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CHAPTER XI
TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATIONS
B . Road Traffic
16 .31 Regulation No. 31. Uniform provisions concerning the approval of power-driven vehicle's sealed-beam headlamps (SB) emitting an European asymmetrical passing beam or a driving beam or both
Geneva, 1 May 1975
Entry into force
:
1 May 1975, in accordance with article 1(5).
Registration :
1 May 1975, No. 4789
Status :
Parties : 24
Text :
United Nations,  Treaty Series , vol. 966, p. 340 and doc. E/ECE/324-E/ECE/TRANS/505/ Rev.1/Add.30; depositary notification C.N.200.1982.TREATIES-25 of 7 September 1982 and vol. 1300, p. 368 (amendment series 01); C.N.229.1987.TREATIES-43 of3 0 October 1987 and doc. TRANS/SC1/WP29/142 (amendments series 02); vol. 1559, p. 336 and doc. TRANS/SC1/WP29/238(supplement 1 to amendments series 02); vol. 1693, p. 92 and docs. TRANS/SC1/WP29/310 and 306 (supplement 2 to amendments series 02); vol. 1871, p. 471 (procès-verbal concerning modifications); vol. 1963, p. 419 and doc. TRANS/WP.29/497 (supplement 3 to amendments series 02); vol. 2013, p. 518 and doc. TRANS.WP.29/569 (supplement 4 to amendments series 02); C.N.1332.2005.TREATIES-1 of 4 January 2006 and doc. TRANS/WP.29/2005/65 (supplement 5 to amendments série 02) and C.N.524.2006.TREATIES-1 of 10 July 2006 (adoption);  C.N.604.2006.TREATIES-1 of 2 August 2006 and doc. TRANS/WP.29/2006/55+Amend.1 (supplement 6 to amendments series 02) and C.N.74.2007.TREATIES-1 of 5 February 2007 (adoption); C.N.289.2008.TREATIES-1 of 15 April 2008 and doc. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2008/16 (supplement 7 to amendments series 02) and C.N.792.2008.TREATIES-2 of 28 October 2008 (adoption); C.N.20.2013.TREATIES-XI.B.16.31 of 15 January 2013 (proposal of amendments) and C.N.447.2013.TREATIES-XI.B.16.31 of 24 July 2013 (adoption); C.N.984.2013.TREATIES-IX.B.16.31 of 10 December 2013 (proposal of amendments).1
Contracting Parties applying Regulation No. 31 2
Participant
Application of regulation, Succession(d)
Australia
 1 Jun 2010
Belarus
 3 Jul 2003
Croatia
 2 Feb 2001
Denmark
21 Oct 1976
Egypt
 5 Dec 2012
Estonia
26 May 1999
European Union 3
23 Jan 1998
Finland
19 Jul 1976
Hungary
24 Sep 1979
Latvia
19 Nov 1998
Lithuania
28 Jan 2002
Luxembourg
24 Mar 1997
Netherlands
 7 May 1975
New Zealand 4
18 Jan 2002
Norway
25 Mar 1993
Poland
 2 Oct 2001
Romania
23 Dec 1976
Russian Federation
 8 Feb 1996
Slovakia
15 Nov 1996
South Africa
18 Apr 2001
Sweden 5
 1 May 1975
Switzerland
 4 Dec 1995
Turkey
14 Jul 2003
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
 1 May 1975
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.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.

4.See note 1 under "New Zealand" regarding Tokelau in the "Historical Information" section in the front matter of this volume.
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).