Road signs in Switzerland and Liechtenstein

Road signs in Switzerland and Liechtenstein generally conform to the 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Signs and Signals.[1]

Example of Swiss motor-/expressway sign

Although Switzerland is not a member of the European Union, signs largely follow the general European conventions concerning the use of shape and color to indicate their function. This is just a general pattern, which knows several exceptions.

ConceptsEdit

Legal basisEdit

The Swiss road signs are defined in the Road Signs Act, which is based on several laws and ordinances. Liechtenstein largely follows the legislation of Switzerland's.

The major ones are:

Swiss lawsEdit

SR/RS No. Title de fr it ref
741.21 Road Signs Act Signalisationsverordnung vom 5. September 1979 (SSV) Ordonnance du 5 septembre 1979 sur la signalisation routière (OSR) Ordinanza del 5 settembre 1979 sulla segnaletica stradale (OSStr) [2]
741.01 Road Traffic Law Strassenverkehrsgesetz vom 19. Dezember 1958 (SVG) Loi fédérale du 19 décembre 1958 sur la circulation routière (LCR) Legge federale del 19 dicembre 1958 sulla circolazione stradale (LCStr) [3]
741.11 Road Traffic Rules Act Verkehrsregelnverordnung vom 13. November 1962 (VRV) Ordonnance du 13 novembre 1962 sur les règles de la circulation routière (OCR) Ordinanza del 13 novembre 1962 sulle norme della circolazione stradale (ONC) [4]
725.111 National Roads Act Nationalstrassenverordnung vom 7. November 2007 (NSV) Ordonnance sur les routes nationales du 7 novembre 2007 (ORN) Ordinanza sulle strade nazionali del 7 novembre 2007 (OSN) [5]

Laws of LiechtensteinEdit

No. Title de ref
741.21 Road Signs Act Strassensignalisationsverordnung (SSV) vom 27. Dezember 1979, LGBl. 1978 Nr. 18
Road Traffic Law Strassenverkehrsgesetz (SVG) vom 30. Juni 1978, LGBl. 1978 Nr. 18
Road Traffic Rules Act Verkehrsregelnverordnung (VRV) vom 1. August 1978, LGBl. 1978 Nr. 19

LanguageEdit

Each canton is responsible for management and placement of its road signs and complementary panels and uses one of the four official languages of Switzerland accordingly.

MetricsEdit

Distances and other measurements are displayed in metric units.

Categorization and designEdit

Category Shape No. Character (major) Colour of Example(s)
border background content
Warning triangular 1.01–1.32 Conducting red white black  
Regulatory circular 2.01–2.20 Prohibitive red white black  
2.30–2.65 Commanding white (thin)

red
blue

white
white

black
 

 

 
Priority various 3.01–3.25 various  

 

 
Indication rectangular 4.01–4.25 Conducting white (thin) blue white & black  
Routing

 

4.27–4.77.2
minor route
minor road
black (thin) white black  
 
particular purpose  
main route
main road
white (thin) blue white  
 
motor-/expressway
4.60–4.73
white (thin) green white  
 
detour route black (thin) orange black  
commercial direction black (thin) grey black  
bicycle route,
mountain bike route,
vehicle-like transport means route
white (thin) falu red white  
4.79–4.95 Informational white (thin) blue white  
Complementary Panels rectangular 5.01–5.58 Compulsory black (thin) white black   
 
Road Markings various 6.01–6.31 none - white
yellow
blue
red
 
Traffic Lights circle
cross
arrows
- Commanding white black red
yellow
green
 
Police Instruction Signs - - - - -

Starting 2003, the font ASTRA-Frutiger is replacing the previous SNV, which is still used in several European countries.[6][7]

SignsEdit

Warning signsEdit

Regulatory signsEdit

ProhibitionsEdit

Mandatory InstructionsEdit

Priority signsEdit

Indication signsEdit

Conducting indication signsEdit

Routing indication signsEdit

... on main and minor roadsEdit
... numberingEdit
... on motorways and expresswaysEdit
... generalEdit

Informational signsEdit

Complementary panelsEdit

General remarks:

  • All signs and complementary panels can be combined with complementary panels for particular kinds of transport means.
  • If accompanied with the words ausgenommen / Excepté / eccettuato (excluding) or gestattet / Autorisé / permesso (permitted), it means that the indicated kind of transport means are excluded from the regulation of the main sign.
  • The sign bicycles (5.31) also includes mopeds with a designed maximal speed of 20km/h.

Road markingsEdit

Traffic lightsEdit

General Remarks:

  • Working traffic light signals (not turned off or not flashing yellow) precede the priority signs, the road markings, and the general road rules.
  • A yellow flashing traffic light warns of special caution, and the general road rules, priority signs, and road markings have to be applied and followed (in particular stop signs (see 3.01) or give way signs (see 3.02) and all other priority signs, or direction indications (e.g. see 2.32–2.43, 2.46, 6.06, 6.10, 6.13), and others)!
  • White traffic lights are addressed to public transport only.

General rulesEdit

Specifically addressedEdit

Police instruction signsEdit

Blue Zone parking discEdit

When parking in a Blue Zone you should set and display a blue parking disc with the time of arrival according to the Blue Zone Rules. Parking in a blue zone space is limited to 1 hour unless otherwise indicated. When parking, make sure the whole vehicle, including bumpers, are within the marked parking space.

Blue disks are available in various places, such as the police station, hotels, tourist offices, news stands, the local Gemeinde/Town hall, garages and gas stations.

Blue Zone Parking Rules

From Monday to Saturday:

Between 8:00-11:30 and 13:30-18:00 set the disc to the exact time or the next half-hour mark if the exact time is not printed on the disc. Parking is allowed for 1 hour from set time.

Between 11:00-13:30 set the disc to the exact time or the next half-hour mark if the exact time is not printed on the disc. Parking is allowed until 14:30.

Between 18:00-19:00 set the disc to the exact time or the next half-hour mark if the exact time is not printed on the disc. Parking is allowed until 09:00 the next morning.

Between 19:00-07:59 blue disc is not needed if you leave by 08:00.

From Saturday 18:00 until Monday 09:00 blue-zone parking is free. No need to set blue disc.

For Blue Zones marked with a 4 digit area code and you do not have the corresponding parking permit just follow regular Blue Zone parking rules. If you have a valid parking permit for the specific area code, parking is unlimited in these zones.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Convention on Road Signs and Signals Vienna, 8 November 1968". United Nations. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
  2. ^ "SR 741.21 Signalisationsverordnung vom 5. September 1979 (SSV)" (in German, French, and Italian). Berne, Switzerland: Swiss Federal Council. 15 January 2017. Retrieved 2017-08-07.
  3. ^ "SR 741.01 Strassenverkehrsgesetz vom 19. Dezember 1958 (SVG)" (in German, French, and Italian). Berne, Switzerland: Swiss Federal Council. 1 October 2016. Retrieved 2017-08-31.
  4. ^ "SR 741.11 Verkehrsregelnverordnung vom 13. November 1962 (VRV)" (in German, French, and Italian). Berne, Switzerland: Swiss Federal Council. 7 May 2017. Retrieved 2017-08-31.
  5. ^ "SR 725.111 Nationalstrassenverordnung vom 7. November 2007 (NSV)" (in German, French, and Italian). Berne, Switzerland: Swiss Federal Council. 1 January 2016. Retrieved 2017-08-31.
  6. ^ rel (20 January 2003). "«Frutiger» für die Strasse". NZZ (in German). Zurich, Switzerland. Retrieved 2017-06-28.
  7. ^ "Frutiger honored with SOTA award". Microsoft Typography. Retrieved 1 September 2012.

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