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Re: Driving in CH in a Right Hand Drive (RHD) Car

I've been driving a British car for almost a year now. No problems at all

Those who say RHD is a pain are lying! In terms of selling it, when you decide to sell, just drive it back to England and problem solved.
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I've been driving a British car for almost a year now. No problems at all

Those who say RHD is a pain are lying! In terms of selling it, when you decide to sell, just drive it back to England and problem solved.
I would find it a pain if I every time had to unbuckle and climb over the chairs or get out of the car to enter/leave parking garages :P
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Re: Driving in CH in a Right Hand Drive (RHD) Car

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I would find it a pain if I every time had to unbuckle and climb over the chairs or get out of the car to enter/leave parking garages :P
I know, I had to find a Swiss girlfriend for my IKEA visits!
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I know, I had to find a Swiss girlfriend for my IKEA visits!

You flat must be very sparsly furnished then
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Re: Driving in CH in a Right Hand Drive (RHD) Car

Hi all, my first post here. We're moving to Zurich from the UK and I wonder about the use of RHD car from the perspective of legal requirements.
  • Can I only do the MOT in the UK if spending more than a year with RHD car in Swiss?
  • Do I need to change to Swiss number plates?
  • What are the practicalities involved to change to the Swiss plates? I.e. replacing front lights, any other?
  • If switching to Swiss plates, can I do MOT in Swiss?
  • How much more is it to have insurance on an RHD car is Swiss and is it allowed?
  • Should I be changing to Swiss driving licence, are there benefits, like for example cheaper insurance, other legal benefits, etc?

I have an e class Mercedes which I love to bits and really don't want to sell. Perhaps buying a second car in Swiss later...
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Re: Driving in CH in a Right Hand Drive (RHD) Car

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Hi all, my first post here. We're moving to Zurich from the UK and I wonder about the use of RHD car from the perspective of legal requirements.
  • Can I only do the MOT in the UK if spending more than a year with RHD car in Swiss?
  • Do I need to change to Swiss number plates?
  • What are the practicalities involved to change to the Swiss plates? I.e. replacing front lights, any other?
  • If switching to Swiss plates, can I do MOT in Swiss?
  • How much more is it to have insurance on an RHD car is Swiss and is it allowed?
  • Should I be changing to Swiss driving licence, are there benefits, like for example cheaper insurance, other legal benefits, etc?

I have an e class Mercedes which I love to bits and really don't want to sell. Perhaps buying a second car in Swiss later...
I had mine here for several years. Front lights replacement or adjustment, Rear fog light if you have only one. Both easy to find as it's a Merc.You *must* change to Swiss plates within a year of your personal arrival to be able to keep using the car after a year and for this you must do a Swiss MoT (MFK) and have Swiss insurance. Your UK licence is only valid for a year after your arrival and then, or before, must be changed for a Swiss one to be able to drive in Switzerland.

With insurance they never asked me if it was RHD but insurance is normally done using a type number for the car which might be different for RHD(?) I had no problem, even when I had an accident. Premiums will be higher simply because you're not Swiss.
My Swiss road tax was cheaper than in the UK but the insurance was higher as I had full NCB in UK.

In theory your car must be kept UK legal (MoT etc) all the time it is in Switzerland. Some claim UK insurance is not valid and this could be true in some cases.

Whether you should or shouldn't drive a RHD car is personal choice and you can find various arguments in this thread and many others.
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Re: Driving in CH in a Right Hand Drive (RHD) Car

For years I'd visit France in a RHD drive. And I've often driven in a LHD in the UK.

You get used to it.

Tricky situations are roundabouts and pulling out from a side road. Best bet is never pull out until there's some traffic showing you which side of the road to drive.
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For years I'd visit France in a RHD drive. And I've often driven in a LHD in the UK.

You get used to it.

Tricky situations are roundabouts and pulling out from a side road. Best bet is never pull out until there's some traffic showing you which side of the road to drive.
Currently driving my wife's RHD in France, really makes no difference, we have a LHD hire car as well. Other than car parks there is nothing in it.
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Currently driving my wife's RHD in France, really makes no difference, we have a LHD hire car as well. Other than car parks there is nothing in it.
Hah. Wait until your're in your 50s and have been driving for 8 hours...
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Re: Driving in CH in a Right Hand Drive (RHD) Car

I have also moved from the UK and taken my Mercedes E class coupe with me.

It didnt need any modifications as it's all a matter of a config in the car; you select LHD and it adjusts all the headlights, etc.

You can use the car with UK number plates up to a year but it's not recommended due to high insurance costs that would cover driving in Switzerland for more than 3 months.

You need to get Swiss number plates within a year. Once you do that your car is Swiss; you dont need MOT, UK road tax, any of that.

Once you cross the border get a piece of paper from the customs saying you imported the car into Switzerland. That allows you to register your car in Switzerland tax-free as long as you've owned it at least for 6 months and you can prove that.

To get the number plates you need to get an appointment from your cantonal driving authoritiy so that they can check your car and issue you with a Swiss number plate. They give you the number plates on the spot and take the UK ones so that they can report to the UK authorities.

Easy-peasy. Driving I havent had any issues other than getting the attention of all the pretty girls at the traffic lights due to driving on the "correct" side
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Re: Driving in CH in a Right Hand Drive (RHD) Car

Thank you for the responses, much appreciated, glad to hear I will be able to drive my RHD and get MOT, Insurance done in Swiss!
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