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Simply because they are part of a reciprocal agreement which won't be valid with UK anymore. No-one knows what will happen- but it is possible. It will probably apply to many things re UK, work permits, pensions, reciprocal health agreements, bringing spouses (as my initial work permit was for 6 months- I had to return to CH, and the only way I could come back, was for us to marry, aged 19 and 24) ...who knows?

Just remembered FMF, I have 2 retired Senior cops in GE who could testify if your Lordship requires- and a few in Verbier too (are you still there, pretending you are in Malta?) and a Judge and senior policeman in Valais- if you so desire.

Over and out for a while, ta.
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Old 14.05.2017, 20:18
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Just remembered FMF, I have 2 retired Senior cops in GE who could testify if your Lordship requires- and a few in Verbier too (are you still there, pretending you are in Malta?).
Definitely in Malta.

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That would be fun, the next easyJet flight to Geneva is on Tuesday, arrives 11.35
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Old 14.05.2017, 21:20
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Re: Driving License conversion problem

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Simply because they are part of a reciprocal agreement which won't be valid with UK anymore. No-one knows what will happen- but it is possible. It will probably apply to many things re UK, work permits, pensions, reciprocal health agreements, bringing spouses (as my initial work permit was for 6 months- I had to return to CH, and the only way I could come back, was for us to marry, aged 19 and 24) ...who knows?

Just remembered FMF, I have 2 retired Senior cops in GE who could testify if your Lordship requires- and a few in Verbier too (are you still there, pretending you are in Malta?) and a Judge and senior policeman in Valais- if you so desire.

Over and out for a while, ta.
Yeah. No one knows what will happen. But makes so much more sense that everything reverts to the 1970s... why not the 1950s? That's just as logical.
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Old 14.05.2017, 21:22
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Ah. The early fifties when only one person in our road had a car!
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Old 14.05.2017, 21:43
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Simply because they are part of a reciprocal agreement which won't be valid with UK anymore. No-one knows what will happen- but it is possible.
Exactly. Nobody knows what's going to happen so your initial post stating that of course things will change is just daft ( and that is what I believe people have an issue with, not the fact that you actually had to take the tests). Things may change or they may not but until we know exactly what is going to happen there is no of course about it.

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Things will of course change for British people post Brexit- and they will probably have to re-take driving licence all over- just as I did in 1970.,
Whatever happens I think it is very unlikely that things will be as they were in the1970s as an awful lot of things have changed since then.
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Hey guys, I have this little big problem with my driving license conversion, and I thought maybe someone knows something to help me out.

So the problem I have is that i tried to change my driving license that I got in my own country for the swiss one, but apparently you need to get your driving licence 12 months before entering switzerland and before getting your residence (something that I havent seen anywhere on the Ch website). I thought in a foolish way that it would be fine to do my license in my own country during the summer vacation after 2 years of living in Switzerland and afterwards converting it to the Swiss one(thinking it would be easier with the language and what not).

But now after sending them all the documents and forms that i filled and including the original driving licence, they decided to keep the original license and making me do the whole driving school once again but in Switzerland.

My question is, has it happened to someone else as well?. And if yes, do I have to redo the Swiss driving school again or just the tests (theoretical and practical).

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That is ridiculous! Why is it better with a 12 month old driving licence than a 11 month old driving licence?...
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Old 15.05.2017, 10:57
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For example? I would have to use the L on my back window?
A little bump in here
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Old 15.05.2017, 11:19
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Simply because they are part of a reciprocal agreement which won't be valid with UK anymore.
Hogwash. Recognition of a foreign driving license for conversion is mostly unilateral. See for example the U.S. where all driving related things are state mater. On the other hand U.S. states are forbidden to enter any bilateral agreement with a foreign countries.

As you can see the VZV or as it called in French the OCN
https://www.admin.ch/opc/fr/classifi...247/index.html
does not list any countries.

But anyway, for all that matters you and other which converted from an U.K. license already have and still will have a Swiss license and driving privileges.
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Old 15.05.2017, 11:30
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For example? I would have to use the L on my back window?
No, that would be one on a Learner's Permit.

The Swiss provisional license is more akin to what is known in the U.K. as probation period.
It is also known as the "green L". Because before the propation period and provisional license was introduced, there was fear the such people must show a green L on the back. Like the French red A. But the green L never came.

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That is ridiculous! Why is it better with a 12 month old driving licence than a 11 month old driving licence?...
The twelve months is about the probation period/provisional license only. Do not ask me why they came up with this 12 months. But I assume it is due that you have to do two driving courses during the probation period.

A better approach might be:
License for less than --
- 12 months : two driving course, plus probation up to 36 months.
- 24 months : one driving course, plus probation up to 36 months.
- 36 months : just the probation up to 36 months.
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No, that would be one on a Learner's Permit.

The Swiss provisional license is more akin to what is known in the U.K. as probation period.
It is also known as the "green L". Because before the propation period and provisional license was introduced, there was fear the such people must show a green L on the back. Like the French red A. But the green L never came.



The twelve months is about the probation period/provisional license only. Do not ask me why they came up with this 12 months. But I assume it is due that you have to do two driving courses during the probation period.

A better approach might be:
License for less than --
- 12 months : two driving course, plus probation up to 36 months.
- 24 months : one driving course, plus probation up to 36 months.
- 36 months : just the probation up to 36 months.
So, basically when you swap your drivers licence you are on a provation / provisional one?

Do you need to do some course or something? I have the Spanish drivers licence, which is an EU one
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So, basically when you swap your drivers licence you are on a provation / provisional one?
Do you need to do some course or something?
If you did your driving test less than 12 months before you moved to Switzerland then yes, you a are on probation and you get provisional one (the only distinction on license it self is that it has an expiration date.)

As said during the probation period you can have a BAC of max. 0.01%, should not have any major traffic infractions, and must do two approved (see https://2-phasen.ch/) driving courses before the license expires.
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