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Not happy. Has this happened to anyone else?

We just received a letter from the city of Florence about a parking violation from October of 2011. We were in Florence for only one afternoon, and had driven from our B&B in Tuscany. Not being able to find a parking spot on the street, we opted to pull into a parking garage. The garage had a big Hertz sign on it, but they said that we could park there. We left the car INSIDE the parking garage, and left to go sightsee. We had rented our car from Hertz in Rome, so we felt comfortable leaving our car there. When we returned, we paid for parking, left and thought nothing further of it. Last December we received something in the mail about a parking violation in Florence. Our credit card was charged $50 by Hertz for the "parking violation". We were unhappy about it, but didn't think it was worth the hassle to protest, and just paid it. Now the Florence police would like us to pay over 100 euros for this bogus "violation". Not happy! Has anyone else had this happen to them?

Edited: 23 November 2012, 19:13
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1. Re: Not happy. Has this happened to anyone else?

There are many posts such as yours from people who didn't know about limited traffic zones , bus lanes, or parking restrictions and then get tickets up to a year later. The charge from Hertz was to provide your contact details to the police who then issued you a ticket with fee. If you read the Hertz contract, you agreed to any charges related to driving fines. Sorry this happend but you aren't the only one.

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Edited: 23 November 2012, 19:51
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5. Re: Not happy. Has this happened to anyone else?

GPS does NOT tell you where the ZTL's (limited traffic zones) are, some of which are camera enforced and are located in many towns and cities in Italy. This article includes information about ZTL's and other things relevant to driving in Italy:

tripadvisor.co.uk/Travel-g187893-c140065/Tus…

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You're right, the GPS doesn't tell you about the ZTLs, but it is invaluable for highway (camera warnings) driving and also for driving and getting in and out of other cities in Italy and of course, Europe. Included in our 2008 $2,300 worth of fines was a ZTL violation in one of the hilltop towns when it was THE POLICE who firmly directed us that way because of construction!! You can't fight city hall!

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8. Re: Not happy. Has this happened to anyone else?

gabymak, "a ZTL violation in one of the hilltop towns when it was THE POLICE who firmly directed us that way because of construction!! " That must have been really upsetting for you to pay a fine for something that was totally not your fault. Back to the GPS, note that in France it has recently become illegal to have devices that warn of speed cameras in your vehicle:

anglophone-direct.com/Speed-camera-warning-e…

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9. Re: Not happy. Has this happened to anyone else?

Sorry, link wont work, here's the relevant text from the anglophone-direct.com webpage:

"From January 4th, 2012, both sat navs and smart phones which warn of speed camera locations are illegal in France, and offenders face a fine of €1500.

In fact, it is illegal to have an "avertisseur de radar" in your car, even if you are not using it. Cars that have a fitted GPS giving advanced warning of speed cameras.should have the GPS updated with a new map which does not show ’radars’."

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10. Re: Not happy. Has this happened to anyone else?

gabymak,

Did they charge the $2300 to your credit card? That is outrageous! Especially if the police directed you that way. It would be worth the trip back to Italy just to go to city hall and protest.I think canceling that c.c. might also be a good idea.

We spent over two weeks driving all over France this past May. In France there are signs posted warning about speed cameras ahead. We really paid attention to those signs, as well as sticking to the speed limits. And we only used one parking garage...

On our next trip we are just using trains in Eastern Europe.Guess I need to check t.a. to find out what scams to watch for on the trains.