Milan withdraws almost 3,000 traffic fines for error

Milan motorists charged too much, says city hall.

Milan’s municipal police commissioner has apologised for a computer error which meant that 2,974 speeding fines have to be torn up.

The fines, issued between 2 November and 14 December, were mistakenly issued with just one digit wrong in the computer program. The error caused the daytime violation to be calculated as a night-time offence, raising the fine from €169 to €225.33.

The mis-programmed “autovelox” speed cameras concerned were in Via Palmanova on the carriageway heading into the city centre, and on both carriageways of Via Virgilio Ferrari and Via Fulvio Testi.

The original fines can now be torn up, and city hall will issue a corrected version. But motorists who have already paid the fine are more fortunate: for a quirk in the law, they can claim reimbursement and will not be issued with the new version.

To claim the return of the fine already paid, the motorist should download this form from the city website, fill it in and send it by fax or email, or even by ordinary mail or deliver it in person, to one of the addresses at the bottom of the form.