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Pursuant to a new regulation published in the Austrian Official Journal (Bote für Tyrol), there are new traffic bans for trucks at the exits of the A13 and A12 motorways in Tyrol.

On 1 July, the Tyrol government introduced another truck ban. It applies to vehicles over 12 m long and aims to improve safety and traffic flow on the L223 (Fritzener Strasse) in the urban areas of Wattens and Fritzens. It covers the section of the road from the Wattens junction on the A12 motorway to Fritzens and is valid from Monday to Saturday from 6 am to 10 am. The ban does not apply to vehicles which start or end their journey in Baumkirchen, Fritzen, Kolsass, Kolsassberg, Volders, Wattens, Wattenberg and Weer.

In addition, the same vehicles are not allowed at the exits (both carriageways) of the southern junction of the A13 in Innsbruck from Monday to Saturday in the following hours:

– from 7 am to 11 am,

– from 3 pm to 6 pm. 

This measure is intended to improve the situation on the so far congested B182 (Brennerstrasse) in the municipality of Natters.

Vehicles which start or end their journey in the following locations are exempt from the ban: Natters, Mutters, Schönberg im Stubaital, Fulpmes, Mieders, Telfes im Stubai, Neustift im Stubaital, Mühlbachl, Pfons, Matrei am Brenner, Navis, Steinach am Brenner, Trins, Gschnitz, Schmirn, Vals, Gries am Brenner, Obernberg am Brenner, Götzens and Birgitz.

Block checks at the border with Germany

Restrictions on the A12 and A13 are not the only obstacles that truck drivers in Austria will encounter in the near future. Since 9 March 2020, block checks have been carried out in Neu Kufstein. Now they are carried out using an automatic traffic dosing system (the system consists of cameras, traffic lights and signposts). A total of 35 block checks are planned for this year, the first one is scheduled for next week.

Here are the block check dates scheduled for the second half of 2020:

  • 13 July (Monday),
  • 20 July (Monday),
  • 27 July (Monday),
  • 5 October (Monday),
  • 27 October (Tuesday, the day after the Austrian national holiday),
  • 3 November (Tuesday),
  • 5 November (Thursday),
  • 12 November (Thursday),
  • 19 November (Thursday),
  • 26 November (Thursday),
  • 2 December (Wednesday),
  • 3 December (Thursday),
  • 9 December (Wednesday, the day after the Austrian Immaculate Conception Day),
  • 10 December (Thursday).

Bans for trucks

Photo: Wikimedia / Jochen Teufel CCA SA 3.0

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