Like the EU, Switzerland has introduced CO2 emission regulations for new cars. These regulations entered into effect on 1 July 2012. Swiss importers are required to reduce the level of CO2 emissions from cars registered for the first time in Switzerland to an average of 130 grams per kilometre by 2015. If the CO2 emissions per kilometre exceed the target level, a penalty applies as of the above date.
The CO2 regulations apply to all importers of new cars. Here a distinction is made between large-scale importers (registration of 50 or more new vehicles per annum) and small importers (registration of fewer than 50 new vehicles per annum). Private individuals who directly import new cars are also classified as small importers.
If you are a large-scale importer and would like to calculate the penalty based on the entire imported fleet, you can register as a provisional large-scale importer by completing the corresponding form (see "Forms and fact sheets").
Small and private importers, as well as large-scale importers, who want to register vehicles without type approval, will find the application form for certification, as well as further information about the procedure for importing and registering motor vehicles, on the website of the Swiss Federal Roads Office (FEDRO) (see "Links").