1. The World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) held its 188th session from 14 to 16 November 2022 , chaired by Mr. A. Erario (Italy). The following countries were represented, following Rule 1 of the Rules of Procedure of WP.29 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Rev.2): Albania, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Latvia, Luxembourg, Morocco Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Tunisia, Türkiye, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and United States of America. Representatives of the European Union participated. The following international organization was represented: International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The following non-governmental organizations were also represented: Association for Emissions Control by Catalyst (AECC), Consumers International (CI), Engine Manufacturers Association (EMA), European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA/MEMA/JAPIA) , Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA), International Automotive Lighting and Light Signalling Expert Group (GTB), International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA), International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA), International Road Transport Union (IRU), European Tyre and Rim Technical Association (ETRTO) and SAE International. Other non-governmental organizations were represented following Rule 1(d): American Automotive Policy Council (AAPC), and World Bicycle Industry Association (WBIA). Other non-governmental organizations, private sector entities, independent experts and observers were represented: EuroMed Transport Support Project and European Committee for Standardization (CEN). Some 100 participants attended the session in person.
2. The Chair of WP.29, Mr. A. Erario (Italy) welcomed delegates to the 188th session of WP.29 and opened the meeting.
3. The Chair of WP.29 welcomed Ms. J. Shim Director of the Motor Vehicle Policy Division, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of the Republic of Korea and Mr. M. Al Dhewaile, Head of Vehicle Safety Department at the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organisation (SASO).
|1.||Adoption of the agenda||
4. WP.29 took note of the special procedures during COVID-19 period, which had been adopted under silence procedure on 4 November 2022 and was informed about the written voting procedures, which took place from 8 to 11 November 2022, for AC.1 and AC.3 items envisaged for voting in accordance with the agenda of the 188th session of the World Forum, as well as of the live voting procedure for WP.29, AC.1 and AC.3 items which had been scheduled to take place during hybrid sessions with interpretation on 15 November 2022.
5. WP.29 considered the agenda, added new agenda item 8.5. “Any other business”, 8.5.1. “Information by Japan on the ESV Conference 2023”, 8.5.2. “Statement from Korea on Life Cycle Assessment” and adopted the amended annotated provisional agenda (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1167, Add.1/Rev.1 and Add.2 and WP.29-188-04 and the running order of the 188th session (WP.29-188-03)).
WP.29-188-03 | WP.29-188: Running order of the agenda for the November 2022 session
WP.29-188-04 | WP.29-188: Updated consolidated agenda for the November 2022 session
WP.29/2022/1167 | WP.29-188: Annotated provisional agenda for the November 2022 session
WP.29/2022/1167/Add.1 | WP.29-188: Addendum to the agenda for the November 2022 session
WP.29/2022/1167/Add.2 | WP.29-188: Addendum 2 to the annotated provisional agenda of the November 2022 session
6. The list of informal documents is reproduced in Annex I to the session report.
|2.||Coordination and organization of work|
|2.1.||Report of the session of the Administrative Committee for the Coordination of Work (WP.29/AC.2)||
7. Prior to its scheduled meeting on 14 November 2022, AC.2 held an ad-hoc virtual informal meeting on 24 October 2022 related to the special procedures during COVID-19 period in order to enable business continuity for WP.29 and its subsidiary bodies.
8. AC.2 recommended that the election of the Chairperson by acclamation and for the Vice-Chairperson by secret ballot.
9. AC.2 recalled discussions on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) at its 186th session and called on WP.29 delegates to provide feedback before the 189th session of WP.29.
10. AC.2 discussed the dates for meetings in 2023 and noted that interpretation for remote connections would no longer be provided unless financed by extra-budgetary sources. AC.2 urged, for inclusiveness and climate related reasons, WP.29 to take appropriate actions.
11. AC.2 reflected on the draft Programme of Work (PoW) for 2023, requested the secretariat to issue it as informal document for this WP.29 session (WP.29-188-05) and invited Contracting Parties to provide comments, if any, by 20 January 2023.
WP.29-188-05 | WP.29: Programme of Work of the World Forum and its Subsidiary Bodies
12. AC.2 received an update on the work of GRVA on automated vehicles related activities and provided recommendations reproduced in WP.29-188-21.
WP.29-188-21 | Coordination of work on Automated Driving Systems Note from the WP.29 secretariat.
13. AC.2 recommended AC.4 not to convene.
|2.2.||Programme of work and documentation||
14. The Secretary of WP.29 introduced the list of Working Parties, Informal Working Groups and Chairs (WP.29-188-01) and invited delegations to communicate any necessary changes. He introduced the draft calendar of meetings for 2023 (WP.29-188-02), scheduled as in person meetings only as hybrid meetings could only be organized with extra-budgetary funding, which is currently not available. He presented the revised PoW, reflecting the current activities of WP.29 and its subsidiary working groups. (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2022/1/Rev.2), as well as the draft PoW for 2023 (WP.29-188-05).
15. WP.29 urged the Member States to request that adequate budget be made available for the continuation of full interpretation services for hybrid meetings, to continue giving delegations from low- and middle-income countries the possibility to participate either in person or remotely in WP.29. The full continuation of hybrid meetings is consistent with the global push to reduce carbon emissions as evidenced by the Conference of Parties, COP 27 meeting currently being held in Egypt. Delegations are invited to communicate these elements to their capitals as well as missions to the UN in Geneva and New York.
16. WP.29 recalled that the 2022 PoW had been adopted at its March 2022 session and welcomed its update.
17. The delegate of the United States of America stated that the members of WP.29 strongly support the continued use of hybrid meetings for its delegates. Over the last two years allowing the option for virtual connection to executive and working group meetings has allowed for increased participation in light of travel limitations. Recently adding in the additional option for in-person participation maximizes the opportunity for participants to most effectively engage in a manner most efficient for them. Additionally, in light of the climate crisis there are significant Green House Gas (GHG) benefits from avoiding air travel. Given the United Nation’s positions on supporting members to do their work effectively and asking all countries to do more to reduce GHG emissions, WP.29 asks that ECE prioritize resources to support the technology needed to continue full hybrid meetings. WP.29 would also support member countries raising this issue within their respective delegations.
WP.29-188-01 | WP.29: Working Parties, Informal Working Groups and Chairs on 10 November 2022
WP.29-188-02/Rev.1 | WP.29: Draft calendar of sessions for 2023
WP.29-188-05 | WP.29: Programme of Work of the World Forum and its Subsidiary Bodies
WP.29/2022/1/Rev.2 | Programme of Work of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) and its Subsidiary Bodies
|2.3.||Intelligent Transport Systems and coordination of automated vehicles related activities||
18. The Chair of GRVA introduced the inventory of best Automated Driving Systems (ADS) storage practices titled “Review of the national / regional activities and a proposed way forward for DSSAD” (WP.29-188-06), GRVA recommendations on ADS external light-signalling (WP.29-188-10) and the amendment proposal to the Framework Document on Automated Vehicles (FDAV) (WP.29-188-12). WP.29 endorsed these documents and requested the secretariat to distribute WP.29-188-06 (unchanged) and WP.29-188-12 (amending the mandate extension of the IWG on Cyber Security and Over the Air (CS/OTA) issues to November 2024), with official symbols at the next WP.29 session.
WP.29-188-06 | Inventory of best ADS storage practices (Review of the existing national / regional activities and a proposed way forward for DSSAD)
WP.29-188-10 | GRVA Recommendations on ADS External Light-Signalling
WP.29-188-12 | Automated Vehicles Framework Document: Proposal for amendments to Table 1
19. WP.29 reviewed WP.29-188-21, summarizing the guidance provided by AC.2 on the items raised by GRVA at its September 2022 session. Following AC.2 recommendations, (i) WP.29 recommended that GRE conducts analysis of research and establishes high level principles related to light-signalling for ADS operational status, (ii) WP.29 endorsed the amendment proposal to the table in the FDAV, (iii) WP.29 noted the coordination of work between the different GRs regarding the screening of UN Regulations and UN Global Technical Regulations (UN GTRs) as requested by WP.29 in March 2022 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1164, para. 30), (iv) WP.29 requested the Informal Working Group (IWG) on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) to perform preparatory activities and to explore the potential role of WP.29 regarding to related to on Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communication and (v) WP.29 invited GRSG and GRVA to collaborate on developing new vehicle categories (or subcategories) dedicated to ADS.
WP.29-188-21 | Coordination of work on Automated Driving Systems Note from the WP.29 secretariat.
20. The expert from the United Kingdom and Great Britain, Co-Chair of the IWG on ITS, informed that the next meeting of the IWG on ITS would be organized in January or early February 2023 to perform the first preparatory activities related to V2V communication and to explore the potential role of WP.29 on this matter. He also informed WP.29 of the involvement of the leadership team of the IWG in the Future Networked Car 2023 symposium co-organized by the International Telecommunication Union and UNECE.
|3.||Consideration of the reports of the Working Parties (GRs) subsidiary to WP.29|
|3.1.||Working Party on General Safety Provisions (GRSG) (123rd session, 28 March-1 April 2022)||
21. The World Forum approved the report of GRSG at its 123rd session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/102).
GRSG/102 | Report of GRSG on its 123rd (March 2022) session
|3.2.||Working Party on Lighting and Light-Signalling (GRE) (Eighty-sixth session, 26-29 April 2022)||
22. The World Forum approved the report of GRE on its eighty-sixth (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/86).
GRE/86 | Report of GRE on its 86th (April 2022) session
|3.3.||Working Party on Passive Safety (GRSP) (Seventy-first session, 9-13 May 2022)||
23. The World Forum approved the report of GRSP on its seventy-first session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/71).
GRSP/71 | Report of GRSP on its 71st (May 2022) session
24. The representative of Sweden stated that he would like to express his support for the ad-hoc group working on equitable occupant protection under GRSP. He noted that Sweden supported the continuation of the work so that vehicle regulations decided take into consideration that driver and passengers may have different types of bodies. Sweden would also look forward to the outcome of the work.
|3.4.||Working Party on Automated/Autonomous and Connected Vehicles (GRVA) (Thirteenth session, 23–27 May 2022)||
25. The World Forum approved the report of GRVA on its thirteenth session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRVA/13).
GRVA/13 | GRVA-13: Chair's notes on the May 2022 session Chair's notes provided in lieu of the session report.
|3.5.||Working Party on Pollution and Energy (GRPE) (Eighty-sixth session, 30 May-2 June 2022)||
26. The World Forum approved the report of GRPE on its eighty-sixth session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/86).
GRPE/86/Rev.1 | GRPE-86: Report of the Working Party on Pollution and Energy (GRPE) on its May-June 2022 session
|3.6.||Highlights of the recent sessions|
|3.6.1.||Working Party on Noise and Tyres (GRBP) (Seventy-sixth session, 5-7 September 2022)||
27. The GRBP Chair reported on the results achieved by GRBP at its seventy-sixth session (for details, see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRBP/74).
28. He mentioned that GRBP had adopted a new 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 117 (Tyre rolling resistance, rolling noise and wet grip) introducing new requirements for wet grip and rolling resistance.
29. He pointed out that GRBP had discussed the possible use of the “Unique Identifier” (UI) in UN Regulations in the GRBP purview and agreed that it would not bring additional benefits at this stage.
30. WP.29 noted that GRBP had elected by acclamation Mr. S. Ficheux (France) as Chair for the year 2023 and had elected by secret ballot Mr. B. Schüttler (Germany) as Vice-Chair for the year 2023.
GRBP/74 | GRBP-76: Report of the September 2022 session
|3.6.2.||Working Party on Automated/Autonomous and Connected Vehicles (GRVA) (Fourteenth session, 26-30 September 2022)||
31. The GRVA Chair reported on the results achieved by GRVA during its fourteenth session (see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRVA/14 for further details).
32. WP.29 noted GRVA’s desire to hold a meeting outside of Geneva in 2023 which should be organised by the host country with the support of the secretariat in compliance with the UN Rules and Procedures for holding a meeting of GRVA outside of Geneva in 2023.
33. WP.29 noted that GRVA had re-elected by acclamation Mr. R Damm (Germany) as Chair for the sessions in 2023 and Mrs. C. Chen (China) as well as Mr. T. Naono (Japan) as Vice-Chairs for the session in 2023.
GRVA/14 | GRVA: Report from the 14th (September 2022) session
|3.6.3.||Working Party on General Safety Provisions (GRSG) (124th session, 11-14 October 2022)||
34. The Chair of GRSG reported on the results of the 124th session of GRSG (for details, see the report in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/103).
35. GRSG adopted amendments to nine UN Regulations Nos 67, 110, 105, 125, 121, 158, 162,  and .
36. GRSG agreed to seek guidance of WP.29 concerning purview/priority of work to be shared with GRVA on Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) emergency braking at low speed (Urban Emergency Braking System (UEBS) less than 20 km/h for M2, M3, N2, N3). WP.29 agreed to have a clearer understanding of the direction of work related to the proposal before starting this activity under GRSG or GRVA.
37. Concerning Event Data Recorder (EDR) / DSSAD, the GRSG Chair reported that GRSG sought guidance of WP.29 on the deadline for submission of the proposal:
38. In the case WP.29 would endorse option (a), GRSG agreed to explore the possibility of organizing a GRSG special session, in case the group would not be in the position to adopt the proposal at its March 2023 session.
39. The representative of the European Union reminded WP.29 that EDRs were set to be mandatory for new types of heavy-duty vehicles under European Union General Safety Regulation and urged to focus on the deadline referred to in (a) to trigger these provisions. The EDR/DSSAD IWG Co-Chair noted that while the IWG was mindful of the pending GSR deadline, that the complexity of issues yet to be resolved, made the suggested deadline in (a) unrealistic as noted at the last GRSG meeting. WP.29 took note of the needs expressed by the European Union, invited GRSG and its IWG to maintain their high pace and report on progress at coming WP.29 sessions.
40. The Chair of GRSG listed potential actions, discussed by GRSG, which would aim to solve inconsistencies between different UN Regulations and UN GTRs related to different versions of the Three-Dimensional H-point machine:
41. WP.29 endorsed the solution of GRSG and requested the secretariat to coordinate in a consistent way the same approach in GRSP.
42. WP.29 noted that GRSG had re-elected by acclamation Mr. A. Erario (Italy) as Chair for the sessions in 2023 and Mr. K. Hendershot (Canada) as Vice-Chair for the sessions in 2023.
GRSG/103 | Report on the 124th (October 2022) GRSG session
|3.6.4.||Working Party on Lighting and Light-Signalling (GRE) (Eighty-seventh session, 25-28 October 2022)||
43. The Chair of GRE reported on the results of the eighty-seventh session of GRE (for details, see the report in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/87).
44. He pointed out that for UN Regulations Nos. 148, 149 and 150, GRE had considered first draft summary documents that should be placed in the electronic Database for the Exchange of Type Approval documentation (DETA) to support the use of the Unique Identifier (UI). Pending the guidance of WP.29 and/or IWG on DETA, GRE agreed to resume considerations on that matter at its next session. In this context, the representative of OICA pointed out the importance of the IWG on DETA guidance on the use of UI and summary documents for all GRs.
45. He further mentioned that, following in-depth discussions, GRE had finally reached a consensus on a new diagram for headlamp aiming and, on that basis, had requested the IWG on Simplification of Lighting and Light-Signalling Regulations (SLR) to prepare a final proposal for a new series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48 for consideration at the next session.
46. He pointed out that GRE and its Task Force on Autonomous Vehicle Signalling Requirements (TF on AVSR) were closely following the GRVA and IWG on FRAV recommendations on ADS external light-signalling and awaiting final guidance from WP.29 to start preparing its own proposals.
47. The World Forum noted that GRE had re-elected by acclamation Mr. T. Kärkkäinen (Finland) as Chair and Mr. D. Rovers (Netherlands) as Vice-Chair for the sessions of GRE scheduled in the year 2023.
GRE/87 | GRE: Report from the 87th (October 2022) session
|4.1.||Status of the Agreement and of the annexed Regulations||
48. The secretariat informed the World Forum about the latest update of the status of the 1958 Agreement, based on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/343/Rev.30, available at https://unece.org/status-1958-agreement-and-annexed-regulations. WP.29 noted that Contracting Parties should notify the secretariat about any amendments needed to Add.1 to the status document via the online data base (/343app) only. The secretariat invited those Contracting Parties who had not yet notified their Single Points of Contact, to gain writing permission for the database, to do so as soon as possible.
|4.2.||Guidance requested by the Working Parties on matters related to UN Regulations annexed to the 1958 Agreement|
|4.2.1.||Reproduction and reference to private standards in UN Regulations, UN Global Technical Regulations (UN GTRs) and Rules||
49. WP.29 noted that no document had been submitted under this agenda item.
|4.2.2.||Guidance on amendments to UN Regulations annexed to the 1958 Agreement||
50. WP.29 noted that no document had been submitted under this agenda item.
|4.2.3.||Interpretation of specific UN Regulations||
51. WP.29 noted that no document had been submitted under this agenda item.
|4.3.||Development of the International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA) system||
52. The representative of Japan, Chair of the IWG on IWVTA, reported that the group was currently focusing on the development of a procedure for adding new UN Regulations to Annex IV of UN Regulation No. 0. He stressed the importance of identifying national (or regional) mandatory application dates of the candidate regulations.
53. He also reported to WP.29 that the group focused on potential wording improvement of the guidelines on transitional provisions (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1044/Rev.3) following the request from GRSP. The expert from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland noted the challenge associated with this task and suggested that all the GRs should be involved when considering transitional provisions as it would affect them as well.
54. WP.29 agreed to resume consideration on this matter at its March 2023 session based on an update from the IWG on IWVTA.
55. The Chair of the IWG thanked the secretariat for updating the website with the recent amendments to the reference documents associated with the Revision 3 to the 1958 Agreement and IWVTA.
56. The World Forum considered the draft for the 05 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 0 under agenda item 4.3.1. and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting.
|4.3.1.||Proposal for the 05 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 0 (IWVTA)|
|4.4.||Revision 3 to the 1958 Agreement||
57. WP.29 noted that no document had been submitted under this agenda item.
|4.5.||Development of an electronic database for the exchange of type approval documentation (DETA)||
58. The representative of Germany, Chair of the IWG on DETA, presented WP.29-188-18, introducing WP.29-188-19, the draft report of the fourty-fifth session of the IWG on DETA and also updating WP.29 on the work done during that session, held in Geneva on 10 November 2022. He laid out the current state of play, noting the number of approvals uploaded. He detailed activities of the IWG related to the Unique Identifier (UI) and suggested to circulate WP.29-188-20 to the GRs, containing proposed actions for the IWG on DETA, GRs and WP.29 as well as a table for the assessment of UN Regulations under the purview of the respective GR regarding the usage of UI. He reported on the progress related to the DETA feature for the mass upload of type approvals and the implementation by three Type Approval Authorities. He reiterated the request for decision by WP.29 regarding the access to DETA by Technical Services in case these Technical Services are performing an authoritative task under governmental control (as opposed to other Technical Services being commercial economic operators).
59. The representative of France commended the work of Germany in setting the upload function on the database and informed WP.29 that France would use the upload to ensure its functionality in France. He volunteered to give a feedback to WP.29 on the use of this functionality in case any issue would arise.
60. The representative of Spain suggested that WP.29 allow all Technical Services to have access to DETA. The representative of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland raised a question regarding the access to DETA for Technical Services, in particular concerning the commercial confidentiality of the information contained in the system. He suggested that Technical Services would only be granted access to approval pursuant to UN Regulations for which they are nominated by their Type Approval Authorities. WP.29 concluded that further elaborations were needed and recommended the group to define criteria regarding the access to information in DETA.
61. WP.29 invited all the Contracting Parties to start the work for allowing relevant organisations to upload all the approvals they issue to DETA.
62. WP.29 authorized the group to distribute informal document WP.29-188-20 to its subsidiary bodies.
63. The representative of France suggested that the IWG would elaborate a standard clause to be used in any UN Regulation for prohibiting the use of UI. In this respect, the representative of Germany, Chair of IWG on DETA suggested that an amendment to Schedule 5 of the 1958 Agreement could also be considered. WP.29 agreed that these suggestions should be considered by its subsidiary bodies.
64. The secretariat reminded the World Forum that the situation related to hosting DETA at UNECE remained unchanged. The representative of the United States of America reconfirmed their objection to the hosting of DETA at ECE under regular budget.
65. The World Forum thanked Germany for continuing to host DETA.
WP.29-188-18 | Status report from the 45th DETA informal group session
WP.29-188-19 | Draft report from the 45th DETA informal group session
WP.29-188-20 | 1958 Agreement: Unique Identifier - Proposed actions for the DETA informal group, GR working parties, and WP.29 Note from the WP.29 secretariat
|4.6.||Consideration of draft amendments to existing UN Regulations submitted by GRE||
66. The World Forum considered draft amendments under agenda items 4.6.1 to 4.6.4. and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.
|4.6.1.||Proposal for Supplement 17 to the 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48 (Installation of lighting and light-signalling devices)|
|4.6.2.||Proposal for Supplement 4 to the 07 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48 (Installation of lighting and light-signalling devices)|
|4.6.3.||Proposal for Supplement 2 to the 08 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 48 (Installation of lighting and light-signalling devices)|
|4.6.4.||Proposal for Supplement 6 to the 00 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 149 (Road illumination devices)|
|4.7.||Consideration of draft amendments to existing UN Regulations submitted by GRSG||
67. The Chair of GRSG presented draft amendments under agenda items 4.7.1 to 4.7.14.
68. The World Forum considered draft amendments under agenda items 4.7.1 to 4.7.14 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the below amendment:
Agenda item 4.7.11 ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2022/126/Rev.1
WP.29/2022/126/Rev.1 | UN R162 : Proposal for Supplement 4 to the original version Proposal to clarify the scope and to complement the text with the missing Supplement 7 to the original version of UN Regulation No. 116.
|4.7.1.||Proposal of 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 34 (Prevention of fire risk)|
|4.7.2.||Proposal Supplement 3 to the 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 34 (Prevention of fire risk)|
|4.7.3.||Proposal for Supplement 10 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 43 (Safety glazing)|
|4.7.4.||Proposal for Supplement 2 to the 03 of amendments to UN Regulation No. 67 (LPG vehicles)|
|4.7.5.||Proposal for Supplement 1 to the 04 of amendments to UN Regulation No. 67 (LPG vehicles)|
|4.7.6.||Proposal for Supplement 1 to the 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 118 (Burning behaviour of materials)|
|4.7.7.||Proposal for Supplement 2 to the 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No.125 (Forward field of vision of drivers)|
|4.7.8.||Proposal for Supplement 2 to the original version of UN Regulation No. 158 (Reversing motion)|
|4.7.9.||Proposal for part I of supplement 2 to the original version of UN Regulation No. 159 (Moving Off Information System)|
|4.7.10.||Proposal for part II of supplement 2 to the original version of UN Regulation No. 159 (Moving Off Information System)|
|4.7.11.||Proposal for Supplement 4 to the original version of UN Regulation No. 162 (Immobilizers)|
|4.7.12.||Proposal for Supplement 2 to the original version of UN Regulation No. 163 (Vehicle Alarm Systems)|
|4.7.13.||Proposal for Supplement 3 to the original version of UN Regulation No. 161 (Devices against Unauthorized Use)|
|4.7.14.||Proposal for Supplement 4 to the original version of UN Regulation No. 151 (Blind Spot Information Systems)|
|4.8.||Consideration of draft amendments to existing UN Regulations submitted by GRSP||
69. The Chair of GRSP presented draft amendments under agenda items 4.8.1 and 4.8.2.
70. The World Forum considered draft amendments under agenda items 4.8.1 and 4.8.5 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.
|4.8.1.||Proposal for Supplement 8 to the 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 129 (Enhanced Child Restraint systems)|
|4.8.2.||Proposal for the 04 series of amendment to UN Regulation No. 127 (Pedestrian safety)|
|4.8.3.||Proposal for Supplement 1 to the 03 series of amendment to UN Regulation No. 127 (Pedestrian safety)|
|4.8.4.||Proposal for Supplement 9 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 129 (Enhanced Child Restraint systems)|
|4.8.5.||Proposal for Supplement 8 to the 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 129 (Enhanced Child Restraint systems)|
|4.9.||Consideration of draft amendments to existing UN Regulations submitted by GRPE||
71. The World Forum considered draft amendments under agenda items 4.9.1 to 4.9.4 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.
|4.9.1.||Proposal for Supplement 9 to the 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 24 (Visible pollutants, measurement of power of C.I. engines (Diesel smoke))|
|4.9.2.||Proposal for Supplement 16 to the 05 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 83 (Emissions of M1 and N1 vehicles)|
|4.9.3.||Proposal for Supplement 18 to the 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 83 (Emissions of M1 and N1 vehicles)|
|4.9.4.||Proposal for Supplement 15 to the 07 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 83 (Emissions of M1 and N1 vehicles)|
|4.10.||Consideration of draft amendments to existing UN Regulations submitted by GRVA||
72. The World Forum considered draft amendments under agenda items 4.10.1 to 4.10.3 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.
|4.10.1.||Proposal for a Supplement 20 to the 11 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 13 (Heavy Vehicle Braking)|
|4.10.2.||Proposal for a Supplement 2 to the 12 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 13 (Heavy Vehicle Braking)|
|4.10.3.||Proposal for Supplement 10 to the 02 series of amendments of UN Regulation No. 90 (Replacement braking parts)|
|4.11.||Consideration of draft corrigenda to existing UN Regulations submitted by GRs if any||
73. WP.29 noted that no document had been submitted under this agenda item.
|4.12.||Consideration of draft corrigenda to existing UN Regulations submitted by the secretariat, if any||
74. WP.29 noted that no document had been submitted under this agenda item.
|4.13.||Consideration of proposals for new UN Regulations submitted by the Working Parties subsidiary to the World Forum||
75. The Chair of GRSG presented two new UN Regulations, UN Regulation No.  on Vulnerable Road Users in Front and Side Close Proximity (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2022/139) and UN Regulation No.  on Vulnerable Road Users (VRU) Direct Vision (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2022/140/Rev.1). He highlighted that the proposal in document, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2022/139 aimed to enhance driver awareness, e.g. with devices including mirrors and/or camera monitor systems, making that regulation technology neutral. For the document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2022/140/Rev.1, he noted that the proposed new UN Regulation allows for better views on trucks to address the risks posed to VRUs. The World Forum considered the proposals under agenda items 4.13.1 and 4.13.2 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.
76. The representative of the Republic of Korea made a statement regarding agenda item 4.13.1. He noted that the Republic of Korea was taking various measures to prevent traffic accidents involving vulnerable road users, such as lowering urban speed limits, enforcing drivers to make a full stop at a crosswalk regardless if pedestrians are present, and extending AEBS requirements to all vehicles including passenger cars.
77. He added that the proposal for the new UN Regulation was going to enhance drivers’ awareness of vulnerable road users at the front and sides of vehicles and it was anticipated to help reducing accidents involving pedestrians.
78. He further highlighted that, in a similar way, the Acceleration Control for Pedal Error (ACPE) proposed at the fourteenth GRVA meeting would help preventing accidents caused by drivers’ mistakes. He concluded that the Republic of Korea fully supported the proposal and was going to actively participate in the discussion group.
79. The representative of the European Union informed WP.29 that the European Union would not mandate UN Regulation No.  for the purpose of the EU whole vehicle type approval.
WP.29/2022/139 | Proposal of new UN Regulation on Vulnerable Road Users in Front and Side Close Proximity Proposal from GRSG to establish a new UN Regulation providing provisions for devices to enhance the driver’s vision or awareness of vulnerable road users at the front and sides of the vehicle before the vehicle starts from standstill. Some requirements of this Regulation may be satisfied by devices complying with UN R46 on indirect vision.
WP.29/2022/140/Rev.1 | Proposal for a New UN Regulation on Motor Vehicles with Regard to their Direct Vision Proposal from GRSG for a new UN Regulation to establish requirements for the approval of vehicles of categories M2, M3, N2 and N3 with regard to the driver's direct vision to reduce blind spots to the greatest extent possible while considering the needs of the specific type of vehicle and its intended use(s).
|4.13.1.||Proposal of new UN Regulation on Vulnerable Road Users in Front and Side Close Proximity|
|4.13.2.||Proposal of new UN Regulation on Vulnerable Road Users Direct Vision|
|4.14.||Proposal for amendments to the Consolidated Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles (R.E.3) submitted by the Working Parties to the World Forum for consideration||
80. WP.29 noted that no document had been submitted under this agenda item.
|4.15.||Proposal for amendments to the Consolidated Resolution on the common specification of light source categories (R.E.5)||
81. WP.29 noted that no document had been submitted under this agenda item.
|4.16.||Pending proposals for amendments to existing UN Regulations submitted by the Working Parties to the World Forum||
82. WP.29 noted that no document had been submitted under this agenda item.
|4.17.||Proposals for amendments to Mutual Resolutions|
|4.17.1.||Proposal for amendment 3, Addendum 1 to Mutual Resolution No. 1 (M.R.1)||
83. The Chair of GRSP introduced the proposal of Amendment 3, Addendum 1 to Mutual Resolution No. 1 (M.R.1) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2022/141), aimed at improving the application of Addendum 1 of M.R.1 when used by laboratories to maintain and certify the Biofidelic Rear Impact Dummy II (BioRID-II) UN dummy. He added that the proposal seeks to clarify interpretation, that could affect the outcome of the dummy calibration.
84. WP.29 considered and endorsed the proposal for amendments to Mutual Resolution No. 1 under agenda item 4.17.1. and submitted it to AC.3 for final approval.
WP.29/2022/141 | MR1: Proposal of Amendment 3, Addendum 1 Proposal from GRSP to add specifications for the Construction, Preparation and Certification of the 50th percentile male Biofidelic Rear Impact Dummy (BioRID-II UN) anthropomorphic test Device.
|5.1.||Status of the 1998 Agreement, including the implementation of paragraph 7.1 of the Agreement||
85. The World Forum agreed that agenda items 5.2 to 5.5 related to the 1998 Agreement should be considered in detail under agenda items 14 to 20 prepared for the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement, WP.29/AC.3.
|5.2.||Consideration of draft UN GTRs and/or draft amendments to established UN GTRs|
|5.3.||Consideration of technical regulations to be listed in the Compendium of Candidates for UN GTRs, if any|
|5.4.||Guidance, by consensus decision, on those elements of draft global technical regulations that have not been resolved by the Working Parties subsidiary to the World Forum, if any|
|5.5.||Implementation of the 1998 Agreement Programme of Work by the Working Parties subsidiary to the World Forum|
|6.||Exchange of views on national/regional rulemaking procedures and implementation of established UN Regulations and/or UN GTRs into national/regional law||
86. The World Forum agreed to keep this item on its agenda awaiting additional presentations.
|7.||1997 Agreement (Periodical Technical Inspections)||
87. The representative of the Russian Federation, Co-Chair of the IWG on Periodic Technical Inspection (PTI), presented WP.29-188-17, providing an overview of the recent activities of the IWG on PTI. He highlighted the current state of play regarding the preparation of a Framework Document on Whole Life Compliance, tabled for adoption under agenda item 7.6. He recalled the discussions related to amendment to the consolidated resolution R.E.6. related to tampering detection. He explained that a draft UN Rule on Accident Emergency Call Systems would be reviewed by GRSG at its March 2023 session. He mentioned the activities in collaboration with the IWG on DETA related to Unique Identifier and the access to vehicle data for the purpose of PTI.
88. WP.29 invited the IWG on PTI to report on progress at its March 2023 session.
WP.29-188-17 | PTI informal group report to WP.29
|7.1.||Status of the 1997 Agreement||
89. WP.29 noted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1074/Rev.17 on the status of the Agreement, including the status of the UN Rules annexed to the agreement, the list of the contracting parties to the agreement and of their administrative departments. He highlighted that Uganda recently acceded to the 1997 Agreement. He encouraged the contracting parties to the 1997 Agreement to provide relevant updated information to the secretariat (firstname.lastname@example.org), as needed.
|7.2.||Update of Rules annexed to the 1997 Agreement||
90. WP.29 noted that no document had been submitted under this agenda item.
|7.3.||Amendments to the 1997 Agreement||
91. WP.29 recalled the purpose of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2020/38 providing a consolidated version of the current version of the 1997 Agreement.
WP.29/2020/38 | Consolidated text of the 1997 Agreement on Periodic Technical Inspection of wheeled vehicles
|7.4.||Establishment of new Rules annexed to the 1997 Agreement||
92. WP.29 noted that no document had been submitted under this agenda item.
|7.5.||Update of Resolution R.E.6 related to requirements for testing equipment, for skills and training of inspectors and for supervision of test centres||
93. WP.29 noted that no document had been submitted under this agenda item.
|7.6.||Vehicle whole-life compliance|
|7.6.1.||Framework document on vehicle whole-life compliance||
94. The Co-Chair of the IWG on PTI informed the World Forum on the consultations of WP.29 subsidiary bodies on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2022/145. He noted that the representative of CLEPA submitted informal document WP.29-188-24, proposing amendments to the official document.
95. The representative of Sweden mentioned main principles included in the document. He inquired about the practical implications in terms of implementation of these principles and way to operationalize them.
96. The representative of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland noted the potential implications of the document. He sought clarification on the purpose of the document, in particular whether it related to those undertaking PTI or to vehicle owners/users. He recommended to clarify who would be addressed by the document.
97. The representative of France supported the views expressed by the representative of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. He mentioned the WP.29 deliverables already addressing different phases of vehicle lifecycles. He emphasised the importance clarifying methodologies with this regard.
98. The representative of the European Union proposed to postpone the vote on this document to facilitate coordination among the Member States of the European Union and allow for verification of the implications.
99. The representative of CLEPA introduced WP.29-188-24, proposing to insert a subparagraph under paragraph 8 of the official document considered under this item and highlighted some other principles.
100. The representative of the Netherlands proposed that IWG on PTI should review the proposal tabled by the representative of CLEPA and bring the outcome of the discussion back to WP.29 in March 2023. He continued that all comments provided during the session were true, that many WP.29 deliverables already addressed different phases of the vehicle lifecycles. He highlighted the merit of the proposal for a Vehicle Whole Life Compliance framework to streamline contracting parties’ efforts with this regard. He supported the proposal of the representative of the European Union.
101. The representative of OICA confirmed that the draft framework document continues to raise questions as to its implications and supported the statements by UK and France.
102. The representative of the Russian Federation, Co-Chair of the IWG on PTI, recalled that the document had been reviewed by all the WP.29 subsidiary bodies and that he did not see any new matter that had not been previously discussed by the IWG on PTI. He recommended the adoption of the document. He gave a positive initial assessment of the proposal tabled by the representative of CLEPA and suggested further review of it.
103. WP.29 recommended the IWG on PTI to consider the input received, to review WP.29-188-24 and agreed to resume consideration of this agenda item at its March 2023 session.
WP.29-188-24/Rev.1 | Amendment and comments to the “Framework document on vehicle whole-life compliance”
WP.29/2022/145 | Framework Document on Vehicle Whole-Life Compliance Proposal from the PTI informal group to provide guidance for use across WP.29 bodies to coordinate the different stages of the legal life of vehicles, equipment and parts.
|8.1.||Consistency between the 1968 Vienna Convention and the UN Regulations and UN GTRs of the 1958 and 1998 Agreements||
104. The secretariat of WP.1 informed WP.29 on results achieved during the September 2022 session, focusing on those having relevance for WP.29. She referred to the session report of the eighty-fifth session of WP.1 for more details (ECE/TRANS/WP.1/181). She reported on the progress made in reviewing the consistency between the 1968 Convention on Road Traffic and technical regulations, in particular the lighting provisions in Annex 5, on which WP.1 will complete its deliberations in March 2023. She briefed WP.29 on the adoption by WP.1 of the resolution on safety considerations for activities other than driving undertaken by the driver when the automated driving system is exercising dynamic control (ECE/TRANS/WP.1/2021/2/Rev.1). She informed WP.29 about WP.1 activities on Human Factors in the context of Automated Vehicles. She mentioned the good relationship with the Working Party on Automated/Autonomous and Connected Vehicles. She recalled that WP.1 was looking forward to engaging more with WP.29 such as through organizing a joint side event of the Inland Transport Committee at its February 2023 session, or alternatively organizing technical workshops e.g. a combined workshop of the WP.1 Informal Group of Experts on Automated Driving (IGEAD) and the GRVA Informal Working Group on Functional Requirements for Automated Vehicles (FRAV).
105. The representative of ITU mentioned a specific challenge faced by the stakeholders dealing with the development of Automated Driving Systems, namely the lack of uniform and harmonized traffic rules. He explained that the combined workshop of IGEAD and FRAV identified, as one of the potential items for cooperation, the need to provide information on traffic rules by jurisdictions. He recalled the offer by ITU at the fourteenth session of GRVA to host a database on traffic rules under the direction of WP.1 and WP.29 to determine the format. He offered for ITU to participate in WP.1 to provide the UN Information and Communications Technology (ICT).
106. WP.29 thanked the representative of ITU for this offer and agreed to inform the Inland Transport Committee of this proposal, as the question of harmonization of traffic rules was an important topic.
107. The representative of Germany, Chair of GRVA, informed WP.29 on the combined workshop of the IGEAD and FRAV in the Hague on 7-8 November 2022, a starting point for the collaboration between WP.29 and WP.1. He confirmed that the two groups worked on an initial list of common interests. He stated that this work should be performed in accordance with mandates from both working parties and supported the continuation of such exchanges. He noted that the positions of delegations concerning the organization of a combined WP.1 / WP.29 public event did not change. He noted that the delegations were supporting the organization of technical workshops.
108. The representative of the United States of America agreed with the Chair of GRVA and confirmed that their position remained unchanged, as the organization of a public event would be premature. She supported the idea to organize technical workshops and suggested that one of them could concentrate on human factors, based on the contributions to the WP.1 round table on human Factors organized by the representative of Canada.
109. WP.29 agreed with the representatives of Germany and the United States of America. WP.29 noted that the proposed timeline for activities during the ITC week in February 2023 might be too short but that activities should be resumed in the first quarter of 2023.
|8.2.||Safer vehicles of the global plan for the decade of action for road safety 2021-2030||
110. The secretariat introduced WP.29-188-07 (WP.29 actions in the framework of the global plan for the decade of action for road safety 2021-2030), reproducing the recommended actions of the global plan to ensure vehicle safety and traceability of WP.29 and its subsidiary bodies actions: (a) development of UN Regulations and UN GTRs and UN Rules (b) performance indicators and (c) progress made.
111. WP.29 also noted WP.29-188-11 (Draft UNECE Plan of Action for Road Safety) 2023-2030), prepared by the secretariat, aimed at having a better implementation on the Inland Transport Committee (ITC) recommendation on road safety (ECE/TRANS/2020/9). The secretariat also added that the document, at its early draft stage, would benchmark the implementation of the ITC strategy as a monitoring tool of the different contracting parties. Finally, he announced that subject to ITC endorsement the document would be addressed by ITC to all Working Parties in the different areas of responsibility. The representative of OICA welcomed the document since it well reflects the need for an integrated approach of all key elements of road safety; he however suggested that WP29 would need a better understanding of missing elements mentioned in the screening result of the document, considering that such missing elements should best be reviewed and agreed before submission to the Inland Transport Committee. WP.29 noted that the document would be reviewed by ITC at its next session incorporating possible comments coming from experts and representatives of the different Working Parties of UNECE involved in this endeavour. Finally, WP.29 invited its representative to provide comments to the secretariat on WP.29-188-11 at their earliest convenience.
WP.29-188-07 | WP.29 actions in the framework of the global plan for the decade of action for road safety 2021-2030
WP.29-188-09 | Draft UNECE Plan of Action for Road Safety 2023 – 2030
WP.29-188-11 | Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021- 2030
|8.3.||Safer and cleaner used and new vehicles for developing countries||
112. The representative of South Africa, Chair of the Informal Working Group introduced informal documentWP.29-188-16 highlighting key observations of the third and fourth meetings of the group to WP.29. He recalled questions were raised on the role of the IWG and how it tied to activities of the United Nations Road Safety Fund (UNRSF) project, “safer and cleaner used vehicles for Africa”. He also noted the African Organizations for Standardizations (ARSO) activities in the region which is aimed at improving intra-African trade while expressing the need coordination of related activities.
113. The Chair pointed out regions that had successfully implemented programs to ensure only safe and clean vehicles were imported and noted the IWG could learn from such regions. He referred to the on-going activities of the Life Cycle Assessment of vehicles at different levels within WP.29, he also noted these activities could feed into the work of the IWG.
114. The Chair noted even though there was little participation from African countries, WP.29 had a responsibility to ensure that vehicles driven in these regions as well as those transferred to different regions on a global scale, could ensure protection of its users. The chair invited WP.29 to consider informal documents WP.29-18-14, WP.29-18-15 and WP.29-18-16 for adoption.
115. The representative of the United States of America, Vice-Chair of the IWG, mentioned the UNRSF project and highlighted the results of UNEP’s intervention within the project that had established policies in West and East Africa where Euro 4/IV emission levels were identified as a minimum requirement without inclusion of other equivalent emission levels. He emphasized the need to reconcile the different related activities and the inclusion of other emission and safety regimes.
116. The representative of OICA reminded WP.29 of its 2019 Manifesto on Global Road Safety with recommendations on the requirements that countries with an emerging automotive market could put in place for new vehicles and possibly extend to used vehicles depending on the country’s government. He said the manifesto had been updated and recently published with new requirements and this could be useful to the work of the IWG. In conclusion he noted the manifesto covered only vehicle safety elements.
117. The representative of Sweden echoed the opinion of the United States of America on global inclusion of emission levels. He highlighted that the Basel Convention and the EU’s End-of-Life Vehicle (ELV) Directive were legal instruments that still try to differentiate between waste and vehicles, which is not in the scope of PTI. He identified PTI as a specific legal instrument that can certify a vehicle as safe to be driven in the region of registration and can be applied in different regions and legislation. He concluded that there a was need for coordination between relevant authorities in the European Union.
118. The representative of Germany mentioned its involvement in the export of used vehicles to different regions while highlighting their experience in the registration and validation of vehicles however, due to restrictions of the data protection regime in force, the possibility to share vehicle information with receiving countries was limited. He said such restrictions could pose a challenge to importing countries in verifying how a vehicle was manufactured and if they met the necessary import requirement of a given country. He supported the statement of Sweden in addressing this issue at a European level through the ELV Directive once it had been reviewed.
119. The representative of the United States of America, Vice-Chair of the IWG, raised a question to clarify from OICA if the manifesto was focused on both new and used vehicles. The representative of OICA clarified that its focus is on new vehicles, but this may be applicable to used vehicles depending on the country’s government and how the manifesto is to be applied in a country.
120. The representative of FIA highlighted PTI as an important key to transfer of used vehicles and a good starting point to the work of the IWG. He noted it was important to define key criteria of PTI and how long each test should last within the framework of the IWG.
121. The Secretary of WP.29 noted there was need for shared responsibility from both importing and exporting countries. He called on exporting countries to ensure only technically safe and clean vehicles should be allowed to leave their countries to other regions. He also highlighted the harsh conditions at the port of export could affect some technical safety and environmental features of vehicles.
122. WP.29 adopted the Terms of Reference of the IWG and proposed the initial mandate of the group should last till the end of 2025.
WP.29-188-13 | Report of the SCUNV informal group to WP.29
WP.29-188-14 | Draft terms of reference for the SCUNV informal group
WP.29-188-15 | SCUNV: Report of the 4th meeting (4 November 2022)
WP.29-188-16 | Report from the 3rd SCUNV informal group session
|8.4.||Documents for publication||
123. WP.29 noted that the informal document WP.29-188-22 provided information on the proposals for the amendments and two Corrigenda to existing UN Regulations and a new UN Regulation, that have been adopted by AC.1 in the June 2022 session of WP.29, expected to enter into force on 5 January 2023 for the amendments and the 19 January 2023 for the new UN Regulation.
WP.29-188-22 | 1958 Agreement: Adopted proposals from the 187th (June 2022) WP.29 session
|8.5.||Any other business|
|8.5.1.||ESV Conference (April 2023 in Yokohama, Japan)||
124. The expert from Japan informed the group about the twenty-seventh International Technical Conference on the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles (ESV) scheduled for the 3-6 April 2023 in Yokohama, Japan. The conference will be organised by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) and the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and will offer exhibitions, technical sessions, technical tour, amongst others. He invited all WP.29 participants to attend this conference.
|8.5.2.||Life Cycle Assessment||
125. The representative of the Republic of Korea reminded WP.29 about the unprecedented climate crisis and the need for global action to reach carbon neutrality. She updated WP.29 about actions done in the Republic of Korea, such as increased deployment of electric vehicle charging stations, or safety standards specifically for green cars, among others. She explained that the Korean New Car Assessment Program is going to launch a mid-to-ling term R&D project funded by the government budget in order to develop Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of greenhouse gas emission from vehicles as well as energy efficiency performance and vehicle interior air quality. She also informed WP.29 that the Republic of Korea has been elected as co-chair to the IWG on Automotive-Life Cycle Assessment (A-LCA) during its first meeting that took place from 26-28 October 2022 in Okinawa, Japan. She thanked WP.29 for the interest and anticipated support to this activity.
126. The representative of Japan wished to express his support to the efforts undertaken by the Republic of Korea to lower the carbon footprint of vehicles and also showed his satisfaction with the new IWG on A-LCA co-chaired with the Republic of Korea to deliver on a globally harmonized approach to determine the carbon impact of vehicles.
127. The representative of the United States of America expressed his appreciation to the leadership role taken by Japan and the Republic of Korea on this timely issue, also recognizing the challenges surrounding the LCA topic, being in his view probably one of the most difficult topic undertaken by GRPE until now.
128. The representative of OICA supported all statements made. He informed WP.29 that OICA recently adopted a Position Paper on Carbon Neutrality by 2050, including policy recommendations. He highlighted that in his view, not only the vehicle side should be considered, but also several other factors, such as the energy supply, the material extraction and supply chain, …. He also added that each country specific cases should be considered, as in his view, a “one size fits all” approach would not be the most efficient method to reach carbon neutrality. He also strongly supported the need for a LCA but acknowledged the difficulty of the topic and concurred with the statement from the US.
129. The Chair of GRPE highlighted his satisfaction about the introduction of this topic in GRPE and the effort from Japan and the Republic of Korea to set-up the IWG on A-LCA. He agreed that a holistic view would be important to mitigate the climate impact of the transport sector. He underlined that WP.29 will be regularly updated on the progress of this activity, also agreeing that the topic was complex and that many activities on this field were already undertaken across the globe.
130. The Chair thanked the contribution from Korea and the support from the delegations who took the floor, showing the strong support and interest from WP.29 on this topic.
|9.||Election of officers||
131. WP.29 elected by acclamation Mr. A. Erario (Italy) as Chair.
132. In the absence of agreement on the position of Vice-Chair for 2023, WP.29 proceeded with the election among the two nominated candidates, Mr. S. Anikeev (Russian Federation) and Mr. T. Naono (Japan). A vote was taken by secret ballot and in compliance with Rules 1, 21, 24 to 26 and 37 of the WP.29 Rules of Procedure (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Rev.2) as well as with Rules 27 and 42 of the ECE Rules of Procedure (E/ECE/778/Rev.5):
133. Having obtained the required majority and the larger number of votes, Mr. T. Naono (Japan) was elected Vice-Chair for the year 2023.
|10.||Adoption of the report||
134. The World Forum adopted the report on its 188th session and its annexes based on a draft prepared by the secretariat under COVID-19 special procedures. The report included sections related to the eighty-second session of the Administrative Committee (AC.1) of the 1958 Agreement, to the sixty-fifth session of the Executive Committee (AC.3) of the 1998 Agreement and the fourteenth session of the Administrative Committee of the 1997 Agreement (AC.4).
WP.29/1168 | WP.29: Report from the 188th (November 2022) sessions
|11.||Establishment of the Committee AC.1.||
135. The AC.1 voting followed the special proceedings during COVID-19 period, which had been adopted by all Contracting Parties to the 1958 Agreement under a silence procedure on 4 November 2022. The written procedure, had been initiated on 8 November 2022 12:00h CET and had lasted for 72 hours, ending on 11 November 2022 15:00h CET. The eighty-second online/hybrid, session of AC.1 was held on 15 November 2022.
136. Of the 58 contracting parties to the agreement, 36 were represented by taking part in the written procedure and at the online/hybrid AC.1 session, its eighty-second session, on 15 November 2022.
137. AC.1 invited the Chair of WP.29 to chair the online/hybrid session.
|12.||Proposals for amendments and corrigenda to existing Regulations and for new Regulations – Voting by AC.1.||
138. The results of the voting on the documents submitted, following the rules of procedure of Article 12 and the appendix of Revision 3 to the 1958 Agreement, can be found here (Adopted Documents).
|13.||Establishment of the Executive Committee AC.3.||
139. The sixty-fifth session of the Executive Committee (AC.3) was held on 15 November 2022 and chaired by the representative of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and vice-chaired by the representatives of Japan and of the United States of America. Decision taking and voting followed the special proceedings during COVID-19 period, which had been adopted by all Contracting Parties to the 1998 Agreement under a silence procedure on 4 November 2022. The representatives of 14 of the 39 Contracting Parties to the agreement attended: Australia, Canada, China, European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden), India, Japan, Norway, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, South Africa, Tunisia, Türkiye, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and United States of America.
140. Election of officers for AC.3 will take place during the first session of the year, in March 2023.
|14.||Monitoring of the 1998 Agreement: Reports of the Contracting Parties on the transposition of UN GTRs and their amendments into their national/regional law||
141. AC.3 noted the information, as of 9 November 2022, on the status of the Agreement of the Global Registry and of the Compendium of Candidates (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.34), the status of the priorities of the 1998 Agreement (based on WP.29-188-08 as reproduced in Annex V to this report) and items on which the exchange of views should continue. AC.3 noted that notifications and the mandatory reports on the transposition process through their Permanent Missions in Geneva to the secretariat, are publicly accessible at: https://wiki.unece.org/display/TRAN/Home. AC.3 recalled its agreement to always send the above-mentioned reports and notifications through their Permanent Missions in Geneva and directly to the secretariat (email: email@example.com) to ensure updating of the status document, which is the monitoring tool of the agreement.
142. AC.3 warmly reiterated its request to its Contracting Parties to send the above-mentioned status report and notifications as one of the main obligations of the 1998 Agreement (Articles 7.4 to 7.4.1. of the Agreement) and be provided to the secretariat for each one-year period if action or no action had been taken in the process of transposition of UN GTRs into domestic legislations. AC.3 noted that such information would be integrated into the Status of the Agreement document and that such information would not be only administrative but also relevant to all interested parties, including the industry, to understand the type of vehicle certification needed in the different Contracting Parties to the Agreement.
143. The Chair of AC.3 welcomed Uganda, who recently became a contracting party to the 1958 and 1997 Agreements and looked forward to their active participation. The representative of the United States of America echoed the Chair and expressed the wish to support the secretariat in the outreach in discussions with potential contracting parties.
144. The representative of the United States of America congratulated the accession of Uganda to the Agreement and stated the willingness of Contracting Parties to work with the secretariat to support prospective contracting parties.
145. AC.3 endorsed ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.34.
|15.||Consideration and vote by AC.3 of draft UN GTRs and/or draft amendments to established UN GTRs, if any||
146. No documents have been submitted for this agenda item.
|16.||Consideration of technical regulations to be listed in the Compendium of Candidates for UN GTRs, if any||
147. Submitted for consideration and vote, the request made by the United States of America to maintain Listing No. 11 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2029/142) in the Compendium of Candidates for another period of five years was adopted on 15 November 2022 by consensus vote of the following Contracting Parties present and voting: Australia, Canada, China, European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden), India, Japan, Norway, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, South Africa, Tunisia, Türkiye, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and United States of America.
WP.29/2022/142 | Proposal for a five-year extension in the Compendium of Candidates of Listing No. 11 Request to re-insert in Listing Number 11 – United States of America Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation programmes for Light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas emission standards and Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards.
148. Submitted for consideration and vote, the request made by the United States of America to maintain Listing No. 12 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2022/143) in the Compendium of Candidates for another period of five years was adopted on 15 November 2022 by consensus vote of the following Contracting Parties present and voting: Australia, Canada, China, European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden), India, Japan, Norway, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, South Africa, Tunisia, Türkiye, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and United States of America.
WP.29/2022/143 | Proposal for a five-year extension in the Compendium of Candidates of Listing No. 12 Request to maintain in the Compendium of Candidates Listing Number 12 – United States of America Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation Programmes for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles.
149. Submitted for consideration and vote, the request made by the United States of America to maintain Listing No. 13 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/57) in the Compendium of Candidates for another period of five years was adopted on 21 June 2017 by consensus vote of the following Contracting Parties present and voting: Australia, Canada, China, European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden), India, Japan, Norway, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, South Africa, Tunisia, Türkiye, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and United States of America.
WP.29/2022/144 | Proposal for a five-year extension in the Compendium of Candidates of Listing No. 13 Request to maintain in the Compendium of Candidates Listing Number 13 – United States of America Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation, Program for Revisions and Additions to the Motor Vehicle Fuel Economy Label – New Fuel Economy and Environment Labels for a New Generation of Vehicles.
|17.||Consideration of amendments to Mutual Resolutions Nos. 1 (M.R.1) and 2 (M.R.2)|
|17.1.||Proposal of Amendment 3, Addendum 1 to Mutual Resolution No. 1 (M.R.1)||
150. Submitted for consideration and vote, the proposal for Amendment 3, Addendum 1 to Mutual Resolution No. 1 was adopted on 15 November 2022 by consensus vote of Australia, Canada, China, European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden), India, Japan, Norway, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, South Africa, Tunisia, Türkiye, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and United States of America.
WP.29/2022/141 | MR1: Proposal of Amendment 3, Addendum 1 Proposal from GRSP to add specifications for the Construction, Preparation and Certification of the 50th percentile male Biofidelic Rear Impact Dummy (BioRID-II UN) anthropomorphic test Device.
|18.||Guidance, by consensus decision, on those elements of draft UN GTRs that have not been resolved by the Working Parties subsidiary to the World Forum, if any||
151. No documents have been submitted for this agenda item.
|19.||Progress on the development of new UN GTRs and of amendments to established UN GTRs|
|19.1.||UN GTR No. 3 (Motorcycle braking)||
152. The representative of Italy informed AC.3 that discussions on a potential amendment to UN GTR No. 3 had taken place in GRVA during its fourteenth session in September 2022. He recommended that this amendment should be put on hold, as two contracting parties maintained their diverging views on technical details; thus, this item should be removed from the agenda until further amendments to UN Regulation No. 78 would be available.
153. AC.3 agreed to remove this item from the agenda of its March 2023 session.
|19.2.||UN GTR No. 8 (Electronic stability control systems (ESC))||
154. The representative of the Republic of Korea recalled that his country volunteered to sponsor an amendment to UN GTR No. 8 (ESC) for the sake of consistency with the activities under the 1998 Agreement regarding the provisions on the test conditions for new innovative steering systems with a low gear ratio. He reported that a discussion took place at GRVA during its fourteenth session in September 2022 and that GRVA recommended to put this workstream on hold due to the lack of practical experience, information and data on these new systems.
155. The Chair of GRVA clarified, upon request by the AC.3 Chair, that it became clear, after several attempts, that further investigations would be needed to create the basis for consensus. He explained that putting this workstream on hold would release the Contracting Parties from the pressure of having to regularly report on this matter and that further discussions could take place, either bilaterally or at GRVA and that, at some point, AC.3 would certainly wish to resume consideration of this item.
156. AC.3 supported the views of the representative of the Republic of Korea and the Chair of GRVA. AC.3 agreed to remove this item from the agenda of its March 2023 session.
|19.3.||UN GTR No. 9 (Pedestrian safety)||
157. The representative of the United States of America informed AC.3 that as there was no new information made available to the experts of GRSP, the discussion on Amendment 3 was on hold. Since the activity on Deployable Pedestrian Protection (DPPS) is going smoothly as it was scheduled, he added that interested stakeholders would seek to reengage the discussion on the headform test as the new Amendment 3.
158. The representative of Korea informed that the draft amendment introducing DPPS was ready for discussion at the December 2022 session of GRSP. The representative of OICA stated that the lack of harmonization between the UN GTR and the UN Regulation No. 127 on headform test was regrettable but apparently unavoidable for the time being, and hoped that ultimately a solution would be found on this aspect.
159. The Chair of AC.3 agreed to proceed with finalizing the DPPS activities and indicated that GRSP should consider renumbering the amendments according to their envisaged order of establishment.
|19.4.||UN GTR No. 13 (Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Vehicles (HFCV) – Phase 2)||
160. The representative of the United States of America informed AC.3 that the draft Phase 2 of the UN GTR was ready for a final review at the December 2022 session of GRSP. He explained that the intention was to send a draft proposal to the AC.3 March 2023 session for a first review and finally for voting at the June 2023 session of AC.3. Therefore, since the deadline of the mandate of IWG was on December 2022, he sought consent for additional six months period in case the draft amendment to the UN GTR was sent back for further review by the IWG.
161. AC.3 endorsed the extension of the mandate of the IWG until June 2023.
|19.5.||UN GTR No. 15 (Worldwide harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedures (WLTP) – Phase 2)||
162. The Chair of GRPE informed AC.3 that, in the absence of a sponsor to continue the development of UN GTR No. 15, the maintenance and further development of UN GTR No.15 was nevertheless still being examined by GRPE. GRPE had identified potential material for a forthcoming proposal for an Amendment 7 to UN GTR No. 15. He added that an update regarding the next steps was expected during the next sessions of GRPE.
|19.6.||UN GTR No. 16 (Tyres)||
163. The representatives of France and ETRTO informed AC.3 that the work on Phase 3 of UN GTR No. 16 would resume in 2023. AC.3 agreed to keep this item on its agenda.
|19.7.||UN GTR No. 20 (Electric Vehicles Safety (EVS))||
164. The representative of the United States of America reported on progress made by the IWG in examining the methods to trigger thermal propagation runaway and studying the toxicity and flammability of gases emanating from damaged battery cells and packs amongst the most challenging issues. Although, the completion of the work was envisaged by mid-2023, he proposed an extension of the mandate of the IWG until the end of 2023 to refine test provisions. The representative of China suggested that the tests on toxicity and thermal propagation needed refinements that could be finalized during the additional six months of extension of the mandate of the IWG. The representative of the EU echoed the request of the representatives of China and of the United States of America and stated that the focus would be to finalize a robust test during the requested additional period.
165. AC.3 endorsed the extension of the mandate of the IWG until December 2023.
|19.8.||UN GTR No. 22 on in-vehicle battery durability||
166. The representative of Canada, on behalf of the IWG on Electric Vehicle and the Environment (EVE) leadership team, informed AC.3 that the IWG on EVE only met once since the last session of AC.3. He reported on the discussions held by the IWG on EVE on the forthcoming evolution and updates to UN GTR No. 22 and also informed AC.3 that a new UN GTR is expected to cover in-vehicle battery durability for heavy duty applications. A formal request for authorization for this new UN GTR was expected to be considered by GRPE at its January 2023 session.
167. The representative of the United States of America clarified that differing technical solutions were being adopted in heavy-duty electrified vehicles versus light-duty electrified vehicles. He supported the IWG’s decision to pursue a separate UN GTR for heavy-duty in-vehicle battery durability to address technical concerns.
|19.9.||UN GTR No. 23 on durability of after treatment devices for two- and three-wheeled motor vehicles||
168. The Chair of GRPE informed AC.3 that the IWG on Environmental and Propulsion Performance Requirements (EPPR) was expected to carry on working on updating UN GTR No. 23, for example by developing deterioration factors. Given the long-term plan for the development of an update to UN GTR No. 23, he proposed AC.3 to remove this item from the agenda.
169. AC.3 agreed to remove this item from the agenda of the March 2023 session.
|19.10.||Draft UN GTR on Quiet Road Transport Vehicles (QRTV)||
170. The representative of France informed AC.3 that the work on this topic was still ongoing.
|19.11.||Draft UN GTR on Global Real Driving Emissions (GRDE)||
171. The representative of the European Union informed AC.3 that no new activities on the UN GTR on Global Real Driving Emissions (GRDE) had been undertaken since last AC.3 in June 2022. He reminded AC.3 of some contextual elements that explained the current situation; he recalled the latest authorization to develop this UN GTR (ECE/TRAN/WP.29/AC.3/54/Rev.1) requested a draft UN GTR to be submitted by GRPE to AC.3 for the November 2023 session of AC.3. He also informed that the European Union and Japan submitted a draft UN Regulation on RDE to be considered by GRPE in its January 2023 session. He finally highlighted the recent adoption of the Euro 7 proposal by the European Commission, which was likely to have repercussions on the UN GTR development.
|19.12.||Proposal for a draft UN GTR on brake particulate emissions||
172. The representative of the European Union informed AC.3 that a final test procedure had been drafted; it would be considered by GRPE in the January 2023 session of GRPE (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2023/4). He added that two elements still needed to be finalized, namely brakes families and regenerative braking, which were expected to be completed before the consideration of the proposal by GRPE. He confirmed this UN GTR was expected to be used as part of the Euro 7 legislation expected to enter into force in the EU in 2025 and he encouraged all CPs to also adopt this proposal when considered by AC.3 in June 2023.
GRPE/2023/4 | Brake emissions: Proposal for a new UN GTR on Laboratory Measurement for Light-Duty Vehicles Proposal from the PMP informal group to establish harmonized provisions for the measurement of brake wear particle emissions.
|20.||Items on which the exchange of views and data should continue or begin|
|20.1.||Event Data Recorder (EDR)||
173. The Chair of AC.3 recalled discussions on this topic under agenda item 3.6.3.
174. The representative of Italy, Chair of GRSG, clarified that the activities of the IWG on EDR were involving contracting parties of both 1958 and 1998 Agreements. He confirmed that the latest activities were being dedicated to EDR for heavy duty vehicles. He anticipated that a future step could be a UN GTR on EDR.
175. AC.3 noted the update from Italy and urged contracting parties to participate in the activities to conclude them.
176. No discussion was held under this agenda item.
|22.||Establishment of the Committee AC.4 and election of officers for the year 2022||
177. The Administrative Committee (AC.4) did not convene, as recommended by AC.2 during its 140th session.
|23.||Amendments to Rules annexed to the 1997 Agreement||
178. No subject was raised under this agenda item.
|24.||Establishment of new Rules to be annexed to the 1997 Agreement||
179. No subject was raised under this agenda item.
180. No subject was raised under this agenda item.