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Driving in Italy

Information acquired on 11/06/2009

Compulsory documents

Pink EU driving licence.

International driving license (recommended only).

Car registration or rental papers.

Country initials sticker.

International Motor Insurance Card.

Passport (recommended only).

Owner's permission required if using a vehicle belonging to a third party.

Motorists are advised to contact the Motoring Association for information on local regulations.


Maximum alcohol level : 0.05 %. This is to be considered dangerous : don't drink and drive.

Minimum age for front seat passengers : 12 years.

Child seat, booster seat or fitted restraint system, compulsory up to 12 years and 1,50m.

Minimum driving age : 18 years.

Safety belt: compulsory front and back.

Motorcyclists: helmet compulsory for driver and passenger.

Dipped headlights compulsory (night and day) outside of built-up areas all year round.

Studded tires under certain restrictions from 15 November to 15 March .

Maximum Speed Limit for a Vehicle with Studded Tyres (kph) : 90.


Warning triangle compulsory.

First-aid kit recommended.

Fire extinguisher recommended.

Fluorescent safety jacket compulsory.

Speed limits (Light vehicles)

In built-up areas : 50 kph.

On roads : 90 kph.

On motorways : 130 kph.

These speed limits are lower in wet weather.

Auto clubs

Automobile Club d'Italia (ACI)

B.P 2839

00185 - ROMA


Touring Club Italiano (TCI)

Corso Italia 10

20122 - MILANO


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