Vehicle prohibitions in accordance with the IG-L

Vehicle prohibitions and speed restriction in accordance with the Austrian Ambient Air Quality Act (IG-L)

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General information

The Austrian Ambient Air Quality Act (IG-L), which in particular transposes EU directives relating to air pollution control, pursues important objectives such as sustained protection against harmful and unacceptable air pollutants and preventive reductions in the emission of air pollutants. Pollution from air pollutants is permanently monitored in Tyrol. Levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) which exceed the permissible limits have been recorded in the A 12 Inntal motorway and the A 13 Brenner motorway areas in particular for many years.Investigations have indicated that a major contributor to these excessive values is motorway traffic. In 2012, heavy goods traffic and private vehicles accounted for almost 40% of traffic-related NOx emissions at the Vomp/Raststätte A 12 measurement point. Delivery vans accounted for some 20% of emissions, while the rest could be attributed to buses and motorcycles. In view of this, there is a need for the introduction of traffic-related measures in particular in order to achieve national and EU-directed air quality targets. A number of traffic restrictions have therefore been enacted (IG-L - Vehicle Prohibitions, IG-L - Speed Restriction).

Vehicle prohibitions in accordance with the IG-L

As heavy traffic is one of the main causes of NO2 pollution in Tyrolean hotspots, as explained, the Head of the Provincial Government has enacted a number of vehicle prohibitions.Sector vehicle prohibition (Regulation of the Head of the Provincial Government dated 18 May 2016, LGBl. no. 44/2016):Which journeys will be prohibited?With effect from 1 November 2016, the transport of certain goods by heavy-duty vehicles will be prohibited on a section of the A 12 Inntal motorway (sector vehicle prohibition).

The following types of goods will be affected by the sector vehicle prohibition:

a) All waste currently included on the European Waste List (in accordance with the Commission Decision on a waste list, 2000/532/EC, as last modified by Commission Decision 2014/955/EU)

b) Stone/rock, soils and excavated material

c) Round timber/logs and cork

d) Vehicles in the upper and lower groups L1e, L2e, L3e, L4e, L5e, L6e, L7e, M1, M2 and N1 within the sense of Section 3, para. 1 of the Austrian Motor Vehicles Act 1967

e) Non-ferrous iron ores and iron ores

f) Steel, excluding reinforcing and construction steel for supply to construction sites

g) Marble and travertine

h) Tiles (ceramic)

The sector vehicle prohibition will apply to the transport of the aforementioned goods by the following vehicles:

  • Heavy goods vehicles and articulated vehicles with a maximum authorised mass in excess
    of 7.5 t.
  • Heavy goods vehicles with trailers, where the total of the maximum authorised masses of both vehicles is in excess of 7.5 t.

Where will the sector vehicle prohibition apply?

The sector vehicle prohibition will apply in both directions on the section of the A 12 Inntal motorway between road distance 6.35 (km) in the Langkampfen local authority area and road distance 72.00 (km) in the Ampass local authority area.

Will there be any exceptions to the sector vehicle prohibition?

The sector vehicle prohibition Regulation has provision for exceptions for:

  • Heavy-duty vehicles of emissions class Euro V (NOx emissions not exceeding 2,0 g/kWh): during a transition period, the vehicle prohibition will not apply to heavy-duty vehicles of emissions class Euro V (NOx emissions not exceeding 2,0 g/kWh), provided that the vehicle's membership of this Euro class can be proven by means of vehicle marking in accordance with the IG-L - Emissions Class Marking Regulation or by means of a document carried in the vehicle. The documents that may be considered as proof are listed in closer detail in the Euro class vehicle prohibitions (see below). This exception will no longer apply on 30.04.2017.
  • Heavy-duty vehicles of emissions class Euro VI (NOx emissions not exceeding 0,4 g/kWh), provided that the vehicle's membership of this Euro class can be proven bymeans of vehicle marking in accordance with the IG-L - Emissions Class Marking Regulation or by means of a document carried in the vehicle; with effect from 1 May 2017, proof may only be furnished by marking in accordance with the IG-L - Emissions Class Marking Regulation. The documents that may be considered as proof are listed in closer detail in the Euro class vehicle prohibitions (see below).
  • Destination and origin transport: the prohibition will not apply to journeys by vehicles which are loaded or unloaded in a defined core zone (origin and destination are located in the core zone) or to journeys by vehicles which are loaded and unloaded in an expanded zone (origin and destination in the expanded zone). These exceptions are provided in view of the fact that no viable alternative exists for these transport types. Specifically, moving these transport types to the railways is viable only if certain distances (in excess of 200 km) are being covered. A map of the core zone and the expanded zone can be found below in Downloads.
  • Certain journeys in pre- and post-carriage traffic.
  • Urgent journeys by the Austrian Armed Forces or foreign troops currently stationed in Austria as well as humanitarian/aid transport by recognised aid organisations.

In all cases, an application may be made to the regional administrative authorities to be excepted from this vehicle prohibition on a case by case basis. In that case, the authorities shall examine whether or not, in the case in question, the public interest to be established by the applicant outweighs the interest relating to air pollution control.In addition, the IG-L also has provision for exceptions in Section 16, para 2.

Overnight vehicle prohibition for heavy-duty vehicles (Regulation of the Head of the Provincial Government dated 27 October 2010, LGBl. no. 64/2010, as last modified by Regulation LGBl. no. 129/2015):

Which journeys will be prohibited?

On a section of the A 12 Inntal motorway, journeys by certain heavy-duty vehicles will be prohibited during night hours.

The vehicle prohibition will be in force during the following hours:

  • 1 May to 31 October: 10 pm to 5 am, Sundays and public holidays 11 pm to 5 am.
  • 1 November to 30 April: 8 pm to 5 am, Sundays and public holidays 11 pm to 5 am.

The following vehicles will be affected by the IG-L - overnight prohibition:

  • Heavy goods vehicles, articulated vehicles and self-propelled machines with a maximum authorised mass in excess of 7.5 t.
  • Heavy goods vehicles with trailers and self-propelled machines with trailers, where the total of the maximum authorised masses of both vehicles is in excess of 7.5 t.

Where will the IG-L - overnight vehicle prohibition apply?

The IG-L overnight vehicle prohibition will apply in both directions on the section of the A 12 Inntal motorway between road distance 6.35 (km) in the Langkampfen local authority area and road distance 90.00 (km) in the Zirl local authority area.

Will there be exceptions to the IG-L - overnight prohibition?

The Regulation has provision for exceptions for:

  • Heavy-duty vehicles of Euro class VI (NOx emissions not exceeding 0.4 g/kWh), provided that the vehicle's membership of this Euro class can be proven by means of vehicle marking in accordance with the IG-L - Emissions Class Marking Regulation BGBl. II no. 120/2012, as last modified by Regulation BGBl. II no. 272/2014, or by means of a document carried in the vehicle; the documents that may be considered as proof are listed in closer detail in the Euro class vehicle prohibitions (see below); with effect from 1 May 2017, proof for heavy goods vehicles with or without trailers and for articulated vehicles may only be furnished by vehicle marking in accordance with the IG-L - Emissions Class Marking Regulation; the exception for Euro VI vehicles is limited to 31/12/2020.
  • Journeys primarily involving the transport of perishable foodstuffs with a shelf life of just a few days or exclusively for transport of periodical printed materials.
  • Journeys for the maintenance of urgent medical care.
  • Transports of live animals.
  • Certain transport in pre- and post-carriage traffic.
  • inter alia

An application may also be made to the regional administrative authorities to be excepted from this vehicle prohibition on a case by case basis.In addition, the statutory exceptions in accordance with Section 16, para. 2 IG-L apply.

Vehicle prohibitions for polluting heavy-duty vehicles (Regulation of the Head of the Provincial Government dated 18 May 2016, LGBl. no. 43/2016):

Which journeys will be prohibited?

On a section of the A 12 Inntal motorway, journeys by certain polluting heavy-duty vehicles will be prohibited.

In determining the vehicle prohibitions, a distinction is made between solo heavy-duty vehicles on the one hand and articulated vehicles or heavy-duty vehicles with trailers on the other hand. Specifically, the following Euro class vehicle prohibitions will apply to both vehicle groups:

  •  Heavy goods vehicles without trailers, self-propelled machines without trailers and articulated vehicles, in each case with a maximum authorised mass in excess of 7.5 t (solo heavy-duty vehicles):

    • Present (as at May 2016): vehicle prohibition for Euro classes 0 and I (NOx emissions in excess of 7.0 g/kWh).
    • With effect from 1 August 2016: vehicle prohibition for Euro classes 0, I and II (NOx emissions in excess of 5.0 g/kWh).
    • With effect from 31 December 2017: vehicle prohibition for Euro classes 0, I, II and III (NOx emissions in excess of 3.5 g/kWh), with time limited exception for vehicles of Euro class III, provided that they are being used for short-distance journeys or distribution transport (see below for detail).
    • With effect from 31 December 2022: vehicle prohibition for Euro classes 0, I, II, III and IV (NOx emissions in excess of 2.0 g/kWh).

  • Articulated vehicles with a maximum authorised total mass in excess of 7.5 t and heavy goods vehicles with trailers and self-propelled machines with trailers, where the total of the maximum authorised masses of both vehicles is in excess of 7.5 t:Present (as at May 2016): vehicle prohibition for Euro classes 0, I and II (NOx emissions in excess of 5.0 g/kWh).

    • With effect from 31 December 2017: vehicle prohibition for Euro classes 0, I, II and III (NOx emissions in excess of 3.5 g/kWh).
    • With effect from 31 December 2022: vehicle prohibition for Euro classes 0, I, II, III and IV (NOx emissions in excess of 2.0 g/kWh).

Please note! Even in the event that the permissible Euro classes are satisfied, journeys through the area subject to the prohibition are permissible only if membership of the Euro class can be proven. Evidence of Euro class must be furnished as follows:

  • For articulated vehicles, heavy goods vehicles with trailers and self-propelled machines with trailers:

    • Until 30 April 2017: by carrying in the vehicle a document to prove the Euro class (NOx emissions), provided that the vehicle was first registered before 1 October 2001; the following documents may be considered as proof:

      • The COP document. 
      • The vehicle registration document, where the NOx emission value is stated on the document.
      • An original manufacturer's notification with vehicle identification number and engine number, which permits unique identification of the vehicle; in any case, the manufacturer's notification must clearly state the issuing body; a statement of the emissions class alone is not sufficient, as this does not guarantee that the NOx emissions value of the vehicle satisfies the relevant "limit value" for the corresponding Euro class in accordance with the EU-directed regulations.
      • With effect from 1 May 2017: through marking of the heavy goods vehicle (with trailer) and the articulated vehicle (with trailer) in accordance with the Emissions Class Marking Regulation and by carrying in the vehicle a document to prove the Euro class (NOx emissions) in the case of a self-propelled machine (with trailer).

  • For heavy goods vehicles without trailers, self-propelled machines without trailers and articulated vehicles:

    • Until 31 July 2016: by carrying in the vehicle a document to prove the Euro class (NOx emissions), if the vehicle was first registered before 1 October 1996.
    • With effect from 1 August 2016: by carrying in the vehicle a document to prove the Euro class (NOx emissions), if the vehicle was first registered before 1 October 2001.
    • With effect from 1 May 2017: through marking of the heavy goods vehicle and the articulated vehicle in accordance with the Emissions Class Marking Regulation and by carrying in the vehicle a document to prove the Euro class (NOx emissions) in the case of a self-propelled machine.

Where will the Euro class vehicle prohibitions apply?

The Euro class vehicle prohibitions will apply in both directions on the section of the A 12 Inntal motorway between road distance 6.35 (km) in the Langkampfen local authority area and road distance 90.00 (km) in the Zirl local authority area.

Will there be any exceptions to the Euro class vehicle prohibitions?

The Regulation has provision for exceptions for:

  • Certain journeys in pre- and post-carriage traffic.
  • Journeys by historical vehicles within the sense of the Austrian Motor Vehicles Act 1967.
  • Urgent journeys by the Austrian Armed Forces or foreign troops currently stationed in Austria as well as humanitarian/aid transport by recognised organisations. 
  • Highly-specialised and particularly expensive vehicles.
  • Destination and origin transport (time limited): for heavy goods vehicles without trailers and self-propelled machines without trailers, the Euro III prohibition will apply with effect from 31 December 2019, provided that the heavy goods vehicle is loaded or unloaded in a defined core zone or is loaded and unloaded in an expanded zone and the journey by a self-propelled machine has its point of departure or destination in this core zone or the point of departure and destination in the expanded zone.

In addition, an application may be made to the regional administrative authorities to be excepted from these vehicle prohibitions on a case by case basis.

Further exceptions are based on Section 16, para. 2 IG-L.

Marking obligation in force from 1 May 2017

Section 14a of the IG-L in conjunction with IG-L - Emissions Class Marking Regulation - AbgKlassV, BGBl. II No. 120/2012, as last modified by BGBl. II No. 272/2014, forms the legal basis for the obligation to mark heavy-duty vehicles with an emissions sticker, in force from 1 May 2017. The regulations for the individual vehicle prohibitions specify which heavy-duty vehicles must be marked with effect from 1 May 2017.

Information on mounting the emissions class marking sticker:

In accordance with Sec. 4, para. 3 of the IG-L - Emissions Class Marking Regulation, the emissions class marking sticker must be mounted internally on the vehicle; on vehicles with body-type structure, the sticker must be mounted on the right hand side of the windscreen area, immediately adjacent to or under the safety inspection sticker in accordance with Sec. 57a of the KFG 1967; on vehicles with folding windscreens, with windscreens that do not permit the emissions class marking sticker to be mounted within the aforementioned dimensions, and on trucks without a windscreen, the emissions class marking sticker must be kept with the vehicle's documents as proper mounting within the sense of Sec. 14a, para. 1 of the IG-L.

Further details may be obtained from the following documents:

Speed restriction in accordance with the IG-L

In view of the fact that private vehicles and light commercial vehicles also contribute considerably to pollution, the Head of the Provincial Government has, with Regulation dated 17 November 2014, LGBl. no. 145/2014, imposed a permanent speed restriction of 100 km/h on sections of the Tyrol motorway network.
The maximum speed of 100 km/h applies in both directions on a 90 km (approx.) section of the A 12 Inntal motorway between the national border with Germany and the western authority border of Zirl, a 13 km (approx.) section of the A 12 Inntal motorway between Imst and Zams and a 12 km (approx.) section of the A 13 Brenner motorway between Innsbruck and Schönberg im Stubaital. The speed restrictions are announced by means of road signs.