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Hello Everyone,

I am a german student who is preparing a presentation about variable message signs.
I want to know how many people in Switzerland are using the opportunity of variable message signs.
So please give me a short answer whether you use it or you don't.

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Old 08.11.2010, 23:15
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So please give me a short answer whether you use it or you don't.
Don't know.. what is it..?

Googled it but came up with things like this: http://www.vmslimited.co.uk/
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Re: variable message sign

sorry. I don't really know how to translate it in english.
In german its called "Wechselkennzeichen/ Wechsel Kontrollschild"
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Old 09.11.2010, 00:23
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Re: variable message sign

I've seen a few on motorways and even slowed down at the ones which tell you how fast you are going, but I am not sure if that is what you mean by using them.
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Old 09.11.2010, 00:25
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Re: variable message sign

Either contact ASTRA http://www.astra.admin.ch/
or contact each of the cantonal Motorfahrzeugkontrollen, e.g. http://www.stva.zh.ch/internet/ds/stva/de/home.html
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Old 09.11.2010, 00:26
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I've seen a few on motorways and even slowed down at the ones which tell you how fast you are going, but I am not sure if that is what you mean by using them.
OP means licence plates that can be switched between cars, i.e. you have one set of licence plates but you can use them for several cars (but of course you can only drive one car at a time - or better only one of these cars may be driven).
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Old 09.11.2010, 02:23
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Re: variable message sign

Well, that would require variable cars, then, which precious few of us have.

But if I had several cars, I'm sure I'd be happy to use this "variable mesage sign" malarkey. If they had quick-change screws, or something -- I don't fancy fiddling around with a screwdriver every time I want to take the Aston Martin for a spin.
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Old 09.11.2010, 07:59
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If they had quick-change screws, or something -- I don't fancy fiddling around with a screwdriver every time I want to take the Aston Martin for a spin.
There are specially made quick change license plate holders for people who use Wechsel Kontrollschilder. They have a quick release which allows them to open at the bottom of the frame so the license plate can be easily pulled out and put onto your second vehicle. You can find them any where they sell normal license plate frames (Coop/Migros/Jumbo).
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Old 09.11.2010, 08:30
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Re: 2 vehicles with 1 license plate

You can only use one number plate (OK, one pair) with 2 vehicles max. I think you pay insurance based on the more expensive car with a small admin fee for the 2nd car.

We used them when we had an older toy car for weekends. And they are very easy to change, no tools required.
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Re: 2 vehicles with 1 license plate

As per Grumpy - I have had wechselschilds for a number of years. Roadtax is based on the most expensive roadtax.

I have never had 2 cars on a single plate with voll-kasko so I don't know how that actually works. But the 3rd party bit is done on the most high risk car.

You need offstreet parking for the car with no plates.

The system works superbly - and enables people to have a "toy" and a "practical" car with little extra cost
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Re: 2 vehicles with 1 license plate

what ken said we have a summer and winter car, as others have said you pay all the bill based on the most expensive car, so roadtax on the car that would cost the most to tax, and insurance on the car that would cost the most to insure (not necessarily the car that cost / is worth the most)
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Re: 2 vehicles with 1 license plate

Have one license plate for 2 cars, for many years now. It is convenient to switch between the 2 seater and the 4 seater, depending on which car is needed at the time. Swap of the license plate is pretty easy and no tools required.

If we really need to drive both at the same time, the strassenverkehersamt also has a process to "rent" a second pair of license plates up to 4 days at a time, for a fee, which includes temporary insurance. This rental can then be renewed (for a second time only, I think). We did this once quite a few years ago.

I did make the mistake of driving a car to local town, once, without the plates and the wife did the same once. Fortunately for both of us, we did not get pulled over.

I find this very useful and quite practical. It just requires a quick glance at the car to see if the plates are on it, before I leave. It takes < 1 min to change both plates.

Wish I could also swap the highway stickers

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Have one license plate for 2 cars, for many years now. It is convenient to switch between the 2 seater and the 4 seater, depending on which car is needed at the time. Swap of the license plate is pretty easy and no tools required.

I did make the mistake of driving a car to local town, once, without the plates and the wife did the same once. Fortunately for both of us, we did not get pulled over.

Wish I could also swap the highway stickers

I find this very useful and quite practical. It just requires a quick glance at the car to see if the plates are on it, before I leave. It takes < 1 min to change both plates.

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we drove all the way to europapark from zurich without any plates on last year as we parked up someone very kindly pointed out we had no plates on. No idea how we managed to get through the boarder without anyone stopping us!!
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Old 09.11.2010, 09:47
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As per Grumpy - I have had wechselschilds for a number of years. Roadtax is based on the most expensive roadtax.

I have never had 2 cars on a single plate with voll-kasko so I don't know how that actually works. But the 3rd party bit is done on the most high risk car.

You need offstreet parking for the car with no plates.

The system works superbly - and enables people to have a "toy" and a "practical" car with little extra cost
Me too, also with voll kasko - you just pay for the higher cost one plus a nominal 50CHF - probably does vary from insurance company to company.
I believe in some Kantons you can also have more than 2 on the wechsel plate so long as the the additional ones are formally classed as "old timers".

Great system!
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Re: 2 vehicles with 1 license plate

Yes, have the one plate, two car system, it is great. Just snap on/off the plates and go.

Not intentionally wanting it, but inherited a car that didn't really need, so needed plates to get it home, drive to garage, and take it out from time to time until sell it.
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Re: 2 vehicles with 1 license plate

one of my neighbours switches his plates between his commercial vehicle and his family car

I thought that was the strangest thing at first.
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Re: 2 vehicles with 1 license plate

We have many friends here who have a mobile home for that reason. It makes it much cheaper than anywhere else.
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Re: 2 vehicles with 1 license plate

As of today I have two cars with one plate.
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Re: 2 vehicles with 1 license plate

Thanks a lot for all the answers.

Maybe some more can tell me whether they use wechselkontrollschilder or not

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Thanks a lot for all the answers.

Maybe some more can tell me whether they use wechselkontrollschilder or not

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If you want a reasonably accurate answer then you must ask the different Kantons; from this forum you will get maybe 10% of 10%
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