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Insurance - these days you can check it online. It's relatively hard to not be insured and not be caught quickly. For a start they fine you right away. And ANPR is everywhere and in every police car.
This made me giggle the first time I saw it, there is an insurance company in Glasgow called Arnott, drivers who have cover with them put stickers on their back window with We Arnott Insured

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As of January 2013 the French government announced that the introduction of an 11 fine for not carrying one has been postponed indefinitely.

And anyway, why would you go and buy crumpets in France? They are a British invention...
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Because crumpets are not available in Switzerland and England is a tad too far
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Because crumpets are not available in Switzerland and England is a tad too far
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Re: CH sticker on back of car

Hi All,

Old thread i know, but anyone used the Magnetic "CH" sign? How well does it hold? :-) Did a check online and seen alot of places selling them, but wanted to know you're experiences with them..

Has anyone lost one whilst on the motorway by any chance?

Don't really want to apply the sticker to the car, but will of course, abide by the law and not take any chances if the Magnetic one is useless :-)

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Hi All,

Old thread i know, but anyone used the Magnetic "CH" sign? How well does it hold? :-) Did a check online and seen alot of places selling them, but wanted to know you're experiences with them..

Has anyone lost one whilst on the motorway by any chance?

Don't really want to apply the sticker to the car, but will of course, abide by the law and not take any chances if the Magnetic one is useless :-)

Thanks
Where are you off to?
I'd like to see a poll as to who actually has one on their car/bike. I've not had one and not had an issue on my many excursions outside of the CH borders.
I've heard that Italy is the only country who's picky about it.
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Where are you off to?
I'd like to see a poll as to who actually has one on their car/bike. I've not had one and not had an issue on my many excursions outside of the CH borders.
I've heard that Italy is the only country who's picky about it.
Driving to Austria end of the month or July.

According to TCS, its something that is "mandatory" :

https://www.tcs.ch/de/camping-reisen...-ch-kleber.php

but at the end of the article it states that you don't want unexpected surprises which i agree with.
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Hi All,

Old thread i know, but anyone used the Magnetic "CH" sign? How well does it hold? :-) Did a check online and seen alot of places selling them, but wanted to know you're experiences with them..

Has anyone lost one whilst on the motorway by any chance?

Don't really want to apply the sticker to the car, but will of course, abide by the law and not take any chances if the Magnetic one is useless :-)

Thanks
I have one in the car in case there is an issue with the police someplace. Until now, no problems. I have heard issues with Italy but on the French side (close to me) they do not seem to have an problem with no CH.

The first thing is that the surface has to be clean for it to get a good 100% surface contact. I have driven with it on the autoroute without losing it. The second is from memory the magnetic CH sign from either Coop Brico or Migros Do-it is better than the other one (sticks better). I can't remember which is better. They cost about CHF 6.-. The other issue is that the sign must be kept perfectly flat when stored in the car or it will want to flip up when you put it on the car. I keep mine in the instruction book for the car so it remains flat.

A last point, check that you have metal on the back of the car. Some of the newer cars have plastic and the magnetic sign will not work.
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I'd like to see a poll as to who actually has one on their car/bike. I've not had one and not had an issue on my many excursions outside of the CH borders.
I've heard that Italy is the only country who's picky about it.
Over the two decades I've been here I've driven across land borders with Italy, Austria, France and Germany, never had a CH sticker, never had any problems with customs or police.

I do have one vehicle (the Landy) now with said sticker on it, just 'cos it was there when I bought it, but have never felt the need to bother on any others.
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Driving to Austria end of the month or July.

According to TCS, its something that is "mandatory" :

https://www.tcs.ch/de/camping-reisen...-ch-kleber.php

but at the end of the article it states that you don't want unexpected surprises which i agree with.
I'm in Austria around 5 times a year, usually taking the Munich-Salzburg-Onwards route. Never had an issue. I notice that about a third of CH cars actually have their CH sticker. It might be mandatory, but I think that they might only use it to throw the book at you if you're caught doing other stupid things.
A magnetic one sounds like a good option though. Hopefully others might have more experience with them.
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I find the whole rule ridiculous, seeing as Swiss tags probably have the largest country flag incorporated on it. Nobody outside of Switzerland can really tell what "CH" stands for anyways.
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I have one in the car in case there is an issue with the police someplace. Until now, no problems. I have heard issues with Italy but on the French side (close to me) they do not seem to have an problem with no CH.

The first thing is that the surface has to be clean for it to get a good 100% surface contact. I have driven with it on the autoroute without losing it. The second is from memory the magnetic CH sign from either Coop Brico or Migros Do-it is better than the other one (sticks better). I can't remember which is better. They cost about CHF 6.-. The other issue is that the sign must be kept perfectly flat when stored in the car or it will want to flip up when you put it on the car. I keep mine in the instruction book for the car so it remains flat.

A last point, check that you have metal on the back of the car. Some of the newer cars have plastic and the magnetic sign will not work.
Thanks for the info.

I have a sticker that came with the car, but not taken the car outside of CH yet, hence never applied the sticker. But i assume, not applying it to the car is as good as not having one?

I doubt the police would believe me if i told them my "Magnetic one flew off into the wind", although maybe worth a try if anyone is pulled over for not having a sticker
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I find the whole rule ridiculous, seeing as Swiss tags probably have the largest country flag incorporated on it. Nobody outside of Switzerland can really tell what "CH" stands for anyways.
riCH is what most people seem to assume. At least when it's my turn to buy a round.
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Re: CH sticker on back of car

Legally you need to have a CH sticker when driving outside of CH. The application of the rule is very open. The TCS with their advice is being cautious. Hence my "insurance policy" of having the magnetic one in the car. "Washed the car and forgot to put it back on etc. etc."

At worst, a sticker version left on the car for a week will not do too much damage and should be relatively easy to peel off. It is when you leave it on for years then take it off you have the paint fading issue and it can look very ugly. Depending on the car, you might also be able to stick it on the back window.
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Re: CH sticker on back of car

Most often the fuzz will not make a fuss. But if you are a difficult person which likes to argue about technicalities with anyone and specially with cops it might be an opportunity to throw the book on you. The potential fine vary by country. In Germany it is just 10, where as in Italy it can be up to over 300
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Most often the fuzz will not make a fuss. But if you are a difficult person which likes to argue about technicalities with anyone and specially with cops it might be an opportunity to throw the book on you. The potential fine vary by country. In Germany it is just 10, where as in Italy it can be up to over 300
Hence if there is a big push on fines () in Italy the week you are there, it could be a problem because they see the cash rolling down the road towards them with the small CH plate on the front of the car.
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Re: CH sticker on back of car

you need one here in ticino, so no point in not having a permanent sticker.
otherwise the italians are liable to complain at you at the border if they're having a bad or boring day. i use the small motorbike ones and they usually fit somewhere pretty discreet. strictly speaking you need the big ugly one but only once has anyone ever mentioned that to me at the border.

if you rarely leave CH, i guess the magnetic one would work. i have a few magnetic GB stickers on classic cars in italy and never had a problem with them falling off. but double check you have somewhere steel to stick it. many modern cars have only plastic and aluminum/aluminium at the back.
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Re: CH sticker on back of car

I guess the problem with Italy is the potential confusion between domestic and swiss licence plates, e.g. LU123456 could either be Luzern-CH or Lucca-I (old schema but still circulating).

If a car is parked you take your time and you can't miss the difference, but on the road while driving it's a different thing, particularly in case of accidents or bad behavior...

99.9% of people won't ever be in these situations, but the law has to account for them.

Time ago there was a problem in Italy with some diplomat in Rome with plate starting with CD (Corpo Diplomatico) getting a lot of fines, which were delivered to a lady in another region. She had the exact same plate number, only "CD" was blue in the diplomatic car and black in hers, but that detail did not appear on the handwritten fines and anyway in the system the diplomatic plates are not easily visible (https://www.repubblica.it/motori/att...arghe-5155708/).
The fault is of course in the Italian numbering system which overlaps with the independent diplomatic plate numbering, but demonstrates why additional stickers are still needed in 2020.
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Hi All,

Old thread i know, but anyone used the Magnetic "CH" sign? How well does it hold? :-) Did a check online and seen alot of places selling them, but wanted to know you're experiences with them..

Has anyone lost one whilst on the motorway by any chance?

Don't really want to apply the sticker to the car, but will of course, abide by the law and not take any chances if the Magnetic one is useless :-)

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Don't know about store bought ones, but the homemade one hubby did years ago works fine. Never fallen off.
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you need one here in ticino, so no point in not having a permanent sticker. .
You only need one if you cross the border.

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i use the small motorbike ones and they usually fit somewhere pretty discreet. strictly speaking you need the big ugly one but only once has anyone ever mentioned that to me at the border.
Strictly speaking the "the small motorbike" one is also not suitable for motorbikes as well and too small according the relevant regulation, the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic.

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I guess the problem with Italy is the potential confusion between domestic and swiss licence plates, e.g. LU123456 could either be Luzern-CH or Lucca-I (old schema but still circulating).
That might apply to the front license plate but not to the one on the back. But there is no sticker on the front so ... !?
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Re: CH sticker on back of car

The Swiss cross/flag is on every single Swiss number plate. How much do they want to be alerted to it being a Swiss car, I wonder?

Guess it's different with those European-flags on all the others, which could come from anywhere.

Although, what does it matter where a car comes from ...... until it's involved in an accident?
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