So, as the title says, I received a ticket forwarded to me from Avis-Budget France (where I rented the car) stating I drove in the ZTL in Rome. Which is true because we dropped off our luggage at the hotel then parked outside the ZTL. Now, here is where my anger stems from. I knew I would have to drive into the ZTL, I looked online at our options because we had a mobility issue in our family and lots of luggage, the parking lot was 3 miles away from our hotel. Anyway, I read from several sources that you inform the hotel immediately on arrival, and they contact the local police to inform them of your car info so you won't get a ticket. Well, I did that. I asked the front desk at our hotel to please call. She said that we weren't in the ZTL. I said yes we are and I showed her a map. She said the map was wrong and that if she called it wouldn't do anything. I figured a local, at a hotel, would know better than me. I asked a second hotel representative when the first lady left, and was also told they would not call. Okay then.
Here we are over 1 year later and I have a ticket. Only for 1 day, not the exit day, which we took the same route, and both were weekdays. I am furious at the hotel for lying and I took every precaution and still got a ticket. Which, using google translate to translate it from French, says my fine is already up to € 194,72 plus a € 35 processing fee from Avis-Budget France. The card that was used to pay for the rental has been cancelled for 6 months so Avis-Budget won't be able to charge it. I, at this point, refuse to pay. I am nervous, however, that they will send collections after me somehow. My credit is impeccable and I don't want that ruined, however, I refuse to pay for something that I took every precaution to avoid, except making a disabled person walk 3 miles with heavy luggage. (The taxi's refused to use a meter, and all wanted over € 100 to drive 3 miles for us and our luggage, I assume they saw someone with a disability and assumed they could gouge us) Needless to say I will NEVER return to Italy because of this.
Does anyone have any incite, or advice? Or does anyone speak fluent Italian so I can argue the ticket? Thank you.