Following the creation of a National Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Committee by NITI Aayog in December 2018, three working groups have been created with the mission to formulate policy recommendations on education, legal aspects and innovation. IRF has entered into a Statement of Intent (SOI) with NITI Aayog, Govt. of India, to work towards a coherent national ITS policy and is accordingly now chairing the work of the three WGs. Eight pillars of priority action have now been identified and on-going pilots in the country are being reviewed.
Dr Cristian Gonzalez, Director IRF World Road Statistics, was in Athens on 8-10 May to share IRF’s expertise in data collection at a three-day regional workshop organised by the EuroMed Transport Support Project. The event offered a unique opportunity to share national, European and international experiences and best practices with road safety data and allow a regional exchange on setting up a road map for the follow up actions. The Workshop hosted 40 experts, of which 25 from EuroMed Partner countries.
It is with profound sadness that we share today the news of the passing away of Anthony Pearce, former IRF Director General (Geneva) and Manfred Swarovski.
IRF (Geneva) was amongst the key stakeholders invited to attend the Belt & Road Transport Alliance (BRITA) preparatory meeting held in Beijing, China on 18 June. BRITA is a platform to enhance multi-level and wide-ranging cooperation between the countries along the Belt and Road. The meeting was held prior to the official opening of the World Transport Convention 2018 hosted by CHTS and officially supported by IRF (Geneva) for the second time. IRF (Geneva) has actively supported the shaping of BRITA and will be part of its Board of Directors.
02 July 2018
New Governing Council of IRF – India Chapter
At its meeting held in April 2018, General Body of IRF – IC elected the members of the new Governing Council and its new Office Bearers. Mr. G. Sharan, Former DG (RD) & SS, Govt. of India will head the new Governing Council as its Chairman. Mr. D. O. Tawade, Mr. S.K. Puri & Mr. Ashish Wig have been elected as Vice Presidents, Mr. Mahesh Kumar as Treasurer and Mr. S.K. Nirmal as the Secretary of IRF – IC.
IRF – IC is organizing a Seminar on the theme of "Environmental Protection and Safety during Construction" on 13th & 14th July 2018 at New Delhi. India's growing & vibrant Infrastructure programme has resulted in an impressive build-up of the sector, which is accelerating and has implications for the environment & safety during the construction period. This calls for a very systematic mission to take care of these aspects.
Mr Anouar Benazzouz, Director General of Autoroute du Maroc (ADM) has been unanimously appointed Vice-President of IRF (Geneva) by the IRF Board of Directors. The Board of Directors met on 27 June - right before the General Assembly - to review advancement on the programme of work 2018 and discuss plans for the future.
As industry and governments around the world continue to grapple with the challenges of vehicle automation, experts gathered in Sydney at the end of May to take stock of where we’re at on the global journey to a new era of mobility. From the US to Australia across Europe, India and Singapore, the experts present were unanimously in agreement that the enormity of the change that is coming behoves us all to work together to ensure the transition is as seamless as possible and delivers the most good for the global community.
Transport Safety and Security was the theme of the ITF 2018 Summit which gathered in Leipzig, Germany end of May around 1400 decision-makers from more than 80 countries including more than three dozen ministers. IRF (Geneva) was invited to share its work and ideas on an ITF panel session on “Raising awareness” and on an official side event organised by the Union for the Mediterranean. The Summit provided also the opportunity for a meeting of Advisory Board of the FIA High Level Panel on Road Safety - of which IRF is an active member - and a meeting of the Sustainable Mobility for All (SuM4All) Consortium that marked the official appointment of IRF (Geneva) as Steering Committee Member.
The International Road Federation (Geneva) hosted three workshops at Intertraffic 2018 in collaboration with Swarco, Evonik and PTV.
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.
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.
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.
30 April 2018
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.
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.
30 April 2018
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.
26 April 2018
Sponsorship Opportunity - IRF World Road Statistics 2018
Every year since 1964, the International Road Federation (IRF) has been publishing the World Road Statistics (WRS), the most complete and authoritative source of data for the road sector. The WRS 2018 will be released by August 2018. This Edition will include updated data for the years 2011-2016. Over 200 countries will be included with key data on Road Networks, Road Expenditures & Revenues, Road Traffic, Multimodal Traffic Comparisons, Road Accidents, Vehicles in Use, Vehicles Industry (Production, Imports, Exports and First Registration) and Energy Prices.
27 February 2018
Strengthening partnership with World Bank on SuM4All Initiative
With the signing of the Consortium Charter in Washington DC last January, IRF Geneva has formalised its involvement in the Sustainable Mobility for All Initiative (SuM4All). Led by the World Bank, the SuM4All is a multi-stakeholder partnership that aims to reshape the global mobility agenda through advocacy, action, and financing. SuM4All brings together a diverse and high-level group of stakeholders which includes: Multilateral Developments Banks, United Nations Agencies, Programs, and Regional Commissions, Bilateral donor organizations.