The work of the ITF has informed transport policy decisions on issues as diverse as railroad regulation and road safety, accessibility and environmental standards, or market liberalisation for international road haulage services.
Seat belts, helmets for motorcyclists, speed limits, blood alcohol limits and targeted traffic education programmes were all pioneered by ECMT before becoming the norm.
More recently, the ITF has worked to devise an inclusive public transport strategy for remote and sparsely populated areas with Finland; helped to create a logistics observatory and a ports strategy for Chile, advised the Mexican government on the creation of a regulatory body for rail freight, helped the government of Vietnam to gather more reliable data for freight policy or supported the UK Airports Commission in their exploration of improving airport capacity.
The ITF’s twinning of countries with excellent road safety performance and others who want to reduce the number of crash victims has been hailed as “model of a multi-country effort” by the World Health Organization. ITF’s road safety data has been called “the best in the world” by Global NCAP, the Global New Car Assessment Programme.
Our flagship report ITF Transport Outlook has inspired the transport modelling of government departments from New Zealand and Canada to Ireland and Finland. The Transport Climate Action Directory, a database of decarbonisation measures that have been reviewed for their effectiveness, supports policy makers in the pursuit of their decarbonisation objectives.
Not least, the ITF’s work on Covid-19 and transport has helped governments around the world to address the fall-out of the pandemic.
The Annual Summit of the ITF has established itself as the leading global transport policy event since its launch in 2008. It brings together transport ministers, CEOs, Heads of International Organisations and thought leaders to discuss strategic issues and align views. More than 1400 participants from over 80 countries meet each May in Leipzig, Germany, for what has been called the "Davos of Transport".
In a regulatory capacity, ITF manages the Multilateral Quota system of licenses for international road haulage operations.