Transport minister moots reshuffles to stop driving licence corruption

Firings and reshuffles at Bulgaria’s motor vehicle administration regional offices are on the cards as a move against irregularities and corruption in the issuing of driving licences, according to Transport Minister Daniel Papazov.

He said that “serious infringements” had been found at the motor vehicle administration in the issuing of driving licences in Bulgaria.

Many candidates had got driving licences without meeting the requirements, most often through driving licence tests where the answers had been filled in beforehand.

Speaking to Bulgarian National Radio, he said that his ministry was keen to stop corruption where it was most widespread – in issuing driving licences, permits and road inspections.

He said that in coming days, a news conference would be held by the new head of the motor vehicle administration to unveil details of the abuses that had been uncovered.

The new head is Dimitar Ganev (64), appointed in late September after the agency remained without an executive director for a month after the departure of Vesselin Bozhkov, who resigned after being alleged to have mismanaged the agency.




The Sofia Globe staff

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