Park your car in the wrong place and you willl pay a fine. If you park your car in the wrong place, don't put in a parking disc or park with your wheels outside the markings, you risk an (expensive) fine. To make sure this doesn't happen to you, this article tells you everything you need to know about the individual parking zones in Switzerland.

White spaces do not mean free parking

It is obvious that you are not allowed to leave your car in a no-parking zone. You are also not allowed to park on cycle lanes or in front of access roads to buildings or properties. Parking on the pavement is also forbidden, unless signs explicitly allow it. You may park your car in designated parking zones but you should know what the regulations are.

The white parking spaces allow you to park your car for a defined period of time with a fee. The fee, but also the parking time always depend somewhat on the area: busy city centers are usually more expensive than suburbs. The prices are indicated and they can be paid at the ticket machine. More and more cities and municipalities now also allow you to buy parking tickets via app, this is linked to the credit card or bank account.

If the parking ticket machine is demonstrably broken and you cannot buy a ticket, it is sufficient to put out a parking disc. Tip: make sure that the ticket machine is the only option for parking and check on this limitation (via smartphone). If you have other options to pay and do not use them, it will be expensive.

Use a blue zone with a parking disc

The parking disc is used in blue parking zones in Switzerland. In the so-called "blue zones" you can park free of charge for a full hour and one additional hour. The regulation applies between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. The parking disc for the blue zones must be visibly placed on the dashboard. By the way, you are not allowed to return to your car to change the arrival time and thus park longer. From 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. and on Sundays and public holidays, none of these rules apply and you can park indefinitely.

No parking: yellow markings indicate private property

Yellow markings with crosses mean no parking and yellow lines at the edge of the road mean no stopping. These parking spaces are privately owned and reserved for customers and employees of the shops in front of them often. A legal grey area means that one can briefly stop in this zone, for example to let a person in or out.

However, you should bear in mind that as a driver you are not allowed to leave your vehicle, this is considered parking and is therefore punishable by law. The penalties are quite severe: parking on a no-parking line for an hour or more will cost you 120 francs.

If you park with your wheels on or over the line of your parking space, it can be really expensive. Several hundred francs are not uncommon, even if you park in the blue zone with a parking disc or a resident's card that entitles you to park there. So before you try to squeeze into a parking space that is too small, look for a bigger one and protect yourself from expensive fines.

Parking with your Carvolution car

As you can see, there are different ways to park. Now that you know the difference between the white, blue and yellow parking spaces, you can't go wrong with your Carvolution car.

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