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Old 31.12.2007, 18:04
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Re: Swiss Autobahn Vignette

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Not surprised by that. Last time I checked the fine was 100 + the cost of a vignette,
A friend who was stopped last year was charged nearer 600 Sfr for not having the vignette in the window (He did have it it the car, but, of course, this was not enough.) One of the small "I forgot", but expensive mistakes, that one only makes once...

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Old 31.12.2007, 18:15
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Re: Swiss Autobahn Vignette

I am sure the police are also able to track repeat offenders and dish out increased fines accordingly. After all, they can manage this on the train system
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Not surprised by that. Last time I checked the fine was 100 + the cost of a vignette, so I assume my frequency assumptions were off -- just wanted to put together a hypothetical situation.

Even if they check 10 times as often, or if they close off every single off-ramp once or twice a year, you're in good shape statistically if you're driving through the country or don't drive often. Just avoid major autobahn border crossings.

Although honestly, I doubt any calculations will (or should) convince someone to forgo buying a vignette. They simply serve as a rationalization behind me never getting one...


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Actually it's not a matter of closing ramps every 6th of February and 10th of September. It's being done on top of the end January closings on an ongoing basis throughout the year, not only at border crossings, but also and especially when you stop at an autobahn parking to see to nature's pressing needs.
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Re: Swiss Autobahn Vignette

The 1st time I drove up from Milan in a hire car I got caught for 30CHF.
Gave the car back with the Vignette stuck to the window!!!

Six weeks later did the same trip, got caught again for 30CHF.

This time I peeled only one corner away and stuck that to the windscreen.
When I returned the car, I removed it and used it for the rest of the year in the same way on the various hire cars I have used and eventually my own car until the end of the year.

Not sure what the legal standpoint is if the Vignette is not properly stuck to the screen but I had not problems going through the border controls.
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Re: Swiss Autobahn Vignette

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Not sure what the legal standpoint is if the Vignette is not properly stuck to the screen but I had not problems going through the border controls.
Technically it's illegal, but if you do it right the police/border guard might not notice at a quick glance.

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Technically it's illegal, but if you do it right the police/border guard might not notice at a quick glance.



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Aha... But it says "displayed" and not stuck on! I wonder....
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Re: Swiss Autobahn Vignette

www.keyfinder.ch are doing their excellent key-return service (30chf) plus 08 vignette (40chf) for discount 59chf.

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Aha... But it says "displayed" and not stuck on! I wonder....
Aha - but on the vignette backing paper it clearly states, in English too, a vignette that is not properly affixed to the windcreen is not valid .
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Aha - but on the vignette backing paper it clearly states, in English too, a vignette that is not properly affixed to the windcreen is not valid .
Aha.... I've never actually read the back. But I've never been in the position to need to share a vignette between cars. Too bad for those rental car drivers...
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Old 10.01.2008, 13:25
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Aha... But it says "displayed" and not stuck on! I wonder....
Well, that's just sloppy translation on the english web site. The german version correctly states "am Fahrzeug angebracht werden" which translates to "attached to the vehicle". I didn't notice when I pasted the english text, sorry.
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Well, that's just sloppy translation on the english web site. The german version correctly states "am Fahrzeug angebracht werden" which translates to "attached to the vehicle".
Also, I wouldn't bother arguing semantics with a policeman. Just stick it on, it's not going to cost you an arm and a leg.
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Re: Swiss Autobahn Vignette

yep had the same trouble the other day trying to figure out what to do -- thanks for all the tips here! hair dryer it is next time....
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Re: Swiss Autobahn Vignette

So, to clarify for the hard of thinking, there aren't any special reading equipment that check if you have one (in the way of London's congesiton charge), rather it is the police? I do have a new one (and it's been attatched), I just wondered.
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So, to clarify for the hard of thinking, there aren't any special reading equipment that check if you have one (in the way of London's congesiton charge), rather it is the police? I do have a new one (and it's been attatched), I just wondered.
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Re: Swiss Autobahn Vignette

You are correct - no electronic device..... yet.
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Re: Swiss Autobahn Vignette

Hi Guys

Juts looking for a bit of advice which may have alresdy been covered in this thread but if it has I've missed it. I'll be travelling through Switzerland in the first week of June, probably entering in or around Basle. Can vignettes be purchased in French/German motorway stations before getting to the Swiss border and if not can they be purchased at the border itself or before you get on to the motorway system?

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Re: Swiss Autobahn Vignette

you can get them at the border - there are lanes on the motorway entrances which will funnel the "have nots" off to buy one.

Alternately, your local AA shop should have them....albeit at a premium price.
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Re: Swiss Autobahn Vignette

Cheers Lob - much appreciated. I read in the thread that entering through Basel can be a bit of a nightmare. Can you advise which is the best place to enter through. I am either coming via the A35 in France via Mulhouse or the A861 via Germany. Any alternative routeswould be useful to know

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Old 26.05.2008, 14:52
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Re: Swiss Autobahn Vignette

avoid Basel, in particular the French main entrypoint. German side's better and skirts Basel.

There are cash-generating devices as soon as you cross the border so don't speed! Maybe you want to search as it might've been mentioned - or start a new thread asking for directions. E54/861 is probably much better - nice new road too.
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Re: Swiss Autobahn Vignette

I'm taking my UK car complete with 3 month old vignette back to the UK to sell.

Anyone got any experience of surrendering their current vignette to customs on the way out and getting another one for my soon-to-be-purchased Swiss car? Or will I have to pay autoroute tax twice this year?

Not that 40CHF is going to break the bank, it's the principle, see?
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