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Working Party on Lighting and Light-signalling
82nd session | Geneva | 22-25 Oct 2019 Download Copy
Agenda Item 4. | Simplification of lighting and light-signalling UN Regulations

GRE will be informed about the progress of the Informal Working Group “Simplification of the Lighting and Light-Signalling Regulations” (IWG SLR).

GRE will take note that the three new simplified UN Regulations Nos. [148] on Light-Signalling Devices (LSD), [149] on Road Illumination Devices (RID) and [150] on Retro-Reflective Devices (RRD) are expected to enter into force on 15 November 2019. In this regard, GRE will address an urgent proposal by IWG SLR that corrects errors inadvertently introduced in the text of the new UN Regulation No. [149]. In parallel, the same proposal is being submitted to the WP.29 session in November 2019 with an official WP.29 symbol.

GRE may also wish to consider proposals for further corrections to the three new Regulations that have been prepared by IWG SLR.

GRE will consider revised proposals for amendments to UN Regulation No. [148] and to UN Regulation No. 48 submitted by the experts from France and Germany, which introduce conditions for the use of logos inside the illuminating surface of a signalling lamp.

GRE will consider an updated proposal transmitted by the expert from Germany which introduces requirements for testing the sun load impact into UN Regulation No. [148] on Light Signalling Devices.

GRE will resume its discussions on the various options of how to use the Unique Identifier (UI) for the new simplified UN Regulations, and will be informed about the views of IWG on Database for the Exchange of Type Approval Documentation (DETA).

Driver assistance road projections.

Document(s)
GRE-82-02 | Proposal to correct the text of UN R149
GRE-82-20 | Proposal for amendments to documents GRE/2019/28 (CLEPA)
GRE-82-26 | UN R150: Draft consolidated proposal for amendments
GRE-82-27 | UN R148: Proposal for a Supplement
GRE-82-28 | UN R148: Proposal for a Supplement
GRE-82-29 | UN R148: Proposal for a Supplement
GRE-82-30 | UN R148: Draft consolidated proposal for amendments
GRE-82-31 | Challenges to the implementation of the Unique Identifier
GRE-82-32 | UN R48: Consolidated version of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2019/28 (France and Germany)
GRE-82-33 | UN R149: Proposal for amendments (Italy)
GRE-82-36 | UN R148: Proposal to amend ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2019/28 (OICA)
GRE-82-38 | UN R48 and R148: Comments on document GRE/2019/22 (Japan)
GRE-82-39 | Status report of the Simplification of Lighting Regulations informal group
GRE/2019/22 | Proposal for Supplements to the new UN Regulation No. [148] and to the 06 and [07] series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48 (Germany)
GRE/2019/24 | Proposal to correct UN Regulation No. [149] (Road Illumination Devices)
GRE/2019/25 | Proposal to correct UN Regulation No. [148] (Light Signalling Devices)
GRE/2019/26 | Proposal to correct UN Regulation No. [150] (Retro-Reflective Devices)
GRE/2019/28 | Proposal for Supplements to UN R148 and R48.06 (France and Germany)
WP.29/2019/125 | UN R149: Proposal for Supplement 2

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7. The expert from the Informal Working Group Simplification of the Lighting and Light-Signalling Regulations" (IWG SLR) reported on their progress (GRE-82-39). He requested GRE to provide guidance on the future development of UN Regulation No. [149] concerning the light sources and reduction in the number of beams. GRE agreed with the approach envisaged by IWG SLR.

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8. GRE was informed that the three new simplified UN Regulations Nos. [148] on Light-Signalling Devices (LSD), [149] on Road Illumination Devices (RID) and [150] on Retro-Reflective Devices (RRD) were expected to enter into force on 15 November 2019. GRE noted that IWG SLR had identified errors inadvertently introduced in the text of the new UN Regulation No. [149] and that a correction had been submitted to the WP.29 session in November 2019 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/125, GRE-82-02). GRE supported the correction.

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9. The expert from IWG SLR introduced corrections of mistakes and omissions in the text of the new UN Regulations Nos. [148], [149] and [150] (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2019/24, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2019/25 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2019/26). GRE adopted the corrections and mandated the secretariat to submit them to WP.29 and the Administrative Committee (AC.1) for consideration at their March 2020 sessions. GRE also requested the secretariat to verify with the United Nations Office for Legal Affairs (OLA) whether the adopted corrections could be introduced in the form of corrigenda to the original versions of the three new UN Regulations.

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11. At the proposal to IWG SLR, GRE adopted further corrections to UN Regulation No. [148] (GRE-82-27, GRE-82-28, GRE-82-29 and Annex II) and requested the secretariat to submit them to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2020 sessions.

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12. GRE also noted draft consolidated proposals for amendments to UN Regulation Nos. [148] and [150] (GRE-82-30 and GRE-82-26). The Chair invited GRE experts to review these documents and send their comments to IWG SLR.

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13. The expert from Italy proposed to correct a wrong reference in UN Regulation No. [149] (GRE-82-33). GRE adopted the correction (Annex III) and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2020 sessions.

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14. GRE recalled that, according to the mandate of IWG SLR, the requirements in the original series of the three new UN Regulations should be totally identical to the requirements in the device UN Regulations which had been frozen in the course of the simplification process. Therefore, GRE was of the view that eventual discrepancies should be corrected by means of supplements or corrigenda to the original series of the new UN Regulations, while substantial changes should only be introduced by the 01 series of amendments and supplements therein.

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15. The expert of IWG SLR recalled that, in the course of the SLR process, the device UN Regulation had been “frozen” by introducing new series of amendments which did not require changes in the approval number (TRANS/WP.29/815, para. 82). He requested the secretariat to include a corresponding footnote in the final consolidated versions of the device UN Regulations.

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16. The experts from France and Germany presented an updated proposal for amendments to UN Regulations Nos. 48 and 148, which introduce conditions for the use of logos of the vehicle or body manufacturer inside the illuminating surface of a signalling lamp (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2019/28 and GRE-82-32). The expert from CLEPA proposed adding the logo of the lamp manufacturer (GRE-82-20). The expert from OICA suggested a modified definition of “manufacturer logo” (GRE-82-36).

17. Several experts expressed their preference to completely prohibit the use of logos inside the lamps on safety concerns, while some others pointed out that road safety would not be compromised, as the lamps should meet all requirements in the respective UN Regulations. Some experts wondered whether the use of letters inside the logos was allowed. Following an in-depth discussion, GRE agreed that the “manufacturer logo” definition would need further clarification and invited the experts from France and Germany to submit a revised proposal for consideration at the next session. Pending the outcome of this discussion, GRE invited type approval authorities to refrain from granting type approvals to signalling lamps with logos inside the illuminating surface.

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18. The expert from Germany presented an updated proposal which introduces requirements for testing the sun load impact into UN Regulation No. [148] (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2019/22). He further indicated that these amendments should be introduced by a new 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. [148], together with transitional provisions. The proposal received comments from Japan (GRE-82-38). The experts from the United Kingdom, CLEPA and OICA requested justification for additional testing in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2019/22. Finally, GRE invited the expert from Germany, in cooperation with Japan, CLEPA and OICA, to complement the document with transitional provisions and research justification.

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19. The expert from IWG SLR reported on the challenges of implementing the Unique Identifier (UI) in the new simplified UN Regulations (GRE-82-31) in the light of the progress of IWG on Database for the Exchange of Type Approval Documentation (DETA). GRE reiterated its view that for lighting and light-signalling devices, approval markings should be replaced by UI. At the same time, GRE noted that the access rights currently proposed by IWG DETA would not be sufficient for the efficient use of UI for the lighting and light-signalling UN Regulations. GRE mandated IWG SLR and the Chair to bring the specific GRE needs for the DETA access rights to the attention of IWG DETA and WP.29 at their forthcoming sessions in November 2019.

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Previous Discussion(s)

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

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

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

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

4. The annotated provisional agenda was adopted.

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

6. The 129th session of WP.29/AC.2 (11 March 2019) was chaired by Mr. B. Kisulenko (Russian Federation) and was attended, in accordance to Rule 29 of the terms of reference and rules of procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690/Rev.1) by the Chairs of Working Party on Noise (GRBP) (France), Working Party on Lighting and Light-Signalling (GRE) (Belgium), Working Party on Pollution and Energy (GRPE) (Netherlands), Working Party on Automated/Autonomous and Connected Vehicles (GRVA) (United Kingdom Of Great Britain and Northern Ireland), Working Party on General Safety Provisions (GRSG) (Italy), the Vice-Chair of Working Party on Passive Safety (GRSP) (Republic of Korea), the Chair of the Executive Committee (AC.3) of the 1998 Agreement (Japan), the Vice-Chair of WP.29 (Italy), and by the representatives of Canada, China, Germany, United States of America and European Union.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Table 1 to read:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

74. No information was provided under this agenda item.

75. No information was provided under this agenda item.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

136. No elements were raised under this agenda item.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

186. No subject was raised under this agenda item.

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

188. No subject was raised under this agenda item.

189. No subject was raised under this agenda item.

190. No subject was raised under this agenda item.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

18. The expert from the GRE special interest group introduced a consolidated proposal for a new 07 series of amendments (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2019/11, GRE-81-09 and GRE-81-10). The expert from France proposed an additional modification (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2019/4). Following in-depth discussion, GRE agreed that, given the complexity of the proposal, further work should be pursued by means of a task force. The experts from the Netherlands and Finland volunteered to act as Chair and Co-Chair, respectively, while the expert from OICA agreed to become secretary. GRE noted that the next session of the special interest group/task force would be convened on 16 and 17 May 2019 at the OICA office in Paris (GRE-81-24). The expert from SAE invited the task force to also address the earlier proposal of SAE on side retro-reflectors (GRE-80-17). Finally, GRE agreed to continue consideration of proposals for a new 07 series of amendments at the next session.

19. The expert from IMMA recalled the draft 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 53 adopted at the previous session of GRE (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2018/50 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/80, para. 28) and proposed to restore the original automatic headlamp requirement for vehicles not equipped with daytime running lamps (DRL) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2019/12). GRE adopted the proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2019 sessions as part of the draft 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 53. The expert from EC was not in a position to support the proposal.

20. The expert from India requested a postponement of consideration of his proposal to make the fitment of front position lamps optional, due to the introduction of automatic headlamp switching and DRL provisions (GRE-81-18).

21. The expert from GTB proposed editorial corrections to UN Regulation No. 65 (GRE-81-05). The expert from Cyprus commented on the proposal. The Chair invited GTB to prepare an official document for consideration at the next session.

22. The expert from the Netherlands tabled a revised proposal that requires mandatory installation of direction indicators on mopeds (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2019/2 and GRE-81-02-Rev.1). GRE adopted the proposal, as laid down in Annex IV, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2019 sessions as draft 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 74.

23. GRE noted that the Global Forum for Road Traffic Safety (WP.1), at its recent session in March 2019, had continued discussing ECE/TRANS/WP.1/2017/1/Rev.1 (France, Italy and Laser Europe) as well as Informal document No. 8 submitted by the Government of Germany. After discussion, WP.1 decided to resume, at the next session, by first addressing points (i), (j), (r), (t), 34, 35 and 36 in ECE/TRANS/WP.1/2017/1/Rev.1 while taking into account Informal document No. 8. GRE invited its experts to review these documents.

24. GRE was briefed on the recent developments in the field of road safety at the United Nations.

25. GRE reviewed a candidate UN Regulation No. 27 (Advance warning triangle) that was proposed to be added in Annex 4 to UN Regulation No. 0 under Phase 2 of the International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA) (WP.29-176-21) and decided that this was not necessary. At the same time, GRE highlighted the need to include in IWVTA, with high priority, the three new simplified UN Regulations on LSD, RID and RRD.

26. No information was reported under this agenda item.

27. GRE noted that Mr. G. Draper (President, GTB) would no longer attend GRE sessions on a regular basis, due to a redistribution of tasks in GTB. GRE thanked him for his long participation and extensive contributions and wished him success in the future.

28. Due to lack of time, GRE decided to consider GRE-80-06 at the next session.

29. GRE was briefed on the progress of the task force on the signalling requirements for automated/autonomous vehicles (TF AVSR) (GRE-81-08-Rev.1 and GRE-81-12-Rev.1). GRE noted that TF had not been able to reply to the main question on whether or not there should be a safety requirement for automated/autonomous vehicles to provide specific signals. GRE was not in a position to reach a consensus on this question either. While some experts felt that such signals were necessary for safety reasons, some others held a different view. The expert of SAE pointed out that his organization was developing lamps for automated/autonomous vehicles. GRE decided to request WP.29 for guidance on this matter. The Chair invited GRE experts to provide him with arguments for the request to WP.29 at its session in June 2019.

30. The expert from GTB presented their activity report and mentioned several ongoing studies which were scheduled to be completed by July 2019 (GRE-81-23). GRE looked forward to receiving the results of the studies.

31. GRE agreed to keep the same structure of the provisional agenda.

World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations | Session 179 | 12-14 Nov 2019

1. The World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) held its 179th session from 12 to 14 November 2019, chaired by Mr. B. Kisulenko (Russian Federation).The following countries were represented, following Rule 1 of the Rules of Procedure of WP.29 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Rev.1): Algeria, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, India, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK), United States of America, and Uzbekistan. Representatives of the European Union participated. The following observer country was represented: State of Palestine. The following international organization was represented: International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The following intergovernmental organizations were represented: Conference of European Directors of Roads (CEDR), Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), European Union funded EuroMed Transport Support Project. The following non-governmental organizations were also represented: Association for Emissions Control by Catalyst (AECC), European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA/MEMA/JAPIA)1, Fahrzeugsystemdaten GmbH (FSD), Fédération Internationale des Grossistes, Importateurs et Exportateurs en Fournitures Automobiles (FIGIEFA), Consumers International (CI), European Tyre and Rim Technical Organization (ETRTO), International Automobile Federation (FIA), Global New Car Assessment Programme (Global NCAP), International Automotive Lighting and Light Signalling Expert Group (GTB), International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA), International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA), International Organization for Standardization (ISO), International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA) and Society of Automotive Engineers International (SAE International). Other non-governmental organizations were represented following Rule 1(d): American Automotive Policy Council (AAPC), Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and World Bicycle Industry Association (WBIA). Other non-governmental organizations, private sector entities, independent experts and observers were represented: European Committee for Standardization (CEN); Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), United States of America Tire Manufacturers Association and The American University in Cairo.

2. The Chair of WP.29, Mr B. Kisulenko (Russian Federation), welcomed delegates to the 179th session of WP.29 and opened the meeting. He recalled the decision of WP.29 at its June 2019 session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1147, para. 14) to limit the duration of the 179th session to three days only as a trial to streamline its work.

3. The Director of the ECE Sustainable Transport Division, Mr Yuwei Li, informed WP.29 on the restructuring of the division in order to better address the road safety crisis with globally more than 1.3 million road traffic fatalities per year. The new section on transport of dangerous and road safety management included also oversight of the secretariat of the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety and of the secretariat of the United Nations Road Safety Trust Fund. Mr R. Hubert had been promoted to head of this section.

4. The Director explained that due to budgetary issues, the former post of Mr Hubert as Secretary to GRSG could not be filled immediately. He informed WP.29 participants that the recruitment process had recently been initiated and that a related job-opening would be published in the coming days. He recalled the Secretary-General’s gender strategy and the Executive Secretary’s commitment that aimed at equal distribution of gender at staff of the secretariat, which is not the case for the Division yet. He requested WP.29 delegates to help spreading information on the job-opining to potential candidates and encourage eligible females to apply for the post. He also informed delegates that the Secretary of WP.29 would e-mail the job-opening and the request to help encourage females’ applications.

5. The annotated provisional agenda was adopted.

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

7. The 131st session of WP.29/AC.2 (12 November 2019) was chaired by Mr. B. Kisulenko (Russian Federation) and was attended, in accordance to Rule 29 of the terms of reference and rules of procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690/Rev.1) by the Chairs of GRBP (France), GRPE (Netherlands), GRVA (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland), GRSG (Italy), the Vice-Chair of GRSP (Republic of Korea), the Vice-Chair of GRSG (Canada), the Vice-Chair of GRVA (China), the Chair of the Executive Committee (AC.3) of the 1998 Agreement (United States of America), the Vice-Chair of WP.29 (Italy), and by the representatives of Germany, Japan and the European Union.

8. AC.2 welcomed the work done by the Chairs of GRs on strategic planning and asked the Chairs to identify their top three priorities and to provide the associated timelines. AC.2 requested the secretariat to prepare a pre-filled template containing the priorities as well as items for maintaining existing regulations, that each Chair would use for this exercise. AC.2 agreed that this document would be the basis for establishing the programme of work for 2020. AC.2 invited contracting parties to provide comments on the programme of work in advance of the next meeting. AC.2 noted that the absence of comments would be considered as agreement.

9. AC.2 adopted the calendar of meetings for 2020 with the option to amend, during the March 2020 session of AC.2, the allocation of GRs to the meetings planned in the second half of 2020.

10. AC.2 revisited the format of WP.29 sessions based on experiences gained at its 179th session and agreed to continue with the three days format subject to a regular review. AC.2 would have a preparatory meeting on Mondays afternoon (2:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.) and thus providing more time for discussions. GRVA would benefit from half days gained by the restructuring of WP.29 sessions and would have two sessions of up to five days each per year. AC.2 would reconsider the possibility of an additional two days meeting for GRVA directly linked to the WP.29 June 2020 session at its 132nd session.

11. AC.2 noted the Inland Transport Committee (ITC) Informal Document No. 5 (2019) on implementing the ITC strategy that incorporating the ITC Recommendations for Enhancing National Road Safety Systems.

12. AC.2 approved the participation at the World Forum, under Rule 1(d) of the Rules of Procedure of WP.29, of the Non-Governmental Organization “Association of European Wheel Manufacturers (EUWA)” for the 2020–2021 biennium.

13. AC.2 reviewed and adopted the provisional agenda for the 179th session and reviewed the draft of the 180th session of the World Forum, scheduled to be held in Geneva from 10 to 12 March 2020.

14. AC.2 confirmed that AC.4 would not convene.

15. The Secretary of WP.29 presented the programme of work with a strategic introduction on the main priorities of the WP.29 work, which are related, among others, to vehicle automation and environmental protection (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/1/Rev.2).

16. WP.29 adopted the revised programme of work for 2019 based on document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/1/Rev.2.

17. The World Forum took note of the list of Working Parties and Chairs (WP.29-179-01) and the draft 2020 calendar for WP.29 and its subsidiary bodies (WP.29-179-02). In line with the recommendation of AC.2 proposal, WP.29 adopted the calendar of meetings for 2020 with the option to amend, during the March 2020 session of AC.2, the allocation of GRs to the meetings planned in the second half of 2020.

18. The 2020 calendar and the list of Working Parties, Informal Working Groups (IWG) and Chairs are reproduced in annexes I and II to this report.

19. The representative of FIA presented WP.29-179-18 on consumer views on automated/autonomous vehicles emphasising the challenges associated with the cyber security performance of vehicles over their life time. He presented a possible solution to address the challenges. He admitted that the solution proposed was not design neutral. He explained that his purpose was to demonstrate that the challenge could be solved and that at least one solution would exist. He stated that the World Forum was the right place to address this issue. He proposed that WP.29 mandate GRVA to regulate Information Technology (IT) security in automotive products over their life time at the ECE level within the framework of the 1958 Agreement.

20. The representative of the United Kingdom, on behalf of the Co-Chair of the Task Force on Cyber Security and OTA issues, explained that the task force was facing difficulties of legal nature concerning what could be done within the frameworks of the 1958 and 1998 Agreements. He questioned whether, under the 1958 Agreement, manufacturers can be required to undertake to protect vehicles from cyber-attack throughout their lifetime. The representative of OICA supported this statement.

21. The representative of the Russian Federation, Co-Chair of IWG on PTI, supported the views expressed in the presentation. He invited delegates to participate in the work of IWG on PTI to work in the spirit proposed in the presentation.

22. The representative of CITA supported the idea proposed in the presentation. He clarified that the comparison of replacement parts (e.g. brake pads) with IT products did not reflect the complexity related to cyber security. He mentioned that it was certainly possible to draft technical provisions under the 1958 Agreement to address this challenge.

23. The representative of ITU supported the view of CITA. He recalled his previous compromise proposal that regulatory provisions require that manufacturers were responsible and able to address cyber security as long as the communication capability in the vehicle existed. He explained, that in practice, this would mean that manufacturers would have to apply security patches (as it is done in other industries) as long as the vehicle is equipped with a functioning communication capability.

24. The representative of Germany stated that there was no disagreement among WP.29, that cyber security would need to be archived over the life time of a vehicle. He stated that the main point was to find out how to reasonably achieve that goal from the regulatory perspective. He mentioned that his country would certainly be able to regulate this, but that given the international nature of road traffic, internationally harmonized provisions would be needed.

25. The representative of the United Kingdom noted that this issue had already been discussed at GRVA and that the key issue in the discussion was whether there was a legal basis to provide provisions. He invited the secretariat, possibly with the support of the Office of Legal Affairs, to provide guidance on this point for the next session of WP.29.

26. The representative of the United States of America suggested that the Task Force could continue its work and consider developing voluntary guidelines, while legal matters were clarified.

27. The representative of the Republic of Korea informed WP.29 about their plan to issue a national guideline for cyber security in the Republic of Korea. He stated that Korea would release a guideline for cyber security before the end of 2019, based on the activities of the Task Force on Cyber Security and Software Update and the research conducted in the Republic of Korea. He added that they would introduce their guideline in the upcoming Cyber Security and Software Update meeting in Washington, D.C.

28. The representative of the United States of America presented WP.29-179-25 proposing the correction of a printing error in the Framework Document on Automated Vehicles. WP.29 requested the secretariat to prepare Revision 2 to the framework document.

29. The representative of CLEPA presented WP.29-179-23. WP.29 referred this document to GRSP for review at its December 2019 session.

30. The representative of the United Kingdom introduced WP.29-179-24 with the report on the test phase for Software Updates of the Task Force on Cyber Security and Over-the-air issues. He highlighted that seven contracting parties as well as 15 manufacturers contributed to this work. He highlighted that the initial assessment was positive and that findings would be addressed at the coming meeting of the Task Force.

31. The representative of the European Union stated the importance of completing this work soon as it would be relevant for the activities on Automated Lane Keeping Systems.

32. The representative of the United Kingdom cautioned that the application of the new cyber security measures to ALKS may prove challenging due to the advanced development status of the technology.

33. The representative of France stated the importance for the group to avoid divergence in the application of the provisions by the manufacturers, the technical services, the approval authorities and the countries.

34. WP.29 noted the report.

35. The GRVA Secretary presented WP.29-179-19 providing a comparison of both Event Data Recorder and Data Storage Systems for Automated Driving systems. The representative of the United States of America noted that the document was still work in progress and would be further developed during the next meeting of IWG.

36. The World Forum recalled the report of the Chair of GRE on its eighty-first session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/81) and approved the report.

37. The World Forum recalled the report of the Chair of GRSG on its 116th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/95) and approved the report.

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

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

40. The World Forum recalled the report of the Chair of GRVA on its third session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRVA/3) and approved the report.

41. The GRBP Chair reported on the results achieved by GRBP during its seventieth session (for details, see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRBP/68).

42. The GRBP chair mentioned that GRBP had adopted a new series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 59 (Replacement silencing systems) and a draft technical report and Amendment No. 2 to UN GTR No. 16 (Tyres). He also indicated that the recently established Informal Working Group on Wet Grip Performance for Tyres in a Worn State (IWG WGWT) would be co-chaired by France and the European Commission.

43. The GRBP Chair mentioned that, in line with the WP.29 request, GRBP solicited views of national road administrations on the draft Resolution on Road Surface Labelling and that the main conclusions of the survey were as follows:

  1. The Draft Resolution in many aspects does not seem suitable for international implementation;
  2. There was not much interest expressed to pursue the issue of labelling road surfaces in the framework of GRBP;
  3. GRBP and WP.29 do not seem to be appropriate fora to consider this issue, as it is currently out of their scope;
  4. The issue should be communicated to the European Committee for Standardization (its technical committee CEN/TC 227) and/or to the relevant International Organization for Standardization (ISO) technical committee, if available.

44. WP.29 agreed to the above conclusions.

45. Finally, WP.29 noted that GRB had re-elected Mr. S. Ficheux (France) as Chair and Mr. A. Bocharov (Russian Federation) as Vice-Chair for the year 2020.

46. The Chair of GRVA (United Kingdom) reported to WP.29 on the results achieved by GRVA during its fourth session (for more details see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRVA/4).

47. WP.29 agreed with the mandate extension until September 2020 of IWG on Advanced Emergency Braking System (AEBS).

48. WP.29 agreed with the mandate extension until September 2021 of the Task Force on Cyber Security and Over the Air Software Updates (OTA) issues.

49. WP.29 was informed that Mr. R. Damm (Germany) had been elected Chair of GRVA for the year 2020 and that Ms. C. Chen (China) and Mr. T. Onoda (Japan) were re-elected as Vice–Chairs of GRVA. WP.29 thanked Mr. B. Frost for his excellent leadership when chairing the Working Party on Brakes and Running Gear since 2012 and then GRVA since 2018.

50. The Chair of GRSG (Italy) reported on the results achieved during the 117th session of GRSG (for more details see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/96).

51. He informed WP.29 that GRSG had agreed to request withdrawal of document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/93 from the agenda (item 4.7.1) of this session of WP.29 in order to resume considerations.

52. WP.29 noted that GRSG had re-elected Mr. A. Erario (Italy) as Chair and Mr. K. Hendershot (Canada) as Vice-Chair for the year 2020.

53. The secretariat, on behalf of the Chair of GRE, reported on the results of the eighty-second session of GRE (for details, see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/82).

54. In particular, he informed WP.29 about the adopted draft new series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48 that introduces the mandatory use of Emergency Stop Signal (ESS). He further mentioned that GRE agreed to correct few mistakes and omissions in the new simplified UN Regulations Nos. [148], [149] and [150]. He recalled that, according to the WP.29 mandate, the requirements in the original series of the three new UN Regulations should be totally identical to the requirements in the device UN Regulations which had been frozen in the course of the simplification process. Therefore, GRE was of the view that eventual discrepancies should be corrected by means of supplements or corrigenda to the original series of the new UN Regulations, while substantial changes should only be introduced by the 01 series of amendments and its supplements.

55. WP.29 noted that GRE had re-elected Mr. M. Loccufier (Belgium) as Chair and Mr. D. Rovers (Netherlands) as Vice-Chair for the year 2020.

56. The secretariat informed the World Forum about the latest update of the status of the 1958 Agreement, based on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/343/Rev.27. WP.29 noted that contracting parties should notify the secretariat about any amendments needed to the status document via the new established online data base (/343app) only. The secretariat invited those Contracting Parties who had not yet notified their Single Points of Contact, to gain writing permission for the database, to do so as soon as possible.

57. WP.29 noted the introduction of new style of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/343/Rev.27 document. Only informal update of Part II would be available on the website for the June and November sessions. Part I and Annex I were accessible via the /343app. The full document would be issued at the annual March session.

58. No discussion took place under this agenda item.

59. No discussion took place under this agenda item.

60. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda item 4.3 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

61. WP.29 endorsed the informal document WP.29-179-08 and requested the secretariat to prepare it as official document for the next session.

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

63. The representative from Germany reported, on behalf of the Chair of IWG on DETA, on the thirty-sixth meeting of IWG on DETA. He mentioned the number of contracting parties that had already notified the secretariat about a DETA Focal Point and have access to the database. He presented the ongoing work and expected timelines. He informed WP.29 that an automated upload functionality was under consideration and that a news area had been added to allow for the exchange of information between approval authorities of contracting parties.

64. The representative from the Russian Federation highlighted the positive developments with DETA, however some technical problems were encountered when introducing new information. The representative from Germany proposed to directly get in contact with their agency, Kraftfahrt Bundesamt, where DETA is currently hosted. The representative of Switzerland reported that when they had experienced similar problems with DETA, they had immediately been solved once they had contacted the German Agency.

65. WP.29 encouraged GRs to review the question raised by IWG on DETA concerning the application of the Unique Identifier (UI) together with markings and to provide guidance on how to proceed based on two options:

  • Option 1: Using UI and keep installation marking and information on the part;
  • Option 2: Using UI only for the approval marking and providing open access to the communication document, which would also contain the necessary installation marking.
66. The delegate from Finland expressed their support for option 2 that allowed open access to the type approval communication forms in DETA, while the representative from Switzerland supported option 1 as the E-mark including installation marking and information was well known and removed the necessity to retrieve information from DETA, which could not be always feasible. The delegate from Austria supported by the expert from FIA, highlighted the need to have information on the installation of a part during the whole lifetime of the vehicle as this would be important for cases when replacement parts were used as well as for Periodic Technical Inspections (PTI) or individual approvals of vehicles.

67. The representative from ETRTO noted that free access to DETA could lead to misinterpretation of communication forms and therefore the issue needed to be discussed further, which found support from by the representative of OICA, who also noted potential server overload and security issues.

68. The delegate from Germany clarified that DETA was already designed so that different levels of access were provided and that the communication form was different to the Declaration of Conformance (DoC). He proposed that the GRs should identify the content of the communication form to avoid issues of intellectual property rights.

69. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.6.1 to 4.6.15 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the following modifications:

  • Item 4.6.3, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/81, last page, Table A2-1, line “Rear position pair (MR)”, replace “15°/15°” with “15°/10°”.
  • Item 4.6.5, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/125, amend the title to read “Supplement 1 to the original series of UN Regulation No. [149] on Road Illumination Devices (RID)”.

70. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.7.2. to 4.7.10. and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting subject to the following modifications:

  • Item 4.7.2., document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/94, throughout the document replace “para. 6.15.10.8.” by “para. 6.17.10.8.”
  • Item 4.7.6., document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/98, throughout the document replace “Annex 15” by “Annex 16”.
  • Item 4.7.8, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/100, amend the title to read “Supplement 3 to the 07 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 107 (M2 and M3 vehicles)”.

70 bis. WP.29 recommended AC.1 not to vote on draft amendment under agenda item 4.7.1.

71. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.8.1. to 4.8.9. and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

72. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under items 4.9.1 to 4.9.9 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

73. Following the recommendation by the Chair of GRVA, WP.29 deferred adoption of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/114 to its March 2020 session and requested the secretariat to issue it as a revised version incorporating the proposed amendments of WP.29-179-15.

74. The World Forum considered the draft corrigenda under items 4.11.1 to 4.11.2 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

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

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

77. The representative of the European Union informed WP.29 that it would be able to vote on document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/118 if it was together with the informal document WP.29-179-06.

78. The World Forum adopted the amendments to the Consolidated Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles (R.E.3) under items 4.14.1 to 4.14.2.

79. The World Forum approved the amendments to the Consolidated Resolution on the common specification of light source categories (R.E.5).

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

81. The World Forum approved the Amendment 2 to Mutual Resolution No. 1 (M.R.1) and noted it would also be considered in the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement (AC.3).

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

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

84. The representative of the Russian Federation, Co-Chair of IWG on PTI, reported on the activities of IWG since June 2019 (WP.29-179-20) and presented WP.29-179-22 with a general overview of the “in–service compliance assessment approach”. He noted that, according to the principles for in-service compliance enforcement addressed by WP.29, a shift towards sustainability of transport systems that includes safety needed to be considered. He added that the increased complexity of vehicles would require these vehicles to be properly maintained throughout their life. He stated that, to meet the above two principles, the continuous compliance of vehicles through their whole life shall be warranted.

85. He listed several procedures servicing the purpose of continuous compliance of the vehicle: Conformity of Production (CoP) and in-service conformity in framework of the 1958 Agreement, market surveillance, PTI and roadside inspections in framework of the 1997 Agreement. He added that the data collected in these processes could be used by the contracting parties for a proper safety management. He mentioned that both international legal acts shall be interconnected and could be united in the future. He recalled that there were precedents: one of them being the Customs Union Regulation on the safety of wheeled vehicles.
86. He proposed that compliance management should:

  1. Incorporate procedures to identify compliance obligations and to evaluate compliance risks;
  2. Include planning to address compliance risks and to achieve the objectives;
  3. Operational planning and control of compliance risks;
  4. Performance evaluation and compliance reporting;
  5. Managing non-compliances; and
  6. Continual improvement of the management.

87. He emphasized that the two principles of integrity and compliance were the basis and thus an opportunity for a sustainable transport system.

88. The Co–Chair of IWG on PTI proposed that information on the results of PTI/Roadside Inspection could be used for in–service conformity purposes as well as information from type approval authorities, warranty claims, contracting party surveillance testing and warranty repair works recorded at servicing.

89. He concluded that there was need to explore the feasibility of introducing provisions, relevant for in-use requirements for vehicles, into the relevant UN Regulations by GRs. PTI/Roadside Inspection could be the element of in-service conformity. He advocated that in-use requirements for vehicles together with test and inspection methods stemming from the relevant UN Regulations should be placed into UN Rules.

90. He advised that the next task was the development of the definitions for:

  • In-service conformity;
  • In-service compliance;
  • Vehicle normal in-service conditions; and
  • Vehicle normal useful life period.
91. The representative of Sweden expressed support for the work going on in IWG on PTI. He raised the question of how to take the work forward and to propose provisions.

92. The representative of Italy, Vice–Chair of WP.29, noted that the in-service conformity process involved the manufacturer and the authorities of the country which had granted type approval for a vehicle type, while the PTI process involved the vehicles registered in a given country. He asked how to reconcile these two different scopes and jurisdictions. The Chair of IWG confirmed that this item was currently under discussion.

93. The representative of the Netherlands provided insight on the reasons for their support for the ongoing activities of IWG. He explained that they supported the overall concept presented and that his organization was in charge of both type approval and period technical inspection and that, therefore, they had an interest to manage the implications of technical progress and regulatory updates on the period technical inspection system.

94. WP.29 noted the consolidated document (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1074/Rev.14) on the status of the agreement, including the status of the UN Rules annexed to the agreement, the list of the contracting parties to the agreement and of their administrative departments.

95. No update was provided under this agenda item.

96. The secretariat recalled that the amendments to the 1997 Agreement discussed by WP.29 had been sent by the Russian Federation to the Office of Legal Affairs in New York. The secretariat presented WP.29-179-10 reproducing the notification sent by OLA on the entry into force of the amendments to the 1997 Agreement on 13 November 2019.

97. No document had been submitted under this agenda item.

98. The Co–Chair of IWG on PTI recalled the purpose of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/120 and that this document was currently under review by the GRs. He noted that the proposal for the amendment to R.E.6 that introduced recommendations for technical roadside inspections, had been submitted to WP.29 Working Parties with the request to provide comments according to their areas of expertise.

99. He announced that this document could be reviewed and considered for voting by AC.4 at its March 2020 session.

100. The representative of CLEPA presented informal document WP.29-179-07 and invited everyone to join the event celebrating their anniversary taking place on 4 December 2019 in Brussels.

101. The representative of the Russian Federation presented the informal document WP.29-179-17/Rev.1 and described the results of the state surveillance and monitoring of buses. He concluded that work would continue with finding solutions to issues that arose during the tests and asked for support on the proposals to move forward. These findings would warrant reflection related to UN Regulations Nos. 66, 80 and 107. A completed report would be available early 2020.

102. The representative of France welcomed this work, especially on UN regulation No. 66.

103. The Secretary of WP.1 informed WP.29 on the progress in harmonizing lighting provisions in the 1968 Vienna convention and the UN Regulations on lighting annexed to the 1958 agreement where still open issues had not been solved.

104. He introduced WP.29-179-05 related to the activities of the WP.1-WP.29 Executive-Task-Force that aimed at enhanced cooperation between the two fora. The United States proposed a joint WP.1–WP.29 event for March 2020 when both fora would have their sessions during the same week. Both secretaries agreed to identify a time for such a meeting.

105. The secretariat reported on actions taken in the framework of the responsibilities of the World Forum regarding the third pillar (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1095, para. 97).

106. The representative of OICA presented the informal document WP.29-179-11 and their manifesto. He stressed the strong commitment of OICA to road safety and stated that only an integrated approach would yield benefits in improving road safety. He continued that manufacturers had the responsibility to offer safe and affordable vehicles to the public and strongly recommended governments to place manufacturers on a level playing field by legislating mandatory minimum safety requirements on the basis of the list contained in informal document WP.29-179-11.

107. The representative of NCAP welcomed the initiative of OICA and announced that they would comment through a letter. The representative of Germany considered it as important action and expressed the willingness of his country to support those countries asking for support for improving road safety. He also encouraged other countries to do so. The representative of South Africa congratulated OICA on the important agreement and informed WP:29 that manufacturers in South Africa had already changed their approach towards legally mandating minimum safety regulations due to the manifesto.

108. The representative of Consumer International presented the project aiming at raising awareness about the safe transport of children among consumers in Latin America (PESRI).

109. The representative of the Russian Federation thanked Consumer International for the presentation and noted that the Russian Federation also made significant efforts for increasing child safety during transportation. He also noted that WP.29 adopted the supplement to UN Regulation No. 44 initiated by the Russian Federation, which excluded various adapters from the types of child restraint systems. This initiative increased child safety during transportation by vehicles.

110. The representative of Global NCAP highlighted that fake labels on car seats were a problem as they undermined our work. He encouraged the WP.29 and its secretariat to think about developing digital systems to check if labels are real, perhaps through some support from DETA.

111. The WP.29 Secretary presented the informal document WP.29-179-14 and announced that amendments agreed in June 2019 would enter into force in January 2020. He clarified that corrigenda should only correct typos and not have impact on the substance.

112. It was brought to the attention of the World Forum that Mrs. R. Urdhwareshe (India) and Mr. B. Frost (United Kingdom) would no longer attend WP.29 sessions. WP.29 thanked them for their long-lasting cooperation and their important contributions to the success of the World Forum. WP.29 wished them long and happy retirements.

113. The World Forum adopted the report on its 179th session and its annexes based on a draft prepared by the secretariat. The report included sections related to the seventy–third session of the Administrative Committee (AC.1) of the 1958 Agreement, to the fifty–seventh session of the Executive Committee (AC.3) of the 1998 Agreement and to the fourteenth session of the Administrative Committee (AC.4) of the 1997 Agreement.

114. Of the 55 contracting parties to the agreement, 40 were represented and established AC.1 for its seventy–third session on 13 November 2019.

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

116. The results of the voting on the documents submitted are in the following table, following the rules of procedure of article 12 and the appendix of Revision 3 to the 1958 Agreement.

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

118. AC.3 noted the information, as of 6 November 2019, on the status of the Agreement of the Global Registry and of the Compendium of Candidates (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.26), the status of the priorities of the 1998 Agreement (based on WP.29-176-04 as reproduced in Annex II to this report) and items on which the exchange of views should continue. AC.3 noted that notifications and the mandatory reports on the transposition process through their Permanent Missions in Geneva to the secretariat, are publicly accessible. AC.3 agreed to always send the above-mentioned reports and notifications through their Permanent Missions in Geneva and directly to the secretariat (email: edoardo.gianotti@un.org) to ensure updating of the status document, which is the monitoring tool of the agreement. Finally, AC.3 requested to its representatives to provide to the secretariat with the coordinates of their corresponding focal points to the agreement: they are appointed in their capitals to draft the reports and notifications to keep them informed in the exchange of information through the above-mentioned website.

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

120. Submitted for consideration and vote, the proposal for Amendment 4 to UN GTR No  2 on the measurement procedure for two wheeled motorcycles equipped with a positive or compression ignition engine with regard to the emissions of gaseous pollutants, CO2 emissions and fuel consumption (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/121, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/122 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/36), subject to the following modification in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/121:

Paragraph 3.4.3.1 to Annex 1: “1.225 Pa” should read “1.225 kPa”.

121. The proposal was adopted on 13 November 2019 by consensus of vote of the following contracting parties present and voting: Australia, Canada, China, the European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Norway, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, South Africa, Tunisia, Turkey and the United States of America.

122. The representatives from San Marino abstained from voting.

123. AC.3 Chair reminded representatives of contracting parties to the Agreement to provide secretariat with official letters to re-affirm listing of candidate regulations whose 5-year period would expire next year.

124. Submitted for consideration and vote, the proposal for amendment 2 to Mutual Resolution No. 1 of the 1958 and 1998 Agreements (M.R.1) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/119) was adopted on 13 November 2019 by consensus vote of the following contracting parties present and voting: Australia, Canada, China, the European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Norway, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, South Africa, Turkey.

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

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

127. AC.3 noted that GRSP would provide their priority topics after its December 2019 meeting.

128. No new information was provided under this agenda item. AC.3 agreed to keep this agenda item until new proposal would be submitted.

129. The representative of European Union thanked AC.3 for the vote on Amendment 4 to UN GTR No. 2 under agenda item 14.2. He highlighted that two levels of stringency had been implemented in Amendment 4 to reflect discrepancy among the different regions involved in the development work of the UN GTR. IWG on EPPR would now focus on transposing Amendment 4 to UN GTR No. 2 into an equivalent UN Regulation for L category vehicle. He informed that IWG will extend the requirements to other categories as a part of the next stage discussion.

130. The representative of Italy reported on the progress in harmonizing the provisions of UN GTR No. 3 and UN Regulation No. 78 according to the mandate (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/47). He announced that GRVA adopted a proposal for amendments to UN GTR No. 3 as well as the corresponding technical report and that both would be reviewed by AC.3 in March 2020. He thanked the contracting parties involved in the development of this amendment. He announced that the outcome of this work could result in amendments to UN Regulation No. 78 which the expert from IMMA volunteered to submit for review at the fifth session of GRVA.

131. The representative of the United States of America updated AC.3 about their work on proposing new federal standards for pollutant emissions from heavy duty vehicles. He expected a proposal to be issued in 2020 and a final rule adopted in 2021. He explained that the United States of America were exploring the possibility to use part of UN GTR No. 4 as a basis for this proposal, for example, on heavy-duty hybrid vehicles.

132. No new information was provided under this agenda item. AC.3 agreed to keep this agenda item until new proposal would be submitted.

133. The representative of the Republic of Korea reported on the progress of IWG on Panoramic Sunroof Glazing (PSG) in developing an amendment to UN GTR No. 6.

134. AC.3 noted that IWG was developing a draft Mutual Resolution No. [4] on the ceramic printed areas under the mandate, as amendments to the UN GTR No. 6 were considered premature.

135. The representative also introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/123, which is the request for authorization to develop an amendment to UN GTR No.6 on Safety Glazing. He explained that the authorization included the proposal for an amendment to exempt, in Zone I, the possible opaque obscuration in the test area on the windscreen of Categories 1-2 and 2 vehicles, which was used for installing devices such as rain-drop sensor, inside mirror or autonomous vehicle sensors.

136. AC.3 adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/123 and requested the secretariat to prepare the corresponding AC.3 document.

137. The representative of Japan, as technical sponsor, reported on the progress of IWG on Phase 2 of UN GTR No. 7 on head restraints. He explained that IWG had proposed an advanced proposal that removed several square brackets and, therefore, had solved the main issues. He added that the draft amendment would introduce injury criteria focusing on Neck Injury Criteria (NIC), namely upper and lower neck flexion and extension and the procedure for establishing the height of the head restraint based on head contact. He concluded that the proposal would be further discussed at the December 2019 session of GRSP and complemented by the final status report.

138. The representative of the United Kingdom explained that a proposal to amend Mutual Resolution No. 1 would incorporate drawings and specifications of the Biofidelic Rear Impact Dummy. However, he indicated that the major challenge was the legal issue of copyright infringement concerning the above-mentioned specifications and consequent limitation of their public usage. He concluded by announcing that work would continue in close cooperation with the secretariat and with the dummy manufacturer to devise a disclaimer text, that would be removed from the drawings once the amendment was adopted by WP.29 and AC.3.

139. The representative of the Republic of Korea recalled that, at the fourth session of GRVA, discussions had begun for the Sine “with Dwell” series test of vehicle directional stability performance in UN Regulation No. 140 (ESC) as well as in UN GTR No. 8 (ESC). He confirmed that Republic of Korea would prepare a request for authorization to amend GTR No. 8 for the next AC.3 session.

140. The expert of the Republic of Korea informed AC.3 about the progress of IWG-DPPS. He stated that the fifth meeting of IWG-DPPS had been held in London in September 2019. He announced that the group was about to start drafting amendments, based on a proposed structure that was still under consideration and that a next IWG meeting was scheduled in March 2020 in Sweden.

141. No new information was provided under this agenda item. AC.3 agreed to keep this agenda item until new proposal would be submitted.

142. No new information was provided under this agenda item. AC.3 agreed to keep this agenda item until new proposal would be submitted.

143. No new information was provided under this agenda item. AC.3 agreed to keep this agenda item until new proposal would be submitted.

144. The representative of the United States of America, on behalf of the Chair of IWG on EVS UN GTR No. 13, Phase 2 and of GRSP, informed AC.3 on the progress of the group. She reported on IWG meeting that had been held from 6 to 9 November 2019, in Stuttgart, Germany. She stated that, under Phase 2 of the UN GTR, the task forces and subgroups of IWG were working on issues such as extending the scope of the UN GTR to cover heavy-duty vehicles and buses, material compatibility, tank stress rupture, fire test parameters and further clarification of existing GTR test procedures. Overall, she added that IWG was on track, however, some items had proven to be more complex and challenging, and additional work may be necessary. She added, that task force work would continue on heavy duty vehicles and buses, fuelling receptacle requirements, fire tests and test procedure recommendations. In addition, subgroups were looking at issues such as initial burst pressure, material compatibility and humid gas stress corrosion cracking.

145. AC.3 recalled the group’s discussions on side impact dummies. He reminded AC.3 about the vacant chairmanship of IWG on Harmonization of Side Impact Dummies. He further underlined that Technical Services continued to lack the technical specifications and drawings of side impact dummies, which led to inconsistencies in the test results. Difficulties related to legal uncertainties due to copyright issues had been recently solved for the FlexPLI (see para. 158 below) and a similar approach was envisaged for other dummies.

146. The representative of the EU updated AC.3 on the latest progress on the development of UN GTR No. 15. He explained that IWG on WLTP was drafting Amendment 6 to UN GTR No. 15, which reflected some modifications made within the transposition of UN GTR No. 15 into a UN Regulation. He stated this transposition process had taken significant resources from IWG on WLTP.

147. The representative of the Russian Federation, on behalf of the Chair of IWG on Tyre GTR, reported that GRBP, at its seventieth session in September 2019, had adopted draft Amendment 2 to UN GTR No. 16 and that the adopted documents would be submitted to the March 2020 session of AC.3. He pointed out that the draft amendment had been prepared by IWG and thanked the experts from Canada, China, Japan, Netherlands, United States of America, and the tyre and automotive industry for participating.

148. No new information was provided under this agenda item. AC.3 agreed to keep this agenda item until new proposal would be submitted.

149. The representative of the European Union reported on the latest progress in developing OBD, stage 2 as part of UN GTR No. 18. He explained the work had been split into two phases; Phase 1 had been completed in time for the GRPE session of May 2019 where an informal document was presented. He informed AC.3 that Phase 2 was still being developed, and highlighted that consensus still had to be reached on certain topics such as requirements for In Use Permanent Ratio, access to OBD information and administrative provisions. He finally informed the session that a new amendment to UN GTR No. 18 was expected to be presented at the November 2020 session of AC.3.

150. The representative of the European Union informed the session that Amendment 3 to UN GTR No. 19 had been submitted as a working document for the January 2020 session of GRPE. He explained that the new amendment contained issues reflecting the transposition of WLTP in a UN Regulation, such as the update of the scope (includes all vehicles fuelled with petrol), and a new optional annex for the conformity of production method.

151. The representative of the United States of America, on behalf of the Chair of IWG on Electric Vehicle Safety (EVS), UN GTR No. 20, Phase 2 and of GRSP, informed AC.3 about the progress of the group. She said that IWG had met in Tokyo from 11 to 13 June 2019. She explained that an official report of the meeting was being drafted, and that, once reviewed by GRSP, would be presented to AC.3. She clarified that IWG had covered such issues as thermal runaway, battery vibration and water immersion safety. Finally, she announced that the next meeting was scheduled to take place in Berlin in the first week of December 2019.

152. The representative of the United States of America, on behalf of the Chair of IWG on Quiet Road Transport Vehicle GTR (QRTV GTR), recalled that the work of IWG had been put on hold, pending consideration of several petitions to the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 141 on Minimum Sound Requirements for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles. She reported that one petition had been considered so far. She estimated that, in September 2019, 50 % of all hybrid and electric vehicles in the United States of America were in compliance with the FMVSS No. 141 and that this figure was expected to reach 100 % in September 2020.

153. The representative of the European Union informed the session about the fast-paced progress in developing a new UN GTR on global real driving emissions. He added that the last meeting of IWG on GRDE that had taken place in Seoul in October 2019 and provided a good platform for drafting both the new UN GTR and the UN Regulation that was developed simultaneously. He stated that IWG on GRDE was expecting a vote on the new UN GTR during the AC.3 session in November 2020. He also stated that GRPE would be requested to renew the mandate for phase 2, in order to reflect the request from a contracting party on specific requirements for dedicated driving.

154. The representative from Canada, Secretary of IWG on Electric Vehicles and the Environment (EVE), briefed WP.29 about the latest activities in developing the new UN GTR on Determination of Electrified Vehicle Power (DEVP). He explained that extra validation testing led to the one-year delay requested in the revised authorization (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/124), with a proposal to AC.3 now expected for the November 2020 session.

155. AC.3 adopted the revision of the authorization to develop a new UN GTR on DEVP (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/124) and requested the secretariat to issue it as Revision 1 to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/53.

156. He also informed the session about other activities of IWG on EVE on in-vehicle battery durability, with IWG on EVE expecting to present a proposal to GRPE in January 2020. At GRPE in May 2019, IWG on EVE noted that a UN GTR on in-vehicle battery durability for EVs could be developed, incorporating the concepts of battery life modelling, deterioration factors and in-service conformity checks. This approach was further confirmed during IWG on EVE meeting in October 2019 in Brussels. He stated IWG on EVE was continuing to refine these views to coordinate a proposal.

157. He finally explained that the ECE secretariat had led interactions with other bodies within the ECE framework on developing a method of stating energy consumption. He provided an update at the thirty-second meeting of IWG on EVE that the Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency (GEEE) had outlined a pilot project in their work plan that considers joint activities between IWG on EVE and GEEE. He highlighted the pilot project could look at EV recharging parameters and upstream emissions. He indicated that GEEE was interested to have support from IWG on EVE for developing this work, particularly with quantifying emissions data for the recharging of EVs.

(a) Side impact dummies

158. The Chair of AC.3 recalled that intellectual property rights were held by dummy manufacturers and had hampered their introduction into M.R.1. in the past. He emphasized that good experience had been made during the work on GTR No. 9, Phase 2 with the FlexPLI where the dummy manufacturer had provided the set of drawings for the test tool and had agreed to have the disclaimer on intellectual property rights removed from the drawings, which was done after the positive vote on the Phase 2 amendment in AC.3.

(b) Pole side impact

159. No subject was raised under this agenda item.

160. The representative of Spain informed AC.3 that IWG work on defining specifications for the 3-D H-point machine was in progress. He added that the group currently dealt with a proposal for an amendment to the (R.E.3) with the aim to present an official document at the May 2020 session of GRSP.

161. The Chair of GRSG recalled discussions on this topic under agenda item 2.3 (see para. 35 above)

162. No subject was raised under this agenda item.

163. The Administrative Committee (AC.4) did not convene, as recommended by AC.2 during its 131st session.

164. No further supplementary information was provided beyond agenda item 7.2. (see para. 95 above).

165. No further supplementary information was provided beyond agenda item 7.4. (see para. 97 above).

166. No subject was raised under this agenda item.