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IRF Policy Committee on ITS

The IRF sees Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) as an effective and efficient tool to save lives, reduce emissions and congestion and to improve the sustainability of road networks.

However, there continues to be a lack of understanding about ITS among public politicians and policy makers.

The IRF established a high level Policy Committee on ITS back in 2008 to foster the deployment of ITS by educating and encouraging governments to integrate ITS as a major tool to achieve their transport policy objectives.


The IRF ITS Policy Committee aims to raise awareness among potential users on new technological developments, their potential use, and the conditions required for the successful implementation of ITS to achieve the goals of national and urban transport policies. The IRF Vienna Manifesto on ITS stating Smart Transport Policies for Sustainable Mobility is endorsed by many ITS global leaders.

The domains of the IRF ITS Policy Committee change to keep abreast of new developments.

Areas of work of the Committee:

  • ITS applications and relevant policy objectives 
  • ITS Standards
  • Connected Vehicles
  • Legal frameworks for deployment of ITS 
  • ITS Research, education and social issues
  • ITS strategy development and benchmarking
  • Financing ITS 

For more information on the Policy Committee on ITS, please contact us  at

You can also join the ITS Policy Committee group on LinkedIn.



The Policy Committee is open to IRF members, national and supranational governments, national and regional authorities, ITS Associations, intergovernmental institutions and other organisations upon invitation by IRF.  


Full meeting documentation, including minutes and presentations, can be downloaded from the IRF members' section (password required).

Background documentation and press coverage

Interview with Previously IRF ITS Director Caroline Visser in ITS International, March 2015


Interview in Urban4Square Newsletter with Previously IRF Deputy Director General Caroline Visser, Summer 2013.

Article in ITS International addressing the launch of the IRF Vienna Manifesto on ITS at the ITS World Congress 2012 in Vienna, Austria, November 2012.

The IRF Vienna Manifesto on ITS contains policy recommendations for political leaders and high level decision makers to create the proper policy frameworks to unleash the full potential of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in addressing key mobility challenges of safety, sustainability and efficiency.

IRF response to the UNECE stakeholder consultation on the future of ITS deployment, entitled Unleashing the potential of Intelligent Transport Systems, May 2011.

Welcoming address and presentation held by Josef Czako, Chairman of the ITS Policy Committee, on the occasion of the 3rd Russian International Congress on ITS, 17-20 May 2011.

An interview in ITS International with Policy Committee chairman Josef Czako, October 2010.

The Moscow Policy Committee meeting and roundtable discussion in November 2009 were covered by Russian media. A report covering these two events was published in the Russian quarterly magazine "Dorogi Sodrujestva" (Roads of CIS) in December, 2009. You can download unofficial English translation here.

An article in ITS International about the Policy Committee, March 2009.

Briefing Note reflecting the intentions and motivation of the IRF Policy Committee on ITS, November 2008.