COVID-19 - PIARC’s response

In line with PIARC’s mission to identify, develop, and disseminate best practice and give better access to international information, this page presents knowledge and references that PIARC shares to support its members, and professionals in the roads and transport sector, at this challenging time.

This work focuses on the short-term. The world is going through a crisis and every day counts.

Covid-19 - PIARC's Response - World Road Association

Indeed, since its emergence at the end of 2019, the COVID-19 virus pandemic is indeed causing severe disruption of individuals’ lives, of organisations, and of delivery of services across the World. Like public agencies in multiple sectors, PIARC members are affected as well and are taking various actions to respond.

Current knowledge and practice are not yet confirmed as valid or effective, and what works in some parts of the world may not be relevant elsewhere. While the greatest impact of COVID-19 outside of China is currently on High Income Countries, the impacts and required responses in Middle and Low-Income Countries may be quite different. However, inspiration can be found anywhere, and a good idea now could save lives, improve business resilience and help minimize disruption of services.

 The ideas and examples shared here are for illustration only. They do not necessarily represent official policy. Ideas presented will be subject to further evaluation and use in deriving recommendations on policy and practice in due course. While care has been taken in the preparation of this material, no responsibility is accepted for any damage that may be caused.

Time is of the essence. English is the main working language for this work, and PIARC will strive to share knowledge in French and Spanish as well.

Once the pandemic is in a manageable state and substantially under control, long term actions will be implemented as well, through adjusting the Terms of Reference of some of existing Technical Committees or Task Forces, establishing a new Task Force or possibly by launching a Special Project.

The content has been prepared under a reduced time frame by the PIARC General Secretariat and by Technical Committees 1.1 "Performance of Transport Administrations", 1.5 "Disaster Management", 2.4 "Road Network Operation / Intelligent Transportation Systems" and Task Force 3.1 "Road Infrastructure and Transport Security": Christos Xenophontos, José Manuel Blanco Segarra, Jonathan Spear, Valentina Galasso, Yukio Adachi and Saverio Palchetti, and with support from Andrea Peris (Paraguay National Committee).

PIARC Webinars

PIARC organizes weekly online discussions on the response to the COVID-19 crisis. They are open to experts appointed by their National PIARC First delegate and to PIARC Technical Committee / Task Force members.

The objective of the sessions is to share knowledge and current practice between PIARC members urgently in order to support responses to the pandemic in near real-time.

PIARC Webinar on 1s April 2020

PIARC Webinar on 1s April 2020 provides good practices from the United States, Gulf Area and China as well as recommendations from PIARC Reports on Road Network Operations and ITS.

Webinar in PDF file

The PDF file of the presentation can be downloaded by clicking here.

Note that this file is also available in French and Spanish on the French and Spanish pages.

PIARC Webinar on 25 March 2020

PIARC Webinar on 25th March 2020 provides good practices from Spain, Italy and Japan.

Webinar in PDF file

The PDF file of the presentation can be downloaded by clicking here.

Note that this file is also available in French and Spanish on the French and Spanish pages.

PIARC Reports

The following reports prepared by PIARC experts may be useful to the community, even if they are not directly related to the current COVID-19.

Indeed, and fulfilling PIARC's mission of being a leading international forum for analysis and discussion of topics related to roads and road transport, PIARC Technical Committees have worked on the issue of risk management.

  • Disaster Information Management for Road Administrators

    Countries that experience disasters acquire unique disaster management knowledge and develop tailored countermeasure technologies based on their experiences. As societies diversify, damage caused by disasters changes as society changes. Therefore, the type of technology necessary to manage disasters in each country needs to continually adapt as populations grow and society changes. Most disaster management technologies have been developed to respond to the emergency management phase. Previous disaster [...]

  • Risk Management for Emergency Situations

    Road transport is critical to the economic vitality of a country. An effective management of emergency situations for combined and large hazards that may disrupt road operation requires cooperation and coordination among several parties of the road and non-road sector including government agencies, the private sector, rescue services and road users. Preparedness, response and recovery constitute the three major phases of emergency situation planning and action. Consultation and appropriate communication [...]

  • Security of Road Infrastructure

    TF C.1 concentrated on "security of infrastructure, transported goods and persons". This decision was based on the experience that, despite the occurrence of incidents taking advantage of the layout and design of road infrastructure to target areas used by pedestrians in order to cause harm, some Road Administrations (hereafter referred to as RAs) are still reluctant to take responsibility for embedding security as business-as-usual in the way they design, construct, operate and maintain their infrastructure. [...]

  • Security of road infrastructure

    This paper is addressing threats directed to the infrastructure. A correct understanding and a suitable handling of the security of road infrastructure is not only important to safeguard the infrastructure itself, but is also relevant to cover the protection of the social and economic values, the protection of the environment, and even the security of other transportation modes. The objective of the paper is to: provide an overview of the range of security threats and issues that may affect [...]

Activities at international organizations in relation to COVID-19 pandemic and road transport and infrastructure

Here you can find other resources that may be useful. This content is the sole responsibility of the organizations that produce them. Note that this page is updated as regularly as we can; nevertheless, it may not be fully up to date.
Please contact for more information.

International Organisations:


- International Transport Forum:


- SLOCAT - The Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport:


- TRB - Transportation Research Board:


- UITP - International Association of Public Transport:

Regional Road Organizations:

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