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Driving a car with foreign plates - Fine

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I have a problem with my car. I got 15.30 form once I entered CH in March 2018. I thought that I can drive with such paper through 2 years on EU plates (Custom officer told me that...) but recently I got notification from police why I'm still on the EU plates... I wrote letter and explain whole situation but anyway it's my fault...
I'm going back to my country and sell car and buy something here, but I'm worry about fine, court etc.
Did someone have similar situation?

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Hi Everyone!

I have a problem with my car. I got 15.30 form once I entered CH in March 2018. I thought that I can drive with such paper through 2 years on EU plates (Custom officer told me that...) but recently I got notification from police why I'm still on the EU plates... I wrote letter and explain whole situation but anyway it's my fault...
I'm going back to my country and sell car and buy something here, but I'm worry about fine, court etc.
Did someone have similar situation?

Thanks!
It very clearly says on top of the form till what date it is valid. What date does it mention in your situation?

The form also says that paying the costs for import and even them seizing your car are possible options. We can't predict what exactly will happen in your specific situation.
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Re: Driving a car with foreign plates - Fine

On top on that form (15.30) I have March 2020... so that's confusing... Police said that date is only for tax case... not for obligatory rule to change plates after one year... I missed that date and trying to understand what exactly can I expect now... fine for sure but question is how much...
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Re: Driving a car with foreign plates - Fine

Custom law is custom law, and traffic law is traffic law. Those are two separate things.

Form 15.30 is a customs form and has nothing to do with the license plate (mostly).

License plate is traffic law. If you import a vehicle as part of a household move it will need Swiss license plate, if the vehicle has been stationed in Switzerland for more than 12 months. With Form 15.30 you will get a Z-number.
https://stva.zh.ch/internet/sicherhe...IMPO201612.pdf

There will be a fine Art. 147 VZV https://www.admin.ch/opc/de/classifi...ndex.html#a147
A fine is defined anything from CHF1 to CHF 10'000 (Art. 106 Swiss Crimnal Code https://www.admin.ch/opc/en/classifi...ndex.html#a106 ). A fine of more than CHF 5000 will lead to an entry in the criminal record. As there is not set simple fine according "the price list" a.k.a Ordnungsbussen Verordnung https://www.admin.ch/opc/de/classifi...142/index.html a judge has to decide based on the actual circumstances.

The police might ask some additional questions (if needed) and after that a judge will issue a penalty order sent to you by mail.
My guess: Something in the range of CHF 200 to 300 plus court fee of CHF 100 to 200. Give or take.
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Custom law is custom law, and traffic law is traffic law. Those are two separate things.

Form 15.30 is a customs form and has nothing to do with the license plate (mostly).

License plate is traffic law. If you import a vehicle as part of a household move it will need Swiss license plate, if the vehicle is stationed in Switzerland for more than 12 months. With Form 15.30 you will get a Z-number.

https://stva.zh.ch/internet/sicherhe...IMPO201612.pdf
Yes, you are correct. Now, I'm aware about it... I'm curious if someone had the same case...
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Re: Driving a car with foreign plates - Fine

It's a bit confusing, of course.
You can have two years to import and pay duty on your car if any is due but generally you have only one year (since moving to Switzerland) to put it on Swiss plates.
This issue seems to be about the Swiss plates/registration and not (yet) about import taxes.


You might get away with it or they might ask for other things like insurance etc and/or fine you also for not having a valid MFK etc.
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I'm pretty sure officially it's 12 months from the date of entry of the person, not the car, although I left mine more than 12 months without any problem so in reality maybe it's different.
In reality it is complicated: Full rules (actually just an explanation) can be found in ASA Directive No. 1 https://asa.ch/it/biblioteca-online/direttive/
If you have been in Switzerland for less than 12 months, you get 12 months from the import date.
If you have been in Switzerland for 12 months or more, you get 1 month from the import date.
but if you have been abroad for at least 3 months you get 12 months from the import date, within the first 12 months of returning.
(plus some other rules and exceptions)

Also, if you do not use it on public roads (including parking) there is no need for Swiss plates.
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I'm pretty sure officially it's 12 months from the date of entry of the person, not the car, although I left mine more than 12 months without any problem so in reality maybe it's different.


Hmm, I'm not so sure about this now. I know it applies for the licence. Oh well, nevermind :-)
It all depends on the situation, however this information will be issued during the process.
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Re: Driving a car with foreign plates - Fine

Hello All, I may be facing a similar situation. The funny thing is that apart from the form which indicated I could drive the car for 2 years without switching plates, the custom officer had been affirmatively insisting that I can not switch to Swiss plates so I end up in a very negative and stressful situation now even after following all the instructions! Was the case presented here finally concluded? How much was the fine and/ or any additional liability please? Thank you in advance
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Hello All, I may be facing a similar situation. The funny thing is that apart from the form which indicated I could drive the car for 2 years without switching plates, the custom officer had been affirmatively insisting that I can not switch to Swiss plates so I end up in a very negative and stressful situation now even after following all the instructions! Was the case presented here finally concluded? How much was the fine and/ or any additional liability please? Thank you in advance
How long did you own the car before officially moving to CH, I guess less than 6 months that means taxes are payable should you opt for Swiss registration.
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