Ferrari fans from all over the world travel to the automaker’s hometown of Maranello to get the full Ferrari experience. Sometimes that includes renting a Ferrari from one of the many local supercar rental services, but if you use these services then be warned: locals of the historic Italian town may not be too happy with your driving.
According to The Detroit News, Maranello residents are frequently bothered by the sound of speeding Ferraris. There are 37 supercars available for rent in the small town of just 17,000, and despite them being legitimate businesses, residents want officials to crack down on the rental agencies.
“They are obviously big cylinder cars that are very powerful, and they are circulating on the same streets with regular traffic,” Maranello Mayor Massimiliano Morini said. “You can understand that this creates a very big problem of cohabitation for those living nearby who understandably want and have the right to rest.”
Supercar rental services exist around the world – however they are typically located in bigger cities such as Las Vegas or Los Angeles where noise pollution isn’t such a concern. The fast cars also create road safety concerns for both the renter and the general public and as a result, police are cracking down. Maranello police stopped more than 450 supercars in the first nine months of 2015 and have issued 305 fines in the last five years.
In addition to this, Maranello and neighboring town Fiorano have implemented new rules limiting the hours in which these supercar test drives can take place. The new hours prevent the drives from happening in the early hours of the afternoon and also ban the rental agencies from soliciting outside the Ferrari museum. An eight-day suspension will be given to businesses if they receive three citations, which is considered to be a bigger deterrent than the previous 500 euro fine the companies would receive.
The rental agencies are fighting against the rules, saying they are negatively affecting their business, however they already lost a court battle trying to challenge the rules as ‘anti-business’. For now, supercar rental shops will have to continue turning away customers in the early hours of the afternoon – even if it has a negative affect on their business.