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super man help me! got caught by driving without license

Hi there,

I was just caught by driving without driving license yesterday night, i only have china driving license, the first time, i was caught by driving with china driving license and police told me i can't drive in here without swiss license, so i go to school for preparing road test, but, unfortunately, yesterday i was caught again, what kind of penalty gonna be for this case???? anybody know that????? thanks so much
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Re: !!!!super man help me!!!!!!got caught by driving without license

what i have to do now?
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Re: !!!!super man help me!!!!!!got caught by driving without license

How long have you been in Switzerland? If your original license is a valid driving license, you should be able to use it for up to 12 months (I see no exception for that rule for Chinese licenses), after which you need to get a Swiss one. For Chinese citizens, that involves doing a new test.

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Stop driving until you've gotten a valid license?

Here's a post from someone who was stopped after more than 12 months; the poster never reported how it all ended, though.

Non conversion of drivers licence-stopped by Police
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Re: !!!!super man help me!!!!!!got caught by driving without license

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thank so much 4711, but you have some idea about is that would be a big problem or serious penalty for this case ( been caught by driving without driving license)
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Old 07.09.2009, 02:49
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Re: !!!!super man help me!!!!!!got caught by driving without license

It all depends...

How long have you been in Switzerland?

What did the police say when they stopped you?

Have you checked the comments in the thread I linked to?
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Re: !!!!super man help me!!!!!!got caught by driving without license

i have been in switzerland for 7 years, my chinese driving license is still valid, police just made a record said i violated the traffic sign( not allow to turn left but i did ), then they asked my license, i said i don't have swiss license but chinese one, they said they made report to transportation depatement, etc. finally, they let me go.

but the thing is when the first time i was caught by no swiss license( today is second time), they already warned me not driving until i converted my chinese license into swiss one, and made a record for that. but when i tried to convert my chinses license to swiss one last year, i failed to pass the road test.

so i finally didn't get swiss license, so i had to go to school to learn in order to pass written test, ...but i still not pass the written test so far.

i checked that thread, but i found out something is different and i think my case is more serious than that.

do i need to go to police station to explain ??or just waiting for the notice from the court? maybe there is something we can do before some bad thing happens?

appreciated your help!!!!
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Re: super man help me! got caught by driving without license

Driving here without a driving licence is a serious offense, you Chinese license is not valid here after the initial year, so I guess you have been driving illegally for 6 years, bearing in mind that you have been here seven years, I am sure that a letter will arrive in the post regarding the next stage. What permit do you have? They take these things pretty seriously.
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thanks, my permit is permit B, do you know what can we do for the next step? something like call a lawer? thanks
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Re: super man help me! got caught by driving without license

1. Wait. Wait to see what the government does.

2. Study. Get your license.

3. Don't drive. No brainer.

4. Calm down. At this rate you will have a heart-attack before the
letter arrives.

5. Any other tips?
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Re: super man help me! got caught by driving without license

According to this recent newspaper report (TA, 25-Aug-2009):
http://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/schweiz/...story/13385350
anything up to 3 years in prison
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According to this recent newspaper report (TA, 25-Aug-2009):
http://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/schweiz/...story/13385350
anything up to 3 years in prison
That's under the proposed law, right? Under today's law, they distinguish between driving without a valid license (fine only), and driving after you've had your license suspended (in which case you may end up in prison). Or did I misinterpret the article?
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Re: super man help me! got caught by driving without license

To me I would never help you even with a single advice!

You are complete foreigner who obviously does not know well local laws and regulations and YET you endanger everyone by driving illegally.

If you would hit a child I am sure you would even disappear, for being scared of getting caught.

I strongly dislike drivers like this, and the worse is you don't even seems to be disturbed by what you have done.

i'm out >> []
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Re: super man help me! got caught by driving without license

You've been here 7 years, stopped previously and told one to get a Swiss license and still haven't, then you cry on hear about getting stopped a 2nd time for breaking the law by driving illegally, and that's before the license issue..... and I bet your still driving

I would say I hope they throw the book at you, but you probably would'nt read that either. It's people like you that test the patience of the Swiss authorities with regard to foreigners, get the rest of us a bad name, and ensure that motoring offences get steep penalities... so I hope they give you a large fine, and maybe a wee holiday in federal hotel.

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You've been here 7 years, stopped previously and told one to get a Swiss license and still haven't, then you cry on hear about getting stopped a 2nd time for breaking the law by driving illegally, and that's before the license issue..... and I bet your still driving

I would say I hope they throw the book at you, but you probably would'nt read that either. It's people like you that test the patience of the Swiss authorities with regard to foreigners, get the rest of us a bad name, and ensure that motoring offences get steep penalities... so I hope they give you a large fine, and maybe a wee holiday in federal hotel.

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especially that he failed the road test which means he does not even know the signs or anything...

Danger for you and your kids!!!
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Re: !!!!super man help me!!!!!!got caught by driving without license

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what i have to do now?
The first thing you have to do is stop driving. Those who openly flout the law such as you have done deserve no sympathy.
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You are complete foreigner who obviously does not know well local laws and regulations and YET you endanger everyone by driving illegally.
actually, swisskim does appear to know the local laws and regulations but also appears to not give a toss about them.

knowingly having failed the test and then being not able to pass the theory exam because of failing the test - and then just driving anyway?

I don't know what the penalty is but I do hope you get the maximum. It strikes me that it's the only way you might learn.

Sorry, nothing positive to add here - move along please
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Re: super man help me! got caught by driving without license

I'm guessing this thread hasn't gone the way the OP had hoped.
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Re: super man help me! got caught by driving without license

OP, you weren't driving in Uster last night, by any chance?
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7 years! Come on!
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