Traffic jam - emergency corridor

Since 2012 the ermegency corridor on Austria's motorways and highways must be made ​​ahead. The following applies: In case of congestion EMERGENCY CORRIDOR!

 

 

 

Benefits of the emergency corridor at a glance

  • clear and simple rules of conduct
  • rapid approach and arrival of the emergency services
  • wide approach lane
  • rapid assistance of the injured
  • no obstruction of the access by broken-down vehicles on the hard shoulder
  • uniform principle with neighbouring countries: Germany, Czech Republic, Slovenia and Switzerland

Increased traffic: form emergency lane!

Looking ahead in stop traffic all vehicles entering the far left lane, drive as far to the left as possible. All other drive so far to the right as needed to define therebetween a free track. Here also the hard shoulder should be used. The vehicles are to be classified in parallel to the road course. Oblique stationary vehicles may hinder emergency vehicles. In addition, one's own progress is impeded in traffic by traversing standing.

When?

The emergency corridor is formed by all road users, who for their part are required to drive attentively. The emergency corridor only functions when all road users abide by it and allow the emergency services to access the accident site quickly and safely.

How?

Road users in the left-hand lane must keep as far over to the left as possible. All road users in the right-hand lane must move as far to the right on the carriage way as possible, also using the hard shoulder if required.

Disobedience is not a cavalier's offense

Anyone who doesn't get in lane or even drives along the contingency corridor is risking lives. And a reminder: penalties of up to EUR 2,180 apply to the obstruction of emergency vehicles or the unlawful use of the contingency corridor. The rules are clear. Road users in the left-hand lane must keep as far over to the left as possible. All road users in the right-hand lane must move as far to the right on the carriage way as possible, also using the hard shoulder if required. In this way, the same principle applies in Austria as in the neighbouring countries of Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Switzerland.

Current Information

  • about 200 bridge-banner
  • 24 hour non-stop phone support ASFINAG Service Center.
  • Billboards at highway border crossings in the local language and English.
  • Infos to around twelve million payment documents per year for ASFINAG special toll roads.
  • Truck Driver: For toll transactions for the heavy traffic at all GO-Distributors.
  • 50 overhead displays in German and English in Austria.

Good to know

Further information to know about the emergency corridor, we have summarized for you in a FAQ area. Interested? Please see "additional links".

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