Driver License Broker in Afghanistan

in Business Risk

A former police office collects documents and applications for clients in order to help them obtain their drivers license at the traffic department. The man pays government officials between $10 to $20 in bribes in order to facilitate the paperwork. With the bribes, the client is able to receive his driver’s license at a much quicker rate, rather then waiting for several weeks, if not months if he didn’t pay the bribe.

For his service, the broker pockets between $20 to $40 for his service. In total, he is able to make up to $10,000 a year, twice the yearly salary of what he made as a police officer.

(More examples of government corruption.)

Source:  Kevin Sieff, “To cut Afghan red tape, bribery is the norm,” Washington Post, February 17, 2013.

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