Status: 26/09/2023, 05:14 a.m.
By: Robin Dittrich
In Italy, fines for traffic offences are expected to increase significantly. It will be particularly expensive for using the mobile phone while driving.
Munich – On September 18, the Italian Council of Ministers approved a bill for stricter road traffic regulations. This is intended to increase road traffic fines in Italy in particular. In particular, drivers who make phone calls while driving will have to dig much deeper into their pockets in the future.
These road traffic offences are soon to become expensive in Italy
According to Italy's Transport Minister Matteo Salvini, the new road traffic regulations with sometimes significantly higher penalties had become urgently needed, as there are far too many deaths on the roads, which also affect small children, reports the Italian news agency Ansa. The bill is expected to be finally adopted by the end of the year. As official data from Istat, the Italian statistical office, show, around 3159 people died in Italy last year, almost ten percent more than in the previous year.
Anyone caught driving with a mobile phone in Italy will soon face higher fines and a withdrawal of their driver's license. © Daniel Scharinger/Imago (symbolic image)
In particular, the number of cases in which another vehicle was given the right of way due to a distraction, a red light was run or an increased speed increased by 15 percent. To stop this trend, the government wants to "show zero tolerance for those who drive under drugs or drunk driving," Ansa reports. Anyone who has ever been convicted should be required to have a so-called "Alcolock" built into their car. If the blood alcohol level is above zero, the engine can then no longer be started. In Italy, the number of speed cameras has recently been significantly increased.
These road traffic fines are set to rise soon in Italy
It will also be particularly expensive for drivers who use their mobile phones while driving. Previously, the penalties for this were between 165 and 660 euros. Some of the new fines are three times as high as the previous ones: between 422 and 1697 euros. In addition, there is a driver's license withdrawal of between 15 days and two months – from the first violation. If you reoffend within two years, you have to give up your driver's license for at least three months and pay almost 2600 euros. In Germany, fines also increased this year.
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The driver's license can also be revoked in the event of dangerous driving, wrong-way driving, running a red light or driving the wrong way on the motorway. The driver's license can be revoked for up to three years if you drive under the influence of drugs. There will also be changes in the case of speeding. There, the fines are to be tripled in the most serious cases. For German holidaymakers, a holiday in Italy can therefore be particularly expensive. Other European countries are also threatened with high fines for road traffic offences. (rd)