The voice of road transport
IRU is an independent, democratic international organisation active in over 100 countries
Active members are non profit-making organisations that represent a sector of road transport, or a specific category within passenger or goods transport, at national level. They can vote and participate in all parts of IRU’s governance.
Associate members include national and international non profit-making organisations and companies participating directly or indirectly in road transport activities. They cannot vote, but can participate in IRU’s advisory bodies and attend the General Assembly.
IRU helps the world get where it needs to be
Structure and Governance
IRU is structured in three levels: decision-making bodies, led by the General Assembly, advisory bodies such as the Commissions, and the Secretariat.
The General Assembly is the highest IRU authority. Meeting twice a year, it brings together active member associations from IRU’s two transport councils, along with associate members.
We have two Transport Councils made up of active member associations – one dedicated to the movement of people, the other to the movement of goods.
The Presidential Executive is the executive body of the General Assembly, responsible for directing the affairs of IRU and providing regular oversight of the Secretariat’s activities and results. Led by IRU’s elected President, the Presidential Executive meets five times per year and is composed of up to 12 members.
IRU’s Committees bring together experts from member associations and address freight, logistics and passenger transport challenges in particular regions.
IRU’s advisory bodies bring together experts from member associations and work in broad areas or specific issues. They include Commissions and Working Parties. They distil and analyse specialist knowledge to inform debate in IRU’s statutory bodies, support IRU’s lobbying efforts, and disseminate information to other IRU members.
The Secretariat leads on the delivery of IRU’s strategic objectives and manages operations on a daily basis. Led by a Secretary General, it is based in Geneva, with offices in Beijing, Brussels, Istanbul, Moscow and New York.
How is IRU funded?
IRU is funded by membership fees, revenue from services we provide for road transport operators, direct project funding from multilateral institutions, and delegate fees and sponsorship from a small number of events.