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Driving over the speed limit

Speed limits

The maximum speed limit on motorways is 120 km/h, on expressways it is 100 km/h, on main roads and minor roads outside built-up areas it is 80 km/h and in built-up areas it is 50 km/h. It is however possible that the allowed speed is lower, it is for example sometimes limited to 80 or 60km/h on highways because of construction works or bad air quality. Moreover, some roads are limited to 30km/h or even to 20km/h  in built-up areas and to 70km/h outside built-up areas.

If you drive too fast you will face the following fines and penalties:

Excess speed

Built-up areas

Outside built-up areas
(expressways incl.)

Motorway
1-5 km/h CHF  40  CHF  40  CHF  20
6-10 km/h CHF 120  CHF 100  CHF  60
11-15 km/h CHF 250  CHF 160  CHF 120
16-20 km/h Summons  CHF 240  CHF 180
21-25 km/h Summons  Summons  CHF 260
Over 25 km/h Summons  Summons  Summons

Warnings and disqualification from driving

The following additional administrative penalties apply to serious speeding offences:

Built-up areas 16-20 km/h over the limit Warning
  21-24 km/h over the limit 1 month minimum disqualification
  25 km/h or more over the limit 3 months minimum disqualification
Outside built-up areas 21-25 km/h over the limit Warning
  26-29 km/h over the limit 1 month minimum disqualification
  30 km/h or more over the limit 3 months minimum disqualification
Motorway 26-30 km/h over the limit Warning
  31-34 km/h over the limit 1 month minimum disqualification
  35 km/h or more over the limit 3 months minimum disqualification


If you exceed the speed limit by 25 km/h in built-up areas, 30 km/h out of built-up areas or by 35 km/h on the motorway, the offence will be entered into the register of criminal convictions and will be appear for a certain period on extracts from the register.

Repeat offences

If you are caught speeding repeatedly, you will be banned from driving for a much longer period. In the case of excessive speeding violations, you will be banned from driving until it has been decided whether to permanently disqualify you. In addition, you will be assessed by a psychologist to see whether you are fit to drive.