Austria: Tyrol closes rural roads for tourist traffic
Dodge because of the toll or a traffic jam - that should not be possible in Tyrol. The Austrian state issues driving bans. Bavaria calls this unlawful.
The Austrian state of Tyrol wants to prevent vehicles from leaving the tolled motorways - and has issued appropriate roadblocks. Since this Thursday, a driving ban on rural roads, which are used by travelers to avoid traffic jams or to avoid the toll. This decision was announced by the state government in Tyrol a few days after the European Court of Justice (ECJ) followed suit in Austria and stopped the planned German car toll. The motorway exits in the greater Innsbruck area should also be closed, said the Tyrolean governor Günther Platter (ÖVP). Above all, the villages affected by transit traffic on the route between Germany and Italy should be relieved.
The Bavarian state government responded with indignation and incomprehension to the announcement. "The Tyrolean behavior is unspeakable and pure chicane," said Transport Minister Hans Reichhart (CSU). In addition, the behavior of the neighboring country is unlawful. "I expect the European Commission to stop this behavior very quickly and ensure free travel in Europe." Reichhart also presented countermeasures: "If the EU Commission passes this behavior, then it must also apply to the heavily loaded Bavarian motorways and highways in the border region." Talks have been agreed with Tyrol. From whose output one wants to make Bavaria reaction dependent.
The measure of the Tyrolean Government should apply on all weekends from Saturday at 7 o'clock to Sunday at 19 o'clock - until the middle of September. Not affected are motorists who want to go directly to Innsbruck or the surrounding villages, said Platter. The driving restrictions apply to all traffic, whether car, truck or motorcycle. Affected are the exits between Hall and Zirl on the Inntalautobahn (A12), as well as at Patsch and at Gries am Brenner on the Brenner motorway (A13). Brenner Street itself is not affected by the prohibitions.
In the meantime, precautions have been taken that the navigation devices no longer show the detours, it was said. According to the head of the Tyrolean traffic police, Markus Widmann, the operators were provided with the latest traffic data in connection with the ban. But since it is not certain that the providers feed in the new data, police patrols should now also check the blocked alternative routes.