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Traffic rules in Italy: There is a risk of heavy fines – even car foreclosure is possible

2023-05-29T03:26:08.573Z

Highlights: Italy is a popular destination for many holidaymakers. If you go there by car, you should find out about the most important traffic rules. You are not allowed to drive faster than 130 km/h on the motorway. The blood alcohol limit is 0.5 – anyone above that must expect a fine of at least 545 euros. In Italy, the rule in a roundabout is "right before left" – in contrast to Germany, incoming vehicles generally have the right of way over the vehicles already in the roundabout.



Italy is a popular destination for many holidaymakers. If you go there by car, you should find out about the most important traffic rules – sometimes there are drastic penalties.

The trip to the holiday needs to be well planned. For example, before leaving, you should definitely find out on which routes the risk of traffic jams is high - and whether there is perhaps a possibility to choose the time of arrival so that you are not necessarily stuck in stop-and-go traffic for hours. The travel costs should also be well calculated with regard to the travel budget, because there are not only fuel costs, but also tolls on many routes in other European countries. And it's not just the customs and traditions that are different in other countries – but also the traffic rules. Here are some particularly important ones to keep in mind when vacationing in Italy.

Speed limits in Italy: You are not allowed to drive faster than 130 km/h on the motorway

In any case, holidaymakers in Italy should remember the speed limits: In built-up areas, cars are allowed to travel at a maximum of 50 km/h, outside built-up areas at a maximum of 90 km/h. The maximum speed on expressways is 110 km/h – no faster than 130 km/h is allowed on motorways. This should also be adhered to as closely as possible, because the fines are not exactly tight. From a speeding of more than 20 km/h, at least 175 euros are due. You should definitely pay fines – because they can also be enforced in this country.

There is a speed limit of 130 km/h on Italian motorways. (Symbolic image) © Frank Sorge/Imago

Fines in Italy: It will be very expensive for drunk drivers

You should think very carefully about whether you get behind the wheel in Italy after a beer or a glass of wine – the penalties for drunk drivers are drastic. The blood alcohol limit is 0.5 – anyone above that must expect a fine of at least 545 euros. From a value of 1.5 per thousand, according to the ADAC, fines of up to 6,000 euros are imminent – in extreme cases, even the car can be confiscated and foreclosed.

In addition to the "normal" tolls, an extra congestion charge is due in certain areas in some cities in Italy, such as Milan. Bologna and Palermo also have similar zones with an inner city toll.

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What you should also know: On mountain roads in Italy, vehicles driving uphill generally have the right of way, unless there is an alternative nearby. Buses always have the right of way in Italian road traffic. You also have to be careful in the event of a breakdown: private towing is prohibited on the motorway. In addition, low beams (or daytime running lights) must be used all year round on motorways and out of town.

In Italy, the rule in a roundabout is "right before left" – in contrast to Germany, the incoming vehicles generally have the right of way over the vehicles already in the roundabout.

Source: merkur

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