Session 105 | Geneva | 8-11 Oct 2013
Attendance

1. The Working Party on General Safety Provisions (GRSG) held its 105th session from 8 (afternoon) to 11 October 2013 (morning) in Geneva. The meeting was chaired by Mr. A. Erario (Italy). 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, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.1 and Amend.2): Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Japan, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. An expert from the European Commission (EC) also participated. Experts from the following non-governmental organizations participated: European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA), European Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (AEGPL), Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA), International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA), International Road Transport Union (IRU), International Association for Natural Gas Vehicles (IANGV/NGV Global) and Natural Gas Vehicles Association Europe (NGVA Europe). Upon the special invitation of the Chair, an expert from the International Association of the Body and Trailer Building Industry (CLCCR) participated.

1. Adoption of the agenda

2. GRSG considered and adopted the agenda proposed for the 105th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2013/13 and its Add.1).

GRSG/2013/13 | Annotated provisional agenda for the 105th GRSG session
GRSG/2013/13/Add.1 | Addendum to the provisional agenda for the 105th GRSG session

3. GRSG also adopted the running order for the session as proposed in GRSG-105-01-Rev.1.

GRSG-105-01/Rev.1 | Updated running order of the agenda for the 105th GRSG session

4. The informal documents distributed during the session are listed in Annex I of the session report.

GRSG/84 | Report of the GRSG on its 105th session
2. Regulation No. 107 (M2 and M3 vehicles)
2. (a) Proposals for further amendments

5. The expert from Germany introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2013/14 proposing new requirements to prevent accidents in the case of an open engine access panel. The expert from OICA presented GRSG-105-14 improving the text of the proposal. GRSG noted a number of concerns and questioned the need to regulate the issues related to health and safety of maintenance staff. GRSG agreed to resume consideration, if deemed necessary, of a revised proposal by Germany.

GRSG-105-14 | Proposal for amendments to document GRSG/2013/14 Proposal to clarify the wording of the original proposal to prevent accidents when the flap covering the engine compartment is open by specifying that the provisions concern only the main engine access panel.
GRSG/2013/14 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 107 Proposal to introduce requirements to prevent accidents when the flap covering the engine compartment is open.

6. The expert from Germany proposed reviewing the minimum number of priority seats in buses and coaches (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2013/15) in order to align the provisions of UN Regulation No. 107 with those of the corresponding EU Directive. GRSG also considered GRSG-105-15 (tabled by OICA) and adopted the proposal, as reproduced below, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2014 sessions, as draft Supplement 4 to the 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 107.

Annex 3, paragraph 7.7.8.5.3., amend to read:

“7.7.8.5.3.

The minimum number of priority seats complying with the requirements of Annex 8, paragraph 3.2. shall be four in Class I, two in Class II and one in Class A and B. In the case of vehicles of Class III or Class B subject to the requirements of Annex 8, the minimum number of priority seats shall be two in Class III and one in Class B.

A seat that folds out of the way when not in use shall not be designated as a priority seat.”

GRSG-105-15 | Proposal for amendments to document GRSG/2013/15 on bus priority seating Proposal to improve the wording without changing the intent of the original proposal to amend the requirements for the minimum number of priority seats: four in Class I, two in Class II and Class III and one in Class A and Class B and disallowing the priority designation for folding seats.
GRSG/2013/15 | Proposal for further amendments to Regulation No. 107 Proposal to amend requirements for the minimum number of priority seats: four in Class I, two in Class II and Class III and one in Class A and Class B and disallowing the priority designation for folding seats.

7. The expert from Germany introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2013/22 clarifying the technical provisions for gangway barriers in vehicles of Classes I and A. GRSG adopted the proposal, as reproduced below, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2014 sessions, as part (see para. 6 above) of draft Supplement 4 to the 04 series of
amendments to UN Regulation No. 107.

Annex 3, paragraph 7.7.5.1., amend to read:

“7.7.5.1.

The gangway(s) of a vehicle shall be so designed and constructed … the monitor or display device shall remain in the retracted position.

If a vehicle of Class I, II or A is fitted with a barrier, the gauging device according to Annex 4, Figure 6, may come into contact with the barrier provided that the maximum force necessary to move such barrier out of the way does not exceed 50 Newton measured at the point of contact between the gauging device according to Annex 4, Figure 6 and the barrier and applied perpendicular to the barrier.

The maximum force shall apply to both directions of movement of the gauging device.

If the vehicle is equipped with a lift adjacent to the barrier, the barrier may be temporarily blocked during the operation of the lift.

GRSG/2013/22 | Proposal for Supplement 3 to the 04 series of amendments to Regulation No. 107 Proposal to establish uniform provisions for gangway barriers in vehicles of Classes I and A, including a proposed 100N force limit for moving such barriers out of the way.

8. The expert from Belgium introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2013/16 amending the safety prescriptions for trolleybuses to update these according to the respective electrical standard EN 50502. The expert from the Russian Federation introduced GRSG-105-13 listing a number of suggestions to improve the proposed text. GRSG noted some comments supporting the proposals. The Chair invited all experts to send, in due time, their written comments to the expert from Belgium to allow him to prepare a revised proposal. GRSG agreed to resume consideration at its next session on the basis of a revised official document.

GRSG-105-13 | Further proposals to amend Regulation No. 107 with regard to trolley-buses Complementing Belgium's proposal to align Annex 12 of UN R107 (on trolley-bus safety) with current electrical standards, Russia proposes five additional areas for further consideration.
GRSG/2013/16 | Proposal for further amendments to Regulation No. 107 Proposal to amend Annex 12 of the regulation to align its safety prescriptions for trolley buses with current electrical standards.

9. The expert from Germany presented GRSG-105-03 clarifying the requirements for low floor vehicles. GRSG noted general support on the proposal and requested the secretariat to distribute GRSG-105-03 with an official symbol for further consideration at its next session.

GRSG-105-03 | Proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No. 107 concerning low-floor vehicles Proposal to clarify that "low-floor vehicles" concern only those vehicles that provide a single step from the ground into the low floor area.

10. The expert from Germany suggested activating automatically the hazard warning lights in case of a detection of a temperature excess in the engine and/or heater compartment (GRSG-105-33). GRSG noted a number of concerns on the use of hazard warning lights specified in the 1968 Vienna Convention. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of the proposal at the next session on the basis of an official symbol.

GRSG-105-33 | Proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No. 107 Updated proposal to introduce the automatic activation of the hazard warning lights upon detection of excess temperatures in engine and/or heater compartment in buses and coaches. This proposal supersedes document GRSG-104-04.

11. The expert from Hungary proposed simplifying the current provisions of paragraph 7.6.8.2. in Annex 3 of UN Regulation No. 107 (GRSG-105-04-Rev.1). GRSG noted general support and agreed to resume for consideration of the proposal at its next session. Thus, the secretariat was requested to distribute GRSG-105-04-Rev.1 with an official symbol.

GRSG-105-04/Rev.1 | Proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No. 107 Revised proposal, pursuant to comments received after its posting, to clarify the text of the amendments updating provisions for service doors, windows and emergency exits. The main goal of the proposal is to delete the prohibition on the use of laminated glass or plastic material in window panes and to delete the provision that emergency windows shall be capable of being operated from outside.

12. The expert from OICA introduced GRSG-105-16 clarifying the current transitional provisions of UN Regulation No. 107. GRSG requested the secretariat to distribute GRSG-105-16 (including all transitional provisions) with an official symbol for further consideration at the next session.

GRSG-105-16 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 107 Proposal to add transitional provisions to ensure the validity of the preceding series of amendments to UN R107 for vehicles not impacted by the 05 series (mandating temperature alarm systems in certain bus compartments not directly visible to bus occupants).

13. The expert from Sweden gave a presentation (GRSG-105-32) justifying the new test requirements for automatic fire suppression systems in the engine compartment of buses and coaches (GRSG-105-08). GRSG welcomed the proposal and noted general support. Following the discussion, GRSG agreed to have a detailed consideration of the proposal at its next session and requested the secretariat to distribute GRSG-105-08 with an official symbol.

GRSG-105-08 | Proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No. 107 Proposal to introduce fire suppression systems for buses and coaches activated by detection of fire in the engine and/or heater compartment.
GRSG-105-32 | Fire suppression systems in bus and coach engine and heater compartments Presentation in support of the proposal to introduce new fire suppression requirements under UN R107 on bus and coach construction.
2. (b) Requirements for service doors, windows and emergency exits

14. As agreed at its previous session, GRSG reviewed draft 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 107 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/100). The expert from Germany underlined the need to clarify the definition of “overnight locking systems”. GRSG preferred not to stop the adoption of the official document at the November 2013 session of WP.29. The experts from Germany and OICA volunteered to prepare a concrete proposal for amendments to paragraph 2.41., for consideration at the next GRSG session.

WP.29/2013/100 | Proposal for the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 107 Proposal as approved by the GRSG to update and improve provisions concerning passenger entry/exit, driver compartments, passageways, use of signs, and emergency lighting pursuant to the work of the informal group on Service Doors, Windows and Emergency Exits (SDWEE).

15. The expert from Hungary presented GRSG-105-05 superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2013/17 and proposing amendments to the provisions on the access to escape hatches. GRSG noted a number of concerns and study reservations. Following the discussion, GRSG agreed to resume consideration of the proposal at its next session and to take a final decision. For that purpose, the Chair invited all experts to be prepared to present their positions. The secretariat was requested to distribute GRSG-105-05 with an official symbol.

GRSG-105-05 | Proposal for amendment to the 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 107 Updated proposal to insert provisions in Annex 3 to facilitate access to a roof escape hatch in the event that the vehicle is lying on its side, superseding document GRSG/2013/17.
GRSG/2013/17 | Proposal for amendments to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 107 Proposal to insert provisions in Annex 3 to facilitate access to a roof escape hatch in the event that the vehicle is lying on its side. This proposal supplements document WP.29/2013/100 as submitted by GRSG to the World Forum.
3. Regulation No. 18 (Anti-theft of motor vehicles)

16. The expert from Germany introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2013/20 clarifying the scope of UN Regulation No. 18 with the possibility for motor vehicles to not apply this Regulation if no device to prevent unauthorized use of the vehicle is fitted. GRSG welcomed the initiative to insert the provisions as “if fitted requirements”.

17. GRSG adopted the proposal, as reproduced below, and requested the secretariat to submit the amendment to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2014 sessions as draft Supplement 3 to the 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 18.

Paragraph 1.1. (Scope), amend to read (keeping the reference to footnote 1):
“1.1. This Regulation applies to motor vehicles having at least three wheels with the exception of those of category M1 and N1(1), with regard to their protection against unauthorized use, if devices to prevent unauthorized use covered by this Regulation are fitted.”

18. GRSG agreed to remove this item from the agenda of the next session.

GRSG/2013/20 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 18 Proposal to clarify that the regulation applies to the type approval of anti-theft devices <i> if fitted</i> in the vehicle (and therefore is not meant to render such devices compulsory in vehicles).
4. Regulation No. 34 (Prevention of fire risks)

19. The expert from Japan presented GRSG-105-11 amending the proposal ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2013/4 to prevent vehicles from fire risks under certain conditions in the event of a rear collision. GRSG noted a number of comments and study reservations.

20. Following the discussion, GRSG agreed to keep both documents on the agenda and to have a final review at the next session. The Chair invited the expert from Japan to provide, if possible, further elements on costs and benefits and additional statistical data as evidence for such amendments to UN Regulation No. 34.

GRSG-105-11 | Corrigendum to document GRSG/2013/4 proposing amendments to Regulation No. 34 Corrections to the text prepared by Japan to amend the requirements for fire prevention under certain conditions in the event of a rear collision.
GRSG/2013/4 | Proposal for the 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 34 Text prepared by Japan to amend the requirements for fire prevention under certain conditions in the event of a rear collision.
5. Regulation No. 43 (Safety glazing)

21. GRSG noted the consent of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) on the extension of the mandate of the Informal Group on Plastic Glazing (IGPG). The expert from Germany, chairing IGPG, presented GRSG-105-09 on the work progress made by the group during its seventh meeting in June 2013. He also reported on the progress made in the two subgroups developing a wiper test and the Taber test. He informed GRSG that the Round Robin tests were expected for October 2013. He announced the intention of IGPG to convene again in Paris on 27-28 November 2013 in order to prepare a concrete proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No. 43 for consideration at the next GRSG session.

GRSG-105-09 | Sixth Progress Report of the Informal Group on Plastic Glazing Update from the expert group developing provisions for plastic glazing under UN Regulation No. 43

22. The expert from Germany introduced GRSG-105-24 proposing an amendment to UN Regulation No. 43 to cope the difficulties of technical services located at high altitudes to fulfil the barometric pressure conditions required for the impact test. GRSG noted some comments and agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session. For this purpose, the secretariat was invited to distribute GRSG-105-24 with an official symbol.

GRSG-105-24 | Proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No. 43 Proposal to clarify the "resistance to high temperature" test procedure to account for the effect of higher altitudes (barometric pressure) on temperature calibrations (e.g., the boiling point of water).
6. Regulation No. 46 (Devices for indirect vision)

23. Regarding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2011/23/Rev.1 to allow replacement of all mirrors with camera-monitor systems (CMS), GRSG noted no new information made by ISO on the progress in the publication of the updated standard on camera-monitor systems (ISO 16505), expected by mid-2014. Thus, GRSG agreed to keep ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2011/23/Rev.1 on the agenda as a reference document.

GRSG/2011/23/Rev.1 | Proposal for a supplement to Regulation No. 46 Revised proposal prepared by the Informal Group on Camera-Monitor Systems to permit the replacement of all mirrors by camera-monitor systems, taking into account comments received during the 101st and 102nd GRSG sessions.

24. The expert from Germany introduced GRSG-105-27 proposing to re-establish the informal group on Camera-Monitor Systems (CMS). The expert from the Netherlands committed to continue the chairmanship of CMS. The expert from OICA informed GRSG that he would need some time to consider continuation of his tasks as Secretary of CMS. GRSG adopted the revised Terms of Reference of the informal group and the proposed time schedule for the tasks of CMS as reproduced in Annex II to the session report.

25. The GRSG Chair invited all interested experts to actively participate in the future meetings of the re-established informal group on CMS, subject to the consent of WP.29 at its November 2013 session and the commitment by OICA to ensure the tasks of the secretariat servicing.

GRSG-105-27 | Proposal to re-establish the Informal Group on Camera-Monitor Systems The informal group on camera-monitor systems (CMS) produced a proposal to enable the use of CMS as an alternative to conventional mirrors (document GRSG/2011/23/Rev.1). A decision on this proposal has been pending while the Forum awaits the establishment of an ISO standard on CMS. Since the ISO standard is now in its final stages, Germany proposes to reactivate the CMS informal group in order to prepare an updated regulatory proposal for these systems.
GRSG/84 | Report of the GRSG on its 105th session

26. Referring to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2013/21 on the installation of exterior mirrors with automatic pivoting function on the passenger side of a vehicle, the expert from Germany introduced GRSG-105-28 on new requirements for mirrors to be unfolded automatically above a certain vehicle speed. He announced that he had already received a number of comments by the experts from the Netherlands and OICA. GRSG noted a number of further comments and agreed to resume consideration of the proposals at the next GRSG session on the basis of a revised official document by Germany.

GRSG-105-28 | Proposal for draft amendments to Regulation No. 46 Proposal to require automatic mirrors to unfold automatically when the vehicle reaches a speed higher than 10 km/h. The concern is to address certain mirrors designed not to unfold at speeds up to 45 km/h.
GRSG/2013/21 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 46 Proposal to allow the installation of exterior mirrors with automatic pivoting functions on the passenger side of a vehicle in order to enable designs that offer a better field of vision for the driver during turning maneuvers.

27. The expert from Germany presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2013/23 clarifying the introduction of the extended field of vision on heavy goods vehicles that may be covered using different mirror classes. The expert from the United Kingdom proposed some improvements to the proposed text (GRSG-105-22). GRSG adopted the document, as amended below, and requested the secretariat to submit the amendments to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2014 sessions as draft Supplement 1 to the 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 46.

Paragraphs 15.2.4.5.11.1. to 15.2.4.5.11.3., replace the wording “that it provides” by “that it simultaneously provides” (3 times).

Paragraph 15.2.4.5.12., second subparagraph, replace the wording “However, in that case” by “In such cases” and “that it provides” by that it simultaneously provides".

GRSG-105-22 | UK proposal for amendments to the German proposal on extended field-of-view in Regulation No. 46 Proposal to refine the text of document GRSG/2013/23 wherein Germany proposed to clarify the provisions on the extended field of vision of heavy goods vehicles across different mirror classes. The text would require assessment of normal and extended fields of vision using a single mirror adjustment and to allow for the loss of up to 10% of the close-proximity field of vision in such configurations. The UK proposes to add the word “simultaneously” in several places to confirm that the mirror can not be re-adjusted during the approval test in order to meet the extended field of view requirements.
GRSG/2013/23 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 46 Proposal to clarify the provisions on the extended field of vision on heavy goods vehicles across different mirror classes. The text would require assessment of normal and extended fields of vision using a single mirror adjustment and to allow for the loss of up to 10% of the close-proximity field of vision in such configurations.

28. The expert from OICA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2013/18 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2013/19 clarifying the transitional provisions of the 03 series and the 04 series of amendments, respectively, to UN Regulation No. 46. GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2013/19, as amended below, and requested the secretariat to submit the amendments to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2014 sessions as part (see para. 27 above) of draft Supplement 1 to the 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 46.

New paragraph 21.18., amend to read:

“21.18.Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraphs 21.2., 21.4., 21.5., 21.13. and 21.15. above, for the purpose of replacement parts, Contracting Parties applying this Regulation shall continue to grant approvals according to the 01 series of amendments to this Regulation, to devices for indirect vision of classes I to V for use on vehicle types which have been approved before 26 January 2006 pursuant to the 01 series of amendments of Regulation No. 46 and, where applicable, subsequent extensions to these approvals.”

GRSG/2013/18 | Proposal for amendments to the 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 46 Proposal to clarify the transitional provisions of the 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 46, including provisions for extensions of approvals to the 03 series of amendments,for approval of devices to the 02 series, and provisions for aftermarket devices.
GRSG/2013/19 | Proposal for amendments to the 04 series of amendments to Regulation No. 46 Proposal to clarify the transitional provisions of the 04 series of amendments to Regulation No. 46, including provisions for extensions to approvals to the 04 series of amendments, for approval of devices to the 02 series, and provisions for aftermarket devices. It assumes approval of document GRSG/2013/18 on the 03 series transition provisions.

29. GRSG also adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2013/18, as amended below, and requested the secretariat to submit the amendments to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2014 sessions as draft Supplement 3 to the 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 46.

Paragraphs 21.6. and 21.7., replace the wording “force of this series” by “force of the 03 series” (2 times).

GRSG/2013/18 | Proposal for amendments to the 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 46 Proposal to clarify the transitional provisions of the 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 46, including provisions for extensions of approvals to the 03 series of amendments,for approval of devices to the 02 series, and provisions for aftermarket devices.

30. Recalling the purpose of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2013/5 to increase the safety benefits of the driver’s field of vision and the pedestrian safety in narrow streets, the expert from Japan introduced GRSG-105-25 proposing some amendments to the initial proposal and a roadmap for further proceedings. GRSG noted a number of concerns by the experts from the EC, Germany, Hungary and the United Kingdom and OICA (GRSG-105-17). GRSG did not agree to split UN Regulation No. 46 with respect to different vehicle categories. Following the discussion, GRSG agreed to resume consideration on this subject at its next session in May 2014 on the basis of a revised document by Japan, taking into account the comments received.

GRSG-105-17 | Comments on the proposal to revise field-of-vision requirements under Regulation No. 46 OICA raises a series of questions concerning the Japanese proposal (document GRSG/2013/5) to add field-of-vision provisions to enhance the safety of pedestrians and other vulnerable road users in narrow alleys and by-streets and other improvements to Regulation No. 46.
GRSG-105-25 | Presentation on close-proximity rear-view field-of-vision issues Presentation in support of and offering revisions to Japan's proposal (document GRSG/2013/5) for amendments to UN R46 in order to bring the regulation into line with Japanese regulations (pursuant to the International Whole Vehicle Type Approval initiative).
GRSG/2013/5 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 46 Text prepared by Japan to add field-of-vision provisions to enhance the safety of pedestrians and other vulnerable road users in narrow alleys and by-streets and other improvements to Regulation No. 46

31. The expert from OICA presented GRSG-105-19 introducing, for special cases, adjustments to the co-ordinates of the ocular points. GRSG noted a number of comments and agreed to resume consideration on this subject at its next session on the basis of an official document.

GRSG-105-19 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 46 Proposal to align the definition of the "driver's ocular points" with that of Regulation No. 125 (forward vision) as also used in EC Directive 2003/97/EC as amended by Directive 2005/27/EC. The proposal concerns the ocular points used to check compliance with the required field of vision provided by the rear-view mirrors.

32. The expert from OICA underlined the need to clarify the text of the 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 46 (GRSG-105-18). GRSG adopted the proposal, as reproduced below, and requested the secretariat to submit the amendments to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2014 sessions as part (see paras. 27 and 28 above) of draft Supplement 1 to the 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 46.

Paragraph 15.2.4.5.12., correct to read:

“15.2.4.5.12.Paragraphs 15.2.4.5.6. to 15.2.4.5.9. shall not apply to a vehicle where any part of the Class V mirror, or its holder, is less than 2.4 m above the ground, regardless of its position after adjustment.”

GRSG-105-18 | Proposal for a Corrigendum to Regulation No. 46 Proposal to clarify that the 04 series of amendments (adopted document WP.29/2012/87) addresses only vehicles with a high cab.
7. Regulation No. 58 (Rear underrun protection)

33. The expert from Germany introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2013/27 proposing more stringent requirements for rear underrun protection devices. He also presented GRSG-105-23 with a detailed cost-benefit analysis carried out in Germany on this subject. The expert from IRU raised concerns by his organizations and presented a number of observations (GRSG-105-06). The expert from OICA proposed an alternative text for amending UN Regulation No. 58 (GRSG-105-20). The expert from CLCCR presented some observations and recommendations of her organization (GRSG-105-26).

34. GRSG welcomed the proposal by Germany including the cost-benefit analysis, but noted a number of comments and reservations. Following the discussion, the Chair suggested keeping the subject on the agenda of GRSG instead of establishing a new informal group and invited all experts to transmit their written comments to the expert from Germany. GRSG agreed to resume consideration at its next session in May 2014, on the basis of a revised proposal to be submitted by Germany taking into account the comments received. The secretariat was invited to distribute GRSG-105-20 with an official symbol.

GRSG-105-06 | IRU comments on the proposal to increase the stringency of Regulation No. 58 IRU observations and conclusions regarding the German proposal (document GRSG/2013/27) to introduce more stringent requirements for rear under-run protection devices.
GRSG-105-20 | Proposal for draft amendments to Regulation No. 58 OICA counter-proposal to the German proposal (document GRSG/2013/27) to introduce more stringent requirements for rear underrun protection devices.
GRSG-105-23 | Justification for more stringent RUPD requirements Justification for raising the stringency of rear underrun protection device requirements as proposed in document GRSG/2013/27.
GRSG-105-26 | CLCCR comments on the proposal to increase the stringency of Regulation No. 58 CLCCR recommendation to establish an expert group to further consider the German proposal to raise rear underrun protection device (RUPD) requirements. CLCCR raises concerns over the cost-benefit and in particular, over the relative effectiveness of higher requirements across the range of vehicle categories that would be affected.
GRSG/2013/27 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 58 Proposal to introduce more stringent requirements for rear underrun protection devices.
8. Regulation No. 67 (LPG vehicles)

35. The expert from CLEPA presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2013/24 proposing to insert into UN Regulation No. 67 new provisions for “valve control at stop-start”. GRSG adopted the document, as amended below, and requested the secretariat to submit the amendments to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2014 sessions as draft Supplement 14 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 67.

Annex 3, new paragraph 4.7., subparagraph (c), amend to read:
“(c) 1,000,000 cycles (mark “H3”) if, in addition to (a) or (b), the engine also shuts off automatically when the accelerator pedal is released."

GRSG/2013/24 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 67 Proposal to introduce type-approval provisions for "valve control at stop-start" into the regulation on LPG equipment. The proposal would allow tank valves stay open in a commanded stop-start phase as it is the case for the idling phase of non-stop-start vehicles. These provisions are similar to those for UN R110 on CNG vehicles.

36. The expert from AEGPL introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2013/29 introducing new provisions for preventing a flow of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) into the petrol or diesel tank, and vice versa. The expert from Germany preferred to insert more detailed test provisions to limit possible interpretations. GRSG noted a presentation by Italy on LPG direct injection technologies (GRSG-105-07) and a proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No. 67. Following the discussion, GRSG agreed to resume consideration on this matter at its next session on the basis of a revised proposal jointly prepared by the experts from Germany and AEGPL.

GRSG-105-07 | Presentation of a proposal to amend Regulation No. 67 Proposal for LPG dual-fuel vehicle provisions.
GRSG/2013/29 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 67 Proposal to introduce new provisions into Regulation No. 67 for preventing the flow of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) into the petrol or diesel tank, and vice versa in order to address a potential safety risk in bi-fuel or dual-fuel vehicles.
9. Regulation No. 110 (CNG vehicles)

37. The expert from CLEPA presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2013/25. GRSG adopted the document and requested the secretariat to submit the proposing type approval provisions for fuel selection systems amendments to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2014 sessions as draft Supplement 2 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 110.

GRSG/2013/25 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 110 Proposal to introduce type-approval provisions for fuel selection systems into the regulation on compressed natural gas-powered vehicles.

38. On the same subject than that mentioned under para. 35 above (new provisions for “valve control at stop-start”), the expert from CLEPA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2013/26 proposing similar amendments to UN Regulation No. 110. GRSG adopted the document, as reproduced in Annex III of the session report, and requested the secretariat to submit the amendments to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2014 sessions as part (see para. 37 above) of draft Supplement 2 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 110.

GRSG/2013/26 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 110 Proposal to introduce type approval provisions for "valve control at stop-start". The proposal would let the tank valves stay open in a commanded stop-start phase as is the case for the idling phase of vehicles not equipped with start-stop systems. These provisions are similar to those proposed for UN Regulation No. 67
GRSG/84 | Report of the GRSG on its 105th session

39. Referring to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/101, the expert from the Netherlands introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2013/28 clarifying the type approval provisions for vehicles equipped with Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) propulsion systems. GRSG noted a list of editorial corrections (GRSG-105-02) to be inserted into ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/101. GRSG adopted the proposed amendments as reproduced in WP.29-161-05 and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2013 sessions as a Corrigendum to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/101 (draft Supplement 1 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 110).

GRSG-105-02 | Corrigendum to draft Supplement 1 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 110 This informal document aims at correcting and clarifying the draft amendments to Regulation No. 110 as proposed in WP.29/2013/101. At its November 2013 session, the World Forum WP.29 is expected to consider and adopt draft Supplement 1 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 110, inserting new provisions for motor vehicles using Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in their propulsion system. During the last session, GRSG agreed to have a final review of the proposal.
GRSG/2013/28 | Proposal for amendments to document WP.29/2013/101 Proposal to clarify the text concerning automatic valves in the draft Supplement 1 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 110 (document WP.29/2013/101).
WP.29-161-05 | Corrigendum to draft Supplement 1 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 110 Corrections adopted by GRSG (at its 105th session) to the draft supplement pending before the World Forum for its November 2013 session. The supplement introduces provisions for motor vehicles using liquefied natural gas (LNG).
WP.29/2013/101 | Proposal for Supplement 1 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 110 Text as approved by the GRSG to introduce type-approval provisions for vehicles equipped with liquefied natural gas propulsion systems. The proposal has been prepared as a new consolidated version of UN Regulation No. 110.

40. Recalling the severe fire accident in October 2012 of a bus equipped with a CNG propulsion system, the expert from the Netherlands informed GRSG that a detailed investigation report of the Dutch Safety Board is now publicly available. He presented GRSG-105-10 proposing preventive measures for such fire accidents, including a first draft of a number of amendments to UN Regulations Nos. 107, 110 and 118. GRSG welcomed the information and agreed to resume consideration on this subject at the next session of GRSG on the basis of revised official documents to be submitted in due time by the expert from the Netherlands.

41. The expert from Germany announced to prepare, for the next session of GRSG, a set of draft amendments to UN Regulation No. 110 preventing the LNG container from being overfilled and requiring the installed of a safety system against flooding by LNG (GRSG-105-31). GRSG noted that these issues had already been discussed by the LNG Task Force.

GRSG-105-31 | Comments on the draft Supplement 1 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 110 The draft supplement 1 to the 01 series of amendments to UN R110 (pending before the November WP.29 session) introduces type-approval provisions for vehicles equipped with liquefied natural gas propulsion systems. In this document, Germany signals its intention to prepare substantial revisions concerning its safety provisions.
10. Revision and extension of approvals

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

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

GRSG/2013/8 | Proposal for amendments to Regulations Nos. 18, 34, 35, 43 and 58 Text prepared by the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA) to introduce the concept of "revision of approvals" in the UN Regulations under the responsibility of the Working Party on General Safety Provisions (GRSG).
WP.29/1104 | Report of the World Forum on its 160th session
WP.29/2013/126 | Proposal for Amendment 4 to Revision 2 to the Consolidated Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles Document prepared by the Forum Secretariat pursuant to the decisions of the Forum, inserting five new regulations annexed to the 1958 Agreement and adding a new Annex 5 on general administrative provisions for revisions and extensions of the type approvals granted in the framework of the UN Regulations annexed to the 1958 Agreement.
WP.29/2013/134 | Proposal for Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement Proposal from the IWVTA expert group for revisions to the 1958 Agreement, including text in brackets for further consideration.
11. Regulation No. 121 (Identification of controls, tell-tales and indicators)

44. The expert from OICA introduced GRSG-105-21 adapting the provisions on multi-function displays to technical progress. GRSG noted a study reservation by the expert from France and agreed to resume consideration at its next session on the basis of an official document.

GRSG-105-21 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 121 Proposal to adapt the provisions for multi-function displays to technological progress. In principle, current displays can convey more information to the driver, including levels of severity or importance, while the current text was written when technologies were less flexible. As a result, the current provisions risk impeding the use of beneficial multi-function tell-tales.

45. Recalling the purpose of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/30 (still pending on the agenda of WP.29), the Chair presented GRSG-105-30 clarifying the transitional provisions under paragraph 12.3. GRSG adopted the proposal, as reproduced in Annex IV of the session report, and requested the secretariat to submit the amendment to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their June 2014 sessions as a Corrigendum to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/30 (draft 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 121), subject to a final review by GRSG at its next session in May 2014.

GRSG-105-30 | Proposal for amendments to document WP.29/2012/30 concerning Regulation No. 121 Proposal developed by the GRSG chair, OICA, and the UK to align the transitional provisions of the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 121 (document WP.29/2012/30, presently pending before WP.29 and awaiting parallel amendments from the GRRF for UN R13 and 13-H) with those of UN R13 and 13-H.
GRSG/84 | Report of the GRSG on its 105th session
WP.29/2012/30 | Proposal for the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 121 Proposal for transitional provisions concerning the electronic stability control telltale and approval markings related to UN R121.
12. International Whole Vehicle Type Approval

46. GRSG noted the outcome of the discussion on this subject at the June 2013 session of WP.29 (see report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1104, paras. 56-61). The expert from Japan introduced GRSG-105-12 proposing updated review of all candidate Regulations identified for the IWVTA scheme under the responsibility of GRSG.

GRSG-105-12 | Priority of Discussion on Technical Requirements for IWVTA Update on the integration of UN Regulations under the purview of the Working Party on General Safety into the proposed International Whole Vehicle Type Approval system.
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47. GRSG considered in detail the proposal and agreed on the actions for each item, as reflected in the revised document GRSG-105-39-Rev.2. The IWVTA ambassador volunteered to report back to the informal group. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session.

GRSG-104-39/Rev.2 | Revised IWVTA priorities of discussion paper concerning regulations under GRSG IWVTA working paper as revised and updated during the 105th GRSG session.
GRSG-105-12 | Priority of Discussion on Technical Requirements for IWVTA Update on the integration of UN Regulations under the purview of the Working Party on General Safety into the proposed International Whole Vehicle Type Approval system.
13. Need to develop a new Regulation on odometer equipment

48. Recalling the purpose of GRSG-104-14 presented at the previous session, the expert from Belgium announced his intention to prepare a concrete proposal for a new UN Regulation on odometer for consideration at the next GRSG session.

GRSG-104-14 | Proposal for a new regulation on odometer equipment including its installation Proposal to set mandatory requirements for odometers installed in vehicles in order to address odometer use in vehicle maintenance and inspections and to combat odometer fraud in sales of used cars.
14. Cruise control function

49. The expert from Qatar recalled the discussion at the previous GRSG session on some incidents in his region involving the deactivation of the cruise control function on some vehicle types. The experts from Germany and the United Kingdom reported that no similar incidents or recall actions have been reported in their countries.

50. GRSG recommended identifying, in the case of such incidents occur, the origin of such problems, especially whether vehicle was fitted with original equipment or with an aftermarket product. Subsequently, the dealer and/or the manufacturer would have to launch a recall action of the vehicle type concerned in the case of original equipment and the broad public should be informed in the case of an aftermarket product.

51. GRSG agreed to remove this item from the agenda. The Chair invited all interested experts to send any further information on this subject directly to the delegate from Qatar (e-mail: jmnuaimi@moe.gov.qa).

15. Automatic Emergency Call Systems

52. GRSG noted the submission by the Russian Federation of an official proposal (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/67) for an new UN Regulation on e-call systems and the decision of WP.29 (see report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1104, paras. 74-76) to establish a new informal working group on Automatic Emergency Call System (AECS) under the responsibility of GRSG.

ITS/AD-160-67 | Proposal to develop a new UN Regulation on e-call systems
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53. The expert from the Russian Federation, chairing the informal working group on AECS reported on the results of the first meeting, which was held on 8 October 2013 in Geneva. It was noted that the further development of the new draft UN Regulation on AECS should be based on a single document. The experts from the Russian Federation and OICA volunteered to jointly prepare a new proposal based on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2013/67, including provisions for the type approval of such systems, their installation on vehicles and the approval of vehicles with respect to their AECS. It was recommended to limit the scope, in a first step, to vehicles of categories M1 and N1 and that Contracting Parties may extend the application of the new Regulation to other categories of vehicles on their national level. He added that all related working papers are publicly available on: https://www2.unece.org/wiki/display/trans/AECS+1st+meeting.

[Information concerning AECS has been consolidated by GAR on the AECS project pages.]

ITS/AD-160-67 | Proposal to develop a new UN Regulation on e-call systems

54. The AECS Chair underlined the tough time schedule to develop the new draft UN Regulation and invited all interested experts to participate in the next meeting of the informal working group, scheduled to be held in Paris on 5-6 December 2013. The GRSG Chair reminded the informal group of the need to adopt, at the next session of GRSG, the final Terms of Reference for AECS.

16. Election of officers

55. In compliance with Rule 37 of the Rules of Procedure (TRANS/WP.29/690 as amended by Amendments 1 and 2), GRSG called for the election of officers on Wednesday afternoon, 9 October 2013. Mr. A. Erario (Italy) was unanimously re-elected as Chair and Mr. M. Matolcsy (Hungary) as Vice-Chair for the GRSG sessions scheduled for the year 2014.

17. Other business

56. GRSG noted that no further proposal had been provided under this item.