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Contracting Party
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is a Contracting Party to the 1958 and 1998 Agreements. Under the 1958 Agreement, The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland accepts type approvals for the regulations listed here, but does not issue type approvals of its own.

UN(ECE) Regulations

UK applies 144 UN Regulations.

Recent WP.29 Contributions from the UK

12 Mar
Automated vehicle terminology - Comparison between WP.1 and WP.29 (WP.29-180-26)
[" To one degree or another, automated driving technologies take over functions previously assured entirely by the driver. At one level, driver assistance systems aid the driver in controlling the vehicle. However, technologies have advanced to the point where automated systems propose to replace the driver in controlling various aspects of vehicle behavior. For example, lane-keeping assistance systems propose to intervene in the steering of the vehicle in order to maintain the vehicle within a lane of travel. At the furthest point in the spectrum, autonomous vehicles propose to assume full responsibility for vehicle behavior without any driver intervention. As a result, such technologies undermine the fundamental assumption that the driver is responsible for the vehicle and thus present the regulatory community with a host of unprecedented opportunities and challenges in ensuring road safety. WP.29 has undertaken to address these issues on a global basis in order to seek uniform worldwide responses that will promote the use of these technologies while ensuring their safe introduction into road traffic. Automated Driving Automated Driving and Autonomous Vehicles WP.29 Regulatory Project Automated Driving and Autonomous Vehicles"]
02 Mar
Proposal for additional requirements to the ALKS Regulation (GRVA-06-02) (GRVA-06-11)
[" This program is an offshoot of the work on Automatically Commanded Steering Systems (ACSF). The original ACSF mandate envisioned amendments to UN Regulation No. 79 on steering systems to enable approval of automated functions operating at speeds above 10 kph. The ACSF group subsequently proposed to draft a new regulation to address automated lane-keeping systems qualifying as Level 3 automation under the SAE J3016 taxonomy (i.e., lane-keeping systems operating continuously under \"hands off\" driver supervision). The earlier work had envisioned such systems as Category B2 ACSF. Category B1 ACSF covered lane-keeping systems requiring the driver's hands on the steering wheel (at least periodically). ALKS Automated Lane-Keeping Systems WP.29 Regulatory Project Automated Lane-Keeping Systems"]
26 Feb
UN R0: 1958 Agreement Revision 3 Article 12 and transitional provisions consistency (IWVTA-32-07)
["UN Regulation No. 0 on uniform provisions concerning the International Whole Vehicle Type Approval UN Regulation No. 0 establishes a system for mutual recognition of whole vehicle type approvals within the framework of the 1958 Agreement. This regulation is unique in that it governs how a manufacturer may obtain a single vehicle-level approval representing compliance across multiple UN Regulations. In other words, UN R0 does not prescribe technical provisions for the evaluation of performance as much as it describes how approvals under UN Regulations may be consolidated into a single approval.\r\n\r\nWP.29 adopted the initial regulation (international approval superseding some but not all national/regional requirements) during its November 2017 session. A second phase of work is underway to expand the scope of the regulation. International Whole Vehicle Type Approval International Whole Vehicle Type Approval System (IWVTA) UN Regulation No. 0 UN R0", "Agreement Concerning the Adoption of Uniform Technical Prescriptions for Wheeled Vehicles, Equipment and Parts which can be Fitted and/or be Used on Wheeled Vehicles and the Conditions for Reciprocal Recognition of Approvals Granted on the Basis of these Prescriptions The 1958 Agreement regulates the functioning of the international system for the recognition of type approvals under UN Regulations. The Agreement specifies how regulations are to be established and how the system operates whereby an approval under a given regulation accorded by one country can be accepted by all other countries applying that regulation.\r\n\r\nThe program to establish an international system for whole vehicles (as opposed to the current focus on individual vehicle components and systems) includes an important restructuring of the 1958 Agreement. \r\n\r\nRevision 3 of the 1958 Agreement enters into force on 14 September 2017. 1958 Agreement 1958 Agreement United Nations Agreement 1958 Agreement"]

News & Developments

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