GOTCHA, again, and again, Italy’s New Way To Collect Traffic Violations

There is nothing like coming home from an Italy trip and receiving a letter, or email saying you screwed up and it is time to pay. In recent years I have not run afoul of the law recently, but last year they got me good. Our trip to Italy took us to Padua and Vicenza both beautiful cities. The FAMOUS ZONA LIMITATO or limited traffic zone is found in many major cities in Italy which have congestions. My first experience  was in Rome back in 2009 while returning a rental car and enjoying the sights. I went by the Coliseum and several other location while heading to the airport. Never once did I see any  signs saying ZTL. 

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But the camera saw me. This was no big deal and paid by credit card. 100 Euros is not cheap but this was easy and I was notified soon after returning.

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TRAFFIC TICKET PAID BY CREDIT CARD 

This year while in Vicenza and Padua I saw one sign and tried to avoid the area. Apparently I did not do it very well. We were in these town in October 2019 and I received my first notification from Hertz/Thrifty on January 28 2020. A bit of time had gone by. I was told there was a violation in both town and I would be notified by the municipalities shortly and be advised how to handle them.

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ZTL SIGNS

SOME SIGNS YOU SEE, OTHERS YOU DON’T 

A lot to time passed. In fact I was not notified until December 2020 of the amount of the violation and the need to do a wire transfer. International wire transfers are not cheap. These were $45 each for a total of $90. The fines were $139 and $156.  Now we are talking about really money, no cheap lira banknotes from old times. The old way was quicker and easier. Certainly it was less expensive 

My advice is to be aware of limited traffic areas before you arrive in the cities. I did this successfully in Florence. I most likely will go back to Italy again (now that the fine is paid). I will plan more carefully.. Elven years between violations and It is not the end of the world 

 

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DUOMO PADUA, ITALY

 

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DUOMO WITH WATERCOLOR FILTER 

 

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VICENZA , ITALY

 

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SALVATOR DALI VICENZA ITALY

 

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MUSEUM OF JEWELRY , VICENZA ITALY 

 

I have not posted much this month, but will continue with posts about our previous nineteen trips to Italy.  2021 has to be a better year. To escape the virus and so some travel we purchased a motor home and this has helped us travel safely. 

 

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OUR RV IN APALACHICOLA, FL

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ANGELA HEADING UP I95 IN COCA FL

 

TI AUGURO UN FELICE ANNO NUOVO

I WISH YOU A HAPPY NEW YEAR

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