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World's Strangest Traffic Laws

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Everyone knows not to speed. But these arcane traffic rules could catch you by surprise—and cost you—when you’re driving overseas.

Driving in Historic Zones, Italy

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ZTL (Zona Traffico Limitata) laws throughout Italy restrict vehicles from driving in the historic city centers without special permits. In Florence, where numerous ZTLs connect with one another, a single wrong turn can result in multiple fines. We even heard of one case in which a driver handed his keys to a hotel parking valet, and the valet illegally drove through a ZTL, although the guy who rented the car didn’t realize it until a ticket showed up in his mail. What’s worse, you may not even know you’ve been cited until you receive a ticket mailed to your home—up to a year later.

Penalty: You can get hit with fines of $75–$120 for each offense.

World's Strangest Traffic Laws

Driving in Historic Zones, Italy

ZTL (Zona Traffico Limitata) laws throughout Italy restrict vehicles from driving in the historic city centers without special permits. In Florence, where numerous ZTLs connect with one another, a single wrong turn can result in multiple fines. We even heard of one case in which a driver handed his keys to a hotel parking valet, and the valet illegally drove through a ZTL, although the guy who rented the car didn’t realize it until a ticket showed up in his mail. What’s worse, you may not even know you’ve been cited until you receive a ticket mailed to your home—up to a year later.

Penalty: You can get hit with fines of $75–$120 for each offense.

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