Four new harmonized global rules were introduced in 2008. These include vehicle glazing, headrests, electronic control of pedestrian stability and safety. The current work programme includes passenger car tyres, hydrogen-powered vehicles, and motorcycle controls and indicators. In addition, several new areas, such as advanced collision prevention technologies, will be explored for possible harmonization. The core of the Forum`s work is based on the “1958 Agreement” officially titled “Agreement on the Adoption of Uniform Technical Rules for Wheeled Vehicles, equipment and parts that can be mounted and/or used on wheeled vehicles and the conditions for mutual recognition of permits issued on the basis of these requirements” (E/ECE/TRANS/505/Rev.2, amended on 16 October 1995). It will be a legal framework in which participating countries (contracting parties) agree on a common set of technical requirements and protocols for the reception of vehicles and components. These were previously referred to as “EEC-UN regulations” or, less formally, “EEC regulations” with regard to the Economic Commission for Europe. However, since many non-European countries are now parties to the 1958 agreement, the regulations officially refer to them as “UN regulations”.   In accordance with the principle of mutual recognition set out in the agreement, the type receptions of each party are recognized by all other contracting parties. This agreement establishes a procedure for the joint development of global technical rules to ensure safety, environmental protection, energy efficiency and protection from theft of wheeled vehicles, equipment and parts.
These comprehensive rules are supposed to serve as the basis for national regulation and the resulting convergence of technical standards can facilitate trade in these products. However, the parties to the agreement are not required to adopt global rules and their own national rules may remain more or less strict than the overall rules. 7. As noted here and in the balance sheet of this communication, the “contracting parties” refer to the contracting parties in the 1998 comprehensive agreement. View of the traffic light: the EEC`s lighting power requirements are defined in different provisions. We strive to harmonize the ECA requirements and all other national rules relating to the visibility of signal lamps with the counter-provisions of the U.S. lighting standard (FMVSS No. 108).
Historically, one of the most striking differences between UN and U.S. regulations has been the design and performance of lighthouses. The Citroen DS presented here illustrates the major differences between headlights during the period 1940-1983, when US regulations imposed sealed headlights that were banned in many European countries. A similar approach was evident for mandatory side position lights in the United States.   WP.29 is currently working to update the ECE Child Deduction Regulations and tends to adopt slightly different bars and use legs, i.e. dental devices that extend between the lower front of the child restraint and the floor of the vehicle rather than on tetheer. Working with WP.29 at this stage will minimize differences between U.S. standards and ECE regulations, while ensuring that children have the best possible protection worldwide. Countries that are members of the EEC-UN and regional economic integration organizations created by members of the EEC-UN, as well as other members of the United Nations, may become parties to this agreement. It was opened for signature on June 25, 1998 and the United States, which signed it that day, was the first country to sign it.
The agreement came into force on August 25, 2000. It does not have an expiration date, although a contracting party may withdraw with a one-year period. Based on available information and analysis on the relative degree of U.S. rigour and benefits