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EDITORIAL


Dear Readers,

Welcome to the second issue of the IRF (Geneva) Newsletter for 2018. We have witnessed some interesting developments over the past two months especially in the road safety arena. A UN Road Safety Trust Fund was launched in New York in April and we are all gearing up in the sector to support in different ways this collective effort and ensure that road safety becomes a reality for all.

Whether it is to support the road safety cause or to ensure better planning and management of transport infrastructure and expenditure, the issue of data and good collection and management of data is definitively at the centre of the attention. We as IRF are proud to give our contribution to the sector by continuing and improving every year our work on the IRF World Road Statistics (WRS) published now since 54 years.

Data were also central in the discussion had in Athens last week during the SaferAfrica project meeting and Management Board. We need to scale up action in Africa and quickly and reliable data are needed to design and implement evidence-based interventions and most of it, to measure their impact.

Over the next weeks, IRF will be sharing its views, input and work in Leipzig during the annual International Transport Forum (ITF), in Australia during the RA and IRF Regional Conference and in China for the World Transport Convention.

Stay tuned!

Susanna Zammataro
IRF Executive Director

IRF (Geneva) to support Qatar on its recycling strategy

The Pavement Preservation and Recycling Summit (PPRS) 2018 in Nice (26 - 28 March 2018) set the scene for the signature of an important MoU between Ashghal, the Qatari Public Works Authority and the International Road Federation (Geneva). Ashghal's participation in the summit was part of its endeavour to open opportunities for cooperation and investment in the road sector and recycling of construction materials.
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Step up Action! IRF in New York for the launch of the UN Road Safety Fund

The Road Safety community gathered in New York on 12-13 April for the launch of a new United Nations Road Safety Trust Fund. The new UN Fund is intended to catalyse road safety action across the globe, using donations to help unlock new government and municipal funding and re-focus national road safety budgets towards proven 'Safe System' interventions.

3M – a member of the IRF family – and Total are the first two private sector companies stepping in with donation pledges. Read More



Applications for the Evonik Road Safety Award 2018 are now open!

IRF (Geneva) is pleased to support for the third year the Evonik Road Safety Award. Granted every year, the Evonik Road Safety Award acknowledges and rewards the contributions to road safety of public authorities worldwide.
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Programme for the 2nd RA-IRF Asia and Australasia Regional Conference is now available!

On 31 May and 1 June, IRF (Geneva) and Roads Australia (RA) will again join hands to present the Asia Pacific's most significant knowledge-sharing event for roads and transport leaders. Both organizations invite the global road industry to meet in Sydney for the IRF-RA Asia and Australasia Regional Conference to dissect the issues that are shaping the future of transport in the region, including: the impact of new technologies and materials; the evolving roles of government and the private sector in building, owning and running roads and transport; the changing shape of cities and how it will affect infrastructure planning and delivery; the renewed focus on customer-driven transport planning and solutions, and the age-old question: how do we pay for it?Read More


SaferAfrica Project discusses Data Collection in Africa

Members of the consortium of the EU-funded SaferAfrica project met in Athens on 24-27 April 2018 to discuss advancements and to present first results to the Management Board. IRF (Geneva) who is a member of the consortium shared its experience on data collection during the dedicated workshop held jointly with the Management Board. Representatives from the African Development Bank, UNECA, SSATP/World Bank, FIA, WHO, IRTAD, IRU, PIARC were also present to address the issue of data in Africa and the specific needs of the African countries when it comes to implementing the Action Plan of the Decade. Read More


Sponsorship Opportunity - IRF World Road Statistics 2018

IRF (Geneva) is gearing up to release in August 2018 the new edition of the World Road Statistics, the most complete and authoritative source of data for the road sector. You have now the opportunity to associate your name to this unique initiative which has been feeding the sector with solid data for the past 54 years. Advertising in the WRS will associate your company name with quality data, global exposure with peers, potential clients and business partners. Read the testimonials received by our customers to get a sense of the value of this investment. Read More


Join the IRF Young Professionals Programme!

The IRF Young Professionals (IRF YP) is a platform for the next generation of leaders and specialists in the road and mobility sector to propose initiatives, share ideas and be engaged in the overall activities of IRF. IRF-YP gathers proactive graduate students enrolled in a Master or Ph.D. programme as well as young professionals working in the sector. Building on the IRF's vast network and expertise, the Programme has as its mission to present the road and mobility sectors as a multidisciplinary area for development for young professionals from various backgrounds. After two initial years of work culminated in the interactive workshops hosted during the World Meeting, our IRF YP are ready to change gear and embrace new challenges.
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Proceedings of IRF Intertraffic Workshops now available

Intertraffic held in Amsterdam on 20-23 March 2018 offered once again a great opportunity to connect and to share knowledge. IRF (Geneva) hosted during this edition three successful workshops in collaboration respectively with Swarco, Evonik and PTV. Integrated mobility management, sustainable and safe urban street design and traffic management for developing countries were at the rendezvous. The proceedings of the three workshops are now available on IRF website.
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Meet us in China at the World Transport Convention 2018

IRF's (Geneva) longstanding partnership and collaboration with China Highways and Transportation Society (CHTS) and with the Government of China will be at centre stage again this year at the World Transport Convention 2018 to be hosted in Beijing from 18 to 21 June. Hosted by China Association for Science and Technology (CAST), organized by China Highway & Transportation Society (CHTS), and with the support of the Ministry of Transport (MOT), Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) the 2017 edition of the World Transport Convention (WTC) was an indisputable success. WTC 2018 wishes to push forward the innovation and development of the transport industry, and further promote the international exchange and cooperation in this field, especially the transport infrastructure connectivity among the countries along the Belt and Road. Read More


CCCC Highway Consultants Co., Ltd is one of subsidiaries of China Communication Construction Company Limited. With more than 60 years of history and rich experience, the company is in a leading position in China and also one of world-renowned consulting companies in the world in terms of master planning, design, and construction management of highway, bridge, tunnel, rail and municipal works. The company ranks the 15th in ENR Top 60 in 2017.


The Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety is an umbrella organization that represents over 200 NGOs active in road safety in more than 90 countries. The Alliance was founded in response to demand from NGOs worldwide for a forum where NGOs can share best practices and collectively advocate for road safety and the rights of victims of road traffic injury. The Alliance connects the worlds road safety NGOs, share best practices, coordinate global advocacy efforts and build NGOs capacity.

Saferoad Telemactics receives the Smart Solution Award

Saferoad Telemactics has been awarded by the Global Infrastructure Congress, for Smart Solution Award in March 2018.

Minister of infrastructure of UAE his Excellency Dr. Abdullah Al-Na'ami awarded Saferoad Telemactics during the Congress held in Dubai. Read More


Modernization of roads in Serbia

Public Enterprise Roads of Serbia is pleased to announce that road users in Serbia increasingly use the Electronic Toll Collection with the number reaching more than 222'000. The number of HGV drivers using the Electronic Toll Collection has increased to 64% out of a total number of HGVs using tolled motorways.

Some other recent projects which showcase the modernization of Roads in Serbia include: Electric vehicle charging stations and WIFI on motorway
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HAENNI Instruments: Weight the loads and save the roads!

The road network is the backbone of every country's infrastructure and the condition for a prosperous economy

Although most government authorities are aware of the importance to keep it in good conditions, many of them fail on this matter. The most common reason is the lack of resources to do maintenance and repair the roads. What they don't know is that it is much cheaper to prevent than cure.

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The long-standing expertise and excellent quality in the production of technical glass from Swarovski form the basis for the outstanding product and service portfolio of SWAREFLEX which enables the company to continuously pursue its goal: to protect lives.

To learn more about the company and explore the full range of products and solutions, visit the newly launched website www.swareflex.com, where you can also download the latest Reflectors Catalogue.




HAENNI Instruments Inc. is a leading supplier of mobile wheel load scales for police weight control. Its mission is to provide the best solution for the mobile weight enforcement and to contribute for a better and safer worldwide road network by decreasing the overload and increasing the safety, the competition fairness and protecting the high investments done on the roads construction.

The unique and patented measurement systems give the HAENNI wheel load scales unmatched accuracy and acceptance in the world market place. OIML certified and known as the thinnest on the market, HAENNI scales are light, robust and they live long. The variety of types, sizes and ranges enables their use in different applications. Besides the weight enforcement they are also used at the private industry, universities, test laboratories and departments of transportation.

Apart of producing reliable instruments for the weight enforcement, HAENNI, together with its more than 60 representatives distributed in the 6 continents, works close to governments and international organizations to raise the awareness of the importance to protect the roads. www.haenni-scales.com




2nd IRF & RA Regional Conference for Asia and Australasia
31 May - 01 June 2018 - Sydney, Australia

\ World Transport Convention (WTC) 2018
18 - 21 June 2018, Beijing, China

International Conference on Road safety: a responsibility of the company?
20 - 21 June 2018 - Paris, France

Rural Roads for Development Course
10 - 14 September 2018 - University of Birmingham, UK

Global Road & Traffic Safety Forum
24 – 25 September 2018 – Abu Dhabi, UAE

2018 International Urban Transport Summit and Exhibition
19 – 21 November 2018- Shanghai, China

IRF & UNECE ITS Summit
4 December 2018 – Geneva, Switzerland

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