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B . Road Traffic
16 .79 Regulation No. 79. Uniform provisions concerning the approval of vehicles with regard to steering equipment
1 December 1988
Entry into force
1 December 1988, in accordance with article 1(5).
Registration :
1 December 1988, No. 4789
Status :
Parties : 30
Text :
United Nations,  Treaty Series , vol. 1519, p. 288, and doc. TRANS/SC1/WP29/R.404 and Amend.1 and doc. TRANS/SC1/WP29/R.408; vol. 1558, p. 376 and doc. TRANS/SC1/WP29/246 (amendments series 01); depositary notification C.N.224.1990.TREATIES-34 of 9 November 1990 (procès-verbal concerning modifications); vol. 1843 p. 304 and doc. TRANS/SC1/WP29/320 (supplement 2 to the original)*; vol. 1886, p. 192 and doc. TRANS/WP.29/417 and Corr.1 (supplement 1 to the original)*; C.N.354.1995.TREATIES-73 of 13 November 1995 (procès-verbal concerning modifications); C.N.304.1998.TREATIES-72 of 7 August 1998 and doc.TRANS/WP.29/634 (supplement 1 to amendments series 01) and C.N.141.1999.TREATIES-1 of 2 March 1999 (adoption); C.N.775.2002.TREATIES-1 of 31 July 2002 and doc. TRANS/WP.29/872 (supplement 2 to amendments series 01) and C.N.78.2003.TREATIES-1 of 3 February 2003 (adoption); C.N.1068.2004.TREATIES-1 of 4 October 2004 and doc.  TRANS/WP.29/1024 (supplement 3 to amendments series 01) and C.N.256.2005.TREATIES-1 of 8 April 2005 (adoption); C.N.556.2005.TREATIES-1 of 15?July 2005 and doc. TRANS/WP.29/2005/43 (modifications); C.N.523.2013.TREATIES-XI.B.16.79 of 13 August 2013(proposal of amendments)  and C.N.72.2014.TREATIES-XI.B.16.79 of 19 February 2014 (adoption).1
Note :
*[As indicated in the document of the Economic and Social Council (doc. TRANS/WP.29/343/Rev.3). The lack of numerical order in the sequence of supplements is due to circumstances pertaining to the establishment of the relevant documentation by the ECE.]
Contracting Parties applying Regulation No. 79 2
Application of regulation, Succession(d)
 3 May 1995
 8 Jun 1990
 2 Feb 2001
Czech Republic 3
 2 Jun 1993 d
 5 Dec 2012
26 May 1999
European Union 4
23 Jan 1998
11 Feb 1991
France 5
 1 Dec 1988
11 Dec 1991
 4 Oct 1995
 7 Nov 1990
 4 May 1989
19 Nov 1998
28 Jan 2002
29 Jun 1990
 5 May 1992
25 Mar 1993
23 May 2000
26 Jul 1994
Russian Federation
 8 Feb 1996
19 Mar 2008
Slovakia 3
28 May 1993 d
16 May 1996
17 Jun 1993
 4 Dec 1995
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
20 Jun 2002
 9 Dec 1999
 9 Aug 2002
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 5
 1 Dec 1988
End Note
1.For additional references to the texts of the annexed regulations and their amendments, see doc. TRANS/WP.29/343 as up-dated 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.Czechoslovakia applied Regulation No. 79 as from 9 June 1991. See also note 1 under “Czech Republic” and note 1 under “Slovakia” in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.
4.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.

5.Contracting State having proposed the Regulation and date of entry into force of the Regulation for that State in accordance with article 1 (3).