The World Road Association-PIARC was established in 1909. It brings together the road administrations of 121 governments and has members--individuals, companies, authorities and organizations in over 140 countries.
At its meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, on 21-22 September 2016, the Council of the World Road Association elected its new President and the New Executive Committee for the 2017-2020 period.
The World Road Association organizes jointly with GDKKiA, the Polish General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways, the XVth International Winter Road Congress. It will take place in Gdańsk (Poland) from 20 to 23 February 2018.
The General Report of the XXVth World Road Congress , which was held in Seoul (South Korea ) in November 2015, is now available online.
Issue N° 370 (third quarter 2016) dedicated to Climate Change and Risk Management covers seven contributions from Australia, Canada, Greece and Romania.
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PIARC has published three interactive electronic Manuals, which are available online free of charge. These compendiums address Road Safety, Road Network Operations and ITS, and Tunnels.
As part of its 2012 to 2015 strategic plan the World Road Association (PIARC) determined the need to identify and review approaches taken in assessing the service life of wearing courses. This report reviews the different approaches taken by road authorities to determine the service life of wearing courses. The aim is to understand why they are replaced and identify [...] Display the technical report
Accidents which have occurred in tunnels have brought to light the danger that the perpendicular end-wall of lay-bys can present to road users in tunnels. Various European representatives of the PIARC Road Tunnel Operations Committee engaged in discussions on the topic of lay-bys and lateral obstacles in tunnels. A workshop was organized on this issue in 2013. [...] Display the technical report
Extreme winter weather between 2008 and 2015 tested highway winter maintenance arrangements in many parts of the world. Unusually cold weather and significant snow events resulted in significant transport disruption and international media attention. From these challenges arose an opportunity to learn more about, and improve, the service provided to the road [...] Display the technical report
We can consider that the most recent developments of the vehicles are: the massive deployment of sensors, actuators and computers allowing to develop a kind of "vehicle and transport system intelligence"; their ability to communicate among themselves or with the infrastructure through the concept of cooperative systems; the introduction of electric motor combined [...] Display the technical report
On 11 May 2011, the UN General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/64/255 with the goal of improving road safety.
This text was followed by a presentation by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Baan Ki-Moon, of the Global Plan of Action for the Decade for Road Safety 2011-2020.