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How do speeding fines work in Switzerland?

As we prepare to move to Switzerland there are a lot of things going through my head, one of which is how speeding fines are administered.

Specifically, do the Swiss just relieve you of funds for small speeding offences or do they do the penalty points thing?

Having spent 5 years in the Netherlands I have got used to the odd fine without points. Am I going to loose this luxury?

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Re: How do speeding fines work in Switzerland?

You can be rest assured that Switzerland is not organised enough to figure out a points system, so you'll have no fear of losing your license on the small fines. All of the fines for 250 francs and under are not recorded if you pay them and don't argue.

Most speed enforcement in Switzerland is done by way of camera, rather than having actual police on patrol. You can read a long discussion about whether the fines are about a road safety issue or revenue raising opportunity for the cantons on this thread.

Fines of a "serious" nature (like going more than 30 over the limit on the freeway) will go via the courts. This doesn't mean that you have to go to court, it just means that they will add all sorts of bogus court fees to your bill and it starts to become astronomical (I paid 1500 francs for 31kph over the limit, then 350 francs for the canton to "manage", i.e. put in a drawer, my licence for a month).

Short answer: get into the habit of sticking to 50 pretty much everywhere you are in a town. Sure you'll get plenty of 40 franc fines for being 1km over the limit, but at least they won't count for anything in the way of points. Think of it as part of your tax bill along with health insurance, unemployment insurance, invalidity insurance and other charges pretending not to be taxes.
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Re: How do speeding fines work in Switzerland?

As what mark said. No points, but the pain curve increases exponentially with the size of your indiscretion. New cameras (the laser ones) only give a 3k/mh margin.

As a foreigner, you will get penalised enough with car insurance here. A confiscated licence will just give them another reason to send your premium into the stratosphere.

Having just checked ROADMC for the first time in a while, there seems to be a growing trend in EU countries towards jailing serious speed offenders. Ireland and France have just joined Norway in this one. I think Switzerland is quite moderate in its speeding fines.
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Re: How do speeding fines work in Switzerland?

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Thanks for the replies. It is good to know where I stand BEFORE getting caught;-)

I tend to avoid going too fast on the roads (keeping that for the circuit) but often find myself with the odd ticket driving home from track days etc. (after spending a day driving flat out, the real world seems terribly slow for a while).

Tickets seem quite expensive in CH so that should have a calming effect (not quite as calming as penalty points though;-)

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Re: How do speeding fines work in Switzerland?

Hi Pete, if you move to the French speaking part, the story is very different, lot less cameras, lot less anal fining system I believe.

I have never seen a speed camera even in the french cantons. But perhaps they are hidden better , no seriously, it is very different.
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Re: How do speeding fines work in Switzerland?

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Hi Pete, if you move to the French speaking part, the story is very different, lot less cameras, lot less anal fining system I believe.
I can confirm from bitter experience getting fined by cameras in the French -speaking part and the amounts being almost the same.

The only difference was that they also gave the international payment details so payments were possible from outside Switzerland. Haven't seen that in the German-speaking part yet. My brother from Australia got fined in Basel and they kept posting him letters and Swiss-only payment slips in German, despite his protestations. When I phoned them to complain they told me that I should pay it for him since I was in Switzerland and his brother

Muze7, do you live in the French-speaking part? If so - where? "CH" in your profile doesn't really give anyone much of a clue...
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Re: How do speeding fines work in Switzerland?

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Hi Pete, if you move to the French speaking part, the story is very different, lot less cameras, lot less anal fining system I believe.

I have never seen a speed camera even in the french cantons. But perhaps they are hidden better , no seriously, it is very different.
I've been caught by a speed camera near Lausanne, that was a CHF100 fine. Also stopped by the police for doing 90 in an 80 zone near Neuchatel. When I lived down there and was driving a lot on the motorway I saw quite a few unmarked police cars operating.
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Hi Pete, if you move to the French speaking part, the story is very different, lot less cameras, lot less anal fining system I believe.

I have never seen a speed camera even in the french cantons. But perhaps they are hidden better , no seriously, it is very different.
There are a lot of cameras on the autoroute around Lausanne, so beware.
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Re: How do speeding fines work in Switzerland?

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You can be rest assured that Switzerland is not organised enough to figure out a points system, so you'll have no fear of losing your license on the small fines. All of the fines for 250 francs and under are not recorded if you pay them and don't argue.

Most speed enforcement in Switzerland is done by way of camera, rather than having actual police on patrol. You can read a long discussion about whether the fines are about a road safety issue or revenue raising opportunity for the cantons on this thread.

Fines of a "serious" nature (like going more than 30 over the limit on the freeway) will go via the courts. This doesn't mean that you have to go to court, it just means that they will add all sorts of bogus court fees to your bill and it starts to become astronomical (I paid 1500 francs for 31kph over the limit, then 350 francs for the canton to "manage", i.e. put in a drawer, my licence for a month).

Short answer: get into the habit of sticking to 50 pretty much everywhere you are in a town. Sure you'll get plenty of 40 franc fines for being 1km over the limit, but at least they won't count for anything in the way of points. Think of it as part of your tax bill along with health insurance, unemployment insurance, invalidity insurance and other charges pretending not to be taxes.
Dear Mark or anyone who might know the answer,
Is there a way of appealing and seeking a reversal of the one month of suspension of license for 30+kph speeding, once they have issued the administrative letter?

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Dear Mark or anyone who might know the answer,
Is there a way of appealing and seeking a reversal of the one month of suspension of license for 30+kph speeding, once they have issued the administrative letter?

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Would this ticket be on top of the 140 on a 100 motorway ticket you got in April?
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Would this ticket be on top of the 140 on a 100 motorway ticket you got in April?
yes...I only got a ticket then.
this time it is a fine + a letter asking the license to be kept with the canton for a month
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yes...I only got a ticket then.
this time it is a fine + a letter asking the license to be kept with the canton for a month
Serves you right then as you didn't learn the last time
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Re: How do speeding fines work in Switzerland?

I activated a speed camera on the motorway in January whilst driving a hire car.
I've obviously been traced by the police through the hire car company to my home in Manchester UK, as I received a letter today notifying me that I have to pay a CH260 fine.
Does anyone know if I will receive points on my UK licence.
Do I just "bite the bullet" and pay the fine.
What would happen if I just ignored the letter?
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Re: How do speeding fines work in Switzerland?

Pay the money and that will be the end of it. No points on your UK license. If you ignore the letter, never set foot in CH again. They never forget and add interest to the fine.
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Pay the money and that will be the end of it. No points on your UK license. If you ignore the letter, never set foot in CH again. They never forget and add interest to the fine.
Thanks for that! I thought that would be the case. A "friend" suggested I ignore the letter, but I said that if I did that I would probably be arrested at customs the next time I was stopped.
I shouldn't have been speeding it's as simple as that!!
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speeding fine what will happen.........

HI a friend drove our car a couple of months ago and was done for 31 kms over in a 50 zone. They have returned to OZ after travelling around for awhile. We sent the form back with their address and they have just been notified of the offence all written in french..... They do not read french and would rather not put their name on the form. No fine was menitoned just a form to write name on and i guess send back. Will we have to wear the cost? what is the cost? What will happen with the process?
would appreciate any info thanks.
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Re: speeding fine what will happen.........

81 in a 50 zone is enough to lose your license and get a fine above 1,000 (maybe even much more). Don't know how this works with Australia, but I guess if your friends don't return the form the police will get back to you and claim that you have no proof it wasn't you who actually was driving the car.
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Re: speeding fine what will happen.........

Thanks, it doesn't sound very good........
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Thanks, it doesn't sound very good........
I know, but 31km`s over the 50km speed limit is also not good
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Re: How do speeding fines work in Switzerland?

Just an afterthought. Before naming your friends you want to be sure it was your friends driving. Because if it's your melon in the camera picture, expect both barrels.

If you are not sure, ask for a copy of the picture.
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