Not all foreign drivers who are fined in Switzerland pay it. In Nidwalden it’s only 30 percent!
Anastasia Mamonova, Sven Ziegler
In the canton of Nidwalden in recent years 70 percent of the foreigners who have raged on the street have not paid their fines! This is reported by “Luzerner Zeitung”.
If a speeding criminal from abroad appears on Swiss roads, the authorities will have to work closely with their counterparts in the country concerned. This works well with Germany, Austria or Liechtenstein, Niedwalden traffic and security police chief Marko Niederberger called the “Luzner Zeitung”.
But the farther the country is from Switzerland, the smaller the proportion of fines, he notes. In his opinion, a speeding offender would be more willing to pay a fine if he hopes to go to Switzerland again soon.
The penalty expires after one year. If payment is not made, it becomes an advertisement. It is ending after three years.
Speed criminals are good in Bern
The canton of Nidwalden is not the only one with such a problem. The situation is even worse in the canton of Geneva. In 2021, more than 10,000 buses were sent to countries farther away than our neighbours. Only 3.3 percent of this was paid, according to a figure on Geneva Police Blick. For comparison: about 67 percent of French, 59 percent of Italians and 47 percent of Germans paid their fines in Geneva in the same year.
Bernese, on the other hand, offer pleasing statistics. It is true that no conclusive information on payment behavior since last year can be given at the moment – “because it can take months to collect fines abroad,” as stated on Blick’s request. But: “On a long-term average, about 92 percent of fines were paid in respect of vehicles with foreign license plates.”
The Zurich Cantonal Police does not maintain any statistics on fines in road traffic. However, if you add up all the fines, it shows that more than half of the going abroad fines (55 per cent) were paid last year, according to a statement.
Penalty paid immediately after penalty
In Schaffhausen, about a third of last year’s buses went abroad. Police did not say how many of them were paid. However, officials believe that the country’s distance from Switzerland is not central when it comes to the payment behavior of drivers. “Lack of data exchange with some countries prevents criminal prosecution and does not pay fines. We rely solely on countries owner and driver data to criminally prosecute accused individuals,” said Blick spokeswoman Katrina Carnevale says.
The experience of the Schaffhausen police shows: “If the accused receives a penalty order from the Schaffhausen’s Office of the Public Prosecutor for not paying the fine, the fine which has not yet been paid, is often as soon as possible.” is paid. There are very few people who do not respond to a criminal order from the public prosecutor’s office.”