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Old 17.09.2015, 12:10
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Re: Do you HAVE to relinquish your UK drivers license when you get a Swiss one?

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From the law
Art. 42 Road Traffic Licensing Ordinance / Verkehrszulassungsverordnung http://www.admin.ch/opc/de/classifie...247/index.html


From the law alone you would need a Swiss license to legally drive a car in Switzerland. But I assume there is a similar English/Welsh/Scottish or U.K. law which mandates that you need a European or U.K. license and a Swiss is not valid.

Interestingly, the StVA Zurich has on its list of fees the following item:
"Ausländischer Wochenaufenthalter - Bewilligung für Führerausweiszulassungsbefreiung CHF 120"
http://www.stva.zh.ch/internet/siche...GEBlenker.html

(Wochenaufenthalter = People who stay at one place only during the work days, but have their main residence else where.)
(Ausländischer Wochenaufenthalter = See above + main residence is aboard.)

This fits your bill. I could not see any application form on the website. Call them or go to the counter and ask what legally has to be done in your case.
Thanks to everyone for their wise words - especially ASwissinTheUs.

I believe my current legal status is Ausländischer Wochenaufenthalter as it's a short term contract. We've certainly discussed that with the tax lawyer.

But I cannot understand why I have to give up my UK license (which I need to use all the time there) just for the off chance of having to drive the company car occasionally.

In CH you have lovely public transport. In The UK we don't.

Looks like it is far more difficult than thought. I will ask my fellow UK citizen (who works over here in a similar way), once he gets back from his business trip. He must have the same problem.

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Ian
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