Charles Hay, the director of consular services for the UK foreign office, said travellers often forget that local laws apply to them, with many British people thinking their passports are a “get out of jail free card.”
The Embassy also warns you could be in for a nasty surprise on your return home if you risk driving in a ZTL, or limited traffic zone, in any Italian town or city, as a steep fine will be sent to your address some time after the offence.
“While consular staff will always try to assist British nationals who find themselves in difficulty abroad, we can’t interfere in another country’s legal processes,” added Hay.
“We want Brits to have a great time when they travel abroad, so it is also a good idea to research the country they are visiting before they travel.”
Country specific laws and customs can be found at www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice