IRU has been acknowledged for the development of harmonised and internationally recognised standards in vocational training in a new UN resolution on road safety. Its work to professionalise the industry is being further developed together with the UN Economic Commission for Europe, as part of the effort to meet global sustainability goals.
The UN General Assembly Resolution and the establishment of a global fund for road safety were adopted today in New York.
IRU advocates for international standards that improve safety, working with the United Nations, international organisations and government authorities on both formal and informal standards. Accidents involving commercial vehicles are caused by human error in over 85% of cases, highlighting the importance of training, which helps drivers meet high professional qualification standards and makes roads safer.
Through its network of Associate Training Institutes in over 40 countries, the IRU Academy trains and certifies thousands of commercial drivers and transport mangers every year. The Academy also runs awareness raising campaigns on key issues and train-the-trainer programmes to boost training capacity in the sector.