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Photo by Laurent Caudéran

If you drive a car, the chances are that you have, at some time, become frustrated by the process of trying to pay for your place at a parking meter – either because you don’t have the right change, or you have to spend ages keying in bank card details.

In Lausanne, this problem is rapidly disappearing with the introduction of a new range of parking meters covering up to 2500 places throughout the city.

Manufactured by Parkeon, in collaboration with Parkomatic, the new meters will enable customers to pay with bank cards using contactless technology – but will also accept coins, or allow payment using bank cards that employ traditional insertion technology.  For security reasons, the contactless method only works for payments less than Fr. 40.-. Payments above this amount will still require your PIN code.

125 of the 140 designated machines have already been installed throughout Lausanne, which is the first city in Switzerland to take advantage of this state-of-the-art technology.  Similar machines have also been installed in Italy, Poland, UK and France.

Source: http://www.24heures.ch/economie/lausanne-innove-stationnement-carte/story/10595661

 

nezrouge

As we approach the last week before Christmas, many of you will be out and about, dining with friends, partying in town, or having a drink after work with colleagues.

 

If you’re planning to have a drink, be sure to plan ahead and make arrangements for your return home — if you’re driving, then you need to remain below the legal limit (see http://www.admin.ch/ch/f/rs/7/741.13.fr.pdf for Swiss limits and http://www.saser.fr/alcool.html#toutsavoir for French limits — and if you’re not, then you need to make sure you have a sensible means of transport back home.

 

If you can’t rely on friends to give you a lift home, and if public transport is not an option, think about putting some extra money in your purse for a Swiss taxi or French taxi home. At this time of year, fees can be extremely high, so be prepared.

 

When your plans change, and you find yourself in the middle of nowhere, having set out in your car but having drunk more than the legal limit, DO NOT be tempted to get into your car and drive home. Instead, call up Nez Rouge, a volunteer organization set up in 1990, which will arrange for a driver to come out and meet you, and drive your car home!

 

When you call up their free number, 0800 802 208, Nez Rouge will send two volunteers to drive your car home (one driving and one assisting at the back of the car), both of whom will be followed by another driver in a Nez Rouge car who will return all volunteers back to base.

 

Set up in 1990 with the goal of making drivers aware of the dangers of driving in an unfit state, the service is entirely free, and relies on the support of organizations such as Shell (Switzerland) SA, Planzer Transport SA, Swisscom (Suisse) SA, Zürich Assurances and the BPA (Bureau de prevention des accidents). In 2010 there were over 7,000 volunteers who brought back home 21,000 people over the festive period.

 

Program the number in your cell phone: 0800 802 208 (central number)

 

Check website for direct numbers for your area as well as schedules and times as they vary from area to area. For the entire country as well as neighboring France.

www.nezrouge.ch

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13-15 December

20-31 December

 

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Just our usual reminder at this time of the year, that the autoroute vignette, which is necessary for those who travel on any portion of the Swiss autoroute (highway/motorway), can now be purchased. These stickers are available at gas/petrol stations, shops, tabac/kiosks, border crossings, post offices, and other locations. The price is once again Fr. 40.- for the calendar year, and you have until 31 January, 2013, to display it on your windscreen.

Note: If you buy Fr. 100.- worth of goods from Denner, you can purchase the vignette for only Fr. 35.-. This is NOT valid on purchases of hard alcohol, tobacco products, vignettes, etc. However, wine counts! So stock up on a couple cases of wine for the holidays and take advantage of this deal (while stocks last)!

dennervignette 

Photo is taken from Denner's flyer.

TyresWith Spring upon us and Summer not far round the corner, it is time to start thinking about changing your Winter tyres for Summer ones.

If you’ve ever had to change your tyres before, you will know what a time-consuming task this can turn out to be.  Either you head out early in the morning, before work, and be prepared to wait in the line at your chosen garage.  Or you take time off work to slip out during the day and take advantage of the shorter waiting times.

If neither of these options appeals to you, you might like to consider employing the services of Multiplicity, a personal concierge service, operating in the canton of Geneva.  Multiplicity will arrange an appointment to collect your car with the tyres in the boot from your home or office and then return it to you after the tyres have been changed.

So if you want to avoid the mad rush, call Multiplicity on 022 349 4617 or visit their website on www.multiplicity.ch.
TyresWith Autumn upon us and Winter not far round the corner, it is time to start thinking about changing your Summer tyres for Winter ones.

If you’ve ever had to change your tyres before, you will know what a time-consuming task this can turn out to be.  Either you head out early in the morning, before work, and be prepared to wait in the line at your chosen garage.  Or you take time off work to slip out during the day and take advantage of the shorter waiting times.

If neither of these options appeals to you, you might like to consider employing the services of Multiplicity, a personal concierge service, operating in the canton of Geneva.  Multiplicity will arrange an appointment to collect your car with the tyres in the boot from your home or office and then return it to you after the tyres have been changed.

So if you want to avoid the mad rush in November, call Multiplicity on 022 349 4617 or visit their website on www.multiplicity.ch.