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Road Traffic Office inspection

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I just purchased a car from Germany. All import is done. I received also the 13.20 A form.
So, do I have to do another check of the car at cantonal Road Traffic Office? Do you know is I need to have winter tires ( as is January) to get the swiss plates?
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Re: Road Traffic Office inspection

Snow tires are not a requirement anywhere in Switzerland. But it is highly recommended by the authorities and the even more knowledgeable EF forums, that you have them fitted.
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Snow tires are not a requirement anywhere in Switzerland. But it is highly recommended by the authorities and the even more knowledgeable EF forums, that you have them fitted.
No keep the summer tyres on, it might tempt snow to actually land here.
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13.20 A form.
So, do I have to do another check of the car at cantonal Road Traffic Office?
What is the title/name of Form 13.20A ?
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Hello
I just purchased a car from Germany. All import is done. I received also the 13.20 A form.
So, do I have to do another check of the car at cantonal Road Traffic Office? Do you know is I need to have winter tires ( as is January) to get the swiss plates?

13.20 is a basis for MFK, get an MFK slot, they will fillout 13.20 then you take that and get swiss plates with this (need to have swiss insurance!)
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Hello
I just purchased a car from Germany. All import is done. I received also the 13.20 A form.
So, do I have to do another check of the car at cantonal Road Traffic Office? Do you know is I need to have winter tires ( as is January) to get the swiss plates?

If you have an accident in the winter on summer tires you are 99% of the time "at fault" as you would be considered to be not properly equipped for prevailing conditions (this is a catch all phrase)


Winter tires are not obligatory in Switzerland, anywhere, it has no bearing on the test providing your summer tires are legal.
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If you have an accident in the winter on summer tires you are 99% of the time "at fault" as you would be considered to be not properly equipped for prevailing conditions (this is a catch all phrase)


Winter tires are not obligatory in Switzerland, anywhere, it has no bearing on the test providing your summer tires are legal.
But donít drive into neighbouring France
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Re: Road Traffic Office inspection

Thank you all for the answers.
We will not use this new car when itīs going to be snow. We have another one.
As weather is so strange now I donīt want to buy yet the snow tires.
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Re: Road Traffic Office inspection

You should buy All Season tires. Summer/Winter tires are a thing of the past unless you leave on a mountain.
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You should buy All Season tires. Summer/Winter tires are a thing of the past unless you leave on a mountain.
That has been disproved many times here on EF. Do a search.
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That has been disproved many times here on EF. Do a search.
I use them for years, and they work fine.

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You should buy All Season tires. Summer/Winter tires are a thing of the past unless you leave on a mountain.

Total rubbish !


By the way having 2 sets of tires just means they wear out half as quickly as normal tires
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Re: Road Traffic Office inspection

If you assume a set of tires lasts 4 years you pay once to fit all season tires and 8 times for summer/winter not to mention the extra set of wheels.

I used to have 2 sets but my new car came with All Season and I am extremely happy with this setup.

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By the way having 2 sets of tires just means they wear out half as quickly as normal tires
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If you have an accident in the winter on summer tires you are 99% of the time "at fault" as you would be considered to be not properly equipped for prevailing conditions (this is a catch all phrase)


Winter tires are not obligatory in Switzerland, anywhere, it has no bearing on the test providing your summer tires are legal.
So long as the temperature is over 6C then you have a good counterargument that your car is properly equipped.
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Snow tires are not a requirement anywhere in Switzerland. But it is highly recommended by the authorities and the even more knowledgeable EF forums, that you have them fitted.

Could be a serious problem with the insurance company when making a claim. Most of all, one is playing with lives.
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Could be a serious problem with the insurance company when making a claim. Most of all, one is playing with lives.
Using all seasons no doubt would be less expensive over time. But, in winter, they donít have the same traction or stopping ability. In summer they donít grip as well.

Your money, or your life.
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Re: Road Traffic Office inspection

All season are fine they are what they are, a compromise between 2 sorts, so neither the best nor the worst option, but there are far better options available, especially if you live above 600m or go skiing a lot.
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Using all seasons no doubt would be less expensive over time. But, in winter, they donít have the same traction or stopping ability. In summer they donít grip as well.

Your money, or your life.
Garbage.

Few people use tires to their limits, so it doesn't matter in real life.

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P.S. I used to with motorcycle tires, using racing tires on the street, but those days are over.
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By the way having 2 sets of tires just means they wear out half as quickly as normal tires
Probably less than that, considering how hot asphalt can get in the summer(*).
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All season are fine they are what they are, a compromise between 2 sorts, so neither the best nor the worst option, but there are far better options available, especially if you live above 600m or go skiing a lot.
That's quite the point. Tom's Sottoceneri conditions, where fresh snow hardly every survives more than one day even in the very rare cases where it manages to get white in the first place, doesn't really compare to areas with snow all winter long.

And then, some will need to consider regulations abroad. France for instance has mandatory winter tyres IIRC. Austria has the same in case of wintery conditions.

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(*) To clarify, hot asphalt will wear the all-seasons down faster than the better suited summer tyres.

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And then, some will need to consider regulations abroad. France for instance has mandatory winter tyres IIRC. Austria has the same in case of wintery conditions.
Proper all-seasons have the three mountain peak and snowflake symbol which means that they are in the eye of the law snow tires.
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