Session 115 | Geneva | 9-12 Oct 2018
7. UN Regulation No. 55 (Mechanical couplings)

Upon the decision by WP.29 at its June 2018 session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1139, para. 33), GRSG is expected to consider a proposal by CLEPA (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRVA/2018/10) to clarify the provisions of UN Regulation No. 55.

GRVA/2018/10 | UN R55: Proposal for Supplement 8 to the 01 Series of Amendments Proposal to correct Revision 2 of UN R55 to align with the text of Supplement 04 to 01 series of amendments. This proposal removes a subparagraph under paragraph 13.1 that should not have been included in the Revision.

GRSG may wish to consider a proposal by Poland to introduce an editorial amendment clarifying the text of the Regulation (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRVA/2018/11).

GRVA/2018/11 | UN R55: Proposal for a Supplement to the 01 series of Amendments Annex 1 of UN R55 concerns the type approval communication form. Item 9.3. requires information “For Class A mechanical coupling devices or components, including towing brackets”. Poland proposes to add “if applicable” to the description in order to avoid interpretations that brackets must be part of the approval (i.e., the approval may concern the coupling ball without additional attachments).
GRSG-115-11/Rev.1 | UN R55: Proposal to clarify the transitional provisions Proposal to clarify the treatment of extensions of existing approvals under the new transitional provision guidelines (“Until 31 December 2019, Supplement 5 and Supplement 7 to the 01 series of amendments to this Regulation may not apply to extensions of approvals that were originally granted prior to the entry into force of Supplement 5 and Supplement 7.”)
GRSG-115-34 | UN R55: Proposal for amendments Proposal to add the text, "In such a case, the motor-vehicle's user instructions (e.g. owner's manual, vehicle handbook) shall clearly specify that the removable or repositionable mechanical coupling device shall always be removed or repositioned when it is not in use."
GRVA/2018/10 | UN R55: Proposal for Supplement 8 to the 01 Series of Amendments Proposal to correct Revision 2 of UN R55 to align with the text of Supplement 04 to 01 series of amendments. This proposal removes a subparagraph under paragraph 13.1 that should not have been included in the Revision.
GRVA/2018/11 | UN R55: Proposal for a Supplement to the 01 series of Amendments Annex 1 of UN R55 concerns the type approval communication form. Item 9.3. requires information “For Class A mechanical coupling devices or components, including towing brackets”. Poland proposes to add “if applicable” to the description in order to avoid interpretations that brackets must be part of the approval (i.e., the approval may concern the coupling ball without additional attachments).
GRSG-115-11/Rev.1
UN R55: Proposal to clarify the transitional provisions (OICA)
15 Oct 2018 Working Party Informal Documents Mechanical Coupling Components Mechanical Couplings Uniform Provisions Concerning the Approval of Mechanical Coupling Components of Combinations of Vehicles Proposal to clarify the treatment of extensions of existing approvals under the new transitional provision guidelines (“Until 31 December 2019, Supplement 5 and Supplement 7 to the 01 series of amendments to this Regulation may not apply to extensions of approvals that were originally granted prior to the entry into force of Supplement 5 and Supplement 7.”) GRSG-115-0011/Rev.1
GRSG-115-34
UN R55: Proposal for amendments (EC)
15 Oct 2018 Working Party Informal Documents Mechanical Coupling Components Mechanical Couplings Uniform Provisions Concerning the Approval of Mechanical Coupling Components of Combinations of Vehicles Proposal to add the text, "In such a case, the motor-vehicle's user instructions (e.g. owner's manual, vehicle handbook) shall clearly specify that the removable or repositionable mechanical coupling device shall always be removed or repositioned when it is not in use." GRSG-115-0034
GRVA/2018/10
UN R55: Proposal for Supplement 8 to the 01 Series of Amendments (CLEPA)
21 Jul 2018 Working Party Formal Documents Mechanical Coupling Components Mechanical Couplings Uniform Provisions Concerning the Approval of Mechanical Coupling Components of Combinations of Vehicles Proposal to correct Revision 2 of UN R55 to align with the text of Supplement 04 to 01 series of amendments. This proposal removes a subparagraph under paragraph 13.1 that should not have been included in the Revision. GRVA/2018/0010
GRVA/2018/11
UN R55: Proposal for a Supplement to the 01 series of Amendments (Poland)
21 Jul 2018 Working Party Formal Documents Mechanical Coupling Components Mechanical Couplings Uniform Provisions Concerning the Approval of Mechanical Coupling Components of Combinations of Vehicles Annex 1 of UN R55 concerns the type approval communication form. Item 9.3. requires information “For Class A mechanical coupling devices or components, including towing brackets”. Poland proposes to add “if applicable” to the description in order to avoid interpretations that brackets must be part of the approval (i.e., the approval may concern the coupling ball without additional attachments). GRVA/2018/0011