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Working Party on Lighting and Light-signalling
78th session | Geneva | 24-27 Oct 2017 Download Copy
Agenda Item 7. (b) | Other Regulations: Regulation No. 53 (Installation of lighting and light-signalling devices for L3 vehicles)
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GRE-77-08 | Proposal for draft amendments to Regulation No. 53 (India)
GRE-77-09 | India Comments on glare given to oncoming vehicles by motorcycle DRLs at night (India)
GRE-77-17 | Discussion of DRL automatic switching proposal for Regulation No. 53 (Italy)
GRE-78-07 | Proposal for amendments to the draft supplements to UN R53 (GRE/2017/25) (IMMA)
GRE-78-22 | Proposals for a collective amendment to Regulation No. 53 and draft Regulation on Light Signalling Devices (LSD)
GRE-78-24 | UN R53: Proposals for Supplement 1 to the 02 series of amendments and Supplement 19 to the 01 series of amendments (India)
GRE/2017/25 | Proposal for Supplement 20 to the 01 series of amendments and for Supplement 2 to the 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 53 (IMMA)
GRE/2017/26 | Proposal for Supplement 20 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 53 and for Supplement 2 to the 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 53 (IMMA)
GRE/2017/27 | Proposal for a draft amendment to Regulation No.53 (IMMA)

30. The expert from IMMA proposed to allow the use of different activation methods for stop lamps, and to align the stop lamp provisions with those applicable for four-wheelers (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2017/25 and GRE-78-07). GRE noted that a corresponding proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 78 had been submitted to the Working Party on Braking and Running Gear (GRRF). The experts from Finland, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and UK commented on the proposal. The Chair invited the expert of IMMA to update the proposal based on the comments received. GRE decided to consider an updated proposal at the next session that would include the issue of its legal form (supplement or a new series of amendments).

31. Due to lack of time, GRE did not consider ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2017/26, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2017/27, GRE-77-08, GRE-77-09, GRE-77-17, GRE-78-22 and GRE-78-24.

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Working Party on Lighting and Light-signalling | Session 64 | 4-7 Oct 2010

(a) Corrigendum 1 to Revision 5
27. GRE adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2010/32 (amended by GRE-64-36 and GRE-64-37) as amended by Annex VIII to this report. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposal to WP.29 and AC.1 at their March 2011 sessions, as draft Corrigendum 1 to Revision 5.

(b) Corrigendum 1 to the 04 series of amendments
28. GRE adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2010/33 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2010/57 both not amended and GRE-64-18, as reproduced in Annex VIII of this report. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposals to WP.29 and AC.1 at their March 2011 sessions, as draft Corrigendum 1 to the 04 series of amendments.

© Proposal for Supplement 1 to the 04 series of amendments
29. GRE considered and adopted GRE-64-55, as reproduced in Annex VIII of this report. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposal to WP.29 and AC.1 at their March 2011 sessions, as draft Supplement 1 to the 04 series of amendments.

(a) Proposal for Supplement 37 to the 03 series of amendments:
5. GRE considered and adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2010/51, not amended, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2010/35 (amended by GRE–64–58) as amended by Annex II and GRE-64-39 as reproduced in Annex II of this report. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposals to WP.29 and the Administrative Committee of the 1958 Agreement (AC.1) at their March 2011 sessions, as draft Supplement 37 to the 03 series of amendments.

(b) Proposal for Corrigendum 2 to Supplement 35 to the 03 series of amendments:
6. GRE adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2010/34 not amended and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 at their March 2011 sessions, as draft Corrigendum 2 to Supplement 35 to the 03 series of amendments.

© Proposal for Corrigendum 2 to Supplement 34 to the 03 series of amendments:
7. GRE adopted GRE-64-28 as reproduced in Annex II of this report and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 at their March 2011 sessions, as draft Corrigendum 2 to Supplement 34 to the 03 series of amendments.

(d) Proposal for Corrigendum 1 to Supplement 36 to the 03 series of amendments:
8. GRE adopted GRE-64-29 as reproduced in Annex II of this report and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 at their March 2011 sessions, as draft Corrigendum 1 to Supplement 36 to the 03 series of amendments.

(e) Proposal for Corrigendum 2 to Revision 5:
9. GRE did not support GRE-64-31.

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(a) Proposal for Supplement 7 to the 04 series of amendments:
10. GRE adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2010/37 (amended by GRE-64-22) as amended by Annex III of this report and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2010/52 not amended. The secretariat was requested to submit both proposals to WP.29 and AC.1 at their March 2011 sessions, as draft Supplement 7 to the 04 series of amendments. Finally, GRE agreed to resume discussion on GRE-64-44/Rev.1 at its March 2011 session on the basis of a revised proposal voluntarily prepared by the expert from OICA.

(b) Proposal for Corrigendum 2 to Supplement 2 to the 04 series of amendments:
11. GRE agreed to remove this item from the agenda of the next meeting.

© Proposal for Corrigendum 4 to Revision 5:
12. The expert from France withdrew ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2010/24.

(d) Proposal for Corrigendum 1 to the 05 series of amendments:
13. GRE adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2010/55, not amended, and requested the secretariat to submit the proposals to WP.29 and AC.1 at their March 2011 sessions, as draft Corrigendum 1 to the 05 series of amendments.

(e) Proposal for Supplement 1 to the 05 series of amendments:
14. GRE considered GRE-64-13 and agreed to resume discussion on this agenda item at its March 2011 session on the basis of a revised proposal, taking also into account GRE-64-52.

(f) Proposal for Corrigendum 1 to Supplement 5 to the 04 series of amendments:
15. GRE considered and adopted GRE-64-14 as reproduced in Annex III of this report. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposals to WP.29 and AC.1 at their March 2011 sessions as draft Corrigendum 1 to Supplement 5 to the 04 series of amendments and as draft Corrigendum 4 to Revision 6.

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Working Party on Lighting and Light-signalling | Session 74 | 20-23 Oct 2015

1. The Working Party on Lighting and Light-Signalling (GRE) held its seventy-fourth session from 20 to 23 October 2015 in Geneva, under the chairmanship of Mr. M. Loccufier (Belgium). Experts from the following countries participated in the work according to 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): Austria; Belgium; Canada; China; Czech Republic; Finland; France; Germany; Hungary; India; Italy; Japan; Luxemburg; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Republic of Korea; Russian Federation; Spain; Sweden and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK). An expert from the European Commission (EC) participated. Experts from the following non‑governmental organizations also took part in the session: European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA); International Automotive Lighting and Light Signalling Expert Group (GTB); International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA); International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA). Upon invitation of the Chair, the experts from the European Committee of Associations of Manufacturers of Agricultural Machinery (CEMA) participated.

2. GRE considered and adopted the agenda proposed for the seventy-fourth session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/24), as reproduced in GRE-74-01-Rev.1 (including the informal documents distributed during the session).

3. The list of informal documents is contained in Annex I to the session report. The list of GRE informal groups is reproduced in Annex VI to the session report.

4. GRE took note of the highlights of the June 2015 session of WP.29 and the official document submission deadline of 8 January 2016 for the April 2016 session of GRE (GRE-74-13).

5. No proposals were introduced under this agenda item.

6. No new information was reported under this agenda item.

7. GRE took note of the progress of the Informal Working Group “Simplification of the Lighting and Light-Signalling Regulations” (IWG SLR) and of its forthcoming meetings. The secretariat informed GRE about the guidance provided by the United Nations Office for Legal Affairs (OLA) and WP.29 on different options for the so-called Horizontal Reference Document (HRD) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1116, WP.29-166-18 and GRE-74-15). In particular, OLA had pointed out that using a new part B of Regulation No. 48 as HRD would contradict the terms of the 1958 Agreement. With regard to establishing a new Resolution, OLA had indicated that Regulations can only be amended in accordance with the procedure set out in Article 12 of the Agreement and that a Resolution cannot be employed to amend a Regulation. OLA had also proposed, as an alternative solution, to amend the 1958 Agreement with a specific procedure applicable in those cases when an amendment to one Regulation would affect the application of other Regulations.

8. The expert from EC was of the view that the alternative solution proposed by OLA would bring no results, in view of its complexity and the advanced stage of work on Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement. He also expressed concerns about the regulatory status of a new Resolution outside the legal text of the 1958 Agreement. The expert from UK shared these concerns. Various experts raised questions on using dynamic or static references to HRD in the individual device Regulations. GRE noted that dynamic references could provide more benefits in terms of simplifying the text, but some Contracting Parties might prefer static references for legal reasons. GRE also wondered about the correlation between amendments to HRD and supplements or new series of amendments to individual device Regulations, including transitional provisions. GRE requested IWG SLR to address the identified issues and to report to the next session on its findings.

9. On behalf of IWG SLR, the expert from IEC introduced a draft Resolution on the common specification of light source categories (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/28 and GRE-74-06), proposals for simplifying Regulations Nos. 37, 99 and 128 by moving data sheets for various light sources from these Regulations to the Resolution as well as some further modifications (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/25, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/ 2015/26, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/27, GRE-74-03, GRE-74-04, GRE-74-05, GRE-74-17, GRE-74-18 and GRE-74-24). The experts from Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands and EC delivered a number of remarks on these proposals, mainly of a terminology nature. The expert from France also requested that all modifications to Regulations Nos. 37, 99 and 128 be clearly explained in the “Justification” section of the respective documents.

10. GRE stressed the need to ensure the high quality of these documents before submitting them to WP.29 and requested IWG SLR to update the proposals based on the comments received and to submit a revised package for consideration at the next session. Some experts pointed out that the guidance by OLA on establishing a new HRD Resolution (see para. 7 above) was also applicable to the draft Resolution on light sources. GRE recalled that this approach had already been endorsed by WP.29 at its November 2014 session. Nevertheless, GRE requested its Chair to ask WP.29, at its forthcoming session in November 2015, to reconfirm this mandate in the light of the OLA guidance.

11. The expert from GTB proposed to phase out a set of light source categories in Regulation No. 37 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/29). GRE agreed that this proposal should be incorporated into the revised draft Resolution on the common specification of light source categories (see paras. 9 and 10 above). GRE also discussed whether phasing out of light source categories could be done only by amending the Resolution or specific transitional provisions should also be introduced into Regulation No. 37. GRE decided to revert to this issue at a later stage.

12. The expert from GTB proposed to introduce new light source categories into Regulation No. 128 and to align some drawings (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/30). GRE agreed that, bearing in mind its importance for the industry, this proposal should be treated separately from the draft Resolution on light sources. GRE adopted the proposal and requested the secretariat to submit them to WP.29 and the Administrative Committee of the 1958 Agreement (AC.1) for consideration and vote at their March 2016 sessions as draft Supplement 5 to the original series of Regulation No. 128.

13. The expert from the Netherlands, in his capacity of Chair of the Task Force on Tell-Tales (TF TT), reported on the progress made by the Task Force. The expert from OICA, Secretary of TF TT, proposed amendments to Regulations Nos. 7, 87 and 48 on tell-tales indicating a failure (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/31, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/ 2015/32, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/33 GRE-74-16). He pointed out that the proposed amendments would also require an amendment to Regulation No. 121 and, to this end, a separate proposal would be submitted to the Working Party on General Safety Provisions (GRSG). GRE requested TF TT to specify the legal form of the proposed amendments and to submit revised proposals for consideration at the next session.

14. GRE reverted to the proposal by the expert from France to delete a design restrictive requirement in Regulation No. 48 for an auto-levelling device for low beam produced by light emitting diodes (LED) light sources (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/21 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/73, para. 20). The secretariat informed GRE about the discussion on this issue at the June 2015 session of WP.29. The World Forum had stressed that Regulations should be technologically neutral and invited GRE to adopt the French proposal and to submit it to WP.29 for consideration (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1116, paras. 50 and 51).

15. GRE was not in a position to reach a consensus on this matter. The experts from Germany and Japan did not support the French proposal and suggested that it first be referred to the Informal Working Group on Visibility, Glare and Levelling (IWG VGL) and considered in one package with various other proposals. The experts from Belgium, Italy, Finland, France, Spain, EC, CLEPA and OICA supported the French proposal and called for its adoption independently from the IWG VGL activities. The experts from Austria and Poland reserved their positions. Finally, in view of the WP.29 guidance, GRE agreed to adopt the proposal in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/21 and to submit it to the March 2016 session of WP.29 for a final decision. The Chair was also requested to brief WP.29 on the different views expressed by experts in GRE.

16. To improve road safety, the expert from Germany proposed to reduce the intensity of a daytime running lamp (DRL) in situations where a direction indicator is activated during the functioning of DRL (GRE-73-14). The experts from Canada, France, Netherlands, UK and OICA supported the idea of the proposal, but pointed out the need to further discuss its technical details. GRE invited experts to transmit their comments, if any, to the expert from Germany and requested him to submit an official document for consideration at the next session.

17. The expert from Germany presented a proposal on fitting end-outline marker lamps when a device for indirect vision is installed (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/34 and GRE-74-22-Rev.1). GRE adopted this proposal, as contained in Annex II, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and the Administrative Committee of the 1958 Agreement (AC.1) for consideration and vote at their March 2016 sessions as draft Supplement 9 to the 05 series of amendments to and draft Supplement 7 to the 06 series of amendments Regulation No. 48.

18. The experts form the Czech Republic and OICA proposed to add a new transitional provision for the 06 series of amendments (GRE-74-10). This proposal received comments from the experts from Italy and EC. The experts from France and Germany requested more time to study the proposal. GRE decided to come back to this issue at the next session on the basis of an official document to be prepared by OICA.

19. The expert from OICA identified a possible conflict between the provisions of Regulation No. 48 and the rule to switch off lamps for circulation inside refineries (GRE-74-19). GRE was of the view that this issue should be addressed in the framework of the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR) and invited OICA to contact the respective ADR bodies.

20. The expert from Germany, in his capacity of Chair of IWG VGL, reported on the activities of the Informal Working Group and presented its draft terms of reference (ToR). GRE adopted ToR of IWG VGL (Annex III).

21. GRE noted that this issue was discussed together with document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/31 (para. 13 above).

22. GRE considered a proposal transmitted by GRSG to align the provisions of Regulation No. 10 with the proposed amendments to Regulation No. 46 (Devices for indirect vision) to optionally replace rear-view mirrors by camera-monitor systems (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/35). GRE adopted this proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2016 sessions as draft Supplement 3 to the 04 series of amendments and draft Supplement 1 to the 05 series of amendments to Regulation No. 10.

23. The expert from the Russian Federation introduced amendment proposals on the electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) of trolleybuses (GRE-74-12) with the intention to replace ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/41. The expert from Belgium commented on these proposals. The expert from China proposed a set of amendments to different provisions of Regulation No.10 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/36). This proposal received preliminary comments from Finland. Various GRE experts pointed out that, before taking a position on the Chinese and Russian proposals, they had to consult national EMC experts who do not normally attend GRE sessions.

24. To make further progress on the above proposals, GRE decided to create a task force (TF EMC) and invited GRE participants and experts on EMC to take part in this work. OICA volunteered to act as secretary of the task force. GRE agreed that TF EMC should start its activities as soon as possible to address the electromagnetic compatibility of trolleybuses.

25. The expert from IMMA proposed to introduce sequential activation of light sources of direction indicators (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/37). GRE adopted this proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2016 sessions as draft Supplement 18 to the original series of amendments to Regulation No. 50.

26. The expert from IMMA introduced a proposal amending the angle of incidence for the rear registration plate illuminating device (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/38). The experts from Austria, Germany, France and the Netherlands commented on this proposal. GRE invited the expert from IMMA to take these comments into consideration and to submit a revised proposal to the next session.

27. The expert from IMMA proposed to allow the installation of light-signalling devices with light sources that can be sequentially activated (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/39). GRE adopted this proposal as amended by Annex IV and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2016 sessions as draft Supplement 18 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 53.

28. The expert from IMMA presented a proposal introducing an emergency stop signal on motorcycles with the aim to increase safety (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/40). GRE adopted this proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2016 sessions as draft Supplement 18 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 53, subject to the following modification:

Paragraph 5.8., amend to read:
“5.8. In the absence of specific instructions, no lamps other than direction indicator lamps, and the vehicle-hazard warning signal lamps and the emergency stop signal shall be flashing lamps.”

29. The experts from Germany and IMMA proposed to delete in Regulation No. 53 the references to headlamps of Class B of Regulation No. 113 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/41 and GRE-74-09). GRE adopted this proposal as contained in Annex V and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2016 sessions as draft 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 53.

30. The expert from IMMA introduced a proposal allowing for the use of different brake lamp activation methods and aligning the brake lamp provision with those applicable for four-wheelers (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/42). The experts of France, Germany, Italy and Japan delivered remarks. GRE noted that this proposal might need to be accompanied by a modification of Regulation No. 78 under the responsibility of the Working Party on Braking and Running Gear (GRRF). IMMA was invited to contact GRRF and to present an updated document for the next session.

31. The expert from Finland, co-chairing the informal Group on Agricultural Vehicle Lighting Installation (AVLI), introduced a draft proposal for the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 86 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/43 and GRE-74-02). GRE noted that the only outstanding issue was the text in square brackets in paragraph 6.8.1. on the front position lamps. Following an in-depth discussion, GRE decided to delete this text.

32. The expert from EC pointed out the need to analyse, together with the EC legal services, the consistency between the EU legislation and the proposed draft of the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 86. Therefore, he reserved his position and suggested that the adoption of the proposal be postponed to the next session. GRE agreed with his suggestion.

33. GRE noted that document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/33 on tell-tales was discussed together with ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/31 (para. 13 above).

34. The expert from Japan presented the outcome of a study on daytime running lamps (DRL) (GRE-74-20). The purpose of the study was to verify the effects of DRL on road traffic in Japan from the perspectives of other road users (glare and visibility for pedestrians and oncoming vehicle drivers) as well as to check the conspicuity of a motorcycle in front of the four-wheeled vehicle with DRL. The test conditions included different levels of sky illuminance and DRL intensity. According to the expert, the study did not identify negative effects of DRL. He also pointed out that, based on the study results, legal consultations had started in Japan with the aim to find a solution for DRL for the purposes of listing Regulation No. 48 in an annex to UN Regulation No. 0. GRE commended Japan for such a comprehensive study and welcomed its outcome.

35. GRE considered a pending proposal submitted by the expert from GTB to align the requirements on moving the cut-off line after heat test with those adopted in Regulations Nos. 98, 112 and 123 and to correct an error in the provisions on the use of light-emitting diode modules (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/17). The experts from Austria, Germany and the Netherlands stressed the urgency of this proposal. GRE adopted the proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2016 sessions as draft Supplement 6 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 113.

36. GRE recalled that, at the previous session, it approved several amendment proposals to various Regulations, but agreed to postpone a decision to submit them to WP.29 for consideration, awaiting other possible proposals for amendments to the same Regulations in the course of the simplification process (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/73, paras. 21, 33 and 35). GRE decided to keep these amendment proposals pending.

37. The Secretary to the Working Party on Road Traffic Safety (WP.1) informed GRE that WP.1, at its October 2015 session, had continued considering the amendment proposals on Article 32 and Chapter II of Annex 5 of the Vienna 1968 Convention regarding lighting and light-signalling. In particular, WP.1 had discussed ECE/TRANS/WP.1/2011/4/Rev.5 which included several proposals made by IMMA. WP.1 agreed to several changes and requested the secretariat to prepare ECE/TRANS/WP.1/2011/4/Rev.6 to reflect these changes. At the same time, Italy, France and Laser Europe had proposed to rearrange the text of the Convention, including Chapter II of Annex 5. Their proposal would be considered at the next session of WP.1.

38. The secretariat informed GRE that the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had appointed Mr. Jean Todt, President of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), as Special Envoy for road safety. Substantive and technical support to the functions of the Special Envoy will be provided by UNECE, and the direct costs of the provision of secretariat support and other logistical costs are to be met from extrabudgetary funding to be mobilised by the Special Envoy.

39. The expert from EC, in his capacity of GRE Ambassador, informed GRE about the progress in preparing Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement and developing Regulation No. 0 on IWVTA. The latest draft of Regulation No. 0 had been presented to the June 2015 session of WP.29 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/68). GRE recalled its discussion on DRL (para. 16 above) and hoped that a solution would soon be found for the purposes of listing Regulation No. 48 in an annex to Regulation No. 0 on IWVTA.

40. The expert from Germany informed GRE about an ongoing study and that a proposal would be submitted to the next session of GRE.

41. The expert from GTB introduced a final consolidated version of the former 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48 (GRE-74-08) which could still be of assistance to the industry and type approval authorities. GRE noted that, under Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement, a series of amendments to a Regulation, together with all subsequent supplements, would be called “a version of a UN Regulation” and that no further modifications could be made to former versions of a Regulation (“frozen” text). GRE invited experts to verify the consolidation by GTB and to report on any possible inconsistencies. Following such verification, the secretariat was requested to publish the consolidated version of the 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48 under an appropriate number.

42. The expert from Poland proposed to introduce a new optional “Class B1” headlamp into Regulation No. 112 (GRE-74-11, GRE-74-23). The experts from Germany, Finland and the Netherlands supported the idea of the Polish proposal and posed clarifying questions. The Chair encouraged all experts to send their comments, if any, to the expert from Poland, with a view to discussing an updated proposal at the next session.

43. GRE took note of a draft list of acronyms/abbreviations used in Regulations under the responsibility of GRE, which had been prepared by the secretariat with the assistance of the experts from the Netherlands and IEC (GRE-74-14). GRE invited experts to send to the secretariat their comments on this list.

44. GRE was informed that Mr. Marcin Gorzkowski (Canada), who had chaired GRE in 2002-2014, would no longer attend its sessions. GRE expressed its high appreciation of Mr. Gorzkowski’s contributions to the work of GRE and wished him success in his future activities.

45. GRE also took note that Mr. Masahito Yamashita (Japan) would no longer attend its sessions. GRE thanked him for his contributions and wished him success in the future.

46. GRE addressed item (a) in conjunction with agenda item 4 (paras. 7-10 of this report).

47. GRE noted that a status report of the GTB Working Groups would be presented at the next session.

48. GRE decided to keep the same structure of the provisional agenda for the next session.

49. In compliance with Rule 37 of the Rules of Procedure (TRANS/WP.29/690 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.1), GRE called for the election of officers. The representatives of the Contracting Parties, present and voting, elected unanimously Mr. Michel Loccufier (Belgium) as Chair and Mr. Derwin Rovers (Netherlands) as Vice-Chair for the sessions of GRE scheduled in the year 2016.

Working Party on Lighting and Light-signalling | Session 75 | 5-8 Apr 2016

1. The Working Party on Lighting and Light-Signalling (GRE) held its seventy-fifth session from 5 to 8 April 2016 in Geneva, under the chairmanship of Mr. M. Loccufier (Belgium). Experts from the following countries participated in the work according to 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): Austria; Belgium; China; Czech Republic; Finland; France; Germany; Hungary; India; Italy; Japan; Latvia; Luxemburg; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Republic of Korea; Russian Federation; Spain and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK). An expert from the European Commission (EC) participated. Experts from the following non‑governmental organizations also took part in the session: European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA); International Automotive Lighting and Light Signalling Expert Group (GTB); International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA); International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA).

2. GRE considered and adopted the agenda proposed for the seventy-fifth session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/1), as reproduced in GRE-75-01-Rev.1 (including the informal documents distributed during the session).

3. The list of informal documents is contained in Annex I to the report. The list of GRE informal groups is reproduced in Annex V to the 75th GRE session report.

4. GRE took note of the highlights of the November 2015 and March 2016 sessions of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) and the official document submission deadline of 29 July 2016 for the October 2016 session of GRE (GRE-75-07).

5. No proposals were introduced under this agenda item.

6. No new information was reported under this agenda item.

7. On behalf of the Informal Working Group “Simplification of the Lighting and Light-Signalling Regulations” (IWG SLR), the expert from IEC introduced a revised proposal for the draft Resolution on the common specification of light source categories (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/5 and Corr.1, GRE-75-02, GRE-75-03 and GRE-75-04), together with proposals for simplifying Regulations Nos. 37, 99 and 128 by moving light sources data sheets from Annex 1 to these Regulations to the Resolution (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/2, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/3 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/4). The experts from Germany, France, Italy, UK, CLEPA, GTB and OICA commented on the proposals, in particular on phasing out of light source categories and on the legal form of amendments to Regulations Nos. 37, 99 and 128 (supplements or new series of amendments).

8. GRE adopted the draft Resolution on the common specification of light source categories (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/5 and Corr.1), as amended by Annex II, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 for consideration at its November 2016 session. GRE also adopted proposals for amendments to Regulations Nos. 37, 99 and 128 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/2, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/3 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/4) not amended and requested the secretariat to submit them to WP.29 and the Administrative Committee of the 1958 Agreement (AC.1) for consideration and vote at their November 2016 sessions as, respectively, draft Supplement 45 to the 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 37, draft Supplement 12 to the original version of Regulation No. 99 and draft Supplement 6 to the original version of Regulation No. 128. The expert of Germany reserved his position on the adopted proposals.

9. The expert from GTB, in his capacity of Secretary of IWG SLR, reported on the progress of IWG SLR and a new phased approach to simplification of the lighting and light-signalling Regulations developed by IWG SLR (GRE-75-05). The proposed approach would include the following major steps:

a) Review and adoption of pending amendment proposals to consolidate the existing Regulations;
b) Freeze of the existing Regulations which would be superseded by three new Regulations (see point c) below);
c) Establishment of three new Regulations on road illumination devices, light-signalling devices and retro-reflective devices based on the text of existing Regulations;
d) Further amendment of the new Regulations and Regulation No. 48 to introduce technologically neutral and performance-based requirements.

10. According to IWG SLR, the proposed approach would not only simplify the Regulations and provide legal certainty, but would also remove unnecessary barriers to innovations and promote worldwide application of lighting and light-signalling Regulations, for example, through the development of GTRs in this area and/or more countries joining the 1958 Agreement.

11. A vast majority of GRE experts expressed their support to the proposed approach and activities of IWG SLR. The expert from Germany reserved his position. The experts of Japan and OICA stressed the need to find a way to introduce new technologies, should they emerge during a transition period between the freeze of the current Regulations and the entry into force of the three new ones. The experts from Belgium and UK were of the view that the United Nations Office for Legal Affairs (OLA) should be requested to provide guidance on the approach. The Chair invited experts to submit further comments, if any, before 29 July 2016.

12. To seek the consent of WP.29 on the proposed concept, GRE requested the Chair to present it at the June 2016 meeting of the World Forum as well as to ask WP.29 to extend the mandate of IWG SLR. GRE also took note of a list of pending proposals, which had been referred to IWG SLR in 2014-2015 (GRE-75-06), and decided to consider them at the next session under agenda item “Pending proposals”.

13. The expert from GTB informed GRE about activities of the GTB Working Group Light Sources and its plans to extend Regulation No. 128 to light sources for forward lighting applications covered by Regulations Nos. 19, 98, 112, 113 and 123 (GRE-75-14). Proposals for amendments to Regulation No. 128 would include performance-based requirements for visibility and glare as well as introduce thermal grades for light emitting diodes (LED) light sources which could be subject to heat from a combustion engine. Forward lighting Regulations Nos. 19, 98, 112, 113 and 123 would need to be amended to accept LEDs of Regulation No. 128 and their thermal grades. GRE took note that amendment proposals would be submitted to the next session. A number of experts posed questions on the thermal grade concept proposed by GTB and were of the view that a detailed clarification should be included in the justification part of future documents.

14. The expert from GTB briefed GRE on activities of the GTB Task Force Conformity of Production (GRE-75-15) and its intention to submit a formal document to the next session of GRE with a view to harmonizing the conformity of production provisions of Regulation No. 123 with those of other headlamp Regulations (e.g. No. 112), for the sake of simplification. The experts from France and UK requested GTB to include a solid justification in their future submission.

15. The expert from GTB proposed to clarify the interpretation of the specifications of filament lamp category H19 in Regulation No. 37 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/6). GRE adopted this proposal and agreed that it should be incorporated into the draft Resolution on the common specification of light source categories (see para. 8 above) and submitted to WP.29 for consideration at its November 2016 session.

16. The expert from the Netherlands, in his capacity of Chair of the Task Force on Tell-Tales (TF TT), introduced revised proposals for amendments to Regulations Nos. 48, 7 and 87 on tell-tales which indicate a failure (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/7, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/12 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/17). GRE adopted the proposals and decided to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their November 2016 sessions as draft Supplement 17 to the 04 series of amendments, draft Supplement 10 to the 05 series of amendments and draft Supplement 8 to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48, draft Supplement 25 to the 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 7 and draft Supplement 18 to Regulation No. 87.

17. Several experts pointed out that the adopted amendments might also require an amendment to paragraph 5.4. of Regulation No. 121 (Identification of controls, tell-tales and indicators), but no consensus was reached on this issue. GRE invited the Working Party on General Safety Provisions (GRSG), which deals with Regulation No. 121, to address this matter.

18. To improve road safety, the expert from Germany proposed to reduce the intensity of a daytime running lamp (DRL) in situations where a direction indicator is activated during the functioning of DRL (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/8). The document also proposed amendments to Regulation No. 87. The expert from OICA suggested an alternative wording (GRE-75-11, GRE-75-11-Rev.1). The experts from France, the Netherlands and UK supported the proposal of Germany. The expert from Italy was of the view that the proposal should be accompanied with transitional provisions. GRE decided to continue its deliberations at the next session based on a revised document to be submitted by the expert from Germany.

19. The expert from GTB proposed to clarify the text of paragraph 6.21.1.2.4. of Regulation No. 48 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/9). GRE adopted the proposal and decided to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their November 2016 sessions as draft Supplement 17 to the 04 series of amendments, draft Supplement 10 to the 05 series of amendments and draft Supplement 8 to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48

20. The expert from GTB proposed modifications to the transitional provisions of various series of amendments to allow for optional installation of new equipment on a vehicle, which had already been approved to an earlier series of amendments, by extending the existing approval, rather than requesting a new approval based on the latest series of amendments (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/10). The expert from OICA advocated the proposal and pointed out that it would contribute to increasing traffic safety (GRE-75-12). The experts from Finland, Italy and Netherlands also supported the proposal. The experts from Austria, France and UK expressed concerns about too many series of amendments to Regulation No. 48 in force and were not convinced that the earlier series should be amended. GRE decided to continue this discussion at the next session.

21. The expert from Poland, in his capacity of Co-Chair of the Informal Working Group on Visibility, Glare and Levelling (IWG VGL), reported on the IWG activities and requested GRE to provide guidance on a number of issues, including but not limited to:

a) Which factors with potential impact on visibility and glare should be addressed by IWG;
b) Whether the work should focus only on Regulation No. 48 (i.e., M and N categories of vehicles) or other categories (L and T) should be considered as well;
c) Whether the requirement for periodic technical inspections (PTI) should be included in the scope;
d) To which extent the available studies and previous GRE documents should be taken into account;
e) Whether IWG or GRE should vote on issues for which no consensus had been found.

22. Various experts stressed the complexity of these issues and called for a pragmatic approach that would rely on the available studies and proposals. The experts from Germany and Japan were of the view that automatic levelling should be taken out of the scope of IWG VGL and addressed by GRE directly. The experts from France and Italy felt that both manual and automatic levelling should be considered by IWG VGL.

23. Based on the above discussion, GRE requested IWG VGL to review its Terms of Reference and prepare modifications for adoption by GRE, as may be necessary. GRE also agreed that, for the time being, IWG VGL should focus on Regulation No. 48 and vehicle categories M and N only, leaving aside the PTI requirements. Finally, GRE stressed the need to follow a consensus approach rather than to vote on controversial points. GRE noted that the expert from Germany would no longer be in a position to co-Chair IWG VGL and encouraged other experts to volunteer for this post.

24. The expert from GTB proposed to align the requirements of paragraph 6.1. with the definition of “single lamp”. A similar proposal was prepared for Regulation No. 7. (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/11). GRE approved this proposal, but agreed to postpone to the next session a decision to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration, in order to collect other proposals for amendments into a single package.

25. The expert from Germany invited GRE to consider interpretation of the “One Continuous Line” requirement in paragraph 5.6. c) of Regulation No. 6 (GRE-75-10). To this end, he proposed to establish a Task Force. Following support of the experts from France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and UK, GRE agreed to establish a Task Force. The experts from Finland and GTB volunteered to act as Chair and Secretary of the Task Force, respectively.

26. GRE recalled that ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/12 had been discussed and adopted together with ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/7 (see para. 16 above).

27. GRE noted that ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/11 had been adopted under agenda item 7 (a) (see para. 24 above).

28. The expert from GTB withdrew ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/13 with proposals for amendments to Regulations Nos. 6, 23, 38, 77, 91 and 119. GRE noted that this document also contained an additional proposal of the secretariat to correct a mistake that had been introduced by Supplement 22 to the 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 7. GRE adopted a correction, as laid down in Annex III of the GRE-75 session report, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their November 2016 sessions.

29. On behalf of the Task Force on Electromagnetic Compatibility (TF EMC), the expert from OICA reported on the activities of TF EMC (GRE-75-13, GRE-75-18). As a first step, TF EMC clarified the operating modes of trolleybuses and the applicable EMC Regulations or standards. According to Regulation No. 107, trolleybuses are dual-mode vehicles operating either: (a) in the trolley mode, when connected to the overhead contact line (OCL), or (b) in the bus mode when not connected to OCL. When not connected to OCL, they can also be (c) in the charging mode. The expert from OICA pointed out that for mode (a) the railway EMC standard IEC 62236-3-1 was applicable, while for modes (b) and (c) Regulation No. 10 should apply. TF EMC had also identified that, in the bus mode with a diesel engine, other Regulations (e.g. Nos. 13, 49, 51, 89 and 100) could be affected. TF EMC recommended seeking guidance from WP.29 on how to proceed with the treatment of trolleybuses in the framework of various Regulations and WP.29 Working Parties. To this end, the expert from OICA offered to produce an informal document for the June 2016 session of WP.29. He also stated that OICA would submit an informal document on this issue to GRSG and possibly to other WP.29 Working Parties.

30. The experts from France and the Russian Federation were of the view that Regulation No. 10 would be the best place to include the EMC provisions for trolleybuses. The expert from Germany felt that Regulation No. 10 could not be amended to incorporate the railway EMC standards for the trolley mode. The expert from the Russian Federation informed GRE about recent testing of the disturbances caused by trolleybuses and requested exclusion of the low-frequency range from 9 to 150 kHz from consideration, due to the very low level of detected disturbances and expensive measurement equipment required for this range.

31. GRE noted that the Chair would consider asking guidance of WP.29 and/or AC.2 at their June 2016 sessions and decided to continue the discussion at its next session.

32. The expert from GTB proposed to correct the specifications of the mixture for the dirt test. Similar proposals were also prepared for Regulations Nos. 45, 98, 112, 113 and 123 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/14). GRE adopted these proposals, as contained in Annex IV of the GRE-75 session report, but agreed that only the amendment to Regulation No. 45 should be submitted to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their November 2016 sessions as draft Supplement 10 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 45. For the amendment proposals to Regulations Nos. 19, 98, 112, 113 and 123, GRE postponed to the next session a decision to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration, in order to collect other proposals for amendments into a single package.

33. The expert from GTB withdrew their proposal to update the provisions on failure of light sources when a tell-tale indicating failure is installed (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/13).

34. See para. 33 under agenda item 7.(e) Regulation No. 23 (Reversing lamps) above.

35. The expert from GTB proposed to correct the specifications of the mixture for the dirt test. Similar proposals were also prepared for Regulations Nos. 45, 98, 112, 113 and 123 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/14). GRE adopted these proposals, as contained in Annex IV of the GRE-75 session report, but agreed that only the amendment to Regulation No. 45 should be submitted to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their November 2016 sessions as draft Supplement 10 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 45. For the amendment proposals to Regulations Nos. 19, 98, 112, 113 and 123, GRE postponed to the next session a decision to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration, in order to collect other proposals for amendments into a single package.

36. The expert from IMMA recalled their earlier proposal to amend the angle of incidence for the rear registration plate illuminating device (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/38) and requested GRE to postpone consideration of this issue to the next session.

37. The expert from GTB proposed to allow the activation of additional lighting units, in conjunction with the driving beam, to improve illumination when the motorcycle is banking (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/15). GRE adopted the proposal and decided to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their November 2016 sessions as draft Supplement 19 to the 01 series of amendments and draft Supplement 1 to the 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 53.

38. The expert from IMMA recalled their earlier proposal to allow for the use of different brake lamp activation methods and to align the brake lamp provisions with those applicable for four-wheelers (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/42) and requested GRE to postpone consideration of this issue to the next session.

39. The expert from Japan proposed to automatically switch from the daytime running lamp (DRL) to the headlamp at night. The experts from Austria, France, Germany, India, Netherlands, UK and IMMA commented on the proposal. GRE encouraged all experts to study the proposal and to provide their comments, if any, by the end of June 2016. GRE also invited the expert from Japan to take these comments into consideration and to submit an official document to the next session.

40. The expert from GTB withdrew their proposal to update the provisions on failure of light sources when a tell-tale indicating failure is installed (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/13).

44. The expert from GTB withdrew their proposal to update the provisions on failure of light sources when a tell-tale indicating failure is installed (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/13).

49. The expert from GTB withdrew their proposal to update the provisions on failure of light sources when a tell-tale indicating failure is installed (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/13).

59. GRE noted that the status reports of the GTB Working Groups were presented under agenda item 4 (paras. 13 and 14 above).

60. GRE decided to keep the same structure of the provisional agenda for the next session, except for the deletion of item 11 (a) (para. 58 above).

58. GRE addressed this item in the framework of simplification of lighting and light-signalling Regulations (paras. 7-14 above) and decided not to include it in the agenda of the next session.

56. GRE took note that WP.29, at its March 2016 session, had referred ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/24 on Regulation No. 113 back to GRE. The expert from GTB clarified that this was due to unclear provisions for the cut-off line in Annexes 4 and 5. He further pointed out that similar provisions had already been introduced in Regulations Nos. 98, 112 and 123, and that GTB would prepare collective amendments to all these Regulations for consideration at the next session of GRE. At the same time, GRE noted that the remaining provisions of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/24 did not seem to create any problem and requested the secretariat to issue them as a separate document and to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote, possibly already at their June 2016 sessions. [Note: The remaining provisions were reintroduced in document WP.29/2016/74 for the June 2016 WP.29 session.]

57. Mr. Walter Nissler, Chief, Vehicle Regulations and Transport Innovations Section (VRTIS), informed GRE about the abolishment of several General Service (G) posts within the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) as decided by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2015. He further explained that one of these G posts had been cut in VRTIS as of 1 January 2016, due to the imminent retirement of the current incumbent. He pointed out that UNECE was reallocating staff resources to accommodate this cut and that, during this period, a lower level of services provided by the Section might be expected. He also informed GRE about the new UNECE publications on child restraint systems and motorcycle helmets. Finally, Mr. Nissler reported on the efforts of UNECE to include the costs of hosting the DETA database in the UNECE regular budget, following a decision of the Inland Transport Committee at its February 2016 session.

55. The expert from Germany informed GRE about the progress on the test method for the sun load impact on stop lamps and direction indicators (so-called “phantom effect”) (GRE-75-16).

54. The secretariat briefed GRE on the progress in preparing Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement, Regulation No. 0 on IWVTA and an electronic database for the exchange of type approval documentation (DETA). The expert from Japan pointed out that his Government had decided to accept DRLs and was preparing for their introduction, thus paving the way for including Regulation No. 48 in an Annex to UN Regulation No. 0. The expert from EC informed GRE about internal consultations with the aim to decide whether or not he could continue to act as GRE ambassador to IWVTA.

53. The secretariat informed GRE about a statement of Mr. Jean Todt, United Nations Special Envoy for Road Safety, at the March 2016 session of WP.29 in which he had encouraged vehicle manufacturers to commit to better safety standards for developing and least developed countries. GRE also noted that the United Nations General Assembly was expected to adopt in April 2016 a new resolution on road safety.

52. The secretariat informed GRE that the Working Party on Road Traffic Safety (WP.1), at its March 2016 session, had continued considering amendment proposals on Article 32 and Chapter II of Annex 5 of the Vienna 1968 Convention regarding lighting and light-signalling. In particular, WP.1 started discussing a proposal by Italy, France and Laser Europe to rearrange the text of the Convention, including Chapter II of Annex 5 (ECE/TRANS/WP.1/2015/2/Rev.2). The discussion would continue at the next session of WP.1.

51. GRE recalled a number of pending amendment proposals to various Regulations adopted at this (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/11, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/14 and Annex IV) and previous sessions (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/7, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/16, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/23), as well as the proposals which had been referred to IWG SLR in 2014-2015 (GRE-75-06, see para. 12 above). GRE decided to review all these proposals at the next session in order to submit a comprehensive package to WP.29 for consideration at its March 2017 session. Following that, the Regulations concerned would be frozen until the finalization of the simplification process (see para. 9 above).

50. The expert from GTB proposed to correct the specifications of the mixture for the dirt test. Similar proposals were also prepared for Regulations Nos. 45, 98, 112, 113 and 123 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/14). GRE adopted these proposals, as contained in Annex IV of the GRE-75 session report, but agreed that only the amendment to Regulation No. 45 should be submitted to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their November 2016 sessions as draft Supplement 10 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 45. For the amendment proposals to Regulations Nos. 19, 98, 112, 113 and 123, GRE postponed to the next session a decision to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration, in order to collect other proposals for amendments into a single package.

48. The expert from GTB proposed to correct the specifications of the mixture for the dirt test. Similar proposals were also prepared for Regulations Nos. 45, 98, 112, 113 and 123 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/14). GRE adopted these proposals, as contained in Annex IV of the GRE-75 session report, but agreed that only the amendment to Regulation No. 45 should be submitted to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their November 2016 sessions as draft Supplement 10 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 45. For the amendment proposals to Regulations Nos. 19, 98, 112, 113 and 123, GRE postponed to the next session a decision to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration, in order to collect other proposals for amendments into a single package.

45. The expert from GTB proposed to correct the specifications of the mixture for the dirt test. Similar proposals were also prepared for Regulations Nos. 45, 98, 112, 113 and 123 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/14). GRE adopted these proposals, as contained in Annex IV of the GRE-75 session report, but agreed that only the amendment to Regulation No. 45 should be submitted to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their November 2016 sessions as draft Supplement 10 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 45. For the amendment proposals to Regulations Nos. 19, 98, 112, 113 and 123, GRE postponed to the next session a decision to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration, in order to collect other proposals for amendments into a single package.

41. The expert from the Netherlands, on behalf of the Informal Working Group on Agricultural Vehicle Lighting Installation (AVLI), recalled considerations at the previous session of GRE (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/74, paras. 31 and 32) and introduced a revised proposal for the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 86 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/16). GRE adopted the proposal and decided to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their November 2016 sessions. GRE also noted that the EU member States would check the consistency between the EU legislation and the proposed 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 86.

42. GRE recalled that a proposal by the expert from Germany to improve road safety in situations where a direction indicator is activated during the functioning of a DRL (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/8) was addressed under agenda item 6 (a) (see para. 18 above).

43. GRE noted that ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/17 was discussed and adopted together with ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/7 (see para. 16 above).

46. The expert from Poland proposed to introduce a new optional “Class B1” headlamp (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/18). The proposal received remarks from the experts of Germany, Netherlands, UK, CLEPA, GTB and OICA. Some experts pointed out that they would need more time to study the proposal and that it could be considered by IWG SLR when developing performance-based requirements in the future (para. 9 (d) above). GRE invited all experts to send their comments to the expert from Poland and decided to keep this issue on the agenda of the next session.

47. GRE recalled that ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/14 with the proposal of GTB to correct the specifications of the mixture for the dirt test was considered under agenda item 7 (d) (see para. 32 above).

Working Party on Lighting and Light-signalling | Session 76 | 25-28 Oct 2016

1. The Working Party on Lighting and Light-Signalling (GRE) held its seventy-sixth session from 25 to 28 October 2016 in Geneva. Experts from the following countries participated in the work according to 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): Austria; China; Czech Republic; Finland; France; Germany; Hungary; India; Italy; Japan; Latvia; Luxemburg; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Republic of Korea; Russian Federation; Spain and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK). An expert from the European Commission (EC) participated. Experts from the following non‑governmental organizations also took part in the session: European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA); International Automotive Lighting and Light Signalling Expert Group (GTB); International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA); International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA); Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).

2. GRE was informed that Mr. M. Loccufier (Belgium), Chair, could not attend the session for medical reasons. GRE noted that Mr. D. Rovers (Netherlands), Vice-Chair, would take over, pursuant to the Rules of Procedures of WP.29. GRE wished Mr. Loccufier a fast recovery.

3. GRE considered and adopted the agenda proposed for the seventy-sixth session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/19), as reproduced in GRE-76-01-Rev.1 together with the informal documents distributed during the session.

4. The list of informal documents is contained in Annex I to the session report. The list of GRE informal groups is reproduced in Annex VI to the report.

5. GRE took note of the highlights of the June 2016 session of WP.29 and the official document submission deadline of 9 January 2017 for the April 2017 session of GRE (GRE-76-02).

6. No proposals were introduced under this agenda item.

7. No new information was reported under this agenda item.

8. GRE recalled the phased approach to simplifying the lighting and light-signalling Regulations (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/75, paras. 9-12) and noted that the United Nations Office for Legal Affairs (OLA) had not identified any problems with this approach and that WP.29 had endorsed it at the June 2016 session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1123, para. 44 and GRE-76-11).

9. On behalf of the Informal Working Group ‘Simplification of the Lighting and Light-Signalling Regulations’ (IWG SLR), the expert from GTB reported on the progress and schedule of IWG SLR (GRE-76-23).

10. GRE reviewed and unanimously adopted the pending amendment proposals so as to consolidate the existing Regulations before they are frozen and superseded by three new Regulations that are in drafting:

  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/68,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/ 2013/69,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/71,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/72,
  • ECE/TRANS/ WP.29/2013/751,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/76,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/79,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/83,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/85,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/ 2013/86,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/87,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/88,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/89,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/902,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/ 2013/923,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/934,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/94,
  • ECE/TRANS/ WP.29/2014/31,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/32,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/ GRE/2013/55/Rev.1,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/3,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/7,
  • ECE/TRANS/ WP.29/GRE/2015/16,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/23,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/ GRE/2016/11,
  • ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/145
  • and Annex IV to ECE/TRANS/ WP.29/GRE/75.
The secretariat was requested to consolidate these proposals, according to the principle ‘one WP.29 document per Regulation’, and to submit them to WP.29 and the Administrative Committee of the 1958 Agreement (AC.1) for consideration and vote at their March 2017 sessions. The experts from GTB, IEC and SAE volunteered to assist the secretariat by verifying the consolidated amendment proposals.

1Except for the part which was already adopted by WP.29 as ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/75/Rev.1 and Add.1 (note by the secretariat).
2Except for the part which was already adopted by WP.29 as ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/90/Rev.1 (note by the secretariat).
3Except for the part which was already adopted by WP.29 as ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/92/Rev.1 (note by the secretariat).
4Except for the part which was already adopted by WP.29 as ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/93/Rev.1 (note by the secretariat).
5Except for Section B on Regulation No. 45 which was already submitted to WP.29 as ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/77 (note by the secretariat).

11. GRE had a first exchange of views on the need to streamline approval markings of lighting and light-signalling devices as part of the SLR process. The expert from GTB reported on their participation in the WP.29 Informal Working Group on the Database for the Exchange of Type Approval (IWG DETA) and the future application of the Unique Identifier (UI) and DETA in accordance with Schedule 5 of the revised 1958 Agreement (GRE-76-24-Rev.1). GRE was of the view that UI and DETA would be indispensable for the purposes of SLR and called for their introduction without delay. At the same time, GRE experts pointed out that the application of UI for new series of amendments and for extensions of existing type approvals should be clarified. GRE noted that IWG DETA would soon publish guidelines (a ‘questions and answers’ document) which should address these issues.

12. The expert of GTB introduced a proposal for amendments to Regulations Nos. 98, 112 and 123 to delete the measurement at the HV point during the test for stability of photometric performance of the passing beam (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/25). GRE adopted the proposals as draft supplements and decided to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2017 sessions as part of the consolidated amendment proposals (see para. 10 above).

13. The expert of GTB presented a proposal for amendments to Regulations Nos. 4, 6, 7, 23, 38, 50, 77, 87, 91 and 119 to harmonize the requirement for the marking of wattage for signal lighting functions with the requirement for lighting functions (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/30). GRE adopted the proposals and decided to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2017 sessions as part of the consolidated amendment proposals (see para. 10 above). During the adoption, the expert from the UK questioned the urgency of the proposal.

14. The expert of GTB proposed to update the requirements on light source failure in lamps equipped with multiple light sources in Regulations Nos. 7, 23, 38, 48, 77, 91 and 119 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/31, GRE-76-07 and GRE-76-22-Rev.1). The proposal received comments from the experts of Italy, UK and OICA. GRE agreed to take out the amendment proposal to Regulation No. 48 and to consider it separately at the next GRE session. GRE adopted the remaining proposals, as amended by Annex II to the report, and requested the secretariat to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2017 sessions as part of the consolidated amendment proposals (see para. 10 above).

15. The expert from GTB proposed to clarify the heat test cycle relating to the movement of the passing beam cut-off in Regulations Nos. 19, 98, 112, 113 and 123 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/32). The experts from EC and UK expressed concerns that the proposals would modify the performance requirements and might have safety implications. Therefore, these experts felt that the proposals should be formulated in the form of new series of amendments to the above Regulations, rather than supplements. The experts from Finland, France, Germany, Japan, GTB and OICA advocated for supplements and pointed out that the proposed amendments would neither raise the required level of stringency nor have safety implications. Finally, GRE adopted the proposals and requested the secretariat to include them into the package for submission to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2017 sessions (see para. 10 above).

16. The expert from GTB proposed to introduce into Regulations Nos. 19, 98, 112, 113 and 123 provisions for standardized replaceable light emitting diode (LED) light sources approved according to Regulation No. 128 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/34). He also outlined the upcoming amendment proposals to Regulation No. 128, including the introduction of ‘thermal grade’ as a new characteristic of LED light sources (GRE-76-13). The experts from France, Germany, Italy and UK indicated the far-reaching character and scale of the proposed amendments, and the need to study them in detail. They also expressed a preference for considering the proposed amendments simultaneously with proposals for amendments to Regulation No. 128. Some experts pointed out that the thermal behaviour of LEDs could depend on their installation and the temperature in the engine compartment, and were of the view that the provisions of Regulations Nos. 48 and 85 should be taken into account as well. GRE invited experts to consider these issues before the next session.

17. The expert from GTB proposed to clarify provisions in Regulation No. 99 for testing of the run-up of dual level gas-discharge light sources (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/26). GRE adopted the proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2017 sessions.

18. The experts from Germany and OICA proposed to define and describe the operation of the external status indicator for vehicle alarm systems, alarm systems and immobilizers, as contained in Regulations Nos. 97 and 116 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/33 and GRE-76-17). Some experts raised technical concerns about the size and colour of the external indicator as well as legal doubts on whether Regulation No. 48 could include provisions on devices which do not fall into its scope. GRE agreed to revert to this issue at the next session and invited the authors to prepare a revised proposal.

19. The expert from Spain invited GRE to provide guidance on the possible use of a rear registration plate the digits of which emit the light themselves by means of light-emitting diodes (LED) (GRE-76-12). He recalled that this issue had been already raised in 2004, when GRE agreed that such a light-emitting rear registration plate was not a lamp and, therefore, did not fall within the scope of Regulation No. 48. GRE reconfirmed its position of 2004 and was of the view that requests for application of such light-emitting rear registration plates should be addressed under the national legislation of Contracting Parties. In this context, the experts from Italy and the Netherlands pointed out that light-emitting rear registration plates are prohibited in their countries.

20. Due to lack of time, GRE agreed to postpone consideration of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/24 to the next session.

21. The expert from Poland, in his capacity of Chair of the Informal Working Group on Visibility, Glare and Levelling (IWG VGL), reported on the IWG activities (GRE-76-19). The expert from OICA, Secretary to IWG VGL, proposed to modify the Terms of Reference (ToR) of IWG VGL (GRE-76-20-Rev.1). GRE adopted the revised ToR, as laid down in Annex III to the report.

22. On behalf of the Task Force on Sequential Activation (TF-SA), the expert from Finland reported on its activities and proposed to clarify the requirements for direction indicators with sequential activation in Regulations Nos. 6 and 50 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/20 and GRE-76-10). The proposals received written comments from the experts of France, India and OICA (GRE-76-05, GRE-76-09 and GRE-76-16). Following an extensive discussion, GRE adopted the amended proposals, as laid down in Annex IV. At the same time, GRE was not in a position to reach consensus on whether or not the proposals would require a new series of amendments and/or transitional provisions. GRE decided to come back to this issue at the next session in April 2017. Meanwhile, the secretariat was requested to issue the adopted text (Annex IV) as a document for the June 2017 session of WP.29, upon the understanding that any possible amendments, to be decided by GRE in April 2017, could exceptionally be submitted to WP.29 as a corrigendum or addendum to this document.

23. The expert from GTB proposed to make a direct reference to Regulation No. 48 on the categories of direction indicators and to align the maximum luminous intensity values for the different categories (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/21). Following comments by the experts of EC, Germany, Japan, Italy and UK, the expert from GTB withdrew the proposal for revision.

24. The expert of GTB proposed editorial corrections to Regulation No. 7 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/22 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/23). GRE adopted the proposals and requested the secretariat to include them into the package for submission to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2017 sessions (see para. 10 above).

25. On behalf of the Task Force on Electromagnetic Compatibility (TF EMC), the expert from OICA reported on the activities of TF EMC (GRE-76-18). According to the expert, TF EMC would submit an informal document with a draft supplement to the 05 series of amendments to Regulation No. 10 to the next GRE session in April 2017. The experts from EC and OICA also proposed to clarify the transitional provisions for the 04 series of amendments. GRE noted that TF EMC mainly consisted of technical experts who could not necessarily address legal issues, such as transitional provisions, and called for wider participation of Contracting Parties in the activities of the Task Force.

26. GRE noted that the proposal to clarify the requirements for direction indicators with sequential activation (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/20) was considered in conjunction with Regulation No. 6 (para. 22 above).

27. The expert from IMMA proposed to introduce specific requirements for failure detection in case of direction indicators with multiple light sources (GRE-76-15). The experts of Italy, Japan and UK supported the proposal. GRE agreed to postpone the submission of this proposal to WP.29 and to forward it to IWG SLR for inclusion into the new consolidated Regulations.

34. GRE addressed this issue in conjunction with agenda item 4 (para. 10 above).

28. The expert from Japan introduced a proposal for the 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 53 with a new requirement for automatic switching from the daytime running lamp (DRL) to the headlamp (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/35, Informal document GRE-76-03). The experts of Finland, Germany and EC supported the proposal. The experts of France, Italy and UK identified technical issues which would need further attention. GRE agreed to revert to this issue at the next session. GRE also noted proposals by the expert from India (GRE-76-06). GRE invited experts to review these proposals and to send their comments to the author before the next session.

29. The expert from Poland introduced a slightly revised proposal for a new optional ‘Class B1’ headlamp (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/18 and GRE-76-26). The expert of CLEPA expressed a number of concerns over the proposal and pointed out that more time would be needed to analyse it in detail. The expert of IEC pointed out that the proposed measurement procedures should be clarified and that the proposal could benefit from editorial improvements. The expert of SAE supported the performance-based approach of the Polish proposal and offered to work with the expert from Poland on alternative requirements and evaluation methods for headlamps. GRE agreed that this issue should be dealt with by IWG SLR (stage 2 of the simplification process to introduce technologically-neutral and performance-based requirements), possibly through the establishment of a task force.

30. The expert of GTB presented the results of their study of minimum levels of flux projected in critical zones of the passing beam distribution of a H4 halogen reflector headlamp and a representative LED headlamp (GRE-76-25). Based on these results, he proposed to remove the design-specific requirement of a minimum objective flux (1,000 lm) for LED and halogen light sources and to replace it with a technology-neutral and performance-based requirement (GRE-76-04-Rev.1). The proposal received comments by the experts from France, Germany, Italy, Poland, UK, EC, OICA. As there was no unequivocal support to the proposal, GRE decided to keep it on the agenda of the next session and to pass it to IWG SLR at a later stage.

31. GRE adopted a proposal by the expert from GTB to delete a redundant paragraph (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/27) and requested the secretariat to include it into the package for submission to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2017 sessions (see para. 10 above).

32. The expert from GTB proposed to align the conformity of production procedures in Regulation No. 123 with the other headlamp Regulations and to simplify the AFS test methods and requirements relating to conformity of production (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/28 and GRE-75-15). Given the significant volume of the proposed amendment, the experts from UK and EC requested more time to study it. GRE invited experts to send their comments to GTB and agreed to revert to the proposal at the next session upon understanding that, if adopted, it would become part of the new front-lighting Regulation.

33. The expert from GTB proposed to correct inconsistencies and to allow for adapting of the passing-beam class C to foggy weather conditions (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/29, GRE-76-14-Rev.1). The experts from UK and EC were of the view that the proposed amendments for foggy conditions would change performance requirements and, thus, should be introduced by a new series of amendments. The experts of Austria, Finland, Italy, Japan and OICA felt that a new supplement would be sufficient. The expert from France pointed out that the definition of the passing-beam class W for use in adverse weather conditions should be clarified to indicate that it includes only rainy, rather than foggy, conditions. The experts of Germany and OICA stated that foggy conditions would need a separate solution at a later stage. GRE agreed to take out the fog-related provisions from the amendment proposals and to address them at the next session. GRE adopted the remaining proposals, as amended by Annex V to the report, and requested the secretariat to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2017 sessions as part of the consolidated amendment proposals (see para. 10 above). GRE also agreed to consider in detail, at its next session, the issue of supplements, new series of amendments and transitional provisions.

35. The secretariat informed GRE that the Working Party on Road Traffic Safety (WP.1), at its September 2016 session, had started discussing document ECE/TRANS/WP.1/2015/2/Rev.3 prepared by France, Italy and Laser Europe and containing amendment proposals to Article 32 and Chapter II of Annex 5 on lighting and light-signalling. At its next session, WP.1 would continue its considerations of ECE/TRANS/WP.1/2015/2/Rev.3.

36. GRE took note that, in April 2016, the United Nations General Assembly had adopted a Resolution ‘Improving global road safety’ (A/70/L.44). The Resolution had requested the United Nations Secretary-General to establish a Road Safety Trust Fund to support Member States to halve the global number of deaths and injuries from traffic accidents by 2020, as set out in target 3.6 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

37. GRE was informed that the 2017 Global Road Safety Film Festival, coorganized by the UNECE Sustainable Transport Division and Laser International Foundation Europe, would take place on 20 and 21 February 2017 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, in conjunction with the seventieth anniversary of the Inland Transport Committee. The Festival’s jury would be chaired by Mr. Jean Todt, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety. More information is available on the film festival’s website at www.roadsafetyfilmfestival.org.

38. GRE was informed that WP.29, at its June 2016 session, had noted no objection to Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement from the Contracting Parties and that the European Union had offered to formally transmit the revised Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/2) to the United Nations Office for Legal Affairs (OLA). The secretariat also briefed GRE on the recent activities of the WP.29 Subgroup on UN Regulation No. 0 (IWVTA) and about the development of an electronic database for the exchange of type approval documentation (DETA).

39. The GRE Ambassador to IWVTA (EC) informed GRE about two questions on lighting and light-signalling Regulations that had been addressed to GRE by the WP.29 Subgroup on UN Regulation No. 0 (IWVTA):

(1) Does Regulation No. 48 require all lighting and light-signalling devices within its scope to be type approved pursuant to relevant UN Regulations?
(2) Does each of UN Regulations on lighting devices require light sources to be type approved pursuant to relevant UN Regulations?

40. For question (1), the experts from OICA, Italy and France indicated that, in principle, the answer should be ‘yes’; however, cosmetic changes to Regulation No. 48 would be needed to fully confirm this reply in legal terms. For question (2), the expert of IEC pointed out that this requirement exists in case of replaceable light sources. GRE invited the IWVTA Ambassador to pass these replies to the Subgroup on UN Regulation No. 0 (IWVTA).

41. GRE noted that the progress report on this topic would be provided at the next session.

42. GRE was informed that WP.29, at its March and June 2016 sessions, had had a discussion on the performance of automotive systems, in particular the ones relying on software, in conditions other than those tested during the type approval test procedures (WP.29-168-15 and WP.29-169-13). WP.29 had requested its subsidiary Working Parties to give feedback on the issue. GRE invited its experts to provide comments and decided to revert to this matter at the next session.

43. The expert of SAE informed GRE about the Fifth International Forum on Automotive Lighting (IFAL) that would take place in China in March 2017 (GRE-76-08).

44. GRE took note that Mr. Christian Pichon (France) would no longer attend its sessions, due to retirement. GRE thanked him for his extensive contributions to the GRE work over many years and wished him a happy retirement.

45. GRE was informed that Mr. Pierre Laurent (CLEPA) would retire and no longer attend its sessions. GRE acknowledged his contributions and wished him a happy retirement.

46. GRE noted that the status reports of the GTB Working Groups would be presented at the next session.

47. GRE decided to keep the same structure of the provisional agenda for the next session. Under agenda item 9 © ‘Development of an International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA)’, GRE decided to consider the use of the Unique Identifier (see para. 11 above) and the issue of supplements, new series of amendments and transitional provisions (para. 33 above).

48. In compliance with Rule 37 of the Rules of Procedure (TRANS/WP.29/690 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.1), GRE called for the election of officers. The representatives of the Contracting Parties, present and voting, elected unanimously Mr. Michel Loccufier (Belgium) as Chair and Mr. Derwin Rovers (Netherlands) as Vice-Chair for the sessions of GRE scheduled in the year 2017.

Working Party on Lighting and Light-signalling | Session 77 | 4-7 Apr 2017

1. The Working Party on Lighting and Light-Signalling (GRE) held its seventy-seventh session from 4 to 7 April 2017 in Geneva, under the chairmanship of Mr. M. Loccufier (Belgium). Experts from the following countries participated in the work according to 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): Austria; China; Czech Republic; Finland; France; Germany; Hungary; India; Italy; Japan; Latvia; Luxemburg; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Republic of Korea; Russian Federation; Spain; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) and Viet Nam. An expert from the European Commission (EC) participated. Experts from the following non‑governmental organizations also took part in the session: European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA); International Automotive Lighting and Light Signalling Expert Group (GTB); International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA); International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA); Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).

2. GRE considered and adopted the agenda proposed for the seventy-seventh session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2017/1), as reproduced in GRE-77-01 together with the informal documents distributed during the session.

3. The list of informal documents is contained in Annex I to the session report. The list of GRE informal groups is reproduced in Annex VI to the report.

4. GRE took note of the highlights of the November 2016 and March 2017 sessions of WP.29 and the official document submission deadline of 28 July 2017 for the October 2017 session of GRE (GRE-77-18).

5. The expert of GTB pointed out the growing interest in harmonization of lighting and light-signalling norms among countries which are not Contracting Parties to the 1958 Agreement, in particular, China, India and the United States of America. According to him, Stage 2 of the ongoing process for simplification of the lighting and light-signalling Regulations could also trigger development of a new Global Technical Regulation (GTR), for example, on the adaptive driving beam. The experts from EC and SAE supported this view and called for cooperation with the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

6. No new information was reported under this agenda item.

7. On behalf of the Informal Working Group ‘Simplification of the Lighting and Light-Signalling Regulations’ (IWG SLR), the expert from GTB reported on the progress and schedule of IWG SLR (GRE-77-32). GRE noted that the three new draft Regulations on Light-Signalling Devices (LSD), Road Illumination Devices (RID) and Retro-Reflective Devices (RRD) would be officially submitted to the next session of GRE. The expert of EC urged GRE experts to study these comprehensive documents and to provide their comments and contributions to IWG SLR without delay, so as to have a smooth adoption of the draft Regulations at the next session.

8. GRE took note of a first draft LSD Regulation prepared by IWG SLR (GRE-77-05). GRE commended IWG SLR on the quality of this document and delivered some preliminary remarks on its content. In particular, GRE requested additional explanations on how the amendment process, including new series of amendments and approval markings, would work for the new LSD Regulation which covers many different devices.

9. GTB invited GRE to provide guidance on how to treat the GTB proposals submitted to the previous session of GRE and deferred to the present session for final decision, in the context of drafting the three new Regulations (GRE-77-07). These proposals included the introduction of light emitting diode (LED) substitute light sources in the LSD Regulation (see para. 13 below), introduction of LED light sources in the RID Regulation (para. 15 below) and simplification of the conformity of production (CoP) requirements for adaptive front-lighting systems (AFS) (para. 28 below). GRE agreed to introduce the proposals, if adopted, into the drafts of the new RID and LSD Regulations so that the whole package would be formally submitted to the next session of GRE.

10. The expert from GTB briefly presented his views on Stage 2 of the SLR process and pointed out that it would provide a unique opportunity for China to harmonize their ongoing national simplification process with the SLR requirements.

11. GRE took note that WP.29, at its November 2016 session, adopted the Consolidated Resolution on the common specification of light source categories (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/111) and assigned it number R.E.5. This Resolution would enter into force in June 2017, simultaneously with the corresponding amendments to Regulations Nos. 37, 99 and 128.

12. The expert from GTB presented proposals for amendments to Regulation No. 128 and to the Consolidated Resolution (R.E.5) which introduce requirements and test specifications for light emitting diode (LED) substitute light sources as well as several new LED substitute light source categories (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2017/2, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2017/3, GRE-77-02, GRE-77-03, GRE-77-15, GRE-77-22). These proposals were accompanied by collective amendments to Regulations Nos. 48, 53, 74, 86 with the requirements for LED substitute light sources (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2017/4). The expert from GTB explained that the proposed approach was based on the following principles:

  • Lamps may be approved with a filament light source and its corresponding LED substitute light source, when fitting in the same holder, and providing an equivalent photometric performance;
  • Lamps equipped with LED substitute light sources should be tested with both the filament lamp and the LED substitute light source.

13. GRE also noted the proposal by GTB to introduce requirements for the use of LED substitute light sources in the new LSD Regulation (GRE-77-15).

14. The expert of Germany commented on the GTB proposals (GRE-77-29). GRE generally advocated the idea of allowing for LED substitute lights sources, given their high energy efficiency. At the same time, the experts from France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain and UK pointed out the risks associated with the improper use of aftermarket LED products in lamps, which were not approved for such light sources, and called for developing a set of preventive measures, including raising public awareness and giving warnings to consumers. Several technical issues were also questioned, in particular, the proposed G-marking for LEDs with a correlated colour temperature below 3,000 K. GRE invited GTB to address the comments received and agreed to continue the consideration of this issue at the next session on the basis of revised documents to be prepared by GTB.

15. The expert from GTB presented proposals for amendments to Regulation No. 128 and to the Consolidated Resolution (R.E.5) that introduce a new LED light source category for forward lighting applications (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2017/5, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2017/6, GRE-77-04, GRE-77-12, GRE-77-13). He explained that GTB had abandoned the concept of “thermal grade” and instead proposed the introduction of a maximum test temperature to ensure interchangeability between approved light sources from different manufacturers. GRE also noted the proposal by GTB to incorporate LED light sources into the new RID Regulation (GRE-77-14).

16. The expert from UK requested more time to study the proposals. The expert of Germany proposed modifications to the notion of “maximum test temperature”. GRE decided to revert to this issue at the next session and invited GRE experts to study the proposals and to send their comments to GTB and IWG SLR.

17. The expert from GTB proposed to clarify inconsistencies and to correct the terminology in the 05 and 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/24). GRE generally supported the proposals, but requested GTB, in cooperation with OICA, to extend them also to the 03 and 04 series of amendments and to submit a revised document for consideration at the next session.

18. The expert from OICA introduced a revised proposal with a view to defining and describing the operation of the external status indicators for vehicle alarm systems, alarm systems and immobilizers, as contained in Regulations Nos. 97 and 116 (GRE-77-25). Several experts reiterated their concerns that the proposed text, on the one hand, stated that such indicators were not considered lamps within the scope of Regulation No. 48, but, on the other hand, introduced requirements for the indicators. In the absence of a consensus on the issue, the Chair decided to postpone its consideration to the next session.

19. The experts from the Czech Republic, Italy and Japan proposed amendments to the provisions on automatic switching between daytime running lamps (DRL) and headlamps in the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48 (GRE-77-06-Rev.1 and GRE-77-10-Rev.1). The proposals received comments from the expert of the Russian Federation (GRE-77-23 and GRE-77-24). GRE realized that the proposed amendments addressed two different issues: (i) deletion of several subparagraphs that were transitional provisions only for the 05 series of amendments, but were kept by mistake in the 06 series of amendments as well, and (ii) clarification of the requirements for automatic switching from DRL to headlamps. With regard to (i), GRE adopted the proposals for amendments, as contained in Annex II, and requested the secretariat to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their November 2017 sessions. Concerning (ii), GRE agreed to establish a task force to consider this issue in detail. The experts from the Netherlands and OICA volunteered to act as, respectively, Chair and Secretary of the task force.

20. The expert from GTB proposed to clarify the requirements for tell-tales indicating a failure of different lamps (GRE-77-16). The expert from OICA introduced a proposal to update paragraph 6.9.8. with the common current technologies, where the instrument panel remains permanently illuminated whenever the engine is running (GRE-77-20). The experts from Italy, Netherlands and UK indicated their support to GRE-77-16, but were of the view that the wording in GRE-77-20 would need improvement. The experts of Germany and SAE pointed out that both proposals had a link to Regulation No. 121 and that the Working Party on General Safety (GRSG), dealing with this Regulation, should be informed. Finally, GRE invited GTB and OICA to take account of the above comments and to submit an official document to the next session.

21. The expert from Poland, in his capacity of Chair of the Informal Working Group on Visibility, Glare and Levelling (IWG VGL), reported on the IWG activities (GRE-77-27). GRE noted that, at its next session, it should take a decision to extend the mandate of IWG VGL.

22. GRE recalled its previous considerations of the amendment proposals to Regulations Nos. 6 and 50 concerning direction indicators with sequential activation (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/76, para. 22 and Annex IV) and resumed the discussion on whether or not these proposals would require a new series of amendments and/or transitional provisions. The expert from OICA pointed out that the proposed amendments included also installation requirements which should be moved to Regulation No. 48. To this end, he introduced draft amendments to Regulation No. 48 as well as revised proposals for amendments to Regulations Nos. 6 and 50, including a new series of amendments and transitional provisions for Regulation No. 6 (GRE-76-26-Rev.1). Following an extensive discussion, GRE was of the view 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 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. GRE adopted the proposals for amendments to Regulations Nos. 6, 48 (05 and 06 series of amendments) and 50, as contained in Annex III, and requested the secretariat to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their June 2017 sessions.

23. On behalf of the Task Force on Electromagnetic Compatibility (TF EMC), the expert from OICA reported on the activities of TF EMC (GRE-77-21). GRE took note of the latest working draft of Regulation No. 10 (GRE-77-28) and noted that it would be officially submitted to the next session of GRE in October 2017 as a draft Supplement to the 05 series of amendments. The expert pointed out that TF EMC had identified two major changes which would require the consent of GRE: (i) change of the narrow band limit to make it consistent with the CISPR 12 Standard; and (ii) deletion of paragraph 3.1.9. The Chair invited GRE experts to provide feedback on these issues until July 2017.

24. The expert from Japan provided additional explanations to their proposals for the 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 53 regarding a new requirement for automatic switching from DRL to the headlamp (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/35 and GRE-77-19). The experts from India and Italy commented on the proposals (GRE-77-09 and GRE-77-17).

25. The experts from Italy, Netherlands and IMMA requested more time to study the proposals and comments. The expert from EC recalled that this matter had already been considered at three consecutive sessions of GRE without a conclusion. He called for the establishment of a task force to tackle the issue. The experts from Japan, India, Italy, Netherlands and IMMA expressed their willingness to participate in the task force. GRE hoped that it would be able to finalize the consideration of the proposals at the next session without establishing a task force. To this end, the Chair urged all experts to study the proposals and provide their comments prior to the next session.

26. GRE agreed to postpone to the next session consideration of GRE-77-08 by the expert from India.

27. No issues were considered under this agenda item.

28. GRE reverted to a proposal by the expert from GTB which aligns the conformity of production procedures with the other headlamp Regulations and which simplifies the test methods and requirements relating to conformity of production (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2016/28, GRE-77-07). GRE agreed with the proposal and decided to forward it to IWG SLR for inclusion into the new RID Regulation (see paras. 7 and 9 above).

29. The secretariat informed GRE that the Working Party on Road Traffic Safety (WP.1) had continued discussing document ECE/TRANS/WP.1/2015/2/Rev.3 prepared by France, Italy and Laser Europe and containing amendment proposals to Article 32 and Chapter II of Annex 5 on lighting and light-signalling. At its next session in September 2017, WP.1 is expected to finalize its considerations of ECE/TRANS/WP.1/2015/2/Rev.3.

30. The secretariat informed GRE about various activities of UNECE and of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety (ECE/TRANS/270, paras. 52-61).

31. The secretariat briefed GRE on the recent activities of the WP.29 Subgroup on UN Regulation No. 0 (IWVTA) and about the budgetary issues related to the development of an electronic database for the exchange of type approval documentation (DETA). GRB also noted that, in December 2016, the European Union had formally transmitted Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement to the United Nations Office for Legal Affairs (OLA) and that its entry into force was scheduled for mid-September 2017.

32. GRE was informed that WP.29, at its November 2016 session, had requested GRE, in cooperation with IWG on IWVTA, to clarify 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 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1126, para. 62). In line with this request, the expert from EC proposed collective amendments to device Regulations and to Regulation No. 48 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2017/7, Informal document GRE-77-30-Rev.1). Following an in-depth discussion, GRE adopted the proposals for amendments, as laid down in Annex IV, and requested the secretariat to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their June 2017 sessions.

33. The expert from EC reiterated the importance of the Unique Identifier (UI) and DETA for the simplified lighting and light-signalling Regulations (GRE-77-31). According to him, the grouping of a number of devices into a single Regulation is not compatible with the traditional approach of using one marking per series of amendments to the Regulation. Thus, he argued in favour of mandatory, rather than optional, use of UI. GRE concurred with his view, but noted that the use of UI is conditional upon the availability of DETA. The expert of GTB also pointed out the unclear interpretation of Schedule 5 to the Revised 1958 Agreement with regard to the obligatory use of UI and DETA.

34. No information was reported on this topic.

35. GRE took note that, at the March 2017 session of WP.29, the representative of EU expressed concerns (WP.29-171-04) about the legal form of amendments relating to the heat test cycle requirement in Regulation No. 113, as contained in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/39. WP.29 had decided to refer this document back to GRE for further consideration (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1129, para. 73). GRE agreed that the underlying proposals should be introduced as a new series of amendments and adopted a revised text, as contained in Annex V. The secretariat was requested to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their June 2017 sessions.

36. GRE took note that Mr. Ad de Visser (IEC) would no longer attend its sessions, due to his approaching retirement. GRE thanked him for his extensive contributions to the GRE work over many years and wished him success in the future.

37. GRE noted that the status reports of the GTB Working Groups would be presented at the next session.

38. GRE decided to keep the same structure of the provisional agenda for the next session.

Working Party on Brakes and Running Gear | Session 84 | 19-22 Sep 2017

1. The Working Party on Brakes and Running Gear (GRRF) held its eighty-fourth session from 19 to 22 September 2017 in Geneva. The meeting was chaired by the elected Chair of GRRF, Mr. B. Frost (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland). 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): Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russian Federation, Republic of Korea, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK). An expert from the European Commission (EC) also participated. Experts from the following non-governmental organizations (NGOs) participated: the Bureau International Permanent des Associations de Vendeurs et Rechappeurs de Pneu (BIPAVER), the International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA), the European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA/MEMA/JAPIA), the European Tyre and Rim Technical Organisation (ETRTO), the Federation of European Manufacturers of Friction Materials (FEMFM), the International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA). Upon the special invitation of the Chair and the secretariat, the following NGOs participated: Imported Tyre Manufacturers Association (ITMA) and the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) as well as Tesla Inc. and Vehicle Safety Certification Center in Changua county.

2. GRRF considered the agenda prepared for the eighty-fourth session and adopted it (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2017/10) with the addition of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2017/25 under agenda item 7(k). The adopted agenda is reproduced in GRRF-84-08, including all informal documents received until the session’s starting date.

3. GRRF also adopted the running order for the session as proposed in GRRF-84-01. The informal documents distributed during the session are listed in Annex I of this report.

4. The secretariat introduced GRRF-84-06, announcing that the next GRRF session would take place on 11 December 2017 and recalling that the deadline for the submission of official documents would be 19 September 2017.

5. The secretariat reminded that Footnote 5 in the table of Annex 3 in the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 131 imposes the review of the target speed in cell H2 before 1 November 2021.

6. The expert from Japan introduced GRRF-84-03 with the Terms of Reference for the Informal Working Group (IWG) on Advanced Emergency Braking Systems (AEBS) adopted by the members of the IWG, based on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/83, Annex II.

7. GRRF supported the proposal and adopted the Terms of Reference proposed for the IWG on AEBS as reproduced in Annex II.

8. The expert from Germany presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2017/24 proposing provisions on automatic reactivation of AEBS. The expert from OICA answered to the proposal (GRRF-84-21). GRRF reacted positively to the proposal and invited the experts from Germany and from OICA to submit a revised proposal for the February 2018 session of GRRF.

9. GRRF did not receive any new document to be discussed under this agenda item.

10. The secretariat recalled the mandate extension until February 2019 of the IWG on Modular Vehicle Combinations (MVC) adopted by WP.29 in March 2017.

11. The Chair of GRRF recalled the purpose of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2013/13, adopted during the seventy-fifth GRRF session. The document remained on the agenda of GRRF, pending submission to the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) and the Administrative Committee of the 1958 Agreement (AC.1) of the adopted text for Regulation No. 89 (Speed limitation devices).

12. The Chair of GRRF recalled the purpose of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2017/2 proposing to delete an obsolete provision in Annex 5 to Regulation No. 13, adopted at the previous session and kept on the agenda.

13. The expert from CLEPA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2017/11 with a clarification of Footnote 12. GRRF adopted this proposal.

14. The expert from Germany introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2017/12 as amended by GRRF-84-04 (Justification), clarifying the verification of the sufficient movement on the balancer without having to take measurements underneath the trailer in a potentially unsecure position. GRRF adopted this proposal.

15. GRRF requested the secretariat to submit the three official documents above as draft Supplement 15 to the 11 series of amendments to Regulation No. 13 for consideration and vote by WP.29 and AC.1 at their March 2018 session.

16. No intervention was made under this agenda item.

17. The Chair of the IWG on the Agricultural Coupling Devices and Components reported on the activities of the group (GRRF-84-27) and presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2017/13 as amended by GRRF-84-26 with a draft regulation on the Agricultural Coupling. GRRF discussed the texts of para. 4.5. contained in square brackets and requested the group to consider working protection laws. The expert from Sweden proposed to clarify the provisions for remote coupling and remote indication. GRRF agreed that the remote indication should be located where the remote operation takes place. The Chair of the IWG volunteered to submit a revised proposal at the February 2018 session of GRRF.

18. The expert from Italy introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2017/15 with provisions aimed at aligning the text of UN GTR No. 3 and UN Regulation No. 78 especially on tri-cycles Anti-lock Braking Systems (ABS), Emergency Stop Signal and means to disable the ABS function (‘ABS switch’), prepared in collaboration with the expert from IMMA. The expert from Canada answered to the proposal (GRRF-84-10). The expert from Italy presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2017/16 with the report on the activities related to the amendment proposal to UN GTR No.3. The expert from India informed GRRF about regulatory activities in his Country on the obligation to install ABS on new motorcycle with an engine capacity of 125 cm3 and more.

19. GRRF recommended the expert from Italy to keep the draft amendment to GTR No. 3 as harmonized as possible with UN Regulation No. 78 especially with regard to the ABS switch to avoid subsequent amendments to UN Regulation No. 78.

20. The expert from Italy agreed to submit a revised proposal for the February 2018 session of GRRF.

21. The expert from IMMA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2017/14 as amended GRRF-84-13 with provisions allowing additional conditions for the activation of the stop lamp. The expert from Canada recommended addressing this question within GTR No. 3. The Chair noted that ETRTO would not be allowed to propose amendments to GTR No. 3 and asked whether a Contracting Party to the 1998 Agreement could sponsor this amendment. GRRF raised the question why the author of the proposal selected provisions from Regulation No. 13 and not from Regulation No. 13-H. The expert from IMMA agreed to submit a revised proposal for the February 2018 session of GRRF.

22. The expert from Spain recalled the purpose of the Special Interest Group of Experts on Regulation No. 90 (i) willing to review the application of Regulation No. 90, (ii) willing to consider the necessity of a scope extension and (iii) willing to come up with recommendation on remanufactured brake parts.

23. The expert from CLEPA introduced GRRF-84-25 addressing the question raised at the eighty second session of GRRF on the necessity of potential regulatory activities related to Replacement brake callipers.

24. GRRF agreed with the proposal of the expert from Spain to circulate a questionnaire to the delegates.

25. The expert from the Russian Federation, chairing the IG on Tyre GTR reported (GRRF-84-05) on the work done by the IWG on Tyres on the development of draft Amendment 2 of the GTR No. 16 (Tyres). He informed on the progress made and the challenges, notably harmonization the high speed test and the need for a mandate extension of two years. GRRF supported this request and agreed to seek for AC.3 consent on this matter.

26. The expert from China introduced GRRF-84-11 and GRRF-84-12 highlighting the discrepancies between Tyre UN GTR No.16 and China’s tyre regulations. GRRF welcomed both the engagement of China in the work on UN GTR No. 16 and the remarkable amount of work done to identify divergences between the current version of UN GTR No. 16 and China’s tyre regulation.

27. The expert from ETRTO introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2017/17 as amended by GRRF-84-15 with editorial corrections. GRRF adopted the proposal as amended by Annex III as draft Supplement 19 to Regulation No. 30 and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2018 sessions.

28. The expert from ETRTO introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2017/18 as amended by GRRF-84-16 with editorial correction and a number of imperial tyre sizes updated in Annex 5.

29. GRRF agreed to adopt the proposed amendment to paragraph 3.4. (based on GRRF‑84-34) as reproduced below:

Paragraph 3.4., amend to read:

"3.4.The markings referred to in paragraph 3.1. and the approval mark prescribed in paragraph 5.4. of this Regulation shall be moulded on to or into the tyres. They shall be clearly legible and shall, except for the marking referred to in paragraphs 3.1.1., 3.1.2. and 3.1.13. above, be located on at least one lower sidewall."
30. The expert from ETRTO volunteered to prepare a revised proposal for the February 2018 session of GRRF to address the comments received on some provisions proposed in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2017/18.

31. GRRF did not receive any new document to be discussed under this agenda item.

32. The expert from ETRTO introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2017/18 as complemented by GRRF-84-17 proposing the addition of a number of tyre sizes. The expert from ETRTO volunteered to prepare a revised proposal addressing the comments received for the February 2018 session of GRRF.

33. The expert from France presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2017/20, aimed at harmonizing the definitions and provisions in Regulation No. 109 with those introduced in Regulations Nos. 30, 54 and 117. Following the intervention of the expert from BIPAVER and the expert from Spain, GRRF agreed that the text proposed in para. 6.4.4. could be clarified. The expert from France volunteered to prepare a revised proposal together with the expert from Spain and from BIPAVER.

34. The Chair recalled that GRRF already supported ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2016/42 and ECE/TRANS/WP29/GRRF/2017/7 with editorial corrections and that these documents were kept on the agenda, awaiting substantive proposals to be considered at the coming session.

35. GRRF agreed to keep both documents on the agenda for its February 2018 session.

36. The Chair recalled that GRRF already supported ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2016/43 with editorial corrections and that this document was kept on the agenda, awaiting substantive proposals to be considered at the coming sessions.

37. GRRF agreed to keep this document on the agenda for its February 2018 session.

38. The Chair recalled that GRRF already supported ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2016/44 with editorial corrections and that this document was kept on the agenda, awaiting substantive proposals to be considered at the coming session.

39. The expert from ETRTO presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2017/21 proposing corrections to paragraph references due to amendments to Regulation No. 30. GRRF agreed with the proposal as reproduced in Annex IV of the session report.

40. GRRF requested the secretariat to submit ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2016/44 as well as ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2017/21 amended as draft Supplement 1 to Regulation No. 142, for consideration and vote by WP.29 and AC.1 at their March 2018 sessions.

41. The expert from OICA introduced GRRF-84-33, presenting the results of a study aimed at evaluating the effectiveness of Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems in general and especially indirect and direct systems by comparing the actual tyre inflation pressures with the individual recommended pressures. The expert offered to share the details of the study on request. The expert from ETRTO offered to review the study.

42. No information was presented on existing regulations and laws on the mandatory use of TPMS.

43. The expert from Germany introduced GRRF-84-20 on the possibility to develop snow tyre provisions for all tyres and vehicles categories as it is already existing for snow tyres of category C1, C2 and C3 for vehicles categories M and N by amending the scope of Regulation No. 117. GRRF discussed the possible options as well as the necessity of the creation of an informal working group to work on this matter. GRRF supported in principle the establishment of an informal working group and invited the expert from Germany and other interested experts to prepare draft terms of reference for the group to be reviewed by GRRF in February 2018.

44. The expert from the Russian Federation introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2017/25 proposing a Corrigendum in Russian only of Regulation No. 108. GRRF adopted the proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it as draft Corrigendum to Regulation No. 108 to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2018 session.

45. The expert from the Russian Federation, Mr. Kutenev, gave an oral presentation advocating for activities towards the reduction of particulate matters related to tyre wear. GRRF noted the activities of the Working Party on Pollution and Energy and its Informal Working Group on Particulate Measurement Programme.

46. The expert from Germany introduced WP.29-172-08 proposing to regulate the performance of vehicles equipped with “SAE Level 3 and 4” technology. GRRF discussed this proposal together with the proposal for amendments to the terms of reference of the IWG on Automatically Commanded Steering Functions under item 9.

47. The Global Forum for Road Traffic Safety (WP.1) and GRRF held a joint session to exchange information on the activities of common interest. The event this time was focused on the topics of “secondary activities” and cybersecurity. The participants agreed that these joint sessions are constructive and contribute to a better understanding of the role of the driver in highly and fully automated vehicles. Both chairs agreed to explore possibilities at ITC session in 2018 for holding additional joint sessions in the future.

48. The expert from OICA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2017/23 as amended by GRRF-84-22 with provisions to be included in UN Regulations Nos. 13, 13-H, 79 and 140 related to the stability control warning activation by Corrective Steering Functions and Automatically Commanded Steering Functions. The proposal received some comments. GRRF amended the proposal as reflected in GRRF-84-39.

49. GRRF agreed with the proposal as amended by Annex V of the GRRF session report and requested the secretariat to submit it [together with GRRF-84-22] as draft supplements to Regulations Nos. 13, 13-H, 79 and 140 to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2018 sessions.

50. The expert from Germany on behalf of the Co-Chair of the IWG on Automatically Commanded Steering Function (ACSF) presented GRRF-84-02 with draft provisions for ACSF of Category [C1]. GRRF discussed values in square brackets in the document related to the scenario considered for the purpose of testing the performance of ACSF of C1 category. In particular, the definition of the point at which, following the beginning of the Lane Change Procedure, the driver’s reaction should be understood did not achieve consensus and created difficulties to agree on what is referred to as reaction time in draft para. 5.6.4.8.1. The expert from Japan presented GRRF-84-28 proposing derogations in case the maximum speed allowed in the territory of a Contracting Party would be lower than 130 km/h. GRRF agreed to defer GRRF-84-28 to the IWG on ACSF. GRRF considered the note from the secretariat (GRRF-84-24) reproducing comments received from Tesla Inc. GRRF also discussed GRRF-84-23 tabled by the experts from OICA and CLEPA on Emergency Steering Functions. GRRF requested the secretariat to consolidate the proposals as reflecting the current position and guidance of GRRF (GRRF-84-36) and to add this consolidation to the provisional agenda of the next session of GRRF (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2017/26). GRRF also requested the IWG on ACSF to review this document until the next GRRF session.

51. The expert from UK introduced GRRF-84-09 proposing to include provisions applicable for Remote Control Manoeuvring (RCM). GRRF requested the secretariat to distribute this document with an official symbol for the February 2018 session of GRRF.

52. GRRF reviewed the update proposal for the Terms of Reference of the IWG on ACSF tabled by the expert from Germany (GRRF-84-19). GRRF considered this document bearing in mind WP.29-172-08 under agenda item 8.

53. GRRF agreed to recommend to WP.29 the extension of the Terms of Reference of the IWG on ACSF [as reproduced in Annex VI of the GRRF session report] and to work in parallel on provisions related to ACSF of Category E, SAE Level 3 and 4, taking into account the future recommendations of the IWG on ITS/AD Task Force on the testing of automated/autonomous vehicles.

54. The expert from UK introduced GRRF-84-14 proposing amendments to the requirements in Annex 6 (Complex Electric control systems). GRRF reviewed in detail the proposal and requested the secretariat to include the amended proposal in the consolidated document GRRF-84-36 and ECE/TRANS/WP.19/GRRF/2017/27.

55. The secretariat informed GRRF about the entry into force of Revision 3 to the 1958 Agreement concerning the Adoption of Harmonized Technical United Nations Regulations for Wheeled Vehicles, Equipment and Parts which can be Fitted and/or be Used on Wheeled Vehicles and the Conditions for Reciprocal Recognition of Approvals Granted on the Basis of these United Nations Regulations. For more information, please download the notification.

56. The Ambassador of GRRF at the IWG on IWVTA meetings gave an oral report about the IWVTA activities. He informed that the subgroup on Regulation No. 0 would be dissolved, that discussions took place on the future nature of the subgroup on IWVTA and that the draft Regulation No. 0 would be submitted in the near future. He announced that the need for an ambassador might be reduced given the progress made on IWVTA.

57. The secretariat introduced the ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/54, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/55 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/109. The expert from ETRTO introduced GRRF-84-18 on schedule 4 of Revision 3 to the 1958 Agreement. GRRF raised concerns, in particular, on the defined approval number format prescribed in Schedule 4.

58. GRRF did not receive any new document to be discussed under this agenda item.

59. In compliance with Rule 37 of the Rules of Procedure (TRANS/WP.29/690 and Amends. 1 and 2), GRRF called for the election of officers on Tuesday morning. Mr. Bernie Frost (UK) was unanimously elected Chair of GRRF for the sessions scheduled for the year 2018. Mr. Hiroshi Morimoto (Japan) was elected Vice-Chair of GRRF for the same period.

60. The secretariat introduced GRRF-84-07 reporting on the GRRF relevant highlights of the 171st and 172nd session of WP.29. For more information, please refer to the session report (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1129 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1131).

61. The export from OICA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2017/22 with provisions on the warning activation condition in case of the system deactivation by the driver as well as a verification simplification of the throttle control action during testing. The proposal received some comments. The expert from OICA agreed to prepare a revised proposal and additional information for the February 2018.

62. GRRF did not receive any new document to be discussed under this agenda item.

63. The following provisional agenda was endorsed for the eighty-fifth session of GRRF, scheduled to be held in Geneva on 11 December 2017 (starting at 10.00 a.m. and concluding at 5.30 p.m.)1:
1. Adoption of the agenda.
2. Regulation No. 79.
3. Any other business.

Working Party on Lighting and Light-signalling | Session 79 | 24-27 Apr 2018

1. The Working Party on Lighting and Light-Signalling (GRE) held its seventy-ninth session from 24 to 27 April 2018 in Geneva, under the chairmanship of Mr. M. Loccufier (Belgium). Experts from the following countries participated in the work according to 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. Austria
  2. China
  3. Czechia
  4. Finland
  5. France
  6. Germany
  7. Hungary
  8. India
  9. Italy
  10. Japan
  11. Latvia
  12. Luxembourg
  13. Netherlands
  14. Norway
  15. Poland
  16. Republic of Korea
  17. Spain
  18. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK)
  19. United States of America
  20. Viet Nam.
An expert from the European Commission (EC) participated. Experts from the following non governmental organizations also took part in the session:
  1. European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA)
  2. International Automotive Lighting and Light Signalling Expert Group (GTB)
  3. International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)
  4. International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA)
  5. International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA)
  6. Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).

2. GRE considered and adopted the agenda (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2018/1), as reproduced in GRE-79-01 together with the informal documents distributed during the session. GRE also noted the running order proposed by the Chair (GRE-79-02).

3. The list of informal documents is contained in Annex I to the session report. The list of GRE informal groups is reproduced in Annex XII to the report.

4. GRE took note of the highlights of the November 2017 and March 2017 sessions of WP.29 and the official document submission deadline of 27 July 2018 for the October 2018 session of GRE (GRE-79-15).

5. Mr. W. Nissler, WP.29 Secretary and Chief, Vehicle Regulations and Transport Innovations Section, reported on the main results of the February 2018 session of the Inland Transport Committee (ITC) and of the March 2018 session of WP.29. He also briefed GRE on Resolution A/RES/72/271 “Improving global road safety” adopted on 12 April 2018 by the General Assembly of the United Nations as well as on the launch of the United Nations Road Safety Trust Fund.

6. The expert from GTB pointed out the growing interest in global harmonization of lighting and light-signalling norms, in particular in China and the United States of America. According to him, stage 2 of the ongoing process for Simplification of the Lighting and Light-signalling Regulations (SLR), which focused on technology-neutral requirements, could pave the way to developing of a new Global Technical Regulation (GTR). He also identified light-signalling functions of autonomous vehicles as a possible topic for a new GTR. The experts from the Netherlands, UK, EC, OICA and SAE supported this idea. The expert from the United States of America encouraged all stakeholders to start a dialogue on this issue.

7. No information was reported under this agenda item.

8. On behalf of the Informal Working Group on Simplification of the Lighting and Light-Signalling Regulations (IWG SLR), the expert from GTB reported on the finalization of stage 1 of SLR (GRE-79-28). He further provided a draft schedule for stage 2 which would include two steps. Step 1 would cover objectives which could be achieved by the end of 2019, such as introducing technology neutral and performance based requirements, as well as objectively testable provisions. Step 2 would start in 2020 with the aim to simplify the installation Regulations Nos. 48, 53, 74 and 86. As an additional task, he suggested harmonization with the applicable standards in China. GRE experts also proposed other issues for stage 2 of SLR.

9. The expert from GTB presented the full package of amendment proposals drafted by IWG SLR under stage 1 of SLR:

a) The three new simplified UN Regulations on Light-Signalling Devices (LSD), Road Illumination Devices (RID) and Retro-Reflective Devices (RRD) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2018/2, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2018/3, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2018/4, GRE-79-10 and GRE-79-14);

b) Draft amendments to Regulations Nos. 48, 53, 74 and 86 that group the definitions and introduce references to the new simplified Regulations (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2018/6, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2018/7, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2018/8, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2018/9, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2018/10, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2018/12, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2018/13, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2018/14, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2018/15, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2018/17, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2018/30, GRE-79-08, GRE-79-09 and GRE-79-13);

c) Transitional provisions to “freeze” Regulations Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 19, 23, 27, 38, 50, 69, 70, 77, 87, 91, 98, 104, 112, 113, 119 and 123 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2018/11).

10. The expert from EC was not in a position to support the indefinite validity of type approvals granted under the frozen Regulations, as proposed in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2018/11, because of the General Safety Regulation of the European Union. He proposed revised transitional provisions for these Regulations (GRE-79-31, part I), together with new transitional provisions for the installation Regulations Nos. 48, 53, 74 and 86 (GRE-79-31, part II). While several experts agreed in principle with part I, they were not in a position to support part II. The experts from Finland and UK made study reservations. The expert from OICA expressed the concern that the revised transitional provisions might be rejected by WP.29.

11. To not delay the submission of the whole package of amendment proposals that had been developed in stage 1 of SLR, GRE decided to provisionally adopt the transitional provisions in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2018/11, but to put in square brackets the third transitional provision for each Regulation mentioned in the document. At the same time, GRE recognized the urgency of the issue raised by the expert from EC and requested all GRE experts, as well as IWG SLR, to carefully consider the EC proposals with a view to taking a final position at the next session.

12. The expert from IWG SLR proposed correcting minor errors and inconsistencies identified in the documents mentioned under para. 9 (a) above (GRE-79-14). GRE adopted these corrections, as laid down in Annex II.

13. The expert from IWG SLR also suggested rectifying minor errors and inconsistencies in the documents listed in para. 9 (b) above (GRE-79-13). GRE adopted these corrections, as laid down in Annex III, and decided to opt for the alternative wording (in square brackets) of paragraph 6.3.9. of different series of amendments to Regulation No. 48.

14. The expert from India suggested corrections to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2018/2 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2018/3 (GRE-79-17-Rev.1 and GRE-79-18-Rev.1 new text). GRE adopted the corrections, as laid down in Annexes IV and V. The expert from India withdrew GRE-79-19, in order to first present it at the next session of IWG SLR.

15. The expert from IWG SLR recalled that all identical definitions should only be kept in Regulation No. 48. Thus, he proposed to review the definitions in Regulations Nos. 53 and 74 (GRE-79-08 and GRE-79-09, respectively). GRE adopted these modifications, as contained in Annex VI.

16. The expert from IWG SLR presented the concept of “change index” developed for the LSD, RID and RRD Regulations (GRE-79-12-Rev.1). He further introduced amendment proposals on the change index to Regulations Nos. 48, 53, 74 and 86 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2018/16, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2018/18 and GRE-79-11). GRE adopted these proposals, as amended by Annex VII). In addition, GRE agreed to include transitional provisions on the change index in the text of the LSD, RID and RRD Regulations (GRE-79-10 and Annex VIII). The expert from India pointed out that he would refer GRE-79-22 to IWG SLR.

17. Subject to the modifications mentioned in paras. 10–16 above, GRE adopted the package of amendment proposals drafted by IWG SLR and listed in para. 9 a) – c). The secretariat was requested to submit the amendments proposals to WP.29 and to the Administrative Committee of the 1958 Agreement (AC.1) for consideration and vote at their November 2018 sessions. GRE noted that any modification of the transitional provisions, mentioned in para. 11 above, that GRE might agree upon at the next GRE session in October 2018, would be submitted to the November 2018 session of WP.29 as corrigenda to the basic SLR package which otherwise would be issued in August 2018.

18. The expert of SAE proposed to keep Regulations Nos. 98, 112, 113 and 123 “alive” for the purpose of the recently updated Canadian Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (CMVSS) No. 108 (GRE-79-32-Rev.1). GRE referred this document to IWG SLR for consideration.

19. The expert from IEC proposed amendments to Regulations Nos. 37, 99 and 128 that aligned the approval code for light sources with the approval number as prescribed by Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2018/21 and GRE-78-18). GRE adopted the amendments and requested the secretariat to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their November 2018 sessions.

20. On behalf of the Task Force on LED retrofits and substitutes (TF SR), the expert from Germany presented their status report (GRE-79-16). GRE supported the proposed two-step approach and mechanical interlock as a solution to avoid misuse of light emitting diode (LED) substitutes.

21. GRE recalled the earlier proposals by GTB to introduce LED substitutes and replaceable light sources into the new LSD and RID Regulations (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2017/14, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2017/15 and GRE-78-04) and noted that ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2017/15 had been incorporated in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2018/3. GRE invited TF SR to update ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2017/14 and GRE-78-04.

22. The expert from GTB pointed out that the GTB guidelines for introducing and evaluating LED light source categories that were intended for forward lighting applications (GRE-77-04) should be published as a reference document on the GRE website. GRE agreed to this request.

33. The expert from IMMA presented amendments to Regulation No. 50 regarding inward geometric visibility requirements for rear position lamps, together with corresponding proposal for amendments to regulation No. 53 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2018/27 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2018/28). GRE generally supported these proposals, but recalled its earlier decision to “freeze” Regulation No. 50 which would be replaced by the new LSD regulation. Therefore, GRE invited IMMA to resubmit the proposals once the LSD Regulation would have entered into force.

23. The expert from GTB proposed to harmonize the switching requirements for side-marker and position lamps when mutually incorporated (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2017/24). GRE adopted this proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and to the Administrative Committee of the 1958 Agreement (AC.1) for consideration and vote at their November 2018 sessions as a draft Supplement 11 to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48. The expert from France corrected the French text of the adopted amendment (Annex IX).

24. The expert from OICA introduced a revised proposal which defined and described the operation of the external status indicator for vehicle alarm systems, alarm systems and immobilizers, as contained in Regulations Nos. 97 and 116 (GRE-77-25-Rev.2). Following an in-depth discussion, GRE adopted this proposal, as contained in Annex X, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their November 2018 sessions as a draft Supplement 11 to the 06 series of amendments and a draft Supplement 12 to the 05 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48.

25. The expert from GTB proposed correcting errors and discrepancies in the text of the 05 and 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48 (GRE-78-05). GRE adopted the proposals, as contained in Annex XI, and requested the secretariat to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their November 2018 sessions as a draft Supplement 11 to the 06 series of amendments and a draft Supplement 12 to the 05 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48. GRE also requested GTB to verify whether or not these amendments are relevant for the 03 and 04 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48 and to report back to GRE at its next session in October 2018.

26. The experts from the Task Force on Headlamp Switching (TF HS) and from SAE introduced alternative proposals which corrected and clarified the requirements for Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2018/20, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2018/22 and GRE-79-26). The expert from Japan commented on the proposals (GRE-79-03-Rev.1). Following a brief exchange of views, GRE invited the Co-Chairs of TF HS to prepare a consolidated proposal for consideration at the next session.

27. The expert from Czechia proposed to correct and clarify the requirements for DRLs in conjunction with rear position lamps (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2017/23). GRE invited the Co-Chairs of TF HS to take these proposals into account when preparing a consolidated document.

28. The experts of Germany and Italy proposed a new series of amendments to Regulation No. 48 to clarify the DRL switching-off conditions and/or light intensity reduction when DRL and front direction indicators were totally or partially reciprocally incorporated and when the distance between them was equal or less than 40 mm (GRE-79-25). The expert from OICA submitted a counter-proposal (GRE-79-30). GRE invited the proponents to prepare a consolidated document for the next session.

29. The expert from Poland provided a summary of initial aiming and levelling tolerance issue (GRE-79-23, GRE-79-24). The experts from Italy and the Netherlands briefly introduced GRE-79-29 as a discussion paper for the possible introduction of new requirements for headlamp levelling, in particular on the vertical inclination in relation to the dipped-beam headlamp mounting height. GRE agreed to keep GRE-79-29 as a reference document for the next session.

30. GRE noted the slow progress in the work of the Informal Working Group on Visibility, Glare and Levelling (IWG-VGL). To advance the topic, the expert from GTB proposed to bring together various experts on glare and levelling issues for a one-day event, in conjunction with the next session of GRE. GRE supported this idea.

31. GRE took note that WP.29 had extended the mandate of IWG VGL for the year 2018 and recalled its request to IWG VGL to revise its Terms of Reference. The expert from Poland presented his proposals (GRE-79-33). Due to the late availability of GRE-79-33, GRE decided to revert to this issue at the next session. Some experts were of the view that IWG VGL had completed phase I of its mandate and that phase II should be taken over by IWG SLR to avoid duplication in the work of the two IWGs. The Chair invited IWG SLR to address this issue at the next sessions.

32. On behalf of the Task Force on Electromagnetic Compatibility (TF EMC), the expert from OICA presented a status report (GRE-79-04) and revised amendment proposals to Regulation No. 10 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2018/5 and GRE-79-05). The expert from India suggested a minor modification (GRE-79-21). The expert from France proposed to extend paragraph 2.12. on immunity-related functions with the aim to cover new car systems recently introduced by other Regulations (GRE-79-27). The expert from EC was of the view that the transitional provisions in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2018/5 should be checked for consistency. He further pointed out the need to align the provisions on charging with the new GTR on safety of electric vehicles. The expert from the United States of America called for cooperation between TF EMC and IWG on Electric Vehicle Safety. The expert from OICA invited all interested parties to take part in the next TF EMC meeting in May 2018 (GRE-79-34) and/or provide their written comments to TF EMC before July 2018, to facilitate preparing revised amendment proposals for consideration at the next session of GRE.

34. On behalf of the Special Interest Group for DRL of L-category vehicles, the expert from Japan proposed a new requirement for automatic switching from DRL to the headlamp for L3 category (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2018/19). The expert from India suggested deletion of the wording “passing beam” from the text (GRE-79-20). Some GRE experts supported in principal ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2018/19, but expressed concerns about the proposed introduction of a new category of daytime running lamps with the maximum luminous intensity of 700 cd. GRE invited experts to send their comments to the Special Interest Group and agreed to continue consideration of the proposal at the next session.

35. The expert from IMMA proposed to clarify that direction indicators may be activated to show the vehicle status when the engine is stopped (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2018/25). The experts from Finland, Italy and Netherlands recalled that Regulation No. 48 in similar situations makes clear references to Regulations Nos. 97 and 116. The Chair invited IMMA to consider its proposal in line with the logic of Regulation No. 48.

36. The expert from IMMA introduced a revised proposal which allowed the use of different stop lamp activation methods and aligned the stop lamp provisions with those applicable for four-wheelers (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2018/29). GRE adopted the proposal and mandated the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their November 2018 sessions as a draft Supplement 20 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 53 and as a draft Supplement 2 to the 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 53.

37. The expert from IMMA presented a proposal on exterior courtesy lamps (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2018/26). The experts from Austria and Netherlands asked for clarification under which motorcycle rest positions (main and/or side) the courtesy lamps would be activated. GRE agreed to revert to this issue at the next session.

38. The expert from IMMA proposed to align the text of Regulation No. 53 with Regulation No. 48 and to correct a mistake in the past amendment process (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2017/26). GRE adopted the proposal and mandated the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their November 2018 sessions as a draft Supplement 20 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 53 and as a draft Supplement 2 to the 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 53.

39. The expert from India presented GRE-78-24, which replaced GRE-77-08, with the aim to make, under certain conditions, the front position lamp optional for L3 category of vehicles. The experts from Austria, Italy, Finland and Netherlands pointed out the need to study this proposal in more detail. The Chair invited the expert from India to submit an official document for consideration at the next session.

40. GRE noted that GRE-77-09, GRE-77-17 and GRE-78-22, which had not been addressed at the previous sessions due to lack of time, had been superseded by other proposals considered at this session.

41. The expert from the Netherlands briefly presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2018/23 to initiate a discussion on the possible mandatory installation of direction indicators on mopeds. The Chair invited experts to provide their comments to the expert from the Netherlands before the end of May with a view to preparing a revised proposal for consideration at the next session.

42. The expert from Czechia proposed to clarify the requirements of driving and passing beam headlamps for mopeds (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2018/24). GRE adopted the proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their November 2018 sessions as a draft Supplement 10 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 74.

43. The Secretary of the Global Forum for Road Traffic Safety (WP.1) briefed GRE on the outcome of the March 2018 session of WP.1. In particular, WP.1 had nearly finalized considering the amendment proposals to Article 32 and Chapter II of Annex 5 on lighting and light-signalling (ECE/TRANS/WP.1/2017/1 ). A summary of the WP.1 discussions could be found in the session’s report (ECE/TRANS/WP.1/163, paras. 10-12 ). According to the WP.1 Secretary, the Global Forum would finalize the amendment proposals at its next regular session in September 2018. He also pointed out that, in May 2018, WP.1 would hold an extraordinary meeting to consider a Draft resolution on the deployment of highly and fully automated vehicles in road traffic (ECE/TRANS/WP.1/2018/4/Rev.1 ). The Chair invited GRE experts to review ECE/TRANS/WP.1/2017/1 and to provide their comments, if any, to the secretariat.

44. GRE recalled the developments in field of road safety mentioned in the opening statement (para. 5).

45. GRE noted that UN Regulation No. 0 on the International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA) had been adopted at the November 2017 sessions of WP.29 and AC.1 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/108) and was expected to enter into force in July 2018.

46. No information was reported on this topic.

47. The experts of France and Germany initiated a discussion on how to treat lamps with apparent surfaces in the form of a company logo or other brand-identifying figures (GRE-78-03). The experts from Finland, France, Italy Netherlands, Poland, Spain and UK reported on their national experiences on the subject. GRE noted that, in many countries, specific illuminated advertisement on vehicles was prohibited. However, no clear restrictions existed for lamps which otherwise met the requirements of lighting and light-signalling Regulations, and particularly of Regulation No. 48. GRE was also informed about optional additional lamps that were allowed in some countries for the purposes of road safety, for example, additional direction indicators for trucks in the form of a cyclist. The experts from France and Germany pointed out that they would distribute a questionnaire to GRE experts to solicit detailed information on relevant national practices. In addition, the expert from the Netherlands suggested establishing a task force. GRE agreed to revert to this issue at the next session, based on the outcome of the survey.

48. The expert from SAE informed GRE about the recent changes of the national regulation on motor vehicle lighting and light signalling in Canada and of the associated technical standard document (GRE-79-06 and GRE-79-07). GRE took note of this information.

49. The expert from GTB briefed GRE on the issues that had been addressed at the GTB forum on lighting for automated vehicles in February 2018 (GRE-79-35 and GRE-79-36). GRE noted that this topic would also be raised at the June 2018 session of the WP.29 IWGs on Intelligent Transport Systems and Automated Driving.

50. GRE provided no guidance on the provisional agenda for the next session.