Driving evaluators held on allegations of bribery

Five government employees who test new drivers for their road test are facing criminal action on allegations that they accepted money from applicants.

The arrests of five employees at the Paso Ancho facility has caused the Ministerio de Obras P├║blicas yTransportes to reschedule appointments for testing.

The five were detained by the Judicial Investigating Organization at the facility. Some 15 employees from other areas of the ministry are being sent to the facility to give the tests.

The payment of bribes by persons who take driving tests is a long tradition. The amount may range from 5,000 colons to more than 100,000 colons (some $198) for persons who are taking the exam for an over-the-road trucker’s license.

Judicial agents conducted a long undercover investigation before making the arrests, they said.

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