Stand 1 & 2 (18m2)
Founded in 1948 in Washington D.C., the International Road Federation’s mission is to encourage and promote development and maintenance of better, safer and more sustainable roads and road networks. Working together with its members and associates, the IRF promotes social and economic benefits that flow from well-planned and environmentally sound road transport networks. It helps put in place technological solutions and management practices that provide maximum economic and social returns from national road investments. Today, the IRF’s role as the world’s leading advocate for road transport remains as important as it was 65 years ago. In fact, it could be argued that IRF has never been more important to the global road transport community. Now, the IRF and its members are involved not just in road construction, but also in safety, intelligent transportation systems (ITS), asset management, pavements, PPPs, and sustainable transport. Our community of professionals come from diverse backgrounds such as governments, road authorities (both public and private), consultants, contractors, National Road Associations and academia. Together we strive towards a common goal: “Better Roads mean a Better World”; and achieve this objective through knowledge transfer of best practices, policy development and advocacy, training programs, etc. Website: www.irfnews.org.
The India Chapter of the International Road Federation was set up formally in February 2009, although it had started functioning as early as 2005. It presently has around 70 members, comprising of the largest and elite organizations working in the Indian road sector.
With the same objectives as the International Road Federation, its parent body, International Road Federation – India Chapter (IRF IC) advocates the cause of the development of better, safer and sustainable roads, through improved design, construction, maintenance and management. It’s focus areas are (i) Road Safety, (ii) Environment, (iii) Public Private Partnership & Road Finance, (iv) Intelligent Transport Systems, etc.
IRF ICs multiple areas of work relating to road safety issues have reported many successes. Eight Regional Conferences, so far organized by it on special themes relating to road safety, have attracted global participation and have been lauded for their qualitative deliberations. Many of the recommendations have been implemented by the Government.
Its work in the field of Bicycle Conspicuity is well known. It has also prepared short films, promos and developed an integrated curriculum for school children incorporating the subject of road safety with the contents of each subject. Its many achievements include the designing of a unique system for scientific and comprehensive accident data collection - Road Accident Data Recorder (RaDAR), which is completely menu driven.
It plays a substantive role in organizing Awareness Campaigns, Seminars and Training courses including a course on Road Safety Audit in collaboration with the Australian Road Research Board.
IRF IC, through its close interface with the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Government of India, plays a considerable role in initiating policy changes for enhancing road safety to achieve, among others, the targets set for the country under the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety. Its efforts have resulted in the Government of India providing a 50% tax exemption, under the Income Tax Act, for expenditures incurred on road safety. Website: www.indiairf.com
The International Road Federation – Geneva Programme Centre office was established in 1964. It has a mission of encouraging and promoting the development and maintenance of better, safer and more sustainable roads and road transport systems in all its regions of influence. Working together with its members and associates, IRF (GPC) promotes social and economic benefits that flow from well-planned and environmentally sound road transport networks. It helps World Bank to put in place technological solutions and management practices that provide maximum economic and social returns from national road investments. The IRF has a major role to play in all aspects of road policy and development worldwide. For governments and financial institutions, it provides a wide base of expertise for planning road development strategy and policy.
For its members, the IRF is a business network, a link to external institutions and agencies, such as the United Nations and the European Union, and a business card of introduction to government officials and decision makers. For the community of road professionals, the IRF is a source of support and information for national road associations, advocacy groups, companies and institutions dedicated to the development of road infrastructure.
Through the International Road Educational Foundation the IRF awards grants to graduate engineers and other transportation professionals from around the world in support of full-time academic training. With this the IRF actively supports the future generations who will build the road networks.
With a wide network across over eighty countries on six continents, the IRF believes that it can make a difference by providing best practices and expert advice to today’s multi-faceted world of transport. Website: www.irfnet.ch