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Heavy goods vehicles and combination of vehicles of over 7.5t maximum permissible weight (MPW)

Detailed information


Corpus Cristi 2020

On June 11, 2020, from 00.00 to 22.00 on the A22 motorway between Vipiteno and Brennero, vehicles over 7.5 tonnes will be banned. Cars located on this section are forced to go to the nearest parking lot.


Article 1

(Object and scope)


Article 3

(Derogations for vehicles coming from / going abroad)

Article 4

(Derogations for vehicles coming from / going to Sardinia)

Article 5

(Derogations for vehicles coming from / going to Sicily)


Article 6

(Derogations for intermodal transport)


Article 7

(Categories of vehicles exempted from the ban)

The ban referred to in Article 2 does not apply to vehicles belonging to the following entities:

The ban referred to in Article 2 also does not apply to vehicles used for the following public services, even when running empty:


The ban referred to in Article 2 also does not apply to vehicles and vehicle combinations belonging to the following particular categories, even if running empty:

The ban referred to in Article 2 does not apply in the following cases:


Article 8

(Types of goods whose transport is not subject to the ban)

The ban referred to in Article 2 does not apply to vehicles used only for transporting the following types of goods, even if running empty:

The ban referred to in Article 2 does not apply to vehicles used for transporting live animals under the following conditions even if running empty, provided they carry suitable documentation certifying the need to be loaded or unloaded even when the ban is in effect:

Vehicles carrying goods referred to in paragraph 1, items e) f) and g), as well as goods referred to in paragraph 2, items a), b) and c) must be equipped with green plates measuring 0.50 m in width and 0.40 m in height and inscribed with a lowercase d of 0.20 m in height, fixed in a visible place on each side and on the back of the vehicle.


Article 9

(Conditions under which a derogation from the ban may be granted)

For reasons of absolute urgency and legitimate necessity, without prejudice to the provisions of articles 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 and to in addition to the exceptions they contain, the Prefectures, following requests filed according to article 10 and according to procedures specified in article 11, may grant derogations to the ban referred to in article 2 only in the following cases:

Vehicles allowed to travel by way of derogation must be equipped with green plates measuring 0.50 m in width and 0.40 m in height and inscribed with a lowercase d of 0.20 m in height, fixed in a visible place on each side and on the back of the vehicle.


Article 10

(Procedures for requesting a derogation)

If the conditions referred to in Article 9 are met, the interested parties may submit, at least ten days before the scheduled departure date, a request for a permit to travel by virtue of derogation from the ban referred to in Article 2, normally with the Prefecture of the province of departure, indicating the following elements:

Alternatively, the request can be submitted to the Prefecture where the company performing the transport is based.

For vehicles coming from abroad, the request can be submitted to the Prefecture of a border province, where the journey in Italy begins, also by the customer or recipient of the goods or by a service agency delegated for this purpose by the interested parties; in such cases, to grant a permit, the Prefecture must take into account, in addition to documented reasons for the urgency of transport, the impossibility of turning back, also the distance from the destination, the type of route and the state of services at the border.


Article 11

(Procedures for issuing prefectural permits)

The Prefecture that received a permit request to travel by virtue of derogation from the ban referred to in Article 2, having heard, where necessary, from other Prefectures in charge of the territory involving a specific transport, having assessed the needs and urgency related to the local and general conditions of circulation, reviews the request on the basis of the following criteria:

If the request is submitted to the Prefecture in whose territory the company performing the transport is based, it is necessary to first obtain consent from the Prefecture in whose territory the journey starts.

At the end of the review procedure described in paragraph 1 and if the conditions for the derogation exist, the Prefecture decides to grant a permit, which, in addition to detailed reasons, specifies the following:

With regard to permits referred to in Article 9, paragraph 1, item d), if there is documented continuous need for the same person to perform more trips by virtue of derogation involving the same products, the faculty of the Prefecture has the right to renew, even more than once, and in any case, no later than the end of the calendar year, the permit granted at the request submitted of the interested party.

The Prefectures in whose territory border checkpoints are located may allow, even permanently, the circulation of vehicles referred to in Article 9 paragraph 1, items h) when the ban is in effect.


Article 12

(Transportation of dangerous goods in periods of the driving ban)

The transport of dangerous goods belonging to classes 1 and 7, identified in the international agreement for the transport of dangerous goods (ADR), is prohibited for any quantity of goods transported, regardless of the maximum authorised mass of the vehicle, in addition to days listed in Article 2, also from 8.00 am to 12.00 pm on every Saturday and from 0.00 to 12.00 pm on every Sunday in the period from 23 May to 6 September 2020.

Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph 1, the transport of dangerous goods is permitted in the following cases:

By way of derogation from the provisions of paragraph 1, the transport of dangerous goods using vehicles with a maximum authorized mass not exceeding 7.5 t, is allowed only in the following cases:

The ban referred to in paragraph 1 does not apply to the transport of dangerous goods in the cases referred to in paragraph 3, letters a) to d) using vehicles with a maximum authorized mass greater than 7.5 t, which, however, are subject to the ban referred to in Article 2.

The transportation of liquid and gaseous fuels is governed by Article 7, paragraph 3, letter e).


Article 13

(Transitional provisions for vehicles going to / coming from the port of Genoa)

For vehicles coming from the port of Genoa, carrying suitable documentation certifying the origin of the trip and the destination of the cargo, the starting time of the ban referred to in Article 2 is postponed by four hours.

For vehicles directed to the port of Genoa carrying suitable documentation certifying the destination of the journey, the end of the ban referred to in Article 2 is brought forward by four hours.


The list of prefectures (telephone/fax number) – country code for Italy is 0039


Permits issued by the prefectures can be extended to cover empty journeys related to the basic case for which the permit was issued. In the case of vehicles coming from abroad, applications can be submitted by authorized employees of the ordering party or the recipient of the goods.

Holidays


Public holidays 2021:

Public holidays 2022:

Tires


Tires

There are no general rules concerning the winter tires equipment. Exceptions are signposted. From 15th October to 15th April it is obligatory to use winter tires (M+S) in the region of Aosta-Tal.


Chains

Obligation of being equipped in snow chains. Use in signposted areas.

Studded tires permitted for vehicles from 3.5t MPW from 15th November to 15th March. Speed limits to 50/90/120 kph; reflective lights obligatory.


Source: Continental Information

Good to know


Using dipped headlights is obligatory for 24 hours outside built-up area. The above-mentioned lights are also obligatory in tunnels. Back fog lights can only be used at visibility limited to 50m.


There is no possibility of paying by cards DKV, UTA,SHELL for motorways.


Maximum blood-alcohol content: 0.05‰


For driving under the influence of alcohol the following fines apply:

Driving under the influence of intoxicants – fine of 1227 to 4912 Euro, withdrawal of the driving license for 2 months to 2 years and/or arrest for 3 months.


Exemplary fines for other offences, in Euro:


Apart from the above-mentioned fines, the police also record penalty points from 1 to 10. A foreign driver, regardless of whether there exists a system of penalty points in his country or not, is also subject to this record. At having collected 20 penalty points, the police withdraw the driving license for 6 months to 2 years. The police can demand immediate paying a quarter of the maximum fine for the given offence. If the driver cannot pay a quarter immediately, he has to either transfer a half of the maximum fine for the given offence from his account, or pay in the form of guarantee. In the case of refusing to pay the fine, the police can confiscate the vehicle until the time of paying the fine.


IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS:

assistance breakdown service is provided by the Italian Automobileclub ACI available 24h; valid also for the Vatican and San Marino, telephone: 803 116

police – 113

emergency – 118

fire brigade – 115

or the unified number – 112