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Working Party on General Safety
116th session | Geneva | 8-12 Apr 2019 Download Copy
Agenda Item 13. | UN Regulation No. 121 (Identification of controls, tell-tales and indicators)

GRSG agreed to revisit a revised proposal by France and OICA to simplify the handling of colour changes of controls, tell-tales and indicators and to remove footnote 18 from the table (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/6).

GRSG is expected to consider a proposal (if available) by the Republic of Korea 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.

Document(s)
GRSG-115-14/Rev.1 | UN R121: Proposal for Supplement 3 to the 01 series of amendments (Korea)
GRSG/2018/6 | UN R121: Proposal for Supplement 10 to the original series of amendments and Supplement 2 to the 01 series of amendments (OICA)

GRSG-116 Discussion

49. The expert from the Republic of Korea recalled the discussion on GRSG-115-14-Rev.1 at the previous session, to add into UN Regulation No. 121 a new symbol for “power on/power off” controls in vehicles equipped with an electric powertrain, such as electric vehicles. He thanked GRSG for the comments received, concluded that the current symbol in the UN Regulation was sufficient and that no further follow-up was necessary.

50. GRSG endorsed the request by OICA to defer discussion on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2018/6 to a further session.

51. GRSG agreed to resume consideration on this item at its next session in October 2019.

Previous Discussion(s)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New paragraph 17.7.1.2., amend to read:

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

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

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

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

Part I, paragraph 4.2., amend to read:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1. The Working Party on Lighting and Light-Signalling (GRE) held its seventy-eighth session from 24 to 27 October 2017 in Geneva, under the chairmanship of Mr. M. Loccufier (Belgium). Experts from the following countries participated in the work according to Rule 1 (a) of the Rules of Procedure of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) (TRANS/WP.29/690, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amends. 1 and 2): Austria; China; Czech Republic; Finland; France; Germany; Hungary; India; Italy; Japan; Latvia; Luxemburg; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Republic of Korea; Spain; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) and Viet Nam. An expert from the European Commission (EC) participated. Experts from the following non‑governmental organizations also took part in the session: European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA); International Automotive Lighting and Light Signalling Expert Group (GTB); International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA); International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA); Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).

2. GRE considered and adopted the agenda (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2017/8), as reproduced in GRE-78-01 together with the informal documents distributed during the session. GRE also note the running order proposed by the Chair (GRE-78-08).

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

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

5. No information was reported under this agenda item.

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

7. On behalf of the Informal Working Group ‘Simplification of the Lighting and Light-Signalling Regulations’ (IWG SLR), the expert from GTB reported on the progress and schedule of IWG SLR (GRE-78-34) in preparing the three new simplified UN Regulations on Light-Signalling Devices (LSD), Road Illumination Devices (RID) and Retro-Reflective Devices (RRD). He presented a draft LSD Regulation (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2017/9), amendments to Regulations Nos. 48, 53, 74 and 86 that group the definitions and introduce references to the new simplified Regulations (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2017/10, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2017/11, GRE-78-11, GRE-78-12, GRE-78-13, GRE-78-14, GRE-78-15 and GRE-78-20), and the new transitional provisions to Regulations Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 19, 23, 27, 38, 50, 69, 70, 77, 87, 91, 98, 104, 112, 113, 119 and 123 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2017/13). The expert from India commented on the IWG SLR proposals (GRE-78-26).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

15. The expert from GTB proposed an amendment to Regulation No. 37, which corrects an error and aligns a term with Regulation No. 128 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2017/19). GRE adopted the amendment as draft Supplement 46 to the 03 series of amendments and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2018 sessions.

16. The expert from GTB proposed to correct and amend some specifications in the Consolidated Resolution on the common specification of light source categories (R.E.5) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2017/18). The expert from IEC proposed another correction to R.E.5 (GRE-78-19 and Annex III). GRE adopted these proposals and requested the secretariat to submit them to WP.29 for consideration and adoption at the March 2018 session as draft Amendment 1 to the original version of R.E.5.

17. The expert from GTB presented revised amendments to Regulation No. 128 and to R.E.5 which introduced requirements, test specifications and new categories for light emitting diode (LED) substitute light sources (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2017/17, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2017/21). The proposals also included collective amendments to Regulations Nos. 48, 53, 74, 86 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2017/22 and GRE-78-02). The experts from Italy and OICA submitted written comments on the proposals (GRE-78-33 and GRE-78-28).

18. GRE noted that, compared to the original GTB proposals that had been considered at the previous session, the revised proposals contained safeguards against the possible misuse of LED substitutes as retrofits in lamps and/or vehicles that were not type approved for using such light sources. A number of experts were of the view that the proposed measures, such as consumer warning on packaging and a website with a list of compatible vehicle models, were not sufficient and reiterated their concerns as raised at the previous session. The expert of OICA pointed out that, to avoid any responsibility for misusing LED substitutes when installing on old vehicle types, the vehicle manufacturers would have be burdened to extend type approvals pursuant to the earlier series of amendments to Regulation No. 48 (GRE-78-28). GRE acknowledged the problem and noted that the failure detection provisions in Regulation No. 48 should be revised. Some experts advocated the idea of physical keying of LED caps to prevent installing unauthorized substitutes.

19. GRE noted that the discussion addressed two different, but interrelated issues: (a) allowing LED substitutes for new type approvals, as part of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and Original Equipment Supplier (OES), and (b) using LED as retrofits on old vehicle types. Some experts were of the view that the two cannot be separated from one another. To make progress, GRE agreed to establish a task force. The expert from Germany stated that another expert from his country would act as Chair of the task force, while the expert from UK provisionally agreed to become Co-Chair. The expert from IEC volunteered to provide secretarial support.

20. The expert from GTB presented revised proposals for amendments to Regulation No. 128 and to the Consolidated Resolution (R.E.5) with the aim to introduce requirements, test specifications and a new category for forward lighting LED light sources (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2017/16, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2017/20). GRE adopted the amendments and requested the secretariat to submit them to WP.29 and to AC.1 (Regulation No. 128 only) for consideration and vote at their March 2018 sessions. GRE noted that, if adopted, the R.E.5 amendment would enter into force on the same day as the corresponding supplement to Regulation No. 128.

21. The expert from IEC pointed out that Regulations Nos. 37, 99 and 128 prescribe the approval code for the marking of light sources, however, in some instances the wording “approval number” is used. He proposed to correct the inconsistencies, specifically because Schedule 4 to the revised 1958 Agreement makes a distinction between the approval number and the approval code (GRE-78-18). The expert from the Netherlands volunteered to work with IEC to find a better solution for the communication form in Annex 1 to the above Regulations and to prepare an official document for the next session of GRE.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

35. No information was reported on this topic.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Working Party on Pollution and Energy | Session 76 | 9-12 Jan 2018

2. GRPE adopted the provisional agenda prepared for the seventy-sixth session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2018/1 and Add.1), as updated and consolidated in GRPE-76-11, including the informal documents tabled for the session that were submitted by 8 January 2018. GRPE took note of GRPE-76-01 on the organization of GRPE Informal Working Group (IWG) meetings held during the week.

1. The Working Party on Pollution and Energy (GRPE) held its seventy-sixth session from 9 to 12 January 2018, with Mr. A. Rijnders (Netherlands) as Chair. Experts from the following countries participated in the work following Rule 1(a) of the Rules of Procedure of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) (TRANS/WP.29/690, as amended): Austria; Canada; China; Czech Republic; France; Germany; Hungary; India; Italy; Japan; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Republic of Korea (Korea); Romania, Russian Federation; San Marino; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) and the United States of America (USA). Experts from the European Commission (EC) also participated. Experts from the following non-governmental organizations took part in the session: Association for Emissions Control by Catalyst (AECC); European Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (AEGPL); International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA); European Association of Automobile Suppliers (CLEPA/MEMA/JAPIA); European Garage Equipment Association (EGEA); European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers Association (ETRMA); European Association of Internal Combustion Engine Manufacturers (EUROMOT); International Automobile Federation International Automobile Federation (FIA); International Association for Natural Gas Vehicles (IANGV/NGV Global); International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA) and International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA).

3. The informal documents distributed before and during the GRPE session are listed in Annex I of the session report. Annex II lists the informal meetings held in conjunction with the GRPE session. Annex III lists the IWGs of GRPE, task forces and subgroups, giving details on their Chairs, Secretaries and the end of mandates.

4. The secretariat introduced GRPE-76-09, announcing that the next GRPE session would take place on 6-8 June 2018 and recalling the corresponding deadline (9 March 2018) for the submission of official documents. The Chairs and Secretaries of IWGs were invited to approach the secretariat to define the calendar of IWGs meetings for the June 2018 GRPE session.

5. The Officer-in-Charge of the Sustainable Transport Division informed GRPE of the selection of a new GRPE Secretary following the resignation of Mr. Gangonells. He thanked Mr. Guichard for having temporarily assumed the role of Secretary of GRPE until a new staff member would be recruited. He also informed GRPE of the nomination of Mr. Li Yuwei as newly appointed Director for the Division following the retirement of Ms. E. Molnar.

6. The secretariat introduced GRPE-76-10 and reported on relevant items discussed during the 172nd and 173rd sessions of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29). The Secretary referred to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1131 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1135 for further details.

7. The expert from OICA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2018/6 proposing an editorial correction that removes possible misinterpretation. GRPE adopted the proposal.

8. The expert from OICA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2018/7 aimed at clarifying provisions on Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) systems. The expert from EC proposed editorial corrections (GRPE-76-34) to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2018/7. GRPE adopted the proposal as reproduced in Annex IV of the session report.

9. GRPE requested the secretariat to submit ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2018/6 and Annex IV to the report to WP.29 and the Administrative Committee of the 1958 Agreement (AC.1) for consideration and vote at their June 2018 sessions as draft Supplements 11 and 7 to the 06 and the 07 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 83.

10. The expert from OICA also presented GRPE-76-22 introducing GRPE-76-03 and GRPE-76-04, proposing to clarify the rules related to the selection of driving modes for testing of Off-Vehicle-Charging Hybrid Electric Vehicles (OVC-HEV). The Netherlands had some comments on the proposals GRPE-76-03 and GRPE-76-04 since the new text opens the door for interpretation plus the absence of any type approval authority confirmation. The Chair asked the cooperation of OICA and the Netherlands to work on an improved text. GRPE supported the intention of the proposal.

11. The expert from EC presented GRPE-76-32 proposing to amend the definitions for bi-fuel vehicles and align these definitions with those in UN Global Technical Regulation (UN GTR) No. 15. GRPE supported the intention of the proposal.

12. GRPE agreed to reconsider at the June 2018 session GRPE-76-03, GRPE-76-04 and GRPE-76-32. GRPE requested the experts from OICA and EC to combine the documents in one formal document.

13. GRPE reviewed the letter sent by the expert from Malta (GRPE-76-17). GRPE noted the statements of some delegations informing GRPE that they faced similar requests in the past and reporting that no evidence was provided that could convince of the environmental benefits of such retrofitted systems. GRPE noted also the need to verify the safety performance of such systems as the risk caused by the presence of hydrogen onboard of road vehicle is not insignificant. Experts from the automotive industry stated that they had reviewed the performance of such systems and that, due to the regulatory pressure on the industry concerning the CO2 performance of their products, they would have introduced such technologies on their vehicles, if the benefits would have been demonstrated. They also noted that hydrogen cause damage to the materials used in engines and that the retrofitting such systems on existing vehicles not foreseen for the use on hydrogen could pose durability issues. GRPE requested the secretariat to note in the session report that GRPE has not received sufficient evidences of benefits from these systems to start regulatory activities. GRPE expressed the idea that any country willing to approve such system on the national basis may wish to take into consideration the usual emission tests (Types I, II, III, and IV), low temperature tests, the durability (including Type V) and OBD provisions.

14. The Chair of the IWG on the Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedures (WLTP) reported on the ongoing activities (GRPE-76-25). He confirmed that the IWG on WLTP would need some additional time to finalize all Phase 2 activities due to the complex and heavy workload. The Chair of GRPE noted that the mandate of the IWG on WLTP had been extended until December 2019.

15. The Chair of the IWG on WLTP introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2018/2 proposing the draft Amend. 4. to UN GTR No. 15 as well as the corresponding report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2018/8 on the development of this amendment.

16. The drafting coordinator of the IWG on WLTP presented amendments to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2018/2 as reflected in GRPE-76-26-Rev.1 on amendments to GTR No. 15.

17. GRPE adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2018/2 as amended by Addendum 1 to the session report (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/76/Add.1) and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement (AC.3) for consideration and vote at their June 2018 sessions as draft Amendment 4 to GTR No. 15. GRPE also adopted the technical report
(ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2018/8) and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.3 for consideration and vote at their June 2018 sessions.

18. As introduced by the Chair of the IWG on WLTP, GRPE also adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2018/4 (amended by GRPE-76-05) as reproduced in Addendum 2 to the session report (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/76/Add.2), proposing draft Amend. 1 to the UN GTR No. 19 (WLTP EVAP) as well as the corresponding report on the development of this amendment (GRPE-76-06-Rev.1) as reproduced in Annex V. GRPE requested the secretariat to submit Addendum 2 and Annex V to WP.29 and AC.3 for consideration and vote at their June 2018 sessions as draft Amendment 1 to GTR No. 19.

19. The expert from EC, leading the task force on the transposition of WLTP into the 1958 Agreement, GRPE-76-24 on the activities of his group with the development of three alternatives for the construction of a UN Regulation on WLTP, which were presented to the IWG on International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA). He recalled the task force’s intention to proceed with a new series of amendments (08) of the existing Regulations Nos. 83 on emissions, including, e.g. Real Driving Emissions (RDE) and that would refer to the new UN Regulation on WLTP to gain approval for tests Types 1 and 4.

20. GRPE discussed the possible alternatives to structure the future UN Regulation on WLTP to address regional specificities. GRPE decided to request the secretariat to consult the Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) as noted in the Appendix of GRPE-76-24.

21. GRPE acknowledged the progress made by the IWG on WLTP and noted the request for a meeting room for two days during the GRPE week in June 2018.

22. The expert from OICA presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2018/9 on a proposal for a draft Supplement to the 05 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 49 in order to introduce a clarification. GRPE adopted this proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their June 2018 sessions as draft Supplement 10 to the 05 series series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 49.

23. The expert from OICA also presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2018/10 with requirements on Engine Control Unit torque signal validation, random check and rounding of test results. The expert from EC proposed clarifications (GRPE-76-16). GRPE adopted the proposal as amended and reproduced in Annex VI and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their June 2018 sessions as draft Supplement 6 to the 06 of amendments to UN Regulation No. 49.

24. The expert from Switzerland presented an update (GRPE-76-08)to his presentation at a previous session of GRPE (GRPE-75-08) on manipulations on EURO V and VI trucks by aftermarket suppression of AdBlue injection . GRPE invited the expert from Switzerland to inform GRPE of new developments if any.

25. The expert from the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) informed GRPE about a workshop held in Brussels on this matter. He offered to share information on the outcome of this workshop.

26. The expert from EC introduced GRPE-76-13 on a proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No. 132 to align this Regulation with the provisions proposed under agenda item 6 (see para. 32).

27. GRPE requested the secretariat to distribute this proposal with an official symbol at the June session 2018 of GRPE.

32. The expert from EC presented (GRPE-76-15) introducing ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2018/3 with a proposal for a draft 05 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 96 to harmonize it with the new European Union Regulation (2016/1628) on Non-Road Mobile Machinery (NRMM) with some corrections by GRPE-76-12. GRPE adopted the proposal as amended (GRPE-76-12) and requested the secretariat to submit ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2018/3 and Annex IX (to the session report) to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their June 2018 sessions as draft 05 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 96.

28. GRPE did not receive any new proposals.

29. The expert from OICA presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2018/5 as amended by GRPE-76-23 proposing a solution for the concern raised by the expert from UK in GRPE-75-13 and corrects a long standing error in a formula shown by OICA in GRPE-75-12. GRPE adopted the proposal as reproduced in Annex VII and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their June 2018 sessions as draft Supplement 8 to UN Regulation No. 85.

30. The expert from Italy introduced GRPE-76-02 on the need to update UN Regulation No. 115 and the need to introduce a reference to WLTP instead of emission tests performed on the basis of the former test cycle (New European Driving Cycle (NEDC)). GRPE agreed with Italy that performing a back to back test on the basis of the NEDC test cycle would not make sense if the original type of vehicle would be type-approved on the basis of WLTP. Recalling para. 1.5 of UN Regulation No.115, which requires the modified vehicle to fulfil all the provisions of the Regulation for which the type approval has initially been granted, GRPE confirmed that the Type I test should be performed with the same cycle used during the approval of the original type of vehicle.

31. GRPE invited the expert from Italy and interested experts to consider developing a proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No. 115. The experts from AEGPL and IANGV/NGV Global volunteered to contribute to the work proposed by the expert from Italy.

33. The expert from EC also introduced GRPE-76-14 proposing a new 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 120. GRPE adopted the proposal and requested the secretariat to submit Addendum 3 to the report to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their June 2018 sessions as draft 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 120.

34. The expert from EUROMOT introduced GRPE-76-07 and expressed the concern of his organization on tampering of NRMM after treatment and ECUs by legal persons. EUROMOT informed the GRPE that they would support activities from Contracting Parties to address these concerns. GRPE noted EUROMOT’s concern and agreed on potential follow-ups, noting the efforts required from manufacturers due to anti-tampering provisions in the relevant UN Regulations.

35. GRPE did not receive any new proposal to amend UN GTR No. 11. The secretariat mentioned the achievements under agenda item 6(a) and highlighted the potential need to harmonize UN Regulation No. 96 and UN GTR No. 11 in the near future.

36. The Chair of the IWG on Particle Measurement Programme (PMP) presented a status report on the activities of the group on exhaust and non-exhaust particle emissions (GRPE-76-33). He reported on the ongoing activities: (a) the Round Robin tests scheduled to evaluate the robustness of exhaust particles determination with a size below 23 down to 10 nanometre, (b) the Particulate Number counting from Raw Exhaust via Fixed dilution, (c) the Round Robin Test activities on Particle Number Counter, (d) The Horizon 2020 Projects monitoring, (e) the particle emissions from gas engines and (f) the WLTP low temperature PN testing. On non-exhaust particle emissions: he reported on brake wear particles measurement (braking test cycle reflecting real-world conditions) and the corresponding validation activities of the rig test method that were being developed.

37. GRPE acknowledged the progress made by the IWG on PMP and noted that the group had no request for a meeting room during the GRPE week in June 2018.

38. GRPE did not receive any new proposal to amend UN Regulations Nos. 40 and 47.

39. The Chair of the IWG on Environmental and Propulsion Performance Requirements for L-category vehicles (EPPR) presented a status report (GRPE-76-29) on the activities. He mentioned the current work on the development of amendments to GTR No. 2 as reflected in GRPE-76-28. He underlined that the work on On-Board Diagnostic systems (OBD) 2 Stage II that begun in 2018 and was expected to be completed in 2019. In an answer to a question raised, he confirmed that the group would address the performance of electric powered two wheelers in a second stage.

40. GRPE noted the ongoing discussion on the difficulties to measure particulate matters for vehicles with two-stroke engines and potential interactions with PMP. GRPE acknowledged the progress made by the IWG on EPPR and noted the request for a meeting room for one day during the GRPE week in June 2018.

41. GRPE did not receive any new proposal.

42. The Chair of the IWG on Electric Vehicles and the Environment (EVE) presented a status report on the ongoing activities of the group (GRPE-76-30) under the threeareas of work. First, he explained the ongoing work on GTR development for the test procedure to determine power of electrified vehicles on the basis of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) method(s). He mentioned the work plan and the priority given to the reference method and the development of the candidate method, if time and resources permit validation. He requested input from GRPE on whether this work should be done as an annex to the UN GTR No. 15 or as a standalone UN GTR. Second, he reported on the continuous research on battery durability and referred to activities from the Joint Research Centre (JRC) on a battery life parameterized simulation model validated by on-road testing (led by Canada). He highlighted that the final recommendations, likely to be prepared until 2019, would include a recommendation to seek authorization for relevant additional activities such as UN GTR development or may recommend concluding the topic. Third, he informed GRPE that the IWG on EVE had made a presentation to the Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency (GEEE) to seek their partnership on the project to assess upstream emissions from electric vehicles, that GEEE had been receptive to the idea and endorsed the proposal for the Group of Expert on Cleaner Electricity Production (CEP) to consider this work, with the support of the IWG on EVE.

43. GRPE acknowledged the progress of the IWG on EVE and noted the request for a meeting room for half a day during the GRPE week in June 2018.

44. GRPE did not receive any new proposal to amend M.R.2.

45. The GRPE Ambassador to the IWG on International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA) presented a status report (GRPE-76-31) of the IWG on IWVTA.

46. He informed GRPE that Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement entered into force on 14 September 2017. He mentioned that the IWG reviewed the options to transpose UN GTR No. 15 into a new UN Regulation on WLTP and excluded option 3 (see para. 19). He mentioned the “Questions and Answers” document prepared on Revision 3 and on UN Regulation No. 0. He invited interested experts to consult these documents. He concluded his intervention by mentioning the difficulties faced by UNECE that was to finance the Database for the Exchange of Type Approval documentation (DETA) necessary for the proper functioning of IWVTA.

47. The Vice-Chair of the IWG on Vehicles Interior Air Quality (VIAQ) presented a status report on the ongoing activities of the group (GRPE-76-35). He recalled that the original mandate of the group ended in November 2017. He highlighted the conclusion of the work by the tabled proposal for a new Mutual Resolution on recommendations to harmonize test procedures of interior air emissions generated from interior materials (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/136) which was adopted by WP.29 and AC.3 during 173rd WP.29 session in Geneva (14-17 November 2017). He recalled that WP.29 had endorsed the extension of the mandate of the IWG on VIAQ until November 2020 to extend the work and consider not only emissions generated by interior materials, but also gases from other sources that enter into the vehicle cabin.

48. As Chair for the new stage of the IWG on VIAQ, the expert from the Russian Federation highlighted the existing standards on VIAQ in his country. He presented the revised Terms of Reference for the IWG on VIAQ (GRPE-76-27) which were adopted by GRPE, as reproduced in Annex VIII.

49. GRPE acknowledged the progress made by the IWG on VIAQ and noted the request for a meeting room for half a day during the GRPE week in June 2018.

50. The expert from Japan presented GRPE-76-18 on the activities of his Country on Real Driving Emission (“Japan RDE”). The expert from OICA presented GRPE-76-19 with a non-exhaustive list of countries (e.g. Brazil, China, India, Japan, Republic of Korea) working on non-harmonized requirements on Real Driving Emissions. The Secretary of GRPE mentioned the difficulties faced by GRPE to transpose UN GTR No. 15 due to regional options and variants. He called for early harmonization of technical provisions on Real Driving Emissions. GRPE discussed the proposal of the expert from OICA to have a workshop would be organized in order to discuss Global RDE. The secretariat agreed to collaborate in the hosting of such workshop. The Chair of GRPE welcomed the presentation and invited Contracting Parties to continue this exercise of exchange of information on emissions requirements in the next sessions. He urged the delegations to not only focus on their domestic needs but also leave flexibility for negotiation of globally harmonized requirements. GRPE agreed to add a corresponding agenda item on the agenda of GRPE.

51. The expert from China informed GRPE on activities on the China Automotive Testing Cycle (CATP), following a question raised by the Chair (WP.29-172-21).

52. The expert from OICA briefly introduced GRPE-76-20 on non-harmonized fuel economy provisions for heavy duty vehicles in various countries and regions. The expert from OICA proposed that a workshop would be organized in order to discuss this subject. The secretariat agreed to collaborate in hosting the workshop. GRPE agreed to add a corresponding item on the agenda of GRPE.

53. The expert from OICA briefly introduced GRPE-76-21, proposing to amend UN Regulation No. 24. He agreed to prepare an informal document along the lines in his presentation.

54. The secretariat briefly introduced GRSG-113-39 to inform GRPE on activities that could be relevant. He invited delegates to consult the document and submit remarks if necessary.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

English version, paragraph 16.1.1.3., amend to read:

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

French version, paragraph 16.1.1.3., amend to read:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Insert a new paragraph 18.1.6.1., to read:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Paragraph 5.1.1.2.1., amend to read:

5.1.1.2.1.Cables

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

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


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

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

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.