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Driver Medical for Employment in Swiss

Hi,

I have been offered employment this winter driving a minibus (D1) for a ski transfer company operating out of Geneva. I am informed i will need to take a medical before commencing employment as standard. Does anyone have any details regarding what the medical actually consists of ?
I wear glasses for reading but would hate to fail any eye test examination and have to return home so ideally i would like to know the full details of the medical.

Any info would be much appreciated - many thanks.


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Re: Driver Medical for Employment in Swiss

I do not know what they all will test, as for your eyes they have to be really, really bad for you to fail. Normally if you have something with your eyes that effects your driving you get a note that you have to wear glasses during driving. Given that you only have reading glasses I would not worry about that.
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Re: Driver Medical for Employment in Swiss

The minimum visual acuity for a D1 licence in Switzerland (wearing your correction glasses if you have any) is 0.8 for the better eye and 0.5 for the worse eye. (Measured individually). The horizontal field of view should be a minimum of 140 degrees, extension to the right and to the left a minimum of 70 degrees. Extension 30 degrees above and below. For each eye, the central visual field must be normal up to 30 degrees.

Any optician can carry out the test and provide you with a certificate for CHF 15 or 20.

As EdwinNL says, this is not a stringent requirement. Even if you meet it, before starting your professional driving I would strongly recommend having a full eye test (CHF 30 - 40) to see whether your visual acuity could be improved at all with glasses.

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Re: Driver Medical for Employment in Swiss

Here all the requirements:

https://www.lw-p.ch/de/rechtsthemen/...ahrzeuglenker/

(In German but i'm sure google will help)
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Re: Driver Medical for Employment in Swiss

In addition to your license, do you have a Fähigkeitsausweis/certificat de capacité?
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Re: Driver Medical for Employment in Swiss

many thanks for the replies above, some very useful information there.


(pilatus1) i've no idea what Fähigkeitsausweis/certificat de capacité is ??
Is it similar the UK's Certificate of Professional Competence ?
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Yes it is the same. There rules are comparable but maybe not exactly the same. It is also known as "CZV Ausweis"/ "Permit OACP"
More infomration: https://cambus.ch/

If you want to drive Swiss registered commercial vehicles you must exchange your driving license and CPC to a Swiss one before the first commercial trip. Foreign courses, while you were not a Swiss resident can be used for renewal of your Swiss certificate.
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Re: Driver Medical for Employment in Swiss

Fähigkeitsausweis/certificat de capacité = appropriate class of driving licence (D1 for this case)

https://cambus.ch/faq/fragen-aus-der...gkeitsausweis/

Assuming you have this category on your UK licence, you can keep it on transfer to a Swiss licence - but have to undergo the medical (more than just the quick eye test stendec refers to).

Not sure if you'll need to swap your licence if you are in CH only for a winter season...if you were simply being a tourist or a non-driving job, probably not. Might be other requirements if driving professionally (but the swapping is not a tricky thing....just paperwork, which the Swiss are very efficient at)
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Re: Driver Medical for Employment in Swiss

The full medical requirements are listed in Annex 1 of Ordinance 741.51, which is available in French, German and Italian.
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Re: Driver Medical for Employment in Swiss

I'm an American, so maybe things are different, but I needed to take a written, multiple choice exam (in German) in order to transfer my commercial license. In addition to having the C or D marked on your license, you must also take a 5 day course to get the Faehigkeitsausweis in order to drive for commercial purposes. AFAIK if you got your commercial license before July 2009, you are exempt from some of the course requirements ( may only have to go for 2 days?) Also, AFAIK you receive a temporary bewilligung/ certificate ( good for one year) upon enrolling in the faehigkeisausweis course- so you could potentially still drive for the season without completing it. It'll cost you, though...

Best to talk with your potential employer about it all.

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Re: Driver Medical for Employment in Swiss

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This is incorrect. The Faehikeitsausweis is a separate card that must also be carried at all times. Without it you are allowed to drive a large vehicle/ bus/ etc if you have that license type- but not for commercial purposes. For example, you could rent a bus and drive your extended family around, but not do it for strangers for money.
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