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CHAPTER XI
TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATIONS
B . Road Traffic
16 .51 Regulation No. 51. Uniform provisions concerning the approval of motor vehicles having at least four wheels with regard to their noise emissions
15 July 1982
Entry into force
:
15 July 1982, in accordance with article 1(5).
Registration :
15 July 1982, No. 4789
Status :
Parties : 34
Text :
United Nations,  Treaty Series , vol. 1284, p. 316 and doc. E/ECE/324-E/ECE/ TRANS/505/Rev.1/Add.50, and Amend.1 (revised text incorporating amendments series 01) and vol. 1374, p. 434 (amendments series 01 only); vol. 1502, p. 342 and doc. TRANS/SCl/WP29/R.337 and Amend.1 (amendments); vol. 1504, p. 400 (procès-verbal of rectification concerning modifications); C.N.38.1991. TREATIES-2 of 12 April 1991 and doc. TRANS/SC1/WP29/276 and Corr.1 (supplement 1 to amendments series 01); vol. 1863, p. 404 and doc. TRANS/WP.29/413 and Corr.1 (amendments series 02); vol. 1921, p. 348 and doc. TRANS/WP.29/464 (supplement 1 to amendments series 02); C.N.25.1997.TREATIES-16 of 26 February 1997 (modifications); C.N.424.1997.TREATIES-94 of 27 October 1997 and doc. TRANS/ WP.29/570 (supplement 3 to amendments series 01); vol. 2024, p. 36 (modifications); C.N.323.1998.TREATIES-70 of 6 August 1998 and doc.TRANS/WP.29/626 (supplement 2 to amendments series 02) and C.N.372.1999.TREATIES-1 of 17 May 1999 and doc. TRANS/WP.29/654 (supplement 3 to amendments series 02) and C.N.1089.1999.TREATIES-1 of 3 December 1999 (adoption); C.N.557.2001.TREATIES-1 of 5 June 2001 (modifications); C.N.609.2006.TREATIES-1 of 2 August 2006 and doc. TRANS/WP.29/2006/5 (supplement 4 to the amendments series 02) and C.N.92.2007.TREATIES-1 of 6 February 2007 (adoption); C.N.1200.2006.TREATIES-2 of 18 December 2006 and docs. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2006/31 + Amend. 1 and  ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2006/31/Add.1/Rev.1 + Amend. 1 (supplement 5 to amendments series 02) and C.N.709.2007.TREATIES-1 of 10 July 2007 (adoption); C.N.786.2007.TREATIES-1 of 3 August 2007 and doc. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2007/33 (supplement 6 to amendments series 02) and C.N.132.2008.TREATIES-1 of 26 February 2008 (adoption); C.N.459.2010TREATIES.1 of 30 July2010 and doc. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2010/62 (supplement 7 to the 02 series of amendments) (proposal of amendments) and C.N.23.2011.TREATIES-1 of 30 January 2011 (adoption); C.N.155.2011.TREATIES-3 of 28 April 2011 (modifications); C.N.156.2011.TREATIES-4 of 28 April 2011 (modifications) and doc. ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2011/25; C.N.157.2011.TREATIES-2 of 28 April 2011 (modifications); C.N.667.2011.TREATIES-1 of 13 October 2011 (proposal of amendments) and C.N.189.2012.TREATIES-XI.B.16.51 of 14 April 2012 (adoption); C.N.255.2012.TREATIES-XI.B.16.51 of 18 May 2012 (corrections); C.N.237.2013.TREATIES-XI.B.16.51 of 3 May 2013 (proposal of amendments) and C.N.947.2013.TREATIES-XI.B.16.51 of 21 November 2013 (adoption of amendments).1
Contracting Parties applying Regulation No. 51 2
Participant
Application of regulation, Succession(d)
Belarus
 3 May 1995
Belgium 3
15 Jul 1982
Bosnia and Herzegovina 4
28 Sep 1998 d
Bulgaria
22 Nov 1999
Croatia 4
17 Mar 1994 d
Czech Republic 5
 2 Jun 1993 d
Egypt
 5 Dec 2012
Estonia
29 Oct 1998
European Union 6
23 Jan 1998
Finland
 6 May 1988
France
19 Dec 1986
Germany 7
14 Jan 1991
Greece
 4 Oct 1995
Hungary
26 Jan 1984
Italy
 7 Mar 1983
Latvia
19 Nov 1998
Lithuania
28 Jan 2002
Luxembourg
 2 Mar 1984
Montenegro 8
23 Oct 2006 d
Netherlands
22 Apr 1985
Norway
25 Mar 1993
Poland
14 Sep 1992
Romania
 5 Dec 1983
Russian Federation
19 Dec 1986
Serbia 4
12 Mar 2001 d
Slovakia 5
28 May 1993 d
Slovenia 4
 3 Nov 1992 d
Spain 3
15 Jul 1982
Sweden
 3 Jun 1997
Switzerland
14 Dec 2010
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 4
 1 Apr 1998 d
Turkey
 8 May 2000
Ukraine
 9 Aug 2002
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
17 Jun 1993
End Note
1.For additional references to the texts of the annexed regulations and their amendments, see doc. TRANS/WP.29/343 as updated 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.Contracting State having proposed the Regulation and date of entry into force of the Regulation for that State in accordance with article 1 (3).
4.The former Yugoslavia applied Regulation No. 51 as from 6 November 1984. 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. 51 as from 4 January 1983. 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. 51 as from 6 May 1984.

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. 51 which had] so far been applied only by the German Democratic Republic shall be applied by the Federal Republic of Germany as from 3 October 1990, the date when the German Democratic Republic acceded to the Federal Republic of Germany...

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.

8.See note 1 under "Montenegro" in the "Historical Information" section in the front matter of this volume.