6 Sep 2022 6:45 p.m

According to a report in the Swiss daily Blick, violations of the gas ordinance in Switzerland can result in up to three years in prison or even fines. There should also be selective controls in the individual cantons against the so-called “heating sinners”.

According to a report in the Swiss newspaper View the Swiss government wants to take tough action in winter if citizens do not comply with the gas ordinance. According to this, the interior rooms in buildings heated with gas may be brought to a maximum of 19 degrees. Hot water may only be heated to 60 degrees. Radiant heaters or warm air tents are prohibited. Saunas and swimming pools would have to stay cold.

Anyone who violates the requirements faces imprisonment or a fine. In the case of intentional action, a prison sentence of up to three years or a fine is possible. Even in the case of negligent violations of the measures, a fine of up to 180 daily rates is conceivable. This is provided for in the federal law on national economic supply, to which the Department of Economic Affairs (EAER) explicitly refers in an official document. WBF spokesman Markus Spörndli explained this View:

“Violations of the state supply law are always misdemeanors or even crimes in some cases and are to be prosecuted by the cantons ex officio.”

Spörndli also explained to the newspaper that fines do not necessarily have to be higher than fines. But the fines could be dealt with by the public prosecutor’s office by means of a penalty order. The daily rate for fines is usually at least 30 francs and a maximum of 3,000 francs. “The number of daily rates is determined by fault,” Spörndli continued View. The amount of the daily rate is determined according to the personal and economic circumstances of the perpetrator.

Companies could also be penalized if they intentionally exceed their gas quota. Because the quota regulation is also subject to the penal provisions. Next reports the Viewthat there should be selective control. However, the government is moving in a “grey area” because the mere question of whether measurements are taken in the right place – it tends to be cooler on an outer wall than on an inner wall – could concern the courts.

In addition, the individual cantons now face a major challenge. Switzerland’s chief police director, Fredy Fässler (63), had already appealed to the federal government “only to order measures that can be implemented and, above all, controlled”. Fässler explained that he did not want the energy police to go from door to door. You have to implement the guidelines with a sense of proportion.

He referred to the experiences from the Corona crisis, when there was a certain “denunciation”. But the following also applies now:

“If a corresponding report is received, then the police must act.”

Due to the current criminal provisions, the public prosecutor’s office or even the courts would have to be involved. The question arises as to whether, instead of complex criminal proceedings, simple administrative fines are the right means, as was the case in the Corona crisis, Fässler continued. That definitely needs to be discussed. The Swiss cantons have until September 22 to submit their concerns and suggestions.

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