In 1988, the OECD Road Transport Research Programme established the International Road Traffic and Accident Database (IRTAD) as a mechanism for providing an aggregated database, in which international accident and victim as well as exposure data are collected on a continuous basis.

What is IRTAD?

IRTAD includes both a database and a working group.

  • The IRTAD database includes accident and traffic data and other safety indicators for 29 countries.
  • The International Traffic Safety Data and Analysis Group (known as the IRTAD Group) is an on-going working group of the Joint Transport Research of the OECD and the International Transport Forum. It is composed of road safety experts and statisticians from renowned safety research institutes, national road and transport administrations, international organisations, universities, automobilists associations, motorcar industry, etc. Its main objectives are to contribute to international co-operation on road accident data and its analysis.

The ambition of IRTAD is to include as many countries as possible and to build and maintain a high quality database on road safety information.