Working Party
Working Party on General Safety
116th session | Geneva | 8-12 Apr 2019 Download Copy
Agenda Item 15. | UN Regulation No. 0 (International Whole Vehicle Type Approval)

GRSG will be informed about the outcome of the recent meetings of IWG on IWVTA and the follow-up of GRSG on the new priorities of IWVTA Phase 2 in particular the UN Regulations under the responsibility of GRSG to be added to annex 4 of UN Regulation No. 0.

Document(s)
GRSG-116-47 | IWVTA: Candidate items for technical regulations under Phase 2 (2018-2022)
WP.29-176-21 | Candidate items for technical regulations applicable to IWVTA Phase 2 (2018 – 2022)
WP.29/2018/82 | UN R0: Proposal for the 01 series of amendments
WP.29/2018/165 | IWVTA: Proposal for an amendment to Schedule 4 of the 1958 Agreement

GRSG-116 Discussion

54. GRSG noted that WP.29 and AC.1 had adopted at their March 2019 session: (a) the draft 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 0 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/82) as well as (b) the draft amendment to Schedule 4 of the 1958 Agreement on the numbering of type approvals (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/165).

55. GRSG also noted the discussion at the recent WP.29 session on the road map for Phase 2 (2018–2022) of the International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA). As requested by WP.29, GRSG considered the proposed candidate items for technical regulations applicable to that phase (WP.29-176-21). GRSG agreed with the prioritization of the candidate items as reflected in GRSG-116-47. The secretariat was requested to transmit GRSG-116-47 to IWG on IWVTA for consideration at its forthcoming meeting in June 2019.

Previous Discussion(s)

World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations | Session 175 | 18-22 Jun 2018

1. The World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) held its 175th session from 19 to 22 June 2018, chaired by Mr. A. Erario (Italy). The following countries were represented, following Rule 1 of the Rules of Procedure of WP.29 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Rev.1):

  1. Australia
  2. Austria
  3. Belgium
  4. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  5. Bulgaria
  6. Canada
  7. China
  8. Czechia
  9. France
  10. Germany
  11. Hungary
  12. India
  13. Italy
  14. Japan
  15. Luxembourg
  16. Malaysia
  17. Netherlands
  18. Norway
  19. Poland
  20. Portugal
  21. Republic of Korea
  22. Romania
  23. Russian Federation
  24. South Africa
  25. Spain
  26. Sweden
  27. Switzerland
  28. Thailand
  29. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK)
  30. United States of America
  31. Viet Nam.
Representatives of the European Union participated. The following international organization was represented: International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The following intergovernmental organization was represented: European Union funded EuroMed Transport Support Project. The following non-governmental organizations were also represented:
  1. Association for Emissions Control by Catalyst (AECC)
  2. European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA/MEMA/JAPIA)
  3. Consumers International (CI)
  4. European Association of Internal Combustion Engine Manufacturers (EUROMOT)
  5. European Tyre and Rim Technical Organization (ETRTO)
  6. International Automobile Federation (FIA)
  7. Global New Car Assessment Programme (Global NCAP)
  8. International Automotive Lighting and Light Signalling Expert Group (GTB)
  9. International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA)
  10. International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA)
  11. International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA)
  12. Society of Automotive Engineers International (SAE International).
Other non-governmental organizations were represented following Rule 1(d):
  1. American Automotive Policy Council (AAPC)
  2. Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA)
  3. World Bicycle Industry Association (WBIA).
Other non-governmental organizations, private sector entities, independent experts and observers were represented: Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), Uber Technologies, Inc and U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association.

2. The Chair of the World Forum welcomed the representatives to the World Forum and introduced the opening speaker, Mr. G. Georgiadis, Secretary of the Inland Transport Committee (ITC).

3. The ITC Secretary welcomed participants to the World Forum. He introduced the proposal for a new ITC strategy for sustainable mobility (informal document WP.29-175-26). He reported that the ITC strategy was based on the ministerial resolution (ECE/TRANS/2017/2) established at the seventieth anniversary of ITC and was discussed during its eightieth session, in February 2018. He added that, following a consultation process involving all ITC Working Parties, the ITC strategy would be submitted for adoption at the eighty-first ITC session in 2019.

4. Mr. Georgiadis presented the key changes for the new United Nations budget system as of 2020, which is discontinuous from the previous framework, both in the process and in the content. He underlined important changes through the implementation of new indicators for measuring success that will have a considerable impact on the amount of deliverables.

5. He highlighted the importance of taking actions at the ECE level that would more align its activities to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by defining nexus areas of sustainable mobility and smart connectivity, sustainable use of natural resources, and the development of a new urban agenda.

6. The Chair of the World Forum further emphasized the importance of prioritizing the activities on vehicle automation, which required the dedicated attention from the World Forum.

7. The annotated provisional agenda was adopted.

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

9. The 127th session of WP.29/AC.2 (18 June 2018) was chaired by Mr. A. Erario (Italy) and was attended, in accordance to Rule 29 of the terms of reference and rules of procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690/Rev.1) by the Chairs of GRB (France), GRE (Belgium), GRPE (Netherlands), GRRF (United Kingdom), GRSP (United States of America), GRSG (Italy), the Chair of the Executive Committee (AC.3) of the 1998 Agreement (Japan), the Vice-Chair of WP.29 (Russian Federation), by the representatives of Canada, Germany, Japan, Republic of Korea, the United States of America and the European Union.

10. AC.2 reviewed and adopted the provisional agenda of the 175th session of the World Forum, and reviewed the draft agenda of the 176th session of the World Forum, scheduled to be held in Geneva from 13 to 16 November 2018.

11. AC.2 reviewed the proposed calendar for 2019.

12. AC.2 noted that a task force meeting took place in May 2018 on the preparation of a joint WP.1 and WP.29 meeting on issues of automated / autonomous driving. Such a joint meeting was aimed at implementation of decision No. 13 of the eightieth ITC requesting closer cooperation of the two Working Parties in this area. AC.2 was informed about the next meeting of this task force scheduled on 21 June 2018. The representative of the United States of America suggested that the group should review the draft Global Forum for Road Traffic Safety (WP.1) resolution on the area of highly automated vehicles.

13. AC.2 reviewed documents on a new vehicle category in the Consolidated Resolution R.E.3 and on artificial intelligence, and asked the secretariat to prepare informal documents to be submitted for consideration by WP.29.

14. AC.2 approved the participation at the World Forum, under Rule 1(d) of the Rules of Procedure of WP.29, of the following Non-Governmental Organizations for the 2018-2019 biennium: European Association for Electro Mobility (AVERE) and UL Transaction Security.

15. AC.2 considered different proposals regarding the creation of a dedicated Groupe de Rapporteurs (GR) on automated vehicles implementing ITC decision No. 19. Deliberations focused on three different options:

  1. renaming existing GRRF to Groupe de Rapporteurs pour les Véhicules Autonomes (GRVA) and transferring certain tasks such as tyres and coupling devices to other existing GRs;

  2. renaming GRRF into GRVA, transferring tasks not related to automated vehicles to other GRs and tasking GRVA with a coordinating role as an intermediate layer between WP.29 and the remaining five GRs; and

  3. establishment of an additional new GR, GRVA and maintain the existing six GRs.

16. AC.2 agreed to submit the informal document WP.29-175-25, presenting and assessing the three options as a discussion document from AC.2 to WP.29 for further consideration and possible adoption of one of the options.

17. AC.2 noted that the draft update of the “Blue Book” publication was prepared and requested the secretariat to circulate it as a new informal document for this WP.29 session.

18. The Secretary presented the programme of work with a strategic introduction on the main priorities of the WP.29 work, which are related to vehicle automation and environmental protection. The Secretary stated that the areas of work of the six GRs were of equal importance. He introduced Real Driving Emissions (RDE) as a new area of work under the Working Party on Pollution and Energy. The priorities would include further development in implementing the 1958, 1997 and 1998 agreements, the main horizontal activities and the main topics addressed by the subsidiary bodies of WP.29 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/1/Rev.1).

19. WP.29 adopted the revised programme of work for 2018 based on document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/1/Rev.1.

20. The World Forum took note of the list of Working Parties and Chairs (informal document WP.29-175-01) and the draft 2019 calendar for WP.29 and its subsidiary bodies (informal document WP.29-175-02). WP.29 took note of the request of OICA to change the dates of the eighty-seventh session of the Working Party on Brakes and Running Gear. The secretariat agreed to check the availability of rooms for other dates.

21. The 2019 calendar and the list of Working Parties, Informal Working Groups (IWG) and Chairs are reproduced in annexes I and II to the session report.

22. The Chair of the IWG on Intelligent Transport Systems and Automated Driving (ITS/AD) recalled the activities of the World Forum related to the definition of its priorities that resulted in a main focus on vehicle automation and environmental protection. The importance of vehicle automation had been highlighted within the ITC decision No. 19 requesting WP.29 to consider establishing a dedicated GR on this topic. He presented the three options emerging from the discussions at AC.2 (WP.29-175-25). He continued by highlighting the importance for WP.29 to quickly take a decision, as it was a growing topic of importance for governments, industry and society at large.

23. He stated that when exploring the three different options, it is important to keep in mind that a final solution should take into account the resource constraints.

24. The Chair of ITS, the Chair of WP.29 and the Chair of GRRF recalled the coordinating role of WP.29 and especially of the Administrative Committee for the Coordination of Work (AC.2) given by its composition as defined in Chapter IX of the Rules of Procedure for WP.29.

25. The representative of China stated that the priority for the country is to set up a new seventh GR. If it is not possible in the short term, the restructuration of GRRF into GRVA can be a temporary solution, while a new seventh GR should be established as the long-term solution. He also stressed the importance to harmonize regulations under both the 1958 and 1998 agreements, or at least under the 1998 agreement.

26. The representative of Australia noted the progress made through this proposal and stated that Australia supports the reshaping of GRRF as developed in the first option.

27. The representative of India welcomed the proposal of the first option as an immediate step, stating that all GRs are of equal importance, and that over the long term the most convenient solution would be the creation of a new GR.

28. The representatives of France, Japan and Switzerland supported the proposal of the first option, at this stage.

29. The representative of the Russian Federation mentioned that he did not have any principal objections against strengthening efforts to regulate autonomous transport in the Working Party that is suggested to be established on the basis of GRRF.  At the same time, the Russian Federation noted that the overall coordination between all the Working Parties was held by AC.2. Nevertheless, a more detailed study of the issue would require domestic discussions between the Russian authorities and other public bodies. In that respect, the Russian Federation reserved its final position on the issue.

30. The representative of the United States of America, concerned about the need to ensure clear coordination between the GRs, opposed adoption of Option 1 because it did not have a coordination role.

31. WP.29 delegates noted that, at the current stage of the process, the adoption of the document was a first step, subject to review within 12 months. WP.29 decided to monitor and review the functioning of the new structure, including the issues of coordination and allocation of resources.

32. The representative of the European Union called for a swift introduction of the revised structure as described in the first option and reiterated that, via the monitoring and review, a safeguard was given to adjust the structure, if necessary.

33. WP.29 adopted, in implementation of ITC decision No. 19, the conversion of GRRF into GRVA and the reallocation of certain tasks such as tyres and coupling devices to other existing GRs as outlined in the first option of informal document WP.29-175-25. GRVA will oversee the remaining topics from GRRF and encompass activities for autonomous, automated and connected vehicles and incorporate current activities, other than coordination, of the IWG ITS/AD. This decision will take effect immediately.

34. The representative of the United States of America reiterated her concern that the decision was made too quickly and on the basis of an informal document. The United States of America expressed concerns that this decision on an informal document appears to be inconsistent with the Rules under the Terms of Reference and Rules of procedure of the World Forum for Harmonization and Vehicle Regulations. The United States of America also did not agree that GRRF was transformed to GRVA.

35. To address her concern for coordination, WP.29 agreed to add the topic of automated activities management between the GRs to its agenda.

36. The secretariat presented informal document WP.29-175-20 on the creation of a new vehicle category related to vehicle automation as a basis for further discussion to be undertaken during the next session of WP.29 in November 2018, taking into account the advice to also consider, in parallel, changes to SR.1 under the 1998 agreement.

37. The secretariat presented the informal document WP.29-175-21 on artificial intelligence, which was welcomed by ITU.

38. WP.29 welcomed the presentation and referred the document to the Task Force on Automated Vehicle Testing.

39. The Chair of the IWG on ITS/AD reported on the outcome of its session of 21 June 2018. He mentioned the stimulating presentations from Mr. N. Beuse, Associate Administrator, Vehicle Safety Research, NHTSA, from Mr. M. Avery, Director, Thatcham Research, and from Mr. H. Tiesler-Wittig (GTB). He reported that the proposed ToR that had been drafted for the Task Force on Assessment of Automated Vehicles (AutoVeh) had not been adopted but had been referred to GRVA. He mentioned the presentation of the progress report of the Task Force on Cyber Security and Over-The-Air (CS/OTA).

40. WP.29 endorsed the proposal to extend the mandate of the Task Force CS/OTA until 31 December 2018. WP.29 noted that this session was the last of the IWG on ITS/AD for the time being and thanked Dr. M. Sekine, Secretary of the IWG on ITS/AD for his continuous support for the IWG on ITS/AD.

41. The Chair of WP.29 reported on the outcome of the WP.1/WP.29 Task Force meeting of 21 June 2018 on preparation for a joint meeting related to automated driving . He mentioned that the meeting had been fruitful, and had agreed to organize a joint side event at the February 2019 session of ITC, if possible.

42. WP.29 requested the secretariat to note the necessary corrections to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/1/Rev.1 in the report to reflect the decision on GRVA in para. 33, (see annex VII). WP.29 also requested the secretariat to prepare a consolidated version of the corrected document for the November 2018 session.

43. The World Forum recalled the report of the Chair of GRSP on its sixty-second session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/62) and approved the report.

44. The World Forum recalled the report of the Chair of GRPE on its seventy-sixth session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/76) and approved the report.

45. The World Forum recalled the report of the Chair of GRB on its sixty-fifth session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/65) and approved the report.

46. The World Forum recalled the reports of the Chair of GRRF on its eighty-fifth and eighty-sixth sessions (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/85, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/86 and Adds.1-2) and approved the reports.

47. The Chair of GRE reported on the results of the seventy-ninth session of GRE (for details, see the report in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/79).

48. He briefed WP.29 on the finalization of an extensive package of amendment proposals in the framework of simplification of lighting and light-signalling regulations, including:

  1. three new simplified UN Regulations on Light-Signalling Devices (LSD), Road Illumination Devices (RID) and Retro-Reflective Devices (RRD) which would supersede the numerous existing device regulations;

  2. transitional provisions to “freeze” these device regulations;

  3. amendments to the installation regulations that group the definitions and introduce references to the new simplified regulations.

49. WP. 29 noted that the only pending issue for the simplification package was a transitional provision regarding the validity of type approvals granted under the existing regulations to be “frozen”. GRE decided to put this transitional provision in square brackets, to revert to this issue at its next session. Any modification of the transitional provision that GRE might agree upon at its next session in October 2018, would be submitted to the November 2018 session of WP.29 as corrigenda to the original simplification package which otherwise would be issued in August 2018.

50. The GRSG Chair reported on the results achieved during the 114th session of GRSG (for more details see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/93).

51. GRSG had noted the recommendations by a task force on the research and conclusions of the final report on the severe collision between a coach and a heavy duty vehicle that occurred in Puisseguin, France on 23 October 2015 and had endorsed the request to develop a number of preventative measures to mitigate and even avoid such accidents in future. Thus, the GRSG Chair sought the consent of the World Forum to establish a new informal working group on the behaviour of the general construction of M2 and M3 vehicles in a fire event (BMFE), to be chaired by France.

52. WP.29 endorsed that request to set up a new IWG on BMFE.

53. Under the 1998 Agreement, GRSG had noted that the IWG on Panoramic Sunroof Glazing (PSG) made no work progress on amendments to Global Technical Regulation No. 6 (Safety glazing) and that, due to budget constraints, none of the expected research and testing activities on ceramic printed areas of glazing material had started. Thus, GRSG had requested the consent of WP.29 and AC.3 to extend the mandate of the IWG from June 2018 to April 2020.

54. WP.29 endorsed the request to extend the mandate of the IWG on PSG by another two years.

55. The representative of the United States of America, Chair of GRSP, informed WP.29 about the results achieved by his group from its sixty-third session (for details see the session report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/63).

56. On behalf of the Chair of GRSP, the representative of the United States informed WP.29 and AC.3 that GRSP encouraged the experts from the contracting parties to both agreements to participate in the activities of the IWG to develop provisions for Deployable Pedestrian Protection Systems (IWG-DPPS), which would be implemented in UN GTR No. 9.

57. The representative of the United States informed WP.29 and AC.3 that the United States of America plans to withdraw as Chair from the IWG on harmonization of side-impact dummies as soon as a solution would be found at GRSP.

58. The representative of the Netherlands, Chair of GRPE reported to WP.29 on the results achieved by GRPE from its seventy-seventh session (for more details see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/77).

59. The World Forum noted that Mr. A. Rijnders (the Netherlands) had been re-elected as GRPE Chair for the sessions of the year 2019.

60. The secretariat informed the World Forum about the latest update of the status of the 1958 Agreement, based on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/343/Rev.26, as corrected, that contains the information received by the secretariat up to 18 May 2018. WP.29 noted that contracting parties should notify the secretariat about any amendments needed to the status document via the new established online data base only.

61. WP.29 noted the introduction of new style of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/343/Rev.26 document. Only Part II, and Annexes II and III would be issued for the June and November sessions. Part I and Annex I were available on the website. The full document would be issued at the annual March session.

62. Following the intervention of SAE International on categorization of autonomous vehicles (item 2.3), the secretariat investigated the possibility to replicate parts of SAE standards into WP.29 documents. The representative of SAE International committed himself to provide answers at the next session.

63. OICA introduced a list of supplements to UN Regulations which pose difficulties for obtaining extensions to existing type approvals as detailed in informal document WP.29-175-17.

64. WP.29 reiterated that on the issue of the immediate application of supplements, the principle was that supplements should only be used for the clarification of test procedures not changing the level of stringency of the regulation or imposing new requirements or for regulating new developments not changing the level of stringency of the regulation. Therefore, supplements become applicable for new approvals issued after their date of entry into force. As a result, the previous practice of occasionally including new requirements in supplements must be avoided.

65. However, to address the issue of several supplements which had been identified as containing new requirements, WP.29 clarified that the General Guidelines for United Nations regulatory procedures and transitional provisions in UN Regulations, as adopted by the WP.29 on 14 November 2017 apply to:

  1. all supplements adopted by WP.29 after the date of adoption of the General Guidelines; and

  2. all supplements adopted by WP.29 prior to the date of adoption of the General Guidelines with the exception, until 31 December 2019, of those amending the following UN Regulations and their corresponding series: R14.07, R16.06, R43.01,R48,04, R50, R55.01, R83.06, R83.07, R116, R121.01.

66. WP. 29 invited the respective GRs to immediately start working on the necessary amendments to the UN Regulations listed in the informal document WP.29-175-17.

67. The representative of Japan, Chair of the IWG on IWVTA, reported on the progress made by the group at the twenty-seventh meeting of the IWG on IWVTA held in June 2018 in The Hague, Netherlands (informal document WP.29-175-13). He informed WP.29 about the proposed amendments to Schedule 4 on the numbering of UN type approvals allowing the use of a four- to six-digit sequential number. He also reported on the proposed procedure to fill-in the extension number in existing and new communication forms. He also highlighted the potential to amend the approval numbering in UN Regulations Nos. 37, 90, 99, 108, 109, 117 and 128 for alignment with Schedule 4. WP.29 endorsed the proposals and requested GRB, GRE and GRRF to review, in this respect, the provisions of the UN Regulations concerned.

68. WP.29 invited the secretariat to prepare an official document with the proposed amendments to Schedule 4 for consideration at its November 2018 session. WP.29 noted that this proposal would result in a first amendment to the Schedules of the 1958 Agreement and that its adoption according to the new provisions of article 13.bis of revision 3 would require some additional time for clearance in some of the CPs.

69. The Chair of GRRF expressed his concern that this amendment would not necessarily solve the problems which occurred under UN Regulation No. 90 on replacement braking parts as these parts were approved as groups with a single approval number. WP.29 noted the concern raised by GRRF about revision 3 to the 1958 agreement and its possible impact of the issuing of approvals to UN Regulation No. 90, using the test group approach (and extensions to approvals issued in this way). WP.29 agreed that the test group practices which were valid under revision 2 of the 1958 agreement should remain available for use under revision 3. Thus, WP.29 requested the IWG on IWVTA to consider any amendments to the agreement, or to Schedule 4, that may be required to improve transparency on this point.

70. WP.29 noted the informal document WP.29-175-14 that proposes to amend annex 4 to UN Regulation No. 0 with the updated list of UN Regulations. The World Forum welcomed the proposal and agreed to resume consideration and possible vote in AC.1 at its next session in November 2018. Thus, the secretariat was requested to circulate the informal document WP.29-175-14 with an official symbol.

71. No further information was presented under this agenda item.

72. The representative of the European Union, on behalf of the Chair of the IWG on DETA, presented the informal document WP.29-175-16 detailing the state of play of the development of DETA. She requested an update by the secretariat on actions taken for the financing of DETA under the ECE regular budget. She added that the IWG on DETA was initiating a pilot project in August 2018. So far, six institutions have volunteered to participate in the pilot project, and the IWG was willing to welcome more volunteers to test the functioning of DETA.

73. The WP.29 Secretary referred to the new United Nations budget process (informal document WP.29-175-26). The hosting and maintenance costs of DETA had been added under Part III of the draft ECE budget proposal for 2020, and would follow the internal procedure within ECE and at United Nations Headquarters leading to a general assembly resolution.

74. WP.29 welcomed that OICA and CITA, respectively, would contribute to the development of the Unique Identifier and Declaration of Conformance modules and would act as contractor vis-à-vis the software provider.

75. The representative of ETRTO stated that he would also contribute on the condition that DETA would be migrated to the United Nations servers by 2020.

76. The representative of CLEPA clarified that he would also contribute once DETA would be on United Nations servers.

77. The representative of the European Union requested a better coordination of funders to make DETA a reality in the short term. In this context, the secretariat reiterated that contribution from contracting parties would also be welcomed.

78. The representative of the Russian Federation expressed his interest of being involved in the testing of the DETA system. The importance of the activity in testing the DETA system was also conditioned by the present work for the soon planned start of the electronic Whole Vehicle Type Approval (WVTA) in the Russian Federation.

79. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.6.1 to 4.6.8, and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

80. The Chair of GRSP presented proposals on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/44 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/45 under agenda items 4.6.9 and 4.6.10, to amend UN Regulations No. 14 and No. 129, in the spirit of providing the highest level of safety for children.

81. The proposal on amendments to UN Regulation No. 129 was commended by CI as the last phase for a full replacement of UN Regulation No. 44, which had not been designed to fully avoid the wrong use of child restraint systems. He recalled that the shortcomings of UN Regulation No. 44, had been raised by consumer groups ten years ago which had led to the decision to stop further developing UN Regulation No. 44 and to start a new UN Regulation. He declared that his organization and ANEC were satisfied by UN Regulations No. 129 that entails not only better protection of children, but makes Child Restraint Systems (CRS) easier to use. He expressed his thank to all the stakeholders involved, and in particular Mr. P. Castaing, Chair of the IWG, for their contributions to this result. He recommended the phasing out of UN Regulation No. 44 as early as possible to avoid confusion among consumers and allow only UN Regulation No. 129 that offers the highest level of protection. He clarified that since 1 September 2017, integral ISOFIX CRS were no longer approved under UN Regulation No. 44, and this would be the case also for non-integral Group 2 and Group 2/3 seats from 1 September 2019. Finally, he announced that for belted integral systems his organization would submit a proposal at the GRSP 2018 December session to stop type approvals according to UN Regulation No. 44.

82. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.7.1 to 4.7.5 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting, with the following exception: documents ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/48/Add.1 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/49/Add.1 under agenda items 4.7.3 and 4.7.4 had been modified in June 2018 by GRPE, and therefore, should not be taken into consideration for vote at this session.

83. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.8.1 to 4.8.9 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the following corrections:

In ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/53, page 2: for “Supplement 15” read “Supplement 16”,
In ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/59/Add.1, correct to read:
Insert the missing amendment to former paragraph 3.2.10, to read:

"3.2.11.An indication, by means of the “PSI” index (as explained in Annex 7, Appendix 2 to this Regulation) or in kilopascals (kPa), of the inflation pressure to be adopted for the load/speed endurance tests. This indication may be placed on one sidewall only."

Annex 7, paragraph 1.3., amend to read:
“1.3.Inflate the tyre to the pressure corresponding to the indication on the sidewall as specified in paragraph 3.2.11. of this Regulation.”

84. WP.29 referred informal documents WP.29-175-04 and WP.29-175-05 to the appropriate GR for further consideration.

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

86. The World Forum considered the draft corrigenda under items 4.10.1 to 4.10.5 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

87. WP.29 noted that no document had been submitted under this item.

88. The World Forum considered the proposals for new UN Regulations on Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Vehicles of category L, and on mechanical coupling components of combinations of agricultural vehicles under items 4.12.1 and 4.12.2 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

89. The representative of Japan expressed his position to abstain for voting a new UN Regulation on mechanical coupling components of combinations of agricultural vehicles due to having no plan to apply it currently.

90. WP. 29 noted that no document had been submitted under this item.

91. WP. 29 noted that no document had been submitted under this item.

92. The World Forum agreed that agenda items 5.1 to 5.5 should be considered in detail by the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement (AC.3) under agenda item 13.

93. The World Forum agreed to keep this item on its agenda awaiting additional presentations.

94. WP.29 noted the consolidated document (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1074/Rev.10) on the status of the agreement, including the status of the UN Rules annexed to the agreement, the list of the Contracting Parties (CP) to the agreement and of their administrative departments. No new CP has acceded to the agreement since the 173rd session of WP.29, nor has the secretariat received new notification on Periodical Technical Inspection (PTI) authorities.

95. The CPs were reminded to notify the secretariat of any relevant update.

96. The representative of the Russian Federation, Co-Chair of the IWG on PTI, updated the World Forum on the work of the group (informal documents WP.29-175-09 and WP.29-175-24). He reported to the World Forum on the eleventh meetings of the IWG on PTI held in 6 June 2018 at the OICA headquarters in Paris, France.

97. He presented the draft revised Terms of Reference (ToR) for the IWG on PTI (WP.29-175-10). All provisions of the ToR, but one, reached consensus at the IWG on PTI, which was still presented in square brackets. Following a remark from the representative of OICA, the representative of CITA clarified that PTI did not aim to redo type approval testing.

98. After a short discussion among delegates, it was agreed to remove the square brackets, the text remaining the same, and WP.29 adopted the ToR. The Chair of WP.29 requested the ToR to be reproduced in Annex VI to the session report.

99. The representative of Japan expressed his appreciation for the discussions on upgrading PTI for automated and connected vehicles. He also introduced that Japan is considering domestic PTI methods corresponding to electric devices.

100. No proposals for amendments or updates to Rules Nos. 1 and 2 have been submitted under this agenda item.

101. The representative of the Russian Federation, Co-Chair of the IWG on PTI, informed WP.29 about the progress in submitting the proposed amendments to the 1997 Agreement ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/92 and its Corr.1 to the United Nations Secretary-General, which was expected in the near future when internally cleared.

102. The Chair of WP.29 recalled the presentation at the 173rd WP.29 session by the representative of the Russian Federation, Co-Chair of the IWG on PTI, of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/134 and of the informal document WP.29-173-12, which proposes the establishment of a new Rule on Periodical Technical Inspections of motor vehicles using Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and/or Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in their propulsion system, that would be annexed to the 1997 Agreement. These two documents had been consolidated in document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/70.

103. The Chair of WP.29 also recalled the presentation at the 173rd WP.29 session by the representative of the Russian Federation, co-chair of the IWG, of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/135 that proposes the establishment of a new Rule on PTI on minimum safety inspection requirements for hybrid and electric motor vehicles, to be annexed to the 1997 Agreement.

104. He recalled that WP.29 has recommended the submission of the two proposals to AC.4 for voting.

105. No proposals for amendments or updates to Resolution R.E.6 have been submitted under this agenda item.

106. The representative of CITA, on behalf of the IWG on PTI, presented the informal document WP.29-175-07 on possible methods to detect the tampering of Air Emission Control Systems (Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR), Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) and Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) in the framework of PTI and Road Side Inspection (RSI). These methods included visual inspection, external measurement and diagnostic functions. He concluded his presentation, stating that simple measures could make tampering too expensive to economically justify avoiding maintenance.

107. The Chair of GRPE recalled that GRPE had an agenda item on this subject and invited the IWG to contribute to the work of GRPE on this matter.

108. The secretariat of WP.1 informed WP.29 on the activities of WP.1 related to vehicle automations, on so called secondary activities other than driving, vehicle operation from outside of the vehicle and on a resolution related to highly and fully automated vehicles.

109. No information was provided on the progress in harmonizing lighting provisions in the 1968 Vienna convention and the UN Regulations on lighting annexed to the 1958 agreement.

110. The secretariat introduced the informal document WP.29-175-31 on the ECE analytical activities on road safety, or SafeFITS. He explained the principle of this statistical modelling tool that allows the impact prediction of road safety policy measures. Thus, SafeFITS may be used when deciding on future actions. The tool is available on the ECE website at: www.unece.org/trans/theme_safefits.html.

111. No proposals for amendments or updates to the consolidated resolution have been submitted under this agenda item.

112. WP.29 welcomed the new draft edition of the “Blue Book” prepared by the secretariat (informal document WP.29-175-22). The Chair invited all delegates to review the draft text and to submit their contributions and comments to the secretariat by mid-July 2018 at the latest. WP.29 is expected to have a final review of the latest draft at its November 2018 session.

113. The secretariat presented the informal document WP.29-175-23, which lists all the adopted proposals of the 173rd session of WP.29 and which enters into force on 19 July 2018.

114. It was brought to the attention of the World Forum that Mr. G. Billi (EUROMOT) and Mr. J. Kownacki (Poland) would no longer attend WP.29 sessions. WP.29 thanked them for their long-lasting cooperation and their important contributions to the success of the World Forum. WP.29 wished them long and happy retirements.

115. The World Forum adopted the report and its annexes on its 175th session based on a draft prepared by the secretariat. The report included sections related to the sixty-ninth session of the Administrative Committee (AC.1) of the 1958 Agreement, to the fifty-third session of the Executive Committee (AC.3) of the 1998 Agreement and to the tenth session of the Administrative Committee (AC.4) of the 1997 Agreement.

116. Out of the 55 contracting parties to the agreement, 38 were represented and established AC.1 for its sixty-ninth session on 20 June 2018.

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

118. The results of the voting on the documents submitted following the rules of procedure of article 12 and the appendix of Revision 3 to the 1958 Agreement can be found under this paragraph in the session report. You can also access the vote results on GAR.

119. The fifty-third session of the Executive Committee (AC.3) was held on 20 and 21 June 2018 and chaired by the representative of Japan. The representatives of 12 of the 36 contracting parties to the agreement attended: Australia, Canada, China, the European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Malaysia, Norway, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, South Africa and the United States of America.

120. AC.3 noted the information, as of 6 June 2018, on the status of the Agreement of the Global Registry and of the Compendium of Candidates (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.22), the status of the priorities of the 1998 Agreement (based on informal document WP.29-175-11 as reproduced in annex II to this report) and items on which the exchange of views should continue. AC.3 noted that the “1998 AGREEMENT-MISSIONS List” electronic system, used by contracting parties to send notifications and the mandatory reports on the transposition process through their Permanent Missions in Geneva, Switzerland, to the secretariat, had been replaced by a new publicly accessible website. AC.3 agreed to always send the above-mentioned reports and notifications through their Permanent Missions in Geneva, Switzerland, and directly to the secretariat (email: edoardo.gianotti@un.org) to ensure updating of the status document, which is the monitoring tool of the agreement. Finally, AC.3 requested its representatives to provide the secretariat with the coordinates of their corresponding focal points to the agreement, appointed in their capitals to draft the reports and notifications to keep them informed in the exchange of information through the above-mentioned website.

121. No new proposals for new UN GTRs have been submitted under this agenda item.

122. Submitted for consideration and vote, the proposal for Amendment 4 to UN GTR No. 15 on Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedures (WLTP) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/71, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/72 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/43) was adopted on 20 June 2018 by consensus of vote of the following contracting parties present and voting: Australia, China, the European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Malaysia, Norway, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation and South Africa.

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

124. Submitted for consideration and vote, the proposal for amendment 1 to UN GTR No. 19 (Evaporative Test emission procedures for the Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedures (EVAP WLTP) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/73, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/74 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/44) was adopted on 20 June 2018 by consensus of vote of the following contracting parties present and voting: Australia, China, the European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Malaysia, Norway, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation and South Africa.

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

126. Submitted for consideration and vote, the request (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/79) of the European Union to list in the Compendium of Candidates for UN GTRs, the European Union Regulations Nos. 2017/1151 and 2017/1154 on Real Driving Emissions (RDE), was passed on 20 June 2018 by an affirmative vote of Australia, Canada, China, the European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Malaysia, Norway, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, South Africa and the United States of America.

127. Submitted for consideration and vote, the request (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/81) of Japan to list in the Compendium of Candidates for UN GTRs, the methodology of Real Driving Emissions (RDE) of Japan, was passed on 20 June 2018 by an affirmative vote of Australia, Canada, China, the European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Malaysia, Norway, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, South Africa and the United States of America.

128. Contracting parties did not, at this time, request guidance under this agenda item.

129. AC.3 resumed discussion on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/34 aimed at providing an overview of the priorities of the Programme of Work (PoW) of the development of UN GTRs or amendments to the existing ones.

130. The representative of Japan explained that in view of the decision taken by WP.29 under agenda item 2.3 (see para. 33 above) document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/34 had to be amended. Therefore, he introduced the informal documents WP.29-175-28 and WP.29-175-29, tabled jointly with the representative of the European Union, to provide an update of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/34. He added that both documents had incorporated the feedbacks received so far from the contracting parties concerning: (a) the existing working groups (informal document WP.29-175-28) and (b) the new priorities assigned (informal document WP.29-175-29) to the working group dedicated for automated/autonomous connected vehicles (GRVA) and to GRSG.

131. The representative of the United States of America suggested that a precise revision should be undertaken by all contracting parties to identify their priorities and to reflect on any element. The representative of China recalled his comments (informal document WP.29-175-08) to AC.3 on the noted GRVA. The representative of OICA confirmed that, in principle, the informal document WP.29-175-29 met the expectations of his organization, even though due to its late submission there was need for a more in-depth evaluation by his members. However, he recommended that, due to the limited resources available, it was advisable to concentrate efforts on developing a higher level of automation instead of already existing ones (e.g. longitudinal control for the Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)).

132. The representative of the United Kingdom, Chair of the former GRRF, suggested that the informal documents WP.29-175-29 and WP.29-175-08 would be among the documents that he intended to send to interested parties prior to the GRVA session in September 2018, to have a thorough discussion on the priorities of this group. He added that the deliberations, on these documents made by his group, would be annexed to the report of GRVA of the September 2018 session or be a stand-alone document for revision to the November session of AC.3. He finally recommended informal documents WP.29-175-29 and WP.29-175-08 to be considered as live documents, as well as the informal document WP.29-175-28 which should be kept as a separate document for the clarity of all interested parties. Finally, AC.3 endorsed the recommendation of the representative of the United Kingdom and requested the secretariat to keep ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/34 as a reference, awaiting the deliberations of GRVA and feedbacks from interested parties.

133. The representative of the European Union, as technical sponsor for these activities, informed WP.29 about the status of work of the IWG on Environmental and Propulsion Performance Requirements (EPPR). He expected that the official proposal for new amendments to UN GTR No. 2 would be submitted for consideration to the GRPE session in January 2019.

134. The representative of IMMA reported that the correspondence group working on On-Board Diagnosis 2 (OBD2) requirements is expected to deliver a final text by 2020.

135. The representative of Italy reported on the progress of work at GRRF on the harmonization of provisions of UN GTR No. 3 and UN Regulation No. 78 according to the mandate (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/47). He explained that GRRF provided comments on the formal proposal submitted by Italy. He announced that Italy received some contributions from Canada, India and Denmark. He added that GRVA would receive a revised proposal at its September 2018 session for review.

136. The representative of IMMA thanked Italy for its support of the work and looked forward to the report at the next AC.3 session in November 2018.

137. The representative of the Republic of Korea reported on the progress of work of the IWG on Panoramic Sunroof Glazing (PSG) in developing an amendment to UN GTR No. 6. He announced that a research programme is expected to start in August 2018 for a duration of 2 or 3 years. The representative of the Republic of Korea requested WP.29 views on the way forward, and proposed two options: (a) to extend the mandate of the IWG to follow the research activities or (b) to freeze the activities until the research work is finalized.

138. The representative of Italy suggested extending the mandate, so that the IWG can be active if desired.

139. AC.3 endorsed the extension of the mandate of the IWG on PSG until April 2020.

140. The representative of the United Kingdom, Chair of the IWG on Phase 2 of UN GTR No. 7 on head restraints, informed AC.3 that his group had suspended its activities and had not been able to establish injury criteria directly from post-mortem subject testing due to the lack of research outcomes. However, he announced that the group intended to re-start its activity after the summer break and to submit an official proposal of amendments, based on empirical data, to the UN GTR and a parallel one to UN Regulation No. 17 at the December 2018 session of GRSP. He added that such proposals would be eventually complemented by: (a) an informal document to introduce the latest development of the IWG on injury criteria, (b) the final status report of the IWG, and © a proposal of Addendum 1 to the Mutual Resolution No. 1 to incorporate drawings and specifications of the Bio Rear Impact Dummy. He concluded that the IWG is expected to finalize this work within one year of activity and therefore requested an extension of the mandate. 

141. AC.3 endorsed the request of extension of the mandate until June 2019.

142. The representative of the United States of America, on behalf of the Chair of GRSP, reported on the progress of parallel discussions in GRSP on three draft amendments. He added that GRSP recommended Amendment 2 to UN GTR No. 9, which incorporates the flexible pedestrian legform impactor (FlexPLI), for consideration and vote at the November 2018 session of AC.3. He reported that progress had not been made on establishing Amendment 3 to the current requirements for head form tests, as proposed by GRSP. Moreover, he informed AC.3 that the IWG on Deployable Pedestrian Protection Systems (IWG-DPPS), chaired by the Republic of Korea, had handed over the activity of the previous task force to design provisions covering active deployable systems in the bonnet area (Amendment 4 to the UN GTR). He finally encouraged an increased participation to these IWG activities of representatives of contracting parties to advance the work.

143. The representative of the Republic of Korea informed AC.3 about the progress of work of the IWG-DPPS. He stated that the first meeting of IWG-DPPS had been held in Frankfurt, Germany, in April 2018, and that the IWG had concentrated on the ToR, that the schedule had been set with the goal of recommending a proposal through GRSP for consideration and vote by WP.29 and AC3 in June 2020. He mentioned that the informal document WP.29-175-06 reproduced the above-mentioned ToR. He underlined that following the ToR, the IWG formed a subgroup for discussion on specific topics to allow a faster pace of discussion. He finally informed AC.3 that the next meeting is expected to take place in Brussels, Belgium in September 2018, thanks to the support from the European Commission and would hopefully bring a wider participation from many European countries.

144. AC.3 endorsed in principle the ToR of the IWG and requested the secretariat to distribute the informal document WP.29-175-06 with an official symbol at the November session of AC.3 for final adoption.

145. The representative of the European Union, as technical sponsor, informed AC.3 that the work was progressing according to schedule. Given the limited resources, he reported that the efforts were focusing on two main issues, the fifth amendment to UN GTR No.15 and on the transposition of UN GTR No. 15 into a UN Regulation.

146. The representative of the Netherlands, Chair of GRPE, requested guidance from AC.3 on the development of power system determination for Off-Vehicle Charge Hybrid Electric Vehicle (OVC-HEV) and Non Off-Vehicle Charge Hybrid Electric Vehicle (NOVC-HEV). During its June 2018 session, GRPE expressed the will to modify the existing mandate so that the provisions on system power determination would be included in an annex of UN GTR No. 15. Most contracting parties would prefer to have system power determination as a standalone UN GTR.

147. The representatives of Canada and Sweden confirmed their preference for the standalone UN GTR.

148. The representative of Japan was still considering its position and requested more time to assess the benefits and drawbacks of having system power determination as a standalone UN GTR or as an Annex to UN GTR No. 15.

149. The Secretary of GRPE offered to prepare an informal document on each option that would be presented at the next session of AC.3 in November 2018.

150. The representative of the Russian Federation, on behalf of the Chair of the IWG on Tyre GTR, recalled the activities on Amendment 2 to UN GTR No. 16 (Tyres) and the results of the meeting held in Ottawa, Canada, in June 2018 on the high-speed test, the amendments reflecting Chinese and Indian proposals, and the feasibility study for the introduction of the global tyre marking. He informed AC.3 that the next meeting of the IWG was scheduled to take place in September 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.

151. The representative of the United States of America, on behalf of the Chair of the IWG on EVS UN GTR No. 20, Phase 2 and of GRSP, informed AC.3 on the work progress of the group. He said that the IWG was keeping to the established schedule and issues, i.e. thermal propagation and test performances of buses. He announced that the next meeting of the IWG was planned to take place from 11 to 13 September 2018, in Sweden. He finally stated that more information would be provided at the November 2018 session of AC.3.

152. The representative of the United States of America, Chair of IWG on Quiet Road Transport Vehicle GTR (QRTV GTR), informed AC.3 that IWG held a meeting in Baltimore, United States of America, had resumed its activities and reported on the issues held on 30 and 31 May 2018. He pointed out that the objective of the session was to provide a detailed comparison between UN Regulation No. 138 on QRTV, the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) on Minimum Sound Requirements for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles, as well as of other regional (the European Union) or national (Canada, Japan, the Republic of Korea) regulations in this area. He indicated that the full comparison report would be presented to the session of GRB in September 2018 and then to the November 2018 session of WP.29 with a request to provide guidance on further direction of work. He also pointed out that, depending on the guidance, WP.29 would be requested to extend the mandate of IWG QRTV GTR.

153. The representative of the United States of America, on behalf of the Co-Chair of the IWG on the UN GTR No. 13 – Phase 2, informed AC.3 about the progress of the group. He reported that the second meeting of the IWG was held in Torrance, United States of America, from 5 to 7 February 2018, and that discussions focused on material compatibility, fuelling receptacle, long-term stress rupture of hydrogen storage systems, and on updating the existing test procedure in the UN GTR. He concluded that the ToR of the IWG had been submitted to the current session of AC.3 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/75) for endorsement, and announced that the date of the next meetings of the IWG were scheduled to be held from 24 to 26 June 2018, in Seoul, Republic of Korea, followed by a meeting in October 2018 in Europe.

154. AC.3 endorsed ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/75, that would be appended to the UN GTR in accordance with the provisions of the 1998 Agreement.

155. The representative of the European Union presented the informal document WP.29-175-32, which is a revised version of the document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/80 that requests authorization to develop a new UN GTR on Global RDE. She highlighted the importance of this request, both technically and politically, with emissions control strategies now being globally developed by vehicle manufacturers.

156. The timeline to develop the new UN GTR on Global RDE is ambitious due to the urgency to tackle the topic in a harmonized, coordinated approach. The process will be opened to all contracting parties interested in developing or improving their own national regulatory procedures.

157. The representatives of Japan and of the Republic of Korea supported the document and expressed the wish to participate to the IWG on Global RDE.

158. The representative of the United States of America expressed his support for GRPE to begin exploring a harmonized test procedure on RDE, as soon as possible, through the work of an IWG on Global RDE.

159. He expressed his support of a data-driven approach that would be inclusive of input from all the contracting parties, and that it would not be pre-determined that the European RDE is the only approach which should be considered.

160. The representative of the United States of America expressed his belief that more time will be needed to be able to consider all inputs from all contracting parties.

161. The representative of the United States of America stated that this work could lead to a UN GTR, though he did not believe that it was necessary at this time to make this decision. He added that an IWG should be formed to explore the development of a harmonized RDE methodology, and at a future meeting of WP.29/AC.3 it could be decided, based on a more inclusive input from the contracting parties, if a UN GTR under the 1998 Agreement would be the appropriate approach.

162. The representative of the United States of America stated that if AC.3 decided to move forward with the development of a UN GTR on Global RDE, the United States of America would participate in the early stages of the development. However, if the process was neither data-driven nor inclusive of input from all contracting parties to the 1998 Agreement, the United States of America would consider exercising the right as a contracting party to make clear that it would not support the eventual adoption of a UN GTR for this new methodology.

163. AC.3 took into consideration the comments of the representative of the United States of America and granted authorization to develop a UN GTR on Global RDE. The request for authorization to develop a new UN GTR on Global RDE is reproduced in Annex V of this report.

164. The Chair of GRPE congratulated all the parties who showed interest in participating in the development of a UN GTR on Global RDE, and encouraged others to join. He stated that the decision to develop a UN GTR on Global RDE represented an important milestone for GRPE activities, as existing United Nations emission’s regulations would be strengthened so as to ensure the adequate operation of state-of-the-art emission control systems in normal conditions of use.

165. He emphasized that the development of a harmonized real driving emissions test procedure would centralize expertise and resources for improved emissions measurement. This would also support significant economies of scale across the automotive sector.

166. The representative of the United States of America informed AC.3 that her country is planning to withdraw as Chair from the IWG on harmonization of side-impact dummies as soon as a solution is found at GRSP.

167. No subject was raised pole side impact.

168. The representative of Canada provided an update on the latest activities of the IWG on EVE, on behalf of EVE leadership. She indicated that, since the March 2018 session of WP.29, two meetings of the EVE IWG took place, one on 27 and 28 March 2018 in Tokyo, Japan, and the second on 5 June 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland. She noted that the IWG continues to make progress on its three assigned areas of work.

169. She stated that the development of a draft GTR for determining the power of electrified vehicles had reached the start of the validation testing phases, and that several laboratories had volunteered to perform measurements over the coming months. The IWG was optimistic that it would have a proposal for a power determination UN GTR ready for approval by AC.3 in November 2019.

170. She continued by stating that that the final validation of a model to estimate the durability of EV batteries, developed by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), had entered its final validation phase.

171. She added that the IWG continued to work closely with the IWG on WLTP to ensure that the work of the two groups was complementary and to avoid duplication of efforts.

172. She informed AC.3 delegates that the next meeting of the EVE IWG would be a two-day meeting in Ottawa, Canada, on 16-18 October 2018.

173. The representative of the Netherlands, Chair of GRPE, recalled his previous intervention on the work of the IWG on EVE on power system determination and repeated his question whether it should be delivered as an annex to UN GTR No. 15 or as a standalone UN GTR.

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

175. AC.3 started discussion on the informal document WP.29-175-27, submitted by the representative of OICA. However, due to the numerous comments and the lack of time, AC.3 requested interested parties to submit their comments directly to the representative of OICA and to resume consideration on the basis of a new document incorporating the comments at its November 2018 session.

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

177. No further supplementary information was provided beyond agenda item 7.2. (see para. 100 above)

178. No further supplementary information was provided beyond agenda item 7.4. (see paras. 102 – 104 above)

179. No subject was raised under this agenda item.

Working Party on General Safety | Session 115 | 9-12 Oct 2018

1. The Working Party on General Safety Provisions (GRSG) held its 115th session from 9 to 12 October 2018 in Geneva. The meeting was chaired by Mr. A. Erario (Italy). Experts from the following countries participated in the work, following Rule 1(a) of the Rules of Procedure of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Rev.1): Belgium, Canada, China, Czechia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (United Kingdom) and Viet Nam. An expert from the European Commission (EC) participated. Experts from non-governmental organizations participated: European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA), Natural Gas Vehicles Association Europe (NGVA Europe), International Association for Natural Gas Vehicles (NGV Global), International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA), International Organization for Standardization (ISO), International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA) and Liquid Gas Europe (LG Europe). Upon the special invitation of the Chair, experts from the International Association of the Body and Trailer Building Industry (CLCCR) and World Bicycle Industry Association (WBIA) participated.

2. GRSG considered and adopted the agenda proposed for the 115th session.

3. GRSG also adopted the running order (GRSG-115-01) as proposed by the Chair. GRSG noted GRSG-115-02 on the main decisions and recommendations of the World Forum taken during its June 2018 session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1139 and Add.1). Upon the request by the Inland Transport Committee (ITC) to consider establishing a dedicated working party on vehicle automation, WP.29 had agreed to convert the Working Party on Brakes and Running Gear (GRRF) into the Working Party on Automated/Autonomous and Connected Vehicles (GRVA) and to reallocate certain tasks such as tyres to the Working Party on Noise (GRB) and coupling devices to GRSG (WP.29-175-25). GRVA would oversee the remaining topics from GRRF and encompass activities on vehicle automation. The coordination between the working parties (GRs) on the different vehicle automation activities would remain with WP.29. The WP.29 decision had taken effect immediately, but would have to be confirmed by ITC in February 2019.

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

37. Recalling the discussion of GRSG at its previous session, the expert from Italy introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/16 to amend Annex 3A of the Regulation on the test requirements for Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) cylinders to avoid structural failures during their service life. The expert from NGV Global proposed some further clarifications (GRSG-115-06) and a new definition on “certified cylinder”. The proposals received general support.

38. The expert from OICA presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/13 to adapt the text of the Regulation to the current technology on the gas flow adjustor in the carburettor or injector. GRSG noted a number of comments and proposals for amendments.

39. The expert from OICA introduced GRSG-115-18-Rev.2 amending the Regulation with respect to the inspection requirements for the periodic requalification of CNG cylinders to avoid structural failures during their service life. Finally, GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/16, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/13 and GRSG-115-18-Rev.2 as reproduced in Annex III to this report. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposals to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft Supplement 2 to the 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 110 for consideration at their March 2019 sessions.

40. The expert from the Netherlands presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/11 on new requirements on “CNG compressor” and “CNG accumulator” components used in LNG/CNG systems. The expert from OICA stated that the proposal by the Netherlands result in changes of the level of the technical requirements for vehicles equipped with CNG compressors and/or accumulators. He introduced GRSG-115-19 proposing to submit the new requirements as a new 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 110 together with appropriate transitional provisions.

41. Finally, GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/11, as amended below. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposal to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 110 for consideration at their March 2019 sessions.

Insert new paragraphs 24.22. to 24.25. (Transitional provisions), to read:

24.22.As from the official date of entry into force of the 04 series of amendments, no Contracting Party applying this Regulation shall refuse to grant or refuse to accept type approvals under this Regulation as amended by the 04 series of amendments.
24.23.As from 1 September 2022, Contracting Parties applying this Regulation shall not be obliged to accept type approvals to the preceding series of amendments, first issued after 1 September 2022.
24.24.Until 1 September 2024, Contracting Parties applying this Regulation shall accept type approvals to the preceding series of amendments, first issued before 1 September 2022.
24.25.As from 1 September 2024, Contracting Parties applying this Regulation shall not be obliged to accept type approvals issued to the preceding series of amendments to this Regulation.

42. The expert from the Netherlands introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/12 to insert new requirements for vehicle gas systems to provide gaseous fuel to a generator that would provide electrical power to accessories or other systems on the vehicle. GRSG noted general support on the proposal. GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/12, as amended below. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposal to WP.29 and AC.1 as part (see para. 41) of draft 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 110 for consideration at their March 2019 sessions.

Through the whole proposal, replace the words “second engine” by “secondary engine”.

43. The expert from France introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/19 to restore consistency in UN Regulation No. 73 between the provisions related to the installation of Lateral Protection Devices (LPD) of an approved type according to Part II of the Regulation and those related to vehicles with regard to their LPD. GRSG adopted the proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft Supplement 2 to the 01 series of amendments and as draft Supplement 1 to the 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 73 for consideration at their March 2019 sessions.

44. Recalling the discussion of GRSG at its previous meetings, the expert from France stated that more time was needed to find an agreement on the proposal to improve the performance level of LPD for a better protection of vulnerable road users (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/18). GRSG agreed to defer the discussion on this subject to its next session.

34. In the absence of a delegate from Turkey the Chair suggested deferring the discussion on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/22 to the next GRSG session.

35. The expert from OICA informed GRSG that the proposal in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/2 was still under discussion in the task force on gas-fuelled vehicle regulations. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at the next GRSG session and to keep ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/2 on the agenda.

36. The expert from Poland recalled the purpose of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/8 to adapt the Regulation to technical progress, specifically for the definition of a type of container and Annex 2B. The expert from LG Europe introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/20 as a counterproposal. A number of experts welcomed the amendments to Annex 2B, but could not support the amendments to the definition of “Type of container”. After discussion, GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/20 except the amendments to paragraph 2.4. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposal as amended to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft Supplement 16 to the 01 series of amendments and as draft Supplement 1 to the 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 67 for consideration at their March 2019 sessions.

32. GRSG noted that the European Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (AEGPL) was renamed to LG Europe.

33. The expert from Germany reported on the work progress of the task force on gas-fuelled vehicle regulations during its meeting in Cologne (Germany) on 27 and 28 February 2018 (GRSG-115-05). GRSG welcomed the information.

31. The expert from Germany introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/15 to insert into UN Regulation No. 62 new provisions for electromechanical and electronic device (such as a transponder) in line with UN Regulation No. 116 (para. 49 below). GRSG adopted the proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft Supplement 3 to UN Regulation No. 62 for consideration at their March 2019 sessions.

25. The expert from EC reported on the outcome of IWG on VRU-Proxi on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/24 for a new UN Regulation on BSIS. He added that IWG experts had agreed on a number of further amendments to the proposal as reflected in GRSG-115-10. The experts from Germany presented GRSG-115-33 that summarizes the amendments proposed by IWG, and GRSG-115-37 that explains the psychological approach of the driver’s turning information concept. GRSG noted GRSG-115-13 on the draft ISO standard 19206:4 referred to in the new draft UN Regulation on BSIS. The expert from OICA introduced GRSG-115-24 on the need to limit, in a first step, the scope of the new UN Regulation to vehicles of categories N2 (with a permissible technical mass higher than 8 tons) and N3 only. GRSG endorsed that position and mandated IWG on VRU-Proxi to work further on a possible extension of the scope to other categories vehicles. The expert from Israel proposed to amend paragraph 5.5.3. on the conditions to activate the warning signal (GRSG-115-36). With respect to the testing procedure of BSIS, the expert from CLEPA presented GRSG-115-30 on the ambient light conditions and GRSG-115-31 on the distance between the vehicle and the bicycle.

26. As a result of the discussion on GRSG-115-10-Rev.1, GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/24 as amended by Annex II to this report. The secretariat was requested to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as a new draft UN Regulation on BSIS for consideration at their March 2019 sessions.

46. The expert from OICA informed GRSG about his decision to resign from his function as GRSG Ambassador to IWG on the International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA), due to increased workload. He wondered if the function was still needed as UN Regulation No. 0 on IWVTA had entered recently into force. He reported on the status of documentation on the splitting of UN Regulation No. 116 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/23, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/24/Rev.1 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2017/25) and invited all experts to send him their comments. He offered to prepare a set of final documents after the discussions at a further meeting in conjunction with the next GRSG session with the aim to adopt those documents at the 117th GRSG session. GRSG endorsed the proposed road map and agreed to keep the documents on the agenda as reference documents. The Chair thanked Mr. O. Fontaine for his commitment as GRSG Ambassador on IWVTA and his contributions in this function.

47. The expert from OICA presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/14 on the removal of references to the European standards on frequencies in UN Regulation No. 116. GRSG adopted the document as amended below and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft Supplement 6 to UN Regulation No. 116 for consideration at their March 2019 sessions.

New paragraph 1.9., replace “radio transmission” by “radio transmission frequencies”.

48. The expert from OICA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/25 to clarify the provisions on the environmental testing of keys as components that were not embedded in the vehicle. GRSG noted a number of comments and a study reservation by the expert from Germany. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of the document at its next session.

49. Recalling the discussion of GRSG at its previous sessions on the need to develop an appropriate amendment to UN Regulation No. 116 for new innovative vehicle alarms systems, the expert from OICA proposed to amend the definitions of keys (GRSG-115-20). GRSG noted a number of comments and study reservations mainly on the security of such systems. The expert from OICA reported that the issue of cybersecurity was currently discussed in a specific task force of the WP.29 informal working group on Intelligent Transport Systems / Automated Driving (ITS/AD). He added that the group was expected to develop a new horizontal UN Regulation on cybersecurity. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session and requested the secretariat to circulate GRSG-115-20 with an official symbol.

50. The expert from OICA, in reference to the discussion on transitional provisions (paras. 21 and 29 above), introduced GRSG-115-28-Rev.1 on similar provisions for UN Regulation No. 116. GRSG adopted the proposal as reproduced below and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as part (see para. 47) of draft Supplement 6 to UN Regulation No. 116 for consideration at their March 2019 sessions. (See note by the secretariat under para. 21 above.)

Paragraph 13.2., amend to read:

13.2.Approval of a vehicle type
13.2.1.As from 36 months after the date of entry into force of Supplement 1 to the original version of the Regulation, …… original version of the Regulation.
13.2.2.Until 31 December 2019, Supplement 5 to the original version of this Regulation may not apply to extensions of approvals that were originally granted prior to the entry into force of Supplement 5.

45. GRSG noted that the adopted proposal to align UN Regulation No. 105 (ADR vehicles) with the new edition 2019 of European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR) was listed on the agenda of the forthcoming WP.29 session of November 2018 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/126). GRSG agreed to remove this item from the agenda of the next session.

5. The expert from Poland recalled the purpose of GRSG-114-05 on a possible error in Annex 11 of UN Regulation No. 107. The expert from OICA proposed to correct Annex 3 of several Supplements and series of amendments to the Regulation (GRSG-115-41). GRSG endorsed the amendments as reproduced below. The secretariat was requested to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as Corrigenda to Revisions 4 to 8 of UN Regulation No. 107 for consideration at their March 2019 sessions.

Annex 3, paragraphs 7.2.3.1.1. to 7.2.3.1.3., should be deleted.

6. Referring to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2007/33 tabled by Germany on a new draft UN Regulation on frontal protection of buses, the expert from Norway presented GRSG-115-04 reiterating the need to enhance the protection and integrity of the compartment of the driver and any crew member of buses and coaches in case of a frontal collision. The expert from the United Kingdom reported on the rarity of statistical data available in his country on such accidents. He preferred receiving first some more research on causality data. The expert from Finland echoed that position and questioned if this subject was not a matter of passive safety falling under the responsibility of the Working Party on Passive Safety (GRSP). The expert from Germany was of the opinion that there are already a number of active safety systems available today.

7. Finally, GRSG agreed on the need to collect some accidentology data on frontal collisions of buses and coaches resulting in risks for the driver and/or crew member. The GRSG Chair invited all governmental experts to investigate on their national/regional statistical data and to provide the results to GRSG for consideration at its April 2019 session. GRSG agreed to keep GRSG-115-04 on the agenda as a reference document.

8. GRSG considered in detail GRSG-115-15, tabled by the expert from OICA, that clarified the transitional provisions for the approval of vehicles which are not affected by the latest 08 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 107. The expert from EC underlined the urgency for adopting this additional provision to give certainty to contracting parties and manufacturers. Finally, GRSG endorsed the proposal as reproduced below. The secretariat was requested to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as a draft Supplement 1 to the 08 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 107 for consideration at their March 2019 sessions.

Insert a new paragraph 10.24., to read:

10.24.Notwithstanding paragraphs 10.20. and 10.22., Contracting Parties applying this Regulation shall continue to accept type approvals granted to the 06 or 07 series of amendments to vehicles which are not affected by the 08 series of amendments.

9. The expert from Italy recalled the purpose of GRSG-114-16 and the discussion of GRSG at its previous session on new provisions for the possible approval of alternative equipment to improve the accessibility of people with reduced mobility, particularly on coaches. He introduced a revised proposal (GRSG-115-26) and underlined that the provisions for the installation of a lift were not aimed at replacing the current mandatory requirements on the vehicle accessibility for people with reduced mobility. The expert from the United Kingdom welcomed the proposal, but underlined that this alternative equipment was usually not part of the vehicle and could be considered as an after-market solution upon the choice of the coach operator. The expert from Finland stated that such a lift could not substitute a wheelchair ramp or platform. The experts from Germany and the Russian Federation endorsed that position and questioned if such a lift could even be type approved as a component or a separate part under UN Regulation No. 107. The expert from UK added that such devices needed the intervention of the driver and, in some cases, challenging manoeuvres by the disabled person. He also questioned the universality of the device for different angle of access (i.e. steeper steps). Taking into account multiple possible technical solutions, a number of experts preferred that such alternative equipment not be part of the Regulation and, therefore not in the scope.

10. The expert from France, chairing the Informal Working Group (IWG) on the behaviour of the general construction of M2 and M3 vehicles in a fire event (BMFE), introduced GRSG-115-07 on the outcome of the recent meetings held in Berlin on 15 June 2018 and in Paris on 10 and 11 September 2018. He reported that IWG had identified mainly the need to strengthen the provisions of (a) UN Regulation No. 118 particularly on the toxicity and opacity of the smoke, its invasion and evacuation and (b) UN Regulation No. 107 on smoke extraction and fire detection systems, taking into account the safety instructions and functionalities of automatic opening of exits, luminous indicators and trajectories. GRSG welcomed the updated information by France on the progress of work and noted that the forthcoming meeting of IWG on BMFE was scheduled to be held in Madrid on 27 and 28 November 2018.

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

12. Referring to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/17, the expert from France introduced GRSG-115-08 that clarifies the requirements on windscreen wipers with a simple generic drawing of the areas concerned. The expert from EC supported the proposal. The expert from CLEPA was of the opinion that the clarification by France imposed more stringent requirements particularly for the wiper holder and would require a justification for evolving costs (GRSG-115-32). The expert from OICA endorsed the position of CLEPA. He suggested inserting transitional provisions and adopting the proposal as a new series amendments to UN Regulation No. 26. The Chair invited the experts from France and OICA to submit, in due time, a revised proposal including transitional provisions, for consideration at the next GRSG session on the basis of an official document.

13. The expert from OICA presented GRSG-115-16 amending the provisions for rear edges of the bonnet as they can be considered as not dangerous due to their location on the vehicle. The expert from EC raised a study reservation. GRSG requested the secretariat to circulate GRSG-115-16 with an official symbol for consideration at its next session.

14. The expert from OICA introduced GRSG-115-17 clarifying the measurement method for the lateral distances of the pedals to the nearest “wall” to the left. He added that the proposal should be introduced as a new series of amendments because the new provisions may result in some constraints for manufacturers. GRSG noted no objection and agreed to resume consideration at its next session on the basis of an official document.

15. The expert from the Republic of Korea, Chair of IWG on Panoramic Sunroof Glazing (PSG), introduced GRSG-115-35 on the progress of the group during its tenth meeting on 8 October 2018. The IWG Secretary added that no further research and testing activities on ceramic printer areas of glazing material had started and that an amendment to the UN regulations was premature. He concluded that IWG had preferred to adopt, in the meantime, a recommendation on ceramic printer areas.

16. GRSG endorsed the proposal and agreed to resume consideration on this subject at its session in April 2019 on the basis of a draft recommendation.

17. GRSG noted the submission by India of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/167 requesting the authorization to develop an amendment to UN Global Technical Regulation (UN GTR) No. 6 on safety glazing for consideration by the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement (AC.3) at its November 2018 session.

18. As a follow-up of WP.29-175-30, the expert from India introduced GRSG-115-38 to align UN GTR No. 6 on the optional use of laminated-glass panes with improved mechanical properties especially those for the front, exterior, forward-facing glazing of the upper deck of a double-deck vehicle. GRSG welcomed the proposal and agreed to resume consideration at its next session in April 2019. The secretariat was requested to circulate GRSG-115-38 with an official symbol.

19. The expert from France introduced GRSG-115-09 to clarify in Annex 3 the reference to the test requirements for abrasion and resistance to simulated weathering in Annex 4. GRSG noted general support on the proposal and requested the secretariat to circulate GRSG-115-09 with an official symbol for consideration at the next GRSG session.

20. The expert from OICA informed GRSG about the adoption by WP.29 at its November 2017 session of the revised guidelines for the regulatory procedures and transitional provisions (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1044/Rev.2 – General Guidelines). He reported on the recent discussion in WP.29 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1139, paras. 63-66) that the new guidelines could result, for some of the UN Regulations, in difficulties linked to extensions of type approvals previously granted. Upon the request by WP.29, he introduced GRSG-115-27-Rev.1 inserting new transitional provisions to allow, for a limited time period, extensions of existing type approvals.

21. GRSG endorsed the proposal as reproduced below. The secretariat was requested to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as a draft Supplement 9 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 43 for consideration at their March 2019 sessions. (Note by the secretariat: At its November 2018 session, WP.29 confirmed that the amendment proposals prepared by GRSG for introducing the transitional provisions would not need to be put forward for adoption by WP.29 as these were covered by its decision in June 2018, see paras. 91 and 92 of the report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1142 and para. 65 of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1139.)

Insert a new paragraph 12.8., to read:

12.8.Until 31 December 2019, Supplement 1, Supplement 4, Supplement 5 and Supplement 6 to the 01 series of amendments to this Regulation may not apply to extensions of approvals that were originally granted prior to the entry into force of Supplement 1, Supplement 4, Supplement 5 and Supplement 6.

22. GRSG noted the report (GRSG-115-40) by the expert from Japan on the progress of IWG on Awareness of Vulnerable Road Users Proximity (VRU-Proxi). He underlined that the purpose of the amendment by IWG was to provide the driver with a clear vision on the close-proximity rear area of the vehicle, when moving rearward. He added that IWG had agreed on a multimodal approach on the basis of direct or indirect vision devices (or a combination of both), camera monitor systems or obstacle detection systems. He concluded that the forthcoming meeting of IWG on VRU-Proxi was scheduled to be held in Yokohama (Japan) from 5 to 7 February 2019.

23. On behalf of IWG on VRU-Proxi, the expert from Japan introduced GRSG-115-39 proposing amendments to UN Regulation No. 46 to provide the driver, when moving his vehicle backwards, with a full field of vision on the rear proximity of the vehicle without any blind spots. He underlined that the group’s intention to submit the proposal as a new 05 series of amendments, subject to further considerations by IWG on the scope of application and on transitional provisions. He volunteered to prepare in due time a revised proposal for submission to the secretariat.

24. The GRSG Chair welcomed the good progress of work and invited all experts to send their comments to the expert from Japan. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at the next GRSG session in April 2019 on the basis of an official document.

27. Upon the decision of WP.29 (see para. 3 above), GRSG noted a proposal transmitted by GRVA to correct UN Regulation No. 55 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRVA/2018/10). GRSG adopted the proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as Corrigendum 1 to Supplement 4 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 55 for consideration at their March 2019 sessions.

28. The expert from Poland presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRVA/2018/11 clarifying the application of the provisions in Annex 1 of the UN Regulation. GRSG noted a number of comments. The expert from EC raised a study reservation. The Chair invited the expert from Poland to revise his proposal and to insert some concrete examples into the justification. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session.

29. Recalling the purpose of the transitional provisions adopted for UN Regulation No. 43 (para. 21 above), the expert from OICA introduced GRSG-115-11-Rev.1 on similar provisions for UN Regulation No. 55. GRSG endorsed the proposal as reproduced below. The secretariat was requested to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as a draft Supplement 8 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 55 for consideration at their March 2019 sessions. (See note by the secretariat under para. 21 above.)

Insert a new paragraph 13.4., to read:

13.4.Until 31 December 2019, Supplement 1, Supplement 4, Supplement 5 and Supplement 6 to the 01 series of amendments to this Regulation may not apply to extensions of approvals that were originally granted prior to the entry into force of Supplement 1, Supplement 4, Supplement 5 and Supplement 6

30. The expert from EC proposed to update the provisions on removable mechanical couplings fitted to motor vehicles, in particular on the need to provide clear information to the driver (GRSG-115-34). GRSG noted some support. The expert from OICA raised a study reservation. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session and requested the secretariat to circulate GRSG-115-34 with an official symbol.

51. The expert from OICA recalled the discussion (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/6) at the previous GRSG session on the handling of colour changes of controls, tell-tales and indicators by deleting footnote 18 to table 1 and inserting only a reference to standard ISO 2575. Underlining the importance of colour for tell-tales, the expert from France preferred to keep footnote 18. The expert from OICA offered to review the proposal and to insert a new footnote for the tell-tales that impose colour. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session on the basis of a revised document jointly prepared by the experts from France and OICA.

52. The expert from the Republic of Korea presented GRSG-115-14-Rev.1 to add in UN Regulation No. 121 a new symbol for “power on/power off” controls in vehicles equipped with an electric powertrain, such as electric vehicles. GRSG noted some comments. The expert from the Republic of Korea volunteered to review his proposal taking into account the comments received. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session in April 2019 on the basis of an official document.

53. Further to the discussion on the transitional provisions (paras. 21, 29 and 50 above), the expert from OICA presented GRSG-115-29-Rev.1 on additional provisions for UN Regulation No. 121. GRSG adopted the proposal as reproduced below and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft Supplement 4 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 121 for consideration at their March 2019 sessions. (See note by the secretariat under para. 21 above.)

Add a new paragraph 12.4., to read:

12.4.Until 31 December 2019, Supplement 2 to the 01 series of amendments to this Regulation may not apply to extensions of approvals that were originally granted prior to the entry into force of Supplement 2.

54. The expert from France proposed to amend UN Regulation No. 122 to incorporate new provisions on systems for heating the passenger compartment by heat pump (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/21). The expert from OICA introduced GRSG-115-21 proposing to submit the new requirements as a new 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 122 together with appropriate transitional provisions. The expert from France added that the new provisions should be considered as “if-fitted” requirements and, therefore, not increase the level of stringency of the UN Regulation. He also introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/22 to limit possible exemptions of electric heating devices involved in heating the passenger compartment.

55. GRSG adopted both proposals as reproduced in Annex IV to this report. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposal to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft Supplement 5 to UN Regulation No. 122 for consideration at their March 2019 sessions.

56. The expert from OICA presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/23 to correct the scope of the new UN Regulation No. 144 on AECS, as discussed at the 114th session of GRSG. He also introduced GRSG-115-22 and GRSG-115-23 to correct editorial and numbering errors as well as to clarify references to some passive safety regulations. The proposals received a number of comments. Finally, GRSG agreed to set up, under the lead of OICA, a task force to further discuss and resolve the remaining open issues. GRSG agreed to have final review of the documents at its next session in April 2019 on the basis of revised proposal by the task force. GRSG agreed to keep ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/23 on the agenda of its next session.

57. GRSG noted that (a) a new draft 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 0 on IWVTA was listed on the agenda of the forthcoming November session of WP.29 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/82) as well as (b) a draft amendment to Schedule 4 of the 1958 Agreement on the numbering of type approvals (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/165).

58. The Chair recalled the information by the expert from OICA (see para. 46 above) on the resignation his function as GRSG Ambassador of IWVTA. He announced his intention to seek the advice of WP.29 on the need to continue this function. GRSG welcomed the proposal and agreed to resume consideration of this subject at the next GRSG session.

59. The Chair recalled the information by the secretariat (GRSG-115-02) on the decision of WP.29 to convert GRRF into GRVA and to reallocate certain tasks of GRRF to other GRs. He added that AC.3 also recommended that GRSG resume consideration on the Event Data Recorder (EDR) which aims to cover conventional vehicles and especially automated/autonomous vehicles (see WP.29-175-29). Thus, GRSG noted that GRVA already considered developing new provisions for Data Storage System for Automated Driving (DSSAD). The expert from OICA welcomed the proposal to go forward with a new UN GTR on EDR. He added that in the near future, a long list of parallel activities would be added on the agendas of different GRs on similar devices but with different functions (software) and/or level of stringencies (e.g. for cybersecurity). He concluded that the type approval process of automated vehicle systems would result in a different system than the one for conventional vehicles. He questioned the need to nominate a new GRSG ambassador on vehicle automation who would ensure a good future exchange of views and coordination under this new agenda item.

60. GRSG agreed to re-insert an item on EDR in the agenda of its next session, subject to the decision by WP.29/AC.3 in November 2018. The Chair invited all contracting parties to the 1998 Agreement to consider their possible technical sponsorship for a new UN GTR on EDR. He also volunteered to seek the advice of WP.29 on the need to nominate an ambassador on vehicle automation for each GR.

61. GRSG noted a presentation by the secretariat on ITC-related matters, particularly on the ITC strategy 2030 and on the update of the United Nations management reform (GRSG-115-42). The Chair invited the interested government experts to contact their national representative in WP.29 sessions on this matter.

62. In compliance with Rule 37 of the Rules of Procedure (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Rev.1), GRSG called for the election of officers on Wednesday afternoon, 10 October 2018. Mr. A. Erario (Italy) was unanimously re-elected as Chair and Mr. K. Hendershot (Canada) as Vice-Chair for the GRSG sessions scheduled for 2019.

63. GRSG noted GRSG-115-03 on correcting the provisions of model B of the approval mark. The expert from Finland suggested correcting also Annex 1, item 1 to read “Trade name or mark of device” and item 2 to read “Device type”. GRSG also noted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/26 which proposes to correct the French version of UN Regulation No. 58.

64. GRSG adopted the proposals as reproduced in Annex V to this report and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as Corrigendum 1 to Revision 3 of UN Regulation No. 58 for consideration at their March 2019 sessions.

65. The expert from IMMA introduced GRSG-115-12, in reference to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/30, which amend the provisions of R.E.3 to allow the application of “twinned wheels” on all vehicles of category L. The expert from EC suggested reading in the proposed paragraph 2.1.1. “twinned wheels configuration” instead of “twinned wheels”. A number of experts endorsed the proposal. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session and requested the secretariat to circulate GRSG-115-12 with an official symbol.

66. The expert from EC introduced GRSG-115-25 to update the provisions on frontal underrun protection approved as integrated part of the vehicle, in particular, to allow for a more rounded shape of the cab for a better aerodynamic performance. The proposal received a number of comments and a study reservation by the expert from the Netherlands.

67. The expert from EC volunteered to review his proposal taking into account the comments received. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session in April 2019 on the basis of an official document.

68. Mr. L. Kincl (Czechia) would soon retire, and GRSG thanked him for his considerable contributions to its activities over the last decades. GRSG wished him a long and happy retirement.

69. GRSG noted that Mr. R. Gouweleeuw (EC) had taken over new responsibilities in his country and would, therefore, no longer attend the sessions. GRSG acknowledged his continued support and contributions during the sessions and wished him all the best for his future activities.

World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations | Session 176 | 12-16 Nov 2018

1. The World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) held its 176th session from 13 to 16 November 2018, chaired by Mr. A. Erario (Italy). The following countries were represented, following Rule 1 of the Rules of Procedure of WP.29 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Rev.1): Algeria, Australia, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czechia, Egypt, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, India, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Republic of Moldova, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (United Kingdom), United States of America, Uruguay and Uzbekistan. Representatives of the European Union participated. The following international organization was represented: International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The following intergovernmental organization was represented: EuroMed Transport Support Project. The following non-governmental organizations were also represented: Association for Emissions Control by Catalyst (AECC), European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA/MEMA/JAPIA)1, Consumers International (CI), European Tyre and Rim Technical Organization (ETRTO), FIA Foundation for the Automobile and Society, 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), Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and World Blind Union (WBU). Other non-governmental organizations were represented following Rule 1(d): American Automotive Policy Council (AAPC), Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and World Bicycle Industry Association (WBIA). Other non-governmental organizations, private sector entities, independent experts and observers were represented: Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), and U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association.

2. The Chair of the World Forum welcomed the representatives to the 176th session of World Forum and introduced the opening speakers: Mr. Yuwei Li, Director of the UNECE Sustainable Transport Division, Mr. Jean Todt, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety and His Excellency Mr. Ulugbek Lapasov, Permanent Representative of Uzbekistan to the United Nations.

3. The Director, Mr. Li welcomed the participants to the World Forum. He underlined the magnitude of impact that the work of the World Forum has in implementing the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, particularly, in the goals related to good health and well-being, climate change mitigation and sustainable urban development. He highlighted the link between the work on automated and autonomous vehicles with Sustainable Development Goals related to industrial development and innovation.es in intergroup collaboration.

4. The Director reminded participants that efforts in the international harmonization of vehicle regulations and the domestic application of United Nations vehicle regulations have been identified as key actions for achieving progress in vehicle safety. As a pillar of the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety, 2011-2020, this imparts towards meeting recommendations contained in numerous United Nations General Assembly resolutions, that were adopted in recent years and call for concerted global and domestic efforts to improve road safety.

5. Mr. Li recalled the establishment in 2018 of the United Nations Road Safety Trust Fund and its Global Framework Plan that targets the development of national road safety systems. He emphasized that vehicle regulations are an important component of national road safety systems, and that the World Forum’s work on developing and harmonizing vehicle regulations is indispensable for designing sound national road safety systems.

6. The Director commended the World Forum for being a pioneer in ECE when it opened its agreements for global membership and started providing global services. He underlined the goal of the Inland Transport Committee (ITC) in its 2030 strategy to open other agreements under its purview for global membership as part of the effort of the international community to improve the safety, efficiency and environmental performance of transport systems. He underlined that the ITC 2030 strategy is a platform through which the World Forum can expand its regional and global membership.

7. Mr. Li highlighted the potential of the World Forum to address challenges in the global road transport industry, particularly, the severe shortage of professional drivers. He stressed that this is a strain on the industry and negatively impacts economic development worldwide. He said that the activities on automated vehicles are considered as promising for tackling the challenges stemming from the shortage of professional drivers.

8. The Director further added that the World Forum’s activities in vehicle automation also may contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals related to climate change, pollution and road safety by setting relevant and sound technical standards for road vehicles. He stressed the potential of automation to improve road safety but cautioned that automated vehicles may entail risks. He thus identified the most important role of the World Forum in ensuring road safety in the context of vehicle automation, namely assisting contracting parties and the industry, by developing regulations which ensure that automated vehicles realize their potential for positively contributing to road safety and simultaneously remedying risks carried by applications of vehicle automation technology.

9. In conclusion, Mr. Li called for continuing cooperation between Global Forum for Road Traffic Safety (WP.1) and WP.29 in developing technical standards and legal provisions for automated vehicles. Cooperation in vehicle automation would enable the development of technical standards for applicable technologies and their deployment on roads, and positively impact the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

10. The Chair of the World Forum thanked the Director for his statement. He summarized the main activities of WP.29, especially the scope of work for improving vehicle safety and environmental performance, and the activities in vehicle automation, which require the dedicated attention of the World Forum. The Chair stressed the importance that the World Forum dedicates to activities directed at improving the safety and environmental performance of vehicles, as well as matters related to the developing field of vehicle automation. The Chair of WP.29 also echoed the position of the Director on the importance of cooperation between WP.1 and WP.29 in traffic rules and vehicle automation. He highlighted the results achieved thus far in the spirit of good cooperation between the two groups, i.e. the amendments to respective legal instruments that pave the way for further regulatory progress in vehicle automation. He also described the steps taken to secure continued positive cooperation, i.e. the establishment of the joint Executive Task Force for Vehicle Automation, the aim of which is, inter alia, to secure productive cooperation and positive solutions in the face of possible challenges in intergroup collaboration.

11. The United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety, Mr. Todt greeted the participants of the World Forum and expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to again address the World Forum. He praised the delegates and experts from all over the world for their work and continuing commitment to the safety and security of vehicles. He alerted delegates that statistics that are expected to be released by the World Health Organization in the coming months would not reflect a decrease in the number of road fatalities, as aimed for in the United Nations Decade of Action, 2010-2020, but rather an increase to 1.36 million lives lost each year. He stressed, in this context, that as the deadlines of the Decade and Goal 3.6, to halve the number of road fatalities and injuries by 2020, loom closer, the vehicle safety-related activities of WP.29 are becoming evermore essential.

12. The Special Envoy described his mission, to promote coordinated action towards improved road safety at global, regional and national levels, including accession to and implementation of the 1958, 1997, and 1998 Agreements as part of his core message to high-ranking government officials. He commended a number of actions in the work of the World Forum on improving road safety. The Special Envoy highlighted the proposed amendment to UN GTR No. 9 of the 1998 Agreement, which is on the agenda of the Executive Committee (AC.3), for increasing the effectiveness of pedestrian safety protection. He stressed that 270,000 pedestrians lose their lives on the world’s roads each year, accounting for 22 per cent of the total road traffic deaths. The Special Envoy underlined that this amendment was a step forward in making cars safer, with the ultimate aim that the most likely consequence of accidents, which UN GTR No. 9 aims to mitigate the impacts of, in the future, be limited to minor injuries. Moreover, he asserted that this amendment would provide further regulatory convergence that will result in improving trade.

13. The Special Envoy acclaimed the increased accession to United Nations legal instruments serviced by the World Forum by countries in Africa and Asia. He applauded the collaboration of WP.29 with his secretariat in their joint efforts in Latin America to facilitate subregional dialogue on improved vehicle safety, with consideration of the 1958, 1997 and 1998 Agreements and more specifically, Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement. He also commended Uruguay for its leadership in that initiative. He cautioned nevertheless that Latin America remained largely unengaged and that it should be considered a priority region for promoting United Nations agreements on vehicle construction in the following two years, which could help address the major issue of poor vehicle safety in the region and consequently, the high levels of road casualties.

14. The Special Envoy stated that the challenge to reduce road traffic fatalities is growing alongside increasing motorization rates and the evolution of the automotive industry, and that support and commitment from the industry is very much needed to achieve milestones in improving road safety. He recalled informal document WP.29-170-28, prepared for the 170th session of WP.29, on consultations to establish an automotive industry voluntary commitment, which advocated for the voluntary commitment of manufacturers to minimum standards for vehicle safety. He called on the automotive industry to consider that approach because adopting minimum safety standards would mean that their consumers around the world would benefit from an internationally endorsed minimum level of vehicle safety. He stressed that such a commitment would be better in the long-term for business and would save lives on the road. He called on the industry to step up its efforts towards establishing such a voluntary commitment. The Special Envoy stressed that only by aligning the efforts of all stakeholders and through complementing each other’s activities can progress towards the shared responsibility of securing a safe and sustainable future be accelerated. He strongly expressed his commitment to continue working alongside ECE and other partners to internationally promote United Nations vehicle agreements.

15. In conclusion, the Special Envoy informed delegates about the recently established United Nations Road Safety Trust Fund, which aims to support government efforts to strengthen national road safety systems. He encouraged governments, international organizations, NGOs and the industry to support the fund.

16. The Chair of the World Forum thanked the Special Envoy for his participation in the session of the World Forum and for his intervention and expressed the gratitude of the World Forum for promoting its work and its vehicle agreements throughout the world.

17. The representative of the Republic of Korea, Vice-Chair of GRSP, expressed appreciation for the Special Envoy’s efforts in improving road safety at a global level. He described his country’s experience and road safety performance in the last 30 years, a period marked by rapid economic growth and motorization. In 1991, the number of traffic death reached 13,429, but then continuously decreased to 4,185 in 2017. The country’s road traffic death rate per 100,000 persons had decreased from 31 to 8.1, a 75 per cent reduction. He explained that the Republic of Korea had, since joining the 1958 and 1998 Agreements, improved many practices. One of the main factors behind the significant reduction in road traffic fatalities in the country during the preceding 20-year period was that UN Regulations and UN GTRs, such as frontal impact, side impact, pedestrian safety, Electronic Stability Control, and Advanced Emergency Braking System, had been applied since the Republic of Korea joined WP.29. He underlined that, given that the share of pedestrian fatalities in road traffic accidents was nearly 40 per cent, the Republic of Korea was the one of the first countries to introduce a pedestrian safety standard in December 2008, just after the establishment of UN GTR No. 9.

18. The representative of the Republic of Korea further informed delegates that his country had joined the United Nations Road Safety Trust Fund as a member of the Advisory Board and expressed his support for the Secretary General’s Special Envoy’s closing remark, inviting governments, organizations and industries to support the United Nations Road Safety Trust Fund.

19. The Special Envoy on Road Safety thanked the representative of the Republic for Korea for his statement and the information about his country’s improvement in road safety. He encouraged the Republic of Korea to share their positive experiences and practices that have led to a significant improvement in the country’s road safety performance for the benefit of countries in the region.

20. The representative of South Africa thanked Mr. Todt. He stated that South Africa aspired to adopt all other UN Regulations under the 1958 and 1998 Agreements that had not been adopted upon its accession to the agreements, and to ensure that the country comprehensively participates in activities of the World Forum and its subsidiary groups. He invited the Special Envoy to visit South Africa and to support a comprehensive application of the 1958 Agreement, which would also allow the country’s administration and industry to fully apply the E47 mark. He mentioned that the neighbouring countries, Botswana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, could also benefit from becoming signatories to the United Nations vehicle agreements, and invited the Special Envoy and the World Forum to support them in the process.

21. The Special Envoy stated that South Africa had a key role in promoting United Nations vehicle regulations throughout the African continent, and shared information about ongoing contacts of his secretariat with the highest officials in the country to prepare his visit in 2019.

22. The Permanent Representative of Uzbekistan to the United Nations, H.E. Mr. Lapasov thanked the ECE Sustainable Transport Division for assisting Uzbekistan in acceding to the 1998 Agreement. He reaffirmed the willingness of Uzbekistan to work with all interested parties towards the successful implementation of the objectives set out in the agreement, and especially to establish a global process for developing UN GTRs on safety, environmental, energy efficiency and anti-theft performance of wheeled vehicles, equipment and parts. He informed the World Forum that the Uzbek Agency for Standardization is the contact point for issues related to the agreement. H.E. Mr. Lapasov invited countries that are not yet contracting parties to the agreement to accede. Moreover, he expressed gratitude to the Special Envoy for the work done and admiration for the achievements of the secretariat of the Special Envoy during its mandate. His Excellency stressed that an enormous amount of work has yet to be done in improving global road safety and stated that Uzbekistan will work with the secretariat of the Special Envoy and other relevant stakeholders towards these goals. His Excellency concluded by extending an invitation from his Government to the Special Envoy to visit Uzbekistan.

23. The Special Envoy thanked His Excellency and took due note of the invitation.

24. The Chair of the World Forum thanked the representative of Uzbekistan for his statement.

25. The representative of Global NCAP expressed appreciation for the support and efforts of FIA and the ECE secretariat to help and support the work of his organization. He also appreciated the leadership to achieve a voluntary industry commitment. Moreover, he expressed hope that a commitment would include front and side impact occupant protection (UN Regulations Nos. 94 and 95), Pedestrian Protection (UN Regulation No. 127 and UN GTR No. 9) and Electronic Stability Control (UN Regulation No. 140 and UN GTR No. 8) provisions.

26. The Special Envoy thanked the representative of Global NCAP, supported his comments about the need to work with automotive manufacturers, and to advocate for their voluntary commitment to safety standards concerning equipment in vehicles, especially in the countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America where road safety performance is unsustainable. He urged government representatives at the World Forum to implement more stringent standards for vehicles, and for their engagement and support in advocacy efforts to secure the voluntary commitment of automotive manufacturers to safety standards.

27. The representative of OICA stated that a voluntary commitment would be difficult to achieve due to reasons of competition and economy. He stressed that manufacturers focus on mandatory national requirements for the construction of vehicles. The representative mentioned discussions on the possibility of developing a United Nations resolution on establishing mandatory national requirements in countries that have not enacted such legislation. He emphasized the readiness of the industry to support a process of establishing national mandatory requirements, provide input and to develop a clear roadmap of requirements that should be put in place.

28. The Special Envoy reiterated his position that it is the responsibility of the industry to produce and sell vehicles in accordance with minimum safety standards, and that existing discrepancies in the safety equipment in vehicles sold in Europe or in the United States of America with the same vehicle models of the same manufacturers sold in Africa, Asia or Latin America are unacceptable.

29. The Chair of the World Forum concluded the opening session by recalling the recent revision of the 1958 Agreement. The revision allows flexibility for the contracting parties in applying regulations under this agreement without mandating application of the latest series of amendments: initial access would be to a minimum level of stringency in safety and emission standards — a level that corresponds to the circumstances of a contracting party — while providing the possibility for subsequently increasing stringency towards the state of the art.

30. The annotated provisional agenda was adopted.

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

33. AC.2 discussed the draft programme of work (ECE/TRANS/2018/1/Rev.2), with special focus on the recently established GRVA. AC.2 highlighted the need for a more strategic approach on how priorities are being defined for the work under the 1958 Agreement and the 1998 Agreement. For this, input should be sought from the GR Chairs and Vice-Chairs. This would require discussions at the GR level on the priorities of the activities within the groups.

34. In view of the coordination of the work of GRs on automated vehicles, AC.2 recommended that regular meetings of GR Chairs and Vice-Chairs were convened, notably during the weeks of the three WP.29 meetings each year.

35. AC.2 reviewed a proposal from the Chair of GRVA to cluster the activities on automation into the following groups: (a) data management, (b) functional requirements, (c) visualisation systems and (d) vehicle safety assessment. AC.2 noted the proposal but decided that this issue should be discussed by WP.29 as part of the broader discussion on priorities for GRVA under item 2.3. of the agenda (see WP.29-176-28).

36. AC.2 reviewed and adopted the provisional agenda of the 176th session of the World Forum and reviewed the draft agenda of the 177th session of the World Forum, scheduled to be held in Geneva from 12 to 15 March 2019.

37. A part of the work of the former IWG on ITS/AD had been taken over by the newly established GRVA. AC.2 recommended that the activities of the former IWG that had not been integrated into GRVA were continued, i.e. to provide an inclusive platform for exchange and cooperation on intelligent transport systems with other international organization such as the ITU, the International Road Federation (IRF) and ITS bodies.

38. AC.2 agreed that the IWG on ITS would not convene during the week of the 176th session of WP.29. Instead, AC.2 recommended WP.29 delegates to attend the ITS flagship event on 4 December 2018 and the Future Networked Car event, planned to take place on 7 March 2019, during the Geneva Motor Show.

39. AC.2 noted that the coordination between WP.1 and WP.29, as requested in Decision No.13 of the eightieth session of the Inland Transport Committee (ITC), had materialized by the setting up of a WP.1-WP.29 Executive Task Force (ETF). Inter alia, ETF is preparing a joint WP.1-WP.29 event on the occasion of the eighty-first session of ITC, on 18 February 2019.

40. AC.2 welcomed the work done by the Task Force on Cyber Security/Over-the-Air software updates and recommended extending its mandate.

41. AC.2 recommended postponing the vote on the amendment proposals under agenda items 4.6.4 and 4.6.5 and to keep those as pending proposals in the WP.29 agenda, awaiting amendments to UN Regulation No. 78.

42. AC.2 recommended postponing the vote on proposed amendments under agenda items 4.6.9 to 4.6.37 and deferred their consideration as revised proposals to the March 2019 session of WP.29.

43. AC.2 recommended postponing the vote on proposed new UN Regulations under agenda items 4.12.1 – 4.12.3 and deferred their consideration as revised proposals to the March 2019 session of WP.29.

44. AC.2 reviewed the proposed calendar of meetings for 2019.

32. The 128th session of WP.29/AC.2 (12 November 2018) was chaired by Mr. A. Erario (Italy) and was attended, in accordance to Rule 29 of the terms of reference and rules of procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690/Rev.1) by the Chairs of GRBP (France), GRE (Belgium), GRPE (Netherlands), GRVA (United Kingdom), GRSG (Italy), the Vice-Chair of GRSP (Republic of Korea), the Chair of the Executive Committee (AC.3) of the 1998 Agreement (Japan), the Vice-Chair of WP.29 (Russian Federation), and by the representatives of Canada, Germany, United States of America and European Union.

45. The Secretary of WP.29 presented the programme of work with a strategic introduction on the main priorities of the WP.29 work, which are related to vehicle automation and environmental protection. He stated that the areas of work of the six GRs were of equal importance. He introduced Real Driving Emissions (RDE) as a new area of work under the GRPE. The priorities would include further development in implementing the 1958, 1997 and 1998 Agreements, the main horizontal activities and the main topics addressed by the subsidiary bodies of WP.29 following the transformation of GRRF into GRVA. He further explained that the part of the document with tables for each of the bodies was needed as a legacy document providing for the mandates for internal administrative activities (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/1/Rev.2).

46. The representative of the European Union recalled the need for a more strategic approach in defining the future programmes of work under the 1958 Agreement, the 1997 Agreement and the 1998 Agreement, and called upon GR Chairs to identify their priorities as a basis for future updates of the programme of work.

47. WP.29 adopted the revised programme of work based on document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/1/Rev.2.

48. The World Forum considered and adopted the amendments to the Rules of Procedures of WP.29 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/166).

49. The World Forum took note of the list of Working Parties and Chairs (WP.29-176-01) and the draft 2019 calendar for WP.29 and its subsidiary bodies (WP.29-176-02).

50. The 2019 calendar and the list of Working Parties, Informal Working Groups (IWG) and Chairs are reproduced in Annexes II and III to the session report.

51. The Chair of GRVA introduced WP.29-176-28 which sets out the priority areas on which GRVA should focus. He explained that the document was based on WP.29-175-29 submitted jointly by Japan and the European Union. He reminded the World Forum of his consultation with the WP.29 delegations and explained that document WP.29-176-28 was an attempt to summarize the responses into strategic issues. He described several detailed topics such as cyber security and automated steering where discussions were well advanced but also mentioned ongoing discussions on the functional requirements of automated vehicles and consideration of a new approach to assessing their performance. He invited delegates to provide comments on his proposed list by mid-December 2018.

52. The representative of the Netherlands noted that WP.29-176-28 did not provide a general framework but that it specifically addressed GRVA activities. The Chair of WP.29 confirmed that the framework does indeed contain activities beyond those of GRVA.

53. The representative of CLEPA presented WP.29-176-24. He expressed full support to the new structure and encouraged WP.29 to effectively discuss the organization of automated vehicle related work. He stressed the need to complete the work of the IWG on Automatically Commanded Steering Function (ACSF).

54. The representative of the Russian Federation, Co-Chair of the IWG on Periodic Technical Inspection (PTI), proposed to note that work items related to requirements for automated vehicles in use, including PTI are important. The Chair confirmed that WP.29 considered this work as important and noted the activities, e.g. in IWG PTI.

55. The representative of ITU stated the need to consider the interaction of conventional vehicles with automated vehicles in traffic. The Chair of GRVA confirmed that GRVA was already considering it.

56. The representatives of Japan, the United States of America and the European Union thanked the Chair of GRVA for his proposal. They considered the general approach was appropriate, but advised that the World Forum should return to this issue in March 2019 once GRVA had considered this item again at its second session in January 2019. The delegate from China explained that he could not formally confirm his Government’s support for the proposals but would consult his experts. He sought clarification on how he could contribute before the December deadline. WP.29 welcomed a proposal from the secretariat to collate delegation’s contributions provided they are received by Friday 15 December 2018 (send to francois.guichard@un.org). Thereafter, as proposed by the GRVA Chair, a videoconference would be held before the end of 2018, involving those delegation which had contributed written comments. WP.29 noted that the objective was to prepare a document for consideration at WP.29 and at AC.3 in March 2019 following review by GRVA at its second session.

57. The representative of China presented the position of his country on the organization and future work planning of GRVA reflected in WP.29-176-30, which was well received by WP.29.

58. The representative from Japan introduced WP.29-176-29 presenting Japan’s position on how to consider innovative validation method for safety of automated vehicle. He presented the outline of the Japanese guideline for safety technology for automated vehicles as well as considerations on how the safety evaluation should be discussed at GRVA. WP.29 noted with interest this presentation.

59. The representative of the World Blind Union stated the importance of the work on driverless vehicles as it could change the lives of millions of visually impaired persons. He mentioned the potential of these products: these vehicles could open new transport options and increase employment, education, or conditions of living of blind persons, etc. He highlighted the possible activities that would address the needs of the vision impaired community: appropriate human machine interface for interactions, including in case of emergency situations, or in case of events outside of the vehicle causing the vehicle to stop. He mentioned that, as these vehicles would likely park themselves, a means of helping to find the vehicles would be necessary. WP.29 noted the importance of considering these aspects in due time due to the huge potential for increasing individual mobility for impaired people.

60. The representative of the United Kingdom, Co-Chair of the IWG on ITS, recalled the outcome of the discussion at AC.2. WP.29 supported his proposal to prepare terms of reference for consideration at the March 2019 session of WP.29. He mentioned the activities of the UNECE secretariat together with the International Road Federation (IRF) and separately with the ITU on the preparation of the UNECE-IRF event on 4 December 2018 and the UNECE-ITU Future Networked Car event on 7 March 2019. WP.29 accepted his volunteering to coordinate the activities of WP.29 and to propose a WP.29 delegation at both events. He indicated the he would seek participation from all CPs, and thanked India and the United States of America for their interest in these activities.

61. Due to lack of time, WP.29 could not review documents WP.29-176-16 and WP.29-176-17. The representative of OICA proposed that the documents are reviewed at the next session of GRVA.

62. The World Forum recalled the report of the Chair of GRE on its seventy-ninth session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/79) and approved the report.

63. The World Forum recalled the report of the Chair of GRSG on its 114th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/93) and approved the report.

64. The World Forum recalled the report of the Chair of GRSP on its sixty-third session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/63) and approved the report.

65. The World Forum recalled the report of the Chair of GRPE on its seventy-seventh session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/77) and approved the report.

66. The GRBP Chair reported on the results achieved by GRBP during its sixty-eighth session (for details, see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/66).

67. In particular, the GRBP Chair mentioned that GRBP had adopted new series of amendments to UN Regulations Nos. 9 (Noise of three-wheeled vehicles) and 92 (Replacement exhaust silencing systems for motorcycles).

68. The GRBP Chair also requested WP.29 to extend the mandates of IWG on ASEP until September 2020 and of IWG on QRTV GTR until December 2019. WP.29 agreed.

69. The GRBP Chair also sought the views of WP.29 on the scope of a new draft resolution on road surface labelling. WP.29 encouraged GRBP to consult the road construction industry, to continue work on this, and to report back to WP.29 in due course. WP.29 noted that, at this stage, it would be premature to anticipate the eventual legal form of this resolution which, for example, could be kept as a reference document.

70. WP.29 noted that GRBP had re-elected Mr. S. Ficheux (France) as Chair and Mr. A. Bocharov (Russian Federation) as Vice-Chair for the year 2019.

71. The Chair of GRVA, Mr. B. Frost (United Kingdom) reported to WP.29 on the results of its first session (for more details see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRVA/1).

72. WP.29 noted the readiness of GRVA to work on items related to active safety, Advanced Driver Assistant Systems (ADAS), automation and connectivity. The Chair of GRVA referred to the discussions under agenda item 2.3.

73. WP.29 invited GRVA to envisage follow-up activities for the Task Force on Cyber Security and Over-the-Air issues, and to present them at the March 2019 session of WP.29.

74. WP.29 agreed to extend the mandate of the IWG on Advanced Emergency Braking Systems (AEBS) by one year, until September 2019.

75. WP.29 noted the election of Mr. Frost as Chair for the GRVA session in 2019. WP.29 agreed that GRVA would proceed with the election of Vice-Chair(s) in January 2019.

76. The GRSG Chair reported on the results achieved during the 115th session of GRSG (for more details see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/94). He said that GRSG had adopted amendments to 11 UN Regulations as well as a new draft UN Regulation on Blind Spot Information Systems (BSIS). The new Regulation and these amendments will be submitted to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2019 sessions.

77. GRSG questioned the need for an ambassador on the International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA) and preferred to nominate a new GRSG ambassador on vehicle automation to ensure, in future, a good exchange of views and coordination under this new agenda item.

78. The Chair of GRE reported on the results of the eightieth session of GRE (for details, see the report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/80).

79. The GRE Chair briefed WP.29 about corrections to the extensive package of amendment proposals in the framework of Simplification of Lighting and light-signalling Regulations (SLR) that had been submitted to WP.29 and AC.1 in August 2018. In this context, WP.29 recalled the recommendation of AC.2 to consolidate the SLR package and to postpone its adoption to the March 2019 session (see paras. 42-43 above).

80. The Chair of GRE pointed out that now the GRE Informal Working Group on “Simplification of the Lighting and Light-Signalling UN Regulations” (IWG SLR) would start the second stage which would focus on introducing technology-neutral and performance-based requirements and that, to this end, GRE had revised the Terms of Reference of IWG on SLR. He sought the consent of WP.29 to extend the mandate of IWG on SLR until the end of 2022. WP.29 agreed to this request.

81. WP.29 noted that GRE considered and adopted a set of amendment proposals on the use of LED substitute light sources for light-signalling applications and would continue considering LED substitutes for front-lighting applications. WP.29 was also informed that GRE had adopted new series of amendments to UN Regulations Nos. 10 (Electromagnetic compatibility) and 53 (Installation of lighting and light-signalling devices for L3 vehicles).

82. The Chair of GRE added that GRE had established a task force to evaluate the need for signalling requirements for automated/autonomous vehicles to signal their status and communicate their next intended actions using visual or audible signals or a combination of both. He committed himself to keep the World Forum informed about this work.

83. WP.29 noted that GRE had re-elected Mr. M. Loccufier (Belgium) as Chair and Mr. D. Rovers (Netherlands) as Vice-Chair for the year 2019.

84. The secretariat informed the World Forum about the latest update of the status of the 1958 Agreement, based on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/343/Rev.26, as corrected, that contains the information received by the secretariat up to 20 October 2018, available on the WP.29 website. WP.29 noted that contracting parties should notify the secretariat about any amendments needed to the status document via the new established online database only.

85. WP.29 noted the introduction of a new layout for the ECE/TRANS/WP.29/343/Rev.26 document. Only Part II and Annexes II and III would be issued for the June and November sessions. Part I and Annex I were accessible online via a website application. The full document would be issued at each March session.

86. The secretariat reported on the development of an extension for information on applications of former versions of UN Regulations by contracting parties of the web-based application on the exchange of information on nominated Technical Services and Type Approval Authorities.

87. The expert from IMMA welcomed the development of this application and asked whether it could be extended to provide information on the minimum level of stringency applicable in the territory of the contracting parties.

88. The secretariat confirmed that the extension under development was aimed to provide information relevant for limited IWVTA (L-IWVTA) and hoped that it could be available online by the end of 2018.

89. No information was provided under this agenda item.

90. WP.29 welcomed the publication of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1044/Rev.2 on general guidelines for regulatory procedures and transitional provisions in UN Regulations.

91. The representative of OICA introduced WP.29-176-25, and referred to the discussion of WP.29 at its previous session on the difficulties for obtaining extensions to existing type approvals. He recalled the decision of WP.29 to grant a transitional provision to a number of UN Regulations (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1139, paras. 64-65). He explained that some GRs had already drafted amendments to insert the new transitional provision covering the period until the date of 31 December 2019. He concluded that such amendments were not necessary as they are covered by the decision of WP.29 and that these amendments were unlikely to enter into force by the end of 2019.

92. WP.29 confirmed this interpretation and that amendment proposals prepared by GRSG for introducing those transitional provisions would not need to be put forward for adoption by WP.29. On this occasion, WP.29 recalled that as of 1.1.2020, the new guidelines under Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement must be applied to all UN Regulations.

93. The representative of Japan, Chair of the IWG on IWVTA, reported on the progress at the twenty-eighth meeting of the IWG on IWVTA held in Geneva in November 2018 (WP.29-176-19). He highlighted the submission of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/82 containing the draft 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 0. He introduced WP.29-176-20 on a proposed roadmap for IWVTA Phase 2 (2018-2022) and WP.29-176-21, proposing candidate items for technical regulations applicable to that phase. The World Forum endorsed the roadmap and requested the secretariat to circulate WP.29-176-21 to all GRs for prioritization of the candidate items and report back to the IWG on IWVTA.

94. The World Forum agreed to resume consideration and possible vote in AC.1 of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/82 at the forthcoming session in March 2019.

95. The representative of Japan, Chair of the IWG on IWVTA, informed WP.29 about the proposed amendments to Schedule 4 on the numbering of UN type approvals allowing the use of a four to six-digit sequential number (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/165). He reported on the recommendation of the group that GRVA should resume consideration of the proposals to align the provisions on approval numbering in UN Regulation No. 90. He introduced WP.29-176-22 proposing to insert in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/131 a new question and answer entry clarifying how the new approval number format should be reflected in the communication form with regard to the extension number. WP.29 endorsed the proposal and requested the secretariat to circulate WP.29-176-22 as ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/131/Add.1.

96. The World Forum agreed to resume consideration of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/165 at its next session in March 2019.

97. The representative of the European Union, on behalf of the Chair of the IWG on DETA, presented informal document WP.29-176-23. He mentioned that the expert from CITA offered to fund the development of the Declaration of Conformance (DoC) functionality in DETA as it may offer a platform for exchanging information about permissible vehicle software (including version numbers and integrity validation data) for various use cases and stakeholders including PTI and also for providing type approval information for the benefit of the PTI process as stated in WP.29-176-18.

98. The representative of OICA stated the highly confidential nature of documents stored in DETA and highlighted the need to create access rights that would respect their intellectual property and confidentiality. He proposed that WP.29 clarify who would be able to access the documents in DETA. The representative of Germany offered that IWG on DETA explore the possibility to organize a WebEx meeting to work on this issue and proposed that only type approval authorities should have access to the DETA, in a first stage.

99. The representative of France sought clarification whether the starting date for the use of DETA in its productive phase is meant to have an optional or mandatory nature.

100. The representative of Tunisia highlighted the importance to have secured and reliable access to trustworthy type approval documentation in the shortest time frame possible to allow the verification of authenticity of type approval documentation.

101. The representative of Spain requested further information on the status of the availability of a manual detailing the protocol to access and use DETA.

102. The representative from EuroMed mentioned that access to DETA was critical for all EuroMed countries and requested information on the ways to access to DETA.

103. The representative of Global NCAP explained, as an example, that South American countries envisaged applying United Nations regulations as an interim measure until they potentially accede to the 1958, 1997 and 1998 Agreements. He stated that these countries, not yet contracting party to the agreements would need access to DETA and that it might accelerate the adhesion process.

104. The secretariat invited the heads of delegations to provide the secretariat with the Single Point Of Contact (SPOC) on the designation of type approval authorities and technical services that would receive credentials for accessing the application for introducing new or changes to existing information.

105. The representative from CITA introduced a proposal for a next evolution of DETA by presenting WP.29-176-18 on individual vehicle specific information on permissible vehicle software. This would support the process of Periodic Technical Inspection (PTI) of modern vehicles, which is an important factor for road safety.

106. CITA confirmed its financial contribution for the development of the Document of Conformity (DoC) module of DETA without any preconditions.

107. The representative of the United Kingdom expressed, in principal, his agreement to the availability of software information (RxSWIN) for the purpose of PTI, nevertheless, questions on confidentiality and data security need to be solved first.

108. The representative of OICA recalled ongoing work in the Task Force on Cyber security, where software information is handled as software identifier RxSWIN, and introduced as part of the type approval certificate.

108 bis. The representative from the Netherlands supported this. The WP.29 Chair expressed the need for coordination between the Task Force on Cyber Security and the IWG on DETA on this issue.

109. Addressed by the WP.29 Chair on financial contributions to the further development of DATA for the module of the Unique Identifier (UI):

  1. CLEPA stated that a budget had been reserved and awaited the outcome of Executive Committee (EXCOM) discussions on the ECE budget proposal, an anticipated funding was envisaged for 2019;
  2. ETRTO confirmed its commitment to contribute to funding UI; and
  3. OICA reiterated their willingness to contribute to developing UI, if CLEPA, ETRTO and other stakeholders would do so.

110. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.6.1 to 4.6.3 and 4.6.6 to 4.6.8 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

111. For the amendment proposals under agenda items 4.6.9 – 4.6.37, WP.29 agreed with the view of AC.2 (see para. 42 above) and recommended postponing the vote and deferring their consideration to the March 2019 session of AC.1.

112. WP.29 recalled the recommendation of AC.2 not to vote on the amendment proposals to UN Regulation No. 53 under agenda items 4.6.4 and 4.6.5 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/86 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/87), and to keep those items as pending proposals awaiting amendments to UN Regulation No. 78. The representative of IMMA pointed out that, apart from amendments on stop lamps which required corresponding modifications to UN Regulation No. 78, the amendment proposals UN Regulation No. 53 also contained corrections of errors. He proposed to extract those corrections from ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/86 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/87 and to submit them for consideration to the March 2019 sessions of WP.29 and AC.1. WP.29 supported IMMA and requested the secretariat to revise the documents accordingly.

113. 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.

114. The Chair of GRSG presented proposals on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/123 to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/126 under agenda items 4.7.4 to 4.7.7, to amend UN Regulations Nos. 46, 67, 105 and 110. The World Forum recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

115. The representative of OICA presented document WP.29-176-03, containing a proposed correction to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/134.

116. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.8.1 to 4.8.14 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the following corrections:

In ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/134, page 2, for “4 December 2010” read “4 December 2012.”

117. The representative of the United States of America presented proposals on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/141 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/142 under agenda items 4.8.15 and 4.7.16, to amend UN Regulations Nos. 16 and 17. The World Forum recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

118. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under items 4.9.1 to 4.9.9 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the following corrections:

In ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/147, paragraph 14.3., amend to read:
“14.3. Alternative procedure …
The road load coefficients to be used shall be those for vehicle low (VL). If VL does not exist then the VH road load shall be used. VL and VH are defined in point 4.2.1.1.2. of Annex 4 of Amendment 4 to UN GTR No. 15. The dynamometer…”

In ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/148, paragraph 14.3., amend to read:
“14.3. Alternative procedure …
The road load coefficients to be used shall be those for vehicle low (VL). If VL does not exist then the VH road load shall be used. VL and VH are defined in point 4.2.1.1.2. of Annex 4 of Amendment 4 to UN GTR No. 15. The dynamometer…”

In ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/148, Appendix 6, paragraph 1., for “Annex” read “Appendix”.

119. The World Forum considered the draft corrigenda under items 4.10.1 to 4.10.5 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

120. WP.29 noted that no document had been submitted under this item.

121. The World Forum considered the proposals for new UN Regulations on Light Signalling Devices (LSD), on Road Illumination Devices (RID) and on Retro-Reflective Devices under items 4.12.1 to 4.12.3. The World Forum agreed with the view of AC.2 (see para. 43 above) and recommended postponing the vote and deferring their consideration to the March 2019 session of AC.1.

123. The World Forum agreed that agenda items 5.2 to 5.5 should be considered in detail by the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement (AC.3) under agenda item 13.

124. The World Forum agreed to keep this item on its agenda awaiting additional presentations.

125. WP.29 noted the consolidated document (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1074/Rev.11) on the status of the agreement, including the status of the UN Rules annexed to the agreement, the list of the Contracting Parties (CP) to the agreement and of their administrative departments. WP.29 took note that Nigeria had acceded to the 1997 Agreement.

126. The CPs were reminded to notify the secretariat of any relevant update.

125. WP.29 noted the consolidated document (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1074/Rev.11) on the status of the agreement, including the status of the UN Rules annexed to the agreement, the list of the Contracting Parties (CP) to the agreement and of their administrative departments. WP.29 took note that Nigeria had acceded to the 1997 Agreement.

126. The CPs were reminded to notify the secretariat of any relevant update.

127. The representative of the Russian Federation, Co-Chair of the IWG on PTI, updated the World Forum on the work of the group. He reported to the World Forum that the document review had been completed by the Government of the Russian Federation. The document was currently being processed by appropriate services at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The representative of the Russian Federation stated that the official notification on the approval and entry into force of the documents would be provided to the World Forum shortly.

128. No proposals for amendments or updates to UN Rules Nos. 1 and 2 were submitted under this agenda item.

129. The Chair of WP.29 recalled the presentation at the 173rd WP.29 session by the representative of the Russian Federation, Co-Chair of the IWG on PTI, of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/135 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/70 that propose the establishment of a new Rule on PTI of motor vehicles with electric and hybrid-electric propulsion systems and a new Rule on PTI of motor vehicles using Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and/or Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in their propulsion system that would be annexed to the 1997 Agreement.

130. He recalled that WP.29 had recommended the submission of the two proposals to AC.4 for voting.

131. The representative of the Russian Federation, Co-Chair of the IWG on PTI, updated the World Forum on the work of the group. He recalled that the Terms of Reference of the IWG on PTI had been adopted at the 175th session of WP.29 in June 2018. The IWG on PTI had not convened since. He announced that the IWG on PTI would meet on 15 November 2018 at 2.30 p.m. and invited interested delegates to attend. He informed the World Forum that discussion items would include PTI of highly automated and autonomous vehicles, the draft guidelines on road side inspection, addressing issues related to unauthorised modifications in vehicles, as well as other components of the Terms of References.

132. The representative of the Russian Federation reported on the efforts of the Russian Government to eradicate the sale of falsified parts on the market, including falsification based on fake approval communications. He highlighted cases of missing feedback by administrative bodies of contracting parties to the 1958 Agreement to requests of their Russian counterparts, particularly from the Dutch (Rijksdienst voor het Wegverkeer, RDW) and the Irish (National Standard Authority of Ireland) bodies. He drew attention to Article 5 of the 1958 Agreement, stipulating the rules on the exchange of type approval documentation.

133. The Chair of the World Forum thanked the representative of the Russian Federation for providing an update on the actions taken to prevent the circulation of non-compliant vehicle equipment and parts. He stated that the World Forum had taken note of the situation with the unrequited request for information described by the representative of the Russian Federation, emphasizing the importance of international cooperation and information sharing to eradicate non-compliant vehicle parts and equipment.

134. The Secretary of WP.1 informed WP.29 about activities of mutual interest for the WPs. He provided information on the progress in harmonizing lighting provisions in the 1968 Vienna Convention and the UN Regulations on lighting annexed to the 1958 agreement, stating that relevant amendment proposals would be ready for adoption by the March or September 2019 sessions of WP.1.

135. The representative of the WP.1 informed the World Forum about the adoption of the “Global Forum on Road Traffic Safety (WP.1) Resolution on the deployment of highly and fully automated vehicles in road traffic” (ECE/TRANS/WP.1/2018/4/Rev.1).

136. The Secretary of WP.1 further informed WP.29 about two papers that are expected to be completed and presented at the March 2019 session of WP.1, providing advancement on:

  1. Issues dealing with situations when the driver operates the vehicle from outside;
  2. Activities other than driving, in automated vehicles of level three and higher.

137. He recommended WP.29 to consult WP.1 informal document No. 9 (2018) submitted by the European Transport Safety Council, titled “Literature Review on the Impact of Task Activity on Takeover from Automated Driving”.
138. He further informed WP.29 that the Secretary of WP.1 recognized the need for additional amendments to the 1968 Convention related to the use of highly automated vehicles.
139. He informed WP.29 that WP.1 had celebrated the 50-year anniversary of the 1968 Agreement on 8 November 2018.

140. He mentioned the activities of ECE related to the United Nations Trust Fund on Road Safety, that $15 million had been contributed thus far, and invited delegations and stakeholders that would wish to make contribution to the fund to contact him or the Director of the Sustainable Transport Division.

141. The representative of Finland, as the Ambassador of WP.29 to WP.1 recommended that WP.29 review the WP.1 resolution to avoid inconsistencies between WP.1 work and WP.29 activities. He explained that he would no longer attend WP.29 or WP.1 for the time being and that WP.29 may wish to consider a successor.

142. The World Forum thanked and commended Mr. E. Asplund for his dedicated work.

143. The WP.1 secretary invited members of the World Forum to actively participate in the joint WP.1-WP.29 event on 18 February 2019 (see para. 39 above)

144. No proposals for amendments or updates were submitted under this agenda item.

145. No proposals were submitted under this agenda item.

146. The secretariat reported on actions taken in the framework of the responsibilities of the World Forum on the third pillar “Safer vehicles” (WP.29-176-06).

147. The secretariat presented WP.29-176-13 introducing the objective and draft content of the proposed publication on "Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) of Applying United Nations Vehicle Regulations for Road Safety ".

148. The representative of Malaysia expressed support for the initiative of the secretariat to develop the publication. The representative offered to share the Malaysia Automotive Institute’s experience and to prepare CBA reports as support to this activity of the secretariat.

149. The World Forum supported this activity of the secretariat as a useful tool to develop future regulatory initiatives in the framework of the three agreements under the purview of WP.29 and invited interested parties to assist the secretariat in this endeavour.

150. WP.29 welcomed the revised draft of the “Blue Book” prepared by the secretariat (WP.29-176-07). WP.29 noted some comments to and general support of the document. The secretariat was requested to insert the decisions of WP.29 reached during the week (mainly those related to the 1997 Agreement) and to go forward with the publication of the fourth edition of the “Blue Book” in the six official languages of the United Nations (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish).

151. The representatives of EuroMed introduced the latest updates on the EU-funded project involving five North African countries (WP.29-176-32): Algeria, Egypt, Libya (currently inactive), Morocco and Tunisia and five Middle East countries: Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, State of Palestine, and Syrian Arab Republic (currently inactive). The project had already been introduced at the November 2017 session of WP.29 (WP.29-173-24 and WP.29-173-25). The project had been recently extended until 2022.

152. The EuroMed project had identified thirteen agreements, including the three vehicle agreements administered by WP.29 on which the work is focusing on. The resulting accessions to the UN agreements are progressing slowly, as administrative reform in the project countries is time consuming.

153. The EuroMed representative highlighted the added value of collaboration with OICA and CITA and was looking forward to a strengthened collaboration with IMMA.

154. IMMA expressed support for the initiative and was looking forward to a closer collaboration with the EuroMed project.

155. The EuroMed representative reported on the implantation progress of the 1958 and 1997 agreements, objects of the work held in the region, and highlighted the collaborations between technical services in Europe and in the EuroMed countries. The representatives of Morocco, Israel, Jordan, Algeria, Tunisia and the State of Palestine (statement delivered by the representative of EuroMed) presented their national situation on vehicle certification and PTI (Informal Documents WP.29-176-33 to 38).

156. The representative of EuroMed presented the draft Road Maps on the accession to and implementation of the United Nations 1958 and 1997 Agreements (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/163).

157. The representative of USA noted that the 1998 Agreement is lacking in the EuroMed report that is focusing mainly on the implementation of the 1958 and 1997 Agreements. He wondered if information on the 1998 Agreement could also be added to the EuroMed report.

158. The Secretary of WP.29 emphasized that all three vehicle agreements were treated on an equal footing in the World Forum and that roadmaps to accede the three agreements have been prepared by the EuroMed team and the secretariat (WP.29-176-08 and WP.29-176-26). The secretariat then presented document WP.29-176-13, the draft Road Map for accession to and implementation of the United Nations 1998 Agreement, which could become an integral part of the Road Maps publication.

159. The representative of EuroMed confirmed that their scope of work only included the 1958 and 1997 Agreements and that they would seek consent for including information on acceding to the 1998 Agreement (WP.29-176-13) in their Road Maps publication from the responsible department of the European Commission.

160. WP.29 welcomed a complete Road Maps publication, covering all three agreements.

161. The representative of CITA thanked EuroMed for the activities held in the region and for the example that such project represents for other countries in the world.

162. The Chair of WP.29 was pleased with the project outcomes and praised such initiatives as best practice examples that could be replicated in other developing regions.

163. The representative of Global NCAP presented Informal Document WP.29-176-39 highlighting the unsatisfactory results of crash tests of certain vehicle models sold in South Africa.

164. The representative of South Africa pointed at the fact that the vehicle model showing poor crash performance was one of a different vehicle category, not subject to frontal impacts regulatory requirements.

165. In accordance with the terms of reference and the rules of procedure, the World Forum elected Mr. B. Kisulenko (Russian Federation) as Chair and Mr. A. Erario (Italy) as Vice-Chair for the year 2019.

166. The representative of OICA informed the World Forum about the challenges of representatives of their organization to participate in the work of IWGs due to meeting-room size constraints at venues other than the Palais de Nations.

167. The secretary of WP.29 highlighted that participation in WP.29, its subsidiary bodies and in IWGs should be inclusive and IWGs should follow their Terms of References and Rules of Procedures. He welcomed the proposal to host meetings of IWGs in Geneva, subject to availability of rooms. He noted that the Conference Services requested lead time for their planning of meeting room allocation and meeting room availability would be limited due to construction works at the Palais.

168. Learning that Mr. L. Kincl (Czechia), Mr. E. Asplund (Finland) and Mr. P. Troppmann (European Commission) would no longer attend the sessions of WP.29, the World Forum acknowledged their continued support and highly valuable contributions during the years of their participation in WP.29 and wished them all the best in their future activities.

169. The World Forum adopted the report on its 176th session and its annexes based on a draft prepared by the secretariat. The report included sections related to the seventieth session of the Administrative Committee (AC.1) of the 1958 Agreement, to the fifty-fourth session of the Executive Committee (AC.3) of the 1998 Agreement and to the eleventh session of the Administrative Committee (AC.4) of the 1997 Agreement.

170. Of the 55 contracting parties to the agreement, 42 were represented and established AC.1 for its seventieth session on 14 November 2018.

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

172. The results of the voting on the documents submitted, following the rules of procedure of Article 12 and the appendix of Revision 3 to the 1958 Agreement, can be found on this page of the GAR website.

173. The fifty-fourth session of the Executive Committee (AC.3) was held on 14 and 15 November 2018 and chaired by the representative of Japan. The representatives of 16 of the 37 contracting parties to the agreement attended: Australia, Canada, China, the European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Norway, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, San Marino, South Africa, Tunisia, the United States of America and Uzbekistan.

174. AC.3 noted the information, as of 5 November 2018, on the status of the Agreement of the Global Registry and of the Compendium of Candidates (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.23), the status of the priorities of the 1998 Agreement (based on WP.29-176-04 as reproduced in annex II to this report) and items on which the exchange of views should continue. AC.3 noted that notifications and the mandatory reports on the transposition process through their Permanent Missions in Geneva to the secretariat, are publicly accessible on the UN website. AC.3 agreed to always send the above-mentioned reports and notifications through their Permanent Missions in Geneva and directly to the secretariat (Edoardo Gianotti) to ensure updating of the status document, which is the monitoring tool of the agreement. Finally, AC.3 requested to its representatives to provide the secretariat with the coordinates of their corresponding focal points to the agreement, appointed in their capitals to draft the reports and notifications to keep them informed in the exchange of information through the above-mentioned website.

175. No new proposals for were submitted under this agenda item.

176. Submitted for consideration and vote, the proposal for Amendment 2 to UN GTR No. 9 on pedestrian safety (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/160, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/161 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/31) was adopted on 14 November 2018 by consensus vote of the following contracting parties present and voting: Australia, China, the European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Norway, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, San Marino, South Africa and Uzbekistan.

177. The representatives from Canada, Tunisia and the United States of America abstained from voting.

178. No corrigenda were submitted for consideration and vote by AC.3

179. No documents were submitted for consideration and vote by AC.3 under this agenda item.

180. Contracting parties did not, at this time, request guidance under this agenda item.

181. AC.3 considered ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/164 (superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/34) aimed at providing an updated overview of the priorities of the Programme of Work (PoW) of the development of UN GTRs or amendments to the existing ones. AC.3 endorsed ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/164, (corrected at page 4 by adding square brackets around the expected date for finalizing the RDE GTR to reflect the anticipated need for additional time for completion and corrected at page 6 concerning UN GTR No. 12 by replacing GRE with GRSG) and requested the secretariat to keep it as a reference for further update at its next sessions.

182. The representative of Japan introduced WP.29-176-31, which incorporates the comments of other contracting parties into former WP.29-175-29 that was distributed at its June 2018 session, concerning the priorities on new items, particularly those to be developed by GRVA (see agenda item 2.3, paras. 51-61 of this report).

183. The representative of the European Union, as technical sponsor for these activities, informed WP.29 about the status of work of the IWG on Environmental and Propulsion Performance Requirements (EPPR). He reported that a consensus was still being sought on the scope of UN GTR No. 2, on vehicle categories. He predicted that the official proposal for new amendments to UN GTR No. 2 would be submitted for consideration to the GRPE session in May 2019. The “correspondent group” recorded progress as expected on amending UN GTR No. 18, with both amendments developed in parallel to meet some contracting parties tight deadlines.

184. He noted that most contracting parties involved in the EPPR activities agreed to concentrate resources on durability once the work on amendments to UN GTR No. 2 and No. 18 had been delivered. He also shared the interest raised by the Republic of Korea to work on propulsion unit performance requirement in the near future.

185. The representative of Italy reported on the progress of work on harmonizing the provisions of UN GTR No. 3 and UN Regulation No. 78 according to the mandate (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/47). He mentioned that, at the first session of GRVA, a formal document had been proposed by Italy, but that discussion was postponed until January 2019 since there was a need identified by technical services to improve language in the proposal to ensure a harmonized interpretation of the Antilock Braking System (ABS) related provisions, in specific cases.

186. The representative of the Republic of Korea reported on the progress of work of the IWG on Panoramic Sunroof Glazing (PSG) in developing an amendment to UN GTR No. 6. He informed AC.3 that that further research and testing activities on ceramic printer areas of glazing material had not started and that the IWG had preferred to adopt, in the meantime, a recommendation on ceramic printer areas. The representative of the United States of America confirmed that in absence of supporting data out of research, suitable performance requirements could not be agreed.

187. The representative of India introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/167, the request for authorization to develop an amendment to UN GTR No.6 on Safety Glazing and the optional use of laminated-glass panes with improved mechanical properties especially for front, exterior, forward-facing glazing of the upper deck of a double-deck vehicle. The representative of the United States of America supported this initiative under the sponsorship of India and invited other contracting parties to sponsor other items under the 1998 Agreement.

188. AC.3 adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/167 and requested the secretariat to prepare the corresponding AC.3 document.

189. The representative of Japan, technical sponsor of Phase 2 of UN GTR No. 7 on head restraints, informed AC.3 that IWG had submitted an official proposal of amendments, based on empirical data, to the UN GTR and a parallel one to UN Regulation No. 17 at the December 2018 session of GRSP. The representative from the United Kingdom confirmed that such proposals would be eventually complemented at the above-mentioned GRSP session or at its May 2019 session by: (a) the final status report by the IWG, and (b) a proposal of Addendum 1 to the Mutual Resolution No. 1 to incorporate drawings and specifications of the Bio Rear Impact Dummy.

190. Referring to the proposal of Amendment 3 revising the testing procedure of the head impact test, the representative of the United States of America informed AC.3 that his Administration previously had planned to issue a Notice of Proposed Rule-Making (NPRM) to get public comments to inform the IWG’s work. However, he added that given higher priorities and that his country does not have a regulation on this subject, it is not likely that national regulatory actions would be concluded by his Administration, but he indicated that his country would continue to follow the work in GRSP.

191. The representative of the Republic of Korea reported on the progress that the IWG on Deployable Pedestrian Protection Systems (IWG-DPPS) had achieved to design provisions covering active deployable systems in the bonnet area (Amendment 4 to the UN GTR) and introduced the Terms of Reference (ToR) of IWG (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/162). The representative of the United States of America clarified that the IWG had developed a table of issues and that his country had provided inputs and managed to solve some of them at the last IWG meeting (5-7 September 2018).

192. Finally, AC.3 adopted the ToR of IWG-DPPS (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/162).

193. The expert from the United States of America, on behalf of the Co-Chair of the IWG on the UN GTR No. 13 – Phase 2, informed AC.3 about the group’s progress. He reported that the last meeting of the IWG was held from 9 to 11 October 2018, in Brussels. He added that more than sixty participants from contracting parties, industry, standardizations organizations and academia attended the meeting. He added that the focus had mainly been on requirements for heavy duty vehicles and buses, material compatibility, tank stress rupture, fire test parameters and clarification of test procedures of the Phase 1 of the UN GTR. He added that work was carried out by five task forces on:

  1. heavy duty vehicles and buses,
  2. fuelling receptacle requirements,
  3. recommendations for test procedures,
  4. fire test and
  5. recommendations from standardizations organizations.
He finally informed AC.3 that the next meeting of the group was scheduled for March 2019 in North America.

194. The representative of the European Union, as technical sponsor, informed AC.3 that work was progressing according to schedule. He announced that the fifth amendment to UN GTR No.15 had been submitted as a working document for the January 2019 session of GRPE. He highlighted that the work on the transposition of UN GTR No. 15 into a UN Regulation remained a challenge, for example, with the topics of durability that might be excluded from the scope of the UN Regulation on WLTP, and would remain an element of the eighth Series of Amendments to UN Regulation No. 83.

195. The representative of the Netherlands, Chair of GRPE, introduced informal documents WP.29-176-14 and WP.29-176-27 presenting the impact on resources of developing a standalone UN GTR on determination of electrified vehicle power, and a draft request for authorization to develop a new UN GTR on determination of electrified vehicle power. He highlighted that both IWGs involved in drafting the regulatory provisions on the determination of electrified vehicle power considered that no or a very limited amount of extra resources are needed to develop a standalone UN GTR on the topic. He requested AC.3 to agree on developing a standalone UN GTR on determination of electrified vehicle power.

196. The representative of Japan highlighted that their delegation had agreed to such a standalone UN GTR during the last meeting of IWG EVE in Ottawa in October 2018.

197. AC.3 authorized the drafting group working on developing the procedure to determine the electrified vehicle power to develop a standalone UN GTR.

198. Consequently, the Chair of GRPE announced that the secretariat would prepare a working document to request authorization to develop a new UN GTR for consideration by AC.3 at its March 2019 session. AC.3 also requested to confirm that working document firstly by GRPE at its January 2019 session.

199. The representative of the Russian Federation, on behalf of the Chair of the IWG on Tyre GTR, recalled the activities on Amendment 2 to UN GTR No. 16 (Tyres), and reported on the results of the recent meetings held in Geneva (10-11 September 2018) and Brussels (30-31 October 2018). He commended the experts from Canada, the United States of America and their tyre industry for their substantial contributions. He further recalled the decision of WP.29 to pass tyre-related activities from the former GRRF to GRBP and presented an addendum to the authorization to develop Amendment No. 2 to UN GTR No. 16 to reflect this change (WP.29-176-15). He pointed out that the IWG on Tyre GTR should submit an official proposal for Amendment 2 to the September 2019 session of GRBP and recalled that the current mandate of IWG would expire November 2020. AC.3 supported WP.29-176-15 and invited the Russian Federation to submit this proposal as an official document for adoption at the March 2019 session.

200. The representative of the United States of America, on behalf of the Chair of the IWG on EVS UN GTR No. 20, Phase 2 and of GRSP, informed AC.3 on the work progress of the group. He said that the IWG had met in Sweden from 11 to 13 September 2018, had been attended by fifty experts, and that topics such as thermal propagation, water immersion, long-term fire resistance test, Rechargeable Electrical Energy Storage System vibration profile had been discussed. He announced that a full report of this meeting would be presented at the December 2018 session of GRSP. He finally announced that the next meeting of the IWG was planned from 23 to 24 January 2019, in Detroit, United States of America.

201. The expert from the United States of America, Chair of IWG on Quiet Road Transport Vehicle GTR (QRTV GTR), recalled his statement at the previous session of AC.3 and reported that a comparison report between UN Regulation No. 138 on QRTV, the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) on Minimum Sound Requirements for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles, as well as of other regional (European Union) or national (Canada, Japan, Republic of Korea) regulations in this area had been presented to the session of GRBP in September 2018. He pointed out that GRBP experts had been requested to review the comparison report, with a view to continuing policy discussions at the next GRB session in January 2019.

202. The representative of the United States of America recalled the earlier agreement of WP.29 to extend the mandate of IWG QRTV GTR until December 2019 (see para. 68 above) and suggested an extension for one more year. AC.3 endorsed the extension of the mandate of the IWG on QRTV until December 2020.

203. The representative of Canada provided an update on the latest activities of the Electric Vehicles and Environment (EVE) IWG on behalf of the EVE leadership. He noted that the EVE Informal Working Group had met since the last WP.29 session at a two-day working group meeting and a one-day drafting group meeting held in Ottawa from 16 to 18 October 2018. He noted that EVE continues to progress on its three assigned areas of work as described below.

204. The representative of Canada stated that the group had developed a first draft of a UN GTR on the determination of electrified vehicle power, and had conducted the first round of validation testing. Preliminary testing results had been presented in Ottawa. IWG EVE planned to continue developing the UN GTR as a standalone document in line with the acceptance in principal for this approach by AC.3 (pending an official revision of the authorization that would be submitted at the next session of AC.3 in March 2019, see item G).

205. The representative of Canada noted that EVE members had also presented research on battery durability. Efforts to model Electric Vehicle (EV) durability were led by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and validated using long-term EV testing results from Canada.

206. The representative of Canada explained that, in late September, the Secretary of the EVE had presented to the Group of Experts on Cleaner Electricity Production (CEP), the prospect of assuming leadership of the work to develop a method of stating the upstream emissions of electrified vehicles. CEP would consider taking on this work. He noted that EVE appreciated the assistance provided by the Secretary of GRPE in facilitating the interaction with CEP.

207. The representative of Canada noted that IWG EVE continues to work closely with IWG WLTP to ensure that the work of the two groups is complimentary and avoids duplication of efforts. He informed the Committee that IWG EVE would next meet at a half-day session concurrent with GRPE in January, and at a three-day working group and drafting group meeting in Stockholm in early April 2019.

208. The representative of the European Union, as technical sponsor, informed the Committee about the first meeting of the newly formed IWG on RDE, held on 11 and 12 September 2018. Experts from Canada, Japan, United States of America, European Union, OICA, AECC, International Council on Clean Transport (ICCT) and numerous European Union member States participated actively to the event. He noted that the tasks were more demanding than initially expected, and therefore the initial timeline had been reconsidered during the meeting. He announced that the new timeline would be discussed during the next GRPE session in January 2019.

209. He also welcomed the engagement of all parties which have declared interest in the work during the last session of GRPE in June 2018 and encouraged more involvement from China and India.

210. The representative of India reiterated their interest in participating and expressed her willingness to present the ongoing research in India on adapting RDE to the local context once this work had been finalized.

211. The representative of the United States of America informed AC.3 that they had withdrawn as Chair of the IWG. AC.3 noted that a solution to proceed with the IWG work would be sought at the December 2018 session of GRSP.

212. No subject was raised under this agenda item.

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

214. No subject was raised under this agenda item.

215. Of the 14 contracting parties to the agreement, nine were represented and established AC.4 for its twelfth session held on 14 November 2018.

216. Mr. B. Kisulenko from the Russian Federation was elected as Chair of AC.4.

217. No further supplementary information was provided beyond agenda item 7.2.
(see para. 128 above)

218. Submitted for consideration and vote, the proposed UN Rule No. [3] (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/70) was adopted on 14 November 2018 by consensus vote of the following contracting parties present and voting: Bulgaria, Finland, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Russian Federation and San Marino. Hungary and Romania abstained from voting.

219. Submitted for consideration and vote, the proposed UN Rule No. [4] (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/135) was adopted on 14 November 2018 by consensus vote of the following contracting parties present and voting: Bulgaria, Finland, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Russian Federation and San Marino. Hungary and Romania abstained from voting.

220. The representative of Romania stated that his country was not in the position to vote on UN Rules [3 and 4] due to procedural reasons. He voiced his country’s support for the work of AC.4 and expressed the expectation that Romania would adopt these rules once domestic procedural conditions would allow. He also said that it is difficult to implement at national level new UN Rules having supplementary requirements compared to the European Union PTI legislation in force.

221. The representative of Hungary stated that his country was not in the position to vote on UN Rules [3 and 4] due to procedural reasons. He voiced his country’s support for the work of AC.4 and expressed the expectation that Hungary would adopt these rules once domestic procedural conditions would allow.

222. No subject was raised under this agenda item.

Working Party on Noise | Session 69 | 23-25 Jan 2019

1. The Working Party on Noise (GRB) held its sixty-ninth session from 22 to 25 January 2019 in Geneva. The meeting was chaired by Mr. S. Ficheux (France). Experts from the following countries participated in the work following Rule 1(a) of the Rules of Procedure of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) (TRANS/WP.29/690/Rev.1): China, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Switzerland and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. An expert from the European Commission (EC) participated. Experts from the following non-governmental organizations also participated: Association of European Wheel Manufacturers (EUWA), Bureau International Permanent des Associations de Vendeurs et Rechapeurs de pneumatiques (BIPAVER), International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA), European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA), European Tyre and Rim Technical Organization (ETRTO), Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA), International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA) and International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

2. GRB considered and adopted the agenda (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2019/1, as amended by GRB-69-01-Rev.1), subject to the addition of a new item 7 (d) “UN Global Technical Regulation No. 16 (Tyres)”. GRB noted the running order proposed by the Chair (GRB-69-02-Rev.1). The list of informal documents is contained in Annex I of the session report. The list of GRB informal groups is reproduced in Annex VI.

3. GRB noted that the proposals for the 08 series of amendments, which had been adopted by GRB at the previous session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/66, para. 3 and Annex II), had been submitted to WP.29 and to the Administrative Committee (AC.1) for consideration and vote at their March 2019 sessions.

4. The expert from IMMA proposed to correct an inconsistency in the exemption conditions applicable to the additional sound emission provisions (ASEP) for vehicles with variable gear ratios or automatic transmission with non-lockable gear ratios (GRB-69-14 and GRB-69-16). The expert from Germany made a study reservation. GRB invited IMMA to convert the proposal into an official document for consideration at the next session.

5. No new proposals were considered under this agenda item.

6. The Chair of the Informal Working Group on Additional Sound Emission Provisions (IWG ASEP) proposed to introduce transitional provisions for Supplements 4 and 5 to the 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 51 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2019/9 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2019/11). GRB adopted these proposals and recalled that Supplement 5 would still be considered by WP.29 at its session in March 2019 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/4). To speed up the amendment process, GRB requested the secretariat to issue a revised version of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/4 with the adopted transitional provisions.

7. GRB also noted that, during the adoption of Supplement 4 to the 03 series of amendments, a sentence in Annex 3, paragraph 3.1.2.1.4.2. had been deleted by mistake (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2019/9). To restore the sentence, GRB requested the secretariat to issue a corrigendum to the Supplement which would be deemed applicable ab initio. GRB also adopted a minor editorial correction to Annex 3, paragraph 3.1.2.1. (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2019/8).

8. The Chair of IWG ASEP proposed a new Supplement 6 to the 03 series of amendments with the aim to correct a reference and to clarify the requirements for stationary sound (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2019/10). The expert from Germany, supported by the expert from the Netherlands, raised several issues concerning the proposal. GRB decided to postpone the discussion to the next session and invited all parties concerned to prepare a revised wording which would address the concerns of the expert from Germany.

9. The expert from China reported on a preliminary study of the test methods for the 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 51 (GRB-69-18). GRB noted this information and decided to revert to the topic once more results would be available.

10. GRB took note of progress of IWG ASEP (GRB-69-13).

11. The expert of OICA raised the issue of uncertainties of sound emission measurements according to UN Regulation No. 51 and some other UN Regulations (GRB-69-15). He pointed out that the uncertainties included variations within the same test laboratory (run-to-run), variations in the ambient conditions and equipment properties (day-to-day) and variations between test laboratories and road surface conditions (site-to-site). The expert from ISO reported on field experience for measuring variations according to ISO 16254 (GRB-69-26). To reduce variations and improve repeatability and reproducibility of the results, he suggested that a single microphone should be replaced with an array of microphones.

12. The experts from Germany and France proposed to address non-negligible differences in sound performance when conformity of production (CoP) tests were not carried out in the same conditions as the type approval tests (GRB-69-05). The proposal introduced conditions and procedures to be followed for test tracks comparison and for corrections to be applied on Lurban. GRB welcomed this initiative as an important starting point for further work and invited GRB experts to support it with real data.

13. GRB stressed the importance of addressing measurement uncertainties and pointed out the need to establish a new task force to this end. While OICA volunteered to provide secretariat support to the task force, GRB was not in a position to identify a governmental expert who would take the lead, due to the limited resources of competent authorities. Nevertheless, GRB was of the view that the task force should start activities as soon as possible, even without a formal leader. GRB requested the ECE secretariat to establish a dedicated website for the task force and suggested that it should meet in conjunction with the meetings of other IWGs, in order to reduce the travel expenses of participants. GRB also invited its Chair to report to the Committee for Coordination of Work (WP.29/AC.2) on the issue.

14. GRB noted that the proposals for the 02 series of amendments, which had been adopted by GRB at the previous session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/66, para. 10) were submitted to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2019 sessions.

15. The expert from OICA presented a revised proposal with the aim to clarify the scope and some provisions of UN Regulation No. 138 (GRB-69-06). GRB adopted the proposal, as laid down in Annex II and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their June 2019 sessions as a draft Supplement 1 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 138.

16. The experts from ETRTO proposed to clarify and improve the text of UN Regulation No. 30 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2019/5 and GRB-69-11-Rev.1). GRB adopted the proposal, as amended by Annex III of the session report, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their June 2019 sessions as a draft Supplement 21 to the 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 30. GRB also requested the secretariat, in cooperation with ETRTO, to use this opportunity to consolidate the text of the UN Regulation.

17. GRB resumed consideration of the ETRTO proposals for amendments to UN Regulations Nos. 30 and 64 which introduce provisions on extended mobility tyres (EMT) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRVA/2018/6, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRVA/2018/7 and GRB-68-14). In reply to the questions raised at the previous session, the expert of ETRTO presented GRB-69-12. GRB adopted the proposals and requested the secretariat to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their June 2019 sessions as a draft Supplement 21 to the 02 series of amendments UN Regulation No. 30 and a draft Supplement 1 to the 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 64.

18. The expert of France proposed to clarify the identification, marking and test provisions applicable to tyres designed for speeds above 240 km/h (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2019/7 and GRB-69-24-Rev.1). GRB adopted the proposal, as amended by Annex IV to the session report, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their June 2019 sessions as a draft Supplement 18 to the original series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 75.

19. The expert from the Russian Federation introduced a proposal that aligns the approval numbers and markings of UN Regulation No. 117 with the provisions of Schedule 4 of the revised 1958 Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2019/4). GRB adopted the proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their June 2019 sessions as a draft Supplement 10 to the 02 series of amendments UN Regulation No. 117.

20. GRB recalled that the former Working Party on Brakes and Running Gear (GRRF) decided to keep on its agenda ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2016/43 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2017/7 with agreed editorial corrections to UN Regulation No. 117, awaiting more substantial amendment proposals before submission to WP.29. GRB agreed that these editorial corrections should be submitted to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their June 2019 sessions in one package with the amendment proposals as referred to in para. 19 above.

21. The expert of France proposed a wet adhesion requirement for C1 tyres in a worn state (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2019/6 and GRB-69-08). The proposal received comments from ETRTO (GRB-69-10). GRB also noted a recent study on used tyres (GRB-69-09). GRB was of the view that this topic should be pursued in the framework of a new IWG and adopted its Terms of Reference (GRB-69-23), as reproduced in Annex V to the session report. Various experts expressed their willingness to contribute to the activities of the newly established IWG. The experts from France and the European Commission volunteered to act as Chair and Co-Chair, respectively, while ETRTO agreed to provide secretariat support.

22. On behalf of the group of interested experts on snow tyre provisions, the expert from Germany reported on the group’s progress (GRB-69-19) and mentioned that they would submit an official document for consideration at the next session of GRB.

23. The expert from ETRTO recalled their proposal for draft amendments tabled at the previous session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRVA/2018/5 and GRB-68-12) and requested GRB to postpone the discussion to the next session.

24. GRB took note of a proposal submitted by the expert from the Netherlands which introduces two extra stages 3 and 4 with limits for the rolling sound emission, wet grip performance and rolling resistance coefficient (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2019/3). The Chair was of the view that, given the ongoing discussion on the issue within the European Union, it would be premature to modify the noise limits at this moment and proposed to revert to this document at a later stage.

25. GRB received a status report from IWG on Tyre GTR (GRB-69-17) and took note of a list of the proposed draft amendments (GRB-69-21 and GRB-69-22). GRB noted that a formal proposal might be submitted to the next session.

26. On behalf of the Task Force on Reverse Warning (TF-RW), the expert from Japan reported on the progress of TF-RW (GRB-69-20). GRB pointed out the need to liaise with the Working Party on General Safety (GRSG) on the issue and was of the view that the TF-RW report should be also be brought to the attention of GRSG. The expert form Switzerland volunteered to act as GRB ambassador to GRSG on this topic.

27. No information was reported under this agenda item.

28. The expert from the Netherlands presented a revised draft Resolution on Road Surface Labelling (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/2019/2) and requested that it should be published as a reference document on the GRB website. GRB was also informed that WP.29, at its November 2018 session, had encouraged GRB to consult the road construction industry, to continue work on the draft Resolution and to report back to WP.29 in due course (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1142, para. 69). The Vice-Chair proposed to solicit views on the document of the national road authorities. To this end, GRB invited all experts to consult their national road administrations and send feedback to the Vice-Chair who volunteered to consolidate the replies and report back to GRB at its next session.

29. No issues were considered under this item.

30. GRB reviewed a candidate UN Regulation No. 138 (QRTV), which had been proposed to be added in Annex 4 of UN Regulation No. 0 under Phase 2 of the International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA), and decided to give it priority (i), as explained in WP.29-176-21.

31. The secretariat reported on the highlights of the November 2018 session of WP.29 (GRB-69-07). GRB noted that WP.29 had renamed GRB to GRBP (Groupe Rapporteur Bruit et Pneumatiques). The Chair stressed that GRBP is not a new body and requested the secretariat to ensure the continuity of the GRB documentation and website.

32. The Chair reported on the outcome of the informal meeting in Brussels on 31 October 2018 and introduced a revised document on priorities of the future work (GRB-69-03) with topics related to sound emission and tyre requirements. The document covered essentially the limit values for phase 3, ASEP, uncertainties, track alignment and measurement discrepancies, provisions for the so-called three peak mountain snow flake (3PMSF) winter tyres, wet grip test method for C1 tyres, wet grip for worn tyres, etc. The experts from China, Germany, Netherlands, EC, ETRTO and OICA commented on the proposal. The Chair indicated his intention to convene a meeting to develop a roadmap for level 1 priorities, as marked in GRB-69-03.

33. The expert of OICA briefed GRB about a forthcoming study with the aim to find out if lowering the rolling sound limits would affect other tyre parameters essential for vehicle safety and CO2 reduction (GRB-69-25-Rev.1). GRB took note of this information and invited OICA to report the outcome of the study at the next session.

34. The expert from France proposed an amendment to UN Regulation No. 28 which complemented paragraph 2 “Definition” with an “electronic” operation of the audible warning device (GRB-69-04). GRB invited the expert to submit the proposal as an official document for the next session.

35. GRB considered how to implement new provisions of Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement, such as the “Unique Identifier” (UI), transitional provisions in UN Regulations, approval of innovations, CoP provisions, modified communication form and approval numbers (WP.29-176-19). GRB decided to revert to UI and approval of innovations at the next session. For the CoP provisions, the expert from the Russian Federation referred to Schedule 1 of Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement.

36. For its seventieth session, scheduled to be held in Geneva from 11 to 13 September 2019, GRB decided to keep the same structure of the provisional agenda and noted that the deadline for the submission of official documents to the secretariat would be 17 June 2019, twelve weeks prior to the session.

Working Party on Automated and Connected Vehicles | Session 2 | 28 Jan-1 Feb 2019

47. The expert from Australia introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRVA/2019/6 addressing the concern expressed during the 175th WP.29 session. GRVA adopted the proposal as amended (GRVA-02-30) and reproduced in Annex IV. GRVA requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft Supplement 3 to UN Regulation No. 140 for consideration and vote at their June 2019 sessions.

48. The expert from OICA, on behalf of OICA and CLEPA, and anticipating the development of future steering systems, introduced GRVA-02-23, proposing amendments to the Electronic Stability Control related test conditions. GRVA questioned the impact on UN Global Technical Regulation (GTR) No. 8. as well as the unintended impact on the compliance with the initial spirit of the Regulation.

40. The expert from Japan, Co-Chair of the IWG on AEBS presented GRVA-02-28 with a status report on the activities of the group drafting a new UN Regulation with provisions applicable to vehicles of category M1 and N1 and introduced the corresponding proposal in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/5. He presented the key performance requirements defined for so called vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrians AEBS. He mentioned that some provisions were contained in square brackets indicating that decisions by GRVA were needed, e.g. the provisions for manual AEBS deactivation and the definition of performance requirements for vehicle-to-bicycle systems.

41. GRVA discussed provisions allowing for the manual deactivation of an AEBS. The expert from Australia informed that according to their survey, 93 per cent of respondents answered that they never deactivated their AEBS. GRVA, taking into account the risks in case of a misalignment of sensors, agreed to include provisions allowing manual deactivation on the basis that the provisions in the proposal ensured that the process required more than one action to complete.

42. GRVA reviewed the proposal and agreed with the text as reproduced in GRVA-02-39-Corr.1.

43. GRVA requested the secretariat to submit the proposal as amended in para. 42 as draft UN Regulation on Uniform provisions concerning the approval of motor vehicles with regard to the Advanced Emergency Braking System (AEBS) for M1 and N1 vehicles for consideration and vote by WP.29 and the Administrative Committee AC.1 at their June 2019 sessions.

44. GRVA invited the IWG on AEBS to submit a formal proposal for a new series of amendments addressing the performance of vehicle-to-bicycles AEBS for review at the September 2019 of GRVA.

45. GRVA did not consider GRVA-02-02 as its content was not anymore relevant, given the decision in para. 42 above.

46. The expert from OICA introduced GRVA-02-22, proposing amendments to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRVA/2019/5. GRVA recommended that the proposal be reviewed by the IWG on AEBS and that this proposal would either be included in the submission of the IWG for the September 2019 session or be submitted as a separate proposal for review in September 2019, if no consensus would be reached on this proposal by the IWG on AEBS.

49. No document was submitted under this agenda item.

50. GRVA considered ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRVA/2019/12 (together with ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRVA/2019/6) under agenda item 7 (a) above. GRVA adopted the proposal as amended (GRVA-02-29) and reproduced in Annex V. GRVA requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft Supplement 2 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 139 (BAS) for consideration and vote at their June 2019 sessions.

51. The expert from the Russian Federation introduced GRVA-02-10, aimed at clarifying the provisions on the evaluation of the energy source and energy storage devices performance defined in Annex 7 to UN Regulation No. 13. GRVA discussed in detail the proposal and requested the secretariat to distribute this document with an official symbol for the September 2019 session of GRVA.

52. The expert from OICA introduced GRVA-02-25, proposing clarifications of the requirements regarding the generation of a brake signal to illuminate the stop lamp especially in the context of hybrid electric and battery electric vehicles. The proposal received some comments. GRVA invited the expert from OICA to submit a revised proposal for review at the September 2019 session of GRVA.

53. The expert from OICA presented GRVA-01-27 proposing an alternative approach for conducting the Type II-A test (defined in UN Regulation No. 13) for battery electric vehicles (also including hybrid electric vehicles). He highlighted the economic burden on manufacturers producing battery electric vehicles of category M3 (Classes II, II and B) as well as N3 (for the carriage of dangerous goods and those towing trailers of Category O4). GRVA agreed to discuss this issue but expressed reservations with the idea presented because of the high safety risk related to the situation of such vehicle driving downhill with a full state of charge of the traction battery. The expert from Czech Republic reported on their experience with city buses equipped with battery electric vehicles. GRVA agreed that more information including statistics on the battery state of charge, effect on aftermarket replacement parts, details on the working principle of the proposed “brake estimator” would be needed in order to further discuss this matter.

1. The Working Party on Automated/Autonomous and Connected Vehicles (GRVA) held its second session from 28 January to 1 February 2019 in Geneva. Experts from the following countries participated in the work, following Rule 1 of the Rules of Procedure of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) (TRANS/WP.29/690 as amended): Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russian Federation, Republic of Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK). An expert from the European Commission (EC) also participated. Experts from the following non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and international organizations participated: the American Automotive Policy Council (AAPC), European Association for Electric Mobility (AVERE), International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA), European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA/MEMA/JAPIA), European Garage Equipment Association (EGEA), European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), European Tyre and Rim Technical Organisation (ETRTO), Euro NCAP, Federation of European Manufacturers of Friction Materials (FEMFM), Fédération International de l’Automobile (FIA), Federation Internationale des Grossistes, Importateurs et Exportateurs en Fournitures Automobiles (FIGIEFA), International Cooperative Alliance (ACI), International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA), International Organization for Standardization (ISO), International Telecommunication Union (ITU), International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA) and World Blind Union (WBU).

2. GRVA considered the provisional agenda prepared for this first session and adopted it (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRVA/2019/1 and Add.1). The adopted agenda is reproduced in GRVA-02-15-Rev.1, including all informal documents received until the session’s starting date. GRVA also agreed on the running order for the session as proposed in GRVA-02-01. The informal documents distributed during the session are listed in Annex I of the session report.

3. The Secretary introduced GRVA-02-12, informing on the highlights of the November 2018 session of WP.29. He referred to the session report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1142 for further details.

4. The Secretary of WP.29 invited the GRVA delegates to participate in the Global Forum for Road Traffic Safety (WP.1) and WP.29 event during the week of the eighty-first session of the Inland Transport Committee (ITC) and presented the programme of the ITC week.

5. The Chair introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/2 proposing priorities related to WP.29 and its subsidiary bodies activities on Automated Driving Vehicles (ADVs).

6. The expert from Japan mentioned that the framework document work stream proposed in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/2 should be based on the existing national and regional guidelines to provide the big picture of what GRVA should do. GRVA agreed to make progress on this work stream but noted some minor variations in the precise understanding of what this document should include: a document setting principles and guidelines (compiling existing guidelines) and a document that would also have an operational dimension to guide the future work on ADVs.

7. GRVA also reviewed the other priority items listed in the document and agreed that these priorities proposed can be addressed by GRVA.

8. GRVA discussed the need to address both the activities already started as well as the short-term priorities. Therefore, GRVA discussed the potential structure of GRVA to best address these current activities as well as the new short-term priorities defined in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/2. Several proposals for a new structure were presented
(GRVA-02-31, GRVA-02-40, GRVA-02-42 and GRVA-02-47). The Chair also submitted GRVA-02-41 with draft Terms of Reference (ToR) and Rules of Procedures (RoP) for a new Informal Working Group (IWG).

9. The secretariat drafted at the end of the session a consolidation of inputs made by the Contracting Parties during the discussions (GRVA-02-44). GRVA agreed with this consolidation in form of a table as reproduced in Annex II, with the expectation that this would provide a base for continued discussions at the March 2019 session of WP.29.

10. The expert from Japan introduced GRVA-02-17, prepared by the Validation Method of Automated Driving (VMAD) group, providing a consolidated overview of items within Guidelines on ADVs, issued in Australia, Canada, Europe, Japan and USA. He explained that the group was dealing with a novel assessment method, had to look at existing reference documents including Guidelines on ADVs from various Contracting Parties and therefore produced this document. GRVA noted that this work would be very useful for the work under other agenda items.

11. The expert from Spain introduced GRVA-02-34, presenting the Aerodynamic and Flexible Truck for Next Generation of Long Distance Road Transport (AEROFLEX project). GRVA noted that such project could potentially lead to future regulatory activities and agreed that technical barriers should be removed if the safety performance of such systems would be demonstrated.

12. The experts from China and Japan introduced GRVA-02-43 containing preliminary suggestions to the framework document on automated/autonomous driving. GRVA agreed that the workstream on the framework document was strategic and that further work needed to be further discussed in view of March 2019 session of WP.29. Therefore, GRVA requested the Secretary to organize a series of virtual meetings of the Contracting Parties to discuss this matter.

13. The expert from Japan, Co-Chair of the Task Force on Automated Vehicle Testing, introduced the status report (GRVA-02-13) of the group, reporting the outcome of the meetings in Japan and China. The group decided to propose new ToR (see GRVA-02-14) for the group, renamed “Validation Method of Automated Driving (VMAD)”. He presented GRVA-02-16, providing clarity on the proposed activities of the group in the form of questions and answers. He also presented GRVA-02-26 with a proposed roadmap for the group. GRVA heard concerns about the proposed ToR, in particular it was felt that more precision was required regarding the objectives and the timeline for delivery. GRVA did not adopt the proposed ToR.

14. The expert from France introduced GRVA-02-11, providing considerations of his country on the ADV-performance evaluation. GRVA agreed that this should be considered by the group responsible for developing the new assessment procedure.

15. The expert from ISO introduced GRVA-02-32, presenting the outcome of the ISO working group dealing with the safety of the intended functionality as defined in ISO/PAS 21448. GRVA discussed aspects of the presentation e.g. the definition of an acceptable minimum level of safety, the notion of residual risk, and noted the work done as well as the convergence of this work with the activities of GRVA.

16. The expert from OICA presented briefly GRVA-02-20, introducing GRVA-02-21 with considerations on Data Storage Systems for Automated Driving (DSSAD). GRVA agreed on the need to make progress on this item and requested the secretariat to introduce a new agenda item on DSSAD for the next session of GRVA.

17. Due to lack of time, GRVA did not consider ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRVA/2019/13, describing the principles of the “Three-Pillar Approach”, proposed by the experts from OICA (see GRVA-02-09 and GRVA-02-27).

18. The expert from Japan, Co-Chair of the Task Force on Cyber Security and Over-the-Air Software Updates presented GRVA-02-03, containing a status report of the group’s activities since the previous GRVA session and introducing ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRVA/2019/2. He mentioned that the group responded in writing to all the questions and comments received on the proposal.

19. The expert from FIA welcomed the proposal produced by the group but mentioned that it did not reflect their position regarding life time requirements.

20. The expert from OICA wondered whether such aspect raised by FIA would belong to the scope of the 1958 Agreement. The secretariat answered that some precedents could help answering this question e.g. UN Regulation No. 49 (including conformity of in-service vehicles/engines provisions), UN Regulation No. 59 (Replacement (retrofit) silencing systems), UN Regulation No. 83 (including durability requirements and “in use” requirements), UN Regulation No. 90 (Replacement braking parts) and UN Regulation No. 133 (Recyclability of motor vehicles). He stated that he was not aware of any provision of the Agreement that would limit the activities under this Agreement only to the performance of new vehicles. The expert from OICA, Secretary of the Task Force agreed to submit in written an informal document highlighting the difficulty faced by the group with this aspect. He presented, on the last day of the second GRVA session, GRVA-02-46 that described the issue of post-production, understood as the product lifetime starting after the production is definitely discontinued.

21. The expert from Germany and the Netherlands stated that the document should address the three following phases: system/vehicle development, production and post-production.

22. The expert from Japan supported the proposal ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRVA/2019/2 and stated the need to adopt this document during this session, since the new UN Regulation proposed in the document was one of the important and needed Regulations for the improvement of vehicle safety.

23. The expert from EC provided comments on the proposal (GRVA-02-37).

24. The expert from IMMA presented GRVA-02-18, proposing to exclude vehicles of category L from the scope of the document.

25. The expert from Japan, Co-Chair of the Task Force, responding to the advice received from the previous session of GRVA, reported on its proposal for a test phase to assure the draft produced. He presented the aim and the desired output of this activity.

26. GRVA agreed to keep the documents under this agenda item for continued review at next GRVA session. GRVA invited the Task Force to address the comments received and to proceed with the test phase. GRVA noted the need to make further progress on this item and requested the secretariat to explore the possibility to organize a special session of GRVA in May or June 2019.

27. GRVA noted that the presentation of GRVA-02-03 also introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRVA/2019/3, that the proposal for a test phase would also apply to the software updates work stream. The expert from Japan also supported the document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRVA/2019/3. He indicated Japan’s support for the earliest adoption (during this session), since the issue was important and a UN Regulation was needed for the improvement of vehicle safety.

28. The expert from EC provided comments on the proposal (GRVA-02-37).

29. The expert from IMMA presented GRVA-02-18, proposing to exclude vehicles of Category L from the scope of the document.

30. The expert from ITU stated that regulating communication would require specific expertise and that the precedent at the Working Party on General Safety provisions with the UN Regulation No. 144 (Accident Emergency Call Systems) ignored communication aspects and durability provisions. He raised the question whether a vehicle equipped with safety systems based on communication would still be roadworthy in case the communication would no longer function e.g. when the communication system would be obsolete. GRVA agreed that the Task Force on Cyber Security and Over-the-Air Software Updates was a good example demonstrating that WP.29 was able to attract the required experts with the right expertise and to make very quick progress on such strategic issues. GRVA agreed about the need to discuss the roadworthiness of vehicles in case of the vehicle communication unit obsolescence would impact the well performing of safety systems.

31. GRVA agreed to keep ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRVA/2019/3 and GRVA-01-18 on the agenda of the next GRVA session.

32. The expert from Japan, on behalf of the Co-chair of the IWG on Automatically Commanded Steering Function (ACSF), introduced GRVA-02-35, containing a status report on the activities of the IWG. He mentioned the consensus reached by the group so far on: Automated Lane Keeping System (ALKS) activation criteria, driver presence provisions, transition demand provisions, minimum risk manoeuvre and emergency manoeuvre considered in parallel with the transition demand provisions. He also mentioned the challenge related to a vehicle not implementing all driver inputs when an ALKS was activated (e.g. in the case of unintended action by the driver), that should be discussed with WP.1. The Chair of GRVA noted that there was a concern that the minimum risk manoeuvre should not automatically result in a vehicle stopping in a live traffic lane.

33. The expert from Spain asked how to verify the activation criteria related to the vehicle driving on roads where pedestrians and cyclists are prohibited at the time of Type Approval. The expert from Germany answered that one technical solution could imply inspecting the maps used by the system.

34. The secretariat asked whether maps would be in the scope of the Regulation. The expert from OICA stated that maps belong to the technical solutions being part of the designs of the system, implying that Regulations on maps would be undesired design requirements. The expert from ITU stated that maps would have to be certified in the future in case maps would serve as redundancy for safety reasons. He also mentioned that maps could have other purposes, e.g. helping Advanced Emergency Braking Systems (AEBS) to eliminate false positive activations on stationary objects and that therefore map providers would have to be fully liable for their products. He offered to provide GRVA with an overview of map development.

35. The expert from France introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRVA/2019/9 based on GRRF-86-13 proposing clarifications of the Annex 8 testing provisions. The proposal received some comments from Japan, France, Germany and OICA. The expert from France agreed with the suggestion of GRVA to submit a revised proposal with more data for consideration at the September 2019 session. The experts from Japan, Germany and OICA were invited to share with GRVA their test data, supporting their positions.

36. The expert from France introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRVA/2019/10, proposing clarifications to the tall-tell requirements for Corrective Steering Function (CSF), Emergency steering Function (ESF) and ACSF. GRVA adopted the proposal as amended and reproduced in Annex III. GRVA requested the secretariat to submit Annex III to the report as draft Supplement 1 to the 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 79 to WP.29 and the Administrative Committee of the 1958 Agreement (AC. 1) for consideration and vote at their June 2019 sessions.

37. The expert from OICA introduced GRVA-02-24 (based on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRVA/2018/2), proposing to insert in the Regulation some provisions for ACSF of Category C with a two-step Human Machine Interface (HMI) approach. The expert from the Netherlands disagreed with the proposed seven seconds as the time during which the second deliberate action by the driver should take place while this time for the one-step HMI approach (latest time by which an automatic initiation should occur), already in force, is limited to five seconds. The expert from France supported the proposal and showed flexibility on the seven seconds value to reach consensus among CPs. The expert from Germany asked whether this proposal would allow one single vehicle to be equipped with both a one-step HMI and a two-step HMI and how the combination of both would work. GRVA invited OICA to consider the issues raised by the experts and requested the secretariat to distribute the proposal with an official symbol for review at its September 2019 session.

38. The expert from UK introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRVA/2019/4 as amended by GRVA-02-19, proposing clarifications to Annex 6 of UN Regulation No. 79. The expert from OICA stated that the amendments proposed would require too much work for the approval of simple braking systems. He added that these amendments would make sense to properly assess Advanced Driver Assistant Systems (ADAS). The expert from EC stated that this proposal would be suitable as an amendment to UN Regulation No. 79 but would not be enough for the assessment of ALKS and ADAS. The expert from Spain mentioned that the Type Approval Authority signature provisions’ implications were too far-reaching to be mentioned in a footnote. Spain also observed that the proposal placed too much responsibility on the Type Approval Authority to identify risks and stated that the manufacturer should have that responsibility. The expert from the Netherlands explained that this work initially started for the purpose of ACSF of Category B2 defined in UN Regulation No. 79 and that this explained why the document was titled “Proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No. 79”. The expert from UK volunteered to submit a revised proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No. 79, addressing the comment received. GRVA agreed that similar provisions should be specifically developed for ALKS and systems with higher levels of autonomy. The Chair noted the implications that this would have on the delivery of a regulatory provision for ALKS.

39. No document was submitted under this agenda item.

54. The expert from Italy introduced GRVA-02-07 proposing amendments to the original proposal (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRVA/2018/9) for amendments to UN GTR No. 3 for harmonization of the GTR and UN Regulation No. 78. The proposal received some comments. The expert from the Netherlands asked why the proposal contained technical requirements that differed from those in UN Regulation No. 78. The expert from Canada highlighted some formulations that could be better defined to facilitate the implementation of the UN GTR into Self Certification regulations.

55. The expert from IMMA presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRVA/2019/7, introducing revised provisions on the stop lamps activation under more conditions than the application of the service brake only (e.g. regenerative braking). GRVA adopted the proposal as amended and reproduced in Annex VI to the report. GRVA requested the secretariat to submit Annex VI to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft Supplement 1 to the 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 78 for consideration and vote at their June 2019 sessions.

56. The expert from UK introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRVA/2019/8 and
GRVA-02-08 amending it, proposing to insert technical prescriptions on Remote Control Manoeuvring (RCM) which were systems that were already installed on vehicles without being regulated to date. The expert from Germany did not support the proposal and suggested to insert one sentence in the Regulation that would forbid RCM in vehicles of category M1 and N1. The expert from OICA explained that such system already existed for vehicles of category M1G and that there would be future applications such as reverse assistant for trailers that would bring quantifiable benefits in terms of safety. Following comments and input from the experts from Australia, France and Sweden, the Chair asked GRVA whether the status quo would be acceptable, i.e. do Contracting Parties accept that such systems are permitted and do not require recognition by Regulation. The expert from the Russian Federation summed-up the discussion and suggested to adopt the proposal. GRVA adopted the proposal as amended (Annex VII). GRVA requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their November 2019 session. GRVA unanimously agreed with this delayed submission until the November 2019, so that the dissent from the experts from Germany and the Netherlands could be considered again during the September 2019 session of GRVA, in view of reaching a broader consensus.

57. In the absence of documents, no discussion took place under this agenda item.

58. The expert from Spain presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRVA/2018/12, proposing to extend the scope of UN Regulation No. 90 by including replacement brake lining assemblies for vehicles of Category L6 and L7, which were recently included in the latest version of UN Regulation No. 78 and to align the provisions in Annex 7 to UN Regulation No. 90 with those in the current text of UN Regulation No. 78. GRVA adopted the proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft Supplement 5 to the 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 90 for review and vote at their sessions in June 2019.

59. The expert from CLEPA introduced GRVA-01-12 with minor amendment proposals to UN Regulation No. 90, addressing the concern expressed in GRRF-86-40. The expert from France proposed that the amendment to the table in para. 5.3.4.1.1 should also include the vehicles of category L6 and L7 (in alignment with the vehicles of category M1 and N1). The experts from Spain and from CLEPA supported the proposed alignment of L6 and L7 values with the existing values for M1 and N1. The expert from CLEPA agreed to prepare a revised proposal for review at the September 2019 session.

60. GRVA did not receive information from the Special Group of Experts on UN Regulation No. 90 (see more details see the former status report GRRF-86-41).

61. The secretariat briefly introduced this agenda item suggesting actions potentially needed for aligning the provisions in UN Regulations with those of the Revision 3 to the 1958 Agreement. GRVA agreed to reflect on the points proposed in the agenda and to resume discussion at the next session of GRVA. The expert from the Russian Federation drew the attention of GRVA to the last slide of WP.29-176-19 on the necessary modification of the communication documents in UN Regulations.

62. The expert from the Russian Federation introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRVA/2019/11 aimed at addressing the issue raised in WP.29-176-19. The expert from CLEPA expressed reservations because customs could be confused by the introduction of differences between the Approval Number and the Approval Code proposed in this document. The expert from Spain mentioned that UN Regulation No. 90 was used in various countries not being Contracting Party to the 1958 Agreement and that therefore the issue raised concerning customs could be valid. The expert from Spain stated that Transitional Provisions could be added to the document. The expert from CLEPA stated the need to first test the markets with this new approach and agreed to undertake a study. The expert from the Russian Federation agreed to submit a revised proposal for consideration at the September 2019 session of GRVA.

63. The expert from Spain, Ambassador to the IWG on International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA) reported on the activities of this group. He recalled that WP.29-176-21 was referred by WP.29 to WP.29 subsidiary bodies (“GRs”). GRVA agreed that UN Regulation No. 89 could be added to the list in Annex 4 of UN Regulation No. 0 at the condition that the inclusion of this UN Regulation would not require it to be split and that the IWG would have to first identify that no administrative adverse effect would exist.

64. In compliance with Rule 35 of the Rules of Procedure (TRANS/WP.29/690 as amended) and as authorised by WP.29 at its November 2018 session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1142, para 75), GRVA called for the election of Vice Chair(s). The secretariat informed GRVA that he received two nominations for candidate Vice-Chairpersons. He also informed GRVA that the latest amendment to the RoP adopted by WP.29 at its November 2018 session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/166). GRVA elected Ms. C. Chen (China) and Mr. T. Onoda (Japan) as Vice-Chairpersons of GRVA for the sessions 2019.

65. No discussion took place under this agenda item.

World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations | Session 177 | 11-15 Mar 2019

1. The World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) held its 177th session from 12 to 15 March 2019, chaired by Mr. B. Kisulenko (Russian Federation). The following countries were represented, following Rule 1 of the Rules of Procedure of WP.29 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Rev.1): Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, China, Croatia, Czechia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America. Representatives of the European Union participated. The following international organization was represented: International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The following non-governmental organizations were also represented: Association for Emissions Control by Catalyst (AECC), European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA/MEMA/JAPIA) , Consumers International (CI), European Tyre and Rim Technical Organization (ETRTO), Federation Internationale des Grossistes, Importateurs et Exportateurs en Fournitures Automobiles (FIGIEFA), 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), Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and SAE International. Other non-governmental organizations were represented following Rule 1(d): American Automotive Policy Council (AAPC), Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and World Bicycle Industry Association (WBIA).

2. The Chair of WP.29 welcomed delegates to the 177th session of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations, WP.29, and opened the meeting.

3. The Chair of WP.29 called for a minute of silence in memory of the victims of the tragic aircraft crash in Ethiopia, where 157 persons from more than 30 nationalities perished. More than twenty UN staff members had been among the victims.

4. The annotated provisional agenda was adopted.

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

6. The 129th session of WP.29/AC.2 (11 March 2019) was 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/Rev.1) by the Chairs of Working Party on Noise (GRBP) (France), Working Party on Lighting and Light-Signalling (GRE) (Belgium), Working Party on Pollution and Energy (GRPE) (Netherlands), Working Party on Automated/Autonomous and Connected Vehicles (GRVA) (United Kingdom Of Great Britain and Northern Ireland), Working Party on General Safety Provisions (GRSG) (Italy), the Vice-Chair of Working Party on Passive Safety (GRSP) (Republic of Korea), the Chair of the Executive Committee (AC.3) of the 1998 Agreement (Japan), the Vice-Chair of WP.29 (Italy), and by the representatives of Canada, China, Germany, United States of America and European Union.

7. AC.2 reviewed the proposed calendar of meetings for 2020 and recommended to reassess the distribution of meeting half-days among “Groupe de Rapporteurs” (GRs) at the upcoming sessions of AC.2 during 2019, and in accordance with set priorities and workload of GRs. AC.2 also reviewed WP.29-177-01 and discussed the expired mandates.

8. AC.2 discussed in detail the draft programme of work (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/1) and proposed changes related to the work of GRE and requested the introduction of a new item in Table 1, to be numbered as 1.0, to include all items concerning vehicle automation that are relevant to all Agreements under its purview. The revised programme of work is reproduced in Annex III of the session report.

9. AC.2 reviewed the WP.29 Strategic note on priorities of work. AC.2 requested Chairs of GRs to provide their lists of priorities to the secretariat to compile as a new document on priorities for the June 2019 session of AC.2.

10. AC.2 discussed the document titled European Union Work priorities for 2019-2021 for ECE activities and requested the secretariat to transmit it to WP.29 for discussion (WP.29-177-18).

11. AC.2 reviewed and discussed documents WP.29-177-04 and WP.29-177-08. Following discussions among GR Chairs, Japan offered to merge them into a single framework document on automated/autonomous vehicles to be transmitted to WP.29 for discussion (WP.29-177-19).

12. AC.2 discussed the draft terms of reference for the Informal Working Group (IWG) on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and asked the secretariat to issue it as informal document for WP.29 to seek feedback on several open questions (WP.29-177-14).

13. The Chair of IWG on International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA) reported on the progress in phase II of UN Regulation No. 0 and reminded all GR Chairs on the review for candidate regulations.

14. AC.2 noted that Database on the Exchange of Type Approval (DETA) will go operational by 18 March 2019 and thanked Germany for its support in hosting DETA.

15. The Vice Chair of WP.29 reported on the joint WP.29-WP.1 event during the week of the eighty-first session of the Inland Transport Committee.

16. AC.2 reviewed and adopted the provisional agenda of the 177th session of the World Forum and reviewed the draft agenda of the 178th session of the World Forum, scheduled to be held in Geneva from 25 to 28 June 2019.

17. AC.2 recalled that consideration of the package for the simplification of lighting and light-signalling UN Regulations (SLR), including the three new draft UN Regulations, had been postponed from November 2018 to the March 2019 session of WP.29. Therefore, if adopted, the SLR package would enter into force in September- October 2019. AC.2 noted that GRE had already approved first amendments to the new UN Regulations as well as amendments to other UN Regulations with specific references to the new Regulations, and that these amendment proposals were intended for submission to the June 2019 session of WP.29. Because the original SLR package would not be yet in force by June 2019, AC.2 recommended to postpone consideration of these proposals to the November 2019 session of WP.29.

18. The representative of the Netherlands, Chair of GRPE, informed AC.2 on a recent withdrawal of type approvals under UN Regulation No.16 for two suppliers and problems encountered when informing other type approval authorities. The secretariat recalled that information in the ‘343-application’ needs to be kept up to date.

19. AC.2 recommended Administrative Committee of the 1997 Agreement (AC.4) not to convene.

20. The Secretary of WP.29 presented the WP.29 programme of work highlighting the strategic priorities. WP.29 adopted the programme of work ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/1 pending the revisions requested by AC.2 (para. 11). The revised programme of work is reproduced in Annex III of the session report.

21. The World Forum took note of the list of informal working groups (WP.29-177-01).

22. The representative of the European Union presented its work priorities for 2019-2021 for activities at WP.29 (WP.29-177-18), which contained a list of envisaged regulatory activities for WP.29 subsidiary GR and tentative timelines for their accomplishment.

23. The representative of OICA stated that, in particular for the items related to automated and autonomous vehicles, continuous coordination of activities, clear identification and allocation of responsibilities, among the GRs is needed to avoid divergencies in the overall direction of activities.

24. The representative of the United States of America welcomed the document (WP.29-177-18) but invited interested contracting parties to also share their priorities for the work of WP.29 with the Forum and recalled that the priorities for work of the World Forum were contained in its Programme of Work document.

25. The representative of the United Kingdom, Chair of GRVA, introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/2. He proposed to delay the adoption of this document until the review of WP.29-177-19, which was under preparation at that time.

26. The representative of the European Union introduced WP.29-177-04 focusing on the priorities of work on vehicle automation, allocating the work to the relevant working groups and proposing deadlines and deliverables.

27. The representative of the United States of America introduced WP.29-177-08 referring to the work priorities on vehicle automation in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/2 and proposing principles relevant for the performance assessment of automated vehicles.

28. The representative of CLEPA introduced WP.29-177-13, stressing the need to complete the Automated Lane Keeping Systems (ALKS) activities of IWG on Automatically Commanded Steering Function, as one working package.

29. The Co-Chair of the IWG on ITS introduced draft Terms of Reference (ToR) proposed in WP.29-177-14, acknowledging that there would be need for further improvement.

30. The representatives of Finland and ITU supported the document. The representatives of Germany and of the United States of America raised questions on the content of the draft proposal.

31. The Chair stated the need to preserve the activities of IWG on ITS.

32. WP.29 reflected on the possibility to have the IWG on ITS as a platform for exchange with other Working Parties under ITC, other United Nations organizations such as ITU, standardization organizations and other stakeholders active in ITS.

33. WP.29 requested the Co-Chairs of IWG on ITS to submit a revised version of ToR to its June 2019 session.

34. The representative of the Technical University of Budapest, Hungary, presented ZalaZONE Proving Ground facility, a test field for classic and automated vehicles, located in the city of Zalaegerszeg, Hungary. In his detailed presentation (WP.29-177-17) he introduced project development and operations, including its background, purpose, investment costs, location details, size of the testing ground and its modules, available facilities, the business and operational model, phases of construction and operation, cooperating countries, industrial and academic partners, and the expected results. He emphasized that the testing ground was the first of its kind to incorporate roads in three countries (Austria, Hungary and Slovenia), and to allow cross border testing of automated vehicles.

35. WP.29 expressed its appreciation to the representative of the Technical University of Budapest for this information.

36. The representative of OICA introduced WP.29-177-20 on the views of OICA on certifying automated / autonomous vehicles and on the “Multi-pillar Approach for the Certification of Automated Vehicles”. He emphasised the importance for the industry that the contracting parties would harmonize performance requirements for automated vehicles. He also introduced WP.29-177-20/Add.1 with a consolidated table on the items in guidelines issued by contracting parties. He called for an exchange with the contracting parties on these items.

37. The representative from Japan stated that Japan as well as other contracting parties were willing to exchange views with OICA, including on WP.29-177-20/Add.1.

38. The representative of the United States of America welcomed the proposals and input from the industry (represented by AAPC, CLEPA and OICA).

39. The secretariat recalled the series of meetings between December 2018 and March 2019 that led to the preparation of WP.29-177-19 and presented the informal document following which the World Forum had a wide-ranging discussion.

40. The representatives from AAPC, CLEPA, Sweden, and the United States of America offered their views and questions on how the existing ongoing activities were to be included in the document. The representative of the United Kingdom, who had assisted in preparing the document explained that it was aimed at setting the strategic vision for WP.29 in this framework document rather than to intervene in how GRVA would structure its work plan. For this reason, it did not provide much details on these aspects. The representative of the European Union clarified that the said ongoing activities would be addressed as a part of the identified priorities included in the table contained in the document.

41. The representatives of Australia, China, European Union and United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland welcomed the document.

42. The representative of Japan thanked all involved delegates for their efforts to prepare a framework document for automated/autonomous vehicles based on the contributions from the European Union and the United States of America, including the prioritized topics and working management, as the framework document was vital to coordinate the activities and solve concerns of stakeholders.

43. He also mentioned that Japan would support this direction and emphasized the importance of further discussions based on informal document WP.29-177-19, which was submitted for discussion at this session of WP.29.

44. He stated that the special session of GRVA in June 2019, before the next session of WP.29, would be a good opportunity to discuss ToRs based on the document as well as the draft regulations on cyber security and software update. He also expressed the willingness of Japan to contribute to discussions for the establishment of those items.

45. He recalled the internal discussions, at political level, about the external Human Machine Interface (HMI) related to automated/autonomous vehicles, specified in the formal document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/2. He underlined the importance of the function, informing the surrounding of the vehicle when it is driven in an automated mode above Level 3, to ensure safety of traffic participants around.

46. The World Forum agreed the general approach outlined in WP.29-177-19 and directed GRVA to use the issues, topics and deliverables from the document as guidance to inform its further discussions on structuring its work and delivery plans. WP.29-177-19 would be transformed into a formal document for the 178th session. The World Forum expected GRVA to report at the June 2019 session on its proposed structure, and ToRs of informal groups in this respect.

47. WP.29 noted the proposal of the GRVA Chair to use the special session of GRVA, that would take place on 3-4 June 20192, to address cyber security and software updates as envisaged (see para. 44) and to review proposals for ToRs for four informal working groups.

2Note by the Secretariat: Confirmation of room received on the last day of 177th session of WP.29.

48. WP.29 adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/2 with the following amendment:

Table 1 to read:

TitleAllocation to Main targetsComments
Framework document on automated /autonomous vehiclesGRVAWP.29Automated / Autonomous vehiclesThis work item should concentrate on developing principles and guidelines governing automated / autonomous vehicles and especially their safety.
It covers all key elements and evaluation methods.
….

49. The secretariat presented the list of main decisions adopted at the eighty-first session of ITC (19-22 February 2019). Decisions Nos. 22, 23 and 27 were emphasized as of particular importance to the work of WP.29.

50. In decision No. 22, the ITC considered the status of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in its work and that of its subsidiary bodies, and, among other considerations, decided to encourage continuation of the work of WP.29 on regulating autonomous/automated and connected vehicles.

51. In decision No. 23, the ITC welcomed the actions taken by Global Forum on Road Safety (WP.1) and WP.29 in the area of automated driving, including the organization of the joint event on the “Safe deployment of automated vehicles in traffic”, which resulted in a high profile and productive occasion to identify priority areas in the field of automated driving. The ITC Invited WP.1 and WP.29 to continue their close cooperation to facilitate the safe deployment of automated vehicles.

52. In decision No. 27, the ITC endorsed the transformation of the Working Party on Brakes and Running Gear (GRRF) to the Working Party on Autonomous/Automated Vehicles (GRVA), implementing the relevant ITC decision (ECE/TRANS/274, para 52). In the decision the ITC also endorsed amendments to the WP.29 terms of reference and rules of procedure, reflecting the transformation of GRRF to GRVA and other consequent adaptations, including the renaming of the Working Party on Noise (GRB) to Working Party on Noise and Tyres (GRBP), and the request for an additional session for GRVA in 2019. The ITC in its decision reiterated support for hosting the (DETA) at ECE; and requested financing of DETA under the United Nations budget.

53. The secretariat also introduced the main elements of the ITC strategy until 2030, including the vision, mission, strategic objectives, action plan, list of priorities and resource mobilization and partnership.

54. The World Forum recalled the report of the Chair of GRB on its sixty-eighth session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/66) and approved the report.

55. The World Forum recalled the report of the Chair of GRVA on its first session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRVA/1) and approved the report.

56. The World Forum recalled the report of the Chair of GRSG on its 115th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/94) and approved the report.

57. The World Forum recalled the report of the Chair of GRE on its eightieth session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/80) and approved the report.

58. The representative of the United States of America, on behalf of the Chair of GRSP informed WP.29 about the results made by his group during its sixty-fourth session (for details see the session report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/64).

59. The World Forum noted that Mr. N. Nguyen (United States of America) had been elected as GRSP Chair and re-elected Mr. J. W. Lee (Republic of Korea) as Vice-Chair of GRSP for the year 2019 sessions.

60. The Chair of GRPE (Netherlands) reported to WP.29 on the results achieved by GRPE during its seventy-eight session (for more details see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/78.

61. He noted that GRPE endorsed the Terms of Reference for the IWG on Real Driving Emissions (RDE), with a timeline reflecting the views of all parties involved.

62. He mentioned that GRPE also endorsed ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/33, giving a mandate to the IWG on Electric Vehicle and the Environment (EVE) proposed for approval during this session of WP.29/AC.3.

63. The GRB Chair reported on the results achieved by GRB during its sixty-ninth session (for details, see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRB/67).

64. He mentioned that GRB had decided to introduce transitional provisions in Supplements 4 and 5 to the 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 51. Given a limited transition period foreseen, he requested WP.29 to exceptionally consider these transitional provisions already at this session under agenda item 4.6.2, on the basis of a revised document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/4/Rev.1.

65. He pointed out that GRB had established a new Informal Working Group on Wet Grip Performance for Tyres in a Worn State (WGWT) and adopted its Terms of Reference and that France and the European Commission would act as Chair and Co-Chair, respectively, while ETRTO would provide secretariat support

66. The GRB Chair also mentioned that, in line with the WP.29 request, GRB was soliciting views of national road administrations on the draft Resolution on Road Surface Labelling.

67. The representative of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Chair of GRVA, reported to WP.29 on the results achieved by GRVA during its second session (for more details see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRVA/2).

68. WP.29 requested that a special session of GRVA be organized in May or June 2019 according to room availabilities. The secretariat had been informed that no meeting room was available in the Palais des Nations from the mid-May to the mid-July period. The expert from the European Union offered to host the meeting in Brussels. The secretariat mentioned that this would require the establishment of a Host Country Agreement. The expert from Germany informed that this process was cumbersome and not feasible to conclude within a few weeks. The representative of OICA also offered to host, if deemed desirable, an informal meeting (without interpretation) in their office in Paris. WP.29 requested the secretariat (i) to verify the information provided on the room availability in the Palais des Nations, then (ii) to explore the possibility to host a meeting in one of the UN agencies in Geneva (as it was done for the GRPE session in June 2014 at the World Trade Organization), then (iii) to explore the possibility to host the meeting in one of the UN premises such as Bonn in Germany or New York City in the United States of America.

69. WP.29 approved the proposed mandate extensions for the IWGs on Modular Vehicle Combination (MVC) and on Automatically Commanded Steering Function (ACSF) until February 2020, as well as for the Task Force on Cyber Security and Over-The-Air software updates until March 2020.

70. WP.29 noted the election of Mrs. C. Chen (China) and Mr. T. Onoda (Japan) as Vice-Chairpersons for the GRVA sessions in 2019.

71. The secretariat introduced the latest update of the status of the 1958 Agreement, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/343/Rev.27, that contains information up to 20 February 2019. The secretary of the World Forum recalled the new layout of the document for the June and November 2019 sessions, in which only Part II and Annexes II and III will be updated, while Part I and Annex I will be available via the “343 app". He reminded Contracting Parties that changes and new information on national Type Approval Authorities should be introduced by the national Single Points of Contact (SPOC) via the “343 app”. Notifications received in paper will no longer be followed up by the secretariat, as previously agreed by WP.29.

72. WP.29 noted that contracting parties should notify the secretariat about any amendments needed to the status document via the new established online database only.

73. The secretariat also introduced the new IWVTA functionality of the “343 app” (WP.29-177-21) expected to be rolled out before the application date of UN Regulation No. 0. This tool is deemed to serve as the unique means of notifications as per its para. 13.5.

74. No information was provided under this agenda item.

75. No information was provided under this agenda item.

76. The Chair of the IWG on IWVTA introduced the results of the groups twenty-ninth session, held on 8 March 2019, in Brussels, at the premises of the European Commission. He informed the World Forum that the IWG on IWVTA was working on Phase II of the IWVTA. He recalled that candidates of UN Regulations applicable to IWVTA Phase II were endorsed at the last WP.29 session for review by responsible GRs and that the responsible GRs were requested to report the outcome of their reviews to the IWG on IWVTA by June 2019. He urged GR Chairs that have not done so to submit their reports in time. The next IWG on IWVTA will be held in Paris on 21 June 2019, at OICA premises, to consider the result of the review by respective GRs. He thanked GR chairs and secretariats for the reviews already received and the European Commission for hosting the IWG March 2019 meeting.

77. The World Forum noted that ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/165, Proposal for amendments to Schedule 4 of the 1958 Agreement had remained on the agenda because not all Contracting Parties were in the position to take a vote on this matter during the November 2018, 176th session of the World Forum. WP.29 also noted that ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/131, Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement – questions and answers, was revised based on WP.29-176-22, and issued as ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/131/Add.1, a working document for the current session, in order to secure translation of the additional questions and answers content contained in WP.29-176-22 into the official ECE languages.

78. The representative of the Russian Federation sought guidance from WP.29 concerning national administrative and organisational setups (mechanisms) such as a ‘Technical Secretariat’ for e.g. the electronic exchange of information required by Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement, specifically the newly established electronic platforms, the “343 app” and DETA.

79. WP.29 acknowledged the request of the Russian Federation, recommending an amendment of the Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement – questions and answers document to address this matter.

80. The Russian Federation volunteered to prepare draft amendments to the Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement – questions and answers document and submit it to World Forum for consideration at an upcoming session.

81. The World Forum considered the draft amendment to Schedule 4 of the 1958 Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/165) and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting.

82. The representative of Germany, Chair of the IWG on Database for Exchange of Type Approval documentation (DETA), presented a status report (WP.29-177-11) of the activities of the group. He introduced WP.29-177-10 with the report of the last session of the group. He informed WP.29 about the expected extensions of DETA functionality for the: Declaration of Conformance (DoC), Unique Identifier (UI) and later Software Identification Number (RxSWIN). He asked the secretariat about the current status of the DETA financing through ECE regular budget.

83. The Secretary of WP.29 informed delegates that the ECE Executive Committee (EXCOM) had adopted the ECE budget proposal including DETA. He informed delegates on the following steps for the adoption of the budget in the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), the Fifth Committee and the General Assembly. He recommended that the member States and contracting parties inform their representations in New York of their position on DETA.

84. WP.29 thanked Germany for hosting the current version of DETA, as well as OICA and CITA for commissioning the development of DoC and UI. WP.29 welcomed the announcement that CLEPA would contribute to the financing of UI, together with ETRTO and OICA.

85. The representative of Germany, Chair of the IWG on DETA, introduced WP.29-177-12 and informed WP.29 that the official start-up of DETA was envisaged for 18 March 2019.

86. WP.29 requested that all Type Approval Authorities (TAA) of the contracting parties to the 1958 Agreement start using DETA, as soon as possible.

87. WP.29 recalled that, according to Article 3, paragraph 2 of the revised 1958 Agreement, contracting parties applying UN Regulations shall, by mutual recognition, accept for the placement in their markets, and subject to the provisions of Articles 1, 8 and 12 as well as any special provisions within these UN Regulations, type approvals granted pursuant to these UN Regulations, without requiring any further testing, documentation, certification or marking concerning these type approvals and that DETA was intended to facilitate the access of those contracting parties to the type approval documentation.

88. WP.29 agreed that only contracting parties of the 1958 Agreement could nominate a single DETA focal point to liaise with the DETA administrator. WP.29 agreed to decide on the case-by-case basis on further access to DETA upon availability of the further information provided by the IWG on DETA.

89. WP.29 agreed that the WP.29 Heads of Delegation of the contracting parties were requested to notify the ECE secretariat with their DETA focal point.

90. WP.29 agreed that, as the access rights to DETA would be given only to Type Approval Authority (TAA) for the very first stage of DETA implementation, they shall have access to the document parts uploaded to DETA subject to the access rights provided in annex to the report.

91. WP.29 decided that the use of DETA shall be subject to the formal engagement of the user to keep the information confidential to respect intellectual property related to the DETA documents.

92. WP.29 decided to request that the DETA focal point of each contracting party manage the access and users accounts of the said contracting party: access to DETA would be provided by the DETA administrator to a single focal point of the contracting party.

93. WP.29 decided that the DETA focal point shall submit to the DETA administrator a list (and further updates) with the names and the city and country of establishment of the manufacturers, for which it granted type approvals to be uploaded to DETA.

94. WP.29 noted that the effectiveness of DETA would depend on the number of type approval documents it contains. Therefore WP.29 noted the importance of uploading to DETA not only currently issued communications on type approvals but also, on a voluntary basis, those issued before launching DETA. The representative of Germany announced that batch upload functionality would be made available by 2020.

94. WP.29 decided to specify that the communications on type approvals shall be uploaded to DETA as three or four separate pdf files: a communication on type approval (“CERT”), an information document (“IF”), a test report (“TR”), and additional documents (“OTHER”) if appropriate, with the access rights specified in the table annexed to the report.

96. WP.29 noted that the uploading process was explained in the draft DETA manual.

97. The representative of OICA explained the importance of reviewing at a later stage the access rights, subject to agreement byWP.29, after proper discussion at the IWG on DETA on the extension of access rights reflecting all real-world needs related to Type Approvals of the industry, of all Contracting Parties and of other countries.

98. WP.29 decided on the detailed access rights as noted in annex V of the session report. WP.29 would revisit the matter at its June 2019 session, if necessary.

99. WP.29 agreed with the extension by two years of the IWG on DETA mandate.

100. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.6.1 to 4.6.3 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

101. The Chair of GRBP presented the draft amendment proposals in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/6 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/7 under agenda items 4.6.4 and 4.6.5, to amend UN Regulations Nos. 9 and 92. The World Forum recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

102. WP.29 noted that no document had been submitted under this item.

103. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.8.1 to 4.8.8 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the following corrections:

104. For agenda item 4.8.6, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/13, para. 6.12, the last sentence “Manufacturers are advised …… Appendix H to this annex.” shall be deleted.

105. The Chair of GRSG presented the amendment proposal in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/16 under agenda item 4.8.9, to amend UN Regulation No. 110 with the following correction in annex 1A, add: “Items 1.2.4.5.15.4. to 1.2.4.5.15.6., shall be deleted.”. The World Forum recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

106. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under items 4.9.1 to 4.9.3 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the below corrigenda.

107. For agenda item 4.9.1, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/17, the correct title shall read: “Proposal for Supplement 2 to the 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 53 (Installation of lighting and light-signalling devices for L3 vehicles)”.

108. For agenda item 4.9.2, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/18, the correct title shall read: “Proposal for Supplement 20 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 53 (Installation of lighting and light-signalling devices for L3 vehicles)”.

109. The Chair of GRE presented amendment proposal contained in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/20 under agenda item 4.9.4, to amend UN Regulation No. 10. The World Forum recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

110. The World Forum considered the draft corrigenda under items 4.10.1 to 4.10.7 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

111. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under items 4.11.1 to 4.11.3 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

112. The Chair of GRE presented amendment proposal contained in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/91/Rev.1 to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/119/Rev.1, under agenda items 4.11.4 to 4.11.32, to amend UN Regulations Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 19, 23, 27, 38, 48, 50, 53, 69, 70, 74, 77, 86, 87, 91, 98, 104, 112, 113, 119 and 123. WP.29 noted that these proposals had been the result of intensive work of GRE and its IWG on Simplification of Lighting and Light-Signalling Regulations, as well as that further intensive work by the groups was expected towards finalizing the process of simplification of the relevant UN Regulations. The World Forum recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the following modification to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/105 (Proposal for Supplement 20 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 53), agenda item 4.11.18:

Paragraph 6.2.1.2. (a), replace “Class D or E of UN Regulation No. 113” by “Class B, D or E of UN Regulation No. 113”.

113. The World Forum considered the proposals for new UN Regulations on uniform provisions concerning the approval of motor vehicles on Blind Spot Information Systems for the Detection of Bicycles, on Light Signalling Devices (LSD), on Road Illumination Devices (RID) and on Retro-Reflective Devices (RRD) under items 4.12.1 to 4.12.4. The World Forum considered the proposals and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

114. WP. 29 noted that no document had been submitted under this item.

115. The World Forum adopted the proposal and noted that it constitutes a package and should enter into force on the same date with draft Supplement 9 to the original version of UN Regulation No. 128 (LED light sources) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/19, agenda item 4.9.3).

116. WP. 29 noted that no document had been submitted under this item.

117. The World Forum agreed that agenda items 5.2 to 5.5 should be considered in detail by the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement (AC.3).

118. The World Forum agreed to keep this item on its agenda awaiting additional presentations.

119. WP.29 noted the consolidated document (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1074/Rev.12) on the status of the agreement, including the status of the UN Rules annexed to the agreement, the list of the Contracting Parties (CP) to the agreement and of their administrative departments.

120. The CPs were reminded to notify the secretariat of any relevant update.

121. The secretariat informed WP.29 about the notification of the Office of Legal Affairs on the proposal for amendments to the 1997 Agreement submitted by the Russian Federation based on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/92/Rev.1 containing the text previously agreed by WP.29.

122. The representative of the Russian Federation, Co-Chair of IWG on Periodical Technical Inspections (PTI), presented to the World Forum the results of the thirteenth meeting of the group. He introduced the draft work plan for the working items included in the Terms of Reference of the group, the expected deliverables and feasible timelines. He reported on the consideration of his group for the coordination of its work with the calendars of the GRs. He introduced WP.29-177-15. The World Forum approved the updated working plan.

123. The Co-Chair of IWG on PTI stated that the group discussed how to coordinate the work with the GRs and how to avoid overlapping work. He suggested that the GRs propose topics on the matter of in-service compliance to the IWG on PTI, that would serve as a platform. He added that it would allow the proper management and preparation of general solutions with the participation of experts on in-service compliance. He proposed that the existing title of the group could be modified to IWG on in-service compliance of vehicles and their components.

124. He proposed that IWG on PTI, in cooperation with the GRs, work out the approach for development of the corresponding requirements for the performance of systems and components and assessment methods, which can be prescribed within either UN Regulations or the UN Rules.

125. He reported that the group had supported the proposal of GRPE and CITA to draft precise proposals to make the design of vehicles more difficult for tampering.

126. He informed that the group had assessed the feasibility of including a Particulate Number (PN) measurement method in UN Rule 1. He noted that the group was monitoring the development of the NOx measurement methods suitable for PTI. He reported on the presentation of the expert from the International Standard Organization (ISO) on electronic-PTI (ePTI).

127. The representative of OICA questioned the use of the term “in service compliance” in a context where the object of compliance is not defined.

128. The representative of CITA agreed that PTI tests were not aimed at mimicking type approval tests and that the object for compliance would need to be further defined by IWG.

129. The representative of Sweden welcomed the work performed by IWG on PTI and also supported the development of PTI relevant provisions under the 1958 Agreement which are consistent with the provisions of the 1997 Agreement. He highlighted the current challenge of identifying what the vehicle should self-monitor to insure continuous roadworthiness.

130. The representative of the Netherlands, Chair of GRPE, referred to the presentation made by CITA at the January 2019 session of GRPE (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/78, paras. 26 to 29) and highlighted that GRPE welcomed the diagnosis presented by the experts from CITA and the need to address the issue of vehicle tampering. He reaffirmed the importance for GRPE to liaise with PTI experts to address this issue.

131. The representative of UK, Chair of GRVA, reported on the considerations of IWG on Automatically Commanded Steering Function with regards to sensor deterioration suggesting the need for durability requirements. He stated that the roadworthiness needed to be ensured continuously, not only during PTI tests. In this respect, the representative of CITA suggested to review WP.29-177-16.

132. The Co-Chair of IWG on PTI, introduced WP.29-177-16, and explained the proposal of the group for a safety assurance framework, based on a risk-analysis approach, which would have to be developed for each relevant system in the vehicle. He added that it would consist of assessing the possibilities of non-compliance and their impacts. The method was deemed appropriate for anticipating both the development of Type Approval provision and roadworthiness provisions for vehicles in-service. The World Forum noted the approach proposed and agreed to be informed about further developments of the proposals at its June 2019 session.

133. No proposals for new UN Rules were submitted under this agenda item.

134. No proposals for amendments or updates to UN Rules Nos. 1 and 2 were submitted under this agenda item.

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

136. No elements were raised under this agenda item.

137. WP.29 noted that no matters were raised under this agenda item other than the information in para. 51 above.

138. The secretariat informed WP.29 that the English language version of the fourth edition of the “Blue Book” ECE/TRANS/289 had been published. WP.29 welcomed the distribution of the publication and noted that the translation of the publication into the other official UN languages was still in process, that French and Russian language versions were expected to be available during the 178th session of WP.29 in June 2019, while the Arabic, Chinese and Spanish language versions were expected to be available during the 179th session of WP.29 in November 2019.

139. The Secretary of WP.29 presented informal document WP.29-177-09, the List of Adopted Proposals at the November 2018, 176th session of WP.29 and their entry into force, recalling that AC.1 had adopted at the time 38 amendments and five corrigenda to UN Regulations under the 1958 Agreement, that the corrigenda had already entered into force while the amendments would enter into force on 28 May 2019, following the delivery of notifications.

140. WP.29 was informed that document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/30 contains a road map for accession of the 1998 Agreement which had been presented at its 176th session.

141. It was brought to the attention of the World Forum that Mr. B. Gottselig (OICA) would no longer attend WP.29 sessions. WP.29 thanked him for his long-lasting cooperation and his highly valuable contributions to the success of the World Forum during his years of participation. WP.29 wished him a long and happy retirement.

142. The World Forum adopted the report on its 177th session and its annexes based on a draft prepared by the secretariat. The report included sections related to the seventy-first session of the Administrative Committee (AC.1) of the 1958 Agreement, to the fifty-fifth session of the Executive Committee (AC.3) of the 1998 Agreement. The session of the Administrative Committee (AC.4) of the 1997 Agreement was not held.

143. Of the 56 contracting parties to the agreement, 38 were represented and established AC.1 for its seventy-first session on 13 March 2019.

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

145. AC.1 established by unanimous vote the draft amendment to Schedule 4 of the 1958 Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2018/165). The secretariat was requested to notify the amendment to Schedule 4 to the Secretary-General.

146. Click here for the results of the voting on the documents submitted by the subsidiary Working Parties.

147. The fifty-fifth session of the Executive Committee (AC.3) was held on 13 and 14 March 2019 and chaired by the representative of the United States of America. The representatives of 16 of the 38 contracting parties to the agreement attended: Australia, Belarus, Canada, China, the European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Norway, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation, San Marino, South Africa, Turkey, and the United States of America.

148. The AC.3 unanimously elected Mr. EZANA Wondimneh, United States of America, as Chair.

149. AC.3 noted the information, as of 26 February 2019, on the status of the Agreement of the Global Registry and of the Compendium of Candidates (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.24), the status of the priorities of the 1998 Agreement (based on WP.29-177-02 as reproduced in Annex IV to this report) and items on which the exchange of views should continue. AC.3 noted that notifications and the mandatory reports on the transposition process through their Permanent Missions in Geneva to the secretariat, are publicly accessible at: https://wiki.unece.org/display/TRAN/Home. AC.3 recalled its agreement to always send the above-mentioned reports and notifications through their Permanent Missions in Geneva and directly to the secretariat (email: edoardo.gianotti@un.org) to ensure updating of the status document, which is the monitoring tool of the agreement. AC.3 reiterated its request to its representatives to provide the secretariat with the coordinates of their corresponding focal points to the agreement, appointed in their capitals to draft the reports and notifications to keep them informed in the exchange of information through the above-mentioned website.

150. No new proposals for were submitted under this agenda item.

151. No new proposals for were submitted under this agenda item.

152. No new proposals for were submitted under this agenda item.

153. No documents were submitted for consideration and vote under this agenda item.

154. The Chair of AC.3 reminded contracting parties that previous submissions of candidate technical regulation submitted to the Compendium of Candidates for UN GTRs expire every 5 years. Contracting parties were therefore invited to resubmit candidate technical regulations that were due to expire, if they were to be maintained in the Compendium of Candidates. The Chair encouraged contracting parties to submit national regulations that they had considered as good candidate technical regulations to the Compendium of Candidates for UN GTRs.

155. Contracting parties did not, at the time, request additional guidance under this agenda item, beyond the discussions that had taken place under agenda item 18.

156. The Chair of AC.3 introduced the documents that were considered under this agenda item. AC.3 considered ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/31, aimed at providing an updated overview of the priorities of the Programme of Work of the development of UN GTRs or amendments to the existing ones. AC.3 referred to the discussions on document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/2 under agenda item 2.3.

157. The Chair of AC.3 proposed that agenda item 17 could be divided into two items: 17.1 on the conventional priority topics in the programme of work of the 1998 Agreement, and 17.2. on priority topics in the programme of work of the 1998 Agreement concerning automated and connected vehicles for consideration.

158. Discussion was inconclusive, and the Chair of AC.3 proposed to prepare and submit an informal document to the fifty-sixth session detailing the proposed changes to the agenda. AC.3 accepted this proposal and deferred continuation of discussions on the matter to the subsequent AC.3 session in June 2019.

159. The representative of the European Union, as technical sponsor for these activities, informed WP.29 about the status of work of IWG on Environmental and Propulsion Performance Requirements (EPPR). He reported that the official proposal for Amendment 4 to UN GTR No. 2 would be submitted for consideration at the May 2019 session of GRPE.

160. He noted that activities of IWG on EPPR had focused on a new amendment to UN GTR No. 18, which developed OBD2 provisions for L category vehicles. He finally confirmed that IWG on EPPR would consider future activities on propulsion unit performance (i.e. the durability of pollution control devices) once other priority activities had been finalized.

161. The representative of Italy reported on the progress in harmonizing the provisions of UN GTR No. 3 and UN Regulation No.78 according to the mandate (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/47). He recalled the purpose of the amendment in development, and reported on the discussion, at the second session of GRVA, of their formal document. He mentioned the comments received by the representatives of Canada and the Netherlands. He mentioned the progress on the wording concerning the defeat device prohibition. He announced that a new document would be produced for review by GRVA at its September 2019 session.

162. AC.3 agreed with the proposed mandate extension until March 2020.

163. The representative of the Republic of Korea reported on the progress of work of the IWG on Panoramic Sunroof Glazing (PSG) in developing an amendment to UN GTR No. 6. He informed AC.3 that the next IWG meeting would be held before the upcoming face-to-face meeting during the next GRSG meeting in Geneva. He stated that discussions would be held on draft recommendations on ceramic printed areas when panoramic sun roofs were installed in vehicles. He stated that the group would share recent information on the status of dimensions of the ceramic printed area with seventeen manufacturer’s existing models in Europe. The draft recommendations would be discussed at the next IWG meetings. The IWG was expected to present the draft recommendations to the 116th GRSG session in April 2019.

164. The representative of India recalled that, based on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/52, the authorization to amend UN GTR No. 6 on safety glazing and the optional use of laminated-glass panes with improved mechanical properties especially for front, exterior, forward-facing glazing of the upper deck of a double-deck vehicle, had been granted at the previous session of AC.3. An official document proposing to amend UN GTR No. 6 would be submitted to the upcoming GRSG session.

165. The representative of Japan, as technical sponsor for these activities, reported on the progress of work of the IWG on Phase 2 of UN GTR No.7 on head restraints. He stated that Chair of the IWG had informed AC.3 of his intention to restart activity at the 2018 June session of WP.29. He recalled that working document on GTR No.7 phase 2 activity had been submitted to the last GRSP session in December 2018. He further noted that informal document containing a proposal to remove the square brackets that remained in that working document had been jointly prepared by Germany, the Netherlands and Japan. The representative if Japan explained that, in parallel, a proposal to amend UN Regulation No.17 in line with GTR No.7, Phase 2 had been jointly prepared by Japan and the European Commission. CLEPA had also submitted their proposals for injury criteria and the static test method. He added that GRSP had discussed the remaining items and had decided to continue discussing these points in the IWG until the next GRSP session in May 2019.

166. The representative of Japan highlighted that a working document for the next GRSP in May 2019, which took CLEPA comments into consideration, had already been prepared, retaining the square brackets on the injury criteria intended for discussion at the IWG. The IWG, at its next meeting, would prepare another informal document containing a proposal for injury criteria supported by the group and would remove the square brackets that remained in the working documents that had been prepared for the next GRSP.

167. The representative of the Republic of Korea reported on the progress that the IWG on Deployable Pedestrian Protection Systems (IWG-DPPS) had achieved in design provisions covering active deployable systems in the bonnet area (Amendment 4 to the UN GTR). The IWG had held three meetings since its first meeting in April 2018, during which the IWG members had discussed over 25 items and had reached agreement on many, while some remained pending agreement. The IWG would hold its next meeting in November 2019.

168. The representative from the United States of America on behalf of the sponsors (Japan, the Republic of Korea and the European Union) of the IWG on UN GTR No. 13 – Phase 2, reported to AC.3 on the last IWG meeting (5 to 7 March 2019) in Vancouver, Canada. She stated that more than sixty participants from contracting parties, industry, standardizations organizations and academia attended the meeting. She noted that the focus had mainly been on technical items for Phase 2, requirements for heavy duty vehicles and buses, material compatibility, tank stress rupture, fire test parameters and clarification of test existing procedures of the Phase 1 of the UN GTR. She added that there were five IWG task forces on specific technical items: (i) heavy duty vehicles and buses, that address inter alia roll-over (ii) fuelling receptacle requirements, that is preparing a draft proposal on requirements which are based on the geometry requirements for different refuelling pressures (iii) recommendations for test procedures, (aimed to complete its work by the next IWG meeting) (iv) fire test related work, within which Japan was conducting a series of test requirements to determine the test parameters (work is to be completed by the end of 2019) and (v) recommendations from ISO TC 197 and whether to include the rational section into technical information. She explained that the materials from the meeting had been in preparation, that progress was satisfactory, and the work was expected to be finished by the end of 2020. She informed AC.3 that the next meeting of the group had been scheduled for June 2019 in China.

169. The representative of the European Union, as technical sponsor, informed AC.3 that Amendment 5 to UN GTR No. 15 and Amendment 2 to UN GTR No. 19 had been endorsed by GRPE during their last session in January 2019. They would be submitted for approval at the June 2019 session of WP.29. He highlighted that the work on the transposition of UN GTR No. 15 into a UN Regulation focused on determining harmonized provisions that would be subject to mutual recognition, called Level 2.

170. He added that IWG on WLTP was not actively developing provisions for conformity of production, low temperature test and cycle/ gear shift/ Drive Trace Indices (DTI), that would also contribute to developing the UN Regulation on WLTP.

171. The representative of the Netherlands, Chair of GRPE, mentioned that the standalone UN GTR on the Determination of Electrified Vehicle Power (DEVP) had been moved to agenda item 18.12 as the new UN GTR was expected to be developed under the supervision of the IWG on Electric Vehicle and the Environment (EVE) with close collaboration of the IWG on WLTP.

172. The representative of the Russian Federation, on behalf of the Chair of IWG on Tyre GTR, recalled the IWG activities on Amendment 2 to UN GTR No. 16 (Tyres), and reported on the results of the recent meetings held in Geneva (21-22 January 2019) and Brussels (4-5 March 2019). He thanked the experts from Canada, China, Japan, the United States of America and the tyre industry for participating. He encouraged other contracting parties to take part in the activities of IWG on Tyre GTR, in particular, at its next session in Munich (8-9 May 2019). He informed AC.3 that IWG on Tyre GTR continued work on the text of Amendment 2, its technical justification and technical report, which would be adapted both to the type approval and self-certification systems, with the aim to present a complete package to the September 2019 session of GRBP. He further recalled that AC.3, at its previous session, supported informal document WP.29-176-15 with an addendum to the authorization to develop Amendment No. 2 to UN GTR No. 16 to reflect the transfer of tyre-related activities from the former GRRF to GRBP, and pointed out that this addendum had officially been submitted to AC.3 for adoption as ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/32. AC.3 adopted this document.

173. The representative of the European Union, on behalf of the Chair of IWG on EVS, UN GTR No. 20, Phase 2 and of GRSP, informed AC.3 on the work progress of the group. He said that IWG had met in Detroit, United States of America, from 23 to 24 January 2019, had been chaired by the representative of the European Union, and had discussed topics such as thermal propagation, water immersion, toxicity and gas management, as well as 3-D vibration. IWG also conducts research on thermal propagation and toxicity to identify the most appropriate initiation methods for thermal propagation and methods for detection of gases. He stated that results had been shared during the IWG meeting, in particular, thermal propagation and that discussions continued on the basis of a white paper on thermal propagation that guides contracting parties on activities to detect appropriate methods. He explained that other main item of discussion concerned field incident data. He stated that other important topics that were still in discussion, included water immersion and vibration of the battery system. IWG members had agreed to continue discussions the next meeting in June 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. He concluded that IWG was on target to complete its work by the expiration of its mandate in 2021.

174. The representative of the United States of America, on behalf of the Chair of IWG on Quiet Road Transport Vehicle GTR (QRTV GTR), informed AC.3 that no new meetings of IWG were planned, pending consideration of several petitions to the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) on Minimum Sound Requirements for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles. The IWG QRTV GTR would then, resume its activities with the aim to complete its accomplishments by the end of its mandate in December 2020.

175. The representative of the European Union, as technical sponsor, informed the Committee about the last meeting that in January 2019, that took place in conjunction with the seventy-eighth session of GRPE. He mentioned that the work continued on creating global provisions, so that UN GTR could be applied in and by any contracting party. He noted that data was collected so as to deliver a UN GTR by June 2020, according to the revised timeline endorsed during the last session of GRPE in January 2019.

176. The representative of the Netherlands, Chair of GRPE, added that the next meeting of the IWG on RDE would take place in April 2019 in Tokyo, and that the activities were developed according to schedule, and in line with the terms of reference of the IWG, as endorsed by GRPE at their January 2019 session. The Chair of GRPE requested the secretariat to prepare an update of the authorization to develop the UN GTR on RDE to reflect the new timeline for approval at the June 2019 session of WP.29. AC.3 endorsed the mandate for the IWG on RDE until November 2021, in accordance with the revised timeline.

177. The representative of Canada provided an update on the latest activities of the Electric Vehicles and Environment (EVE) IWG on behalf of the EVE leadership. He noted that the IWG on EVE had met on two occasions since the last WP.29 session. The first meeting (January 2019, Geneva) included a separate half-day discussion on the validation-testing programme for the subgroup on system power determination. He recalled that the EVE IWG held a teleconference on 13 February 2019 as a follow-up to the Geneva meeting. He noted that EVE continues to progress on its assigned areas of work.

178. The representative of Canada stated that the group had developed a first draft of the GTR on Determination of Electrified Vehicle Power and had conducted the first round of validation testing. He explained that the IWG on EVE identified some discrepancies between the results from the two test procedures that determine system power and that it would discuss solutions to address those discrepancies at its meeting in April 2019, when it would also determine the extent of time required for moving forward. He noted that the IWG on EVE planned to discuss the potential need for an extension at the upcoming GRPE meeting in May 2019.

179. The representative of Canada recalled that efforts to model Electric Vehicle (EV) durability are led by the European Union Joint Research Centre (JRC) and validated using long-term EV testing results from Canada. EVE members continued to discuss how to proceed with in-vehicle battery durability. He explained that some members expressed that the technologies are still new and that it may be better to continue research for some time and potentially address durability in a future UN GTR, while others expressed alternative approaches to addressing in-vehicle battery durability, including non-UN GTR approaches such as a warranty requirement and/or labelling.

180. The representative of the European Union supported the development of specifications for the terms of reference on the power determination of hybrids, which, he stated, would result in a minor delay to the submission of the UN GTR. In terms of battery durability, he stated that the European Union would continue to support the objective of establishing a UN GTR, which should also be viewed in the context of the European Union’s work on the post-Euro 6 and Eco-design as these aims necessitate the establishment of technical requirements.

181. AC.3 adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/33, the request for authorization to develop a new UN GTR on Determination of Electrified Vehicle Power.

182. AC.3 noted that the plans for the future of the group would be addressed at the May 2019 session of GRSP and expected an update at its 56th session.

183. No new subject was raised under this agenda item.

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

185. The representative of Italy informed AC.3 that the next GRSG meeting would be held during the first week of April 2019 with Event Data Recorder on the agenda for the purpose of restarting discussions on the potential development of a draft UN GTR.

186. No subject was raised under this agenda item.

187. AC.4 did not hold its session pursuant to the recommendation of WP.29 (para. 19).

188. No subject was raised under this agenda item.

189. No subject was raised under this agenda item.

190. No subject was raised under this agenda item.

Working Party on Lighting and Light-signalling | Session 81 | 15-18 Apr 2019

1. The Working Party on Lighting and Light-Signalling (GRE) held its eighty-first session from 15 to 18 April 2019 in Geneva, under the chairmanship of Mr. M. Loccufier (Belgium). Experts from the following countries participated in the work according to Rule 1 (a) of the Rules of Procedure of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) (TRANS/WP.29/690, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amends. 1 and 2): Belgium, China, Czechia, Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Republic of Korea, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, 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 Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA), International Automobile Federation (FIA), International Automotive Lighting and Light Signalling Expert Group (GTB), International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA), International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA), Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).

2. GRE considered and adopted the agenda (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2019/1), as reproduced in GRE-81-01 together with the informal documents distributed during the session and subject to the addition of a new agenda item 8 (d) “Other business: International events in automotive lighting”. GRE also noted the running order proposed by the Chair (GRE-81-11).

3. The list of informal documents is contained in Annex I to this report. The list of GRE informal groups is reproduced in Annex V to the session report.

4. GRE took note of the highlights of the November 2018 and March 2019 sessions of WP.29 and the official document submission deadline of 29 July 2019 for the October 2019 session of GRE (GRE-81-15).

5. GRE had an exchange of views on whether a new UN Global Technical Regulation (UN GTR) could be developed under stage two of the simplification of the lighting and light-signalling UN Regulations (SLR) or as a result of consideration of light-signalling functions of automated/autonomous vehicles (see para. 29 below).

6. The expert from OICA informed GRE that the Informal Working Group on Periodical Technical Inspection (IWG PTI), in one of its documents (PTI-10-03), had indicated the need to ensure the readability of an approval number for the rear fog lamps (UN Regulation No. 38) in an installed state. The Chair requested the secretariat to clarify this issue with IWG PTI.

7. GRE took note that the SLR package of amendment proposals, including the three new simplified UN Regulations on Light-Signalling Devices (LSD), Road Illumination Devices (RID) and Retro-Reflective Devices (RRD), had been adopted in March 2019, instead of November 2018. In view of the expected entry into force of the SLR package in October 2019, the second group of draft amendments that had originally been intended for submission to the June 2019 session of WP.29 had been postponed to November 2019.

8. The expert from the Informal Working Group “Simplification of the Lighting and Light-Signalling Regulations” (IWG SLR) reported on their progress and requested guidance from GRE (GRE-81-19). The expert from Poland commented on the IWG SLR request (GRE-81-22). GRE agreed that:

  • The headlamp provisions should continue to be expressed in terms of the luminous intensities equivalent to the illuminance measured on a screen at a distance of 25 m.
  • All technologies should be allowed for all SLR functions. Requirements should be common for all technologies; test requirements could be technology-specific.
  • Combination of different light source technologies should be possible for all SLR functions.

9. The expert from IWG SLR requested advice on various options of how to use the Unique Identifier (UI) for the new simplified UN Regulations (GRE-81-20). GRE mandated the secretariat to send GRE-81-20 to IWG on Database for the Exchange of Type Approval documentation (DETA) for comments, and requested IWG SLR to consider delegating one of its experts to participate in IWG DETA sessions. Finally, GRE decided to revert to this issue at the next session.

10. The expert from IWG SLR presented a proposal for a new 07 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2019/3). The expert from Poland commented on the proposal (GRE-81-13 and GRE-81-16). GRE focused its discussion on the aiming diagram in paragraph 6.2.6.1.2. Following an in-depth consideration, GRE agreed on a modified diagram (GRE-81-21 and Annex II) and requested IWG SLR to prepare, on the basis of the new diagram, a revised proposal for consideration at the next session. The experts from Germany and Poland made study reservations. The expert from Germany also pointed out that, at the next session, he would present the outcome of a research project on the issue.

11. The experts from France and Germany proposed introducing conditions for the use of logos inside the illuminating surface of a signalling lamp in the UN LSD Regulation and UN Regulation No. 48 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2019/6). Various experts commented and posed questions on the proposal. GRE noted that a clear definition of “logo” would be needed and that technological neutrality should be ensured. The expert from EC was of the view that the underlying issue did not have bearing on road safety and, thus, should not be discussed by GRE. The proponents agreed to revise the proposal in accordance with the comments received. The expert of OICA offered its assistance.

12. The expert from Germany presented a draft Supplement to the UN LSD Regulation which introduced requirements for testing the sun load impact (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2019/7). The proposal received comments from the experts of France, Japan (GRE-81-17), Netherlands, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, CLEPA, OICA and SAE. The expert from IMMA made a study reservation. The Chair invited the expert from Germany to update the proposal, based on the comments received, for consideration at the next session.

13. The expert of GTB presented an amendment proposal to the Consolidated Resolution on the common specification of light source categories (R.E.5) that introduced new light emitting diode (LED) substitute light source categories C5W/LEDK and R5W/LED (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2019/9 and GRE-81-03). The expert of GTB also tabled another proposal that introduced new LED substitute light source categories W5W/LEDK and WY5W/LED (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2019/10 and GRE-81-04). The expert from IEC highlighted the interlock solutions for the new categories (GRE-81-07). GRE adopted both proposals and requested the secretariat to submit them to WP.29 and the Administrative Committee (AC.1) for consideration at their November 2019 sessions as draft amendment 4 to R.E.5.

14. The expert from the Task Force on Substitutes and Retrofits (TF SR) proposed editorial corrections and further modifications to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2018/40, which had been adopted at the previous session of GRE and in which the information for the 24V version was missing (GRE-81-06). GRE adopted the proposal, as contained in Annex III, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2019 sessions as part of the draft amendment to R.E.5 mentioned in paragraph 13 above.

15. The expert from TF SR presented a progress report of the Task Force (GRE-81-14-Rev.1). GRE noted that the next step (1B) of TF SR would be preparing documents on LED substitutes for road illumination for the next session of GRE. A time schedule for step 2 would be decided upon at the next session of GRE.

16. The expert from Czechia proposed to clarify the requirements for headlamps and DRL (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2019/5). GRE adopted the proposals and requested the secretariat to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2019 sessions as draft Supplement 13 to the 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48.

17. The expert from Germany proposed to allow (a) the manual switch-off of all lighting devices in vehicles used by special forces and (b) the activation of hazard warning lights when opening a door in vehicles not equipped with a door assistance and warning system (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2019/8). The experts from France, Japan and United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland were not in a position to support the derogation (a) and indicated that such exceptions should be done in the national or regional legislation, rather than in a UN Regulation. For proposal (b), the expert from EC pointed out that it constitutes a new requirement and, thus, should be introduced by a new series of amendments. The experts from Czechia, Netherlands, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and OICA were of the view that proposal (b) goes beyond the scope of GRE and should be addressed by the Working Party on General Safety Provisions (GRSG). The Chair requested the secretariat to bring the issue to the attention of GRSG.

18. The expert from the GRE special interest group introduced a consolidated proposal for a new 07 series of amendments (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2019/11, GRE-81-09 and GRE-81-10). The expert from France proposed an additional modification (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2019/4). Following in-depth discussion, GRE agreed that, given the complexity of the proposal, further work should be pursued by means of a task force. The experts from the Netherlands and Finland volunteered to act as Chair and Co-Chair, respectively, while the expert from OICA agreed to become secretary. GRE noted that the next session of the special interest group/task force would be convened on 16 and 17 May 2019 at the OICA office in Paris (GRE-81-24). The expert from SAE invited the task force to also address the earlier proposal of SAE on side retro-reflectors (GRE-80-17). Finally, GRE agreed to continue consideration of proposals for a new 07 series of amendments at the next session.

19. The expert from IMMA recalled the draft 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 53 adopted at the previous session of GRE (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2018/50 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/80, para. 28) and proposed to restore the original automatic headlamp requirement for vehicles not equipped with daytime running lamps (DRL) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2019/12). GRE adopted the proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2019 sessions as part of the draft 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 53. The expert from EC was not in a position to support the proposal.

20. The expert from India requested a postponement of consideration of his proposal to make the fitment of front position lamps optional, due to the introduction of automatic headlamp switching and DRL provisions (GRE-81-18).

21. The expert from GTB proposed editorial corrections to UN Regulation No. 65 (GRE-81-05). The expert from Cyprus commented on the proposal. The Chair invited GTB to prepare an official document for consideration at the next session.

22. The expert from the Netherlands tabled a revised proposal that requires mandatory installation of direction indicators on mopeds (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2019/2 and GRE-81-02-Rev.1). GRE adopted the proposal, as laid down in Annex IV, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2019 sessions as draft 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 74.

23. GRE noted that the Global Forum for Road Traffic Safety (WP.1), at its recent session in March 2019, had continued discussing ECE/TRANS/WP.1/2017/1/Rev.1 (France, Italy and Laser Europe) as well as Informal document No. 8 submitted by the Government of Germany. After discussion, WP.1 decided to resume, at the next session, by first addressing points (i), (j), (r), (t), 34, 35 and 36 in ECE/TRANS/WP.1/2017/1/Rev.1 while taking into account Informal document No. 8. GRE invited its experts to review these documents.

24. GRE was briefed on the recent developments in the field of road safety at the United Nations.

25. GRE reviewed a candidate UN Regulation No. 27 (Advance warning triangle) that was proposed to be added in Annex 4 to UN Regulation No. 0 under Phase 2 of the International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA) (WP.29-176-21) and decided that this was not necessary. At the same time, GRE highlighted the need to include in IWVTA, with high priority, the three new simplified UN Regulations on LSD, RID and RRD.

26. No information was reported under this agenda item.

27. GRE noted that Mr. G. Draper (President, GTB) would no longer attend GRE sessions on a regular basis, due to a redistribution of tasks in GTB. GRE thanked him for his long participation and extensive contributions and wished him success in the future.

28. Due to lack of time, GRE decided to consider GRE-80-06 at the next session.

29. GRE was briefed on the progress of the task force on the signalling requirements for automated/autonomous vehicles (TF AVSR) (GRE-81-08-Rev.1 and GRE-81-12-Rev.1). GRE noted that TF had not been able to reply to the main question on whether or not there should be a safety requirement for automated/autonomous vehicles to provide specific signals. GRE was not in a position to reach a consensus on this question either. While some experts felt that such signals were necessary for safety reasons, some others held a different view. The expert of SAE pointed out that his organization was developing lamps for automated/autonomous vehicles. GRE decided to request WP.29 for guidance on this matter. The Chair invited GRE experts to provide him with arguments for the request to WP.29 at its session in June 2019.

30. The expert from GTB presented their activity report and mentioned several ongoing studies which were scheduled to be completed by July 2019 (GRE-81-23). GRE looked forward to receiving the results of the studies.

31. GRE agreed to keep the same structure of the provisional agenda.

Working Party on General Safety | Session 117 | 8-11 Oct 2019

1. The Working Party on General Safety Provisions (GRSG) held its 117th session from 8 to 11 October 2019 in Geneva. The meeting was chaired by Mr. A. Erario (Italy). Experts from the following countries participated in the work, following Rule 1 of the Rules of Procedure of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Rev.1): Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (United Kingdom). An expert from the European Commission (EC) participated. Experts from non-governmental organizations participated: European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA), International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA), International Association for Natural Gas Vehicles (NGV Global), International Organization for Standardization (ISO), International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA), Liquid Gas Europe (LG Europe) and Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and World Bicycle Industry Association (WBIA). Upon the special invitation of the Chair, an expert from the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) participated.

2. GRSG considered and adopted the agenda (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/15 and Add.1) proposed for the 117th session as contained in its consolidated and updated version (GRSG-117-20).

3. GRSG also adopted the running order (GRSG-117-01) as proposed by the Chair.

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

5. The Chair recalled discussions at the 116th session of GRSG on the proposed amendments of the requirements in Annex 11 of UN Regulation No. 107 on the minimum mass for the front axle of articulated vehicles of Class I (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/95, para.5). The proposed amendments have been issued as official working documents ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/99, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/100 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/101 for consideration and adoption by WP.29 and the Administrative Committee AC.1 of the 1958 Agreement at their November 2019 sessions. The expert from the United Kingdom recalled his study reservations on braking performance and braking stability. GRSG decided to keep the documents on the WP.29 agenda as further amendments were always possible, if needed.

6. The Secretary of the Working Party on Passive Safety (GRSP) informed GRSG on the establishment of an Informal Working Group (IWG) on securing of children in busses and coaches. He referenced to the discussions at the sixty-fifth GRSP session calling for the establishment of a new UN Regulation covering this issue (see also ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2019/22, para.3). He further recalled that the scope of UN Regulations Nos. 44 and 129 were limited to vehicles of Category M1. GRSP was considering an extension of the scope to include also Categories M2 and M3 vehicles. He further informed GRSG that WP.29 had already endorsed the mandate and the new IWG would present its terms of reference as official document to next GRSP session. He finally recalled that work on this topic would request combined expertise of both GRSG and GRSP.

7. The expert from Germany informed that European Union legislation would require the use of child restraint systems for transport of children in busses and coaches. However, based on the current design and installation of seats and their safety belts several issues were raised for vehicles of Categories M2 and M3, which requested more considerations. GRSG acknowledged the high importance of the securing of children in busses and coaches and decided to keep this element on its agenda for the next meeting.

8. The expert from OICA presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/30 on the position of escape hatches on M2 buses of Classes A and B in the transition from the 05 and 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 107. Following clarification on the positioning of escape hatches in the vehicles concerned and adjustment of language used (GRSG-117-54), GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/30 as amended and reproduced in Annex II to this report. The secretariat was requested to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft Supplement 7 to the 06 series of amendments, Supplement 2 to the 07 series of amendments and Supplement 2 to the 08 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 107 for consideration at their March 2020 sessions.

9. The expert from Spain introduced GRSG-117-03 on a proposal for an amendment to UN Regulation No. 107 aiming at prevention of movements of vehicles of categories M2 and M3 whilst their lifts or ramps were used. GRSG agreed to resume discussions at its next session based on an official document.

10. The expert from France introduced GRSG-117-07 on national legislation for autonomous urban shuttles with a capacity for transport of nine to sixteen passengers both in seated and standing positions. He highlighted that this national legislation was based on principles of UN Regulation No. 107 for vehicles of categories M2 and M3 Class A with several derogations related inter alia to the minimum number of seats or the width of the service door. He further highlighted the need for amendments related to braking systems, steering controls and stability evaluations in case of autonomous operations. He informed GRSG that test procedures were based on UN Regulations Nos. 151 and [152] as well as on European New Car Assessment Programme (EuroNCAP) protocols. Additional elements such as process audit, cyber security and connectivity had been added to the national approval requirements. GRSG showed high interest in these latest developments and engaged in a discussion on various related topics such as the need for a new vehicle category, monitoring of operations by a control centre or the need of Data Storage Systems for Automated Driving (DSSAD). GRSG acknowledged the high importance of the new technology of autonomous shuttles and decided to keep this item on its agenda for the next meeting.

11. The expert from France, as Chair of the Informal Working Group (IWG) on the behaviour of the general construction of M2 and M3 vehicles in a fire event (BMFE), introduced GRSG-117-08 on the outcome of the recent meeting held in Bergisch Gladbach (Germany) on 25 and 26 June 2019. He reported that IWG had started to follow-up on an ongoing research study by Germany on the toxicity and opacity of the smoke to define a simplified test method to determine toxicity of materials. He further informed GRSG that no proposals for amendments to UN Regulations Nos. 107 and 118 were available at this moment. GRSG was looking forward considering proposals at its next session.

12. The expert from OICA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/2 on bonnet edges. Following detailed technical discussions and adjustment of language used, GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/2 as amended by GRSG-117-45. GRSG requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft supplement 4 to the 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 26 for consideration at their March 2020 sessions.

13. The expert from France introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/34 that clarifies the requirements on windscreen wipers with a simple generic drawing of the concerned areas. Following detailed technical discussions and adjustment of language used and transitional provisions, GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/34 as amended by GRSG-117-44-Rev.1. The secretariat was requested to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft Supplement 5 to the 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 26 for consideration at their March 2020 sessions.

83. The expert of RVIA introduced GRSG-117-19 highlighting specificities of recreation vehicles and asked for the establishment of an IWG on caravans and motorhomes. The Chair concluded the short discussion of delegates by proposing to keep this item on the agenda and invited contracting parties to reflect on the proposed IWG.

82. The expert form OICA introduced GRSG-117-27 on a Field of View Assistant (FOVA) including augmented reality. GRSG experts engaged in active discussion highlighting both pros and cons of such technology. Recognising the need for regulatory action, GRSG agreed to keep this item on the agenda and invited the expert from OICA to come up with a related proposal for the next session of GRSG.

81. The secretary introduced GRSG-117-53 listing potential priority topics for the future work of GRSG. Following active discussions by GRSG delegates, GRSG agreed on a revised version GRSG-117-53-Rev.1 that would provide for the input by the Chair to Administrative Committee AC.2 at its next meeting.

79. The secretariat introduced ITC Strategy until 2030 and recalled the request to GRSG to follow-up by aligning its work with the strategy. To help countries, particularly new contracting parties, to further implement legal instruments in the area of road safety, the secretariat has prepared the draft ITC Recommendations for Enhancing National Road Safety Systems for comments by the Working Parties.

80. GRSG noted the request by ITC and agreed to have a common response trough WP.29.

77. GRSG noted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/120 introducing elements for technical roadside inspections for the enforcement of vehicle safety of commercial vehicles based on a risk rating system for operators.

78. The expert of the EC announced that they would comment on the proposal at WP.29.

75. The expert from Germany introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2019/8 proposing the activation of hazard warning lights when opening a door in vehicles not equipped with a door assistance and warning system, which had been forwarded to GRSG for consideration.

76. GRSG agreed that the proposed solution was not favoured by the group as it was not clear whom to warn, persons inside the vehicle or those outside, whether the warning would come too late anyhow or whether other solutions such as sensors would be more effective.

74. In compliance with Rule 37 of the Rules of Procedure (TRANS/WP.29/690 as amended by Amendments 1 and 2), GRSG called for the election of officers on Wednesday, 9 October 2019. Mr. A. Erario (Italy) was unanimously re-elected as Chair and Mr. K. Hendershot (Canada) as Vice-Chair for the GRSG sessions scheduled for 2020.

72. The Secretary of GRVA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/34/Rev.1, the framework document on automated/autonomous vehicles. He further informed GRSG on the establishment of new IWGs for functional requirements for automated vehicles, validation methods for automated driving, EDR/DSSAD and Cyber Security/OTA.

73. Following questions from delegates, GRSG noted that elements related to human-machine interface (HMI) and other activities than driving that were currently under discussion at the Global Forum for Road Safety (WP.1) would also be covered under IWG on functional requirements for automated vehicles, while elements for driver monitoring were still discussed by IWG on Automated Controlled Steering Functions (ACSF).

14. The expert from EC informed GRSG that rear impact, especially for electric and hybrid-electric vehicles, were linked to fire risks and that the Working Party on Passive Safety (GRSP) would deal with this subject. The Chair confirmed it and added that a specific task force had been created under GRSP. The expert from OICA and acting Secretary of the task force explained that the task force was aimed at establishing of a new UN Regulation under GRSP and that, at a later stage, cross references would be aligned. The expert from Germany mentioned different considerations to take out crash test provisions in UN Regulation No.34. He offered to follow up with a new document for electro-hybrid vehicles with fuel tanks in one of the next sessions.

15. The expert from OICA introduced GRSG-117-35 requesting the withdrawal of document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/93 from the item 4.7.1. of the provisional agenda of the 179th session of WP29 (12-14 November 2019) and to resume considerations at one of the next sessions of GRSG.

16. GRSG agreed to revisit the document at its next session and to request withdrawal of document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/93 from the provisional agenda of the 179th session of WP29 (12-14 November 2019).

17. The expert from the Republic of Korea, Chair of IWG on Panoramic Sunroof Glazing (PSG), introduced GRSG-117-38 containing a status report of activities by the group since 2015 that have resulted in the proposal for a new Mutual Resolution No. [4]. IWG Secretary introduced GRSG-117-37 on the progress of the group during its nineteen meetings since the 110th session of GRSG. He further presented in detail GRSG-117-38 containing a proposal for a new M.R.[4].

18. GRSG welcomed the proposal and asked to issue it as official document for the next session.

19. The secretariat recalled the need to report to AC.3 on these developments so that compliance with the mandate given in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/41 was ensured.

20. The expert from India introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/35 to align UN Global Technical Regulation (GTR) No. 6 with UN Regulation No. 43 on the optional use of laminated-glass panes with improved mechanical properties, particularly for the front, exterior, forward-facing glazing of the upper deck of a double-deck vehicle. He highlighted that the document had already been considered at the last GRSG session.

21. GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/35 and requested the secretariat to submit it to AC.3 as draft amendment to UN GTR No. 6 for consideration at its March 2020 sessions. The expert from India was invited to provide the secretariat with a technical report that would accompany the proposal within the deadline for the 180th WP.29 session (9 December 2019)

22. The expert from the Republic of Korea presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/33 as amended by GRSG-117-43 and GRSG-117-49 on the need to exempt in Zone I the possible opaque obscuration which is defined in paragraph 7.1.3.2.4. of the annexes on installing laminated-glass panes. The expert from Germany clarified that there was no real difference between UN GTR No.6 and UN Regulation No.43 as the UN GTR would provide for two options while the UN Regulation would use only one of the options which was in accordance with the agreements.

23. GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/33 as amended by GRSG-117-49 and requested the secretariat to submit it to AC.3 as draft amendment to UN GTR No. 6 for consideration at its March 2020 sessions. The expert from the Republic of Korea was invited to provide the secretariat with a technical report that would accompany the proposal within the deadline for the 180th WP.29 session (9 December 2019).

24. The expert from OICA questioned whether the amendments to UN GTR No. 6 (see paras 20 and 22 above) would require for parallel amendments to UN Regulation No. 43. Upon request by the Chair, the expert from OICA agreed to prepare a related proposal for the next session.

25. GRSG agreed to resume discussions on amendments to UN Regulation No. 43 based on a proposal to be submitted by OICA at its next session.

26. The expert from Switzerland, in his role as GRBP ambassador, introduced GRSG-117-04 highlighting discussion on the scope and on the installation of a pause switch which was considered feasible in cases where a Camera-Monitor-System (CMS) would be active. GRSG noted that the use of CMS could be hampered in cases where vehicles were used in combination with trailers and therefore recommended that, in such cases, the pause switch shall be inactive.

27. GRSG noted GRSG-117-34 tabled by IWG on awareness of Vulnerable Road Users proximity in low speed manoeuvres (VRU-Proxi) which provided the status of IWG and a summary of proposed regulation on the approval of devices for reversing motion and motor vehicles with regard to the driver’s awareness of vulnerable road users behind vehicles. The regulation would follow a multi modal approach consisting of indirect vision, detection systems, direct vision or combinations of methods or devices. It would cover both the approval of components and also their installation.

28. GRSG agreed to resume discussions on the new UN Regulation based on a proposal to be submitted by VRU-Proxi at its next session and noted the next meeting of IWG that would be held in Brussels from 26 to 28 November 2019.

29. The expert from Germany introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/27 on possibility for a temporary modified view and based on GRSG-117-40 highlighted the difference between the relevant field of view and the required field of view. The expert from France, in principle, welcomed the proposal however raised questions on conditions for activation or de-activation of temporary modified view by the driver and requested a better definition of ‘temporary manoeuvre’. The expert from the United Kingdom engaged in the discussion by supporting concerns raised by his French colleague and adding that the modified view could end up with new blind spot areas.

30. Following detailed technical discussions and adjustment of language used, GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/27 as amended by reproduced GRSG-117-40-Rev.3. The secretariat was requested to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft Supplement 7 to the 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 46 for consideration at their March 2020 sessions.

31. The expert from OICA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/31 on identification lines identifying changes in magnification for Camera-monitor-Systems (CMS) with more than one field of vision on the same display. GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/31 and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft supplement to UN Regulation No. 46 for consideration at their March 2020 sessions.

32. The expert from Italy introduced GRSG-117-16 and GRSG-117-17 on free form mirrors. GRSG noted that experts needed more information on this new technology and decided to keep this item on the agenda for reconsideration at its next session. The Chair invited delegates to contact the expert from Italy for further information.

33. The expert from the Republic of Korea presented GRSG-117-32 to clarify the provisions on tests of CMS when installed on a vehicle. The expert from Germany clarified that UN Regulation No. 46 would already cover the test of installed systems on vehicles and therefore he would not see the need for additional test provisions. The Chair invited the experts to check if UN Regulation No.46 would need to be amended and invited Korea to come up with a related proposal at the next GRSG session, if necessary.

34. The expert of Germany introduced GRSG-117-41 and GRSG-117-42 proposing corrections to the text of UN Regulation No. 46. Experts from France and Netherlands engaged in discussion on different needs for corrections in the text of the regulation. GRSG agreed to resume discussions on corrections to the text of the regulation based on a proposal to be submitted by experts from France and Germany at its next session. The secretariat reminded GRSG on the strict understanding of corrigenda by the Office for Legal Affairs and invited the experts considering a supplement in case of substantive changes to the text.

35. The expert from VRU-Proxi introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/25 containing two proposals: (i) clarification of test procedures allowing non-random selection of parameter combinations and (ii) protrusion requirements for BSIS external elements. He further introduced GRSG-117-23 on clarification of elements to be considered for the determination of the vehicle front right corner.

36. Following detailed technical discussions and adjustment of language used (GRSG-117-24-Rev.1), GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/25 and GRSG-117-23 as reproduced in Annex II to this report. The secretariat was requested to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft Supplement 1 to UN Regulation No. 151 for consideration at their March 2020 sessions.

37. The expert from EC introduced GRSG-117-25 amending ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/6 to update the provisions on removable mechanical couplings fitted to motor vehicles, particularly on the need to provide clear information to the driver. The expert from Finland introduced GRSG-117-06 with further amendments to UN Regulation No.55 clarifying flexible components of the articulation.

38. GRSG adopted GRSG-117-25 amending ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/6 and requested the secretariat to add, based on the related part of GRSG-117-06, an updated Annex 3 on the approval mark and to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 55 for consideration at their March 2020 sessions.

39. GRSG agreed to resume consideration on GRSG-117-06 on basis of new working documents and on GRSG-117-09 at its next session.

40. The expert from OICA presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/32 introducing requirements for aerodynamic devices. The expert from CLEPA introduced GRSG-117-46 with further clarification of the area of the aerodynamic devices with limited hardness. The expert from EC presented GRSG-117-50 amending the definition of aerodynamic devices and equipment in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/32.

41. Following detailed technical discussions and adjustment of language used, GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/32 as amended by GRSG-117-51. The secretariat was requested to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft supplement 1 to the 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 58 for consideration at their March 2020 sessions.

42. The expert from France introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/24 proposing requirements for electromagnetic compatibility for electromechanical and electronic devices to prevent unauthorized use.

43. GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/24 and requested the secretariat to remove square brackets in para.12 of the document and to add requirements for the approval mark and number, and to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 62 for consideration at their March 2020 sessions.

44. The expert from Italy presented GRSG-117-15 introducing a new connector “J15”. GRSG agreed to resume consideration on basis of a working document based on GRSG-117-15 at its next session.

45. The expert from LG Europe introduced GRSG-117-52. GRSG requested the secretariat to verify the different language versions of UN Regulation No. 67 as inconsistencies have been detected and to rectify them by issuing an erratum.

46. The expert from NGV Global introduced GRSG-117-18 amending ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/26 introducing amendments to Annex 3A of the Regulation clarifying issues associated with periodical technical inspection (PTI) and periodic requalification of CNG cylinders.

47. GRSG adopted GRSG-117-18-Rev.1 amending ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/26 and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as proposal for Supplement 1 of 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 110 for consideration at their March 2020 sessions.

48. The expert from NGV Global introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/28 proposing certain change of design criteria in Annex 3 of UN Regulation No. 110. The expert from OICA supported the document and suggested some amendments (GRSG-117-28).

49. GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/28 as amended by GRSG -117-28 and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as proposal for Supplement 2 of 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 110 for consideration at their March 2020 sessions.

50. The expert from EC presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/19 proposing to update the provisions on frontal underrun protection to be approved as integrated part of the vehicle, and to allow more a rounded shape of cabs for better aerodynamic performance. The expert from OICA introduced GRSG-117-36 highlighting the need for keeping exceptions for vehicles of Category G and proposed to cover the issue of the scope in a separate proposal.

51. Following detailed technical discussions and adjustment of language used (GRSG-117-55), GRSG agreed to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as proposal for 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 93 for consideration at their June 2020 sessions and thus providing for reconsideration by GRSG at its 118th session.

52. The expert from OICA presented GRSG-117-31 amending ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/07 to amend the definition of keys that take account of innovative vehicle alarms systems, such as silent alarm or door-unlocking using smart phone. GRSG agreed that further work was needed and to this end considered establishment of a task force. Experts of France, Germany, Netherlands and United Kingdom showed interest in this work.

53. The expert from OICA presented GRSG-117-29 providing an overview of the splitting of UN Regulation No. 116 into three new regulations on (i) anti-theft and alarm systems, (ii) on devices against unauthorized use and (iii) on approvals of immobilizers and vehicle with regards to its immobilizer.

54. GRSG agreed to resume consideration on this item at its next session in March 2020.

55. The expert from OICA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/17 to use more colours to convey information via existing tell-tales. Upon request by experts from different contracting parties, she explained the principle colour coding, namely “green” for function running, “yellow” for information warning, “red” for danger warning, “white” for information and “blue” for information of high beam.

56. GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/17 and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft supplement 04 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 121 for consideration at their March 2020 sessions.

57. The expert from CLEPA presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/29 proposing the removal of Annex 4 tests for heat pumps.

58. GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/29 and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft supplement 06 to UN Regulation No. 122 for consideration at their March 2020 sessions.

59. The expert from OICA recalled that the purpose of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/23 was to correct the scope of the UN Regulation. The expert from the Russian Federation proposed further editorial corrections and amendments (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/18) which allow contracting parties to apply the relevant requirements to assess compliance of Accident Emergency Call Devices (AECD) designed for installation on vehicles of categories other than M1 and N1. The expert from the Russian Federation introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/23 extending the scope of application for AECD, if fitted to other categories than M1 and N1.

60. GRSG welcomed GRSG-117-47 prepared by the expert of the Russian Federation providing a consolidated text of the regulation including the necessary corrections and proposed amendments.

61. The secretariat presented GRSG-177-02 informing GRSG on an inconsistency with the wording of subsection 26.7.23. of UN Regulation No.144. GRSG approved the deletion of the term “back-up” in subsection 26.7.23.

62. GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/18 and requested the secretariat to submit it together with the rectified wording of subsection 26.7.2.3. (see para. 61 above) to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft supplement 01 to UN Regulation No. 144 for consideration at their March 2020 sessions.

63. GRSG adopted GRSG-117-30 and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft supplement 02 to UN Regulation No. 144 for consideration at their March 2020 sessions.

64. GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/23 and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 144 for consideration at their March 2020 sessions.

65. GRSG noted that the secretariat had transmitted GRSG-116-47 with candidate items for technical regulations applicable for the second phase to IWG on IWVTA for consideration at its meeting in June 2019. This information had been imbedded in
WP.29-178-04.

66. The secretariat presented GRSG-117-33 on behalf of Egypt proposing several amendments to the Consolidated Resolution on the construction of vehicles, R.E.3. GRSG considered the several of the amendments as logical while others would need further review. GRSG agreed to resume consideration on GRSG-117-33 on basis of an official documents at its next session.

67. The expert from IMMA recalled ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/8 and informed GRSG that the check if a parallel amendment to the Special Resolution No. 1 (S.R.1) under the 1998 Agreement was necessary was not finalized. GRSG agreed to keep this item on its agenda.

68. The expert from Netherlands, Co-Chair of IWG on Event Data Recorder (EDR) / Data Storage Systems for Automated Driving (DSSAD) introduced GRSG-117-21 containing a status report of the activities of IWG. GRSG noted the questions related to the place to store the data (on-board or at a back-end). GRSG agreed to continue considerations on these questions at the next meeting.

69. GRSG noted GRSG-117-22 containing a comparison on scope, system and data technique for both EDR and DSSAD. As regards the scope, GRSG agreed that both the 1958 and the 1998 Agreement would need to be referenced. The expert for Netherlands confirmed that the final deliverable would be a proposal for technical requirements, neutral for use under both agreements. GRSG noted that the document would be presented as informal document to WP.29 at its upcoming session in November 2019.

70. The expert from China presented GRSG-117-05 introducing the Chinese mandatory national standard “Automobile Event Data Recorder System”. The Co-Chair of IWG on EDR/DSSAD proposed to work closely with China when establishing the different technical elements for EDR systems.

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