London, 11 December
This is a TISPOL country driving guide to help drivers visiting Switzerland.
- The population of Switzerland is approximately 8.2 million.
- Switzerland borders Austria, Germany, France, Italy and Liechtenstein.
- There are 4 official languages, German, French, Italian and Romansh
- It has 5.8 million registered vehicles of which 4.4 million are cars.
- There are 1,823 km of motorway with 220 tunnels of over 200km in combined length.
- 70% of the country is mountains with 1,500 lakes.
- It is said that in Switzerland you are never more than 10 km from a lake.
- The international vehicle identity plate is 'CH'.
- Chocolate, Swiss Army Pocketknife, watches and cheese are the most famous specialities of Switzerland
- In a vehicle breakdown, move the vehicle to the side of the road in a safe place using emergency warning triangle if necessary. Then call the breakdown service on 140.
- In a collision, stop the vehicle and remain at the scene. Mark the position of vehicles on the road if they have to be moved. In the case of material damage only, then exchange insurance details. In the case of injury give assistance and call Police on 117 or 112. The Police may still be called to a damage only collision if necessary.
- In Switzerland every police officer carries out road traffic surveillance
- Officers are authorised to issue on the spot fines from a catalogue of specific offences and pre-determined levels of fines.
- Violations against traffic regulations are enforced by the competent traffic authority of the 26 Cantons of Switzerland.
- More details www.swisspolice.ch
- Emergency police contact number is 117 or 112
For more information about driving in Switzerland please see the European Commission Road Safety Link - 'Going Abroad'