VICENZA, Italy - Military and civilian personnel who live downtown Vicenza or other areas that require a limited Traffic Zone permit, or "permesso ZTL" have until Feb. 28 to renew the permit with the Vicenza local police office.

According to Lewis Smith, chief of Housing Division, United States Army Garrison, many passes expired Dec. 31 but residents have until the end of February to renew.

"The local police office in Vicenza is only working on pass renewals on an appointment basis. The housing office will provide assistance to personnel by accompanying them to the office, translating on their behalf and obtaining the renewal," said Smith.

Renewing a Vicenza ZTL pass involves a little preparation. To renew, drivers must have their existing pass, photocopies of their driver's license or passport, and copy of their paid TARI (refuse collection) tax for 2017. Drivers must also purchase a €16 renewal stamp from the Tabaccheria near the police office on the day of the appointment.

"The housing department is here to assist anyone who needs help renewing their ZTL pass. We have some blocked appointment times with the local police, and we will accompany residents to the appointment to help them renew. We can also help residents obtain copies of their 2017 TARI tax receipt, as that is usually paid by the landlord. We encourage anyone who needs assistance to make appointments now to avoid a last-minute rush," said Smith.

To schedule an appointment or obtain a copy of the paid TARI tax, call housing at DSN 637-7950/7951, comm. 0444-61-7950/0444-61-7951.