Austria has not dealt with speed drivers with gloves before, but as of March 1 Significant restrictions were introduced: According to the new rules, anyone who exceeds the speed limit by 80 km/h in a residential area and by 90 km/h outside a residential area may have their car impounded or even auctioned. If road racing is suspected, it is also possible to book and auction if the speed limit of 60 km/h is exceeded within a populated area.

The first impounded car on the grid was caught in the Josefstadt area of ​​Vienna, and the Volkswagen Scirocco reached a speed of 114 km/h in a 50 km/h zone. The police immediately withdrew the driving license of the 28-year-old, and since the maximum speed exceeded 60 kilometers per hour, the car was also confiscated.

Cars for speeding in Line 1 are impounded

Anyone who is measured by Traffipax can have their car impounded in Austria. Photo: (Martin Schott/Image Alliance via Getty Images)

This was reported in the local press, and we even wrote about it. However, two Austrian drivers may not have heard about the issue, because the 21-year-old BMW 330 driver was also left without a car in the past few days. On the A22 near Langensdorf, the Bavarian-type odometer dropped dangerously: it showed 247 km/h instead of the permitted 130 km/h. Highway police stopped the speeder. Excessive speed was reported and the car was impounded.

The following speedster had to surrender his car in Lower Austria yesterday: Police from the Hausleiten police station carried out laser measurements on the B4 motorway on March 13. At 4.30pm, a 44-year-old driver from Korneuburg was traveling at 178 km/h in the 100 km/h section. His license was canceled and the car was temporarily impounded.

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At the moment, the Austrian police are reporting such individual cases, and we are happy to see what statistics will be produced in a few months, how successful the strictness will be, whether the number of racers will decrease, or whether the detained police cars will be packed.