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Trucks banned from the left lane

Truck drivers are to be banned from using the leftmost lane on motorways in Austria if their vehicle weighs over 7.5 tonnes after a new driving law was unanimously voted in yesterday.

The new rules were agreed upon by the National Council and are set to be enforced from 1 June this year. They only apply to three or more lane motorways and not two-lane highways or freeways.

The changes have been made to the Road Traffic Act in a bid to improve traffic safety with support from across the main political parties - SPOe, OeVP, FPOe, Green, Team Stronach and NEOS - for the reforms.

SPOe Traffic Minister Doris Bures said: "Truck accidents are not only more frequent, but usually also more dramatic. They often result in serious injuries and deaths."

Trucks are relatively more often involved in accidents than cars, according to a report by the Council for Transport Safety (KFV) - just 11 percent of traffic on carriageways and motorways but are involved in 22 percent of accidents were someone is injured.

It is thought this is because of the large differences in speed they drive at compared to cars, especially when changing lanes.

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