Swiss drivers set to get electronic motorway sticker option

The Swiss government wants drivers in the country to have a choice between using a new electronic motorway sticker or the current physical sticker from 2022 onwards.

Swiss drivers set to get electronic motorway sticker option
The Swiss vignette costs 40 francs a year. Photo: Federal Customs Administration

Currently, drivers in Switzerland pay 40 francs (around €36) a year to use the county’s motorways (or ‘A’ roads). Tourists also have to pay this amount even if they are only using the roads in question for a day or two.

Drivers are able to prove they have paid this 40-franc amount by displaying a sticker known as the ‘vignette’ on their car windscreen. The fine for not buying the motorway sticker – or for not displaying it correctly – is 200 francs.

Electronic motorway sticker not linked to a single car

Now, however, the Swiss government wants to introduce a second option of a so-called ‘e-vignette’ or electronic motorway sticker.

If the Swiss parliament backs the plans, the new electronic motorway sticker would be launched in 2022.

People would, however, still have the option of using the traditional sticker if they prefer.

In both cases, the price would remain 40 francs a year.

People opting to use the planned electronic motorway sticker would have to register their number plate using an app. These ‘e-vignettes’ would therefore be linked to a number plate and not an actual vehicle as is the case with the physical stickers.

Checks would be carried out by cantonal police using mobile cameras and by federal customs authorities.

In other words, in future, if you buy a new car during the year but keep your old number plate, or if use a ‘transferable number plate’ (‘Wechselschild’ or ‘plaque interchangeable’) which allows you to place the same plate on two or more cars, you won’t need to buy multiple electronic motorway stickers.

International drivers and tourists

Under the plans, traditional motorway stickers would only be available for sale in Switzerland and near the border. Drivers wishing to purchase a vignette from further afield would have to purchase the electronic version and register their number plate online.

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REMINDER: What are the fines for breaking shutdown rules in Switzerland?

From failing to wear a mask or taking part in an illegal protest, here's how much you'll be fined for breaching coronavirus measures in Switzerland.

REMINDER: What are the fines for breaking shutdown rules in Switzerland?
Mask requirement is one of many in effect in Switzerland. Photo by AFP

PLEASE NOTE: The fines have since been partially relaxed. Please click here for more information. 

The rules went into effect on January 18th in an effort to rein in the spread of coronavirus infections, including those with the mutated strains, which have been on the increase in recent weeks.

These measures include the closure of bars, restaurants, and all non-essential businesses. Also, there is a limit of up to five people for public and private meetings, along with the working from home order whenever possible.

“Anyone contravening the measures to fight the epidemic will be committing an offence; persons who fail to comply with the rules may be fined between 50 and 200 francs, depending on the offence”, the government said. 

READ MORE: EXPLAINED: What are the details of Switzerland’s coronavirus restrictions? 

So what are the penalties for violating the above rules?

  • Organising a private event attended by more than five people: 200 francs
  • Gathering of more than five people in public space: 50 francs
  • Participating in an illegally organised event: 100 francs
  • Not wearing a mask on public transportation or in an airport: 100 francs
  • Not wearing a mask at public demonstration: 100 francs
  • Standing up while consuming in a bar or restaurant: 100 francs
  • Not complying with a quarantine requirement: up to 10,000 francs

Hundreds of fines have already been handed out for breaking Covid-19 rules.

For example, the police in the canton of Zurich imposed around 100 fines in the first week of February alone. Vaud handed 106 fines, while in Geneva, Valais and Thurgau, between 30 and 40 fines were issued in the first days of February.

Most fines have been imposed for exceeding the limit of five people for both public and private gatherings, cantonal police departments report.

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