GRE
Session 82 | Geneva | 22-25 Oct 2019
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).

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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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.

Documentation
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