in-service conformity – is envisaged for end of 2017. In addition, reform of the Type Approval rules is ongoing. Finally, concerning recalls the representative of the EU informed WP.29 that 22 Member States announced recall action; four of them mandatory while the remaining ones are on a voluntary basis.

103. The representative of the United States provided an update on ongoing enforcement activities. He noted that there were recent announcements on various aspects of the defeat device case applicable to VW in terms of civil and criminal aspects of this case, including support given to consumers. He also noted that earlier this year the US EPA had announced its investigation into activities related to FCA. He stated that these cases were ongoing and that further information will be provided as these cases develop.

104. The representative of Canada provided an overview of recent Canadian developments related to the Volkswagen issue. In December 2016, Canada’s federal Competition Bureau announced that it reached a consent agreement with Volkswagen Group Canada Inc. and Audi Canada Inc. that includes a $15 million monetary penalty to address the Bureau’s conclusions that false or misleading environmental marketing claims were used to promote affected ‎2.0 L diesel vehicles. In addition, the federal Competition Bureau participated in a proposed class action settlement agreement that Volkswagen reached with consumers whereby Volkswagen would buyback or fix affected 2.0 L diesel vehicles and provide restitution payments to vehicle owners. The measures in the proposed settlement are estimated to total up to$ 2.1 billion.  The proposed settlement remains to be approved by Canadian courts and discussions towards a potential class action settlement relating to affected 3.0 L diesel vehicles are expected to proceed.  Finally, Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Enforcement Branch is continuing its investigation into alleged violations of Canada’s vehicle emission regulations. If sufficient evidence of violations are found, enforcement action would be taken in accordance with the Compliance and Enforcement Policy for the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999.

105. The secretariat announced that under the activity of the Special Envoy for Road Safety a helmet workshop would be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on the 7th of April for the purpose of improving this aspect of road safety in the countries of south east Asia.

106. The Ambassador of the WP.29 and WP.1 on Automated Driving reported that since there have been no WP.1 sessions since WP.29 170th session in November 2016 there was no new information to provide to the World Forum in this respect. He added that the informal group on Automated Driving had met and included ACSF categories in its considerations and especially their Human-Machine-Interface (HMI) aspect, as set out in the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic. He concluded that WP.1 would discuss the progress made by the informal group during their next session in March 2017 as well as the item on the consistency between the provisions of the 1968 Vienna Convention and the technical provisions defined by WP.29.

107. No further proposals for amendments to R.E.3, apart from those described in agenda item 4.14 (paras. 85 and 86, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/46), have been submitted under this agenda item.

108. The representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) presented WP.29-171-10, the WHO Discussion Paper “Developing voluntary global performance targets for road safety risk factors and service delivery mechanisms”, to the World Forum. The document proposes a set of voluntary global performance targets for the prevention of road traffic injuries and fatalities, as well as the indicators to assess their achievement for UN member States consideration. She emphasized that the motivation for the activities under this initiative is to complement and support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 3.6.

109. The representative of the WHO described the consultation process leading up to the current version of the candidate global targets and indicators as well as the upcoming phases of consultation in advance of their finalization in November 2017. She explained that the five core areas under which targets are developed reflect the five pillars of the Global Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, including pillar three, Safer Vehicles. She invited the World Forum to provide comments and feedback to the current formulation of this target, namely that one-hundred per cent of new vehicles meet eight identified priority standards (based on UN Regulations or equivalent recognized national standards). She requested representatives of the World Forum to contact the WHO and provide their comments via e-mail, roadsafetytarget@who.int, by the end of April 2017.

110. The Chair of the World Forum thanked the representative of the WHO for presenting the organisation’s discussion paper. He proposed that the accession to global technical regulations of the 1998 Agreement be considered as an indicator in addition to the eight UN Regulations already covered in the presented WHO discussion paper. He underlined that some formulations used in the discussion paper in proposing indicators and justifications for the target of reducing the proportion of “helmetless” motorcycle riders, developed under pillar 4 Safer Road Users, are vague. He proposed referencing the application of specific motorcycle helmet standards as an indicator that motorcycle helmet legislation meets best practices, namely the standards defined in UN Regulation No. 22.

111. The Chair of the World Forum reminded that WP.29 is an intergovernmental body and that designating the World Forum as “data source” for compilation of indicators towards countries achieving the objective of the target formulated as Safer Vehicles in the WHO Discussion Paper is inaccurate.

112. Vice-Chairman of WP.29 also thanked WHO for the presentation and stressed that new UN Regulation on Emergency call system developing now under chairmanship of the Russian Federation will play very important role in live saving at road accidents. He reminded that corresponding requirements already exist in EuroAsian Economical Union from 2015 and will enter into force in EU in March of 2018.

113. The secretariat presented WP.29-171-23, listing all of the adopted proposals during the 170th WP.29 session and their expected date of entry into force. The secretariat explained that there is a backlog of preparing consolidated documents because of human resource constraints.

114. The World Forum took note of the delays in the consolidation of documents and the human resource constraints. The World Forum requested the secretariat to prepare a document for the 172nd session of WP.29 that would describe all delays and issues that the staff cuts have caused.

115. The World Forum adopted the report on its 171st session and its annexes based on a draft prepared by the secretariat. The report includes the sections related to the sixty-fifth session of the Administrative Committee (AC.1) of the 1958 Agreement and to the forty-ninth session of the Executive Committee (AC.3) of the 1998 Agreement.

116. Of the 54 Contracting Parties to the Agreement, 38 were represented and established AC.1 for its sixty-fifth session held on 15 March 2017.

117. AC.1 invited the Chair of WP.29 to chair the session.

119. The forty-ninth session of the Executive Committee (AC.3) was held on 15 March 2017 and chaired by the representative of Japan. 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, Malaysia, Norway, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, San Marino, South Africa, Turkey and the United States of America.

120. The AC.3 elected the representative of Japan as the Chair, and representatives of the United Kingdom on behalf of the EU and the United States of America as Co-Chairs.

121. AC.3 noted the information, as of 8 March 2017, on the status of the Agreement, of the Global Registry and of the Compendium of Candidates (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.18), the status of the priorities (based on WP.29-170-09 as reproduced in Annex II to this report) of the 1998 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.

122. No new proposals have been submitted under this agenda item.

123. No new proposals have been submitted under this agenda item.

124. AC.3 reminded the representatives of Contracting Parties that according Article 6 of the Agreement, a proposal of global technical regulation may be addressed by technical regulations listed in the Compendium of Candidates, or by any UN Regulations. Therefore, it was reiterated the invitation to Contracting Parties to propose their national standards in the Compendium as Candidates in view of future development of UN Global Technical Regulations. The Representative of the United States of America confirmed his intention to reaffirm listing Nos. 12 and 13 and reinsert No. 11 into the Compendium.

125. The representative of the EU noted that due to administrative issues it was not possible for them to vote on this action. The representative from the United States of America was supportive of this request and said he looked forward to a positive vote at the next session. AC.3 agreed to defer this subject at its June 2017 session. The secretariat also requested the United States of America to consider actions on two other Compendium items for the June session.

126. Contracting Parties did not at this time request guidance under this agenda item.

172. No subject was raised under this agenda item.

171. No supplementary information was provided beyond agenda item 7.3 (see para. 99 above)

170. No further supplementary information was provided beyond agenda item 7.2. (see paras. 92 and 93 above)

167. The Administrative Committee (AC.4) did not convene, as the quorum could not be established.

168. The representative of the Russian Federation invited the secretariat to reflect on ways to invite Contracting Parties to attend sessions of the Administrative Committee of the 1997 Agreement (AC.4).

169. The representative of the Russian Federation further requested the secretariat to prepare a consolidated document proposing the relevant amendments under agenda item 22 for consideration by the World Forum at its 172nd session in June 2017.

127. The representative of the EU introduced WP-29-171-29. He informed that during the preparatory work priorities had been dealt with separately in two parts, one to address the priorities of the current work under the GRs and the other to address priorities for new/future activities under the 1998 Agreement.

128. He explained that Japan and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from the United States of America had provided input for the first part. The result of this input allowed to define for each GR the priorities for different activities under those GR as reflected in the informal document. He underlined that input had not been received from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and asked the United States of America to provide it in order for the document to be completed by June.

129. As concerns the second part, the representative of the EU welcomed OICA’s input provided in WP.29-171-14. He stated that a document is planned to be prepared jointly by the EU, Japan and United States of America for the June 2017 session, with a view to preparing the vote on the programme of work at the November session.

130. The representative of OICA introduced WP.29-171-14 outlining the organizations perspective on current regulatory priorities within the scope of the 1998 Agreement in various regions of the world.

131. He highlighted that OICA considered that the development of a global technical regulation on Event Data Recorders (EDR) would offer the opportunity to globally harmonize vehicle electronic architecture requirements for the gathering of data, as well as harmonise the data to be recorded by such device when fitted e.g. on the basis of the US rule NHTSA 49CFR Part 563, and to avoid as far as possible diverging requirements. Such global harmonization would permit the most cost efficient implementation of EDR for the society and would provide harmonized data and evidences for future rule making processes.

132. He underlined that the work done on Automatic Emergency Braking Systems (AEBS) within the scope of the 1958 Agreement framework (UN Regulation No.131) addressing truck and bus collisions avoidance against moving and stationary objects could be used as a basis for other vehicle categories as well as other kinds of obstacles such as pedestrians and cyclists.

133. Finally he concluded by mentioning that work was already underway in the framework of the GRRF Informal Group on ACSF to develop a UN Regulation on Lane Keeping Assistance (LKAS), and the development of a global technical regulation could be facilitated by this work. As for AEBS, Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) seems to be of high priority in the context of the European Union, and therefore it was essential that the work to develop a global technical regulation should not compromise the progress of work already undertaken under the 1958 Agreement.

134. The representative of the United States of America stated that, having in mind the general direction of technological developments in the industry, a general interest of the United States of America is development of a future program of work that focuses on advanced technologies.

135. The representative of China commented to OICA on the submitted document, requesting further clarification on the proposals laid out regarding EDR. He underlined a potential gtr on EDR shall only focus on technical requirements for EDR itself, and shall not focus on administrative requirements concerning the collection of data, which would not fall under the scope of the 1998 Agreement.

136. The representative of OICA responded by confirming that the intention is only to harmonize the specific technical requirements for the recording of pre-crash data (which data, which frequency of recording, etc.) He fully agreed that the administrative aspects on the ownership of the data cannot be dealt with in the 1998 Agreement, but falls under national sovereignty. . He added that there is a high risk of having different regulations in different countries, with the result that vehicles would have to be adapted for every individual market. Coming to an agreement between states on the type of data to be registered in a vehicle would allow manufacturers to construct the same vehicle electronic architecture for the global market, while allowing for the possibility of adjusting it to additional national requirements.

137. The representative of the United States of America explained only two countries were prescribing voluntary “if fitted” EDR requirements, Republic of Korea and United States of America. He suggested that the member States willing to work on EDR could consult these already established regulations in those two countries as guidance for the sake of harmonization.

138. Secretariat introduced informal document WP.29-171-30. In the 1958 Agreement Revision 3 the term UN Regulation is contained in capital letters while the term global technical regulation or gtr in the 1998 Agreement is in lower caps. In order to explore the possibilities of aligning the format of these similar terms in the two Agreements the secretariat consulted the UN Office of Legal Affairs. The Legal Office at United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) advised the secretariat that Contracting Parties could agree on the use of the term “UN GTR” in capital letters. He was further advised to propose to AC.3 to take this decision based on a document for an AC.3 Decision on the use of the capital letter term “UN GTR”.

139. The representative of the United States of America supported the proposal of the secretariat and the proposed preparation of the draft decision.

140. Referring to WP.29-171-30, AC.3 requested the secretariat to draft the document containing the decision on the use of the term “UN GTR” in capital letter and submit it to the fiftieth session of AC.3 in June 2017.

141. Referring to the authorization to develop Amendment 2 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/43), the representative of EU informed AC.3 that the amendments consist of small changes to the regulatory text that are necessary to reflect the amendments of UN Regulation No. 11. Those are broadly supported by GRSP and likely to be put forward for vote by AC3 at the June 2017 session.

142. As technical sponsor for these activities, the representative of EU explained that the IWG on Environmental and Propulsion Performance Requirements (EPPR) under GRPE was working on the development of amendments to GTR No. 2. He recalled AC.3 that it was agreed to use Euro 5 emissions limits as a baseline for this work.

143. The representative of Italy presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/51 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 global technical regulation No. 3 with 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. This amendment aimed to harmonize the global technical regulation with recent amendments of the UN Regulation No.78 and was submitted to AC.3 for consideration.

144. The AC.3 adopted the ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/51 and requested the secretariat to reproduce it as an AC.3 document for the fiftieth session of AC.3 in June 2017.

145. 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. He clarified that the main contents of this amendment was to clarify the scope of GTR No 6 to cover panoramic sunroof glazing and to clarify the impact point in Steel ball drop test, based on the proposal submitted by CLEPA to GRSG in 2014. He reminded AC.3 that the extension of the mandate of the IWG was until June 2018 in the last November session of WP.29 meeting to reflect research results performed by United States of America. He added that NHTSA would start research to determine the root cause of panoramic sunroof failures including the fracture analysis and relevant survey this year. The seventh meeting will be held on 24 April in line with the upcoming GRSG meeting. Finally he concluded that the IWG is expecting that expert from NHTSA will introduce the status of research on the panoramic sunroof glazing at that meeting.

146. The chair of the IWG on Phase 2 of gtr No. 7 on Head Restraints reminded AC.3 that ‎work to establish injury criteria, based on biomechanical data, had been inconclusive and that the group had been suspended for approximately 18 months. It appeared that new data would not be available before the end of 2017 and that it may be necessary to take a different approach.

147. AC3 agreed that this should be discussed at GRSP who would report back at the 50th session of AC3 in June. The mandate of the Informal Working Group was extended until June 2018.

148. The representative of the United States of America informed AC.3 that GSRP had agreed to accept Injury Assessment Reference Values (IARVs) to move Phase 2 forward and to incorporate the flexible pedestrian legform impactor (FlexPLI) and the new improved bumper test proposed by the Task Force on Bumper Test Area. Concerning the new headform test, he suggested that further analysis would be needed, therefore, the proposed change cannot be accepted by the United States of America at this time.

149. The representative of the Republic of Korea informed AC.3 about the progress of work of the Task Force (TF) to incorporate provisions for active deployable systems in the bonnet area. He added that the first meeting was held on 7 and 8 February in Paris, with more than 35 participants including the representatives of five contracting parties or through the web-meeting system. He clarified that in this meeting the TF concentrated and agreed on fundamental issues and shared the existing and relevant protocols: (i) scope of discussion and (ii) decided the short name of the TF as Deployable Pedestrian Protection System (DPPS). Moreover, he added that the TF discussed which items should be included in the agenda of work and agreed to resume discussion on this topic at its second meeting that would be held on 28 and 29 March in Paris. He finally concluded that as Chair of the TF, that his country would like to kindly ask active participation and positive support of all interested contracting parties and stakeholders.

150. As technical sponsor for this work, the representative of Japan reported on the Phase 2 activities carried out by the IWG on WLTP under GRPE. He explained that GRPE adopted two proposals at its January 2017 session, a draft new GTR on evaporative emission test procedure for WLTP (WLTP EVAP) and amendments to GTR No. 15. He explained that the Task Force dealing with the transposition of WLTP into the 1958 Agreement met for the first time in February 2017 and expected to present a roadmap at the next GRPE session in June 2017.

151. The representative of the Russian Federation introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/52, proposing that AC.3 authorize 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 recalled the purpose of WP.29-170-12with Terms of Reference for the IWG on Tyre GTR and the progress made by the group. He mentioned the contributions of various Contracting Parties and ETRTO, including those of the expert from China and invited all interesting participants to visit Moscow in June for the meeting of informal group.

152. The secretariat recalled the purpose of the Compendium of Candidates for GTRs and encourages any Contracting Parties to include their national standards and regulations on tyres for the purpose of harmonization by the IWG on Tyres.

153. AC.3 adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/52 and requested the secretariat to reproduce it as an AC.3 document for the fiftieth session of AC.3 in June 2017.

154. The representative of the United States of America, Chair of the IWG on EVS, introduced the fifth Progress Report of its group (WP.29-171-33). He informed that the work of the IWG is deemed completed, apart from a few technical issues concerning heavy duty vehicles that still need to be agreed among the experts. He added that the unresolved text would remain in square brackets in the official document submitted to the May 2017 session of GRSP and that at that time an informal document from IWG would be further submitted to resolve it. Moreover, he explained that the important work on thermal propagation and initiation methods remains in progress (altogether other technical issues). Therefore, he added that discussion on these matters would be continued in the Phase 2, which is planned to start immediately after the adoption of Phase 1 EVS GTR by WP.29, hopefully at the November 2017 session of AC.3. Finally, he sought consent of AC.3 to extend the mandate of the IWG until December 2017.

155. AC.3 endorsed the extension of the mandate and requested the secretariat to distribute WP.29-171-33 with an official symbol.

156. The expert from the United States of America, in his capacity of Chair of IWG on Quiet Road Transport Vehicle Global Technical Regulation (QRTV GTR), recalled his statement at the previous session of AC.3 about the publication, in November 2016, of the US National Rule on Minimum Sound Requirements for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles. He also recalled that the World Forum had agreed to extend the mandate of IWG on QRTV GTR until December 2018. He reported on the national procedures for the entry into force of the National Rule and pointed out that its effective date of implementation would be 21 March 2017, with the phasing-in period of 2019-2020 (www.regulations.gov/docket?D=NHTSA-2016-0125). He further indicated that IWG QRTV GTR would shortly resume its work by undertaking a detailed analysis of differences between UN Regulation No.138 on QRTV and the US National Rule, with the aim to prepare compromise wording for the gtr.

(a) Side impact dummies

157. The representative of the United States of America informed AC.3 that efforts on the 5th percentile female dummy had experienced setbacks due to the redesign of components and parts. Moreover, he explained that the group would restart work to finalize a draft addendum to the Mutual Resolution No. 1 to incorporate specifications of the 50th percentile World Side Impact dummy (SID).Therefore he sought consent of AC.3 to extend the mandate of the IWG until December 2017. AC.3 endorsed this request.

(b) Pole side impact

158. No subject was raised under this agenda item.

159. The representative from Canada provided an update on the latest activities of the IWG on EVE, on behalf of the EVE leadership. He indicated that there had been one meeting of the IWG on EVE since the November 2016 WP.29 session, when WP.29 approved Part B of the EVE mandate and continuation of the group’s work.

160. He informed AC.3 that the twenty-first meeting of the IWG on EVE was held in Geneva on January 11th, 2017. It consisted of a half-day session that focused on highlighting the achievements during Part A of the mandate, and laying out the path forward for work during Part B. He noted that the IWG on EVE has a full two-day meeting scheduled to be held in Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A. on April 10th-11th, 2017. At this meeting the EVE IWG will‎ formally begin development of the GTR for power determination of electrified vehicles; continue to exchange research information about electrified vehicle battery durability; and plan outreach to the Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency (GEEE) as future collaborators on the method of stating the energy consumption of electrified vehicles. He also noted that the IWG on EVE has continued to interact regularly with the IWG on WLTP to ensure that the work of the two groups is complimentary and avoid duplication of efforts. Finally, he stated that after the April meeting in Ann Arbor, the IWG on EVE is planning to host a half day meeting during the week of GRPE in June 2017 in Geneva, and then another 2-day meeting in Austria in October 2017.

161. No new information was provided on this subject.

162. The representative of EU introduced the proposal for authorization to develop the Phase 2 of the global technical regulation. He explained the need to start the Phase 2 to address the development of remaining issues, amongst others material qualification testing. He clarified that Japan, Republic of Korea and the European Union would sponsor the Phase 2. However, he clarified that the contribution from the United States of America, China and other Contracting Parties was encouraged and expected and that the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission is ready to provide further relevant input.

163. AC.3 adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/56 and requested the secretariat to convert it into an AC.3 document.

164. The representative of OICA introduced WP.29-171-15, Proposal to amend Special Resolution 2 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/65). He stated that OICA, representing the global auto industry, re-confirmed its strong support for Special Resolution 2 being an important step towards an improved functioning of the 1998 Agreement.

165. He noted that WP29-171-15 took into account comments made at the March 2016 AC.3 session, He added that further work could clarify the concepts of alternatives, modules, and options. He emphasized the position of OICA that such clarification would constitute a further improvement and that it would help in the development of new or amended global technical regulations.

166. Due to the lack of time, AC.3 did not conclude on this item but agreed allocate more time for it and to resume its consideration at its June 2017 session. Contracting Parties were invited to prepare their contributions.