The commune of Carnate, some 25 km north-east of Milan, has adopted a drastic solution to the problem of its ruined roads: a 30-kph speed limit in the whole town.
So many drivers were damaging their vehicles on the bumpy, potholed streets, and claiming compensation from the town council, that the council ordered a total survey of the road surfaces last summer and carried out the most urgent repairs. But local press reports say the repairs were washed away in the recent wave of bad weather, and now the town coffers are empty.
Until the council can afford to carry out more permanent improvements, it has decreed a speed-limit of 30 kph in the whole municipal area. Perhaps the income from speeding fines might help finance the town’s roadworks.