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Car requirements in Austria

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Car requirements in Austria

We have hired a car at Munich Airport in a few days time to take over to Austria. A number of items are recommended in Germany but compulsary in Austria, i.e.:

reflective jackets

warning triangle

First aid kit

Does anyone have any idea if these will be included in the hire car?

Also, how easy is it for non German speaking people to get hold of the vignette needed for Austria and do we only need it for motorways?


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We have rented cars from Munich airport many times (as recently as last Nov.) for our trips to Germany and Austria. You can ask at the rental desk and/or check the trunk of the car. The triangle and first aid kit should be there. The reflective vest... maybe not. It's never been in our rental cars.

You'll pass a number of rest stops along the highway between Munich airport and Austria. They all sell the Austrian "Vignette" (highway toll sticker). Just go to the counter and ask for a 10 day Vignette (zehn Tag Vignette). The cost is 7.90 Euro. Look around the store and you'll find the orange vests for sale also. They cost about 5 or 6 Euro.

You should have no problems. By the way, leaving the airport and getting on the highway in the direction of Austria (Salzburg/Innsbruck) is very easy.


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2. Re: Car requirements in Austria

Thank you very much.

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As most countries require first aid kits and warning triangles for autos, most manufacturers include these in new delivered autos.

This of course includig rental autos.

Usually found in the trunk- perhaps even in a small compartment along the sides with a small covering door.

The reflective vest is a requirement for Austria rarely found in rental autos where not required - and must be kept in reach of the driver.

The vest must be worn day or night when stopping on the side of a motorway and exiting the auto - example to check for something on the car.

Most here carry them in the pocket found behind one of the front seats

Many places sell these - usual price 1-2 euro often seen in gas stations shops

Auto clubs like Arbo and OAMTC also have these as will auto accessory stores such as ATU and Forstinger - this if you can not find one at one of the many shops by gas stations near the border.

For a vignette - get one for certain as the fines are very large and then you must also buy a vignette too when stopped .

These are regularly checked .

First ask if your rental office sells this vignette - perhaps they will - if not no trouble.

As you approach the german /austrian border look for large signs advertising " Vignettes " by autobahn gas stations

or wait until the actual border area where a large place in the plaza directly at the border sells such items - clearly marked -

large parking area there too.

No need to have german skills - staff there accustomed to foreign visitors naturally - you find english spoken.

The vignette must be fixed to the inside of the windshield location per instructions .

Vignette is self adhesive.

The vignette proceeds and a tax on trucks are used to build and maintain major roadways in Austria .

A quasi public corporation is charged with this work

Please watch speed limits on any roadway - local police especially like to use their radar and fines are collected on the spot.

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