German state contests Brenner pass lorry ban

Bavaria demands EU intervention over Austrian curb on night-time lorry traffic

An Austrian decision to introduce a six-month night-time ban on heavy goods vehicles crossing part of the Brenner pass has been harshly condemned by the neighbouring government of Bavaria, southern Germany. Bavaria's transport minister Otto Wieshau has called on EU transport commissioner Loyola de Palacio to examine the decision, claiming that it contravenes EU rules.

The ban covering a 35km stretch of the Inntal motorway will come into force from the start of October. It is being introduced by the Tyrol regional government in a bid to cut pollution levels, which it says are six times higher at night than during the day, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reports.

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