Newsletter – February 2022

Newsletter – February 2022


Dear reader,

It is difficult to write anything in these sad days when people are under the bombs, losing their lives for an absurd war.  

But wars remind us powerfully how important it is to always cultivate a culture of collaboration, of sharing, of openness to others. That’s what transport does. It connects people, cultures, countries.  

That’s what our federation does. Through our events, trainings, working groups, we try to foster a culture of collaboration, of dialogue with the hope of helping shape people and systems who build bridges and connections rather than blowing them up. 

May peace always prevail. 

Susanna Zammataro
Director General

IRF to Host Two Workshops at Intertraffic Amsterdam 2022

Join the IRF on 30 and 31 March 2022 at Intertraffic Amsterdam, in person or remotely, for two exciting workshops: “Innovation Driving the Future of Sustainable Mobility” & “Novel Practices for Effective Road Assets Management”.

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IRF & SARF Partner to Deliver Professional Online Courses

In line with their mission to disseminate knowledge & build capacity through education within the road sector, the South African Road Federation (SARF) and IRF have entered a partnership to offer certified, professional online courses on a number of disciplines. Check the list and make sure you don’t miss the upcoming courses! 

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IRF Addresses the Ministerial segment of the UN Inland Transport Committee

The United Nations Inland Transport Committee (ITC) celebrated its 75th-anniversary last week in Geneva. IRF Vice-President, Anouar Benazzouz and IRF DG, Susanna Zammataro addressed two panels in the Ministerial segment of the meeting stressing the ties between IRF and ITC and their common history. 

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IRF & Michelin co-lead a New SuM4All Working Group on Safe Mobility 

IRF and Michelin will be leading a new working group on safe mobility in the framework of the Sustainable Mobility for All (SuM4All) initiative. The working group was launched on 15 February 2022 at the SuM4All Consortium Meeting, held on the occasion of its 5th anniversary.

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IRF Deputy Director General at Autonomy Paris 2022 

IRF is pleased to support this year Autonomy Paris 2022 to be hosted in Paris on 16-17 March. IRF will be present at the event with the participation of IRF Deputy Director General, Gonzalo Alcaraz, who will be delivering a keynote speech on autonomous mobility. Registration is free until 15 March 2022, grab your pass! 

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Introduction to Crash Investigation: New Course 

In the framework of their partnership, IRF & the Qatar Transportation & Traffic Safety Centre (QTTSC) will be hosting an in-person training course on crash investigation on 21-23 May, in Doha, Qatar. This introductory course will be followed by a more in-depth course on “Applied Crash Investigation” to be held in September. 

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Introducing Valerann, Winner of the IRF Start-Up Label

After a thorough selection by IRF alongside the FIA Smart Cities Global Start-Up Contest jury, Valerann was awarded the IRF Start-Up Label. IRF interviewed the UK-based company to share more about Valerann’s product and identity. The full interview is now available online.

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IRF, SARF & PIARC to Host the 7th Regional Conference for Africa 

Under the theme “Connecting Africa through smart, safe, and resilient roads” the three leading organisations will be hosting the 7th Regional Conference for Africa & PIARC International Seminar on Rural Roads and Road Safety in Cape Town, South Africa on 18 – 20 October 2022. Registrations are now open!

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New HVT Webinar on Developing Climate-Resilient Transport

Transport infrastructures build economies and communities. We need to increase connectivity, particularly in LICs, but how can this be delivered given the multifaceted challenges from climate change? Join HVT’s free online webinar on 29 March 13.00 GMT highlighting new research for the policy debate to make transport systems greener, safer, and resilient to climate change.

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Member of Road Safety Coalition in Morocco Wins NARSA Competition

Sahara Logistic Nord – a member of the Private Sector Road Safety Coalition recently launched in Morocco – won on 18 February the trophy for the category “Enterprises” in the national road safety competition organised this year by the Moroccan National Road Safety Agency (NARSA) under the title “My Initiative for Life 2022”. 

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4th CRISPS Webinar – Proceedings Available 

Aiming at presenting some early findings from the “Climate resilient sustainable road pavement surfacing (CRISPS)” research programme, this new webinar hosted by IRF provided a review of existing quality control methods of epoxy bitumen and their application in low and middle-income settings. Proceedings are available online. 

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A Digital Twin for Roads – Webinar Proceedings Now Available 

IRF, in collaboration with the University of Birmingham (UoB), the University of Nottingham (UoA), and the University of Manchester (UoM), was pleased to host a webinar on “A digital Twin for Roads: A combined physics and data-driven approach to predict roads deterioration” last 24 February 2022.  Proceedings of the webinar are available online. 

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Delivering Inclusive Public Transport – Webinar Proceedings Available 

On 8 February 2022, IRF and the High Volume Transport (HVT) Applied Research Programme hosted a webinar focusing on the challenges the transport sector faces in ensuring that people with disabilities are not only beneficiaries of development, but more importantly that they are agents of change driving that development. Proceedings are available online. 

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IRF India’s Safe Corridor Demonstration Project in 7 States 

IRF India Chapter (IRF-IC) is working on an extensive road safety project in 7 Indian States. Building on the Safe System approach, a comprehensive set of actions around the 5Es (Engineering of Roads, Engineering of Vehicles, Education, Enforcement, Emergency Response) are being delivered.  

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Ecogest Reaches Out to Ukrainian Refugees   

Ecogest S.p.A., leader in the field of motorway maintenance, has reached out to the Ukrainian Embassy in Italy to offer support to Ukrainian refugees. Their objective is to hire up to 20 Ukrainian family leads and to offer them hospitality, so they can sustain their loved ones who have fled the country with them. A drop of hope in the sea of suffering that Europe and Ukraine are experiencing. 

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The Youth Coalition is Inviting YOU to Become a Member! 

The Global Youth Coalition for Road Safety unites individual youth leaders and organisations and empowers them to take action on issues around road safety, sustainable mobility, and meaningful youth participation. YOURS is officially inviting you to become a member of the Youth Coalition and to join the road safety revolution! 

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The Global Alliance to Host its Seventh Global Meeting   

The Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety will host on 24 March 2022 the 7th Global Meeting in a hybrid format.  Its objective will be to facilitate strong action and mobilise NGOs to call Heads of State participating at the UN High-Level meeting in July 2022 to allocate adequate investment to road safety actions and road victims. Registrations are now open. 

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IRF Member HAENNI at Intertraffic Amsterdam 2022

HAENNI Instruments Inc. is a Swiss-based company and a leading supplier of mobile wheel load scales for police weight control. If you would like to learn more about their activities, meet HAENNI’s team in person at stand 01.101 at Intertraffic Amsterdam 2022 on 29 March – 01 April 2022. Registration to Intertraffic is free until 21 March 2022.

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Tecnopeaje has lived and designed one of the most successful road infrastructure investment programs for a growing economy in the last years. We have made a structured system that integrates all the disciplines in the field, from technical (transportation and engineering), legal, financial for investment, financial for program outcome, to growth, subsidies for “out of the network” social needs, and all that is necessary for a healthy investment environment. We are experts in Social Impact on infrastructure projects with relevant experience in Latin America and Africa, participating as suppliers for relevant groups (IDB, Red Cross, FONADIN, and many others).

Meet the team:

Autonomy Paris 2022 

16 – 17 March 2022 – Paris, France 

Workshop: Innovation Driving the Future of Sustainable Mobility 

30 March 2022 – RAI Amsterdam, The Netherlands 

Workshop: Novel Practices for Effective Road Assets Management 

31 March 2022 – RAI Amsterdam, The Netherlands 

 Professional Training: Introduction to Crash Investigation

21 – 23 May 2022 – Doha, Qatar 

40th Annual South African Transport Conference 2022 

04 – 07 July 2022 – Pretoria, South Africa 

7th Regional Conference for Africa 

18 – 20 October 2022 – Cape Town, South Africa 

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