Proposal for Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement
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Proposal from the IWVTA expert group for revisions to the 1958 Agreement, including text in brackets for further consideration.

Reference Number: WP.29/2013/134
Date: 25 October 2013
Proposal Status: Superseded
Related Documents:
WP.29-161-15 | Consolidated proposals for the revised 1958 Agreement
WP.29-162-04 | Proposal for Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement
Discussion(s):
Working Party on General Safety | Session 105 | 8-11 Oct 2013

42. GRSG noted a recommendation by the Chairs of the Working Parties subsidiary to WP.29 to insert the new provisions for granting revisions and extension to type approvals into the Consolidated Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles (R.E.3) and to refer in the corresponding UN Regulations to that part of R.E.3 (see report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1104, para. 19). GRSG also noted that the World Forum was expected to consider a concrete proposal for a new Annex A.5 to the R.E.3 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/126) during the forthcoming session in November 2013. The expert from OICA announced that the informal group on the International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA) already inserted the new provisions on revisions and extension to type approvals into draft Revision 3 to the 1958 Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/134).

43. Recalling the adoption of draft amendments to UN Regulations Nos. 18, 34, 35, 43 and 58 at its previous session, GRSG agreed to reconsider the follow-up actions of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2013/8, awaiting the decision of WP.29.

50. The representative of the EU, chairing the IWVTA subgroup on the review of the 1958 Agreement, informed the World Forum that a first proposal for amendments to the 1958 Agreement had been completed by the subgroup (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/134). He indicated that, after transmitting the proposal, the subgroup had convened again prior to the WP.29 session and that the majority of the pending issues had been solved (WP.29-161-15 superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/134). He provided WP.29 with a general overview on the development of the proposal (WP.29-161-16) and recalled certain major features aimed to increase the attractiveness of the revised 1958 Agreement: (i) the possibility to grant and recognize type approvals according to previous series of amendments to UN Regulations, (ii) the possibility of a CP to delegate its voting right to another CP and (iii) the possibility for a CP to vote in favour of a new UN Regulation but to apply the UN Regulation at a later time point. He reported that the main pending issue for WP.29 to consider was the need to modify the two-third majority threshold for adopting new UN Regulations and amendments to existing UN Regulations. He concluded his presentation by inviting all the CPs to analyse the proposal and to provide their feedback at the next session of WP.29 in March 2014. The subgroup should resolve the issues by the November 2014 session of WP.29. At the March 2015 session, WP.29 should be in a position to identify if unanimity can be achieved to amend the Agreement and to launch the formal procedure for the amendment of the Agreement by a CP. Revision 3 to the 1958 Agreement would then enter into force on March 2016.

51. WP.29 noted a general support on the development of the amendments to the Agreement and requested the secretariat to distribute WP.29-161-15 with an official symbol for consideration at its next session. WP.29 also noted that further amendments to WP.29-161-15 to resolve the pending issues, would be presented at the March 2014 session as an informal document.

World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations | Session 161 | 12-15 Nov 2013

42. GRSG noted a recommendation by the Chairs of the Working Parties subsidiary to WP.29 to insert the new provisions for granting revisions and extension to type approvals into the Consolidated Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles (R.E.3) and to refer in the corresponding UN Regulations to that part of R.E.3 (see report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1104, para. 19). GRSG also noted that the World Forum was expected to consider a concrete proposal for a new Annex A.5 to the R.E.3 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/126) during the forthcoming session in November 2013. The expert from OICA announced that the informal group on the International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA) already inserted the new provisions on revisions and extension to type approvals into draft Revision 3 to the 1958 Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/134).

43. Recalling the adoption of draft amendments to UN Regulations Nos. 18, 34, 35, 43 and 58 at its previous session, GRSG agreed to reconsider the follow-up actions of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2013/8, awaiting the decision of WP.29.

50. The representative of the EU, chairing the IWVTA subgroup on the review of the 1958 Agreement, informed the World Forum that a first proposal for amendments to the 1958 Agreement had been completed by the subgroup (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/134). He indicated that, after transmitting the proposal, the subgroup had convened again prior to the WP.29 session and that the majority of the pending issues had been solved (WP.29-161-15 superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/134). He provided WP.29 with a general overview on the development of the proposal (WP.29-161-16) and recalled certain major features aimed to increase the attractiveness of the revised 1958 Agreement: (i) the possibility to grant and recognize type approvals according to previous series of amendments to UN Regulations, (ii) the possibility of a CP to delegate its voting right to another CP and (iii) the possibility for a CP to vote in favour of a new UN Regulation but to apply the UN Regulation at a later time point. He reported that the main pending issue for WP.29 to consider was the need to modify the two-third majority threshold for adopting new UN Regulations and amendments to existing UN Regulations. He concluded his presentation by inviting all the CPs to analyse the proposal and to provide their feedback at the next session of WP.29 in March 2014. The subgroup should resolve the issues by the November 2014 session of WP.29. At the March 2015 session, WP.29 should be in a position to identify if unanimity can be achieved to amend the Agreement and to launch the formal procedure for the amendment of the Agreement by a CP. Revision 3 to the 1958 Agreement would then enter into force on March 2016.

51. WP.29 noted a general support on the development of the amendments to the Agreement and requested the secretariat to distribute WP.29-161-15 with an official symbol for consideration at its next session. WP.29 also noted that further amendments to WP.29-161-15 to resolve the pending issues, would be presented at the March 2014 session as an informal document.