...calls the traffic violation, in Madrid;
The city of Madrid has stopped looking the other way when cars carrying high-ranking officials violate traffic regulations in plain view. Instead, it has notably increased the number of fines it is handing out to drivers caught speeding, double parking, using bus lanes or driving in areas restricted for the use of local residents.
In September the state agency that runs the official vehicle service, Parque Móvil del Estado, received 30 fines in just one week.
Chauffeurs are complaining that they are forced to pay the fines out of their own pockets and that their bosses often pressure them into ignoring the rules of the road.
Now, more than 200 of the agency’s 700 drivers have signed a document protesting the situation.
“Often the user of the official vehicle urges [the driver] to violate one of those rules to gain an advantage in terms of speed, comfort or out of the simple desire to do so,” they say.
Chauffeurs admit that they tend to accept this abuse of power. “The money we earn largely depends on whether we accept the requests, official or not, from our vehicle users, who thus become our bosses.”Sorta like the way banking systems get developed.
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