ECMT and ITF resolutions, recommendations and reports have informed transport policy decisions on issues as diverse as railroad regulation and road safety, accessibility and environmental standards, or market liberalisation for international road haulage services. Seat belts, helmets for motorcyclists, speed limits, blood alcohol limits and targeted traffic education programmes were all pioneered by ECMT before becoming the norm.
More recently, ITF has been instrumental in the Mexican government’s 2014 decision to set up a regulatory body for rail freight regulation, and we supported the UK Airports Commission in doing the groundwork for a politically difficult decision about expanding London’s airport capacity.
We have worked to devise an inclusive public transport strategy for remote and sparsely populated areas with Finland and are creating a logistics observatory for Chile to provide the government with reliable data for freight policy. We helped the governments of Jamaica, Vietnam and Argentina to reduce road fatalities through twinnings with ITF member countries that have been hailed as “model of a multi-country effort” by the World Health Organization. ITF’s road safety data has been called “the best in the world” by Global NCAP, the Global New Car Assessment Programme.
The Annual Summit of the ITF has established itself as the leading global transport policy event since its launch in 2008. It brings together transport ministers, CEOs, Heads of International Organisations and thought leaders to discuss strategic issues and align views. More than 1000 participants from over 70 countries meet each May in Leipzig, Germany, for what has been called the ‘Davos of Transport’.
In a regulatory capacity, ITF manages the Multilateral Quota system of licenses for international road haulage operations.