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The Complete Italy Driving and Rental Guide

Its excellent road conditions and highway network makes Italy an ideal country to discover by car. Here is a brief guide we have prepared to help you ease your trip.

  • Speed Limit and Traffic Signs
  • Seatbelt and Child Safety
  • Parking, Fuel and Toll
  • Traffic Violation
  • Driving Licence and Age Requirements

Speed Limit and Traffic Signs

Driving in Italy is on the right-hand side of the road and you should overtake from the left. Horns must be used in moderation, and honking is prohibited in built-up areas unless there is an emergency. Dipped headlights must be used on two-lane motorways at all times.

Speed Limit

Speed limits for cars and motorbikes (vehicles with engine size over 150 cc) depend on the types of roads, and are of:


- 50 km/h (31 mph) in urban areas


- 90 km/h (56 mph) on minor out-of-town roads


- 110 km/h (68 mph) on major out-of-town roads


- 130 km/h (81 mph) on motorways. 


In the event of rain on snow, the limit is lowered to 110 km/h on motorways and 90 km/h on trunk roads.

Traffic Signs

Traffic signs in Italy follow the general European conventions and can be basically sorted into four types: regulatory signs, warning signs, information signs and direction signs.


Regulatory Signs

Italian regulatory signs mostly feature a circular shape, with some exceptions.

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Warning signs 

In Italy, warning signs are in regular triangular shape with red border and white background. 

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Information Signs 

Italian information signs are usually rectangular with blue or brown background.  

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Direction Signs 

Direction signs in Italy feature a rectangular shape with different background colors to indicate the type of road that is being directed to, which is: green for motorways, white for urban roads and blue for the others. 

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*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.COM will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Seatbelt and Child Safety

Seatbelt Laws

All passengers both in front and rear seats are required to wear a seat belt in Italy. Failure to do will result in a fine from €40 to €70.

Booster Seat Laws

Regardless of the weight or age of the children, all children under 150cm must use a UN R44/R129 approved child car seat. 

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.COM will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Parking, Fuel and Toll

Parking

· Permitted Parking


Parking spots in large cities in Italy can be difficult to find. Try to look for paid parking signs and parking metres to pay and park properly.

Italy Street Parking Sign


White lines on the parking lots mean free parking. In many towns, free parking is allowed in certain time frames and is indicated by a parking sign nearby. You will need to display a parking disc behind the windshield. However, in big cities like Florence, free parking spots are for residents only. In Rome and Milan, such parking lots may be free and open to both residents and tourists as long as you follow the instructions of the parking signs.

Italy Parking White Lines(Image from cinqueterreinsider.com)


Parking in yellow zones is only permitted for taxis, official vehicles or disabled people who have a disabled permit or a European Blue Card.

Italy Parking Yellow Lines (for Disabled only)


Parking places with pink lines or a pink parking sign are used to serve expectant mothers and women with infants for both residents and short-term visitors. Although local police cannot really check whether these parking spots are taken by particular drivers, most Italians still respect the rules and will not take up these spots unless there is an emergency.

Italy Pink Parking Sign


Italy Pink Parking Area(Image from thelocal.it)


· Paid Parking


In most Italian cities and towns, blue lines indicate paid street parking. Follow the parking signs to pay and park within the permitted time frame. If no dispenser machines can be found near the parking areas, try asking the tobacco shop or news stands nearby.

Italy Parking Blue Lines(Image from arizaisaretleri.com) 


· Forbidden Parking


In Italy, parking signs feature some words telling you when and where to park.


Accompanied Italian wordings -- “Passo Carrabile” means you are not allowed to park at all times.

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Otherwise, certain time frames will be provided together with the “No Parking” and parking signs to indicate prohibited and permitted parking time.

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Parking illegally in Italy will result in a car clamping or towing away as well as a fine.

Fuel Prices

The average price for gasoline price in Italy was 1.57 Euros per litre in January 2018, while diesel was 1.44.

Toll

Tolls are only required when driving on most of the highways. Highways in Italy are marked with the letter A followed by a number in a green octagon.Italy_Traffic_Sign_Motorway_Number_Sign_A


When entering a toll road, you will receive a ticket from a machine with a sign “Bigliette” standing nearby. Keep this ticket carefully when you are on the highway.


When you reach the exit, lanes marked by different colours mean that there are different ways to pay, namely: Telepass, credit card or cash.

Italy Highway Entrance(Image from euractiv.com)


Telepass is an electronic toll device connected to your Italian bank account, allowing you to pass through without stopping and serving very much alike with the Electronic Tolling System you may find in other countries. It most suits the local drivers. 


To pay by credit card, you should provide the ticket you have collected at the entrance and insert it into the auto-collecting machine and then pay with your credit card.


Have a look at this local highway site to calculate the toll fees you may be charged with in Italy.


Note that if you fail to pay the toll in Italy while driving a rented car, the authorities will pass on the infringement information to the car hire company, which will usually add some management fees. However, as not every car hire company can pay your unpaid tolls on your behalf, you are sometimes required to pay for it on your own on the local highway website by entering the notice number. And you are always welcomed to contact EasyRentCars’ 24/7 customer support team to assist you with this matter.

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.COM will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Traffic Violation

DUI Laws

In Italy, drink driving will be treated as severe infringement. The BAC for regular drivers is 0.05% (50mg per 100ml). Breaching 50mg and to 80mg per 100ml will result in a fine between €500 and €2,000 as well as a 3 to 6 months' licence suspension. From 80mg to 150mg, the fine will goes up and from €800 to €3,200, with 6 to 12 months’ licence suspension, or even up to 6 months imprisonment in extreme circumstances.

Traffic Fines

Receiving a speeding ticket can be quite often especially for international travellers or short-term visiting drivers. Speed cameras are set up in many places, in big cities as well as small towns, and it is very easy to miss the notice that you have entered into a 50km per hour zone.


Speeding fines in Italy depend on the amount you are over the speed limit, ranging from €41 up for 10km/h to €828 for more than 60km/h. Paying within 5 days after the citation is issued can result in a 30 percent discount.


Note that if you are renting a vehicle in Italy, the unpaid speeding infringement information will be passed onto the car hire company by the authority. In this case, the car hire company will charge you for an additional administrative fee if it is eligible to collect on behalf of the authority.


· The Limited Traffic Zones


Most of the central areas in major Italian cities and towns have Limited Traffic Zones (called Zona Traffico Limitato or ZTL in Italian) for which entrances are usually marked with no vehicle traffic signs and supplementary signs explaining the times of the ban and which categories are excluded. The entrances of the ZTLs are mostly located at crossings, traffic lights or roundabouts and monitored by cameras that register the transiting vehicles.

Italy ZTL Sign(Image from internationalgarage.com)


Use the above sign as an instance. This sign indicates you are not allowed to drive into this area between 7:30 to 19:30 from Monday to Saturday. The crossed hammers on the sign mean these restrictions do not apply on Sunday and holidays. Driving and acting on a safe side is always recommended if you are sure about what exactly the sign indicates.


Fines will be incurred when failing to follow the regulations of the ZTLs and the amount of fine can range from 50 to 150 Euros, varying by city.


To avoid ticketing from the ZTLs, we would recommend the following measures:


- Park your car outside the historical centre of Italian cities and use the public transportation to get there. 


- Get a passing certificate from a grocery store and send your plate number and identification number of the passing certificate to the Provincial Office of Motor Vehicles (Ufficio Provinciale della Motorizzazione Civile, UMC) via mobile messages. Each passing certificate costs €5 and is valid for one day


- Find the “ZTL Parking” lot after entering the ZTL within 20 minutes and your plate number will be taken off the record automatically or manually (note the parking fee is costly). 


- Go to the hotel’s front desk and ask them to help to take off your record from the policy if you are staying in a hotel within a ZTL. 


- Or just simply avoid the ZTLs by using Google Map or any other navigation soft wares. 

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.COM will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Driving Licence and Age Requirements

To rent a car in Italy, the driver need to be in possession of a valid driving license and generally be held for at least 2 years


All licences issued by the European Union (and Switzerland) are accepted. 


Driving licences from non-EU countries are accepted if you have not been in Europe for longer than 6 months. If your domestic driving licence is not in English, an International Driving Permit (IDP/IDL) or an official translation in English is required together with your original driving licence. 


The minimum age generally to rent a vehicle in Italy is 18 years old (age may vary by car categories and suppliers). 


*IMPORTANT NOTE: Each car hire company has its own requirements. Please check Terms and Conditions of your hire car during the booking process. 

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.COM will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Guest reviews

1 /

June 15, 2020

Destination: Forli

9.3Excellent

Was very smooth and professional

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June 2, 2020

Destination: Turin

9.7Excellent

great experience

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May 17, 2020

Destination: Bologna

8Very Good

All ok

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May 15, 2020

Destination: Milan

9.3Lovely car!

Very satisfied with their service, the car was impeccable and it was as same model as advertised, so we could enjoy the Italian summer with this Italian convertible car!

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Ekaterina Krem

April 26, 2020

Destination: Genoa

10Perfect holiday

It was great experience in Genua, I don’t really trust Italian rental agencies ;) but here was everything excellent, always again

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jt00187

March 13, 2020

Destination: Rome

10Convenient reservation process with readily available Fiat 500s.

I like the Fiat 500 because of gas mileage, ease of handling and parking. In Hertz’ purchase of their new fleet, there is no Bluetooth available in the cars and no option for a sunroof. It’s disappointing that the company has opted for the cheaper line of these automobiles. With modern use of navigation systems on smart phones, Bluetooth should really be available as a standard feature.

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Gualtiero

March 12, 2020

Destination: Venice

9.7Fantastic value for money with excellent service

Very professional and friendly staff!! Real personalized service! Absolutely outstanding!

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March 11, 2020

Destination: Bari

10Nice car and easy pickup and dropoff location. Office is just outside the terminal.

We had to bring the car back clean (in- and outside). You can buy a washingticket. Normally you can bring a car back dirty without any cost.

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March 11, 2020

Destination: Bologna

8.3Very Good

Overall smooth and helpful

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D.

March 10, 2020

Destination: Bergamo

7.3always problem

Goldcar always try to sell extra option and sometimes you can't refuse of them. last time it was service of fuel refill and i couldn't rent car without this service. This time it was the pick-up location. Although as said in booking terms pick-up location is in the airport but you need to pay 20 euro for that. otherwise you have to go to other parking about an hour by yourself. And they charged me for the last rent which was 1,5 years ago for empty fuel tank returning, although i always return the car, refilling full. They didn't show any evidence, fotos.

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K.Chang ho

March 9, 2020

Destination: Rome

8.3Buona ma condizione della vettura desiderabile...

Condizione della vettura non era buona in senso che mancava l’acqua al tergicristallo e una ruota perdeva aria continuazione, dovevo gonfiare per tutta la settimana

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March 5, 2020

Destination: Pisa

9Very good

Very friendly and efficient staff

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a.dafna

March 4, 2020

Destination: Milan

10Excellent

Easy pick up and drop off. Everything was great

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R.Polishchuk

March 3, 2020

Destination: Naples

8Very Good

Be careful with this company.

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February 28, 2020

Destination: Venice

7.3...se potete, non scegliete goldcar!

1. non avendo macchine a benzina del gruppo che avevo richiesto, mi hanno addebitato 9,90 per la tassa sul diesel!!! (non era un problema mio) (e non la fa pagare nessuno per quelle categorie d'auto...) 2. al mio rientro mi hanno "consigliato", dicendomi che rischiavo di aver addebitata la pulizia dell'auto, che passassi da un lavaggio ad "aspirare" quelle 4 pietrine che c erano dentro. Risultato: 15 minuti tra cercare il benzinaio, cambiare i gettoni, aspirare e ritornare. tutto questo potevano farlo loro in 2 minuti esatti visto che è stato il tempo effettivo necessario per aspirare "quella gran quantità di terra che c'era..."

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February 26, 2020

Destination: Venice

9.3Very easy and value for money

We had a great experience. Courteous staff, nice car.

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C.Brovelli

February 26, 2020

Destination: Rome

9Smooth service, great customer service.

Ecovia staff is always helpful and friendly, this time the rental office was kind of difficult to find and I had to wait about 10-15 mins together with another client as the desk was unmanned. In any case, I’ll be happy to rent with them again.

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R.MIGLIORE

February 24, 2020

Destination: Palermo

8Very Good

Nice services, from start to end.

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February 23, 2020

Destination: Rome

10Excellent

Your system didn't inform Hertz about the last minute price reduction, so it took almost an hour to get the right price.

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D.Jenkinson

February 22, 2020

Destination: Bologna

9.3Smooth but small car

Car was bit smaller than expected (4 door panda) but clean and new

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February 20, 2020

Destination: Treviso

7.7Good value for money, fast booking process, hard to find parking(for drop-off)

The counter staff was helpful but we have argued on what`s included and not included. He tried to upsell (full insurance) even if I have explained I have the Axa Insurance booked through easyrentcars.com website. I have asked if the car is equipped for winter, the staff at the counter said I don`t have included chains in my booking and I need to pay other 6 euro/day. I have showed again my booking details, then he said I have included everything I needed. I left the airport, went on the highway and I have seen the snow chains are mandatory (even if there was no snow). Luckily, our friends were using their car and having spare snow chains in case the police would stop us. At drop off (drop off opens only at 9:00 so I had to wait in order to get my car checked). I wanted to wait because in Rome Fiumicino I had a bad experience with the check-up. Overall, I liked Europcar, but I would have preferred a bit more transparency regarding the snow chains.

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i.blonder

February 18, 2020

Destination: Bergamo

9Excellent

the car was nice but the snow chain was not on the right size and we spend 24 hours with a stuck car/

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D.Giacalone

February 18, 2020

Destination: Palermo

10Great experience all around!

This location is super convenient!

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February 17, 2020

Destination: Bergamo

6.3Good drive

The staff at the service counter was very nice and helpful. Once we got near the car area, we could not find our car since the car key had dead batteries. We asked to be changed but the guy refused. Also, the car was not clean from the inside.

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Mateusz

February 16, 2020

Destination: Bari

10I can recommend

The additional coverage cost 20E per day

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February 12, 2020

Destination: Alghero

5.3Ecovia is a rip-off rental company

Worst of all time in my life... They charged me over 80 EUR for a plastic hubcap "damage" that I could not prove has been caused before the pick-up. Fortunately, I had extra insurance from Easyrentcars that paid for the total amount of this rip-off charge, but it has caused me a lot of time-consuming hassle.

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D.Jenkinson

February 10, 2020

Destination: Ancona

10Excellent

Required a credit card. Very reluctant to accept my Monzo debit card but did agree in the end.

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February 9, 2020

Destination: Naples

10Excellent

Got a citreon C3 great little round around for the Amalfi coast hills.

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R.Casadei

February 8, 2020

Destination: Bologna

8Very Good

Very good

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R.Casadei

February 8, 2020

Destination: Bologna

8Very Good

All good

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R.Casadei

February 8, 2020

Destination: Bologna

8Very Good

All good

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R.Casadei

February 8, 2020

Destination: Bologna

8Very Good

Very smooth

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Fabio De Sario

February 7, 2020

Destination: Milan

9Buena experiencia.

Buena atención en el mostrador, oficina moderna y limpia. La devolución del coche es algo complicada, poca señalización y reducido espacio para la entrega. Coche nuevo e impecable.

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February 6, 2020

Destination: Catania

8Very good would recommend

I marked the drop off location as 3/5 as when entering the airport it’s quite tricky to find the location, even the second time I dropped off the car (I rented with them once before). whereas to Find the pickup from arrivals and to exit from the location is quite easy. Would be good to have signs maybe?

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M.Martin

February 6, 2020

Destination: Venice

7Godd

I arrived in Venice at 10:15 pm and the employee at the pick up told me that, had I arrived after 11:00pm, I would have been charged of 45 Euros, a penalty that is not mentioned in the contract "since it doesn't happen often"! This is a very serious and unfair violation of a correct communication to the customers. I am not questioning the choice of the company about charging extra money for late evening pick-ups, I am greatly disappointed that the company doesn't mention it in the contract. I can't accept this way of behaving, I am not going to recommend Sicily by car if this lack of communication doesn't change.

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G.Gates

February 5, 2020

Destination: Pisa

9.3Ecovia certainly have my vote.

The staff were particularly helpful and strictly honest. A refreshing change from other local car firms.

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t.russolo

February 5, 2020

Destination: Venice

9Very good, but it could be cleaner

the car was dirty outside. Usually I get clean cars from them. I knew that they will charge 45 euro for pick-up after 11pm, but this is not written in the contract or in any case I didn't find it anywhere. it should be clarified

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M.Chamberlain

February 5, 2020

Destination: Ancona

9.7Excellent

No dollar counter so had to hunt for it a bit. Not v clear as it was handled by another counter

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P.PIETTE

February 4, 2020

Destination: Milan

10Smooth

Good and Quick service. Till now fully satified

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C.SHEN

February 3, 2020

Destination: Rome

10Excellent rental experience!

Good service and the staffs are very friendly!

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D.Myles

February 2, 2020

Destination: Milan

10Happy trip around beautful Italia

Busy pick up location so a bit of a long wait. Helpful counter staff at a separate branch in the country when we had to drop in for extension of hire.

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D.Del Coco

January 29, 2020

Destination: Venice

9.7Excellent service, no issues at all

Cars are larger than expected (booked a small SUV and got a Seat Ateca, which is a medium sized SUV). Pick up and drop off went smoothly. Price very good. Car condition as new.

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Keith Buttigieg

January 27, 2020

Destination: Bari

10Great rental

Excellent service

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D.Kelly

January 25, 2020

Destination: Bari

10Easy.

Fantastic value for money and a great car.

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Z.Welikow

January 23, 2020

Destination: Catania

9Seamlessly and cheap

Everything was ok. We got a car very quickly. Car was in a perfect condition.

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K.Chang ho

January 19, 2020

Destination: Rome

10Excellent

Molto veloce

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A.Witkowski

January 18, 2020

Destination: Catania

7.7Good

Diagram of the damages of the car was not updated and the level of the fuel was not OK. During the drop-off they found new damage on the front bumper but when we show them pictures from pick up they gave up and no further action was taken.

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Слава

January 18, 2020

Destination: Bergamo

9.7Остались очень довольны, ждём ответа от Europcar.

Так как получали машину вечером не заметили что одна из верёвок понимающие внутреннию крышку при открытии багажника была оборвана. В Бергамо выезд через все шлагбаумы через звонок, т.е камера не видит что машина с проката.

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February 23, 2020

Destination: Milan

7Easy and efficient

No problem very friendly

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C.CHIK

February 15, 2020

Destination: Civitavecchia

10Amazing service! Vehicle in excellent condition!

It's a Sunday when we're due to pick up our car in Civitavecchia by 10:30am. Due to an unexpected customs clearance delay at Rome airport, we anticipated that we would arrive after 11:00am (the branch closing time). With the help of the airport transfer driver, we contacted the counter staff about situation who had very kindly waited for us, even after the office hours. We ended up arriving at 11:15am, and the counter staff was still there waiting for us. My husband and I were very grateful and impressed with the counter staff service which far exceeded our expectation. Hertz is lucky to have such a good staff to provide such impeccable service. Will surely use Hertz again when we travel to Civitavecchia again.

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Frequently asked questions

Q1.What is an insurance excess?

The excess is the amount you'll only be liable for in case of damage(under Collision Damage Waiver) or theft(under Theft Protection) of the vehicle.
Information about the excess will be clearly stated in the price inclusion when you reserve a car on QEEQ.

Q2. How can I add an addtional driver?

You are advised to make a request upon your arrival at the rental counter. Additional charge per day will incur unless '1 Additional Driver Included' is stipulated on the rental.
Please note that the same licence and age requirement applys to the additonal driver. The addtional driver is supposed to present the required licence document along with the main driver at pickup.

Q3.What if I want to pick up or drop off my rental car out of office hours?

QEEQ will show you the car offers available at your chosen time on the search results.
However, pick-up or drop-off out of general opening hours may subject to an extra fee unless self-service pick-up or drop-off is available.
After you reserve a car on QEEQ, we will inform you of specific policy of the car hire company by email.

Q4. Can I take the hired car to another country or cross border?

If you want to pick up your car in one country and drop it in another, your search results will show you cars you can do that with.
If you're planning to cross any borders during your trip, bear in mind:
1. You may have to pay more.
There are often extra fees, taxes or additional cover you'll pay at the car hire counter.
2.It may not be allowed.
Depending on where you're hiring, you may not be able to take your car to another country.
Please email us if you want to take your hire car into a different country during your trip, and we'll talk you through your options.

Q5. Can I pick up my car at one location and return it at different location?

Yes. You can pick up the vehicle in one place and drop it off in another. An ‘one-way fee’ will incur. Whether it is inclued in the rental price or what additional cost may arise will be clearly stated at the time of booking on QEEQ.
Please inform the car hire company of your drop-off location when you pick up the vehicle or contact them directly during your trip. You will find a phone number on the rental agreement you signed at pickup.

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