United Nations - Treaty Collection on the Internet
Skip Navigation Links
    UNTS Document   
 
STATUS AS AT : 20-04-2014 05:01:08 EDT
CHAPTER XI
TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATIONS
B . Road Traffic
16 .16 Regulation No. 16. Uniform provisions concerning the approval of: I. Safety-belts, restraint systems, child restraint systems and ISOFIX child restraint systems for occupants of power-driven vehicles II. Vehicles equipped with safety-belts, safety-belt reminders, restraint systems, child restraint systems and ISOFIX child restraint systems
Geneva, 1 December 1970
Entry into force
:
1 December 1970, in accordance with article 1(5).
Registration :
1 December 1970, No. 4789
Status :
Parties : 37
Text :
United Nations,  Treaty Series , vol. 756, p. 232; vol. 820, p. 420 (amendments series 01)1; vol. 893, p. 330 (amendments series 02 only) and doc. E/ECE/324-E/ECE/TRANS/505/Rev.1/Add.15/Rev.1 (revised text incorporating amendments series 01 and 02); vol. 1153, p. 435 and doc. E/ECE/324-E/ECE/TRANS/505/Rev.1/Add.15/Rev.2 (revised text incorporating amendments series 03), and Corr.1 (rectification to paragraphs 7.7.1.1 of the English and French texts); vol. 1413, p. 363 and doc. TRANS/SCI/WP29/132, Corr.1 and 2 (amendments series 04); vol. 1506, p. 268 and doc. TRANS/SC1/WP29/198 (supplement l to amendments series 04); depositary notification C.N.43.1988. TREATIES-15 of 8 April 1988 (procès-verbal concerning modifications); vol. 1527, p. 279 and doc TRANS/SC1/WP29/221 (supplement 2 to amendments series 04); vol. 1548, p. 367 and doc. TRANS/ SC1/WP29/240 (supplement 3 to amendments series 04); C.N.221.1990.TREATIES-33 of 9 November 1990 (modifications); vol. 1691, p. 384 and doc. TRANS/SC1/WP29/285 (supplement 4 to amendments series 04); vol. 1730, p. 385 and doc. TRANS/SC1/WP29/348 (supplement 5 to amendments series 04); C.N.196.1993.TREATIES-15 of 26 August 1993 (procès-verbal concerning certain modifications); C.N.215.1993.TREATIES-19 of 29 August 1993 (procès-verbal concerning certain modifications); vol. 1891, p. 182 and doc. TRANS/SC1/WP.29/429 (supplement 6 to amendments series 04); C.N.217.1996.TREATIES-40 of 22 July 1996 (modifications);  vol. 2000, p. 490 and doc. TRANS/WP.29/556 (supplement 7 to amendments series 04); C.N.260.1998.TREATIES-65 of 4 August 1998 and doc. TRANS/WP.29/616 (supplement 8 to amendments series 04); C.N.836.1999.TREATIES-1 of 23 September 1999 and doc. TRANS/WP.29/644 (supplement 9 to amendments series 04); C.N.422.2000.TREATIES-1 of 27 June 2000 and doc. TRANS/WP.29/711 (supplement 10 to amendments series 04); C.N.108.2001.TREATIES-1 of 8 March 2001 and doc.TRANS/WP.29/746 (supplement 11 to amendments s73.2001.TREATIES-2 (Reissued) of 15 October 2001 (adoption)2; C.N.789.2001.TREATIES-1 of 20 August 2001 and doc. TRANS/WP.29/797 (supplement 12 to amendments series 04) and C.N.47.2002.TREATIES-1 of 4 March 2002 (adoption); C.N.771.2002.TREATIES-1 of 31 July 2002 and doc. TRANS/WP.29/867 (supplement 13 to the 04 series of amendments) and C.N.74.2003.TREATIES-2 of 3 February 2003 (adoption); C.N.15.2003.TREATIES-1 of 16 January 2003 and doc.  TRANS/WP.29/889 (supplement 14 to the 04 series) and C.N.669.2003.TREATIES-2 of 17 July 2003 (adoption);  C.N.864.2003.TREATIES-1 of 26 August 2003 and doc. TRANS/WP.29/932 (supplement 15 to amendments series 04) and C.N.245.2004.TREATIES-2 of 12 March 2004 (adoption); C.N.107.2004.TREATIES-1 of 12 February 2004 and doc. TRANS/WP.29/964 (supplement 16 to the 04 series) and C.N.821.2004.TREATIES-2 of 13 August 2004 (adoption); C.N.164.2004.TREATIES-2 of 4 March 2004 and doc.TRANS/WP.29/963 (procès-verbal concerning certain modifications); C.N.1034.2004.TREATIES-1 of 4 October 2004 and doc.TRANS/WP.29/1020 (procès-verbal concerning certain modifications); C.N.1279.2004.TREATIES-1 of 17 December 2004 and doc. TRANS/WP.29/2004/61 (modifications); C.N.553.2005.TREATIES-1 of 15 July 2006 and doc. TRANS/WP.29/2005/35 (modifications); C.N.561.2005.TREATIES-1 of 18 July 2005 and doc.TRANS/WP.29/2005/34 (supplement 17 to the 04 series) and C.N.42.TREATIES-1 of 19 January 2006 (adoption):  C.N.1269.2005.TREATIES-2 of 21 December 2005 and doc. TRANS/WP.29/2005/85 (modifications): C.N.1277.2005.TREATIES-15 of 21 December 2005 and doc. TRANS/WP.29/2005/80 and Corr 1 (modifications); C.N.579.2006.TREATIES-1 of 1 August 2006 and doc. TRANS/WP.29/2006/32 (modifications); C.N.580.2006.TREATIES-2 of 1 August 2006 and doc. TRANS/WP.29/2006/33 (modifications); C.N.1165.2006.TREATIES-1 of 18 December 2006 and doc. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2006/113 (spplement 18 to amendments series 04) and C.N.683.2007.TREATIES-1 of 5 July 2007 (adoption); C.N.780.2007.TREATIES-1 of 3 August 2007 and doc. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2007/24 + Amend.1 (supplement 19 to amendments series 04) and C.N.137.2008.TREATIES-5 of 26 February 2008 (adoption); C.N.781.2007.TREATIES-2 of 3 August 2007 and doc. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2007/25 (05 series) and C.N.136.2008.TREATIES-4 of 26 February 2008 (adoption); C.N.1148.2007.TREATIES-3 of 18 January 2008 and doc. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2007/86 (modifications); C.N.244.2008.TREATIES-6 of 8 April 2008 and doc. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2008/49 + Corr.1 (modifications); C.N.557.2008.TREATIES-6 of 7 August 2008 and doc. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2008/59 (modifications); C.N.5.2009.TREATIES-1 of 15 January 2009 and doc. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2008/104 (modifications); C.N.604.2008.TREATIES-7 of 26 August 2008 and doc. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2008/60 (supplement 1 to amendments series 05) and C.N.57.2009.TREATIES-4 of 27 February 2009 (adoption); C.N.26.2009.TREATIES-2 of 22 January 2009 and doc. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2008/105 + Amendment referred to para. 53 of the report (Supplement 2 to amendments series 05) and C.N.435.2009.TREATIES-5 of 22 July 2009 (adoption); C.N.27.2009.TREATIES-3 of 22 January 2009 and doc. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2008/106 + Amend.1 + amendment referred to para. 54 of the report (amendments series 06) and C.N.436.2009.TREATIES-6 of 22 July 2009 (adoption); C.N.567.2009.TREATIES-7 of 17 September 2009 and doc.  ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2009/51 (modifications); C.N.130.2010.TREATIES-1 of 3 March 2010 and doc. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2009/110 + amendment referred to in paragraph 53 of the report of the session (modifications); C.N.793.2010.TREATIES-1 of 23 December 2010 and doc. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2010/125 (modifications); C.N.811.2010.TREATIES-2 of 23 December 2010 and doc. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2010/121 (Supplement 1 to the 06 series of amendments) as amended by paragraph 53 of the report (proposal of amendments) and C.N.355.2011.TREATIES-1 of 23 June 2011 (adoption of amendments); C.N.783.2011.TREATIES-2 of 5 January 2012 and doc. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/68 (modifications); C.N.838.2011.TREATIES-2 of 26 January 2012  (proposal of amendments) and C.N.435.2012.TREATIES-XI.B.16.16 of 3 August 2012 (adoption of amendments); C.N.14.2013.TREATIES-XI.B.16.16 of 15 January 2013 (proposal of amendments) and  C.N.443.2013.TREATIES-XI.B.16.16 of 24 July 2013 (adoption); C.N.507.2013.TREATIES-XI.B.16.16 of 13 August 2013 (proposal of amendments)  and C.N.68.2014.TREATIES-XI.B.16.16 of 19 February 2014 (adoption) C.N.538.2013.TREATIES-XI.B.16.16 of 14 August 2013 (corrections); C.N.981.2013.TREATIES-IX.B.16.16 of 10 December 2013 (proposal of amendments).3
Contracting Parties applying Regulation No. 16 4
Participant
Application of regulation, Succession(d)
Austria
24 Sep 1980
Belarus
 3 May 1995
Belgium 5
 1 Dec 1970
Bosnia and Herzegovina 6
28 Sep 1998 d
Croatia 6
17 Mar 1994 d
Czech Republic 7
 2 Jun 1993 d
Denmark
21 Oct 1976
Egypt
 5 Dec 2012
Estonia
24 Oct 1997
European Union 8
23 Jan 1998
Finland
19 Jul 1976
France 9
 1 Dec 1970
Germany 10
15 Mar 1973
Greece
 4 Oct 1995
Hungary
15 Sep 1988
Italy
16 Apr 1976
Japan
16 Aug 2008
Latvia
19 Nov 1998
Lithuania
28 Jan 2002
Luxembourg
 2 Mar 1984
Montenegro 11
23 Oct 2006 d
Netherlands 8
 1 Dec 1970
New Zealand 12
18 Jan 2002
Norway
23 Dec 1987
Poland
 7 Apr 1992
Romania
 2 Jul 1979
Russian Federation
19 Dec 1986
Serbia 6
12 Mar 2001 d
Slovakia 7
28 May 1993 d
Slovenia 6
 3 Nov 1992 d
Spain
 7 Mar 1973
Sweden
13 Aug 1980
Switzerland
 3 May 1982
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 6
 1 Apr 1998 d
Turkey
24 Dec 1998
Ukraine
 9 Aug 2002
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
 1 Feb 1980
End Note
1.Amendments to Regulation No. 16 proposed by the Government of Belgium, France and the Netherlands were circulated by the Secretary-General among the Contracting Parties to the Agreement on 18 February 1972. the proposed amendments having thus been communicated jointly by all Governments applying Regulation No. 16, it was not necessary to wait for the expiration of the three-month period provided for by article 12 (1) of the Agreement for the possible formlation of objections, and the amendments consequently entered into force on 18 April 1972, i.e., within a period of two months from their circulation in accordance with the other provisions of article 12 of the Agreement.
2.The amendments were adopted and are binding upon all Contracting Parties applying Regulation No. 16 as from 8 September 2001, except for Yugoslavia. Pursuant to article 12 (3) of the Agreement, the amendments will enter into force for Yugoslavia two months after the period of six months following the date of the notification by the Secretary-General of the proposed amendment, i.e. 8 November 2001.
3.For additional references to the texts of the annexed regulations and their amendments, see doc. TRANS/WP.29/343 as up-dated annually.
4.For technical reasons and in order to align this chapter with all others in the publication, the date indicated is no longer the date of effect of the regulation for the Contracting Party, but the date of receipt of the notification of application by the Secretary-General.
5.Date of entry into force of Regulation No. 16 as indicated by the Contracting State in its notification of application:

2

Participant:Date entry into force:
Belgium1 Dec 1970

6.The former Yugoslavia applied Regulation No. 16 as from 28 June 1976. See also note 1 under “Bosnia and Herzegovina”, “Croatia”, “former Yugoslavia”, “Slovenia”, “The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” and “Yugoslavia” in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.
7.Czechoslovakia applied Regulation 16 as from 14 April 1972. See also note 1 under “Czech Republic” and note 1 under “Slovakia” in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.
8.In a letter dated 29 July 1998, the European Community informed the Secretary-General of the following:

"The accession of the EC has the effect that the [...] regulations adhered to are not (in cases where a Member State already applied a regulation: no longer) applied by Member States by virtue of their status as Contracting Parties to the Agreement but exclusively in their capacity as Member States of the Contracting Party European Community. Thus, the 14 Member States already Contracting Parties themselves, now apply all [these] regulations by virtue of the EC's accession."

... By the EC accession, Ireland has not become a Contracting Party. Only the EC has become a Contracting Party. Ireland being a Member State of this Contracting Party applies the [...] regulations [adhered to by the EC] by virtue of the EC's accession.

It will be recalled that, as at 29 July 1999, States Members of the EC are: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

9.Contracting State having proposed the Regulation and date of entry into force of the Regulation for that State in accordance with article 1 (3).
10.The German Democratic Republic applied Regulation No. 16 as from 28 June 1981.

With regard to the above, the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany in a communication received on 14 January 1991, informed the Secretary-General of the following:

- [Regulation No. 16 which has] been applied by both the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic shall continue to apply...

The notification further states that it “. . . does not constitute a general statement of position by the Federal Republic of Germany on the question of state succession in relation to treaties.”

See also note 2 under “Germany” in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.

11.See note 1 under "Montenegro" in the "Historical Information" section in the front matter of this volume.
12.See note 1 under "New Zealand" regarding Tokelau in the "Historical Information" section in the front matter of this volume.