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Working Party on General Safety
116th session | Geneva | 8-12 Apr 2019 Download Copy
Agenda Item 6. (a) | UN Global Technical Regulation No. 6 (Safety glazing)

GRSG agreed to consider a proposal by India to align UN Global Technical Regulation 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.

Document(s)
GRSG-116-30 | GTR 6: Proposal for amendments (Korea)
GRSG-116-31 | GTR 6: Explanation of obscuration exemption proposal (document GRSG-116-30) (Korea)
GRSG-116-32 | GTR 6: Panoramic Sunroof Glazing informal group status report (Korea)
GRSG/2019/4 | GTR 6: Proposal for Amendment 2 (India)
Related pages: GTR No. 6 Safety Glazing

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21. The expert from India introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2019/4 to align UN Global Technical Regulation (GTR) No. 6 with UN Regulation No. 43 on the optional use of laminated-glass panes with improved mechanical properties, particularly for the front, exterior, forward-facing glazing of the upper deck of a double-deck vehicle. The expert from Germany raised concern on the justification in the document.

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22. The expert from the Republic of Korea presented GRSG-116-30 and GRSG-116-31 on the need to exempt in Zone I the possible opaque obscuration which is defined in paragraph 7.1.3.2.4. of the annexes on installing laminated-glass panes. The expert from Germany endorsed the proposed amendments, adding that the zone had to be clearly defined. The expert from Finland affirmed the necessity for similar amendments in UN Regulation No. 43.

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23. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of these subjects at its October 2019 session. The experts from Germany and India volunteered to prepare revised official documents to that end. The expert from India also offered to review the authorization to develop Amendment 2 to UN GTR No. 6 and to follow up on the necessary procedure at the next sessions of the Executive Committee AC.3 of the 1998 Agreement.

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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.