THE FOLLOWING ARE MANDATORY WHEN DRIVING IN AUSTRIA AND MUST BE CARRIED IN THE VEHICLE AT ALL
* VEHICLE REGISTRATION DOCUMENT
* LETTER OF AUTHORITY TO DRIVE, IF YOU ARE NOT THE OWNER OF THE VEHICLE
* CURRENT M.O.T. CERTIFICATE
* CURRENT CERTIFICATE OF INSURANCE (MULTI-LINGUAL ON REVERSE)
* PHOTOCARD DRIVING LICENCE OR INTERNATIONAL DRIVING PERMIT, IF YOUR LICENCE DOES NOT HAVE A PHOTOGRAPH, A PASSPORT IS NEEDED TO VALIDATE THE LICENCE
* SPARE BULB KIT
* WARNING TRIANGLE
* FIRST AID KIT
* INTERNATIONAL ACCIDENT DECLARATION FORM
* FIRE EXTINGUISHER
* HIGH VISIBILITY TABARDS (VESTS) THESE ARE NOW COMPULSORY AND MUST BE WITHIN EASY REACH OF THE DRIVER. A suitable high visibility vest is supplied by Advanced Safety Products and conforms to BS EN471: Class 2
Important! If you are using the motorways, toll stickers are required on the windscreen of your vehicle. They need to be purchased before using the motorways These window stickers called ‘Vignette’ are available at petrol stations, tobacconists, automobile assocations, post offices and border crossings.
Vignettes for year 2017
10 Days - 5.10€
2 Months - 13.00€
Annual - 34.40€
Cars/Motorhomes up to 3.5 tonnes
10 Days - 8.90€
2 Months - 25.90€
Annual - 86.40€
Vehicles weighing over 3.5 tonnes GTW are required to have a toll device called Go-Box.
The penalty for not displaying a disc is €120 for cars and €65 for motorcycles.
Children in cars
Children under the age of 12, who are below a height of 150 cm, must be seated in appropriate child-safety seats. In passenger cars and station wagons (also in so-called "mini-vans") only one child per seat is permitted, who must be secured according to age and height.
With effect from 15th November 2005, it is compulsory that moving vehicles have lights on at all times throughout the year. Headlights must be on at all times, this includes built-up areas.
Drinking and Driving:
Don't do it. You will be fined if the level of alcohol in the bloodstream is between 0.05 per cent and 0.08 per cent. Over this level and you will incur a fine and/or suspension of driving licence.
Compulsory for front and rear seat occupants, if fitted.
These are now compulsory in Italy and Spain (and likely to become compulsory throughout the EU) if you need to walk on a motorway. You don't have to carry one, but if you breakdown on the motorway you will be breaking the law if you walk to an emergency phone without one. A suitable high visibility vest is supplied by Advanced Safety Products and conforms to BS EN471: 1994 Class 2.
Police are empowered to collect fines up to €36 on the spot. The officer must issue an official receipt. You have two weeks in which to pay. You can also request that the case be brought before a court instead, but you will be asked to provide a security deposit.
Motorways = 130km/h (110km/h if wet)
Open Road = 100kph (90km/h if wet)
Towns = 50 km/h.
In the Vorarlberg and the Tyrol, maximum speed limit is 80 kph (50 mph). Expressway speed limits are only 100 kph (62 mph) on the following: A8 (Innkreis), A9 (Pyhrn), A10 (Tauern), A12 (Inntal), A13 (Brenner), A14 (Rheintal).
Telephones in Vehicles
While driving one may now only telephone using the hands-free speaking system. The hands-free system must be mounted in such a way that all elements can be operated with one hand and the driver is not affected in any way. Disregarding this law is punishable with a fine of € 21,80 to € 726,73.
Something to Remember:
It is extremely difficult to tell who has right of way in Austria - not least for the Austrians themselves! Off the main routes be very careful - remember you're not the only one who doesn't know who has priority, and more often than not you'll find it's size, not position, that matters!
Traffic conditions are broadcast daily between 6.00am and 6.00pm on the English radio programme “Blue Danube Radio”.