Session 69 | Web conference | 17-21 May
Attendance

1. The Working Party on Passive Safety (GRSP) virtually held its sixty-ninth session from 17 to 21 May 2021 in Geneva.1 The meeting was chaired by Mr. Martin Koubek (United States of America). Experts from the following countries participated in the work following Rule 1(a) of the Rules of Procedure of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Rev.1): Belgium, Canada, China, Czechia, Finland, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America. The European Commission (EC) participated. Experts from the following non-governmental organizations participated: International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA), Consumers International (CI), European Association for the Coordination of Consumer Representation in Standardization (ANEC), European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA), EuroMed Transport Support Project, Federation International de l’Automobile (FIA), Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM), Global New Car Assessment Programme (Global NCAP), International Association of the Body and Trailer Building Industry (CLCCR), International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA), International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA) and World Bicycle Industry Association (WBIA).

2. Annex I of the session report lists the informal documents distributed during the session.

1. Adoption of the agenda

3. GRSP considered and adopted the agenda (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2021/1) proposed for the sixty-ninth session, the running order (GRSP-69-27), virtual meeting guidelines (GRSP-69-12) and the annotations (GRSP-69-33-Rev.1). GRSP informal working groups are listed in Annex XI of the session report.

GRSP-69-12 | GRSP May 2021 session: Virtual meeting participation guidelines
GRSP-69-33/Rev.1 | GRSP-69: Updated annotated provisional agenda for the May 2021 session
GRSP/2021/1 | Annotated provisional agenda for the 69th (May 2021) GRSP session
2. UN Global Technical Regulation No. 9 (Pedestrian safety)
2. (a) GTR 9: Proposal for Amendment 3

4. GRSP Chair, informed GRSP of the discussion held at the March 2021 session of the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement (AC.3) (see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1157, paras. 143 to 148). GRSP Chair recalled GRSP that AC.3 agreed to defer vote under this agenda item to its June 2021 session pending further discussions concerning the proposal for Amendment 3 to UN Global Technical Regulation (UN GTR) No. 9 at the next session of GRSP, scheduled to take place in May 2021. He also reminded that AC.3 requested GRSP to give highest priority to the task and to report back to AC.3 and WP.29 with the greatest urgency on the progress towards a resolution of outstanding matters in this context. He continued that to that end, he had contacted the concerned Contracting Parties including AC.3 Chair and the GRSP Secretary, to meet at the earliest possible date and asked the new expert representing the United States of America to report on the developments since WP.29. The expert of the United States of America informed GRSP about the meeting of the interested experts held virtually on April 23, when especially the experts from the United States of America and Germany, presented on the findings and conclusions of their respective experts. It was agreed that more discussions are warranted and with inclusion of the industry. During that time, United States of America and Germany continued the dialogue and exchanges of views and technical information to find a solution. She also added that experts met on Monday, May 17, just prior to GRSP meeting and agreed to establish as soon as possible a task force to solve the issue between the May and December 2021 GRSP sessions. She assumed that the first meeting of the task Force would be held on June 14 and that most likely a proposal would be ready by the GRSP meeting in December 2021. The experts from Germany, EC, Canada, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, and Republic of Korea, supported the United States of America approach and underlined the relevance of timing. The expert from the United States of America proposed to include other relevant issues in the programme of work of the Task Force. The expert from OICA stressed the importance not to delay the finalisation of the extension of the impact zone, explaining that this is urgently needed due to the European Union requirements of the General Safety Regulation which are already decided in general (including the application dates), but which are currently under development in the framework of UN Regulation N° 127. He feared that, if such topics are referred back to GTR N°9, then the deadlines would not be respected, creating for industry a legal void. The experts from the Netherlands and the United States of America introduced GRSP-69-43-Rev.1 amending the previous authorization to develop Amendment 3 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/31). GRSP recommended on provisional basis ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/31/Rev.1, as reproduced in Annex II to this report, to provide a revised request of authorization of work to finalize Amendment 3 to UN GTR No. 9 (Pedestrian safety) for consideration to the June 2021 session of AC.3. To ensure the work proceeds in a timely manner, GRSP agreed to establish a Task Force, and it was recommended to withdraw the current proposed Amendment 3 from consideration and vote at the June 2021 session of AC.3. Moreover, GRSP agreed to forward documents under agenda item 11 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2019/18, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2020/9 and GRSP-69-21-Rev.1) to the TF for consideration (see para. 20 below).

GRSP-69-21/Rev.1 | UN R127: Proposal for the 03 series of amendments Counter-proposal from OICA to a German proposal (GRSP/2019/18) to address vehicles with active suspensions and amend the definitions and specifications and Annex 1, Part 1. This document supersedes previous OICA submissions GRSP-67-07 and GRSP-68-18.
GRSP-69-43/Rev.1 | GTR 9: Proposal for an amendment to the Authorization for the development of amendments This document contains a proposal to continue to develop amendments to UN GTR No. 9 on pedestrian safety in order to clarify the test procedures. It is based on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/31 from the March 2012 session of the Executive Committee (AC.3) of the 1998 Agreement. It is distributed to the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) and to AC.3 for consideration. This document shall be appended to the amendment to the UN GTR once adopted.
GRSP/2020/9 | UN R127 : Proposal for 03 series of amendments Proposal by the expert from EC on behalf of the Drafting Task Force to align the UN Regulation with the revised General Safety Regulation of the European Union – appropriate transitional provisions, and minor adaptations and clarifications to the existing requirements. This proposal will allow contracting parties to apply an enlarged head impact zone for regulatory compliance testing.

5. Concerning the issue of different heights of the vehicle from adjustable suspension systems, the expert from Germany withdrew GRSP-65-17 and informed GRSP that a revised proposal would be submitted at the December 2021 session.

GRSP-65-17 | GTR 9: Proposal for Amendment 3 Proposal to ensure pedestrian safety across the vehicle height variations that may be produced by active suspensions.
2. (b) GTR 9: Proposal for Amendment 4

6. The expert from the Republic of Korea introduced GRSP-69-20, providing the progress report of the Informal Working Group on Deployable Pedestrian Protection Systems (IWG-DPPS). He confirmed his previous statement at the December 2020 session of GRSP that due to the limitation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the IWG had still open issues and the finalization of a proposal would be expected by May 2022 session of GRSP. Accordingly, he requested the extension of the mandate until November 2022. In the meantime, he requested the official position of Contracting Parties on applying the numerical simulation method to the proposed requirements to the UN Regulation/UN GTR. He explained that this would constitute the core proposed amendments and in the case of a negative response of CPs this would have a negative effect on the work performed so far by the IWG. GRSP endorsed the request of the expert from the Republic of Korea to extend the mandate of the IWG to seek endorsement of WP.29 and AC.3 at their June 2021 sessions. Moreover, GRSP requested experts of C.P.s of both 1958 and 1998 Agreements to provide an answer to the Chair of the IWG concerning the simulation method by the December 2021 session of GRSP at the latest. The expert from United States of America announced her participation in the next IWG meeting.

GRSP-69-20 | Status of Informal Working Group on Deployable Pedestrian Protection Systems (IWG-DPPS)
3. UN Global Technical Regulation No. 13 (Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Vehicles)

7. The IWG Chair, on behalf of the co-sponsors (Japan, Republic of Korea, the European Union and the United States of America) informed GRSP about the work progress of IWG on Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Vehicles (HFCV) UN GTR No. 13, Phase 2 by referring to GRSP-69-37.

GRSP-69-37 | Chair’s status report on the Progress of the Hydrogen GTR 13 informal group
4. UN Global Technical Regulation No. 20 (Electric vehicle safety)

8. The IWG Chair, on behalf of the co-sponsors (China, Japan, European Union and the United States of America) and all members of IWG GTR No. 20, Phase 2 reported on the progress of the IWG meeting by referring to GRSP-69-38. GRSP noted that IWG requested an eighteen months mandate extension (June 2023), which would envision the formal vote on the Phase 2 of the UN GTR either in March or November 2024 sessions of AC.3. GRSP endorsed the request of the Chair to seek endorsement of AC.3 at its June 2021 session of AC.3.

GRSP-69-38 | Status report of the Chair of the Informal Working Group (IWG) on Electric Vehicle Safety (EVS) GTR 20
5. UN Regulation No. 12 (Steering mechanism)

9. GRSP noted the proposal tabled by expert from the Netherlands (GRSP-69-08) to introduce requirements concerning post-crash electrical safety as was agreed for UN Regulation No. 94 (Frontal collision). GRSP requested the secretariat to distribute GRSP-69-08 with an official symbol at its December 2021 session, pending a further revision submitted by the expert of the Netherlands by the deadline for submission of official documents.

GRSP-69-08 | UN R12: Proposal for a 05 series of amendments Proposal to align UN R12 with the provisions of GTR 20 on post-crash electrical safety, the administrative provisions of Revision 3 to the 1958 Agreement. The amendments only impact the approval of vehicles with an electric power train operating at high voltage.
6. UN Regulation No. 14 (Safety-belt anchorages)

10. The expert from Germany introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2021/9, concerning the minimum number of lower anchorages for folding seat. In the same time GRSP considered GRSP-69-35 to amend the reference to Consolidated Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles (R.E.3) (Annex 13, Appendix 1) by a reference to UN Regulation No. 16, Annex 16, in the note on two anchorages. GRSP adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2021/9 as amended by Annex III to the report. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposal as the draft Supplement 9 to the 07 series of amendments, Supplement 1 to the 08 series of amendments and Supplement 2 to the 09 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 14, for consideration and vote at the November 2021 sessions of WP.29 and to the Administrative Committee of the 1958 Agreement (AC.1).

GRSP-69-35 | UN R14: Proposal for amendment to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2021/9 Proposal from the GRSP secretariat to clarify the text of the formal proposal GRSP/2021/9.
GRSP/2021/9 | UN R14: Proposal for Supplement 9 to 07 series of amendments, Supplement 1 to 08 series of amendments, Supplement 2 to the 09 series of amendments Corrects an inconsistency in Annex 6 – Appendix 1, with regard to the minimum number of lower anchorages for folding seats.
7. UN Regulation No. 16 (Safety-belts)

11. GRSP considered and adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2021/10, to amend an omission in paragraph 3 of the UN Regulation, with regard to information on safety-belt reminders and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2021/16, both not amended, as a correction to the information sheet (Certificate) in its paragraph 3.3. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposals as draft Supplement 7 to the 07 series of amendments, draft Supplement 3 to the 08 series of amendments (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2021/10) and Corrigendum 1 to Supplement 12 to the 06 series of amendments (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2021/16) to UN Regulation No. 16 (Safety-belts) for consideration and vote at the November 2021 sessions of WP.29 and to AC.1.

GRSP/2021/10 | UN R16: Proposal for Supplement 7 to the 07 series of amendments, Supplement 3 to the 08 series of amendments Proposal corrects an omission in paragraph 3 with regard to information on safety-belt reminders and aligns the regulation with Annex I of EU regulation 2018/858.
GRSP/2021/16 | UN R16: Proposal for Corrigendum 1 to Supplement 12 to the 06 series of amendments Proposal brings the text from the information sheet referring to the safety-belt reminder where it is really required, namely the seating position of the driver.

12. GRSP resumed discussion on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2019/15 and GRSP-66-14, on the subject of an alternative (at the choice of the manufacturer) airbag switch-off for frontal airbags in combination with rearward-facing child restraint systems in the rear seat. The expert from the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers, clarified that some informal meetings had taken place to explain the proposal and that general support was received. However, he explained that further research was needed on soft air-bag technology and requested GRSP further feedback on this subject. The expert from the United Kingdom expressed concerns to the proposal and requested robust evidence and rationales looking forward for a revised proposal. The expert from EC clarified that he needed to have consultation with European Union (EU) member states whether or not the approach would be acceptable, namely placing a rearward facing Child Restraint Systems on a place with active front airbag, since this is not compatible with safety-belt wearing Directive 91/671/EEC and must be amended as a result. Hence, it is necessary to have an overview of EU Member States views.". GRSP agreed to resume discussion on this subject at its December 2021 session, on the basis of a revised proposal prepared by the expert from OICA in consultation with interested parties.

GRSP-66-14 | UN R16: Proposal to amend document GRSP/2019/15 (Supplement 6 to the 07 series and Supplement 1 to 08 series of amendments) Proposal to clarify the test procedures and the different ECRS to be tested for the assessment of the system.
GRSP/2019/15 | UN R16: Proposal for Supplement 6 to the 07 series of amendments and for Supplement 1 to 08 series of amendments Proposal to introduce an optional (on the choice of the manufacturer) test procedure for frontal airbags in combination with rearward facing child restraint systems in the rear seat to demonstrate that no deactivation of the airbag is needed.

13. The expert from Japan introduced GRSP-69-23 through a presentation (GRSP-69-24), aimed at solving the issue of safety-belt slipping up to the neck and submarining occurring in some cases when the booster seat was fixed to the vehicle by an ISOFIX attachment increasing the risk of child occupant’s neck and abdomen injuries. The experts from the CLEPA and OICA requested a study reservation on the proposal. GRSP agreed to resume discussion at its December 2021 session and requested the secretariat to distribute GRSP-69-23 with an official symbol at its next session.

GRSP-69-23 | UN R16: Proposal for the 09 series of amendments Proposal to address safety-belt slippage up to the neck and submarining in ISOFIX-attached child booster seats.
GRSP-69-24 | Study of ISOFIX child booster seats

14. GRSP agreed to defer discussion at its December 2021 session on GRSP-66-08, concerning the possibility to have three-point safety-belts in M2 and M3 categories of vehicles.

GRSP-66-08 | Equipping bus seats with three point belt according to UN Regulation No. 16 Finnish Safety Investigation Authority has given recommendation to equip the seats of category M<sub>2</sub> and M<sub>3</<ub> vehicles with lap and shoulder belt type seat belts, i.e. three-point seat belts.
8. UN Regulation No. 17 (Strength of seats)

15. The expert from Japan reiterated his concerns to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2020/12, tabled by the expert from OICA, to clarify the test procedure for the height of head restraints in the case of vehicles having a low roof construction (see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/68, para. 11). He finally requested time for further analysis. In the same time, the expert from CLEPA requested to be involved in the consultation. GRSP agreed to defer consideration of the proposal at its December 2021 session.

GRSP/2020/12 | UN R17: Proposal for Supplement 1 to the 10 series of amendments Proposal to clarify the test procedure for the height of head restraints in the case of vehicles having a low roof construction.

16. The expert from Norway introduced a presentation (GRSP-69-06) concerning the main findings of a report (GRSP-69-02) from the Norwegian Safety Investigation Authority (NSIA) related to a high-speed frontal road-collision. He added that the car collision occurred between a passenger car and a van and that two passengers seating in the rear seat row died during the collision also due to the luggage displacement, while frontal seating passengers sustained minor injuries. The expert from Consumer International (CI) proposed that more stringent requirements for rear seat strength should be introduced into the UN Regulation. The expert from EC stated his intention to study the case and report at the next GRSP sessions. The expert from OICA argued that crash speed (80 km/h) of the reported accident was beyond the speed considered into the UN Regulation. Moreover, he suggested that also harmonized international traffic rules on the obligation of securing luggage should be pursued. GRSP agreed to resume discussion on this subject and defer discussion on GRSP-69-34 at its December 2021 session.

GRSP-69-02 | Report on a Head-On Collision between a Passenger Car and a Van in Norway on 20 Oct 2019 Analysis of a fatal crash event involving a van the lost its grip on the ice-covered road surface, crossed into the opposite lane and collided head-on with an estate car of approximately the same weight, fully laden with passengers. The investigation showed that the back of the rear seat was severely deformed, despite being reinforced and well within the regulatory strength requirements described in UN-ECE R17.
GRSP-69-06 | Presentation of main findings related to a high-speed frontal road-collision
GRSP-69-34 | UN R17: Proposal for Corrigendum 1 to the 10 series of amendments Proposal from the GRSP secretariat to correct a transposition error between GRSP/2020/8 and the text in WP.29/2020/106. The WP.29 text as adopted omitted the deletion in para. 1.4.2.2.: "The <strike>front and</strike> rear zones are respectively bounded by the horizontal plane tangential to the top of the head restraint as determined in paragraph 6.5. of this Regulation."
9. UN Regulation No. 22 (Protective helmets)

17. The expert from Italy, Chair of the ad-hoc group on safety helmets introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2021/13, through a presentation (GRSP-69-19) to address the need of a text that can be enforced in a practical manner until specific requirements for the type approval of helmet accessories would be defined. GRSP adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2021/13, as amended by (GRSP-69-17) Annex IV of the session report. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposal, as draft Supplement 1 to the 06 series of amendment to UN Regulation No. 22 (Protective helmets), for consideration and vote at the November 2021 session of WP.29 and to AC.1.

GRSP-69-17 | UN R22: Proposal of Supplement 2 to the 06 series of amendments Proposal to introduce a tolerance for eye protection assessment.
GRSP-69-19 | UN R22: Explanation of proposals for Supplements to the 06 series
GRSP/2021/13 | UN R22: Proposal for Supplement 1 to the 06 series of amendments Introduces wording to clarify that the performance of protective helmets may be affected by using accessories not tested during the type approval procedure. Changes introduced by customers on helmets are not covered once the helmet has been type-approved.

18. GRSP also noted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2021/15, amended by GRSP-69-18 aimed at preventing the issue of invalidating a UN Approval with the use of an aftermarket product. The proposal received some comments from the experts of Euromed (GRSP-69-26) and proposed changes from the expert from Italy (GRSP-69-32). GRSP Chair and the Chair of the ad-hoc group proposed to convey the above proposals into the activity of the ad-hoc group on safety-helmets. The expert from Euromed argued that the for sake of transparency it was advisable to establish an informal working group (IWG) and he introduced the terms of reference of the IWG (GRSP-69-36). However, concerns were expressed about the number of interested experts and about the need to be much more responsive in providing a possible solution to the December 2021 session. Following the suggestion of the expert from the Netherlands, GRSP agreed to continue the activities of the ad-hoc group and requested the secretariat to provide a wiki page on the ECE website. In the meantime, it was clarified that rules of procedure of IWGs, ad-hoc group, Task Force shall be the same of those of parent group. Accordingly, GRSP reminded all the Chairs and secretaries of the above-mentioned groups to verify consistent credentials of attendees and receive copyright disclaimers for documents posted on UNECE website. GRSP agreed to resume the discussion on this subject waiting the outcome of discussion of the ad-hoc group on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2021/15, GRSP-69-26, GRSP-69-32 and GRSP-69-36.

GRSP-69-18 | UN R22: Proposal of Supplement 2 to the 06 series of amendments
GRSP-69-26 | UN R22: Comments on the Informal document GRSP-69-18 Comments from the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (EUROMED).
GRSP-69-32 | UN R22: Comments on informal document GRSP-69-26
GRSP-69-36 | UN R22: Terms of Reference for a new informal working group on protective helmets Proposal from the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (EUROMED).
GRSP/2021/15 | UN R22: Proposal for Supplement 1 to the 06 series of amendments Proposal to address the safety of helmet accessories until such time as specific requirements for the approval of accessories independently of helmets can be established.
10. UN Regulation No. 95 (Lateral collision)

19. GRSP adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2021/8, not amended, to further amend the current scope of UN Regulation No. 95 (Lateral collision) proposing the deletion of the newly created mass restriction for M1 vehicles, while recognising the specific conditions of heavy M1 vehicles with a high seating position. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposals, as draft Supplement 1 to the 04 series and draft Supplement 2 to the 05 of amendments to UN Regulation No. 95, for consideration and vote at the November 2021 session of WP.29 and to the AC.1.

GRSP/2021/8 | UN R95: Proposal for Supplement 1 to the 04 series of amendments and Supplement 2 to the 05 series of amendments Expands the scope and covers: M1 with a maximum permissible mass not exceeding 3,500 kg; M1 with a maximum permissible mass exceeding 3,500 kg and a low "R" point and N1.
11. UN Regulation No. 127 (Pedestrian safety)

20. GRSP agreed to forward ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2019/18 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2020/9 and GRSP-69-21-Rev.1 to the Task Force on Pedestrian Safety (see para. 4 above) in order to keep alignment tight between UN GTR No. 9 and UN Regulation No. 127.

12. UN Regulation No. 129 (Enhanced Child Restraint Systems)

21. GRSP considered GRSP-69-09, concerning the interpretation of the expert from the Netherlands on the way “one belt route” defined by the current text of UN Regulation No. 129 (Enhanced Child Restraint Systems). He also requested guidance to GRSP how to deal in the future with questions of this kind. GRSP agreed on the interpretation provided by the expert from the Netherlands:

""one belt route" shall be strictly interpreted, only asymmetrical attachments can still be regarded as “one belt route”

GRSP agreed that such an interpretation would not need to amend the current text of UN Regulation No. 129. Moreover, GRSP agreed that such decision would be reported orally by the Chair of GRSP at the June 2021 session of WP.29 as well as the request of guidance to address issue of interpretations of this kind in a more coordinated way in the work of WP.29 and its subsidiary bodies.

GRSP-69-09 | UN R129: Confirmation of GRSP on draft interpretation “one belt route”

22. GRSP also adopted: ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2021/3, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2021/4, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2021/5 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2021/6, all not amended, clarifying the application of the dynamic tests procedures to ECRS. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposals, for consideration and vote at the November session of WP.29 and AC.1, for consideration and vote at the June 2021 session of WP.29 and to the AC.1, as draft:
(a) Supplement 11 to the original version of UN Regulation No. 129. (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2021/3);
(b) Supplement 8 to the 01 series of amendment to UN Regulation No. 129 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2021/4);
(c) Supplement 7 to the 02 series of amendment to UN Regulation No. 129 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2021/5);
(d) Supplement 6 to the 03 series of amendment to UN Regulation No. 129 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2021/6). In the same time GRSP clarified that built-in ECRS are defined into the UN Regulation No. 129 since to 03 series of amendments to the UN Regulation.

GRSP/2021/3 | UN R129: Proposal for Supplement 11 Clarifies the application of the dynamic test procedures and specifies the installation configurations to be tested. Aims to clarify the tests conducted in a consistent way by Technical Services.
GRSP/2021/4 | UN R129: Proposal for Supplement 8 to the 01 series of amendments Proposal clarifies the application of the dynamic test procedures and specifies the installation configurations to be tested. Aims to clarify the tests conducted in a consistent way by Technical Service.
GRSP/2021/5 | UN R129: Proposal for Supplement 7 to the 02 series of amendments Proposal clarifies the application of the dynamic test procedures and specifies the installation configurations to be tested. Aims to clarify the tests conducted in a consistent way by Technical Services.
GRSP/2021/6 | UN R129: Proposal for Supplement 6 to the 03 series of amendments Proposal clarifies the application of the dynamic test procedures and specifies the installation configurations to be tested. Aims to clarify the tests conducted in a consistent way by Technical Services.

23. The expert from Spain, introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2021/7 to clarify how to assess the head containment and in addition to increase the time frame for its assessment. The expert from EC requested a study reservation on the proposal. GRSP agreed to resume discussion on this subject at its December 2021 session.

GRSP/2021/7 | UN R129: Proposal for Supplement 6 to the 03 series of amendments Clarifies how to assess the head containment. Increases the time frame for the assessment of the head containment criteria from the current period of 0 to 80 ms into the full duration of the entire test

24. Finally, the expert from Japan introduced GRSP-69-25 to inform GRSP on results from tests performed in his country concerning frontal impact using the Q1.5 dummy and four types of ECRS type approved according to the UN Regulation and focusing on the effect of contact between the chin and chest on the dummy’s neck injury. The expert from Spain volunteered to cooperate with the expert from Japan on this issue and provide together an update at the December 2021 session of GRSP. In the same time the expert from Spain withdrew GRSP-68-13.

GRSP-68-13 | UN R129: Proposal for Supplement 5 to the 03 series of amendments Proposal to clarify that the minimum prescribed dimensions of a CRS do not restrict the maximum dimensions of CRS.
GRSP-69-25 | UN R129: Test Data of Q1.5 Dummy’s Neck Injury Measures in Frontal Test
13. UN Regulation No. 134 (Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Vehicles)

25. The experts from OICA, introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2021/12, amended by GRSP-69-22-Rev.2, aiming to allow alternative test methods for heavy duty vehicles in order to improve applicability of the requirements to vehicles of categories M2, M3, N2 and N3. The proposal received comments from the expert of Japan (GRSP-69-31). GRSP adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2021/12, as amended by Annex V to the session report. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposal as draft Proposal for Supplement 4 to the original version and Supplement 1 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 134 (Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Vehicles) for consideration and vote at the November 2021 sessions of WP.29 and to the AC.1.

GRSP-69-22/Rev.2 | UN R134: Proposal for Supplement 4 to the original version and Supplement 1 to the 01 series of amendments Revised proposal to allow alternative test methods for heavy duty vehicles in order to improve applicability of the requirements to vehicles of categories M<sub>2</sub>, M<sub>3</sub>, N<sub>2</sub> and N<sub>3</sub>, superseding GRSP/2021/12.
GRSP-69-31 | UN R134: Comments on GRSP/2021/12 and GRSP-69-22
GRSP/2021/12 | UN R134: Proposal for Supplement 4 and Supplement 1 to the 01 series of amendments Proposes alternative test methods for heavy duty vehicles in order to improve applicability of the requirements to vehicles of categories M2, M3, N2 and N3.
14. UN Regulation No. 135 (Pole side impact (PSI))

26. The expert from Germany introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2021/14, aiming at defining parameters to enable a reproducible measurement of the acute angle alpha (α) to decide whether or not the vehicle is in the scope of the UN Regulation. GRSP adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2021/14, as amended by Annex VI to this report. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposal as draft Supplement 3 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 135 (Pole Side Impact (PSI)) for consideration and vote at the November 2021 sessions of WP.29 and to the AC.1.

27. The expert from the Netherlands introduced GRSP-69-10, aiming at introducing requirements concerning post-crash electrical safety in the event of a pole side impact collision, as was agreed for UN Regulation No. 94 (Frontal collision) and proposed for UN Regulation No. 12 (see para. 9 above). The secretariat was requested to distribute GRSP-69-10 with an official symbol at its December 2021 session.

GRSP-69-10 | UN R135: Proposal for a 02 series of amendments Proposal to align UN R135 with the provisions of GTR 20 on post-crash electrical safety and the administrative provisions of Revision 3 to the 1958 Agreement. The proposed amendments only relate to vehicles with an electric power train operating at high voltage.
15. UN Regulation No. 136 (Electric vehicle L)

28. The expert from International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA) introduced GRSP-69-13, aiming at updating the requirements for electric vehicles of category L in UN Regulation No. 136, by aligning them to the new 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 100 and UN GTR No. 20. Moreover, he explained that the proposal included new optional requirements to enable the mounting of removable Rechargeable Electric Energy Storage System (REESS) in any orientation, to enable safe deployment of swappable batteries. He also mentioned GRSP-69-14, providing a consolidated version of the amended UN Regulation. GRSP agreed to resume discussion on this subject at its December 2021 session and requested to distribute GRSP-69-13 with an official symbol at its next session.

GRSP-69-13 | UN R136: Proposal for the 01 series of amendments Proposal to update provisions in line with the 03 series of amendments to UN R100. The proposal also introduces new optional requirements to enable the mounting of removable REESS in any orientation in order to enable safe deployment of swappable batteries.
GRSP-69-14 | UN R136: Proposal for a 01 series of amendments Consolidate revision of the regulation in line with the proposal for amendments to align the regulation with the 03 series of UN R100 and introduce provisions to enable safe use of swappable REESS.
16. UN Regulation No. 137 (Frontal impact with focus on restraint systems)

29. The expert from the Netherland introduced GRSP-69-11, aiming at clarifying the requirements for the adjustment of the passenger seat back when installing the Hybrid-III 5th percentile female dummy. He requested feedback to his proposal to GRSP experts, prior to the deadline for submission of official documents to the December 2021 session of GRSP.

GRSP-69-11 | Proposal for supplement [4] to UN R137.01 and supplement [1] to UN R137.02
17. UN Regulation No. 145 (ISOFIX anchorage systems, ISOFIX top tether anchorages and i-Size)

30. The expert from the Netherland introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2021/11 aimed at clarifying the requirements for the location of ISOFIX systems in case the vehicle type is equipped with rearward facing seats. GRSP adopted, not amended, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2021/11 and requested the secretariat to submit the proposal as draft Supplement 1 to the original version to UN Regulation No.145 ((ISOFIX anchorage systems, ISOFIX top tether anchorages and i-Size)) for consideration and vote at the November 2021 sessions of WP.29 and to the AC.1.

GRSP/2021/11 | UN R145: Proposal for Supplement 1 Clarifies the requirements for the location of ISOFIX systems in case the vehicle type is equipped with rearward facing seats.
18. Mutual Resolution No. 1

31. The expert from United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2021/2 and GRSP-69-39 (this last correcting typo errors) through GRSP-69-01 as proposal for Addendum 1 to Mutual Resolution No. 1 (Specifications for the Construction, Preparation and Certification of the 50th percentile male Biofidelic Rear Impact Dummy, anthropomorphic test Device (BioRID-II UN). He explained that the structure of the proposal was stemming from GRSP-54-05 (Draft addendum 1 to M.R.1), introduced at the fifty-fourth session of GRSP (see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/54, para. 4) and that the body of the proposal introduced the general design of the dummy, including the essential dimensions and how they are checked. He added that the text associated with the procedures for dismantling, assembling and adjusting the dummy had received editorial review and that proprietary names had been removed. It was noted that copyrights were expected to be removed from drawings when the proposal would be finally adopted by WP.29 and AC.3. He finally urged GRSP to recommend the proposal to allow a thorough implementation of UN Regulation No. 17 and UN GTR No. 7 by Contracting Parties of both Agreements. The experts from the Netherlands, Germany, Japan, France agreed with the recommendation of the expert from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The expert from the United States of America endorsed in principle the proposal, however, she explained that a full technical review of the document was not completed by her Administration and requested a time reservation. It was noted that time for possible revision was still available prior the November sessions of WP.29 and AC.3 and being integrated even on informal basis if they would not be relevant. Finally, GRSP recommended ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2021/2, as amended by Annex VII to the session report, and requested the secretariat to submit it as draft Amendment 3 to M.R.1 to the November 2021 sessions of WP.29 and AC.3.

GRSP-54-05 | MR1: Specifications for the 50th percentile male BioRID-II ATD Specifications for the Construction, Preparation and Certification of the 50th percentile male Biofidelic Rear Impact Dummy, (BioRID-II) anthropometric test device for inclusion in the Mutual Resolution No. 1 on test devices used in UN Regulations and GTR.
GRSP-69-01 | MR1: Proposal for Addendum 1 on BioRID-II ATD Specifications for the Construction, Preparation and Certification of the 50th percentile male Biofidelic Rear Impact Dummy, (BioRID-II UN) anthropomorphic test Device.
GRSP-69-39 | MR1: Proposal for corrections to document GRSP/2021/2
GRSP/2021/2 | MR1: Proposal for Addendum 1 (BioRID II ATD specifications) Specifications for the Construction, Preparation and Certification of the 50th percentile male Biofidelic Rear Impact Dummy, (BioRID-II UN) anthropomorphic test Device.

32. The expert from Netherlands on behalf of a dummy manufacturer introduced GRSP-69-15, explaining that his company would work with any interested parties concerning devices that represent vulnerable occupants. He also offered full cooperation concerning the 50th percentile female dummies and offered to actively support Sweden in the development and evaluation of the respective Anthropomorphic Test Device. The experts from Sweden introduced (GRSP-69-42) reiterating the result of a study conducted in her country showing that adult female were poorly represented by existing dummies. She therefore suggested to start to form an ad hoc group to understand the issue and elaborate a suggestion for terms of reference for an IWG addressing both men and women equally and diversity of occupants to be presented for the December 2021 session of GRSP. She suggested to cooperate with interested Contracting Parties and manufacturers and to invite experts of the Global Forum for Road Traffic Safety (WP.1) and of the Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies (WP.6) to join if were still lingering questions. It was noted that possible participation of WP.1 and WP.6 should be consulted with the Administrative Committee on the coordination of work of WP.29 (AC.2) to receive endorsement. GRSP agreed about with suggestion of the expert from Sweden to start consultation with interested parties concerning the issue.

GRSP-69-15 | Equitable safety for female occupants
19. Securing children in buses and coaches

33. The expert from Spain, on behalf of IWG on safer transport of children in buses and coaches informed GRSP about the progress of the group (GRSP-69-05). She confirmed the that the group was examining different configurations of testing (e.g.: seating position, Q dummies with or without CRS, types of CRS) considering bus requirements. The expert from OICA suggested that GRSP should focus keenly on this activity and decide which kind of child restraint system should be considered.

GRSP-69-05 | Status Report of the Safer Transport of Children in Buses and Coaches informal group
20. Exchange of views on vehicle automation

34. GRSP agreed to defer discussion on this subject at its December 2021 session.

21. Strategy of the Inland Transport Committee

35. GRSP agreed to defer discussion on this subject at its December 2021 session.

22. List of priority work of GRSP

36. GRSP considered GRSP-69-29 tabled by the expert from the European Commission, as well as GRSP-69-40 tabled by the expert from the United States of America, providing updated lists of work priorities of GRSP. GRSP finally adopted GRSP-69-29-Rev.2, as reproduced in Annex VIII to the session report and requested the secretariat to submit it to the June 2021 session of WP.29.

GRSP-69-29/Rev.2 | GRSP Priorities of Work
GRSP-69-40 | Comments on the GRSP work priorities Input regarding automated vehicle crashworthiness priorities.
23. Other business
23. (a) Exchange of information on national and international requirements on passive safety
23. (b) UN Regulation No. 0 (International Whole Vehicle Type Approval)

38. GRSP agreed to defer discussion on this subject to its December 2021 session.

23. (c) Highlights of the March 2021 session of WP.29

39. The Secretary reported on the highlights (GRSP-69-28) of the 183rd session of WP.29 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1157).

GRSP-69-28 | GRSP-related highlights from the March 2021 WP.29 session
23. (d) Three-dimensional H-point machine

40. GRSP agreed to defer discussion on this subject to its December 2021 session.

23. (e) Intelligent transport systems

41. GRSP agreed to defer discussion on this subject at its December 2021 session.

23. (f) Children left in cars

42. The expert from Italy introduced GRSP-69-16, providing an update on the measures adopted in his country to cope with this issue. He clarified that according to national law it had been implementing mandatory measures from 7 November 2019, for Child Reminder Systems when children under four years old are transported on cars. GRSP agreed to resume discussion on this subject based on information provided by the experts from other Contracting Parties.

43. The expert from Italy requested to correct his previous statement reported in the minute of the December 2020 session of GRSP (see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/68, para. 44):

“44. … The expert from Italy informed GRSP that no data was available yet. He also clarified that technical solution were currently subjected to fiscal incentives and not covered by legislation. GRSP …”

23. (g) UN Regulation No. 100 (Electric powertrain vehicle safety)

44. The expert from CLEPA introduced a proposal GRSP-69-04, through a presentation (GRSP-69-03) to clarify specific conditions concerning a clear interpretation of an AC voltage (rms). GRSP adopted GRSP-69-04 as reproduced in Annex IX to this report. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposal as draft Supplement 1 to the 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 100 (Electric power-train vehicles) for consideration and vote at the November 2021 sessions of WP.29 and to the AC.1.

GRSP-69-03 | UN R100: Risk for AC 48V Motor Generators
GRSP-69-04 | UN R100: Proposal for a Supplement 1 to the 03 series of amendments Proposal to clarify specific conditions concerning the interpretation of an AC voltage (rms).

45. The expert from International Association of the Body and Trailer Building Industry (CLCCR) introduced GRSP-69-30, to propose a future amendment to UN Regulation No. 100 to introduce provisions for a kind of an electric axle in a trailer. As a first step he asked the opinion of interested expert on this subject, to check defined requirements and review possible use cases for the trailer. GRSP agreed to resume discussion on this subject at its December 2021 session.

GRSP-69-30 | Advanced axles in trailers
23. (h) UN Regulation No. 153 (Fuel system integrity and electric power train safety at rear-end collision)

46. GRSP noted GRSP-69-07, tabled by the expert from Germany, proposing to extend the condition of the necessity of an influence on the results of the impact test to all criteria. GRSP agreed to resume discussion at its December 2021 session. The secretariat was requested to distribute GRSP-69-07 with an official symbol at the next session of GRSP.

GRSP-69-07 | UN R153: Proposal for amendments The text in paragraphs 2.1.1. to 2.1.9. defines criteria that are relevant to determine which variations of a vehicle can be covered under a single vehicle type without having to apply for a separate approval for another type. The current text contains several sub-paragraphs, which explicitly mention that the differences will only cause a new type of vehicle if the differences effect or negatively affect the results of the impact test described in this regulation, while other sub-paragraphs do not. This proposal extends the condition of the necessity of an influence on the results of the impact test to all criteria described under paragraph 2.1. and at the same time makes the text more clear by deleting the word “negative” in front of “affect” which is mentioned in several paragraphs.
23. (i) Collective amendments to UN Regulations Nos. 94, 95, 137 and 153

47. Referring to the amendment adopted under agenda item 23(g) (see para. 44 above), the expert from CLEPA introduced GRSP-69-41, to align UN Regulations Nos. 94, 95, 137 and 153. GRSP adopted GRSP-69-41, as reproduced in Annex X to this report. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposal for consideration and vote at the November 2021 sessions of WP.29 and to the AC.1. as draft:
(a) Supplement 1 to the 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 94 (Frontal collision);
(b) part of Supplement 2 (see para. 19 above) to the 05 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 95 (Lateral collision);
(c) Supplement 2 to the 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 137 (Frontal impact with focus on restraint systems);
(d) Supplement 2 to the original series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 153 (Fuel system integrity and safety of electric power train in the event of a rear-end collision).

GRSP-69-41 | Proposal for collective amendment to UN R94, 95, 137, and 153 Proposal to clarify the definition of "specific voltage condition" via a Supplement 1 to the 04 series of amendments to UN R94, Supplement 2 to the 05 series of amendments to UN R95, Supplement 2 to the 02 series of amendments to UN R137, and Supplement 2 to the original series of amendments to UN R153.
23. (j) Decisions submitted to silence procedure

48. GRSP agreed on the main decision list GRSP-69-44, as reproduced in Annex XII to this report, taken during the session for approval by silence procedure of 72 hours by the participating delegations to the session as part of the special procedures established for the COVID-19 pandemic period (ECE/EX/2020/L.12).

GRSP-69-44 | GRSP decisions subject to the silence procedure Decisions taken during the 69th (May 2021) GRSP session to be confirmed following expiration of post-session comment period.
23. (k) Provisional agenda for the next session

49. GRSP noted that its seventieth session was scheduled to be held in Geneva from 7 December (2.30 p.m.) to 10 December (12.30 p.m.) 2021. GRSP noted that the deadline for the submission of official documents to the secretariat is 10 September 2021, twelve weeks prior to the session.