BASt - Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen / Federal Highway Research Institute

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The Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt) is a technical and scientific research institute responsible to the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs (BMVBS). BASt acts as a scientific advisor for the Federal Ministry on technical matters and transport policy, and plays a leading role in the formulation of specifications and standards.

BAST conducts its own research on issues of special significance on its testing plants. Its tasks include consulting services and drawing up experts reports. BASt also assesses the quality of services and products, for which it carries out accreditation, testing, certification, acknowledgement an approval tasks and also seminars. Most of BASt areas of work involve cooperation with other research agencies, in particular institutes associated with universities and colleges. Its work is oriented towards defined aims.

In 1951, BASt began to conduct research into road construction. In 1965, BASt was commissioned to increase its activities beyond road construction to include work on improving the operational efficiency and safety of roads. In 1970, BASt was appointed by the Federal Parliament to be the central agency for road traffic accident research in Germany.

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