Supporting the drive for a better global industry
IRU has seven expert Commissions, advisory groups which help develop policies, best practice and programmes in key areas:
Helping the road transport industry get ready today for the challenges of tomorrow
Commissions work for, and with, IRU member associations, applying their expertise to help develop draft policy positions for IRU's two Transport Councils.
The Commissions serve in an advisory, information and research capacity.
Commission on Customs Affairs (CAD)
The Commission on Customs Affairs focuses on laws and processes to make crossing borders quicker and more efficient. It also advises on the expansion and modernisation of TIR.
Linked to this is the Commission's work on educating and informing partners on flexibility and security at borders, and monitoring the evolution and implementation of trade facilitation legislation.
The Commission on Customs Affairs is also known by its French acronym, CAD.
President: Michaela Havelkova (Czech Republic)
Vice President: Mikhail Savin (Russia)
Commission on Economic Affairs (CAE)
The Commission on Economic Affairs deals with economic and sustainability issues related to mobility.
Aiming to ultimately provide better, rather than more, transport, the Commission promotes the role of road transport in mobility solutions, and raises awareness of the vital role that it plays in ensuring economic development.
In particular, it looks at variable and fixed costs in the transport sector, undertakes economic studies and develops policies related to economic aspects of road transport.
The Commission on Economic Affairs is also known by its French acronym, CAE.
President: Krzysztof Matuszewski (Poland)
Commission on Legal Affairs (CAJ)
The Commission on Legal Affairs monitors the legal and regulatory environment of the road transport industry.
It informs IRU member associations of road transport operators’ obligations and legal changes that impact operating environments.
Working with organisations such as the United Nations and the European Union, the Commission aims to simplify and harmonise international road transport laws, helping to create a level playing field in both passenger and goods transport sectors.
The Commission on Legal Affairs is also known by its French acronym, CAJ.
President: Isabelle Bon-Garcin (France)
Vice President: Francisco Sanchez-Gamborino (Spain)
Commission on Social Affairs (CAS)
The Commission on Social Affairs aims to create a sustainable balance between market interests and social conditions in the road transport sector.
The Commission works closely with IRU members, the European Union and global regulators, as well as enforcers and trade unions.
It focuses on securing employers’ interests and on formulating policy in many social and enforcement areas. These include social and working condition regulations such as driving and working time, driver training, and harmonisation of enforcement and applicable labour laws.
The Commission on Social Affairs is also known by its French acronym, CAS.
President: Steven Salmon (United Kingdom)
Vice-Presidents: Roxanne Ilie (Romania), Lars Nielsen (Denmark)
Commission on Road Safety (CSR)
The Commission works to promote better sharing of roads and improve the driving behaviour of all road users, both professional and non-professional, with training and educational programmes which meet internationally recognised standards.
Road accidents are a leading cause of death and injury in many countries. IRU’s Commission for Road Safety works on measures to improve road safety, targeting the main causes of accidents.
The Commission’s safety management of road safety culture focuses on the triangle of interaction between vehicle technology, infrastructure and human behaviour.
Working with governments, vehicle manufacturers and road infrastructure managers, the Commission provides expertise, and disseminates policy and regulatory changes. It works in particular with the IRU Academy.
The Commission for Road Safety is also known by its French acronym, CSR.
President: Rob Aarse (Netherlands)
Vice-President: Stephen Smith (UK)
Commission on Services to Road Transport Operators (CSE)
The Commission on Services to Road Transport Operators helps IRU member associations in providing access to, or knowledge about, services, future trends and financing opportunities in mobility.
These can be used to ensure the sustainability of their existing or new operations, to increase and diversify income, and to empower advocacy activities.
The Commission identifies and analyses current and promising future services that could be offered by IRU members, provides valuable feedback on service demand, outlines benchmarks, and ultimately supports implementation of new services globally.
The Commission on Services to Road Transport Operators is also known by its French acronym, CSE.
President: Vojtech Hromir (Czech Republic)
Commission on Technical Affairs (CIT)
The Commission on Technical Affairs makes recommendations on technical matters concerning how transport operators can more securely, safely and efficiently transport goods and passengers by road.
In cooperation with heavy duty commercial vehicle manufacturers and tyre makers, the Commission analyses and assesses technical developments in order to optimise operations, productivity, mobility, safety, security, environmental protection and fuel-efficiency in road transport.
Priorities include reducing carbon emissions and noise, assessing energy savings, and optimising weights and dimensions of vehicles to improve capacity and productivity.
The Commission on Technical Affairs is also known by its French acronym, CIT.
President: Mårten Johansson (Sweden)
Vice-Presidents: Jørn-Henrk Carstens (Denmark); Francesco Ramagnoli (Italy)
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