YET ANOTHER UPDATE: January 2009
Restricted Traffic Zones in Pisa
Full details of the Restricted Traffic Zone in Pisa can be found on the Pisa Municipal council site: ZTL Zones – Click on the map to see other smaller, but more detailed maps of the Pisa streets considered forming part the restricted traffic areas.
If you have been caught out in Pisa, then check and see whether the street mentioned on your fine is one of those listed above. This will also help you to check that your fine is genuine and not some sophisticated scam.
As an aside, this bye-laws instigating these zone do appear to make no allowance for people with bookings accessing hotels in the city centre, despite making quite a few other exceptions. This means that catching out foreigners is a bit like shooting fish in a barrel. A novel new way of extracting cash from tourists – sort of a secondary income stream, if you like, or tax, if you would prefer!
Look out for those warning signs – which should be all over the place, theoretically.
Restricted traffic zone road sign
Below you can see an example of a restricted traffic zone road sign. This sign is in Milan, but it should be similar to the signs used throughout Italy. The top section specifies the hours during which the restriction is in force, (7:30am to 9:00pm) and the bottom sections, in this case refer to loading and unloading restrictions and the length of vehicles allowed to enter the zone. If someone photographs similar signs in Pisa or elsewhere – leave a comment and I’ll get back to you with details of where to send the images so I can publish them here, if anyone would find this useful.