4-day-long lorry bans in Austria: block checks in Tyrol and bank holidays in Austria and Italy

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Apart from Austria’s usual lorry ban on the 3rd of June, which is due to a national holiday in the country, there will be 2 days of block checks on the Brenner Pass and an extra lorry ban for vehicles heading to Italy.

The Austrian Federal Ministry of Climate Protection, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (BMK) has informed the public that it will impose a massive traffic restriction on heavy goods vehicles in Tyrol on 2 June from 9:00 to 22:00.

Which lorries are under the restriction?

The ban in Austria applies to trips to Italy or to destinations that are to be reached via Italy.

The restriction applies to lorries and articulated vehicles with a maximum gross vehicle weight of more than 7.5 tons and for lorries with trailers where the sum of the maximum gross vehicle weights of both vehicles is more than 7.5 tons.

Which routes are affected?

The ban affects:

  • the A12 Inntal motorway, from the state border near Kufstein to the Imst junction,
  • and the A13 Brenner motorway, from the Innsbruck Süd junction to the state border.

The reason for the measure is the lorry driving ban in Italy because of the national holiday there (Festa della Repubblica). The Wednesday ban in Italy is in force from 7:00 to 22:00.

Block checks before and after the lorry ban – 1st and 4th June

Also, there will be block checks on the Brenner Pass on 1st (Tuesday) and 4th (Friday) June.

Block checks in Tyrol are one of the measures taken by the government there to reduce heavy traffic and improve the quality of life of local residents. Unfortunately, this is also a nightmare for truck drivers who wait in long queues because of the checks.

National holiday – 3rd June

Due to the national holiday of the Christian Corpus Christi celebration, there is a lorry ban in Austria on 3rd June (Thursday). The ban is in force from midnight until 22:00.

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