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Old 27.10.2009, 17:01
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I changed my British license for a Swiss one. Where is the expiry date on it? I can't see one.

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That would be because it isn't there .
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I think it's good for life.
It's just a car rental company in the UK wont rent me a car without an expiry date. Will have to go try and barter.
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It's just a car rental company in the UK wont rent me a car without an expiry date. Will have to go try and barter.
Which one? I have rented loadsa cars in the UK on my Swiss license.
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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

Enterprise. They are the cheapest. They can't open an account without one. COmputer says no.
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Enterprise. They are the cheapest. They can't open an account without one. COmputer says no.
put the date of your 75th birthday as the expiry.
when you present your document, it will be valid for the duration of the rental and they won't stop you renting.
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put the date of your 75th birthday as the expiry.
when you present your document, it will be valid for the duration of the rental and they won't stop you renting.
Ok. Sounds like a plan. Good job I'm not 76 though
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I have an international driving licence from India. Will i be able to drive with that in Switzerland for a year?
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I have an international driving licence from India. Will i be able to drive with that in Switzerland for a year?
Yes, but you must also carry your actual driving license as the IDL on it's own is worthless.
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Yes, but you must also carry your actual driving license as the IDL on it's own is worthless.
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... we were driving on some cantonal road in the woods, there was no line on the road what so ever and visibility was very bad (high trees near the road) and I was driving like sixty; then I was warned that I would never pass the test (in a very rude manner) if I do not speed up, since the limit was 80 km/h. So I speed up and miss the road coming from my right (actually more like from behind me, a very sharp angle) completely hidden by trees and shade, once again no line whatsoever on the road. If I did not speed up there would maybe be a chance to see it but like this I was tricked into making an eliminatory error.
Sorry for your failed exam.

I'm preparing for my Kontrolfahrt exam next week at Regensdorf Zurich and today my instructor told me that I drive too slow (drive 60 kmph on road with 80 kmph speed limit, no traffic & clear visibility). He warned me that the examiner can fail me if I drive too slow. His reason: it makes the traffic not smooth & can create dangerous situation for the car behind me (something like provocating the car behind to overtake you, etc).
Is he correct to say that I can fail my Kontrolfahrt exam if I drive too slow (i.e. drive 20 kmph lower than the speed limit on good traffic condition)?

I don't like to drive in high speed near the speed limit and keep watching my speedometer making sure it doesn't go over the everchanging speed limit. In my home country, I never watch my speedometer when I drive
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Hello, on Friday November 6th I passed my driving exam - this time I had to start the procedure from the scratch: first aid course, theory exam, road safety course and the practical exam. I am very proud of myself since I managed to do it all in one month (I failed the conversion control test on beggining of October). This time everything went smooth, I had a nice guy with me on the test, and I am waiting for my Swiss driving license to arrive this week.

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Yes, he can fail you because of that, I think that is called non-integration into the traffic. I do not know if you remember that from your theory lessons but there is a traffic sign called recommended speed - a blue square with numbers written in white - and that speed is usually 10 km/h lower that the speed limit. That sign is commonly used in some European countries but not in Switzerland, here they tend to think that the speed limit is actually recommended speed. I personally find that strange, especially on some roads (cantonal roads) with 80 km/h speed limit. I mean, 80 is quite fast, it takes a long time to stop and if the visibility is bad it is a risky behavior. But they insist that you show them you are not afraid to drive. They will also insist on the speed limit on the highway. I can even say that you have bigger chance to fail if you drive to slow and that they will rather tolerate you if you break the speed limit, even though it's an eliminatory mistake.

However, after the experience I had, I can give you one advice; do not try to drive differently than you are used to - it is difficult, especially if you are an experienced driver - and it is distracting, you will miss something important on the road because you waste your concentration to change your driving habits. I am not saying you should ignore the instructor’s advices, but try to make a compromise - drive as you usually do, but maybe slightly faster and more aggressively. Also turn your head when you change direction, they have a fetish for that (this is generally a good thing, but I think they are overemphasizing it).
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Hello
any experience with Kontrolfahrt in BERN?

many thanks,
I had today Kontrolfahrt(prufung) in Bern and i got the driver licence.
I would say that all advices given by my Fahrlerer(Jerry's Fahrschule) were very very usefull. I must admit that his methods of teaching led me to this achievement.
The Prufung was 40 mins of driving and 5 mins of talks with the examinator. I had to do: entry to the motorway; driving in a quartier; lateral parking; driving back a longer distance and then driving through Viktoriaplatz.
I hope this info will help the other forumists.
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An update on paperwork needed to transfer a foreign license...

The new residence permits don't have the address. Before going to the Road Traffice Office (Strassenverkehrsamt), you need to first go to the Gemeinde and get an official letter (called a Wohnsitzbestäntigung) with your address on it.

Actually, from the Gemeinde they can directly mail the Ausländischer Führerausweis (application form with stamp of eye doctor) so you don't need to go to the Strassenverkehrsamt.
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Old 18.11.2009, 23:16
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I changed my British license for a Swiss one. Where is the expiry date on it? I can't see one.

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I'm puzzled by this.

My wife passed her Kontrollfahrt last year.

We have noticed that according to the credit card sized license, it will expire next year.

The Ausstelldatum (Date of issue) in section 4a is given as 05.11.2008 which is the date she gained the licence.

The Ablaufdatum (Expiry date) in section 4b is given as 16.06.2010.

it's definitely not an age thing. She is well under 35 years of age.

I've tried to call her driving instructor but he's unavailable and was wondering if any EF'ers could shed some light on this.
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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

In case you are interested or need it, here is a link to the English translation of the Swiss drivers license. It also explains all of the different codes on the front and back of the license.

http://www.astra2.admin.ch/media/pdf...-15_2264_e.pdf

I keep a copy with me when traveling rather than getting an international drivers license.
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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

Thanks for that but it doesn't explain why there's an expiry date of next year on my wife's license.

I'll ask at the village police station tomorrow.
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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

Since your wife took her driver's test in Switzerland, she is on a "graduated" drivers license (sorry don't have the correct vocabulary for it).

I think once she gets past the June 2010 date without any problems, she should get the drivers license without an expiry date. See the explanation below.

"Temporary driving licence


Since 1 December 2005, new drivers having passed the mandatory driving test receive a temporary driving licence valid for three years. They will only be entitled to obtain a full unlimited driving licence once they have completed the additional driving courses now required and have passed the trial period expires without committing any major traffic violations."
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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

Thanks for that.

So does that mean that after three years, she must take another test?

Or must she just stay accident and incident free for that time?

Can you provide a link to where you obtained that info?

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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

Here is the link for Vaud (in French). Sorry my German is not good enough to find this for your canton.

http://www.san.vd.ch/documents/info_...versionedg.pdf

Your wife has to take two days of class work during the "trial period". Then she just presents the paper and pays for a new permit that is without expiry date. She can apply one month before the expiry date of the current permit.

Someone should have told her about this extra training (check with the school she used). Not sure where/how this training takes place. If needed, you could drop by the local permit office/testing centre and ask them.

Yes, she needs to stay accident/speeding/drinking free during the period.

One other tidbit I read yesterday is that if someone takes their test in an automatic car, it will be marked on their permit. If found driving a standard car, they can/will be fined !!
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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

I found the relevant page (in German although it translates quite well with Google) here:

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