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Must say I am baffled how often people give the same answer as the person above and the one above them... do people read threads before answering?
ecb gave the correct answer once, 2 mins after the question was asked, isn't hat enough?
It's okay, Odile; they were just teasing.

Must say I was rather surprised that somone who does seem to put herself out there as a fount of wisdom for all things swiss didn't already know what a carte grise was!
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LOL especially a carte gise

Now I know this has been discussed before, but I thought the carte grise was supposed to be kept in the vehicle- in case the police ask for it.
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Old 20.03.2014, 11:13
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Re: Help! What's a "carte gise"?

And why in the Swiss French area do they call the driving license "the blue"? I wonder


P.S. I just grabbed this example off the Internet.

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Re: Help! What's a "carte gise"?

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Old 20.03.2014, 11:29
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I just grabbed this example off the Internet.
Lol -- "off the internet". C'mon, own up, that's your photo, isn't it! (Nice mo.)
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Re: Help! What's a "carte gise"?

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Now I know this has been discussed before, but I thought the carte grise was supposed to be kept in the vehicle- in case the police ask for it.
It is.
Along with the insurance papers, an accident declaration form, a piece of chalk to mark out where the car was positioned in case you need to move the vehicle to avoid causing an obstruction (not sure, but seem to recall it should be blue chalk), a spare set of bulbs for your lights, a first aid kit, etc.

No room in the glovebox for your actual gloves these days... especially not in a classic Mini!
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It's okay, Odile; they were just teasing.

Must say I was rather surprised that somone who does seem to put herself out there as a fount of wisdom for all things swiss didn't already know what a carte grise was!
I did know about the carte grise, it was that damned carte gise that stumped me. It just didn't occur to me initially that it was a typo. Brain not in French gear I guess and couldn't recall the few words of the language I know to make the jump to the right word for that sentence.
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It is.
Along with the insurance papers, an accident declaration form, a piece of chalk to mark out where the car was positioned in case you need to move the vehicle to avoid causing an obstruction (not sure, but seem to recall it should be blue chalk), a spare set of bulbs for your lights, a first aid kit, etc.

No room in the glovebox for your actual gloves these days... especially not in a classic Mini!
The insurance is marked in the CG , so no other requirement for CH. If you have plates it's insured. A green card abroad is useful, however not a legal requirement.
Never head about having a piece of chalk, good tip.
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Aww give her a break. It probably takes a bit of time for the sense of humour to wake up in the mornings when you're retired.
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The insurance is marked in the CG , so no other requirement for CH. If you have plates it's insured. A green card abroad is useful, however not a legal requirement.
Never head about having a piece of chalk, good tip.
To be more specific, it is best to have one of the big pieces of chalk that come in pails of several colours. The small pieces break too easily. Just bribe one of the neighbourhood kids (5 and under) who have lots of them to write all over the road or parking lot.

The idea is you trace a line beside each of the four tires (directly parallel and close), then where you have the middle of the tire you draw a line at 90° to the other line. This gives the police the direction of travel, orientation (especially of the front tires - were you turning) and it tells them (with the 90° lines) the exact centre of the tires.

Plus always good to take a few pictures of both vehicles. Close up and back a ways.

Then you can move the car if it is obstructing traffic or making things unsafe.
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Re: Help! What's a "carte gise"?

Just a question on this old topic, I just bought a second hand motorcycle yesterday from a guy in Lausanne. He wants to give me a the "cancelled" carte grise in order for me to get a new plate after I have paid him.

When I bought my car a few months ago I just went with the seller to the car registration office together, so not sure what happened with the carte grise. I got the plates immediately, that is for sure.

How can a carte grise get cancelled (i.e. who does this?)? And if cancelled, will I still be able to put it on my name and get a plate without any hassle?

Thanks for the help!
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How can a carte grise get cancelled (i.e. who does this?)? And if cancelled, will I still be able to put it on my name and get a plate without any hassle?

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When you return the plates (the place where you get new plates). Yes and yes.

A canceled gray card means: Vehicle is of the road, has no plates, no road tax and third party liability insurance has to be paid.
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When you return the plates (the place where you get new plates). Yes and yes.
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Just a question on this old topic, I just bought a second hand motorcycle yesterday from a guy in Lausanne. He wants to give me a the "cancelled" carte grise in order for me to get a new plate after I have paid him.

When I bought my car a few months ago I just went with the seller to the car registration office together, so not sure what happened with the carte grise. I got the plates immediately, that is for sure.

How can a carte grise get cancelled (i.e. who does this?)? And if cancelled, will I still be able to put it on my name and get a plate without any hassle?

Thanks for the help!
Yes, You need the cancelled Carte Grise. You would take it to the SAN in Nyon (Chemin du Bochet 8 1260 Nyon 022 557 52 90). They would then issue you with a new one with your details.

Before this happens, you need to prove that you have the motorcycle insured. To do this, you would scan/take a photo of the cancelled Carte Grise and email it to your insurance company. They will contact the SAN in Nyon and enter the insurance details (they do this directly - takes a day or two once you have signed the contract with them).

Then you walk out with a new Carte Grise in your name and new plates for the motorcycle.
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Re: Help! What's a "carte gise"?

The carte grise can be cancelled if the registered owner goes to the car registration office and asks for it to be cancelled ( if he's selling the vehicle for example). Once the carte grise is cancelled the vehicle can only be driven on the existing plate for a maximum of 12 ( or maybe 24 hours I can't remember which).
When he gives you the cancelled carte grise you can take it along to the registration office and register the vehicle in your name without any problem as long as you've got insurance cover in place. The grey card is useful for obtaining insurance it it will have all the details of the vehicle on it.

Edit: you don't have to return the plates to be able to cancel the carte grise. You can keep them to use on another vehicle (as long as the timescale is short-14 days in Neuchatel) you purchase or use them on a second vehicle if you has more than one registered on the same plate.

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The carte grise can be cancelled if the registered owner goes to the car registration office and asks for it to be cancelled ( if he's selling the vehicle for example). Once the carte grise is cancelled the vehicle can only be driven on the existing plate for a maximum of 12 ( or maybe 24 hours I can't remember which).
When he gives you the cancelled carte grise you can take it along to the registration office and register the vehicle in your name without any problem as long as you've got insurance cover in place. The grey card is useful for obtaining insurance it it will have all the details of the vehicle on it.
Until midnight the day it is cancelled.
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There seems to be an echo in here ...
My comment followed this one (I did get the joke about the others after that... honest)
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