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Old 09.11.2011, 19:13
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Re: Speeding Fine, not switched licence over

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The final result.

12 months and alot of arguing with the Swiss authorities. For the speeding offence 450 CHF. The strassenverkehrsamt admin fee 250 CHF. and a potential 1 month ban if I reoffend within 2 years.
In Zurich although technically you supposed to switch your licence over within 12 months of arriving. Reality is they will accept it upto 5 years. After that you have to do the test.
The ironic thing, I told them I do not want to swap my licence as I will only drive in the UK, so I can keep my UK licence if I dont drive on Swiss roads again.
Reality is if you are willing to question the Swiss authorities time and time again its amazing how they will back peddle on what are "the rules".
Consider yourself lucky. Someone decided not to pursue it and give you the benefit of the doubt. However given that you now have 2 convictions (even if administrative not criminal) you may not benefit from the 5 year discretion. Are you on an L-Permit or a 5 year B?
Are you considering applying for Swiss citizenship in the future?

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Old 09.11.2011, 20:12
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Ever tried to insure a car in the UK if you do not hold a UK license?
Why would you be insuring a car in the UK if you live here, you have to be careful or the inland revenue may say you have never 'left' the UK you are just temporally away. To get out of the UK tax system you hace to leave permantly for a settled purpose. Hanging onto a UK license and wanting to insure cars in the UK implies your still UK based.

FWIW my brother has a Swiss license & insures cars in the UK, he pays tax in both countries
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Old 10.11.2011, 10:39
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Re: Speeding Fine, not switched licence over

I could have switched my licence without doing the test and I have been here over 4 years. I just told them I dont want to as I only drive in the UK and not here. As per the residency issues the way HRMC is persuing non resident actions I would advise people to be very careful. I myself am on a B permit with no ties to the UK
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Old 10.11.2011, 10:46
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<snip>The ironic thing, I told them I do not want to swap my licence as I will only drive in the UK, so I can keep my UK licence if I dont drive on Swiss roads again.

Reality is...
... that if you re-offend you will have the book, bookshelf and attached wall thrown at you.

You've already demonstrated that you lied about "not driving in CH" simply by dindt of having been caught speeding, in a car, that you were driving, in CH.

Doesn't matter what the circumstances are.
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I could do with a new bookshelf
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