Motorway toll: Italy debt collection puts German tourists under pressure

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Motorway toll: Italy debt collection puts German tourists under pressure

Motorway toll: Italy debt collection puts German tourists under pressure-debt
ADAC/Rasmus Kaessmann If you are traveling to Italy by car, it is better to find out about the inconsistent toll system on Italian motorways in advance

  • Author Oliver Stock (WirtschaftsKurier)

At the ADAC, complaints about debt collectors who demand hefty tolls from German drivers who allegedly did not pay for Italian motorway operators are piling up. Bitter for drivers: The debt collection companies have the upper hand.

The harder end of a holiday in Italy came five years later for the lawyer from Hanover: a company called Nivi SpA from Florence accused him of not paying the motorway toll of just under ten euros. Including the reminder fee, 20 euros would be due now, please.The same game happened to a photographer from Dusseldorf. A year and a half ago, she didn’t throw 1.70 euros into the machine in front of the barrier on the motorway that goes around Milan. Here, too, the investigation costs had meanwhile piled up to a small sum of 26 euros.

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The lawyer reflected coolly: the date did indeed coincide with a holiday trip, although he remembered it more for the beach and the sun than the toll. But how could he have driven on the autobahn without paying? doesn’t matter. Taking legal action and arguing was too much effort given the manageable sum.

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The photographer, on the other hand, persisted and after a few weeks received a factual answer in spotless official German from Florence: The driver of the vehicle drove through “an automatic toll portal without making the payment because he could not show any suitable means of payment or because one of the possible cards was temporarily could not be read by the acceptance system.In these cases, the barrier goes up to avoid backlogs and the driver receives a receipt "Mancato Pagamento", which means "failed payment". The receipt also says where he can pay back. In the end, the photographer also paid. Like the lawyer, she also pondered: Is the Italian motorway mafia at work here??

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When asked by the ADAC lawyers, the topic of "Italian additional toll claims" is one of the top topics in legal advice, as a spokesman confirmed when asked. Nivi SpA is a private debt collection agency based in Florence that has been active in this field for many years. One of his fields of activity is toll collection and collecting fines for traffic violations by tourists in Italy. Nivi SpA works on behalf of Italian motorway operating companies such as Autostrade per l’Italia SpA as their special representative.

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The ADAC knows the surprise of those affected. As a rule, no one is aware of any guilt, and those being warned emphasize in unison that they stopped and paid. In fact, as confirmed by the ADAC, the barrier also goes up if the credit card is not working or the machine is broken. Then you have to pay what drivers only notice if you take a look at the receipt that the machine then spits out. Accessed driving in the so-called Telepass track has the same effect: This track is reserved for drivers, in which the toll is automatically debited via the pre-registered car license plate. There is no switch on this track where you can pay the toll. Anyone who rushes through is photographed and must pay.

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This can be done either at the service points of the Autobahngesellschaft ("Punto Blu"), which are located at larger rest stops or within 15 days by bank transfer to the respective motorway company, whose section of which has been used. Anyone who does not pay later will receive mail from Nivi SpA and later usually from a German debt collection company. In addition, there are processing fees, which are generally permissible in the event of late payment. The claims of the Italian motorway operating company are of a private nature, for which a limitation period of ten years applies in Italy.The ADAC advises anyone who can prove by receipt that they have paid should file an objection. Otherwise the tip is: pay. Everything else becomes expensive in the long run. mafia? Rather not. The encounter of a not entirely reliable system with often hectic tourists who are helplessly standing in front of a barrier that does not open immediately is more likely to be the trigger for the increasing number of complaints about Italian toll collectors.

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15 thoughts on “Motorway toll: Italy debt collection puts German tourists under pressure”

  1. Always have it checked
    I also received a request for payment, but many legal. contained errors of form. … Therefore, always do a cross-check at the Germeno law firm in Munich (recommendation from ADAC). They create a contradiction in Italian. language (important!), then the topic is through! Conclusion: if you don’t fight back, you’ve already lost..

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  2. Herrmanns
    Italy is a beautiful country and I love it and its people. I can live with its peculiarities. Just avoid this country.

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  3. Thanks
    But that will not bring much joy to the drivers of high-powered swanky cars. Paying toll means registering vehicles and vehicle owners to the minute. You’ll soon have the clientele who terrorize the inner cities day and night.

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  4. Fake article
    The headline and introduction suggest that double billing should or should be done. There is a scam. The article then clearly states that no payment has been made and that the claim is legal. Great, really great article!

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  5. German cash madness
    If the Germans finally said goodbye to cash, at least in these areas, this would never happen again. In all reasonable countries – including Italy – you pay contactless by credit card or even better app. Total security and instant proof. Also, masses of superfluous ATMs could then finally be dismantled in D, which can no longer be blown up. D a Stone Age country.

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  6. Ho Ho Ho
    One of them is visible as a commentator on the site and at the same time waves Eschbach’s NSA book. The owners of the properties from which the ATMs are being blown see things differently. And the surveillance of the “Fleeing Dutchmen" shows that surveillance hardly works.

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  7. question of questions ?
    Everywhere is ripped off ! Only in Germany is everything free. We are obviously too stupid to implement a toll and collect it as well. The only ones who really have to pay are the Germans themselves. Most recently then exclusively combustion engine drivers. And please no overly clever explanations from the battery heroes. It’s your turn too…..no worries…..

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  8. Something comes from something
    If, due to personal inability or anarchistic sham cleverness, another possibility is ruled out, "the bill is bouncing", the sudden awakening follows. For future trips to Italy, the following applies: use roads that are not subject to tolls, use jumping children as an instrument or fulfill your guest obligations in compliance with the law and contract! For very, very simply structured and stinking lazy spirits (like me) there is another, very convenient way of escaping the collection agencies. One turns to the French service provider BIP&GO, and has a toll stick sent to him, which can be used in I, E and P in addition to F. You have the toll recorded and debited in the (much faster, traffic jam-free) telematics service. service ok

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  9. Oh
    Mr. Riedel, you can take my word for it that these toll systems do not work completely without problems. That’s why I still have certain apps on my smartphone. There are already sections where there are no more toll stations. There is only billing via GPS. Please don’t think other users are stupid.

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  10. And we in Germany don’t even make it,
    that highway tolls are levied on tourists. I keep wondering how "uniformly" the EU is acting. Tolls are everywhere around us, the Italians even come years later with additional demands and what about us? NOTHING!!!

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  11. Italy?
    I haven’t been to the land of the tutti falsi and the mafia for a long time. There are cleaner and civilized countries in Europe.

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  12. Typical…
    One more reason for me never, never, never to drive to this country…! I once drove from Milan to Nice…6 weeks before the bridge near Genoa collapsed, I also drove over it. Masochistic Fiat car hooligans who never blink and overtake on the right at full throttle with their Mini Fiat Ferrari The main thing is to get past the bad foreigner and be faster. The pride of these people…Also winter holidays with the gondola up the mountain…danger to life…we also know why…Never been possible with us ☺️

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  13. Typical German..
    The so-called "Fiat car hooligans" simply use the Autobahn more intelligently than Germans, who drive on the left and block everything just because a truck appears on the horizon. Italian motorways are quite efficient and easy to use, unless there are too many Germans on the road. Then the traffic breaks down quite quickly. I say that as a German.

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  14. Parking fees: Croatia – collection
    A parking ticket machine set up in Istria/Croatia was opened by me on 15.9.2021 overlooked around 8 p.m. in the dark. The municipal parking company then gave me a ticket, stuck it under the windshield wipers of my vehicle and took a picture of it . However, we never saw this ticket – first in the photo. The photo came together with the payment request before initiating a forced execution process over € 167. in January 22 with the post office. The park company had forwarded the demand of € 13 to a Croatian lawyer because I hadn’t paid . This then claimed additional administrative costs ..

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  15. Bernhard Lotz
    Since you have not paid the punishment, it is probably better for you not to travel to this country anymore! Possibly you will otherwise be arrested when entering!

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