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Old July 22nd, 2013, 01:11 AM   #2381
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Old July 22nd, 2013, 05:03 PM   #2382
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Note the curious vehicle in the second photo.

That's a Can-Am Spyder. A friend of mine has one.

http://www.spyder.brp.com/ca/spyder-rt/overview
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Old July 22nd, 2013, 07:00 PM   #2383
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Where will the rest of funding go then?
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Old July 22nd, 2013, 07:27 PM   #2384
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what?
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Old July 22nd, 2013, 09:55 PM   #2385
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In an earlier post you mentioned an increase in road fund for Switzerland sourced from vingette price increase and fuel tax increase. I also understood that a small fraction of the increase will go for urban transport (only public/walking, or also for roads in urban areas?)?

I asked where the rest of increased funding will go.
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Old July 22nd, 2013, 11:17 PM   #2386
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Apparently I didn't understand correctly. Today's fuel taxes are:

fuel tax: ~43 cent per litre for unleaded, ~46 for diesel
extra fuel tax: 30 cent per litre (both)

They generated respectively 2x1482 and 1979 million CHF in 2012, which together with 319 millions from the vignette gave 3780 million for the existing road fund (half of the fuel tax, or 1482 million in 2012, go to the general budget). Again, a fraction of this went to urban transport.

The government's plan is to create a new fund, which starting from 2020 should give 3500/4000 million CHF a year, of which 3200/3600 for national roads (mostly motorways), the rest for urban transport (if public or private, it's likely up to the cantons). This new fund would receive money from the extra fuel tax (increased from 30 to 42 cents), the vignette (from 40 to 100 CHF, plus the 2-months vignette), and road vehicle taxes.

Apparently the old fund will be retained, but supplied only with 50% of the fuel tax (or, by then, 25% of the total of the two fuel taxes). That money would be given to cantonal roads, to the cantons for their wishes, for railways, and for the environment (also for protection against natural dangers).

The two funds (the new one and the modified old one) would compensate each other in case of necessity.
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Old July 25th, 2013, 02:44 PM   #2387
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I will show you some pictures from my Roadtrip trough the EU+EFTA from 15/07/13 until 19/07/13. A3 - A2 - A1 - A5 - A1












































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Old July 25th, 2013, 11:10 PM   #2388
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Thanks for the pics.
Destinations signed at interchanges are pretty strange sometimes. Especially Chiasso near Basel...
I also think they should sign a city in Valais at the A1/A9 interchange near Lausanne instead of the 2 passes only.
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Old July 26th, 2013, 12:30 AM   #2389
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That is way too much information for a driver to comprehend at once especially if he/she is not familiar with the area. I would assume that this is better solved in Switzerland.
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Old July 26th, 2013, 07:25 AM   #2390
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That is way too much information for a driver to comprehend at once especially if he/she is not familiar with the area. I would assume that this is better solved in Switzerland.
Then again, what can you do? Basel is a large city and the first thing one encounters when entering Switzerland - and the motorway runs straight through it.

It helps if one is familiar with the colours at least. Looking for a way far out of Basel? Stay on the motorway, look for the green signs, ignore all others. Looking for a certain part of Basel or a town nearby? Look for the blue signs. And so on.

Of course the colours for motorway and non-motorway destinations are right the opposite of those in France (green & blue vs. blue & green) and also differ from those in Germany (blue & yellow) ...
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Old July 26th, 2013, 01:38 PM   #2391
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The main problem is that a lot of destinations are displayed twice. This requires more time to read (you need to read it before you can conclude it's the same and not relevant).
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Old July 26th, 2013, 02:06 PM   #2392
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It helps if one is familiar with the colours at least. Looking for a way far out of Basel? Stay on the motorway, look for the green signs, ignore all others. Looking for a certain part of Basel or a town nearby? Look for the blue signs. And so on.
To me the colors help a lot. I don't like this in Germany, you never know if a sign is for another motorway or just an exit. This is especially bad if you pass through a city. Like here:
https://maps.google.com/?ll=50.10167...345.03,,0,1.81
You have to look at the color of the number to see if this is a motorway split or an exit.
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Old July 26th, 2013, 11:53 PM   #2393
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I made a movie of the Gotthardroute between Biasca and Erstfeld yesterday.

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Old July 27th, 2013, 01:47 AM   #2394
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All trucks must stop near Biasca to wait their turn, the exceptions are those to/from Ticino canton, not all those registered in Switzerland. These are labelled with an yellow "S" on a red background.
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Old August 12th, 2013, 05:26 PM   #2395
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Is there the possibility to buy the Swiss vignette in Germany when driving on the A96 towards Lindau?
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Old August 12th, 2013, 05:43 PM   #2396
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There are no gas stations between Memmingen and Lindau. But there is an Autohof Aichstetten that may sell it.

It is possible to buy a vignette at the Illertal rest area on A7 between Ulm and Memmingen: http://stau.info/rastplatz/illertal-west
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Illertal rest area should be ok, since I'm planning to drive over Ulm, to have the whole part of A7 between Ulm and Kempten clinched (I only have Kempten-Memmingen now)
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This time of the year, it probably won't be a hassle to buy the vignette directly at the border. (It might be in the change of January-February as they all expire at the same time, though.)

I bought mine in June in Basel at the French motorway border crossing. The officer even attached it directly to my windshield, all I had to do was open the window and give him the money.
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Old September 3rd, 2013, 04:48 PM   #2399
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Whoops, wrong number installed at Verzweigung Augst. A2 doesn't go to Zürich.

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CIMG0450 by krusefahrer, on Flickr

As it should be (and was in 2009):
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IMG_5078 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

The new sign layout is an improvement though.
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