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Investigation into Paphos driving licence bribe claims  

Transport Minister Marios Demetriades said on Monday the government would be looking into the latest reports of rampant corruption at the Paphos Road Transport Department (RTD).

According to daily Politis, a number of driving school owners have filed formal complaints against the Paphos RTD, claiming the existence of a corruption ring issuing driver’s licenses in exchange for bribes.

Usually these licenses are issued to foreign nationals, they claim.

In one case they cited, a foreign national from Larnaca, with an expired student driving license, came to Paphos asking to be paired with a particular instructor.

Driving schools have also made their complaints known to the ombudswoman.

They claim that the Paphos RTD is split into cliques, separating driving schools into those who are ‘in the loop’ and those who are ‘out’ of the fraudulent license scam.

Asked to comment, the transport minister said the government would be looking into the allegations.

The Paphos RTD, said Demetriades, has been facing various problems in recent months, such as the lack of a department head.

The minister neither confirmed nor denied whether the specific bribery allegations concern other districts as well.

“All types of complaints come to us all the time, concerning all the districts. All complaints are investigated, but it does not mean that we air each and every complaint,” he said.

The majority of the complaints turn out to be groundless, he added, although the government always investigates.

 

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