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Traffic bans in Austria in 2020. Find out when you cannot drive.

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The International Road Transport Union (IRU) has published the list of Austrian truck bans in 2020.

Traffic bans in Austria include tractors with trailers with a GVW of the tractor or trailers above 3.5 t, trucks, articulated vehicles with a GVW exceeding 7.5 t.

According to the IRU information, restrictions apply throughout the country with the exception of journeys made as part of combined transport within a radius of 65 km from the following transhipment stations: Brennersee, Graz-Ostbahnhof, Salzburg-Hauptbahnhof, Wels-Verschiebebahnhof, Villach-Fürnitz, Wien-Südbahnhof, Wien-Nordwestbahnhof, Wörg, Hall in Tirol CCT, Bludenz CCT, Wolfurt CCT.

The aforementioned vehicles may not drive on Austrian roads: 

– on Saturdays from 15.00 to 24.00,

– on Sundays and public holidays from 0.00 to 22.00.

Calendar of public holidays in Austria in 2020:

13 April (Easter),

1 May (Labor Day),

21 May (Ascension of the Lord),

1 June (Pentecost),

11 June (Corpus Christi),

15 August (Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary),

26 October (public holiday),

1 November  (All Saints’ Day),

8 December (Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary),

25 December (Christmas),

26 December (St. Stephen’s Day).

The following are excluded from the ban:

  1. vehicles with GVW over 3.5 t:

– transporting milk,

  1. vehicles with GVW over 7.5 t:

– transporting meat or animals for slaughter (except for the transport of heavy animals on highways);

– carrying meals to tourist areas,

– transporting perishable (but not deep-frozen) fresh food: fruit and vegetables, milk and dairy products, meat and meat products, fish and fish products, mushrooms, bread and bakery and confectionery, herbs (as potted plants as well as cut, ready-to-eat food preparations) and live fish and eggs; as well as empty transports related to the carriage of the above-mentioned goods or return routes of the means of transport or packaging of the above-mentioned products (the driver must have an appropriate document). The amount of load (perishable items) must be clearly documented at the beginning and during transport. 

The exemption applies to the transport of only the items listed above. The exception does not apply to preserved food, stored in jars, plastic containers or cardboard packaging whose shelf life is longer than a month.

Prohibitions in Tyrol

In addition to the restrictions mentioned above, there are additional restrictions in Tyrol. These are: 

– night traffic bans (daily from 22.00 to 5.00) on A12 and A13,

– traffic bans on access roads L223 and B182 (branches A12 and A13) for two gas stations for heavy goods vehicles over 12 m in length (with semi-trailer) from 30 June this year.

– additional winter traffic bans from January to March 14 this year. from 7.00 to 15.00

– sectoral traffic bans on the A12 covering, from 1 January 2020, further groups of goods and vehicle emission classes (for more information, see our article on this topic ),

– summer traffic bans – their calendar will be published at the turn of March and April this year.

Bans for trucks

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