Special Resolution No. 2

Name:Special Resolution No. 2
Description:Improvement in the Implementation of the 1998 Global Agreement (SR2).
Official Title:Improvement in the Implementation of the 1998 Global Agreement (SR2).
Country:ECE - United Nations
Date of Issue:2016-08-16
Amendment Level:Original
Number of Pages:10
Vehicle Types:Agricultural Tractor, Bus, Car, Component, Heavy Truck, Light Truck, Motorcycle, Trailer
Subject Categories:General
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August 16, 2016
The text reproduced below was adopted on June 23, 2016 by the Executive Committee (AC.3) of the
Agreement, concerning the establishing of global technical regulations for wheeled vehicles, equipment
and parts which can be fitted and/or be used on wheeled vehicles (ECE/TRANS/132 and Corr.1). It is
based on document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/65 adopted not amended by AC.3 at its forty-seventh
session (TRANS/WP.29/1123, Paragraph 109).

Special Resolution No. 2 – Improvement in the implementation of the 1998 Global Agreement
Introduction, Summary and Proposed Timeline
1998 Agreement Selected Excerpts
Improvement of the implementation of the 1998 Agreement

A. Introduction and Summary
1. The purpose of this Special Resolution is to provide a framework with which the
representatives of the World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29)
and other interested stakeholders can work to improve the implementation of the 1998
Global Agreement.
2. The Special Resolution was presented as an informal document at the June 2015 session of
WP.29, (originally titled Trilateral White Paper). Following discussion and input from a wide
range of stackholders, the Administrative Committee for the Coordination of Work (AC.2)
and the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement (AC.3) endorsed the agreed
B. Background
3. Administered by the World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29),
the 1998 Global Agreement intends to serve two primary purposes. As set forth in the
Agreement’s preamble, the first is facilitating the development and establishment of global
technical regulations (GTRs) that can serve as the basis for setting harmonized national
regulations, which attain high levels of vehicle safety, theft prevention, environmental
protection and energy efficiency. The second is promoting the harmonization of existing
technical regulations. In addition to preserving and even increasing protections for
consumers, harmonization through the Agreement can also provide economic benefits by
reducing regulatory compliance costs and redundant certification.
C. 1998 Agreement Selected Excerpts
The Contracting Parties,
Having decided to adopt an Agreement to establish a process for promoting the development of
global technical regulations ensuring high levels of safety, environmental protection, energy
efficiency and anti-theft performance of Wheeled Vehicles, Equipment and Parts which can be
fitted and/or be used on Wheeled Vehicles;
Having decided that such process shall also promote the harmonization of existing technical
regulations, recognizing the right of subnational, national and regional authorities to adopt and
maintain technical regulations in the areas of health, safety, environmental ·protection, energy
efficiency and anti-theft performance that are more stringent than those established at the global

Working Party on Lighting and Light-Signalling (GRE)
Installation Lighting and Lighting-Signalling Devices – (Dropped from PoW)
Working Party on Brakes and Running Gear (GRRF)
Motorcycle Brakes – Completed November 2006
Passenger Vehicle Brakes – (Dropped from PoW)
Working Party on General Safety (GRSG)
Safety Glazing – March 2008
Controls and Displays – (Dropped from PoW)
Vehicle Classification, Masses and Dimensions – June 2005
Working Party on Passive Safety (GRSP)
Pedestrian Safety – November 2008
Lower Anchorages and Tethers for Child Safety Seats – (Dropped from PoW)
Door Retention Components – November 2004
Head Restraints – March 2008
Working Party on Pollution and Energy (GRPE)
Worldwide Heavy-Duty Certification Procedure (WHDC) – November 2006
Worldwide Motorcycle Emission Test Cycle (WMTC) – June 2005
OBD (Heavy Duty) – November 2006
Off-Cycle Emissions – June 2009
Non-road Mobile Machinery (PM Test) – November 2009
Around 2007, WP.29, having learned from the experience with the original items selected
for the PoW, began to add new items with the intent of avoiding similar difficulties and
achieving better alignment with the current regulatory priorities of the CPs. They were:
Electronic Stability Control – Added 2007, established June 2008
Motorcycle Controls and Displays – Added 2009, established November 2011

D. Improvement of the Implementation of the 1998 Agreement
8. The pace of GTR development has been frustrating and at the failure of some CPs to move
quickly to adopt GTRs at the national level. At the same time, CPs are experiencing
significant resource constraints with personnel available to work on GTRs and travel funds
needed to support related work. One key seems to be to ensure a match between the
WP.29 PoW and the priorities and resource limitations of the CPs as well as increased
compatibility between the domestic rule-making system and the GTRs adoption process. In
working toward improvement, it is important to recall that the Agreement seeks to "achieve
high levels of safety, environmental protection, energy efficiency, and anti-theft performance
within the global community." Further, there is a need to recognize that conditions in some
CPs make it necessary for them to prioritize GTRs that are likely to yield significant
domestic safety and environmental benefits as well as the potential economic benefits of
harmonization. Achieving equilibrium between those priorities and available resources may
necessitate an agreement on a reduced PoW that eliminates some current activities in
return for a renewed focus on a small number of important areas.
9. Three areas in particular need of improvement have been identified. Those areas, along
with possible solutions, are identified and discussed below:
1. Improving the Project Selection Strategy for the PoW
In adding items to the POW, focus on those that are of high priority to the
CPs, based primarily on the amount of potential safety and environmental
in exchanging information among CPs on the respective domestic planning
for the development of regulatory and research work programs in order to
identify commonalities;
in organizing each year in the framework of one of the WP.29 sessions, an in
depth discussion, involving all relevant stakeholders, specifically focused on
the identification of medium and long term priorities;
in adding items that are in new areas of work, especially emerging safety and
environmental protection technologies;
in ensuring that any underlying research needs are identified and research is
completed prior to drafting regulatory text (Part B) for a GTR;
in avoiding in general the initiation of work on GTRs that may have low
benefits or otherwise be of low priority, that cannot be supported by one or
more CPs due to resource limitations, or that are at risk of become less
relevant in the short term;
Notwithstanding the foregoing, in recognizing the need to support and engage
in work that may be of low priority to some CPs, but is of high importance to

Improvement in the Implementation of the 1998 Global Agreement (SR2).