New truck toll introduced in Austria
January 2017 sees the introduction of a new emissions toll in Austria, as a surcharge for noise and harmful emissions. This will have a two fold impact on cargo that is:
- Delivered to the Consignee end point in Austria
- Cargo that travels through Austria to connecting European countries, in particular export and imports from UK to and from North East Italy
The Austrian GO toll system
A GO toll system has been in place in Austria since 2004 for vehicles over 3.5 tonnes, however the directive has changed over time.
The Austrian motorway network, made up of 2,200 km of road, is planned, financed, constructed and maintained by ASFINAG.
Since 2010, the toll for vehicles over 3.5 tonnes has been calculated based on the number of axles and the EURO emission classes. However on the 1st January 2017, this has now changed and will take into account both noise and air pollution (EURO emission classes).
The toll rate is therefore broken down by:
- Basic kilometre rate for infrastructure
- Surcharge for traffic-related air pollution
- Surcharge for traffic-related noise pollution
Pricing table correct as of 18th January 2017, provided by ASFINAG
*The night rates apply between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m
It is important to note there are also increased toll rates on special toll routes.
Impact of cargo to Italy, Croatia, Hungary and Slovenia
Many hauliers travel through Austria to reach destinations including North East Italy, Croatia, Hungary and Slovenia.
While the route may be longer, it removes the higher charges associated with transporting cargo on the toll roads of France. In addition, it removes the requirement to travel en-route through non-EU countries such as Switzerland, where additional documents such as invoices and packing lists are required.
Transporting goods across Europe can be complicated. Many manufacturers and drop shippers use the expertise of Freight Forwarders and Logisitic specialists who have planning tools, a full breakdown of tolls and regular European compulsory road closure timetables to direct cargo through Europe, in the most cost and time efficient ways.