: The Baltic Course: Management of corruption risks in the Road Traffic Safety directorate in Latvia

12:15 Apr. 12, 2016

The Baltic Course: Management of corruption risks in the Road Traffic Safety directorate in Latvia

General view of downtown Riga with Daugava River in the foreground is seen in this July 15, 2003 (AP Photo)

Sate-owned company accused in corruption in Latvia

In Latvia, advanced management of corruption risks is not necessarily found in each public agency but a few successful examples exist. The case from OECD Anti-Corruption Network for Eastern Europe and Central Asia "Prevention of Corruption in the Public Sector in Eastern Europe and Central Asia".

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The state-owned company "Road Traffic Safety Directorate" (RTSD) carries out the registration and technical supervision of road vehicles, testing of qualification of drivers and issuance of driving licences and provides other services.

Between 2004 and 2012, three officials of the RTSD were convicted for corruption. Meanwhile surveys show low presence of corruption in the provision of services of the RTSD.

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In 2012, out of the respondents who had used the services (registration or technical inspection of vehicles), 92.7% answered that they did not use any private relationships, gifts or unofficial payments. Only 0.8% admitted giving a gift or paying unofficially LVL 5 (approx. EUR 7.11) or more.

The RTSD has adopted an elaborate Corruption Prevention Programme with detailed addenda for specific areas of work – the technical control of vehicles, qualification of drivers, registration of vehicles, the economic activity (procurement, etc.), public relations, cash transactions, and information technologies.

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The system uses the concept of warning signs. For the area of the technical inspection of vehicles, unrealistically short time between the primary and repeated inspections (when it is apparently insufficient for correcting of the deficiencies found in the primary inspection) or situations when the same individual has the inspection carried out by the same inspector repeatedly are examples of such warning signs.

According to the Programme the warning signs shall be detected by analysing the database of technical inspections.

The analysis of video recordings shall be used to verify that vehicles entered in the inspections database were in reality subject to the inspection. Repeated inspections of random or specifically selected vehicles are used in order to detect omissions in the primary inspection. Full story

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