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Old 04.04.2011, 16:34
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Driving Lessons in France ( but near Geneva )

Hi,

I think it's about time I got my driving licence, but the thing that puts me off is the price in Geneva, plus the fact you need to do extra Swiss tests, which makes the process even longer.

I heard that it's much cheaper in France and I was wondering if anyone had experience, or had heard of, any driving schools over the border, preferably somewhere at the end of a tram line ...

Thanks for any help in advance!
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Old 04.04.2011, 19:04
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Re: Driving Lessons in France ( but near Geneva )

it seems a good idea, but I don't think you can drive in France with a Swiss learner licence....
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Old 04.04.2011, 22:03
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Re: Driving Lessons in France ( but near Geneva )

I wouldn't be looking to drive on the learners licence in Switzerland, just to get the full license in France and then transfer it to a Swiss licence ( if possible, if not, just keep the French one )

Unless there's anythingh weirdly administrative going on with French licenses, but I get the impression they're not as anally retentive as the Swiss.

I found somewhere in Annemasse - Auto Ecole Moto Dejoux ... awaiting callback and they're 10 mins walk away from the tramstop so that could be my ticket to a car ... : )
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I wouldn't be looking to drive on the learners licence in Switzerland, just to get the full license in France and then transfer it to a Swiss licence ( if possible, if not, just keep the French one )
I think you need to be a French resident to pass it in France (am checking). I lived there and was unable to transfer my US one and had to pass it there. I really do not see the interest in having to go through all cr*p there unless it is really that bad here.

Edit: "Le préfet peut autoriser un sous-préfet d'arrondissement à délivrer un permis de conduire à une personne non domiciliée dans cet arrondissement, lorsque cette dérogation est de nature à améliorer sensiblement le service rendu à l'usager.". This is all I could find... unless you are French, I don't think this idea is gonna fly.
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Oh, I didn't realise that .. thanks for checking, that's very helpful ... might have to just bite the bullet here at some point ...
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Oh, I didn't realise that .. thanks for checking, that's very helpful ... might have to just bite the bullet here at some point ...
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Re: Driving Lessons in France ( but near Geneva )

If you live in CH, you need to get your license here (or get a license that you had PRIOR to moving here transfered to a Swiss one within one year of moving here).

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If you live in CH, you need to get your license here (or get a license that you had PRIOR to moving here transfered to a Swiss one within one year of moving here).

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Not what I wanted to hear, but thanks for clarification! I'll have to get on with it here, I guess ... since I'm not moving back to the UK !

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Unless there's anythingh weirdly administrative going on with French licenses, but I get the impression they're not as anally retentive as the Swiss.
Not so. If anything the Swiss process is more straightforward and allows you more autonomy. You're required a certain number of hours of lessons in France. In CH they don't care if you've had lessons or not as long as you know how to drive, although in practice it's good to do at least a few hours.
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You're required a certain number of hours of lessons in France. In CH they don't care if you've had lessons or not as long as you know how to drive, although in practice it's good to do at least a few hours.
You can get around the required amount if you previously have had a license.
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