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Yet another UK to CH to UK driving licence Question.

I will be moving to Switzerland and working in the canton of Zug for three years.
So I understand I need to within 1 year , convert my uk licence to a Swiss one via the correct forms and an eye test.
Couple of questions ....

- Do I need to do an eye test or would a eye test prescription from a UK opticians be accepted ? I have my eyes tested every 12 months and have contact lenses.

- Do I get to keep my UK licence ? or do they take that away and swap it for a Swiss licence ?

- On return to UK in three years time , I presume I just apply for my UK licence and it's a simple process ?

Whats happens if you simply just keep your UK licence for three years ?
(not that I plan to).
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Re: Yet another UK to CH to UK driving licence Question.

You have to go for a quick eye test here, the optician fills a section in on the application. The price is set by the canton.

The Swiss authorities send your licence back to the UK DVLA.

When you go back to the UK you fill in an application, send it in to the DVLA with your Swiss licence & they send you your UK licence back.
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You have to go for a quick eye test here, the optician fills a section in on the application. The price is set by the canton.

The Swiss authorities send your licence back to the UK DVLA.

When you go back to the UK you fill in an application, send it in to the DVLA with your Swiss licence & they send you your UK licence back.
Optician charge is minimum, friend paid chf14 last month.

When they send you the new Licence (usually arrives in less than a week), they also enclose a copy of their letter to DVLA for your records. They also enclose the bill for their charges with the payment slip for either the Post Office or whatever Bank you use.

If you do not change your UK licence within the year, then you can not use it, ie not covered by insurance etc. Should you decide after 2 years to change, then you will need to pass a driving test in Switzerland.
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Re: Yet another UK to CH to UK driving licence Question.

Thanks for the quick answers.

The opticians sounds cheap ....never dreamed I would say something in CH was cheaper than what I pay in the UK :-)

All sounds very simple and I will swap my UK licence within a few months of arriving.

Taking a driving test at 50 after 32 years of driving would be fun ...
So that's an option I don't want to face.
I hasten to add a I have a clean licence not an endorsement or point in 32 years :-)
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Re: Yet another UK to CH to UK driving licence Question.

I just paid 20chf for the eye test. Then 10chf for the Gemeinde to send in the paperwork... When I changed my licence in Canton Bern several years ago I could just post it in myself, but here in controlling Wallis the Gemeinde has to do it!! Just waiting for it to arrive now!
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Re: Yet another UK to CH to UK driving licence Question.

So the eye test I guess checks your not colour blind and you can see a chart with your current glasses / contact lens in place ?
Hope the chart is English , I might struggle with Swiss German letters ....Groan lol

My annual contact lens eye test takes about 45 minutes and is very extensive ....puff tests ...Black circles on Red background ...On Green background ....etc etc
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So the eye test I guess checks your not colour blind and you can see a chart with your current glasses / contact lens in place ?
Hope the chart is English , I might struggle with Swiss German letters ....Groan lol

My annual contact lens eye test takes about 45 minutes and is very extensive ....puff tests ...Black circles on Red background ...On Green background ....etc etc
It takes 5 mins, it is done with glasses/lenses on. You have the usual read the letters, a test of 3D vision, a check of side vision/tunnel vision & pupil reaction. I think that is it.
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So the eye test I guess checks your not colour blind and you can see a chart with your current glasses / contact lens in place ?
Hope the chart is English , I might struggle with Swiss German letters ....Groan lol

My annual contact lens eye test takes about 45 minutes and is very extensive ....puff tests ...Black circles on Red background ...On Green background ....etc etc
Basically they see how much you can read both with & without correction. The legal requirement uncorrected is not high about 20:50 in one eye.

You just look at a machine, by squeezing your eye you can probably increase your result considerably! I was able to get the same score both with & without glasses on my test, I did not speak German so had more time to work out what I needed to do to be able to get a good score in both eyes uncorrected.
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It takes 5 mins, it is done with glasses/lenses on. You have the usual read the letters, a test of 3D vision, a check of side vision/tunnel vision & pupil reaction. I think that is it.
So how come there are so many Swiss drivers on the roads? From my limited experience most seem to have no peripheral vision, an inability to judge distance or indeed judge any reasonable road going etiquette at junctions, in car parks etc.
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So how come there are so many Swiss drivers on the roads? From my limited experience most seem to have no peripheral vision, an inability to judge distance or indeed judge any reasonable road going etiquette at junctions, in car parks etc.

What a sweeping and stupid generalisation, talking into account 24% of Switzerland is foreign
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So how come there are so many Swiss drivers on the roads? From my limited experience most seem to have no peripheral vision, an inability to judge distance or indeed judge any reasonable road going etiquette at junctions, in car parks etc.
Care to give examples?
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so how come there are so many asshat drivers on the roads? From my limited experience most seem to have no peripheral vision, an inability to judge distance or indeed judge any reasonable road going etiquette at junctions, in car parks etc. :d
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What a sweeping and stupid generalisation, talking into account 24% of Switzerland is foreign
Fair enough ladies and gents. I'll duck out of this thread (and some others) for now. I don't want to be trolled for offering my opinions. I'll only post nice non-contentious things and the forum has been very useful on a myriad of things to myself and my family. Thank you for the Heads up on the etiquette here.
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Fair enough ladies and gents. I'll duck out of this thread (and some others) for now. I don't want to be trolled for offering my opinions. I'll only post nice non-contentious things and the forum has been very useful on a myriad of things to myself and my family. Thank you for the Heads up on the etiquette here.
Actually a better answer to your original point would be to point out that statistically Switzerland belongs to the safest countries in which to drive - typically in the safest 10 for road death rates per population / km driven / no of vehicles. Your experience (mentioned in another thread) is statistically atypical of the country as a whole.

I asked you to provide examples as I was wondering if your driving experience comes out of lack of awareness of the rules here, as with the roundabout signaling also mentioned in the other thread and here particularly particularly thinking of the priority from the right rule.
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If you do not change your UK licence within the year, then you can not use it, ie not covered by insurance etc. Should you decide after 2 years to change, then you will need to pass a driving test in Switzerland.
This is not true (or at least it may vary from canton to canton). You are allowed to drive for one year on your foreign licence, then you have another four years after that to convert your licence. So you would only need to take a Swiss test if you miss the five-year deadline.
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I hasten to add a I have a clean licence not an endorsement or point in 32 years :-)
Yet !
Good news! Swiss Licences don't have points... but they have another system, which works with Francs...

Feel free to read up on all the other posts of new arrivals in switzerland getting to grips with driving in Switzerland, if I had known what I know now, I would be several 000 richer.
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