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Fair and efficient. The distance-related Heavy Vehicle Fee (HVF) in Switzerland

Year of publication2004
Publisher(s)Bundesamt für Raumentwicklung (ARE)
Bundeshaus Nord
Place of publicationBern
Number of pages27
Languagede, en, fr, it
Price5 Franken
Publication typeJournal, booklet
A distance-related heavy vehicle fee in Switzerland (HVF) has been levied since 1 January 2001. It replaces the previous flat-rate heavy vehicle fee. The brochure «Fair and efficient» published by the Federal Office for Spatial Development provides a comprehensive overview of the fee.
Changing the system to a distance-related fee should, in particular, contribute to:
restricting the increase in heavy freight traffic on the roads
promoting the transfer of goods traffic to rail
relieving the strain on the environment

Most important features
The HVF applies to heavy goods vehicles with an admissible laden weight of more than 3.5 tonnes and is calculated according to three criteria:
number of kilometres covered on Swiss territory
admissible laden weight of the vehicle
vehicle’s emissions