The state government in Tyrol (Austria) has decided on far-reaching driving bans for motorcycles. From 10 June, only motorcycles with a maximum noise of 95 DB will be allowed to ride on many routes. A more nonsensical solution is hardly conceivable.
The Austrian state of Tyrol will close the popular excursions Bschlaber-, Hahntennjoch-, Lechtaler-, Berwang-Namloser and Tannheimerstraße in the district of Reutte from 10 June 2020. The measure applies only to motorcycles which, according to the vehicle ticket, generate more than 95 DB in the standing noise. Motorists or other vehicles - no matter how loud they are - are not affected by the regulation. Anyone who does not comply with the regulation and is caught will face a fine of EUR 220. The regulation is valid until 31.10.20, i.e. until the end of the season.
The basis of this decision was, among other things, a regional motorcycle noise study from 2019. The key message of this study is thathigh-speed driving during acceleration and braking operations significantly disturbs the residents. The participants in the study would be in favour of deliberately withdrawn such motorcyclists from circulation. However, a general driving ban at weekends was rejected by the majority of respondents.
Unfortunately, the compatriots in Tyrol have failed to draw the right conclusions from the results of the study. In our view, restricting it to standing noise is in any case utter nonsense. Rather, it depends on the driving behaviour whether a motorcycle is perceived as noisy or not. You can organise a non-driving machine with considerable Rabatz and drive the other way around with an affected machine relatively quietly - all a matter of driving and not the motorcycle - and certainly not just the standing noise.
Motorcycles that have already been approved may no longer be driven in the Reutte region
By the way, the registration of a motorcycle in the EU does not use the standing noise, but the so-called (passing) driving noise. In the past, motorcycle manufacturers have invested a great deal of time and effort in meeting these regulations. Now, in Tyrol, motorbikes that are actually registered should no longer be allowed to be driven on the affected routes.
>>> Tip: The standing noise of your machine is indicated in the vehicle license under U.1, the driving noise can be found under U.3.