Uniform Provisions Concerning the Approval of Vehicles with regard to the Installation of Lighting and Light-signalling Devices

Related groups: GRE, TFHS, TFSR, and VGL
UN R48 | Revision 10 (2014)
16 Oct 2014 2014-10-18 10:08:11 UTC 10 04 series of amendments | Supplement 11 04 series of amendments | Supplement 13 Based upon the adopted proposal: WP.29/2014/19

Proposal to amend UN R48 in order to enable type-approval of direction indicators with variable apparent surfaces. The amendment would prohibit the use of sequential illumination when the direction indicator is used as a hazard warning indicator.

04 series of amendments | Supplement 12 Based upon the adopted proposal: WP.29/2013/80

GRE proposal to amend the requirements for installation of front-position lamps and to revise the requirements on replacing light sources.

04 series of amendments | Supplement 10 | Corrigendum 1 04 series of amendments | Supplement 10
UN R48 | Revision 10 | Amendment 1 (2015)
22 Jun 2015 2015-11-07 13:49:45 UTC 10 1 04 series of amendments | Supplement 14 Based upon the adopted proposal: WP.29/2014/57

Proposal to clarify the definitions and requirements associated with the installation of “single lamps”, “lamps marked D” and “Interdependent lamps” and to ensure that the introduction of the new class F marking materials does not conflict with the mandatory requirements for existing class C materials. This proposal also would extend modifications that introduced provisions for interdependent direction indicator lamps in the 06 series of amendments to UN R48 to the 04 and 05 series in order to avoid an unjustified design restriction for approvals under the earlier versions of the regulation.

UN R48 | Revision 10 | Amendment 2 (2015)
9 Nov 2015 2015-11-23 16:56:06 UTC 10 2 04 series of amendments | Supplement 15 Based upon the adopted proposal: WP.29/2015/23

Proposal to align UN R48 with UN R107 with regard to the automatic activation of hazard warning lights and with UN R19 with regard to the prohibition of the simultaneous use of front fog lamps and other lamps with which the fog lamps are reciprocally incorporated.

UN R48 | Revision 10 | Amendment 3 (2016)
28 Oct 2016 2016-11-02 15:39:44 UTC 10 3 04 series of amendments | Supplement 16 Based upon the adopted proposal: WP.29/2016/20

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.

UN R48 | Revision 10 | Amendment 4 (2017)
26 Jul 2017 2017-09-08 10:24:20 UTC 10 4 04 series of amendments | Supplement 17 Based upon the adopted proposal: WP.29/2016/78

Proposal from the GRE Task Force on Tell-Tales and approved by GRE for Supplement 17 to the 04 series of amendments to UN R48 in order to clarify failure tell-tale requirements. The proposal also includes an amendment to clarify paragraph 6.21.1.2.4. with regard to the application of conspicuity markings on bodywork made of flexible material.

UN R48 | Revision 10 | Amendment 5 (2019)
8 Nov 2019 2020-01-06 12:06:25 UTC 10 5 04 series of amendments | Supplement 18 Based upon the adopted proposal: WP.29/2018/101

Proposal to introduce references to the three new simplified Regulations (Light-Signalling Devices (LSD), Road Illumination Devices (RID) and Retro-Reflective Devices (RRD)) into the 04 series of Regulation No. 48.

UN R48 | Revision 11 (2014)
16 Oct 2014 2014-10-18 10:15:11 UTC 11 05 series of amendments | Supplement 3 05 series of amendments | Supplement 3 | Corrigendum 1 05 series of amendments | Supplement 6 Based upon the adopted proposal: WP.29/2014/20

Proposal to amend UN R48 in order to enable type-approval of direction indicators with variable apparent surfaces. The amendment would prohibit the use of sequential illumination when the direction indicator is used as a hazard warning indicator.

05 series of amendments | Supplement 4 05 series of amendments | Supplement 5 Based upon the adopted proposal: WP.29/2013/81

GRE proposal to amend the requirements for installation of front-position lamps and to revise the requirements on replacing light sources.

UN R48 | Revision 11 | Amendment 1 (2015)
22 Jun 2015 2015-11-07 13:42:48 UTC 11 1 05 series of amendments | Supplement 7 Based upon the adopted proposal: WP.29/2014/58

Proposal to clarify the definitions and requirements associated with the installation of “single lamps”, “lamps marked D” and “Interdependent lamps”, to ensure that the introduction of the new class F marking materials does not conflict with the mandatory requirements for existing class C materials, and to extend the modifications that introduced provisions for interdependent direction indicator lamps in the 06 series of amendments to UN R48 to the 05 series in order to avoid an unjustified design restriction for approvals under the earlier version of the regulation.

UN R48 | Revision 11 | Amendment 2 (2015)
9 Nov 2015 2015-11-23 16:53:48 UTC 11 2 05 series of amendments | Supplement 8 Based upon the adopted proposal: WP.29/2015/22

Proposal as approved by the GRE to introduce flashing side marker lamps for vehicles of categories M2, M3, N2, N3, O3 and O4 with the objective of improving the safety of vulnerable road users by informing them about the intended turns of buses and heavy goods vehicles and their trailers. This document also makes editorial corrections.

UN R48 | Revision 11 | Amendment 3 (2016)
28 Oct 2016 2016-11-02 15:46:14 UTC 11 3 05 series of amendments | Supplement 9 Based upon the adopted proposal: WP.29/2016/19

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.

UN R48 | Revision 11 | Amendment 4 (2017)
26 Jul 2017 2017-09-08 10:28:36 UTC 11 4 05 series of amendments | Supplement 10 Based upon the adopted proposal: WP.29/2016/79

Proposal from the GRE Task Force on Tell-Tales and approved by GRE for Supplement 10 to the 05 series of amendments to UN R48 in order to clarify failure tell-tale requirements. The proposal also includes an amendment to clarify paragraph 6.21.1.2.4. with regard to the application of conspicuity markings on bodywork made of flexible material.

UN R48 | Revision 11 | Amendment 5 (2018)
26 Apr 2018 2018-05-04 08:07:44 UTC 11 5 05 series of amendments | Supplement 11 Based upon the adopted proposal: WP.29/2017/106

Proposal to update UN R48 with regard to direction indicators and the use of sequential signaling systems.

UN R48 | Revision 11 | Amendment 6 (2019)
24 Jun 2019 2020-01-06 12:00:27 UTC 11 6 05 series of amendments | Supplement 12 Based upon the adopted proposal: WP.29/2018/85

Proposal to define specifications for the design and operation of external status indicators for Vehicle Alarm Systems (VAS), Alarm Systems (AS) and immobilizers under UN R48 pursuant to provisions of UN R97 and R116.

Proposal also to address inconsistencies, clarify text, and correct terminology in Regulation No. 48:

  • para. 5.7.2.1. editorial alignment of text with current terminology
  • replace undefined “effective outlet” terminology with defined “apparent surface” reference
  • reintroduction of missing reference to “transverse plane” in paras. 5.10.1. and 5.10.2.
  • para. 6.2.9. and related subsequent paragraphs to clarify the application of the 2000 lumen criteria
  • para. 6.26.9.2. to correct a cross-reference with UN R23.

UN R48 | Revision 11 | Amendment 7 (2019)
8 Nov 2019 2020-01-06 12:03:06 UTC 11 7 05 series of amendments | Supplement 13 Based upon the adopted proposal: WP.29/2018/100/Rev.1

Revised proposal (for the March 2018 WP.29 session) to introduce references to the three new simplified Regulations (Light-Signalling Devices (LSD), Road Illumination Devices (RID) and Retro-Reflective Devices (RRD)) into the 05 series of Regulation No. 48.

UN R48 | Revision 12 (2014)
16 Oct 2014 2014-10-18 10:24:18 UTC 12 06 series of amendments | Supplement 1 | Corrigendum 1 06 series of amendments | Supplement 1 06 series of amendments | Supplement 4 Based upon the adopted proposal: WP.29/2014/21

Proposal to reduce the minimum speed for activation of E-class passing beams from 70 km/h to 60 km/h and to prescribe clear alternatives to either detect motorway conditions with sensors or only activate the E mode above a speed of 110km/h. Moreover, the proposal extends the provisions to all vehicles. In addition, the proposal introduces “interdependent lamps”, taking into account the function of direction indicators as hazard warning signals.

06 series of amendments | Supplement 2 06 series of amendments | Supplement 3 Based upon the adopted proposal: WP.29/2013/82

GRE proposal to amend the requirements for installation of front-position lamps, to revise the requirements on replacing light sources, to clarify and simplify the transitional provisions, to clarify the general provision to determine the mounting height of the lamp in paragraph 5.28.4., to complete the deletion of distributed lighting systems (DLS) (light generators) from the regulation, and to clarify the requirements and avoid the need for a telltale where one or more Light Emitting Diodes (LED) or LED modules, used to produce the principal passing beam, are wired such that the failure of any LED or LED module causes all the LED to stop emitting light.

UN R48 | Revision 12 | Amendment 1 (2015)
22 Jun 2015 2015-11-07 13:34:13 UTC 12 1 06 series of amendments | Supplement 5 Based upon the adopted proposal: WP.29/2014/59

Proposal to clarify the definitions and requirements associated with the installation of “single lamps”, “lamps marked D” and “Interdependent lamps”, to ensure that the introduction of the new class F marking materials does not conflict with the mandatory requirements for existing class C materials, and to enable the type-approval of direction indicators with variable apparent surfaces.

UN R48 | Revision 12 | Amendment 2 (2015)
9 Nov 2015 2015-11-23 16:47:28 UTC 12 2 06 series of amendments | Supplement 6 Based upon the adopted proposal: WP.29/2015/21

Proposal as approved by the GRE to introduce flashing side marker lamps for vehicles of categories M2, M3, N2, N3, O3 and O4 with the objective of improving the safety of vulnerable road users by informing them about the intended turns of buses and heavy goods vehicles and their trailers. This document also makes editorial corrections and aligns UN R48 with UN R19 with regard to the prohibition of the simultaneous use of front fog lamps and other lamps with which the fog lamps are reciprocally incorporated.

UN R48 | Revision 12 | Amendment 3 (2016)
28 Oct 2016 2016-11-02 15:44:24 UTC 12 3 06 series of amendments | Supplement 7 Based upon the adopted proposal: WP.29/2016/18

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.

UN R48 | Revision 12 | Amendment 4 (2017)
26 Jul 2017 2017-09-08 10:31:29 UTC 12 4 06 series of amendments | Supplement 8 Based upon the adopted proposal: WP.29/2016/80

Proposal from the GRE Task Force on Tell-Tales and approved by GRE for Supplement 8 to the 06 series of amendments to UN R48 in order to clarify failure tell-tale requirements. The proposal also includes an amendment to clarify paragraph 6.21.1.2.4. with regard to the application of conspicuity markings on bodywork made of flexible material.

UN R48 | Revision 12 | Amendment 5 (2018)
26 Apr 2018 2018-05-04 07:57:49 UTC 12 5 06 series of amendments | Supplement 9 Based upon the adopted proposal: WP.29/2017/79

Proposal to clarify and move the prohibition against the mixing of signals of two or more activation modes from UN R6/UN R50 to UN R48.

UN R48 | Revision 12 | Amendment 6 (2018)
10 Aug 2018 2018-08-17 16:19:16 UTC 12 6 06 series of amendments | Supplement 10 Based upon the adopted proposal: WP.29/2017/110

Proposal to delete transitional provision subparagraphs that only apply to the 05 series of amendments to UN R48, but were erroneously kept in the 06 series of amendments.

UN R48 | Revision 12 | Amendment 7 (2019)
24 Jun 2019 2020-01-06 11:55:22 UTC 12 7 06 series of amendments | Supplement 11 Based upon the adopted proposal: WP.29/2018/84

Proposal to enable approval of side-marker and position lamps with regard to switching requirements when mutually incorporated. Vehicles include designs where lamps wrap around vehicle corners. In cases where optional side-marker lamps are grouped with a position lamp that is reciprocally incorporated with the direction indicator, it should be possible to switch off the side-marker lamp (as can be done with the position lamp) in order to improve conspicuity of the direction indicator.

The proposal also defines specifications for the design and operation of external status indicators for Vehicle Alarm Systems (VAS), Alarm Systems (AS) and immobilizers under UN R48 pursuant to provisions of UN R97 and R116.

The proposal also corrects and clarifies the following:

  • para. 5.7.2.1. editorial alignment of text with current terminology
  • replace undefined “effective outlet” terminology with defined “apparent surface” reference
  • reintroduction of missing reference to “transverse plane” in paras. 5.10.1. and 5.10.2.
  • para. 6.2.9. and related subsequent paragraphs to clarify the application of the 2000 lumen criteria
  • para. 6.26.9.2. to correct a cross-reference with UN R23
  • measurement of the minimum height in relation to the ground for dipped beam headlamps (para. 5.8.2).

UN R48 | Revision 12 | Amendment 8 (2019)
8 Nov 2019 2020-01-06 11:58:02 UTC 12 8 06 series of amendments | Supplement 12 Based upon the adopted proposal: WP.29/2018/99/Rev.2

Proposal (submitted for the March 2019 WP.29 session) to introduce references to the three new simplified lighting Regulations (Light-Signalling Devices (LSD), Road Illumination Devices (RID) and Retro-Reflective Devices (RRD)) into the 06 series of Regulation No. 48.

UN R48 | Revision 6 (2010)
14 Jun 2010 2011-01-10 13:30:05 UTC 6 03 series of amendments | Supplement 2 03 series of amendments | Supplement 3 03 series of amendments | Supplement 2 | Corrigendum 1 03 series of amendments | Supplement 4 04 series of amendments | Corrigendum 1 04 series of amendments | Supplement 1 04 series of amendments | Supplement 1 | Corrigendum 1 04 series of amendments | Supplement 2 04 series of amendments | Supplement 3 Corrigendum 1 to Revision 5 04 series of amendments | Supplement 2 | Corrigendum 1 Corrigendum 2 to Revision 5 04 series of amendments | Supplement 3 | Corrigendum 1 03 series of amendments | Supplement 4 | Corrigendum 1
UN R48 | Revision 6 | Amendment 1 (2010)
4 Oct 2010 2011-01-10 13:32:23 UTC 6 1 04 series of amendments | Supplement 4
UN R48 | Revision 6 | Amendment 1 | Corrigendum 1 (2011)
14 Feb 2011 2011-02-22 07:50:01 UTC 6 1 1 04 series of amendments | Supplement 4 | Corrigendum 1
UN R48 | Revision 6 | Amendment 10 (2012)
6 Dec 2012 2013-01-27 13:15:07 UTC 6 10 05 series of amendments | Supplement 2
UN R48 | Revision 6 | Amendment 11 (2012)
6 Dec 2012 2013-01-27 13:15:35 UTC 6 11 06 series of amendments
UN R48 | Revision 6 | Amendment 12 (2019)
8 Nov 2019 2020-01-06 12:08:27 UTC 6 12 03 series of amendments | Supplement 6 Based upon the adopted proposal: WP.29/2018/102

Proposal to introduce references to the three new simplified Regulations (Light-Signalling Devices (LSD), Road Illumination Devices (RID) and Retro-Reflective Devices (RRD)) into the 03 series of Regulation No. 48.

UN R48 | Revision 6 | Amendment 2 (2011)
26 Jan 2011 2011-01-27 06:46:21 UTC 6 2 03 series of amendments | Supplement 5
UN R48 | Revision 6 | Amendment 2 (2011)
14 Feb 2011 2011-02-22 07:54:23 UTC 6 2 Corrigendum 1 to Revision 6
UN R48 | Revision 6 | Amendment 3 (2011)
26 Jan 2011 2011-01-27 06:47:08 UTC 6 3 04 series of amendments | Supplement 5
UN R48 | Revision 6 | Amendment 3 | Corrigendum 1 (2011)
7 Jun 2011 2016-12-10 13:59:14 UTC 6 3 1 04 series of amendments | Supplement 5 | Corrigendum 1 Based upon the adopted proposal: WP.29/2011/26
UN R48 | Revision 6 | Amendment 4 (2011)
24 Feb 2011 2011-02-28 20:03:33 UTC 6 4 04 series of amendments | Supplement 6
UN R48 | Revision 6 | Amendment 5 (2011)
24 Feb 2011 2011-03-01 08:00:22 UTC 6 5 05 series of amendments
UN R48 | Revision 6 | Amendment 5 | Corrigendum 1 (2011)
7 Jun 2011 2012-01-12 15:53:35 UTC 6 5 1 05 series of amendments | Corrigendum 1
UN R48 | Revision 6 | Amendment 6 (2011)
12 Dec 2011 2011-12-22 18:56:31 UTC 6 6 04 series of amendments | Supplement 7
UN R48 | Revision 6 | Amendment 7 (2012)
15 Aug 2012 2013-01-27 13:12:53 UTC 6 7 04 series of amendments | Supplement 8
UN R48 | Revision 6 | Amendment 8 (2012)
15 Aug 2012 2013-01-27 13:13:38 UTC 6 8 05 series of amendments | Supplement 1
UN R48 | Revision 6 | Amendment 9 (2012)
6 Dec 2012 2013-01-27 13:14:16 UTC 6 9 04 series of amendments | Supplement 9
UN R48 | Revision 6 | Corrigendum 1 (2010)
27 Oct 2010 2011-01-10 13:32:58 UTC 6 1 04 series of amendments | Supplement 3 | Corrigendum 2
UN R48 | Revision 6 | Corrigendum 2 (2011)
14 Feb 2011 2011-02-22 07:56:51 UTC 6 2 Corrigendum 2 to Revision 6
UN R48 | Revision 6 | Corrigendum 4 (2011)
7 Jun 2011 2011-11-14 07:53:29 UTC 6 4 Corrigendum 3 to Revision 6
UN R48 | Revision 7 (2012)
14 Oct 2012 2012-10-18 05:45:39 UTC 7 04 series of amendments | Supplement 4 04 series of amendments | Supplement 3 | Corrigendum 2 03 series of amendments | Supplement 5 04 series of amendments | Supplement 5 04 series of amendments | Supplement 4 | Corrigendum 1 Corrigendum 1 to Revision 6 Corrigendum 2 to Revision 6 04 series of amendments | Supplement 6 Corrigendum 3 to Revision 6 04 series of amendments | Supplement 7 04 series of amendments | Supplement 8 04 series of amendments | Supplement 9 04 series of amendments | Supplement 5 | Corrigendum 1 Based upon the adopted proposal: WP.29/2011/26
UN R48 | Revision 7 | Amendment 1 (2013)
6 Aug 2013 2013-08-16 15:12:40 UTC 7 1 04 series of amendments | Supplement 10
UN R48 | Revision 7 | Amendment 1 | Corrigendum 1 (2013)
14 Aug 2013 2013-09-16 19:22:13 UTC 7 1 1 04 series of amendments | Supplement 10 | Corrigendum 1
UN R48 | Revision 7 | Amendment 2 (2013)
27 Nov 2013 2013-12-12 16:51:56 UTC 7 2 04 series of amendments | Supplement 11
UN R48 | Revision 7 | Amendment 3 (2014)
23 Jun 2014 2016-12-10 13:50:14 UTC 7 3 04 series of amendments | Supplement 12 Based upon the adopted proposal: WP.29/2013/80

GRE proposal to amend the requirements for installation of front-position lamps and to revise the requirements on replacing light sources.

UN R48 | Revision 8 (2012)
14 Oct 2012 2012-10-18 05:46:36 UTC 8 05 series of amendments 05 series of amendments | Corrigendum 1 05 series of amendments | Supplement 1 05 series of amendments | Supplement 2
UN R48 | Revision 8 | Amendment 1 (2013)
6 Aug 2013 2013-08-16 15:07:54 UTC 8 1 05 series of amendments | Supplement 3
UN R48 | Revision 8 | Amendment 1 | Corrigendum 1 (2013)
14 Aug 2013 2013-09-16 19:28:48 UTC 8 1 1 05 series of amendments | Supplement 3 | Corrigendum 1
UN R48 | Revision 8 | Amendment 2 (2013)
27 Nov 2013 2015-11-07 13:45:34 UTC 8 2 05 series of amendments | Supplement 4
UN R48 | Revision 8 | Amendment 3 (2014)
23 Jun 2014 2015-11-07 13:47:33 UTC 8 3 05 series of amendments | Supplement 5 Based upon the adopted proposal: WP.29/2013/81

GRE proposal to amend the requirements for installation of front-position lamps and to revise the requirements on replacing light sources.

UN R48 | Revision 9 (2012)
14 Oct 2012 2012-10-18 05:47:11 UTC 9 06 series of amendments
UN R48 | Revision 9 | Amendment 1 (2013)
6 Aug 2013 2014-04-14 14:31:02 UTC 9 1 06 series of amendments | Supplement 1
UN R48 | Revision 9 | Amendment 1 | Corrigendum 1 (2013)
27 Aug 2013 2013-09-16 19:34:28 UTC 9 1 1 06 series of amendments | Supplement 1 | Corrigendum 1
UN R48 | Revision 9 | Amendment 2 (2013)
27 Nov 2013 2015-11-07 13:38:40 UTC 9 2 06 series of amendments | Supplement 2
UN R48 | Revision 9 | Amendment 3 (2014)
23 Jun 2014 2015-11-07 13:40:09 UTC 9 3 06 series of amendments | Supplement 3 Based upon the adopted proposal: WP.29/2013/82

GRE proposal to amend the requirements for installation of front-position lamps, to revise the requirements on replacing light sources, to clarify and simplify the transitional provisions, to clarify the general provision to determine the mounting height of the lamp in paragraph 5.28.4., to complete the deletion of distributed lighting systems (DLS) (light generators) from the regulation, and to clarify the requirements and avoid the need for a telltale where one or more Light Emitting Diodes (LED) or LED modules, used to produce the principal passing beam, are wired such that the failure of any LED or LED module causes all the LED to stop emitting light.

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