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Driving Ban (PLEASE HELP!)

Hi,
I had a minor accident on 2nd September 2011 (a dent in both our bumpers and no injuries). I received the charges (CHF 550) in a letter last week, but today I received another letter informing me that they were going to ban me from driving in Switzerland and Liechtenstein! I NEED to be able to drive for work and have been driving incident-free for 6 weeks since the accident.

They say I have 20 days to lodge an appeal, does anyone know what I should do? What are my chances of escaping a ban? How long are these bans? Can I choose when I start it? Are there any other options?

PLEASE help as soon as possible.
Any information you have would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 17.10.2011, 14:25
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Re: Driving Ban (PLEASE HELP!)

Does the letter not say how long the ban is?
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Old 17.10.2011, 14:26
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Re: Driving Ban (PLEASE HELP!)

Welcome to the forum, tell us a little about yourself.
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Re: Driving Ban (PLEASE HELP!)

Could we get the whole story maybe? No one gets banned for a minor accident unless alcohol or drugs were in play or a gross road traffic infringement occurred.
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Re: Driving Ban (PLEASE HELP!)

The letter just says they are going to decide how long the ban will de in 20 days (after my time of appeal closes).

There was no drugs/alcohol etc. I think I was given the ban because I confessed that I'd only been in the country for 1 week and was still getting used to driving on the right hand side (that was the cause of the accident- I looked the wrong way before pulling out).

I'm just really worried this ban may cost me my job.
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Re: Driving Ban (PLEASE HELP!)

contest it, but the ban is usually able to be delayed to a time of your choosing. if you're a woman, getting pregnant and taking the ban during maternity leave is a good way to optimise the situation.

in the mean time, i believe you can string out the ban date by contesting and delaying the court hearings. in the end, you might want to hire a driver or use public transport if it is feasible.
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contest it, but the ban is usually able to be delayed to a time of your choosing. if you're a woman, getting pregnant and taking the ban during maternity leave is a good way to optimise the situation..
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The letter just says they are going to decide how long the ban will de in 20 days (after my time of appeal closes).

There was no drugs/alcohol etc. I think I was given the ban because I confessed that I'd only been in the country for 1 week and was still getting used to driving on the right hand side (that was the cause of the accident- I looked the wrong way before pulling out).

I'm just really worried this ban may cost me my job.
Seems a little strange. Sorry, but I have no idea what your legal rights are. It doesn't make any sense to me to ban someone for a minor offense. Just be aware, that everyone will tell you to admit nothing at the accident scene.
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Re: Driving Ban (PLEASE HELP!)

I should probably explain that I am a man at this point, lol. (weird name, I know).

I may only be working here until August, do you think I could string it out until then?
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I should probably explain that I am a man at this point, lol. (weird name, I know).

I may only be working here until August, do you think I could string it out until then?
yeah. that might be feasible. you can maybe string it out and then arrange to have your ban take place from 1 September.
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contest it, but the ban is usually able to be delayed to a time of your choosing. if you're a woman, getting pregnant and taking the ban during maternity leave is a good way to optimise the situation.

in the mean time, i believe you can string out the ban date by contesting and delaying the court hearings. in the end, you might want to hire a driver or use public transport if it is feasible.


OP has been in the country for a couple of weeks and afraid of loosing his/her job. Not a situation in which one would think about getting pregnant.

OT: Did you show the letter to a native speaker, Chris? Are you sure you understood it correctly?
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Re: Driving Ban (PLEASE HELP!)

That would be great.
We've contacted our insurance company so fingers crossed they know how to string it out for as long as possible.
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I should probably explain that I am a man at this point, lol. (weird name, I know).

I may only be working here until August, do you think I could string it out until then?
My apologies to Phil then, sorry pal.

If you do indeed face a ban, then I hardly think that waiting 10 months is an option. The friends that I've had with 30 day bans had to serve them within a 90 day period from the date of prosecution (Canton ZH). I hate to tell people to seek legal advice, but if you need to drive for your profession, it would make sense in this instance I guess. You're probably in the wrong place here for specific solutions unless we have a legal expert amongst us?
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Re: Driving Ban (PLEASE HELP!)

Well, if it was within a 90 day period then I could take it over xmas which would be better. I'd really rather not get lawyers involved. They're expensive enough in the UK, the mind boggles over here.
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Re: Driving Ban (PLEASE HELP!)

You won't be able to choose. They'll tell you and that's that.
Do submit your letter to a French speaking person to make sure you've understood it.
Also, getting a lawyer won't help in the least for this kind of situation. But as the others have said it seems quite surprising to have a ban for a minor accident.
You can contest it and explain, as well as ask why you're getting a ban.

What ever you do, do not, really do not even dream of driving during the ban period.
Take a taxi, walk, take the bus but don't drive.
Laws are extremely strict in Switzerland.
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Re: Driving Ban (PLEASE HELP!)

Are you sure that you have been banned, or have you been warned that future traffic violations will result in a ban? As a driver with no previous, you should have received a warning for "minor" violations (Art. 16a SVG/Swiss Road Traffic Act), and a one month ban for "medium" violations" (Art. 16b SVG) only.
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Re: Driving Ban (PLEASE HELP!)

so... just how long are these driving bans??? I thought it would be permanent if it's a "ban". Seems "suspension" would be a more appropriate word if it's only for a short duration..
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so... just how long are these driving bans??? I thought it would be permanent if it's a "ban". Seems "suspension" would be a more appropriate word if it's only for a short duration..
Swiss law calls it "retrait de permis" or "Ausweisentzug" whether it's permanent or not.
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Hi,
I had a minor accident on 2nd September 2011 (a dent in both our bumpers and no injuries). I received the charges (CHF 550) in a letter last week, but today I received another letter informing me that they were going to ban me from driving in Switzerland and Liechtenstein! I NEED to be able to drive for work and have been driving incident-free for 6 weeks since the accident.

They say I have 20 days to lodge an appeal, does anyone know what I should do? What are my chances of escaping a ban? How long are these bans? Can I choose when I start it? Are there any other options?

PLEASE help as soon as possible.
Any information you have would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks,
Christi
We had a similar issue with illegitimate banning on here recently...did you post the link on an internet platform and a "friend" sorta clicked on it by accident?
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Re: Driving Ban (PLEASE HELP!)

This is a direct quote from the letter:
"Sur la base des pieces figurant a votre dossier, nous envisageons de prononcer une mesure d'interdiction de conduire en suisse a votre encontre pour l'infraction ci-dessous:
Non respect de la priorite en quittant une artere declassee par un signal <<STOP>>, avec accident commis le 2 septembre 2011."

The word they use is prohibition (so I assume its just a suspension?).

Has anyone experienced this kind of offence? Any idea what my suspension is likely to be?
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Re: Driving Ban (PLEASE HELP!)

They haven't decided yet.
They're indicating that there are elements in your file which supports this possible decision.

Find a French speaker to help you and call them personally.
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