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Working Party on Lighting and Light-signalling
69th session | Geneva | 8-11 Apr 2013 Download Copy
Agenda Item 4. (b) | Proposal for amendments to the 06 series of amendments
Documentation
GRE-69-17 | Proposal for editorial correction to document GRE/2013/9 (GTB)
GRE-69-29 | Proposal for amendments to document GRE/2013/20 (OICA)
GRE-69-36 | Proposal for editorial correction to GRE-69-17 (GTB)
GRE/2013/2 | Proposal for Supplement 3 to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48 (Netherlands)
GRE/2013/9 | Proposal for Supplement 3 to the 06 Series of Regulation No.48 (GTB)
GRE/2013/11 | Proposal for Supplement 3 to the 06 Series of Regulation No.48 (GTB)
GRE/2013/15 | Proposal for Supplement 3 to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48 (Poland)
GRE/2013/20 | Proposal for Supplement 3 to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48 (Germany)
WP.29/1044/Rev.1 | General Guidelines for UN regulatory procedures and transitional provisions in UN Regulations
WP.29/2011/99 | Proposal for Supplement 8 to the 04 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48
WP.29/2011/99/Corr.1 | Corrigenda to document WP.29/2011/99

8. The expert from GTB introduced GRE-69-17 amended by GRE-69-36 superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/9, clarifying the transitional provisions of Regulation No. 48. The proposal solved the situation set before the adoption of the guidelines on transitional provisions as set in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1044/Rev.1. The experts confirmed that the specificities of Regulation No. 48 required a small deviation from the transitional provisions’ guideline. GRE adopted the proposal as reproduced in Annex III to the report. GRE requested the secretariat to submit the proposal to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2013 sessions as draft Supplement 3 to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48 (see paras. 6 and 7).

9. The expert from GTB introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/11 proposing to clarify the general provision determining the mounting height of the lamp in paragraph 5.28.4. GRE adopted this proposal (not amended) and, in effort to have this document considered at their June 2013 sessions as draft Supplement 3 to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48 (see paras. 6, 7 and 8), requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as an informal document. Alternatively, this document would be converted into an official proposal for consideration at their November 2013 sessions.

10. The expert for the Netherlands introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/2 amending the tale tells requirements. GRE agreed to resume consideration on the basis of a revised document at its October 2013 session.

11. The expert from Germany introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/20 on Light Emitting Diodes (LED) modules producing the principal passing beam: to be wired so that the failure of one does not cause all of them to stop emitting light. The expert from OICA introduced GRE-69-29, proposing an alternative proposal. GRE adopted the proposal as reproduced in Annex IV to the report and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2013 sessions as draft Supplement 3 to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48 (see paras. 6, 7, 8 and 9).

12. The expert from Poland introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/15 proposing an alternative to the existing initial aiming provisions. The experts from France and the United Kingdom requested the author to clarify the aspect linked to the measurements and to specify the measurement method as well as the tools to be used. The expert from the Netherlands supported, in general, the proposal but questioned waiving automatic levelling as an incentive to use this alternative method. GRE agreed to resume consideration on this matter at its October 2013 session on the basis of an updated proposal prepared by the expert from Poland in collaboration with experts from France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

13. GRE agreed to defer consideration of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/99 and Corr.1 (referred back by WP.29) at its October 2013 session.

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World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations | Session 155 | 15-18 Nov 2011

11. The provisional annotated agenda for the session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1092) was adopted with the amendments noted below:

(a) Addition and amendments of agenda items:
4.2.1. Guidance requested by the Chair of GRRF regarding references to UN Regulations;
4.2.2. Guidance requested by the Chairs of GRRF and GRE regarding the reference and transposition of private standards;
4.14.1. Proposal for Corrigendum 1 to Revision 2 to Regulation No. 13-H (Brakes of M1and N1 vehicles) document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/153;
8.11. Proposal to develop a new Regulation on recyclability of M1 and N1 vehicles;
8.12. Proposal for amendments to the Terms of Reference and Rules of Procedure of WP.29;
8.13. United Nations Development Account (UNDA) project.
8.14. Tribute to Ms. Enonler and Mr. Van West.
13.4. Proposal for a new annex to the Special Resolution No. 1 (S.R.1) document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/127;
17.5. Quiet Road Transport Vehicles.

(b) Additions and corrections to document references for items:
3.1. Add ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/65/Corr.1;
4.4. Add ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/152;
4.6.2. Add ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/150;
4.6.4. Add ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/151;
4.6.5. Add ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/99/Corr.1;
4.7.5. Add ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/110/Corr.1;
4.10.1. Add ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/94/Amend.1;
4.12.4. Add ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/137/Corr.1;
4.15.4. Add ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/92/Amend.1;
4.16.1. Add ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/93/Amend.1

(c) Items or documents postponed for a later session:
4.15.1. to 4.16.1.

(d) The list of informal documents is reproduced in Annex I to this report.

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12. The 107th session of WP.29/AC.2, considering the coordination and organization of work of the World Forum, was held on 14 November 2011 chaired by Mr. B. Gauvin (France) 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 ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.1), by the Chairs of WP.29 (Russian Federation), GRB (Germany), GRE (Canada), GRPE (Germany), GRRF (United Kingdom), GRSG (Italy), the Administrative/Executive Committees of the three agreements administered by WP.29, by the representatives of the European Union, Japan and the United States of America and by the vice-Chair of WP.29 (France).

13. WP.29/AC.2 considered the provisional agenda for the current session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1092) and recommended the modifications mentioned in paragraph 11 above. It was also recommended that agenda item 5.1 be considered by the World Forum and the rest of the agenda items regarding the 1998 Agreement be considered by the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement (AC.3).

14. WP.29/AC.2 noted that due to budget constraints, the WP.29 secretariat had lost a General staff post in a period where revision of UN Regulations had a six-months delay. It also noted that, to recover the delay, the Transport Division engaged a temporary staff member and that other staff members of the Division also partially contributed. It was recalled that the secretariat will prepare only the English text of the WP.29 working documents and the legal text of UN Regulations, UN Global Technical Regulations (GTRs) and UN Rules and that the French and Russian versions of these documents would be prepared by the Document Management Section (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1091, paragraph 3).

15. WP.29/AC.2 noted that, following the adoption of the amendments to the UN Regulations in June 2011, the Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) informed the secretariat that, according to the practice of the UN Secretary-General as depositary, proposals of amendments (and new regulations) must be circulated in the three authentic languages of the Agreements. OLA had stated that no Depositary Notifications would be issued until the three official versions of the UN Regulations and UN Rules were available. The same principle should also apply the UN GTRs. Since the documents in the three authentic languages were not always available on time for the sessions of the World Forum, WP.29/AC.2 estimated that the entry into force of any new UN Regulations, UN GTRs, UN Rules and their amendments could have significant delays.

16. WP.29/AC.2 considered possible negative impacts of this delay (i.e. EU legislation referring to the UN Regulations, transposition of UN Regulations and UN GTRs into national law of the Contracting Parties to the Agreement, Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety, etc.). Possible permanent solutions were considered by WP.29/AC.2, such as the request to translate into the Russian language the working documents of the Working Parties subsidiary to the World Forum and reinforcing the secretariat with two new G positions. These two measures would make the Russian version of the proposals available earlier and allow the secretariat to prepare the working documents for WP.29 and the text of the adopted proposals in the three authentic languages for their submission to OLA.

17. WP.29/AC.2 noted the proposal by the secretariat to amend the three Agreements administered by WP.29 in such a way that only the text of the Agreements in English, French and Russian would be equally authentic. The UN Regulations, UN Global Technical Regulations (UN GTRs) and UN Rules, related to each Agreement would be in English only. At the same time, the Agreements should contain a clause requesting the UN Secretary-General to prepare an authoritative translation of the annexes into French and Russian languages as attachments to the certified true copies of the Agreements. WP.29/AC.2 noted that the amendments to the Agreements required consensus and that the amendment to the three Agreements, if unanimously accepted by all the Contracting Parties, could only be a long-term solution.

18. Finally, WP.29/AC.2 recommended, as an initial short-term solution, to request the Russian translation of the working documents submitted to its subsidiary Working Parties (GRs). Furthermore, it was recommended to include, in the parts of the WP.29 reports referring to the sessions of AC.1, AC.3 and AC.4, the following paragraph: “AC.1/AC.3/AC.4 requested OLA/the secretariat to proceed with notifications of the adopted proposals for new regulations and/or their amendments in English only”. WP.29/AC.2 invited the representatives and the secretariat to propose other possible measures, including simplification measures, to ensure the availability in due time of the three authentic languages.

19. WP.29/AC.2 noted that OLA had informed the secretariat that Corrigenda should aim at correcting, without modifying the meaning or substance of the text of the treaty, (a) physical errors on typing, printing, spelling…., (b) lack of conformity of the treaty with the official records, and/or (c) lack of concordance between the texts of the different authentic languages. OLA had indicated that the depositary has the responsibility to scrutinize each apparent error in order to determine whether it does fall into one of the above categories and that it does not have the effect of modifying the meaning or substance of the text of the treaty. OLA had noted that some of the corrections submitted did not necessarily represent “corrections of errors”, but rather affect the substance of the text. WP.29/AC.2 recommended that from this session onward, careful attention should be made to ensure that the Corrigenda adopted in the framework of the Agreements, respond to the criteria expressed by OLA modifying, if necessary, the corresponding proposals to be submitted to vote during the current session of the corresponding Committees. WP.29/AC.2 recommended the secretariat to prepare written instructions on this matter for the GRs, to ensure that the adopted Corrigenda fully meet with the OLA criteria.

20. WP.29/AC.2 noted that OLA had indicated that the terms “UN Regulations”, “UN Global Technical Regulations (UN GTRs)” and “UN Rules” could not be used in legal documents, taking into account the current text of the 1958, 1998 and 1997 Agreements. Nevertheless, these terms could be used in administrative and informative documents in anticipation of the amendments to the Agreements. WP.29/AC.2 recommended using the next occasion for amending the Agreements to introduce the above-mentioned terms.

21. WP.29/AC.2 was informed about a proposed Corrigendum to the 1997 Agreement aligning the French version to the English and Russian texts. It was recommended to convene the Administrative Committee (AC.4) for the adoption of the Corrigendum.

22. WP.29/AC.2 was informed by the Director of the Transport Division about the revision of the UNECE reform and about the agenda of the meeting of Chairs of the ITC subsidiary bodies (sixty-fifth session, 28 February – 1 March 2012). Moreover, WP.29/AC.2 noted that, in the framework of the reform review, the Chairs of the ITC subsidiary bodies are expected to present their priorities concerning UNECE activities at the next session of the Inland Transport Committee (ITC) for transmission to the Executive Committee of the UNECE (EXCOM). The representative of the United States of America stated that current constraints of the WP.29 secretariat were of considerable concern for his administration and that the availability of translated documents in due time was a priority. Moreover, he added that, notwithstanding the translation activities which are not performed by WP.29 secretariat, the scrutiny review of technical contents of the documents was essential for the accuracy of the three authentic languages of the Agreements administered by WP.29. The representative of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, while recognizing the value of regional and bi-lateral collaboration, emphasized the value of focusing resources and harmonization efforts in the World Forum where all the experts from Contracting Parties meet regularly. The representative of the European Union recognized the high value of UN Regulations developed by the World Forum, which had allowed replacing the EU Directives by direct reference to the UN Regulations. He underlined the need for his institution to have the UN Regulations available on time to avoid distortions in the regulatory system of the European Union. The representative of Japan underlined that the important role of the World Forum was politically relevant and explained his administration’s promotion of WP.29 activities in the Asian region. The representative of Italy suggested reinforcing the WP.29 secretariat, even at the G level, through the reallocation of UNECE resources from activities of lower priority. WP.29/AC.2 recommended rejecting any possible reduction of its current activities as this would negatively affect the proper functioning of the Agreements administered by WP.29.

23. WP.29/AC.2 reviewed the draft agenda for the 156th session of the World Forum, scheduled to be held in Geneva from 13 – 16 March 2012.

24. The World Forum adopted the report of the Administrative Committee on its 107th session and its recommendations.

25. The World Forum noted the calendar of sessions for the year 2012 (WP.29-154-16) as reproduced in Annex II to this report. The World Forum noted the programme of work and availability of documentation (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/1/Rev.2). WP.29 representatives were requested to revise the programme of work and to communicate to the secretariat any amendment deemed necessary.

26. The secretariat presented the “UNECE roadmap on ITS – 20 global actions to deploy ITS 2012-2020” (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/114 and WP.29-155-24), part of the UNECE strategy package on ITS. The package consisted of:

  • (a) A background paper with the primary objective of sharing information (including best practices) and raising awareness about the values that ITS solutions could deliver;
  • (b) A strategic note identifying the main gaps and impediments for a broader use and faster dissemination of ITS applications; and
  • (c) A roadmap outlining the areas and tasks that UNECE could undertake either as a continuation of on-going tasks or as new initiatives.

27. Furthermore, the secretariat informed WP.29 that the roadmap had been presented to and endorsed by the Working Party on Transport Trends and Economics (WP.5), the Working Party on Road Traffic Safety (WP.1), the Working Party on Inland Water Transport (SC.3), the Working Party on Road Transport (SC.1), the Working Party on Intermodal Transport and Logistics (WP.24), the Working Party on Rail Transport (SC.2) and the Working Party on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (WP.15) before final submission to and adoption by the seventy-fourth session of the Inland Transport Committee (ITC). Implementation and its impact would be regularly monitored and the secretariat would report to its governing bodies. Therefore, monitoring indicators would be developed and agreed on. The secretariat informed WP.29 that the policy segment of the seventy-fourth session of the ITC would be dedicated to ITS. This event would take place in Geneva on 28 February 2012 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The World Forum endorsed ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/114.

28. The representative of OICA requested availability of the feedback received by the secretariat during the consultation process of the strategic note on the Transport Division website.

29. The representative of the EU reported that WP.29-155-25 contained the framework for ITS deployment in Europe.

30. The representative of the United States of America announced the ongoing research on vehicle to vehicle communication that could result in a decision by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2013, to take further action on either research or take steps to approach the rulemaking process within the United States. The representative of Japan informed WP.29 that the ITS informal group would meet in conjunction with the March 2012 session of WP.29.

31. The World Forum considered and adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/144 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/145. The secretariat was requested to submit them to ITC for formal endorsement.

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32. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRE, given during the 154th session (ECE/TRANS)WP.29/2011/1091, paras. 26–30) and approved the report.

34. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRRF, given during the 154th session (ECE/TRANS)WP.29/2011/1091, paras. 33–34) and approved the report.

33. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRSG, given during the 154th session (ECE/TRANS)WP.29/2011/1091, paras. 31–32) and approved the report.

35. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRSP, given during the 154th session (ECE/TRANS)WP.29/2011/1091, paras. 35–39) and approved the report.

36. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRPE, given during the 154th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/1091, paras. 40–42) and approved the report.

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37. The GRRF Chair, Mr. Sopp (United Kingdom), informed WP.29 about the results achieved by GRRF during its seventy-first session (for more details see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/71).

38. The World Forum noted that Mr. Sopp had been elected GRRF Chair for the 2012 sessions.

39. The GRRF Chair reported that a number of open issues in the new Regulation on AEBS had been resolved by GRRF at its September 2011 session. However, he sought guidance on three pending proposals: (i) voluntary approval with non-pneumatic rear suspension (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/92/Amend.1), (ii) removing the square brackets of paragraph 12.2. and add the text as a footnote, and (iii) note approach with M2 and N2 ≤ 8 tonnes vehicle categories (table of Annex 3 of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/93/Amend.1). WP.29 did not support the additional text on voluntary approval in proposal (i), endorsed solution (ii) and agreed to resume discussion of (iii) at the next WP.29 session with the goal that GRRF and the informal working group on AEBS should start the necessary initiatives to ensure that the AEBS requirements for such vehicles would be finalized by the end of 2013.

40. The GRB Chair reported on the results achieved by GRB during its fifty-fourth session (for details see report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/52).

41. Regarding Regulation No. 117 (Tyre rolling resistance, rolling noise and wet grip), he clarified that GRB adopted a Supplement to the Regulation that will not affect the existing test methods but will rather constitute an alternative to improve the accuracy of the deceleration method.

42. The World Forum noted that Mr. Ch. Theis (Germany) had been re-elected as GRB Chair for the 2012 sessions.

43. The Chair of GRE reported on the results of the sixty-sixth session of GRE (for details see the report of the session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/66).

44. Mr. Gorzkowski (Canada) was re-elected as GRE Chair for the year 2012.

45. The Chair of GRSG informed WP.29 about the results made by GRSG during its 101st session (for more details see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/80).

46. Mr. Erario (Italy) was re-elected as Chair of GRSG for 2012 and Mr. Matolscy (Hungary) as Vice-Chair.

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47. The World Forum noted that the secretariat no longer prepared a list of the modification to the status of the 1958 Agreement, but rather continuously updating the status document on the basis of an informal consolidated version available at: [link to the WP.29 website page]. It was recommended to consult this document to confirm the exact date of the entry into force of new UN Regulations, their Supplements and Corrigenda.

48. The Chair of GRRF stressed the need for clarifying the referencing of UN Regulations (WP.29-155-05). He underlined that both, static and dynamic, references were currently used in UN Regulations. He suggested considering this issue in detail with the Chairs of the other Working Parties. The Chair of GRPE welcomed this initiative and suggested also adding this subject to the agenda of the forthcoming sessions of GRSP, GRPE and GRB for detailed consideration. The representatives of CLEPA and OICA underlined the importance of this matter, with the representative of OICA indicating that this issue was reviewed in detail internally, resulting in the recommendation that a case by case approach would be appropriate in view of the difficulty of defining a universal solution. WP.29 agreed to resume consideration of this issue at its next session in March 2012 and to keep WP.29-155-05 on the agenda as a reference document.

49. The Chair of GRRF also added that the reproduction of parts of standards and the use of references in UN Regulations to private standards should be clarified, especially for those standards which were not freely available (WP.29-155-33). The representative of the United States of America stated that in references to private standards in the US legislation, these standards have to be made freely available. The World Forum agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session and invited the secretariat to contact the different standardization bodies for their positions.

50. The representative of France as Chair of the informal group on IWVTA, informed the World Forum about the group’s progress during the recent sessions held in Tokyo and Paris. He underlined the need to amend the 1958 Agreement and that one of the aims of the group was to provide a basis for facilitating the accession of emerging economies to the Agreement. The representative of Japan outlined the inventory for the review of the 1958 Agreement and a possible road map (WP.29-155-32). Contracting Parties were invited to ensure broader participation in the work of the informal group. The representative of France proposed to the World Forum:

  • • to endorse the road map and the inventory listed in WP.29-155-27.
  • • to add to the agenda of the March 2012 session, an item specifying the way to involve GRs in developing the IWVTA concept.
  • • to extend the informal group’s mandate in order to prepare a revision of the 1958 Agreement, including a report to WP.29 for its March 2013 session.

In addition, he raised two questions for answers from WP.29 at its March 2012 session:

  • • how to keep previous series of amendments of the UN Regulations available for the CPs and emerging countries desiring to use them.
  • • how to add in the Agreement, a new administrative disposition which should apply to all CPs but be decided and amended by the Administrative Committee AC.1 by unanimity of present and voting CPs.

The World Forum endorsed these proposals.

51. The World Forum adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/152, WP.29-155-03 and WP.29-155-37. The secretariat was requested to issue them as a basic document for the drafting of UN Regulations, with an official symbol.

52. The World Forum noted the good progress made by the informal working group on DETA. The informal working group sought the advice of WP.29 on a number of issues (WP.29-155-31) at the March 2012 session. In this respect, the Chair of DETA announced the intention of the group to submit a detailed roadmap for consideration by WP.29. The World Forum requested the secretariat to distribute WP.29-155-31 with an official symbol.

53. The World Forum considered the draft amendment under agenda items 4.6.1 to 4.6.4 and items 4.6.6 to 4.6.11 and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting.

54. Under agenda item 4.6.2, UN Regulation No. 19 document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/150, paragraph 14.2. for Supplement 3, read Supplement 2. The World Forum agreed to refer WP.29-155-30 to GRE for further consideration.

55. Under agenda item 4.6.5 (UN Regulation No. 48), the World Forum agreed to defer consideration of document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/99 and Corr.1 to its June 2012 session, subject to a final review by GRE at its March 2012 session.

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54. Under agenda item 4.6.2, UN Regulation No. 19 document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/150, paragraph 14.2. for Supplement 3, read Supplement 2.

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56. The World Forum considered the draft amendment under agenda items 4.7.1 to 4.7.8 and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the corrections mentioned in paras. 57-59 below:

57. Agenda item 4.7.2, UN Regulation No. 58, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/107,

Paragraph 2.3., correct to read

“2.3. Any vehicle in one of the categories M1, M2, M3, N1, O1 or O2 shall be deemed …

  • Where there is more than one rear axle, the width to be considered is that of the widest.
  • The requirements of paragraphs 2.3.(b) and 2.3.(c) above shall be satisfied at least on a line:
  • (i) At a distance of not more than 450 mm from the rear extremity of the vehicle;
  • (ii) That may have interruptions totalling not more than 200 mm."

Paragraph 24.1., correct to read:

“24.1. If the vehicle submitted for approval pursuant to this Regulation meets the
requirements of paragraph 2.3.(b) or paragraph 2.3.(c) or paragraph 25 and has been tested following the conditions set out in paragraph 2.2., approval of that vehicle type shall be granted.”

Paragraph 31.5., correct to read:

“31.5. As from 48 months …

  • (a) … meets the requirements of paragraph 2.3.(b) or paragraph 2.3.(c) or Part III of this Regulation as amended by the 02 series of amendments;
  • (b) ….the requirements of paragraph 2.3.(b) or paragraph 2.3.(c) or Part III of this Regulation as amended by the 02 series of amendments.
    …."

Annex 3, correct to read:

"Annex 3


….
of a type of a vehicle with regard to its rear underrun protection (RUP) pursuant to paragraph 2.3.(b) / paragraph 2.3.(c)/ Part III 2/ of Regulation No. 58.

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2/ Strike out what does not apply."

58. Agenda item 4.7.3, Regulation No. 67, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/108, Paragraphs 2.20 and 2.21, should be deleted.

Paragraph 17.11.5, correct to read:
“17.11.5. Vehicles with more than one fuel system shall have a fuel selection system.”

Paragraph 17.11.6, should be deleted.

59. Under agenda item 4.7.3 (UN Regulation No. 67), the World Forum agreed to refer WP.29-155-23 to GRSG for further consideration of the document.

Note: The 03 series of amendments includes the provisions for camera monitor systems.

57. Agenda item 4.7.2, UN Regulation No. 58, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/107,

Paragraph 2.3., correct to read

“2.3. Any vehicle in one of the categories M1, M2, M3, N1, O1 or O2 shall be deemed …

  • Where there is more than one rear axle, the width to be considered is that of the widest.
  • The requirements of paragraphs 2.3.(b) and 2.3.(c) above shall be satisfied at least on a line:
  • (i) At a distance of not more than 450 mm from the rear extremity of the vehicle;
  • (ii) That may have interruptions totalling not more than 200 mm."

Paragraph 24.1., correct to read:

“24.1. If the vehicle submitted for approval pursuant to this Regulation meets the
requirements of paragraph 2.3.(b) or paragraph 2.3.(c) or paragraph 25 and has been tested following the conditions set out in paragraph 2.2., approval of that vehicle type shall be granted.”

Paragraph 31.5., correct to read:

“31.5. As from 48 months …

  • (a) … meets the requirements of paragraph 2.3.(b) or paragraph 2.3.(c) or Part III of this Regulation as amended by the 02 series of amendments;
  • (b) ….the requirements of paragraph 2.3.(b) or paragraph 2.3.(c) or Part III of this Regulation as amended by the 02 series of amendments.
    …."

Annex 3, correct to read:

"Annex 3


….
of a type of a vehicle with regard to its rear underrun protection (RUP) pursuant to paragraph 2.3.(b) / paragraph 2.3.(c)/ Part III 2/ of Regulation No. 58.

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2/ Strike out what does not apply."

58. Agenda item 4.7.3, Regulation No. 67, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/108, Paragraphs 2.20 and 2.21, should be deleted.

Paragraph 17.11.5, correct to read:
“17.11.5. Vehicles with more than one fuel system shall have a fuel selection system.”

Paragraph 17.11.6, should be deleted.

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60. The World Forum considered the draft amendment under agenda items 4.8.1 to 4.8.9 and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the corrections mentioned in para. 61 below:

61. Agenda item 4.8.6, Regulation No. 94, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/120, add the following paragraphs 11.1 and 11.2, to read:

“11.1. As from the official date of entry into force of Supplement 4 to the 01 series of amendments, no Contracting Party applying this Regulation shall refuse to grant UNECE approval under this Regulation as amended by Supplement 4 to the 01 series of amendments.

11.2. As from 23 June 2013, Contracting Parties applying this Regulation shall grant UNECE approvals only to those types of vehicles which comply with the requirements of this Regulation as amended by Supplement 4 to the 01 series of amendments."

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61. Agenda item 4.8.6, Regulation No. 94, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/120, add the following paragraphs 11.1 and 11.2, to read:

“11.1. As from the official date of entry into force of Supplement 4 to the 01 series of amendments, no Contracting Party applying this Regulation shall refuse to grant UNECE approval under this Regulation as amended by Supplement 4 to the 01 series of amendments.

11.2. As from 23 June 2013, Contracting Parties applying this Regulation shall grant UNECE approvals only to those types of vehicles which comply with the requirements of this Regulation as amended by Supplement 4 to the 01 series of amendments."

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62. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.9.1 to 4.9.3 and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting.

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63. The World Forum considered the draft amendment under agenda item 4.10.1 and agreed to postpone the voting of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/94 and Amend.1 to its March 2012 session. WP.29 referred WP.29-155-06, WP.29-155-19 and WP.29-155-20 to GRRF for detailed consideration of the documents at the February 2012 session.

63. The World Forum considered the draft amendment under agenda item 4.10.1 and agreed to postpone the voting of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/94 and Amend.1 to its March 2012 session. WP.29 referred WP.29-155-06, WP.29-155-19 and WP.29-155-20 to GRRF for detailed consideration of the documents at the February 2012 session.

64. The World Forum considered the draft corrigenda under agenda items 4.11.1 to 4.11.6, and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the corrections mentioned in paras. 65-70 below:

65. Agenda item 4.11.1, Regulation No. 6, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/128, amend the title of the document to read:

“Supplement 22 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 6”.

66. Agenda item 4.11.2, Regulation No. 10, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/129, amend the title of the document to read:

“Supplement 1 to the 04 series of amendments to Regulation No. 10”.

67. Agenda item 4.11.3, Regulation No. 19, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/130, amend the title of the document to read:

“Supplement 2 to the 04 series of amendments to Regulation No. 19”.

68. Agenda item 4.11.4, Regulation No. 48, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/131, amend the title of the document to read:

“Supplement 8 to the 04 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48”.

69. Agenda item 4.11.5, Regulation No. 48, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/132, amend the title of the document to read:

“Supplement 8 to the 04 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48”.

70. Agenda item 4.11.6, Regulation No. 104, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/133, amend the title of the document to read:

“Supplement 7 to Regulation No. 104”.

65. Agenda item 4.11.1, Regulation No. 6, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/128, amend the title of the document to read:

“Supplement 22 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 6”.

66. Agenda item 4.11.2, Regulation No. 10, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/129, amend the title of the document to read:

“Supplement 1 to the 04 series of amendments to Regulation No. 10”.

67. Agenda item 4.11.3, Regulation No. 19, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/130, amend the title of the document to read:

“Supplement 2 to the 04 series of amendments to Regulation No. 19”.

68. Agenda item 4.11.4, Regulation No. 48, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/131, amend the title of the document to read:

“Supplement 8 to the 04 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48”.

69. Agenda item 4.11.5, Regulation No. 48, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/132, amend the title of the document to read:

“Supplement 8 to the 04 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48”.

70. Agenda item 4.11.6, Regulation No. 104, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/133, amend the title of the document to read:

“Supplement 7 to Regulation No. 104”.

71. The World Forum considered the draft corrigenda under agenda item 4.12.1 to 4.12.5, and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the corrections mentioned in paras. 72 and 73 below:

72. Agenda items 4.12.1 and 4.12.2, Regulation No. 34, documents ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/134 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/135, amend the titles of the documents to read:

“Supplement 4 to the 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 34”.

73. Agenda item 4.12.5, Regulation No. 125, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/138, amend the title of the document to read:

“Supplement 4 to Regulation No. 125”.

72. Agenda items 4.12.1 and 4.12.2, Regulation No. 34, documents ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/134 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/135, amend the titles of the documents to read:

“Supplement 4 to the 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 34”.

72. Agenda items 4.12.1 and 4.12.2, Regulation No. 34, documents ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/134 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/135, amend the titles of the documents to read:

“Supplement 4 to the 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 34”.

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73. Agenda item 4.12.5, Regulation No. 125, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/138, amend the title of the document to read:

“Supplement 4 to Regulation No. 125”.

74. The World Forum considered the draft corrigendum under agenda item 4.13.1 and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the corrections mentioned in para. 75 below:

75. Agenda item 4.13.1, Regulation No. 22, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/139, amend the title of the document to read:

“Supplement 2 to the 05 series of amendments to Regulation No. 22”.

75. Agenda item 4.13.1, Regulation No. 22, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/139, amend the title of the document to read:

“Supplement 2 to the 05 series of amendments to Regulation No. 22”.

76. The World Forum considered ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/53 and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the correction mentioned below:

Page 2, item 21, correct “with and ESC” to read “with an ESC”.

77. The World Forum agreed to defer consideration of the draft regulations under agenda items 4.15.1 to 4.15.4 to the next session of WP.29.

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78. The World Forum agreed to defer consideration of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/93 and Amend.1 to the next session of WP.29.

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79. The World Forum agreed to defer consideration of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/64 to a future session of WP.29 awaiting the submission by GRB of a proposal to insert new limit values.

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80. The World Forum noted the amendments to the status of the Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.4/Amend.2) as well as the status of the priorities and items on which the exchange of views should continue (WP.29–155–07).

81. The World Forum agreed that agenda items 5.2 to 5.5 should be considered by the Executive Committee AC.3.

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82. Mr. N. Koba, Director General for Engineering Affairs of the Road Transport Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan, presented the Japanese action plan for internationalization of the regulation and vehicle certification system (WP.29-155-17). The plan consisted of four pillars focused on: (i) the state-of-the-art technologies in regulations and international standards, (ii) the development of partnerships with other Asian countries, (iii) the establishment of an international whole vehicle type approval system and (iv) the enhancement resources in response to the globalization of regulation and certification system.

83. The representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina gave an overview on the vehicle type approval system carried out in his country (WP.29-155-36), based on best practices and information technologies.

84. Mr. A. Rakhmanov, Director of the Department of Motor Vehicles and Agricultural Machinery of the Russian Federation presented the governmental priorities and policies in his country (WP.29-155-39). He explained the key principles of the technical regulation concerning safety of wheeled vehicles and on the development of regulations in the Custom Union between Belarus, Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation. He also added the efforts of his administration for future introduction of an emergency call system and its harmonization with the corresponding e-call system of the European Union, but he stressed that it was necessary to have the corresponding infrastructure.

85. The representative from South Africa informed WP.29 about the acting role of its delegation in promoting the use of UN Regulations by African countries and fostering their accession to the 1958 Agreement. He added that the Group on the Harmonization of Motor Vehicle Regulations of South African Development Community (SADC), joined with the other regional bodies of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and East African Community (EAC) to be part of the Tripartite Group on the Harmonization of Motor Vehicle Regulations. He said that the first meeting of this group was held in Kampala, Uganda on 4-5 July 2011 and that, although some nations were members of more than one of these regional bodies, the group counted a total of 26 country members. He informed WP.29 that he made a presentation that was for many participants a first introduction to the activities of WP.29 and he intended to revisit the subject at the next group meeting which would possibly be held in the first quarter of 2012. He mentioned the possibility that, in the future, if representative of member States of the Tripartite Group could not participate at WP.29 sessions, the regional bodies could consider being represented either by their own regional body (COMESA, EAC, SADC), or as a combined tripartite group. WP.29 expressed appreciation for the efforts made by the South African representative and suggested more frequent updates on the progress of these activities.

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86. The World Forum noted the amendments to the status of the Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1074/Rev.2/Amend.2). WP.29 noted the delay in issuing the Depositary Notification of Rule No. 2, due to the pending correction of an error in the French text of the Agreement.

87. The World Forum noted that no progress was made by the Working Party on Road Safety (WP.1) at its September 2011 session on the link between the 1968 Vienna Convention and the 1997 Agreement. The representative of the Russian Federation underlined the importance of UN Rule No. 2 for road traffic safety and stated the wish of his country to enforce at it the earliest possible (time/date). In the meantime, he invited WP.1 to revise the Consolidated Resolution on Road Safety to take into account the roadworthiness provisions of UN Rule No. 2. Finally, he suggested contacting CITA representatives to ask their collaboration for a possible revision of the UN Rules.

88. The World Forum agreed to transmit the proposal for the Corrigendum (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/149) to the Administrative Committee (AC.4) recommending its adoption by voting.

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89. No new information on the subject was given during the session.

90. The representative of India reported on the progress made by the EFV Task Force group during the last session in June 2011 (WP.29-155-16). He outlined the group’s decision to withdraw the original plan to develop a single evaluation concept for EFV and to freeze the activities of the EFV informal group related to the approach of a single score assessment. He sought WP.29s confirmation on that conclusion. He presented the group’s recommendation to develop a progress report listing innovative technologies and their advancements as well as the EFV implementation progress made since the first EFV conference in 2003. He added that the group had identified the need to develop uniform definitions for the new EFV technologies such as different stages of hybrid, electric, hydrogen, other gas powered or dual fuel vehicles. Such an activity could be undertaken in WP.29 with the involvement of different GR groups to develop uniform definitions for the new EFV vehicle technologies such as different stages of hybrid, electric, hydrogen or other gas powered or dual fuel vehicles.

91. WP.29 endorsed the outcome of the EFV Task Force. It was recommended that the progress report should be finalized in due time to become a basic document for exploring the potentials for future regulations at the next EFV Conference. WP.29 agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next sessions on the basis of a concrete document.

92. The representative of US announced the progress in organizing the fifth international EFV conference. She informed WP.29 that the conference with sponsorship including Canada, would be held in Baltimore (Maryland, US) on 10-12 September 2012. She invited all interested WP.29 delegates to attend the conference and, in preparation, requested representatives to share ideas and suggest potential speakers, noting the conference [theme]: “Driving the future today: Innovation, investment and opportunity”.

93. The secretary of the Working Party on Road Safety (WP.1) informed the World Forum that the proposal for amendments to the 1968 Convention on Road Traffic. (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/47) submitted by WP.29 on March 2011 to WP.1, and presented to WP.1 as ECE/TRANS/WP.1/2011/4, was not considered by WP.1 at its September 2011 session. The WP.29 proposal addressed the inconsistencies on matters related to lighting and light signalling devices.

94. The secretariat of WP.1 also informed WP.29 about the issue related to the provision of Article 8 of the 1968 Convention on Road Traffic, which stipulated that every driver shall at all times be able to control his vehicle, was still under consideration by an ad hoc group of experts. He reported that this group had not reached an agreement on the concept of Driver Assistance Systems and that there was no document available yet.

95. The World Forum considered the inconsistencies regarding lighting as the most urgent matter and invited the WP.1 secretary to provide updated information at its next session in March 2012.

96. The secretariat informed the World Forum that the text of the revised publication was in the administrative authorization process for its submission for publication.

97. The Chair of the informal group on the development of UN Global Technical Regulation No. 7 (Head restraints) recalled the purpose of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/85. The World Forum agreed with the approach for indexing the information for test devices, (as indicated in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/85), as Addenda to the Consolidated Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles (R.E.3). The World Forum invited the Chair to develop further the proposal in cooperation with the secretariat.

98. The representative of the United Sates of America confirmed the need of his country on having the information related to test devices as a UN GTR in the framework of the 1998 Agreement.

99. The GRPE Chair suggested introducing into R.E.3, a new annex containing key parameters on market fuel quality (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/127). The secretariat proposed to also amend Annex 3 to take into account the accession of Albania (WP.29-155-15). The World Forum adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/127, as amended below:

  • Annex 2, the title, correct to read:
  • “Guidelines on measures ensuring the audibility of hybrid and electric vehicles”.
  • Annex 3, second paragraph, amend to read:
  • “1 for Germany, …, 53 for Thailand, 54 for Albania, 55 … .”.

100. The secretariat of WP.1 introduced WP.29-155-14 containing a table for monitoring the actions of the Transport Division in the framework of the global plan for the UN decade of action for road safety. He invited the World Forum either to endorse the actions related to WP.29 or to propose modifications. The World Forum delegated the Chair, assisted by the secretariat, to take detailed consideration of the activities of WP.29 and to communicate either amendments to or endorsement of the document.

101. The World Forum agreed to continue consideration of WP.29-155-13 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/146 at its March 2012 session and invited the secretariat to update them, if necessary.

102. The World Forum noted that the informal working group on enforcement of issues regarding defects would have a preparatory session dedicated, to an exchange of information in the afternoon of 17 November 2011 and that its agenda and the presentation of the US enforcement and compliance programme was available from www.unece.org/trans/main/wp29/wp29wgs/wp29gen/ewg1.html.

[On GAR, see Enforcement Working Group pages for more information.]

103. Mr. Boris Kisulenko (Russian Federation) and Mr. Bernard Gauvin (France) were unanimously re-elected Chair and Vice-Chair of WP.29 for the year 2012 in accordance with Rule 13 of the Rules of Procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.1).

109. The World Forum adopted the report, together with the annexes, on its 155th session.

110. Of the 50 Contracting Parties to the Agreement, 35 were represented and established AC.1 for its forty-ninth session held on 16 November 2011.

111. AC.1 invited Mr. B. Gauvin, Vice-Chair of WP.29, to chair the session.

112. The result of the voting on the documents submitted is reflected in the table reproduced under the voting tab.

113. AC.1 requested the Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) to proceed with the notifications of the adopted proposals on the basis of their English versions only.

114. The thirty-third session of the Executive Committee (AC.3) was held on 17 November 2011. The representatives of 25 of the 32 Contracting Parties to the Agreement attended or were represented at the session of AC.3.

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115. Submitted for consideration and vote, the proposed draft UN Global Technical Regulation (UN GTR) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/140, as amended by WP.29-155-09, as reproduced in Annex III to this report) was established in the UN Global Registry on 17 November 2011 by consensus vote of the following Contracting Parties present and voting: Australia, Canada, People’s Republic of China, European Union (voting for Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom), India, Japan, Norway, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, South Africa and United States of America.

116. The technical report (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/141, amended by WP.29-155-10 as reproduced in Annex III to this report) and the adopted proposal for the development of the UN GTR (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/22) would be appended to the established amendment to the UN GTR. The representative of IMMA emphasized the importance of adopting the UN GTR for real global harmonization

117. Submitted for consideration and vote, the proposed Corrigendum 1 to Amendment 1 to the UN Global Technical Regulation No. 4 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/142) was established in the UN Global Registry on 17 November 2011 by consensus vote of the following Contracting Parties present and voting: Australia, Canada, People’s Republic of China, European Union (voting for Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom), India, Japan, Norway, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, South Africa and United States of America.

118. Submitted for consideration and vote, the proposed Corrigendum 2 to the UN Global Technical Regulation No. 11 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/143) was established in the UN Global Registry on 17 November 2011 by consensus vote of the following Contracting Parties present and voting: Australia, Canada, People’s Republic of China, European Union (voting for Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom), India, Japan, Norway, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, South Africa and United States of America.

119. AC.3 requested the secretariat to proceed with the notifications of the adopted proposals on the basis of their English versions only.

121. The representative of the US introduced the Heavy Duty National Program for greenhouse gas emissions and fuel efficiency standards for medium and heavy duty engines (WP.29-155-11) and a further programme for new fuel economy and environment labels for a new generation of vehicles (WP.29-155-12), both for inclusion in the Compendium of Candidate Global Technical Regulations. The representative of the Russian Federation welcomed the initiative and added that his government had started to consider a similar legislation.

122. AC.3 requested the secretariat to distribute informal documents WP.29-155-11 and WP.29-155-12 as official documents for consideration at the next session. The representative of the US would provide the secretariat with the text of the above-mentioned final rules to be listed in the Compendium.

123. AC.3 noted that no guidance was requested.

124. An updated table of priorities and items to be addressed during an exchange of views on the development of UN GTRs is reproduced in Annex IV to this report. The most important information provided during the consideration of the items is reproduced below.

125. The US representative informed AC.3 that discussion on the draft amendments to the UN GTR would be resumed at the December 2011 session of GRSP.

126 No new information was provided for this agenda item.

127. No new information was provided for this agenda item.

128. The Chair of the informal group on Phase II of UN GTR No. 7, introduced the third status report of the informal group (WP.29-155-40). He reported that the group had met seven times and that the last meeting was held in Washington, D.C. on 10 June 2011. He informed that the group had been addressing the head restraint height issue in two parts: (i) the procedure for measuring and determining effective height of the head restraint rather than physical height, and (ii) recommendations for the height requirement. He said good progress has been made on evaluating the rear impact dummy (BIORID II) device, although he explained that an issue relating reproducibility has been highlighted and that this was currently being investigated further. Notwithstanding unforeseeable delays, he underlined that the group had still been working to provide recommendations to GRSP at its 2012 sessions. He concluded that the next meetings of the informal group were scheduled in Geneva on 5-6 December 2011, prior to the GRSP session and in London during the week beginning 19 March 2012, in conjunction with the informal groups on harmonization of side impact dummies and Pole Side Impact. AC.3 requested the secretariat to distribute WP.29-155-40 with an official symbol.

129. The representative of Germany informed AC.3 about the ongoing activities of the informal group on UN GTR No. 9 Phase II, to solve the pending issues for the incorporation of the flexible legform impactor (Flex-PLI) in the Phase II of the UN GTR No. 9 and in the draft UN Regulation on pedestrian safety (WP.29-155-35). He announced that the first meeting of the informal group was planned to be held on 1 and 2 December 2011 tostart (i) the technical discussion, (ii) to finalize the draft terms of references and (iii) the work plan for submission to the December 2011 session of GRSP.

130. AC.3 agreed to develop an amendment to the UN GTR No. 9 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/148) sponsored by the Netherlands. The secretariat was requested to prepare a corresponding AC.3 document and to transmit it to GRSP for consideration.

131. The Chair of GRPE presented an executive summary of the Technical Report prepared by the informal working group on HFCV Subgroup Environment (HFCV-SGE) that included the outcome of discussions and recommendations available in the different regions in support of the harmonization process (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/147). The full technical report was made available as ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2011/13. He outlined the group’s recommendation to waive the development of a stand-alone UN GTR for environmental related provisions for HFCV and its preference to amend case by case existing UN Regulations or GTRs to accommodate such vehicles or to consider them during the developing process of new Regulations. He concluded that the work of the SGE subgroup had been finalized. AC.3 endorsed the conclusions as reflected in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/147. Concerning the safety related issues, he reported on the good progress made by the informal group HFCV-SGS. The draft UN GTR with safety related requirements was transmitted to GRSP for consideration at the December 2011 session. Depending on the resolution of some outstanding issues, the three co-sponsors anticipated that the draft GTR would be submitted to WP.29/AC.3 for adoption in 2012.

132. The Chair of the informal working group reported about the progress made by the group after 15 sessions. He added that the addition of technical issues (i.e. rolling resistance, modification of the scope) had resulted in a certain delay in the development of Phase I of the UN GTR (WP.29-155-41), which would have also an effect in the development of Phase II. He requested to extend the timeline for Phase I by 12 months, until June 2013 and added than an estimation for the completion of Phase II would be made at a later stage. AC.3 gave its consent for this extension.

133. The Chair of GRPE reported on the progress of work made by the two WLTP subgroups on the development of the harmonized cycle (DHC) and of the test procedures (DTP). He informed AC.3 that DHC had finalized a first version of the test cycle (WLTC) in July 2011, and that the first phase of the validation had been conducted during August and September 2011. He mentioned that the European Commission had sent a letter to Japan, as co-sponsor, with a number of concerns and suggesting a delay of about three months for the start of validation Phase II. He mentioned a further concern raised by India that the proposed test cycle was not appropriate for low powered vehicles. He stated that the concerns were currently discussed amongst the stakeholders. He expected that a solution could be validated by GRPE in January 2012, including a revised WLTP roadmap. AC.3 noted that the European Commission would sponsor a drafting manager to support and coordinate the process of the UN GTR development. AC.3 welcomed the information and agreed to resume consideration of this important subject at its March 2012 session.

134. The representative of Australia, chairing the informal working group on PSI, informed AC.3 about the outcome of the fourth meeting of the group held in Seoul on 27-28 October 2011. He stated that the group considered an initial text of a draft UN GTR and a revised version of this text had been circulated for comments by 20 January 2012. He clarified that the primary focus of the draft GTR was to establish a test procedure involving a WorldSID 50th percentile male. However, he underlined that the group considered providing for a second phase of development of the UN GTR to include a WorldSID 5th percentile female. In this respect, the terms of reference of the group would have to be modified and that this matter would be addressed in the next progress report. He added that other activities were being conducted by the group, such as consideration of possible exemptions for Category 1-2 and Category 2 vehicles. Moreover, he reported that Australia was continuing research on the effectiveness of airbags and on the benefits of the UN GTR through the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC), and that it would liaise with other countries on benefits and with the industry for cost data. Moreover, he concluded that his country and Canada were continuing with their joint crash test programme and that other members of the group, including Japan, were conducting test programmes to assist the development of the UN GTR.

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135. No new information was provided for this agenda item.

136. No new information was provided for this agenda item.

137. No new information was provided for this agenda item.

138. The representative of the US informed AC.3 about the outcome of the last meeting of the informal working group on harmonization of side impact dummies, held in Seoul on 26 October 2011. He announced that the work programme concerning the 50th percentile dummy was near completion. He mentioned that ISO was close to recommending injury criteria and that the group could begin consideration on this subject. He added that one of themajor pending issues was the measurement of thorax deflection. Moreover, he informed that recent testing with two and three dimensional devices indicated that additional capabilities might be necessary to predict chest injuries and that likely additional biofidelity assessment would be needed. He also added that delays in testing and the receipt of dummy parts may extend the timeline for the 5th percentile female dummy. However, he underlined that the group was trying to maintain the original 2013 timeline for the completion of the biofidelity evaluation. He also informed that the group approved a technical evaluation group to focus on the 5th percentile female dummy. He concluded that the group was working closely with the pole side impact group to synchronize timelines and that the next meeting was expected in March 2012.

139. The representative of the United Kingdom expressed concerns for the unavailability of certain material of dummy components, subject to environmental law restriction. He mentioned that this could result in hampering availability of test tools. AC.3 agreed to add a specific agenda item on this subject for consideration at its March 2012 session.

141. NHTSA Chief Council, Mr. K. Vincent, introduced a joint proposal by Japan, US and EU (WP.29-155-38) requesting the authorization for establishing two informal working groups that would address the safety and environmental requirements for electric vehicles and develop a UN GTR on electric vehicles. He complemented the request with a presentation (WP.29-155-43). The proposal received general support from AC.3. As a timeline, he proposed (i) March 2012 for the adoption of the authorization by AC.3, (ii) spring 2012 for the adoption of the terms of reference for each group, and (iii) 2014 as a possible date for the adoption of the UN GTR. The Chair of GRPE suggested considering the terms of reference of environmental requirements already at the next GRPE session, in January 2012. AC.3 requested the secretariat to distribute WP.29-155-38 with an official symbol for its consideration at the March 2012 session.

142. AC.3 noted that no new proposals were presented for consideration at this session.

143. No new business was raised.

144. Due to the lack of quorum, the Administrative Committee of the 1997 Agreement was not convened.

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76. The World Forum considered ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/53 and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the correction mentioned below:

Page 2, item 21, correct “with and ESC” to read “with an ESC”.

104. The World Forum agreed, in principle, with the proposal by OICA to initiate the work to a new UN Regulation on recyclability of M1 and N1 vehicles to be annexed to the 1958 Agreement. WP.29 invited the representative of OICA to elaborate a detailed proposal for consideration at the March 2012 session. The representative of Japan recommended verifying if this proposal was covered by the scope of the 1958 Agreement.

105. The Chair of the World Forum presented a proposal for amendments to its Terms of Reference and Rules of Procedure (WP.29-155-34). It was agreed to continue consideration of this proposal at the March 2012 session, on the basis of an official proposal to be prepared by the secretariat.

140. The representative of the US introduced a proposal to develop a UN GTR on quiet road transport vehicles (WP.29-155-42) and indicated that his country and Japan had volunteered to be the technical sponsors, with the US chairing the informal working group under GRB. He indicated that the EU has been invited to co-sponsor the UN GTR. He proposed to update the proposal before submitting it for consideration at the March 2012 session of AC.3. The proposal, which would cover the presence, location, direction and operation of vehicles for visually impaired road users, received general support. The Chair of GRB stated that GRB expertise did cover all the above-mentioned matters with the exception of safety related matters. The representative of the US suggested that the group of GRB experts could be completed by adding safety experts from GRRF, GRSG and GRSP, if necessary. AC.3 agreed to inform the experts of these Working Parties about the development of the UN GTR, inviting them to participate at its sessions.

1. The World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) held its 155th session from 15–18 November 2011, chaired by Mr. B. Kisulenko (Russian Federation). The following countries were represented, following Rule 1(a) of the Rules of Procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.1): Australia; Belgium; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Canada; People’s Republic of China; Czech Republic; Estonia; Egypt; Finland; France; Germany; Hungary; India; Italy, Japan; Latvia; Luxembourg; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Republic of Korea; Romania; Russian Federation; Serbia; Slovakia; Slovenia; Republic of South Africa; Spain; Switzerland; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; United States of America. Representatives of the European Union (EU) participated. The following non-governmental organizations were also represented: International Organization for Standardization (ISO); International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA); European Association of Automotive Suppliers(CLEPA, representing itself and the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) and the Japan Auto-Parts Industries Association (JAPIA)); Working Party “Brussels 1952” (GTB); Association for Emission Control by Catalyst (AECC); the Foundation for the Automobile and Society (FIA Foundation); the International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA); Union of Technical Assistance for Motor Vehicle and Road Traffic (UNATAC); FIA Foundation for the Automobile and Society and FIA Mobility (FIA); Consumers International (CI); SAE International (SAE). At the invitation of the secretariat, the European Tyre and Rim Technical Organization (ETRTO) and Integer Research (INTEGER) also participated.

2. The Executive Secretary of the UNECE welcomed the participants and confirmed the high importance of the World Forum for the UNECE. He underlined that the worldwide relevance of WP.29 was recently confirmed by the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministerial declaration at its seventh session, which strongly encouraged economies to participate in the World Forum WP.29. The Executive Secretary stressed the crucial role of WP.29 in the framework of the third pillar of the Global Plan of Action for Road Safety concerning safer vehicles.

3. The Executive Secretary welcomed the decision of the World Forum to amend the 1958 Agreement to make it more attractive for emerging economies and to insert the international whole vehicle type approval concept. He also welcomed the completion of the 1997 Agreement through the recent adoption of Rule No. 2 on roadworthiness and further underlined the need to define the future of the Agreement. He expressed his wish that new UN Global Technical Regulations (UN GTRs) on innovative technologies would be incorporated into the programme of work of the 1998 Agreement, especially the development of UN GTRs on electric vehicles and on the audibility of quiet road transport vehicles.

4. The vice-Chair of the World Forum underlined the social, political and economic importance of the work of the World Forum. As a fact, he reminded WP.29 that they, in fact, adopted more than 100 amendments annually, adapting the current 138 vehicle regulations to technical progress. He stressed the need to have on time, the amendments in the three authentic languages of the amendments to allow the Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) to issue the Depositary Notifications for the entry into force of the new regulations and their amendments. He informed the Executive Secretary that more details regarding this important issue would be addressed to him through a letter by the Chair and himself. He explained that, in the framework of the review of the UNECE reform, the administration of the three Agreements cannot be reduced as it depends not on the secretariat of the UNECE, but on the political needs of Contracting Parties and of technical progress. He added that, for the required efficiency of the World Forum, its secretariat should be given absolute priority to perform the tasks of WP.29.

5. The representative of the United States of America (US) stated that for his country the World Forum in general and the 1998 Agreement in particular, had a very high value for developing Global Technical Regulations for Vehicle. He recalled the position of his government preferring to concentrate the efforts in WP.29, currently situated in UNECE, instead of creating new regional organizations for developing vehicle regulations. Furthermore, he stated that resource reduction within the secretariat may impact mission essential functions of the 1998 Agreement and urged the Executive Secretary to consider this in future decision-making.

6. The representative of the European Union (EU) confirmed the trust of his organization in the work of the World Forum demonstrated by the direct application of the UN Regulations in the legislation of the EU. He pleaded for maintaining the high level of quality and efficiency by the secretariat.

7. The representative of Japan supported the positions of the US and the EU. He added that Japan had participated in the work of World Forum for more than 20 years and had dedicated huge quantities of resources. He affirmed the high political, social and economic importance for his country of the work of WP.29. Finally, he explained Japan’s activities in the Asian region aiming at promoting the accession of its countries to the 1958 Agreement. He reminded WP.29 that China, India, Korea and other Asian countries regularly participated in the work of the World Forum.

8. The representative of France stressed the importance of the revision of the UNECE reform and expressed the valuable results of the World Forum for his country. He further expressed the need to have an adequate notification system for the regulatory work of the World Forum, including the translations of the authentic versions of the Agreements.

9. The President of OICA underlined that the automotive industry was facing technological challenges regarding environment and safety, among them the development of electric vehicles. He added that WP.29 was a crucial platform for vehicle manufacturers and their suppliers to develop in time the necessary legal framework to allow the introduction of innovative technologies into the market. He offered the full support of OICA to the World Forum.

10. The Executive Secretary expressed his appreciation for the comments received and expressed his hope that, in the current process of the review of the UNECE reform, the essential role of the World Forum would not only be reconfirmed but reinforced. He indicated that improvement of the conditions for an efficient notification system would be carefully considered. Finally, he expressed his appreciation to the WP.29 secretariat for its expertise and performance.

106. Upon the request of the representative of Canada, the secretariat reported on the work progress made by the Transport Division on the UNDA project aimed at developing an assessment tool for inland transport CO2 emissions. More detailed information is available at: www.unece.org/trans/theme_forfits.html.

107. The World Forum noted that Ms. N. Enonler was retiring after more than 30 years of work in the United Nations System, 20 of which were in the vehicle regulation unit. WP.29 representative thanked Ms. N. Enonler for her support and willingness to help them with a long applause and whished her a long and happy retirement.

108. Mr. F. Van West informed WP.29 that he was participating at his last session of WP.29 due to his retirement. The World Forum thanked him for his cooperation and wished him a long, happy retirement.

120. The representative of Canada presented WP.29-155-22 proposing to add to S.R.1 the recommendations on market fuel quality (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/127) introduced into R.E.3 as a new annex. AC.3 expressed its agreement to the proposal with an indicative vote and referred the final approval to its next session in March 2012.

55. Under agenda item 4.6.5 (UN Regulation No. 48), the World Forum agreed to defer consideration of document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/99 and Corr.1 to its June 2012 session, subject to a final review by GRE at its March 2012 session.

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2. GRE noted GRE-67-23 including all the informal documents and new items in the
provisional agenda. GRE agreed to insert new agenda items 4(a)(viii), 4(a)(ix), 15(g)(i),
15(g)(ii), 15(g)(iii), 15(g)(iv) and 15(g)(v), and adopted the agenda proposed for the sixty-seventh session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/1 as amended by Add.1 and Corr.1).

3. GRE noted that the reports of the November 2011 and March 2012 sessions of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) were available at the WP.29 website (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1093 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1095). The following major issues of the sessions were highlighted:

(a) Situation on the delays in the publishing procedure of documentation;

(b) Availability of documentation in the three authentic languages;

(c) Instructions and rules of the UN Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) for Corrigenda, specifying that Corrigenda should aim exclusively at correcting, without modifying the meaning or substance of the text of the treaty: (a) physical errors on typing, printing, spelling … (b) lack of conformity of the treaty with the official records, and/or (c) lack of concordance between the texts of the different authentic languages;

(d) Recommendations from OLA that the terms “UN Regulations”, “UN Global Technical Regulations” and “UN Rules” could be used in administrative and informative documents, but not in legal documents (subject to a revision of the text of the 1958, 1997 and 1998 Agreements).

4. GRE noted that proposals on this subject were awaited and agreed to defer discussion to the next session in October 2012.

5. GRE considered ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/2, tabled by the expert from GTB intending to phase out more light sources. The expert from IEC introduced GRE-67-22, superseding GRE-67-06, correcting some editorial mistakes in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/2. GRE adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/2 and GRE-67-22, as reproduced in Annex V to the report, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2012 sessions as draft Supplement 40 to the 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 37.

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34. The Chair of the informal group on a draft Horizontal Reference Document for lightsignalling devices introduced GRE-67-35 as draft report of the work of his group. GRE agreed with the suggestion of the Chair of the informal group to suspend the work of this group due to the lack of progress made and to keep this item on the agenda of its October 2012 session.

35. The expert from Japan introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/13, clarifying the transitional provisions of the 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 10. GRE adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/13, not amended, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2012 sessions as draft Supplement 1 to the 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 10.

36. The expert from GTB introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/3, removing an ambiguity in the provisions concerning determination of the Conformity of Production. GRE adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/3, not amended, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2012 sessions as part of draft Supplement 4 to the 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 19 (see para. 24).

37. GRE considered, for information only, GRE-67-10, presented by the expert from GTB, aimed at reminding the secretariat of the purpose of Supplement 3 to the 03 Series of UN Regulation 19 when preparing a revision of this Regulation.

38. GRE resumed consideration of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2011/46, tabled by the expert from GTB, updating the test requirements. GRE noted that the discussion on integrating private standards in WP.29 was postponed to the June 2012 session. GRE agreed to keep this agenda item for the October 2012 session. GRE also invited the experts from GTB and CLEPA to combine ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2011/46 and GRE-67-12, if possible (see para. 39).

39. The expert from CLEPA introduced GRE-67-12, enabling the combination of the two separate optically active stripes of the advance warning triangle into one. GRE agreed to continue discussion on this issue at its October 2012 session and requested the secretariat to distribute GRE-67-12 with an official symbol. GRE also invited the experts from GTB and CLEPA to combine ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2011/46 and GRE-67-12, if possible (see para. 38).

40. GRE considered ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/4, introduced by the expert from GTB, clarifying the requirements related to the number and nature of samples needed for type approval tests to harmonize procedures of technical services. GRE agreed, in principle, with the proposal and agreed to resume consideration on this agenda item at its October 2012 session on the basis of a revised text prepared by the expert from CLEPA.

41. GRE reconsidered ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2011/48, tabled by the expert from SAE, clarifying the execution of the design and test requirements. GRE noted that the experts from SAE and GTB would work together to resolve the comments received and agreed to keep this item on the agenda of the October 2012 session.

42. GRE noted that a revised proposal based on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2011/35 was not yet available. GRE agreed to resume consideration of this subject on the basis of a revised proposal jointly prepared by the experts from China and GTB at its October 2012 session. GRE also invited the expert from SAE to cooperate the drafting of the proposal, if needed.

43. The expert from GTB introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/5, improving the definition of the zones in the photometric requirements. GRE adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/5, not amended, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 an AC.1 for consideration at their November 2012 sessions as part of draft Supplement 2 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 119 (see para. 25).

44. The expert from IMMA reported that no observations or study results are yet available on the impact of the use of the amber front position lamp to improve the conspicuity of motorcycles. GRE agreed to keep this item on the agenda of the October 2012 session awaiting new proposals on at improving the visibility of motorcycles, if available.

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24. GRE considered ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/7, introduced by the expert from GTB, aimed at the definition of “type” for several lighting Regulations. GRE agreed, in principle, with the proposal. Additionally the expert from GTB presented GRE-67-18 adding the changed definition for Regulation No. 31 to the original proposal. GRE adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/7, amended by GRE-67-18, and requested the secretariat to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1, for consideration at their November 2012 sessions, as part of draft Supplement 4 to the 04 series of UN Regulation 19 (see para. 36), as draft Supplement 8 to the 02 series of amendments of UN Regulation 31 as reproduced in Annex IV to the report, as part of draft Supplement 4 to the 01 series of UN Regulation No. 98 (see paras. 29, 30 and 31), as part of draft Supplement 4 to the 01 series of UN Regulation No. 112 (see paras. 29, 30, 31 and 32), as part of draft Supplement 2 to the 01 series of UN Regulation No. 113 (see paras. 27 and 29) and as part of draft Supplement 4 to the 01 series of UN Regulation No. 123 (see paras. 28, 29 and 30).

6. The expert from GTB withdrew ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2011/49. GRE agreed to remove this agenda item.

7. GRE considered ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/6 introduced by the expert from GTB, correcting the LED module definition in UN Regulation No. 48. GRE adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/6, not amended, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2012 sessions as part of Supplement 10 to the 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48 (see paras. 12, 13, 14, 28 and 32).

8. The expert from GTB introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/16 revising the provisions for the reduction of geometric visibility angles for direction indicator lamps, stop lamps, front and rear position lamps and retro reflectors. GRE agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session on the basis of a revised proposal, including all relevant UN Regulations.

9. The expert from the Netherlands introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/22 clarifying the test conditions on the sensitivity requirements of the sensor system for automatic driving beam (ADB). GRE agreed, in principle, to the proposal and invited the expert from the Netherlands and the United Kingdom to prepare a revised proposal for consideration at the October 2012 session of GRE.

10. GRE considered GRE-67-25, presented by the expert from OICA, further clarifying the test conditions regarding the requirements for the sensitivity of the sensor system for ADB. GRE agreed to resume consideration on this subject at its October 2012 session on the basis of a revised official proposal, voluntarily prepared by the expert from OICA.

11. The expert from the Netherlands introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/23 clarifying the requirements for the mandatory manual override for ADB control. GRE agreed in principle with the proposal and invited the expert from the Netherlands to prepare a revised proposal on the basis of the comments received by the experts from OICA and Italy for the October 2012 session of GRE.

12. The expert from Japan introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/14 clarifying the definition of a “fixed position” in UN Regulation No. 48. Following the discussion, the expert from Japan introduced GRE-67-32 superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/14. GRE adopted GRE-67-32, as reproduced in Annex VI to the report, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1, for consideration at their November 2012 sessions, as part of Supplement 10 to the 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48 (see paras. 7, 13, 14, 28 and 32).

13. GRE considered GRE-67-04, tabled by the expert from Germany as well as proposals from CLEPA (GRE-67-28 and GRE-67-29) and from OICA (GRE-67-36) amending the requirements for conspicuity marking for heavy vehicles. Finally the expert from Germany introduced GRE-67-38, superseding GRE-67-04. However the experts from EC, France and Italy expressed their reservation on voting for this proposal. GRE adopted GRE-67-38, superseding GRE-67-04, GRE-67-28, GRE-67-29 and GRE-67-36, as reproduced in Annex VI to the report. The secretariat was requested to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1, for consideration at their November 2012 sessions, as part of Supplement 10 to the 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48 (see paras. 7, 12, 14, 28 and 32) and also to have a final review at the next session of GRE.

14. GRE considered GRE-67-08 and GRE-67-26, aligning UN Regulation No. 48 with UN Regulation No. 121 (Location and Identification of hand controls, tell-tales and indicators) and eliminating inconsistency with the hazard warning light tell-tale. GRE adopted GRE-67-26, as reproduced in Annex VI to the report, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1, for consideration at their November 2012 sessions, as part of Supplement 10 to the 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48 (see paras. 7, 12, 13, 28 and 32).

15. GRE considered GRE-67-13, tabled by the expert from Japan, proposing the suppression of the mandatory fitting of sensors for the adaptive main beam and Adaptive Front lighting System (AFS) to detect retro-reflectors. GRE agreed to resume considerationof this subject at its October 2012 session and requested the secretariat to distribute GRE-67-13 with an official symbol.

30. The expert from GTB introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/10, aimed at improving the accuracy of the test procedures in order to verify the stability of the photometric performance. GRE adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/10, as amended below by GRE-67-16, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2012 sessions as part of draft Supplement 4 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 98 (see paras. 24, 29 and 31), as part of draft Supplement 4 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 112 (see paras. 24, 29, 31 and 32) and as part of draft Supplement 4 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 123 (see paras. 24, 28 and 29).


















Page 1, Amendment to UN Regulation No. 98:
Annex 4, Paragraph 1.1.2.2., amend to read:
“1.1.2.2.Photometric test:
Passing beam:
50 R – B 50 L – HV 25L for headlamps designed for right-hand traffic
50 L – B 50 R – HV 25R for headlamps designed for left-hand traffic
….”
Page 1, Amendment to UN Regulation No. 112:
Annex 4, Paragraph 1.1.2.2., amend to read:
“1.1.2.2.Photometric test:
Passing beam:
50 R – B 50 L – HV 25L for headlamps designed for right-hand traffic
50 L – B 50 R – HV 25R for headlamps designed for left-hand traffic
….”

29. GRE considered ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/9 and GRE-67-03, introduced by the expert from GTB, correcting and harmonizing the provisions concerning approval markings in different lighting regulations. GRE adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/9 and GRE-67-03, and requested the secretariat to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2012 sessions as draft Supplement 13 to the 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 3, as part of draft Supplement 16 to UN Regulation No. 4, as reproduced in Annex II (see para. 25), as part of draft Supplement 21 to the 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 7 (see para. 25), as part of draft Supplement 19 to UN Regulation No. 23 as amended in Annex III (see para. 25), as draft Supplement 7 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 45, as part of draft Supplement 16 to UN Regulation No. 87 (see para. 25), as part of draft Supplement 4 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 98 (see paras. 24, 30 and 31), as part of draft Supplement 4 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 112 (see paras. 24, 30, 31 and 32), as part of draft Supplement 2 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 113 (see paras. 24 and 27) and as part of draft Supplement 4 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 123 (see paras. 24, 28 and 30).

28. The expert from GTB introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/8, introducing the definition of a Gonio(photo)meter into UN Regulation No. 48 and amending the existing description of a goniometer in UN Regulation No. 123. GRE adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/8, as amended below, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2012 sessions as part of draft Supplement 10 to the 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48 (see paras. 7, 12, 13, 14 and 32) and as part of draft Supplement 4 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 123 (see paras. 24, 29 and 30). Additionally, the expert from GTB was invited to consider a proposal for modifying the scope of UN Regulation No. 48 to reflect the variety of defined expressions in the definition section.

Page 1, amend to read
“Add a new Annex 15, to read:
Annex 15 …”

32. GRE considered ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/11, tabled by the expert from GTB, defining the conditions under which voltage control gear may be used in conjunction with filament light sources. The expert from IEC introduced GRE-67-17 and GRE-67-30, raising some concerns to the proposal. GRE noted that the experts from Germany and the Netherlands raised their objection to a general voltage variation of filament lamps. GRE adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/12, not amended, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2012 sessions as part of draft Supplement 10 to the 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48 (see paras. 7, 12, 13, 14, and 28) and as part of draft Supplement 4 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 112 (see paras. 24, 29, 30 and 31).

31. The expert from GTB introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/11, clarifying the requirements and the testing of the resistance of the plastic lens surface to mechanical deterioration. GRE adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/11, not amended, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2012 sessions as part of draft Supplement 4 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 98 (see paras. 24, 29 and 30) and as part of draft Supplement 4 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 112 (see paras. 24, 29, 30 and 32).

27. GRE considered ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/15 and Corr.1 and GRE-67-21, tabled by the expert from IMMA, introducing bend lighting for motorcycles. GRE adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/15, as amended below by GRE-67-21, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1, for consideration at their November 2012 sessions, as part of draft Supplement 14 to the 01 series of UN Regulation No. 53 (see para. 56), and as part of draft Supplement 2 to the 01 series of UN Regulation No. 113 (see paras. 24 and 29). Additionally this item will be subject to a final review of the next session of GRE.

Page 4, par. 6.2.6.1., amend to read:

  • “6.2.6.1… However, the additional light source(s) or additional lighting unit(s) shall not be activated when the bank angle is less than [3] degrees. …”

17. The expert from OICA introduced GRE-67-27, raising industry concerns about ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/21, regarding visibility range, glare and a note to the driver. The expert from Poland presented GRE-67-33 supporting ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/21 and GRE-67-37 as a revised version of
ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/21. GRE agreed to resume consideration of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/21 at its October 2012 session. GRE requested the secretariat to distribute GRE-67-37 with an official symbol for its next session.

18. GRE considered ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/18, introduced by the expert from Germany, intending to eliminate certain inconsistencies in the existing text on reversing lamps. GRE adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/18, as amended below, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1, for consideration at their November 2012 sessions, as draft Supplement 2 to the 05 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48.

Page 2, par. 6.4.5.2., amend to read:


“6.4.5.2.… longitudinal plane of the vehicle. The vertical aim of the two optional
devices may be directed downwards.”

19. GRE resumed consideration of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/99 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/99/Corr.1. GRE agreed to prepare and adopt a document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/99/Corr.2, superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/99/Corr.1, including a change of all the references to the 90-month transitional period to a 84-month transitional period, and to furthermore amend all references to Supplement 8 to the 04 series of amendments to Supplement 01 to the 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48. The secretariat was requested to submit ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/99/Corr.2 to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their June 2012 sessions and agreed to keep this item on the agenda of its October 2012 session.

20. The expert from GTB introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/17 on the definition of “manufacturer” in Regulation No. 48. GRE agreed to transfer the proposed definition into an amendment to the UN Consolidated Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles (UN R.E.3) and to the UN Special Resolution No. 1 (UN S.R. 1). Accordingly GRE adopted GRE-67-34, as reproduced in Annex X and XI to the report, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1, for consideration at their November 2012 sessions, as Amendment 5 to UN R.E.3 and Amendment 1 to UN S.R 1.

21. GRE adopted GRE-67-09, introduced by the expert from GTB, correcting an editorial error in the 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48, as reproduced below and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1, for consideration at their November 2012 sessions, as Corrigendum 1 to Supplement 7 to the 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48.

The note under paragraph 6.1.7.2 on page 2, correct to read:

  • “Paragraphs 6.1.7.1 to 6.1.7.3 (former), renumber as paragraphs 6.1.7.3 to 6.1.7.5”

25. GRE noted the decision of WP.29 and AC.1 to adopt the draft Regulation on standardized LED at their March 2012 session. The expert from GTB introduced GRE-67- 24, updating some of the titles of the related documents and correcting an editorial error in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2011/9. Accordingly GRE adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2011/6, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2011/7, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2011/8, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2011/9, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2011/10, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2011/11, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2011/12, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2011/13, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2011/14, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2011/15, amended by GRE-67-24, changing the number of some supplements as indicated below, and requested the secretariat to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2012 sessions, as part of draft Supplement 16 to UN Regulation No. 4 (see para. 29), as draft Supplement 23 to the 01 series of UN Regulation No. 6, as part of draft Supplement 21 to the 02 series of UN Regulation No. 7 (see para. 29), as part of draft Supplement 19 to UN Regulation No. 23 as amended in Annex III (see para. 29), as draft Supplement 16 to UN Regulation No. 38, as part of draft Supplement 16 to UN Regulation No. 50 (see para. 56), as draft Supplement 15 to UN Regulation No. 77, as part of draft Supplement 16 to UN Regulation No. 87 (see para. 29), as draft Supplement 14 to UN Regulation No. 91 and as part of draft Supplement 02 to the 01 series of UN Regulation No. 119 (see para. 43).

26. The expert from Germany introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/20 inserting provisions for the usage of incandescent light sources for light source modules and nonreplaceable light sources. He also presented GRE-67-01, showing the proposed changes to IEC 60809 and IEC 60810, linked in Regulations Nos. 4, 6, 7, 23, 38, 50, 77, 87, 91 and 119. GRE noted some concerns about the timing of the proposal and agreed to keep the item on the agenda until the proposals for IEC 60809 and 60810 are adopted.

33. The expert from Germany presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/19, aimed at improving the Conformity of Production (CoP) requirements in all relevant lighting regulations. The experts from the United Kingdom and the Netherlands raised their concerns about a possible relaxation of the CoP process. GRE supported the intent of the proposal and agreed to resume consideration on this subject at its October 2012 session. GRE invited the expert from Germany to prepare a revised proposal, covering all relevant lighting regulations and adding the necessary background information.

16. GRE noted that no concrete proposal was available to simplify and clarify the transitional provisions of UN Regulation No. 48 and agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its October 2012 session. The expert from the European Commission introduced GRE-67-31 as a basis for further discussion on this subject.

22. The expert from GTB introduced GRE-67-11 reporting on the work progress of the informal group on Database for the Exchange of Type Approval documentation (DETA). He stated that GTB will align its timetable for implementing the simplification of the approval marking with that presented by the Informal Group. GRE agreed to keep this item on the agenda of its further sessions.

23. The expert from Germany reported on the progress made on this issue. GRE agreed to resume consideration of this agenda item at its next session on the basis of a concrete proposal tabled by the expert from Germany.

45. GRE considered GRE-67-20, introduced by the expert from Germany, reporting on the results of the sixty-third session of the Working Party on Road Traffic safety (WP.1), held on 19-21 March 2012 in Geneva. GRE noted that ECE/TRANS/WP.1/2011/4 was not yet adopted by WP.1. GRE agreed to keep this item on the agenda for its future sessions.

46. The secretariat reported on the special policy segment on ITS, held during seventyfourth session of the Inland Transport Committee (ITC). During the first-of-its-kind ITS kick-off event, more than 140 government participants, industry experts and academia came together to mark UNECE’s launch of the ITS strategy embodied by the UNECE publication “ITS for sustainable mobility”. The event showcased that ITS deployment was on track in many places, as outlined by the high-level speakers from the European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Russian Federation, South Africa and the United Kingdom, although more work needed to be done. GRE agreed to keep this item on the agenda.

47. The Chair informed GRE about the forthcoming Vision Congress 2012 on the subject of adaptive lighting and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). The event, organized by the French Society of Automotive Engineers (SIA), would be held in the “Palais des Congrès” in Versailles (France), on 9-10 October 2012 (see detailed information at: www.sia.fr/evenement_detail_vision_1119.htm).

48. The secretariat informed GRE that UNECE presented its Action Plan for the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011–2020) in ECE/TRANS/2012/4. GRE agreed to keep this item on the agenda.

49. The secretariat informed GRE about the progress in developing the international whole vehicle type approval (IWVTA). He reported on the good work progress made by the informal group since the November 2011 session of WP.29. GRE also noted that two subgroups would start drafting the revision to the 1958 Agreement (chaired by the European Commission) and the text of UN Regulation No. 0 (chaired by Japan).

50. GRE noted that WP.29 expressed the need to nominate an IWVTA ambassador to explain the guideline at the forthcoming sessions of each GR, to assist the GRs and to monitor the work progress made (see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1095, paras. 57-59). GRE experts were invited to consider the possibility to take such a role for GRE.

51. The GRE Chair introduced GRE-67-05, including “Candidate Items for Technical Regulations Applicable to International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA)” and “Guideline for GRs to Review Technical Regulations Applicable to IWVTA”. GRE agreed to consider GRE-67-05 in detail at the next session, in order to identify the lighting and light-signalling candidates for Regulation No. 0, and requested the secretariat to distribute GRE-67-05 with an official symbol for the October 2012 session.

52. GRE agreed to remove this topic from the agenda.

53. GRE agreed to remove this topic from the agenda.

54. GRE adopted GRE-67-02, correcting an editorial error, as reproduced below, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 an AC.1 for consideration at their November 2012 sessions as draft Corrigendum 1 to Revision 5 of UN Regulation No. 6.

English version only, Annex 2, amend to read:

  • “…
  • 9. Concise description:
    • Category: 1, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3, 4, 5, 62
    • Number, category:…………………………………………………………………………….."

55. GRE adopted GRE-67-07, tabled by the expert of IEC clarifying the provisions in UN Regulation No. 99, as reproduced in Annex IX, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 an AC.1 for consideration at their November 2012 sessions as draft Supplement 8 to UN Regulation No. 99.

56. The expert from IMMA introduced GRE-67-14 and GRE-67-15, amending the inward visibility angle of front position lamps in UN Regulations Nos. 50 (Position, stop, direction indicator lamps for mopeds and motorcycles) and 53 (Installation of lighting and light-signalling devices for L3 category vehicles). GRE adopted GRE-67-14, as reproduced in Annex VII to the report and GRE-67-15, as reproduced in Annex VIII to the report, and requested the secretariat to submit them to WP.29 an AC.1 for consideration at their November 2012 sessions as part of draft Supplement 16 to UN Regulation No. 50 (see para. 25), and as part of draft Supplement 14 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 53 (see para. 27).

57. The expert from Germany introduced GRE-67-19, aimed at deleting the provisions regarding distributed lighting systems (DLS) or light generators from UN Regulations Nos. 19, (Front fog lamps), 48 (Installation of lighting and light-signalling) and 98 (Headlamp with gas-discharge light sources). GRE agreed in principle with the proposal, but noted some concerns raised by the experts from Austria, Italy and CLEPA, and invited the expert from Germany to prepare a revised proposal, taking into account the comments, for the October 2012 session.

58. The expert from France introduced a short movie presenting a showcar with a direction indicator varying its appearance during the illumination period. As a general understanding, GRE agreed that according to paragraph 5.9. of Regulation No. 48 (Installation of lighting and light-signalling) the installation of a lamp with an intentional variation of the apparent surface (e.g. direction indicator or other lamps) would not be allowed. However, GRE agreed to resume discussion on this subject at its October 2012 session awaiting a GTB study on this matter.

1. The Working Party on Lighting and Light-Signalling (GRE) held its sixty-seventh session from 26 to 29 March 2012 in Geneva, under the chairmanship of Mr. M. Gorzkowski (Canada). 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 and Amend. 1): Austria; Canada; China; Czech Republic; Finland; France; Germany; Hungary; India; Italy; Japan; Luxembourg; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Republic of Korea; Russian Federation; Serbia; Spain; South Africa and United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. An expert from the European Commission (EC) participated.

Experts from the following non-governmental organizations also took part in the session: European Association of Automobile Suppliers (CLEPA); International Association of the Body and Trailer Building Industry (CLCCR); International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA); International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA) and Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).

Upon the special invitation of the Chair, the experts from the Working Party “Brussels 1952 (GTB)” participated.

59. Learning that Mr. F. Müller (OICA) would no longer attend the sessions, GRE acknowledged his good cooperation and contributions to GRE activities for more than eleven years and wished him all the best for a healthy, happy and long retirement.

60. GRE was informed that Mr. Yamakawa (OICA) and Mr. Legagneur would no longer participate in the sessions. GRE thanked them for their excellent contributions and expertise to the work of GRE during the last four years and wished them all the best in their new positions.

61. The Chair reported on the advice expressed by the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) with regard to the work of GRE (see report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1095, para. 76):

  • - Focus on making the Regulations more performance orientated allowing emerging technologies to be embraced without the need to amend the UN Regulations;
  • - Check if all the amendments are necessary at the time they are proposed;
  • - Consider reducing the number of active UN Regulations and the possibility of combining some of them;
  • - Take full advantage of the possibilities offered by the development of the Horizontal Reference Document and the DETA system;

He has also urged Contracting Parties to the 1998 Agreement to consider sponsorship of a gtr in the lighting and light-signalling area, for GRE to become a full member of the “World Forum”.

62. The experts from GTB presented GRE-67-39, GRE-67-40, GRE-67-41, GRE-67-42, and GRE-67-43 introducing the present and future work tasks of the different working groups of GTB. GRE agreed to keep this agenda item for the October session.

63. GRE did not consider a provisional agenda for the sixty-eighth session of GRE, scheduled to be held from 16 (a.m.) to 18 (p.m.) October 2012. It was agreed that the Chair, with the secretariat, would propose a draft agenda. GRE noted that the deadline for submission of official documents to the UNECE secretariat was 23 July 2012, twelve weeks prior to the session.

World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations | Session 156 | 13-16 Mar 2012

5. The provisional annotated agenda for the session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1094) was adopted with the amendments noted below:

  • (a) Addition of agenda items:
    • Regarding informal document WP.29-153-34
    • 4.2.4. Request for guidance regarding the non-conformity of after-market light-sources
    • 4.13.1. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/29 ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/29/Corr.1, Corrigendum 1 to Revision 6 to Regulation No. 37 (Filament lamps)
    • 4.13.2. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/38 Proposal for Corrigendum 1 to Revision 2 to Regulation No. 51 (Noise emissions)
    • 4.13.3. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/39 Proposal for Corrigendum 1 to Revision 5 to Regulation No. 49 (Emissions of C.I. and P.I. (LPG and CNG) engines)
    • 4.13.4. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/40 Proposal for Corrigendum 2 to Revision 2 of Regulation No. 13-H (Brakes of M1 and N1 vehicles)
    • 8.11 ISO Brochure
    • 8.12 Establishment of an informal working group under GRPE to develop a frame system of terms, definitions and classifications regarding vehicle propulsion systems
  • (b) Addition and correction of document references for items:
    • 2.2. Add ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1093/Corr.2
    • 3.3. Add ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/66/Corr.1
    • 4.10.3. Replace “Annex x” by “Annex III
    • 4.11. Add ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/27/Corr.1
    • 5.1. Delete ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.5 – Status of 1998 Agreement
    • 8.8. Add ECE/TRANS/2012/4
    • 18.1. Add ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/36/Corr.1
    • 19. Regarding informal document WP.29-152-18 ForCLEPAReadCLEPA/MEMA/JAPIA
    • 19. Regarding informal document WP.29-153-34 ForCLEPAReadCLEPA/MEMA/JAPIA
  • (c) Items or documents postponed for a further session:
    • 4.14.3. to 4.16.3.

6. The informal documents distributed during the session are listed in Annex I to this report.

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13. The World Forum noted the programme of work and availability of documentation (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/1). WP.29 representatives were invited to revise the programme of work and to communicate to the secretariat any amendment deemed necessary.

14. The secretariat informed the World Forum about some corrections to the calendar of sessions for 2012 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1093/Corr.3). The World Forum noted a draft calendar of sessions for the year 2013 (WP.29-156-01). The Chair of GRSG suggested advancing the April 2013 session by one week. The secretariat was invited to submit to WP.29 the final calendar of sessions for 2013 when Conference Services confirms the availability of meeting rooms.

15. The World Forum noted the list of informal working groups of the World Forum and its subsidiary Working Parties (WP.29-156-02). The Chair of GRB indicated that the informal working group on motorcycle noise emissions had concluded its work and that a new mandate was in the process of adoption for the informal working group on Quiet Road Transport Vehicles.

16. The World Forum adopted the instructions of the GRs for preparing Corrigenda (WP.29-156-03) as reproduced in Annex II to this report. The secretariat was requested to transmit the instructions to all subsidiary Working Parties.

17. The World Forum noted that the “UNECE Road Map for promoting Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) – 20 global actions 2012 – 2020” was adopted by the Inland Transport Committee during its seventy-fourth session.

18. The secretariat reported on the special policy segment on ITS that was held in the framework of the ITC session. During the first-of-its-kind ITS kick-off event, more than 140 government participants, industry experts and academia came together to mark UNECE’s launch of the ITS strategy embodied by the UNECE publication “ITS for sustainable mobility”. The event showcased that ITS deployment was on track in many places, although high-level speakers from the European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Russian Federation, South Africa and the United Kingdom outlined that more work was needed.

19. WP.29 noted that UNECE had received valued support from governments and stakeholders in its efforts to put ITS on the global agenda and to identify issue areas with UNECE possibly taking the leading role in areas such as solving liability problems, developing a common definition of ITS, advancing initiatives on variable message signs (VMS), further developing regulations that touch ITS standards, delivering research and data, as well as best practices, workshops and capacity-building.

20. The World Forum acknowledged the Road Map on ITS, which is the UNECE’s work plan for the next several years. The three main objectives are:

  • (1) To endorse the actual work of UNECE Working Parties on ITS, to foster the promotion of discussion between the Working Parties and to respond to the pledge of participating delegates to bring these discussion to their ministries;
  • (2) To offer analytical work in areas where direct links to the UNECE legal instruments/ conventions and to partner with relevant ITS stakeholders exist; and
  • (3) To deliver capacity-building, to spread news on ITS and to enhance extra opportunities.

21. WP.29 welcomed the initiative of the UNECE to host annual round tables on ITS. These will unbundle the various issues around ITS and dig deeper into the subject matter. The first round table was expected to take place in 2013. WP.29 noted the lack of an institutional forum on ITS at a global level, where transport policymakers could meet and discuss policy frameworks.

22. The GRE Chair informed WP.29 about the forthcoming Vision Congress 2012 on adaptive lighting and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). The event, organized by the French Society of Automotive Engineers (SIA), would be held in the “Palais des Congrès” in Versailles (France), on 9-10 October 2012 (see detailed information at: SIA Vision Conference 2012 details).

23. The World Forum noted that the next meeting of informal working group in ITS was scheduled to be held on Friday, 16 March 2012 from 9.30 to 11.00 a.m. It was agreed that WP.29-156-14, WP.29-156-15 and WP.29-156-16 be considered during that meeting.

24. The Chair of the World Forum reported on his participation in the meeting of the Chairs of the subsidiary bodies of Inland Transport Committee (ITC). Complementing the information provided above (paras. 2, 3, and 16 to 21), the secretariat reported on the main decisions taken by ITC (WP.29-156-12). The secretariat pointed out that ITC had agreed to request the UNECE Executive Committee to reinforce the secretariat of WP.29 (see also para. 26 below).

25. The World Forum noted that the list of main decisions adopted by the Committee was distributed as ITC informal document No. 15.

26. Recalling discussions on this matter at the previous session of WP.29 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1093, paras. 2 to 10 and 14 to 18), the secretariat provided the World Forum with updated information. WP.29 noted that no new staff had been reassigned to the Vehicle Regulations and Technical Innovations Section (VRTIS). WP.29 representatives were invited to contact their missions in Geneva to support the request for additional resources to the VRTIS at the next session of EXCOM (see para. 2 above).

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27. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRRF, given during the 155th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1093, paras. 37 to 39) and approved the report.

28. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRB, given during the 155th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1093, paras. 40 to 42) and approved the report.

29. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRE, given during the 155th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1093, paras. 43 and 44) and approved the report.

30. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRSG, given during the 155th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1093, paras. 45 and 46) and approved the report.

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31. The representative of the United States of America on behalf of the Chair of GRSP informed WP.29 about the results made by the group during its fiftieth session (for more details see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/50).

32. Concerning the 1998 and 1958 Agreements, he informed WP.29 that GRSP had adopted the terms of reference of the informal working group to incorporate the Flex-PLI in Phase 2 of the UN GTR and in the draft UN Regulation on pedestrian safety as reproduced in Annex II of the GRSP report (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/50). The World Forum endorsed in principle the above mentioned terms of references, pending the adoption of the report of the December 2011 session of GRSP.

33. Concerning the development of UN GTR on pole side impact, the representative of the United States of America reported that GRSP had adopted the revised terms of reference of the informal working group, as reproduced in Annex III of the GRSP report (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/50). The World Forum endorsed in principle the above mentioned terms of references, pending the adoption of the report of the December 2011 session of GRSP.

34. He mentioned that the special group safety (SGS) needed more time to finalize a proposal for a UN GTR on hydrogen and fuel cell vehicles (HFCV) and that GRSP had agreed to seek consent for a six months extension of the mandate of the informal working group at the March 2012 sessions of WP.29 and AC.3. The World Forum agreed that AC.3 should consider this matter (see para. 120 below).

35. Concerning the issue of a belt guide device type approved by Hungary, he informed that GRSP had agreed on the principle that a guide strap was meant as a part of Child Restraint System (CRS) and, therefore, could not be individually approved as a CRS under UN Regulation No. 44. He also informed that the guidance provided in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1059 (resolving interpretation issues and requirements for the Technical Services in the framework of the 1958 Agreement) had been noted and GRSP had agreed that it could offer clarity regarding the technical requirements associated with a particular UN Regulation to assist in disputes among technical services of Contracting Parties to the Agreement. WP.29 endorsed the decisions of GRSP on this issue.

36. Regarding Regulation No. 94 (Frontal collision), he informed WP.29 that GRSP had adopted the new terms of references of the informal group, as reproduced in Annex V of the GRSP report (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/50). The World Forum endorsed in principle the above mentioned terms of references, pending the adoption of the report of the December 2011 session of GRSP.

37. The representative of the United Kingdom supported the comments of the GRSP Chair on the discussion relating to child restraint systems. WP.29 concluded the discussion by reminding delegations of the need to promote a friendly and harmonious spirit of cooperation in all our discussions and to demonstrate a high level of mutual respect to other delegations.

38. The Chair of GRPE reported on the results achieved during its sixty-third session (for more details, see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/63).

39. He informed WP.29 about the progress made to develop the UN GTR on WLTP (Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure). He added that ongoing discussions about the test cycle development would cause a time delay in the finalization of validation Phase 1 (driveability) and the start of validation Phase 2 (practicability and repeatability). He reported that, at the GRPE session in January 2012, the WLTP secretary had presented a revised Road Map and a proposal on how to organize future WLTP work (GRPE-63-28).

40. With regard to the informal working group on Retrofit Emissions Control devices (REC), WP.29 noted the intention of the informal working group to introduce two levels of stringency. GRPE had agreed to seek the consent of WP.29 for an extension of the mandate of the informal working group for another two years. The World Forum gave its consent.

41. The GRB Chair reported on the results achieved by GRB during its fifty-fifth session (for more details, see report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/53).

42. Concerning the new provisions for the audibility of quiet road transport vehicles, he informed that GRB had adopted the revised terms of reference of the informal working group aiming at developing a UN GTR on this subject (see Annex II to the GRB report). The World Forum agreed that AC.3 should consider in detail this matter (see para. 134).

43. The World Forum noted that Mr. S. Ficheux (France) had been elected as GRB Vice-Chair for the 2012 sessions.

44. The representative of EU made a presentation on the new EU Commission legislative proposal for reducing noise emissions from motor vehicles (WP.29-156-28) in a two-step approach. He indicated that the intention of EU was to align the provisions of UN Regulation No. 51 with the future EU Regulation.

45. The GRRF Chair, informed WP.29 about the results achieved by GRRF during its seventy-second session (for more details, see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/72).

46. The GRRF Chair reported that a number of open issues in the new Regulation on AEBS had been solved by GRRF. It was recommended that the delegates of WP.29 and WP.1 should coordinate their positions regarding potential conflicts with the text of the Vienna Convention.

47. He reported that GRRF had adopted the terms of reference and rules of procedure for the new informal working group on Automated Connections between Vehicles (ACV) and the establishment of an informal working group on UN Regulation No. 55 (mechanical coupling). The World Forum endorsed the establishment of these two informal working groups pending the adoption of their terms of references.

48. He informed WP.29 that, for the November 2012 session of WP.29, GRRF would adopt several amendments to Regulation No. 117 (Tyre rolling noise, wet grip adhesion, rolling resistance) aimed at: appending, amongst others, a new test method for tyres class C2, and amending the definition of C1, C2 and C3 tyres. These amendments would have to be reviewed by GRB at its September 2012 session. The World Forum endorsed this approach.

49. He added that the draft UN GTR on tyres was still in progress within the informal working group, but could be finalized during 2012 so that a final draft UN GTR would be submitted to WP.29 for consideration at its March 2013 session.

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50. The World Forum took note of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/343/Rev.20, reflecting the status of the 1958 Agreement as of 22 February 2012. The World Forum noted that the status document was being constantly updated by the secretariat, by the preparation of two documents: one containing the list of the amendments to the status document, the other containing an informal consolidated version of the status document, both documents available here.

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51. The Chair of GRRF informed the World Forum that the pending issues had been resolved.

52. The Chair of GRRF reported that he, in consultation with the Chairs of the other GRs, had decided to use static or dynamic references to other UN Regulations on a case by case basis. WP.29 endorsed this approach.

53. WP.29 noted the replies received by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) (WP.29-156-09) and by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) (WP.29-156-19) regarding the availability of private standards referenced in the UN Regulations, UN Global Technical Regulations and UN Rules. The representative of IEC informed WP.29 that his organization authorized the reproduction of a maximum of 10 per cent of its standards. In the case of exceeding this percentage, a reference to the standard was made.

54. The representative of United States of America informed WP.29 about the ongoing process of making publicly available, parts of standards which had been incorporated into Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). He indicated that a possible solution could be to make available, free of charge, the concerned part of the standard (read only). He volunteered to keep the World Forum informed at its next session in June 2012.

55. The World Forum noted that this matter not only affected technical issues, but also had legal and economic implications. It was agreed to continue consideration of this subject at the next session of WP.29, awaiting ISO’s position.

57. The representative of France, chairing the informal group on IWVTA, reported on the good work progress made by the group since the November 2011 session of WP.29. Referring to WP.29-156-21, he informed WP.29 that IWVTA had agreed on Annexes 2, 3 and 4, while consideration of Annex 1 was still ongoing. WP.29 noted that two subgroups would start drafting the revision to the 1958 Agreement (chaired by the European Commission) and the text of UN Regulation No. 0 (chaired by Japan). He stressed the need to clarify by June 2012 the incorporation into the Agreement of new provisions for the application by Contracting Parties of former versions of UN Regulations and to add in the Agreement a new administrative disposition (see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1093, para. 50).

58. The representative of Japan, vice-chairing the informal group on IWVTA, introduced WP.29-156-22 proposing the candidate items for technical regulations applicable to IWVTA as well as a guideline for the subsidiary Working Parties (GR) to review the technical regulations applicable to IWVTA. He added the need to nominate IWVTA ambassadors to explain the guideline at the forthcoming sessions of each GR, to assist the GR and monitor the work progress made. He announced that his country was prepared to take over the position of IWVTA ambassador to GRSP. The World Forum welcomed that initiative and invited all delegates to consider the possibility of such roles in one of the other GRs. The World Forum noted that IWVTA would meet again in Paris on 22 June 2012 and its two drafting subgroups on 20 and 21 June 2012, respectively.

59. The representative of Japan presented his country’s position on the review of some technical regulations mentioned in Annex 1 of document WP.29-156-25.

60. The World Forum agreed to consider this subject in detail at its next session on the basis of a first proposal for amendments to the Agreement.

61. The Chair of the informal group on developing DETA reported on the work progress made by the group at its meeting held in Geneva, on 12 March 2012. Referring to the discussion at the November 2011 session of WP.29, he reiterated the need for consent or a decision from WP.29 on a number of administrative and legal issues listed in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/35. He introduced WP.29-156-24 proposing a feasible roadmap for the further development of DETA. The representative of the Netherlands recalled that the initial goal of DETA was aimed at simplifying the markings of components and, therefore, especially invited CLEPA and GTB to participate in the informal meetings. The representative of United States of America raised concerns on the prioritization of requested financing scheme for DETA, given the limited resources of the WP.29 secretariat.

62. The representative of OICA announced that a draft UN Regulation on recyclability of M1 and N1 vehicles would be transmitted at the next WP.29 session. The representatives of the Russian Federation and the European Union supported the initiative. The representative of Japan stated that he was not in the position to contribute to the discussion on the proposal because, in his opinion, recyclability is not covered by the 1958 Agreement. The World Forum agreed to resume consideration at its next session in June 2012 on the basis of a concrete proposal by OICA.

63. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.7.1 to 4.7.3, and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the corrections mentioned in paras. 64 and 65 below.

[Adopted by AC.1.]

64. Agenda item 4.7.2, UN Regulation No. 90, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/4,
Page 11, Annex 11, paragraph 4.2.2.2.2., amend to read:

“4.2.2.2.2. Test programme (brake drum high load test).

Table A11/4.2.2.2.2.











Test provisionHigh load test
“Bedding in” procedure 200 brake applications
Initial speed: 60 km/h
Final speed: 5 km/h
dm alternating between 1 m/s2 and 2 m/s2
Initial temperature: ≤ 200 °C (beginning at room temperature)
Alternatively bedding may be omitted if the applicant for approval does not consider it to be necessary
Type of brakingBraking to less than 5 km/h
Total number of brake applications150
Initial brake drum temperature at each brake application ≤ 100 °C
Brake applications
from
to
60 km/h
≤ 5 km/h
Brake torque set to produce a deceleration of6 m/s²
Cooling (also deviating from paragraph 3.2.3. of this annex)Permitted

65. Agenda item 4.7.3, UN Regulation No. 117, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/2,
Page 10, paragraph 4.1.7.2., in the formula G1, correct “x10-2” to read “x10-2”.
Page 14, paragraph 4.2.7.1.4., correct “points 4 and 5 of section 3.1” to read
“paragraphs 3.1.4. and 3.1.5.”.
Page 16, paragraph 4.2.8.5., in the formula G(t), correct “x10-2” to read “x10-2”.
Page 17, Annex 5 – Appendix, Example 1, correct “μ peak (SRTT14E 1136)” to read “μ peak (SRTT14 E1136)”.
Page 18, Annex 5 – Appendix, Example 2, correct “BFC reference tyre (SRTT16E)” to read “BFC reference tyre (SRTT16)”.
Page 19, Annex 7, paragraph 3.4.3.6., renumber as paragraph 4. and correct to read:
“4. Acceleration method for Class C3 tyres
4.1. According to the definition of C3 tyres reported into paragraph 2.4.3., the additional classification for the purpose of this test method only applies:
…”
Page 25, Annex 7, paragraph 4.8.5., correct “Snow performance Index” to read “Snow Grip Index”.

66. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.8.1 and 4.8.2, and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the corrections mentioned in para. 67 below:

67. Agenda item 4.8.1, UN Regulation No. 92, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/5,
Through the whole document, replace the word “must” to read “shall”;
Page 5, in footnote 3 to paragraph 5.4., correct the reference “TRANS/WP.29/78/Rev.2” to read “ECE/TRANS/WP.29/78/Rev.2”.

[Adopted by AC.1.]

68. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda item 4.9.1 to 4.9.13 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

[Adopted by AC.1.]

[Adopted by AC.1.]

[Adopted by AC.1.]

[Adopted by AC.1.]

[Adopted by AC.1.]

[Adopted by AC.1.]

[Adopted by AC.1.]

[Adopted by AC.1.]

[Adopted by AC.1.]

[Adopted by AC.1.]

[Adopted by AC.1.]

[Adopted by AC.1.]

[Adopted by AC.1.]

69. The World Forum considered the draft corrigenda under agenda item 4.10.1 to 4.10.7 and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting.

[Adopted by AC.1.]

[Adopted by AC.1.]

[Adopted by AC.1.]

[Adopted by AC.1.]

[Adopted by AC.1.]

[Adopted by AC.1.]

[Adopted by AC.1.]

70. The World Forum considered the draft corrigenda under this agenda item and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting.

[Adopted by AC.1.]

71. The World Forum considered the draft corrigenda under this agenda item and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting.

[Adopted by AC.1.]

72. The World Forum considered the draft corrigenda under agenda items 4.13.1 to 4.13.4, and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the corrections mentioned in para. 73 below:

[Adopted by AC.1.]

74. The World Forum considered the draft Regulations under agenda items 4.14.1 and 4.14.2, and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting. The World Forum agreed to defer consideration of the draft regulations under agenda items 4.14.3 and 4.14.4 to its next session.

75. The representative of the EU welcomed the adoption of the new UN Regulation on LED. This UN Regulation would be included in the EU law as part of the exercise to replace EU legal acts by UN Regulations. He announced the full support of the EU for the development of UN Regulations as they are accepted on a wider basis than Europe.

76. Moreover, he proposed changing from the current prescriptive UN Regulations to a more performance based requirements. Therefore, he invited delegates to reflect on a new approach to lighting regulations which would make them less design restrictive. In his opinion, such an approach would also reduce the number of amendments and corrigenda to lighting Regulations.

77. The representative of Japan stated that his country would abstain from the voting of the new UN Regulation on LED because Japan needed some time to study how to transpose the current prescriptive and not performance based UN Regulation into its national regulatory system. The representative of Japan welcomed the possible establishment of the new UN Regulation on Pedestrian Safety and hoped this would accelerate consideration of UN GTR No. 9 Phase 2. The representative of Japan informed WP.29 that Japan would introduce a national regulation on AEBS as explained in the last GRRF session. He indicated that this national regulation is in consistent with the draft UN Regulation on AEBS and he hoped that the draft UN Regulation would be adopted as early as possible.

[Japan will abstain from the vote on this new regulation pending its consideration for transposition into national law.

EU will vote to adopt and will integrate into EU law; however, the EU wishes to see further development to increase the emphasis on performance-based requirements and make the regulation less design-restrictive.

Adopted by AC.1.]

[Japan hopes the adoption of this new regulation will add momentum to the work on phase 2 of the pedestrian safety GTR and UN Regulation.

Adopted by AC.1.]

[EU has begun the process of integrating the provisions of this new regulation into EU law; however, certain steps must be taken internally to establish the legal basis for its implementation. Therefore, the EU requests postponement of this vote at least until June and most probably until the November WP.29 session.]

[This regulation proposal is complete and the EU intends to develop companion regulations for AEBS for lighter vehicles to be put forward in the future. Nonetheless, as is the case for lane departure warning systems, work remains to be completed towards establishing the legal basis for adoption of AEBS, including its potential conflict with the current interpretation of the 1968 Vienna Convention which requires a driver to be in complete control of a vehicle at all times. Therefore, the vote on this regulation is remanded to the June WP.29 session and likely will not be voted upon until the November 2012 WP.29 session.

Japan will introduce AEBS legislation into its national law from April 2012.]

78. The World Forum agreed to defer consideration of the amendments to draft Regulations under agenda item 4.15.1 to the next session of WP.29.

[Deferred to the June session of WP.29.]

79. The World Forum agreed to defer consideration of the amendments to Regulations under agenda items 4.16.1 to 4.16.3 to the next session of WP.29.

[In view of updates expected to EU noise regulations, the vote on this proposal is deferred to the June session of WP.29.]

[Proposal intended for consideration at the June 2012 WP.29 session.

The EU notes issues that may delay its ability to support the proposal. First, the EU wonders why the proposal contains an unusually long 90 month transition period. If more than seven years is needed before its application, are the provisions really needed? Similarly, the EU wishes to further consider the cost-benefit of the proposed provisions.]

[Proposal intended for consideration at the June 2012 WP.29 session.]

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80. The World Forum noted the status of the priorities of the 1998 Agreement and items on which the exchange of views should continue (WP.29-156-13). It was also noted that the consolidated version of the status of the Agreement was not available at this session due to a total revision by the secretariat for simplification.

81. The World Forum agreed that agenda items 5.2 to 5.5 should be considered by the Executive Committee (AC.3).

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82. WP.29 noted that no new information was given under this agenda item.

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83. The World Forum noted the revised document on the status of the Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1074/Rev.3) including: (i) the reference to the notifications with the entry into force of UN Rule No. 2 (2 February 2012) and to the Corrigendum to the French version of the Agreement and (ii) the last version of the national periodical inspection certificate used in the Russian Federation as an alternative to the International Technical Inspection Certificate (see Appendix 2, para. 2 of the 1997 Agreement).

84. As a follow-up of the completion of the Agreement with the entry into force of UN Rule No. 2, WP.29 agreed to extend the scope of UN Rule Nos. 1 and 2 to cover vehicles of categories M1, N1 and O1 making the Agreement more useful for emerging economies and for those countries not having a periodical technical inspection (PTI) system. Accordingly, WP.29 agreed to defer at a later stage the alignment of the provisions of both UN Rules to the corresponding EU Directive.

85. The World Forum noted the offer by the International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA) for a continued cooperation on the development of the 1997 Agreement, in particular for the extended scope of both UN Rules.

86. Information on the subject was provided under agenda item 7.1. (see para. 83).

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87. No new information on the subject was given during the session.

88. The representative of India informed WP.29 about the progress made by the task force group of the EFV informal working group concerning the preparation of the report covering the automotive technology progress on EFV since 2003. He announced that this report would be presented at the fifth EFV Conference, scheduled to be held in Baltimore (USA). He suggested a time line for the elaboration of the report (WP.29-156-17) and proposed that the task force group should have a final session in conjunction with the EFV Conference to conclude the report.

89. The representative of United States of America provided additional information about the organization of the EFV conference that would be held in Baltimore (Maryland, USA) on 10-12 September 2012. He invited WP.29 representatives to register for the conference at: www.efv2012.com.

90. The World Forum noted that the Secretary of the Working Party on Road Safety (WP.1) had informed the secretariat of WP.29 that no new information was available regarding the proposal by WP.29 to eliminate inconsistencies on lighting and lightsignalling devices since the proposal was transmitted following the March 2011 session of WP.29. Moreover, no new information was available on the progress of the work of the virtual group of experts of WP.1 concerning the obligation that “every driver shall at all times be able to control his vehicle” (Articles 8.(5) and 13.(1) of the 1968 Vienna Convention) and on the development of the driver’s assistance concept.

91. It was also noted that a Round Table concerning the “consistency between the 1968 Convention on Road Traffic and other legal instruments” was scheduled for 19 March 2012 with the participation of the WP.29 secretariat. The Round Table programme is available here. The WP.29 secretariat was requested to provide WP.1 representatives with information regarding the functioning of WP.29 and how the decisions are taken for the adoption of UN Regulations and UN Global Technical Regulations as well as on the main provisions of draft UN Regulation on Advanced Emergency Braking Systems (AEBS). The representative of EU stated that from an analysis of the draft UN Regulation, no inconsistency was found with, amongst others, the provisions of the 1968 Vienna Convention.

92. The World Forum agreed with the modifications to the publication contained in WP.29-156-23 and requested the secretariat to proceed with its publication in the six official languages of the United Nations.

93. The representative of the United Kingdom presented informal document WP.29-156-18 proposing to amend the Consolidated Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles (R.E.3) and to introduce discrete addenda as a repository for each specified test device. Following extensive discussion, the World Forum agreed that the development of a Special Resolution (S.R.2) could provide greater certainty for Contracting Parties to the 1998 Agreement on the definition of test devices or equipment used to determine compliance with particular requirements of UN GTRS. The representatives of the United States of America and the United Kingdom agreed to work together with the secretariat to bring forward a revised proposal for consideration at the 157th session of WP.29.

94. Concerning the monopoly of Q dummies (referred [to] as test tools in the draft UN Regulation on CRS), the representative of the United Kingdom informed WP.29 that the only manufacturer of Q dummies had provided drawings to the secretariat on condition of the presence of a disclaimer sentence on each of them. Until such time that the adoption of the dummies into Regulations is complete. He reported that the manufacturer had advised that it would retain the patent rights associated with the product once that the draft UN Regulation on CRS would be adopted by WP.29, but that the disclaimer sentence could be removed. He asked whether this arrangement could conflict with the legal position established between the manufacturer and others Contracting Parties (i.e. United States of America) or would introduce limitations to the free use of specifications of these dummies by Contracting Parties.

95. The representative of the United States of America stated that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) had agreed to a similar statement on manufacturers’ rights to drawings only in the context of those used in the United States of America proposed rule for the Q3s dummy. The agreement allows for the removal of the statements for the final rule. He indicated that NHTSA does not have an agreement for including a similar statement for drawings used for any other dummy types regardless of whether the rulemaking is in the proposal or the final stage. Further, although the United States of America Government is prohibited by statute from depriving manufacturers from exercising their rights to any background patents they may own, the agency has not yet evaluated any such claims.

96. WP.29 agreed to resume consideration on this issue at its June 2012 session and requested the secretariat to seek advice from the UN Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) on this issue. In the meantime, the World Forum invited its representatives to seek the advice of their domestic legal affairs offices.

97. The World Forum noted ECE/TRANS/2012/4, introduced at the seventy-fourth 2012 session of the ITC, in which UNECE presented its Action Plan for the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011–2020). The secretariat introduced WP.29-156-05 as an excerpt from ECE/TRANS/2012/4, to monitor the progress of the activities of WP.29 in the framework of the Decade of Action. The World Forum requested the secretariat to distribute updated versions of WP.29-156-05 for consideration and comments at each of its November sessions for the length of the decade. These documents will be transmitted to the ITC secretariat.

98. The representative of the United States of America reported on the first meeting of the informal working group, held in Geneva on 17 November 2011. The meeting was widely attended by governmental delegates and allowed for the exchange of information on various enforcement systems. Presentations on the United States system are available here. WP.29 noted that the second meeting of the informal working group is scheduled for the afternoon of 28 June 2012 in conjunction with the 157th session of WP.29. This session, which is open to governmental and non-governmental representatives, will continue discussions and exchanges of information on enforcement issues from around the world. WP.29 further noted that Terms of Reference for the informal working group will be developed and presented to WP.29 by its November 2012 session.

99. WP.29 adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/31, amended as reproduced below and requested the secretariat to publish it with the symbol ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.2.

Paragraph 1 © (new), amend to read:
“© Foster … Database for the Exchange of Certification Documentation.”

102. The World Forum adopted the report, together with the annexes, on its 156th session.

103. Of the 50 Contracting Parties to the Agreement, 36 were represented and established AC.1 for its fiftieth session held on 14 March 2012.

104. AC.1 invited Mr. B. Gauvin, Vice-Chair of WP.29, to chair the session.

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106. The thirty-fourth session of the Executive Committee (AC.3) was held on 15 March 2012. The representatives of 25 of the 33 Contracting Parties to the Agreement attended or were represented. The required quorum to take decisions was reached.

107. Upon the proposal by the secretariat, Mr. T. Onoda (Japan) was unanimously re-elected Chair of AC.3 for the year 2012. Representatives of EU and the United States of America were unanimously elected Vice-Chairs for the year 2012.

108. AC.3 noted that no proposal had been submitted for voting.

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109. Submitted for consideration and vote, the request (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/32) was listed in the Compendium of Candidates on 15 March 2012 by an affirmative vote of Australia, Canada, People’s Republic of China, European Union (voting for Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom), India, Japan, Norway, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, South Africa and United States of America. The documentation submitted jointly with the request would be appended to the listed technical regulation.

110. Submitted for consideration and vote, the request (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/33) was listed in the Compendium of Candidates on 15 March 2012 by an affirmative vote of Australia, Canada, People’s Republic of China, European Union (voting for Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom), India, Japan, Norway, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, South Africa and United States of America. The documentation submitted jointly with the request would be appended to the listed technical regulation.

111. No new information was provided under this agenda item.

112. An updated table of priorities and items to be addressed during an exchange of views on the development of gtrs is reproduced in Annex III to this report. The most important information provided during the consideration of the items is reproduced below.

113. The representative of United States of America informed AC.3 that GRSP, at its December 2011 session recommended the proposal for Amendment 1 to UN GTR No. 1 be submitted to AC.3 for consideration at its June 2012 session.

114. The representative of EU informed AC.3 that the work of the GRPE informal working group on heavy duty hybrids (HDH) was delayed but still within the overall time line. He added that a final proposal was expected to be submitted to GRPE for consideration at its June 2013 session.

115. No new information was provided for this agenda item.

116. The Chair of the informal working group on Phase 2 of UN GTR No. 7 introduced the third status report of his group (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/34). He reported that the group was focusing its efforts on the two most relevant issues: (i) a new height requirement for head restraints and (ii) a utilization procedure for the rear impact dummy (BIORID II). Concerning the height requirement, he informed AC.3 that the group would likely introduce a proposal at the May 2012 session of GRSP to discuss, amongst others, the limits associated to the test procedure. Concerning the BIORID II dummy, he expressed two major concerns related to: (i) the reproducibility of the dummy performance results and (ii) availability of the injury criteria. He announced that this would likely lead requesting an extension of the group’s mandate at the June 2012 session of AC.3.

117. He announced that the next meeting of the informal working group was scheduled on 22 and 23 of March 2012 (London) in conjunction with the informal working groups on harmonization of side impact dummies and pole side impact. AC.3 adopted the third progress report (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/34).

118. The representative of Germany introduced the first progress report of the informal working group (WP.29-156-11) on UN GTR No. 9 Phase 2, focusing on incorporating the flexible legform impactor (Flex-PLI). He informed AC.3 that the group was chaired by Germany, vice-chaired by Japan and that the secretariat tasks were performed by OICA. He reported that the first meeting of the informal working group was held in Geneva prior to the December 2011 session of GRSP and that the next meetings were scheduled on 28-29 March 2012 (Osaka, Japan) and on 29-30 May 2012 (Paris). The representative of United States of America reported that NHTSA was continuing the validation process of the Flex-PLI.

119. AC.3 endorsed, in principle, the terms of reference of the informal working group (see para. 32) and requested the secretariat to distribute (WP.29-156-11) with an official symbol.

120. The representative of Germany informed AC.3 that the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Vehicles (HFCV) subgroup on safety (SGS) would submit to GRSP a revised UN GTR proposal for consideration and adoption at its May 2012 session. He sought AC.3’s endorsement for a six month extension of the mandate of SGS activity. AC.3 endorsed this request.

121. The representative of France reported on the progress made by the informal working group. He added that only three issues were still pending: (i) the assignment of a US reference code to tyre manufacturers not producing tyres in USA territory, (ii) the inclusion into the scope of tyres with a tread depth exceeding 14.3 mm and (iii) the inclusion into the scope of tyres for specific trailers. He indicated that hopefully these matters could be resolved by the informal working group before the September 2012 session of GRRF. The text of the draft UN GTR would be submitted to AC.3 for consideration and voting at its March 2013 session.

122. The representative of the United States of America reported that (i) two possible solutions were under consideration for resolving the issue of reference code, (ii) specific provisions for tyres with a tread depth exceeding 14.3 mm could be incorporated into the UN GTR and (iii) to exclude from the scope of the UN GTR the special tyres for specific trailers. He mentioned that the text of the section dealing with Wet Grip provision needed updating to avoid references to “Type approval”. Finally, he suggested that Contracting Parties review the full document to help speed the adoption.

123. The Chair of the informal working group confirmed that his group would meet again on 29 June 2012 at the Palais des Nations linked to the 157th session of WP.29. He anticipated the text of the draft UN GTR would be submitted to GRRF at its September 2012 session. He invited WP.29 representatives to participate at that meeting to reach an agreement and to allow the adoption of the UN GTR at the March 2013 session of AC.3.

124. On behalf of the technical sponsors, the Chair of GRPE reported on the progress made by the two subgroups on the Development of the Harmonized driving Cycle (DHC) and on the Development of the Test Procedure (DTP). He informed AC.3 that the ongoing discussions on developing the Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure led to a delay of 4 months and a revised roadmap for the development of the UN GTR. He announced that this could require a special GRPE session in autumn 2012.

125. The representative of Australia, chairing the informal working group on PSI, presented the second progress report of the group (WP.29-156-29).

126. He clarified that this report sought a change in the terms of reference of the informal working group to allow for a second phase of work on the world side impact dummy (WorldSID) 5th percentile female. He reported that this change was endorsed by GRSP at its December 2011 session. He stated that the informal working group had not met since he reported on its activities at the November 2011 session of AC.3. However, he announced that the fifth meeting of the informal working group would be held on 22-23 March in London (see para. 113), focusing on a revised draft UN GTR in detail, with the aim of submitting an initial draft to the May 2012 session of GRSP. He added that several presentations would be made during the meeting, including further crash tests undertaken
by a number of countries. He specified that the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) would give a presentation of its research, including on injury types, effectiveness of different airbag combinations and the benefits of a regulation. He clarified that, while pole side impacts were not as common as other crashes, they were frequently lethal. He said that MUARC’s work also revealed that injuries in pole side impacts involved very high societal costs frequently involving serious head injuries. He reported that a final first phase UN GTR would be presented to WP.29 and AC.3 for consideration and vote at their June 2013 sessions. He concluded that the sixth meeting of the informal working group was scheduled in the week before the June 2012 session of WP.29 in Munich.

127. The representative of The United States of America supported the revised terms of references for a two stage approach for developing the UN GTR to address the widest range of vehicle occupants.

128. AC.3 endorsed, in principle, the revised terms of references of the informal working group (see para. 32) and requested the secretariat to distribute WP.29-156-29 with an official symbol.

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129. The representative of United States of America recommended keeping this item in the agenda of future sessions of AC.3 to report on compatibility issues referred to bumpers or other vehicle attributes. He announced an update on the ongoing activities in his country on this subject.

130. Referring to the November 2011 session of AC.3, the representative of the United States of America confirmed NHTSA’s ongoing research on vehicle to vehicle communication. He further stated that NHTSA will make an agency decision in 2013 that will consider either additional research or to proceed to rulemaking. He announced an update on this activity at the June 2012 session of AC.3.

131. No new information was provided for this agenda item.

[GRE chair expresses disappointment that no sponsors for GTR given that lighting exhibits multiple markings that might be harmonized. In response to WP.29 co-chair inquiry whether to maintain item on future agendas, GRE chair urges to keep this as a reminder. US supports this position.]

132. The representative of the United States of America informed AC.3 that the next meeting of the informal working group was scheduled to be held in London on 22 and 23 March 2012. He expressed concerns about the development of certain dummies, due to environmental law restriction. He announced updated information on this issue for the June 2012 session of AC.3.

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133. The representative of the United States of America introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/36 and its Corr.1, containing a proposal by the European Union, Japan and the United States for establishing two informal working groups on Electric Vehicles Safety (EVS) as well as on Electric Vehicles and Environment (EVE). These would report to GRSP and GRPE, respectively. The representative of China offered to co-sponsor the initiative. AC.3 adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/36 and its Corr.1 and welcomed the co-sponsorship of China. The secretariat was requested to prepare the corresponding AC.3 document. The representative of the United States of America offered to chair while China and EU offered to Vice-Chair the EVS group. Japan committed itself to take over the secretarial tasks. The representative of the United States of America also offered to chair the EVE group, vice-chaired by China and Japan, while Canada would take over the secretarial tasks. AC.3 noted that the first meeting of EVS was tentatively scheduled for 23-25 April 2012 in Washington DC, USA, and that the first meeting of EVE would take place in Geneva, on Friday 8 June 2012, starting at 11.30 a.m. in conjunction with the GRPE session.

134. The representative of the United States of America, Chair of the informal working
group on quiet road transport vehicles (QRTV), introduced a proposal for a revised
mandate of his group (WP.29-156-07) to develop a UN GTR on this subject. He announced
that the next meetings of the QRTV may be scheduled in May 2012 in Germany, in
July 2012 in the United States of America and later at the year in Japan. The representative
of Germany announced that the final report on QRTV under the previous mandate would be
transmitted for consideration at the June 2012 sessions of WP.29 and AC.3. Moreover,
AC.3 noted that Japan would take over the Vice-Chairmanship of QRTV while the secretariat tasks would be performed by the EU. Finally, AC.3 agreed on a two stage approach for developing the UN GTR, including in a first phase electric and hybrid vehicles and, in a second phase, quiet vehicle with internal combustion engines and possible inclusion of safety related matters. Accordingly, the Chair of QRTV announced a revised proposal of the terms of reference and development of the UN GTR for consideration by AC.3 at its June 2012 session.

[AC.3 will decide on future of this agenda item at its next session in June.]

136. AC.3 adopted the proposal for recommendations for market fuel quality (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/127) and requested the secretariat to include the adopted proposal into S.R.1.

137. No other business was raised.

138. In accordance with the recommendation made by WP.29/AC.2, AC.4 did not hold its session (see para. 8 above).

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73. Agenda item 4.13.4, UN Regulation No. 13-H document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/40,

Annex 1, item 21, add at the end of the two sub–items, the reference to footnote2 (English and French only).

Annex 6, paragraph 5.3.2., last line, correct the reference to footnote8 to read footnote9.

Annex 9, Appendix 4, the figure, insert at the end of the x axle “time[s]” (English and French only).

[Adopted by AC.1.]

101. WP. 29 endorsed the proposal of the Chair of GRPE for establishing an informal working group on Vehicle Propulsion System Definitions (VPSD), under the chairmanship of Germany (WP.29-156-26). The World Forum approved the terms of reference of the informal working group as reproduced below:
(a) VPSD under GRPE will be chaired by Germany, participation is open for everybody.
(b) VPSD will work in close cooperation with the informal working group on Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedures, subgroup on the Development of the Test Procedure (WLTP-DTP) and the WLTP drafting manager.
(c) VPSD shall:

  • (i) Review existing UN Regulations and UN GTRs concerning terms, definitions and classifications regarding vehicle propulsion systems.
  • (ii) Review the related definitions in the current draft of the WLTP GTR.
  • (iii) Develop a proposal for a frame system of terms, definitions and classifications regarding vehicle propulsion systems for the introduction into the Consolidated Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles (R.E.3) and on the Special Resolution No. 1 (S.R.1).

56. The representative of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) presented, on behalf of GTB, WP.29-156-08 dealing with replacement light sources and LED retrofit light sources for vehicles not in conformity with the provisions of UN Regulations. The representative of the Russian Federation underlined the high value of the presentation and the risks of low-quality after market products including for the new LED light sources. He added that the development of technical provisions for lighting devices was an ongoing activity of the IEC, including procedures for the conformity assessment. He suggested sending the presentation to IEC for further consideration at its Conformity Assessment Board. The cooperation and support of IEC on this matter would help in finding an acceptable market solution to prevent hazardous lighting devices. WP.29 acknowledged the importance of this issue to ensure vehicles and road safety and agreed to consider, at a future session, possible actions linked to the type approval procedure or periodical technical inspections ensuring the conformity of after market light sources.

[Adopted by AC.1.]

100. Due to the absence of representative of ISO, the secretariat made the ISO brochure available.

1. The World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) held its 156th session from 13 to 16 March 2012, chaired by Mr. B. Kisulenko (Russian Federation). The following countries were represented, following Rule 1(a) of the Rules of Procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.1): Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, People’s Republic of China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Republic of South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America. Representatives of the European Union (EU) participated.

The following non-governmental organizations were also represented:

  • International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA)
  • International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA)
  • European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA/MEMA/JAPIA)
  • Working Party “Brussels 1952” (GTB)
  • Association for Emission Control by Catalyst (AECC)
  • International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA)
  • FIA Foundation for the Automobile and Society and FIA Mobility (FIA)
  • Consumers International (CI)

At the invitation of the secretariat, the European Tyre and Rim Technical Organization (ETRTO) and the University of Sao Paolo also participated.

2. The Director of the Transport Division welcomed the participants. She reported on the results of the seventy-fourth session (28 February – 1 March 2012) of the Inland Transport Committee (ITC). She mentioned that the strategic note and the road map on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) were adopted. Speaking about the review of the ECE reform by the ECE Executive Committee (EXCOM) and her expectations to obtain additional resources for the Transport Division, she offered the opportunity to the government representatives of the World Forum to make comments on the documents to be presented at EXCOM. She mentioned that a strategic paper on the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety was adopted by ITC. Finally, she congratulated the representative of Italy for his election into the ITC Bureau.

3. She pointed out the contributions of the UNECE to the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development and requested the support of WP.29 representatives for establishing a Sustainable Development Goal on Transport. She also informed WP.29 about a round table scheduled for the 19 March 2012, addressing inconsistency issues between the 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Traffic and the vehicle regulations adopted in the framework of the 1958 and 1998 Agreements. Finally, she invited interested representatives to attend the meeting of experts, scheduled for the 24 of April 2012, on the development of the UN Development Account (UNDA) project on transport and climate change for future inland transport systems (ForFITS), which addresses CO2 reduction in inland transport.

4. The representative of the United States of America stated that his country values the work of WP.29 and the 1998 Agreement. He expressed his support for the work of the World Forum and emphasized the need for the UNECE Transport Division to allocate sufficient resources to the work of WP.29 during this difficult time of budget evaluations.

To that end, he asked that the documentation being prepared by the secretariat be shared with WP.29 governmental delegates prior to the meeting of the UNECE Executive Committee. The Director of the Transport Division responded positively to the request. The Director of the Automotive Industry Department of the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade, Mr. A. Rakhmanov, underlined the high importance of WP.29 activities for Russian Federation and Custom Union in general. He expressed concerns regarding the reduction of staff at the WP.29 secretariat.

Database for the Exchange of Type Approval Information | Session 15 | 25 Jun 2012

The draft agenda has been supplemented by:

  • - working document DETA-15-06 for agenda item 4
  • - 9a) DETA access rights (presentation by OICA) (DETA-15-04)
  • - 9b) benefits by using DETA for the different user groups (presentation by OICA) (DETA-15-05) and
  • - 9c) new approach on lighting regulations.

This draft report has been adopted without amendments.

The secretariat of the UN reports that AC2 has decided to defer the decision on the questions raised in document (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/35) on the legal basis of DETA in the 1958 Agreement, the steering committee, implementing of DETA in different stages, financing, the server and unique identifier to the November meeting. Especially the European Commission needs more time to decide on the link with the International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA).

He also informed that the chairman and secretariat will get mandate to upload documents on the website of DETA in order to reduce the workload for the UN secretariat.

The secretariat gave feedback from the meetings on the IWVTA that were held on 20 to 22 June in Paris. The proposals from DETA (DETA-15-03) were not discussed in the 2 working groups but only in the informal group IWVTA, which expressed its concerns on the proposed mandatory use of DETA for all approvals.

DETA took note of a proposal (DETA-15-06) from the chairman and the secretariat for a more limited amendment of the 1958 Agreement, which has been changed during the meeting according DETA-15-06rev.1. In addition the UN secretariat suggested to align the wording with document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1044/Rev.1 and replace “ equipment” by “systems and components”.

After a discussion the DETA group concluded that the following approach could be suggested to IWVTA:

  • - a limited amendments to article 5 of the Agreement stating that the notification concerning approvals should be according the procedures in a new appendix (placeholder) with administrative provisions;
  • - the administrative provisions should give several options for the distribution of type approval data including the possibility of the use of a common secure electronic data exchange system (DETA),
  • - the specification in each regulation which procedure might or has to be used (for Regulation 0 the DETA system) and
  • - in cases where the Unique Identifier will be used or otherwise requested in a separate Regulation the DETA system shall be applied.

The ECE stressed this to be structured in the DETA meetings for showing the benefits of DETA.

To give further input to the next meetings of the two IWVTA subgroups all delegated will inform the secretariat before the end of August with topic that has to be dealt with in the relevant placeholder, which the chair and secretariat will convert into a proposal for IWVTA in September.

For the financing of DETA no resources are available at the industry, especially when there are no benefits for them.

For the approval authorities the only benefits exists for the IWVTA’s. As the EU has already a system available (ETAES) a similar system for DETA would not require high development costs. However, incorporating DETA under the licence for the European system is not possible.

The UN secretariat indicated that once the DETA system is in operation the costs for it, inclusive the human resources, server and licence, would be born by the ISU unit of the UN organisation. This would limit the problem to the development and server costs for the first three years. Further discussion is needed in November.

GTB will present an example how the regulations can be amended to facilitate the use of DETA and the Unique Identifier (or Unique Number).

The roadmap has been discussed and amended according document DETA-14-03-Rev1.

[Note: The revised version of the road map cited above has not been made publicy available to date.]

The chairman requests again the delegates to upload type approvals for the try-out of the system; a manual is available on the server as well.

The informal group noted two presentations by OICA on the rights (creating, reading, deleting) and the benefits of a DETA system for approval authorities, vehicle manufactures and part manufactures. A further discussion on both topics is needed in November.

Finally the informal group noted a clarification by GTB on its informal document 12 of the 157th meeting of WP.29. There are concerns in WP.29 that the present regulations are design restrictive and that many amendments are needed to facilitate innovations, very often for design reasons. Long procedures for implementing the amendments of the regulations in some countries prevent innovations to be quickly applied in those markets. Therefor GTB wants to make the regulations performance based what could result in grouping several individual device regulations into one regulation having general provisions and specific requirements for each device in an Annex. As the series of amendments will most likely be different for each device it is important to replace the approval marking by a unique identifier/number as foreseen by DETA.

All agenda items will be discussed again in the next meeting to be held in Room S4 on 12 November 2012, starting at 14:30 hours.

Name (Country / Organisation)
Frank Wrobel (Germany/KBA), chairman
Romain Hubert (UNECE/Transport division)
Gilles Fougere (France)
Stefan Wenger (Switzerland/FEDRO)
Tony Stenning (United Kingdom, VCA)
Harry Jongenelen (Netherlands/RDW), secretary
Martin Kulms (OICA/VDA)
Makoto Yoshida (JASIC)
Ushio Ueno (JASIC/Japan)
Naomi Mori (Japan/Jasic)
Bjorn Ziessler (Finland)
Ben van Assche (IMMA/Honda)
Edwin Bastiaensen (IMMA)
Geoff Draper (GTB)
Vladan Popovic (Serbia)
Ann Wilson (MEMA)
John Creamer (MEMA)

Working Party on General Safety | Session 102 | 16-20 Apr 2012

2. GRSG considered and adopted the agenda proposed for the 102nd session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/1) with the addition of the following agenda items:


  • 15(a) Controls, tell-tales and indicators for two-wheeled vehicles

  • 15(b) Regulation No. 118 (Burning behaviour of materials)

  • 15(c) International Whole Vehicle Type Approval

3. GRSG also adopted the running order for the session as proposed in GRSG-102-01.

4. The informal documents distributed during the session are listed in Annex I to this report.

5. The expert from EC reiterated his position on the need for an improved accessibility of prams as indicated at the previous session on the basis of GRSG-100-06 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2010/33. The expert from OICA proposed alternative provisions (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/2) to provide a specific area in vehicles of Class I. The expert from France suggested differentiating between small and larger vehicles of Class I as the latter vehicles allow additional space for special area dedicated for a pram or pushchair. GRSG supported in general that proposal, but noted a number of study reservations. The expert the EC volunteered to prepare a revised proposal for consideration at the next GRSG taking into account the comments received. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this matter at its October 2012 session and to keep ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/2 on the agenda as a reference document.

9. The Chair of the informal group on Service Doors, Windows and Emergency Exits in buses and coaches (SDWEE) reported on the progress made by the group at its meeting held in Bonn on 24-25 January 2012. As a result of the informal group’s activities, he introduced GRSG-102-02 proposing to insert into UN Regulation No. 107 new requirements for service doors, windows and emergency exits. He also presented GRSG-102-23 aligning the proposed text of the transitional provisions with the guidelines recently adopted by the World Forum WP.29.

10. GRSG acknowledged the work done by the informal group and noted a number of comments especially on the new provisions to add a film on the glazing of emergency exits as proposed in new paragraph 7.6.8.7. of Annex 3. The expert from Germany preferred to insert only a reference to UN Regulation No. 43. Following the discussion, GRSG agreed to resume consideration of the proposals at its next session in October 2012. The secretariat was requested to distribute GRSG-102-02 and GRSG-102-23 with an official symbol.

12. The expert from France introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/3 proposing to align the provisions for bumpers of certain vehicle types with the performance requirements of the new UN Regulation No. 128 on pedestrian safety. The expert from Germany presented GRSG-102-15 proposing to amend the definitions of bumpers. GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/3, as reproduced in Annex II to this report, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2012 sessions, as draft Supplement 2 to the 03 series of amendments of UN Regulation No. 26.

13. The expert from Germany reported on the work progress made by the informal group on plastic glazing (GRSG-102-14). He added that the group was still waiting for the results of the abrasion test still under discussion by the International Standard Organization (ISO) working group, especially with respect to the influence of the quality of the abrasion wheels. GRSG welcomed the information and noted some comments.

15. Referring to the discussion at the previous session of GRSG on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2010/29/Rev.1, the expert from the United Kingdom introduced GRSG-102-29 proposing to reduce the blind spot on the passenger side of N2 and N3 vehicles. GRSG noted a number of concerns by the experts from the Netherlands, France and OICA. Following the discussion, the expert from the United Kingdom presented a revised proposal (GRSG-102-29-Rev.1). GRSG adopted the proposal, as reproduced in Annex III of the meeting report, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2012 sessions, as draft 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 46.

18. The expert from Germany recalled the discussion at the previous session of GRSG on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2011/19 proposing to introduce, into UN Regulation No. 58, more stringent requirements for rear underrun protection devices. He reported on the outcome of the ad hoc expert meeting held in Bonn on 23 January 2012. As a result, he introduced GRSG-102-26 superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2011/19. The expert from OICA presented GRSG-102-32-Rev.1 containing preliminary comments to GRSG-102-26. GRSG welcomed the proposals and noted a number of comments, especially on the need to clarify the scope of the proposed amendments. The expert from France raised concerns on the interpretation of the text of the Regulation. He underlined the need to clarify the current provisions of the measurement method (static test). The expert from Japan introduced GRSG-102-34 commenting the proposal tabled by OICA.

19. Following the discussion, GRSG invited the interested experts to discuss, at a further meeting, the open issues taking into account the comments received. GRSG agreed to resume consideration on this subject at its next session in October 2012 on the basis of a revised proposal to be submitted by Germany as the outcome of the ad hoc expert group meeting. The expert from Germany volunteered to organize that event and invited all GRSG experts to attend the meeting.

21. The expert from France introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/6 proposing to insert into UN Regulation No. 61 an exemption from the geometric provisions for bumpers, when the vehicle comply with the performance requirements specified in the new UN Regulation No. 128 on pedestrian safety. The expert from Germany proposed further clarifications to the definitions in the Regulation (GRSG-102-17). GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/6, as reproduced in Annex V to this report, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2012 sessions, as draft Supplement 2 to UN Regulation No. 61.

22. The expert from Germany proposed to clarify the provisions of UN Regulation No. 67 and introduced GRSG-102-20 superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2011/26. The expert from AEGPL presented GRSG-102-33 and GRSG-102-13 containing additional amendments to the Regulation. The proposals received a number of comments. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session and requested the secretariat to distribute GRSG-102-13, GRSG-102-20 and GRSG-102-33 with official symbols.

24. The expert from the Czech Republic introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/9 proposing to clarify, in UN Regulation No. 110, the general test provisions on fuel rail. The expert from OICA welcomed the new provisions, but underlined the need to also insert transitional provisions as specified in GRSG-102-21. GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/9, as amended in Annex VII to this report, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2012 sessions, as a new draft 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 110.

26. Recalling the discussion on UN Regulation No. 121 at its previous session, GRSG agreed to remove ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2010/20 from the agenda. GRSG considered generic provisions for symbols of automatic systems and agreed on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/11. The expert from OICA introduced GRSG-102-22 superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2011/32 and proposing to extend symbol Nos. 25 and 28 to the logics of the ISO colour coding and its hierarchy of alerts to the danger. GRSG adopted both documents, as reproduced in Annex VIII to this report, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2012 sessions, as draft Supplement 8 to UN Regulation No. 121.

27. The expert from Japan introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/10 (superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2011/31) improving the perception by the driver of other road users. The expert from the United Kingdom raised concerns on the proposed text of paragraph 5.1.4. with respect to A pillars. Following the discussion, GRSG agreed on the proposal as amended in GRSG-102-30.

28. GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/10, as reproduced in Annex IX to the meeting report, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2012 sessions, as a new draft 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 125.

29. Referring to the discussion at the previous session of GRSG on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2011/28 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2011/29, the expert from Japan introduced GRSG-102-06 and GRSG-102-07, proposing to align, in UN Regulation Nos. 97 and 116, the reference to UN Regulation No. 10. GRSG adopted both documents, as reproduced in Annex X to this report, and requested the secretariat to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2012 sessions, as draft Supplement 7 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 97 respectively as draft Supplement 4 to UN Regulation No. 116.

32. Referring to the discussion at the previous session of GRSG on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2011/22, the expert from the Netherlands presented GRSG-102-28 (superseding GRSG-102-05) clarifying in UN Regulation No. 61 the communication form to include withdrawal and extension of approvals. GRSG adopted the proposal, as reproduced in Annex V to this report, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2012 sessions, as part (see para. 21 above) of draft Supplement 2 to UN Regulation No. 61. The Chair reminded GRSG experts to include, if appropriate, into their proposals provisions for the withdrawal and extension of approvals, when preparing an amendment to an existing UN Regulation.

33. The expert from the Russian Federation recalled the discussion at its previous session on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2011/30 proposing to amend the definition of N1 vehicles to take into account the special design of electric vehicles. The proposal received a number of concerns. Recognizing the efforts by the Russian Federation to foster new technologies, GRSG noted no support for the proposal and agreed to remove the document from the agenda.

34. The expert from IMMA presented GRSG-102-08 containing a consolidated version of UN Regulation No. 60 and aligning the text with new UN GTR No. 12 on motorcycle controls, tell-tales and indicators. He introduced GRSG-102-09 and GRSG-102-10 introducing editorial corrections to the revised text of UN Regulation No. 60 respectively UN GTR No. 12. GRSG noted some comments and agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session in October 2012. The secretariat was requested to distribute the three informal documents with an official symbol. In this respect, GRSG agreed to merge GRSG-102-08 and GRSG-102-09 in one official document.

35. The expert from Italy volunteered to prepare a proposal to develop Amendment 1 to UN GTR No. 12 for consideration at the next WP.29 and AC.3 sessions in June 2012.

36. The expert from Germany presented GRSG-102-11 aiming at clarifying the provisions of UN Regulation No. 118 concerning the interior materials which need to be tested. GRSG welcomed the proposals and noted a number of comments. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session. The secretariat was requested to distribute GRSG-102-11 with an official symbol.

1. The Working Party on General Safety Provisions (GRSG) held its 102nd session from 16 (afternoon) to 20 April 2012 (morning) 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 and TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.1): Canada, China, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 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 Automobile Suppliers (CLEPA), European Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (AEGPL), International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA), International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA), International Road Transport Union (IRU) and Natural Gas Vehicles Association Europe (NGVA Europe). Upon the special invitation of the Chair, an expert from the International Association of the Body and Trailer Building Industry (CLCCR) participated.

6. Recalling the discussion at the previous GRSG session on GRSG-100-16, the expert from CLCCR introduced GRSG-102-12 on the lateral stability of rearward facing wheelchairs. GRSG welcomed the proposal and agreed to reconsider this matter at its next session. The secretariat was requested to distribute GRSG-102-12 with an official symbol.

7. The expert from IRU presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/12 proposing to install in urban buses of Class I driver seats without suspension systems. GRSG noted that the choice of driver seats with or without suspension should be made by the manufacturer and operator. The expert from France and Germany raised study reservations. GRSG could not find an agreement on the proposal and agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session.

8. The expert from the United States of America presented the status of the motor coach safety action plan in his country (GRSG-102-27). GRSG welcomed the presentation and noted the priorities of the action plan for new requirements on the installation of safety belts, stability control systems and the roof crush performance.

11. The expert from Hungary reported on the conclusions of a severe accident in Egypt (GRSG-102-03). GRSG welcomed the information and agreed on the need to find a better compromise of the glazing material used for emergency exits and study the effectiveness of safety belts in case of rollover accidents. The expert from Hungary volunteered to prepare a concrete proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No. 107.

14. The expert from Germany introduced GRSG-102-24 proposing to amend UN Regulation No. 43 to allow type approval of multiple-glazed units having more than two glass panes. GRSG noted a number of comments. The expert from CLEPA raised a study reservation and underlined the need to also align UN Global Technical Regulation (UN GTR) No. 6 on safety glazing. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session in October 2012 on the basis of an official document. GRSG invited the expert from Germany to transmit in due time to the secretariat an updated proposal taking into account the comments received and a proposal for transitional provisions, if necessary.

16. The expert from OICA presented GRSG-102-16 proposing the installation of a new generation of exterior and interior mirrors enclosed in a protective housing or holder. The proposal received a number of comments. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of the proposal at its next session in October 2012 on the basis of an official document.

17. Recalling the purpose of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2011/23, the expert from CLEPA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/4 and GRSG-102-04 improving the provisions on camera-monitor systems. GRSG noted a number of concerns on the approval marking. The expert from the EC underlined the importance of replacing all mirrors by camera-monitor systems. He volunteered to prepare for the next GRSG session a presentation on the impact of such systems on road safety. The expert from Germany reported (GRSG-102-31) on the work progress made by the ISO working group on the standardization of camera monitoring systems (ISO 16505). The expert from the Netherlands volunteered to prepare for the next session of GRSG a revised proposal taking into account the comments received and the outcome of the ISO working group.

20. The expert from Japan presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/5 clarifying the requirements on rear underrun protection devices. GRSG noted a number of amendments (GRSG-102-35) and adopted the proposal as reproduced in Annex IV to this report. GRSG requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2012 sessions, as draft Supplement 3 to the 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 58.

37. The secretariat informed GRSG about the work progress of the WP.29 informal group on International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA). GRSG acknowledged the leading role of Japan and the EC on this subject. Referring to WP.29-156-21, GRSG noted the following comments:

  • (a) item 55 on “Advance warning triangle” should be listed under the responsibility of the Working Party on Lighting and Light-Signalling (GRE);
  • (b) the purpose of item 41 (Engine and power-train system) should be clarified with more detailed information.

38. GRSG agreed to insert on its agenda a new item on IWVTA to discuss in detail future proposals on this subject. The expert from Japan volunteered to prepare concrete proposals on UN Regulation Nos. 34 (Fuel tanks) and 46 (Indirect vision devices) for consideration at the next GRSG session in October 2012. GRSG welcomed the IWVTA concept and the commitment of Mr. O. Fontaine (OICA) ensuring the task of the “IWVTA Ambassador” to GRSG.

30. GRSG noted that the revised general guidelines for UN regulatory procedures and transitional provisions in UN Regulations (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1044/Rev.1) were now available on the UNECE website.

31. The GRSG Chair invited all experts to use this document when preparing future proposals for amendments especially with respect to transitional provisions.

23. The expert from OICA presented GRSG-102-18-Rev.1 superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/7 aimed at correcting some erroneous prescriptions in UN Regulation No. 67. For the same purpose, he introduced GRSG-102-19 amending ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/8. GRSG adopted both documents, as reproduced in Annex VI to this report, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2012 sessions, as draft Supplement 11 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 67.

25. The expert from AEGPL reported on the outcome of the most recent expert meetings of the task force on Liquefied Natural Gas vehicles (LNG), held in Brussels in November 2011, February and March 2012. GRSG welcome the information presented in GRSG-102-25 and noted that the next LNG meeting was scheduled to be held in Geneva, on 6 June 2012. The expert from AEGPL announced the intention of the LNG task force to prepare a concrete proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No. 110, for consideration at the next GRSG session in October 2012. He added that more detailed informal documents were made available at LNG informal group session 4 web page.

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As noted in paragraph 47 above under agenda item 4.7, the World Forum agreed to postpone consideration of this item pending the adoption of the draft UN Regulation on Child Restraint Systems.

46. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.7.1 and 4.7.4, and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

47. The World Forum agreed to postpone consideration of agenda items 4.7.2 and 4.7.3, UN Regulations Nos. 14 and 16 to a further session of WP.29, awaiting the adoption of draft UN Regulation on Child Restraint Systems.

As noted in paragraph 46 under agenda item 4.7 above, the World Forum recommended submission of this item to AC.1 for voting.

As noted in paragraph 47 above under agenda item 4.7, the World Forum agreed to postpone consideration of this item pending the adoption of the draft UN Regulation on Child Restraint Systems.

As noted in paragraph 46 under agenda item 4.7 above, the World Forum recommended submission of this item to AC.1 for voting.

48. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.8.1 and 4.8.2, and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

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79. Submitted for consideration and vote, the proposed Amendment 1 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/56) to UN GTR No. 1 was established in the Global Registry on 28 June 2012 by consensus vote of the following Contracting Parties present and voting:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • China
  • European Union
    • (voting for Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom),
  • India
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • New Zealand
  • Republic of Korea
  • Russian Federation
  • South Africa
  • Turkey
  • United States of America

80. The technical report (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/57) and the adopted proposal for the development of the UN GTR (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/18) would be appended to the established amendment to the UN GTR.

99. The representative of the United States of America informed AC.3 that the first meeting of the informal working group on Quiet Road Transport Vehicles was planned for Washington, D.C. on 18-20 July 2012. He introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/60 proposing the development of a UN GTR on this subject. AC.3 agreed to develop the UN GTR. The secretariat was requested to prepare a corresponding AC.3 document and to transmit it to GRB for consideration.

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86. The representative of Germany, on behalf of the co-chairs of the informal working group on UN GTR No. 9, introduced the second progress report of the group (WP.29-157-21) including a brief description about the activities of Phase 2 of UN GTR No. 9. AC.3 requested the secretariat to distribute WP.29-157-21 with an official symbol for consideration at its next session and adopted the first progress report (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/58).

Since these proposals require review by GRB at its September session, they are on the agenda for reference only and will not be considered before the November session of the Forum.

55. The World Forum agreed to defer consideration of the draft amendments under agenda items 4.14.1, 4.14.3 and 4.14.4 to the next session of WP.29. It was also agreed to refer back the documents of agenda item 4.14.2 to GRE for its further consideration. In this respect, the EU requested a cost/benefit analysis.

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53. The World Forum agreed to defer consideration of the draft UN Regulations under agenda items 4.12.1 to 4.12.3 to its next session. The representative of the EU expected to have authorization to vote at the next session the draft Regulations on Lane Departure Warning Systems (LDWS) and on Advanced Emergency Braking Systems (AEBS). The representative of Japan informed WP.29 that his country had adopted national legislation on AEBS in March 2012, stated that his country would vote in favour of this new UN Regulation and hoped that the new UN Regulation would be adopted as soon as possible.

As noted in paragraph 53 under agenda item 4.12 above, the World Forum agreed to defer consideration of this item to its next session. The EU has not yet completed its internal review of the proposed regulation, but strongly suspects it will be positioned for a positive vote in November.

As noted in paragraph 53 under agenda item 4.12 above, the World Forum agreed to defer consideration of this item to its next session. The EU has not yet completed its internal review of the proposed regulation, but strongly suspects it will be positioned for a positive vote in November.

As noted in paragraph 53 under agenda item 4.12 above, the World Forum agreed to defer consideration of this item to its next session. The EU has not yet completed its internal review of the proposed regulation. Moreover, the EU expects that this review will take some time such that its ability to vote in November is also unlikely.

51. The World Forum considered the draft corrigendum under agenda item 4.10.1 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

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49. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.9.1 to 4.9.5, and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the corrections in para. 50 below.

50. Agenda item 4.9.2, UN Regulation No. 30, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/48,
Page 3, paragraph 3.4., correct to read:
“3.4. The markings … in paragraphs 3.1.1. and 3.1.14. above.”

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2. The provisional annotated agenda for the session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1096) was adopted with the amendments noted below:

(a) Addition and amendments of agenda items:

  • 4.11.1. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/61 Corrigendum 1 to Revision 3 of Regulation No. 98 (Headlamps with gas-discharge light sources)
  • 8.10. Report on the launching of Global NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme)
  • 8.11. Report on the APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) Kazan auto dialogue
  • 18.2. Request for the development of amendments to gtr No. 12 (Motorcycle controls, tell-tales and indicators)

(b) Addition and correction of document references for items:

  • 4.14.2. Add ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/99/Corr.2
  • 7.1. Delete ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1074/Rev.3/Amend.1
  • 16.9. For ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/31 read ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/32

(c) Items or documents postponed for a future session:

  • 4.11.1. to 4.14.4. and 8.11.

(d) The list of informal documents is reproduced in Annex I to this report

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3. The 109th session of WP.29/AC.2 on the coordination and organization of the work of the World Forum, was held on 25 June 2012 chaired by Mr. B. Gauvin (France). In accordance with Rule 29 of the terms of reference and rules of procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.1 and Amend.2), it was attended by the Chair of WP.29 (Russian Federation), GRE (represented by Canada), GRPE (Germany), GRRF (represented by the United Kingdom), GRSG (Italy), the Administrative/Executive Committees of the three agreements administered by WP.29, the representatives of the European Union, Japan and the United States of America and the vice-Chair of WP.29 (France).

4. WP.29/AC.2 considered the provisional agenda for the current session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1096) and recommended the modifications mentioned in paragraph 2 above.

5. The Administrative Committee WP.29/AC.2 noted that the Chair of the Working Party on Brakes and Running Gear (GRRF) was no longer in a position to continue his Chairmanship. WP.29/AC.2 thanked Mr. S. Sopp for his work and proposed Mr. B. Frost (United Kingdom) as Chair for the September session of GRRF. WP.29/AC.2 also noted that the Working Party on Pollution and Energy (GRPE) had elected Mr. S.R. Marathe (nominated by the Indian Government) as Vice-Chair for the sessions of the year 2013. The Administrative Committee also recommended that a representative of Japan be proposed as Vice-Chair of GRRF and a representative of the Republic of Korea be proposed as Vice-Chair of the Working Party on Passive Safety (GRSP) for the 2013 sessions.

6. The secretariat informed WP.29/AC.2 about the selection process to fill the vacant P3 post in the section. It was noted that, in the meantime, the post was not filled on a temporary basis due to the new UN instructions not allowing the engagement of external temporary staff. The Committee noted the difficulties experienced by the secretariat in preparing the working documents for the forthcoming sessions of GRRF and GRE.

7. The Committee considered possible solutions to simplify the procedures aimed at reducing the number of official documents for consideration by the World Forum and its subsidiary bodies. It was recommended to limit, as much as possible, the number of amendments to each UN Regulation or UN GTR to one per year.

8. The Committee reviewed the draft agenda of the 157th session of the World Forum and recommended that agenda item 5.1 be considered by the World Forum and the rest of the agenda items regarding the 1998 Agreement be considered by the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement (AC.3). It was also recommended that the Administrative Committee of the 1997 Agreement (AC.4) should not hold its session.

9. WP.29/AC.2 reviewed the draft agenda for the 158th session of the World Forum, scheduled to be held in Geneva from 13 – 16 November 2012. It was noted that regarding the 1958 Agreement, 50 amendments as well as 3 new UN Regulations were initially scheduled for consideration. In addition, two amendments to establish UN Global Technical Regulations (UN GTRs) were also scheduled as well as amendments to the Consolidated Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles (R.E.3) and to the Special Resolution No. 1 (S.R.1).

10. The World Forum adopted the report of the Administrative Committee on its 109th session and its recommendations.

11. The World Forum noted the revised programme of work and availability of documentation (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/1/Rev.1). WP.29 representatives were requested to review it and to communicate to the secretariat any amendments deemed necessary. The secretariat presented the draft calendar of sessions for 2013 (WP.29-157-01) to be confirmed by Conference Services. The World Forum agreed with the request made by the Chair of GRPE to add a special session for GRPE (adoption of the new draft UN GTR on Worldwide harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedures (WLTP)), to be held in conjunction with the November 2013 session of WP.29 (Thursday afternoon). The secretariat was requested to modify the calendar accordingly and submit it for approval to the Conference Services. The secretariat also presented WP.29-157-02 containing the list of informal working groups of WP.29 and its GRs. The World Forum agreed that the informal working groups with a suspended work programme should be deleted from this list with their re-activation requiring endorsement by the World Forum. WP.29 representatives were invited to update the document with respect to the expiration date of the mandate for each informal working group.

12. The secretariat introduced WP.29-157-07 containing a template document to be used when preparing official documents for the World Forum and its subsidiary bodies. WP.29 adopted the document and requested its representatives and GR experts to use it when preparing official documents. The secretariat was requested to post the document at: www.unece.org/trans/main/wp29/wp29wgs/wp29gen/wp29transsub.html.

13. The secretariat presented WP.29-157-15/Rev.1 and WP.29-157-24 containing a proposal with instructions for posting working papers by the respective Chairs and/or secretaries of the informal working groups on the website. The secretariat offered its support for the use of this system and clarified that the Chairs and secretaries only need to request a user name and password to operate the system. WP.29 agreed with the proposal.

14. The co-Chair of the informal working group presented the first outcome of discussions held during the March WP.29 session in 2012 on design/control principles of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems to harmonize minimum guidelines (WP.29-157-06). The World Forum agreed to refer WP.29-157-06 to its subsidiary bodies for detailed consideration at their next sessions. WP.29 will make a final review of the revised document at its March 2013 session. The World Forum noted that no meeting of the informal working group on ITS was scheduled for this session.

15. The secretariat informed WP.29 about the April 2012 session of the Executive Committee of UNECE (EXCOM) focused on the review of the ECE Reform and dedicated to the consideration of the Transport Division. WP.29 noted that a further session of EXCOM was scheduled for 29 June 2012 to continue consideration of the activities and priorities of the Transport Division. The secretariat invited the representatives of the World Forum to contact their Permanent Missions to request their support for the activities of the Transport Division.

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16. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRSP given during the 156th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1095, paras. 31 – 37) and approved the report.

17. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRPE given during the 156th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1095, paras. 38 – 40) and approved the report.

18. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRB given during the 156th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1095, paras. 41 – 44) and approved the report.

19. The representative of Japan urged the establishment of new limit values associated with the new test method into UN Regulation No. 51 be concluded at the next GRB session. The representative of Germany stated that the GRs should, in general, use the opportunity to harmonize globally new limit values. The representative of EU endorsed the request by Japan, indicating that consideration of the limit values would be done by GRB.

20. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRRF, given during the 156th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1095, paras. 45 – 49) and approved the report.

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21. The representative of Canada, on behalf of the GRE Chair, reported on the results of the sixty-seventh session of GRE (for details see the report of the session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/67)). Specifically, he drew attention to the work on resolving the glare vs. night-time distance visibility issue and on a new approach to performance based regulatory requirements.

22. The representative of Canada announced the submission of a proposal for consideration at the November 2012 session of WP.29, for a definition of “manufacturer” to be added to R.E.3 and S.R.1.

23. Upon the invitation of the representative of Canada, the Chair of GTB introduced two informal documents. WP.29-157-11 outlined GTB’s approach to find a solution to the balance between good forward road illumination and glare to other road users. WP.29-157-12 introduced GTB’s plan to help GRE work on consolidating the UN Regulations on lighting and light-signalling focused on performance requirements rather than design and technical descriptions. The representative of the EU welcomed the proposal. The representative of Malaysia announced his intention to convey at the next GRE session concerns raised in his country regarding motorcycle headlamp glare. The World Forum agreed to refer WP.29-157-11 and WP.29-157-12 to the October 2012 session of GRE for consideration. Finally, WP.29 requested the secretariat to distribute WP.29-157-12 with an official symbol at its November 2012 session.

24. The GRSG Chair informed WP.29 about the results achieved during the 102nd session (for more details see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/81).

25. The representative of the United States of America, on behalf of the Chair of GRSP, informed WP.29 about the results made by GRSP during its fifty-first session (for more details see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/51 available at: www.unece.org/trans/main/wp29/wp29wgs/wp29grsp/grsprep.html.

26. Concerning the development of a UN GTR on electric vehicles, the representative of the United States of America reported that GRSP adopted the terms of reference of the informal working group on electric vehicle safety as reproduced in Annex II of the GRSP report (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/51) and sought the consent of WP.29 and AC.3. The World Forum agreed that AC.3 should consider this matter (see para. 93 below).

27. Concerning the development of a UN GTR on hydrogen and fuel cell vehicles (HFCV) prepared by the special group safety (SGS), he reported that GRSP expected to adopt the proposal at its December 2012 session and agreed to seek consent of WP.29 and AC.3 for an extension of the mandate until December 2012 of the special group safety (SGS). The World Forum agreed that AC.3 should consider this matter (see para. 87 below).

28. Referring to the activities of GRSP on rechargeable energy storage systems (REESS), he sought the guidance of WP.29 for a possible request to the Working Party on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (WP.15) to solve the issue of the ban of the transport of (both maritime shipping and airfreight) batteries heavier than 35 kg. The World Forum agreed to resume consideration of this issue at its next session awaiting further information provided by the representative of the United States of America.

29. Concerning the new draft Regulation on Child Restraint Systems, he informed WP.29 that GRSP had amended the terms of references of the informal working group, as reproduced in Annex VI of the GRSP report (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/51) to extend until December 2014 its mandate to accomplish Phases 2 and 3 of the planned work and sought consent of WP.29. The World Forum endorsed in principle the amended terms of references of the informal working group, pending the formal adoption of the report of the May 2012 session of GRSP.

30. The GRPE Chair informed WP.29 about the results achieved by GRPE during its sixty-fourth session (for more details see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/64).

31. The GRPE Chair informed WP.29 about the progress made to develop the UN GTR on the Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedures (WLTP).

32. With regard to the informal group on Retrofit Emissions Control devices (REC), WP.29 was informed about the discussion concerning the possibility of introducing two levels of stringency and invited Contracting Parties to the 1958 Agreement to indicate, by the end of August 2012, their position on the issue.

33. WP.29 was informed about the need to elect a new Chair for the GRPE informal working group on the Particle Measurement Programme (PMP) and to define the framework for the further development of PMP activities by the next GRPE session.

34. WP.29 was informed about GRPE’s intention to seek the consent of WP.29 for the establishment of an informal working group on International L-category vehicle approval in the area of Environmental Performance and Propulsion Requirements (EPPR) as soon as some remaining issues, such as the identification of an informal working group Chair and the development of Terms of Reference, are addressed.

35. WP.29 noted that Mr. C. Albus (Germany) was re-elected as Chair of GRPE for the sessions of 2013 and that Mr. S. Marathe, nominated by the government of India, was elected Vice-Chair.

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36. The World Forum noted the status of the 1958 Agreement. A list of modifications to the original status document (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/343/Rev.20) is available in the document: “Related list of modifications of the informal updated version of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/343/Rev.20”. Both documents are available on the WP.29 website (www.unece.org/trans/main/wp29/wp29wgs/wp29gen/wp29fdocstts.html).

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37. The representative of the United States of America reported that several actions are taking place in the United States of America to work with standard setting bodies, which may enable the development of a process to make publicly available private standards. However, these actions have not been concluded and he offered to report at the next session of WP.29.

38. The representative of France, chairing the informal group on IWVTA, reported on the strong progress made by the group on the amendments to the text of the 1958 Agreement (articles and appendices) and the drafting of the UN Regulation No. 0. He announced that the incorporation into the Agreement of new provisions for the application by Contracting Parties of former versions of UN Regulations had been agreed. The Secretary of the informal group on IWVTA presented the status report on the IWVTA informal group (WP.29-157-22). The World Forum noted that two subgroups would continue drafting the revision to the 1958 Agreement (chaired by the European Commission) and the text of UN Regulation No. 0 (chaired by Japan) at their upcoming meetings in September and November 2012. WP.29 expects to receive a first draft of the amendments to the 1958 Agreement at its March 2013 session. The World Forum noted the nomination of IWVTA ambassadors by GRSP and GRSG.

39. Referring to WP.29-156-21-Rev.1, the representative of Japan (vice-chairing the informal group on IWVTA) recalled the urgent need to nominate IWVTA ambassadors at the upcoming sessions of the other GRs and invited all interested Contracting Parties to take over such a role. In this respect, the representative of EU offered the assistance of the experts from the European Commission to play a more active role as IWVTA ambassadors. WP.29 welcomed the initiative and noted that the informal group on IWVTA would meet again in Paris on 9 November 2012. WP.29 noted that the ultimate goal of the IWVTA scheme was the mutual recognition of whole vehicle type approvals without any additional national requirements or approvals.

40. The World Forum agreed to refer WP.29-156-21-Rev.1 to all GRs for detailed consideration and to resume consideration of this important subject at the next session in November 2012.

41. The World Forum noted that this subject had been considered under agenda item 4.3.

42. The Chair of the informal group on DETA reported on the progress made by the group at its meeting held in Geneva on 25 June 2012. He underlined that one of the main final objectives of DETA was the simplification of the markings required in UN Regulations and the establishment of the future IWVTA. He announced the informal group’s intention to develop a further Appendix to the 1958 Agreement clarifying the administrative procedure for possible use of DETA. Referring to WP.29-156-24, he volunteered to prepare a more detailed and updated road map for the development of DETA. He also announced the group’s intention to develop a concrete financing scheme for the launching phase (three years) of the DETA system, taking into account the possibility of UNECE to take over hosting the DETA system after the launching phase.

43. Recalling the discussion at the previous session of WP.29, the Chair of DETA reiterated the need for decisions by the World Forum, at its November 2012 session, on a number of administrative and legal issues listed in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/35.

44. The representative of OICA introduced WP.29-157-05, containing a draft UN Regulation on recyclability of M1 and N1 vehicles. The representatives of Germany, the Russian Federation and the EU supported the initiative. The representative of Japan expressed concerns about some administrative and technical aspects of the text.

45. The World Forum agreed to resume consideration of WP.29-157-05 at its next session in November 2012, asking Contracting Parties to seek consensus on the administrative concerns and the technical issues. The World Forum requested the secretariat to distribute WP.29-157-05 with an official symbol at its November 2012 session and at the next GRPE session in January 2013, giving the mandate to GRPE to address remaining technical issues.

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50. Agenda item 4.9.2, UN Regulation No. 30, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/48, Page 3, paragraph 3.4., correct to read:

  • “3.4. The markings … in paragraphs 3.1.1. and 3.1.14. above.”
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54. The World Forum agreed to defer consideration of the draft amendments under agenda item 4.13.1 to the next session of WP.29.

EU notes the unusually long transition period and raises concerns over lack of robust cost/benefit analysis to support the proposed changes, so the Forum sends the proposal back to GRE for futher consideration.

Postponed since the proposal concerns the addition of the ESC warning light to UN R121 while removing the provision from UN R13/13-H. GRSG has prepared the R121 amendment, but GRRF has not completed its work on R13/13-H and endorsed the GRSG amendment. The changes should be adopted in November.

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56. The World Forum noted the amendments to the status of the Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.5) as well as the status of the priorities of the 1998 Agreement and items on which the exchange of views should continue (WP.29-157-17). The World Forum requested the representatives of the Contracting Parties, which had voted in favour of a UN GTR and had not yet sent their annual reports to take the necessary actions to comply with the provisions of article 7.2 of the Agreement.

57. The World Forum agreed that agenda items 5.2 to 5.5 should be considered by the Executive Committee (AC.3).

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The amendment was approved and adopted. See agenda item 13.1 for further details.

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58. The representative of the EU gave a presentation (WP.29-157-23) on the last report (6 June 2012) of the Competitive Automotive Regulatory System for the 21st Century (CARS 21) set up by the EU, including members States, industry and NGOs. He clarified that CARS 21 had been relaunched in 2010 to develop a strategic vision by 2020 in line with the expectations of all key stakeholders of the European automotive sector, both authorities and industry. He added that CARS 21 had considered, as priority issues, the amendment of the 1958 Agreement and the development of an IWVTA (international whole vehicle type approval). The amendment of the 1958 Agreement should have two major purposes: strengthening the mutual recognition of the type approvals by Contracting Parties, and enhancing the attractiveness of the Agreement for potential new Contracting Parties. The final report of CARS 21 is available at: ec.europa.eu/enterprise/sectors/automotive/files/cars-21-final-report-2012_en.pdf. We provide a link to the CARS 21 final report above.

Forum coordinating committee determined that there was no reason to convene the parties to the 1997 Agreement during this session of the World Forum.

59. The World Forum noted that no revised document on the status of the Agreement was necessary because the status of the Agreement, its UN Rules annexed to it, the list of Contracting Parties to the Agreement and their Administrative Departments had not been modified since the previous session of WP.29. The status document (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1074/Rev.3) was still valid.

60. Following the completion of the Agreement with the entry into force of UN Rule No. 2, the representative of CITA introduced WP.29-157-08 and WP.29-157-09, showing the differences between UN Rules Nos. 1 and 2 and the corresponding Commission Directive 2010/48/EU and Commission Recommendation 2010/378/EU. The World Forum agreed to defer discussion on the way forward to update the Rules, to its November 2012 session, awaiting the participation of more Contracting Parties to the Agreement at that session and a common position among Custom Union countries (Belarus, Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation).

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61. No new information on the subject was given during the session.

62. The representative of India informed the World Forum about the progress of the task force group (TFG) of the EFV informal working group (WP.29-157-14). He stated that a preliminary report on various aspects on EFVs had been prepared by India, revised by the United States of America, and forwarded to all TFG members for final review. He invited all Parties to submit their comments.

63. The representative of Japan informed WP.29 that their comments to the report had been transmitted. The representative of Germany announced his intention to provide his comments as soon as possible.

64. The representative of United States of America provided additional information about the EFV conference, organized by her country and Canada and scheduled on 10-12 September 2012 in Baltimore (Maryland, USA). She acknowledged the support of several stakeholders for the organization and invited all WP.29 delegates to register for the conference. She announced that a link to the conference registration page (www.efv2012.com) would be made available on the UNECE website.

65. The secretary of the Working Party on Road Safety (WP.1) informed the World Forum about the results of the sixty-third session of WP.1 (for details see the report of the session (ECE/TRANS/WP.1/135)). He reported that WP.1 continued to work on the proposed amendments to Annex V to the 1968 Vienna Convention on the basis of the proposal transmitted by WP.29 (ECE/TRANS/WP.1/2011/4). He outlined the work of the WP.1 virtual group of experts aiming at incorporating the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems to the 1968 Vienna Convention. He said that both matters would continue to be considered at the next session of WP.1, in September 2012.

66. The World Forum noted that the publication was already available in English and that the other five official linguistic versions of the UN were in the process of being translated. This publication is also known as the WP.29 “Blue Book”.

67. The representative of the United Kingdom presented WP.29-157-16 proposing to develop Special Resolution No. 2 (S.R.2) for both the 1958 and 1998 Agreements, in which the drawings and technical specifications of any test device used in UN Regulations and UN GTRs could be incorporated as addenda to S.R.2. The World Forum agreed on the structure of the proposal and on its adoption by both, the Administrative Committee of the 1958 Agreement (AC.1) and by the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement (AC.3). The representative of the United Kingdom volunteered to adapt the text of the proposed S.R.2 to this concept for consideration and possible adoption at the 158th session of WP.29 with an official symbol.

68. WP.29 noted that no new information was provided.

69. The World Forum noted that the secretariat would prepare a document containing the actions taken for making vehicles safer for consideration at the November 2012 session of the World Forum.

70. The World Forum noted that the first meeting of the informal working group, open to all WP.29 participants, was convened on the afternoon of 28 June 2012 in Geneva. WP.29-157-18 contains the agenda for that session.

74. The World Forum adopted the report, together with the annexes, on its 157th session.

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101. AC.3 representatives analysed how this agenda item should be developed. AC.3 agreed to keep this item in the agenda of further sessions, but under a new title reading “Exchange of information on new priorities to be included in the programme of work” without the list of informal documents. The representative of the EU stated that, before defining new priorities, AC.3 should enforce the monitoring of implementation in the national law of the Contracting Parties that had adopted UN GTRs.

AC.3 vice chair notes that the agenda item has been present for more than three years with nine document submissions and yet no meaningful progress towards defining future directions concretely. Asks for comments on whether to keep the agenda item.

The US believes issue is important and that contracting parties need to share information on their respective priorities for research programs and future rulemaking directions. Suggests that perhaps the listing of past documents is less central than assuring regular updates at Forum sessions.

EU states that their priorities under the 1998 Agreement are those present under agenda item 16. This agenda item could be useful in terms of monitoring regulatory interests and possibly as a way to permit some early consideration of items before they rise to the level of formal consideration as subjects for the Forum.

Australia believes the Forum should dedicate time to discussing emerging issues and concerns among contracting parties and that AC.3 would be derelict in its duties to ignore this.

Malaysia endorses these views and believes an agenda item should be maintained.

The chair proposes a modification of the agenda item for future meetings to read: “Exchange of information on new priorities to be included in the programme of work”. AC.3 acquiesces in this approach.

102. No other business was raised.

103. Following the recommendation made by the Administrative Committee WP.29/AC.2 for the coordination of work, AC.4 did not hold its session (see para. 8 above).

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95. No new information was provided for this agenda item.

96. The representative of the United States of America informed AC.3 that the NHTSA’s activities on distraction guidelines were still being finalized and incorporating public comments. AC.3 agreed to resume consideration on this matter at its November 2012 session.

97. No new information was provided for this agenda item.

98. The representative of the United States of America informed AC.3 about the ongoing activities of the informal working group. He indicated that the major pending issues in developing side impact dummies were the environmental laws and restrictions of certain components and the potential test result reproducibility issues that may occur with the new materials needed to produce a viable dummy. He announced that there would be more detailed information on these issues at the November 2012 session of AC.3.

75. Of the 50 Contracting Parties to the Agreement, 41 were represented and established AC.1 for its fifty-first session held on 27 June 2012.

76. The AC.1 invited Mr. B. Gauvin, Vice-Chair of WP.29, to chair the session.

77. The results of the voting on the documents submitted can be found in the voting table.

78. The thirty-fifth session of the Executive Committee (AC.3) was held on 28 June 2012. The representatives of 27 of the 33 Contracting Parties to the Agreement attended or were represented.

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81. AC.3 noted that no request was submitted for consideration.

82. AC.3 noted that no guidance was requested.

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83. The representative of the EU reported on the development of UN GTR No. 4. He mentioned that several technical questions were still under consideration. He informed AC.3 that phase 1 of the validation test would conclude by the end of 2012 and that phase 2 of the validation test would conclude by the end of 2013. Finally, he indicated that the text of the UN GTR would be ready by end of 2013.

84. The Chair of GRPE, informed AC.3 that GRPE had considered and adopted at its June 2012 session an amendment to UN GTR No. 5 addressing some concerns identified during the preparation of the legislation implementing the Euro VI emission levels, including a revision of the disablement conditions of on-board diagnostic systems. He announced that the proposal for this amendment would be transmitted for consideration and vote for the November 2012 session of AC.3.

85. The representative of the United Kingdom, on behalf of the Chair of the informal working group, reported on the work progress of the group. He explained that the group had held its tenth meeting in Munich on 18-19 June 2012 in conjunction with the Pole Side impact informal working group. He informed that the group had been addressing: (i) the measurement of head restraint height and on an appropriate height value, (ii) agreement on the use of the BioRID II dummy, ideally as the single tool (replacing Hybrid III) or the introduction of BioRID II as an option to Hybrid III but selected by Contracting Parties. He added that it had been difficult to finalize the work for the replacement of Hybrid III with BioRID II in the timeframe and, on the current projection for the delivery of injury criteria the informal working group would require a 12 month extension of its mandate. AC.3 gave its consent to extend the mandate of the informal working group until December 2013.

While ongoing fundamental research into the injury criteria for the BioRID dummy has delayed its finalization, the GTR 7 phase 2 informal group has agreed on a new concept of “effective height” for head restraints in response to the Netherlands concerns over protection for taller occupants. The group will now send this to GRSP for consideration in December 2012. It is also worth noting that OICA firmly opposes the use of options in the GTR where governments could require either the BioRID II or Hybrid III for testing.

87. The representative of Germany introduced the work progress of the HFCV subgroup on safety (SGS). He informed AC.3 that GRSP, at its May 2012 session, had still considered two remaining issues:

  • (i) a requirement for initial burst ratio for fiber-glass composite tanks with a pending value of 330 percent or 350 percent and
  • (ii) the electric safety barrier/enclosure option.

In order to resolve these outstanding issues, he requested an extension of the SGS mandate until June 2013. The representative of the United States of America indicated that there was a reasonable assumption that GRSP, at its December 2012 session, would finalize the proposal and recommend it to the March 2013 session of AC.3.

88. The representative of France reported that, since the March 2012 session of AC.3, only minor progress had been made by the informal working group. He added that the group would meet again on 29 June 2012 to finalize the text of the draft UN GTR which would be submitted to GRRF for detailed consideration at its September 2012 session. The final draft UN GTR would then be submitted to AC.3 for consideration and voting at its March 2013 session.

89. The Chair of GRPE informed AC.3 about the group’s activities on Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedures (WLTP). He reported on the progress of the work on the cycle and the test procedure. He stressed the complexity of the work, with around 10 informal working groups and subgroups and recalled the need for an additional session of GRPE for the final adoption of the draft UN GTR (see para. 11 above). He expected that as a result of the additional GRPE session, a draft UN GTR could be submitted to AC.3 for final consideration at its March 2014 session.

90. The representative of Australia, chairing the informal group on PSI, informed AC.3 that since his last update at the March 2012 session of AC.3, the informal working group had held its fifth and sixth meetings in London in late March and in Munich in the previous week. He informed AC.3 that a draft UN GTR had been presented to the May 2012 session of GRSP. He underlined the excellent recent progress on the draft UN GTR and the constructive approach adopted by all members of the informal working group. In particular he acknowledged Canada’s contribution to a large scale crash test programme undertaken with Australia. He stated that the work undertaken by the Monash University Accident Research Centre indicated that the UN GTR would produce major safety gains, due in part to the high proportion of head injuries in both pole side impacts and car-to-car crashes, and the high cost of serious head injuries. Insurance data indicated that the cost of head injuries could exceed notional cost of life as well imposing major societal burdens. He added that the UN GTR would have major benefits in many countries. He informed AC.3 that the major remaining issues were:

  • (i) appropriate injury thresholds,
  • (ii) material issues impacting WorldSID and
  • (iii) appropriate citation of the ISO seating procedure.

He informed AC.3 that the next meeting of the informal group would likely be held in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with the next WorldSID meeting, in September or October 2012. He finally indicated that these meetings should set a definitive timetable for submission of final draft proposals on the WorldSID and Pole Side Impact UN GTRs to GRSP and AC.3.

91. The representative of OICA emphasized the importance of availability of WorldSID for the adoption of the UN GTR on Pole Side Impact, with which the Australian representative strongly concurred.

92. AC.3 adopted the second progress report of the informal working group (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/59).

93. The representative of the United States of America introduced WP.29-157-19 containing the report of the first meeting of the informal working group on Electrical Vehicle Safety (EVS). He also introduced WP.29-157-20 containing the Terms of References (ToR) of EVS. AC.3 requested the secretariat to distribute both informal documents with an official symbol for formal adoption at the November 2012 session of AC.3.

94. Referring to the request for developing specific definitions for all the types of electric vehicles (see WP.29-157-19, para. 5 subpara. 2), the Chair of GRPE recalled the need to ensure consistency between the vehicle definitions in general (see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1095, para. 101). The representative of the EU reiterated the need to also ensure the audibility of quiet road vehicles. It was clarified that, under agenda item 18.1 of the current agenda, a proposal to develop a UN GTR on Quiet Road Transport Vehicles would be considered (see para. 99 below).

52. The World Forum agreed to defer consideration of the draft corrigendum under agenda item 4.11.1. to its next session.

Note: Due to its late publication, the EU was unable to consider this proposal prior to the session and consequently declined to vote on its adoption.

100. The representative of Italy proposed an amendment to UN GTR No. 12 aimed at clarifying the provisions on the location, identification and operation of motorcycle controls, tell-tales and indicators. AC.3 gave its consent and requested the secretariat to distribute WP.29-157-10 with an official symbol for its formal adoption at the November 2012 session of AC.3.

73. WP.29 agreed to defer consideration of this subject to its next session.

71. The World Forum thanked the representative of the United States of America for the presentation he had given (WP.29-157-25), on behalf of WP.29, at the launch of Global NCAP in Malaysia, 23 and 24 May 2012. The World Forum followed with interest the presentation made by the representative of the FIA Foundation (WP.29-157-26) summarizing Global NCAP activities for promoting safer cars.
72. The World Forum noted that Global NCAP selected and recommended six regulations from the 1958 and 1998 Agreements as the most important regulations at a worldwide level. The representative of the FIA Foundation underlined that Global NCAP had been developed only on the basis of the regulatory work of the World Forum.

FIA Foundation presentation of the UK-based Global NCAP charity established to promote common best practices among the nine NCAP programs worldwide (Australia, China, ASEAN, Latin NCAP, IIHS, Euro NCAP, Korea, US, Japan). The six WP.29 regulations selected by Global NCAP as most important to vehicle crash testing are UN R14, UN R16, UN R94, UN R95, GTR 8, and GTR 9.

1. The World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) held its 157th session from 26–29 June 2012 chaired by Mr. B. Kisulenko (Russian Federation). The following countries were represented, following Rule 1(a) of the Rules of Procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.1 and Amend.2):

  • Australia; Austria; Belgium; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Canada; People’s Republic of China; Colombia; Czech Republic; Finland; France; Germany; Hungary; India; Italy, Japan; Latvia; Luxemburg; Malaysia; Netherlands; New Zealand; Norway; Republic of Korea; Romania; Russian Federation; Serbia; Slovakia; Republic of South Africa; Spain; Switzerland; Thailand; Turkey; Ukraine; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and United States of America. Representatives of the European Union (EU) participated.

The following non-governmental organizations were also represented:

  • Association for Emission Control by Catalyst (AECC); European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA, also representing the Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) and Japan Auto Parts Industries Association (JAPIA)); the Foundation for the Automobile and Society (FIA Foundation); International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA); International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA) and the Working Party “Brussels 1952” (GTB). At the invitation of the secretariat, the European Tyre and Rim Technical Organization (ETRTO) and the University of Sao Paolo (Brazil) also participated.
Working Party on General Safety | Session 103 | 2-5 Oct 2012

2. GRSG considered and adopted the agenda proposed for the 103rd session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/13 and Add.1) with the addition of the following agenda items:

  • 14(a) Template for the submission of official documents
  • 14(b) Abbreviations and acronyms used in UN Regulations
  • 14(c) Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

3. GRSG also adopted the running order for the session as proposed in GRSG-103-01.

4. The informal documents distributed during the session are listed in Annex I to this report.

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5. Referring to the discussion on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/2 at the previous session of GRSG, the expert from EC introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/23 proposing updated provisions for vehicles of Class I to provide a specific area for prams or pushchairs. The expert from IRU introduced GRSG-103-08 raising a number of concerns. The experts from Poland, the United Kingdom, CLCCR and OICA supported the concerns raised. GRSG noted a number of comments. Following the discussion, the expert from Germany volunteered to prepare, jointly with the experts from EC, France, Sweden and Switzerland, a revised proposal for consideration at the next GRSG session in April 2013 taking into account the comments received. GRSG agreed to keep ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/2 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/23 on the agenda as reference documents.

6. The expert from the Netherlands withdrew GRSG-103-05. The expert from IRU recalled the purpose of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/12 proposing to install in urban buses of Class I driver seats without suspension systems. GRSG noted no support for the proposal and agreed to remove it from the agenda.

7. The expert from CLCCR introduced GRSG-103-16 superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/14 on the lateral stability of rear facing wheelchairs. GRSG noted a number of concerns. As the document did not receive any support, GRSG agreed to remove it from the agenda.

8. The expert from the Russian Federation presented GRSG-103-09 amending the provisions of the installation height of interior emergency controls in Class B vehicles. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of the proposal at its next session in April 2013 on the basis of an official document.

9. The expert from Sweden introduced GRSG-103-12 justifying the installation of automatic fire suppression systems in the engine compartment of buses and coaches. GRSG followed with interest a presentation by the expert from Sweden (GRSG-103-22) on a method for testing the performance of fire suppression systems. Following the discussion, GRSG noted general support on this subject. The expert from Sweden volunteered to prepare a concrete proposal for consideration at the next session of GRSG.

10. The Chair of the informal group on Service Doors, Windows and Emergency Exits in buses and coaches (SDWEE) introduced, as an outcome of the group’s work, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/15 proposing to insert into UN Regulation No. 107 new requirements for service doors, windows and emergency exits. The expert from Hungary presented GRSG-103-03 clarifying the proposed amendments. He informed GRSG about additional background information on the problems of emergency exists and on the ejection of passengers in buses (GRSG-103-02). Following the discussion, GRSG endorsed, in principle, the amendments of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/15, as reproduced in GRSG-103-29, and agreed to have a final review of the proposal at its next session. The expert from Poland volunteered to submit to the secretariat, in due time, a revised document taking into account the comments received.

11. The expert from Hungary proposed a number of possible solutions to avoid passenger ejection in case of a bus rollover accident (GRSG-103-04). He explained the problem of safety belt use in buses (GRSG-103-21). He gave a presentation on the need to install breakable emergency side windows on buses to evacuate passengers in case of an emergency (GRSG-103-25). GRSG welcomed the information and noted a number of comments. The expert from Hungary volunteered to prepare a concrete proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No. 107 for consideration at the next GRSG session.

12. The expert from OICA announced his intention to review Annex 12 of UN Regulation No. 107 on additional safety prescriptions for trolleybuses in order to adapt it to the technical progress. He invited all GRSG experts to send him (ofontaine@oica.net) their comments in due time to prepare a concrete proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No. 107.

13. The expert from Germany introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/26 proposing amendments to UN Regulation No. 43 to allow type approval of multiple-glazed units having more than two glass panes. GRSG adopted the proposal, as amended below, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2013 sessions, as draft Supplement 2 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 43.

Paragraphs 2.8.1. and 2.8.2., amend to read:

“2.8.1. “Symmetrical multiple-glazed unit” means a multiple-glazed unit where all component panes are identical (e.g. all uniform toughened glass).

2.8.2. “Asymmetrical multiple-glazed unit” means a multiple-glazed unit other than a symmetrical multiple-glazed unit."

Annex 12, paragraph 4.3.1., amend to read:

“4.3.1. The uniform toughened-glass pane(s) break(s);”

14. The expert from Germany, chairing the Informal group on Plastic Glazing (IGPG) reported on the work progress made by the group (GRSG-103-17). He introduced GRSG-103-20 proposing a first set of amendments to UN Regulation No. 43. The proposal received a number of comments. GRSG agreed on the need to review the abrasion test. GRSG noted the intention of IGPG to meet again in Brussels on 22-23 January 2013. The GRSG Chair agreed to revisit this subject at the next GRSG session on the basis of a revised document. GRSG agreed to keep ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/26 on the agenda as a reference document.

15. GRSG noted the request from a technical service having difficulties fulfilling the barometric pressure conditions required for the impact test, due to an altitude of about 2600 m (Bogota). The GRSG Chair questioned the need to insert into UN Regulation No. 43 and Global Technical Regulation No. 6 appropriate correction factors to resolve this problem. The expert from Germany volunteered to research this subject and prepare, if necessary, a concrete proposal for consideration at one of the next GRSG sessions.

16. The expert from OICA presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/16 proposing the installation of a new generation of exterior and interior mirrors enclosed in a protective housing or holder. GRSG adopted the proposal, without amendments, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2013 sessions, as draft Supplement 2 to the 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 46.

17. The expert from the Netherlands introduced a proposal (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2011/23/Rev.1) to allow replacement of all mirrors with camera-monitor systems. The expert from Germany informed GRSG (GRSG-103-19) about the work progress made by the ISO Task Force on the standardization of camera-monitor systems (ISO 16505). He added that a final proposal by ISO could be expected by the end of 2013 (GRSG-103-27-Rev.1). GRSG had an exchange of views on the optional/mandatory installation of camera-monitor systems and the need to insert fail-safe provisions. GRSG noted that such new vehicle systems would not only improve vehicle safety, but also the environmental protection (i.e. reduction of vehicle emissions). At its next session, GRSG expected to receive only a progress report and agreed to keep ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2011/23/Rev.1 on the agenda as a reference document awaiting the conclusion of the ISO Task Force.

18. Referring to the adoption of the draft 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 46 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/87) at the previous session of GRSG, the expert from OICA proposed to clarify the transitional provisions (GRSG-103-30). The expert from Germany added clarifications to the table listed in paragraph 15.2.1.1.1. (GRSG-103-31). Following the discussion, GRSG adopted both proposals, as reproduced in GRSG-103-31-Rev.1, and requested the secretariat to submit the document to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2012 sessions, together with ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/87, as draft 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 46 (see WP.29-158-08).

19. The expert from Germany recalled the discussion at the previous session of GRSG on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2011/19 proposing to insert into UN Regulation No. 58 more stringent requirements for rear under run protection devices. He reported on the outcome of the recent ad hoc group meeting and announced the intention to undertake, in early 2013, a cost-benefit analysis on this subject. GRSG agreed to resume consideration at its next session in April 2013, on the basis of a revised proposal to be submitted by Germany taking into account the results of the cost-benefit analysis.

20. The Chair recalled the purpose of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/17 (tabled by AEGPL) clarifying the provisions on the aerostatic pressure during the external leakage test of Class 0 components. The expert from Germany introduced GRSG-103-24 to amend and correct the current text of UN Regulation No. 67. GRSG adopted both documents, as reproduced in Annex II to this report, and requested the secretariat to submit the amendments to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2013 sessions as draft Supplement 12 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 67.

21. The expert from Germany presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/18 clarifying the provisions of UN Regulation No. 67 with respect to hose assemblies. The expert from AEGPL supplemented the proposal with additional amendments as listed in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/19. GRSG noted some concerns and decided on the need to further clarify the responsibility and conformity of production procedures. Following the discussion, GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session on the basis of a revised proposal by Germany. GRSG recommended keeping ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/18 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/19 on the agenda as reference documents.

22. The expert from CLEPA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/24 proposing new requirements for Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) fuel selection systems. The expert from AEGPL presented GRSG-103-06 amending the proposed paragraphs. GRSG noted general support and some comments. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session on the basis of a revised proposal by AEGPL/CLEPA, taking into the comments received.

23. As mentioned under paragraph 22 above, the expert from CLEPA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/25. Thus, GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session on the basis of a joint proposal by AEGPL, CLEPA and NGVA Europe.

24. The expert from the Netherlands reported on the outcome of the most recent expert meetings of the task force on Liquefied Natural Gas vehicles (LNG), held in Geneva on 1-2 October 2012 (GRSG-103-14). As the secretariat had not been in the position to prepare in due time the official document, he presented GRSG-103-11-Rev.1, proposing to insert into UN Regulation No. 110 new provisions for LNG vehicles. GRSG acknowledged the work done by the LNG task force and noted a number of comments. Following the discussion, the Chair invited all experts to send their written comments by the beginning of November 2012 to the LNG Secretary (jseisler@cleanfuelsconsulting.org). GRSG noted the intention of the LNG task force to present a revised proposal at the forthcoming session of the Working Party on Pollution and Energy (GRPE) in January 2013 and to consider it in detail at the next session of GRSG on the basis of an official document, taking into account the comments received.

25. The expert from Germany introduced GRSG-103-18, superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/22, and clarifying the current provisions on interior materials which shall be tested. GRSG adopted the document, as reproduced in Annex III to this report, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2013 sessions, as draft Supplement 1 to the 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 118.

26. Noting that no document had been provided for this session, GRSG agreed to remove this item from the agenda.

27. The expert from OICA presented GRSG-103-26, proposing to introduce the concept of “revision of approvals” into some Regulations under the responsibility of GRSG, especially UN Regulations Nos. 18, 26, 34, 35, 43, 58 and 61. GRSG welcomed the proposal and agreed to give a detailed consideration at its next session in April 2013. The expert from France stated that the provisions proposed for UN Regulations Nos. 26 and 61 could be removed from GRSG-103-26 in the event that the World Forum adopts, at its forthcoming session in November 2012, documents ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/86 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/89. The secretariat was requested to distribute GRSG-103-26 with an official symbol, taking into account the revised general guidelines for UN regulatory procedures (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1044/Rev.1).

28. The expert from IMMA recalled WP.29-157-10 (tabled by Italy in June 2012) proposing the development of an amendment to Global Technical Regulation (GTR) No. 12 on controls, tell-tales and indicators for motorcycles. He presented GRSG-103-10-Rev.1 amending ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/21 to introduce into the GTR editorial corrections and align the provisions with those of UN Regulation No. 60 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/20). The documents received some comments.

29. GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/20, as amended by Annex IV to this report, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2013 sessions, as draft Supplement 4 to UN Regulation No. 60.

30. GRSG also adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/21, as amended by Annex V to this report. The secretariat was requested to submit it to WP.29 and AC.3 for consideration at their March 2013 sessions, as draft Amendment 1 to UN GTR No. 12, including the technical report listed in Annex V.

31. The expert from OICA reported on the progress (GRSG-103-28) made by the Informal Group on International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA). As the IWVTA ambassador of GRSG, he announced his intention to prepare a position paper for each candidate Regulation listed in Annex 2 of WP.29-156-21-Rev.1 under the GRSG responsibility. GRSG noted a number of comments on the validity of some candidate Regulations applicable to the IWVTA. Following the discussion, the IWTA ambassador invited all governmental delegates to email him (ofontaine@oica.net) their comments well in advance of the deadline for submission of official documents.

32. The expert from Japan introduced GRSG-103-07, proposing a new series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 34 on fuel tanks. GRSG welcomed the proposal on fire prevention and agreed on the need to complement the proposal with a cost-benefit analysis. GRSG decided to resume consideration of the proposal at its next session on the basis of an official document under a specific agenda item.

33. The expert from Japan presented GRSG-103-23, justifying the need to improve the field of vision for drivers of larger vehicles. In this respect, he proposed amending the provisions of UN Regulation No. 46 on devices for indirect vision (GRSG-103-13). GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session and requested the secretariat to distribute GRSG-103-13 with an official symbol.

34. 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 3 October 2012. Mr. A. Erario (Italy) was unanimously re-elected as Chair and Mr. M. Matolcsy (Hungary) as Vice-Chair for the GRSG sessions scheduled for the year 2013.

(a) Template for the submission of official documents

35. GRSG noted the new instructions adopted by WP.29 at its June 2012 session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1097, para. 12) and the updated template for the preparation and submission of official documents by WP.29 and its subsidiary bodies (WP.29-157-01-Rev.1). The secretariat invited all experts to use this template and to follow the instructions as listed on the website.

(b) Abbreviations and acronyms used in UN Regulations

36. GRSG noted that the same acronyms have been used in the past in different Working Parties with different meanings which led to confusion (e.g. “RESS”). WP.29 had recommended establishing a list of acronyms to avoid confusion. The Working Party on Passive Safety (GRSP) had started this work with GRSP-51-03. Following the discussion, the Chair suggested resuming discussion on this subject at the next session of GRSG under a specific agenda item. He invited all experts to think about their preparedness to take over part of this important task.

(c) Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

37. GRSG noted the request by WP.29 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1085, para. 19 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1097, para. 14) for consideration of harmonized requirements for high-priority warning signals (GRSG-103-15) and on design/control principles (WP.29-157-06) of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). GRSG agreed to give detailed consideration to this subject at its next session under a specific agenda item.

1. The Working Party on General Safety Provisions (GRSG) held its 103rd session from 2 (afternoon) to 5 October 2012 (morning) 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, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. An expert from the European Commission (EC) also participated. Experts from the following non-governmental organizations participated: the Association for Emissions Control by Catalyst (AECC), European Association of Automobile Suppliers (CLEPA), European Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (AEGPL), International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA), International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA), International Association for Natural Gas Vehicles (IANGV/NGV Global) and Natural Gas Vehicles Association Europe (NGVA Europe). Upon the special invitation of the Chair, an expert from the International Association of the Body and Trailer Building Industry (CLCCR), Hyundai Motor Company and The Hardstaff Group participated.

Working Party on Lighting and Light-signalling | Session 68 | 16-18 Oct 2012

2. GRE noted GRE-68-24-Rev.2 including all the informal documents and new agenda items 4(d) and 18(f) and adopted the agenda proposed for the sixty-eighth session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/24 as amended by Add.1 and GRE-68-24-Rev. 2).

3. GRE noted that proposals on this subject are awaited and agreed to defer discussion to its April 2013 session.

4. GRE adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/34, as amended below and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/35, not amended. In addition, GRE adopted GRE-68-07 as reproduced in Annex II to this report. GRE requested the secretariat to submit the proposals to the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) and the Administrative Committee of the 1958 Agreement (AC.1) for consideration at their March 2013 sessions as draft Supplement 41 to the 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 37.

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Cap WU2.5×16q in accordance with IEC Publication 60061 (sheet 7004-104D-1)
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5. GRE considered ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/38 (amended by GRE-68-05) submitted by the expert from GTB revising the requirements on the replacement of light sources. GRE agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session on the basis of a revised proposal tabled by the expert from GTB, better addressing performance requirements and future technologies.

6. GRE considered a joint proposal from the experts of the Netherlands and the United Kingdom clarifying the test conditions related to the sensitivity of automatic/adaptive driving beam (ADB) sensor systems. GRE adopted this proposal (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/28 amended by GRE-68-22) as amended below and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2013 session as draft:

(a) Supplement 11 to the 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48
(b) Supplement 4 to the 05 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48
(c) Supplement 1 to the 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48

Paragraph 6.1.9.3.1.2. last indent, amend to read:

“6.1.9.3.1.2. …

To verify compliance with (a) and (b) above, the oncoming and preceding power driven vehicle (or vehicle-trailer combination) shall have position lamps (if applicable) and dipped-beam headlamps switched ON."

7. GRE considered ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/29 and GRE-68-16-Rev.1 clarifying the requirement for mandatory manual override for ADB control. GRE adopted the proposal as amended by Annex III to this report. GRE rejected GRE-68-13 proposing additional requirements in case of automatic reactivation. GRE requested the secretariat to submit the adopted proposal to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2013 sessions (see para. 6)

(a) Supplement 11 to the 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48
(b) Supplement 4 to the 05 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48
(c) Supplement 1 to the 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48

8. GRE adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/26, not amended, proposing to suppress the mandatory fitting of sensors for the adaptive main beam and Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) that detect retro-reflectors. The secretariat was requested to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2013 session as part of (see para. 6 and 7):

(a) Supplement 11 to the 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48
(b) Supplement 4 to the 05 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48
(c) Supplement 1 to the 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48

9. The Expert from Poland introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/27 proposing to remove the present 2000 lm borderline and the Light Emitting Diodes (LED) automatic levelling requirement. The proposal received several comments (GRE-68-20, GRE-68-31, GRE-68-32 and GRE-68-34).

10. GRE agreed with the suggestion of the expert from the Netherlands to concentrate requirements only on the “initial aiming” (and leave out the other parts on labelling, photometrics, etc.). It was also suggested that the proposal would focus on possible overlaps to the headlamp mounting height and would consider this “new approach” for the initial aiming requirements as an alternative to the existing (“old approach”) requirements in UN Regulation No. 48. GRE agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session on the basis of a revised proposal tabled by the expert from Poland including the suggestions mentioned above.

11. GRE noted that the World Forum (WP.29) referred back ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/99 and Corr. 1 for further consideration. GRE agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its April 2013 session. The expert from GTB introduced GRE-68-38, GRE-68-39 and GRE-68-40 providing a status report of the GTB’s activities on Glare and Visibility

12. GRE endorsed ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/114, introducing the definition of “manufacturer” into UN Regulation No. 48. and withdrew ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/115 proposing a similar definition for the Special Resolution (S.R.1), not suitable for self-certification.

13. The expert from the European Commission confirmed his reservations on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/73 and its corr.1 and did not provide further comments to the document.

14. The expert from Germany introduced GRE-68-04 proposing new provisions for the use of light source control gear in the case of halogen incandescent light sources (introduction of a minimum operating voltage). The expert from OICA argued that the proposal could be in contradiction to UN Regulation No. 123 (GRE-68-21). GRE did not support either proposal and agreed to resume consideration of this subject on the basis of a revised proposal, if available.source control gear in the case of halogen incandescent light sources

15. Moreover, GRE resumed discussion on the interpretation of para. 5.9. The expert from GTB made a presentation (GRE-68-36) to introduce a practical demonstration of the variable direction indicator (Variable D.I.) with a variable apparent surface using Light Emitting Diodes (LED). The expert from the Netherlands raised the issue of prioritizing with lighting signals. GTB made a presentation on a research on this issue (GRE-68-37). GRE experts agreed in principle that LED technology has a faster response and flexibility of use that could lead manufactures to puzzling solutions. The expert from GTB informed GRE that work is underway in its Photometry and Signal Lamp task force and gave a verbal progress report. The expert from Spain expressed concerns on the lack of provisions in UN Regulations (i.e. Nos. 6 and 7) dealing with the type approval of components that do not prevent the use of unsafe solutions (concerning variable apparent surface). GRE confirmed the agreement reached on this subject at its March 2012 session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/67 para. 58) that according to paragraph 5.9. of UN Regulation No. 48, the installation of a lamp with an intentional variation of the apparent surface would not be allowed and that the same interpretation should be carried over in the type approval of components and technical units (e.g. UN Regulations Nos. 6 and 7.) GRE agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its April 2013 session awaiting outcomes of studies, research and proposals from the expert of GTB.

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17. The expert from GTB introduced GRE-68-28 reporting on the work progress of the informal group on Database for the Exchange of Type Approval documentation (DETA). The expert of GTB volunteered to continue working on this subject. GRE agreed to keep this item on the agenda.

18. The expert from GTB reported on the progress made on this issue. GRE agreed that sun-load effect seems to be a real concern for vehicle signalling. The expert from GTB reported that the GTB Photometry Task Force will continue to investigate this. GRE agreed to resume consideration of this agenda item at its next session on the basis of a concrete proposal.

19. GRE considered GRE-68-03 superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/20, tabled by the expert from Germany, which introduced provisions for the usage of incandescent light sources for light modules and non-replaceable light sources. The proposal received positive comments from some GRE experts. GRE also considered GRE-68-14 improving the text of GRE-68-03. Taking into account the late submission of the proposal and its complexity, GRE agreed, at the request of CLEPA, to resume consideration at its April 2013 session on the basis of a revised proposal by the expert from Germany.

20. Finally, GRE noted GRE-68-06 proposed by the expert from IEC providing information on standards produced by his association.

21. GRE considered ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/19 clarifying and updating the Conformity of Production (COP) provisions including the comments made during the March 2012 session of GRE. The expert from Germany summarized that the proposal needed further changes. GRE agreed to resume the discussion at its next session on the basis of a revised proposal.

22. The expert from GTB introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/41 amending provisions concerning the requirements for geometric visibility of devices for adaptive rear lighting. GRE adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/41 as amended below. The secretariat was requested to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2013 session as draft Supplement 24 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 6 and as draft Supplement 22 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 7.

Proposal A, paragraph 6.4.3. and 6.4.3.1., renumber as paragraphs 6.3.3. and 6.3.3.1.
Proposal B, paragraph 6.2.4.1., fifth line, for “0.08 cd” read “0.07 cd”

23. The expert from GTB introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/42 and its amendment GRE-68-02-Rev.2. GRE did not support GRE-68-17 and adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/42 as amended by Annex IV to this report. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposal to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2013 session, as draft Supplement 14 to the 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 3, as part of draft Supplement 24 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 6 (see para. 23), as part of draft Supplement 22 to the 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 7 (see para. 23), as part of the draft Supplement 1 to the 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48 (see paras. 6, 7-8), as draft Supplement 16 to the 00 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 77 and as draft Supplement 15 to the 00 series of amendments to UN Regulation No.91.

24. The expert from GTB introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/43 and GRE-68-01 proposing the deletion of the 1cd requirement for geometrical visibility. GRE adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/43 as amended by Annex V to this report and requested the secretariat to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2013 session as part of the draft Supplement 11 to the 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48 (see para. 6-8 and 24), as part of the draft Supplement 4 to the 05 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48 (see para. 6-8 and 24), as part of the draft Supplement 1 to the 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48 (see para. 6-8 and 24) and as draft Supplement 3 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 119.

25. The expert from GTB introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/36 and GRE-68-25, updating the heat resistance test requirements. GRE agreed to resume the discussion at its next session based on an updated proposal including the comments received, which the expert from GTB volunteered to prepare.

26. The expert from Germany introduced GRE-68-15, proposing to delete the provisions on distributed lighting systems (DLS). GRE agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its April 2012 session on the basis of a revised document.

27. Following the decision to suspend the work of the informal working group (see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/67 para. 34), GRE agreed that this subject might be resumed in the future activities on the International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA) and the development of the “UN Regulation No. 0” if needed. Finally, GRE agreed to keep this item on the agenda of its April 2013 session.

28. The expert of GTB introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/31 proposing to ensure that the requirements concerning the signal to indicate the activation of a failure tell-tale would not remain specific to a particular type of light source. GRE noted some comments and agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its April 2013 session on the basis of a document submitted by the expert from GTB.

29. The expert from China introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/30 and GRE-68-33 proposing to modify requirements of the photometric performance concerning front position lamps incorporated with fog lamps as well as rear position lamps incorporated with rear fog lamps. GRE noted some comments about the need to maintain the current photometric ratios and agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its April 2013 session on the basis of a revised proposal.

30. The expert from Poland showed a lamp type approved according to UN Regulation No. 7 and clearly unsuitable to be installed on a vehicle. To prevent the use of such a lamp as aftermarket vehicle parts, he introduced GRE-68-29 and requested the secretariat to distribute GRE-68-29 with an official symbol.

31. The expert from GTB introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2011/32, proposing to amend the cut-off requirements. GRE adopted this proposal, not amended, and requested the secretariat to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2013 sessions as draft Supplement 5 to the 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 19.

32. The expert from CLEPA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/25 taking into account technical progress. He showed the efficiency of a new kind of hardware in both daytime and night-time ambient light conditions with a practical demonstration in the car park Level B of the Palais des Nations. He also raised the question of the use of private standards and copyrights. GRE agreed to resume discussion on this subject at its next session on the basis of a revised proposal and, agreed to keep on the agenda ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/25 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2011/46 for further consideration.

33. The expert from GTB introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/33, proposing to amend the title of the regulation. GTB volunteered to check a number of UN Regulations that are not used anymore for new type and to prevent their use in the future. GRE agreed to resume consideration at its April 2013 session.

34. GRE resumed consideration for ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/4 tabled by the expert from GTB, clarifying the requirements on the number of test samples. GRE adopted the proposal and requested the secretariat to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2013 session as draft Supplement 7 to the 01 series of amendments of UN Regulation No. 45.

35. GRE reconsidered ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2011/48 tabled by the expert of SAE clarifying the execution of the design and test requirements. The expert from GTB confirmed that GTB is cooperating with SAE on this issue. GRE agreed to resume consideration at its April 2013 session.

36. GRE considered proposals from GTB to introduce interdependent lamps (“Y” lamps) into the regulation to extend the application of “Y” lamps to daytime running lamps and also to update the requirements concerning the light-source failure. GRE adopted: ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/37 not amended and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/39 (amended by GRE-68-26) as amended by Annex VI to this report. GRE requested the secretariat to submit both proposals to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2013 sessions as draft supplement 17 to UN Regulation No. 87.

37. The expert from China introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/35 and GRE-68-35, proposing to improve the resistance test of lens material to atmospheric agents. GRE noted some comments about the the impact of changed requirements and test methods on the re-qualification of existing approved materials, even if in principle the regulation could be updated. The expert from SAE provided the secretariat with written comments after the meeting (GRE-68-41) to the proposals tabled by the expert from China.

38. The expert from GTB presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/40 and GRE-68-27, proposing to introduce a new category LW2 and some editorial amendments to the existing text of the UN Regulation. GRE adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/40 as amended by Annex VII to this report. GRE requested the secretariat to submit the proposal to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2013 sessions as draft Supplement 1 to the original version of UN Regulation No. 127.

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39. The expert from Germany informed GRE about the outcome of the discussion of the Working Party on Road Traffic Safety (WP.1) at its September 2012 session (GRE-68-11). The Secretary to WP.1 reported on the work done by his group, especially on updating the new draft Annex 5 to the Vienna Convention, dealing with vehicle lighting and light signalling. GRE noted that the work progress of WP.1 in that case is slower than its own pace. Some expert remarked that this is causing a formal issue as the Vienna Convention might need a longer time to be updated and to take into consideration work progress of WP.29. The experts from CLEPA recalled that investments were deployed in the transport sector by the industry creating better safety and the environmental conditions. He mentioned, as an example, the framework of the United Nations activities on Intelligent Transport Systems and the activities on “road trains”. He concluded that there is a need to find a more flexible consensus at WP.1 for ensuring adaptation of the Vienna Convention to the technical progress. The Secretary to WP.1 reported on the work ongoing in WP.1 on Advance Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and different issues like “road trains” or “google cars” and pointed out the difficulty of progressing id est the liability aspect in case of accident. GRE agreed to keep this item on its agenda for its next sessions, wishing fruitful outcome discussions from future WP.1 sessions.

40. At the request of WP.29 at its June 2012 session (see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1097 para. 14) the expert from OICA introduced GRE-68-23 proposing amendment to informal document WP29-157-06 (Design principles for control systems of ADAS). GRE agreed to send comments on the basis of GRE-68-23 to the Chair and to the expert of OICA to provide a consolidated GRE proposal at the March 2013 session of WP.29.

41. GRE agreed to defer discussion of this item to its April 2013 session.

42. GRE considered WP.29-156-21-Rev.1. and nominated the delegation of the European Commission to ensure the task of Ambassador for GRE on IWVTA activities of WP.29.

43. The expert from Japan announced that he would make a comment at GRE in April 2013 concerning UN Regulation No. 4 (Registration plate lamps) and introduce the Japanese plate size into the regulation. GRE noted that this proposal would introduce a regional requirement in the Regulation.

44. The expert from Germany introduced GRE-68-30 proposing to delete the exemption for vehicle of category M1 and N1 on the separation of the position lamps. GRE agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its April 2013 session and requested the secretariat to distribute GRE-68-30 with an official symbol.

No report

46. The expert from GTB introduced GRE-68-10, providing GTB’s initial response to the EU / Japanese initiative presented to WP.29 in June 2012 (see WP.29-157-12). The expert from GTB stated that his association was studying the feasibility of simplifying the current forty-one UN Lighting and Light-Signaling Regulations by grouping them. He also added that his association was also studying the feasibility of establishing GTR’s for Lighting and Signaling Devices and their Installation introducing performance based requirements but noted the difficulties in doing so. He concluded that specific light source regulations might remain largely unchanged because of the need for specific technical provisions. GRE agreed to resume consideration at its next session, noting that GTB volunteered to play an active role in the discussion that would take place on this subject at the November 2013 session of WP.29.

47. GRE agreed to defer discussion of this agenda item to its April 2013 session.

48 In compliance with Rule 37 of the Rules of Procedure (TRANS/WP.29/690 as amended by Amendments 1 and 2) GRE called the election of officers on Tuesday morning. Mr. M. Gorzkowski (Canada) was unanimously elected Chair of GRE for the sessions scheduled for the year 2013. The Chair of GRE proposed to start consultations for candidates for vice chair.

45. The expert from OICA made a presentation (GRE-68-19) introducing ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2012/44. The proposal received several comments (GRE-68-08, GRE-68-12 and GRE-68-21). GRE agreed in principle with the proposal, however it was agreed to allow more time for experts to study the proposal in detail. GRE agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session on the basis of an updated document prepared by the expert from OICA.

16. The expert from GTB introduced GRE-68-09 proposing a new approach to simplify the current transitional provisions. Therefore he proposed to evaluate the possibility to create consolidated version of 03, 04, 05 and 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48 and to continue amendments only on the latest series of amendments to ensure simplifications of type approvals procedure according to UN Regulation No. 48. Some GRE experts supported in principle the proposal and agreed to resume discussion at its April 2013 session.

1. The Working Party on Lighting and Light-Signalling (GRE) held its sixty-eighth session from 16 to 18 October 2012 in Geneva, under the chairmanship of Mr. M. Gorzkowski (Canada). 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 and Amend. 1): Austria; Canada; China; Czech Republic; Finland; France; Germany; Hungary; India; Italy; Japan; Luxembourg; Netherlands; Poland; Republic of Korea; Russian Federation; Serbia; Spain; Turkey and United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. An expert from the European Commission (EC) participated. Experts from the following non-governmental organizations also took part in the session: European Association of Automobile Suppliers (CLEPA); International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA); International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA) and Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). Upon the special invitation of the Chair, the experts from the International Automotive Lighting and Light Signalling Expert Group (GTB)" participated.

49. GRE did not consider a provisional agenda for the sixty-ninth session of GRE, scheduled to be held from 8 (a.m.) to 12 (p.m.) April 2013. It was agreed that the Chair, with the secretariat, would propose a draft agenda. GRE noted that the deadline for submission of official documents to the UNECE secretariat was 11 January 2013, twelve weeks prior to the session.

Working Party on Lighting and Light-signalling | Session 70 | 21-23 Oct 2013

1. The Working Party on Lighting and Light-Signalling (GRE) held its seventieth session from 21 to 23 October 2013 in Geneva, under the chairmanship of Mr. M. Gorzkowski (Canada). 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 and Amend. 1): Austria; Belgium; Canada; China; Czech Republic; Finland; France; Germany; Hungary; India; Italy; Japan; the Netherlands; Poland; the Republic of Korea; the Russian Federation; Serbia; Spain; South Africa and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK). An expert from the European Commission (EC) participated. Experts from the following non-governmental organizations also took part in the session: European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA); International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA); International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA) and Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). Upon the invitation of the Chair, the experts from the International Automotive Lighting and Light Signalling Expert Group (GTB) and the expert from the International Association of the Body and Trailer Building Industry (CLCCR) participated.

2. GRE considered and adopted the agenda proposed for the seventieth session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/40, its Add.1 and 2).

56. In compliance with Rule 37 of the Rules of Procedure (TRANS/WP.29/690 as amended by Amend. 1 and 2) GRE called the election of officers. Mr. M. Gorzkowski (Canada) was unanimously elected Chair of GRE for the sessions scheduled for the year 2014. Mr. D. Rovers (Netherlands) was unanimously elected Vice-Chair of GRE for the year 2014.

55. The expert from GTB reported on the progress made on the subject of LED retrofit.

54. The expert from GTB presented a status report of the GTB Mirror Working Group SAE activities (GRE-70-44).

53. GRE agreed to defer consideration of this item to its next session.

52. The expert from the UK, introduced GRE-70-39, proposing amendments to the ten documents listed above in reply to European Commission letter (GRE-70-22) stating concerns with GRE documents submitted for WP.29 adoption. GRE agreed on the proposed corrections and requested the secretariat to submit the document as an informal document for consideration at the November 2013 session of WP.29.

51. The expert from GTB proposed to clarify the requirements related to testing of the resistance to mechanical deterioration of the plastic lens surface (GRE-70-06). GRE adopted this proposal as reproduced in Annex IX to the report and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2014 sessions as Supplement 4 to the 01 Series of Regulation No. 113.

50. The secretariat presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/75/Add.1, clarifying the context of the amendments to Regulation No.19 introduced by ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/75. GRE endorsed and adopted this addendum.

3. GRE also adopted GRE-70-37, the updated agenda including the informal documents distributed during the session.

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

5. In absence of new proposal, GRE agreed to defer consideration of this agenda item to its next session.

6. In absence of new proposal, GRE agreed to defer consideration of this agenda item to its next session.

7. In absence of new proposal, GRE agreed to defer consideration of this agenda item to its next session.

8. The expert from GTB introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/50 as amended by GRE-70-27 and GRE-70-35, clarifying definitions and requirements associated with the installation of “single lamps”, “lamps marked D” and “interdependent lamps”. GRE-70-20 was not discussed as the subject was covered by the two informal documents. GRE agreed to revisit this subject at its next session on the basis of a revised document, which the expert from GTB volunteered to prepare.

9. The expert from GTB introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/51 amending activation criteria for Class “E” passing beam of an Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS). GRE adopted this proposal, not amended, and requested the secretariat to submit the proposal to WP.29 and the Administrative Committee of the 1958 Agreement (AC.1) for consideration at their March 2014 sessions as draft Supplement 4 to the 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48. GRE agreed to reconsider GRE-70-28, provided that a Contracting Party supporting it would justify the need for introducing the amendment to 04 and 05 series of amendments.

10. GRE agreed to defer discussion on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/99 and Corr.1 to its next session, awaiting the results of a study conducted by GTB.

11. The expert from the Netherlands introduced GRE-70-09, GRE-70-10 and GRE-70-11 superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/2 on tell-tales associated with operation of lighting and light signalling devices. The proposal received some comments (GRE-70-36). GRE supported the proposal and agreed to revisit this subject at its next session on the basis of a revised document, which the expert from the Netherlands volunteered to prepare.

12. The expert from Poland presented GRE-70-41, introducing ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/57 and proposing performance based requirements on initial aiming of dipped-beam headlamps as an alternative to the existing requirements. The proposal received some comments (GRE-70-42). The expert from France requested adding proper tolerances from the Conformity of Production provisions. GRE agreed to revisit this subject (on initial aiming and considering the original 50 m visibility distance requirement) at its next session on the basis of a revised document, which the expert from Poland volunteered to prepare.

20. The expert from Germany, referring to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/18, introduced a revised proposal (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/62) on avoiding intentional voltage variation of a passing beam using halogen light sources. The expert from the Netherlands proposed clarifications to this proposal (GRE-70-17). The expert from IEC proposed an alternative to this proposal (GRE-70-34). The expert from France requested to simplify this proposal. The expert from Austria expressed reservations about the test procedure proposed in this proposal. The expert from Germany clarified that his proposal addressed and superseded the proposal ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/44 under agenda item 8 below. GRE agreed to revisit this subject at its next session on the basis of a revised document, which the expert from Germany volunteered to prepare, in coordination with the experts from France and IEC.

30. The expert from Germany confirmed that ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/44 was addressed by ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/62 (see agenda item 5(d)) and withdrew this document.

31. The expert from SAE introduced GRE-70-18 providing comments on the proposal by the expert from China (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2011/35). The expert from China withdrew this proposal.

34. The expert from GTB introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/49 as amended by GRE-70-03 and GRE-70-25, updating tests requirements of UN Regulation No. 27. GRE adopted this proposal as amended by Annex VII to the session report. GRE requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2014 sessions as part of the draft 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 27.

35. The expert from Germany introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/58, amending the Conformity of Production requirements. GRE adopted this proposal. GRE requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2014 sessions as part of the draft 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 27.

13. The expert from CLCCR introduced GRE-70-19 amending provisions relevant for vehicles of Category O. GRE supported most of the proposed changes and agreed to revisit this subject at its next session on the basis of a revised document (addressing the comments received), which the expert from CLCCR volunteered to prepare in cooperation with the experts from CLEPA and the UK.

14. The expert from Germany introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/39 on the separation of position lamps. GRE agreed to revisit this subject at its next session on the basis of a revised document concentrating on the separation of front position lamps, which the expert from Germany volunteered to prepare in collaboration with OICA, CLEPA and the expert from Japan.

15. GRE agreed on the necessity to implement the “unique identifier” function into the Database for the Exchange of Type Approval documentation (DETA) in order to proceed with the simplification of the approval markings.

16. The expert from GTB briefly reported that the activities on this matter that were still ongoing.

17. The expert from Italy introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/43, on obsolete references in UN Regulations Nos. 53 and 74. GRE agreed to revisit this subject at its next session on the basis of a revised document, which the expert from Italy volunteered to prepare.

18. The expert from IMMA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/56 as amended by GRE-70-32. GRE adopted this proposal as reproduced in Annex II to the session report and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2014 sessions as draft Supplement 8 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 74.

19. The expert from France proposed the following correction to the French version of paragraph 5.15.5. in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/56. GRE requested the secretariat to take this correction into account when preparing the corresponding document for WP.29.

For “Alerte en cas de danger”, read “Signal de détresse”

21. The expert from Italy introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/55 as amended by GRE-70-12 on the compliance obligation of lighting components with installation requirements. The proposal received some comments (GRE-70-21). GRE agreed to finalize this subject at its next session on the basis of a revised document, which the expert from Italy volunteered to prepare.

22. The expert from GTB introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/45 as amended by GRE-70-02 clarifying the “type” definition with regard to manufacturer, trade name and marks. GRE adopted this proposal as reproduced in Annex III to the report and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2014 sessions, as part of upcoming amendments to the corresponding UN Regulations, awaiting the adoption of the revised version of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/55.

23. The expert from GTB introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/47 as amended by GRE-70-05, introducing “interdependent lamps” into Regulation No. 6. GRE adopted this proposal as amended in Annex IV to the session report, but refused the amendment proposed in GRE-70-24. GRE requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2014 sessions as draft Supplement 26 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 6 and as draft Supplement 4 to the 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48.

24. The expert from France proposed the correction noted below to the French version of para. 5.6. of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/47. GRE requested the secretariat to take this correction into account when preparing the corresponding WP.29 document.

For “feux arrière de position”, read “feux arrière de direction”

25. The expert from Germany presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/60 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/61, two revised proposals by France and Germany introducing provisions of direction indicators with variable apparent surface. He gave a practical demonstration supporting the proposal. The expert from OICA presented a study supporting the benefits of such systems (GRE-70-16). The expert from France proposed amendments (GRE-70-43) to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/61, addressing comments received during the session. GRE noted the intention to only allow the principle of variable apparent surface for direction indicators. GRE agreed on and adopted these proposals as amended by Annex V to the session report and requested the secretariat to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2014 sessions as draft Supplement 26 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 6, as draft Supplement 13 to the 04 series of amendments and as draft Supplement 6 to the 05 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48.

26. GRE agreed to revisit this item at its next session and consider the prohibition of variable apparent surface direction indicators for a hazard warning signal and may consider its adoption at its next session for the 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48.

27. GRE noted the endorsement by WP.29 of the establishment of a Special Interest Group as proposed in GRE-69-14. The expert from the European Commission announced that he would send invitations for the first meeting scheduled in February 2014. During the meeting the Terms of Reference would be established and a Chair and a secretariat of the informal group would be selected. The GRE chair recalled the purpose of GRE-66-13 and GRE-66-14 and suggested that the group consider these documents.

28. The expert from China introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/42 to correct the maximum intensity limit of front position lamps in case the front position lamps are reciprocally incorporated with front fog lamps. GRE agreed and adopted this proposal. GRE requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their
March 2014 sessions as part of the draft Supplement 24 to the 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 7.

29. The expert from GTB introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/48 as amended by GRE-70-07. GRE agreed and adopted this proposal as amended by Annex VI to the session report. GRE requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2014 sessions as part of the draft Supplement 24 to the 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 7.

32. The expert from OICA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/41 as amended by GRE-70-14 and GRE-70-33 correcting ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/73. The expert from IEC recalled the purpose of GRE-70-13, containing amendments adopted at the sixty-ninth GRE session. The expert from OICA offered to consolidate all corrections agreed (GRE-70-15-Rev.2). GRE preferred to postpone the vote by WP.29 and AC.1 on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/73 and requested the secretariat to submit GRE-70-15-Rev.2 to AC.1 and WP.29 as a revision to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/73.

33. The expert from France introduced GRE-70-31 proposing a correction to the French version of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/41. GRE requested the secretariat to take the correction, reproduced below, into account when preparing the corresponding WP.29 document as revision to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/73.

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note comme suit:
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36. The expert from GTB introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/52 as amended by GRE-70-04, harmonizing special warning lamps requirements with those prescribed by SAE. GRE agreed to keep the text and delete the square brackets in paragraph 5.1. and adopted this proposal as amended by Annex X to the session report. GRE requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2014 sessions as part of Supplement 9 to UN Regulation No. 65.

37. The expert from Germany introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/59, amending the Conformity of Production requirements. GRE adopted this proposal. GRE requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2014 sessions as part of Supplement 9 to UN Regulation No. 65.

38. The expert from the Netherlands, chairing the informal Group on Agricultural Vehicle Lighting Installation (AVLI) introduced GRE-70-01, proposing the terms of reference and the rules of procedures of the group. GRE agreed on this proposal, reproduced in Annex VIII to the session report.

39. In absence of any new proposal, GRE agreed to defer consideration of this agenda item to its next session.

40. The expert from Germany introduced GRE-70-23, providing a summary report on the progress of the Working Party on Road Traffic Safety (WP.1) on lighting and light-signalling related amendments to the Convention on Road Traffic.

41. GRE agreed to defer this item to its next session.

42. The expert from EC, recalling the purpose of WP.29-156-21, introduced GRE-69-15-Rev.1 on the candidate items to be incorporated in IVWTA and UN Regulation No. 0. The proposal received some comments (GRE-70-08 and GRE-70-29). GRE endorsed GRE-70-45 and requested the secretariat to submit it to the IWVTA informal group.

43. The expert from Japan presented GRE-70-38, supporting GRE-70-30 amending Regulation No. 4 for the purpose of IVWTA. The proposal received some comments. GRE agreed to revisit this item at its next session on the basis of a revised proposal, which the expert from Japan volunteered to prepare.

44. The expert from GTB introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/46 proposing to delete the shape requirements of retro-reflecting devices. GRE adopted this proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2014 sessions as Supplement 16 to the 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 3.

45. The expert from GTB introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/53 proposing accuracy improvements of the photometric performance stability test. GRE adopted this proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2014 sessions as Supplement 4 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 113.

46. The expert from GTB introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/54, updating photometric test requirements relating to the type approval of Adaptive Front-lighting Systems (AFS). GRE adopted this proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2014 sessions as Supplement 6 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 123.

47. The expert from Germany introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/63, clarifying the text of Regulation No. 123. GRE adopted this proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2014 sessions as Supplement 6 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 123.

48. The expert from CLEPA presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/64 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/65, introducing requirements for a new class 5 of devices into Regulation No. 70 and requirements and for a new class F of devices into Regulation No. 104. GRE agreed to revisit this subject at its next session on the basis of revised documents, which the expert from CLEPA volunteered to prepare.

49. The expert from France presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/66, introducing the 04 series of amendments for replacement parts in the transitional provisions of Regulation No. 19. GRE adopted this proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2014 sessions as Supplement 7 to the 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 19.

Working Party on Lighting and Light-signalling | Session 71 | 31 Mar-3 Apr 2014

21. The expert from Germany presented GRE-71-25 introducing flashing side marker lamps for vehicles of categories N2, N3, O3 and O4, aimed at informing vulnerable road users about the intention of a heavy goods vehicle to make a turn. The experts from Italy, Netherlands and CLEPA delivered a number of comments, in particular suggesting the extension of this proposal to M2 and M3 buses. The expert from Germany volunteered to submit a revised official document for the next session of GRE.

11. The expert from GTB introduced the results of their studies on visibility and glare (GRE-71-15 and GRE-71-32). The study concentrated on levelling in relation to load and its major objectives were to improve the understanding of different factors that influence visibility and glare and to identify results of the study that might reveal alternatives for automatic static levelling. The expert from OICA recalled their presentations on loading definitions and achievable aiming tolerances (see also GRE-67-27 and GRE-68-20).

12. The expert from Poland introduced a revised proposal ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/11 on initial aiming of dipped-beam headlamps and considering the original 75 +/-25 m visibility distance requirement.

13. GRE was of the view that the study had pointed out that the type of light source and its luminous flux are not the deciding factors in headlamp glare. Instead, the most important factors seem to be the vehicle pitch angle, loading conditions and initial headlamp aim. Therefore, the light source choice (LED) and the light source 2,000 lm criteria in UN Regulation No. 48 were found unnecessarily restrictive and creating barriers to new technologies. Different views were expressed whether automatic levelling should become a requirement for all categories of vehicles and light sources. Operating voltage was also mentioned as an additional factor of glare.

14. GRE invited the experts from Poland, GTB and OICA to submit one coherent proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No. 48 addressing the visibility distance and glare issuto the next GRE session.

5. In absence of new proposals, GRE agreed to defer consideration of this agenda item to its next session.

6. The expert from IEC presented GRE-71-06 with the aim to introduce proper references to the IEC cap sheet numbers, in accordance with IEC Publication 60061, for new categories of light sources WT21W, WTY21W, WT21/7W and WTY21/7W which have been introduced into United Nations (UN) Regulation No. 37. A similar request (GRE-71-07) was also made for new light source category LW2 which had been previously inserted in UN Regulation No. 128.

7. The experts from Germany and UK expressed their concerns that, in the past, GRE had approved the respective amendment proposals without the relevant references (i.e. blanks in square brackets) which were not available at that time and which de facto required the adoption of an additional supplement for inserting the proper reference at a later stage.

8. GRE adopted both proposals and requested the secretariat to submit them to WP.29 and the Administrative Committee of the 1958 Agreement (AC.1) for consideration at their November 2014 sessions as draft Supplement 43 to the 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 37 and draft Supplement 3 to the original series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 128.

9. For the future, GRE decided that amendment proposals introducing new light sources into UN Regulations could only be adopted when completed (i.e. accompanied by the relevant complete reference to the corresponding standard).

10. The expert from GTB introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/6 to clarify the definitions and requirements associated with the installation of “single lamps”, “lamps marked D” and “interdependent lamps”. GRE adopted this proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2014 sessions as draft supplements to the 04, 05 and 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48.

15. The expert from the Netherlands recalled the GRE considerations, at its sixty-ninth and seventieth sessions, of tell-tale requirements and the possible need for aligning UN Regulation No. 48 with relevant requirements contained in UN Regulation No. 121. Given the complexity of the issue, he suggested continuing with more in-depth discussions on these issues in a smaller group of interested experts (GRE-71-11). Following this request, GRE consented to establishing a taskforce on tell-tale requirements, for which the expert from the Netherlands would act as Chair and OICA as secretary. GRE decided to keep this issue on the agenda and requested the task force to report on its findings at the next session of GRE.

16. The secretariat proposed a correction to para. 6.2.7.6.1. of Revision 8 of UN Regulation No. 48 (GRE-71-03). The Chair also proposed the replacement in para. 6.6.7.2. of the incorrect reference to para. 6.22. by para. 6.23. GRE adopted the proposal amended by the Chair and decided to defer the submission of this proposal to WP.29 and AC.1 awaiting the adoption of further corrections that the expert from Italy volunteered to prepare (see para. 17 below).

17. The expert from Italy informed the GRE that he had found a number of errors in Regulation No. 48. GRE invited the expert from Italy to submit a document for the next session (see para. 16 above).

18. GRE noted that the Working Party on General Safety Provisions (GRSG), at its forthcoming session in May 2014, would consider ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2014/3 by Germany proposing to insert into UN Regulation No. 107 (M 2 and M 3 buses) a new requirement to automatically activate hazard warning lights when excess temperature is detected in a rear engine and/or in a heater compartment. The Chair expressed his concern that this signal may be misused unnecessarily in case of heat excess not leading to fire. GRE noted that the right term should be “hazard warning signal”. Should this proposal be adopted by GRSG, UN Regulation No. 48 would have to be amended accordingly. Thus, GRE decided to await the outcome of discussion in GRSG and to revert to this issue at the next session on the basis of a proposal for amending UN Regulation No. 48 which the expert from Germany volunteered to submit.

19. The expert from France introduced GRE-71-18 proposing two amendments to series 04 and 05 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48:

(a) The first amendment introduced interdependent lamp systems in para. 5.18.4. (b) and was based on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/21 adopted during March 2014 session as a new supplement for 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48.

(b) The second amendment suggested that the speed limit in paragraph 6.22.7.4.3 was reduced from 70 to 60 km/h and the requirements of paragraph 6.22.7.4.3(a) was amended to indicate a clear alternative to either detect the motorway conditions with sensors or only activate the E mode above a speed of 110 km/h. The objective of this amendment proposal was to improve the performance of the system by avoiding unnecessary on-off activation of the motorway light.

20. GRE adopted proposal (a) above and requested the secretariat to transmit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2014 sessions as draft supplement to the 04 and 05 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48. GRE decided to come back to proposal (b) at its next session.

1. The Working Party on Lighting and Light-Signalling (GRE) held its seventy-first session from 31 March to 3 April 2014 in Geneva, under the chairmanship of Mr. M. Gorzkowski (Canada). 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 2): Austria; Belgium; Canada; China; Czech Republic; Finland; France; Germany; Hungary; India; Italy; Japan; the Netherlands; Poland; the Republic of Korea; the Russian Federation; Serbia; Spain; Turkey and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK). Experts 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 Electrotechnical Commission (IEC); International
Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA) and International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA). Upon the invitation of the Chair, the experts from the International Automotive Lighting and Light Signalling Expert Group (GTB) and from the European Committee of Associations of Manufacturers of Agricultural Machinery (CEMA) participated.

2. GRE considered and adopted the agenda proposed for the seventy-first session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/1 and Add.1) as reproduced in GRE-71-01-Rev.3 (including the informal documents distributed during the session).

3. GRE also adopted the running order for the session as proposed in GRE-71-08.

4. The list of informal documents is reproduced in Annex I to the report. The list of GRE informal groups is reproduced in Annex V to the report. GRE took note of the official document submission deadline (GRE-71-20) for the October 2014 session of GRE.

22. The expert from OICA introduced GRE-71-29 proposing the simultaneous lightning of both cornering lamps for slow manoeuvres in forward motion, in order to increase safety. GRE requested the secretariat to distribute this proposal at the next session with an official symbol.

23. GRE noted that the expert from Germany had withdrawn ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/39 on the separation of position lamps.

24. The secretariat delivered a presentation (GRE-71-21) outlining the progress made in establishing the Database for the Exchange of Type Approval documentation (DETA) which, inter alia, would allow the simplification of the approval markings by implementing the “unique identifier” (UI) function. GRE noted that, until all Contracting Parties adopt the DETA marking scheme, the use of UI may remain optional, unless stated otherwise in a given UN Regulation. GRE agreed to resume consideration of this item at its October 2014 session.

25. GRE noted that the activities by GTB on this matter were still ongoing and that their results would soon be submitted to GRE for consideration.

26. The expert from Italy introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/43/Rev.1 proposing to delete obsolete references in UN Regulations Nos. 53 and 74. The proposal received some comments. The expert from Italy volunteered to provide a revised proposal to GRE at its October 2014 session.

27. The expert from Germany proposed the deletion of the reference to Class B headlamps. Several delegations pointed out that the deletion of Class B headlamps could entail problems for some markets and that transitional provisions would need to be foreseen. GRE agreed to address this issue at its next session on the basis of a written proposal, which the expert from Germany volunteered to prepare.

28. The expert from IEC introduced GRE-71-13 proposing alternatives to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/62 on electronic light source control gear:

(a) Restricting the voltage range for (halogen) filament light sources, to avoid (semi-)permanent too low or too high luminous intensity of the headlamp and subsequent shorter lifetime of the filament light source and;

(b) Inserting a lower voltage limit and verifying that the headlamp performance, in terms of luminous intensity, under the normal operating conditions of the vehicle’s electrical system is still compliant with the requirements of UN Regulation No. 112.

29. A number of experts delivered remarks on this document. GRE invited other experts to transmit their comments, if any, to IEC and decided to revert to this issue on the basis of a revised document to be prepared by IEC.

30. Based on an updated proposal tabled by the expert from Italy (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/55/Rev.1), GRE resumed consideration of the insertion of compliance obligations with installation requirements, at the time of type approval of lighting components, according to the component UN Regulations. While several experts supported the proposal, some others were of the view that the underlying issue might go beyond the competence of GRE and that WP.29 should be asked for guidance. The Chair suggested clarifying and possibly rephrasing the wording “UN Regulations … and their series of amendments in force at the time of application for type approval”. GRE agreed to continue this discussion at the next session and decided that this proposal would become part of a horizontal document collecting common provisions of UN lighting and light-signalling Regulations (see agenda item 6 below).

31. The expert from GTB presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/3 clarifying the definition of “type” with regard to manufacturer, trade names and marks and to introduce editorial improvements to the requirements for markings. This document superseded ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/45 and GRE-70-02 adopted by GRE at its seventieth session. Various experts identified a number of issues which would require further consideration and clarification. GRE agreed to continue this discussion at the next session and suggested that ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/3 become part of a horizontal document collecting common provisions of UN lighting and light-signalling Regulations (see agenda item 6 below).

32. Having recalled its deliberations at the previous session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/70, paras. 25 and 26) on direction indicators with variable apparent surface, GRE agreed not to prohibit the use of such indicators for a hazard warning signal and decided to extend the adopted proposals (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/60 as amended at the seventieth GRE session) to the 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48. The secretariat was mandated to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2014 sessions as a new Supplement to the 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48.

33. Having pointing out that the European Union (EU) refers to UN Regulations in its legislation, the expert from EC informed GRE about three concerns that EC and some EU member States have with regard to the GRE scope of activities:

a) A large number of GRE-related UN Regulations (forty-one) and their constant updating are a serious burden for the efficient management of the system, both for the United Nations and EU. Consequently, around one third of all documents under the WP.29 umbrella are from GRE. A lot of resources are required for their official translation into various languages, and there is a considerable backlog in this area. Thus, according to the expert from EC, the incurred costs should be minimized by simplifying and streamlining the documentation originating from GRE;

b) Some UN Regulations prepared and/or amended by GRE in the past were rather descriptive and not enough performance based. According to the expert from EC, descriptive provisions could, in some cases, distort the market competition and impede new technologies and innovations;

c) Too prescriptive and descriptive approach could make UN Regulations less attractive to countries outside the ECE region. According to the expert from EC, probably for this reason two years ago Japan had not adhered to UN Regulation No. 128. Moreover, the United States of America, who has only one regulation related to lighting and light signalling, would oppose developing multitude UN GTRs in this area, given the present number of UN Regulations on this subject. As an alternative example, he mentioned the area of fuel efficiency and emissions where there were fewer documents, that were not too prescriptive, and where the Asian countries supported a new UN GTR which had recently been adopted.

34. The expert from EC was also confident that GRE had all the necessary competencies to address these concerns and urged GRE to do so without delay.

35. The expert from GTB contributed to the discussion by presenting GRE-71-17 and GRE-71-24 containing some ideas on simplification of lighting and light-signalling UN Regulations. According to him, these UN Regulations are at present a mix of regulatory (legal) and technical aspects which should be separated in the future. A solution could be found in creating a three-level documentation structure, as proposed in GRE-71-24, where provisions common for different UN Regulations would be put in a single document similar to Consolidated Resolution R.E.3.

36. GRE took note of the outcome of the first session of the Special Interest Group (SIG) which had taken place in Brussels on 12 February 2014 and had been attended by 20 experts (GRE-71-16). In particular, SIG was of the view that priority should be given to reducing the administrative burden presented by the numerous collective amendments. To achieve this, SIG proposed to reactivate the GRE Horizontal Reference Document (HRD) Informal Group and to update its Terms of Reference (ToR).

37. On behalf of SIG, the expert from EC presented draft ToR of a new informal working group (IWG) (GRE-71-22) and stated that EC would be prepared to act as Co-Chair of IWG. Regarding the position of Chair, he suggested that an EU member State or another Contracting Party assume this role. Before IWG becomes operational, SIG would continue its activities. In this respect, the expert from EC informed GRE that the second meeting of SIG would take place in Brussels during the week 9-13 June 2014.

38. GRE had a first exchange of views on the proposed ToR with a particular focus on paras. 2, 3 and 4 of GRE-71-22.

39. GRE addressed the issue of the legal implications of placing the common requirements into a horizontal reference document, such as R.E.3 managed by WP.29. The expert from EC and the secretariat pointed out that, if needed, they would seek legal advice from, respectively, EU and United Nations legal services. The secretariat informed GRE that R.E.3 had proved to be very instrumental for all UN Regulations, in particular, with regard to common definitions. In this context, the secretariat also drew the attention of GRE to the work undertaken by the secretariat to harmonize the definitions in lighting and light-signalling UN Regulations (GRE-71-23). GRE requested the SIG to consider this document and consolidate harmonized definitions into the horizontal document.

40. The Chair invited experts to consider the underlying issues, in particular the draft ToR of IWG in GRE-71-22 to be discussed at the next SIG session, and to report back to GRE at its next session. He also suggested that the newly proposed IWG take into due consideration ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2008/32, GRE-59-01, GRE 63-27, GRE-66-13 and GRE-66-14.

41. GRE noted that the expert from GTB had withdrawn its document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/5 amending the requirements to clarify the “n-1 rule” provisions in relation to an interdependent lamp system.

42. The secretariat informed GRE about complaints on the intensity of (LED) stop lamps which had been reviewed by the secretariat, GRE Chair and Vice-Chair (GRE-71-02). These complaints mainly related to situations such as “stop and go” or standstill at traffic lights where the driver of the following vehicle experienced discomfort and glare due to the high intensity of stop lights. No one seemed to dispute the need for a high intensity light-signal in case of an emergency.

43. The Chair recalled that GRE, at its sixty-sixth and sixty-seventh sessions, had already discussed a proposal by GTB to allow for reducing the intensity of stop lamps when the vehicle speed was below 20 km/h. Due to lack of consensus, this proposal had been withdrawn at that time. GRE was of the view that no study proved any blinding or glare effect specific to LED stops lamps and that the reported complaints were probably related to discomfort problems in a narrow range of urban traffic conditions and that stop lamps were so far performing very well their most important safety function. Therefore, no further action was foreseen by GRE.

44. No new proposals were submitted under this item. GRE noted that the first part of the proposals for the new 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 27 adopted at the previous session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/70, para. 34 and Annex VII) had been subsequently approved by WP.29 and AC.1 at their March 2014 sessions (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1108, paras. 50 and 75). At the same time, the other part of the proposals dealing with the Conformity of Production requirements adopted at the previous session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/70, para. 35) had been referred by WP.29 back to GRE for further considerations (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1108, para. 51). GRE noted that these proposals would be discussed under agenda item 12 (d) together with other documents returned by WP.29 to GRE for further consideration.

45. No new proposals were submitted under this item. GRE noted that the first part of the proposals for the new 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 65 adopted at the previous session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/70, para. 36 and Annex X) had been subsequently approved by WP.29 and AC.1 at their March 2014 sessions(ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1108, paras. 50 and 75). At the same time, the other part of the proposals dealing with the Conformity of Production requirements adopted at the previous session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/70, para. 37) had been referred by WP.29 back to GRE for further considerations (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1108, para. 51). GRE noted that these proposals would be discussed under agenda item 12 (d) together with other documents returned by WP.29 to GRE for further consideration.

70. GRE was informed about the new responsibilities of Ms. Darnoux, Mr. Sakai and Mr. Tsuburai who would no longer attend the GRE sessions. GRE thanked them for their contributions and wished them all the best in their new responsibilities.

71. GRE was informed about the new responsibilities of Mr. Guichard, who would no longer be the GRE Secretary. GRE thanked Mr. Guichard for his contributions and wished him all the best in his new responsibilities. GRE also welcomed Mr. Glukhenkiy (konstantin.glukhenkiy@unece.org) as new Secretary to GRE.

69. The expert from GTB presented a status report of the GTB Working Group activities (GRE-71-33, GRE-71-34, GRE-71-35 and GRE-71-36).

68. GRE agreed to deal with this agenda item together with item 6.

46. The expert from the Netherlands, chairing the informal Group on Agricultural Vehicle Lighting Installation (AVLI), introduced ECE/TRANS/GRE/2014/2 containing the AVLI proposals to update and revise UN Regulation No. 86 with a view to improving the visibility of agricultural vehicles. In particular, the proposals provided for updating the present UN Regulation No. 86 provisions ; optional installation of “innovative” lamps (e.g. daytime running lamps, cornering lamps etc.); aligning, where appropriate, the requirements with the corresponding provisions of UN Regulation No. 48.

47. To ensure an earlier revision of UN Regulation No. 86, the Chair of AVLI suggested splitting its work into two phases and, to this end, proposed to revise the ToR and rules of procedures of the Group (GRE-71-19). According to the revised ToR, while the first phase should focus on updating the present UN Regulation No. 86 in order to improve the visibility of existing agricultural tractors, the second phase could address extending the scope of the present UN Regulation No. 86 to new categories of vehicles such as agricultural trailers and towed machinery.

48. GRE stressed the urgent need for modification of UN Regulation No. 86, which had not been updated for fifteen years, and agreed with the proposed two-phase approach. GRE adopted the revised terms of reference and the rules of procedures of AVLI, reproduced in Annex IV to the report. To avoid the need for transitional provisions, GRE decided to remove the square brackets in paragraphs 6.4.1., 6.10.1. and 6.19.1. of ECE/TRANS/GRE/2014/2, thus making reversing lamps, rear fog-lamps and daytime running lamps optional. GRE requested AVLI to submit to its next session, a revised document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/2/Rev.1 which would address comments made during the discussion, in particular by the expert from Italy (GRE-71-14).

49. GRE noted that, in order to introduce new categories of vehicles into UN Regulation No. 86, the Consolidated Resolution (R.E.3) should be amended accordingly to include such categories. In this context, the expert from IMMA also pointed out differences between the definitions of the L categories of vehicles in R.E.3 and in the EU legislation To inform WP.29 and other GR’s about these intentions, GRE mandated its Chair to orally raise these issues at the June 2014 session of WP.29 as well as requested the secretariat to prepare a proposal as soon as possible to ensure their early distribution to other GR’s.

50. In absence of any new proposal, GRE agreed to defer consideration of this agenda item to its next session.

51. GRE noted that the Working Party on Road Traffic Safety (WP.1) had adopted the definition and allowance for the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). WP.1 had not yet concluded its consideration of the GRE draft proposals for amendments to the 1968 Vienna Convention regarding lighting and light-signalling (ECE/TRANS/WP.1/2011/4/Rev.3) and had postponed this issue to the next session of WP.1 in September 2014.

52. As no information was reported under this item, GRE agreed to defer it to the next session.

53. The Secretary to AC.1 reported on the progress in preparing Revision 3 of 1958 Agreement, including UN Regulation No. 0 on IWTA (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/53 and WP.29-162-04), as well as the proposed revised guidelines for supplements and series of amendments to UN Regulations (WP.29-162-18) whose main elements are as follows:

a) Contracting Parties may apply former versions of UN Regulations, “engraved in stone”;

b) establish common date (e.g. 1 September each year) of entry into force of new series of amendments to UN Regulations;

c) only one new series of amendments per year would be allowed;

d) in case of several series of amendments in force, for every supplement the respective GR and WP.29 should indicate the series of amendments it refers to. The secretariat should prepare separate documents for each series of amendments for adoption by WP.29 and AC.1;

f) the guidelines for transitional provisions established by WP.29 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1044/Rev.1) would be amended accordingly.

54. GRE took note of the above information and expressed no objections to setting the common annual date of entry into force of new series of amendments on 1 September.

55. The experts from Finland and Japan presented ECE/TRANS/GRE/2014/12 amending UN Regulation No. 4 (Rear registration plate lamps) for the purposes of IVWTA and introducing provisions for illuminating registration plates of five different sizes (categories) which are currently used around the world. When applying for the first approval or at a later stage, the applicant should indicate the category(ies) which the device is intended to illuminate. GRE adopted the proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2014 sessions as draft Supplement 18 to UN Regulation No. 4.

56. The expert from GTB introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/4 proposing to amend the requirements of failure indication by removing the differentiation between filament and LED light sources. GRE adopted this proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2014 sessions as draft Supplement 26 to the 01 Series of UN Regulation No. 6.

57. The expert from IMMA presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/7 with a proposal to amend UN Regulation No. 50, as further corrected by GRE-71-04 and GRE-71-12-Rev.1, introducing the possibility of interdependent lamps for dedicated motorcycle lamps. The expert from India also presented GRE-71-30 containing an amendment to this proposal. GRE generally supported the proposal but, given the late submission of GRE-71-30, decided to revisit this issue at its next session on the basis of a revised document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/7/Rev.1 to be prepared by IMMA.

58. The expert from IMMA proposed ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/8 to introduce the possibility of installing interdependent lamps for L3 category vehicles in UN Regulation No. 53, together with additional editorial corrections. GRE felt that these amendment proposals should be aligned with the proposed amendments to UN Regulation No. 48 (agenda item 4 (a)) and decided to revert to this issue at its next session on the basis of a revised document to be prepared by IMMA.

59. The expert from IMMA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/9 with a proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No. 53 to allow for the use of different brake lamp activation methods for Powered Two Wheelers (PTWs) as well as to introduce the concept of a high-mounted stop lamp to PTWs to improve the conspicuity of the vehicles during stopping. GRE adopted this proposal, as amended by Annex II to this report and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2014 sessions as a new Supplement to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 53.

60. The expert from IMMA presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/10 with a proposal to correct typographical errors introduced during the previous amendment to UN Regulation No. 113 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/83). GRE adopted this proposal as a new Supplement to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 113 and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2014 sessions.

61. The expert from CLEPA presented revised proposals ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/64/Rev.1 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2013/65/Rev.1, introducing requirements for a new class 5 of devices into UN Regulation No. 70 and requirements and for a new class F of devices into UN Regulation No. 104. GRE adopted this proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2014 sessions as a new Supplement to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 70 and as a new Supplement to the original text of UN Regulation No. 104.

62. The expert from CLEPA also proposed ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/13 introducing a new class F of retro-reflecting materials into UN Regulation No. 48, to be applied to special utility vehicles or trailers not regularly covered by standard contour marking materials. GRE adopted this proposal, as amended by Annex III to this report and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2014 sessions as a new Supplement for the 04, 05 and 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48.

67. The expert from France introduced GRE-71-09 and GRE-71-10 proposing to delete an unjustified design restrictive requirement of a minimum luminous flux of 1,000 lm for LED’s in UN Regulations Nos. 112 and 123. While several experts supported this proposal, some others pointed out that those alternative criteria should be developed to guarantee a minimum performance of LED light sources. GRE decided to revert to this issue at the next session and requested the secretariat, in cooperation with the expert from France, to re-issue GRE-71-09 and GRE-71-10 as official documents.

66. GRE noted that WP.29, at its November 2013 and March 2014 sessions, had referred back to GRE a number of documents due to concerns over the conformity of production (CoP) provisions in the proposed amendments to UN Regulations Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 19, 23, 27, 38, 50, 65, 69, 70, 77, 87, 91, 98, 112, 113 and 119 (see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1106, para. 54 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1108, para. 51). GRE reviewed the common wording of these documents and agreed to delete the text in parenthesis mentioning “light sources manufacturers” (e.g. see para. 10.3 in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/79) To make progress, GRE agreed to take the CoP provisions out from these documents and put them in a horizontal document (see paras. 31-38 above) for further consideration. The secretariat was requested to delete the proposed amendments to the CoP provisions and CoP annexes of these documents. If any of these documents contained also other amendments, the secretariat was requested to prepare revisions of these documents and to re-submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 at their November 2014 sessions. Experts were invited to verify the content of the revised documents in advance and report on identified problems, if any, at the next session GRE session in October 2014. The experts from Austria and CLEPA expressed concerns that referring the extracted CoP provisions to a horizontal document might lead to a substantial delay in their adoption.

63. The expert from Japan introduced GRE-71-27 and GRE-71-28, proposing to insert a new footnote to read “The Contracting Parties applying this UN Regulation may prohibit the use of Retro-Reflecting materials approved as Class F on the basis of national regulations.” GRE concluded that it is obvious even without such a footnote that the Contracting Parties may prohibit the use of such materials. As a result of discussion, these informal documents were withdrawn.

64. The secretariat proposed editorial changes to Amendment 3 to Revision 5 of UN Regulation No. 6, as contained in GRE-71-05. GRE adopted this proposal and requested the secretariat to take this editorial correction into consideration when issuing Revision 6 to the UN Regulation.

65. The expert from Belgium introduced GRE-71-26 proposing amendments to UN Regulation No. 10 with regard to electromagnetic compatibility of trolleybuses, with a view to aligning the additional safety prescriptions for trolleybuses (Annex 12 to UN Regulation No. 107) with the corresponding electrical standards (see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2013/16). GRE invited the expert from Belgium to re-submit his contribution as official document for consideration at the next session.

Working Party on Pollution and Energy | Session 69 | 5-6 Jun 2014

1. The Working Party on Pollution and Energy (GRPE) held its sixty-ninth session from 5 to 6 June 2014, with Mr. Christoph Albus (Germany) as Chair and Mr. Shrikant Marathe (India) as vice-Chair. 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, as amended): Austria; Belgium; Canada; China; France; Germany; Hungary; India; Italy; Japan; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Republic of Korea (Korea); Russian Federation; South Africa; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Turkey; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK); United States of America (USA). Experts from the European Commission (EC) also participated. Experts from the following non-governmental organizations took part in the session: Association for Emissions Control by Catalyst (AECC); Association of European Manufacturers of Internal Combustion Engines (EUROMOT); European Association of Automobile Suppliers (CLEPA/MEMA/JAPIA); European Garage Equipment Association (EGEA); European Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (AEGPL); European Federation for Transport and Environment (T&E); International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA); and International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA); Natural and bio Gas Vehicle Association (NGVA EUROPE); International Association for Natural Gas Vehicles (IANGV/NGV Global); Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association (EMA). Upon the special invitation of the Chair, the experts from the following entities also attended: European Association for Advanced Rechargeable Batteries (RECHARGE aisbl); European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers Association (ETRMA); Technical Committee of Petroleum Additive Manufacturers in Europe (CEFIC-ATC).

2. GRPE adopted the agenda (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2014/10 and Add.1), as consolidated in GRPE-69-01-Rev.2. GRPE noted GRPE-69-04-Rev.2, on the organization of GRPE informal working group (IWG) meetings.

3. The informal documents distributed during the GRPE session are listed in Annex I of the session report. Annex II contains a list of the informal meetings held in conjunction with the GRPE session. Annex III lists GRPE informal working groups, task forces and subgroups, giving details on their Chairs, secretaries, and the end of their mandates.

4. The secretariat introduced GRPE-69-05, announcing that the next GRPE session would take place on 13-15 January 2015 and recalling that the deadline for the submission of official documents is 17 October 2014. These dates may be reconfirmed by the secretariat. The chairs and secretaries of informal working groups were invited to approach the secretariat to define the calendar of meetings of informal working groups for the January 2015 GRPE session.

5. Introducing GRPE-69-06, the secretariat reported on relevant items discussed in the 162nd session of the World Forum. For more details, see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1108.

6. The GRPE Chair recalled the establishment in the Global Registry of UN Global Technical Regulation No. 15 on WLTP by WP.29 and AC.3.

7. Introducing GRPE-69-20, the Chair of the IWG on WLTP presented the work done since the last GRPE session and recalled the list of open issues that needed to be addressed by the IWG in Phase 1b. He reported that the task force dealing with coasting (sailing) might not be able to provide an acceptable proposal. He announced that the Drafting Coordinator had reported on a number of necessary corrections to UN GTR No. 15, and added that no Corrigendum would be proposed at this stage. The Group preferred to introduce them together with other amendments at the end of Phase 1b. He finally outlined the WLTP Phase 1b road map and announced the forthcoming WLTP IWG meetings scheduled in 2014 and 2015.

8. He concluded by informing GRPE about the next meetings of the group and requested the secretariat to reserve a room for a meeting prior to the January 2015 GRPE session.

9. GRPE acknowledged the status of these activities and agreed with the proposal.

10. The expert from EC reported (GRPE-69-17) on the ongoing work on the transposition of the GTR into the European Union (EU) legislation. He added that amendments to existing UN Regulations or new UN Regulation(s) would be developed in a second step. He introduced GRPE-69-16 providing a first draft retaining the UNECE formatting principles. At the request of the expert from Italy, he clarified that the weighting factors would not be transposed. The expert from OICA stated that further information on the transposition and whether WLTP would (i) become a new UN Regulation replacing existing Regulations or would (ii) amend UN Regulations Nos. 83 and 101. The GRPE Chair recalled that WLTP provisions were planned to be part of IWVTA and that the transposition process should take this aspect into consideration.

11. The Chair of the IWG on MACTP reported that the Group did not meet prior to the GRPE proper session because of delays in the development of this work in the EU. He reminded GRPE that the mandate had expired. He proposed halting the activities of the IWG and discussing further progress in the EU under item 16 (exchange of information on emission requirements) at next sessions, if needed. GRPE acknowledged the status of these activities and agreed with the proposal. GRPE thanked the Chair and secretariat for their work in the IWG.

12. The Chair of GRPE recalled the purpose of WP.29-163-05. The expert from OICA supported the document but noted that the bold font used in the document was misleading. GRPE endorsed the document and formally adopted its content as follows:

Annex 4a, Appendix 7, paragraph 4.1.2., amend to read:

"4.1.2.Tyres

The choice of tyres shall be based on the rolling resistance. The tyres with the highest rolling resistance shall be chosen, measured according to ISO 28580.

If there are more than three tyre-rolling resistances, the tyre with the second highest rolling resistance shall be chosen.

The rolling resistance characteristics of the tyres fitted to production vehicles shall reflect those of the tyres used for type-approval."

13. The expert from OICA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2014/14 and the proposed corrections in GRPE-69-13. GRPE noted that the proposals were not ready for endorsement and agreed to reconsider them at its January 2015 session on the basis of two revised proposals that the expert from EC volunteered to prepare.

14. The expert from the Netherlands introduced GRPE-69-15 proposing the deletion of the definition on “vehicle designed to fulfil specific social needs” in the 07 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 83, as the corresponding specific emission limits didn’t exist in these 07 series. GRPE agreed with this proposal and requested the secretariat to distribute this proposal with an official symbol at its January 2015 session.

15. The expert from Germany recalled its intervention during the previous GRPE session about the emission performance of approved replacement pollution control devices (see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/68, paras. 28-29 and GRPE-68-18). He announced that, given EU internal constrains, this subject had not progressed and he proposed to postpone the discussion of this item at a later stage. GRPE agreed with this proposal.

16. The secretary to the IWG on HDH introduced GRPE-69-12 and reported on the completion of the work. He presented GRPE-69-10 amending the proposal in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2014/11 introducing a novel approach for assessing the performance of the entire vehicle powertrain by a simulation (HILS) as well as the final technical report (GRPE-69-11) for the proposed Amendment 3 to UN GTR No. 4.

17. GRPE noted that the HILS method validation was only partially completed when applying the Japanese criteria but that none of the prerequisites were met for extending the mandate for further action by the IWG. Therefore, GRPE acknowledged the work done by the IWG and agreed to remove this item from the provisional agenda of the seventieth session of GRPE in January 2015.

18. GRPE adopted the proposal ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2014/11 as amended by GRPE-69-10 and GRPE-69-22 (Part A) as reproduced in Addendum 2 to the GPE 68th session report. GRPE also adopted the corresponding technical report (GRPE-69-11 as amended by GRPE-69-22 (Part B), reproduced in Addendum 2) and requested the secretariat to submit them as a proposal for draft Amendment 3 to UN GTR No. 4 to WP.29 and AC.3 at their November 2014 sessions.

19. Recalling the note by the secretariat in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1109, item 4.7.1, GRPE confirmed that ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/39 only applied to the 05 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 49.

20. The expert from OICA presented GRPE-69-08 introducing a proposal (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2014/12 as amended by GRPE-69-07-Rev.1) for a new Supplement to UN Regulation No. 49 (i) harmonizing the provisions on On Board Diagnosis Threshold Limits (OTLs) with those of the EU, (ii) deleting the urea consumption motoring obligation as well as improving definitions, (iii) modifying the operating sequence definition for stop-start and hybrid vehicles and (iv) introducing an alternative service mode for LNG dual-fuel vehicles. GRPE adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2014/12 as amended by GRPE-69-30 (containing GRPE-69-07-Rev.1 as well as the correction proposed by the expert from NGV Global) and reproduced in Addendum 1 to this report. GRPE requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1, for consideration at their November 2014 sessions as Supplement 8 to the 05 series of amendments to Regulation No. 49. The expert from the United Kingdom noted that the proposal didn’t comply with the transitional provisions guidelines by WP.29 and would have to be amended at a later stage accordingly.

21. GRPE did not receive any new proposal to amend UN GTRs Nos. 4, 5 and 10.

22. GRPE did not receive any new proposal to amend UN Regulations Nos. 85 and 115. The Chair noted that the activities of the IWG on WLTP on the rated power determination of hybrid vehicles could have some implications on Regulation No. 85 and could be taken into account at a later stage.

23. The expert from EUROMOT introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2014/15, a proposal to amend UN Regulation No. 96 aimed at allowing the engine manufacturers to obtain approvals also from Contracting Parties that apply more recent series of amendments, for engines that need to be marketed in countries applying previous series of amendments. He clarified that this proposal was harmonized with the provisions of UN Regulation No. 49.

24. GRPE adopted this proposal not amended and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1, for consideration at their November 2014 sessions as Supplement 1 to the 04 series of amendments to Regulation No. 96.

25. There were no proposals to amend UN GTR No. 11.

26. Recalling the submission of GRPE-65-20, WP.29-160-39, WP.29-161-22 and GRPE-68-10 on tyre and brake wear and vehicle indoor air quality, the expert from the Russian Federation introduced GRPE-69-03 with further test and research results. He underlined the evidence that tyre wear would contribute to air pollution not only with solid particulates but also with gaseous pollutants. He announced that, to address this issue, the standard GOST R 51206-2015 on cabin air filters and purifiers was under development.

27. The Chair of the IWG on PMP provided an overview of the latest activities of the IWG (GRPE-69-25) focusing (i) first on the exhaust emissions, in particular on the 23 nm cut-off size confirmation given the state of technology as well as the development of a robust procedure to measure particles down to 10 nm in case of future needs, (ii) then on the particle emissions during regeneration and the particle emissions from Non-Road Mobile Machinery. He reported that the Group had addressed (GRPE-69-24) the concerns expressed in GRPE-69-03 and proposed a possible road map on how to proceed further with the issue of particles from tyre and brake wear (GRPE-69-23).

28. GRPE acknowledged the information provided by the IWG and the Russian Federation, endorsed in principle the roadmap proposed and requested the secretariat to reserve a room for a meeting prior to the January 2015 GRPE session.

29. The Chair of the IWG on GFV reported on the work progress made by the Group (GRPE-69-27). He recalled the decision to develop a new UN Regulation for heavy duty dual fuel retrofit, he provided information on the recent development of this task by the IWG itself as well as the task force for the retrofit of heavy duty dual fuel and reporting that an informal document on the subject was expected for the January 2015 GRPE session. He expected that the official consideration by GRPE was scheduled for June 2015, and WP.29 consideration in November 2015. The Chair of the IWG concluded by requesting the secretariat to reserve a room for a brief meeting, during the January 2015 GRPE session.

30. GRPE acknowledged the progress made by the group.

31. Introducing GRPE-69-29, the Chair of the IWG on EPPR informed GRPE about recent meetings. He presented the structure of the upcoming proposal as well as the proposed road map, targeting the adoption of the proposal in 2016.

32. GRPE acknowledged the progress of the Group.

33. GRPE did not receive any new proposal to amend UN Regulations Nos. 40 and 47.

34. The expert from the Netherlands introduced GRPE-69-02, proposing the introduction of reference fuels E5 (petrol) and B5 (diesel fuel) into UN GTR No. 2. The Chair noted that this would require an authorization to develop an amendment by AC.3. The expert from Japan commented that the current reference fuels should remain as an alternative. The Chair proposed to report about this matter at the June 2014 sessions of WP.29 and AC.3. The expert from the Netherlands volunteered to prepare a request for authorization to amend UN GTR No. 2.

35. The Chair of the IWG on EVE introduced GRPE-69-26 on recent meetings. He provided information on the draft regulatory reference guide (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2014/13) and recommended its endorsement by GRPE. He reported that several minor changes had been suggested, but that the EVE leadership did not accept them. He presented GRPE-69-14-Rev.1 containing a proposal for a new mandate. GRPE endorsed the proposed Electric Vehicle Reference Guide, which would be submitted to WP.29 for consideration at its November 2014 session. Noting the concern raised by OICA about the wording “assuming that” as well as the position of the EC to be clarified at the June 2014 AC.3 session, GRPE welcomed in principle the proposal for the road map to develop a gtr by the EVE Group.

36. The Chair of the IWG on VPSD informed GRPE about remaining open issues and discussion items. He reported that the Group had started a fundamental concept discussion e.g. about batteries to be considered as energy converter or energy storage. He added that the group planned to submit a proposal at the June 2015 session. The WLTP and EPPR Chairs commented that their groups were waiting for the outcome of VPSD.

37. GRPE acknowledged the progress made by the group and requested the secretariat to reserve a room for a meeting prior to the January 2015 GRPE session.

38. The expert from OICA recalled the purpose of GRPE-68-16-Rev.1. She reported on ongoing discussions and an update at GRPE at its January 2015 session.

39. The IWVTA Ambassador reported on the progress made by the IWG on IWVTA and the availability of the draft UN Regulation No. 0 (WP.29-162-04). He highlighted the ongoing discussion on the relevant content of lists A and B for UN Regulation No. 0, noting that UN Regulation No. 85 was in list A and that both UN Regulation No. 101 and WLTP were listed in List B. He echoed the comments made by the Chair on WLTP (see para. 10 above).

40. The secretariat also reported on the progress made on draft Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/53) and referred to WP.29-162-12-Rev.1 as well as WP.29-162-18. He added that the draft Revision 3 of the Agreement included some new elements:

(a) Allowing Contracting Parties to grant type approvals according to former versions of UN Regulations;

(b) Triggering the mandatory application by Contracting Parties of new series of amendments to UN Regulations on a common commencement date (e.g. 1 September each year). These elements would permit to yearly collect into a single amendment to UN Regulation No. 0 all newly adopted amendments to existing UN Regulations and new UN Regulations;

41. The secretariat added that the Group was proposing to better follow the definitions of Supplements and series of amendments to ease the IWVTA process and that a set of amendments to a UN Regulation would only be permitted once a year. He concluded that guidelines for transitional provisions (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1044/Rev.1) would be amended accordingly.

42. The GRPE Chair clarified that no further action was needed from GRPE at the moment.

43. The expert from the Russian Federation introduced GRPE-69-03 while discussing item 7 on Particulate Measurement Programme (see para. 26).

44. Recalling the submission of GRPE-66-03, WP.29-160-38, WP.29-161-12 and WP.29-162-16, the expert from South Korea introduced GRPE-69-28 on (i) the Korean VIAQ guideline that had proved to be effective, (ii) the standards applied in various countries and (iii) the need to harmonize internationally the VIAQ requirements. He concluded his presentation by proposing that GRPE develop a VIAQ guideline, as a first step. GRPE agreed to report on this matter at the June sessions of WP.29 and AC.3 and to further discuss a possible strategy to tackle this issue at its January 2015 session.

45. GRPE did not receive any new proposal for amendments to UN Rule No. 1.

46. The expert from Sweden presented GRPE-69-19, reporting on the CCAC activities. He informed GRPE that he Coalition was focusing on methane, black carbon and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) with the objective to address short-lived climate pollutants by raising awareness, enhancing new actions, mobilizing support and improving scientific understanding of short-lived climate pollutant impacts and mitigation strategies. He reported, in particular, on one of the ten initiatives of the coalition, the heavy-duty diesel initiative with the objective to virtually eliminate fine particles and black carbon emissions from new and existing heavy duty diesel vehicles and engines (including marine vessels) by (i) steadily reducing sulphur in diesel fuel, (ii) establishing more stringent emission standards with interested nations and parties, (iii) cleaning up existing fleets, (iv) cleaning up ports and marine transport and (v) developing a global green freight initiative. GRPE commented that WP.29 was in a position to contribute to these objectives.

47. No new information was provided for this agenda item.

48. In compliance with Rule 37 of the Rules of Procedures (TRANS/WP.29/690, Amends 1 and 2.) GRPE elected Mr. Christoph Albus (Germany) as Chair and Ms. Rashmi Urdhwareshi (India) as Vice-Chair to GRPE for the sessions of GRPE in the year 2015.

49. The secretariat introduced GRPE-69-09 containing the definitions in UN Regulations under the responsibility of GRPE. He invited the experts to consult the document when issuing proposals with definitions, so that definitions remain harmonized. GRPE agreed to refer this document to the IWG on VPSD.

50. The secretariat introduced a draft proposal (GRPE-69-18) by GRE to introduce in the consolidated Resolution on the construction of vehicles (R.E.3) the following new vehicle categories: agricultural trailer and towed agricultural machinery. He reported that the GRE experts preferred to involve experts from other Working Parties subsidiary to WP.29 and requested the secretariat to circulate this first draft proposal. Comments may be submitted by email to the GRE secretary (GRE@unece.org)

51. On behalf of GRPE, the GRPE Chair made a tribute to Mr. Shrikant Marathe (Vice-Chair of GRPE, India), Mr. Masahiko Sakai (JASIC), Mr. Juergen Stein (OICA) and Mr. Meinrad Signer (OICA), who would no longer attend GRPE sessions, acknowledging their considerable contributions to the activities of the group.

World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations | Session 166 | 23-26 Jun 2015

1. The World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) held its 166th session from 23-26 June 2015, chaired by Mr. B. Kisulenko (Russian Federation). The following countries were represented, following Rule 1(a) of the Rules of Procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.1 and Amend.2): Australia; Belgium; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Brazil; Canada; China; Czech Republic; Egypt; Finland; France; Georgia; Germany; Hungary; India; Italy; Kazakhstan; Japan; Latvia; Luxembourg; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Portugal; Republic of Korea; Romania; Russian Federation; Serbia; Slovakia; South Africa; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Thailand; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; United States of America. Representatives of the European Union (EU) participated. The following governmental organization was also represented: International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The following non-governmental organizations were also represented: Association for Emission Control by Catalyst (AECC); European Tyre and Rim Technical Organisation (ETRTO); European Association of Automotive Suppliers (representing also the Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) and Japan Auto Parts Industries Association (JAPIA)); the Foundation for the Automobile and Society (FIA Foundation); Global New Car Assessment Programme; International Automotive Lighting and Light Signalling Expert Group (GTB); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA); International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA); Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International and International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA).

2. Ms. E. Molnar, Director of the Transport Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) announced the appointment of Mr. Jean Todt as the special envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for road safety. She informed the World Forum that the UNECE Transport Division would provide secretariat services for the special envoy. She noted that the UNECE secretariat welcomed the positive and proactive strategic development related to the 1998 Agreement as laid down in the Trilateral White Paper submitted by the European Union, Japan and the United States of America. She commended the good news on the revision of the 1958 Agreement, that there could be a possibility of reaching an agreement between Contracting Parties over the course of the year. She noted that Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement would be an important step forward in providing an introduction for the International Whole Vehicle Type Approval system. She also noted that with the recent establishment of the informal group on PTI; progress could be made soon in developing the 1997 Agreement to provide safe vehicles on our roads during their entire lifetime. She highlighted the importance of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) / Automated Driving (AD) as reflected in the UN regulatory framework as these new technologies would have huge potential in the areas of road safety and environmental protection.

3. WP.29 welcomed the participation for the first time of Egypt and Kazakhstan to the World Forum.

4. The provisional annotated agenda for the session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1115/Add.1) was adopted with the amendments noted below:

(a) Correction of reference to informal working group:
8.4. Correct ITS/AV to read ITS/AD

(b) Deletion of agenda items:
4.13.1. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/77 – Proposal for Supplement 2 to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 107

5. The list of informal documents is reproduced in Annex I to the session report (document WP.29/1116).

6. The 118th session of WP.29/AC.2 was held on 22 June 2015, chaired by Mr. B. Kisulenko (Russian Federation) and was attended, in accordance to Rule 29 of the terms of reference and rules of procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690 and Amends.1 and 2), by the Chairs of WP.29 (Russian Federation), GRB (France), GRE (Belgium), GRSP (United States of America), GRPE (Germany), GRRF (United Kingdom), GRSG (Italy), the Administrative/Executive Committees of the three agreements administered by WP.29 (Russian Federation (AC.1), the Russian Federation (AC.4) and the United Kingdom (AC.3)), by the representatives of the European Union, Japan and the United States of America and by the Vice-Chairs of WP.29 (Italy), GRSG (Hungary), GRPE (India) and GRSP (Republic of Korea).

8. The Committee also reviewed the draft agenda for the 167th session of WP.29 scheduled to be held from 10 to 13 November 2015.

9. The representative of Japan briefed AC.2 on the progress of the International Whole Vehicle Type Approval System (IWVTA) Group. OICA had submitted a formal proposal to revise paragraph 3 of the frozen text of the revision of the 1958 Agreement. After discussions, the Group had decided not to change the frozen text, but to address the concern of OICA in the revised guidance document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1044 currently under development by the informal group. This issue would be revisited at the September meeting of Subgroup for the 1958 Agreement. The representative also briefed the Committee about the meeting of the Subgroup on UN Regulation No. 0. As a result of the discussions at their meeting, the small group on the definition of vehicle type agreed to introduce a new concept, ‘IWVTA type’ which would group vehicles of a type with the same level of conformity in one IWVTA type. The informal group on the Database for the Exchange of Type Approval (DETA) also agreed on a procedure to produce the relevant vehicle specific data for each vehicle.

10. The secretariat briefed AC.2 on the progress made in identifying a financing option for the DETA. AC.2 supported Germany’s offer to host DETA until the cost for DETA can be included in the UN regular budget. The Vice-Chair of WP.29 advised the Committee that the support of Contracting Parties at EXCOM was necessary in order to gain additional regular budget for financing DETA.

11. The secretariat presented a document providing guidance for preparing amendments to regulations. It furthermore clarified that only documents that have been voted on by AC.1 are legally binding. The representatives of the European Union (EU), Germany and the United Kingdom expressed their desire for further clarification on the definitions of version, revision, amendments as well as series of amendments, supplements and corrigenda.

12. AC.2 considered the possibility of establishing an Informal Working Group (IWG) on visibility, glare and levelling. Germany expressed its interest to chair the group, Poland to be Vice-Chair and OICA the secretary. WP.29 was requested to provide advice on this issue.

13. The secretariat informed AC.2 on the outcome of discussions between the secretariat and the Office of Legal Affairs (OLA).

14. The World Forum adopted the report of the Administrative Committee on its 115th session.

15. The World Forum noted the revised programme of work and documentation (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/1/Rev.1). WP.29 representatives were invited to review the document and to communicate to the secretariat any amendments deemed necessary. The secretariat presented the draft calendar of sessions for the year 2016 (WP.29-166-01) and announced that a request to move a half-day from the April session of GRSG to the October session would be transmitted to the Conference Services, (see Annex III).

16. The secretariat presented the list of GRs, Informal Working Groups (IWGs) and the list of the Administrative and Executive Committees (WP.29-166-03-Rev.1).

17. The secretariat informed the World Forum that the 2015 ITS flagship event would be jointly organized by France and UNECE in conjunction with the ITS World Congress in Bordeaux (France) on 7 October 2015.

18. The representative of EU informed the World Forum that the issue of autonomous vehicles was one of the priorities and high on the agenda of EU. She added that the topic would be discussed in the CARS 2020 high-level group, which consisted of stakeholders from the automotive sector, NGOs and policymakers. She explained that the purpose of CARS 2020 was to identify concrete priorities and sound objectives for policy activities and establish a medium term strategy for motor vehicles. She added that one of the main objectives of the strategy would be to ensure a solid, stable and predictable framework for automated/autonomous vehicles in the EU. She expressed the hope of EU that the outcomes of the discussions at WP.29 would feed into the work of EU and that the work among the various groups could be coordinated so as to avoid duplication and delays.

19. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRSP given during the 165th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1114, paras. 24-26) and approved the report.

20. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRPE given during the 165th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1114, paras. 27-30) and approved the report.

21. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRB given during the 165th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1114, paras. 31-33) and approved the report.

22. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRRF given during the 165th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1114, paras. 34-39) and approved the report.

23. The Chair of GRE reported on the results of the seventy-third session of GRE (for details, see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/73).

24. He informed WP.29 about the activities of GRE on simplifying of lighting and light-signalling Regulations and invited WP.29 to provide guidance on a number of legal and practical issues (see paras. 48 and 49 below). He also reported on GRE efforts to reach a consensus for amending the Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) provisions in Regulations Nos. 48 and 87, with the aim to include Regulation No. 48 into IVWTA.

25. Finally, WP.29 noted that, to prepare a consolidated proposal on new criteria for the automatic levelling of headlamps, GRE decided to establish a new Informal Working Group on Visibility, Glare and Levelling (IWG on VGL). WP.29 gave its consent for establishing the IWG.

26. The Chair of GRSG informed WP.29 about the results achieved during the 108th session of GRSG (for more, details see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/87).

27. He reported that GRSG had adopted the Terms of Reference of IWG on Panoramic Sunroof Glazing (PSG): annexed to the sessions report. He underlined the fact that sunroofs were not covered by the current scope of GTR No. 6 and that GRSG would need to review the scope. WP.29 recommended that AC.3 should consider the need to extend the scope of UN GTR. 6.

28. He informed WP.29 about discussions in GRSG on a new Regulation on Event Data Recorder (EDR) for automated vehicles. He sought guidance from WP.29 on the need to develop the new Regulation. WP.29 recommended that IWG on ITS/AD should be informed about this future activity by GRSG and then coordinate the work on automated vehicles within the subsidiary Working Parties. ITS/AD should consider the need to develop such a new Regulation on EDR and the extent of its content. The EU representative expressed a reservation on starting discussions and developments of this new Regulation on EDR. She informed WP.29 that a consultation of Council and Parliament was required before giving consent to start this activity.

29. The representative of the United States of America, on behalf of the Chair of GRSP, informed WP.29 about the results made by the group during its fifty-seventh session (for details, see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/57)

30. On Phase 2 of the UN GTR No. 7 (head restraints), he reported that GRSP was expected to consider a draft Addendum 1 of the Mutual Resolution No. 1 (M.R.1), along with the draft amendment to the UN GTR by the December 2015 session of GRSP, submitted by IWG. However, due to a possible delay in pending issues such as biomechanical criteria, he sought the consent of WP.29 and AC.3 to extend the deadline of the IWG mandate until December 2016. The World Forum agreed that AC.3 should consider this matter (see para. 111 below).

31. He sought the consent of WP.29 and AC.3 to extend the deadline of the IWG mandate on the draft Phase 2 of the UN GTR on pedestrian safety, aimed at including the Flex-PLI into the test of the UN GTR No. 9 until December 2016. WP.29 endorsed the request and requested AC.3 to consider this matter (see para. 112 below).

32. [The GRSP spokesman] reported that the IWG on the harmonization of side impact dummies, would continue discussions with ISO to incorporate the dummy improvements contained in the corresponding ISO standard into draft Addendum 2 to M.R.1. He, thus, sought the consent of WP.29 and AC.3 to extend the deadline of the IWG mandate until December 2016. WP.29 endorsed the request and requested AC.3 to consider this matter (see para. 123 below).

33. As concerns the development of UN Regulation No. 129 and the finalization of Phase I and Phase II for the inclusion of provisions covering booster cushion, [GRSP] informed that the IWG in charge of this issue would still need some time to address pending issues. Accordingly, he sought the endorsement of WP.29 to extend the mandate of the IWG until December 2016. WP.29 endorsed the request.

34. Finally, [GRSP] reported that the IWG on three dimensional “H” point machine (3-D H machine) was not yet in the position to draft the terms of reference because negotiations with the Society of Automotive Engineers International (SAE Int.) were required to obtain detailed drawings and technical specifications for the draft Addendum to the M.R.1. Therefore he sought guidance from WP.29 and AC.3 on how to proceed with the negotiations. WP.29 agreed to discuss this matter under agenda item 4.2.1 (see paras. 45-47 below).

35. The Chair of GRPE, reported on the results achieved by GRPE during its seventy-first session (for more details, see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/71 [once it has been published]).

37. He informed WP.29 that the IWG on Environmental and Propulsion Performance Requirements (EPPR) for L-category vehicles had requested an amendment to the existing mandate in order to extend the timeline until 2020 for continuation and completion of work (WP.29-166-20). The World Forum agreed with the proposed mandate extension and requested AC.3 to consider this matter (see para. 109 below).

36. [GRPE] informed WP.29 that the technical sponsors of the Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) GTR intended to submit a proposal to WP.29 and AC.3 at their November 2015 sessions in order to amend the mandate for Phase 2.

38. [GRPE] informed WP.29 that GRPE had adopted a new draft Mutual Resolution (draft M.R.2) containing ‘vehicle powertrain definitions’ that would be submitted to WP.29 in November 2015 for consideration. Thus, he announced that the IWG on Vehicle Propulsion System Definitions (VPSD) had concluded its activities.

39. [GRPE] informed WP.29 that the Contracting Parties under the 1958 Agreement had endorsed the proposed amendments by the industry to the Consolidated Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles (R.E.3) on recommendations on market fuel quality. He informed WP.29 that GRPE decided to submit the proposal to WP.29 for further consideration at its November 2015 session.

40. WP.29 noted that Mr. Christoph Albus (Germany) had been re-elected Chair of GRPE for the sessions of 2016 and that Ms. Rashmi Urdhwareshe (nominated by the Government of India), had been elected as Vice-Chair.

134. No subject was raised under this item.

133. No supplementary information was provided beyond agenda item 7.2. (see para. 82 above).

132. Following the recommendation of WP.29, the Administrative Committee AC.4 did not convene (see para. 7 above).

131. AC.3 expressed their gratitude for the work done by the representative of South Africa, Mr. S. J. Morgan, who would be retiring.

130. No new information was provided for this agenda item.

129. No new proposal was raised.

128. No new information was provided for this agenda item.

127. No new information was provided for this agenda item.

126. No supplementary information was provided beyond agenda item 4.2.1 (see paras. 45 – 47 above).

125. The representative of Canada informed AC.3 that since the last meeting of WP.29, two meetings of the IWG on EVE had taken place in April and June 2015. He reported on the activities on data and information gathering as Part A of the work. He informed AC.3 about the progress made in each topic area under the IWG: method of stating energy consumption led by China, battery performance and durability provisions led by Canada and the United States of America, and determination of the power of electric vehicles led by Germany and the Republic of Korea. He added that good progress had been made and that the next meeting would take place in Ottawa in mid-October.

124. The representative from Australia clarified that the activities related to UN GTR No. 14 were linked to those of the IWG on harmonization of side impact dummies and that results on this subject were awaited to establish the way forward.

123. The representative of the United States of America informed AC.3 that the IWG on harmonization of side impact dummies was in discussion with ISO on how to proceed with the drafting of Addendum 2 of M.R.1. He added that ISO had so far agreed to allow some parts of ISO 15830:2013 to be reproduced in the Addendum and other parts to be incorporated by reference; the IWG continues to work towards ensuring that the most recent build level of the dummy (build level F) is referenced in M.R.1. He stated that excluding a few minor issues, the WorldSID 50th percentile male dummy is essentially ready for incorporation into the GTR and that efforts on the 5th percentile female dummy are expected to be completed in late 2017. Finally, he announced that the respective WorldSID task groups plan to meet in Munich, Germany on 20 and 21 July 2015.

122. The representative of the United States of America informed AC.3 that work on this matter would continue in July and that the group would provide an update at the November 2015 session of WP.29.

121. No new information was provided for this agenda item.

120. No supplementary information was provided beyond agenda item 2.3 (see para. 16 above).

119. No new information was provided for this agenda item.

118. The representative of the United States of America informed AC.3 that the group was waiting for the United States final rule to be issued by November 2015, after which it would be brought to the attention of the group. He noted that the mandate of the group would expire in November 2015 and that the group may also need an extension. AC.3 decided to discuss this item further at the coming November session of WP.29.

41. The representative of Japan congratulated those who had been working on the update of the UN Regulations.

42. In March 2013, Japan identified 12 UN Regulations that may need to be revised in order to be included in the group of regulations applicable to IWVTA, and proposed that WP.29 work on the revision. Regulations Nos. 51 and 46 may be put on vote at this session and the November session of WP.29 respectively. This would finalise the activity on the 12 UN Regulations and contribute to the further progress of IWVTA. In addition, Contracting Parties would be enabled to apply additional UN Regulations. For example, Japan has notified the United Nations Secretary-General on their application of eight more UN Regulations in 2015, and that Japan now has transposed 63 UN Regulations into national regulations.

43. The secretariat informed the World Forum about the latest update of the status of the 1958 Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/343/Rev.23) containing the information received by the secretariat until 20 June 2015. The secretariat recalled the obligations for Contracting Parties to notify regulations not applied to the Secretary-General signed by persons with full powers and to provide information on their Type Approval Authorities and Technical Services to the WP.29 secretariat.

44. The secretariat reminded the World Forum that during its last session in March, WP.29 had requested the secretariat to update the document on the revised guidelines on amendments to UN Regulations following discussions in the Subgroup on Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement. The secretariat noted that it was currently discussing a possible simplification of symbols for documents with the Document Managements Services of UNOG with the goals of (i) replacing double-symbols by single symbols as of entry into force of Revision 3, (ii) indicating versions by an index-number attached to the original symbol, and (iii) introducing a modular concept for UN Regulation No. 0 which would show the applicable vehicle category already in the symbol. The WP.29 secretariat added that texts of Revisions include all previous amendments and corrections of a series of amendments approved by AC.1. The WP.29 secretariat informed WP.29 that previous versions would be made available electronically on the UNECE website at the request of Contracting Parties. The WP.29 Secretary also informed WP.29 that he had requested clarification by OLA on the legal status of documents and OLA had clarified that only the authentic texts that have been voted on by AC.1 were legally binding texts. Therefore from the date of entry into force of documents on 15 June 2015, the documents would bear a disclaimer with the symbols of the authentic texts on their front page. He reminded the World Forum to use static references to standards instead of dynamic ones in regulations.

45. The representative of Germany brought up the issue of private standards in regulations and gtrs with reference to the work done by the informal working group on the 3D-H-Point machine (see para. 34 above). He noted that a solution had been found with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and had enquired with SAE International to what extent their standards could be reproduced.

46. The representative of SAE International explained to the World Forum that SAE International owned the copyrights and the intellectual property rights on any standards they produce. He added that the standards are sold, which provides a revenue stream for the society. He expressed SAE International’s willingness to have an open discussion and dialogue on the issue.

47. The secretariat offered to organize any discussions to find a solution that is acceptable to all parties.

48. The Chair of GRE presented a concept for the simplification of lighting and light-signalling Regulations based on a Horizontal Reference Document (HRD) to which the common provisions of numerous individual device Regulations would be moved (WP.29-166-22). He introduced two options for HRD: (a) insert a new part B in Regulation No. 48 or (b) establish a new Resolution under WP.29, and invited the World Forum to provide guidance on the preferred option. He also mentioned that, as part of the simplification exercise, GRE had put on hold a number of adopted amendment proposals, awaiting consolidation with other amendment proposals for the same UN Regulations. WP.29 noted that OLA had pointed out legal implications, which the use of a new part B of Regulation No. 48 could entail, and called for seeking a general solution in the framework of the ongoing Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement (WP.29-166-18). The EU representative welcomed this explanation but added that this was a legal problem for which OLA should be requested to extend their analysis and to provide their preferred option. In case a Resolution is not the legally optimum solution OLA shall be requested to provide alternative solutions.

49. WP.29 was of the view that pending a recommendation from OLA a new Resolution seemed to be the preferable option for HRD. At the same time, WP.29 requested GRE and the secretariat to continue their consultations with OLA with the aim to identify any legal issues that might arise if a new Resolution is adopted for the purposes of simplifying lighting and light-signalling Regulations. If needed, WP.29 agreed to come back to this issue at its next session.

50. The representative of France proposed to delete a design restrictive requirement in Regulation No. 48 for auto-levelling of headlamps equipped with any Light Emitting Diodes (LED) light sources (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/21, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/73 and WP.29-166-23). The representative explained that, if LED were treated the same way as other lights sources, more LED headlamps would be fitted on new vehicles, and thus improving road safety and reducing CO2 emissions. WP.29 noted that recent studies indicate that the type of light source does not seem to be a major factor of headlamp glare, and that GRE had established an IWG to review all levelling requirements in Regulation No. 48 (para. 25 above). The EU representative stressed that also for this subject OLA should be involved to provide their analysis and preferred option.

51. WP.29 stressed that, in line with the text and spirit of the 1958 Agreement, Regulations should be technologically neutral and performance based. Therefore, WP.29 advocated the French proposal and invited GRE to adopt it and to submit it to WP.29 for consideration. WP.29 also pointed out the importance of the newly established IWG for finding a general solution for glare and visibility issues. WP.29 also instructed IWG and GRE to verify, as a matter of priority, that LED headlamps do not produce more glare compared to other light sources, to review all levelling requirements and to report back to WP.29.

52. The representative of Japan, Co-Chair of the IWG on IWVTA, reported on the progress at the eighteenth meeting of the group. He reported that IWG had introduced two definitions for type: vehicle type, which could contain all variants regardless of their level of conformity, and which corresponded to what we are used to; and IWVTA type, which defined one level of conformity within a vehicle type. He presented informal document WP.29-166-15 on the changes required to the draft UN Regulation No. 0. He clarified that these changes would be included in the text during the September session of the group and would further be included as Revision 1 to document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/68. He notified WP.29 that UN Regulation No. 0 would be pre-tested and that the contact point for pre-testing had been indicated in the informal document for anyone interested. The representative of the Russian Federation highlighted mutual proposal with the European Commission on the applicability of national and regional requirements in addition to IWVTA if there are no such requirements in the existing UN Regulations

53. The representative of Switzerland asked why the Unique Identifier could not replace the conventional type approval marking for UN Regulation No. 0. The representative of Japan replied that the use of the Unique Identifier as replacement for the conventional marking would have no added value. The representative of the Netherlands added that the standard marking of vehicles included the letter “U” for universal type approval or the letter “L” for limited international whole vehicle type approval, and that if the Unique Identifier were used there would be no indication of what approval is granted to the vehicle; there would be no distinction between limited and universal international whole vehicle type approval.

54. The Chair of the informal group on IWVTA reported on the outcomes of the last meeting. He reported that OICA had made a formal proposal to revise paragraph 3 of the frozen text of the revision of the 1958 Agreement. After discussions, the group decided not to change the frozen text, but to address the concern of OICA in the revised guidance document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1044/Rev.1 currently under development. This issue would be revisited at the September meeting of Subgroup for the 1958 Agreement. The representative of OICA clarified he had withdrawn his proposals so as not to risk delaying the final decision on the revision of the 1958 Agreement in many Contracting Parties. The Chair of IWVTA also reported that the decision of the informal group not to amend the current frozen text was also in line with the request from the Russian Federation to keep the frozen text unchanged.

55. The World Forum noted that the only remaining issue for decision was whether the majority threshold should be increased from two-thirds to four-fifths. This discussion would take place at the November session of WP.29, provided that EU would be able to provide their final view on the matter. The EU representative pointed out that at the level of the Commission the tasks were completed, but that additional time was needed to consult with the Council and the Parliament. She requested countries that were considering becoming a contracting party to the 1958 Agreement to signal this which might be a possible justification for EU member States to agree with an increase of the voting threshold.

56. The representative of Germany, as Chair of IWG on electronic Database for the Exchange of Type Approval documentation (DETA), reported on the meeting of the informal working group (Berlin, 16 June 2015). He informed WP.29 that a drafting group would prepare the performance specifications of the system and would determine who would have access to the system. The drafting group would meet with the informal group on International Vehicle Type Approval system (IWVTA) because many of the issues would be importantt to IWVTA. He highlighted the importance of having the system ready by 2017/2018, when IWVTA was expected to be implemented.

57. The secretariat presented informal document WP.29-166-07 detailing the different financing options for DETA. The secretariat explained that there were two options to cover financing: either by UN regular budget or by extra-budgetary funds. The secretariat noted that the option of establishing a trust fund (an example of extra-budgetary), would be the preferred option of the secretariat.

58. The representatives of Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland expressed their support of funding DETA by additional regular UN budget. The secretariat explained that the request for additional budget should come from the member States and that the secretariat was searching for precedent cases, so that the practical steps on how to proceed could be identified.

59. The representative of Germany offered to host DETA in the beginning by his country, if necessary, until UN financing issues are resolved.

60. The World Forum decided to continue discussions on the matter at the next session of WP.29.

61. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.6.1 to 4.6.10 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

62. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.7.1 to 4.7.4 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the corrections in paras. 63 and 64 below.

63. Agenda item 4.7.3, Regulation No. 83, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/57, correct Annex 11, para. 2.10 to read:
“2.10. A “driving cycle” consists of engine key-on, a driving mode where a malfunction would be detected if present, and engine key-off."

64. Agenda items 4.7.2 and 4.7.3, Regulation No. 83:
(a) In ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/57, for “Annex 11, paragraph 9.3.5.2.” read “Paragraph 9.3.5.2.”. Paragraph 9.3.5.2. shall be moved after the deletion of Footnote 3 (page 2).
(b) In ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/56, Paragraph 9.3.5.2. shall be moved after Paragraph 5.3.7.3. (page 4).

64 (bis). Agenda items 4.7.2 and 4.7.3, Regulation No. 83:
(a) In ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/57, for “Annex 11, paragraph 9.3.5.2.” read “Paragraph 9.3.5.2.”. Paragraph 9.3.5.2. shall be moved after the deletion of Footnote 3 (page 2).
(b) In ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/56, Paragraph 9.3.5.2. shall be moved after Paragraph 5.3.7.3. (page 4).

65. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.8.1 to 4.8.7 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting subject to the correction in para. 66 below. WP.29 noted the considerable work done by GRB experts on the preparation of a new series of amendments to Regulation No. 51 (agenda item 4.8.4) and congratulated them on this achievement.

66. Agenda item 4.8.7, Regulation No. 117, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/65, insert the following correction:
Annex 4, the title, footnote 1, shall read: “replace “paragraph 12.9” with “paragraph 12.8””

67. The representative of EU, Japan and the Chair of GRB welcomed the adoption of the 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 51 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/62) and acknowledged the work of GRB and its subsidiary bodies.

68. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.9.1 to 4.9.2 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting subject to the correction in para. 69 below.

69. Agenda item 4.9.2, Regulation No. 109, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/67,
Paragraph 6.4.4.2. subparagraph (c), correct to read:
“(c) a copy of the last report of the Conformity of Production as required in UN Regulation No. 117. "

70. No proposals were submitted by GRSG for this session.

71. No proposals were submitted by GRRF for this session.

72. The World Forum noted that no Corrigenda were submitted.

73. The World Forum noted that no proposals were submitted by the Working Parties.

74. The Chair of GRSP presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/69. The representative of Germany noted that the document contained square brackets. The World Forum agreed that they should be removed as follows and then be submitted to AC.1 for voting:

75. Through the document, replace “Rechargeable [Electrical] Energy Storage System” to read "Rechargeable Electrical Energy Storage System ".

76. The Chair of GRSG suggested that these two documents be removed from the agenda and that a new official document be discussed at the November session of WP.29.

77. The World Forum noted the consolidated document on the status of the Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.13).

78. The representative of the United States of America introduced informal document WP.29-166-17. He explained that the document intended to improve the implementation of the 1998 Agreement and not to amend it. To that end, he listed several initial ideas for the Forum’s consideration. The representatives of EU and Japan invited all stakeholders and Contracting Parties to provide comments on the document. The representative of EU further added that some of the suggestions in the document could be implemented instantaneously. That would be a first step to improve collective actions for the application of the Agreement. The representative from India underlined the role and the interest of her country in the Agreement and proposed to share their experience in implementing gtrs in national law. The representative of CLEPA/JAPIA/MEMA showed support for initiative to improve the good functioning of the 1998 Agreement. The representative of the United States of America volunteered to receive comments on the document so as to provide a revised version at the November 2015 session of AC.3. WP.29 decided that the document would be further discussed at AC.3 under item 13.

79. WP.29 agreed that agenda items 5.2 to 5.5 should be considered by AC.3.

80. No new information was provided under this agenda item.

81. The secretariat presented the World Forum with the consolidated document (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1074/Rev.5) on the status of the Agreement including the status of the UN Rules annexed to the Agreement, the list of Contracting Parties to the Agreement and of their Administrative Departments.

82. The representative of the Netherlands presented the informal document WP.29-166-08, detailing the Terms of Reference for IWG on PTI. WP.29 adopted the Terms of Reference as reproduced in Annex IV of the WP.29-166 session report.

83. The World Forum agreed to defer consideration of this item, awaiting the outcome of the work of IWG on PTI.

84. The World Forum agreed to defer consideration of this item, awaiting the outcome of the work of IWG on PTI.

85. The representative of the United States of America informed the World Forum that the Enforcement IWG would not meet until November of this year.

86. In the absence of the Secretary of the Working Party on Road Traffic Safety (WP.1), the WP.29 secretariat informed the World Forum about the last session of WP.1 (23 to 26 March 2015). The secretariat reported that the amendments to the 1968 Vienna Convention are still in the one year period during which Contracting Parties to the 1968 Convention had the opportunity to communicate their support, rejection or request to convene a conference to discuss the proposed amendments to Articles 8 and 39 of the Vienna Convention. In addition, the secretariat reported that, at its seventieth session, WP.1 had discussed proposed amendments to Annex 5 on lighting and light-signalling and that they had made good progress, and would continue to discuss the proposals submitted by IMMA and Laser Europe at their seventy-first session.

87. The World Forum agreed to increase cooperation with relevant bodies within the UNECE Sustainable Transport Division (WP.29-166-09) to coordinate work, avoid duplication and create synergies in the various groups. WP.29 decided not to form new bodies for coordination, but to increase participation in the various sessions in order to enhance exchanges of information among the existing bodies, by exploring possibilities of inviting experts from other fora to attend sessions of IWG on ITS/AD.

88. No new information was provided under this agenda item.

89. The Chair of IWG on ITS/AD reported on the results of the fourth and fifth meetings of the group. He also presented informal document WP.29-166-21 for the endorsement of WP.29. He clarified that the document was not static and would be updated as necessary. The World Forum endorsed the document and decided to refer it to GRRF for review at its September 2015 session.

90. The secretariat presented document WP.29-166-10 for reflection on the existing autonomous/automated driving technologies and their application. The secretariat reiterated the importance of communication and collaboration on these issues.

91. The World Forum took note of the informal documents and expressed satisfaction that the secretariat had addressed the concerns expressed at former sessions of the World Forum and that all documents adopted at the November 2014 were already available in the three languages English, French and Russian. The World Forum welcomed the initiative presented by the secretariat proposing to install a document management system supporting the consolidation of documents and encouraged the secretariat to further proceed.

92. WP.29 expressed its gratitude for the work done by the representative of EU, Mr. P. Jean; the representative of the Netherlands, Mr. H. Jongenelen; and the representative of ETRTO, Mr. J. Almon.

93. The World Forum adopted the report and its annexes on the basis of a draft prepared by the secretariat. The report includes the sections related to the Administrative Committee of the 1958 Agreement and to the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement.

94. Of the 52 Contracting Parties to the Agreement, 40 were represented and established AC.1 for its sixtieth session, held on 24 June 2015.

95. AC.1 invited Mr. B. Kisulenko, Chair of WP.29, to chair the session.

96. The results of the voting on the documents submitted to AC.1 can be found in the table on pages 22 and 23 of the session report.

97. The forty-fourth session of the Executive Committee (AC.3) was held on 25 June 2015 and chaired by the representative of the United Kingdom. The representatives of 12 of the 35 Contracting Parties to the Agreement attended: Australia, Canada, China, the European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Norway, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, South Africa and the United States of America.

98. AC.3 noted the information, as of 15 June 2015, on the status of the Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.13), the status of the priorities (based on WP.29-166-14 as reproduced in Annex II to this report) of the Agreement and items on which the exchange of views should continue. AC.3 also noted that assistance could be obtained from the secretariat (Mr. E. Gianotti) on 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. It was also noted that the number of Contracting Parties to the Agreement had increased, which increases the threshold of minimum number of countries needed to establish the quorum of AC.3. Representatives of Permanent Mission of Contracting Parties to the Agreement, were thus recommended, to participate at AC.3 instead of representatives from the capital if needed.

99. AC.3 continued discussion on the Trilateral White Paper introduced by the European Union, Japan and the United States of America. The representative of India expressed her support for the efforts to improve the implementation of the 1998 Agreement. She added that India would be pleased to share any data or experiences, especially in the area of WLTP. She noted that, due to resource limitations, participation in all working groups was difficult, and a detailed survey assessing priority areas, focus and resource allocation of Contracting Parties might be worthwhile. She stated that India would be ready to assist in this effort. The representative of IMMA referred to the ongoing work on GTRs in the IWG on EPPR — further to the three existing motorcycle GTRs — and emphasized the importance of implementing GTRs. IMMA would provide a more detailed statement at the November WP.29 session. The representative of OICA also expressed their support for the paper and added that the 1998 Agreement was of great importance to the industry. He suggested that improving the functioning of the 1998 Agreement could be a dynamic process that could include a critical review of the Agreement on a periodic basis. The representative of Australia noted the option in the Trilateral paper to focus on prioritising items added to the programme of work on the basis of potential safety and/or environmental benefits.  He underlined this importance given the obligations of Contracting Parties under the 1998 Agreement to implement UN GTRs into domestic regulations. The representative of Germany had two suggestions to improve the document: (i) the current programme of work mentioned in the document could be updated to correspond with the latest status, (ii) a reference to the status of the agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.13) could be added. The representative of the United States of America requested that all comments on the document be sent to him in writing. He would then incorporate all the comments into another document. AC.3 was encouraged to review the document and discuss it with national administrations. AC.3 decided to establish the document as a formal document for submission to AC.3 and WP.29. The proposal of OICA to review the 1998 Agreement every five years would be discussed further at the November session of WP.29.

100. AC.3 noted that no draft UN GTR or draft amendments to established UN GTR were submitted.

101. The item was submitted for consideration and vote, and adopted on 25 June 2015 by Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Norway, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, South Africa and the United States of America. The European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom) abstained from voting. The documentation (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/72) submitted jointly with the request would be appended to the listed technical regulation.

102. The item was submitted for consideration and vote, and adopted on 25 June 2015 by Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Norway, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, South Africa and the United States of America. The European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom) abstained from voting. The documentation (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/73) submitted jointly with the request would be appended to the listed technical regulation.

103. The item was submitted for consideration and vote, and adopted on 25 June 2015 by Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Norway, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, South Africa and the United States of America. The European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom) abstained from voting. The documentation (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/74) submitted jointly with the request would be appended to the listed technical regulation.

104. The item was submitted for consideration and vote, and adopted on 25 June 2015 by Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Norway, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, South Africa and the United States of America. The European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom) abstained from voting. The documentation (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/75) submitted jointly with the request would be appended to the listed technical regulation.

105. The item was submitted for consideration and vote, and adopted on 25 June 2015 by Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Norway, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, South Africa and the United States of America. The European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom) abstained from voting. The documentation (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/76) submitted jointly with the request would be appended to the listed technical regulation.

106. The item was submitted for consideration and vote, and adopted on 25 June 2015 by Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Norway, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, South Africaand the United States of America. The European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom) abstained from voting. The documentation (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/77) submitted jointly with the request would be appended to the listed technical regulation.

107. The item was submitted for consideration and vote, and adopted on 25 June 2015 by Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Norway, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, South Africa, and the United States of America. The European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom) abstained from voting. The documentation (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/78) submitted jointly with the request would be appended to the listed technical regulation.

108. AC.3 noted that guidance had not been requested.

109. The representative of EU, on behalf of the Chair of the IWG on Environmental and Propulsion Performance Requirements (EPPR) for L-category vehicles, summarized the work progress of the IWG. He highlighted the progress made in the three priority subjects identified and selected for the first stage of work: a draft GTR on evaporative and crankcase emissions, a draft GTR on on-board diagnostics and an entire revision of GTR No. 2. He added that AC.3 could expect documents for consideration at the June and November 2016 sessions. He noted that there is limited time to complete all work and, therefore, requested an extension of the mandate. He reminded AC.3 of the survey conducted by EU as part of the Euro 5 impact study and encouraged all to take part in the survey. He noted that the next meeting of the IWG would be held in Brussels in September 2015. The representative of IMMA recalled the agreed priority on powered two wheelers, in particular two wheelers with petrol engines, to facilitate the coordination of work. AC.3 agreed to extend the mandate of the group until December 2020, as requested, and to establish WP.29-166-20 as ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/36/Rev.1.

110. The representative of Republic of Korea reported on activities of IWG on Panoramic Sun Roof Glazing. He reported that the draft Terms of Reference of the group would be submitted to WP.29 for adoption at its November session. The representative of Italy added that GRSG should consider extending the scope of GTR 6 to include panoramic sun roofs. AC.3 supported this initiative.

111. The representative of Japan reported on the work progress of the IWG on Phase 2 of UN GTR No. 7. He informed AC.3 that the IWG had not met as a group since February 2014 although discussions have taken place by WebEx. He clarified that during this period, improvements had been made to the reproducibility of the Bio Rear Impact Dummy (BioRID) tool and the laboratory work undertaken by NHTSA to correlate Post Mortem Human Subjects (PHMS) and BioRID responses. He added that NHTSA had reported that the matrix of seat tests that are intended to permit correlation between PMHS and BioRID have now been completed and data analysis is underway. He also informed AC.3 that the IWG would meet in early September to agree on BioRID pass/fail criteria and to agree on a draft document to be submitted at the December 2015 session of GRSP for initial consideration — aiming at an official proposal for final consideration by GRSP in May 2016. Finally, AC.3 agreed to extend the mandate of the IWG until December 2016 to allow the completion of the above-mentioned work plan.

112. The representative of Germany reported on the work progress of the IWG on Phase 2 of UN GTR No. 9. He noted that the group was still waiting for results of the cost benefit analysis that the United States of America was conducting. He requested an extension for the mandate of the group until December 2016. The representative of the United States of America informed AC.3 that the results of their analysis would be ready at the December 2016 session of GRSP. AC.3 agreed to extend the mandate and discuss the matter further in November 2016.

113. Following the verbal report of the representative of Australia, the representative of the United States of America informed AC.3 that they would report on impact dummies under agenda item 18.4.

114. The representative of Germany, Chair of GRPE, reported on the progress made by the IWG on Worldwide harmonized Light vehicle Test Procedures (WLTP) under Phase 1b. He added that AC.3 could expect a document to be submitted for its consideration in June 2016. He mentioned that the planning of Phase 2 had been presented at the last GRPE session. He noted that AC.3 could expect a proposal on the mandate for Phase 2 in November 2015. He added that GRPE had discussed the transposition of WLTP into UN Regulations and considered a modular approach as a possible solution. He added that he expects a more detailed presentation on this item, possibly by the two technical sponsors at the November 2015 session of WP.29. He noted that the next meeting of the IWG would be held in Tokyo in September 2015.

115. AC.3 adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/70 tabled by the representative of the Russian Federation to request authorization to start work on developing an amendment to UN GTR No. 16.

116. On behalf of the technical co-sponsors, China, Japan, the United States of America and the European Union, the representative of the United States of America provided a progress report of the IWG (WP.29-166-19) on EVS. He informed AC.3 that in addition to the IWG meetings, the task force teams have been conducting teleconferences and face-to-face meetings regularly to resolve complex technical issues. However, he added that significant technical challenges are still ahead. At the last IWG meeting, the representative of the United States of America had introduced proposals aimed at improving some of the current proposed requirements and at filling in some of the gaps. He added that the IWG also discussed development of a 2-phase approach, – pending an agreement from the expert of China – that would allow the UN GTR to be completed in Phase 1 and leave the long-term research items for Phase 2. To complete Phase 1, extending the mandate by one more year might be necessary. Accordingly, he clarified that the IWG would decide on the request for extension of the mandate at its next meeting in September and if needed, a request would be made at the November 2015 session of AC.3.

117. The representative of Germany drew attention to the possible overlap of work dealing with testing battery durability in the IWGs on Electric Vehicles and the Environment (EVE), EVS and WLTP, and he noted the need to consider the best approach to testing to avoid duplication and unnecessary burden on industry. AC.3 invited GRPE to think about the issue and decided to include it as an agenda item in the next session of WP.29. AC.3 requested the secretariat to distribute WP.29-166-19 with an official symbol at its November 2015 session.

World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations | Session 169 | 21-24 Jun 2016

1. The World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) held its 169th session from 21 to 24 June 2016, 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; Belgium; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Canada; China; Czech Republic; Finland; France; Georgia; Germany; Hungary; India; Italy; Japan; Kazakhstan; Luxembourg; Malaysia; Norway; Poland; Portugal; Republic of Korea; Romania; Russian Federation; San Marino; Slovakia; South Africa; Spain; Switzerland; Thailand; Turkey; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; United States of America and Viet Nam. Representatives of the European Union (EU) participated. The following intergovernmental organizations were represented: International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the International Transport Forum of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The following non-governmental organizations were also represented: Association for Emissions Control by Catalyst (AECC); European Association of Automotive Suppliers (representing CLEPA/MEMA/JAPIA); European Tyre and Rim Technical Organization (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 Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA); International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA); and the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).

2. The Vice-Chair of the World Forum, Mr. Erario, welcomed the representatives to the World Forum and introduced the opening speakers: H.E. Mr. Marco Arzilli, the Minister of Industry, Handicraft, Trade, Transport and Research of San Marino and Mr. Yongseog Kim, the Director General of the Motor Transport Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of the Republic of Korea. The Vice-Chair indicated the absence of the Chair of the World Forum, Mr. Kisulenko, due to medical reasons and that following the rules of procedures of WP.29, he would chair the 169th session.

3. In his opening statement, H.E. Mr. Marco Arzilli stated that San Marino is honoured and pleased to be part of the Community of the United Nations and to participate at the UNECE World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29). He reminded the World Forum that San Marino has a history of 1,715 years and, as such, is the oldest Republic in the world, stressing that it is ready to face this new challenge with the awareness of the great responsibility that derives from the UNECE agreements in this field. H.E. Mr. Arzilli emphasized that San Marino wants to convert this responsibility into constant attention and continuous updates, and that the Republic’s contribution to these international contexts will be always based on this precise commitment. Finally, His Excellency highlighted San Marino’s maximum availability to discuss and collaborate with each member country of UNECE, and declared that San Marino will be a strong and devoted supporter of the United Nations Programme on “Road Safety” (safer roads) and of all the initiatives related to environmental protection, sustainable transport and the increase of the safety systems in vehicle production.

4. The Director General of Motor Vehicles Management Bureau of Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of the Republic of Korea, Mr. Yongseog Kim, stated that the Republic of Korea has actively participated in the establishment and amendments of UN Regulations and UN GTRs in the framework of activities of WP.29. He further underlined its role of Vice-Chair in GRSP sessions since 2013 and its chairmanship of two Informal Working Groups (IWG) on “Vehicle Indoor Air Quality” and “Panoramic Sunroof Glazing”.

5. He particularly indicated that Republic of Korea suggested expanding the application of safety-belt warning devices from the current driving seat to all seats at the GRSP expert meeting in December 2014. The suggestion, backed by concerted efforts of France, Japan and the European Commission, have resulted in the agreement at the GRSP meeting in May 2016, and a proposal for submission to the November 2016 session of WP.29. He also reminded WP.29 that his country will request an authorization to develop an amendment to UN GTR No. 9 on evaluation methods concerning active device for pedestrian protection during the current session of the Administrative Committee of the 1998 Agreement (AC.3) and asked for support from representatives. He also indicated the intention of his country to actively participate in the development of the second phase of a UN GTR on hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles.

6. He informed WP.29 that Republic of Korea had been monitoring international trends on the establishment of international standards on autonomous vehicles and relevant technological development within Intelligent Transport Systems – Automated Driving (ITS-AD) IWG and in the same time is actively participating to the ITS-AD IWG. He added that his Government established “plans for commercialization of autonomous vehicles” in the first half of 2015 to support commercialization of autonomous cars and development of relevant technologies and standards.

7. According to this plan, its Government will actively work on various fields such as research and development for autonomous vehicle and its technologies, improving legal systems for allowing test-driving and improving communication-infrastructures and digital maps. He stated that the Republic of Korea is well aware that activities for enhancing automobile safety are carried out by discussion and international consensus at WP.29, the most prestigious international forum in the automotive sector.

8. Finally, he underlined that his country is ready to contribute to improving international standards on autonomous vehicles. As the Director General of Motor Vehicles Management Bureau of Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, responsible for automobile safety and relevant systems and policies of Republic of Korea, he stated that his country is ready to play bigger roles in various fields being discussed at WP.29 and receive cooperation and support in this endeavour.

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

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

143. No subject was raised under this agenda item.

142. No supplementary information was provided beyond agenda item 7.3 (see paras. 75 to 80 above).

141. No supplementary information was provided beyond agenda item 7.2 (see paras. 69 to 74 above).

69. The secretariat recalled the consolidated document (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1074/Rev.6) 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.

70. The representative of Kazakhstan informed WP.29 about the new development in his country related to Periodic Technical Inspections (PTI) and referred to WP.29-169-14 which presents the PTI Certificate being issued in his country in lieu of the International PTI Certificate.

71. The Chair of WP.29 kindly asked the secretariat to distribute the information so that international traffic would be facilitated taking into account the notification of the PTI Certificate used in Kazakhstan.

72. The representative of the Russian Federation, Co-Chair of IWG on PTI, presented the revised proposal for Revision 2 to Rule No. 1 and draft amendments to Rule No. 2 developed by the group. He noted that the documents were harmonized with the provisions of the latest Regulations, annexed to the 1958 Agreement, and harmonized with the European Directive 2014/45/EU, Customs Union Regulation and other national legislations.

73. He explained that to ease the conditions for accession to the 1997 Agreement by the majority of Member States of the United Nations, the group proposed to exclude M1 and N1 vehicle categories from the scope of the Rules.

74. He, however, recalled that WP.29 at its 156th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1095, para 84), had decided to extend the scope of the UN Rules to M1 and N1 vehicle categories, which had been reconfirmed at its 162nd session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1108) and that the corresponding draft amendments (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/132/Rev.1 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/133/Rev.1) had been developed by the Russian Federation and CITA. He noted that a limited number of the Contracting Parties attended IWG on PTI and asked, therefore, for guidance by WP.29 on the subject.

75. The representative of Finland proposed to keep M1 and N1 vehicle categories in the scope of the Rules.

76. The representative from Hungary confirmed that for his country UN Rules covering M1 and N1 vehicle categories, harmonized with EU legislation, would be necessary.

77. WP.29 requested the IWG on PTI to continue the work on revising UN Rules Nos. 1 and 2 and to submit draft amendments, covering both M1 and N1 vehicle categories for the next session.

78. The representative of the Russian Federation, Co-Chair of IWG on PTI, presented the results of the fourth meeting of IWG on PTI. He thanked Automobile and Motorcycle Association of Serbia (AMSS) for arranging the last meeting.

79. He informed WP.29 that the group had agreed on requirements for test methods, test tools, devices and equipment to be used for demonstrating compliance with vehicle performance requirements for incorporation into UN Rules.

80. He added that the general obligations and responsibilities of the Contracting Parties necessary to arrange PTI would be inserted in the 1997 Agreement.

81. He reported that the IWG on PTI had decided to develop a Resolution for detailed recommendations ensuring the objectivity and the high quality of the technical inspections. Contracting Parties would refer to this Resolution when establishing the suitability of their PTI system for the assessment of compliance with the prescriptions of UN Rules in the framework of the 1997 Agreement.

82. He recalled that, according to the Terms of Reference of IWG on PTI, the draft proposals on conformity of PTI process incorporating the draft amendments to the 1997 Agreement and the draft Resolution should be submitted to WP.29 in November 2016. Submission of draft documents on minimum inspection requirements for Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)/Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles and electric and hybrid-electric vehicles to WP.29, was confirmed by the group for March 2017 and November 2017 accordingly.

83. The Co-Chair informed WP.29 that the next meeting had been scheduled for the beginning of September 2016 in Bucharest and invited the interested countries to take part.

140. Following the recommendation of WP.29, the Administrative Committee AC.4 did not convene (see para. 12).

139. No subject was raised under this agenda item.

136. The Chair initiated a discussion on the priorities of the strategy of future work, and referred to topics such as environmental protection, automation and cyber security. The representative of the European Union pointed out that these elements need to be reformulated into specific actions and in coherence with the agenda of the different organizations, so as to avoid duplication of work. She further referred to the implementation of S.R.2, aiming at a streamlining work and focusing on important areas. The agenda should be adjusted accordingly to provide discussion for this important topic.

137. The Chair recalled that in previous sessions the industry representatives, CLEPA, IMMA and OICA, had submitted ideas on elements of future work and invited them to consolidate their ideas. The representative of OICA stated that a consolidation would be difficult, however, an update of their document would be needed to take into account the activities of different regions.

138. The Chair concluded that it would be necessary to revise the agenda of the November 2016 session to allow for discussions on the programme of work and invited Contracting Parties to reflect on priorities in preparation for the next session.

135. No new proposal was provided for this agenda item.

134. No new information was provided for this agenda item.

133. The representative of the United States of America informed AC.3 that NHTSA was preparing an NPRM on the transposition of Phase 1 of the UN GTR, expected for the end of the 2016. On behalf of former sponsor and co-sponsor countries of Phase 1 of the UN GTR, he also added that their number would likely increase for Phase 2. He also announced that, as the programme of work of the Agreement is expected to be finalized in a near future, an informal proposal of authorization to develop Phase 2 of the UN GTR would then be presented for approval at AC.3.

132. AC.3 noted the representative of Germany from resigning as Chair of the IWG on the harmonization of specifications of the 3-D H machine. AC.3 thanked Mr. Damm for his contributions and underlined the importance of this activity. The Chair of AC.3 asked the representatives of WP.29 and AC.3 to find a new Chair for the IWG.

131. The representative of Canada informed AC.3 about the ongoing activities on data and information gathering. He mentioned that a draft report on the results of part A, as well as information about different options and recommendations on the way forward had been presented and discussed at GRPE in June 2016. He highlighted the good close cooperation between the IWGs on EVE and WLTP on the topic of determining powertrain performance. He informed AC.3 about the planning of part B of the mandate under each of the areas of work: (a) recyclability was expected to be removed from any subsequent mandate; (b) a model had been developed, as an information sharing activity, to evaluate the energy consumption of a particular vehicle; (c) research and literature review on battery performance and durability: research on a method of stating energy consumption may continue and could provide a basis for the development of a new UN GTR. The development of a new UN GTR may be initiated or research may continue; and then (d) development of a procedure for incorporation into the existing UN GTR No. 15 was expected to be recommended for the power-train performance determination, in accordance with the mandate. He mentioned that the IWG on EVE would meet in July 2016 to reach final consensus. He informed AC.3 that a request for developing UN GTRs may be submitted to the November 2016 session of AC.3 in order to initiate part B of the mandate.

130. The expert of the United States of America informed AC.3 about the work progress of the IWG. He announced that the group had planned to meet in September 2016 to finalize a draft addendum to the Mutual Resolution No. 1 to incorporate specifications of the 50th percentile World Side Impact dummy (SID). He confirmed that the harmonization activities of the 5th percentile World SID female dummy still needed revision and time.

109. A proposal for Special Resolution No. 2 (S.R.2) was submitted for consideration and vote (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/65) and adopted on 23 June 2016 by consensus vote of the following Contracting Parties present and voting: Australia, Canada, China, the European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Norway, the Republic of Korea, San Marino, South Africa, the Russian Federation, Turkey and the United States of America.

110. The representatives of Japan, the United States of America and the European Union, as sponsors to S.R.2, noted that S.R.2 constitutes additional efforts aimed at improving the implementation of the 1998 Agreement. A first set of follow-up actions were discussed, including increased transparency of the work, improving the website and meeting attendance opportunities, meeting management improvements and developing a revised work plan. Input and cooperation from the secretariat were noted and appreciated. It was also noted that this work could partially apply to WP.29 in general. Lastly, all Contracting Parties were asked to review the 1998 Agreement work plan and provide comments at the November 2016 meeting.

111. The representative of Japan stated their concurrence with the statements made by the representatives of the EU and the United States of America, and reiterated their support and dedication to the proposed process.

112. The Chair of AC.3 summarized the discussion highlighting the main points reflected upon by the representatives, highlighting transparency and the programme of work. He proposed to include an agenda item on the programme of work for the AC.3 session in November 2016.

113. The secretariat clarified that S.R.2 does not require implementation according to the provisions of Article 7 (adoption, and notification of application of established global technical regulations) of the Agreement. AC.3 requested the secretariat to inform Contracting Parties about the establishment of S.R.2 through the “1998 AGREEMENT-MISSIONS List” electronic system.

108. AC.3 agreed to defer this subject to its November 2016 session.

114. AC.3 reminded representatives of Contracting Parties that a listed technical regulation shall be removed from the Compendium of Candidates, either: (a) upon establishment in the Global Registry of a UN GTR, (b) at the end of five-year period following the regulation’s listing, unless by affirmative vote of AC.3 or (c) in response to a written request from the Contracting Party (see section IV of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.16).

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

116. AC.3 adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/72 and requested the secretariat to submit it as an official AC.3 document.

117. The representative of IMMA reported on the significant progress made by the IWG on Environmental and Propulsion Performance Requirements (EPPR), particularly on the adoption at the seventy-third session of GRPE of a new global technical regulation on the measurement procedure for two- or three-wheeled motor vehicles with regard to on-board diagnostics. He mentioned that the next priority of the IWG on EPPR is to initiate the work on amendment to UN GTR No. 2.

118. The representative of Italy recalled the adoption of Supplement 3 to the 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 78 (Motorcycle braking) and proposed to amend GTR No. 3 in order to keep both regulations harmonized. He reported that GRRF would review this item at its September 2016 session and that Italy would then request the authorization to develop an amendment to UN GTR No. 3 at the November 2016 session of AC.3

119. The representative of the Republic of Korea presented the work development of the IWG on Panoramic Sunroof Glazing (PSG). The group had collected detailed data on glass breakage to clarify the reasons for breakage and to consider an amendment to GTR No. 6 (definition of toughened glass and test procedure). An analysis of the data ended further collection when a global investigation of the complaint data showed a low number of minor injuries such as scratches and cuts. The IWG on PSG met in April 2016 to discuss definitions of overhead glazing that represents all glazing on the roof of vehicles excluding buses; the area is delimited by ceramic print. The next meeting is scheduled for 28 June 2016 in Bonn, Germany. The IWG on PSG aims to submit a draft amendment to UN GTR No. 6 at the next GRSG meeting.

120. The representative of Japan informed AC.3 that the IWG expected to finalize a proposal for amendment to the UN GTR for the December 2016 session of GRSP. He concluded that the extension of the mandate until March 2017 would be aimed to complete the work of the IWG.

121. The expert from the United States of America reported that National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) had begun its cost-benefit analysis and hopes to present its results during the December 2016 session of GRSP. He also added that the Notice of Proposal of Regulation Making (NPRM) on pedestrian safety had some delays, and that NHTSA was addressing the process of transposition of both UN GTR Phases 1 and 2 in the United States of America.

122. The expert from the Republic of Korea introduced a proposal for authorization to amend UN GTR (WP.29-169-10), to incorporate provisions for active deployable systems in the bonnet area. AC.3 requested the secretariat to distribute it with an official symbol at its November 2016 session.

11. The 121st session of WP.29/AC.2 was held on 20 June 2016, 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 and 2), by the Chairs of GRB (France), GRE (Belgium), GRSP (United States of America), GRRF (United Kingdom), GRSG (Italy), the Executive Committee (AC.3) of the 1998 Agreement (United Kingdom), by the representatives of Belgium, Germany, Japan and the Republic of Korea, the United States of America and the European Union, and by the Vice-Chairs of WP.29 (Italy), GRPE (India) and GRSP (Republic of Korea).

12. The WP.29/AC.2 reviewed and adopted the draft agenda of the 169th session of the World Forum. It recommended that the Administrative Committee of the 1997 Agreement (AC.4) should not convene. WP.29/AC.2 also reviewed the draft agenda for the 170th session of the World Forum, scheduled to be held in Geneva from 15 to 18 November 2016.

13. The secretariat informed AC.2 about the staff resources following the post cut and its impact on the services provided to WP.29 including i) a partial discontinuation of the consolidation of UN Vehicle Regulations and Resolutions, ii) updating the status document of the 1958 Agreement prior to each WP.29 session only and iii) uploading on the website final texts of new regulations and of amendments to existing ones in English only.

14. AC.2 endorsed the proposal from Japan , the United States of America and the European Union, on actions by the secretariat to increase transparency in the World Forums activities by (a) easing participation of stakeholders by providing the related information on its website for individuals and NGOs, (b) proposing for improvements of the website access with, for example, a question and answers (Q&A) section, description of the regulatory processes and headings related to key topics such as electric vehicle, automated driving or ITS, (c) increasing the quality of minutes from IWG by establishing a standardised reporting template, (d) by including the deliverable of the statement of technical rational and justification for draft UN GTRs at an early stage in the terms of reference of the relevant body drafting the UN GTR, (e) reflecting on possibilities for stakeholder consultations prior to the establishment of UN GTRs and (f) defining and prioritizing the programme of work in a more strategic and inclusive manner.

15. The Representative of Japan reported on the progress of the IWG on International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA), including the progress and major results made in the pre-testing programme, the list of UN Regulations applicable to IWVTA and the Q&A document.

16. WP.29/AC.2 reflected on ways to streamline the completion of the session’s proceedings by identifying amendment proposals that could be immediately transferred to AC.1, as so called “A-points” in order to gain more time for substantial discussion.

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

19. The World Forum noted the revised programme of work and documentation (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/1/Rev.1). The secretariat presented the list of working parties, informal working groups and chairmanship (based on WP.29-169-01) and the draft calendar of meetings of WP.29, GRs and committees for 2017 (based on WP.29-169-02). The World Forum noted WP.29‑169‑01 on the informal working groups and chairmanships of WP.29 and its subsidiary bodies as well as WP.29‑169‑02 on the calendar of meetings.

20. The secretariat was invited to consider rescheduling the March 2017 World Forum session to 14—17 March 2017 (see Annex III) to avoid overlap with the “Press Days” of the Geneva Motor show (7—8 March 2017)

21. The representatives of Japan and the United Kingdom, co-chairing the IWG on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), gave a status report on the group’s activities. The IWG had convened on Wednesday, 22 June 2016 from 2.30 to 5.15 p.m. and this rescheduling for Wednesday had been in principle welcomed, however, WP.29 was requested to consider streamlining its proceedings to allocate more time to discuss ITS and automated vehicles. Following the report by the representative of Finland, Ambassador of the IWG on ITS/AD and of the Informal Group of Experts on automated driving of WP.1, the group had finalized discussions on guidelines on measures for cyber security and data protection, to be presented to WP.29 at the November 2016 session.

22. The IWG continued discussions on the proposal for automation levels definitions.

23. The representatives present at the IWG agreed to meet again prior to the session of GRRF in Geneva on 19 September 2016.

24. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRSP given during the 168th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1120, paras. 25-28) and approved the report.

25. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRE given during the 168th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1120, para. 29) and approved the report and addenda 1, 2 and 3.

26. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRB given during the 168th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1120, paras. 30-33) and approved the report.

27. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRRF given during the 168th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1120, paras. 34-39) and approved the report.

28. The Chair of GRE informed WP.29 about the outcome of the seventy-fifth session of GRE (for details, see the session report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/75), including a new phased approach proposed by GRE for the simplification of lighting and light-signalling Regulations. WP.29 noted that this issue would be introduced in detail under agenda item 4.2 (para. 41. below).

29. The Chair of GRE also reported on a proposal to modify the transitional provisions of earlier series of amendments to Regulation No. 48 to allow for optional installation of new equipment, which is normally approved under the latest series of amendments, with a view to increasing traffic safety.

30. Finally, the Chair of GRE reported that GRE, when tackling the electromagnetic compatibility of trolleybuses in the framework of Regulation No. 10, had realized that trolleybuses are dual-mode vehicles which may also need to be addressed under other Regulations beyond the competence of GRE. WP.29 noted that the Working Parties concerned would be invited to consider this issue jointly with GRE.

31. The Chair of GRSG, Mr. Erario (Italy), reported to WP.29 about the results achieved by GRSG during its 110th session (for more details, see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/89).

32. The GRSG Chair also informed WP.29 that GRSG had discussed the cyber security, data protection and remote access to in-vehicle data in the context of protecting odometer equipment against mileage fraud. In a broader context of an exchange of views on In-vehicle Electronic Data Storage Systems, GRSG had reiterated its position to seek the advice of WP.29 on how to proceed with the coordination of the activities on data recording and data protection within the Working Parties subsidiary to WP.29 and their IWGs involved in automated driving (ITS/AD), Automated Commands Steering Functions (GRRF/ACSF) and Automated Emergency Call Systems (GRSG/AECS) and others (Event Data Recorder (EDR), odometer, etc.). WP.29 recommended that these activities be coordinated by ITS/AD and requested ITS/AD to set up common guidelines on cyber security, in-vehicle data recording and its protection.

33. 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 fifty-ninth session (for details, see the session report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/59)

34. The GRSP Chair informed the World Forum that the expert from Belgium had introduced a proposal to transfer additional safety provisions for electrical safety of trolleybuses from UN Regulation No. 107 (M2 and M3 vehicles) to UN Regulation No. 100 (Electric Power Trained Vehicles). Thus, he announced that the expert from Belgium had volunteered to conduct a detailed analysis and to introduce a proposal on all related issues to GRSG and GRE.

35. The Vice-Chair of GRPE, Ms. R. Urdhwareshe (India), reported to WP.29 about the results achieved by GRPE during its seventy-third session (for more details, see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/73).

36. WP.29 was informed about the extension of the mandate of the IWG on PMP until June 2019 with two new specific objectives in the updated terms of reference and rules of procedure: (a) Perform a Round Robin test to demonstrate the feasibility to measure particles with a size below 23 nanometre with the existing PMP methodology properly modified; (b) Develop a suggested common test procedure for sampling and assessing brake wear particles both in terms of mass and number.

43. The secretariat informed the World Forum about the latest update of the status of the 1958 Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/343/Rev.24) containing the information received by the secretariat until 12 June 2016. WP.29 noted that Contracting Parties should notify the secretariat about any amendments needed to the status document.

44. The Chair of GRE introduced a new staged approach and timeline for the simplification of the lighting and light-signalling Regulations in the period of 2016-2019 (WP.29-169-04-Rev.1). He explained that Stage 1 would include consolidation and freeze of the existing Regulations and their gradual replacement by three new Regulations on road illumination devices, light-signalling devices and retro-reflective devices. Stage 2 would include further amending of the three new Regulations and Regulation No. 48 to introduce technology-neutral and performance-based requirements. WP.29 endorsed the proposed approach and extended the mandate of the Informal Working Group “Simplification of the Lighting and Light-Signalling Regulations” until 2018.

45. No new information was provided for this agenda item.

46. The representative of Japan, Chair of the IWG on IWVTA, reported on the good progress made during the meetings of the group on the development of draft UN Regulation No. 0 (WP.29-169-11) and of the Question and Answer document. He also outlined the positive outcome of the pretesting exercise by the group of draft UN Regulation No. 0, which will be made available to WP.29 delegates together with “the Question and Answer document”.

47. The Chair of the IWG on IWVTA announced the group’s intention to present the draft of UN Regulation No. 0 at the forthcoming session of WP.29 on the basis of an informal document.

48. The representative of EU informed WP.29 that following the decision by the European Council the EU was ready to endorse the text of draft Revision 3 to the 1958 Agreement as reflected in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/2. The representative of Australia stated that following notification by the UN Office for Legal Affairs (OLA), internal proceedings must be followed and he was hopeful to receive a positive outcome in the following six months.

49. The World Forum welcomed the good news and noted no objection from the represented Contracting Parties to the 1958 Agreement. Recalling the offer by EU at a former session of WP.29 (report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1112, para. 13), WP.29 invited the representative of EU to proceed with the notification process to OLA on Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement.

50. The secretariat informed WP.29 about the budget request on the costs for hosting DETA that had been submitted to the Executive Office, about the procedure for adopting the budget and that the tender procedure, according to the UN Rules, would start once the budget would be allocated.

51. On behalf of the Secretary of the IWG on DETA, the secretariat reported on the meeting of the informal group held on 15 June 2016 in London. He noted the election of Mr. S. Paeslack from Germany as the Chair of the IWG and that Germany would continue to host DETA as an interim solution. He also reported on the discussion related to the financing of DETA and the need for the software house to update the software in order to accommodate the additional specifications related to the Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement. He added that the software house estimated that such software modification would cost around 200,000 Euros. He concluded that the group requested a mandate extension of three years.

52. WP.29 agreed to extend the mandate of the IWG on DETA until June 2019.

53. The World Forum considered the draft amendment under agenda items 4.6.1 to 4.6.7 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

54. The World Forum considered the draft amendment under agenda items 4.7.1 to 4.7.5 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

55. The representative of OICA stated that the procedure to grant extensions of existing approvals, following the entry into force of a new supplement, is already addressed by the General Guidelines for United Nations Regulatory Procedures and Transitional Provisions in UN Regulations (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1044/Rev.1, para. 30). However, the representative of the EU was not in the position to confirm this statement in a general manner, as it is deemed to require further discussion and interpretation in its specific context.

56. 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.

57. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under items 4.9.1 to 4.9.12 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting subject to the editorial corrections noted under agenda items 4.9.4 and 4.9.8.

58. Agenda item 4.9.4., in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/52, amend the title of the document to read: “Proposal for Supplement 21 to Regulation No. 54”, amend the title on page 2, to read: “Supplement 21 to Regulation No. 54 (Tyres for commercial vehicles and their trailers)”

59. Agenda item 4.9.8, Regulation No. 78, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/56, amend to read:
Page 3, the proposed insertion of a new paragraph 5.1.16, shall be deleted.
Page 4, the proposed amendment to paragraph 9, shall be deleted.

60. No proposals were submitted by GRSG for this session.

61. No corrigenda had been submitted by GRRF for this session.

62. No corrigenda had been submitted by the secretariat for this session.

63. The World Forum considered the pending proposal for amendment under agenda item 4.13.1 and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting.

64. The World Forum considered the draft proposals for new Regulations under agenda items 4.14.1 to 4.14.4 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

65. The World Forum considered the pending proposal for amendment under agenda item 4.15.1 and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting.

66. The World Forum noted the consolidated document containing the status of the Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.16). The secretariat reported that some Contracting Parties had not fulfilled their obligation to send their status reports and final notifications on the progress of transposition of the UN GTRs and their amendments into their domestic law. The representatives of the Contracting Parties were reminded about their obligation to send the reports and final notifications on the transposition (explicitly specified in the document) only through their Permanent Missions in Geneva via the “1998 AGREEMENT-MISSIONS List” electronic system, as mandatorily requested by UN OLA. The World Forum noted that these reports and notifications were not processed if submitted by e-mail to the secretariat.

67. 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).

68. The representative of the Russian Federation informed the World Forum about a national Law on Standardization, which would come into force in full as of 1 July 2016. He outlined the objectives and main features of the new Law and its application, in particular the possibility of referencing to national and international standards in legal acts. Further details on the new Law and its implementation could be obtained at the website www.gost.ru. The representative of the United States of America showed interest to this initiative and asked further follow-up for the November 2016 session of WP.29.

68Bis. The representative of Global NCAP presented the outcome (WP.29-169-16) of their activities in India and crash test results with quadricycle, vehicles of category L7 performed by Euro NCAP.

84. The Enforcement Working Group did not convene and decided to defer a meeting to, possibly, the November 2016 session of WP.29.

85. The representative of the Russian Federation informed WP.29 about arrangements between manufacturers and the Government concerning recall systems. He explained that these arrangements are fixed in an agreed document, which is of both normative and recommendatory nature, and contains a road map for implementing of the necessary actions. He reiterated that this document complements the compulsory norms applicable in case non-compliances are detected.

86. The World Forum was informed by the secretariat of the Working Party of Road Safety (WP.1) about the outcome of the WP.1 March 2016 session on issues of common interest for WP.1 and WP.29. Focus had been on two issues (a) the ongoing amendment proposals to Annex 5 of the 1968 Convention on Road Traffic dealing with the provisions for the lighting and light-signaling devices to be harmonized with those under the 1958 Agreement and (b) the amendment proposals to the 1949 Convention on Road Traffic. As concerns the latter, WP.1 noted that, due to different legal procedures, the corresponding amendments to the 1949 Convention could not be successfully adopted; WP.29 was informed that WP.1 consequently might further review how the 1968 and 1949 Conventions can remain aligned, as needed.

87. The representative from Finland, ambassador of both the IWG on ITS/AD (see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1118 para. 92) and the new Informal Group of Experts on Autonomous Driving under WP.1 reported on the important progress achieved during the first meetings of this new Informal Group of Experts of WP.1. The Group had met three times as of April 2016. He reported that (a) the group had assessed that no amendment to the Convention(s) was necessary to allow for the testing of driverless vehicles on public roads, (b) discussions are continuing on the need to further amend the Conventions to address high levels of automation, and (c) the group was dealing with interpretations of road traffic conventions for new technologies already on the market, including remote controlled parking and semi-autonomous motorway driving.

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

89. The World Forum took note of the brief status report of the IWG on ITS/AD (see paras. 21 to 23).

90. The World Forum took note of the progress in translating the authentic texts of the Regulations adopted by WP.29 in November 2015 and their entry into force this month.

91. The secretariat informed the World Forum that the leaflets and brochures issued by the secretariat were also available in electronic form and encouraged Contracting Parties to use them for national road safety campaigns.

92. The secretariat introduced WP.29-169-13, recalling the discussion that took place at GRRF in the context of IWVTA (WP.29-168-15) and, separately, on the issue of the performance of automotive systems in conditions other than those tested according to the regulated test procedures as well as the fact that the new regulation on TPMS systems could serve as a case study for consideration by the Working Parties. He added that the document had listed the existing tools used to regulate the performance of automotive systems in conditions other than those tested in the framework of type-approval or self-certification.

93. The representative of the Russian Federation supported the document and noted that the importance of taking into consideration the wide variety of intelligent systems in vehicles. In his opinion, there should be requirements for the reliability of the vehicles and components and requirements for the performance of the vehicles in use. The first group of requirements could be covered by the methodology applied by the manufacturer to the design process and the information, which should be disclosed to the technical service, for type approval purposes.

94. He noted that the performance of vehicles “in service” differs from performance prescribed for a new motor vehicle in UN Regulations and referred to R.E.3, paragraphs. 8.1.1.1. and 8.1.1.2. According to these paragraphs, the braking performance may be verified by methods and at speeds different from those prescribed in the relevant UN Regulations No. 13 and 13-H. The representative of the Russian Federation proposed an approach to install limits for decreasing performance of vehicles in use and verify them in the frame of the 1997 Agreement Rules. He proposed that the task could be reviewed by IWG on PTI to develop related proposals.

95. The representative of the EU welcomes a discussion on this important topic on the basis of this document yet sees the need for further horizontal reflections at the level of WP.29.

96. The representative of the United Kingdom, Chair of GRRF stated that the matter might be considered under the PTI view point, but that the first priority would be to verify the fitness of UN Regulations with regard to the points raised in the document.

97. Following the intervention of the representative of EU, WP.29 welcomed the document and agreed that the Chairs of Working Parties should check the suitability of Regulations dealing with complex electronic systems and software and, specifically focus on the responsibilities of the approval applicant, the technical service and the Type Approval Authorities, the precision of the requirements and identify, if needed, provisions that could provide clarification to avoid ambiguity.

98. WP.29 noted that Mr. Kutenev (Russian Federation) and Mr. Ayral (CLEPA) would retire and no longer attend the sessions. The World Forum acknowledged their continued support and highly valuable contributions during the decades of participation and wished them all the best in their future activities.

99. The World Forum adopted the report on its 169th session and its annexes on the basis of a draft prepared by the secretariat. The report includes the sections related to the Administrative Committee of the 1958 Agreement and to the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement.

100. Of the 53 Contracting Parties to the Agreement, 27 were represented and established AC.1 for its sixty-third session held on 22 June 2016.

101. AC.1 invited Mr. A. Erario, Vice-Chair of WP.29, to chair the session.

102. The results of the voting on the documents submitted are reflected in the voting table.

103. The forty-seventh session of the Executive Committee (AC.3) was held on 23 June 2016 and chaired by the representative of the UK, Mr. I. Yarnold. The representatives of 14 of the 36 Contracting Parties to the Agreement attended: Australia, Canada, China, the European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Norway, the Republic of Korea, San Marino, South Africa, the Russian Federation, Turkey and the United States of America.

104. The secretariat presented informal document WP.29-169-05, entitled ‘Status of the 1998 Agreement of the global registry and of the compendium of candidates – Situation on priorities and proposals to develop UN GTRs as of 15 June 2016’.

105. In accordance with the agreement of Contracting Parties, the Chair proposed to defer the vote on proposals under agenda items 14.1, 14.2 and 14.3 to the forty-eighth session of the Executive Committee (November 2016).

106. AC.3 agreed to defer this subject to its November 2016 session.

107. AC.3 agreed to defer this subject to its November 2016 session.

123. The representative of the European Union reported on activities by the IWG on WLTP. She informed AC.3 that new UN GTR on evaporative emissions was expected in 2017.

124. AC.3 adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/73 on the authorization to develop Phase 2 of UN GTR No. 15 on WLTP and requested the secretariat to submit it as an AC.3 official document.

125. The Chair of AC.3 recalled that the proposal for amendment 1 to UN GTR No. 16 had been deferred to the November 2016 session of AC.3 (see para. 108). He invited the Contracting Parties to reflect on the possibility of developing Phase 2 of UN GTR No. 16 and the need for a technical sponsor for this work.

126. The representative from the United States of America reported on the activities of the IWG on developing the UN GTR for Electric Vehicle Safety. He stated that the IWG would submit a draft UN GTR as an informal document for the December 2016 session of the GRSP. He also informed AC.3 that the IWG had met last week (13-17 June 2016, Washington, D.C.), and had made good progress in finalizing Phase 1, however, some technical issues remained. He announced that if the IWG could not reach consensus on these issues, guidance would be requested from AC.3. He clarified that the remaining technical issues were development of the water exposure test, propagation test, and the Battery Management System (BMS) functionality tests at the vehicle level.

127. The representative of the United States of America, in his capacity of Chair of IWG on QRTV GTR, recalled his statement at the previous session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1120, para. 118) and informed AC.3 about a delay in the publication of the national Rule on QRTV. Following this publication, IWG on QRTV GTR would resume its activities.

128. No new information was provided for this agenda item.

129. No new information was provided for this agenda item. AC.3 agreed to delete this agenda item.