Another crackdown nets 21 who aid license applicants

Police check out the document of the supposed facilitators who hang out in front of the driving license test center. Photo: Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública/Paul Gamboa

They was another crackdown Wednesday on facilitators at two driver’s license agencies.

Police officers on motorcycles and in vehicles swept down on the individuals who claim to assist those seeking licenses. The arrested netted 21 persons at the licensing agency in Paso Ancho and the one in La Uruca.

Fuerza Pública officers said they found a false license and written driving tests with answers in the possession of some of the individuals.

Depending on the circumstances, license applicants have been known to pay up to 100,000 colons, about $200, for answers to written tests or help with the driving exam.
The licensing divisions have been under heavy pressure. In at least three cases, judicial police detained public employees who work there for irregularities in issuing licenses. In every case, the public employee had some relationship with the individuals outside who solicit purchasers for tests and even passage of the actual driving test.

The facilitators are called gavilanes in Spanish. They are similar to the persons who hang around the exterior of the immigration offices and many other public buildings.

The agencies are centers of Educación Vial of the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes.

One man Wednesday was found to have a pickup order in his name on an allegation falsifying documents.

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