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UK resident on Swiss L permit driving licence query

Hi,
Yet another driving licence question.

I am a UK resident (home, family, employment and tax). I am contracted into a Swiss company for some of my work from my UK employer, but I also do some work in the UK too. I am only paid in the UK by my UK employer.

I am actually in Switzerland for on average a week a month. The Swiss company I am contracted to applied for an L permit for me which I now have and that is valid for 12 months and shows my place of employment as my address; all agreed with the Canton. The reason for this arrangement is I have an unusual skillset and experience base that is not available in Switzerland and is required to support a particular industry where full time attendance is not required.

I do not not have a residential address in Switzerland, I stop at hotels.
I either get a hire car or use the Swiss companies car for business purposes.

I understand that I am fine with my UK driving licence at the moment ie the first year (am 6 months in) of contract in Switzerland, (please advise if I am wrong on this point). I can't get a CH driving licence and submit my UK licence as my cars, my home etc are all in the UK.

It is likely that the contract between the Swiss company and my UK employer will have another year added to it, so, when that second year starts:

1. Will I still be able to drive the Swiss companies car in Switzerland on my UK licence at that point?
2. Will I be able to drive a hire car in Switzerland at that point?
3. Do I need to do anything now eg contact the Canton SVA office to get resolution?

Thanks to all you knowledgeable people out there.
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Old 12.11.2015, 12:04
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Re: UK resident on Swiss L permit driving licence query

Unusual it is, and (possibly) not technically legal. If you have a residence permit here then this is your legal place of residence, and the Swiss won't care if you still have a house in the UK as well. So I suspect that after the 12 month period, whether you continue on an L or move to a B, you will need to change your licence regardless.

But I'm no expert - SWK may be along shortly.
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Re: UK resident on Swiss L permit driving licence query

Sounds like you have the wrong permit, you need a G cross border permit.

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Hi,
Yet another driving licence question.

I am a UK resident (home, family, employment and tax). I am contracted into a Swiss company for some of my work from my UK employer, but I also do some work in the UK too. I am only paid in the UK by my UK employer.

I am actually in Switzerland for on average a week a month. The Swiss company I am contracted to applied for an L permit for me which I now have and that is valid for 12 months and shows my place of employment as my address; all agreed with the Canton. The reason for this arrangement is I have an unusual skillset and experience base that is not available in Switzerland and is required to support a particular industry where full time attendance is not required.

I do not not have a residential address in Switzerland, I stop at hotels.
I either get a hire car or use the Swiss companies car for business purposes.

I understand that I am fine with my UK driving licence at the moment ie the first year (am 6 months in) of contract in Switzerland, (please advise if I am wrong on this point). I can't get a CH driving licence and submit my UK licence as my cars, my home etc are all in the UK.

It is likely that the contract between the Swiss company and my UK employer will have another year added to it, so, when that second year starts:

1. Will I still be able to drive the Swiss companies car in Switzerland on my UK licence at that point?
2. Will I be able to drive a hire car in Switzerland at that point?
3. Do I need to do anything now eg contact the Canton SVA office to get resolution?

Thanks to all you knowledgeable people out there.
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Re: UK resident on Swiss L permit driving licence query

Interesting. Why did you not get a G Permit? Or will you stay longer than 7 days in Switzerland?


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3bis Einen schweizerischen Führerausweis benötigen:
a.Fahrzeugführer aus dem Ausland, die seit zwölf Monaten in der Schweiz wohnen und sich in dieser Zeit nicht länger als drei Monate ununterbrochen im Ausland aufgehalten haben;3bis Sont tenus d'obtenir un permis de conduire suisse:
a.les conducteurs de véhicules automobiles en provenance de l'étranger qui résident depuis plus de douze mois en Suisse sans avoir séjourné plus de trois mois consécutifs à l'étranger;
A Swiss driving license needs:
Drivers from a foreign country, which live/reside for at least 12 month in Switzerland and have not been aboard during this time for at least 3 months uninterruptly.

An L-Permit means you are a resident in Switzerland (at your employers address).
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Re: UK resident on Swiss L permit driving licence query

Thanks all,

in answer to one question, until now I have only been in Switzerland for a max of 5 days and therefore meet the G permit requirement of leaving once a week. However, I will on occasion have to work over weekends so will exceed the 7 days. If I need to move to a g permit and not work weekends and keep my UK licence then that sounds like a good solution!

Any more info from forum posters would be gratefully recieved.
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Thanks all,

in answer to one question, until now I have only been in Switzerland for a max of 5 days and therefore meet the G permit requirement of leaving once a week. However, I will on occasion have to work over weekends so will exceed the 7 days. If I need to move to a g permit and not work weekends and keep my UK licence then that sounds like a good solution!

Any more info from forum posters would be gratefully recieved.
I know someone with a G permit from Spain, he is here quite a lot & for sure does not actually go to Spain every week. Nobody tracks EXACTLY what you do.
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Re: UK resident on Swiss L permit driving licence query

Increasingly, it looks like I should have a G permit, not L.
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