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International Road Transport Operations in Austria

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Operational Activities

Cabotage
UK hauliers may carry goods to, through or from the country, goods can also be carried from Austria to a third country and vice versa if permitted by the terms of any agreement between the three countries. Cabotage is permitted, but a correctly completed control sheet must be carried on the vehicle. Control sheets are issued by Federal Ministry of Transport, Division II/ST6, Stubenring 1, A-1010 Vienna. Fax no: +43 1 711 6265-58 52. The fee for control sheets is currently €15.30 and must be applied for 14 days in advance.

Dangerous Goods
ADR agreement is in place and will apply. It should be noted that where vehicles are carrying dangerous goods and comply with all ADR requirements, there are specific additional requirements for the vehicle which may include additional lighting/beacons and/or escort vehicles where the vehicle movement has to travel via certain tunnels.
It should also be noted that there are further driving restrictions on vehicles carrying dangerous goods at certain times of the year and in general at certain times of the day in specific areas of Austria unless acess for unloading is required.

Abnormal Loads
Vehicles exceeding the maximum dimensions (see vehicle requirements below) will require special authorisation.

Customs
TIR & ATA Carnets are accepted (conditions of use apply). CMR notes are required. All goods in free circulation do not require customs documents unless they are excise goods.

Movement Restrictions
There are driving restrictions on public holidays and at weekends. The restrictions are Nationwide if the total weight of the vehicle and/or trailer exceeds 3.5 tonnes. The exceptions to this include combined transport operations within 65 kms of a transloading station.

Prohibitions are Saturday from 15.00 to 24.00 and Sundays and Public Holidays from 00.00 to 22.00.

Movement Exceptions include those vehicles exceeding 3.5 tonnes that are transporting milk and vehicles with an authorised total weight of more than 7.5 tonnes carrying a cargo of:-

The status of the load (amount) must be clearly documented at the start and during the transport movement. The exception is only valid if ONLY perishable goods (see above) are transported.

Public Holidays
2013 2014
  • January 1 and 6
  • April 1
  • May 1, 9, 20 and 30
  • August 15
  • October 26
  • November 1
  • December 8, 25 and 26
  • January 1 and 6
  • April 21
  • May 1 and 29
  • June 9 and 19
  • August 15
  • October 26
  • November 1
  • December 8, 25 and 26
Remember there are also regional holidays in Austria, therefore please check the region you are travelling to

Lärmarm - Low Noise Vehicle Night Time Restrictions
General ban on night driving with a prohibition between 22.00 and 05.00 for heavy goods vehicles over 7.5 tonnes gvw. The exceptions to this are low-noise vehicles that conform and are showing a green 'L' plate, which are limited to a maximum speed of 60 km/h. On certain authorised road sections the speed may be increased to 80 km/h.
The Low Noise Vehicle plate (Lärmarm - see image) is specific to Austria although Germany has its own variation. Vehicles that qualify to the Low Noise regulation have to be re-registered every two years.

Overtaking Bans
In keeping with other EU member states, there are overtaking bans for all goods vehicles over 7.5 tonnes gvw on specific sections of designated motorways which are clearly signposted as follows:-

Road, Tunnel & Bridge Tolls
Austrian Road Tolls In Austria, motorway and expressway tolls for vehicles whose maximum admissible weight exceeds 3.5 tonnes are collected electronically, this means there is no need for the driver to stop or change lanes for the toll to be collected. Each vehicle has to be equipped with a cigarette box sized device called a 'Go Box'.

There are two methods of payment - 'Pre-Pay' and 'Post-Pay'.
Pre-Pay allows the driver to load toll credit on his 'Go Box'. Post-Pay system requires no credit to be loaded on the 'Go Box'. The vehicles owner periodically receives an invoice for the kilometers covered.
Road Tolls in Austria - Online Purchase

Whether using the 'pre-pay' or 'post-pay' modes of payment, both can be done via a debit or credit card, which can also be paid online. The price paid depends on the number of axles and the engine emissions.

Bridge and Tunnel Tolls
There are many tunnels/bridges throughout Austria, listed below is a small selection. Virtually all tunnels/bridges on the motorway network within the country are integrated within the countries toll system, exceptions to this will be those tunnels/bridges which form the connecting route from Austria to a neighbouring country on its border such as Italy or Slovenia. In these cases there is generally a seperate toll charge.

Tunnels Road Network Additional Information
Arlberg Tunnel S16 Autobahn Links Austrian states of Tyrol and Vorarlberg
Bosruck Tunnel A9 Autobahn Links Spital am Phyrn (Upper Austria) with Liezen (Styria)
Gleinalm Tunnel A9 Autobahn North of Graz
Katschberg and Tauern Tunnels A10 Autobahn North/South transit route between Germany, Italy and Slovenia
Plabutsch Tunnel A9 Autobahn Runs under the outskirts of Graz
Karawanken Tunnel A11 Autobahn Links A11 (Austria) to A2 (Slovenia)
 
Bridges Road Network Additional Information
Europabrücke A13 Autobahn Links A13 Autobahn (Austria) to A22 (Italy) - Brenner Pass
Lavant Viaduct A2 Autobahn Crosses Lavant River in Carinthia, Austria

Vehicle Requirements

Documentation
Green Card required, plus original vehicle registration docs including MOT Cert. Civil Liability Insurance is required. A GB plate must be fitted to rear of vehicle/trailer.

Maximum Weights & Dimensions
Height 4 metres
Width 2.5 metres (Fridges 2.6 metres)
Length Artic 16.5 metres
Road Train 18.35 metres
Weight Artic 38 tonnes
Road Train 38 tonnes
There are also various maximum permitted weights on vehicles, trailers and road trains which are applicable according to the number of axles the vehicle and/or trailer have fitted.

Safety Equipment
It is compulsory to carry snow chains on vehicles over 3.5 tonnes between 15 November and 15 March. It is also compulsory that all vehicles over 3.5 tonnes to be fitted with winter tyres between the same dates. Both Chains and Winter Tyres have compliance requirements.

Other compulsory safety equipment requirements are:-

Driver Requirements

Legal Documents
Full passport required but no visa required. UK or International Driving Licence. Letter from employer giving driver permission to drive vehicle - Attestation letter and form.

Speed Limits

Vehicles Concerned Built-Up Areas (kms) All purpose Roads Outside
Built-Up Areas (kms)
Four lane Roads/Dual
Carraigeways (Kms)
Motorways (Kms)
Rigid Trucks - gvw > 3.5 tonnes 50 70 70 80
Articulated Vehicle 50 70 70 80
Road Trains 50 60 60 80
Long Loads 50 50 50 65
Heavy Livestock 50 70 70 80

Country Contact Info

British Embassy
Jauresgasse 12, 1030 Vienna Tel: +43 (1) 716130 Website: www.ukinaustria.fco.gov.uk
Transport Organisation
Austrian Own Account and Hauliers Association, Wiedner Hauptstr 68, A-1040 Wien Tel: +43 (01) 961 63 63 Website: www.aisoe.at

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