Buying a new or used motor vehicle

The following websites can be of help if you decide to purchase a new or used motor vehicle in Liechtenstein or Switzerland:
 

 
The Swiss Automobile Club "Touring Club Schweiz" offers helpful information:
 
People who are not citizens of Switzerland or Liechtenstein must present their residency permit when buying a car. This means that if your B permit has not been issued during the first days/weeks after your arrival, you can purchase a vehicle but you may not register it. Your insurance company will inform you of the details.
 

Fleet discount

When buying a new car, you can benefit from the so-called fleet discount. Please take this up with the respective dealer/garage. You will then be given a corresponding form, which you must have countersigned by Ms. Carolin Scholz at Hilti. This will ensure your purchase price discount.
Carolin Scholz / SHPRsc, phone: 00423 234 2313
 

Importing your own vehicle

Swiss import regulations apply regarding the import of your own vehicle. Information on importing a motor vehicle can be found on the website of the Federal Customs Administration.
 

Registration/change of registration of a vehicle

After the vehicle has been imported into Switzerland, you may drive it with the foreign license plates for a maximum of one year. The prerequisite for doing so is that the vehicle has been technically approved in Switzerland according to the Swiss guidelines (if required by an inspection in a specialized workshop), that the papers are in order and valid liability/third-party insurance coverage exists.
 
After a year has passed, at the latest, the vehicle must be re-registered and the Swiss license plates attached. Applications are processed by the responsible cantonal road traffic office.

 

Canton of St. Gallen
Strassenverkehrs- und Schifffahrtsamt St. Gallen
Frongartenstrasse 5
CH – 9001 St. Gallen
Tel. +41 71 229 22 22
 
Canton of Grisons (Graubünden)
Strassenverkehrsamt des Kantons Graubünden
Ringstrasse 2
CH – 7000 Chur
Tel. +41 81 257 80 00

The road traffic office will send you the "Aufgebot zur Fahrzeugprüfung" form (Request for vehicle inspection) with which you have to present your vehicle for inspection at one of the named automobile workshops for the MFK roadworthiness test. Vehicle registration and number plates will be issued if:

  • The prescribed liability/third-party insurance has been concluded.
  • The vehicle conforms to the design and equipment regulations.
  • The vehicle is fully taxed according to the vehicle tax.
  • All customs duty has been paid on the vehicle.

Driver’s license

Within the first year of entering Switzerland, you are authorized to drive in the country with your existing driver's license. However, before the end of the one-year period, you must without fail apply for a Swiss driver's license to be issued. At the end of the first year, the foreign driver's license loses its validity in Switzerland, which is equal to driving without a license. It should be noted that certain citizens must take a driving test in Switzerland.
 
The application is submitted to the responsible road traffic office. For the cantons of St. Gallen and Grisons:

You can also apply for an international Swiss driver's license, although this is only valid for 3 years. Further information is also available from the responsible cantonal road traffic office.
 

Rental vehicles

If you require a rental car at the time you take up your new position, please contact the HR Service team.

Mandatory autobahn vignette

On the Swiss and Austrian highways (autobahn), it is mandatory for your vehicle to display a vignette.

In Switzerland, there is only one annual vignette, which is adjusted to the calendar year. In Austria, in addition to a 10-day and a 2-month vignette, there is also an annual vignette adapted to the calendar year. In other words, the vignette is valid from December of the previous year to January of the following year.
The motorway vignettes are available at every petrol station or at border crossings and post offices.

Carpooling

Why drive to work in your private car alone, when it's more fun for two, three or four people to travel together while protecting the environment?

 

At https://carpool.hilti.com/ you can register if you want to start a car pool or are looking for a ride.
 

Mobility

The public transportation network (bus, rail) is cross-border and is very well organized. For additional information on timetables and prices see:
 

 
The Liechtenstein annual pass is worth mentioning. With it, you may use bus/rail facilities throughout Liechtenstein and across the border to Buchs (CH) and Feldkirch (A). It can be purchased online at www.liemobil.li or from the customer center at the bus station in Schaan.
Public transport offers attractive special fares for frequent travelers. In particular, the general pass (GA) or the half-fare ticket. Hilti supports mobility and refunds you a part of the annual subscription. In Switzerland and Liechtenstein you can also purchase bus and rail tickets with Reka.
 
We offer all HAG and HIBAG employees in Schaan free parking in the parking garage and the 1,100 parking bays on the factory premises.
The parking bays at HIBAG in Buchs (Rondelle) can be used free of charge by all employees using the HILTI badge – even over the weekend.
 
If you travel to work in an electric car, normally the charge of the battery is sufficient to travel back to your place of residence. If the capacity of your battery is not sufficient, you can recharge your electric car at the following places:
·         Schaan at the parking garage 
·         Buchs at the guest parking lot and
·         Nendeln at the bicycle shelter
. For more information, please contact our Mobility Manager Daniel Oehry.
 

Child safety in the car in Switzerland and Liechtenstein

The regulations apply whether children are traveling by car with parents, grandparents or their neighbor. Every vehicle driver is responsible for ensuring the safety of children in the car in line with regulations.
The regulations for child safety

  • Children up to 12 years who are less than 1.50 meters tall require a restraint that is appropriate for the weight and size of the child, which may only be used on vehicle seats equipped with a suitable safety belt.
  • Children from 1.35 meters tall can use a standard seat belt (when sitting on seats equipped with safety belts).

You can find more information here. You can also view the flyer "Children in the car" in different languages here.

This is how parental control works abroad.

Ban on using mobile phones while driving in Switzerland and Liechtenstein

Making phone calls while driving is only permitted with the use of hands-free equipment. "Making phone calls" includes both the holding of the call as well as all actions for setting up and ending the call. Therefore, both accepting phone calls and making phone calls while driving are only permitted when hands-free equipment is used. If you make phone calls while driving with the hands-free kit, the mobile phone does not have to be fastened inside the car.

Anybody who makes a phone call without a hands-free kit while driving will be fined CHF 100. (Anhang 1 Ziffer 311 der Ordnungsbussenverordnung, only available in German). In Liechtenstein the fine is CHF 80.

 

Telephoning while driving or operating communication systems and information systems can, depending on the case, lead to the withdrawal of a driver's license, high fines or imprisonment.

Drink driving in Switzerland

Whoever drives a motor vehicle in Switzerland with a breath or blood alcohol value of 0.25 mg/l or 0.50 Promille or more must expect legal consequences. A glass (3 dl) of beer or alcopops with an alcohol content of 5 per cent by volume already leads to a blood alcohol value between 0.2 and 0.5 Promille.

Since the beginning of 2014, the maximum blood alcohol level of 0.1 Promille has been in force in Switzerland for new drivers - i.e. holders of a probationary driving licence - professional drivers, student drivers, driving instructors and accompanying persons on educational journeys.

In most of Switzerland's direct neighbours, the legislator has set the blood alcohol limit at 0.5 Promille. In Liechtenstein, however, the maximum value is 0.8 and in Austria <0.5, i.e. 0.49 alcohol Promille. 
 
Sanctions for driving with alcohol in Switzerland
There are three degrees of severity for driving in a drunken state:

  • From 0.5. to 0.79 Promille: High fine / warning
  • From 0.5. to 0.79 Promille with violation of traffic regulations or recidivism after less than 2 years: Ticket revocation for at least one month with fines and, if applicable, imprisonment for up to three years.
  • 0.8 Promille or more: The driving licence will be withdrawn immediately. Ticket revocation for at least three months with fines and imprisonment for up to three years, with or without probation.

 

Bicycles in Switzerland and Liechtenstein

In Switzerland, there is no mandatory liability/third-party insurance for bicycles. Private liability insurance prevents cyclists from being left with damage. Motor third party liability only pays for accidents in the car.
You should always make sure that your bicycle (especially the lights) is in good working order and follow the general traffic regulations on the "bicycle" as well.
 
Personal requirements for cyclists:
  • Children under the age of 6 may only cycle on the main road under the supervision of an accompanying person (minimum age 16 years).
  • Riding alone from the 6th birthday.
  • The minimum age for all e-bikes is 14 years. Slow e-bikes may be ridden from 16 years of age without a driving licence. Young people with a category M driving licence (motorcycles) may ride slow e-bikes from 14 years of age.

Are cyclists allowed to cross a zebra crossing? Yes, but it's like riding over a road. They do not have priority. Priority only applies to pedestrians and wheelchair users on a pedestrian crossing with a zebra crossing. Therefore, cyclists only enjoy the advantages of a zebra crossing if they descend and push.

 
Even if wearing a helmet is not required by law, it is advisable to wear a helmet. Children in particular should always wear a helmet.
 
Further information can be found here (only in German, Italian or French). 
 
Transport of children
Children may be carried in special child seats. Make sure that the child seat is marked with the permissible weight, the company logo, the date of manufacture and the EN 14 344 standard. The cyclist must be at least 16 years old. The child should also wear a helmet and be strapped in. In trailers, a maximum of two children of at least 16 years old companions may be taken along. They should be strapped into the trailer and wear a helmet.