54. The work task of GRE was discussed in conjunction with Item 6.
GRE-69-14 | New approach for lighting regulations (EC)
Document Title: New approach for lighting regulations
Document Reference Number: GRE-69-14
EC proposal to overhaul the system of 41 lighting regulations to minimize design-specific criteria (and thus the constant flow of rule revisions and overlap among rules) by focusing on performance requirements.
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.
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.
37. The representative of GTB introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/119 reflecting the new approach for to the UN Regulations on lighting and light-signalling. Taking advantage of the introduction of the Horizontal Reference Document (HRD) under discussion in GRE and the Database for the Exchange of Type Approvals (DETA) being developed by the DETA informal working group, GTB was studying the possibility of reducing the workload of GRE and WP.29. By consolidating several UN Regulations, GRE may be able to focus its work on only 11 UN Regulations instead of 41 to date. WP.29 endorsed the principles proposed by GTB. Following the discussion, WP.29 mandated GRE to move forward and focus on performance-oriented requirements. WP.29 asked GRE to develop a road map, taking into consideration the resources of GRE.