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Driving license: category C and C1

Does anyone have a C or C1 license and what were the tests like ?

Was there a theory and a practical.

Looks like I can't carry over my UK C category from the UK
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Old 22.05.2013, 21:59
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Re: Driving license: category C and C1

You can carry over your EU C & C1 licenses, if you had your license before 1st September 2009,
but you must apply as soon as you arrive here (You cannot drive on your foreign licence for C & C1)
and an eye test and maybe take a medical.

http://www.pom.be.ch/pom/de/index/st...Par_textbild_5

http://www.pom.be.ch/pom/de/index/st...zulassung.html

http://www.cambus.ch/media/archive1/news/Merkblatt_-_Anerkennung_von_im_Ausland_besuchten_WBK_de.pdf

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You can carry over your C & C1 licenses, but you must apply as soon as you arrive here and take a medical.

http://www.cambus.ch/media/archive1/...ten_WBK_de.pdf
Yep that's correct, trouble is I didn't know this 8yrs ago when we arrived so I have missed out on this.

Looks like there's no choice but to take the test but wondered how hard it is.
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Old 22.05.2013, 22:23
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Re: Driving license: category C and C1

Have you tried to exchange the license yet?

Maybe if you are desparate you could officially leave Switzerland, renew your UK license, and return here?
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Have you tried to exchange the license yet?

Maybe if you are desparate you could officially leave Switzerland, renew your UK license, and return here?
Called in at the Service des Autos today but forgot they close at 4:30....

Will go tomorrow but fear a negative response. I did keep a photocopy of my old UK license that shows the C category so I will try my luck but I was told this evening by a friend that it was unlikely.
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Called in at the Service des Autos today but forgot they close at 4:30....

Will go tomorrow but fear a negative response. I did keep a photocopy of my old UK license that shows the C category so I will try my luck but I was told this evening by a friend that it was unlikely.
So you have exchanged your UK license and received a B ... so they know already that you had a C & C1 before don't they?
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So you have exchanged your UK license and received a B ... so they know already that you had a C & C1 before don't they?
Yep that's true, just wondered if they will now not recognize it after these 8yrs without it.
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Yep that's true, just wondered if they will now not recognize it after these 8yrs without it.
Interesting discussion, and slightly different from my experience. Both my wife and myself received the C category when we exchanged our UK licence, than after about two years were asked to take a medical in order to retain it. Neither of us were bothered, so we both had it removed from the licence.

Were we to want it reinstating I'm not sure if we'd need to take the test again, but I imagine that with the previous record of having had it that should not be necessary. In your case, presumably when you exchanged you told them not to bother with the C cat, but they must have made a note of it, so you might get lucky.
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Interesting discussion, and slightly different from my experience. Both my wife and myself received the C category when we exchanged our UK licence, than after about two years were asked to take a medical in order to retain it. Neither of us were bothered, so we both had it removed from the licence.

Were we to want it reinstating I'm not sure if we'd need to take the test again, but I imagine that with the previous record of having had it that should not be necessary. In your case, presumably when you exchanged you told them not to bother with the C cat, but they must have made a note of it, so you might get lucky.
Yep this is correct Cat C has a 2yr medical only in place but no retest required. Yes I gave mine up at the point of exchange as the license I got back has no Cat C and the license I had (UK) did have it, only realised afterwards
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Re: Driving license: category C and C1

I have C1 and C1E on my Swiss licence, transferred from my UK licence back in 2000.
..... and have had a couple or so medicals in the meantime, to keep them - no hardship, although the interval between medicals is less now I'm over 50.

Probably due, later this year - I await my invitation, with anticipation.

My philosophy is that if I have the categories, then keep them, where possible, as it's bound to be hassle and money to regain them, if they're ever needed.
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My philosophy is that if I have the categories, then keep them, where possible, as it's bound to be hassle and money to regain them, if they're ever needed.
I'd agree with this, so much easier at the time of exchange.

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Re: Driving license: category C and C1

persons that come to Switzerland from outside of the EU do not automatically receive C1. In addition to the vision test they must also make a health exam with a doctor and take the C1 theory test which is 30 questions and 3 can be missed in a time limit of 45 minutes. The test is not available in English.

How can a foreigner from outside of europe pass a test in german?
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Re: Driving license: category C and C1

I exchanged my UK license for a Swiss one in 2006, told STVA I didn't need the C1 to avoid the medical exams, and now realise that I really want my C1 category back. Is there a way I can do this easily? Or even not so easily?

Has anyone managed to get it back after this?

This raises a few Qs:

1) If you got back a C1 after an exchange how did you do it?

2) Are people exchanging their UK licenses still able to get the (pre '97 Class B pass) C1 with just a medical and eye test?

3) Has anyone asked for leave from Switzerland (on their C permit), for over a year, swapped their license back to UK, added new classes (like HGV), returned after a period and swapped back? Could you keep the newly added classes?

Right now I am not working and genuinely out of Switzerland regularly and a large % of the time. Would really love to do an HGV test while I am in the UK. These courses are a really good deal, of course you get to drive these massive lorries!!! (This would have made a more interesting TG than towing a Reliant Rialto up a hill TBH).
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Re: Driving license: category C and C1

My conclusion was no there is no easy way to get back the C1 once it's surrendered. I gave mine up but not without me knowing about it, i.e. when I handed in my UK license and got back my CH version the C1 was not there although I didn't realise it until those 8yrs later when I needed it....

The only way now is to actually take the C1 test in German, French or Italian language.

The other think worth knowing is that C1 vehicles are much more expensive to insure, which was something that put me off going down that route. I have had to stick to 3.5t vehicles since which has positives and negatives.
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Re: Driving license: category C and C1

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In addition to the vision test they must also make a health exam with a doctor and take the C1 theory test which is 30 questions and 3 can be missed in a time limit of 45 minutes. The test is not available in English.

How can a foreigner from outside of europe pass a test in german?
That's not my experience. In 2016 I converted my C1/C1E/D1/D1E license and there was a 30min medical where the doctor asked me health questions, checked by blood pressure, did basic balance tests and charged me 150F. The doctor spoke English and there were no driving questions.
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That's not my experience. In 2016 I converted my C1/C1E/D1/D1E license and there was a 30min medical where the doctor asked me health questions, checked by blood pressure, did basic balance tests and charged me 150F. The doctor spoke English and there were no driving questions.
I assume that was at the point of exchange rather than a retrospective license upgrade.

I didn't pursue my license upgrade but i may revisit that this winter. Will try to argue the point about the old category from the UK license but suppose i'll be starting from scratch and need to go down that test route, better brush up on my French...
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Re: Driving license: category C and C1

OK got some more info that may be useful for others:

Once a C1 category has been surrounded then there's an unofficial 12 months grace where you can go back to them and ask for the C1 to be re-instated. As mine was 12yrs ago i was slightly outside of this period.....

Means that i now should go down the official C1 application route. You need:

The filled in in application form
Doctors signed medical certificate (valid for only 3 months so don wait too long once you have it before submitting your application)
Criminal record certificate (down loadable) but not sure if you have to pay to get it ?

Then you need to pay:

Theory exam CHF40 (you can fail this as many times as you like)
Practical test CHF190 (a 3 x failure means it's unlikely you'll get a 4th shot)
New driving license CHF45

I was informed today that you can take both theory and practical tests in English if you do it in Bern, but you must supply a letter of justification with your application to your local SAN, they will decide it it's OK but it sounded like it was no problem.

So i'm going to start the process once i can get some more info on the knowledge i need to have re: C1 for the theory and practical tests, some more homework !

5.5t here we come
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Re: Driving license: category C and C1

Hello
I'd be interested to hear if you made a decision to do the C1 test and what it was like. As for you I lost this when swapping a UK licence many years ago.

I'm interested in recovering so I can drive a large motorhome (5ton). Any info on the test, process or costs would be very useful.

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Re: Driving license: category C and C1

Actually the budget for the new van never materialised and hence we chose another route, ie we kept our smaller 3.5t (7.5m) vehicle and fitted a tow bar, then bought a 750kgs trailer to give us more space and payload. It was a cheaper fix so to speak and avoided the C1 hassle as well.

C1 would be great though and would open the door to some realistic payload and not the the few hundred kgs that most 3.5t van offer.

Now knowing that there's an English option for the tests in Bern makes the proposition far less daunting though.
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Re: Driving license: category C and C1

Thanks. Our 3.5 ton is 30 years old, woefully underpowered and now dropped a valve in the engine. So that route isn't really an option

I'll look into doing C1 and post my experience here for reference if I get round to doing it.
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