24. 09. 12. - 14:46
Charging for toilets at petrol stations is illegal
Austria's motorway management authority Asfinag is stepping up legal action to stop motorway service station operators charging for the use of toilets.
According to Austrian law the use of toilets at motorway service stations should be free to all travellers but many still demand a fee of around 50 cents per person for the right to use the WC.
In the latest Asfinag move checks were carried out at 152 motorway service stations where it was found 129 were abiding by the law and not charging for usage – the remainder that were charging will now face legal action.
Asfing officials highlighted the case of the toilets at the Autogrill motorway service station on the A4 at Göttelsbrunn where legal action was taken and where the staff member sitting at the entrance to the toilets and charging usage has now been removed. Instead there is a sign saying the toilet usage is free.
But they say there are still others that need to be tackled for example the Shell petrol station at Nickelsdorf where a woman is sitting at a table with a plate to collect money for usage.
Asfinag said: "Even when she doesn't demand money the implication is that in order to go inside you need to put some money on the plate and this is not acceptable."