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Driving in Switzerland

Information acquired on 11/06/2009

Compulsory documents

Pink EU driving licence.

International driving license (recommended only).

Car registration or rental papers.

Country initials sticker.

International Motor Insurance Card (recommended only).

Passport (recommended only).

Owner's permission required if using a vehicle belonging to a third party (recommended only).

Motorists are advised to contact the Motoring Association for information on local regulations.


Motorway tax : on sale at post offices, road administration offices, customs offices, garages and service stations. Annual amount : 40 CHF.

Maximum alcohol level : 0.05 %. This is to be considered dangerous : don't drink and drive.

Child seat, booster seat or fitted restraint system, compulsory up to 7 years.

Minimum driving age : 18 years.

Safety belt: compulsory front and back.

Motorcyclists: helmet compulsory for driver and passenger.

Studded tires under certain restrictions from 24 October to 30 April .

Maximum Speed Limit for a Vehicle with Studded Tyres (kph) : 80.

Speed limit disk compulsory on rear of vehicle.


Warning triangle compulsory.

First-aid kit recommended.

Fire extinguisher recommended.

Fluorescent safety jacket recommended.

Speed limits (Light vehicles)

In built-up areas : 50 kph.

On roads : 80 kph.

On dual carriageways : 100 kph.

On motorways : 120 kph.

These speed limits are lower in wet weather.

Auto clubs

Touring Club Suisse / Schweiz / Svizzero (TCS)

Case postale 820

1214 - VERNIER


Automobil Club der Schweiz / Automobile Club de Suisse (ACS)

Wasserwerkgasse 39

3000 - BERN 13


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