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More than 12 hours of making lines to pay an AMET traffic fine

A story in Diario Libre today focuses on how difficult it is to pay a traffic fine in the Dominican Republic. Statistics indicate that only 10% of those fined actually have paid the fine, with the government holding on millions in fines yet to be collected. This breaks down to approximately RD$505 million a year in fines not collected by the government. Diario Libre explains that at present the red tape discourages people from paying the fines.

The process is as follows: First the person who is fined needs to go to the AMET headquarters and stand in line to get a copy of the fine that was levied. This line can take several hours. Second, with this document in hand, the person needs to go to the Banco de Reservas to pay the fine, making another long line in the bank. Third, the person needs to return to the AMET headquarters to deposit the receipt of payment, making another long line. Some 24 hours later, the person can verify whether the payment was applied and the fine is no longer pending in the system.

Spokesman for AMET says they have nothing to do with the bureaucracy, because this is up to the Attorney General Office. “We do not collect the fines. Our mission simply is to detect the violation of the transit law and register this type of violation,” Colonel Rafael Tejada Baldera, spokesman for AMET, told reporters.

Source: DR1, DiarioLibre

July 4, 2017

Category: DR News |

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