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Fine for foreign plates

Hi all.
In a few weeks it`ll be more than one year since I am driving my car (italian) in Switzerland.
I know I have to import it after one year, but it`s complicated and I will sell the car or move somewhere else in about one year. Therefore I would like to avoid the pain of importing my car.

The question is then:
What will happen if police stops me and find out about it? The car is of course in order with periodical revisions, insurance, etc, that I do in Italy.

I really could not find any information about it on the internet.
Does anyone know?
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Old 18.05.2011, 12:00
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Re: Fine for foreign plates

Are you sure your insurance will pay out in the event of a claim? That would add to the pain that the police might inflict on you.
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Re: Fine for foreign plates

Yes, I checked with them. Insurance is no issue.
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Re: Fine for foreign plates

I am also interested in this, for the same reasons I heard or read somewhere it's 400chf, but don't know for sure...

My plan is also to ask a cop about it, but in all my 8 months here I've seen cops exactly three times, so I guess the chances are not big. (maybe i need to race some of those tinted windows cars on the highway on the long shot they're actually cops)
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Re: Fine for foreign plates

If it`s 400 CHF it would be an acceptable risk... My fear is vehicle confiscation or similar. That`d be a major pain.
I though of calling polizia in Ticino, but I fear they will not answer honestly, since they are used to dealing with troublesome italians
If you get to know it please post here, me I tried to ask all swiss colleagues but they had no idea, unsurprisingly.
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Old 18.05.2011, 16:41
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Re: Fine for foreign plates

German friend had to remove his car from Switzerland for this. No fine but also no chance to import it... ever.
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Re: Fine for foreign plates

It depends on what your passprt and driving license say where you permanently live. If your papers say "Switzerland" then you will have to get rid of your car very pronto when they catch you.
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Re: Fine for foreign plates

A possible solution would be to keep your car registered in Italy but by it being registered in the name of an Italian friend and insured by them but with you as a named driver.
If ever stopped in Switzerland can say that you borrowed from your relative to come home etc.
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German friend had to remove his car from Switzerland for this. No fine but also no chance to import it... ever.
Really? What happened exactly, was he stopped or he tried to import it after the deadline? Did he have a swiss or german driving license?
Then what, if that would happen, suppose I go back to Italy and I sell it to someone, he will not be able to import it?
Also, no fine? In Switzerland? Seriously?
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It depends on what your passprt and driving license say where you permanently live. If your papers say "Switzerland" then you will have to get rid of your car very pronto when they catch you.
Shit... seems to be real then...

What about importing it after the 1 year deadline?
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Really? What happened exactly, was he stopped or he tried to import it after the deadline? Did he have a swiss or german driving license?
Then what, if that would happen, suppose I go back to Italy and I sell it to someone, he will not be able to import it?
Also, no fine? In Switzerland? Seriously?
Stopped at the border. Swiss license. No idea. Yup. Yup. Indeed.
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Re: Fine for foreign plates

Bummer, I would've rather taken the fine
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Yes, I checked with them. Insurance is no issue.
Yeah...don't believe them. Insurance companies have a habit of saying "no problem" to everything until there's a claim. Talk to someone senior and tell them "I'll be driving my car illegally, if I crash will you pay out? Will you put that in writing?". I think you'll get a different answer. If so that means you aren't insured at all and that's illegal.
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Yeah...don't believe them. Insurance companies have a habit of saying "no problem" to everything until there's a claim. Talk to someone senior and tell them "I'll be driving my car illegally, if I crash will you pay out? Will you put that in writing?". I think you'll get a different answer. If so that means you aren't insured at all and that's illegal.
No that`s fine, car is allowed to drive here according to Italy there`s no problem. Problem is with Switzerland.

In any case, the situation needs to be solved soon, one way or another. The question that I need to answer now is: if the 1-year limit is already expired, will they still allow me to import it? Or they will say "oops, not possible, your car is banned from Switzerland!". Because, in the last case, I`d rather take my chances and postpone the inevitable...
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A possible solution would be to keep your car registered in Italy but by it being registered in the name of an Italian friend and insured by them but with you as a named driver.
If ever stopped in Switzerland can say that you borrowed from your relative to come home etc.
A Swiss resident & licence holder can only drive CH registered cars in CH. The only exception is an imported car for upto 12 months & a hired car for a short duration.
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Re: Fine for foreign plates

Presuming you have changed to a Swiss licence, (having been resident here a year...) are you sure the Italian insurance is valid for a Swiss resident?
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Presuming you have changed to a Swiss licence, (having been resident here a year...) are you sure the Italian insurance is valid for a Swiss resident?
Yes, since my insurance asked me for the document which proves that my residence is here now (AIRE, Italian Foreing Resident Association). It was a prerequiste to keep insurance with them.
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A Swiss resident & licence holder can only drive CH registered cars in CH. The only exception is an imported car for upto 12 months & a hired car for a short duration.
Or borrowed.

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What about importing it after the 1 year deadline?
Pay VAT.

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