Helpful Driving Information
The most important traffic regulations and other helpful details about law in Italy.
Watch out on South Tyrol’s roads.
Since 2003 a new traffic code is in force on Italy’s roads.
Exceeding the speed limit is punished with heavy fines: Exceeding the limit by 10 km/h with a fine of € 100 and more; by 40 km/h and more the driving license is withdrawn for several months.
Find below other useful information for your holidays in Italy:
1. Since 2004 warning vests are obligatory - you must carry it always with you in the car to have the possibility to show it or to use it in emergency cases.
2. You must use dipped headlights during the day while travelling on motorways and major roads outside cities.
3. Watch out: On the Brennero Motorway (A22) the maximum speed is limited to 110 km/h - not to 130 km/h as usual on Italian motorways.
4. Always give way to pedestrians crossing the crossways. Otherwise you face high fines!
5. Drunken pedestrians who are yelling loud in the streets will pay for it.
More useful information:
1. An official ban on smoking in all enclosed public places has come into force in Italy on July 1, 2005. Fines may amount up to € 2,000. Few bars are not subject to the ban but are required to have designated smoking areas, which must be sealed off from the rest of the premises and fulfill strict criteria.
2. Bying faked brand products is punished with heavy fines.
3. Smoking cannabis is punished with the withdrawal of the driving licence or other valid papers; a charge is pressed.