"Disproportionate" Austrian lorry ban condemned

European court of justice rules that Austria should have chosen less trade restrictive measures to curb air pollution

A planned Austrian ban on heavy lorries using a key Alpine crossing route infringes EU rules guaranteeing the free movement of goods, the European court of justice ruled on Tuesday. The court said the ban, which was put forward by the Tyrol region to curb local air pollution but never implemented, was a disproportionate obstacle to trade between Italy and northern Europe. Tyrol should have opted for less restrictive environmental measures, it concluded. A court advisor recommended a verdict on these lines in July (EED 20/07/05). See press release and judgement in case C-320/03.

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