Contracting Parties To The 1958 Agreement
The 1998 agreement on the establishment of global technical rules for wheeled vehicles, equipment and parts that can be mounted and/or used on wheeled vehicles is a subsequent agreement. Following its mission to harmonize vehicle regulations, the EEC-UN resolved the main problems (administrative provisions relating to type reception against self-certification and mutual recognition of receptions) that prevented countries not signatories to the 1958 agreement from participating fully in their activities. From 2015[update], 135 UN regulations were attached to the 1958 agreement; most prescriptions relate to a single component of the vehicle or a single vehicle technology. This results in a sub-list of rules for passenger cars (heavy vehicles, motorcycles, etc.) may be subject to derogatory provisions. The Global Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations is a working group (WP.29) of the Sustainable Transport Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN-EEC). Its mission is to manage the multilateral agreements signed in 1958, 1997 and 1998 on technical requirements relating to the construction, registration of bicycle vehicles and their regular technical inspection and to work within the framework of these three agreements to develop and amend Un regulations, UN global technical regulations and UN regulations, a kind of vehicle regulation. The first signatories to the 1958 agreement included Italy (28 March), the Netherlands (30 March), Germany (19), France (26), Hungary (30 June), Sweden and Belgium. Initially, the agreement only allowed the participation of the ECEC member countries, but in 1995 the agreement was revised to allow the participation of non-MEMBERS of the ERC. Current participants include the European Union and its member countries, as well as non-EEC-UN countries such as Norway, Russia, Ukraine, Croatia, Serbia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Azerbaijan and Tunisia, and even remote regions such as South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Thailand and Malaysia. 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).