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Obtaining a drivers licence with poor eyesight

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I'm turning 18 in a few months, which means I can start working on drivers exams, theoretical, practical, first aid etc.. in just a few weeks. The problem is, my vision is at a feeble 40% on both eyes. Now I know this isn't enough for driving standards in Switzerland, but it is in many other parts of the world. My question is, would it be possible to complete my licence in say, Canada, where the legal visual acuity is 40%, and transfer the credentials here, without any additional exams, specifically, optical ones?

I realize it wouldn't be the most responsible thing to do, considering my vision may have an impact on my driving, yet, in my position, as an excited 17 year old, my judgement won't rationalize passing up an opportunity to curb the rules (legally) to obtain a long awaited drivers licence. So, logistically speaking, would this be possible?

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Old 10.03.2018, 00:41
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Re: Obtaining a drivers licence with poor eyesight

Simple answer is no.
Any driving licence obtained outside of Switzerland has to be converted to a Swiss licence within 12mths after moving to the country. This process involves a compulsorary eye test.

As you are a full time resident in Switzerland, how do you know how long it would take you to pass your test in Canada? How would you support yourself?
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Re: Obtaining a drivers licence with poor eyesight

Well simple research would suggest that 3 months is enough for a learners licence, and after asking about my local commune, you can complete the valid licence here with a foreign learners licence, this is of course only for some countries. And the compulsory eye test doesn't add up to me as both my parents had their licence made in Dubai and neither had to take any additional eye tests, the licence was accepted without further complications.
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I'm turning 18 in a few months, which means I can start working on drivers exams, theoretical, practical, first aid etc.. in just a few weeks. The problem is, my vision is at a feeble 40% on both eyes.
How sad for a fellow of your age. The minimum requirement is only 0.5 for the better eye and 0.2 for the other. Can't you achieve that with a new pair of glasses?
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How sad for a fellow of your age. The minimum requirement is only 0.5 for the better eye and 0.2 for the other. Can't you achieve that with a new pair of glasses?

Unfortunately not, after multiple surgeries I went from 7% to 40% but it won't go any higher anymore unless the science does . It isn't an optical problem, it's a retinal one (detachment, tearing). I'm pretty much stuck with what I can work with for the rest of my life. That's why I'm trying to find an alternative in this situation, driving seems to be the biggest obstacle so far. Worst case I'll move to Togo where you don't need a licence to drive .
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Re: Obtaining a drivers licence with poor eyesight

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Exchanging your licence in Switzerland Each canton has its own traffic office for dealing with driving licences, vehicle tax and inspections and other driving matters. When exchanging your driver's licence the following paperwork need to be submitted:
  • application form
  • original foreign driver’s licence (with translation, if applicable)
  • certificate from a registered optician
  • two colour passport-sized photos
  • proof of residency and/or visa
  • identification.

There is a mandatory eye test to take and this must be done before you apply – the results of the test are confirmed on the application form by the optometrist. You can then submit your application via your local road traffic office.
https://www.expatica.com/ch/moving-t...nd_102892.html
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Re: Obtaining a drivers licence with poor eyesight

Well I guess I'll have to resort to bribing a local optometrist for the extra 10%
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Re: Obtaining a drivers licence with poor eyesight

Please stop and think for a bit. Sure, it's all very liberating to get the right to drive, at last, but that really pales compared to the loss of liberty you'll experience when you're locked up for several years after killing somebody with your car because you just couldn't see them.

Sure, that's an extreme statement, but it's far from out of the realms of all possibility if you have such degraded eyesight.

Don't try to game the system.
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Well I guess I'll have to resort to bribing a local optometrist for the extra 10%
I wish you the best of luck in this country for such..
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Re: Obtaining a drivers licence with poor eyesight

On the form for the conversion of foreign licenses there is a box to be compiled by an optometrist or a doctor with all eyesight information and a decision. There is no difference on that front.
Giving false information can lead to a fine (or up to 3 years of jail). I don't see a professional taking that risk.
It's not all bad for people without a license, public transportation is good, ebikes are getting better and better, you have an excuse for not being the designated driver and you can use the money on something else (like a taxi/uber). Lots of young people don't even bother getting a license or a car anymore.
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Unfortunately not, after multiple surgeries I went from 7% to 40% but it won't go any higher anymore unless the science does . It isn't an optical problem, it's a retinal one (detachment, tearing). I'm pretty much stuck with what I can work with for the rest of my life. That's why I'm trying to find an alternative in this situation, driving seems to be the biggest obstacle so far. Worst case I'll move to Togo where you don't need a licence to drive .
I would say that while this situation sucks for you, it is great good for the drivers of Switzerland. No-one needs another dangerous driver on the roads.
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Re: Obtaining a drivers licence with poor eyesight

If you actually manage to trick the system please let us know where you will be driving and when so that we can avoid that bit if the road.
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I wish you the best of luck in this country for such..
Yeah no i know, it was a joke, CH is the last place I could ever bribe someone
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Re: Obtaining a drivers licence with poor eyesight

Are you allowed to bicycle?
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Are you allowed to bicycle?
you don't need a license to ride a bike..
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you don't need a license to ride a bike..
Doesn´t mean you are allowed ride a bike with poor eye sight. Ebikes can go pretty fast...
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you don't need a license to ride a bike..
Do you ride one?
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Doesn´t mean you are allowed ride a bike with poor eye sight. Ebikes can go pretty fast...
There are no visual acuity laws governing bicycles. The police can't randomly stop you in the street and ask for an eye exam when you're riding your bike. So yes, I'm allowed to ride a bike. E-bikes that go faster than 25 km/h on low throttle require a license, but that's about it.
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There are no visual acuity laws governing bicycles. The police can't randomly stop you in the street and ask for an eye exam when you're riding your bike. So yes, I'm allowed to ride a bike. E-bikes that go faster than 25 km/h on low throttle require a license, but that's about it.
So blind folks are allowed to ride bikes here?
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So blind folks are allowed to ride bikes here?
Would a blind person ever get on a bike and ride it into traffic?
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