COVID-19: 2020 Driver and Vehicle Guidelines Modified
Regulations for drivers and vehicles in Tuscany have been eased due to the COVID-19 emergency during much of 2020. The Official Gazette of the Republic of Italy issued updates stating the new regulations and dates for renewals and insurance premiums.
The annual car registration tax (bollo auto) with expiration dates in March, April and May can be paid up to June 30 without the normal penalty charge for lateness.
The biennial, the every second-year requirement for inspection of vehicles for safety and roadworthiness has been postponed. For vehicles with a deadline of July 31, the deadline has now been extended to October 31. Snow tires need to be changed by June 30, two months past the usual April 30 cutoff date.
Driver’s licenses that expire after March 17 are still valid and can be renewed. But those who may have let their license expire before the emergency declaration are not eligible for the extension. The validity of learner’s permits (foglio rosa or provisional driving licenses) that have expired between February 1 and April 30 has been extended to June 30. The written driver’s test, which must be taken within the six-month validity of the learner’s permit, will be available past the normal deadline at the local Motor Vehicles Bureau through June 30. An appointment is necessary.
Payment on vehicle insurance premiums has now been extended to 30 days after expiration of the policy instead of the usual 15-day grace period.
Licenses for drivers of heavy vehicles and certificates for the transport of dangerous goods expiring from February 23 to June 29 will remain valid until June 30. In addition, qualification certificates for taxis and ambulances that expired between January 31 and April 15 will last until June 15.
As far as traffic offenses are concerned, they can be paid, up to May 31, with a 30 percent discount if payment is made within 30 days of receiving the fine; no interest will be charged for late payment after the normal 60 day period.
The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in less traffic on the road and cleaner air. In general during the lockdown period of March – May 3, 2020, far fewer vehicles were on the road in the city. There was an almost 80% reduction in traffic as a consequence of the order to stay at home, suspension of schools and closure of shops and offices. (rita kungel)