Italy and Transportation System: Cars,
The Italian automobile sector is one of the most vibrant and diverse in Europe. This is particularly boosted by the fact that the country is home to some of the global brand-name car manufacturers. It is actually unbelievable that Italy entered the car production sector way later than most of its competitors.
The manufacturing started in 1896 with the Stefanini-Martina being considered the first car. Their competitor Fabrica Italiana Automobili Torino, now known as Fiat would go on to become a global brand in the 20th and 21st century.
Italy has 700 cars per 1000 persons. That is a little more than half the ratio in the region of San Marino which has 1200 cars per 1000 persons. It also has one of the highest alternative fuel cars in the whole of the EU. Their share of the alternative car fuel market stands at about 15.1% If you are using trucks for transportation you are required to have reflective tape placed on them for safety.
The car sales in Italy were on a general decline between the year 2005 and 2013 when it hit the lowest at just about a million. In 2012, Italian dealers sold 1.5 million vehicles which was a decline from 2.2 million units in 2010. Even then Italy is still the 5th largest car market in Europe.
Car Manufacturers Italy has 6 major manufacturers as well as nearly 13 other smaller time car manufacturers and assemblers. The Lamborghini started production in the year 1963, Ferrari started a bit earlier in 1947. Maserati is older than the two with their inception in 1914. Pagani started production recently in 1992 while Alfa Romeo plied their car trade from 1918. Lastly, Fiat is the oldest kids on the current block with their production rolling out in 1899
In 2015 Italy produced 663, 000 personal vehicles and 351, 000 commercial ones, totalling 1 million cars
Hiring and Driving Italians drive on the right-hand side of the road. Notably, some Italian cities are introducing the Zona Traffico Limitato or Limited Traffic zone. This is aimed at limiting the number of vehicles visiting a city. Florence and Rome have it. Meanwhile, smaller cities like Siena, Siracusa, and Assisi are also trying out the system. Milan charges €5 for it. A ZTL usually entails locking out cars which don’t have a specific pass from certain roads.
Their speed limits and mileage are calculated in kilometres and not miles and point to note is that Italy has some of the highest charges for gas at $9 per gallon. The main care rental sites in Italy are RentalCars.com, AutoSlash.com, Momondo.com, Vayama.com, DoHop.com and Mobissimo.com. The brand-name rentals are Hertz, Avis, Budget, National, Dollar, Europcar).
The country has 6.1 deaths per a thousand people and the total casualties last year was about 4000 people.