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Greater checks on driving test

The Transport Ministry is devising new measures to crack down on widespread corruption in driving tests, including a random selection of driving test examiners and the use of video monitoring, sources said yesterday. Examiners routinely accept bribes from driving school instructors to pass students. Despite pledges, governments have repeatedly failed to eradicate the habit, estimated to generate some 50 million euros annually. Among the measures under consideration by ministry officials is the introduction of a computerized lottery that will pick examiners moments ahead of the actual test. The changes, which should be in place by the end of the year, also include the use of cameras to ensure transparency during the theory and practical tests. According to new rules, examiners will be obliged to file declaration of income statements (pothen esches), while the length of their training will be extended from one-and-a-half to two years.