Session 111 | Geneva | 11-14 Oct 2016
Attendance

1. The Working Party on General Safety Provisions (GRSG) held its 111th session from 11 to 14 October 2016 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, Czechia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (United Kingdom) and United States of America. An expert from the European Commission (EC) also participated. Experts from the following non-governmental organizations participated: International Telecommunication Union (ITU), European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA), European Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (AEGPL), International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA), International Road Transport Union (IRU), International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA), International Organization for Standardization (ISO), International Association for Natural Gas Vehicles (NGV Global) and the International Association of Public Transport (UITP). Upon the special invitation of the Chair, experts from the Foundation of Korea Automotive Parts Industry Promotion, International Association of the Body and Trailer Building Industry (CLCCR) and Vehicle Safety Certification Centre of the Taiwan Province of China participated.

1. Adoption of the agenda

2. GRSG considered and adopted the agenda proposed for the 111th session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/14 and Add.1).

3. GRSG also adopted the running order for the session as proposed by the Chair in GRSG-111-01. GRSG noted the main decisions and recommendations of the World Forum WP.29 taken during its June 2016 session, in particular, the invitation to check the suitability of UN Regulations under the responsibility of GRSG to deal with complex electronic systems, and software and to focus on the responsibilities of the approval applicant, the technical service and the Type Approval Authorities, the precision of the requirements and to identify, if needed, provisions that could provide clarification to avoid ambiguity (see report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1123, para. 97).

4. The informal documents distributed during the session are listed in Annex I to this report. The GRSG informal working groups are listed in Annex IV.

GRSG-111-01 | Running order of the agenda for the 111th GRSG session
GRSG/2016/14 | Provisional agenda for the 111th GRSG session
GRSG/2016/14/Add.1 | Annotated provisional agenda for the 111th GRSG session
2. Regulation No. 107 (M2 and M3 vehicles)

5. The expert from Belgium recalled the discussion at the previous GRSG session on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/5 and presented a detailed analysis on the compatibility or incompatibility of the scopes and technical provisions for trolleybuses of UN Regulations Nos. 100 and 107 (GRSG-111-21). As an outcome of this analysis, she recommended to fully align the provisions of the UN Regulations concerned. She added that the removal of the safety prescriptions for trolleybuses from UN Regulation No. 107 and their presence in UN Regulation No. 100 on electric power trained vehicles would avoid a double type approval process. She announced her intention to also submit the outcome of the analysis to the experts of the Working Party on Passive Safety (GRSP). GRSG welcomed the important work done by the Belgium delegation.

6. The expert from France preferred to keep the provisions for trolleybuses in UN Regulation No. 107. He added that a double type approval was only necessary for hybrid vehicles and that the provisions for trolleybuses in UN Regulation No. 107 were still necessary for trolleybuses with conventional propulsion systems. The expert from Switzerland endorsed that position. The expert from the Russian Federation raised a study reservation. The expert from OICA underlined the need to align the provisions for trolleybuses in UN Regulations (e.g. ‘isolation’ to be replaced by ‘insulation’).

7. Referring to the discussion of WP.29 at its June 2016 session (report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1123, para. 30), GRSG agreed to also involve the experts from the Working Party on Lighting and Light-Signalling (GRE) and GRSP at their forthcoming sessions. GRSG agreed to take a final decision on this subject at its next session in April 2017 awaiting the outcome of the discussion in GRE and GRSP. For that purpose, the secretariat was invited to keep GRSG-111-21 on the agenda as a reference document.

GRSG-111-21 | Detailed analysis on the compatibility or incompatibility of the scopes and technical provisions for trolleybuses of UN Regulations Nos. 100 and 107 The proposal by Belgium GRSG/2016/05 aimed at removing the amended additional safety prescriptions for trolleybuses from annex 12 of UN Regulation No. 107 for the Construction of M2 and M3 vehicles (R107), and inserting them into UN Regulation No. 100 on Electric Powertrain Vehicles (R100), see proposal GRSP/2016/07. This document explains how the scope and technical provisions for trolleybuses of R100 and R107 are complementary, but not yet fully compatible.
GRSG/2016/5 | Proposal for amendment to Regulation No. 107 Proposal to transfer electrical safety provisions for trolleybuses (Annex 12) from UN R107 to UN R100. In 2006, the provisions of UN R36, UN R52, and UN R107 were merged through the 02 series of amendments to UN R107. In 2015, Annex 12 of UN R107 was amended to align additional safety prescriptions for electrical safety of trolleybuses with the corresponding electrical standards. However, UN R100 has evolved beyond its initial focus on battery electric vehicles and currently presents a more appropriate location for maintaining the trolleybus electrical safety provision of Annex 12. For the provisions of Annex 1 – Part 1 – Appendices 1, 2 and 3, where a list of characteristics of a trolleybus was added apart from the special environmental conditions, a reference will be inserted to Annex 6 – Part 1 and Annex 7 of UN Regulation No. 100. A corresponding proposal for amendments will be submitted as an official document to the Working Party on Passive Safety.

11. The expert from OICA presented GRSG-111-09 aligning the provisions of UN Regulation No. 107 with those of the European Union Regulation 1230/2012 on masses and dimensions in the definition of the ‘mass in running order’. The expert from France suggested also amending Annex 11. GRSG welcomed the proposal and agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session in April 2017 on the basis of a revised proposal to be submitted by OICA.

GRSG-111-09 | Proposal for amendments to the 05, 06 and 07 series of amendments to Regulation No. 107 Proposal to delete the inclusion of the 75kg mass of a crew member from the definition of the mass of buses and coaches equipped with a crew member seat in order to align UN R107 with the definitions used in European Commission Regulation (EU) No. 1230/2012.

8. The expert from Germany proposed amendments to UN Regulation No. 107 to improve the accommodation and accessibility for passengers with reduced mobility (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/20 and Corr.1) including new testing provisions to ensure visual contrast of some safety elements and the installation of loudspeakers. The expert from Japan introduced GRSG-111-28 on the efforts in his country to set up legal conditions for barrier-free public transport systems. He presented GRSG-111-36 which outlines the specifications for non-step buses. The expert from UITP welcomed all these efforts, but reminded GRSG of the necessity to avoid design restrictions and to limit such provisions only for certain vehicles of category M3. The expert from the United Kingdom endorsed the position. A number of experts were of the opinion that all aspects linked to the environment and health (such as hygienic conditions, colour specifications, visibility and contrast issues) should be regulated on a national/regional level. The expert from Belgium preferred to insert such provisions, if necessary, as only optional requirements.

9. GRSG noted the observations by IRU that the new amendments proposed by Germany might create an additional burden on road transport operators without increasing road safety (GRSG-111-16). The experts from CLCCR and OICA shared these concerns. The Chair invited all experts to send their written comments to the expert from Germany. GRSG agreed to resume consideration, at its next session in April 2017, of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/20 as reflected in GRSG-111-35 on the basis of a revised document to be submitted by Germany.

GRSG-111-16 | IRU comments on the German proposal to improve accessibility for passengers with reduced mobility IRU believes that the revised proposal by Germany (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/20 and its Corr.1) to insert new amendments might create an additional burden on road transport operators without increasing road safety. IRU cannot support the German proposal and thinks that it would be more appropriate to address the issue with a cost benefit analysis, where the safety benefit can be justified.
GRSG-111-28 | Efforts in Japan for a Barrier-Free Public Transit System Presentation on Japanese legislation concerning the "Facilitation of Mobility of the Elderly, Disabled, and Other Vulnerable People through Public Transit System".
GRSG-111-35 | Proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No. 107 Proposal to augment the provisions to address the needs of persons with reduced mobility by improving accommodations for wheelchair users and for persons who are visually and/or hearing impaired, superseding documents GRSG/2016/20 and its Corrigendum 1.
GRSG-111-36 | Outline of standard specifications for non-step buses
GRSG/2016/20 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 107 Proposal to augment the provisions to address the needs of persons with reduced mobility by improving accommodations for wheelchair users and for persons who are visually and/or hearing impaired.
GRSG/2016/20/Corr.1 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 107 Corrections to the proposal to augment the provisions to address the needs of persons with reduced mobility by improving accommodations for wheelchair users and for persons who are visually and/or hearing impaired. The corrections include an additional paragraph with requirements for loudspeaker systems.

10. The expert from OICA introduced GRSG-111-08 which corrects the references of some paragraphs in the Regulation. GRSG adopted the amendments as reproduced below and requested the secretariat requested to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2017 sessions, as draft Corrigenda to the 06 and 07 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 107.

Annex 3, paragraph 7.7.9.1., correct the reference to paragraph 7.6.11.4. to read 7.6.11.8.
Annex 8, paragraphs 3.7.3., 3.7.4. and 3.8.4.1.6., correct the references to paragraph 7.6.11.4. to read 7.6.11.8.

GRSG-111-08 | Proposal for amendments to the 06 and 07 series of amendments to Regulation No. 107 Proposal to correct a cross-referencing error introduced in paragraph 7.7.9.1. of Annex 3 to Regulation 107 concerning textual markings (safety signs).
3. Regulation No. 39 (Speedometer/odometer)

12. The expert from EC introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/25 proposing to adapt the requirements of the Regulation to technical progress and to clarify the specifications for numeric displays of speedometers. The expert from OICA introduced GRSG-111-10 aimed at correcting a reference in footnote 2 to paragraph 2.5. of the Regulation.

13. GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/25 as amended below and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2017 sessions, as draft Supplement 1 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 39.

Paragraph 2.5., footnote 2, correct the reference to paragraph 5.3. to read 5.4.

GRSG-111-10 | Proposal for Corrigendum to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 39 The 01 series of amendments inserted a new paragraph 5.1 and renumbered the subsequent paragraphs. This proposal corrects an oversight by updating a reference to paragraph 5.3 to 5.4 in the footnote under paragraph 2.5.
GRSG/2016/25 | Proposal for Supplement 1 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 39 Proposal to allow for the approval of speedometers and odometers that enable drivers to display figures either in km/h or mph (but not both simultaneously). The proposal also clarifies the application of the provisions across the category L vehicle subcategories.

14. Recalling the purpose of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/16, the Chair suggested resuming consideration of this subject at a subsequent session of GRSG on the basis of a new document, if available.

GRSG/2015/16 | Proposal for draft 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 39 Proposal to add anti-fraud provisions and test procedures to the Belgian proposal to include odometers under UN R39 (i.e., document GRSG/2015/15).
4. Regulation No. 43 (Safety glazing)

15. The expert from Hungary presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/22 on clarifying the technical requirements of the abrasion test machine. The expert from Poland suggested replacing figure 4 in Annex 3 with a diagram including dimensions (GRSG-111-05). The expert from Germany informed GRSG that the corresponding ISO standard would be published soon. He offered to update the document to fully align the provisions of the Regulation with those of the ISO standard. GRSG welcomed that offer and agreed to defer the adoption of the amendments to UN Regulation No. 43 to its next session in April 2017 awaiting the submission of a revised official document by Germany.

GRSG-111-05 | Proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No. 43 Proposal concerning document GRSG/2015/22 to clarify the specification of the abrasion test machine.
GRSG/2015/22 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 43 Proposal to clarify the specification of the abrasion test machine.

16. The expert from Germany introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/21 adapting the requirements for plastic panes, other than windscreens, to those for plastic pane windscreens including amendments to rigid plastic panes, flexible plastic panes and rigid plastic multiple-glazed units. The expert from OICA presented GRSG-111-11, improving the proposed text. GRSG supported the proposal in general, but agreed on the need to review the definition of different types of glazing, especially its classification according to principal and secondary characteristics. The expert from CLEPA proposed to amend figure 2a of Annex 18 to clarify the lateral limits of the area with any opaque obscuration. GRSG noted a number of concerns and agreed to avoid a further reduction of this area.

17. Following the discussion, GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/21 as reproduced in Annex II to the session report. The secretariat was requested to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2017 sessions, as draft Supplement 5 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 43.

GRSG-111-11 | Proposal for amendments to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/21 on Regulation No. 43 The text of the German proposal (document GRSG/2016/21) in the tables in annexes 14 and 16 only refers to small windows as “windows into which a circle of diameter D < 150 mm is capable of being scribed”. OICA proposes to add the criterion of a maximum area limited to 200 cm² in order to align with the definition in paragraph 2.39 (“pane having an area of less than 200 cm² and within which it is not possible to inscribe a circle having a diameter of 150 mm”).
GRSG-111-12 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 43 Proposal to replace the current Figure 2a with a more accurate drawing reflecting the meaning of paragraph 2.4.2.2 of the regulation. The new drawing addresses the lateral limits of any opaque obscuration of the window area.
GRSG/2016/21 | Proposal for Supplement 5 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 43 Proposal to align the requirements for plastic panes other than windscreens with the requirements of plastic pane windscreens. This includes amendments concerning rigid plastic panes, flexible plastic panes and rigid plastic multiple-glazed units. The proposed modifications to this type of glazing are in line with the requirements of Supplement 4 to the 01 series of amendment of UN Regulation No. 43.

18. GRSG endorsed the Chair’s proposal to set up a task force to work on a concrete proposal aligning the French and English version of the Regulation and clarifying the definition of types and the area with any opaque obscuration. Thus, GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session in April 2017.

5. Regulation No. 46 (Devices for indirect vision)

21. The expert from Germany proposed to correct the provisions of paragraph 16.1.3.1. on the magnification factor (GRSG-111-27). GRSG supported the proposal in principle and agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session in April 2017. For that purpose, the secretariat was requested to circulate GRSG-111-27 with an official symbol.

GRSG-111-27 | Proposal for an amendment of the text of Regulation No. 46 Proposal to replace the term "minimum average magnification factor" with "magnification factors" in paragraph 16.1.3.1. There is no “minimum average magnification factor” in this regulation, just a “minimum magnification factor” and an “average magnification factor” and this already mentioned in the text following the revised sentence.

19. On behalf of the Task Force on UN Regulation No. 46, the expert from Japan reported on the progress made by the group during its meeting in Paris on 26-27 September 2016 (GRSG-111-22). He introduced GRSG-111-23 (superseding GRSG-110-12) proposing amendments to UN Regulation No. 46. GRSG welcomed the important work done by the Task Force led by Japan. To broaden the participation of other Contracting Parties in the discussions on this subject, GRSG agreed to set up a new Informal Working Group (IWG) on close proximity vision and obstacle detection systems. GRSG noted a first draft of the terms of reference and rules of procedure for the IWG (GRSG-111-29) and agreed to formally adopt them at its next session.

20. The GRSG Chair announced his intention to seek the consent of WP.29 at its November 2016 session to establish the above-mentioned IWG. GRSG referred GRSG-111-23 and GRSG-111-29 to the IWG for further consideration and invited the Group to take into account all relevant studies published world-wide on this subject.

GRSG-111-22 | Report of the Task Force on UN R46
GRSG-111-23 | Proposal for amendment to Regulation No. 46 Proposal to introduce requirements for "obstacle detection systems to support fields of vision" (e.g., wide-view mirrors, sensors, camera systems). The aim is to decrease backover fatalities and injuries due to driver failure to adequately scan for obstacles when driving in reverse gear.
GRSG-111-29 | Draft of Terms of Reference and Rules of Procedure of the informal group of GRSG on close proximity vision and obstacle detection systems Proposal for an informal group to develop a draft regulatory proposal for a new UN Regulation on close proximity vision and obstacle detection systems in order to establish uniform technical requirements for such close proximity vision and obstacle detection systems to prevent accidents by enabling the driver to notice any pedestrians around or behind the vehicle.
6. Regulation No. 66 (Strength of superstructure (buses))

22. The expert from OICA recalled ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/11 and GRSG-110-16 which propose to amend the provisions of UN Regulation No. 66 with respect to intrusion into residual space during the roll over test.

23. GRSG noted a number of comments on the draft amendments and agreed on the need to reconsider the definition of “residual space”. The GRSG Chair recommended having a final review of an updated text at the next GRSG session. He invited the experts from France, the United Kingdom and OICA to work on a joint proposal.

GRSG-110-16 | Proposal for the 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 66 Proposal to specify that "handrails and handholds at doorways where the associated residual space is not designated for passengers positioned for travel, and where intrusion into the space presents no risk of contact with passengers, shall also be ignored."
GRSG/2016/11 | Proposal for the 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 66 Proposal to define an exemption for handles from "residual/survival space" intrusion requirements for vehicle spaces not intended for occupants. Handles and handholds used to assist passengers in entering and exiting a bus are located outside of passenger seating and standing areas where OICA argues that they do not present a danger; however, the current rollover testing provisions could result in their inclusion in the area defined as "residual/survival space" where any intrusion is prohibited.
7. Regulation No. 67 (LPG vehicles)

24. The expert from the Netherlands presented GRSG-111-19 superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/7 and amending the provisions of UN Regulation No. 67 on LPG vehicles to allow Class 0/I hoses with couplings using gas tubes other than seamless material. The document received a number of comments. GRSG noted study reservations by the experts from Germany and AEGPL. GRSG reviewed the proposal as reflected in GRSG-111-19-Rev.1 and agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session in April 2017. The secretariat was requested to circulate GRSG-111-19-Rev.1 with an official symbol.

GRSG-111-19 | Proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No. 67 Proposal to amend the provisions of UN R67 (R67) in order to enable the approval of non-seamless double and single wall gas tubes provided they can withstand the applicable tests according to Annex 15.
GRSG-111-19/Rev.1 | Updated proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No. 67 Proposal, as modified pursuant to discussions during the October 2016 GRSG session, to amend the provisions of UN R67 (R67) in order to enable the approval of non-seamless double and single wall gas tubes provided they can withstand the applicable tests according to Annex 15.
GRSG/2016/7 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 67 Proposal to allow the use of Class 0 hoses with couplings using sealing technologies other than those with a 45° cone. Currently, non-seamless double and single wall tubes are used in brake and fuel tubing applications, allowing for the use of a variety of end forms and coupling techniques. Provided the tubing can withstand the applicable tests according to Annex 15, Table 1, such configurations should be permitted under UN R67 in order to remove an unwarranted design restriction.

25. The expert from AEGPL introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/15 which proposes to insert new safety provisions into UN Regulation No. 67 on Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) systems having hydraulic interconnections with the petrol or diesel fuelling system through which inter-flows of fuels might occur. The expert from Germany objected to the adoption of the proposal as safety risks (overfill of tank) still remain, particularly, since a small amount of flow of petrol into the LPG tank was still possible. The expert from the United Kingdom underlined the need to cross-check all references of paragraphs in the proposal. GRSG agreed to have a final review of the proposal at its next session in April 2017 on the basis of a revised document to be submitted by AEGPL.

GRSG/2016/15 | Proposal for a Supplement to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 67 Proposal for new safety provisions with regard to LPG systems having hydraulic interconnections with the petrol or diesel fueling system through which inter-flows of fuels may occur.

26. The expert from Poland presented GRSG-111-17 clarifying the provisions for the type approval of accessories fitted to the container. The proposal received general support and a number of comments. Following a study reservation by the experts from Germany and CLEPA, GRSG decided to resume consideration of the proposal at its next session in April 2017 on the basis of a revised document by Poland. In this respect, the Chair invited all experts to send their written comments to the expert from Poland.

GRSG-111-17 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 67 Proposal to clarify the definitions of LPG container accessories to facilitate coordination between the separate, independent approvals required for the LPG container and for its accessories. The proposal does not introduce any changes in technical requirements or changes in the test methodology. The proposed changes are intended to prevent the possibility of improper selection of accessories for the tank, which could arise due to lack of clear provisions of type-approval certificates issued for accessories fitted to the container.
8. Regulation No. 73 (Lateral protection devices)

27. The expert from CLCCR introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/18 amending the scope of the Regulation to ensure that as many vehicles as possible were fitted with a lateral protection device and preferred to insert derogations for some niche products (GRSG-110-20-Rev.1). The expert from the United Kingdom raised concerns and preferred to keep the amendments as proposed in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/2 which allows Contracting Parties to object or accept such lateral protection devices. GRSG noted a number of comments on and general support for ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/18.

28. Finally, GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/18 and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2017 sessions, as draft Supplement 1 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 73.

GRSG-110-20/Rev.1 | Revised proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 73 Updated proposal, revised for clarity, to amend document GRSG/2016/2 by replacing paragraph 1.2.2. rather than deleting it. Drawing from the recently approved amendment to UN R58 (document GRSG/2015/17), this proposal would amend paragraph 1.2.2. to read, “Vehicles where any LDP (e.g. fixed, removable, foldable, adjustable, etc.) is incompatible with their on-road use may be partly or fully exempted from this Regulation, subject to the decision of the Type Approval Authority.”
GRSG/2016/18 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 73 Proposal to expand the scope of the regulation by deleting paragraph 1.2.2. which allows for the exclusion of “vehicles designed and constructed for special purposes where it is not possible, for practical reasons, to fit lateral protection devices” from the text. The proposal allows Type Approval Authorities to nonetheless exempt "vehicles where any LPD (e.g. fixed, removable, foldable, adjustable, etc.) is incompatible with their on-road use" through the addition of new paragraphs.
GRSG/2016/2 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 73 Proposal to expand the scope of the regulation by deleting paragraph 1.2.2. which allows for the exclusion of “vehicles designed and constructed for special purposes where it is not possible, for practical reasons, to fit lateral protection devices” from the text. The UK submits that paragraphs 13 and 16 of the regulation provide specific provisions that address this situation whereas the exclusion clause allows for a broader interpretation that unnecessarily limits the use of lateral protection devices. Moreover, exemptions may still be accorded at the national level.
9. Regulation No. 110 (CNG and LNG vehicles)

29. The expert from France proposed incorporating new provisions concerning refrigeration systems for cooling the cargo compartment which are connected to the compressed natural gas (CNG) and/or liquefied natural gas (LNG) system (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/16). The expert from Japan raised concerns about risks of increased filling cycles of CNG cylinders due to a higher filling frequency. He suggested supplementing the proposed provisions with additional test conditions to not exceed the maximum number of filling cycles of CNG cylinders (GRSG-111-18). A number of experts were of the opinion that the number of filling cycles of CNG cylinders specified in the test requirements of UN Regulation No. 110 would be sufficient to cover the higher filling frequencies. GRSG did not support the additional test conditions proposed by Japan.

30. GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/16 as amended below and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2017 sessions, as draft Supplement 6 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 110.

Paragraph 18.1.7.1., replace “compartiment des marchandises” by “compartiment de chargement”.
Paragraph 18.5.1.3., subparagraphs (b) and (c), replace “compartiment des marchandises” by “compartiment de chargement” and “contrôle électronique” by “contrôle électronique GNC/GNL” (two times).

GRSG-111-18 | Proposal for amendments to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/16 Proposal to add a new condition to paragraph 18.1.7.2. such that the number of filling cycles will be verified at the time of type approval in order to prevent exceeding the maximum number of filling cycles.
GRSG/2016/16 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 110 Proposal to allow for the use of natural gas refrigeration systems to vehicles propelled by natural gas (CNG or LNG). This proposal addresses a new, environmentally friendly natural gas fuelled refrigeration system for trucks with refrigerated loads that already are propelled by natural gas. Currently paragraph 18.1.7.1 allows heating systems to be fitted on vehicles to heat the passenger compartment and/or the load area of a vehicle, however, the same provision omits cooling systems that are used on trucks for the carriage of loads requiring refrigeration.

31. At its previous session, GRSG had discussed the need to update the reference to the ISO standard in paragraph 2.2. of Annex 4J. The expert from the Netherlands volunteered to submit a concrete proposal for amendments for consideration at the next GRSG session.

32. The expert from ISO presented an overview of the activities of his organization on specific aspects for gaseous fuels (GRSG-111-25). He introduced GRSG-111-02 with the rationale of all amendments proposed to UN Regulation No. 110 in document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/22 superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/6. GRSG welcomed GRSG-111-03 listing the copies of all ISO standards referenced to in UN Regulation No. 110 on CNG/LNG vehicles. A number of experts raised a concern on the dynamic referencing of international standards and expressed their preference for a static referencing, mainly for legal purposes. GRSG reviewed the document and agreed on the need to adopt the proposal as a new 03 series of amendments and to insert transitional provisions triggered of the 1 September. The expert from France asked for more detailed information on each of the proposed amendments, especially on the level of stringency and their impact on technical services. The expert from CLEPA underlined the need to also insert transitional provisions for existing type approvals and sufficient lead time for suppliers to upgrade them.

33. Following study reservations by the experts from Germany, France and CLEPA, GRSG decided to resume consideration of the proposal at its next session in April 2017 based on a revised document to be submitted by ISO. The Chair invited all experts to send their written comments on GRSG-111-02-Rev.1 in due time to the experts from ISO or NGV Global.

GRSG-111-02 | Rationale for the proposal to align Regulation No. 110 with ISO 11439:2013 Detailed review of the proposed changes to UN R110.
GRSG-111-02/Rev.1 | Revised rationale for the proposed amendments to Regulation No. 110 Proposal to <ol class="alpha"><li>Update the standards to note that all references to standards are always to the latest version unless stated otherwise.</li><li>Update Annex II with: Series of PRD/TPRD’s are not allowed</li><li>Update A.24 with the pressure relief device shall comply with the requirements given in annex 4A for the specific type</li><li>Update Annex 4A para 4 and para 7 with reference to ISO15500-13.</li></ol>
GRSG-111-03 | ISO standards referenced to in UN Regulation No. 110 (zip archive) Copies of the ISO standards. Extraction from zip file requires password. GRSG delegations may obtain the password from the secretariat.
GRSG-111-25 | Structure of ISO Technical Committee on specific aspects for gaseous fuels
GRSG/2016/22 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 110 Proposal to harmonize UN R110 with standard ISO 11439:2013 on high pressure cylinders for the on-board storage of natural gas as a fuel for automotive vehicles.

34. The expert from the Netherlands introduced GRSG-111-20 aimed at correcting an error in the definitions related to the manual valve. GRSG noted general support and agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session in April 2017. The secretariat was requested to circulate GRSG-111-20 with an official symbol.

GRSG-111-20 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 110 Proposal to correct the definition of "manual valve", including deletion of the phrase "rigidly fixed to the cylinder or tank".

35. GRSG noted GRSG-111-31, tabled by the International Association of Fire and Rescue Services (CTIF), on the need to take into account during the development of UN regulations necessary interventions and actions of and risks for rescuers, especially on the identification of propulsion and energy storage systems in vehicles. The Chair invited interested experts to send their comments to the authors of the presentation (see e-mail addresses on the last page).

GRSG-111-31 | International Association of Fire and Rescue Services (CTIF) Presentation on CTIF cooperation with Euro NCAP, ISO, and others to encourage consideration of fire and rescue worker needs in responding to accidents (e.g., clear marking of vehicle propulsion system, post-crash occupant accessibility and extraction, protection against hazards).
10. Regulation No. 116 (Vehicle Alarm Systems)

36. The expert from OICA withdrew ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/7.

GRSG/2015/7 | Proposal for draft 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. This proposal would allow varying operating voltage ranges according to the battery technology used to remove this restriction impact such advanced designs.

37. Recalling its decision at the last session (see report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/89, para. 51), GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this item at its next session in April 2017 on the basis of concrete proposals from the Task Force on the splitting of the provisions of UN Regulation No. 116 (see para. 50 below).

11. Regulation No. 118 (Burning behaviour of materials)

38. The expert from Germany introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/23 aimed at simplifying the administrative procedures that do not benefit the level of safety. GRSG adopted the proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2017 sessions, as draft Supplement 3 to the 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 118.

GRSG/2016/23 | Proposal for Supplement 3 to the 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 118 Proposal to reduce the administrative burden in obtaining approvals for electrical cables according to UN Regulation No. 118. The experts from Finland, France and Germany agreed that the change from ISO 6722:2006 to ISO 6722-2011 does not impact the degree of safety and, therefore, the test reports or approvals established under the older version of the ISO standard shall remain valid.

39. The expert from Germany presented updated test requirements for electric cables sleeves and cable conduits (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/24 superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/3). The expert from OICA supported the principles of the proposal, but underlined the need for transitional provisions that give sufficient lead-time for the automotive industry. GRSG reviewed the proposal as reflected in GRSG-111-30-Rev.1. GRSG noted the preference by the experts from CLCCR and OICA to add one additional year (2021 instead of 2020 for all registrations) to the date specified in paragraph 12.13.

40. Finally, GRSG adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/24 as reproduced in Annex III to this report and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2017 sessions, as draft 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 118.

GRSG-111-30/Rev.1 | Proposal for the 03 series of amendment to Regulation No. 118 Proposal prepared by the GRSG Secretariat pursuant to discussions of document GRSG/2016/24. The proposal aims to improve and clarify provisions concerning the approval of interior materials, cables and insulation materials. The proposal adds new requirements for cable sleeves and conduits, modifies vertical testing requirements under Annex 8 to allow testing of small test samples and to clarify their fixation to the specimen holder., and adds a new Annex 10 on provisions for testing of electrical cables.
GRSG/2016/24 | Proposal of amendments to Regulation No. 118 Proposal to improve and clarify provisions concerning the approval of interior materials, cables and insulation materials. The proposaladds new requirements for cable sleeves and conduits, modifies vertical testing requirements under Annex 8 to allow testing of small test samples and to clarify their fixation to the specimen holder., and adds a new Annex 10 on provisions for testing of electrical cables.
12. Regulation No. 121 (Identification of controls, tell-tales and indicators)

41. The expert from the Russian Federation recalled that the purpose of document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/17 was to insert into UN Regulation No. 121 a new symbol for the emergency call control and tell-tale. GRSG noted an editorial correction to footnote 21 (replace ‘reoriented’ by ‘re-orientated’) and agreed to submit it to WP.29 in parallel with the new draft Regulation on AECS (paras. 44-48 below).

GRSG/2016/17 | Proposal for Supplement 1 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 121 Proposal to add a telltale and symbols for “Accident Emergency Call System (AECS)”.

42. The expert from OICA presented GRSG-111-37 (superseding ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/26) aimed at aligning the provisions of UN Regulation No. 121 to those of the 07 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 16 on safety-belts.

43. The expert from OICA suggested aligning the text of item No. 31 with that of standard ISO 2575 (GRSG-111-14). GRSG generally supported the proposal with a study reservation on GRSG-111-37 from the expert from Germany. GRSG decided to resume consideration of the proposals at its next session in April 2017 and requested the secretariat to circulate both documents (GRSG-111-14 and GRSG-111-37) with an official symbol.

GRSG-111-14 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 121 Proposal to align UN R121 with ISO 2575 per ISO Resolution 664 allowing for use of the diesel engine glow plug symbol with non-diesel technologies that (also) assist engine starting at low temperatures. he current text of the Regulation focuses on diesel engine glow plugs that assist in starting the engine at low temperatures.
GRSG-111-37 | Proposal for Supplement 1 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 121 At its fifty-ninth session, GRSP approved a proposal for the 07 series of amendments to UN R16 ( (GRSP/2016/2 and GRSP/59, page 24) to mandate safety belt reminders for all vehicle seats. This proposal aligns provisions in UN R121 with the changes to UN R16: a) the term "seat belt" is replaced by "safety belt", b) the symbol for safety belt, defined in item 21 of Table 1 in the Regulation, may be displayed in different colours to convey different meanings. Therefore, the existing footnote <sup>18</sup> has been added to item 21, and c) this symbol may be replaced by different symbols for seats other than those of the front row. Therefore, a new footnote <sup>22</sup> is added to item 21. Paragraph 5.1.5. is modified and paragraph 5.1.7. introduced to take into consideration the strict content of GRSP/59, page 24, paragraphs 8.4.3.2.1. and 8.4.4. on safety-belt reminder for occupants of rear seat row(s). This proposal does not change any of the technical requirements of UN R121.
GRSG/2016/26 | Proposal for Supplement 1 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 121 At its fifty-ninth session, GRSP approved a proposal for the 07 series of amendments to UN R16 to mandate safety belt reminders for all vehicle seats. This proposal aligns provisions in UN R121 with the changes to UN R16: a) the term "seat belt" is replaced by "safety belt", b) the symbol for safety belt, defined in item 21 of Table 1 in the Regulation, may be displayed in different colours to convey different meanings. Therefore, the existing footnote <sup>18</sup> has been added to item 21, and c) this symbol may be replaced by different symbols for seats other than those of the front row. Therefore, a new footnote <sup>22</sup> is added to item 21. This proposal does not change any of the technical requirements of UN R121.
13. Accident Emergency Call Systems (AECS)

44. On behalf of the IWG on AECS, the expert from the Russian Federation presented a draft UN Regulation on AECS (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/19) and GRSG-111-06 with a detailed justification for the proposal. He introduced GRSG-111-07 with some further amendments proposed by the IWG on AECS. He drew the attention of GRSG to the limited scope of the new Regulation. He added that several functionalities were not covered by the provisions of the draft UN Regulation such as

  1. the communication module functionality and communication antenna functionality unless otherwise prescribed in the Regulation,
  2. the additional data to the Minimum Set of Data (MSD) to be convened to Public Service Answering Party (PSAP),
  3. the format of the data, the mechanism and logic of data transmission, data exchange protocol, (iv) the operation modes and conditions of transitions between such modes,
  4. performance of the test call and test data transfer, the response to protocol commands received from infrastructure and network registration logic, privacy, data protection and personal data processing as well as
  5. Periodical Technical Inspection (PTI). These functionalities would have to be resolved or approved on a national/regional level.

45. GRSG welcomed the document and acknowledged the work of the IWG on AECS. GRSG noted a number of comments on the scope of the new Regulation and reviewed the proposal as reflected in GRSG-111-38. The expert from the Russian Federation introduced GRSG-111-13 clarifying that the draft UN Regulation does not apply to AECD/AECS functionality assessment in case of vehicle rollover. The expert from Japan presented study results on the peak pulse in comparison with three crash test methods (GRSG-111-26). He concluded that the corridor of the sled pulse (60g) specified in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/19 was severe enough for real world crashes. The experts from the Russian Federation and Switzerland supported that position. The expert from EC explained that his organization had already issued the EU legislation with a pulse peak of 65g and, thus, he would not be in the position to support the proposal. He raised a study reservation to consider in detail the study results of GRSG-111-26. GRSG agreed to keep GRSG-111-26 on the agenda as a reference document.

46. The expert from OICA gave a presentation on the current status of regulatory developments and proposed possible steps forward (GRSG-111-39). He introduced GRSG-111-15 which proposes further amendments to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/19 aimed at introducing type approval requirements for Automatic Emergency Call Component (AECC). The proposal received general support.

47. GRSG welcomed GRSG-111-04 which lists ITU recommendations referenced in draft UN Regulation on AECS that specify the speech communication requirements for emergency calls originating from vehicles. The expert from ITU introduced the ITU Conformity Assessment Steering Committee (GRSG-111-40).

48. Finally, GRSG agreed that an extension of the mandate of the IWG on AECS was not necessary and to resume consideration of this subject at its next session in April 2017. GRSG endorsed the following suggestions by the Chair:

  1. Experts were invited to send their written comments on the AECC requirements (GRSG-111-15) to the expert from OICA by end of November 2016 at the latest;
  2. Experts were invited to participate in a task force meeting organized by OICA and scheduled to be held in January 2017 to discuss the remaining open issues (GRSG-111-38);
  3. Contracting Parties were invited to consider, at the highest level, possible solutions to resolve the incoherence of their positions on the pulse peak of 60g versus 65g.

GRSG-111-04 | ITU-T P.1140 06/15 on speech communication requirements for emergency calls originating from vehicles
GRSG-111-06 | Justification for the proposed new Regulation on Accident Emergency Call Systems Explanatory information from the AECS informal group regarding the provisions in document GRSG/2016/19.
GRSG-111-07 | Proposal for amendments to the draft new regulation on Automated Emergency Call Systems (AECS) Proposed amendments from the AECS informal group to document GRSG/2016/19.
GRSG-111-13 | Proposal for amendments to the draft new UN Regulation on Accident Emergency Call Systems Under its technical regulation CU TR 018/2011 concerning the safety of wheeled vehicles, the Eurasian Customs Union will require AECS to automatically transmit accident data in the event of a vehicle rollover from 1 January 2017. The proposed UN Regulation on AECS ( document GRSG/2016/19) does not address rollover accidents. Therefore, Russia proposes an amendment to allow for such rollover requirements at the national level.
GRSG-111-15 | Proposal for amendments to the draft new regulation on Automated Emergency Call Systems (AECS) Proposal to introduce requirements for Automatic Emergency Call <u>Component</u> (AECC) approvals that can be integrated into Automatic Emergency Call <u>Device</u> (AECS) approvals and/or Automatic Emergency Call Device installation approvals (Installation of AECD) under the new AECS Regulation.
GRSG-111-26 | Consideration of G corridor based on crash pulses Research in support of the AECS sled test pulse corridor as presented in GRSG/2016/19 (draft AECS regulation). The research demonstrates that the proposed peak G crash pulse specification is a reasonable representation of real-world crash dynamics.
GRSG-111-38 | Proposal for a new UN Regulation on Accident Emergency Call Systems Proposal prepared by the Chair of the Informal Working Group (IWG) on Accident Emergency Call Systems (AECS) for a draft UN Regulation on new provisions for AECS. It is mainly based GRSG/2016/19, distributed during the 111th session of the Working Party on General Safety Provisions (GRSG) and includes the modifications proposed by the IWG on AECS in informal document GRSG-111-07, as agreed by GRSG at its 111th session.
GRSG-111-39 | AECS: Accident Emergency Call System Overview of AECS, the draft regulation, and possible next steps.
GRSG-111-40 | Introduction to the Conformity Assessment Steering Committee (ITU-T CASC)
GRSG/2016/19 | Proposal for a new Regulation on Accident Emergency Call Systems Proposal from the AECS informal group for a regulation to enable the approval of Accident Emergency Call Devices (AECD) intended for M1 and N1 vehicles, the approval of M1 and N1 vehicles with regard to the installation of an AECD, and/or the approval of M1and N1 vehicles with regard to their Accident Emergency Call System (AECS) or with regard to the installation of an AECD which has not been separately approved under the regulation.
14. International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA)

49. GRSG welcomed the good news that the World Forum WP.29 had endorsed, at its June 2016 session, the text of draft Revision 3 to the 1958 Agreement as reflected in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/2 and that no objection had been raised from the represented Contracting Parties to the 1958 Agreement (report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1123, paras. 48 and 49). GRSG noted that WP.29 had invited the representative of EU to proceed with the notification process of Revision 3 to United Nations Office for Legal Affairs (OLA). It was also noted that the corresponding EU decision as well as the text of Revision 3 had been published on 11 October 2016 in the EU official journal L274.

50. GRSG recalled the discussion during its previous session on GRSG-110-24 and its decision to split Regulation No. 116 into three UN Regulations, specifically on

  1. anti-theft devices,
  2. alarm systems and
  3. immobilizers.
GRSG noted that the Task Force was still working on concrete proposals that were expected to be submitted for consideration at the next GRSG session. GRSG also noted that UN Regulations Nos. 18 and 97 would be incorporated into the new proposals. GRSG agreed to keep UN Regulation No. 116, but to remove some provisions and to insert the latter ones into two new UN Regulations.

51. The Chair suggested deferring the discussion of this subject to the next GRSG session in April 2017 awaiting the proposals by the Task Force.

GRSG-110-24 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 116 Proposal from the informal working group on the International Whole Vehicle Type Approval to restructure UN R116 into two separate regulations. The regulation addresses anti-theft, alarm, and immobilizer aspects of theft prevention. Since these aspects may be mandatory or optional depending upon the country or market, the application of UN R116 to whole vehicle type approval becomes problematic. This proposal would extract the immobilizer provisions into a separate new regulation.
15. Consolidated Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles (R.E.3)

52. The expert from IMMA withdrew ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2015/30. GRSG agreed to remove this item from the agenda of the next session.

16. In-vehicle Electronic Data Storage Systems

53. GRSG recalled its recent exchange of views on the activities on data recording and data protection in the Working Parties subsidiary to WP.29 and their IWGs involved in automated driving (ITS/AD), Automatically Commanded Steering Functions (ACSF) within the Working Party on Brakes and Running Gears (GRRF) and Accident Emergency Call Systems (AECS) and others (event data recorder, odometer, etc.). Thus, GRSG noted the recommendation by WP.29 that these activities be coordinated by ITS/AD. It was also noted that the World Forum WP.29 was expected to consider at its November 2016 session draft guidelines on measures for cybersecurity and data protection.

54. The expert from the United Kingdom underlined the urgent need to ensure cybersecurity and announced that his Government had considered funding trial projects. The expert from the United States of America endorsed the position and informed GRSG about the collection of useful statistical data on road vehicle accidents following the enforcement of a new regulation on event data recorder in 2012. He announced his intention to report back to WP.29 and GRSG on this subject at their forthcoming sessions. GRSG welcomed the offer.

17. Global Technical Regulation No. 6 (Safety glazing)

55. The expert from the Republic of Korea, chairing the IWG on Panoramic Sunroof Glazing (PSG), reported on the outcome of the fifth and sixth meetings of the Group (GRSG-111-32). On behalf of the IWG, he presented GRSG-111-34, proposing to further clarify the scope of Global Technical Regulation (GTR) No. 6 on safety glazing. He added that the IWG would need more time to complete some research on ceramic printed areas and, thus, that the Group had decided to amend the Terms of Reference (GRSG-111-33). As the mandate of the IWG ended in October 2016, he underlined the need to extend the mandate of the IWG by one and a half years.

56. GRSG welcomed the work progress of the IWG and agreed to resume consideration of GRSG-111-33 at the next session. The GRSG Chair requested the secretariat to circulate GRSG-111-34 with an official symbol. He announced his intention to seek the consent of WP.29 and the Executive Committee AC.3 of the 1998 Agreement to extend the mandate for the IWG until June 2018.

GRSG-111-32 | Progress report of the informal group on Panoramic Sunroof Glazing (PSG)
GRSG-111-33 | Terms of Reference and Rules of Procedure of the informal working group of Panoramic Sunroof Glazing (PSG) Proposal to extend the duration of the PSG informal group until June 2018 to allow for the completion of its work.
GRSG-111-34 | Proposal for draft Corrigendum 2 to Global Technical Regulation No. 6 PSG informal group proposal to correct the scope of the GTR in accordance with Part A of the GTR, its UN R43 counterpart, and corresponding regional/national interpretations and to align the impact test procedure description with that of UN R43 and ISO 3537.
18. New regulation on Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS)

57. As a follow-up to his presentation of the previous GRSG session, the expert from Germany introduced GRSG-111-24 on the development of test procedures for a new draft regulation on Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) to avoid such blind spot accidents by a driver information and warning system. GRSG welcomed the information and the progress made by the Federal Highway Research Institute of Germany (BASt).

58. The expert from Canada informed GRSG that his country had conducted several investigations on this subject and that the corresponding reports were publicly available. He offered to provide the expert from BASt with detailed results on these investigations.

59. Following the discussion, GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session on the basis of a first draft of the new UN Regulation on ADAS expected to be submitted by Germany.

GRSG-111-24 | Draft Regulation on driver assist systems to avoid blind spot accidents Presentation on the German effort to develop blind-spot detection performance assessment procedures pursuant to interest in making such systems mandatory on long vehicles.
19. Election of officers

60. 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, 12 October 2016. Mr. A. Erario (Italy) was unanimously re-elected as Chair and Mr. K. Hendershot (Canada) as Vice-Chair for the GRSG sessions scheduled for 2017.

20. Other business
20. (a) Other business: Regulation No. 105

61. GRSG noted the endorsement by the Working Party on the Transport of Dangerous Goods at its May 2016 session of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/90 (based on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2016/13) to align the provisions of UN Regulation No. 105 with those of the new 2017 edition of the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR). GRSG reconfirmed its adoption and submission to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2016 sessions, as draft 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 105.

WP.29/2016/90 | Proposal for the 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 105 Proposal prepared by the UNECE secretariat to align the provisions of UN Regulation No. 105 with those of the new 2017 edition of the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR).
20. (b) Tributes

62. Learning that Mr. Christian Pichon (France) would be retiring, GRSG thanked him for his considerable contributions over the last decades to the activities of GRSG. GRSG recognized his commitment with a long applause and wished him a long and happy retirement.

63. GRSG noted that Mr. Richard Damm (Germany) was taking over new responsibilities in his Government and that he would no longer attend the sessions. GRSG acknowledged his continued support during all the years of participation in the sessions and especially his dedication as Co-Chair of the GRSG IWGs on PSG and leader of Task Force on 3D H-point machine. GRSG recognized his commitments with a long applause and wished him a great success in his future activities.