FAQ – CO2 emission regulations for light delivery and light articulated vehicles (collectively referred to as light commercial vehicles)


Procedure for vehicle importers

What is the procedure for persons wanting to import fewer than six vehicles per calendar year (small importers)?

Do small 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 are emissions pools?

General information about CO2 emission regulations

What are the CO2 emission regulations for light commercial vehicles?

Why are these regulations being introduced in Switzerland?

Which types of vehicles are classified as light delivery and light articulated vehicles (i.e. light commercial vehicles)? Do the regulations also apply to mobile homes?

What does the term “initial registration” mean? Do the regulations apply to second-hand vehicles?

Which target levels apply?

Are there any restrictions in addition to the targets?

To whom do the regulations apply?

To whom do the regulations apply in the case of multi-stage vehicles?

How are vehicles treated that are held by persons who enjoy privileges or immunities?

To whom is a light commercial vehicle attributed that was imported several times before its initial registration in Switzerland?

By when do penalties have to be paid?

What happens to the collected penalties?

Calculation of penalties

What changes will take place following the introduction of the WLTP measurement method?

How are CO2 target levels calculated for small importers?

How are CO2 target levels calculated for large-scale importers and manufacturers?

The EU uses special regulations for manufacturers of small or niche brands. Does Switzerland also apply these regulations?

What are the applicable data for CO2 and unladen weight?

What is the applicable unladen weight of multi-stage vehicles of small importers?

Are there any CO2-reducing factors?

What happens if there are no WLTP measurement data for a light commercial vehicle?

How is the penalty calculated for an individual vehicle?

How much will have to be paid in the future if the target level is exceeded?

What is the date on which the penalty calculation is applicable? What is the reference year?

Do importers receive a bonus if they import and register new vehicles with a CO2 emission level below 186 grams per kilometre?

What does assigning an imported light commercial vehicle entail? How can a vehicle be assigned?

Specialist staff
Last modification 02.12.2020

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