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Speeding fines in Switzerland – what should I expect to pay?

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Speeding is not just dangerous – it can be very expensive too. Source: iStock / zheltikov

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.

In October 2018, accident data published by the Federal Road Office (FEDRO) showed that the number of people killed or seriously injured in road accidents fell during the first half of 2018 (page in German, French and Italian only).

What is considered a speeding 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 Safety margin
30 zone
40 km/h
1 km/h
50 zone (built-up areas)
50 km/h
5 km/h
80 zone (outside built-up areas)
60 km/h
8 km/h
120 zone (motorways)
80 km/h
10 km/h

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
1-5 km/h
CHF 40 CHF 40 CHF 20
6-10 km/h
CHF 120
 CHF 100 CHF 60
11-15 km/h
 CHF 250  CHF 160  CHF 120
16-20 km/h
 C  CHF 240  CHF 180
21-25 km/h
 C  C  CHF 260
26-39 km/h
 C  C  C
40-80 km/h
 D D
 D

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
Radar
5 km/h
6 km/h
7 km/h
Laser 3 km/h
4 km/h
5 km/h
Fixed radar on bends
10 km/h
14 km/h
-
Moving radar 7 km/h
8 km/h
9 km/h
Fixed traffic sensors 5 km/h
6 km/h
7 km/h
Section speed control 5 km/h
6 km/h
7 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
CHF 20
Exceeding permitted parking time by up to 2 hours CHF 40
Using phone without hands-free set CHF 100
Failure to display parking disc
CHF 40
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

Summary

Adhering to road traffic laws is not just about protecting your own life and that of others – it can save you money too.