Magistrates in Rome are investigating irregularities regarding fines issued by assistant traffic police in the city. The complaints include fines being given to the same car in two different areas of the city at the same time, identical fines given to the same person twice several months apart, fines given to police vehicles, and in one case a fine given to a car owner who has never been to Rome in his life. The companies who employ the assistant wardens are being paid for every fine that is issued, and the allegation is that fraud has been committed.

The traffic auxiliaries have also come in for criticism for not wearing uniform, for lurking in doorways and for sitting in private cars to write out fines.