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Motorway toll: Italy debt collection puts German tourists under pressure
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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