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Speeding Tickets in CH with US License

Hello. I read a lot of speeding ticket threads, but they mostly seem to be about UK licensed drivers.

I was caught speeding twice (by the same camera! ) near Basel in a 120km/h limit zone, once for 133km/h and once for 155 km/h. Both happened in late June 2007. I have just now(!) (January 2008) received the violation notices in the mail.

The lesser violation was lowered by 6km/h for margin of error, meaning 127/120, or 7km/h over. Fine is CHF 60. The form came with a bank deposit form (zahlschein) to pay the fine, which I cannot use, as I have no EU bank.

The larger violation was lowered by 7km/h for margin of error, meaning 148/120, or 28km/h over. A fine amount was not stated, and the letter I received asks that I identify the driver (who was me), before they proceed. That letter was dated 7 December 2007, and I was supposed to respond within 10 days. However they posted it ECONOMY Stand 2, and I only received it on 17 January 2008. Information I'm finding online seems to indicate that this fine will be CHF 400. 9http://www.motards.ch/main.php?page=...ars/tarifs.php)

I have a United States (NY) drivers license, I reside in the USA, and I am a US citizen.

I have several questions:

1) How do I pay the first fine, since I cannot use the zahlschein?

2) If I acknowledge I was the driver on the second ticket, is the CHF 400 fine accurate?

3) Will there by further implications (loss of driving privileges, income deduction even though I have no EU income) to admitting guilt on the second larger violation?

4) Will accepting blame for these violations make it harder for me to rent a car in the EU (typically Germany)? I need to do this often.

5) What would happen if I responded to the second letter by saying someone else was driving? What if that person does not exist?

6) Are there implications about my being late in responding to the second letter?

7) I need to go to Switzerland often. If I need to go before these are resolved, what will happen? I am happy to pay in person in Switzerland too, but I don't want my US license taken away or to be arrested!

Anything else I should know?

I don't mind paying the CHF 400, but I'm fearful of other implications after reading a lot in this Forum.

Thank you!!!
-Benjamin
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Old 18.01.2008, 22:01
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1) How do I pay the first fine, since I cannot use the zahlschein?
I'm sure they're happy to provide alternative means of payment if you get in touch with them.

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2) If I acknowledge I was the driver on the second ticket, is the CHF 400 fine accurate?
400, likely a bit more.

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3) Will there by further implications (loss of driving privileges, income deduction even though I have no EU income) to admitting guilt on the second larger violation?
Loss of driving privileges during one month is quite plausible. By the way, Switzerland is not EU.

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4) Will accepting blame for these violations make it harder for me to rent a car in the EU (typically Germany)? I need to do this often.
No. Switzerland is not EU anyway.

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5) What would happen if I responded to the second letter by saying someone else was driving? What if that person does not exist?
You might as well shoot yourself in the foot with a nail gun.

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6) Are there implications about my being late in responding to the second letter?
Not if you respond asap with details of the delay.

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7) I need to go to Switzerland often. If I need to go before these are resolved, what will happen? I am happy to pay in person in Switzerland too, but I don't want my US license taken away or to be arrested!
They may take you in for questioning and not release you until you pay the fine.
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Old 18.01.2008, 22:07
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I'm sure they're happy to provide alternative means of payment if you get in touch with them.
Thank you. I don't speak German, but I imagine my friend can help.

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400, likely a bit more.
You mean some additional fees, like court costs?

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Loss of driving privileges during one month is quite plausible.
In Switzerland only, I assume?

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By the way, Switzerland is not EU.
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No. Switzerland is not EU anyway.
Sorry, I know. I meant "Europe". I thought that perhaps Swiss systems were connected to other European countries' systems.

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You might as well shoot yourself in the foot with a nail gun.
LOL. Seriously? Why, if I may ask?

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Not if you respond asap with details of the delay.
Thank you.

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They may take you in for questioning and not release you until you pay the fine.
That is OK, as I am willing to pay. I'm just curious if I send payment, how long will it take for the record to be "cleared". There may be an interim time when I've paid but the border patrol do not know about it?

Also, does anyone know if they accept credit cards for payment?
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Thank you. I don't speak German, but I imagine my friend can help.You mean some additional fees, like court costs?
Yes, court and processing fees.

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In Switzerland only, I assume?
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LOL. Seriously? Why, if I may ask?
Well, one, because you won't be credible. "Sorry, it wasn't me the second time" won't fly very high. Second, not only will costs accrue as time goes on, but you will also be considered guilty of perjury. You may escape scrutiny once or twice, but when they'll get you, it frankly won't be pretty.

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That is OK, as I am willing to pay. I'm just curious if I send payment, how long will it take for the record to be "cleared". There may be an interim time when I've paid but the border patrol do not know about it?

Also, does anyone know if they accept credit cards for payment?
They get credit cards, and the records are cleared very quickly.
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Re: Speeding Tickets in CH with US License

Thank you. I will pay the fines and be done with it.
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Re: Speeding Tickets in CH with US License

Is there also not the possibility of paying a fine like this at the post? I'm still not entirely sure how that all works because I was fortunate enough to get my bank card quickly after moving here, but I thought perhaps that would be better because it is processed that same day (the online takes until the following day I believe). Sorry that I can't be of much more help! In fact I think I responded to your question with more questions. Productive
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Is there also not the possibility of paying a fine like this at the post? I'm still not entirely sure how that all works because I was fortunate enough to get my bank card quickly after moving here, but I thought perhaps that would be better because it is processed that same day (the online takes until the following day I believe). Sorry that I can't be of much more help! In fact I think I responded to your question with more questions. Productive
Well I would have to get into CH to pay at the post, and I don't think I can get in until I pay these fines.

I did not know there is an online system. Do you have a link?
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Is there also not the possibility of paying a fine like this at the post?
There is - but not at the US Post.
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Well I would have to get into CH to pay at the post, and I don't think I can get in until I pay these fines.

I did not know there is an online system. Do you have a link?
Also, I don't know the true amount of the second fine at this time. I will call them Monday.
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Re: Speeding Tickets in CH with US License

Hi Benjamin - asking this to you after couple years but can you share what the resolution on your second ticket was? thanks
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