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Regulation No 67 of the Economic Commission for Europe of the United Nations (UNECE) — Uniform provisions concerning the I. Approval of specific equipment of vehicles of category M and N using liquefied petroleum gases in their propulsion system; II. Approval of vehicles of category M and N fitted with specific equipment for the use of liquefied petroleum gases in their propulsion system with regard to the installation of such equipment [2016/1829]

OJ L 285, 20.10.2016, p. 1–128 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)

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20.10.2016   

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Official Journal of the European Union

L 285/1


Only the original UN/ECE texts have legal effect under international public law. The status and date of entry into force of this Regulation should be checked in the latest version of the UN/ECE status document TRANS/WP.29/343, available at:

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Regulation No 67 of the Economic Commission for Europe of the United Nations (UNECE) — Uniform provisions concerning the I. Approval of specific equipment of vehicles of category M and N using liquefied petroleum gases in their propulsion system; II. Approval of vehicles of category M and N fitted with specific equipment for the use of liquefied petroleum gases in their propulsion system with regard to the installation of such equipment [2016/1829]

Incorporating all valid text up to:

Supplement 14 to the 01 series of amendments — Date of entry into force: 9 October 2014

CONTENTS

REGULATION

1.

Scope

2.

Definition and classification of components

Part I:   Approval of specific equipment of vehicles of categories M and N using liquefied petroleum gases in their propulsion system

3.

Application for approval

4.

Markings

5.

Approval

6.

Specifications regarding the various components of the LPG equipment

7.

Modifications of a type of LPG equipment and extension of approval

8.

(Not allocated)

9.

Conformity of production

10.

Penalties for non-conformity of production

11.

Transitional provisions regarding the various components of the LPG equipment

12.

Production definitively discontinued

13.

Names and addresses of Technical Services responsible for conducting approval tests, and of Type Approval Authorities

Part II:   Approval of vehicles of categories M and N fitted with specific equipment for the use of liquefied petroleum gases in their propulsion system with regard to the installation of such equipment

14.

Definitions

15.

Application for approval

16.

Approval

17.

Requirements for the installation of specific equipment for the use of liquefied petroleum gases in the propulsion system of a vehicle

18.

Conformity of production

19.

Penalties for non-conformity of production

20.

Modification and extension of approval of a vehicle type

21.

Production definitively discontinued

22.

Transitional provisions regarding the installation of various components of the LPG equipment and the type approval of a vehicle fitted with specific equipment for the use of liquefied petroleum gas in its propulsion system with regard to the installation of such equipment

23.

Names and addresses of Technical Services responsible for conducting approval tests, and of Type Approval Authorities

ANNEXES

1

Essential characteristics of the vehicle, engine and LPG related equipment

2A

Arrangement of the LPG equipment type approval mark

2B

Communication concerning the approval or extension or refusal or withdrawal of approval or production definitively discontinued of a type of LPG equipment pursuant to Regulation No 67

2C

Arrangement of approval marks

2D

Communication concerning the approval or extension or refusal or withdrawal of approval or production definitively discontinued of a vehicle type with regard to the installation of LPG systems pursuant to Regulation No 67

3

Provisions regarding the approval of LPG container accessories

4

Provisions regarding the approval of the fuel pump

5

Provisions regarding the approval of the LPG filter unit

6

Provisions regarding the approval of the pressure regulator and the vaporiser

7

Provisions regarding the approval of the shut-off valve, the non-return valve, the gas-tube pressure relief valve and the service coupling

8

Provisions regarding the approval of flexible hoses with couplings

9

Provisions regarding the approval of the filling unit

10

Provisions regarding the approval of LPG containers

11

Provisions regarding the approval of gas injection devices, or gas mixing pieces, or injectors and the fuel rail

12

Provisions regarding the approval of the gas dosage unit when not combined with the gas injection device(s)

13

Provisions regarding the approval of the pressure and/or temperature sensor

14

Provisions regarding the approval of the electronic control unit

15

Test procedures

16

Provisions regarding LPG identification mark for M2 and M3 category vehicles

17

Provisions regarding identification mark for service coupling

1.   SCOPE

This Regulation applies to:

1.1.

Part I

Approval of specific equipment of vehicles of category M and N (1) using liquefied petroleum gases in their propulsion system;

1.2.

Part II

Approval of vehicles of category M and N (1) fitted with specific equipment for the use of liquefied petroleum gases in their propulsion system with regard to the installation of such equipment.

2.   DEFINITION AND CLASSIFICATION OF COMPONENTS

LPG components for use in vehicles shall be classified with regard to the maximum operating pressure and function, according to Figure 1.

Class 0

High pressure parts including tubes and fittings containing liquid LPG with a pressure > 3 000 kPa.

Class 1

High pressure parts including tubes and fittings containing liquid LPG at vapour pressure or increased vapour pressure up to 3 000 kPa.

Class 2

Low pressure parts including tubes and fittings containing vaporised LPG with a maximum operating pressure below 450 kPa and over 20 kPa above atmospheric pressure.

Class 2A

Low pressure parts for a limited pressure range including tubes and fittings containing vaporised LPG with a maximum operating pressure below 120 kPa and over 20 kPa above atmospheric pressure.

Class 3

Shut-off valves and pressure relief valves, when operating in the liquid phase.

LPG components designed for a maximum operating pressure below 20 kPa above atmospheric pressure are not subjected to this Regulation.

A component can consist of several parts, each part classified in his own class with regard to maximum operating pressure and function.

Figure 1

Classification with regard to maximum operating pressure and function

Image 1

Class 0

Class 3

Class 1

Class 2A

Class 2

Not subjected to this regulation.

Maximum operating pressure < 20 kPa?

Maximum operating pressure > 450 kPa?

Safety valves?

No

Or

No

No

No

No

Maximum operating pressure < 120 kPa?

Operating pressure > 3 MPa?

STOP

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

START

For the purposes of this Regulation:

2.1.

‘Pressure’ means relative pressure versus atmospheric pressure, unless otherwise stated.

2.1.1.    ‘Service pressure’ means the settled pressure at a uniform gas temperature of 15 °C.

2.1.2.    ‘Test pressure’ means the pressure to which the component is subjected during the approval test.

2.1.3.    ‘Working pressure (WP)’ means the maximum pressure to which the component is designed to be subjected and on the basis of which its strength is determined.

2.1.4.    ‘Operating pressure’ means the pressure under normal operating conditions.

2.1.5.    ‘Maximum operating pressure’ means the maximum pressure in a component which might arise during operation.

2.1.6.    ‘Classification pressure’ means the maximum allowable operating pressure in a component according to its classification.

2.2.

‘Specific equipment’ means:

(a)

The container;

(b)

The accessories fitted to the container;

(c)

The vaporiser/pressure regulator;

(d)

The shut-off valve;

(e)

The gas injection device or injector or gas mixing piece;

(f)

The gas dosage unit either separate or combined with the gas injection device;

(g)

Flexible hoses;

(h)

Filling unit;

(i)

Non-return valve;

(j)

Gas-tube pressure relief valve;

(k)

Filter unit;

(l)

Pressure or temperature sensor;

(m)

Fuel pump;

(n)

Service coupling;

(o)

Electronic control unit;

(p)

Fuel rail;

(q)

Pressure relief device;

(r)

Multi-component.

2.3.

‘Container’ means any vessel used for the storage of liquefied petroleum gas.

2.3.1.   A container can be:

(a)

A standard cylindrical container with a cylindrical shell, two dished ends either torispherical or elliptical and the required openings;

(b)

A special container: other containers than standard cylindrical containers. The dimensional characteristics are given in Annex 10, Appendix 5.

2.3.2.    ‘All-composite container’ means a container made only of composite materials with a non-metallic liner.

2.3.3.    ‘Batch of containers’ means a maximum of 200 containers of the same type produced consecutively on the same production line.

2.4.

‘Type of container’ means containers which do not differ in respect to the following characteristics as specified in Annex 10:

(a)

The trade name(s) or trade mark(s);

(b)

The shape (cylindrical, special shape);

(c)

The openings (plate for accessories/metal ring);

(d)

The material;

(e)

The welding process (in case of metal containers);

(f)

The heat treatment (in case of metal containers);

(g)

The production line;

(h)

The nominal wall thickness;

(i)

The diameter;

(j)

The height (in case of special containers).

2.5.

‘Accessories fitted to the container’ means the following equipment which may be either separate or combined:

(a)

80 per cent stop valve;

(b)

Level indicator;

(c)

Pressure relief valve;

(d)

Remotely controlled service valve with excess flow valve;

(e)

Fuel pump;

(f)

Multivalve;

(g)

Gas-tight housing;

(h)

Power supply bushing;

(i)

Non-return valve;

(j)

Pressure relief device.

2.5.1.    ‘80 per cent stop valve’ means a device that limits the filling at maximum 80 per cent of the capacity of the container.

2.5.2.    ‘Level indicator’ means a device to verify the level of liquid in the container.

2.5.3.    ‘Pressure relief valve (discharge valve)’ means a device to limit the pressure build-up in the container.

2.5.3.1.    ‘Pressure relief device’ means a device aimed to protect the container from burst which can occur in case of fire, by venting the LPG contained.

2.5.4.    ‘Remotely controlled service valve with excess flow valve’ means a device which allows the establishment and interruption of LPG supply to the evaporator/pressure regulator; remotely controlled means that the service valve is controlled by the electronic control unit; when the engine of the vehicle is not running the valve is closed; an excess flow valve means a device to limit the flow of LPG.

2.5.5.    ‘Fuel pump’ means a device to establish the supply of liquid LPG to the engine by increasing the pressure of the container with the fuel pump supply pressure.

2.5.6.    ‘Multivalve’ means a device consisting of all or part of the accessories mentioned in paragraphs 2.5.1 to 2.5.3 and 2.5.8.

2.5.7.    ‘Gas-tight housing’ means a device to protect the accessories and to vent any leakages to the open air.

2.5.8.   Power supply bushing (fuel pump/actuators/fuel level sensor).

2.5.9.    ‘Non-return valve’ means a device to allow the flow of liquid LPG in one direction and to prevent the flow of liquid LPG in the opposite direction.

2.6.

‘Vaporiser’ means a device intended to vaporise LPG from a liquid to a gaseous state.

2.7.

‘Pressure regulator’ means a device intended for reducing and regulating the pressure of liquefied petroleum gas.

2.8.

‘Shut-off valve’ means a device to cut off the flow of LPG.

2.9.

‘Gas-tube pressure relief valve’ means a device to prevent the pressure build up in the tubes above a pre-set value.

2.10.

‘Gas injection device or injector or gas mixing piece’ means a device which establishes the liquid or vaporised LPG to enter the engine.

2.11.

‘Gas dosage unit’ means a device which meters and/or distributes the gas flow to the engine and can be either combined with the gas injection device or separate.

2.12.

‘Electronic control unit’ means a device which controls the LPG demand of the engine and cuts off automatically the power to the shut-off valves of the LPG system in case of a broken fuel supply pipe caused by an accident, or by stalling of the engine.

2.13.

‘Pressure or temperature sensor’ means a device which measures pressure or temperature.

2.14.

‘LPG filter unit’ means a device which filters the LPG, the filter can be integrated in other components.

2.15.

‘Flexible hoses’ means hoses for conveying liquefied petroleum gas in either a liquid or vapour state at various pressures from one point to another.

2.16.

‘Filling unit’ means a device to allow filling of the container; the filling unit can be realised by integration in the 80 per cent stop valve of the container or by a remote filling unit at the outside of the vehicle.

2.17.

‘Service coupling’ means a coupling in the fuel line between the fuel container and the engine. If a mono-fuel vehicle is out of fuel the engine can be operated by means of a service fuel container which can be coupled to the service coupling.

2.18.

‘Fuel rail’ means a pipe or duct that connects the fuel injection devices.

2.19.

‘Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)’ means any product essentially composed of the following hydrocarbons:

Propane, propene (propylene), normal butane, isobutane, isobutylene, butene (butylene) and ethane.

European Standard EN 589:1993 specifies requirements and methods of test for automotive LPG as marketed and delivered in the countries of the members of CEN (European Committee for Standardisation).

2.20.

‘Hose assembly’ means an assembly of a flexible hose and couplings.

PART I

APPROVAL OF SPECIFIC EQUIPMENT OF VEHICLES OF CATEGORIES M AND N USING LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GASES IN THEIR PROPULSION SYSTEM

3.   APPLICATION FOR APPROVAL

3.1.   The application for approval of specific equipment shall be submitted by the holder of the trade name or mark or by his duly accredited representative.

3.2.   It shall be accompanied by the under mentioned documents in triplicate and by the following particulars:

3.2.1.

A detailed description of the type of the specific equipment (as specified in Annex 1),

3.2.2.

A drawing of the specific equipment, sufficiently detailed and on an appropriate scale,

3.2.3.

Verification of compliance with the specifications prescribed in paragraph 6 of this Regulation.

3.3.   At the request of the Technical Service responsible for conducting approval tests, samples of the specific equipment shall be provided.

Supplementary samples shall be supplied upon request.

4.   MARKINGS

4.1.   All components submitted for approval shall bear the trade name or mark of the manufacturer and the type; and for non-metallic components also the manufacturing month and year; this marking shall be clearly legible and indelible.

4.2.   All equipment shall have a space large enough to accommodate the approval mark including the classification of the component (see Annex 2A) and in case of components of Class 0 also the working pressure (WP); this space shall be shown on the drawings referred to in paragraph 3.2.2 above.

4.3.   Every container shall also bear a marking plate, welded to it, with the following data clearly legible and indelible:

(a)

A serial number;

(b)

The capacity in litres;

(c)

The marking ‘LPG’;

(d)

Test pressure [kPa];

(e)

The wording: ‘maximum degree of filling: 80 %’;

(f)

Year and month of approval (e.g. 99/01);

(g)

Approval mark according to paragraph 5.4;

(h)

The marking ‘PUMP INSIDE’ and a marking identifying the pump when a pump is mounted in the container.

4.4.   In addition to provisions of paragraphs 4.1 and 4.2, one of the following additional marks shall be used for remotely controlled service valves and remotely controlled shut-off valves which comply respectively with paragraph 4.7 of Annex 3 or with paragraph 1.7 of Annex 7:

(a)

‘H1

(b)

‘H2

(c)

‘H3

5.   APPROVAL

5.1.   If the equipment samples submitted for approval meet the requirements of paragraphs 6.1 to 6.13 of this Regulation, approval of the type of equipment shall be granted.

5.2.   An approval number shall be assigned to each type of equipment approved. Its first two digits (at present 01 corresponding to the 01 series of amendments which entered into force on 13 November 1999) shall indicate the series of amendments incorporating the most recent major technical amendments made to the Regulation at the time of issue of the approval. The same Contracting Party shall not assign this alphanumeric code to another type of equipment.

5.3.   Notice of approval or of refusal or of extension of approval of an LPG equipment type/part pursuant to this Regulation shall be communicated to the Parties to the Agreement applying this Regulation, by means of a form conforming to the model in Annex 2B to this Regulation. If it concerns a container, Annex 2B — Appendix shall be added.

5.4.   There shall be affixed, conspicuously and in the space referred to in paragraph 4.2 above, to all equipment conforming to a type approved under this Regulation, in addition to the mark prescribed in paragraphs 4.1 and 4.3 above, an international approval mark consisting of:

5.4.1.

A circle surrounding the letter ‘E’ followed by the distinguishing number of the country which has granted approval (2).

5.4.2.

The number of this Regulation, followed by the letter ‘R’, a dash and the approval number to the right of the circle prescribed in paragraph 5.4.1 above. This approval number consists of the component type approval number which appears on the certificate completed for this type (see paragraph 5.2 above and Annex 2B) preceded by two figures indicating the sequence of the latest series of amendments to this Regulation.

5.5.   The approval mark shall be clearly legible and be indelible.

5.6.   Annex 2A to this Regulation gives examples of the arrangement of the aforesaid approval mark.

5.7.   In case of a Class 0 component also the working pressure shall be marked in the vicinity of the approval mark mentioned in paragraph 5.4 above.

6.   SPECIFICATIONS REGARDING THE VARIOUS COMPONENTS OF THE LPG EQUIPMENT

6.1.   General provisions

The specific equipment of vehicles using LPG in their propulsion system shall function in a correct and safe way.

The materials of the equipment which are in contact with LPG shall be compatible with it.

Those parts of equipment whose correct and safe functioning is liable to be influenced by LPG, high pressure or vibrations has to be submitted to relevant test procedures described in the annexes to this Regulation. In particular the provisions of paragraphs 6.2 to 6.13 below are to be fulfilled.

The installation of LPG equipment approved by this Regulation shall comply with relevant electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) requirements according to Regulation No 10, 02 series of amendments, or equivalent.

6.2.   Provisions regarding containers

The LPG containers shall be type approved pursuant to the provisions laid down in Annex 10 to this Regulation.

6.3.   Provisions regarding accessories fitted to the container

6.3.1.   The container shall be equipped with the following accessories, which may be either separate or combined (multivalve(s)):

6.3.1.1.

80 per cent stop valve;

6.3.1.2.

Level indicator;

6.3.1.3.

Pressure relief valve (discharge valve);

6.3.1.4.

Remotely controlled service valve with excess flow valve.

6.3.2.   The container may be equipped with a gas-tight housing, if necessary.

6.3.3.   The container may be equipped with a power supply bushing for the sake of actuators/LPG fuel pump.

6.3.4.   The container may be equipped with a LPG fuel pump inside the container.

6.3.5.   The container may be equipped with a non-return valve.

6.3.6.   The container shall be equipped with a pressure relief device (PRD). Devices or functions may be approved as PRD being:

(a)

A fusible plug (temperature triggered) (fuse), or

(b)

A pressure relief valve provided that it complies to paragraph 6.15.8.3 below, or

(c)

A combination of the two above devices, or

(d)

Any other equivalent technical solution provided that it ensures the same degree of performance.

6.3.7.   The accessories mentioned in paragraphs 6.3.1 to 6.3.6 above shall be type approved pursuant to the provisions laid down in:

(a)

Annex 3 to this Regulation for accessories mentioned in paragraphs 6.3.1, 6.3.2, 6.3.3 and 6.3.6 above;

(b)

Annex 4 to this Regulation for accessories mentioned in paragraph 6.3.4 above;

(c)

Annex 7 to this Regulation for accessories mentioned in paragraph 6.3.5 above.

6.4. - 6.14.   Provisions regarding other components

The other components, which are shown in Table 1, shall be type approved pursuant to the provisions laid down in the annexes which can be determined from the table.

Table 1

Paragraph

Component

Annex

6.4.

Fuel pump

4

6.5.

Vaporiser (3)

Pressure regulator (3)

6

6.6.

Shut-off valves

Non-return valves

Gas-tube pressure relief valves

Service couplings

7

6.7.

Flexible hoses

8

6.8.

Filling unit

9

6.9.

Gas injection devices/Gas mixing piece (5)

or

Injectors

11

6.10.

Gas dosage units (4)

12

6.11.

Pressure sensors

Temperature sensors

13

6.12.

Electronic control unit

14

6.13.

LPG filter units

5

6.14.

Pressure relief device

3

6.15.   General design rules regarding components

6.15.1.   Provisions regarding the 80 per cent stop valve

6.15.1.1.   The connection between the float and the closing unit of the 80 per cent stop valve shall not be deformed under normal conditions of use.

6.15.1.2.   If the 80 per cent stop valve of the container comprises a float, the latter shall withstand an outside pressure of 4 500 kPa.

6.15.1.3.   The closing unit of the device that limits the filling at 80 per cent + 0/– 5 per cent of the capacity of the container, for which the 80 per cent stop valve is designed, shall withstand a pressure of 6 750 kPa. At the cut-off position, the filling rate at a differential pressure of 700 kPa shall not exceed 500 cm3/minute. The valve shall be tested with all the containers on which it is intended to be fitted or the manufacturer shall declare by calculation for which container types this valve is suitable.

6.15.1.4.   When the 80 per cent stop valve does not comprise any float, it shall not be possible to continue filling, after closing-off, at a rate exceeding 500 cm3/minute.

6.15.1.5.   The device shall bear a permanent marking, indicating the container-type for which it has been designed, diameter and angle, and if applicable mounting indication.

6.15.2.   Electrical operated devices containing LPG shall, in order to prevent in case of fracture of the component electric sparks on the surface of fracture:

(a)

Be insulated in a manner that no current is lead through LPG containing parts;

(b)

Have the electrical system of the device isolated:

(i)

From the body;

(ii)

From the container for the fuel pump.

Isolation resistance shall be > 10 ΜΩ.

6.15.2.1.   The electrical connections inside the boot and passengers compartment shall comply with protection degree class IP 40 according to IEC Standard 60529-1989+A1:1999.

6.15.2.2.   All other electrical connections shall comply with protection degree class IP 54 according to IEC Standard 60529-1989+A1:1999.

6.15.2.3.   The power supply bushing (fuel pump/actuators/fuel level sensor) to establish an isolated and tight electrical connection shall be of a hermetic sealed type.

6.15.3.   Specific provisions on valves activated by an electric/external (hydraulic, pneumatic) power

6.15.3.1.   In the case of valves activated by an electric/external power (e.g. 80 per cent stop valve, service valve, shut-off valves, non-return valves, gas tube pressure relief valve, service coupling), those valves shall be in ‘closed’ position when their power is switched off.

6.15.3.2.   The power of the fuel pump shall be switched off when the electronic control unit becomes defective or loses power.

6.15.4.   Heat exchange medium (compatibility and pressure requirements)

6.15.4.1.   The materials constituting a device which are in contact with the heat exchange medium of a device when operating shall be compatible with that fluid and shall be designed to withstand a pressure of 200 kPa of the heat exchange medium. The material shall meet the prescriptions laid down in Annex 15, paragraph 17.

6.15.4.2.   The compartment containing the heat exchange medium of the vaporiser/pressure regulator shall be leak proof at a pressure of 200 kPa.

6.15.5.   A component consisting of both high pressure and low pressure parts shall be so designed to prevent a pressure build up in the low pressure part above 2,25 times the maximum working pressure for which it has been tested. Components connected directly to the tank pressure shall be designed for the classification pressure of 3 000 kPa. Venting to the motor compartment or outside of the vehicle is not allowed.

6.15.6.   Specific provisions to prevent any gas flow

6.15.6.1.   Pumps of Class 1 shall be so designed that the outlet pressure never exceeds 3 000 kPa, when there is e.g. blocking of the tubing or not opening of a shut-off valve. This can be realised by switching off the pump or by recirculating to the container.

Pumps of Class 0 shall be so designed that the outlet pressure never exceeds the WP of the components downstream of the pump, when there is, e.g. blocking of the tubing or not opening of a shut-off valve. This can be realised by switching off the pump or by recirculation to the container.

6.15.6.2.   The pressure regulator/vaporiser shall be so designed as to prevent any gas flow when the regulator/vaporiser unit is supplied with LPG at a pressure ≤ 4 500 kPa when the regulator is not operating.

6.15.7.   Provisions regarding the gas tube relief valve

6.15.7.1.   Gas-tube pressure relief valves of Class 1 shall be so designed as to open at a pressure of 3 200 ± 100 kPa.

Gas-tube pressure relief valves of Class 0 shall be so designed as to open at a pressure of 1,07 WP of the pipe ± 100 kPa (if needed).

6.15.7.2.   Gas-tube pressure relief valves of Class 1 shall not have internal leakage up to 3 000 kPa.

Gas-tube pressure relief valves of Class 0 shall not have internal leakage up to WP of the pipe.

6.15.8.   Provisions regarding the pressure relief valve (discharge valve)

6.15.8.1.   The pressure relief valve shall be mounted inside the container or on the container, in the area where the fuel is in gaseous state.

6.15.8.2.   The pressure relief valve shall be so designed as to open at a pressure of 2 700 ± 100 kPa.

6.15.8.3.   The flow capacity of the pressure relief valve, determined with compressed air at a pressure which is 20 per cent higher than the normal operating-pressure shall be at least

Q ≥ 10,66 × A0,82

In which:

Q

=

flow of air in standard m3/min. (100 kPa absolute and temperature of 15 °C)

A

=

exterior surface of the container in m2.

The flow test results shall be corrected to standard conditions:

 

Air pressure of 100 kPa absolute and temperature of 15 °C.

 

When the pressure relief valve is considered as a pressure relief device, the flow shall be at least 17,7 standard m3/min.

6.15.8.4.   The pressure relief valve shall not have internal leakage up to 2 600 kPa.

6.15.8.5.   The pressure relief device (fuse) shall be designed to open at a temperature of 120 ± 10 °C.

6.15.8.6.   The pressure relief device (fuse) shall be designed to have, when opened, a flow capacity of:

Q ≥ 2,73 × A

In which:

Q

=

flow of air in standard m3/min. (100 kPa absolute and temperature of 15 °C)

A

=

exterior surface of the container in m2.

The flow test shall be carried out at an upstream air pressure of 200 kPa absolute, and at temperature of 15 °C.

The flow test results shall be corrected to standard conditions:

Air pressure of 100 kPa absolute, and temperature of 15 °C.

6.15.8.7.   The pressure relief device shall be mounted on the container in the gaseous zone.

6.15.8.8.   The pressure relief device shall be fitted to the container in such a manner that it can discharge into the gas tight housing, when its presence is prescribed.

6.15.8.9.   The pressure relief device (fuse) shall be tested according to the provisions described in Annex 3, paragraph 7.

6.15.9.   Power dissipation of the fuel pump

At minimum fuel level whereby the engine is still operating the heat build-up by the fuel pump(s) should never cause the pressure relief valve to open.

6.15.10.   Provisions regarding the filling unit

6.15.10.1.   The filling unit shall be equipped with at least one soft-seated non-return valve, and it shall not be dismountable by design.

6.15.10.2.   The filling unit shall be protected against contamination.

6.15.10.3.   The design and dimensions of the connecting area of the filling unit shall comply with those in the figures in Annex 9.

The filling unit shown in Figure 5 is only applicable for motor vehicles of categories M2, M3, N2, N3 and M1 having a maximum total mass > 3 500 kg.

6.15.10.4.   The filling unit shown in Figure 4 may also apply for motor vehicles of categories M2, M3, N2, N3 and M1 having a maximum total mass > 3 500 kg (6).

6.15.10.5.   The outside filling unit is connected to the container by a hose or pipe.

6.15.10.6.   Specific provisions regarding the light vehicle Euro filling unit (Annex 9 — Figure 3):

6.15.10.6.1.

The dead volume between the front sealing surface and the front of the non-return valve shall not exceed 0,1 cm3;

6.15.10.6.2.

The flow through the connector at a pressure difference of 30 kPa shall be at least 60 litres/min., if tested with water.

6.15.10.7.   Specific provisions regarding the heavy-duty vehicle Euro filling unit (Annex 9 — Figure 5):

6.15.10.7.1.

The dead volume between the front sealing surface and the front of the non-return valve shall not exceed 0,5 cm3;

6.15.10.7.2.

The flow through the filling unit, with the non-return valve mechanically opened, at a pressure difference of 50 kPa shall be at least 200 litres/min., when tested with water.

6.15.10.7.3.

The Euro filling unit shall comply with the impact test as described in Annex 9, paragraph 7.4.

6.15.11.   Provisions regarding the level indicator

6.15.11.1.   The device to verify the level of liquid in the container shall be of an indirect type (for example magnetic) between the inside and outside of the container. If the device to verify the level of liquid in the container is of a direct type, the electric power connections should meet IP54 specifications according to IEC EN 60529:1997-06.

6.15.11.2.   If the level indicator of the container comprises a float, the latter shall withstand an outside pressure of 3 000 kPa.

6.15.12.   Provisions regarding the gas tight housing of the container.

6.15.12.1.   The gas-tight housing outlet shall have a total free cross-section of at least 450 mm2.

6.15.12.2.   The gas-tight housing shall be leak-proof at a pressure of 10 kPa with the aperture(s) closed off, maximum allowed leak rate of 100 cm3/h vapour and show no permanent deformation.

6.15.12.3.   The gas-tight housing shall be designed to withstand a pressure of 50 kPa.

6.15.13.   Provisions regarding the remotely controlled service valve with excess flow valve.

6.15.13.1.   Provisions regarding the service valve

6.15.13.1.1.   In case of the service valve is combined with a LPG fuel supply pump, identification of the pump shall be realised by the marking ‘PUMP INSIDE’ and the identification of the pump either on the marking plate of the LPG container or on the multivalve if present. Electrical connections inside the LPG container shall comply with protection degree class IP 40 according to IEC Standard 60529-1989+A1:1999.

6.15.13.1.2.   Service valves of Class 1 shall withstand a pressure of 6 750 kPa in the open and closed position. Service valves of Class 0 shall withstand a pressure of 2,25 WP in the open and closed position.

6.15.13.1.3.   The service valve shall not, at the shut-off position, allow an internal leak rate in the flow direction. There may be leak in the back flow direction.

6.15.13.2.   Provisions regarding the excess flow valve

6.15.13.2.1.   The excess flow valve shall be mounted inside the container.

6.15.13.2.2.   The excess flow valve shall be designed with a bypass to allow for equalisation of pressures.

6.15.13.2.3.   The excess flow valve shall cut off at a pressure difference over the valve of 90 kPa. At this pressure difference the flow shall not exceed 8 000 cm3/min.

6.15.13.2.4.   When the excess flow valve is at cut-off position, the flow through the by-pass shall not exceed 500 cm3/min. at a differential pressure of 700 kPa.

7.   MODIFICATIONS OF A TYPE OF LPG EQUIPMENT AND EXTENSION OF APPROVAL

7.1.   Every modification of a type of LPG equipment shall be notified to the Type Approval Authority which granted the type approval. The Type Approval Authority may then either:

7.1.1.

Consider that the modifications made are unlikely to have an appreciable adverse effect, and that the equipment still complies with the requirements; or

7.1.2.

Consider whether retesting will be partial or complete.

7.2.   Confirmation or refusal of approval, specifying the alterations, shall be communicated by the procedure specified in paragraph 5.3 above to the Parties to the Agreement which apply this Regulation.

7.3.   The Type Approval Authority issuing the extension of approval shall assign a series number to each communication form drawn up for such an extension.

8.   (NOT ALLOCATED)

9.   CONFORMITY OF PRODUCTION

The conformity of production procedures shall comply with those set out in the Agreement, Appendix 2 (E/ECE/324-E/ECE/TRANS/505/Rev.2), with the following requirements:

9.1.

All equipment approved under this Regulation shall be so manufactured as to conform to the type approved by meeting the requirements of paragraph 6 above.

9.2.

In order to verify that the requirements of paragraph 9.1 are met, suitable controls of production shall be carried out.

9.3.

The minimum requirements for conformity of production control tests set forth in Annexes 8, 10 and 15 to this Regulation shall be complied with.

9.4.

The Type Approval Authority which has granted type approval may at any time verify the conformity control methods applied in each production facility. The normal frequency of these verifications shall be once every year.

9.5.

Moreover, each container shall be tested at a minimum pressure of 3 000 kPa in conformity with the prescriptions of paragraph 2.3 of Annex 10 to this Regulation.

9.6.

Every hose assembly which is applied in the high pressure class (Class 1) according to the classification as prescribed in paragraph 2 of this Regulation, shall, during half a minute, be subjected to a test with gas under a pressure of 3 000 kPa by the approval holder.

9.6.1.   Every hose assembly which is applied in the high pressure class (Class 0) according to the classification as prescribed in paragraph 2 of this Regulation, shall, during half a minute, be subjected to a test with gas under a pressure of the declared WP by the approval holder.

9.7.

For welded containers at least 1 per 200 containers and one of the remaining number has to be subjected to the radiographic examination according to Annex 10, paragraph 2.4.1.

9.8.

During production 1 of 200 containers and 1 of the remaining number has to be subjected to the abovementioned mechanical tests as described in Annex 10, paragraph 2.1.2.

10.   PENALTIES FOR NON-CONFORMITY OF PRODUCTION

10.1.   The approval granted in respect of a type of equipment pursuant to this Regulation may be withdrawn if the requirements laid down in paragraph 9 above are not complied with.

10.2.   If a Party to the Agreement applying this Regulation withdraws an approval it has previously granted, it shall forthwith so notify the other Contracting Parties applying this Regulation, by means of a communication form conforming to the model in Annex 2B to this Regulation.

11.   TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS REGARDING THE VARIOUS COMPONENTS OF THE LPG EQUIPMENT

11.1.   As from the official date of entry into force of the 01 series of amendments to this Regulation, no Contracting Party applying this Regulation shall refuse to grant approval under this Regulation as amended by the 01 series of amendments.

11.2.   As from 3 months after the official date of entry into force of the 01 series of amendments to this Regulation, Contracting Parties applying this Regulation shall grant approvals only if the type of component to be approved meets the requirements of this Regulation as amended by the 01 series of amendments.

11.3.   No Contracting Party applying this Regulation shall refuse a type of component approved to the 01 series of amendments to this Regulation.

11.4.   Until 12 months after the date of entry into force of the 01 series of amendments to this Regulation, no Contracting Party applying this Regulation shall refuse a type of component approved to this Regulation in its original form.

11.5.   Upon the expiration of a period of 12 months after the date of entry into force of the 01 series of amendments, Contracting Parties applying this Regulation may refuse the sale of a type of component which does not meet the requirements of the 01 series of amendments to this Regulation, unless the component is intended as a replacement for fitting on vehicles in use.

12.   PRODUCTION DEFINITIVELY DISCONTINUED

If the holder of the approval completely ceases to manufacture a type of equipment approved in accordance with this Regulation, he shall so inform the Type Approval Authority which granted the approval. Upon receiving the relevant communication, that Authority shall inform thereof the other Contracting Parties to the Agreement applying this Regulation by means of a communication form conforming to the model in Annex 2B to this Regulation.

13.   NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF TECHNICAL SERVICES RESPONSIBLE FOR CONDUCTING APPROVAL TESTS, AND OF TYPE APPROVAL AUTHORITIES

The Contracting Parties to the Agreement applying this Regulation shall communicate to the United Nations Secretariat the names and addresses of the Technical Services responsible for conducting approval tests and of the Type Approval Authorities which grant approval and to which forms certifying approval or extension or refusal or withdrawal of approval, issued in other countries, are to be sent.

PART II

APPROVAL OF VEHICLES OF CATEGORIES M AND N FITTED WITH SPECIFIC EQUIPMENT FOR THE USE OF LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GASES IN THEIR PROPULSION SYSTEM WITH REGARD TO THE INSTALLATION OF SUCH EQUIPMENT

14.   DEFINITIONS

14.1.   For the purposes of Part II of this Regulation:

14.1.1.

‘Approval of a vehicle’ means the approval of a vehicle type with regard to the installation of its specific equipment for the use of liquefied petroleum gases in its propulsion system;

14.1.2.

‘Vehicle type’ means a vehicle or a family of vehicles fitted with specific equipment for the use of LPG in its propulsion system, which do not differ with respect to the following conditions:

14.1.2.1.

The manufacturer;

14.1.2.2.

The type designation established by the manufacturer;

14.1.2.3.

The essential aspects of design and construction;

14.1.2.3.1.   Chassis/floor pan (obvious and fundamental differences);

14.1.2.3.2.   Installation of the LPG equipment (obvious and fundamental differences).

14.1.3.

‘Commanded stop phase’ defines the period of time during which the combustion engine is switched off automatically for fuel saving and is allowed to start again automatically.

15.   APPLICATION FOR APPROVAL

15.1.   The application for approval of a vehicle type with regard to the installation of specific equipment for the use of liquefied petroleum gases in its propulsion system shall be submitted by the vehicle manufacturer or by his duly accredited representative.

15.2.   It shall be accompanied by the undermentioned documents in triplicate: description of the vehicle comprising all the relevant particulars referred to in Annex 1 to this Regulation.

15.3.   A vehicle representative of the vehicle type to be approved shall be submitted to the Technical Service conducting the approval tests.

16.   APPROVAL

16.1.   If the vehicle submitted for approval pursuant to this Regulation is provided with all the necessary specific equipment for the use of liquefied petroleum gases in its propulsion system and meets the requirements of paragraph 17 below, approval of that vehicle type shall be granted.

16.2.   An approval number shall be assigned to each type of vehicle approved. Its first two digits shall indicate the series of amendments incorporating the most recent major technical amendments made to the Regulation at the time of issue of the approval.

16.3.   Notice of approval or of refusal or of extension of approval of an LPG vehicle type pursuant to this Regulation shall be communicated to the Parties to the Agreement applying this Regulation, by means of a form conforming to the model in Annex 2D to this Regulation.

16.4.   There shall be affixed, conspicuously and in a readily accessible space specified on the approval form referred to in paragraph 16.3 above, to every vehicle type approved under this Regulation an international approval mark consisting of:

16.4.1.

A circle surrounding the letter ‘E’ followed by the distinguishing number of the country which has granted approval (7).

16.4.2.

The number of this Regulation, followed by the letter ‘R’, a dash and the approval number to the right of the circle prescribed in paragraph 16.4.1 above.

16.5.   If the vehicle conforms to a vehicle approved, under one or more other Regulations annexed to the Agreement, in the country which has granted approval under this Regulation, the symbol prescribed in paragraph 16.4.1 above need not be repeated; in such case, the Regulation and approval numbers and the additional symbols of all the Regulations under which approval has been granted in the country which has granted approval under this Regulation shall be placed in vertical columns to the right of the symbol prescribed in paragraph 16.4.1 above.

16.6.   The approval mark shall be clearly legible and be indelible.

16.7.   The approval mark shall be placed close to or on the vehicle data plate.

16.8.   Annex 2C to this Regulation gives examples of the arrangement of the aforesaid approval mark.

17.   REQUIREMENTS FOR THE INSTALLATION OF SPECIFIC EQUIPMENT FOR THE USE OF LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GASES IN THE PROPULSION SYSTEM OF A VEHICLE

17.1.   General

17.1.1.   The LPG equipment as installed in the vehicle shall function in such a manner that the working pressure for which it has been designed and approved cannot be exceeded.

17.1.2.   All parts of the system shall be type approved for individual parts pursuant to Part I of this Regulation.

17.1.2.1.   Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph 17.1.2 above, if the LPG electronic control unit is integrated into the engine electronic control unit and is covered with a vehicle installation type approval according to Part II of this Regulation and to Regulation No 10, no separate type approval of the LPG electronic control unit is necessary. The vehicle type approval shall also be approved pursuant to the applicable provisions laid down in Annex 14 to this Regulation.

17.1.3.   The materials used in the system shall be suitable for use with LPG.

17.1.4.   All parts of the system shall be fastened in a proper way.

17.1.5.   The LPG system shall show no leaks.

17.1.6.   The LPG system shall be installed such that is has the best possible protection against damage, such as damage due to moving vehicle components, collision, grit or due to the loading or unloading of the vehicle or the shifting of those loads.

17.1.7.   No appliances shall be connected to the LPG system other than those strictly required for the proper operation of the engine of the motor vehicle.

17.1.7.1.   Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph 17.1.7 above, motor vehicles of categories M2, M3, N2, N3 and M1 having either a maximum total mass > 3 500 kg or a body type SA (8)  (9), may be fitted with a heating system to heat the passenger compartment which is connected to the LPG system.

17.1.7.2.   The heating system referred to in paragraph 17.1.7.1 above shall be permitted if, in the view of the Technical Services responsible for conducting type approval, the heating system is adequately protected and the required operation of the normal LPG system is not affected.

17.1.7.3.   Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph 17.1.7 above, a mono-fuel vehicle without limp-home system may be equipped with a service coupling in the LPG system.

17.1.7.4.   The service coupling referred to in paragraph 17.1.7.3 above shall be permitted if, in the view of the Technical Services responsible for conducting type approval, the service coupling is adequately protected and the required operation of the normal LPG system is not affected. The service coupling shall be combined with a separate gas-tight non-return valve whereby it is only possible to operate the engine.

17.1.7.5.   Mono-fuel vehicles installed with a service coupling shall carry a sticker near the service coupling as specified in Annex 17 to this Regulation.

17.1.8.   Identification of LPG-fuelled M2 and M3 category vehicles.

17.1.8.1.   Vehicles of category M2 and M3 shall carry a plate as specified in Annex 16 to this Regulation.

17.1.8.2.   The plate shall be installed on the front and rear of the M2 or M3 category vehicle and on the outside of the doors on the left-hand side for the right hand drive vehicles and on the right-hand side for the left hand drive vehicles.

17.2.   Further requirements

17.2.1.   No component of the LPG system, including any protective materials which form part of such components, shall project beyond the external surface of the vehicle, with the exception of the filling unit if this does not project more than 10 mm beyond the nominal line of the body panel.

17.2.2.   With the exception of the LPG fuel container, in no cross section of the vehicle any component of the LPG system, including any protective material which forms part of such components, may extend beyond the lower edge of the vehicle unless another part of the vehicle, within a radius of 150 mm is situated lower.

17.2.3.   No component of the LPG system shall be located within 100 mm of the exhaust or similar heat source, unless such components are adequately shielded against heat.

17.3.   The LPG system

17.3.1.   An LPG system shall contain at least the following components:

17.3.1.1.

Fuel container;

17.3.1.2.

80 per cent stop valve;

17.3.1.3.

Level indicator;

17.3.1.4.

Pressure relief valve;

17.3.1.5.

Remotely controlled service valve with excess flow valve;

17.3.1.6.

Pressure regulator and vaporiser, which may be combined (10);

17.3.1.7.

Remotely controlled shut-off valve;

17.3.1.8.

Filling unit;

17.3.1.9.

Gas tubes and hoses;

17.3.1.10.

Gas-carrying connections between the LPG system components;

17.3.1.11.

Injector or gas injection device or gas mixing piece;

17.3.1.12.

Electronic control unit;

17.3.1.13.

Pressure relief device (fuse).

17.3.2.   The system may also include the following components:

17.3.2.1.

Gas-tight housing, covering the accessories fitted to the fuel container;

17.3.2.2.

Non-return valve;

17.3.2.3.

Gas tube pressure relief valve;

17.3.2.4.

Gas dosage unit;

17.3.2.5.

LPG filter unit;

17.3.2.6.

Pressure or temperature sensor;

17.3.2.7.

LPG fuel pump;

17.3.2.8.

Power supply bushing for the container (actuators/fuel pump/fuel level sensor);

17.3.2.9.

Service coupling (mono-fuel vehicles only & no limp-home system);

17.3.2.10.

Fuel selection system and electrical system;

17.3.2.11.

Fuel rail.

17.3.3.   The container fittings referred to in paragraphs 17.3.1.2 to 17.3.1.5 above may be combined.

17.3.4.   The remotely controlled shut-off valve referred to in paragraph 17.3.1.7 above may be combined with the pressure regulator/vaporiser.

17.3.5.   Additional components required for the effective operation of the engine may be installed in that part of the LPG system where the pressure is less than 20 kPa.

17.4.   Installation of the fuel container

17.4.1.   The fuel container shall be permanently installed in the vehicle and shall not be installed in the engine compartment.

17.4.2.   The fuel container shall be installed in the correct position, according to the instructions from the container manufacturer.

17.4.3.   The fuel container shall be installed such that there is no metal to metal contact, other than at the permanent fixing points of the container.

17.4.4.   The fuel container shall have permanent fixing points to secure it to the motor vehicle or the container shall be secured to the motor vehicle by a container frame and container straps.

17.4.5.   When the vehicle is ready for use the fuel container shall not be less than 200 mm above the road surface.

17.4.5.1.   The provisions of paragraph 17.4.5 above shall not apply if the container is adequately protected, at the front and the sides and no part of the container is located lower than this protective structure.

17.4.6.   The fuel container(s) shall be mounted and fixed so that the following accelerations can be absorbed (without damage occurring) when the containers are full:

 

Vehicles of categories M1 and N1:

(a)

20 g in the direction of travel;

(b)

8 g horizontally perpendicular to the direction of travel.

 

Vehicles of categories M2 and N2:

(a)

10 g in the direction of travel;

(b)

5 g horizontally perpendicular to the direction of travel.

 

Vehicles of categories M3 and N3:

(a)

6,6 g in the direction of travel;

(b)

5 g horizontally perpendicular to the direction of travel.

A calculation method can be used instead of practical testing if its equivalence can be demonstrated by the applicant for approval to the satisfaction of the Technical Service.

17.5.   Further requirements to the fuel container

17.5.1.   If more than one LPG container is connected to a single delivery tube each container shall be fitted with a non-return valve installed downstream of the remotely controlled service valve and a tube pressure relief valve shall be installed in the delivery tube, downstream of the non-return valve. An adequate filter system has to be placed upstream of the non-return valve(s) to prevent fouling of the non-return valve(s).

17.5.2.   A non-return valve and tube pressure relief valve shall not be required if the backflow pressure of the remotely controlled service valve in the closed position exceeds 500 kPa.

In that case the control of the remotely controlled service valves shall be constructed such that it is impossible for more than one remotely controlled valve to be open at any time. The overlap time to allow switching is limited to two minutes.

17.6.   Accessories to the fuel container

17.6.1.   Remotely controlled service valve with excess flow valve on the container

17.6.1.1.   The remotely controlled service valve with excess flow valve shall be installed directly on the fuel container, without any intervening fittings.

17.6.1.2.   The remotely controlled service valve with excess flow valve shall be controlled such that it is automatically closed when the engine is not running, irrespective of the position of the ignition switch, and shall remain closed as long as the engine is not running.

17.6.1.3.   Notwithstanding the provision of paragraph 17.6.1.2 above, in case of liquid injection systems, if a fuel recirculation is required to purge the system from gas bubbles (vapour lock), it is allowed to keep the remotely controlled service valve with excess flow valve open for a period not longer than 10 seconds before starting the engine in LPG running mode.

17.6.1.4.   Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph 17.6.1.2 above, the remotely controlled service valve may stay in an open position during the commanded stop phases.

17.6.1.5.   If the remotely controlled service valve is closed during commanded stop phases, the valve shall comply with paragraph 4.7 of Annex 3.

17.6.2.   Spring-loaded pressure relief valve in the container

17.6.2.1.   The spring-loaded pressure relief valve shall be installed in the fuel container in such a manner that it is connected to the vapour space and can discharge to the surrounding atmosphere. The spring-loaded pressure relief valve may discharge into the gas-tight housing if that gas-tight housing fulfils the requirements of paragraph 17.6.5 below.

17.6.3.   80 per cent stop valve

17.6.3.1.   The automatic filling level limiter shall be suitable for the fuel container it is fitted to and shall be installed in the appropriate position to ensure that the container cannot be filled to more than 80 per cent.

17.6.4.   Level indicator

17.6.4.1.   The level indicator shall be suitable for the fuel container it is fitted to and shall be installed in the appropriate position.

17.6.5.   Gas-tight housing on the container

17.6.5.1.   A gas-tight housing over the container fittings, which fulfils the requirements of paragraphs 17.6.5.2 to 17.6.5.5 below shall be fitted to the fuel container, unless the container is installed outside the vehicle and the container fittings are protected against dirt and water.

17.6.5.2.   The gas-tight housing shall be in open connection with the atmosphere, where necessary through a connecting hose and a lead-through.

17.6.5.3.   The ventilation opening of the gas-tight housing shall point downwards at the point of exit from the motor vehicle. However, it shall not discharge into a wheel arch, nor shall it be aimed at a heat source such as the exhaust.

17.6.5.4.   Any connecting hose and lead-through in the bottom of the bodywork of the motor vehicle for ventilation of the gas-tight housing shall have a minimum clear opening of 450 mm2. If a gas tube, other tube or any electrical wiring is installed in the connecting hose and lead-through, the clear opening shall also be at least 450 mm2.

17.6.5.5.   The gas-tight housing and connecting hoses shall be gas-tight at a pressure of 10 kPa with the apertures closed off, and show no permanent deformation, with a maximum allowed leak rate of 100 cm3/h.

17.6.5.6.   The connecting hose shall be secured in a proper way to the gas-tight housing and the lead-through to ensure that a gas-tight joint is formed.

17.7.   Gas tubes and gas hoses

17.7.1.   Gas tubes shall be made of seamless material: either copper or stainless steel or steel with corrosion-resistant coating.

17.7.2.   If seamless copper is used the tube shall be protected by a rubber or plastic sleeve.

17.7.3.   The outer diameter of gas tubes made of copper shall not exceed 12 mm with a wall thickness of at least 0,8 mm, gas tubes from steel and stainless steel shall not exceed 25 mm with, for gas services, an appropriate wall thickness.

17.7.4.   The gas tube may be made of a non-metallic material if the tube fulfils the requirements of this Regulation, paragraph 6.7.

17.7.5.   The gas tube may be replaced by a gas hose if this hose fulfils the requirement of this Regulation, paragraph 6.7.

17.7.6.   Gas tubes, other than non-metallic gas tubes, shall be secured such that they shall not be subjected to vibration or stresses.

17.7.7.   Gas hoses and non-metallic gas tubes shall be secured such that they shall not be subjected to stresses.

17.7.8.   At the fixing point the gas tube or hose shall be fitted with a protective material.

17.7.9.   Gas tubes or hoses shall not be located at jacking points.

17.7.10.   At passages the gas tubes or hoses, whether or not fitted with a protective sleeve, shall be fitted with protective material.

17.8.   Gas connections between the components of the LPG system

17.8.1.   Soldered or welded joints and bite-type compression joints are not permitted. Soldering or welding can be permitted for connecting the individual parts of detachable couplings to the gas tube or component.

17.8.2.   Gas tubes shall only be connected by compatible fittings with regard to corrosion.

17.8.3.   Stainless steel tubes shall only be joined by stainless steel fittings.

17.8.4.   Distributing-blocks shall be made of corrosion-resistant material.

17.8.5.   Gas tubes shall be connected by appropriate joints, for example, two-part compression joints in steel tubes and joints with olives tapered on both sides or two flanges in copper tubes. Gas tubes shall be connected with appropriate connections. Under no circumstances couplings may be used whereby the tube will be damaged. The burst pressure of the mounted couplings shall be the same or higher as specified for the tube.

17.8.6.   The number of joints shall be limited to a minimum.

17.8.7.   Any joints shall be made in locations where access is possible for inspection.

17.8.8.   In a passenger compartment or enclosed luggage compartment the gas tube or hose shall be no longer than reasonably required; this provision is fulfilled when the gas tube or hose does not extend further than from the fuel container to the side of vehicle.

17.8.8.1.   There shall be no gas-conveying connections in the passenger compartment or enclosed luggage compartment with the exception of:

(a)

The connections on the gas-tight housing; and

(b)

The connection between the gas tube or hose and the filling unit if this connection is fitted with a sleeve which is resistant against LPG and any leaking gas will be discharged directly into the atmosphere.

17.8.8.2.   The provisions of paragraph 17.8.8 and paragraph 17.8.8.1 above shall not apply for M2 or M3 category vehicles if the gas tubes or hoses and connections are fitted with a sleeve which is resistant against LPG and which has an open connection to the atmosphere. The open end of the sleeve or ducting shall be situated at the lowest point.

17.9.   Remotely controlled shut-off valve

17.9.1.   A remotely controlled shut-off valve shall be installed in the gas tube from the LPG container to the pressure regulator/vaporiser, as close as possible to the pressure regulator/vaporiser.

17.9.2.   The remotely controlled shut-off valve may be incorporated into the pressure regulator/vaporiser.

17.9.3.   Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph 17.9.1 above, the remotely controlled shut-off valve may be installed at a location in the engine bay specified by the manufacturer of the LPG system if a fuel return system is provided between the pressure regulator and the LPG container.

17.9.4.   The remotely controlled shut-off valve shall be installed such that the fuel supply is cut off when the engine is not running or, if the vehicle is also equipped with another fuel system, when the other fuel is selected. A delay of 2 seconds is permitted for diagnostic purposes.

17.9.5.   Notwithstanding the provision of paragraph 17.9.4 above, in case of liquid injection systems, if a fuel recirculation is required to purge the system from gas bubbles (vapour lock), it is allowed to keep the remotely controlled shut-off valve open for a period not longer than 10 seconds before starting the engine in LPG running mode and during the fuel switching-over.

17.9.6.   Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph 17.9.4 above, the remotely controlled shut-off valve may stay in an open position during the commanded stop phases.

17.9.7.   If the remotely controlled shut-off valve is closed during commanded stop phases, the valve shall comply with paragraph 1.7 of Annex 7.

17.10   Filling unit

17.10.1.   The filling unit shall be secured against rotation and shall be protected against dirt and water.

17.10.2.   When the LPG container is installed in the passenger compartment or an enclosed (luggage) compartment, the filling unit shall be located at the outside of the vehicle.

17.11.   Fuel selection system and electrical installation

17.11.1.   The electrical components of the LPG system shall be protected against overloads and at least one separate fuse shall be provided in the supply cable.

17.11.1.1.   The fuse shall be installed in a known location where it can be reached without the use of tools.

17.11.2.   The electrical power to LPG system components which also carry gas may not be conducted by a gas tube.

17.11.3.   All electrical components installed in a part of the LPG system where the pressure exceeds 20 kPa shall be connected and insulated in a manner that no current is led through LPG containing parts.

17.11.4.   Electrical cables shall be adequately protected against damage. The electrical connections inside the boot and passengers compartment shall comply with protection degree class IP 40 according to IEC Standard 60529-1989+A1:1999. All other electrical connections shall comply with protection degree class IP 54 according to IEC Standard 60529-1989+A1:1999.

17.11.5.   Vehicles with more than one fuel system shall have a fuel selection system

17.11.6.   The electrical connections and components in the gas-tight housing shall be constructed such that no sparks are generated.

17.12.   Pressure relief device

17.12.1.   The pressure relief device shall be fitted to the fuel container(s) in such a manner that it can discharge into the gas tight housing, when its presence is prescribed, if that gas tight housing fulfils the requirements of paragraph 17.6.5 above.

18.   CONFORMITY OF PRODUCTION

The conformity of production procedures shall comply with those set out in the Agreement, Appendix 2 (E/ECE/324-E/ECE/TRANS/505/Rev.2) with the following requirements:

18.1.

All vehicles approved under this Regulation shall be so manufactured as to conform to the type approved by meeting the requirements of paragraph 17 above.

18.2.

In order to verify that the requirements of paragraph 18.1 above are met, suitable controls of the production shall be carried out.

18.3.

The Type Approval Authority which has granted type approval may at any time verify the conformity control methods applied in each production facility. The normal frequency of these verifications shall be once every year.

19.   PENALTIES FOR NON-CONFORMITY OF PRODUCTION

19.1.   The approval granted in respect of a type of vehicle pursuant to this Regulation may be withdrawn if the requirements laid down in paragraph 18 above are not complied with.

19.2.   If a Contracting Party to the Agreement applying this Regulation withdraws an approval it has previously granted, it shall forthwith so notify the other Contracting Parties applying this Regulation, by means of a communication form conforming to the model in Annex 2D to this Regulation.

20.   MODIFICATION AND EXTENSION OF APPROVAL OF A VEHICLE TYPE

20.1.   Every modification of the installation of the specific equipment for the use of liquefied petroleum gases in the propulsion system of the vehicle shall be notified to the Type Approval Authority which approved the vehicle type. That Type Approval Authority may then either:

20.1.1.

Consider that the modifications made are unlikely to have an appreciably adverse effect and that in any case the vehicle still complies with the requirements; or

20.1.2.

Require a further test report from the Technical Service responsible for conducting the tests.

20.2.   Confirmation or refusal of approval, specifying the alteration, shall be communicated by the procedure specified in paragraph 16.3 above to the Parties to the Agreement applying this Regulation.

20.3.   The Type Approval Authority issuing the extension of approval shall assign a series number for such an extension and inform thereof the other Contracting Parties to the 1958 Agreement applying this Regulation by means of a communication form conforming to the model in Annex 2D to this Regulation.

21.   PRODUCTION DEFINITIVELY DISCONTINUED

If the holder of the approval completely ceases to manufacture a type of vehicle approved in accordance with this Regulation, he shall so inform the Type Approval Authority which granted the approval. Upon receiving the relevant communication, that Authority shall inform thereof the other Contracting Parties to the Agreement applying this Regulation by means of a communication form conforming to the model in Annex 2D to this Regulation.

22.   TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS REGARDING THE INSTALLATION OF VARIOUS COMPONENTS OF THE LPG EQUIPMENT AND THE TYPE APPROVAL OF A VEHICLE FITTED WITH SPECIFIC EQUIPMENT FOR THE USE OF LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS IN ITS PROPULSION SYSTEM WITH REGARD TO THE INSTALLATION OF SUCH EQUIPMENT

22.1.   As from the official date of entry into force of the 01 series of amendments to this Regulation, no Contracting Party applying this Regulation shall refuse to grant approval under this Regulation as amended by the 01 series of amendments.

22.2.   As from the official date of entry into force of the 01 series of amendments to this Regulation, no Contracting Party applying this Regulation shall prohibit the fitting on a vehicle and the use as first equipment of a component approved under this Regulation as amended by the 01 series of amendments.

22.3.   During the period of 12 months after the date of entry into force of the 01 series of amendments to this Regulation, Contracting Parties applying this Regulation may allow the use of as first equipment of a type of component approved to this Regulation in its original form, when fitted on a vehicle transformed for LPG propulsion.

22.4.   Upon the expiration of a period of 12 months after the date of entry into force of the 01 series of amendments to this Regulation, Contracting Parties applying this Regulation shall prohibit the use as first equipment of a component which does not meet the requirements of this Regulation as amended by the 01 series of amendments, when fitted on a vehicle transformed for LPG propulsion.

22.5.   Upon the expiration of a period of 12 months after the date of entry into force of the 01 series of amendments to this Regulation, Contracting Parties applying this Regulation may refuse first National Registration (first entry into service) of a vehicle which does not meet the requirements of this Regulation as amended by the 01 series of amendments.

23.   NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF TECHNICAL SERVICES RESPONSIBLE FOR CONDUCTING APPROVAL TESTS, AND OF TYPE APPROVAL AUTHORITIES

The Parties to the Agreement applying this Regulation shall communicate to the United Nations Secretariat the names and addresses of the Technical Services responsible for conducting approval tests and of the Type Approval Authorities which grant approval and to which forms certifying approval or extension or refusal or withdrawal of approval, issued in other countries, are to be sent.


(1)  As defined in the Consolidated Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles (R.E.3.), document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/78/Rev.3, para. 2 — www.unece.org/trans/main/wp29/wp29wgs/wp29gen/wp29resolutions.html

(2)  The distinguishing numbers of the Contracting Parties to the 1958 Agreement are reproduced in Annex 3 to the Consolidated Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles (R.E.3), document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/78/Rev. 3 — www.unece.org/trans/main/wp29/wp29wgs/wp29gen/wp29resolutions.html

(3)  Either combined or separate

(4)  Only applicable when the gas dosage actuator is not integrated in the gas injection device.

(5)  Applicable only when the operating pressure of the gas mixing piece exceeds 20 kPa (Class 2).

(6)  As defined in the Consolidated Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles (R.E.3.), document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/78/Rev.3, para. 2.

(7)  The distinguishing numbers of the Contracting Parties to the 1958 Agreement are reproduced in Annex 3 to the Consolidated Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles (R.E.3), document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/78/Rev.3

(8)  As defined in the Consolidated Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles (R.E.3.), document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/78/Rev.3, para. 2 — www.unece.org/trans/main/wp29/wp29wgs/wp29gen/wp29resolutions.html

(9)  As defined in the Consolidated Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles (R.E.3.), document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/78/Rev.3, para. 2.

(10)  These components might not be necessary in case of liquid LPG injection.


ANNEX 1

ESSENTIAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE VEHICLE, ENGINE AND LPG RELATED EQUIPMENT

Description of the vehicle(s)

Make: …

Type(s): …

Name and address of the manufacturer: …

1.   Description of the engine(s)

1.1.   Manufacturer: …

1.1.1.   Manufacturer's engine code(s) (as marked on the engine or other means of identification): …

1.2.   Internal combustion engine

1.2.1.-1.2.4.4.   Not used

1.2.4.5.   Description of the LPG fuelling equipment:

1.2.4.5.1.   System description: …

1.2.4.5.1.1.   Make(s): …

1.2.4.5.1.2.   Type(s): …

1.2.4.5.1.3.   Drawings/flow charts of the installation in the vehicle(s): …

1.2.4.5.2.   Vaporiser/pressure regulator(s):

1.2.4.5.2.1.   Make(s): …

1.2.4.5.2.2.   Type(s): …

1.2.4.5.2.3.   Certification number: …

1.2.4.5.2.4.   Not used

1.2.4.5.2.5.   Drawings: …

1.2.4.5.2.6.   Number of main adjustment points: …

1.2.4.5.2.7.   Description of principle of adjustment through main adjustment points: …

1.2.4.5.2.8.   Number of idle adjustment points: …

1.2.4.5.2.9.   Description of principles of adjustment through idle adjustment points: …

1.2.4.5.2.10.   Other adjustment possibilities: if so and which (description and drawings):

1.2.4.5.2.11.   Operating pressure(s) (1): …kPa

1.2.4.5.3.   Mixing piece: yes/no (2)

1.2.4.5.3.1.   Number: …

1.2.4.5.3.2.   Make(s): …

1.2.4.5.3.3.   Type(s): …

1.2.4.5.3.4.   Drawings: …

1.2.4.5.3.5.   Place of installation (include drawing(s)): …

1.2.4.5.3.6.   Adjustment possibilities: …

1.2.4.5.3.7.   Operating pressure(s) (1): …kPa

1.2.4.5.4.   Gas dosage unit: yes/no (2)

1.2.4.5.4.1.   Number: …

1.2.4.5.4.2.   Make(s): …

1.2.4.5.4.3.   Type(s): …

1.2.4.5.4.4.   Drawings: …

1.2.4.5.4.5.   Place of installation (include drawing(s)): …

1.2.4.5.4.6.   Adjustment possibilities (description)

1.2.4.5.4.7.   Operating pressure(s) (1): …kPa

1.2.4.5.5.   Gas injection device (s) or Injector(s): yes/no (2)

1.2.4.5.5.1.   Make(s): …

1.2.4.5.5.2.   Type(s): …

1.2.4.5.5.3.   (Not used)

1.2.4.5.5.4.   Operating pressure(s) (1): …kPa

1.2.4.5.5.5.   Drawings of installation: …kPa

1.2.4.5.6.   Electronic Control Unit LPG-fuelling:

1.2.4.5.6.1.   Make(s): …

1.2.4.5.6.2.   Type(s): …

1.2.4.5.6.3.   Place of installation: …

1.2.4.5.6.4.   Adjustment possibilities: …

1.2.4.5.7.   LPG container:

1.2.4.5.7.1.   Make(s): …

1.2.4.5.7.2.   Type(s) (include drawings): …

1.2.4.5.7.3.   Number of containers: …

1.2.4.5.7.4.   Capacity: …litres

1.2.4.5.7.5.   LPG fuel pump in container: yes/no (2)

1.2.4.5.7.6.   (Not used)

1.2.4.5.7.7.   Drawings of the installation of the container: …

1.2.4.5.8.   LPG container accessories

1.2.4.5.8.1.   80 per cent stop valve:

1.2.4.5.8.1.1.   Make(s): …

1.2.4.5.8.1.2.   Type(s): …

1.2.4.5.8.1.3.   Operating principle: float/other (2) (include description or drawings): …

1.2.4.5.8.2.   Level indicator:

1.2.4.5.8.2.1.   Make(s): …

1.2.4.5.8.2.2.   Type(s): …

1.2.4.5.8.2.3.   Operating principle: float/other (2) (include description or drawings): …

1.2.4.5.8.3.   Pressure relief valve (discharge valve):

1.2.4.5.8.3.1.   Make(s): …

1.2.4.5.8.3.2.   Type(s): …

1.2.4.5.8.3.3.   Flow rate in standard conditions: …

1.2.4.5.8.4.   Pressure relief device

1.2.4.5.8.4.1.   Make(s): …

1.2.4.5.8.4.2.   Type(s): …

1.2.4.5.8.4.3.   Description and drawings: …

1.2.4.5.8.4.4.   Operating temperature: …

1.2.4.5.8.4.5.   Material: …

1.2.4.5.8.4.6.   Flow rate in standard condition: …

1.2.4.5.8.5.   Remotely controlled service valve with excess flow valve:

1.2.4.5.8.5.1.   Make(s): …

1.2.4.5.8.5.2.   Type(s): …

1.2.4.5.8.6.   Multivalve: yes/no (2)

1.2.4.5.8.6.1.   Make(s): …

1.2.4.5.8.6.2.   Type(s): …

1.2.4.5.8.6.3.   Multivalve description (include drawings): …

1.2.4.5.8.7.   Gas-tight housing:

1.2.4.5.8.7.1.   Make(s): …

1.2.4.5.8.7.2.   Type(s): …

1.2.4.5.8.8.   Power supply bushing (fuel pump/actuators):

1.2.4.5.8.8.1.   Make(s): …

1.2.4.5.8.8.2.   Type(s): …

1.2.4.5.8.8.3.   Drawings: …

1.2.4.5.9.   Fuel pump (LPG): yes/no (2)

1.2.4.5.9.1.   Make(s): …

1.2.4.5.9.2.   Type(s): …

1.2.4.5.9.3.   Pump mounted in LPG container: yes/no (2)

1.2.4.5.9.4.   Operating pressure(s) (1): …kPa

1.2.4.5.10.   Shut-off valve/Non-return valve/Gas tube pressure relief valve:

yes/no (2)

1.2.4.5.10.1.   Make(s): …

1.2.4.5.10.2.   Type(s): …

1.2.4.5.10.3.   Description and drawings: …

1.2.4.5.10.4.   Operating pressure(s) (1): …kPa

1.2.4.5.11.   Remote filling unit (2):

1.2.4.5.11.1.   Make(s): …

1.2.4.5.11.2.   Type(s): …

1.2.4.5.11.3.   Description and drawings: …

1.2.4.5.12.   Flexible fuel hose(s)/pipes:

1.2.4.5.12.1.   Make(s): …

1.2.4.5.12.2.   Type(s): …

1.2.4.5.12.3.   Description: …

1.2.4.5.12.4.   Operating pressure(s) (1): …kPa

1.2.4.5.13.   Pressure and Temperature sensor(s) (2):

1.2.4.5.13.1.   Make(s): …

1.2.4.5.13.2.   Type(s): …

1.2.4.5.13.3.   Description: …

1.2.4.5.13.4.   Operating pressure(s) (1): …kPa

1.2.4.5.14.   LPG filter unit(s) (2):

1.2.4.5.14.1.   Make(s): …

1.2.4.5.14.2.   Type(s): …

1.2.4.5.14.3.   Description: …

1.2.4.5.14.4.   Operating pressure(s) (1): …kPa

1.2.4.5.15.   Service coupling(s) (mono-fuel vehicles without limp-home system) (2):

1.2.4.5.15.1.   Make(s): …

1.2.4.5.15.2.   Type(s): …

1.2.4.5.15.3.   Description and drawings of installation: …

1.2.4.5.16.   Connection to LPG system for heating system: yes/no (2)

1.2.4.5.16.1.   Make(s): …

1.2.4.5.16.2.   Type(s): …

1.2.4.5.16.3.   Description and drawings of installation: …

1.2.4.5.17.   Fuel rail (2):

1.2.4.5.17.1.   Make(s): …

1.2.4.5.17.2.   Type(s): …

1.2.4.5.17.3.   Description and drawings of installation: …

1.2.4.5.17.4.   Operating pressure(s) (1): …kPa

1.2.4.5.18.   Multi-component (2):

1.2.4.5.18.1.   Make(s): …

1.2.4.5.18.2.   Type(s): …

1.2.4.5.18.3.   Description and drawings: …

1.2.4.5.18.4.   Operating pressure(s) (1): …kPa

1.2.4.5.19.   Further documentation:

1.2.4.5.19.1.   Description of the LPG equipment and the physical safeguarding of the catalyst at switch-over from petrol to LPG or back

1.2.4.5.19.2.   System lay-out (electrical connections, vacuum connections compensation hoses, etc.)

1.2.4.5.19.3.   Drawing of the symbol: …

1.2.4.5.19.4.   Adjustment data: …

1.2.4.5.19.5.   Certificate of the vehicle on petrol, if already granted: …

1.2.5.   Cooling system: (liquid/air) (2)

1.2.5.1.   System description/drawings with regard to the LPG equipment


(1)  Specify the tolerance.

(2)  Strike out what does not apply.


ANNEX 2A

ARRANGEMENT OF THE LPG EQUIPMENT TYPE APPROVAL MARK

(See paragraph 5.4 of this Regulation)

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The above approval mark affixed to the LPG equipment shows that this equipment has been approved in the Netherlands (E 4), pursuant to Regulation No 67 under approval number 012439. The first two digits of the approval number indicate that the approval was granted in accordance with the requirements of Regulation No 67 as amended by the 01 series of amendments.


ANNEX 2B

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Appendix

CONTAINERS ONLY

1.   Container characteristics from the parent container (configuration 00):

(a)

Trade name or mark: …

(b)

Shape: …

(c)

Material: …

(d)

Openings: …see drawing

(e)

Wall thickness: …mm

(f)

Diameter (cylindrical container): …mm

(g)

Height (special container shape): …mm

(h)

External surface: …cm2

(i)

Configuration of accessories fitted to container: see Table 1.

Table 1

No

Item

Type

Approval No

Extension No

a

80 per cent stop valve

 

 

 

b

Level indicator

 

 

 

c

Pressure relief valve

 

 

 

d

Remotely controlled service valve with excess valve

 

 

 

e

Fuel pump

 

 

 

f

Multi-valve

 

 

 

g

Gas-tight housing

 

 

 

h

Power supply bushing

 

 

 

i

Non-return valve

 

 

 

j

Pressure relief device

 

 

 

2.   Lists of the container family

The lists of the container family indicate the diameter, capacity, external surface and the possible configuration(s) of the accessories fitted to the container.

Table 2

No

Type

Diameter/height [mm]

Capacity [L]

External surface [cm2]

Configuration of accessories [codes] (1)

01

 

 

 

 

 

02

 

 

 

 

 

3.   Lists of the possible configurations of accessories fitted to the container

Specify a list of the possible accessories, which differ from the tested configuration of accessories (code 00) and which may be fitted to the type of container. Specify for all accessories, type, approval number and extension number, indicating its own configuration code.

Table 3

No

Accessories

Type

Approval No

Extension No

Configuration of accessories [code]

a

 

 

 

 

 

b

 

 

 

 

 

c

 

 

 

 

 

d

 

 

 

 

 


(1)  Code 00 and, if applicable, same code(s) from Table 3.


ANNEX 2C

ARRANGEMENT OF APPROVAL MARKS

Model A

(See paragraph 16.4 of this Regulation)