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World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations
173rd session | Geneva | 14-17 Nov 2017 Download Copy
Agenda Item 4.2.2. | Guidance on amendments to UN Regulations annexed to the 1958 Agreement
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WP.29-173-14 | Proposed amendments to "Guideline to Regulatory Procedures" (WP.29/2017/107) (OICA)
WP.29/2017/107 | Draft General Guidelines for United Nations regulatory procedures and transitional provisions in UN Regulations
WP.29/2017/107/Add.1 | Draft General Guidelines for United Nations regulatory procedures and transitional provisions in UN Regulations (EU)
WP.29/2017/107/Corr.1 | Corrigendum to the draft General Guidelines for United Nations regulatory procedures and transitional provisions in UN Regulations
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WP.29-173 Discussion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations | Session 171 | 14-17 Mar 2017

1. The World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) held its 171st session from 14 to 17 March 2017, chaired by Mr. A. Erario (Italy). The following countries were represented, following Rule 1(a) of the Rules of Procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.1 and Amend.2): Australia; Austria; Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Brazil; Canada; China; Croatia; Czech Republic; France; Germany; Hungary; India; Italy; Japan; Latvia, Luxembourg; Malaysia; Netherlands; Norway, Pakistan; Poland; Portugal; Republic of Korea; Romania; Russian Federation; Slovakia; Singapore; South Africa; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Turkey; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and United States of America. Representatives of the European Union (EU) participated. The following governmental organizations were represented: World Health Organization (WHO), International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC).The following non-governmental organizations were also represented: Association for Emissions Control by Catalyst (AECC); Consumers International (CI); European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA, also representing MEMA and JAPIA); European Tyre and Rim Technical Organisation (ETRTO); Foundation for the Automobile and Society (FIA Foundation); Global New Car Assessment Programme (Global NCAP); International Automotive Lighting and Light Signalling Expert Group (GTB); International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA); International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA) and the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA).

2. The Chair of the World Forum welcomed the representatives to the World Forum and introduced the opening speakers: the Secretary of WP.29, the representative of the EEC and the representative of Malaysia.

3. In absence of the Director of the Sustainable Transport Division, the Secretary of the World Forum welcomed the delegates to the 171st session of the World Forum. He briefed the WP.29 on the 70th anniversary session of the Inland Transport Committee (ITC), held in February 2017, and on side events that took place during that session. He introduced the Ministerial declaration signed at the Ministerial Meeting which took place within the scope of the ITC. He also introduced the Strategy of the ITC, containing a reflection on the past 70 years of activities especially the role of the ITC in post-World War II Europe, as well as on all activities and the formation of various working parties, agreements and conventions defining its role today as being a global active body based within a Regional Commission.

4. All WPs were invited to reflect on the Strategy document through the four questions identified in para. 46 of this document: (i) What ways to go, which priorities to follow, how to stay and even increase dynamism ? (ii) What changes in the conventions will be warranted by 2030 and beyond, in terms of their regional and global scopes? (iii) How to further address the pressure between the regional status and the global role and relevance ? (iv) Are any changes warranted in the governance structure ? Any feedback to the ITC’s strategy is welcomed by end of April.

5. The representative of the EEC, introduced aims, scope of activities and membership structure of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and the EEC as the permanent regulatory body of the EAEU. He explained that the regulation of circulation of vehicles within the EAEU territory and the establishment of relevant requirements is of the highest importance among the Commission’s activities related to technical regulations.

6. He highlighted that three of five EAEU countries, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Belarus and the Republic of Kazakhstan, have acceded to all three agreements administered by the World Forum, the 1958, 1997 and 1998 Agreements. He explained that UN Regulations of the 1958 Agreement are the basis for the requirements of the EAEU technical regulation “On the Safety of Wheeled Vehicles” (CU TR 018/2011), covering all new cars, both produced within and imported to the single customs territory of the Eurasian Economic Union. He underlined that, in future, when establishing requirements for vehicles and their components, the EEC will direct its efforts towards implementation of the existing UN Regulations, as well as the application of the new UN Regulations for the relevant properties and components.

7. He concluded by wishing the World Forum a successful session and emphasizing the importance of strengthening the relations between the World Forum and the Eurasian Commission.

8. The representative of Malaysia introduced activities on safe and environmental friendly vehicles in his country. Malaysia has acceded to WP.29 in 2006 and during the same year Malaysia launched the National Automotive Policy, revised in 2009 and 2014. The key of the policy was aligning it with UN Regulations and making Malaysia the international hub for implementation of UN Regulations in the region. The purpose was to ensure harmonized standards throughout the region. Malaysia had stringent regulations, currently implementing 100 UN Regulations aiming to increase the number to 126 by 2020. He reported on an initiating at the Asian level to explore harmonization of application of UN Regulations throughout Asia. Since regulations were implemented, they have lowered technical barriers to trade among the countries of the region. The national auto policy, across its three revisions was making a requirement for cars to be qualified as energy efficient vehicles using UN Regulation 101. Malaysia is establishing a team of experts working group to cover the six Grs of WP.29 with the intent to participate actively. His country wants to establish a regional testing facility and seeks support from all Contracting Parties in assisting in their efforts.

9. The representative of OICA thanked the representatives of the EEC and of Malaysia on their opening statements. He stated that OICA welcomes the efforts that are taking place in their regions and countries, underlining that reduction of barriers to trade is benefiting consumers. He emphasized that the development of safe products with clear requirements ensures that all stakeholders can enjoy an equal competitive footing. Clear and defined rules to be met by all stakeholders ensure predictability and instate confidence that expectations based on such rules will be met, which is particularly important for progress in the fields of road safety and reduction of environmental impact from road vehicles.

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

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

12. The 123rd session of WP.29/AC.2, held on 13 March 2017, was chaired by Mr. A. Erario (Italy) and was attended, in accordance to Rule 29 of the terms of reference and rules of procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690 and Amends.1-2), by the Chairs of GRB (France), GRE (Belgium), GRPE (Netherlands), GRRF (United Kingdom), GRSP (USA) and GRSG (Italy), the Chair of the Executive Committee (AC.3) of the 1998 Agreement (Japan), by the Vice-Chairs of WP.29 (Russia), and by the representatives of Germany, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the United States of America and the European Union (EU).

13. The WP.29/AC.2 reviewed and adopted the agenda of the 171st session of the World Forum. WP.29/AC.2 also reviewed the draft agenda for the 172nd session of the World Forum, scheduled to be held in Geneva from 20 to 23 June 2017.

14. AC.2 discussed the first UN Regulation covering automated driving functionalities. Automated Commanded Steering Functions were covered by the 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 79. The representatives of the Contracting Parties participating in AC.2 took the view that WP.29 would be an appropriate forum to discuss this issue and, in particular, the implementation dates to provide for highest level of safety. The representative of the EU expressed their preference that the transitional provisions take effect not later than 2021.

15. The representative of the United Kingdom, co-chair of the Informal Working Group (IWG) on / Intelligent Transport Systems and Automated Driving (ITS/AD) proposed that the WP.29 hold preliminary discussions on the issue of regulatory definition of “automated” vehicle, and discuss the issue in more detail during the WP.29 June 2017 session. The representative of the EU supported the proposal of the United Kingdom. AC.2 agreed to hold preliminary discussions on the matter on 14 March 2017 under WP.29 agenda item 2.3.

16. The representative of Japan reported on the progress of the IWG on International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA) highlighting 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 as well as on the amended Draft General Guidelines for UN regulatory procedures and transitional provisions in UN Regulations.

17. The secretariat informed AC.2 on the decisions of the Inland Transport Committee (ITC) relevant for the work of WP.29. The ITC decision No.22 requests that financing for the Database for the Exchange of Type Approval (DETA) must be secured through the regular UN budget. The Chair of the ITC will bring this request to the attention of EXCOM during the upcoming session on 24 March 2017.

18. The secretariat updated AC.2 on the situation related to the consolidation of regulations following the staff cut and its effect 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. The representatives of the Contracting Parties emphasized that the secretariat’s work on the consolidation of regulations is very important in order for national type approval authorities to interpret regulations correctly. The EU proposed to bring the need for overcoming this staff resources issue to the attention of the appropriate level of the United Nations.

19. The representative of the EU informed AC.2 that they are not in position to vote on technical regulations to be listed in the Compendium of Candidates for global technical regulations (WP.29 agenda item 5.3) because of a momentary lack of the necessary mandate.

20. The representative of the Russian Federation informed AC.2 that the ninth session of AC.4 would be held on 15 March 2017, if quorum can be established. The secretariat informed AC.2 that Contracting Parties should nominate the Chair and Vice-Chair of AC.4. The representative of the Russian Federation confirmed that their delegation would nominate a candidate.

21. The secretariat reminded GRs to inform them about any new abbreviations brought into use in their documents. The respective document on the WP.29 website would be updated by the end of March 2017.

22. The secretariat presented the program of work, with a strategic introductory part related to the main priorities for the work of WP.29 that were related to vehicle automation, powertrain electrification and enhancing of environmental protection. The priorities would include further development in the implementation of the 1958, 1997 and 1998 Agreements, main horizontal activities and the main topics being addressed by WP.29 subsidiary bodies (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/1). The World Forum noted the revised programme of work and documentation.

23. The secretariat presented the list of Working Parties, Informal Working Groups (IWG) and Chairs (based on WP.29-170-01). The World Forum noted WP.29-170-01 on the IWGs of WP.29 and its subsidiary bodies.

24. The representative of the United Kingdom, co-chair of the IWG on ITS/AD, proposed that the World Forum initiates activities towards the development of a strategic vision of an “automated vehicle”. He argued that societies and individuals tend to think of “automated vehicles” rather than of ordinary vehicles with automated functions such braking and/or steering systems, in the context of UN Vehicle Regulations Nos. 13-H and 79. He continued by highlighting that the issues extended beyond the conventional vehicle categories typically covered by the UN Regulations and this would be a new area to consider in the future.. He emphasized that the IWG on ITS/AD is ready to take the initiative in starting to discuss the development of such a strategic approach of an “automated” vehicle during the meeting of the IWG on 16 March 2017. He proposed that the World Forum consider holding an initial detailed discussion on the matter during the 172nd session of WP.29 in June 2017.

25. The representative of the European Union (EU) supported the proposal of the United Kingdom. He commended the idea and asserted that the WP.29 was the correct forum for taking this initiative and starting the discussions

26. The representative of Malaysia informed the WP.29 that they have developed a road map for automated vehicles until 2050. He asserted that Malaysia would like to be actively involved in this initiative.

27. The representative of Finland also expressed support the initiative. He proposed to invite WP.1 and the ITC to contribute to the discussions.
28. The representative of OICA conveyed support to the initiative, reiterating that WP.29 as the most suitable forum to address the technical requirements for automated vehicles and the general strategy to enable their introduction.

29. The World Forum requested that the secretariat revises the agenda for the 172nd session which will take place in June 2017 in order to include the proposed strategic discussion under agenda item 2.3.

30. Before closing the session, the Chair of WP.29 gave a brief report on the progress made during the 11th session of the IWG on ITS/AD on 16 March 2017. WP.29 noted that the IWG would dedicate a part of its next session in June 2017 to a brainstorming session on how to include all kinds of automated vehicles in the definitions of vehicles categories and that a questionnaire would be circulated prior to the meeting in order to facilitate the brainstorming session. WP.29 agreed with the decision of the IWG on ITS/AD that the regulatory work on vehicles with SAE Level 3 and 4 automations should start and that guidance to the subsidiary Working Parties of WP.29 would be defined in June 2017.

31. In addition to the information on the 70th anniversary of ITC at the opening, the secretariat informed the World Forum on the recommendation resulting out of the United Nations Environment – UNECE/ITC Conference related to the transfer of used vehicles from high income countries to low- and middle –income countries and the threat these vehicles pose to road safety and the environment. Here the provisions of the 1997 Agreement could be applied for technical inspections of such vehicles before they leave the countries of origin as well as periodic technical inspections within the countries of destination and thus sharing the burden between the countries. He further informed the World Forum on the relevant decisions (Nos. 13, 22 and 29) taken by the ITC at its seventy-ninth session (21 to 24 February 2017):

At its seventy-ninth session, the ITC:

  1. 13. Welcomed the outcome and recommendations of the United Nations Environment – UNECE/ITC Conference which addressed the impact of used cars on air quality and climate emissions and requested ITC and its subsidiary bodies to consider these recommendations and to follow up towards a harmonized approach to overcome this increasing problem;

  2. 22. Expressed its support for the most recent developments in the work carried out by the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) and its six subsidiary Working Parties, as well as  the Administrative Committee of the 1958 Agreement, the Administrative Committee of the 1997 Agreement, and the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement. Endorsed the activities listed in ECE/TRANS/2017/10.  Reiterated its support for hosting DETA at ECE. Requested the UNECE secretariat to allocate budget resources from the United Nations regular budget earmarked for hosting DETA, starting with the 2018-2019 biennium. The Committee instructed the Chair to add the issue of the financing of DETA from the regular budget (approximately USD 45,000 p.a.) in his report to EXCOM, and underline the legal obligations of the third revision of the 1958 Agreement and its possible negative impact on road safety, in case of any delays;

  3. 29. Took note the initiative by the Special Envoy and ECE for a voluntary commitment from the automotive industry to only put vehicles on worldwide markets which comply with a defined minimum set of United Nations vehicle safety regulations.

32. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRB given during the 170th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1126, paras. 33-36) and approved the report.

33. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRRF given during the 170th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1126, paras. 37-41) and approved the report.

34. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRSG given during the 170th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1126, paras. 42-46) and approved the report.

35. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRE given during the 170th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1126, paras. 47-51) and approved the report.

36. The Chair of GRSP (United States of America) informed WP.29 about the results achieved by GRSP during its sixtieth session (for more details see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/60).

37. Referring to the work of the IWG on Harmonization of side-impact dummies, the GRSP chair sought consent of WP.29/AC.3 at their March 2017 session for the extension of the mandate of the IWG until December 2017.

38. The GRSP chair finally sought consent of WP.29, to extend the mandate of the IWG on Child restraint systems until December 2017.

39. The World Forum noted that Mr. N. Nguyen (United States of America) had been elected as GRSP Chair and re-elected Mr. J. W. Lee (Republic of Korea) as Vice-Chair of GRSP for the year 2017 sessions.

40. WP.29 endorsed the extension of the mandates of the IWG on Child restraint systems (CRS) and the IWG on Harmonization of Side Impact Dummies (SID) until December 2017.

41. The Chair of GRPE (Netherlands), reported to WP.29 on the results achieved by GRPE during its seventy-fourth session (for more details see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/74).

42. WP.29 acknowledged the outstanding contributions of Mr. C. Albus and Ms. R. Urdhwareshe to the fruitful work of GRPE within the last years as former Chair and Vice-Chair. WP.29 welcomed the newly elected GRPE Chair Mr. A. Rijnders (Netherlands).

43. The representative of Germany and former Chair of GRPE, Mr. C. Albus, congratulated the new GRPE Chair and emphasized the excellent collaboration he had with all GRPE members during his chairmanship.

44. The Chair of GRRF (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) reported on the results achieved during the eighty-third session of GRRF (for more details see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/83).

45. The GRRF chair informed that GRRF reconfirmed ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/10 proposing a new series of amendments to Regulation No. 79 (Steering equipment) with provisions for Corrective Steering Function (CSF) and Automatically Commanded Steering Function (ACSF), but proposed amendments and clarifications to the document as reproduced in WP.29-171-06. He highlighted that some dates were still in square brackets.

46. The GRRF chair reported that GRRF agreed to extend the mandate of Regulation No. 131 on Advanced Emergency Braking Systems (AEBS) on vehicles of categories M1 and N1. He added that GRRF requested the consent of WP.29 for the IWG on AEBS developing the corresponding provisions.

47. WP.29 endorsed the request of GRRF to reinstate the IWG on AEBS.

48. The GRRF chair reported that the mandate of the IWG on Modular Vehicle Combinations was expiring and informed about the need to extend the mandate of the IWG. WP.29 endorsed that request and agreed to extend the mandate of the IWG until February 2019.

49. The GRRF chair informed that GRRF reviewed WP.29-168-16 and addressed it at its January 2017 session. He added that the corresponding proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 13 would be submitted for consideration and vote at a next session of WP.29.

50. The Chair of GRB (France) reported on the results achieved during the sixty-fifth session of GRB (for more details see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/63).

51. In particular, the GRB chair reported that GRB had adopted amendment proposals to the Additional Sound Emission Provisions (ASEP) in Regulation No. 51 (Noise of M and N categories of vehicles) and that these amendments would be submitted to WP.29 and AC.1 in June 2017.

52. The GRB chair further informed that GRB had agreed to draft a new Regulation on reversing alarms and that the main issues for the future Regulation would be its scope (categories of vehicles), the possible existence of a pause switch and the alarm sound composition (sound levels and frequencies).

53. The secretariat informed the World Forum about the latest update of the status of the 1958 Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/343/Rev.25) containing the information received by the secretariat up to 20 February 2017. WP.29 noted that Contracting Parties should notify the secretariat about any amendments needed to the status document.

54. The secretariat presented the proposed online database for streamlining the updating of the status document of the 1958 Agreement (to date: ECE/TRANS/WP.29/343/Rev.25), and informed the World Forum that its initial development and preliminary testing is completed. The secretariat requested each head of delegation of the Contracting Parties to the 1958 Agreement to provide the contact data of the focal points of their countries in charge of sending information on technical services to the secretariat, if possible, during the 171st session of WP.29. The secretariat would contact the focal points and provided them with the credentials in order for them to be able to connect and introduce any relevant change into the database. The goal is that national focal points get familiar with the system and that all relevant information is collected through this online platform so that the secretariat can produce the next revision of the status document of the 1958 Agreement until the June 2017 session.

55. The World Forum welcomed the initiative of the secretariat and invited Contracting Parties to e-mail Mr. F. Guichard of the secretariat the contact details (e-mails) of the national focal points.

56. No new proposals have been submitted under this agenda item.

57. No new proposals have been submitted under this agenda item.

58. The representative of Japan, on behalf of the Chair of the Informal Working Group (IWG) on International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA), presented the draft General Guidelines for UN regulatory procedures and transitional provisions in UN Regulations (ECE/TRANS/2017/53). He underlined that the aim of the document is to streamline the future work in the subsidiary bodies, to clarify the procedures following Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement and to ensure “good regulatory practice” by providing clarifications to avoid divergence in the understanding of Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement and the application of UN Regulations. He informed the World Forum that the IWG on IWVTA had considered the proposed amendments in WP.29-171-13. He concluded that all amendments agreed by the IWG had been reproduced in WP.29-171-24. He informed WP.29 that the forthcoming meeting of the IWG would be held in Madrid on 16 June 2017. The representative of the Russian Federation raised a study reservation on the revised text. The Chair of WP.29 invited all delegates to send their comments on WP.29-171-24 to the Secretary of the IWG on IWVTA by mid of June 2017 at the latest.

59. WP.29 agreed to resume, at its June 2017 session, consideration of ECE/TRANS/2017/53 as reproduced in WP.29-171-24 and to approve it at the November 2017 session when Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement entered into force.

60. The representative of Japan, on behalf of the Chair of the IWG on IWVTA, presented WP.29-171-12, on the progress made by the group at the recent meetings on the development of draft UN Regulation No. 0 on IWVTA and seeking guidance from WP.29 the language for application for approval and accompanying documentation. Referring to WP.29-171-11, he reiterated the intention of the IWG to submit a final proposal of the draft UN Regulation for consideration at the November 2017 session of WP.29. The secretariat was requested to circulate WP.29-171-11 with an official symbol at the next session of WP.29.

61. The representative of Japan, on behalf of the Chair of the IWG on IWVTA requested guidance from WP.29 on the matter of streamlining the administrative procedures of type approval processes with the use of the English language as a common language, as proposed in paragraph 3.3 of the draft proposal for UN Regulation No. 0 (informal document WP.29-171-11). The representatives of France and the Russian Federation expressed their concerns about the expansion of this norm for other UN Regulations, which now use three languages as equals and requested additional time to reflect on this issue.

62. On behalf of the IWG on IWVTA, the IWVTA chair introduced WP.29-171-25 amending ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/54. The World Forum welcomed the explanation document to UN Regulation No. 0 and agreed to approve it at its November 2017 session when Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement entered into force. The Chair of WP.29 invited WP.29 delegates to send their comments on WP.29-171-25 to the Secretary of the IWG on IWVTA by mid of June 2017 at the latest.

63. The secretariat informed the World Forum that Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement was expected to enter into force in mid-September 2017.

64. The representative of Japan, on behalf of the Chair of the IWG on IWVTA, introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/55 including the editorial correction as reflected in IWVTA-SG58-23-07. The World Forum noted the “Question and answer” document on Revision 3 and agreed to approve it at its November 2017 session when Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement entered into force.

65. The secretariat informed WP.29 about developments in the hosting of DETA by UNECE. He mentioned the decision of ITC related to DETA’s financing.

66. On behalf of the Chair and the Secretary of the IWG on DETA, the representative of the EU conveyed the requests of the IWG. The IWG on DETA requested (i) WP.29 to request the Executive Committee (EXCOM) to endorse the decision of the ITC at its forthcoming March 2017 session, (ii) the WP.29 Secretariat to inform the permanent missions of Contracting Parties represented in EXCOM of the upcoming budget request and of the discussions on the DETA financing, (iii) WP.29 to advise on suitable options for extra-budgetary financing other than the proposed Trust Fund to finance the development costs of the new DETA functions, (iv) Delegations to consider potential pledges to contribute financially to the development costs of DETA and (v) WP.29 to consider their request presented in WP.29-171-16. WP.29 noted the justifications presented in WP.29-171-16 and endorsed the recommendation for the UN Secretariat to consider initiating a procedure in the best interest of the Contracting Parties especially addressing the tight time line so that DETA would be available when the Rev.3 of the 1958 Agreement would enter ito force such as the Sole Source purchase procedure as listed in the United Nations Procurement Manual.

67. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.6.1 to 4.6.6 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the following modification of the title on top of page 2 of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/7 (agenda item 4.6.6): “01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 138 (Quiet Road Transport Vehicles (QRTV))”.

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

69. Concerning the proposal under item 4.7.3., WP.29 took note that the technical provisions were proposed to WP.29 and AC.1 on the basis of a consensus by GRRF. The Chair of GRRF informed WP.29 that GRRF did not conclude their discussion on the dates of the transitional provisions, necessary for the introduction of the technical requirements as the 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 79. WP.29, with the exception of Japan, agreed that this policy matter should be decided during this session. The representative from OICA introduced WP.29-171-28 proposing to align the transitional provisions on those in the guidelines proposed in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/53 as well as proposing alternative transitional provisions dates. The representative from Japan introduced WP.29-171-34 expressing concerns that the application date of the new technical requirements for all types of vehicles was decided without an ad hoc meeting of GRRF and that the application date could have some influence for existing models equipped with these functions being beneficial for safety that would need to be modified to comply with the 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No.79. He proposed to discuss this issue before next June session and introduce a footnote in the Regulation stating that the date mentioned in para. 12.3 (“[2021/2024]”) may be reassessed at the 172nd session of WP.29. The representative of OICA welcomed the statements by the representative of Japan and explained that the proposed 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 79 entailed far more than software changes and that the implications were far-reaching, as detailed in WP.29-171-28. The secretariat mentioned that the proposed footnote (if adopted) would not take effect before the potential entry into force of this 02 series, expected in January 2018 and proposed instead to insert the corresponding information in the session report, recalling the wish of Japan to reassess para. 12.3. at the June 2017 session of WP.29. The representative of EU mentioned that fatalities occurred in the past related to the misuse of these advanced technologies and informed about their mandate to vote in favour of the current proposed text at this session on the basis of the year 2021 as an application date.

70. Agenda item 4.7.3, Regulation No. 79, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/10, amend the document as reproduced in Annex IV to the session report.

71. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.8.1 to 4.8.8 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

72. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under items 4.9.1 – 4.9.20, 4.9.22 and 4.9.23 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

73. 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 (agenda item 4.9.21). The World Forum decided to refer this document back to GRE for further consideration.

74. The World Forum also noted EU proposals for amendments to Regulations Nos. 4, 6, 7, 19, 23, 38, 48, 50, 77, 87, 91, 98, 112, 113, 119, 123, with the aim to clarify requirements for light sources in lighting and light-signalling Regulations listed in Annex 4 to UN Regulation No. 0 (IWVTA) (WP.29-171-03). The World Forum requested GRE to consider these proposals at its forthcoming session in April 2017.

75. The representative of the Netherlands, Chair of GRPE presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/42, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/43 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/44 on the introduction of transitional provisions in Regulations Nos. 83 and 101. He mentioned that GRPE endorsed the three documents at its January 2017 session. He recalled that the documents were prepared by the Secretariat at the request of WP.29 at its June and November 2016 sessions. He explained that the transitional provisions were an interim solution until a UN Regulation implementing WLTP was in place. He mentioned that the transitional provisions would prevent Contracting Parties that implement gtr No. 15 (WLTP) at an earlier stage to cease applying Regulations Nos. 83 and 101.

76. The representative of the Russian Federation introduced WP.29-171-27. He mentioned his understanding about the need of the proposal in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/42, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/43 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/44, but he expressed his concerns on whether the content was fully in line with the 1958 Agreement. He explained the need of the Russian Federation to consult with partners from Euroasian Economic Union before adopting these amendments.

77. The representative of the Euroasian Economic Commission (EEC) stated that EEC harmonizes legislation on transport in line with UN Regulations. He expressed his concerns on the tabled proposals (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/42, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/43 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/44) and he explained that previous consultation within EEC members before adoption of the proposals would be appreciated.

78. The Vice-Chair of WP.29 underlined that the introduction of such transitional provisions into Regulations Nos. 83 and 101 may lead to confusing situations and certain abuses.

79. The representative of OICA noted that the transitional provisions were expected to maintain the possibility to grant approvals according to UN R83.07 (or earlier version) and UN R101 even by Contracting Parties that would refuse those approvals after the introduction of mandatory application of emission legislation based on WLTP.

80. In this sense, he remarked that the derogation mentioned in the proposed transitional provisions in fact was referring to the obligation to refuse vehicles approved to the 07 series of amendments o Regulation No. 83 (or its 06 series of amendments) or Regulation No. 101 on the territory of the Contracting Party that already had implemented WLTP, and would not derogate to the possibility to grant approval according to the above UN Regulations for export to other countries. WP.29 confirmed this interpretation.

81. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under items 4.10.1 and 4.10.3 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

82. The World Forum considered the draft corrigenda under item 4.11.1 and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting.

83. No draft corrigenda have been submitted.

84. No proposals for new Regulations have been submitted.

85. The representative of the United Kingdom, Co-Chair of the IWG on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) presented to the World Forum for consideration the proposal titled “Guideline on cyber security and data protection” (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/46), for amendment to the Consolidated Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles (R.E.3).

86. WP.29 adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/46 without objections or abstentions and requested the secretariat to remove the word draft from the title and to include it as an annex in the R.E.3.

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

88. 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).

89. Global NCAP representative expressed its thanks to the UNECE Inland Transport Division and the UN Special Envoy for Road Safety for organizing the workshop in Buenos Aires (March 13-14) with Latin American governments to promote UN legal instruments to improve road safety in the region. He further highlighted that Global NCAP strongly encourages all countries from the region to become contracting parties to the 1958 and 1998 Agreements and apply the most important vehicle safety standards as per their recommended Road Map for Safer Vehicles 2020 including front and side impact and electronic stability control. One of the main conclusions from the Buenos Aires workshop was that Latin American governments were currently unable to run effective market surveillance programs to verify the compliance of local vehicles to the required regulations. For this reason, the Conformity of Production provisions included in the 1958 Agreement regulations were an attractive proposition. He addressed that it would also be very helpful if the World Forum for Harmonisation of Vehicle Regulations could promote the development of tools under the 1958 and 1998 Agreements aiming to group international regulations like front and side impact protection that combine key elements of both UN and US regulations. This could facilitate more engagement by counties from emerging markets in WP 29.

90. The secretariat presented the consolidated document (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1074/Rev.8) on the status of the Agreement including the status of the UN Rules annexed to the Agreement, the list of the Contracting Parties to the Agreement and of their Administrative Departments. The Contracting Parties were reminded to notify the secretariat of any relevant update.

91. The secretariat informed the World Forum that Georgia had acceded to the 1997 Agreement. WP.29 congratulated the country for the accession.

92. The representative of the Russian Federation, Co-Chair of the IWG on Periodical Technical Inspection (PTI) updated the World Forum on the work of the group. He introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/47 amending ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/87 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/48 amending ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/88.

93. The World Forum considered the draft amendments and recommended their submission to AC.4 for voting.

94. The Co-Chair recalled that the mandate of the group would expire at the end of 2017. He consulted WP.29 on the future of the IWG and proposed the establishment of a working party that would deal with PTI.

95. The secretariat reminded that any new activities or Working Party under the World Forum would require resources. Because of current resource constraints and the general trend in recent years of repeated reductions, the secretariat stated that it would not be realistic to expect that additional resources could be secured for supporting a new Working Party under WP.29. He therefore suggested that, if WP.29 would agree with the establishment of a new Working Party on PTI, WP.29 would have to consider redeploying resources from other groups.

96. The representative of Finland stated that the idea for a new Working Party would be understandable from the perspective that PTI should have a more prominent role at WP.29. He suggested that an alternative proposal could be proposed and reported on discussions with the representative of Sweden and the Co-chairs of the informal group. He announced that the results of these consultations could possibly be brought to the attention of delegates at the next World Forum session.

97. The representative of the Russian Federation, Co-Chair of the IWG on PTI, presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/49 as amended by WP.29-171-20, proposing amendments to the 1997 Agreement and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/50, with a draft Resolution with requirements for testing equipment, skills and training for inspectors and supervision of test centres.

98. Concerning the proposed amendments to the 1997 Agreement, WP.29 agreed that the secretariat would prepare a consolidated document with all relevant amendments and that the consolidated document in order to resume consideration by the World Forum at the 172nd session in June 2017. The Co-Chair consulted WP.29 whether a Contracting Party would volunteer to submit these amendments to the United Nations Secretary General. The representative of the Russian Federation responded positively, envisaging that a group of several Contracting Parties could submit this amendment proposal.

99. The World Forum adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/50, a draft Resolution with requirements for testing equipment, skills and training for inspectors and supervision of test centres.

100. WP.29 took note of the progress made on the periodic technical inspection of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) vehicles as well as electric vehicles. WP.29 requested the secretariat to distribute WP.29-171-21 with an official document at its 172nd session in June 2017.

101. The representative of the Russian Federation informed WP.29 about the domestic system of recall. In 2016 about 90 recall campaigns including more than 1 million cars took place. In 2017 up to now there were 17 campaigns including more than 250 thousand units recalled. It was also stressed that according to the amendments to the UN Regulation No. 44, adopted during the June 2016 session, which excluded “Guide straps” from the definition of “Child restraint system”, the producer of the guide straps agreed with the special recall program in the Russian Federation in January 2017, adopted by the Russian administrative authorities.

102. The representative of the EU informed the WP.29 on enforcement activities, legislative measures and recalls actions. Last year and in the beginning of this year, the European Commission sent several requests for additional information to the Member States regarding follow up to their investigation reports. The EC also launched several EU Pilots (non-contentious part of the infringements procedure) to the Member States, requesting clarifications on implementation of rules on penalties as foreseen in Regulation 2007/715 and Directive 2007/46, and addressed Letters of Formal Notice (formal infringement procedure) to several Member States regarding remedial action taken with regard to the vehicles affected by the illegal defeat device. Analysis of the received information is ongoing. Regarding legislative measures, RDE Regulation 2 (NOx) and RDE 3 (PM) have been adopted (RDE 2 applicable since May 2016, RDE 3 currently under scrutiny by co-legislators). The adoption of RDE 4 – in-service conformity – is envisaged for end of 2017. In addition, reform of the Type Approval rules is ongoing. Finally, concerning recalls the representative of the EU informed WP.29 that 22 Member States announced recall action; four of them mandatory while the remaining ones are on a voluntary basis.

103. The representative of the United States provided an update on ongoing enforcement activities. He noted that there were recent announcements on various aspects of the defeat device case applicable to VW in terms of civil and criminal aspects of this case, including support given to consumers. He also noted that earlier this year the US EPA had announced its investigation into activities related to FCA. He stated that these cases were ongoing and that further information will be provided as these cases develop.

104. The representative of Canada provided an overview of recent Canadian developments related to the Volkswagen issue. In December 2016, Canada’s federal Competition Bureau announced that it reached a consent agreement with Volkswagen Group Canada Inc. and Audi Canada Inc. that includes a $15 million monetary penalty to address the Bureau’s conclusions that false or misleading environmental marketing claims were used to promote affected ‎2.0 L diesel vehicles. In addition, the federal Competition Bureau participated in a proposed class action settlement agreement that Volkswagen reached with consumers whereby Volkswagen would buyback or fix affected 2.0 L diesel vehicles and provide restitution payments to vehicle owners.  The measures in the proposed settlement are estimated to total up to $ 2.1 billion.  The proposed settlement remains to be approved by Canadian courts and discussions towards a potential class action settlement relating to affected 3.0 L diesel vehicles are expected to proceed.  Finally, Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Enforcement Branch is continuing its investigation into alleged violations of Canada’s vehicle emission regulations. If sufficient evidence of violations are found, enforcement action would be taken in accordance with the Compliance and Enforcement Policy for the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999.

105. The secretariat announced that under the activity of the Special Envoy for Road Safety a helmet workshop would be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on the 7th of April for the purpose of improving this aspect of road safety in the countries of south east Asia.

106. The Ambassador of the WP.29 and WP.1 on Automated Driving reported that since there have been no WP.1 sessions since WP.29 170th session in November 2016 there was no new information to provide to the World Forum in this respect. He added that the informal group on Automated Driving had met and included ACSF categories in its considerations and especially their Human-Machine-Interface (HMI) aspect, as set out in the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic. He concluded that WP.1 would discuss the progress made by the informal group during their next session in March 2017 as well as the item on the consistency between the provisions of the 1968 Vienna Convention and the technical provisions defined by WP.29.

107. No further proposals for amendments to R.E.3, apart from those described in agenda item 4.14 (paras. 85 and 86, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/46), have been submitted under this agenda item.

108. The representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) presented WP.29-171-10, the WHO Discussion Paper “Developing voluntary global performance targets for road safety risk factors and service delivery mechanisms”, to the World Forum. The document proposes a set of voluntary global performance targets for the prevention of road traffic injuries and fatalities, as well as the indicators to assess their achievement for UN member States consideration. She emphasized that the motivation for the activities under this initiative is to complement and support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 3.6.

109. The representative of the WHO described the consultation process leading up to the current version of the candidate global targets and indicators as well as the upcoming phases of consultation in advance of their finalization in November 2017. She explained that the five core areas under which targets are developed reflect the five pillars of the Global Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, including pillar three, Safer Vehicles. She invited the World Forum to provide comments and feedback to the current formulation of this target, namely that one-hundred per cent of new vehicles meet eight identified priority standards (based on UN Regulations or equivalent recognized national standards). She requested representatives of the World Forum to contact the WHO and provide their comments via e-mail, roadsafetytarget@who.int, by the end of April 2017.

110. The Chair of the World Forum thanked the representative of the WHO for presenting the organisation’s discussion paper. He proposed that the accession to global technical regulations of the 1998 Agreement be considered as an indicator in addition to the eight UN Regulations already covered in the presented WHO discussion paper. He underlined that some formulations used in the discussion paper in proposing indicators and justifications for the target of reducing the proportion of “helmetless” motorcycle riders, developed under pillar 4 Safer Road Users, are vague. He proposed referencing the application of specific motorcycle helmet standards as an indicator that motorcycle helmet legislation meets best practices, namely the standards defined in UN Regulation No. 22.

111. The Chair of the World Forum reminded that WP.29 is an intergovernmental body and that designating the World Forum as “data source” for compilation of indicators towards countries achieving the objective of the target formulated as Safer Vehicles in the WHO Discussion Paper is inaccurate.

112. Vice-Chairman of WP.29 also thanked WHO for the presentation and stressed that new UN Regulation on Emergency call system developing now under chairmanship of the Russian Federation will play very important role in live saving at road accidents. He reminded that corresponding requirements already exist in EuroAsian Economical Union from 2015 and will enter into force in EU in March of 2018.

113. The secretariat presented WP.29-171-23, listing all of the adopted proposals during the 170th WP.29 session and their expected date of entry into force. The secretariat explained that there is a backlog of preparing consolidated documents because of human resource constraints.

114. The World Forum took note of the delays in the consolidation of documents and the human resource constraints. The World Forum requested the secretariat to prepare a document for the 172nd session of WP.29 that would describe all delays and issues that the staff cuts have caused.

115. The World Forum adopted the report on its 171st session and its annexes based on a draft prepared by the secretariat. The report includes the sections related to the sixty-fifth session of the Administrative Committee (AC.1) of the 1958 Agreement and to the forty-ninth session of the Executive Committee (AC.3) of the 1998 Agreement.

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

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

119. The forty-ninth session of the Executive Committee (AC.3) was held on 15 March 2017 and chaired by the representative of Japan. 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, Malaysia, Norway, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, San Marino, South Africa, Turkey and the United States of America.

120. The AC.3 elected the representative of Japan as the Chair, and representatives of the United Kingdom on behalf of the EU and the United States of America as Co-Chairs.

121. AC.3 noted the information, as of 8 March 2017, on the status of the Agreement, of the Global Registry and of the Compendium of Candidates (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.18), the status of the priorities (based on WP.29-170-09 as reproduced in Annex II to this report) of the 1998 Agreement and items on which the exchange of views should continue. AC.3 also noted that assistance could be obtained from the secretariat 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.

122. No new proposals have been submitted under this agenda item.

123. No new proposals have been submitted under this agenda item.

124. AC.3 reminded the representatives of Contracting Parties that according Article 6 of the Agreement, a proposal of global technical regulation may be addressed by technical regulations listed in the Compendium of Candidates, or by any UN Regulations. Therefore, it was reiterated the invitation to Contracting Parties to propose their national standards in the Compendium as Candidates in view of future development of UN Global Technical Regulations. The Representative of the United States of America confirmed his intention to reaffirm listing Nos. 12 and 13 and reinsert No. 11 into the Compendium.

125. The representative of the EU noted that due to administrative issues it was not possible for them to vote on this action. The representative from the United States of America was supportive of this request and said he looked forward to a positive vote at the next session. AC.3 agreed to defer this subject at its June 2017 session. The secretariat also requested the United States of America to consider actions on two other Compendium items for the June session.

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

172. No subject was raised under this agenda item.

171. No supplementary information was provided beyond agenda item 7.3 (see para. 99 above)

170. No further supplementary information was provided beyond agenda item 7.2. (see paras. 92 and 93 above)

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

168. The representative of the Russian Federation invited the secretariat to reflect on ways to invite Contracting Parties to attend sessions of the Administrative Committee of the 1997 Agreement (AC.4).

169. The representative of the Russian Federation further requested the secretariat to prepare a consolidated document proposing the relevant amendments under agenda item 22 for consideration by the World Forum at its 172nd session in June 2017.

127. The representative of the EU introduced WP-29-171-29. He informed that during the preparatory work priorities had been dealt with separately in two parts, one to address the priorities of the current work under the GRs and the other to address priorities for new/future activities under the 1998 Agreement.

128. He explained that Japan and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from the United States of America had provided input for the first part. The result of this input allowed to define for each GR the priorities for different activities under those GR as reflected in the informal document. He underlined that input had not been received from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and asked the United States of America to provide it in order for the document to be completed by June.

129. As concerns the second part, the representative of the EU welcomed OICA’s input provided in WP.29-171-14. He stated that a document is planned to be prepared jointly by the EU, Japan and United States of America for the June 2017 session, with a view to preparing the vote on the programme of work at the November session.

130. The representative of OICA introduced WP.29-171-14 outlining the organizations perspective on current regulatory priorities within the scope of the 1998 Agreement in various regions of the world.

131. He highlighted that OICA considered that the development of a global technical regulation on Event Data Recorders (EDR) would offer the opportunity to globally harmonize vehicle electronic architecture requirements for the gathering of data, as well as harmonise the data to be recorded by such device when fitted e.g. on the basis of the US rule NHTSA 49CFR Part 563, and to avoid as far as possible diverging requirements. Such global harmonization would permit the most cost efficient implementation of EDR for the society and would provide harmonized data and evidences for future rule making processes.

132. He underlined that the work done on Automatic Emergency Braking Systems (AEBS) within the scope of the 1958 Agreement framework (UN Regulation No.131) addressing truck and bus collisions avoidance against moving and stationary objects could be used as a basis for other vehicle categories as well as other kinds of obstacles such as pedestrians and cyclists.

133. Finally he concluded by mentioning that work was already underway in the framework of the GRRF Informal Group on ACSF to develop a UN Regulation on Lane Keeping Assistance (LKAS), and the development of a global technical regulation could be facilitated by this work. As for AEBS, Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) seems to be of high priority in the context of the European Union, and therefore it was essential that the work to develop a global technical regulation should not compromise the progress of work already undertaken under the 1958 Agreement.

134. The representative of the United States of America stated that, having in mind the general direction of technological developments in the industry, a general interest of the United States of America is development of a future program of work that focuses on advanced technologies.

135. The representative of China commented to OICA on the submitted document, requesting further clarification on the proposals laid out regarding EDR. He underlined a potential gtr on EDR shall only focus on technical requirements for EDR itself, and shall not focus on administrative requirements concerning the collection of data, which would not fall under the scope of the 1998 Agreement.

136. The representative of OICA responded by confirming that the intention is only to harmonize the specific technical requirements for the recording of pre-crash data (which data, which frequency of recording, etc.) He fully agreed that the administrative aspects on the ownership of the data cannot be dealt with in the 1998 Agreement, but falls under national sovereignty. . He added that there is a high risk of having different regulations in different countries, with the result that vehicles would have to be adapted for every individual market. Coming to an agreement between states on the type of data to be registered in a vehicle would allow manufacturers to construct the same vehicle electronic architecture for the global market, while allowing for the possibility of adjusting it to additional national requirements.

137. The representative of the United States of America explained only two countries were prescribing voluntary “if fitted” EDR requirements, Republic of Korea and United States of America. He suggested that the member States willing to work on EDR could consult these already established regulations in those two countries as guidance for the sake of harmonization.

138. Secretariat introduced informal document WP.29-171-30. In the 1958 Agreement Revision 3 the term UN Regulation is contained in capital letters while the term global technical regulation or gtr in the 1998 Agreement is in lower caps. In order to explore the possibilities of aligning the format of these similar terms in the two Agreements the secretariat consulted the UN Office of Legal Affairs. The Legal Office at United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) advised the secretariat that Contracting Parties could agree on the use of the term “UN GTR” in capital letters. He was further advised to propose to AC.3 to take this decision based on a document for an AC.3 Decision on the use of the capital letter term “UN GTR”.

139. The representative of the United States of America supported the proposal of the secretariat and the proposed preparation of the draft decision.

140. Referring to WP.29-171-30, AC.3 requested the secretariat to draft the document containing the decision on the use of the term “UN GTR” in capital letter and submit it to the fiftieth session of AC.3 in June 2017.

141. Referring to the authorization to develop Amendment 2 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/43), the representative of EU informed AC.3 that the amendments consist of small changes to the regulatory text that are necessary to reflect the amendments of UN Regulation No. 11. Those are broadly supported by GRSP and likely to be put forward for vote by AC3 at the June 2017 session.

142. As technical sponsor for these activities, the representative of EU explained that the IWG on Environmental and Propulsion Performance Requirements (EPPR) under GRPE was working on the development of amendments to GTR No. 2. He recalled AC.3 that it was agreed to use Euro 5 emissions limits as a baseline for this work.

143. The representative of Italy presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/51 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 global technical regulation No. 3 with 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. This amendment aimed to harmonize the global technical regulation with recent amendments of the UN Regulation No.78 and was submitted to AC.3 for consideration.

144. The AC.3 adopted the ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/51 and requested the secretariat to reproduce it as an AC.3 document for the fiftieth session of AC.3 in June 2017.

145. 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. He clarified that the main contents of this amendment was to clarify the scope of GTR No 6 to cover panoramic sunroof glazing and to clarify the impact point in Steel ball drop test, based on the proposal submitted by CLEPA to GRSG in 2014. He reminded AC.3 that the extension of the mandate of the IWG was until June 2018 in the last November session of WP.29 meeting to reflect research results performed by United States of America. He added that NHTSA would start research to determine the root cause of panoramic sunroof failures including the fracture analysis and relevant survey this year. The seventh meeting will be held on 24 April in line with the upcoming GRSG meeting. Finally he concluded that the IWG is expecting that expert from NHTSA will introduce the status of research on the panoramic sunroof glazing at that meeting.

146. The chair of the IWG on Phase 2 of gtr No. 7 on Head Restraints reminded AC.3 that ‎work to establish injury criteria, based on biomechanical data, had been inconclusive and that the group had been suspended for approximately 18 months. It appeared that new data would not be available before the end of 2017 and that it may be necessary to take a different approach.

147. AC3 agreed that this should be discussed at GRSP who would report back at the 50th session of AC3 in June. The mandate of the Informal Working Group was extended until June 2018.

148. The representative of the United States of America informed AC.3 that GSRP had agreed to accept Injury Assessment Reference Values (IARVs) to move Phase 2 forward and to incorporate the flexible pedestrian legform impactor (FlexPLI) and the new improved bumper test proposed by the Task Force on Bumper Test Area. Concerning the new headform test, he suggested that further analysis would be needed, therefore, the proposed change cannot be accepted by the United States of America at this time.

149. The representative of the Republic of Korea informed AC.3 about the progress of work of the Task Force (TF) to incorporate provisions for active deployable systems in the bonnet area. He added that the first meeting was held on 7 and 8 February in Paris, with more than 35 participants including the representatives of five contracting parties or through the web-meeting system. He clarified that in this meeting the TF concentrated and agreed on fundamental issues and shared the existing and relevant protocols: (i) scope of discussion and (ii) decided the short name of the TF as Deployable Pedestrian Protection System (DPPS). Moreover, he added that the TF discussed which items should be included in the agenda of work and agreed to resume discussion on this topic at its second meeting that would be held on 28 and 29 March in Paris. He finally concluded that as Chair of the TF, that his country would like to kindly ask active participation and positive support of all interested contracting parties and stakeholders.

150. As technical sponsor for this work, the representative of Japan reported on the Phase 2 activities carried out by the IWG on WLTP under GRPE. He explained that GRPE adopted two proposals at its January 2017 session, a draft new GTR on evaporative emission test procedure for WLTP (WLTP EVAP) and amendments to GTR No. 15. He explained that the Task Force dealing with the transposition of WLTP into the 1958 Agreement met for the first time in February 2017 and expected to present a roadmap at the next GRPE session in June 2017.

151. The representative of the Russian Federation introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/52, proposing that AC.3 authorize 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 recalled the purpose of WP.29-170-12with Terms of Reference for the IWG on Tyre GTR and the progress made by the group. He mentioned the contributions of various Contracting Parties and ETRTO, including those of the expert from China and invited all interesting participants to visit Moscow in June for the meeting of informal group.

152. The secretariat recalled the purpose of the Compendium of Candidates for GTRs and encourages any Contracting Parties to include their national standards and regulations on tyres for the purpose of harmonization by the IWG on Tyres.

153. AC.3 adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/52 and requested the secretariat to reproduce it as an AC.3 document for the fiftieth session of AC.3 in June 2017.

154. The representative of the United States of America, Chair of the IWG on EVS, introduced the fifth Progress Report of its group (WP.29-171-33). He informed that the work of the IWG is deemed completed, apart from a few technical issues concerning heavy duty vehicles that still need to be agreed among the experts. He added that the unresolved text would remain in square brackets in the official document submitted to the May 2017 session of GRSP and that at that time an informal document from IWG would be further submitted to resolve it. Moreover, he explained that the important work on thermal propagation and initiation methods remains in progress (altogether other technical issues). Therefore, he added that discussion on these matters would be continued in the Phase 2, which is planned to start immediately after the adoption of Phase 1 EVS GTR by WP.29, hopefully at the November 2017 session of AC.3. Finally, he sought consent of AC.3 to extend the mandate of the IWG until December 2017.

155. AC.3 endorsed the extension of the mandate and requested the secretariat to distribute WP.29-171-33 with an official symbol.

156. The expert from the United States of America, in his capacity of Chair of IWG on Quiet Road Transport Vehicle Global Technical Regulation (QRTV GTR), recalled his statement at the previous session of AC.3 about the publication, in November 2016, of the US National Rule on Minimum Sound Requirements for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles. He also recalled that the World Forum had agreed to extend the mandate of IWG on QRTV GTR until December 2018. He reported on the national procedures for the entry into force of the National Rule and pointed out that its effective date of implementation would be 21 March 2017, with the phasing-in period of 2019-2020 (www.regulations.gov/docket?D=NHTSA-2016-0125). He further indicated that IWG QRTV GTR would shortly resume its work by undertaking a detailed analysis of differences between UN Regulation No.138 on QRTV and the US National Rule, with the aim to prepare compromise wording for the gtr.

(a) Side impact dummies

157. The representative of the United States of America informed AC.3 that efforts on the 5th percentile female dummy had experienced setbacks due to the redesign of components and parts. Moreover, he explained that the group would restart work to finalize a draft addendum to the Mutual Resolution No. 1 to incorporate specifications of the 50th percentile World Side Impact dummy (SID).Therefore he sought consent of AC.3 to extend the mandate of the IWG until December 2017. AC.3 endorsed this request.

(b) Pole side impact

158. No subject was raised under this agenda item.

159. The representative from Canada provided an update on the latest activities of the IWG on EVE, on behalf of the EVE leadership. He indicated that there had been one meeting of the IWG on EVE since the November 2016 WP.29 session, when WP.29 approved Part B of the EVE mandate and continuation of the group’s work.

160. He informed AC.3 that the twenty-first meeting of the IWG on EVE was held in Geneva on January 11th, 2017. It consisted of a half-day session that focused on highlighting the achievements during Part A of the mandate, and laying out the path forward for work during Part B. He noted that the IWG on EVE has a full two-day meeting scheduled to be held in Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A. on April 10th-11th, 2017. At this meeting the EVE IWG will‎ formally begin development of the GTR for power determination of electrified vehicles; continue to exchange research information about electrified vehicle battery durability; and plan outreach to the Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency (GEEE) as future collaborators on the method of stating the energy consumption of electrified vehicles. He also noted that the IWG on EVE has continued to interact regularly with the IWG on WLTP to ensure that the work of the two groups is complimentary and avoid duplication of efforts. Finally, he stated that after the April meeting in Ann Arbor, the IWG on EVE is planning to host a half day meeting during the week of GRPE in June 2017 in Geneva, and then another 2-day meeting in Austria in October 2017.

161. No new information was provided on this subject.

162. The representative of EU introduced the proposal for authorization to develop the Phase 2 of the global technical regulation. He explained the need to start the Phase 2 to address the development of remaining issues, amongst others material qualification testing. He clarified that Japan, Republic of Korea and the European Union would sponsor the Phase 2. However, he clarified that the contribution from the United States of America, China and other Contracting Parties was encouraged and expected and that the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission is ready to provide further relevant input.

163. AC.3 adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/56 and requested the secretariat to convert it into an AC.3 document.

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

165. He noted that WP29-171-15 took into account comments made at the March 2016 AC.3 session, He added that further work could clarify the concepts of alternatives, modules, and options. He emphasized the position of OICA that such clarification would constitute a further improvement and that it would help in the development of new or amended global technical regulations.

166. Due to the lack of time, AC.3 did not conclude on this item but agreed allocate more time for it and to resume its consideration at its June 2017 session. Contracting Parties were invited to prepare their contributions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

77. No draft corrigenda were submitted.

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

79. No proposals for new Regulations were submitted.

80. No proposals for amendments were submitted.

81. No proposals for amendments were submitted.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

146. No subject was raised concerning pole side impact.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Working Party on Noise | Session 66 | 4-6 Sep 2017

1. The Working Party on Noise (GRB) held its sixty-sixth session from 4 to 6 September 2017 in Geneva. The meeting was chaired by Mr. S. Ficheux (France). Experts from the following countries participated in the work following Rule 1(a) of the Rules of Procedure of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) (TRANS/WP.29/690, Amend. 1 and Amend. 2): China; France; Germany; Hungary; India; Italy; Japan; Netherlands; Poland; Republic of Korea; Russian Federation; South Africa; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland and Turkey. Experts from the European Commission (EC) participated. Experts from the following non-governmental organizations also participated: European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA); European Tyre and Rim Technical Organization (ETRTO); International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences (CAETS); International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA), International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA); International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA).

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

4. The expert from IMMA proposed to delete the last sentence in paragraph 1.3.2.1., since the scope of the 04 series of amendments to Regulation No. 41 did not cover motorcycles with a sidecar (L4 category of vehicles) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2017/4). GRB adopted this proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) and to the Administrative Committee (AC.1) for consideration and vote at their March 2018 sessions as a draft Supplement 6 to the 04 series of amendments to Regulation No. 41.

5. The expert from EC introduced the ongoing study on Euro 5 sound level limits of L-category vehicles (GRB-66-15) with the aim to investigate the potential for new sound limits of L-category vehicles. He explained that the study takes into account the evolution of sound levels of road vehicles (actual vehicle testing), citizens’ needs and stakeholders interest (feedback gathering), and technical and economic feasibility in the medium term (cost-benefit analysis). The experts from Germany, Netherlands and OICA pointed out that only reducing the sound limits for new vehicles would not achieve the desired results unless accompanied by measures to combat illegal aftermarket products (silencers). The Chair proposed to resume this discussion once the results of the study would be available.

6. The expert from Germany highlighted the existing problems with and possible solutions for the noise emissions of L-category vehicles, including non-original replacement exhaust silencer systems (NORESS) (GRB-66-12). According to him, there was a gap between quiet vehicles during the type approval process and loud vehicles on the streets, because of manipulation with silencers, loopholes and grey areas in the United Nations and the European Union (EU) regulations. For better enforcement of compliance of vehicles in use with the sound limits and as an alternative to measurement of stationary noise, he proposed a simplified pass-by noise test which could be used for road-side checks and periodic technical inspections of type approved motorbikes and their NORESS (GRB-66-17). The experts from France and the Netherlands supported the need for stronger enforcement. The expert from IMMA volunteered to contribute to developing the pass-by noise test.

7. The expert from Japan presented an overview of the current noise regulations in Japan and their expected development in the future (GRB-66-08). In particular, he pointed out that Japan was reviewing the limit value for the acceleration noise of two-wheelers and hoped that these domestic considerations could be synchronized with the GRB deliberations on new limit values in the 04 series of amendments to Regulation No. 41.

8. On behalf of a group of experts, the expert from OICA proposed a number of amendments updating and revising the 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 51 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2017/6). These proposals received comments from the experts of China, Russian Federation and Switzerland (GRB-66-11, GRB-66-13 and GRB-66-19). The expert from OICA also proposed some further modifications (GRB-66-20).

9. The expert from Italy expressed concerns about the suggested extension of the sound pressure level measurement to line BB’ plus 20 m, with the aim to properly assess the possible “backfire”. According to him, this modification would be a new requirement which should be introduced by means of a new series of amendments with transitional provisions, rather than by a supplement, as proposed in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2017/6. He also pointed out that the above modification would need to be accompanied with a similar change in the relevant ISO standard. The experts from Germany, Japan, Sweden and Switzerland supported this amendment proposal in the form of a supplement. The expert of the Russian Federation supported the proposal as a supplement and agreed that Regulation No. 51 and the ISO standard should be aligned. The experts from France and EC were of the view that a new series of amendments would be more appropriate.

10. Given a large number of amendment proposals to Regulation No. 51, including the ones transmitted by the Informal Working Group (IWG) on Additional Sound Emission Provisions (ASEP) (see para. 12 below), GRB consolidated and provisionally adopted these proposals, as contained in Annex II. At the same time, GRB was not in a position to reach consensus on whether or not the adopted proposals would require a new series of amendments and/or transitional provisions. GRB decided to come back to this issue at its next session in January 2018. Meanwhile, the secretariat was requested to submit, in December 2017, the adopted text (Annex II) to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2018 sessions as a draft Supplement 3 to the 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 51, upon the understanding that any possible modifications, to be decided by GRB in January 2018, could exceptionally be submitted to WP.29 as a corrigendum or addendum to the original WP.29 document.

11. The expert from ISO proposed to introduce an option of indoor testing, according to standard ISO 362-3, in Annex 3 to Regulation No. 51 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2017/8). This proposal received comments from the experts of France, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden and OICA. GRB decided to revert to the proposals at the next session and invited all experts to study the document and to send their questions and comments to ISO.

12. The expert from China reported on noise problems and driving conditions in China in relation to the 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 51 (GRB-66-21). In particular, he pointed out that further research would be needed to identify a relationship between the test cycles and noise problems as well as to develop a test method which would cover both the driving behaviours and noise issues. The Chair invited IWG ASEP to address these issues in cooperation with China.

3. No issues were considered under this agenda item.

13. On behalf of IWG ASEP, the expert from France presented its status report to GRB (GRB-66-14). In particular, IWG ASEP had agreed to propose some improvements in the current Annex 7 as soon as possible, as laid down in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2017/5, and then to develop a more general and strategic approach of revising Annex 7. The expert from the Russian Federation commented on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2017/5 (GRB-66-06). GRB agreed to merge these proposals with the other proposed amendments to the 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 51 (see para. 9 above).

14. The expert from EC introduced draft amendments on powered cycles (GRB-66-09). GRB noted that these proposals would first be endorsed at the EU level and then officially submitted to the next session of GRB. The Chair invited experts to provide their comments to the expert from EC.

15. The expert from the Netherlands provided an overview of their research projects on tyres and proposed a two-stage tightening of the tyre limits for the rolling resistance coefficient, wet grip index and rolling sound emissions (GRB-66-01 and Add.1, GRB-66-03). He also highlighted the importance of keeping the correct tyre pressure for fuel efficiency and pointed out shortcomings of the EU system for labelling tyres.

16. The expert from ETRTO was of the view that the selections of tyres in the Dutch studies was not representative enough for the European market and volunteered to submit to the next GRB session a more comprehensive analysis. The expert from OICA supported the ETRTO view and proposal. He further introduced the results of a recent study of C1 summer tyres (GRB-66-22) according to which no tyre was performing equally well in rolling sound and handling. The expert from Germany acknowledged the progress achieved in rolling sound and pointed out the need to find a compromise for the three tyre parameters in question. He also agreed that the tyre labelling system would need to be improved.

17. The Chair was of the view that amending the limit values in Regulation No. 117 would first require a general agreement of all stakeholders, including the Working Party on Brakes and Running Gear (GRRF). Finally, GRB decided to continue the discussion at the next session.

18. The expert from EC reported on amending and supplementing the Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System (AVAS) requirements in Annex VIII to EU Regulation No. 540/2014, based on the provisions of Regulation No. 138 on Quiet Road Transport Vehicles (QRTV) and its 01 series of amendments (GRB-66-16).

19. GRB noted that the National Rule on Minimum Sound Requirements for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles in the United States of America came into force on 5 September 2017 and that the work of IWG QRTV GTR would resume shortly.

20. The expert from OICA proposed to slightly modify the wording of the transitional provisions introduced in the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 138 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2017/7). The Chair proposed to postpone consideration of this document until the adoption, at the November 2017 session of WP.29, of the Draft General Guidelines for United Nations regulatory procedures and transitional provisions in UN Regulations (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/107) (see para. 30 below).

21. GRB recalled its previous discussions and decision to draft a new Regulation on reversing alarm (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/63, paras. 3 and 4). GRB reconsidered whether this work should be conducted in the framework of a new informal working group (GRB-66-07) or by means of a task force (TF) and agreed that TF would be sufficient. The expert from Japan volunteered to take the lead, while the experts of France, Germany, Netherlands, Republic of Korea, Turkey and EC (subject to availability of resources) declared their interest in taking part in the TF activities.

22. The expert from the Republic of Korea briefed GRB on the status of domestic accidents resulting from reversing vehicles (GRB-66-02). He concluded that M1 vehicles caused the largest number of backup collisions, while N1 and N2 vehicles caused the largest number of fatalities. The expert was of the view that all vehicles should be equipped with at least one safety device for moving backward, like rear view cameras, reversing alarms and parking sensors. The Chair pointed out that GRB should collaborate with the Working Party on General Safety Provisions (GRSG), which was conducting work on rear view cameras. The experts from Germany and OICA were of the view that reversing alarms should be installed on commercial vehicles, while M1 and N1 vehicles should be equipped either with rear view cameras or parking sensors.

23. No proposals were considered under this agenda item.

24. The expert from EC informed GRB about the EU activities that aim to prevent or reduce the effects of exposure to environmental noise harmful for health (GRB-66-18). According to the expert, this work is conducted in the framework of Directive 2002/49/EC which inter alia provides for a road vehicle (acoustic) classification and a road surface (acoustic) classification. To allow detailed discussions with member States and stakeholders on environmental noise policy issues, the EU Noise Expert Group (NEG) had been established. The expert wondered if there was space for exchange of information between GRB and NEG. The Chair was of the view that GRB and NEG should identify common elements for future cooperation.

25. The expert from the Netherlands presented a project on labelling road surfaces (GRB-66-05 and Add.1) based on the following criteria: skid resistance, noise reduction, rolling resistance and lifespan. He pointed out that labelling road surfaces could contribute to road safety, public health, sustainability and economies. GRB noted that the project mainly addressed passenger cars and that for trucks a solution would still be found.

26. GRB thanked the expert for the presentation and recalled its earlier considerations (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/63, para. 24) that labelling road surfaces could only be introduced as a non-legally binding document, such as a recommendation or resolution. The expert from the Netherlands wondered whether a new annex to the Consolidated Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles (R.E.3) could be an appropriate place for that purpose. GRB also noted that WP.29 and its other subsidiary bodies, like GRRF and GRSG, as well as the Working Party on Road Transport (SC.1) might be interested in pursuing the project and should be consulted. GRB invited its experts to send their contributions, if any, to the expert from the Netherlands and to develop for the next session clear ideas on how to proceed. In the interim, the Chair was requested to brief the Administrative Committee for the Coordination of Work (WP.29/AC.2) on the GRB considerations.

27. No issues were considered under this item.

28. GRB noted that the proposal to change the measuring units for vehicle masses from tonnes to kilograms (GRB-65-03-Rev.1), which was agreed on at the previous session, was submitted to the October 2017 session of GRSG (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/20).

29. GRB noted that Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/2) would enter into force on 14 September 2017. The secretariat drew the attention of GRB to several novelties in Revision 3, in particular, a new numbering of type approvals, approval markings and their possible replacement by the Unique Identifier (UI), unless specified otherwise in a UN Regulation.

30. The secretariat also informed GRB about the recent activities of IWG on the International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA) and that its final official draft had been submitted to the November 2017 session of WP.29 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/8). Questions and answers on IWVTA were issued as ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/9.

31. The secretariat reported on the highlights of the 171st and 172nd sessions of WP.29 (GRB-66-04).

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

34. The expert from EC proposed amendments to Regulation No. 9 with the aim to introduce ASEP requirements for L4 and L5 category vehicles with the power-to-mass ratio (PMR) of more than 50 W/kg (GRB-66-10). The Chair and the expert from Poland raised questions on referencing Global Technical Regulations (GTR) No. 15. The Chair also pointed out that the proposals should be accompanied with transitional provisions and invited the expert form EC to submit updated proposals to the next GRB session as an official document.

33. Upon the request of WP.29, GRB considered the Draft General Guidelines for United Nations regulatory procedures and transitional provisions in UN Regulations (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/107) prepared by IWG IWVTA. The expert from OICA pinpointed provision 6.1 (in square brackets) which stipulated that “a Contracting Party may apply additional national provisions for vehicle characteristics not covered by the scope of a UN Regulation”. According the expert, this provision seemed to be counterproductive for the harmonization of vehicle Regulations and should be clarified. The Chair invited GRB experts to consider the Draft Guidelines and to submit their comments, if any, to the secretariat and/or to IWG IWVTA by 20 October 2017.

36. In compliance with Rule 37 of the Rules of Procedure (TRANS/WP.29/690 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.1), GRB called for the election of officers. The representatives of the Contracting Parties, present and voting, elected unanimously Mr. Serge Ficheux (France) as Chair and Mr. Andrei Bocharov (Russian Federation) as Vice-Chair for the sessions of GRB scheduled for the year 2018.

35. For its sixty-seventh session, scheduled to be held in Geneva from 24 (starting at 2.30 p.m.) to 26 (concluding at 5.30 p.m.) January 2018, GRB decided to keep the same structure of the provisional agenda. GRB noted that the deadline for the submission of official documents to the secretariat would be 30 October 2017, twelve weeks prior to the session. The Chair also invited experts to submit informal documents well in advance before the session.

Working Party on General Safety | Session 113 | 10-13 Oct 2017

2. GRSG considered and adopted the agenda proposed for the 113th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/13 and Add.1).

3. GRSG also adopted the running order (GRSG-113-01) for the session as proposed by the Chair. GRSG noted GRSG-113-07 on the main decisions and recommendations of the World Forum WP.29 taken during its June 2017 session (see also report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1131).

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

1. The Working Party on General Safety Provisions (GRSG) held its 113th session from 10 to 13 October 2017 in Geneva. The meeting was chaired by Mr. A. Erario (Italy). Experts from the following countries participated in the work, following Rule 1(a) of the Rules of Procedure of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) (TRANS/WP.29/690, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.1 and Amend.2): Belgium, Canada, China, Czechia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (United Kingdom) and United States of America. An expert from the European Commission (EC) also participated. Experts from the following non-governmental organizations participated: European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA), European Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (AEGPL), International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA), International Organization for Standardization (ISO), International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA) and International Association for Natural Gas Vehicles (NGV Global). Upon the special invitation of the Chair, experts from the International Association for Public Transport (UITP) and the International Association of the Body and Trailer Building Industry (CLCCR) participated.

5. The expert from Germany recalled the purpose of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/20 to improve the accommodation and accessibility for passengers with reduced mobility. He added that GRSG had adopted the document in principle at its previous session as reproduced in GRSG-112-35 subject to the insertion of transitional provisions. Thus, the expert from OICA introduced GRSG-113-15-Rev.1. The expert from Sweden underlined the need to delete the amendments to Annex 8, paragraph 3.2.4. GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/20 as reproduced in Annex V to the session report (based on GRSG-113-15-Rev.2) and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft 08 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 107 for consideration at their March 2018 sessions.

6. The expert from the Czech Republic introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/14 to improve the safety requirements for trolleybuses, particularly the double insulation of circuits directly connected to the overhead lines. GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/14 and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft Supplement 7 to the 06 series of amendments, as draft Supplement 6 to the 07 series of amendments and as part (see para. 5) of draft 08 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 107 for consideration at their March 2018 sessions.

7. In the absence of a concrete proposal to align the provisions of UN Regulation No. 107 with those of the European Union Regulation 1230/2012 on masses and dimensions in the definition of the ‘mass in running order’, GRSG decided to remove this item from the agenda of the next session.

8. Referring to GRSG-111-21 on a detailed analysis of the technical requirements for trolley buses presented at previous sessions, the expert from Belgium informed GRSG that full alignment of the provisions of UN Regulations Nos. 100 and 107 had not been achieved. GRSG agreed to remove this item from the agenda of the next GRSG session.

9. The expert from Germany introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/21 to correct the current text of the definition on interior compartment by replacing the word “roof” by “ceiling”. GRSG adopted the proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft Supplement 4 to the 02 series of amendments and for Supplement 1 to the 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 118.

10. Referring to the final report (GRSG-113-05) and its summary (GRSG-113-04) on the severe collision between a coach and a heavy duty vehicle that occurred in Puisseguin (France) on 23 October 2015, the expert from France presented GRSG-113-23 on the research and conclusions of the final report. GRSG recognized the detailed work done by France and acknowledged the results of the technical investigation on this tragic accident. GRSG welcomed of the recommendations by the French investigation body listing a number of preventative measures to mitigate and even avoid such accidents in future. The expert from France suggested establishing an informal working group to develop concrete proposals for amendments to UN Regulations Nos. 107 and 118.

11. The expert from UK expressed his concerns about the serious accident and appealed for the responsibility of GRSG to take actions to avoid such accidents in future and to further strengthen the provisions on emergency exits, flammability of materials used in vehicles. The expert from Japan gave a presentation on their national requirements for emergency exits in school buses (GRSG-113-34) i.e. the mandatory installation of an emergency exit at the opposite side of the bus-entry.

12. The expert from the United States of America informed GRSG experts about some safety research conducted by his organization that was publicly available under docket NHTSA-2007-28793. He added that two further evacuation studies and a motorcoach wheel well fire simulation were also available in docket items 0024, 0022, 0026 and 0027. Furthermore, he referred to a NHTSA report on fire suppression and fire detection research.

13. Following the discussion, the Chair invited the expert from France to organize a task force meeting with all interested experts to investigate the need to set up a new Informal Working Group (IWG) on the behavior of the general construction of M2/M3 vehicles in case of a fire and also to develop, if necessary, the draft terms of reference and rules of procedures for consideration and adoption at the forthcoming session of GRSG.

14. The expert from OICA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/28 to clarify the provisions in UN Regulation No. 34 on the protection of the tank. GRSG noted some support and a number of comments. The expert from Germany raised a study reservation and underlined that the original text in the proposal does not reflect the current text of the Regulation.

15. Following the discussion, GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session in April 2018. Thus, the expert from France volunteered to prepare, jointly with the experts from Germany and OICA, a revised document taking into account the comments received.

16. The expert from the Republic of Korea, chairing the IWG on Panoramic Sunroof Glazing (PSG), introduced GRSG-113-33 on the work progress of the Group during its eighth meeting held on 9 October 2017. He added that the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (US-NHTSA) was expected to begin research and testing activities on ceramic printer areas of glazing material. He concluded that the IWG would resume then its consideration on a best possible adaptation of the provisions of the safety glazing regulations.

17. Learning that Mr. Damm (Germany) would no longer ensure the Co-Chairmanship of the IWG, GRSG acknowledged his considerable contributions to the activities of GRSG and especially his dedication as Co-Chair of the IWG on PSG. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at the next session and welcomed Mr. Fuhrmann (Germany) as new Co-Chair of the IWG.

18. The expert from OICA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/15 as amended by GRSG-113-16 and GRSG-113-30 to fully align the provisions of UN Regulation No. 43 with those of UN Global Technical Regulation (GTR) No. 6. GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/15 as reproduced in Annex II to the session report and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft Supplement 7 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 43 for consideration at their March 2018 sessions.

19. Referring to Figure 4-2 in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/111, GRSG recalled the adoption at its last session of draft Supplement 6 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 43 and reconfirmed that the values in the figure were rounded to integers.

24. The expert from OICA introduced GRSG-113-17 to clarify the requirements of UN Regulation No. 46 on overlays in Camera Monitor Systems with respect of the spirit of the decisions of the IWG. The proposal received a number of comments. GRSG noted concerns of possible interpretation risks of the text in the three official languages. Following the discussion, GRSG agreed on the proposed English text as reflected in GRSG-113-17-Rev.1. The expert from OICA volunteered to submit, in due time, the proposed text in the three official languages for consideration by GRSG at its next session on the basis of an official document.

23. The Secretary of the IWG on VRU-Proxi also introduced GRSG-113-14 on the revised terms of references and rules of procedures of the IWG. GRSG welcomed the information received and adopted the terms of references and rules of procedures of the IWG as reproduced in Annex III to this report.

21. In his function as Secretary of the IWG on Awareness of Vulnerable Road Users Proximity (VRU-Proxi), the expert from OICA presented GRSG-113-35 on the work progress made by the group during its recent meetings. He introduced GRSG-113-27 on the collection of accident data, aimed to select the best road safety approach to be developed by the IWG.

22. The Chair invited all governmental experts to fill in the tables with their national accident data and to send it back to the Secretary of the IWG before 10 November 2017 to allow the IWG to have a clear vision of worldwide accidents.

23. The Secretary of the IWG on VRU-Proxi also introduced GRSG-113-14 on the revised terms of references and rules of procedures of the IWG. GRSG welcomed the information received and adopted the terms of references and rules of procedures of the IWG as reproduced in Annex III to this report.

25. The expert from the Netherlands proposed to correct in UN Regulation No. 46 the communication form in Annex 3 (GRSG-113-31-Rev.1). GRSG adopted the proposal as reproduced below and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as Corrigenda to Revisions 5 and 6 of UN Regulation No. 46 for consideration at their March 2018 sessions.

Annex 3, item 9, amend to read (replacing the letter “S” by class “VII” and keeping the reference to footnote 2 unchanged):

"9.Brief description
Identification of the device: mirror, camera/monitor, other devices for indirect vision of Classes I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII 2
Symbol as …… "

26. The expert from Spain sought the advice of GRSG on the possibility to type approve a taximeter that is integrated into the indirect vision device of Class I (taximeter visible for the passenger) and that maintains the function of an interior mirror for the driver (GRSG-113-28). A number of GRSG experts were of the opinion that a type approval according to UN Regulation No. 46 as a separate technical unit would not be sufficient. The installation of such a device for indirect vision would need to be covered, in addition, by an approval granted to the vehicle manufacturer only. The expert from Germany explained that, for the after-market in Germany, a national approval for the installation of a device for indirect vision might be granted to the manufacturer of the device for indirect vision, if its installation is in line with the respective requirements of UN Regulation No. 46. The GRSG Chair invited all experts to send their written comments to the expert from Spain and suggested further discussion of this subject at other fora, such as the European Union Type Approval Authority Meetings.

27. The expert from Germany reported that ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/11 was still under consideration by the IWG on VRU-Proxi. He announced the intention of the IWG to further review the proposal at its forthcoming meetings and to submit it to GRSG for consideration at the next session in April 2018. GRSG agreed to keep ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/11 on the agenda as a reference document, awaiting submission by the IWG of the revised proposal.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New paragraph 17.7.1.2., amend to read:

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

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

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

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

Part I, paragraph 4.2., amend to read:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

44. The expert from France presented an evolution study of UN Regulation No. 73 on lateral protection devices and proposed to review the test requirements with respect to the geometric and loading/displacement criteria (GRSG-113-11-Rev.1). Thus, he introduced GRSG-113-12 amending the geometric criteria and GRSG-113-13 amending the static force. GRSG welcomed the research study and the proposed amendments. GRSG noted general support and agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session in April 2018. The secretariat was requested to circulate GRSG-113-12 and GRSG-113-13 with official symbols and to keep GRSG-113-11-Rev.1 as a reference document.

45. In the absence of an expert from Transport and Environment (T&E), GRSG agreed to remove the item from the agenda of its next session.

46. The expert from OICA presented GRSG-113-22 to remove from UN Regulation No. 116 the references to the European standards on frequencies, as the specifications on radio transmission were not yet harmonized and still regulated on a national or a regional level. GRSG noted some comments and agreed on the need to clarify this fact in the scope of the Regulation. The expert from OICA volunteered to review his proposal and to submit, in due time, a revised document for consideration at the next GRSG session in April 2018.

47. As GRSG ambassador on the International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA), the expert from OICA presented GRSG-113-41 on the status of the splitting of the provisions of UN Regulation No. 116 into three separate Regulations. He briefly introduced

  1. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/23 containing the prescriptions for devices against unauthorized use as an amendment to UN Regulation No. 116,
  2. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/24 as a new draft UN Regulation on vehicle immobilizers and
  3. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/25 and Corr.1 as a new draft UN Regulation on vehicle alarm systems.
He added that ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/23 would still need to be reviewed and should be submitted to WP.29 as a new series of amendments and, thus, supplemented with transitional provisions.

48. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session in April 2018 on the basis of revised official documents to be submitted by the GRSG ambassador.

49. The expert from OICA presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/18 to clarify footnote 18 where tell-tales Nos. 1 and 19 were combined. Some experts were of the opinion that footnote 12 already offers that possibility. Following the discussion, the expert from OICA offered an alternative proposal GRSG-113-39 that simplifies the handling of colour changes of tell-tales and to remove footnote 18 and all references to it. The expert from France preferred to keep the existing text of footnote 18 and to only insert under symbol No. 1 a reference to footnote 18, as reflected in GRSG-113-42. GRSG agreed to go forward with a two-step approach and adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/18 as reproduced below.

No.Column 1Column 2Column 3Column 4Column 5
ItemSymbol 2FunctionIlluminationColour
1.Master lighting switch


Tell-tale may not act as the tell-tale for the position (side) lamps

Master Lighting Switch Symbol1, 18ControlNo
Tell-tale 12YesGreen

50. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposal to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft Supplement 10 to the original series of amendments and Supplement 3 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 121 for consideration at their March 2018 sessions, subject to the endorsement of the Working Party on Lighting and Light Signalling (GRE) at its October 2017 session. (Note by the secretariat: At its seventy-eighth session, GRE endorsed the principles for amending UN Regulation No. 121 as proposed by GRSG.)

51. As a second step, GRSG requested the secretariat to distribute GRSG-113-39 with an official symbol, for consideration at the next GRSG session and to also circulate it all WP.29 Working Parties concerned.

52. The expert from France introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/19, proposing an amendment to UN Regulation No. 122 on the application of the annexes for heaters located outside the passenger compartment and using water as the transfer medium. GRSG adopted the proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft Supplement 4 to UN Regulation No. 122 for consideration at their March 2018 sessions.

53. The expert from the Russian Federation, chairing the IWG on AECS, recalled the detailed consideration of GRSG at its previous session of the new UN Regulation on AECS on the basis of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/12. He informed GRSG that the IWG had again reviewed the proposal to remove some editorial inconsistencies. He added that the latter ones have been taken into account in the official document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/132 which was submitted to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2017 sessions. He concluded that further work needed to be done. As Secretary of the IWG on AECS, the expert from OICA introduced the revised justification document (GRSG-111-06-Rev.1) on draft UN Regulation on AECS. He reiterated his concern that Contracting Parties to the 1958 Agreement which intend to apply the Regulation should ensure the necessary infrastructure for the application of the new UN Regulation, once it enters into force.

54. GRSG reconfirmed its adoption of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/132 and agreed to resume consideration on this subject at its forthcoming session, especially on the need for further developments to the new UN Regulation.

55. GRSG noted that Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement entered into force on 14 September 2017. GRSG welcomed the Question & Answer document on Revision 3 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/131) as well as the draft UN Regulation on IWVTA (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/108) and the explanation (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/109). GRSG noted that these documents were expected to be considered and adopted by WP.29 at its session in November 2017.

56. Upon the request of the World Forum and the IWG on IWVTA, GRSG considered the general guidelines for UN regulatory procedures and transitional provisions in UN Regulations (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/107, Add.1 and Corr.1). GRSG endorsed the guideline documents and recommended the IWG on IWVTA to consider further amendments as reflected in GRSG-113-40.

57. GRSG also noted that with the entry into force of Revision 3, the experts should take into account, when preparing future proposal for amendments to UN Regulations, alignments of the new provisions of the 1958 Agreement such as:

  1. the conformity of production should reference to Schedule 1,
  2. the use of the unique identifier UI should refer to Schedule 5, and
  3. the reference to “UN” Regulations.
The Chair suggested resuming the discussion of this subject at the next GRSG session in April 2018.

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

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

60. In compliance with Rule 37 of the Rules of Procedure (TRANS/WP.29/690 as amended by Amendments 1 and 2), GRSG called for the election of officers on Wednesday afternoon, 11 October 2017. Mr. A. Erario (Italy) was unanimously re-elected as Chair and Mr. K. Hendershot (Canada) as Vice-Chair for the GRSG sessions scheduled for 2018.

61. GRSG noted that M. Jacques Marmy had to end his activities with the International Road Transport Union (IRU) for economic reasons and, therefore, would no longer attend the sessions. GRSG acknowledged his continued support during the long period of participation in the sessions and wished him all the best for his future activities.

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

Working Party on Lighting and Light-signalling | Session 78 | 24-27 Oct 2017

1. The Working Party on Lighting and Light-Signalling (GRE) held its seventy-eighth session from 24 to 27 October 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; 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 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2017/8), as reproduced in GRE-78-01 together with the informal documents distributed during the session. GRE also note the running order proposed by the Chair (GRE-78-08).

3. The list of informal documents is contained in Annex I to the report. The list of GRE informal groups is reproduced in Annex IV to the session report (document GRE/78).

4. GRE took note of the highlights of the June 2017 session of WP.29 and the official document submission deadline of 26 January 2018 for the April 2018 session of GRE (GRE-78-16).

5. No information was reported under this agenda item.

6. GRE noted that the Administrative Committee of the 1997 Agreement, at its June 2017 session, had adopted amendments to Rules Nos. 1 and 2 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/90 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/91).

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-78-34) in preparing the three new simplified UN Regulations on Light-Signalling Devices (LSD), Road Illumination Devices (RID) and Retro-Reflective Devices (RRD). He presented a draft LSD Regulation (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2017/9), 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/2017/10, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2017/11, GRE-78-11, GRE-78-12, GRE-78-13, GRE-78-14, GRE-78-15 and GRE-78-20), and the new transitional provisions to 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/2017/13). The expert from India commented on the IWG SLR proposals (GRE-78-26).

8. GRE agreed that the new UN Regulations and the necessary amendments to the existing Regulations should be adopted as a package, possibly at the next session. GRE was of the view that all definitions should be moved to one place and that Regulation No. 48 would be the best choice for that purpose, in spite of the fact that not all Contracting Parties to the 1958 Agreement applied this Regulation. GRE also agreed, in principle, that the transitional period to start the application of the new UN Regulations should be twenty-four months, as proposed by IWG SLR in the draft transitional provisions. GRE decided to revert to this issue once the timeline for the entry into force of the new UN Regulations was known, and which depends on IWG SLR progress.

9. The expert from Germany drew the attention of GRE to the non-availability of the electronic database for the exchange of type approval documentation (DETA) and the Unique Identifier (UI) at the time of the entry into force of the new UN Regulations (GRE-78-27). This might create difficulties for applying approval markings and would make the full benefits of SLR impossible to reap. GRE agreed that the new UN Regulations should include a substitute solution of quasi-traditional approval markings pending the availability of UI.

10. On behalf of IWG SLR, the expert of GTB presented a new concept of “change index” which aims to adapt and simplify the traditional approval markings in the context of the new LSD Regulation (GRE-78-35 and Rev.1). In particular, he proposed a table that lists all devices covered by the LSD Regulation and indicates the series of amendments with the most stringent requirements for each device. Following an in-depth discussion, GRE felt that having in the approval marking both series of amendments and a change index would be superfluous. A number of experts spoke in favour of indicating the series of amendments only, preceded by the Regulation number. The expert from UK pointed out the need to study how the proposed solution would work for extension of type approvals. The Chair requested IWG SLR to address this issue and invited the expert from UK to contribute.

11. GRE requested IWG SLR to consult the European Committee of Associations of Manufacturers of Agricultural Machinery (CEMA) about the draft amendments to Regulation No. 86. GRE also noted that IWG SLR would consult the IWG on the International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA) about the approval markings for the new LSD Regulation.

12. GRE took note of a first draft RID Regulation (GRE-78-31) and invited experts to send their comments to IWG SLR by December 2017.

13. In the view of the ongoing idle period for the existing Regulations (stage 1 of SLR), the expert from Finland sought the consent of GRE to correct a mistake in Supplement 28 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 6 (GRE-78-06). GRE agreed (see Annex II), and requested the secretariat to submit it, in the proper legal form, to WP.29 and to the Administrative Committee of the 1958 Agreement (AC.1) for consideration and vote at their March 2018 sessions.

14. Pending the outcome of the discussion on light emitting diode (LED) substitute light sources (see agenda item 5, paras. 17-19), GRE agreed to postpone consideration of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2017/14, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2017/15 and GRE-78-04.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

22. The expert from the Netherlands reported on the activities of the Task Force on Headlamp Switching (TF HS). He presented a first draft of amendment proposals to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48 (GRE-78-21-Rev.1) and a perspective on further editorial corrections (GRE-78-30). GRE agreed that these documents should be officially issued for the next session.

23. The expert from Japan provided interpretation of the provisions in the 06 series of amendment to Regulation No. 48 on automatic switching of dipped-beam headlamps and daytime running lamps relative to the ambient light conditions and stressed their positive implications for road safety (GRE-78-29). However, GRE and TF HS noted the concerns of Japan about possibilities for manual switching off and decided to revert to this issue at the next session.

24. Due to lack of time, GRE could not consider ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2017/23, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2017/24, GRE-77-25 and GRE-78-05.

25. The expert from Poland, in his capacity of Chair of the Informal Working Group on Visibility, Glare and Levelling (IWG VGL), briefed GRE on the IWG activities (GRE-78-36). He introduced a proposal and justification for a new diagram that defines the limits of a new aiming range for the dipped-beam headlamp (GRE-78-23-Rev.1) by lines. He also proposed to delete the 2,000 lm criterion (GRE-78-32).

26. For line 1, GRE generally agreed to a move to the right to the 0.2 per cent mark. Several experts also agreed that this shift should correspond with a shift of line 4 to retain the 1.6 per cent tolerance. The experts from Poland and UK pointed out the need for additional justification of tolerances for moving line 4, and invited OICA to provide the necessary details. Based on the GRE considerations, the experts from Italy, Netherlands, UK and OICA offered to prepare an amendment proposal for consideration at the next session.

27. GRE agreed to seek the consent of WP.29 to extend the mandate of IWG VGL for the year 2018 and requested IWG VGL to revise its Terms of Reference for consideration at the next session of GRE.

28. On behalf of the Task Force on Electromagnetic Compatibility (TF EMC), the expert from OICA presented a status report (GRE-78-10-Rev.1). He introduced revised amendment proposals to Regulation No. 10 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2017/12) and extended transitional provisions (GRE-78-09-Rev.1). He further mentioned that TF EMC was considering an additional proposal from the expert of Spain on the direct current charging mode that would be presented to the next session of GRE.

29. The experts from India (GRE-78-25) and the Netherlands commented on the technical part of the TF EMC proposals. GRE was of the view that new transitional provisions would have to be submitted as an official document and should be aligned with the Draft General Guidelines for United Nations regulatory procedures and transitional provisions in UN Regulations, which were expected to be adopted by WP.29 at its November 2017 session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/107, see agenda item 9, para. 36). GRE requested TF EMC to take into account the above considerations and to submit to the next session a revised consolidated proposal, possibly as a new series of amendments to Regulation No. 10.

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

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

32. The secretariat informed GRE that the Working Party on Road Traffic Safety (WP.1) had continued discussing amendment proposals to Article 32 and Chapter II of Annex 5 on lighting and light-signalling. GRE invited WP.1 to send these proposals to GRE for review, once finalized.

33. This item was not considered due to a lack of time.

34. GRE noted that Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/2) had entered into force on 14 September 2017 and that a special webpage had been created by the secretariat with the text of the revised Agreement and frequently asked questions (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/131). GRE was informed that the IWG on the International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA) had submitted the final draft of UN Regulation No. 0 and explanations on IWVTA for consideration and approval at the November 2017 sessions of WP.29 and AC.1 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/108 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/109). GRE also took note that, following the adoption in June 2017 of amendments to Regulation No. 48, IWG IWVTA would consider the need to keep in Annex 4 to UN Regulation No. 0 references to the individual Regulations on lighting and light-signalling devices.

35. No information was reported on this topic.

36. At the request of WP.29 at its June 2017 session, GRE reviewed the Draft General Guidelines for United Nations regulatory procedures and transitional provisions in UN Regulations (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/107). In particular, GRE experts expressed various views on para. 6.1. on the application of additional national provisions for vehicle characteristics that were not covered by the scope of a UN Regulation. The Chair invited GRE experts to consider the Draft Guidelines and to submit their further comments, if any, to the secretariat and/or to IWG IWVTA as soon as possible.

37. GRE was informed that the Working Party on General Safety Provisions, at its recent session, had adopted amendment proposals on colours to Regulation No. 121 (Identification of controls, tell-tales and indicators) (GRSG-113-42 and GRSG-113-39). GRE supported the short-term solution proposed in GRSG-113-42 and noted that the long-term solution (GRSG-113-39) would be published as an official GRSG document and presented to GRE.

38. The expert of SAE informed GRE about the Sixth International Forum on Automotive Lighting (IFAL) that would take place in China in June 2018 (GRE-78-17).

39. Due to a lack of time, GRE was not in a position to consider GRE-78-03.

40. No new information was introduced under this agenda item.

41. For its next session, GRE decided to give priority to the proposals on simplification of lighting and light-signalling Regulations and then to the documents that had not been considered at this session due to a lack of time.

42. The expert from the Netherlands announced his intention to draft a proposal for amendment to Regulation No. 74 that would require mandatory installation of direction indicators on mopeds.

43. In compliance with Rule 37 of the Rules of Procedure (TRANS/WP.29/690 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.1), GRE called for the election of officers. The representatives of the Contracting Parties, present and voting, elected unanimously Mr. M. Loccufier (Belgium) as Chair and Mr. D. Rovers (Netherlands) as Vice-Chair for the sessions of GRE scheduled in the year 2018.

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

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

1. The Working Party on Noise (GRB) held its sixty-seventh session from 24 to 26 January 2018 in Geneva. The meeting was chaired by Mr. S. Ficheux (France). Experts from the following countries participated in the work following Rule 1(a) of the Rules of Procedure of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) (TRANS/WP.29/690/Rev.1): China, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey. Experts from the European Commission (EC) participated. Experts from the following non-governmental organizations also participated: European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA), European Tyre and Rim Technical Organization (ETRTO), Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA), International Organization for Standardization (ISO), International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA) and World Blind Union (WBU).

3. No issues were considered under this agenda item.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

20. No proposals were considered under this agenda item.

21. No new information was reported under this item.

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

23. No issues were considered under this item.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

English version, paragraph 16.1.1.3., amend to read:

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

French version, paragraph 16.1.1.3., amend to read:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Insert a new paragraph 18.1.6.1., to read:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Paragraph 5.1.1.2.1., amend to read:

5.1.1.2.1.Cables

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

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


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

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