If you do not pay the fine at the time you attempt to rent a car, you will not be allowed to rent it.
One person, I understand, managed to avoid paying overdue fines by renting a car in his wife’s name.
201,1 – Notificazione delle violazioni (Notifcation of violations)For foreign residents the 360 day period for sending out fines is unchanged. 196, quale risulta dai pubblici registri alla data dell’accertamento.
do not suggest or condone the non-payment of fines.
If I did, I would probably end up in big trouble here in Italy, and seeing as I live, work and have family here, I would like to avoid such a situation.
You never know nowadays and this blog is public (Indeed, I have now been lucky enough to have been accused of being a scammer, I am not, but see the comments below and make up your own mind.) Now you can read this post… Watch out for this: Hertz Italia in Rome appear to have been trying to charge people for processing fines which never existed.
Beware – see this: HERTZ ITALIANA SPA ROMA Complaints & Reviews – Verbale fine on line. While chatting with a tourism business operator in Tuscany today May 25, 2013, I was told that car rental companies now have a database which shows if you have not paid fines received for driving offences in Italy or in other parts of Europe.
See the section Road Use City center hotels should know about the existence of these passes, as should car rental companies.
Having one of these passes should help you avoid these pesky fines. Please read Section 1 BEFORE leaving a comment – thanks!
It is not clear which car rental companies in Italy are using this database, nor for how long, although I was told that the system could have been in place for as long as three years.
What this means is that by ignoring, not paying or not appealing fines for driving offences in Italy you may cause yourself problems if you come to Italy again and attempt to rent a car.
The advantage of this option is that appeals to Italian justices of the peace are more likely to be successful – indeed, a good lawyer should be able to give you an idea as to whether an appeal is likely to succeed or not, before it goes to court.
Italian justices of the peace do sometimes annul or reduce fines, but do not always double them.
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