Amendments to the Swiss Road Traffic Act effective from 2024
We have compiled an overview of the most important changes in Swiss road traffic rules that will become effective this year.
From 1 January 2024
Preferential tax treatment (on the import price) will no longer be granted.
If a vehicle exceeds a certain CO2 target (LINK) when it is first registered, a penalty will be imposed by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE), which must also be paid to the SFOE.
With the update of the CO2 emission regulations, certain vehicle models now fall into a different class.
The average CO2 emissions of passenger cars registered for the first time in Switzerland – based on WLTP data – is now 122 g/km (2023: 129 g/km and 2022: 149 g/km).
The police agreement on the enforcement of fines in Switzerland is tightened.
Prices for vignettes are adjusted and a “daily vignette” is introduced.
From 1 March 2024
During a revocation of the driver’s or learner’s licence, it is now no longer possible to issue an ID category that would have had to be revoked if it had already been acquired before the revocation.
The time spent driving on public roads during the driving test is increased to at least 45 minutes.
The age limit for first-time driver’s or learner’s licences is now 75 years.
People who already have a driver’s or learner’s licence no longer need to take an eye test to obtain a new category. The change also applies to a professional licence category.
From 1 April 2024
New driver assistance systems will become mandatory. These systems support the driver with regard to emergency braking, drowsiness, reversing, turning in traffic or distraction. An accident data recorder must also be installed in new vehicles.
New e-bikes that are put on the road must be fitted with a speedometer.
E-bikes that are already on the road must be retrofitted by 1 April 2027.