International Road Transport Union (IRU)
IRU is the world’s road transport organisation
They lead solutions to help the world move better, supporting trade, economic growth, jobs, safety, the environment and communities. IRU’s work spans more than 100 countries. Their core constituents are national transport associations and transport operators. But they also work closely with business, governments, the UN and international organisations. At the heart of IRU are millions of journeys across the planet every day: people and goods moving to where they need to be, in buses, coaches, taxis or trucks, for all, or even just a small part, of their journey.
From humble beginnings seven decades ago, IRU now shapes mobility policy and practice in over 100 countries.
IRU was founded in 1948 in Geneva to help war-torn Europe rebuild devastated trade and commercial links.
Beginning as an alliance of national road transport associations from eight European countries, IRU already began to develop TIR in 1949.
As geopolitical and economic changes have advanced across Europe and Asia in the decades since, IRU has remained at the forefront of facilitating trade, improving transport and boosting prosperity.
IRU membership and activities have now expanded to all continents, encompassing passenger and goods mobility by road, as well as intermodal journeys and innovative mobility services.
Driving progress, prosperity and peace
68 years of rising to every challenge
The International Road Transport Union (IRU) was born on 23 March 1948 in Geneva.
Their first mission? To help rebuild the devastated road transport infrastructure of war-torn Europe. No small task, but they’ve always been up for a challenge.
They started out as an alliance of national road transport associations from eight western European countries: Belgium, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.See more