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Working Party on Lighting and Light-signalling
78th session | Geneva | 24-27 Oct 2017 Download Copy
Agenda Item 5. | Regulations Nos. 37, 99, 128 and RE5 (light-source specifications)
Document(s)
GRE-78-02 | Subsitute LED light sources: Differences between proposals in GRE/2017/4 and GRE/2017/22 (GTB)
GRE-78-18 | Distinction between "approval code" and "approval number" under the 1958 Agreement (IEC)
GRE-78-19 | RE5: Proposal for Amendment 1 to the original version of the Consolidated Resolution on the common specification of light source categories (IEC)
GRE-78-28 | Comments on GRE/2017/17 and GRE/2017/22 (OICA)
GRE-78-33 | Modification to document GRE/2017/22 (Italy)
GRE/2017/16 | Proposal for amendment 1 to the original version of the Consolidated Resolution on the common specification of light source categories (GTB)
GRE/2017/17 | Proposal for amendments to the original version of the Consolidated Resolution on the common specification of light source categories (GTB)
GRE/2017/18 | Proposal for amendment 1 to the original version of the Consolidated Resolution on the common specification of light source categories (GTB)
GRE/2017/19 | Proposal for Supplement 46 to the 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 37 (GTB)
GRE/2017/20 | Proposal for Supplement 7 to the original version of Regulation No. 128 (GTB)
GRE/2017/21 | Proposal for Supplement 7 to the original version of Regulation No. 128 (GTB)
GRE/2017/22 | Proposal for a collective amendment to Regulations Nos. 48, 53, 74 and 86 (GTB)

GRE-78 Discussion

15. The expert from GTB proposed an amendment to Regulation No. 37, which corrects an error and aligns a term with Regulation No. 128 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2017/19). GRE adopted the amendment as draft Supplement 46 to the 03 series of amendments and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2018 sessions.

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16. The expert from GTB proposed to correct and amend some specifications in the Consolidated Resolution on the common specification of light source categories (R.E.5) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2017/18). The expert from IEC proposed another correction to R.E.5 (GRE-78-19 and Annex III). GRE adopted these proposals and requested the secretariat to submit them to WP.29 for consideration and adoption at the March 2018 session as draft Amendment 1 to the original version of R.E.5.

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17. The expert from GTB presented revised amendments to Regulation No. 128 and to R.E.5 which introduced requirements, test specifications and new categories for light emitting diode (LED) substitute light sources (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2017/17, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2017/21). The proposals also included collective amendments to Regulations Nos. 48, 53, 74, 86 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2017/22 and GRE-78-02). The experts from Italy and OICA submitted written comments on the proposals (GRE-78-33 and GRE-78-28).

18. GRE noted that, compared to the original GTB proposals that had been considered at the previous session, the revised proposals contained safeguards against the possible misuse of LED substitutes as retrofits in lamps and/or vehicles that were not type approved for using such light sources. A number of experts were of the view that the proposed measures, such as consumer warning on packaging and a website with a list of compatible vehicle models, were not sufficient and reiterated their concerns as raised at the previous session. The expert of OICA pointed out that, to avoid any responsibility for misusing LED substitutes when installing on old vehicle types, the vehicle manufacturers would have be burdened to extend type approvals pursuant to the earlier series of amendments to Regulation No. 48 (GRE-78-28). GRE acknowledged the problem and noted that the failure detection provisions in Regulation No. 48 should be revised. Some experts advocated the idea of physical keying of LED caps to prevent installing unauthorized substitutes.

19. GRE noted that the discussion addressed two different, but interrelated issues: (a) allowing LED substitutes for new type approvals, as part of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and Original Equipment Supplier (OES), and (b) using LED as retrofits on old vehicle types. Some experts were of the view that the two cannot be separated from one another. To make progress, GRE agreed to establish a task force. The expert from Germany stated that another expert from his country would act as Chair of the task force, while the expert from UK provisionally agreed to become Co-Chair. The expert from IEC volunteered to provide secretarial support.

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20. The expert from GTB presented revised proposals for amendments to Regulation No. 128 and to the Consolidated Resolution (R.E.5) with the aim to introduce requirements, test specifications and a new category for forward lighting LED light sources (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2017/16, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2017/20). GRE adopted the amendments and requested the secretariat to submit them to WP.29 and to AC.1 (Regulation No. 128 only) for consideration and vote at their March 2018 sessions. GRE noted that, if adopted, the R.E.5 amendment would enter into force on the same day as the corresponding supplement to Regulation No. 128.

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21. The expert from IEC pointed out that Regulations Nos. 37, 99 and 128 prescribe the approval code for the marking of light sources, however, in some instances the wording “approval number” is used. He proposed to correct the inconsistencies, specifically because Schedule 4 to the revised 1958 Agreement makes a distinction between the approval number and the approval code (GRE-78-18). The expert from the Netherlands volunteered to work with IEC to find a better solution for the communication form in Annex 1 to the above Regulations and to prepare an official document for the next session of GRE.

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Previous Discussion(s)

World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations | Session 170 | 15-18 Nov 2016

149. Following the recommendation of WP.29, the Administrative Committee (AC.4), did not convene.

113. Submitted for consideration and vote, the proposal for a new UN GTR on crankcase and evaporative emissions from two- or three-wheeled motor vehicles equipped with a combustion engine (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/66, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/67, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/36/Rev.1) was established in the UN Global Registry on 17 November 2016 by consensus vote of the following Contracting Parties present and voting: Australia, Canada, China, European Union (voting for Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Norway, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, South Africa, Tunisia and United States of America.

114. Submitted for consideration and vote, the proposal for Amendment 1 to UN GTR No. 15 on WLTP (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/68, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/69, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/39) was established in the UN Global Registry on 17 November 2016 by consensus vote of the following Contracting Parties present and voting: Australia, China, European Union (voting for Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Norway, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, South Africa and Tunisia.

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

116. Submitted for consideration and vote, the proposal for Amendment 1 to UN GTR on Tyre (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/117, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/71, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/42) was established in the UN Global Registry on 17 November 2016 by consensus vote of the following Contracting Parties present and voting: Australia, Canada, China, European Union (voting for Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Norway, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, San Marino, South Africa, Tunisia and United States of America.

117. Submitted for consideration and vote, the proposal for a new UN GTR on the measurement procedure for two- or three-wheeled motor vehicles with regard to on-board diagnostics (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/112, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/113, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/36/Rev.1) was established in the UN Global Registry on 17 November 2016 by consensus vote of the following Contracting Parties present and voting: Australia, Canada, China, European Union (voting for Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Norway, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, San Marino, South Africa, Tunisia and United States of America.

1. The World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) held its 170th session from 15 to 18 November 2016, chaired by Mr. B. Kisulenko (Russian Federation). The following countries were represented, following Rule 1(a) of the Rules of Procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.1 and Amend.2): Algeria; Australia; Austria; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Brazil; Canada; China; Croatia; Czech Republic; Egypt; Finland, France; Germany; Hungary; India; Israel; Italy; Japan; Jordan; Latvia, Luxembourg; Malaysia; Netherlands; Norway, Pakistan; Poland; Portugal; Republic of Korea; Romania; Russian Federation; San Marino; South Africa; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Tunisia; Turkey, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; United States of America and Uruguay. Representatives of the European Union (EU) participated. The following governmental organization was represented: International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The following non-governmental organizations were also represented: Association for Emissions Control by Catalyst (AECC); Consumers International (CI); Euro NCAP; European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA/MEMA/JAPIA); European Tyre and Rim Technical Organisation (ETRTO); Foundation for the Automobile and Society (FIA Foundation); Global New Car Assessment Programme (Global NCAP); International Automobile Federation (FIA); International Automotive Lighting and Light Signalling Expert Group (GTB); International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA) and the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA). Other entities represented were: EuroMed Road, Rail and Urban Transport project.

2. The Chair of the World Forum welcomed the representatives to the World Forum and introduced the opening speakers: the two representatives of the EuroMed Road, Rail and Urban Transport (EuroMed) project a representative of of Israel; and a representative of Tunisia.

3. A representative of the EuroMed project introduced the project, the countries taking part and the activities carried out within its scope (reproduced in WP.29-170-34 and WP.29-170-35). He emphasized the relevance of numerous United Nations Agreements and Conventions in the field of inland transport for the EuroMed project and described the participating countries’ scope of accession to these legal instruments.

4. A representative of the EuroMed project highlighted the synergies between the work of WP.29 and activities undertaken in the EuroMed project. He presented the status of implementation of UN Vehicle Regulations in the countries participating in the EuroMed project.

5. In his statement, the representative of Israel highlighted that the State of Israel is participating in WP.29 meetings for the first time at this 170th session of the World Form, and expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to take part. He stated that although Israel is not part of the 1958 and 1997 agreements the Israel’s Ministry of Transport (MoT) decided years ago to follow and implement European Union legislation on vehicle homologation, vehicle registration and periodic technical inspection. Israel permitted the import of vehicles built according to European Union legislation with an updated WVTA certificate and a valid COC. Israel’s MoT follows European Union legislation on periodic technical inspections.

6. He stated that a couple of years ago the Israeli Government decided to also allow the import of vehicles certified according to the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) of the United States of America. This had created some hurdles due to distinctions between the European and American standards (e.g. front lighting standards), resulting in the country experiencing difficulties on the implementation level.

7. The representative of Israel asserted that his country had closely followed the activities of the World Forum, including those in the development of autonomous vehicles. Smart technologies and systems for autonomous vehicles were already being developed in Israel. He emphasized the need for the development of a comprehensive regulatory framework within WP.29 and its Working Parties in order to promote autonomous vehicles.

8. He concluded his statement by expressing his commitment to strengthening cooperation between the Israel’s MoT and WP.29.

9. In his statement, the representative of Tunisia, described his country’s participation in the EuroMed Transport Project. He informed the World Forum that Tunisia was already Contracting Party to the 1958 and the 1998 Agreement. He concluded that Tunisia was preparing for the accession to the 1997 Agreement which would help to further develop their system on periodic technical inspection.

10. The Director of the UNECE Sustainable Transport Division welcomed the representatives to the World Forum. She praised the World Forum for its work and emphasized the importance of continuing and strengthening activities related to new and emerging technologies that are being embedded in vehicles, especially with regard to connectivity and automation of vehicles.

11. The Director updated the World Forum about the activities of the Sustainable Transport Division in preparation for the 70th anniversary session of the Inland Transport Committee (ITC), which will take place on 21-24 February 2017. The Division is preparing a draft Resolution for the Ministerial Meeting that will take place at the ITC on 21 February 2017. The objectives of the Resolution are to increase the visibility and understanding of the work of the ITC and its subsidiary bodies, and emphasize the global reach of United Nations Transport Conventions and Agreements developed in the work of the Committee, to promote broader accession to and implementation of these legal instruments thereby improving the governance of inland transport systems and inland transport safety the world over. The Resolution will invite the Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) to propose to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) to introduce parallel reporting of ITC to the ECE and the ECOSOC on an annual basis. The parallel reporting will not have financial implications for United Nations Member States nor create any extra workload for the Division staff. The Division Director invited delegates of the World Forum to review the draft Resolution and urged them to support the proposal for dual reporting contained in it.

12. The Director informed the World Forum that the seventieth anniversary session of ITC will kick off with a keynote address followed by three parallel panels, including one on technology changes and what steps the ITC can take to improve and develop legislation in this context. The Director concluded her statement by inviting delegates of the World Forum to the ITC seventieth anniversary session.

13. The annotated provisional agenda for the session was adopted without amendments.

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

15. The 122th session of WP.29/AC.2 was held on 14 November 2016, chaired by Mr. B. Kisulenko (Russian Federation) and was attended, in accordance to Rule 29 of the terms of reference and rules of procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690 and Amends.1–2), by the Chairs of GRB (France), GRSG (Italy) and GRRF (United Kingdom), the Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee (AC.3) of the 1998 Agreement (Japan), by the representatives of Canada, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the United States of America, the European Union, and by the Vice-Chairs of WP.29 (Italy), GRPE (India), GRRF (Japan) and GRSP (Republic of Korea).

16. The WP.29/AC.2 reviewed and adopted the agenda of the 170th session of the World Forum. WP.29/AC.2 also reviewed the draft agenda for the 171st session of the World Forum, scheduled to be held in Geneva from 14 to 17 March 2017.

17. AC.2 discussed the importance for WP.29 to address cyber security as well as Over-The-Air (OTA) software updates of vehicle systems and their implications for the type approval system. AC.2 considered this topic as a priority for future work of WP.29 and recommended it for the 2017 programme of work and in the allocation of resources.

18. The secretariat updated AC.2 about the situation of staff resources following the post cut and its impact on the services provided to WP.29. The representatives of Contracting Parties expressed their concern about the current situation related to the secretariat’s human resource situation and expressed their full support for overcoming these resource constraints.

19. The representative of Japan reported on the progress of the Informal Working Group (IWG) on International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA), including the progress and major results of the pre-testing programme, the list of UN Regulations applicable to IWVTA and the Questions and Answers (Q&A) documents, both on IWVTA and on Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement. AC.2 reflected on future possibilities to continue this important work, once UN Regulation No. 0 on IWVTA would be established.

20. The representative from the United Kingdom reported on a first ad hoc informal meeting of WP.29/GRRF, Intelligent Transport Systems/Automated Driving (ITS/AD) and WP.1 experts. This meeting was very useful both for participants from WP.29/GRRF and WP.1 to reach common understanding. AC.2 recommended WP.29 to facilitate the organization of such meetings more regularly in the future.

21. AC.2 discussed and confirmed the need to continue the general discussion on the performance of automotive systems in conditions other than those tested in the framework of type-approval or self-certification at WP.29 based on WP.29-169-13.

22. The secretariat reminded GRs to inform them about any new abbreviations brought into use in their documents.

23. The World Forum noted the revised programme of work and documentation (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/1/Rev.2). The representatives of the United Kingdom and the European Union requested the introduction of the main strategic areas of work into the next year’s programme of work. Among others, these elements would be related to over the air updates of vehicle operational software, cyber security and data protection. Following these priorities, resources need to be allocated accordingly. This could be done by establishing task forces on these issues.

24. The secretariat presented the list of Working Parties, Informal Working Groups and Chairs (based on WP.29-170-01), and the draft calendar of meetings of WP.29, GRs and Committees for 2017 (based on WP.29-170-02). The World Forum noted WP.29‑170‑01 on the Informal Working Groups and Chairs of WP.29 and its subsidiary bodies as well as WP.29‑170‑02 on the calendar of meetings.

25. The representatives of Japan and the United Kingdom, co-chairing the IWG on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), gave a status report on the group’s activities. The IWG:

  1. Convened on Wednesday, 16 November 2016 from 2.30 to 4.45 p.m.;
  2. Received information on the relevant activities of WP.29 subsidiary bodies’ activities;
  3. Adopted guidelines on cybersecurity and data protection;
  4. Agreed to organize an ad hoc meeting in conjunction with GRRF to continue work on Automated Driving Technology definitions;
  5. Agreed to establish a United Nations Task Force on Cybersecurity and Over-The-Air [Update] Issues; and
  6. Agreed to update the guidance document on Automated Driving Technologies to GRs, to address automation levels 3 and 4.

26. The representative of the United States of America spoke about the Federal Automated Vehicles Policy issued in September 2016.

27. The representative of Sweden volunteered to prepare a document on software security for the next session.

28. The World Forum agreed to consider, at its next session, the drafted guidelines on cyber security and data protection, based on an official document and endorsed the proposal to establish a United Nations Task Force on Cyber Security and Over-The-Air Issues. The World Forum also agreed to modify its running order to provide more time to the IWG on ITS/AD.

29. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRE given during the 169th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1123, paras. 28-30) and approved the report.

30. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRSG given during the 169th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1123, paras. 31-32) and approved the report.

31. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRSP given during the 169th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1123, paras. 33-34) and approved the report.

32. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRPE given during the 169th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1123, paras. 35-42) and approved the report.

33. The Chair of GRB (France) reported on the results achieved by GRB during its sixty-fourth session (for details, see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/62).

34. The Chair of GRB further informed WP.29 that GRB had decided to establish a new IWG on Additional Sound Emission Provisions (ASEP); the Terms of Reference are reproduced in Annex III to the GRB report. WP.29 gave its consent for establishing this IWG.

35. The Chair of GRB also pointed out that, due to the late publication in the United States of America of the National Rule on Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System (AVAS), IWG on Quiet Road Transport Vehicles (QRTV) GTR would need more time to fulfil its mandated tasks. WP.29 agreed to extend the mandate of IWG QRTV GTR until December 2018.

36. WP.29 noted that GRB had re-elected Mr. S. Ficheux (France) as Chair and Mr. A. Bocharov (Russian Federation) as Vice-Chair for the year 2017.

37. The Chair of GRRF (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) informed WP.29 about the results achieved by GRRF during its eighty-second session (for more details see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/82).

38. The Chair of GRRF reported that GRRF had drafted a proposal for a Supplement 6 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 79 (Steering equipment) containing provisions for two categories (A and B1) of Automatically Commanded Steering Functions (ACSF) with safety requirements and the corresponding testing procedures for lane keeping systems, corrective steering functions and remote controlled parking. He informed WP.29 about the need to extend the mandate of the IWG by one year. WP.29 endorsed that request and agreed to extend the mandate until September 2017.

39. The Chair of GRRF also reported on an ad hoc informal meeting of experts from the Working Parties on Road Traffic Safety (WP.1), the IWG on ITS/AD and GRRF in which they exchanged views on automated driving. WP.29 considered such meetings valuable and recommended continuity of such meetings.

40. The Chair of GRRF informed WP.29 that GRRF had reviewed WP.29-168-16 and would address one of both suggestions at its January 2017 session, on the basis of a formal proposal.

41. WP.29 noted that GRRF had re-elected Mr. B. Frost as Chair and Mr. A. Murai (Japan) as Vice-Chair for the year 2017.

42. The GRSG Chair reported on the results achieved during the 111th session of GRSG (for more details see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/90).

43. The GRSG Chair informed WP.29 about the work progress of the IWG on Panoramic Sunroof Glazing (PSG) and the need to extend the mandate of the IWG by one and a half years. WP.29 and AC.3 (see para. 129 below) endorsed the request and agreed to extend the mandate of the IWG until June 2018.

44. WP.29 acknowledged the work done by GRSG on further amendments to UN Regulation No. 46 (Devices for indirect vision) and its request to set up a new IWG on close proximity vision and obstacle detection systems to broaden the participation of other Contracting Parties in the discussion on this subject. WP.29 gave its consent to establish the new IWG on close proximity vision and obstacle detection systems.

45. WP.29 noted the controversial discussion in GRSG on the draft UN Regulation on Accident Emergency Call Systems (AECS), especially on performance of the mechanical solidity. The IWG on AECS had concluded that the corridor of the sled pulse of 60g (as specified in the draft UN Regulation) was severe enough for real world crashes. However, the European Commission (EC) did not support the proposal, as the EU legislation required a pulse peak of 65g. Japan expressed its intention to resolve this issue in cooperation with the EC on the basis of a technical discussion. WP.29 invited all Contracting Parties to consider possible solutions to resolve the incoherence of positions on the pulse peak of 60g versus 65g.

46. WP.29 noted that GRSG had re-elected Mr. A. Erario (Italy) as Chair and Mr. K. Hendershot (Canada) as Vice-Chair for the year 2017.

47. On behalf of the Chair of GRE, the Secretary reported on the results of the seventy-sixth session of GRE (for details, see the report in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/76).

48. On behalf of the Chair of GRE, the Secretary informed WP.29 that, in line with the endorsed phased approach for the simplification of lighting and light-signalling Regulations, GRE had focused on the final update, consolidation and stabilization of the existing Regulations before their upcoming freeze next year. The adopted amendment proposals would be submitted to the March 2017 session of WP.29.

49. WP.29 was informed that GRE had adopted amendment proposals to clarify the requirements for direction indicators with sequential activation in Regulations Nos. 6 and 50, but still would finalize, at its next session in April 2017, the discussion on whether or not these proposals would require a new series of amendments and transitional provisions. WP.29 took note that the final wording would be submitted to its June 2017 session.

50. WP.29 noted that GRE had revised the Terms of Reference of the IWG on Visibility, Glare and Levelling (VGL), which would be submitted in due course to WP.29 for endorsement, and that GRE had re-elected Mr. M. Loccufier (Belgium) as Chair and Mr. D. Rovers (Netherlands) as Vice-Chair for the year 2017.

51. The representative of EU called upon GRE to carefully consider the level of stringency and new requirements of the proposed amendments, with a view to taking legally sound decisions on their classification as supplements or new series of amendments to Regulations. She added that the correct classification would enable the EU member States to take, prior to the WP.29 session, a coordinated decision on voting on the amendment proposals.

52. The secretariat informed the World Forum about the latest update of the status of the 1958 Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/343/Rev.24) containing the information received by the secretariat up to 21 October 2016. WP.29 noted that Contracting Parties shall notify the secretariat about any amendments needed to the status document.

53. The secretariat presented the architecture of a proposed online database that was being developed to streamline the updating of the status document of the 1958 Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/343/Rev.24). The World Forum welcomed the proposal to establish the database and endorsed the secretariat’s continued work on the development of the online system.

54. The secretariat introduced WP.29-170-05 on new transitional provisions in UN Regulations Nos. 83 and 101 as requested by WP.29 at its last session (see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1123, para. 41). The provisions specified that Contracting Parties applying UN Regulations Nos. 83 and 101 and also applying WLTP as defined in UN GTR No. 15 (such as EU) would have no obligation to accept type approvals granted according to UN Regulations Nos. 83 and 101 as of September 2017. The secretariat recalled the urgency of this proposal and stressed that it should be an official document for the March 2017 WP.29 session, subject to the endorsement by GRPE in January 2017.

55. The representative of OICA agreed in general with the text of the proposal. He suggested a few improvements in the wording, that he would submit to the secretariat. The representative of EU agreed on the approach to the proposal and she conveyed that some changes may be forwarded to the secretariat in the following days.

56. WP.29 noted WP.29-170-05 and requested the secretariat to issue it as an official document for the next session in March 2017. The secretariat requested the representatives of OICA and EU to provide their comments by 5 December 2016 at the latest, so that they can be taken into account when preparing the official document.

57. The secretariat introduced WP.29-170-27 on ITU activities that affect the framework of the 1958 Agreement and other frameworks such as the IEC System for Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components, which is a multilateral certification system with elements of mutual recognition. He drew the attention of WP.29 delegates to the potential legal uncertainty for authorities or manufacturers in case technical requirements would be incorporated in two certification processes in accordance with two multilateral frameworks, each with mutual recognition provisions.

58. WP.29 noted the progress made by the IWG on IWVTA in updating the general guidelines for United Nations regulatory procedures and transitional provisions in UN Regulations (WP.29-170-03). The World Forum agreed to consider this subject at its next session in March 2017 and requested the secretariat to circulate WP.29-170-03 with an official symbol.

152. No subject was raised under this agenda item.

151. No supplementary information was provided beyond agenda item 7.3. (see para. 92 above).

59. The representative of Japan, Chair of the IWG on IWVTA, presented WP.29-170-10-Rev.1 on the progress in the recent meetings of the group and its subgroups on the development of draft UN Regulation No. 0 on IWVTA (WP.29-170-08). He announced the intention of the IWG to submit a final proposal of the draft UN Regulation for consideration at the June 2017 session of WP.29.

60. The Chair of the IWG on IWVTA reported that the IWG had completed the drafting of the Q&A document to explain UN Regulation No. 0 and IWVTA. The World Forum welcomed the proposal and agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session in March 2017. The secretariat was requested to circulate WP.29-170-09 with an official symbol.

61. On behalf of the IWG, the Chair of the IWG on IWVTA sought the consent of WP.29 to extend the mandate of the IWG on IWVTA by six months until December 2017. The World Forum endorsed the request.

62. The World Forum noted the request by the 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 UN Regulations Nos. 37, 99 or 128. WP.29 invited GRE in cooperation with the IWG to consider how to better address this issue, taking into account the IWVTA objectives, the ongoing process of the simplification of lighting and light-signalling Regulations and the fact that not all light sources were covered by UN Regulations Nos. 37, 99 and 128.

63. WP.29 noted the request by the IWG on IWVTA for a common position by the Contracting Parties (according to Article 15.3 of the 1958 Agreement) on the follow-up of administrative procedures (SG58-22-05). Thus, the IWG on IWVTA had recommended also for existing UN Regulations to follow the new procedures (in particular the conformity of production) of Revision 3, once it entered into force. Contracting Parties with concerns about this approach were invited to send their comments to the secretariat.

64. The World Forum welcomed the information by the representative of EU that the notification to the United Nations Secretary-General on Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement had recently been sent out by the EU President. The secretariat informed the World Forum that the process for the entry into force of Revision 3 would take another nine months.

65. WP.29 welcomed the draft of the Q&A document on Revision 3 submitted by the IWG on IWVTA. The World Forum agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session in March 2017and requested the secretariat to circulate WP.29-170-21 with an official symbol.

66. The secretariat informed WP.29 about developments related to the establishment and hosting of DETA by UNECE. The Director of the UNECE Program Management Unit (PMU) informed the World Forum that, due to the upcoming budget cuts s, the establishment and hosting of DETA could not be financed from the UNECE biennial Regular Budget. The Director of the Sustainable Transport Division emphasized that the Division services 70 per cent of the meetings and produces 40 per cent of all parliamentary documents of UNECE. Therefore, it cannot absorb additional work within existing resources which have been further reduced in the 2016-2017 biennium.

67. The Director of PMU proposed an alternative option of submitting Programme Budgetary Implications (PBI) on the decision for establishing DETA under the UNECE auspices. She stated that the process would require patience and firm commitment from the Contracting Parties, since the decision-making process on budgetary issues is lengthy and depends on the Member States both in Geneva and New York.

68. The representative of IEC stated that the current simplification process at GRE for lighting and light-signalling will crucially depend on DETA. The development of its new Regulations would not be possible without the Unique Identifier feature provided by DETA. He stressed the need for UNECE to provide DETA to the Contracting Parties.

69. The World Forum requested the Secretariat to share information on the PBI process in writing as it would be very useful for the capitals and reaching out to the delegates in New York.

70. The World Forum underscored that text of the revised 1958 Agreement, expected to enter into force in August 2017, would require UNECE to host DETA and to undertake new activities related to the provisions of this Agreement.

71. WP.29 reaffirmed its decision that DETA should be hosted by the UNECE Secretariat. It requested the Secretariat to initiate the necessary steps for securing adequate resources from the United Nations Regular Budget for this new activity.

72. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda item 4.6.1 to 4.6.12 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

73. The World Forum considered the draft amendment under agenda item 4.7.1 to 4.7.9 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

74. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.8.1 to 4.8.10 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting subject to the editorial correction below:

75. Agenda item 4.8.1, in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/98, paragraph 12.1, correct "granted/refused/extended/withdrawn,2 " to read: "granted/extended,2 ".

76. The representative of Consumers International (CI) welcomed the adoption of the 02 series of amendments of UN Regulation No. 129, which can be seen as a next milestone in the development of this Regulation. He highlighted that by extending the i-Size concept to children up to 135cm, several consumer issues will be addressed and that also bigger children now will benefit from higher levels of protection. He hoped that the corresponding amendment of UN Regulation No. 16 will be implemented in the short term, allowing it to be operational simultaneously with phase 2 of Regulation No. 129. Finally, he offered the support of CI in the further development of the regulation.

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

78. No corrigenda have been submitted by the secretariat for this session.

79. No pending proposal has been deferred for consideration by WP.29 to its November 2016 session.

80. The World Forum considered the proposal for a new Regulation under agenda item 4.12.1 and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting.

81. The representative of Japan announced abstention from voting on the proposal at AC.1.

82. The World Forum considered the draft proposal for amendments to existing Regulations under agenda item 4.13.1 and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting subject to the amendments below:

83. Agenda item 4.13.1, in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/114, new paragraph 5.1.16, items (e) and (f), amend to read:
New paragraph 5.1.16, item (e) and (f), amend to read:

“(e) The disablement of the antilock brake system function shall be indicated by the activation of symbol B.18 as specified in ISO 2575:2010 (ISO 7000-2623) or any other equivalent unequivocal indication of the disabled antilock brake system state. Alternatively, the warning lamp referred to in paragraph 5.1.13. shall be continuously activated (i.e. lit or flashing); and

(f) Prohibition of any software and/or hardware defeat device compromising or allowing to circumnavigate one or more of the requirements set out in points (a) to (e); and"

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

85. The World Forum agreed that agenda items 5.2 to 5.6 should be considered in detail by the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement (AC.3).

86. The representative of Euro NCAP presented the development and outcome of their crash tests campaign with L7 category vehicles. He stated that four vehicles had been displayed on the grounds of the Palais de Nations in an exposition organized with the support of the secretariat. He presented (WP.29-170-38) the results of crash tests on eight different models of L7 category vehicles and highlighted the reasons why these vehicles received low ratings (between zero and two stars on the five-star scale). He stressed that the crash-worthiness of L7 vehicles was substandard and that more stringent regulations on the safety and the construction of these types of vehicles would be justified.

87. The representative from India, highlighted in his intervention the role and positive impact of India’s automotive sector on the country’s strong economic growth. He expressed his satisfaction that major vehicle manufacturers had invested in his country. He informed WP.29 that with the significant achievements resulting from India’s 2006 – 2016 automotive mission plan, the Indian Government has recently finalized its Mission plan for the next ten years. The country expects growth in all road categories of road vehicles manufactured, significant progress in application of green technologies as a result of dedicated actions to mitigate environmental concerns, and important progress in the sphere of road safety. He reported that vehicle standards in India were recently subjected to legislative amendments that provide for a leapfrogging to the latest emission standards and the introduction of crashworthiness requirements and norms for pedestrian safety. The representative from India closed his deliberation by emphasizing India’s commitment to transpose GTRs adopted under the 1998 agreement into national regulations. The complete statement of the representative of India is available in Informal document WP.29-170-37.

88. The secretariat presented the consolidated document (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1074/Rev.7) on the status of the Agreement including the status of the UN Rules annexed to the Agreement, the list of the Contracting Parties to the Agreement and of their Administrative Departments. The secretariat informed WP.29 that the notifications from Kazakhstan and the Netherlands on technical inspection certificates were included. The Contracting Parties were reminded to notify the secretariat of any relevant update.

89. The representative of the Russian Federation, Co-Chair of the IWG on Periodical Technical Inspection (PTI) updated World Forum on the work of the group. He thanked the Romanian Automotive Register for arranging the fifth meeting of IWG on PTI in Bucharest. He introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/87 superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/132/Rev.1 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/88 superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/133/Rev.1, by presenting WP.29-170-23.

90. The representatives of Romania and of the Russian Federation informed WP.29 that some Contracting Parties to the 1997 Agreement would not be in the position to vote on these documents at this session, to avoid conflicting dates of entry into force of similar requirements in other regulatory frameworks. WP.29 agreed to not convene the Administrative Committee of the 1997 Agreement (AC.4).

91. The secretariat agreed to provide assistance to the IWG on PTI, to propose transitional provisions addressing the potential issue of conflicting dates of entry into force mentioned above.

92. The representative of the Russian Federation, Co-Chair of the IWG on PTI, presented WP.29-170-19 introducing the informal documents that the IWG on PTI had prepared: WP.29-170-14 and WP.29-170-15 which propose amendments to the 1997 Agreement and a draft Resolution with requirements for testing equipment, skills and training for inspectors and supervision of test centres. He announced that the draft proposals on provisions for the inspection of gas-fuelled vehicles would be presented at the next session of WP.29.

93. WP.29 agreed to resume consideration of these proposals and requested the secretariat to issue WP.29-170-14 and WP.29-170-15 with official symbols at the next session.

94. No IWG on enforcement was held to report to this session.

95. The secretariat of the Working Party on Road Traffic Safety (WP.1) informed the World Forum about the outcome of the October 2016 session of WP.1, in particular, on issues of common interest for WP.1 and WP.29. He mentioned that the amendment to the 1968 Convention had only limited progress on matters related to light installation for vehicles.

96. On the topic of automated driving, the secretariat of WP.1 reported on the joined informal session of WP.29/GRRF, IWG on ITS/AD and WP.1 experts which had been received as very useful from the WP.1 perspective. He expressed the wish of WP.1 to arrange such meetings on regular basis. Furthermore, he stated that additional amendments of the 1968 Conventions were needed to cover additional automated driving functionalities such as remote controlled parking. He also informed WP.29 about a study trip of WP.1 experts to a conference organized by NHTSA in California.

97. The Chair of GRRF, informed the secretariat of WP.1 on the decision taken by WP.29 to mandate regular joined meetings of WP.29/GRRF, IWG on ITS/AD and WP.1 experts (see para 39).

98. No new proposals had been submitted under this agenda item.

99. The secretariat informed the World Forum about the proposal for a draft Consolidated Resolution on the common specification of light source categories (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/111). The World Forum adopted the draft Consolidated Resolution with the assigned number R.E.5. WP.29 noted that this Resolution should enter into force on the same date as Supplement 45 to the 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 37 (Filament lamps), Supplement 12 to the original version of Regulation No. 99 (Gas-discharge light sources) and Supplement 6 to the original version of Regulation No. 128 (Light Emitting Diode (LED) light sources) (agenda items 4.6.1, 4.6.11 and 4.6.12 above).

100. The secretariat presented the results of the World Forum for 2016 on the development of UN Regulations, UN GTRs and related activities to make vehicles safer (WP.29-170-17) in 2016. WP.29 adopted WP.29-170-17 and requested the secretariat to reproduce it as Annex III to the session report and to transmit it to the Inland Transport Committee (ITC).

101. The secretariat informed the participants about an initiative of the Special Envoy for Road Safety of the United Nations Secretary-General for a voluntary commitment from the automotive industry to only market vehicles fulfilling a minimum set of United Nations vehicle safety regulations.

102. The World Forum took note of the progress on translating the authentic texts of Regulations adopted by WP.29 in June 2016 and entering into force in February 2017.

103. The representative from Global NCAP, presented the 2016 Consumer Champion Award to the Chair and Vice-Chair of WP.29 in recognition of the work of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations.

104. In accordance with the terms of reference and the rules of procedure, the World Forum elected Mr. A. Erario (Italy) as Chair and Mr. B. Kisulenko (Russian Federation) as Vice-Chair for the years 2017 and 2018.

105. WP.29 noted that Mr. P Laurent (CLEPA) would retire and no longer attend the sessions. The World Forum acknowledged his continued support and highly valuable contributions during the decades of participation and wished him all the best in his future activities.

106. The World Forum adopted the report on its 170th session and its annexes on the basis of a draft prepared by the secretariat. The report includes the sections related to the sixty-fourth session of the Administrative Committee (AC.1) of the 1958 Agreement and to the forty-eight session of the Executive Committee (AC.3) of the 1998 Agreement.

107. Of the 53 Contracting Parties to the Agreement, 39 were represented and established AC.1 for its sixty-fourth session held on 16 November 2016.

108. AC.1 invited the Vice-Chair of WP.29, to chair the session.

110. The forty-eighth session of the Executive Committee (AC.3) was held on 17 November 2016 and chaired by the representative of the United Kingdom. The representatives of 14 of the 36 Contracting Parties to the Agreement attended: Australia, Canada, China, the European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Norway, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, South Africa, Tunisia, and the United States of America.

111. AC.3 noted the information, as of 15 June 2015, on the status of the Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.17), the status of the priorities (based on WP.29-170-16 as reproduced in Annex II to this report) of the Agreement and items on which the exchange of views should continue. AC.3 also noted that assistance could be obtained from the secretariat about the obligations of Contracting Parties in the transposition process. Representatives were also reminded of their obligation to send the mandatory reports on the transposition process through their Permanent Missions in Geneva via the “1998 AGREEMENT-MISSIONS List” electronic system to the secretariat to ensure updating of the status document which is the monitoring tool of the Agreement.

112. AC.3 noted, for information only, WP.29-170-18 submitted by the representative of the Russian Federation that reproduces the status report on implementation of UN Global Technical Regulations in the Russian Federation as a possible example for other Contracting Parties to the Agreement.

118. AC.3 reminded the representatives of Contracting Parties about the possibility to propose their national standards in the Compendium as Candidates in view of future development of UN Global Technical Regulations. AC.3 also reminded the representatives that a listed technical regulation would be removed from the Compendium of Candidates, either:

  1. upon establishment in the Global Registry of a UN GTR,
  2. at the end of a five-year period following the regulations listing, unless by affirmative vote of AC.3, or
  3. in response to a written request from the Contracting Party (see section IV of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.17).

119. No guidance was requested by Contracting Parties under this agenda item.

147. AC. 3 decided to defer all items envisaged for discussion under this agenda item to the next AC.3 session in March 2017.

148. The representative of OICA invited AC.3 representatives to send to OICA their comments to informal document WP.29-170-33. OICA will include the received comments, revise the informal document accordingly and submit it for the next AC.3 session.

150. No supplementary information was provided beyond agenda item 7.2. (see para. 89 above).

146. No subject was raised under this agenda item.

145. AC.3 noted that Spain proposed Mr. L. Martinez as Chair of the IWG on harmonization of the 3-D H point machine and to resume the work of the IWG. AC.3 supported the recommendation from Spain.

143. The representative of the United States of America informed AC.3 about the final results of part A of the mandate of the IWG on Electric Vehicles and the Environment (EVE) on data and information gathering (WP.29-170-31). He referred to the model that had been developed to evaluate the energy consumption of a particular vehicle (WP.29-170-30 and WP.29-170-29). He presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/116 on the request for authorization to develop amendments to UN GTR No. 15 and continue certain research items on environmental requirements for electric vehicles. He explained that the authorization request in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/116 corresponded to part B of the original mandate (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/40). He informed AC.3 about the request under each of the areas of work:

  1. develop an amendment to UN GTR No. 15 to establish a procedure for determining the powertrain performance of electrified vehicles;
  2. continue research on the topic of battery performance and durability with the aim of returning to AC.3 seeking authorization for relevant activities once this additional research would be completed;
  3. approach the Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency (GEEE) and possibly the Executive Secretary of UNECE to request that they continue work on the method of stating energy consumption with the support of the IWG on EVE.
He mentioned that under the proposal, the recyclability topic would be removed from the mandate.

144. AC.3 adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/116 on the authorization to develop amendments to UN GTR No. 15 and continue certain research items on environmental requirements for electric vehicles, and requested the secretariat to submit it as an AC.3 official document.

142. No subject was raised under this agenda item.

140. The representative of the United States of America informed AC.3 about the recent publication of the national rule on Minimum Sound Requirements for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles. AC.3 recalled that WP.29 agreed to extend the mandate of IWG QRTV GTR until December 2018 (see para. 35 above).

141. He clarified that under the new rule, all hybrid and electric light vehicles will be required to make audible noise when travelling in reverse or forward at speeds up to 30 kilometres per hour (about 19 miles per hour). He added that at higher speeds, the sound alert is not required because other factors, such as tire and wind noise, provide adequate audible warning to pedestrians. He clarified that manufacturers had until 1 September 2019, to equip all new hybrid and electric vehicles with sound emitting devices that meet the new federal safety standard. Half of new hybrid and electric vehicles must be in compliance one year before the final deadline. Finally, he stated that with the publication of this standard, NHTSA was now in a position to resume discussion of the draft UN GTR on quiet road transport vehicles.

126. Following the authorization to develop Amendment 2 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/43), the representative of EU informed AC.3 that a concrete proposal would be considered by GRSP at its December 2016 session to fully align the UN GTR with UN Regulation No. 11.

127. As technical sponsor for these activities, the representative of EU explained that the IWG on Environmental and Propulsion Performance Requirements (EPPR) under GRPE had already started working on the revision of GTR No. 2. She informed AC.3 that it was agreed to use Euro 5 emissions limits as a baseline.

120. The Chair of AC.3 thanked the secretariat for reordering the agenda to provide adequate time to discuss the priorities and the future programme for GTR development. He noted the adoption of Special Resolution No. 2 and discussions at previous session, in particular at the forty-seventh session in June 2016 where he asked delegations to present ideas and suggestions at the current session.

121. The representative of the European Union informed AC.3 of informal discussions with Japan and the United States of America in order to assist this process. The EU expects to present a document to the March 2017 session, and invited all Contracting Parties to provide their contributions to the process.

122. The Chair welcomed this initiative but urged the Contracting Parties to recognize the rapid development that was taking place in the vehicle and component industries and that the opportunity for globally harmonized regulations would be increasingly difficult without rapid development of new regulatory measures.

123. In order to stimulate discussion, the Chair identified a number of technologies such as vehicle automation, communications into the vehicle, Lane Keeping Assist Systems, Data Storage Systems for Automated Driving, Automated Emergency Braking for light duty vehicles and, potentially, a GTR for Automatically Commanded Steering Functions.

124. The representative of FIA recommended prioritizing the work on cybersecurity and data protection while also highlighting the need to address automation, hybrid and electric vehicles. The representative of OICA generally agreed with the suggestions of the Chair on the issues of Lane Keeping Assist Systems and Automated Emergency Braking for light duty vehicles, and added that attention could also be given to the global harmonization of the specifications of Event Data Recorders, taking into account the expected revision of the EU General Safety Regulation, where several of these technologies are under consideration. He, however, also stressed the need to avoid existing work at GRRF being slowed down, since this ongoing work is of very high importance. He also highlighted the challenges of developing regulations for very advanced technologies that are still evolving, especially when they address high levels of vehicle automation.

125. In noting the document deadline of 5 December 2016, the Chair invited all participants to contribute their thoughts and suggestions as a matter of urgency to the secretariat in anticipation of a meaningful discussion at the March 2017 session. He concluded by inviting the secretariat to carry forward the same agenda structure for the next session.

128. The representative of Italy presented WP.29-170-07 proposing that AC.3 authorize the development of an amendment to GTR No. 3 under the sponsorship of his country, in order to align the provisions of GTR No. 3 and those of Regulation No. 78, to ensure electromagnetic immunity of ABS-systems, introduce ABS performance requirements for category 3-5 vehicles (three-wheelers), ensure uniform requirements for equipment such as Electronic Stop Signal System and the means to disable the ABS, if equipped on. AC.3 agreed with the proposal, invited GRRF to start working on these issues and requested the secretariat to distribute WP.29-170-07 with an official symbol for formal adoption at its March 2017 session.

129. The representative of the Republic of Korea reported on the progress of work of the IWG on Panoramic Sunroof Glazing (PSG) in developing an amendment to GTR No. 6. She added that the IWG would need more time to perform some additional research work. As the mandate of the IWG was limited to October 2016, she underlined the need to extend the mandate of the IWG until June 2018. AC.3 endorsed that request.

130. The representative of Japan gave a status report on the work of the IWG.

131. Since the IWG last met in September 2015, studies on Post Mortem Human Subjects (PMHS) by NHTSA showed an inability to identify a strong correlation to establish injury criteria. Based on this evidence, and uncertainty about the timeline to conduct further tests, the IWG considered the use of empirical data to establish pass/fail criteria for Bio Rear Impact Dummy (BioRID).

132. He further informed AC.3 that the IWG was waiting for further study results on PMHS conducted by NHTSA, expected by spring 2017. He clarified that these results might help the full incorporation of BioRID into the GTR and avoid the adoption of empirical values instead. He concluded that the IWG would provide an update on the progress of work at the March 2017 session of AC.3 to seek consent for a revised timetable for the delivery of the proposed amendment to UN GTR No. 7.

133. AC.3 adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/115, submitted by the representative of the Republic of Korea, on the authorization to develop an amendment to the UN GTR to provide the test procedure for deployable systems of the outer surface to ensure an adequate protection of pedestrians. The secretariat was requested to prepare the corresponding AC.3 document.

134. The representative of the United States of America reported that they had begun discussions with the Chair of the IWG on a way forward for Phase 2. He informed AC.3 that the cost benefits analysis in his country continued to be delayed, but NHTSA was hopeful that during the December 2016 session of GRSP, he would be able to provide a path towards completion of Phase 2. Finally, he suggested an extension of the mandate for the IWG to allow time for completion of this phase of the GTR until December 2017. AC.3 endorsed this request.

135. As Vice-Chair of GRPE, the representative of India reported on the activities of the IWG on WLTP. She informed AC.3 that a new UN GTR on WLTP evaporative emissions and new amendments to UN GTR No. 15 would be considered at the next GRPE session in January 2017 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2017/3 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2017/7).

136. The representative of the Russian Federation introduced WP.29-170-13, proposing that AC.3 authorized the development of an amendment to GTR No. 16 in two phases (Phase 2A and Phase 2B) under the sponsorship of his country. He also introduced WP.29-170-12 proposing Terms of Reference for the IWG on Tyre GTR. AC.3 welcomed the proposal, invited the IWG to start working and requested the secretariat to distribute WP.29-170-13 with an official symbol for formal adoption at its March 2017 session.

137. The representative of the European Commission recommended prioritizing the work, especially on marking provisions, thus adequately taking account of the challenge it represented.

138. The representative from the United States of America reported that the IWG is aiming to submit a draft gtr as an informal document to GRSP at the December 2016 session (as mandated). He informed AC.3 that the IWG had been making good progress and was currently in the drafting/editing stage. However, he clarified there were still some challenging technical issues to resolve: (i) water exposure; (ii) thermal propagation, and (iii) provisions for heavy vehicles and buses. He concluded that the IWG expected to resolve all these technical issues at the next meeting (28 November – 2 December 2016) which will be hosted by China.

139. The representative of the EU mentioned that there is high urgency for finding a compromise during the last IWG meeting scheduled for the end of November in Shanghai, as the IWG Chair will have only one week to finalise the draft GTR text and to submit it to the GRSP in Geneva. Also, the EC would like to propose to launch Phase 2 already in 2017, with a view to continuing the work on thermal propagation and some other technical aspects without any interruption.

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 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.