Italy

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Pete Barden
10 Jul 2012 23:1 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 0:3

Here's what you'll need to know when driving in Italy. Please note that snow chains are compulsory in certain areas of the country during winter months. There are also traffic restrictions similar to the London Congestion Charge in some historic city centres. Ensure you are aware of local restrictions these zones are often signposted with the letters ZTL.

Road deaths per 100,000 of population. UK average 3.1 (2010):
•4.8 per 100,000 of population

Minimum age for drivers
•18

Maximum speed limit
•Speed limits vary across Italy, so follow local instructions

Alcohol limit per 100ml of blood
•50mg

Equipment required in car
•Warning triangle
•Headlamp converters. These are stickers on your headlight, which prevent oncoming motorists being dazzled by UK-configured headlamps
•Reflective jacket
•Snow chains and winter tyres if driving in the Val d'Aosta region between October 15 April 15

Documentation to be carried
•Full British licence (if it's not a photo version, you'll need another form of photographic ID, such as a passport)
•Original registration document or hire-car paperwork
•Motor insurance policy

Exterior markings
•A GB sticker unless 'Euro-plates' are fitted

General requirements
•Drivers must use dipped headlights during the day on all roads
•When driving in town centres - particularly historic ones - do not enter Zona Traffico Limitato (ZTL) zones. Traffic is either banned or just for residents in these areas and could result in a fine if caught by police or traffic cameras

On the spot fines issued
•Yes, and police officers will collect 25% of the maximum fine amount from drivers of foreign-registered vehicles

Radar detectors
•Forbidden

This information is provided as a guide to driving in the aforementioned country, but is not intended as complete legal guidance. It is the driver's responsibility to ensure they follow national driving laws.