|1.||Welcome and opening remarks||
Mr. Loccufier, Chairman of the Informal Working Group, opened the session welcoming all the participants.
|2.||Introduction of participants and organisations||
A list of all participants is available in Annex 1 of the session report.
|3.||Adoption of the agenda||
The agenda was adopted with the insertion of documents SLR-05-17 and SLR-05-18 under item 11.
SLR-05-14/Rev.1 | Draft agenda for the 5th SLR informal group session
|4.||Approval of the report of the previous session||
The report was adopted without modifications.
SLR-04-15 | Report of the 4th SLR informal group session
|5.||Draft revised timeline||
Mr. Puglisi introduced the revised timeline pointing out that it shows an optimistic scenario and that the final result will be determined by the commitment and active participation from CPs and NGOs. He explained that the target is to deliver the complete package (i.e. simplified Regulations and Resolution) for GRE-76 in October 2016 for adoption by WP.29 at its March 2017 session.
Mr. Puglisi clarified that the package for Light Sources (i.e. simplified R-37, R-99, R-128 and Resolution) is not part of this timeline as it was submitted already to GRE-74 and, if adopted by GRE, it is expected to be on the WP.29 agenda in March 2016.
Mr. Bauckhage asked whether it is possible to send the whole package of all simplified documents at once and what are the consequences in case just one document will not be adopted.
Mr. Bauckhage furthermore pointed out that the date of entry into force of all documents (i.e. simplified Regulations and Resolution) shall be the same.
Mr. Rovers recalled that in case of an amendment to a Regulation, following the approval of WP.29, the proposal is still subject to formal adoption by AC.1 before being submitted to the UN Secretary-General in New York who shall give notification of this amendment to the CPs applying the Regulation. If within 6 months from the notification by the Secretary-General no more than 1/3 of the CPs will be in disagreement with the amendment, the amendment is adopted (see Art. 12 of the 1958 Agreement for further details).
With regards to the Resolution, Mr. Rovers informed that the text adopted by WP.29 does not need any further approval and can be used immediately. The management of this 7-9 months of difference in the process will require good cooperation between the Secretariat in Geneva and the UN in New York in order to synchronize the availability of the Resolution and the simplified Regulations.
Mr. Rovers observed that the first package, dealing with the simplified light sources Regulations and the associated Resolution, will be a good test case on how to proceed in the future with the rest of the simplified Regulations.
Concerning the date from when the text of a Resolution can be considered “in force”, Mr. Bauckhage asked for clarifications about the following options:
Mr. Manz asked clarifications about the use of dynamic references and how to manage them from a legal point of view, and recommended to address this matter at GRE-74. Mr. Loccufier reported that the EC is not in favour to use dynamic references but agreed to discuss this subject within GRE. Mr. Bauckhage informed that, from the Secretariat’s point of view, it should be possible to manage dynamic references without problems.
SLR-05-12 | Updated SLR informal group timeline
|6.||Draft revised Terms of Reference||
Mr. Puglisi informed that the current schedule of work (see SLR-05-12) is no longer aligned with the adopted ToR as reproduced in Annex VIII to the GRE-72 Report (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/72). Moreover in the ToR it was foreseen the possibility to merge regulations containing similar or identical provisions but this informal group subsequently reached the conclusion that the merging of regulation might not necessarily be the best solution (see “Conclusion #6” taken at the 3rd meeting, doc. SLR-03-14). The meeting acknowledged the above diversions from the ToR but agreed for the time being not to request any amendment to the ToR.
GRE/72 | Report of the Working Party on Lighting and Light-Signalling (GRE) on its 72nd session
SLR-03-14 | Report of the third SLR informal working group session
SLR-05-12 | Updated SLR informal group timeline
|7.||Draft proposal for common administrative provisions as Resolution document||
The draft text for a Resolution document (SLR-05-13/Rev.1) was examined in details and several improvements were made.
The following is a list of the most significant changes and conclusions that were agreed by the SLR:
SLR-05-13/Rev.1 | Working draft resolution on common provisions for lighting, light-signalling and retro-reflecting devices for a type to be approved
|8.||Draft simplified R-48||
The draft text for a simplified R-48 (SLR-05-15) was examined by the participants and some editorial work has been identified. In particular:
Mr. Genone volunteered to do this job. He will provide a revised text for consideration at the next meeting.
SLR-05-15 | SLR informal group simplified UN Regulation No. 48
|9.||Draft simplified R-7||
The meeting agreed to work on the draft simplified R-7 at the next session.
SLR-05-16 | SLR informal group simplified UN Regulation No. 7 Simplified lighting regulation superseding document SLR-04-02/Rev.1.
Discussed under item 5.
|11.||Any other business||
- SLR fine tuning
- Clarification SLR light sources proposals
Mr. Loccufier and Mr. Rovers pointed out that the last slide on the “entry into force” timeline is the key point to be shown to GRE.
The following meeting schedule was proposed by the group:
6th IWG SLR meeting – Brussels on 5-6 November 2015
7th IWG SLR meeting – Brussels on 3-4 December 2015 (To be confirmed)
The Chairman thanked all the participants for their fruitful contribution and closed the meeting.