Published 24.5.2004 | Last update 2.1.2017 | €1 = CHF0.93

The Swiss have a reputation for rigidly and regularly enforcing their speed limits.
It is easy to get your license withdrawn and at the same time pay a very heavy fine. Even jail is possible.

The important numbers :
Limit – km/h 30 50 80 120
Fine +21km/h 30df(1 €560 €374 €243
Fine +41km/h jail 120df(1 60df(1 30df(1
LICENSE – min. 1 month 50 71 106 151
1) Dayfines – Tagessätze. See below.
If you break the limits with more than 20 to 40 km/h and get your license withdrawn, the fines will be set according to your taxable income and wealth (Tagessatz). With a high income you will have to pay a high fine.
This guy got a 200 000 euro fine for doing 130 km/h through a village with his Ferrari …
Up to 100 km/h: 5 km/h, 101 to 150 km/h: 6 km/h, over 150 km/h: 7 km/h for fixed speed cameras.

Speeding and other traffic offences are subject to on-the-spot fines.

You may go to jail in Switzerland for excessive speeding.
The details on this are not clear. Any advice is appreciated.
Switzerland in detail :
Violation Fine (CHF) Fine (Euro)
+1-5 km/h 40 €38
+30 km/h +6-10 km/h 120 €112
+11-15 km/h 250 €234
+16-17 km/h 400 €374
Warning +18-19 km/h 600 €560
LICENSE – 1 month +20-24 km/h 30 Tagessätze(1
LICENSE – 3 months +25-29 km/h 50 Tagessätze(1
LICENSE – 3 months +30-34 km/h 90 Tagessätze(1
LICENSE – min 3 months +35-39 km/h +120 Tagessätze(1
JAIL – min 1 year +40 km/h minimum 1 year
+1-5 km/h 40 €38
+50 km/h +6-10 km/h 120 €112
+11-15 km/h 250 €234
+16-20 km/h 400 €374
LICENSE – 1 month +21-24 km/h 600 €560
LICENSE – 1 month +25-29 km/h 20 Tagessätze(1
LICENSE – 3 months +30-34 km/h 50 Tagessätze(1
LICENSE – 3 months +35-39 km/h 70 Tagessätze(1
LICENSE – min 3 months +40-49 km/h +120 Tagessätze(1
JAIL – min 1 year +50 km/h minimum 1 year
+1-5 km/h 40 €38
+80 km/h +6-10 km/h 100 €95
+11-15 km/h 160 €150
+16-20 km/h 240 €224
+21-25 km/h 400 €374
LICENSE – 1 month +26-29 km/h 600 €560
LICENSE – 3 months +30-34 km/h 20 Tagessätze(1
LICENSE – 3 months +35-39 km/h 30 Tagessätze(1
LICENSE – 3 months +40-44 km/h 60 Tagessätze(1
LICENSE – min 3 months +45-49 km/h 90 Tagessätze(1
LICENSE – min 3 months +50-59 km/h +120 Tagessätze(1
JAIL – min 1 year +60 km/h minimum 1 year
+1-5 km/h 20 €19
+120 km/h +6-10 km/h 60 €56
+11-15 km/h 120 €112
+16-20 km/h 180 €168
+21-25 km/h 260 €243
+26-30 km/h 400 €374
LICENSE – 1 month +31-34 km/h 600 €560
LICENSE – 3 months +35-39 km/h 20 Tagessätze(1
LICENSE – 3 months +40-44 km/h 30 Tagessätze(1
LICENSE – 3 months +45-49 km/h 50 Tagessätze(1
LICENSE – min 3 months +50-54 km/h 60 Tagessätze(1
LICENSE – min 3 months +55-59 km/h 70 Tagessätze(1
LICENSE – min 3 months +60-64 km/h 90 Tagessätze(1
LICENSE – min 3 months +65-79 km/h +120 Tagessätze(1
JAIL – min 1 year +80 km/h minimum 1 year
1) Tagessätze. Based upon your taxable income and wealth. Swiss law explains: “Ein Tagessatz beträgt höchstens 3000 Franken. Das Gericht bestimmt die Höhe des Tagessatzes nach den persönlichen und wirtschaftlichen Verhältnissen des Täters im Zeitpunkt des Urteils, namentlich nach Einkommen und Vermögen, Lebensaufwand, allfälligen Familien- und Unterstützungspflichten sowie nach dem Existenzminimum.”
Source: the Bussenkatalog
Source: ch.ch – Geschwindigkeitsüberschreitungen
Source: Schweiz – Reiseinformationen
Fines and reactions may change without any warnings.
Values in Euro are approximate.


  1. Joann Casey
    03.09.2019 @ 20:01

    Hi, A camera flashed at us as we saw the temporary speed limit sign too late and didn’t slow down in time, we were doing 57km/h and the limit was 50km/hrs reduced from 80km/h due to one lane being coned off. This was 2 weeks ago and we expected to come home to a fine, but have not received anything yet, if we were to get a fine how long would it take to come normally? We were driving our own car not a lease.


  2. Remco
    04.05.2019 @ 14:54

    I rented a car in my home country last year and used it for a road trip throughout Europe, which included Switzerland.
    I got caught by a speeding camera in Zurich… after correction I was 18km/h too fast. I remember being flashed while I was taking over another car.

    The thing is, I didn’t get a fine, but a letter from the Zutich police asking me for more information about myself. Name, address, date of birth etc. Which I find a bit strange, because they already have my home address from the rental company. Not sure if they have my passport or drivers license information. There is no fine amount mentioned to be paid in the letter.

    It seems like they are trying to build a dossier on me or something like that. I have received two exactly the same letters, requesting my information. Both are automated letters and not signed.

    Not sure how to proceed. I don’t really feel like paying 400CHF, so I am ignoring the letters so far. I have happen to have moved to a new house in another city in the mean time, so the rental agency doesn’t have my latest adress anymore either. The request for information letters are sent to my old house. Unless they start teaming up with my country’s police department, I don’t think they can find me or even know who I am exactly. If they knew, why would they ask me about more information about myself? Why not just send me the fine?

    Anyone else who has had this happened before? How did you proceed? I am espcially interesed in persons who chose to ignore these kind of letters.


    • Andrew
      22.06.2019 @ 23:14

      I live in Switzerland, the fine is on record and interest will be added. If you step foot in Switzerland again you could get stopped and asked to settle a fine. This recently happened to an Australian who had to pay 8000 CHF or go to jail. Be warned.


      • Chris
        01.08.2019 @ 16:15

        I have received a penalty order for 500CHF plus 260CHF costs, or a custodial sentence of 16 days… how do I pay the fine? im in the UK..The penalty order isn’t very clear


  3. Tom
    04.05.2019 @ 07:21

    I had a road traffic accident in Switzerland on a skiing holiday. I hit another car at a roundabout as I skid on the snow. I did not have winter tyres (although that is not law in Switzerland). My insurance company covered all the usual damage to both vehicles. However the Swiss issue fines. I was given an on the spot fine by the police for CHF 200. After having returned home to Blighty I received a letter from the Swiss prosecutor charging me a total of CHF 450 and a thank you for my deposit to the police. A CHF 250 bill followed. Non payment could have resulted in criminal proceedings so I paid it.
    Then I received a third letter, this time from the Administrative arm, possibly the equivalent of the DVLA. They informed me that I would be banned for driving in Switzerland for one month. Fine I thought. Next came a fourth letter from the same authority saying the fees/fine was CHF 350. I thought this is ridiculous and have not paid. I decided to phone the number. The chap I spoke to had very good English. He agreed that the fine was extortionate and said even the Swiss think so. He suggested I don’t pay but said he couldn’t say that officially. He also said (twice) the fine will not incresse. Approximately 10 months later I have received the bill for CHF 350 giving me 10 days to pay with the threat of further action and a further CHF 80 if I don’t.
    All letters are in Swiss German. I can only read English.
    Any advice?


    • Chris
      01.08.2019 @ 16:17

      Hi Tom, I have a fine for 500CHF and 260 costs,, how do I pay the fine? Im in the UK


  4. Semir Altinis
    02.04.2019 @ 12:40

    Hi, I’ve just received a traffic fine of 300 CHF. I had rent the car in Munich, Germany on end of Oct 2018. I only exceeded built-in area (50 kmph) by 7 kmph (my speed was 57 kmph). Actual fine is 120 CHF, but I can’t understand, that there is also “Staatsgbühren” which is 180 CHF. Why do I need to pay a fine which is 2.5 of the actual ?


    • Andrew
      22.06.2019 @ 23:17

      Pay you did the crime pay the fine, if you put a foot in Switzerland again you could get stopped and asked to pay the fine with interest.


  5. Jeff
    21.02.2019 @ 20:35

    I received notification from my rental company saying I had a speeding ticket. They charged me 35 CHF, then got a letter from the police to pay around 80 CHF. I did so. NOW, I receive a letter that I owe 717 CHF for driving 124 km/hr in an 80 zone. I am confused as to their process. As a US citizen, would you suggest paying this, or just staying away for a few years? Over 800 CHF is a bit outrageous…..


    • Karl Rudolf
      29.03.2019 @ 13:41

      Sounds like..

      1. Charge from the Rental Company for their administration
      2. Charge from the Police for their administration
      3. The actual “fine”

      https://www.ch.ch/en/driving-over-speed-limit/ (fines are graded) summons = bad!

      As soon as you return to Switzerland they will “collect” on entry regardless of the time elapsed.


  6. alan
    08.01.2019 @ 20:42

    I went to Switzerland and got 5 speeding tickets mailed to my address in the UK. I was doing 170km/h on a 120km/h and didn’t give a shit. The only document that the police has is my UK driving license, so I don’t think they can do anything as I don’t think they have my passport details.


    • Petrov
      19.01.2019 @ 08:11

      I live in Switzerland. I I lived in Uk for 10 yars . All i know about speeding in Switzerland is those guys are very persuasive in collecting taxes and fees . They don’t give up. They will keep sending you letters and the sume you have to pay will come with interest. At the end they could hire some collecting debts company in UK to keep harassing you. The speed you did is insain. In my opinion you are in very bad position either pay according the swiss law ( hefty fine + some warning ) or keep on being harassed. I don’t wish I was you !
      And by the way- avoid enter the swiss border in case you choose ducking out … For your well being as an advice !!!
      Good luck mate !!!


  7. JimmyChoo
    09.12.2018 @ 00:00

    Hi guys,

    Anyone know of the REAL answer to this question(either by personal experience or point me to the law please).

    If a foreigner driving a hire car, receives a speeding fine for speeding in switzerland and doesn’t pay it (fine mailed to overseas address):

    1. Do they detain you at airport if you visit again?

    2. If so, can you pay on the spot?

    3. Anything else that’s needed to be known.

    Speeding fine was 1yr ago.



    • Chris
      05.01.2019 @ 12:39

      I live in the UK and drive it Switzerland a lot. Mostly with hire cars. I have had three fines follow me home and have paid them. All due to fixed cameras. Very very expensive! A colleague did not pay and ignored several letters to pay. I was with him at Zurich airport when his passport was routinely scanned and police called to arrest him. He was left to go without paying upon insisting that he knew nothing about the fine that had risen by 100s of Swiss Francs due to non payment. He avoided Switzerland for over 2 years and now travels there safely. He was lucky. Unless the fine is really enormous then pay it if you want to go back to Switzerland within say 3 or 4 years. If you are stopped by the cops for huge speeds they can arrest you on the spot and put you in jail until you pay OR can even just leave you in jail for a YEAR. The one place you need to drive with care is Switzerland. They are nut cases when it comes to speed.


      • KH Tung
        17.02.2019 @ 03:04

        Hi Chris, since you paid fine three times, I’ like to seek for your kind input. I got a fine ticket for speeding in high way. But the but is written in French. I can’t read French and have no idea from the letter to know how to make the payment to the fine. How did you pay? What would you suggest me to do? PS: I am a Taiwanese lives in East Asia. Thanks.


      • Remy
        27.03.2019 @ 23:52

        Well they have the world’s safest roads together with Norway (both when measured in number of casualties per 100,000 inhabitants and per 100,000 vehicles), so their tough stance on traffic enforcement definitely pays off. Same with Norway. Their casualty rates are less than 1/4 those of the US for instance.


        • Andrew
          22.06.2019 @ 23:19

          try google translator

        • Espen
          13.07.2019 @ 10:34

          Obviously reason for the high accident rates in the US is that everyone drives, everywhere and anytime, distance driven ber capita compared to rest of Europe is many many many times higher, they also let stupid 16 year olds drive, besides that I find the US traffic much calmer and stricter than most European countries.

  8. sam
    31.08.2018 @ 10:20

    What is the statute of limitations for unpaid traffic tickets in Switzerland please?



    • Migas
      25.09.2018 @ 13:39

      Would be good to know that.


  9. CHRIS
    26.06.2018 @ 11:58

    ok guys i just drove from UK to Zurich in a UK rented car….. and was lead footed all the way, i mean between 100 and 120 mph…. so i guess after reading this i’m in the shit! i don’t remember seeing any camera flashes or anything like that but now i’m shitting myself as firstly it was a company rented vehicle and secondly iv’e only been working for them for the last 3 months…

    is there anything i can do to soften the blow, being proactive etc?



    • Harry
      27.07.2018 @ 16:21

      Returned from Europe trip via Switzerland to Germany. Got a speeding notice asking my details and income details and everything. It was around 170 Km/h on 120 km/h speed limit Autobahn. After adjustment +43 Km/h overspeeding. What to expect. Passive decision I have taken is not to go back to Switzerland in next three years after the final decision from the court in Swiss. Or what are the options?


    • uh-oh
      09.04.2019 @ 09:04

      Im in the same boat and cant seem to get a straight answer. what I have noticed is that no one has commented that they didnt pay and then the police came to there house or that the debt collectors took everything, I only hear about a friend who didnt pay got in trouble when they went back… I never plan on going back tbh so ill leave it. I take it they are asking to confirm you was driving?


  10. Pete
    17.06.2018 @ 02:50

    I just moved to Geneva I’m from Vienna Austria a camera caught me driving 120 km on a 90 km zone with my own car which is registered in my home address is Vienna and I don’t know what expect to get can someone help please I’m kinda worried


  11. Mark W
    23.05.2018 @ 04:48

    I received a fine of CHF40 in Australia in November 2017 for allegedly doing 58kmh in a 50kmh zone in August 2017. The Swiss police obtained my details from a Paris leasing company but could not simply pass the fine to them as the vehicle was in my name. I wrote to police requesting leniency as 1) I do not believe I exceeded the limit anywhere during my 10 day (2) The alleged speed was only 3kmh over their adjusted limit of 55. They refused my request and I offered to dispute the matter in their court. They have now sent a letter of demand for CHF220 that includes CHF180 enforcement fee. I do not believe that Switzerland has any reciprocal arrangements with Australia, and have no intention if paying them any amount. Watch this space


    • Fletch
      09.06.2018 @ 22:57

      Fair play to you Sir!


    • Stadex
      01.10.2018 @ 12:02

      Let me get this straight you get a 40CHF fine and refuse to pay it and allow it to escalate to the hundreds. You should have just paid the fucker and got it over with. Understand this in Switzerland if you don’t pay fines you go to prison to sit it off, there are Swiss who refuse to pay a couple hundred CHF in fines and spend a weekend in prison. But yes you are in Australia and the chances of Swiss justice catching you are close to zero lmao.


      • Mark W
        16.01.2019 @ 05:26

        Stadex, thank you for your opinion (and yes this is a public forum). It is now 18 months since the alleged offence, and the registered letters stopped about 6 months ago (they were returned by Australia Post to Switzerland uncollected). Other letters mailed to my home were sent back “Not at Address”. If ever I return to Switzerland within the next 5 years I will simply drive across the border from Germany or France – not fly in to Zurich. Safe at home in Oz


  12. Roberto
    15.03.2018 @ 14:33

    Hi, I’ve just received a Ordonnance penale which says I was 26-29kmh over whatever speed limit was set. The bill is for 750CHF (approx. £550). They make it really hard to understand the detail, the contact Tel No is useless!!!
    Is this just extortion from the tax haven for the rich and famous, cos I’m so NOT one of those.
    Guess I’ll just have to pay up and shut up but couldn’t help posting something 🙁


    • Fletch
      09.06.2018 @ 22:53

      Probably too late to help now but if you don’t plan to return for some time how can they enforce it?


      • Hector
        20.09.2018 @ 08:57

        Same thing with me in Belgium. Got the fine and the bastards kept sending letters for me to acknowledge. Then Belgian police got involved. Had an interview and they just checked my identity and if I was driving. I did admit that was me. Funny thing the picture showed no one on the driving seat as I have a LHD. Now I am slapped with a 650 FR. I would rather do 2 days jail time than pay that money


        • Marcel
          17.03.2019 @ 16:40

          Jail time in Switzerland is 40.- CHF per day.

  13. Hafiz
    07.03.2018 @ 13:16

    Hello, I am living in Switzerland, 2 week ago catch me one speed camera in Basle in zone 30km/h but until now I don’t receive any letter for fine.


    • Aml
      05.06.2018 @ 02:33

      I just received my letter today when I was entering the country at immigration for a speeding ticket fine that happened 7 months ago… So expect a delay


    • Vishal
      21.06.2019 @ 22:29

      Hi hafiz
      Can you please let me know the fine and the duration it took to get the letter etc..?

      I have same situation like you today


  14. Bilaal Sha
    26.01.2018 @ 21:11

    I got flashed in a tunel from stans to zurich maybe doing 120kmh in a 80 tunnel which i thought was 100. What am i expected to pay? It was a rental car. Im from the UK


    • Mark W
      05.06.2018 @ 06:43

      Have you received a ticket yet?


  15. David Sheriff
    31.12.2017 @ 16:11

    I’ve recently had a alleged speeding ticket through for June 2016 in Switzerland!

    It says 139kph in an 80kph! I vaguely remember the camera going off. I was in the middle of nowhere and overtaking a coach before getting stuck behind it going up a steep Alps pass. The camera was a mobile one hidden behind what looked like a derelict shed.

    My question is can they still prosecute me after nearly 18 months?


    • Nipe
      20.01.2018 @ 09:40

      They can and they will.


      • Fletch
        09.06.2018 @ 22:46

        They can try doesn’t mean they will be successful. What power do they really have?


    • Brett
      27.01.2018 @ 14:54

      Just got a speeding fine from switzerland for a hire car (+5kph / 40CHF), problem is I was never in that part of switzerland (I never even went into switzerland and was in france from Bazel / Mulhouse airport), and its for the month before I hired the car 18/07/17…. I suspect that either they asked for the wrong month or the hire company gave them the details of the driver for the wrong month (18 August, not July when the offence occured).

      Joke is I just shredded all of the car hire documenation earlier in the week …..

      They also got the spelling of my surname incorrect…. wonder how that one stands up for technicallities on a ticket…


  16. Alpine Womble
    19.10.2017 @ 22:03

    OK news for all UK registered plates. First read this http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/05/british-motorists-continent-face-640-speeding-fines-saturday/

    next, if its a mobile speed camera (handheld) you will have to pay ‘on-the-spot’ upto a point, after that, they will impound your vehicle.

    if its a fixed radar ‘flasher’, you will receive down the line the details of the infraction and the required penalty.
    I live in France and have just spoken with an English friend (19/10/17) who was flashed in a 50kph zone in Geneve on the 02/12/15 doing after adjustments 77 kph. Yes that it say December 2015.

    They received the infringement today in the UK. Further, as it fall into the taxable income bracket, they are up for a big fine.

    So glean from this DVLA will pass on your details and you will get fined. So no more speeding down through France at 160kph+ and definitely DONT do it in Switzerland.


    • Fletch
      09.06.2018 @ 23:34

      Ok the dvla give them your details but that only means a fine is issued. It still has to be collected 😉


  17. BunnyEars
    18.08.2017 @ 00:29

    So, what happens if I dont have an income nor am I receiving state benefits. How do they fine me then?


    • Jonas
      23.08.2017 @ 18:18

      The court will decide.


  18. Stuart Fletcher
    12.06.2017 @ 23:29

    Great site with very useful info. After experincing this myself I think it’s important to add that sometimes their mobile radar traps can be hidden. First thing I knew one of them was in the middle of the road motioning me to pull over. 94kph in a 80kph zone, with the safety margin of 3kph applied I was 1kph over the 6-10kph zone. I asked but no they wouldn’t lower it 1kph more.
    Noone coming the other way gave any warning, they couldn’t because they didn’t know they were there. I was using a video camera and watching the footage the one with the radar is up on a small hill to the left. The others were down a small track on the right with a car, far enough from the road that you would have to look down it to see them, waiting for a signal to come out and grab the next customer.
    I thought I had taken enough precautions to avoid being a victim, I did not think or expect them to actually hide. Yes I was speeding but nowhere near a town and at a speed that was nowhere near dangerous so I do find them to be like highway robbers. I have no problem with the 60kph and even 50kph zones in towns but 80kph outside of built up areas is a joke of a speed limit so I doubt I’ll be back after this trip cos then I’ll have done all the passes. Beautiful views but not enjoyable riding because staying to the 80kph limit is no fun at all unless the roads are very tight. Going over it even just a little can be expensive and you never know where they might be hiding.
    So watch out, especially on popular roads on weekends when the weather is good, they are good hunting days for these robbing c*nts! Come for the views and if you want to enjoy your riding even just a little be prepared to pay for it, odds are that you will.


    • Jonas
      23.08.2017 @ 18:21

      “I thought I had taken enough precautions to avoid being a victim”
      First of all, breaking the law is not being a victim.
      Going no more than 3kph over is the correct and only way to avoid being a “victim”. I had similar issues when I moved here before adjusting to the culture of following laws and realising they are actually enforced. It is refreshing!


      • Trev
        23.10.2017 @ 12:45

        I think the chaps point is that he didn’t expect to be caught by a group of hidden policemen, that’s what made him feel like a victim and not the ‘breaking the law’ as you have said.


  19. sarah1980
    10.06.2017 @ 18:44

    Hi my friends have been detained in Switzerland and are accused of racing and driving in convoy. They were undertaking the cannon ball run so were in a group. However they have been told that they will now spend 3 to 5 years in jail and have to pay the market value of their cars if they wish to get them back! Tho has ruined their lives! How can we sort this?


    • BunnyEars
      18.08.2017 @ 00:30

      Not got much sympathy to be honest as they were taking part in a race, no matter how they dress it up they were racing


    • Fletch
      09.06.2018 @ 22:49

      Hi Sarah that sounds horrendous what’s happened since?


      • Charlie Factory
        04.01.2019 @ 20:25

        They were going 177.5 km/h in a 100 km/h tunnel in dense traffic. They were in detention pending trial for three months (solitary, only 1h out of cell in commune area per day). One was sentenced to 13 months on probation plus fine and court fess of CHF 12000. The other two contested. Not sure what the final out come was of that.

        The impounded cars were released w/o bail as they did not own them.


        • Fletch
          22.01.2019 @ 12:33

          Thanks for the update Charlie and the link to the article, very interesting to hear some facts about what happened!

  20. Karl Rudolf
    06.06.2017 @ 09:26

    Great Site, good information thanks for your efforts.

    It’s also important to recognise that the Swiss have agreements with the French, Germans and Italians. So a Swiss license holder WILL receive fines from these countries and the Swiss authorities will in addition add on a processing fee and local decision on a foreign speeding incident. (Enforce foreign bans in Switzerland!!!! = WTF!)

    In my case 183kmh (Autoroute) in France was 135 Euro cash point frogmarch, instant one month ban in France, Swiss license taken. (Was a couple of years ago and only applicable in France) 3 weeks later the Swiss authorities caught up and asked me for a statement in the French court. I gave no statement, the French increased the fine to 300 Euro total and increased the ban in France to 2 months

    Then to add insult to injury the Swiss upheld the French ban in Switzerland for the remainder of the month. (3 days lol) Then the Swiss charged me another 300chf for processing paperwork and RECORDED these details against my Swiss driving record.

    These reciprocal agreements are a pain in ass and can be “double charges” and may bite you later. Be careful! (this maybe worth including on your website which states share driving offences.


    • Jonas
      23.08.2017 @ 18:23

      If you pay fines without delay and without contesting, most of the time you only get the foreign fine.


      • Ed
        27.10.2017 @ 22:02

        Hi Jonas – For driving 28kph over the limit I received a CHF 930 fine from the prosecuting authority plus CHF 298 administrative fine (withdrawing foreign drivers license). Is it possible that I only need to pay the CHF 298 fine?


    • Alpine Womble
      19.10.2017 @ 21:41

      AND that’s what pisses me off about swiss drivers in France, 53kph over the limit and you have the audacity to complain about 135eur and a 1 month ban.It was only increased because of your belligerence. I think they are absolutely correct to enforce foreign infractions as if done in the home country. It would certainly curb the Genevoise driving on the A40 like total muppets.


  21. Gul
    28.05.2017 @ 10:10

    I have been caught by camera when I return from swissland to Italy there was a tunnel speed was 80 and my speed was 91 ,
    Any one can help and tell me what fane will be for me please?


    • Karl Rudolf
      06.06.2017 @ 09:34

      The table above is accurate, dependent on the type of camera used you will see a number of kmh knocked off the actual speed.


  22. Tony
    19.04.2017 @ 10:39


    #i received a huge fine of 647 CHF (620 Euro) after returning home to Ireland from Switzerland for only
    22kmph in a tunnel which I thought was limit 100. However, aside from the hugely disporoprtionate
    size of this fine, it is written in German and cannot understand the content and particularly how do I dispute/appeal.

    So I emailed the contact email address provided 3 times with no reply yet (which is proactive I think) to
    a) request to send me the fine in English
    b) how to appeal/dispute the huge amount of this fine relative to income/means for a minor offense.

    Any idea what happens now ? again I don’t have understanding of he detail as its all in German. They have used Registered Post 3 timwes to my home, the kids must wonder what this is and that annoys me.

    thank you. fro any help.


    • john
      09.05.2017 @ 13:19

      Hi Tony, I got flashed for speeding in a 50km zone, going under a tunnel. I was doing 60km. I’ve not received anything in the post yet, but hert have told me there was an admin charge for a “traffic offence”….which actually references two days after the day I know I was flashed. DId you hear anything more with your case yet? I’m hearing paying the fines is not so easy either…….


    • Karl Rudolf
      06.06.2017 @ 09:32

      Don’t even bother to dispute these fines as a Swiss resident (UK National) I can tell you if it goes to court and you haggle they will INCREASE the fine and they WILL collect it.

      It’s seen as a waste of their court time and they adjust accordingly. I know no one who has won in court (lowered or removed a speeding fine) I have known people have their fines increased and court costs added on.

      There is one exception a guy was speeding whilst taking his wife to hospital and was about to die whilst giving birth, it took months for them to agree to wipe the slate clean!

      Pay it walk away as a lesson learned. Tunnels in Switzerland ALWAYS have cameras, drive accordingly.. 🙂


    • Gérome
      21.12.2018 @ 11:23

      Ja! German is the most widely spoken language in Europe !


  23. Norman Allen
    17.04.2017 @ 14:44

    In August 2016 I was caught on camera speeding over the limit in Lauterbrunnen. I have been sent two letters from the Berne Canton police requesting if I was the driver. I understand from my local MP and other authorities that the Swiss police have no legal rights to pursue me in the Uk for the fine and according to the Swiss police web-site if I do not pay I will be stopped if I ever go back to Switzerland. I assume this is correct? I have heard stories that the Swiss try to pursue UK drivers for fines through EPO etc although they have no legal status to do so in UK courts. Since I am approaching 70 years old and suffering with leg problems I will not be going back.


  24. Masz
    23.02.2017 @ 17:19

    I have been to Zurich Switzerland for a short trip, went 78 km in 50 km road, wasn’t saw the camera because waze doesn’t told me about trap and the camera was the same color of the road so press the pedal at wrong spot.
    that was rental car does anyone know what to expect ?


    • Masz
      23.02.2017 @ 17:20

      I live in uk


    • Stadex
      01.10.2018 @ 12:39

      It is now illegal to use radar warning devices in Switzerland so waze would not offer this info in Switzerland.


  25. Runner
    12.11.2016 @ 17:00

    I’ve received a letter saying I was 37kph (after 6kph adjustment) over the 80kph and the photos showing the windscreen do not clearly show who was driving (there were two of us sharing the driving) so in this instance what do the Swiss do?? We can’t even remember where or which part of the journey this was! Also if a fine is issued will involve a ban and means testing on income?


    • TKV
      09.05.2018 @ 21:30

      Hi Runner –

      Have your issue was resolved? Did you have to pay thew fine? I was caught driving 29km/h in 60km/h zone. They didn’t send the fine amount…just asking who was the driver. I am a US citizen.


      • RBV
        18.07.2019 @ 16:04

        Hi TKV – I am in a similar situation as you…did you pay the fine?


  26. Brian
    01.11.2016 @ 08:35

    hi, i think i been caught by the speed camera, when i traveled to Zurich 3 weeks ago, there was a time when i enter the tunnel i didnt noticed that the speed limit is only 80 km/h, as i thought it would be 100 km/h, and my speed is around 100 km/h on that time, i was shocked when i saw the flash light from the speed camera taken towards our car. so i though we might have already been caught by the speed camera.
    i am a tourist that rented a car from this Avis car rental company, but when i return my car at Basel airport to the car rental company, they didnt say anything about the speed trap, so i am not so sure if i am really been caught by the speed camera. normally how long it takes for them to send over the summon (if any), and how will they reach to me, as currently i have already return to my country.



    • Ilan
      31.12.2016 @ 19:47

      Hello, 4 years ago I got by mail a speeding ticket from the Swiss police. It had said that I drove 83 KPH instead of 50 KPH and I was summoned to a Swiss court (Of course I did not go back for that…). My question is when do you think I can visit again Switzerland without having the risk of being bothered by this ticket…


      • Jonas
        23.08.2017 @ 18:50

        Rental company is legally obliged to ensure fine is paid. They will be sent a document where they have to provide information of who was renting, then they will try to find you and send the bill on to you.
        If you don’t comply, they can try to send collection agency after you. This happened to me once for fine in Sweden while living in Switzerland…
        A crime punishable by fine has statute of limitations 3 years. Your main issue if not paying will be rental company…


        • Migas
          25.09.2018 @ 13:38

          I had a similar ticket many years ago. Now it is coming back to aunt me as I will fly through their country. Are you sure about the statute of limitations being 3 years in these small fine cases?

  27. Khadem
    13.10.2016 @ 20:03

    Hi I have droven 153 kmh in motorway where was 120kmh limit. How much will be the fine and what else can be happen.?


  28. Jeff
    30.07.2016 @ 15:39


    I’ve received a speeding notice from the Swiss police and I’m just wondering if there is a time limit to which I should receive the notice? I’m sure the UK is something like 30 days limit?
    Thanks for the help


    • Teymour
      25.09.2016 @ 06:22

      As a tourist in Switzerland trying to figure out where your gps is telling you to go, it makes more sense to look at your road rather than having your eyes glued to your speedometer or constantly scanning the roadside looking for the speed trap radar boxes that Swiss friends assiduously slow down for momentarily as they pass by them. Exceeding the speed limit by 6 to 10 km in a situation like this is far safer than continually looking at your speedometer. And cruise control? Not helpful unless you’re on a motorway with a vonstant speed limit. The ‘moral’ issue?? A 250cf fine is extortion…that’s a moral issue. I have nany dear Swiss friends but they could bebegit from senditivity training to overcone their serious and notorious OCD problem.


  29. Andreea Albu
    24.05.2016 @ 13:14

    Hi, I have two questions. I was driving in a 30km/h area, and I think I had around 45-50 km/h. There was at the end of the street a policeman with a radar. My first question is how big will be fine be? And my second question: I am not Swiss, but I was driving a swiss car registered on a company. If i receive the fine, can I specify that I was driving? I have no income in Switzerland. Thanks


    • EA333
      21.10.2016 @ 14:56

      You should expect a 250-600 CHF fine. You also need to know that in Switzerland, there is a 3-5 km/h deduction before they send the fine. For example, if you were really going 50 km/h, they will write down 45 or 47, depending on the radar used. So, in that case, it would be a 250 or 400 CHF fine.


  30. Ian
    04.05.2016 @ 18:39

    I think the sliding scale table is out of date. Fines have substantially increased in Switzerland:


    • TerjeEnge
      08.05.2016 @ 23:23

      Thank you, this is good info – I will prioritize this.
      Do you know the exact meaning of “Freiheitsstrafe” in this case ?
      For how long?


      • Vera
        18.05.2017 @ 10:58

        It means Jail not under one year, usually on probation. It is possible, that you will be arrested when reentering, if there are open proceedings for this kind of speeding and they cant get hold of you.


  31. Fleges
    29.03.2016 @ 12:59

    Hi, I received a summons for “fake license” even tho I’ve never used it and it was mailed to me thru someone who works at the service. What should I do ?


  32. Nick
    04.03.2016 @ 12:13

    I got a speeding ticket from an 80 road doing 115. The tolerance was 6kmh so they charged me in terms of 29kmh over the limit. (which was nice of them).
    The Swiss France value of my ticket was indeed 570chf which is approx. 520 euros right now.


  33. Anna
    27.02.2016 @ 03:06

    Hi there,

    I received a speeding fine in Switzerland in French and emailed asking for them to send it to me in English. They then sent this and I figured out I wasn’t driving the car in Switzerland on this day as I was working in France. I then emailed back asking for a photo so I could identify the person driving the car, which I then received. It clearly shows it wasn’t me. Do you know if there is a way to get out of having to pay but the fine?


    • Jonas
      23.08.2017 @ 18:53

      Yes, you tell them who was driving…


  34. Anna de Cleene
    10.09.2015 @ 14:14

    Hi, I might be able to help. I received a letter from my hire car company to say I had a speeding fine to pay while I was in Geneva for one day. They attached a letter only in French which said after adjustment I was found between 21 and 25km over the limit as I came off the motorway. The fine suggested I had to pay CHF 400 and there was no information on how to pay this from abroad. However there was a phone number for the Geneva police managing this (+41224275170). I called and waited for all he options to finish (all in French) and it said I could then taken to someone but never was it actually answered by a person but I could leave a message. I asked someone to call me back in English and left my overseas phone number. They repeatedly called me to respond and when I managed to answer finally I had a very helpful man talk me through what to expect and how to manage the fine. In fact, he told me, the fine was now going to be CHF600 because it was not a company car. He said if I wrote to ask for a reduction in the fine within 10 days of receiving the letter they would consider it and get back to me to tell me to send. Tax statement showing my income and they would adjust accordingly. I have yet to hear from them asking me this but although the fine is ridiculously large, I respected the way they responded to my request to help in English and for spending 15 minutes on the phone at their expense to do so.


  35. kaly
    18.08.2015 @ 07:14

    Hi i got the letter from the switzerland police and i have no idea what i have to do with it.
    its all written in germany and french which i have no idea what its saying.
    it says “uberschereitung 39 km/h” ( was i driving +39 km/h above the speed limit in highway?)
    how much do i have to pay? i really have no clue.
    what should i do with the letter?

    thanks for the advice.


    • TerjeEnge
      06.09.2015 @ 14:04

      According to my info (see above) you will have to pay 10 “daily fines”. A daily fine is calculated on the basis of your income and economy up to a maximum of 3000 Swiss Francs.
      I really have no idea on how the Swiss police will act on this if you are a foreigner, but I understand that Swiss fines may only be recovered in Switzerrland. And it must be done within 3 years. So just stay away for this period 🙂
      Does anyone know more about this?


      • MS
        14.01.2019 @ 11:34

        Is the max of 3000 swiss franc per “daily fine” or for total?


        • Daniel
          16.01.2019 @ 13:28

          Most likely its the max for a single day fine.

  36. Azeem
    27.06.2015 @ 15:31

    Hi I have received a court summons for running a red light in Switzerland.
    It wasn’t even red for 1second. They said 0.95s. I can’t believe I got a summons for that!

    Obviously I can’t go, what is most likely going to happen? Will this affect my UK license. As you can tell I am shocked, and worried, this was an innocent “small” mistake! Anyone would have thought I killed someone.

    Thank you for your advise


    • TerjeEnge
      02.07.2015 @ 18:43

      I’m sorry I can’t help you on this. I know that at least Spain has rules that specifies how many milliseconds leads to what fine/reaction but I’m not able to look this up.


    • Norman Allen
      17.04.2017 @ 14:59

      I understand you cannot be extradited for traffic offences unless you kill someone or are involved in a serious accident. By the way what did happen-I f you don’t pay the fine you will not be able to re-enter Swiss territory again for atleast 3 years under Swiss federal law.


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