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Austria: Speeding vehicles at risk of seizure and auction

In Austria, it is better not to mess around with speed limits. From now on, your vehicle could even go to auction.

Austria is carrying out a real war on offenses of the road. Or, at the very least, the penalties against offenders are getting tougher. And the Austrian government is proving less and less tolerant of speeding. Moreover, he had already introduced a measure aimed at doubling the fines for speeding on September 1, 2021. A measure which could be even more reinforced in 2023 by even heavier penalties.

Since December, the Austrian Government has indeed been working on new, particularly tough legislation. It provides that in the event ofspeeding, motorists could have their vehicles confiscated. But the proposed law goes even further than a simple confiscation. The owner who would have his vehicle seized does not risk finding it, because the authorities would then even have the right to sell his car at auction!

Austria increasingly tough on speeding

With this new arsenal of penalties, Austrian motorists guilty of speeding could see their car seized and sold at auction. Fortunately, however, not all speeding offenses are covered. According to the Government, these new rules, if they come into force, will seek to deter « boy racers ». In other words, it is about fight races of street.

A measure that could well be effective, since it simply consists of removing these motorists from their most precious asset. Above all, it attacks the street racing problem, which are also rampant in Austria. Although most Austrians do not notice them, they lead to many accidents and deaths every year. However, despite their efforts, the Austrian police are still struggling to control them.

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One speeding ticket, and the car goes to auction!

This Austrian project is supported in particular by the Greens and the Conservatives. “At the speeds we’re talking about here, nobody has full control of their vehicle. The car becomes an uncontrollable weapon and a danger for totally innocent people”, explained the Minister of Transport, Leonore Gewessler (Greens). But then, a precise limit beyond which this sanction will be applicable been provided for?

In concrete terms, any speeding over 60 km/h above the 50 km/h limit in town and 70 km/h above the 130 km/h limit outside towns may lead to the seizure of the vehicle for two weeks. Final confiscation followed by the auction concerns the cases of repeat offenders or first-time offenders who would drive at more than 90 km/h above the speed limits. Crazy drivers just have to watch out!

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