Driving in Italy
Driving in Europe is very different from driving in the United States. While most laws are similar, roads are typically smaller, traffic patterns differ and there are far more motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians. Road speeds are also faster on the Autostrada, the Italian equivalent of the interstate, than most places in the U.S. Read below to learn about the steps necessary to get a license if you or your sponsor are assigned to Vicenza.
If you are not assigned to Caserma Ederle or a post in Europe, you will want to have an international license to drive in Italy. Be aware also that the SETAF license is valid ONLY in NATO countries (this does not include Switzerland or Austria). Also, the rules can vary based on official or unofficial travel and whether you are civilian or military. Although some countries will accept your SETAF license or even a U.S. license, you are strongly encouraged to get an international driving permit (IDPs). IDPs are honored in more than 150 countries outside the U.S.
To provide driving instruction, techniques and license control to the US and NATO forces assigned within USAG Italy. Work and partner with USAG Italy Safety Office and IMCOM Europe to boost awareness in the operation of vehicles (POV & NTV) and motorcycles. Maintain administrative and clerical support of all driving records. Test and evaluate all newly arrived, remedial, and re-entry drivers of their knowledge and understanding of area regulations and the Italian Road Code. Provide customer service in relation to license issue, renewal, and replacement IAW applicable regulations and the Italian Law.