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Outcry as Rome mayor flouts city's driving rules

Outcry as Rome mayor flouts city's driving rules
Ignazio Marino has advocated pedestrianization in Rome. Photo: Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino has come under fire for breaking the city's driving rules, leaving eight of ten fines currently unpaid, Italian media reported on Friday.

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Despite pushing for pedestrianization across central Rome, the city’s mayor was over the summer fined ten times for driving his car unauthorized into the heart of the Italian capital.

Between June 24th and August 20th, Marino drove into the city’s traffic controlled zone (ZTL) with an expired permit. As a result, the mayor was slammed with ten €80 fines, of which he has paid two, Rai News reported.

The case has rallied Andrea Augello, a New Centre-Right (NCD) senator, who has reportedly called for Marino to face parliamentary questioning.

The mayor has already fallen out of favour with some politicians over his driving, after parking his red Panda in a spot reserved solely for senators. Thirty senators recently got together to demand Marino’s car be removed from outside Palazzo Madama, the Senate building, Rai News said.

Marino’s attachment to his car comes despite the mayor - who cycled to his first day in office - being an advocate for pedestrianization in Rome.

After introducing a traffic-free zone by the Colosseum last summer, Marino this August brought in similar measures by the Spanish Steps.

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