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Working Party on Passive Safety
62nd session | Geneva | 12-15 Dec 2017 Download Copy
Agenda Item 24. | Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Vehicles of category L
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GRSP-62-01 | Draft New Regulation (UNR) on Hydrogen‐Fuelled Vehicles of Categories L1, L2, L3, L4 and L5 (JASIC)
GRSP-62-02 | Draft New Regulation (UNR) on Hydrogen-Fuelled Vehiclesof Categories L1, L2, L3, L4 and L5 (Japan)
GRSP/2017/19 | New UN Regulation on hydrogen-fuelled vehicles (Japan)

GRSP-62 Discussion

43. The expert from Japan introduced the draft UN Regulation on Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Vehicles of category L (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2017/19) with a presentation (GRSP-62-01). GRSP noted that GRSP-62-02 showed the changes introduced in the official proposal (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2017/19) with reference to the original ones introduced during the May 2017 session of GRSP (GRSP-61-03). The expert from the United Kingdom suggested incorporating these provisions into UN Regulation No. 134 instead to creating a new UN Regulation. However, the expert from Japan confirmed his intention of have a separate UN Regulation addressing specific conditions related to L category of vehicles, such as: (a) frontal and lateral shocks, (b) fuel system leakage and © parking conditions. GRSP adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2017/19, as amended by Annex IX to the session report. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposal as draft new UN Regulation on Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Vehicles of category L to the June 2018 sessions of WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote.

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Working Party on Passive Safety | Session 61 | 8-12 May 2017

1. The Working Party on Passive Safety (GRSP) held its sixty-first session in Geneva from 8 to 12 May 2017, chaired by Mr. N. 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; Canada; China; 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 (GRSP/61).

3. GRSP considered and adopted the agenda (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2017/1 and Add.1) proposed for the sixty-first session with the new agenda items 26 (h), 26 (i), 26 (j) and 27 as well as the running order (GRSP-61-05). The list of GRSP informal working groups are listed in Annex VIII of this report.

4. The expert from the United Kingdom, on behalf of the Chair of the Informal Working Group (IWG) on the UN Global Technical Regulation (UN GTR) No. 7 – Phase 2, clarified that the IWG had suspended its activity because of a lack of results on biomechanical criteria. He added that the Chair’s intention was to resume the activity of the IWG and that he would contact the group’s members. He concluded that the Chair of the IWG would inform GRSP at its December 2017 session on the follow-up of activities of the IWG. The Chair of GRSP, on behalf of the expert of the United States of America, informed GRSP that the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) could possibly re-start correlation testing between dummy and the Post Mortem Human Subjects (PHMS). He volunteered to update GRSP about the plan of NHTSA on this subject at the December 2017 session.

5. The expert from Germany informed GRSP that the IWG had planned to meet for the last time to move Phase 2 forward and incorporate the flexible pedestrian legform impactor (FlexPLI). GRSP agreed to resume discussion at its December 2017 session on a consolidated document provided by the IWG incorporating: (i) the draft amendment to the UN GTR on FlexPLI (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2014/15), (ii) the new improved bumper test proposed by the Task Force on Bumper Test Area (TF-BTA) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2015/2) and (iii) the Injury Assessment Reference Values (IARVs)(ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2017/3). Moreover, the IWG would provide, at that time, a final report of the activities of the group based on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2014/16. The Chair of GRSP offered to host the meeting of the IWG at its earliest convenience in Washington, D.C.

6. The Chair of GRSP, on behalf the United States of America reiterated the experts that NHTSA’s request for a delay of the proposal at this time as NHTSA is going thru its adoption process of phase 1 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2014/5). He concluded that he would inform GRSP at its December 2017 session about the plan of an NPRM on this subject.

7. The expert from the Republic of Korea introduced the Status Report (GRSP-61-12) of the Task Force of Deployable Pedestrian Protection Systems (TF-DPPS). He explained that the basis of discussion within the TF were New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP) test protocols and that the TF had requested guidance from GRSP on its mandate about three issues: (i) development of a test procedure amending the current text of the UN Regulation No. 129 and UN GTR No. 9, (ii) possible inclusion of numerical simulation and (iii) upgrade the TF to an IWG. The expert from Japan underlined that the mandate of the TF was limited to clarify test procedures and not to define new requirements (e.g. the trigger time of bonnet deployment). He advised that the establishment of an IWG would be needed if the intention were to develop new requirements. The expert from OICA endorsed the statement from Japan and argued that NCAP was applying test procedures established within the regulatory framework of WP.29 and that the two domains should not be mixed by the TF. Moreover, he recommended the TF to carefully think about using a numerical simulation as a requirement in a UN regulation as this would be the first time such development is being used in a UN Regulation or UN GTR. GRSP requested the TF to take into account the above-mentioned statements into consideration while develop its recommendations. Finally, all the experts from Contracting Parties were encouraged to participate in the TF activities.

8. The expert from Japan informed GRSP that the request for authorization (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/56) had been endorsed by AC.3 at its March 2017 session and that AC.3 had invited all experts to contact the co-sponsors to participate in the activities of the IWG that would likely to start late 2017 with a completion expected by the end of 2020. The expert from EC underlined the importance of Phase 2 of the UN GTR to solve the lack of harmonization of material qualification of containers. He added that this legislative void would create bottlenecks to technical progress. The Chair of GRSP encouraged all Contracting Parties and technical experts to participate in the IWG and to share research data and testing on material compatibility as well as other technical items in phase 2 that would enable development of robust provisions.

9. The Chair of GRSP, on behalf of the Chair of the IWG Mr. D. Sutula, informed GRSP about the work progress of the IWG. He stated that the Chair would re-open the activities of the group to finalize the work on the 50th percentile World Side Impact dummy (SID). Moreover, he informed GRSP about the delay of work on the 5th percentile female dummy due to the lack of availability of replacements parts.

10. The Chair of GRSP, chairing also the IWG, informed GRSP about the completion of work achieved by the group and showed the main contents of the draft UN GTR (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2017/2) through a presentation (GRSP-61-25). He also introduced the final report of the IWG activities (GRSP-61-09). The expert from EC supplemented this presentation by introducing the main changes to the draft UN GTR (GRSP-61-08) that had been agreed upon by the IWG during its last meetings. He also introduced a clean copy of the draft UN GTR (GRSP-61-07) incorporating GRSP-61-08. Finally, GRSP recommended ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2017/2, as amended by Annex II to this report, and the final report of the IWG (GRSP-61-09) as reproduced in Annex II to this report, for their establishment in the global registry. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposal and the final report to WP.29 and to the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement (AC.3) for consideration and vote at their November 2017 sessions as a new UN GTR on Electric Vehicle Safety.

11. The expert from EC expected that UN Regulation No. 100 would be amended as a new series of amendments to facilitate the transposition of the UN GTR into national legislation the Chair of GRSP clarified that the United States of America intends to follow the UN GTR adoption process as required under the 1998 Agreement on the issue of the transposition plan of the UN GTR into domestic legislations, He also expressed that currently there is a lack of safety provisions on Lithium Ion battery in his country. The expert from the China informed GRSP that his country plans to transpose the UN GTR gradually due to its complexity. The Chair of GRSP recommended that the transposition of the UN GTR should be as much as possible consistent with the actual text of the UN GTR. The Chair of GRSP informed GRSP that the IWG of phase 2 of the UN GTR would start, without discontinuation, to address thermal propagation and other pending technical issues. Accordingly, GRSP noted that a draft authorization to develop Phase 2 of the UN GTR is expected to be submitted to AC.3 and WP.29 at the November 2017 sessions. Finally, GRSP agreed to resume discussion at its December 2017 pending on AC.3 decision.

12. The expert from OICA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2017/6, to allow alternative requirements of Regulation No. 137 to avoid redundancy of testing. GRSP adopted the proposal not amended. The secretariat was requested to submit ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2017/6 as draft Supplement 5 to the 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 12, for consideration and vote at the November 2017 sessions of WP.29 and of the Administrative Committee of the 1958 Agreement (AC.1).

13. The expert from OICA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2017/8 as the official proposal to remove ISOFIX anchorages from the Regulation and to incorporate them into the new Regulation that was dedicated to these anchorages only (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2017/7, see para. 45). GRSP adopted the proposal, as amended below, as the most viable solution to solve the incompatibility of the requirements of the Regulation with the existing designs of Child Restraint Systems (CRS) in Australia and including UN Regulation No. 14 into Annex 4 of the future UN Regulation No. 0 on the International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA). The secretariat was requested to submit the proposal as draft 08 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 14, for consideration and vote at the November 2017 sessions of WP.29 and AC.1.

Paragraph 3.2.1., amend to read:
“3.2.1. Drawings of the general vehicle structure on an appropriate scale, showing the positions of the belt anchorages, of the effective belt anchorages (where appropriate) and detailed drawings of the belt anchorages;”

14. The expert from Germany introduced GRSP-61-01 to clarify that on the driver’s seat of vehicle categories M2 and M3, only three point belts would be allowed. GRSP agreed on the clarifications proposed by the expert from Germany and adopted the proposal as reproduced in Annex III of this report. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposal as part (see para. 13 above) of the draft 08 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 14, for consideration and vote at the November 2017 sessions of WP.29 and AC.1.

15. The expert from Germany also introduced GRSP-61-18, aimed at clarifying that rear seat rows can only have one central seating position with a reduced minimum distance of 240 mm and 350 mm for the other rear seats. The expert from EC raised a time reservation and suggested inserting transitional provisions as well. GRSP agreed to resume discussion on this subject at its December 2017 session and requested the secretariat to distribute GRSP-61-18 with an official symbol.

16. The expert from OICA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2017/9 to insert the cross reference to the new UN Regulation on ISOFIX. GRSP adopted the proposal as amended below. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposal as draft Supplement 10 to the 06 series and Supplement 2 to the 07 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 16, for consideration and vote at the November 2017 sessions of WP.29 and AC.1.
Paragraph 8.3.6., amend to read:

“8.3.6. …
The pitch angle used for the geometrical assessment above shall be as measured in paragraph 5.2.2.4 or Regulation No. [XX].
…”

17. The expert from Germany introduced GRSP-61-02, matching the proposal on safety-belt anchorages (GRSP-61-01) (see para. 14 above). The expert from OICA requested transitional provisions for the entry into force of the proposed requirements. GRSP agreed to resume discussion at its December 2017 session on the basis of a revised proposal tabled by the expert from Germany.

18. The expert from France introduced GRSP-61-13 which clarified the second level of warning to detect occupants on the rear seating positions. GRSP noted some disagreement on the proposed requirements and invited the experts from France, EC and OICA to cooperate. Finally, GRSP agreed to resume discussion at its December 2017 session and requested the secretariat to distribute GRSP-61-13 with an official symbol at that session.

19. GRSP resumed discussion on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2016/13 which aims at introducing provisions for airbag deactivation devices (where fitted). The expert from Australia requested that more statistical data was needed to support the proposal and reiterated his invitation to experts to provide information, otherwise he would withdraw the proposal at the December 2017 session of GRSP.

20. The expert from CLEPA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2017/12 to clarify the testing of seats with and without head restraints. Moreover, the expert from CLEPA introduced GRSP-61-26 incorporating the comments received from the experts from Germany and EC. Finally, GRSP adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2017/12 as amended by Annex IV to this report. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposal as draft Supplement 4 to the 08 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 17 for consideration and vote at the November 2017 sessions of WP.29 and AC.1.

21. The expert from OICA introduced GRSP-61-10 to correct a reference. GRSP adopted the proposal as reproduced in Annex IV to this report. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposal as draft Corrigendum 1 to the Revision 5 to UN Regulation No. 17, for consideration and vote at the November 2017 sessions of WP.29 and AC.1.

22. The expert from Germany introduced GRSP-61-19-Rev.1 to clarify that safety-belts and components should still in function after the load retention test. The expert from OICA argued that inevitably after the test some components would be damaged and raised a study reservation. GRSP agreed to resume discussion at its December 2017 session and requested the secretariat to distribute GRSP-61-19-Rev.1 with an official symbol.

23. The expert from the Netherlands informed GRSP (GRSP-61-30) on the state of the art of the development of a standard in his country on protective helmets designed for riders of bikes assisted by an electric engine (pedelec). He clarified that a working group of the Dutch Standardization Institute (NEN), with the participation of the Netherlands Organization for applied scientific research (TNO), was developing a national technical agreement on test requirements for helmets of this kind that would be probably less stringent than those of UN Regulation No. 22. He informed GRSP that studies on this subject were available on the TNO websites. The expert from France informed GRSP that their national law for high powered pedelec is more stringent than the EU Regulation. He added that pedelec should be registered as mopeds and that riders should wear helmets that were type approved according to UN Regulation No. 22. He expressed concerns that allowances on certain L1 category of vehicles, such as pedelec, would be requested by other L1 users by decreasing road safety. The expert from Sweden reiterated her request for a more real world data, technical information as well as active participation from the helmet industry at GRSP. The expert from the Netherlands stated that in his country it is possible to ride mopeds without helmets, while in Germany it requires a suitable helmet and that GRSP was not responsible for enforcement. The expert from Italy reminded that the helmet issue was speed related and that UN Regulation No. 22 protects riders from the point of view of speed. He concluded that the experience from the Netherland would be interesting for the future discussions.

24. GRSP noted the summary report (GRSP-61-31) of the regional workshop on motorcycle helmets organized by the UNECE secretariat in Malaysia on 7 April 2017 to promote safety of two-wheeler riders.

25. The expert from IMMA remarked that crash situations in which two-wheelers are involved are quite complex and that the lack of data does not help to clarify dynamics. However, he stated the support of his organization on any activity of the secretariat to improve Powered Two Wheeler (PTW) safety.

26. Finally, GRSP noted the leaflet on safety helmets (GRSP-61-22) translated by the expert from the Republic of Korea in Korean language and encouraged similar initiatives from other delegations. At the same time, GRSP agreed to resume consideration of this agenda item at its December 2017 session.

27. The expert from the Netherlands withdrew ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2015/22. GRSP agreed to remove this item from the agenda of the December 2017 session.

28. The expert from OICA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2017/10 which aligns the text of the Regulation for the purpose of splitting UN Regulation No. 14. GRSP adopted the proposal not amended and requested the secretariat to submit it for consideration and vote at the November 2017 sessions of WP.29 and AC.1 as draft Supplement 13 to the 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 44.

29. The expert from the Netherlands introduced GRSP-61-14-Rev.1 superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2017/13 aimed at excluding dangerous interpretations on the installation of CRS and introducing amendments proposed by the expert from CLEPA (GRSP-61-32). GRSP adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2017/13 as amended by Annex V to this report. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposal for consideration and vote to the November 2017 sessions of WP.29 and AC.1 as part (see para. 28 above) of draft Supplement 13 to the 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 44.

30. The expert from the Netherlands introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2017/14 on the description of the “new-born” manikins Q0 and P0. GRSP adopted the proposal not amended and requested the secretariat to submit it for consideration and vote to the November 2017 sessions of WP.29 and AC.1 as part (see paras. 28 and 29 above) of draft Supplement 13 to the 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 44.

31. The expert from the Republic of Korea introduced GRSP-61-24 to inform GRSP about research and safety testing activities on L7 categories of vehicles. She also stated that Korea is planning to develop a frontal collision requirement for L7 category vehicles. The expert from EC informed GRSP that a study by the European Union on an initial assessment of additional functional safety of L7 vehicles was available. However, he added that the study did not show enough crash-worthiness data to justify an action plan. Moreover, he offered his availability, if needed, to cooperate with the expert from the Republic of Korea to adapt existing UN Regulations or in the development of a new UN Regulations to address this issue. The expert from France added that the fleet of L7 categories was increasing in his country and he volunteered to provide domestic accident data at the December 2017 session of GRSP. The Chair of GRSP, recalling a previous presentation made by the expert of his country at the May 2016 session (see GRSP-59-18) stressed the need to address the roadworthiness issue related to this category of vehicles, especially frontal collision as performed by Euro NCAP (see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1126, para. 86). GRSP agreed to resume discussion on this issue at its December 2017 session on the basis of further research data and follow-up by WP.29 at its November 2017 session.

32. In absence of the expert from Belgium, the secretary of the Working Party on General Safety Provisions (GRSG) informed GRSP that at the October 2016 session of GRSG, the expert from Belgium presented a detailed analysis showing that the removal of the safety prescriptions for trolleybuses from UN Regulation No. 107 and their insertion in UN Regulation No. 100 would avoid a double type approval process. However, GRSG did not fully support their proposal and preferred to only align both Regulations. GRSP agreed to resume discussion on this subject at its December 2017 session. The expert from France stated that his country was following with interest the development of truck with trolley and the lack of provisions for trucks in UN Regulation No. 107 will create a legislative void for this kind of vehicles. The expert from Japan informed GRSP that trolley buses were regulated by railways rules and opposed to allocate provisions on trolley into UN Regulation No. 100. GRSP agreed to resume discussion at its December 2017 session awaiting further information by the expert from Belgium and follow-up of discussion of GRSG.

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

34. The expert from OICA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2017/11 to update the cross references to UN Regulation No. 14 and to the new UN Regulation on ISOFIX. He also presented GRSP-61-27 to introduce the same update to the original text of UN Regulation No. 129. GRSP adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2017/11, as amended by Annex VI and GRSP-61-27 as reproduced in Annex VI to this report. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposals for consideration and vote at the November 2017 sessions of WP.29 and AC.1 as: (i) draft Supplement 6 to UN Regulation No. 129 (GRSP-61-27), (ii) draft Supplement 3 to the 01 series and (iii) draft Supplement 2 to the 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 129 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2017/11).

35. The expert from France, Chair of the IWG on Enhanced Child Restraint Systems (ECRS), gave a presentation (GRSP-61-28) on the work progress of the IWG on amendments to the UN Regulation. He explained that ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2017/15 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2017/16 were aimed, amongst others, at introducing provisions for ECRS equipped with impact shields as such restraint systems were not yet covered by the 01 and 02 series of amendments. The expert from CLEPA gave a presentation (GRSP-61-33) showing concerns on the proposals tabled by France. The expert from OICA raised concern on the increased head excursion (840 mm) during the dynamic test on rearward-facing CRS. The expert from France finally introduced GRSP-61-15-Rev.1 and GRSP-61-16-Rev.1 superseding respectively ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2017/15 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2017/16 and including the comments received. GRSP adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2017/15 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2017/16 as amended by Annex VI to this report. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposals for consideration and vote at the November 2017 sessions of WP.29 and AC.1 as part (see para. 34 above): (i) draft Supplement 3 to the 01 series (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2017/15) and (ii) Supplement 2 to the 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 129 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2017/16).

36. The expert from France introduced GRSP-61-17-Rev.2, superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2017/17 aimed at introducing the third phase of the UN Regulation which is meant to introduce “Universal belted” and “Specific vehicle belted” category of CRS. He further explained that the basic principle of Phase 3 was to reach a compromise from misuse and bad installation and having as much as possible seat places to install CRS where ISOFIX anchorages cannot be allocated. Moreover, GRSP noted the request of guidance to Contracting Parties proposed in GRSP-61-28 concerning: (i) which kind of combinations of ECRS should be allowed (e.g. ISOFIX and Universal Belted) (ii) under which conditions and (iii) guiding principles. The expert from the Netherlands raised concerns on “inserts” used on CRS to adapt them to the size of the occupant. He stated that inserts should be identified (labelled with identification and with size information) and that requirements should be devised to prevent camouflage of bad CRS. The expert from the United Kingdom supported the principle of a performance-based approach and requested more data on misuse. However, he shared the concern of the expert from the Netherlands. The expert from IC stated that ISOFIX had the priority to avoid misuse while other solutions and combinations with ISOFIX were just secondary and should be limited. The experts from Germany and Sweden raised a study reservation and stated that “plug-and-play” solution was the key principle for having a simple and efficient system; while now the ECRS IWG was opening to combinations that could have misuse implications.

37. GRSP agreed to resume discussion on Phase 3 of the UN Regulation at its December 2017 session on the basis of more data analyses. In the same time, GRSP referred back to the IWG GRSP-61-17-Rev.2 and invited representatives of Contracting Parties of the 1958 Agreement to participate in the 21-22 June meeting of the IWG to cover the request of guidance mentioned above.

38. Finally, GRSP noted a translation into Korean language of the leaflet (GRSP-61-23) promoting UN Regulation No. 129 and appreciated the contribution of the expert from the Republic of Korea in promoting the UN Regulation in his country.

39. GRSP noted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2017/5 tabled by the expert from Japan proposing improvements to the test requirements. GRSP adopted the proposal as amended by Annex VII to the report. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposal for consideration and vote at the November 2017 sessions of WP.29 and AC.1 as draft Supplement 3 to UN Regulation No. 134.

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

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

42. The expert from EC informed GRSP about the recent study conducted in Europe on the real benefits in terms of safety introduced by the UN Regulation. He added that the study casts doubts on its effectiveness on the European vehicle fleet.

43. The expert from EC introduced GRSP-61-29, superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2015/30, to harmonize the information of the airbag warning label on the correct installation of CRS. The expert from France argued that the proposed size of the area for part number marking (5 mm x 20 mm) was too small. The expert from OICA raised the same concern and a study reservation. GRSP agreed to resume discussion at its December 2017 session and requested the secretariat to distribute GRSP-61-29 with an official symbol.

44. The expert from the Netherlands introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2017/4 to prevent the approval marking from being replaced by an Unique Identifier (UI) in UN Regulations Nos. 44 and 129. GRSP adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2017/4 not amended. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposals for consideration and vote at the November 2017 sessions of WP.29 and AC.1 as part (see paras. 28, 29 and 30) of Supplement 13 to the 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 44, as part of (see paras. 34 and 35) draft Supplement 3 to the 01 series and as part (see paras. 34 and 35) of Supplement 2 to the 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 129.

45. The expert from OICA introduced the draft new UN Regulation (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2017/7) on ISOFIX. He also provided for information the list of UN Regulations (GRSP-61-11) affected by the splitting of UN Regulation No. 14. He also introduced GRSP-61-06-Rev.1, amending ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2017/7. GRSP adopted the proposal as amended by Annex VIII to the report for submission to WP.29 in November 2017.

46. Finally, GRSP agreed to keep GRSP-58-13 as a reference in the agenda of the next session for possible future discussion on harmonization of requirements on ISOFIX.

47. The expert from Japan introduced the draft UN Regulation on Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Vehicles of category L (GRSP-61-03) with a presentation (GRSP-61-04). He explained that his country had established a national standard with similar provisions. However, he added that the mutual recognition of type approvals ensured by the 1958 Agreement to enable faster deployment such vehicles thus the reason for proposing a new UN Regulation instead of amending the UN GTR No. 13. GRSP requested experts to provide their comments on the proposal to the expert from Japan by the end of July. GRSP expected to resume discussion at its December 2017 session on the basis of a revised proposal and requested the secretariat to keep GRSP-61-03 as a reference on the agenda of the next session.

48. Refer to agenda item 14 (see para. 31).

49. The GRSP Chair informed GRSP about his intention to present a list of acronyms and abbreviations under the 1998 Agreement at the June 2017 session of WP.29 to update the excel files appended to its website.

50. GRSP noted that Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement was expected to enter into force by mid-September 2017. It was also noted that at the November 2017 session of WP.29 the following documents would be discussed: (a) an explanatory document on UN Regulation No. 0 and (b) a question and answer document on Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement and © a revision of the guidance document of administrative and regulatory procedures. Finally, GRSP was informed that the permanent missions of Contracting Parties represented in EXCOM did not yet reached an agreement on the financing of DETA for the period 2018-2019.

51. The Secretary reported on the highlights of the 171st session of WP.29 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1129).

52. The expert from Spain, Chair of the IWG on the harmonization of specifications of the 3-D H-point machine, informed GRSP that the work of the group would start on 24 May 2017 with a WebEx meeting and that a notification would be sent to the original list of contact experts of the IWG.

53. GRSP note the progress of work activities on automated vehicles of the IWG on Intelligent Transport Systems and Autonomous Driving (ITS/AD). The expert from France noted that the activities of the task force on Cyber Security, including software update on Over The Air (OTA) could have an influence on performances of safety devices such as air-bag deployment. Moreover, he clarified that the assumption that the future market deployment of autonomous vehicle would supersede the need of passive safety devices was incorrect. Therefore, he concluded that mixed traffic conditions of traffic would, in the future, still need passive safety equipment on vehicles because advanced automated vehicles would share the roads with less advanced ones and also other road users (e.g.: pedestrians, cyclists, two-wheelers).

54. Noting to the lack of discussion on this subject since its insertion on the agenda, GRSP agreed that the work on this subject should be referred to the activities of the IWG ITS/AD and its task force since (i) GRSP did not have the expertise and (ii) to avoid duplication of work. Accordingly, GRSP agreed to remove this item from the agenda of its next sessions.

55. The expert from Germany introduced GRSP-61-20 to provide specifications on how to secure a cab mounted on a test rig and to improve repeatability of the test. The secretariat was requested to distribute GRSP-61-20 with an official symbol at the December 2017 session of GRSP.

56. The expert from Germany introduced GRSP-61-21 which aimed at defining the conditions of “door open after the test collision”. The proposal received a general study reservation from GRSP experts especially on the proposed traction force limit applied to the outer side of the door. GRSP agreed to resume discussion on this subject at its December 2017 session on the basis of a revised proposal to be submitted by the expert from Germany. In the mean time, it was agreed to keep GRSP-61-21 as a reference on the agenda of the next session.

57. GRSP learned that Mr. Y. Kadotani (Japan) would no longer participate in future sessions of GRSP. The group acknowledged his fruitful contribution to the work of GRSP and wished him all the best in his future activities.

58. GRSP noted that Mr. P. Castaing (France) was retiring and would no longer attend the sessions. GRSP acknowledged his commitment as Chair of the IWG on ECRS and continued contributions during all the years of his participation in the sessions. GRSP wished Mr. Castaing a long and happy retirement and recognized the commitments of Messrs. Kadotani and Castaing with a long applause.