The Institute conducts, coordinates and promotes research and deployment research activities in the field of road transport.
ITS began operating in 1952 under the Decree of the Minister of Road Transport and Aviation of 25 September 1951, on establishing the Motor Transport Institute.
The area of activity of the Institute is the entire country. The research problems dealt with by the Institute over the past more than 65 years, have been undergoing constant changes. These changes were a result of the demand of the national economy and the road transport as well as the technical and organizational progress, both in the economy and transport.
Currently, the most important objectives of the Institute are:
- Transport safety
- Transport economics
- Environmental Protection
- Technical Safety
The essence of ITS’s activities are multidisciplinary solutions involving economics and transport organization, certification, telematics, psychology, tests: declaring a vehicles roadworthy, consumables, equipment, accessories and vehicle parts, and also recycling of disused vehicles and consumables. The Institute also carries out projects related to the environmental protection and safety of the road users, important for achieving the state’s socio-economic policy objectives.
The ITS operates Polish Road Safety Observatory (POBRD), supporting national and local authorities in the management of road safety. The bases of the POBRD’s IT system is a website - www.obserwatoriumbrd.pl that provides tools for analyses of data on road accidents. The persons with mobility impairments remain in the sphere of research activity of the Institute. As a result of work carried out by the ITS, in 2015 the Automotive Service Centre for Persons with Disabilities was launched by the ITS - Poland's first institution providing a comprehensive support system for the mobility of persons with physical disabilities.
The Institute carries out a number of projects under EU programs, such as projects on electromobility, methanation or hydrogenization of the road transport. Another example among dozens of already completed international projects, there are several projects in the field of road safety, on among the others: unprotected road users, modern elements of the training of driver candidates or testing drivers for the presence of alcohol and drug use.
ITS implements projects and scientific research initiatives, targeted and procured, under the Structural Funds. While running special projects and own projects-grants, the Institute provides support to the government bodies in the activities strategic for them.
The work of the Institute is focused on the immediate practical application, increasing innovativeness and competitiveness of the economy.