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Parking fine for UK car

Hi all,

I got fined last Sunday (120CHF!!) for parking without payment.

Silly me- I don't speak German and I somehow thought Sonntag was Saturday and Sunday would be free! (I've been told by a few locals that Sundays are mostly free to park around Zurich). I should have been obviously more careful and tried Google translate!

The question is, I plan to take the car back home, to the UK around September this year.

Do I still need to worry about the fine? Would they let it go?

I would have paid if it was 40CHF or something but I find 120CHF a bit too harsh to be perfectly honest!

Thanks!
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Re: Parking fine for UK car

If you plan to come back to Switzerland at any point you might be best paying it. Otherwise, it's your call.

For CHF 120, you must have left the car there for quite a while. Normally if you get caught the first time the parking attendant comes around, it's CHF 40. Any longer and it starts to increase.

EDIT - just read your other posts/threads - you live here, right? It's you that has the fine, not the car so it doesn't matter a jot whether you take the car back to the UK or not. If you want a trouble-free future here, you should pay up.
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Re: Parking fine for UK car

I know a couple of people who've been stopped at the boarder for old speeding tickets, and a guy I worked with was pulled aside at the airport for an old fine, also once your car is on their system for a non paid fine you could very well find your car towed next time you park in a city (also happened to a guy I worked with) traffic warden / police ran his registration when parked in zurich, saw outstanding fines and towed it - simple small fine turned into huge fine and lots of grief.

So if you live here and are planning to use that car here pay the fine!. They will catch up with you eventually and that fine would have multiplied many many times over.
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Hi all,

I got fined last Sunday (120CHF!!) for parking without payment.

Silly me- I don't speak German and I somehow thought Sonntag was Saturday and Sunday would be free! (I've been told by a few locals that Sundays are mostly free to park around Zurich). I should have been obviously more careful and tried Google translate!

The question is, I plan to take the car back home, to the UK around September this year.

Do I still need to worry about the fine? Would they let it go?
They won't let it go.

Not sure whether you are English or just live in England but personally I think that when abroad, people are, to a certain extent, representing their home country and by fleeing and not paying a fine, you are showing your home country in a bad light.

In the grand scheme of things, it's not that much money.
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Re: Parking fine for UK car

I'd pay it. In my younger days when i thought I could get away with avoiding fines, and having about 20 of them, I had almost two years of endless hassle, being stopped at borders, at the airport, and even the police knocking on my door. They didn't all hit at once, but over a period, and being stopped on a road border meant my car was searched from top to bottom. The fines also went up, from an average of CHF 20 to anything between chf 150 and 300. That was 20 years ago so likely a lot more today.

Having cleared them all, and now both older and wiser, I make sure all my fines are promptly paid!
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Silly me- I don't speak German and I somehow thought Sonntag was Saturday
German lesson of the sunny day:
Sonne == sun
Tag == day
Sonntag == Sunday
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Re: Parking fine for UK car

Thanks all for your answers. It's now all been paid based on your advise.

Lesson learned: Get German lessons!
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Re: Parking fine for UK car

Some years back a colleague decided to return to the UK. He thought it would be cool to take his GE car license plates back with him, and mount them with his UK plates.

Two years later he came back on a flight via GVA and got stopped at passport control. It seems that having Swiss plates is a confirmation that your car is legally insured.

He was told he was welcome to visit Switzerland, once he had paid two years of car insurance, plus interest, plus a big fine.

Pay the fine ... Swiss authorities are like elephants, the never forget.
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Some years back a colleague decided to return to the UK. He thought it would be cool to take his GE car license plates back with him, and mount them with his UK plates.

Two years later he came back on a flight via GVA and got stopped at passport control. It seems that having Swiss plates is a confirmation that your car is legally insured.

He was told he was welcome to visit Switzerland, once he had paid two years of car insurance, plus interest, plus a big fine.

Pay the fine ... Swiss authorities are like elephants, the never forget.
So basically once you have the Swiss number plate, your car needs to be insured.. How do they even know it’s insured?!

In the UK, this is normally kept in a database which is called askmid
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They won't let it go.

Not sure whether you are English or just live in England but personally I think that when abroad, people are, to a certain extent, representing their home country and by fleeing and not paying a fine, you are showing your home country in a bad light.

In the grand scheme of things, it's not that much money.
Yes, Iím English and I haven't let fellow Brits down on this occasion
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So basically once you have the Swiss number plate, your car needs to be insured.. How do they even know it’s insured?!

In the UK, this is normally kept in a database which is called askmid
you only get swiss plates once the car is insured, if you cancel the insurance then you have to give the plates back or the police will come and collect them - usually at 5am
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So basically once you have the Swiss number plate, your car needs to be insured.. How do they even know itís insured?!
If it's not insured, they won't give you the plates, and the insurance won't cancel in insurance until you've handed back the plates.

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Hi all,

I got fined last Sunday (120CHF!!) for parking without payment.

Silly me- I don't speak German and I somehow thought Sonntag was Saturday and Sunday would be free! (I've been told by a few locals that Sundays are mostly free to park around Zurich). I should have been obviously more careful and tried Google translate!

The question is, I plan to take the car back home, to the UK around September this year.

Do I still need to worry about the fine? Would they let it go?

I would have paid if it was 40CHF or something but I find 120CHF a bit too harsh to be perfectly honest!

Thanks!
But in Zurich town, parking is free on Sunday!?!
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But in Zurich town, parking is free on Sunday!?!
But not at the zoo, some hot spots at the lake, and other places where many people would be looking for a parking space on a Sunday.
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So basically once you have the Swiss number plate, your car needs to be insured.. How do they even know itís insured?!

In the UK, this is normally kept in a database which is called askmid
There is a Swiss equivalent database. When we moved Kanton, we informed the insurance, they told us when the database was updated and we went that day to the Strassenverkehrsamt to swap the plates.
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I got fined last Sunday (120CHF!!) for parking without payment.
Ordinary parking fines are 40/60/100, depending on how long you parked for, for up to 10 hours. The catalogue of fines doesn't mention a parking fine of 120 just for parkig for too long.

So it probably was for something different than you think. Could be a combination of fines, or something you get fined for on Sundays as well. The slip you got mentions what you got fined for, the paragraphs you broke.
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Re: Parking fine for UK car

I got a 100CHF fine a few years back for parking my car by the side of the road, not in a legal parking place. This was near Pratteln outdoor pool on a very hot day, and there were loads of people parked likewise. I reckon at least 10'000CHF was collected that day!
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Some years back a colleague decided to return to the UK. He thought it would be cool to take his GE car license plates back with him, and mount them with his UK plates.

Two years later he came back on a flight via GVA and got stopped at passport control. It seems that having Swiss plates is a confirmation that your car is legally insured.

He was told he was welcome to visit Switzerland, once he had paid two years of car insurance, plus interest, plus a big fine.

Pay the fine ... Swiss authorities are like elephants, the never forget.
I suppose he also had to pay two years of Swiss Road Tax as well.



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I got a 100CHF fine a few years back for parking my car by the side of the road, not in a legal parking place. This was near Pratteln outdoor pool on a very hot day, and there were loads of people parked likewise. I reckon at least 10'000CHF was collected that day!

Westminster Council, London make a lot of money from parking fines. A few years back a friend was driving in and out of London late in the night. He noticed many of The Parking Fine Vehicles around the place full of their staff as he was driving into Westminster. On the way back he noticed many vehicles had fines on them. Westminster Council had declared 1st or 2nd January, rules were relaxed for that day. Think many people thought they could sleep over and leave am the next morning, not so.



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you only get Swiss plates once the car is insured, if you cancel the insurance then you have to give the plates back or the police will come and collect them - usually at 5am
Separately, you may reserve the Registration Number for future use, by paying a fee to the relevant department, ca. 40 Chfs a month or a year
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