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Toll sticker controls catch 20,000 drivers

More than 20,000 people have been caught without a vignette (toll sticker) on roads in the Austrian province of Tirol since checks were introduced five years ago.

Checks are carried out by the ASFINAG - the Austrian motorway authorities.

According to ASFINAG half of those caught without a vignette were foreigners and the other half were locals.

According to ASFINAG 98 per cent of the road users have a valid vignette.

Those caught without an up to date vignette face a fine of 120 Euros.

The current yearly vignette is valid until 31st January 2013.

ASFINAG has eight mobile cameras on Austrian motorways to catch offenders. The cameras can recognise whether a car has a vignette on the windscreen even on cars travelling at 130 kph on the motorway.

The 2013 Vignette is already on sale and is valid from December 1st 2012.

The vignette is a toll sticker required by all drivers using Austrian motorways.

This year's colour is raspberry red and in comparison to last year the vignette have become more expensive, costing drivers 80.60 per year.

By September this year 20.2 million 2012 vignette's had been sold in Austria. Around three quarters of these were ten day vignette's for car drivers, the Austrian motorway authorities ASFINAG announced today (Tues).

Drivers can buy vignettes at border stations, petrols stations and tobacconists as well as Austria's automobile clubs, the ÖAMTC and ARBÖ.

Compared to 2012 the price has risen by 3.6 per cent and cost the following:-

For cars

  Ten days: 8.30 Euro
  Two months: 24.20 Euro
  One year: 80.60 Euro

For motorcyclists.

   Ten days: 4.80 Euro
   Two months: 12.10 Euro
   One year:32.10 Euro

For ease of inspection, the sticker must be stuck to the windscreen only, for example on the left edge or behind the rear view mirror (looking from inside the car).

The Tolling Regulations stipulate that it may not be placed on a side window. Nor, as before, may it be obscured by a strip of tinted windscreen glass.

Revenues from the sticker, along with all other toll receipts, are spent by ASFINAG exclusively on constructing, operating and maintaining Austria's motorway and highway network.

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