Fines in Italy

Drivers driving on Italian roads must pay attention to the traffic regulations in force in this country. To avoid being fined a traffic fine in Italy, it is essential to know the basic rules of the road and the penalties that apply in the event of non-compliance.

The amount of fines in Italy is not fixed, but is determined according to the seriousness of the offence and the damage caused, among other things. The competent authority to impose penalties is the Traffic Police (Polizia Stradale), the Carabinieri or the Local Police, depending on where the offence takes place.

When a traffic offence is committed in Italy, the competent authority must notify the offender within 90 days. This period is extended to 360 days in the case of foreign drivers, so we can receive a fine from Italy for up to a year after visiting the country.

Driving without a seat belt, using a mobile phone at the wheel, running a red light or exceeding the speed limit are the most frequent offences in Italy. If the same offence is committed twice, the fine can be doubled. More serious offences can lead to the withdrawal of the driving licence and the immobilisation of the vehicle.

Speeding fines in Italy

Fines for speeding are very high in Italy. The Italian authorities have fixed, mobile and average speed cameras to check that the road speed limits are respected. The generic limits on Italian roads are as follows:

  • 130 km/h on motorways
  • 90 km/h on secondary roads
  • 50 km/h in urban areas

Radar fines in Italy are graduated according to speeding:

  • Speeding up to 10 km/h results in fines of between 41 and 168 euros.
  • Speeding between 11 and 40 km/h results in fines of between 168 and 674 euros.
  • Speeding between 41 and 60 km/h results in fines of between 527 and 2,108 euros. It can also lead to the withdrawal of the driving licence for 1 to 3 months.
  • Speeding in excess of 60 km/h results in fines of between 821 and 3,287 euros. This offence is also punishable by withdrawal of driving licence for 6 to 12 months.

It is important to note that in Italy fines for offences committed between 22:00 and 7:00 are increased by 33%.

Parking fines in Italy

Parking at public transport stops, in spaces reserved for disabled persons or in areas where stopping and parking is prohibited is punishable by fines of between 87 and 344 euros.

Other parking offences such as double parking, parking on the pavement, parking on pedestrian crossings, parking in cycle lanes, parking in electric car charging zones, etc. are punishable by fines of between 41 and 173 euros.

Limited parking zones exist in most Italian cities. The colour of the lines on the road indicates which zone you are in:

  • Blue zones: paid parking spaces, usually free on public holidays.
  • White zones: free parking, although there may be time limitations (in Rome, for example, you cannot park for more than three hours).
  • Yellow zones: free parking for disabled persons.
  • Pink zones: parking area for pregnant women or women who have recently given birth. They are usually located at the entrances to hospitals and medical centres.

Fines for not respecting parking regulations in cities are generally 41 euros.

Fines in Limited Traffic Zones in Italy (ZTL)

The centre of many Italian cities have areas where access is restricted to private vehicles: these are known as ZTL. Access to ZTLs is prohibited for most of the day. Entrance roads are clearly marked and a red light indicates that access is not allowed. The fine for entering a ZTL without authorisation is up to €350.

Fine for running red lights

Cameras to detect this offence are very common in Italy. This is a very dangerous offence, and fines can be as high as €655.

Beware of air conditioning when travelling in Italy

The Italian Highway Code prohibits leaving the engine of a vehicle running just to operate the air conditioning. This means that you can be fined if the vehicle is stationary or parked and you are using the air conditioning.

The minimum fine for having the air conditioning on in a parked car is €223. The aim of this measure is to fight pollution, so electric vehicles cannot be fined for this reason.

Payment of fines in Italy

Fines in Italy can be paid with a 30% reduction within 5 days of notification. The methods of payment may differ depending on the municipality or province where the fine was imposed. The most common means of payment are:

  • Internet: Most Italian administrations allow the payment of fines through their website. The fine notice contains all the necessary details for payment, which can be made by credit card or bank transfer.
  • Banks and post offices (in Italy only): Italian banks allow payment of fines using form F24 and similar forms. In order for the payment to be registered correctly, it is important to enter the identification code of the fine and the tax code indicated on the notice.

The deadline for ordinary payment (without reduction) is 60 days from the date of notification. After this period has elapsed, the legally established interest and surcharges will be applied.

In case of disagreement with the fine or manifest errors, the deadline for lodging an appeal is 60 days from the notification. The appeal must be addressed to the authority that imposed the fine or, alternatively, to the competent Justice of the Peace (in this case the time limit is reduced to 30 days).

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