New idea to charge more for autoroutes for tourists
An idea by a Swiss MP that tourists should pay more to use Swiss autoroutes has split opinion.
Theirry Burkhart says tourists are being ‘favoured’ as locals have to pay a road tax and a tax on fuel.
But the head of the lobby group, Auto-Suisse, Francois Launaz says the idea makes no sense as the income from the autoroute is used to maintain the roads and a foreign car wears out the roads in the same way as a Swiss registered car.
But the fact remains the CHF 40 a year drivers pay to use Swiss autoroutes is cheap compared to many other European countries.
Switzerland is working on a system to link the autoroute fee with the licence plate – so in the future only foreign cars will only need the stickers.