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Agenda Item 4.13. | Proposal for amendments to the Consolidated Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles (R.E.3) submitted by the Working Parties to the World Forum for consideration
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WP.29/2018/31 | RE 3: Proposal for an amendment to the Consolidated Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles

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

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

Previous Discussion(s)

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 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.