21. 06. 12. - 15:57
Swiss can chase Austrian motoring offenders
Motorists who until now have been able to escape motoring offences committed in Switzerland or Lichtenstein will have to face the consequences after a new arrangement meant that road traffic transgressors can now be chased into Austria.
Up until now speeding motorists, people who park badly and other motoring offenders have been able to escape action once they cross back into Austria. In contrast Germany and Austria have a reciprocal agreement that allows them to pursue each other's traffic transgressors. That deal will now apply to Switzerland and Austria.
Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner (ÖVP) has already signed the necessary paperwork as of this week to confirm the arrangement.
She said: "U until now people had tickets for motoring offences were able to simply ignore them and throw them away. That will no longer be possible as to do so would have legal consequences."
Minor motoring offences involving less than €70 fine will be unlikely to be followed. But more serious offences such as travelling at over 15 km/h over the speed limit will mean an expensive bill. In Switzerland for example the average fine for such an offence is around €230.