Limited access for tourists to a famous holiday destination in Italy.  What risks those who go on vacation by car

The Amalfi Coast is one of the most spectacular holiday destinations in Italy, visited annually by a wave of tourists from around the world. The rocky road, the stunning serpentines and the spectacular view of the turquoise sea turned the area into a special attraction for road tourism.

For this reason, nowadays, the Amalfi Coast has become as legendary for infernal traffic as it is for landscapes. Because people stop their cars for a few more moments to admire an extraordinary panorama, traffic jams can occur for several hours, and the duration of a route is doubled or even tripled.

Amalfi Coast, Italy PHOTO: Profimedia Images

Amalfi Coast, Italy PHOTO: Profimedia Images
Amalfi Coast, Italy PHOTO: Profimedia Images
Amalfi Coast, Italy PHOTO: Profimedia Images
Amalfi Coast, Italy PHOTO: Profimedia Images
Amalfi Coast, Italy PHOTO: Profimedia Images
Amalfi Coast, Italy PHOTO: Profimedia Images
Amalfi Coast, Italy PHOTO: Profimedia Images
Amalfi Coast, Italy PHOTO: Profimedia Images
Amalfi Coast, Italy PHOTO: Profimedia Images
Amalfi Coast, Italy PHOTO: Profimedia Images
Amalfi Coast, Italy PHOTO: Profimedia Images
Amalfi Coast, Italy PHOTO: Profimedia Images
Amalfi Coast, Italy PHOTO: Profimedia Images
Amalfi Coast, Italy PHOTO: Profimedia Images
Amalfi Coast, Italy PHOTO: Profimedia Images
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But things are about to change with the new rules introduced on Wednesday, and road traffic should be halved, according to CNN.

An alternative circulation system has been launched, based on the number on the number plates. Thus, cars can travel on the famous 30-kilometer stretch between Vietri sul Mare and Positano every two days, during peak hours during the high tourist season.

Vehicles with odd-numbered registration numbers may run on that part in odd-numbered parts, while those with even-numbered numbers may run on even-numbered data.

These rules apply between 10:00 and 18:00 for the entire month of August, plus the weekends from June 15 to September 30, but also during Holy Week around Easter and between April 24 and May 2.

The inhabitants of the 13 coastal towns are exempted from the rules, as well as public transport vehicles, taxis and cars that are rented with a driver. Normally rented cars are subject to the new rules.

Authorities have also established rules for long-haul vehicles with trailers and caravans.

The local police will be in charge of enforcing the new regulations and will fine all those who violate them, but their amount is not known.

Angela Infante, deputy mayor of Vietri sul Mare, the coastal entrance town, told CNN that the new rules had been needed for a long time. “They drive incredibly slowly, because there are so many cars and they’re often completely stuck in traffic.”she said. “Besides, we need ambulances for anything that might happen and we need to limit traffic.”

Infante, who owns a boarding house in the city, said she always advises her tourists to travel along the coast by ferry to avoid traffic.

But not everyone is happy. In an open letter to regional authorities, Antonio Ilardi, president of the Federalberghi Salerno, a local hotel association, called for changes to the rules to allow overnight tourists to reach their hotels and for employees living off the coast to come to the work. The new rules are a “disaster,” he told CNN. “It simply came to our notice then. It becomes impossible to stay an odd number of days. If you arrive on Wednesday, you can’t leave on Thursday. It’s not like you can send the rented car back by courier. “ he said.

He proposed a compromise, by keeping the system in place for arrivals, while for departures to be eliminated. “Tourists must be able to leave whenever they want, to get to the airport, the train station or Salerno”he told CNN.

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