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Transit commission introduces barcode system for reporting traffic police corruption

Ecuador’s Transit Commission (CTE) is introducing a bar code system that allows residents to report bribery demands or other misconduct by transit police or officials. The new program is called “Don’t give corruption a chance.”

The Transit Commission hopes the new barcode program will reduce corruption.

According to Edison Moscoso, Cuenca CTE director, barcodes will be attached to transit police cars and badges and will also appear at CTE offices throughout the country. Those who believe they are being asked for bribes or feel they are being treated unfairly by transit police or officials can photograph a barcode on their cell phones and the data is sent instantly to an analysis tie in Quiot.

The system works with Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.

The system reduces the guesswork and uncertainty of identifying transit police who allegedly demand bribes from drivers. “We receive many complaints from motorists about corruption but we rarely have the names of the officers involved, making it difficult to pursue disciplinary or legal action,” says Moscoso.

Depending on the alleged offense, CTE personnel accused will be subject to an agency review process. In cases where bribery is alleged, the prosecutor’s office will investigate.

For more information about program, go to the CTE website.

5 thoughts on “Transit commission introduces barcode system for reporting traffic police corruption

    1. Taxes are necessary to pay for roads, school, medical, social security and a long list of vital needs. There are some things that are urgent and yet there are some not necessarily imperative yet there are people that feel they are entitled.
      Bribes go into the pocket of thieves and need to be stopped which is not easy when corruption is out of control and there is not enough punishment when caught.

  1. It’s best to record what they say. To prosecute them there must be good evidence. Just call the police (Policía Nacional) when you have a problem with them. Going to the FGE (Fiscalía) with all the evidence is even better.

    My experience is that corrupt officials don’t ask explicitly for a bribe, but they use techniques like lying about the expense of a fine (much higher than it actually is) or they threaten to take you to their office and to spend a lot of time there.

    Discrimination is also a problem. The CTE in Guayas and the ATM in Guayaquil (the CTE had to leave Guayaquil a couple of years ago) are said to have a strong preference to bribe (and fine) people from Azuay. I have that same experience. The smallest offense can lead to a discussion. I think such cases should be reported as well.

    By the way, the CTE is only active in a handful of provinces (Santa Elena, El Oro, Los Ríos, Guayas and Azuay).

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