As of 1 January 2008 drivers using Austria's roads are required, under the 29th amendment to the Motor Vehicles Act (KFG), to have appropriate winter equipment. Between 1 November and 15 April of the following year drivers of private cars and goods vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes maximum gross vehicle weight must be suitably equipped for winter conditions. That means that drivers using the roads in wintry conditions during this period must have winter tyres fitted. Drivers of goods vehicles over 3.5 tonnes maximum gross vehicle weight and buses must comply with a winter tyres requirement. That means that the vehicle must always be fitted with winter tyres during the prescribed period, whether there is snow on the roads or not. This requirement applies to goods vehicles over 3.5 tonnes from 1 November to 15 April and to buses from 1 November to 15 March.
Due to the increasing freight transport volume, intermodal freight transport will become more and more important. In comparison to other European countries, Austria has a high share of intermodal freight transport. Therefore, intermodal freight hubs are one of the key elements that function as transferring points of freight from one mode to another.
At present there are 14 intermodal freight hubs in Austria with public access. These hubs are operated either by the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) or by private companies. Due to their location and technical equipment, the intermodal freight hubs fulfil different functions. This is one of the main reasons, why the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit) has decided to provide an overview about the overall situation of intermodal freight hubs in Austria.
The 2013 annual report again focuses on the Road Safety Programme 2011-2020, reports on the implementation of measures in its individual areas of intervention and outlines the resulting successes in the reduction of accidents, injuries and fatalities on Austria’s roads.
The report thus provides support to researchers, practitioners and decision-makers in developing, planning and implementing further road safety measures. This, in turn, establishes the basis for achieving the ambitious goals set in the Road Safety Programme for the period to 2020 and allows any necessary adaptations to the programme to be made in a timely manner.
The Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit) is keen to increase the proportion of the modal split, that is to say of transport choices, accounted for by pedestrian and cycle traffic, by improving conditions for these types of transport. The bmvit is focusing on those avenues that are open to it by virtue of its statutory remit.
The bmvit has tasked a specialist department with the specific agendas of non-motorised traffic. Concerns and suggestions voiced by cyclists and pedestrians are collected here and are checked and evaluated jointly with the appropriate specialist departments. Developments and experience at national and international level are also observed and collected. These are used in evaluating measures along with the latest research and theory.
Announcement by the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit):
As of 21 December 2007, following enlargement of the Schengen Area, permits for road haulage consignments entering, exiting and transiting through Austria will no longer be subject to checks at Austria's borders with the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia.