Austrian Go Box

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  1. DanielFord

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    OK after a total disaster this year in Austria, spending about an hour travelling 10 miles trying to avoid the motorways, only to be confronted with the alternative roads having 3.5t restrictions in place. Next year we are going to take in a bit of Austria, so we will probably bite the bullet and get a go box, just for peace of mind.

    Now onto the question, does anyone know if it is it possible to order one and have it delivered to the UK, or do you have to get it in Austria at one of the outlets?
     
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    Just done Austria and did the same as you to avoid the Go Box, but have to say I didn't see any toll gates where you could be stopped and checked. Everyone I spoke to didn't bother with them. I was at Natterer See near Innsbruck and the A12 was the only road I avoided and it was easy to stay on the lesser roads. Search Google and I think you can pre order them in the UK but I think its easier to pick them up at a service station. By the way I got stopped in Switzerland and got away with the fine for not having the documentation for being over 3.5T. I paid 34 Euros for the tax form which lasts a year.
     
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    Is this the vignette or yet another cost for travelling in Switzerland?
     
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    The account ones are only available to people with an Austrian address and bank account.

    You have to buy a prepay one at one of the outlets, preferably before you get into Austria. We entered Austria from Italy via the Brenner pass and they are available from most of the motorway services as you get close. The Brenner motorway is immediately toll so you can't wait for somewhere in Austria to buy it or you won't be legal.
    You just give your vehicle details and away you go. There is a fee of €5 for the box itself and you have to have a minimum of €75 credit on it so you will be relieved of €80. It beeps whenever you pass under a toll point and when you hear a double beep it's a warning that you only have €20 of credit left. I did notice the tolls seem to be bloody expensive unless the Italian who sold me the box set it for the wrong class. We came through the Brenner Pass and left the motorway just past Innsbruck, a distance of about 45km, and we heard the double beep just before the last junction.

    The GO website has a map of outlets http://maps.asfinag.at/pvis/?Anzeige=go,Verkehrsmeldungen=false
     
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    Over 3.5t you have to stop at the border of Switzerland, go to the border office and fill in a form. The guard will register your vehicle, and you pay your toll, and you are good to go, I found it very easy.
     
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    The vignette is only for vehicles under 3.5t. Over that you pay the Heavy Vehicle Fee instead which is CHF3,25 per day if it hasn't gone up but you have to prepay for 10 days. I think it lasts up to a year. You sign and date the form for each day you are in Switzerland. It actually works out cheaper than a vignette if your visit is 10 days or less.
     
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    I am under 3.5 and think @ approx £27.50 for use of a great road system including all tunnels it's a good deal. wait and see what the germans will charge if they get away with it!
     
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    Dont know what route you are taking,
    if you travel A8 use Samerberg sevices
    N47°48'06" E12°10'32" we were helped by an English speaking attendant, just take your V5 and your wallet:( enjoy your trip.

    Eric
     
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    We are likely to stay in Munich prior to Austria, so that is very useful information, thanks :D
     
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    OK, perhaps a more complicated question now. How does one prove Euro V compliance? My van is compliant, but I can't find any documentation to prove this, it is not on the V5. Any ideas? Will the Austrian officials know that a Ducato from 2011 is compliant?
     
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    I dont think its relevant as the toll is charged by the weight of your vehicle.

    Eric
     
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    According to the austrian toll site, the go box will by default be set to Euro III attracting the highest rate of tolls, to change the Euro class proof must be provided at a go sales point to qualify for the lower toll rates.
     
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    Sorry was,nt aware of that, thought it was a weight issue.

    Eric
     
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    I'm off to Austria in a couple of weeks and have already sent details of euro class 5 and have received confirmation back. Hopefully this will mean the box will be set to the correct tarrif for my Euro class. I managed to get a letter of confirmation of euro class from Fiat as it is not shown on the V5. Will report back how we got on.
     
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    We Came Down Through Germany And Austria, Awful Motorways,Roadworks Every Where. The Services We're Packed Full But It Was The 1St Of August. Every Time We Stopped For A Go Box We Were Sent to The OtherSide Of The services,, Couldn't Find It So Ended Up Just Buying A Week Vignette For Austria....
    Switzerland,,,We Got Ours At The Border. We Got The 10 Day Tax But Because I Only Put 3 Days On The form, I Was Only Charged For 3 Days. The Form Is All Printed in German, Didn't Have To Show Log Book Or Any Documents.
    Worth The Hassle Though, Had A Great Time In Croatia,Venice Etc, And Now On Last Few Days In Luxembourg.
     
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    When I did mine I claimed Euro V at the service area and got the Go box. You then have 30 days to send proof to Asfinag. I sent them a photocopy of the Fiat CoC and V5 which showed the emissions. I eventually received confirmation letter back stating that my Regd number was compliant and no further proof was needed. If you can do it in advance of travel then that would be best.
     
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    We have a Gobox bought it on Italian side of the Brenner a few years back. At 5 tonne and 3 axles its horrendously expensive to use so we mix n match part toll part non toll when in Austria. This works ok to a degree but can be bloody hard going on non toll roads. Journey times increase massively so does fuel consumption climbing up and down all those bloody mountains. Bonus is you'll visit some stunning places you'd normally never see.
    Off to Croatia next week so be using it again I expect.
     
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    Thanks all, I do have a copy of the CoC in the van, I will see if it shows Euro class on it when I get the van back.
     
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    Just a note with the go box. When it beeps 4 times it means credit as run out.
    YOU HAVE TO TOP IT UP WITHIN 5 HOURS or get 250 euro fine.
    You can only top it up by taking the box to a service station.
    Mine ran out of credit by 4 euros just as I left the motorway, so ended up with 5o euro taxi ride, as I didn't realise about the five hour rule until camped and settled and did not know where nearest go box station was. Also can't be topped up by phone.
     
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    Agree....have always found German traffic the worse in Europe in summer months:.... it adds a day getting back from Italy

    If heading for Italy its easy to get through Austria toll free
     
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