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CHAPTER XI
TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATIONS
B . Road Traffic
16 .23 Regulation No. 23. Uniform provisions concerning the approval of reversing lights for power-driven vehicles and their trailers
Geneva, 1 December 1971
Entry into force
:
1 December 1971, in accordance with article 1(5).
Registration :
1 December 1971, No. 4789
Status :
Parties : 39
Text :
United Nations,  Treaty Series , vol. 801, p. 432; vol. 1038, p. 312 and doc. E/ECE/324-E/ECE/ TRANS/505/Rev.1/Add.22/Amend.1 (amendments series 01)1; vol. 1525, p. 234 and doc. TRANS/SC1/WP29/208 (supplement 2 to the original); vol. 1607, p. 381 and doc. TRANS/SC1/WP29/278 (supplement 3 to the original); vol. 1689, p. 312 and doc.  TRANS/SC1/WP29/293 (supplement 4 to the original); depositary notification C.N.115.1992.TREATIES-11 of 1 July 1992 (procès-verbal concerning modifications); vol. 1911, p. 341 and doc.  TRANS/ WP.29/450 (supplement 5 to the original); vol. 2000, p. 491 and doc. TRANS/WP.29/542 (supplement 6 to the original); C.N.431.2000.TREATIES-1 of 28 June 2000 and doc. TRANS/WP.29/715 (supplement 7 to the original); C.N.559.2001.TREATIES-1 of 5 June 2001 (modifications); C.N.164.2002.TREATIES-1 of 26 February 2002 and doc. TRANS/WP.29/821 (supplement 8 to the original) and C.N.893.2002.TREATIES-2 of 28 August 2002 (adoption); C.N.16.2003.TREATIES-1 of 16 January 2003 and doc.  TRANS/WP.29/890 (supplement 9 to the original) and C.N.670.2003.TREATIES-2 of 17 July 2003 (adoption);  C.N.865.2003.TREATIES-1 of 26 August 2003 and doc. TRANS/WP.29/933 (supplement 10 to the original) and C.N.246.2004.TREATIES-1 of 12 March 2004 (adoption); C.N.166.2004.TREATIES-1 of 4 March 2004 and doc.TRANS/WP.29/966 (procès-verbal concerning certain modifications); C.N.331.2005.TREATIES-1 of 9 May 2005 and doc. TRANS/WP.29/2005/10 (supplement 11 to the original) and C.N.1130.2005.TREATIES-2 of 10 November 2005 (adoption); C.N.1348.2005.TREATIES-1 of 4 January 2006 and doc. TRANS/WP.29/20057/64 (supplement 12 to the original) and C.N.523.2006.TREATIES-1 of 10 July 2006 (adoption); C.N.602.2006.TREATIES-1 of 2 August 2006 and doc. TRANS/WP.29/2006/54 (supplement  13 to amendments to the original) and C.N.72.2007.TREATIES-1 of 5 February 2007 (adoption); C.N.1213.2007.TREATIES-1 of 11 January 2008 and doc. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2007/63 (supplement 14 to the original) and C.N.486.2008.TREATIES-2 of 14 July 2008 (adoption); C.N.288.2008.TREATIES-1 of 15 April 2008 and doc. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2008/15 (supplement 15 to the original) and C.N.791.2008.TREATIES-3 of 28 October 2008 (adoption); C.N.331.2010.TREATIES-1 of 9 June 2010 and doc. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2010/14 (supplement 16 to 00) (proposal of amendments) and C.N.719.2010.TREATIES-3 of 10 December 2010 (adoption); C.N.816.2010.TREATIES-6 of 23 December 2010 and doc. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2010/119 (proposal of amendments); C.N.845.2010.TREATIES-4 of 23 December 2010 and doc. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2010/95 (Supplement 17) (proposition of amendments) and C.N.354.2011.TREATIES-1 of 23 June 2011 (adoption of amendments); C.N.226.2012.TREATIES-XI.B.16.23 of 18 May 2012 (proposal of amendments) and C.N.662.2012.TREATIES-XI.B.16.23 of 26 November 2012 (adoption); C.N.16.2013.TREATIES-XI.B.16.23 of 15 January 2013 (proposal of amendments) and C.N.445.2013.TREATIES-XI.B.16.23 of 24 July 2013 (adoption).2
Contracting Parties applying Regulation No. 23 3
Participant
Application of regulation, Succession(d)
Australia
 1 Jun 2010
Austria
24 May 1990
Belarus
 3 May 1995
Belgium 4
 1 Dec 1971
Bosnia and Herzegovina 5
28 Sep 1998 d
Croatia 5
17 Mar 1994 d
Czech Republic 6
 2 Jun 1993 d
Denmark
21 Oct 1976
Egypt
 5 Dec 2012
Estonia
26 May 1999
European Union 7
23 Jan 1998
Finland
15 Mar 1977
France
29 Aug 1972
Germany 8
14 Sep 1973
Greece
 4 Oct 1995
Hungary
19 Aug 1976
Italy
 6 Mar 1972
Japan
31 Jan 2000
Latvia
19 Nov 1998
Lithuania
28 Jan 2002
Luxembourg
 5 Aug 1987
Montenegro 9
23 Oct 2006 d
Netherlands
22 Nov 1972
New Zealand 10
18 Jan 2002
Norway
23 Dec 1987
Poland
 4 Jan 1988
Romania
23 Dec 1976
Russian Federation
19 Dec 1986
Serbia 5
12 Mar 2001 d
Slovakia 6
28 May 1993 d
Slovenia 5
 3 Nov 1992 d
South Africa
18 Apr 2001
Spain
 1 Dec 1971
Sweden 11
 4 Apr 1972
Switzerland
 4 Dec 1995
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 5
 1 Apr 1998 d
Turkey
 8 May 2000
Ukraine
 9 Aug 2002
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
13 Dec 1972
End Note
1.Amendments to Regulations No. 23, proposed by the Government of Czechoslovakia, were circulated by the Secretary-General among the Contracting Parties to the Agreement on 28 March 1975. The amendments in question were not accepted, the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany having objected thereto by a notification received on 26 June 1975. Having been informed, in a communication received on 7 June 1976, of the withdrawal of that objection, the Secretary-General again circulated the text of the amendments proposed by the Government of Czechoslovakia among the Contracting Parties on 22 October 1976. The amendments then were accepted and entered into force on 22 March 1977.
2.For additional references to the texts of the annexed regulations and their amendments, see doc. TRANS/WP.29/343 as up-dated annually.
3.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.
4.Contracting State having proposed the Regulation and date of entry into force of the Regulation for that State in accordance with article 1 (3).
5.It appears from indications given by the former Yugoslavia that it had applied Regulation 23  de facto as from 21 May 1983 and the Secretary-General's understanding was that none of the other Contracting Parties concerned objected thereto. 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.
6.Czechoslovakia applied Regulation No. 23 as from 30 July 1972.  See also note 1 and note 1 under “Czech Republic” and note 1 under “Slovakia” in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume..
7.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.

8.The German Democratic Republic applied Regulation No. 23 as from 3 January 1976.

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. 23 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.

9.See note 1 under "Montenegro" in the "Historical Information" section in the front matter of this volume.
10.See note 1 under "New Zealand" regarding Tokelau in the "Historical Information" section in the front matter of this volume.
11.Date of entry into force of Regulation No. 23 as indicated by the Contracting State in its notification of application:

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Participant:Date entry into force:
Sweden1 Dec 1971
Romania1 May 1977