The purpose of the International Forum for Road Transport Technology is to promote and support the developmant of road freight transport technology, safety and policy and to  facilitate information exchange between researchers, policy makers, regulators, road agencies and the transport industry.  It does this by running regular international symposia, electronic discussion groups and other relevant initiatives.

The first International Symposium on Heavy Vehicle Weights and Dimensions was hosted by the Roads and Transport Association of Canada in Kelowna, British Columbia, in 1986.

The Forum was started in 1992 in Cambridge, UK,  during the Third International Symposium on Heavy Vehicle Weights and Dimensions.

The first Chair of IFRTT was Byron Lord of the US Federal Highway Administration.  The current Chair is Loes Aarts of Rijkswaterstaat (Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management) in The Netherlands.