Why Switzerland was the first country in Europe to introduce a motorway stamp

The history of the vignette

When Switzerland angered Germany

This year it is yellow – a new highway vignette. But why do we put a colored stamp on the inside of the disc every year anyway? Blick takes you on a journey through the history of motorway signs.

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In 1985, Switzerland was the first country in Europe to introduce a motorway stamp.

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Martin A. BartholdiAuto & Mobility editor

It is the first election Sunday in 1984. Swiss voters will pay an additional fee of CHF 30 per year on February 26. With a turnout of 52.77 percent, 53 percent of voters accept the “Federal decree on the fee for the use of state roads”. The vignette as we know it today was born.

A year later, in 1985, Switzerland was the first country in Europe to introduce a vignette. It was designed by the Bernese graphic artist Roland Hirter (79). To this day, it has hardly changed optically – except for the color, which changes every year. The watermark was introduced in 1999 to make counterfeiting more difficult, and 2000 was the only year in which the year was displayed as a four-digit number.

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