Verkehrsministerium, Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Innovation und Technologie#
Transport, Ministry of, official name: Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology; called Railways Ministry from 1896 to1918, in 1918 establishment of the Federal Office (Staatsamt) for Transport, from 1920 Federal Ministry for Transport. Merged with the Ministry of Trade from 1923 to 1938 to form the Federal Ministry of Trade and Transport, which was re-established in 1945 as Staatsamt for Industry, Business, Trade and Transport. From 1945 to 1949, Austria had a Federal Ministry of Transport (as well as a Federal Ministry for Electrification and Power Industry, the ministers being K. Altmann until 1947, then A. Migsch), from 1949 to 1956 a Federal Ministry of Transport and Nationalised Industry, from 1956 to 1966 a Federal Ministry of Transport and Electrical Industry. From 1966 to 1970 Federal Ministry of Transport and Nationalised Industry, from 1970 to 1984 again Federal Ministry of Transport, from 1985 to 1996 Federal Ministry for the Public Sector Economy and Transport; since 1996 Federal Ministry of Science, Transport and Art ( Science, Ministry of). Since 2000 Federal Ministry for Traffic, Innovation and Technology. The Ministry is in charge of aviation as supreme aviation authority (OZB), transport policy and planning, special issues regarding transport, logistics, road traffic, traffic safety, transport of hazardous goods; it is the supreme railway authority (railways and cableways, commuter traffic, shipping and waterways); supervision and construction of federal roads, bridges and tunnel construction; it is the supreme postal and telecommunications authority, labour inspectorate for the transport sector, innovation and technology (technology policy and programmes, research policy and funding).Consulting in the Ministry is provided by the Organisation of Research and Technical Development and the Motor Vehicle Advisory Council.