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B . Road Traffic
16 .21 Regulation No. 21. Uniform provisions concerning the approval of vehicles with regard to their interior fittings
Geneva, 1 December 1971
Entry into force
1 December 1971, in accordance with article 1(5).
Registration :
1 December 1971, No. 4789
Status :
Parties : 37
Text :
United Nations,  Treaty Series , vol. 801, p. 394, and vol. 1199, p. 586, and doc. E/ECE/324-E/ECE/TRANS/505/Rev.1/ Add.20/Rev.1 (revised text incorporating amendments series 01); vol. 1425, p. 366 and doc. TRANS/SCI/WP29/113 (amendments series 02); depositary notification C.N.142.1986.TREATIES-27 of 2 September 1986 (procès-verbal concerning modifications); vol. 2000, p. 490 and doc. TRANS/WP.29/558 (supplement 2 to amendments series 01); C.N.423.2000.TREATIES-1 of 27 June 2000 (modifications); C.N.772.2002.TREATIES-1 of 31 July 2002 and doc. TRANS/WP.29/868 (supplement 3 to the 01 series of amendments) and C.N.75.2003.TREATIES-1 of 3 February 2003 (adoption).1
Contracting Parties applying Regulation No. 21 2
Application of regulation, Succession(d)
 1 Jun 2010
13 Dec 2012
Belgium 3
 1 Dec 1971
Bosnia and Herzegovina 4
28 Sep 1998 d
Croatia 4
17 Mar 1994 d
Czech Republic 5
 2 Jun 1993 d
21 Oct 1976
 5 Dec 2012
26 May 1999
European Union 6
23 Jan 1998
15 Dec 1977
 1 Dec 1971
Germany 7
14 Sep 1973
 4 Oct 1995
20 Jan 1993
19 Jul 1975
20 Jan 2015
19 Nov 1998
28 Jan 2002
 2 Mar 1983
 3 Feb 2006
Montenegro 8
23 Oct 2006 d
17 Apr 1981
New Zealand 9
18 Jan 2002
23 Dec 1987
 2 Oct 2001
23 Dec 1976
Russian Federation
19 Dec 1986
San Marino
27 Nov 2015
Serbia 4
12 Mar 2001 d
Slovakia 5
28 May 1993 d
14 Jul 1978
Sweden 10
 4 Apr 1972
 4 Dec 1995
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 4
 1 Apr 1998 d
16 Jan 2001
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
13 Dec 1972
End Note
1.For additional references to the texts of the annexed regulations and their amendments, see doc. TRANS/WP.29/343 as updated annually.
2.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.
3.Contracting State having proposed the Regulation and date of entry into force of the Regulation for that State in accordance with article 1 (3).
4.The former Yugoslavia applied Regulation No. 21 as from 21 May 1991. 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.
5.Czechoslovakia applied Regulations No. 21 as from 30 July 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.
6.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.
7.The German Democratic Republic applied Regulation No. 21 as from 26 September 1977.
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. 21 which had] 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.
8.See note 1 under "Montenegro" in the "Historical Information" section in the front matter of this volume.
9.See note 1 under "New Zealand" regarding Tokelau in the "Historical Information" section in the front matter of this volume.
10.Date of entry into force of Regulation No. 21 as indicated by the Contracting State in its notification of application:
Participant:Date entry into force:
Sweden1 Dec 1971