IRU Projects ASBL
IRU Projects ASBL is a Belgian non-for profit association. The primary goal of the IRU Projects ASBL is to support the International Road Transport Union (IRU) and its members in reaching their policy objectives on road safety, energy efficiency and sustainability. Amongst other tasks, this entails participation in European Commission supported activities.
The IRU’s mission is to facilitate road transport worldwide and use training to promote professional competence in the sector in order to increase the quality, safety and efficiency of services if offers. The IRU represents the interests of the road transport industry to public authorities, private bodies and the media. Established in 1948 the IRU today numbers 170 members in 74 countries across all five continents. The IRU’s Constitution obliges it to work towards the twin goals of sustainable development and facilitation of road transport. These two priority issues make up the basic components of its working programme. The IRU is a significant player in the process of building a European legal framework for road transport. As an international organisation, the IRU also disseminates worldwide excellence and International recognition in professional road transport training through its training arm the IRU Academy. The IRU Academy’s objective is to deliver high-quality harmonised training programme for the benefit of the road transport sector. Established in 1999, the IRU Academy has been working with its panel of experts in order to develop and implement the capacities that contribute to develop the knowledge and skills required by a sector challenged by a permanent evolution whilst also improving road safety.
The IRU Projects ASBL is currently involved in several European Commission supported projects in the fields of training, policy and technology developments. The organisation has recently finalised coordination of the ECOeffect project, supported by the EC Intelligent Energy Europe programme. The project developed an eco-driver training programme for truck drivers and a train-the-trainer programme enabling capacity building of the eco-driving programme in the Czech Republic, Poland and Romania. Within the project, more than 2’300 truck drivers and 80 trainers were trained in eco-driving techniques, resulting in a direct saving of 7’731 tonnes saved in road transport CO2 emissions and 3,5 MEuro reduction in fuel costs. In ECOeffect, close cooperation with the IRU Academy, as well as the ECOeffect contractual partners, has been essential for delivering the results.
The IRU acts as the industry’s advocate in all international bodies that make decisions affecting road transport. By working to the highest professional standards, the IRU improves the safety record and environmental performance of road transport and ensures the mobility of people and goods. Among its practical services to the industry, the IRU is the international guarantor of the TIR Carnet system, under which trucks are sealed by customs upon departure and can cross several borders without further checks until they reach their destinations.
The IRU also created a Basic Incident Report Form and contributed to the establishment of a CEN-norm for such forms.
The IRU can offer access to fleet operators and drivers on a global level, through our members but also through our communication channels which include smart phone app.
Regarding the training, the IRU Academy as the only global body dedicated to road transport training would be the natural partner to develop training programmes for raising the professional training standards and qualification in the road transport industry intended for instructors and for professional drivers. By developing top-quality training programmes and ensuring quality control of training delivery, the IRU Academy is active in enhancing the development of professional competence in the road transport sector. With its unique structure, the IRU Academy is poised at the heart of the road transport industry to provide training programmes which ensure we meet the industry’s priorities of sustainable development, facilitation, safety, and security.