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That June, Yangon Traffic Police Facebook page published a listing of traffic violations that did not incur fines. Over 300 recordings of number plate, place, date and hour of the violation etc. are included. They were difficult to find because they were posed as a picture. So, I thought I'd make a website to see if their vehicles were in the listing.
The YTP released new information in July, but I haven't had a shot at updating the website yet. MUA and I had to re-enter all of our files to load them up. It' annoying and time-consuming. I' m hoping to get the latest information in a spread sheet or other software.
You better not find your license number there! What am I posting now? I' ve found some strange key words in keyword lists in some of the major searching machines and I am hoping that this article will lead you to the right page.
Increasing traffic police
Introducing higher penalties for petty traffic offences has raised the possibilities for traffic police to be corrupt, but drivers do not complain. The fine for small traffic offences went up with one strike of the feather from a maximal of K1,500 to K30,000. The traffic police had long been concerned that the K1,500 amount - a substantial amount when the old bill was changed in 1989, but had long since been devaluated by Myanmar's chronical rate of inflation - made their work more complicated.
It was so small that it did not act as an efficient disincentive, said officials. It seemed clear from the feedback: the only big difference seems to be the amount of bribes they are paying to the traffic police. Dagon Seikkan Township's Urr Noe drove an non-licensed cab when he was pulled over by traffic police in Thaketa Township eight month ago.
As U Soe Lwin recently passed a traffic lights on Sule Pagoda Road, he was paying 10,000 K to the mate, who controlled the lights. However, not every violation can be prevented with a corruption. If there is a serious crash, the police must take the case in. As a rule, however, there are still payments of corruption, so that the traffic policemen are reducing the seriousness of the suspected crime.
It was normal for Arr Noe to pay a payoff; the amount was less than the formal penalty, but more seriously, it spared him the trouble with the state. If a violation is detected, the formal process for the officials is to take the license and write out a slip allowing them to proceed with some restrictions.
It will be filmed at Traffic Police HQ at 500 Metropolitan Street in Yangon City. Captain Win Lwin said that under the Road Traffic Act all cases are to be referred to the traffic court, where a court will decide on the sentence. However, he said that in reality the Traffic Police Department imposes a fines and immediately surrenders the license for small infringements.
Serious cases - for example, where there has been a threat to security or a significant increase in traffic jams - will continue to be brought to justice, he said. It proposed that an e-finance system for the payment of penalties would urge the driver not to corrupt the traffic police. The payment of payoffs to the traffic police - and prosecution in the broader sense - is by no means uncommon, especially in low pay civil servants in low developed states.
For example, an increasing fine has been noted in Russia, which has significantly raised sanctions for traffic participants since 2008. A 2015 paper, "Corruption on the street: This is a case report by the traffic police of Russia," writes the scientist Anton Oleinik of the Memorial University of Newfoundland, "that this results in the creation of a devil's cycle in which "the drivers' rationality results in them accepting bargaining instead of combating corruption".
"Trying to improve traffic law and regulation enforcement by tightening their strictness is proving counterproductive: instead, they help to disseminate corruption," he said in an essay released in the IATSS Research. So why is it so important? Corrupt money goes into the officers' pocket and can be regarded as a loss of state income.
Bribery also erodes faith in officials and the constitutional state. As bribery usually gets off with a lower fine; bribery erodes the effort to get the general population to obey the bill. That is probably the main obstacle to the traffic police's corruption: it hampers the consistent implementation of the traffic regulations and thus makes the streets unsafe.
But Oleinik states in his paper that some studies show that indecent bribery can actually enhance transport security in low and middle-income economies by curbing the rate of GDP growt. The fight against traffic police and criminal prosecution in general can be tackled in many ways. Increased government wages and tighter implementation are tending to help.
There is also a need for an atmosphere in which the general population is able to lodge complaints about it. Penalties can be payed with a direct debit or QR number. In addition, the wide-spread use of soft power could be used to empower the general population to make complaints about it. The Georgian anti-corruption campaign in 2004 dismissed all 2,700 traffic policemen and replaced them with better paying and monitored officials.
This action - together with others in Georgia to eliminate small forms of corrupt practices - seems to have worked and was loved by Georgians who were tired of blackmailing officials on the streets. You can see them in their cleanly dressed tunics almost every morning: traffic cops stop at the edge of the streets of Shukhinthar and Yadanar in Yangon's Thaketa Township.
This is one of the major roads from Thilawa harbour to Yangon, so there is no lack of large cars. They will also verify that the cargo is correctly secure. Dumpster operator Ko Thein Nyan said the officials are not demanding the cash; most truckers are paying it voluntarily.
ls that corrupt? The Prosocial Gratuities Are Linked Procedures to Corruption," edited in Social Psychological & Personality Science, found that advice and payoffs can have "striking similarities" and the boundary between the two can be blurred. Report on the Harvard Business School's articles working knowledge website, Harvard said that in some places advice are not so much to reward good services, but to promote good services in the past - a perceptions that will bring the tip nearer to the end of a bribery.
In Canada and India, where drinking was similar but there was much higher level of bribery, the research conducted by the research teams matched this. The traffic police seem to keep their pledge of a specific ministry when these kickbacks are made: "It seems that the traffic police will keep their pledge: Despite the prevalence of corrupt practices, high officials say that they have not been receiving any complaint from the population.
However, there is little question that bribery is taking place. Transparency International's latest Global Barometer of Corruptions showed that only one per cent of Myanmar police officers were clear. Conversely, 47 per cent of those questioned said they thought some policemen were dirty, 33 per cent thought most were dirty and 15 per cent thought they were all dirty - slightly above the local cross.
The Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business interviewed interviewees at a March 2016 workplace survey on where they found bribery in their own person. In third place was the traffic police with 21 per cent behind the Yangon City Development Committee (24 per cent) and the migration authorities (24 per cent). Traffic police in Yangon region reports that only 903 cases were recorded in August and 905 in September for 18 crimes, among them dual parkings, violations of speed limits and an illicit turnaround.
There are more than 1,000 police in town. In the past, the Traffic Police used the state medias to download them from the Facebook page of the Traffic Police or the Viber bankroll. Nor does the Anti-Corruption Act make it a criminal offense to corrupt an officer; most of the appeals filed with the Anti-Corruption Commission come from persons who have bribed a member of the administration but have not been given the "service" for which they thought they were charged.
Commissioner U Thin Maung said the Commissioner did not concentrate on small-scale crime and none of the more than 3,000 complaints that she has so far dealt with affected the traffic police. There was nothing wrongful about a little payoff. Yuzana Garden City cabbie U Kyaw Kyaw Kyaw Soe said both police and traffic police were satisfied with the situation.