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New Security law prohibits Italian residents from driving vehicles with foreign numberplates

Post by Admin on Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:23 am

(ANSA) - Rome, November 8 - Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli said Thursday that a measure has been inserted into the government's security decree banning people who have been residing in Italy from over 60 days from driving vehicles with foreign license plates. He noted that, though the measure features some exceptions, it seeks to stop people using cars with foreign license plates to avoid paying taxes, insurance and fines. "Those that violate the ban will have to pay a high fine and, if they do not register the vehicle here, their cars may be confiscated," he said in a statement.
    He added that he was "very proud of this measure, which tries to curb an unfair practice that is unfortunately very common and that hurts us all by not paying taxes".
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Post by Gala Placidia on Sun Nov 11, 2018 10:47 am

Something is wrong with this new measure as they talk about 60 days when the maximum stay as a tourist is 90 days.
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Post by lancashire lass on Mon Nov 12, 2018 10:21 am

None of it makes sense! do they mean people who have been registered as resident for 60 days or visiters? those that have registered as resident well if they have a foreign car it's obvious they should register their car. We take our car to Italy in May and bring it back in October although we are not in Italy for more than 60 days each time. if we were were to register it on Italian plates it would then be illegal in the uk. I think the devil will be in the detail!

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Post by Flying pigs on Mon Nov 12, 2018 5:13 pm

You can't buy an Italian registered car without being a resident.  So presumably one also can't transfer registration.  We are not residents but have our car out here from May to November, just less than six months.  If they apply this law to us visiting here would become untenable and they would lose six months of our expenditure in the local economy.  The other option is that we become resident and then don't pay the tax on our house because it would become prima casa.

Like lots of laws it has unintended consequences.  We spend a lot of money in the local economy and our local taxes to the commune are becoming quite high too.  The only solution would be to sell but that may not be so easy because of this new law.  Hopefully there will be some finer detail that makes more sense.

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Post by lancashire lass on Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:44 am

I know lots of brits that had holiday homes and brought uk cars to italy they either had sorn or exported the cars and then left them in italy for years which is totally wrong. The insurance companies have put a stop to it and refused to insure them now and they all seem to have disapeared. Most of them have now registered themselves as residents and bought italian registered cars (and don't pay the imu) so the only people this will effect would be people like us who are visitors.

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Post by Admin on Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:37 am

This is exactly what it says :

"è vietato, a chi ha stabilito la residenza in Italia da oltre sessanta giorni, circolare con un veicolo immatricolato all'estero"


The fines are pretty hefty and include the confiscation of your vehicle.


Flying Pigs the law says that after 90 days you must register with the anagrafe office as resident anyway so your 6 months stay is already outside the limit.
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Post by Flying pigs on Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:50 pm

We did in the past register but then we heard people were being regarded as being fiscally resident which we are not - and we return to the UK by air during the six month period so are not actually here for more than 90 days - only the car (and dog).  We cancelled our residency, which means we now pay a lot in local taxes.  Our understanding was that to be fiscally resident in Italy one would need to be here over six months.
We will just have to fly back within the 60 days.  I already keep every boarding card, ferry booking, etc to prove how long (or little) we are here.  Or would the car be considered to be 'resident' as it stayed in Italy?
We leave for the UK on Saturday and won't be back until next year, by which time hopefully the law is a little clearer.

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Post by lancashire lass on Tue Nov 13, 2018 5:28 pm

Yes we are the same we are careful not to stay in italy for 60 days or more but the car stays, perhaps it is resident?

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Post by Cassini on Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:00 pm

Yet another challenge. Its going to be difficult to stay for long periods as a non resident in future. I am mourning my summer orto already.
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