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uk ro swiss drivers license, buying a car and changing cantons, timing issues :)

Ok, try to explain this as clearly as i can and hope someone can fill me in with some facts.
I came to Switzerland beginning of August bringing my UK car with me, which i have driven around for the last 11 months.
Was going to import it but was too lazy in the beginning and now the new co2 tax is in place the cost of CHF10k extra to bring it in is too much (Porsche co2 seems quite high )
SO i need to return it to England and buy a new car, but i need to do this as quickly as possible as i require a car to get to work and back.
Before i ask my questions, one more thing ot take into account, i am currently living in the ZUrich canton, however I am moving to Zug on 1 Aug, exactly 1 year after i came here.
SO
Should i hand my driving license in now, or wait until i have returned my car to England in case i have an accident? I assume if i have a Swiss license my UK insurance will no longer be valid?
TO buy and insure a car in Switzerland do you need the Swiss license first, or can i do that with my UK license still and amend details after the Swiss one arrives?
in which case I assume i cannot buy or insure anything until I come back, hand my license over, and get the new license.
And finally, my move to Zug 1 Aug, does this make any difference to applying for the license? Or the purchase of a car and getting number plates.
Please dont tell me i will have to get ZH plates for a couple of weeks before applying for Zug plates a few weeks later, with no doubt further admin charges!!
Your help appreciated
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Old 01.07.2012, 15:28
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Ok, try to explain this as clearly as i can and hope someone can fill me in with some facts.
I came to Switzerland beginning of August bringing my UK car with me, which i have driven around for the last 11 months.
Was going to import it but was too lazy in the beginning and now the new co2 tax is in place the cost of CHF10k extra to bring it in is too much (Porsche co2 seems quite high )
SO i need to return it to England and buy a new car, but i need to do this as quickly as possible as i require a car to get to work and back.
Before i ask my questions, one more thing ot take into account, i am currently living in the ZUrich canton, however I am moving to Zug on 1 Aug, exactly 1 year after i came here.
SO
Should i hand my driving license in now, or wait until i have returned my car to England in case i have an accident? I assume if i have a Swiss license my UK insurance will no longer be valid?
TO buy and insure a car in Switzerland do you need the Swiss license first, or can i do that with my UK license still and amend details after the Swiss one arrives?
in which case I assume i cannot buy or insure anything until I come back, hand my license over, and get the new license.
And finally, my move to Zug 1 Aug, does this make any difference to applying for the license? Or the purchase of a car and getting number plates.
Please dont tell me i will have to get ZH plates for a couple of weeks before applying for Zug plates a few weeks later, with no doubt further admin charges!!
Your help appreciated
I thought the new CO2 tax starts in 2014?
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Old 01.07.2012, 16:02
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Re: uk ro swiss drivers license, buying a car and changing cantons, timing issues :)

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Ok, try to explain this as clearly as i can and hope someone can fill me in with some facts.
I came to Switzerland beginning of August bringing my UK car with me, which i have driven around for the last 11 months.
Was going to import it but was too lazy in the beginning and now the new co2 tax is in place the cost of CHF10k extra to bring it in is too much (Porsche co2 seems quite high )
SO i need to return it to England and buy a new car, but i need to do this as quickly as possible as i require a car to get to work and back.
Before i ask my questions, one more thing ot take into account, i am currently living in the ZUrich canton, however I am moving to Zug on 1 Aug, exactly 1 year after i came here.
SO
Should i hand my driving license in now, or wait until i have returned my car to England in case i have an accident? I assume if i have a Swiss license my UK insurance will no longer be valid?
TO buy and insure a car in Switzerland do you need the Swiss license first, or can i do that with my UK license still and amend details after the Swiss one arrives?
in which case I assume i cannot buy or insure anything until I come back, hand my license over, and get the new license.
And finally, my move to Zug 1 Aug, does this make any difference to applying for the license? Or the purchase of a car and getting number plates.
Please dont tell me i will have to get ZH plates for a couple of weeks before applying for Zug plates a few weeks later, with no doubt further admin charges!!
Your help appreciated
Well there are a lot of different issues here but in brief:

The co2 won't affect your car as it is owned for a long period of time already.

Your UK insurance might be a little dodgy already depending on who you are with and your cover, you are stictly no longer a UK resident I would guess.

You still have a couple of weeks to change your license and this is not Kanton specific but does have the place of issue noted and if you wait until Zug you will be over time and have to take e Swiss test! your UK one would be returned to the DVLA and present you with further UK insurance issues.

Swiss plates and insurance are Kanton dependent.

I can help you further with more details and or help you with import and insurance issues on such if you wish to PM me.

Best,
David
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Re: uk ro swiss drivers license, buying a car and changing cantons, timing issues :)

Thanks David, PM sent.

Re 2014 CO2, Im pretty sure its this year they are charging from....
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