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Issue No. 2, 2012

Advancing IWVTA

At the most recent meeting of the Informal Group on IWVTA(1), held in Paris on 9 March, progress was made in the development of a system for establishing International Whole Vehicle Type Approval, whose goal is to “realise complete mutual recognition of whole vehicle approval, without any additional national requirements or approvals remaining.”  While the list of proposed candidate items for technical regulations applicable to IWVTA has yet to be finalised, at its 9 March meeting the IWVTA Informal Group agreed not only on the specific WP.29 GRs, or Working Parties(2), to which the review of candidate items is to be allocated, but also on a guideline for those reviews. 

The guideline details the multi-step process by which each GR will carry out the task of determining the definitive provisions of technical regulations for IWVTA, on the basis of the UN Regulations under its competence.  In June of 2015 the complete list of regulations for IWVTA in their final form is to be submitted to WP.29, whose approval is expected in the first half of 2016.

Participants in the 9 March meeting further agreed to assign an “IWVTA ambassador” to each GR to act as a coordinator by attending all GR meetings where regulations applicable to IWVTA are to be reviewed; monitoring the progress of the GR in those reviews and reporting that progress to the IWVTA Informal Group; and assisting the GR in solving unsettled issues.

Also, the Informal Group’s Japanese representative proposed that Japan, which launched the IWVTA concept, additionally contribute to the review of technical regulations applicable to IWVTA by becoming the technical sponsor proposing amendments for at least three UN Regulations: R125 (on forward field of vision), R46 (on rearview mirrors), and R34 (on the prevention of fire risks).

The IWVTA Informal Group meets again on 22 June this year, in Paris, directly following the meetings, on June 20 and 21, of two newly set-up subgroups (one chaired by the European Commission, the other by Japan) which by then will have started working on, respectively, the revision of the 1958 Agreement and the text of the IWVTA regulations (referred to as “UN R0”).

JAMA actively supports the IWVTA initiative and its goal of establishing internationally-accepted vehicle safety and environmental performance standards which, JAMA believes, will bring benefits both to the automotive industry and to vehicle users.  IWVTA will also contribute to trade liberalisation, through improved market access and reduced costs.

JAMA members call on their international partners, including the European Union, to support the IWVTA concept and work together towards its early implementation.

(1) The Informal Group on IWVTA was established, with the endorsement of WP.29 (a permanent body, also known as the World Forum for Harmonisation of Vehicle Regulations, within the institutional framework of the United Nations), in March 2010 to promote the IWVTA project.

(2) The Working Parties, six in total, are subsidiary bodies of WP.29, each tasked with a specific area of regulatory activity, namely: pollution and energy, general safety provisions, brakes and running gear, lighting and light-signalling, passive safety, and noise.