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Working Party on General Safety
113th session | Geneva | 10-13 Oct 2017 Download Copy
Agenda Item 6. (a) | Amendments to gas-fuelled vehicle regulations: Regulation No. 67 (LPG vehicles)
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GRSG-113-08 | UN Regulation No. 67 (LPG) - Layout of the type-approval certificate, published in Annex 2B (Poland)
GRSG-113-09 | UN Regulation No. 67 (LPG) -Identification of components (Poland)
GRSG-113-10 | UN Regulation No. 67 (LPG) - Definition of a LPG container type (Poland)
GRSG-113-18 | Proposal for amendments to the draft 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 67 (OICA)
GRSG-113-19 | OICA comments on document GRSG/2017/22 concerning UN R67 (OICA)
GRSG-113-32 | Proposal for Supplement 15 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 67 (LG Europe)
GRSG-113-36 | Proposal for Supplement 15 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 67 (LG Europe and Netherlands)
GRSG/2017/16 | Proposal for the 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 67 (Germany)
GRSG/2017/22 | Proposal for the amendments to Regulation No. 67 (Turkey)
GRSG/2017/26 | Proposal for a Supplement to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 67 (LG Europe)
GRSG/2017/27 | Proposal for the 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 67 (LG Europe and Netherlands)
GRSG/2017/30 | Proposal for Supplement 15 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 67 (LG Europe and Netherlands)
Related pages: UN R67 LPG Equipment

GRSG-113 Discussion

28. The expert from Germany presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/16 that amends the provisions of UN Regulation No. 67 to improve the specifications for the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) connecting the pressure relief valve with the gaseous phase for multi-valve in the vehicle tanks and those for the installation and inspection of LPG containers and their accessories. The expert from OICA introduced GRSG-113-18 on modifications to the aging test requirements of some rubber materials and on further transitional provisions. The expert from AEGPL endorsed the proposal to avoid a ban of some technologies and materials. Both proposals received a number of comments.

29. GRSG agreed on the need to revise the requirements on pipes for multivalves on LPG containers and to keep, at the same time, the testing provisions technology neutral. Thus, GRSG agreed to set up a Task Force under the leadership of Germany to find a compromise and to prepare a revised proposal for consideration at the next GRSG. It was also agreed to keep ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/16 on the agenda as a reference document. The secretariat was requested, in the absence of a revised proposal by the task force, to circulate GRSG-113-18 with an official symbol.

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30. The expert from Turkey introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/22 proposing to insert new provisions on the location on the vehicle of the filling unit and a limitation of the service life of LPG containers. The expert from OICA introduced a counter proposal for transitional provisions (GRSG-113-19). The expert from AEGPL raised concerns on the location of filling unit on the vehicle and the limitation of the service life of LPG containers. He proposed to amend the provisions on the location of the filling unit and to insert a limitation of the service life as reflected in GRSG-113-32. GRSG noted a number of comments and study reservations. Following the discussion, the expert from Turkey volunteered to prepare a revised proposal for consideration at the next GRSG session, taking into account the comments received.

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31. The expert from AEGPL presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/26 proposing to insert new safety provisions into UN Regulation No. 67 on LPG systems that have hydraulic interconnections with the petrol or diesel fuelling system through which inter-flows of fuels may occur. GRSG adopted the proposal, as amended below, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft Supplement 15 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 67 for consideration at their March 2018 sessions.

New paragraph 2.22., replace “Interconnected LPG-system” by “Interconnected LPG-system (ICS)”.

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32. Referring to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/27, the expert from AEGPL recalled the purpose of his proposal to clarify the provisions in UN Regulation No. 67 on the use of non-seamless gas tubes in LPG vehicles. GRSG adopted the document, as amended below, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as part (see para. 31 above) of draft Supplement 15 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 67 for consideration at their March 2018 sessions.

Paragraph 2.2., subparagraph (s), amend to read:

“(s) Non-seamless and seamless gas tubes and their couplings;”

New paragraph 17.7.1.2., amend to read:

“17.7.1.2.The outer diameter of Class 1 gas tubes made of copper shall not exceed 12 mm with a wall thickness of at least 0.8 mm, gas tubes of Class 1 from steel and stainless steel shall not exceed 25 mm with, for gas services, an appropriate wall thickness.”
Paragraph 17.7.4., amend to read:
“17.7.4.Gas pipes made of a non-metallic material shall comply with the requirements of this Regulation, paragraph 6.7.”

Annex 15, paragraph 5., replace “Only longitudinal welding” by “Only straight longitudinal welding”.

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33. Recalling the discussion on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/10 at the previous GRSG session, the expert from AEGPL presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/30 to further clarify the provisions for type approved accessories fitted to LPG containers and to insert an additional indication mark. The expert from Poland raised a study reservation and introduced the obligation to mark the products with the designation of the version, variant and the extension number of the type-approval certificate (GRSG-113-09). Both proposals received a number of comments.

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34. Finally, GRSG considered a revised proposal (GRSG-113-36) and adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/30 as amended below.

Part I, paragraph 4.2., amend to read:

“4.2. All equipment shall have …… drawings referred to in paragraph 3.2.2. above. In the case of limited space for the approval mark(s), other means of identification that link it to the approval mark shall be provided.

35. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposal to WP.29 and AC.1 as part (see paras. 31 and 32 above) of draft Supplement 15 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 67 for consideration at their March 2018 sessions.

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36. The expert from Poland introduced GRSG-113-08 proposing to amend the provisions of Annex 2B on the layout of the communication form and to insert new items for information on the type, variant, version and class of the approved LPG equipment. The document received a number of comments. Following the discussion, GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session in April 2018 on the basis of a revised proposal by Poland.

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37. Referring to GRSG-113-10, the expert from Poland also proposed to remove the trade name or trade mark from the definition of a type of LPG container. GRSG noted some comments and general support. The expert from Poland volunteered to review his proposal taking into account the comments received and to submit, in due time, a combined official document for consideration at the next GRSG session.

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Previous Discussion(s)

Working Party on General Safety | Session 111 | 11-14 Oct 2016

12. The expert from EC introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/25 proposing to adapt the requirements of the Regulation to technical progress and to clarify the specifications for numeric displays of speedometers. The expert from OICA introduced GRSG-111-10 aimed at correcting a reference in footnote 2 to paragraph 2.5. of the Regulation.

13. GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/25 as amended below and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2017 sessions, as draft Supplement 1 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 39.

Paragraph 2.5., footnote 2, correct the reference to paragraph 5.3. to read 5.4.

14. Recalling the purpose of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/16, the Chair suggested resuming consideration of this subject at a subsequent session of GRSG on the basis of a new document, if available.

1. The Working Party on General Safety Provisions (GRSG) held its 111th session from 11 to 14 October 2016 in Geneva. The meeting was chaired by Mr. A. Erario (Italy). Experts from the following countries participated in the work, following Rule 1(a) of the Rules of Procedure of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) (TRANS/WP.29/690, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.1 and Amend.2): Belgium, Canada, China, Czechia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, 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) also participated. Experts from the following non-governmental organizations participated: International Telecommunication Union (ITU), European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA), European Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (AEGPL), International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA), International Road Transport Union (IRU), International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA), International Organization for Standardization (ISO), International Association for Natural Gas Vehicles (NGV Global) and the International Association of Public Transport (UITP). Upon the special invitation of the Chair, experts from the Foundation of Korea Automotive Parts Industry Promotion, International Association of the Body and Trailer Building Industry (CLCCR) and Vehicle Safety Certification Centre of the Taiwan Province of China participated.

2. GRSG considered and adopted the agenda proposed for the 111th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/14 and Add.1).

3. GRSG also adopted the running order for the session as proposed by the Chair in GRSG-111-01. GRSG noted the main decisions and recommendations of the World Forum WP.29 taken during its June 2016 session, in particular, the invitation to check the suitability of UN Regulations under the responsibility of GRSG to deal with complex electronic systems, and software and to focus on the responsibilities of the approval applicant, the technical service and the Type Approval Authorities, the precision of the requirements and to identify, if needed, provisions that could provide clarification to avoid ambiguity (see report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1123, para. 97).

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

5. The expert from Belgium recalled the discussion at the previous GRSG session on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/5 and presented a detailed analysis on the compatibility or incompatibility of the scopes and technical provisions for trolleybuses of UN Regulations Nos. 100 and 107 (GRSG-111-21). As an outcome of this analysis, she recommended to fully align the provisions of the UN Regulations concerned. She added that the removal of the safety prescriptions for trolleybuses from UN Regulation No. 107 and their presence in UN Regulation No. 100 on electric power trained vehicles would avoid a double type approval process. She announced her intention to also submit the outcome of the analysis to the experts of the Working Party on Passive Safety (GRSP). GRSG welcomed the important work done by the Belgium delegation.

6. The expert from France preferred to keep the provisions for trolleybuses in UN Regulation No. 107. He added that a double type approval was only necessary for hybrid vehicles and that the provisions for trolleybuses in UN Regulation No. 107 were still necessary for trolleybuses with conventional propulsion systems. The expert from Switzerland endorsed that position. The expert from the Russian Federation raised a study reservation. The expert from OICA underlined the need to align the provisions for trolleybuses in UN Regulations (e.g. ‘isolation’ to be replaced by ‘insulation’).

7. Referring to the discussion of WP.29 at its June 2016 session (report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1123, para. 30), GRSG agreed to also involve the experts from the Working Party on Lighting and Light-Signalling (GRE) and GRSP at their forthcoming sessions. GRSG agreed to take a final decision on this subject at its next session in April 2017 awaiting the outcome of the discussion in GRE and GRSP. For that purpose, the secretariat was invited to keep GRSG-111-21 on the agenda as a reference document.

8. The expert from Germany proposed amendments to UN Regulation No. 107 to improve the accommodation and accessibility for passengers with reduced mobility (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/20 and Corr.1) including new testing provisions to ensure visual contrast of some safety elements and the installation of loudspeakers. The expert from Japan introduced GRSG-111-28 on the efforts in his country to set up legal conditions for barrier-free public transport systems. He presented GRSG-111-36 which outlines the specifications for non-step buses. The expert from UITP welcomed all these efforts, but reminded GRSG of the necessity to avoid design restrictions and to limit such provisions only for certain vehicles of category M3. The expert from the United Kingdom endorsed the position. A number of experts were of the opinion that all aspects linked to the environment and health (such as hygienic conditions, colour specifications, visibility and contrast issues) should be regulated on a national/regional level. The expert from Belgium preferred to insert such provisions, if necessary, as only optional requirements.

9. GRSG noted the observations by IRU that the new amendments proposed by Germany might create an additional burden on road transport operators without increasing road safety (GRSG-111-16). The experts from CLCCR and OICA shared these concerns. The Chair invited all experts to send their written comments to the expert from Germany. GRSG agreed to resume consideration, at its next session in April 2017, of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/20 as reflected in GRSG-111-35 on the basis of a revised document to be submitted by Germany.

10. The expert from OICA introduced GRSG-111-08 which corrects the references of some paragraphs in the Regulation. GRSG adopted the amendments as reproduced below and requested the secretariat requested to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2017 sessions, as draft Corrigenda to the 06 and 07 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 107.

Annex 3, paragraph 7.7.9.1., correct the reference to paragraph 7.6.11.4. to read 7.6.11.8.
Annex 8, paragraphs 3.7.3., 3.7.4. and 3.8.4.1.6., correct the references to paragraph 7.6.11.4. to read 7.6.11.8.

11. The expert from OICA presented GRSG-111-09 aligning the provisions of UN Regulation No. 107 with those of the European Union Regulation 1230/2012 on masses and dimensions in the definition of the ‘mass in running order’. The expert from France suggested also amending Annex 11. GRSG welcomed the proposal and agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session in April 2017 on the basis of a revised proposal to be submitted by OICA.

15. The expert from Hungary presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/22 on clarifying the technical requirements of the abrasion test machine. The expert from Poland suggested replacing figure 4 in Annex 3 with a diagram including dimensions (GRSG-111-05). The expert from Germany informed GRSG that the corresponding ISO standard would be published soon. He offered to update the document to fully align the provisions of the Regulation with those of the ISO standard. GRSG welcomed that offer and agreed to defer the adoption of the amendments to UN Regulation No. 43 to its next session in April 2017 awaiting the submission of a revised official document by Germany.

16. The expert from Germany introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/21 adapting the requirements for plastic panes, other than windscreens, to those for plastic pane windscreens including amendments to rigid plastic panes, flexible plastic panes and rigid plastic multiple-glazed units. The expert from OICA presented GRSG-111-11, improving the proposed text. GRSG supported the proposal in general, but agreed on the need to review the definition of different types of glazing, especially its classification according to principal and secondary characteristics. The expert from CLEPA proposed to amend figure 2a of Annex 18 to clarify the lateral limits of the area with any opaque obscuration. GRSG noted a number of concerns and agreed to avoid a further reduction of this area.

17. Following the discussion, GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/21 as reproduced in Annex II to the session report. The secretariat was requested to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2017 sessions, as draft Supplement 5 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 43.

18. GRSG endorsed the Chair’s proposal to set up a task force to work on a concrete proposal aligning the French and English version of the Regulation and clarifying the definition of types and the area with any opaque obscuration. Thus, GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session in April 2017.

19. On behalf of the Task Force on UN Regulation No. 46, the expert from Japan reported on the progress made by the group during its meeting in Paris on 26-27 September 2016 (GRSG-111-22). He introduced GRSG-111-23 (superseding GRSG-110-12) proposing amendments to UN Regulation No. 46. GRSG welcomed the important work done by the Task Force led by Japan. To broaden the participation of other Contracting Parties in the discussions on this subject, GRSG agreed to set up a new Informal Working Group (IWG) on close proximity vision and obstacle detection systems. GRSG noted a first draft of the terms of reference and rules of procedure for the IWG (GRSG-111-29) and agreed to formally adopt them at its next session.

20. The GRSG Chair announced his intention to seek the consent of WP.29 at its November 2016 session to establish the above-mentioned IWG. GRSG referred GRSG-111-23 and GRSG-111-29 to the IWG for further consideration and invited the Group to take into account all relevant studies published world-wide on this subject.

21. The expert from Germany proposed to correct the provisions of paragraph 16.1.3.1. on the magnification factor (GRSG-111-27). GRSG supported the proposal in principle and agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session in April 2017. For that purpose, the secretariat was requested to circulate GRSG-111-27 with an official symbol.

22. The expert from OICA recalled ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/11 and GRSG-110-16 which propose to amend the provisions of UN Regulation No. 66 with respect to intrusion into residual space during the roll over test.

23. GRSG noted a number of comments on the draft amendments and agreed on the need to reconsider the definition of “residual space”. The GRSG Chair recommended having a final review of an updated text at the next GRSG session. He invited the experts from France, the United Kingdom and OICA to work on a joint proposal.

24. The expert from the Netherlands presented GRSG-111-19 superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/7 and amending the provisions of UN Regulation No. 67 on LPG vehicles to allow Class 0/I hoses with couplings using gas tubes other than seamless material. The document received a number of comments. GRSG noted study reservations by the experts from Germany and AEGPL. GRSG reviewed the proposal as reflected in GRSG-111-19-Rev.1 and agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session in April 2017. The secretariat was requested to circulate GRSG-111-19-Rev.1 with an official symbol.

25. The expert from AEGPL introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/15 which proposes to insert new safety provisions into UN Regulation No. 67 on Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) systems having hydraulic interconnections with the petrol or diesel fuelling system through which inter-flows of fuels might occur. The expert from Germany objected to the adoption of the proposal as safety risks (overfill of tank) still remain, particularly, since a small amount of flow of petrol into the LPG tank was still possible. The expert from the United Kingdom underlined the need to cross-check all references of paragraphs in the proposal. GRSG agreed to have a final review of the proposal at its next session in April 2017 on the basis of a revised document to be submitted by AEGPL.

26. The expert from Poland presented GRSG-111-17 clarifying the provisions for the type approval of accessories fitted to the container. The proposal received general support and a number of comments. Following a study reservation by the experts from Germany and CLEPA, GRSG decided to resume consideration of the proposal at its next session in April 2017 on the basis of a revised document by Poland. In this respect, the Chair invited all experts to send their written comments to the expert from Poland.

27. The expert from CLCCR introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/18 amending the scope of the Regulation to ensure that as many vehicles as possible were fitted with a lateral protection device and preferred to insert derogations for some niche products (GRSG-110-20-Rev.1). The expert from the United Kingdom raised concerns and preferred to keep the amendments as proposed in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/2 which allows Contracting Parties to object or accept such lateral protection devices. GRSG noted a number of comments on and general support for ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/18.

28. Finally, GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/18 and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2017 sessions, as draft Supplement 1 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 73.

29. The expert from France proposed incorporating new provisions concerning refrigeration systems for cooling the cargo compartment which are connected to the compressed natural gas (CNG) and/or liquefied natural gas (LNG) system (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/16). The expert from Japan raised concerns about risks of increased filling cycles of CNG cylinders due to a higher filling frequency. He suggested supplementing the proposed provisions with additional test conditions to not exceed the maximum number of filling cycles of CNG cylinders (GRSG-111-18). A number of experts were of the opinion that the number of filling cycles of CNG cylinders specified in the test requirements of UN Regulation No. 110 would be sufficient to cover the higher filling frequencies. GRSG did not support the additional test conditions proposed by Japan.

30. GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/16 as amended below and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2017 sessions, as draft Supplement 6 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 110.

Paragraph 18.1.7.1., replace “compartiment des marchandises” by “compartiment de chargement”.
Paragraph 18.5.1.3., subparagraphs (b) and (c), replace “compartiment des marchandises” by “compartiment de chargement” and “contrôle électronique” by “contrôle électronique GNC/GNL” (two times).

31. At its previous session, GRSG had discussed the need to update the reference to the ISO standard in paragraph 2.2. of Annex 4J. The expert from the Netherlands volunteered to submit a concrete proposal for amendments for consideration at the next GRSG session.

32. The expert from ISO presented an overview of the activities of his organization on specific aspects for gaseous fuels (GRSG-111-25). He introduced GRSG-111-02 with the rationale of all amendments proposed to UN Regulation No. 110 in document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/22 superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/6. GRSG welcomed GRSG-111-03 listing the copies of all ISO standards referenced to in UN Regulation No. 110 on CNG/LNG vehicles. A number of experts raised a concern on the dynamic referencing of international standards and expressed their preference for a static referencing, mainly for legal purposes. GRSG reviewed the document and agreed on the need to adopt the proposal as a new 03 series of amendments and to insert transitional provisions triggered of the 1 September. The expert from France asked for more detailed information on each of the proposed amendments, especially on the level of stringency and their impact on technical services. The expert from CLEPA underlined the need to also insert transitional provisions for existing type approvals and sufficient lead time for suppliers to upgrade them.

33. Following study reservations by the experts from Germany, France and CLEPA, GRSG decided to resume consideration of the proposal at its next session in April 2017 based on a revised document to be submitted by ISO. The Chair invited all experts to send their written comments on GRSG-111-02-Rev.1 in due time to the experts from ISO or NGV Global.

34. The expert from the Netherlands introduced GRSG-111-20 aimed at correcting an error in the definitions related to the manual valve. GRSG noted general support and agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session in April 2017. The secretariat was requested to circulate GRSG-111-20 with an official symbol.

35. GRSG noted GRSG-111-31, tabled by the International Association of Fire and Rescue Services (CTIF), on the need to take into account during the development of UN regulations necessary interventions and actions of and risks for rescuers, especially on the identification of propulsion and energy storage systems in vehicles. The Chair invited interested experts to send their comments to the authors of the presentation (see e-mail addresses on the last page).

36. The expert from OICA withdrew ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/7.

37. Recalling its decision at the last session (see report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/89, para. 51), GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this item at its next session in April 2017 on the basis of concrete proposals from the Task Force on the splitting of the provisions of UN Regulation No. 116 (see para. 50 below).

38. The expert from Germany introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/23 aimed at simplifying the administrative procedures that do not benefit the level of safety. GRSG adopted the proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2017 sessions, as draft Supplement 3 to the 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 118.

39. The expert from Germany presented updated test requirements for electric cables sleeves and cable conduits (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/24 superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/3). The expert from OICA supported the principles of the proposal, but underlined the need for transitional provisions that give sufficient lead-time for the automotive industry. GRSG reviewed the proposal as reflected in GRSG-111-30-Rev.1. GRSG noted the preference by the experts from CLCCR and OICA to add one additional year (2021 instead of 2020 for all registrations) to the date specified in paragraph 12.13.

40. Finally, GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/24 as reproduced in Annex III to this report and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2017 sessions, as draft 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 118.

41. The expert from the Russian Federation recalled that the purpose of document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/17 was to insert into UN Regulation No. 121 a new symbol for the emergency call control and tell-tale. GRSG noted an editorial correction to footnote 21 (replace ‘reoriented’ by ‘re-orientated’) and agreed to submit it to WP.29 in parallel with the new draft Regulation on AECS (paras. 44-48 below).

42. The expert from OICA presented GRSG-111-37 (superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/26) aimed at aligning the provisions of UN Regulation No. 121 to those of the 07 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 16 on safety-belts.

43. The expert from OICA suggested aligning the text of item No. 31 with that of standard ISO 2575 (GRSG-111-14). GRSG generally supported the proposal with a study reservation on GRSG-111-37 from the expert from Germany. GRSG decided to resume consideration of the proposals at its next session in April 2017 and requested the secretariat to circulate both documents (GRSG-111-14 and GRSG-111-37) with an official symbol.

44. On behalf of the IWG on AECS, the expert from the Russian Federation presented a draft UN Regulation on AECS (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/19) and GRSG-111-06 with a detailed justification for the proposal. He introduced GRSG-111-07 with some further amendments proposed by the IWG on AECS. He drew the attention of GRSG to the limited scope of the new Regulation. He added that several functionalities were not covered by the provisions of the draft UN Regulation such as

  1. the communication module functionality and communication antenna functionality unless otherwise prescribed in the Regulation,
  2. the additional data to the Minimum Set of Data (MSD) to be convened to Public Service Answering Party (PSAP),
  3. the format of the data, the mechanism and logic of data transmission, data exchange protocol, (iv) the operation modes and conditions of transitions between such modes,
  4. performance of the test call and test data transfer, the response to protocol commands received from infrastructure and network registration logic, privacy, data protection and personal data processing as well as
  5. Periodical Technical Inspection (PTI). These functionalities would have to be resolved or approved on a national/regional level.

45. GRSG welcomed the document and acknowledged the work of the IWG on AECS. GRSG noted a number of comments on the scope of the new Regulation and reviewed the proposal as reflected in GRSG-111-38. The expert from the Russian Federation introduced GRSG-111-13 clarifying that the draft UN Regulation does not apply to AECD/AECS functionality assessment in case of vehicle rollover. The expert from Japan presented study results on the peak pulse in comparison with three crash test methods (GRSG-111-26). He concluded that the corridor of the sled pulse (60g) specified in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/19 was severe enough for real world crashes. The experts from the Russian Federation and Switzerland supported that position. The expert from EC explained that his organization had already issued the EU legislation with a pulse peak of 65g and, thus, he would not be in the position to support the proposal. He raised a study reservation to consider in detail the study results of GRSG-111-26. GRSG agreed to keep GRSG-111-26 on the agenda as a reference document.

46. The expert from OICA gave a presentation on the current status of regulatory developments and proposed possible steps forward (GRSG-111-39). He introduced GRSG-111-15 which proposes further amendments to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/19 aimed at introducing type approval requirements for Automatic Emergency Call Component (AECC). The proposal received general support.

47. GRSG welcomed GRSG-111-04 which lists ITU recommendations referenced in draft UN Regulation on AECS that specify the speech communication requirements for emergency calls originating from vehicles. The expert from ITU introduced the ITU Conformity Assessment Steering Committee (GRSG-111-40).

48. Finally, GRSG agreed that an extension of the mandate of the IWG on AECS was not necessary and to resume consideration of this subject at its next session in April 2017. GRSG endorsed the following suggestions by the Chair:

  1. Experts were invited to send their written comments on the AECC requirements (GRSG-111-15) to the expert from OICA by end of November 2016 at the latest;
  2. Experts were invited to participate in a task force meeting organized by OICA and scheduled to be held in January 2017 to discuss the remaining open issues (GRSG-111-38);
  3. Contracting Parties were invited to consider, at the highest level, possible solutions to resolve the incoherence of their positions on the pulse peak of 60g versus 65g.

49. GRSG welcomed the good news that the World Forum WP.29 had endorsed, at its June 2016 session, the text of draft Revision 3 to the 1958 Agreement as reflected in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/2 and that no objection had been raised from the represented Contracting Parties to the 1958 Agreement (report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1123, paras. 48 and 49). GRSG noted that WP.29 had invited the representative of EU to proceed with the notification process of Revision 3 to United Nations Office for Legal Affairs (OLA). It was also noted that the corresponding EU decision as well as the text of Revision 3 had been published on 11 October 2016 in the EU official journal L274.

50. GRSG recalled the discussion during its previous session on GRSG-110-24 and its decision to split Regulation No. 116 into three UN Regulations, specifically on

  1. anti-theft devices,
  2. alarm systems and
  3. immobilizers.
GRSG noted that the Task Force was still working on concrete proposals that were expected to be submitted for consideration at the next GRSG session. GRSG also noted that UN Regulations Nos. 18 and 97 would be incorporated into the new proposals. GRSG agreed to keep UN Regulation No. 116, but to remove some provisions and to insert the latter ones into two new UN Regulations.

51. The Chair suggested deferring the discussion of this subject to the next GRSG session in April 2017 awaiting the proposals by the Task Force.

52. The expert from IMMA withdrew ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/30. GRSG agreed to remove this item from the agenda of the next session.

53. GRSG recalled its recent exchange of views on the activities on data recording and data protection in the Working Parties subsidiary to WP.29 and their IWGs involved in automated driving (ITS/AD), Automatically Commanded Steering Functions (ACSF) within the Working Party on Brakes and Running Gears (GRRF) and Accident Emergency Call Systems (AECS) and others (event data recorder, odometer, etc.). Thus, GRSG noted the recommendation by WP.29 that these activities be coordinated by ITS/AD. It was also noted that the World Forum WP.29 was expected to consider at its November 2016 session draft guidelines on measures for cybersecurity and data protection.

54. The expert from the United Kingdom underlined the urgent need to ensure cybersecurity and announced that his Government had considered funding trial projects. The expert from the United States of America endorsed the position and informed GRSG about the collection of useful statistical data on road vehicle accidents following the enforcement of a new regulation on event data recorder in 2012. He announced his intention to report back to WP.29 and GRSG on this subject at their forthcoming sessions. GRSG welcomed the offer.

55. The expert from the Republic of Korea, chairing the IWG on Panoramic Sunroof Glazing (PSG), reported on the outcome of the fifth and sixth meetings of the Group (GRSG-111-32). On behalf of the IWG, he presented GRSG-111-34, proposing to further clarify the scope of Global Technical Regulation (GTR) No. 6 on safety glazing. He added that the IWG would need more time to complete some research on ceramic printed areas and, thus, that the Group had decided to amend the Terms of Reference (GRSG-111-33). As the mandate of the IWG ended in October 2016, he underlined the need to extend the mandate of the IWG by one and a half years.

56. GRSG welcomed the work progress of the IWG and agreed to resume consideration of GRSG-111-33 at the next session. The GRSG Chair requested the secretariat to circulate GRSG-111-34 with an official symbol. He announced his intention to seek the consent of WP.29 and the Executive Committee AC.3 of the 1998 Agreement to extend the mandate for the IWG until June 2018.

57. As a follow-up to his presentation of the previous GRSG session, the expert from Germany introduced GRSG-111-24 on the development of test procedures for a new draft regulation on Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) to avoid such blind spot accidents by a driver information and warning system. GRSG welcomed the information and the progress made by the Federal Highway Research Institute of Germany (BASt).

58. The expert from Canada informed GRSG that his country had conducted several investigations on this subject and that the corresponding reports were publicly available. He offered to provide the expert from BASt with detailed results on these investigations.

59. Following the discussion, GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session on the basis of a first draft of the new UN Regulation on ADAS expected to be submitted by Germany.

60. In compliance with Rule 37 of the Rules of Procedure (TRANS/WP.29/690 as amended by Amendments 1 and 2), GRSG called for the election of officers on Wednesday afternoon, 12 October 2016. Mr. A. Erario (Italy) was unanimously re-elected as Chair and Mr. K. Hendershot (Canada) as Vice-Chair for the GRSG sessions scheduled for 2017.

61. GRSG noted the endorsement by the Working Party on the Transport of Dangerous Goods at its May 2016 session of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/90 (based on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/13) to align the provisions of UN Regulation No. 105 with those of the new 2017 edition of the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR). GRSG reconfirmed its adoption and submission to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2016 sessions, as draft 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 105.

62. Learning that Mr. Christian Pichon (France) would be retiring, GRSG thanked him for his considerable contributions over the last decades to the activities of GRSG. GRSG recognized his commitment with a long applause and wished him a long and happy retirement.

63. GRSG noted that Mr. Richard Damm (Germany) was taking over new responsibilities in his Government and that he would no longer attend the sessions. GRSG acknowledged his continued support during all the years of participation in the sessions and especially his dedication as Co-Chair of the GRSG IWGs on PSG and leader of Task Force on 3D H-point machine. GRSG recognized his commitments with a long applause and wished him a great success in his future activities.

Working Party on General Safety | Session 112 | 24-28 Apr 2017

1. The Working Party on General Safety Provisions (GRSG) held its 112th session from 24 to 28 April 2017 in Geneva. The meeting was chaired by Mr. A. Erario (Italy). Experts from the following countries participated in the work, following Rule 1(a) of the Rules of Procedure of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) (TRANS/WP.29/690, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.1 and Amend.2): Belgium, Canada, China, Czechia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (United Kingdom) and United States of America. An expert from the European Commission (EC) also participated. Experts from the following non-governmental organizations participated: European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA), European Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (AEGPL), International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA), International Road Transport Union (IRU), International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA), International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Association for Natural Gas Vehicles (NGV Global).

2. GRSG considered and adopted the agenda proposed for the 112th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/1 and Add.1).

3. GRSG also adopted the running order for the session as proposed by the Chair in GRSG-112-01-Rev.1. GRSG noted the main decisions and recommendations of the World Forum WP.29 taken during its November 2016 and March 2017 sessions (see reports ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1126 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1129).

4. The informal documents distributed during the session are listed in Annex I to the session report. The GRSG informal working groups are listed in Annex V.

5. Recalling the discussion at the previous GRSG session on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/20, the expert from Switzerland presented GRSG-112-02-Rev.1 proposing to simplify the provisions of UN Regulation No. 107 by inserting references to parts 1 and 2 of the forthcoming updated European standards EN 16584:2015 on railway applications for persons with reduced mobility (GRSG-112-03 and GRSG-112-04). The expert from France preferred to leave these requirements out of the Regulation to avoid possible inconsistencies with existing national requirements. A number of experts preferred to keep some of the requirements proposed in GRSG-111-35 within the Regulation, but to improve the wording of the provisions concerned. Following the discussion, GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/20 as amended by GRSG-112-35 and agreed to submit it to WP.29 as a new 08 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 107. Thus, the expert from OICA volunteered to prepare, in due time, a revised official document for consideration and final adoption at the next GRSG session, including the proposed transitional provisions (i.e. June 2020 for new types of vehicles and June 2022 for all existing types).

6. The expert from the Czech Republic introduced GRSG-112-16 to improve the safety requirements for trolleybuses, particularly the double insulation of circuits directly connected to the overhead lines. GRSG welcomed the proposal and agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session on the basis of an official document.

7. The expert from Spain sought the advice of GRSG experts on how to approve a vehicle with no standing passengers (GRSG-112-17). He was of the opinion that, according to UN Regulation No. 107, such a vehicle should be considered as a Class III vehicle only. GRSG endorsed that position.

8. The expert from OICA recalled the purpose of GRSG-111-09 aligning the provisions of UN Regulation No. 107 with those of the European Union (EU) Regulation 1230/2012 on masses and dimensions in the definition of the ‘mass in running order’. He volunteered to prepare, jointly with the expert from EC, a concrete document for consideration at the next GRSG session in October 2017.

9. Referring to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/5, the expert from Belgium recalled the detailed analysis on the technical requirements for trolley buses presented at the previous session (GRSG-111-21). She confirmed that the work to fully align the provisions of UN Regulations Nos. 100 and 107 was still in progress. She announced her intention to submit concrete proposals for consideration at the next GRSG sessions.

10. GRSG noted that no new proposal had been provided on this subject and agreed to remove the item from the agenda of the next session.

11. The expert from Germany introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/6 to fully align (a) the provisions for the headform test with deceleration measurement and (b) the test of resistance to abrasion with those of the corresponding standard ISO 15082:2016-11. He added that the main amendments according to this standard were the addition or modification of important test details, the correction of the headform calibration values and the introduction of abrasion reference materials; the latter combined with an abrasive-wheel qualification and a correction calculation (for plastic materials only). GRSG welcomed the proposal and noted some minor editorial corrections. Following the discussion, GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/6 and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft Supplement 6 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 43 for consideration at their November 2017 sessions.

12. The expert from CLEPA presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/8, proposing to clarify in Figure 2a of Annex 21 the lateral limits of any opaque obscuration. GRSG noted general support and adopted the proposal. The secretariat was requested to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as part (see para. 11 above) of draft Supplement 6 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 43 for consideration at their November 2017 sessions.

13. The expert from France proposed to align the French and English version of Revision 3 of UN Regulation No. 43 (GRSG-112-07-Rev.1). GRSG adopted the proposal as reproduced in Annex II to this report and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as Corrigendum 6 to Revision 3 and as Corrigendum 1 to Revision 4 of UN Regulation No. 43 for consideration at their November 2017 sessions.

14. The expert from OICA introduced GRSG-112-29 to correct some inconsistencies in Annex 21, Table 2 and to align it with Global Technical Regulation No. 6 on safety glazing. GRSG welcomed the proposal and agreed to resume its consideration at the next session on the basis of an official document.

15. The expert from France reported on the work progress of the task force to align the French and English versions of UN Regulation No. 43. He volunteered to submit concrete proposals at the next GRSG sessions.

16. The expert from Japan, chairing the new Informal Working Group (IWG) on awareness of Vulnerable Road Users proximity in low speed manoeuvres (VRU-Proxi), reported on the progress made by the group during its meeting in Brussels on 23-24 March 2017 (GRSG-112-13). GRSG welcomed the updated draft terms of reference and rules of procedure for the IWG on VRU-Proxi (GRSG-112-14-Rev.1 superseding GRSG-111-29). GRSG noted the overlap of the IWG activities with agenda item 16 on a new draft UN Regulation on Blind Spot Information Systems (BSIS). GRSG underlined the urgent need to adopt the new UN Regulation and agreed that the IWG on VRU-Proxi shall consider ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/11 (tabled by Germany) as a first priority at its forthcoming meeting, scheduled to be held in Paris on 3-4 July 2017. In this respect, GRSG adopted the terms of reference and rules of procedure for the IWG on VRU-Proxi as reproduced in Annex III to this report. The GRSG Chair announced his intention to inform WP.29 at its June 2017 session about the terms of reference of the above-mentioned IWG.

17. Recalling the discussion in GRSG at its previous session, the expert from Germany introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/2 proposing to correct the provisions of paragraph 16.1.3.1. on the magnification factor. He also introduced GRSG-112-30 correcting a reference error in paragraph 6.3.3.2. The expert from France proposed to insert an editorial amendment to the communication form in Annex 4 (GRSG-112-08). GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/2 as amended below and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft Supplement 5 to the 04 series of amendment to UN Regulation No. 46 for consideration at their November 2017 sessions.

Paragraph 6.3.3.2., correct the reference to “paragraph 6.1.3.” to read “paragraph 6.1.1.3.”.
Annex 4, item 4., amend to read:
“4. Category of vehicle: (M1, M2, M3, N1, N2 ≤ 7.5 t, N2 > 7.5 t, N3, L) 2

18. The expert from Germany sought the advice of GRSG on the default mode in case of dual function systems for camera-monitor systems (CMS) which can be set by the driver. The expert from OICA stated that the former IWG on CMS did not discuss the default mode for such systems. GRSG invited the expert from Germany to prepare a proposal for consideration at the next session of GRSG in October 2017.

19. The expert from OICA withdrew ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/11 and informed GRSG that the concern with UN Regulation No. 66 was resolved with an interim solution. GRSG agreed to remove this item from the agenda of its next session.

55. Learning that M. Pascal Devigne (France) would be retiring, GRSG acknowledged his continued support during the last decades of participation in the sessions. The GRSG Chair thanked him for his commitment and excellent contributions. GRSG wished him a long and happy retirement.

20. Referring to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/15, the expert from AEGPL recalled the purpose of his proposal to insert new safety provisions into UN Regulation No. 67 on Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) systems having hydraulic interconnections with the petrol or diesel fuelling system through which inter-flows of fuels might occur. He confirmed that he had received in the meantime valuable feedback from a number of GRSG experts. He volunteered to prepare a revised proposal for consideration at the next session.

21. The expert from the Netherlands presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/3 amending the provisions of UN Regulation No. 67 to use non-seamless gas tubes in LPG vehicles. The expert from AEGPL presented GRSG-112-19 inserting some improvements to the proposed provisions. GRSG noted general support and a number of comments. The expert from Germany raised a study reservation. Following the discussion, GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session in October 2017. In this respect, GRSG invited the experts from the Netherlands and AEGPL to prepare a combined document (see para. 20 above), taking into account the comments received and to submit it, in due time, to the secretariat for consideration and final review at the next GRSG session in October 2017.

22. The expert from Poland gave a presentation (GRSG-112-37) justifying his proposal ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/10 to clarify the provisions for type approved accessories fitted to LPG containers. The proposal received some support. The expert from AEGPL presented GRSG-112-20 proposing, as an alternative, the additional marking of the accessories with the number of type approval extension. Following a controversial discussion, the expert from Poland proposed to set up either a task force or a new informal working group on gaseous fuelled vehicles to work on the best solution. His proposal to establish an IWG did not receive full support. Finally, GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session in October 2017 on the basis of a new proposal jointly prepared by Poland and AEGPL. Thus, GRSG invited all interested experts to send them, in due time, their written comments.

23. The expert from AEGPL presented GRSG-112-21 introducing tolerances for the dimensions of some filling units. A number of experts preferred to insert the corresponding specifications into the text of the UN Regulation instead of a reference to standard EN 22768-1. GRSG invited the expert from AEGPL to submit, in due time, an updated proposal for consideration at the next session of GRSG in October 2017.

24. The expert from Turkey introduced GRSG-112-22 proposing to develop new provisions on the location on the vehicle of the filling unit and a limitation of the service life of containers. A number of experts welcomed the initiative. GRSG invited the expert from Turkey to prepare a proposal for consideration at the next session of GRSG in October 2017.

25. Reporting on a severe incident which happened in 2014 (GRSG-112-31), the expert from Germany proposed a new series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 67 to enhance the specifications for the LPG multi-valve. The experts from Italy, the Netherlands and Poland confirmed such risks and endorsed the need to adopt such new provisions. The expert from Germany volunteered to submit an official document for consideration at the next GRSG sessions, including transitional provisions.

26. The expert from Germany proposed to also strengthen the requirements in UN Regulation No. 67 for the installation and inspection of LPG-containers and their accessories (GRSG-112-32). GRSG welcomed the proposal. The Chair invited all GRSG experts to send their comments, in due time, to the expert from Germany and proposed to resume consideration of this subject at the next session of GRSG on the basis of combined (see para. 25. above) proposal.

27. In the absence of an expert from Transport and Environment, GRSG agreed to keep the item on the agenda of its next session, awaiting a concrete proposal.

28. The expert from ISO presented GRSG-112-38 justifying the need to harmonize the requirements on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and/or Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) vehicles in UN Regulation No. 110 with those in the latest version of ISO 11439:2013 (as proposed in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/22). He recalled the comments received by GRSG experts during the last sessions (mainly on GRSG-111-02-Rev.1 and GRSG-112-05) and announced his intention to prepare, in due time, a revised official document for consideration at the next GRSG sessions, including transitional provisions.

29. The expert from the Netherlands introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/4 aimed at correcting an error in the definitions related to the manual valve. GRSG noted a number of comments and adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/4 as reproduced below. The secretariat was requested to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft Supplement 7 to the 01 series of amendment and as draft Supplement 1 to the 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 110, for consideration at their November 2017 sessions.

Paragraph 4.16.1., amend to read:
“4.16.1. “Manual valve”: as defined in paragraph 4.22. that is rigidly fixed to the cylinder or tank."
Paragraph 4.16.3., amend to read:
“4.16.3. “Excess flow valve”: as defined in paragraph 4.21."
Paragraph 4.22., amend to read:
“4.22. “Manual valve” means a valve which is operated manually."

30. The expert from France introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/9 incorporating provisions concerning refrigeration systems for cooling the cargo compartment which were connected to the CNG and/or LNG system. GRSG noted general support. GRSG adopted document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/9 as amended below. The secretariat was requested to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as part (see para. 29 above) of draft Supplement 1 to the 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 110 for consideration at their November 2017 sessions.

In paragraph 18.5.1.3., replace “GNC/GNL” to read “CNG/LNG” (twice).

31. The expert from the International Association of Fire and Rescue Services (CTIF) gave a presentation (GRSG-112-06) on the need to harmonize the identification of propulsion and energy storage systems in vehicles to reduce the risks for rescuers during their interventions in case of severe road accidents. He informed GRSG about their cooperation with ISO on this subject and the work progress done. He expected that the new standard ISO 17840‐4 would be published in near future. He underlined that the location or position of labels on the vehicle or in the emergency response guide was outside the scope of the ISO standard. Thus, he sought the advice of GRSG experts on how to address this problem within the UN vehicle regulations. GRSG welcomed the information and had a detailed exchange of views on the best way to move forward, either as amendments to existing UN regulations or as a new guideline document to be annexed to one or the other resolutions on the construction of vehicles. Following the discussion, GRSG preferred to wait for the final publication of the ISO standard and invited the expert from CTIF to prepare in the meantime concrete proposals for possible amendments to UN Regulations Nos. 67 (LPG vehicles), 100 (Electric power trained vehicles), 110 (CNG/LNG vehicles), 134 (Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Vehicles) and the new UN Regulation on AECS. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this item at its next session in October 2017.

32. Reporting on some cases of structural failures of cylinders in his country, the expert from Italy proposed amendments to Annex 3A on the test requirements for the periodic requalification of cylinders (GRSG-112-28). The expert from Finland stated that these test requirements on periodical inspections of CNG/LNG vehicles in use were only recommendations to be taken into account during the type approval procedure of a new type of vehicle. GRSG noted that Contracting Parties were used to perform on their national level the periodical technical inspections in different ways. Referring to GRSG-112-32 presented under agenda item 7 (see para. 26 above), the expert from Germany introduced GRSG-112-33 proposing to also strengthen the requirements in UN Regulation No. 110 for the installation on vehicles of CNG-cylinders, LNG-tanks and their accessories as well as for their subsequent inspection of without the need of disassembling the containers.

33. GRSG noted general support on the proposals. The Chair invited all GRSG experts to send their comments, in due time, to the experts from Germany and Italy. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session on the basis of official documents, prepared by Germany and Italy, taking into account the comments received.

34. As GRSG ambassador on the International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA), the expert from OICA presented the proposals on the splitting of the provisions of UN Regulation No. 116 into three separate Regulations (see para. 43 below), allowing the Contracting Parties to apply them on an optional or mandatory basis at their national/regional level. He briefly introduced (i) GRSG-112-39 containing the prescriptions for devices against unauthorized use as an amendment to UN Regulation No. 116, (ii) GRSG-112-40 as a new draft UN Regulation on vehicle alarm systems and (iii) GRSG-112-41 as a new draft UN Regulation on vehicle immobilizers. He added that the purpose of the exercise was only the splitting of the provisions without changes to the technical requirements. He sought the advice of GRSG on the need to insert transitional provisions for the amendments to UN Regulation No. 116 (as a Supplement or as a new series of amendments). The Chair invited all GRSG experts to send, in due time, their comments on the three documents to the GRSG ambassador.

35. GRSG acknowledged the work done and agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session in October 2017 on the basis of official documents to be submitted by the GRSG ambassador, including transitional provisions.

36. The expert from the Russian Federation reminded GRSG about the purpose of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/17 to insert into UN Regulation No. 121 a new symbol for the emergency call control and tell-tale. GRSG recalled its decision at its previous session to submit the proposal in parallel with the new draft UN Regulation on Accident Emergency Call Systems (AECS) (paras. 40 and 41 below) and requested the secretariat was to submit document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/17, as amended below, to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft Supplement 2 to the 01 series of amendment to UN Regulation No. 121 for consideration at their November 2017 sessions.

In Table 1, footnote 21, replace ‘reoriented’ by ‘re-orientated’.

37. The expert from OICA presented GRSG-112-23 (superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/5) to align the provisions of UN Regulation No. 121 to those of the 07 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 16 on safety belts. GRSG adopted the proposal as reproduced in Annex IV to the session report and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as part (see para. 36 above) of draft Supplement 2 to the 01 series of amendment to UN Regulation No. 121 for consideration at their November 2017 sessions.

38. The expert from the Russian Federation underlined the need to correct the Russian version of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/5 in line with the English text (GRSG-112-25). GRSG requested the secretariat to take into account the correction of the Russian translation when preparing the above mentioned official document.

39. The expert from OICA introduced GRSG-112-24 to clarify the application of footnote 18 in the case where tell-tales Nos. 1 and 19 were combined. Some experts were of the opinion that footnote 12 already offers that possibility and that the proposed amendment was superfluous. GRSG agreed to take a final position on this subject at its next session and requested the secretariat to circulate GRSG-112-24 with an official symbol.

40. The expert from the Russian Federation, chairing the IWG on AECS, presented an updated proposal of draft UN Regulation on AECS (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/12). As Secretary of the IWG on AECS, the expert from OICA introduced GRSG-112-15 proposing some further editorial corrections to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/12. The expert from the Russian Federation introduced GRSG-112-27 clarifying mainly the scope and definitions of the draft UN Regulation. She informed GRSG that from, a technical point of view, the corridor of sled pulse (60g) specified in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/12 was severe enough, but taking into account the importance and urgency for the adoption of the new UN Regulation by all Contracting Parties, the Russian Federation would support the more stringent corridor (65g) in line with the EU legislation. The expert from OICA reiterated a concern about the economic burden for technical services and laboratories offering the more stringent tests due to the considerable costs of test equipment performing such acceleration/declaration of 65g.

41. Following a detailed consideration of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/12, GRSG adopted the new UN Regulation on AECS as reproduced in GRSG-112-42, subject to a final review at its October 2017 session of the official translations into the French and Russian languages. The GRSG Chair thanked again for the excellent work done by the IWG and for the acceptance by the Russian Federation to support the final proposal. The secretariat was requested to submit the adopted proposal to WP.29 and AC.1 as new draft UN Regulation on AECS for consideration at their November 2017 sessions, subject to a final review at the forthcoming GRSG session.

42. GRSG noted that Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement was in the notification process and that it was expected to enter into force in mid-September 2017. GRSG also noted that the World Forum WP.29 was considering to adopt a first version of draft UN Regulation No. 0 on IWVTA at its November 2017 session. The secretariat highlighted the availability on the WP.29 website of a number of useful guidelines and Question & Answer documents related to Revision 3 and IWVTA.

43. The Chair recalled GRSG’s discussion under agenda item 10 (see paras. 34 and 35 of the session report) on the splitting of UN Regulation No. 116 and suggested resuming the discussion of this subject at the next GRSG session in October 2017.

44. The secretariat reported on the recent adoption by WP.29 of the guideline on cybersecurity and data protection (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/46), submitted by the IWG on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and on its decision to include the guideline as a new annex to the Consolidated Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles (R.E.3.). In this respect, GRSG noted draft Revision 5 of R.E.3 (GRSG-112-18) and endorsed it.

45. GRSG considered ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/7 (submitted by the IWG on Panoramic Sunroof Glazing (PSG)) to clarify the scope and the technical rationale of UN Global Technical Regulation No. 6. GRSG recommended the document for their establishment in the global registry. The secretariat was requested to submit it to WP.29 and to the Executive Committee AC.3 of the 1998 Agreement (AC.3) as Corrigendum 2 to Global Technical Regulation No. 6 for consideration at their November 2017 sessions.

46. The expert from the Republic of Korea, chairing the IWG on PSG, reported on the work progress of the Group during its seventh meeting (GRSG-112-34). He added that the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (US-NHTSA) was expected to complete the ongoing research and that the IWG had decided to wait for the updated research data and the final status report. GRSG welcomed the information and agreed to resume consideration of this subject at the next session.

47. The expert from Germany presented GRSG-112-36 on the development of test procedures for a new draft UN Regulation on Blind Spot Information Systems (BSIS). He reported on the research results, the derivation of test cases and the new technical requirements on the conduction of test for such BSIS. He introduced a proposal for a new draft UN Regulation on BSIS (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/11). GRSG welcomed the detailed information and the proposal by Germany.

48. The expert from Israel recommended to extend the scope also to categories of vehicles other than N2 and N3. He added to even insert provisions on aftermarket BSIS for the purpose of retrofitting vehicles already in service. A number of experts underlined their preference to adopt, in a first step, the new UN Regulation and then to extend the scope in a further stage.

49. During a first reading of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/11, the document received a number of comments on the definitions and cross-references to other UN Regulations. Following the discussion, GRSG agreed that the IWG on VRU-Proxi (see para. 16 under agenda item 5) shall resume consideration of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/11 as a first priority at its forthcoming meetings.

50. GRSG agreed to, at its next session, have a further review of draft UN Regulation on BSIS and to resume consideration of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/11 on the basis of the detailed feedback by the IWG on VRU-Proxi.

51. The expert from France introduced GRSG-112-09 to align the English version to the French text of the Regulation with respect to the test provisions for side impacts. The expert from the Russian Federation confirmed that the Russian version of the text concerned would have to be aligned too. Referring to GRSG-112-26, the expert from OICA suggested introducing further improvements to the proposed amendments. GRSG noted some general support. The expert from Japan raised a study reservation. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session in October 2017 on the basis of a revised official document jointly prepared by the experts from France and OICA.

52. The expert from France presented GRSG-112-10 aimed at clarifying the application of annexes on heaters located outside the passenger compartment and using water as a transfer medium. GRSG agreed to take a final position on this subject at its next session. Thus, the secretariat was requested to circulate GRSG-112-10 with an official symbol.

53. The expert from the Russian Federation introduced GRSG-112-11 on a proposal endorsed by the Working Party on Noise (GRB) to adapt in R.E.3 the measuring units for vehicle masses from tonnes to kilograms. GRSG endorsed the proposal in principle. The secretariat suggested to also aligning in R.E.3 some sub-categories of vehicles, such as L1A for powered cycles and L1B for two-wheeled mopeds. The expert from EC volunteered to prepare a comparison document between the categories listed in EU Regulation No. 168/2013 and those in Revision 5 of R.E.3. GRSG noted general support and agreed to circulate GRSG-112-11 with an official symbol for consideration at its next session.

54. The expert from Germany proposed to align in UN Regulation No. 118 the wording for the upper boundary surface by replacing “roof” by “ceiling” (GRSG-112-12). GRSG noted general support and agreed to resume consideration at its next session on the basis of an official document.

Working Party on General Safety | Session 114 | 9-13 Apr 2018

1. The Working Party on General Safety Provisions (GRSG) held its 114th session from 9 to 13 April 2018 in Geneva. The meeting was chaired by Mr. A. Erario (Italy). Experts from the following countries participated in the work, following Rule 1(a) of the Rules of Procedure of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) (TRANS/WP.29/690, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amends.1 and 2):

  1. Belgium
  2. Canada
  3. China
  4. Czechia
  5. Finland
  6. France
  7. Germany
  8. Hungary
  9. India
  10. Italy
  11. Japan
  12. Kuwait
  13. Latvia
  14. Netherlands
  15. Norway
  16. Poland
  17. Republic of Korea
  18. Romania
  19. Russian Federation
  20. San Marino
  21. South Africa
  22. Spain
  23. Sweden
  24. Turkey and
  25. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (United Kingdom).
An expert from the European Commission (EC) participated. Experts from non-governmental organizations participated:
  1. European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA)
  2. European Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (AEGPL)
  3. International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA)
  4. International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA)
  5. International Road Transport Union (IRU)
  6. Natural Gas Vehicles Association Europe (NGVA Europe) and
  7. International Association for Natural Gas Vehicles (NGV Global).
Upon the special invitation of the Chair, experts from the International Association of the Body and Trailer Building Industry (CLCCR), Natural Gas Vehicles Italy (NGV Italy) and International Association for Public Transport (UITP) participated.

2. GRSG considered and adopted the agenda proposed for the 114th session.

3. GRSG also adopted the running order (GRSG-114-01) as proposed by the Chair. GRSG noted GRSG-114-13 on the main decisions and recommendations of the World Forum taken during its November 2017 and March 2018 sessions (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1135 and 1137).

4. The informal documents distributed during the session are listed in Annex I to the session report. The GRSG informal working groups are listed in Annex VI.

5. The expert from Poland introduced GRSG-114-05 on a possible error in Annex 11 of the Regulation and on aligning it with Annex 3 by deleting paragraphs 3.3.1.2.1. to 3.3.1.2.2.2. The expert from France added that the corresponding paragraphs in Annex 3 had been removed through ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2008/98 on Supplement 3 to the 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 107. Thus, the Chair invited experts to verify the historical development of these provisions. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session and to keep GRSG-114-05 on the agenda as a reference document.

6. GRSG considered in detail GRSG-114-16, tabled by the expert from Italy, that proposed new provisions for the possible approval of innovative equipment other than a platform to improve the accessibility of people with reduced mobility, particularly on coaches. The expert from the United Kingdom expressed concerns about coaches equipped with such optional equipment. He explained that these vehicles could not be type approved as they would not fulfil the full accessibility requirements of the Regulation e.g. the access of wheelchair users. The expert from Finland supported the position and underlined that such lifts cannot be considered as equivalent equipment to a platform, as the wheelchair user would have to vacate the wheelchair. The expert from Germany underlined that there is no need to type-approve such optional equipment, which could be retrofitted to different types of vehicles. Finally, GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session in October 2018 and to keep GRSG-114-16 on the agenda as a reference document.

7. The expert from France introduced GRSG-114-11 on the two task force meetings held in Paris on 29 January 2018 and in Brussels on 13 March 2018. He added that after detailed consideration of a technical report on French accident investigations, of the synthesis of the UN Regulations Nos. 107 and 118, as well as of additional research results, the task force had concluded on the need to establish a new Informal Working Group (IWG) on the behaviour of the general construction of M2 and M3 vehicles in a fire event (BMFE). GRSG endorsed the request of the task force and welcomed their recommendations to further develop both UN Regulations, taking into account the preventative measures to mitigate and even avoid such accidents in future. The GRSG Chair thanked France for the offer to chair the IWG and OICA for the commitment to ensure the secretariat services of the IWG. He announced the intention to seek, at its session in June 2018, the consent of WP.29 to set up the new IWG on BMFE.

8. Furthermore, the expert from France presented the draft terms of reference and the rules of procedures for the new IWG on BMFE (GRSG-114-12). The expert from OICA supported the proposal and suggested further improvements to the text (GRSG-114-24). GRSG revised the proposal (GRSG-114-24-Rev.1) and adopted the terms of reference and rules of procedures as reproduced in Annex II to the session report. The expert from France thanked GRSG for the support and announced the organization of a further meeting of the task force on 15 June 2018 (venue at VDA in Berlin).

9. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session.

10. The expert from France introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/4 to clarify and to align, in the three languages, the provisions of UN Regulation No. 34 on the protection of the tank in a collision. GRSG noted a number of comments.

11. Following discussions, GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/4 as reproduced in Annex III to this report. The secretariat was requested to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft Supplement 6 to the 02 series of amendments and as draft Supplement 2 to the 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 34 for consideration at their November 2018 sessions.

14. The expert from India preferred to present GRSG-114-20 under item 4.(b) below.

12. The expert from the Republic of Korea, Chair of the IWG on Panoramic Sunroof Glazing (PSG), introduced GRSG-114-22 on the progress of the group during its ninth meeting on 9 April 2018. He added that, due to budget constraints, none of the expected research and testing activities on ceramic printer areas of glazing material had started. He concluded that the PSG experts had requested an extension of the mandate of the IWG (from June 2018 to April 2020).

13. GRSG endorsed the request and encouraged the group to continue with the work. The GRSG Chair volunteered to seek the endorsement from WP.29 at the June 2018 session to extend the mandate of the IWG on PSG by two years. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its session in October 2018.

15. The expert from Finland introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/7 on the installation of the laminated-glass panes with improved mechanical properties on vehicles. The expert from Poland introduced GRSG-114-04 that proposed to align the new requirements with the general structure of the Regulation. The expert from India suggested using the same terminology as in the Regulation (GRSG-114-20). GRSG noted a general preference for the optional use of the new provisions and a preference to submit them to the World Forum as a Supplement. GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/7 in reference to GRSG-114-23-Rev.1, as reproduced in Annex IV to the session report. The secretariat was requested to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft Supplement 8 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 43 for consideration at their November 2018 sessions.

16. GRSG recalled the purpose of GRSG-114-20 to align UN GTR No. 6 on safety glazing and invited the expert from India to submit, in due time, an official proposal for consideration by GRSG at its next session. The expert from India volunteered to take over the technical sponsorship of this amendment and to submit, to WP.29 and AC.3 at their June 2018 sessions, an official request for authorization to amend UN GTR No. 6.

56. Learning that Mr. Jerzy Kownacki (Poland) would retire, GRSG thanked him for his considerable contributions over the last decades to the activities of GRSG. GRSG recognized his commitment with a long applause and wished him a long and happy retirement.

57. GRSG noted that M. François Boulay (OICA) would take over new activities in his organization and would, therefore, no longer attend the sessions. GRSG acknowledged his continued support and contributions during the long period of participation in the sessions and wished him all the best for his future activities.

18. The expert from OICA introduced GRSG-114-25-Rev.1, superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/9, which aligned the French text with the English, and which clarified the requirements of paragraph 16.1.1.3. on overlays in Camera Monitor Systems (CMS) according to the decisions of the IWG on CMS. The proposal received general support.

19. GRSG adopted the proposal as reproduced below. The secretariat was requested to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft Supplement 6 to the 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 46 for consideration at their November 2018 sessions.

English version, paragraph 16.1.1.3., amend to read:

16.1.1.3.Overlay requirements within the minimum required field of vision
Overlays shall display only safety-related rearward vision information.
All overlays shall …… worst case(s).

French version, paragraph 16.1.1.3., amend to read:

16.1.1.3Prescriptions concernant les surimpressions dans le champ de vision minimal requis
Les surimpressions ne doivent afficher que des informations de vision vers l’arrière relatives à la sécurité.
Toutes les surimpressions doivent …… la moins favorable.

20. The expert from Germany recalled the purpose of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/11 and reported on the outcome of the IWG on VRU-Proxi (GRSG-114-21). The IWG had recommended enlarging the scope of the new UN Regulation on vehicles of categories M2 and M3. The expert from OICA stated that this amendment was premature and that accident data did not yet justify a broader scope to vehicles of categories M2 and M3. GRSG noted that, for some regions, the need was based on general safety provisions.

21. The expert from the United Kingdom supported the proposal in general, but pointed out that drivers could possibly disconnect such warning systems. He underlined the need for further research on the effectiveness of such information systems, especially Human-Machine Interface (HMI).

22. The expert from Germany stated his intention to review the proposal and to submit, in due time, a revised proposal for consideration by GRSG at its October 2018 session.

17. GRSG noted the oral report by the expert from EC on the progress of the IWG on Awareness of Vulnerable Road Users Proximity (VRU-Proxi). He recalled the purpose of GRSG-113-27, presented at the previous GRSG session, on the need to collect detailed accident data. He re-iterated his invitation to the government experts to provide such national accident data, which would allow a clear vision of worldwide accidents and a selection of the best road safety approach for development by the IWG.

23. The expert from Germany introduced GRSG-114-08 on the recent meeting of the task force on gas-fuelled vehicle regulations held in Cologne (Germany) on 6 and 7 February 2018. He added that progress had been good on UN Regulation No. 110, but the amendments to UN Regulation No. 67 were still under considerations.

24. The expert from Poland introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/8 on simplifying and adapting the Regulation to technical progress, specifically for the definition of a type of container and Annex 2B. On the removal of text in the communication form marked in strikethrough, a number of experts preferred to be in line with other UN Regulations and to keep the strikethrough text. The experts from Italy and AEGPL raised study reservations. GRSG noted concerns on the proposal and suggestions on the optional use of versions and variants in the communication form as the Regulation only specifies a definition for type of container, but not for accessories. After discussion, the expert from AEGPL volunteered to prepare with other stakeholders, a new proposal for consideration at the next GRSG session.

25. The expert from Germany recalled the outcome of the task force (para. 23 above) on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/16 and presented GRSG-114-09 proposing amendments to the Regulation. GRSG noted general support and some comments. Finally, GRSG considered a revised proposal (GRSG-114-09-Rev.1) and adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/16 as reproduced in Annex V to the session report. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposal to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 67 for consideration at their November 2018 sessions.

26. The expert from OICA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/2 on amending the provisions of the ageing test in Annex 15 of UN Regulation No. 67 and on the results of the ageing of material (e.g. rubber hoses) that is in contact with LPG. GRSG invited the task force to resume consideration of this subject and to submit in due time a proposal for consideration at the next GRSG session. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/2 would be kept on the agenda as a reference document.

27. Recalling the purpose of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/22, the expert from Turkey volunteered to review the proposal and to submit in due time a new official document for consideration at the next GRSG session.

28. The expert from Germany introduced GRSG-114-10 on the outcome of the task force on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/17 which was on improving the provisions for installing and inspecting Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) cylinders or Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) tanks and their accessories. The expert from Italy preferred a more accurate inspection of such containers without the removal of structural parts (GRSG-114-19). After discussion, GRSG agreed to add design requirements that allow easy periodical technical inspections. The expert from the Netherlands requested that container manufacturers provide more detailed recommendations for periodical technical inspections and for periodic requalification tests, and requested that these recommendations be stored and made available for all inspections.

29. The expert from OICA presented GRSG-114-26 proposing to amend the specifications for inspection of CNG-cylinders / LNG-tanks and their accessories. GRSG did not support the proposal.

30. Finally, GRSG considered a revised proposal (GRSG-114-10-Rev.1) and adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/17 as reproduced below. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposal to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft Supplement 1 to the 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 110 for consideration at their November 2018 sessions.

Insert a new paragraph 18.1.6.1., to read:

18.1.6.1.Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph 18.1.6., it shall be possible to make an external inspection (e.g. for Periodic Technical Inspection) of the CNG cylinder or LNG tank and their accessories according to the specifications of the manufacturer, without the use of tools to dismantle, but with visual aids, e.g. lamps, mirrors or endoscopes.

31. The expert from Italy, in reference to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/29, proposed to amend Annex 3A of the Regulation, i.e. the test requirements for the periodic requalification of CNG cylinders to avoid structural failures during their service life (GRSG-114-32), including new provisions for a mandatory impact damage test for all cylinders without the use of shoulder pads. GRSG welcomed the specific test reports provided by Italy on CNG4 cylinders (GRSG-114-07, GRSG-114-14, GRSG-114-15). GRSG noted concerns and comments. Finally, GRSG agreed to refer it to the task force and to resume consideration of this subject at its next session on the basis of a revised official document.

32. The expert from NGV Global introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/3 that proposed to correct Table 6.4 on the cylinder design qualification tests. GRSG adopted the proposal and requested the secretariat to submit the proposal to WP.29 and AC.1, for consideration at their November 2018 sessions, as Corrigendum 1 to Revision 3 of UN Regulation No. 110.

33. The expert from the Netherlands presented GRSG-114-03 on new requirements for components used in LNG/CNG systems such as the “CNG accumulator” and the “CNG compressor”. GRSG noted no objection on the proposal and agreed to consider it in detail at its next session on the basis of an official document.

34. The expert from the Netherlands introduced GRSG-114-06 to allow the use of gas fuelled generators to provide electrical power for accessories or other vehicle systems. The expert from the United Kingdom suggested simplifying the text and referring to a secondary engine only. GRSG noted the general support for GRSG-114-06-Rev.1 and requested the secretariat to circulate it with an official symbol at the next GRSG session for a final review.

35. The expert from OICA sought the advice of GRSG on GRSG-114-27 that adapts the text of the Regulation to the current technology on the gas flow adjustor in the carburettor or injector. GRSG endorsed the proposal in principle and agreed to resume consideration at the next session of GRSG on the basis of an official document.

36. GRSG recalled the evolution study of UN Regulation No. 73 from the previous session (GRSG-113-11-Rev.1). The expert from France proposed to improve the performance level of Lateral Protection Devices (LPD) for a better protection of vulnerable road users (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/5). The expert from the Russian Federation raised concerns on the lack of detailed statistical data on fatalities in the event of a lateral impact and on the impact of these amendments for vehicles in regions with specific climate and/or road conditions. The expert from OICA endorsed the concerns raised by the Russian Federation. He noted that the proposed geometrical dimensions might result in other difficulties or risks. He concluded that some derogation would be necessary for special purpose vehicles.

37. Following a detailed consideration of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/5, GRSG welcomed the offer by France to organize a dedicated meeting prior to the forthcoming GRSG session to further discuss and clarify the remaining issues.

38. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session in October 2018 and requested the secretariat to keep ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/5 and GRSG-113-11-Rev.1 on the agenda as reference documents.

39. The expert from OICA, in his capacity of GRSG Ambassador to the IWG on the International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA), informed GRSG about the splitting of UN Regulation No. 116. He recalled the purposes of (a) ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/23 which contains the prescriptions for devices against un-authorized use as an amendment to UN Regulation No. 116, (b) ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/24 as a new draft UN Regulation on vehicle immobilizers and (c) ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/25 as a new draft UN Regulation on vehicle alarm systems. After detailed consideration of GRSG-114-28 (superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/24), GRSG agreed to adopt the three separate UN Regulations at the same time. The secretariat was requested to circulate GRSG-114-28 as a revision to the official document for consideration at the October 2018 session of GRSG.

40. The expert from OICA introduced GRSG-114-29 to clarify the provisions on the environmental testing of keys with respect to components that are not embedded in the vehicle. The expert from France underlined the need to also align some further requirements in the text of the Regulation. He offered to prepare, in due time and jointly with the expert from OICA, a revised proposal for consideration at the next session as an official document.

41. The expert from OICA presented GRSG-114-30 on the removal of references to the European standards on frequencies in UN Regulation No. 116, as the specifications on radio transmission were not yet harmonized and still regulated nationally or regionally. The expert from the United Kingdom recommended a broader consideration of radio transmissions and interconnectivity at the level of WP.29. GRSG noted that the IWG on Intelligent Transport System / Automated Driving was currently considering, on a horizontal level, issues such as vehicle interconnectivity, cyber security and “over-the-air” updates. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session and invited the secretariat to circulate GRSG-114-30 with an official symbol.

42. The expert from the Russian Federation presented GRSG-114-17 on aligning the Russian text of UN Regulation No. 121 with the English version. GRSG adopted the proposed text as reproduced below and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1, for consideration at their November 2018 sessions, as Corrigendum 1 to Revision 2 of UN Regulation No. 121.

Russian version only, paragraph 2.4., correct to read:

2.4«Общее пространство» означает участок, на котором могут отображаться, но не одновременно, не менее двух информационных функций (например, условных обозначений).

Russian version only, paragraph 5.5.1.4., correct to read:

5.5.1.4если контрольный сигнал, указывающий на неисправность тормозной системы, дальнего света, указателей поворота или ремней безопасности отображается в каком-либо общем пространстве, то он должен замещать любое другое условное обозначение в данном общем пространстве, в случае возникновения базового условия для его включения;

43. Recalling discussions at the previous GRSG session on the handling of colour changes of controls, tell-tales and indicators, the expert from OICA presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/6 as a long-term solution. He explained that the proposal aimed to remove the references in Table 1 to footnote 18 and to only keep the reference to standard ISO 2575:2004. GRSG noted study reservations by the experts from France and the United Kingdom. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session.

44. GRSG noted that there was no new information on this subject and agreed to remove this item from the agenda of the next session.

45. GRSG noted that WP.29/AC.1 had adopted, in November 2017, the new UN Regulation No. 144 on AECS and that the new Regulation was expected to enter into force on 19 July 2018.

46. The expert from OICA introduced GRSG-114-35 to clarify the scope of the Regulation as intended by the IWG on AECS. Thus, he suggested adding subparagraphs (f) and (g) to paragraph 1.2. to align the scope of the Regulation with the provisions of UN Regulations Nos. 94 (Frontal impact) and 95 (Side impact). He added that this clarification was necessary for vehicles within the scope of these UN Regulations on passive safety, but which were not equipped with airbags. GRSG noted study reservations and comments that the current scope was already drafted in that sense. Finally, the expert from OICA volunteered to submit, in due time, a revised proposal for consideration at the next GRSG session, taking into account the comments and the discussions at the IWG meetings.

47. The expert from IRU gave a presentation (GRSG-114-34) on the possible development of the new UN Regulation No. 144. He suggested extending the scope of the Regulation to heavy goods vehicles, buses and coaches. He added that further documentation, such as information on cargo or on the number of passengers, could be circulated, in case of an accident, to the emergency services and could in this respect ease the operator’s decision on dispatching emergency actions. GRSG welcomed the presentation and noted a number of reservations from a lack of information on implementation benefits. The expert from the Russian Federation informed GRSG that the requirements on emergency call equipment for heavy goods vehicles, buses and coaches were already covered by the Customs Union regulations. The expert from Finland reminded GRSG about the evaluation report on “eCall systems” under the European Union Regulation No. 2015/758, that was expected to be published by the European Commission on 31 March 2021 at the latest.

48. GRSG agreed that it was premature to resume work on further development of UN Regulation No. 144 before its entry into force and in the absence of concrete proposals. GRSG agreed to resume consideration on this subject at its forthcoming session.

49. GRSG noted the adoption by WP.29/AC.1 of UN Regulation No. 0 on IWVTA (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/108) and its expected date of entry into force on 19 July 2018. GRSG also noted the adoption by WP.29 of (i) the explanation document on UN Regulation No. 0 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/109), (ii) the general guidelines for UN regulatory procedures and transitional provisions in UN Regulations (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/107, Add.1 and Corr.1 as amended by para. 53 of the report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1135) and (iii) the “Question&Answer” document on Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/131).

50. The expert from Poland introduced GRSG-114-33 on the inconsistency of the new provisions on the numbering of UN type approvals in accordance with Schedule 4 and the existing format of the communication form annexed to the UN Regulations that still requests the extension number to be filled in. GRSG agreed that this was a horizontal issue affecting all UN Regulations annexed to the 1958 Agreement and recommended referring this subject to the IWG on IWVTA for consideration at their June 2018 meeting. The expert from Poland volunteered to attend the forthcoming IWVTA meeting and present the issue.

51. The expert from Germany introduced GRSG-114-02 which inserts new provisions on electromechanical and electronic devices to prevent unauthorized use. He added that the type approval of such smart key systems could also be an option for UN Regulation No. 116. GRSG noted general support and agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session in October 2018 on the basis of an official document.

52. The expert from the Russian Federation introduced GRSG-114-18 which proposes to align the Russian text of UN Regulation No. 60 (Driver operated controls for mopeds/motorcycles) with the English version.

53. GRSG adopted the proposed text as reproduced below and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1, for consideration at their November 2018 sessions, as Corrigendum 1 to Revision 1 of UN Regulation No. 60.

Russian version only, paragraph 2.29., correct to read:

2.29«Общее пространство» означает участок, на котором могут отображаться, но не одновременно, не менее двух информационных функций (например, условных обозначений).

54. The expert from OICA introduced GRSG-114-31 to align the text of UN Regulation No. 105 (ADR vehicles) with that of the new provisions of the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR), edition 2019, adopted by the Working Party on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (WP.15).

55. GRSG adopted the proposed text as reproduced below and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1, for consideration at their November 2018 sessions, as draft Supplement 1 to the 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 105, subject to a final review by GRSG at its October 2018 session.

Paragraph 5.1.1.2.1., amend to read:

5.1.1.2.1.Cables

No cable in an electrical …… shall be adequately insulated.

The cables shall be suitable for the conditions in the area of the vehicle, such as temperature range and fluid compatibility conditions as they are intended to be used.
……
Cables shall be securely …… and thermal stresses.


Paragraph 5.1.1.9.1., amend to read:<tr style="vertical-aling:top>
5.1.1.9.1.(a) Those parts of the electrical …… for use in hazardous areas.

Such equipment shall meet the general requirements of IEC 600794, parts 0 and 14 and the additional requirements applicable from IEC 60079, parts 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 11, 15, 18, 26 or 28.

Working Party on General Safety | Session 115 | 9-12 Oct 2018

1. The Working Party on General Safety Provisions (GRSG) held its 115th session from 9 to 12 October 2018 in Geneva. The meeting was chaired by Mr. A. Erario (Italy). Experts from the following countries participated in the work, following Rule 1(a) of the Rules of Procedure of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Rev.1): Belgium, Canada, China, Czechia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (United Kingdom) and Viet Nam. An expert from the European Commission (EC) participated. Experts from non-governmental organizations participated: European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA), Natural Gas Vehicles Association Europe (NGVA Europe), International Association for Natural Gas Vehicles (NGV Global), International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA), International Organization for Standardization (ISO), International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA) and Liquid Gas Europe (LG Europe). Upon the special invitation of the Chair, experts from the International Association of the Body and Trailer Building Industry (CLCCR) and World Bicycle Industry Association (WBIA) participated.

2. GRSG considered and adopted the agenda proposed for the 115th session.

3. GRSG also adopted the running order (GRSG-115-01) as proposed by the Chair. GRSG noted GRSG-115-02 on the main decisions and recommendations of the World Forum taken during its June 2018 session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1139 and Add.1). Upon the request by the Inland Transport Committee (ITC) to consider establishing a dedicated working party on vehicle automation, WP.29 had agreed to convert the Working Party on Brakes and Running Gear (GRRF) into the Working Party on Automated/Autonomous and Connected Vehicles (GRVA) and to reallocate certain tasks such as tyres to the Working Party on Noise (GRB) and coupling devices to GRSG (WP.29-175-25). GRVA would oversee the remaining topics from GRRF and encompass activities on vehicle automation. The coordination between the working parties (GRs) on the different vehicle automation activities would remain with WP.29. The WP.29 decision had taken effect immediately, but would have to be confirmed by ITC in February 2019.

4. The informal documents distributed during the session are listed in Annex I to the session report. The GRSG informal working groups are listed in Annex VI.

37. Recalling the discussion of GRSG at its previous session, the expert from Italy introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/16 to amend Annex 3A of the Regulation on the test requirements for Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) cylinders to avoid structural failures during their service life. The expert from NGV Global proposed some further clarifications (GRSG-115-06) and a new definition on “certified cylinder”. The proposals received general support.

38. The expert from OICA presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/13 to adapt the text of the Regulation to the current technology on the gas flow adjustor in the carburettor or injector. GRSG noted a number of comments and proposals for amendments.

39. The expert from OICA introduced GRSG-115-18-Rev.2 amending the Regulation with respect to the inspection requirements for the periodic requalification of CNG cylinders to avoid structural failures during their service life. Finally, GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/16, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/13 and GRSG-115-18-Rev.2 as reproduced in Annex III to this report. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposals to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft Supplement 2 to the 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 110 for consideration at their March 2019 sessions.

40. The expert from the Netherlands presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/11 on new requirements on “CNG compressor” and “CNG accumulator” components used in LNG/CNG systems. The expert from OICA stated that the proposal by the Netherlands result in changes of the level of the technical requirements for vehicles equipped with CNG compressors and/or accumulators. He introduced GRSG-115-19 proposing to submit the new requirements as a new 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 110 together with appropriate transitional provisions.

41. Finally, GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/11, as amended below. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposal to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 110 for consideration at their March 2019 sessions.

Insert new paragraphs 24.22. to 24.25. (Transitional provisions), to read:

24.22.As from the official date of entry into force of the 04 series of amendments, no Contracting Party applying this Regulation shall refuse to grant or refuse to accept type approvals under this Regulation as amended by the 04 series of amendments.
24.23.As from 1 September 2022, Contracting Parties applying this Regulation shall not be obliged to accept type approvals to the preceding series of amendments, first issued after 1 September 2022.
24.24.Until 1 September 2024, Contracting Parties applying this Regulation shall accept type approvals to the preceding series of amendments, first issued before 1 September 2022.
24.25.As from 1 September 2024, Contracting Parties applying this Regulation shall not be obliged to accept type approvals issued to the preceding series of amendments to this Regulation.

42. The expert from the Netherlands introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/12 to insert new requirements for vehicle gas systems to provide gaseous fuel to a generator that would provide electrical power to accessories or other systems on the vehicle. GRSG noted general support on the proposal. GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/12, as amended below. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposal to WP.29 and AC.1 as part (see para. 41) of draft 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 110 for consideration at their March 2019 sessions.

Through the whole proposal, replace the words “second engine” by “secondary engine”.

43. The expert from France introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/19 to restore consistency in UN Regulation No. 73 between the provisions related to the installation of Lateral Protection Devices (LPD) of an approved type according to Part II of the Regulation and those related to vehicles with regard to their LPD. GRSG adopted the proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft Supplement 2 to the 01 series of amendments and as draft Supplement 1 to the 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 73 for consideration at their March 2019 sessions.

44. Recalling the discussion of GRSG at its previous meetings, the expert from France stated that more time was needed to find an agreement on the proposal to improve the performance level of LPD for a better protection of vulnerable road users (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/18). GRSG agreed to defer the discussion on this subject to its next session.

34. In the absence of a delegate from Turkey the Chair suggested deferring the discussion on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/22 to the next GRSG session.

35. The expert from OICA informed GRSG that the proposal in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/2 was still under discussion in the task force on gas-fuelled vehicle regulations. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at the next GRSG session and to keep ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/2 on the agenda.

36. The expert from Poland recalled the purpose of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/8 to adapt the Regulation to technical progress, specifically for the definition of a type of container and Annex 2B. The expert from LG Europe introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/20 as a counterproposal. A number of experts welcomed the amendments to Annex 2B, but could not support the amendments to the definition of “Type of container”. After discussion, GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/20 except the amendments to paragraph 2.4. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposal as amended to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft Supplement 16 to the 01 series of amendments and as draft Supplement 1 to the 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 67 for consideration at their March 2019 sessions.

32. GRSG noted that the European Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (AEGPL) was renamed to LG Europe.

33. The expert from Germany reported on the work progress of the task force on gas-fuelled vehicle regulations during its meeting in Cologne (Germany) on 27 and 28 February 2018 (GRSG-115-05). GRSG welcomed the information.

31. The expert from Germany introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/15 to insert into UN Regulation No. 62 new provisions for electromechanical and electronic device (such as a transponder) in line with UN Regulation No. 116 (para. 49 below). GRSG adopted the proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft Supplement 3 to UN Regulation No. 62 for consideration at their March 2019 sessions.

25. The expert from EC reported on the outcome of IWG on VRU-Proxi on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/24 for a new UN Regulation on BSIS. He added that IWG experts had agreed on a number of further amendments to the proposal as reflected in GRSG-115-10. The experts from Germany presented GRSG-115-33 that summarizes the amendments proposed by IWG, and GRSG-115-37 that explains the psychological approach of the driver’s turning information concept. GRSG noted GRSG-115-13 on the draft ISO standard 19206:4 referred to in the new draft UN Regulation on BSIS. The expert from OICA introduced GRSG-115-24 on the need to limit, in a first step, the scope of the new UN Regulation to vehicles of categories N2 (with a permissible technical mass higher than 8 tons) and N3 only. GRSG endorsed that position and mandated IWG on VRU-Proxi to work further on a possible extension of the scope to other categories vehicles. The expert from Israel proposed to amend paragraph 5.5.3. on the conditions to activate the warning signal (GRSG-115-36). With respect to the testing procedure of BSIS, the expert from CLEPA presented GRSG-115-30 on the ambient light conditions and GRSG-115-31 on the distance between the vehicle and the bicycle.

26. As a result of the discussion on GRSG-115-10-Rev.1, GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/24 as amended by Annex II to this report. The secretariat was requested to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as a new draft UN Regulation on BSIS for consideration at their March 2019 sessions.

46. The expert from OICA informed GRSG about his decision to resign from his function as GRSG Ambassador to IWG on the International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA), due to increased workload. He wondered if the function was still needed as UN Regulation No. 0 on IWVTA had entered recently into force. He reported on the status of documentation on the splitting of UN Regulation No. 116 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/23, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/24/Rev.1 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/25) and invited all experts to send him their comments. He offered to prepare a set of final documents after the discussions at a further meeting in conjunction with the next GRSG session with the aim to adopt those documents at the 117th GRSG session. GRSG endorsed the proposed road map and agreed to keep the documents on the agenda as reference documents. The Chair thanked Mr. O. Fontaine for his commitment as GRSG Ambassador on IWVTA and his contributions in this function.

47. The expert from OICA presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/14 on the removal of references to the European standards on frequencies in UN Regulation No. 116. GRSG adopted the document as amended below and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft Supplement 6 to UN Regulation No. 116 for consideration at their March 2019 sessions.

New paragraph 1.9., replace “radio transmission” by “radio transmission frequencies”.

48. The expert from OICA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/25 to clarify the provisions on the environmental testing of keys as components that were not embedded in the vehicle. GRSG noted a number of comments and a study reservation by the expert from Germany. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of the document at its next session.

49. Recalling the discussion of GRSG at its previous sessions on the need to develop an appropriate amendment to UN Regulation No. 116 for new innovative vehicle alarms systems, the expert from OICA proposed to amend the definitions of keys (GRSG-115-20). GRSG noted a number of comments and study reservations mainly on the security of such systems. The expert from OICA reported that the issue of cybersecurity was currently discussed in a specific task force of the WP.29 informal working group on Intelligent Transport Systems / Automated Driving (ITS/AD). He added that the group was expected to develop a new horizontal UN Regulation on cybersecurity. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session and requested the secretariat to circulate GRSG-115-20 with an official symbol.

50. The expert from OICA, in reference to the discussion on transitional provisions (paras. 21 and 29 above), introduced GRSG-115-28-Rev.1 on similar provisions for UN Regulation No. 116. GRSG adopted the proposal as reproduced below and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as part (see para. 47) of draft Supplement 6 to UN Regulation No. 116 for consideration at their March 2019 sessions. (See note by the secretariat under para. 21 above.)

Paragraph 13.2., amend to read:

13.2.Approval of a vehicle type
13.2.1.As from 36 months after the date of entry into force of Supplement 1 to the original version of the Regulation, …… original version of the Regulation.
13.2.2.Until 31 December 2019, Supplement 5 to the original version of this Regulation may not apply to extensions of approvals that were originally granted prior to the entry into force of Supplement 5.

45. GRSG noted that the adopted proposal to align UN Regulation No. 105 (ADR vehicles) with the new edition 2019 of European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR) was listed on the agenda of the forthcoming WP.29 session of November 2018 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/126). GRSG agreed to remove this item from the agenda of the next session.

5. The expert from Poland recalled the purpose of GRSG-114-05 on a possible error in Annex 11 of UN Regulation No. 107. The expert from OICA proposed to correct Annex 3 of several Supplements and series of amendments to the Regulation (GRSG-115-41). GRSG endorsed the amendments as reproduced below. The secretariat was requested to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as Corrigenda to Revisions 4 to 8 of UN Regulation No. 107 for consideration at their March 2019 sessions.

Annex 3, paragraphs 7.2.3.1.1. to 7.2.3.1.3., should be deleted.

6. Referring to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2007/33 tabled by Germany on a new draft UN Regulation on frontal protection of buses, the expert from Norway presented GRSG-115-04 reiterating the need to enhance the protection and integrity of the compartment of the driver and any crew member of buses and coaches in case of a frontal collision. The expert from the United Kingdom reported on the rarity of statistical data available in his country on such accidents. He preferred receiving first some more research on causality data. The expert from Finland echoed that position and questioned if this subject was not a matter of passive safety falling under the responsibility of the Working Party on Passive Safety (GRSP). The expert from Germany was of the opinion that there are already a number of active safety systems available today.

7. Finally, GRSG agreed on the need to collect some accidentology data on frontal collisions of buses and coaches resulting in risks for the driver and/or crew member. The GRSG Chair invited all governmental experts to investigate on their national/regional statistical data and to provide the results to GRSG for consideration at its April 2019 session. GRSG agreed to keep GRSG-115-04 on the agenda as a reference document.

8. GRSG considered in detail GRSG-115-15, tabled by the expert from OICA, that clarified the transitional provisions for the approval of vehicles which are not affected by the latest 08 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 107. The expert from EC underlined the urgency for adopting this additional provision to give certainty to contracting parties and manufacturers. Finally, GRSG endorsed the proposal as reproduced below. The secretariat was requested to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as a draft Supplement 1 to the 08 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 107 for consideration at their March 2019 sessions.

Insert a new paragraph 10.24., to read:

10.24.Notwithstanding paragraphs 10.20. and 10.22., Contracting Parties applying this Regulation shall continue to accept type approvals granted to the 06 or 07 series of amendments to vehicles which are not affected by the 08 series of amendments.

9. The expert from Italy recalled the purpose of GRSG-114-16 and the discussion of GRSG at its previous session on new provisions for the possible approval of alternative equipment to improve the accessibility of people with reduced mobility, particularly on coaches. He introduced a revised proposal (GRSG-115-26) and underlined that the provisions for the installation of a lift were not aimed at replacing the current mandatory requirements on the vehicle accessibility for people with reduced mobility. The expert from the United Kingdom welcomed the proposal, but underlined that this alternative equipment was usually not part of the vehicle and could be considered as an after-market solution upon the choice of the coach operator. The expert from Finland stated that such a lift could not substitute a wheelchair ramp or platform. The experts from Germany and the Russian Federation endorsed that position and questioned if such a lift could even be type approved as a component or a separate part under UN Regulation No. 107. The expert from UK added that such devices needed the intervention of the driver and, in some cases, challenging manoeuvres by the disabled person. He also questioned the universality of the device for different angle of access (i.e. steeper steps). Taking into account multiple possible technical solutions, a number of experts preferred that such alternative equipment not be part of the Regulation and, therefore not in the scope.

10. The expert from France, chairing the Informal Working Group (IWG) on the behaviour of the general construction of M2 and M3 vehicles in a fire event (BMFE), introduced GRSG-115-07 on the outcome of the recent meetings held in Berlin on 15 June 2018 and in Paris on 10 and 11 September 2018. He reported that IWG had identified mainly the need to strengthen the provisions of (a) UN Regulation No. 118 particularly on the toxicity and opacity of the smoke, its invasion and evacuation and (b) UN Regulation No. 107 on smoke extraction and fire detection systems, taking into account the safety instructions and functionalities of automatic opening of exits, luminous indicators and trajectories. GRSG welcomed the updated information by France on the progress of work and noted that the forthcoming meeting of IWG on BMFE was scheduled to be held in Madrid on 27 and 28 November 2018.

11. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session.

12. Referring to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/17, the expert from France introduced GRSG-115-08 that clarifies the requirements on windscreen wipers with a simple generic drawing of the areas concerned. The expert from EC supported the proposal. The expert from CLEPA was of the opinion that the clarification by France imposed more stringent requirements particularly for the wiper holder and would require a justification for evolving costs (GRSG-115-32). The expert from OICA endorsed the position of CLEPA. He suggested inserting transitional provisions and adopting the proposal as a new series amendments to UN Regulation No. 26. The Chair invited the experts from France and OICA to submit, in due time, a revised proposal including transitional provisions, for consideration at the next GRSG session on the basis of an official document.

13. The expert from OICA presented GRSG-115-16 amending the provisions for rear edges of the bonnet as they can be considered as not dangerous due to their location on the vehicle. The expert from EC raised a study reservation. GRSG requested the secretariat to circulate GRSG-115-16 with an official symbol for consideration at its next session.

14. The expert from OICA introduced GRSG-115-17 clarifying the measurement method for the lateral distances of the pedals to the nearest “wall” to the left. He added that the proposal should be introduced as a new series of amendments because the new provisions may result in some constraints for manufacturers. GRSG noted no objection and agreed to resume consideration at its next session on the basis of an official document.

15. The expert from the Republic of Korea, Chair of IWG on Panoramic Sunroof Glazing (PSG), introduced GRSG-115-35 on the progress of the group during its tenth meeting on 8 October 2018. The IWG Secretary added that no further research and testing activities on ceramic printer areas of glazing material had started and that an amendment to the UN regulations was premature. He concluded that IWG had preferred to adopt, in the meantime, a recommendation on ceramic printer areas.

16. GRSG endorsed the proposal and agreed to resume consideration on this subject at its session in April 2019 on the basis of a draft recommendation.

17. GRSG noted the submission by India of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/167 requesting the authorization to develop an amendment to UN Global Technical Regulation (UN GTR) No. 6 on safety glazing for consideration by the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement (AC.3) at its November 2018 session.

18. As a follow-up of WP.29-175-30, the expert from India introduced GRSG-115-38 to align UN GTR No. 6 on the optional use of laminated-glass panes with improved mechanical properties especially those for the front, exterior, forward-facing glazing of the upper deck of a double-deck vehicle. GRSG welcomed the proposal and agreed to resume consideration at its next session in April 2019. The secretariat was requested to circulate GRSG-115-38 with an official symbol.

19. The expert from France introduced GRSG-115-09 to clarify in Annex 3 the reference to the test requirements for abrasion and resistance to simulated weathering in Annex 4. GRSG noted general support on the proposal and requested the secretariat to circulate GRSG-115-09 with an official symbol for consideration at the next GRSG session.

20. The expert from OICA informed GRSG about the adoption by WP.29 at its November 2017 session of the revised guidelines for the regulatory procedures and transitional provisions (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1044/Rev.2 – General Guidelines). He reported on the recent discussion in WP.29 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1139, paras. 63-66) that the new guidelines could result, for some of the UN Regulations, in difficulties linked to extensions of type approvals previously granted. Upon the request by WP.29, he introduced GRSG-115-27-Rev.1 inserting new transitional provisions to allow, for a limited time period, extensions of existing type approvals.

21. GRSG endorsed the proposal as reproduced below. The secretariat was requested to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as a draft Supplement 9 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 43 for consideration at their March 2019 sessions. (Note by the secretariat: At its November 2018 session, WP.29 confirmed that the amendment proposals prepared by GRSG for introducing the transitional provisions would not need to be put forward for adoption by WP.29 as these were covered by its decision in June 2018, see paras. 91 and 92 of the report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1142 and para. 65 of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1139.)

Insert a new paragraph 12.8., to read:

12.8.Until 31 December 2019, Supplement 1, Supplement 4, Supplement 5 and Supplement 6 to the 01 series of amendments to this Regulation may not apply to extensions of approvals that were originally granted prior to the entry into force of Supplement 1, Supplement 4, Supplement 5 and Supplement 6.

22. GRSG noted the report (GRSG-115-40) by the expert from Japan on the progress of IWG on Awareness of Vulnerable Road Users Proximity (VRU-Proxi). He underlined that the purpose of the amendment by IWG was to provide the driver with a clear vision on the close-proximity rear area of the vehicle, when moving rearward. He added that IWG had agreed on a multimodal approach on the basis of direct or indirect vision devices (or a combination of both), camera monitor systems or obstacle detection systems. He concluded that the forthcoming meeting of IWG on VRU-Proxi was scheduled to be held in Yokohama (Japan) from 5 to 7 February 2019.

23. On behalf of IWG on VRU-Proxi, the expert from Japan introduced GRSG-115-39 proposing amendments to UN Regulation No. 46 to provide the driver, when moving his vehicle backwards, with a full field of vision on the rear proximity of the vehicle without any blind spots. He underlined that the group’s intention to submit the proposal as a new 05 series of amendments, subject to further considerations by IWG on the scope of application and on transitional provisions. He volunteered to prepare in due time a revised proposal for submission to the secretariat.

24. The GRSG Chair welcomed the good progress of work and invited all experts to send their comments to the expert from Japan. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at the next GRSG session in April 2019 on the basis of an official document.

27. Upon the decision of WP.29 (see para. 3 above), GRSG noted a proposal transmitted by GRVA to correct UN Regulation No. 55 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRVA/2018/10). GRSG adopted the proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as Corrigendum 1 to Supplement 4 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 55 for consideration at their March 2019 sessions.

28. The expert from Poland presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRVA/2018/11 clarifying the application of the provisions in Annex 1 of the UN Regulation. GRSG noted a number of comments. The expert from EC raised a study reservation. The Chair invited the expert from Poland to revise his proposal and to insert some concrete examples into the justification. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session.

29. Recalling the purpose of the transitional provisions adopted for UN Regulation No. 43 (para. 21 above), the expert from OICA introduced GRSG-115-11-Rev.1 on similar provisions for UN Regulation No. 55. GRSG endorsed the proposal as reproduced below. The secretariat was requested to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as a draft Supplement 8 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 55 for consideration at their March 2019 sessions. (See note by the secretariat under para. 21 above.)

Insert a new paragraph 13.4., to read:

13.4.Until 31 December 2019, Supplement 1, Supplement 4, Supplement 5 and Supplement 6 to the 01 series of amendments to this Regulation may not apply to extensions of approvals that were originally granted prior to the entry into force of Supplement 1, Supplement 4, Supplement 5 and Supplement 6

30. The expert from EC proposed to update the provisions on removable mechanical couplings fitted to motor vehicles, in particular on the need to provide clear information to the driver (GRSG-115-34). GRSG noted some support. The expert from OICA raised a study reservation. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session and requested the secretariat to circulate GRSG-115-34 with an official symbol.

51. The expert from OICA recalled the discussion (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/6) at the previous GRSG session on the handling of colour changes of controls, tell-tales and indicators by deleting footnote 18 to table 1 and inserting only a reference to standard ISO 2575. Underlining the importance of colour for tell-tales, the expert from France preferred to keep footnote 18. The expert from OICA offered to review the proposal and to insert a new footnote for the tell-tales that impose colour. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session on the basis of a revised document jointly prepared by the experts from France and OICA.

52. The expert from the Republic of Korea presented GRSG-115-14-Rev.1 to add in UN Regulation No. 121 a new symbol for “power on/power off” controls in vehicles equipped with an electric powertrain, such as electric vehicles. GRSG noted some comments. The expert from the Republic of Korea volunteered to review his proposal taking into account the comments received. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session in April 2019 on the basis of an official document.

53. Further to the discussion on the transitional provisions (paras. 21, 29 and 50 above), the expert from OICA presented GRSG-115-29-Rev.1 on additional provisions for UN Regulation No. 121. GRSG adopted the proposal as reproduced below and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft Supplement 4 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 121 for consideration at their March 2019 sessions. (See note by the secretariat under para. 21 above.)

Add a new paragraph 12.4., to read:

12.4.Until 31 December 2019, Supplement 2 to the 01 series of amendments to this Regulation may not apply to extensions of approvals that were originally granted prior to the entry into force of Supplement 2.

54. The expert from France proposed to amend UN Regulation No. 122 to incorporate new provisions on systems for heating the passenger compartment by heat pump (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/21). The expert from OICA introduced GRSG-115-21 proposing to submit the new requirements as a new 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 122 together with appropriate transitional provisions. The expert from France added that the new provisions should be considered as “if-fitted” requirements and, therefore, not increase the level of stringency of the UN Regulation. He also introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/22 to limit possible exemptions of electric heating devices involved in heating the passenger compartment.

55. GRSG adopted both proposals as reproduced in Annex IV to this report. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposal to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft Supplement 5 to UN Regulation No. 122 for consideration at their March 2019 sessions.

56. The expert from OICA presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/23 to correct the scope of the new UN Regulation No. 144 on AECS, as discussed at the 114th session of GRSG. He also introduced GRSG-115-22 and GRSG-115-23 to correct editorial and numbering errors as well as to clarify references to some passive safety regulations. The proposals received a number of comments. Finally, GRSG agreed to set up, under the lead of OICA, a task force to further discuss and resolve the remaining open issues. GRSG agreed to have final review of the documents at its next session in April 2019 on the basis of revised proposal by the task force. GRSG agreed to keep ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/23 on the agenda of its next session.

57. GRSG noted that (a) a new draft 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 0 on IWVTA was listed on the agenda of the forthcoming November session of WP.29 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/82) as well as (b) a draft amendment to Schedule 4 of the 1958 Agreement on the numbering of type approvals (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/165).

58. The Chair recalled the information by the expert from OICA (see para. 46 above) on the resignation his function as GRSG Ambassador of IWVTA. He announced his intention to seek the advice of WP.29 on the need to continue this function. GRSG welcomed the proposal and agreed to resume consideration of this subject at the next GRSG session.

59. The Chair recalled the information by the secretariat (GRSG-115-02) on the decision of WP.29 to convert GRRF into GRVA and to reallocate certain tasks of GRRF to other GRs. He added that AC.3 also recommended that GRSG resume consideration on the Event Data Recorder (EDR) which aims to cover conventional vehicles and especially automated/autonomous vehicles (see WP.29-175-29). Thus, GRSG noted that GRVA already considered developing new provisions for Data Storage System for Automated Driving (DSSAD). The expert from OICA welcomed the proposal to go forward with a new UN GTR on EDR. He added that in the near future, a long list of parallel activities would be added on the agendas of different GRs on similar devices but with different functions (software) and/or level of stringencies (e.g. for cybersecurity). He concluded that the type approval process of automated vehicle systems would result in a different system than the one for conventional vehicles. He questioned the need to nominate a new GRSG ambassador on vehicle automation who would ensure a good future exchange of views and coordination under this new agenda item.

60. GRSG agreed to re-insert an item on EDR in the agenda of its next session, subject to the decision by WP.29/AC.3 in November 2018. The Chair invited all contracting parties to the 1998 Agreement to consider their possible technical sponsorship for a new UN GTR on EDR. He also volunteered to seek the advice of WP.29 on the need to nominate an ambassador on vehicle automation for each GR.

61. GRSG noted a presentation by the secretariat on ITC-related matters, particularly on the ITC strategy 2030 and on the update of the United Nations management reform (GRSG-115-42). The Chair invited the interested government experts to contact their national representative in WP.29 sessions on this matter.

62. In compliance with Rule 37 of the Rules of Procedure (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Rev.1), GRSG called for the election of officers on Wednesday afternoon, 10 October 2018. Mr. A. Erario (Italy) was unanimously re-elected as Chair and Mr. K. Hendershot (Canada) as Vice-Chair for the GRSG sessions scheduled for 2019.

63. GRSG noted GRSG-115-03 on correcting the provisions of model B of the approval mark. The expert from Finland suggested correcting also Annex 1, item 1 to read “Trade name or mark of device” and item 2 to read “Device type”. GRSG also noted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/26 which proposes to correct the French version of UN Regulation No. 58.

64. GRSG adopted the proposals as reproduced in Annex V to this report and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as Corrigendum 1 to Revision 3 of UN Regulation No. 58 for consideration at their March 2019 sessions.

65. The expert from IMMA introduced GRSG-115-12, in reference to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/30, which amend the provisions of R.E.3 to allow the application of “twinned wheels” on all vehicles of category L. The expert from EC suggested reading in the proposed paragraph 2.1.1. “twinned wheels configuration” instead of “twinned wheels”. A number of experts endorsed the proposal. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session and requested the secretariat to circulate GRSG-115-12 with an official symbol.

66. The expert from EC introduced GRSG-115-25 to update the provisions on frontal underrun protection approved as integrated part of the vehicle, in particular, to allow for a more rounded shape of the cab for a better aerodynamic performance. The proposal received a number of comments and a study reservation by the expert from the Netherlands.

67. The expert from EC volunteered to review his proposal taking into account the comments received. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session in April 2019 on the basis of an official document.

68. Mr. L. Kincl (Czechia) would soon retire, and GRSG thanked him for his considerable contributions to its activities over the last decades. GRSG wished him a long and happy retirement.

69. GRSG noted that Mr. R. Gouweleeuw (EC) had taken over new responsibilities in his country and would, therefore, no longer attend the sessions. GRSG acknowledged his continued support and contributions during the sessions and wished him all the best for his future activities.

Working Party on General Safety | Session 116 | 8-12 Apr 2019

1. The Working Party on General Safety Provisions (GRSG) held its 116th session from 1 to 5 April 2019 in Geneva. The meeting was chaired by Mr. A. Erario (Italy). Experts from the following countries participated in the work, following Rule 1(a) of the Rules of Procedure of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Rev.1): Belgium, Canada, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (United Kingdom). An expert from the European Commission (EC) participated. Experts from non-governmental organizations participated: European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA), International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA), International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA), International Association for Natural Gas Vehicles (NGV Global), International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA), Liquid Gas Europe (LG Europe) and International Association for Natural Gas Vehicles (NGV Global). Upon the special invitation of the Chair, an expert from the International Association of the Body and Trailer Building Industry (CLCCR) participated.

2. GRSG considered and adopted the agenda proposed for the 116th session.

3. GRSG also adopted the running order (GRSG-116-01) as proposed by the Chair. GRSG noted GRSG-116-19 on the main decisions and recommendations of the World Forum taken during its November 2018 and March 2019 sessions (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1142 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1145).

4. The informal documents distributed during the session are listed in Annex I to the session report. The GRSG informal working groups are listed in Annex V.

5. The expert from Belgium introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/9 and GRSG-116-44, proposing to amend the requirements in Annex 11 of UN Regulation No. 107 on the minimum mass for the front axle of articulated vehicles of Class I. The expert from the United Kingdom raised study reservations on braking performance and braking stability. GRSG noted that UN Regulation No. 13 would be applied in any case and supported the proposal in principle. The expert from Belgium volunteered to provide more detailed information on braking performances for the next GRSG session. GRSG decided to adopt ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/9 and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and the administrative Committee AC.1 of the 1958 Agreement as draft Supplement 8 to the 06 series of amendments, draft Supplement 3 to the 07 series of amendments and draft Supplement 2 to the 08 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 107 for consideration at their November 2019 sessions, subject to a final review by GRSG at its October 2019 session.

6. The expert from Italy presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/13 to amend Annex 3 of the Regulation on the test requirements of emergency door exits of all buses and coaches, and to clarify that the minimum number of emergency exits was four. The expert from Poland recalled that the current minimum number of emergency exits had been increased to five as a result of the amendments proposed by the former informal working group on Service Doors, Windows and Emergency Exits (SDWEE). After the discussion, GRSG preferred the status quo.

7. The expert from Norway recalled GRSG-115-04, from the previous session of GRSG, on the need to enhance the protection and integrity of the driver or crew member compartment of buses and coaches in a frontal collision. He stated that he had not received replies to his request for statistical or accidentology data on such collisions that resulted in risks for the driver and/or crew members.

8. The expert from OICA presented GRSG-116-25 on specific concerns for the position of escape hatches on M2 buses of Class B in the transition from the 05 and 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 107. She added that the location of such hatches was not relevant, particularly for short vehicles with a passenger compartment length of approximately 2.5 m. Thus, she proposed to amend the provisions of Annex 3 on the number and position of emergency exits of vehicles of Classes A and B (GRSG-116-24). GRSG noted general support for the proposal and some requests for clarification. The expert from OICA invited all interested experts to provide her with their comments. Thus, she volunteered to submit a revised proposal for consideration at the next session as an official document.

9. As a follow-up to the discussions of the Global Forum for Road Traffic Safety (WP.1) and the World Forum WP.29 on automated vehicles, GRSG agreed to prioritize the consideration of specifications for autonomous shuttles. The Chair questioned the need to review the applicability of existing requirements or the categorization of these vehicles. The expert from France offered to share at the next GRSG session, details on the status of French legislation on this subject.

10. The expert from France, as Chair of the Informal Working Group (IWG) on the behaviour of the general construction of M2 and M3 vehicles in a fire event (BMFE), introduced GRSG-116-11 on the outcome of the recent meetings held in Madrid on 27 and 28 November 2018 and in Oslo on 27 and 28 February 2019. He reported that IWG had made good progress on developing a table of accidentology, on a full-scale test and on new provisions in UN Regulation No. 107 for the automatic opening of emergency exits and security instructions for passengers. He added that the group would follow-up on an ongoing research study by Germany on the toxicity and opacity of the smoke so as to define a simplified test method to determine toxicity of materials. GRSG welcomed this information and noted that the forthcoming meeting of IWG on BMFE was scheduled for Bergisch Gladbach (Germany) on 25 and 26 June 2019.

11. GRSG noted GRSG-116-12, tabled by BMFE, which proposes a correction to paragraph 4 of the IWG terms of reference. GRSG endorsed the proposal below:


Report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/93, Annex II, paragraph 4., correct to read:

“4.
The completion target and date for the work of the IWG shall be a draft amendment to UN Regulations Nos. 107 and 118 at the 119th session of GRSG (October 2020).”

12. GRSG agreed to resume discussions at its next session.

13. GRSG endorsed the request from OICA to defer ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/2 to the next session of GRSG.

14. The expert from France introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/11 that clarifies the requirements on windscreen wipers with a simple generic drawing of the concerned areas. The expert from the United Kingdom did not support the proposal due to further requirements which had been added. The expert from CLEPA presented GRSG-116-34 which showed that more than fifty per cent of vehicle types would be impacted by the amendments proposed by France. He suggested that the proposal could be a new series of amendments with transitional provisions. The expert from OICA questioned the need for this amendment and sought further evidence, such as accidentology data.

15. GRSG agreed to resume discussions at its next session based on a revised official document. The Chair invited the experts from France, CLEPA and OICA to submit in due time a joint proposal for a new series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 26, including transitional provisions and exemptions, if necessary.

16. The expert from EC informed GRSG that he would prepare amendments to UN Regulation No. 34 on rear impact tests, as a consequence of the revised General Safety Regulation (GSR) in the European Union that would protect drivers, passengers, pedestrians and cyclists. The approach would be two-step: (a) broaden the scope to include other categories of vehicles and (b) include new provisions for the post-crash performances of electric vehicles. He questioned if Part II of the UN Regulation on the approval of vehicles, so as to prevent fire risks in a collision, was the responsibility of GRSG or the Working Party on Passive Safety (GRSP).

17. GRSG welcomed the two-step approach from the expert of EC. In the second step, GRSG agreed to insert new provisions for electric vehicle safety based on the existing requirements stipulated in UN Regulations Nos. 94 and 95 and to include appropriate transitional provisions.

18. The expert from OICA introduced GRSG-116-26-Rev.1 superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/3 to clarify the measurement method for the lateral distances of the pedals to the nearest “wall” to the left. GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/3 as reproduced in Annex II to this report. The secretariat was requested to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 35 for consideration at their November 2019 sessions.

19. The expert from the Republic of Korea, Chair of IWG on Panoramic Sunroof Glazing (PSG), introduced GRSG-116-32 on the progress of the group at its eleventh meeting on 1 April 2019. The IWG Secretary said that further research had shown a wide variation in the dimensions of ceramic printed areas of glazing material. He added that IWG would continue working on a recommendation document on ceramic printed areas for consideration at the forthcoming session of GRSG in October 2019.

20. GRSG welcomed the progress made by PSG IWG and agreed to resume discussions at its next session on the basis of the draft recommendation.

21. The expert from India introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/4 to align UN Global Technical Regulation (GTR) No. 6 with UN Regulation No. 43 on the optional use of laminated-glass panes with improved mechanical properties, particularly for the front, exterior, forward-facing glazing of the upper deck of a double-deck vehicle. The expert from Germany raised concern on the justification in the document.

22. The expert from the Republic of Korea presented GRSG-116-30 and GRSG-116-31 on the need to exempt in Zone I the possible opaque obscuration which is defined in paragraph 7.1.3.2.4. of the annexes on installing laminated-glass panes. The expert from Germany endorsed the proposed amendments, adding that the zone had to be clearly defined. The expert from Finland affirmed the necessity for similar amendments in UN Regulation No. 43.

23. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of these subjects at its October 2019 session. The experts from Germany and India volunteered to prepare revised official documents to that end. The expert from India also offered to review the authorization to develop Amendment 2 to UN GTR No. 6 and to follow up on the necessary procedure at the next sessions of the Executive Committee AC.3 of the 1998 Agreement.

24. The expert from France introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/5 to clarify the test requirements on abrasion and resistance to simulated weathering in Annex 3.

25. GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/5 and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as a draft Supplement 9 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 43 for consideration at their November 2019 sessions.

26. The expert from Switzerland reported on the recent meeting of the Task Force (TF) on reverse warning issues under the Working Party on Noise and Tyres (GRBP) (GRSG-116-14). He added that TF had proposed amendments on a “pause switch” for reverse warning sound devices which would be permitted if other safety devices (e.g. camera monitor systems) were activated. GRSG welcomed the information and agreed on the need to coordinate this subject between GRBP and GRSG to avoid overregulation of these devices. The Chair invited IWG on awareness of Vulnerable Road Users proximity in low speed manoeuvres (VRU-Proxi) to further consider this subject and to report back to GRSG at its next session in October 2019.

27. GRSG noted GRSG-116-38 tabled by VRU-Proxi which proposes to correct paragraph 4.(b) of the IWG terms of reference. The expert from OICA underlined that this modification would oblige IWG to develop two regulatory activities in parallel: vehicle turning in (a) forward motion and (b) reversing motion. GRSG endorsed the proposal below:

Report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/92, Annex III, paragraph 4.(b), correct to read:
4.The target completion dates …
……
(b) Reversing motion (e.g. Camera Monitoring Systems (CMS) or detection system): 118th session of GRSG (April 2020);

28. The expert from EC, Chair of IWG on VRU-Proxi, reported on the group’s decision to withdraw ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/10 on a new 05 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 46 and to submit instead a new draft UN Regulation on devices for reversing motion and driver’s awareness of vulnerable road users behind the vehicle (GRSG-116-36). He added that the new UN Regulation would address a broader scope, i.e. direct and indirect vision devices, and other detection devices. He sought the advice of GRSG on this new IWG approach. GRSG noted the requests by Italy and Sweden to apply these devices also on incomplete vehicles and, if possible, to already include it into the International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA) scheme. GRSG endorsed the new IWG approach.

29. The Chair of VRU-Proxi announced that IWG would further review the terms of reference to extend the mandate for developing reversing safety by one additional year and to circulate, if possible, the new draft UN Regulation as an official document, for consideration by GRSG at its next session.

30. GRSG welcomed the good work progress and noted that the next meeting of IWG on VRU-Proxi was scheduled to be held in Berlin (Germany) on 17–19 June 2019.

31. The expert from Germany introduced GRSG-116-04 on the different interpretations by type approval authorities of the provisions of UN Regulation No. 46 on a possible automatic modification of the field of vision for the driver while driving (at the request of the driver). He sought the advice of GRSG on the need to amend UN Regulation No. 46 accordingly. The expert from France supported an amendment to allow devices to modify views for the driver.

32. The expert from Germany introduced GRSG-116-20 to amend the provisions for approval and installation of devices for indirect vision with temporarily modified views on motor vehicles. A presentation (GRSG-116-37) also justified the need to amend the UN Regulation and showed the safety improvements of devices using magnification and resolution in image processing. GRSG welcomed GRSG-116-20 and noted several comments from the experts of Canada, France, Sweden and EC on the need to clarify the proposal. The expert from Japan raised a study reservation, stating that the current provisions of the regulation already cover such devices and that an amendment was superfluous. Finally, GRSG agreed to resume consideration of GRSG-116-20 at its next session on the basis of an official document. The Chair invited the expert from Germany to submit in due time, a revised proposal taking into account the comments received.

33. The expert from OICA presented GRSG-116-27 to clarify the provisions on the required field of indirect vision of different classes of devices, in particular, as concerns the necessity to separate the different fields of vision and to indicate changes in magnification to the driver. The expert from Germany supported the proposal but preferred to add a sentence that indication lines shall not hide information. GRSG noted general support on the revised proposal and agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session and requested the secretariat to circulate GRSG-116-27-Rev.1 with an official symbol. GRSG noted GRSG-116-03 with standard ISO 17386.

34. GRSG noted that the new draft UN Regulation on BSIS had been adopted by WP.29 at the March 2019 session and that it is expected to enter into force in October 2019. GRSG agreed to resume, at its next session, consideration of an extended scope and some further provisions.

35. The expert from EC introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/6 to update the provisions on removable mechanical couplings fitted to motor vehicles, particularly on the need to provide clear information to the driver. He added that the proposal should not increase the stringency of the technical requirements but should rather provide the driver with appropriate information on the use of removable or repositionable mechanical coupling devices in the manufacturer’s user manual or handbook. The expert from OICA stated that, under the 1958 Agreement, a user manual was not yet mandatory. Some experts endorsed that position. The expert from the Russian Federation expressed her preference to proceed with the proposal as a new series of amendments. The expert from EC volunteered to prepare a revised official document for further consideration at the next session of GRSG.

36. The expert from France introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/12 to amend the wording of the communication document for a device or component approval. GRSG adopted the proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft Supplement 8 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 55 for consideration at their November 2019 sessions.

37. The expert from Poland presented GRSG-116-33 to clarify the application of the provisions in Annex 1 of the UN Regulation. GRSG noted several concerns on the proposal. The expert from EC offered to review the proposed text taking into account the comments received and to include a revised wording in an official document (see paragraph 35 above). GRSG welcomed this offer and agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session.

38. The expert from OICA recalled the purpose of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/2 and informed GRSG that parts of the proposal had been adopted and that the remaining parts had recently been reviewed by TF on gas-fuelled vehicle regulations. The expert from Germany reported on the good TF work progress force. He presented GRSG-116-05 on the outcome of TF discussions on UN Regulation No. 67. The expert from LG Europe proposed to remove the requirements for the use of an odorant in n-pentane: such requirements were not necessary and not requested in any test in the UN Regulations or in international standards (GRSG-116-39). After discussion, GRSG agreed on the revised proposal GRSG-116-05-Rev.1 and adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/2 as reproduced in Annex III to this report. The secretariat was requested to submit the revised proposal to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft Supplement 2 to the 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 67 for consideration at their November 2019 sessions.

39. As a follow-up to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/22 tabled at a previous session of GRSG, the expert from Turkey presented a revised proposal (GRSG-116-35) for amendments to insert new provisions on the location on the vehicle of the filling unit. Some experts welcomed the proposal in principle but preferred to clarify the amendments. Finally, GRSG agreed on GRSG-116-35-Rev.1 and adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/22 as reproduced in Annex IV to this report. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposal as amended to WP.29 and AC.1 as a new draft 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 67 for consideration at their November 2019 sessions.

40. The expert from NGV Global introduced GRSG-116-21 to amend Annex 3A of the Regulation on the design criteria and specifications for Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) cylinders with composite materials in line with standard ISO 11439. The proposal received general support. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session and requested the secretariat to circulate GRSG-116-21 with an official symbol.

41. The expert from NGV Global presented GRSG-116-16 on issues associated with periodical technical inspection (PTI) and periodic requalification of CNG cylinders. The experts from Germany and United Kingdom raised concerns that PTI specifications should not be part of UN Regulation No. 110 but should be covered by the provisions of the 1997 Agreement. The Chair clarified that only a small number contracting parties to the 1958 Agreement also adhere to the 1997 Agreement (in total, thirteen contracting parties). He added that the new requirements proposed by NGV Global were mainly on inserting design requirements to ease PTI of CNG vehicles in service. GRSG agreed to defer discussion on this subject to its next session. The Chair invited all interested experts to send their comments in due time to the NGV Global expert to allow him to prepare a revised proposal for consideration at that session as an official document.

42. The expert from Italy presented GRSG-116-18 showing the benefits and construction principles of conformable storage concepts for future CNG vehicles. He introduced GRSG-116-17 that proposes to amend UN Regulation No. 110 to allow such storage for agricultural and commercial vehicles. GRSG experts welcomed the initiative of Italy. The Chair invited all interested stakeholders to send their comments in due time to the expert from Italy. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session based on a revised proposal by Italy, to be circulated as an official document.

43. The expert from France informed GRSG that the proposal to improve the performance level of lateral protection devices for a better protection of vulnerable road users was in progress and that more time was needed for investigations. GRSG agreed to remove, in the meantime, the item from the agenda of the next session.

44. Recalling the purpose of GRSG-115-25 presented at the previous GRSG session, the expert from EC proposed to update the provisions on frontal underrun protection to be approved as integrated part of the vehicle, and in particular, to allow more a rounded shape of cabs for better aerodynamic performance (GRSG-116-41). The proposal received general support from GRSG. The expert from OICA offered to send her contributions to the expert from EC. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at the next session on the basis of an official document.

45. The expert from OICA presented GRSG-116-40-Rev.1 on the historical highlights and progress of the splitting of UN Regulation No. 116 (GRSG-116-09-Rev.1). She reported on the status of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/23, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/24/ Rev.1, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/25 and its Corr.1, as reflected in GRSG-116-06-Rev.1, GRSG-116-07 and GRSG-116-08. She invited all interested experts to send her their final comments not later than by the end of May 2019 to allow her to set up a TF to review the proposals and to prepare, in due time, the final versions of the draft official documents for submission to the secretariat. She added that the provisions of Annex 5 on ElectroMagnetic Compatibility (EMC) should be scrutinized by the Working Party on Lighting and Light-Signalling (GRE), particularly by its TF on EMC.

46. GRSG endorsed the request. The Chair announced that he would inform the GRE Chair in the near future, and WP.29 at its June 2019 session. GRSG agreed to resume discussions at its next session based on official documents.

47. The expert from OICA presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/25 to clarify the environmental testing requirements for keys. GRSG adopted the document and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft Supplement 7 to UN Regulation No. 116 for consideration at their November 2019 sessions.

48. The expert from OICA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/7 to amend the definition of keys that take account of innovative vehicle alarms systems, such as silent alarm or door-unlocking using smart phone. She underlined the need to distinguish between a key as an electronic solution and as hardware/software used to transfer this electronic solution. Several experts raised concerns on security issues of already existing keys and locking systems. GRSG agreed on the urgent need to work on cybersecurity issues of such new innovative keys for locking/unlocking. The Chair invited all experts to share their thoughts with the expert from OICA and to send her their proposals. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session based on a revised official document by OICA which took account of the comments received.

49. The expert from the Republic of Korea recalled the discussion on GRSG-115-14-Rev.1 at the previous session, to add into UN Regulation No. 121 a new symbol for “power on/power off” controls in vehicles equipped with an electric powertrain, such as electric vehicles. He thanked GRSG for the comments received, concluded that the current symbol in the UN Regulation was sufficient and that no further follow-up was necessary.

50. GRSG endorsed the request by OICA to defer discussion on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/6 to a further session.

51. GRSG agreed to resume consideration on this item at its next session in October 2019.

52. The expert from OICA recalled that the purpose of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/23 was to correct the scope of the UN Regulation. The expert from the Russian Federation proposed further editorial corrections and amendments (GRSG-116-15) which allow contracting parties to apply the relevant requirements to assess compliance of Accident Emergency Call Devices (AECD) designed for installation on vehicles of categories other than M1 and N1. The expert from OICA introduced GRSG-116-10 that clarified the application of an AECD approval and that proposed to continue with a new series of amendments that would give an appropriate lead time for the industry. Both proposals received general support and several comments. The expert from the Russian Federation welcomed the proposed amendments and volunteered to prepare two official documents for GRSG at its next session: (a) a draft supplement with the corrections and clarifications and (b) a draft 01 series of amendments with the broader scope and the transitional provisions.

53. GRSG welcomed that offer and agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session based on a revised, official documents by the Russian Federation.

54. GRSG noted that WP.29 and AC.1 had adopted at their March 2019 session: (a) the draft 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 0 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/82) as well as (b) the draft amendment to Schedule 4 of the 1958 Agreement on the numbering of type approvals (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/165).

55. GRSG also noted the discussion at the recent WP.29 session on the road map for Phase 2 (2018–2022) of the International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA). As requested by WP.29, GRSG considered the proposed candidate items for technical regulations applicable to that phase (WP.29-176-21). GRSG agreed with the prioritization of the candidate items as reflected in GRSG-116-47. The secretariat was requested to transmit GRSG-116-47 to IWG on IWVTA for consideration at its forthcoming meeting in June 2019.

56. Recalling the discussion at the previous session of GRSG, the expert from IMMA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/8 to amend the provisions of R.E.3 to allow the application of “twinned wheels” on all vehicles of category L. GRSG noted general support and adopted the document. The secretariat was requested to submit ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/8 to WP.29 as an amendment to the Consolidated Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles for consideration at its November 2019 session.

57. The expert from IMMA volunteered to check if a parallel amendment to the Special Resolution No. 1 (S.R.1) under the 1998 Agreement was necessary and offered to keep GRSG informed.

58. GRSG noted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/2 and WP.29-177-19 on the work priorities of WP.29 and AC.3 on automated/connected vehicles and their decision that GRSG should resume its work on developing a new UN Global Technical Regulation (UN GTR) on Event Data Recorder (EDR).

59. The expert from OICA presented GRSG-116-42 on the position of the automotive industry to support developing this a new UN regulation on EDR and, in parallel, a Data Storage System for Automated Driving vehicles (DSSAD). She added that discussions on DSSAD had already taken place at the Working Party on Automated/Autonomous and Connected Vehicles (GRVA), particularly in its IWG on Automatically Commanded Steering Functions (ACSF). She concluded that the functions of both systems, EDR and DSSAD, were different but the hardware could be the same and, therefore, should be developed in parallel. The experts from Germany and CLEPA endorsed that position and underlined the urgency to work on these subjects.

60. The expert from the Netherlands suggested establishing an informal working group under GRSG and GRVA to develop draft regulatory proposals for new UN regulations on EDR for conventional and automated/autonomous vehicles, and on DSSAD. The experts from China and Japan welcomed that initiative and offered to contribute to the activities. GRSG agreed on the need to establish an IWG on EDR/DSSAD (possibly under GRSG and GRVA).

61. The expert from the Netherlands introduced GRSG-116-43 (tabled jointly by the experts from Japan and the Netherlands) which proposed a first draft of the terms of reference and rules of procedure for the new IWG on EDR/DSSAD. GRSG considered the document in detail and noted some amendments to the proposal, given in GRSG-116-43-Rev.1. GRSG also noted several concerns on the feasibility of the tasks within the timeline as stipulated in paragraphs 6 and 7 of the proposal. GRSG requested the secretariat to transmit GRSG-116-43-Rev.1 to GRVA for further consideration at its special June 2019 session.

62. Following the intervention of some delegations on the urgency of these new activities, GRSG agreed to proceed, in the meantime, on the basis of a TF on EDR.

63. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session in October 2019 based on the outcome of TF meetings. The Chair announced that he would inform the World Forum WP.29, the Coordination Committee AC.2 and the Executive Committee AC.3 at their forthcoming sessions in June 2019.

64. GRSG noted the information by the secretariat on the activities and priorities of WP.29 on automated and autonomous vehicles (GRSG-116-45), which supplements the information received under agenda item 17 (see paragraph 58 above). The expert from OICA reported on the status of work, the timeline for related activities and the challenges faced by GRVA on automated vehicles (GRSG-116-46).

65. Following a question from the expert of the United Kingdom, GRSG noted that WP.29/AC.2 would ensure the coordination of all activities related to vehicle automation between its subsidiary bodies (e.g. GRSG and GRVA) and that the Inland Transport Committee recently set up a WP.1–WP.29 Executive Task Force (ETF) to coordinate the related actions between the World Forum WP.29 and the Global Forum for Road Traffic Safety (WP.1).

66. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session based on a list of UN Regulations under the responsibility of GRSG that focus on the vehicle driver. Thus, the expert from OICA volunteered to prepare this list.

67. The expert from the Netherlands invited interested experts to attend the twenty-sixth international technical conference on the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles (ESV), to be held in Eindhoven (Netherlands) from 10 to 13 June 2019, in cooperation with the United States Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

68. The expert from Finland introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/14 proposing amendments to UN Regulation No. 58 to clarify the requirements on the installation on vehicles of rear underrun protection devices. The expert from the Netherlands endorsed the proposal by Finland and withdrew GRSG-116-02 with similar amendments.

69. GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/14 and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft Supplement 1 to the 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 58 for consideration at their November 2019 sessions.

70. The expert from OICA presented GRSG-116-29 on the possible installation of aerodynamic devices on commercial vehicles cabs to improve aerodynamic performance. She introduced GRSG-116-28 that amends the provisions of UN Regulation No. 58 to allow installing such aerodynamic devices at the rear end of vehicles. She added that the provisions of new Annex 8 should ensure that aerodynamic devices shall not compromise the functionality of rear underrun protection devices. GRSG noted general support for the proposal. The expert from Canada informed GRSG that the installation of such aerodynamic devices had been allowed in his country since 2013 and announced that he would share a study by his Government on this subject at the next GRSG session. The expert from Sweden was of the opinion that new Schedule 8 of the 1958 Agreement would allow virtual testing methods for such aerodynamic devices. The expert from Japan preferred to add a clarification that aerodynamic devices should be omitted when measuring the dimensions (e.g. length) of the vehicle. The expert from EC proposed to proceed with the proposal as a Supplement to the UN Regulation as the new requirements were not mandatory and only considered as optional “if fitted” requirements.

71. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session based on a revised proposal by OICA to be circulated, if available, as an official document.

72. The expert from France introduced GRSG-116-13 to insert specifications in UN Regulation No. 62 that would ensure the electromagnetic compatibility of an electronic device, such as a transponder. Thus, he proposed to insert a new paragraph 5.12 with a reference to UN Regulation No. 10. GRSG supported the proposal. The expert from EC volunteered to check the proposal for the immunity and emission test methods of the 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 10.

73. GRSG agreed to resume discussions at its next session based on a revised proposal by EC to be circulated, if available, as an official document.

74. The expert from CLEPA presented GRSG-116-22 to add a missing reference to the existing note 2 and to clarify the application of Annex 4 for heat pumps. The expert from France raised a study reservation. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session and requested the secretariat to circulate GRSG-116-22 with an official symbol.