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Road safety IRU online course

Cutting road fatalities through first global online training course, run by EASST, Cranfield University and IRU Academy

12 Oct 2016

A collaboration between the world’s largest network of training institutes launches a new online road safety training tool, paving the way for greater road safety, more efficiency and ultimately, for saving lives.

Today at an International Seminar in Dubai on Improving Road Safety and Trade Facilitation in the Arab Region (LAS-IRU-AULT), the Eastern Alliance for Safe and Sustainable Transport (EASST) together with UK’s Cranfield University and IRU Academy launched their unique educational project.  ‘Road Safety at Work: Online Course for Managers’ is designed to give managers and businesses the skills needed to deliver and sustain a robust road safety management strategy.

Patrick Philipp, Head, IRU Academy said: “We are excited about the first universal digital training course for managing fleet safety. We are confident that this course will offer managers the knowledge necessary to instill a culture of road safety awareness within their companies.”

He added “This course complements the portfolio of IRU Academy road safety driven programmes such as Crash Prevention aimed at commercial drivers.”

Reducing the risk of commercial vehicles and public transport globally could play a very significant role in cutting road fatalities and achieving the targets of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020. Evidence has shown that businesses that adopt a thorough approach to driver safety can also benefit from less damage to vehicles and goods, reduced insurance, better staff retention and a significant reduction in working time lost through accidents.

Dr Mark Sullman, Senior Lecturer, Cranfield University (UK): “Driving is the riskiest work-related activity so it is vital that those in the industry manage road safety as effectively and efficiently as possible.”

The course is accessible online 24/7, is affordable and has no geographical boundaries. Through a series of 10 video lectures, quizzes and reading materials, the training uses real-life examples and case studies to give those who manage road safety at work the competencies and skills they need to safely manage a fleet of vehicles - awarding them at the end with an certificate of completion.

Dmitry Sambuk, Managing Director, EASST Academy said “We at EASST believe that road safety training and education are extremely important. This new online course, produced together with Cranfield University and IRU Academy, will have the advantage of being low cost and yet will enable managers across the world to acquire competencies in basic skills of safe and efficient fleet management.”

Compatible with laptops, tablets and smartphones, the course can be accessed from today at


Patrick Philipp, Head IRU Academy
+41 22 918 20 82

Karen Mazzoli , IRU Media Relations Manager

Dmitry Sambuk, Managing Director, EASST Academy
Mark Sullman, Senior Lecturer, Cranfield University

About IRU Academy

The IRU Academy is the world’s leading global professional road transport training organisation. With a network of 65 Associate Training Institutes in more than 46 countries, the Academy trains thousands of drivers and transport operators every year. The IRU Academy also develops campaign initiatives to raise awareness on certain issues, and increases global standards in professional road transport training to keep our roads safer.


The Eastern Alliance for Safe and Sustainable Transport (EASST) is an independent UK-registered charity whose mission is to save lives and prevent injuries by making road transport safer, greener and more sustainable for future generations. Since its establishment in 2009-10, EASST has built a vibrant network of NGOs across Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus and Central Asia - contributing to significant reforms in the region and to the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety.  @EASSTransport on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

About Cranfield University

Cranfield University is a leading wholly postgraduate university working with over 750 business partners in 40 countries to solve their problems and deliver competitive advantage. Cranfield’s unique perspective bridges the gap between academia and the world of business. The Driving Research Group, within the School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing, has an international reputation for its expertise in research and consultancy within the traffic and transport safety field.