Everybody wishing to drive a motor vehicle must possess a driving license.
A learner’s license conveys the right to drive with a driving instructor, or accompanied by a person possessing a driving license for more than 3 years and aged minimum 23.
In Switzerland, the speed limit is 50 km/h in town, 80 km/h on cantonal roads (blue roadsign) and 120 km/h on the freeways (motorways) (green roadsign).
Safety belts are obligatory for all passengers. Children under 7 have to be strapped into a special baby-seat at the back of the vehicle, in accordance with safety standards. (Info : bureau TCS at the Tourist Office).
For « two-wheelers », including moped riders, a helmet is obligatory.
The alcohol level in the blood must not be beyond 0,5% (1 glass).
Vehicles unable to circulate at 80 km/h are banned from the freeways. On these roads, it is forbidden to hitch-hike and to drive along with studded tires. Should you run out of gas, you face a fine.
- From 14 years upwards : mopeds and farm vehicles up to 30 km/h
- From 16 years upwards : motor cycles up to 50 cm3
- From 18 years upwards : all other types of vehicle.
A learner’s license is valid for 2 years at most and can only be obtained after a first aid course and enrolment in a driving school (« auto-école »).
During the first year after arrival in Switzerland, a foreign license remains valid, except for professional runs.
Importing a vehicle
When you bring your own vehicle from your former domicile or from an inheritance, you have to undergo a technical control and present the result to the authorities : the « Service cantonal de la circulation routière ».
For a whole year after registration, the vehicle may neither be sold nor passed on to another person.
For the technical control you have to provide the experts’report (« rapport d’expertise » issued by the Service cantonal) and the anti-pollution certificate (issued by a garage).
ADDRESSService cantonal de la circulation routière et de la navigation
Av. de France 71
tél : 027/606.71.00
Registration plates for bicycles and mopeds must be bought at the post office or at a TCS office.
TCS : 0844 888 111