Helpful driving information

Here you find the most important traffic regulations and other helpful details about law in Italy.

* Headlights:
You must use dipped headlights during the day while travelling on motorways and major roads outside cities.

* Warning vest:
Since 2004 warning vests are obligatory on Italian roads - 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.

* Winter tyres:
Winter equipment obligation for cars 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.

* Brennero Motorway:
Watch out! On the Brennero Motorway (A22) the maximum speed is limited to 110 km ph - not to 130 km ph as usual on Italian motorways.

* Speed limit:
Exceeding the speed limit is punished with heavy fines - by 10 km ph with a fine of 100 Euros and more, by 40 km ph and more the driving license is withdrawn for several months.

* Fines:
Further 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.

* 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.

* Drugs:
Smoking cannabis is punished with the withdrawal of the driving licence or other valid papers. A charge is pressed.

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* Smoking:
An official ban on smoking in all enclosed public places has come into force in Italy on July 1, 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.

* Fake products:
Bying fake brand products is punished with heavy fines.

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