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Working Party on Passive Safety | Session 53 | 13-17 May 2013
Geneva
0. Attendance

1. The Working Party on Passive Safety (GRSP) held its fifty-third session in Geneva from 13 to 17 May 2013, chaired by Ms. M. Versailles (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) (TRANS/WP.29/690 and Amend.1): Australia; Canada; China; France; Germany; Hungary; India; Italy; Japan; Netherlands; Norway; Republic of Korea; Russian Federation; South Africa; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and United States of America. An expert from the European Commission (EC) participated. Experts from the following non-governmental organizations participated: Consumers International (CI); European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA); Foundation for the Automobile and Society (FIA Foundation); International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA) and International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA).

2. The informal documents distributed during the session are listed in Annex I to the session report.

1. Adoption of the agenda

3. GRSP considered and adopted the agenda (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2013/1) proposed for the fifty-third session with the new agenda item 21(h), 22 and 23 as well as the running order (GRSP-53-01). The list of GRSP informal working groups (IWGs) is contained in Annex IX to the meeting report.

GRSP/2013/1 | Annotated provisional agenda for the 53rd GRSP session
2. Global Technical Regulation No. 7 (Head restraints)

4. The expert from the United Kingdom, Chair of the IWG on UN Global Technical Regulation (UN GTR) No. 7 Phase 2, informed GRSP about the work progress (GRSP-53-14) of his group. He added that the last meeting of the group had been held on 23-24 April 2013 in Paris and that two further WebEX meetings would be held before the summer to advance the drafting. He explained that as a result of its activities the group agreed on:

(a) An effective head restraint height measurement procedure whose thresholds for an absolute height would be returned to GRSP for final decision.

(b) An appropriate dynamic test, including the test procedure, injury criteria and the associated corridors for the Biofidelic Rear Impact Dummy (BioRID II).

GRSP-53-06 | Report of the Informal Working Group on Global Technical Regulation No. 7
GRSP-53-14 | GTR7 Phase II Informal Working Group: Update and Review
GRSP-53-14 | GTR7 Phase II Informal Working Group: Update and Review
GRSP-53-15 | Proposal to increase the absolute height of head restraints under GTR No. 7 Proposal to specify a head restraint height between 720 mm and 830 mm pursuant to the work on phase 2 of GTR No. 7 which includes a new method for measuring the effective height of head restraints.
GRSP-53-16 | Explanation of the new GTR No. 7 method for measurement of effective head restraint height
GRSP-53-17 | Proposal on actual needed height of head restraints Presentation in support of the proposal for increased head restraint height.

5. The expert from the United Kingdom questioned if new tolerances for the three-dimensional H point machines (3-D “H”) should be specified and, if so, whether these should be specific to UN GTR No. 7 (and UN Regulation No. 17) or for all UN Regulations and UN GTRs where the machine is used. He welcomed suggestion on how to proceed for its establishment in the Mutual Resolution (M.R.1) accordingly. He announced that a draft UN GTR would be submitted officially for the December 2013 session of GRSP and introduced a first draft for information (GRSP-53-06). He concluded that the IWG expected to finalize complementary proposals to introduce the injury criteria in the UN GTR and the Biofidelic Rear Impact Dummy (BioRID II) as Addendum 1 to the M.R.1 in time for the next GRSP session. GRSP noted that a guideline proposal to insert tools into the M.R.1, based on the example of BioRID II, would be also circulated at the next session.

GRSP-53-06 | Report of the Informal Working Group on Global Technical Regulation No. 7

6. The expert from the Netherlands introduced rationales (GRSP-53-17) to justify the proposal (GRSP-53-15), for information only, to increase the height of head restraints up to 830 mm in at least one position of head restraint adjustment and not less than 720 mm in any position of head restraint adjustment. He also provided an overview on the measuring method for effective head restraint height (GRSP-53-16). The expert from OICA reminded GRSP that the new measurement procedure would reduce the measured height by 20 mm (therefore making the current limit, as it stands, more severe), and this should be taken into consideration for establishing new height thresholds. The expert from the United Kingdom encouraged cost benefit analysis to justify the proposed thresholds.

GRSP-53-15 | Proposal to increase the absolute height of head restraints under GTR No. 7 Proposal to specify a head restraint height between 720 mm and 830 mm pursuant to the work on phase 2 of GTR No. 7 which includes a new method for measuring the effective height of head restraints.
GRSP-53-17 | Proposal on actual needed height of head restraints Presentation in support of the proposal for increased head restraint height.

7. Finally, GRSP agreed to resume consideration of this agenda item on the basis of final proposals submitted by the IWG.

3. Global Technical Regulation No. 9 (Pedestrian safety)
3. (a) Phase 2 of Global Technical Regulation No. 9

8. The expert from Germany, co-Chair of the IWG on pedestrian safety introduced the fourth progress report of the group (GRSP-53-28) and announced a first draft UN GTR (GRSP-53-29), published on GRSP website for information only after the session of GRSP. He added that the group had made good progress and that it was ready to submit an official proposal to the December session of GRSP with possible pending decisions on threshold values of injury criteria. GRSP agreed to resume consideration of this subject on the basis of a proposal submitted by the IWG.

GRSP-53-28 | Draft fourth progress report of the informal group on Phase 2 of GTR No. 9 Update on the development of a proposal to amend the pedestrian safety GTR by introducing the flexible pedestrian legform impactor (FlexPLI) as the single harmonized test tool.
GRSP-53-29 | GTR No. 9 – Draft proposal for Amendment 2 Draft text of provisions for insertion into the global technical regulation on pedestrian safety protection to enable use of the flexible pedestrian lower legform impactor (FlexPLI), prepared by the chairman of the informal working group on the global technical regulation No. 9 (Pedestrian safety)-Phase 2.
GRSP/2011/13 | Proposal for Amendment 2 to GTR No. 9
3. (b) Proposal for Amendment 2

9. As the United States was not represented by an expert, the Chair announced that she was not in a position to present a proposal to solve the study reservation raised by her country at the prior session to the proposed amendment to the UN GTR (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/31 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2012/14). GRSP agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its December 2013 session. It was also agreed to seek guidance to the June 2013 session of the Administrative Committee for the Coordination of Work (WP.29/AC.2) about the possible simultaneous adoption of the two proposed amendments to the UN GTR (Phase 2 and Amendment 2); OICA noted that Amendment 2 needs to apply to both Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the UN GTR.

GRSP/2012/14 | Proposal for Amendment 2 to global technical regulation No. 9 Proposal from the EC to amend GTR No. 9 with regard to the measuring points of the headform and lower legform test procedures.
GRSP/2012/14 | Proposal for Amendment 2 to global technical regulation No. 9 Proposal from the EC to amend GTR No. 9 with regard to the measuring points of the headform and lower legform test procedures.
GRSP/2012/2 | Final progress report on the proposal to develop amendment 2 to GTR 9 Review of the work behind the proposal to clarify GTR 9, in particular concerning the definition of the headform testing/contact area for measurement purposes.
4. Side Impact
4. (a) Draft global technical regulation on Pole Side Impact (PSI)

10. The expert from Australia, Chair of the IWG on Pole Side Impact (PSI), introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2013/7 and GRSP-53-05, superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2013/2, as the official draft UN GTR proposed by his group. He also introduced the final progress report of the group (GRSP-53-04-Rev.1). The proposal received some comments such as GRSP-53-13, tabled by the expert from the United States and GRSP-53-19 by the expert from France. Moreover, the American expert raised a study reservation on the seating procedure for the World Side Impact 50th percentile male test dummy (WorldSID) (paras. 5.6 to 5.13 of Annex 2 of the text of the Regulation). GRSP also noted that a parallel proposal to the M.R.1 to introduce the WorldSID would be submitted at a later stage to GRSP and to WP.29 for adoption. It was agreed as a provisional solution to refer drawings and specifications of the dummy to the pertaining International Standard Organization (ISO) website. (http://standards.iso.org/iso/15830). Accordingly, it was agreed to seek guidance at the June 2013 session of WP.29/AC.2 on this subject. GRSP considered GRSP-53-23 consolidating all the changes agreed upon the discussion.

GRSP-53-04/Rev.1 | Final Report of the Informal Working Group on a Pole Side Impact GTR (revised)
GRSP-53-05 | Proposal for amendment of the draft gtr on pole side impact Proposal to correct and refine the draft global technical regulation on pole side-impact protection (document GRSP/2013/7) by the chair of the PSI informal working group.
GRSP-53-13 | Proposal for amendment of the draft gtr on pole side impact Proposed changes to the draft global technical regulation on pole side-impact protection.
GRSP-53-19 | Proposal for amendments to the draft pole side impact GTR Proposal to include a paragraph presenting French cost-benefit data for improved side impact protection in light vehicles. France does not believe PSI is beneficial to commercial vehicles.
GRSP-53-23 | Proposal for a global technical regulation on Pole Side Impact (with track changes) Draft GTR presented for consideration to the Working Party on Passive Safety.
GRSP/2013/2 | Proposal for a global technical regulation on Pole Side Impact Text of the proposed new regulation on pole side impact prepared by Australia on behalf of the GRSP expert group on Pole Side Impact (PSI). Text in brackets remains to be added and/or developed further by the PSI expert group under GRSP guidance.
GRSP/2013/7 | Proposal for a global technical regulation on Pole Side Impact (with track changes) Draft text for a global technical regulation on pole side-impact protection, including markup of revisions from the earlier text.

11. Finally, GRSP recommended ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2013/7, as amended by Annex II of the session report and GRSP-53-04-Rev.1 (final report of the IWG as reproduced in Annex II to the session report) for their establishment in the Global Registry. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposal and its final report to the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement (AC.3) for consideration and vote at its November 2013 session. GRSP also agreed to circulate by August 2013 a possible proposal for electronic ballot via e-mail to GRSP experts, tabled by the expert from the United States and concerning a revised test seating position of the WorldSID.

GRSP-53-04/Rev.1 | Final Report of the Informal Working Group on a Pole Side Impact GTR (revised)
GRSP/2013/7 | Proposal for a global technical regulation on Pole Side Impact (with track changes) Draft text for a global technical regulation on pole side-impact protection, including markup of revisions from the earlier text.

12. GRSP noted that some of its experts were more in favour at transposing the future UN GTR into a new UN Regulation under the 1958 Agreement rather than amend UN Regulation No. 95. GRSP agreed to provide better guidance at its December 2013 session to the expert from Australia who had volunteered to undertake the task to develop a proposal.

4. (b) Harmonization of side impact dummies

13. The expert from the United States, Chair of the IWG on harmonization of side impact dummies, gave an oral report on the progress of work of the group. She clarified that while the development of the pole side impact UN GTR had been finalized, the drafting of the addendum for the M.R.1 was currently on hold for two main reasons:

 (a) While the drawing package of the WorldSID 50th percentile was public, the copyright on other documents needed for the addendum was held by ISO. She informed GRSP that ISO had agreed to make these available free of charge if used in the UN GTR, but would prefer that they were incorporated by reference rather than copied.

  (b) National Highway Transport Safety Administration had conducted some high-speed pendulum tests and discovered that contact had occurred between the pelvis and the lumbar spine. Because of the higher severity of the pendulum test than the UN GTR test, she clarified that it would not be an issue. However, she stated that laboratories had conducted follow-up tests to investigate and determine if it would be an issue and the outcome of this research would be announced at the next session of GRSP.

14. Finally, she stated that her group believed that WorldSID dummy would be ready for incorporation into the PSI UN GTR as a reliable test tool and that a solution should be found for an alternate reference to the location of the dummy information until the addendum to the M.R.1. would be approved (see para. 10 above).

5. Global technical regulation on electric vehicles

15. The Chair of GRSP, on behalf of the Chair of the IWG on Electric Vehicle Safety (EVS) made an oral report of the third meeting of the group held on 16-18 April 2013 in Tokyo. She explained that the activity of the IWG focused on three major items:
  (a) It had been agreed an outline of the draft UN GTR to provide a comprehensive approach ensuring the IWG would address all safety concerns.
  (b) The group examined and addressed some comments and questions to the rationale section tabled by the expert from OICA. Other comments on remaining issues would be addressed at later stage.
  (c) Option 1 – two phases approach and Option 2 – single step approach of the road map to develop the UN GTR had also been discussed. She added that the timeline, as stated in the action plan, would be very difficult for finalizing the UN GTR by 2014 regardless of which approach would be followed.

WP.29/2012/121 | Terms of Reference of the Informal Working Group on Electric Vehicle Safety Scope and objectives of the effort to establish a global technical regulation for electric vehicles covering high voltage electrical safety, safety of electrical components, and rechargeable energy storage systems (REESS).

16. She concluded that the group would take a decision on the roadmap at its next meeting on 14-16 October 2013 in China and would introduce it to WP.29 for endorsement.

6. Crash compatibility

17. No new information was provided for this agenda item.

7. Hydrogen and fuel cell vehicles

18. The Chair of GRSP, on behalf of the Chair of the informal working subgroup safety (SGS), clarified that so far she had not been in a position to provide information on the future commitment of the SGS on Phase 2 of the UN GTR.

19. Finally, GRSP noted that the expert from OICA in cooperation with the expert from the European Commission had volunteered to prepare a draft proposal of a UN Regulation to address the transposition issue of the UN GTR into the 1958 Agreement. GRSP agreed to resume discussion on this subject based on a proposal tabled by the experts from the European Commission and OICA, if available.

8. Regulation No. 14 (Safety-belt anchorages)

20. The expert from OICA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2013/3, aimed at introducing exemptions for vehicles not intended to transport children during normal use. The expert from United Kingdom suggested that the proposal should include amendments to the type approval certificate (Annex 1 of the UN Regulation) which clearly address this exemption. Finally, GRSP adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2013/3 as amended by Annex III to this report and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1, for consideration and vote at their November 2013 sessions as draft Supplement 5 to the 07 series of amendments to the UN Regulation.

GRSP/2013/3 | Proposal for Supplement 5 to the 07 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 14 Text from the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA) proposing to introduce exemptions for vehicles not intended for transporting children during normal use.

21. GRSP considered ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2013/4 aimed at exempting vehicles with one seating position per row from ISOFIX provisions. He justified that new concepts designed for urban mobility would not technically allow the installation of ISOFIX anchorages. The proposal received comments from the German expert (GRSP-53-11) arguing that the ISOFIX system should be promoted as much as possible in a broad range of vehicle configurations. The expert from OICA argued that GRSP-53-11 would not consider the consequences of vehicle weight increase (approximately 1 kg) and national legislation in several countries that forbid the transport of children on front seats. In principle, GRSP agreed to further study the ISOFIX requirements to address new mobility solutions. Thereby, GRSP agreed to resume discussion at its December 2013 session, based on comments (i.e. list of concept vehicle configurations) provided by the IWG on child restraints systems (CRS) and from the experts of Contracting Parties to the 1958 Agreement. Moreover, the secretariat was requested to distribute GRSP-53-11 with an official symbol and to have ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2011/9 as a reference on the agenda of the next session.

GRSP-53-11 | Proposal for amendment to UN Regulation No. 14 The current text of UN R14 requires the installation of two ISOFIX anchorages in a vehicle. Vehicles with only one seat row are exempted from this requirement. This document proposes to introduce provisions for at least one set of ISOFIX anchorages in vehicles having only one seat row or having several seat rows with only one seat per row.
GRSP/2011/9 | Proposal for Supplement 3 to the 07 series of amendments to Regulation No. 14
GRSP/2013/4 | Proposal for Supplement 5 to the 07 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 14 Text from the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA) proposing to exempt vehicles with one seating position per row from ISOFIX provisions since compliance would require fitment to the driver's seat.
9. Regulation No. 16 (Safety-belts)

22. The expert from Sweden introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2013/8 harmonizing UN Regulation No. 16 with UN Regulation No. 94 concerning the warning label provisions on risks of installing a rear-facing CRS in a seating position equipped with air bag. The expert from OICA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2013/13, proposing an alternative solution.

23. Finally, GRSP was more in favour of a proposal fully aligning the two above-mentioned UN Regulations and adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2013/8 as amended by Annex IV to this report. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposal to WP.29 and AC.1, for consideration and vote at their November 2013 sessions as draft Supplement 5 to the 06 series of amendments to the UN Regulation.

GRSP/2013/13 | Proposal for Supplement 5 to the 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 16 Proposal to further clarify the risk of installing a rearward-facing child restraint in a seating position that is equipped with a frontal airbag. The text is based on a document GRSP-52-06 as discussed during the 52nd GRSP session (document GRSP-52, para. 23).
GRSP/2013/8 | Proposal for Supplement 5 to the 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 16 Text from Sweden to clarify the risk of installing a rearward-facing child restraint in a seating position that is equipped with a frontal airbag and to align the labeling requirements with new requirements of UN Regulation No. 94 on frontal impacts.
GRSP/53 | Report of the GRSP on its 53rd session

24. GRSP agreed to defer discussion on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2012/25 to its December 2013 session awaiting a complementary proposal tabled by the expert from OICA.

GRSP/2012/25 | Proposal for Supplement 3 to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 16 Pursuant to discussions from the 44th GRSP session, the secretariat has drafted this proposal to consolidate the transitional provisions of UN R16 as a basis for a discussion on simplifying and correcting the current text of the regulation.
10. Regulation No. 17 (Strength of seats)

25. Referring to the decision taken at its previous session, GRSP agreed to defer discussion on the transposition of the UN GTR No. 7 into the UN Regulation No. 17 (keeping as basis ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2009/15 in the agenda of its future sessions) and await a concrete proposal from the IWG on UN GTR No. 7 Phase 2.

GRSP/2009/15 | Alignment of Regulation No. 17 with GTR No. 7 (Head restraints) Proposal aimed at transposing Global Technical Regulation No. 7 (head restraints) into Regulation No. 17 and introducing the use of Biofidelic Rear Impact test Dummy (BioRID II) into the dynamic performance requirements.

26. GRSP considered ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2013/5, superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2011/10, on new provisions for folding seats. GRSP adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2013/5, as amended by Annex V to this report. GRSP requested the secretariat to submit the proposal to WP.29 and AC.1, for consideration and vote at their November 2013 sessions as draft Supplement 2 to the 08 series of amendments to the UN Regulation.

GRSP/2011/10 | Proposal for Supplement 1 to the 08 series of amendments to Regulation No. 17
GRSP/2013/5 | Proposal for Supplement 2 to the 08 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 17 Text prepared by Germany proposing to introduce new provisions for folding seats. .
11. Regulation No. 22 (Protective helmets)

27. No new information was provided for this agenda item. However, the expert from the FIA Foundation requested the secretariat to keep this item in the agenda of the future session of GRSP for possible new information.

12. Regulation No. 29 (Cabs of commercial vehicles)

28. The expert from Sweden introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2013/9, containing an alternative to the proposal for expanding the scope of the UN Regulation to all N categories of vehicles, as suggested by the expert from the Russian Federation (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2012/19). The expert from OICA introduced GRSP-53-02, providing a layout of a possible testing configuration for each configuration of N categories. He stated that these different configurations make unfeasible the application of all tests to all N types. The expert from the Russian Federation introduced GRSP-53-03 to stress that all vehicle of category N (even N1 category of vehicle) should be covered by UN Regulation No. 29 and proposed to assess with GRSP experts which of the test configurations (A, B and C) of the UN Regulation should be applied to each N vehicle category.

29. Finally, GRSP agreed to resume consideration on this subject at its December 2013 session on the basis of a possible joint proposal prepared by the experts from the Russian Federation, Sweden and OICA.

GRSP-53-02 | Contribution to the discussions to amend UN Regulation No. 29 Discussion paper on the proposal to revise the scope of UN R29 to cover N3 vehicles and N2 vehicles with a gross vehicle mass exceeding 7.5t with a separate driver's cab and to N1 vehicles and N2 vehicles with a gross vehicle mass not exceeding 7.5t with regard to the protection of the occupants of the cab.
GRSP-53-03 | Proposal to include all N Category vehicles within the scope of UN Regulation No. 29 With reference to Sweden's proposal to revise the scope of UN R29 (document GRSP/2013/9), Russia recommends examples of N Category vehicles presently outside the Swedish proposal for inclusion within the scope of the regulation.
GRSP/2012/19 | Proposal for amendments to the 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 29 Proposal from Russia to delete the phrase "with separate driver's cab" from the scope of UN R29 in order to affirm that the regulation applies to all N1 and N2 category vehicles, reverting the regulation scope to the text of the 02 series of amendments.
GRSP/2013/9 | Proposal for amendment to the 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation 29 Proposal from Sweden to clarify that the requirements and test methods in the 03 series of amendments are limited to category N3 vehicles and category N2 vehicles with a gross vehicle mass exceeding 7.5 tons.
13. Regulation No. 44 (Child restraints systems)

30. The expert from Japan introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2013/10 aimed at extending the range of application of the overturning test on a broader range of child restraints systems (CRS).

31. On suggestion of the expert from France, GRSP agreed to keep ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2013/10 in the agenda of the next session to consolidate all the amendments needed to align UN Regulation No. 44 to the UN Regulation on Enhanced Child Restraint Systems (ECRS).

GRSP/2013/10 | Draft Supplement 8 to UN Regulation No. 44 Text from Japan proposing to extend the overturning test to a broader range of child restraint systems.

32. Finally, the expert from Hungary informed GRSP that the procedure of withdrawing the type approval of the belt guide device granted as a CRS according to UN Regulation No. 44 had been started but not yet completed.

14. Regulation No. 94 (Frontal collision)

33. The expert from France introduced the status report of the IWG (GRSP-53-25). He confirmed the intention of the group to submit a draft proposal of amendments to the UN Regulation for the May 2014 session of GRSP. He added that due to the lack of supplementary tests to validate reproducibility and repeatability of the test with the full-width deformable barrier (FWDB), the group had decided to finalize the proposal with the use of the full-width rigid barrier (FWRB) for the first phase of amendments. He explained that the proposal would introduce an additional crash test with one hundred per cent of overlap of the tested vehicle with a FWRB, by using as assessment tools a fifty percentile male dummy (hybrid III) on the driver seat and a fifth percentile dummy on the front passenger seat. He added that this configuration of testing focused on elderly occupants’ injury risk curves. He concluded that pending issues would still be addressed by the IWG:
  (a) The definition of dummies and parts;
  (b) The choice of the worst case of test vehicle configuration;
  (c) Repetition of structural assessments (i.e. fuel leakage) in both configuration of testing (FWDB and offset deformable barrier (ODB));
  (d) Preparation of a complementary proposal of amendments to UN Regulation No. 42 (Front and rear protection devices) to address geometric assessment;
  (e) Transitional provisions.

GRSP-53-25 | Status report of the informal group on Frontal Impact

34. [The expert from France] concluded by introducing for information only, a draft proposal (GRSP-53-26), that would be submitted as an official document for the December 2013 session of GRSP. The experts from Japan introduced GRSP-53-20, supporting the configuration of the test proposed by the IWG. However, he argued that there are no evidence showing difference in the age and gender ratio of occupants due to the difference of crash configuration between the FWRB and offset deformable barrier (ODB) tests. The expert from Germany raised similar concerns. GRSP agreed, to resume discussion on this agenda item at its December 2013 session, based on an official proposal submitted by the IWG incorporating the comments received and further outcomes of the IWG.

GRSP-53-20 | Japan’s Comment on Injury Criteria for Amendment of R94 Japanese data, especially concerning elderly occupants, relating to the discussions on the use of a full width rigid barrier (FWRB) test compared with the offset deformable barrier (ODB) test in the UN regulation on frontal collision protection.
GRSP-53-26 | Working draft of amendments to UN Regulation No. 94 Current draft of amendments under development by the informal working group on Frontal Impact

35. Finally, GRSP adopted GRSP-53-27, as reproduced in Annex VI to this report, aligning the same text adopted for the warning air bag labelling under UN Regulation No. 16 (see para. 23). The secretariat was requested to submit the proposal to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft Supplement 5 to the 01 series of amendments and as draft Supplement 5 to the 02 series of amendments to the UN Regulation.

GRSP-53-27 | Proposals for supplements to the 01 series of amendments and the 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 94 Proposals from the GRSP chair for Supplement 5 to the 01 series of amendments and for Supplement 5 to the 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 94. The supplements add that in cases where a vehicle has no sun visor or roof, the airbag warning label shall be positioned where it is clearly visible at all times.
15. Regulation No. 95 (Lateral collision)

36. No new information was provided for this agenda item.

16. Regulation No. 100 (Battery electric vehicle safety)

37. The expert from Germany, on behalf of the Chair of the IWG on Rechargeable Energy Storage System (REESS) introduced the work progress of the group (GRSP-53-10). He informed GRSP that the group was working on the basis of the new terms of reference which extend the work to category L vehicles. He concluded that the secretariat services were undertaken by the expert from OICA and that the next meeting of the IWG was scheduled for 21 May 2013, in Paris.

GRSP-53-10 | Progress report of the informal group on Rechargeable Energy Storage Systems

38. Finally, GRSP considered and adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2013/11, not amended, to remove unnecessary constraints to electric vehicle systems having a working voltage of 48 V. GRSP requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft Supplement 3 to the 01 series of amendments and as draft Supplement 1 to the 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 100 at their November 2013 sessions.

GRSP/2013/11 | Draft Supplement 3 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 100 Text from the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA) proposing to remove unnecessary constraints to electric vehicle systems having a working voltage of 48 V and to adapt the safety provisions to this technology.
17. Buses and coaches

39. The expert from Japan made a presentation (GRSP-53-08) on the introduction of guidelines in Japan for the improvement safety on vehicles dedicated to the transport of children (GRSP-53-07). The Chair of GRSP invited experts to provide comments concerning GRSP-53-07 to the expert from Japan by the December 2013 session of GRSP.

GRSP-53-07 | Guidelines for Improvement of Vehicle Safety Regarding Infant-Carrying Vehicles Japanese policy group recommendations for safety enhancements to transport vehicles (such as school buses and vans) intended to carry small children.
GRSP-53-08 | Development of Guidelines for Improvement of Vehicle Safety Regarding Infant-Carrying Vehicles Presentation urging development of global standards to enhance the safety of transport vehicles intended to carry small children.
18. Regulation No. 127 (Pedestrian safety)
18. (a) Proposal for Supplement 1 to Regulation No. 127

40. With reference to the discussion under agenda item 3(b) (see para. 9), GRSP agreed to defer discussion on this agenda item to its December 2013 session.

GRSP/2011/18 | Proposal for Supplement 1 to the draft Regulation on Pedestrian Safety
GRSP/2011/19 | Proposal for Supplement 1 to the draft Regulation on Pedestrian Safety
18. (b) Proposal for the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 127

41. GRSP agreed to defer discussion on this agenda item awaiting an official proposal of the IWG.

GRSP/2011/14 | Proposal for the 01 series amendments to draft Regulation on pedestrian safety
GRSP/2011/20 | Proposal for the 01 series of amendments to the draft Regulation on Pedestrian Safety
19. New Regulation on Enhanced Child Restraint Systems

42. The expert from France, Chair of the IWG on ECRS, introduced the status report of the progress of his group (GRSP-53-22). He informed GRSP that the IWG would finalize a proposal concerning the Phase 2 of the UN Regulation by the December 2013 session of GRSP and introduced a draft proposal for information (GRSP-53-21). He clarified that this phase would: (i) incorporate non-integral CRS (using adult safety-belts), (ii) revision of the test pulse for frontal impact and (iii) review the application of injury criteria related to Q dummies. He finally sought guidance from GRSP for the development of the Phase 3, namely the necessary upgrade of UN Regulation No. 44 and the introduction of transitional provisions to withdraw ISOFIX provisions from this last.

43. The expert from CI expressed his preference for a unique UN Regulation focused on i-size CRS type and to phase out UN Regulation No. 44. The expert from OICA raised concerns on consumer information since the current and future vehicle fleet and its owner manuals would still refer to UN Regulation No. 44. The expert from Germany suggested that a list showing compatibility of current vehicles with i-size CRS would be provided to consumers. Moreover, he added that he was in favor of bringing all provisions in one UN Regulation, otherwise the decision of keeping non-ISOFIX provisions in UN Regulation No. 44 and those ISOFIX in UN Regulation on ECRS would mislead consumer choice. The expert from France stressed that the introduction of the i-size CRS would not degrade safety even in this transition period; on the contrary the use of ECRS in the new car assessment program (NCAP) would be an incentive for manufacturers to adapt vehicles to i-size CRS. Finally, GRSP agreed to resume consideration of the development of Phase 3 at its December 2013 session.

GRSP-53-21 | Proposal for a new Regulation on Child Restraints Systems – Phase 2 Working draft with markups of the next phase in the development of the enhanced child restraint systems regulation.
GRSP-53-22 | Status report of the informal group on Enhanced Child Restraint Systems

44. GRSP considered and adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2013/12, as amended by Annex VII to this report, introducing all the modifications agreed by the IWG, including alignment to new provisions recently introduced into UN Regulation No. 44. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposal to WP.29 and AC.1 as draft Supplement 2 to UN Regulation on ECRS at their November 2013 sessions.

GRSP/2013/12 | Proposal for Supplement 2 to Regulation [129] (Enhanced Child Restraint Systems-ECRS) Text prepared by France to introduce all the modifications suggested by the experts of the informal working group on child restraint systems.

45. GRSP noted GRSP-53-24, tabled by the expert from CLEPA and providing an analysis of the future i-size type approval possibilities. Particularly, he sought advice on a configuration of CRS combining a base attached with ISOFIX anchorages to the vehicle (with a support leg) and a shell installed on it; the shell at the choice of the user could be used, without the base and secured by adult safety belts. The experts from France and CI suggested that on exceptional basis, the complete configuration should receive an i-size type approval while the shell should be type approved according to UN Regulation No. 44. However, GRSP agreed to address this issue to the IWG on CRS, before taking a final decision.

GRSP-53-24 | CLEPA analysis: Future i-Size approval possibilities Review of open issues concerning ISOFIX child restraint systems.

46. Finally, the expert from EC informed GRSP about the information campaign that would be started shortly at the European level to sponsor the use of i-size CRS. GRSP agreed on the importance of coordinated information campaigns (e.g. brochures and videos) to promote the new CRS and encouraged sharing information on modality and planning of these initiatives. GRSP agreed to resume consideration of this agenda item on the basis of an official proposal of amendments on Phase 2 and on a draft proposal of brochure text submitted by the IWG.

20. Collective amendments – Regulations Nos. 12, 94 and 95

47. GRSP adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2013/6, as amended by Annex VIII to this report and proposing provisions for the coupling systems for charging the REESS. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposal to WP.29 and AC.1, for consideration and vote at their November 2013 sessions as draft Supplement 3 to the 04 series of amendments to the UN Regulation No. 12, as part of (see para. 35) draft Supplement 5 to the 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 94 and as draft Supplement 4 to the 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 95.

GRSP/2013/6 | Draft supplements to Regulations Nos. 12, 94 and 95 Text from the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA) proposing provisions for the coupling systems for charging the Rechargeable Energy Storage System (REESS).
GRSP/2013/6 | Draft supplements to Regulations Nos. 12, 94 and 95 Text from the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA) proposing provisions for the coupling systems for charging the Rechargeable Energy Storage System (REESS).
21. Other business
21. (a) Exchange of information on national and international requirements on passive safety

48. The expert from the FIA Foundation introduced GRSP-53-18, providing an overview of the organization and latest results of the ASEAN NCAP.

GRSP-53-18 | Progress on ASEAN NCAP
21. (b) 1997 Agreement (Inspections)–Development of Rule No. 2

49. GRSP endorsed ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/32, not amended, aimed at reducing differences between UN Rule No. 2 (roadworthiness) and the corresponding EU directives. GRSP requested the secretariat to submit the proposal to WP.29 as draft Revision 1 to UN Rule No. 2. GRSP also considered ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/64 (draft Revision 2 to Rule No. 1(environment)), for the safety aspect related to the fluid leaks. GRSP did not raise any comment to the proposal.

WP.29/2013/32 | Proposal for draft amendments to Rule No. 2 Proposal prepared by the WP.29 secretariat for draft amendments to Rule No. 2 on uniform provisions for periodical technical inspections of wheeled vehicles with regard their roadworthiness, based upon informal document WP.29-158-21 for review by GRE, GRSP, GRRF and GRSG.
WP.29/2013/64 | Proposal for Revision 2 to Rule No. 1 Text prepared by the Russian Federation and the International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA) to align the provisions of Rule No. 1 with Rule No. 2, the latest UN Regulations, and with EU Directives. The draft amendments concern: (i) harmonization of the structure of the Rule No. 1 with Rule No. 2 (Roadworthiness), (ii) introduction of vehicle categories M1 and N1 and trailer categories O2, O3 and O4, and (iii) introduction of inspection methods, defect assessment and current state of practices.
21. (c) Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS)

50. GRSP confirmed that GRSP-52-10 already included the amendments agreed upon by its experts on the proposal dealing with design/control principles of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (WP.29-157-06) and no further comments were provided.

GRSP-52-10 | Priorities on technical requirements for IWVTA regulation Discussion paper on the priority of discussion on technical requirements for IWVTA and the draft report to IWVTA Informal Group meeting.
WP.29-157-06 | Design Principles for Control Systems of ADAS (Draft) Updated text pursuant to the 16 March 2012 meeting of the informal working group on Intelligent Transport Systems.
21. (d) Quiet Road Transport Vehicles (QRTV)

51. The Chair of GRSP, on behalf of the Chair of the IWG, informed GRSP about the third meeting of the IWG on QRTV held in Brussels 16-18 April 2013 at the headquarters of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA). She informed GRSP that the main discussion included the start of a framework for the draft UN GTR. Therefore, the group considered the recent Notice of Proposed Rule Making published by the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA), on minimum sound emissions for electric and hybrid-electric vehicles and a Japanese proposal seeking to use its national guidelines as a basis for the UN GTR. However, she added that the IWG had not yet started discussion on performance requirements, test procedures or limit values. GRSP noted that the next meeting of the IWG was scheduled on 16 – 18 July 2013, at NHTSA headquarters.

21. (e) Definition and acronyms in the Regulations under GRSP's responsibilities

52. GRSP renewed recommendation to the Chairs of its IWGs to send comments to the expert from EC concerning the provisional list of acronyms (GRSP-51-03) he was preparing and complete it with those that were missing. GRSP agreed to resume consideration on this subject at its December 2013 session.

GRSP-51-03 | Abbreviations and Acronyms used in the UN Regulations of GRSP During the 50th session of GRSP, the chairperson had requested participants to prepare a list with abbreviations used in the UN regulations under GRSP. EC had volunteered to carry out this task and it was agreed that the list would be submitted to GRSP as an informal document.
21. (f) Development of the International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA) system

53. The expert from Japan, GRSP ambassador on IWVTA, introduced an updated list of discussion priorities of candidate UN Regulations to be included in the IWVTA (GRSP-53-09). GRSP provided comments such as the removals from the list of UN GTRs and of UN Regulation dealing with type approval of components (i.e. UN Regulation No. 25 (Head restraints)).

GRSP-53-09 | Discussion of IWVTA technical requirement priorities relevant to GRSP
21. (g) Highlights of the March 2013 session of WP.29

54. The Secretary reported on the highlights of the 159th session of WP.29 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1102).

21. (h) Proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No. 11

55. The expert from Germany introduced GRSP-53-12, aimed at introducing further provisions which allows the installation of full lock systems without compromising the safety and protection of road vehicle occupants. GRSP agreed to resume consideration on this agenda item at its December 2013 session and requested the secretariat to distribute GRSP-53-12 with an official symbol.

GRSP-53-12 | Proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No. 11 Certain anti-theft systems fully lock every door and window in a vehicle and also deactivate interior unlock controls. This can lead to a situation where an occupant can be locked inside a vehicle with no means of exit save to break a window. This proposal would require countermeasures to prevent such a situation.
22. Tributes

56. Learning that Mr. Shunsuke Takagi would no longer participate in future sessions of GRSP, the group acknowledged his valuable contributions to the work of GRSP and wished him all the best in his future activities.

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