How can you deal with a fine you receive after a stay in Italy?
Now just how do you deal with a traffic fine which you got while you were on holiday in Italy? Well, if you are (un)lucky enough to find a nice little fine stuck on your car windscreen (watch where you leave you car – street cleaning occurs over-night and if any cars are in the way, they get a nice fine – I speak from experience…) while you are in Italy you can simply take it to a local post office and pay it. End of story. Similarly if the police happen to stop and fine you, they too (I believe) will give you a nice little document which can be paid at any Italian post office and many cigarette shops too. This means that as long as you have the time to get to a post office you can sort the fine out quite easily.
A thing called a ‘Casuale‘ (a sort of traffic offence reference number), which is usually written on the fine, provides information with regard to the date that you were caught, the registration of the car you were in and other things, the meaning of which I am not so sure. You should also find the bank account number into which the fine should be paid.
OK, so basically if you get a fine while you are in Italy, you have a sporting chance of paying it at a post office.
What happens though, when the fine drops through your letterbox after you have returned from your hols/business trip in Italy? Well, you should pay the fine, the question is ‘how’. This is where the problems start.
Assuming you are able to understand that the document written in Italian is indeed a fine (I cannot wait until Hungarian police start sending out fines to foreigners!!), the next step would be to work out what to do next. You could just hop on a plane and pop into the post office nearest to the airport at which you have landed, but this is not really practical. Or you could try to discover what you need to do. This is where the fun starts. First, who do you ring? Good question. You do speak Italian don’t you? No? Ah, well, this means, logically, that most people would find it difficult to communicate with the Italian police, assuming you know which one of the three types of police force you should contact. (Answer: The Polizia Municipale, generally if the fine is a minor parking/restricted traffic area matter, not the ‘Polizia’ – the Polizia Municipale and the Polizia are different organisations).
Other Sources of Information/assistance
How about searching on the web? I tried this and did not find anything easily. The DVLA? I searched on their website and got 70 rather unhelpful search results after looking for ‘Speeding fines, Europe’.
The British consulate here in Milan said to phone 0044 8702400009. This, I imagine would be the best course of action, although I have not rung, so I do not know how much help it can be.
The AA or the RAC may be of some help too. Oh, and if you are not someone from a country in the EC, then I really do not know what you could do, if they even bother sending fines to people in non-European countries, that is.
I’m sure plenty of tourists manage to end up being snapped by one of the ever increasing number of speed and/or restricted traffic zone cameras here, so you would imagine that finding information as to how to deal with these things would be quite easy. This is not the case, or so it would seem.
I would love someone to indicate where information on this matter can be easily found. Many people would find it useful.
You could just send me your fine plus the amount due and 100 Euros, let’s say, and I’ll deal with it;-) Any takers?……No, thought not!!