The most important traffic regulations and other helpful details about law in Italy.
- Exceeding the speed limit:
Exceeding by 10 km/h with a fine of 100 Euros and more, by 40 km/h and more the driving license is withdrawn for several months.
- Dipped headlights:
You must use dipped headlights during the day while travelling on motorways and major roads outside cities.
- Brennero Motorway (A22):
On the Brennero Motorway between Bolzano Sud and Brennero the maximum speed is limited to 110 km ph - not to 130 km ph as usual on Italian motorways.
- Warning vest and triangle:
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. A warning triangle and a first aid kit are obligatory as well - a fire extinguisher, however, is recommended but not obligatory.
- Blood-alcohol limit:
The maximum blood alcohol limit is at 0.5 parts per thousand. Also drunken pedestrians can be stopped and fined by police.
- Child seats:
The alarm requirement for child seats came into force on Nov 7, 2019: Parents of children up to 4 years of age have 4 monhts to provide the child seat with an alarm system to prevent small children from being forgotten in the car. This obligation applies to vehicles registered in Italy. As of Mar 6, 2020, the checks and penalties provided for will also be introduced: The fines amount from 83 - 323 Euros, and you have to reckon a deduction of 5 driving licence points and up to two months of temporary driving licence suspension (in the case of another offence within two years).
- Winter equipment obligation:
The obligation is valid from November 15 to April 15. During this period cars must only be driven if equipped with winter tyres (or all-season tyres M+S). Snow chains are necessary in case the road is continuously or almost continuously covered with snow or ice.
- Wildlife accident:
Since November 2019, a wildlife accident must also be reported to the responsible authorities (e.g. Forestry Station Renon, phone: +39 0471 356229, Silandro, phone: +39 0473 736130, or Brunico, phone: +39 0474 582230) if the wild animal was only hit in order to be able to initiate a control search. Previously, this was only the case if the wild animal died as a result of the accident.
- Further fines:
Fines are given e.g. for using a mobile phone while driving, disregard of the obligation to put on a seat belt, not having a ticket on toll roads and not stopping for pedestrians on a crosswalk.
Smoking cannabis is punished with the withdrawal of the driving licence or other valid papers. A charge is pressed.
More useful information:
Official ban on smoking:
An official ban on smoking in all enclosed public places has come into force in Italy in 2005. Fines may amount up to 2,000 Euros. 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.
Bying fake brand products is punished with heavy fines.