Some help on this would be much appreciated.
In August 2007 I went to Florence and hired a car. On the first day (07 Aug 08) we went into Pisa and seen the sights etc and had a very nice time.
In December 2007, my credit card I made the booking with was charged twice for €50 from the Car Hire Company. We then received two seperate letters in the post (in Italian) which we got translated telling us of a Traffic Violation of driving in a restricted zone. After searching the internet we accepted that we had occured these violations and accepted the two €50 fines. The funny thing was that we got lost in Pisa and ended up driving the same route twice, so it was believable that there were two violations.
Today (02 Sep 08) I have received a letter from "Muniipality of Pisa" in English, stating I have committed an restricted zone traffic offence and am now fined €113. Bank details are supplied to pay the fine.
I see that one of 2 things have happened.
1) The original charges by the Car Hire firm are a scam, and this is the real fine.
2)The original fines paid by the Car Hire firm are legit and this new charge is a scam.
I have read that the car hire firms will pay the fines and charge you.
I have also read that the Italian government have up to 1 year to fine you for a violation. This new letter is outside that time period.
Any help or advice on how to resolve this situation would be most helpful.
I intend to go back to Florence next year and want to know what I'm dealing with.
Thanks in advance