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Commission on Legal Affairs

Commission on Legal Affairs

Permanent and long-term working programme

  • Inform the Statutory Bodies and Members of the IRU (passengers, goods) of the regulatory requirements in the profession and of the legislative projects (multilateral agreements, EU regulations, laws, etc.) in connection with road transport and related activities (i.e. topics relating to contractual and non-contractual responsibilities, contracts concluded at arm’s length, misleading advertising, protecting the users, travel agents, hotels, maritime and fluvial roll-on roll-off, piggyback, multimodal and intermodal transport).

  • Gather legal information, supervise and prepare analyses, legal opinions, recommendations, and standpoints and adopt resolutions, in order to protect the interests of road carriers (passengers and goods).

  • Contribute, at a global level, to the elaboration and harmonisation of international road transport law, to the simplification of procedures related to this transport mode, to the facilitation of relationships between road carriers and their clients and also to support regional or national efforts in this field.

  • Follow-up the finalised work of the Commission: in particular, administrative and/or penal sanctions which may be imposed on road carriers; transport insurance; the framework agreement on transport; the framework agreement on logistics services; the right of retention and the right of lien covering transport of goods by road; the AIH-IRU Convention and standard contracts; the FUAAV-IRU Convention and standard contracts; the IRU model of agreement on the exchange of electronic data between business partners within the framework of the international road transport of goods, to align the legislation in countries which have adhered to the CMR Convention relating to the national road transport of goods on behalf of a third party, as well as piggyback, maritime and roll-on roll-off transport operations.

  • Cooperate with the appropriate departments of the international governmental organisations (i.e. UN, EU, the CIS, EurAsEC, UNIDROIT) and the non-governmental organisations (i.e. IHA, ETAG, FUAAV, FIATA, ICC, CIT), in the implementation of the above mentioned targets and, if necessary, take part in their working sessions.

  • Monitor developments concerning the Rotterdam Rules and keep up to date recommendations for road carriers in collaboration with UNCITRAL, in order to ensure the interests of road carriers.

  • Promote globally the results of the analyses of the infringements concerning the freedom of circulation of persons (in particular attacks against drivers) and goods (such as the disparities related to environmental zones and to types of authorised vehicles) and examine the actions to be undertaken by the IRU and its Members in order for these legal principles to be fully applied.

  • Maintain the internet interface on the IRU website listing questions/answers of general interest concerning the legal aspects of road transport, as well as the links to the national legislative databases based on the information provided by Members.

  • Update and promote the IRU Legal Assistance Network to attain membership globally and to assist road carriers.