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Old 19.12.2013, 21:23
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Caught Speeding - moving to France

In August of this year I was caught speeding, and with the new speeding laws, I will be in for a big fine and driving ban. I accept total responsibility and have no gripes at all. In October I received the notice that I was caught and I subsequently sent it all info (tax returns, copies of licenses/carte gris/income etc). We are now in the process of moving to France and this will become our primary home as from the end of this year. By French law we will need to convert to our Swiss Driving permits to French ones, and have a year to do so. I have not received my fine/charge yet for my infringement. Apparently there is a huge backlog of judicial processes because of the new laws (remember it took more than two months for me to receive notice). Do I change to the french system, as per French law, or do I wait for my ban on my swiss license?!
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Old 20.12.2013, 08:29
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Re: Caught Speeding - moving to France

I know what I would do but it is really up to you.


I would apply to swap my existing license to a French one. If they ask if there are any pending prosecutions then tell them that there may be a speeding conviction.


It is not your fault that the Swiss system is taking so long.
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Old 20.12.2013, 08:46
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I know what I would do but it is really up to you.


I would apply to swap my existing license to a French one. If they ask if there are any pending prosecutions then tell them that there may be a speeding conviction.


It is not your fault that the Swiss system is taking so long.
That's what I would do too.
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Old 20.12.2013, 08:58
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I know what I would do but it is really up to you.


I would apply to swap my existing license to a French one. If they ask if there are any pending prosecutions then tell them that there may be a speeding conviction.


It is not your fault that the Swiss system is taking so long.
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That's what I would do too.
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It makes you wonder how many cases there must be like this where the licence holder is in the process of changing circumstances during this delay. It's not like the Swiss authorities to miss an opportunity to collect a fine.
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Re: Caught Speeding - moving to France

Well it's been more than 4 months since I sent in all the info to the Swiss authorities and I still have not received anything back from them. In the meantime I have applied for my French license. I'm wondering whether any of the following is causing a delay:

1. I wrote a letter to the Ministere de Public acknowledging my infraction and asking if I could serve my ban during the time of school holidays because (a) I am responsible for driving the kids to school and (b) we live too far away from any public transport to make the journey feasible by public transport. This is because we live in France but my kids still attend the GE schools because my wife is employed by the Canton GE.
2. When I gave all the info in I listed my home address as a French one.

Would the Swiss authorities perhaps be in contact with the French driving authorities?
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Old 17.03.2014, 12:59
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Well it's been more than 4 months since I sent in all the info to the Swiss authorities and I still have not received anything back from them. In the meantime I have applied for my French license. I'm wondering whether any of the following is causing a delay:

1. I wrote a letter to the Ministere de Public acknowledging my infraction and asking if I could serve my ban during the time of school holidays because (a) I am responsible for driving the kids to school and (b) we live too far away from any public transport to make the journey feasible by public transport. This is because we live in France but my kids still attend the GE schools because my wife is employed by the Canton GE.
2. When I gave all the info in I listed my home address as a French one.

Would the Swiss authorities perhaps be in contact with the French driving authorities?

Once you have a French license the Swiss can only ban you from driving in Switzerland , so I am informed .
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Old 17.03.2014, 13:45
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Once you have a French license the Swiss can only ban you from driving in Switzerland , so I am informed .
not sure if there are now any reciprocal agreements in place to enforce bans across borders.
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Re: Caught Speeding - moving to France

There are- 2 frontaliers were caught at very high speeds in NE recently- and although they are so far only banned in CH- both systems are working at them being banned in F too.
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Re: Caught Speeding - moving to France

As far as I know you can always apply, I think French will not ask for other details then your address + old driver's license.
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not sure if there are now any reciprocal agreements in place to enforce bans across borders.

They can't take your license away from you & keep it for say a year which is the traditional way of banning someone..
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Re: Caught Speeding - moving to France

Update: In May of last year (9 months after being caught) I received a 3 month ban, effective July - September, and basically "was not allowed to use my foreign driving license to drive in Switzerland or Lichtenstein". I followed the advice and changed my Swiss license to a French one while I was waiting. THANKS FOR THIS ADVICE!!!. What interest me is that I had sent in a copy of my Swiss licence together with everything else that was asked for but perhaps it was because I listed a french address as my home address.
I also received a CHF 1000.- fine with a further CHF 4500.- suspended for a period of years. So to recap: August 2013 caught speeding, May 2014 receive ban, December 2014 receive fine. So it seems they are very busy enforcing the Via Secura laws, but I sure ain't speeding anymore!
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Re: Caught Speeding - moving to France

Thanks for the info!
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