COVID-19: Tools for the road community

March 2020

In the current context of the COVID-19 pandemic, PIARC Reports on risk management may be useful to the community. USA’s TRB (a partner of PIARC) is also hosting a webinar on Transportation & COVID-19.

Crisis situations: PIARC reports can help

The COVID-19 pandemic is a global health and societal emergency that requires effective immediate action. All of us have a key role to play in minimising the likelihood of transmission and impact on society.

In this context, road transport, which is critical to the economic vitality of a country, has to remain operational. An effective management of emergency situations for combined and large hazards that may disrupt road operations requires cooperation and coordination among several stakeholders including government agencies, road operators, emergency services and road users.

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.

To access all technical reports, you must be a PIARC member or have registered on https://piarc.org/en/users.newaccount.htm (free).

PIARC experts’ work is continuing in this direction. Do not hesitate to register on our website to stay informed constantly.


PIARC in telework mode, but always present

Since Monday, 16 March, all PIARC General Secretariat staff are working remotely, under restrictions put in place by the French government to contain the spread of COVID-19. Despite this, PIARC General Secretariat continues to be available for you without significant limitations.

You can as always contact us at info@piarc.org


TRB Webinar on Transportation & COVID-19

The USA’s TRB (a partner of PIARC) is hosting a webinar on Monday, March 23 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM Eastern USA that will identify a holistic approach transportation and health agencies may take to contain and manage the outbreak. Addressing decision-making challenges in disease response in the transportation context is a multi-dimensional task, involving not only transportation and transit organizations, but health organizations, emergency management agencies, and communications outlets as well. Presenters will discuss their experience with other outbreaks such as H1N1 (2009 – a.k.a. “swine flu”) and Avian Influenza.

More info: http://www.trb.org/Main/Blurbs/180404.aspx

TRB has also set up a webpage of relevant resources: https://www.nationalacademies.org/trb/blog/transportation-in-the-face-of-communicable-disease


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