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Change in fines: What can be really expensive for motorists from 2024

2023-12-02T10:18:52.703Z

Highlights: Germany and Switzerland want to work more closely together on the prosecution of speeding offenders from 2024. A new law on cross-border cooperation between the police and the judiciary is to come into force in 2024. Exceeding the speed limit of 20 km/h costs at least 180 euros in Switzerland. Anyone who obstructs traffic when stopping to let people get on and off the bus will also have to pay 80 Swiss franc (about 83 euros) If you stand in a disabled parking space without authorization, you lose 120 francs (about 125 euros)



Status: 02.12.2023, 11:11 a.m.

By: Lisa Klein

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Attention motorists: Germany and Switzerland want to work more closely together on the prosecution of speeding offenders from 2024. If you get flashed, you have to really work hard.

With the new year, consumers can expect some innovations. There will also be a lot of changes for motorists in 2024. A new law could be expensive, especially for motorists who don't always look closely at the speedometer. If you drive too fast or park incorrectly in Switzerland, you can expect high fines. However, the border between Germany and Switzerland has so far been a hindrance in terms of fines. But now the two countries want to work more closely together.

This will be expensive for speeding drivers: fines are to be punished across borders in 2024

"Currently, it is the case that speed offenders or parking offenders from Germany who do not pay their fine in Switzerland had to expect problems, especially when re-entering," a spokesman for the "ADAC" told the "dpa". However, those who did not intend to re-enter Switzerland could previously consider the fine more or less "settled". This is set to change with a new law.

According to Baden-Württemberg's Ministry of Justice, the law on cross-border cooperation between the police and the judiciary is to come into force in 2024. An exact date has not yet been determined. The new law was passed in the Bundestag on October 19, 2023.

"Comparable regulations were already included in the old, previously valid police contract from 2009, but were never put into effect," said a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Justice of the "dpa".

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But even the new law will probably not catch all speeders and parking violators. According to the ministry, the prerequisite for a so-called "request for enforcement assistance" is that the monetary sanction imposed must amount to at least 70 euros or 80 Swiss francs. In Switzerland, fines are generally more expensive than in Germany.

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According to "bussgeldkatalog.net", if you drive up to five kilometers per hour too fast, you have to pay 40 francs (about 42 euros) in built-up areas and outside built-up areas, and 20 Swiss francs (about 21 euros) on the motorway. From six to ten kilometres per hour too much, it becomes relevant for cross-border penalties: 120 Swiss francs (about 125 euros) are due in built-up areas, 100 francs (about 104 euros) outside built-up areas, and "only" 60 Swiss francs on the motorway.

If you are caught speeding at more than ten kilometers per hour, you are definitely in the range where the new law on cross-border cooperation applies. Exceeding the speed limit of 20 km/h costs at least 180 euros in Switzerland. For comparison: In Germany, it would cost from 60 euros.

This is how high the fine is for drivers who park incorrectly in Switzerland

Depending on the offence, illegal parking will also be punished across borders by the new law. According to "bussgeldkatalog.net", exceeding the parking time of four to ten hours costs 100 Swiss francs. Anyone who obstructs traffic when stopping to let people get on and off the bus will also have to pay 80 Swiss francs (about 83 euros). If you stand in a disabled parking space without authorization, you will lose 120 Swiss francs (about 125 euros).

But it's not just speeding and parking illegally that will be more expensive in 2024. Other changes will also put a strain on motorists' wallets in 2024. In the new year, an assistance system will be mandatory, and some drivers will also need new tires, as certain tires will no longer be permitted from 2024.

Source: merkur

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