The European Road Transport Research Advisory Council (ERTRAC) is the European Technology Platform (ETP) for Road Transport. Its role is to:
Provide a strategic vision for the Road Transport sector with respect to Research and Development.
Define strategies and roadmaps to achieve this vision through the formulation and maintenance of a Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) and Implementation Roadmaps.
Stimulate effective public and private investment in Road Rransport Research and Development.
Contribute to improving coordination between the European, national, regional public and private R&D activities on Road Transport.
Enhance the networking and clustering of Europe's Research and Development capacities.
Promote European commitment to Research and technological development, ensuring that Europe remains an attractive region for researchers, and enhancing the global competitiveness of the transport industries.
Road Transport plays a vital role in the European economy and society
The Road Transport sector involves a wide range of industries and services from vehicle manufacturers and suppliers to infrastructure providers, mobility management, communication technologies, energy companies, and many others. Road transport, integrated with the other modes of transport, provides indispensable mobility for people and goods across Europe.
Overall, Road Transport related industries provide employment to more than 14 Million people in Europe and directly contribute by 11% to the European gross national product.
It has a major impact on our daily lives, as it is one of the primary means of access to employment, services, and social activities.
Road Transport creates links and these links are a key factor in developing social, regional and economic cohesion within the European Union.
Road Transport contributes to the quality of life of every European citizen.
Because of the importance of the role of Road Transport in Europe, an accelerated development of sustainable, integrated transport solutions is necessary.
The mission of ERTRAC is to provide a framework to focus coordination efforts of public and private resources on the necessary research activities.