More than a year after law came into effect designed to curb bribery that mandated police send traffic offenders to a department to pay tickets, officers are still collecting fines on the spot, the Anti-Corruption Unit said yesterday.
An announcement released by the ACU yesterday stated they had been receiving letters from drivers who were dismayed that traffic police had fined them without issuing receipts for their payments.
“It is corruption,” the an-nouncement reads. “Regarding this case, ACU has ordered all traffic police to give receipts to drivers who abuse traffic laws.”
Kim Videth, deputy director of the Department of Public Order at the Ministry of Interior, said that although they did their best to keep traffic police from abusing the law, some individual officers still took money from drivers without giving them proper documentation for their payment.
“We have a group for monitoring the traffic police, and if we find out they are abusing the traffic law we will punish or fire them,” Videth said. “Two traffic police officials have been fired for making that mistake.”
Videth added that the ACU announcement could help them discipline those who ignored traffic laws, and encourage drivers who were asked to pay fines without receiving a receipt from the traffic police to report their case to the ministry for further investigation.