The increased speed limit is part of a controversial experiment.
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Environmentalists and safety organisations express their deepest concern about this project, which is nothing but the personal realisation of an electoral promise made by FPÖ minister Norbert Hofer.
Political party FPÖ justifies the measure by stating that cars have evolved both in terms of technology and safety. A 10 km/h increase could save valuable time.
The Austrian motoring club ÖAMTC denies there is a correlation between speed and the number of road casualties, thereby referring to neighbour Germany, where there are no speed limits on certain parts of the motorway.
If the experiment proves a success – i.e. there won’t be an increase in the number of severe accidents over the next year – chances are the number of stretches with a 140 km/h limit will increase.
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