International Road Transport Union (IRU)
(logistics) An international association that represents the road transport industry world-wide. It speaks for the operators of coaches, taxis and trucks, from large transport fleets to driver-owners. It acts as an advocate for the industry at various international bodies that make decisions affecting road transport. The IRU seeks to improve the safety record and environmental performance of road transport and ensures the mobility of people and goods. Among its practical services to the industry, the IRU is international guarantor of the TIR carnet system under which trucks are sealed by customs upon departure and can cross several borders without further checks until they reach their destinations. See TIR Carnet.