Corruption made easy
The Editor, Sir:
Sometime ago I wrote of an experience which I had that proves how tempting it is for persons to engage in corrupt practices because of the inefficiencies of our systems. In my previous letter, I told of the inhumane process I had to go through to retrieve my car which was ordered towed and impounded by a policeman. I suggested then that it is little wonder that some persons offer, and some police accept, bribes.
On April 7, I was reminded of that experience when I attempted to have my car recertified for fitness. I arrived at the Swallowfield Examination Depot at 10:40 a.m. and joined what I first thought was a short line headed straight for the examination ramp. I soon learned that my line was not on its way to the ramp, but was to make a complete loop around the building then back to the ramp. I eventually reached the ramp at 1:15 p.m. - a slow trek of two hours and 35 minutes. I finally left the depot with my certificate of fitness at 2:25 p.m., a total of three hours and 45 minutes. The interesting thing is that the actual examination of the car took no more than about 10 minutes!
At one point, while waiting in the line, so convinced was I that the examiners had gone to lunch, I got out of the car and walked towards the ramp to see what was happening. I engaged a fellow 'sufferer' in conversation, who informed me that he was told by a friend that it costs only an extra $2,000 to pay someone to have the car certified - a small cost considering the wasted hours, petrol and general hardship - but he did not go that route because he wanted to do the right thing. qquestion
My question is: why does our Government make it so difficult for persons to do the right thing? Is anyone in authority aware of what is going on at the examination depot on Swallowfield Road? Strange as it may seem in our current Jamaican climate, there are some of us who do not wish to engage in corrupt practices (bandooloo) and are quite willing, if not eager, to pay over well-needed taxes, etc. Could the Government please make it easy for us to do so by putting efficient systems in place?
I am, etc.,