Ian Yarnold

Ian Yarnold
Department for Transport | United Kingdom

Ian currently leads the International Vehicle Standards Division within the Department for Transport.
He is a mechanical engineer with over 30 years experience across a varied career – encompassing heavy vehicle operation & maintenance, plus several years in the UK roadside enforcement agency – DVSA. He currently leads the development of policy on safer, cleaner and quieter road vehicles for the UK and oversees his Government’s involvement at the EU in Brussels and the United Nation in Geneva.
Ian is a recognised expert in the development of regulatory standards for road vehicles in Europe, and someone who continues to take a prominent role in international fora. He is the European Chairman of the UN-ECE Global Harmonisation group; chaired the UN-ECE technical experts group on accident avoidance technologies until 2011, and is the co-Chair of the ITS-Automated Driving technical group.
During this time he has overseen the implementation of many safety systems for heavy and light vehicle applications. He led the early UK activity on driverless cars, including the trials programme and publication of the review of regulations “The Pathway to Driverless Cars”. He is currently leading the Government activity on Real Driving Emissions and its response to the VW scandal.
His responsibilities extend beyond regulation as he is responsible for UK involvement in the EuroNCAP programme and the SHARP safety helmet programme for motorcyclists in the UK.