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International driving permit for scooter rental ?

Mumbai
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International driving permit for scooter rental ?

Hi !

We are in Florence for 5 days in Sept and one of these days want to rent a scooter for local sight seeing. I believe the rent is about 50 EUR for 6 hours at one of the companies we checked out. Not cheap - but we would love to do this ! We checked this one:

http://www.alinarirental.com/listinomoto.pdf

We drive scooters routinely in India - and if we can drive in the traffic chaos that is India - we can drive anywhere !

My query is - is the international driving permit required for scooter rental? I know it is compulsory for car rental. My normal Indian driving license is in English and is valid for both cars and scooters.

Thx in advance !

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Montepulciano, Italy
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1. Re: International driving permit for scooter rental ?

"We drive scooters routinely in India - and if we can drive in the traffic chaos that is India - we can drive anywhere !"

Sorry, can't help re driving license but for the first time ever on a Vespa rental thread I'm not going to advise strongly against it for I can't think of anyone better qualified than you guys to take on the Tuscan roads!!!! Check your travel insurance though, just in case.

Italy
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2. Re: International driving permit for scooter rental ?

How big is it. The smallest don't require a license at all. Unless they've changed it. The bigger ones do. If the scooter requires a license you need an IDP.

I saw an idiot on the autostrada yesterday riding a Vespa. I just don't know some days.

Mumbai
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3. Re: International driving permit for scooter rental ?

May be I will consider renting during our day long visit to Pisa, instead of renting in Florence. Probably easier (I think) to drive. Rates are also much lower.

Scooter needs to be 125cc - as it will be 2 of us.

Salt Lake City, Utah
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4. Re: International driving permit for scooter rental ?

I am not sure you are allowed two people on a scooter in Italy. Check on that.

I believe some Vespas are allowed on autostrada. They can go pretty fast.

Edited: 11 July 2018, 15:43
Salt Lake City, Utah
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5. Re: International driving permit for scooter rental ?

ilsole24ore.com/articlegallery/…

150 cc and higher can go on autostrada.

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6. Re: International driving permit for scooter rental ?

With a 125 cc you can take a passenger.

Italy
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7. Re: International driving permit for scooter rental ?

I think going down the A14 on a Vespa takes more guts than brains. I doubt he saved time with the A14 instead of the SS16.

Salt Lake City, Utah
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8. Re: International driving permit for scooter rental ?

not much different than a motorcycle. I would never do it, but he was probably not an "idiot".

Turin
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9. Re: International driving permit for scooter rental ?

> I saw an idiot on the autostrada >yesterday riding a Vespa.

Hey!

Sir, let me tell you that 150 cc scooters and over can legitimately go on autostradas. I know a 200 cc PX who brought its stupid rider up to Moscow and back.

Edited: 12 July 2018, 02:15
Salt Lake City, Utah
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10. Re: International driving permit for scooter rental ?

yes, nzentena, you might have offended a few Italians here you probably do that...

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