Zone a Traffico Limitato
Zone a Traffico Limitato (ZTL) is a limited traffic zone inside the city in which an area is restricted to car traffic. The restricted zones are set up to control traffic, reduce environmental pollution and increase security. Rome has one of the largest ZTL zones in Europe, and quite frankly, it can be a little scary for drivers. It’s the area of town you are unable to drive in unless you have a specific permit to enter. If your car does not have the special permit, you risk receiving a large fine.
ZTL zones can be quite confusing to drivers who are not familiar with the system. The active ZTL times and zones vary by day of the week and time of day. The zones are not always clearly marked, and if you’re unfamiliar with what to look for, you may drive right passed a ZTL entry point without noticing. Cameras monitor the ZTL zones and every car that enters into the zone is photographed. The license plate and tags are matched and compared in a database to determine which cars have the special permit allowing access into the ZTL zone.
Active ZTL times in Rome’s City Centre:
6:30 AM – 6:00 PM Monday – Friday
2:00 PM – 6:00 PM Saturday
11:00 PM – 3:00 AM Friday & Saturday
Active ZTL times in Trastevere:
6:30 AM – 10:00 AM Monday – Saturday
11:00 PM – 3:00 AM Friday & Saturday
You may not know you have entered into a ZTL zone until you receive an extra charge on your credit card from the rental car agency or you receive an official notice in the mail. Rental car agencies are required by law to give your name and contact information to authorities when contacted about a driver with a ZTL violation. Most agencies charge a $25.00-$30.00 fee when they have to give your name to the traffic authorities. This will be noted in your rental agreement. For every ZTL violation you have, you will receive another charge on your credit card from the rental agency. For example, if you have two violations, you will receive two separate charges of $30.00 on your credit card, totaling $60.00. The charge from the rental car agency does not cover the fine for the ZTL violation. You will receive a separate notice for that. Fines range from €25 – €125. As you can tell, if you drive through a ZTL zone without proper permission to do so, it could cost you a LOT. If you unknowingly drive through 5 or 6 times, it could cost you a WHOLE LOT!
One thing to note, there are NO restrictions on Sundays. All cars are free to enter and drive through at any time of the day or night on Sundays. Also, motorcycles, mopeds, scooters and bicycles are exempt from ZTL restrictions. They do not require a special permit, and are free to enter and drive through at any time of the day or night any day of the week.
What do you do if your hotel is located within the ZTL zone?
If you are planning to reserve a rental car for your arrival or will be driving into Rome from another city, contact the hotel staff in advance to let them know you will be driving. If the hotel is located within the ZTL zone, you may need for the hotel to request special permission for you to drive through without receiving a fine. Upon arriving to the hotel, the hotel staff will need to send a fax including name, car tag numbers and dates of stay to the traffic authorities (ATAC agency) to make sure all fines are avoided. The information can be faxed to 06.57118259, and hotel staff should be quite familiar with this type of request.
As you can see from the maps below, ZTL zones vary from day to night. The active day zones are covered in yellow, and the active night zones are covered in blue. The ZTL entrances or gateways are noted by the yellow light bulb symbols.
Day ZTL Zones: