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Old 04.04.2012, 14:32
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Hi all,

Anyone had experience renting a car in Italy, and getting a ticket several months afterwards?

I just got a signed for letter from the Comune di Firenze, suggesting that I had driven in a bus lane, so have been fined 119 Euro! 76 for the offence and 43.50 for 'Admin'.

They didn't enclose any pictures or anything like that...do I have a right to see these / appeal, or just shut up and pay up?

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Old 04.04.2012, 14:44
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If you were in Florence on that day, just pay up.
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Happened to us for a parking fine in Los Angeles - got the bill 3 months later with 'delinquent status' stamped in big print over the top and lots of admin charges. Also got one on Christmas Eve in the UK for a 1km (well 6 including the 5km grace) speed limit done in a hire car 3 months before. Had to ring a friend in CH to go and pay in person, as fine would have doubled again due to Christmas hols. The fine is sent to the hire company, who then finds out from records who had that car on that date, then passes it on to customer. Takes a while. Just pay up.
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Hi all,

Anyone had experience renting a car in Italy, and getting a ticket several months afterwards?

I just got a signed for letter from the Comune di Firenze, suggesting that I had driven in a bus lane, so have been fined 119 Euro! 76 for the offence and 43.50 for 'Admin'.

They didn't enclose any pictures or anything like that...do I have a right to see these / appeal, or just shut up and pay up?

Cheers,
StirB
Were you driving in Firenze that day? If you were, I would call the comune di Firenze first and politely say that you got this bill, and were wondering about the bill breakdown - the "admin", and so forth. There is plenty of stories about scam traffic tickets, that calling up the comune would be my first step. If all is confirmed/legit, then pay. What else to do?

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Happened to us for a parking fine in Los Angeles - got the bill 3 months later with 'delinquent status' stamped in big print over the top and lots of admin charges. Also got one on Christmas Eve in the UK for a 1km (well 6 including the 5km grace) speed limit done in a hire car 3 months before.
Please remind me to politely say "no" if you ever want to borrow my car.
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Yeah, thought as much.

I was driving in Florence that day, it could well have happened, so i'll just suck it up, as I quite like going there on holiday, and don't need to be blacklisted

Will rent a Vespa next time, you can probably get away with anything on those!
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LOL been driving for 43 years - and the only 2 fines I've ever got
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Re: Italian Police / Driving Fine

To whom was the original fine issued? To the renting company or to the OP in person?

Where did you rent the car? In Florence or somewhere else?

Scam traffic fines in Italy are usually issued to CH plate vehicles. Nevertheless, if the OP had rented the car in Florence then I would also suspect that the company might have been involved in a scam. (more so if the OP rented the car with a Swiss driving license)

I would also check with the Commune Firenze and verify with them providing the letter's registration number.
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just write back saying you are deceased... remember to sign the letter as someone else...
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LOL been driving for 43 years
You're supposed to take a break after 2 hours...
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To whom was the original fine issued? To the renting company or to the OP in person?

Where did you rent the car? In Florence or somewhere else?

Scam traffic fines in Italy are usually issued to CH plate vehicles. Nevertheless, if the OP had rented the car in Florence then I would also suspect that the company might have been involved in a scam. (more so if the OP rented the car with a Swiss driving license)

I would also check with the Commune Firenze and verify with them providing the letter's registration number.
Was issued to me personally. I had got a letter from Sixt a few months ago, but fogotten about it.

The plates were ITA, and they provide a picture on the website that you can log into to see your offence. Looks like the car I was in

Oh well, lesson learned...stay out of bus lanes and always wear suncream.
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Re: Italian Police / Driving Fine

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Was issued to me personally. I had got a letter from Sixt a few months ago, but fogotten about it.

The plates were ITA, and they provide a picture on the website that you can log into to see your offence. Looks like the car I was in

Oh well, lesson learned...stay out of bus lanes and always wear suncream.
Yeah they don't send pictures anymore... people were caught cheating on wife/husband .... so you can have the picture if you request it or online.
Anyway yes avoid bus lanes even if GPS says it is ok because oftentimes they have cameras on those.
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Re: Italian Police / Driving Fine

I received an admin fee, from Sixt for providing the information to the Commune. I never did receive the fine from the Commune. 30 Euros. but I was driving the car that day. They had my cc so no point in fighting it.
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Hahahahah tell them "pics, or never happend..." HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
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