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B . Road Traffic
16 .53 Regulation No. 53. Uniform provisions concerning the approval of category L3 vehicles with regard to the installation of lighting and light-signalling devices
Geneva, 1 February 1983
Entry into force
1 February 1983, in accordance with article 1(5).
Registration :
1 February 1983, No. 4789
Status :
Parties : 31
Text :
United Nations,  Treaty Series , vol. 1299, p. 306 and doc. E/ECE/324-E/ECE/ TRANS/505/Rev.1/Add.52; vol.?1580, p. 511 and doc. TRANS/SC1/WP29/262 (supplement 1 to the original);  depositary notification C.N.339.1994.TREATIES-44 of 16 January 1995 and doc. TRANS/WP.29/414 (supplement 2 to the original); C.N.324.1998-TREATIES-75 of 7 August 1998 and doc.TRANS/WP.29/627 (amendments series 01); C.N.379.1999.TREATIES-3 of 18 May 1999 and doc TRANS/WP.29/655 (supplement 1 to amendments series 01); C.N.112.2001.TREATIES-1 of 9 March 2001 and doc.TRANS/WP.29/766 (supplement 2 to amendments series 01) and C.N.778.2001.TREATIES-3 (Reissued) of 16 October 2001 (adoption)1 C.N.136.2001.TREATIES-2 of 14 March 2001 and doc. TRANS/WP.29/753 (procès-verbal concerning certain modifications); C.N.540.2001.TREATIES-2 of 5 June 2001 and doc.TRANS/WP.29/783 (supplement 3 to amendments series 01) and C.N.1420.2001.TREATIES-3 of  10 December 2001 (adoption); C.N.872.2003.TREATIES-1 of 26 August 2003 and doc. TRANS/WP.29/940 (supplement 4 to amendments series 01) and C.N.255.2004.TREATIES-1 of 12 March 2004 (adoption); C.N.1302.2004.TREATIES-1 of 23 December 2004 and doc. TRANS/WP.29/2004/52 (supplement 5 to amendments series 01) and C.N.489.2005.TREATIES-1 of 23 June 2005 (adoption); C.N.1338.2005.TREATIES-1 of 4  January 2006 and doc. TRANS/WP.29/2005/70 (supplement 6 to amendments series 01) and C.N.532.2006.TREATIES-1 of 11 July 2006 (adoption);  C.N.610.2006.TREATIES-1 of 2 August 2006 and doc. TRANS/WP.29/2006/58 (supplement 7 to amendments series 01) and C.N.93.2007.TREATIES-1 of 6 February 2007 (adoption); C.N.1221.2007.TREATIES-1 of 11 January 2008 and doc. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2007/70 (supplement 8 to amendments series 01) and C.N.494.2008.TREATIES-2 of 14 July 2008 (adoption); C.N.296.2008.TREATIES-1 of 15 April 2008 and doc. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2008/21 (supplement 9 to amendments series 01) and C.N.801.2008.TREATIES-3 of 29 October 2008 (adoption); C.N.213.2009.TREATIES-1 of 24 April 2009 and doc. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2009/23 and 2009/24 + amendment referred to in para. 57 of the report of the session (supplement 10 to amendments series 01) and C.N.764.2009.TREATIES-2 of 27 October 2009 (adoption); C.N.132.2010.TREATIES-2 of 3 March 2010 and doc. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2009/137 (modifications); C.N.308.2010.TREATIES-2 of 9 June 2010 and doc. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2010/25 (supplement 11 to 01 series of amendments) (proposal of amendments) and C.N.732.2010.TREATIES-4 of 10 December 2010 (adoption); C.N.821.2010.TREATIES-5 of 23 December 2010 and doc. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2010/98 (Supplement 12 to the 01 series of amendments) (proposal of amendments) and C.N.350.2011.TREATIES1 of 23 June 2011 (adoption of amendments); C.N.192.2011.TREATIES-2 of 28 April 2011 (proposal of amendments) and doc. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/13, as amended by paragraph 54 of the report (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1089), (Supplement 13 to the 01 series) and C.N.712.2011.TREATIES-4 of 2 November 2011 (adoption); C.N.29.2013.TREATIES-XI.B.16.53 of 15 January 2013 (proposal of amendments and C.N.469.2013.TREATIES-XI.B.16.53 of 24 July 2013 (adoption); C.N.256.2013.TREATIES-XI.B.16.53 of 3 May 2013 (proposal of amendments) and C.N.948.2013.TREATIES-XI.B.16.53 of 21 November 2013 (adoption of amendments); C.N.543.2013.TREATIES-XI.B.16.53 of 14 August 2013 (corrections); C.N.772.2014.TREATIES-IX.B.16.53 of 15 December 2014 (proposal of amendments) and C.N.346.2015.TREATIES-XI.B.16.53 of 19 June 2015 (adoption); C.N.235.2015.TREATIES-IX.B.16.53 of 8 April 2015 (proposal of amendments) and C.N.552.2015.TREATIES-XI.B.16.53 of 2 November 2015 (adoption).2
Contracting Parties applying Regulation No. 53 3
Application of regulation, Succession(d)
 1 Jun 2010
 3 May 1995
 6 May 1983
Bosnia and Herzegovina 4
28 Sep 1998 d
Croatia 4
17 Mar 1994 d
Czech Republic 5
 2 Jun 1993 d
 5 Dec 2012
European Union 6
23 Jan 1998
14 Jul 1988
 9 Jun 1994
Germany 7, 8
 6 Aug 1986
26 Jan 1984
Italy 8
 1 Feb 1983
19 Nov 1998
28 Jan 2002
29 Jun 1990
 3 Feb 2006
Montenegro 9
23 Oct 2006 d
 3 Mar 1988
 6 Jan 1999
14 Sep 1992
 7 Mar 1996
Russian Federation 10
 6 Jan 1988
Serbia 4
12 Mar 2001 d
Slovakia 5
28 May 1993 d
Slovenia 4
 3 Nov 1992 d
29 Oct 1983
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 4
 1 Apr 1998 d
 8 May 2000
21 Jan 2010
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
 5 Jul 1995
End Note
1.The amendments were adopted and are binding upon all Contracting Parties applying Regulation  No. 53 as from 9 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. 9 November 2001.
2. For additional references to the texts of the annexed regulations and their amendments, see doc. TRANS/WP.29/343 as updated 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.The former Yugoslavia applied Regulation No. 53 as from 31 January 1985. 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 Regulation No. 53 as from 30 July 1984.  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. 53 as from 1 February 1983.
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. 53 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.”
Moreover, it should be noted that Regulation No. 53 was proposed by the Government of the German Democratic Republic.
See also note 2 under “Germany” in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume..
8.Contracting State having proposed the Regulation and date of entry into force of the Regulation for that State in accordance with article 1 (3).
9.See note 1 under "Montenegro" in the "Historical Information" section in the front matter of this volume.
10.Date of entry into force of Regulation No. 53 as indicated by the contracting State in its notification of application:
Participant:Date entry into force:
Russian Federation1 Jan 1988