REALITY CHECK – DRIVING IN ITALY

Although Italy – one of our top three Affordable Europe destinations – is the home of La Dolce Vita, when it comes to driving, rules are tight and heavily enforced.
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CAR RENTAL IN ITALY – WHAT TO KNOW

licenseDRIVERS LICENSE: To pick up your rental car, the following is a must: valid drivers license, non-prepaid credit card and passport. International Driver’s Permit is required only if the drivers license is not in Roman script (e.g. Japanese, Cyrilic).

 

violationsTRAFFIC VIOLATIONS: The renter is responsible for payment of all fines, road tolls, congestion charges and other similar charges incurred. Fines and charges are sent lo Hertz, even after a long lime, especially in case of electronic or remote report (i.e. speed and Limited Traffic Zone cameras or motorway tolls). Hertz will provide relevant local authorities your data and will recover the costs through an administration fee.

fuelFUEL: You must return your car with a full tank of fuel. Gas stations network is very extended but you might not find one on the way back to the airport, especially in the South and islands. Hertz Fuel Purchase Option – FPO offers a discount Up to 3% vs the market price.  Note: many automated gas stations only accept cards with ‘chip and pin’ technology.

highwayHIGHWAY DRIVING: Highways are not free and a toll is due every time a car leaves the highway. Toll can be paid by debit card (“Bancomat”), credit card or cash through self-service kiosks or at cashiers by choosing the dedicated lane. Cashier staff might not speak English. Telepass lanes are reserved for Telepass holders only. Telepass is a fast billing device assigned to registered resident customers, but Hertz Italy also rents Telepass in main airports. Tolls will be automatically added to the rental bill upon return.

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