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IRF reaffirms its commitment to building managerial capacity and developing innovative safety partnerships on the occasion of a high-level meeting of the region’s Ministers of Transport convened in Brussels by SEETO and the European Commission.


At a time when many governments and city authorities around the world are challenged to manage transport demand and recover costs from road users, members of the International Road Federation have launched a new committee dedicated to tolling and other forms of road user charging (RUC).


The Far Eastern Electronic Toll Collection Company's free flow tolling system allows non-stop operation of complex 3-stage variable rate toll collection with accuracy rates exceeding 99.9%, also yielding reductions in vehicle crashes and travel times.


The IRF associates itself to the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims commemorated on the third Sunday of November each year – to remember the many millions killed and injured on the world’s roads, together with their families, friends and many others who are also affected.


IRF and the Qatar Transportation and Traffic Safety Center at Qatar University have partnered to deliver a cycle of of Road Safety Training programs in 2016/2017.


The International Road Federation has announced today the winners of the 2016 IRF Global Road Achievement Awards at a special ceremony held during the 2nd IRF Asia Regional Congress & Exhibition.


More than 1,000 participants from 56 countries are expected to take part in the 2nd IRF Asia Regional Congress, a summit for road and transportation professionals.


Y.B. Dato' Sri Haji Fadillah Haji Yusof, Minister of Works and one of the chief architects behind Malaysia's spectacular highway investment program has been nominated to receive the International Road Federation's most distinguished individual honor.


IRF co-organized the 2nd International Student Olympiads at the invitation of IRF Member Belavtodor in Minsk, Belarus from September 21-23, 2016. The competition brought together teams of promising students from technical universities in Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Belarus.


10 countries took part in the inaugural edition of IRF’s Road Network Safety Management course held on September 4-8 in Dubai, UAE. The new course offered the theoretical background and applied practices to effectively identify and reduce exposure to traffic injury risks.


The World Bank’s updated Environmental and Social Framework provides new traffic safety safeguards applicable to all loans and grants with road construction components. It represents a major achievement for all safety advocates and echoes calls formulated by IRF.


In order to maximize the impact of this opportunity, ASEAN countries need to strategically prioritize their upcoming road and transport investments; missing road links need to be completed and existing road infrastructure links needs to be upgraded.


In 2015, Nexco East introduced a moveable barrier system in Japan, creating safer work zones along the Joban Expressway, north of Tokyo. Two of the main actors behind this project look back at how it came to life and the role of IRF.

On the occasion of IRF’s inaugural executive seminar on Road Network Safety Management, Abertis’ Jérôme Ferré presents a market leader’s vision for safer roads.


IRF organized a 2-day Asphalt and Concrete Pavement conference in Bogota, Colombia. More than 120 stakeholders gathered to share and discuss current best practices in design, construction and maintenance of their primary road networks.


IRF organized a 3-day workshop on Public Private Partnerships (PPP) in Victoria Falls for road stakeholders in Zimbabwe to get abreast with present day dynamics in infrastructure financing.


Participants will be exposed to selected Electronic Toll Collection schemes at different stages of maturity and representative of the diversity of market solutions.


Recognizing the growing promise of PPPs for the development of the continent's backbone of highways, IRF organized a training workshop in Accra, Ghana with stakeholders from transport agencies, contractors and consultants. 


Two workshops in Serbia and Bulgaria, respectively, gathered 200 participants and emphasized the value of systematic road safety audits and inspections conducted by qualified road professionals. 


Join us on June 16 at 13:00 (US East Coast time) for a complimentary introduction to new network and site analysis tools allowing effective safety diagnosis even in the face of absent and incomplete traffic safety data.


Confirming its status as the industry’s most trusted brand in continuing education, IRF held simultaneous training events in Doha (Qatar), Abuja (Nigeria) and Bali (Indonesia) on major industry topics, with each course carefully elaborated to meet the needs of local and regional road professionals.


Nearly 100 participants from a host of Caribbean nations have reaffirmed a vision for roads free from death and serious injury. IRF’s 5th Caribbean Regional Congress was dominated by discussions focused on reducing injury risk through coordinated action by sector stakeholders.

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IRF delivers 3-day workshop on project management techniques and skills required to successfully manage the growing portfolio of road infrastructure investments throughout Gulf economies.


By a bitter twist of fate, the United Nation's new resolution “improving global road safety” has come to pass as many countries around the world are reporting a notable increase in injuries and deaths on their roads.


Four workshops during Intertraffic Amsterdam 2016 covered topics ranging from speed enforcement to electronic tolling. Proceedings now available to participants.


While tolling related technologies have made tremendous progress over the past decade, Capital Expenditure and Operational Expenditure remain significant hurdles for many road agencies.


The International Road Federation is pleased to announce the winners for the IRF Student Essay Competition.


On March 15, IRF and the Road Engineering Association of Asia and Australasia renewed a long-standing cooperation agreement on the sidelines of the REAAA Council Meeting in Dubai, UAE.


In 2015, traffic injuries remained one of the leading causes of death and injury across the 15-39 year old age group, disproportionately impacting breadwinners and low-income groups.

A summary of lessons learned from the Woodrow Wilson Bridge project (Virginia, USA)


On September 15, 2015, IRF convened a half-day global leadership seminar aimed at examining common talent-related challenges faced by transportation industry actors across the markets where they operate.

Transportation decision-makers will soon benefit from a new comparative study on the cost-effectiveness of road program delivery.


The International Road Federation confirmed its role as a global broker of applied industry knowledge on the opening day of the 4th IRF Middle East Regional Congress.


IRF Fellows fron 15 countries will take part in a week-long leadership program organized by the International Road Federation in Washington DC on January 9-15, 2016 The IRF Road Scholar Program is an annual multi day leadership and orientation program designed to enhance Fellows’ leadership skills and provide valuable insight into the transportation industry through visits...


The International Road Federation and Kazakhstan’s National Highway Authority (KazAutoZhol) today agreed to jointly organize an international event providing key sectoral input to EXPO-2017, the international exposition to take place in Astana June 10 – September 10, 2017. The exposition’s overarching theme “Future Energy” offers a key opportunity to highlight the sector’s tangible progress in the...


The Saudi Binladin Group (SBG) has always understood the IRF vision not only as a commitment to a most critical mode of transportation but also as part of an efficient and total transportation system and support services.


The International Road Federation has released a set of minimum qualification guidelines for professionals conducting road safety audits and inspections.


For the third time in three years, the IRF joined forces with ACCT (Chilean Road and Transport Association) and the DNV (National Roads Authority, Chile) in Santiago, Chile.


Research and innovation driven by customer feedback. This is a not a novel concept, but with a clear and dedicated focus, an organization can become a truly powerful source of solutions for its customers simply by listening well.


What challenges prevent the generalized use of recycled asphalt pavement (RAP)?

Using RAP in new construction and rehabilitation of pavements is decades old and continues to be a very popular approach in several countries because of many reasons. However, its use is not wide spread among all regions even in countries with extensive experience with the material.


Why are model highways important to the broader discussion on trade corridors?

Border crossings are proved to be the main obstacles to freight flows in many parts of the world, adding substantial time and cost to transport and trade. Improvement of border crossings and upgrading of driving conditions (comfort, safety and security) are the main preconditions for the provision of efficient level of service to international trade flows.


Research and innovation driven by customer feedback. This is a not a novel concept, but with a clear and dedicated focus, an organization can become a truly powerful source of solutions for its customers simply by listening well.

The Secretary General of the International Road Transport Union, Umberto de Pretto, has been awarded the International Road Federation's highest and most prestigious individual distinction.


An essential part of transportation infrastructure asset management is knowing what you have and what condition it is in. This information allows infrastructure engineers to make decisions on what to do to their infrastructure network. Pavemetrics is making this possible.

Victoria Gitelman

1. What are the characteristics of Israel’s safety management system?

A Safety Management System was established by the National Transport Infrastructure Company of Israel to promote all the activities on improving safety levels of the non-urban road network of the country. The system combines databases on road infrastructure characteristics, traffic volumes and road accidents, including video-log data and a GIS-platform, with safety models developed for local conditions and supportive tools for conducting network analyses and monitoring safety improvements.


The Secretary General of the International Road Transport Union, Umberto de Pretto, has been awarded the International Road Federation's highest and most prestigious individual distinction.


The Secretary General of the International Road Transport Union, Umberto de Pretto, has been awarded the International Road Federation's highest and most prestigious individual distinction.

IRF Notes June 2015 2015 IRF Awards Recognize Outstanding Road Projects The winning projects range from the innovative use of construction techniques for one of the world's longest suspension bridges in China, to advanced free-flow tolling in Slovakia, a sophisticated people mover in Saudi Arabia, and a major road infrastructure program that has unlocked social...


IRF Announces Winners of 2015 Global Road Achievement Awards June 30, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ALEXANDRIA, Va. - International Road Federation Chairman Abdullah A. Al-Mogbel announced today the winners of the 2015 Global Road Achievement Awards competition. This year the IRF honored 12 projects from around the world, each leading the way in innovation across...

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