Touring advice: Traffic laws in Italy

By James Mostyn -

Touring & travel

 09 July 2009 11:02

Italy has some breath-taking roads, especially in the Alpine regions. Every rider should ride the Stelvio Pass at least once, but wait till it's warm as snow can close the higher passes. Here are some key facts and laws you should know before you travel.

• Fines are particularly heavy for speeding
• Use of dipped headlights during the day compulsory.
• The registration certificate must state that the moped / motorcycle is designed to carry a passenger.
• Motorcycles under 150cc are not allowed on motorways.

Speed Limits
• 31mph (50km/h) in built-up areas,
• 55mph (90km/h) outside built-up areas
• 68mph (110km/h) on dual carriageways
• 80mph (130km/h) on motorways

Lower speed limits in wet weather

• 55mph (90km/h) on dual carriageways
• 68mph (110km/h) on motorways