I have asked this question a lot of times since arriving in Switzerland, and I asked it again this week. On our way home from the airport on Sunday, my friend asked where the sticker was on my car.
My response: “What sticker?”
Turns out, it’s mandatory to purchase a sticker each year in order to drive on the freeway in Switzerland. It’s 40 CHF, and you risk fines of up to 200 CHF, if you are caught driving without one.
I’ve never heard of this, and I’ve been driving around for 6 months! Who was going to tell me?
My friend quickly started Googling to find out where I could purchase one. Turns out, they are for sale at places like the gas station or the post office. (Thank goodness I didn’t have to go back to the DMV. You know how much I hate that place!)
I stopped by the gas station on the way home last night and asked (in French) if they had a “sticker for my car.” (It would probably be helpful, if I knew what it was actually called.) The woman panicked, because they didn’t have a sticker, and being that it was after 9:00pm, no where else would have one either. I would have to wait until morning to go to the post office. I tried to tell her not to worry and that I’ve been driving around for six months without one, but I don’t think it helped.
So today, I scurried over to the post office to get my 40 CHF sticker. Let’s hope that I don’t write a future blog post about a fine that arrived after I purchased this sticker.
Oh, Switzerland. Just when I think that I’ve figured you out, you find a new way to surprise me…