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Trailer registration

Hi,
I'm leaving for England in 2 days, for Easter hols - and am intending also to buy a trailer whist there.
However, I've just heard that in Switzerland you must get a trailer registered with its own number plate.
Does anyone know about this?
Can I just get a replica car plate (ie same number as my car) to drive it over, then sort it out when I get back - or would this be illegal?
(I have also found out that I need to get a vignette for the trailer)
Any advice appreciated.
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Old 01.04.2009, 20:24
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Re: Trailer registration

if yoru driving over on a uk plated car and bringing the trailer back on a UK plate youll be ok. If your driving on a Swiss plated car, youll have to treat it as an import at customs. You need a vignette for the trailer and yes it needs to have swiss plates and pass the swiss MOT... before you get it plated.



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Hi,
I'm leaving for England in 2 days, for Easter hols - and am intending also to buy a trailer whist there.
However, I've just heard that in Switzerland you must get a trailer registered with its own number plate.
Does anyone know about this?
Can I just get a replica car plate (ie same number as my car) to drive it over, then sort it out when I get back - or would this be illegal?
(I have also found out that I need to get a vignette for the trailer)
Any advice appreciated.
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Old 01.04.2009, 20:32
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Re: Trailer registration

I'm driving to UK with my swiss plated car....does this mean I have no choice but to declare it and pay the (hefty, I think) duty - then, after that, drive it home and arrange for an MOT test? Thanks again for the advice.
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Re: Trailer registration

Im afraid you do... i doubt it would be hefty, make sure you claim your vatr back in the uk or better still pay for it net of vat before you leave ..


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I'm driving to UK with my swiss plated car....does this mean I have no choice but to declare it and pay the (hefty, I think) duty - then, after that, drive it home and arrange for an MOT test? Thanks again for the advice.
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Re: Trailer registration

Thanks for the advice, Karl - so I'm assuming I can get it home (ie to switz) legally as long as I declare at customs (MOT and plate) comes later.... surely though I can't just drive it from UK to Switz without a plate?
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Old 01.04.2009, 21:12
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Re: Trailer registration

No you cant , but put it on a UK plate or just make up a second Swiss plate and add it till you get to CH. Best would be if you have time to get an import plate from the Verkhersamt in your region .


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Thanks for the advice, Karl - so I'm assuming I can get it home (ie to switz) legally as long as I declare at customs (MOT and plate) comes later.... surely though I can't just drive it from UK to Switz without a plate?
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Re: Trailer registration

Karl,

I am in a similar position

I have a trailer in the UK which I have owned for a number of years - but for a number of reasons has stayed in the UK.

I am happy to pay the full tax on importing it to Switzerland. Am I right in saying that the SV will sort me out with plates - for the import - as long as I then get it tested.

Anyone know whether the SV has a list of trailers it will let you import? Or is it a free for all?
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Re: Trailer registration

Hi,

I successfully imported my trailer from England with no paperwork except the sales receipt. This really frustrated the swiss authorities, and took some persuasiveness on my part but all done. I would therefore suggest that any make is ok. Swiss authorities find it hard to imagine how you can own a trailer without paperwork - it would, to them, be a bit like owning a car without paperwork.

I got all the worng advice from UK authorities about how to export the trailer (they basiccaly diod not know) so I ended up simply putting plates on the same as the car plates (swiss plates). I drove it home (switzerland), ended up not even stopping at border. Then contacted swiss customs/strassenverkesampt and was told what to do (first, back to customs to weigh in and declare, then to strassesverk.. for test and papers) It is a good idea to take to a trailer place in Switz once you get it here so they can check it complies with swiss regs (light connection will need rewiring and lights may need to be added, depedning on trailer width)

I hope this is helpful. Good luck!!
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Re: Trailer registration

Thanks for the information - very much appreciated
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Re: Trailer registration

the information youve had in the reply above is good. |Do everything in the right order , and it works well. Remeber to stop at customs and get a form from them for import. This igves you a number which is then used by sv to give you a proper reg plate.

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the information youve had in the reply above is good. |Do everything in the right order , and it works well. Remeber to stop at customs and get a form from them for import. This igves you a number which is then used by sv to give you a proper reg plate.

That was my plan - to bring the trailer over (behind a Swiss car) - and do all the work at the border. Considering the trailer cost 2000 a few years back - and used ones go for 8000CHF it seems like a good idea to bring it over
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Re: Trailer registration

Hi,

Reactivating this thread as I am facing similar problem, trying to import a catamaran trailer in CH. Currently I'm blocked as the Vaud automobile authorities refuse to register it without paperwork stating the gross weight, axle weight, max speed and tow hitch vertical load.

Most of this info is on plates on the trailer itself, but they insist on having it on paper from the manufacture. I've spoken to maker (Indespension) but as this was a custom build 17 years ago, it's unlikely they will be able/willing to produce it.

So I'm very curious how anyone managed to bring a trailer in with no paperwork. I wondered if maybe someone like Touring Club Suisse might do a certification?

Any suggestions would be very useful!

Thanks

Richard
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Re: Trailer registration

Hi Richard,
I do remember the chaps at Strass. in Zurich told me much the same thing as you. I think the key thing is to inform them that rules are different in England - you do not get given any paperwork. Assure them that all the figures are on the little stamp on the trailer and request swiss paperwork. You could also tell them you know someone who did this (me) - I had no paperwork whatsoever and managed to get it swiss roadworthy and legal.
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Re: Trailer registration

Following up on this thread.... I hope to have a hitch-mounted bicycle rack installed on the car pretty soon, and I think that I need to have a license plate on the rack itself?

I'm thinking of something like this style:


I did a quick search (Basel Stadt) but couldn't find what I needed. Any assistance is appreciated!
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Hi,

Reactivating this thread as I am facing similar problem, trying to import a catamaran trailer in CH. Currently I'm blocked as the Vaud automobile authorities refuse to register it without paperwork stating the gross weight, axle weight, max speed and tow hitch vertical load.

Most of this info is on plates on the trailer itself, but they insist on having it on paper from the manufacture. I've spoken to maker (Indespension) but as this was a custom build 17 years ago, it's unlikely they will be able/willing to produce it.

So I'm very curious how anyone managed to bring a trailer in with no paperwork. I wondered if maybe someone like Touring Club Suisse might do a certification?

Any suggestions would be very useful!

Thanks

Richard
You need the papers from the manufacturer, or need to pay around CHF 1500 (or even more) for a certification test.

Tom
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Following up on this thread.... I hope to have a hitch-mounted bicycle rack installed on the car pretty soon, and I think that I need to have a license plate on the rack itself?

I'm thinking of something like this style:


I did a quick search (Basel Stadt) but couldn't find what I needed. Any assistance is appreciated!
The plate must be visible, so if blocked by the rack you need to move it.

Normal way is to use the quick change plate holders that people use for multiple plates.

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Following up on this thread.... I hope to have a hitch-mounted bicycle rack installed on the car pretty soon, and I think that I need to have a license plate on the rack itself?

I'm thinking of something like this style:


I did a quick search (Basel Stadt) but couldn't find what I needed. Any assistance is appreciated!
This has been covered in another thread but I can quickly answer it. In CH we do not have the system that a number of EU countries have where you can get a copy/slightly different colour of the number plate that you attach to the bike carrier. This way the car plate stays on the car.

In CH you need to take the plate off the car and put it on the bike carrier so it is visible (to the speed cameras). If you are doing this often, there is one brand of plate holder that allows a quick switch rather than fiddling around to get the plate out and inserting it in the bike carrier. Can't remember the name but it is available from Jumbo.
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Re: Trailer registration

Moving the license plate with the magnet things is the easy part as others have stated above. If you don't already have the hitch installed on the car, that is a headache and potentially costly aspect of what you propose.
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Thanks for the plate information, everyone!


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Moving the license plate with the magnet things is the easy part as others have stated above. If you don't already have the hitch installed on the car, that is a headache and potentially costly aspect of what you propose.
Yes, I already have a couple of quotes for this. Ridiculous how much it costs, really!
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Yes, I already have a couple of quotes for this. Ridiculous how much it costs, really!
Yes, it's the conformity. If a reputable garage is doing it you should have no problems, hence the cost, but please ensure your grey card gets amended accordingly.
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