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Motorway tax sticker (vignette)
Use of Swiss motorways (first and second-class motorways) has been subject to tax since 1985. The tax is levied in the form of the motorway tax sticker, which costs CHF 40. The motorway tax sticker is valid from 1 December of the year prior to that printed on the sticker through to 31 January of the year following that printed on the sticker.
A motorway tax sticker correctly affixed on the vehicle serves as proof of payment.
The obligation to display a motorway tax sticker generally applies to motor vehicles and trailers with a total weight of up to 3.5 tonnes each. This group comprises primarily passenger vehicles, motorbikes, vans, trailers, etc.
Motor vehicles and trailers with a total weight exceeding 3.5 tonnes (so-called heavy vehicles) require a motorway tax sticker if they are not subject to the heavy vehicle charge. These include, for example, heavy utility vehicles (e.g. crane lorries).
- Vehicles with military number plates as well as vehicles rented or requisitioned by the army that bear civilian number plates and an M+ sticker
- Vehicles used by the police, border guard, fire service and oil and chemical hazard units, ambulances and motorway maintenance vehicles that are identified as such, as well as civil defence vehicles with blue number plates and international civil defence signs
- Vehicles used to provide assistance in the case of natural disasters, fires and accidents
- Vehicles of international organisations which have concluded a headquarters agreement with the Federal Council
- Foreign government vehicles on official missions
- Vehicles without number plates being driven to official vehicle tests
- Vehicles driven for official vehicle and driving tests
- Rigid trailers, motorbike trailers and motorbike sidecars
- Light articulated tractors that, according to an entry in the vehicle registration document, can tow a semi-trailer subject to the heavy vehicle charge
- Light motor vehicles that, according to an entry in the vehicle registration document, can tow a trailer subject to the heavy vehicle charge
- Vehicles with Swiss dealers' number plates driven on working days.
We and the police check compliance with the obligation to display a motorway tax sticker on motorways.
Anyone using the motorway without a motorway tax sticker is subject to a fine of CHF 200. This applies also if the motorway tax sticker is misused (not affixed correctly or affixed in the wrong place). In addition, a motorway tax sticker must be purchased and correctly affixed to the vehicle.
Forging a motorway tax sticker or using such a sticker leads to a report being filed with the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland. A fine is likewise imposed if the motorway tax sticker is reused (i.e. used on several vehicles).
Please consult the further information on the motorway tax sticker, sale and FAQ.
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