Italian Driving Regulations

Road Rules of Italy


We have put together some key Italian Road Rules to help awareness of different driving laws in foreign countries.

These rules are to be used as a guide, please be aware that rules are subject to change and are correct as of November 2012. Please ask your Avis representative if any queries arise.

Please ask your Avis representative about toll charges and road charges before leaving the Avis car hire location and whether snow tyres or chains are needed.

Take a look at our Italy location page for ideas, travelling tips and booking information.We also have Great Drives guides for Italy to help you make the most of your car hire experience.

Which Side of the Road?

AltText In Italy, please drive on the RIGHT side of the road.

Unique Country Driving Laws

  • Do not use horn in a built up area unless in danger.
  • There are historical areas in which you cannot drive. Lookout for “Zona traffico limitato
  • Mobile phones may only be used with a headset or hands-free device.

Speed Limits


For a standard Avis rental vehicle with no trailers:

  • Urban areas: 31 mph (50 km/h)
  • Rural areas: 55 mph (90 km/h)
  • Dual Carriageways: 68mph ((110km/h)
  • Motorways: 80mph (130km/h)

Unless indicated by road signs.

Child Safety / Seatbelt Laws


It is compulsory for all inside the vehicle to wear a seatbelt.

  • Children under 3 or measuring less than 150cm must be seated in an appropriate child restraint for their size.

Please ask your Avis representative to help fit your child with the correct child seat.

Compulsory Equipment in your Avis rental car

  • Warning triangle
  • Reflective jacket

Please ask your Avis representative, whether snow tyres are compulsory at the time of your arrival

Emergency Services

AltText Police: 113  AltText Ambulance: 118 AltText Fire Department: 115 AltText  

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