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    Do the nitwits that drive these things have any licensing requirements?! I have been driving for over 30 years with a spotless record, and in 7 months I have nearly wiped out 2 of these nuts! It's all well and good to laugh (because it's better than crying) and shake your head in bewilderment at these fools who pass on the right, cut you off, take red lights as a suggestion if they even consider them at all, drive headlong at you on the wrong side of the road, drive at night with no lights, etc. etc. etc., but when you nearly kill a human being--no matter how stupid he is--it is not funny. It is nearly impossible to make a turn at any major intersection, such as the corner of Kunhart and the North Coast Highway, because even if the light is working (rarely!) motoconcho drivers (and I use the term loosely) apparently feel those traffic signals do not apply to them! (Taxi drivers come in a close second!) I suppose because these guys have no money to speak of the policia look the other way. I live in dread of the day I forget to check my side mirror before making a signalled right hand turn and have to live the rest of my life with the knowledge that I killed another person.

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    That's one of the reasons I stopped driving in the DR.

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    The situation will not change until AMET decides to pay attention to this problem, rather than just stand around at gringo locations, looking for seatbelts. The fines levied for not wearing seatbelts are obviously more attractive than public safety.
    They could clean the motoconcho problem up in one week flat, if they wanted to.
    It's as simple as that.

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    Yup, as long as these policemen are there for 'tax' collecting and not public safety, nothing will change.

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    Here are some official stats (Oficina Técnica de Transporte Terrestre -OTTT) (pronounced: oh-teh,teh,teh)

    There are 2 million motorcycles on the road, of which about 620.000 are dedicated to the public transportation known as ‘motoconcho’. Since there’re about 2 drivers for each motoconcho, then about 1.240.000 people depend directly on this activity for their livelihood.

    Motoconcho is the main mode of transportation in every city, town, and rural community, except Santo Domingo.

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    Sounds like things have not changed much. Can't count the number of accidents I saw involving motorcycles (almost always the cycles' fault) during my four yrs in the DR, and how many near-misses I myself experienced.

    When I moved out of SD in 1999, they were just beginning to enforce in earnest the requirement to wear a helmet, to have proper lighting on motorcycles and for the cycles to be licensed. I know that such enforcement campaigns tend to be short-term (often weeks at most) if they are not major revenue generators. Has the police abandoned motorcycle enforcement altogether, or do they still do brief enforcement shows that change little?

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    I thought "MuerteProntos" was the correct term for these things.
    Makes more sense too.

    What's even worse is when these guys make their way up the ladder and become taxi drivers in a banged up car held together by duct tape. No brakes, no wind shields, no lights whatsoever. They still drive the same way they did on their banged up moped but now YOU might be the one on the receiving end in an accident.

    Does the government know how much money lies here? Start fining all, and I mean ALL, traffic violations. Say 500 pesos for minor incidents. If violators cannot pay, confiscate their vehicle and sell it on auction. A cop would make up his monthly salary in a day! There would actually be enough for a raise and the 'tax collecting' could go down.
    Maybe then the streets would be a little safer for all, with people actually following the traffic law or most of the bad seeds off the road.

    Yeah right! Dream on, I know, but I like this dream

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bok
    ... Say 500 pesos for minor incidents. If violators cannot pay, confiscate their vehicle and sell it on auction...
    Most motoconcho hell drivers usually don't actually OWN the thing... they go pick it up at a rental operation in the morning... So, the driver would not be hurt substancially by a confiscation. Still, confication may be a solution for missing lights, breaks and such.

    On a side note: I once hired the service of a motoconcho and asked the driver how much for A to B... 20 Pesos... I told him I'd double that if he'd somhow managed to get us to B alife... He almost fell off the dern thing laughing... Well, we got there alife (as you can tell) and he still honored the initial 20 Pesos.

    ... J-D.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bok
    I thought "MuerteProntos" was the correct term for these things.
    I believe the correct term is "Motocoños".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocky
    I believe the correct term is "Motocoños".
    my favorite DR spanish word...and not the moto part! At first I thought it was a term of endearment...like papi

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