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Working Party on Pollution and Energy
75th session | Geneva | 6-9 Jun 2017 Download Copy
Agenda Item 4. (a) | Heavy-duty vehicles: Regulations Nos. 49 and 132
Document(s)
GRPE/75/Add.1 | Adopted amendments to Regulation No. 49 (Addendum to the GRPE 75th session report)
GRPE-74-08 | Proposal for a new Supplement to the 05 and 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 49 (OICA)
GRPE-74-09 | Proposal for amendments to document GRPE/2017/6 on a new Supplement to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 49 (OICA)
GRPE-75-06 | Manipulations on EURO V and VI trucks by suppression of AdBlue injection: Status report from Swiss heavy-duty truck controls (Switzerland)
GRPE-75-26 | Proposal for amendments to document GRPE/2017/6 on a new Supplement to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 49 (OICA)
GRPE-75-27 | Proposal for amendments to document GRPE/2017/6 on a new Supplement to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 49 (OICA)
GRPE/2017/6 | Proposal for a new Supplement to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 49 (OICA)

GRPE-75 Discussion

17. The expert from OICA presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2017/6 on a proposal for a new Supplement to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 49 in order to align it with the current state of the legislation of the European Union (EU). He recalled that ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2017/6 had already been tabled at the last GRPE session. He also presented GRPE-75-26 and GRPE-75-27 introducing some changes to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2017/6. He explained that GRPE-75-26 aimed to fix the generally non-feasible urban window requirement to ensure the feasibility of the Portable Emissions Measurement System (PEMS) test and that GRPE-75-27 intended to introduce missing On-Board Diagnostic systems (OBD) requirements.

18. The expert from Japan made a general comment on differences between traffic situations and he underlined the necessity to further discuss this topic. The expert from EC expressed his readiness to open discussions in the case that Japan would decide to become a Contracting Party to Regulation No. 49 in the future.

19. The expert from IANGV/NGV Global expressed his support to the proposals presented by OICA as GRPE-75-27 was fixing some concerns about the testing methodology.

20. The expert from OICA recalled GRPE-74-08 presented last session and aimed at correcting editorial errors in the 05 and 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 49. He requested GRPE to consider the possibility to include GRPE-74-08 as part of the package to be voted of amendments to Regulation No. 49 at this session.

21. GRPE adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2017/6 amended by GRPE-74-08, GRPE-75-26 and GRPE-75-27 as reproduced in Addendum 1 to this report and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and the Administrative Committee of the 1958 Agreement (AC.1) for consideration and vote at their November 2017 sessions as draft Supplement 5 to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 49.

22. GRPE also adopted GRPE-74-08 as reproduced in Annex VI and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their November 2017 sessions as draft Supplement 9 to the 05 series of amendments to Regulation No. 49.

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23. The expert from Switzerland presented GRPE-75-06 on manipulations on EURO V and VI trucks by aftermarket suppression of AdBlue injection. He explained that the Swiss Authorities had decided to act after some previous cases in other countries and that suspect vehicles had been immobilized and inspected. He mentioned that 100 manipulated vehicles had been discovered nationwide since February 2017. He underlined that only manipulated EURO V vehicles had been identified and no manipulated EURO VI vehicles had been detected so far due to the lack of access to the emission control software. He invited Contracting Parties to address the five questions listed in GRPE-75-06 in order to exchange information on manipulation detection methods and enforcement strategies. Following a question raised by the expert from Italy, he clarified that the registration documents of the manipulated trucks had not yet been used to contact corresponding authorities.

24. The expert from the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) expressed his readiness to share with GRPE a study prepared by his organization on this topic including information on used devices and geographical spread.

25. The experts from Austria, Canada, France, Sweden and UK reported similar concerns and investigations in their respective countries and showed their interest to exchange views on this subject.

26. The Chair of GRPE invited all stakeholders to keep on sharing information on this important issue. He also invited the expert from Switzerland to bring this topic to WP.29 and to present an updated report at the next GRPE session in January 2018.

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Previous Discussion(s)

World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations | Session 173 | 14-17 Nov 2017

1. The World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) held its 173rd session from 14 to 17 November 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): Algeria, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Latvia, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, Uruguay, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and United States of America. Representatives of the European Union (EU) participated. The State of Palestine was represented as Observer. The following governmental organizations were represented: International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The following intergovernmental organizations were represented: The European Union funded EuroMed Transport Support Project and the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC). The following non-governmental organizations were also represented: Association for Emissions Control by Catalyst (AECC); European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA/MEMA/JAPIA)1; European Tyre and Rim Technical Organization (ETRTO); Consumers International (CI); Global New Car Assessment Programme (Global NCAP); the International Automotive Lighting and Light Signalling Expert Group (GTB); International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA); International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA); the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA); Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International; Other non-governmental organizations, private sector entities, independent experts and observers that were represented were: All Rights For All (ARFA-Pakistan); the American Automotive Policy Council (AAPC); Automobile and Motorcycle Association of Serbia Centre for Motor-Vehicles (AMSS-CMV) Ltd.; Confederation of the European Bicycle Industry (CONEBI); Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA); McLaren Applied Technologies; the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA); “SEG” Civil Society Support Center NGO and Transport Systems Catapult.

2. The Chair of the World Forum welcomed the representatives to the World Forum and introduced the opening speakers, the Officer-in-Charge of the UNECE Sustainable Transport Division and the representatives of the European Union funded EuroMed Transport Support Project.

3. The Officer-in-Charge of the UNECE Sustainable Transport Division welcomed the delegates to the World Forum. He informed delegates on staffing matters in the Sustainable Transport Division. The newly appointed Director of the Sustainable Transport Division, Mr. Yuwei Li is an experienced United Nations officer who currently heads the Transport Division of ESCAP, and who will assume the post as of February 2018. The Officer-in-Charge also informed the World Forum that Mr. M. Gangonells, the Secretary of the WP.29 Working Party on Pollution and Energy (GRPE), had left the United Nation system. He further announced that Mr. F. Guichard would temporarily assume the role of Secretary of GRPE until a new staff member was recruited.

4. WP.29 acknowledged the exceptional work of Mr. Gangonells and wished him all the best for his new responsibilities.

5. The Officer-in-Charge informed the World Forum about the ongoing transition of activities within the United Nations organization, towards their systemic alignment with the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. In this context he emphasized the role of the Inland Transport Committee (ITC), and particularly the work of the World Forum in efforts towards achieving safety, environment and energy related Sustainable Development Goals. He informed the World Forum that the proposal for ITC’s 2030 strategy was in development and that it will form the basis of discussions that will take place at the eightieth session of ITC (20-23 February 2018, Geneva). He invited delegates of member State to attend the ITC session and actively take part in the discussions.

6. The Team Leader of the EuroMed Transport Support Project introduced the project, the countries from North Africa and the Middle-East that are taking part, the activities carried out within its scope and the achieved and expected results. The project would conclude in 2020. He explained that the current project was a continuation of the EuroMed Road, Rail and Urban Transport project, which came to its conclusion in 2016. The objectives of the current project were to contribute to the creation of an integrated transport system in the Mediterranean through facilitating and assisting regulatory convergence among the countries. Four key action areas of the project were efficient land transport systems, international land transport haulage, road safety and urban transport. The overall aim of the project was to improve the sustainability of transport systems in the region, including its safety and environmental aspects. He emphasized the points of convergence between the EuroMed project and the international agreements of the United Nations and the opportunities available to countries in the region with regard to acceding to United Nations legal instruments in the field of transport. Namely, the project has identified thirteen United Nations transport legal instruments as key for developing transport systems in the project beneficiary countries. The list included the three United Nations Agreements addressing vehicles (the 1958, 1997 and 1998 Agreements).

7. The Senior Vehicle Regulations Expert of the EuroMed project introduced activities of the project aimed at promoting and supporting the accession of beneficiary countries to United Nations vehicle agreements. The process was carried out through a sequence of steps. The first was to introduce to beneficiary countries the legal framework for vehicle regulations in the United Nations system. The second step was a gap analysis of individual countries legal frameworks on road vehicles as compared to the United Nations system and the European Union legal framework in this field. Finally, based on the conducted country gap analysis and on discussions with the national administration stakeholders, the project would provide recommendations on changes to national legislations in the beneficiary countries. The project also would provide technical assistance to support national administrations in acceding to and applying the agreements. The EuroMed project expert updated WP.29 on the individual progress of EuroMed project beneficiary countries in acceding to and implementing United Nations vehicle agreements. The expert concluded his presentation by indicating that EuroMed project beneficiary countries face a series of individual challenges and needs for assistance in applying provisions of the United Nations vehicle agreements. He invited Contracting Parties and representatives of the industry to provide support to EuroMed countries to correctly implement the United Nations vehicle agreements.

8. To support the process of accession to the United Nations Agreements, WP.29 supported the proposal of EuroMed to prepare a brochure with a road map on accession to the 1958 and 1997 Agreements, to be reviewed by WP.29 at an upcoming session.

9. The representatives of OICA, IMMA and CLEPA commended the activities of the EuroMed project in the beneficiary countries. They expressed strong readiness of their organizations and members to provide, in accordance with their scope of activities and expertise, support to the EuroMed beneficiary countries. The representatives of the industry all emphasized that the system introduced through Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement presents a good opportunity for the countries to develop a harmonized legal framework for vehicle regulations. The representative of OICA added that, while an integrated, holistic, approach is necessary, it is also important to lay down a level playing field by defining the necessary legal requirements. He also stressed the importance to ensure that vehicle fleets are modernised.

10. Representatives of EuroMed beneficiary countries, high-level officials from the Governments of Algeria, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, the State of Palestine and Tunisia: (a) provided information on their status of accession to and implementation of United Nations vehicle agreements, (b) expressed their country’s interest on the topics addressed by WP.29, and © informed the session about the ongoing efforts, achievements, challenges and needs.

11. The Chair of the World Forum thanked the representatives from EuroMed beneficiary countries for their statements and expressed the availability of the World Forum and Contracting Parties to provide support to their accession to United Nations vehicle agreements.

12. The annotated provisional agenda was adopted as amended (WP.29-173-11).

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

14. The 125th session of WP.29/AC.2, (13 November 2017) was chaired by Mr. A. Erario (Italy) and was attended, in accordance with 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 (United States of America), GRSG (Italy), the Chair of the Executive Committee (AC.3) of the 1998 Agreement (Japan), the Vice-Chair of WP.29 (Russian Federation), by the representatives of Canada, Japan, Republic of Korea, United States of America and European Union.

15. The WP.29/AC.2 reviewed and adopted the agenda of the 173rd session of the World Forum. WP.29/AC.2 also reviewed the draft agenda for the 174th session of the World Forum, scheduled to be held in Geneva from 13 to 16 March 2018.

16. WP.29/AC.2 took note of the status of the development of the Database on the exchange of type approvals (DETA), and the avenues available for its funding and hosting as presented by the Secretariat (WP.29-173-04) as well as the outcome of the meeting of the Informal Working Group (IWG) on DETA (WP.29-173-15) and a proposal submitted by Germany (WP.29-173-13). WP.29/AC.2 recommended that the secretariat, IWG on DETA and Germany present their proposal during the WP.29 session to Contracting Parties (CPs) to the 1958 Agreement as it was made clear that the financing of DETA would need extra budgetary (XB) funding.

17. The chair of the IWG on International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA) informed WP.29/AC.2 about the latest developments on finalizing the proposal for the UN Regulation No. 0 on IWVTA. In this context, WP.29/AC.2 reflected on the possible need for amendments to Schedule 4 of Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement to address potential issues with type-approval numbering for certain parts, such as tyres or brake-pads.

18. The representative of the Task Force for Cyber Security and Over-the-Air issues (TFCS) updated WP.29/AC.2 on the development of the draft paper “Recommendation on Cyber Security of the Task Force on Cyber Security and Over-the-Air issues of UNECE WP.29 IWG ITS/AD”. It aims to define principles/objectives to be obtained to address key cyber risks and threats in order to assure vehicle safety in case of cyber-attacks and detailed guidance or measures for how to meet these principles/objectives. The paper provides recommendations on how the outputs may be used. This includes how it may be taken forward as a regulation or a resolution and, where applicable timelines, for delivery. The representative of the TFCS sought the position of and guidance from WP.29/AC.2 with respect to the presented paper and options proposed in it concerning the development of a resolution or regulation under the 1958 Agreement concerning cyber security and over-the-air issues.

19. WP.29/AC.2 considered the proposed ways forward, acknowledging the merits of a resolution-only process, but raised concerns about the legal application of this approach. WP.29/AC.2 reflected on a possible step-wise approach with the option of establishing a regulation but using the resolution as the technical provisions – at least as a first step. WP.29/AC.2 suggested this should be considered further by the IWG on ITS/AD on Thursday.

20. The secretariat and the representative of the United Kingdom presented proposals on the future strategic direction of the work under the 1958 Agreement. Based on preliminary discussions, WP.29/AC.2 decided to hold initial consultations in a Task Force that would consider strategic issues, including for example the (re)distribution of activities within WP.29 subsidiary working groups in order to accommodate new priorities. Contracting Parties were invited to take part in the preliminary discussions on Tuesday, 14 November 2017 from 5.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. in room XII of the Palais de Nations.

21. The secretariat presented the draft Programme of Work and Biennial Evaluation 2018-2019 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/119) which provides the mandate for the work of WP.29 and its subsidiary bodies (GRs) for the coming biennium.
22. WP.29 adopted the Programme of Work and Biennial Evaluation 2018-2019 based on document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/119.

23. The secretariat presented the programme of work, which includes a strategic introductory part on the main priorities of the work of WP.29 vehicle automation, powertrain electrification and enhancement of environmental protection. The priorities would include further development in the implementation of the 1958, 1997 and 1998 Agreements, the main horizontal activities and the main topics addressed by the subsidiary bodies of WP.29 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/1/Rev.2). The World Forum noted the revised programme of work and documentation.

24. The secretariat presented the list of Working Parties and Chairs (WP.29-173-01). The secretariat also presented the envisaged tasks of WP.29 staff for the year 2018 (WP.29-173-03).

25. The World Forum took note of WP.29-173-02 on the draft 2018 calendar for WP.29 and its subsidiary bodies, and WP.29-173-03 that describes the activities that are to be performed by the World Forum secretariat staff members during 2018.

26. The 2018 calendar for WP.29 and its subsidiary bodies and the list of Working Parties and Chairs are reproduced in Annex III and IV to the session report.

27. The World Forum noted the ongoing discussion of the ITS-AD informal group and welcomed its contribution to the work of WP.29.

28. WP.29 agreed to defer consideration of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/145 (still containing text in square brackets) to the March 2018 session.

29. The World Forum also agreed that the ITS/AD group should develop a new Regulation for cyber security that created a sufficiently flexible approach to ensure the Regulation remained relevant given the rapid pace of progress in this field. There was general agreement that the informal group’s work on a Resolution should be embraced within the new Regulation where possible, including utilising references to other standards bodies where this is practical. WP.29 noted that an approach, similar to that proposal for cyber security, would be adopted for over-the-air and wired software updates. The Working Party endorsed the extension to the task force’s mandate until June 2018 in order to allow adequate time to develop the new regulations.

30. The World Forum further noted the proposals from OICA and Catapult for developing a new concept to certify automated driving technology, compatible with both type approval or self certification systems. The working party noted the contributions from the United Kingdom and OICA, which set out a complementary approach for assessing the self-driving functions. The World Forum agreed to the informal group’s request to establish a new informal group to take this work forward.

31. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRE given during the 172nd session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1131, paras. 33-36) and approved the report.

34. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRPE given during the 172nd session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1131, paras. 42-47) and approved the report.

32. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRSG given during the 172nd session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1131, paras. 37-39) and approved the report.

33. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRSP given during the 172nd session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1131, paras. 40-41) and approved the report.

35. The GRB Chair reported on the results achieved by GRB during its sixty-sixth session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/64).

36. In particular, the GRB Chair mentioned that GRB had adopted amendment proposals to Regulation No. 51, but would review their legal form (supplement or a new series of amendments) at its next session in January 2018. He explained that, in December 2017, the secretariat would submit the adopted text to the March 2018 sessions of WP.29 and AC.1, upon the understanding that any possible modifications that were decided by GRB in January 2018, could exceptionally be submitted to WP.29 as a corrigendum or an addendum to the original WP.29 document.

37. The GRB chair further informed the delegates that GRB was preparing a new draft Regulation on reversing alarm and would cooperate with GRSG on the scope of this Regulation for various vehicle categories in conjunction with other safety devices for moving backward, like rear view cameras and parking sensors.

38. WP.29 noted that GRB had re-elected Mr. S. Ficheux (France) as Chair and Mr. A. Bocharov (Russian Federation) as Vice-Chair for the year 2018.

39. The representative from the United Kingdom, on behalf of the GRRF Chair, reported on the results achieved by GRRF during its eighty-fourth session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/84).

40. The GRB representative further informed that GRRF decided to establish an IWG on AEBS with its Terms of Reference reproduced in Annex II to the GRRF report. WP.29 gave its consent for establishing this IWG.

41. The GRB representative also informed that GRRF updated the Terms of Reference of the IWG on ACSF as reproduced in Annex VI to the GRRF report. WP.29 gave its consent for this update.

42. WP.29 noted that GRRF had elected Mr. B Frost (UK) as Chair of GRRF and Mr. H. Morimoto (Japan) as Vice-Chair for the year 2018.

159. No subject was raised under this agenda item.

43. The GRSG Chair reported on the results achieved during the 113th session of GRSG (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/92).

44. WP.29 noted that GRSG had re-elected Mr. A. Erario (Italy) as Chair and Mr. K. Hendershot (Canada) as Vice-Chair for the year 2018.

45. The GRE Chair reported on the results of the seventy-eighth session of GRE (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/78).

46. The GRE chair briefed WP.29 on the progress in preparing a new UN Regulation on Light-Signalling Devices (LSD) and on a new approach of streamlining the traditional approval markings in the new LSD Regulation which covers many devices and where the most stringent requirements for various devices may correspond to different series of amendments. Given the fact that DETA and the Unique Identifier (UI) might not be available upon the entry into force of the new UN Regulations, the new UN Regulations will include a fall-back solution for approval markings, in addition to the UI, until the availability of the UI. He also mentioned that GRE had adopted amendments to UN Regulation No. 128 (LED light sources) and to the Consolidated Resolution on the common specification of light source categories (R.E.5) with the aim to introduce LED light sources for forward lighting applications.

47. WP.29 gave its consent for extending the mandate of the Informal Working Group on Visibility, Glare and Levelling (IWG VGL) until the end of 2018 and noted that GRE had re-elected Mr. M. Loccufier (Belgium) as Chair and Mr. D. Rovers (Netherlands) as Vice-Chair for the year 2018.

48. The secretariat informed the World Forum about the latest update of the status of the 1958 Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/343/Rev.25) that contains the information received by the secretariat up to 8 November 2017, and which will be soon available on the WP.29 website. WP.29 noted that Contracting Parties should notify the secretariat about any amendments needed to the status document.

49. The secretariat, following the discussions of the June 2017 session, informed delegates about finalizing the development of the web-based application that had been established in the Sustainable Transport Division for the exchange of information between the Contracting Parties and the secretariat on information relevant to Part 1 and Annex 1 of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/343/Rev.25 (Status of the 1958 Agreement) aiming at replacing paper notification of the above-mentioned information.

50. The representative of the Russian Federation presented the activities of the Russian Federation concerning the designation of Technical Services according to the relevant provisions of the Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement (WP.29-173-22). He also informed WP.29 about the new “E 22” form: for the communication form, the certificate of the technical service and the official correspondence. He mentioned on the facts of identifying falsified communications on the type approval. The mechanism for confirming legitimacy with direct requests to the Administrative Bodies of the Contracting Parties was very difficult and would take a long time.

50 bis. He reported on the difficulties faced by many Contracting Parties due to the lack of a central database for the consultation of approval documentation and suggested that the bodies issuing communications on the type approval organize national electronic registries databases on their official websites with the possibility of full access and viewing of these documents by the bodies of the Contracting Parties (including authorized certification bodies and technical services): the database would be linked to DETA once DETA would be established. WP.29 agreed with the representative of the Russian Federation on the importance of having an electronic exchange of type approval documentation among Contracting Parties in practical situations described in the presentation and also mentioned the activities of WP.29 on DETA.

51. No new information was presented under this agenda item.

52. The representative of Japan, Chair of the IWG on IWVTA, presented the Draft General Guidelines for United Nation regulatory procedures and transitional provisions in UN Regulations (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/107, Corr.1 and Add.1). These guidelines aim to streamline 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 World Forum noted the intention of the IWG on IWVTA to further consider a number of amendments recommended by Contracting Parties and by the Working Parties for consideration at the next sessions of WP.29.

53. WP.29 adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/107, Corr.1 and Add.1, as amended below:

Paragraph 6.1., shall be deleted.
Remove all square brackets in the document, and keep the proposed text.”

53 bis. The representative of the Russian Federation noted that the proposal to delete item 6.1. would require additional elaboration verifying legal consequences, therefore the Russian Federation reserved its position on the issue.

54. The representative of OICA introduced WP.29-173-14 to raise concerns that the new rules for extensions to existing type approvals under paragraph 31(b) of the guideline document were developed after the most recent amendments to UN Regulations, which therefore obviously could not take into account these new Rules. As a result, recently adopted Supplements could unexpectedly have a retroactive impact on some vehicle type approvals when these are extended. He proposed that Supplements to UN Regulations adopted by AC.1 at its March and June 2017 sessions should not be subject to paragraph 31 of the guidelines.

54 bis. WP.29 noted the proposal from OICA but did not support it.

55. The representative of Japan, Chair of the IWG on IWVTA, introduced the draft UN Regulation No. 0 on uniform provisions concerning the International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/108). He reported on the latest amendments to Annex 4 listing the UN Regulations covered by IWVTA (WP.29-173-18). He highlighted that other UN Regulations were in the process of being reviewed by the relevant Working Parties and that would be included in near future. Thus, he presented the draft Terms of References and Rules of Procedure for Phase 2 of the IWG on IWVTA (WP.29-173-17).

56. WP.29 welcomed the submission of draft UN Regulation No. 0 and acknowledged the work progress made by the IWG. The World Forum considered ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/108 and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting.

57. The representative of Japan also introduced the explanation document to UN Regulation No. 0 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/109). WP.29 considered and adopted the document.

58. WP.29 adopted the revised Terms of References and Rules of Procedure for Phase 2 of the IWG on IWVTA, as reproduced in Annex V to the session report.

59. The World Forum noted that Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement (ECE/TRANS/505/Rev.3) entered into force on 14 September 2017.

60. The representative of Japan, Chair of the IWG on IWVTA, introduced the “Question and Answer” (Q&A) document on Revision 3 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/131) and WP.29-173-16 that clarifies Q&A No. 20. The World Forum adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/131 as amended below:
Q&A No. 20, amend to read:

“A20As from the entry into force of …
In addition to section 2(c) of paragraph 3 of Schedule 4, where this is deemed necessary, a Contracting Party may use in the approval number a sequence of up to six characters after the slash until Schedule 4 or the relevant UN Regulation (i.e. UN Regulation No.117) will be revised accordingly in the future.
In addition …”

61. The secretariat recalled the consideration by the Administrative Committee WP.29/AC.2 during the November 2016 and June 2017 sessions of the legal processing of new UN Regulations and amendments to existing UN Regulations which were adopted before the entry into force of Revision 3 to the 1958 Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1126, para. 63 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1131, para. 61). Thus, WP.29 had invited all Contracting Parties to raise their concerns on applying the procedures of Revision 3 for existing UN Regulations.

62. The World Forum considered the issue of implementing Article 15.3 of the amended 1958 Agreement (Revision 3) on the legal processing of new UN Regulations and amendments to existing UN Regulations which were adopted before the entry into force of Revision 3. Following an exchange of views and considering that no Contracting Party had raised concern on this subject, WP.29 recommended that for the legal processing of new UN Regulations and amendments to existing UN Regulations which were adopted before the entry into force of the amended 1958 Agreement, all Contracting Parties shall follow the procedures of Revision 3.

63. The secretariat updated WP.29 about developments on the hosting of DETA by UNECE and the discussion of the UNECE Executive Committee (EXCOM) related to financing DETA (WP.29-173-04). The representative of the European Union gave, on behalf of the Chair of the IWG on DETA, a status report of the activities of the group at its thirtieth meeting. The secretariat presented WP.29-173-15 on behalf of the Chair of the IWG, explaining (i) what DETA is, (ii) the link between DETA and the activities of the WP.29, (iii) the expected benefits, (iv) the potential additional features of DETA, and (v) three scenarios to organize the migration of DETA to UNECE. He explained that scenario one corresponded to a stand-alone project as presented in WP.29-173-04, scenario two was based on scenario one but with important savings realized in segmenting the project and obtaining additional human resources through a Junior Professional Officer financed by one Contracting Party (potentially Germany). Scenario three was presented by the representative of Germany (WP.29-173-13) and proposed to temporarily host and finance DETA under the condition that UNECE takes over DETA under regular budget at the latest from 2022 onwards2 and that the industry covers the development costs of the Unique Identifier and the Declaration of Conformity. Scenario three would allow an implementation date of DETA by mid 2018.

63 bis. Germany also presented a proposal (WP.29-173-13) to rename DETA which will be considered at the next session of WP.29 in March 2018.

64. WP.29 preferred the scenario three and thanked Germany for its offer. The representative of OICA clarified that their possible commitment covered only a fair share of the development costs of the Unique Identifier and mentioned that other industries and governments would also benefit from this DETA development and therefore should also contribute. The representatives of IMMA and CLEPA stated on the question of sponsoring the development of the Unique Identifier as part of the DETA-project, that they were studying the question and could not make any commitment at this time. The representative of Germany hope but cannot assure that the offer can be maintained for the March 2018 session of WP.29. The Chair urged all Contracting Parties to the 1958 Agreement and all stakeholders to find a solution for the financing for DETA before the next session of WP.29 in March 2018.

65. In parallel, WP.29 requested the secretariat and the IWG on DETA to reflect on the proposal made by the representatives of Australia, Austria and South Africa to explore ways to extend DETA with a feature allowing to charge users on a subscription basis, per download and/or upload of Type Approval documentation, as an alternative way to finance the hosting of DETA at UNECE, on the condition that this would not delay the installation of DETA at UNECE.

2 Note by the secretariat: as UN Regular Budget is decided by Member States at the UN General Assembly, UNECE is not in the position to commit at this stage.

66. The World Forum considered the draft amendment under agenda item 4.6.1 and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the following correction:

67. In document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/110, page 2, second last item replace the amendment “Paragraph 6.19.8., footnote 14, delete.” by “Paragraph 6.19., footnote 14, delete.”

68. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda item 4.7.1 to 4.7.7 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

69. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.8.1 and 4.8.3 to 4.8.11 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

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

71. WP.29 noted that no document had been submitted under this item.

72. WP.29 noted that no document had been submitted under this item.

73. The World Forum considered the draft proposals for new UN Regulations under items 4.12.1 to 4.12.3 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

74. The representative of the Republic of Korea announced his intention to abstain from voting at AC.1 on document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/108 (new UN Regulation on IWVTA).

75. The representative of OICA reminded Contracting Parties to the 1958 Agreement which intend to apply the new UN Regulation on AECS to ensure the necessary infrastructure for the full application of the Regulation, once it enters into force.

76. The representative of Australia announced his intention to abstain from voting at AC.1 on document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/133 (new UN Regulation on ISOFIX).

77. WP.29 noted that no document had been submitted under this item.

78. The World Forum agreed that agenda items 5.1 to 5.5 should be considered in detail by the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement (AC.3).

79. In the context of the opening statements by EUROMED, the representative of Morocco made a presentation of the regulatory framework of the type approval and periodic technical inspection in his country and gave an outlook on coming activities. WP.29 welcomed this presentation and encouraged Morocco to consider the accession to the Agreements managed by WP.29.

80. The representative of Uruguay informed WP.29 that in October of 2017, Uruguay had hosted a workshop on ¨Safer Cars¨ in Latin America, with the participation of experts from ECE, ECLAC, LATIN NCAP, and other six countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, México and Paraguay). As an outcome of the workshop, the Group of Experts is trying to create a mechanism that would study the 1958 and 1998 Agreements, in order to be part of them in the near future. On that basis, and considering Uruguay was acting as a regional pivot, the Group would continue working on common schedules of new requirements for safer vehicles and the implementation of UN Regulations or GTRs on national regulations. The Latin America experts really appreciated the UNECE support, knowledge and the expertise transferred via Mr. E. Gianotti.

81. WP.29 noted the consolidated document (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1074/Rev.9) 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. No new Contracting Parties have acceded to the agreement since the 172nd session of WP.29, nor has the secretariat received new notification on Periodical Technical Inspection (PTI) authorities. The secretariat included in the document the certificates received from the Netherlands.

82. The Contracting Parties were reminded to notify the secretariat of any relevant update.

83. The representative of the Russian Federation, Co-Chair of the IWG on PTI, updated the World Forum on the work of the group (WP.29-173-06). He reported to the World Forum on the eighth meeting of the IWG on PTI that was held on 24 October 2017 in Brussels. He explained that the IWG on PTI decided to propose amendments to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/134 under agenda item 7.4 as reproduced in WP.29-173-12. He recalled the proposal made by the representative of Finland and Sweden at the 172nd session of WP.29, that were similar to the earlier proposals presented by the Russian Federation (WP29-147-11 and WP29-165-07) aimed at including PTI relevant provisions in UN Regulations. He mentioned that the group had considerations related to the 1958 Agreement and the new concept “Whole Life Vehicle Compliance” was suggested. He reported on the considerations of the group as a follow-up on the presentation made by the representative of Switzerland on the tampering truck emissions tampering at the June 2017 session of WP.29 and possible benefits of PTI in this context.

84. WP.29 noted that the mandate of the IWG on PTI was about to expire and agreed to extend the mandate of the Group by two years. WP.29 noted the willingness of the Chair to present the updated terms of reference of the Group at the March 2018 session of WP.29.

85. No further proposals for amendments to Rules Nos. 1 and 2 have been submitted under this agenda item.

86. The representative of the Russian Federation, Co-Chair of the IWG on PTI, informed WP.29 on the progress in submission of the proposed amendments to the 1997 Agreement ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/92 to the United Nations Secretary-General.

87. The representative of the Russian Federation, Co-Chair of the IWG on PTI, presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/134 that proposes the establishment of a new Rule on Periodical Technical Inspections of motor vehicles using Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and/or Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in their propulsion system, that would be annexed to the 1997 Agreement. He also introduced informal document WP.29-173-12 amending the proposal by adding vehicles using Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG). Some Contracting Parties indicated that they were still in the process of evaluating the proposal.

88. The representative of the Russian Federation, Co-Chair of the IWG on PTI, presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/135 that proposes the establishment of a new Rule on Periodical Technical Inspections, regarding minimum safety inspection requirements for hybrid and electric motor vehicles, to be annexed to the 1997 Agreement. Some Contracting Parties indicated that they were still in the process of evaluation of the proposal.

89. WP.29 recommended the submission of the two proposals to AC.4 for voting, noting that some European Contracting Parties would support, in principle, the proposals but felt not in the position to adopt these proposals due to possible inconsistencies with European Directives on PTI on these matters (not specifically addressing additional test items for gas fuelled vehicles and hybrid vehicles).

90. The representative of Switzerland presented WP.29-173-07, containing an update on circumstances in the detection of aftermarket manipulation of EURO IV, EURO V and EURO VI truck engines by the suppression of AdBlue injection, up to mid-September 2017. He explained that there were six heavy-duty truck control centres in Switzerland, that have controlled 14,245 vehicles from February to mid-November 2017. During that period, 199 vehicles were detected with irregularities in the pollutant control equipment – or about one per cent of all controlled vehicles. The representative of Switzerland provided information on the emission category engines and brands of vehicles that are most commonly detected to be manipulated, the countries of origin and the specific kind of manipulation that is most commonly detected. He explained that the number of detected manipulations had in recent months decreased as a proportion of total number of vehicles controlled, concluding that the activities of control centres have shown effect.

91. The Chair of WP.29 invited stakeholders to contact the Swiss delegation to contribute to the discussion and invited the Swiss delegation to give an update at the next WP.29 session in March 2018.

92. The representative of Finland, Ambassador of the WP.29 and WP.1 on Automated Driving, reported on the activities of WP.1 including automated vehicles. He informed WP.29 about relevant proceedings of the September 2017 session of WP.1. He informed WP.29 that the proposal on the consistency of Vienna Convention and the UN Vehicle Regulations was deferred to the next session of WP.1.

93. The Ambassador informed the World Forum about discussions that took place on “secondary activities” that can be performed by the driver when supported by automated driving technologies. He confirmed WP.29 that the WP.1 informal group of experts would prepare a document for discussions in this respect as activities at the national level were already initiated due to the approaching introduction on the market of vehicles equipped with SAE level 3 automation systems. He added that discussions also addressed Remote Control Parking (RCP), concluding that the functionality did not compromise road safety, even though the driver operating the vehicle would be located outside of the vehicle. He continued that the discussion on the RCP prompted more discussion on other situations where the driver might be outside of the vehicle and that it was decided that discussions on the subject would be continued at a later stage.

94. The Ambassador informed that World Forum on the decision of WP.1 to start working on a guidance document on highly and fully automated driving; the first version was expected to be adopted in 2018. He added that because of this ambitious deadline, WP.1 decided that a special session of WP.1 would be dedicated to this topic and would be held on 6-7 December 2017.

95. The Ambassador stressed the importance of continued close cooperation between WP.29 and WP.1 and their subsidiary expert groups as road safety concerns stemming from the technological evolution towards automated driving cannot be addressed without insight and expertise on vehicle technology and competence in road traffic safety.

96. The Chair of WP.29 encouraged the continued cooperation of WP.29 and WP.1 counterparts with regard to automation.

97. WP.29 also noted the information provided on the combined session of WP.1 and GRRF on 20 September 2017.

98. No further proposals for amendments to R.E.3 have been submitted under this agenda item.

99. The representative of the Netherlands, Chair of GRPE, presented the proposal for a new Mutual Resolution (M.R.3) of the 1958 and the 1998 Agreements concerning Vehicle Interior Air Quality (VIAQ) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/136).

100. WP.29 adopted the resolution and thanked GRPE for the work.

101. The representative of the Republic of Korea, Chair of the IWG on VIAQ, expressed his satisfaction with the outcome of the work on the Mutual Resolution, which started in 2013. He expressed his support of the document and his appreciation for the cooperation of delegates from China and OICA members in the endeavour. He announced the start of the second stage of the work on VIAQ under the leadership of the Russian Federation.

102. The secretariat presented the document “Proposals for amendments to the Rules of Procedure of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations” (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/137), which aims to define conditions for and facilitate the participation in WP.29 of NGOs that are still in the process of obtaining a consultative status with ECOSOC.

103. The World Forum adopted the amendments to the document “World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations Terms of Reference and Rules of Procedure” (TRANS/WP.29/690, Amend. 1 and 2).

104. The secretariat introduced WP.29-173-08 on activities under the purview of WP.29 carried out within the scope of the UNECE Road Safety Action Plan 2011-2020. The document would form part of an official document that would be submitted to ITC, along with relevant inputs from other Working Parties subsidiary to ITC, at its eightieth session in February 2018.

105. The Chair of the World Forum invited delegates to examine the document, provide any necessary feedback and input to the secretariat. He asked the secretariat to annex it to the report of this session and to submit it to the ITC 2018 session (Annex V).

106. The secretariat presented WP.29-173-19, listing all of the adopted proposals of the 171st session of WP.29, which entered into force on 10 October 2017.

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

108. Learning that Mr. Claude Liesch (Luxembourg) would no longer attend the sessions, the World Forum acknowledged his continued support and highly valuable contributions during the last fifteen years of participation in WP.29 and wished him all the best in his future activities.

109. The World Forum adopted the report on its 173rd session and its annexes based on a draft prepared by the secretariat. The report included sections related to the sixty-seventh session of the Administrative Committee (AC.1) of the 1958 Agreement, to the fifty-first session of the Executive Committee (AC.3) of the 1998 Agreement and to the tenth session of the Administrative Committee (AC.4) of the 1997 Agreement.

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

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

112. The results of the voting on the documents submitted are available.

113. The fifty-first session of the Executive Committee (AC.3) was held on 15 November 2017 and chaired by the representative of Japan. The representatives of 12 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. Norway, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, South Africa, Tunisia and the United States of America.

114. AC.3 noted the information, as of 15 November 2017, on the status of the Agreement, of the Global Registry and of the Compendium of Candidates (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.20), the status of the priorities (based on WP.29-173-10 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 (Mr. E. Gianotti) 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.

115. The representative of the United States of America noted that due to an internal review process, it was not possible for them to vote on this proposal. The representatives of Japan and the European Union could support this request and said that they looked forward to a positive vote at the next session. AC.3 agreed to defer this subject to its March 2018 session.

116. Submitted for consideration and vote, the proposal for Amendment 3 to the UN GTR No. 15 on the Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedures (WLTP) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/140, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/141, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/44) was established in the UN Global Registry on 15 November 2017 by consensus vote of the following Contracting Parties present and voting: Australia, 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. Norway, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation and South Africa.

117. The representatives from Canada, Malaysia, Tunisia and United States of America abstained from voting.

118. Submitted for consideration and vote, the proposal for Corrigendum 2 to UN GTR No. 6 on Safety Glazing (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/142) was established in the UN Global Registry on 15 November 2017 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. Norway, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, South Africa and the United States of America.

119. The representatives from Malaysia and Tunisia abstained from voting.

120. Contracting Parties did not, at this time, request consideration of this agenda item.

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

122. The representative of the European Union introduced WP.29-173-20 (superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/144) aimed at providing an overview of the priority of the programme of work of the development of UN GTRs or amendments to the existing ones. She finally invited AC.3 to provide more details on new UN GTR activities. The representative of the United States of America underlined that especially for the development of new UN GTRs, sponsors should be assigned. The representative from OICA agreed with most of the proposed subjects, but underlined that:

  1. Harmonisation is crucial, but issues on the same subjects already being developed in the framework of the 1958 Agreement should continue to be conducted in parallel;
  2. Clarification was needed for the development of a UN GTR on Event Data Recorders (EDR); OICA supported this, but pointed out that there was a difference between EDR and data storage systems for automated vehicles and that the scope of the proposal should be clarified;
  3. Clarification of the exact objectives would be welcome on the proposals, especially the one on driver recognition systems.

123. AC.3 agreed in principle on the content of WP.29-173-20 and requested the secretariat to distribute it with an official symbol at its March 2018 session for final revision and endorsement.

124. The representative of Japan stated that, regarding a next step for this agenda, the highly automated driving issue should be discussed not only under the 1958 Agreement but also under the 1998 Agreement, and that there is high possibility for this item to become a new UN GTR activity according to the programme of work.

125. The representative of European Union, as technical sponsor for these activities, explained that the IWG on Environmental and Propulsion Performance Requirements (EPPR) under GRPE was working on the development of amendments to UN GTR No. 2. He explained that the work was ongoing but with some delays. He recalled that the initial road map contemplated the submission of a working document for the January 2018 session of GRPE, but that it had to be postponed to the session in June 2018 due to difficulties related to regional differences. He reported on the important results achieved at the meeting on 17 and 18 October 2017: (i) the agreement among the Contracting Parties of the scope of the UN GTR No. 2 in terms of fuel, (ii) the nearly completion of UN GTR No. 2 parts B1, B2 and B3 expected to be presented as an informal document for updating GRPE at its January 2018 session, while parts B4 and B5 of the proposed amendment to UN GTR No.2 would not be finalized before March 2018, (iii) the intention of the IWG to start working on a new GTR on OBD 2 in January 2018, (iv) the agreement of most of the CPs to start working on durability as a next topic, (v) the point raised on the transposition of UN GTR No. 2 into the UN Regulation to be carried on by the group in the medium-term.

126. He stressed that the workload implications of the transposition activity and informed AC.3 that it could not be initiated at that moment due to a lack of resources, but that GRPE would consider possibilities for initiating it. He conveyed the request of the GRPE for the appointment of a new GRPE Secretary for the group as soon as possible, and highlighted the importance of the role for good cooperation within the Working Party.

127. The representative of IMMA thanked the representative of European Union for the report on activities. He informed AC.3 that a discussion would be held on the possible introduction of a Vice-Chair to the IWG on EPPR to support the work of the group, and commended the secretariat of the IWG on their achievements.

128. The representative of Italy reported on the progress of work at GRRF on the harmonization of provisions of UN GTR No.3 and UN Regulation 78 according to the mandate (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/47). He explained that GRRF had reviewed a formal proposal submitted by Italy and that the proposal had received some comments from Contracting Parties. He announced that GRRF would be in the position to review a revised proposal at its February 2018 session and that further information would be provided to the World Forum at the 174th session in March 2018.

129. The representative of the Republic of Korea reported on the progress of work of the IWG on Panoramic Sunroof Glazing (PSG) in developing an amendment to UN GTR No. 6. He announced that GRSG had adopted at its April 2017 session a Corrigendum to UN GTR No. 6. The proposal was adopted by AC.3 at the November 2017 session. He informed AC.3 that the last meeting of the IWG on PSG was held on 9 October in Geneva, during the 113th GRSG session and provided an overview of its proceedings. He stated that the next meeting of the IWG would take place in April 2018 during the 114th GRSG session.

130. The representative of the United States of America stated that the National Highway Traffic Safety Agency (NHTSA) research on sunroof glazing material is pending on securing of funding, the confirmation of which would be expected during 2018. He informed AC.3 that the time until the finalization of the decision on funding would be used to develop a detailed research plan.

131. The representative of Japan gave a status report of the work of the IWG on Phase 2 of UN GTR No. 7 on head restraints. He reported that the IWG anticipated meeting soon to discuss the related work on injury criteria and certification of the Biofidelic Rear Impact Dummy (BioRID). The representative of the United Kingdom explained that, resources permitting, the meeting would possibly be via WebEx by this year, or possibly early 2018.

132. The representative of the United States of America informed AC.3 that his country agreed to remove the study reservation on Injury Assessment Reference Values (IARVs) to move Phase 2 forward to incorporate the Flexible Pedestrian Legform Impactor (FlexPLI) and the new improved bumper test area. He clarified that the IWG would convene at the end of November 2017 to consolidate a draft text of the amendment to the UN GTR for adoption at the December 2017 session of GRSP.

133. The expert from the Republic of Korea informed AC.3 on the progress of work of the Task Force (TF) to design provisions covering active deployable systems in the bonnet area. He added that a meeting of the TF was planned on 21 and 22 November in Berlin to provide an outcome of discussions at the December 2017 session of GRSP.

134. The representative of European Union, co-sponsor of the UN GTR on HFCV, informed AC.3 that the first meeting of the IWG of Phase 2 was held in October 2017 in Brussels. More than forty participants took part in the productive and successful meeting. He highlighted the involvement of Japan and the United States of America as Co-Chairs, and China and the Republic of Korea as Co-Vice-Chairs. He reaffirmed that the European Union would continue to contribute actively to the work of the IWG, and invited other Contracting Parties to participate actively in its activities.

135. The representative of Japan, Co-Chair of the IWG, expressed their commitment to continue collaboration on activities and announced that the next meeting of the group would be held in February 2018.

136. The representative of the United States of America, Co-Chair of the IWG, thanked OICA for their work as secretary of the IWG. He informed AC.3 that the outcomes of the October Brussels meeting of the IWG included the drafting of the Terms of Reference for the IWG, which would be submitted to GRSP for review. In addition, during the meeting representatives of Contracting Parties and the industry reported on their activities with regard to hydrogen and fuel cell vehicles, namely regulations and industry standards, respectively. He confirmed that the next meeting of the IWG would be held in February, and hosted by the United States of America.

137. As technical sponsor for this work, the representative of the European Union reported on the Phase 1b and Phase 2 activities addressing left-overs from Phase 1 and adding testing provisions for In Service Conformity, Conformity of Production, On Board Diagnosis, durability, low temperature tests and electrified vehicles carried out by the IWG on WLTP under GRPE. He explained that some of the task forces carrying out activities of the IWG suffered from a lack of necessary resources, which resulted in some task forces starting activities later than initially foreseen, and others in standby. As a result, the IWG on WLTP will ask for an extension of at least one year. The period of the requested extension would be determined at the GRPE session in January 2018.

138. The representative of the European Union requested assistance from the contracting parties in overcoming the lack of resources, noting that the problem of insufficient manpower was not trivial and could bring, if not properly addressed by all Contracting Parties, to the necessity of a revision of what is actually achievable in WLTP Phase 2.

139. The representative of Japan, Co-Chair of the IWG on WLTP, stated their commitment to the work of the IWG and echoed the request of the representative of the EU concerning assistance form Contracting Parties to overcome the lack of resources that was hampering the work of the group.

140. The representative of the Russian Federation, on behalf of the Chair of the IWG on Tyre GTR reported on the activities on Amendment 2 to UN GTR No. 16 (Tyres) and the results of the meeting held in Moscow in June 2017. He mentioned the attendance of experts from Japan, China, India and the tyre industry from Europe, USA and Japan. He informed delegates about the progress and the challenges, notably harmonization of the high-speed test and the need for a mandate extension of two years. He also reported on the last meeting held in Brussels on 2 and 3 November 2017, with the attendance of experts from India, Canada, USA, China, Japan but no experts from Europe. He informed AC.3 about the progress at the meeting and the proposal to incorporate the provisions from the Chinese tyre regulations as alternative requirements at specified by Art. 4.2. of the 1998 Agreement. He announced that the next meeting of the group expected to be held in Brussels on 4 and 8 June 2018.

141. AC.3 consented to the two years extension of the mandate.

142. The representative of the United States of America, Chair of the IWG on EVS and of GRSP, informed AC.3 that the group had last met in September 2017, to plan work without discontinuation of Phase 2 of the UN GTR to address the long-term research issues. Thus, he introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/143 prepared by the representatives of China, Japan, United States of America and the European Union to request authorization to start Phase 2 of the UN GTR.

143. AC.3 adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/143 and requested the secretariat to prepare the corresponding AC.3 document.

144. The expert from the United States of America, in his capacity as Chair of the IWG on Quiet Road Transport Vehicle GTR (QRTV GTR), recalled his statement at the previous session of AC.3 about the Final Rule, the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) on Minimum Sound Requirements for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles becoming effective. He reported that the Final Rule had become effective on 5 September 2017. He indicated that the role of the GTR of IWG on QRTV was to harmonize the corresponding FMVSS and UN Regulation. He informed AC.3 that the initial assessment of the IWG was that the two regulations were not significantly unsimilar, and that a meeting in cooperation with GRB would be convened in the near future to assess the exact differences between the two regulatory texts, including all relevant amendments to the UN Regulation and NHTSA documents. The meeting time would be announced upon coordination with the GRB Chair, with the aim to hold it before the WP.29 March 2018 session.

145. The representative of 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 two meetings of the IWG on EVE since the last WP.29 meeting: a teleconference on 12 September 2017 and the twenty-fourth meeting of the IWG on EVE on 24-25 2017 in Vienna. He thanked the Government of Austria for hosting the meeting.

146. He noted that the IWG on EVE had made significant progress on the three assigned areas of work: determination of electrified vehicle power, electrified vehicle durability and method of stating energy consumption. First, he explained that the group had already begun drafting the UN GTR for power determination of electrified vehicles and expects its delivery at the WP.29 session in November 2019. He stated that the laboratories that would conduct the validation test of the procedure (including in North America, Europe and Asia) had been identified. Second, he explained that the group had conducted preliminary battery life modelling using real world testing data. Third, he informed AC.3 that the IWG on EVE had made a presentation to the Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency (GEEE) on the development of a method to assess the energy consumption of electric vehicles on 1 November 2017. He stated that after the presentation, GEEE had expressed that the project was a good match with their mandate and that the group would explore if it could lead the project in the future with the support of the IWG on EVE and the Group of Experts on Cleaner Electricity Production.

147. He expressed the appreciation of the IWG on EVE to Mr. M. Gangonells and Mr. R. Hubert of the WP.29 secretariat for their assistance in facilitating the group’s engagement with the GEEE group.

148. He noted the regular interaction between EVE and WLTP IWGs to ensure that work would be complimentary and to avoid duplication of efforts.

149. The representative of Canada informed AC.3 that the IWG on EVE would host the next meeting on 8 January 2018 in Geneva and a further two-day meeting at the end of March 2018 in Japan, to advance its work in its mandates.

(a) Side impact dummies

150. The representative of the United States of America informed AC.3 that the IWG activities to harmonize the 50th percentile World Side Impact Dummy (SID) and 5th percentile female dummy had been delayed since its last meeting in 2015, due to a conflicting programme of work of NHTSA. Moreover, he explained that the next meeting would be convened early 2018 and would be announced by the Chair.

(b) Pole side impact

151. No subject was raised under this agenda item.

152. The representative of Spain, on behalf of the Chair of the IWG, informed AC.3 that the IWG had continued its activities and announced that the Chair would report on the outcome of the IWG work at the December 2017 session of GRSP.

153. The representative of OICA introduced WP.29-173-05, “Proposal to amend Special Resolution 2” (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1124). He stated that OICA, representing the global auto industry, re-confirmed its strong support for Special Resolution 2 as an important step towards an improved functioning of the 1998 Agreement.

154. He noted that WP29-173-05 took into account comments made at the June 2017 AC.3 session. He added that his intention was to clarify the concepts of options and alternatives, based on the experience gained in the development of several existing global technical regulations. 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.

155. Due to the lack of time, AC.3 agreed to allocate more time to discuss it at its March 2018 session and to keep it still as an informal document.

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

157. No further supplementary information was provided beyond agenda item 7.2. (see para. 79 above).

158. No further supplementary information was provided beyond agenda item 7.4. (see paras. 81-83 above).

159. No subject was raised under this agenda item.