Saturday 10 December 2016

Fined for driving 1km/h over the limit

Published 13/07/2016 | 02:30

The Audi Q2, which was tested in Switzerland.
The Audi Q2, which was tested in Switzerland.

I was driving in Switzerland last week. And I was terrified. I don't think I have ever driven more cautiously.

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We were in Zurich to test the new Audi Q2 (reviewed last week) and the Audi people at the event didn't mince their words.

The police observe a strict speeding policy. When they say 'strict' they mean zero-tolerance for driving above the limit. Fines are, by our standards, exorbitant. "Could be thousands," one Audi man exclaimed. "Very, very expensive," another volunteered. The clear message was: just don't break the limit. At all.

There have been examples of people just one, yes ONE, kilometre an hour over the limit being hit with a fine of around €40.

They are serious about road safety (don't mention drink driving).

It didn't stop the odd driver (not in an Audi,) from zipping past us. But in the main there was a modest flow of traffic at reasonable speed.

I think there would be uproar here if someone was fined €40 for going 1kmh over the limit. So are we serious about speed or do the Swiss take it too far? Where do we draw the line?

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