Self-Drive Motoring holidays in Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
Tips on driving abroad in Switzerland. Motoring rules and regulations in Switzerland
and Liechtenstein. Swiss motoring laws.
(motorway) and tunnel Tolls
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Buy a Swiss motorway vignette online
Make sure you Drive Alive! Drive on
- Be especially careful when setting off from service stations
or restaurants on the left side of the road.
- Take care when overtaking - allow more space between you
and the car in front so you can see further down the road ahead.
has stricter drink driving laws than the UK, only allowing 0.5 milligrams of
alcohol per millilitre of blood (UK 0.8).
- Seat belts front and rear are obligatory everywhere.
- Speed limits, shown below, are implemented rigorously. Radar
traps are frequent.
- Remember - Speeding and other traffic offences are subject
to on-the-spot fines.
- When approaching a roundabout give way to traffic already
on the roundabout, on your left, unless signed otherwise.
- A full UK driving licence is required.
- Beware "Priority to
- Below are motoring regulations relating to Switzerland.
Autobahn tolls: In Switzerland you pay an
annual motorway tax, even if you're only using the motorways for an hour or
two. A vehicle sticker, or vignette, must be displayed on the windscreen by all
vehicles. Of course, if you don't need to use a motorway you don't need
to pay, although it's difficult to cross the country without doing so.
If you don't display a vignette you'll be liable to a
fine of CHF100 plus the cost of the vignette.
You can buy the stickers in the UK from the Swiss Centre.
You can also buy them in Switzerland from customs offices at the frontier or service
stations, garages and post offices.
Buy a motorway vignette online. Click the link to
go to the website for the Swiss Travel Centre then look for the link "Motorway
Vignette". The cost in 2009 is 40 swiss francs, which can be paid by credit
card and your card company will convert to sterling, but worth it as it saves time
and hassle at the border. The Vignette is valid from January 1st in the year of
purchase to January 31st of the following year, irrespective of when the vignette
is purchased during the year. Caravans
and trailers require a separate vignette.
Children in cars: children under 7 cannot
travel in the front unless they use a proper child restraint. Children between 7
and 12 must use seat belts or child restraints which are appropriate to their size
Documentation: always carry
your driving licence, vehicle registration document (V5), and certificate of motor
insurance. If your licence does not incorporate a photograph ensure you carry your
passport to validate the licence. If the vehicle is not registered in your name,
carry a letter from the registered owner giving you permission to drive.
and driving: Don't do it. Anything over 0.08 per cent and you could face
anything up to imprisonment.
Fines: On the spot fines for infringing some traffic regulations. Ensure
an official receipt is issued by the officer collecting the fine.
is advised, but not compulsory.
kit is advised, but not compulsory.
All grades of unleaded petrol, diesel and some LPG are available as well as lead
substitute additive. No leaded. It is allowed to carry petrol in a can. Credit and
debit cards are widely accepted, although they probably won't work at automatic
pumps. It's a good idea to let your card issuer know you will be travelling
abroad. This ensures they don't suspend your card if they spot it being used
in unfamiliar places, which they sometimes do as an anti-fraud measure.
GB Sticker is compulsory.
Headlamp converters are
Lights: Headlights should
be on and dipped during daylight hours, especially on major routes.
age for driving, provided you hold a full UK licence, is 18 for a car and motorcycle
over 125cc, and 16 for a motorcycle under 125cc.
Motorcycle drivers and passengers must wear crash helmets.
Motor insurance: third-party insurance is compulsory. A green card is not
required but your insurer should be advised of your travel plans
Priority to the right: parts
of Switzerland have started to introduce the old French rule whereby in cities and
towns traffic joining from the right has priority. Be very careful wherever a road
comes in from the right - slow down and be prepared to stop.
Replacement bulb kit is
advised, but not compulsory.
Seat belts are compulsory for front and rear seat occupants, if fitted.
must be carried everywhere in Switzerland during winter, and if you do not carry
and fit them when conditions demand the police can prevent you continuing your journey.
Click for general information on winter tyres
and snow chains.
Spectacles: if you wear
spectacles for driving, you must carry a spare pair in the car.
Speed camera detectors are
illegal in Switzerland and cannot be carried in the car. GPS/SatNav/Smartphone sytems
which warn of and display the position of speed cameras must be disabled.
Vests are now compulsory in Austria, Belgium, France, Italy, Norway, Portugal
and Spain (and likely to become compulsory throughout the EU).
The rules vary from country to country concerning number
of vests required and whether they should be carried in the car or boot. Common
sense suggests that there should be a vest for every occupant, and that the vests
should be carried in the car, and put on before getting out. Do this and you will
not have a problem.
triangle is compulsory.
are recommended but not compulsory. If you do not have winter tyres fitted and driving
in winter conditions leads to you impeding other traffic you could be fined. Click
for general information
on winter tyres and snow chains.
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