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Working Party on General Safety
113th session | Geneva | 10-13 Oct 2017 Download Copy
Agenda Item 6. (b) | Amendments to gas-fuelled vehicle regulations: Regulation No. 110 (CNG and LNG vehicles
Documentation
GRSG-113-02 | Rationale for the proposed amendments to Regulation No. 110 (ISO)
GRSG-113-03 | NGV comments on the proposed amendments to UN Regulation No. 110 (NGV)
GRSG-113-06 | Proposal for a corrigendum to Revision 3 of UN Regulation No. 110 (ISO and NGV)
GRSG-113-20 | Proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No. 110 - Periodic requalification (OICA)
GRSG-113-21 | Proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No. 110 - Transitional provisions (OICA)
GRSG-113-24 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 110 - CNG accumulator (Netherlands)
GRSG-113-25 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 110 - CNG compressor (Netherlands)
GRSG-113-26 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 110 - Annex 5 references (Netherlands)
GRSG-113-37 | ISO presentation: Harmonization of UN R100 and ISO 11439:2013 (ISO and CSA)
GRSG-113-38 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 110 (ISO)
GRSG-113-38/Rev.1 | Revised proposal for the 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 110 (CSA and ISO)
GRSG/2017/17 | Proposal for the 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 110 (Germany)
GRSG/2017/29 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 110 (Italy)
GRSG/2017/31 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 110 (ISO)
WP.29/2017/134 | Proposal for a new UN Rule [No. 3] on Periodical Technical Inspections of motor vehicles using natural gas in their propulsion system

38. The expert from ISO introduced GRSG-113-02 and GRSG-113-37 justifying the alignment of the provisions in the UN Regulation with those in the latest version of ISO 11439:2013 (as proposed in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/31). The expert from OICA expressed his preference to adopt the proposal as a new series of amendments and suggested inserting transitional provisions (GRSG-113-21). GRSG agreed on the need to insert transitional provisions and to replace the dynamic references to international standards by static ones. Following the discussion, the expert from ISO presented GRSG-113-38 taking into account the comments received. GRSG considered the document in detail and adopted the proposal as reproduced in Annex IV (based on GRSG-113-38-Rev.1). The secretariat was requested to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1, as a new draft 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 110, for consideration at their March 2018 sessions.

39. The expert from Germany introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/17 to improve the specifications for the installation and inspection of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) cylinders or of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) tanks and their accessories. GRSG welcomed the proposal and noted that WP.29 and the Administrative Committee of the 1997 Agreement were expected to consider and adopt ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/134 on a new UN Rule on Periodical Technical Inspections of motor vehicles using CNG and/or LNG in their propulsion system. The proposal from Germany received a number of comments, especially on the need to align the recommendations for the periodical technical inspections of such vehicles with the specifications for the re-qualification of the CNG cylinders or LNG tanks. GRSG noted the comments received by the experts from NGV Global (GRSG-113-03) and OICA (GRSG-113-20).

40. The expert from Italy proposed to amend in Annex 3A of the Regulation the test requirements for the periodic requalification of CNG cylinders to avoid structural failures during their service life (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/29). The expert from the Netherlands raised his concern on the access by inspection centres to detailed provisions for the inspection of such cylinders. Thus, he underlined the need that cylinder manufacturers should make available cylinder inspection manuals. GRSG welcomed the offer by Germany to take the lead of a Task Force to review ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/17 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/29. It was agreed to also involve the International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA) in the discussion and to resume consideration of this subject at its next GRSG session in April 2018.

41. The expert from the Netherlands presented GRSG-113-24 and GRSG-113-25 justifying the need to introduce in the Regulation new requirements for components used in LNG/CNG systems such as the “CNG accumulator” and the “CNG compressor”. GRSG noted general support on the proposals. The Chair invited all GRSG experts to send their comments, in due time, to the expert from the Netherlands. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session on the basis of an official document, prepared by the Netherlands, taking into account the comments received.

42. The expert from the Netherlands introduced GRSG-113-26 proposing to correct and clarify the references to Annex 5Q in UN Regulation No. 110. GRSG welcomed the proposal and invited the expert from the Netherlands to prepare an official document for consideration at the next session of GRSG in April 2018.

43. The expert from the NGV Global proposed to correct Table 6.4. on the cylinder design qualification tests (GRSG-113-06). GRSG noted general support on the proposal and agreed to take a final position on this subject at its next session. The secretariat was requested to circulate GRSG-113-06 with an official symbol.

Previous Discussion(s)

World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations | Session 165 | 10-13 Mar 2015

Consideration of WP.29/2015/3 for adoption postponed at the request of the GRB.

[GAR note pending publication of official session report: Amendment 3 (documents WP.29/2014/84 and WP.29/2014/85) is unanimously adopted by the Contracting Parties present, including EU, USA, Japan, China, and others. US EPA notes a number of open issues concerning discrepancies in results achieved during extensive testing which will need to be resolved in the next phase of development. Nonetheless, the US reaffirms their belief that the test methodology is essentially sound and votes to adopt the amendment.]

1. The World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) held its 165th session from 10 to 13 March 2015, chaired by Mr. B. Kisulenko (Russian Federation). The following countries were represented, following Rule 1(a) of the Rules of Procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690 and Amends.1 and 2): Australia; Belgium; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Brazil; Canada; China; Croatia; Czech Republic; Ecuador; Finland; France; Germany; Hungary; India; Italy; Japan; Latvia; Luxembourg; Malaysia; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Portugal; Republic of Korea; Romania; Russian Federation; Serbia; Slovakia; South Africa; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Turkey; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; United States of America; Uruguay. Representatives of the European Union (EU) participated. The following governmental organization was represented: International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The following non-governmental organizations were also represented: Association for Emission Control by Catalyst (AECC); Consumers International (CI); European Tyre and Rim Technical Organisation (ETRTO); European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA, representing also the Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) and Japan Auto Parts Industries Association (JAPIA) ) ; the Foundation for the Automobile and Society (FIA Foundation); Global New Car Assessment Programme; International Automotive Lighting and Light Signalling Expert Group (GTB); International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA); International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA); International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA); Rubber Manufacturers Association; World Blind Union (WBU). At the invitation of the secretariat, the Eurasian Economic Commission and AGC Glass Europe, also participated.

2. The Executive Secretary of UNECE, Mr. C. Friis Bach, welcomed the participants, mentioning, in particular, the participants representing emerging economies at the session, and confirmed the high importance of the World Forum WP.29 for UNECE. He discussed the ongoing rapid technological development and underlined the importance of connected vehicles. He acknowledged the challenges remaining in the spread of the technology, mentioning in particular the challenges related to the transition period, when there are both connected and non-connected vehicles on the roads. He also mentioned the challenges related to cyber security. He noted the benefits that new technologies could yield, including mitigating climate change and reducing emissions. He emphasized the role of WP.29 in supporting the spread of technologies, while at the same time ensuring the reliability and safety of the technology. He expressed his appreciation for the work of WP.29.

3. The Executive Secretary informed the World Forum that the selection process for the vacant P-5 post in the Vehicle Regulations and Transport Innovations Section had been concluded and he introduced the new Chief of the Vehicle Regulations Section, Mr. W. Nissler. The Executive Secretary also thanked the secretariat for the excellent work during the transition period and especially Mr. R. Hubert as replacement for the Chief of Section. The World Forum noted that the new P-3 staff member, Mr. M. Gangonells, started his function at the beginning of March 2015 and that he will provide secretariat services mainly to the Working Party on Pollution and Energy (GRPE).

4. The provisional annotated agenda for the session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1113/Add.1) was adopted with the amendments below:
(a) Addition of document references for items:
4.9.8. Add the reference to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/21/Corr.1
4.9.9. Add the reference to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/22/Corr.1
4.9.10. Add the reference to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/23/Corr.1
4.9.12. Add the reference to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/25/Corrs.1 and 2
4.9.20. Add the reference to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/33/Corr.1
(b) Deletion of agenda items:
Remove agenda item 4.6.2

5. The list of informal documents is reproduced in Annex I to the session report (document WP.29/1114).

6. The 117th session of WP.29/AC.2 was held on 9 March 2015, chaired by Mr. B. Kisulenko (Russian Federation) and was attended, in accordance to Rule 29 of the terms of reference and rules of procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690 and including Amends.1 and 2), by the Chairs of WP.29 (Russian Federation), GRB (France), GRE (Belgium), GRSP (United States of America), GRPE (Germany), GRRF (United Kingdom), GRSG (Italy), the Administrative/Executive Committees of the three agreements administered by WP.29 (Russian Federation (AC.1), Russian Federation (AC.4) and the United States of America (AC.3), by the representatives of the European Union, Japan and the United States of America and by the Vice-Chairs of WP.29 (Italy), GRSG (Hungary), GRPE (India) and GRSP (Republic of Korea).

7. The Committee reviewed the draft agenda of the 165th session of the World Forum and recommended the amendments as indicated in para. 3 above. The Committee also recommended that agenda item 4.3 be considered by the World Forum, that and items 4.6 to 4.15 be considered by the Administrative Committee of the 1958 Agreement (AC.1) and that the rest of the agenda items of the 1998 Agreement be considered by the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement (AC.3). It was also recommended that the Administrative Committee of the 1997 Agreement (AC.4) not convene. WP.29/AC.2 also reviewed the draft agenda for the 166th session of the World Forum, scheduled to be held in Geneva from 23 to 26 June 2015.

8. WP.29/AC.2 noted the secretariat’s intention to include a new agenda item on documents for publication to resolve the problem of translation of documents into different languages.

9. WP.2/AC.2 considered WP.29-165-03 on further development of the 1997 Agreement and recommended that it be considered by the World Forum together with additional documents submitted by the representative of the Russian Federation under agenda item 7.

10. Given the importance of Intelligent Transport Systems and Automated Driving, WP.29/AC.2 was of the opinion that WP.29 could consider allocating more time in its schedule to this item to further develop the vision on how to tackle this item. WP.29/AC.2 also recommended the secretariat to strengthen the relationship with the Working Party on Road Traffic Safety for the sake of a better transparency.

11. The World Forum adopted the report of the Administrative Committee on its 117th session and its recommendations.

12. The World Forum noted the revised programme of work and proposed documentation (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/1). The secretariat presented the list of informal working groups (based on WP.29-165-01) and the distribution of tasks in the vehicle regulations and transport innovations section (based on WP.29-165-02). The World Forum noted WP.29-165-01 on the informal working groups and chairmanships of WP.29 and its subsidiary bodies as well as WP.29-165-02 on the current organization of the secretariat.

13. The representative of the European Union (EU) brought the situation of translation of legal documents to the attention of the World Forum. Since 2012, the secretariat has prepared legal documents in English only due to the resource constraints of the secretariat.

14. The representative of the EU expressed the importance of reintroducing the practice of preparing legal documents in all official languages, i.e. English, French and Russian. He added that as secretariat resources have been fully restored, the preparation of legal documents in all three official languages should be resumed. He pointed out that the concern on the delay in availability of translations puts at risk the legal approach agreed on in the EU to replace EU directives by UN Regulations; from a legal point of view the EU can only apply a UN Regulation and make it mandatory once it is formally adopted and the translations are made publicly available in the original languages of the UNECE at the date of entry into force.

15. The secretariat proposed these documents would be examined under a new agenda item for WP.29, thus giving them higher priority for translation. The representative of the EU did not object to this solution offered by the secretariat, and noted that a pragmatic solution should be found.

16. The representatives of Japan and the United Kingdom, co-chairing the IWG on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), gave a status report on the Group’s activities. They reported that the IWG convened on Tuesday, 10 March 2015 from 9.00 to 10.00 a.m. They added that the discussion on the guidance to be provided to Working Parties on this matter would also be continued in future IWG meetings. He also said that the Group wished to have longer meetings.

17. The representative of the United Kingdom underlined the importance of the issues discussed by the IWG and noted that this issue should be mainstreamed into the programme of work of WP.29. His proposal to move the meeting of the IWG on ITS/AD to take place on Wednesday at 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. has been agreed upon by WP.29.

17bis. The representative of the United Kingdom presented the terms of reference for the IWG on ITS/AD. WP.29 adopted the terms of reference as reproduced in Annex III of the session report.

18. The representative of ITU informed WP.29 about their work on defining levels of automated/autonomous driving and recalled their willingness to cooperate with WP.29 in this area.

19. The secretariat informed the World Forum about the relevant decisions – Nos. 20, 33, 34, and 35 – taken by the Inland Transport Committee at its seventy-seventh session (24 to 26 February 2015).

20. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRB given during the 164th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1112, paras. 29-31) and approved the report.

21. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRRF given during the 164th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1112, paras. 32-36) and approved the report.

22. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRSG given during the 164th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1112, paras. 37-40) and approved the report.

23. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRE given during the 164th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1112, paras. 41-44) and approved the report.

24. The representative of the United States of America [on behalf of the chair] of GRSP informed WP.29 about the results his Group during its fifty-sixth session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/56)

25. He reported on the development of Phase 3 of UN Regulation No. 129 (Enhanced Child Restraint Systems) which concerns Child Restraint Systems using adult safety-belts to restrain children; GRSP is expected to adopt a proposal at its December 2015 session. Accordingly, he sought consent from WP.29 for a one-year extension of the mandate of the Informal Working Group (IWG). WP.29 endorsed the request.

26. The World Forum noted that Mr. N. Nguyen (United States of America) had been elected as GRSP Chair and re-elected Mr. J. W. Lee (Republic of Korea) as Vice-Chair of GRSP for the sessions in 2015.

27. The Chair of GRPE, Mr. Albus (Germany), reported on the results of GRPE during its seventieth session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/70).

28. [The GRPE Chair] announced that the IWG on Vehicle Propulsion System Definitions (VPSD) would submit a formal proposal for a new Mutual Resolution on Vehicle Powertrain Definitions for the June 2015 session of GRPE.

29. He introduced the informal documents, which list the acronyms and abbreviations used in UN Regulations (WP.29-165-17) and highlighted the problem of using the acronym ‘RESS’ to describe both the ‘Non-original Replacement Exhaust Silencer System’ and the ‘Non-original Replacement Exhaust System and Rechargeable Energy Storage System’ (WP.29-165-16). The World Forum endorsed the content of document WP.29-165-16 and referred the choice to its subsidiary bodies. The secretariat added that the document WP.29-165-17 would be made available on the UNECE website and it would continue to be updated on a regular basis.

30. The Chair of GRPE informed WP.29 that GRPE had agreed to establish a new IWG on Vehicles Interior Air Quality (VIAQ) following the guidance of WP.29 and AC.3 at their November 2014 sessions, and adopted the Terms of Reference of the IWG on VIAQ. The representative of the Republic of Korea stated the satisfaction of his country for the adoption of the Terms of Reference of the IWG by GRPE. He announced that the next meeting of the Group was scheduled to be held in Paris on 17 March 2015.

31. The GRB Chair, Mr. S. Ficheux (France), reported on the results achieved by GRB during its sixty-first session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/59). In particular, he reported on the adoption of further amendments to the new 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 51 as well as on the progress in preparing a draft Regulation on Quiet Road Transport Vehicles (QRTV) under the 1958 Agreement.

32. He further informed the World Forum that GRB had decided to combine all amendment proposals for the 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 51 into a single document, which would be submitted to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their June 2015 sessions. GRB thus, recommended that WP.29 not consider the first set of proposals in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/3 at this session and to wait for the full package of 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 51 at the June 2015 session. WP.29 agreed with this recommendation.

33. The representative of the WBU recalled the specific needs of people with impaired vision and of other vulnerable road users for the audibility of electric and hybrid vehicles. He requested that the Audible Vehicle Alert System (AVAS) of QRTV fulfil the following conditions:
(a) an adequate level of sound allowing blind people to detect the presence, location and movement of a QRTV;
(b) that AVAS must be on while the vehicle is stationary; and
(c) that the driver would not be able to deactivate (or pause) AVAS.

WP.29 took note of this statement and invited GRB to take these three conditions into consideration when developing the QRTV Regulation.

34. The Chair of GRRF, Mr. B. Frost (United Kingdom), informed WP.29 about the results of GRRF during its seventy-ninth session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/79).

35. [The GRRF Chair] announced that GRRF had endorsed the proposed technical report corresponding to the draft Amendment 2 to UN GTR No. 3.

36. [The GRRF Chair] reported on the way GRRF received and addressed guidance from the IWG on ITS/AD on regulating vehicle automation.

37. [The GRRF Chair] informed WP.29 about the submission by GRRF of the Terms of Reference and Rules of Procedures of the IWG on Automatically Commended Steering Functions (ACSF) as reproduced in the annex of that session’s report. The World Forum endorsed the creation of the IWG on ACSF and agreed to review the draft Terms of Reference at its next session.

38. [The GRRF Chair] also announced that the IWG on the Revision of UN Regulation No. 55 (Coupling devices) would need one additional year to complete their tasks. WP.29 agreed to extend their mandate by one year.

39. He recalled the strategy previously agreed upon that an update to UN GTR No. 16 (Tyres) would be needed after its establishment in the global registry by AC.3, in order to keep the UN GTR in line with the latest regulatory developments, necessary to fulfil the objective of Phase 1 of the development of the UN GTR. The representative of the Russian Federation announced that his country would volunteer to act as the technical sponsor for this update as well as for the Phase 2 of the development of the UN GTR and to chair the corresponding informal group. WP.29 welcomed this proposal.

40. The secretariat informed the World Forum about the latest update of the status of the 1958 Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/343/Rev.23), containing the information received by the secretariat up to 20 February 2015 (available at WP.29 website). WP.29 noted that Contracting Parties should notify the secretariat about the amendments needed to the status document.

41. The secretariat reported on the progress in cooperation with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) on making the texts of private standards available to WP.29 representatives. The secretariat informed WP.29 that documents are now available, but password protected. He announced that further discussions were ongoing, investigating possibilities to share relevant standards through a virtual reading room.

42. The Chair of GRRF noted that experts from GRRF and the IWG on ITS/AD often referred to SAE standards defining different levels of automation. He questioned whether this standard could be made available to WP.29. The secretariat agreed to follow up on this matter. The World Forum agreed to continue discussing this subject at its next session.

43. The secretariat reported that the IWG on the International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA) considered WP.29-164-10 in detail during its recent meeting held in London (5-6 March 2015). WP.29 expected to receive an updated guidance document at its June 2015 session.

73. The representatives of Malaysia informed the World Forum on the role of the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) in coping road safety issues in the ASEAN region (WP.29-165-11 and WP.29-165-12-Rev.1). He added that MIROS had been appointed as the ASEAN Road Safety Centre (ARSC) to provide information and know-how among ASEAN member States, including the development of ASEAN NCAP with the support by Global NCAP (WP.29-165-10 and WP.29-165-13-Rev.1). In the view of the expansion of capacity-buildings activities of ARSC in the APEC region, the representative of Malaysia sought possible sponsorships from countries participating in WP.29 activities. The representative of the United States of America encouraged the initiative of Malaysia that could result in new countries’ accessions to the 1958 and 1998 Agreements. The representative of OICA also welcomed the creation of the ASEAN Road Safety Centre, stressing that improvements to road safety needed an integrated approach involving all stakeholders, including the driver and the infrastructure in general.

74. The representative of IMMA noted the role of two-wheelers in providing mobility in many regions in the world, with its consequent impact on road safety. He highlighted the importance of the integrated approach and reminded WP.29 about the recently published report from his organization on a global approach for safer motorcycling, which provides a number of best practices.

75. The representative of Brazil announced that his Government had officially started the internal process to accede to the 1958 Agreement and assured WP.29 that it would continue to be updated on the progress of this process at future sessions.

44. The representative of Japan, Chair of the IWG on IWVTA, reported on the meetings of the Group on the development of draft UN Regulation No. 0 (WP.29-165-14 and WP.29-165-15). He presented an outline of UN Regulation No. 0 (WP.29-165-15) and sought the advice of WP.29 on: (i) the number of months necessary for Contracting Parties to accept IWVTA pursuant to UN Regulation No. 0 after its entry into force, (ii) resolving the uncertainty in applying UN Regulation No. 116, and (iii) a common procedure for replacement spare parts for vehicles covered by an IWVTA. He presented two options for the spare parts: (a) Contracting Parties should accept original equipment spare parts covered by IWVTA; or (b) Contracting Parties should accept all spare parts having valid UN approvals for vehicles covered by IWVTA (original equipment and aftermarket spare parts). He underlined the possibility for Contracting Parties applying UN Regulation No. 0 to not to be bound by this clause.

45. The Chair of the IWG on IWVTA reported that the Group had nearly completed the draft UN Regulation No. 0 and that it would continue to work on remaining issues, such as the definition of vehicle type. He added that the subgroup on UN Regulation No. 0 would resume deliberations in June 2015 and that the results would be reported to WP.29 at its next session.

46. The representative of EU expressed his appreciation for the work of IWG. He informed WP.29 that the EU was flexible concerning the number of months needed to accept IWVTA after its entry into force so that a period up to twelve months would be acceptable. He supported the proposed request to GRSG to consider the uncertainty issue on UN Regulation No. 116. He finally expressed the support of the EU for option (b) for spare parts.

47. The representative of the Netherlands informed WP.29 that he also preferred a period of twelve months for Contracting Parties to accept IWVTA after its entry into force and that a period of nine months would be acceptable, pending the agreement of the majority of Contracting Parties. He also supported the option (b) for spare parts.

48. The Chair of GRSG confirmed that GRSG should consider the issue of UN Regulation No. 116 and clarify the text of the Regulation, if needed. He expected that this question would be addressed by GRSG at its May 2015 session.

49. The representative of Japan gave an overview of the discussions of the IWG on IWVTA. He referred to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/40 and recalled the discussion of WP.29 at its previous session on the voting majority threshold. He introduced WP.29-165-04 superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/41 aimed at amending Article 3 on special provisions. Noting that some critical comments had been received, he added that the IWG would resume discussions on this issue and report back to the June 2015 session of WP.29.

50. The representative of EU informed WP.29 that the EU Member States continue consultation on voting majority threshold and announced to provide more detailed information on a common position in the next sessions of WP.29. He raised concerns about the late submission of the amendments to Article 3 on special provisions and stressed the importance of freezing the text for the adoption process of the third Revision of the 1958 Agreement.

51. The World Forum agreed to defer discussion on this subject to its forthcoming session in June 2015. The secretariat was, thus, requested to circulate WP.29-165-04 with an official symbol.

52. The Secretary of the Informal Working Group on DETA reported on the meeting of the informal group held on 9 March 2015. He noted that the financing of DETA should be included in the regular budget of the UNECE. He added that the IWG on DETA would provide guidance on DETA and the use of the Unique Identifier. He informed WP.29 that a drafting group would meet in the beginning of April and WP.29 delegates were invited to participate in this meeting. He informed WP.29 that Mr. Guiting (Netherlands) had agreed to take over the tasks of the Secretary of the IWG as of June 2015.

53. The secretariat informed WP.29 that the financing of DETA was not covered by the draft regular budget 2016/2017 of the UNECE. The secretariat offered to explore options for financing DETA by extrabudgetary resources and to present them to WP.29 at the June 2015 session.

54. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.6.1, 4.6.3 and 4.6.4 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

55. WP.29 agreed to follow the recommendation of GRB on agenda item 4.6.2, and to resume consideration of the proposal for the 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 51 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/3) at the June 2015 session (see para. 32 above).

56. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under items 4.7.1 to 4.7.5 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the correction of para. 57 below.

57. Agenda item 4.7.4, Regulation No. 78, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/9, correct to read:

Paragraph 5.1.9., correct the wording “brake a common” to read “brake, a common”.

Annex 3, paragraphs 4.2.(c), 5.2.(c) and 9.3.1.(c), correct the wording "single control" to read "single brake control".

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

59. The representative of AGC Glass Europe expressed his concern on the number of test cycles for plastic glazing in item 4.8.1, Regulation No. 43, and the standard deviation of the measured delta haze. He proposed that GRSG extend the mandate of the IWG on Plastic Glazing to further consider these issues. The representative of OICA expressed his view that the amendments had thoroughly been considered by the IWG. The Chair of GRSG offered to revisit, at the forthcoming session of GRSG the concerns raised by AGC Glass Europe on Regulation No. 43 and, if necessary, to extend the mandate of the IWG. The representative of Germany endorsed the proposed procedure.

60. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under items 4.9.1 to 4.9.20 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the correction of para. 61 below.

61. Agenda item 4.9.11, Regulation No. 50, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/24, amend to read:

Page 3, table, paragraph 7.2.1., last column, replace “40” with “140”.

62. The representative of EU expressed concerns about the large number of supplements submitted by GRE to the present session of the World Forum. WP.29 requested GRE to address this issue. The Chair of GRE recalled the ongoing activities of the Informal Working Group on Simplification of the Lighting and Light-Signalling Regulations (SLR) whose main objective was to develop proposals on how to simplify and streamline the documentation submitted by GRE.

63. The World Forum considered the draft corrigenda under agenda item 4.10.1 and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting.

64. The World Forum considered the draft amendment under agenda item 4.11.1 and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting.

65. No amendment was submitted under this agenda item.

66. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under item 4.13.1 and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting.

67. The World Forum considered ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/35 (to insert new categories of vehicles such as agricultural trailers and towed machinery) and adopted the draft amendments to R.E.3 under item 4.14.1.

68. The Chair of GRSG introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/36 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/37. The World Forum decided to defer consideration of these documents to its June 2015 session.

69. The World Forum noted the consolidated document on the status of the Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.12). WP.29 also noted that Belarus became a Contracting Party to the Agreement, effective on 3 March 2015. The secretariat reported that some Contracting Parties had fulfilled their obligation to send their status reports and final notifications on the progress of transposition of the UN GTRs, and amendments into their domestic law. The representatives of the Contracting Parties were reminded about their obligation to send the reports and final notifications on the transposition process only through their Permanent Missions in Geneva via the “1998 AGREEMENT-MISSIONS List” electronic system, as mandated by UN OLA. The World Forum noted that these reports and notifications were not processed if submitted by e-mail to the secretariat.

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

71. The representative of Ecuador informed the World Forum about the great importance given by his government on the development of policies, strategies, plans and actions to reduce traffic accidents and fatalities. He underlined that a regulatory framework on safer vehicles was considered, by his country, as one of the strategic elements to reduce accidents and fatalities, since road safety would require a holistic approach. Accordingly, he informed the World Forum that a number of UN Regulations and UN GTRs had been incorporated into the national legislation of Ecuador to fulfil the need of his country to harmonize standards on vehicle manufacturing.

72. The representatives of the European Union supported this action of vehicle safety and offered the expertise of his organization to help Ecuadorian authorities in this endeavour. The expert of the United States of America made a similar statement.

76. The secretariat presented the consolidated document (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1074/Rev.5) on the status of the Agreement including the status of the UN Rules annexed to the Agreement, the list of the Contracting Parties to the Agreement and of their Administrative Departments and noted that no changes had been made since June 2014.

77. The representative of the Russian Federation presented WP.29-165-07 and noted that the 1997 Agreement should not only increase safety but also eliminate the barriers for implementation of the international automobile carriages. He underlined the importance of international standards incorporating the best practices in the sphere of traffic safety. He noted that the 1958 Agreement and the 1997 Agreement were becoming more interlinked as several UN Regulations under the 1958 Agreement already contain provisions relevant for Periodic Technical Inspections (PTI). He, therefore, concluded that Contracting Parties to the 1958 agreement could become Contracting Parties to the 1997 Agreement.

78. The representative of CITA introduced informal document ITC (2015) No. 15, proposing the development of three additional rules to the 1997 Agreement: (i) requirements on the roadworthiness facilities and test equipment, (ii) requirements on the competence, training and certification of inspectors, and (iii) supervising bodies.

79. The secretariat presented WP.29-165-03 and proposed to align the 1997 Agreement and its annexed rules with the new European legislation, thus including the testing of electronic safety systems into PTI. The secretariat also proposed introducing additional element to the Agreement in line with the decisions taken at the seventy-seventh ITC: (i) new Rule 3 on the equipment to be used for PTI, (ii) new Rule 4 on skills and training of staff performing PTI, and (iii) new Rule 5 on supervision and quality control of PTI centres. The secretariat also suggested that an IWG on PTI could be created to provide a platform for PTI discussions, which should result in consensus on possible amendments to existing Rules as well as the envisaged new rules. The secretariat pointed that the drafting of Rules by the IWG would smooth the decision-making process in WP.29 and AC.4.

80. The representative of the Russian Federation stated that, in principle, his country would support the creation of an IWG. He expressed the willingness of his country to participate in its work and addressed organizational questions related to the establishment of terms of reference and whether it should be a permanent group. He noted that items to be covered by Rules are prescribed by the Agreement (Article 1) and include elements such as vehicle categories, the equipment and/or parts to be inspected, test methods, and conditions for granting inspection certificate. The certificate shall cover date of its issue, the Rules to which the inspected vehicle shall comply and date of the subsequent inspection. He elaborated that elements proposed by the secretariat should be reflected directly in the text of the Agreement, specifically in the provisions for conformity of periodical technical inspection process.

81. The representative of the Netherlands stated that his country agreed with the proposal from CITA and the secretariat to create an IWG. He expressed the willingness of his country to chair it.

82. The representative of Finland welcomed the initiatives and supported the proposal. He expressed the willingness of his country to participate in the work of the group.

83. The representative of Sweden stated that, as a Member State of the EU, his country was obliged to transpose EU directives. He stated that it would be interesting to learn more about the 1997 Agreement to assess if this would be a suitable platform to develop PTI Rules. He added that, as the 1968 Vienna Convention links the usage of vehicles with PTI, the 1997 Agreement could become a cooperation platform between WP.29 and WP.1. He expressed his support for the establishment of an IWG.

84. The representative of Romania supported the establishment of the IWG and expressed the hope that this proposal would address the challenges faced by WP.29 and AC.4.

85. The World Forum agreed to establish an IWG on PTI under the chairmanship of the Netherlands and that CITA would act as secretariat to the group. The World Forum requested the group to draft its Terms of Reference and submit them to the November 2015 session of WP.29.

86. The representative of the Russian Federation presented the informal documents that were prepared together with CITA. He proposed to include each of them in a separate Rule to be annexed to the 1997 Agreement.

87. The World Forum decided to refer both informal documents to the IWG on PTI and agreed that the proposals, once revised by the IWG, would be further considered at one of the next WP.29 meetings.

88. The representative of the United States of America informed the World Forum about the outcome of the last meeting of the Enforcement Working Group (EWG), (Geneva, 13 November 2014) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1112, para. 80) and announced that the next meeting of the EWG would be held on 25 June 2015 at 3:30 following the forty-fourth session of the Administrative Committee of the 1998 Agreement. He encouraged WP.29 representatives to participate actively at the EWG meeting, as already announced by Canada and the Netherlands.

89. The World Forum was informed by the secretariat of the Working Party on Road Safety (WP.1) about its work progress. She recalled her previous update on the status of proposal amendments related to Articles 8 and 39 of the 1968 Convention on Road Traffic. She added that the Secretary-General of the United Nations had issued a depositary notification on 23 September 2014 and that, if no objection was raised by the Contracting Parties, the proposed amendment would enter into force in the spring 2016. She reported that, at its upcoming seventieth session, WP.1 would resume consideration on amendment proposals related to lights and light-signalling (Chapter II of Annex 5 to 1968 Vienna Convention) and that as part of this discussion, WP.1 would also consider new proposals from IMMA and Laser Europe.

90. In response to questions, the secretariat of WP.1 clarified that Contracting Parties have 12 months to reject the amendments or propose a conference to discuss the issue. She added that if no more than 1/3 of the Contraction Parties object during the 12-month period, the amendment would come into force after a further six-month period. She noted that so far she was not aware of any objections, but that this information was with Office of Legal Affairs (OLA), who would report in due course. She also clarified that there was an item in the agenda of the next session of WP.1 to discuss steps to go even further in allowing automated driving (WP.1 Informal document No. 2).

91. The Chair of WP.29 recalled that WP.29/AC.3 had adopted the Electric Vehicle Reference Guide during its November 2014 session and had requested the secretariat, together with the lead team of EVE, to determine how to label and locate the document on the UNECE website. The secretary of GRPE informed the World Forum about the solution proposed to publish the adopted Electric Vehicle Reference Guide on the homepage of the UNECE/WP.29 website in the Reference Material section. WP.29 supported it.

92. The secretariat presented ECE/TRANS/2015/13, adopted by ITC at its February 2015 session. WP.29 noted that the document represents the midterm review of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011 to 2020, including the results of the World Forum on the development of UN Regulations and UN GTRs to make vehicles safer.

93. WP.29 noted the outcome of special session (Geneva, 2 July 2014) as reflected in Annex III to the report of the session ECE/EB.AIR/WG5/112 .

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

95. Of the 51 Contracting Parties to the Agreement, 39 were represented and established AC.1 for its fifty-ninth session held on 11 March 2015.

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

98. The forty-third session of the Executive Committee (AC.3) was held on 12 March 2015 and chaired by the representative of the United Kingdom. The representatives of 14 of the 35 Contracting Parties to the Agreement attended: Australia, Azerbaijan, Canada, China, the European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Malaysia, Norway, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, South Africa and the United States of America.

99. At the proposal of the representative from the European Commission, Mr. I. Yarnold (EU) was unanimously elected as Chair; Japan and the United States of America were unanimously elected as Vice-Chairs for 2015.

100. AC.3 noted the information, as of 2 March 2015, on the status of the Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.12), the status of the priorities (based on WP.29-165-08 as reproduced in Annex II to this report) of the Agreement and items on which the exchange of views should continue. The secretariat reminded AC.3 that all communication regarding status reports on transposition of gtrs should be sent to the secretariat electronically. AC.3 also noted that assistance might be obtained from the secretariat (Mr. E. Gianotti) concerning the obligations of Contracting Parties on the transposition process.

101. Submitted for consideration and vote, the proposal for Amendment 2 to draft UN GTR on motorcycle braking (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/38, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/39, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/37) was established in the UN Global Registry on 12 March 2015 by consensus vote of the following Contracting Parties present and voting: Australia, Canada, China, European Union (voting for Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Norway, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, South Africa and United States of America.

102. AC.3 adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/38 with the following typographical change by introducing a missing comma:

The amendments to page 5, para. 3.1.9, second line<§i>, correct to read:

“..may share a common break, a common transmission…”

103. Submitted for consideration and vote, the proposal for Amendment 3 to draft UN GTR on Worldwide Heavy-Duty Certification procedure (WHDC) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/84, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/85, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/29, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/38) was established in the UN Global Registry on 12 March 2015 by consensus vote of the following Contracting Parties present and voting: Australia, Canada, China, European Union (voting for Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Norway, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, South Africa and United States of America.

104. The representative of the United States of America reported on the activities of his country on correlation verification between the two test procedures (in Annexes IX and X). He reported that, at this point, the EPA had completed the powertrain testing according to the procedures in the UN GTR, noting that additional work would be needed. He stated that appropriate support from manufacturers was critical for completing a proper correlation assessment and for future certification and type approval activities, as the Hardware In the Loop Simulation (HILS) testing required a significant amount of proprietary information. He added that in order for the procedure to be transparent and reproducible, the manufacturers would need to commit to providing support information including digital, analog and CAN signals, as well as the required hardware. He concluded that EPA would need to complete a full correlation study before undertaking the implementation process to address the identified questions. He expected this work to be done through the efforts at GRPE. He was confident that the powertrain procedure could produce repeatable and representative results.

105. The secretariat reminded AC.3 that a number of technical regulations listed in the Compendium of Candidate (see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.12, Chapter IV) should be voted on at its June 2015 session to determine whether they should be re-affirmed or removed from the Compendium.

106. The representative of the EU informed AC.3 that the IWG on Environmental and Propulsion Performance Requirements (EPPR) had reported to GRPE in January that EPPR preferred a stand-alone OBD regulation. He added that the main justification for this conclusion was based on five elements: (i) the transposition of the regulations of the 1998 Agreement into the regulations of the 1958 Agreement was deemed much more complex if the requirements would be integrated into UN GTR No. 5, (ii) Contracting Parties might find it less complicated to accede to a stand-alone UN GTR than a UN GTR including requirements and procedures for both Heavy Duty (HD) diesel OBD and Powered Two-Wheelers (PTWs), (iii) alignment with UN GTR No.5 would be difficult because EPPR is considering a staged OBD approach, (iv) the OBD concept in UN GTR No. 5 is different than the EPPR concept, and (v) interpretation on the use of OBD and priorities may be different for PTWs and HD diesel vehicles. He added that the conclusions from the IWG on EPPR were endorsed by GRPE at its January session.
107. The representative from IMMA fully supported the creation of a separate UN GTR.

108. The representative of the United Kingdom recalled that the structure of UN GTR No. 5 was designed in such a way that further vehicle categories could be included. He added that a generic protocol was chosen that could be used for various vehicle categories including low volume vehicle types with the intention to permit relevant economies of scale. He expressed the view that the motorcycle industry might lose this opportunity if a new separate UN GTR on OBD for Category 3 vehicles was chosen, depending on how much would be taken over from UN GTR No. 5.

109. The representative of Germany supported the creation of a new UN GTR, and added that a case-by-case assessment should be made to determine if the goal was to create gtrs based on vehicle category or on areas related to horizontal items.

110. The representatives of Japan expressed their country’s support for the proposal, anticipating that Contracting Parties might find it less complicated to accede to a stand-alone UN GTR for Category 3 vehicles than an amendment to UN GTR No. 5.

111. AC.3 recommended at this stage that the IWG continue to work on the creation of a new specific UN GTR.

112. The representative of the European Commission reminded AC.3 that the IWG on EPPR had a mandate to work both under the 1998 and the 1958 Agreement, and that in 2013 the Group had decided discuss the following five gtrs: (i) revision and update for technical progress in UN GTR No 2, (ii) a new UN GTR on test types III and IV (crank case emissions and evaporative emission), (iii) a new UN GTR on test type V (durability requirements of pollutant control devices), (iv) a new UN GTR on-board diagnostics, and (v) a new UN GTR on propulsion unit performance requirements regarding harmonized test methods with respect to measuring the maximum vehicle speed, maximum torque and power of the propulsion unit. He noted that the aim was to submit a final draft version as an informal document to the June GRPE session. He informed AC.3 that the discussions on amending UN GTR No. 2 had started and that priority had been given by the Group to amend test Types I, II and VII and dedicate separate sections to the topics that required a change in the current structure of the gtr. He noted that an extension of the mandate would be discussed at the next meeting. He added that, the tenth meeting of this IWG was scheduled to take place in Brussels on 18 -20 March 2015.

113. This agenda item was discussed with item 14.1, see paras. 101 and 102.

114. This agenda item was discussed with item 14.2, see paras. 103 and 104.

115. The representative of the Republic of Korea reported that the new IWG on Panoramic Sunroof Glazing (PSG) expected to convene on 4 May 2015 in conjunction with the forthcoming GRSG session. He announced the Group’s intention to finalize the Terms of Reference and Rules of Procedures. He confirmed that the Republic of Korea would chair the informal working group and act as a technical sponsor. He invited all interested delegates to participate in the informal meeting. AC.3 endorsed the request for authorization to develop an amendment to UN GTR No. 6 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/42).

116. The representative of the United Kingdom, Chair of the IWG on Phase 2 of UN GTR No. 7, informed AC.3 about the ongoing progress of his Group. He reported that, while good progress had been made on the performance of the anthropometric test device (ATD), more work was required to develop the correlation between the human and the ATD response in order to establish pass/fail criteria. He agreed to provide an official report to the June 2015 session of AC.3. He noted the good cooperation between the IWG and the ATD manufacturer in developing the complimentary entry to Mutual Resolution 1 (M.R.1). He confirmed that the proposal for Addendum 1 to M.R.1 would be provided in parallel with the proposal for Amendment 1 to UN GTR No. 7.

117. The representative of the United States of America informed AC.3 about phase 2 of the Pedestrian UN GTR. He indicated that his country preferred that the Injury Assessment Reference Values (IARV) remain optional so that Contracting Parties could develop appropriate values for their domestic regulations based on local injury risk curves. He informed the World Forum that his administration had published research on injury risk curves for probability of injury as a function of flexible lower legform (FlexPLI) ligament elongation. He clarified that this publication had been submitted to the IWG and can also be accessed directly from the NHTSA Docket (Docket number: NHTSA-2008-0145-0013). He reported that his administration had also begun development of a costs and benefits analysis that is expected to be completed in late 2015. Concerning the bumper test area, he informed AC.3 that the IWG agreed to accept a proposal tabled by the Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt) of Germany that would limit the minimum test area. The representative of the United States of America invited WP.29 representatives to provide comments on a new proposal on the headform test procedure that was expected to be issued prior to the upcoming June session of WP.29.

118. The representative of Germany, Chair of GRPE, reported that Phase 1b was under development and that an informal document was expected to be ready for consideration in June 2016. He noted the Group was well on schedule and that the next meeting would be held in Sweden in mid-April 2015. He added that the planning of Phase 2 had begun and that Japan had circulated a questionnaire to determine what items should be discussed in Phase 2. He added also that the European Union had started transposing the UN GTR No. 15 into EU regulation and would consequently propose introducing UN GTR No. 15 into a new UN Regulation under the 1958 agreement. He noted that the discussion would be continued in June and that he could report on further progress at the June session of AC.3.

119. The representative of the United States of America informed AC.3 that the IWG for Electric Vehicles Safety (EVS) last met in the Republic of Korea in November 2014 and that several web-conferences had been held for each of the eight Task Force (TF) groups. He clarified that each TF had provided updates on their activities: (i) Rechargeable Electrical Energy Storage Systems (REESS) in-use test protocol, (ii) Cell/Module/System test, (iii) state of charge of batteries (SOC), (iv) fire resistance, (v) protection against water intrusion, (vi) electrolyte leakage, (vii) low electric energy and (viii) inclusion of other vehicle classes). However, he clarified that not all TF had made equally good progress and there were still technical challenges to be addressed. He added that the IWG also endorsed a new TF to address the REESS and vehicle communication. He clarified that this TF would work on the proper warning to the driver in an event of battery management system failure, REESS safety issues such as thermal runaway, and charge level indicator. He also added that at this last meeting, the experts from Contracting Parties and the industry had provided updates on their research and analysis of EV and battery, specifically, on the ongoing research in the United States of America. He underlined the importance for experts of IWG to continue research and analysis to develop a robust draft UN GTR that is fully supported by science and technically justified. He finally announced that the next meetings of the IWG were scheduled for: (i) the week 16-20 of March 2015 in Paris, (ii) June 2015 in the United States of America and (iii) September 2015 in China.

120. The representative of the United States of America informed AC.3 that, pending the publication of a new USA Federal Standard on this issue, which was expected in the fall of 2015, the IWG on QRTV had not met. He added that, at the next session of WP.29 in June 2015, the World Forum might be requested to extend the mandate of this IWG that would expire in November 2015. The Chair of GRB recalled that GRB had established another IWG to draft a UN Regulation on QRTV under the 1958 Agreement. He informed the World Forum that IWG on QRTV Regulation was making good progress and that its next meeting was scheduled for May 2015 in the Republic of Korea. WP.29 noted that the draft UN GTR on QRTV would have to take into account both the draft QRTV Regulation under the 1958 Agreement and the new USA Federal Standard.

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

122. The Chair of AC.3 recalled the discussion of this week on this subject (see agenda item 2.3, paras. 16 to 18).

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

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

125. The representative of Canada informed AC.3 that since the last meeting of WP.29, one meeting of the IWG on EVE had taken place in January 2015 in conjunction with the GRPE session. She reported on the Part A work in each topic area of the new EVE mandate. China would lead the work item on the method of stating energy consumption, the United States of America and Canada would lead the work on the battery performance and durability provisions while Germany and the Republic of Korea would lead the work on the determination of the power of electric vehicles. The group was targeting fall 2015 to complete this phase of work. She added that good progress had been made on the first part of the EVE mandate, that all topic areas were being explored and that the next meeting would take place on 20 April 2015.

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

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

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

129. The representative of the United Kingdom recalled the ongoing discussion on UN GTR No. 16, to be updated taking into account the latest regulatory developments. He noted that UN GTR No. 16 lagged behind UN Regulation No. 117, and a formal request to further develop UN GTR No. 16 would be made at the June session of AC.3.

130. The representative of the Russian Federation announced their readiness to be the technical sponsors of the gtr. The representative of the United States of America recalled that several issues could be addressed either within Phase 1B or Phase 2 of the development of the UN GTR. He added that if the work on the gtr progressed, the United States of America would like to be involved in the work.

131. The Chair of AC.3 urged the representatives of the EU, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and industry to discuss what items should be included in each of the development phases for the gtr.

132. The Chair of AC.3 suggested that in the November session of AC.3, it would be good to take stock of work priorities and determine the relevant topics for the future.

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

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

135. No supplementary information was provided beyond agenda item 7.2. (see paras. 86 to 87 above).

136. No subject was raised under this item.

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.

World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations | Session 172 | 20-23 Jun 2017

1. The World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) held its 172nd session from 20 to 23 June 2017, chaired by Mr. A. Erario (Italy). The following countries were represented, following Rule 1(a) of the Rules of Procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.1 and Amend.2): Austria; Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Brazil; Cambodia; Canada; China; Czech Republic; Finland France; Germany; Hungary; India; Israel; Italy; Japan; Kazakhstan; Latvia, Luxembourg; Malaysia; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Portugal; Republic of Korea; Romania; Russian Federation; San Marino; Slovakia; South Africa; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Thailand; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; United States of America and Viet Nam. Representatives of the European Union (EU) participated. The following governmental organizations were represented: International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The following intergovernmental organizations were represented: Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC). The following non-governmental organizations were also represented: Association for Emissions Control by Catalyst (AECC); European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA, representing also the Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) and Japan Auto Parts Industries Association (JAPIA)); European Tyre and Rim Technical Organisation (ETRTO); Foundation for the Automobile and Society (FIA Foundation); Global New Car Assessment Programme (Global NCAP); the International Automotive Lighting and Light Signalling Expert Group (GTB); International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA); International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA); the International Organization for Standardization (ISO); and the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA). Other non-governmental organizations and observers that were represented were: the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and the American Automotive Policy Council (AAPC).

2. The Chair of the World Forum welcomed the representatives to the World Forum and introduced the opening speaker Eva Molnar, Director of the Sustainable Transport Division.

3. The Director of the Sustainable Transport Division welcomed the delegates to the 172nd session of the World Forum. As the outgoing director, she expressed her thanks for the decade of excellent cooperation and commended the World Forum on its achievements during the period.

4. She reminded delegates of the Ministerial Resolution adopted on the occasion of the seventy-ninth session of the Inland Transport Committee (ITC), the bodies 70th anniversary, in February 2017. The Resolution proposed that the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) consider adopting a decision to propose to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) that the ITC submit to the Council an annual informative report on its activities. The ECE adopted a positive decision and the proposal will be considered by ECOSOC at its next session in July 2017. She urged delegates at the World Forum whose countries are ECOSOC members to support this process. She emphasized that the parallel reporting structure will align the ITC reporting process with its de facto work as the custodian of United Nations Inland Transport Conventions and Agreements whose contracting parties are United Nations Member States from all regions of the world, not only those of the ECE region. She underlined that the parallel reporting structure does not imply the need for additional resources for the ITC secretariat. The only budgetary implication would be translation of the summary report to ECOSOC into the three UN languages that are not official in the ECE region and to which the report of the ITC is not at present translated, namely Arabic, Chinese and Spanish.

5. The Director of the Sustainable Transport Division further reflected on the future strategy of the Inland Transport Committee. This strategy should reflect how transport and mobility would be likely in the next 20 to 30 years, addressing automation, climate change, electrification of transport, shared mobility and digitalisation. Questions on the adjustment of current work and organisational settings need to be addressed.

6. The Chair of the World Forum thanked the Director on her opening statement, stating his appreciation of the excellent leadership and cooperation with the World Forum during her 10-year tenure.

7. The Vice-chair of the World Forum reiterated the words of the chair, congratulating the Director on her achievements and wishing her success in future personal endeavours.

8. The annotated provisional agenda was adopted by adding new agenda item 8.5. on the follow-up of the initiative on voluntary road safety target indicators by the World Health Organization.

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

10. The 124th session of WP.29/AC.2, (19 June 2017) was chaired by Mr. A. Erario (Italy) and was attended, in accordance to Rule 29 of the terms of reference and rules of procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690 and Amends.1-2), by the Chairs of GRB (France), GRE (Belgium), GRPE (Netherlands), GRRF (United Kingdom), GRSP (United States of America) GRSG (Italy), the Chair of the Executive Committee (AC.3) of the 1998 Agreement (Japan), the Vice-Chair of WP.29 (Russian Federation), by the representatives of Canada, Japan, Republic of Korea, United States of America and European Union (EU).

11. The WP.29/AC.2 reviewed and adopted the agenda of the 172nd session of the World Forum. WP.29/AC.2 also reviewed the draft agenda for the 173rd session of the World Forum, scheduled to be held in Geneva from 14 to 17 November 2017.

12. AC.2. discussed the possibility of new vehicle category determinants for automated and autonomous vehicles. AC.2 agreed to defer further discussions on the topic to the Informal Working Group (IWG) on Intelligent Transport Systems and Automated Driving (ITS AD) at its session to be held on 22 June 2017 (see para. 25 of this report).

13. The Chair of the IWG on International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA) informed AC.2 about the latest amendments to Annex 4 of the draft UN Regulation No. 0, about other UN Regulations to be reviewed by the relevant GRs before they may be included in the annex, namely UN Regulations Nos. 14, 34, 116, 129 and the future UN Regulation on implementing the Worldwide Light-Duty Test Procedures (WLTP).

14. AC.2 reviewed the proposals for amendments of the “General Guidelines” documents and focused on the question whether this document would be still considered as a guideline or as a legal interpretation (see item 4.2.2.). In addition, the EC representative suggests the guideline documents to be reviewed by the GR Chairs, possibly by written procedure during the summer period, before adoption at the November 2017 session.

15. AC.2 explored ways of how to integrate IWVTA into the GR framework. One option was to propose the establishment of a seventh GR, but AC.2 thought, that this would require a more general reflection taking into account priorities of work. A first deliverable was expected by November 2017.

16. The secretariat informed AC.1 on the state of play of the financing for the Database for the Exchange of Type Approval documentation (DETA) following the negotiations in preparation for the sixty-seventh session of the Commission resulting in the only possible way forward via an extra-budgetary project as an interim solution (see item 4.5).

17. AC.2 agreed to discuss Article 15.3 of the Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement and highlighted its impact on the example of changes to the requirements for Technical Services and, therefore, the possible need for transitional arrangements (see item 4.4.).

18. In order to raise the transparency of the work of WP.29, AC.2 considered ways to ease access of participation to WP.29 for NGOs that have not obtained ECOSOC consultative status, on the basis of proposals to amend the WP.29 Rules of Procedure (RoP). The secretariat was requested to prepare a corresponding proposal for a future amendment of the WP.29 RoP for consideration by WP.29 at its 173rd session in November 2017.

19. AC.2 discussed the agenda for the autonomous vehicle policy conference to be held June 28 and 29 at the Palais des Nations. The European Commission expressed concern that the members of WP.29 were not consulted when WP.1 developed the conference. The EU noted that as the Working Party responsible for development of safety regulations for autonomous vehicles, WP.29 has great interest in discussions involving its members responsible for regulatory policies affecting autonomous vehicles. The secretariat was asked to consult with the leadership of the WP.1 committee to find ways to improve communications between the two committees to ensure that all interested parties are informed in advance and may participate in development of conferences covering joint areas of interest.

20. The representative of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland raised the security issue of so-called “vehicle as a weapon”. AC.2 agreed this would require reflection whether WP.29 could usefully address this issue.

21. AC.2 recommended AC.4 to convene.

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

23. The secretariat presented the list of Working Parties and Chairs (based on WP.29-172-01/Rev.1). The World Forum noted WP.29-172-02 on the draft 2018 calendar for WP.29 and its subsidiary bodies.

24. The representative of China requested the secretariat, because of an overlap with Chinese New Year celebrations, to consider advancing the scheduled 85th session of GRRF by ten days.

25. The representative of Germany presented WP.29-172-08 proposing to mandate GRRF to address higher level of automations in its regulatory work. The Chair of the IWG on Intelligent Transport Systems and Automated Driving (ITS/AD) recalled the decision of WP.29 in March 2017 on this matter (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1129, para. 24). WP.29 agreed to request GRRF to address SAE level 3 and 4, to defer the document to GRRF and to request GRRF to report on their view of the document at the November session of WP.29.

26. The secretariat recalled the statement of the representative of United Kingdom at AC.2 on challenges and sequence of meetings that would require an extraordinary meeting of GRRF in the week following the seventy-eighth session of GRE. WP.29 requested the secretariat to organize this one-day extraordinary session of GRRF and to reallocate, if necessary, the WP.29 resources to accommodate this request.

27. The Chair of the IWG on ITS/AD reported on the outcome of the IWG discussions at the meeting held during the week of WP.29 and highlighted that: (a) the Terms of Reference for the Task Force on Cybersecurity had been adopted by the IWG, (b) the discussions on the level definitions of autonomous driving had been concluded and that a final document would be presented to WP.29 for consideration and possible adoption at its November 2017 session, (c) following a brainstorming session on how to reflect the automation of vehicles within vehicle category denominations, the IWG had prefered to follow a pragmatic solution and not commit to a specific one at this stage, and (d) the initial discussions on future approaches and methods for testing of automated/autonomous vehicles had started. Furthermore, the IWG on ITS/AD had agreed to establish a new Task Force on testing of automated/autonomous vehicles.

28. The representative of the Russian Federation, Vice-Chair of WP.29, thanked the Chair of the IWG for the very interesting presentation and mentioned that normally the categories of vehicles are necessary for future requirements, which are applied for type approval. The scope of WP.29 is vehicle performance but not traffic rules and insurance fees, so this aspect should be taken into account when new definitions are proposed.

29. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRSP given during the 171st session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1129, paras. 36-40) and approved the report.

30. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRPE given during the 171st session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1129, paras. 41-43) and approved the report.

31. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRRF given during the 171st session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1129, paras. 44-49) and approved the report.

32. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRB given during the 171st session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1129, paras. 50-52) and approved the report.

33. The Chairman of GRE reported on the results of the seventy-seventh session of GRE (for details, see the report in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/77).

34. The GRE chair informed WP.29 that, at the request of IWG on IWVTA, GRE had clarified the individual Regulations on lighting and light-signalling devices with a requirement that light sources in these devices should be type approved pursuant to Regulations Nos. 37, 99 or 128.

35. The GRE chair reported that GRE had finalized the discussion on whether or not the amendment proposals to Regulations Nos. 6 and 50 on direction indicators with sequential activation would require a new series of amendments and/or transitional provisions. GRE had concluded that a new series of amendments was not necessary, as the proposed amendments were of clarification nature and did not introduce new requirements. At the same time, GRE had agreed that the industry would need a transition period to take into account, in the design process, the amended provisions and decided to introduce them by means of a Supplement with transitional provisions.

36. The GRE chair also briefed WP.29 that, in the framework of the simplification of the lighting and light-signalling Regulations, GRE had taken took note of a first draft Regulation on Light-Signalling Devices and sought clarification on how the amendment process, including new series of amendments and approval markings, would work for this new Regulation covering many different devices. WP.29 noted that GRE had argued in favour of mandatory, rather than optional, use of Unique Identifier (UI). The representative of OICA informed that the DETA and IWVTA informal groups are currently developing proposed guidelines for the application of the Unique Identifier. He also referred to Schedule 5 of the revised 1958 Agreement, and explained that, while the Unique Identifier could equally apply to a Regulation that encompasses several devices, a new UI could nevertheless be needed when the requirements for only one of the devices is amended. He therefore concluded that the UI concept, though clearly a preferred approach for the simplification of markings, is not a pre-requisite for the work undertaken in GRE, as also confirmed in the IWVTA informal group.

37. The GRSG Chair reported on the results achieved during the 112th session of GRSG (for more details see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/91).

38. The GRSG Chair informed WP.29 about the submission of a Corrigendum to Global Technical Regulation No. 6 to clarify the scope and the technical rationale for consideration at the November 2017 sessions of WP.29 and AC.3.

39. WP.29 welcomed the submission by GRSG of a new draft UN Regulation on Accident Emergency Call Systems (AECS), including the alignment of the corridor of sled pulse (65g) with the EU legislation. The representative of the Russian Federation congratulated GRSG with such success and mentioned that this activity began at 2013 according Russian proposal and remained that analogical regulations are in force in Eurasian Economic Union from 2015 and they already had safe a lot of lives at road accidents.

40. The representative of the United States of America, on behalf of the Chair of GRSP informed WP.29 about the results made by his group during its sixty-first session (for details see the session report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/61).

41. Referring to new activities of GRSP on how to improve safety of L7 category of vehicles, he recommended the need to address roadworthiness issue related to this category of vehicles, especially frontal collision as performed by Euro NCAP. WP.29 endorsed the recommendation of the Chair of GRSP.

42. The Chair of GRPE (Netherlands), reported to WP.29 on the results achieved by GRPE during its seventy-fifth session (for more details see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/75).

43. WP.29 endorsed the proposed route by GRPE to transpose the Worldwide harmonized Light vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) into the 1958 Agreement (GRPE-75-18).

44. WP.29 endorsed the extension of the mandate of the IWG on VIAQ until November 2020 to extend the work to consider not only emissions generated by interior materials, but also gases from other sources that enter into the vehicle cabin. WP.29 noted that a first draft of the updated terms of reference and rules of procedure was submitted by the IWG on VIAQ at the June 2017 GRPE session (GRPE-75-14) and that a final version is expected to be considered by GRPE at its January 2018 session.

45. As new Chair for the new stage of the IWG on VIAQ, the representative of the Russian Federation highlighted the existing standards on VIAQ in in his country since 2010 and in the Eurasian region since 2015. He expressed the willingness to lead the activities of the IWG on VIAQ based on the experience in the Russian Federation in such important topic to reduce threats to people health.

46. WP.29 noted that Mr. A. Rijnders (Netherlands) was re-elected as Chair of GRPE for the year 2018 and that no Vice-Chair was elected in the absence of candidates.

47. The representative of India expressed the intention to nominate a candidate for the GRPE Vice-Chairmanship at the next election of officers for the year 2019 taking place in June 2018.

48. The secretariat informed the World Forum about the latest update of the status of the 1958 Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/343/Rev.25) that contains the information received by the secretariat up to 20 May 2017, and which is available on the WP.29 website at: www.unece.org/trans/main/wp29/wp29wgs/wp29gen/wp29fdocstts.html. WP.29 noted that Contracting Parties should notify the secretariat about any amendments needed to the status document.

49. The secretariat, following the discussions of the March 2017 session, presented a user-manual (WP.29-172-07) of the web-based application that had been established in the Sustainable Transport Division on the exchange of information between the Contracting Parties and the secretariat for information relevant to Part 1 and Annex 1 of the status of the 1958 Agreement document, that aimed to replace paper notification of the above-mentioned information.

50. WP.29 decided that the heads of delegations should provide the secretariat with the Single Point Of Contact (SPOC) on the designation of Type Approval Authorities and Technical Services that would receive credentials for accessing the application for introducing new or changes to existing information. WP.29 agreed that the objective was to manage the exchange of information with the secretariat, exclusively through the web-based application from 2018 onwards.

51. No new proposals were submitted under this agenda item.

52. No new proposals were submitted under this agenda item.

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

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

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

56. The representative of Japan, on behalf of the Chair of the IWG on IWVTA introduced the Draft UN Regulation No. 0 on uniform provisions concerning International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/104) and the latest amendments to its Annex 4 listing UN Regulations covered by the IWVTA (WP.29-172-12). He highlighted other UN Regulations to be reviewed by the relevant GR before they may be included in the annex, namely UN Regulations Nos. 14, 34, 116, 129 and the future UN Regulation on implementing the Worldwide Light-Duty Test Procedures (WLTP). WP.29 agreed to keep the document on the agenda for its November 2017 session for consideration and adoption.

57. He further introduced a tentative draft of the Rules of Procedures and the Terms of Reference (WP.29-172-14) for the future work of the IWG on IWVTA Phase 2. WP.29 asked to keep the document on the agenda for its November 2017 session for consideration and adoption.

58. The secretariat announced that confirmation had been received from the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) that no Contracting Party has opposed the proposal for Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement.

59. The scheduled date of entry into force of Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement is 14 September 2017 (see CN.314.2017).

60. The representative of Japan, on behalf of the Chair of the IWG on IWVTA, introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/55 including the editorial correction as reflected in IWVTA-SG58-23-07. The World Forum noted the addition to the “Question and Answer” document on Revision 3 as Q&A No. 22 on the application of the numbering of UN type approvals as from the entry into force of Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement (WP.29-172-15), and agreed to keep the document on the agenda for its November 2017 session for consideration and adoption when Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement entered into force.

61. The secretariat introduced a recommendation on Article 15.3 of Revision 3 to the 1958 Agreement (WP.29-172-27). WP.29 asked to keep the document on the agenda for its November 2017 session for consideration and adoption.

62. The secretariat updated WP.29 about developments in the hosting of DETA by UNECE and the related discussion of the UNECE Executive Committee (EXCOM) related to financing of DETA (WP.29-172-09).

63. The Chair of GRE reiterated the urgency to have DETA with the Unique Identifier (UI) functions for the ongoing process of simplification of the lighting and light-signalling Regulations, under which around thirty current Regulations would be grouped into three new ones, each covering many devices. The representative of GTB, in his capacity of Secretary of IWG on SLR, pointed out that the new Regulations would keep the traditional approval markings as a fall-back solution, should DETA and UI not be available. However, the traditional markings would not be practical (see also para. 36).

64. The secretariat presented the draft report of the twenty-ninth session of the IWG on DETA (WP.29-172-23).

65. WP.29, noting the absence of a regular budget for DETA, agreed to recommend to EXCOM that an extra budgetary project should be established in order to permit the secretariat to purchase DETA and to cover the running costs of DETA until 2020, while awaiting the solution of EXCOM to sustainably finance DETA. WP.29 (a) welcomed the effort of the automotive industry which was conditionally willing to contribute to the extraordinary costs of the programming of the “Unique Identifier” once DETA has been established and (b) noted that an extra budgetary project should be proposed to EXCOM for financing the Unique Identifier and the modifications of DETA related to IWVTA and the Declaration of Conformance (DoC). WP.29 reflected and agreed to defer decision to the November 2017 session on the proposal to open the use of DETA not only to Contracting Parties of the 1958 Agreements exchanging type approval documentation according to UN Regulations, but also to any member State and their documentation according to their compliance systems, provided that the appropriate access rights are defined.

66. The representative of the United Kingdom stated that countries would probably be willing to pay a fair share of the costs of DETA. The Chair of WP.29 invited delegations to verify the willingness of their country to contribute to the budget of DETA. WP.29 requested that the UNECE Executive Secretary send a letter to the Contracting Parties providing information on the costs related to DETA, the administrative provisions of extrabudgetary projects, and call for donations.

67. The representative of Germany confirmed that the testing version of DETA installed in Germany was not suitable as an interim solution, and wondered about the implications of DETA not being operational at the time of entry into force of the Revision 3 to the 1958 Agreement. The representative of OICA responded that application of the Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement would not be formally blocked by the absence of DETA.

68. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.6.1 to 4.6.6 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

69. The representative of OICA announced his intention to submit draft corrigenda to documents ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/58, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/59 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/60 for consideration at the next GRSP session.

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

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

For agenda item 4.8.3., document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/70,
In para. 2.16., for "28.5.5. " read “28.5”.

For agenda item 4.8.3., document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/70:

In para. 2.16., for "28.5.5. " read “28.5”.

In para. 6.2.1., for “D is the conventional…”, read : “d is the conventional…”

72. The World Forum considered the draft amendment under item 4.9.1 and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting.

73. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under items 4.10.1 to 4.10.19 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the amendments noted for each agenda item.

74. For agenda item 4.10.1, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/72, WP.29 noted that that the correct short title of Regulation No. 4 is “Illumination of rear registration plates”.

75. For agenda item 4.10.3, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/74, WP.29 noted that the title of the document shall read: "Proposal for Supplement 28 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 6 (Direction indicators) ".

76. For agenda item 4.10.9, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/80, WP.29 noted that the title of the document shall read: "Proposal for Supplement 20 to Regulation No. 50 (Position, stop, direction indicators lamps for mopeds and motorcycles) ".

77. No draft corrigenda were submitted.

78. The World Forum recalled its decision under item 4.2.2 on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/67/Corr.1 and requested the secretariat to publish Corrigendum 1 to the current guideline document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1044/Rev.1.

79. No proposals for new Regulations were submitted.

80. No proposals for amendments were submitted.

81. No proposals for amendments were submitted.

82. The World Forum agreed that agenda items 5.1 to 5.6 should be considered in detail by the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement (AC.3).

83. The representative of China presented WP.29-172-21 to provide an overview on the development of the China Automotive Testing Cycle (CATC). She explained the need to replace the currently used New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) by a new cycle representing actual driving conditions in China. She mentioned the target to finalize the development of CATC in year 2018 and then to evaluate results and assess the comparison between CATC and WLTP. She clarified that data have not been available when WLTP started to be developed but now data collected by more than 40 cities were used to develop CATC.

84. The Chair of WP.29 pointed out that complications may arise in future if WLTP is not implemented by all Contracting Parties to the 1998 Agreement that notified UN GTR No. 15 and its amendments.

161. The world Forum learned that Mr. Naono (Japan, JASIC office in Geneva) would no longer attend WP.29 sessions. WP.29 acknowledged his outstanding cooperation and wished him all the best for his new responsibilities.

85. The secretariat presented the consolidated document (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1074/Rev.8) on the status of the Agreement including the status of the UN Rules annexed to the Agreement, the list of the Contracting Parties to the Agreement and of their Administrative Departments. No new Contracting Parties have acceded to the agreement since the 171st session of WP.29, nor has the secretariat received new notification on PTI authorities or certificates. The Contracting Parties were reminded to notify the secretariat of any relevant update.

86. The representative of the Russian Federation Co-Chair of the IWG on Periodical Technical Inspection (PTI) updated the World Forum on the work of the group. He reported to the World Forum on the seventh meeting of the IWG on PTI was held on 14 June 2017 in Moscow, the Russian Federation (WP.29-172-22). The group reviewed the proposal for a new Rule No. 3 on Periodical Technical Inspections of motor vehicles using Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and/or Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in their propulsion system (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/93). CITA proposed to modify the document to refer to the recently approved UN Regulation No. 143 and to remove the reference of 300 ppm to assess gas leakages.

87. The Co-Chair of the IWG on Periodical Technical Inspection further reported that the group studied the draft provisions for inspection of hybrid and electric vehicles (HEV). The group decided to add to the draft definitions of the acronyms and HEV components according to UN Regulation No. 100 and provisions for use of On Board Diagnostics (OBD) for inspection. Due to lack of exact information and data the group did not find the solution on periodicity of inspection of the vehicle in question and requests guidance of the World Forum on that subject. Informal Document WP.29-172-19 incorporating the draft Rule on Periodical Technical Inspections of hybrid and electric vehicles is submitted for review to this 172nd session of the World Forum (para. 100).

88. The representative of the Russian Federation, Co-Chair of the IWG on PTI, reminded the World Forum that the groups mandate would expire at the end of 2017. He proposed that the World Forum submit a request to the Inland Transport Committee for the establishment of a Working Party on PTI. He informed the World Forum that the IWG on PTI would meet once more during 2017and that the exact date has not been set yet.

89. The representative of Finland supported the proposal of the representative of the Russian Federation for establishing a Working Party on PTI, having in mind the very important safety and environmental performance implications of the work of the IWG on PTI on road vehicles, and urged delegates present to consider the proposal.

90. In the context of the proposal for establishing a Working Party, the Chair of the World Forum reminded delegates of the limited resources of WP.29, underlining nevertheless that the tabled proposal on new Rules could be examined in an official way by the competent GRs.

91. The secretariat informed the World Forum of the possibility to convene the IWG on PTI within the scope of WP.29 sessions, on Thursday afternoons if the IWG on ITS/AD can complete its session during Thursday mornings. The Chair of the World Forum requested that the Chairs of the relevant IWG coordinate on this matter with the secretariat.

92. The representative of the Netherlands expressed his concern whether the envisaged timeframe of one afternoon would be sufficient for discussions taking into account past experience of the IWG on PTI, and therefore as such may also result in an inefficient use of time resources taking into account its potential impact on the time available for IWG on ITS/AD.

93. The Co-Chair of the World Forum expressed his support for the proposal allocate Thursday afternoons during World Forum sessions for meetings of the IWG on PTI until a systematic long term solution for the work of the group is reached.

94. The Chair of the World Forum invited the stakeholders to further explore the proposed solutions in discussions with the secretariat.

95. The representative of the Russian Federation, Co-Chair of the IWG on PTI, introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/90 amending ECE/RCTE/CONF/4/Add.1/Rev.1 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/91 amending ECE/RCTE/CONF/4/Add.2.

96. The World Forum considered the draft amendments subject to the correction below and recommended their submission to AC.4 for voting.

97. Document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/91 the last sentence in Paragraph 9.1 shall read “… as amended by Revision 1.”

98. The representative of the Russian Federation, Co-Chair of the IWG on PTI, presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/92 proposing amendments to the 1997 Agreement. He recalled the status of the discussion at the last session and proposed ways forward. WP.29 invited the Russian Federation to present the proposed amendments to the 1997 Agreement to the Secretary General in consistency with the provisions of the Agreement.

99. The representative of the Russian Federation, Co-Chair of the IWG on PTI, presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/93 proposing the establishment of a new Rule on Periodical Technical Inspections of motor vehicles using Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and/or Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in their propulsion system to be annexed to the 1997 Agreement. Several Contracting Parties indicated that they were in the process of evaluation of the proposal. WP.29 requested the secretariat to prepare a consolidated document for the November 2017 session.

100. The secretariat will submit informal document WP.29-172-19 incorporating the draft Rule on Periodical Technical Inspections of hybrid and electric vehicles as official document for further consideration at the 173rd session of WP.29.

101. The representative of Switzerland presented WP.29-172-28 on manipulations on EURO V and VI trucks by aftermarket suppression of AdBlue injection. He explained that the Swiss authorities decided to act after some previous cases in other countries and that suspect vehicles are immobilized and inspected. He mentioned that 100 manipulated vehicles had been discovered nationwide since February 2017 (about 1 per cent detection rate). He clarified that only manipulated EURO V vehicles had been identified and no manipulated EURO VI vehicles had been detected so far due to the lack of access to the emission control software. He invited Contracting Parties to address the five questions in WP.29-172-28 in order to exchange information on manipulation detection methods and enforcement strategies. He introduced WP.29-172-24 to show how manipulated trucks were detected. He referred to WP.29-172-25 and WP.29-172-26 for information sharing.

102. The representatives of EU, Finland, UK and USA reported on related activities in their respective countries/regions and expressed their willingness to cooperate by sharing information and discussing best enforcement strategies over vehicle life.

103. The representative of the Russian Federation highlighted the relevance of this issue and encouraged the development of recommendations by the IWG on PTI. The representative of CITA underlined the need of consistency between the different regulatory instruments for vehicle approval, PTI and technical roadside inspections covering the whole vehicle life.

104. The Chair of WP.29 invited stakeholders to take contact with the Swiss delegation to contribute to the discussion and invited the Swiss delegation to give an update at the next WP.29 session in November 2017. WP.29 agreed to send WP.29-172-28 to the IWG on PTI for further consideration.

105. The representative of Finland, ambassador of the WP.29 and WP.1 on Automated Driving, reported on the activities of WP.1 including those related to automated vehicles. He informed about the upcoming workshop organized by WP.1 together with National United States Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Institut Français des Sciences et Technologies des Transports, de l’Aménagement et des Réseaux (IFSTTAR). The representative of Sweden noted that the title of the workshop was broad and wondered about the scope of the workshop. The representative of EU, given the title of the workshop, proposed that the activities of WP.29 on this matter be presented. The representative of the United States of America, confirming their understanding that the governance of vehicle safety shall be addressed by WP.29 and confirmed that his colleagues dealing with traffic would contribute to the workshop. The Chair of WP.29 encouraged the secretariat to contribute to the good cooperation between WP.1 and WP.29.

106. No further proposals for amendments to R.E.3 were submitted under this agenda item.

107. The secretariat presented WP.29-172-20, listing all of the adopted proposals during the 171th WP.29 session and their expected date of entry into force.

108. The World Forum took note of the delays in the consolidation of documents and the human resource constraints.

109. WP.29 noted the follow-up of deliberations on WHO Discussion Paper “Developing voluntary global performance targets for road safety risk factors and service delivery mechanisms” and the incorporation of comments delivered at this March 2017 session as reproduced in Annex V. WP.29 agreed to transmit the above mentioned text to WHO secretariat.

110. IMMA thanked UNECE secretariat for preparing the draft comments on behalf of WP.29 and informed that IMMA had submitted a response directly to WHO on the Discussion Paper. The representative of OICA informed WP.29 that he would shortly submit a separate OICA contribution to WHO addressing the aspect of vehicle requirements to be made mandatory in the various countries. Therefore, he would have preferred a more coordinated approach towards WHO.

111. Of the 54 Contracting Parties to the Agreement, 40 were represented and established AC.1 for its sixty-sixth session held on 21 June 2017.

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

114. The fiftieth session of the Executive Committee (AC.3) was held on 21 June 2017 and chaired by the representative of Japan. The representatives of 28 of the 36 Contracting Parties to the Agreement attended: Canada, China, the European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Norway, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, San Marino, South Africa, Turkey and the United States of America.

115. AC.3 noted the information, as of 12 June 2017, on the status of the Agreement, of the Global Registry and of the Compendium of Candidates (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.19), the status of the priorities (based on WP.29-172-03 as reproduced in Annex II to the session report) of the 1998 Agreement and items on which the exchange of views should continue. AC.3 also noted that assistance could be obtained from the secretariat (Mr. E. Gianotti) about the obligations of Contracting Parties in the transposition process. Representatives were also reminded of their obligation to send the mandatory reports on the transposition process through their Permanent Missions in Geneva via the “1998 AGREEMENT-MISSIONS List” electronic system to the secretariat to ensure updating of the status document, which is the monitoring tool of the Agreement.

116. Submitted for consideration and vote, the proposal for a new UN GTR Evaporative emission test procedure for a Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP EVAP) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/94, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/95, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/44) was established in the UN Global Registry on 21 June 2017 by consensus vote of the following Contracting Parties present and voting: China, European Union (voting for Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Malaysia, Norway, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, San Marino, South Africa, Turkey.

117. The representatives from Canada, Kazakhstan and the United States of America abstained to vote.

118. Submitted for consideration and vote, the proposal for Amendment 2 to the UN GTR No. 1 on Door locks and door retention components (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/96, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/97, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/43) was established in the UN Global Registry on 21 June 2017 by consensus vote of the following Contracting Parties present and voting: Canada, China, the European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Norway, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, San Marino, South Africa, Turkey and the United States of America.

119. Submitted for consideration and vote, the proposal for Amendments 2 to UN GTR No. 15 on the Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/98, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/99, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/44) was established in the UN Global Registry on 21 June 2017 by consensus vote of the following Contracting Parties present and voting: Canada, China, European Union (voting for Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Malaysia, Norway, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, San Marino, South Africa, Turkey.

120. The representatives from Canada, Kazakhstan and the United States of America abstained to vote.

121. Submitted for consideration and vote the request made by the United States of America to maintain Listing No. 13 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/57) in the Compendium of Candidates for another period of five years was adopted on 21 June 2017 by consensus vote of the following Contracting Parties present and voting: Canada, China, the European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Norway, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, San Marino, South Africa, Turkey and the United States of America.

122. Submitted for consideration and vote the request made by the United States of America to maintain Listing No. 12 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/100) in the Compendium of Candidates for another period of five years was adopted on 21 June 2017 by consensus vote of the following Contracting Parties present and voting: Canada, China, the European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Norway, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, San Marino, South Africa, Turkey and the United States of America.

123. Submitted for consideration and vote the request made by the United States of America to maintain Listing No. 11 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/101) in the Compendium of Candidates for another period of five years was adopted on 21 June 2017 by consensus vote of the following Contracting Parties present and voting: Canada, China, the European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Norway, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, San Marino, South Africa, Turkey and the United States of America.

124. Submitted for consideration and vote the note by secretariat that in official documents under the 1998 Agreement the term “UN GTR” may be used (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/102) was adopted on 21 June 2017 by consensus vote of the following Contracting Parties present and voting: Canada, China, the European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Norway, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, San Marino, South Africa, Turkey and the United States of America.

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

126. The representative of the EU introduced WP.29-172-31, jointly prepared by US, Japan and EU, which aimed at providing an overview of the priority of the programme of work, listing priorities for future work in view of the development of new UN GTRs as well as ongoing work on amendments to the existing ones. The representative of the United States of America stated that at a later stage he would be in the position to provide more detailed comments to the document since he was waiting from his administration a list of priorities focused on national needs. The representative from OICA underlined that clarification was needed as to the scope of a UN GTR on Event Data Recorders (EDR) since EDR should not be confused with data storage for automated vehicles. The representative of China informed AC.3 about their activities on automated and connected vehicles, on development of a national standard on intelligent and connected vehicles (ICV) and to provide further information at the next sessions. She finally announced the availability of her country to participate to future activities focused on the development of UN GTRs on autonomous driving.

127. AC.3 requested chairs of working groups and Contracting Party representatives to provide their feedback on WP.29-172-31 by 15 August 2017, to allow the secretariat to distribute it with an official symbol at it November 2017 session.

128. As technical sponsor for these activities, the representative of EU explained that the IWG on Environmental and Propulsion Performance Requirements (EPPR) under GRPE was working on the development of amendments to UN GTR No. 2. He informed that progress is slower than initially anticipated, due to the regional differences.

129. On behalf of the representative of Italy, the GRRF secretariat reported on the progress of work of the GRRF on the harmonization of provisions of UN GTR No.3 and UN Regulation 78. There is no informal group for these activities. Italy is carrying out consultations with relevant stakeholders, Contracting Parties and NGOs. Further information will be provided to the World Forum at the 173rd session in November, as GRRF will convene in September 2017.

130. The representative of IMMA thanked the UNECE secretariat for the update and thanked Italy for their continued sponsorship of the UN GTR No. 3. He emphasized the importance for the industry to keep UN GTR No. 3 and UN Regulation No. 78 on motorcycle braking as much as possible harmonised. He also thanked Canada for their support in this work and expressed his expectation that the proposal for amendments to UN GTR No. 3 would be considered at GRRF at the September 2017 session.

131. The representative of the Republic of Korea reported on the progress of work of the IWG on Panoramic Sunroof Glazing (PSG) in developing an amendment to UN GTR No. 6. He announced that GRSG adopted at its April 2017 session a Corrigendum to UN GTR No. 6 to clarify the scope for consideration by AC.3 at its November 2017 session. He reminded AC.3 about the extended mandate of the IWG until June 2018 to reflect the ongoing research results performed by NHTSA.

132. The representative of the United States of America announced that the draft scope of work is expected to be developed and that the research on sunroof glazing will be initiated by end of this year.

133. The representative of United Kingdom, on behalf of the chair of the IWG on Phase 2 of UN GTR No. 7 on head restraints, mentioned that at the March 2017 session of WP29, it had been acknowledged that the GTR7 IWG had not been able to establish injury criteria directly from post mortem subjects testing but that they had developed some understanding based on empirical data. He added that following that meeting, the expert from the United States of America agreed to explore their capacity to provide further post mortem subjects data. He added that it seems unlikely that the United States of America could complete any related work by the end of 2017. Accordingly, AC.3 at its previous session agreed to extend the time mandate for the IWG to allow it to resolve their work using an empirical approach if the data could not be obtained.

134. The representative of United Kingdom informed AC.3 that the IWG Chair had met with the manufacturer of BioRID who confirmed its willingness to provide additional information to support a BioRID certification requirement and that more detail would be provided before the summer break. He finally informed AC.3 that at the May 2017 session of GRSP, experts were advised of the intention to restart the IWG and, following the intended discussion with the manufacturer, the Chair of the IWG would establish a plan to deliver a proposal to the spring 2018 meeting of GRSP.

135. The representative of the United States of America informed AC.3 that his country was in agreement with GSRP to accept Injury Assessment Reference Values (IARVs) to move Phase 2 forward by incorporating the: (i) flexible pedestrian legform impactor (FlexPLI) and the (ii) new improved bumper test proposed by the Task Force on Bumper Test Area. However, he clarified that the new proposed head-form test, would need further validation and that his country was not in the position to incorporate it in the Phase 2 of the UN GTR.

136. The representative of the Republic of Korea informed AC.3 about the progress of work of the Task Force (TF) to incorporate provisions for active deployable systems in the bonnet area. He added that a face to face meeting was planned in November 2017 and advised a stronger participation of representatives of Contracting Parties.

137. As technical sponsor for this work, the representative of EU reported on the Phase 2 activities carried out by the IWG on WLTP under GRPE. He explained that GRPE adopted at its June 2017 session amendments to UN GTR No. 15 that will be submitted to AC.3 for consideration at its November 2017 session. He gave a first warning that some delay may occur to conclude Phase 2 activities due to the additional time that may be needed by some Task Forces.

138. As technical sponsor for this work, the representative of the Russian Federation informed the World Forum about the upcoming activities related to UN GTR No. 16. The sixteenth session of the IWG took place from the 7-9 June 2017 in Moscow, under the chairmanship of the Russian Federation and with participation of experts from the People’s Republic of China, Japan, India and the representatives of the tyre industry. During discussions on the proposed amendments, the tyre industry identified incompatibilities in some cases regarding the UN Regulations and Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) of the United States of America. Therefore, measures were agreed on to address these incompatibilities. He explained that during the IWG session, concerning European and American methods for testing tyres at high speed, the representative of ETRTO stated that there is a need to have additional tests along those lines and that about a year will be required to do this. The representative of ETRTO on that occasion also stated that there is at this moment no need to have compatibility between American and European compatibility tests.

139. The representative of the Russian Federation informed the World Forum that during the session the IWG considered the proposal of Peoples Republic of China and suggested that their representative develop specific amendments to the UN GTR, on the basis of Article 4.2 of the 1998 Agreement. The IWG also agreed to the proposal of India for developing amendments to the UN GTR text, however Japan reserved their position and requested to revert to the matter at the next meeting of the working party.

140. As concerning the global markings for tyres, the representative of the Russian Federation stated that a decision was reached to request statistics from the tyre industry on the quantities of tyres that can be qualified as global tyres. He informed the World Forum that the next meeting of the IWG would take place on the 30-31 October 2017, or 2-3 November 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. He added that the results of the group would be presented to GRRF at its eighty-fourth session in September. Given the above, he stated that they would ask for advice on postponing remaining deliverables for a year. Depending on the decisions taken by the GRRF, the Russian Federation, as the technical sponsor for the amendments to the GTR, would develop a corresponding proposal for AC.3 for a decision to be taken at its next meeting in November 2017. The representative of the Russian Federation invited delegates to participate in the upcoming meeting in Brussels and to send experts from countries that apply self-certification procedures, the United States and Canada, to ensure that an agreement on the GTR would be reached and harmonized with the standards applied in those areas.

141. The representative of the Russian Federation concluded his presentation of the work of the IWG with thanking all participants for their work and the tyre industry for their support and active participation in the work on amendments to the UN GTR No. 16.

142. The representative of the United States of America, on behalf of the Chair of the IWG on EVS, informed AC.3 that GRSP had recommended submission to the November 2017 session of AC.3, of the draft UN GTR WP.29-172-06 and of the final report of the IWG (WP.29-172-05). AC.3 noted the intention of the IWG to continue its activity by already starting the work on Phase 2 until the end of its mandate in December 2017. AC.3 agreed in principle with the request, pending: (a) an official authorization to develop the work of Phase 2 of the UN GTR for submission to the November 2017 session of AC.3, and (b) the Term of Reference of the IWG for the Phase 2 for submission at a later stage. AC.3 noted that this approach would avoid the discontinuation of IWG work activities and deal with the urgent, pending issues from Phase 1 of the UN GTR (WP.29-172-06).

143. The expert from the United States of America, in his capacity of Chair of the IWG on Quiet Road Transport Vehicle GTR (QRTV GTR), recalled his statement at the previous session of AC.3 about the Final Rule on Minimum Sound Requirements for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles. He reported that, following several petitions for reconsideration, the entry into force of the Final Rule had been postponed to 5 November 2017, but without modifying the effective dates of its implementation. He further indicated that IWG QRTV GTR would resume its work early in the next year. AC.3 recalled that it had agreed to extend the mandate of IWG on QRTV GTR until December 2018.

144. The representative of the EU, co-sponsor of the UN GTR on HFCV, informed AC.3 that as a follow-up to the adoption of the authorization to develop Phase 2 of the UN GTR, the IWG already started its activities. He however kindly solicited the participation to the work of the IWG of representatives of Contracting Parties such as China and United States of America. However, AC.3 noted that the contribution of these Contracting Parties, at their request, could be even incorporated as co-sponsors of the development of Phase 2 at a later stage.

145. The representative of the United States of America, Chair of the IWG, informed AC.3 that he had re-opened the activities of the group to finalize the work on the 50th percentile World Side Impact dummy (SID).

146. No subject was raised concerning pole side impact.

147. The representative from Canada provided an update on the latest activities of the IWG on EVE, on behalf of the EVE leadership. He indicated that there had been two meetings of the EVE IWG since the last WP.29 meeting: in Ann Arbor, Michigan (USA), on 10 and 11 April and in Geneva on 7 June 2017.

148. He noted that the IWG on EVE had made significant progress on the three assigned areas of work: determination of electrified vehicle power, electrified vehicle durability and method of stating energy consumption. First, he explained that the group had already begun developing the introductory sections of the UN GTR for power determination of electrified vehicles and the associated technical reports that were expected for delivery at the end of the mandate. He mentioned that the Chair of the drafting team for the power determination UN GTR was Mr. M. Safoutin (United States of America), and that the laboratories that would conduct the validation testing of the procedure (including laboratories in North America, Europe and Asia) had been identified. Second, he explained that the group had conducted preliminary battery life modelling using vehicle activity databases and battery durability literature. Third, he informed AC.3 that the IWG on EVE had contacted the Chair and the secretary of the Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency (GEEE) to seek their partnership on the project to assess upstream emissions from EVs.

149. He noted the regular interaction between EVE and WLTP IWGs to ensure that work would be complimentary and to avoid duplication of efforts. He mentioned that the IWG on WLTP had also confirmed that the timelines of EVE are acceptable for developing WLTP.

150. WP.29 noted that the IWG on EVE would host a teleconference on 12 September 2017 and would hold a two-day meeting in Vienna on 24 and 25 October 2017, in order to: continue UN GTR development and associated technical reports for power determination of electrified vehicles, continue the exchange of research information and modelling results for electrified vehicle battery durability, and discuss the next steps of the method of stating energy consumption based on the response from Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency (GEEE).

151. The representative of Spain, on behalf of the Chair of the IWG, informed AC.3 that the IWG had started its activities in a meeting on 24 May 2017 and that a second meeting was planned for 27 June 2017, with the participation of experts of vehicle manufacturers and suppliers (e.g. OICA, CLEPA) and of technical services (e.g. Union technique de l’automobile, du motocycle et du cycle (UTAC)). Representatives of seat manufacturers and of JASIC also participated in this group. He announced that the Chair would report on the outcome of the IWG work at the December 2017 session of GRSP.

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

153. He noted that WP.29-171-15 had taken into account comments made at the March 2016 AC.3 session. He added that further work could clarify the concepts of “alternatives”, “modules”, and “options”. He emphasized the position of OICA that such clarification would constitute a further improvement and that it would help in the development of new or amended global technical regulations.

154. The representative of the United States of America pointed out that the system of “alternatives” is not covered by the original text of S.R.2. He further mentioned that the “modules” are used for cases where only parts of the UN GTR would be subject to application by a national authority as it is the case, e.g. in the UN GTR No.16 on tyres with the safety related parts like wet-grip and the environmental related part on rolling-noise.

155. The representative of the European Union did not see the need for the proposed annex to the text of the S.R.2 and recommended to limit the text as much as possible in order not to encourage the further use of “options” in the UN GTRs.

156. AC.3 underlined the importance of the notification system underlined by item 3 © of S.R.2 and the general objective of achieving the maximum level of incorporation of the UN GTRs into domestic legislation. Furthermore, the current use of the notification system by Contracting Parties is not deemed sufficient to provide transparency to all stakeholders on the implementation of the different UN GTRs into domestic legislation.

157. The Chair proposed to keep this item on the agenda for the upcoming meeting in November 2017, possibly based on a revised version of WP.29-171-15.

158. Of the 14 Contracting Parties to the Agreement, seven were represented and established AC.1 for its ninth session held on 21 June 2017.

159. Mr. B. Kisulenko from the Russian Federation was as elected as chair of AC.4.

160. Documents WP.29/2017/90 and WP.29/2017/91 as amended by para. 97 of the session report were adopted by votes of 7 for, 0 against, with no abstentions. Seven of the 14 Contracting Parties to the 1997 Agreement were present.

76. For agenda item 4.10.9, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/80, WP.29 noted that the title of the document shall read: "Proposal for Supplement 20 to Regulation No. 50 (Position, stop, direction indicators lamps for mopeds and motorcycles) ".

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

1. The World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) held its 173rd session from 14 to 17 November 2017, chaired by Mr. A. Erario (Italy). The following countries were represented, following Rule 1(a) of the Rules of Procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.1 and Amend.2): Algeria, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Latvia, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, Uruguay, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and United States of America. Representatives of the European Union (EU) participated. The State of Palestine was represented as Observer. The following governmental organizations were represented: International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The following intergovernmental organizations were represented: The European Union funded EuroMed Transport Support Project and the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC). The following non-governmental organizations were also represented: Association for Emissions Control by Catalyst (AECC); European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA/MEMA/JAPIA)1; European Tyre and Rim Technical Organization (ETRTO); Consumers International (CI); Global New Car Assessment Programme (Global NCAP); the International Automotive Lighting and Light Signalling Expert Group (GTB); International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA); International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA); the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA); Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International; Other non-governmental organizations, private sector entities, independent experts and observers that were represented were: All Rights For All (ARFA-Pakistan); the American Automotive Policy Council (AAPC); Automobile and Motorcycle Association of Serbia Centre for Motor-Vehicles (AMSS-CMV) Ltd.; Confederation of the European Bicycle Industry (CONEBI); Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA); McLaren Applied Technologies; the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA); “SEG” Civil Society Support Center NGO and Transport Systems Catapult.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

14. The 125th session of WP.29/AC.2, (13 November 2017) was chaired by Mr. A. Erario (Italy) and was attended, in accordance with Rule 29 of the terms of reference and rules of procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690 and Amends.1-2), by the Chairs of GRB (France), GRE (Belgium), GRPE (Netherlands), GRRF (United Kingdom), GRSP (United States of America), GRSG (Italy), the Chair of the Executive Committee (AC.3) of the 1998 Agreement (Japan), the Vice-Chair of WP.29 (Russian Federation), by the representatives of Canada, Japan, Republic of Korea, United States of America and European Union.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

159. No subject was raised under this agenda item.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

52. The representative of Japan, Chair of the IWG on IWVTA, presented the Draft General Guidelines for United Nation regulatory procedures and transitional provisions in UN Regulations (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/107, Corr.1 and Add.1). These guidelines aim to streamline future work in the subsidiary bodies, to clarify the procedures following Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement and to ensure “good regulatory practice” by providing clarifications to avoid divergence in the understanding of Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement and the application of UN Regulations. The World Forum noted the intention of the IWG on IWVTA to further consider a number of amendments recommended by Contracting Parties and by the Working Parties for consideration at the next sessions of WP.29.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

113. The fifty-first session of the Executive Committee (AC.3) was held on 15 November 2017 and chaired by the representative of Japan. The representatives of 12 of the 36 Contracting Parties to the Agreement attended Australia, Canada, China, the European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan. Norway, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, South Africa, Tunisia and the United States of America.

114. AC.3 noted the information, as of 15 November 2017, on the status of the Agreement, of the Global Registry and of the Compendium of Candidates (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.20), the status of the priorities (based on WP.29-173-10 as reproduced in Annex II to this report) of the 1998 Agreement and items on which the exchange of views should continue. AC.3 also noted that assistance could be obtained from the secretariat (Mr. E. Gianotti) about the obligations of Contracting Parties in the transposition process. Representatives were also reminded of their obligation to send the mandatory reports on the transposition process through their Permanent Missions in Geneva via the “1998 AGREEMENT-MISSIONS List” electronic system to the secretariat to ensure updating of the status document, which is the monitoring tool of the Agreement.

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

116. Submitted for consideration and vote, the proposal for Amendment 3 to the UN GTR No. 15 on the Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedures (WLTP) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/140, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/141, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/44) was established in the UN Global Registry on 15 November 2017 by consensus vote of the following Contracting Parties present and voting: Australia, China, the European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan. Norway, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation and South Africa.

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

118. Submitted for consideration and vote, the proposal for Corrigendum 2 to UN GTR No. 6 on Safety Glazing (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/142) was established in the UN Global Registry on 15 November 2017 by consensus vote of the following Contracting Parties present and voting: Australia, Canada, China, the European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan. Norway, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, South Africa and the United States of America.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

145. The representative of Canada provided an update on the latest activities of the IWG on EVE, on behalf of the EVE leadership. He indicated that there had been two meetings of the IWG on EVE since the last WP.29 meeting: a teleconference on 12 September 2017 and the twenty-fourth meeting of the IWG on EVE on 24-25 2017 in Vienna. He thanked the Government of Austria for hosting the meeting.

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

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

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

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

(a) Side impact dummies

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

(b) Pole side impact

151. No subject was raised under this agenda item.

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

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

154. He noted that WP29-173-05 took into account comments made at the June 2017 AC.3 session. He added that his intention was to clarify the concepts of options and alternatives, based on the experience gained in the development of several existing global technical regulations. He emphasized the position of OICA that such clarification would constitute a further improvement and that it would help in the development of new or amended global technical regulations.

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

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

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

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

159. No subject was raised under this agenda item.

World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations | Session 174 | 12-16 Mar 2018

1. The World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) held its 174th session from 13 to 16 March 2018, chaired by Mr. A. Erario (Italy). The following countries were represented, following Rule 1 of the Rules of Procedure of WP.29 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Rev.1): Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Uruguay, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and United States of America. Representatives of the European Union participated. The following governmental organizations were represented: International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization. The following intergovernmental organizations were represented: the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC). The following non-governmental organizations were also represented: Association for Emissions Control by Catalyst (AECC), European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA/MEMA/JAPIA);1 European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), European Tyre and Rim Technical Organization (ETRTO), Consumers International (CI), FIA Foundation for the Automobile and Society, Global New Car Assessment Programme (Global NCAP), International Automotive Lighting and Light Signalling Expert Group (GTB), International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA), International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA), the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA) and Society of Automotive Engineers International. Other non-governmental organizations were represented following Rule 1(d): American Automotive Policy Council (AAPC), the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and World Bicycle Industry Association (WBIA). Other non-governmental organizations, private sector entities, independent experts and observers were represented: Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA).

2. The Chair of the World Forum welcomed the representatives to the World Forum and introduced the opening speakers, Mr. Yuwei Li, the new Director of the ECE Sustainable Transport Division, and H.E. Mr. German Cardona, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure of Colombia.

3. Mr. Li welcomed participants to the World Forum. He underlined the magnitude of the impact that the work of the World Forum has in the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, taking into account that road vehicles are a critical component of transport systems, affecting all aspects of the economy, especially trade, and the personal mobility of people in their daily lives.

4. Mr. Li reminded the World Forum of the importance of taking actions to improve road safety and address the epidemic-like consequences of road traffic crashes, which result in 1.25 million people killed and around 50 million people injured annually. He emphasized the importance of achieving progress in vehicle safety as one of the five pillars of the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety, 2011-2020. The Director also underlined that road safety was part of the Sustainable Development Goals in target 3.6 and Goal 11, which includes road safety considerations, and praised the World Forum’s contribution to the sustainable development agenda in this respect. He further stressed the role of the World Forum in responding to the challenges in sustainable development resulting from rapid urbanisation, pollutant emissions and their climate change impacts, and reflected on the work of WP.29 to improve the environmental performance of vehicles.

5. The Director highlighted the potential of automated vehicles to improve road safety, to improve efficiency by reducing energy consumption and to reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions, and expressed his strong support to the World Forum in its work to establish a comprehensive international regulatory framework for these revolutionary technological advances in the road vehicles sector. He stressed that ECE is proud to host the World Forum as very important link in the sustainable development agenda, which can contribute to saving millions of lives and help to improve living conditions by improving the environmental impact of transport in curbing GHG and pollutant emissions.

6. Mr. Li reminded the World Forum that the ministerial resolution adopted at the 2017 Inland Transport Committee (ITC) identified ECE as the global centre of inland transport agreements and conventions, and that delegations at the 2018 ITC session further expressed a strong desire to open ITC, its subsidiary Working Parties and the legal instruments under its purview to global membership. Recognizing the already global character of the World Forum, the Director expressed that ITC and the ECE secretariat would fully support WP.29 by promoting accession to its three vehicle agreements worldwide and by providing assistance to countries in implementing the agreements and their annexed regulations.

7. The Chair of the World Forum thanked the Director for his address and comments. He summarized the main activities of WP.29, especially the scope of work to improve vehicle safety and environmental performance, and the activities in vehicle automation, which require the dedicated attention of the World Forum. The Chair reiterated the position of the Director that the World Forum strives to expand its global membership and global application of the three vehicle agreements under the purview of the World Forum.

8. The Minister of Transport and Infrastructure of Colombia, H.E. Mr. German Cardona, thanked the secretariat and all the delegations for his invitation to WP.29. He informed WP.29 about the activities of the Government of Colombia on road safety. He reminded WP.29 about the historical peace agreement that had ended an internal conflict. The death toll of the conflict, that lasted for decades, had been reduced significantly. However, despite the efforts made by the country in joining the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety, 2011-2020, Colombia still had huge challenges in terms of so-called pacification of the roads to avoid the tragedy of thousands of families. Colombia is a country of fifty million inhabitants that had lost more than 40,000 lives on the road since 2011 with a recorded 250,000 injured road users. These represented truncated dreams especially among young people, healthy lives lost, and an unacceptable and preventable tragedy. Thus, the superior and fundamental political and social commitment of the Government of Colombia guarantees the road safety of Colombians — guarantees the right to live, and the right to safe mobility without compromising physical integrity. This is the reason for his presence today at the United Nations in Geneva and marks the start of an efficient system of adequate regulations that would ensure a safe system. In his professional experience, he was the Minister of Transport and Infrastructure and, in recent months, was backup to the President Juan Manuel Santos. In 2011, Congress had established the National Agency on Road Safety which started work in 2016, and constitutes his personal passion to safety. Colombia has planned work on road safety for 2011 to 2021, and work on harmonizing vehicle regulations for vehicles and motorcycles. However, Colombia has recognized that vehicles sold in the country do not correspond to the minimum safety standards, and that manufacturers sold vehicle versions with a lower level of safety as indicated by the Latin NCAP programme for the region. For this reason, Colombia recognized the importance of developing a regulation and type approval system, and of participating in the activities of the World Forum. It is a responsibility of Latin America and of the region as a whole to support and require a transformation of the industry. In the past weeks, the city of Medellin, Colombia had had the opportunity to host the first international forum of road safety, to which important national and international delegates and a huge public attended that surpassed expectations. Most were young and involved in road safety as a theme. In this framework, he addressed a special thanks to Messrs. Edoardo Gianotti and Jean Todt who proved to be outstanding allies for improving road safety in Colombia. The protection and defence of life had attained new heights for road safety. He further reiterated the efforts on road pacification. Improving road safety had become state policy and without doubt, the Presidents of our country will continue work to improve road safety to elevate peace.

9. The representative of OICA ensured the commitment of his association and of the global industry to improve road safety and welcomed the participation of the government of Colombia. He underlined that WP.29 was the right forum to develop automotive regulations and take into account technical progress. He stated that the crucial point was the harmonization of vehicle regulation. He said that vehicles may indeed meet different levels of standards depending on the market, and that therefore, OICA thought it would be very important for all markets to establish the so-called “level playing field” by putting in place the necessary harmonized legislation in the different countries so that all manufacturers and competitors are on an equal footing. He concluded that it was an important point to base national legislation on Regulations developed in the framework of the activities of the 1998 and 1958 Agreements administered by WP.29.

10. H.E. Mr. Cardona confirmed that the issue of vehicles with lower safety standards would be debated in the Congress of Colombia. As demonstrated above, LatinNCAP had made an excellent presentation during the international congress of Medellin on how Colombia is a receptor of low quality vehicles. The responsibility of the Government was explicit to work and to improve vehicle safety through the activities of the recently established road safety agency.

11. The representative of LatinNCAP and GlobalNCAP reiterated his commitment to support the efforts of the Colombian Government.

12. The representative of IMMA recognized that Colombia was a country where 28 per cent of Colombian families owned motorcycles, and that two-wheelers were an important means of mobility as one of seven Colombians use motorcycles as a regular form of transportation. He offered the cooperation of his association to assist Colombia with regards to the motorcycle relevant UN Regulations and the UN GTRs developed by the World Forum.

13. The annotated provisional agenda was adopted.

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

15. The 126th session of WP.29/AC.2 (12 March 2018) was chaired by Mr. A. Erario (Italy) and was attended, in accordance to Rule 29 of the terms of reference and rules of procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690 and Amends.1–3) by the Chairs of GRB (France), GRE (Belgium), GRPE (Netherlands), GRRF (United Kingdom), GRSP (United States of America), GRSG (Italy), the Chair of the Executive Committee (AC.3) of the 1998 Agreement (Japan), the Vice-Chair of WP.29 (Russian Federation), by the representatives of Canada, Germany, Japan, Republic of Korea, United States of America and European Union.

16. The new Director, Mr. Yuwei Li welcomed delegates of AC.2 and outlined his professional background and experience. The Director reminded delegates of the 2017 ITC ministerial resolution that supported the role of ITC and its subsidiary Working Parties as a global centre for inland transport international agreements and conventions. He stressed that all Working Parties should consider regional and global issues pertaining to their activities. The Director recalled conclusions of the 2018 ITC session, which in the context of WP.29 activities, supported the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, recognized the role of the World Forum in developing vehicle safety regulations, and of regulations addressing sectorial innovations. The work of the World Forum and its subsidiary bodies in addressing these issues at the global regulatory level is essential for achieving the associated Sustainable Development Goals.

17. AC.2 reviewed and adopted the agenda of the 174th session of the World Forum, and reviewed the draft agenda of the 175th session of the World Forum, scheduled to be held in Geneva from 23 to 26 June 2018.

18. AC.2 approved the participation at the World Forum, under Rule 1(d) of the Rules of Procedure of WP.29, of the following NGOs for the 2018-2019 biennium: American Automotive Policy Council (AAPC), the retread industry’s trade association (BIPAVER), European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), Federation of International Motorcycling (FIM), Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), Union Internationale des Transports Publics (UITP) Europe and World Bicycle Industry Association (WBIA).

19. AC.2 invited the secretariat to present proposals for convening a combined session with the Global Forum for Road Safety (WP.1) in 2018 on automated driving related topics of common interest.

20. AC.2 reflected on the priorities for the work of WP.29 and on the possible impact of the allocation of tasks among GRs. AC.2 identified automation and environmental performance of vehicles among the priorities of the World Forum. AC.2 agreed that careful consideration of all other topics would be warranted.

21. AC.2 discussed in detail the need to possibly adapt the structure of the GRs to accommodate new priorities under WP.29. A short term solution is to maintain the current GR structure with work to continue within GRRF for the immediate future. Another option under consideration is to create a dedicated GR (i.e. new seventh GR or a converted GR) for automated vehicles (AV)* that would encompass all current automation activities.

* Note by the secretariat: The corresponding decision No.19 of the eightieth ITC session (Informal document ITC (2018) No.13, para. 19) uses the term “automated vehicles”.

22. As for the option of a dedicated GR, it was considered by a number of delegations a promising way forward, taking into account available resources, to stay with the current structure of 6 GRs and to create a dedicated GR for AV (GRVA) on the basis of GRRF. This would require the current activities of GRRF not directly related to vehicle dynamics to be reallocated to other GRs, with a view to making available sufficient space and resources in GRVA.

23. The representative of the United States of America requested more information regarding the responsibilities and tasks of each GR under the respective options. This information is needed to help inform each CP and to find an efficient solution within a reasonable amount of time.

24. AC.2 welcomed the preparatory work of the secretariat on updating the “Blue Book”.

25. The secretariat presented the programme of work with a strategic introduction on the main priorities of the WP.29 work. Top priorities for the work of the World Forum in the field of automated vehicles pave the way for a regulatory framework supporting the introduction of these emerging technologies towards future autonomous vehicles and in electro-mobility to address the challenges of limited fossil fuel resources, environmental protection and climate change. The priorities would include further development in the implementation of the 1958, 1997 and 1998 Agreements, the main horizontal activities and the main topics addressed by the subsidiary bodies of WP.29 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/1). WP.29 reflected on ways to best allocate resources to efficiently address its priorities. WP.29 invited delegations to prepare positions to make decisions on this allocation for the short and medium term at its 175th session. The delegations of the China, EU, USA, UK, France, Germany, Japan, Korea discussed the pros and cons of the different options for the most appropriate working structure of GRs. The representative of the European Union expressed its preference for the option of keeping 6 GRs which was considered in AC.2 (para. 22). The representative of the United States of America requested more information regarding the responsibilities and tasks of each GR under the respective options (see para 23). The representative of Germany suggested that a good solution would be to pursue the topic under GRRF as an interim solution (see para. 22) under the condition that there will be a dedicated (possibly additional) GR for automated/autonomous vehicles in the medium or long term. The Chair concluded by urging delegations to consider the restructuring and prioritization in good time for the next session and to submit their views to the UK delegate for consolidation for preparing a proposal for decision to be discussed at the June 2018 WP.29 session.

26. WP.29 adopted the programme of work for 2018 based on document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/1.

27. The World Forum took note of the list of Working Parties and Chairs (WP.29-174-01) and reconfirmed the 2018 calendar for WP.29 and its subsidiary bodies (WP.29-174-02).

28. The list of Working Parties, Informal Working Groups and Chairs and the 2018 WP.29 calendar of meetings are reproduced in Annexes IV and V to the session report.

29. The Working Party received a brief status report of the Chair of the ITS-AD informal group.

30. WP.29 noted that the expert from FIA expressed his support for the activities of the Task Force on Cyber Security and Over The Air (CS/OTA) issues, and highlighted the importance for the group to reach consensus on (a) the obligation for the manufacturer to possibly provide support for software updates during a defined time (e.g. 10 years), (b) regulatory provisions on both software and hardware updates and (c) the definition of a reference model for a secured vehicle.

31. WP.29 agreed with the proposals of the IWG and (a) requested that GRRF address the work item on Data Storage System for Automated Driving (DSSAD), (b) extend the mandate of the group until March 2020 and (c) adopt ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/2 with the following modifications:

  1. Page 2, paragraph 1, sentence 2, amend to read: “These principles may be treated as guidelines for developing new regulations related to automated driving systems at WP.29”
  2. Page 3, Table, Column 3, Line “Outline of Classification”, the footnote (shown by an asterisk * and associated with the words “Operational Design Domain (ODD)”) shall be deleted (along with its content below the main text);
  3. Page 11, endnote, amend to read: “The positioning of these functional categories in this table are subject to further consideration by UNECE WP.29.”

32. WP.29 requested that the secretariat prepare a consolidated version of this document.

33. The secretariat presented the list of main decisions adopted at the eightieth session of ITC (20–23 February 2018). Decisions Nos. 12, 13 and 19 were emphasized as of particular importance to the work of WP.29.

34. In decision No. 12, ITC requested WP.1 and WP.29, working in close cooperation, to continue developing, according to their mandates, recommendations and/or legal provisions on automated driving to enable a future safe coexistence of automated and traditionally operated vehicles on roads, and their interaction with other road users and infrastructure.

35. ITC, in decision No. 13, reiterated the decision of the seventy-seventh session to invite “WP.1 and WP.29 to investigate different possibilities to increase their cooperation” and welcomed the Global Forum for Road Traffic Safety and Working Party on Brakes and Running Gear joint session (September 2017), to exchange information on the topics of “secondary activities” and cyber security. ITC agreed that these joint sessions contributed to a better understanding of the role of the driver in highly and fully automated vehicles and requested both Working Parties to explore further possibilities for holding additional joint sessions in the future.

36. In its decision No. 19, ITC expressed its support for the most recent developments in the work carried out by the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) and noting the importance of WP.29 activities related to automated/autonomous vehicles, requested WP.29 to consider establishing of a dedicated subsidiary Working Party (“GR”). ITC further reiterated its support for the establishment of the type-approval database DETA because of its positive effect on road safety and expressed its thanks to the Government of Germany for the offer to temporarily host DETA as an in-kind contribution, providing ECE with the necessary time to secure its financing.

37. ITC re-elected the Chair of the World Forum, Mr. A. Erario, as a member of the Bureau of ITC.

38. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRB at the 173rd session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1135, paras. 35-38) and approved the report.

39. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRRF on its eighty-fourth session at the 173rd session of WP.29 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1135, paras. 39-42) and approved the report. The World Forum also approved the report on its eighty-fifth session based on the oral report of the Chair (paras. 55-58 below).

40. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRSG at the 173rd session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1135, paras. 43-44) and approved the report.

41. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRE at the 173rd session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1135, paras. 45-47) and approved the report.

42. On behalf of the Chair of GRSP, the representative of the United States of America, informed WP.29 about the results of his group during its sixty-second session (for details see the session report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/62), and thanked the representative of the Republic of Korea, Vice-Chair of GRSP for leading the group session in the absence of the Chair.

43. In the work of the Informal Working Group (IWG) on UN GTR No. 9 (Pedestrian safety) Phase 2, the GRSP chair sought consent from WP.29 and AC.3 to extend the mandate of the IWG until December 2018. WP.29 agreed to extend the mandate of the IWG pending confirmation by AC.3.

44. Referring the activity of the Task Force to develop provisions for Deployable Pedestrian Protection Systems (TF-DPPS) to be implemented in UN GTR No. 9, he sought consent from WP.29 and AC.3 to transform the Task Force into an IWG. WP.29 agreed to transform the Task Force into an IWG pending confirmation by AC.3.

45. Concerning to the work of the IWG on harmonization of side-impact dummies, the GRSP chair sought consent from WP.29 and AC.3 to extend the mandate of the IWG until December 2018. WP.29 endorsed the extension of the mandate of the IWG pending confirmation by AC.3.

46. Finally the GRSP chair sought consent from WP.29 to establish an IWG on protective helmets to update UN Regulation No. 22 according to the new research results in biomechanics on head protection. WP.29 endorsed the establishment of an IWG on protective helmets.

47. The World Forum noted that Mr. N. Nguyen (United States of America) had been re-elected as GRSP Chair and re-elected Mr. J. W. Lee (Republic of Korea) as Vice-Chair of GRSP for the year 2018 sessions.

48. The Chair of GRPE (Netherlands) reported to WP.29 on the results achieved by GRPE during its seventy-sixth session (for more details see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/76).

49. WP.29 deferred discussions on the necessity to harmonize requirements on Real Driving Emissions and whether activities should start under the umbrella of the 1998 Agreement to AC.3 (see paras. 159-164).

50. WP.29 supported the proposal of GRPE to consult the Office of Legal Affairs in New York on legal matters in the implementation strategy of UN GTR No. 15 into a UN Regulation annexed to the 1958 Agreement.

51. WP.29 discussed the necessity to harmonize the testing requirements for the determination of Heavy Duty vehicle fuel economy and whether activities should start under the umbrella of the 1958 or 1998 Agreement. WP.29 requested GRPE to further develop the topic.

52. The GRB Chair reported on the results achieved by GRB during its sixty-seventh session (for details, see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/65).

53. In particular, the GRB chair mentioned that GRB had adopted amendment proposals to Regulation No. 51 which would introduce an option of indoor testing, according to standard ISO 362-3, upon understanding that the Type Approval Authority could always mandate an outdoor test for verification. He further pointed out that GRB had addressed the pending issue of transitional provisions for the earlier amendment proposals to Regulation No. 51 which had been submitted to the March 2018 session of WP.29 as ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/7. GRB had agreed that these proposals should be introduced as a Supplement with an 18-month transitional period and requested the secretariat to issue an addendum to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/7.

54. The GRB chair also reported that GRB was preparing a new draft Regulation on reversing alarm and had established a task force for that purpose. The task force would soon distribute a questionnaire to contracting parties to collect information on national practices with respect to reversing alarms. Based on responses, the task force would draft a new Regulation.

55. The Chair of GRRF reported on the results achieved by GRRF during its eighty-fifth and its eighty-sixth sessions (for details, see the reports of the sessions ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/85 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/86).

56. The GRRF chair further informed WP.29 that GRRF had proposed to develop a new Regulation for light vehicles on the basis of the work of the IWG on AEBS instead of inserting provisions in UN Regulation No. 131. WP.29 agreed with this proposal.

57. The GRRF chair mentioned that document ECE/TRANS/WP29/2018/35 would still contain square brackets. WP.29 agreed to remove the square brackets and to agree on transitional provision dates (as reflected in para. 92).

58. The secretariat informed the World Forum about the latest update of the status of the 1958 Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/343/Rev.26 and Corr.1) that contain the information received by the secretariat up to 20 February 2018. WP.29 noted that contracting parties should notify the secretariat about any amendments needed to the status document via the new established online data base only.

59. WP.29 noted the insertion of a new column in Part I of the status document for the purpose of the minimum acceptable version(s) for limited IWVTA. Contracting parties were invited to fill in their corresponding data, once the new UN Regulation No. 0 entered into force on 19 July 2018. Guidelines on how to fill in the requested data into the blank column may be found in informal document IWVTA-26-08.

60. The representative of the Russian Federation reported about the results of the work on aligning of national procedures for the designation of technical services and for issuing type approval communications in line with Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement.   He also informed about the current status of technical services, which competence was confirmed in 2017. This information was sent to the secretariat of Transport Division in January 2018, and also posted on the official website of the Federal Agency for Technical Regulation and Metrology, which is the Administrative Body of the Russian Federation in accordance with the 1958 Agreement.

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

62. The representatives of IMMA and OICA presented informal documents WP.29-174-03 and WP.29-174-11, which highlight that following the approval of the revised General Guidelines for United Nations regulatory procedures and transitional provisions in UN Regulations (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/107 as amended), a retroactive change in the process of granting extensions to existing type approval was caused by the mandatory application of all supplements to UN Regulations in force at the time of type approval granting. They asked about the possibility to lift this changed requirement until a sound solution was agreed upon.

63. The representative of the European Union stated that as a principle, guidelines should not be used to change existing legislation. Before consideration of possible temporary deviation from this new provision a taking of stock of the extent of the problem would be warranted. She thus invited OICA and IMMA to present a full assessment of the issue and to identify the different UN Regulations for the 175th WP.29 session in June 2018.

64. The representative from OICA reiterated the need for a quick solution of this issue as several type approval extension requests were currently in process. He therefore asked for a suspension of the application of the related part, paragraph 31, of the General Guidelines.

65. The Chair of World Forum highlighted that it was not necessary to change the guidelines and invited representatives of IMMA and OICA to provide, as proposed by the European Union, a list of cases that required immediate attention.

66. The representative of OICA presented WP.29-174-20 addressing UN Regulations under the responsibility of GRSP. He stated that it is not an exhaustive list of supplements, that identification of critical items was still under review and in the process of identification by its members.

67. The representative of Australia stated that they would be content with amending the guidelines, and then the proposal of OICA would be acceptable as well.

68. The representative of the European Union reiterated that the provisions of the latest version of the guidelines for Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement are considered to be fully applicable at present and that she cannot agree to a deviation from those at this stage as a quick solution, pending a decision to be taken at the forthcoming WP.29 June 2018 session.

69. The representative of IMMA asked that the item identified in WP.29-174-03 that referred to UN Regulation No. 50 was also considered along with the initial list of supplements identified in WP.29-174-20.

70. WP.29 recognized that some supplements would imply major technical changes to existing vehicles types, such as those identified by the representatives of OICA and IMMA in WP.29-174-03 and WP.29-174-20. Pending further in-depth discussion at the next WP.29 session in June 2018, WP.29 reflected whether or not approval authorities should apply those supplements in the case of extensions for existing type approvals. WP.29 also noted the need to take into serious consideration a possible amendment of the Guidelines and therefore, the Chair invited contracting parties to prepare for discussions on a possible amendment of the general guidelines in June 2018.

71. The representative of Japan, Chair of the IWG on IWVTA, reported on the progress made by the group at its recent kick-off meeting on Phase 2 of IWVTA (WP.29-174-04). He announced a road map and a proposal for further amendments to Annex 4 of UN Regulation No. 0 at the 176th WP.29 session in November 2018. He highlighted that further amendments to the general guideline document and to Schedule 4 of the 1958 Agreement were being reviewed by the IWG on IWVTA. WP.29 endorsed the proposed activities of the IWG on IWVTA.

72. WP.29 noted the request by the IWG on the read-only access rights for DETA by contracting parties applying UN Regulation No. 0 to the type approvals documentation granted according to the UN Regulations listed in Annex 4 of UN Regulation No. 0. The World Forum reiterated its decision that all contracting parties should have read access to the communication form on type approvals granted according to all UN Regulations.

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

74. No further request was tabled under this agenda item.

75. The secretariat updated WP.29 about developments on the hosting of DETA by UNECE and the follow-up taken together with the IWG on DETA to the requests by Australia, Austria and South Africa at the 173rd session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1135, para. 65). He further informed the World Forum that one contracting party, the Netherlands, to the 1958 Agreement had offered a financial contribution for the hosting of DETA following the letter inviting contracting parties for financial donations sent by the Executive Secretary in October 2017. Three other contracting parties also agreed to financial contributions: Australia, Czech Republic and Hungary. He concluded that all the received commitments for funding were not sufficient to operate DETA at UNECE and therefore that the offer by Germany to host DETA as an in-kind contribution on a temporary basis, known as scenario 3, remained the only feasible solution.

76. The Chair of the IWG on DETA reported on the last meeting of the IWG (WP.29‑174-05) highlighting the importance and necessity of having DETA operational and expressed his hopes to have a positive decision towards the financing of DETA under regular budget by EXCOM, as alternative financing solutions were proven not to be feasible in the short term. He also proposed, in this context, to rename DETA to better reflect its universal use.

77. WP.29 recognized the huge efforts made by Germany and thanked the German Government for its offer and decided to proceed towards scenario 3. WP.29 requested the UNECE secretariat to take the necessary steps to request financing for the hosting of DETA under regular budget. The World Forum invited the IWG on DETA to continue work on further software developments for the Unique Identifier (UI) and the Declaration of Conformance (DoC).

78. The representative of the United Kingdom reiterated his country’s willingness to contribute to the hosting of DETA based on an equal share with all other contracting parties.

79. The representative of OICA expressed the willingness of his organization to financially contribute to the development of the software for the UI with $50,000, as previously requested by WP.29, however the software for the DoC was not in the core interest of the automotive industry for the time being, but, with additional features such as information on software versions of electronically controlled vehicle systems, this position could change. He stressed that OICA would only invest in DETA once long-term assurance of its operation is granted, independent of the solution.

80. The representatives of CLEPA and ETRTO expressed a positive attitude towards financial contributions for the future development of DETA, once its operation at UNECE was secured.

81. The representative of IMMA stated that, considering current situation and government program status, IMMA is neutral towards DETA and hence currently has no interest to participate in the sponsoring of the Unique Identifier.

82. The representative of Germany stressed the fact that access to type approval data via DETA was important for the approval process, which is an authoritative task of the government. He therefore advised WP.29 to consider that the financing of DETA operation and further development should not be covered by the industry but preferably by the regular budget.

83. The representative of CITA stated the readiness of his organization to collaborate on, and to contribute to the further development of DETA, as access to information was crucial for performing Periodic Technical Inspections (PTI).

84. The representative of Australia expressed the willingness of his Government to contribute to the financing of DETA.

85. The Chair of the IWG on DETA presented the existing numerous benefits of DETA as well as those of the future further development of this data exchange system, with possible linkages to other parties engaged in the vehicle regulatory process, such as vehicle certification agencies, vehicle registration authorities, vehicle testing centres, enforcement authorities or customs and thus providing a seamless flow of vehicle related technical information among themselves (WP.29-174-19).

86. The representative of the Russian Federation reiterated the position expressed at the November 2017 session on the benefits and the importance of exchange of vehicle type approval information for various purposes (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1135, para. 50 bis).

87. The World Forum considered the draft amendment under agenda items 4.6.1 and 4.6.2, and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

88. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.7.1 to 4.7.8 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the following corrections:

89. In ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/8, the title, for “Supplement 1 to the 01 series”, read “Supplement 17 to the 00 series”.

90. In ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/9, Annex 21, paragraph 2.1.4., second subparagraph, amend to read:

“Additionally, interventions by systems related to the vehicle stability function (including traction control, trailer stability assist, corner brake control, other similar functions that use throttle individual torque control to operate and share common components with vehicle stability function, and ESC or VSF intervention on the steering angle of one or more wheels for the purpose of vehicle stability) may also be indicated to the driver by this flashing optical warning signal.”

91. In ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/12, on page 4, for “Qp”, read “qp”.

92. In ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/35, paragraphs 2.1.4., amend to read:

12.2.2.As from 1 September 2019, Contracting Parties applying this UN Regulation shall not be obliged to accept UN type approvals to the preceding series (02) of amendments, first issued after 1 September 2019.
12.2.3.Until 1 September 2021, Contracting Parties applying this UN Regulation shall continue to accept UN type approvals to the preceding series (02) of amendments to the UN Regulation, first issued before 1 September 2019.
12.2.4.As from 1 September 2021, Contracting Parties applying this UN Regulation shall not be obliged to accept type approval issued to the preceding series of amendments to this UN Regulation.

93. WP.29 noted the concern raised by the representative of OICA on the selection of an early date of application for the transitional provisions in paragraphs 12.2.3. and 12.2.4., which could create serious development difficulties, due to the introduction of new requirements compared to the very recently adopted 02 series of amendments, while vehicles are currently under development for the latter.

94. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.8.1 to 4.8.13 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

95. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under items 4.9.1 to 4.9.3 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

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

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

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

99. The representative of Italy, Chair of the Working Party on General Safety Provisions (GRSG), presented to the World Forum for consideration the proposal for amendments to the Consolidated Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles (R.E.3) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/31).

100. WP.29 adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/31 without objections or abstentions.

101. The representative of Belgium, Chair of the Working Party on Lighting and Light-Signalling (GRE), presented to the World Forum for consideration the proposals for amendments 1 and 2 to the Consolidated Resolution on the common specification of light source categories (R.E.5) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/32 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/33/Rev.1).

102. WP.29 adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/32 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/33/Rev.1 without objections or abstentions. WP.29 noted that Amendment 2 to R.E.5 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/33/Rev.1) should be made public on the same date as the entry into force of Supplement 7 to the original version of UN Regulation No. 128 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/30).

103. The representative of the United States of America, Chair of the Working Party on Passive Safety (GRSP), presented to the World Forum for consideration the proposals for amendment to the Mutual Resolution of the 1958 and 1998 Agreements (M.R.1) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/36).

104. WP.29 adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/36 without objections or abstentions and deferred it to AC.3 for endorsement.

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

106. The expert from South Africa presented informal document WP.29-174-12, providing the World Forum with a comprehensive summary of the national governance structure for the application of the 1958 and 1998 Agreements, including an overview of main stakeholders in the country and their specific roles within the structure. He introduced the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS), elaborating on its roles in the administrative structure of South Africa and relationship with other stakeholders in legislative, regulatory, approval and market surveillance activities.

107. The expert explained that the NRCS reports to the Ministry of Trade and Industry and that its mandate was to administer technical regulations in the interests of public safety and health for environmental protection, and to ensure fair trade. He provided an overview of the structure of NRCS, its departments and their roles, and the organizations business process. He also described the main activities of NRCS, which include pre-market approval, market surveillance inspections, sampling and testing and enforcement of sanctions in cases of non-compliance, and informed WP.29 of the authorities that inspectors of the NRCS have. He highlighted the challenges faced by the scope of non-compliance in the country and expressed his expectation that the DETA system, once it is operational, will support inspectors in market surveillance activities directed at eradicating non-compliance.

108. The expert elaborated on the role of NRCS Automotive in the regulation of new and aftermarket products, and provided a list of vehicles, their parts and equipment that NRCS approves before sale. He also explained that in accordance with the mandate given to the organization by the South African Ministry of Transport, NCRS carries out, among others activities, the inspection and approval of vehicles that have been “modified” within the definition of the Road Traffic Act, and the approval of all manufacturers and importers of motor vehicles.

109. The expert provided the World Forum with a brief overview of participation of South Africa and its institutions, the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) and the NRCS, in WP.29 and its GRs. He also elaborated on the process of transposing and applying UN Regulations in South Africa, as guided in the framework of the 1958 and 1998 Agreements, and the pertaining roles of NRCS and SABS therein.

110. In conclusion, the expert underscored a number of challenges that South Africa is facing. According to the expert, these included the establishment of accredited test facilities (e.g. to apply UN Regulation No. 47), due primarily to financial constraints. He also referred to existing uncertainty as to the validity of “E” mark products, which resulted from potential falsification of product specifications and test results, where assistance by DETA, as already highlighted, was expected to offer solutions. WP.29 noted the potential general product safety issue reported by the expert who described that, despite attempts at corrective actions, unsafe vehicles were able to enter the market in South Africa, providing examples of a specific vehicle model that had more than seventy cases of igniting and as a result causing fatalities. The Chair of WP.29 urged delegates to provide advice in how to overcome these matters. He thanked the delegation from South Africa for their efforts, due to the geographic distance, to participate in the WP.29 sessions.

111. The Chair of WP.29 thanked the expert from South Africa on the comprehensive presentation. He invited delegates to review WP.29-174-12 on the full presentation of the expert from South Africa and, on its basis, to discuss forms of cooperation that may assist the country in overcoming the challenges described by the expert.

112. The representative of the Russian Federation thanked the expert from South Africa on the detailed presentation. He stated that the Russian Federation had faced similar challenges as those described in the expert’s presentation, specifically with communication of type approvals. He reminded the World Forum that mechanisms in response to such challenges had been discussed at the 173rd session of WP.29, namely the exchange of information on official type approvals, and that these had been reflected in the final report of that session. The representative of the Russian Federation underlined the importance of resolving this matter.

113. WP.29 noted the consolidated document (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1074/Rev.10) on the status of the Agreement including the status of the UN Rules annexed to the Agreement, the entry into force of recent amendments to Rules Nos. 1 and 2, on 10 February 2018, the list of the contracting parties (CP) to the Agreement and of their Administrative Departments. No new CP has acceded to the Agreement since the 173nd session of WP.29, nor has the secretariat received new notification on Periodical Technical Inspection (PTI) authorities.

114. The CPs were reminded to notify the secretariat of any relevant update.

115. The representative of the Russian Federation, Co-Chair of the IWG on PTI, updated the World Forum on the work of the group (WP.29-174-06). He reported to the World Forum on the ninth and tenth meetings of the IWG on PTI held on 16 November 2017 in Geneva and on 7 February 2018 in Brussels.

116. He presented the draft revised Terms of Reference (ToR) for the IWG on PTI (WP.29-174-07). As these ToR contained several provisions that have been scrutinised by the representatives from Sweden, United Kingdom and OICA, WP.29 referred the document back to the IWG on PTI for further development. A revised version was expected for consideration and potential adoption at the June 2018 session.

117. The representative of the Russian Federation, Co-Chair of the IWG on PTI, informed WP.29 about the progress of submitting the proposed amendments to the 1997 Agreement ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/92 to the United Nations Secretary-General. As a clerical error in the preamble of the document had been detected, WP.29 requested the IWG on PTI to prepare a corrigendum to the document.

118. The Chair of WP.29 recalled the presentation at the 173rd WP.29 session by the representative of the Russian Federation, Co-Chair of the IWG on PTI, of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/134 that proposes the establishment of a new Rule on Periodical Technical Inspections of motor vehicles using Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and/or Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in their propulsion system, that would be to be annexed to the 1997 Agreement. He also introduced informal document WP.29-173-12 amending the proposal by inserting in the document “vehicles using Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)”. The secretariat agreed to prepare a consolidated version including the content of the informal document above.

119. The Chair of WP.29 recalled the presentation at the 173rd WP.29 session by the representative of the Russian Federation, Co-Chair of the IWG on PTI, of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/135 that proposes the establishment of a new Rule on Periodical Technical Inspections, regarding minimum safety inspection requirements for hybrid and electric motor vehicles, to be annexed to the 1997 Agreement.

120. WP.29 recommended the submission of the two proposals to AC.4 for voting.

121. No proposals for updates to existing Rules annexed to the 1997 Agreement have been submitted under this agenda item.

122. No proposals for amendments or updates to Resolution R.E.6 have been submitted under this agenda item.

123. No issues on enforcement have been submitted for discussion.

124. The representative of Finland, Ambassador of the WP.29 and WP.1 on Automated Driving, reported on the activities of WP.1 including automated vehicles. He informed WP.29 about relevant proceedings of the December 2017 session of WP.1 where discussions took place on “secondary activities” by the driver, operation of a vehicle by a driver outside the vehicle and a draft WP.1 resolution on fully automated vehicles of SAE levels 4 and 5.

125. The secretariat informed WP.29 about the possibility to address a request of ITC (see para. 13 of “Informal Document ITC (2018) No. 13”) by planning a future combined meeting of WP.1 and WP.29 experts on automated driving, to be scheduled before the 2018 summer break, and the establishment of a joint (WP.1 and WP.29) programme committee supporting its planning.

126. The secretariat invited delegates to a special session of SC.1 from 4 to 6 April 2018 where the topic of digital / smart road infrastructure would be discussed on 5 April.

127. The secretariat presented WP.29-174-13, listing all of the adopted proposals of the 172nd session of WP.29, which entered into force on 10 February 2018.

128. The World Forum adopted the report on its 174rd session and its annexes based on a draft prepared by the secretariat. The report included sections related to the sixty-seventh session of the Administrative Committee (AC.1) of the 1958 Agreement, to the fifty-first session of the Executive Committee (AC.3) of the 1998 Agreement and to the tenth session of the Administrative Committee (AC.4) of the 1997 Agreement.

129. Of the 54 contracting parties to the Agreement, 38 were represented and established AC.1 for its sixty-eighth session held on 14 March 2018.

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

131. The results of the voting on the documents submitted, following the rules of procedure of Article 12 and the appendix of Revision 3 to the 1958 Agreement, can be found through the preceding link or in the session report under this paragraph.

132. The fifty-second session of the Executive Committee (AC.3) was held on 14 March 2018 and chaired by the representative of Japan. The representatives of 28 of the 36 contracting parties to the Agreement attended Australia, Canada, China, the European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Malaysia, Norway, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, South Africa, Turkey and the United States of America.

133. AC.3 noted the information, as of 7 March 2018, on the status of the Agreement of the Global Registry and of the Compendium of Candidates (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.21), the status of the priorities (based on WP.29-174-16 as reproduced in Annex II to this report) of the 1998 Agreement and items on which the exchange of views should continue. AC.3 noted that the “1998 AGREEMENT-MISSIONS List” electronic system, used by contracting parties to send the mandatory reports on the transposition process through their Permanent Missions in Geneva to the secretariat, had experienced technical problems. AC.3 agreed on temporary basis to send the above-mentioned reports and notifications always through their Permanent Missions in Geneva and directly to the secretariat email to ensure updating of the status document, which is the monitoring tool of the Agreement.

134. Submitted for consideration and vote, the new UN GTR on Electric Vehicle Safety (EVS) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/138, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/139, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/32) was established in the UN Global Registry on 14 March 2018 by consensus vote of the following contracting parties present and voting: Australia, Canada, China, the European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Malaysia, Norway, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, South Africa, Turkey and the United States of America.

135. No new proposals for amendments to UN GTRs have been submitted under this agenda item.

136. Submitted for consideration and vote, the proposal for amendments to Mutual Resolution No. 1 of the 1958 and 1998 Agreements (M.R.1) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/36) was adopted on 14 March 2018 by consensus vote of the following contracting parties present and voting: Australia, Canada, China, the European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Malaysia, Norway, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, South Africa, Turkey and the United States of America.

137. Contracting parties did not, at this time, request consideration of this agenda item.

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

154. The representative of the United States of America, on behalf of the Chair of GRSP, reiterated the request made by GRSP to extend the mandate of the IWG until December 2018 to complete the work on the Flexible Pedestrian Legform Impactor (FlexPLI) and the new improved bumper test (Phase 2 of the UN GTR). Moreover, he informed AC.3, that a process of Rulemaking had been initiated in his country on the new proposed head-form test and that a docket had been established to receive comments, by email to any member of the Unites States of America delegation AC.3 representatives were invited to provide their contributions.

155. The expert from the Republic of Korea informed AC.3 on the progress of work of the Task Force of Deployable Pedestrian Protection Systems (TF-DPPS) to design provisions covering active deployable systems in the bonnet area. He informed AC.3 that the Task Force decided to convert its status as an IWG to involve a higher participation of representatives of contracting parties. Finally, AC.3 endorsed the request of the IWG Phase 2 to extend its mandate and endorsed the revision of the authorization to develop the work on active deployable systems (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/45/Rev.1) to transform the TF-DPPS as an IWG.

156. The representative of the United States of America, informed AC.3 about the last meeting held by the IWG Phase 2 in his country in February 2018. He informed AC.3 that the group was addressing a number of research items such as material compatibility, performance-based test for long-term stress rupture and potential revision of the scope to address additional vehicle classes (heavy-duty vehicles and buses). He added that due to the complexity of the work the IWG had decided to create five task forces, each of them addressing a specific issue. He announced that complete terms of reference would be submitted to GRSP for a first endorsement of the group and then submitted to the June 2018 session of AC.3.

157. The representative of the European Union, as technical sponsor, informed AC.3 that Amendment 4 of UN GTR No. 15 had been finalized during the seventy-sixth GRPE session in January 2018. He announced that GRPE recommended to AC.3 the adoption of this Amendment 4 at its June 2018 session.

158. He added that the work of the IWG focused, at this stage, on the transposition of UN GTR No. 15 to a new UN Regulation annexed to the 1958 Agreement. He reported that a Task Force dealing with so called “new issues” had been created to work on In Service Conformity, Conformity of Production and durability. Other tasks, such as On Board Diagnostics and low temperature tests and electrified vehicles were planned for the 2019/20 time horizon.

159. The representative of the European Union presented WP.29-174-09, proposing a work item called Global Real Driving Emissions (RDE). He proposed that the existing RDE European legislation would be included in the Compendium of candidates. He also proposed the creation of an IWG on RDE and to discuss organizational details at the June 2018 session of GRPE. AC.3 invited the representative of the European Union to prepare an official proposal for formal adoption at the June 2018 session.

160. The representative of Japan, Co-Chair of the IWG on WLTP, mentioned the Japanese plan for RDE as presented during the last GRPE session of January 2018 (GRPE-76-18). He added that the legal text was expected to be published in March 2018 with a potential entry into force in October 2022.

161. He presented WP.29-174-17 proposing amendments to WP.29-174-09. He suggested that Japan could co-sponsor such activities.

162. The representative of Germany welcomed the initiative to work on the global harmonization of RDE. He wondered whether the RDE provision should be inserted in UN GTR No. 15 or in a new UN GTR.

163. The representative of the Republic of Korea also welcomed the initiative to work on RDE at the World Forum. He announced that his country would be willing to co-sponsor this work, involving its Ministry of Environment.

164. The representative of the Netherlands, Chair of GRPE, also welcomed the initiative to work on RDE at the World Forum. He invited all CPs to support the harmonization of RDE provisions with flexible positions, for example on the boundary conditions of the test. He suggested that contracting parties consider the possibility to include harmonized RDE provisions in a new GTR.

153. The representative of the United Kingdom gave a status report of the work of the IWG on Phase 2 of UN GTR No. 7 on head restraints. He reported that due to the lack of further post mortem subject data, the IWG could not make progress to establish injury criteria. He added that empirical alternatives would be likely explored. Therefore, he intended to work closely with the Chair of the IWG to fix a plan for the future development of the UN GTR and report at the June 2018 AC.3 session.

152. The representative of the Republic of Korea reported on the progress of work of the IWG on Panoramic Sunroof Glazing (PSG) in developing an amendment to UN GTR No. 6. He announced that the IWG will be reviewing research results and the status of outstanding questions that were previously raised for consideration. He recalled to AC.3 that the next meeting of the IWG would take place in April 2018 during the 114th GRSG session.

151. The representative of Italy reported on the progress of work at GRRF on the harmonization of provisions of UN GTR No. 3 and UN Regulation No. 78 according to the mandate (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/47). He explained that GRRF provided comments on the formal proposal submitted by Italy. He announced that GRRF would review a revised proposal at its September 2018 session for review.

148. The representative of the European Union, as technical sponsor for these activities, informed WP.29 of the status of work of the IWG on Environmental and Propulsion Performance Requirements (EPPR). He added that an informal document with the draft Amendment 4 to UN GTR No. 2 would be presented at the June 2018 session of GRPE. He expected that the official proposal would be submitted for consideration at the GRPE session in January 2019.

149. The representative of European Union reported that the IWG on EPPR had established a correspondence group to work on On-Board Diagnosis (OBD) 2 requirements. He added that other tasks would also involve working on durability issues.

150. He sought for further guidance to initiate the transposition from UN GTR No. 2 to UN Regulation. He finally requested support from other CPs to assist with the heavy work load.

139. AC.3 resumed discussion on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/34 aimed at providing an overview of the priority of the Programme of Work (PoW) of the development of UN GTRs or amendments to the existing ones.

140. The representative of ETRTO indicated that ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/34 was already outdated and suggested that it be amended.

141. The representative from OICA introduced WP.29-174-08/Rev.1 underlining that clarification was needed for the development of a UN GTR on Event Data Recorders (EDR), since EDRs need to be clearly distinguished from Data Storage Systems for Automated Driving (DSSAD), from a regulatory point of view. He explained that in EDRs, data such as vehicle speed, speed reduction, service brake, etc., is only recorded when triggered in the event of an accident, and EDRs can be applicable in conventional and automated vehicles to understand the conditions surrounding an accident. On the other hand, he stated, the DSSAD is necessary to support the vehicle information on automated driving, namely that data stored in these devices reflects whether the automated driving system is on or off, whether there is a transition demand from the system to the driver or does the driver ask the system to take over, does the driver take over, is there a minimum risk manoeuvre being executed, etc. He explained that this data might have to be registered any time and over a period of time in order to trace the behaviour of the autonomous vehicle, in other words whether the driver or the system was responsible for its actions. He emphasized that DSSADs are not relevant for conventional vehicles but only for automated vehicles with levels of automation three, four and five.

142. The representative of OICA also stated that clarification is needed on the priority area identified as Driver Availability Recognition, namely the level of automation that the system would be applicable for, in order to secure consistency with other documents developed in this context that link the system applicability to level three and higher automation.

143. The representative of OICA expressed support for the remaining items of the PoW (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/34), in accordance with the comments provided in WP.29-174-08/Rev.1, except for the Longitudinal Control item, stating that the example given in the PoW refers to systems that are by definition level one, which as such would not require a new regulation to be developed. He noted that if the PoW refers to longitudinal control levels three and above, the issue should be handled under the item Framework Regulation on automated/autonomous vehicles level 3-5.

144. The representative of the European Union presented WP.29-174-18, jointly prepared by Japan and the European Union, which contains the seven priority areas of work on automated driving. The document proposes a distribution of activities among working parties, time horizon for their initiation and/or finalization as well as additional clarifications concerning the tentative steps to be taken.

145. The representative of the United States of America thanked the representatives of Japan and the European Union for their joint efforts to identity additional priorities, with approaches and possible timeframes to initiate the work. She stated that due to the importance of the work identified in the PoW for governments and industry stakeholders, the United States of America would review the document with the proposed regulatory approaches with national stakeholders and provide constructive comments at the next session of the World Forum.

146. Upon request for clarification from the representative of the United States of America, AC.3 experts explained that the “framework regulation” mentioned in the document was intended to contain provisions applicable to automated and autonomous vehicles in the context of both self-certification and type approval systems, supporting harmonization at global level.

147. The Chair of AC.3 proposed to defer discussions on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/34 to the fifty-third session of AC.3, which was scheduled to be held on 20 June 2018, and to develop for that session a document as a basis for further deliberations on the PoW.

165. The representative of the Russian Federation, on behalf of the Chair of the IWG on Tyre GTR recalled the activities on Amendment 2 to UN GTR No. 16 (Tyres) and the results of the meeting held in Brussels in November 2017. He informed delegates that an interim version of the amendment had been presented to GRRF at its February 2018 session. He also informed AC.3 about their memorandum on the possibility to develop a global marking for tyre as an alternative to existing national or regional marking. He announced that the next meeting of the group, was expected to be held in Canada in June 2018.

166. The representative of the United States of America, on behalf of the Chair of the IWG on EVS and of GRSP, informed AC.3 that the group had already started discussion on Phase 2 of the new established UN GTR No. 20. He recapped the main subject that the group intended to develop by referring to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/50. AC.3 noted that the timeline proposed in the document had been confirmed and requested the secretariat to remove the square brackets and typos from the cover page, as reproduced in Annex III.

167. The expert from the United States of America, Chair of IWG on Quiet Road Transport Vehicle GTR (QRTV GTR), recalled the recent entry into force of UN Regulation No. 138 on QRTV as well as of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) on Minimum Sound Requirements for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles. He indicated that the IWG as a first step, intends to identify the differences between the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) and of the UN Regulation. He further indicated that the next IWG meeting was planned for April or May 2018 in cooperation with the GRB Chair and that the results would be reported to the June 2018 session of AC.3.

168. The representative from Canada provided an update on the latest activities of the IWG on EVE, on behalf of EVE leadership. He indicated that there has been one meeting of the EVE IWG since the November 2017 WP.29 session, on 8 January 2018 in Geneva. He noted that IWG continued to make progress on its assigned areas of work and on developing a draft GTR for the determination of power of electrified vehicles. He reported that the drafting group was making good progress and laboratories had been identified in Europe, Asia and North America for validation testing. He added that the group was hoping to begin validation testing in the spring or summer of 2018, that the Joint Research Centre (JRC) had led the development of a model to estimate the durability of EV batteries. He stated that this model had been validated against long-term Electric Vehicle testing data supplied by Canada. The model and test data show good correlation. Several Canadian and European group members are collaborating on a report of the results that may be published in a technical journal. The IWG continued to work closely with the IWG on WLTP to ensure that the work of the two groups was complimentary and avoid duplication of efforts. The next meetings of the EVE IWG would be a two-day meeting in Tokyo on 27 and 28 March and half-day meeting in Geneva during the week of GRPE in June. The IWG was optimistic that it would have a power determination UN GTR ready for approval by AC.3 in November 2019 and a first draft of a report on the status of battery durability research in June 2018, as outlined in the mandate.

169. The representative from the Netherlands, Chair of GRPE, noted that GRPE was reflecting on whether it would be more appropriate that the UN GTR for the determination of power of electrified vehicles be an amendment to UN GTR No. 15 (WLTP) or a stand-alone UN GTR, and that this would be further considered at the GRPE session of June 2018.

agenda item 19.1 (a) Side impact dummies

170. The representative of the United States of America informed AC.3 that the plan of the activities of the IWG to harmonize the 50th percentile World Side Impact Dummy (SID) and 5th percentile female dummy needed a revision and an extension of the mandate until December 2018. He explained that this revision was in view of a possible establishment of a new advisory group of experts from research institutes, test laboratories, dummy manufacturers and experts from the industry under the aegis of GRSP to regularly update M.R.1. AC.3 endorsed the request of extension of the mandate.

agenda item 19.1 (b) Pole side impact

171. No subject was raised under this agenda item.

172. The representative of Spain, on behalf of the Chair of the IWG, informed AC.3 about the outcome of work of the IWG and invited AC.3 the to examine GRSP-62-24 distributed at the December 2017 session of GRSP, which provides full details of the progress of the IWG.

173. Due to the lack of time, AC.3 agreed to allocate more time at its June 2018 session to discuss this issue, possibly on the basis of a revised document.

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

175. No further supplementary information was provided beyond agenda item 7.2. (see para. 115 above).

176. No further supplementary information was provided beyond agenda item 7.4. (see para. –119 above).

177. No subject was raised under this agenda item.

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.

World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations | Session 175 | 18-22 Jun 2018

1. The World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) held its 175th session from 19 to 22 June 2018, chaired by Mr. A. Erario (Italy). The following countries were represented, following Rule 1 of the Rules of Procedure of WP.29 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Rev.1):

  1. Australia
  2. Austria
  3. Belgium
  4. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  5. Bulgaria
  6. Canada
  7. China
  8. Czechia
  9. France
  10. Germany
  11. Hungary
  12. India
  13. Italy
  14. Japan
  15. Luxembourg
  16. Malaysia
  17. Netherlands
  18. Norway
  19. Poland
  20. Portugal
  21. Republic of Korea
  22. Romania
  23. Russian Federation
  24. South Africa
  25. Spain
  26. Sweden
  27. Switzerland
  28. Thailand
  29. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK)
  30. United States of America
  31. Viet Nam.
Representatives of the European Union participated. The following international organization was represented: International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The following intergovernmental organization was represented: European Union funded EuroMed Transport Support Project. The following non-governmental organizations were also represented:
  1. Association for Emissions Control by Catalyst (AECC)
  2. European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA/MEMA/JAPIA)
  3. Consumers International (CI)
  4. European Association of Internal Combustion Engine Manufacturers (EUROMOT)
  5. European Tyre and Rim Technical Organization (ETRTO)
  6. International Automobile Federation (FIA)
  7. Global New Car Assessment Programme (Global NCAP)
  8. International Automotive Lighting and Light Signalling Expert Group (GTB)
  9. International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA)
  10. International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA)
  11. International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA)
  12. Society of Automotive Engineers International (SAE International).
Other non-governmental organizations were represented following Rule 1(d):
  1. American Automotive Policy Council (AAPC)
  2. Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA)
  3. World Bicycle Industry Association (WBIA).
Other non-governmental organizations, private sector entities, independent experts and observers were represented: Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), Uber Technologies, Inc and U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association.

2. The Chair of the World Forum welcomed the representatives to the World Forum and introduced the opening speaker, Mr. G. Georgiadis, Secretary of the Inland Transport Committee (ITC).

3. The ITC Secretary welcomed participants to the World Forum. He introduced the proposal for a new ITC strategy for sustainable mobility (informal document WP.29-175-26). He reported that the ITC strategy was based on the ministerial resolution (ECE/TRANS/2017/2) established at the seventieth anniversary of ITC and was discussed during its eightieth session, in February 2018. He added that, following a consultation process involving all ITC Working Parties, the ITC strategy would be submitted for adoption at the eighty-first ITC session in 2019.

4. Mr. Georgiadis presented the key changes for the new United Nations budget system as of 2020, which is discontinuous from the previous framework, both in the process and in the content. He underlined important changes through the implementation of new indicators for measuring success that will have a considerable impact on the amount of deliverables.

5. He highlighted the importance of taking actions at the ECE level that would more align its activities to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by defining nexus areas of sustainable mobility and smart connectivity, sustainable use of natural resources, and the development of a new urban agenda.

6. The Chair of the World Forum further emphasized the importance of prioritizing the activities on vehicle automation, which required the dedicated attention from the World Forum.

7. The annotated provisional agenda was adopted.

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

9. The 127th session of WP.29/AC.2 (18 June 2018) was chaired by Mr. A. Erario (Italy) and was attended, in accordance to Rule 29 of the terms of reference and rules of procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690/Rev.1) by the Chairs of GRB (France), GRE (Belgium), GRPE (Netherlands), GRRF (United Kingdom), GRSP (United States of America), GRSG (Italy), the Chair of the Executive Committee (AC.3) of the 1998 Agreement (Japan), the Vice-Chair of WP.29 (Russian Federation), by the representatives of Canada, Germany, Japan, Republic of Korea, the United States of America and the European Union.

10. AC.2 reviewed and adopted the provisional agenda of the 175th session of the World Forum, and reviewed the draft agenda of the 176th session of the World Forum, scheduled to be held in Geneva from 13 to 16 November 2018.

11. AC.2 reviewed the proposed calendar for 2019.

12. AC.2 noted that a task force meeting took place in May 2018 on the preparation of a joint WP.1 and WP.29 meeting on issues of automated / autonomous driving. Such a joint meeting was aimed at implementation of decision No. 13 of the eightieth ITC requesting closer cooperation of the two Working Parties in this area. AC.2 was informed about the next meeting of this task force scheduled on 21 June 2018. The representative of the United States of America suggested that the group should review the draft Global Forum for Road Traffic Safety (WP.1) resolution on the area of highly automated vehicles.

13. AC.2 reviewed documents on a new vehicle category in the Consolidated Resolution R.E.3 and on artificial intelligence, and asked the secretariat to prepare informal documents to be submitted for consideration by WP.29.

14. AC.2 approved the participation at the World Forum, under Rule 1(d) of the Rules of Procedure of WP.29, of the following Non-Governmental Organizations for the 2018-2019 biennium: European Association for Electro Mobility (AVERE) and UL Transaction Security.

15. AC.2 considered different proposals regarding the creation of a dedicated Groupe de Rapporteurs (GR) on automated vehicles implementing ITC decision No. 19. Deliberations focused on three different options:

  1. renaming existing GRRF to Groupe de Rapporteurs pour les Véhicules Autonomes (GRVA) and transferring certain tasks such as tyres and coupling devices to other existing GRs;

  2. renaming GRRF into GRVA, transferring tasks not related to automated vehicles to other GRs and tasking GRVA with a coordinating role as an intermediate layer between WP.29 and the remaining five GRs; and

  3. establishment of an additional new GR, GRVA and maintain the existing six GRs.

16. AC.2 agreed to submit the informal document WP.29-175-25, presenting and assessing the three options as a discussion document from AC.2 to WP.29 for further consideration and possible adoption of one of the options.

17. AC.2 noted that the draft update of the “Blue Book” publication was prepared and requested the secretariat to circulate it as a new informal document for this WP.29 session.

18. The Secretary presented the programme of work with a strategic introduction on the main priorities of the WP.29 work, which are related to vehicle automation and environmental protection. The Secretary stated that the areas of work of the six GRs were of equal importance. He introduced Real Driving Emissions (RDE) as a new area of work under the Working Party on Pollution and Energy. The priorities would include further development in implementing the 1958, 1997 and 1998 agreements, the main horizontal activities and the main topics addressed by the subsidiary bodies of WP.29 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/1/Rev.1).

19. WP.29 adopted the revised programme of work for 2018 based on document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/1/Rev.1.

20. The World Forum took note of the list of Working Parties and Chairs (informal document WP.29-175-01) and the draft 2019 calendar for WP.29 and its subsidiary bodies (informal document WP.29-175-02). WP.29 took note of the request of OICA to change the dates of the eighty-seventh session of the Working Party on Brakes and Running Gear. The secretariat agreed to check the availability of rooms for other dates.

21. The 2019 calendar and the list of Working Parties, Informal Working Groups (IWG) and Chairs are reproduced in annexes I and II to the session report.

22. The Chair of the IWG on Intelligent Transport Systems and Automated Driving (ITS/AD) recalled the activities of the World Forum related to the definition of its priorities that resulted in a main focus on vehicle automation and environmental protection. The importance of vehicle automation had been highlighted within the ITC decision No. 19 requesting WP.29 to consider establishing a dedicated GR on this topic. He presented the three options emerging from the discussions at AC.2 (WP.29-175-25). He continued by highlighting the importance for WP.29 to quickly take a decision, as it was a growing topic of importance for governments, industry and society at large.

23. He stated that when exploring the three different options, it is important to keep in mind that a final solution should take into account the resource constraints.

24. The Chair of ITS, the Chair of WP.29 and the Chair of GRRF recalled the coordinating role of WP.29 and especially of the Administrative Committee for the Coordination of Work (AC.2) given by its composition as defined in Chapter IX of the Rules of Procedure for WP.29.

25. The representative of China stated that the priority for the country is to set up a new seventh GR. If it is not possible in the short term, the restructuration of GRRF into GRVA can be a temporary solution, while a new seventh GR should be established as the long-term solution. He also stressed the importance to harmonize regulations under both the 1958 and 1998 agreements, or at least under the 1998 agreement.

26. The representative of Australia noted the progress made through this proposal and stated that Australia supports the reshaping of GRRF as developed in the first option.

27. The representative of India welcomed the proposal of the first option as an immediate step, stating that all GRs are of equal importance, and that over the long term the most convenient solution would be the creation of a new GR.

28. The representatives of France, Japan and Switzerland supported the proposal of the first option, at this stage.

29. The representative of the Russian Federation mentioned that he did not have any principal objections against strengthening efforts to regulate autonomous transport in the Working Party that is suggested to be established on the basis of GRRF.  At the same time, the Russian Federation noted that the overall coordination between all the Working Parties was held by AC.2. Nevertheless, a more detailed study of the issue would require domestic discussions between the Russian authorities and other public bodies. In that respect, the Russian Federation reserved its final position on the issue.

30. The representative of the United States of America, concerned about the need to ensure clear coordination between the GRs, opposed adoption of Option 1 because it did not have a coordination role.

31. WP.29 delegates noted that, at the current stage of the process, the adoption of the document was a first step, subject to review within 12 months. WP.29 decided to monitor and review the functioning of the new structure, including the issues of coordination and allocation of resources.

32. The representative of the European Union called for a swift introduction of the revised structure as described in the first option and reiterated that, via the monitoring and review, a safeguard was given to adjust the structure, if necessary.

33. WP.29 adopted, in implementation of ITC decision No. 19, the conversion of GRRF into GRVA and the reallocation of certain tasks such as tyres and coupling devices to other existing GRs as outlined in the first option of informal document WP.29-175-25. GRVA will oversee the remaining topics from GRRF and encompass activities for autonomous, automated and connected vehicles and incorporate current activities, other than coordination, of the IWG ITS/AD. This decision will take effect immediately.

34. The representative of the United States of America reiterated her concern that the decision was made too quickly and on the basis of an informal document. The United States of America expressed concerns that this decision on an informal document appears to be inconsistent with the Rules under the Terms of Reference and Rules of procedure of the World Forum for Harmonization and Vehicle Regulations. The United States of America also did not agree that GRRF was transformed to GRVA.

35. To address her concern for coordination, WP.29 agreed to add the topic of automated activities management between the GRs to its agenda.

36. The secretariat presented informal document WP.29-175-20 on the creation of a new vehicle category related to vehicle automation as a basis for further discussion to be undertaken during the next session of WP.29 in November 2018, taking into account the advice to also consider, in parallel, changes to SR.1 under the 1998 agreement.

37. The secretariat presented the informal document WP.29-175-21 on artificial intelligence, which was welcomed by ITU.

38. WP.29 welcomed the presentation and referred the document to the Task Force on Automated Vehicle Testing.

39. The Chair of the IWG on ITS/AD reported on the outcome of its session of 21 June 2018. He mentioned the stimulating presentations from Mr. N. Beuse, Associate Administrator, Vehicle Safety Research, NHTSA, from Mr. M. Avery, Director, Thatcham Research, and from Mr. H. Tiesler-Wittig (GTB). He reported that the proposed ToR that had been drafted for the Task Force on Assessment of Automated Vehicles (AutoVeh) had not been adopted but had been referred to GRVA. He mentioned the presentation of the progress report of the Task Force on Cyber Security and Over-The-Air (CS/OTA).

40. WP.29 endorsed the proposal to extend the mandate of the Task Force CS/OTA until 31 December 2018. WP.29 noted that this session was the last of the IWG on ITS/AD for the time being and thanked Dr. M. Sekine, Secretary of the IWG on ITS/AD for his continuous support for the IWG on ITS/AD.

41. The Chair of WP.29 reported on the outcome of the WP.1/WP.29 Task Force meeting of 21 June 2018 on preparation for a joint meeting related to automated driving . He mentioned that the meeting had been fruitful, and had agreed to organize a joint side event at the February 2019 session of ITC, if possible.

42. WP.29 requested the secretariat to note the necessary corrections to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/1/Rev.1 in the report to reflect the decision on GRVA in para. 33, (see annex VII). WP.29 also requested the secretariat to prepare a consolidated version of the corrected document for the November 2018 session.

43. The World Forum recalled the report of the Chair of GRSP on its sixty-second session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/62) and approved the report.

44. The World Forum recalled the report of the Chair of GRPE on its seventy-sixth session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/76) and approved the report.

45. The World Forum recalled the report of the Chair of GRB on its sixty-fifth session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/65) and approved the report.

46. The World Forum recalled the reports of the Chair of GRRF on its eighty-fifth and eighty-sixth sessions (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/85, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/86 and Adds.1-2) and approved the reports.

47. The Chair of GRE reported on the results of the seventy-ninth session of GRE (for details, see the report in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/79).

48. He briefed WP.29 on the finalization of an extensive package of amendment proposals in the framework of simplification of lighting and light-signalling regulations, including:

  1. three new simplified UN Regulations on Light-Signalling Devices (LSD), Road Illumination Devices (RID) and Retro-Reflective Devices (RRD) which would supersede the numerous existing device regulations;

  2. transitional provisions to “freeze” these device regulations;

  3. amendments to the installation regulations that group the definitions and introduce references to the new simplified regulations.

49. WP. 29 noted that the only pending issue for the simplification package was a transitional provision regarding the validity of type approvals granted under the existing regulations to be “frozen”. GRE decided to put this transitional provision in square brackets, to revert to this issue at its next session. Any modification of the transitional provision that GRE might agree upon at its next session in October 2018, would be submitted to the November 2018 session of WP.29 as corrigenda to the original simplification package which otherwise would be issued in August 2018.

50. The GRSG Chair reported on the results achieved during the 114th session of GRSG (for more details see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/93).

51. GRSG had noted the recommendations by a task force on the research and conclusions of the final report on the severe collision between a coach and a heavy duty vehicle that occurred in Puisseguin, France on 23 October 2015 and had endorsed the request to develop a number of preventative measures to mitigate and even avoid such accidents in future. Thus, the GRSG Chair sought the consent of the World Forum to establish a new informal working group on the behaviour of the general construction of M2 and M3 vehicles in a fire event (BMFE), to be chaired by France.

52. WP.29 endorsed that request to set up a new IWG on BMFE.

53. Under the 1998 Agreement, GRSG had noted that the IWG on Panoramic Sunroof Glazing (PSG) made no work progress on amendments to Global Technical Regulation No. 6 (Safety glazing) and that, due to budget constraints, none of the expected research and testing activities on ceramic printed areas of glazing material had started. Thus, GRSG had requested the consent of WP.29 and AC.3 to extend the mandate of the IWG from June 2018 to April 2020.

54. WP.29 endorsed the request to extend the mandate of the IWG on PSG by another two years.

55. The representative of the United States of America, Chair of GRSP, informed WP.29 about the results achieved by his group from its sixty-third session (for details see the session report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/63).

56. On behalf of the Chair of GRSP, the representative of the United States informed WP.29 and AC.3 that GRSP encouraged the experts from the contracting parties to both agreements to participate in the activities of the IWG to develop provisions for Deployable Pedestrian Protection Systems (IWG-DPPS), which would be implemented in UN GTR No. 9.

57. The representative of the United States informed WP.29 and AC.3 that the United States of America plans to withdraw as Chair from the IWG on harmonization of side-impact dummies as soon as a solution would be found at GRSP.

58. The representative of the Netherlands, Chair of GRPE reported to WP.29 on the results achieved by GRPE from its seventy-seventh session (for more details see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/77).

59. The World Forum noted that Mr. A. Rijnders (the Netherlands) had been re-elected as GRPE Chair for the sessions of the year 2019.

60. The secretariat informed the World Forum about the latest update of the status of the 1958 Agreement, based on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/343/Rev.26, as corrected, that contains the information received by the secretariat up to 18 May 2018. WP.29 noted that contracting parties should notify the secretariat about any amendments needed to the status document via the new established online data base only.

61. WP.29 noted the introduction of new style of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/343/Rev.26 document. Only Part II, and Annexes II and III would be issued for the June and November sessions. Part I and Annex I were available on the website. The full document would be issued at the annual March session.

62. Following the intervention of SAE International on categorization of autonomous vehicles (item 2.3), the secretariat investigated the possibility to replicate parts of SAE standards into WP.29 documents. The representative of SAE International committed himself to provide answers at the next session.

63. OICA introduced a list of supplements to UN Regulations which pose difficulties for obtaining extensions to existing type approvals as detailed in informal document WP.29-175-17.

64. WP.29 reiterated that on the issue of the immediate application of supplements, the principle was that supplements should only be used for the clarification of test procedures not changing the level of stringency of the regulation or imposing new requirements or for regulating new developments not changing the level of stringency of the regulation. Therefore, supplements become applicable for new approvals issued after their date of entry into force. As a result, the previous practice of occasionally including new requirements in supplements must be avoided.

65. However, to address the issue of several supplements which had been identified as containing new requirements, WP.29 clarified that the General Guidelines for United Nations regulatory procedures and transitional provisions in UN Regulations, as adopted by the WP.29 on 14 November 2017 apply to:

  1. all supplements adopted by WP.29 after the date of adoption of the General Guidelines; and

  2. all supplements adopted by WP.29 prior to the date of adoption of the General Guidelines with the exception, until 31 December 2019, of those amending the following UN Regulations and their corresponding series: R14.07, R16.06, R43.01,R48,04, R50, R55.01, R83.06, R83.07, R116, R121.01.

66. WP. 29 invited the respective GRs to immediately start working on the necessary amendments to the UN Regulations listed in the informal document WP.29-175-17.

67. The representative of Japan, Chair of the IWG on IWVTA, reported on the progress made by the group at the twenty-seventh meeting of the IWG on IWVTA held in June 2018 in The Hague, Netherlands (informal document WP.29-175-13). He informed WP.29 about the proposed amendments to Schedule 4 on the numbering of UN type approvals allowing the use of a four- to six-digit sequential number. He also reported on the proposed procedure to fill-in the extension number in existing and new communication forms. He also highlighted the potential to amend the approval numbering in UN Regulations Nos. 37, 90, 99, 108, 109, 117 and 128 for alignment with Schedule 4. WP.29 endorsed the proposals and requested GRB, GRE and GRRF to review, in this respect, the provisions of the UN Regulations concerned.

68. WP.29 invited the secretariat to prepare an official document with the proposed amendments to Schedule 4 for consideration at its November 2018 session. WP.29 noted that this proposal would result in a first amendment to the Schedules of the 1958 Agreement and that its adoption according to the new provisions of article 13.bis of revision 3 would require some additional time for clearance in some of the CPs.

69. The Chair of GRRF expressed his concern that this amendment would not necessarily solve the problems which occurred under UN Regulation No. 90 on replacement braking parts as these parts were approved as groups with a single approval number. WP.29 noted the concern raised by GRRF about revision 3 to the 1958 agreement and its possible impact of the issuing of approvals to UN Regulation No. 90, using the test group approach (and extensions to approvals issued in this way). WP.29 agreed that the test group practices which were valid under revision 2 of the 1958 agreement should remain available for use under revision 3. Thus, WP.29 requested the IWG on IWVTA to consider any amendments to the agreement, or to Schedule 4, that may be required to improve transparency on this point.

70. WP.29 noted the informal document WP.29-175-14 that proposes to amend annex 4 to UN Regulation No. 0 with the updated list of UN Regulations. The World Forum welcomed the proposal and agreed to resume consideration and possible vote in AC.1 at its next session in November 2018. Thus, the secretariat was requested to circulate the informal document WP.29-175-14 with an official symbol.

71. No further information was presented under this agenda item.

72. The representative of the European Union, on behalf of the Chair of the IWG on DETA, presented the informal document WP.29-175-16 detailing the state of play of the development of DETA. She requested an update by the secretariat on actions taken for the financing of DETA under the ECE regular budget. She added that the IWG on DETA was initiating a pilot project in August 2018. So far, six institutions have volunteered to participate in the pilot project, and the IWG was willing to welcome more volunteers to test the functioning of DETA.

73. The WP.29 Secretary referred to the new United Nations budget process (informal document WP.29-175-26). The hosting and maintenance costs of DETA had been added under Part III of the draft ECE budget proposal for 2020, and would follow the internal procedure within ECE and at United Nations Headquarters leading to a general assembly resolution.

74. WP.29 welcomed that OICA and CITA, respectively, would contribute to the development of the Unique Identifier and Declaration of Conformance modules and would act as contractor vis-à-vis the software provider.

75. The representative of ETRTO stated that he would also contribute on the condition that DETA would be migrated to the United Nations servers by 2020.

76. The representative of CLEPA clarified that he would also contribute once DETA would be on United Nations servers.

77. The representative of the European Union requested a better coordination of funders to make DETA a reality in the short term. In this context, the secretariat reiterated that contribution from contracting parties would also be welcomed.

78. The representative of the Russian Federation expressed his interest of being involved in the testing of the DETA system. The importance of the activity in testing the DETA system was also conditioned by the present work for the soon planned start of the electronic Whole Vehicle Type Approval (WVTA) in the Russian Federation.

79. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.6.1 to 4.6.8, and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

80. The Chair of GRSP presented proposals on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/44 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/45 under agenda items 4.6.9 and 4.6.10, to amend UN Regulations No. 14 and No. 129, in the spirit of providing the highest level of safety for children.

81. The proposal on amendments to UN Regulation No. 129 was commended by CI as the last phase for a full replacement of UN Regulation No. 44, which had not been designed to fully avoid the wrong use of child restraint systems. He recalled that the shortcomings of UN Regulation No. 44, had been raised by consumer groups ten years ago which had led to the decision to stop further developing UN Regulation No. 44 and to start a new UN Regulation. He declared that his organization and ANEC were satisfied by UN Regulations No. 129 that entails not only better protection of children, but makes Child Restraint Systems (CRS) easier to use. He expressed his thank to all the stakeholders involved, and in particular Mr. P. Castaing, Chair of the IWG, for their contributions to this result. He recommended the phasing out of UN Regulation No. 44 as early as possible to avoid confusion among consumers and allow only UN Regulation No. 129 that offers the highest level of protection. He clarified that since 1 September 2017, integral ISOFIX CRS were no longer approved under UN Regulation No. 44, and this would be the case also for non-integral Group 2 and Group 2/3 seats from 1 September 2019. Finally, he announced that for belted integral systems his organization would submit a proposal at the GRSP 2018 December session to stop type approvals according to UN Regulation No. 44.

82. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.7.1 to 4.7.5 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting, with the following exception: documents ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/48/Add.1 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/49/Add.1 under agenda items 4.7.3 and 4.7.4 had been modified in June 2018 by GRPE, and therefore, should not be taken into consideration for vote at this session.

83. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.8.1 to 4.8.9 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the following corrections:

In ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/53, page 2: for “Supplement 15” read “Supplement 16”,
In ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/59/Add.1, correct to read:
Insert the missing amendment to former paragraph 3.2.10, to read:

"3.2.11.An indication, by means of the “PSI” index (as explained in Annex 7, Appendix 2 to this Regulation) or in kilopascals (kPa), of the inflation pressure to be adopted for the load/speed endurance tests. This indication may be placed on one sidewall only."

Annex 7, paragraph 1.3., amend to read:
“1.3.Inflate the tyre to the pressure corresponding to the indication on the sidewall as specified in paragraph 3.2.11. of this Regulation.”

84. WP.29 referred informal documents WP.29-175-04 and WP.29-175-05 to the appropriate GR for further consideration.

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

86. The World Forum considered the draft corrigenda under items 4.10.1 to 4.10.5 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

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

88. The World Forum considered the proposals for new UN Regulations on Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Vehicles of category L, and on mechanical coupling components of combinations of agricultural vehicles under items 4.12.1 and 4.12.2 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

89. The representative of Japan expressed his position to abstain for voting a new UN Regulation on mechanical coupling components of combinations of agricultural vehicles due to having no plan to apply it currently.

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

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

92. The World Forum agreed that agenda items 5.1 to 5.5 should be considered in detail by the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement (AC.3) under agenda item 13.

93. The World Forum agreed to keep this item on its agenda awaiting additional presentations.

94. WP.29 noted the consolidated document (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1074/Rev.10) on the status of the agreement, including the status of the UN Rules annexed to the agreement, the list of the Contracting Parties (CP) to the agreement and of their administrative departments. No new CP has acceded to the agreement since the 173rd session of WP.29, nor has the secretariat received new notification on Periodical Technical Inspection (PTI) authorities.

95. The CPs were reminded to notify the secretariat of any relevant update.

96. The representative of the Russian Federation, Co-Chair of the IWG on PTI, updated the World Forum on the work of the group (informal documents WP.29-175-09 and WP.29-175-24). He reported to the World Forum on the eleventh meetings of the IWG on PTI held in 6 June 2018 at the OICA headquarters in Paris, France.

97. He presented the draft revised Terms of Reference (ToR) for the IWG on PTI (WP.29-175-10). All provisions of the ToR, but one, reached consensus at the IWG on PTI, which was still presented in square brackets. Following a remark from the representative of OICA, the representative of CITA clarified that PTI did not aim to redo type approval testing.

98. After a short discussion among delegates, it was agreed to remove the square brackets, the text remaining the same, and WP.29 adopted the ToR. The Chair of WP.29 requested the ToR to be reproduced in Annex VI to the session report.

99. The representative of Japan expressed his appreciation for the discussions on upgrading PTI for automated and connected vehicles. He also introduced that Japan is considering domestic PTI methods corresponding to electric devices.

100. No proposals for amendments or updates to Rules Nos. 1 and 2 have been submitted under this agenda item.

101. The representative of the Russian Federation, Co-Chair of the IWG on PTI, informed WP.29 about the progress in submitting the proposed amendments to the 1997 Agreement ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/92 and its Corr.1 to the United Nations Secretary-General, which was expected in the near future when internally cleared.

102. The Chair of WP.29 recalled the presentation at the 173rd WP.29 session by the representative of the Russian Federation, Co-Chair of the IWG on PTI, of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/134 and of the informal document WP.29-173-12, which proposes the establishment of a new Rule on Periodical Technical Inspections of motor vehicles using Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and/or Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in their propulsion system, that would be annexed to the 1997 Agreement. These two documents had been consolidated in document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/70.

103. The Chair of WP.29 also recalled the presentation at the 173rd WP.29 session by the representative of the Russian Federation, co-chair of the IWG, of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/135 that proposes the establishment of a new Rule on PTI on minimum safety inspection requirements for hybrid and electric motor vehicles, to be annexed to the 1997 Agreement.

104. He recalled that WP.29 has recommended the submission of the two proposals to AC.4 for voting.

105. No proposals for amendments or updates to Resolution R.E.6 have been submitted under this agenda item.

106. The representative of CITA, on behalf of the IWG on PTI, presented the informal document WP.29-175-07 on possible methods to detect the tampering of Air Emission Control Systems (Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR), Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) and Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) in the framework of PTI and Road Side Inspection (RSI). These methods included visual inspection, external measurement and diagnostic functions. He concluded his presentation, stating that simple measures could make tampering too expensive to economically justify avoiding maintenance.

107. The Chair of GRPE recalled that GRPE had an agenda item on this subject and invited the IWG to contribute to the work of GRPE on this matter.

108. The secretariat of WP.1 informed WP.29 on the activities of WP.1 related to vehicle automations, on so called secondary activities other than driving, vehicle operation from outside of the vehicle and on a resolution related to highly and fully automated vehicles.

109. No information was provided on the progress in harmonizing lighting provisions in the 1968 Vienna convention and the UN Regulations on lighting annexed to the 1958 agreement.

110. The secretariat introduced the informal document WP.29-175-31 on the ECE analytical activities on road safety, or SafeFITS. He explained the principle of this statistical modelling tool that allows the impact prediction of road safety policy measures. Thus, SafeFITS may be used when deciding on future actions. The tool is available on the ECE website at: www.unece.org/trans/theme_safefits.html.

111. No proposals for amendments or updates to the consolidated resolution have been submitted under this agenda item.

112. WP.29 welcomed the new draft edition of the “Blue Book” prepared by the secretariat (informal document WP.29-175-22). The Chair invited all delegates to review the draft text and to submit their contributions and comments to the secretariat by mid-July 2018 at the latest. WP.29 is expected to have a final review of the latest draft at its November 2018 session.

113. The secretariat presented the informal document WP.29-175-23, which lists all the adopted proposals of the 173rd session of WP.29 and which enters into force on 19 July 2018.

114. It was brought to the attention of the World Forum that Mr. G. Billi (EUROMOT) and Mr. J. Kownacki (Poland) would no longer attend WP.29 sessions. WP.29 thanked them for their long-lasting cooperation and their important contributions to the success of the World Forum. WP.29 wished them long and happy retirements.

115. The World Forum adopted the report and its annexes on its 175th session based on a draft prepared by the secretariat. The report included sections related to the sixty-ninth session of the Administrative Committee (AC.1) of the 1958 Agreement, to the fifty-third session of the Executive Committee (AC.3) of the 1998 Agreement and to the tenth session of the Administrative Committee (AC.4) of the 1997 Agreement.

116. Out of the 55 contracting parties to the agreement, 38 were represented and established AC.1 for its sixty-ninth session on 20 June 2018.

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

118. The results of the voting on the documents submitted following the rules of procedure of article 12 and the appendix of Revision 3 to the 1958 Agreement can be found under this paragraph in the session report. You can also access the vote results on GAR.

119. The fifty-third session of the Executive Committee (AC.3) was held on 20 and 21 June 2018 and chaired by the representative of Japan. The representatives of 12 of the 36 contracting parties to the agreement attended: Australia, Canada, China, the European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Malaysia, Norway, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, South Africa and the United States of America.

120. AC.3 noted the information, as of 6 June 2018, on the status of the Agreement of the Global Registry and of the Compendium of Candidates (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.22), the status of the priorities of the 1998 Agreement (based on informal document WP.29-175-11 as reproduced in annex II to this report) and items on which the exchange of views should continue. AC.3 noted that the “1998 AGREEMENT-MISSIONS List” electronic system, used by contracting parties to send notifications and the mandatory reports on the transposition process through their Permanent Missions in Geneva, Switzerland, to the secretariat, had been replaced by a new publicly accessible website. AC.3 agreed to always send the above-mentioned reports and notifications through their Permanent Missions in Geneva, Switzerland, and directly to the secretariat (email: edoardo.gianotti@un.org) to ensure updating of the status document, which is the monitoring tool of the agreement. Finally, AC.3 requested its representatives to provide the secretariat with the coordinates of their corresponding focal points to the agreement, appointed in their capitals to draft the reports and notifications to keep them informed in the exchange of information through the above-mentioned website.

121. No new proposals for new UN GTRs have been submitted under this agenda item.

122. Submitted for consideration and vote, the proposal for Amendment 4 to UN GTR No. 15 on Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedures (WLTP) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/71, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/72 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/43) was adopted on 20 June 2018 by consensus of vote of the following contracting parties present and voting: Australia, China, the European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Malaysia, Norway, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation and South Africa.

123. The representatives from Canada and the United States of America abstained from voting.

124. Submitted for consideration and vote, the proposal for amendment 1 to UN GTR No. 19 (Evaporative Test emission procedures for the Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedures (EVAP WLTP) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/73, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/74 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/44) was adopted on 20 June 2018 by consensus of vote of the following contracting parties present and voting: Australia, China, the European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Malaysia, Norway, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation and South Africa.

125. The representatives from Canada and the United States of America abstained from voting.

126. Submitted for consideration and vote, the request (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/79) of the European Union to list in the Compendium of Candidates for UN GTRs, the European Union Regulations Nos. 2017/1151 and 2017/1154 on Real Driving Emissions (RDE), was passed on 20 June 2018 by an affirmative vote of Australia, Canada, China, the European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Malaysia, Norway, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, South Africa and the United States of America.

127. Submitted for consideration and vote, the request (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/81) of Japan to list in the Compendium of Candidates for UN GTRs, the methodology of Real Driving Emissions (RDE) of Japan, was passed on 20 June 2018 by an affirmative vote of Australia, Canada, China, the European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Malaysia, Norway, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, South Africa and the United States of America.

128. Contracting parties did not, at this time, request guidance under this agenda item.

129. AC.3 resumed discussion on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/34 aimed at providing an overview of the priorities of the Programme of Work (PoW) of the development of UN GTRs or amendments to the existing ones.

130. The representative of Japan explained that in view of the decision taken by WP.29 under agenda item 2.3 (see para. 33 above) document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/34 had to be amended. Therefore, he introduced the informal documents WP.29-175-28 and WP.29-175-29, tabled jointly with the representative of the European Union, to provide an update of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/34. He added that both documents had incorporated the feedbacks received so far from the contracting parties concerning: (a) the existing working groups (informal document WP.29-175-28) and (b) the new priorities assigned (informal document WP.29-175-29) to the working group dedicated for automated/autonomous connected vehicles (GRVA) and to GRSG.

131. The representative of the United States of America suggested that a precise revision should be undertaken by all contracting parties to identify their priorities and to reflect on any element. The representative of China recalled his comments (informal document WP.29-175-08) to AC.3 on the noted GRVA. The representative of OICA confirmed that, in principle, the informal document WP.29-175-29 met the expectations of his organization, even though due to its late submission there was need for a more in-depth evaluation by his members. However, he recommended that, due to the limited resources available, it was advisable to concentrate efforts on developing a higher level of automation instead of already existing ones (e.g. longitudinal control for the Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)).

132. The representative of the United Kingdom, Chair of the former GRRF, suggested that the informal documents WP.29-175-29 and WP.29-175-08 would be among the documents that he intended to send to interested parties prior to the GRVA session in September 2018, to have a thorough discussion on the priorities of this group. He added that the deliberations, on these documents made by his group, would be annexed to the report of GRVA of the September 2018 session or be a stand-alone document for revision to the November session of AC.3. He finally recommended informal documents WP.29-175-29 and WP.29-175-08 to be considered as live documents, as well as the informal document WP.29-175-28 which should be kept as a separate document for the clarity of all interested parties. Finally, AC.3 endorsed the recommendation of the representative of the United Kingdom and requested the secretariat to keep ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/34 as a reference, awaiting the deliberations of GRVA and feedbacks from interested parties.

133. The representative of the European Union, as technical sponsor for these activities, informed WP.29 about the status of work of the IWG on Environmental and Propulsion Performance Requirements (EPPR). He expected that the official proposal for new amendments to UN GTR No. 2 would be submitted for consideration to the GRPE session in January 2019.

134. The representative of IMMA reported that the correspondence group working on On-Board Diagnosis 2 (OBD2) requirements is expected to deliver a final text by 2020.

135. The representative of Italy reported on the progress of work at GRRF on the harmonization of provisions of UN GTR No. 3 and UN Regulation No. 78 according to the mandate (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/47). He explained that GRRF provided comments on the formal proposal submitted by Italy. He announced that Italy received some contributions from Canada, India and Denmark. He added that GRVA would receive a revised proposal at its September 2018 session for review.

136. The representative of IMMA thanked Italy for its support of the work and looked forward to the report at the next AC.3 session in November 2018.

137. The representative of the Republic of Korea reported on the progress of work of the IWG on Panoramic Sunroof Glazing (PSG) in developing an amendment to UN GTR No. 6. He announced that a research programme is expected to start in August 2018 for a duration of 2 or 3 years. The representative of the Republic of Korea requested WP.29 views on the way forward, and proposed two options: (a) to extend the mandate of the IWG to follow the research activities or (b) to freeze the activities until the research work is finalized.

138. The representative of Italy suggested extending the mandate, so that the IWG can be active if desired.

139. AC.3 endorsed the extension of the mandate of the IWG on PSG until April 2020.

140. The representative of the United Kingdom, Chair of the IWG on Phase 2 of UN GTR No. 7 on head restraints, informed AC.3 that his group had suspended its activities and had not been able to establish injury criteria directly from post-mortem subject testing due to the lack of research outcomes. However, he announced that the group intended to re-start its activity after the summer break and to submit an official proposal of amendments, based on empirical data, to the UN GTR and a parallel one to UN Regulation No. 17 at the December 2018 session of GRSP. He added that such proposals would be eventually complemented by: (a) an informal document to introduce the latest development of the IWG on injury criteria, (b) the final status report of the IWG, and © a proposal of Addendum 1 to the Mutual Resolution No. 1 to incorporate drawings and specifications of the Bio Rear Impact Dummy. He concluded that the IWG is expected to finalize this work within one year of activity and therefore requested an extension of the mandate. 

141. AC.3 endorsed the request of extension of the mandate until June 2019.

142. The representative of the United States of America, on behalf of the Chair of GRSP, reported on the progress of parallel discussions in GRSP on three draft amendments. He added that GRSP recommended Amendment 2 to UN GTR No. 9, which incorporates the flexible pedestrian legform impactor (FlexPLI), for consideration and vote at the November 2018 session of AC.3. He reported that progress had not been made on establishing Amendment 3 to the current requirements for head form tests, as proposed by GRSP. Moreover, he informed AC.3 that the IWG on Deployable Pedestrian Protection Systems (IWG-DPPS), chaired by the Republic of Korea, had handed over the activity of the previous task force to design provisions covering active deployable systems in the bonnet area (Amendment 4 to the UN GTR). He finally encouraged an increased participation to these IWG activities of representatives of contracting parties to advance the work.

143. The representative of the Republic of Korea informed AC.3 about the progress of work of the IWG-DPPS. He stated that the first meeting of IWG-DPPS had been held in Frankfurt, Germany, in April 2018, and that the IWG had concentrated on the ToR, that the schedule had been set with the goal of recommending a proposal through GRSP for consideration and vote by WP.29 and AC3 in June 2020. He mentioned that the informal document WP.29-175-06 reproduced the above-mentioned ToR. He underlined that following the ToR, the IWG formed a subgroup for discussion on specific topics to allow a faster pace of discussion. He finally informed AC.3 that the next meeting is expected to take place in Brussels, Belgium in September 2018, thanks to the support from the European Commission and would hopefully bring a wider participation from many European countries.

144. AC.3 endorsed in principle the ToR of the IWG and requested the secretariat to distribute the informal document WP.29-175-06 with an official symbol at the November session of AC.3 for final adoption.

145. The representative of the European Union, as technical sponsor, informed AC.3 that the work was progressing according to schedule. Given the limited resources, he reported that the efforts were focusing on two main issues, the fifth amendment to UN GTR No.15 and on the transposition of UN GTR No. 15 into a UN Regulation.

146. The representative of the Netherlands, Chair of GRPE, requested guidance from AC.3 on the development of power system determination for Off-Vehicle Charge Hybrid Electric Vehicle (OVC-HEV) and Non Off-Vehicle Charge Hybrid Electric Vehicle (NOVC-HEV). During its June 2018 session, GRPE expressed the will to modify the existing mandate so that the provisions on system power determination would be included in an annex of UN GTR No. 15. Most contracting parties would prefer to have system power determination as a standalone UN GTR.

147. The representatives of Canada and Sweden confirmed their preference for the standalone UN GTR.

148. The representative of Japan was still considering its position and requested more time to assess the benefits and drawbacks of having system power determination as a standalone UN GTR or as an Annex to UN GTR No. 15.

149. The Secretary of GRPE offered to prepare an informal document on each option that would be presented at the next session of AC.3 in November 2018.

150. The representative of the Russian Federation, on behalf of the Chair of the IWG on Tyre GTR, recalled the activities on Amendment 2 to UN GTR No. 16 (Tyres) and the results of the meeting held in Ottawa, Canada, in June 2018 on the high-speed test, the amendments reflecting Chinese and Indian proposals, and the feasibility study for the introduction of the global tyre marking. He informed AC.3 that the next meeting of the IWG was scheduled to take place in September 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.

151. The representative of the United States of America, on behalf of the Chair of the IWG on EVS UN GTR No. 20, Phase 2 and of GRSP, informed AC.3 on the work progress of the group. He said that the IWG was keeping to the established schedule and issues, i.e. thermal propagation and test performances of buses. He announced that the next meeting of the IWG was planned to take place from 11 to 13 September 2018, in Sweden. He finally stated that more information would be provided at the November 2018 session of AC.3.

152. The representative of the United States of America, Chair of IWG on Quiet Road Transport Vehicle GTR (QRTV GTR), informed AC.3 that IWG held a meeting in Baltimore, United States of America, had resumed its activities and reported on the issues held on 30 and 31 May 2018. He pointed out that the objective of the session was to provide a detailed comparison between UN Regulation No. 138 on QRTV, the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) on Minimum Sound Requirements for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles, as well as of other regional (the European Union) or national (Canada, Japan, the Republic of Korea) regulations in this area. He indicated that the full comparison report would be presented to the session of GRB in September 2018 and then to the November 2018 session of WP.29 with a request to provide guidance on further direction of work. He also pointed out that, depending on the guidance, WP.29 would be requested to extend the mandate of IWG QRTV GTR.

153. The representative of the United States of America, on behalf of the Co-Chair of the IWG on the UN GTR No. 13 – Phase 2, informed AC.3 about the progress of the group. He reported that the second meeting of the IWG was held in Torrance, United States of America, from 5 to 7 February 2018, and that discussions focused on material compatibility, fuelling receptacle, long-term stress rupture of hydrogen storage systems, and on updating the existing test procedure in the UN GTR. He concluded that the ToR of the IWG had been submitted to the current session of AC.3 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/75) for endorsement, and announced that the date of the next meetings of the IWG were scheduled to be held from 24 to 26 June 2018, in Seoul, Republic of Korea, followed by a meeting in October 2018 in Europe.

154. AC.3 endorsed ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/75, that would be appended to the UN GTR in accordance with the provisions of the 1998 Agreement.

155. The representative of the European Union presented the informal document WP.29-175-32, which is a revised version of the document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/80 that requests authorization to develop a new UN GTR on Global RDE. She highlighted the importance of this request, both technically and politically, with emissions control strategies now being globally developed by vehicle manufacturers.

156. The timeline to develop the new UN GTR on Global RDE is ambitious due to the urgency to tackle the topic in a harmonized, coordinated approach. The process will be opened to all contracting parties interested in developing or improving their own national regulatory procedures.

157. The representatives of Japan and of the Republic of Korea supported the document and expressed the wish to participate to the IWG on Global RDE.

158. The representative of the United States of America expressed his support for GRPE to begin exploring a harmonized test procedure on RDE, as soon as possible, through the work of an IWG on Global RDE.

159. He expressed his support of a data-driven approach that would be inclusive of input from all the contracting parties, and that it would not be pre-determined that the European RDE is the only approach which should be considered.

160. The representative of the United States of America expressed his belief that more time will be needed to be able to consider all inputs from all contracting parties.

161. The representative of the United States of America stated that this work could lead to a UN GTR, though he did not believe that it was necessary at this time to make this decision. He added that an IWG should be formed to explore the development of a harmonized RDE methodology, and at a future meeting of WP.29/AC.3 it could be decided, based on a more inclusive input from the contracting parties, if a UN GTR under the 1998 Agreement would be the appropriate approach.

162. The representative of the United States of America stated that if AC.3 decided to move forward with the development of a UN GTR on Global RDE, the United States of America would participate in the early stages of the development. However, if the process was neither data-driven nor inclusive of input from all contracting parties to the 1998 Agreement, the United States of America would consider exercising the right as a contracting party to make clear that it would not support the eventual adoption of a UN GTR for this new methodology.

163. AC.3 took into consideration the comments of the representative of the United States of America and granted authorization to develop a UN GTR on Global RDE. The request for authorization to develop a new UN GTR on Global RDE is reproduced in Annex V of this report.

164. The Chair of GRPE congratulated all the parties who showed interest in participating in the development of a UN GTR on Global RDE, and encouraged others to join. He stated that the decision to develop a UN GTR on Global RDE represented an important milestone for GRPE activities, as existing United Nations emission’s regulations would be strengthened so as to ensure the adequate operation of state-of-the-art emission control systems in normal conditions of use.

165. He emphasized that the development of a harmonized real driving emissions test procedure would centralize expertise and resources for improved emissions measurement. This would also support significant economies of scale across the automotive sector.

166. The representative of the United States of America informed AC.3 that her country is planning to withdraw as Chair from the IWG on harmonization of side-impact dummies as soon as a solution is found at GRSP.

167. No subject was raised pole side impact.

168. The representative of Canada provided an update on the latest activities of the IWG on EVE, on behalf of EVE leadership. She indicated that, since the March 2018 session of WP.29, two meetings of the EVE IWG took place, one on 27 and 28 March 2018 in Tokyo, Japan, and the second on 5 June 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland. She noted that the IWG continues to make progress on its three assigned areas of work.

169. She stated that the development of a draft GTR for determining the power of electrified vehicles had reached the start of the validation testing phases, and that several laboratories had volunteered to perform measurements over the coming months. The IWG was optimistic that it would have a proposal for a power determination UN GTR ready for approval by AC.3 in November 2019.

170. She continued by stating that that the final validation of a model to estimate the durability of EV batteries, developed by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), had entered its final validation phase.

171. She added that the IWG continued to work closely with the IWG on WLTP to ensure that the work of the two groups was complementary and to avoid duplication of efforts.

172. She informed AC.3 delegates that the next meeting of the EVE IWG would be a two-day meeting in Ottawa, Canada, on 16-18 October 2018.

173. The representative of the Netherlands, Chair of GRPE, recalled his previous intervention on the work of the IWG on EVE on power system determination and repeated his question whether it should be delivered as an annex to UN GTR No. 15 or as a standalone UN GTR.

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

175. AC.3 started discussion on the informal document WP.29-175-27, submitted by the representative of OICA. However, due to the numerous comments and the lack of time, AC.3 requested interested parties to submit their comments directly to the representative of OICA and to resume consideration on the basis of a new document incorporating the comments at its November 2018 session.

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

177. No further supplementary information was provided beyond agenda item 7.2. (see para. 100 above)

178. No further supplementary information was provided beyond agenda item 7.4. (see paras. 102 – 104 above)

179. No subject was raised under this agenda item.