International Road Transport Union (IRU)

Union Internationale des Transports Routiers
Unión Internacional de Transportes por Carretera
Internationale Strassentransportunion

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1948 Geneva Switzerland


Statutes modified: 1956; 1963; 1969; 1995; 1997; 2001, 2020


Study, solve, or play a part in solving, questions raised in road transportation; promote harmonization and simplification of regulations and practices relating to such transport; coordinate and support efforts made in different countries with a view to developing transport of passengers and goods by road; improve the safety record and environmental performance of road transport and ensure mobility of people and goods; take the initiative in ensuring that vehicles are safe, clean, efficient and economical in fuel consumption; encourage sound fleet management, strict vehicle maintenance and good working conditions for drivers; help make roads safer and less congested; seek improvements in environmental performance of vehicles; maintain close working relations with competent national, intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations; strive to lift barriers to international transport and trade.


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General Assembly (meets once or twice a year): Presidential Executive; Secretariat General, headed by Secretary General. Meetings closed. Active members grouped in 2 Transport Councils: Passenger Transport; Goods Transport. Specialized International Commissions (3): Customs; Social affairs and Technical Affairs. Groups of Experts (1): Taxis and Hire Cars with Driver. Liaison bodies (3): IRU Permanent Delegation to the European Union; IRU Permanent Delegation to Eurasia; IRU Permanent Delegation to the Middle East Region.


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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities



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