Vacationers in Italy can breathe a sigh of relief: new rules for speed cameras have been in effect since the beginning of June, and this decision will significantly reduce the number of measurement units. At the same time, local communities are not welcoming the decision with overwhelming joy.

Italy has more than 11,000 speed cameras, making it the best in Europe, but this situation is likely to change as a result of new regulations. Details of the new ruling are as follows:

  • A speed camera can only be set up if the maximum permitted speed is 50 km/h, so measuring will not be allowed in Zone 30.
  • Outside the city, the speed measurement site must be indicated at least one kilometer in advance by the appropriate sign; It is sufficient to place the sign within 200 meters within a residential area of ​​the city.
  • The distance between the two speed cameras must be at least three kilometers outside urban areas.
  • Speed ​​cameras are only allowed in places where there is a high risk of accidents.

While many drivers and tourists are happy with the new rules, the decision has been negatively received by local communities. Small towns in particular have been able to generate significant income from the income generated by speed cameras

Bolzano, for example, has turned off 14 out of 16 speedometers as a result of the new law, with the 30 km/h limit monitored by cameras in many places. The traffic law can only be reintroduced if the maximum speed is raised to 50 km/h, but the local authorities do not want that. However, in the absence of a system to monitor drivers, the number of speeders will increase anyway, which residents of the area have already complained about: according to a local newspaper, parents living in Leifers in South Tyrol have already informed the police that they no longer dare to send their children to school. Alone.

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Speeding in Italy can be very expensive

Novice drivers – those with a driving license that is less than three years old – can drive at a maximum speed of 100 km/h on the motorway, even on three-lane sections where 150 km/h is allowed anyway.

In Italy, the highway is very expensive, along with fines, and breaking the rules at night is 30 percent more expensive. 42 euros (15,700 forints) are charged even when exceeding the speed limit by 10 km/h, but if we exceed the speed limit by 10-40 km/h, the fine is 175 and 695 euros (65,400 and 259,400 forints), 40 and 60 km/h. Between 544 and 2,174 euros (203,000 and 811,300 forints).

Above this limit, i.e. if the permissible speed limit of 60 km/h and the tolerance limit are exceeded, the speed camera imposes a fine of 847 euros (316,100 forints) in addition to the tolerance limit that can extend to a maximum of 3,389 euros (1,265,000 forints).