Hi everyone! I fully understand the pensioner from Barlassina, Monza Brianza, who in April he repaired the hole in the road in front of the house at his own expense: he had been reporting it for some time and nothing happened. Exactly like on my street in Milan: two nice holes, getting deeper and deeper. The goalkeeper shakes his head every day, but now we know that it is better not to intervene, otherwise there will be a fine of 882 euroswith the obligation to return the road to its previous conditions.
That’s right: if all citizens intervene on infrastructure, it’s chaos, ok, but the municipality? Is there or isn’t there? Codacons announces that Milan is the Italian city that collects the most from fines. These are the data that emerged from the official reporting that, by 31 May of each year, local authorities must (or should) provide the government for publication on the web platform of the Ministry of the Interior.
According to Codacons, the Milanese administration collected well during 2022 151.5 million against 133 million in Rome, 46 in Florence, 43 in Bologna. The Milanese Local Police issued 2.9 million fines, with a nice +39% compared to the previous year…
Well, according to articles 142 (paragraph 12 bis and following) and 208 of the Highway Code, the proceeds of the violations must be reinvested in road safety: 100% of the proceeds from non-compliance with the speed limits (for Milan it is 13 million in 2022) and 50% of the other fines, therefore 69.287 million euros. I read that here 17 million will be allocated to road signs, another 17 for the strengthening of control and the verification of traffic violations, finally over 34 for road maintenance, installation, modernization, strengthening and bringing the barriers up to standard.
Put simply, a large part of the proceeds will go to boost speed cameras, cameras, barriers, traffic auxiliaries in Milan and therefore to raise more cash. On the other hand who can deny it? After all, everything that makes for safety, even the traffic warden that fines an unlawful stop, makes the passage of pedestrians safer…
The centre-right opposition takes it out on Mayor Sala and his council. We would not like to throw it into a political racket, but simply ask: Is it too much to expect, in Milan as everywhere, that the list of all interventions “for road safety” be made public and assessable? How much do you spend on the increasingly neglected potholes in the city?
We have a figure of 5.8 million (il Giornale reports it) only to renew the service contract with the traffic auxiliaries. But how much is invested to bring Local Police officers back on the streets, in uniform and in civilian clothes? Cameras and speed cameras, ok, by now we have accepted them in the name – it was the public and implicit commitment – of citizen safety. Has road safety increased? No, in Milan we have forty accidents a day. Are you lacking resources? No, on the contrary: resources increase and the data is there to see. What do you expect to understand that much more needs to be done and that the physical presence of the “cast iron” needs to be restored?