Salzburg: Austria extends weekend driving restrictions
Foreign drivers have to leave Tyrol from the side road to the motorway, Salzburg is now moving to. Minister of Transport Scheuer warns against tourism and logistical dips.
After Tyrol, the province of Salzburg has announced bans on the side roads to curb the sprawling covert traffic. A decree will be issued by July 13, said the office of the Salzburg Provincial Council Stefan Schnöll. From Bavaria was last loud protest against the prohibitions in Tyrol loud. Now the federal government wants to turn in Berlin de-escalating into the dispute.
From July 13 to August 18, every Saturday and Sunday from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm, all departures of the Tauern Motorway (A10) will be closed. Departure may then only residents or guests who have booked their accommodation in the area. The measure is to be implemented between Puch-Urstein near Hallein and Sankt Michael im Lungau.
Also the Tyrolean regional leader Günther Platter (ÖVP) announced a further restriction of the traffic. Platter plans an automated system for freight and passenger transport, he told the Austrian news agency APA. The system will initially be used for truck traffic at the border crossing near Kufstein.
Bavaria protests against the driving bans
Bavaria's Transport Minister Hans Reichhart (CSU) reacted cautiously: "We did not agree with that, we will continue to seek talks with Salzburg and Tyrol," he said. Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) also wants to promote the dialogue. He invited Platter and the Austrian Transport Minister Andreas Reichhardt to Berlin, as the Munich Merkur reported. He wanted to "take the heat out of the discussion". If things continue with blockades and driving bans, tourism, commerce and logistics will collapse, he warned.
The Bavarian economy has sharply protested against the plans in Austria: "The constantly tightened traffic restrictions (...) are massively at the expense of trade, are not proportionate and completely unacceptable," said Bertram Brossardt, the chief executive of the Association of Bavarian Industry. What might be prevented on certain routes in Tyrol emissions, arise elsewhere on detours and in traffic jams.
Too great problems in travel caused the driving bans in Tyrol so far. Tyrol and now Salzburg justify the actions as protective measures for the local population from pollution and traffic chaos.