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Beware of traffic violations in Switzerland: Fines can be collected more easily in Germany

2023-10-26T03:47:17.616Z

Highlights: Until now, German motorists have been able to partially ignore a fine from Switzerland. But this will soon come to an end due to a draft law. Traffic offenders are often punished much more harshly in other countries. In Denmark, for example, there is the so-called "madness" law. In Italy, a drastic increase in fines is being planned for mobile phone use at the wheel. Because these are EU countries, it can also be collected in Germany. This has not been the case with fines in Switzerland so far – but that will soon change.



Status: 26.10.2023, 05:31 a.m.

By: Sebastian Oppenheimer

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Until now, German motorists have been able to partially ignore a fine from Switzerland. But this will soon come to an end due to a draft law.

Compared to Germany, traffic offenders are often punished much more harshly in other countries. In Denmark, for example, there is the so-called "madness" law: in the case of extreme offenses, the police can confiscate cars and even auction them off. And in Italy, a drastic increase in fines is being planned: Up to 1,700 euros can be due for mobile phone use at the wheel. If you are caught in these countries, you should pay the fine after a thorough examination. Because these are EU countries, it can also be collected in Germany. This has not been the case with fines in Switzerland so far – but that will soon change.

Traffic violations in Switzerland: Until now, Germans have often been able to sit out fines

Until now, anyone who has been caught speeding or parking illegally in Switzerland has been able to sit out payment of the fine – because fines from non-EU countries cannot be enforced in this country. Only in the event of a possible re-entry, defaulting traffic offenders then had to reckon with some inconveniences. Unless you traveled back to Switzerland, however, there was hardly anything to fear. But now, according to a report by dpa, the Bundestag has passed a bill on police and judicial cooperation with Switzerland, which will change this in the future.

Fines from Switzerland will soon be easier to collect in Germany. (Symbolic image) © dieBildmanufaktur/Imago

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High fines: In Switzerland, significantly higher amounts are due for traffic violations than in Switzerland

It is not yet clear when exactly the new law will come into force. Nevertheless, it should be better to pay a fine from Switzerland in the future – after a thorough examination, of course. Soon, the fines from Switzerland will also be able to be enforced in this country. And fines for traffic violations can be significantly higher in Switzerland than in Germany. According to bussgeldkatalog.org, exceeding the speed limit between 11 and 15 km/h can cost between 120 and 250 Swiss francs – the equivalent of between around 127 and 264 euros (as of the end of October 2023). In Germany, a maximum of 50 euros is due. The enforcement options also apply the other way around, as the ADAC emphasizes. This means that even Swiss people who commit traffic violations in Germany can no longer avoid payment.

By the way, it is not only important abroad to take a close look at your speeding ticket. Again and again, fraudsters hand out fake tickets, such as recently a 42-year-old in Berlin. However, some fake tickets are not too difficult to recognize: There was hearty laughter on the Internet about relatively clumsily falsified parking tickets distributed in Berlin.

Source: merkur

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