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Old 01.02.2011, 18:17
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Re: Swiss Autobahn Vignette (removal)

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Me too - did it last night for the first time (nothing like leaving it until the last minute, even though the vignette had been in my wallet for a month!)


I used pure alcohol to clean off the residue, and used the same methodology to remove my old UK tax disk holder too!
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Re: Swiss Autobahn Vignette (removal)

Burnt it with a match, & scraped off the black plastic. No problem.
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Old 16.02.2011, 20:18
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Re: Swiss Autobahn Vignette (removal)

20Minutes reported yesterday that a driver in Zurich was fined CHF 300 for having her GPS a bit too high on the front windshield. Police said it was obstructing the view.

As stated in the article, the Police can also take the same view if you have too many vignettes left on the windshield.

Link French: http://www.20min.ch/ro/news/suisse/story/18342375

Link German: (Can't find it on the 20min or Tages-Anzeiger sites since my German is not very good)
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Old 18.12.2011, 18:22
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Re: Swiss Autobahn Vignette (removal)

It's that time of year again, and I can report that my 2012 vignettes are now in place. Warding off attacks with both a hair dryer and nail varnish remover, the 2011 versions proved to be worthy adversaries and much more of a challenge than their 2010 cousins, which surrendered more quickly & easily than a Frenchman.

The 2012 versions are very Christmasy as well -- green and red!
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Re: Swiss Autobahn Vignette

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hello ~
I will be driving through Switzerland in a rental (hire) car which I will be picking up in the Netherlands. Does anyone know if there is a temporary vignette for travelers just passing through?
Thanks!
This is a bit naughty but a friend did this recently

He hired a car from France, as he came to customs he parked, purchased the vignette at a kiosk and left a piece of paper with driving instructions next to the kiosk window, he drove through the border as his daughter was pretending to attach it.

He then parked up the other in Switzerland ran back to the kiosk got the paper and then crossed the border on foot with it (St. Gangolph).

His wife who was a little behind was waiting in France, she had no vignette on her Swiss car so he put it on that.

When he returned across the border on his return in the rental no one stopped him, if he was leaving and if he got stopped he figured that it was worth the risk and would argue the toss ...

I think it's a bit of a liberty making visitors pay, however it does leave them with the certainty that from then on whilst in Switzerland it's keep your wallet open !
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Old 18.12.2011, 21:08
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This is a bit naughty but a friend did this recently

He hired a car from France, as he came to customs he parked, purchased the vignette at a kiosk and left a piece of paper with driving instructions next to the kiosk window, he drove through the border as his daughter was pretending to attach it.

He then parked up the other in Switzerland ran back to the kiosk got the paper and then crossed the border on foot with it (St. Gangolph).

His wife who was a little behind was waiting in France, she had no vignette on her Swiss car so he put it on that.

When he returned across the border on his return in the rental no one stopped him, if he was leaving and if he got stopped he figured that it was worth the risk and would argue the toss ...

I think it's a bit of a liberty making visitors pay, however it does leave them with the certainty that from then on whilst in Switzerland it's keep your wallet open !
Compared to many other countries around Switzerland and you find the vignette is cheap. Drive any distance in France or Italy and you will soon pay more then this in 1 day in tolls.

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Compared to many other countries around Switzerland and you find the vignette is cheap. Drive any distance in France or Italy and you will soon pay more then this in 1 day in tolls. Given it is valid for a year its really very cheap
Not many people hire a car for a year, the UK and equally civilised countries do not charge visitors to use their motorways...
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This is a bit naughty but a friend did this recently

He hired a car from France, as he came to customs he parked, purchased the vignette at a kiosk and left a piece of paper with driving instructions next to the kiosk window, he drove through the border as his daughter was pretending to attach it.

He then parked up the other in Switzerland ran back to the kiosk got the paper and then crossed the border on foot with it (St. Gangolph).

His wife who was a little behind was waiting in France, she had no vignette on her Swiss car so he put it on that.

When he returned across the border on his return in the rental no one stopped him, if he was leaving and if he got stopped he figured that it was worth the risk and would argue the toss ...

I think it's a bit of a liberty making visitors pay, however it does leave them with the certainty that from then on whilst in Switzerland it's keep your wallet open !
This may be a bit more then naughty as it is not the border guard they need to worry about. There are cameras along all the autobahns and the fine is currently more then 40CHF (cant remember the amount) and due to go to 200CHF if you don't have it.

Chances are the rental company will be contacting your friend for a little biut more money soon.
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Old 18.12.2011, 22:41
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Not many people hire a car for a year, the UK and equally civilised countries do not charge visitors to use their motorways...
Hire cars in CH and normally neighbouring France (think GVA airport) all come with a vignette so here is no additional cost to the renter.
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Old 18.12.2011, 23:26
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Not many people hire a car for a year, the UK and equally civilised countries do not charge visitors to use their motorways...
Maybe that's 'cos if you go on a motorway in the UK you'll spend most of your time queuing or driving over potholes - they are too embarrassed to charge for that...

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... Warding off attacks with both a hair dryer and nail varnish remover, the 2011 versions proved to be worthy adversaries and much more of a challenge than their 2010 cousins, which surrendered more quickly & easily than a Frenchman.
LOL! I'm going on Mission 2012 Vignette right now.
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Old 24.12.2011, 13:32
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Re: Swiss Autobahn Vignette (removal)

I always touch the skicky side until it's less sticky, then it's possible to put it on 1 car in the winter, swop it to my summer car & back!
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Re: Swiss Autobahn Vignette (removal)

The 2011 sticker came off very easy today. I am glad I invested (now 2 years ago) in the "Vignetten Clean Set" sold at the post office. It contains a scraper and a pen to clean off the residue. Took less than 3 minutes to remove the old and put on the new. I remember in years past going absolutely nuts dealing with this.
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Re: Swiss Autobahn Vignette (removal)

I agree with the "Vignetten Clean Set".
It makes removing the old vignette an easy job.

Definetly worth the money.
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Re: Swiss Autobahn Vignette (removal)

Hello, I've just bought my 2012 Vignette - but have a question for you.

The one I purchased is green background, with the number 12 being in bold white text.

All the cars I've seen so far seem to have the new green Vignette - but their 12 is in a red font color.

Have I bought the wrong type?

I drive a standard 4x4 car.

I am a bit worried I might have lost something in translation when I went to the post office now - it cost me 40 CHF though like it should've done.
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Old 31.01.2012, 15:48
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I have this one:



But I have seen some on the net with the white number. An earlier series???


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Re: Swiss Autobahn Vignette (removal)

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The one I purchased is green background, with the number 12 being in bold white text.

All the cars I've seen so far seem to have the new green Vignette - but their 12 is in a red font color.
Don't worry, check the sticky side of your vignette, 12 should be red there.
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Old 31.01.2012, 16:00
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... the UK and equally civilised countries do not charge visitors to use their motorways...
Except for the M6 Toll (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M6_Toll) and some other toll bridges and tunnels...
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Old 31.01.2012, 16:30
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Re: Swiss Autobahn Vignette (removal)

At least I get 12 months worth this time.

When I stopped at the border to import my stuff, the tax rozers made me buy a Vignette. For the 18 days of 2011 that were actually left.

And to think I thanked them for that too...doh.
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Old 31.01.2012, 16:33
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Except for the M6 Toll (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M6_Toll) and some other toll bridges and tunnels...
Indeed, Not to mention that those "civilized" countries have that included in their ridiculously huge tax rates...

Austria charges 2eu for a temp vignette just to drive through to Germany... Don't even get me started on Spanish tolls!! At least here it's a once pay, valid for whole year deal, not PAYD which very much restricts travel within the country... and gets extremely expensive...
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