FAQ - CO2 emission regulations for cars


Procedure for vehicle importers

Do small-scale importers have to complete any special forms in order to register a vehicle?

What is the procedure if no Swiss type approval exists?

What is the procedure for registering as a large-scale importer?

What is an emissions pool?

Information about the CO2 emission regulations

What are the CO2 emission regulations for passenger cars?

Why are these regulations being introduced?

Which types of vehicles are classified as passenger cars? Do the regulations also apply to motor homes?

What does 'first-time registration' mean? Do the rules apply to second-hand cars?

What targets apply?

Is there a transition period for the introduction of new target values from 2020?

Who do the regulations apply to?

What are the rules for vehicles that are held by persons who enjoy privileges or immunities?

To whom is a car attributed if it was imported several times before being placed on the market in Switzerland for the first time?

When do penalties have to be paid?

What happens to the collected penalties?

Calculation of penalties

What changes will result with the introduction of the WLTP measurement procedure?

How is the CO2 target calculated for small-scale importers?

How is the CO2 target calculated for large-scale importers and manufacturers?

Do the EU's exemption clauses for manufacturers of small and niche brands also apply in Switzerland?

What are the applicable CO2 emissions?

What is the applicable unladen weight of a passenger car?

How is the penalty calculated for an individual car?

What are the penalties going forward?

What is the reference date for calculating penalties?

Do importers receive a bonus if they import new cars with CO2 emissions of less than 118g/km and place them on the market?

What is meant by 'assignment of an imported passenger car'? How can a vehicle be assigned?

Specialist staff
Last modification 05.01.2023

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