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Old 30.03.2011, 12:29
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Last night, our door bell rang around 9pm. Thinking it was our neighbour (who usually forgets his keys), I buzzed the person in without much thought. Our doorbell then rang - my husband and I looked at each other puzzled.

The lady at the door and she asked if we can move our car which was in a blue lot. Apparently, she has a permit from the police to clear those parking spaces of cars as she was having a moving truck the very next day and needed those spaces. We've parked our car there on Sunday and since we havent used the car since then, we didnt realise that a sign had been erected.

She said she's left a note on our car, requesting that we move it and of course, since we havent used the car since the weekend, we didnt see the note. So she checked our licence plate up on a database (forgot the name) and located us to our address. I had no problems moving the car, and promptly did so after welcoming her to the neighbourhood.

Just that, it was a little unnerving as I didnt realise that our address was available so easily to anyone who has your licence plate number. Back home, you could only get the owner's name if you typed it into the vehicle owners database and nothing else. My husband on the other hand simply rolled his eyes at the fact that I didnt realise how readily that piece of information is available.

I definitely must think twice in future, about flicking the birdie shaking my fist at the next moronic driver I come across on the roads.
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Old 30.03.2011, 12:31
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Re: Your licence plate

You can in most cantons. Some you have to pay for the privilege, others you can do it for free. In FR, I can look up 5 number plates before having to pay for the service.
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Old 30.03.2011, 12:34
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Re: Your licence plate

I know that there is a website where all you have to do is punch in the plate number and it gives you the address. Let me try to find it and let you know..

I know it's strange that this info is readily available but I was told once by one of my swiss friends that you could also just as easily go to your neighbourhood police station and get this informationb too if you have the permit.

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Last night, our door bell rang around 9pm. Thinking it was our neighbour (who usually forgets his keys), I buzzed the person in without much thought. Our doorbell then rang - my husband and I looked at each other puzzled.

The lady at the door and she asked if we can move our car which was in a blue lot. Apparently, she has a permit from the police to clear those parking spaces of cars as she was having a moving truck the very next day and needed those spaces. We've parked our car there on Sunday and since we havent used the car since then, we didnt realise that a sign has been erected.

She said she's left a note on our car, requesting that we move it and of course, since we havent used the car since the weekend, we didnt see the note. So she checked our licence plate up on a database (forgot the name) and located us to our address. I had no problems moving the car, and promptly did so after welcoming her to the neighbourhood.

Just that, it was a little unnerving as I didnt realise that our address was available so easily to anyone who has your licence plate number. Back home, you could only get the owner's name if you typed it into the vehicle owners database and nothing else. My husband on the other hand simply rolled his eyes at the fact that I didnt realise how readily that piece of information is available.

I definitely must think twice in future, about flicking the birdie shaking my fist at the next moronic driver I come across on the roads.
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Old 30.03.2011, 12:34
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Re: Your vehicle licence plate

VWild1 had a sticky on this:

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sticky in the transport section.

print the form from the STVA, fax or post it to them and its blocked within a day or 2 from general public viewing. Info can still be obtained by writing a letter though ( depending on canton)
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You can in most cantons. Some you have to pay for the privilege, others you can do it for free. In FR, I can look up 5 number plates before having to pay for the service.
My OH said that you can request for it to be unlisted. Is that accurate?

Then again, if we did that, our car would probably have been towed away this morning, and I would have been met with an unpleasant surprise of a "disappearing car" the next time I want to use it. Double edged sword!

EDIT: ah thanks for confirming guys, just seen the later posts from the Stig and jrspet.
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Old 30.03.2011, 12:35
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Re: Your vehicle licence plate

This is true, but you can also have your details removed by requesting a form from the relevant authorities. Sorry I can't give you any more details, but I know it is possible as a friend of mine had a similar thing happen to her.
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Old 30.03.2011, 13:18
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Re: Your vehicle licence plate

At least she asked you to move it. Yesterday in my neighborhood, the police came to tow away two cars that were parked close to a similar sign. Imagine the owner coming to get his car when being late for something important. Not nice
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Old 30.03.2011, 22:12
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Re: Your vehicle licence plate

Can work in your favour. A few years back I had a ring on the doorbell which I answered to find a very apologetic man telling me that his wife had pranged my car whilst practicing driving and could I send them the bill as they did not have the correct insurance cover. They traced me via the registration plate, rather than run off leaving me with the problem. Shame all the nobs who otherwise scratch and dent my car whilst parked in carparks don't have the same honesty.
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Old 30.03.2011, 22:24
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http://www.suche.ch/info/autokennzeichen/

It was in the news recently that the Federal government is going to stop this practise very soon as it is being abused. Many women's groups are worried about possible future violent crimes against women, but we are all at risk of being burgled when they see our number plate abroad.
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Re: Your vehicle licence plate

I've also had a visit from a friendly security cop at home telling me I was badly parked. I much preferred that than the bill(s) for towing!
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Old 30.03.2011, 22:54
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Re: Your vehicle licence plate

I was actually going to post something related to this.

I live in BS and use blue zone street parking with a permit. I see these reserved slots all the time (mostly when people are moving or there are street level renovations going on). I am going away for 2 weeks. What happens if someone reserves a series of slots and I am not there to move my car?

Does anyone know? I think I'll call the cops and find out.
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Old 30.03.2011, 22:59
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Re: Your vehicle licence plate

There is even an 'app' to installed on your iPhone that allows access to this database. You can pay to be removed but now anyone can find your address whilst standing in the street looking at your car on their phone!
Bloody crazy, imagine someone not liking a manoeuvre you do or a genuine mistake, the crazies can find you and be waiting for you at your door!
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There is even an 'app' to installed on your iPhone that allows access to this database. You can pay to be removed but now anyone can find your address whilst standing in the street looking at your car on their phone!
Bloody crazy, imagine someone not liking a manoeuvre you do or a genuine mistake, the crazies can find you and be waiting for you at your door!
Or like your car and wait until you are gone to visit your appartment too....
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Old 31.03.2011, 08:42
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Re: Your vehicle licence plate

Another interesting point about parking in a blue space is that you are only entitled to park there for i think its 36 hours even with a permit.I challenged a tow away a while ago as they had erected a no parking sign whilst my car was parked there and was answered that it is why they are required to give at least 48hrs notice before removing cars.Not nice if you park and go on holiday, but those are the rules.
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I was actually going to post something related to this.

I live in BS and use blue zone street parking with a permit. I see these reserved slots all the time (mostly when people are moving or there are street level renovations going on). I am going away for 2 weeks. What happens if someone reserves a series of slots and I am not there to move my car?

Does anyone know? I think I'll call the cops and find out.
As mentioned, a blue zone (even with permit) only gives you the right to stay for 48 hours (so you need to check on the car and move it if needed).

If you are going away longer, you need to either have a friend check on the car/move it if necessary or you can find a WHITE zone where you can leave the car longer. You need to check the signs as some have limits in the number of days. They are normally located in the outer areas of the city.

A couple of links you could look at for more information concerning BS.

http://www.bs.ch/verkehr

http://www.mobilitaet.bs.ch/themenun.../parkieren.htm
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