Starting from 1st April 2004: obligatory warning waistcoats in Italy
The circular letter released by the ministry of traffic dated 29th March 2004 now has cleared out some ambiguities regarding the obligatory warning waistcoats, which are necessary on Italian roads:
- 1. starting with 1st April 2004 it is obligatory to wear in certain occasions a warning waistcoat. This is also necessary in case of admitted vehicles abroad, thus for all, who are driving their cars on Italian roads.
- 2. The warning waistcoat rule has to be followed on ordinary extra urban roads highways as well as on the chargeable motorways' save spurs and passing places.
- 3. If the visibility for whatever reason, either during the day or by night is limited (less than 100 meters), it is obligatory to wear warning waistcoats.
- 4. Wearing warning waistcoats is obligatory, if the guider or the occupants for whatever reasons, as described under point 2 and 3, abandon the vehicle.
- 5. Foreigners are not obligated to be in possession of a warning waistcoat, which corresponds exactly to the prescribed standards by the Italian ministry of traffic, but their warning waistcoats have to keep normal safety standards.
- 6. Violation of this norm will be penalised with an administrative fine of Euro 33,60 to Euro 137,55 and the detraction of 2 points (starting with summer 2003 in Italy a system with 20 points for driving license was adopted).
- 7. Not the lack of a warning waistcoat inside the car will be fined, but the defaulted wearing of the coat in the described situations under point 2 and 3.
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