Session 107 | Geneva | 30 Sep-3 Oct 2014
Attendance

1. The Working Party on General Safety Provisions (GRSG) held its 107th session from 30 September (afternoon) to 3 October 2014 (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 and Amend.1 and Amend.2): Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Luxembourg, Kuwait, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Serbia, 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) and International Association for Natural Gas Vehicles (NGV Global – IANGV). 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 107th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2014/21 and Add.1) with the new agenda items 17(a) to 17©.

GRSG/2014/21 | Provisional agenda for the 107th GRSG session
GRSG/2014/21/Add.1 | Addendum to the provisional agenda for the 107th GRSG session Annotated provisional agenda for the Fall 2014 session of the Working Party on General Safety.

3. GRSG also adopted the running order for the session as proposed by the Chair in GRSG-107-01. GRSG noted the main decisions of the World Forum WP.29 taken during its sessions of June 2014 (report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1110).

GRSG-107-01 | Running order of the agenda for the 107th GRSG session

4. The informal documents distributed during the session are listed in Annex I of the session report (document GRSG/86). The GRSG informal working groups are listed in Annex VI.

2. Regulation No. 107 (M 2 and M 3 vehicles)
2. (a) Proposals for further amendments

5. The expert from the Russian Federation lifted the reservation on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/70, submitted to the November 2014 sessions of WP.29 and of the Administrative Committee of the 1958 Agreement (AC.1). GRSG confirmed the adoption of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/70 as well as ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/77 (this latter document will be submitted to the March 2015 sessions of WP.29 and AC.1), without amendments. The expert from OICA withdrew ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2014/31. GRSG agreed to withdraw ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/76 from the agenda of the WP.29 session in November 2014. (see WP.29-164-05).

GRSG/2014/31 | Proposal for amendments to the 05 and 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 107 The newly introduced systems to detect excessive temperatures and/or smoke enable the driver to act immediately to ensure the safety of the passengers. This implies the possibility of braking, stopping, or some other response which could impact other road users. Therefore, this proposal would require the hazard warning lights to be activated (which will require consideration by the WP.29 Working Party on Lighting and Light-signalling Equipment). The proposal also proposes transitional provisions for the implementation of the new requirements.
WP.29-164-05 | Withdrawal by GRSG of document WP.29/2014/76 Withdrawal of the proposal for Supplement 3 to the 05 series of amendments to Regulation No. 107 concerning the automatic activation of hazard warning lights upon detection of excess temperatures in the engine and/or heater compartment.
WP.29/2014/70 | Proposal for Supplement 1 to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 107 Proposal to a) introduce requirements to prevent accidents when the flap covering the engine compartment is open; b) clarify that “low-floor vehicles” concern only those vehicles that provide a single step from the ground onto the low floor area; c) prohibit any equipment that would counteract the intention of such single-step low-floor vehicles to facilitate access by passengers with reduced mobility; d) clarify the text of the amendments updating provisions for service doors, windows and emergency exits; e) delete the prohibition on the use of laminated glass or plastic material in window panes; f) delete the provision that emergency windows be operable from outside the vehicle; g) clarify that an “overnight locking system” is not intended to be operated from inside the vehicle; and h) align the Annex 12 safety prescriptions for trolley buses with current electrical standards.
WP.29/2014/76 | Proposal for Supplement 3 to the 05 series of amendments to Regulation No. 107 Proposal to introduce the automatic activation of the hazard warning lights upon detection of excess temperatures in the engine and/or heater compartment.
WP.29/2014/77 | Proposal for Supplement 2 to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 107 Proposal to introduce the automatic activation of hazard warning lights upon detection of excess temperatures in the engine and/or heater compartment. <i>A parallel proposal covering indicators and the hazard warning is being prepared by GRE. The package of GRSG and GRE proposals are expected for the March 2015 WP.29 session.</i>

6. The expert from Sweden gave a presentation (GRSG-107-32) justifying the amendments list in GRSG-107-25 to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2014/6 on the subject of introducing fire suppression systems for buses and coaches. GRSG noted GRSG-107-13, tabled by the expert from Germany, proposing to limit the mandatory fitting of fire suppression systems to buses of category M3, Class III only. The expert from the Netherlands expressed concerns on safety and fire risks of all categories of buses and coaches using Natural Gas (NG) and/or hydrogen in their propulsion system. Thus he introduced GRSG-107-33 to complement the proposal from Sweden and cover all categories of NG and/or Hydrogen-fuelled vehicles. The experts from France, Poland, Russian Federation, Switzerland and Turkey also preferred to cover all Classes while the experts from Italy and the Czech Republic endorsed the proposal from Germany. The expert from EC noted that the proposal would imply relevant costs for the industry and that this aspect should be further explored. The expert from OICA argued that the proposal from Sweden was outside the scope of UN Regulation No. 107 and listed a series of concerns in GRSG-107-14 proposing, amongst others, the optional installation of the fire suppression system. Finally, GRSG agreed to resume consideration on this subject at its May 2015 session and invited interested experts to send their comments to the expert from Sweden in due time to allow him to submit a revised official proposal, taking into account the possibility of a new specialized regulation.

GRSG-107-13 | Proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No. 107 Proposal by Germany to amend the Swedish proposal (document GRSG/2014/6) to introduce approval provisions for automatic fire suppression systems activated upon the detection of fire in the engine and/or heater compartment of buses and coaches. This proposal would limit mandatory installation to Class III vehicles.
GRSG-107-14 | Amendments to UN Regulation No. 107 OICA comments on the proposal to introduce fire suppression systems for buses and coaches upon detection of fire in the engine and/or heater compartment (document GRSG/2014/6).
GRSG-107-25 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 107 Proposal to introduce fire suppression systems for buses and coaches upon detection of fire in the engine and/or heater compartment, superseding document GRSG/2014/6.
GRSG-107-32 | Fire suppression systems Comments in support of the proposal to introduce provisions for fire-suppression systems under UN R107.
GRSG-107-33 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 107 Proposal to revise the text of document GRSG-107-25 on fire suppression systems to ensure that the provisions can be applied fully to natural gas and/or hydrogen-powered vehicles.
GRSG/2014/6 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 107 Proposal to introduce fire suppression systems for buses and coaches upon detection of fire in the engine and/or heater compartment.

7. GRSG considered ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2014/22, tabled by the expert from EC, to align Annex 11 of the UN Regulation with Regulation (EU) 1230/2012. The expert from Hungary introduced GRSG-107-04 (for information only) arguing that ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2014/22 did not correctly addressing the issue of volume and location of the masses. The expert from OICA introduced GRSG-107-19, amending ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2014/22. Finally, GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2014/22 as amended below. The secretariat was requested to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2015 sessions, as draft Supplement 3 to the 05 series of amendments and as Supplement 3 to the 06 series of amendments to the UN Regulation.

Annex 11,
Paragraph 3.2.3.2.1.,
amend to read:

“3.2.3.2.1.The vehicle in running order …

B (kg), declared by the manufacturer, shall have a numeric value not less than 100 x V.
V is the total volume of baggage compartments in m3 including exterior racks, ski-boxes and baggage compartments, that are attached to the outside of the vehicle.
BX, declared by the manufacturer, shall have a numeric value not less than 75 kg/m2
…”

GRSG-107-04 | Comments on the proposed amendments to the 05 and 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 107 In document GRSG/2014/22, the EC proposes to align Annex 11 of UN R107 with Regulation (EU) 1230/2012 (type approval of vehicles with regard to their masses and dimensions). However, the volume and location of masses – including baggage masses – impacts many basic parameters of buses like total mass in running order, axle loads, CG position, etc. and related UN Regulations. This document raises issues for consideration during the review of the EC proposal.
GRSG-107-19 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 107 Proposal to correct the calculation of total mass under the draft 05 and 06 series amendments intended to align Annex 11 of UN R107 with Regulation (EU) 1230/2012 (i.e., the amendments proposed in document GRSG/2014/22).
GRSG/2014/22 | Proposal for amendments to the 05 and 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 107 Proposal to align Annex 11 of UN R107 with Regulation (EU) 1230/2012. Annex 11 was originally based on EU Directive 97/27 EC (type approval of vehicles with regard to their masses and dimensions) which has now been replaced by Regulation (EU) 1230/2012, thus prompting the need for realignment.
2. (b) Requirements for service doors, windows and emergency exits

8. GRSG noted GRSG-107-05, tabled by the expert from Hungary, addressing ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/70. In his opinion, this last compromise did not correctly address the security as it facilitated the access of undesirable people during the parking time of buses. GRSG noted no support and reiterated its decision of the previous session. GRSG agreed to keep GRSG-107-05 for reference only in the agenda of its May 2015 session.

GRSG-107-05 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 107 In document GRSG/2014/4, Hungary proposed to delete the provision that emergency windows shall be capable of being operated from outside the vehicle. This document provides a written justification for the proposal to enable its formal approval by GRSG.
WP.29/2014/70 | Proposal for Supplement 1 to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 107 Proposal to a) introduce requirements to prevent accidents when the flap covering the engine compartment is open; b) clarify that “low-floor vehicles” concern only those vehicles that provide a single step from the ground onto the low floor area; c) prohibit any equipment that would counteract the intention of such single-step low-floor vehicles to facilitate access by passengers with reduced mobility; d) clarify the text of the amendments updating provisions for service doors, windows and emergency exits; e) delete the prohibition on the use of laminated glass or plastic material in window panes; f) delete the provision that emergency windows be operable from outside the vehicle; g) clarify that an “overnight locking system” is not intended to be operated from inside the vehicle; and h) align the Annex 12 safety prescriptions for trolley buses with current electrical standards.
3. Regulation No. 34 (Prevention of fire risks)

9. The expert from OICA introduced GRSG-107-17 supplementing ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/65, already adopted at the May 2014 session of GRSG, to clarify the transitional provisions. Finally, GRSG confirmed ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/65 with the amendments reproduced below. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposed amendments to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/65 to the November 2014 sessions of WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote (WP.29-164-06).

Paragraph 17.10., correct to read:

“17.10.Even after the date of entry into force of the 03 series of amendments to this Regulation, Contracting Parties applying this Regulation shall continue to accept type approvals to the preceding series of amendments to the Regulation which are not affected by the 03 series of amendments.”

GRSG-107-17 | Proposal for amendments to the draft 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 34 The draft 03 series of amendments follows current UN guidelines for regulatory texts (document WP29/1044/Rev.1); however, a new version of the guidelines which uses a different phrasing for transitional provisions will soon be adopted. Therefore, OICA proposes using the new wording in the draft 03 series.
WP.29-164-06 | Amendments to the draft 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 34 Editorial change agreed by GRSG to the text ensuring continued acceptance of type approvals according to previous versions of UN R34 where they are not impacted by the 03 series amendments (document WP.29/2014/65).
WP.29/2014/65 | Proposal for the 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 34 Proposal to amend the requirements for fire prevention under certain conditions in the event of a rear collision. In particular, the amendment changes the impact speed range in the collision test and enables the inclusion of this regulation in the proposed international whole vehicle type approval system.
4. Regulation No. 39 (Speedometer)

10. The expert from Belgium introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2014/32, proposing new requirements for odometers into UN Regulation No. 39. She presented GRSG-107-29-Rev.1 amending her proposal to include the comments received by the expert from OICA (GRSG-107-20). GRSG supported in principle the proposal. However, there was a general agreement among experts that the mandatory fitting of odometers should be completed by transitional provisions, anti-tampering requirements and type approval markings. GRSG agreed to resume consideration on this subject at its May 2015 session on the basis of a revised proposal from the expert of Belgium and on a proposal of transitional provisions from the experts of OICA and IMMA.

GRSG-107-20 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 39 Proposal to modify the draft amendment to UN R39 that would introduce odometer requirements (document GRSG/2014/32). OICA proposes to change the definition of "odometer" to refer to the distance recorded rather than traveled and to delete the definition of "technical constant of the odometer".
GRSG-107-29/Rev.1 | Proposal for draft amendments to Regulation No. 39 Amended proposal to include odometers within the scope of UN R39, deleting the reference to the "technical constant" and a provision for the installation of a replacement odometer.
GRSG/2014/32 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 39 Proposal to include odometers within the scope of Regulation No. 39.
5. Regulation No. 43 (Safety glazing)

11. GRSG endorsed ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2014/67, not amended, already submitted to the November 2014 sessions of WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote.

WP.29/2014/67 | Proposal for Supplement 3 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 43 Proposal to define "small glazing" and to exempt such small glazing from headform testing.

12. The expert from Germany, Chair of the informal working group (IWG) on Plastic Glazing, introduced GRSG-107-12 with the justification for the proposed amendments to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2014/23, which aims to introduce new provisions for plastic windscreens and laminated plastic panes other than windscreens. GRSG adopted the proposal as amended by Annex II of this report. The secretariat was requested to submit ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2014/23 to the March 2015 sessions of WP.29 and AC.1 as draft Supplement 4 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 43. GRSG considered and adopted GRSG-107-16, as reproduced below. The secretariat was requested to submit it to the March 2015 sessions of WP.29 and AC.1 as draft Corrigendum 5 to Revision 3 to the UN Regulation.

Paragraph 5.3.1., amend to read:

“5.3.1.In the case … of the group pursuant to Annex 1, Appendix 8 Appendix 10.

GRSG-107-12 | Justifications for the proposed Supplement 3 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 43 Explanations and arguments in support of the amendments to UN R43 proposed by the Informal Group on Plastic Glazing (IGPG) in document GRSG/2014/23.
GRSG-107-16 | Proposal for a Corrigendum to Regulation No. 43 Paragraph 5.3.1. refers to Appendix 8 of Annex 1. OICA believes that the reference should be to Appendix 10 of Annex 1 and so proposes this correction.
GRSG/2014/23 | Proposal for Supplement 3 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 43 Text prepared by Germany on behalf of the Informal Group on Plastic Glazing (IGPG) to introduce new provisions for windscreens and for laminated plastic panes other than windscreens.

13. The expert from the Republic of Korea introduced GRSG-107-06, proposing an amendment to the methodology of the 227g ball drop test for toughened glass that would cope with defects of panoramic sunroofs. The experts from CLEPA and OICA provided (GRSG-107-22) comments to the national defect investigation by Korea and the proposed amendments. The expert from the Republic of Korea reiterated his intention (GRSG-106-10) to draft a parallel amendment to UN GTR No. 6 (see para. 41 below). However, he suggested that the development of amendments on both UN Regulation and the UN GTR No. 6 should be carried out by an IWG. Finally, GRSG agreed to seek consent from WP.29 and from the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement (AC.3) at their November 2015 sessions to establish the above-mentioned IWG.

GRSG-106-10 | Proposal for an amendment to UN GTR No. 6 Proposal to amend the methodology of the 227g ball drop test for toughened glass in order to assess its mechanical strength (resistance against outside impact). This proposal stems from Korean testing that demonstrated inadequate mechanical strength of toughened glass treated with ceramic printing.
GRSG-107-06 | Proposal for amendment to UN Regulation No. 43 Proposal to amend the test methods for toughened glass pursuant to Korean defect investigations involving the ceramic printed area of certain panoramic sunroofs.
GRSG-107-22 | Panoramic Sunroof Issue - OICA/CLEPA comments on defects investigation and proposed regulatory text OICA and CLEPA comments on the Korean proposal to amend GTR No. 6 and UN Regulation No. 43 in response to issues identified in its defect investigation concerning panoramic sunroofs.

14. The expert from Hungary introduced GRSG-107-21, aimed at allowing the use of thick glass panes for multiple glazed units. GRSG agreed to resume discussion on this issue at its May 2015 session and requested the secretariat to distribute GRSG-107-21 with an official symbol.

GRSG-107-21 | Proposal for amendments to regulation UN Regulation No. 43 This proposal aims to enable the use of thick glass panes for multiple glazed units which, in turn, requires omitting the head-form test in case of these units.

15. GRSG noted GRSG-107-24, tabled by the expert from CLEPA, proposing an excluded area from the main vision zone to allow the application of safety systems (e.g. rain-light sensors, collision warning systems) for vehicle category other than M1. GRSG agreed to resume consideration on this proposal at its May 2015 session and requested the secretariat to distribute GRSG-107-24 with an official symbol.

GRSG-107-24 | Proposal for an amendment to UN Regulation No. 43 Proposal for an amendment to UN Regulation No. 43 to define a "reduced vision zone I" for vehicles of categories M and N other than M1. The goal is to extend the concept that already exists for M1 vehicles in order to enable the installation of sensors and cameras that improve driving safety.
6. Regulation No. 46 (Devices for indirect vision)

16. GRSG noted a practical demonstration on camera-monitor systems organized by OICA in the perimeter of the Palais des Nations.

17. The expert from the Netherlands, Chair of the IWG on camera-monitor systems (CMS) informed GRSG about the work progress made by the group on 5 and 6 June and on 29 and 30 September 2014 (GRSG-107-34). He stated that the group did not submit a draft amendment as expected, because a number of pending issues have not yet been resolved. He announced the intention of the Group to submit an official proposal allowing the replacement of all mirrors with camera-monitor systems, for consideration at the May 2015 session of GRSG. He also announced that the next meetings of the IWG were scheduled on 3 and 4 November in Paris and on 17 and 19 December 2015 in the Netherlands.

GRSG-107-34 | Status report of the informal working group on Camera-Monitor Systems Progress report from the group of experts working on provisions to enable the type approval of video systems in place of conventional rear-view mirrors.

18. The expert from Japan introduced GRSG-107-10-Rev.1, superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2014/26 on the close-proximity field of vision. This proposal excludes close proximity devices for category M1 from the scope of the UN Regulation and allows Contracting Parties to limit the application of the scope of the UN Regulation to category M1 only. He added that the intention of his proposal was to allow Contracting Parties to keep their national requirements on close-proximity field of vision when UN Regulation No. 46 would be added to List A of the regulations to be included into the new UN Regulation No. 0. GRSG noted some concerns on the possible interpretation of the 1958 Agreement that could hamper the principle of reciprocal recognition of type approvals. GRSG agreed to resume discussion on this subject at its May 2015 session on the basis of revised proposal prepared by the expert from Japan in cooperation with interested parties.

GRSG-107-10/Rev.1 | Proposal for a corrigendum to the proposed 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 46 Proposal to exclude M1 vehicles from the close-proximity field of vision requirements pursuant to the establishment of the international whole vehicle type approval system.
GRSG/2014/26 | Proposal for amendments to the 04 series of amendments to Regulation No. 46 Proposal 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 UN R46.

19. The expert from Germany introduced GRSG-107-31, proposing requirements for mirrors that have a folding mechanism operated electronically or by any other automatic system. He added that the speed at which the device for indirect vision should automatically return to the normal position, had been fixed at 5 km/h because of the difficulty to identify exactly the commencement of movement at 0 km/h. The proposal received a number of comments such as by the expert from the Netherlands who argued that even at 5 km/h, accidents could occur implying liability problem if the mirror did not deploy. The expert from EC suggested that further assessment on the risks of safety was needed to clarify the responsibility of the vehicle manufacturer and the driver. Finally, GRSG agreed to resume discussion on this subject at its May 2015 session on the basis of a revised proposal by the expert from Germany, taking into account the comments received.

GRSP-107-31 | Revised proposal for a draft Supplement 1 to the 04 series of amendments to Regulation No. 46 Proposal to require automatically folding/unfolding exterior mirrors to unfold automatically once the vehicle speed exceeds five km/h. This document supersedes documents GRSG-105-28 and GRSG/2014/17.
7. Regulation No. 58 (Rear underrun protection)

20. Recalling the discussion on GRSG-106-32 during the previous session of GRSG, the expert from Germany introduced GRSG-107-30 superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2014/18 and proposing more stringent requirements for rear underrun protection devices. The expert from OICA preferred to exclude vehicles of category N2 from the proposal, due to their limited presence in the current traffic fleet. The expert from CLCCR suggested splitting vehicle category N2 and addressing only those having design similarity with N3. The expert from Japan required more time to assess the impact of the proposal including the splitting of vehicle category N2. Following the discussion, the expert from Germany introduced a revised proposal (GRSG-107-39). GRSG agreed to resume discussion at its May 2015 session, taking into account the study reservation of some experts. The secretariat was requested to distribute GRSG-107-39 with an official symbol at the next session of GRSG.

GRSG-106-32 | Comparison of proposed RUPD requirements between documents GRSG/2014/11 and GRSG/2014/18 Comparison of the OICA and German proposals to set new requirements for rear under-run protection devices.
GRSG-107-30 | Proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No. 58 Proposal to amend the draft 03 series of amendments to UN R58 (document GRSG/2014/18).
GRSG-107-39 | Proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No. 58 Revised proposal to introduce more stringent requirements for rear underrun protection devices, amending and superseding document GRSG/2014/18.
GRSG/2014/18 | Proposal for the 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 58 Proposal to introduce more stringent requirements for rear underrun protection devices.
8. Regulation No. 67 (LPG vehicles)

21. The expert from AEGPL, regretted the unavailability of a revised document and requested more time to draft it. In the meantime, he withdrew his initial proposals (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2013/29 and GRSG-106-12). GRSG agreed to resume consideration on this matter at its next session on the basis of a new proposal jointly prepared by AEGPL.

9. Regulation No. 110 (CNG/LNG vehicles)

22. GRSG considered ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2014/27 on introducing a new class of compressed natural gas (CNG) components (Class 6). The proposal received a number of comments from GRSG. The expert from IANGV introduced GRSG-107-38 (superseding GRSG-107-03), for the follow-up discussion. Finally, GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2014/27 as amended by Annex III of the GRSG-107 session report. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposal to the March 2015 sessions of WP.29 and AC.1 as draft Supplement 3 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 110.

GRSG-107-03 | Corrigendum to document GRSG/2014/27 concerning amendments to Regulation No. 110
GRSG-107-38 | Proposal to amend the draft Supplement 3 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 110 Proposal to add a definition for "CNG Accumulator" and to revise a related decision tree flow chart.
GRSG/2014/27 | Proposal for Supplement 3 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 110 Proposal to introduce a new class of CNG components (Class 6) operating at a higher pressure.

23. The expert from Belgium introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2014/28 clarifying the provisions for the periodic inspection of pressure relief valves. The expert from OICA suggested to improve the proposal by adding further instructions on how to conduct the tests. The expert from France raised similar comments and suggested to indicate the exact test that should be conducted either visually or physically. The expert from IANGV argued the lack of empirical evidence for the proposal and suggested a five-year frequency of visual inspection frequency. The expert from Germany stated that the proposal addressed issues beyond of the scope of the type approval procedures. Finally, GRSG agreed to resume discussion on this matter at its May 2015 session.

GRSG/2014/28 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 110 Proposal to clarify the provisions for the periodic inspection of pressure relief valves.

24. The expert from the Netherlands introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2014/29 to regulate the direction of discharging the pressure relief devices of CNG containers. He explained that the proposal addressed the safety of not only the vehicle occupants but also the surrounding area. The expert from IANGV introduced GRSG-107-35, which suggests that the discussion should be deferred until after the outcome of the ongoing research conducted in the United States of America on this matter. The experts from France, Germany, Sweden and OICA questioned the impact of this proposal on design of vehicle categories M1 and N1. GRSG agreed to resume discussion on this subject at its May 2015 session on the basis of a revised document.

GRSG-107-35 | Proposal to delay consideration of document GRSG/2014/29 Request to postpone consideration of the Dutch proposal concerning the discharge of natural gases from a pressure relief device (PRD) in anticipation of conclusions and best practices on the location and venting of PRD from a research program underway in the US.
GRSG/2014/29 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 110 Proposal to regulate the direction of discharging the pressure relief devices of CNG containers.

25. The experts from the Netherlands and IANGV introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2014/30 and its amendment GRSG-107-36 amending it. The expert from France raised a study reservation on the proposal and GRSG agreed to resume discussion on this subject at its May 2015 session on the basis of a revised official proposal by the Netherlands.

GRSG-107-36 | Corrigendum to document GRSG/2014/30 concerning Regulation No. 110 Corrections to the proposal to clarify the provisions of Chapter 18 following the introduction of automatic valves (see report GRSG/84, para. 38).
GRSG/2014/30 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 110 Text prepared by the Netherlands and the International Association for Natural Gas Vehicles (IANGV/NGV Global) to clarify the provisions of Chapter 18 following the introduction of automatic valves (see report GRSG/84, para. 38).

26. Recalling its request at the previous session, GRSG noted the availability of ISO STD 11439:2013 and ISO 6722 (GRSG-107-28) with a condition of limited use by GRSG experts. The expert from NGV Global introduced the terms of references (ToR) for the proposed IWG to revise the provisions of the UN Regulation (GRSG-107-02), including the harmonization of provisions related to private standards. The expert from Germany suggested that the proposed ToR needed improvement and added that he did not support the establishment of an IWG that would revise the UN Regulation without a clear description of tasks. The expert from France made similar comments and raised concerns on the availability of ISO standards. The Chair of GRSG suggested the possible solution of reproducing the part concerned with ISO STD 11439:2013 into Annex 3 of the UN Regulation rather than to reference it. GRSG agreed to resume discussion at its May 2015 session on the basis of a revised proposal tabled by the expert from NGV Global. Interested experts were invited to contact the expert from NGV to complete the revised draft ToR.

GRSG-107-02 | Terms of Reference to create an Informal GRSG group on NGV-R.110 Proposal to establish an expert working group to review and update the provisions of UN Regulation No. 110 in order to produce a new consolidated, harmonized version of the regulation.
GRSG-107-28 | ISO Standards 11439:2013 and 6722:2011 This file is password-protected. ISO provided these standards "for the sole purpose of review during UNECE GRSG regulations development for GRSG participants, and not for public posting or reproduction without ISO’s permission.” Parties involved with this work may contact the GRSG secretariat to obtain the password. ISO Standard 11439 concerns "High pressure cylinders for the on-board storage of natural gas as a fuel for automotive vehicles". ISO 6722 concerns '60 V and 600 V single-core cables -- Part 1: Dimensions, test methods and requirements for copper conductor cables".

27. The expert from Japan introduced GRSG-107-09 and GRSG-107-37, informing GRSG about the outcome of a “Study group for CNG cylinders” established in Japan for investigation of safety related issues in UN Regulation No. 110. The expert from EC encouraged discussion on this subject. GRSG agreed to resume discussion on this subject at its May 2015 session, awaiting further information provided by the expert from Japan.

GRSG-107-09 | Suggestions for amendments to UN Regulation No. 110 Pursuant to research conducted in Japan, this document recommends amending UN R110 with regard to:<ol><li>Welded metal cylinders</li><li>Steel cylinders (CNG-1 cylinder) and Steel liner cylinders (CNG-2 cylinder)</li><li>Accessories fitted to the cylinder, and</li><li>Indication of cylinder and accessories fitted to the cylinder.</li></ol> The document also raises the possibility of further considerations concerning LNG cylinders.
GRSG-107-37 | Suggestions for amendments to UN Regulation No. 110 - Delayed fracture
10. Regulation No. 116 (Vehicle Alarm Systems)

28. Referring to the request of comments from GRSG (GRSG-106-38) submitted by the expert from EC at the last session, the expert from Germany provided information (GRSG-107-08) from the German type approval authority on the possibility of using a smart phone as an innovative alarm system. He added that some of these solutions had been refused, such as those which open the vehicle, because the smartphone signal was considered as an additional key, not provided by the vehicle manufacturer, which could potentially interfere with the original alarm system from the manufacturer. The GRSG Chair invited experts to provide their comments to the expert from EC and GRSG agreed to resume consideration on this matter at its May 2015 session.

GRSG-106-38 | UN Regulation No. 116 and innovative vehicle alarm systems/ anti-theft systems European Commission request for input on the possible type approval of new systems that enable unlocking cars via smart phones and that send silent alarms to security services via the Internet.
GRSG-107-08 | UN Regulation No. 116 and innovative vehicle alarm systems/anti‐theft systems Input from Germany in response to the European Commission request (document GRSG-106-38) for input on the possible type approval of new systems that enable unlocking cars via smart phones and that send silent alarms to security services via the Internet.

29. The expert from Germany introduced GRSG-107-27-Rev.1, aimed at removing additional lighting not complying with UN Regulation No. 48. GRSG adopted the proposal, as reproduced in Annex IV to the GRSG-107 session report. The secretariat was requested to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their June 2015 sessions as draft Supplement 5 to the UN Regulation, subject to a final review of GRSG at its May 2015 session. GRSG also agreed to send GRSG-107-27-Rev.1 to the October 2014 session of GRE for information.

GRSG-107-27/Rev.1 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 116 Proposal to delete provisions regarding the optical display of the status of the vehicle alarm system outside the passenger compartment in order to avoid driver distraction by and/or confusion of such exterior lighting with primary lighting and signaling equipment required under UN R48.

30. The expert from OICA introduced GRSG-107-15 allowing the introduction of different operating voltage ranges according to the battery technology used. The expert from Germany supported, in principle, the proposal. However, he raised a study reservation on covering high voltage components or not.

GRSG-107-15 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 116 UN R116 specifies operating voltages and voltage limits. Current technology and intelligent battery management systems allow for precise control and definition of these parameters. This includes "intelligent" operating ranges in order to optimize energy management (CO2 emission reduction). Fixed operating voltage ranges are therefore unnecessary or even may hinder efforts for CO2 emission reduction in the future. OICA proposes language to modify the design-restrictive language.
11. Regulation No. 118 (Burning behaviour)

31. The expert from OICA introduced detailed justifications (GRSG-107-18) for his proposal (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2014/24) to update, in UN Regulation No. 118, the ISO standard references. GRSG agreed to resume discussion on this agenda item at its May 2015 session and to keep GRSG-107-18 as reference, to leave time for experts to study ISO STD 6722 (see para. 26 above). Experts were invited to send comments to the secretariat concerning the above-mentioned ISO standard.

GRSG-107-18 | Expanded justification for proposed amendments to Regulation No. 118 More detailed explanation of the proposal (document GRSG/2014/24) to update the reference to ISO 6722 in the cable test (i.e. replace the reference to "IS0 6722 paragraph 12" with a reference to "ISO 6722-1:2011 paragraph 5.22").
GRSG/2014/24 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 118 Proposal to update the reference to ISO 6722 in the cable test (i.e. replace the reference to IS0 6722 paragraph 12 with a reference to ISO 6722-1:2011 paragraph 5.22).
12. Regulation No. 121 (Identification of controls, tell-tales and indicators)

32. On the request of the expert from OICA, author of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2014/12, GRSG agreed to defer consideration of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2014/12 to its May 2015 session.

GRSG/2014/12 | Proposal for Supplement 9 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. This text is based on informal document GRSG-105-21.
13. International Whole Vehicle Type Approval

33. The GRSG ambassador reported on the activities of the informal group on IWVTA (GRRF-78-49). He highlighted the relevant documents concerning the last WP.29 session in June 2014 and the recent IWVTA meeting held in Paris on 23-24 September 2014. He informed GRSG about the current status of draft UN Regulation No. 0 by showing the updated Lists A and B.

34. Following the discussion, GRSG agreed on moving UN Regulations Nos. 34 and 116 from List B to List A, however further progress by GRSG on UN Regulation No. 46 was expected at the next session on the basis of a proposal by Japan (see para. 18).

GRRF-78-49 | Report to the GRRF on the International Whole Vehicle Type Approval project
14. Consolidated Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles (R.E.3)

35. The secretariat introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2014/25 on a first draft of new definitions for agricultural and forestry vehicles that have been prepared by the Working Party on Lighting and Light-Signalling (GRE) Informal Group on Agricultural Vehicle Lighting Installation (AVLI).

36. The expert from EC presented GRSG-107-07 on alternative definitions to those reflected in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2014/25 to align the wording with the EU legislation.

37. GRSG noted no objection and agreed that both proposals should further be considered at the next GRE session.

GRSG-107-07 | Proposal for amendments to the Consolidated Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles (R.E.3) European Commission proposal to revise the proposal of the GRE Informal Group on Agricultural Vehicle Lighting Installation (AVLI) to add new vehicle categories in the Consolidation Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles to cover agricultural trailers and towed machinery. The EC aims to bring the proposal and Regulation (EU) 167/2013 into alignment.
GRSG/2014/25 | Proposal for amendments to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/78/Rev.3 on the Consolidated Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles (R.E.3) Proposal to add classifications covering agricultural trailers and towed agricultural machinery in the Consolidated Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles (R.E.3).
15. Accident Emergency Call Systems

38. The expert from the Russian Federation, chairing the Informal Working Group on Accident Emergency Call System (AECS), reported on the progress made by the Group during the last meeting held in Turin in September 2014. He stressed the need to agree on the scope and principles of the draft UN Regulation on AECS. He presented GRSG-107-11 listing three possible alternatives (i) limitation of the scope of the UN Regulation to the vehicle while excluding issues on communication network and data transmission mechanisms, (ii) development of several UN Regulations, each one covering a technology class for a specific region, (iii) development of a UN Regulation that includes three classes of AECS covering the technologies used in the regions of the European Union, Japan and Russian Federation.

39. Several delegates expressed their concern on the first option due to the limited scope of the Regulation and the need to ensure that the type of AECS must be tested as a whole. GRSG decided to reject the second option. A large number of experts expressed their preference for the third option as long as the mutual recognition under the 1958 Agreement could be met.

40. GRSG agreed to go forward with option (iii) but to keep option (i) as a backup solution. The Chair of GRSG announced his intention to seek the advice of WP.29 at its November 2014 session.

GRSG-107-11 | 2nd progress report of the GRSG informal group on Accident Emergency Call System (AECS)
16. Election of Officers

41. 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, 1 October 2014. 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 2015.

17. Other business
17. (a) Proposal for amendments to GTR No. 6 (Safety glazing)

42. The expert from CLEPA introduced a proposal of amendments to UN GTR No. 6 (WP.29-107-23), to solve a mistake in the scope of the UN GTR. GRSG agreed to refer the proposal to the newly established IWG (see para. 13), pending the endorsement of WP.29 and AC.3 at their November 2014 session.

GRSG-107-23 | Proposal for draft Corrigendum 2 to Global Technical Regulation No. 6 Correction to clarify that the scope of the GTR covers windscreens and panes for cars and trucks and to harmonize the text with ISO 3537/ UN R43. The present text could be read to limit the scope of windscreens and double window panes.
17. (b) Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 97 (Vehicle Alarm Systems(VAS))

43. Referring to UN Regulation No. 116, the expert from Germany proposed a parallel amendment to UN Regulation No. 97 (sees para. 29). He introduced GRSG-107-26-Rev.1 on the same subject. GRSG adopted the proposal, as reproduced in Annex V to the GRSG-107 report. The secretariat was requested to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their June 2015 sessions as draft Supplement 8 to the 01 series of amendments to the UN Regulation, subject to a final review of GRSG at its May 2015 session. GRSG also agreed to send GRSG-107-26-Rev.1 to the October 2014 session of GRE for information.

GRSG-107-26/Rev.1 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 97 Proposal to delete provisions regarding the optical display of the status of the vehicle alarm system outside the passenger compartment in order to avoid driver distraction by and/or confusion of such exterior lighting with primary lighting and signaling equipment required under UN R48.
17. (c) Tribute to Mr. Anis Kanji-Nanji

44. Learning that Mr. Anis Kanji-Nanji (OICA) would no longer attend the sessions, GRSG acknowledged his considerable contribution to the activities of the Group. GRSG wished Mr. Anis Kanji-Nanji all the best for his future activities.