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Austria’s traffic bans apply to tractors with trailers of a GVW over 3.5 tons, as well as trucks and articulated vehicles with a GVW exceeding 7.5 tons.

Traffic restrictions for heavy goods vehicles in Austria apply as follows:

– on Saturdays from 3pm to midnight,

– on Sundays and public holidays from midnight until 10pm.

The bans are in place on roads throughout the country, with the exception of journeys made as part of combined transport within a radius of 65 km from the following reloading stations: Brennersee, Graz-Ostbahnhof, Salzburg-Hauptbahnhof, Wels-Verschiebebahnhof, Villach-Fürnitz, Wien-Südbahnhof, Wien-Nordwestbahnhof, Wörg , Hall in Tirol CCT, Bludenz CCT, Wolfurt CCT.

Here is the calendar of public holidays in Austria in 2021:

  • April 5 (Easter)
  • May 1 (Labor Day)
  • May 13 (Ascension of the Lord),
  • May 24 (Pentecost),
  • June 3 (Corpus Christi),
  • August 15 (Ascension of the Blessed Virgin Mary),
  • October 26 (public holiday)
  • November 1 (All Saints’ Day)
  • December 8 (Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary),
  • December 25 (Christmas)
  • December 26 (Christmas).

The following vehicles are excluded from the bans:

  • those that transport meat or animals for slaughter (except for the transport of heavy animals on highways);
  • those transporting food to tourist areas,
  • transporting perishable (but not deep-frozen) fresh food products: fruit and vegetables, milk and dairy products, meat and meat products, fish and fish products, mushrooms, bread and bakery and confectionery products, herbs (as potted plants as well as cut , processed foods ready to eat) and live fish and eggs; as well as empty transports related to the transport of the above-mentioned goods or return routes of transport of means of transport or packaging of the above-mentioned products (the driver must have the appropriate document). The number of loads (perishable items) must also be clearly documented at the beginning and during transport.

The exemptions only apply to the transport of the items listed above. The exceptions do not apply to preserved foodstuffs, food stored in jars, plastic containers or cardboard packaging, or other food items with a shelf life longer than a month.

Bans in Tyrol

In addition to the aforementioned bans, these additional restrictions in Tyrol should be taken into account:

– night traffic bans (daily from 10pm to 5am) on the A12 section between kilometre 6.35 (Langkampfen) and kilometre 90.00 (Zirl). From May 1 to October 31, they are valid from 10pm to 5am on weekdays, and on Sundays and public holidays from 11pm to midnight. However, between November 1 and April 30, the restriction is valid from 8pm to 5am on weekdays and from 11pm to 5am on Sundays and public holidays.

– sectoral traffic bans on A12,

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


Photo credit: Isiwal / Wikimedia Commons

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