Winter transit bans for trucks have been applied on some roads in Tyrol since the end of December. They include Saturdays, Sundays and holidays and are intended to prevent vehicles in transit from passing highways.
The bans introduced by the government of Tyrol are valid from 21 December 2019 until 13 April 2020 inclusive on designated sections of lower-category roads:
– on Saturdays from 7.00 to 19.00,
– on Sundays from 8.00 to 17.00,
– on public holidays from 8.00 to 17.00 (i.e. 6 January 2020 – Epiphany and 13 April 2020 – Easter).
Restrictions apply only to transit traffic and include the following road sections:
District of Kufstein
– No traffic on L 211 Unterinntalstraße, L 295 Buchbergerstraße, Alte Erler Straße, L 294 Brucker Landesstraße and the district road Kufstein Endach / Krankenhaus.
– Use of traffic lights dispensing traffic on B 172 Walchseestraße Niederndorf for traffic from Walchsee and Niederndorf and from Germany on B 175 Wildbichlerstraße Ebbs for traffic from Kufstein, B 173 Eibergerstraße Schwoich for transportation in the direction of Kufstein, B 171 Tiroler Straße Kufstein for transportation from Germany or Kirchbichl.
– No traffic on L 69 Reuttener Straße, L 288 Pinswanger Straße (due to a traffic ban on L 69), L 288-0-A1 Pinswanger Straße.
District of Schwaz
– No traffic on L 7 Jenbacher Straße (Kasbacherstraße) towards Jenbach.
District of Innsbruck-Land
– No traffic on L 38 Ellbögener Straße
– Use of signalling lamps dispensing traffic on B 182 Brennerstraße: north of Matrei to the south and south and south of Gries to the north.
The extension of the sectoral traffic ban
The winter traffic ban is just one of many measures taken by the Tyrolean government to limit transit through the region. The Tyroleans regularly carry out block checks at the border crossing in Neu Kufstein. In 2020, they will tighten up the sectoral truck traffic ban, which will also apply to trucks complying with the Euro 6 emissions standard. Also, it will cover further groups of goods.
In the opinion of the Association of Employers „Transport and Logistics Poland”, the Tyrolean authorities restrict too severely the passage of heavy goods vehicles through the most significant European transport hub from south to north and back again with the Brenner Pass, more so because there are no alternative routes. Therefore, TLP has asked the Minister of Infrastructure and the European Commissioner for Transport to intervene.
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