Published 22.5.2004 | Last update 7.7.2019
Compared to other European countries, Austria seems to have a very relaxed attitude to speeding offenses.
The numbers below are based on the so-called “Anonymverfügung” or “Organmandate” which only comes into play if the offence is considered minor. Major offences means court.
The data below are not complete and may have errors. And there are no data on license withdrawals on a motorway. Please comment below if you know more.
|The important numbers :|
|Limit – km/h||50||100||130|
|LICENSE, 2-6 weeks||91||151||181*|
|*) Data are uncertain
1) Based on OM, see below
Member of the European cross-country fine cooperation. Any traffic fine may arrive at your home address.
Fines may automatically be shared between Austria, Chech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom.
In towns (50 km/h and lower): 5 km/h
Outside towns: 5%
The Daz writes (June, 2003):
“Hi guys, just one comment on the Austrian police mens attitude :
Austian policemen are allowed to estimate the speed. This means they don’t need any further proof (e.g. electronic speed traps, lasers). Especially german folks have a lot of fun with that when travelling via the old Brenner route. It seems like every second biker is pulled over and made pay the fee even if he’s sure he didn’t drive more than the allowed 50 km/h. No point intrying to discuss. Also the fee is well calculated to be just below the limit where it has to reported to the drivers home country. If you don’t have enough cash with you, no problem, they’ll take all the money they can get and you surely wont get any receipt.
This is all personal experience.
Ride on, Harm”
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|Austria in detail :|
|+ 1-20 km/h||€29-60||€30|
|+ 21-30 km/h||€56-72||€50|
|+ 31-40 km/h||€70-160||€70|
|LICENSE: 2-6 weeks||+ 41 km/h||€150+||€150+|
|+ 1-30 km/h||€56-90||€50|
|+ 31-40 km/h||€140-160||€70|
|+ 41-50 km/h||€150-300||–|
|LICENSE: 2-6 weeks||+ 51 km/h||–||–|
|+ 1-20 km/h||€45||€30|
|+ 21-30 km/h||€60||€50|
|+ 31 km/h||?||?|
|?) Data are unknown, please leave any corrections below.
1) AV, Anonymstrafverfügung. This is special for Austria. You leave the decision to the police, you may pay later – and will stay anonymous.
2) OM, Organmandate. This is the closest you come to a common fine catalog in Austria. You agree and pay on the spot. Case solved.
If you know anything more correct on this, please comment below.
Source: Strafen-Katalog (PDF) via this ÖADC page.
Fines and reactions may change without any warnings.
Austria has very different system from other countries. It is called “Vormerksystem” and is only used with serious offences. You start with zero points and lose your license when you have reached only 3 points. There 13 different offences that will give you a point – none are related to speeding. Here are some:
- Drinking and driving with between 0.5 ‰ and 0.8 ‰ blood alcohol
- Driving too close to the vehicle in front of you
- Ignoring a red light which results in other drivers having to take action
- No safe transport of children
If you break two points at the same time, you may lose the license. Two points within two years will give you a warning. Three points within two years will remove your license for at least three months. After this you start with zero points.
Any point will stay in the registers for two years and will then be removed.
Source: Wikipedia – Entziehung und Neuerteilung der Faherlaubnis – Vormerksystem. Here you will also get the complete list.