Traffic Fines via PEC, how it works

Following the indications of the Digital Administration Code, from February 2018 the traffic fines are notified via PEC. How it works

From February 1, 2018, traffic fines are notified via Certified Electronic Mail to all citizens who, during the dispute or previously, have communicated their Certified Electronic Mail address. This is what is provided for by the Decree of the Ministry of the Interior of December 18, 2017 and published in the Official Gazette of January 16, 2018.

This is, together with the establishment of the digital domicile (which will, however, become fully operational by the end in 2019), one of the measures provided for in the Digital Administration Code with a view to optimizing spending by the Public Administration. As also specified in Circular 300/A/1500/18/127/9 of the Ministry of the Interior and dated February 20, 2018, law enforcement agencies will have to notify penalties to the Highway Code with priority via Certified Electronic Mail, referring to public lists, such as those of the digital domicile (for individuals) or INI-PEC (for companies, professionals and VAT numbers).

How does the fine notification via PEC work

The fine notification via PEC follows two different paths, depending on whether the sanction is contested immediately or if the contestation will be deferred.

In case of direct and immediate notification, the agents are required to ask for a valid PEC address (or digital domicile, if already declared) to which the fine notification should be delivered. If the user refuses to provide the certified e-mail address, the person who issued the fine must in any case search for it through public directories (digital domicile, INI-PEC or any other freely accessible list in which to find certified e-mail addresses) and, if there is a positive result, charge the citizen for the costs of this search. If, on the other hand, there is no trace of a PEC, the old "standard" procedure is followed, with registered mail sent to the home address.

If the dispute is deferred, the agents must look for the PEC address on public registers and, in the event of a positive result, send the notification of the fine to the certified mailbox found.

Why it is worthwhile receiving fines via PEC

If you have been waiting for the right moment to open a PEC, this could be the right occasion. In the case of fine notification via PEC, in fact, are deducted from the total bill a part of the costs that are added to the penalty to be paid. We're talking about figures that can reach and exceed 20 euros: a significant saving, if you consider that the cost for a Libero PEC box is just 14.99 euros. And, of course, you can also use it to send electronic registered mail from the comfort of your home. In short, to the already long list of reasons and advantages to open a PEC, let's add the savings of the costs of notification of the fine and forget forever the hours in line at the post office to pick up the registered letter with the report.