Special transports (in German „Sondertransporte“, also called "Sotra") are transports whose dimensions exceed the maximum permissible limits (for weight, width, length or height) defined in the Austrian Motor Vehicles Act (Kraftfahrgesetz 1967). Accordingly, special transports require a special permit. In this context, the challenge for ASFINAG lies in providing the best possible level of service (i.e. route availability) and road safety for all road users while at the same time providing the industry with the necessary means to carry out special transports.
Where do you get a permit for a special transport?
To carry out a special transport in Austria, a request has to be submitted to the responsible provincial government. This has to be done via the Austrian e-Government-plattform for special transports. In the course of the application, all the information necessary for the permit, such as planned route, detailed information on vehicle weight, axle loads, distance between axles and vehicle dimensions, as well as the requested driving period, has to be stated. The E-government-platform also contains useful information and links on the topic (for example a short summary of the Austrian Motor Vehicles Act, instructions for submitting a request and for using the platform, as well as information on the responsible authorities).
What is ASFINAG’s role in preparing a special transport permit?
As the operator and maintainer of the high-profile road network in Austria, we issue a statement to the responsible authorities for every special transport request affecting our road network. Our statement is incorporated in the permit, which is issued by the responsible provincial government.
During the process of issuing statements, the special transport request is evaluated in technical and statical terms and in terms of traffic management. By the specification of requirements and constraints, it is ensured that all safety and maintenance standards are met on the affected sections of our road network. Furthermore, there are certain periods in which it is not allowed to carry out special transports (for example during rush hours and peak traffic periods like the start of the holidays or during major events). Additionally, special transports, depending on their dimensions, have to register with ASFINAG’s facilities in advance to the scheduled transport.