UN R48: Proposal for a Supplement to the 06 series of amendments
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Proposal to introduce provisions:

  1. For vehicles intended for use by the armed services and forces responsible for maintaining public order: the manual switching off of all lighting devices in all circumstances;
  2. In the absence of a “vehicle door assistance and warning system”: the mandatory application of the hazard warning lights to reduce the safety risks in the case a door is opened to the traffic side.

Reference Number: GRE/2019/8
Origin: Germany
Date: 1 February 2019
Proposal Status: Superseded
Related Documents:
GRE/2019/14 | UN R48: Proposal for a Supplement
Discussion(s):
Working Party on Lighting and Light-signalling | Session 81 | 15-18 Apr 2019

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.

75. The expert from Germany introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2019/8 proposing the activation of hazard warning lights when opening a door in vehicles not equipped with a door assistance and warning system, which had been forwarded to GRSG for consideration.

76. GRSG agreed that the proposed solution was not favoured by the group as it was not clear whom to warn, persons inside the vehicle or those outside, whether the warning would come too late anyhow or whether other solutions such as sensors would be more effective.

Working Party on General Safety | Session 117 | 8-11 Oct 2019

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.

75. The expert from Germany introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2019/8 proposing the activation of hazard warning lights when opening a door in vehicles not equipped with a door assistance and warning system, which had been forwarded to GRSG for consideration.

76. GRSG agreed that the proposed solution was not favoured by the group as it was not clear whom to warn, persons inside the vehicle or those outside, whether the warning would come too late anyhow or whether other solutions such as sensors would be more effective.