For a total of five motorway routes in our neighboring country, no toll is due since December 15, 2019, so there is no need to buy a vignette.
Again “ADAC“Announces on his website, it concerns the following route sections:
A1 West Autobahn (Walserberg border crossing to Salzburg-Nord), State of Salzburg
A12 Inntal motorway (border crossing from Kiefersfelden to Kufstein-Süd), Tyrol
A14 (Hörbranz border crossing to Hohenems), Vorarlberg
A7 (Mühlkreisautobahn, new Danube bridge in Linz – still under construction), Upper Austria
A26 (Linzer Westring – still under construction), Upper Austria
Tourists who want to travel to Salzburg or Kufstein or from there to Kitzbühel can be particularly happy. Because the fees on the A1, A12 and A14 no longer apply, you can now get to your destination toll-free. Even those who travel to Switzerland via Lindau on Lake Constance have not had to pay anything since the end of last year. The ADAC welcomed the decision: “By eliminating and relocating toll bypass traffic back to the freeway, pollutant emissions can be reduced, road safety increased and high fines avoided.” Above all, the initiative hopes that so that alternate traffic on country roads and small towns is reduced.
Toll exemption meets resistance
However, as TRAVELBOOK learned from the Austrian Ministry of Transport in December, some municipalities in Vorarlberg fear that the exemption from the toll could put more traffic on them. Some of you (Hohenems, Altach, Götzis, Dornbirn, Lustenau and Diepoldsau) have therefore announced that they will go to the constitutional court in Vienna. Dieter Egger, Mayor of Hohenems, said in a press release: “The toll exemption between Hohenems and Hörbranz does not solve a traffic problem, but only shifts it from one municipality to another. The problem is (…) simply shifted to the Hohenems-Diepoldsau departure node, which is already groaning under the traffic load. ”He also called the decision” emissions-increasing and climate-damaging “.
Egger is outraged: “This is literally a region with 100,000 residents!” Even in the Ministry of Transport itself, the development is viewed critically, as a spokeswoman said: “We expect to lose 28 million euros a year.” This money would normally be paid used by the Autobahn and Schnellstraßen-Finanz-Aktiengesellschaft (ASFINAG), a subsidiary of the ministry, to build and renovate roads and tunnels. In addition, there are now fears of follow-up applications from other communities.
Due to the corona pandemic and transit traffic in Austria, which has been standing still for months, it should be difficult to determine any effect of the toll exemption on the traffic load and / or emissions.