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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.
If you drive too fast you will face the following fines and penalties:
Outside built-up areas
|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|
In a speed check, a safety margin is deducted from the speed measured. The precise figures can be found in Art. 8 of the FEDRO Ordinance on Road Traffic Controls.
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.
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.