Attendance

1. The Working Party on Lighting and Light-Signalling (GRE) held its seventy-fourth session from 20 to 23 October 2015 in Geneva, under the chairmanship of Mr. M. Loccufier (Belgium). Experts from the following countries participated in the work according to 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/Amends. 1 and 2): Austria; Belgium; Canada; China; Czech Republic; Finland; France; Germany; Hungary; India; Italy; Japan; Luxemburg; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Republic of Korea; Russian Federation; Spain; Sweden and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK). An expert from the European Commission (EC) participated. Experts from the following non‑governmental organizations also took part in the session: European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA); International Automotive Lighting and Light Signalling Expert Group (GTB); International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA); International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA). Upon invitation of the Chair, the experts from the European Committee of Associations of Manufacturers of Agricultural Machinery (CEMA) participated.

1. Adoption of the agenda

2. GRE considered and adopted the agenda proposed for the seventy-fourth session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/24), as reproduced in GRE-74-01-Rev.1 (including the informal documents distributed during the session).

GRE-74-01/Rev.1 | Updated provisional agenda for the 74th GRE session
GRE/2015/24 | Annotated provisional agenda for the 74th GRE session

3. The list of informal documents is contained in Annex I to the session report. The list of GRE informal groups is reproduced in Annex VI to the session report.

4. GRE took note of the highlights of the June 2015 session of WP.29 and the official document submission deadline of 8 January 2016 for the April 2016 session of GRE (GRE-74-13).

GRE-74-13 | General information and WP.29 session highlights for the 74th GRE session
2. 1998 Agreement - Global Technical Regulations (GTR): Development

5. No proposals were introduced under this agenda item.

3. 1997 Agreement – Rules: Development

6. No new information was reported under this agenda item.

4. Simplification of lighting and light-signalling Regulations

7. GRE took note of the progress of the Informal Working Group “Simplification of the Lighting and Light-Signalling Regulations” (IWG SLR) and of its forthcoming meetings. The secretariat informed GRE about the guidance provided by the United Nations Office for Legal Affairs (OLA) and WP.29 on different options for the so-called Horizontal Reference Document (HRD) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1116, WP.29-166-18 and GRE-74-15). In particular, OLA had pointed out that using a new part B of Regulation No. 48 as HRD would contradict the terms of the 1958 Agreement. With regard to establishing a new Resolution, OLA had indicated that Regulations can only be amended in accordance with the procedure set out in Article 12 of the Agreement and that a Resolution cannot be employed to amend a Regulation. OLA had also proposed, as an alternative solution, to amend the 1958 Agreement with a specific procedure applicable in those cases when an amendment to one Regulation would affect the application of other Regulations.

8. The expert from EC was of the view that the alternative solution proposed by OLA would bring no results, in view of its complexity and the advanced stage of work on Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement. He also expressed concerns about the regulatory status of a new Resolution outside the legal text of the 1958 Agreement. The expert from UK shared these concerns. Various experts raised questions on using dynamic or static references to HRD in the individual device Regulations. GRE noted that dynamic references could provide more benefits in terms of simplifying the text, but some Contracting Parties might prefer static references for legal reasons. GRE also wondered about the correlation between amendments to HRD and supplements or new series of amendments to individual device Regulations, including transitional provisions. GRE requested IWG SLR to address the identified issues and to report to the next session on its findings.

GRE-74-15 | Second exchange of communications between the secretariat and OLA on the simplification of lighting regulations Summary of discussions between the WP.29 secretariat and the UN Office of Legal Affairs concerning the efforts to restructure UN lighting and light-signalling regulations.
WP.29-166-18 | Exchange of communications between the secretariat and OLA on the simplification of lighting and light-signalling Regulations
WP.29/1116 | Report of the World Forum/WP.29 on its 166th session

9. On behalf of IWG SLR, the expert from IEC introduced a draft Resolution on the common specification of light source categories (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/28 and GRE-74-06), proposals for simplifying Regulations Nos. 37, 99 and 128 by moving data sheets for various light sources from these Regulations to the Resolution as well as some further modifications (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/25, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/ 2015/26, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/27, GRE-74-03, GRE-74-04, GRE-74-05, GRE-74-17, GRE-74-18 and GRE-74-24). The experts from Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands and EC delivered a number of remarks on these proposals, mainly of a terminology nature. The expert from France also requested that all modifications to Regulations Nos. 37, 99 and 128 be clearly explained in the “Justification” section of the respective documents.

10. GRE stressed the need to ensure the high quality of these documents before submitting them to WP.29 and requested IWG SLR to update the proposals based on the comments received and to submit a revised package for consideration at the next session. Some experts pointed out that the guidance by OLA on establishing a new HRD Resolution (see para. 7 above) was also applicable to the draft Resolution on light sources. GRE recalled that this approach had already been endorsed by WP.29 at its November 2014 session. Nevertheless, GRE requested its Chair to ask WP.29, at its forthcoming session in November 2015, to reconfirm this mandate in the light of the OLA guidance.

GRE-74-03 | Proposal for the simplification of Regulation No. 37 Consolidated revision of UN R37 pursuant to the proposal for a new Resolution on common specifications for light source categories (document GRE/2015/28) prepared by the informal working group on the Simplification of Lighting Regulations.
GRE-74-04 | Proposal for simplification of Regulation No. 99 Consolidated revision of UN R99 pursuant to the proposal for a new Resolution on common specifications for light source categories (document GRE/2015/28) prepared by the informal working group on the Simplification of Lighting Regulations.
GRE-74-05 | Proposal for simplification of Regulation No. 128 Consolidated revision of UN R128 pursuant to the proposal for a new Resolution on common specifications for light source categories (document GRE/2015/28) prepared by the informal working group on the Simplification of Lighting Regulations.
GRE-74-06 | Proposal for a new draft Resolution on the common specification of light source categories This document prepared by the informal working group on the Simplification of Lighting Regulations (SLR) shows all content of the proposal for for a new Draft Resolution on the common specification of light source categories (document GRE/2015/28). It is consists of a new body text with definitions drawn from Regulations Nos. 37, 99, 128 and 48. The annexes were taken from the annexes 1 of Regulations No. 37, 99 and 128.
GRE-74-17 | Proposals to clarify UN Regulation No. 99 and amend the draft resolution on common light source specifications Proposal from the Informal Working Group “Simplification of the Lighting and Light-Signalling Regulations” (SLR) to clarify the content and amendment process of the light source Regulations.
GRE-74-18 | Clarification on simplification of light sources regulations
GRE-74-24 | Presentation on the Simplification of Light Sources Regulations Nos. 37, 99 and 128
GRE/2015/25 | Proposal for Supplement 45 to the 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 37 Proposal from the Informal Working Group "Simplification of the Lighting and Light-Signalling Regulations" (SLR) to simplify the content and amendment process of the light source Regulations.
GRE/2015/26 | Proposal for Supplement 12 to the original version of Regulation No. 99 Proposal from the Informal Working Group “Simplification of the Lighting and Light-Signalling Regulations” (SLR) to simplify the content and amendment process of the light source Regulations.
GRE/2015/27 | Proposal for Supplement 5 to the original version of Regulation No. 128 Proposal from the Informal Working Group “Simplification of the Lighting and Light-Signalling Regulations” (SLR) to simplify the content and amendment process of the light source Regulations.
GRE/2015/28 | Proposal for a draft Resolution on the common specification of light source categories Proposal by the Informal Working Group "Simplification of the Lighting and Light-Signalling Regulations" (SLR) to simplify the content and amendment process of the light source Regulations Nos. 37, 99 and 128. The data sheets for light sources are moved from Annex 1 of these Regulations to the draft Resolution.
5. Regulations Nos. 37, 99, and 128

11. The expert from GTB proposed to phase out a set of light source categories in Regulation No. 37 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/29). GRE agreed that this proposal should be incorporated into the revised draft Resolution on the common specification of light source categories (see paras. 9 and 10 above). GRE also discussed whether phasing out of light source categories could be done only by amending the Resolution or specific transitional provisions should also be introduced into Regulation No. 37. GRE decided to revert to this issue at a later stage.

GRE/2015/29 | Proposal for Supplement 45 to the 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 37 Proposal to phase out the following light source categories: HS2, HS5A and PX24W and P24W, WP21W and WPY21W. The document also describes their treatment under the proposed resolution on common specifications for light source categories (document GRE/2015/28) should this proposal be approved.

12. The expert from GTB proposed to introduce new light source categories into Regulation No. 128 and to align some drawings (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/30). GRE agreed that, bearing in mind its importance for the industry, this proposal should be treated separately from the draft Resolution on light sources. GRE adopted the proposal and requested the secretariat to submit them to WP.29 and the Administrative Committee of the 1958 Agreement (AC.1) for consideration and vote at their March 2016 sessions as draft Supplement 5 to the original series of Regulation No. 128.

GRE/2015/30 | Proposal for Supplement 5 to the original version of Regulation No. 128 Proposal to introduce new Light Emitting Dodes (LED) light source categories LW3, LY3, LR5, LW5 and LY5 and to align some drawings of category LR4 with drawings of these new categories.
6. Regulation No. 48
6. (a) Proposals for amendments to the 05 and 06 series of amendments

13. The expert from the Netherlands, in his capacity of Chair of the Task Force on Tell-Tales (TF TT), reported on the progress made by the Task Force. The expert from OICA, Secretary of TF TT, proposed amendments to Regulations Nos. 7, 87 and 48 on tell-tales indicating a failure (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/31, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/ 2015/32, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/33 GRE-74-16). He pointed out that the proposed amendments would also require an amendment to Regulation No. 121 and, to this end, a separate proposal would be submitted to the Working Party on General Safety Provisions (GRSG). GRE requested TF TT to specify the legal form of the proposed amendments and to submit revised proposals for consideration at the next session.

GRE-74-16 | Revised proposal to amend malfunction/failure telltale requirements under UN R48 Further refinements from the GRE Task Force on Tell-tales to clarify the requirement and reporting for a telltale to indicate light source failure (superseding upon document GRE/2015/31).
GRE/2015/31 | Proposal to amend the requirements of Regulation No. 48 on tell-tales indicating a failure Proposal from the GRE Task Force on Tell-tales to clarify the requirement and reporting for a telltale to indicate light source failure.
GRE/2015/32 | Proposal to amend the requirement of Regulations No. 7 on tell-tales indicating a failure Proposal from the GRE Task Force on Tell-tales to clarify the requirement and reporting for a telltale to indicate light source failure.
GRE/2015/33 | Proposal to amend the requirements of Regulation No. 87 on tell-tales indicating a failure Proposal from the GRE Task Force on Tell-tales to clarify the requirement and reporting for a telltale to indicate light source failure.

14. GRE reverted to the proposal by the expert from France to delete a design restrictive requirement in Regulation No. 48 for an auto-levelling device for low beam produced by light emitting diodes (LED) light sources (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/21 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/73, para. 20). The secretariat informed GRE about the discussion on this issue at the June 2015 session of WP.29. The World Forum had stressed that Regulations should be technologically neutral and invited GRE to adopt the French proposal and to submit it to WP.29 for consideration (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1116, paras. 50 and 51).

15. GRE was not in a position to reach a consensus on this matter. The experts from Germany and Japan did not support the French proposal and suggested that it first be referred to the Informal Working Group on Visibility, Glare and Levelling (IWG VGL) and considered in one package with various other proposals. The experts from Belgium, Italy, Finland, France, Spain, EC, CLEPA and OICA supported the French proposal and called for its adoption independently from the IWG VGL activities. The experts from Austria and Poland reserved their positions. Finally, in view of the WP.29 guidance, GRE agreed to adopt the proposal in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/21 and to submit it to the March 2016 session of WP.29 for a final decision. The Chair was also requested to brief WP.29 on the different views expressed by experts in GRE.

GRE/2015/21 | Proposal for Supplements to the 04, 05 and 06 series of amendments to Regulations No. 48 Proposal to delete the requirement for automatic leveling devices for all headlamps with light emitting diode (LED) light sources based upon the results of the GTB glare study. The proposal argues that the restriction discriminates against LED light sources based upon an erroneous understanding of light-source relevance to driver glare.

16. To improve road safety, the expert from Germany proposed to reduce the intensity of a daytime running lamp (DRL) in situations where a direction indicator is activated during the functioning of DRL (GRE-73-14). The experts from Canada, France, Netherlands, UK and OICA supported the idea of the proposal, but pointed out the need to further discuss its technical details. GRE invited experts to transmit their comments, if any, to the expert from Germany and requested him to submit an official document for consideration at the next session.

GRE-73-14 | Proposal for Supplement 6 to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48 Proposal to clarify the requirements with regard to daytime running lamps and direction indicators in order to prevent DRL from masking or otherwise interfering with the visibility of the direction indicator lamps. Germany believes that the current text produces different interpretations with different results that risk degrading vehicle safety.

17. The expert from Germany presented a proposal on fitting end-outline marker lamps when a device for indirect vision is installed (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/34 and GRE-74-22-Rev.1). GRE adopted this proposal, as contained in Annex II, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and the Administrative Committee of the 1958 Agreement (AC.1) for consideration and vote at their March 2016 sessions as draft Supplement 9 to the 05 series of amendments to and draft Supplement 7 to the 06 series of amendments Regulation No. 48.

GRE-74-22/Rev.1 | Proposal for a supplement to Regulation No. 48 Revised proposal to include end-outline markers as an aid in the use of indirect vision devices (i.e., UN R46) for long commercial vehicles within the regulation, based on the previous document GRE/2015/34.
GRE/2015/34 | Proposal for a Supplement to Regulation No. 48 Proposal to include end-outline markers as an aid in the use of indirect vision devices (i.e., UN R46) for long commercial vehicles within the regulation.

18. The experts form the Czech Republic and OICA proposed to add a new transitional provision for the 06 series of amendments (GRE-74-10). This proposal received comments from the experts from Italy and EC. The experts from France and Germany requested more time to study the proposal. GRE decided to come back to this issue at the next session on the basis of an official document to be prepared by OICA.

GRE-74-10 | Proposal for a Supplement to the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48 Proposal to correct the transitional provisions with regard to the application of paragraph 6.2.7.6.1. in the 06 series of amendments in order to align with the 05 series of amendments.

19. The expert from OICA identified a possible conflict between the provisions of Regulation No. 48 and the rule to switch off lamps for circulation inside refineries (GRE-74-19). GRE was of the view that this issue should be addressed in the framework of the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR) and invited OICA to contact the respective ADR bodies.

GRE-74-19 | Lamp switch-off requirement in refineries Presentation of conflict between UN R48 and requirements inside oil and chemical refineries where lamps are required to be switched off.
6. (b) Other proposals for amendments to Regulation No. 48

20. The expert from Germany, in his capacity of Chair of IWG VGL, reported on the activities of the Informal Working Group and presented its draft terms of reference (ToR). GRE adopted ToR of IWG VGL (Annex III).

GRE-74-21/Rev.1 | Draft terms of reference for the visibility, glare, and levelling informal group: revision 1
7. Other Regulations
7. (a) Regulation No. 7

21. GRE noted that this issue was discussed together with document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/31 (para. 13 above).

GRE/2015/31 | Proposal to amend the requirements of Regulation No. 48 on tell-tales indicating a failure Proposal from the GRE Task Force on Tell-tales to clarify the requirement and reporting for a telltale to indicate light source failure.
GRE/2015/32 | Proposal to amend the requirement of Regulations No. 7 on tell-tales indicating a failure Proposal from the GRE Task Force on Tell-tales to clarify the requirement and reporting for a telltale to indicate light source failure.
7. (b) Regulation No. 10

22. GRE considered a proposal transmitted by GRSG to align the provisions of Regulation No. 10 with the proposed amendments to Regulation No. 46 (Devices for indirect vision) to optionally replace rear-view mirrors by camera-monitor systems (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/35). GRE adopted this proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2016 sessions as draft Supplement 3 to the 04 series of amendments and draft Supplement 1 to the 05 series of amendments to Regulation No. 10.

GRE/2015/35 | Proposal for Supplements to the 04 and 05 series of amendments to Regulation No. 10 Proposal transmitted to GRE by the Working Party on General Safety Provisions (GRSG) to align the provisions of Regulation No. 10 with the proposed amendments to Regulation No. 46 (Devices for indirect vision) to allow the replacement of rear-view mirrors by camera-monitor systems.

23. The expert from the Russian Federation introduced amendment proposals on the electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) of trolleybuses (GRE-74-12) with the intention to replace ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2014/41. The expert from Belgium commented on these proposals. The expert from China proposed a set of amendments to different provisions of Regulation No.10 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/36). This proposal received preliminary comments from Finland. Various GRE experts pointed out that, before taking a position on the Chinese and Russian proposals, they had to consult national EMC experts who do not normally attend GRE sessions.

24. To make further progress on the above proposals, GRE decided to create a task force (TF EMC) and invited GRE participants and experts on EMC to take part in this work. OICA volunteered to act as secretary of the task force. GRE agreed that TF EMC should start its activities as soon as possible to address the electromagnetic compatibility of trolleybuses.

GRE-74-12 | Proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No. 10 Proposal to introduce provisions concerning trolleybuses in line with the electrical standards in Annex 12 of UN Regulation No. 107.
GRE/2014/41 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 10 Proposal to align the requirements of UN Regulation No. 10 with regard to electromagnetic compatibility of trolleybuses with the electrical standards in Annex 12 to UN Regulation No. 107.
GRE/2015/36 | Proposal for a Supplement to the 05 series of amendments to Regulation No. 10 Proposal to clarify the requirements of UN R10, especially with regard to CISPR Standard 12, IEC Standards 61000-3-3 and 61000-3-11, and ISO Standard 11451-2.
7. (c) Regulation No. 50

25. The expert from IMMA proposed to introduce sequential activation of light sources of direction indicators (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/37). GRE adopted this proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2016 sessions as draft Supplement 18 to the original series of amendments to Regulation No. 50.

GRE/2015/37 | Proposal for Supplement 18 to Regulation No. 50 Proposal to enable the approval of sequential activation of light sources of direction indicators lamps for motorcycles.

26. The expert from IMMA introduced a proposal amending the angle of incidence for the rear registration plate illuminating device (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/38). The experts from Austria, Germany, France and the Netherlands commented on this proposal. GRE invited the expert from IMMA to take these comments into consideration and to submit a revised proposal to the next session.

GRE/2015/38 | Proposal for Supplement 18 to Regulation No. 50 Proposal to delete the angle of incidence provision that was developed to ensure that the vehicle registration plate is illuminated. Given current technologies (e.g., LED lamps), the performance requirements of Annex 5 can be met without reference to the angle of incidence.
7. (d) Regulation No. 53

27. The expert from IMMA proposed to allow the installation of light-signalling devices with light sources that can be sequentially activated (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/39). GRE adopted this proposal as amended by Annex IV and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2016 sessions as draft Supplement 18 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 53.

GRE/2015/39 | Proposal for Supplement 18 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 53 Proposal to allow for the installation on motorcycles of light-signalling devices with light sources that can be sequentially activated.

28. The expert from IMMA presented a proposal introducing an emergency stop signal on motorcycles with the aim to increase safety (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/40). GRE adopted this proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2016 sessions as draft Supplement 18 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 53, subject to the following modification:

Paragraph 5.8., amend to read:
“5.8. In the absence of specific instructions, no lamps other than direction indicator lamps, and the vehicle-hazard warning signal lamps and the emergency stop signal shall be flashing lamps.”

GRE/2015/40 | Proposal for Supplement 18 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 53 Proposal to enable the approval of emergency stop signal on motorcycles to increase safety.

29. The experts from Germany and IMMA proposed to delete in Regulation No. 53 the references to headlamps of Class B of Regulation No. 113 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/41 and GRE-74-09). GRE adopted this proposal as contained in Annex V and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2016 sessions as draft 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 53.

GRE-74-09 | Revised proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 53 Revised proposal to delete in Regulation No. 53 the references to headlamps of Class B of Regulation No. 113.
GRE/2015/41 | Proposal for a Supplement to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 53 Proposal to delete references to UN R113 Class B headlamps from the regulation.

30. The expert from IMMA introduced a proposal allowing for the use of different brake lamp activation methods and aligning the brake lamp provision with those applicable for four-wheelers (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/42). The experts of France, Germany, Italy and Japan delivered remarks. GRE noted that this proposal might need to be accompanied by a modification of Regulation No. 78 under the responsibility of the Working Party on Braking and Running Gear (GRRF). IMMA was invited to contact GRRF and to present an updated document for the next session.

GRE/2015/42 | Proposal for Supplement 18 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 53 Proposal to allow the use of different brake lamp activation methods and to align the brake lamp provision with those applicable for four-wheelers.
7. (e) Regulation No. 86

31. The expert from Finland, co-chairing the informal Group on Agricultural Vehicle Lighting Installation (AVLI), introduced a draft proposal for the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 86 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/43 and GRE-74-02). GRE noted that the only outstanding issue was the text in square brackets in paragraph 6.8.1. on the front position lamps. Following an in-depth discussion, GRE decided to delete this text.

32. The expert from EC pointed out the need to analyse, together with the EC legal services, the consistency between the EU legislation and the proposed draft of the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 86. Therefore, he reserved his position and suggested that the adoption of the proposal be postponed to the next session. GRE agreed with his suggestion.

GRE-74-02 | Proposal for the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 86 This informal document was prepared by the informal group on Agricultural Vehicle Lighting Installation (AVLI) for the Phase II of updating Regulation No. 86 in order to show all the proposed changes for Phase II within a consolidated text of the regulation as amended by Phase I (adopted by WP.29 as document WP.29/2015/26). It is presented in addition to official document GRE/2015/43, providing a complete overview of the Regulation and thus facilitating the reading and understanding of the proposal.
GRE/2015/43 | Proposal for the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 86 Proposal by the GRE Informal Group "Agricultural Vehicles Lighting Installation" (AVLI) to update and revise Regulation No. 86.
7. (f) Regulation No. 87

33. GRE noted that document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/33 on tell-tales was discussed together with ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/31 (para. 13 above).

GRE/2015/33 | Proposal to amend the requirements of Regulation No. 87 on tell-tales indicating a failure Proposal from the GRE Task Force on Tell-tales to clarify the requirement and reporting for a telltale to indicate light source failure.

34. The expert from Japan presented the outcome of a study on daytime running lamps (DRL) (GRE-74-20). The purpose of the study was to verify the effects of DRL on road traffic in Japan from the perspectives of other road users (glare and visibility for pedestrians and oncoming vehicle drivers) as well as to check the conspicuity of a motorcycle in front of the four-wheeled vehicle with DRL. The test conditions included different levels of sky illuminance and DRL intensity. According to the expert, the study did not identify negative effects of DRL. He also pointed out that, based on the study results, legal consultations had started in Japan with the aim to find a solution for DRL for the purposes of listing Regulation No. 48 in an annex to UN Regulation No. 0. GRE commended Japan for such a comprehensive study and welcomed its outcome.

GRE-74-20 | Research on Daytime Running Lamps of 4-wheeled Vehicles Although required for motorcycles, Japan does not allow daytime running lamps on light cars and trucks. This presentation summarizes recent research into the impact of DRL on motorcycle and light vehicle conspicuity.
7. (g) Regulation No. 113

35. GRE considered a pending proposal submitted by the expert from GTB to align the requirements on moving the cut-off line after heat test with those adopted in Regulations Nos. 98, 112 and 123 and to correct an error in the provisions on the use of light-emitting diode modules (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/2015/17). The experts from Austria, Germany and the Netherlands stressed the urgency of this proposal. GRE adopted the proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2016 sessions as draft Supplement 6 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 113.

GRE/2015/17 | Proposal for Supplement 6 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 113 Proposal to align the requirements of UN R113 with those adopted in Regulations Nos. 98, 112 and 123 relating to movement of the cut-off line after heat test and to correct an error in the provisions on the use of LED modules.
8. Pending amendment proposals

36. GRE recalled that, at the previous session, it approved several amendment proposals to various Regulations, but agreed to postpone a decision to submit them to WP.29 for consideration, awaiting other possible proposals for amendments to the same Regulations in the course of the simplification process (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/73, paras. 21, 33 and 35). GRE decided to keep these amendment proposals pending.

GRE/2015/16 | Proposal for Supplement 7 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 112 Correction of errors found in the references to “left-hand traffic” and “right-hand traffic” in the text and associated diagrams of Annex 2 of the regulation.
GRE/2015/23 | Proposal for a corrigendum to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 112 Proposal to correct an inconsistency between the regulation text and Figure B of Annex 3.
GRE/2015/7 | Proposal for Supplement 27 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 6 Proposal to correct an error in Supplement 24 to the 01 series of amendments (document WP.29/2013/14 adopted by the Forum during its March 2013 session). During the compilation of the collective amendment (GRE-68-02-Rev.2), necessary changes to Regulation No. 6 were overlooked. This amendment proposes to align the treatment of categories 1, 1a and 1b with other categories and devices.
9. Other business

37. The Secretary to the Working Party on Road Traffic Safety (WP.1) informed GRE that WP.1, at its October 2015 session, had continued considering the amendment proposals on Article 32 and Chapter II of Annex 5 of the Vienna 1968 Convention regarding lighting and light-signalling. In particular, WP.1 had discussed ECE/TRANS/WP.1/2011/4/Rev.5 which included several proposals made by IMMA. WP.1 agreed to several changes and requested the secretariat to prepare ECE/TRANS/WP.1/2011/4/Rev.6 to reflect these changes. At the same time, Italy, France and Laser Europe had proposed to rearrange the text of the Convention, including Chapter II of Annex 5. Their proposal would be considered at the next session of WP.1.

WP.1/2011/4/Rev.5 | Consistency between the Convention on Road Traffic (1968) and Vehicle Technical Regulations Document that identifies and aims to rectify conflicting provisions relating to vehicle lighting and light-signalling in the 1968 Convention on Road Traffic and the 1958 Agreement concerning the Adoption of Uniform Technical Prescriptions.

38. The secretariat informed GRE that the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had appointed Mr. Jean Todt, President of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), as Special Envoy for road safety. Substantive and technical support to the functions of the Special Envoy will be provided by UNECE, and the direct costs of the provision of secretariat support and other logistical costs are to be met from extrabudgetary funding to be mobilised by the Special Envoy.

39. The expert from EC, in his capacity of GRE Ambassador, informed GRE about the progress in preparing Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement and developing Regulation No. 0 on IWVTA. The latest draft of Regulation No. 0 had been presented to the June 2015 session of WP.29 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2015/68). GRE recalled its discussion on DRL (para. 16 above) and hoped that a solution would soon be found for the purposes of listing Regulation No. 48 in an annex to Regulation No. 0 on IWVTA.

WP.29/2015/68 | Proposal for draft Regulation No. 0 on uniform provisions concerning International Whole Vehicle Type Approval Draft proposal for the regulation to establish an international whole vehicle type approval. This proposal includes tentative text in brackets that is still awaiting final agreement among the Contracting Parties to the 1958 Agreement.

40. The expert from Germany informed GRE about an ongoing study and that a proposal would be submitted to the next session of GRE.

10. New business and late submissions

41. The expert from GTB introduced a final consolidated version of the former 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48 (GRE-74-08) which could still be of assistance to the industry and type approval authorities. GRE noted that, under Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement, a series of amendments to a Regulation, together with all subsequent supplements, would be called “a version of a UN Regulation” and that no further modifications could be made to former versions of a Regulation (“frozen” text). GRE invited experts to verify the consolidation by GTB and to report on any possible inconsistencies. Following such verification, the secretariat was requested to publish the consolidated version of the 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48 under an appropriate number.

GRE-74-08 | Consolidation of the 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 48 In November 2013, the GTB proposal for the simplification of the transitional provisions of Regulation No.48 was adopted by WP29 at its 161st session as Supplement 3 to the 06 series. Associated with this proposal was a decision that the secretariat would produce full consolidations of the 04 /05/06 series and these were introduced as Revisions 7, 8 and 9 respectively. At that time, it was also agreed that GTB would produce a consolidation of the 03 series that would be posted on the UNECE Website for reference purposes. It was considered that a consolidation of the final (frozen) state of the 03 series would be useful as a reference for the vehicle manufacturers who may continue to apply for extensions to the original type approvals according to the 03 series. However, with the development of IWVTA and the revision of the 1958 Agreement, this consolidation may have value as “a version of a UN Regulation” as defined in the draft Revision 3. This document is a consolidation produced by the experts of GTB and incorporates all valid text up to, and including, Supplement 5 to the 03 series of amendments (Date of entry into force: 09 December 2010). This consolidation is submitted to GRE for verification and for possible introduction to the UNECE website.

42. The expert from Poland proposed to introduce a new optional “Class B1” headlamp into Regulation No. 112 (GRE-74-11, GRE-74-23). The experts from Germany, Finland and the Netherlands supported the idea of the Polish proposal and posed clarifying questions. The Chair encouraged all experts to send their comments, if any, to the expert from Poland, with a view to discussing an updated proposal at the next session.

GRE-74-11 | Proposal for a Supplement to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 112 Proposal to introduce a new optional “Class B1” headlamp. The proposal would establish photometric requirements for Class B1 based on average real performance of present Class B (halogen/LED) but would not include additional design restrictions such as the luminous flux of light source.
GRE-74-23 | Presentation in support of the proposal for Class B1 headlamps under UN R112 Presentation concerning the proposal (document GRE-74-11) to introduce a new optional “Class B1” headlamp. The proposal would establish photometric requirements for Class B1 based on average real performance of present Class B (halogen/LED) but would not include additional design restrictions such as the luminous flux of light source.

43. GRE took note of a draft list of acronyms/abbreviations used in Regulations under the responsibility of GRE, which had been prepared by the secretariat with the assistance of the experts from the Netherlands and IEC (GRE-74-14). GRE invited experts to send to the secretariat their comments on this list.

GRE-74-14 | Acronyms/abbreviations used in Vehicle Regulations under the responsibility of GRE

44. GRE was informed that Mr. Marcin Gorzkowski (Canada), who had chaired GRE in 2002-2014, would no longer attend its sessions. GRE expressed its high appreciation of Mr. Gorzkowski’s contributions to the work of GRE and wished him success in his future activities.

45. GRE also took note that Mr. Masahito Yamashita (Japan) would no longer attend its sessions. GRE thanked him for his contributions and wished him success in the future.

11. Direction of future work of GRE

46. GRE addressed item (a) in conjunction with agenda item 4 (paras. 7-10 of this report).

47. GRE noted that a status report of the GTB Working Groups would be presented at the next session.

12. Provisional agenda for the next session

48. GRE decided to keep the same structure of the provisional agenda for the next session.

13. Election of officers

49. In compliance with Rule 37 of the Rules of Procedure (TRANS/WP.29/690 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.1), GRE called for the election of officers. The representatives of the Contracting Parties, present and voting, elected unanimously Mr. Michel Loccufier (Belgium) as Chair and Mr. Derwin Rovers (Netherlands) as Vice-Chair for the sessions of GRE scheduled in the year 2016.

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