Via Capt A. Barbarisi
Aviano, Italy 33081
Phone (DSN) 314-632-5407
Fax (DSN) 314-632-5794
All privately owned vehicles must be inspected and registered on base.
Three Vehicle Limitation
Based on the NATO Status of Forces Agreement for Italy, the maximum amount of vehicles allowed are three vehicles during your entire tour at Aviano. Please note that trailers and motorcycles are also counted as vehicles.
There are numerous car dealers in the local area which sell new and used motor vehicles to Aviano members. Ask your sponsor to indicate the location of dealerships once you arrive, but remember to be judicious when entering into any transaction!
Used cars are readily available in Italy. However, you may find their cost somewhat higher than similar models sold stateside. Many people have a "work only" automobile or motorcycle. Cars with automatic transmissions are more difficult to find.
The "Lemon Lot" is located near the Commissary parking lot.
Hands free Devices
Hands-free devices must be used while operating a motor vehicle on ALL military installations worldwide.
Ship your personally owned vehicle (POV) 6-8 weeks before your departure. Military members are authorized to import one tax free vehicle. Military married to military could have two tax-free vehicles registered in their names. All other vehicles are subject to Italian road tax which is based on engine size.
Aviano Air Base facilities are located in several different areas, you will be required to do business in different locations and a POV is essential. Since there is no base housing, you will be free to house-hunt with your own POV. It is expensive to rent cars in Europe and Italy is no exception!
TRANSCAR (Located in the Industrial Area in Aviano)
The last acceptance for vehicle pickup is 4:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. for vehicle drop off. Transcar is closed on all Italian and US Holidays. You can check on the shipping status of your vehicle by logging onto the Where is My POV website. Transcar cannot be reached from a base DSN line. Their commercial number is: 0434-66-1419. They are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and are located off base in the Aviano Industrial Area.
In order to pick-up your vehicle from Transcar you will need the following items:
Prior to registering a vehicle, if you want to drive an AFI plated vehicle, you must have an AFI driver's license.
Motorcycle Limitations for Under 21
Per Italian law, those under 21 can only drive a motorcycle with 33HP (25KW).
Vehicle Inspections (Located behind the BX)
No appointments necessary. So, if you are thinking about purchasing a vehicle, either from a military member/DOD civilian or from an Italian dealer/owner, take the vehicle to Vehicle Inspections first. There is no charge for the inspection and they can tell you if there are any potential problems by examining it while it is on the lift. You can also find their inspection checklist on the Aviano Intranet just go to the Mission Support link and click on the Logistics Readiness link then click on the image to the left. Once you are on the next page click POV Inspections on the right side drop down box, you can then print out a copy of the vehicle inspection checklist. The Vehicle Inspection Station can be reached by calling: 314-632-4458 or 0434-30-4458. They are open Monday through Friday from 7:30 am - 4:30 pm and are located in front of Hangar 4 on Gory Rd (this is the road behind the Commissary).
Allied Forces Italy (AFI) Driver's License
All DoD sponsored personnel (active duty, family members and civilian employees) must have an AFI license to drive in Italy; an International license will not suffice. However, an International Driver's License (obtainable from AAA) is needed whenever traveling outside of Italy and it is recommended to obtain one prior to leaving the US. To receive your AFI Driver's license you must:
The study material and AFI Driver's License tests are only offered. http://www.31FSS.com/afrc.shtml
All personnel must have a valid stateside license and be 18 years of age in order to receive an AFI license. Military members must be assigned to Aviano and civilians and dependents must be command sponsored or have logistical support.
To obtain a motorcycle endorsement on your AFI license, you must have a valid US Motorcycle Operator's License and a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Card prior to arriving. Once in country, call Wing Safety to schedule a local motorcycle safety course. Per Italian law, those under 21 can only drive a motorcycle with 33 HP (25 KW).
International Driver's License
You will need an International Driver's License to drive in any country other than Italy. According to the state department, there are ONLY 2 authorized websites in which to obtain your IDP. They are the AAA http://www.aaa.com/PPInternational/IDP_IADP.html and the National Auto Club
Gas coupons can be purchased at the BX which eliminates the need to pay local European prices. You receive tax-free gasoline coupons only for the tax-free vehicle. Once your tax-free vehicle is registered on base through Pass and Registration; a "ration card" will be posted at the Base Exchange cashier cage where you can purchase tax-free gas coupons. Your monthly allowance is based on the engine size of your car. The maximum monthly allowance is 400 liters. These coupons are valid only at AGIP or Eni gas stations
Auto parts are available for most domestic (US) automobiles through the Base Exchange by mail order or at the local U.S. authorized dealers in the Aviano area. If shipping a non-European made car, bring items necessary for your first tune-up.
USAA and GEICO are stateside companies legally established in Italy and have representatives to either sell POV insurance and/or assist policy holders in filing accident reports or settling claims. Newcomer's sometimes find it easier to arrange auto insurance prior to arrival as you must show proof of insurance before you can register your vehicle on base and before you can pick-up your vehicle from Transcar.
Insurance can get very expensive if the vehicle is financed and the lending institution requires full coverage. Price insurance with an insurer that is recognized by the Italian government to make sure it's affordable. For travel outside the Republic of Italy you will need proof of insurance at border crossing. A "Green Card" meets this requirement and is available from your insurance agent.
How To Register A Motorcycle Shipped in Your Household Goods
Registering the vehicle is on a walk in basis. Vehicle registration hours are Monday- Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
You will need to bring the following when you walk in to register the motorcycle:
NOTE: Your registration, (gas card), and safety inspection will be good for one year.
How To Register a Vehicle Shipped from the United States
You will need the following documents on the day of your appointment:
NOTE: Your registration, gas card and safety inspection will be good for one year.
Registering a Vehicle driven in from another European Base
Registering the vehicle is on a walk-in basis. Vehicle registering hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
You will need the following documents:
NOTE: Your Registration, Road Tax and Safety Inspection will be valid for one year, at that time you will have to renew your registration.
How to Register a Moped (50CC or below)
Registering the vehicle is on a walk-in basis. Vehicle registering hours are Mon – Fri, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
You will need to bring the following:
Mopeds purchased from another military member or logistically supported civilian:
Both seller and Buyer must be present at the time of registering.
Mopeds shipped in your household goods:
In addition to items above you will also need to bring:
Mopeds purchased from Italian citizen or dealer:
Both seller and buyer must be present at the time of registering.
In addition to items above you will also need to bring:
Italian Traffic Fines
-Running a red light: 646 euro.
-Parking in an unauthorized location: 168 euro
-Speeding 10-40 km over speed limit: 674 euro
-Speeding more than 40 km over speed limit: 1,682 euro
-No seat belt: 323 euro
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