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Do I really have to change the plates?

Hi All,

this is my very first thread, so please try to be kind with me

I've been searching through the forum but didn't really find anything similar to my case.

I moved to Zurich in October 2010 and brought my car with Italian plates. I own a B permit and I come from Milan. As I don't use my car too much here, I normally leave it for long periods at home in Italy and bring it here from time to time, but not on a regular basis.

The question is, can I still keep my Italian plates and insurance or do I need to switch to the Swiss ones, although I drive my car most of the time in Italy? Is there any way to prove that my car is mainly being driven in Italy or do the Swiss authority not really care?

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Old 15.09.2011, 22:12
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Re: Do I really have to change the plates?

Welcome to the Forum.

When you have lived here for 12 months you are not allowed to drive any foreign registered cars, even rental cars bring problems. No insurance either.

Search for "foreign plates"
Fine for foreign plates
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Re: Do I really have to change the plates?

License plates = place of residence
And they are very strict about that..

eh.. siamo in Svizzera
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Re: Do I really have to change the plates?

Hi Claudio

I know it can be an insult but why don't you sell la macchina if you don't use it often?

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Re: Do I really have to change the plates?

Ciao a tutti

thank you very much guys for the quick replies. I think the best way to go then is probably to sell it in Italy, although I wouldn't want to as it's my cute baby http://www.alfaromeo.it/it/#/modelli/mito

Otherwise I guess I'd also need to pay import tax as I only got it in May last year, so less than six months before moving to CH.

I don't know if it's worth paying so much taxes for a car I wouldn't even use. I believe I will do just fine with a mobility car
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Re: Do I really have to change the plates?

...there is another way... register the car in the name of somebody in Italy you trust. If they stop you, you can always say they borrowed you. Could it be a way out?
...anyway... it is so funny we italians always try to find bugs in the laws
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Re: Do I really have to change the plates?

I guess that gives you just about 15 days to change plates. Don't hang about here: Get to it!
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Re: Do I really have to change the plates?

Ciao Andrea,

yes, I was just reading it on the post from Ittigen and I thought of doing a passaggio di proprietà quoting my mother as the new owner, that should do the trick And yes, I agree, we're defo Italians LOL
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Re: Do I really have to change the plates?

So can you drive someone else's non Swiss registered car in Switzerland as long as they have you as a driver on their insurance?
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Re: Do I really have to change the plates?

AFAIK. its not the driving in Switzerland part that gives you legal trouble but the bringing into Switzerland part. Technically you are importing a car when you cross the border, even as a tourist. SR 631.01Zollverordnung Art. 30ff. It may help to help and argue with Art. 35. But you have to leave Switzerland with the car a after three days.
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