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Working Party on General Safety
113th session | Geneva | 10-13 Oct 2017 Download Copy
Agenda Item 14. | Consolidated Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles (R.E.3)
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GRSG/2017/20 | Proposal for amendments to Consolidated Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles (R.E.3) (Russia)

GRSG-113 Discussion

58. Upon the request of the Working Party on Noise (GRB), the expert from the Russian Federation proposed ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/20 to change, in the current version of R.E.3 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/78/Rev.6), the units for vehicle masses from tonnes to kilograms.

59. The document received the full support of GRSG. The secretariat was requested to submit ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/20 to WP.29 as an amendment to R.E.3, for consideration at its March 2018 session.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Working Party on Noise | Session 67 | 24-26 Jan 2018

2. GRB considered and adopted the agenda. The list of informal documents is contained in Annex I of the session report. The list of GRB informal groups is reproduced in Annex IV.

1. The Working Party on Noise (GRB) held its sixty-seventh session from 24 to 26 January 2018 in Geneva. The meeting was chaired by Mr. S. Ficheux (France). 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/Rev.1): China, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey. Experts from the European Commission (EC) participated. Experts from the following non-governmental organizations also participated: European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA), European Tyre and Rim Technical Organization (ETRTO), Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA), International Organization for Standardization (ISO), International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA) and World Blind Union (WBU).

3. No issues were considered under this agenda item.

4. The expert from EC reported on the progress of the study on Euro 5 sound level limits of L-category vehicles (GRB-67-13), including a cost-benefit analysis (CBA). According to him, the study identified a potential for reducing sound limits of L-category vehicles. The expert of IMMA was of the view that the study did not properly address a wide variety of vehicles and that lowering the sound limits for type approval would not solve the main issue: single vehicles creating a high noise level (GRB-67-16-Rev.1).

5. The experts from Germany, Netherlands and Spain posed questions about the study assumptions and pointed out that the proposed policy measures would not tackle illegal aftermarket products (silencers) that were the heart of the problem. The Chair invited EC to take into consideration the comments received and to work closely with Contracting Parties, IMMA and other stakeholders with a view to proposing tangible solutions.

6. The expert of Japan informed GRB about the ongoing internal discussions on the limit values in the 04 series of amendments to Regulation No. 41, the outcome of which would be shared with GRB.

7. The expert of IMMA withdrew GRB-67-12.

8. The expert from ISO presented revised proposals that introduced into Regulation No. 51 an option of indoor testing, according to standard ISO 362-3 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2018/3). This proposal received comments from the experts of China, France (GRB-67-11), Germany, Netherlands, Russian Federation (GRB-67-01), Sweden and OICA. Following an in-depth discussion, GRB adopted the proposals, as amended (Annex II of the session report), and requested the secretariat to submit them to the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) and to the Administrative Committee (AC.1) for consideration and vote at their June 2018 sessions as a draft Supplement 4 to the 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 51.

9. GRB recalled the amendment proposals to Regulation No. 51 adopted at the previous session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/7) and addressed the pending issue on whether or not the adopted proposals would require a new series of amendments and/or transitional provisions. The experts from the Informal Working Group on Additional Sound Emission Provisions (IWG ASEP) and from OICA presented their views (GRB-67-14 and GRB-67-06). GRB agreed that the adopted proposals should become a new Supplement 3 to the 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 51 and be accompanied with the following transitional provision (a new paragraph 11.9.):

“11.9.Until 18 months after the date of entry into force of the Supplement 3, it shall not apply to extensions of existing approvals, originally granted prior to the date of entry into force of Supplement 3.”

10. GRB requested the secretariat to issue, as soon as possible, an addendum to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/7 with the above text, thus allowing Contracting Parties to prepare for its consideration at the forthcoming session of WP.29 in March 2018.

11. The expert from OICA proposed amendments to Regulation No. 51 with the aim to ensure transparency during the type approval process in situations where the manufacturer could either use mechanical or electronic devices to control the gear shift, or take measures to avoid accelerations greater than 2.0 m/s² (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2018/2 and GRB-67-17). The proposal received questions and/or comments from the experts of China, France, Germany, Japan and ISO. GRB adopted the proposals, as contained in Annex III to the session report, and requested the secretariat to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their June 2018 sessions as a draft Supplement 4 to the 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 51.

12. The expert from China presented suggestions for further development of Regulation No. 51 (GRB-67-07). The expert from France, Chair of IWG ASEP, pointed out that IWG ASEP would try to accommodate these suggestions.

13. On behalf of IWG ASEP, the expert from France presented their status report to GRB (GRB-67-15-Rev.1) and invited all GRB experts to participate in the work of IWG ASEP.

14. The expert from EC introduced revised amendments on powered cycles (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2018/4). GRB adopted the proposals and requested the secretariat to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their June 2018 sessions as a draft Supplement 4 to the 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 63.

15. The expert from ETRTO assessed the latest proposals from the Netherlands for stricter tyre noise limits, as presented at the sixty-sixth session of GRB (GRB-67-08). He pointed out some limitations in the data subset used in the Dutch study and questioned the methodology used to derive the new proposed limits from the data subset. The expert from the Netherlands replied to the ETRTO comments (GRB-67-18).

16. The experts from Germany and OICA pointed out that the Dutch study had been based on tyre labels which might be incorrect. The expert from the Russian Federation drew the attention of GRB to the need for a holistic approach to the tyre rolling noise in the system “tyre/road surface”. The Chair noted two different approaches for tyre selection by the Netherlands and ETRTO: the Dutch study focused on the most popular tyres of several brands covering about 90 per cent of the market, while ETRTO was concerned about a much wider selection of brands to ensure market choice.

17. GRB invited the Netherlands, ETRTO and other stakeholders to work together with the aim to undertake a holistic study of tyres on the market. Finally, GRB agreed to resume the discussion at the next session.

18. The expert from OICA proposed to clarify the application of the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 138 (GRB-67-09). The experts from China, France, Germany, OICA and WBU commented on the proposal. The secretariat pointed out that it had already rectified the text of paragraph 6.2.6. which had been incorrectly reproduced in a revised consolidated version published on the WP.29 website (E/ECE/324/Rev.2/Add.137/Rev.1 − E/ECE/TRANS/505/Rev.2/Add.137/Rev.1). GRB invited OICA to take into account the comments received and to prepare an official document for consideration at the next session. GRB also requested that the earlier OICA proposals for transitional provisions (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2017/7) be included into this new document.

19. On behalf of the Task Force on Reversing Alarm (TF-RA), the expert from Japan reported on the TF-RA activities. In particular, he mentioned that TF-RA would soon distribute a simple questionnaire among GRB experts with a view to collecting information on national practices with respect to reversing alarms. Based on future responses, TF-TA would draft a new Regulation. The expert from Switzerland suggested that “reversing alarm” should be replaced with “acoustic warning” in the title of a new Regulation.

20. No proposals were considered under this agenda item.

21. No new information was reported under this item.

22. The expert from the Netherlands presented an update of the project on labelling road surfaces (GRB-67-19), based on the following criteria: skid resistance, noise reduction, rolling resistance and lifespan. GRB recalled its view that labelling road surfaces could only be introduced as a non-legally binding document, e.g. a recommendation or resolution, and its intention to find the most appropriate body to adopt such a document. In this context, the Chair informed GRB about the AC.2 considerations of this issue, at its November 2017 session. The secretariat further reported that the Working Party on Road Transport (SC.1), at its September 2017 session, had indicated that the project was beyond the SC.1 Terms of Reference. The Chair invited the Netherlands, in cooperation with the Chair, secretariat and other interested parties, to draft a recommendation or resolution for consideration at the next session of GRB.

23. No issues were considered under this item.

24. GRB noted that its proposal to change the measuring units for vehicle masses from tonnes to kilograms had been agreed at the October 2017 session of the Working Party on General Safety Provisions (GRSG) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/20) and would be submitted to the March 2018 session of WP.29 for adoption.

25. GRB was informed that Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement had entered into force on 14 September 2017 and that WP.29, at its November 2017 session, had adopted Draft General Guidelines for United Nations regulatory procedures and transitional provisions in UN Regulations and a new UN Regulation No. 0 on the International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA).

26. The secretariat reported on the highlights of the 173rd session of WP.29.

27. The Chair indicated that, before March 2018, he would again solicit views of GRB experts on this issue.

28. The expert from EC presented updated amendments for a new series of amendments to Regulation No. 9 with the aim to introduce ASEP requirements for L4 and L5 category vehicles with the power-to-mass ratio (PMR) of more than 50 W/kg (GRB-67-04). The expert of IMMA was of the view that the industry would need much longer transitional periods for implementing the amendments. The secretariat pointed out that the references to standard ISO 10844 should be updated. GRB invited the expert from EC to update the proposals and submit them as an official document for consideration at the next session.

29. The expert from Germany presented an overview of issues with noise emissions of non-original replacement exhaust silencer systems (NORESS) for L-category vehicles (GRB-67-03), as well as a possible solution in the form of a Supplement 3 to the 01 series to UN Regulation No. 92 (GRB-67-02). Following a brief exchange of views, GRB generally supported the approach and agreed that the proposed modifications should become a new series of amendments. GRB experts were invited to transmit their comments, if any, directly to the expert of Germany, so that he would be able to submit an official document for consideration at the next session.

30. GRB noted that Ms. M. Prémillieu (France), Messrs. B. Despujols and T. Miyachi (both OICA) had assumed new functions and would no longer attend GRB meetings. GRB thanked them for their contributions and wished them success in the future.

31. For its sixty-eighth session, scheduled to be held in Geneva from 12 (starting at 2.30 p.m.) to 14 (concluding at 5.30 p.m.) September 2018, GRB decided to keep the same structure of the provisional agenda, subject to the deletion of item 12 and adding two new items on Regulations Nos. 9 and 92. GRB noted that the deadline for the submission of official documents to the secretariat would be 18 June 2018, twelve weeks prior to the session.