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Italian hauliers appeal against further truck restrictions on Brenner 

Major Italian road haulage associations have appealed to the Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, Senator Matteo Salvini, regarding the impending restrictions on freight traffic announced by Asfinag, the public company managing Austrian roads. The restrictions concern the Brenner axis, a crucial transportation route in Europe.

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Asfinag recently disclosed plans to limit traffic on the A13 motorway section affecting the Lueg Bridge to a single lane in each direction. This measure, intended for safety reasons, is set to commence on January 1, 2025, and will remain in place until the completion of a new viaduct, which is estimated to take no less than three years.

The associations involved in this appeal include ANITA, AGCI Produzione e Lavoro, CNA Fita, Confartigianato Trasporto, Confcooperative Lavoro e Servizi, FAI, FEDIT, FIAP, Legacoop Produzione e Servizi, SNA Casartigiani, Unatras, Unitai, and Uniontrasporti, the in-house company of the Italian Chamber of Commerce system. They have urged Minister Salvini to advocate in Brussels for better coordination among EU Member States before the implementation of national measures on key transport routes. 

The Lueg Bridge restrictions on the Brenner axis, part of the Scandinavian-Mediterranean Corridor, are seen as particularly problematic due to its vital role in connecting Northern and Southern Europe.

The associations argue that these new restrictions will exacerbate existing transit difficulties at the Brenner Pass. They have called for the suspension of the nighttime ban on the A12 and the increased nighttime toll on the A13 in conjunction with any measures limiting the capacity of heavy goods vehicles to circulate at the Brenner Pass.

Alessandro Peron, Secretary General of FIAP, highlighted the longstanding issues surrounding the renovation works of the Lueg Bridge on the Autobrennero. He emphasised the opportunity for a shift in the methods and relationships between Italy and Austria regarding the transit of goods through the Alpine pass of Brenner. 

“The request for the activation of a coordination between the States is part of the context of respect for the principle of free movement of goods, well known, which requires constant attention,” Peron stated.