The topic of transit and the Tyrolean measures always cause a stir – especially among the southern and northern neighbors. The truck driving bans must not be shaken – that is the consensus in Tyrol. But according to Transitforum, politicians are risking their continued existence through inaction. That should change. But how? Anti-transit fighter Fritz Gurgiser has a precise plan.
“The constant gossips from the south and north now require tough positions from the state and federal government in the transit problem,” emphasizes Transitforum chairman Fritz Gurgiser. “Particularly because bridges north and south of the Brenner Pass are already desolate due to the overloading of 2.5 million 40-ton trucks every year – one million of them in detour transit. The freighter lobby has now actually managed to damage their own ‘cheapest crossing of the Alps’ permanently and sustainably.” Lueg renovation costing 300 million euros The 1.8-kilometer-long Lueg Bridge is just one of many on the busy Brenner corridor. The general renovation is scheduled to start in 2024, and the entire construction site area will only be accessible in one lane by the end of the 2026/27 construction period. “That should be motivation enough to be the first to get rid of detour transit by truck,” says the anti-transit campaigner. Both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the EU have already put appropriate proposals on the table. It is compatible with EU law that the free movement of goods is subordinate to health goals: “We want our freedom back and use our gardens, terraces, balconies and tourist structures without excessive noise: today, tomorrow, the day after tomorrow.” Inaction means danger in the VerzugGurgiser is now making politics responsible: “It is by no means enough for the state and federal government to pat each other on the chest and signal that the Tyrolean driving bans and the IG Luft measures will not be shaken. It is now the core task of politics to ensure that nobody can shake things up. Inaction means imminent danger.” First, protect the country and then traffic, state and federal government, should therefore reduce the limit values in the IG-Luft to the current health level, “instead of insisting on old, seriously hazardous limit values and thus also a number of existing protective measures knowingly endangering it”. The same applies to the “ancient, encrusted noise threshold values” that “protect” those who cause them: They should also be lowered: “Health comes before noise!”