A valid undamaged vignette affixed on an untinted area of the windscreen interior is the only acceptable substantiation that the toll has been duly paid. Using motorways and expressways without a valid vígnette properly affixed on the vehicle is an offence against the Public Highways Act and is punishable with cash fines of at least 200 Franks.
Vignettes are compulsory for all motor vehicles with a maximum gross total weight up to and including 3.5t (cars, motor-homes, motorcycles). Vehicles with a maximum gross vehicle weight (GVW) more than 3.5t (lorries, busses and heavy motor-homes) are subject to a heavy vehicle toll depending on mileage.
After removing the carrier foil, the vignette must be affixed undamaged and directly on the inside of the windscreen (on the left hand edge or behind the inside rear view mirror) where it can be easily seen and controlled from the outside (e.g. not stuck on behind a dark tinted strip). It is not permitted to stick the vignette on the side window. Special foils, suction cups, adhesive tapes, etc. may not be used to affix a vignette. This kind of manipulation renders the evidence of orderly toll payment null and void. The vignette is thus invalid and a high fine must be expected.
The precise place where the vignette must be affixed to the windscreen is defined in the law governing charges for the use of national roads. According to this law, the vignette may only be affixed on the left hand edge or behind the inside rear view mirror.
Yes, according to the statutory provisions the vignette can only be transferred with the vehicle, i.e. it is not permitted to detach a vignette and affix it to another vehicle. Detached vignettes are no longer valid.
Yes. The insurance of vehicles registered in Switzerland handles this if a damaged windscreen needs to be replaced. In the case of foreign vehicles, the costs for the vignette can be refunded if these are not assumed by an insurance company. Replacement can be requested directly from the customs office. The damaged vignette, a confirmation from the insurance to the effect that the vignette will not be refunded and the invoice for the replaced windscreen must be submitted for this.
There is no entitlement to refund or replacement in case of improper treatment, destruction or loss. Customs offices take back and replace the vignettes free of charge if they are damaged during purchase or affixing and if they are handed back complete. This also applies if it is determined at the customs control that they were not properly affixed (e.g. on the rear window) or if they are obviously erroneously printed. Foreign vehicles on which a damaged windscreen must be replaced are also given a replacement vignette free of charge if the costs for a replacement vignette are not assumed by an insurance. The damaged vignette and the invoice for the replaced windscreen must be submitted for this.
Yes, motor homes up to a total weight of 3.5 t require a vignette. Where the total weight is greater than 3.5 t, the vehicle is subject to a lump-sum heavy vehicle fee, amounting to CHF 3.25 a day (minimum fee: CHF 25.00) and payable for using any of the public roads at any time of stay in Switzerland. For further information, visit