My story began last November as I picked up my rental in Genoa with the intention to drive to Venice. Perhaps I was lulled into a false sense of traffic awareness during my first 24 hours as I sped west and back through the Italian Riviera along SS1. I felt I could drive as fast as traffic would permit in the left lane with my 4 cylinder until I got flashed by the vehicle behind me (usually of German make) then I moved to the left lane. I felt like Mario Andretti when I'd hit 120-130 kph, turns out thats a mere 75-80 mph which is quite common back home here in Southern California. Unbeknownst to me, my problems began as I drove to Venice from Cinque Terre through Pisa/Bologna.
My first email from RENT_HERTZTHRIFTY@SAFOSISTEMI.IT arrived 30 days after returning home for a ZTL violation in Pisa. I did wonder why I was able to find parking so near to the leaning tower, now I know why.
This past week I received 4 more emails from Hertz, two on Wednesday then two more yesterday - I was still reeling from the first two when salt was rubbed into my wound from the next two. The official notices are in Italian, as far as I can glean they are all camera speed trap violations. My desire at this time is to minimize damage control, namely the fines.
So my main question is - how do I take advantage of the 30% fine discount offer as referenced in the notices from the Italian authorities? When does the 5 day window start, is it when I receive an official notice in the mail?
My second question - Hertz wants to charge an administration fee for these tickets, so far I've been charged 30.5 Euro for the Pisa ticket, will I get charged 4 more times? I certainly hope not.