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B . Road Traffic
16 .12 Regulation No. 12. Uniform provisions concerning the approval of vehicles with regard to the protection of the driver against the steering mechanism in the event of impact
Geneva, 1 July 1969
Entry into force
1 July 1969, in accordance with article 1(5).
Registration :
1 July 1969, No. 4789
Status :
Parties : 34
Text :
United Nations,  Treaty Series , vol. 680, p. 338; vol. 951, p. 400 (revised text incorporating amendments series 01), doc. E/ECE/324-E/ECE/TRANS/505/Add.11/Rev.2 (revised text incorporating amendments series 02); vol. 1438, p. 421 (procès-verbal concerning modifications); depositary notification C.N.37.1988.TREATIES-14 of 28 April 1988 (procès-verbal concerning modifications); vol. 1731, p. 252 and doc. TRANS/SC1/WP/344 (amendments series 03): C.N.212.1995.TREATIES-41 of 7 August 1995 (procès-verbal concerning modifications); vol. 1952, p. 387 and doc. TRANS/WP.29/469 (supplement 1 to amendments series 03); vol. 1999, p. 461 and doc. TRANS/WP.29/563 (supplement 2 to amendments series 03); C.N.70.1998.TREATIES-29 of 9 March 1998 (modifications); C.N.835.1999.TREATIES-2 of 23 September 1999 and doc. TRANS/WP.29/642 (supplement 3 to amendments series 03); C.N.539.2009.TREATIES-1 of 17 September 2009 and doc.  ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2009/50 (modifications); C.N.131.2010.TREATIES-1 of 3 March 2010 and doc. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2009/108 (modifications); C.N.816.2010.TREATIES-6 of 23 December 2010 and doc. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2010/119  (04 series of amendments) (proposal of amendments) and C.N.362.2011.TREATIES-1 of 23 June 2011 (adoption of amendments); C.N.817.2010.TREATIES-3 of 23 December 2010 and doc. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2010/124 (modifications); C.N.679.2011.TREATIES-2 of 5 January 2012 and doc. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/66 (modifications); C.N.836.2011.TREATIES-2 of 26 January 2012  (proposal of amendments) and C.N.437.2012.TREATIES-XI.B.16.12 of 3 August 2012 (adoption of amendments); C.N.12.2013.TREATIES-XI.B.16.12 of 15 January 2013 (proposal of amendments) and C.N.441.2013.TREATIES-XI.B.16.12 of 24 July 2013 (adoption); C.N.1005.2013.TREATIES-IX.B.16.12 of 10 December 2013 (proposal of amendments).1
Contracting Parties applying Regulation No. 12 2
Application of regulation, Succession(d)
 6 Sep 2011
 1 Jun 2010
 3 May 1995
19 Jan 1972
 2 Feb 2001
Czech Republic 3
 2 Jun 1993 d
21 Oct 1976
 5 Dec 2012
26 May 1999
European Union 4
23 Jan 1998
15 Dec 1977
France 5
 1 Jul 1969
Germany 6
18 Jul 1972
 4 Oct 1995
 9 Jul 1997
19 Jul 1975
 2 Aug 2004
19 Nov 1998
28 Jan 2002
 2 Aug 1983
Netherlands 7
 1 Jul 1969
New Zealand 8
18 Jan 2002
23 Dec 1987
23 May 2000
23 Dec 1976
Russian Federation
19 Dec 1986
Slovakia 3
28 May 1993 d
 2 Aug 1994
14 Mar 1991
27 Oct 1969
 4 Dec 1995
16 Jan 2001
 9 Aug 2002
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 5
 1 Jul 1969
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. 12 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.
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).
6.The German Democratic Republic applied Regulation No. 12 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,  inter alia , of the following:

- [Regulation No. 12 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.

7.For the Kingdom in Europe.
8.See note 1 under "New Zealand" regarding Tokelau in the "Historical Information" section in the front matter of this volume.