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Geneva/Vienna, 23 October 2012
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IRF launches Vienna Manifesto on ITS
Dear [fname],
While sustainable mobility is recognised as one of the keys to social and economic development, our roads are becoming increasingly congested, road transport has negative environmental impacts and more and more cars need to be accommodated.
According to the International Road Federation (IRF),* a pivotal response to this dilemma lies in the increased deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). These have the demonstrated ability to improve the efficiency, safety and quality of mobility.
Speaking at a Ministerial Round Table convened in Vienna on 22 October, ahead of the 19th ITS World Congress, the Chair of IRF Geneva, Kiran K. Kapila urged political leaders to “recognise the role of technology in improving the efficiency, safety and quality of mobility and to reflect this accordingly in the design and implementation of road development programmes”.

The Chair of IRF's specialist Policy Committee, Josef Czako, further highlighted that “intelligent and smart applications help to ensure sustainable mobility, which notably implies the safe and efficient transport of people and goods with due respect for social and environmental imperatives”.
In support of this vision, the Federation today launched the IRF Vienna Manifesto on ITS – Smart Transport Policies for Sustainable Mobility. The Manifesto, copies of which were presented to all those Ministers attending the Round Table, advocates six key policy recommendations for political leaders:
IRF Vienna Manifesto on ITS
A. Incorporate ITS in Existing Transport policies, to acknowledge and confirm its role in achieving major transport objectives in terms of safety, sustainability and efficiency.
B. Enhance ITS Partnership and Collaboration between, public, private and academic stakeholders to create a conducive environment for viable, user-oriented services and innovation.
C. Encourage Sustainable Mobility Behaviour to balance growing mobility demands with the need to preserve the environment and quality of life.
D. Plan for ITS Deployment to form the foundations of a clearly defined path towards safer, greener and more efficient roads, and to make ITS an integral part of infrastructure planning.
E. Promote ITS Harmonisation and Standardisation to facilitate cross-border, user-friendly and high quality services for the public, and to enable economies of scale.
F. Stimulate ITS Education to foster innovation, further intelligent use of transport infrastructure and services by the general public as well as ensure sustainable practices and development within the industry.
The Manifesto, which has been endorsed by key ITS leaders worldwide, marks IRF’s long-term, on-going commitment to ITS deployment and the creation of conducive policy environments for the adoption of smart technology.
Copies of the IRF Vienna Manifesto on ITS can be downloaded here.
For more information:
Caroline Visser
ITS & Road Financing Programme Manager
International Road Federation
2 chemin de Blandonnet
1214 Vernier/Geneva
Switzerland
Tel. +41 22 306 02 60, fax: +41 22 306 02 70
Email: cvisser@irfnet.org
www.irfnet.ch
*Founded in 1948, the International Road Federation (IRF) is a not-for-profit organisation with the mission to promote the development of roads and road networks that enable access and sustainable mobility for all. As a unique global platform bringing together public and private entities, IRF is committed to the vision of a world of safe, sustainable, and efficient roads and road networks. IRF has special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC).
 
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