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Old 26.01.2011, 00:02
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can i keep my car if my permit expires?

Hey guys,

I graduate from university in Feb, so i think my school will send a letter to Controle des Habitants to terminate my validation of Permit B until the end of February.

This is the problem. I have a car here, and i might go to France or Belgium for a few months to study french lessons ( obviously i don't need a permit for that... i can just go there a tourist i assume and study less than 3 months n leave) . Can i keep my car in switzerland or drive it to France / Belgium when i do my courses and drive it back and sell it in Switzerland before i leave?

Am i allowed to own a car in Swiss without a permit B? Will i still be insured?

I hold international drivers license. my bf drives usually with his swiss license. but the car is under my name.

Anyone can give me some comments?

Thanks,
Joyce
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Old 26.01.2011, 12:25
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Re: can i keep my car if my permit expires?

So many questions.

1. If you've been here longer than a year, you should've changed your Canadian licence for a Swiss one. An IDL is not a licence to drive but a translation of your licence into something "friendlier". You actually don't need it here.

2. Check with your insurance person; whilst you might get leeway with the permit people, you have a legal obligation to have insurance on your car. Having said that, the car is insured and not the person - worst case is you switch it to your "bf" name on the insurance (the car is still yours).

3. Students today with cars? I don't believe it!!
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So many questions.

1. If you've been here longer than a year, you should've changed your Canadian licence for a Swiss one. An IDL is not a licence to drive but a translation of your licence into something "friendlier". You actually don't need it here.

2. Check with your insurance person; whilst you might get leeway with the permit people, you have a legal obligation to have insurance on your car. Having said that, the car is insured and not the person - worst case is you switch it to your "bf" name on the insurance (the car is still yours).

3. Students today with cars? I don't believe it!!

hehe thanks for the replies!!
i hold a hong kong driving license and if i want to change it for the swiss one i will have to take the test again in french german or italian and obviously im not capable so i renew my drivers license every year and my bf ddrives usually so its okay & having no car is too inconvenient in lausanne!! so i guess im just very fortunatee! heheh

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