The “Via Sicura” road safety programme launched by the Federal Roads Office (FEDRO) in 2013 resulted in the tightening of traffic laws. The idea was to prevent serious road accidents by taking measures such as stricter fines and penalties for speeding offenders. So far, the results have been positive: there are fewer fatalities and severe injuries on Swiss roads. The list of fines imposed in Switzerland is updated periodically. Find out here how much you will pay at the moment.
Most motorists adhere to road traffic rules as a matter of course. Nevertheless, there are still some significant violations of these rules, particularly with regard to prescribed speed limits. One of the aims of the Federal Council's “Via Sicura” set of measures is to reduce speeding on Swiss roads. These measures are designed to deter the worst speeding offenders in particular and therefore reduce the number of accidents.
However, according to accident data published by the Federal Roads Office (FEDRO) (in German, French and Italian only), the number of accident victims rose slightly in 2018: 233 people lost their lives – 3 more than in 2017. In addition, there were more serious injuries in 2018 compared to the previous year. This figure increased by 219 to 3873.
When does speeding become a dangerous driving offence?
A dangerous driving offence is deemed to have been committed when the speed limits have been exceeded as outlined in the following table.
|Zone||Speed limit exceeded by|
|50 zone (built-up areas)
|80 zone (outside built-up areas)
|120 zone (motorways)
The penalty for committing a dangerous driving offence is withdrawal of the driving licence for at least two years. Motorists who repeat the offence will lose their licence permanently. What’s more, they may have to face between one and four years in prison. In the case of gross violation of speeding limits, the car may be confiscated and even sold.
How much are the fines?According to government recommendations, the fines for exceeding the speed limit and the safety margins that are deducted from speed measurements are as follows (fines and penalties may vary according to canton):
Fines (in francs)
|Excess speed||Built-up areas||Outside built-up areas||Motorway|
||CHF 40||CHF 40||CHF 20|
||CHF 100||CHF 60|
||CHF 250||CHF 160||CHF 120|
||C||CHF 240||CHF 180|
C = criminal charge, D = dangerous driving offence
Margins of error
|Measurement type||Up to 100 km/h||101-150 km/h||Over 151 km/h|
|Fixed radar on bends
|Moving radar||7 km/h
|Fixed traffic sensors||5 km/h
|Section speed control||5 km/h
Harsh penalties even for young drivers
The penalties set out in the Swiss Federal Road Traffic Act (SVG) are no less tough for young drivers who break traffic rules. The penalties and fines can vary considerably, depending on the offence. However, young drivers don’t usually pay higher fines than older, more experienced drivers.
All offences and possible penalties are regulated in the government's fixed penalties ordinance (page in German, French and Italian only).
A word of caution, though: note that it's easy to forget or overlook some of the penalties that apply on Swiss roads. These penalties can be particularly tough for young drivers.
Other road fines
|Offence||Fines (in francs)|
|Failure to carry driving licence
|Exceeding permitted parking time by up to 2 hours||CHF 40
|Using phone without hands-free set||CHF 100
|Failure to display parking disc
|Stopping on a zebra crossing||CHF 80
|Failure to give way at a zebra crossing||CHF 140
|Running the engine to warm it up unnecessarily||CHF 60
Adhering to road traffic laws is not just about protecting your own life and that of others – it can save you money too.