Mr Schmid said that Austria would seek to maintain a similar toll level in future by winning permission to include environmental costs and the cost of rail construction when calculating charges. Domestic political support for the plan appears strong.
Leader of Tyrol province, Wendelin Weingartner, condemned the ECJ ruling. He announced that Tyrol, the province through which the Brenner motorway passes, would take action to reduce environmental impacts, including a night-time ban on lorries. Mr Schmid and representatives of the four political parties in Tyrol's parliament all said they would back such a ban.
Meanwhile Transitforum Austria, an NGO that has organised several blockades of the Brenner motorway, is calling for a night-time ban on lorries carrying specific goods, such as waste, wood and scrap. "We expected this ruling," said Fritz Gurgiser of the group, "but it shows how insufficient [EU] legislation is."
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