European Road Transport Organisations

At a European level there is a wide variety of organisations that are active in the area of road transport and road transport safety. Here you find a (non-exhaustive) list.



ACEA is the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association. It is an advocate for the automobile industry in Europe, representing manufacturers of passenger cars, vans, trucks and buses with production sites in the EU. 


ACEM, the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers, is the trade association that represents manufacturers of powered-two and three-wheelers as well as quadricycles (L-category vehicles) in Europe.


CARE is a EU database on road accidents at a high level of disaggregation, comprising detailed data on individual accidents as collected by the Member States. It publishes regular annual statistical reports, and basic facts on a wide variety of road safety topics.


CEDR (Conference of European Directors of Roads) is the platform for Road Directors and National Road Administrations that aims to facilitate benchmarking and sharing of knowledge and best practices, collaborations and sharing of resources in joint projects, and professional networking and competence building.


The European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA), brings together suppliers for car parts, systems and modules as well as national trade associations and European sector associations. As such it covers all products and services within the automotive supply chain.


The European Automotive Research Partners Association (EARPA) is the association of automotive R&D organisations. It brings together independent R&D providers in the automotive sector throughout Europe, ranging from large and small commercial organisations to national institutes and universities. EARPA is actively contributing to EU RTD funding programmes.


The Directorate General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) of the European Commission aims to promote a mobility that is efficient, safe, secure and environmentally friendly and to create the conditions for a competitive industry generating growth and jobs.  


The Directorate General Research and Innovation (DG RTD) or the European Commission is responsible for EU policy on research, science and innovation, with a view to help create growth and jobs and tackle the main societal challenges.


The European Cyclist Federation (ECF) works on the promotion of cycling as a sustainable and healthy means of transportation and recreation, e.g., by encouraging consideration of cyclists’ needs in transport planning and management, environment, safety and health, and promote cycle-friendly conditions throughout Europe.


The European Conference of Transport Research Institutes (ECTRI) is a non-profit association uniting the forces of multimodal transport research centres across Europe and thereby promoting the excellence of European transport research. It aims to provide the scientifically based competence, knowledge and advice to move towards a green, safe, efficient, and inclusive transport for people and goods.


The European Driving Schools Association (EFA) represents organisations concerned with driving instruction, driving instructors tuition, driver improvement, further education of novice drivers, and environmentally friendly driving. It encourages initiatives which lead to an improvement in road safety.


The European Union Road Federation (ERF) is a non-profit association which coordinates the views of Europe’s road infrastructure sector and acts as a platform for research and dialogue on mobility issues between stakeholders and institutional players.


ERTRAC is the European Road Transport Research Advisory Council. It is the European technology platform which brings together road transport stakeholders to develop a common vision for road transport research in Europe.


The European Transport Research Alliance (ETRA) is a collaborative platform of surface transport research associations that aims at supporting the European Research Area in Transport (ERA-T). It provides a forum for collaboration between the partners, allowing cross-fertilization and helping them in achieving high visibility for the transport research community.


The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) seeks to identify and promote effective measures on the basis of international scientific research and best practice for a reduction in transport crashes and casualties. It provides an impartial source of expert advice on transport safety matters to the European Commission, the European Parliament, and Member States.


EUCAR is the European Council for Automotive R&D of the major European passenger car and commercial vehicle manufacturers. EUCAR facilitates and coordinates pre-competitive research and development projects and its members participate in a wide range of collaborative European R&D programmes.


Euro NCAP is the European version of the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) originally introduced in the USA. It is a voluntary vehicle safety rating system. It assesses the passive safety performance of vehicles of different types and sizes in a variety of crash tests and communicates the outcomes to the consumers. 


FEHRL is the Forum of European National Highway Research Laboratories, and comprises over 30 national research and technical institutes from across Europe. It promotes and facilitates collaboration on road research and provides information and advice on technologies and policies related to roads.


FEVR is an NGO with UN consultative status – a Federation of currently 25 organisation from 17 countries in Europe and beyond, who offer help and assistance to road victims and campaign for their rights and for the reduction of road danger.


HUMANIST is an association of mainly European research organisations. It aims to be a Virtual Centre of Excellence in Human Machine Interaction (HMI), human behaviour in Traffic, Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), and vehicle automation.


The International Road Transport Union (IRU) is the global industry association for road transport, supporting trade, economic growth, jobs, safety, the environment and communities. IRU’s core constituents are national transport associations and transport operators.


POLIS is a network of European cities and regions working together to develop innovative technologies and policies for local transport, aiming at an improved local transport through integrated strategies that address the economic, social and environmental dimensions of transport.


The TISPOL Organisation has been established by the traffic police forces of Europe. The key focus of its work is the reduction of road deaths and serious injuries through the enforcement of road traffic offences and the education of all road users. TISPOL also supports the security of the road network by tackling criminality and cross border crime.


The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is one of five regional commissions of the United Nations. Its Transport Division aims to facilitate the international movement of persons and goods by inland transport modes and to improve competitiveness, safety, energy efficiency and security  while reducing adverse effects on the environment and contributing effectively to sustainable development.