Yet more changes to the Italian laws regarding the use of motorcycles and the fines for traffic offences have been passed through the Italian senate. From the 1 January 2007 14-year-olds will no longer be allowed to drive the fashionable, low-powered minicars; the age limit will be 16. Motorcycles will no longer be confiscated immediately for the minor offences, such as riding without a helmet, but will be confiscated for three months if two motorcycling offences are committed within two years. Anyone caught using a motorcycle for a theft such as bag snatching will have the vehicle confiscated immediately, a measure that has already reduced such crimes in Naples and the province of Naples by 38 per cent in September compared to the same period in 2004. Traffic fines will be 250 for anyone caught double parking. Anyone driving in a reserved traffic or emergency lane, in a pedestrian zone on a day when there is a traffic ban may be fined up to 1,000. Anyone caught causing an accident when under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be arrested. These measures still have to pass through the lower house of the Italian parliament before they become law.
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